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viawareISE 2017: Double debut from Kramer
Friday, 3 February 2017

The Netherlands - Kramer Electronics will be showcasing at ISE 2017 two new offerings from theKramer VIA family of wireless presentation & collaboration solutions: VIA GO, an advanced wireless plug-and-present solution and VIAware, a software-only solution for wireless collaboration. The company will display its full range of products and solutions in Booth 1-F20 next to the Europa entrance.
VIA GO lets meeting participants easily and instantlypresent from any tablet, phone or laptop. With both built-in Wi-Fi capabilities and connectivity to wired LAN, VIA GO is easy to install and turns any existing projector or display into a state-of-the-art, BYOD wireless-enabled device.
VIAware is Kramer's new software-only VIA offering for both collaborative meeting environments and education and training. VIAware turns Windows PCs with Windows 10 into fully-featured VIA devices. The software is available for leasing monthly or as a one-time license fee.
VIAware offers Kramer VIA's full presentation and collaboration feature set. From any laptop or mobile device, in-room participants can view the main display, edit documents together in real time, share any size file, turn the main display into a digital whiteboard, chat with other users, stream full uninterrupted HD video (up to 1080p60), and more. VIAware also lets facilitators use e-polling and e-exams to easily and instantly measure how much students & trainees are actually learning.
(Jim Evans)

ISE 2017: Lab.gruppen launches Lucia amplifiers
Friday, 3 February 2017

The Netherlands - Lab.gruppen will introduce three new Lucia 60 W power models - Lucia 60/2M, Lucia 60/2 and Lucia 60/1-70.
“Lucia has an exceptionally small footprint and multiple mounting options and its input flexibility provides installers with an absolutely reliable and highly-cost effective solution,” notes Hakan Gustafsson of Lab Gruppen. “To further increase cost efficiencies we have introduced new 60 W power models, which reduces the initial system investment by 30% whilst delivering all the same features as the alternative models.”
Central to Lucia’s cost efficiencies is its Energy Star certification. After 20 minutes of no signal input, the amplifiers’ automatically enter standby mode and power up within one second when signal returns. Additionally Lucia incorporate intelligent fan control where it provides silent operation in idle and lower output levels.
Lucia’s ultra-compact form factor – a half-rack 1U chassis—allows it to be tucked away inconspicuously wherever needed. LUCIA mounts behind video screens using the included wall bracket, tucks away in rack shelves or drawers, or attaches to the optional pole mount or rack mount.
With the release of the Lucia 60 W models, Lab Gruppen is providing a new version of its free Application Browser software, V 1.5.0, which will support all nine Lucia models.
(Jim Evans)

ac-et-at-bsc-expo-2017AC-ET film & TV solutions at BSC Expo 2017
Thursday, 2 February 2017

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. will be showcasing many UK-exclusive and other product highlights from their Film & TV sales division’s one-stop inventory of lighting, control and grip solutions, at BSC Expo 2017, Battersea Evolution, London, UK, stand 107, 2-4 February.
The Film & TV division will showcase its wide choice of state of the art LED lighting fixtures, which offer flexible, efficient alternatives to more traditional technologies without loss of quality or volume of output.
A number of leading industry experts agree that the UK-exclusive Chroma-Q brand consistently pushes the technical and creative lighting possibilities of LED technology.
Products showing include the 2016 Cine Gear Expo-winning Space Force variable white soft source, which delivers an output and performance comparable with a traditional 6kW fixture in an energy-efficient lightweight, convection cooled, ultra quiet design. Also showing is the 2016 LDI and ESTA award-winning Color Force II colour-wash range, and the award-winning Studio Force 12 Variable Phosphor LED soft light.
The UK-exclusive DMG Lumière marque’s innovative SL1 range has been created in collaboration with gaffers, cinematographers and LED lighting specialists to satisfy the highest standards and needs of the motion capture industry. Available in single colour and bi-colour versions, functions include incredible colour quality, with a CRI of 94 and TLCI of 90-94, and with a very fine colour temperature tolerance. In addition, the fixtures have an incredible

l-acousticsISE 2017: L-Acoustics to unveil install system
Thursday, 2 February 2017

