chris-plasaPLASA appoints commercial director
Friday, 20 October 2017

UK - PLASA has promoted Christopher Toulmin to the role of commercial director. In this newly created position, Chris will oversee all sales and marketing activities in the organisation, driving the success of its commercial divisions which includes its event portfolio (PLASA Show, PLASA Focus Leeds and PLASA Focus Glasgow) and leading publication Light & Sound international (LSi).
The announcement follows one of the most successful PLASA Shows in recent history, where Chris had a major contribution in his role as director of events. In his new position, he will support the organisation’s strategy to grow both its events and media divisions, whilst exploring new products PLASA can deliver to further support the industry.
Chris’s career in the industry spans more than 35 years, which has taken him from a respected lighting designer, industry innovator through his work at Modelbox, creative design consultant, to his most recent role as director of events at PLASA; a position he has held for the past five years.
“Chris’s impressive professional background and knowledge of the industry will be a great asset to PLASA as we move forward as an organisation,” says PLASA managing director, Peter Heath. “With his creative vision, together with a talented sales and marketing team and market-leading products, we expect him to achieve great things in his new role.”
“I am delighted to embrace this new opportunity at such an exciting time for the organisation,” adds Chris. “PLASA events have been going from strength to strength

pixelflex-logoPixelFLEX joins NanoLumens partner programme
Friday, 20 October 2017

USA - NanoLumens, creators of interactive LED visualisation solutions, reports that Nashville-based PixelFLEX has joined the NanoLumens partner programme. Now able to exclusively market the NanoLumens' Nixel SeriesTM flexible LED under the name TrueFLEX visualised by NanoLumens, the partner agreement coincides with the settlement of the corresponding NanoLumens patent infringement lawsuit.
Monty Rains, president and COO of PixelFLEX said: "We are pleased to have reached this agreement with NanoLumens, and are happy to have joined the NanoLumens Partner Programme. Through this joint effort, we believe that our customers will benefit greatly from the technology, and we are excited to now offer the TrueFLEX visualized by NanoLumens LED video solution.”
"We welcome PixelFLEX to the NanoLumens partner programme and we look forward to working with them as they roll out their TrueFLEX visualised by NanoLumens flexible LED displays," said NanoLumens CEO Richard Cope. "NanoLumens has invested millions of dollars and man hours in the development of pioneering innovations that have been justly recognised by the United States Patent Office, and our new relationship with PixelFLEX works to the benefit of everyone."
(Jim Evans)

 
 
echo-responsive-controlsETC adds features to Unison Echo systems
Friday, 20 October 2017

USA – ETC has upgraded the software for its Unison Echo products. New features include the ability to manage tunable white fixtures, adding sequence control to Echo’s DMX controller, and more.
“The latest Echo software expands the functionality of Echo in exciting directions and includes new features that our customers have directly asked for,” said Lowell Olcott, ETC networking and architectural controls product manager.
The upgrade lets users control white-tuning DMX fixtures, choosing the temperature that best suits the space. Echo’s ability to control colour-tuning fixtures has also been expanded, allowing users to mix a chosen temperature of white as well as colours. The EchoAccess mobile application has undergone a graphics upgrade to ensure users can easily customise the look and feel of their system.
DMX functionality has also been expanded. Sequence control gives users the ability to introduce automated, dynamic colour control to their environments by stringing simple presets together. And a new trigger function allows the Echo DMX Scene Controller to interface seamlessly with external DMX sources. With it, users can dictate how the system should behave if a more sophisticated DMX source is plugged in, or what to do if a primary DMX source is lost.
Echo stations and sensors can now control presets in multiple spaces. This allows a single button push to control a number of rooms including the ability to turn off lights in multiple spaces. Echo photo sensors have a new option to prevent the sensor from raising levels in a pres

 
queens-theatreThe Queen's Theatre goes digital with DiGiCo
Friday, 20 October 2017

