USA - Powersoft has unveiled Mezzo, a new line of amplifiers designed for the AV/IT market.
Mezzo consists of eight amplifier models, each offering different power and connectivity options. The range is suited for corporate, hospitality and educational environments and is a self-configuring amplifier system that delivers power and flexibility in a compact, Class-D technology design that is easy to install and operate.
Klas Dalbjorn, product manager at Powersoft, comments: “Until now, AV/IT integrators and end-users might have experienced limited flexibility in existing low power solutions to drive audio in corporate, hospitality and education environments. Our new Mezzo platform delivers the quality and reliability Powersoft is already known for, but with smaller power configurations that are highly adaptable for a range of different fixed installation environments.
“We recognise there are many system designers and integrators that seldom need more than 250W and can often make do on as little 15W on a channel - Mezzo covers these needs.”
The eight available models in the new Mezzo line consist of four power sizes, each offering an option with ‘A’ (analogue) or ‘AD’ (analogue-digital), which adds Dante/AES67. The power sizes include smaller option of 320W in 4 x 80W and 2 x 160W variants, and a larger option of 600W in 4 x 150 or 2 x 300W. All of the eight models are networkable and feature automatic setup for audio parameters, significantly reducing deployment time during installation.
“The power sharing capabilities of
USA - Bose Professional has expanded its portfolio with more than 50 new products designed to enable specifiers to “build complete Bose systems without sourcing from different vendors”.
Meanwhile, end-users are set to benefit from “a system with components that have been designed to work seamlessly together,” says Bose.
Announced earlier this year and being shown at InfoComm 2019 are the new ArenaMatch DeltaQ loudspeakers and ArenaMatch Utility loudspeakers, which bring Bose consistency, vocal clarity and flexibility to outdoor installations through DeltaQ technology.
Also introduced this year are 12 models of new, easy-to-install DesignMax loudspeakers in a range of sizes (ceiling and surface models, black and white, with subwoofer options); five new PowerSpace amplifiers (two with onboard DSP); two Commercial Sound Processors with a simplified configuration tool; three new digital ControlCentre controllers; and an upgraded Business Music System Designer software tool to facilitate quicker and better system designs.
Morten Jorgensen, director, global sales and operations, comments: “At Bose Professional, we believe pro audio is about creating incredible experiences. It’s about making the spaces in which we live and work better. With that in mind, we’re developing more products than ever, so that our customers can build complete systems that are easier to install and easier to operate while delivering clear, powerful sound in every space.”
USA - Coda Audio is launching its ultra-compact two-way Arrayable Point Source N-APS at this year’s InfoComm.
Combining the versatility of a point source with the arrayability of a line array, N-APS offers a sound reinforcement system for small to medium size venues by delivering twice the power handling, as well as significantly more low-end, than other comparable sized systems, says the company.
N-APS is the smaller sibling of Coda Audio’s APS system. For smaller venues or corporate events where, for example, the geometry of a space might be considered to make coverage awkward, N-APS provides “an unobtrusive, ultra-small, yet phenomenally powerful solution”.
Complementing the launch of N-APS, Coda Audio is also introducing N-SUB, a compact 15” high output subwoofer that reaches as low as 30Hz. Like N-APS, N-SUB benefits from DAC which allows it to reach high SPLs whilst staying “completely cool”.
UK - Shure supported West Herts College students at an educational day of seminars and performances at Watford Colosseum. Ahead of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes third album release earlier this month, the band decided to support the college in their hometown with a masterclass and performance at the event.
The day consisted of three seminars. The first was a production talk with Frank and Dean from the Rattlesnakes on their approach to recording their third album with Cam Blackwood. The second talk was with the band road crew and featured the band’s tour manager Ian Dowdell, guitar teach, Elliot Russell and monitor engineer, Will Taylor covering life on the road. The final talk was with the band’s manager Matt Greer, focused on building a profile, the album campaign and developing an artist.
Stephen Carter, HND music & curriculum developer, West Herts College, comments: “Taking the vocational industry approach that we have at West Herts College and the help from companies like Shure is hugely beneficial to the next generation. Not only are they able to achieve the theoretical knowledge to pass the qualification but the hands-on industry experience of putting on events like this one, help them to build a working portfolio to take with them on their journey into the music industry.
