Europe - The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced that AES Vienna 2020, the 148th AES international pro audio convention, will be held on 25-28 May at the Austria Centre Vienna.
Convention co-chairs are Piotr Majdak (senior researcher in acoustics at the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ Acoustics Research Institute) and Nadja Wallaszkovits (chief audio engineer for the Phonogrammarchiv sound archives of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and 2019 AES President), who will oversee the convention’s technical programme, exhibition and society functions, in conjunction with an assembled team of industry professionals, students and event partners and sponsors.
For end users, researchers, educators and students, AES Vienna will be the place to commemorate the International Year of Sound and explore A World of Audio with audio professionals and peers from around the globe, say the organisers.
Spanning the breadth of audio research and the application of audio technology, convention programme topics will include studio recording, live sound, networked audio, broadcast & streaming, music production, post-production, game audio, spatial sound, audio for AR/VR/XR, product development and more.
UK - PLASA has released the Lightning Guidance for Outdoor Events, a handbook that provides practical advice on managing lightning risk, crowd safety and the protection of temporary structures, electrical equipment and power systems.
The guidance aims to assist those involved in the production and management of outdoor events in making informed decisions when faced with threats from lightning strikes.
“The dangers of lightning are widely understood, however the level of threat at outdoor events where large crowds gather is often overlooked,” says PLASA in a statement. “This has been a growing concern due to the increase of outdoor events and number of people exposed.”
To create the guidance, PLASA worked alongside The Event Safety Shop, Star Events Ltd, IMG, Omega Red Group, Aggreko, Ken Law Safety Ltd, BBC Safety, the Emergency Planning College, Howard Eaton Lighting, Anderson Bradshaw Ltd, the National Outdoor Events Association, the University of Reading and Lee Valley Leisure Trust; as well as respected industry consultants, James Eade and Tom Goode.
Nicky Greet, PLASA’s director of membership, skills and technical, comments: “PLASA is proud to issue this guidance, helping to raise health & safety awareness across the live entertainment industry. And, we are grateful to all the organisations and individuals who contributed to this crucial document, which should become an essential part of planning as the festival and event sectors continue to grow.”
The Lightning Guidance for Outdoor Events is available to
UK - JHS has launched its latest UK Pro Audio trade catalogue and price list.
The catalogue, designed to help dealers with selecting and ordering lines from the company’s vast brand portfolio, will be available as a spiral-bound copy as well as in electronic format via the trade area of the JHS website.
JHS offers a wide range of speakers and monitors, microphones and wireless systems and amplifiers from brands including HK Audio, Lab.gruppen, CAD Audio, Kam, Floyd Rose, Xvive, Kinsman, On-Stage and iDance.
UK - Brompton Technology reports that it has been ranked in the fifth annual Sunday Times World First SME Export Track 100 league table.
The SME Export Track 100 ranks Britain’s 100 small and medium-sized (SME) companies that have achieved the fastest-growing international sales over the last two years. Compiled by Fast Track it was published in The Sunday Times on 26 May and will be celebrated at an awards dinner in September.
Brompton has achieved considerable growth over the past two years, with sales of its Tessera SX40 4K LED processor and XD Data Distribution units playing a significant part in its international success, with both products seeing impressive uptake from production companies in the US, Australia and across Europe.
“From the outset, Brompton has worked with partners all round the world and it is particularly pleasing to receive recognition for our success in international sales,” says Brompton’s managing director Richard Mead. “Last September we also appeared in the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table, which recognises Britain’s private technology companies with the fastest sales growth over the past three years, and these are both achievements of which everyone in the company should be incredibly proud.”
Europe - Martin Audio has appointed Audio-Technica Iberia as its distributor in Spain, effective 1 June.
The partnership had been put in place at ISE in February and confirmed at Prolight+Sound in April. It follows the appointment of Audio-Technica Germany as Martin Audio’s German distributor in September 2018.
Audio-Technica Iberia MD, Sylvain Hochart, comments: “We were looking for a premium loudspeaker brand with pedigree and high value. Martin Audio was our number one choice - particularly after the new arrangement had started so positively in Germany.”
Bradley Watson, Martin Audio international sales director, adds: “A pan-European deal was always part of the plan, with the advantage of a single point ordering process. Audio-Technica Iberia has a very good network of territory specialists and collectively they bring a lot of experience. We look forward to working with Sylvain and his team.”
