USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has announced Scott Pizzo will join as the U.S national sales manager. In this role, Pizzo will be responsible for overseeing the US sales rep network and coordinating the activities of Fulcrum’s rep force.
“Scott and I first worked together at EAW back in the early 2000s,” says Fulcrum Acoustic director of sales Todd Foster. “When we decided we were ready to expand the team, Scott was the first call that I made. He brings an impressive knowledge of the industry with him, and we are excited for his expertise as we look ahead.”
Scott is joining us at the perfect time,” says Fulcrum Acoustic president Stephen Siegel. “Todd Foster has done a tremendous job single-handedly managing our North American sales effort since 2013. Now, the growing interest in our products presents us with more opportunities than he can manage alone. Todd and Scott have substantial combined experience that will allow us to respond to the operational needs of our rep force without sacrificing the focus required to properly handle longer-term strategic projects.”
In addition to his time at Eastern Acoustic Works, Pizzo’s resume includes L-Acoustics, Renkus-Heinz, and Harman Professional Solutions. Prior to joining Fulcrum Acoustic, Pizzo was the vice president of sales - professional audio for the North American subsidiary of the Spanish manufacturer DAS Audio.
Turkey - To advertise the launch of the Istanbul Financial Centre (IFC) in January, Istanbul film production company Autonomy partnered with Formula 1 on a dynamic commercial featuring virtual production by MGX Studios and powered by the disguise Extended Reality (xR) workflow.
Holding 1.4m square metres of office space, a shopping mall, conference and exhibition centre and a five-star hotel, the IFC is a founding partner of the Formula 1 Rolex Turkish Grand Prix 2021. The metaphor of the IFC as a Formula 1 race car “driving forward the world of finance” provided a high-energy scenario for a commercial promoting its imminent opening.
The commercial features extreme close-ups of a Formula 1 race car cockpit, complete with revving sound design, as the vehicle speeds through Istanbul and glimpses of the IFC are reflected on the driver’s helmet visor.
Since the race car and driver are seen in extreme close-ups, Autonomy was eager to shoot the commercial using virtual production. The production company approached Turkey’s first virtual production facility, MGX Studios, to simulate the Formula 1 vehicle and capture the beauty and modernity of the IFC site.
“Together with the Autonomy team we wanted to create a production that looked great quickly, using all the amazing possibilities provided by virtual production technology and disguise. The xR features provided by disguise and the innovation and creativity enabled by disguise and virtual production were key to delivering a great project,” says MGX Studios’ virtual production operati
Japan - Located in the east end of the Tokyo metropolis, opened in 1992, Katsushika Symphony Hills cultural centre serves the ward with a range of cultural programmes. The centre consists of two halls. The main 1,318-seat Mozart Hall, which was named in honour of the ward’s friendship city agreement with the Floridsdorf district of Vienna. The hall boasts some of the best acoustics among Japan’s numerous concert halls. Its smaller companion, the 298-seat Iris Hall, takes its name from the symbolic flower of Katsushika ward.
Both spaces offer classical and pop music concerts by Japanese and international artists. Along with dance, theatrical and art performances, the centre also offers a diverse range of events for people of all ages since its opening in 1992.
As the centre’s 30th anniversary approached, and in response to audience feedback regarding the quality of the venue’s existing audio system, the management team decided to upgrade the sound systems in both performance halls, while simultaneously renovating the building’s architecture. Requiring a flexible and easy-to-use system that could reinforce sound for the various types of content in the halls, several providers were invited to demonstrate solutions for review by a team that included an acoustic consultant and a facility construction company. Following the comparative demo, the team chose an L-Acoustics Kara II system from Tokyo-based L-Acoustics certified provider Bestec Audio.
The system design in the Mozart Hall - which possesses a similar shoebox interior architecture as th
Austria - AV Stumpfl has announced the creation of a new management position inside their screens sales department. On 1 January, Jan Walter joined the team as global business development manager, screens.
Walter began his AV industry career as a field application engineer and recently worked as a senior regional sales manager for an internationally known technology manufacturer. The focus of his new role will be expanding AV Stumpfl‘s international projection screens distribution network.
