USA - Harman Professional Solutions reports that JBL Professional and AKG products earned honours at the 36th NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards.
The annual TEC Awards honoured best-in-class products in the professional audio community, and were presented at The NAMM Show 2021’s Believe in Music Week.
AKG Lyra USB microphone received the 2021 NAMM TEC Award in the category of Microphones, Recording.
JBL EON ONE Compact personal PA received the 2021 NAMM TEC Award in sound reinforcement loudspeaker category. AKG K300 Series headphones and JBL DSi 2.0 amplifiers were also winners.
“On behalf of the entire Harman team, I would like to say it’s an honour to have been recognised by the industry across these four very important audio categories,” said Karam Kaul, vice president, audio, Harman Professional Solutions. “We would like to thank the voters and the TEC Awards nominating panel for our nomination. These wins are a reflection of our commitment to producing innovative audio solutions, and of the immensely talented teams at Harman Professional. We look forward to continuing to foster our culture of excellence in 2021 and beyond.”
France - Robe’s new flagship, high powered, TE (Transferable Engine) LED luminaire – the Forte – has made landfall in France where the new units have been delivered from the Czech Republic via Robe France to rental and technical production specialist Concept Audiovisuel.
The 40,000 lumen fixture features Robe’s new 1000W white LED light engine, complete with independent zone control for even higher output when zoomed in. The engine is fully and easily replaceable – extending the lifespan of the fixture.
Concept Audiovisuel is based in Niort, western France, and was founded in 1998 by Pierig Burgin and Hughes Mongrand as a design rental and installation company.
The usually busy schedule sees the delivery of lighting, audio, staging and rigging solutions for a wide range of rental and installation projects covering concert touring, live events, and festival sectors. Concept Audiovisuel is a technical partner for some of France’s most popular festivals including Francofolies, Hellfest, Cognac Blues Passions, Au Fil du Son, Les Vieilles Charrues and many more.
Apart from enjoying being ‘first’ and keeping ahead of the technology trends, Pierig explains that they wanted the Fortes – part of the first full production batch to leave the Robe factory – to replace older workhorse moving light fixtures. These Fortes are the first of a larger order.
“This fixture with its immense power and transferable LED module plus other features like the 5 - 50 degree zoom, framing shutters and multiple effects plus other parameters lik
USA - Calrec’s Artemis Beam audio console is proving to be a success for Sean Prickett, owner of broadcast audio engineering company and rental service Drop Ship Audio in Los Angeles. With 340 channel processing paths and powerful Bluefin2 and Hydra2 technologies, the new Artemis console is being used on a popular reality show in its fourth season, installed in a studio with a major US network.
Drop Ship Audio is no stranger to Calrec. The company owns two Brio digital audio consoles, the most powerful and compact console in its class, and previously a Summa console. With regard to its new Artemis Beam, Prickett said, “We’d been looking for a larger, full size fly-pack console to replicate more of the experience you would have in a traditional TV truck. I mixed the previous three seasons of this reality show for a major network on an Apollo and the ability to have the same workflow and familiarity as the previous seasons made the Artemis an obvious and easy choice for our work on this fourth season.”
Prickett also uses Calrec’s Hydra2 networking capabilities, which provide scalable audio networking with other consoles and routers so that a large number of inputs and outputs can be shared and controlled regardless of the console’s location. In the console’s current configuration, they are using five Hydra2 boxes for I/O.
He continued, “As a company, owner reliability and support were at the forefront of the decision and we know that Calrec delivers on both fronts. Another big selling point is whether I am mixing a show or one of my co
World - DPA Microphones and Rycote have announced the winners of the Pay-It-Forward Film Contest Giveaway. The brands joined forces to support the film industry during these unprecedented times by offering first-time and indie filmmakers the opportunity to win a customised DPA/Rycote filming kit.
The winners of the contest are Jacob Deming of the United States, Lijie Cheng of Singapore and Sergey Martynyuk of Austria. The winners will receive three DPA mics - the 4097 Micro Shotgun, 4017 Shotgun and 6060 CORE Subminiature - along with an array of Rycote accessories.