UK - A DiGiCo digital mixing system has been specified for The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch in the London Borough of Havering.
Following a recommendation from the Bloomsbury Theatre, Autograph Sales & Installations were recently asked to assist with specifying and supplying a major upgrade to the existing analogue audio mixing system for the main auditorium.
Autograph’s Peppe Mallozzi recommended a DiGiCo SD9T for its combination of small footprint, plentiful input capability, bus flexibility, rider acceptance and its ability to host the theatre-specific DiGiCo ’T’ software.
Peppe conducted an introductory training session for the house technical crew at Autograph’s demo facility prior to delivery, followed after delivery by in-depth further tuition at the theatre. The SD9 control surface is accompanied by a single SD-Rack (fitted with DiGiCo’s fibre-optic data-transfer option), a UB MADI interface and an Optocore tour-grade digital multicore.
Chris Howcroft, the theatre’s technical coordinator, commented, “The Queens Theatre Hornchurch produces a lot of actor-musician shows and the T-series software gives us the features we need to respond to a designer’s requests quickly.
“We put the new SD9T in place just in time for our youth theatre production of The Wind in the Willows and instantly used more channels than we had available on our old system so it’s reassuring to know that we can easily add new racks and i/o cards in the future. The system supplied by Autograph and DiGiCo has also revitalised our PA, w

 
 
high-end-systemsStudio Gear adds SolaFrame 750s
Friday, 20 October 2017

USA - Lighting production company Studio Gear has announced their first purchase of High End Systems SolaFrame 750 fixtures. The newest (and most compact) Sola Series luminaire was launched at the 2017 PLASA trade show in London, and will be unveiled in the USA at the upcoming LDI show in November.
Studio Gear’s Mike Atkins commented: “Our first Sola product was the SolaWash 19, which has been great for us. Over the years we’ve made numerous purchases, and subsequently bought some SolaSpot 1500s for an installation. We were very impressed and on board with the 1500 right away. The biggest need we’ve recently identified was for a smaller white light LED instrument - something that could replace 700 watt fixtures that was small, relatively lightweight and full featured. When I first heard about the SolaFrame 750, it sounded too good to be true! Based on the specs alone, we gave High End a PO before we even saw one in action.”
Atkins says the bulk of Studio Gear’s business is corporate theatre such as sales meetings, event lighting, awards dinners and trade shows. “Often with corporate events we’re in ballrooms or tents with a low ceiling height, or there are power concerns. The 750 really fills that void for us; I can put a bunch of these in the room, not suck up a lot of power, and the compact footprint is very important. The fixture’s framing and zoom capabilities are amazing. The ability to shape the light is so useful, and the zoom on this light is incredible. With the 750’s useable zoom range, you can focus on a gobo throughout the

 
lighthousechurchMaryland’s Lighthouse Church switches to Danley
Friday, 20 October 2017

USA - A Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system has been installed in the new Lighthouse Church in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
Solsound designed and installed the system that includes Danley SH (Synergy Horn) loudspeakers, SM speakers, GO2 compact loudspeakers, TH (Tapped Horn) subwoofers, and DNA multichannel amplifiers with onboard DSP and Danley model processing templates.
“The new sanctuary takes up about 12,000sq.ft in the centre of the building and seats about 1,000 people,” explained Solsound founder Art Reiger. “We’ve been working with Lighthouse Church for many years now, doing system upgrades on their old system, training, and productions of special events. They asked for our help with the new facility, which was quite an audio challenge because the space is 120’ x 100’ x 22’ with hard surfaces throughout. Clearly, the all-to-common line array approach would energize the room too much; we needed a distributed system.
“I met with the folks at Danley at InfoComm last year,” Reiger continued. “I thought their products sounded outstanding, which was consistent with a friend and fellow A/V professional’s assessment. He’s an avid Danley integrator. The product’s sound quality, coupled with the very human interactions I had with the Danley team at InfoComm and after led me to investigate a Danley solution at Lighthouse Church. They have a wide range of products to fit a wide range of situations. What sealed the deal was the support I received from [Danley engineering director] Chad [Edwardson] and [Danley customer servi

 
 
hc-andersen-festivalElation Proteus Hybrid lights Andersen festival
Friday, 20 October 2017

