Audio News

jay-cresswellJay Cresswell joins Wharfedale Pro UK team
Wednesday, 7 December 2022

UK - Wharfedale Pro has announced the appointment of experienced audio expert, Jay Cresswell, to their UK team. Cresswell takes up the new role of applications and solutions specialist, with a focus on growing the brand through application expertise and product training.
With over 20 years of experience in system design, support and audio project management, Jay Cresswell brings his expertise and real-world knowledge to the team. He will work alongside UK sales manager, Jeremy Adkins.
“Customers need to know that we are here to support them, especially with the more advanced systems, such as the new WLA-1 Hybrid Curvature Array,” explains Cresswell. “It’s not about simply ‘selling the box’ - this new role is to help our customers get the best results for any project, big or small. I am really looking forward to working with our partners to help deliver the most amazing audio systems and solutions.”
Carlos Narciso, general manager at IAG UK adds, "As the Wharfedale Pro business continues to grow, it is essential that we deliver quality pre and post-sales support to our partners. Jay’s appointment expands our UK Wharfedale Pro team and will surely lead to some exciting new projects."

mezzoaa2Powersoft ArmoniaPlus adds further AES67 support
Wednesday, 7 December 2022

Italy - Version 2.5 of Powersoft’s ArmoníaPlus software, which adds support for its new Mezzo A+ and Duecanali/Quattrocanali DSP+ amplifiers, is now available to download now from the Powersoft website.
The new A+ models are the latest additions to the Mezzo range, which offers the same levels of reliability, build quality and acoustic proprieties of any Powersoft amplifier platform but in a half-size form factor. A+ models – comprising Mezzo 322 A+, Mezzo 304 A+, Mezzo 602 A+ and Mezzo 604 A+ – offer all the remote control and monitoring functions of the A versions, but further extend their networking capabilities with AES67.
Duecanali DSP+ and Quattrocanali DSP+, meanwhile, are the recently released AES67-compatible versions of the popular fixed-install amplifier platforms.
All AES67-compatible Powersoft amplifiers, which additionally includes the T Series touring amplifier, are able to receive audio-over-IP (AoIP) streams compliant with the AES67 standard, which allows high-performance streaming AoIP interoperability across different networking systems. Powersoft DSP+ and A+ models can receive AES67 streams natively by connecting the dedicated AoIP networking port to an AES67 network.
With ArmoníaPlus 2.5, users can design systems with the new Mezzo A+ models and convert and share any kind of signal, including Dante, via AES67.
In addition, the new version allows ArmoníaPlus users to configure Dynamic Music Distribution sources to receive an AES67 stream. Dynamic Music Distribution (DMD) gives Powersoft customers the ability

 
 
sonySony Electronics expands DWX series
Wednesday, 7 December 2022

UK - Sony Electronics’ DWX series wireless mics and transmitters is expanding with the introduction of a new digital wireless plug-on transmitter, the DWT-P30, which will replace the current DWT-P01N.
Suitable for studio, electronic newsgathering (ENG) and location sound, the new transmitter complements Sony’s DWX series slot-in receiver and bodypack transmitters to create an all-inclusive digital wireless microphone system, for camcorder use including UniSlot and on location recording.
New features include: 375kHz spacing high-density simultaneous multi-channel operation and wideband tuning at a maximum of 148MHz, high sound quality with CODEC MODE4, selectable RF outpower power (2mW/ 10mW / 25mW) and long battery life of approximately six hours.

