Audio News


ARX debuts Dante DI breakout box

Monday, 24 July 2017

Australia - ARX Systems has released the Network DI Dante Digital-to-Analogue breakout box.
The Network DI digital-to-analogue breakout box utilises the popular Dante network protocol to extract audio from a network and convert it to studio quality transformer isolated low latency analogue audio suitable for connecting to amplifiers, or powered speakers, mixing console and other analogue audio devices using standard Ethernet hardware and cabling.
“Dante has become the long-awaited standard for digital audio distribution in production and install professional audio,” says ARX managing director, Colin Park. “The Network DI is the first product in for our Dante-enabled range, which we’ll be expanding through into 2018.”
(Jim Evans)


Original Bierkellers install RCF-based systems

Monday, 24 July 2017

UK - Harrogate-based JSAV UK Ltd has carried out two major installations at German-style Bierkellers, using RCF Media and Acustica series loudspeakers, supplied by dealers, Leisuretec.
The first Original Bierkeller opening for Paul Kinsey’s Latenight Bars in Sheffield has now been followed by a second in Lincoln, which opened last month.
Jaye Selway, who runs JSAV, is no stranger to RCF, and has used their solutions for other late night brands in Paul Kinsey’s estate, including Hemingways Bar and Kitchen, The Moko Lounge and The Kings Club.
But for the special German environment, resplendent with oompah bands and lederhosen, she needed a versatile, compact loudspeaker with wide dispersion, since much of the dancing is conducted on the bench tables and bar tops under a low ceiling.
With separate DJ, band and background music inputs feeding the system she specified 14 x Media M602 (120W AES), two M601 (100W AES) and a pair of 5012 12” bass reflex subs in Sheffield.
To prevent sound spillage to neighbouring properties she worked closely with the Environmental Protection Officer. “We zoned the venue tightly using Soundweb London, specifying a good number of speakers, which could be run at lower volume, and therefore create less vibration,” she said. “This was especially important, considering the closest neighbours were situated directly above, within a couple of metres of the venue ceiling.
“The RCF formula was so successful that there was no point considering anything else when it came to Lincoln,” she added.


Sennheiser captures Chelsea festival in 3D

Monday, 24 July 2017

USA - The Chelsea Music Festival has prided itself on the diversity of its programming as well as the spaces in which those performances take place. In its first eight seasons, it has presented events at more than 50 locations throughout Chelsea and the rest of Manhattan, from schools to parks to churches. Featuring musical styles running the gamut from classical to jazz as well as visual and culinary experiences to complement them, its crowd mirrors the diversity of its programming.
This year’s festival, which took place in June, utilised the remarkable St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church as the marquee location for its opening and closing weekend performances. Built in 1884-85 in the Romanesque Revivalist style, it is not only notable for its appearance but also for the acoustics of its main chapel. For the first time, live recording experts Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz of Anderson Audio New York were on hand to capture every note performed there during the festival for delivery via Sennheiser’s immersive AMBEO 3D audio format.
The idea for a 3D capture of the performances germinated during last year’s festival, which Anderson and Schwarz had attended as guests. “We were very impressed with the level of musicianship at the festival, and when we heard that several performances would take place at St. Paul’s our interest was further piqued,” says Anderson. “This chapel was legendary in the 80s and 90s for serving as the location for many audiophile recordings of classical and jazz music.”
Anderson and Schwarz had also recently exp