“Without companies like Shure being so hands on with education and offering their expertise, the next generation would not be prepared and ready for the industry. Shure’s sponsorship to the college has been incredible. Having the team on hand to talk to
UK - Cheltenham’s annual Science Festival arrived in June to explore the weird, wacky and wonderful. Production AV was commissioned to design, supply and operate the high-end screen, projection and sound solutions that formed the foundation of the multiple zones that were created in the specially built Festival Village.
Hundreds of events took place over the six-day festival, with more than 280 ‘experts’ imparting knowledge, prompting discussion and provoking thought to thousands of visitors, including more than 9,000 school children.
Festival organisers asked Production AV to deliver all aspects of audio/visual for the growing event. The team oversaw set-up and technical checks for all of the zones, including the flagship Cheltenham Town Hall space and adjoining Pillar Room, the Helix, the Crucible and the Cinema zone.
“We were thrilled to design, set up and run an audio solution for the Town Hall this year, in addition to the visual elements, and we opted for a PA system based around d&b audiotechnik Y-Series speakers, Yamaha QL desks and Sennheiser radio mics,” explains Production AV MD, Pete McCrea.
“The Town Hall is notoriously tricky to set up for good sound, and it took the expertise of Production AV’s project manager, Olie Goulding, who oversaw the event load-in and operated the Town Hall audio, to scope and plot the venue to design the d&b solution, which perfectly fitted the bill.”
Production AV also supplied the Town Hall’s main room with a 16’x9’ screen with a 10k Barco projector, a Barco switchi
USA - Allen & Heath’s dLive digital mixing system played its part at Coachella 2019, supporting sets by breakout pop artist Billie Eilish and Kanye West’s special Easter Sunday Service.
Billie Eilish lived up to the hype. Sound Image supplied a pair of S5000 Control Surfaces and DM64 MixRacks to handle both front of house and monitor duties as the teen superstar wooed her fans in two packed and highly energetic shows.
Jeﬀ Hawley, Allen & Heath USA marketing manager commented, “Billie has been out with dLive for her last sold out tour and now in support of her Billboard-topping When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? album, with Coachella kicking oﬀ the new tour.
Engineers like Drew Thornton and Salim Akram (Billie Eilish, FOH and monitor engineers) are out there with the dLive, tackling fly dates with the compact C1500 one day and jumping up to 168 fader strips on an S5000 to drive shows such as Coachella, on the next.”
dLive was also an integral part of Kanye West’s innovative Sunday Service, the debut public performance of his gospel-themed interactive experience. A dLive C3500 and DM64 MixRack were positioned just a few feet away from Kanye on ‘the mountain’ along with over 20 Allen & Heath ME-1 personal monitor mixers which fed in-ear mixes to the accompanying choir members and live musicians.
“We worked with Kanye’s team to design a system that is flexible enough to keep up with his ever-evolving technical and artistic needs,” notes Allen & Heath live sound and touring manager Mike B
UAE - disguise has announced Creative Technology Middle East has joined its certified solution provider (CSP) worldwide network.
The disguise CSP programme is designed for systems integration partners to resell disguise products and services to end customers as part of their differentiated solution. Under this programme, CSPs manage, service and support end customers directly.
CT is a long-time disguise user, and CT Middle East (CTME) has been using disguise for more than three years.
“CT is always looking at new ways to raise the bar within the industry, and this CSP accreditation is the perfect addition as it enables us to continue to be a vital driving force within the region,” says Andy Reardon, managing director of CTME.
“We are pleased to be a part of the disguise CSP programme, allowing us to expand our offering within the industry and move CTME closer to the disguise business and user community,” he notes. “It provides us with a better understanding of the business and product pipeline and gives us a direct line to the development and engineering teams. CSP accreditation allows us to be a preferred solutions provider within the region which will inevitably connect us with a larger share of the integrations market.”