Denmark - The Hans Christian Andersen Festival 2017 benefited from a light show powered by a range of award-winning Elation Professional moving lights.
While over the last five years complex projection mappings were popular, this year the festival director wanted a new concept and commissioned the Berlin-based artist collective, phase7 performing arts, with the task.
Under the artistic direction of Sven Sören Beyer, phase7 performing.arts handled concept development and implementation of the new show and used 40 new Proteus Hybrid moving lights from Elation Professional to realise it.
Based on Andersen's narrative Sunshine, freedom and a little flower, a Danish cast brought the show to life on an irregular, six-story Layher scaffold reminiscent of a fairy-tale castle. In addition to the figure of Hans Christian Andersen himself, embodied by Jesper Dupont, there was a singer, Marie Schou, dancers from the Royal Ballet School, and musicians from the South Danish music conservatory. The scaffolding stage was suspended front and rear with a cyc on which video was produced. Realtime-video content, designed by Frieder Weiss, was triggered by the dancers and actors themselves.
To light the exceptional stage, lighting designer Björn Hermann used 40 of Elation’s recent PLASA Innovation Award winning Proteus Hybrid lights, which saw its European debut before the public in Odense. "Many of my events take place outdoors, under the open air," says Hermann. "In theory, one can also use any other light open air, but then need a dome as weather p

 
dushanbe-tajikistan1034Dushanbe’s Loft comes alive with Chauvet
Friday, 20 October 2017

Tajikistan - Russian installation specialist Muztorg.PRO has provided Loft, a night club in Dushanbe, with a light system featuring 16 Rogue R2 Spot, 16 Rogue R2 Wash and 8 ÉPIX Bar Tour fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
“To give the impression of separate areas within the large single venue space, it became quickly apparent that a creative visual solution was required,” commented Roman Kosinov, project manager at Muztorg.PRO. “In addition to a modern sound distribution and partitioning system, the Chauvet fixtures enabled us to create the illusion of separate visually portioned areas within the bar, restaurant and club.”
On the ground floor of the venue, which incorporates a large dancefloor, bar and main stage, a selection of 240W Rogue R2 Spot fixtures - positioned from ceiling truss -- creates a dazzling array of fast-moving and colourful visuals for the club’s DJ and club nights. “With their fixed-slot, rotating gobo wheels and the 3-facet prism, the Rogue R2 Spots transform the main dancefloor area with their incredibly punchy looks,” said Kosinov.
Whilst the spots are generating dancefloor excitement, the Rogue R1 Washes that Kosinov hung on ceiling truss are adding a touch of elegance to the venue with their background washes.
“The R1 Wash fixtures have a small footprint, but their output and zoom range allow us to paint the entire dancefloor with beautiful saturated colours,” he said. “In this sense, the R1 Wash provides an excellent base upon which the R2 Spot fixtures can provide the necessary eye candy and pu

 
 
prideAvolites proud to be part of Brighton Pride
Friday, 20 October 2017

UK - An Avolites Tiger Touch II console was used to programme and control the lighting design for the Wild Fruit Summer of Love dance tent at the annual LGBTQ equality and diversity festival Brighton Pride.
The Summer of Love' tent hosted headline act DJ David Morales and featured sets from Jocelyn Brown, Angie Brown, Rozalla and Prok & Fitch. Providing the venue with a series of intense lighting looks was lighting designer Paul de Villiers who worked closely with Dean Parker of Wilde Ones Event Services who supplied and managed the event.
"We have worked with Dean and Wilde Ones on Brighton Pride for the past two years," says De Villiers. "The concept this year for the Wild Fruit tent was to 'go wide'. In the past, the tent's performance area was end-on, but this year we went broader and located the stage side-on."
To create the 'wild fruit' dance look, De Villiers used self-climbing truss goalposts toward the back of the stage framing a 12mx 4m, 6mm LED wall, supplied by Video Illusions, that displayed outlandish club visuals complete with custom logos and Pride sponsor footage dropped in over the top.
"We ran LED across the front of the DJ riser, creating a frame for the booth using lighting and truss," says De Villiers. "We then ran more LED screen down the two framing truss towers and had moving head beams and lasers on four truss uprights, two either side of the stage."
To complete the look laser systems were provided by Paul Teare from Shive-AV these comprised two Laserworld Purelight PL-10.000 with retro fit e

 
adamson-spectrum-snd-stadium-oct17-hrSpectrum deploys Adamson rig for Saudi National Day
Friday, 20 October 2017

