Ukraine - 1+1 Media Group is one of the largest media conglomerates in Ukraine. It is comprised of eight Ukrainian TV channels and also includes a fully-fledged production company. 1+1 Media recently installed an ANDIAMO.XT AES/MADI converter and two powerful M.1k2 MADI routing systems from DirectOut as the audio core in their new eight-floor TV Centre, plus a number of ANDIAMO.XT AES/MADI converters in two of their OB vans which have been converted to full HD facilities.

"This is the first time we have worked with DirectOut, and they couldn't have been more helpful," affirmed Aleksey Marko, head of procurement for 1+1 Media. "It's rather a long story and of course our political situation has not helped matters, but the short version is, that having purchased an Evertz video router for the new TV centre, we needed a solution to be able to combine all of our audio

USA - MGM Resorts International and Live Nation teamed up this fall to produce the inaugural Route 91 Harvest country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip over October's first weekend. Staged on a huge lot across the famed boulevard from MGM's Luxor, the three-day event featured some of the biggest names in country music, including nightly headliners Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean, plus more than two dozen other classic artists and fast-rising newcomers.

Route 91 Harvest was a big show, but true to Las Vegas' larger-than-life philosophy, it was only one of four huge music fests held there within a single month's time. The iHeart Radio festival (21 September) saw pop stars Iggy Azalea, Neon Trees, 5 Seconds of Summer and Fences take the stage; on 27 September the first iteration of the Boulevard Brew Fest brought rockers Kings of Leon, Young the Giant and Kongos

UK - With new exhibitors and new speakers being announced every week, there will be plenty for visitors to see at the Glasgow SECC for the inaugural PLASA Focus Glasgow event, which takes place on 2-3 December 2014.

New exhibitors announced this week include Adlib Audio and HDPro Audio, Orbital Sound and FBT Audio UK, who will join the all-star list of exhibitors already at the show - including Robe, Ambersphere, White Light, Avolites, Chauvet, AED, Sennheiser, Bosch, NL Productions, JHS ProAudio, Warehouse Sound, LMC Audio, Polar Audio, Black Light, Trusslite, Total Solutions Group, UK Rigging, TMB and many more.

PLASA's Professional Development Programme will deliver two days of presentations, technical demonstrations and panel discussions, all designed to help visitors build their industry knowledge and improve their skill set. This year's programme focusses on the hot topi

World - Monitor engineer Travis Walat recently completed the European and North American legs of the Joss Stone Total World tour with an Allen & Heath iLive T-112 Surface and a 48 input / 24 output iDR-48 MixRack.

The ultimate aim of the tour is for the 26 year old soul singer-songwriter to play a show in every country on the planet, so with performances widely spread across the globe the audio crew was travelling light. To ensure that the band's monitors were consistent wherever in the world they were, Walat looked for a mixing solution that offered full functionality in a compact footprint, finally settling on the iLive system after trying it out in rehearsals.

Twenty-one shows and 18 countries later, Walat enthused: "The iLive is an excellent sounding desk. Several band members commented on how nice things sounded, and it is also lightweight, compact and powerful, with

UK - The Shure Academy European Audio Network has announced the fourth Wireless Mastered workshop of 2014, to be held at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in Central London on 24 November. Presented by Tuomo Tolonen, Shure Distribution UK's Pro Audio Group manager and RF specialist, the session will take place in the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre at RADA between 9.30am and 3pm, with a break for light refreshments.

As with the previous highly successful Wireless Mastered sessions, this masterclass is aimed at all event production staff, and anyone that regularly uses wireless technology. The session covers all aspects of RF technology and wireless microphone operation, including discussions of the changing availability of RF spectrum use for live events.

Shure wireless technology will be used as a practical reference, including PSM900/PSM1000 in-ear monitoring, UHF-R, ULX-D a

USA - California State University Bakersfield recently purchased a Harman Soundcraft Si Performer 3 to support its growing music and theatre programs. The console is used for live mixing during shows in the 485-seat Doré Theatre, which include jazz and other music productions, theatrical productions, musicals, and opera. The board was purchased through Full Compass Systems.

To accommodate the 14 to 20 wireless microphones for the Music and Theatre Department productions, performing arts technician Frank Robinson chose the Soundcraft Si Performer 3 with 32 channels for sufficient capacity and room for future expansion. The sound booth that houses the console also allows for a simplified wiring network, and will permit elimination of much of the internal house wiring at a later date.

