UK - Industry veteran Peter Maddison has announced the launch of a brand new company, PCM Distribution Ltd, at the PLASA Show next week (5-8 October, Excel, London). The company, a UK distributor of professional lighting, sound and accessories, has already been appointed UK sales agent for Amp-Pack Cases and for the Italian lighting brand, Studio Due, as well as UK sales agent for Mach Audio - and the company will be displaying a selection of the latest Mach speakers on the Amp-Pack Cases stand from Sunday 5 October.

(Lee Baldock)

Croatia - The Outlook Festival is staged over four days in the beautiful and slightly desolate environs of Fort Punta Christo just outside Pula, the main city on Croatia's bustling Istrian coastline, known for its mild climate, smooth sea and unspoiled nature.

Outlook - this was the seventh edition - features the largest collection of dub step, bass music and soundsystem culture in Europe with an action-packed line up uniting some of the biggest names from these vibrant dance genres.

Overall project, production and site management for Outlook 2014 - and the four day underground electronic beats Dimensions Festival on the same site the previous weekend - was undertaken by Bristol UK based WNY, headed by Ben Price, with lighting design and rigging site wide by Fineline Lighting, also from Bristol. They were working for the event organisers, NVS Promotions.

Each year the produc

UK - Two days after the close of IBC 2014, eligible residents of Scotland went to local polling stations to answer one question, "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

Irrespective of the outcome, the need to communicate the referendum and its ramifications for Scotland and the UK was vital. Trilogy Communications, a leading intercom supplier, has announced that BBC's coverage of the Scottish Referendum relied heavily on Trilogy talkback throughout the coverage. Trilogy's main system had already been installed in Glasgow in the primary studio that was used for the BBC's coverage, with links to two galleries on site that provided output, backup and graphics for the results coverage.

The Glasgow system was linked to Trilogy's flagship Gemini intercom system at the BBC's OB operation at Elstree Studios in England by virtue of Gemini's unique IP and distributed mat

USA - Meyer Sound systems made sure the two main stages at Boston Calling Music Festival were loud and clear. On the Red Stage, the Lyon linear sound reinforcement system made an impression on the FOH engineers, many mixing on this new Meyer Sound system for the first time.

"That rig really rocked," says Carl Davino, FOH engineer for The Replacements. "Lyon has transparent highs, broad and articulate mids, and adjustable low-mids to handle any desired punch. The band's performance was outstanding as well, and with that combination I felt like I could take the audience anywhere I wanted."

The Red Stage's 24 Lyon linear line array loudspeakers were augmented by 12 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements and three 700-HP subwoofers, plus four UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers for front-fills. A Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with four Galileo Callisto

UK - Creative Technology is again providing the wide range of visual solutions seen in the popular Saturday night dance show, Strictly Come Dancing.

The show's iconic art deco-inspired theme is visualised using two curved proscenium arches with CT's MiTrix LED display and Flyer LED back screens, and this year sees new Side Arch screens within the set. The studio floor comes alive with projected images from six Panasonic PT-DS20K Projectors, enabling each dance performance to be perfectly synchronised with different visual themes, the company says.

Project manager Nic Maag, who is heading up the CT operation with his dedicated team, comments: "It's fantastic to be back on the Strictly set; three months of weekly glitz and glamour! This show only gets better each year, and it's great to be a part of it."

(Lee Baldock)

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will showcase a selection of the very latest lighting, audio, rigging and video solutions available from their vast portfolio of premium brands - on stand P40 at PLASA London 2014.

Salesteams from AC-ET's four specialist product divisions will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the latest technologies from leading marques which AC-ET are the exclusive UK reseller for, as well as over 200 leading brands available for immediate despatch from the company's multi-million pound inventory.

From AC-ET's Lighting division, the stand will showcase product highlights from the many UK-exclusive LED lighting brands available. Chroma-Q will unveil their new Color One 100 LED Par, which features an innovative fully homogenised beam virtually eliminating the colour separation and shadows synonymous with LED lighting - delivering above Par perfo

Belgium - Although it can look quite simple, a small multi-zone installation is not always and easy and small job for the installer. He needs to install and connect many electronic units (sources, amplifiers, wall panels...) in order to provide the perfect audio solution for his customer. With Apart's Audiosystem8.8 the installer now can propose a complete audio system to his customers that covers many small or medium sized applications... with just one unit.