CTME utilised disguise for the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremony 2019, held in Abu Dhabi where two 4x4pro’s were used as the main machines and a further two were used as understudies. Two 2x2plus’ were also utilised for the main production with one machine serving as the main and one as unde
USA - The all new A-Series from d&b audiotechnik introduces the augmented array: an advanced loudspeaker concept born from the d&b applied evolution system development philosophy. Combining variable splay angles, two approaches to acoustic optimization, and advanced waveguide design, the A-Series addresses applications where coverage flexibility in both the horizontal and the vertical is paramount.
Realising all the adaptability of a point source cluster with the extensive control options of a d&b line array, the system comprises the AL60 and AL90 loudspeakers, with ALi60 and ALi90 offering cabinets designed specifically for permanent installation.
Using the appropriate frame, up to four AL60/AL90 and ALi60/ALi90 loudspeakers can be flown either in vertical or horizontal arrays. Variable splay angles between adjacent cabinets can be set in five degree increments from -10 to +10 allowing the finest of adjustments and ensuring sound is directed precisely where it is wanted.
Midrange Directivity Control (MDC) ensures frequencies between 200Hz and 2kHz are evenly distributed, regardless of the splay angle. With 60° horizontal dispersion and directivity control down to approximately 550 Hz, the AL60/ALi60 can cover a distance of up to 30 meters. The AL90/ALi90 - with its 90° horizontal pattern control down to 370Hz - is sonically and mechanically compatible, ensuring the same optimal acoustic result is achieved consistently anywhere, at any angle - whatever the configuration.
The A-Series is compatible with a range of d&b a
USA - Launching at InfoComm 2019, MFX Multi-Function Monitors MFX-12MC and MFX-15MC are passive 12” and 15” two-way coaxial monitors with a performance level engineered to complement the X-Line Advance line array models X1, X2, X12-128 and X12-125F, and corresponding installation versions.
MFX Multi-Function Monitors utilise high-output coaxially aligned HF and LF transducers matched with an innovative new Electro-Voice-engineered Constant-Directivity waveguide and a new crossover design. Coverage in monitor orientation is 40° H x 60° V. The dimensions and location of the waveguide interact with the woofer to effectively create a bipole output, enhancing coverage control through the midrange frequencies.
In addition to providing a stable sound image as the performer moves off-axis, the compact coaxial design presents a significantly lower-profile footprint on stage in comparison to competitive high-end monitors, helping to maintain audience sight lines and reducing stage clutter. A new cabinet concept with dual monitor angles (35° and 55°) allows the output to be precisely focused towards the performer.
MFX Multi-Function Monitors were developed to deliver “a best-in-class combination of professional performance and excellent value”. Target customers include production companies that provide sound systems for any kind of live performance, including spoken-word presentations, corporate events, worship services and concerts.
The multi-functional aspect of the speakers makes them a more attractive investment for live sound companie
USA - L-Acoustics is launching launch the LS10 Avnu certified AVB switch. LS10 which offers an out-of-the box AVB solution for connectivity, providing a simple, reliable networking solution.
A founding member of the user-driven Milan workgroup, L-Acoustics is committed to AVB, the only Ethernet standard built to deal with the real-time needs of media transport. Milan, and AVB, ensure that the professional audio/visual industry has a future-proof standard for moving time-sensitive audio and video data across a network. Developed by and for users, based on open standards, Milan is destined to become the industry standard.
“We know our users don’t have the bandwidth to be IT experts, spending all their time configuring networks,” explains Genio Kronauer, director of electronics at L-Acoustics, and member of the Milan work group since its founding. “With LS10, you get a rugged AVB switch that works effortlessly. All you have to do is plug in LS10, you are ready to send audio through your entire network in seconds.”
Two LS10 units can be mounted side-by-side in a 1U rack space for effortless redundancy. With front and rear connectivity, LS10 can be easily mounted in the LA-RAK II, distributing audio and control to other amplified controllers or other LA-RAK II units through eight EtherCON connectors and two SFP cages for fibre optics transceivers. With no need for internal ventilation, LS10 operates in silence without risk for overheating.
