UK - Audio solutions company 2B Heard is stepping into the world of high-end microphones following its recent acquisition of microphone brand Sontronics.
2B Heard director, Sam Nankivell, comments, “We feel very privileged to take on the reins of this highly respected microphone brand, which is known for its superb quality products, award-winning customer service, international reach and unique lifetime warranty. Sontronics will fit perfectly into the 2B Heard portfolio and we are excited to be working with the skilled and knowledgeable Sontronics team to build the brand even further and put a wealth of new ideas into practice. The future is looking very bright for Sontronics.”
Sontronics was established in 2004 by engineer, musician and microphone designer Trevor Coley, who, together with wife Lisa, built it into the brand it is today. Sontronics is supported by

USA - World Changers Church International (WCCI) was founded in 1981 by the author, conference speaker and bible teacher Creflo Dollar. It is a thriving Christian worship centre which in 1995 moved to its present location, the 8,500-seat World Dome in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2021, during the global Covid-19 pandemic which forced the closure of many churches, Jason Farah of Outline US was approached by WCCI who expressed a need to upgrade their existing sound system.
Although it was a flagship product from a major brand, the sound team felt that the audio throughout the large sanctuary could be improved - their initial inclination was to remain with that brand but they were also aware of Outline and asked Jason to undertake some room modelling with 3D modelling software from both companies.
Jason comments: “I have served as WCCI’s audio consultant

USA - Big Nite DC, which bills itself as the largest NYE convention hall party draws around 10,000 party goers, spread out over two ballrooms and 12 additional spaces. The main ballroom, which serves as the hub of the evening’s festivities, measures 45,000sq.ft and has 270-degrees of floor-to-ceiling glass windows affording stunning views of the Potomac River.
Animating the big event this year, as it has in the past, was an upbeat and colourful lighting and video design from Evan Kirkendall and the team at Harford Sound LLC.
“Every year we challenge ourselves to create a fresh, new design in the primary ballroom,” said Kirkendall. “We get to design this large rig from the ground up, so we really like to push ourselves each year.”
Although lighting Big Nite DC is “loads of fun”, it is not without its challenges. “The overall stage size is quite sma

USA - The Warren Haynes Presents Christmas Jam returned for its 32nd year, partnering with the Asheville area Habitat for Humanity and BeLoved Asheville. Bandit Lites provided the lighting system for the 9 December showcase which featured a line-up including Slash and Myles Kennedy, Billy F Gibbons, Gov’t Mule, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, Clutch and Karina Rykman.
The winter spectacular began in 1988 and has raised more than $2.8m over the years, helping those in the area who have been unable to be homeowners due to financial setbacks.
"To take something as simple as playing music, which we all love to do, and turn it into building houses, it's an opportunity that I can't be more thankful for," Haynes told area news.
Bandit Lites provided over 100ft of Tyler Truss and more than 165 fixtures for the epic jam night including Ayrton Khamsin S, Chauve

South Africa - Hendrick Nemalili of Murangi Productions collected 12 new Claypaky Axcor Beam 300s and four Robe LedBeam 150s from DWR Distribution which went straight onto the 16th Crown Gospel Music Awards held on 26 November at the 10 000-seater Dome marquee based at the FNB Stadium in Nasrec, Johannesburg.
The Crown Gospel Awards celebrates excellence in the South African gospel music industry. Traditionally taking place at the Durban ICC, it was hosted in Johannesburg for the first time. Having worked on the production on two different occasions, Hendrick was appointed to design the set and to provide the full technical comprising lighting, audio (including backline) and screens.
With three months to plan and prepare, he came up with the concept. “As the Crown Gospel Awards were making a debut in the City of Gold the idea was to integrate a suspended crown centre

USA - Lighting for the recent legs - including the USA and Canada - of popular and prolific Indian singer Shreya Ghoshal’s All Hearts world tour was programmed by Manu Jacob using an all grandMA3 control system solution for this section of the tour, and the first time on a touring project.
Brought onboard as programmer by Mumbai based show producers BToS Productions, he worked closely with the lighting design team from LAGFL Designs on ensuring that the show they had crafted was programmed in the most efficient, logical, and flexible way, enabling the showfile to be swiftly updated to deal with different sized venues.
“It was to facilitate this and also for the networking capabilities that I decided to make the switch to all grandMA3 for this project,” he stated, adding that he has been working on the grandMA platform for the last 10 years, and appreciates its

