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l-acoustics-pirates-open-day-02L-Acoustics demo at Jo’burg Pirates Club
Monday, 20 January 2020

South Africa - DWR Distribution is inviting companies and individuals based in Johannesburg to attend an L-Acoustics demo to be held at Pirates Club in Greenside on 5 February.
This will be an open day, and visitors are welcome to visit any time between 11:00 and 15:00, where demonstrations will be held on the hour, every hour. The focus will be on the L-Acoustics Kiva II.

dbd&b audiotechnik opens US support and training base
Monday, 20 January 2020

USA - German audio technology and solution company d&b audiotechnik has opened a new office and training centre in Signal Hill, California.
The facility is the second in the country for d&b, which is headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina. With the two bases, the company can address both coasts with dedicated teams and resources.
“Accessibility to our growing base of customers and partners in the US is critical,” comments Amnon Harman, CEO of d&b audiotechnik. “In the audio business relationships are paramount and this new facility demonstrates our desire to build strong, long-term partnerships with both the audio technology and broader entertainment community.”
The facility’s training centre enables the d&b US team to deliver comprehensive Soundscape demonstrations and education seminars and will be available for existing and potential new customers to experience the capabilities and possibilities of d&b systems.
“Designing excellent sound experiences is at the core of d&b’s mission to accurately transfer passions. With our new Signal Hill facility and the investments we have made in customer services, d&b is well positioned to serve this mission and, together with our partners and customers, work to continue creating some of the world’s most inspiring sound experiences,” concludes Harman.

adamson-nammAdamson announces education initiatives
Monday, 20 January 2020

USA - At NAMM 2020, Adamson Systems Engineering announced a suite of training and education initiatives to take place throughout 2020.
These include a US roadshow; increased delivery of the company’s Applied and Advanced Certification training programmes; and the Winding Roads education series, designed to introduce secondary- and post-secondary school students to the potential career opportunities in pro AV and live production.
The Winding Roads Education Event Series, in partnership with the AVIXA Foundation, will provide students in Toronto, Canada, and the surrounding area with insight into live production, performance, and the music industry. Through the initiative, hundreds of individuals will have the opportunity to see professional AV installations and touring systems, get hands-on with state-of-the-art equipment donated by industry leaders like Adamson, DiGiCo, Lab.gruppen, and others, and learn about career opportunities in the industry from the AVIXA Foundation.
“We want to show students there’s more to AV and live production than they may realise, with plenty of potential for exciting and rewarding careers, and believe the entire industry stands to benefit from these efforts,” comments Adamson CEO Marc Bertrand. “We also have other programming that will help our current and future Adamson Network partners to be more successful throughout 2020 and beyond.”
“We’re thrilled by Adamson’s commitment to bringing education and awareness for professional AV careers,” adds AVIXA Foundation programme direct

winkler-livecomWinkler Livecom invests in Elation KL Fresnel
Friday, 17 January 2020

Switzerland - Winkler Livecom of Switzerland has added 200 Elation Professional KL Fresnel series luminaires to its inventory.
Winkler, based in Wohlen, near Zürich, is one of the largest full service companies in Switzerland, handling virtually all aspects of exhibition, corporate and public events from initial idea to execution. Since its founding in 1996, Winkler has often employed Elation lighting in its broad portfolio of projects, but the KL Fresnel acquisition marks the company’s first purchase of Elation gear.
“We continue to replace our bulb-based static lights with LED versions and invited several distributors to a shoot out here at our facility,” recounts Frank Burghardt, head of sourcing at Winkler Livecom. “Elation’s Swiss distributor Cast came with the KL Fresnel 4 and Kl Fresnel 6 and in the end it was the price vs performance ratio of the KL series that was the best.”
The KL Fresnel Series is a line of warm-white or cold-white LED Fresnel lights available in 50W, 150W and 350W models. Winkler acquired the 50W KL Fresnel 4 CW (50) and 150W KL Fresnel 6 CW (150), cold-white LED Fresnel lights with a 5,600K Cool White LED engine. Both luminaires include manual zoom, manual and DMX controlled dimming, and silent operation mode. Barn doors and gel frame holder are also included.
“We decided to invest in the cold-white version and then we can add full CTO or half CTO filters when we need a warmer look. It was a smart solution and gives us the flexibility to cover a wider color temperature range,” states Burghardt,

coloradosolobattenBandit Lites extends Chauvet inventory
Thursday, 16 January 2020

