Audio News

raymond-odd--knutKinly celebrates successful launch at ISE 2018
Thursday, 22 February 2018

Europe - Kinly, the new brand identity resulting from the merger of visual collaboration specialists Viju and VisionsConnected, is celebrating a highly successful launch at the recent ISE 2018 show in Amsterdam.
Headquartered in Amsterdam, the combined company today serves corporate and public customers in over 120 countries from established office locations throughout EMEA, the USA and APAC.
The new brand’s management team optimizes the expertise and experience of both companies with former Viju CEO, Odd Sverre Østlie taking the helm as Kinly CEO whilst his opposite number at VisionsConnected, founder and CEO Raymond Alves, will be spearheading Kinly’s solutions and services development in his new role as CSO (Chief Solutions Officer).
“Our new venture is intensely exciting,” says Odd Sverre Østlie. “The opportunity to create a world-leading global visual collaboration specialist under a fresh new brand that builds on the best of two already highly successful companies is a wonderful opportunity for us and our clients.”
“The reaction we got from clients at ISE was tremendous,” reports Alves. “Our clients can all see the benefits of working with a larger organisation with a global reach, whilst still retaining the level of personal, customized service that is our founding principle. We’re so proud and excited to be doing this – we can’t wait to bring the benefits of our combined vision, experience and solutions to help our clients achieve their collaboration goals as fluidly and seamlessly as possible.”
(Jim E

paramoreAvolites powers Paramore’s psychedelic visuals
Thursday, 22 February 2018

Europe - US rock band Paramore's current world tour features a complex array of projection mapped video screens, with the production displays’ psychedelic visuals powered by Avolites' EX8 Ai Infinity Server and Ai v10.1 software.
Production designer Butch Allen devised the show's complex video display. Three concentric rings of truss and screen loom over the audience at a 45° tilt. Managing the tour's substantial projection-mapping system is LMG Touring's technician Grant Draper.
"In terms of video mapping for Paramore, we have multiple planes of convergence and multiple focal points, as everything is on a slant and stepped back on stage," explains Draper. "There is about a foot and half between each circle of the central screen, meaning that even on the most basic level we are not working with a flat plane."
Using a modest six layers of content, Draper has configured the stage's projection screens using Ai v10.1's Autoblend feature. Laying out the mapping as one screen surface in the Ai environment Draper was able to calculate the required warping and blending of the video projection outputs onto the concentric circular screens on stage.
"We use three Panasonic 32K projectors on the show," says Draper. "These effectively act as cameras within the Autoblend 3D environment. I just pointed the projectors at the 3D object - the screens - made it fill the full image of the projectors and basically just used it as a line feed of that. I also used geometry correction within the Autoblend environment. Once I go into the warping features within Ai

kami-tadayon-at-lost-beach-clubSpirit of Ibiza found at Lost Beach Club
Thursday, 22 February 2018

Ecuador - Lost Beach Club in the secluded surfers’ town of Montanita was recently upgraded with an Evo system from Funktion-One.
Kami Tadayon founded in 2012 with the ambition to create a club that would garner international acclaim and be visited by top DJs.
“Lost Beach is unique,” he explains. “You’re under the stars, on the beachfront, in a town of 1,000 residents, and you have this superclub, with the best sound system in the world and some of the best DJs in the world coming to play every weekend. There's nothing like this anywhere in Ecuador - or even Peru and Columbia.”
Far from a hindrance, the club’s remote setting has fuelled a reputation for being among the best beach club experiences on the planet, and ensured that those who do make the journey arrive with a real passion to party. At Kami’s insistence, Lost Beach Club has, from its inception, featured a Funktion-One sound system at its heart. Ever one to push for the very best, he recently ramped things up a notch with the addition Funktion-One Evo 7 and Evo 6 enclosures.
It was back in 2003 that Kami first found and immediately fell for the unmistakable Funktion-One sound. Relocating to Ibiza for two years, he quickly embraced the island’s superclub scene, witnessing from within the incredible sound systems installed at venues like Space and Privilege. “Space Ibiza was a big inspiration for me,” Kami remembers. “I studied and investigated the place thoroughly and swore to myself that one day I would start a club and take it to the same level.”
On t