France/The Netherlands - L-Acoustics has announced the launch of Syva, a new format, high power speaker system which features six medium-frequency and three high-frequency speakers in a sleek J-shaped progressive curvature format. The groundbreaking transducer arrangement called segment source* produces an H/V 140° x 26° (+5/-21°) directivity pattern that is optimized for exceptional surface coverage and 35 meters of throw.
Syva is designed for corporate events, fashion and trade shows, as well as for sound reinforcement in amphitheatres and performing arts centres. The modern, sleek design will make it an attractive option for houses of worship as well as intimate settings such as home cinemas or lounge bars, says the company.
Syva can be accompanied by the Syva Low high power subwoofer or Syva Sub infra extension to achieve a 142 dB max SPL. Its companion Syva Low enclosure features two K2-grade 12” drivers designed to provide low frequency contour and extended bandwidth down to 40 Hz. Similarly Syva Sub features one KS28-grade 12” driver, to further extend the bandwidth of the system in the infrasound domain down to 27 Hz. One LA4X amplified controller can drive up to four Syva enclosures.
Syva can be wall- or pole-mounted, as well as flown, or used alone with its baseplate. Alternatively, Syva can be rapidly mounted on top of Syva Low or Syva Sub using the AutoConnect plug-and-play audio and physical link. A RAL colour program allows Syva to melt into any architecture.
“The introduction of Syva is a landmark for L-Acoustics,” sa

etc-ise-3ISE 2017: ETC caters for all needs
Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Netherlands - ETC's booth – 7-S225 – at ISE 2017 will be packed with lighting solutions “designed to meet the diverse needs of any installation”. ETC employees will be on hand to answer your questions, discuss project requirements, and demonstrate a selection of equipment.
Unison Paradigm is designed as a new way of thinking about building control, ETC’s visionary Unison Paradigm system fuses architectural lighting control advances with entertainment lighting-control technology. ETC brings its award-winning expertise in both areas together to give you the best of both worlds.
The Unison Paradigm family of products includes powerful software, elegant touchscreens, wall stations, modular control electronics, dimming and control enclosures, and accessories to offer the most customisable and people-friendly control systems available.
Making its international debut at ISE is the new portable version of the popular Irideon FPZ luminaire. The fixture pairs the best of ETC’s popular Source Four Mini LED platform with exceptional output, flexible zoom optics and a sleek industrial design to light your space with elegance and subtlety. Available for use with Eutrac three-circuit track with data, the feature-rich design is perfect for museums, lobbies, and retail environments.
To assimilate all of the different devices that a lighting system requires, ETC offers a range of networking solutions that ensure problem-free installation and smooth operations.
The ColorSource family of products was developed for those with limited budgets

saraISE 2017: Astro Spatial Audio to debut SARA II
Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Netherlands - At Integrated Systems Europe 2017, Astro Spatial Audio (ASA) will unveil its new SARA II Premium Rendering Engine. Appearing on the booth of Alcons Audio (Hall 6, booth H148), the second generation SARA II will power an “immersive pro ribbon experience”, with demonstrations taking place every two hours.
The 3U, rack-mountable SARA II brings the creative possibilities of object-based 3D sound to the live entertainment and installation industries, plus room acoustics and stage tracking features, all in an easy to use package. Boasting a redesigned fascia with a 2.8” touchscreen display, the hardware includes refinements such as ultra-low noise cooling, redundant on board SSD drives and up to 64 MADI or 128 Dante configurable network pathways, all of which are assignable to at least 32 audio objects.
Browser-based access to a user-friendly GUI ensures ease of operation with simultaneous control from up to 10 devices (via OSC for MIDI, RS232 and GPIO). Latency is less than 5ms, while reliability of operation is ensured with solid construction and a Linux CentOS operating system. Harnessing the power of SpatialSound Wave (SSW) technology, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT, the SARA II Premium Rendering Engine delivers a suite of powerful features for driving fully object-based immersive audio productions, including 3D playback, dynamic electronic room acoustics and stage tracking.
“SARA II sits at the heart of the Astro Spatial Audio solution, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to

Backup charity announces 2017 Golf Day
Monday, 30 January 2017

UK - The charity formerly called Behind the Scenes UK has announced that its annual Live Events industry Charity Golfing day is back, re-branded and re-invented. Join the team behind Backup - the technical entertainment charity - along with friends and colleagues for a day of fun, frolics and frivolity - anything other than actual Golf!