The Made in Belgium Audiosystem8.8 audio matrix has eight speaker outputs (four stereo or eight mono zones) with each a built-in 30 watts digital amplifier and also has 4 additional line outputs. The unit has four FM radios built-in and it has 4/8 stereo/mono line inputs.

The installer/customer can easily access the integrated web server based GUI to configure and/or control the audio system. Audiosystem8.8 can be remote

USA - Pro audio brand Aphex has moved the company to Salt Lake City, in order to increase operational efficiencies by being closer to parent company DWV Entertainment and the core Aphex creative and engineering teams. The move, completed this month, includes opening a new Aphex warehouse in Utah to complement existing manufacturing and shipping facilities in California.

Aphex chairman David Wiener stated, "Aphex has been making big changes in recent months to take advantage of growth opportunities in Pro, Prosumer and Consumer audio, as well as licensing and new product development. Bringing Aphex HQ to Utah allows Aphex to take advantage of DWV Entertainment's facilities and creative resources.

"Our enhanced sales, marketing and operational efforts will give Aphex an added boost that's easier to achieve with people in the same zip code." Wiener added, "Aph

UK - Launched last month, new cloud based rental management system, Current RMS, is already setting high standards in the rental software market and can't wait to show all PLASA London visitors and exhibitors what it has to offer.

Built from the roots up for the AV, lighting, production and events sector by CEO, Chris Branson, together with a close knit team around the product, extensive research into industry requirements, and cloud technologies were identified prior to product development.

"It was at this point, a gap in the market was acknowledged - the industry needed an online, intuitive and modern rental management system," said Branson. "A system that wouldn't hold this industry back, removing accessibility issues that are present with Windows based systems, allowing every user to action and manage all rental processes from any device and location."<

USA - "It is all about the audience experience. Whether seated on the main floor, or anywhere in the two tier balcony, the Peter Kiewit Concert Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center hopes to offer even, balanced, coverage for every person," says Omaha Performing Arts production manager, Kate Williams.

Since first opening its doors in 2005, the Holland in Omaha, Nebraska has been celebrated as a world class concert hall. Originally designed almost a decade ago to enrich live acoustic performances, the two thousand seat shoebox style space is used for a variety of purposes, showcasing jazz, blues and popular performers presented by Omaha Performing Arts and is home to the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, who play here several times per month.

After almost a decade, however, the venue has noticed a significant increase in the number of amplified shows it hosts. Williams a

The Netherlands / Austria - Roland audio field recorders have been chosen by the SAE Institute at both their Amsterdam and Vienna campuses. The recorders, which include the Roland R-26 hand held portable recorders, Roland R-44 4 channel compact field recorder and the Roland R-88 8 channel recorder and mixer, are being used by the digital film departments, as part of sound recording lectures and by film students working on their assignments and projects.

The SAE Institute - with a total of 54 campuses in 26 countries - offers courses in Audio Engineering, Digital Filmmaking, Web Development, 3D Animation and Games Programming. With a focus on practical application and preparing students for a 'real world' career in creative media technologies, the SAE champions the use of high quality, 'industry standard' products as part of the courses.

At the SAE Institute in Amsterdam the ve

USA - For too many years, football fans and supporters of Roswell Independent Schools in Roswell, New Mexico suffered the poor performance of small paging horns that squawked announcements no one could understand and that emitted music no one could feel. It was a sad, uninspiring, and yet not uncommon situation.

When money finally became available to make improvements, the school hired local firm J&G Electric to oversee the project. Relatively new to the Pro Audio market, Mike McClain of J&G Electric sought, without bias, the very best sounding system for his client at the most reasonable price. A thorough search turned up Danley Sound Labs, and Roswell Schools now benefit from a pair of Danley GH-60 Genesis Horns for vivid full-range output and a pair of beefy Danley DBH-218 subwoofers for low-frequency support.

"The school gave J&G Electric free rein to choose the best

USA - Beavercreek High School in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio is the third largest high school in the Buckeye State and supports an exceptionally active athletics program. The school's girls' basketball team has been especially successful, averaging 18 wins per season over the past 36 years of coach Ed Zink's tenure.

