UK - London Speaker Hire, (LSH), is expanding its business by opening "a new home from home for anyone in the entertainment industry". The venue spans 12,000 sq.ft offering something for bands, musicians and production companies alike.

Based next to the Olympic Park in East London, LSH Spaces boasts a 2,850 sq.ft showcase and preproduction hall, three themed rehearsal rooms, vast storage space for bands on tour, access to the latest AV equipment, and a fully stocked pro-shop.

Grant Turner, founding partner at LSH said, "We've built up a successful premier AV rental business over the past seven years, fast becoming the go to for a trusted, quality and friendly service. Listening to our clients, we felt we could go further, hence opening our doors, literally, to the industry. We're a family business, and LSH Spaces East is our open house to those who want to deliv

USA - With the emphasis on networked technologies at this year's 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles, the OCA Alliance made considerable progress in promoting the benefits of its proposed Open Control Architecture (OCA) - both in committee and on the floor of the exhibition. OCA is a standards-based control and monitoring architecture for networked audio devices employing any media transport protocol.

OCA defines communications protocols for reliable and secure control and monitoring of AV device networks of 2 to 10,000 nodes. AES project 'AESX210' is currently working to render OCA into a ratified AES standard.

Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee chair, Bruce C. Olson, stated, "In the AES we are very aware of the importance of networked technologies for the future of professional audio. Any wide-scale audio implementation will require network technologies from

Belgium - GSF Sound & Light Rental is no stranger to complex events, having worked on many illustrious productions. None the less, delivering the audio and lighting requirements for the World War I celebrations in Cointe, Liege this August was a challenge; one that its DiGiCo SD9 helped them meet.

Working directly for the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Belgium, via event agency Alice Events, GSF not only provided a complete PA on site, as well as lighting and electrical requirements, but also had to supply broadcast feeds for local Belgium television station RTBF, which in turn sent the signal to various OB vans for the multitude of television stations that would transmit the event around Europe and Russia.

"When dignitaries, including HRH King Philippe of Belgium and HRH Prince William from the UK, speak into your microphones for a live broadcast, there's no place

UK - With its neo-Classical architecture, 6000 pipe concert organ and performances by hundreds of high profile artists since its 1913 completion, Leicester's De Montfort Hall has always been one of the Midlands most iconic concert venues. But, as well as preserving its history, the owning city council has always kept the venue's facilities as up-to-date as possible. This has included the recent installation of a Yamaha CL5 digital mixing system.

The centrepiece of De Montfort Hall is its flexible 400-2200 capacity auditorium, which can be laid out in several different ways. For a number of years the main mixing console has been a 48 channel Yamaha M7CL, but a recent major audio refit saw the installation of Dante network and a CL5 console, plus three Rio3224-D i/o units. Two are in a movable patch rack, the third fixed on stage. The equipment was supplied by SSE Audio Group.


China - Music Group has appointed Karan Kathuria to the post of senior manager, Professional Division for Asia Pacific, which includes the key business segments of China and India. Karan will report to Graham Rowlands, who heads global sales for the Professional Division.

In his new role, Karan will be responsible for growing the Music Group's Professional Division brands Midas, Klark Teknik and Turbosound, as well as taking an active role in managing the distribution networks across multiple countries in APAC region.

Graham commented, "Joining from Harman, Karan's is a strong addition to our global sales team due to his impeccable track record. Karan's extensive experience in the A/V industry will play a key role as we continue to strengthen our position within the APAC market."

Karan described the Music Group as, "a well-respected manufacturer with a strong

Mexico - Ricky Martin has sold over 85m albums and has had 95 platinum records, six number one Billboard albums, six number one hit songs and received too many awards to keep track of. He has performed in more than 60 countries across the globe and is possibly the most successful Latin pop star of all time.

Currently out on his One World Tour, Martin has had sold out shows in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey with another 18 shows recently added to his schedule. Audio Systems del Norte, headquartered in Monterrey, has provided a complete Adamson Systems PA for the Mexican leg of his tour. Oscar Gamas, CEO of Sonotribe Audio Consultants in Mexico City, is responsible for designing and aligning the Adamson Energia sound reinforcement system.

