Italy - Viola Park, a new modern sports centre and home to ACF Fiorentina football club, recently underwent a full AV system integration including comprehensive K-array audio systems. Nestled amidst the rolling Florentine hills, Viola Park is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of professional footballers at what is thought to be one of the best training facilities in the country.

With 26 hectares of sprawling landscape, Viola Park is the largest sports centre in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. The facilities at the site include 12 regulation pitches and stadiums, gyms, accommodation and medical, media and wellness centres. To complement its world-class amenities, Viola Park sought out a top-of-the-line audio system to enhance the experience for players, spectators and visitors alike.

Systems integrator, Professional Show partnered wit

Austria - Currently riding high in the Bundesliga - the top tier of Austrian football - Linzer Athletik-Sport-Klub (LASK) recently relocated to Linz’s futuristic new Raiffeisen Arena. Constructed as a UEFA Category 4 venue, LASK’s new ground is now among the largest and most modern sports facilities in the country, with over 80 Genelec Smart IP loudspeakers delivering quality sound to the fans.

Key players in this project were Saw IT Consulting, Genelec distributor Audio Pro, and local integration company Contech – who were responsible for the central distribution of all audio-visual equipment, as well as some of the stadium audio.

“Genelec was chosen for three main reasons,” says Friedrich Mühlböck from Saw IT Consulting. “Firstly, because of their undeniable quality thanks to their heritage as one of the most respected players in the

USA - RDL has announced its latest creation, the RU-NMP44, a cost-effective, network mixing processor that delivers ‘the flexibility of network audio for any system size or budget’. Designed to be versatile, and to support a wide range of system designs, the RU-NMP44’s performance specifications make it suitable for the most demanding installations.

The RU-NMP44 can add volume control, mixing, switching, and ducking to existing network audio systems. The digital signal processing offered in the RU-NMP44 often fulfills all the requirements for an audio system design, such as in classrooms, meeting rooms, restaurants/bars, fitness centres, and retail stores.

“This is a remarkable product that was developed through a combination of our deep expertise in network audio, signal processing, and manufacturing,” says Erik Tarkiainen, president at RD

UK - DiGiCo has announced the release of its latest software update, Version 1742, designed for all SD and Quantum consoles. Now available for free download from the Info and Downloads section of the DiGiCo website, found under the Support tab at www.DiGiCo.biz, V1742 replaces previous version V1619, which was rolled out a year and a half ago.

Of particular note, the installation of V1742 enables Quantum338 and Quantum225 owners to purchase and harness DiGiCo’s optional new Pulse software extension, revealed this January, increasing their number of input channels, busses, and Mustard and Nodal Processors. V1742 will also offer Quantum7 and Quantum5 customers a bump in Mustard processing numbers for free.

The new software release enables DiGiCo users to benefit from KLANG’s also-new KOS 5.5 upgrade, which permits standalone console integration wit

Spain - Ibiza Rocks recently replaced its aging sound system with a comprehensive Harman Professional live audio solution consisting of JBL Professional loudspeakers to ensure high-impact audio for its guests while minimising disturbances to local residents.

Originally conceived as a live music night at Manumission, Ibiza Rocks aimed to introduce a performance dynamic to the island, initially emphasising live bands. Over time, this focus evolved to include both live bands and DJs as headliners. In 2008, Ibiza Rocks transitioned into a hotel, featuring an iconic poolside stage and a full schedule of events throughout the season.

The Ibiza Rocks team recently collaborated with Harman Professional Solutions to enhance its pool parties with a new stage position and upgrade to a JBL Professional VTX A-Series sound system, allowing for increased sound leve

Europe - The inclusion of Holoplot products in the latest EASE 5 update, will allow users to investigate the possibilities and impact of using Matrix Arrays in their venue, or any venue. Users can model Matrix Arrays and Beam Optimisations in the company's Plan system design software to view sound pressure level simulations. The resulting array configurations can now be exported to EASE 5 for further analysis based on closed-room simulation.
AFMG’s managing director Stefan Feistel and Emad El-Saghir, fellow at Holoplot, explain how the collaboration came about and how the inclusion of Holoplot’s advanced loudspeaker systems in EASE 5 Second Edition will benefit all end users.
“The changes required to accommodate the complexity of Holoplot X1 and X2 data will benefit all end users of EASE 5, with the enhanced support for cluster-type GLL files recently released