 
lddave12g4x1LD Systems debuts latest DAVE G4X models
Wednesday, 7 December 2022

Germany - LD Systems has introduced the new DAVE G4X Series. Exactly 10 years after the release of successful and long-running DAVE G3, the DAVE G4X ‘sets new standards in the field of active 2.1 PA systems for DJs, live groups, solo entertainers, or parties’. Available in four sizes and performance classes – from the compact DAVE 10 G4X to the DAVE 18 G4X, which features a powerful 18” subwoofer – the DAVE G4X Series offers a modern range of functions and a professional acoustic design for a variety of applications.
LD Systems has extensively redeveloped the popular PA systems from the ground up. The models available are the DAVE 10 G4X (2 x double 4” satellites + 10” subwoofer, 680 W), the DAVE 12 G4X (2 x 6.5” satellites + 12” subwoofer, 1,460 W), the DAVE 15 G4X (2 x 8” satellites + 15” subwoofer, 2,060 W), and the DAVE 18 G4X (2 x 8” satellites + 18” subwoofer, 4,000 W).
All of the DAVE G4X versions now feature an integrated six-channel mixer with all of the important input options for a wide variety of setups consisting of microphones, instruments, line-level signals and auxiliary players – wired and wireless, thanks to integrated Bluetooth for easy streaming via a smartphone or tablet. The mixer’s first two channels are designed as channel strips, allowing for the optional connection of a microphone, a high-impedance instrument – guitar and/or bass, for example – and line level sources.
Stereo line inputs 3 + 4 are suitable for keyboards, synthesizers, drum machines, or small e-drum kits. Making the DAVE G4X

 
 
kasabianQuantum launches next Kasabian chapter
Wednesday, 7 December 2022

Rock band Kasabian has enjoyed a 25-year career that includes a busy touring roster and seven studio albums. With guitarist Serge Pizzorno now full-time lead vocalist and new album The Alchemist’s Euphoria written and released, the band has embarked on a new chapter, underlined by a comprehensive European and UK arena tour.
As it has before, Kasabian’s audio production is relying on DiGiCo, its next generation Quantum technology allowing the audio team to easily navigating the dynamics of Serge’s new role and take advantage of the advanced processing suite for automating monitor console duties and eliminating outboard.
Supplied by Britannia Row, long-term DiGiCo users, FOH engineer, Rob Waite, and monitor engineer, Jamie Hickey, specified their consoles of choice; the compact Quantum 338 at FOH and a Quantum 5 for monitors, with two accompanying SD Racks.
“I joined the team at the start of 2022 and was really pleased to discover I could specify whatever I wanted,” says Rob Waite. “I’ve been a DiGiCo user for a very long time, starting with the D Series and following a natural progression through the SD Series, and now with the new Quantum range. I trust DiGiCo. Regardless of genre, the brand always helps me fulfil the artists’ vision and get the sound they want.”
The tour started in May, opening with a Jools Holland TV appearance, followed by a series of global festivals, an autumn European run, and finished with a UK arena tour.
“I know DiGiCo consoles inside out,” says Waite. “The Quantum 338 is a new model, but

 
eawworld-stage-lighting-5EAW ADAPTive PA reinforces Smash Mouth
Wednesday, 7 December 2022

USA - World Stage Lighting co-owners Dwight Wood and Devin Sunderland have been providing concert audiences in the Pacific Northwest with sonic experiences for decades. The company was given the opportunity to create a next-level experience for a recent performance by rock band Smash Mouth at Seven Feathers Casino Resort and provided a custom PA featuring the Anna and Otto ADAPTive system from Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW).
Industry veterans and long-time users of EAW equipment, Wood and Sunderland were immediately impressed when the company introduced its new Anna ADAPTive PA system. “When we first heard Anna and saw what it could do for us and our client’s events, we were blown away,” says Sunderland. “The timing was right, so we seized the opportunity to purchase products from EAW’s ADAPTive line. It’s an amazing system.”
The duo purchased 16 Anna three-way full-range ADAPTive array modules and eight Otto ADAPTive subwoofers to give the system a matched low end. They also added, from their extensive EAW inventory, eight EAW MW12 stage monitors and four EAW RL15 Redline two-way powered speakers to their rig for the Smash Mouth performance. The system has received rave reviews from both touring engineers and audiences in the almost 20 shows it has been deployed.
The new EAW system was put to the test for Seven Feathers Casino Resorts’ annual outdoor concert. “This year’s outdoor show was really special to us,” adds Sunderland. “In addition to the sound, we were also asked to provide a turnkey, full production product includin

 
 
robbie-williamsRobbie Williams celebrates XXV with Brit Row
Wednesday, 7 December 2022