Gamas specified a main PA of Energia E15 and SpekTrix enclosures. The left/right arrays each consist of 16 E15s followed by fou

USA - Cadac exhibited at the recent WFX - Worship Facilities Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, the company supplied its latest CDC eight-32 digital mixing console for use by AE Global Media on sound production for the keynote presentations, 2014 Worship Facilities Awards and WFX Block Party, led by worship leader and Christian recording artist Ricardo Sanchez.

The CDC eight was specified on-site by AE Global Media executive production manager Trey Blair, while technical director and mix engineer for the event was David Bonilla: "My experience with the console was very positive. I had never been on the console prior to the WFX event and the crew from CADAC guided me through just a simple overview. I felt pretty comfortable getting around it with no problems and I was able to get through the sound check without a hitch.

"The CDC eight is very versatil

UK - Award-winning audio technology company, Flare Audio, launched what they believe to be the world's first 'fully' open back headphones at PLASA 2014. The Reference R1, aimed at the pro audio and audiophile market, uses Flare's unique new approach to produce distortion free sound, even at full volume, enabling true transfer and transmission of source material. The Reference R1's are now available for pre-order.

Flare also showcased the new Flare X0A, a compact vertical point source array, together with the rest of the Flare Audio range of products, including flown X2A and X5A systems.

"PLASA was a fantastic show for us and generated a huge amount of interest around the R1s as well as our install and touring products," says Flare CEO, Davies Roberts. "Since the show, the Flare system has been installed at award-winning venue The Leadmill, and is currently being

Norway - Scandec Systemer AS has been appointed exclusive distributor for DiGiCo products in Norway, stating its desire to only work with leading manufacturers as one of the main reasons for the company's decision to include the DiGiCo brand in its product portfolio.

Established in 1984 by Knut Børke and Hakon Rønning, Scandec's continued success is due to its high adaptability and fast response times for projects small and large, for both the public and private sectors. These include a wide variety of entertainment venues, recording and broadcast studios, schools, sports arenas and stadiums, background music, public announcement, emergency evacuation and voice alarms installations, marine systems and AV / interactive education systems.

"DiGiCo is a great complement to our existing product mix," says Hakon Rønning, sales director of Scandec. &quo

Czech Republic - The O2 Arena in Prague is the latest large-format multipurpose venue to embrace Nexo's Geo S12-ST sound reinforcement systems, high-output long-throw loudspeakers developed specially for stadium and arena use.

Built for the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, the O2 Arena is home to the HC Slavia Praha and HC Lev Praha ice hockey teams and also hosts a range of other sporting and corporate events and concerts.

The venue needed to replace its existing PA system installed 10 years ago, a point source system that was, by the venue's own admission, under-specified and under-powered. The brief required a complete new PA/VA system to provide information and emergency announcements as well as music: also the new system needed to integrate easily into the Arena's existing systems, and to represent good value for money.

"We looked at the best technology a

USA - Pastor Smokie Norful founded Victory Cathedral Worship Centre in Bolingbrook, Illinois in 2005, the same year he won a Grammy Award for Contemporary Soul Gospel Album of the Year for Nothing Without You. He is one of the country's top gospel artists, and his credits include several gold and platinum albums, dozens of awards and nominations, and numerous high-profile performances, including a performance at the White House in celebration of Black Music Month.

When Victory raised funds for its first permanent sound system, Norful scrutinized the options, using his perspective to articulate exacting requirements. The Chicago branch of Advanced Systems & Technologies (AST) designed and installed the new system, which centres on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers for the main house system, the delay system, and on-stage monitoring.

"Victory Cathedral Wo

USA - Denison High School in Denison, Texas recently completed a new 300,000sq.ft building to accommodate its 1,250-plus students. Although packed with the latest in academic technology and the sort of architectural features that both provide comfort and encourage learning, the new building faced cost overruns and a budgeting challenge that required creative thinking on the part of its subcontractors.

Among them was a plan put forward by local A/V integrator Batts Audio, Video & Lighting to jettison a 70-volt announcement/bell system (and all the expensive conduit it would require) for a distributed amplifier system running a 25-volt announcement/bell system. Based around eight 8-channel Ashly Audio ne8250.25pe Network Amplifiers with built-in Protea DSP processing, Batts AV&L gave Denison a reliable, high-quality system for a fraction of the cost of the proposed 70-volt system.

