Audio News

fulcrumacousticvalpressreleasecropFulcrum Acoustic appoints export director
Friday, 2 June 2023

USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has announced the appointment of Val Gilbert as director of business development for export. The strategic appointment comes as the company focuses on expanding its global market share. In this newly created role, Gilbert will strengthen Fulcrum Acoustic's export business and establish new distribution and dealer relationships worldwide.
Gilbert brings considerable industry experience to Fulcrum Acoustic. Previously, he served on Allen & Heath's technical sales and marketing team and in engineering support at Nexo.
Todd Foster, vice president of sales at Fulcrum Acoustic, comments: "We are excited to welcome Val to Fulcrum Acoustic. His technical experience in the audio industry makes him a good fit to lead our international expansion efforts. With Val on board, we anticipate exciting growth opportunities as he develops new partnerships globally."
Gilbert adds, "This is an exciting time for the company as it expands its international sales and market presence. I’m eager to support Fulcrum Acoustic's growth and drive the brand's global success. I look forward to creating new partnerships and strengthening existing relationships."
Val Gilbert will be on-site at Fulcrum Acoustic booth 5160 and demo room W224D during InfoComm 2023 in Orlando.

peaveyravennapartnershipPeavey joins Ravenna community
Friday, 2 June 2023

ALC NetworX, developer of the Ravenna Audio-over-IP technology has welcomed Peavey to the Ravenna community. Under its Commercial Audio brand, Peavey offers an entire range of products from the microphone to the loudspeaker, and every link in the signal chain in between.
Under the Ravenna partnership, Peavey has developed sNET - a single IP-based network infrastructure technology which will work at the core of their future MediaMatrix products. sNET is based on Ravenna, the broadcast industry’s de facto AoIP standard, featuring low latency, fully synchronised signal transparency and highest reliability - all while ensuring broad interoperability through its compatibility with AES67 and SMPTE ST 2110 standards.
According to Peavey Commercial Audio general manager, Shayne Thomas, joining the Ravenna community was a natural move. “Adopting Ravenna is part of our vision and roadmap to remain on the cutting edge of real-time network audio streaming ensuring the highest level of lossless audio quality within MediaMatrix and Crest Audio products,” he remarks. “With a proven track record of near on 30 years and industry-wide recognition as a pioneer in the development of cutting-edge digital signal processing technologies it is only fitting that we integrate Ravenna as part of the supported audio protocols in conjunction with MediaMatrix sNET - AES67 audio streaming, control and monitoring over Ethernet.”
Andreas Hildebrand, Ravenna evangelist at ALC NetworX, comments: “Peavey, with its Commercial Audio branch, is a world-leading manufacturer of netw

wharfedale-pro-at-infocommAVL extends Wharfedale distribution to Canada
Friday, 2 June 2023

Canada - AVL Media Groupand Wharfedale Pro have extended their distribution agreement to now include Canada. The change is with immediate effect.
The agreement, which was previously exclusive to the USA, now makes AVL Media Group the authorised distributor for Wharfedale Pro products throughout North America. As a result of this expansion, customers in Canada will now benefit from improved technical support, training, and product availability.
The AVL and Wharfedale Pro teams will showcase their latest offerings at the upcoming InfoComm Show in Orlando, Florida from 14-16 June.

qscproaudiobeneluxprimageQSC Pro Audio goes direct in BeNeLux
Friday, 2 June 2023

Europe - As of 1 July 2023, QSC will take over direct distribution for all QSC Pro Audio portfolio in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. This approach will give QSC Pro Audio customers “unrivalled access and support” from the recently opened European Service Centre in the QSC Netherlands office, says the company.
Algam will remain responsible for the distribution of QSC Pro Audio in France and the Nordics. “We would like to thank Algam for their support in distributing the QSC Pro Audio portfolio in Benelux and look forward to our continued partnership in France (including Maghreb) and the Nordics,” says Perry Celia, vice president, global sales and service, QSC Pro Audio.