UK - Robbie Williams’ 22/23 tour is in support of his latest album, XXV, which sees 25 years of hits re-worked and orchestrated by the Metropole Orkest.
Brit Row were once again able to deliver consistent quality across equipment and crew for the British pop star. “Brit Row are absolutely fantastic,” FOH engineer Joe Harling, enthuses. “These are difficult times, but we’ve received everything we’ve asked for and a team of professional crew at the top of their game. I couldn’t be happier.”
To cover the full spectrum of the show's journey through the last two and a half decades, Harling needed a versatile and robust console from Brit Row’s extensive inventory.
“I’m using a DiGiCo Quantum 7 console, which is on an Optocore loop with the monitor console, also a Quantum 7, and all our stage infrastructure. With so much going on and with having to accommodate shows augmented with live orchestras, it’s really the only console that can handle it all.”
Harling is a long-time DiGiCo user, comfortable with its feature set and sound. “I don’t use plugins,” he says. “But I do have a fairly large rack of analogue outboard gear on a second Optocore loop at FOH. This includes units from Kush Audio, Empirical Labs, Rupert Neve Designs, API, Bricasti, OTO Machines and more.”
Given that the XXV tour is the first Williams has delivered to his eager fans in some years, the audio crew were tasked with delivering an emotionally impactful, celebratory, and often heartfelt sonic experience, with real depth, dynamic,

 
latin-grammysrosaliapress-releasee-newslettersocialLatin Grammys put faith in Shure Axient Digital
Wednesday, 7 December 2022

USA - The 2022 Latin Grammys celebrated the best artists in Latin music on 17 November. Broadcast live from the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, the sound team trusted Shure Axient Digital to ensure music and Latin voices were the brightest stars of the night.
The evening reunited the biggest Latin artists of 2022. Attendees and viewers enjoyed quality audio thanks to 32 channels of the Shure Axient Digital Wireless System and 48 channels of PSM 1000 in-ear monitoring system. Latin music fans cheered their idols in an exciting ceremony that elevated Rosalia and Jorge Drexler as the biggest winners. Both artists relied on Shure: Rosalia performed on a KSM9HS, while Jorge selected a tailored white KSM9 with an ADX2 handheld transmitter.
The 23rd Latin Grammys started with a group performance as a tribute to Mexican singer and songwriter Marco Antonio Solís, who was awarded Persona del Año by the Latin Academy of Music. Artists on stage for the memorable act included Luis Fonsi, Gente De Zona, Sin Bandera, Carin Leon, and Aymee Nuviola, who all used the Shure SM58. Noel performed with a KSM8 capsule, and Thalia amplified her voice with the KSM11 Wireless Cardioid Capsule.
John Legend, the band Chiquis, Nicky Jam, and Marco Antonio Solís also trusted the KSM11 Wireless Microphone Capsule. The capsule was developed to provide the most transparent, natural, and high-clarity sound without the use of additional processing, enabling the artists’ voices to shine on stage. Likewise, Romeo Santos got everyone dancing with his golden KSM11.
“We

 
 
boras0011-amerliabordahlBorås Stadsteater invests in TiMax SoundHub
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Sweden - Borås Stadsteater took the opportunity whilst undergoing a building renovation to simultaneously break down barriers to the most effective audio presence for its audiences. The venue reinvested in a new loudspeaker system spatialised by a Dante-equipped TiMax SoundHub spatial audio engine complete with a TiMax Tracker performer stagetracking system.
A flexible audio system was of paramount importance to the 500-capacity, municipality-run theatre. Though spoken dramatic productions are predominant, with classic productions and new writing having an equal footing, productions at the Stadsteater cater to the requirements of the public and range from modern circus to musicals, and ballet to pop concerts.
Borås Stadsteater’s head of sound, Tobias Walka specified all elements of the audio installation including the TiMax SoundHub and TiMax Tracker. He explained, “We looked at the market and based on the system’s benefits, TiMax seemed like the best option for us. Also, being closely located to Folkteatern in Gothenburg, we benefit from their long-held knowledge and experience of TiMax, knowing that should the need arise, they could advise us.”
The intimate theatre opted for an unconventional speaker set up, with Alcons Audio LR7s forming the main hangs of an LCR configuration, supported by four 18-inch flown subs. On stage Alcons RR12s are positioned as upstage fills and side-fill. Fourteen Alcons point source speakers provide the surround element of the localized audio and Walka explains, “The immersive experience for the audience wh