rhc-ddmRH Consulting appointed DDM reseller
Thursday, 22 February 2018

UK - RH Consulting has become an official reseller of Dante Domain Manager.
Dante Domain Manager is a new package designed to monitor and secure Dante audio networks for ease of install and management of networked audio systems.
RH Consulting founder Roland Hemming says: “Dante Domain Manager is another great tool in our armoury to help integrators provide the best audio networking solution to customers. We are pleased to be able to offer this to our customers and have more exciting audio networking announcements coming soon.”
RH Consulting has a DDM demonstration system to show clients the benefits of working with Dante Domain Manager.
The Royal Tunbridge Wells-based consultancy also provides network audio planning advice, DDM config, switch set-up, DSP configuration and plugin development.
(Jim Evans)

montaneGreen Hippo partners with Msonic in Finland
Thursday, 22 February 2018

Finland - Green Hippo has appointed Msonic as its distributor for Finland. Effective immediately, Msonic will distribute Green Hippo’s line of scenic video technology throughout the Republic of Finland.
Founded in 2012 in Vantaa, Msonic specialises in the import and distribution of premium professional AV and lighting products.
James Roth, head of sales and marketing at Green Hippo, says: “I have been aware of the growth of Msonic’s business activities over a number of years and for us, the recent move to their new offices and some changes in the structure of the Finnish market that has meant Johan West can join the team was just too good an opportunity to let go. Bringing together such a fine commercial operation with Msonic, one of the word’s real experts on Hippotizer Media Servers in Johan and our global market-leading brand means that we now have an unbeatable position in the Finnish market.”
Kari Vanhalakka, managing director of MSonic, adds: “Green Hippo is rightfully recognised as the pro sector’s leading media-server brand, and this partnership marks a significant milestone for MSonic. The Hippotizer hardware and software is spot-on, and we can’t fault the support on offer from the Green Hippo personnel. Frankly, we can’t wait to take this line to the Finnish market.”
(Jim Evans)

roberts-daviesjohnwebsafeLawo expands pre-sales & projects team
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Germany - John Roberts-Davies has joined German audio console and IP video specialist Lawo AG as head of pre-sales & projects. In his new role, he will lead and develop the team that delivers technical consultation, solution design and system delivery to customers across the entire range of live production applications.
The appointment comes at a time of rapid growth in demand for Lawo products and solutions, which are expertly designed to help gain maximum advantage from new technologies in the fast-changing world of live production.
Roberts-Davies has over 30 years’ experience in the industry. He worked in operational and technical roles in radio and TV stations in several countries, as a sound recordist, radio engineer, ENG cameraman and radio and TV system engineer, before moving to the manufacturer side with various technical, commercial and professional services management roles within Sony, Quantel and SAM.
“We are very excited to have John join our team," says Ulrich Schnabl, director of operations at Lawo AG. “His broad knowledge of the industry, coupled with his ability to ensure suppliers consistently deliver the best services possible, make him a strong asset for Lawo at this time of rapid growth."
(Jim Evans)

arifSennheiser appoints sales manager for UAE
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

UAE - Sennheiser has announced the appointment of Arif PK as its new area sales manager for the System Solutions Channel in the UAE and Qatar.
Arif will report directly to Mig Cardamone, director of sales and marketing at Sennheiser Middle East who comments: “We feel that the Middle East - with special focus on Qatar and the UAE, given the upcoming major events - continues to prove that it is a very crucial market with a demand for high quality audio equipment and international expertise. With over a decade of experience in large scale AV projects specifically in those key markets, we feel it is a great synergy to have Arif join our team and build momentum for Sennheiser.”
Prior to joining Sennheiser, Arif was the country manager in Qatar for Mayflex/Excel Networking, a converged IP solutions provider. He has also held senior sales positions in CGC (Qatar) and Pixel Projects AV.
Commenting on his new position, Arif says: “My focus is to build relationships in the region based on our brand’s core values of innovation and excellence. I will be working to strengthen ties with our existing customers and partners, while making headway into new avenues in the UAE and Qatar.”
(Jim Evans)

digico-editorDiGiCo releases S-Series Offline Editor
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

UK - Continuing its expansion of the popular S Series console functionality, UK digital live mixing specialist DiGiCo has announced the release of the new S-Series Offline Editor.
The S-Series Offline Editor is compatible with Windows and Mac OS and can be used for both S21 and S31 console sessions. It comes with a familiar, high-resolution console screen interface and an on-screen help facility. Parameter control is via a mouse wheel and a new control strip along with a quick navigation facility, which can be accessed using keyboard shortcuts. Template sessions are also provided for common DMI card / Rack setups.
“The S Series Offline Editor gives S-Series users the same ability to work on session files offline as they currently have with the SD Series,” says Roger Wood DiGiCo’s Head of Software Development. “This means that a whole show file can be written away from site and simply transferred to the console.”
The Offline S-Series editors are now directly available on the Offline Software page on the DiGiCo website.
(Jim Evans)

outlineOutline reinforces Hell On A Highway tour
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

