Audio News

sennheiserBlack Peaks on the rise with Sennheiser
Thursday, 24 August 2017

UK - Formed in 2013 in Brighton on the UK south coast, Black Peaks is a four-piece rock band that is going places. Their debut album Statues has been described by The Independent as ‘an exceptional combination of alternative rock, heavy metallic riffs, prog infused concepts and subtle post-rock flourishes that all interweave to create an extremely accomplished debut’ and they have been championed by both Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter and Zane Lowe. Having started out, as most fledgling bands do, with an unrefined mix of microphones, adding Sennheiser to their inventory has made a world of difference.
“We were originally an instrumental three-piece, which was me, Andrew Gosden on bass and Liam Kearley on drums,” explains guitarist Joe Gosney. “We quickly got Will Gardner (vocals) involved and from there our music really started to take shape. We spent 2013 and 14 playing a bunch of shows around the UK and getting tracks together for what would eventually become our debut album Statues.”
With their live performances becoming more frequent and higher profile – last year, for example, saw them support the Deftones, playing to a crowd of 12,000 at Wembley Arena and this year, as part of a six-week run round Europe and Scandinavia, Mastodon and System Of A Down – they wanted to upgrade their equipment, with microphones being the number one priority.
“We’re now using Sennheiser e 935s on Will’s vocal and 904s on Liam’s toms,” says their front-of-house engineer, Jack Childs. “I love the 935s for their clear glassy h

sushiljohnOHM appoints executive director for APAC
Thursday, 24 August 2017

UK - In a move to grow big in the APAC market OHM has appointed Sushil S John as executive director – Asia Pacific.
“OHM is strongly committed to invest and grow in the APAC region and we are extremely pleased that Sushil will be bringing his vision and direction to our team in the region” said Krishna Hegde, CEO, OHM-UK.
“Sushil brings a record of exceptional leadership, growing companies and deep experience in the Asia Pacific regions” Krishna added. “We look forward to working with Sushil as OHM executes the near-term growth strategy to become a leading brand in the APAC’s pro audio markets.”
Most recently, for the past seven years, Sushil was the business director – SAARC for QSC. He previously served as country head for Hasrman in India for six years. Sushil has also worked closely with OHM, Electro-Voice, and Martin Audio, in the past.
“His industry knowledge and priority to customer experience, relationship management will be well complimented by OHM’s Asia Pacific expansion plans. He has indeed contributed significantly to the Pro Audio Industry within the region, building a strong reputation for himself.” said Gareth Coleman, director – international sales, OHM-UK.
(Jim Evans)

finadLive manages Budapest Opera House gala
Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Hungary - Allen & Heath’s dLive S Class mixing system recently managed the gala event for the FINA World Aquatic Championships 2017, held at the prestigious Opera House in Budapest.
Hosted in Hungary in 2017, the FINA World Championships take place every two years in different locations. The Championships are attended by international athletes in swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo. Staged at the end of the competition, the gala comprised performances from a symphony orchestra with a choir and opera soloists, alongside the FINA Awards Ceremony.
Local PA company, AV Advice Ltd., managed technical requirements for the event, supplying the dLive system, which comprised a S7000 Surface equipped with Dante and Waves interface cards, a DM64 MixRack, and two DX32 expander racks with redundant connections to the MixRack. There was also an IP8 controller to provide sound engineers with remote access.
The system managed live sound requirements and provided a multitrack broadcast feed for national TV channel. According to the event sound engineers, Baranya Tamás and Turcsán András, dLive’s flexibility and scene management made it the perfect choice to manage the diverse programme.
“The clarity and transparency of dLive’s preamps is just what we needed for an orchestral event. The flexibility of the surface, the additional IP controllers, and the ingenious scene management makes dLive the ideal mixer in theatrical situations,” they commented.
(Jim Evans)

