UK - Unprecedented line-up of world-renowned photographers donate prints of iconic music artists to raise money for Stagehand’s COVID-19 Crew Relief fund.
Over 100 iconic prints of renowned music artists taken by globally celebrated photographers including Rankin, Tony McGee and Jill Furmanovsky are now on sale.
Available for £95 each, the sale represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of music history, with many of the prints usually unavailable to buy. 100% of proceeds go to Stagehand - the only UK charity specifically dedicated to providing hardship funding for live music crews who have fallen on tough times.
Available from today for a limited four-week period, expect a mix of established photography names, from Gerry Mankovitz and Pooneh Ghana to Adrian Boot and Ki Pharaoh. The eclectic range of artists represented in the photographs include David Bowie, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Bob Marley, Mick Jagger, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Marina Diamandis, The Streets, Florence and the Machine, Liam Gallagher, Jonny Greenwood, Beth Ditto, Tina Turner, Brett Anderson, Alice Cooper, Sting, Stormzy, Kate Nash... to name just a few.
Mike Lowe, Chair of Stagehand’s Board of Trustees, comments: “The livelihoods of people working in live music productions has been decimated by the effects of COVID-19. Every day we hear from people who are struggling and Stagehand is raising funds to help those in most need, with the simple aim of helping to keep roofs over heads and food on tables.”
All photographs are on sale at Prints For Music
USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced the JBL Eon One USB power cable, which expands the versatility of JBL Eon One Compact battery-powered portable PAs by powering AKG WMS and DMS100 and DMS300 wireless systems and DigiTech and DOD guitar pedals directly from the sound system.
The 1m cable features a USB-A terminal that connects to an Eon One Compact PA and a 5.5mm power terminal that connects to external devices. Two versions are available: A 12V version powers AKG WMS wireless systems; a 9V version powers AKG DMS100 and DMS300 wireless systems as well as DigiTech and DOD effects pedals.
Designed for musicians, DJs, presenters and entertainers who want freedom of movement, clear vocals and an easy way to enhance their sound with effects, the Eon One USB Power Cable lets performers turn any space into a stage, says the company.
“Battery-powered PAs already give performers the freedom to cut the cord,” says Brandon Knudsen, product manager - loudspeaker professional solutions at Harman. “When you don’t have to rely on a traditional power source to power your wireless system or pedal, now you truly have no limits on where you can perform. Whether you’re busking at the beach or speaking at a corporate event, the Eon One USB Power Cable lets you bring legendary JBL sound wherever your gigs take you.”
Russia - This year, the Dream Island, a cultural and entertainment complex in the Nagatinskaya floodplain on the banks of the Moskva River, opened its doors to its first guests.
The park is part of a major renovation project of the former ZIL industrial area covering some 600 ha. It is divided into four areas: sports grounds, a residential complex, a stadium and the Dream Island entertainment complex.
It includes Europe's largest indoor theme park, a city promenade and a 44-hectare landscape park. The complex has dozens of attraction rides, restaurants, cafes, a multiplex centre with 17 cinemas, a concert hall, playgrounds for outdoor activities and sports, various shops and retail outlets.
The 300,000sq.m indoor all-season amusement park with rides has nine theme zones. Four of them are owned by foreign copyright holders: Hotel Transylvania - Sony Pictures Consumer Products; The Smurfs’ Village - IMPS SA; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Viacom International Media Networks; Hello Kitty - Sanrio GmbH. The other five have a concept of their own: Dream Race, Snow Queen's Castle, Mowgli in the Land of Dinosaurs, Fairy Village and Abandoned House.
US-based Cunningham Architects, which has Disney California Adventure Park and Havoc in Heaven in Guangzhou in its portfolio, was invited to develop the project. The bureau designed not only the architectural concept, but also the main engineering sections, including lighting and sound.
Design, supply and installation of the sound, lighting and video equipment was committed to Sofit Light - a Russ
Denmark - Kinovox is the latest distributor to join the Powersoft family in the Scandinavian region.
Founded in 1943 and based just outside of Copenhagen, Kinovox began as a rental staging distributor, before expanding over the years to include broadcast, retail, and digital visual recording products. Today, the company is a dominant supplier of high-quality pro-audio products and offers a vast support system for its clientele.