mxa902lifestylesmallroom4talenthighanglealtShure debuts integrated ceiling array
Thursday, 1 June 2023

Europe - Shure has announced the launch of the Microflex Advance MXA902 Integrated Conferencing Ceiling Array - billed as the world’s first conferencing ceiling array microphone with integrated loudspeaker and IntelliMix DSP for small and medium-size meeting rooms.
Since 2016, Shure’s Microflex Advance ceiling, wall and table array microphones have been chosen for AV conferencing applications. Following the launch of the MXA920 Ceiling Array Microphone in 2022, Shure is extending its Microflex Ecosystem portfolio with a new audio solution for meeting rooms that delivers microphone, loudspeaker, and DSP technology in one device.
The MXA902 is a complete ceiling-mounted audio solution for AV conferencing, designed for delivering premium audio capture and reproduction with minimal setup required. Onboard IntelliMix DSP applies automatic mixing, echo cancellation, noise reduction, and automatic gain control for a pristine audio mix.
“Most conference rooms and meeting spaces no longer address the needs of modern-day professionals,” said Evan Groom, conferencing product Manager, at Shure. “Employees are more discerning than ever - opting to meet in spaces that best support hybrid collaboration with in-office technology that is both flexible and effective. We’ve recognised the depth of our customers’ needs with the MXA902 as a solution that delivers the best audio capture and reproduction technology for all users in the room.
“With the microphone, loudspeaker, and DSP all in one device, the MXA902 helps improve the overall room desig

nexoNexo reinforces Fortress Sydney
Thursday, 1 June 2023

Australia - Located in Chippendale’s Central Park Mall, Fortress Sydney is a gamer’s haven. The expansive new site now holds the title of largest esports complex in the Southern Hemisphere, drawing crowds as a modern entertainment mecca. Housing a slew of colourful arcades, streaming booths, a themed tavern, sci-fi inspired bar, PC LAN lounge and a colossal custom-designed esports arena, Fortress Sydney has been designed from the ground up as the unparalleled capitol of the city’s gaming community.
Sponsored by high-end PC gaming titan Alienware, Fortress is by nature, a hub for the tech-savvy. Packed with a myriad of elite gaming PCs, peripherals and addressable lighting, the word ‘performance’ was on the lips of every supplier involved in the project. Faced with providing a loudspeaker solution befitting of such a technological pedigree, The Avit Group selected Nexo’s P15 point source system for the Alienware Arena.
The Avit Group’s operations manager, Adrian Davis, outlines Avit’s role in realising the venue’s grand vision: “For the Fortress esports project, we were given the brief to create a dynamic, immersive, and technologically advanced AV system, which sits somewhere between an entertainment venue and a broadcast studio.
“The vision was to set a new benchmark for esports venues not only in Australia but across the globe. It was essential to provide seamless and high-quality audio experiences that would engage audiences, whether they were on-site or connecting digitally. Our goal was to ensure that the AV infrastructure

eawGSL Professional to distribute EAW in GCC
Thursday, 1 June 2023

UAE - Expanding its reach into the Middle East, Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced GSL Professional as its newest distributor in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region as well as Egypt.
“We are thrilled about our partnership with EAW,” says Fouad Fowzi, CEO of GSL Professional. “EAW's combination of innovative design, strong customer relationships, ongoing product development and commitment to quality and performance will be key to its success in this highly competitive market. Together, we will continue to deliver exceptional sound solutions to our clients in the GCC region and Egypt.”
Further investing in EAW’s regional customers, GSL offers a dedicated service centre located in Dubai to support clients and ensure a satisfactory after-sales experience. The centre handles a variety of maintenance, repair and support services. Additional support can be found through GSL’s product specialists, who offer on-site assistance that stems from a thorough knowledge of EAW and extensive industry experience.
“Welcoming GSL Professional as our newest distributor is an exciting venture for EAW,” says T.J. Smith, president of EAW. “GSL provides only the highest level of technical, marketing, service and sales support, for both consultants and integrators, as well as venue operators, engineers, end-users and more. We look forward to creating a strong and enduring partnership that will bring more opportunity to our GCC-region customers.”

