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headliner-plasa-x-bettyoxlademartin744Winners of Stage to Studio announced
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

UK - PLASA has announced the two winners of the Stage to Studio competition for the best mix, which launched following the Stage to Studio live mixing session at PLASA Show 2019.
Antonio Pannese from Italy has won Best Original Mix whilst Andrew Mansell from the UK was chosen as the winner of Best Alternative Mix.
Marc Henshall from Shure comments: “Antonio Pannese demonstrated the best use of dynamics, space, and frequency balance while also applying creative effects for a personal touch. As an alternative mix, few demonstrated the same creativity as Andrew Mansell, who successfully transformed the mix into a spectacular dub-delay style piece.”
VC Pines, the artist whose single Indigo was mixed for the competition, paired the two winners at random with their pro audio prize in a video posted on social media. It was revealed that Antonio won the Genelec 8320 monitors and GLM software and Andrew won the Shure KSM32 microphone and set of SRH1540 headphones, each worth £1,000.
The judging team comprised Marc Henshall from Shure, Andy Bensley from Genelec, Paul Watson from Headliner magazine, Dave Lockwood from Sound On Sound magazine, audio engineer Simon Todkill from Miloco Studios, Freya Astrella from PLASA, and VC Pines himself AKA Jack Mercer. Each member of the team chose their shortlist then deliberated over Zoom to decide upon the two winners.
The judges were impressed by the range of nationalities and mixing styles and would like to thank everyone who entered, with special commendations to: Abhishek Wal

Three ESTA standards approved by ANSI
Monday, 22 June 2020

USA - In June, ANSI's Board of Standards Review has approved three more ESTA standards. One is a new standard, and two are revisions to existing standards. All three are published, and are available for free download from the TSP website at tsp.esta.org/freestandards. They are also available for sale from ANSI and IHS.
These two standards were approved on 2 June:
ANSI ES1.19 - 2020, Event Safety - Safety Requirements for Special Event Structures
This standard - the first published Event Safety Working Group standard - is a revision to the 2018 version, correcting errata, and expanding on existing requirements. It covers structural safety requirements for any temporary structure used for special events ("temporary special event structures"), where such structures are used for presentation, performance, structural support of entertainment technology equipment, audience seating or viewing in conjunction with the event, and regardless if the event is indoor or outdoor.
The scope of this standard covers any such structure not otherwise addressed by existing standards, codes or legislation, and to the extent that such other standards, codes or legislation do not already address conditional use of those temporary structures within existing structures.
ANSI E1.4-3 - 2020, Entertainment Technology—Manually Operated Hoist Rigging Systems
This new standard is the third in a set of revisions and partitions to ANSI E1.4-2014. It applies to permanently installed, manually operated hoists used as part of rigging systems for raisin

 
 
greatbridgebaptistDanley adds clarity to Chesapeake church
Monday, 22 June 2020

USA - Great Bridge Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia’s contemporary-style services lift spirits with music provided by an orchestra, a choir, and a praise band. It’s a big production, but until recently, all of that effort only partially connected because the existing sound reinforcement system’s coverage of Great Bridge Baptist Church’s 1,500-plus seats was far from ideal.
Regional AV integration firm RTW Media, based in Richmond – serving the Virginia/DC/Maryland areas – designed and installed a big-impact, small-footprint sound reinforcement system centred on Danley Sound Lab’s point-source products. The Danley boxes give Great Bridge Baptist Church even coverage from front to back and from side to side, in the balconies, under the balconies, and even on the stage and in the orchestra pit.
“The sound system at Great Bridge Baptist Church was old and tired,” said Zack Guida, operations manager at RTW Media. “The coverage was lacking, the timing was off, and it really didn’t do justice to the amazing services they are putting on.
“When we met with the church, they explained that not only did they want an impactful sound system, but they also wanted consoles and backbone technology to give them creative audio and video capabilities that would further allow them to connect with the congregation, both in person, and through digital media. The church’s vision included a video and camera system overhaul as well, so we had to be mindful of the overall budget.”
Guida continued, “We modelled the system for Great Bri

 
nashua-humane-societyEvents United lights fundraiser with Chauvet
Monday, 22 June 2020