 
digicoSerbia’s Chameleon Rental chooses Quantum
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Serbia - Chameleon Rental is well-known in Serbia thanks to the knowledge, dedication and rich experience its team has gained during over two decades of business. It is recognised as a company that continuously strives for technical innovation, one that pays particular attention to ensuring its inventory comprises a winning combination of high-quality manufacturing, reliability and functionality.
Before the 2022 summer season started, Chameleon decided to improve its audio production capabilities by adding a new digital audio console, choosing a DiGiCo Quantum 225 as its latest acquisition.
“We have used DiGICo consoles for many years and already have SD9s in our inventory,” says Chameleon’s Ivan Krsev. “They have served us very well, so adding the Quantum 225 was logical. We really like small format console of the console, the high-resolution touchscreen and it offers all the Quantum features plus new design features and enhancements in a, which made it an ideal addition for us.
“It’s intuitive to work with and the fact that we can use of a laptop, KLANG:kontroller or an additional screen for moving through the KLANG:app, control and movement of faders, monitoring, etc, is a huge advantage, as are Mustard Processing, Nodal Processing, Spice Rack and True Solo.”
Along with the Quantum 225, Chameleon purchased an MQ-Rack with 48 microphone inputs and 24 analogue outputs, with dual MADI ports allowing rack sharing at 48kHz between any two SD Range or Quantum consoles.
The Quantum 225 proved to be a good solution for the event

 
 
hamiltonHH TNA line array reinforces NZ/DC in Hamilton
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

New Zealand - Hamilton Workingmen’s Club boasts a membership over 7,000 and has an enviable range of facilities. As a community hub offering a wide range of activities, the Club is renowned for presenting high quality live entertainment at weekends, attracting a variety of original artists and top tribute bands.
The Club’s substantial main room, which can accommodate around 250 guests, recently hosted New Zealand’s number one AC/DC tribute band, NZ/DC, for a gig that saw local audio rental specialists Liquid Sound supply an HH TNA line array sound system for the show.
Launched earlier this year, the TNA line array was designed for a wide range of small to medium sized applications and is based around the TNA-2120SA, a multi-channel active subwoofer with integrated Class D amplifier which features two high power 12” low frequency woofers with exceptionally high output, and the TNA1800SA a powerful single 18” active low frequency subwoofer.
With three channels of high performance amplification, the TNA-2120SA houses six built-in DSP pre-sets and as part of a modular system can power up to six satellite TNA-2051 passive, two-way compact line array loudspeakers, offering an ideal solution that does away with the extra expense of rack amplifiers and processors.
For the NZ/DC gig, Liquid Sound used a full ground-stacked system of one TNA-2120SA, one TNA-1800SA and six TNA-2051 units per side. For a busy hire company like Liquid Sound, the TNA line array provides a high-powered, robust solution that is quick to set up and take down accordin

 
portodrumshow2022rb30047ruibandeirafotograf-9900000000079e3cMartin WPS in action for Porto Drum Show
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Portugal - The ever-popular Porto Drum Show recently relocated to the impressive Alfândega do Porto for its fourth edition. Having successfully supported the event previously, Martin Audio’s Portuguese distributor, Sons Do Marques were back in action, featuring a Wavefront Precision (WPS) PA for the main demonstration space.
The event brings together a collection of world class drummers for one evening, including Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, Mike Stern, Dave Weckl Band), Gergő Borlai (Al di Meola, Frank Gambale, Bob Mintzer), Derrick Mackenzie (Jamiroquai), Miguel Lamas (Dany Martin, Carlos Rivera) and Mike Terrana (Axel Rudie Pell, Tony Macalpine, Ywngie Malmsteen). All featured in the drum clinic on the demo stage throughout the course of the evening.
The show itself is split across three spaces of equal size: one for demonstrating drum brands, one for artist drummers’ shows, and one exclusively for Portuguese artists.
The main stage was equipped with six WPS PA elements on each side of the stage, run in the optimum one-box resolution by Martin Audio iKON iK42 amplifiers, complemented by a pair of SXH218 subwoofers. The drummers were able to monitor their sound through a pair of Martin Audio’s flagship, high-output XE500 stage wedges.
Martin Audio had been specified by promoter and show director, Hugo Danin, and after last year’s success with Martin Audio’s WPM he had no hesitation in returning to Sons Do Marques, who this year supplied the larger system. Stated company owner, Rogério Lopes, “We saw this as the perfect opportunity