avcom-1Martin Audio strengthens South American distribution
Thursday, 1 June 2023

Columbia - Martin Audio has announced the appointment of Avcom Colombia as its new distributor for that territory. Negotiations with CEO, Camilo Aranguren, first began with Martin Audio - along with sister company Optimal Audio -at the ISE Show in Barcelona at the beginning of this year.
“We were already a partner of [Martin Audio parent company] Focusrite in Colombia, and know the technical advances Martin Audio has made,” stated Mr. Aranguren. “We have a strong position in the entertainment technology industry and knew the brand would be a perfect addition to our distribution portfolio."
The Avcom CEO comments: “Martin Audio is a ‘green field’ as far as Colombia is concerned. The brand is known but the opportunity to develop it is huge. The business model is beneficial for both parties.”
In particular, he predicts Wavefront Precision optimised line arrays, as well as the Torus family, will be subject to most interest and sees immediate synergies with other brands the company represents, particularly Avid, Robe, MDG and Luminex.
In terms of priorities, the rental and installation sectors will assume equal focus. “Rental has great potential over the next 12 months, and the Martin Audio offering is strong. For the installation market houses of worship, live venues and theatres will be our primary targets.” Ancillary marketing into the corporate and education markets will be handled by Avcom Colombia’s Enterprise team.
The organisation is already in the process of certification training for its techs and sound engineer

vividCineway immerses Vivid Sydney visitors
Wednesday, 31 May 2023

Australia - At Vivid Sydney 2023, visitors will be able to discover, a whole new way of experiencing immersive, super-sized light and animations with their own personalised cinematic quality audio’.
The Cinewav innovation, means spectators can fully appreciate the aural design of Vivid Sydney artworks from anywhere: on the water, from across the harbour, from the top of a building and more.
Cinewav is a patented technology that allows users to listen to a clear, crisp soundtrack on their smartphone in-sync with a public show.
For Lighting of the Sails: Life Enlivened 2023 by John Olsen and Curiious at Sydney Opera House, Fabio Nardo, creative director at creative technologist Curiious comments, “Curiious are always exploring new trends in immersive communications. Large-scale animations tend to be purely visual. Cinewav gives us even greater creative freedom so that visitors can intimately experience the art in a sensitive and more immersive way.”
Cinewav has worked with local expert suppliers such as TDC - Technical Direction Company, The Electric Canvas and The P.A. People, to integrate its app into many spectacular light installations at Vivid Sydney 2023. All visitors must do is to download the Cinewav app to their smart phone from Apple, Google Play or Huawei AppGallery, get the audio ticket and press ‘Play’- and remember to bring earphones/headphones!
Vivid Sydney's Festival director, Gill Minervini, said that Cinewav's technology would help bring the activations and installations to life along the 8.5km Lig

digicoDiGiCo desks in the mix at BRIT Awards 2023
Wednesday, 31 May 2023

UK - This year’s BRIT Awards featured performances from renowned artists such as Stormzy, Lizzo, Lewis Capaldi, Wet Leg, Sam Smith, and Kim Petras. Hosted by the comedian Mo Gilligan, the event's big winner was undoubtedly Harry Styles, who clinched four major awards, including the coveted Album of the Year, Pop/R&B Act, Song of the Year, and Artist of the Year.
DiGiCo consoles, a regular fixture at the BRIT Awards, supplied by Britannia Row Productions (Brit Row) delivered reliability and audio quality, ensuring every performance was heard with crystal clarity.
Brit Row, a Clair Global-owned company was responsible for delivering a comprehensive audio package for the event. Under the direction of Brit Row director, Lez Dwight, and account executive Tom Brown, the team supplied an array of equipment, including a DiGiCo control package, RF management, and a crew to manage the audio system.
All consoles used during the main show were DiGiCo, with three Quantum 7s, two of which were deployed for monitors and one for FOH, two SD12s dedicated to presenters and winners at FOH, and an SD11 functioning as the comms/shout link console. The show's complex audio system also featured multiple SD Racks and a pair of Orange Boxes, further attesting to the exceptional quality and versatility of the DiGiCo consoles.
Brit Row’s head of engineering - event support, Josh Lloyd, designed the system and handled the house band mixes, with Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Seargent and Marty Harrison on monitors. Supporting him was key team member Chris Coxhead, who handl