USA - AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, has significantly upgraded the capabilities of its main audio control room with the installation of a Solid State Logic System T S500m console. The new system, which was supplied and integrated by Clair Global Integration’s Pro Media Audio Video division, is primarily used to mix and route audio throughout the 80,000-seat stadium during the venue’s very busy calendar of sports, entertainment and corporate events.
AT&T Stadium is in use 365 days a year, not just during football season, and the control room is the hub through which all audio signals pass for almost every event. “This room routes audio for the whole venue, to the bowl PA system, the X clubs, back-of-house, concessions and bathrooms, as well as broadcast feeds - you name it, we route it through here,” says Gary French, head of audio for the

The Netherlands - De Tocht is a new ice-based musical production staged in the purpose-built 1475-capacity Friso Theatrein Leeuwarden. Directed by Eddy Habbema and choreographed by Marc Forno, the production design was created by Luc Peumans, artistic director of Painting with Light (PWL), whose brief encompassed lighting, video and scenography, an ambitious collage of visual disciplines to capture all the skating action presented in “spectacular” style.
Luc utilised over 200 Robe moving lights for the show including 120 Esprites, 83 LEDBeam 350s, 16 T2 Profiles and 13 iFortes running on a remote follow spot system, supplied to the production by RentAll.
The Dutch-language De Tocht story follows five former skating friends on their adventures skating the Elfstedentocht - an 11-city, 200 km long-distance tour on natural ice over rivers and canals in the Netherlands

The Netherlands - Opened in September 2022, and located in the village of Mijnsheerenland to the south of Rotterdam, Brasserie de Greup is a hospitality venue offering food, drink, and entertainment. Instrumental in the creation of its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere is an Optimal Audio system, installed by AVgek of Rotterdam.
Experienced installers AVgek specialise in commercial and domestic audio-visual projects and consulted with the team at Brasserie de Greup over their requirements. The Brasserie wanted to provide background and foreground music reinforcement for the bar and restaurant areas, from a system that was as easy as possible for its staff to operate.
Bob Sol of AVgek comments: “We have a great relationship with Audio Technica Benelux (Optimal Audio’s distributor in the region) and were aware that this new brand had attracted a very positive reaction

South Africa - Johannesburg-based MJ Event Gear, the technical supply company founded by Mike Jones in the early 90s, recently invested in lighting and audio equipment from DWR Distribution.
Mike Jones asked his team to come up with a wish list, with a focus on adding essential gear to their inventory. They decided on a grandMA3 compact XT, eight Robe LEDBeam 350s, six Longman F6s, two Le Maitre MVS Hazers, and two Antari M5 foggers. Additionally, they acquired a DiGiCo S21 console with a D2 rack and an Audix DP 5A Drum Kit, catering to their audio needs.
"The Robe LEDBeam 350s immediately impressed us during their first gig,” says Mike. “The fixtures were used outdoors and being positioned on the lawn, the programmer selected a narrow beam with the audience in mind. Then he gave a demonstration of the units being used wide open and it truly blew me away.”

USA - Martin Audio partner, Audio Video Electronics (AVE) has successfully upgraded the technical infrastructure at the Word of Faith Dominion Church (WOFD) in Lake Mills, Iowa.
Based in Brooklyn Park, MN the integrators opted for a Torus constant curvature array solution after their engineering team had reviewed a number of possibilities.
According to AVE sales consultant, Kerry Graffunder, the church’s existing PA had reached end of life and was no longer delivering the coverage or clarity required from a worship establishment that is just 25 years old. “The pastor merely requested some ‘thump in the trunk’ … and the intelligibility has greatly increased also,” he said.
This result was obtained by hanging a pair of Torus, left and right of the stage, with a Blackline X218 subwoofer in the centre. Nearfield coverage is provided by a pair of Martin Au

UK - Occupying three floors of a Grade II listed building, Brewski Chester is a restaurant on a mission to ‘provide happiness through hospitality’. With its North American lodge-themed interior and soul, jazz and funk soundtrack, the recently opened venue (the brand’s third in the UK) has proved to be an instant hit in the city.
For the team at Brewski, the soundtrack to accompany its generously portioned American comfort food needed be as on point as the cuisine, so as the new site was in development, they engaged Manchester-based specialists Hollowsphere to install a Pioneer Pro Audio sound system.
Experienced installers Hollowsphere recommended loudspeakers from the Pioneer Pro Audio CM-Series of commercial audio products. Drawing on the company’s heritage of manufacturing dynamic club speakers, the CM-Series delivers outstanding audio from units that visual