Enabling easy deployment of Milan redundancy specifications, LS10 is designed to overcome the challe
USA - disguise has announced the official launch of a new gx range flagship server. On booth #521 at InfoComm 2019, disguise will preview its powerful new gx 2c server, designed to “meet ever increasing creative demands and technological advances”.
The gx 2c server features even more GPU processing power, more capture and storage, as well as 10-bit and HDR support. Creatives can now build environments with more particles, effects and richer scenes, at higher resolutions and smoother frame rates, says the company. As creative ambition increases, the GPU and memory has been maximised in direct response to user requests for greater real-time content performance.
The gx 2c can capture 8x 3G-SDI inputs, unlocking new workflows for broadcast and live events, where they will be able to utilise more live feeds than ever before. The video inputs allow users to capture 2x2160p60 (2x4K@60) four times the capability of the predecessor, the gx 2. These inputs are also 10-bit capable, with the same low latency as existing pro and gx range machines.
The gx 2c also has double the amount of media storage than the gx 2, with a 4TB NVMe drive fitted, freeing up creatives to work with better quality codecs. The increased storage, combined with increased capture capabilities plus all the rendering power, will enable live events creatives to grow and expand their vision even further, pushing the boundaries of what is achievable.
“As one of our most popular server ranges, the gx 2c was born out of the innovation of our in-house teams designing and creating b
USA - DPA Microphones is previewing a new addition to its microphone line-up, the 4097 CORE Supercardioid Choir Microphone, at InfoComm 2019.
Suitable for house of worship and choir applications, the 4097 provides the same sonic qualities as the brand’s d:vote CORE 4099 Instrument Microphone but was designed specifically to capture dynamic choir sound, with both wireless or wired configurations.
The 4097 Choir Mic also features DPA’s flat off-axis supercardioid pattern and, like all DPA microphones, has been designed to be one of the most natural-sounding solutions available. As a result, the microphone has a very high-gain-before-feedback, and due to the off-axis characteristic that DPA is renowned for, it makes the entire choir sound natural - not just on axis - but from all angles. This makes using multiple mics on the choir easy for the sound engineer as he can easily mix the various parts of the choir and blend it all together without having to fight the artifacts created from uneven mic pattern pick-up.
“We are excited to introduce our newest microphone solution to industry professionals at InfoComm this year,” says René Mørch, product manager, DPA Microphones. “We put a great deal of time into designing a sleek choir microphone that is smaller than other mics of its kind, and has a light and elegant look at the same time. With the same sonic character as all other DPA mics, the 4097 Choir Microphone meets the high standards that users have come to expect from DPA.”
Configured with a MicroDot connector and a DPA adapter for
USA - Nexo’s new P12 is billed as “an ultra-versatile multi-purpose loudspeaker, bringing ingenious technical innovation to a wide range of sound reinforcement applications”.
This is the first time the company has designed a 12” enclosure. The much-anticipated P12 “promises to establish a new benchmark for the all-purpose point-source cabinet that can deliver at front of house, on stage, and as part of a distributed system”.
Inside the curvilinear enclosure of custom birch and poplar plywood, the P12 employs a purpose-designed 12” LF neodymium driver and 3” diaphragm HF driver in a coaxial configuration. The cabinet footprint is very compact, measuring 531mm x 432mm x 317mm. Frequency response is 60Hz-20kHz, and the SPL is an impressive 138dB Peak (passive)/140dB Peak (active mode).
In an innovative design twist which allows the user to customise his or her P12 cabinet, the horn flanges can be interchanged to deliver a variety of directivities – from the 60•x 60• that is provided as standard, to a 90•x 40• or an asymmetrical 50•- 100•x 40•. (The interchangeable flanges are marketed as accessories.) Switching between different directivities can be accomplished in just 15 seconds, easily removing the steel grille and replacing the flare, which uses a magnetic fixing.
Less than 20 kg in weight, the ergonomic design of the P12 includes carry handles on each side, pole-mount fitting with a Speakon connector behind it to allow tidy cable management, and threaded inserts for connection of mounting accessories. P12 can
USA - Danley has introduced the J7-95 Jericho Horn cabinet at InfoComm.