“We have always been aware of Powersoft, as its phenomenal products have always been prominent in the market - for very good reason,” said Jesper Kirkegaard Jensen, co-owner of Kinovox Scandinavia. “When the opportunity came up to work with Powersoft, we knew we couldn’t pass it up and immediately accepted.”
The company has an intricate understanding of the professional AV market in Denmark, and its future, of which it says is fast turning to remote working installations. “The market is leaning heavily towards installation, which is where Kinovox is at its strongest,” says Jensen. “Conferencing and meeting rooms are, without a doubt, in very high demand, and are simply being made to handle remote work in order to fit with the world we currently live in. Having Powersoft in our portfolio will be a fantastic asset to our product offering for integration.
“We’ve been supplying brands like Audio-Technica, Bluesound and RDL for years, and Powersoft supplements that portfolio of products very well with high power, low consumption amplifiers,” continues Jensen. “The recent launch of Powersoft’s Mezzo
Australia - Jands, Australia’s largest theatre and audio visual technology distribution company, celebrates 50 years of continual ownership on Friday, 27 November, capping five decades that closely tracks the history of live production and indeed, Australian rock’n’roll.
Starting with some psychedelic lights in the basement of their parents’ home, Brothers David and Paul Mulholland were soon joined by school friend, (the late) Eric Robinson and went on to buy the fledgling J and S Research Electronics on 27 November 1970. The business took off as live music boomed from the straight-laced 1960s and solid state technology took hold, allowing louder, larger amplifiers. Column PA systems gave way to horn loaded systems derived from cinemas while swirling psychedelic liquid lightshows were replaced with stage lighting systems.
Jands built all their equipment - including speaker cabinets and cases being handmade by the company accountant Robert Young, Strobes, Colour Organs, dimmers and amplifiers being made in the company’s Marrickville factory. When promoters began booking international acts for outdoor concerts more sophisticated sound systems were required. Rock festivals like Sunbury needed more and louder sound, soon the Par Can came along and Jands bought the first 20 Altman versions, quickly copying a hundred to fulfil the demand.
“There is no better example of the strength of Jands expertise than when we were asked to provide audio for the first Elton John tour of Australia and New Zealand,” recalls Chairman Paul Mulholland. “All
USA - Like many churches adapting to conditions around COVID-19, Winter Garden, Florida’s Mosaic Church has had to limit the number of, and attendance at, its Sunday gatherings. However, the pandemic has not muted the church’s sizable and enthusiastic music complement for those services. Twice each Sunday, as many as 12 musicians and vocalists assemble on stage for an authentic worship experience before those seated, socially distanced, in the 1,500-seat auditorium.
In December 2017, following the renovation of a 78,000sq.ft former big-box store into its new main sanctuary, Mosaic Church acquired its first KLANG:fabrik immersive in-ear mixing solution, installed by Altamonte Springs-based integrator AVnew.
Much more recently, Mosaic Church has now added a second KLANG:fabrik unit, further expanding what those performers on stage can accomplish and substantially lightening the load on the sound system’s front-of-house engineer, who previously ran some of the monitor mixes from the house console.
“We had been running two dozen channels and eight wireless mixes off of the first KLANG:fabrik unit, with another four musicians on stage hard-wired off an aux buss on the console,” says Jeff Amato, manager of the church’s production & technology team. “We only do Sunday gatherings and don’t do rehearsals during the week - just on Sunday mornings - so we wanted to expand the number of user-controlled mixes onstage and give everyone the ability to quickly and reliably fine-tune their own mixes.
“The KLANG:fabrik has been amazing for
Germany - Located on the river Rhine, the town of Oestrich-Winkel is perhaps best known for being at the heart of the Rheingau wine-growing region and its annual Rheingau Musik Festival. But in a quiet residential street, Studio 22 owner and audio engineer Stephan Weber is at the cutting edge of live and recorded sound with Yamaha Rivage PM5 and Nuage systems.
Stephan started as a professional IT networking specialist but, like so many who graduate to the audio industry, worked as a musician in his spare time. A small home studio and mixing local bands led to more audio work, including mixing musical theatre and events at the Kurhaus resort, casino and conference complex in Baden-Baden.