budapestDiGiCo SD10 for FINA World Championships
Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Hungary - July saw the FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) World Championships for aquatic sports take place at the Danube Arena in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Hungarian sales and rental company Chromasound was tasked with providing a complete audio system for the games and its subsequent events, with a DiGiCo SD10 chosen to provide audio control.
“FINA was responsible for the entire AV installation for the event and they wanted a redundant, reliable, high-end system that could also be used for various events after the games,” explains Imre Makkay, Chromasound’s sales director, who was in charge of system design. “As well as DiGiCo, we are also suppliers of Meyer Sound loudspeaker systems, so it was obvious that we could provide them with the correct overall solution.”
For the main venue, Imre chose the SD10 because he wanted to supply a console that did not compromise on capacity and had the added benefit of the ability to connect it to an SD-RE redundant engine.
“This was a major selling point,” he says. “In the unlikely, worst case scenario of multiple faults in the main mixer, still having control over audio via the SD-RE is a brilliant feature. Because this was such a sophisticated system, the only right decision for the stage racks was the SD-Rack. We supplied four of them, each with 40 analogue inputs, 24 analogue outs and eight ins and outs, via both AES/EBU and (HD-)SDI. The latter was used as a convenient connection from and to the OB van. We also had an Orange Box for Dante integration.”
An additi

nexo-gamesNexo excels at Wroclaw World Games
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Poland - Nexo systems, in the hands of rental company POGO Art, have played a central role at the World Games in Poland, bringing sound reinforcement to 24 venues in the city of Wroclaw.
Officially called the X World Games, this massive event is the largest competitive sporting festival after the Olympics. Nearly ¼ million people gathered in Wroclaw to watch 3200 athletes from 111 countries in 31 sports which are not contested in the Olympic Games. Featuring powerlifting, karate, squash, water skiing, billiards, to name a few, the 2017 programme encompassed more than 200 events.
Wroclaw-based rental company POGO Art was responsible for providing sound reinforcement to all 24 host venues, which was, according to owner Sławek Pogorzała, “a logistical and technical challenge, requiring a tremendous amount of equipment”.
With the support of Lauda-Audio, the Nexo distributor for Poland, POGO Art implemented a comprehensive SR uniform of Nexo loudspeakers, teamed with Yamaha consoles. More than 340 cabinets were deployed, including line array systems of STM Series, Geo D and Geo S8 designs, as well as a large number of pole-mounted PS Series, the benchmark product for such PA applications It took 50x NXAMP controller/amplifiers to power all the systems, along with 25x Yamaha CL and QL Series mixers, and 18x Yamaha RIO3224 stageboxes.
Infrastructure for the event included 1230m of Cat 5/6, 1100m of fibre optics, 1570m of speaker cable and well over 2000m of power cable! Sixty sound engineers and technicians were needed to operate the different

timaxTiMax on Europe’s largest natural stage
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Austria - Gracing the beautiful and imposing open-air stage of Austria’s St. Margarethen Quarry this summer is one of Verdi's most popular operas, Rigoletto. The scope and scale of the production was readily matched by two TiMax SoundHub spatial audio processors specified by sound designer, Volker Werner, to meet some interesting and unique challenges.
St Margarethen Quarry is Europe’s largest natural stage: 65m wide and 25m deep, it is set in 7,000sq.m, with an audience capacity of 4,700. For Werner, the choice of TiMax was essential: “One reason is to have the possibility to achieve accurate localisation of the singers for as many listeners as possible. Another reason; the stage is a huge 100-ton steel structure, the whole of which is 3D-mapped and projected on with 16 high-power projectors. Due to this open design there are very few possibilities to hide large speaker systems.”
Adding a further level of complexity and challenge to the spatial reinforcement system’s design is the movement of the loudspeakers on stage. Speaker cabinets are integrated into the scenic structures which adorn the stage and as these scenery elements are moved at scene changes – and in some cases during the performance, the audio mapping must change accordingly. Explaining the ease with which TiMax object-based dynamic spatial control readily handles such a challenge, Werner states, “With TiMax, we blend the delay/ level settings for those speakers while they are moving to keep the acoustic experience for the listeners consistent.”
Werner’s sound

gangneung-ice-arenaCommunity installed at Gangneung Ice Arena
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