L-Acoustics’ Kiva II reinforces Music in the Park

Monday, 24 July 2017

USA - The Sinnissippi Music Shell at Sinnissippi Park in Rockford, Illinois is visually striking: a flaring overhead clamshell roof above a modernistic trapezoidal frame around the stage. These kinds of architectural statements, however, often come with challenges for venue sound, and this was no exception.
For this year’s Music In The Park series - which began on 7 June with the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps and runs through 3 August with the Funk, Party and Dance Band, and hosts artists performing genres from rock to bluegrass to zydeco to everything in between - Clearwing Productions called on an L-Acoustics Kiva II design to provide a sound system that covers every seat and stands up to weather in a highly exposed location.
The system is made up of 10 Kiva II loudspeakers flown below three SB15m subs in a single centre-hung array, with two SB18m subs on the stage, all powered by three LA4X amplified controllers. That single hang is able to cover every set in the venue, plus grass sitting areas on the sides and at the top of the hill opposite the stage.
“Ideally, you’d always like to have a left-right stereo system, with a hang on either side of the stage, but it doesn’t always work out that way,” says Mik Moore, systems design engineer at Clearwing Productions, who began working at the Parnelli Award-winning sound-reinforcement provider when he was in college over 20 years ago. “At Sinnissippi Park, given the architecture and the load-bearing limits we faced with this kind of stage design, we had to work with just one line


Depeche Mode embrace global spirit with SSL

Monday, 24 July 2017

UK - The Depeche Mode Global Spirit Tour is currently scheduled for over 90 dates in stadiums and large-scale venues around the world. It started in Sweden in May 2017 and will finish in Brazil in March 2018.
Front of House engineer Antony King is taking two Solid State Logic L500 Plus digital live consoles on the road with him, supplied by UK rental company Britannia Row Productions. "The SSL is the only serious choice out there," Says King, who auditioned several consoles before settling on the L500 for the tour. "With a company like SSL you're not taking risks. You want something that will work every day, sound good, and travel on the truck. So, SSL is the only choice, I think, at this point."
The band plays a mixture of material from both its 14th studio album, Spirit, and its legacy of 17 UK top ten albums and over 100m worldwide records sold. The set list also includes the Bowie track Heroes - reported to be the song that Dave Gahan was heard singing in a scout hut by founding member Vince Clarke, when he was asked to join the band. Original members Martin Gore, Dave Gahan, and Andy Fletcher are all in the show, along with touring members Christian Eigner (drums) and Peter Gordeno (Keyboards, bass, backing vocals).
The whole show uses nearly 100 inputs, with the biggest contribution to that being Eigner's drum kit, with about 30 channels all to itself. "There are a lot of drums," notes King. "Lots of toms, two kick drums, two snares, two hats, and cymbals everywhere."
Gordeno uses three keyboards, including a Moog for man


Management changes at d&b audiotechnik in US

Friday, 21 July 2017

USA - Colin Beveridge, CEO of d&b Corporation since its inception in the mid-1990s has transferred his responsibilities for d&b audiotechnik in the Americas to the next generation as part of a planned retirement. Following the transition Beveridge will remain on board as senior strategic advisor for the management team in the Americas and company headquarters in Backnang, Germany.
William Cornell has succeeded as territory manager for the Americas and president and CEO of d&b audiotechnik US Group, effective 10 July 2017. “I will support William in a direct role until February 2018 to ensure a smooth transition,” says Beveridge. “Like our audio systems, the essential character and performance of d&b will remain consistent. But it will be rejuvenated by the energy I know William will bring to his new role. What is important now is to concentrate on ensuring a smooth transition; then to focus on the future endeavors of d&b in my new role.”
Cornell, who has been with d&b for 13 years, was previously responsible for sales and technical services in the USA. In his new role he will report to chief sales officer, Stephan Greiner, based in Backnang.
Also effective from 10 July, Jan Scheffels has moved into the newly created post of chief operating officer of d&b audiotechnik in the Americas. In his new role Scheffels takes responsibility for customer service, finance/controlling, human resources, IT, legal and buildings. He will be based in Asheville, North Carolina, reporting to Cornell and has already relocated from G