The Gold Day will take place on Wednesday 12 April 2017 at The Drift Golf Club, East Horsley, Surrey, from 1000-1900hrs. For team entry, sponsorship opportunities and general inquiries please contact

Last year's Golf Day was a great success, raising over £7,000 for the charity.

Backup - the technical entertainment charity - run by a Board of Trustees from our Entertainment Industry. Previously known as Behind the Scenes UK, Backup provides help and financial support to entertainment technology professionals when they are seriously ill or injured, or when an immediate family member is seriously ill or injured, or to their surviving family members. The Charity was created for all industry members to support each other in times of crisis. The model is simple: individuals and organizations contribute money to Backup and the Charity provides grants to help our colleagues through emergency situations. Backup brings help, hope and support in times of great need.


Hammer to fall on Fountain Studios equipment
Monday, 30 January 2017

UK - Production and broadcast equipment worth over £1 million will be on offer this week when the contents of the world-famous Fountain Studios in Wembley, North London go under the hammer.

The auction, which runs from Monday 30 January and is organised by Charterfields, marks the end of an era in film and television history. Europe's largest fully-equipped TV studios was home to shows including the X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, as well as TV classics such as On the Buses, Please Sir, Upstairs and Downstairs and Opportunity Knocks. The studios closed in December.

Over 1,000 lots are up for sale including a Sony MVS 8000 multi-formatted switcher processor, 10 Vinten camera pedestals, 10 Sony HDC-1500 cameras and two Calrec Apollo 56 and 72 fader sound consoles with full redundant cards, as well as a wide range of sound and vision equipment, lighting, hoists, pantographs and hospitality equipment and furniture.

Ian Maycock, director of Charterfields, said, "Fountain Studio was the largest production facility of its type in Europe and is internationally renowned. The auction is a rare opportunity for TV, production and AV companies to acquire professional equipment at below-market prices. Not surprisingly, we have had enquiries from throughout Europe."

The online auction is open from Monday, 30 January until Tuesday, 7 February. A viewing day is being held at Fountain Studios on Tuesday, 1 February. A catalogue, and full details of the sale are available at Alternatively email en

BSC Expo 2017 opens next weekBSC Expo 2017 opens next week
Friday, 27 January 2017

UK - The BSC Expo will take place on the Friday 3 and Saturday 4 February 2017 at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London. This event is the a dedicated film and TV production show and is now a recognised fixture in the industry calendar. The 2017 event will host the largest number of National and International manufacturers and suppliers yet. Full details of exhibitors are available at

In addition to the exhibitors showcasing the latest kit available, the Expo will also be hosting two full days of presentations and panel discussions including three of the highly popular BSC Panel discussions all within the onsite seminar theatre. Full information of the schedule is still to be announced, however, here is just a small taster of what will be on offer.

On Friday 3, join Nic Knowland BSC and a number of other leading International cinematographers in discussion with David Monk CEO of the European Digital Cinema Forum as they look at the challenges of retaining "the look" from shoot through grade to cinema screens, TV, internet platforms, disk etc.

Also on Friday 3, Michael Snyman award-winning DOP will reveal how RED helped him achieve the cinematic look when shooting the highly acclaimed TV series The Night Manager, followed by a Q&A.

The BSC Expo and all seminars & panel discussions are free to attend. You can pre-register via the BSC Expo website.

(Jim Evans)

Event professionals rediscover the Science MuseumEvent professionals rediscover the Science Museum
Friday, 27 January 2017

UK - The Science Museum in South Kensington, alongside London-based event caterer Tonic and live event AV company Matrix UK Solutions, last week welcomed 300 event professionals to an evening of spectacle and discovery to launch its new spaces including Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery and Mathematics: The Winton Gallery.