Walter comments: "Ever since I started working in the wider area of projection technology, AV Stumpfl screens have been a household name. I always associated their products with the highest quality possible and a great drive towards innovation. I see great potential for expanding the existing distribution network further and am looking forward to tackling this exciting challenge."
Stefanie Niederwimmer, AV Stumpfl's executive director, screens, adds: "In addition to technological innovation, we as a family company attach great importance to the interpersonal market presence as well. In order to strengthen this key factor even more, we decided to add the new global business development manager position to our screens department. Jan Walter is perfectly suited for taking on this new role and to support our screens team."
UK - Solotech has announced two significant appointments to its UK management team. Ryan Thomas and Phil Goldsworthy have taken over UK sales and systems integration leadership for SSE Audio, Wigwam Acoustics, Capital Sound and BCS Audio.
Both will report to Solotech UK MD Bryce Jewell and work in close collaboration with Solotech Live Productions leaders as well as overseeing corporate functions. They take over after the departure of Alex Penn, who served as sales and systems integration managing director at SSE Audio before leaving to pursue other professional interests.
Goldsworthy brings over 17 years of experience at Wigwam Acoustics and two years as the UK Group’s systems integration manager to his new role as head of systems integration.
Thomas will serve as head of sales for Solotech’s UK companies. With over 20 years of experience in various pro audio sales functions, he was previously SSE Group sales manager.
Bryce Jewell comments: “Thomas and Phil bring experience and enthusiasm to these critical new roles in our UK sales and integration business. They have both been instrumental in helping us maintain our position as the UK’s leading supplier of AV technology. We are in a great position with Ryan and Phil as leaders of talented and crucial teams that contribute to our continued growth in the UK market.”
USA - LEA Professional has announced the immediate availability of Connect Series amplifier speaker tuning data for Renkus-Heinz CX and TX Series loudspeakers. LEA Connect Series speaker tunings provide integrators with the DSP settings they need to optimize system performance for speakers that pair with LEA amplifiers.
“We work hard to make sure our products offer the best and easiest amplifier solutions available, and our support doesn't end after the install,” says Bradley Drummond, director of application engineering and consultant relations at LEA Professional. “Integrators and end-users alike need quick ways to customise their systems for optimum performance. Our Connect Series speaker tunings are a big part of that continued service, and we're delighted to bring this feature to Renkus-Heinz CX and TX Series loudspeakers.”
The LEA Professional Connect Series amplifiers use a Web UI to configure speaker tunings on a per-channel basis. This includes all DSP settings for each individual channel, such as input settings, Smart Power Bridge, HiZ and LowZ, Signal Generator settings, crossover settings, EQ settings, limiter information, and load monitoring settings. Once the DSP settings are complete, users can export the data as a speaker tuning file which can be saved and loaded onto any other channel or other Connect Series amplifiers.
“When it comes to industry-leading engineering, product performance and customer service, Renkus-Heinz and LEA Professional have a lot in common,” says Graham Hendry, vice-president of strategic developme
Canada - The team at Audio Process in Toronto are long-time Lectrosonics users, and recently made the leap from their Digital Hybrid Wireless to the fully digital D Squared line.
Their cart and bag rigs run the gamut of digital receivers: DSQD four-channel, DCR822 dual-channel, and DCHR compact stereo units. Sending signal to these is a host of DBSM body-pack transcorders, the DPR-A plug-on transmitter for boom work, and DCHT camera hop transmitters. Communications are all-digital as well, thanks to the M2 Duet system’s four-channel M2T transmitter paired with M2R beltpack receivers.
“We dove into the Lectro digital world headfirst,” says lead location recordist Rob Morrice. “This past summer we did a show which follows a teenager who wins a singing competition, not unlike The Voice. It covered the behind-the-scenes of his life and the other contestants and was challenging because at any time we were jumping between musical performances and scripted scenes, with as many as eight talent members at a time needing wireless. We used the DBSMs and DSQDs in this application, and with those plus comms for producers, there were a lot of frequencies flying around. It all worked flawlessly the first time out.”