Schertler releases Roy and Teddy

Friday, 21 July 2017

Switzerland - Schertler Group has announced the release of Roy, its new flagship combo amp and Teddy, a compact professional stage monitor. These latest additions to the Swiss manufacturer’s portfolio demonstrate a growing commitment to developing solutions that meet the demands of musicians and engineers in the professional live performance and recording environments, says the company.
Roy is the new “King” of Schertler’s next generation acoustic amplifier series. Equipped with a 1” tweeter and two 8” woofers, the 400W, top-of-the-range, 7-channel combo amp forms a powerful yet portable stand-alone stage or studio amplification system for soloists and/or small groups.
Roy includes four input channels with various microphone / instrument combinations, inserts (as on a professional mixer), 3-band EQ and phantom power; an additional unbalanced instrument input channel; a stereo input channel for playback devices and an FX return / additional input channel. The amplifier’s Master section features both a digital reverb and a new digital Multi-Effect (on a separate bus), as well as DI/Line/Aux Outputs and a headphone preamp for monitoring.
Like all Schertler amplifiers, Roy is equipped with a high-voltage Class-A preamp and has no integrated circuits and no negative feedback (NFB) to guarantee best possible sound reproduction. The amp is available with a wood or anthracite finish.
Teddy, Schertler’s new 200W compact stage monitor, has been specifically developed for professional theatre and concert sound applications. Equipped with


Southcrest Church spreads the word with SSL

Friday, 21 July 2017

USA - Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas has built a new 1600-capacity Worship Centre with two SSL Live L300 consoles at the heart of its sophisticated audio production operation, for PA, live streaming, and TV.
One L300 console manages both Front of House and Monitor duties for the live services, while another is used for a live-streamed broadcast mix, recording, and post production for archived services and TV syndication.
Southcrest Baptist Church is a long standing and popular member of the Lubbock community, and as such its original Worship Centre - now called 'The Venue' - had been operating at full capacity for every service, for some time. "The new Worship Centre was long over-due," says Rusty Trowbridge, the technical director at Southcrest. "The project has taken two years to complete and has doubled the square footage of the church, as well as increasing capacity significantly... The Venue has 750 seats, and the new Centre has 1600."
The church now runs four Sunday services - three large productions at the worship centre with full choir and orchestra, and one 9.30am service at The Venue with a five-piece band and the pastor's message streamed from the main 9.30am service via a live recorder. It also broadcasts a live stream via apps on all major mobile devices and platforms, and distributes music and sermons to four TV stations in the local area. There are seven staff in the media team at the church, and everybody else involved in the production and performance side are volunteers.
Trowbridge runs the SSL L300 at Front of


D.A.S. keeps the All-Star party tempo upbeat

Friday, 21 July 2017

USA - On 9 July at Marlins Way, adjacent to Marlins Park (home of the Miami Marlins baseball team), the 2017 MLB Allstar Pre-game Celebration took place. The event was a pre-party for the MLB All Star Game and featured GrammyAward winning Latin Reggaeton artist Nicky Jam as the headlining entertainment.
This was both a concert and a party for the celebrity-filled crowd in town for one of baseball’s major events. To ensure the best possible sound, loudspeakers from Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio were placed into service.
The Design Oasis, specialists in lighting, video, audio, staging and related AV equipment and applications, were contracted to provide sound for this year’s MLB Allstar Pre-game Celebration. The event’s designer, Marc Gambello from Event Management Group and Producer Barry Kates of Innovation Group were very clear on the need to have excellent audio quality during the show, along with clear, even coverage throughout the rest of the event while the DJ was playing.
After speaking with them, Abbas Ritscher, Design Oasis’ co-founder and CEO, specified an impressive assortment of loudspeakers drawn from D.A.S. Audio’s UX and Aero Series 2 product lines. This included eight Aero 40A powered, three-way line array enclosures, 26 Aero 20 powered line array elements, along with six UX-221 hi-power, ultra-low frequency sub bass enclosures. Ritscher discussed the project and his reason for deploying D.A.S. Audio loudspeaker systems.
“This year’s party was held in a very large tent,” Ritscher reports. “There were roug


