USA - After putting a new K2 loudspeaker system through its paces - including a recent trek on Vampire Weekend's North American tour leg - Thunder Audio, Inc. has expanded its inventory with a large-format K1 system from L-Acoustics.

According to Thunder Audio business development manager Greg Snyder, the company is currently taking delivery of 48 K1 enclosures, as well as bringing the rest of its total L-Acoustics inventory up to 36 K2 and 24 KARA elements, 18 K1-SB and 34 SB28 subs, six ARCS II and 22 LA-RAK, each loaded with three LA8 amplified controllers. An additional 48 K2 are also on order for the first quarter of 2015.

"K1 has become the industry's first choice for live audio reinforcement systems, but K2 is the reason we finally became a member of the L-Acoustics family," says Snyder. "It's a stellar system for arena tours, like Vampire Weekend, as wel

UK - The PLASA Foundation has announced the formation of Behind the Scenes UK to provide financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate family, who are seriously ill or injured. Grants may be used for basic living costs, some medical related expenses, transportation, retraining, or funerals. Since issuing its first grant in the spring of 2006, Behind the Scenes in North America has provided almost half a million dollars to our colleagues in need. These grants have brought help and hope to these individuals during some of their darkest hours.

Behind the Scenes has a very wide remit. Anyone is eligible for assistance who has earned their living in the industry for at least five years, whether behind the curtain, behind the camera, on the road, or working for companies that manufacture or supply entertainment technology products and services. The

UK - The annual British Army Household Division's Beating Retreat ceremony is a spectacular pageant of music, military precision, horses, cannon and fireworks. Dating back to the 1690s, nowadays the most modern production technology is used on the event including, this year, a DiGiCo SD8.

This year's ceremony took place in London's Horse Guards Parade on the evenings of 11 and 12 June, featuring music from the Massed Bands and Corps of Drums of Her Majesty The Queen's Household Division, combining 250 foot guards and mounted cavalry musicians with the gun carriages of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery. Choral accompaniment was supplied by the Royal Choral Society, with guest appearances from The Troupe de Marine Band and Band of the Legion d'Etrangere (Foreign Legion) from France and Canada's Vancouver Police Pipe Band.

The event's guest of honour and salute taker was Col

USA - Recently, The Sextant Group, a national independent technology consulting firm specializing in the planning and design of learning, communications and entertainment facilities and systems, was contracted to specify a sound system for the new Convocation Centre at Mount Aloysius College in central Pennsylvania. The Sextant Group selected an option that was new for them: a RoomMatch sound system from Bose Professional Systems.

The system consists of 17 RoomMatch loudspeakers divided into one five-speaker array (RM5505, RM7010, RM9010, RM9020, and RM12040 modules) that covers the main floor, and six separate two-module RM7040/RM9020 arrays covering the bleacher seating on both sides of the floor. The speaker arrays are all powered by five PowerMatch PM8500N amplifiers and were installed by the Pittsburgh office of Cleveland, Ohio-based SoundCom Systems.

The school's new Con

The Netherlandds - Commissioned by the Basel-based Anne Frank Foundation, Anne is the first production at the new, purpose-built Theater Amsterdam. Only the second time that one of the most famous and poignant accounts to emerge from the Second World War has been adapted for stage, Yamaha and Steinberg technology is ensuring the impact of the sound matches that of the large scale visuals.

Anne relates the story of the Jewish Frank family's hiding from Nazi occupiers in Amsterdam, as told through the famous diary of their teenage daughter, using life-sized, 75 ton reproductions of the Frank family's original Amsterdam home and the annexe where they hid for 26 months.

The show continues an emerging tradition in the Benelux countries of theatre productions on a huge scale. Sound design is by Jeroen ten Brinke, who took theatre sound to new levels with the revolving

Germany - On 15 July 2014, the football world champions landed at Berlin's Tegel airport. They were given a rapturous welcome by the waiting fans and journalists. World champion sound as the players left the plane and on the visitors' terrace was provided by eight LSP 500 PRO from Sennheiser.

At 10:08 precisely, the specially chartered Lufthansa Boeing 747 from Rio de Janeiro with the 23 German world champions on board touched down in Berlin. The triumphant national squad was given a rapturous reception by Tegel Airport staff, airline employees, journalists and hundreds of jubilant onlookers.