The loudspeaker has the smallest footprint in the Jericho Series by being only 3ft tall (just under 1m) and weighing 265 pounds (116kg).
The J7-95 uses Tom Danley’s patented Synergy Horn Technology, merging the output of 12 of the 18 drivers through the fifth generation combiner to deliver ‘near-perfect magnitude and phase response’.
“The small footprint and big sound of the J7 make it the closest thing to a ‘utility’ Jericho Horn that Danley has ever made,” explains Mike Hedden, president of Danley Sound Labs. “The potential applications are diverse, and we encourage everyone to stop by the Danley booth at InfoComm to learn more.”
Danley has reported that the first eight J7-95 models have already been specified for the outdoor Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre near St. Louis.
UK - Europe’s largest digital experience conference, the Adobe Summit EMEA 2019 returned to ExCeL London earlier this month. Creative technical event production specialist Hawthorn was once again chosen by agency Taylor Bennett Partners to deliver the full technical production for the two-day event.
Focused on creating innovative customer experiences, over 6,000 delegates from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa gathered to hear the latest updates from Adobe Experience Cloud and its partners.
Led by group creative director Pete Harding, Hawthorn was tasked to bring Taylor Bennett’s vision to life, delivering the technical production for the main conference plenary, exhibition space, break-out sessions and the Summit Celebration.
Measuring 500sq.m and floating above the Adobe stand, the Jellyfish, was dreamed up by Russell Bennett, Partner at Taylor Bennett Partners. For this, Hawthorn collaborated with experiential design studio Cinimod and laser specialist ER Productions. Four circle truss structures fitted with 84 Robe 150 beam fixtures and 84 DMX-controlled fans allowed the illuminated material to billow float on air. With interactivity the name of the game, delegates changed the colour of the installation by passing their hands through a cage of 24 laser beams situated in the centre of the Adobe stand.
This year’s Keynote theatre played host to a number of famous faces, including international human rights attorney Amal Clooney, actor Eddie Redmayne and comedian Jack Whitehall. With brands such as Unilever, BT and illycaffè
Belgian pro audio manufacturer Audac has appointed Sebastian Chong as sales representative for the APAC region.
By working with Audac’s partners at all levels, Chong will be responsible for expanding Audac’s market share and increasing the company's sales network in the Asia Pacific region.
Mark Asselberghs, international sales director at Audac, comments: “Sebastian will be a valuable addition to the team because of his extensive amount of technical and commercial experience in the professional AV industry. The appointment of Sebastian shows the commitment and increased focus in the APAC region. At Audac we see the APAC region as an important growth field in the coming years for the further global expansion of the Audac brand.”
USA - Astro Spatial Audio is set to debut full integration between its audio technology and the renowned BlackTrax real-time tracking technology at InfoComm 2019.
Based on a new algorithm which seamlessly converts Real-Time Tracking Protocol (RTTrP) signals to Open Sound Control (OSC) commands, the BlackTrax integration will form the centrepiece of a busy show for Astro Spatial Audio. InfoComm visitors will have numerous opportunities to experience true object-based audio in demonstrations taking place across partner manufacturers’ booths.
The BlackTrax demonstration will be featured in the demo room of Martin Audio (W224C), whose Sound Adventures immersive audio system has the Astro Spatial Audio SARA II Premium Rendering Engine at its heart.
Meanwhile, the Alcons Audio demo room (W231A) will feature the Pro Ribbon Immersive Experience with Astro Spatial Audio. As well as numerous listening opportunities, visitors will be treated to special presentations by front of house engineers Buford Jones (Pink Floyd, David Bowie) and Robert Scovill (Tom Petty, Prince).
The arrival of BlackTrax integration further reinforces Astro Spatial Audio’s entirely brand independent philosophy.
“We are delighted to bring full integration between BlackTrax and Astro Spatial Audio to InfoComm in the company of our wonderful partners at Martin Audio,” says Astro Spatial Audio managing director, Bjorn van Munster. “We are also very excited to see what Buford Jones and Robert Scovill think of true object-based audio as part of our fantastic collaborat
USA - Adamson Systems Engineering has an increased presence at InfoComm 2019, exhibiting in the audio hall (stand 6389) and hosting product demonstrations throughout the event in a private demo room.