USA - Wireless intercom systems play a vital supporting role in day-to-day communications within many production and broadcast operations facilities around the world. Traditionally most wireless intercoms are low-power, full-duplex, belt-pack type systems utilized within studios and theatres. When extended range operations are needed at outside broadcast venues such as motor sport circuits and golf courses for example, few commercially available "high-power wireless intercom" options exist posing significant challenges to sports and news broadcasters.

For more than 25 years Raycom has been custom manufacturing "high-power" 2-way radio based PMSE / remote broadcast wireless intercom systems that fit the worldwide dynamic applications of outside broadcast operations.

Following initial success supplying its RTB systems to, American broadcaster NBCs' overseas n

Bulgaria - L-Acoustics has announced that Sofia-based Joker Media Rental has joined the worldwide L-Acoustics Rental Network. Established in 2003, Joker is the largest rental company in Bulgaria, employing 40 professionals and over 80 freelancers. Joker provides a full range of high end staging solutions including sound, lighting and video equipment as well as stage structures for some of the biggest concerts and festivals in Bulgaria. The company provides sound production for major European music festivals, as well as world renowned artists such as Sting, Metallica, Lenny Kravitz, Bryan Adams and Jennifer Lopez.

"The market in Eastern Europe is very dynamic and growing fast," commented Tim McCall, L-Acoustics sales manager. "Joker is a known and respected sound provider and is already putting its L-Acoustics+ systems to good use for high-profile events across Bul

Australia - The Brolga Theatre in Queensland is the cultural entertainment heart of the Fraser Coast, with a first-class theatre and conference venue that attracts the finest international and national performers. The Brolga Theatre has recently implemented a complete turn-key audio system based on Meyer Sound's award-winning Ultra products.

Coordinated by Robert Haigh, operations technician at Brolga Theatre, with design assistance by Meyer Sound Australia, the system includes the UPQ-1P wide coverage and UPQ-2P narrow coverage point source loudspeakers complimented by UPA-1P's as in-fill and USW-1P subwoofers from the system originally install some 14 years ago.

"Originally equipped with a Meyer UPA-1/UPA-2 system, the Brolga Theatre has always been a Meyer Sound client," says Robert Haigh, operations technician. "Over a number of years it became apparent that

USA - Audinate has released its latest firmware update for the Dante PCIe soundcard. Version 3.7.1 delivers a range of new features, including audio signal presence indicators, latency statistics monitoring and packet error detection.

In addition, the Dante PCIe high performance soundcard may now be used with several popular Thunderbolt expansion chassis, to enable connection to computers such as Apple's Mac Pro, MacBook Pro and Mac mini. The Dante PCIe soundcard has been certified to run with Apple's latest version MAC OS 10.10. The soundcard will now also run on Microsoft Windows servers. Both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Window Server 2012 R2 are supported.

The Dante PCIe Soundcard supports up to 128 channels of bi-directional audio with incredibly low latency. "Professionals migrating to Thunderbolt based workstations and workflows will now be able to utilize Dante PCIe

USA - Meyer Sound has appointed John McMahon to the newly created position of vice president of solutions and strategy.

Working closely with CEO John Meyer and executive vice president Helen Meyer, McMahon will oversee the broad-based strategic planning for new products, product management, and multi-product solutions across various vertical markets.

McMahon's new Solutions and Strategy Division aligns product management, design services, technical support, and education under one umbrella with a goal of creating a common understanding of strategic initiatives amongst Meyer Sound's renowned technical and customer support teams. In addition, McMahon will continue to spearhead the digital product concept group in accelerating new digital solutions into the market.

A high point of McMahon's leadership at Meyer Sound is his work on the Constellation acoustic system, which has be

UK - TC Group has announced the appointment of Andy Rust as its VP of Marketing for Install & Tour, with responsibility for the marketing of TC Group brands - primarily Tannoy, Lab.gruppen, Lake and White Acoustic - in installed sound and touring markets.

Based at Tannoy's headquarters in Scotland, Andy has assumed the lead role in the marketing of the Install and Tour verticals, the managing of the core I&T marketing team at Coatbridge, as well as the delivery of the marketing strategy and co-ordination of other marketing teams within TC Group offices in North America, Japan and China.

In congratulating Andy on his new role, Andrzej Sosna, CEO of TC Group's Install and Tour verticals, said: "Andy has a wealth of experience of marketing and the audio industry having spent 13 years at Peavey and the last nine of those as their European marketing manager. His diverse experi

Italy - Powersoft has announced the introduction of the new DigiMod Integration Kit (IK), a true plug 'n' play solution for active loudspeakers. This offers all the components necessary to easily design a complete, but simple plug 'n' play solution around any DigiMod amp module. The result is a considerable saving in time and resource when compared with that normally required to manufacture mechanical parts and integrate external electronics.