Aspiring and indie filmmakers around the world were encouraged to participate in the DPA/Rycote Pay-it-Forward giveaway campaign, which concluded late last year. The applications were reviewed and judged by representatives from both brands, as well as a group of film experts, comprised of Tim White, Bryan “Sol” Aponte, Antoin Cox and Stéphane Bucher. In addition to the prize package, the winners will also have access to free loans of any additional mics and accessories needed to complete their projects. Further, they will receive a mentoring session from one of the film sound experts.
Deming plans to utilise the equipment to film the Northwest Association for Performing Arts’ 2021 Winter Percussion Championships on behalf of his company, Corpsound Audio.
“It’s an incredible feeling to have industry professionals and established businesses believe in the vision, which we spent so much time and energy developing,” says Deming. “It reaffirms that our pas
UK - Lighting rental house MBSE has made a significant investment in over 500 Luminex network and lighting distribution devices. This substantial acquisition was supplied by sister companies A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) and A.C. Lighting to the MBSE technical teams on both sides of the Atlantic.
Created specifically for the entertainment industry, Luminex products are becoming increasingly responsible for managing the data behind many of today’s fixture heavy productions.
AC-ET’s brand development manager, Neil Vann comments: “In my opinion, Luminex has established itself as arguably one of the industry’s leading standards for data distribution. The attention to detail and ability to make sure that everything on set reacts as it is supposed to, exactly when it is supposed to, makes these products an incredibly important part of an installation. When it comes to reliability and simplicity, in the studio or on location, Luminex really are a leader in this field. We are delighted to be supporting MBSE, both in the UK and the US with this industry leading hardware.”
Speaking about the recent investment, MBSE UK technical director, Steve Howard says: “MBSE has been consistently supporting crews the world over, on some of the most important productions of the last few years. With the advent of ever more creative technology being used on set, the need for robust data management has become an essential ingredient. Through A.C. sister companies, these Luminex units provide us with exactly what’s needed to handle even the most comple
UK - 3LR Lighting has received Albert Certification. Albert is the authority on environmental sustainability for film and TV, whose role is to advise stakeholders in the industry on effective measures to reduce carbon footprint. 3LR achieved its certification as a result of its commitment to the promotion of green products and methods across every area of its business.
MD Matthew Lloyd is very proud: “The brands we represent all strive towards creating environmentally friendly products, and the 3LR team has vast experience of helping to deliver green solutions across the different sectors in which we operate. Albert is a BAFTA organisation, funded by the industry, which plays a very important role in offering training and advice to those involved in production, enabling them to develop and embed sustainability in all their practices.
“At 3LR, we represent a number carefully chosen brands and make recommendations to clients about what will work best for their particular project - sustainability is a central part of that consultation process, so we are delighted to be recognised in this way.”
USA - Harman Professional Solutions has launched a redesigned and streamlined web portal for its Education Alliance Programme (EAP), available to universities and colleges worldwide. The updated portal gives university and college AV and IT managers more immediate, at-a-glance access to rewards points, account management and an overall simplified user experience.
For more than a decade, Harman’s Education Alliance Programme has been rewarding higher education institutions with its exclusive, industry leading customer loyalty program. Members can earn and redeem points for free products, access training and technical support, and gain recognition through sponsored case studies. Visitors to the EAP web portal can join the program, track and redeem their rewards points, and view and manage their account activity - all from a single location.
At the newly redesigned EAP portal, eap.harman.com, users will find that it’s quicker and easier to view rewards points in the top right corner of the portal, at all times, no matter what section of the portal you’re on. It’s also simpler to view detailed account activity with most recent transactions on the main account page and the ability to access transaction history and individual transaction details. And, several additional UI enhancements have been made throughout the portal to make it easier to navigate and use.