Guests attending the exclusive event were able to experience three of the museum's stunning spaces- the Media Gallery, Mathematics gallery and Wonderlab, all in one evening. The event also saw the launch of Tonic's new brand and its experiential catering and service concept.

The event journey began for guests in the Media Gallery where they were able to discover the very latest event production technologies courtesy of Matrix UK Solutions. This included a small, but very impressive selection of the leading edge technology they own. This ranged from their Meru Interactive servers, intense LED displays, networking and lighting capabilities, as well as a number of new and adaptable PA and video displays in the event space.

Next up for guests to explore was Mathematics: The Winton Galley. Opened in December 2016, the gallery has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and is the first of their projects to open in the UK since Dame Zaha Hadid's sudden death in March 2016. An a cappella group - the Lips - kept guests entertained in the gallery, alongside Psio, a practitioner of the ancient science of Chaldean Numerology who can reveal the truth of an individual's personality and future via the numbers hidden in their personal details (both acts w

ISE 2017: Atlona unveils Velocity system controlISE 2017: Atlona unveils Velocity system control
Thursday, 26 January 2017

The Netherlands - Atlona introduces Velocity, its all-new AV system control platform for Atlona and third-party products in commercial AV environments ranging from individual meeting rooms to an entire campus or enterprise. To be introduced at ISE 2017 (Stand 5-S92), the Velocity Control System allows very fast, agile AV system configuration and deployment, plus centralized management for multiple clients and site installations. It also features an innovative cloud and premise-based system architecture with unprecedented scalability up to 500 room systems or more, as well as full redundancy capability that prevents AV control downtime in any room.

Velocity is comprised of three distinct elements that work together as a single, unified platform: Velocity Control Suite, Velocity Control Gateway, and Velocity Touch Panels.

The Velocity Control Suite is a cloud-based service and centralized resource for integrators to create and manage their AV control projects by client, client sites, and specific locations such as rooms. An integrator accesses the Velocity Control Suite through a standard web browser from any location worldwide. AV control system configuration is fast and highly intuitive with the familiar interactions, flow, and visual elements of a web or mobile application. No compiling or device uploading is necessary and configurations can easily be duplicated across devices, rooms, and sites.

"When we created Velocity, we envisioned a new architecture and design concepts aimed at resolving many longstanding limitations and challenges associated with A

ISE 2017: RAVENNA showcases demo rackISE 2017: RAVENNA showcases demo rack
Thursday, 26 January 2017

The Netherlands - The theme of interoperability continues to make headlines for RAVENNA at ISE 2017. Taking pride of place on the RAVENNA stand 7-V210 in partnership with the MNA (Media Networking Alliance) is a RAVENNA demo rack that will be used to demonstrate AES67 interoperability.

Another important product for members of the RAVENNA community is the new RAVENNA Audio Network Manager tool developed by Digigram and Merging Technologies that will be presented on the Merging stand 7-C169.

The RAVENNA demo rack features products from Lawo, Ward-Beck, ARG, Cordial, Riedel, Merging, DirectOut, Digigram and Cymatic Audio and is topped by a pair of Genelec 8430IP speakers for playout. It will be used as part of a larger setup to demonstrate AES67 interoperability between products using other network technologies including LiveWire, QLAN and Dante during the ISE AES67 Interoperability Lab session on Thursday 9th Feb in room D403.

At the heart of the system is a Lawo crystal radio broadcast mixing console whose system core is in the RAVENNA rack. The crystal acts as a junction point to receive streams from the other network technology racks which will then be played out via the Genelec speakers. The RAVENNA rack includes a PC loaded with a Digigram LX-IP AoIP multichannel sound card and the RAVENNA Virtual Sound Card running a web browser for configuration and monitoring of all RAVENNA devices.

The PC is also running the recently released and freely available RAV2SAP converter which enables the exchange of SDP data between devices utilising different networ

ISE 2017: d&b debuts plug-in for MediaMatrix
Thursday, 26 January 2017

The Netherlands - Compatibility and interoperability is key for d&b, who will launch an amplifier plug-in for the Peavey MediaMatrix NION DSP and nControl PC at the ISE Amsterdam exhibition in February 2017.

