Audio News

showmatch-arrayPLASA 2018: Bose highlights broad range
Thursday, 16 August 2018

UK - Bose Professional will be showing the breadth of their product portfolio at the PLASA Show (16-18 September, London Olympia), including new EdgeMax in-ceiling premium loudspeakers which combine the superior coverage patterns typical of larger surface-mount loudspeakers with the visually appealing aesthetics of in-ceiling loudspeakers, thus representing an entirely new product category.
Alongside, will be the new ControlSpace EX-1280 audio conferencing system which includes a conferencing signal processor and three new Dante-based ControlSpace under-table endpoints (EX-4ML, EX-8ML and EX-UH). Designed with input from leading integrators, the system features connectivity for various types of audio conferencing, including USB, VoIP, PSTN, analogue, and phone headset audio.
Bose ShowMatch DeltaQ array loudspeakers for both installation and portable applications will also be on show. With field-changeable waveguides that help provide the best possible sound quality throughout the audience area, ShowMatch DeltaQ arrays provide significant advantages over conventional line array loudspeakers.
DeltaQ array technology improves sound quality and vocal clarity by providing selectable coverage patterns that direct more sound energy to the audience by allowing directivity, or “Q,” to vary with each array module.
ShowMatch full-range array loudspeakers are available with 5-degree, 10-degree or 20-degree vertical coverage with class-leading versatility that allows J-array, constant-curvature, or DeltaQ array configurations. Conventional line arrays

alcons-fun-home-lee-yew-jin-and-jeffrey-yueAlcons brings clarity to Fun Home
Thursday, 16 August 2018

Singapore - Singaporean theatre company Pangdemonium! recently staged Fun Home, the multiple Tony Award-winning production renowned for being the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist.
Alcons Audio RR12 point source array modules and VR12 mid-sized versatile monitors ensured that every line of dialogue and lyrics was clearly heard by the enthusiastic audiences.
Staged at Singapore’s 615-seat Drama Centre Theatre, sound design for the production was by Jeffrey Yue of audio design company Ctrl Fre@k, with technical production by The Production People. The Alcons speakers were supplied by Alcons Pro-Ribbon Network Partner Creator’s Solutions.
Being a musical, where every song lyric is as important to the narrative as every line of dialogue, Jeffrey needed to ensure that both the spoken and sung vocals were extremely clear for every member of the audience. The Drama Centre Theatre is a compact venue, with two balconies, so accurate and controlled dispersion of sound was crucial to achieving this.
In his design, Jeffrey chose four Alcons RR12s as a centre vocal cluster. These were complemented by four VR12s per side, covering the two circles with a band and vocal mix.
"Accurate reinforcement of voices and instrumentation was crucial," he says. "The RR12 vocal centre cluster provided the best performance in terms of accurate horizontal coverage, thanks to the asymmetric vertical horn which meant there were less potential ceiling reflections. With the style and design approach of the musical, it was also a great opportun

lectrodratomicsfoperachorusLectrosonics technology enhances Doctor Atomic
Thursday, 16 August 2018

Doctor Atomic, a collaboration between composer John Adams and librettist and stage director Peter Sellars, focuses on the events leading up to the first atomic bomb test in the summer of 1945 and is set in Los Alamos, New Mexico, barely 20 miles from the Santa Fe Opera, which is presenting its new production through 16 August.
In advance of production rehearsals, Santa Fe Opera’s audio/visual director, Karl G. Kern, increased the company’s inventory of Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless technology to 30 channels, adding 18 SSM super slight micro belt-pack transmitters and three six-channel Venue2 receivers to its existing stock of SMDa transmitters and Venue receivers.
“The quality of Lectrosonics’ products is by far superior,” says Kern of the purchase decision. “They’ve got a very low noise floor and very solid RF, so it helps you to get a very clear audio signal. Having that low noise floor when you’re trying to just ghost in a very low volume is very important.”
All the Lectrosonics transmitters are paired with DPA Microphones d:screet 4061 omnidirectional lavalier microphone elements to reinforce the stage performances through the company’s newly installed Meyer Sound CAL steerable column array loudspeakers for the 2,000-plus-capacity house.
Celebrated composer and sound designer Mark Grey did the sound design for this latest Doctor Atomic production. "The classical performing arts demand only the best in live sound – critical in sonic transparency, reliability, and highly concealable products,” says Grey

clairbroshongkongcityhallClair Brothers upgrades Hong Kong City Hall
Thursday, 16 August 2018