“Harman has a proud, longstanding tradition of serving the higher ed community with technology innovations that empower strategic advancements in education delivery,” said Derek Covin, H
Quarantine Regulations - Performing arts professionals are no longer entitled to a quarantine exemption when arriving in the UK, following a tightening of travel restrictions. As of now, anyone working in the performing arts that enters the UK, including performers, creatives and technical staff, must self-isolate for 10 days, according to regulations confirmed by the government.
Performing arts is one of eight sectors that has been removed from the list of professions that qualify for quarantine exemptions, alongside television and film production workers, journalists and advertising professionals. The government has given no indication of the duration of this change.
People working in the performing arts were added to the list of exemptions for England in December. The exemption covered individuals travelling for a paid work engagement in the UK, with both international and British citizens eligible. However, with the UK now in further lockdown measures, the Department for Transport has reduced the number of exemptions and promised to ramp up enforcement checks.
Professions that have remained on the exemption list include elite sportspeople and healthcare professionals, as well as people working for the BBC’s broadcasting transmission network.
Work Permits - The Musicians’ Union has written to prime minister Boris Johnson, urging him to negotiate a solution to European touring arrangements for performers as soon as possible, as the government and the EU continue to blame each other for the failure to reach an agreement.
Europe - Ausma Lace, a recording engineer from Latvia, has been awarded the Sound For The Future Scholarship, which was set up by UK loudspeaker manufacturer PMC in association with the Audio Engineering Society Education Foundation.
This $5,000 prize is given to an audio engineering graduate who is also a member of the AES with the aim of helping them further their studies. In Ausma’s case it is helping to fund a Masters degree in Sound Recording at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Currently in her second year at McGill, Ausma is studying recording techniques for various musical genres.
“My course has given me the opportunity to explore different areas of the audio industry, including music production, immersive audio, audio for picture and live sound,” she says. “Recording and producing music is my passion and I am experimenting with the latest audio techniques and formats. My goal is to continue along this path and help musicians bring their creative visions to life.”
Peter Thomas, PMC’s founder and chairman, says: “Graduate students are the lifeblood of our industry and the people who will ultimately advance audio technology in the future. As a company we have always been at the cutting edge of research and development and we are delighted to support students like Ausma by providing funding towards tuition fees and educational expenses.”
PMC offers its Sound For The Future scholarship in conjunction with the AES Educational Foundation, which was established in 1984 to encourage talented students to enter the au
USA - Harman Professional Solutions has confirmed its line-up of special sessions and product spotlights for the 2021 NAMM Believe in Music Week, taking place now.
“Harman Professional Solutions is pleased to be taking place in this historic event while helping to elevate our industry by supporting musicians and industry professionals who have been deeply affected by the pandemic,” said Frank Joseph, senior director, North America Marketing, Harman Professional Solutions. “We are thrilled to bring together a premier line-up of industry leaders and Harman experts to discuss the future of music creation, event production and live performance. Although this is an unprecedented format, we’re confident we can deliver a rich and engaging experience for our customers and partners at NAMM 2021.”
The sessions, featuring in-depth interviews and Q&A with leading experts include:
Thursday, 21 January - Dr. Sean Olive and Omid Khonsaripour, Harman headphone audio experts; Lenise Bent, the first platinum award-winning female audio engineer; Karrie Keyes, professional audio engineer for Red Hot Chili Peppers; Tiffany Miranda, founder/President of GirlsMakeBeats.org.
Friday, 22 January 22 - Rick Kamlet: JBL Professional installed audio product specialist; Sean Murray and Hayden Maringer of Evaride; Mona Tavakoli and Becky Gebhardt, drummer and bass guitarist for Raining Jane
Additionally, Harman will showcase product videos of its latest innovations on NAMM Gear TV, including JBL IRX Series loudspeakers, JBL EON ONE compact loudspeakers,
USA - Meyer Sound will participate in the 2021 NAMM Believe in Music Week virtual show this week, where the company will debut two original content sessions, share product resources, and schedule one-on-one meetings with NAMM attendees.
