UK - DPA Microphones, in partnership with UK distributor Sound Network, will be showing its full range of live and body worn microphones in PLASA's first ever Audio Village - an area dedicated exclusively to Pro Audio.

DPA will have a live band backline set up on its stand (D77) to display the host of applications that can be covered by its superb range of condenser microphones. The display will include a full drum kit, amplifiers, acoustic instruments and a vocalist, all miked with products from DPA's d:dicate Recording Microphone, d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone and d:facto Vocal Microphone ranges. Over 20 different mics and microphone techniques for live sound will be demonstrated throughout the four days of the show.

At PLASA, DPA will also be focusing on its range of body worn microphones, which are internationally acclaimed for their superior sound and durability. Incl

UK - Professional audio sales company LMC Audio are delighted to formally announce distribution of GUIL to the UK and Ireland live audio market and look forward to showcasing a selection of the GUIL product range at the PLASA show in London.

Spanish-based manufacturer GUIL is a metal work company specialising in the production and development of products for material lifting, offering professional live audio users high-quality engineered products for PA rental and events applications.

Exhibited on stands C10 and D01, LMC will showcase the ULK 600 front-loading loudspeaker lifting tower in both demonstration and compact mode, ideal for professional concert touring or corporate AV users, plus a selection from GUIL's mixing console, microphone and speaker stands ranges.

Providing professionals with quality and durability for over 30 years, GUIL is one of Europe's leading manufa

USA - Two of this season's most successful regional festivals took place this August in Oregon where the five-year-old BI-MART Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville (15-17 August) drew upwards of 25,000 fans who came to hear acts like Blake Shelton, Gary Allen and Eric Church. Regional discount retailer BI-MART also launched a new sister festival in Sixes this year, the Cape Blanco Country Music Festival (1-3 August), which attracted as many as 15,000 to hear Brad Paisley, Eric Church and Justin Moore, among others.

These two festivals represented country music at its best, but what really tied both together - aside from their mutual corporate sponsor - was the sound provided at each site by U.S. Audio & Lighting's L-Acoustics K2 system. "The music sounded excellent in both places," says Patrick Coughlin, general manager of U.S. Audio & Lighting North, the N

South Korea - An estimated crowd of 800,000 people gathered in the South Korean city of Daejeon to attend the Mass by Pope Francis during Asian Youth Day. The massive crowd of young adults gathered to witness the head of the Catholic Church beatify 124 Korean martyrs during the two-hour ceremony conducted in August. Inter-M, a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications, and information technology products headquartered in Korea, was chosen as the official supplier of the PA system.

The live event was broadcasted to the massive crowd of people in Gwanghwamun Square and lining the streets. A backbone for the transmission of the PA system used 20 of Inter-M's new DAC-288 transmitter/receivers. The DAC-288 incorporates Audinate's market leading Dante digital audio over IP networking solution. The 12 square kilometer venue in Gwanghwamun facing Seoul's City Hall Square had

USA - Sound engineer and businessman, Michael Stahl passed away on Saturday, 20 September, 2014 after succumbing to an extended illness, he was 68 years old.

Michael was raised around music from an early age growing up in the greater Washington DC area. He was fascinated as a child by sound and how every "noise" has its own unique and distinct collection of frequencies. "When I was growing up, I had no idea as to how these sounds could be changed or modified. I think my fascination was due, at least in part, to being surrounded by glorious classical music," Stahl said last year.

Stahl's mother was the co-principal cellist of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and many string quartet rehearsals were held in the living room of the Stahl home. What Michael did not realize at the time was that a string quartet was composed of superior musician

Mexico - As part of the celebrations of the bicentennial of the Mexican Revolution and the centenary of the Revolution, the government of the State of Mexico constructed the Mexiquense Bicentennial Cultural Centre (CCMB) in Texcoco near the city of Mexico selecting iLive systems throughout.

The building houses a library, a museum, art workshops, an auditorium, a 1,300 seat theatre and an outdoor theatre. The venue hosts conferences and performances by national and international performers, with the aim of making the arts accessible to the general public.

In the main theatre an iLive-144 control surface and iDR-48 MixRack were installed at FOH, with an iLive-T112 surface and another iDR-48 MixRack for monitors. For the outdoor theatre iLive-T112 surfaces and iDR-48 Mixracks were installed for both FOH and Monitors.