Israel's Kolot Ramim adds Adamson E-Series

Friday, 21 July 2017

Israel - Kolot Ramim Sound & Light has made a significant investment in a new E-Series loudspeaker system from Adamson Systems Engineering, continuing a long and successful partnership between the two companies.
“We decided to invest in the E-Series package to follow our long-time clients to bigger venues while also supporting larger festivals and major international tours,” comments Yossi Bar, the founder of Kolot Ramim and a partner of Break Systems, Adamson’s Israeli distributor. “Adamson’s rider acceptance has grown significantly and promoters in our market are looking for seasoned companies offering Adamson loudspeaker systems.”
Kolot Ramim was established in 1987 and has since become one of Israel’s top production technologies providers, catering to a high-calibre domestic and international client list. The company first invested in Adamson in 2007 with the purchase of a Spektrix line array package and has since been an early adopter of Adamson innovations, including Metrix, Y-Axis, M-Series, and Point Series products.
In 2016, Kolot Ramim added a significant complement of S10 compact two-way, true line source cabinets and accompanying S119 subwoofers, which Bar notes have been the ideal solution for the vast majority of Kolot Ramim’s applications. Based on the overwhelmingly positive response, the company has now invested in an E-Series package that includes 24 E15 three-way, true line source enclosures and 32 E119 subwoofers.
“We have great relationships that span from 10 to 25 years with many of our artists, and


RCF reinforces Alan Parsons Live Project

Friday, 21 July 2017

Germany – Alan Parsons and his band were back in Germany for 13 dates throughout the country in May. Playing a mixture of indoor and outdoor shows with his nine-piece band, Alan Parsons Live Project was mixed by Emmy-nominated FoH engineer and production manager Ross Pallone. Ross states that “the sound of the show has to be very high quality, as the fans expect that”.
To achieve maximum quality and perfect coverage in all the different venues, 24 modules of RCF HDL 50-A were used as the main system, 12 per side, plus 18 RCF SUB 9007-AS for the low-frequency coverage, six TT052A as front-fills and four TTL 6-A for the out-fill coverage.
“I was invited to use the RCF HDL-50 system for the Alan Parsons Live Project tour in Germany back in May 2017. I had never heard of or used any RCF PA systems before, so I was sceptical - but the sound company assured me that it is a good PA system.” Ross continued. “As it turned out, I was very pleased with the RCF PA. It was very smooth with excellent coverage. The main PA was powerful and never harsh.
“The 21” SUB 9007-AS is the best I have ever used. They were set up every day in the cardioid pattern that made the subs deliver the same volume from the front of the venue to the back. I could sit right in front of the subs and not be blown away.
“This also worked well with the low profile RCF TT052A front fills that were provided. I am always very concerned that the people in the front rows have good sound. I do not want them to be pounded to death with subs, and I want them to be able to h


Atlona appoints Prase as Italian distributor

Friday, 21 July 2017

USA/Italy - Atlona has appointed Prase Media Technologies as its new distributor in Italy, effective immediately. Headquartered just outside Venice, Prase will leverage more than 20 years of proven experience in Italy’s AV market to bolster Atlona’s presence throughout the country.
“We are witnessing the progressive and unstoppable convergence of AV technologies with the IT industry, which is creating new business opportunities for those AV systems integrators who invest in new IT skills and solutions,” said Ennio Prase, CEO, Prase Media Technologies.
“Atlona is at the forefront of this evolution, with innovations such as the OmniStream AV over IP platform delivering a complete range of features that the market will soon consider essential. Atlona expertly combines these AV capabilities with the requirements of the IT sector - ensuring secure AV communications, enabling remote monitoring of entire systems, and offering redundancy to prevent network failures.”
“Prase’s rich experience, high service standards, technical expertise and ability to anticipate the needs of their market sectors have earned them tremendous respect from their partners and customers,” said Ronni Guggenheim, Atlona’s general manager. “These attributes will be invaluable in bringing the benefits of Atlona innovations to their clients, and we look forward to working with Prase to expand our presence and awareness across Italy.”
(Jim Evans)