 
 
audio-technicamalagauniversity5A-T SmartMixers enable flexible teaching
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Spain - More than 100 Audio-Technica ATDM-0604a SmartMixers were recently installed in several faculties at the University of Malaga, as part of a major project to allow the delivery of remote teaching alongside classroom attendance.
A large number of rooms were equipped with a total of 129 digital automatic mixers to ensure the University is able to engage in the “bimodal teaching” approach, and to meet contingency plans for situations where face-to-face activity is impossible in the future.
Malaga-based AV integrator Geniux has an established reputation in the educational market and was responsible for the entire project, which saw 38 ATDM-0604a SmartMixers installed in the Faculty of Psychology, 19 in the Faculty of Medicine, 23 in the Faculty of Law, 11 in the Faculty of Architecture and 38 in the Social Studies and Commerce Complex (CESC).
In addition to the ATDM-0604a mixers, the equipment in each of the classrooms includes a wide variety of audiovisual media, webcams and extensive connectivity to allow the development of teaching modalities. The ATDM-0604a was chosen as the ideal solution to reliably handle the complexity and flexibility requirements across the various faculties.
The ATDM-0604a offers six balanced inputs with switchable 48V phantom power, low-cut filter, phase inversion and four-band EQ. Input gain can be adjusted for each mic input and attenuation can be adjusted for the line inputs. Its selectable acoustic echo cancellation system applies to all balanced inputs, and there is also an unbalanced stereo input.

 
amptec-distribution-beneluxDirectOut appoints Amptec distributor for BeNeLux
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Europe - German Pro Audio manufacturer DirectOut Technologies has announced Amptec as their new distributor for BeNeLux. The Belgian company will be offering the DirectOut product portfolio to the entire territory.
With their diverse product portfolio and their team of highly skilled engineers, Amptec offers the opportunity to introduce DirectOut’s products to a new group of clients in a market where the brand of the manufacturer has been well-established for the last decade.
DirectOut will be represented by Amptec’s Jasper Willems: “We’re looking forward to integrating DirectOut products into the solutions we provide in the broadcast, recording and live market. The fully modular design permits us to provide complete audio solutions, simplifying our installations tremendously.”
Lorenzo Sassi, business development manager at DirectOut, adds: "Since our very first chat, we immediately had the impression that Amptec was the right partner for us in BeNeLux. They have a solid history and relation with the broadcast portion of the market, which is also the strongest one for DirectOut in this territory.
“At the same time, they are a well-established distributor in the live and installation market, and that’s the area where our brand is quickly developing worldwide thanks to the Prodigy series. With Amptec’s experience and our current and future range of products we will be able to offer highly professional audio solutions to the entire BeNeLux market."

 
 
slipknotL-Acoustics ties up Slipknot’s Knotfest Roadshow
Monday, 5 December 2022

USA - Slipknot are known for some of the most intense live shows on some of the biggest stages on the planet. The Grammy Award-winning, and multi-platinum-selling group has spent much of the past two years on their ongoing Knotfest Roadshow, which recently wrapped up its third post-pandemic tour sweep of North America.
Sound reinforcement provider Eighth Day Sound, a Clair Global company, has been supplying the tour legs with a robust K Series loudspeaker package from L-Acoustics.
Wrangling the PA for the group are FOH engineer Bob Strakele and system engineer Brian Sankus, who have been deploying ever-evolving loudspeaker setups as the band has moved from sheds to arenas and then back to sheds. “At the beginning of 2022, we were going from amphitheatres into arenas, so on each side, we flew 14 K1 over four K2 for mains, 12 K1-SB subs, and 12 K2 for out-fills,” Sankus describes.
“In order to adapt and be quick for the rolling stage, we did six carts of three KS28 subs, in cardioid, with an A10 Focus on the top of each for front-fill. This was able to stay strapped together, use the least amount of cable, and be struck at ease. We also had six A15 Wide for auxiliary-fills.”
For the most recent leg, which returned to the sheds, Strakele and Sankus opted to rely solely on K2 for mains instead of the more traditional K1. “On this latest run, we carried a total of 56 K2 and 20 K1-SB, plus our normal 18 KS28, six A10 Focus, and four A15 Wide,” he continues. “To save truck space, we circuited out hangs as three and stuck to 18 LA12X amp