A request by cruise company Hapag-Lloyd for his IT skills led to Stephan being asked to assist with his entertainment technology knowledge, leading to the creation of Studio 22. Since then, his core business has been planning, service and installation of entertainment technology systems on luxury cruise liners. He has also developed the Digital Remote Entertainment And Media Solution (d.r.e.a.m.s) streaming server system for background music, with customers throughout the world.
Being married to singer and vocal coach Dunja Koppenhöfer, Stephan established a multi-function recording room at their Oestrich-Winkel home. Adding two more dedicated audio rooms in 2019, he has continued to expand both the live and studio mixing aspects of his business.
“We needed space for Dunia to teach acting and rehearsing, so recording ‘in house’ made sense. We also train
France - In a positive sign for the French exhibition and conference industry, the Savoie Expo has completed a sizeable investment in Nexo sound reinforcement systems for its new auditorium, anticipating a return to large-scale live events in 2021.
Savoie Expo is located in Chambéry, in the Alpine heart of France’s second tourist region. Strategically placed to take advantage of close links to Lyon and Geneva, as well as both winter sports and summer recreation, the venue organises a range of trade fairs and exhibitions and hosts major seminar and conference events.
Hall E was opened earlier this year, a substantial and versatile auditorium which can offer 2000sq.m of exhibition area, conference facilities for 1000 people, or accommodate 1200 people for a formal dinner. Equipped with retractable seating, the auditorium required an audio system that would adapt to its different configurations, looking to Nexo for system design input and to the Chambéry-based Elypse Group for installation and integration services.
Nexo engineering support specialist Christophe Girres visited Chambéry to fine-tune the finished system. “We are asking the system to work in three different ways, so the final tuning session went through these settings. In the first configuration, we had the stage immediately in front of the seating stands: in the second configuration, the stage is set up further away, but the audience are still seated in the stands. In the third configuration, there are no seating stands so the audience is standing around in a large free area.
Australia – Property developers, Cavcorp, recently completed the luxurious 15-storey Le Bain apartment complex, in the Brisbane suburb of Newstead.
Described as an immersive experience that delivers a sub-tropical poolside lifestyle, it is redolent of the beaches of Southern France. Crowned by eight Penthouses and a private rooftop pool, it also includes a heated pool, music streaming, temperature-controlled spa baths, private dining room, sun deck with sunbeds, sauna, Technogym, barbeque and an alfresco dining area.
To service this, the developers engaged AV integrators, Ampd to create a customized, reliable and robust audio visual system. And they turned to Martin Audio’s CDD series for the audio component.
Commenting on the selection, Ampd’s Matt Hayes, said, “The stylish and discreet design, coupled with the consistent audio coverage, made the CDD range the perfect option for Le Bain. The feedback from the owners has been great and they are ecstatic with the sound quality and SPL levels that can be achieved.”
This is now the second rooftop installation completed by Ampd for Cavcorp. “We have a deep understanding of the high level of innovation and excellence they expect on their projects,” continued Hayes. The result was a streamlined deployment of Martin Audio speakers under QSC Qsys control, with custom speaker brackets helping to deliver the best possible sound coverage while also ensuring a clean finish to blend with the stunning rooftop environment.
A series of CDD6 and CDD5 speakers, including weatherised versio
UK - Polar has announced the addition of AtlasIED to its portfolio. Based in the USA, AtlasIED is a global electronics manufacturer, providing comprehensive audio solutions for commercial business environments. The company manufactures mass notification, life safety, VoIP and speech privacy systems which interface with, existing and future analogue and IT-based infrastructures.
AtlasIED offers around 2000 specialist products for every application in commercial premises, education, public transport hubs, sports arenas, hospitals, hotels and retail settings.
Stuart Leader, director of Polar’s Integrated Services division comments: “AtlasIED offer an incredibly wide range of innovative, high-quality products, to which our customers will have full access. Their recently launched, award-winning Atmosphere️ signal processing platform, is a fine example of the seamless use of components to deliver streamlined, user-friendly solutions for a wide range of applications.
“The company’s IPX range of IP Enabled speakers, as well as a variety of sound masking solutions are just a couple more examples of the cutting-edge products on offer. We’re pleased to be adding such a comprehensive and highly regarded brand to our portfolio.”
Dean Standing, international sales manager for AtlasIED notes: “I have followed and admired Polar for many years, and am pleased that we are able to work with them to build the market for our products. The combination of AtlasIED’s portfolio of products and Polar’s expertise in installed sound will greatly benef
Europe - It is with great sadness that Nexo has announced the death of Sergio Caprara, sales manager in Italy and a long-time employee of the company.