China - When the audio system in Hong Kong’s City Hall began to fall short of its duty, the powers that be called on DMT Pro, Clair Brothers’ Chinese distributor to upgrade the old system in the 463-seat city hall theatre and bring it into the new millennium.
After a thorough review of the venue with specific attention paid to addressing acoustical challenges not overcome by the old system, DMT decided to install an L-C-R Clair Brothers system, which consists of two Clair Brothers kiT 12+ two-way, self-powered speakers for each of the L-C-R channels, and two kiT-Sub-mini+ single drive self-powered subwoofers, all supported by two Lake LM44 digital processors. Says Ricky Wan, sales manager at DMT, “The speakers have a DSP function, but for a greater degree of fine tuning we also installed the Lake processors.”
“We are very impressed with the quality of Clair Brothers,” explains Zachary Cheung, chief engineer at PCCW-HKT Technical Services, who is in charge of all A/V systems in Hong Kong City Hall. “The installed system sounds even better than the initial demo we heard. We also needed to install the system in a very short space of time, so we wanted to use an active system. This is the first time we’ve used Clair Brothers in any of the city hall venues, and the management is incredibly pleased with the finished result.”
(Jim Evans)

isceRegistration opens for ISCEx 2019
Thursday, 16 August 2018

UK - Registration is now open for ISCEx which takes place 5-6 March 2019 at Combe Abbey (
If you’re working in commercial audio system design, integration, project management or sales, ISCEx provides opportunities to learn, engage and discuss commercial audio solutions in an intimate, non-imposing environment.
ISCEx is a multi-faceted event that includes seminars, training, networking dinner and an exhibition of the audio industries leading manufacturers and distributors. There are plenty of opportunities to meet up with industry colleagues, share ideas and discuss projects in informal environments.
(Jim Evans)

edcGreen Hippo parties at Electric Daisy Carnival
Wednesday, 15 August 2018

USA - This year’s Electric Daisy Carnival, known to most as EDC, powered into action with a three-day flagship festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winner of the Festival of the Year award at the Electronic Music Awards 2017, EDC has grown since its 1991 launch to become one of the world’s leading electronic dance music festivals, and this year’s event, held in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, cemented EDC’s position as North America’s largest EDM festival.
Over 400,000 visitors flocked to Vegas and EDC organiser called upon Tenfeet to help deliver visuals to match festival goers’ expectations. Working alongside Insomniac and LEG, Tenfeet was responsible for the lighting design, media control and supply, as well as programming and operating. Following on from the Vegas event, EDC goes global with Tenfeet adjusting the design into a touring version.
Tenfeet knows Green Hippo’s line well – the Netherlands-based company has used it on many key projects – and the team chose a pair of Hippotizer Montane+ Media Servers for the Vegas festival. The Hippotizer machines were the main playback machines on mainstage, handling all of the Timecode Shows, or ‘Intermezzos’, in between each of the DJ performances.
With one Hippotizer Montane+ as backup, the primary machine controlled all of the screens during the Timecode shows, outputting twin outputs of 3840x2160@60Hz. The total screen area on display amounted to 904 sq. m made up of 7mm screens of varying sizes. Here, the Green Hippo machines proved super-reliable, allowing Tenfeet to playback 8Kx2K

studio1rubenrickphotodonfonzarelliWisseloord Studio hosts Rivage masterclass
Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The Netherlands - At the end of July, 50 Dutch engineers got the opportunity to enjoy a demonstration of Yamaha’s Rivage PM7 digital mixing system at Hilversum’s Wisseloord Studio.
Wisseloord Studio is likened to ‘the Dutch Abbey Road’ having seen an array of major musicians record at its premises. Those include Afrojack, Chris Brown, Elton John, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Steve Aoki, Sting, U2 and many more.
On 30 July, attendees were welcomed to Wisseloord with a tour of the studio complex, including its renowned mastering room, conducted by the studios’ chief creative officer Malik Berrabah. This was followed by an introduction to the Rivage PM7 system in Studio 2, conducted by Yamaha’s Ruben van der Goor and Jan Prins.
All were then invited through to Studio 1, where Jamiroquai FOH engineer Rick Pope was waiting with a Rivage PM10 system and four musicians from the band - Derrick McKenzie (drums), Ernie McKone (bass), Nathan Williams (keyboards) and Hazel Fernandes (vocals). The band played a number of songs, mixed by Rick on the PM10 via a Nexo M10 PA system, plus 45N12 monitors.
In between songs Rick and Ruben conducted question and answer sessions, with Rick explaining how he mixes Jamiroquai on the PM10 system and revealed his mixing tricks and tips to the visiting engineers.
After the live session, the attendees were invited to the studio bar. “It was an excellent event, held in a great location with marvellous sound and top-quality musicians,” says Jan. “The responses to both th