L-Acoustics Syva is the height of Paris fashion

Thursday, 20 July 2017

France - Held in the stunning Cour Marly of the Louvre’s museum, the Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2017 show at the recent Paris Fashion Week featured Vuitton’s models showing off the fashion house’s new collection amongst white marble statues from the reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XV. Usually, the specification for such a show’s audio is that it should be heard and not seen, but on this occasion, L-Acoustics’ new Syva system took a starring role.
Audio company De Préférence has collaborated with Louis Vuitton for many years and has become a master of invention, conjuring up new ideas for each event.
“Each time the Vuitton team does a show, they want something different,” says De Préférence’s Alain Français. “But one thing is always the same - they never want to see the loudspeakers! This means I’m always looking for new equipment and new ways of hiding the cabinets.
“For this show, taking place in an exceptional space with so much history and impact, we considered and tested a lot of different options. Because the Cour Marly is entirely constructed of marble and has a glass roof, it’s an incredibly reverberant space. Trying to find a solution that could cope with that, deliver the right amount of SPL, have the right tonal range and be invisible was proving difficult, particularly as there really is nowhere to hide large subs in the room.”
It was at this point that Alain was introduced to the just-announced L-Acoustics Syva, which features six 5" MF speakers providing usable bandwidth to 87Hz and three 1.75 inch HF


DPA join New Kids On The Block 2017 tour

Thursday, 20 July 2017

USA - During the late 80's and 90's, New Kids On The Block took the world by storm with their super-catchy songs and clean cut good looks. Selling out concerts in record time, Danny, Donnie, Joe, Jordan and Jon gave birth to the boyband phenomenon. Today, New Kids On The Block is proving it still has the right stuff. The band sounded better than ever as it sold out arenas on its 2017 Total Package Tour. Because of his long history and record of success, legendary FOH Mix Engineer Kevin Elson chose DPA Microphones for the tour.
"I was first introduced to DPA by my friend and colleague Eddie Caipo a few years back when we worked together on Christina Aguilera's shows," says Elson. "He had some DPA capsules with him and the first one I tried was the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone on the toms. I was also able to use the d:facto 4018 Vocal Microphone on the New Kids On The Block cruise about a year ago. I tried it on one of the guys for a solo performance and he really liked it a lot, so I told him I wanted to mic the whole group for the Total Package Tour."
On the Total Package Tour, Elson used d:facto 4018 mics for all of the New Kids' vocals, as well as the d:vote 4099 on the toms. "On the vocal side, I found the d:facto 4018's are such solid, reliable mics," adds Elson. "Instead of taking everything away to try to make them sound full, I ended up being able to add some air up top. This allowed me to work the microphones rather than the mics dictating what I did. As far as drums, we got less cymbal bleed into the toms' mics.
“The cymbals were pre


Atendi to distribute Powersoft in Denmark

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Denmark - Powersoft has strengthened its market position in the Nordic countries with the appointment of Atendi A/S as its new distributor for Denmark.
Atendi is the result of a cooperation between Elektrik Solutions AS (Norway) and Bico Professionel A/S (Denmark). The company’s origins date back to 1898 when it was known as Belgium Import Company (later Bico Professionel A/S). For many years it was well-known in Denmark as a pro dealer for leading movie and TV lighting brands, before later moving into general show lighting.
In 2015, the company diversified into pro audio, taking on Martin Audio in cooperation with the Norwegian-based Elektrik Solutions. The following year the two companies changed their names to form part of Atendi, and at the same time the first Swedish office opened in Gothenburg.
“With Martin Audio in our portfolio of course we were interested in representing Powersoft,” noted Atendi A/S pro audio sales & support, Michael Engman Rønnow. “As they move more towards passive speakers - from the CDD Live! series to ceiling speakers - these match perfectly with the Powersoft products,” he said.
“Since we do business as a reseller, as well as participating in the design and delivery of complete installs for music events, theatres, museums etc., we will also extend the support and sale of Powersoft to companies with different speaker brands as well.”
Atendi’s first priority in supporting its new brand acquisition will be to demonstrate the opportunities for both the rental and install markets. “In Den