This latest push by the German loudspeaker system manufacturer to improve third party integration makes a complete d&b sound reinforcement system accessible via any MediaMatrix control method, and completely interoperable with the MediaMatrix networking approach. It follows plug-ins for the QSC Q-SYS control system and Beckhoff automation and control technology.

MediaMatrix is a networked DSP and control system that is scalable, efficient and exactly tailored to the needs of the user. Integration with MediaMatrix allows system designers to achieve high performance d&b sound quality in installation applications that require detailed, customized remote control features.

The complete system is designed and managed via PC with the MediaMatrix NWare software, and then accessed and controlled wirelessly with any smart device supporting HTML5 via the Kiosk2Go remote control platform. The system can also be controlled using wall panels, touchscreen devices and GPIOs.

The new d&b amplifier plug-in for MediaMatrix provides control parameters to adjust the mute status, levels, power On/Off, and alter the AmpPreset. This enables the complete system to be configured as a highly intelligible system for speech reproduction, and, via a simple button, reconfigured for full program material. Critical status information can be monitored, ensuring the same is suitabl

ISE 2017: AV Stumpfl to present 8K media serversISE 2017: AV Stumpfl to present 8K media servers
Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The Netherlands - At ISE 2017 in Amsterdam, Austrian AV manufacturer AV Stumpfl will present new high performance media playout solutions, in addition to introducing "ground-breaking new projection screen systems".

Visitors to the AV Stumpfl stand 1-H6 will be able to see the following products in action:

The powerful Wings Engine RAW media server is the only server of its type capable of playing out four simultaneous streams of uncompressed 4K content at 60fps, which has made ithousehold name in different branches of the AV industry in record time. RAW servers can also display video content using a full 12-bit colour space, delivering more colour information than the current media server standard.

The Wings Engine Stage is an acclaimed and technologically advanced media server system featuring a solid hardware platform, automatic camera based softedge and warping calibration, as well as DVI/3G-SDI Live inputs and virtually no resolution and content limitations. AV Stumpfl introduces this highly successful product's new hardware revision for the first time at ISE 2017, which will include the latest Wings Vioso RX software version.

The brand new AV Stumpfl UHD Player will be shown to the general public for the first time at ISE 2017. Multiple UHD Players can be frame synchronized via IP networks using a dedicated synchronization protocol in order to simplify e.g. the a display wall setup process. The UHD Player hardware platform has been designed for 24/7 operation. Storage media can be changed at run time (hot swap capability).

With the new Wings

ISE 2017: Genelec focus on AoIP technologyISE 2017: Genelec focus on AoIP technology
Tuesday, 24 January 2017

The Netherlands - Genelec will be showcasing its audio-over-IP (AoIP) solution on stand 3-A119 at Integrated Systems Europe 2017. Genelec will demonstrate an array of its 8430A IP studio monitors using an AES67 stream, which will be played through multiple AoIP-systems using Ravenna, LiveWire+ and Dante protocols. The showcase will allow visitors to get to grips with the technology and highlight the flexibility offered by Genelec's solution.

"At Genelec we feel that it is important to highlight the real-life benefits of the 8430A IP and the open standard AES67, and what it now offers," says Siamäk Naghian, managing director, Genelec. "AoIP has been a hot topic in the industry for years and we are excited to now be able to fully demonstrate the 8430A IP monitor in action on multiple AoIP systems using an array of standards. The fact that AES67 is fully compatible with these existing standards as well as dedicated AES67 compatible devices such as the 8430A IP provides unprecedented levels of flexibility, scalability and interoperability in audio networking systems."