USA - Justin Moore’s Hell On A Highway tour started in mid-October 2017 and continues into 2018, with the country singer set to visit over 40 cities across the USA.
Audio contractor Special Event Services are deploying part of their large Outline inventory for the tour. The main PA comprises left-right hangs of 12 Outline GTO C-12 modules with a single, wide-dispersion GTO-DF down-fill cabinet flown at the base of the array. Six Outline LAB 21 HS subwoofers per side provide the low-frequencies, while six Outline LIPF-082 dedicated stage lip-fill enclosures cover the seats immediately in front of the stage.
Moore’s long-standing engineer Jeff Oliver is manning the FOH console and is clearly enjoying touring with SES’s Outline system.
“When it comes to mixing Justin Moore every night, I want a system that faithfully represents what I’m sending to it and it’s no surprise that Outline’s GTO C-12 never disappoints.
“Our show is very dynamic in design, as it ebbs and flows from slower ballads to straight out heavy rock & roll country. These dynamics require a PA system that is precise during the quiet, intimate songs as well as in the hardest hitting moments. With over 700 shows under my belt mixing Justin, I’ve never come across another system that has the sonic accuracy and headroom of Outline’s GTO C-12 - I know that when I step up to the console every night, even without a sound check, I can push up my VCAs and be right back where I was the night before.”
Jeff concludes, “Mixing a concert for me is abo

nexoNexo STM for National Theatre of Guatemala
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Guatemala - Nexo’s STM Series modular line array was installed at the Cultural Centre Miguel Angel Asturias, also known as the Teatro Nacional de Guatemala.
Built on the site of a former fort and, at one time, a prison, the theatre is renowned for its architecture designed by Guatemalan architect Efrain Recinos. Opened in 1978, it is now the country’s largest cultural complex, with its auditorium capable of housing audiences of 2000+, to watch up to 300 artists on the large stage, and more than 50 musicians in the orchestra pit.
The theatre’s technical director Luis Tala welcomed the completion of the system installation. “This is a very special moment. I remember when I started talking about this project with Celso Papadopoulos of Nexo Latin America, more than 12 years ago.” By the time official authorisation was received, Nexo had released the compact STM M28 main modules, providing one of the most popular configurations of its modular STM Series line array.
Teatro Nacional’s new system comprises left and right clusters for the main PA, each using 12x STM M28 modules, with eight STM B112 bass modules flown alongside. Behind these two arrays, a third line is flown with four STM S118 subs.
Four more S118 are mobile on the stage, providing additional subbass when required. On each side of the stage, side-fill is delivered by three STM M28 plus two S118 subs, which can be flown or used on the ground. Nexo’s 45°N-12 line monitors are used for onstage monitoring, with additional monitoring requirements met by Nexo PS15 full-range ca

shawnlondonattheallenheathdlives7000Allen & Heath dLive mixes Rolling Stone and Porsche concert
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

USA - A live concert to celebrate Porsche’s new Panamera hybrid automobile was mixed on an Allen & Heath dLive S Class with S7000 Surface, DM64 MixRack and DX32 Expander.
The Engine Notes concert, held at the Porsche Experience Centre in California, featured Dave Navarro, Mark McGrath and other rockers performing as The Royal Machines and was co-sponsored by Rolling Stone magazine.
Shawn London mixed FOH for the concert with sound and lighting systems provided by Los Angeles based Harmony Event Productions. London, a 20-year veteran FOH engineer, has mixed for bands like Eagles of Death Metal, Jane's Addiction, 30 seconds to Mars, The Used and Fishbone.
He noted, “For the Porsche event, they needed feeds for FOH but also for a video recording and cues for a lighting director, and an overall production director. And, they wanted to do two simultaneous multitrack recordings. So, they had originally proposed a different digital mixer but I told them we needed a dLive to provide all of those feeds and coordinate all those mixes.”
“The production spaces were 350ft from the mix booth,” London said. “So we fed everything over the network from Dante cards in the S7000 and DM64.” He used the DX32 to send and receive channels to the video production area allowing time-code to be added to the multitrack recordings. “That’s the great thing about the dLive,” said London. “You can send audio all over the place and still have plenty of feeds left over. You can’t surpass that workflow with any other mixer.”