"We chose Soundcraft because we wanted a brand-new system within our budget that wor

USA - Modern sports venues have to do it all - host major sports contests one night and top-selling music artists the next. That's an economic imperative at a time when teams and promoters are competing for the consumer entertainment spend. The venue with great sound that can do it all wins, and that's why Toyota Centre, the arena home of the NBA Houston Rockets, comes out on top.

In October, the arena, which opened in September 2003 and seats 18,000 for basketball and over 19,000 for concerts, installed a new L-Acoustics K2 sound system - the first K2 system permanently installed in a major professional sports arena.

The cap to a two-year AV makeover that included new HD video scoreboards, the sound system, designed in Soundvision by project consultant Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams and AV systems integrator LD Systems with support from the L-Acoustics US applications

UK - The last two weekends of October saw London's Westfield shopping centres stage Music Cube, a showcase of new and established musical talent. As Westfield's preferred audio partner, Sennheiser UK played a key role in both events.

Music Cube is a giant soundproof glass box, in which a range of artists performed over the weekend of 24-26 October at the Westfield London shopping centre, and 31 October - 2 November at Westfield Stratford City.

Kicking off at midday, performances by between three and six up-and-coming artists were followed by a set from a Kiss FM DJ and then two headline slots by more recognised performers.

Each session was witnessed by an audience of up to 300, all using Sennheiser's Urbanite headphones to enjoy the music.

Sennheiser UK provided equipment including evolution 2000 series wireless microphones for the artists, plus 300 sets of Urbanite headph

UK - HHB Communications has supplied the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) with a 16-fader Avid S6 M10 control surface.

UWE is the first UK educational facility that HHB has supplied with Avid's new modular S6 control surface. The S6 was specified with two banks of eight faders, and complementary Process and Knob modules. Used in conjunction with Pro Tools HD software, S6 provides UWE's students with powerful hands-on control of all DAW functions.

UWE senior lecturer Martyn Harries has been a long-term customer of HHB since his days as an audio post production engineer for the BBC. Martyn explains that the S6 will equip students in UWE's new Broadcast Audio and Music Technology course with knowledge of the equipment used in the UK's leading studios. "The S6 will give our students an edge by exposing them to an incredibly powerful console. We place a strong

UK - London's Imperial War Museum opened its new First World War Gallery in July. The vision was to give the visitor a more realistic representation of what life in a trench was like. A soundscape was clearly going to be vital and the noises should come from many different parts of the display. The mission was on to find a proven playback system that would respond to cues from a Medialon Show Controller and interface with video servers from 7th Sense and Dataton. The clear choice was the Merging Technologies Ovation.

Idee und Klang have an enviable track record of significant projects from the BMW Museum in Munich to the Stategrid Pavilion at the Expo Shanghai 2010 so sound designer, Ramon De Marco was able to understand the requirements very easily. The museum had organised an international competition to select the sound design company and the Idee und Klang proposal was the o

Thailand - TC Group's Install and Tour brands - Tannoy, Lab.gruppen and Lake - recently held a two-day conference seminar in Bangkok, Thailand, for its distributor network across the Asia Pacific region.

With distributors from across the region gathering at the Okura Hotel - itself a Tannoy installation - the event gave TC Group the opportunity to communicate information on new and future products, as well as ongoing market strategy in wake of the announcement that the entire group was looking for investment opportunities under any potential new ownership.

Over the course of two informative and enlightening days, senior staff showcased some of the latest and best technologies from Tannoy, Lab.gruppen and Lake, giving distributors and partners the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the brands and how to maximise opportunities in future install and touring application

UK - Behind the Scenes UK, the newly launched charity that aims to provide financial support to entertainment technology professionals when they are ill or injured, is calling on companies and individuals to send their annual Christmas cards via Card Aid this year.

Card Aid has been helping charities increase their funds from the sale of their Christmas cards for over 30 years and John Simpson, Chair of Behind the Scenes UK, believes proceeds from the sale of Christmas Cards via the Card Aid Website will really make a difference to Behind the Scenes which only launched in the UK in October.

"Sending Christmas cards is a long held tradition and Card Aid allows us to keep the spirit of Christmas alive - as cards can be purchased online, either in the form of a pack of cards or as e-cards which can be sent on a pay per click basis. Whilst we are happy to accept donations in

Portugal - NEXT-proaudio's website ( now offers an easy-to-navigate technical support, complete product information, and the most recent company news.