South Korea - Located in the city of Gangneung on the east coast of South Korea, Gangneung Ice Arena is a new indoor venue which has been built for world figure skating and short track speed skating events in 2018 and as a permanent legacy facility for local recreational use.
The Gangneung Ice Arena has a seating capacity of 12,000 and houses two 60m x 30m ice rinks, for competition and training respectively. With four floors above ground and two underground, the arena has been designed using an environmentally-friendly ice cooling system.
The sound system for the Gangneung Ice Arena was designed and supplied by Inter-M Corporation, assisted by Desco Coon for the installation. The Inter-M design was accurately calculated for the required intelligibility, sound levels and coverage and was based around Community R Series loudspeakers.
For the main competition rink, Inter-M used 40 R2-694Z high power, full-range, three-way loudspeakers to achieve the required sound levels and coverage. These are supplemented by four R2SUBDF subwoofers, which add low frequency extension and impact for wide bandwidth, high quality music. The system is controlled from a Midas PRO2/IP console, with Symetrix Edge DSP. Lab.gruppen C 28:4 amplifiers power the Community loudspeakers.
The training rink uses a less powerful but similar system, to give skaters consistency of audio quality for training and competition. In the training rink, Desco used 14 R.25-94Z and eight R.5-94Z. The training system also uses a Midas PRO2/IP console, Symetrix Edge DSP and Lab.gruppen C 28:

martin-cc1VME’s MLA Compact in the Cotton Clouds
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

UK - VME provided full production (including their flagship Martin Audio MLA Compact PA) for the first ever Cotton Clouds, Saddleworth’s pioneering boutique music festival.
Held at Saddleworth Cricket Club in Oldham, and surrounded by the picturesque Pennine hills, it sold out all 3,000 tickets well in advance, setting it on the road to an inevitable success. According to VME, there seemed no better time to introduce the Oldham faithful to the precision and accuracy of Martin Audio MLA.
“Being from the local area I knew that there would be issues with noise propagation,” stated Oliver Fallon, technical manager of Cotton Clouds and VME sound engineer. “During my time at VME I have worked with the Martin Audio MLA many times - therefore I knew there was no better system to do the job as it has got us out of some sticky situations in the past.”
Chris Pearce, FOH engineer for Cotton Clouds, as well as Blossoms and Inspiral Carpets, shared Oliver’s concern. “When planning for this event to take place, I was worried about the residual noise being a problem off site, due to the area being very residential. The fact that the off-site level were set at 65dB as a result added to my concerns.”
But MLA Compact helped him to achieve this while still achieving full coverage over the cricket pitch with even LF coverage. “I was hugely impressed with the MLA boxes and am looking forward to using them again and again.”
Flown left and right of the stage were eight MLA Compact, with a further four mounted on the MLX subwoofers, providin

gelredomeRivage at the double for Christian festival
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The Netherlands - Each year, the GelreDome - home of Dutch football club Vitesse Arnhem - is transformed into a huge centre of Christian worship by the EO-Jongerendag (Evangelical Broadcasting Youth Day) event. With 25,000 young people enjoying a range of Christian music and sermons in a huge ‘in the round’ production, two Yamaha Rivage PM10 digital mixing systems ensured that the message was clearly heard.
Thanks to its retractable roof, retractable pitch and climate control system, GelreDome is readily transformed from a 35,000-capacity football stadium into a 41,000-capacity venue for live music and other events. It has hosted concerts by many of the world’s biggest performers, ranging from Madonna, Coldplay and Lady Gaga to Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Bon Jovi.
On 10 June, the 43rd annual EO-Jongerendag hosted a number of high profile Christian acts, including Lindz West, Capital Kings and Philippa Hanna, with the Beam Worship Band providing further music between the main performances and various speeches and sermons. The stage was situated in the middle of the stadium, a huge in-the-round technical production supplied by multi-disciplinary service provider Chain, a sister company of pan-European technical production business Rent-All.
Chain’s audio technical production manager for the event was Ton Damen, who specified three Yamaha digital mixers. A pair of Rivage PM10 systems took care of the Front of House mixes - one mixing the sound for the main artists, the other for the speeches and the Beam Worship Band. In addition, a QL5 was locate

depeche-modeDepeche Mode goes global with L-Acoustics
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

