USA - Whether Danny Michael is working on the set of a television pilot or the next box-office hit, the veteran production sound mixer relies on DPA Microphones for his diverse miking needs. Using his trusted d:dicate 4017B Shotgun for traditional booming situations, Michael occasionally turns to a variety of the company's other mics for the wide range of productions he works on.

After first discovering DPA Microphones in 2011 during pre-production for Now You See Me, Michael's admiration for the company quickly grew. "I was tasked with finding a headset mic to use during the on-stage magic scenes in the movie," he says. "We received a few different samples, but the DPA d:fine stood out as it provided the best sound. Since it was ultimately an artistic decision, I left it to the director to make the final call and, luckily, he also preferred the d:fine. Tha

USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of David Prince as director of development engineering. Prince has over two decades of experience designing, modelling and measuring pro-audio loudspeakers and developing them for manufacturing.

He comes to Community from Knowles Electronics where he was product development manager. Previously, Prince held the position of Director of Advanced Development for Tymphany; he was senior research engineer for International Jensen and he spent seven years as an acoustic consultant with Talaske.

He is a past chair of the AES Standards Committee on Loudspeaker Modelling and Measurement, serves on technical committees of the Acoustical Society of America and is a Board of Directors Emeritus member for the loudspeaker industry association, ALMA.

"I am delighted to join Community at this important time in its h

Denmark - BroaMan's Danish distributor Danmon has been providing broadcast solutions to the country's public service broadcaster TV2 for nearly two decades.

But when last year the company decided to upgrade its SNG OB truck (DNK-47) from SD to HD, the Odense based facility moved its commentator intercom onto a Clear-Com platform and added a BroaMan Mux22 transmission device for signal routing.

This has enabled them to transport multiple data and video signals down a single fibre in the SNG truck, including 6/2 HD-SDI, RS422 and sync network, using Dante as their audio platform.

Explained TV2 workflow specialist (and project manager), Kim Hansen, "For years, the trucks have been a key component in our technical setup for major sporting events (such as Tour de France, Handball World Cup etc.) where it acted not simply as an SNG, but a small OB truck."

This latest u

Norway - The Fosnavag Cultural Centre is now the latest and largest showcase of Meyer Sound solutions in Norway. With technology covering concert sound reinforcement, cinema, and active acoustics from a Constellation acoustic system, the complex is the premium arts and entertainment destination on the Norwegian coast.

In designing the 490-seat Fosnavag Konserthus, the focal point of the FosnavagCultural Centre, the technology committee had a clear vision to create a high-performance multipurpose space. "We wanted a perfect room for acoustic music and a perfect room for amplified music, but with conventional physical acoustics we couldn't have both," says Bjørn Holum, event manager for the Municipality of Herøy and the lead of the technology committee.

Following his first experience with Constellation in Estonia's Nordea Concert Hall [formerly Nokia Conc

UK - d&b audiotechnik has restructured its UK Sales network, appointing SSE Audio and Wigwam as Sales and Installations Partners for the UK.

With d&b deciding to streamline their UK Sales network, SSE Audio Group, backed by the experience of Wigwam, are seen as ideal partners for the German manufacturer. The new Sales and Installation partnership means SSE and Wigwam are the only suppliers based in England that are able to supply d&b directly to Trade Users across the UK. SSE Audio Group has offices in the north, south and midlands, along with a highly experienced and integrated sales team.

Wigwam Acoustics, part of SSE Audio Group since 2013, has been an established d&b supplier for Hire, Sales and Installations for many years, building up a vast pool of knowledge and experience with the full d&b product range. Since the acquisition SSE has been able, via Wigwam, to provide d

UK - Orbital Sound is staging the first Flare Audio seminar on 20 January, at its dedicated training centre in Brixton, with Flare Audio's Davies Roberts presenting The Path to Better Sound. The seminar will focus on discussing the issues that have affected loudspeaker performance since its invention some 90 years ago, including a detailed technical explanation of the science behind loudspeaker design.