Sergio started working as the exclusive distributor for Nexo in Italy in 1982, just three years after the company was founded, and he quickly became a key player in the young loudspeaker manufacturing business. A former front-of-house engineer who discovered he preferred the commercial environment of equipment sales, he was able to bring real-world influence to his collaborations with Nexo’s charismatic technical director Eric Vincenot.
In 2002, he moved into a full-time role managing sales in Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Albania. One of his first dealership appointments for Nexo Italy was Audio Rent, the rental and sales company run by his great friend Gianni Fantini. “I’ve known Sergio for 40 years, and he never changed: in all that time, he never grew up! He was always smiling, always joking, always in love with the audio world.
“Working with Sergio was never boring; he was full of funny and strange stories. Here in Italy, he was known as ‘esagerato’ (exaggerated, extreme), which tells you everything about his personality. As a business colleague, he was always in touch with the news around our world, and he was always available to us. I’m fairly sure he could sell sand in the desert!”
As one of the four subsidiary sales managers, Sergio played a key role in the Nexo team. With his peerless contacts in the Italian production community, he was equally at home with the once-exte
USA - Two key players in the conferencing audio market have joined forces. Shure has acquired California-based Midas Technology, also known as Stem Audio, which specialises in providing a suite of products including table, ceiling and wall microphones as well as loudspeakers, control interfaces and hubs.
With the acquisition of Stem Audio, Shure will be able to further expand and diversify its solution offering for organisations of all sizes, while Stem Audio will benefit from the global infrastructure and support capabilities that Shure provides.
“We both believe in ecosystems. Working together, we aim to provide customers with better options to deploy great audio in more spaces, more cost effectively, and more quickly,” said Chris Schyvnick, president and CEO, Shure. “Shure and Stem Audio understand the importance of good quality audio and taking care of customers, so this acquisition is a great fit for both organisations.”
The addition of the Stem Audio line complements Shure’s product offering and provides customers with a greater choice of products as their needs evolve – from a “build your own room” assignment to an “I need a professional integrator” project. Stem Audio has developed a proven business model that is attractive to a wider variety of customers looking for audio solutions, filling the market need in a very efficient way.
“We’re thrilled to be joining a company with an unrivalled pedigree and history in manufacturing audio products,” said Jacob Marash, CEO and founder, Stem Audio. “Shure’s scale
Germany - Top executives from d&b audiotechnik, the Royal Albert Hall, Audiotonix and Live Nation recently came together to address the future of shared entertainment experiences at the ‘Horizons Summit: Entertainment, Technology and Beyond.’
The virtual panel discussed the effect the pandemic has had on the live events industry and how shared entertainment experiences might look in the future.
The discussion, led by journalist and author, Dan Daley, included Amnon Harman, Group CEO d&b audiotechnik; Jackie Wilgar, senior vice-president Live Nation; Craig Hassall, CEO Royal Albert Hall, and James Gordon, CEO Audiotonix.
The Summit addressed common partner and customer concerns as well as industry trends including: the pivots required to keep live entertainment companies alive; the future of drive-in and virtual concerts; government support during the pandemic; and the indicators of industry recovery.
“2020 has brought incredible challenges for everyone in this industry. While many of these conversations have been taking place behind closed doors over the last few months, this Summit gives the industry the opportunity to openly address challenges and to discuss what we believe will be the future of live entertainment,” commented d&b’s Amnon Harman. “Community matters, strength in numbers matters and we need to bring everyone together to navigate these challenging times.”
To watch the Summit please click here.
Italy - Powersoft, has introduced a new care plan for its rack amplifier customers, which will be available via the company’s MyPowersoft portal as of 20 November 2020.
The plan – which has been introduced so Powersoft customers can have increased certainty over their investments in these uncertain times – includes two distinct services; Warranty Extension and Service Shield, both of which can be purchased separately.
Powersoft has always ensured that it builds products to the highest quality standards, and this no-compromise approach is what has consolidated the company’s reputation as a manufacturer of reliable, durable, and dependable machines, used by the world’s top live sound crews and system integrators.