boreal-in-rack-nick-hansen-photoMedia Flare extends Hippotizer stock
Wednesday, 15 August 2018

UK - Video production company Media Flare has added three Hippotizer V4 Boreal+ Media Servers to its hire stock of nine Hippotizer V4 and Hippotizer V4+ media servers.
Media Flare’s freelance TV lighting designer Tom Sutherland comments: "Our Hippos have never let us down, and with the V4+ models' new features and enhancements providing even more creative flexibility, for us it was the only way to go. It's great that I can rely on a media server which can cover such a range of productions and budgets."
Freelancer programmer Nick Hansen adds: "Hippotizer Media Servers are so user-friendly. The Output Manager side is incredibly powerful and flexible, enabling us to handle things when a show's technical needs can change quickly during production. Also, we are really excited by the potential of Notch, which we will definitely be using on future projects to manipulate content with effects, to fit the music or show we are doing."
(Jim Evans)

henley-festival-2018-1RGJ maintains MLA winning formula at Henley
Wednesday, 15 August 2018

UK - One of the highlights of the UK summer season is the Henley Festival - a traditional black tie event for Martin Audio partner RG Jones Sound Engineering, spread over five days.
The company has serviced the event for 36 years, and in recent times they have fine-tuned their coverage of the main stages with Martin Audio MLA components, including the tricky Floating Stage.
As festival technical manager and head of sound, Jim Lambert, says: “The Floating Stage has always been a challenge in that the front to back of the arena is only approximately 30m, but it is extremely wide, and with the introduction of general admission tickets outside the arena we are being asked to cover a width of something like 100m. The MLA Compacts more than rise to this challenge and yet also enable us to keep to the fairly strict off-site noise limits set by the Council.”
It again provided the setting for main stage headliners Rita Ora, Chic (featuring Nile Rodgers), Grace Jones, Curtis Stigers and ENO, particularly since the highly experienced sound team of Steve Carr and Mark Edwards, both of whom have an advanced knowledge of MLA, were on hand to supervise the main stage.
Having refined the system last year, the service company further fine-tuned the PA this year, adding the powerful Martin Audio DD12’s as arena delays in the grandstand to replace the previously used DD6’s. Production also used MLA Mini for infill, and decided to retain the same curved MLX sub bass arrangement that they had introduced in 2017. According to Jim Lambert, “This produced

ev-black-badge--black-wordmarkv2Jands becomes Bosch distribution partner
Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Australia - Bosch has entered into a distribution partnership with Jands. Jands will provide sales and support for a select range of Bosch’s pro sound installation audio products from Dynacord and Electro-Voice, including the new IPX multi-channel installation DSP power amplifiers, EVID and EVC Series loudspeakers and the EV Innovations range.
Chris Dellenty, general manager - Oceania, Bosch Security and Safety Systems, comments: “Bosch is well known for our commitment to excellent service and support and by entering into partnership with a strategic national distributor like Jands, who have the expertise to support the needs of the customer, we will continue to provide the quality products and services that people expect when they buy Dynacord and Electro-Voice. Our Prosound team are excited by this alliance, and we look forward to a prosperous long-term relationship.”
Paul Mulholland, Jands MD, adds: “As Jands restructured our product offering around our strengths in corporate, government and education, our contracting customers made it clear they wanted to be able to source a complete solution from us. When we saw the new product offering from EV and Dynacord at Infocomm, we quickly realised Bosch represented the perfect partner for Jands.”
(Jim Evans)

seminar-lsi-pressreleasePLASA Show reveals updated programme
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