USA - Bandit Lites has launched into 2020 with a sizeable purchase from Chauvet Professional, including Maverick MK3 Spots, COLORado Solo Battens and Rogue R2X Washes.
The Maverick MK3 Spot has already proven itself to be a pillar in designs as it has been featured on Mark Carver’s design for the 2019 Dove Awards, Seth Jackson’s design for the Hillsong Worship/Casting Crowns/Elevation Worship Tour 2019, Jason Aldean Kitchen and Rooftop Bar special show, Julien Reux’s design for the 2019 Sasha Sloan Tour and Jerry Holcomb’s design for the 2020 Winter Jam Tour.
“When I learned Chauvet was building the MK3 series, I was very excited to see them jump into this market,” explains Bandit Lites director of technical services Jake Tickle. “The Chauvet Maverick MK3 Spot has all the horsepower needed to take full advantage of its full feature set. This fixture will be a workhorse in our inventory.”
Bandit Lites also supplied Chauvet COLORado Solo Battens on Mike Marcario’s design for Tenth Avenue’s North tour, the Dove Awards, Erik Parker’s design for Jack Daniel's Music City Midnight: New Year's Eve in Nashville and the 2020 Winter Jam Tour.
“With its lensing, excellent output and IP rating, the Chauvet Solo Batten ticks and lot of boxes that I could ask for from a batten style fixture,” adds Tickle. “One of my favourites in that category.”
The Chauvet Rogue R2X Wash has already been seen at the 2019 NASCAR Sprint Car Awards, Lumina Design’s rig for the 2020 YoungLife Conference and the upcoming Crescent Produc

codalogocroppedUS production companies invest in Coda
Thursday, 16 January 2020

USA - Coda Audio has confirmed the sale of a range of systems, including its flagship AiRAY, to two leading production companies in the USA. Eastern Stage Productions (ESP) of New York and Technical Entertainment Services (TES) based in Florida, have both made significant investments in Coda’s technology.
The two companies enjoy a close relationship, often working together on major productions and combined to provide a Coda system for the Stereo Bloom Stage at the recent EDC Orlando.
Bill Danilesyk of ESP comments: “The high fidelity of the sound is amazing with the real game-changer being the DDP driver. You get the same amazing fidelity from the Coda system as you would from the highest quality hi-fi systems - getting that at much higher outputs blew my mind right away. You listen to music you’ve heard one thousand times and all of a sudden you hear new things. These kind of intricacies and this level of sonic detail is something that was totally missed before and it translates to the live stage. And the low-end? Well, the impact of the bass is phenomenal. Everyone at EDC was blown away by the sound.”
Luke Jenks, managing director of Coda Audio USA, adds: “We’ve witnessed a sustained growth in the sales of both live and installed systems across the US, confirming that the Coda message is being heard loud and clear throughout the industry. We’re very proud that our next generation technology is becoming the choice of more and more audio professionals, who, like TES and ESP, are taking full advantage of the benefits it can deliver.”<

solotechonlinestorelogoSolotech launches online AV store
Thursday, 16 January 2020

Canada - Solotech has officially announced the launch of its e-commerce platform. Directly accessible in Canada and via the home page of the company’s website, the Solotech Online Store is a resource for individuals and shops looking for professional audiovisual and entertainment technologies deliverable at home.
Currently offering used professional audio, video and lighting equipment available for shipment everywhere within Canada, the platform will support, in a second phase, purchases made in the United States. Previously used by Solotech during the tours of international artists, all products displayed on the online store are tested by the company’s teams of specialists before being offered for sale and guaranteed 90 days.
“This is the outcome of several months of tireless work to deliver a dynamic platform with a selection of both high-quality and affordable AV products since as they are second hand. What we offer with the Solotech Online Store, is a simplified shopping experience for diverse clients, from the beginner DJ looking for their first mixer, to the entertainement venue owner who’d like to get their hands on premium-brand projectors, all in just a few clicks,” said Philip Giffard, president of the sales and systems integration division of Solotech who oversaw the project.
“The launch of our e-commerce platform is another turning point in Solotech’s digital initiatives. We are delighted to offer an online store allowing to shop used AV equipment with confidence at a supplier with a proven reputation. We are confident t