Until recently however, poor sound system intelligibility put a damper on home games and dulled the excitement of award ceremonies. That's all changed for the better with a new gymnasium sound reinforcement system centred on cost-effective Ashly Audio ne4400 Protea digital processing and KLR3200 amplification matched to Community R-Series loudspeakers.

"They used to have a few of what I call 'nightclub speakers' chained to the ceiling," said Mike Staffan, owner of local A/V integration firm Lighthouse Sound and Communications. "The athleti

UK - POLARaudio has announced that it has secured the exclusive distribution of MIPRO products in the UK. Established in 1995 in Taiwan, MIPRO has grown to become a major force in the manufacture of portable wireless PA and wireless radio microphone systems, both of which offer a wealth of possibilities to the education, sport and fitness and ecclesiastical sectors.

Key features of the MIPRO portable PA range include internal CD, USB and SD drives, with single and multiple receiver options available. Crafted with superb audio performance, easy portability and robust finish, the range can be applied to almost any indoor or outdoor gathering from a school hall to a street performance.

MIPRO's comprehensive range of analogue and digital radio microphone systems also possesses a wealth of innovative features, such as Auto Scan, ACT Synchronisation and interchangeable microphone ca

USA - With the opening of a thoroughly refurbished 1907-vintage Union Garage Building facility, the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) in Pasadena, California, wanted to provide its students with a state-of-the-art live performance environment. The school's recent expansion includes new programmes and majors for students, new celebrity faculty, and an exclusive Let's Talk Music Series which provides students with on-on-one access to top professional musicians.

With ongoing performances from students, faculty, and alumni, the college needed a modern performance, rehearsal and event space more than ever. To meet the combined needs of excellent sound quality, ease of use, and cutting-edge technology at a reasonable price, the school chose a Line 6 PA system.

LACM executive vice president of academic operations Mike Packer, who also happens to be a drummer and an instructo

Spain - D.A.S. Audio's YouTube channel has exceeded the impressive million-view milestone in recent weeks. The channel, created by the company in 2010, shares an extensive selection of videos on D.A.S. products, the company's manufacturing processes, D.A.S. seminars held worldwide, spectacular system set-ups at major international festivals and other company-related information.

The official D.A.S. Audio channel, DASAudioSpain, also boasts over 3,600 loyal subscribers who regularly receive the new videos the company uploads. D.A.S. Audio has invested heavily in promoting its YouTube channel, well aware that the massive popularity of social media in recent years makes the platform a tool for companies to publicize their technical, commercial and marketing news.

The extensive range of videos is available to both subscribers and the general public and is divided into various sect

USA - At this year's AES show in Los Angeles, Lawo will debut its newest mc² series console. The mc²36 is 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 console comes completely self-contained including a powerful DSP processing core and all I/O connections and is available in 16, 24 and 40 fader configurations.

Ease of use is paramount, with large touchscreen displays that provide instant, touch triggered pop-up menus for fast access to all mixing and routing parameters. Natively equipped with RAVENNA/AES67 technology, the mc²36 integrates seamlessly into IP infrastructures.

Rear panel connections provide 32 mic/line in, 32 line out on XLRs, eight AES

Canada - Corey Hart hung up his sunglasses for good at an emotional sold-out farewell concert for 13,500 hometown fans at Montreal's Bell Centre, supported by an SSL Live console at front of house. A 1980s star, Hart has had nine consecutive Top 40 hits, with Sunglasses at Night being his most recognizable. Outfitted with sound services by Solotech in Canada, it was another local Montreal hero, Denis Savage, who mixed the show and the week-long rehearsal.

For Hart's Farewell concert, the band consisted of two guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, percussion, saxophone and backing vocals, plus a few guests. Since Hart hadn't performed live in almost a decade, the group spent a week in rehearsals to guarantee he gave audiences the show of a lifetime.

"I recorded the rehearsals in multi-track, so I had two Pro Tools® rigs," explains Savage, a long-time SSL user wh

USA - Audinate, inventor of the market leading digital media networking solution Dante, will be the talk of many at this year's 137th International AES Convention in Los Angeles, says the company.

