Audio News

grandmagrandMA3 debut draws crowds at PL+S 2018
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Germany - With the first live presentation of the new grandMA3 series the MA Lighting booths at Prolight + Sound 2018 were a popular draw.
Founded on the legacy of the previous grandMA consoles, the grandMA3 represents “a radical re-think of what’s possible from a lighting control platform”. The elegant new system-architecture incorporates new fixture, feature and effects-handling at its very heart.
The system features concepts from top industry visionaries, presented within a refined user interface, and is designed to make practical tasks more intuitive. The physical design detail of the grandMA3 range is focused on delivering “the best possible user experience, now and into the future”.
The interest of all visitors at the exhibition was very high, therefore all 13 grandMA3 hands on stations and the dedicated grandMA3 live demonstration auditorium were constantly packed with MA Lighting users from all over the world.
Additionally, the dot2 range was displayed on a dedicated dot2 booth. Four hands on stations as well as live demonstrations of tips and tricks attracted much interest.
Following the introduction of the new General Device Type Format (GDTF) in March 2018, a combined press conference with Vectorworks Inc and Robe lighting on the first day of the show was another important highlight for MA.
This new development for the entertainment design and production industry will change the way lighting designers, lighting fixture manufacturers, lighting console manufacturers and lighting visualizers will work together. T

nemesis-audio-acs-1Orbital Sound returns to PLASA Focus Leeds
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

UK - Orbital Sound returns to PLASA Focus Leeds this year on stand N-C28. Featured on the stand this year is the Nemesis range of audio tools for use in theatre, AV, live music and more.
Key featured product is the new ACS-1 Auto switch over unit that enables automatic switchover of the Nemesis range of Dante and MADI switches. A typical use for this unit is in computer playback systems enabling a dual redundant computer playback system to automatically switch to the Back-Up system should the Primary playback system fail.
Come and see the new option boards for the very popular Nemesis CCS-2 Computer Switch adding more versatility and options, whilst the TCR-1 Time Code Reader adds an impressive feature list to a simple but effective solution.
Full working demonstrations of these new products will be running on the stand daily.
Also on the stand will be products from Allen & Heath (dLive consoles and ME1 personal monitor systems), Clear-Com (Helixnet digital wired and Freespeak II wireless comms systems), DPA (New Core series microphones) and Nexo (Versatile ID Series, PS series & Geo M6 speakers)
Andy Simmons and the team from Orbital will be on hand to discuss all new developments.
(Jim Evans)

digicoSlash Enterprises expands with SD9 purchase
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

India - Slash Enterprises in Hyderabad has recently invested in a DiGiCo SD9 digital mixing console. It was purchased through India distributor HiTech Audio Systems Pvt.Ltd, New Delhi.
“We were looking for something compatible for our line of work and were introduced to DiGiCo SD9 by HiTech,” says Ronald Daniel, owner of Slash Enterprises. “I was awestruck by the features of the console and instantly loved everything about it.”
Slash Enterprises was found by Francis Daniel, who used to handle DJ events for weddings and corporate shows. The company has now expanded its sphere of work by adding mixing for live bands, as well as church events. Francis’s younger brother Ronald Daniel, an experienced sound engineer, then joined the team and gave the company a new vision. With his help and that of advanced technology and cutting-edge equipment, Slash Enterprises has joined the big names of Hyderabad’s audio rental industry and has added a variety of clients in the live music industry to its portfolio.
“I mix for both indoor venues and open air, live shows,” says Ronald. “The audience footfall varies and the needs of artists are increasingly demanding. For such a diverse array of shows, ease of use is a prime consideration in my console choice and the DiGiCo SD9 is a perfect fit for my scope of work.
“The console also offers 155 Dynamic EQ processors, all of which can be assigned to any of the input or output channels,” says Ronald. “Moreover, using snapshots feature, engineers can now switch between complete configurations i