AoIP technology allows the streaming of high resolution audio via Cat Ethernet cable, and eliminates the need for proprietary cabling solutions. Since its launch, the AES67 standard has been embraced by

Stage|Set|Scenery 2017 announces call for papersStage|Set|Scenery 2017 announces call for papers
Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Germany - Event industry professionals now have the opportunity to actively shape four formats at the international trade show and the international conference for theatre, film and event technology at Stage|Set|Scenery. They are currently invited to submit their entries for papers at the International Stage Technology Conference, the Safety in Action stage, the Anatomical Theatre, the LightLab and the SoundLab. The deadline for applications is 15 February 2017. (

Taking place for the second time, the Weltenbauer.Awards will be presented at Stage|Set|Scenery on 20 June 2017. With this industry award Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft e.V. (DTHG) honours innovative and original stage technology solutions that have helped to realise the artistic concept of a theatre or show production in a particularly impressive manner. Any theatre, musical, show, TV or event production which has developed or made use of stage technology solutions can enter the Weltenbauer Awards. Applications must be submitted no later than 28 February 2017.

Applications are also invited for the Weltenbauer Youngsters.Awards, which are being presented by Messe Berlin and DTHG for the first time. The deadline here is also 28 February 2017. One hundred and fifty years ago the opera Roméo et Juliette was first performed by Charles Gounod on 27 April 1867. It is with that event in mind that an assignment will be given to the contestants.

Trainees, students (ranging from schools to vocational and higher education) from any country specialising in the

ISE 2017: Peerless-AV demos interactive overlayISE 2017: Peerless-AV demos interactive overlay
Tuesday, 24 January 2017

The Netherlands - Peerless-AV will be showcasing its new Xtreme Outdoor IR Touch Overlay in Hall 12, Stand E57, at ISE 2017.

The touch overlay (IRTO49-100/IRTO55-100) is now available to order with Peerless-AV's 49" and 55" Xtreme Outdoor Displays or can be purchased as an interactive upgrade option for existing 49" and 55" Xtreme displays and kiosk solutions already installed in hospitality, entertainment and transportation environments.

A new product category for Peerless-AV, the Xtreme Outdoor IR Touch Overlay responds to growing demand for a simple, scalable solution for adding interactivity to outdoor displays. Tested to IP65/NEMA 4X standards, the touch overlay provides protection against water and dust. Using the incorporated infrared technology it is capable of responding to 10 simultaneous point of touch and can detect any input drive, including gloved or bare finger, stylus or pen

The overlay is manufactured from powder coated aluminium, ensuring a durable, long-lasting performance that matches the reliability of the optically bonded Xtreme displays. It is custom built for easy setup and simply slides over the display. Security screws fasten the overlay to the display to prevent theft and it can be removed effortlessly for servicing or replacement keeping costs and downtime to an absolute minimum. The overlay is compatible with multiple operating systems, including Mac, Windows, Linux and Android.

Keith Dutch, managing director, Peerless-AV EMEA, commented, "We've all experienced how dynamic content can enable more targeted audience engageme

NAMM 2017: A-T offers multiple mounting solutionsNAMM 2017: A-T offers multiple mounting solutions
Monday, 23 January 2017

USA - At NAMM 2017, Audio-Technica displayed its ATM350a Microphone Systems. Offering crisp, clear, well-balanced response even in very high SPL applications, the ATM350a Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone comes in six specially designed systems that provide discreet, rock-solid mounting solutions for a host of instruments, including woodwinds, strings, brass, percussion, drums and piano.

Following in the footsteps of the popular ATM350, the ATM350a is capable of handling 159 dB max SPL, a 10 dB increase over its predecessor. This allows the mic to cope with an even greater range of extremely powerful, dynamic sound sources. Like the ATM350, the new mic features a cardioid polar pattern that reduces side and rear pickup and protects against feedback. The mic's in-line power module incorporates a switchable 80 Hz hi-pass filter to help control undesired ambient noise.

"This is a notable update to one of our successful products," stated Gary Boss, Audio-Technica marketing director, pro products. "End-user feedback led us to provide additional mounting options and updated performance in the mic itself. This new variety of mounting options makes the ATM350a a versatile tool in the studio and its unprecedented build quality is perfectly suited for the road on a wide range of instruments and applications."

The six ATM350a Microphone Systems combine the instrument microphone with unique UniMount components, giving sound engineers and musicians plenty of dependable mounting options when working on stage or in the studio. Options include a rugged drum mount,

NAMM 2017: Auralex celebrates 40th anniversaryNAMM 2017: Auralex celebrates 40th anniversary
Monday, 23 January 2017

USA - At NAMM 2017, Auralex Acoustics kicked off the celebrations to mark its 40th anniversary. As part of this landmark event, Auralex will be offering special limited-edition commemorative products, exclusive value-added rebates, and other surprises for loyal Auralex dealers and end users.