jpro-logoJPRO to distribute AMX in New Zealand
Thursday, 16 January 2020

New Zealand - Harman Professional Solutions has realigned distribution of AMX and SVSI in New Zealand with the appointment of JPRO.
JPRO, which has a long association with Harman having represented audio brands JBL Professional, BSS, Crown and Soundcraft for more than 30 years, will now add the complete range of AMX video control solutions and SVSI Networked AV solutions. Support, warranty and repair of AMX & SVSI products in New Zealand will also transition to JPRO with immediate effect. Warranty terms and inclusions will not be affected.
“We are excited to expand our partnership with JPRO and extend our distribution reach in New Zealand. This is aimed at enhancing access to Harman products and solutions across verticals, focusing on solutions-driven approach and elevating customer experience,” comments Ramesh Jayaraman, VP and GM at Harman Professional Solutions (APAC). “JPRO brings 30 years of experience serving the New Zealand market and we look forward to our expanded collaboration with JPRO and are confident their experience and in-depth knowledge will help us deliver the latest and most relevant technology solutions to our customers.”
“We are known in the New Zealand market for our strong market coverage, technical knowledge and customer service. Harman Professional Brands and Solutions are renowned for their world class quality and technological superiority,” comments Bruce Gray, owner of JPRO. “We understand our customers' need for world class products and solutions along with reliable after sales service support. With o

fisherFisher Hires invests in Portman Mini LED
Wednesday, 15 January 2020

UK - Event rental specialist Fisher Hires has confirmed an investment in Portman Lights’ recently developed P1 Mini LED. Launched at Prolight+Sound 2019 in Frankfurt, the units caught the eye of Fisher Hires’ head of operations, Rob Baker, who contacted Portman’s exclusive UK distributor Entedi, to secure stock when the products began shipping in June.
Portman Lights was established in Gdańsk, Poland in 2016 but despite its comparatively recent appearance, has already established an impressive global distribution network for its specialist, decorative stage lighting products. The company’s end-user list already includes an impressive array of concert, festival and TV settings.
With its tungsten appearance and retro style, the P1 Mini retains all the characteristics of Portman’s original and popular P1 Retro Lamp but is smaller, fully LED and weighs in at only 8kg, all of which made it a must for Fisher Hires as Rob Baker explains:
“At Fisher Hires our focus is firmly on combining the highest standards in service with the very best available products. With that in mind we’re always very closely tuned in to what’s going on in the market and take a keen interest in what lighting designers are looking for. It didn’t take long to identify the new Portman P1 mini as a product that was going to be in high demand from the word go. I know that the company enjoyed great success at Prolight+Sound with the launch and what we’ve seen since taking delivery certainly confirmed our instincts that it was a no-brainer to invest in stock.”

eder-mouraGabisom expands Outline Newton inventory
Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Brazil - São Paulo-based Gabisom Audio Equipment, one of the world’s largest audio hire companies, has made a major investment in Outline’s Newton FPGA processor.
Gabisom celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2019. Owner and founder Gabi Ferreira has steered the company through the many changes seen in his homeland since 1984, building a multi-disciplinary operation employing 300 people that works in concerts, musical theatre, corporate events, fixed installations, tours and sporting events. Amongst much else, Gabisom is the audio provider for all the various Rock in Rio events worldwide and for the fabulous Rio Carnival which attracts two million visitors daily.
Gabisom is also the go-to choice for international artists touring Brazil, whose productions rely absolutely on the company’s knowledge of their country and its challenges.
Gabisom’s senior system technician Eder Moura commented, “I love to use Newton because it is no trouble, we can now have the festival matrix desks plus the festival desk with videos, DI and MCs without problems, we don’t need worry about clocking issues. Also, 16 outs with tons of processing power is amazing and last but not the least the Smaart integration is amazing.”
Moura continued, “Newton is the way to go now in the digital world, in a single rack space unit we can do a lot. We use our Newtons as system management, summing desks on festivals and output control for the system, linked via Dante to feed delay towers. Also, Newtons solve the clock sync issue when combining with different digital aud