next-lam114-xa-stage-monitorNEXT-proaudio reinforces Radio Festival Party
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Portugal - A range of top Portuguese singers, such as Paulo Gonzo, Diogo Piçarra, D.A.M.A, C4 Pedro and Marco Paulo converged on Gondomar´s Pavillion for Radio Festival Party, the biggest such event in the country.
Brought in to energise the nearly 8000-strong crowd at this year’s Radio Festival Party in Porto were over 64 NEXT-proaudio’s loudspeakers supplied by Mega Ensaio Rental Company.
These NEXT-proaudio systems included arrays of 20 LA212x three-way enclosures for main reinforcement. For low-end, 16 NEXT LAs418 subwoofers stacked by pairs of two units below the main arrays. Two-way Active Line Array LA122A cabinets were deployed as both side-fills, in arrays of four enclosures per side with four LAs118A Active Subwoofers.
The monitoring included 12 active 14” stage monitors LAm114xA while the front-fill comprised four LA122A. The entire setup was powered and managed via NEXT-proaudio LA touring racks.
Mega Ensaio has worked with Radio Festival organiser on several previous high-profile events. “We have been working with Radio Festival for a long time,” says Antonio Fonseca, technical director of Mega Ensaio. “As technical director of this event, I can consider that the system has delivered a very consistent sounding show and was close to perfect. The bands, artists and Radio Festival were really satisfied at the end of the show with the sound quality.”
NEXT-proaudio sent a team to the venue to provide technical support and help with the final alignment of the whole system.
(Jim Evans)

robinconwayandpaultimminsfromcapitalsoundhirepreviewCapital Sound Hire adds Outline Newton
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

UK - London-based Capital Sound Hire has added yet further to its Outline inventory with the addition of the Italian company’s latest multi-role processor, the Newton.
Officially launched at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt recently, the flexibility of Newton offers “a new level of convenience and system integration possibilities to professional users throughout the audio industry”.
Capital’s Paul Timmins reports, “We were introduced to the concept by the Outline team when we were buying into the Outline GTO C-12 system during late 2015 and early 2016. We took an immediate interest and, having then followed its development over the last two years, we are incredibly excited we have received our first production units.”
Robin Conway adds, “My interest was immediately piqued during my first introduction to the unit and the concept, then our internal team and some external staff saw it during our Outline array training at SW19 Studios. The right people in the room were immediately interested, at which point I knew it was a product we needed to add to our inventory.”
“These units were bought as an option for our drive systems in general, as they have the ability to run all four brands of loudspeaker system presently in our inventory - however, there are so many elements to this unit that are of interest, not least that the platform, being FGPA based, will allow the unit to continuously grow during its life span.”
Conway concludes, “We are trialling the unit in a live environment on the Sam Smith world tour. We felt it was

tomm6Tom Marshall specifies KV2 for UK productions
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

UK - KV2 Audio’s rise and rise within the Broadway, West End and UK touring theatre world has happened in no small part due to a band of sound designers willing to listen to products outside of the so-called established mainstays of the theatre market.
One of these designers reaping the rewards of KV2’s True Point Source approach to loudspeaker design is UK based Tom Marshall.
First exposed to KV2 in 2014, Tom has been specifying KV2 products with increasing regularity and currently has five UK-wide touring productions out with KV2 – An Officer & A Gentleman, Jungle Book, Sunset Boulevard, Crazy For You and Flashdance.
These are in addition to numerous other shows at Leicester’s Curve, pantos in Richmond and Glasgow and the recurring UK winter tour of Nativity! The Musical2017-2020.
“I was introduced to KV2 along with Richard Brooker by Ross Portway and after experiencing the active EX10 and EX12 boxes on a few shows I decided to start specifying them on my own productions,” Tom explains.
“There are many loudspeakers that I like and for me it comes down to using the right tools for the job, as well as what budget will allow. When listening in comparison to other manufacturers of similar specification I was very pleasantly surprised at the KV2 range.
“The beauty of KV2 is that all the products deliver a great transparent sound with more than sufficient power for boxes of their size. That plus the fact that they are very reasonably priced make KV2 a perfect choice for n

lydlysDanish companies invest in Yamaha Rivage PM7
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Denmark - With the summer festival season just round the corner, bringing live productions from small to huge out into the open air, sales of Yamaha’s new Rivage PM7 digital mixing system have made a strong start throughout Europe. In Denmark three companies have already invested in four Rivage PM7 systems.
The first Danish company to take delivery of Rivage PM7 was Dansk Lyd og Lys A/S (Danish Sound and Light) in Odense, a company with 45 years at the heart of the country’s music and entertainment market. As one of Denmark’s foremost technical production companies, the company provides sales, dry hire and full productions to high profile national / international performers and corporate clients.
”We have been using Yamaha digital mixers since the LS9 and M7CL, through to the CL and QL series,” says Dansk Lyd og Lys chief operating officer and partner Kristian Kühnel. “We have been doing a lot of opera, theatre, symphonic music and musicals in recent last years and we look forward to integrating the RIVAGE PM7 into the heart of these productions.”
Three more Rivage PM7 systems are due for delivery in April - two to Unico Gruppen and another to PD Productions.
Vejen-based Unico Gruppen’s main business is rental and dry hire, as well as designing and installing fixed installations. “Our rental department specialises in audio, but we also supply and manage complete productions,” says the company’s Michael Henriksen. “We do not want to be the biggest but, with our motto ‘The best - on time - for the satisfied customer’

stevepattisonthesca8e032The Script go round the world with dLive
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

World - Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the release of their eponymous debut album, Irish rockers The Script are currently on a world tour, with FOH engineer Steve Pattison (Amy Winehouse, Wet Wet Wet, Glasvegas) behind the controls of an Allen & Heath dLive system.
Supplied by rental and production specialists Adlib, Pattison’s dLive set-up comprises an S7000 console, DM64 MixRack (with Dante, Waves V3 and superMADI cards) and DX32 Expanders.
As Pattison explains, he chose the dLive primarily for its overall sound quality and powerful built-in processing.
“The dLive system is really clear and open-sounding, so I can mould the sound and tones of the instruments to get the result I want,” Pattison says. “If I want to warm up an instrument and give it a valve edginess I can do that, just by choosing a preamp from the library and tweaking away. It’s an easy to use console and when something is simple to get around you tend to really explore it and get more out of it.”
Pattison was also impressed by dLive’s capacity to freely patch up to five audio interfaces, enabling broadcast splits, recording and virtual soundcheck.
“The flexibility of input and output formats is unsurpassed too – I used the Waves and Dante cards for recording and virtual soundcheck and the two of them allowed me to get a backup recording on certain shows. The comprehensive monitoring and set-up page makes everything very easy to set up, which is great in festival situations, when you can simply point a recording truck in the direction of the s

kasikorn-business-technology-039Harman solution for Bangkok’s Kasikornbank
Monday, 23 April 2018

Thailand - Mahajak Development recently installed a complete networked audio system by Harman Professional Solutions at Kasikornbank’s new HQ in Bangkok.
Founded in 1945, Kasikornbank is one of the largest commercial banks in Thailand, recently relocated its HQ to a new 11-story office building in central Bangkok.
Kasikornbank commissioned AV integrator Mahajak Development to design and install a state-of-the-art networked audio system that would provide more than 100 meeting rooms with high-quality audio and intuitive control. In order to ensure professional audio during meetings and conferences at the new facility, Mahajak Development selected a comprehensive networked audio solution consisting of JBL speakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS audio processors and AMX control systems.
A bank spokesperson comments: “The new facility required a large-scale AV system that would be sophisticated and user-friendly, with a modern and clean design that matches the aesthetics of our new space. The Harman system installed by Mahajak is powerful enough to cater to our large number of meeting spaces, and simple enough for our staff to operate confidently.”
The audio system installed by Mahajak Development includes JBL Control Series speakers, which provide intelligibility and optimum audio coverage in Kasikornbank’s conference rooms. The system is powered by Crown CDi Series and ComTech DriveCore amplifiers.
For mixing of sources and zones, Mahajak Development installed eight-channel Crown 28M pre-amplifier/mixers and JBL CSMA1120 four-channel mi

hard-rock-cafeBucharest Hard Rock Café upgrades with Martin
Monday, 23 April 2018

Romania - When Romanian sound engineer Alex Serb left distribution and integration company Paradigma Teknik to become a freelancer, he soon started to provide technical support in live shows for Hard Rock Café Bucharest.
He contacted his former colleagues to indicate the facility needed a new sound system - and Paradigma wasted no time in recommending a Martin Audio W8VDQ and CDD solution based on trust and the reputation of previous Martin Audio installations undertaken by the distributors.
"They wanted to change the entire sound system with a new modern setup and we provided a solution. We sent a technical proposal, taking into consideration the specification put forward by Alex," recalls Paradigma general manager, Laura Angelescu. She added that the bid had been highly competitive, with several other front-line speaker manufacturers delivering proposals. Paradigma also offered some lighting equipment and a digital mixing console.
The clients wanted two different PA systems controlled by the same application - one for live and one for ambient sound and also required the live system subs to be re-deployed with the ambient system, which comprises 23 ultra-compact CDD8 (8” + 1”) Coaxial Differential Dispersion loudspeakers distributed throughout the venue. Each speaker is controlled by a single channel from a combination of four-channel Powersoft amplifiers over Dante.
As for the main live PA system, Paradigma specified eight W8VDQ and four WS218X subwoofers. Four of the W8VDQ are used for the main PA, two are used for side-fill and the fi