UK - PLASA Show, the worldwide event for entertainment technology, is returning to London Olympia on 16-18 September with a whole host of industry leaders and influential brands primed to deliver popular products, inspirational talks and expert training.
The exhibitor list has been rapidly growing with international brands spanning lighting, audio, AV, rigging and staging, and the programme is filling up fast with critical updates, exclusive panels and the latest projects.
In association with LSi, respected lighting designer Rob Halliday and entertainment architects Stufish will present Giudizio Universale - Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel, revealing the technical secrets of this stunning €9m immersive stage show created by Marco Balich, now at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome. Having worked on the show, Rob Halliday will discuss the richly pigmented, high-contrast lighting design drew on the style, colour and mood of the iconic paintings.
Another seminar comes in the form of Creating the Tempest. It will see Sarah Ellis from the Royal Shakespeare Company discuss the highly innovative digital technologies used in their recent production which could change the face of theatre.
Holoplot are hosting a session exploring wave field synthesis for 3D sound applications and challenging acoustic environments. Attendees will learn about how this technology can go beyond theory to produce real products and scalable solutions that can cope with harsh acoustic environments.
Back by popular demand is

dante-frontAllen & Heath ships Dante card for SQ
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

UK - Allen & Heath is now shipping the hotly anticipated Dante card for its SQ series.
SQ is the first compact mixer to provide a full 64x64 channel, 96kHz interface to a Dante network.
SQ product manager, Keith Johnson, comments: “We’re delighted to make the SQ Dante card available to the many, many SQ customers who’ve been waiting patiently for this release. Our R&D team has been working with the good folks at Audinate on a custom implementation of Dante HC to deliver a high channel count, 96kHz solution that takes full advantage of SQ’s XCVI FPGA core.”
Any SQ mixer fitted with the SQ Dante card can now connect to 96kHz amplifiers, interfaces and other devices on a Dante network without unnecessary sample rate conversion or added latency. In addition to facilitating system integration, the new card enables digital splits and affordable multitrack recording direct to a computer, making it a powerful addition to SQ systems in live, installation and recording applications. The SQ Dante card can also be switched to 48kHz to accommodate existing Dante networks and is Dante Domain Manager ready.
Johnson adds: “Sometimes breaking new ground takes a little longer than taking the easy option – but we’re confident that the results are well worth it.”
(Jim Evans)

kew-the-music-4Capital and MLA Kew The Music again
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

UK - The beautiful surroundings of Kew Gardens in south-west London, containing the world’s biggest Victorian glasshouse, provided the backdrop for the facility’s annual six-day music festival, aptly titled Kew The Music.
Now a consolidated part of London’s summer festival tapestry, for the past four years rental company Capital Sound and their loudspeaker partner Martin Audio have enjoyed a growing presence on the site.
Working with promoter, Stuart Galbraith from Kilimanjaro Live, and production manager, LarMac Live director Ian Greenway, they tailored the sound system for the clientele that typically brings picnics and folding chairs to the Royal Botanic Gardens to witness a succession of concerts that this year included Steps, Björn Again, Gypsy Kings, 2Cellos, The Human League, Boyzone and Jools Holland.
Despite having a number of Martin Audio’s premier MLA systems on duty simultaneously, Capital were still able to provide the necessary Martin Audio hardware to guarantee even coverage down the awkwardly long, thin site, tapering off from a wider field at the stage end.
The sound was carefully programmed by Chris Pyne, who was doubling as system tech. Capital flew 10 MLA Compact elements each side of the stage, with a flown hang of six MLA Compact infilling at stage right and a smaller MLA Mini ground-stacked stage left to serve the picnickers out on that flank. Four Martin Audio DD12’s across the stage provided nearfield coverage for those who wanted to get up close and personal with the broadside cardioid array, which

my-fair-ladyTiMax spatial sound design for My Fair Lady
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