Middle East - Dubai’s Spectrum Entertainment Services has joined the Adamson Network with the purchase of a E-Series system.
Spectrum’s new Adamson system is comprised of 24 E15 and 12 E12 three-way, true line source array cabinets, 12 E219 subwoofers, and 24 compact E119 subwoofers.
The new package has already been put to work at several large-scale events, including the 2017 Saudi National Day celebrations at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.
“We’re seeing the demand for high-performance audio systems continue to grow and invested in Adamson’s E-Series due to its high-fidelity sound, phase coherence, even coverage, and clarity,” explains Julien Beyrouthy, general manager of Spectrum Entertainment Services. “We’re following our long-time clients to bigger venues while also supporting larger festivals and major international tours. Adamson’s rider acceptance has grown significantly and promoters in our market have made it clear they’re looking for seasoned companies offering Adamson systems.”
The company recently supplied Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh with an expansive sound system for its Saudi National Day celebrations. The event, held 23 September 2017, featured a performance of the operetta The National Epic for a crowd of approximately 50,000.
All of Spectrum Entertainment Service’s E-Series inventory was deployed, with the main stage arrays comprised of 12 E15s and six E12s per side. For low-end reproduction, the company relied on 12 E119 and six E219s per side.

 
 
open-air-opera-kremlin-point-sourceK-array delivers for Astrakhan open air opera
Friday, 20 October 2017

Russia - At the end of August, the city of Astrakhan in southern Russia, hosted an impressive classical music event which gathered an audience of more than 5,000 people. Set inside the old walls of the Astrakhan Kremlin, a stronghold fortress that began construction in the 16th century, the Astrakhan State Theatre of Opera and Ballet performed an open-air presentation of the opera, Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin.
On the night of the performance, the central square of the Kremlin was transformed into the seating area while the beautiful Cathedral of the Assumption and adjacent buildings served as the stage backdrop. A temporary 40 x 20m platform was assembled for the orchestra at centre stage.
All sound equipment used for the performance, including Allen & Heath dLive mixing consoles, a main K-array PA system, Audio-Technica microphones and wireless systems and QSC stage monitors, were provided by Russia distributor MixArt.
“We worked previously with The Astrakhan Opera Theatre on a few other projects including the Delta Jazz Festival, the premier of Giuseppe Verdi's Traviata and The Damnation of Faust at The Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, and they were extremely happy with the results which is why they invited us to work with them again on this project. We were able to rely on a similar setup of equipment to meet the challenging conditions of an open-air opera performance,” says Vadim Scherbakov, the head of MixArt office for the south region and the chief sound engineer of the project at the Astrakhan Kremlin.
The ma

 
eaton-usw-partnership-img2488Eaton strengthens ties with USW
Friday, 20 October 2017

UK - Live entertainment lighting control specialist Eaton has enabled the University of South Wales (USW) to enjoy the power and flexibility of a Zero 88 FLX console which has been added to their line-up of lighting control options.
This increases their stock of Zero 88 products, which already includes distributed dimming (both Alphapack and Betapack) and manual control of their new 1:8 scale mini rig from a Jester 12/24.
Eaton is also supporting modules on USW’s BSc Lighting Design and Technology and Live Event Technology courses.
First year students visit the Welsh factory in Cwmbran as part of their Introduction to Lighting module; while second years sit the Control Technology module that has been developed by the Zero 88 team. For the first time, final year students can work with Eaton employees during their Group Projects module, where they must design and produce a piece of hardware or software, supported by a marketing strategy.
Stuart Green, course leader for BSc (Hons) Lighting Design and Technology, said: “We are pleased to be working with Eaton, a locally based company with global reach in the lighting and live event industry. The partnership enables our students to gain a variety of experiences, from work placements to having access to industry standard equipment and the latest expertise, all of this helps to prepare them for an industry career on graduation.”
Eaton has also welcomed USW year in industry placement student, Edward Smith, to the Zero 88 team. Edward explained: “Placements m