digico-saSound Stylists invests in SA’s first DiGiCo SD7
Monday, 23 April 2018

South Africa - Rental dry hire and technical production company Sound Stylists has purchased DiGiCo’s new digital mixing desk, SD7.
The investment, which is the first of its kind in the country, complements the company’s existing DiGiCo inventory comprising two D5s, two SD8s, an SD10, and two S21s plus associated racks and accessories. SD7 training will be offered in the near future, says the company.
Kevin Glover, owner of Sound Stylists, comments: “The South African market is maturing and getting bigger. There were several international artists that we serviced with our SD10 last year, however, a number of them were looking for SD7s so essentially, we are answering that call. In addition, we also needed extra SD Racks and having the 32-Bit Mic Preamp cards also increases their desirability.”
Kyle Robson of DWR Distribution, DiGiCo distributor in Africa, adds: “To meet the requirements of international acts, we were hiring in an SD7, often from Dubai. The SD7 is still one of the most popular consoles on the market, mainly because of its dual engines. It’s like having two consoles in one, which offers the redundancy that engineers like; they have the assurance that should one, for some reason, fail, the other will kick in, which gives real peace of mind. Other benefits include having high channel counts, more faders, more screens and a bucket load of outputs.”
(Jim Evans)

adamson-psiPSI joins Adamson network
Monday, 23 April 2018

Ireland - Technical production company PSI is the latest company to join the Adamson network as a certified re-seller and rental partner appointed by Adamson’s UK distributor The Warehouse.
With offices in Belfast and Dublin, PSI specialises in all aspects of event lighting, rigging and training and has recently added an audio department headed up by Adam Lee Collins, along with audio projects manager John Hesketh.
Collins comments: “We looked at all of the leading brands of loudspeakers but felt that Adamson was the perfect fit for our new department. We see the brand growing steadily in the international market and want to be ahead of the curve, we’re initially adding a substantial inventory of Adamson S10 systems to support this. Relationships with like-minded people and companies are key to PSI values, and together with support from The Warehouse and Adamson I see a great future ahead.”
Derek Blair from The Warehouse adds: “PSI is the perfect fit for Adamson and ourselves - they totally understand the importance of having premier brands to hire and sell into their expanding customer base. They provide a very high-quality customer experience from start to finish with some of the best staff and equipment in the industry.
“As well as being one of Adamson’s UK re-sellers and rental partners they will also be handling sales for us in the Republic of Ireland. We very much look forward to working with them and supporting their future success with Adamson.”
For more than 18 years, PSI has provided production solutions for liv

lightsharkwingWORK Pro Audio expands LightShark family
Friday, 20 April 2018

Spain - Valencia-based audio-visual equipment manufacturer WORK Pro Audio is today has announced two product additions to its innovative LightShark range of lighting consoles: the LS-Wing console expander unit, which is designed to complement and extend the original LS-1 console, and the four-strong range of LS-Nodes, affordable hardware expanders for the LightShark system that add extra DMX and Ethernet connectivity without the user interface and physical controls of the LS-1 and LS-Wing units.
Launched in 2017, LightShark was the first DMX-based hardware lighting console range to offer wireless, browser-based control from a multi-touch smartphone or tablet, whilst also providing a rugged and intuitive hardware user interface in the form of the LS-1 unit. The new LS-Wing, which is slightly narrower than the original LS-1 but still comfortably holds a 12.9-inch iPad Pro on its top surface mounting area, connects to the LS-1 via Ethernet and allows users to expand the physical controls available in their LightShark systems.
Each LS-Wing adds 20 backlit buttons and 10 Playbacks, plus two further universes of DMX control (that is, a further 2 x 512 channels of lighting control) and an extra three Ethernet ports, while a pair of USB connectors allow users to charge the associated tablets or mobile devices being used to control their LightShark system.
Four different models of LS-Node are available: the LS-Node1, LS-Node2, LS-Node 4 and LS-Node8, each of which adds its respective number of freely configurable DMX Universes to the connected DMX-capable li

osa71517byelliotmandel-7Harman audio system reinforces Chicago’s Navy Pier
Friday, 20 April 2018