UK - Since the release of their debut album Speak & Spell in 1981, Depeche Mode have had 50 songs in the UK singles charts, 17 top 10 albums in the UK chart and have sold over 100m records worldwide. For their current Depeche Mode Global Spirit Tour, Front of House engineer Antony King has chosen an L-Acoustics K1 system, supplied by UK rental company Britannia Row Productions.
Depeche Mode have worked with Britannia Row for more than a quarter of a century and this longstanding relationship with the company and the pristine equipment it provides gives peace of mind to both the band and their engineers, who are certainly putting it through its paces, with the stadium tour starting this past May in Europe and concluding in March 2018 in South America.
With the tour playing over 90 dates in stadiums and large-scale venues around the world, a system that provides accuracy and reliability was needed. L-Acoustics K1 was the choice and Antony specified a main system that comprises 14 K1 per side with four K2 as down-fills. Side-hangs are a further 14 K1 plus six K2 down-fills, to account for the throw distance needed and the large amount of vertical coverage required. There is a total of 46 KS28, with 12 of them per side flown next to the K1, whilst four hangs of 12 K1 are used for delays, all mixed via an SSL L500 Plus.
Depeche Mode’s set design always includes a thrust that sits to one side of the stage. Because of its asymmetrical construction and the position of camera platforms, there are restrictions to where the ground stacked subs c

waynedeherreradigimix24Ashly in the mix for Pueblo’s DeHerrera
Monday, 21 August 2017

USA - For over 30 years, DeHerrera Event Services has been working behind the scenes to make the performances, conferences, and celebrations in the area around Pueblo, Colorado come to life.
The company’s highest profile work includes concerts for up to 5,000 people (Foghat, Jimmy Eat World, War, etc.) and its regular gig running AVL for the three free stages of Colorado’s State Fair. But DeHerrera Event Services also has plenty of bread-and-butter work running modest AVL systems at weddings, graduation ceremonies, and the like.
Because its large-format consoles are overkill on those smaller jobs, company owner Wayne DeHerrera recently picked up two of Ashly Audio’s new digiMIX24 digital mixers, which pack all of the features of his larger consoles into a 14” x 20”, 17lb frame using a clever workflow that, in DeHerrera’s words, “has anyone I’ve shown it to up and running confidently after just five minutes”.
“We do a lot of meetings, small conferences, and celebrations,” DeHerrera explained. “We needed something that had all of the functionality, sound quality, and reliability of our larger consoles, but until the Ashly digiMIX24 came along, smaller consoles always came up short on at least one of those requirements. We’ve been using Ashly equalizers and processors for years, and they’ve always been reliable, high-quality pieces of equipment.”
Based on the frequency and overlap of those smaller-sized jobs and the mixer’s affordability, DeHerrera purchased two Ashly digiMIX24s.
DeHerrera’s team had its fi

cdcsevengladesoundservices4427CDC seven mixes Glastonbury Glade Stage
Monday, 21 August 2017

UK - Funktion-One rental house and sound production company, Sound-Services Ltd., worked together with the loudspeaker company to produce the Funktion-One ‘Experimental Ambisonic Soundfield’ for The Glade Stage – the major electronic and dance music stage – at The Glastonbury Festival.
Sound-Services put in a Cadac CDC seven live sound console FOH, for its audio performance, allowing the audience to fully appreciate the ambisonic configuration of the Funktion-One Evo system.
Sound-Services installed a Funktion-One Evo Touring system, comprising a main-stage FOH system with four additional positions; the six loudspeaker positions arranged in a perfect hexagon, 36 meters in diameter, to create the sound-field. The ‘Experimental Ambisonic Sound-field’ was not a discreet configuration but a system design wherein all loudspeaker positions conjoined to generate a sound location within the sound-field, with various sounds emanating from particular loudspeaker positions.
The complete CDC seven mix system included a CDC I/O 6448 stagebox and CDC MC Dante Bridge. The 96 input, 56 buss CDC seven features a 36 fader, dual 23.5 inch high contrast HD touch screen hardware control surface. Combined with the CDC OS, this provides Cadac’s intuitive, “high-agility” swipeable graphical operator experience.
The other key performance feature is the proprietary MegaCOMMS HD audio protocol. With a total through-system propagation delay from on-stage inputs to outputs, including all console processing and A-D / D-A conversions, in 37 samples (@ 96