When asked what improvements are noticeable in the D Squared system, Morrice doesn’t need to pause to think. “First and foremost is range,” he explains. “The legacy gear - say, SMVs being picked up by SRCs - was always pretty robust. But with any transmitter, you could get dropouts or a bit of a noise floor if you got out of ran
UK - In August 2020, Harrogate Town FC were promoted to the English Football League (EFL) for the first time in their history. With promotion came new responsibilities.
The League’s regulations precluded the use of the club’s Wetherby Road (EnviroVent) stadium’s synthetic pitch, and, as a narrow window of time did not allow the work on a replacement to be completed before the start of 2020/21 season, Harrogate Town arranged a temporary ground-share at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium. Comfortably maintaining their new League status during a season largely played in empty stadiums due to COVID-19 restrictions, the club, with work on a new grass pitch completed, prepared to return home.
Other EFL infrastructure criteria also had to be met at the EnviroVent, one of which was provision for a permanent public address system, which according to the League’s regulations required ‘adequate speaker output to relay information to all spectator areas, as required by the local authority, with the ability to interrupt for safety announcements from the stadium control room’. With the possibility of a future further development of its facilities, the club sought to install a high quality, future-proof system, that could be expanded if required.
Sheffield-based technical services specialists AVLS Technical, who had previously supplied temporary pre-match PA requirements on a hire basis, were engaged by the club to consult over the permanent installation. The club’s plan at this stage was to upgrade audio provision in four of the ground’s six dis
Japan - Martin Audio Japan (MAJ) recently staged an outdoor showcase demo at the ancient ruins of the Ama Site Park in Takatsuki, Osaka. This park was newly opened in 2021, having refurbished the land that was previously used as a university campus. Now the park is open to everyone.
Martin Audio Japan had been unable to hold any demo showcases over the last 18 months due to COVID19 restrictions. Once the pandemic calmed down the company restarted its activity programme - and planned something special.
Director of MAJ, Sam Yamashita, explained the rationale. “Holding the demonstration outside ensured there would be sufficient space for the social distancing as well as fresh air. We had originally wanted to introduce WPL to customers back in 2019, but due to COVID it was postponed.”
In any case, he concluded that showing the capability of WPL to its optimum potential in the previous theatre context may not have been the best solution. “WPL has long throw capabilities that could not be properly evaluated in a theatre. So, I had the idea that by holding the demonstration outdoors, it would solve both social distancing issues and give us the space to evaluate this powerful system to its full potential."
The MAJ crew knew that everybody had been frustrated by the COVID situation and wanted to listen to the music loud. “Having them enjoy the music so much was a pleasure for the MAJ team as well,” acknowledged Yamashita.
South Africa - Professional audio, AV and broadcast specialists Stage Audio Works has launched AV Distribution, a new company dedicated to "managing those markets chiefly served through a reseller/integrator channel". Anything that is project-based will remain the remit of Stage Audio Works.
The executive and management teams of the Stage Audio Works group remain unchanged and the company continues to invest in the market with the ongoing development and expansion of local manufacturing under its Stage Plus and Pixel Plus brands.
According to SAW CEO Will Deysel, the decision to form AV Distribution was a logical evolution of the process already started in March 2021 when the company restructured its sales operation into two distinct verticals - namely projects and distribution. The creation of a separate company sees the process through to its conclusion.
“We’d already concluded that having separate teams would allow us a better focus on the specific needs of each vertical, and our experience since March last year has borne that out,” explains Deysel. “The requirements for each vertical are really very different, so it made complete sense for us to give the distribution wing its own identity and a certain measure of independence by creating a new company. Whilst remaining part of the Stage Audio Works group with access to all the resources that we have to offer, AV Distribution has its own website, its own branding and of course its own team who will be focused specifically on the needs of the reseller/integrator channel.”
USA - In mid-December, Metallica celebrated its 40th anniversary with four days of events dubbed the San Francisco Takeover, culminating in two concerts for fan club members only at the city’s Chase Centre arena. As with nearly all Metallica shows in recent years, the band relied on a Meyer Sound reinforcement system - here a massive 286 loudspeaker in-the-round configuration.
The longstanding Metallica - Meyer Sound relationship has evolved into a partnership between musical artists and a technology supplier, a collaboration that has pushed the technology envelope for large scale audio production.