USA - Systems integrator OSA International recently deployed a complete Harman Professional Solutions audio system at Navy Pier in downtown Chicago.
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the city's biggest tourist attractions, both in popularity and size. As part of a comprehensive redevelopment of the entire Pier, management decided to install a permanent audio system for the newly-created Polk Bros Performance Lawns, a free outdoor concert space designed to host artists from Chicago's vibrant local music scene, as well as occasional touring acts.
Navy Pier has relied on Harman audio solutions for more than a decade, so when it came time to design the new system for the Lake Stage and City Stage, the Pier hired audio consulting firm Threshold Acoustics to design an all-Harman audio solution based around JBL Professional VTX V20 line-array loudspeakers.
“We needed a line-array system that was highly controllable so that we could manage its impact on the surrounding area,” comments Jason Kartak, senior consultant at Threshold Acoustics. “There's a housing development nearby, and they wanted to make sure that the noise from the shows did not disturb its residents. There had been noise complaints in the past, so that was something we had to look at very carefully with the design.”
The system is comprised of two main hangs of 12 V20 loudspeakers, six JBL VT4886 line-array loudspeakers as front-fills, two delay towers equipped with JBL PD6212/95-WRX loudspeakers, and six JBL VTX G28 subwoofers deployed on the ground

green-hippo-courseDWR to host Green Hippo certification training
Friday, 20 April 2018

South Africa - A three-day Green Hippo Operator Certification course will be held on 14-16 May at DWR Distribution's Johannesburg address, Block C, Unit 1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew.
The course will be presented by Suzy Stenning from Green Hippo and will cover a range of topics, from Hardware Introduction and Configuration, Media Manager, Output Manager & Viewports, Mixes / MixMaster, VideoMapper / Pixel Mapper / ScreenWarp, Timeline / DMX2 / Multicontroller, Visualizer & Custom Layouts, Shape Introduction / Configuaration/ Alignment.
The cost is R2600 and includes lunch and refreshments. Attendees should bring their own Green Hippo Media Server or Laptop with Play Software Installed.
For bookings online please visit
(Jim Evans)

digico-trainingDiGiCo training presented at DWR Distribution
Thursday, 19 April 2018

South Africa - DiGiCo Training will be presented by DWR Distribution’s Kyle Robson in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg in May.
The two-day training session will cover everything from racks and solutions, the SD Series overview, connections and networking, recording and waves, both basic and advanced operation and then a Q&A Session.
The dates are Durban on 10 and 11 May, Cape Town on 17 and 18 May and in Johannesburg on 24 and 25 May. The training will be hosted at the DWR offices. The cost is R1700 and includes lunch and refreshments.
(Jim Evans)

c-zooPowersoft’s DEVA makes Cincinnati Zoo roar
Thursday, 19 April 2018

USA - The Cincinnati Zoo features a world-class menagerie of animals from far and wide, including lions, monkeys, manatees, and a baby hippo named Fiona that has recently stolen the hearts of its 1.8m annual visitors.
Emphasising an innovative approach, the Cincinnati Zoo emphasises education, outreach, conservation, and giving every visitor a unique experience with wildlife that they would not have anywhere else. What the zoo lacked until recently was a reliable audio system for delivering messages throughout its sprawling campus.
“Innovation is one of our core values and something that we take very seriously,” says Chad Yelton, vice president marketing & communications, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens. “It informs everything we do, from our sustainability program and our green initiative to how we build habitats, to the people that we hire and every event that we put on here at the zoo. The desire to innovate drove our search for a better audio and security solution, and that search led us to DEVA.”
In addition to providing pristine sounding music throughout the zoo campus, the new multi-point DEVA system also helps with communication and messaging challenges: “With as many guests as the zoo attracts, we recognised the need for the paging system that could clearly and effectively deliver messages throughout our space,” says Dutch Mulholland, IT / AV director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens. In his hunt for a practical solution, Mulholland discovered power of the DEVA wireless multimedia device.

osa-wpc-purchase-2OSA buys record amount of Martin Audio equipment
Thursday, 19 April 2018