eawaudioamericasmatthewgarfeinlseangoldcamprfinalAudio Americas to represent EAW
Monday, 21 August 2017

USA - EAW has appointed Audio Americas as its new Latin America sales representatives. Audio Americas, with offices in Santiago de Chile and Mexico City, specialises in professional audio, consumer electronics and musical instruments.
“We are very pleased to have Audio Americas join our international sales team,” explains TJ Smith, president and general manager of EAW. “They have a tremendous reputation and I am confident their knowledge and expertise of the industry will add considerably to our growth in the region.”
Audio Americas works with more than 175 customers in 28 countries. With a customer base that includes wholesale distributors, specialty retailers and technology integrators.
“We have partnered with EAW because of their proven record as a manufacturer of professional audio solutions that address the live sound reinforcement and install markets, where we see opportunities for growth,” comments Matthew Garfein, president of Audio Americas. “We look forward to building new EAW partnerships with leading professional audio distributors throughout the Latin America and Caribbean region.”
“Audio Americas is the only Latin America sales representative company that is active in the professional audio, home audio and musical instrument categories,” explains Sean Goldcamp, vice-president of Audio Americas. “This gives us a uniquely deep understanding of the distribution channels and market landscape in each country we service.”
(Jim Evans)

rickpopeRivage gets funky at North Sea Jazz
Friday, 18 August 2017

The Netherlands - In July, the Dutch port of Rotterdam hosted the 42nd North Sea Jazz Festival, attracting over 75,000 people to enjoy a rich variety of music. Headlining the Nile stage on the final night was Jamiroquai, where a Yamaha Rivage PM10 helped a capacity audience of 10,000 to get funky.
Taking place across 15 stages in the city’s Ahoy arena, the North Sea Jazz Festival is so popular that it sells out every year. This is partly due, no doubt, to the variety of music on offer. As well as classical, contemporary and futuristic jazz from across the globe, the festival features blues, pop, hiphop, dance, soul, world and funk.
Yamaha Music Europe supplied the pianos and drum kits for all stages at the festival and actively helped to provide a range of backline for many of the artists.
Funk / acid jazz specialists Jamiroquai brought the festival to a close on the Nile stage, with a Yamaha Rivage PM10 helping Front of House engineer Rick Pope to produce an exceptional mix in potentially difficult circumstances.
A Yamaha console user for around 20 years, Rick was very keen to adopt Rivage PM10 as soon as it was announced and is manning one throughout Jamiroquai’s current world tour.
Unfortunately, back problems for Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay meant that the first few dates of the tour had to be postponed, so North Sea Jazz was only Rick’s second show on the Rivage PM10. Added to that, the nature of a festival meant that Rick was unable to soundcheck.
“Festivals are always a challenge, because of the tight turnaroun

axientdigitallaptopShure focus on digital wireless at PLASA 2017
Friday, 18 August 2017

UK - Shure Incorporated will be returning to the PLASA show next month at Olympia, London.
Shure will showcase its comprehensive line of digital wireless systems and participate in the traditionally well-attended PLASA seminar programme. Tuomo Tolonen, Shure UK’s Pro Audio Group manager and RF expert, will discuss how to prepare for the loss of the 700MHz RF band, which is being auctioned in May 2020, and will no longer be available for wireless microphone and in-ear monitoring system use.
Shure now offers several digital wireless systems to meet a variety of budgets. The entry-level GLX-D Advanced system, mid-tier QLX-D and ULX-D, and the flagship Axient Digital wireless system will all be available for demonstration at the Company’s exhibition stand at PLASA (G40).
Launched earlier this year, Axient Digital incorporates a newly designed minimal-latency digital RF engine that builds on the benefits of Shure’s previous industry-standard UHF-R, ULX-D, and Axient wireless systems. Axient Digital offers a wide 184MHz tuning range with high channel density and advanced automatic RF interference detection and avoidance features that will be familiar to users of the original Axient system.
The scalable, networkable system includes a universal receiver, available in dual and quad-band versions (AD4D/AD4Q), which works with two different transmitter types: the AD series and the Showlink-enabled ADX series. The latter range includes the discreet ADX1M, the world’s first micro-bodypack with an internal, self-tuning antenna, addressing many of t