 
atdm0604aAudio-Technica updates Digital SmartMixer
Friday, 2 December 2022

UK - Audio-Technica has announced the launch of its updated ATDM-0604a Digital SmartMixer, increasing the functionality and versatility of the original for fixed installation in conference rooms, education and commercial facilities. Incorporating upgrades based on feedback from end-users, the ATDM-0604a is now better suited for use in online conferences and large-scale environments.
Key improvements include better echo and noise cancellation – now equivalent to Audio-Technica’s ATDM-1012 flagship SmartMixer model – and cascade connectivity (via Audio-Technica LINK) for up to eight mixers (if an ATDM-1012 is the first device) or up to six mixers (if connected with ATDM-0604a only), for larger installations. In addition, the ATDM-0604a allows for remote mute control of the ES954 hanging microphone array, via LINK connectivity with the ACP-W02S control panel, allowing up to four panels to be used in conjunction with the new SmartMixer (AT-LINK Extender may be required) and control of the LED thanks to the new GPO ports.
The ATDM-0604a’s comprehensive feature list includes six mic/line inputs, balanced and (unbalanced) stereo outputs, USB audio input/output, four-band EQ and compressor/de-esser for each input system and 12-band parametric EQ, compressor and limiter for each output. Audio input and output settings can be configured from the front panel without a computer if necessary, with advanced control available either via Web Browser or the SmartMixer Manager app.
Complementing the release of the new ATDM-0604a, the launch of the ATLK-EXT25

 
 
vetustamorlaMeyer powers Vetusta Morla in Madrid Metropolitan
Friday, 2 December 2022

Spain - Indie rock band Vetusta Morla has attracted a large and loyal following since it first emerged in 2008, so when the band members capped a whirlwind tour in support of its Latin Grammy-nominated Cable a Tierra album at Madrid’s Metropolitan Stadium, they were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of 35,000 fans.
The dynamic power and delicate subtlety of the music was carried throughout the jubilant crowd via a system of 240 Meyer Sound loudspeakers, including the new Panther large-format linear line arrays, provided by Fluge Audiovisuales of Madrid.
“Meyer Sound has always provided us with unbeatable sound quality and uniform coverage,” says Iñigo Giménez, who designed and tuned the system for the concert and was audio crew chief for the tour. “All the different types of loudspeaker systems, including Panther, integrated perfectly.”
A Meyer Sound solution for the tour, including the Madrid concert, was preferred by Vetusta Morla FOH engineer Alberto Ruiz, a decision fully supported by Giménez. “A Meyer Sound system presents a mix whose timbre is not modified by the sound level,” he continues, “because it does not produce additional harmonic distortion as intensity increases. The result is excellent transparency and power.”
The full-range arrays for the Madrid concert comprised a total of 72 Leo, 42 Lyon, and 12 Mica line array loudspeakers, with 18 Leopard loudspeakers deployed for front-fill and 48 1100‑LFC low-frequency control elements for ample bass power. The 24 Panther large-format linear line array louds

 
canvasManchester venue Canvas opens with L-Acoustics
Friday, 2 December 2022

UK - After a two-year hiatus, Manchester’s long-standing tradition as a musical epicentre is once again bolstered by the arrival of a ‘next-generation’ cultural destination, Canvas. Located just off Oxford Road in the heart of Circle Square, the multi-purpose space is a blank canvas featuring live music, club nights, a members’ lounge with events, as well as a seven-days-a-week bar open until 4am and a restaurant.
Featuring the latest technology for visually and sonically led entertainment experiences, the sound is delivered via an L-Acoustics A Series system, specified and designed by L-Acoustics UK distributor, Audiotek, which was commissioned to supply AV requirements across the venue’s three main spaces.
The team behind Canvas is not new to the entertainment industry, having previously founded two of London’s most prolific music establishments, The Pickle Factory and Oval Space. Christopher Kmiec, Audiotek’s UK director, explains how excited his team, which includes projects manager Ash Attwood and design engineer James Bentham, was when the opportunity presented itself to work with the Canvas team on an entirely new space.
“We have dealt with a number of the team behind Canvas before, and were thrilled to work on a full, brand-new venue with them,” Kmiec recalls. “Canvas was a complete new build, in a totally empty space, with Audiotek delivering sound, lights and video for the performance room, member’s lounge and the bar and restaurant areas.”
In the main performance space, the client brief was short and clear,