UK - Described as “a futuristic VR experience”, Sandbox VR offers teams of six the opportunity to visit original worlds, experience journeys to space or survive zombie ambushes.
Inspired by Star-Trek’s Holodeck and described by customers as “the greatest VR experience they have ever had”, the advanced audio-visual specification and installation for this attraction was entrusted to London-based Crossover.
Sandbox approached the specialists to fit out the three floors of the Post Building in London's Covent Garden - a former Royal Mail Sorting Centre that had previously sat derelict for 20 years.
Selection of the right products was paramount and careful consideration had to be given to the challenges around the acoustics and structure of the building. For sound reinforcement they opted for Martin Audio’s CDD coaxial differential dispersion series, as th

Germany - The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is known for its scientific research into molecular biology. Created in 1974 and funded by public research money from its 28 member states, EMBL’s Heidelberg headquarters now houses the new permanent exhibition World of Molecular Biology. It offers a vibrant, interactive exhibition celebrating the work, people, and technologies at EMBL and in molecular biology.
EMBL recently commissioned an innovative audio installation undertaken by AV specialist D J Willrich, a UK-based systems integrator with experience in AV visitor attractions, including the National Motor Museum in the village of Beaulieu in the New Forest. As part of the EMBL project, K-array Tornado speakers were installed throughout the facility, delivering highly intelligible narration to accompany the informative exhibits.
“We were brought on boa

Mexico - The Adam Hall Group is further expanding its international sales network with the appointment of OHM Distribution as sales partner for Mexico. OHM Distribution is one of the leading distributors for AV installations and is now the exclusive distributor for the Adam Hall Group brand Cameo's lighting technology solutions.
"We are very much looking forward to working with the Adam Hall Group," comments Bernardo Moya, who together with Hector Ortega and Jens Hollich forms the management team of OHM Distribution. For Bernardo Moya, Mexico is one of the most dynamic event markets in Central and South America, offering a wide range of opportunities for modern event technology manufacturers. "The distribution partnership marks another milestone in our company history and it fills us with pride to distribute Cameo's pioneering lighting solutions in Mexico. Together, we will

UK - Headquartered in Finland, Sunborn is a specialist in the floating hospitality sector and has aspirations to achieve a carbon zero property portfolio by 2025. While looking to provide more sustainable products with its new builds, the company is also working with a range of technology partners to retrofit its existing fleet, including TVC Technology Solutions whose technical AV manager, Tiago Borges, was welcomed on board to overhaul the London venue’s aging audio network.
Originally dropping anchor in 2003, the hotel was upgraded to a second-generation vessel in 2016 with more rooms and events spaces, and even more flexible requirements.
“The boat was still using its original audio system and was only partially operating as a network,” says Tiago. “It was a digital system made up of a mixture of different technologies and manufacturers. It used a central

France - Nexo has expanded its P+ series point source loudspeaker range with three new sub-bass speakers, the L15-I, L18-I and L20-I.
Developed specifically for permanent installations, the new models are a development of the existing touring versions, and feature fabric-covered front grilles and quick-connect push connectors with IP cover protection.
Available in black, white or custom RAL colours, cabinets feature threaded inserts on the back and both sides for use with a comprehensive range of mounting hardware.
L15-I, L18-I and L20-I subs feature single 15-inch, 18-inch and 20-inch long-excursion neodymium drivers, extending the LF response of a P+ Series installation down to 40Hz, 32Hz and 28Hz respectively.
At the same time, Nexo has announced a new V3.1 release of its NeMo remote control app for a group of NXAMP and NXAMPMk2 Powered TD-Controllers, n

USA - While spatial audio was taking over the recording industry, the Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas - an immersive 5,000-capacity concert and entertainment venue - introduced it to the live music scene as well. Every year, the multi-level theatre welcomes countless musical acts that take the stage and deliver immersive performances. This includes high-profile artists like Carrie Underwood and Enrique Iglesias.
With immersive audio being a relatively new format in the live industry, audio professionals working these shows have had to approach their mixes from a different angle. This was the case for front of house engineers Tim Holder and Brad Divens, who worked on shows for Underwood and Iglesias, respectively. Knowing that the clarity and definition of their mixes was more important than ever, both engineers required high-quality microphones with detailed, natural repr