sxs-eventsSXS launches dry hire service
Friday, 18 August 2017

UK - With a broad stock of event production and AV equipment, production company SXS has launched a dry hire service.
Available equipment includes arena-scale PA, high-resolution LED video walls, outdoor video screens, staging, marquees and one of the largest stocks of blackout drapery in the UK.
“We now have one of the largest and definitely the broadest of stocks of AV and production equipment in the UK. The equipment we are using is high-end, industry and standard and typically rider friendly,” says SXS project handler Nathan Dunbar who will be heading up the dry hire customer services with assistance from production executive Lucy Payne.
“I’ve been with SXS a while now and have been blown away by how well our team maintains some of the highest standards I have seen in every discipline in which we work. SXS is a genuine one-stop shop with technical and safety standards as good as or better than the specialists in each field.”
(Jim Evans)

rolf-dresslerAllen & Heath dLive ignites Mannheim Castle
Thursday, 17 August 2017

Germany - The spectacular classical music production Schloss in Flammen (Castle In Flames) in the courtyard of the Mannheim Castle was recently mixed on an Allen&Heath dLive C Class C3500 provided by Auditiv from Kassel/Germany.
Schloss in Flammen – a classical music highlight in the festival season in Germany – is a stunning mixture of classical music and synchronised fireworks. The orchestra and solo singers from the National Theatre of Mannheim perform arias and other parts of various famous operas.
“The big challenge of this production is that we have nearly no time for rehearsals and soundcheck,” explains FOH engineer Rolf Dressler. “This is where the easy handling and flexibility of the dLive shines and it got even better with firmware 1.4 and 1.5 and new features like DCA spill and the improved scene management. I also love the sound, the compact size and the low latency of the dLive – that’s why I mixed over 100 concerts and events last year on dLive.”
As an open-air event lacks the familiar acoustics of a concert hall, Dressler uses dLive’s internal FX library to simulate them. “The reverb programs of dLive sound really convincing and natural,“ says Dressler. “I’m using six different reverbs for high and low strings, woodwind and brass instruments, percussion and vocals.”
Even very dynamic signals like high forte voices with headsets can be handled easily by the dLive FX. “Normal compressors don’t help here anymore,“ explains Dressler. “But the frequency dependent multiband dynamic

carreras-peter-schneeklothRivage tours Brazil with José Carreras
Thursday, 17 August 2017

Brazil - As one of the world’s most famous tenors, tickets for the final world tour by José Carreras have been in huge demand. The A Life In Music tour has seen sold out shows around the globe, but a particular highlight for Front of House (FoH) engineer Peter Schneekloth was the Brazil concerts, which he mixed on a Yamaha Rivage PM10 console.
Peter has been the live sound engineer for Carreras for 16 years, mixing hundreds of shows in concert halls, arenas and stadiums in more than 50 countries. The A Life In Music tour started in 2016 with a sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall and has included concerts throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, USA, Central and South America, Australia, Russia and other territories. Sell-outs and standing ovations have been a regular feature, with Carreras’ management hoping to book more for 2018.
Because of the size and complexity of the tour, it is impractical for Peter to tour with his own mixing console, so he has used desks supplied by local rental companies. The four sold-out Brazilian shows in May 2017 meant he was finally able to use the Yamaha Rivage PM10.
Peter attended an early Rivage PM10 presentation at Yamaha Commercial Audio’s European HQ at Rellingen, Germany, in June 2016. “Peter immediately understood the potential of the console, even at that early stage, and he promised to add it to the requested consoles list for Carreras shows,” says Yamaha’s Arthur Koll, who ran the sessions. “He’s always been a fan of Yamaha consoles and we enjoyed frank discu