USA - Marc Salzberg was introduced to the immersive capabilities of TiMax spatial reinforcement whilst working as the production soundman on Broadway’s recent revival of The King and I at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Later, with the same sound team of designer, Scott Lehrer, and his associate Alex Neumann, he explored TiMax further on the Broadway Theatre’s revival of Fiddler on the Roof.
When he was asked to create the sound design for My Fair Lady back at Broadway’s Lincoln Centre, he immediately turned to the TiMax platform.
Salzberg explains: “The ability within TiMax to do timed, and crucially, live delay changes meant it was the right tool for the job. TiMax makes it possible for the sound system to not call attention to itself.”
Going against the current tide in many Broadway and London West End productions, The Lincoln Centre Theatre is very deliberate in its choice to use the original orchestrations of productions. Where elsewhere theatres are shrinking the size of the band, My Fair Lady boasts the solid sound of a 29-strong orchestra coming from the pit. And it’s a difference the theatre wanted to showcase.
Salzberg’s sound design divides the stage into 14 different zones, with TiMax spatial Image Definition objects created to allow any console mic or group to be imaged to and morphed between each zone. Control of the audio begins with a DigiCo SD7, connecting 42 inputs to TiMax SoundHub which then sends 56 outputs to the loudspeakers. Salzberg assures that, “the TiMax software interface ma

digi-saBlue Array adds third DiGiCo desk
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

South Africa - Audio rental company Blue Array Productions has invested in its third DiGiCo console - an SD12.
Blue Array first purchased an SD5 to a ‘great reception’ from the local market. The company then decided to invest in a smaller platform console, purchasing an S31, before recently taking ownership of the SD12.
“Blue Array’s Kobus van Rensburg and Marinus Visser have been wanting an SD12 since the console was launched in 2017,” says Kyle Robson from DWR Distribution, DiGiCo’s distributor for Africa. “We worked with them on costings and they finally decided to push the green button.”
Audio engineer Marinus is a big fan of the DiGiCo platform and needed an SD console that would cater for all his requirements in a lightweight package that would be easy to move around. “Once he had played with the SD12, he was sold,” Robson says. “It does everything he needs it to do and gives him the same audio quality and functionality as the SD5, just lighter.”
Various audio engineers at the company have already put the SD12 to the test. It has been used on a several shows including Seether, a rock band who played at Marks Park in Johannesburg.
“The operation of the SD12 is identical to the SD5, and because Marinus knows the SD5 very well, the new console is a walk in the park for him,” adds Robson. “The footprint of the console is small, and its two screens are a big plus. The build quality is fantastic and the whole feel of the desk is very easy to manoeuvre around.”
(Jim Evans)

adlib-amg-newcastle-academy-2z9c9902largeO2 Academy Newcastle revitalised with Adlib
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

UK - Academy Music Group enlisted the support of Liverpool based Adlib to co-design and deliver a touring specification audio system for its 2,000-capacity O2 Academy in Newcastle, one of the most active and vibrant live music venues on the UK touring scene.
This project was led by Academy Music Group’s divisional manager Steve Hoyland and O2 Academy Newcastle’s technical manager Nile Lines, with Adlib’s Andy Dockerty and Rob Crossland, who, together specified the Coda Audio PA system.
The main auditorium has a large space in front of the stage, with a raised bar area on the ground floor mid-way, that is situated underneath a balcony at the rear. One of the main goals of the new system was to ensure it provided a level of sonic experience to satisfy touring artists, offering a viable and attractive choice to bringing in their own productions.
For this venue, 20 x Coda LA12 line array speakers are configured as two main (left and right) hangs of 10, neatly forming an elegant arc from the existing PA points.
These cover the main room, underneath the balcony and the upper balcony positions perfectly – just from the two arrays – with four Coda G7 12-96s rigged under the balcony area.
The eight Coda SC8 sensor-controlled subs are positioned in a cardioid pattern under the stage to ensure as much low-end energy as possible is concentrated back into the auditorium. They are also neatly tucked away to maximise sight-lines for the audience.
For stage lip-fills, a pair of Coda Vi-Ray cabinets were added, with everything drive

maestra-london-expands-team-for-new-season-aug-2018Team expansion at Maestra London
Monday, 13 August 2018