USA - Soon after the Covid-19 lockdown went into effect, Events United owner Tim Messina and his team began transforming Studio Lab (their shared space production facility) into a livestream studio to produce events. They weren’t exactly sure where this effort would take them; they just wanted to keep busy and find a way to continue paying their team.
Turns out they did much more than that. In the weeks following the initial lockdown, Studio Lab has gone on to fill a variety of important roles in the community, including that of a fundraising tool. A variety of charitable groups have raised much-needed money during the pandemic by holding online benefit auctions at the Studio Lab facility in Derry, NH.
The latest of these is the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, which raised $105,000 in June through an auction livestreamed and produced by the Events United team at Studio Lab. Running slightly over one hour on Facebook and YouTube, the programme featured musical entertainment and appearances by adoptable animals in addition to the auction.
Pulling the diverse elements of the programme together and providing camera-friendly visuals was a collection of Chauvet Professional Maverick, COLORado and STRIKE fixtures as well as 60 F2 Video panels.
“We have done a few of these virtual auctions now, and it’s been an amazing experience, getting to work with these organisations and seeing the things they do,” said Jon Martell, production design manager at Events United, who worked closely with event producer Donald Van Slyke and lighting designer

 
 
rock-of-agesRock of Ages revived with Artiste Monet
Monday, 22 June 2020

USA - The recent Rock of Ages revival at New World Stages in New York City was a resounding success, just as it was in its 2008 Off-Broadway debut at the same theatre prior to its successful six-year Broadway run. The show opened last June and after originally being scheduled to close in September was extended for an open-ended run, eventually shutting down when Broadway went dark in March.
Lighting designer Jason Lyons has been lighting the musical since that storied 2008 New York debut. “Back then it was a bit of an experiment,” he says. “We didn’t really know what we had and it exploded from there. It’s one of those rare shows that people can go back to over and over again and still have a really good time. I think that’s part of its success. You find new moments to enjoy every time.”
Rock of Ages is a jukebox musical that tells the story of a rock ‘n’ roll romance on the Sunset Strip during the glitz and decadence of the ‘80s. When the Bourbon Room is set to be demolished (the local bar where most of the action takes place), it’s up to wannabe rockers to save it. With a score that features some of the biggest classic rock hits of the ‘80s, this hilarious, high-energy 80’s-era satire has evolved into a theatre classic.
Jason has been using Elation’s Artiste Monet on the revival (supplied by Christie Lites), his first time working with the award-winning LED profile moving head and a significant upgrade from what he was using on earlier incarnations of the show
“I was really excited to use it for

 
newtonOutline hosts in-depth WFIR webinar
Monday, 22 June 2020

Italy - Outline has announced that on 24 June it will hold a free webinar in English on its (patent pending) WFIRs, the ‘warped’ filters featured in Outline’s Newton processors.
WFIR Filtering Technology goes live via Zoom on 24 June at 9:00 am and 6.00pm (Rome time).
Fernando Rey Méndez, who will host both sessions with the support of Paolo Calza, states: “The WFIR webinar will be an in-depth event, following the numerous requests from system engineers and audio technicians all over the world, from the ‘live’ industry, but also and perhaps even more from the broadcast, studio and permanent installation sectors.
“What are WFIR filters? How do they differ from FIR filters? But, above all, can the difference be heard and to what extent? How much computing power do WFIR filters require? Is there an ideal ecosystem on which this technology’s potential can be fully exploited? These are just a few of the questions we’ll answer, and participants will be able to actively participate.”
The webinars on Outline’s WFIR filters address system engineers, PA techs, FOH engineers and “everybody (even those who aren’t technicians) wishing to obtain first-hand knowledge of this innovative signal processing technology successfully used at internationally important festivals and concerts”.
Registration is at www.outline.it/webinars

 
 
qtech-live-jesper-and-arnoldQTECH launches streaming division with dLive
Monday, 22 June 2020