colin-quekCloud confirms new Singapore distributor
Thursday, 17 August 2017

Singapore - Cloud Electronics has appointed Loud Technologies Asia (LTA) as its new distributor in Singapore. LTA, a subsidiary of Trektech, is a principal distributor in the region, providing the Singaporean market with a portfolio of products from a number of reputable brands, such as K-array, One Systems and Chauvet.
Having confirmed the appointment following a productive meeting at ISE2017 earlier in the year, Cloud managing director Simon Curtis feels his decision to appoint LTA as their distribution partner has been fully justified.
With offices in Singapore, Indonesia and Cambodia, LTA is managed by Colin Quek. ‘I’ve been a fan of Cloud’s engineering quality, such as the perennial Z4 and Z8 zone mixers for many years, representing the brand is a great honour’, Quek comments.
“From an installer’s point of view, the reliability of their easy-to-install range and design features set them apart. Their new wall panel products allow easy extension over Cat-5e cabling and I’ve been particularly impressed with the new loudspeakers.
“Furthermore, Cloud products also fit well into Bose applications, which is another distinct benefit. With its ‘Made in Britain’ credentials the Cloud brand is well established in the hospitality and corporate market sectors, but LTA will enhance visibility further,” concludes Quek.
Simon Curtis adds: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be working with Colin, whose reputation for professionalism and outstanding brand representation precedes him. I’m very excited about the future possibi

jubilee-library-public-area-imageSound masking solution for Brighton library
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

UK - Jubilee Library is the main public library in Brighton and forms the centrepiece of the Jubilee square development in the city centre. Opened in 2005 by the Princess Royal, Jubilee Library stands at the heart of a multi-million pound scheme for redevelopment of a 40-year-old brownfield site and was recognised at the time of opening as one of the most energy efficient structures in England with a carbon footprint half that of a traditional public building of comparable size.
In addition to an extensive literature collection, Jubilee Library offers local communities state of the art IT facilities within its IT Connect room, a full business suite with five conference rooms and a one-to-one meeting room.
Kier Group Facilities Management, responsible for the management of Jubilee Library for Brighton & Hove City Council, called in unified business solutions provider TwistedPair to provide a sound masking solution for the library’s conference and meeting rooms earlier this year.
“Our aim is to guarantee privacy and confidentiality for users of our meeting and conference rooms”, commented Louise Millard, commercial and conference coordinator for Jubilee Library. “Users of our spaces are often discussing sensitive matters and we do not want this information overheard in public areas or corridors.”
Hanieh Motamedian, business development manager for Sound Directions, UK distributor for Cambridge Sound Management Sound Masking systems subsequently met with TwistedPair at Jubilee Library and successfully demonstrated a viable and affor

ramblin-manMLA takes main billing at Ramblin Man
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

UK - Now in its third year, the three-day Ramblin Man Fair is an annual music festival celebrating classic and contemporary rock, progressive rock, blues and country music.
Promoted by Spirit Of Rock it is billed as “a rock festival designed for rock fans by rock fans”.
Set in Maidstone’s familiar Mote Park, sound production company Capital Sound were contracted to provide the audio infrastructure for the first time this year, and they were eager to show off the power of Martin Audio’s MLA PA to Kent’s rock community.
Project manager Robin Conway was himself responsible for winning the contract after meeting with the event’s technical production manager, Kev Sutherland. “I think he was impressed that we were able to come up with a total production package built around MLA,” he said.
Capital provided sound reinforcement for all four stages but it was the Main Stage (Planet Rock) hosting acts such as ZZ Top, Saxon, Extreme and Glenn Hughes, that benefitted from MLA.
Capital rigged 10 x MLA elements each side, supplemented by an MLD Downfill at the base of each hang. Underpinning this were 13 MLX subwoofers, designed in a ‘castled’ broadside cardioid array. Eight W8LM Mini Line Arrays provided front-fills, while onstage 14 x LE1500 monitors - classic wedges for a classic rock event - provided the bands’ reference sound alongside WS218X sub and other side-fills. With a 70m throw distance, no delay points were necessary.
Capital also provided their consolidated Digital Dante system drive, with Lake LM44 processors