Eight Sennheiser LSP 500 PRO supplied by Bärlin Team operating on behalf of Berlin Airports ensured that the welcome addresses for the players could be clearly heard by all those present. Four LSP 500 PRO were located on the apron area and a further four were set up on the visitors' terr

UK - UK Live is a new series of one-day festivals held during June at three locations around the country. Capital Sound was tasked with providing audio systems for both the NE Live and SW Live sites.

NE Live was held at Sunderland's Stadium of Light football ground with around 30,000 attending, whilst SW Live was held on the beach at Weston Super Mare for 15,000 with the crowds at both sites enjoying sets from headline act Jessie J, along with Jason Derulo, Rizzle Kicks, The Saturdays, The Vamps, Union J, Katy B, Rixton and Neon Jungle.

"We supplied large MLA systems at both venues," explains Paul Timmins, Capital's general manager. "At Sunderland we deployed a four-hang MLA rig and a twin-hang MLA rig at Weston-super-Mare with out-hangs of MLA Compact. Control was via twin avid Profile consoles at FOH and twin Yamaha PM5d consoles on monitors."

Capital a

UK - tvONE is now shipping the new C2-2000 universal scaler series. The C2-2000 series encompasses the C2-2855 Universal Scaler, the C2-2755 Video Scaler and the C2-2655 Scan Converter. This new series provides the ultimate flexibility to the user, as the C2-2855 features the ability to up/down/cross convert, the C2-2755 to up/cross convert, and the C2-2655 to down convert.

When asked about tvONE's new tactile user interface and software designs, Andy Fliss, tvONE's director of marketing said, "Our R&D team flawlessly succeeded in delivering on our customers' needs. Our new C2-2000 product line diminishes installation time and shortens learning curves, and that's where integrators and rental and staging experts find success today."

The new product series features new, ergonomically designed control panels and highly intuitive configuration management tools making ins

UK - Yamaha has released software updates for its CL and QL series digital mixing consoles, as well as updated versions of its StageMix iPad app.

Available now as free downloads are V2.03 firmware and CL Editor for CL series consoles, V1.07 firmware and QL Editor V1.03 updates for QL series consoles and Version 4.5 StageMix iPad apps for QL, CL, M7CL and LS9 consoles.

The firmware updates and Editor software updates are available as free of charge downloads from StageMix 4.5 can be downloaded free from the iTunes store or direct to an iPad via the IOS App Store app.

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UK - As a direct result of an increase in business and market share within its sub distribution network, Sennheiser UK has announced a significant change to its sub distribution model in the UK.

"The growth we are experiencing has been achieved across the whole Sennheiser portfolio, and will continue as Sennheiser and its partners introduce a raft of new product innovations later in the year," says channel sales manager Simon Druce. "We now have Sennheiser specialists within each of our distribution partners and they will receive on-going training from Sennheiser and our manufacturing partners."

The change has also dictated the need for dedicated internal sales person, with David Atkinson, who has over 15 years experience in the pro audio market and joins from his previous position at Avid, taking up the position of order management co-ordinator.


Brazil - When Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo took to the stage for the Concert in Rio, honouring the close of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, television audiences received a crystal clear sound thanks to DPA Microphones' d:dicate recording microphones. Performing at the HSBC Arena Stage in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, 11 July, Domingo was accompanied by Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez, Chinese pianist Lang Lang and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra.

With the entire world watching, Grammy Award-winner Jesse Lewis, audio producer for the live international broadcast of the concert, knew he needed reliable microphones for the broadcast of the performance, which was aired live from the massive arena. He turned to DPA Microphones for its range of d:dicate mics, including the 4006 Omnidirectional, 4011 Cardioid and 4041 Large Diaphragm solutions.

"For a venue of th

Switzerland - A Nexo Geo S system has been installed into the new BCV Concert Hall in Lausanne, a classy new addition to the Swiss music education scene.

BCV Concert Hall is part of the HEMU University of Music Lausanne, the 152-year-old music school, founded in the Romandy district of western Switzerland in 1861 as the Conservatoire de Lausanne, which is renowned for its highly qualified faculty members, challenging programme of studies and firm commitment to music on regional, national and international levels.

Designed by prominent Swiss architects Burckhardt and Partners, the hall is sponsored by the Banque Cantonale Vaudoise (BCV) Swiss bank and other local arts patrons, and is located in the Flon in central Lausanne, a district which underwent extensive rehabilitation in the late nineties and now throbs with life and culture.