"I love the iLive - the routing is very easy, the sound

USA - Axente is looking forward to optimising the market potential of Symetrix digital processing solutions in its new role as the US manufacturer's French distribution partner. Based in Longjumeau, in the south of Paris, Axente was established in 1994 to serve lighting and truss manufacturers. Following its diversification into audio in 2003, the company has progressed to represent some of the biggest brands in the business, including fellow Dante-enabled lines Televic, EAW and Powersoft.

"The addition of Symetrix to its portfolio arrives at an opportune moment for both Axente and France's AV market in general. Demand for processing solutions integrating support for Audinate's industry-leading Dante media networking technology continues to grow - and these requirements are catered to abundantly in the Symetrix range with products including SymNet Edge, Radius 12x8 and Radi

UK - For over 60 years the Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been a centrepiece of the various annual festivals that take place in the city throughout August. Renowned for the precision of its performances, 2014 saw a DiGiCo SD10 console marching to a military beat.

Delivering seamless sound around the high temporary stands erected at Edinburgh Castle is always a challenge, as the weather can change from calm to very windy, from dry to thick fog or torrential rain in minutes. The show itself is very dynamic, with the audience seated around three sides - and the further rows and mix position high above - of the large courtyard in which the action takes place. Adding to the challenge is the backdrop of the castle itself, which is visually stunning, but provides a large, hard surface for slapback.

For 2014, the audio team tasked with this challenging project comprised sound designer

UK - Sibling-fronted pop/rock band The Dunwells has spent most of 2014 on tour. Dates in the US and a range of UK festivals were followed by the band's Show Me Emotion UK tour throughout September. Using Yamaha QL5 digital console has made a huge difference to both the band and mix engineer Sean Murphy.

The four-piece - comprising brothers Joseph and David Dunwell on vocals and guitar, bassist Rob Clayton and drummer Adam Taylor - has played both club shows and support slots in bigger venues over the course of the tour.

Sean is operations manager at Subfrantic, a rental company with extensive use and knowledge of Yamaha digital consoles. He chose a Yamaha QL5 and Rio3224-D as the ideal solution for the size-versus-features requirements of a hard working band which is touring on a budget.

"Club tours are challenging at the best of times, especially when you're fac

Belgium - The City of Namur in Belgium is once again enjoying the sound of the traditional bells of a carillon thanks to a modern solution designed and installed by audio specialists Live 4 Life. The project was initiated by the Alderman and Officers of Namur to entertain visitors and reclaim the city's historical traditions.

Placed high on the roof of the City Hall, four Community RSH-462 loudspeakers broadcast short extracts from Li Bia Bouquet, the anthem of Namur. The schedule of play is phased throughout the week to play longer on such days as market day, and less on Sundays when it could disturb the residents.

An InOut RePlay R-01E is used for content and scheduling, while digital processing and loudspeaker management is provided by a Community dSPEC226. The high power Focussed Array RSH-462 loudspeakers are driven by two t&mSystems SP1600 700 Watt amplifiers.


Spain - OSCillation, the new free and owner software for Android, Windows PC and, in a few days also for Mac, developed by Work Pro is an application for the control of devices through OSC protocol. This software is the first on the market that allows to work directly with the layouts and customize them from a PC.

Users will be able to control several devices simultaneously thanks to its multi-target capability, besides of providing the possibility to protect the access to the software with a password. OSCillation makes possible to mix audio and lighting for embedded video in PC or Mac.

This application adds six preset layouts useful for users who need to control audio and lighting with DMX devices or digital signal processors designed by Work Pro. AS well as its compatibility also with TouchOSC layouts, users will be able to customize their own layouts for all kind of devices

Portugal - Digital solutions manufacturer DiGiCo has confirmed the appointment of Garrett S.A. Audiovisuais as its exclusive distributor for Portugal.

Founded in 1978, Garrett has built an enviable reputation in Portugal by ensuring that it always offers relevant solutions to the market and employing a highly experienced team. As a result, it has an impressive list of brands in its portfolio, to which it is proud to add DiGiCo.

"For some time, we have wanted to work with a brand of mixing console that is both a market leader and technology innovator," says Garrett's Raul Fernandes. "This will allow us to provide our customers with a stronger offering in the field of professional audio and to apply the products directly to our turn-key projects.