UK - After the release of her sophomore album The Good Witch in June this year, Maisie Peters, a British artist and songwriter signed with Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records, embarked on a tour to support her album. She has recently completed the latest UK leg, with further dates across Europe and Australia scheduled for 2024.
FOH engineer Nathan Kennedy and monitor engineer Michael ‘Fitz’ Fitzsimons, both seasoned DiGiCo users, utilised a DiGiCo SD10 and DiGiCo Quantum 225 respectively, benefitting from what Kennedy describes as “natural and uncoloured sound”, while Fitzsimons highlights the console's customisable programming, which he believes surpasses any other console manufacturer in the industry.
Kennedy started using DiGiCo consoles in 2012, and says the workflow immediately resonated with him, stating, “What goes in, comes out exactly as yo

Thailand - L&E Beyond, a division of the Bangkok-based Lighting and Equipment Co. Ltd. (L&E), established by industry professionals over three decades ago, has unveiled the largest LED Volume in Southeast Asia (ASEAN). Elevating the region’s virtual production experience to world-class standards, and by using familiar, high-calibre equipment, it aims to attract both local audiences and international clients.
Contributing to its appeal are Brompton’s Tessera LED video processing solutions, which offer unprecedented colour management capabilities and an ultra-realistic visual experience, thus supporting the production of creative content such as music videos, live shows, events, award ceremonies, films and product launches, amongst other projects.
Measuring an impressive 18m wide by 7m high, with a curvature adjustment of up to five degrees, the LED Volume is

USA - A combination of Holoplot’s sound control capabilities and creative sound design by Jonathan Deans let the vocals shine for this new off-Broadway production. Based on the true story of the legendary Cuban ensemble, Buena Vista Social Club (BVSC) brings the 1966 Grammy-winning album to the Atlantic Theatre Company.
Produced by Cuban American playwright Marco Ramirez, the show debuted mid-December at the Linda Gross Theatre and has received rave reviews. Sound designer Jonathan Deans, known for work on Broadway hits and Cirque du Soleil productions, collaborated with music supervisor Dean Sharenow and director Saheem Ali to create the auditory experience, with global technology provider PRG furnishing a comprehensive audio and lighting solution for the production, including the first Holoplot X1 system to grace a musical theatre production.
Working with a

Hungary - Lightware Visual Engineering has announced a significant update to its corporate identity. This rebranding reflects Lightware's commitment to continuous innovation and its evolution over the past 25 years.
Lightware's decision to revise its branding and logo was made to better align the company's visual persona with its status as an innovator in the technology sector. The new design retains a connection to Lightware's past while introducing a more modern and streamlined look. This includes an updated colour scheme and a new slogan that highlights Lightware's key values: innovation, reliability and its European origin.
Lightware's history is marked by its role in pioneering solutions within the AV industry. The company has been responsible for notable developments such as the EDID manager, Hybrid Matrix switchers, transmitters and receivers, and LARA, a USB-C

UK - Scotland-based event companies, 21CC Group has acquired laser and visual installation company, funktioncreep. The addition of these services to the 21CC portfolio ‘will bolster the company's offering, enhancing its ability to offer a full turnkey of event design and technical solutions on a large scale to new and existing clients’.
Geoff Crow, director of 21CC Group commented: “In line with our ambition to become the market leaders in event sector technology and sustainable technical advancements, and with sustainable event delivery high on the political and social agenda, the next natural stage of development for 21CC Group is lasers, projections, and holographic productions.
“One of our founding mantras was to be at the cutting edge of technology within the events sector and acquiring functioncreep brings new skills, experiences and abilities into 21CC

Italy - For 75 years, RCF has been at the forefront of audio innovation. Founded in 1949 by a group of passionate engineers, RCF's heritage is rooted in a relentless pursuit of superior sound quality and technological advancement.
Today, with R&D, manufacturing, and distribution all under one roof in Reggio Emilia, Italy, RCF can rapidly turn ideas into market-ready solutions.
RCF's versatile product portfolio includes everything from installation-grade speaker systems to portable PA solutions and large-scale line array technologies. Flagship offerings like the new TT+ Audio GTX series offer high standards for clarity, control, and setup speed in demanding touring and fixed install environments.
Beyond products, RCF provides full-cycle support capabilities to integrators, engineers, and end users. The in-house acoustics team, RCF ESG, assists with complex