lanaL-Acoustics backs Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

USA - With Lana Del Rey’s most recent album, Lust for Life, prominently appearing on many critics’ top lists for 2017, the sultry singer-songwriter has been on the road in North America this January and February with LA to the Moon, her first tour since 2014.
FOH mixing duties for the Sound Image-reinforced trek have been in the capable care of Kevin Madigan, perhaps best known for his work with David Crosby, Graham Nash and Steven Stills. With the task of bringing Del Rey’s dreamy, intimate pop to audiences in hockey arenas and other equally acoustically challenging venues, Madigan has two secret weapons: a well-honed ear for great, vocal-based song craft, and a passion for exceptional PAs, in this case, a DiGiCo SD5-driven L-Acoustics’ K1 system.
“We’re not trying to get huge SPLs - quality is the key, and that was taken into account with the PA choice and system design,” Madigan notes from Orlando, Florida after surviving a month of dates mostly in the Midwest and Northeast where the temperature on opening night in Minneapolis was 26 degrees below zero.
“It really is a show that’s very vocal-based. It’s all about the songs and her voice. So, keeping that in mind, I initially met with L-Acoustics’ Dave Brooks [application engineer, touring liaison] and we came up with a system design that allowed us to maintain the feel of intimacy in a large arena show. The coverage and the quality of the system make that possible and the linear reproduction of sound everywhere really helps people to feel as if they’re quite

cornerstone-3Cornerstone Church on the move with Martin Audio
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

USA - Cornerstone Church in Milwaukee, WI, a portable church that converts into a large banquet hall and wedding venue, has recently upgraded to a Martin Audio Wavefront Precision Mini line array system.
Wavefront Precision introduces a scalable approach to resolution and control of coverage that functions in tandem with external, dedicated multi-channel amplifiers in a uniquely flexible, upgradeable, and price-conscious system. The more cabinets with dedicated amplifier channels, the higher the resolution and scale of coverage control achievable.
System designer and integrator David Price says: “The hall is in a historic building and has several acoustic challenges which explains why we chose the WPM system. The room has a mammoth 35ft. tall x 30 ft. wide curved centre channel area where tons of acoustic energy can get trapped. WPM gives us control over directivity of the system so we can avoid that area and put the energy on the audience where it needs to be.”
Marble columns are spread throughout and the ceiling is all plaster with no acoustical panelling, and many cavities. “They also needed the system to be loud for the contemporary worship service without killing people in the first couple of rows, which happened with the previous PA because they had to push it so hard,” Price continued.
“With the Martin Audio WPM system, we could control the sound coverage from front to back and use the internal DSP to figure out the smoothness of coverage in terms of SPL they preferred. And now they’re incredibly happy with the system. Every

backstage-imageLeading brands on show at The Backstage Centre
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

UK - The Backstage Centre will host open days on 1-2 March, inviting visitors to discover and demo new products from leading professional brands including JTS, FBT, ADJ, Allen & Heath, DuraTruss, Elation Lighting, 5 Star Cases, JTS Microphones and Titan Power.
Sat in Purfleet’s High House Production Park 11 miles east of London City Airport, the Backstage Centre has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the UK’s best-equipped production and rehearsal destinations.
Taking place within the facility’s sound stage, The Backstage Event will feature demonstrations of a wealth of FBT audio solutions. Rental companies and live engineers will hear why the dual 10” Muse line array, twinned with the Mitus 218SA, has already proven itself in more than 4,000 projects worldwide. Installers will have the chance to test the weather resistance of FBT’s IP55-rated Shadow loudspeakers, as well as the sharp Italian good looks of the Archon, Subline and Ventis series.
Alongside FBT, participating brands will include ADJ, Allen & Heath, DuraTruss, Elation Lighting, 5 Star Cases, JTS Microphones and Titan Power. Guests will be invited to network freely with refreshments to hand, while testing and evaluating products in a relaxed but professional environment, including listening sessions and hands-on testing. Starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm, both days will begin with seminars, followed by afternoon demonstrations and more.
“This is a great opportunity for rental companies, front of house and monitor engineers, and all members of the

sennheiserSennheiser showcases Digital 6000 at Daytime TPi
Monday, 19 February 2018