“We have never worked with a vendor or manufacturer where we’ve had the kind of close, collaborative relationship we have with Meyer Sound,” says Dan Braun, Metallica’s creative director and production designer. “They are not simply equipment providers, but really partners in what we do. It starts with John and Helen and extends down through everybody we work with in the company.”
A key collaborator on the team is Meyer Sound director of system optimisation Bob McCarthy, who was principally responsible for ensuring that the sound for the anniversary concerts would maintain the Metallica standard despite the size and weight of the massive, oval loop video screen.
McCarthy’s design comprises 10 main arrays interspersed with the video screens, with long throw arrays of mixed Leo and Lyon line array loudspeakers and short throw with Lyon only. The six inner down-fill arrays employ Leopard line array loudspeakers, except for two long-thr
Belgium - Dining-out long since ceased to be about simply eating. The modern restaurant seeks to provide its customers with an ‘experience’; often investing significantly in specialist designers to assist the creation of a unique atmosphere and ambience that reflect its particular vision. Amongst the plethora of ideas and styles that characterise the sector, one aspect is common to virtually every setting. Music, of whatever genre in a restaurant environment, is fundamental to the vibe, and as such, demands the best possible audio provision. Two examples of new restaurants which recently opened in the Belgian ‘capital of cool’, Antwerp, support the principle that good sound is an essential ingredient for the dinner table.
Erwin Nuyts, co-owner of Antwerp based audio and lighting integrator Discostore, was called on to create systems for both Sergio Herman’s “New Italian” style, Le Pristine, and Maven, a concept meat restaurant created by renowned butcher Luc De Laet, catering entrepreneur Wim Van Der Borght, and young manager Jules Koninckx.
Sergio Herman’s reputation for reinvention is well-known, but having successfully overseen the installation of Pioneer Pro Audio systems at other sites, there was to be no breaking of the mould at Le Pristine, as Willem Van Ben Brock explains: “We’ve already established a very successful relationship with the Pioneer Pro Audio brand in other restaurants of the Sergio Herman Group like Blueness and AIRrepublic. We knew what we could expect, so we relied on their expertise. We wanted to experience one
Norway - Bose Professional has been selected as the solution provider for Telegrafen Oslo. Located in the heart of one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities, Telegrafen offers a mixed-use experience in the Nordic Baroque-Nouveau landmark building. With almost 270,000sq.ft, the historic building provides a place for visitors to enjoy a range of activities from an upscale restaurant to meeting spaces - easily navigating between business and leisure.
“We needed a partner who could ensure high-quality sound in big, flexible spaces, larger educational facilities, restaurants, bars - in other words, we needed distinct solutions suitable for everything from fun, experiential sound to clear audio for conferencing,” explains Steffen Johansen, technical project manager for system integrator Bravo. “We needed a provider that could deliver products that met all of our needs, and Bose was the clear answer.”
The final solution included 14 distinct products serving different roles throughout the venue for a cohesive, elegant audio experience. Products included Bose DesignMax in-ceiling loudspeakers, Panaray MA12 modular columnar array loudspeakers, PowerSpace and PowerMatch amplifiers, and the Bose Videobar VB1 all-in-one USB conferencing device.
While the diverse selection of loudspeakers provided a superior sound experience by integrating the different styles throughout the building, the Bose Videobar VB1 in the meeting room ensured transparent conferencing technology for high productivity and ease of use for guests.
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Belgium - Audiofocus has released a new range of installation loudspeakers. The Belgian manufacturer has developed dedicated installation versions of its point source, constant curvature, line array, subwoofer and stage monitor designs. As part of the development process, touring features such as grab handles and rigging systems have been removed or simplified to make the new variants cost-efficient without compromise to their audio performance, while aesthetic changes enable the speakers to blend discreetly into installed environments.
Both passive and bi-amplified options are offered for most of the new installation models.
“Audiofocus built its reputation for audio fidelity and high return on investment in the touring world, but we have always enjoyed strong relationships with integrators who wanted to carry those same benefits into their fixed installation projects,” explains managing director, Ann Leroy.