Sweden - Created to meet the surge in demand for livestreaming services resulting from the Covid 19 pandemic, Swedish production company, QTECH, has launched a new streaming division, QTECH Live, with help from an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system.
Reacting to changing circumstances, on the day after Sweden announced restrictions on live performances in March, founder Timmy Qvarnström and CEO, Kevin Qvarnström began the transformation of the QTECH warehouse near Gothenburg into a dedicated streaming facility.
Although QTECH already possessed most of the equipment required for the new venture, it needed a mixing system with the versatility and ease of use to handle tight setup times and a diverse programme of interviews, presentations and performances across three separate studio spaces.
In a move that typifies the community spirit shown by the professional audio world during the pandemic, long-time friend, Arnold Lindberg of Sound Industry Gbg AG offered to loan QTECH his dLive system, preferring to see it put to good use while touring is on hold. Arnold has extensive experience with dLive, including a 2019 international tour with Swedish nu metallers, Lok, and was able to help QTECH’s head of sound, Jesper Sirenius to quickly master the new setup.
Arnold’s dLive system centres on a DM64 MixRack controlled by an S7000 surface, with an IP8 remote controller providing an extra eight faders for managing FX returns. A Waves 3 card fitted in the S7000 enables access to a Waves Mobile Server for additional plugins.
“I had never wor

 
autokultur-mit-sido-und-sennheiserAutokultur buzzes with Sido and Sennheiser
Monday, 22 June 2020

Germany - With the slogan Autokultur – from Hannover for Hannover, an unusual series of events is helping to keep the entertainment scene in Northern Germany buzzing.
Every evening, up to a thousand vehicles converge on Hannover’s Schützenplatz fairground, where they tune in their UHF radios – just like in a drive-in cinema – to listen to stage performances, from concerts to comedy. It’s all a welcome distraction from life during lockdown, and an optimistic ray of light in a time when typical live events have all been cancelled.
Among the highlights of the early summer concert series were two sold-out performances by German rapper Sido. The artist used a Sennheiser SKM 6000 to wow the crowds on 11 and 12 May 2020. With its bright red, high-gloss finish, the handheld transmitter proved to be a real eye catcher and was the centre of attention during close-ups of the performer on the huge LED walls.
The handheld transmitter from Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 series was operated in the A1-A4 (470 to 558 MHz) frequency range and was equipped with a cardioid, dynamic MD 9235 capsule. A black handheld transmitter of the same type was available as a spare.
“The SKM 6000 handhelds have never once let us down”, says monitor engineer Thomas Hofer. “The MD 9235 capsule harmonises perfectly with Sido’s voice, and this combination of transmitter and microphone capsule is robust enough to withstand the most energetic live performances or even showers of rain during open-air concerts without any damage. What is more, the feedback tende

 
 
summerwebinarMeyer Sound refreshes summer webinar series
Monday, 22 June 2020

USA - After introducing a successful webinar series this spring, the Meyer Sound education team is launching a refreshed comprehensive summer webinar programme today, Monday, 22 June. The webinar content offers a natural progression of subject matter, including project case studies and specialty tools that cover a diverse set of solutions across all industry verticals.
“We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback to our webinar programme over the past few months,” John McMahon, Meyer Sound’s senior vice president, said. “It has been exciting to engage with our global network online while we are unable to connect in person, so we look forward to continuing the momentum this summer.”
While the programme follows the same schedule as the spring season with English language webinars hosted Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and Spanish language webinars Tuesday and Thursday, the summer programme will add special roundtable discussions including a Festival Fridays feature.
For the English language webinars, the week will start off with Encores that revisit past technical webinars, moderated by Meyer Sound’s senior technical support & education specialist Merlijn van Veen. Webinars such as the upcoming Meyer Sound Precision Toolset on Monday, 22 June provide attendees practical knowledge for honing skills. Wednesday webinars will visit new technical topics and solutions not previously featured in past online trainings.
Special guests will be invited to join on Fridays for case studies and to discuss their experie

 
shaftsburytheatre-1024x683Stage Electrics wins Dawlish theatre contract
Friday, 19 June 2020

UK - Stage Electrics has been awarded the key contract to supply and install three new Zero 88 Chilli By-Pass Dimmers, ETC Element 2 Desk and new DMX infrastructure around the stage and FOH for the Shaftesbury Theatre in Dawlish.
This is the first step for the Devon theatre in moving from a traditional tungsten rig towards a more energy efficient LED solution.
Replacing the old dimmers with the new Zero 88 Chilli bypass dimmers offers the ability to swap between dimming or hot power, whilst the 10 new DMX points around the stage and front of house allows for increased flexibility for future productions.