Audinate is conducting multiple educational workshops on basic IT principles for audio networks. Landon Gentry, director of global support services for Audinate, will be kicking off the Networked Audio Track Thursday October 9, at 9:00 in room 404AB, with a Primer on Fundamental Concepts of Media Networking. This session will cover an overview of the OSI model and how data travels through network layers (a "networking stack"); Layers 1, 2, 3 and 4; Cables, MAC Addresses, IP Addresses, and networking protocols. Landon will also include an introduction to IP data networking as well as a brief discussion of IP networking standards and protocols that can be leveraged for m

USA - Located in Palm Beach County, the 19,000-capacity Cruzan Amphitheatre is South Florida's premier open-air concert venue. Managed by Live Nation, which presents approximately 30 productions annually at the venue, Cruzan recently installed 24 L-Acoustics KARAi loudspeaker enclosures to deliver improved audio coverage to its lawn, which seats 12,000 concertgoers.

"With modern long-throw line arrays, the nature of the delay system has changed," says Andre Serafini, owner of Miami Gardens-based Beachsound & Lighting, Inc., which designed and installed the new system. "Most touring engineers will use their own main production PA to cover at least a portion of the lawn area at an amphitheater like this, so the 'delay' system has become more of a 'relay' system, complementing and extending the performance of the main PA.

"This is why it was important that we

UK - Yamaha Commercial Audio has launched MG Rec & Play, an iPhone and iPad app which allows high quality recording and playback for MG Series XU models, via an attractive, easy-to-use interface.

The MG Series is a comprehensive line-up of mixing consoles, ranging from compact models ideal for music production and sub-mixing applications, through to versions capable of handling medium scale live events. The third generation MG Series, released earlier this year, offers significant upgrades in sound quality, design, operability and durability, as well as several impressive new functions.

Available now at the Apple App Store for free download, MG Rec & Play enables high-quality recording, as well as fast and easy playback of songs and sound effects, by simply connecting your iPhone or iPad to any MG Series XU model. The intuitive app can be used for a wide range of purposes, inc

USA - Overnight success was slow in arriving for Ohio garage rock duo, The Black Keys (TBK). The band was active for over a decade in small clubs on the Midwest indie circuit before the big time finally caught up with them in 2010 with the release of their sixth album, Brothers, and its quirky hit single Tighten Up.

"We accidentally took off," remarked TBK's drummer, Patrick Carney. "We weren't expecting that." Nevertheless, they've had to get used to it as record sales and popularity have climbed steadily ever since, to the point where their eighth album, Turn Blue, released in May 2014, debuted at number one in Canada, the US and Australia, the band's first record to top the album charts anywhere. The band is currently in the midst of their Turn Blue worldwide tour complete with a full panoply of Sennheiser microphones specified by thei

UK - At PLASA London 2014, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has confirmed a number of senior appointments.

Laurie Giraudeau joins AC-ET in the new role of marketing manager, with immediate effect. Laurie will use her proven track record within digital marketing & brand communications to develop and oversee the marketing strategies for AC-ET's specialist lighting, audio, rigging and video sales divisions, and sister installations company, A.C. Special Projects Ltd.

AC-ET Director, Peter Butler, comments, "The Board of Directors are delighted that Laurie is joining us to spearhead the marketing team. We feel certain that with Laurie's knowledge and experience of the markets we operate in, she will bring a lot to the table - helping us to focus our efforts and create a greater synergy working alongside the sales divisions."

Jack Moorhouse is appointed product m

UK - It was confirmed at PLASA London 2014 that White Light has appointed Lee Dennison as Head of Audio, further expanding the company's audio expertise. The move signals more growth for White Light as the company continues its strong market presence throughout the entertainment and events industries.

Dennison brings more than 20 years of audio experience to the position. He has previously worked with Autograph Sound Recording and most recently spent seven years working with Delta Sound/Sound by Design in a projects director position. In his new role at White Light, Dennison will work with Events, Sales, and Installation teams on audio elements for a variety of projects using his experience, knowledge and relationships with key manufacturers, suppliers and end clients.

Managing Director Bryan Raven explains the new addition, "We have always grown by listening to the needs

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