The 300-capacity hall is to be shared betwe

UK - Penn Elcom, manufacturer of flight case hardware, speaker cabinet hardware and 19-inch racking solutions, alongside sibling brands, Pro Audio Stash and CLD Distribution, has signed a partnership with industry charity Entertainment Workshops (EW).

Entertainment Workshops is set to produce a catalogue of product functionality videos accessible to customers via QR codes and website links. This partnership not only supports the charity with a guaranteed financial income over at least the next two years but more importantly provides real-life, hands-on experience for students to work on projects being used in our industry today.

Entertainment Workshops provides an alternative education programme for young people who benefit from a kinaesthetic learning style. The charity provides the students with opportunities to gain Arts Awards and BTEC's in areas such as stage, sound and l

South Africa - The National Arts Festival (NAF) is Africa's biggest annual celebration of the arts. It's hosted in Grahamstown, a small university city in the Eastern Cape, and takes place over 11 days every winter.

This year, from 3 to 13 July, 225 000 people attended some 2800 performances in 50 venues scattered across Grahamstown and its surrounds. Once again Electrosonic SA was a sponsor of this world class arts festival. This year, to celebrate the festival's 40th birthday, it was decided to do something special. Recently Electrosonic SA became the sole distributors of Green Hippo's Media Servers, and the festival presented the ideal opportunity to show what these servers can do.

The plan to use the Hippo to project images onto a large area was the brainchild of NAF Technical Director Nicci Spalding and Robbi Nassi (Electrosonic SA's project manager and programmer. Report

UK - The World Snooker Awards '14 took place recently at The Lancaster Hotel, London and saw the great and good of Snooker assembled to honour the outstanding performances of the 2013/14 season.

Hosted by TalkSport's Andy Goldstein, the event featured awards for nine separate categories and was dominated by Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Selby with Dennis Taylor and Cliff Thorburn inducted in to the Hall of Fame.

For the third year in a row MRL Productions supplied full production including lighting, staging, AV and camera feeds to screen. MRL also provided sound which meant that, also for the third year running, KV2 Audio loudspeakers were relied upon exclusively to transfer the presentation and performances to the audience.

The event had two stages - a live band stage and main awards stage.

For the band stage a KV2 Audio ES system was used whilst the main awards stage featur

USA - Completed in 1837, St. John the Evangelist is a historic Catholic church in Frederick, Maryland, with a Grecian ionic design and a cruciform floor plan. The church has carpeted floors but its spacious marble and plaster interior and hardwood pews create major challenges for voice intelligibility.

St. John's existing sound system had poor intelligibility and coverage and a recurring feedback issue., Eric Johnson of Audio Video Group offered St. John's a new system using Community's Entasys column line-source loudspeaker system. Johnson performed a live demonstration that showed his design could provide intelligible sound with even coverage while minimizing audio feedback.

St. John's new system has an Entasys ENT-FR full-range column and an ENT-LF low-frequency column on each side of the chancel tilted slightly downwards to avoid rear-wall echoes.

The left and right tran

Mexico - SAE in Mexico recently opened a new live audio engineering degree course, installing Allen & Heath's new Qu-24 compact digital mixer as the teaching console.

Supplied by Allen & Heath's Mexican distributor, Audyson, students will learn to mix using Allen & Heath digital mixers, starting with the Qu-24 and progressing onto larger consoles, such as the GLD-80. The course will also include practical sessions, placing students in real situations with live bands, where they will also mix using A&H consoles. One such session has already taken place with a Qu-24 at FOH, with additional IO provided by an AR2412 audio rack, and a ME personal monitoring system for the musicians.

"We are using the Qu-24 and GLD-80 with SAE students because we want the new generation of sound engineers to know about the excellent sound quality and ease of use, and way to mix of the Allen & H

UK - After winning a competitive tender to provide a technical infrastructure at the London School of Economics' new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre in central London, LSI Projects turned to the Harman Professional catalogue.

Responding to a specification drawn up by consultants, Arup - to supply and fit sound and communication, lighting and staging systems in the 850-capacity nightclub/live venue - they constructed their digital routing network around BSS Audio Soundweb London components, before turning to sister company Soundcraft's digital VI platform for the main FOH and monitor mixing consoles.

Named after an alumnus who made a sizeable donation towards the £24m development cost, the building itself was designed by Irish architects Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey (O'Donnell + Tuomey).

Set on seven storeys above ground and two high storeys below, it contains a nightc

Brazil - The BBC relied on Calrec Audio's digital audio consoles during its coverage of the FIFA World Cup. The broadcaster used a combination of three rented consoles to mix the audio in Brazil for transmissions in the UK.