 
 
leedsLeeds Conservatoire tunes in to Meyer Sound
Thursday, 1 December 2022

UK - Leeds Conservatoire is a leading specialist higher education institution which delivers expert music and performing arts education to a community of more than 1200 students. The Conservatoire, which offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, is situated at the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter, and places a strong emphasis on developing career-ready musicians, performers, producers and entrepreneurs.
In addition to its role as an educator, it also hosts an eclectic year-round programme of gigs, recitals, workshops, film showcases, masterclasses and conferences in its purpose-built performance spaces. The Conservatoire’s main 350-seat auditorium, The Venue, is a flexible and inviting space designed to stage the widest possible variety of events. In keeping with the Conservatoire’s desire to maintain the very highest technical standards, its team recently chose to upgrade The Venue’s audio system, and engaged Bradford-based specialists Pro Audio Systems (PAS) to supply and install a new Meyer Sound system.
Dave Simpson, head of live event production at Leeds Conservatoire comments, “We had an ageing system at The Venue which was very much in need of replacement. Although it hadn’t necessarily been driven very hard, it had many miles on the clock and was no longer up to meeting the requirements of our diverse and ambitious programme of events. We wanted a high quality, future-proof system, and had listened to a number of systems from a variety of manufacturers in situ.
“PAS suggested we listen to some Meye

 
unite4UNITE brings people together with JBL array
Thursday, 1 December 2022

USA - To provide visitors to UNITE San Antonio with immersive live music experiences and clear communication, event production company Internally Sound recently deployed a complete JBL Professional VTX line array concert sound solution powered by Crown.
UNITE San Antonio is a two-day community worship and live music event that took place on 29-30 July at the Alamodome. Produced by the Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association, the two evenings featured influencers, speakers, live music from Chris Tomlin, King & Country, David Crowder and more, in addition to presentations from Dawson himself.
To ensure balanced sound quality and a dynamic live concert experience, the show’s producers turned to Internally Sound to provide a capable sound system. To accomplish this task, Internally Sound partnered with Harman Professional Solutions and First Born Productions to design and deploy a JBL VTX line array system for its versatility, intelligibility and impactful sound quality.
“UNITE San Antonio - like many of the events we do - featured a combination of live music and speech segments,” said Mark Jenkins, co-owner/operator, Internally Sound. “The JBL VTX system gave us the articulation and detail we needed for the speech parts, but it also delivered the power and impact needed for the concert artists. It sounded fantastic. The bands were very happy with it - one of the bands’ engineers said it was his all-time favourite concert PA. So it was smiles all around with the VTX system.”
Co-owners Phil Jenkins and Mark Jenkins of Internally Sou

 
 
dpathe-killersThe Killers rely on DPA’s live sound solutions
Thursday, 1 December 2022

USA - The Killers’ FOH engineer Kenny Kaiser and monitor engineer Marty Beath were immediately intrigued by DPA’s new 4055 Kick Drum Mic. Among the first to get their hands on the mic, the duo put it to the test at production rehearsals before heading out on the band’s The Killing the Mirage tour.
After receiving universally positive feedback, the decision was made: DPA’s 4055 Kick Drum Mic was joining The Killers’ touring gear line-up alongside the group’s existing DPA solutions, such as the 4099 Core Instrument Mics, 4011 Cardioid Condenser Mics and d:facto 4018 Vocal Microphone.
Before solidifying their kick drum mic of choice, Kaiser and Beath tested out three variations of a mic setup. “We had a plate mic, a ribbon mic and then the new DPA,” explains Beath, “and we were swapping between them, listening to what we could get out of each combination. Because the DPA is linear, you have to shape it, but that’s great because that’s what you want—to have control and not be dictated by the voicing of the mic. So, I think it’s fantastic for this drum, but it will also translate across multiple drum kits.”
Beath continues, “It can handle the SPL, no problem whatsoever, and we’ve pretty much maintained our normal placement. We’ll probably experiment as we go along and get more comfortable with it, but so far, it’s mind-blowing.” Kaiser also notes that the mic’s voicing is one of the key standouts for the pair. “The overall design of this [mic] answers that famous line of optimise or compromise,” Kaiser explain

