Switzerland - 2014 marks the sixth year that DiGiCo has sponsored the Montreux Jazz festival, supplying a wide selection of mixing consoles to all of the event's main venues. Just the place, then, for a Swiss audio company to invest in a new DiGiCo desk.

Based in Elsau-Räterschen, show-concept.ch is a production company that delivers a complete service for live corporate and entertainment events. The company has used DiGiCo's smaller consoles since 2010 but, with one eye on next year's festival season, felt it was the right time to invest in a major Front of House system.

"We have invested in our new flagship DiGiCo SD5, as well as being the first company in Switzerland to purchase a JBL VTX V20 line array. Together they mean we are very well equipped for both touring shows and the summer festival season," says Cyril Schmuki, audio/sales engineer at show-concept.ch<

The Netherlands - Lawo chose this year's IBC as the launch platform for the mc²36 audio console - an all-in-one mixing desk, with a comprehensive feature set that covers broadcast, theatre, house of worship, live and install applications. Along with uncompromised sound quality and Lawo-grade mic preamps, it offers unprecedented value for money, says the company.

The compact size of the console belies its power. A powerful DSP micro-core with internal 512x512 port audio matrix, and integrated I/O make it ideally suited to permanent installations with limited space, as well as to rental companies looking to optimize transportation. As it is natively equipped with RAVENNA/AES67 technology, the mc²36 integrates seamlessly into IP infrastructures. And for operational security, the console not only has redundant power-supplies but also DSP redundancy.

The Lawo mc²36 was designed

Australia - Sydney based EventSound has added a Soundcraft Si Compact and a Si Performer 2 console to their inventory and managing director Keith Clarkson reports that they have both been "great!"

"As an ardent Soundcraft fan, I was eagerly looking forward to the release of the Compact and Performer series of digital consoles," he said. "These were the first digital consoles I knew how to operate without even turning them on, from just their layout. I like to think of them as the digital console for the analogue guy."

Keith's first gig out with the Soundcraft Si Compact was for Jennifer Hawkins' engagement party held at Palm Beach with live performances from Martini Club and guest performer Guy Sebastian.

"With such an intuitive layout it was easy to set up for FOH and monitor mixes," he added. "Straight away you feel comfortable

Poland - Toru? is an important city on the Polish sports map and its status has recently been enhanced with the completion of the new $40m Toru? Sports Hall. The multi-sports venue has a capacity of 6,000, which can be expanded to 9,000 when required.

Marcin Zimny of Tommex ?ebrowscy Sp. J. was the system designer and project manager for the EN 54-24 certified audio system, which is also used for events information and entertainment. Tommex also provided system tuning and commissioning. Zimny commented, "The installation was handled by ?ód?-based IRBIS. They are a very professional company and did a great job installing the system to the highest standards; an important factor for ensuring quality and long term reliability."

Zimny discussed the system design, "Community R Series is always our first choice of loudspeakers for stadia and large scale sports venues

Australia - The electro-acoustic challenges of traditional stone Christian churches are many. Originally designed to disperse the sound of choirs and organs while filling their vaulted spaces with light, they rarely interact well with modern microphones and loudspeakers.

In addition, their age and heritage status often makes incorporating wiring and any visibly modern technology physically and aesthetically difficult. Sydney's The P.A. People recently took on two separate church projects, the first of which faced all of these difficulties, while the second actively sought to exploit them to its advantage.

Built between 1861 and 1865, St Jude's in Sydney's Randwick is a reproduction of its English architect's own parish church, St. John's at Randwick in Gloucestershire. Feeling it's almost 150 years of continuous use, the parish recently embarked on a major project. "The w

China / UK - Formula E, the new FIA fully-electric racing series, opened with its inaugural race in spectacular style this weekend in Beijing and Leeds-based FAL Systems has provided its full spectrum of systems integration services for the project. FAL was commissioned to build the system by Hayfisher Productions based in the West Midlands who have been contracted by Aurora Media to provide broadcast facilities for the new motorsport championship.

British systems integrator FAL Systems has announced the completion of a prestigious project to provide the complete 'Fly-Away' world feed broadcast facility for the new ten round all electric race series. Their brief was quite challenging in that not only were they to provide all means for acquiring all the audio and video for the transmission but that they were to do so in such a way as to have minimal environmental impact.