A-T Iberia began discussions with Watson and Martin Audio MD Dom Harter after being introduced by Audio-Technica Germany general manager Matthias Exner. “Both Audio-Technica and Martin Audio are passionate brands, with strong values and principles as well as a rich heritage,” says Hochart. “Therefore it was an obvious discussion to have, and it means we can now offer a complete end to end solution.”
With bases in Madrid and Barcelona, A-T Iberia has product managers dedicated to the live and installation sectors, overseen by professional audio product manager Gabriel Albornoz. The company says it already has an experienced Marti
China/Czech Republic - The Milos Product Academy has recently carried out two successful workshops in the Czech Republic and China.
The Czech Product Academy, held on 2-3 May at the Milos HQ and factory in Roudnice nad Labem, focused strictly on Milos products. More than 30 participants were in attendance from European countries that included the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Sweden and Denmark.
The Academy’s programme included presentations of new Milos products; presentations about truss; truss loading demonstrations; a tour of the factory, and a robust Q&A session at the end of the second day. A fun evening with Czech food and beverages was also enjoyed between the two days of the workshop, the company reports.
A week later, the Product Academy moved to the Milos office and factory in Guangzhou, China. Unlike the Czech Academy, this workshop focused on both Milos and EXE Technology products, its programme including a tour of the factory, new Milos product displays and presentations, and informative truss presentations.
For the EXE Technology part of the Academy, hands-on assembly and disassembly of EXE chain hoists were covered, as well as information provided about their inspection and certification. The EXE range was also presented.
At the end of the two days, a wide-ranging Q&A session was held. Halfway through the Academy programme, attendees from China, India, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Macau were treated to a dinner.
USA - Yamaha Commercial Audio will host two sessions as part of the AVIXA seminar programme at InfoComm 2019.
Yamaha: Network Boot Camp for AV Professionals and Audio Insights in Hospitality and Retail will address key technical and business aspects of audio networking and installed audio systems.
Addressing the technical aspects of networking and the decisions which need to be taken for installed audio systems in hospitality, retail and other public-facing environments, these sessions will be presented by senior product specialists Andy Cooper and Karl Christmas, both well-known faces from Yamaha’s Audioversity training programme.
The seminars will be open to all InfoComm seminar and workshop package holders on a first-come, first -served basis, so advance registration is essential.
“An important part of Yamaha’s training initiative is to connect with audio professionals, to understand them, the challenges they face and be able to better respond to their expectations,” says Glenn Booth, director of marketing at Yamaha Corporation of America. “We want to share our knowledge and experience with industry professionals through tradeshow seminars, webinars and other training sessions. We hope the seminars at InfoComm 2019 will help participants to improve their understanding of best practice, to benefit both them and their customers.”
Denmark - Load monitoring company Eilon Engineering has announced that Matrix Sales will begin to distribute Eilon products in Denmark. Under terms of the agreement, Matrix Sales will provide full sales and support for the complete range of Eilon Ron StageMaster load monitoring solutions used to protect audiences and performers from dangerous overloads.
Matrix Sales has extensive experience in distributing professional audio, lighting, AV and stage equipment to the Danish market, serving both rental and installation customers across a wide spectrum of applications.
“Matrix Sales is always looking for the best solution for its customers and therefore the choice of Eilon is quite natural,” says Urs Friis-Alstrup, sales manager light/staging at Matrix Sales. “Load safety is an ever greater concern and we believe that Eilon provides the most professional tools for our customers and their needs.”
Ron StageMaster load cells are safety devices for load control and overload prevention that monitors hanging points and load balance while providing a detailed report for statistical analysis.
“We are excited about the new distribution cooperation with Matrix and are delighted to add this excellent and unique company to our international network of distributors,” comments Noga Eilon Bahar, VP business development at Eilon Engineering.
“By adding our Ron StageMaster systems to their inventory, Matrix has strengthened their position as a comprehensive solution provider while confirming safety as an important value of the company. I am c
UK - PLASA will deliver two professional development training sessions dedicated to voice alarm systems and loudspeaker installation.
Basic audio system design is taking place on 3 July (Wednesday) at White Light’s Jubilee Way HQ in London. It will be hosted by audio consultants Roland Hemming and Richard Northwood and will focus on how to calculate loudspeaker spacing, how to select suitable amplification and signal processing options, and how to document design correctly. Delegates will be able to deepen their understanding of audio theory, product types, system architecture, audio coverage and basic modelling software.