Despite this strength, the company has come to acknowledge that, in certain cases, products might be subject to strenuous conditions that could result in the customer requiring assistance or a replacement product. With this in mind, Powersoft’s new Warranty Extension and Service Shield plans have been designed to bolster the company’s already celebrated after-sales offering.
The new Warranty Extension will cover the relevant amplifier platform with up to three-year extension on Powersoft’s standard warranty. This service is available from MyPowersoft and can be activated during the first year of the product’s life.
The Service Shield includes an option to protect a purchaser’s investment from accidental damage during the first year of its life. This grants users swift assistance from Customer Care Services
South Africa - The newly refurbished Seabrooke’s Theatre at Durban High School (DHS) is making waves and delighting audiences with one successful comedy after the next. After a seven-month entertainment famine, the theatre was launched with Sylvia, presented by KickstArt Theatre Company, which ran from 23 October to 1 November.
Seabrooke’s Theatre is a 100-seater auditorium used by the schools Dramatic Arts Department as well as by amateur and professional companies and groups. Thanks to a generous contribution by DHS old boy and theatre lover, Chris Seabrooke, a much-needed renovation and equipment upgrade was made possible and commenced at the start of the Covid-19 South African lockdown. The theatre has been repainted, seats reupholstered, a green room/dressing room is currently being built, and on the technical side, a lighting and audio system has been supplied and installed by DWR Distribution’s Michael Taylor-Broderick and Nick Barnes.
The new lighting equipment includes 13 Robe ParFect 150s, six Robe LEDBeam 150s, four ETC Source Four 25 to 50 degree Profiles, a Le Maitre MVS Hazer with control via a grandMA dot2 onPC.
A Quest Sound system comprises of two HPI25 Front loaded 600w rms low profile and high power speakers, two HPI 12S Compact Passive Sub-Bass Speakers, two Quest 2004 Stereo Power Amplifiers, a Allen & Heath 16 channel digital console, two Audix OM2 Vocal Microphones, one Audix AP42 OM2A Wireless Microphone. In addition, Michael and Nick have rehung some of the lighting bars and added a patch panel to allow for
Serbia - ARX Systems has announced that Player Music Shops will distribute the full portfolio of ARX professional USB audio interfaces and signal processing solutions in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Slovenia, Macedonia and Albania. As one of the more long-established companies in this region, Player represents over 50 brands covering professional audio, DJ, studio, hi-fi, lighting and MI, with five stores as well as a successful online presence.
Executive director of Player, Predrag Malinovic, has been key in growing the network of clients so that the company now can offer turnkey solutions for applications from musicians to government contracts. The addition of the ARX product range gives Player flexibility in what they can offer across all applications from broadcast, live events and installations, as well as for musicians.
ARX managing director Colin Park comments, “We have worked with Player on a number of contracts and they have proved to be a great company to work with, who understand our target market and who can hit the ground running with the ARX range. We look forward to growing our business in this region.”
The need for music and connection between the artist and its audience is greater than ever - and Roisin Murphy chose this moment in time to get the band together for an emotional livestream from PRG’s Live Space!
Rhianna Kenny-Wybrow, Roisin Murphy’s manager said: “For Roisin to build a show inside such an incredible space, that usually would be a hive of activity during the autumn touring season, felt very poignant. Roisin, her band and crew have been hugely restricted this year due to COVID-19. Live shows have been such a massive and enjoyable part of our team for so long; connecting with audiences around the world and working and traveling together as a family. This Mixcloud performance almost feels like an ode to what we have all missed out on. Working with PRG and Squire has been an absolute pleasure and we are incredibly happy to have collectively pulled this off in such strange and uncertain times. The result speaks for itself and reaffirms Roisin's place at the cutting edge of visual and sonic creativity.”
The performance took viewers on a journey through PRG’s warehouse, which was lit with SGM P5 fixtures and GLP JDC LED Strobes. As Roisin walked the length of the building for the opening and closing track, PRG staff used Source 4 Lustr2 fixtures to follow her.
Lighting director Tom Schofield created an amazing asymmetric design in the live space. The back wall was split in two halves, half was an LED screen, and the other half was created by an array of Claypaky Mythos fixtures and GLP X4 Bar 20s, creating a wall of light which co
The Netherlands - PPDS has announced the appointment of marketing specialist, Marion Chaignon, as its new marketing campaign manager, EMEA.