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UAE - Sennheiser is set to conduct the first live demonstrations in the Middle East of its recently launched TeamConnect and ADN-W audio conferencing systems at InfoComm MEA 2014, to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre and taking place in parallel with GITEX Technology Week 2014 between 13 to 16 October, 2014.

The company is participating together with its professional audio distributor, Venuetech, and will highlight its range of audio solutions that are increasingly being utilized by the education and hospitality sectors for conferencing and translation applications.

"InfoComm MEA provides a platform for us to launch new products and showcase our latest range of audio solutions in the field of sound reinforcement, conference systems and visitor guidance systems," said Mig Cardamone, director of sales and marketing at Sennheiser Middle East. "Also the conver

UK - London's Cadogan Hall is both the home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a popular live music venue, hosting over 300 shows a year. A recent technical upgrade has seen its legacy of Yamaha mixing consoles continue, with the installation of a new CL3 system by Autograph Sales and Installations.

The upgrade was part of a project which saw the venue increase its capacity to 1000. An important part of this was moving the previous mix position from the middle of the Gallery to accommodate more seating.

"A new control booth was built at the back of the Gallery, above the new seating, which was a big improvement for lighting but not suitable for mixing sound," says Cadogan Hall production manager Harry Spillett. "We needed to reposition the mixing console at the back of the stalls for contemporary shows, but be able to easily remove it to regain the seats fo

Dubai - The multiple Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Lady Gaga kicked off both Dubai's live event season and the European leg of her global tour, artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball last week. Promoted locally by AMI Live and ATW Live in association with Live Nation Global Touring, the concert took place at Meydan Racecourse on the 10th September and marked the artist's first visit to the Middle East.

eclipse Staging Services was selected to provide all lighting, video and primary and secondary power distribution, while audio was supplied by Delta Sound. Martin Lubach, General Manager of eclipse Staging Services comments: "We are immensely proud to have been selected as event technology supplier for such a landmark show, the fact that so much of the production was able to be serviced locally is a real testament to the local market's ability to compete on a global stage.&quo

Europe - Belgium-based audio innovator Apex is continuing its expansion in the European market by appointing Main Gear Supply as the company's distributor for The Netherlands.

The move comes as part of Apex's strategy to further enhance its European network in response to an increase in demand for its innovative products, which are known for sonic excellence.

"We're incredibly excited about this deal and working closely with Main Gear Supply as we feel they can do a great job for us and our products in The Netherlands," says Paul Van Hees, managing director at Apex. "GiVa Audiovisual Technologies BVBA, parent company of Apex, is committed to developing new products and building strong partnerships with our distributors so that the market can benefit from our innovations in audio."

Van Hees formed the relationship with Main Gear Supply's managing director

Volume Control - New regulations should be introduced to protect live music venues from possible closure following noise complaints, the Musicians' Union has said. At the Trades Union Congress conference this week, the union proposed a motion, which was passed, demanding the introduction of new regulations that would help put a stop to the "worrying trend of long-established music venues being forced to close after only one or two complaints from neighbours".

Increasing numbers of residential properties being built close to venues has resulted in noise abatement notices from local authorities, said the union. It is calling for a new 'agent of change principle' law that would mean property developers are obliged to soundproof their accommodation, rather than the venue being responsible for reducing potential noise disturbances.

John Smith, MU general secretary, said,

South Korea - Adamson partner Alpha Sound was recently tapped to provide a substantial Adamson Energia sound reinforcement system for the AIA Real Life: NOW Festival held in Seoul, South Korea.

The two day festival took place at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium and featured pop icon and trend-setter Lady Gaga as the headliner the second night of the show. Other acts that performed during the festival included Psy, Miss Nine, Sidney Samson, Ivan Gough, Cazzette, twenty one pilots, Man With A Mission, Galaxy Express and Glen Check.

Both Sun Kim, technical support manager for Sound Solutions, Adamson's South Korean distributor and David Dohrmann, technical director Asia-Pacific (Adamson), were on site to assist with system design, set-up and tuning of the Adamson PA.

For the AIA Real Life: NOW Festival, the stadium was played sideways, ie. the stage was placed at the wide end of the

UK - Reproduced Sound (RS) celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a two-day conference at the NEC, Birmingham, on 14-15 October.

Organised by the Electro-Acoustics Group of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA), the event partially coincides with the Institute's 40th anniversary conference at the same venue, which is being held on 15-16 October.