The event is ideal for live events engineers who wish to branch into the installations sector, as well as in-house AV and audio managers looking to expand their knowledge of upgrades and refurbishments.
The second workshop, A deep dive into EN54 and voice alarm will be hosted solely by Roland Hemming on 1 October at the White Light base. Attendees will learn how to select and use correct standards and will learn how to stay compliant with the Construction Projects Regulation and the relevant codes of practice. The session is recommended for audio consultants and integrators who install voice alarm systems; M&E firms who commission voice alarm work,
UK - Security and enforcement specialist Interforce (formerly TSG) has been chosen to provide uniformed patrols to ensure public safety and the prevention of crime and disorder at Henley Festival this summer.
Production manager John Harris met Interforce at Event Buyers Live and brought the company into Henley Festival’s restructured security model; designed to maintain its acclaimed customer service provision.
John Harris comments: “We hope that Interforce, which is trained to a higher level than SIA, with a police style approach, will respond to our audience and ensure we continue to meet the high standards Henley Festival is renowned for.”
The Interforce rebrand distinguishes the company’s events/venues/public spaces remit from the police’s Tactical/Territorial Support Group arm, which is also abbreviated to TSG.
At Henley, Interforce officers will deliver a practiced, profile level of reassurance while ensuring the event’s zero tolerance on drugs and underage drinking.
Interforce Managing Director, David Boswell, says: “We’re busier than ever, which is a product of business development manager, Duncan Cullen, explaining the rebrand to clients/potential clients, highlighting Interforce’s weight of unique selling points and detailing our experience across the event model.”
Three audio hardware and software solutions providers have joined forces under a new umbrella organisation, Audio Squadron.
Tracktion Corporation, the makers of music production software Waveform, and audio product developer 2JW Design have combined with Prism Sound and Sadie in a bid to increase investment and produce “a unique shared creative environment”.
The companies say in a statement: “The resulting pro audio powerhouse brings together all the diverse, highly-skilled workforces and technical expertise of these renowned global brands enabling them to accelerate innovation, development and the cross fertilization of ideas.”
Prism Media Products retains the test and measurement equipment business and will continue to supply leading manufacturers worldwide.
“We are excited by the multitude of opportunities offered by this collaboration,” comments James Woodburn, Traction co-founder and CEO. “It is the best of both worlds for Tracktion, 2JW Design, Prism Sound and SADiE. Whilst we remain independent, we can more easily work together to bring renewed focus to delivery of the highest quality audio products.”
Prism Sound founder and director, Graham Boswell, adds: “The shared vision of this venture will greatly enhance our ability to accelerate creativity in the design and development of the industry leading audio tools our customers have come to rely on. We’re eager to start working on this exciting new chapter of Prism Sound and SADiE’s life.”
Egypt - Ayrton has appointed Q-Light Egypt to its international distributors network. Q-Light will distribute the full portfolio of Ayrton’s LED profile, wash, spot and effects luminaires in Egypt.
The distribution company was founded by CEO Walid Bahnasy and partners. Bahnasy has over 10 years of experience with international production companies and TV channels, including as lighting designer, director of photography and cameraman, and has worked on productions such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Deal or No Deal and the Doha Debates.
He is a former supervisor and team leader of the lighting departments in the region’s biggest TV networks - MBC, Qatar Foundation, BBC, Aljazeera media network and BeIn Group.
Chris Ferrante, Ayrton CEO, comments: “We are very happy to welcome Q-Light into the Ayrton family. Knowing that Walid, an accomplished lighting professional with many years of experience in the region, is leading Q-Light confirms that they are the perfect fit. We are looking forward to being able to, for the first time in Egypt, give this influential territory the focus it deserves.”
Bahnasy adds: “We are extremely excited to be appointed Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in Egypt. Egypt is witnessing a significant sustainable development in various fields, especially in economics, architecture, culture and arts. This development has revolutionised the entertainment and leisure industry in the Egyptian market, as a result of which Q-Light has been able to add huge value to the region with Ayrton’s produ
Plastic Ban - The world's largest concert promoter, Live Nation, says it will eliminate single-use plastics at its venues and festivals by 2021. In the UK, that means events like Reading and Leeds, Wireless, Latitude and Download will go plastic free. It's part of a push to achieve zero waste at Live Nation's clubs, concert halls and venues by 2030.