“There are no fewer than 19 new installation loudspeakers in the range, from the super-compact VENU 8ix point source cabinets right through to our powerful S 21i subwoofers. It has been a huge project for the team, but the result is a complete installation loudspeaker solution that is ready for deployment in clubs, theatres, stadiums, houses of worship and any other environment where audio performance and competitiveness take priority.”
Like all Audiofocus loudspeakers, the new installation models are built in Belgium using quality European components and are available for immediate shipment.
The Netherlands - Since being set up in the early 1980s by brothers Ad and Gert-Jan Gomes, DSL Geluids- & Lichtverhuur has grown steadily into a full-service supplier of sound and lighting.
The wide range of productions serviced by the company - ranging from dance to pop and from business events to theatre productions - requires equipment that can be widely deployed, with Martin Audio systems occupying a prominent place within the DSL warehouse.
Recently, they added two further Martin Audio speaker systems to their inventory: a WPL high output line array and a Torus constant curvature array, supplied by Dutch distributor Ampco Flashlight Sales from Utrecht.
Explaining the reasons for these acquisitions, Gert-Jan Gomes stated, “After the earlier purchase of the WPC system - the successor to the old W8LC - it made sense to move up to the optimum WPL, since larger festivals simply place higher demands on the sound.
“With double 12" for the low end, two 6.5" mid drivers for the total vocal spectrum and three 1" drivers for the high-end, in a fully horn-loaded cabinet, this system delivers an impressively high SPL. And thanks to the associated optimisation software, we are able to generate the correct distribution characteristics and sound experience for every event.”
Clear reproduction, together with the even coverage offered by the MLA series, were the deciding factors, he added. “With the addition of WPL to our current Martin Audio range, we can now service every event with sound - whether small or large scale. We will use WPL
USA - UK-based pro audio solutions manufacturer Optimal Audio has announced the appointment of BTX Technologies as its distributor in the US.
Optimal Audio, part of the Focusrite Group, manufactures a one-stop solution of control, amplification and loudspeakers for small to medium sized commercial installations, with a focus on supporting multi-zoned venues.
For more than 50 years, BTX has helped its partners overcome technical hurdles with a wide array of nationally and internationally sourced integration products and is well placed to introduce a new brand to the US market, says Optimal Audio managing director Dom Harter.
“BTX is a trusted and highly respected name in the AV industry, well known for its grassroots sales efforts, great technical support and strong customer service. The BTX team noticed very early on the value of what Optimal Audio brings to the market, and we’re delighted to be entering into what we believe will be a very fruitful partnership with another influential distributor.”
Greg Schwartz, CEO of BTX comments: “When we look for new products of value to offer our integration customers, sophisticated products that are simple to install appeal to us most. That is the very definition of Optimal Audio’s approach to commercial audio, and it's why we are so excited to bring them into our current family of products as we continue to expand our audio offerings.”
Italy - New visions for the future are told live, at the Bergamo Fair, through an RCF TT+ line array system - with an unconventional system configuration.
Visionary Bergamo 2021 is part of Visionary Days, a format where hundreds of under-35s discuss life challenges and ways they can shape the future. The event unfolds over 10 hours of collective brainstorming and six inspirational talks, with 500 young people involved in over 80 round tables, all while streaming live. An inspirational talk opens each session by introducing a topic and then passes the topic to the attendees to develop ideas and visions. A ‘dynamic poster’ is then drawn up and printed at the end of the event, edited by Lee, an artificial intelligence, creation by the Visionary Days team.
Produced and coordinated by GO-ON, a production studio specialising in highly innovative events, the original format has favoured participation, creating a proactive part of the show that encourages continuous interaction among its participants. The impeccable AVL set-up by Airone Service, managed by Jacopo Mapelli, deployed a scenographic set-up, with the audio setup based completely on RCF technologies.
Working together with the technical coordination of Lorenzo Polimeno, Luca Andreini, coordinator of the Visionary Days, comments: "We needed a versatile solution that could manage speeches with maximum intelligibility, high-powered music but also clear and understandable service communications. Airone immediately proposed the RCF solution, and I must admit that the choice was appreciated and sha
Italy - Developed entirely in-house by their engineering team, the design of Outline’s Warped Finite Impulse Response (WFIR) filters is now protected by a domestic patent and will soon enjoy the same status internationally. Italian Patent N. 102018000003311 has been awarded to this innovation. WFIR filters are one of the key features found in Outline’s Newton FPGA processor.