Adamson is set to expand its installation-focused IS-Series with the launch of the IS219 subwoofer. The company will also host a Milan Momentum Update in its demo room alongside representatives from fellow Avnu Alliance manufacturers at 5pm local time on 12 June (Wednesday).
“The response from architects and AV systems designers and integrators regarding our IS-Series has been incredibly encouraging,” comments Brian Fraser, product manager with Adamson. “There’s obviously a demand for premium, tour-proven sound quality in unobtrusive, architecturally-friendly enclosures, and there’s no better event to expand the series and enhance its versatility for various applications than InfoComm 2019.”
The IS219 subwoofer is the latest addition to Adamson’s installation-tailored IS-Series, which packs the company’s sophisticated, tour-proven technology into sleek, architecturally-friendly cabinets with rugged and unobtrusive rigging solutions. The product has been developed with input from several prominent integrators.
Adamson will be hosting regular demonstrations of the IS219 and wider IS-Series, along with the popular S-Series and new CS-Series of intelligent, Milan-ready compact loudspeakers in demo room W230C.
“We’ve been working with other industry leaders as part of the Avnu Alliance on the development of the Milan protoco
USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers is launching its new line of Amplified Loudspeaker Controllers (ALC) at InfoComm 2019.
The new Amplified Loudspeaker Controllers are designed to provide all of the signal routing, zone switching, DSP processing, protective limiting, remote monitoring, and amplification functions needed between a mixer and the loudspeakers in virtually any Community loudspeaker application.
Standard Ethernet communication protocols allow for fast system design, system control, and remote system monitoring. Analogue and Dante inputs included in each model are assignable per channel in static or failover/backup configuration, supporting quick and easy integration into any new or existing system.
Three models of Amplified Loudspeaker Controllers are available: ALC-404D (four channels x 400W), the ALC-1604D (four channels x 1600W), and the ALC-3202D (two channels x 3200W). Bridged channel pairs support driving loads down to 4Ohms at double the power of a single channel, providing additional flexibility for real-world Community loudspeaker system applications.
Community-authored loudspeaker pre-sets include equalisation, high pass filters, and multi-stage limiters tailored to each model, ensuring consistent sound quality and full loudspeaker protection in every application. Additionally, each Community loudspeaker pre-set includes loudspeaker power and impedance information, allowing the system configuration software to display the total power and impedance of multiple parallel-wired loudspeakers, further reducing the ti
USA - Yamaha is launching new products for the installed and live audio industries at InfoComm 2019.
The new PC Series D and DI models are a new kind of power amplifier, featuring state-of-the-art signal processing, Dante audio networking and a 20 x 8 input matrix. The matrix means that sound from analogue or Dante inputs can be output via Dante to another amplifier, after adjusting using the onboard processors, greatly enhancing the flexibility and scalability of the system.
There is a choice of standard (D) or installation (DI) version, both available with a power output of 600W or 1200W (8Ω) and delivering stable operation at a high load of 2Ω. The DI models can handle high-impedance connections, allowing them to drive multiple speakers from a single channel.
InfoComm 2019 sees the announcement of AFC4, the latest version of Yamaha’s innovative Active Field Control (AFC) acoustic conditioning system. A combination of architectural acoustics and electro-acoustic signal processing, AFC allows users to manipulate and enhance the acoustics of a space in order to improve the sound for both audiences and performers, as well as to accommodate a wider range of applications.
The full line-up of the Yamaha’s VX range of speakers is on show including the new VXC2F and VXC8S ceiling models, plus the latest V3.0 update for the Commercial Installation Solutions Speaker Calculator (CISSCA) system design software.
Yamaha’s ProVisionaire Control (Windows) and ProVisionaire Touch (iOS) software applications allow the intuitive creation of bespo
Europe - Saïd M’Roumbaba, better known by his stage name Soprano, combines music, politics and urban poetry with edginess, meaning, accessibility and superlative showmanship. His live shows are selling out and he is currently touring French-speaking Europe.