ben-hawkerPresteigne appoints RF specialist
Tuesday, 15 August 2017

UK - Presteigne Broadcast Hire has announced the appointment of Ben Hawker as senior supervisor of RF and special cameras.
Hawker comes to Presteigne from Broadcast RF, where he amassed considerable experience as a senior RF engineer for major international news and sporting events including the London Summer Olympics, Royal wedding, Brazil World Cup, multiple London and Singapore marathons, crown jewel horse racing events, and the UEFA European Championship among many others.
Hawker will apply his planning, technology build, and high-level project management experience to lead Presteigne’s specialist RF camera hire and deployment activities.
Presteigne CEO, Mike Ransome, said, “Ben is a highly respected, world-class expert on RF development and deployment. His engineering experience is vast, and his track record of success unrivalled. I am personally delighted that his experience will now be available to Presteigne clients around the world as well as right here at home.”
(Jim Evans)

glass-animalsDPA gives Glass Animals solid vocal sound
Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Europe - Front of House engineer Pete Johnson is impressed with DPA’s d:facto Linear Vocal Microphone, which he is using on the current Glass Animals tour.
“It’s absolutely great,” he says. “At points in the set Dave Bayley (Glass Animals’ vocalist) often sings quite softly while at the same time we want the show to be big, punchy and powerful. The d:facto Linear has excellent feedback rejection and lets me keep the amount of surgery I need to do to a minimum - always a bonus. We’ve used it in all different settings too, from tiny clubs to football stadiums. It’s taken all the stress out of achieving a solid vocal sound.”
Johnson has been a FOH engineer for 15 years and has worked with an impressive list of artists including Bonobo, Coldcut, Laura Marling, Leftfield and Django Django. He’s been mixing Glass Animals since May 2016 and is currently touring with the band whose live schedule takes them through the end of this year.
“I started working with Glass Animals when they needed someone for their second album tour,” he explains. “They had enjoyed a Bonobo festival show that I had mixed a couple of years back. Listening to their music and then meeting them we realised we’d be a good fit, both sound-wise and personally.”
An English indie rock band from Oxford, Glass Animals released their debut album Zaba in June 2014 as the first release on producer Paul Epworth’s label Wolf Tone. Their second album How To Be a Human Being was released last year to critical acclaim and the band have since toured

adlib-mrs-browns-boysAdlib laughs loud with Mrs. Brown’s Boys
Tuesday, 15 August 2017

UK - The successful Brendan O'Carroll comedy creation Mrs. Brown’s Boys continues its popular live touring version with full technical production – lighting, sound, video, rigging and crew – supplied by Adlib.
Adlib has been involved with Mrs. Brown’s Boys live since its very first theatre tour in 2000, and since then it’s become a multi award winning TV show and a massive arena live show phenomenon.
The show has continued to invest in production values and technology to keep everything moving forward along with the humour. Adlib’s director and account handler Dave Jones looked after the audio elements alongside senior account manager Dave Eldridge who oversaw the lighting & video requirements. Jones comments: “We are immensely proud to have worked with Brendan and the cast over the years and to see the concept grow and develop. We’ve enjoyed a fantastic, very honest relationship for over a decade and it has been an amazing journey”.
For this latest run of arenas, Adlib’s project manager Kevin Byatt returned to oversee the team.
Lighting was again designed by Mike Summerfield, who has been on the Mrs. Brown production team for some years, each tour creating something new and original.
He chose Martin MAC Viper Wash and Viper Profiles for the primary moving lights. These gave him both the tungsten emulated warmth that suits elements of the show and all the features needed to create additional dynamics.
There were three main overstage trusses - front, back and mid.
The back truss was loaded


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