 
balletPoint Source Audio captures ABT documentary
Wednesday, 30 November 2022

USA - Point Source Audio’s on-ear Embrace microphones provided the solution for production sound engineer Thomas Zaccheo to capture every detail for a documentary about the American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) artistic director Kevin McKenzie who will retire from the role at the end of 2022 following three decades of leadership.
The mics came into their own during the rehearsals for the summer season at The Metropolitan Museum where their mounting capabilities ensured the artistic director could instruct dancers in his normal style without needing to worry about micing.
Zaccheo chose Embrace microphones for this project based on McKenzie’s style during rehearsals. “Mr. McKenzie is a hands-on choreographer who will dance with the performers as a way of expressing his thoughts and ideas, as I was advised before the shoot,” explains Zaccheo. “There were discussions about what we could do to prevent any booming, given that three cameras would be present and, of course, clothing noise would be unavoidable.” Equally important as the sonic quality, the mic needed to complement the user: “When I was packing up, Mr. McKenzie commented on how comfortable and inconspicuous the mount was, which he enjoyed because he didn’t want to be distracted from his directing.”
Zaccheo is well known for mixing across a variety of film genres, podcasts and post-production - delivering broadcast-ready sound with an emphasis on creating the director and writer’s vision, sonically. The Embrace mics are a recent addition to Zaccheo’s sound kit and proved to be

 
 
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Wednesday, 30 November 2022

China - The 13th edition of the popular West Lake Music Festival which has been held in the picturesque Prince Bay Park in Hangzhou every year since its inaugural event in 2008, was finally able to take place from 11-13 November. Having been postponed from its traditional dates in April due to pandemic concerns, music fans were more than ready to make the most of three days of China’s highest profile rock and pop acts.
With over 10,000 festival-goers every day, West Lake remains one of the most important music festivals in China, and the 2022 edition was no exception. Full-service production technology specialists D&S Stage Technology – the largest rental company in Zhejiang Province – was responsible for supplying all of the FOH equipment for the festival. Having road-tested KV2’s flagship VHD5 high-definition Constant Power point source system for the first time on last year’s event with great success, the company had no hesitation in specifying it for 2022.
D&S owner, Mr Wang, made a special trip down to KV2’s Chinese distributor, AVMedia’s headquarters in Guangzhou last year to experience the VHD5 system for himself in an outdoor setting and understand more about setup procedures. “They’d already attended a number of demonstrations and been impressed by what they heard, but they really wanted to see how it performed on a large event,” explains Jason Shi from AVMedia. “West Lake music festival provided the perfect opportunity. It was a resounding success – the comments from all the engineers who used the system were unan

 
l-isaL-Acoustics releases L-ISA Studio 2.5
Tuesday, 29 November 2022

France - L-Acoustics has expanded access to spatial mixing with the launch of L-ISA Studio 2.5, now compatible with any PC and Windows OS in addition to Mac and macOS computers. With unlimited free binaural output capability, L-ISA Studio 2.5 can be downloaded from the L-Acoustics website.
The new L-ISA Studio 2.5 on Windows includes both the L-ISA Controller and L-ISA Processor Desktop applications as well as L-ISA Audio Bridge, a custom virtual sound card for Windows. The Audio Bridge includes both Bridge Out and Device Out pathways for audio output. The Bridge Out allows 12 outputs to be sent through any DAW for multichannel recording, while simultaneous Device Out allows audio to be sent to either headphones or a multichannel sound card for rendering for immersive loudspeaker configurations.
Additional enhancements in L-ISA Studio 2.5 include graphic updates to the L-ISA Controller, which free up additional screen real estate for the sound engineer. Creators can now also load standard loudspeaker templates for configurations in Atmos, BluSpace, and more. Pre-production is facilitated with selective speaker muting and the ability to snap objects to specific active or muted speakers, which facilitates previewing different loudspeaker configurations in diverse spaces.
“L-ISA is an intuitive platform for creators to explore mixing in spatial sound, which can be rendered to platforms like Apple Music, Tidal, and more,” explains Guillaume Le Nost, executive director of creative technologies at L-Acoustics. “Making L-ISA Studio widely available

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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