The pledge comes after independent British festivals like Glastonbury and Bestival vowed to cut plastic waste. Glastonbury has announced it will not sell single-use plastic water bottles this year, owing to concerns about their impact on the environment. While Bestival, Boardmasters and Kendal Calling were among 61 festivals who signed up to the Drastic on Plastic initiative last year, pledging to rid their sites of single-use plastic by 2021.
They have also called on retailers such as Argos and Tesco to stop marketing and selling tents as single-use items, saying abandoned tents account for 875 tonnes of plastic waste every summer.
Restoration Fund - Six endangered theatres across England have been awarded a share of £90,000 from a new fund created to support venues in need of restoration. They are the first recipients of the Theatres Trust’s theatres at risk capacity building programme, which has allocated money for works including survey, structural inspection, governance training and viability studies.
Among those given funding include the Burnley Empire, which will receive £10,000 to fund necessary survey works, and Morecambe Winter Gardens, which will carry out new governanc
India - Waves Audio will be presenting the eMotion LV1 digital mixing solution at the upcoming PALM Sound & Light Summit. The presentation will take place between 15.30-16.30 on 30 May (Thursday) at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Goregaon.
The eMotion LV1 Live Mixer is modular and can be adjusted according to the user’s mixing and business requirements.
Involved in the presentation will be Ravisankar Nadiyam (Waves regional sales manager), Pravin Muralidhar (FOH for Neha Kakkar and Jonita Gandhi) and Supratik Subramanian (FOH for MADBOY/MINK and The Fanculos).
Australia - Rental company Creative Productions has recently added 50 Robe MegaPointes to its stock of moving lights.
The purchase follows the company’s move into a new a 3,000sq.m HQ, warehouse and office space in Molendinar on Australia’s Gold Coast
Creative Productions had first invested Robe lights around three and a half years ago. The inventory now includes BMFL Spots, Blades and WashBeams, Spiider LED wash beams and Spikies, soon to be joined by the MegaPointes in time for the winter season.
The latest units - most of the BMFLs, all the Spiiders and Spikies and now the MegaPointes - have been delivered by Jands, Robe’s Australian distributor.
The new MegaPointes will be for stock as well as some imminent festivals like Splendour in the Grass 2019, a music and arts festival set in the picturesque North Byron Parklands for which Creative provides lighting and video production for all stages together with floor packages for around 70% of the artists.
UK - The deadline to nominate products for the Association of British Theatre Technicians’ (ABTT) awards is fast approaching, say the organisers.
Bestowed by peers and industry experts each year at the ABTT Theatre Show in June, the awards - including Product Awards for Engineering, Sound, & Lighting and the award for Widget of the Year - are open to any company or individual whose products have been “substantially new” to the market during the last 12 months and are available for purchase, immediate delivery and use.
An award for ABTT Theatre Show Stand of the Year is open to 2019 show exhibitors only.
To be considered, the entries must be available for adjudication during the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show on 5 June (Wednesday) at London’s Alexandra Palace, either on their exhibition stand or hosted by one of the pre-registered exhibitors.
Last year’s winners included EM Acoustic’s EMS-41 (Sound Product), Martin’s MAC Encore Wash (Lighting Product), MDG’s Round Floor Pocket (Engineering Product) and Flint’s ‘6 in 1’ & ‘3 in 1’ Staplers (Widget).
Technician of the Year
The search for the 2019 Technician of the Year is also gathering pace, with deadline for nominations 31 May (Friday). Open to ABTT members and non-members, recipients have usually pursued full employment in a backstage or production management role for at least 10 years and have predominantly worked on the pres
China - K-array's K-academy took its teachings on the road for a week of seminars throughout China in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai that covered Large Venue Sound System Design hosted by K-array China.
At each stop, K-array China were able to give attendees a complete K-experience with product presentations and demos of its Installed Sound, Portable Systems and Concert Series lines. K-array Global president and co-founder Alex Tatini and live sound product specialist Klaus Hausherr were present to provide a detailed introduction to the Italian manufacturer's product design concept for large venues.
In particular, the K-academy trainers explained the advantages of Electronic Beam Steering, Pure Array Technology and Slim Array Technology featured in their loudspeakers from a technical perspective and included real time demonstrations using EaseFocus software based on FIRmaker for speaker tuning.