cycle-storePioneer Pro Audio drives Brabant bike store
Tuesday, 30 May 2023

Belgium - Run by four generations of the same family, bicycle shop Emrin has been in existence since 1908. Located in Flemish Brabant, the shop has a proud history of delivering exceptional customer service and remains passionate about matching the right bike to the right rider. This principle has seen the business thrive and grow to encompass every aspect of the cycling world, from sales and leasing to repair and maintenance, clothing, accessories and bike-fitting measurement.
Such is the popularity of the shop, that in 2022, Emrin took the decision to move to brand new premises. Designed by architects Mossoux Architecten, the new, high-tech, ultra-modern store has more than 700sqm of floor space and comprises a sales unit, mechanics unit, maintenance unit, high-end race bicycles unit, basement storage and offices.
The importance in a modern retail space, particularly one that fosters a close sense of community, of providing the right in-store atmosphere, has been demonstrated time and again. With this in mind, the Emrin team chose to equip its new premises with a high-quality Pioneer Pro Audio sound system to match the store’s concept, both technically and aesthetically.
Prior to the move to new premises, Emrin had arranged for Iwan Fol of specialists FOL Sound, Light and Vision, and Joeri Verholen of Pioneer Pro Audio, to present a short demonstration of CM-Series commercial audio loudspeakers at its old store. Having established their suitability for the project, installation then took place across the new store’s three large areas, on the g

digicoUse Sonido deploys DiGiCo on Dalma dates
Tuesday, 30 May 2023

Spain - With a career that spans three decades, and having topped the country’s national album chart nine times, Sergio Dalma is one of Spain’s best-selling recording artists. Last year saw him tour his latest album, Alegria (Joy), throughout Spain and South America. Spanish rental company Use Sonido supplied DiGiCo Quantum consoles at both the front of house and monitor positions, purchased from DiGiCo’s Spanish distributor, RMS Pro Audio.
“We started working with Sergio Dalma over 15 years ago,” says Use, Use Sonido’s owner. “We have worked on many tours with him, always using DiGiCo consoles at front of house, and more recently we have them at the monitor world, too.”
Originally, the company had SD7 and SD10 consoles in its inventory, which it relied on for many years, but recently decided to upgrade to an SD Quantum 7, adding the Quantum 338 as soon as it became available to replace its SD10s, ensuring it has the most up-to-date DiGiCo products in its rental stock.
The consoles immediately went out with Sergio Dalma, the SD Quantum 7 taking up the front of house position, manned by FOH engineer Oscar Vinader, and the Quantum 338 with Alberto Cid on monitors.
“Whenever we invest in a new console, we make sure the engineers who are going to use them are fully trained on them, and we’ve had great support from DiGiCo and RMS ProAudio for this,” Use continues. “Once everything is explained - the graphic environment, the layout of the menus, the ergonomics of the encoders, etc., - it makes them really easy