dtslogo2020DTS celebrates anniversary with new look
Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Italy - DTS has entered 2020 with a new look and a full agenda of activities to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary.
The Italian brand of lighting solutions introduced a new logo to celebrate the company’s tradition and expertise in the lighting industry. DTS has also changed its company colour to a vibrant orange.
Founded in 1980, DTS have evolved from a small family company into an industry leader, with three production plants and customers in more than 80 different countries.
To mark its 40th anniversary, at ISE 2020, the company will launch Alchemy 3 ceiling and Euphony 3 ceiling, two products that offer all the benefits of an LED lighting moving head for any commercial or public space.
Raffaella Scaccia, DTS sales director, comments: “The renewal process undertaken by the company is now at full speed. The DTS logo transformation gives a strong message: the growth and development of an Italian manufacturing company adapting to the market changes, keeping high quality standards. We are really excited about the new prospects that 2020 presents to us."
(Jim Evans)

prolightsProlights appoints distributor for Hong Kong
Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Hong Kong - Prolights has announced the appointment of D&T Prolight & Sound as distributor for Hong Kong and Macau.
The company was established two years ago by two industry veterans, who had joined forces in order to deliver AVL solutions to the Hong Kong and Macau market.
“Our vision is to provide state-of-the-art professional lighting, audio and video solutions to our partners and users,” explains Dominic Cho, regional sales manager for D&T Prolight & Sound. “Analyse systematically our clients’ needs and facilitate them hassle-free by provision of one-stop world class solutions and services, as well as staying focus, are definitely our core valuable strengths.
We approached Prolights due to its impressive, broad selection and comprehensive market differentiation, which reinforces our ambitions to deliver top quality total solutions to different segments in our industry. Our recent visit to Prolights’ headquarters enabled us to see all its facilities and an energetic team.”
Paolo Albani, international sales manager for Prolights, says: “We’re thrilled about this partnership. Having D&T in our distribution network will help us to meet the needs of the Hong Kong and Macau market. I firmly believe they’re the perfect partner to succeed in this strategic country and I’m confident about our success there as well.”
(Jim Evans)

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Brit Awards - Lewis Capaldi and Dave lead the Brit Awards shortlists for 2020, with four nominations each. Stormzy, Mabel, Michael Kiwanuka, Charli XCX, Harry Styles and Coldplay are also among the acts to receive a nod for this year's awards, which will be the 40th major Brits show.
Both Scottish singer-songwriter Capaldi and London rapper Dave are up for new artist of the year, and despite their relative infancy in the industry are also up for the big awards of best male solo artist, best album and song of the year, thanks to chart-topping debuts in the past 12 months.
The past 12 months have been very successful for both artists, with Dave's album Psychodrama winning the Mercury Prize, Capaldi topping the singles chart for seven weeks with Someone You Loved, and both playing bit sets at Glastonbury.
Male solo artists dominate this year's Awards, with the line-up for best album mirroring that for best male artist, with Capaldi and Dave up against Harry Styles, Michael Kiwanuka and Stormzy in both categories.
Charli XCX, FKA Twigs, Freya Ridings, Mabel and Mahalia are all nominated for best female artist, while Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Coldplay D Block Europe and Foals are up for best group.
Festival Report - Glastonbury Festival bosses must ensure toilets are cleaned more often and plan for hot weather better, licensees say. There is also concern that camping areas might be overcrowded, says Mendip District Council, which oversees the licensing of the world-famous event.
The issues are raised in a repo

groep7thd5243-smlPAP becomes Sixty82 Doughty Asia
Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Malaysia - Prolyte Asia Pacific (PAP) has joined forces with Doughty and Sixty82 to form Sixty82 Doughty Asia (SDA).
The move appears to be linked with the 2019 bankruptcy filling by Prolyte Group and the company's subsequent acquisition by Area Four Industries.
“For the past 15 years we have operated under the name PAP, however, due to recent events in the industry, PAP has decided to take a step forward and start a fresh chapter with new partners,” comments Menze van der Sluis, MD of PAP.
Known for its quality products, reliability, and education, along with a focus on safe working practice, customer satisfaction, and in-depth service, PAP has been a critical player in the Asian market for more than 15 years.
“Sixty82 was the best and only choice for catering to the high standards of the extensive PAP customer base,” continues Van der Sluis.
“To continue to support our customers in the way that we have been doing for so many years now, this was the only possible way forward."
SDA customers can expect to find the same team of experts, with a new name and “even better trussing, staging and rigging products and solutions”.
Sixty82 trusses are compatible with products previously supplied by PAP. In line with their existing policies, SDA guarantees full distribution coverage to all APAC countries.
“Our goal is to improve every aspect of our customers’ experience continuously. Expanding our sales n