“Meyer Sound has seen great success from the NAMM Show over the past few years as it is a great place for us to showcase our products suited for this audience,” notes Meyer Sound director of global marketing Tim Boot. “Although we are unable to connect with our customers in person during this time, we are grateful that we have this opportunity at the virtual NAMM show to share what we have been working on over the past year, including a new variant of our best-selling loudspeaker and a new solution for the post-production and residential markets.”
The virtual booth will feature product information about the award-winning ULTRA-X40 and ULTRA-X20 point source loudspeakers, Leopard compact linear line array loudspeaker, the company’s new software applications - Spacemap Go spatial sound design and mixing tool and MAPP 3D system design and prediction tool - and the newly introduced Ultra Reflex screen channel sound solution for direct view displays.
As part of the NAMM U TEC Tracks programming, Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir and Derek Featherstone, CEO of UltraSound and long-time FOH mixer for recent Dead-related acts including Dead & Company, discuss the long strange trip of the band’s quest for the best audience sound experience. Weir goes back to the Wall of Sound days when Meyer Sound CEO John
Belgium - Theatrical musical producers Deep Bridge created a special streamed Home Edition version of their 2020 Christmas Show, with appearances and special Christmas collaborations from a host of celebrities and music stars, all presenting different festive musical moments.
The event was recorded over three days at Deep Bridge’s HQ in Antwerp with lighting designed by David Smeets of event design and production company The Creative Factory, (TCF) based in Meerhout.
David specified Robe moving lights including T1 Profiles, Spiiders, LEDBeam 150s, Tertra2 LED bars and BMFL WashBeams, all of which were supplied by rental company L&L Stage Services.
The artist line up included a star-studded cast of Belgian singing and dancing talent.
The challenges of the project included a tight turnaround time – just 10 days from when the idea germinated to the stream being recorded across 10 different locations at the Deep Bridge HQ including offices, dressing rooms, corridors, and foyers as well as their dance studio and rehearsal room and outside the building.
That meant that any lighting kit must be portable, versatile, low power and – for the exterior scenes – able to deal with a bit of wind and rain.
Deep Bridge’s 15-piece house band was used for backing all the vocalists. For logistical reasons and for Covid-compliance – which restricted the amount of people allowed in the building and in the filming areas at any one time – these tracks were pre-recorded in the studio, with the singers then going live-to-track p
USA - The Behind the Scenes (BTS) Mental Health Initiative wants language about mental health and respectful workplaces “to become a part of every toolbox talk or safety briefing because psychological safety is as important as physical safety.”
BTS says: “It’s not always an easy subject to talk about, so to make it easier for those delivering these talks we are suggesting topics and providing sample language that can be used as is or tailored to fit individual needs.
“It is important to acknowledge the mental and physical stressors and challenges faced by all of us in the entertainment industry and offer your team tools to help them better manage and respond to these challenges. We know that the last months in particular have been very stressful and returning to work is bringing a new set of concerns for everyone. Many people are struggling with anxiety, grief, feeling overwhelmed, inability to concentrate, changes in appetite or sleep, changes in drinking or substance use patterns, or other issues affecting daily functioning.
“In addition to the sample language provided under each topic, we also offer a selection of brief pre-scripted talks. This information is meant to be incorporated into existing safety or toolbox talks and is not meant to replace other safety briefings.
“For those needing to gain management approval to incorporate language about mental health into their talks, we offer some key reasons why it is important to talk about mental health and psychological safety in the workplace.”
BTS has collaborated wi
UK - Martin Audio has announced a ‘special event’ to take place on 16 February, 2021, to start its 50th Anniversary programme. The virtual presentation will provide ‘important updates, including the announcement of major new product and software releases’.
The rationale for a virtual event is that with much of the global tradeshow calendar still in doubt, there are very few opportunities in the near future for in-person collaboration to highlight significant additions to the international pro audio industry’s arsenal.