Eric Smith, company founder and president, began the Auralex journey in 1977. He recalls, "I was 17 years old, and I applied for a job at the number-one FM radio station in Indiana, a powerhouse 50,000-Watt operation. I became acutely aware of how poor the acoustics in the control room were, just as they were in other radio facilities I found myself in subsequently.

"At the same time, I had a mobile and nightclub DJ business, where I was designing DJ systems. I was using a well-known acoustical treatment for these DJ rigs, but it would crumble, falling onto the records as they were spinning. I was looking for a better product that was affordable, had longevity, and would stand up to the rigors of the road. That's when I began to focus on developing practical, real-world, cost-effective solutions, and the roots of the Auralex brand were born."

Smith allowed his varied background and interests to help shape the goals of the Auralex brand, and that has helped drive a market-driven corporate culture. He notes, "Our staff will tell you that we consistently remind each other to think like the man on the street, which helps us keep our product innovations well-grounded and appropriate for a wide demographic."

Auralex has distinguished itself in a number of ways. While no

NAMM 2017: Dynaudio extends LYD monitor seriesNAMM 2017: Dynaudio extends LYD monitor series
Monday, 23 January 2017

USA - Dynaudio PRO has announced its latest addition to the LYD studio monitor range. The new LYD 48 features a three-way speaker design, coupling an 8" and a 4" woofer with a 1" tweeter, making them well suited for nearfield as well as midfield monitor applications. It will be available as white and black, as the original LYD range, but also in a classic all-black version.

"We are very excited to now add a bigger brother to the LYD range," says Sebastian Rodens, product manager for Dynaudio's PRO division. "This new three-way monitor shares many of the same benefits as the original LYD range, including significant low-volume precision. Obviously, the new three-way is even more powerful and brings audio precision to your passion regardless of whether you produce electronic music, rock, jazz, classical or any other genre - and at any listening volume."

Each of the woofers and the tweeter are powered by a dedicated state-of-the-art Class D amplifier, delivering 80W / 50W / 50W of power per monitor. The amp features a 96kHz/24bit signal path and selectable input sensitivity, as well as the same Standby Mode as the original LYD speakers.

Also, like the other LYD monitors, the new three-way version features Bass Extension, allowing for a choice between the default setting or pushing towards maximum bass or maximum volume. Changes will affect the low-end response, but importantly the linear frequency response remains intact.

Sebastian Rodens continues, "We have equipped music production studios all over the world for decades. From legendary recording facili

PLASA Focus Glasgow showcases new productsPLASA Focus Glasgow showcases new products
Friday, 20 January 2017

UK - PLASA Focus Glasgow kicked off the 2017 show season unveiling exciting new product launches and UK debuts including: EM Acoustics' ESP-8 and IC range, Allen & Heath's new dLive C1500 on SSE's stand, RCF's TT45-CXA touring and theatre series, Area Four's EXE Rise 500kg electric chain hoist, and ETC's new AV version of the Color Source desk.

The show, taking place at the SECC in Glasgow, attracted a record number of visitors on day one, hosting packed seminar sessions - including Phil Ward's panel entitled Is Point Source Fighting Back - and the Riggers Forum.

Chris Toulmin, director of PLASA Events says: "PLASA Focus Glasgow has gathered fantastic momentum in the Scottish region, attracting industry support from likes of the BBC, Department of International Trade and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The buzzing show floor is further testament for the thriving Scottish market and a great platform for networking."

Steve Austin, director of Flightcase Warehouse comments: "We welcomed record numbers of customers on the first morning and reckon we have done more business than at the previous two Glasgow shows combined. The Scottish market really seems to appreciate a show like this taking place in the region."

The show hosted a wealth of console training and product demos including L-Acoustics and Martin Professional hosted by Adlib; MA Lighting Dot2 lighting console training by Ambersphere Solutions; and ChamSys' introduction sessions to MagicQ, Magicvis and the MagicHD Media Player.