UK - Event design and technical production company Maestra London has expanded its team in readiness for a busy autumn season.
Joining MD Justin Hammond and the London team are Matt Spark (senior project manager), Euan MacLeod (business development manager) and Cameron Pullar (warehouse assistant).
Spark started working at festivals and events like SW4 and the Isle of Wight and other international events, as well as becoming a freelance production assistant for a succession of artists. This experience took him to Australia for three years where he worked with a raft of brands including Star Wars, Quantas and Disney.
MacLeod worked in New York and Woodstock before relocating to Scotland to take a degree in Events & Entertainment Management at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Pullar worked at a Scottish LED company whist still at school and then studied Music Performance & Production at the University of East London. He’s subsequently worked as an audio technician at the New River Studios in north London.
(Jim Evans)

cat6-superflex-500-0161-hgSommer debuts Superflex
Monday, 13 August 2018

Germany - With the SC-Mercator Cat.6 PUR, Sommer Cable is introducing a high-performance cable for the mobile outdoor transmission of digital audio and network signals.
Despite its halogen-free, flame-retardant PUR jacket and the insulated, shielded wires the new cable is cold flexible and easily reelable, enabling trouble-free transmissions for Ethersound over distances of up to 110m (361 ft.).
Only 8mm in diameter for 4 x 2 wires, the Cat.6 Superflex is relatively compact and therefore suitable for OB van applications. The cable is available both as bulkware and ready-made cable.
“The Cat.6 PUR Superflex is particularly recommended for situations where a reliable temperature resistance, a safe data transfer and at the same time a high flexibility are much in demand,” explains Pascal Miguet, product & sales manager for Sommer Cable.
(Jim Evans)

cardiff11th Hour delivers for Tour winner Thomas
Monday, 13 August 2018

UK - Cardiff City Council contacted 11th Hour requesting a turnkey solution for the presentation event as the city welcomed back Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas.
The council contacted 11th Hour with the brief just three days before the homecoming was due to take place.
Outside Cardiff Castle, 11th Hour erected a 6m x 5m Trilite stage, complete with cycle ramp and PA system by ABacoustics. As well as power to the stage and temporary media centre, the company supplied two confetti cannons and 58m of Prolyte truss to create 2 x 13m high archways over St Mary’s Street.
With much of 11th Hour’s own truss out on festival duty, the company was able to source its requirements at short notice from trusted partner AED. Every aspect of the event proceeded smoothly, from the build, managed by a highly experienced team operating in what are familiar, busy city centre surroundings, through the presentation itself, to the swift removal of the installation.
Business development manager Jason Venables comments: “At 11th Hour we’re always happy to take up any challenge on behalf of our clients, even at the shortest notice. More often than not, events are notified well in advance and we’re able to take time over planning and implementation but every so often, circumstances dictate otherwise. We are pleased and very proud that Cardiff City Council regularly turns to 11th Hour for a range of solutions and particularly so in this case, where we were delighted to play our part in welcoming home a true national hero.”
(Jim Evans)

nickolas-chapmanGearhouse Group introduces Showcom
Monday, 13 August 2018

South Africa - The Gearhouse Group, a network of companies, branches and divisions that service the event industries, has recently added Showcom to its ranks.
Johannesburg-based Showcom (Pty) Ltd is headed up by Nickolas Chapman and specialises in supplying communication solutions to the events industry, offering a range of wireless, wired or two-way radio communication systems.
The company’s official launch was marked on 1 August. Showcom is based at 18 Lang Street, Bezuidenhout Valley.
(Jim Evans)

brahlerBrähler ICS UK rebrands as BUK Solutions
Monday, 13 August 2018

UK - Cambridge-based conference technology provider Brähler ICS UK has rebranded as BUK Solutions.
The change comes as the company marks 30 years of trading and enters a new phase that incorporates new distribution partnerships and a more diverse range of suppliers. The company is also offering enhanced complementary event services as part of its rental portfolio including consultancy, interpretation and translation. Launched in the late 1980s, Brähler ICS UK operated alongside German parent company Brähler ICS Konferenztechnik AG until 2012. It then became independent but remained a member of the global Brähler ICS Network until recently.
Simon Sainsbury, managing director of BUK Solutions, comments: “The success of our expanded portfolio, which now includes several new non-Brähler products and services, prompted us to redefine our identity in the marketplace and spread the word of our expanded capability in delivering custom solutions for the events and conferences market. With a wide range of event experience, from inter-governmental and global corporate conferences to elite premier league football clubs, BUK Solutions delivers both in the UK and internationally.”
He adds: “It felt appropriate to launch our new name and logo in our 30th year, giving us the opportunity to celebrate our heritage and achievements. Naturally, we will continue to provide the first-rate services that our clients have come to expect from our dedicated team of professionals.”
BUK Solutions has successfully provided AV technology for numerous majo