"Although there has been some instability in the Portuguese market for the last two years, DiGiCo is a brand tha

The Netherlands - Cadac signed up as an official supporter of the IBC conference for the first time, providing audio systems for the various conference events at the 2014 convention, including the Dolby Atmos featured IBC Big Screen Experience, which also featured Dolby Atmos, in the Amsterdam RAI exhibition auditoriumcentre.

IBC technical resources /audio, Terry Nelson, specified a Cadac MegaCOMMS high resolution digital audio network to distribute audio throughout the 1,700 seat IBC Big Screen Experience auditorium, where the IBC ran a programme of presentations and screenings, demonstrating "how the disciplines between cinema and traditional broadcast are merging". The IBC Big Screen Experience featured cutting-edge cinema technology, including Christie 6P 2D and 3D laser projection and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Programme highlights included screenings of re-mast

USA - Following the successes at its Meyer Sound-equipped New York flagship and Chicago locations, City Winery recently selected a Mina line array loudspeaker system to help bring a quality live experience to its food- and wine-loving clientele in Napa.

Like all other City Winery locations, the philosophy behind the new 350-seat, cabaret-style listening room in the historic Napa Valley Opera House is a meticulous attention to sensory delight. The sound system is no exception acoustically or visually, according to Ed Greer, City Winery's chief production officer.

"Because we focus on singer-songwriters, we needed a PA that is extremely accurate acoustically, that can deliver with complete transparency," says Greer. "The Mina arrays achieve that goal, and their sleek profile also fits with the elegance of the room. Any system we install in City Winery will be Meye

Sweden - HD Resources (HDR) is one of the premier High Definition resource providers in Sweden. Based in Stockholm, the privately owned company offers fully equipped, high specification HD studios and a number of HD OB vehicles for outside broadcast purposes and is thus capable of covering almost every type of live or studio recording.

Known mainly for their work in horse racing, sports, music and entertainment, HDR works with all of the major Swedish broadcasters including the public broadcaster, SVT, and TV4 who is the country's largest commercial broadcaster.

HDR has recently built a new state-of-the-art OB vehicle featuring a number of DirectOut products that is presented as version 2.0 of their current HDR 6 24 Camera Expandable HD OB truck offering 24 seats with a true 5.1 audio mixing area. The new vehicle was built under the technical supervision of Sony's Martyn Smith

Italy - Fox Sound Service has purchased the first Meyer Sound Lyon linear sound reinforcement system in Italy. Adding to Fox Sound's large Meyer Sound inventory of more than 170 loudspeakers, the Lyon system has supported a range of classical, rock, and dance events across the country.

"I was extremely impressed with the technical advantages of linear sound reinforcement offered by Meyer Sound's Leo linear large-scale sound reinforcementsystem, but we had been waiting for a more compact version better suited to the Italian market," explains Carlo Volpe, technical director and co-owner of Fox Sound. "Lyon is exactly what we need. It has the performance and versatility ideal for any production, from open-air classical music presentations to jazz festivals and rock concerts. My partners and I are proud to be the first in Italy to supply this new technology."


USA - Mexico's pop icon Juan Gabriel is touring the US with an SSL Live, console. One of Mexico's most successful vocalists, Gabriel is a Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame inductee and six-time Grammy nominee who has sold over 30m albums and performed throughout the world. When his Volver 2014 tour prepared for its US leg, front-of-house engineer Rodrigo López was excited to mix on SSL's latest innovation.

"As soon as it was available, I wanted to use it," López says of Live. "Just by reading 'SSL,' you know it's a quality console. An engineer friend of mine who used Live for another US tour provided the only training I needed. It's very user-friendly. Sound check was my rehearsal with the console. It just sounded correct, it was really great. Everything was there, the way I wanted it to be."

SSL Live's sonic quality was particularly noticeable on violin

UK - Having become the first UK investor in Martin Audio's MLA Mini system, London Speaker Hire (LSH) - the AV rental division of The Hive Partnership - has underlined its commitment to the award-winning platform by purchasing an MLA Compact system.

The company has added 16 MLA Compact enclosures to its inventory and pressed the system straight into service on the inaugural On Blackheath Festival, featuring Massive Attack, and promoted by Harvey Goldsmith.