At the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Rio de Janeiro, two 24-fader Artemis Light consoles served as the first point of control in the signal path, responsible for submixing all sound associated with the matches and creating simultaneous 5.1 and stereo mixes. In addition, controlled commentary and controlled effects were passed on to all other users including the edit suits in the IBC, the various multiplatform control suites in the U.K., and the BBC's studio broadcasting center (SBC), also in Rio.

At the SBC, a 56-fader Artemis Beam was used to combine the submixes from the IBC with other sources, including studio mics, postproduction playbacks, co

Europe - Cardigans' frontwoman, Nina Persson, recently completed a solo tour of Europe and the USA travelling with an Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital mixer to manage FOH and monitor sound.

Supplied by Swedish PA company, Parashoot, which recently invested in the GLD-80, the mixer is supplemented with an AR2412 remote IO rack and additional AR84. Together with one roll of Cat 5e and the mics set, the whole audio touring kit packs into four Pelicases.

"I like the new ideas and easy layout of the GLD-80," comments engineer, Oscar Soederland."It's very simple and quick to setup, and has all the greatness of iLive, such as dynamics, EQ and the killer FX, combined with great speed and sharpness. GLD is also very roadworthy with a thick steel shell, quality screen, nice hard rubber sides, and the feel is very sturdy."

The tour plays approximately 20 songs, which ca

Japan - The Takarazuka Revue is a Japanese all-female musical theatre troupe based in Japan's Hyogo Prefecture - and founded a century ago by Ichizo Kobayashi, president of Hankyu Railways.

Following a tradition of bringing musical masterpieces to the stage, the latest 'Cosmos' revue troupe has revisited of The Rose of Versailles, which was first turned into a major hit by the Theatre back in 1974, to help celebrate its landmark year. And a Martin Audio MLA Mini PA system was on hand to assist.

The multi-cellular loudspeaker array was specified by Woody Land, the rental company that supports the Takaraduka Musical, to help reinforce the historic grand romance between Count Axel de Fersen and French Queen Marie-Antoinette in a magnificent production.

Woody Land, who recently purchased the MLA Mini system, ground-stacked eight cabinets above two MSX subwoofers, on each

Italy - Outline Butterfly and Mantas loudspeaker systems amplified the voice of Pope Francis on the occasion of the Holy Mass celebrated on the Plain of Sibari before a crowd of 250,000 worshippers.

A stage 50m by 25m was erected for the event, along with the installation of four maxi-screens, 200 chemical toilets and 20 km of barriers. The "stalls" had seating for 35,000. The area to be covered by the audio system measured 650m by 250m and the sound reinforcement system installed was manufactured by Outline - to be precise a rig comprising 56 Butterfly modules, 24 Mantas modules and 24 Subtech 218 to boost the low frequencies.

In the vicinity of the Papal chair, two Outline DVS 8, two stage monitor H.A.R.D. 212 and two H.A.R.D. 115 speakers were installed. The choir had other H.A.R.D. 212 monitors at its disposal, while Tripla, Doppia and DVS 10 enclosures covered o

UK - Proving last year that London's controversial Hyde Park festival site could be protected from noise leakage into the surrounding neighbourhood by deploying Martin Audio's MLA technology, promoters AEG Live adopted a similar solution for this year's Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park festival - but with significant enhancements.

While Capital Sound, again deployed MLA and MLA Compact to guarantee coherent site coverage, Martin Audio's R&D director, Jason Baird, was determined that new optimisations would enable them to eke out as much as an additional 3dB at front-of-house without increasing offsite pollution.

As a result, 102dB(A) was achieved for McBusted, with 73dB(A) recorded offsite, comfortably within the maximum allowable of 75dB(A), while both Tom Jones (during his more strident numbers) and Black Sabbath nudged 103dB(A).

Baird explained that the

USA - As the curtain rose on the 2014 summer season of The Public Theater's free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, Masque Sound was once again on-hand to offer its support to one of New York City's most beloved traditions, providing custom audio equipment packages for this year's line-up, as well as for The Public's array of other shows and events hosted throughout the year.

The Public Theatre boasts several expansive venues, including its landmark downtown home on Astor Place, which houses five theatres plus Joe's Pub; the Delacorte Theatrein Central Park, home to its free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City's five boroughs.

Recently named audio supervisor of the famed establishment, Corrine Livingston manages upwards of 20 plus shows and producti

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