Dom Harter, managing director at Martin Audio, believes the event will demonstrate the resilience of the company: “This last year has been a challenging one for the industry as a whole, but at Martin Audio we have continued to invest heavily in R&D, with the positive outlook that companies continuing to create customer value will emerge from the pandemic with a brighter future. Celebrating our 50th anniversary year, we want to ensure we continue to drive forward the company’s legacy, and this event will mark some significant additions to our portfolio.”
The showcase, which will last around 30 minutes, will run across three time slots on Tuesday 16 February to ensure that a global audience can attend.
“We’re looking forward to talking to as many people as possible, albeit virtually, and discussing how the next generation of Martin Audio’s ground-breaking products can meet and exceed the needs of users, venues and events all over the world.”
Registration for the event is via test
Europe - Chauvet Germany GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of ChamSys’ parent company, is now exclusively responsible for selling and servicing the complete line of ChamSys products in the German market.
In conjunction with this move, which reflects ChamSys’ commitment to building on its success in Germany, Frank Alofs has been appointed the German business development, training and support manager.
Alofs brings considerable experience and knowledge to his new position. “We’re very excited to be direct in Germany and to welcome Frank to our team,” said Henning Oeker, operations manager for Chauvet Germany. In his new role, Alof will be responsible for conducting training sessions and tutorials that cover the full range of ChamSys consoles in German. Information on these can be found on ChamSys’ new German language website: www.chamsyslighting.de and social media support page: www.facebook.com/chamsysgermany
“Going direct gives us greater resources to meet the demands created by our rapid growth in Germany,” said Chris Kennedy, managing director of ChamSys. “This, combined with the deep understanding of the market that Frank brings to ChamSys, puts us in an ideal position to build on the success we’ve already achieved, so we can grow even more in 2021.”
Frank Alofs is equally optimistic. “I have always been a big believer in ChamSys products,” he said. “They offer a practical, realistic and user-friendly solution to progr
Germany - Prolight+Sound, along with a number of other trade fairs planned for April and May in Frankfurt this spring, has been postponed until April 2022.
A statement from the organisers says: “Back in September 2020, a decision was reached by Messe Frankfurt and the industries involved to forgo any physical events at our home base in the first quarter of 2021. Now, following close consultation with customers, it has become necessary to postpone the international physical trade fairs planned for April and May – Prolight+Sound, the International Consumer Goods Show, Heimtextil, Techtextil and Texprocess – as a result of the regulations and travel restrictions that have been imposed.
“There is currently no end to the pandemic in sight. Events are effectively banned in Germany, and ongoing international travel restrictions mean that it is impossible to make any trade fair plans for April or May 2021.”
“The coronavirus pandemic has taken centre-stage, and our plans have not escaped its impact. In light of the current situation, it would not be possible for us to satisfy our customers’ requirements for international trade fairs in April or May,” said Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt.
“The ongoing shutdown of retailers in our visitor countries has made relevant up-to-date information and solutions essential, and we are satisfying this demand with our digital offerings during this volatile time. As you know, we are also continuing to do everything in our power to make safe and successful trade fairs po
UK - The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers (ISCVE) and the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) has announced the launch of a new ECS AV Engineer card for existing and newly accredited ISCVE members.
This recent introduction of the ECS AV Engineer card is in addition to the existing ECS card for sound engineers which is available exclusively through the ISCVE.
Administered by the Joint Industry Board (JIB) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, ECS is the sole ID and competence card scheme for electrotechnical related occupations which is recognised and endorsed by the industry. ECS is a partner of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), issuing cards for those working in an electrotechnical related occupation.
The term ‘electrotechnical’ covers many occupations including electricians, sound engineers, network infrastructure installers, fire, emergency & security system operatives and now AV engineers.
A valid ECS card is often a compulsory requirement when working in venues or on UK construction sites. Partnered with CSCS the ECS card scheme requires all applicants to hold an up-to-date ECS health and safety awareness assessment in addition to the qualification requirements of ISCVE current membership for all ECS card applications.