USA - OSA International has purchased 248 Wavefront Precision Compact and Mini line array cabinets, making it the world’s largest rental company of Martin Audio.
The purchase was complemented by iKON amplifiers, iK42 and iK81, as well as the new SXH218 high performance double 18” subwoofers, the first purchase by a rental house globally.
Mario Educate, OSA president, comments, “We’ve used these speaker cabinets on several shows already this quarter, and the sound quality out of the Wavefront Precision arrays is unbelievable. They bring out the subtleties of the score better than any other line array we’ve used, so the audience can really immerse themselves in the meeting experience through the audio.”
Dom Harter, managing director of Martin Audio, adds: “The trust and investment made by Mario with the support from Jim Risgin and the entire OSA team means a lot to Martin Audio. Our team is focused on using the Wavefront Precision systems to bring true, patented optimisation technology to the wider market. To hear these systems are immediately delivering jaw dropping shows is all the ratification we need.”
Chicago, Nashville and Las Vegas-based OSA already has a significant inventory of Martin Audio’s MLA Series. Educate adds: “Our engineers are already proud of the work they’ve done with Martin Audio’s MLA series - the multi-cellular array technology has been a game changer in our industry and allowed us to deliver the most precise sound coverage time and time again. The Wavefront Precision series will allow our engineer

wirelessPWS rolls out RF wireless product solutions
Thursday, 19 April 2018

USA - Orlando-based Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) has announced seven new products designed to simplify the deployment of wireless systems.
The new PWS 4X4 provides quad antenna distribution for the Shure Axient Digital Quadversity wireless microphone system. The unit can handle up to four receivers and features 470-616 MHz filtering, bias power control/status LEDs for each input, rotary attenuators, and dual power inputs that allow for redundant power.
The company has also debuted the V-IC, four-zone intercom multicoupler for the VHF range – designed for use with Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom systems. The unit is optimised for use in the VHF frequency range, filtered for 179-216 MHz. Four antenna inputs are combined, filtered and amplified to unity gain. Eight outputs supply signal for up to eight UV-1G base stations.
The P-812S houses eight independent passive two-way RF splitters, capable of handling high-power transmit signals. The P-812S enables 2-zone transmission for up to four UV-1G base stations. The 1RU unit is far more convenient and more rugged than traditional methods.
The UX-8 is an updated version of the popular GX-8 transmit combiner. The refreshed unit removes the old frequency screen and replaces it with input status LEDs. The rear power connector is now an XLR5, which offers a more secure, locking connection. Same great performance at a lower price.
The DC-4R is a power supply solution that powers up to four Radio Active Design bases or chargers in an easy-to-use 1RU package. Features include s

saharaavlogoSahara AV to represent Atlona in the UK
Thursday, 19 April 2018

UK - To strengthen its marketing and distribution efforts across the UK, Atlona has appointed Sahara AV as its manufacturer’s representative for the territory. Headquartered in London, Sahara AV will work closely with systems integrators, consultants and end users to demonstrate, deliver and support Atlona’s complete line of signal management and control systems, with a goal of moving more commercial facilities to AV over IP solutions.
To achieve its goal of accelerating transitions to the network, Sahara AV will leverage Atlona’s strengths in AV over IP and networked control, including its Atlona’s OmniStream AV over IP distribution platform, second-generation Atlona Management Systems (AMS), and Velocity IP-based AV control solution.
Shaun Marklew, Sahara AV sales and marketing director, comments: “By working with Atlona, we are now in a stronger position to extend our reach into the many vertical markets we serve and move our customers to networked systems and workflows that will bring new opportunities and efficiencies to their operations.”
This spring, Sahara AV representatives will offer frequent training courses on the end-to-end Atlona product line at its Edinburgh, Leeds and London Innovation Centres, and present Atlona solutions at road shows along complementary gear.
Sahara AV is part of the Sahara Presentations System Group, which for more than 40 years, has been distributing cutting-edge AV solutions and software through Sahara AV, primarily to the corporate, healthcare, retail, compulsory education and higher/further

barryBarry Bartlett funeral details revealed
Thursday, 19 April 2018

UK - Details for the funeral of late sound engineer Barry Bartlett have been released.
The funeral service for Bartlett, who died peacefully on 30 March, will be held at 11.20am on Monday, 23 April at Mortlake Crematorium, Kew Meadow Path, Richmond TW9 4EN. The family also invites Bartlett’s friends, colleagues and associates to join them for a reception after the service at 12:00pm at Putney Town Rowing Club.
Parking will be available at either location while nearest stations are Mortlake and Underground or Overground Kew Gardens (both a 15-minute walk). The family has asked for family flowers only while donations can be made to Woking & Sam Beare Hospice -
Those wishing to attend the service are asked to RSVP to To celebrate Barry’s life, the family encourages people to send their pictures of him to or bring them along on the day.
(Jim Evans)