Part of PPDS’ continued recruitment and team strengthening across the European business, Marion brings a wealth of marketing experience to this important role, having executed major campaigns for some of the world’s most recognised technology brands, including Samsung Electronics, Asus, Nikon, HP, Lenovo and Logitech during her flourishing 12-year career.
Bilingual in French and English, and university-educated in business and business marketing, Marion joins PPDS from Red Pimiento, where she spent almost six years under various EMEA roles, including account director, project director and team manager.
Her roles have providing extensive marketing experience in promoting a wide range of specific industries, including retail, hospitality, corporate and healthcare - all key focus areas for the Philips pro TV and digital signage ranges - and Marion will soon be visiting the firm’s dedicated European training facility in Gent to get a deeper understanding of all current and future products in the portfolio.
Working out of PPDS’ global head office in Amsterdam, Marion reports to marketing director, Ron Cottaar, who hailed her experience as a “perfect addition” to help execute the manufacturer’s continued and ambitious growth plans and brand strategy, moving into 2020 and beyond.
“We’re delighted to welcome Marion to the team,” he comments. “She joins during an extremely busy peri
USA - Audio Precision has announced the APx517B acoustic analyser, specifically designed, configured and built for the production-line testing of speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets and the wide range of consumer electronics incorporating speakers and microphones.
With the introduction of the APx517B acoustic analyser, manufacturers can deploy an integrated acoustic test system that brings the renowned quality, reliability and robustness of Audio Precision’s lab-oriented analysers to their production lines, says the company.
On a production line, any time spent setting up a new test system, calibrating a system for a new shift, or reconfiguring a system for a change in DUT (device under test), is effectively a ‘line down’ situation. As an integrated system combining audio analyser (signal generation and acquisition), power amplifier, headphone amplifier, and microphone power supply, along with any required digital interface such as Bluetooth, the APx517B has the power to drastically reduce setup and reconfiguration time by eliminating multiple individual components (from a variety of vendors) and their associated cabling. Additionally, and unlike those individual components, the APx517B is delivered with an accredited ISO/IEC 17025 calibration.
"Production, or manufacturing, test is an application with its own unique challenges that, simply put, are time, reliability and cost," stated Daniel Knighten, Audio Precision general manager. "The APx517B acoustic analyser, is purpose-built to address those challenges - drastically reducing s
UK - adidas recently opened the doors to a new flagship store on London’s Carnaby Street. As well as housing the latest Originals products, the store creates space for London’s creatives to come together, whilst retaining a cultural aesthetic and design true to the heart of Soho.
With London’s creativity front and centre, the store features installations inspired and designed by local creatives, including one-off pieces of furniture and art, as well as a studio for the use of its consumers. Reinforcing the brand’s commitment to sustainability, the store has been created with BREEAM-certified materials.
In order to support the look and ambience of the concept, as well to provide high-quality audio for background music and frequent event performances, adidas’s creative team engaged Pioneer Pro Audio to supply a bespoke sound system to meet its retro-style requirements.
Pioneer Pro Audio’s workshop cosmetically modified a pair of its XPRS-10 full range active loudspeakers to resemble typical 1970s styling. Whilst enclosing the speakers in new ‘furniture’, the modification still allowed easy access to the rear panel in order that the users could take full advantage of the XPRS’s plug-and-play settings.
In addition to the loudspeakers, the store also chose two Pioneer DJ CDJ2000NXS2 professional DJ multiplayers, DJM-900NXS2 mixer and a PLX-1000 turntable. Working in conjunction with the XPRS, this enables the store to stage DJ sets with authentic, club-quality sound.
Victoria Schneyer, director retail concepts adidas Origina
New Zealand - disguise has added Streamliner Productions in New Zealand to its worldwide partner network. Streamliner are now a disguise xR creative & rental partner.
The disguise partner network consists of over 200 partners specialising in the disguise workflow and hardware, enabling end-customers to source the best equipment as well as technical and creative talent to help bring live and virtual experiences to life.
Streamliner has recently invested in disguise’s award-winning vx4 as well as the newly-released rx hosting platform for third-party render engines - a key component of the xR solution, engineered for the future of virtual production. The technical production house has also undergone specialist training in the disguise workflows and xR technology to achieve the partner status and accreditation, also becoming the only official partner in the country to deliver a full end-to-end xR production.