bgt-1Shure Axient captures Britain’s Got Talent
Tuesday, 30 May 2023

UK - For over twenty years, Hotcam has supported the broadcast and television industry with multi-camera and audio equipment hire, technical management, engineering and crewing services.
Hotcam’s reputation is built around its ability to provide bespoke flypack and engineering solutions, whether that be for complex studio rigs or international multi camera productions. Previous projects have included transforming a prestigious, working London hotel, The Langham, into a multi camera studio for Netflix’s “5* Chef”, and Coach trip, a uniquely complex tech brief whereby a touring coach is fitted out as a mobile fixed rig for several months.
In January, Hotcam deployed its flypack services to The Palladium for the record of ITV’s flagship Saturday entertainment show, Britain’s Got Talent. In this case, the engineering team chose to build the audio solution solely around the Shure Axient Digital system, the first year that a single-manufacturer digital radio microphone system has been used.
Hotcam is constantly on the lookout for new products to remain at the very cutting edge of technology, enabling them to facilitate their clients’ needs to the highest of standards. They wanted to upgrade their high-end analogue radio microphones to digital ones for some time after the 700MHz sell-off. A top-notch system was required, with a wide frequency bandwidth, great range, great audio quality and great functionality, and last year they upgraded the entire radio microphone system to Shure Axient Digital.
Peter Green, managing director at Ho

gateway-theatre-singapore-close-upGateway Theatre refurbished with JBL
Tuesday, 30 May 2023

Singapore - To equip Gateway Theatre with impactful sound, Electronics & Engineering Pte (E&E) and Harman Professional Solutions selected and installed JBL Professional loudspeakers and Crown amplification.
Located at the heart of Bukit Merah Central in Singapore, Gateway is a multi-theatre venue that serves as a creative arts space promoting made-in-Singapore works and talents of all cultures. The theatre features several performance spaces, including a 922-seat auditorium, 207-seat black box studio, 100-seat sky garden and other multi-purpose studios.
Gateway Theatre engaged E&E to bring about a comprehensive and creative audio system. Being a popular venue within Singapore’s art scene and with ongoing bookings within the venue, Electronics & Engineering and Harman Professional needed to conduct installations without disrupting any existing venue bookings - all while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. With these challenges in mind, the installation team selected streamlined yet powerful JBL Professional and Crown audio solutions.
Designed for high-end fixed installations, the JBL VTX A-Series proved a suitable choice for the main theatre. With a compact design and 100-degree dispersion, the JBL VTX A8 delivers optimal sound for the audience. Paired with the extended low end of the JBL VTX B18 subwoofer, the new audio system outputs wider dynamic range for the theatre.
Additionally, the team installed an array of JBL VRX928LA 8-inch, two-way loudspeakers to provide sonic clarity for the theatre’s front-fill.
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litepix2Alfalite appoints Vitech US for Latin America
Tuesday, 30 May 2023

USA - European manufacturer of LED screens Alfalite has announced a distribution agreement signed with Vitech US Inc. for this Miami-based company to be the master distributor of the manufacturer in the rental and pro AV Integration channels in Latin America.
Vitech US will now distribute the Alfalite Litepix LED panels to its partners in the rental market, as well as the Alfalite ModularPix LED panels to its integrators in the pro AV market.
“We are very happy to have reached this agreement with Vitech US, a distributor with a long history, solvency and prestige in Latin America, representing high-level brands to offer its channel quality solutions and high reliability, which is fully aligned with our philosophy in the market,” says Juan Vega, director of international development of Alfalite.
Pablo Paludi, sales director of the Pro AV division of Vitech US, says: “We are very proud that Alfalite has trusted us for its operations in Latin America. We are convinced that together we will achieve very important things in the Pro AV market in the region.”
He adds: “We are seeing a growing demand for LED panel solutions throughout Latin America, and Alfalite is a world leader in this market. With all our experience of more than 20 years through the strong distribution network that our company has, we see a very exciting future, with a lot of work and full of projects with Alfalite.”
The agreement, which began to take shape at ISE 2023 and was finalised at NAB Show 2023, represents Alfalite's entry into the rental and pro AV integ