p0d3x-tc2290-dtpreviewTC Electronic introduces TC2290-DT
Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Denmark - When the original 2290 Digital Delay hit the music world in 1985, it was lauded as nothing short of a revolution in sound.
Adopted by producers and FOH engineers as well as musicians such as David Gilmour, The Edge and Robben Ford, it set the benchmark for delay units, and quickly became an industry standard in professional studios and live effects rigs.
Due to its popularity, it had one of the longest production runs of any rack-mounted processor, and since its discontinuation has in 2005 become highly sought after on the vintage market.
The new TC2290-DT aims to take up the sonic mantle of the original 2290 while radically reinventing the delay unit for a new generation of musicians, producers and engineers, says the company.
“Because we still have the original blueprints, we’ve been able to rework the 2290 from the ground up,” says Thomas Valter, director of product management at TC Electronic.
“It retains the beautiful and dynamic modulated delays of the original and fuses the plusses of plug-in technology with all the benefits of having a tactile control unit at your fingertips.”
Over the course of more than a year, TC Electronic had their team of engineers take apart four original units, each with their own distinct character, and measured their components from top to bottom.
By cross referencing the data step-by-step with the original schematics, their software engineers then recreated all the parameters until they achieved the unique 2290 sound.
"We have put a lot of effort into making it aut

dandb-plsfrankfurtd&b continues loudspeaker evolution at PL+S 2018
Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Germany - Prolight+Sound 2018 was the official launchpad for the d&b’s GSL System from the SL-Series, a new loudspeaker system in the company’s product portfolio.
d&b also announced a series of integrations between Soundscape’s central DS100 Signal Engine and digital mixing consoles from DiGiCo, Avid and Lawo at a live mixing session showing the console workflows & mixing live multitrack recordings.
The new GSL System is a complete solution created for the largest sound reinforcement applications in significantly-sized arenas, stadiums and festivals to accurately deliver any performance style or musical genre.
Prolight+Sound attendees had multiple opportunities to experience the d&b Soundscape, with two different Soundscape Sessions; The Soundscape Mixing Session and The d&b Soundscape Sessions. The daily d&b Soundscape Mixing Sessions with Serge Grafe, Kraftwerk FOH, were well-received and guests were keen to learn more about the process of developing a creative concept for a mix using d&b Soundscape.
It wasn’t just the two new d&b releases in the spotlight at Prolight+Sound though, guests could find the full d&b product range in the Sound + Audio Hall on the d&b stand, including all loudspeaker series E, T, J, Y and V-Series, as well as xS, xA and xC-Series.
David Claringbold, d&b chief marketing officer, comments: “Prolight+Sound has been a fantastic opportunity to officially introduce the next generation of d&b line array to the market. Birthing the SL-Series an

eclipseEclipse Staging Services adds Hippotizer Boreal+
Wednesday, 18 April 2018

UAE - Eclipse Staging Services, a member of the Dubai-based Eclipse Group, has added a Hippotizer Boreal+ Media Server to its inventory.
As an owner of a Hippotizer Taiga, Eclipse was already more than familiar with Green Hippo hardware and software - and its wholly positive experience with this machine, including the excellent technical support provided by Green Hippo, meant that the company was keen to continue the collaboration. The addition of the Boreal+ enables Eclipse to provide multi-display outputs for audio-visual projects, and the company also becomes the first in its region to use this powerful server of the brand new Hippotizer+ Media Server range, bringing more accuracy, flexibility, and pace over traditional units.
“The Hippotizer Boreal+ allows us to provide multi-display outputs for our upcoming projects,” comments Alex Menor, Eclipse’s head of video. “As a key player in the audio-visual market, we are the first in the region to use this powerful media server that is more accurate, flexible and quicker than traditional units. We have experienced its huge capability to carry out complex projection set-ups with exceptional image quality without fail.”
Alex also commended the Green Hippo team on the reliability and capabilities of their products as well as the excellent technical support it provides, as witnessed by Eclipse for the past several years. “It was no surprise that when we tried Boreal, we found it very quick and easy-to-use in any environment,” he continues. “Designed to meet the demands of touring and prod


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