 
 
ATEN ANZ partners with Exertis
Friday, 19 June 2020

Australia - ATEN Australia and New Zealand has announced a new partnership with Exertis Pro AV Australia. The lKVM manufacturer has signed a distribution contract with Exertis Pro AV Australia with the strategic aim to expand its AV market share in Australia and New Zealand.
Exertis ProAV Australia is owned by Stampede and parent company DCC Technology, which is one of Europe’s largest AV distributors. Exertis Pro AV Australia will distribute ATEN’s broad range of AV products, including their advanced video distribution, collaboration technology and control systems.
“This partnership with Exertis Pro AV Australia is one of the key steps in our expanding strategy in the Australia and New Zealand AV market,” says Wesley Wong, director of ATEN Australia and New Zealand.
“Exertis ProAV Australia is a new name in the local market but we believe with the strong global network and support, they will make our professional AV solutions more accessible to new clients in different vertical markets including retail, commercial spaces, healthcare and educations.”
Commenting on the appointment, Exertis Pro AV Australia president & CEO Kevin Kelly notes: “For more than 40 years ATEN has stood at the intersection of where AV and IT meet and provided customers across a broad range of markets with solutions that help customers to make better connections. The addition of ATEN to our portfolio of best-in-class brands provides our resellers with an opportunity to offer their customers a complete range of integrated connectivity and management

 
barcelonaISE looks forward to Barcelona debut
Friday, 19 June 2020

Europe - Planning for the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2021 tradeshow is “well underway” say organisers, Integrated Systems Events.
The 17th edition of ISE is set to take place at its new home at the Fira de Barcelona, Gran Vía on 2-5 February 2021. The exhibition centre plans to reopen for business in September. This will follow the successful completion of a collaboration with risk mitigation consultancy AON and the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona which will determine the specific security criteria for holding B2B events at the venue later this year.
Over 850 technology and solutions providers have already committed to participate at ISE 2021. Over 55,000 sqm of exhibition floor-space has been confirmed for nine dedicated technology zones. This represents a 5% increase on the total floorspace booked for the 2020 show.
A significant development for ISE 2021 is the strategic partnership with The Next Web (TNW), a world-leading technology media brand with extensive reach among global start-ups and technology businesses in general. In conjunction with ISE, TNW will present Growth Quarters - four days of keynotes and presentations addressing all aspects of business growth and scale-up, presented by inspiring technology innovators and experts. TNW will also present Fast Lane, where start-ups create solutions that address specific ‘pain points’ within AV businesses.
ISE will also be developing the show’s digital reach to help engage with a bigger audience. This will include a wide selection of cross-platform live ISE content being ma

 
 
markus-spiske-ucbmz0s-w28-unsplashGovernment DCMS survey reveals COVID-19 damage
Thursday, 18 June 2020

UK - The damage across the UK culture, media, sports and digital sectors caused by the coronavirus outbreak has been laid bare in a government survey published this week.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has released the results of its Business Survey, showing the impact of coronavirus on organisations across the four sectors. The survey received 3,936 responses submitted between 23 April and 22 May.
Headline findings reveal the devastating impact of the pandemic on businesses, with more than a third (1,646) of respondents reporting their revenue has decreased by 100% year-on-year, whilst just 97 have seen an increase during the period.
In terms of how long businesses can continue to operate viably, the majority (1,156) of respondents selected ‘up to six months’, whilst 1,102 indicated that they could stay afloat beyond six months. However, 202 respondents said their businesses were already no longer trading; 155 stated they could only carry on trading for less than a month, and 902 reported they could only trade viably for up to three months. The remaining 408 selected ‘don’t know’. An overwhelming 2,668 respondents also indicated their business’ ability to trade was under threat due to the pandemic, with just 1,070 stating the opposite.
More than half (2,146) of respondents said they had accessed government support during the survey period, but nearly half (1,790) hadn’t. The headline findings can be found test