palm2JBL VTX Series powers CRSSD Festival
Friday, 26 May 2023

USA - JBL Professional collaborated with Show Imaging and FNGRS CRSSD to power a weekend of high-energy musical performances with a distributed live sound reinforcement solution consisting of JBL VTX Series line array speakers and subwoofers.
Since its debut in 2015, CRSSD Festival has attracted tens of thousands of electronic and indie rock fans to Waterfront Park in San Diego for two days of live music across three stages. Hosted by FNGRS CRSSD, the 2023 edition boasted performances by chart-topping artists and underground DJs alike, including Oodesza, Polo & Pan, Channel Tres, Neil Frances, Bedouin, Kavinsky, Purple Disco Machine and more.
Concert organisers once again turned to San Diego-based Show Imaging to outfit The Palms Stage with an audio rig that delivered the impact and clarity required for a world class EDM festival without interfering with the concurrent sets happening on the other two stages.
In the past, Show Imaging president Steve Q. Evans was unsure about how the EDM market would take to the JBL VTX systems however, following a particularly successful implementation of Show Imaging’s JBL VTX rig at a New Year’s Eve event, the team confidently decided to deploy VTX speakers and subs to supercharge The Palms Stage.
“For me, when I started Show Imaging in 2014, JBL VRX Series was one of the first production products that we purchased,” said Evans. “It was a great catch-all box for what we were doing at the time. Harman and JBL trusted us, and we trusted them. This trust has remained and grown over the years. We

ringwoodNexo strikes right balance at Ringwood School
Friday, 26 May 2023

UK - Ringwood School in Hampshire has a particularly strong reputation in the performing arts, and has recently completed building The Barn, a new, 600-capacity venue equipped with an all-Nexo sound system designed and installed by Poole-based audio-visual technology and production services specialists Pulse PA.
“We came to the project early so were able to advise on acoustic treatments at the building design stage” reports Pulse MD and founder Ralph Walsh. “Our sister-company installed the infrastructure for sound, lighting, data and video projection, and flexibility of use was the guiding principle of our design. There’s more than five miles of cable in the building and the tech can be reconfigured quickly and easily to handle any type of a production from a music concert or drama to a cinema event.”
Flexibility was also a key consideration in the choice of sound system which comprises hangs of four Nexo Geo M10 line array elements left and right on a truss above the stage, with a centre cluster of three Geo M6 focused primarily on vocal sounds covering the tiered seating. Nexo ID24s cover the very back of the room as delays, and Nexo ePS point source boxes are installed L+R to the centre and rear of the space, to suit surround sound productions and cinema. Low frequency extension comes from NexoL18 subs on the floor.
“Other tenders had proved too expensive and were unable to provide the flexibility needed, but the Nexo system we proposed hit the balance of performance and cost. And the power to size ratio of the Nexo boxes is unbeatab

genelec-meaGenelec strengthens MEA distribution network
Friday, 26 May 2023

Finland - Genelec has significantly strengthened its distribution network in the MEA region through the signing of two new distribution agreements. Johannesburg-based ApexPro is handling the distribution of Genelec’s Pro and AV loudspeaker ranges across Southern Africa, while Dubai-based Sound Reference will be servicing the home audio market throughout the GCC group of countries.
ApexPro is part of South Africa’s well-established Prosound Group of companies, which over the last 50 years has established a close affiliation with clients in the professional broadcast, music production and Pro-AV verticals. The distribution agreement covers the Southern African region - comprising South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
With satellite offices in Durban, Cape Town and Gaborone, ApexPro will focus on the distribution of Genelec Professional loudspeakers via the dealer channel, while AV Worx - part of the same Prosound Group - will provide distribution by concentrating on supplying Genelec Professional and AV solutions to system integrators working in audio-visual production, music production, AV applications plus education and research.
Founded in Dubai in 2021 by Muhammed Amras, Sound Reference will be supplying Genelec loudspeaker systems to the home audio market across the GCC nations: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
"Genelec is the standard by which all other loudspeakers are judged by professionals in the global audio industry," comments ApexPro director Mark Malherbe. "Ensuring