UK - As part of Sennheiser’s involvement with this year’s TPi Awards on 26 February, the company will be showcasing its Digital 6000 wireless microphone system at Daytime TPi.
The Digital 6000 Series is fast becoming an essential part of many rental companies’ inventories, with Britannia Row, Stage Sound Services, SSE, Adlib, Capital Sound and Skan PA all having recently invested in substantial systems.
Using the same long-range mode and proprietary Sennheiser Digital Audio Codec as the top-of-the-range Digital 9000 Series, Digital 6000 comprises a two-channel receiver in two different versions, a bodypack and a handheld transmitter, as well as a rack-mount 19” charging unit.
“Those attending Daytime TPi will be able to experience the outstanding abilities of Digital 6000 and we’ll have a range of capsules for them to try,” says Sennheiser channel sales manager Kevin Gwyther-Brown, who will be on hand throughout, along with artist relations manager, Jack Drury. “We’ll also be delighted to talk through our Digital 6000 0% finance deal with anyone who wants to know more about it.”
Sennheiser is also sponsoring the Favourite Sound Rental Company category at the Awards.
(Jim Evans)

eawEAW releases major software updates
Monday, 19 February 2018

USA - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced the release of major upgrades to Resolution 2 and EAWmosaic software.
EAW Resolution 2, a simulation software that accurately predicts the performance of EAW loudspeakers within a venue, can now import external images as plan and sections views to aid the building of Resolution models from architectural drawings. For Adaptive system users, the new Adaptive Health Display assembles all available system health information in one place and provides guidance for action and easy one click healing.
EAWmosaic, the software app that offers design, prediction and system optimisation for EAW’s RADIUS family of loudspeakers, can now run natively on both Mac OS and iOS operating systems. This upgrade makes it even more convenient for system integrators and production houses to utilise the software, helping users to virtually model, forecast and evaluate a loudspeaker system’s performance for any user-defined venue. It will also predict direct SPL levels throughout the virtual venue and perform rigging calculations to ensure that a design is safe for the application.
Louie King, marketing & communications manager at EAW, says: “These updates are the result of listening to our partners, watching them work and using that experience to improve the effectiveness of our software in what they do every day. With systems that are so tightly integrated, there is huge opportunity for advancement through just software and firmware updates. By regularly capturing feedback and reiterating on it, we are able to incre

hive-kt-resting-room-guiAudica speakers showcase surround sound platform
Monday, 19 February 2018

Hong Kong - Audica has played a key role in the on-going development and testing of a surround-sound solution designed specifically for hospitality, retail and spa treatment rooms.
Audica’s specialist speakers have been selected as the reference specification for the Musicstyling COLLABORATE + platform, a new application that provides 4.1 surround-sound from an iOS app.
COLLABORATE + is a collaboration between Musicstyling, the specialist supplier of bespoke playlists, and custom content providers, including Tom Middleton. The application allows spas, wellness centres and other businesses within the retail and hospitality sectors to deliver various soundscapes designed to induce optimal physiological, psychological and emotional responses. “Immersive bioharmonic soundscapes from Tom Middleton encourage slow and deep yogic respiration, lowered heart rate and stress hormone reduction, providing a fulfilling and revitalising recharge for mind, body and soul”.
The solution continues to be demonstrated within the Resting Room at The Hive, a co-working and hot desk complex in Hong Kong. Audica’s range of speakers have been specifically chosen and installed within the dedicated resting area, where they deliver the custom soundscapes from Tom Middleton, allowing workers to escape from the noise and intensity of a fast-paced life. The reference 4.1 system incorporates four Audica Professional MICROpoint loudspeakers, the MICROplus ultra-compact four-channel amplifier, and the MICROsub 3 active subwoofer.
November’s launch event at The Hive wa