 
 
absenAV Stumpfl gives wings to Absen showroom
Thursday, 19 October 2017

Germany - Absen recently expanded and upgraded its showroom setup at their European HQ in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
In the new set up, the company is showcasing its bestselling models and a number of new LED solutions developed for a number of industries including corporate, retail, rental staging, OOH and sports.
The majority of the LED screens in the showroom are fed content from an AV Stumpfl Wings Engine Stage media server. The Wings software interface gives Absen technicians the ability to quickly change and replace professional audio-visual content, depending on the profile of the showroom visitors.
Oliver Straub, the Absen technician in charge of the showroom comments: “Since we opted for the Wings Engine media server, handling content has become a lot easier for us. We now have one main system interface, that we know is reliable and can easily be adjusted. In order to make the best use of the quality of our LED solutions, we needed a professional media server platform, because no matter how good your LED display is, you have to make sure that the content workflow is equally professional.”
Among the LED screens showcased in the showroom is the Absen HDV 1.2, the latest generation of UHD indoor wall displays for fixed installation. Boasting a viewing angle of 160°, the front install HDV 1.2 design helps to save up to 80% of space.
(Jim Evans)

 
LOUD acquired by Transom Capital Group
Thursday, 19 October 2017

USA - LOUD Technologies has been acquired by US private equity company Transom Capital Group.
The move is hoped to enable the growth of LOUD's brands, including Ampeg, EAW, Mackie and Martin Audio, and expand the company into adjacent markets.
The pro audio firm will now be named LOUD Audio and retain its executive management team to ensure continuity with product development, distribution and the supply chain.
LOUD CEO Mark Graham said: “This transaction is the first step in a broader strategic plan to enable and grow each of our iconic brands. Our brand and product strategies are greatly enhanced going forward as each will be working from a vastly improved financial structure and with access to growth capital. Transom is an exciting partner as they have experience in our industry and a great track record of building brands. Further, they share a commitment to our core values of customer focus and product innovation, and we are looking forward to working together to make our brands even more valuable to our partners and customers.”
Ty Schultz, managing partner of Transom Capital, added: “This transaction presents a great opportunity to work with the LOUD team to achieve the next stage of growth for these iconic brands. These brands are positioned well with major retailers, installers and production companies and bring with them an outstanding legacy of innovation and category-defining product introductions. We have been working closely with LOUD’s leadership to ensure continuity of the supply chain, channel relationships and LOUD’s

 
 
spotlighttheleyspic1-pressThe Leys upgrades with Spotlight LED Fresnels
Thursday, 19 October 2017

UK - Cambridge-based co-educational boarding and day school The Leys has recently upgraded the drama technical facilities of its purpose-built theatre and performing arts centre with the latest energy-efficient Spotlight Green Line white LED Fresnels.
As part of the lighting upgrade of the school’s 337-seat performance venue, theatre manager Paul Durose contacted A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) to replace the existing conventional Fresnels / PC white lighting fixtures with energy-efficient LED equivalents.
Paul had previously worked with AC-ET to upgrade the theatre and main drama studio's PAR and Profile fixtures to full colour-changing LED versions, so he approached them again to recommend several suitable white fixtures from their extensive portfolio of theatrical LED solutions.
The company's specialist lighting sales division arranged for an onsite trial of various product options, after which Paul chose Spotlight Green Line FresneLED 200W and FresneLED Compact 100W, Warm White Fresnels.
He commented: "Over the past few years we have invested in an all-LED 'standard rig' for both our main theatre and drama studio. We had been looking for an affordable, good quality warm-white LED Fresnel. In my opinion, the Spotlight units offer this at a good price. They produced the best results out of the various LED fixtures we trialled, and deliver a very smooth and even coverage, with no compromise to the quality of light.
“As well as complementing the rigs' RGB LED units, they work well with our additional theatre stock of 1.2