With 25,000 people descending on Blackheath Common in south-east London, with its three stages, there was a strong desire to keep the sound away from local residential properties. According to LSH director, Grant Turner, the promoters were well aware of the extraordinary control capabilities of MLA's Multi-cellular Array control technology, having witnessed events at Hyde Park for AEG Live, where for noise pollution reasons

USA / Europe - Following the recent success of their highly successful solo tours, Beyoncé and Jay Z have combined their talents to deliver a 'Bonnie and Clyde' themed stadium tour, On The Run. The tour recently completed a 20-date North American leg before heading off to Europe earlier this month.

For the duration of the tour, Beyoncé and Jay Z have relied on Sennheiser's Digital 9000 wireless microphone system, which was purchased specifically for the tour by Eighth Day Sound Systems, Inc. at the recommendation of front-of-house engineer Stephen Curtin and monitor engineer James Berry - both veterans of the tour.

The tour amalgamates band members from both the Beyoncé and Jay Z touring camps and features two stages, a massive video wall and an elaborate lighting design - making it a sufficiently challenging environment from an RF perspective. Soni

Directors' Cut - Leading theatre figures including Marianne Elliott, Matthew Warchus, Vicky Featherstone and Jeremy Herrin have launched the industry's first body aimed at representing stage directors. Increasing fees in the sector is one of Stage Directors UK's first priorities. It will also represent directors on issues such as royalties, contracts, digital rights and copyright, as well as leading on training initiatives. Directors can become members of Equity, but SDUK says the lack of an organisation dedicated to the needs of opera and theatre directors has "led to an increasing sense of anger and frustration" in the sector.

Who's Next - The Who have unveiled their first song in eight years as they mark their 50th anniversary. Be Lucky includes lyrical references to Australian rockers AC/DC and French electro band Daft Punk and will be included in a d

USA - The new Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee, USA, has been supplied with leading-edge media serving technology from 7thSense Design in the UK. The Delta Media Server has been installed inside the Earthquake simulator by system integrator, Electrosonic and serves as one of many state-of-the-art educational and entertainment experiences on display at the centre.

Part museum, part education centre, Discovery Park of America sits on a 50-acre site and the benchmark of the park is Discovery Centre, a 100,000 square foot building with 70,000 feet of exhibits in Obion County, Tennessee - two hours from the city of Memphis. Hailed as a world-class educational space and filled with a range of exhibits, the family attraction holds ten experience galleries - most of which feature audio-visual equipment installed by AV integrator, Electrosonic.

As one of the most prom

UK - The last 30 years has seen a wide variety of world changing events. The fall of the Berlin Wall, an ever increasing amount of military conflicts, several royal births, deaths and marriages along with major developments in sport and entertainment.

What do these have in common? They've all been subject to the attention of an increasingly dynamic and technically developing media circus. As a result there is also a very good chance they've been audibly recorded using equipment supplied by Raycom.

Since 1984, Raycom has used its close working relationship with the UK's premier broadcasters and location sound engineers to secure distribution rights with some of the world's most innovative manufactures of professional broadcast quality audio solutions. The radio microphone and IEM ranges from Wisycom of Italy and US based Lectrosonics are recognised as the top of their field for

USA - In addition to being the alma matter of pop icon Gloria Estefan, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy (OLLA) is a paragon of Catholic academic excellence and has been since it was founded in 1963. To continue to effectively fulfill its mission in the twenty-first century, however, the school embarked on a four-phase, $15m improvement project, which included construction of a state-of-the-art gymnasium.

Revelation Sound, Inc. (RSI), a state licensed A/V specialty electrical and integration firm that has niche markets to houses of worship and their associated academic institutions since 1984, was awarded the contract for the audio, video and intercom portion of the project.

The acoustic consulting and analysis for the project was done in partnership with Robert Bernecker of SEFI Consulting in Dallas, Texas. RSI has partnered with SEFI on numerous projects, with the collaboration re

UK / Germany - Following the company's recent restructuring into global, channel-specific business units, Costa Mesa, California-based QSC Audio Products LLC has announced a realignment of its distribution in the UK and Germany, with effect from 1 November 2014.

The company's Systems business unit, serving the integrated systems channel, will continue to be represented by Shure Distribution, the QSC distributor for all the company's Pro and Systems products in the UK and Germany since 1992 and 2007 respectively.

"Shure's capability to support our rapidly-expanding Integrated Systems technology in the region is unparalleled. Their complementary product portfolio, combined with their technical knowledge, vast experience, and highly developed sales and marketing functions make them an ideal partner to deliver compelling QSC System solutions to customers in the region,"

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