mergingManAlive goes overboard for Merging Technologies
Monday, 19 February 2018

USA - A successful band setting up a studio is not particularly noteworthy, but when it is set up to record in DSD and features a 4K video stage, this is clearly unusual. Furthermore, this new facility is located on Nashville’s doorstep which is home to many famous studios, suggesting this is a bold move.
DSD recording is relatively unusual for a conventional studio, although commonplace in the classical recording world with the majority of concert halls and opera houses being so equipped. This is no ordinary studio but, regardless of musical genre, DSD means Merging Technologies and in this case Pyramix MassCore with two Horus networked audio converters.
The successful group behind this project is the Annie Moses Band, very much a family venture blending traditional American folk songs with a strong classical influence. Their live and predominantly acoustic performances influenced the design of ManAlive Studios.
The idea was to be able to capture a live performance in the best quality audio and video which is not something you can typically do in the neighbouring Nashville studios. The plan crystallized about six months ago and includes a 4,000sq.ft sound stage with full lighting, six 4K cameras, Pyramix and Pro Tools HDX recording and an SSL AWS console. The idea is to have the ability to stream, broadcast or just record the music with or without a live audience. Flexibility and quick turnaround are key to the studio’s philosophy.
“We have been extremely impressed by the depth and audio quality of DSD. It is creatively exciting and mee

d24ksoundlogoPhiladelphia’s D24K Sound selects Danley
Monday, 19 February 2018

USA - Ross Dettmering, owner of D24K Sound, welcomes the scepticism he gets from clients when he tells them he'll cover their event with high-impact, high-fidelity sound using only a tiny fraction of the boxes that they're used to seeing.
For example, D24K Sound recently covered a crowd of 5,000 Drexel University students who packed together to watch rapper Kehlani using only a stereo pair of Danley J3-94 Jericho Horns for full-range content, along with four Danley BC-415 and six Danley DBH-218 subwoofers. D24K is among a small, but growing number of event production companies that are standing apart from the competition by offering their clients Danley Sound Labs' “crystal-clear fidelity, honest bass, and improved sightlines”.
"I first heard about Danley from a sound engineer friend who told me that Danley was building single boxes that were powerful enough to cover an entire stadium," says Dettmering, referring to Danley's inroads in the sports arena market. "That struck a chord with me. I looked into their technology and got the back story on inventor and acoustician Tom Danley and all of the patented technologies he's using to design the Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers.
“It sounded like a more principled way to design big sound reinforcement systems, and all of our competition is deeply invested in the line array technology that the Danley boxes outperform! Going with Danley seemed like a great way to differentiate D24K from all the other guys."
Dettmering also admitted that the idea of setting up and tearing down a handful of box

cuk-and-clearoneCUK Audio takes on distribution for ClearOne
Monday, 19 February 2018

UK - CUK Audio has become ClearOne distributor for the UK and Ireland.
Salt Lake City-based ClearOne is a global provider of advanced conferencing, collaboration, network streaming and signage solutions for voice and visual communications.
CUK Audio MD Stuart Thomson comments: “CUK Audio’s business has transformed over the last few years as we have put in place a number of initiatives to better serve the market and the brands we represent. Distributors can’t simply content themselves with just supplying products any more - we have to offer solutions, support and advice throughout the duration of the project and beyond.
“We have put in place a number of expert, vertical channel managers whose mission is exactly that – to provide effective, well thought-out end-to-end solutions wherever possible from the wide range of brands available in his or her market channel. We also pride ourselves on the level of technical support we provide at every stage of the project, from specifying right through to commissioning.”
Sales director and head of CUK’s AV/conferencing channel, Simon Druce, adds: “Clear One is right at the cutting edge of conferencing and collaboration technology with advanced network streaming solutions for audio and video. Our strength as a sales partner for ClearOne lies in our deep understanding of the market and its technologies, our strong relationships with our customers and our exceptional levels of support throughout the whole of the UK and Eire.
ClearOne chairman and CEO Zee Hakimoglu says, “As we continu

l-acousticsL­‑Acoustics strengthens UK team
Friday, 16 February 2018

UK - L‑Acoustics has announced the creation of a purpose-built sales and application team for the UK, with additional support from L-Acoustics Marcoussis headquarters.
The UK team comprises sales manager Paul McMullan, who has been with L‑Acoustics since 2016 and continues to expand the brand’s traditionally strong association with the UK market. He is now joined by new team members Sergey Becker, application engineer, touring, and Jeff Woodford, application engineer, Install. Continuing to support the UK market are Nathalie Prade in sales support, and Alex Linn in customer service.
“The UK is a seismic centre for both the touring and installation markets and is recognized for its cutting edge performing arts centres. It is also home to many of the globe’s most important consultancies,” explains Jochen Frohn, L‑Acoustics director of business development. “As such, it is a key territory for us, which is why we made the decision to strengthen the UK team with the addition of Sergey and Jeff, both experienced application engineers whose extensive knowledge will help to expand the brand in the robust UK touring and install markets.”
Sergey has spent almost 20 years designing and implementing PA systems and their control infrastructure, as well as being an experienced FOH and monitor engineer. He joins L‑Acoustics from Delta Sound, where he gained experience in high profile events such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, as well as at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.
Jeff Woodford joins from RG Jones Sound