Helen Goddard, president for ISCVE comments, “We are delighted with this latest approval from ECS to allow the Institute to assess and renew ECS cards for AV engineers. Since 2017 we have successfully assessed and processed more than five hundred ECS cards
UK - Although 2020 was a dark year for many, there have been glimmers of light along the way; software provider Stardraw.com has been pleased to record two significant milestones during the 20th anniversary year of its incorporation. First, in 2020, for the first time in the company’s history, more than 250,000 user sessions for Stardraw Design 7 were logged. Secondly, as a result of new processes and practices introduced in 2019 to streamline the Product Request Service, the queue of approved product requests was reduced to zero for the first time ever.
“While we may not have felt like celebrating our 20th anniversary and, like so many others, our business has been impacted by the pandemic, we’re thrilled to have achieved two landmark milestones during what was inevitably a difficult year,” says Stardraw CEO, Rob Robinson. “A ‘user session’ is defined as someone starting and successfully logging into the Stardraw Design 7.3 application.
“Since Cloud-based licensing was introduced in 2014, we’ve seen steady and constant growth in session counts each year, but to surpass the quarter-million milestone is remarkable. It’s possible of course that this is partially due to many of our users being unable to get to offices, workshops or jobsites as normal, and therefore found themselves with more time in front of a computer. Whatever the case, we’re proud to have helped our users remain productive and a big thank you goes to our loyal user-base.”
The second, equally significant milestone concerns Stardraw.com’s Product Request Serv
Israel - Over 150 theatrical venues, concert halls, music clubs and sport arenas across the whole of Israel – in cities and communities large and small – were lit up in red on 26 December 2020 in a ‘Red Alert evening of action’ designed to highlight culture and the arts and the immense amount of enjoyment, entertainment and value that it brings to all.
The spontaneous event – that began like so many of these organic movements as an animated conversation – was organised by multidisciplinary artist, musician and lighting designer Nadav Barnea, together with lighting designer Baruch Shpigelman, and it energised and united engineers, technicians, designers and directors working in every discipline in the sector - lighting, sound, video, staging, rigging, visual, scenic, cameras and broadcast.
Delighted to participate was another leading Israeli lighting designer, Eran Klein of Cochavi&Klein who worked closely with his business partner Eli Cochavi to light up one of the two main sites in central Tel Aviv with an all-Robe lighting rig featuring Spiiders, BMFL Spots and LEDWash 1200 fixtures.
The lights were supplied by Danor Theatre and Studio Systems whose Erez Hadar also participated in the event.
These Robe fixtures were used to illuminate The Cameri Theatre, and the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Centre, all standing adjacent to one another in Sderot Sha'ul HaMelech square.
“Robe was my first choice,” explained Eran, “I picked the Spiiders and LEDWashes for their power, coverage and fantastic colours as it was important t
USA - Audinate is offering a free seminar during NAMM 2021 on the topic of Getting Back to Music Education and Professional Live Performances. The seminar explores how Dante is enabling many different types of live performances while maintaining social distancing and room occupancy safeguards for all.
Also available is a new overview of the Dante AV video-over-IP solution from Audinate, and Level 1 and 2 of the popular Dante Certification Course. That means no matter where you are in the world, and no matter your familiarity with Dante, you can gain valuable training and practical insights on using Dante in real-world, AV-over-IP integrations, says Audinate.
The seminar and training sessions go live on 18 January, however, video will be available on demand through February. Registration for the events is available now at www.audinate.com/NAMM21
USA - Companies joining the Behind the Scenes Pledge-of-Support Programme make a long-term commitment to support the work of the charity through the sale of their products or services.
The organisation reports that despite the unprecedented challenges of the past year, these companies stepped up to honour their commitment with 2020 donations and Behind the Scenes is extraordinarily grateful for that support. “Our deepest thanks go to Concert Shop, ETC, Evoke Collaborative, Gray Matter Visual, HG Lighting Design, InCord, J-4 Design, Light Touch Designs, Lightswitch, Litegear, Rosco, TMB, and Westview Productions,” says BTS. “We encourage you to support these companies in whatever way you can, because they are supporting you during good times and bad.”