Young French lighting designer Victorien Cayzeele is an integral part of the creative team bringing the Phoenix touring show to life, a task he is doing spectacularly with the help of around 150 Robe moving lights which are at the core of an innovative and emotive visual experience.
Victorien has worked with the artist for six years, each tour seeing the shows getting bigger and bigger as Soprano’s influence and popularity grows. The 2019 touring schedule is action packed with a mix of own shows - including five stadiums in September - and festival headline slots as well as over 40 arena gigs.
Soprano’s reputation as a live performer and the special connection he has with audiences is also fuelling the demand for concerts.
When they decided on five large moving and tracking 10mm mesh LED screens with 80% transparency as the essential digital scenery and stage architecture, this presented some unique challenges for Victorien.
The all-axes tracking system - up / down, onstage / offstage and left and right - meant a roof filled with tracking trolleys and motors.
Before he’d even drawn a light on the plot, the team went through a series of essential screen moves and plotted each song in terms of the stage dynamics, which then dictated the exact positioning of the automat
UK - The Institute of Acoustics (IOA) has installed Shure Microflex Advance MXA910 microphone to complement a Voice Lift system at the organisation’s Milton Keynes headquarters.
This has helped to restore the natural speech level for far-end participants within a space used as both a meeting room and a classroom for attendees participating in courses involving working within acoustics.
Students undertaking courses now benefit from clear speech across the space, while those collaborating online via distance learning are delivered the same audio as their classroom counterparts, with the system raising the quality of the captured content.
The client brief consisted of a system that was hands free and could be permanently installed in a room with the ability to be divided as necessary and with multiple furniture layouts.
Audio clarity was a critical factor both in the room and online, with appreciation that IOA works with the world’s top acousticians in every field on a daily basis. Several systems were considered, and while they worked reasonably within a single space, their limitations were soon discovered, due to the necessity of having to bounce sound off an adjacent wall. The Shure system was the only flexible alternative to meet all requirements during that time.
“Our room is a very similar size and shape to SAI,” explains Allan Chesney, chief executive, IOA. “The demo was instrumental in giving us a feel for how Voice Lift worked for those within the space and those listening online, along with an understanding of the quali
UK - Room 2, Glasgow’s new events space, is embracing the city’s rich and diverse creative culture with a forward-thinking approach to sound. The basement venue, which is located in the heart of Scotland’s largest city, is home to a Funktion-One sound system.
Supplied and installed by Steedsy.Com Audio, the system has been tuned by John Newsham - co-founder of the loudspeaker manufacturer.
“We intend to utilise Room 2 outside of the nightclub sphere,” explains owner Dario Bernardi. “It’s a venue which has the capability to host everything from concerts and club nights to daytime events and is suited to being used as an arts space.
“We use Funktion-One across all of our venues. Of course, the sound quality comes first - with the right tuning and amps it’s unrivalled in a club setting as far as we’re concerned. When we first experienced the systems, we knew that this is the level we’re striving for and made Funktion-One a staple at each of our venues ever since.”
The system comprises a four-point dancefloor configuration of Funktion-One Evo 6SH mid-high speakers, together with two F124 and two F215 Mk2 bass enclosures. Five F101 compact speakers have been deployed around the peripheral zones to ensure even coverage throughout the space and two Res 1.5s provide DJ monitoring in the booth.
Power comes from two FFA 8004s (first UK install), two FFA 6004s, two FFA-10000, while control is handled by two NST Audio D48s.
Before Room 2 opened, Newsham and Funktion-One design engineer Mike Igglesden travelled to Gla
USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Todd Stevens as regional sales manager, joining the North America sales team headed by Steve Young.
With 20 years of pro audio experience, Stevens has held sales and marketing roles with Guitar Centre, Waves Audio and Manley Laboratories. He progressed as a manufacturer’s rep with Techrep Marketing and joins Community from Mavric, where Community was one of the key brands he represented.
Steve Young notes: “Adding Todd to the Community team will provide customers yet another valuable resource in regards to support and immediate accessibility. In this current business climate, where many of our competitors are facing consolidation and staff reduction, we are expanding to ensure 100 percent positive customer experience with our products.”