The company information, factory tour, support and distributor's information are some benefits of the new site. The goal is to be "the perfect guide to help the customers get all the information about products as easy as possible".

The user can sort the products by type, series, or application making the new product menu much more intuitive to find what the user wants. Inside the application list, the user can find which are the recommended series for touring, installation and portable.

The NEXT-proaudio users can also easily download the all the available software (Soundware, DP240 Software, LMS242 Software and Ease Focus) as well as all the support files. Additionally, links to the manufacture

Japan - A potent RCF TT+ system was recently installed in Tokyo's Meijiza Theatre by the Italian manufacturer's Japanese partner Electori Co in order to bring the best out of well known 'enka' traditional ballad singer, Yoshimi Tendo.

Originally opened in 1873 to present kabuki and Western stage plays, the 1368-capacity venue has been equipped with four TTL33-A active loudspeakers ground stacked on either side of the stage above floor-mounted TTS36-A subs, positioned on their sides.

This design was in order to raise the height and use the stage width effectively. The decision to stack the TTL33-A on top of the subs resulted from the limited stage depth - and the fact that even pattern control was required for the each tier, right up to the third floor balcony seats.

One of the flagships of the Theatre & Touring series, the TTL33-A is a compact, wide dispersion, three way act

USA - Founded in 1934 by a small collection of the faithful who opened up their living rooms every Sunday in the bustling Michigan town of Grand Rapids, New Hope Baptist Church has grown to a congregation of over 800 active members. To better accommodate its members, the church recently underwent a comprehensive renovation of its 750-seat sanctuary and associated overflow and ancillary use rooms.

A new sound system centred on Ashly Audio processing, amplification, and user control is a centrepiece of the project and gives New Hope congregants exceptional intelligibility for spoken word, along with musical transcendence for the New Hope band and praise choir. Critically, the Ashly gear came in at a price point that allowed the church to meet its needs reliably, without breaking the project's budget. Pro Audio Inc., of nearby Grandville, Michigan designed and installed the system

UK - Resolution magazine is to hold a one-day audio networking conference to "communicate the state of play of audio networking in live sound, broadcast and music recording applications".

The Audio Networking Forum will be held at RIBA in Portland Place London W1 on 12 December 2014. The top level conference will bring together leading industry players to analyse, debate and discuss audio networking in production workflows. It will also be an invaluable social networking opportunity.

"No area of professional audio has remained untouched by the potential of audio networking," said conference organiser Zenon Schoepe. "Anyone who thinks that audio networking won't impact on their work doesn't understand it. This is core technological change that will alter attitudes and working methods forever. The Forum will explain the technology and give example

Poland - Bia?ystok City Stadium is located in the largest city in Northeastern Poland and the capital of the Podlaskie Voivodeship. The stadium has undergone major redevelopment and substantial new construction and now meets the highest world standards for modern sports facilities. The new 360 degree grandstand boasts a capacity of 22,400 and the venue also incorporates conference rooms, a VIP room, a restaurant area and a shop for fans of the local football team.

The sound system was designed by Tommex ?ebrowscy Sp. J. and installed by Zeto S.A.. The system is based on Community loudspeakers and Dynacord electronics. Bia?ystok-based integrator Zeto S.A. completed the installation in time for the opening of the modernized venue which took place in July 2014. Zeto's Zbigniew Kaczmarczyk was project manager for the installation.

The main system is housed in the commentary room a

Poland - Allen & Heath GLD-80 and Qu-16 mixers have been installed in the Kraków Arena. The new Arena is the biggest in Poland, with a capacity of 20,000 and is one of the most modern entertainment halls and sports venues in the world. The building grabs attention with a gigantic 500m wide LED screen on its exterior and hosts a wide variety of sports events, exhibitions, conferences and trade fairs.

The contract to design and supply the audio system for the Kraków Arena was awarded to Konsbud Audio. Konsbud chose three Allen & Heath digital mixers to meet the client's needs. The main console is a GLD-80, located in the control room of the main hall and used for mixing and signal distribution between all audio systems. There are also two Qu-16 mixers: one in a mobile rack that can be used on the floor of the main hall, and another in the control room in the smaller, secondary h

Back on Song - The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall has reopened to visitors and live music performances after completion of part of a £14m refurbishment. Originally designed by Liverpool architect Herbert Rowse, the Grade II-listed building first welcomed audiences in 1939 but was closed in May for a revamp of the main concert hall and auditorium. Changes to the concert hall are the first part of the overhaul of the interior, due for completion next summer.