“WFIR filters offer fundamental technical improvements over traditional FIR filters in that they operate on a semi-logarithmic scale, similar to the nature of human hearing. This means that they are able to maintain high filtering resolution over the entire audio range, even in the case of increasingly high sampling frequencies,” says Outline.
“WFIR technology also allows the use of raised cosine filters which provide a greatly enhanced level of accuracy in equalization. They do require up to three times the computing power required for traditional FIR filters (not a problem with Newton’s onboard processing power), but in turn they provide up to 10 times the resolution on mid-low frequencies. They are also not subject to the latency artifacts suffered by FIR filters.”
USA - Pliant Technologies has announced the CrewCom v1.10 update. The latest CrewCom firmware and software update, version 1.10, adds two new major features as well as several enhancements to its list of capabilities.
Topping the list is the addition of a new High Density mode, which is a selectable mode of operation that allows user densities to increase by more than five-fold. When implemented, this new software-selectable mode supports up to 32 Radio Packs (RPs) on a single Radio Transceiver (RT) while allowing any of the RPs to communicate using four available full-duplex talk paths. In addition, users will have the flexibility to simultaneously deploy “Normal” mode-enabled RPs and RTs along with High Density mode-enabled hardware, providing ultimate adaptability for application-specific setups.
“At Pliant, we pride ourselves on providing advanced communication products to the ever-changing needs of the industry, continuously updating our product offerings to provide cutting-edge communications solutions,” says Gary Rosen, vice president of global sales for Pliant Technologies. “By offering this new software and firmware update at no charge to our flagship wireless intercom system, all CrewCom users can now access an additional mode of operation and more features than ever before at no additional cost.”
Pliant has also made system setup easier with its new Auto Configuration function. A series of menus walk the user through the setup process by simply plugging in the needed hardware using standard Cat-5e/6 or fibre connections, tur
UK - Throughout December and January, the British Film Institute (BFI) is hosting 時の河 Tokinokawa, an audiovisual installation inspired by the BFI National Archive’s moving images from early 20th century Japan. This artwork is the creation of UK media artists The Light Surgeons, with sound reproduction for the installation provided by Yamaha.
時の河 Tokinokawa is being presented at BFI Southbank in London as part of the BFI’s Japan Cinema month and its new year-round BFI Expanded programme. It has been created and co-directed by Christopher Allen, producer and director of east London-based The Light Surgeons and showcases a set of newly restored films from the BFI’s Japan on Film archive through the concept of ‘a river in time’.
Presented across a line of six screens, the short presentation displays the BFI’s early cinematic views of Japan with new material gathered by The Light Surgeons from across Japan in 2020, which is then analysed in real time by custom AI software. This analysis is displayed in an animated infographic layer, inviting the viewer to contemplate how the understanding of such moments ‘frozen in time’ might be affected by the rise of new and emerging AI technology in the future.
時の河 Tokinokawa features a soundtrack which combines music by Japanese percussionist and composer Midori Takada, a pioneer of ambient and minimalist music, with sounds from the footage and field recordings made by The Light Surgeons. Christopher worked on the project with co-director and sound designer Tim Cowie, who collaborat
Hungary - As one of the country’s leading veteran sound engineers, László ‘Taki’ Takács prides himself on capturing and delivering crystal clear audio quaility for his clients’ various music projects. For the music-based television show, Turnébusz, Taki turned to a selection of microphones. This included 4099 Core Instrument mics, 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid mics and 2028 vocal mics from DPA.
During his more than 25 years working live events as a sound technician/engineer, Taki has supported many large Hungarian productions. He began using DPA mics in 2015 for a variety of rock, pop, folk and live concert events.
Turnébusz came about during the pandemic to satisfy a need to record concerts for Hungarian bands that did not have many media appearance or performance opportunities. Similar to other well-known music documentary-style shows, each episode of Turnébusz consisted of a 45-minute performance, followed by a 15-minute get-to-know segment that focuses on emerging artists, songwriters and lyricists.