Paul Malpas, RS chairman, said, "We are really excited to have the event integrated into the IOA 40th anniversary event. Not only does this mark two important milestones in acoustics and electro-acoustics, but it also gives our regular and new guests and speakers at RS the opportunity to see into the breadth of fascinating areas also covered by IOA members and conferences.

"Perhaps even more exciting is the prospect that IOA members and other experts from across the acoustics fields will have a chance to explore where th

Germany - Nature One Festival, Germany's largest electronic dance music (EDM) event celebrated its 20th year this summer on the site of a former U.S. missile base near Kastellaun. To support DJs such as Danny Ávila, Markus Schulz, Paul van Dyk, ATB, Axwell, and Moguai, a four-point Meyer Sound Leo linear large-scale sound reinforcement system filled the dance floor with visceral impact combined with the definition of a music recording.

"The linearity of the Leo system is well suited to techno music," says Sebastian Geissler, schokopro's technical director for the festival's main stage. "It has powerful and punchy bass, ample headroom, and tons of dynamic range with no system distortion. It's so perfect you'd think you were hearing the original recording in a studio-complex, crisp, and fully present."

Dubbed the Open Air Floor, the Leo-equipped stage was er

UK - Luton-based Cadac Holdings Ltd is showing its CDC eight-32, CDC eight-16 and CDC four digital consoles, as well as the LIVE1 compact analogue desk, at this year's PLASA London, on stand B50. The company is launching the latest V2.3 CDC eight software, which brings a host of new features to the flagship concert sound console, as well as exhibiting the CDC MC Router and MC MADI Bridge - integral components of the high performance MegaCOMMS network.

Notable highlights of the new CDC eight software update include a Waves interface card integrated within the console, providing connectivity to the Waves MultiRack server and control via the console touchscreens. This allows up to 64 channels of Waves studio-grade processing tools to simultaneously run alongside CDC eight's own native effects options. The Waves GUI is displayed for viewing and editing on the CDC eight touchscreen.

UK - Although absent for PLASA London's move to ExCel in 2013, Yamaha Commercial Audio returns to the show this year to help fly the flag for the professional sound industry.

Exhibiting on Stand B85, Yamaha will be highlighting its new RMio64-D Dante/MADI converter for broadcast and live sound applications, as well as the new Version 3 software for CL and QL digital mixing consoles. Both launched at IBC Amsterdam on 12 September, PLASA London will be their first showing at a UK trade event.

The RMio64-D allows audio from a CL/QL (or other Dante-equipped) mixing system to be converted to MADI and fed to an OB vehicle or other recording facility. Alternatively, it can allow a MADI-based console to be easily integrated into Yamaha's Nuage system for audio post-production.

Bringing a range of enhancements to CL and QL consoles, Version 3 software will be of particular interest t

UK - Source Distribution is set to host the European debut of key products from WorxAudio and PreSonus at PLASA 2014 in London.

Newly acquired by PreSonus, WorxAudio has been at the forefront of loudspeaker development for the US pro touring and contractor markets for over 30 years. The WorxAudio range boasts a comprehensive line-up of more than 20 loudspeaker models that feature integrated rigging hardware for streamlined installation and pack-out.

Source will be joined at PLASA by WorxAudio's Hugh Sarvis, who will be showcasing for the first time in Europe a selection of the company's compact line array and subwoofer products - including the V5, X2, X115 and TL118 models.

Also new for PLASA is the PreSonus RM-series of rack mount digital mixers, which offer complete recallable touch control. Based on the proven StudioLive AI-series mix engine and controlled with battle-rea

USA - To entertain each of its patrons with world-class sonic clarity, Theatre DeVille in Vacaville, Calif. has installed a Meyer Sound JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker system. Occupying an 88-year-old building that was formerly a movie house and a church, the theatre is now transformed to what a guest described as "our jewel of the downtown".

"The JM-1P system really has exceeded all expectations," says Royce Farris, CEO of DeVille Enterprises, Inc., the venue's management firm. "There's not a bad seat for sound anywhere. I usually stand by the front door after the show, and I'm surprised by how many people stop, shake my hand, say how great it sounded, and tell me they'll be back again."