reformaPioneer Pro powers up Palm Springs Reforma
Friday, 26 May 2023

USA - Nestled in the heart of Palm Springs California, Reforma offers a choice of entertainment as the multi-room venue includes a full bar, a fine-dining experience, and a nightclub. Given the diverse nature of the venue’s spaces, Reforma needed to be equipped with a sound system that would offer the ability to both blend and separate experiences. Pioneer Pro Audio’s XY Series and CM Series provided the solution, offering the flexibility and sound quality the venue required.
Since its opening in December 2022, the 9,000sq.ft venue has brought Latin American culture and cuisines from Mexico, Central, and South America to the City’s historic downtown main strip. Embodying pan-Latin energy throughout, up to 750 guests can enjoy executive chef Erick Hernandez’s creations in the main dining room, or during one of the many themed nights ranging from EDM and Latin to drag shows in the nightclub and bar space.
As construction for the venue began, Reforma owner Rob Giesecke and his team conducted a noise study to determine the best sound system solution that would complement the building’s architectural design and encapsulate energy while also being respectful to neighbourhood residents.
Giesecke enlisted Alex Montenegro, owner and system designer at Sonus Systems, to specify and deploy a solution that suited the venue’s needs. With the ownership group's existing purchase and experience with Pioneer Pro Audio at Reforma’s sister venue, Chill Bar, the familiarity provided everything they needed to choose the brand for their next venture.

lauracamachoFocusrite strengthens US business team
Thursday, 25 May 2023

USA - Laura Camacho has been appointed senior vice president for Focusrite Group US to manage the commercial activities across the Americas for the Focusrite Group’s content creation brands of Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Novation, ADAM Audio, Sequential, Oberheim, Sonnox, and Ampify.
Laura brings channel experience from her leadership roles at Adorama and previously Guitar Centre. Laura also obtained her MBA from Californian Lutheran University. Reporting directly to the Focusrite Group chief revenue officer, Damian Hawley, Laura will manage all Focusrite Group routes to market across the Americas.
Laura Camacho comments: “I am honoured to have the opportunity to join such an incredibly talented team and represent an industry-leading portfolio of brands at Focusrite Group. I have long admired their commitment to innovation and am thrilled to lead the continued expansion and excellence across the Americas.”
Damian Hawley adds: “The Focusrite Group has seen significant growth over the last decade both organically, with its market leading products, and through the acquisition of numerous iconic brands. To further capitalise on the strength of the group we identified the need to bring the teams together under a single leader to prepare for the next stage of our growth plan. We are very happy and privileged that Laura has decided to join us, and we look forward to providing further significant growth opportunities for the Focusrite Group and all our channel partners.”

digico-smoothSmooth looks to the future with Quantum 225
Thursday, 25 May 2023

South Africa - Audio engineer Simphiwe Mhlanga has acquired a DiGiCo Quantum 225 Digital Mixing console to further his craft.
Supplied by DWR Distribution, the Quantum 225 incorporates all the new design features of the Quantum 338 but in a compact, robust work surface. “I do a lot of video and audio work for many broadcast shows and live events,” comments Simphiwe Mhlanga, known in the industry as Smooth. “I’m also a touring engineer working most weekends, and every time I get behind a DiGiCo console, it’s just flawless.
“When you have to move from one console to the next over a three day period, it can become difficult, but with DiGiCo, it’s always a breeze due to all consoles sharing the same architecture. I like the workflow, it sounds amazing, and the reputation both national and international made it the correct choice.”
Simphiwe is focused and dedicated to doing what he loves most and has been rewarded by working for Talib Kweli (American rapper), Sjava, the late AKA, and for festivals like The Joy of Jazz, Cotton Fest and Castle Lite Unlocks. “Seeing musicians prepare during the week, seeing them on stage over the weekend and then seeing a happy audience is what makes my work so special to me,” he says.
When choosing the Quantum 225, Simphiwe had the future in mind and wanted a console that would give him the edge in the current market and be something that would last for many years ahead. He had previously attended DiGiCo training with Kyle Robson from DWR and gained product insight by watching numerous product vid