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howtosessionslogoLawo Lounge connects with customers
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Germany - Lawo has started organising weekly Lawo Lounge (Wednesdays) and How-To (Thursdays) sessions to stay connected with its customers and future Lawo users. The first sessions were streamed on Wednesday, 10 June and Thursday, 11 June to a large audience.
The aim of these sessions is to present entertaining and informative, short-form programmes about the media and entertainment industry’s transition to IP-based content production and delivery. Brought live from Lawo’s headquarters in Rastatt, Germany, the sessions offer product tips, application insights, new product introductions, customer interviews, interactive Q&A and more.
All Lawo Lounge instalments can either be watched live at 14:00 hours (CEST) on Wednesdays, with a replay at 20:00 hours (CEST), or on demand by clicking the relevant link in the Past Webinars section on the page.
The Lawo How-To sessions are streamed on Thursdays at 14:00 hours (CEST), with a replay at 20:00 hours. On-demand watching is also available.
Users are welcome to ask questions in writing during and until one hour after each session. Details about registering for each individual event can be found here.
Each session ends with a sweepstake where attendees can submit for Lawo swag and goodies.

 
 
hpuelearningharmanlandingbanner1140x400Harman extends live workshop series
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced the addition of 10 free live workshops available for registration through the Learning Sessions programme in conjunction with Harman Professional University.
Available workshops, scheduled through the remainder of June, feature lighting or audio experts who have extensive industry knowledge and experience working with various artists including Akon, Aretha Franklin, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Josh Groban, Logic, OneRepublic, Patti LaBelle, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many others.

The workshops now open for registration include:
Improvised Lighting on Tour with Juan Trevino (17 June)
The Followspot Operator: An Essential Resource with A.J. Pen (18 June)
Lighting Director Skillset: From Clubs to Arenas and Beyond with Sarah Parker (19 June)
Pros and Cons in an Educational Lighting Design System with Nina Agelvis (22 June)
Life on the Road as an LD: How Not to Burn Out with Sage Paden (23 June)

Over 60 workshops have been conducted since the programme’s introduction and are now available at Harman Professional University’s YouTube channel.
For information and registration, visit pro.harman.com/lp/learning-sessions.

 
markus-spiske-ucbmz0s-w28-unsplashLEIF welcomes lifting of restrictions on live events
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Australia - Australia is set to ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions on live events and large indoor gatherings from July.
The country’s federal government will lift the 100 persons cap for indoor gatherings and replace it with a 4sq.m rule that will be used to determine the maximum number of people allowed on the premises or attending an event.
Ticketed/seated events will be allowed to go ahead at 25% capacity if the venue’s total capacity is less than 40,000 whilst the operation of larger venues will fall under the auspices of state and territory governments.
To enable a further easing of the restrictions, the Live Entertainment Industry Forum (LEIF) - a body formed by Australia’s largest promoters, venue managers, and key advocacy groups - is set to produce a “comprehensive, flexible” re-opening and risk management strategy.
In collaboration with the country’s governments, LEIF will develop industry-wide measures regarding cleaning and sanitation, crowd management, physical distancing, health monitoring and contact tracing – including a plan to enable venues with capacities greater than 40,000 to host spectators again.
James Sutherland, LEIF chairman, comments: “We welcome the federal government’s encouraging decision to enable the re-opening of live entertainment and sport. This is a great first step to bring back fans and bring back jobs to an industry that has been on its knees for more than three months. COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on millions of Australians and live events play a crucial role in the

 
 
digicoDiGiCo’s Ask Us Anything goes to the theatre
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

UK - DiGiCo’s popular Ask Us Anything webinar series takes a seat at the theatre to answer your question about mixing theatre sound.
Hosted by DiGiCo’s Dan Page and A2D’s Zac Duax, it will feature special guests Nevin Steinberg, Julie M Sloan and Jason Crystal, who between them have an incredible list of theatre credits.
Steinberg’s recent projects include Hamilton on Broadway, in London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and on the US Tour; Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, in London and on the US Tour; Tina: The Tina Turner Musical in the West End, Hamburg, Utrecht and on Broadway; Hadestown (Tony Award) on Broadway; Freestyle Love Supreme on Broadway; Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star on Broadway; and Rodgers+ Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony nomination). He has designed over 30 Broadway productions with Acme Sound Partners and received five additional Tony nominations for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Fences, Hair, In The Heights.
Steinberg serves as the audio consultant for Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College in English and American Literature and Language. In 2011, he completed a Certificate Program in Arts Management at NYU's School for Continuing Professional Studies. Nevin is Trustee of the Town Hall Foundation, Inc., the non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and support of The Town Hall, a cultural and education centre as well as a national historic landmark in the c