Wembley Bound - Ed Sheeran has announced plans for his biggest solo concert to date at Wembley Stadium on 10 July 2015. He said: "I've made no secret recently of my ambition to play Wembley Stadium on my own in front of 80,000 people. I am absolutely over the moon to be able to announce it's going to happen next summer. It's going to be amazing, I just can't wait." The show will be part of his Multiply

Germany - HK Audio has announced that EASE Focus 2 GLL data is now available for its Linear 5 tops. The Linear 5 range joins HK Audio's Elements, ConTour Array, Cadis, Cohedra and Cohedra Compact systems in the EASE Focus 2 database.

EASE Focus 2 is a three-dimensional acoustic simulation software for the configuration and modelling of line array systems, digitally steered columns and conventional loudspeakers.

The software allows users to calculate levels, time and frequency responses for one or more systems simultaneously, giving them the possibility to plan out the best possible system configurations for every need and venue ahead of time.

Free for the end user, EASE Focus 2 - along with all the dedicated HK Audio GLL data - can be downloaded from a dedicated page on the HK Audio website:

For new users, an EASE Focus 2 tutorial vid

Germany - The M10 is a lightweight monitor speaker that is only 29 cm wide and tips the scales at just 13 kg. Despite its compact size and low weight the M10 is designed to convince even the most demanding monitor techs and musicians with high levels and sound fidelity, says the manufacturer.

The required performance is achieved using a heavy-duty 10" cone driver and a high-resolution 1" HF driver which are both operated with virtually no distortions on system amplifiers via a very linear passive crossover. Together with the Linear Phase Technology an acoustic performance is achieved that is known from active 2-way monitor speakers at most. The directivity pattern of the rotatable horn is 60 x 90 degrees or 90 x 60 degrees respectively.

The electric impedance of 16 ohms allows to connect four to eight M10 Monitors to one channel of the 8.4-DSP or 6.2-DSP and 14.4-DSP

Puerto Rico - "We chose the Audient ASP4816 because of the audio quality, versatility and size. It really sounds great," says El Liceo de Arte y Tecnologia's head engineer and instructor of music and post programmes, Hilton Colon who was instrumental in setting up the new Studio C at the school.

"The console is easy to use and it is especially good to teach the students signal flow," explains Colon when asked about the Audient desk's advantages. "The mic pre sounds great and so does the EQ. We also appreciate that it has a small footprint."

Specifically used by students of the 16-month long Audio Engineering and Music Production course, the compact console is now at the centre of this, the newest analogue recording studio at the Liceo.

Comprising two HD ProTools systems, compressors by dbx and Avalon, a Lexicon reverb/effects processor and two p

Europe - Roland has introduced two HDBaseT products to compliment the Roland professional video product lineup that includes the XS Series of Matrix Switchers.

The two new models, the HT-TX01 HDBaseT Transmitter and HT-RX01 HDBaseT Receiver, convert HDBaseT signals to and from an HDMI signal. Designed to transmit or receive audio, video and RS-232 control information up to 100 meters over Cat5/6e cable, the TX/RX pair is ideal for extending HDMI signals over long distances in both live productions and fixed applications.

The HT-RX01 is suited as the receiver for an HDBaseT output coming from any Roland XS Series multi-format matrix switcher - a series designed for fixed installations requiring high-quality integrated video and audio conversion and switching. Using the RS-232 signal transmission function of the XS series allows the user to transmit RS-232 signals from the XS Se

UK - Ofcom has revealed plans to make radio spectrum in the 700MHz band available for mobile data use, as operators of mobile services predict a major increase in mobile data use in the coming years. Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services and the PMSE (Programme Making & Special Events) sector, which currently use parts of the 700MHz band, will be moved to other frequencies. The changes are expected to be implemented by 2022, but could be could be in place up to two years earlier.

The implication for PMSE users is that equipment which operates exclusively in the 700MHz band will become obsolete and will have to be replaced, as will "a proportion of equipment that has a tuning range which extends both above and below 694MHz" (i.e. within and immediately below the 700MHz band) because the reduction in the equipment's usable tuning range may be sufficient to render

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