Sensaphonics names PC Werth as UK distributor

Thursday, 20 July 2017

USA/UK - Sensaphonics has announced an agreement with PC Werth, making them the exclusive source for Sensaphonics IEMs in the UK. PC Werth will now offer the full range of Sensaphonics in-ear monitors (IEMs), including all custom-fit models and the new 3D-U AARO System with patented Active Ambient technology.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with a respected firm like PC Werth to make Sensaphonics products more accessible to our UK customers,” says Sensaphonics founder and president, Dr. Michael Santucci. “Music industry clients like Radiohead and Coldplay have long known the outstanding comfort, fit, and isolation our products provide. This association will make it easier for more UK customers to protect their hearing without sacrificing the reference sound quality that musicians and sound engineers require.”
PC Werth managing director Delain Wright is similarly enthusiastic. “With our 70-year history of audiology expertise, we see Sensaphonics IEMs as the ideal choice for musicians and music fans who want outstanding sound quality without undue risk of hearing injury,” he says. “We are excited to add this outstanding brand to our portfolio of hearing wellness technologies and products.”
The partnership between PC Werth and Sensaphonics is effective immediately. The UK’s largest supplier of audiology supplies to hearing healthcare professionals, London-based PC Werth is a wholly owned subsidiary of IntriCon Corporation. Sensaphonics is a privately held U.S. corporation based in Chicago, Illinois.
(Jim Evans)


Fulcrum Acoustic unveils CCX loudspeaker

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has announced their latest innovative product, the CCX1295 12-Inch Subcardioid Coaxial Loudspeaker. Fulcrum's Passive Cardioid Technology enables the CCX1295 to achieve unprecedented LF/HF control for a product of its size, says the company.
The CCX1295 marks Passive Cardioid Technology's first application in Fulcrum's extensive TQ Install line of versatile installation loudspeakers. Combining the benefits of this technology with Temporal Equalization (TQ), the single-amplified CCX1295 delivers impressive LF directional control, improved intelligibility, enhanced sonic accuracy, and the output capability and pattern control of normal premium two-way systems in a considerably lighter and more compact enclosure than those with offset drivers.
"The CCX1295 features a single 12-inch 90° x 45° horn-loaded woofer and a three-inch compression driver in a compact enclosure designed for permanent installation in a wide range of applications," explains Fulcrum Acoustic co-founder and vice president of R&D David Gunness. "This passive subcardioid coaxial loudspeaker provides 9 dB of low frequency attenuation in the rear hemisphere. As the first member of our CCX12 family, the CCX1295 will soon be joined by 12-inch models offering a full range of horn patterns."
(Jim Evans)


Yamaha Rivage PM10 gets the blues

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Netherlands - Inspired by American blues festivals, where audiences enjoy a rich diet of blues music with a side order of spare ribs, Ribs&Blues is an annual event held in the Dutch town of Raalte. This year’s event saw an eclectic mix of blues, roots and rock acts mixed on a Yamaha Rivage PM10 system at Front of House.
The free festival takes place each year over the Whitsun weekend, attracting over 45,000 people. This year it featured an international line-up which included blues legend Walter Trout, Golden Earring, the Beach Boys, Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions, the Red Devils, Barrelhouse and many more.
Since 2011 the festival has featured a second stage, but it was the 15 acts on the on the main stage whose FoH engineers had the benefit of the Rivage PM10.
Technical production for the main stage was handled by Focus Amsterdam, with the audio equipment provided by leading European rental house RentAll. Resident Focus Amsterdam engineer Gijs Schouten was present throughout the festival to mix the bands that did not come with their own engineer and to show the system to those who had not used it before.
Gijs has a lot of experience with Rivage PM10 and observed how simple it made band changeovers at what was a very challenging event.
“There was no time for soundchecks. As soon as one band finished, their equipment was removed, the next band’s gear set up and they performed straight away,” he says. “It had the potential to cause many sound problems, but the easy, fast access and setup of Rivage PM10 meant th