India - Spanning four legs across the globe, including Europe, Oceania, North America, and Asia, with a staggering total of 116 concerts worldwide, Ed Sheeran’s +-=÷x tour recently visited India, marking the final stop of the Asian leg.
The concert at Mahalaxmi Race Course in Mumbai on 16 March was brought to fruition by BookMyShow Live, the live entertainment arm of BookMyShow, in collaboration with AEG Presents. The event proved to be a big success, boasting a record-breaking attendance of over 55,000, making it the largest live concert by a solo international performer in recent Indian history.
Crafted in a stadium-style setup, a first-of-its-kind 360-degree circular stage that rotated on its axis ensured a good view of Sheeran from every corner of the venue, while a giant circular ‘HALO screen’ positioned at the top-centre of the stage further enhanced the v

Europe - Linea Research has announced its partnership with Rock Centrum to distribute the Linea Research product line in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Rock Centrum provides a solid platform for sales and support in the region through its team of audio specialists and its online support and service facility.
Established in 1992, the company has built a reputation for reliability, expertise, and outstanding customer service on the foundation of strong relationships with manufacturers and clients.
The Linea Research product line will join Rock Centrum’s audio portfolio which encompasses amplifiers, speakers, mixers, and accessories, to meet and support the needs of every audio professional. With product training sessions already planned in to Rock Centrum’s schedule, the distributor has a calendar of events at which Linea Research will be demonstrated across Czech

China - Jointly built by Hong Kong Shun Tak Holdings and Shanghai Lujiazui Group, New Bund 31 is a new cultural and commercial landmark featuring art, leisure, and entertainment retail in a one-stop destination with trendy lifestyle and cultural experiences.
Officially inaugurated in October last year with a grand opening ceremony and a two-month performing season featuring about 50 diverse performances, the Performing Arts Centre has the largest professional indoor theatre in Shanghai, planned and designed by Theatre Projects.
DiGiCo Quantum and SD range of digital mixing consoles complement the setup, delivering excellent sound capabilities and versatility that allow this multi-faceted space to respond to any type of event.
A 2,500-seat theatre with professional acoustic design features DiGiCo Quantum digital mixing consoles to handle a large number of channe

UK - Young Voices, the largest children’s choir concerts in the world, returned to UK arenas for a 30-date tour with audio design and delivery from Britannia Row Productions.
Developing from what was going to be a one-off adult choir in a Welsh rugby stadium over 30 years ago, the Young Voices brand has today become one of the most significant and important outlets for youth performance.
A commemorative plaque has even been installed at London’s O2 Arena in recognition that over 500,000 children have performed in the venue since it opened in 2007, officially naming its north side, The Young Voices End.
Over 2.5m children have been given the opportunity to perform in arenas worldwide, a statistic that has become poignant partially because they’re singing with touring solutions worthy of any pop or rock star.
“A key element from the very start was

Malaysia - Part of the Mercure hotel chain, Mercure Hotel Miri is the first of the brand’s openings in Malaysia’s Sarawak region, nestled on the northwest coast of Borneo. Boasting a full co-working space, rooftop restaurant and 172 contemporary and rooms, Hotel Miri recently sought a new sound system to provide background audio across various spaces in the hotel.
Nextrend, a professional integrator and distributor of K-array solutions in Malaysia was approached to lead the new project, with company director, Shawn Teoh managing the project. “The client was looking for a sound system that would fit the sleek and modern interiors of the hotel,” recalls Teoh. “The goal was to produce clear background audio that would not be irritating or too loud for guests when they are sitting near the loudspeakers. A KGEAR solution would provide us with good quality and versatile

Europe - When Idles embarked on their 2024 Love Is The Fing European tour, their production included a large complement of Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision line array elements for the main PA.
FOH engineer Chris Fullard first requested the platform back in 2019, when Solotech provided the MLA, but when the band later played the West Stage at All Points East in 2022, it was through the newer tech of Wavefront Precision, in the shape of the largest format WPL, with its scalable resolution.
For the 2024 European campaign, Solotech account manager, David Preston, specified the WPL/WPC/WPS system after conversations with Idles’ production. This fully-optimisable solution duly won the approval of production manager, Shaun Kendrick.
After a couple of warm-up nightclub gigs - at Pryzm in Kingston and Marble Factory in Bristol (where the band hails from) they were r

