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.

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.
Stacks of five Nex

Taiwan - Seapower Technology is to distribute 1 Sound in Taiwan. Seapower met with 1 Sound’s APAC sales executive, Leonardo Dani, who visited their headquarters in New Taipei City where they were able to make the partnership official.
Dani discussed the 1 Sound pro audio and fully outdoor IP55 loudspeaker catalogue and offered deeper training with the brand’s products, including their Mono+Stereo Technology, cardioid columns, robust and sleek accessories, and more.
Seapower Technology is an establidhed distributor for a number of brands including Powersoft, Sennheiser and Allen & Heath. Their team of engineers has training experiences from experts around the world, allowing Seapower to offer strong engineering technical support using audio design and test equipment, including TEF, SMARTT, EASE.
“Seapower is thrilled for the exciting new partnership wi

UK - Birmingham’s latest high-adrenalin attraction – the new F1 Arcade in Chamberlain Square – has become the latest venue to benefit from a high-quality AV solution supplied and integrated by TVC Technology Solutions.
F1 Arcade is an F1 racing experience with no fewer than 53 bespoke full-motion racing simulators that can cater to every level of driving skill – and all in an environment that also offers a range of food and drink.
TVC delivered a comprehensive multi-zone audio system from KV2 to help create the pulsating energy of the race circuit. The experience is completed by an array of huge TV screens so that fans can watch the ‘real’ motor racing with live commentary, entertainment and the guarantee of an absolutely electric atmosphere.
Having installed the F1 Arcade in London, the world’s first official Formula 1 simulator racing experienc

USA - The Warner Theatre, close to the White House in the American capital city, has since 2013 offered its visiting engineers, performers and artists the sonic advantages of an Outline Butterfly system tuned and maintained by house sound engineer Ishai Ratz.
Originally opened in 1924 and having hosted everyone and everything from Frank Sinatra to ZZ Top and from Vaudeville to cinema, since a full restoration in the early ‘90s it is an established showcase venue for the DC area.
Jason Farah of Outline’s US office describes the genesis of the new installation: “Following on the success of Butterfly and wanting to maintain the high performance-to-small footprint ratio, it made perfect sense to upgrade to Butterfly’s successor, Superfly. Superfly provides extended low-end response and improved rigging, while maintaining the same voicing that Butterfly excelled at.

China - The Ballad of the Canal is an opera exploring the stories of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Created over 2500 years ago, the canal is a feat of engineering on par with the Great Wall of China.
The opera entwines both classical Chinese and western styles of opera, integrating these different forms successfully alongside an unamplified orchestra required a thoughtful solution combining the venue’s existing SD5s and two additional DiGiCo Quantum 7s. First performed at National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) in 2012, The Ballad of the Canal was the first original folk opera presented.
The recent revival utilised head-worn radio mics to balance the operatic performances with an acoustic orchestra within the immersive sound system provided by L-Acoustics. Two mirrored Quantum 7s backstage and two mirrored SD5s at the front of house position we

UK - The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) has announced a significant investment in audio equipment, with the procurement of a Shure Axient Digital Wireless System.
LAMDA is committed to providing exceptional vocational training courses, offering an innovative and inspiring environment where students can acquire the professional skills needed to pursue successful careers in acting.
Supplied through Shure UK by Autograph Sound, the new inventory includes 20 channels of Shure’s flagship Axient Digital Wireless system. The setup features Axient Digital ADX1M Micro Bodypack transmitters, AD4QNP quad receivers, an antenna distribution system, active directional antenna plus battery charging modules and stations.
The recommendation of Shure Axient Digital Wireless System by Autograph Sound is backed by their own extensive use of the systems in the

World - The 1975’s appetite for touring is considerable and their schedule is gruelling, so their touring equipment needs to be able to keep up. Eighteen rounds of air and road freight can take its toll and reliable consoles that can withstand dust, heat, cold and humidity are vital as the team and their equipment cross multiple time zones. The tour relies on a DiGiCo Quantum 7 at front of house, and a Quantum 5 at the monitor position.
Monitor engineer Francois Pare states, “I don’t think I’ve used any other desk since 2016. Nowadays the shows are so involved, there aren’t many desks that can handle the number of channels we need. On The 1975, we have an eight-piece band, and the show is quite theatrical, there’s a lot going on effects wise on stage, so it all adds up.”
At front of house, Lee McMahon’s comments, “Building this show has been an amazi

Canada - Montreal studio Le Lab Mastering has built an all-Focal DolbyAtmos room, adding Atmos mastering to its offerings on top of fully analogue stereo, vinyl mastering, and lacquer cutting. The 7.1.4 Atmos studio features an all-Focal powered monitor configuration with Trio11, Trio6, Solo6, and Sub6.
The room’s layout features dual Sub6 subwoofers stacked under the left and right Trio11 monitors – four subwoofers total. This subwoofer configuration gives Le Lab’s Atmos room the ability to offer mastering for movie soundtracks and other formats that would need extended low-end response; It also offers a symmetrical low-frequency coverage in a smaller footprint.
Trio6 monitors fill out the centre and rear channels, while Solo6 are on the sides. Le Lab has already mastered a lot of legacy recordings remixed for Atmos, including Celine Dion, Sia, Whitney Houston

USA - The inaugural Montreux Jazz Festival Miami made waves this March, marking the festival’s first venture onto US shores in decades. The event presented diverse musical performances against a backdrop of waterfront vistas, with sound from the Montreux Jazz Festival Miami’s official sound partner, Meyer Sound.
The intimate 1,500-person festival held March 1–3 at The Hangar at Regatta Harbour, showcased a lineup led by headliners Jon Batiste, Daniela Mercury, and Daryl Hall, topped off each night with the Montreux Jam Sessions.
The Hangar - built in 1918 as the first continental naval air station in the United States - is a cavernous 20,000sq.ft space, with thin corrugated metal walls and vast expanses of windows, that presents significant acoustic challenges.
For 38 years, Meyer Sound has been the strategic partner and official sound provider of the Montr

USA - “I don't know that there's another desk that we could really do it all with,” says Chad Olech, front-of-house mix engineer for Fall Out Boy, talking about managing the band’s complex comms infrastructure that sees three separate talkback lines coming into his DiGiCo Quantum5 console, as well as mixing a great show for fans.
“I don't think there's another manufacturer that makes something that would do what we need it to do in this situation. I'm sure we could work our way around it, but it wouldn't be as seamless and as easy.”
Rob Smuder is one of those comms sources, as he mixes the band’s monitors from a DiGiCo Quantum7 console, along with the stage manager and backline crew lines. “The main reason that I use the Q7 out here, honestly, is the matrixes,” says Smuder, who has worked with the band since 2018. “We have a ton of talkback mics tha

UK - Voyage Audio, the San Diego-based creators of Spatial Mic have appointed Emerging as their exclusive distributor for UK and Ireland.
The original Spatial Mic product employed USB/ADAT connectivity and this has been joined more recently by a Dante version. Both microphones have eight-capsule arrays that support 2nd Order Ambisonics. The body of the mics contain high-quality A/D conversion using a high-resolution Skyworks clocking scheme and built-in 32-bit XMOS processor.
The applications for the Spatial Mic are as diverse as its specifications. It is equally at home in studio, broadcast, field and live concert recordings where the remote control of the capsules and the output are obviously valuable, says Voyage.
Emerging’s MD, Paul Mortimer comments, “We already have an impressive range of products to manage immersive audio for mixing and mastering, a

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