Additionally, other relevant industry experts were invited to provide an encompassing approach to sound design, including Mr. Zhu Heng, a well-known engineer in the field of architectural acoustics, who presented on the relationship between the acoustic environment and the electroacoustic system.
Beyerdynamic wireless system engineer Chen Yugong's gave a presentation which explained the necessity of frequency planning.
In Hangzhou, a K-array Concert Series set-up was on display outdoors to allow the audience experience the uniform coverage and high performance sound. And at VAS Livehouse, the site of the K-academy in Shanghai, top talent It
Australia - Sydney-based event production and management company AGB Events has announced plans to expand, bringing its vision and talents to festivals, museums, cultural/heritage celebrations and other events and locations around the world.
AGB Events was founded in 2006 by Anthony Bastic, who has spent decades in the entertainment and events industry, including as creative director for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games Live Sites and the recent Invictus Games Sydney 2018. Bastic is best known as curator of Destination NSW’s annual Vivid Light Sydney.
“We specialise in imagining, producing and delivering cutting edge creative and cultural event concepts. AGB Events has a long track record of developing unique content that engages audiences in superb spectacles,” says Bastic, “and we plan to bring our extensive expertise and skills to organisations worldwide.
“Our strength is in storytelling in a way that resonates, excites and deepens understanding,” he continues, “whether that’s for governments, arts festivals, heritage sites and events or corporations - capturing imaginations in innovative ways with light and sound, creating digital stories for content from the present day to content that may be centuries old. We can do that on the largest scale imaginable - as we did recently for Parrtjima - or for the most intimate of gatherings.
“For us, technology is an extremely powerful enabler of beautiful and immersive experiences - but it’s the experience, not the technology, that is always centre stage. Our overrid
India - QSC is celebrating the inauguration of its new SAARC headquarters in Bengaluru. The new 9,270sq.ft office serves as a business development, management and support hub for QSC systems, live sound and cinema businesses in the region. It also acts as a training and demonstration area and includes a 13,760sq.ft terrace for customer events.
“Over the last few years, QSC has been dedicated to growing its international presence, and this new entity is a crucial piece of that strategy,” says Markus Winkler, SVP, EMEA South Asia, & managing director QSC EMEA GmbH. “As we continue to experience tremendous growth in SAARC year-over-year in all our business units, this dedicated facility will allows us to accelerate our growth trajectory in the coming years.”
“Our business partners in SAARC have been instrumental in our success and will continue to be our main focus as we work together to develop new opportunities in all vertical markets,” says Rajesh Mittal, managing director, QSC India and SAARC. “The ability to offer in-region support resources in addition to our comprehensive solutions portfolio allows us to better equip our partners with the right tools to grow their business and deepen customer relationships.
“In addition, we can give customers a first-hand experience of QSC solutions, as well as local training, including the Q-SYS Architect training program, enabling our customers and partners to understand the QSC difference.”
Winkler continues: “In addition to this new office, we are excited to announce the promoti
UK - Power distribution specialist IDE Systems has announced a change of ownership following a management buyout.
Company founder Ian Thomas has sold the business to Wayne Woodhead (group managing director), Kevin Warne (group sales director) and Matt Collins (systems operations manager).
Woodhead, who has over 30 years’ experience in the product design, testing and engineering sectors, continues as group managing director. Warne also remains as group sales director, and Collins now acts as operations director. The company is reportedly seeking to appoint a rental operations director and financial director.
Outgoing owners Ian and Sue Thomas comment: “Having owned and led IDE since it was established in 1994, we were keen to make sure it continues to grow into the future, yet be able to exit. Having appointed the management team last year, we are very pleased to have completed the handover and wish them all the success for the future.”
Woodhead adds: “It’s business as usual as far as our customers are concerned. We continue to help them plan ahead and futureproof their procurement needs by ensuring that they get the best from IDE’s expert services. We remain committed in developing solid supply chain partnerships to ensure that we deliver the best possible service to our customers.
“We now have a team in place that can take the company to the next level and our unique business model of rental and manufacturing, along with investment into new technology, will give us the competitive edge that is required to support the marke
China - Hong Kong free-to-air broadcaster ViuTV is preparing for an audio-over-IP future with the purchase of an Artemis Light console, a Brio12, a Brio36 and AoIP interfaces from Calrec.