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Coachella Cancelled - The Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals have been cancelled this year. Both events were meant to have taken place in California in April, and had been rescheduled for October. But health officials have said they are "not comfortable moving forward" - especially given how Coachella is one of the world's biggest music festivals, bringing half a million fans to an open-air site east of Los Angeles.
Cameron Kaiser, who signed the order cancelling the festivals for 2020, said: "I am concerned as indications grow that COVID-19 could worsen in the fall. Given the projected circumstances and potential, I would not be comfortable moving forward." Kaiser stressed that the decision was not taken lightly - and he acknowledged many people will be affected. "My first priority is the health of the community," he added.
Fringe Benefits - The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has been given a special funding package from the Scottish Government to help the festival survive its cancellation this year. A £1m interest-free loan has been granted to the Fringe Society, which is the charity that oversees the annual performance festival. It will also receive £249,000 in grants from the City of Edinburgh Council (£100,000) and the Scottish government’s relief fund for businesses deemed vital to the country’s economy (£149,000).
This year’s fringe, along with all of Edinburgh’s summer festivals, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, marking the first time the event has not taken place since it was founded more than 70

 
 
martin-audio-virtual-tradeshow-portfolio-overviewmomentMartin virtual show exceeds expectations
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

UK - Martin Audio’s virtual tradeshow has been “a resounding success” according to the company, which reported the number of registrations for its web event had come close to the numbers of visitors the British pro audio manufacturer would typically expect to meet at traditional large tradeshows.
The company held its event on 20 May taking the form of three 90-minute webinars matched to different time zones.
“We achieved over 800 registrations for the event,” reveals James King, Martin Audio’s director of marketing. “To put that in context, this is the amount of people we would engage with at ISE or InfoComm in our demo room in a given week, and probably four times the amount we get to our UK Open Day events. So, this was a very efficient exercise.”
The virtual trade show gave Martin Audio the opportunity to speak in detail about its overall portfolio and how different systems can fit with different applications and budgets. It also provided a platform to highlight new products, such as the award-winning ADORN ceiling and pendant loudspeakers and three new subwoofers including two new cardioid subwoofers and punchy value for money double 18” sub.
“The format itself worked well with people being able to see both presenters and the presentation so as to make it more human, and there was opportunity also for an open Q&A on numerous topics that people wanted to discuss,” says King. “There was even some illuminating glimpses and hints about the future product roadmap that came out of that discussion.”
While the

 
giulio-gandiniOutline schedules OpenArray webinar
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Italy - Italian loudspeaker manufacturer Outline will hold a free webinar in English on OpenArray, the 3D acoustic prediction, modelling and simulation software written in the Brescia company’s laboratories and now at its second release.
From CAD to OpenArray will take place on 18 June and comprise two sessions, starting at 9am and 6pm CET respectively. Users will be guided step by step through the preparation of the designs to be imported into OpenArray, starting from CAD programmes.
Giulio Gandini, who will host both sessions with the support of Paolo Calza, states: “I’m pleased to have the opportunity of explaining in depth what in my opinion is one of the software’s most interesting features: how to import designs into OpenArray directly from DXF files. We’ll begin with a recap of the key characteristics of the simulator and the audience section, focusing attention on the result and the amount of detail projects must have; after which we’ll explain what to import and how to do so.
“We shall then get to the heart of the matter with practical examples, for each of which the initial "datum" (Google image, CAD file) and the result to be obtained will be displayed. We’ll demonstrate how to import a simple area, for example a city square, then proceed with importing a more complex space, and answer participants’ questions.”
On 24 June, in the same time slots, Fernando Rey Méndez will host a webinar on Outline’s WFIR, the “warped” filters featured in Outline’s Newton processors.
Registration is at

arbane-logo-webAPG and Active Audio form Arbane Groupe
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