astera-sales-and-marketing-director-sebastian-buckleDWR Distribution stages Astera open days
Tuesday, 14 January 2020

South Africa - Astera distributor DWR Distribution will offer clients the first local demos of the lighting company’s full range of products during an open day programme taking place at the end of January.
Astera’s sales and marketing director Sebastian Bückle will carry out the presentations in Cape Town and Johannesburg, whilst DWR’s local product managers Marlene Riley and Jannie de Jager will do so in Durban.
Bückle, who has been a part of the Astera team for more than a decade, will demo the company’s complete range of wireless tubes and spotlights as well as the AsteraApp and wireless DMX that one can use to control the fixtures. He will be at the DWR Cape Town offices on Monday, 27 January and at the Johannesburg offices on 29 January. The local product representatives from DWR will lead an Astera open day in Durban on 31 January.
Duncan Riley of DWR Distribution comments: “Astera’s battery-operated LED fixtures have been a popular choice for those in the film and events industries for some time. With the appointment of a local distributor, clients no longer have to order fixtures online from abroad, and we are very pleased to have Astera’s full range on demo in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban for the first time.”
(Jim Evans)

aldALD announces Awards for Excellence winners
Tuesday, 14 January 2020

UK - The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) has announced the 2019 recipients of its Awards for Excellence.
The awards celebrate imaginative and creative lighting and video production and offer young designers a chance to showcase their talents and bringing their work to the attention of experienced lighting and video designers and the wider industry.
The event was rebranded for its 2019 edition, with changes to the prizes and the introduction of a new award category, The Fred Foster Award for Production Electrics, created to “balance the recognition of talent demonstrated across the membership profile”.
The Michael Northen Award for Lighting Design was awarded jointly to Lucia Sanchez Roldan from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Rose Bruford’s Ryan Joseph Stafford.
Roldan’s work was described as “beautiful (…) with strong design, clear choices, and great angles” by the judges, whilst Stafford was commended for his ambition to create different looks for each piece, keeping only side light as the constant.
Johanna Town, ALD chair, presented Lucia with her prize, which comprised a copy of Northen’s book Northen Lights, a £500 cash prize and a 512 ETCnomad Package, a one-year Vectorworks licence, and a six-month mentoring scheme with a team of industry professionals. Stafford received the same prize but was unable to make the event due to pre-existing work commitments.
Meanwhile, LIPA’s Tracy Gibbs won the Blue-I Media Award for Video Design, presented by ALD president Richard Pilbrow. The judges we

ac-et-appointed-distributor-for-calibre-hqultra700-rangeAC-ET to distribute Calibre switcher-scalers
Tuesday, 14 January 2020

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for Calibre’s HQUltra700 series of universal live events switcher-scalers with immediate effect. Sister Company, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ireland will handle distribution in the Republic of Ireland.
British-based manufacturer Calibre has been providing image scaling technology for over 30 years for use with large LED videowalls, designed for concerts, award ceremonies, rental/staging, advertising, and for image scalers for professional projection applications.
Calibre’s HQUltra700 series, consisting of the HQUltra730ASV and the HQUltra770ASV, are universal live events switcher-scalers with the ability to drive flat panel displays, projectors or LED videowalls.
Stuart Burdett, video sales manager comments: “Being able to provide our customers with a reliable product that can cope with traditional projection or irregular pixel accurate LED wall configurations is crucial. The features of the Calibre HQUltra700 series give our customers the ability to switch and scale anything up to 4K both in and out, making it a real must have in their inventories. I’m very excited to have Calibre in our portfolio as it complements our existing brands from the source through to the end display technologies.”
(Jim Evans)