 
rs-nf-1Stageco takes to the road with the Stones
Thursday, 19 October 2017

Europe - Stageco continued its long-term association with The Rolling Stones on the band’s current tour No Filter.
The staging company created the two steel tower and roof systems that have been leapfrogging around Europe since the start of September when the tour opened at Hamburg’s Stadtpark Festwiese.
The Rolling Stones production manager Dale ‘Opie’ Skjerseth engaged in what he referred to as “my A team”, featuring creative director Patrick Woodroffe and set designer Ray Winkler from Stufish Entertainment Architects, with Jeremy Lloyd of Wonder Works co-ordinating the technical design elements and working with Stageco’s project manager Hedwig De Meyer and R&D engineers Tom Frederickx, Patrick Martens and Kai Eppinger, to create two complete steel, tower and roof systems that have been leapfrogging around Europe since the start of September when the tour opened at Hamburg’s Stadtpark Festwiese.
From the outset, the band’s main wish was for a tidy and streamlined production, with sleek contours but absolutely no hint of behind the scenes steelwork. Spreading 60m wide, the resulting set features four monolithic 22m high x 11m wide LED video screens, a 28m long T-shaped catwalk and B-stage, and a bespoke, cantilevered, transparent-skinned ‘roofette’ that hovers above the band.
Stefaan Vandenbosch, the leader of one of the two outdoor Stageco crews (Kevin De Meyer managed the other), commented: “Each system fills 17 trucks. Working with our own team of 14 along with 15 local climbers and 15 stage hands, it tak

 
 
ello-caiaProel names international sales manager for Axiom
Thursday, 19 October 2017

Italy - Proel has announced the appointment of Elio Caia to the position of international sales manager for the company's Axiom professional loudspeaker brand. Effective from the beginning of October, Caia will be responsible for growing and coordinating all of Axiom's export markets in the EMEA, APAC, and North American regions.
Caia comes to Axiom with a solid background in professional audio, having worked as part of an export team managing distributors, developing markets, and providing specialised technical support to export markets for a noted pro audio sound systems manufacturer. He has travelled extensively in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, and is very familiar with multiple cultures.
"Elio has a fine balance of experience and skills to address the different facets of today's world-wide pro audio market," commented Axiom business unit manager Daniele Massaccesi, "I feel that a proper interpretation of different market needs requires a good cultural and linguistic background combined with a suitable technical and commercial knowledge, and these are talents that we have found in abundance with Elio.”
(Jim Evans)

 
at5047Audio-Technica now shipping AT5047
Thursday, 19 October 2017

USA - Audio-Technica is now shipping its new AT5047 cardioid condenser microphone. The most recent addition to A-T’s 50 Series, the AT5047 is a premier studio microphone that features the same capsule as the AT5040 but with a transformer-coupled output and optimised electronics. It is equally at home capturing instruments and vocals.
Boasting a wide dynamic range – the widest among all Audio-Technica microphones – the AT5047 captures the full, expressive character of a sound source, no matter how loud or how soft. And since it is equipped with a transformer-coupled output, the microphone maintains a constant load output impedance, even when capturing sources at extreme SPL, resulting in a stable relationship between the mic and a mic preamp or console input.
The AT5047 features four rectangular two-micron-thick diaphragms, which function together to provide a combined surface area twice that of a standard one-inch circular diaphragm. Discrete components have been carefully selected and optimized for maximum performance and compatibility with a wide array of microphone preamps and console inputs. Advanced internal shock mounting decouples the capsule from the microphone body, and the included advanced-design AT8480 shock mount provides superior isolation.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
se-electronicssE Electronics’ double launch at AES NYC
Thursday, 19 October 2017