imelda11th Hour in the action at Hay Festival
Friday, 10 August 2018

UK - The Hay Festival, an annual festival of literature and the arts, held in Hay-on-Wye in Powys, Wales, has expanded to encompass a broad spectrum of cultural activities. This year’s 10-day event welcomed more than a quarter of a million visitors.
The festival site comprises temporary marquee structures of varying size (capacities vary from a few thousand to less than a hundred) connected by covered walkways and is located in a field on the edge of the town. The infrastructure required to meet the needs of the festival audience and the 800 or so events that take place is significant.
From lectures, readings, concerts and screenings, to discussions, sales, children’s activities, catering, media centre and more besides, Hay Festival presents logistical challenges that might bring a frown to even the most seasoned events professional. This year, Cardiff-based events services supplier 11th Hour was in the thick of the action having been appointed as the event’s lead production company.
To meet the needs of the site’s eight principal venues, as well as peripheral areas on what is a very compact site, 11th Hour supplied full production, including stage and site lighting, staging, audio and AV (in partnership with Stage Sound Services) as well as generators and mains distribution. The provision covered a varied range of requirements, from large concerts to intimate talks.
11th Hour’s project manager, Pete Morgan, reports: “The site is quite tight in terms of moving equipment around and keeping it discreet and safe. Whilst very detailed

digicoDiGiCo up to speed on Luis Fonsi tour
Friday, 10 August 2018

Puerto Rico - As part of his mammoth Love + Dance world tour, Luis Fonsi, the Puerto Rican singer best known for the smash hit Despacito, played on home turf to an ecstatic crowd at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico in San Juan.
Luis may be a fan of taking things slowly but FOH engineer Yamil Martínez has embraced how quickly he could work on a DiGiCo SD10, which was at the heart of the tour's audio system supplied by local provider Wichie Sound Performance.
Yamil Martínez is a seasoned pro when it comes to hot Latin performances. Prior to spending the last three years as Luis' FOH engineer, Yamil worked with the likes of Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and Alex Campos, and has been a fan of DiGiCo consoles ever since he first got his hands on one.
“I have been using DiGiCo with other artists since 2011,” explains Yamil. “It was back then I first encountered an SD9 and to my surprise the adaptation process was fast enough for me to run the soundcheck and the show very easily from day one. The flow of operation was such that it didn't feel like a first! DiGiCo has always had a reputation for sound quality, but because the SD10 is everywhere and is nowadays considered to be the new industry standard, using one allows us to be consistent.”
On the Puerto Rico leg of the tour, the SD10 was connected via Optocore to an SD-Rack loaded with 32-bit Ultimate Stadius Mic Pre-Amp cards. On the console, the eight local analogue inputs were used as outboard FX returns from a UAD system, a Kaoss Pad and two-track playba

audi-2BlackTrax helps unveil new Audi in China
Friday, 10 August 2018

China - When Audi introduced its A8L luxury saloon to the Chinese market, technical service company Redline turned to the BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system to help deliver the wow factor to the launch show.
Each of the cars featured in the show was fitted with BTBeacons which transmitted the exact position of the vehicles as they moved around the stage to BTCams, which then relayed the information to the lighting console so that any lighting look could be designed while automatically following the cars on the stage, regardless of speed or direction, with an accuracy that would not have been possible to achieve manually.
Another big part of the reveal, was the futuristic graphics projected on the floor and not only accented the beautiful car, it also helped explain some of the A8L’s new built in technology and features. The mapped projection interacted with the car as it drove around the stage. As well as the BlackTrax system, the Audi A8L launch show featured no fewer than 30 Panasonic PT-SRZ31KC projectors, 72 Acme lighting features - being used by Redline for the first time - two gx 2 and four 4x4pro media servers from disguise and motion graphics from Notch.
“The cars were the stars of the show - so it was vital that they were accurately highlighted by the supporting AV technology,” says Andrew Gordon, director of business development. “BlackTrax is unique in its ability to automate the tracking of moving objects by projectors, spotlights and so on - which is why it’s being used increasingly in major product launches worldwid


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