vantec20a43hiD.A.S. expands Vantec powered system range
Friday, 16 February 2018

Spain - D.A.S. Audio has announced the launch of two new products, the Vantec-20A and the Vantec-118A, which join the Vantec Series line-up of portable systems.
The Vantec-20A is an active curved source line array that incorporates an arsenal of hi-tech solutions designed to provide the versatility today's sound hire professionals need.
Whether stacked on the powered Vantec-118A companion subwoofer, flown in a compact array, or used alone on a speaker stand, the Vantec-20A can be used effectively in a sizable number of applications that include corporate A/V, mid-size sound reinforcement, and permanent installation.
Designed for use in arrays of up to five units, the Vantec-20A is designed for applications that don't require the power and long-throw characteristics of large line arrays. The D.A.S. Click-LockTM rigging hardware enables the system to be securely stacked on, or flown from, the Vantec-118A. Individual units can be mounted on tripods with precise aiming possible, thanks to the variable angle pole mount that allows for up to 13.5º of up or down tilt.
The Vantec-20A employs the DAScontrol interface, which offers “a quick and hassle-free setup of the systems in arrays and easy alignment with the Vantec-18A and Vantec-118A active bass systems without the need of external processing”. Presets for array size and HF compensation for throw distances can be selected by way of DAScontrol and the LCD screen on the back of the cabinet.
The Vantec-118A is an active front-loaded bass system that has been designed specifically for use

riedelteamDeltaLive adds to substantial Riedel inventory
Friday, 16 February 2018

UK - DeltaLive has taken delivery of a substantial stock of Riedel’s range of products, which it has immediately added to its hire stock inventory.

“We have had a specialist in-house communication department for over 20 years now,” says Delta’s Paul Keating. “As live events communications have grown and clients’ needs and expectations have changed, we have anticipated their requirements and adapted and invested accordingly. Investing in Riedel is part of that process. It’s a great fit for us and we’re really looking forward to supporting both existing and potential Riedel users around the world.
“We’re also excited about getting behind the product range on our own projects and to developing our relationship with Riedel. The company is ahead of the technology curve and produces some really interesting and important products for our industry, including those for the live events, broadcast, sports, cruise ships and corporate markets, in all of which DeltaLive has extensive experience.”
“Delta is a great company with an impressive track record of providing outstanding audio and communication solutions worldwide,” adds Thomas Reidel. “It’s a pleasure to see that Delta relies on us and is investing in our technology and products. We look forward to a long-term partnership and are excited about the upcoming projects.”
Delta now stocks the majority of Riedel’s product line, including the Artist Communications Platform, Bolero wireless intercom and MediorNet. Separately, Delta has also invested in the latest Tier 3

nexo-dutchNexo Geo M10 installed in classic Dutch theatre
Friday, 16 February 2018

The Netherlands - One of Holland’s first installations of Nexo’s new Geo M10 mid-size line array has been completed in the Stadsgehoorzaal in Kampen, a classic 125-year old city theatre in the traditional Dutch style.
The plush red auditorium of the Stadsgehoorzaal, which seats 480, has just been equipped with a Nexo line array system in a L/C/R configuration, with Nexo’s super-compact ID Series loudspeakers for fills.
The design story starts with the theatre’s large central chandelier, which challenges most sound reinforcement system designs, obstructing sound from reaching the balcony. Bert Koenders, from Nexo distributor and installer Iemke Roos, worked closely with the theatre’s head of sound Larz Kemper and his installation team, coming up with a design which deployed small clusters of a pair of Nexo Geo M6 line array modules - these were ceiling-mounted left and right of the chandelier to handle dispersion to the seats in the balcony.
The main PA consists of four-module arrays of Nexo’s new mid-size line array, the GEO M10. These arrays were mounted left and right on the proscenium arch, with a centre cluster of five Geo M6 above the arch. All these speakers were presented in a special olive green RAL colour, to ensure a tasteful match to the theatre’s décor.
Another innovative touch was the installation of ID24 point-source loudspeakers into the proscenium arch itself, artfully hidden yet providing essential front fill along with three additional ID24 units across the front of the stage. For sub bass, the main system uses


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