USA - sE Electronics is presenting two microphones at the AES Show in New York - an updated version of sE2200 and the V7 X, a dynamic microphone with a specialized aluminum voice coil intended for a wide range of instrumental applications. sE will also be showcasing their newest small-diaphragm condenser, the sE8, and the V7 MC1, the wireless version of their acclaimed V7 dynamic.
sE states, “Given the revered status of its predecessors, we’ve remained true to our original hand-crafted capsule design for the sE2200, custom-built transformer and class-A discrete circuit topologies – so it still has the sound of the mics loved by a whole generation of engineers.” Previous versions were made famous through use with world-class vocal recording artists like Amy Winehouse, and still remain a standard in mic lockers around the world.”
The V7 X is a brand-new sibling to sE’s V7 handheld dynamic, highly regarded for its high-fidelity sound and superior off-axis rejection. While the V7 is intended for vocals, the V7 X’s specialized capsule’s aluminum voice coil and acoustic design have been specifically tailored for instrumental use, with a lowered resonance and extended frequency response providing a “perfectly natural balance of detailed highs and deep, clear lows”. The V7 X is intended for use on snares, toms, electric & acoustic guitars, brass instruments, and more.
(Jim Evans)

 
pmc-result6-studio-shot-1PMC launches compact nearfield monitor at AES
Thursday, 19 October 2017

USA - At this week’s AES convention in New York, UK loudspeaker manufacturer PMC is launching result6, a compact nearfield reference monitor.
PMC’s new two-way active result6 loudspeaker “combines all the attributes for which the company’s pro reference monitors are internationally renowned”. These include high resolution and detail, accurate and extended bass, consistent tonal balance on all levels and wide dispersion and sweet spot - all distilled into an affordable nearfield reference with the emphasis on elegant simplicity.
The two-way design features a 27mm soft-dome tweeter with dispersion grille and a mid/bass unit composed of a doped natural fibre, both custom-designed for the result6. The LF driver was developed using a aser-based measurement system, recently introduced into the design process at PMC, which determines the electromechanical performance of the driver with extreme accuracy and allows the bass driver to be perfectly integrated with the Advanced Transmission Line - the proprietary bass-loading system at the heart of all PMC products.
The built-in dual amplifiers supply 65W and 100W of power to the HF and LF drivers respectively
"The result6 provides the perfect introduction to the benefits of ATL technology for audio professionals new to our range," explains Oliver Thomas, PMC's head of design. "Of course, as is the PMC way, a great deal of advanced design work has been involved behind the scenes. There are no overly complex DSP-based user options or room profiles; instead, the result6 achieves its characterist

 
 
kh80dspawrightCompact Neumann monitor now in white
Thursday, 19 October 2017

USA - At this week’s AES Convention in NYC, studio specialist Neumann is showcasing a new white version of its compact KH 80 DSP monitor loudspeaker.
“This white version has been designed for stylish project or home studios that prefer white monitors, for installations where the loudspeakers should not detract from the look of the room, and for home audiophiles,” said Wolfgang Fraissinet, president of Neumann.Berlin.
Since its launch earlier this year, the KH 80 DSP two-way active monitor has met with “huge acclaim from users worldwide as it provides highly accurate, professional monitoring with a small footprint”.
The KH 80 DSP features the same distortion-minimizing features as the bigger Neumann models and the same innovative Mathematically Modelled Dispersion (MMD) waveguide, which ensures wide horizontal and narrow vertical dispersion, thus making the monitor more forgiving of diverse acoustical environments and ensuring a smoother off-axis response, less reflections, and freedom of movement.
The KH 80 DSP’s cabinet is made from a special polycarbonate composite that eliminates standing waves and ensures an ultra-fast transient response for the bass. It also reduces intermodulation distortion, particularly in the midrange. The front panel is made from one piece, which minimizes diffraction and ensures a smoother frequency response overall. Two large ports reduce the bass compression and are helpful when the monitor needs to be mounted in tight spaces.
The KH 80 DSP is Neumann’s first monitor loudspeaker with a DSP en