Ovation - The Who's Roger Daltrey has announced he will step down as curator of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust gigs, after this year's set of concerts. The shows have been running at the Royal Albert Hall since 2000, raising more than £32m from ticket sales. Daltrey will kick off his final year by staging two orchestral sets with The Who. Noel Gallagher, Young Fathers and The Chemical Brothers will also play.
The series will end with a celebration of the series of shows. Titled Ovation, the concert will feature Daltrey himself, accompanied by artists who helped establish the gigs as a fixture of the music calendar. The line-up will include Robert Plant, Paul Weller, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, The Stereophonics' Kelly Jones and Daltrey's long-time musical foil, Pete Townshend.
From 2025, the concerts will be overseen by a series of guest curators. Daltrey will c

UK - The Association of Motion Picture Sound has announced the contenders for excellence in sound for a feature film awards. The movies are: Barbie (Warner Bros), Mission Impossible (Paramount), Oppenheimer (Universal), Saltburn (Amazon) and (A24).
AMPS chair Andrew Wilson, expressed enthusiasm for this year's nominees, stating: "The nominees showcase a remarkable blend of creativity and technical mastery. These exceptional films highlight the varied and dynamic landscape of the craft of sound in film, each presents distinct audio demands executed to a fantastic degree, making the decision for AMPS voters a truly challenging one.”
Final voting will start on 15 January and close on 25 January. In addition to supervising crew members, AMPS honours key 1st assistant sound/boom operators and supervising dialogue/ADR editors.
The announ

Italy - MovieChrome, a video production company located in the heart of Milan, has transformed its facilities, integrating a virtual production studio to enhance its offering to clients. The first virtual studio to use Absen’s Pixel Reality (PR) series, the team at MovieChrome is now fully equipped to bring to life visionary projects.
Based in the creative centre, in Milan, MovieChrome has established itself as an innovative video production house, launching its tabletop department back in 2018, which has since become a benchmark service in the international special effects market. With six studios, a video/audio equipment rental service, and a team of high-end professionals, the company has a strong pedigree offering competitive and progressive services to its clients. Its latest evolution has seen the launch of the MovieChrome Pixel Reality Studio, an impressive, purpose

UK - With over 40 Popworld late night bar/discos in their estate, leisure operators, Stonegate Group, recently refreshed the brand by unveiling their next generation interior.
Popworld Bournemouth, like most of the others, has benefitted from a creative and immersive audio-visual integration courtesy of Martin Audio partners, Middlesex Sound & Light (MSL).
Occupying the site of a former Walkabout Inn, which had also been equipped with Martin Audio, MSL were able to service, recondition and redeploy some of the pre-existing kit across the five-zone interior. Where auxiliary sound has been required, they have met the challenge by specifying Martin Audio’s compact but high output Adorn series in the shape of A55T surface mount and ACS-40TS ceiling speakers.
The operators have made their heaviest investment yet in audio visual, flipping their earlier concept of

UK - Grammy Award-winning global super star, Burna Boy, brought his Love, Damini stadium tour to the 80,000 capacity London Stadium last summer in front of his largest solo audience to date, simultaneously becoming the first ever African artist to headline a UK stadium.
The tour celebrated his sixth album Love, Damini, with his electrifying performances, and dramatic production and lighting designs from Anthony Hazelden of Live Lighting.
Hazelden chose a quantity of Ayrton Huracán LT, Eurus Profile and Domino LT fixtures as the mainstay of his London Stadium rig, which were supplied by London-based Colour Sound Experiment. Ayrton is distributed exclusively in the UK by Ambersphere Solutions.
“We went with all-Ayrton gear because their products are all LED-sourced,” he explains. “Another major reason for our choice was our need for high powe

UK - RCF UK has announced two open days - one in the north of England, one in the south - for the official UK launch of TT+ AUDIO’s new large-format GTX line array.
With support from head office in Italy, they will be showcasing the premium system on 5 February at the Glasshouse, Gateshead, with two presentations - one at 10.30am, and one at 1.30pm. Then three days later they repeat the formula down south at the Millennium Studios, Bedford, where a second presentation (also at 10.30am and 1.30pm) will be held for more southern-based dealers, specifiers and media representatives.
On demonstration will be the flagship GTX 12 line array, the mid-size GTX 10 line array, accompanied by the GTS 29 subwoofer and XPS 16K amplifier.
The audio-visual demo will last around 20 minutes with customer interaction via Q&A and the facility for the presentation to be repeate

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