“With 26 bands in the show, the varying styles of the performers required us to use the most versatile microphones with the best sound qualities,” says Taki. “Since I have a lot of experience with DPA, I knew these microphones are of the highest sound quality. They also work great even under extreme conditions, so they were my obvious choice on this project. For the vocalists’ microphones, we used the DPA 2028, which allowed us to minimize any unpleasant, infiltrating noise. Though not the typical application, we used s
UK - A well-known hotel group's first development in the UK has chosen VDC and Van Damme for optimising its AV/IT system. Situated in the heart London, the flagship construction will include a hotel in addition to 28 luxury apartments.
Due to welcome guests later this year, the new building has been designed by British-based architects and will replace the existing 1960s offices at the site. The hotel will cater for both hotel guests and local customers and in addition to guestrooms and spa, the hotel will have shops, bars, restaurants and a ballroom. A grand pedestrian entrance will be accessed from a colonnade linking to an internal ‘Palazzo-style’ courtyard.
Chosen for its sonic fidelity, over 30km of Van Damme cable was installed throughout the site to complement the Meyer Sound systems in each room and ensure that all audio, signal and data in the building was of the highest quality.
This included the Van Damme Ecoflex LSZH 2x2.5mm, 2x4mm and 4x2.5mm speaker cables, Van Damme Purple Series LSZH 2 pair and Van Damme Mini Quad cable for the high-tech AV smart controls in the hotel.
Herpreet Singh Kaur, export manager at VDC, comments: “This was a phenomenal project to be involved with. As the delivery was needed during lockdown, it needed to be to site at a specific time in a specific vehicle. However, because of the amount of stock we hold, we were able to dispatch the order quickly.”
USA - Baltimore-based Dynamic Sound Level has undertaken numerous projects with the Atlas Restaurant Group over the years - not only in their native city but also Houston, Florida and Washington DC. On each occasion, Martin Audio has been their preferred audio system.
The same has been true of their latest project, right on their own doorstep, in Baltimore's Harbor East neighbourhood. Set in the historic Bagby Furniture Building, Monarque is a new 135-seat French steakhouse, designed to showcase the city’s best performers - ranging from poets, actors and musicians to contortionists and even sword swallowers live on stage.
Dynamic Sound Level director, Mike Denoe, explained that the ideal loudspeaker needed to reflect such performance versatility. “We needed a speaker that would work well, not only for background music, but for live music, singers and spoken word. We felt the CDD series was the right fit.
“The CDD series sounds great right out of the box, with little EQ needed. It is an extremely versatile, clean looking box, which looks great in any venue and virtually disappears into the setting.”
In order to be discreet, the three CDD8 and pair of CDD10 selected needed to be custom finished in a RAL clay brown, as specified by the architect. Martha Callaghan from Martin Audio North America helped guide the project ream through the painting process.
The CDD10s were underpinned at the stage with a pair of SX212 (2 x 12”) subs recessed into the wall, while the CDD8’s served the main dining area. A pair of Blackline XP12 were
USA - Since 1877, the Antioch Baptist Church North has stood in Atlanta as a beacon of hope and a place of refuge. Church officials recently greenlighted a full remodel of the historic house of worship, and AEE Productions was tasked with designing and integrating all the new audio, video and lighting systems. As part of the audio upgrade, AEE President Yergan Jones chose the new KF810P system from Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW).
“With its quality of sound and versatility, we knew EAW would be the perfect solution for the Antioch Baptist Church North project,” says Jones. “We have been using EAW gear for years on all of our projects including our high-profiled touring productions and permanent installations and have complete faith in their products and team.”
The AEE team’s design, headed by vice president of operations Mark Howard, called for the installation of three EAW KF810P line arrays and three MKD1096 loudspeakers for the gallery/choir-fill. The project also incorporated three SB828P Subs. The new EAW PA system will run through a new Allen & Heath digital console. In addition to the audio system, the historic space also recently completed its video and lighting upgrade as well.
“The audio installation was for a lack of a better term, easy,” adds Howard. “Everything went extremely smooth. It all came together as drawn and we love the durability, crystal clear sound and SPL levels that this system provides. In addition, the flexibility of the EAW system is wonderful. From spoken word, to singing to musical performance, it jus