 
vidyavoxsmChris Reade lights Vidya Vox with Chauvet
Thursday, 19 October 2017

South Africa - A light show featuring CHAUVET Professional fixtures is supporting YouTube hit act Vidya Vox on her international tour.
The Chris Reade and Jay Ballinger-designed light show includes a collection of Maverick MK2 Spot, Rogue R2 Wash and STRIKE 4 fixtures.
“We use these fixtures in wide variety of ways to reflect the scope of Vidya’s music,” said Reade of Las Vegas based KYVA Design LLC. “Much of the credit for our impactful lightshow goes to Heather Cossette. Jay and I gave her a general overview of what we were looking for regarding visuals. Heather then took the concept and put her stamp on it through her programming and directing. We trust Heather's instincts. I personally am impressed by her creativity, detail, and fantastic attitude.”
The net result of this collaborative effort is a lightshow that’s as sweeping and ebullient as Vidya Vox’s far-ranging creative mashups. Relying on the rich colours, wide zoom range and crisp gobo patterns of their overhead fixtures, the designers create intricate lighting architecture on stage that seems to bend and flow with the artist’s music.
Although the exact number of fixtures in the rig varies depending on the country the international tour appears in, their role in the design remains consistent. The Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures are flown on multiple trusses and are employed as key lights, in addition to being used for silhouettes, audience sweeps and gobo breakups.
“We’ve really been impressed by the MK2 Spot’s output,” said Reade. “It’s definitely givin

 
 
thailandHarman provides luxurious AV experience in Bangkok
Thursday, 19 October 2017

Thailand - Mahajak Development Co recently installed a complete Harman networked AV audio solution at AVANI Riverside Bangkok.
In order to provide audio coverage and networked AV for a wide range of specialized areas and environments, hotel owner Minor International hired Mahajak Development to install a Harman AV audio solution comprising JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS signal processors, Soundcraft audio mixers and AMX networked AV systems.
“We asked Mahajak Development to provide us with robust AV solutions to accommodate a spectrum of events and functions,” said Pakpoom Worakamolkul, senior engineering manager, Minor International. “Thanks to the variety of speaker types and sizes in the JBL Control Series line, Mahajak was able to customise the solution in each different environment to deliver maximum coverage and intelligibility. The colours and grills of the speakers blend in with their surroundings perfectly. Furthermore, the Harman AV systems in our grand ballroom and meeting spaces are very flexible and easily optimized for different types of events.”
The AV system allows the AVANI Riverside Bangkok staff to produce weddings, business conferences, private parties and more. In the grand ballroom, JBL Control Series speakers are complemented by JBL EON Series powered speakers and JBL STX818S subwoofers for enhanced volume and bass response. The entire system is powered by Crown CTs Series, XLi Series and XTi 2 Series amplifiers.
Soundcraft MFXi audio mixers enable staff and guest DJs to quickly craft professio

 
macysreflect-hires-1PixelFLEX heads downtown to Macy’s
Thursday, 19 October 2017

USA - US retailer Macy’s has installed a LED video display from PixelFLEX at its Brooklyn department store.
The company contacted provider of digital brand media solutions Reflect, who installed a new FLEXLite NXG 3.9mm LED video display from PixelFLEX.
“Looking to add digital media to the new Brooklyn store design, the executives at Macy’s brought us on early in the project where they were originally concepting a large video wall composed of 55” LCD displays,” began Chas Thornhill, CTS, Reflect’s senior systems engineer. “I took one look at that and immediately started working to change the design from LCD to LED. In the end, we were successful in proving that LED would look better while being more cost-effective when considering the full installation and maintenance costs, and the FLEXLite NXG looks great in the new space.”
Now with fully front-serviceable video panels, plus seamless right-angle corner capabilities, the FLEXLite NXG is one of the highest resolution LED video displays on the market. Available in 2.6-6.25mm pitch options, plus a 6.25mm full outdoor IP65 version as well, FLEXLite NXG tiles are calibrated directly out of the box to ensure perfect color and brightness and will help you realize the full potential of your retail LED video environment.
“Macy’s has a few corporate owned LED displays, mostly in the Herald Square flagship store, so they weren’t completely unfamiliar with the technology, but they did have the idea it would be much more expensive over LCD,” continued Thornhill. “Using the enti

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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