audacAudac appoints distributor for Czech Republic
Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Czech Republic - Audac has announced a partnership with Prague-based Audio Digital as the new exclusive distributor of its audio solutions in the Czech Republic.
Audio Digital’s managing director Michal Zeman comments: “I genuinely believe in the quality and innovation Audac offers and I am more than happy to be adding their products to our assortment. We at Audio Digital value a high performance/price ratio, and that is exactly what you get at Audac. I look forward to this partnership.”
Audac’s international sales executive Bart Vandermot adds: “It is always important to keep evolving as a business. By expanding our network and starting new partnerships, we can ensure that the clients all over the world can enjoy our innovations. We have the greatest confidence in our partnership with Audio Digital as we have seen first-hand the outstanding quality and service they provide to the customer.”
(Jim Evans)

united-brands-153United Brands appointed Optocore distributor
Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Germany - Optocore has appointed Dusseldorf-based United Brands GmbH (United B) as its new German distributors with immediate effect.
Tine Helmle, Optocore director of sales and marketing, comments: “With the expansion of our product portfolio such as Festival Box, AutoRouter and our Madi series United Brands was a perfect match. Due to their expertise and long-time experience in install and live events they bring huge potential in placing Optocore as the main sound distribution network on the market.”
United B’s Jens ‘Bubbes’ Steffan, who will largely oversee the Optocore account, adds: “We were familiar with Optocore technology through our distribution of DiGiCo [digital consoles]. So it was just a small step to contact Optocore. The company has a lot of very interesting products, which perfectly match our customers’ demands.”
Discussions had started back in early March, he reports. “We think Optocore is the only really professional solution for transporting audio in the digital domain. Based on our high standards with DiGiCo and Adamson, it is a perfect fit with all our other brands.”
United B has wasted no time in getting started. Having already received formal Optocore training, the company has purchased a demo system and stock comprising Festival Box Petit, AutoRouter, DD32R-FX, DD4MR-FX and X6R-FX in different versions.
“We will use all of these options to create awareness,” he concludes. United B will be systematically introducing clients to the new portfolio, with two key dates in January: Hamburg Open 2

brexitPLASA and MIA to host IR35 and Brexit event
Tuesday, 14 January 2020

UK - PLASA and the Music Industries Association (MIA) are set to co-host a free event designed to offer advice and information on the incoming changes to the off-payroll working regulations (known as IR35) and Brexit.
Taking place on 30 January, Get your business ready: IR35 and Brexit will see business and HR experts take to the stage, including Nicky Gleadow, MD of The HR Point, who will detail how the IR35 changes may affect employers and contractors. More speakers will be announced soon, the organisers say.
IR35 is a piece of UK government legislation that aims to determine whether a worker is an employee or contractor, ensuring that the person carrying out the work is paid and protected in the proper manner and that both parties pay the relevant tax. The changes to IR35, which come into effect on 6 April, mean that all medium-sized and large companies will be responsible for deciding the employment status of their workers.
Get your business ready: IR35 and Brexit is taking place at the Victory Services Club, London on Thursday, 30 January, from 11am to 3pm. The venue is located two minutes’ walk from the Marble Arch underground station.
Professionals from across the entertainment technology and music industries are invited to RSVP as soon as possible to secure their place.
(Jim Evans)

dbtsonoslibraSonos Libra to distribute dBTechnologies
Monday, 13 January 2020

Thailand - Sonos Libra has assumed exclusive distribution rights for dbTechnologies’ full product portfolio of touring, install and M.I. audio systems in Thailand.
“In the last few years dBTechnologies’ presence in South Eastern Asia professional audio industry is considerably growing,” explains dBTechnologies’ APAC sales manager, Manuele Poli. “We are at a point where we need strategic partnerships to meet a larger base of professionals and disclose our products’ full potential. When we met Alfonso Rodriguez and Sonos Libra’s team, I immediately realized that their sales approach and advanced technical skills were exactly what dBTechnologies needed to enhance the brand perception and further flourish in the local professional market.”
Sonos Libra’s CEO Alfonso Martín Rodríguez adds: “dBTechnologies is a growing company and is now playing at a higher level. We are very happy to start from this stage together and we feel very fortunate to start the distribution in Thailand. Rental market in South East Asia is very competitive at any level and we had no products to fulfil the expectations on well-engineered and manufactured products offering a rapid ROI. Being able to offer good pricing without sacrificing performance, quality, speed of deployment and most importantly, safety, is key to most of the companies.
He continues: “dBTechnologies VIO series offers the best solution for audio providers, and we are already planning a brand re-launching to increase visibility as well as demo events and regular public trainings on the pr