“Our crew combines decades of live event experience with an in-depth knowledge of high-end video systems and we’re adept at working on high profile, time-critical projects”. says Richard Manu, Streamliner owner and GM. “We continually invest in the latest hardware, software and systems that gives our clients access to the most advanced technology. Introducing several disguise products into our workflow has brought together those systems and now coupled with the xR pipeline, nothing is out of reach.”
Since investing in the disguise ecosystem, recent work has also seen an official partnership between key players in the NZ film a
China - Harman Professional Solutions has announced the new AKG CS300 Digital Conference System Series, offering highly scalable configurations and features to support the specific needs of a variety of customers in the China market.
The AKG CS300 Digital Conference System Series is a hand-in-hand, wired premium digital conference system that is designed for convention centres, conference centres, hotel meeting rooms, corporate enterprises and government buildings. The system includes three components: the CS300MU Main Control Unit, CS300CU Chairman Unit with Redundancy and CS300DU Delegate Unit with Redundancy.
“Modern conference rooms require state-of-the-art communication systems that deliver rock-solid reliability, pristine audio quality and superior flexibility,” said Daryl Wong, Harman Professional Solutions director, China product development. “The CS300 Digital Conference System Series provides a dependable, high-quality communications platform for meetings and conferences at any scale.”
With advanced testing and redundancy features, the AKG CS300 Digital Conference System Series provides maximum reliability for critical communications. Dual redundant microphone outputs on the CS300CU and CS300DU automatically prevent dropped connections. Both units can be connected or disconnected freely, without requiring extra downtime to boot up. And to ensure error-free operation, the entire system features self-testing capability with fault lists and locations of every microphone, speaker, button, screen and LED.
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Europe - Sennheiser is bringing the sound of its MD 9235 capsule to a wired vocal microphone.
“With the MD 435 cardioid high-end microphone, even soft voices will effortlessly assert themselves,” says Kai Lange, senior product manager with Sennheiser. “Singers will not only cut through the mix, their voices will also retain that natural quality and detail that the MD 9235 is so famous for.”
The MD 435’s lightweight aluminium-copper voice coil ensures fast transient response, resulting in a very detailed, nuanced and transparent sound, especially in the treble. The large-diaphragm microphone features very wide dynamics of 146 dB(A) and can handle sound pressure levels of up to 163 dB/1 kHz. The acoustics come with a mechanical design created to take on the rigors of life on tour: The MD 435 features a metal casing and has a shock-mounted capsule to protect it from structure-borne noise. A hum-compensating coil protects the microphone against electromagnetic interference.
The cardioid MD 435 is very tolerant of sound hitting the capsule at different angles. It reproduces vocals clearly and confidently even in loud live settings.
For use with Sennheiser’s wireless transmitters, the capsule of the MD 435 is also available as the MM 435 microphone head. Benefitting from an improved production process, it will soon replace the existing MD 9235 capsule. The MM 435 features Sennheiser’s standard capsule interface, ready for use with Sennheiser wireless series ranging from the evolution wireless G4 and 2000 series to Digital 6000 and Dig
UK - Orbital Sound has launched a new product stream with its food & beverage (F&B) delivery platform OrderBoard - building on its success in the drive-In market with the Car-Link Retail wireless in-car audio and information system.
OrderBoard, part of the Car-Link Technology suite of products, is designed to address the limitations of remote location infrastructures, handling contactless payments, F&B kitchen orders, delivery, stock control and reporting in ‘a fast, reliable and powerful data-efficient package’.
As the live events industry focuses on re-inventing itself in the current environment, OrderBoard provides a novel solution to F&B delivery, directly addressing the all-important Covid compliance and secure socially-distanced operation, says the company.
MD Chris Headlam comments: “The addition of the OrderBoard software takes the whole customer experience to a new level. Developing OrderBoard was our response to the well-documented challenges faced by the festival & live industry to give a contactless ordering system that was possible in a remote environment.
“We picked up the gauntlet earlier this year, and have had an outstanding response to the Car-Link Retail’s capabilities. So much so that we are now expanding into Houses of Worship with our ‘donate’ facility, and also excitingly into the corporate and live spaces.
“We recently conducted a series of events with the AA, implementing the full OrderBoard package in conjunction with Car-Link Retail - tailored to provide corporate informati