The Wombats return to Sydney Opera House

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Australia - The Wombats are currently celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their first album, touring Australia with Groovin’ the Moo and performing a few side shows. For the past five years FOH engineer Pete Bartlett has worked with the band as well as his other main act The Pretenders.
The band members and crew were delighted to play a couple of shows at the Sydney Opera House, performing memorable and joyous shows. Let’s face it, it’s not often you witness six full-grown humans dancing around in wombat suits on stage whilst confetti guns spray over the crowd.
JPJ Audio supplied a control package that included an Avid Profile for FOH and another for monitors.
“I always use an Avid Profile as I have loads of plugins and I’m not a big fan of anything newer,” says Pete.
Pete explained that he tries to turn his Profile console as much as possible into an SSL console. The reason why is that he admits to being an eighties kid who learnt all of his tricks from being in bands and sitting in studios behind eighties producers.
“I stole all my tricks from eighties producers but hey, a lot of it is all cool again!” he laughed. “Effects-wise, I use a complete mix - TC reverbs, Eventide etc, because the reverbs that come with the Profile are pretty poor.”
Pete commented that when he first started mixing for The Wombats, they had 10 channels of playback so if they lost the tambourine channel, they’ve lost that instrument. He didn’t like that so he went into their studio for a couple of days to mix everything to left /


Community solutions for Calvary Church

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

USA - Started 60 years ago by a small group of ordinary people coming together, Calvary Church has thrived and grown into a much-valued part of the multi-cultural community in Dover, Kent County, Delaware. As its congregation has grown, so has the construction and development of its buildings and its audio has recently been updated to meet the church’s current and future needs.
For its new systems, Calvary Church sought quotes from a number of companies before commissioning the services of AV integration specialist, JD Sound & Video.
Joe DiSabatino, president and lead design engineer of JD Sound & Video explained, “Audio was required in both the main sanctuary and a basement room. We knew Community loudspeakers would provide the best solution for both areas, so arranged a demo to enable the church to hear the systems and be completely satisfied before the project went ahead.
“In the main sanctuary, we used two Community IP8-1153 high power 15-inch three-way loudspeakers, complemented by two IS8-118 18-inch subwoofers for low frequency extension and impact,” continued DiSabatino. “Here the system is required to provide excellent intelligibility for speech and powerful full-range quality for music.
“The church frequently has a full band, including keyboard, drums and up to eight vocalists, so the system also has to deliver high levels. With the IP8-1153’s bi-amped, the system is driven by QSC amplifiers and delivers ample power with plenty of headroom.”
In the basement, the loudspeakers were required to flank an 80


tube Invests in new Sennheiser D6000 System

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

UK - Audio specialist tube uk has invested in a new Sennheiser D6000 radio mic system which debuted on the world premiere of Israeli artist Yael Bartana’s compelling live performance experimentWhat if Women Ruled the World? As this incisive and insightful work was also multi-track recorded each night, potentially for a future film project, tube’s Melvyn Coote decided the time was right to purchase the new radio technology from Sennheiser. Sound for the piece was designed by Tel Aviv based Daniel Meir.
As the set-up evolved in discussions with Daniel, well known for his work in the world of films and sonic art and performance, Melvyn ordered the 12 beltpack transmitters and six D6000 dual receivers complete with all their infrastructure which he describes as “revolutionary” in terms of technology.
They were used on this production in conjunction with DPA4061 mic heads which were attached to the 10 performers. tube’s radio mic and RF tech for the show was Liam McShane.
“Intermods and intermod spacing have long been issues in all types of live audio scenarios” explained Melvyn, “so this really is a ground-breaking development for Sennheiser to make this available in their 6000 range. Transmitters can be placed exactly where they are needed, and we can now fit 21 transmitters into the same TV channel frequency space, that would previously only support 10 or 12”.”
Converting the signal immediately to digital in the transmitter also enhances the overall quality and texture of the sound – particularly noticeable in spoken wo