France - Public address systems specialist Active Audio and manufacturer of professional loudspeakers APG have formed the Arbane Groupe.
This completes their strategic alliance initiated in 2016.
Régis Cazin, CEO of Arbane Groupe, comments: “For the past four years, APG and Active Audio have been able to leverage a number of technological and organisational synergies, supported by strategic recruitment and exceptional results. We've seen many successful innovations come directly from our strategic alliance, including APG's Uniline Compact and Active Audio's Ray On.”
He adds: “The creation of Arbane Groupe is the natural outcome of our strategy of bringing together and perpetuating the two brands.”
Arbane is the name of a grape variety used in the production of champagne, which shares many similarities with the two French manufacturers, as Cazin explains: “This name perfectly illustrates the philosophy and the common approach of our brands. Robust and singular, it is chosen by some Champagne winemakers in order to stand out from other more standardised and mass productions. It may not be the best known grape variety, but it is distinguished by the excellence of its results.”
Arbane Groupe's mission is “to offer unique solutions with a particular focus on directivity, and improve the intelligibility and fidelity across all points of a particular venue. The group's values reflect those of the two manufacturers, with the desire to put the environmental agenda and acoustic performance at the forefront.”
The Active Aud

 
out-boardAlphatec appointed TiMax distributor for India
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

India - Immersive audio specialist Out Board has appointed Alphatec as its new exclusive distributor in India for TiMax SoundHub spatial audio processing and TiMax TrackerD4 precision stagetracking systems.
Devasis Barkataki, Alphatec managing director, comments: “We are very happy to welcome the TiMax products into our distribution range for the Indian market. TiMax fits well with our other high quality brands and suits perfectly our core activities in premium system solutions and integration.“
Out Board director Dave Haydon, adds: “We’ve been fortunate previously for TiMax to be involved in some great projects with premier local event producers and venue integrators, and now is the right time to partner with a nationally established full-service distribution, design and turnkey operation such as Alphatec.
“We have now undertaken online TiMax intro and workflow training for their Applications teams across three main regions and are already working on a number of exciting project proposals, so we look forward to a highly productive and mutually beneficial trading partnership with Alphatec in India.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
wholestageAyrton appoints Wholestage for Colombia & Caribbean
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

South America - Ayrton has appointed Wholestage as its new exclusive distributor for Colombia, Panama and the Caribbean Islands.
Wholestage, has offices in the USA, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, Chile and Spain (Madrid). The company was established in 1998 in Venezuala before relocating to Miami in 2006, and specialises in the distribution of video, audio, rigging, lighting and control.
“The Ayrton product portfolio is balanced and well thought out, which allows you to cover and meet all the needs of the market,” comments Luis Duque, Wholestage’s CEO. “It combines excellence in quality, sophisticated design and LED technology with a unique, advanced development in the engineering, at a reasonable price for the market. This translates into a unique, accessible, quality product which is a great investment for our clients.”
He continues: “The Ayrton team is top line, led by Yvan and Chris, characters with great vision and leadership skills, and a well-structured multinational team of development, service and sales personnel led by Michael. They have a coherent business plan, fantastic marketing, and a business vision which is in perfect harmony with our own objectives. The brand is perfect for our goals of offering first-rate, high-quality solutions. We believe that Ayrton is a few years ahead in developing and understanding the current lighting market and is the perfect complement to our service offering and growth expectations.”
Dugue adds: “The best marketing is our reputation and the name that we have built over 25 ye

 
laddersLadder Association issues new guidance
Monday, 15 June 2020

UK - "Keeping ladder users safe now means protecting them from coronavirus as well as falls," says The Ladder Association, as they release new guidance for health and safety managers.
New guidance from the Ladder Association is helping managers keep ladder users safe during the coronavirus outbreak, whether they're attending a ladder training course or using ladders in the workplace.
The industry body has offered its advice on the challenges being faced by those responsible for the health and safety of ladder users as they plan a return to work. In a new guidance document released free-of-charge to the industry, the Ladder Association delves into issues such as how long the virus lasts on ladders, how rescue plans will be affected and how workers can minimise the risk of the virus spreading through proper cleaning of equipment and materials, particularly if they have been handled by multiple people.
Importantly, it includes advice on how workers can maintain physical distancing while using ladders, with a focus on two activities that need to be considered carefully: stabilising a ladder and raising a ladder.
As Ladder Association training starts to resume in some areas, they have also addressed the need for people to be protected from coronavirus during their course. They remind us of the importance of Ladder Association training and reassure managers of the protective measures they can expect to be in place during a course, from e-learning options to minimise time spent at the training centre to increased hygiene and cleaning. They also expl

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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