UK - Audio manufacturer Audient has partnered with loudspeaker company PMC Speakers to unveil a new immersive audio studio located at Audient’s Hampshire headquarters.
Summerlea House has been designed from the ground up to offer Audient’s customers a modern demo facility. Built around Audient’s new purpose driven immersive audio interface and monitor controller Oria, the studio features a 9.1.6 PMC result6 speaker array with a PMC 8SUB. An additional two PMC6 active speakers offer clients the option to reference a mix in stereo as well as 9.1.6 Dolby Atmos and everything in between.
“Oria is the first truly purpose-driven immersive solution, designed to be the central control hub of an immersive studio. As such, many factors need to be considered when specifying it into an multi-speaker array and the subsequent required workflow,” explains Audient’s Andre

Iceland - Andrea Manzoni, Milan-based pianist, composer and sound recordist, represents a new generation of pianists take an innovative approach that blurs the boundaries of traditional music styles. Manzoni recently embarked on a transformative journey into the Icelandic wilderness to gather nature sounds for the sound design of Qivittoq, a theatrical production depicting a dystopian love story set in the solitude of the North Pole, in a world rapidly depleting its resources.
Working from a draft script from the director of the theatre show, Manzoni was keen to immerse himself in the ambience, and secured a 30-day residency in the remote town of Isafjordur in the Westfjords. Manzoni embarked on 12 excursions over the 30 days to remote locations devoid of human presence, to capture the raw environmental sounds with two Rycote HC-15 shotgun microphones.
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South Korea - Maris Stella, named after the patron saint of the busy port city of Incheon in South Korea, is a comprehensive senior care facility established in 2013 by the Catholic Foundation.
The first of its kind in the country, Maris Stella provides an integrated programme of pastoral care for its residents with an offering of social and cultural events and pastimes, plus the daily celebration of Mass in the facility’s dedicated 400-seat auditorium – which also hosts lectures, film screenings and live performances.
A decade on from its initial construction, the decision was made to upgrade the audio system to improve both quality and intelligibility. KV2 distributor, Daon SD collaborated with audio consultants Audio Control to supply and install a pair of ESR106 active column loudspeakers to elevate the worship experience and improve sound quality for all the

Finland - Genelec has announced the appointment of Steen Tychsen to the position of international sales manager, with responsibility for SE Asia, Eastern Europe and Canada. With over 25 years of professional audio experience in a succession of senior roles, Tychsen brings with him a deep knowledge of the industry.
Tychsen’s previous high-profile roles at both DPA and Neumann have given him extensive experience of overseeing sales and business development in both EMEA and the US.
“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to represent a brand synonymous with excellence in audio technology,” comments Tychsen. “Genelec's commitment to innovation and superior sound quality aligns with my passion for delivering exceptional experiences to customers around the world.”
Genelec international sales director Ole Jensen adds: “I’m delighted to welcome Steen to the team

USA - Drake kicked off his touring season with an 11-week trek with J. Cole running from Florida in February to Colorado in April. Onboard for the It’s All A Blur Tour - Big As The What? is Demetrius Moore, on his 14th year as the artist’s front-of-house engineer.
Drake now has another distinction: he’s officially the first artist to take a new Clair Global-supplied DiGiCo Quantum852 console out on tour, starting 2 February in Tampa. “I was on the Quantum852 for two weeks before the first show, at rehearsals at Drake’s place in Toronto and then at the Izod Centre in New Jersey, and I have to tell you that it has made me an even bigger fan of DiGiCo - and I have been a huge fan of their consoles for years,” says Moore.
“It has an entirely new level of warmth and clarity. Right out of the box, the experience was like when we went from 48k to 96k. Every ins

Italy - From 2-26 March, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma hosts the Richard Strauss opera Salome with its famous Dance of the Seven Veils, based on the play by Oscar Wilde.
Stripped of lavish scenery, this pared-back production directed by Marc Albrecht with conductor Barrie Kosky invites the audience to focus exclusively on the characters, the dialogue and the music, with sound therefore playing a role of heightened importance.
At some moments of the production, the voice and movements of the performer on stage are required to generate a dynamic effect in the auditorium, with the echo of a higher voice propagating from the stalls to the gallery.
AV technology specialists AMG were approached early in the production development phase to configure and install a sound system that could deliver the complex sound design.
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