DiGiCo works its 24 Magic on Bruno Mars tour

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Europe - In recent years, Bruno Mars has evolved from talented performer to Grammy-winning global megastar and, from his performance at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris (formerly The Bercy) this month, it is easy to see why. The 24K Magic World Tour oozes quality, from the artist's outrageous voice and musicianship to the show's epic production standards, the core of which is driven by two DiGiCo SD7 mixing consoles.
Bruno Mars has just completed a three-month European leg of his 24K Magic World Tour. In that time, the crew has barely been able to catch a breath, explains FOH engineer, Chris Rabold.
“We've been all over Europe, and that's only the end of this part,” Rabold reports, adding that the US is next – and probably a couple of one-off shows and TV performances will happen in between.
The PA for this tour is the flagship Clair offering - the Cohesion system, which Rabold is a big fan of; and when it comes to mixing the show, the only desk that can provide the multitude of I/O he required is a DiGiCo SD7.
“There's like, a million ins and outs, so the SD7 has been kind of a default for me for several years now,” Rabold says. “The console is so fast, and everything is right there; it's easy to program offline, and the speed at which you can move things around - particularly in the rehearsal period when things are changing – is fantastic.
“The SD7 is also great when you're in promo. It's so often a super-intense, scrutinised process, as Bruno will want 10 things in five seconds, and the desk is just so fast with regard


SD Sistemi to distribute Martin Audio in Bosnia

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Martin Audio has appointed SD Sistemi as its new distributor for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The agreement was borne out of several meetings at trade shows this year.
The Bosnian specialists had first approached Martin Audio with a view to cooperation at ISE in Amsterdam. “During that show we attended the presentation of their new products which were really amazing - and we decided there and then that we wanted these products in our portfolio,” stated SD Sistemi CEO, Dragan Šukalo.
Bradley Watson, Martin Audio’s EMEA sales manager, confirmed this. “When I met the SD Sistemi team at ISE, it was clear they were keen to work with us and following another meeting at Prolight+Sound, where we spent more time with their team in the demo room, the natural step was to formally confirm them as Martin Audio distribution partner in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”
Based in Banja Luka, the company originally set up in 2007 and although they didn't operate in the lighting and sound industry at the beginning, they have subsequently built up a portfolio of world leading brands. And this now includes Martin Audio. “We had received offers from other prestigious brands but decided on cooperation with Martin Audio because of their reputation, the quality of their products and popularity of the brand around the world,” Šukalo continued.
He said that the company’s mission was to drag a country that is lagging behind when it comes to technology into the modern age. “We have noticed that the market is now starting to offer huge poten


TENG Ensemble transforms live sound with DPA

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Singapore - The clarity and fidelity of DPA microphones helped The TENG Ensemble deliver a stunning live performance at the iconic Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Entitled Where the River Always Flows, this debut outdoor performance transformed the Fullerton Hotel Singapore's East Garden Square into an extravaganza filled with the nostalgic sounds of Singapore's heritage music.
DPA d:vote Instrument Microphones were used to amplify a combination of western and Chinese instruments that were played during the performance. These included a cello, a Sheng and a Guzheng. Audio engineer Steve Zhang also used a DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone for the Ensemble's renowned countertenor Phua Ee Kia.
Commenting on his choice of microphones, Zhang says: "Phua Ee Kia has a uniquely expressive and dynamic voice, therefore the d:facto Vocal Microphone's high SPL handling and wide dynamic range ensured that his performance was not constrained by technical limitations, even in the slightest.
"For the instruments, the impressive clarity of the d:vote Instrument Microphone was a major advantage - as was its flexibility. This minuscule gooseneck mic can be mounted conveniently on top of clips that come in various shapes and sizes. Even for an instrument as unconventional as the Sheng, the d:vote 4099 manages to provide a solution that allows fluid on-stage movement of the musician, so that he is able to fully express his artistry."
(Jim Evans)


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