st-marksRenkus-Heinz brings clarity to St. Mark’s
Thursday, 25 May 2023

USA - Deep in the heart of Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square neighbourhood lies St. Mark’s Church. Considered one of the best concert venues in the city, the church nave is quite large, with seating for more than 450 people. Parishioners celebrated the church's first service in 1849 under the overarching timber fretwork of the great roof.
The Decorated Gothic style of the church, with vaulted ceilings, solid wood pews and stone masonry throughout, contributed to an unsatisfactory reverberation time of three seconds. Beam steering arrays from Renkus-Heinz are designed for installations requiring highly targeted audio solutions.
Church staff reached out to Joe DiSabatino, lead design engineer at JD Sound & Video, to design a new audio system for the sanctuary. DiSabatino partnered with local acoustical engineer Hadi Sumoro of HX Audio Lab to model the acoustics using EASE to design the system and SysTune to tune and optimise. Additionally, JD Sound & Video contacted Renkus Heinz’s regional manufacturer representatives at Audio Associates, a leading manufacturer’s rep firm in the professional audio system integration market, to assist with the installation.
“We have an extensive history working with Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers, and the EASE model showed great performance in the nave,” said DiSabatino. “Their beam steering arrays eliminated the need for delay speakers which would have required mounting to columns, something the church would not approve.”
JD Sound & Video installed IC Live Gen5 ICL-F-DUAL-RN arrays in the

singaporeGeneration AV hosts Martin Audio meeting
Thursday, 25 May 2023

Singapore - Generation AV, who provide sales and technical support for Martin Audio across the APAC territories, recently hosted their first Martin Audio APAC distributor meeting in Singapore, with over 30 business partners from across Asia Pacific attending.
This provided an opportunity for representatives to network, connect, learn, and sample the latest products and technology from the British manufacturer - as well as share their successes and experiences.
There was an additional incentive to attend, since the meeting coincided with the launch of Generation AV’s new Experience Centre in Singapore, which will act as the main hub for all distributors and their clients to gather and be exposed to the latest products from Martin Audio. Distributors and clients alike can now immerse themselves in the company’s signature sound and experience the impeccable output that the products produce.
In terms of product showcase, the introduction of the new FlexPoint series and Torus 8 to the region provided the highlights. This was the first time all distribution partners had the opportunity of hearing these products. Dom Harter, managing director of Martin Audio, and Bradley Watson, Martin Audio global sales director, were in attendance to lead the demonstrations - and in addition to the product demos, there was plenty of discussion on future roadmaps, operations and business in general.
“Martin Audio recognises one of our biggest potentials for growth today is in Asia, which is why we made the investment in the Experience Centre alongside Generat

podcastSennheiser participates in The Podcast Show
Thursday, 25 May 2023

UK - Sennheiser is participating in The Podcast Show 2023 this week at The Business Design Centre in Islington, London.
On the first day of the show, Sennheiser teamed up with podcast specialists Adam Buxton and John Kennedy [Tape Notes], to offer two exclusive sessions, one free and one ticketed, during which Kennedy utilised their new Sennheiser and Neumann ‘live rig’ to ensure the audience experiences the high-fidelity audio needed to be able to listen to their podcast at its best.
The 'live rig' for both sessions was equipped with Sennheiser and Neumann audio equipment to deliver an exceptional sound experience. It boasts two Sennheiser EW IEM G4 sets, ensuring seamless connectivity. The Neumann BCM 104 broadcast microphone complements the setup, whilst monitoring the sound is made possible by the Neumann NDH 20 closed-back studio headphones, offering accurate sound reproduction and excellent isolation.
In order to provide an exceptional audio experience to each member of the audience, Tape Notes equipped each person with Sennheiser's EK IEM G4 pack, accompanied by HD 280 headphones. A total of 100 packs were distributed for each session, ensuring that every attendee could fully engage with the podcast and listen to it at its best.
“We’re excited to be able to work with Tape Notes and Adam Buxton on some engaging and immersive content at this year's Podcast Show. High fidelity audio is key for the listeners of the podcast, so we’re happy they’ve chosen our brands to work with to bring their podcast to a live audience,” conclu


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