Designed and installed by One Way Media Solutions of Benicia, the system comprises 10 JM-1P loudspeakers, two 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, and two 600-HP

UK - A pair of Audio and Music Production graduates from Buckinghamshire New University have won awards from leading music equipment manufacturer Focusrite for the quality of their work.

Roy Bates, 31, and Ian Bonner, 21, received their degrees and were presented with the Focusrite Prize for Best Music Production Recording during a graduation ceremony at the Wycombe Swan theatre in High Wycombe.

The award is made in recognition of what Focusrite considers to be the best recording produced by graduates at the University. The company has worked with the University for several years and the award was introduced in 2009.

Both students gained a 2:1 in their degrees. Roy and Ian's award-winning work saw them produce a two-track EP where they recorded, mixed and mastered tracks for Colourshop, a singer/songwriter music project created by brothers Alfredo and Diego Salvati, from Lon

USA - SHS Global's new office in Austin,Texas opened 1 September and includes a lounge area, demo room and sales space. It is located on the backlot of Austin Film Studios and is nestled in with companies like Fender, Peavy, Rooster Teeth Games, Electrofish films to name a few.

SHS Global has also rebranded itself to fall more in line with its new business model. A total website rebuild and new logo design was established to help convey the company's new vision.

"It was important for us to find a place that had good synergy and is deeply rooted to the entertainment community in Austin," says Leigh Anne Aiken, owner of SHS Global. " Our goal was to create a boutique space where clients, designers and production companies can come and source equipment, develop ideas and get product training from various manufactures."

Since 2005, SHS Global (formally Second

India - The Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIMS) situated at Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India, recently installed an Allen & Heath ZED-420 4 bus analogue USB mixer in its new state-of-the-art interactive seminar suite.

SAIMS provides a wide range of clinical diagnostic facilities and manages major surgical procedures including open heart surgery, neurology & neurosurgery, and knee & hip joint replacement. The Institute's building is also a teaching facility, housing all clinical and non-clinical departments, lecture theatres, fully-equipped labs, dissection halls, a museum, and a library.

Systems integrator, Audio Cratz, was appointed to fulfill the AV requirements for the new centre, specifying Allen & Heath's ZED-420 in the control room to manage the live audio requirements and also capture stereo recording and video feed from the operations.

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UK - Renowned throughout the theatre and music industries for his outstanding sound designs, Derrick Zieba passed away on 15 September after a recurrent illness.

From his early days at the National Theatre to this Year's BRIT Awards, Derrick managed the difficult feat of being both exceedingly competent and persuasive technically, ensuring no compromise was brooked in the path to perfect sound. He had the ability to charm even the most demanding live performer or producer.

These attributes proved invaluable to the many projects he worked on, especially when navigating the more Byzantine technical necessities of producing audio at events for live broadcast throughout the world - among them Chime For Change, The Diamond Jubilee and the BRIT and European Music TV Awards, on both of which he led the audio team for many years.

His was a considerable talent and he wi

France - In early June the peaceful, well-preserved medieval town of Saint-Jean-d'Angély in France and its iconic racetrack - a fast hillside circuit made even more exciting by changing soil conditions - played host to the FIM Motocross Word Championship France Grand Prix. This premier motocross racing event draws in huge crowds and D.A.S. Audio professional sound systems were on hand to provide robust, crystal-clear sound for the thousands of professionals and fans who descended on Saint-Jean-d'Angély for the MX1 and MX2 category races.

Full-range event organizer and show producer Carrement Prod was called in to design and rig the sound system for this massive event. Carrement Prod is a long-time partner of Axente, exclusive D.A.S. Audio distributor in France, and has grown to become one of the leading entertainment companies in the country with over 30 events in

The Netherlands - Flowsound is a fast-growing, dynamic rental company based in the The Hague area of the Netherlands. It is a company that operates throughout Western Europe and only invests in high quality audio solutions. With this in mind, it recently expanded its rental stock by adding a DiGiCo SD10 mixing system.

"After investing in an SD11i and SD9, plus D-Rack and MADI-Rack, in 2013 we saw an increasing demand for DiGiCo solutions," says Flowsound's owner, Floris van den Berg. "Engineers and sound designers specifically ask for DiGiCo products because they are very happy with the sound quality, the products' user-friendly and intuitive interface and their wide range of feature sets.

"We quickly decided to add an SD10 to our inventory due to our growing list of clients which include festivals, orchestras, musicals productions and corporate events. Wit

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