Two elegant aluminium heatsink plates, both equipped with PowerCon input and output, are available to accommodate even the most recent DigiMod PFC models. The customer is able to choose between two different DSP solutions including interface panels with I/O connectors, LEDs, programming and networking connections.

Part of the DigiMod IK platform is Armonía ProManager, a new dedicated software tool which will configure any IK combination

UK - Ed Sheeran, one of the most popular UK artists, recently ended his summer tour after 14 dates at the biggest European festivals. The singer used the same set on all dates, with AV equipment provided by Colonel Tom Touring LLC.

The stage was composed of four LED screens surrounding the singer to display graphics and content. To feed the screens, Barry Otto, owner of Colonel Tom Touring (CT Touring), selected Analog Way's NeXtage 16 (Ref. NTX1604), a powerful seamless video processor.

"My client needed to be able to manage multiple screen destinations with a small and powerful system. We looked at the show design, technical specifications and equipment space, and decided that the NeXtage 16 was the best solution for the show", comments Otto.

Sources for the NeXtage 16 included 4 x CamBall 3 remote cameras, plus the festivals' FOH camera. The NeXtage 16 served to

Belgium - Every year, David Guetta visits Brussels to play one massive indoor concert. For the second year running, he has played to a capacity crowd of 16,000 at the Palais 12, using leading Belgian rental company Arto S.A and its substantial Nexo STM Series modular line array system, for the first time featuring the brand-new M28 down-fill modules.

The Palais 12 gig was the opening concert for Guetta's forthcoming world tour, so the technological wow-factor was set at the highest level. Setting up the sound systems for FOH engineer Hassane Es Siahi was Arto system tech Pierre-Laurent Babuine, who is a regular Guetta man.

For main PA, Babuine called on left and right arrays of 15 sets of Nexo STM, comprising 15x M46 Main and 15x B112 Bass Cabinets, together with 32x S118 subbass units. Flown in adjacent lines of main and bass modules, the arrays were completed by two diminuit

Ireland / Spain - PreSonus, a leading designer and manufacturer of audio recording software, hardware and related accessories, has announced that an alliance of Algam-Music Distribucion will serve as exclusive distributor in Spain and Portugal, commencing immediately.

Algam, the leading distributor of MI and audio products in Europe, will take care of the supply chain, while Music Distribucion, a well-established distributor based in Barcelona, Spain, will be in charge of the sales and marketing activities.

"We're delighted that Music Distribucion has teamed with Algam," declared PreSonus Europe managing director, Michelle Lynch. "Algam is absolutely amazing; they're consummate professionals who know the market extremely well. In a relatively short period, they have already greatly improved our sales in France. We are confident that this new alliance will do won

Curve Ball - A musical version of the hit British comedy film Bend It Like Beckham is to open in the West End next year. It will be written and directed by Gurinder Chadha, who also made the 2002 movie starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley. "Developing Bend It Like Beckham for the stage has been the most enjoyable creative process of my career so far," Chadha said. "It was always my intention to build on the film and to present its themes and storylines to live audiences in an exciting new dynamic way. I believe we are presenting a totally new kind of musical - part West End, part London Punjabi, but whole-heartedly British."

Double Act - TV duo Ant and Dec are to host the 2015 Brit awards, 14 years since the last time they presented the ceremony. The hosts of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! and Britain's Got Talen

USA - Roland has confirmed their support for Audinate's Dante audio networking solution as an optional expansion card in their new M-5000 Live Mixing Console.

Roland is a premier pro audio and video manufacturer and is most notable in the audio market for their live digital mixing consoles, digital snake systems, multi-channel recording/playback systems, and personal mixing solution - all over Cat5e/6 Ethernet network.

Roland's offering of a Dante solution addresses the need from system integrators, consultants and pro audio professionals wanting to interconnect digital audio products. Supporting Dante in addition to REAC, MADI and Waves SoundGrid positions the new Roland M-5000 Live Mixing Console and the O.H.R.C.A platform as one of the most openly networked audio consoles on the market.

"We are excited to be working together with Audinate in offering Dante connectivi

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