“The consoles are incredibly user-friendly, vital when being used by a range of operators across a variety of outputs,” says Mike Lau, assistant vice-president of production and facilities at ViuTV. “They are very reliable with great sound quality. We also wanted to be able to satisfy our current networking requirements while also preparing ourselves for an IP future as that transition occurs across our wider infrastructure. Calrec’s technology and after-sales service gave us confidence in making this change.”
The Artemis Light is housed in Studio 1, which is used for general entertainment content as well game shows and live performances. The Brio36 is being used for talk shows in Studio 2 with the Brio12 in Studio 1 acting as a backup. MADI and Dante are used by the broadcaster: the former for intercom connectivity and the latter for connection to a live PA mixing console, for multi-track recording and wireless mike connections.
Commissioning, consultation and additional support was handled by Calrec’s official Hong Kong distributor, Jolly Pro Audio.
“As a new customer, ViuTV was looking for a fresh and modern audio setup that will help them transition to an IP-based environment,” says Calrec international sales manager, Anthony Harrison. “Helping broadcasters make that transition has been central to our product roadmap for some considera
USA - The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) has announced the addition of Motion Laboratories as a Recognised Training Provider for ETCP Renewal Credits. This is the first listing that specifically addresses the area of portable power distribution.
Dave Herrmann, Motion Labs’ training develop manager, comments: “MLI Learning prepares Motion Labs employees and customers for work with Motion Labs equipment, primarily in the entertainment industry. The people that build and use our products are the greatest assets to their respective industries. It is because of them that touring productions, conventions, local shows and festivals, permanent event spaces, corporate and church events, and more can all function properly, and above all else, safely.
“Those involved in making event production possible are doing so because they are gaining the knowledge and expertise required. We intend to help them on that journey. Gaining ETCP recognition as a training provider was a natural step towards that goal, and we are excited to be part of the programme.”
Motion Labs will offer two courses:
16 ETCP Renewal Credits: Portable Fixed Speed Low Voltage Chain Hoist Control Repair Course - Hoist control repair training is ideal for entertainment riggers, electricians, user operators and repair technicians who use Motion Labs control products and want to diagnose or repair the equipment themselves.
Nine ETCP Renewal Credits: Portable Power Distribution Repair Course - Power distribution repair training is great for entertainment e
South Africa - After a successful dot2 training course created, hosted and taught by DWR Distribution in Johannesburg, there was a demand for the same training to take place in Cape Town. The training was brought down to the Cape by Olebogeng Boinamo from DWR.
“It was booked out with 12 people and it filled our Cape Town offices,” says Olebogeng. Each student had access to the system as there were three dot2 consoles from DWR, three of those in attendance had their own dot2s and the rest worked on dot2 on PC. This illustrates the different levels that exist in the field and the impact of the dot2 console, with avid users and newcomers both attending the course to develop their skills, because the console and related PC platform are being used so frequently in the industry.
“The students reflected the Capetonian relaxed attitude as they were eager to talk and ask questions which usually requires an ice breaker but right from the word go they were participating.”
The students were also keen to provide feedback and one noted the dot2 training was the most complete and professional training he had received so far, reflecting the dot2’s importance and Olebogeng’s passion.
USA - As part of on-going upgrades and developments to its studio facilities, Verizon Media has taken delivery of three mc²36 audio production consoles and a Nova37 Hybrid IP/MADI Plug&Play Audio Router for its studio facilities from German IP broadcast technology pioneer Lawo.
Renamed Verizon Media Studios (formerly Oath Inc) early in 2019, the renovation and new buildout to the facilities will serve all Verizon Media brands, including Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports, Huffpost, Yahoo News, RYOT, Engadget, Tech Crunch and Makers. It encompasses live broadcast and pre-tape studio content with shared resources across different locations.
With DSI/Blade Media acting as the main contractor, the upgrade covers three studios; Control Room 1 and Control Room 3 are used for a daily eight-hour live Yahoo Finance broadcast and ancillary shoots, while Control Room 2 is a general-purpose studio for all other of Verizon brands. These have been equipped with three Lawo mc²36 consoles and a Nova37, accompanied by four Lawo A-mic8 microphone interfaces. The intention is to add two further A-mic8s in the near future.
With work begun in 2018, these studios are currently operational with Stage 2 of the project to follow, bringing additional live studio spaces into play.
“We are scaling globally and the ease of interconnectivity, strong system engineering team and customer service that Lawo provides has made planning for the future exciting and easy to understand,’ says Dan Brantigan head of audio at Verizon Media Studios. “I’ve been exceedingly impress