To join the programme, companies pledge a percentage of profits of the sale of a product or service to the charity on an ongoing basis. After being approached by individuals looking for a way to support Behind the Scenes through their creative work, BTS has established the Individual Pledge Partner Programme. This allows unaffiliated individuals who offer design services, author books, have speaking or teaching engagements, or are an artist, photographer, craftsperson, etc. to make a pledge to support the charity on an ongoing basis with their work.
The Behind the Scenes charity provides entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate dependent family, who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses.
Europe - Elation Professional is set to resume its Innovation Hour livestream presentations on 21 January with a discussion of the various types of colour mixing systems found in today’s modern automated luminaires and the pros and cons inherent in each.
The ability to create millions of different hues from a single lighting fixture is perhaps the greatest benefit of an intelligent luminaire. Elation national sales manager John Dunn and global product manager Matthias Hinrichs will be live on 21 January (Thursday) at 10:00 a.m. PST as they examine additive and subtractive colour mixing including the different types of RGB colour mixing systems, CMY colour mixing, DTW, and Elation’s proprietary SpectraColor system.
The Elation Hour and Elation Innovation Hour are virtual presentations and discussions that address lighting and lighting markets, products and product development, and include discussions with top industry designers who share their experience across the broad scope of entertainment lighting.
Germany - Coda Audio has announced the appointment of Wilhelm & Willhalm Event Technology Group as a dealer partner in southern Germany. Founded 30 years ago, Wilhelm & Willhalm is based in Munich and will offer the complete Coda Audio portfolio with immediate effect, including all high-end reinforcement systems for pro sound applications, as well as a comprehensive range of loudspeakers for fixed installation.
Ton Groen, Coda Audio Deutschland managing director, is upbeat about the new sales alliance. “We are more than happy about this partnership,” he says. “Wilhelm & Willhalm has long been one of the most important players in our industry. We expect this new cooperation to result in an even greater market share for our high-quality systems, significantly widening distribution of our solutions. We have gained an excellent sales partner in Southern Germany, whose company philosophy matches our own, and we look forward with confidence to a mutually successful new year.”
Christoph zur Loye, head of sales at Wilhelm & Willhalm, adds: “With the systems from Coda Audio, we are expanding our portfolio with another attractive brand. Several criteria were decisive for the alliance with Coda Audio, including the impressive vertical range of manufacture, the attractive price-performance ratio and - last but not least - the high quality of the loudspeaker systems. Unique selling points such as the DDP and DDC driver are increasingly requested by users.”
Australia - Meyer Sound has launched a direct, non-exclusive reseller network for the sales and marketing of its loudspeaker solutions in Australia and New Zealand starting January 2021. The new business model allows for greater factory-direct support to Meyer Sound customers in this growing market.
“Audio Brands Australia has been a fantastic partner and has helped us grow Meyer Sound’s brand awareness over the past three years,” comments John McMahon, senior vice-president. “Learnings from the pandemic suggest that moving to a more direct model will benefit customers in this important market.”
Over the decades, Meyer Sound products and technologies have earned widespread acceptance in Australia and New Zealand, with a number of systems installed in recent years. Examples include Telstra Theatrette Melbourne, Australian Outback Spectacular, and Townsville Civic Theatre. Two sizeable projects in progress right now include Cairns Convention Centre and Sydney Theatre Company with a new Spacemap Go system.
“In three years of working with the factory, Audio Brands has delivered a number of key projects throughout Australia and New Zealand. We are very proud of what we achieved and have enjoyed working with the Meyer Sound team. We wish them well with their new direction,” says Don McConnell, founder and director of Audio Brands Australia.
The territory is managed by Meyer Sound sales manager, Asia Pacific Chris D’bais. To support the market, Meyer Sound is currently seeking to fill the role of sales manager, Australia and New Zeala