dp-music-kftSixty82 appoints distributor for Hungary
Monday, 13 January 2020

Hungary - Sixty82 has appointed DP Music Kft. as its new representative in Hungary. The company will offer guidance on a wide range of possibilities, advising customers on the most suitable Sixty82 solution for their particular needs.
Based in Budaörs near Budapest, DP Music offers a wide range of trussing and staging equipment, as well as pro audio solutions. The company is also increasingly focusing on developing its web store and serving the needs of hobbyists, smaller bands, and theatres.
Date Jonkman, Sixty82’s executive account manager, comments: “We look forward to working with a company of DP Music’s reputation, and our partnership will help meet increased local demand for technical know-how from experienced people. They are uniquely positioned to develop our existing customer base further, and with their market presence and sales support network, we are excited to start this new partnership.”
László Pálfi, CEO of DP Music, adds: “Sixty82’s knowledge of the market will be invaluable support to us in providing the Hungarian customers on both academic and industrial levels with a service that is second to none. Sixty82 has a team of professionals that have contributed in a significant way to the development of the staging and trussing market in recent decades. Because of this, we are extremely motivated to move forward and start this next chapter.”
(Jim Evans)

1fisher-hires-rob-bakerFisher Hires invests in Space Force onebytwo
Friday, 10 January 2020

UK - Expanding UK dry and wet hire company, Fisher Hires has invested in Chroma-Q's new Space Force onebytwo LED soft light, to provide a flexible lighting solution for its diverse event, film, theatre and festival client base.
Fisher Hires has been supplying the industry for over 30 years, stocking a wide selection of leading-brand lighting, video, sound & staging equipment for hire. Originally created to support its sister event production company, Fisher Hires’ vast inventory enables it to also service the needs of other event companies.
Head of operations, Rob Baker was looking to invest in an LED soft light which was compact and powerful enough to utilise on a variety of its own event productions, as well as being in demand with external clients.
Rob commented: “I knew that Chroma-Q’s original Space Force unit had been very successful in the market and liked the product. However, I was looking for something which was more discreet, without sacrificing a lot of output or the adjustable kelvin.
“The Space Force onebytwo is slick and bright. Compact in size, it can easily blend into the background to help production, and has great output and overall performance. In my eyes it’s a winner which ticks all the boxes.”
After making just a low-key announcement of its investment on social media, Fisher Hires immediately received enquiries for dry hire from several film and event companies.
Rob added: “To be honest I wasn’t expecting such an instant response to the product, so it looks to me like other companies have

1australia-pr-image-02012020-002Harman realigns install distribution in Australia
Friday, 10 January 2020

Australia - Harman Professional Solutions has announced it has realigned distribution of AMX, SVSI, and install ranges of AKG, BSS, Crown and JBL Professional in Australia with the appointment of MadisonAV, part of the Madison Technologies group.
Distribution in Australia for Harman’s retail, cinema, touring, performing arts, broadcast, and Martin lighting solutions remains unchanged.
MadisonAV will expand its portfolio to include the complete range of AMX video control solutions, and Harman Professional install and integration audio product suite. This will offer customers a single interface across Harman’s wide range of video controls and install audio solutions.
“We are excited to partner with MadisonAV and expand our distribution reach in Australia. This is aimed at enhancing access to Harman products and solutions across verticals, focusing on solutions-driven approach and elevating customer experience,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP and GM, Harman Professional Solutions, APAC. “MadisonAV brings 28 years of experience serving the Australian market and we look forward to our collaboration with MadisonAV and are confident their experience and in-depth knowledge will help us deliver the latest and most relevant technology solutions to our customers.”
Harman Professional Solutions will be increasing its local presence in 2020. Consisting of seasoned industry professionals, the Australian Professional Solutions team will manage relationships with key systems integrators, consultants and end users, coordinating and combining the sign


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