Barclay Dakers, sales and business development manage

NAMM 2017: Sennheiser and Neumann expand portfoliosNAMM 2017: Sennheiser and Neumann expand portfolios
Friday, 20 January 2017

USA - At NAMM 2017, Sennheiser and Neumann will expand their live performance and monitoring portfolios with the introduction of several new products.

Sennheiser and Neumann launches at NAMM 2017 will see Sennheiser launch XS Wireless 1, a series of six wireless microphone sets for the budget-conscious user looking for exceptional ease of use and fast set-up. The audio specialist will also preview XS Wireless 2, which will become available later in 2017 and take the benefits of XSW 1 further.

Also, the renowned evolution wireless 300 G3 and 500 G3 series will be expanded with new A1 frequency variants (470 to 516 MHz) for the USA and Canada. For those who love to use their monitoring headphones for listening to music, too, Sennheiser will be launching an ideal and affordable solution - the new HD 200 Pro headphones.

Neumann.Berlin will launch the brand new KH 80 DSP monitor loudspeaker, which employs digital signal processing to ensure a new level of sound neutrality independent of the surroundings. The upcoming Neumann.Control app will automatically calibrate the speaker system.

Shaping the future of audio with AMBEO3D Audio remains a buzzword in the music industry in 2017. As well as presenting its AMBEO VR Mic, an Ambisonics microphone designed especially for the VR community, Sennheiser will be helping users explore and embrace the exciting possibilities of its AMBEO technologies with a focus on its AMBEO Music Blueprints website.

Sennheiser will also be presenting mobile recording microphones designed in collaboration with Apogee Electronics.

Deadline for ETCP applications for USITT 2017
Thursday, 19 January 2017

USA - All four ETCP examinations will be given on one session at USITT in St. Louis, MO on the morning of Saturday, 11 March, 2017. The deadline is quickly approaching. Interested applicants must submit their application, along with supporting materials and fee, to the ETCP office no later than 14 February, 2017. The ETCP office is located at 630 9th Ave, Suite 609, New York, New York, 10036. USITT members and employees receive a $100 discount on examination fees.

Candidate information, including eligibility requirements and applications, is available on the ETCP website ( Materials can also be mailed by contacting Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP certification manager, at 212-244-1505 or

ETCP provides evidence of technical proficiency and professionalism in the industry. Having ETCP Certification shows which technicians are in the top third of the industry professionals in North America. Furthermore, to maintain certification, continuing education credits must be accrued to prove certified technicians are current with industry developments and practices.

(Jim Evans)

AC-ET one-stop portfolio at PLASA Focus Glasgow 2017AC-ET one-stop portfolio at PLASA Focus Glasgow 2017
Wednesday, 18 January 2017

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. is showcasing many UK-exclusive and other product highlights from their extensive portfolio of over 200 brands, at PLASA Focus Glasgow 2017, SECC, Glasgow, UK, stand B1, this week.

A leading one-stop provider of professional equipment to the entertainment industry, AC-ET's expert lighting, audio, rigging and video sales divisions will showcase how they can supply and advise on leading brands from each major product category, to offer customers access to complete technology systems suitable for touring, theatre, venues, education, film & TV, corporate and other markets.

The company's Lighting division will showcase highlights from their massive portfolio of industry-leading and popular-selling brands, which cater for a huge range of budgets. The stand includes LED washlights, hybrid luminaires, blinders, moving lights, lanterns and profiles from UK-exclusive brands including Chroma-Q, ProLights and Spotlight. These LED solutions are partnered with a choice of award-winning LED, lighting & media control consoles from Jands.

The Audio division will showcase a range of high performance, active & passive, line array and compact professional loudspeaker systems from brands including the UK-exclusive D.A.D (Dynamic Audio Device) range, as well as Nexo and RCF. These solutions are partnered with a choice of mixing consoles from Allen & Heath, Midas and Yamaha to suit touring through to studio applications.

AC-ET's Video division will highlight media server control solutions from brands including the UK-exclusi


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