The half day training session is tailored to provide engineers, designers and technicians with an insight into the key issues surrounding loudspeaker technology, including: The hidden distortions inside loudspeakers; The challenges behind achieving total accuracy in loudspeaker design; Loudspeaker behaviour and its lack of predictability; A comparison between the evolution of video picture quality versus loudspeaker sound quality.

The emphasis is on providing an interacti

UK - Ashly Audio, a division of Jam Industries, based in NY, USA, a manufacturer of high-quality commercial audio signal processors and power amplifiers, has appointed Sound Directions Ltd of Chessington, Surrey as its exclusive distributor for the UK.

A specialist distributor for audio brands in the UK catering to consultants, commercial integrators and systems installers working in AV, theatre, retail and hospitality, Sound Directions was founded by Stanislas Boivin-Champeaux in 1998. The Chessington-based company sees the addition of the Ashly Audio range as integral to its continued growth plans.

"The Ashly Audio range complements our existing partner brands perfectly and with the ne and Pema range of Ashly amplifiers I think we can offer some really serious, high-end, networked commercial contracting solutions"

Stanislas adds: "We try and make life easier

Nigeria - The Experience, an interdenominational gospel concert organized by The House on the Rock Church, went live again on 5 December (2014) at Tafawa-Balewa Square in Lagos with the theme One God, One Voice.

Convened and hosted by Pastor Paul Adefarasin, the 2014 edition of the world's largest gospel concert brought together some of today's best-known artists such as Donnie McClurkin, Don Moen, Israel Houghton, Chevelle Franklin, Micah Stampley, Midnight Crew, Freke Umoh, Frank Edwards, Sinach, Nathaniel Bassey, Angella Christie, Onos Ariyo and Chioma Jesus, among others.

For the second time, Nigeria-based Cytech World Communication provided a complete audio solution by Italian manufacturer Outline for the event.

The Experience's FOH audio set-up comprised 30 GTO C-12 line-source systems plus two underhung GTO-DF (down-fill) modules, while 16 DBS 18-

UK - Following the introduction of Y-Series loudspeakers from d&b audiotechnik at PLASA Focus Glasgow 2014, The Warehouse Sound Services are delighted to announce two product presentations to offer the opportunity to see and hear this brand new Series of loudspeakers "up close and personal" in Glasgow.

The new Y-Series presents both point source and line array loudspeakers. Steve Jones of d&b GB Education & Application Support explains why this is an event not to be missed: "Y should you come? Because it's the Y-Series. This is a unique opportunity to hear how useful it is. This range of speakers can handle just about any type of job in just about any type of venue; from the smallest gig with a single Y7P or Y10P point source to a large event with a Y8 and Y12 line array."

"First we'll look at how d&b arrived at the Y-Series and then look into the Y7P

b>UK - Better known for its use in the studio, the Audient USB AD/DA interface and monitoring system, iD22 has had its first few outings with new owner, bass player Dave Troke - on stage.

"Yes, the iD22 on stage is great," confirms Troke in a recent interview with Audient. "I play a lot of synth bass on pop gigs especially with Professor Green. I run a MacBook Pro with a flash drive, Logic X and a synth plugin called 'Massive' through the iD22, stereo out of the iD22 into a Ridge Farm Gas Cooker valve DI box to warm it all up. It sounds huge!! I love how simple the iD22 is to use, very stable."

Having worked with top acts including The Overtones, Sister Sledge, Bette Midler and Tony Christie, as well as English rapper Professor Green, Troke describes himself as "...very lucky to have worked with such a wide range of artists." Last year saw him adding

UK - FE Live Audio is a young, dynamic audio company from Glasgow headed up by Andrew McMillan and Ryan McIlravey who have been partners in enterprise since their school days. They have recently appointed a new co-director, Andrew Baillie, who, brings with him a wealth of problem solving and system tech expertise. Together they are committed to developing FE Live as a pro-audio company, building on their successes since they first ventured into full sound production with sold out Twin Atlantic shows at the Glasgow Barrowlands in 2012.

McIlravey elaborates on the company's philosophy. "After establishing FE Live as a limited company, we took the decision to invest any profits into purchasing the very best equipment possible. It was clearly apparent that there was a growing demand for quality audio solutions in an industry where audiences are demanding a superior live sound.<

USA - "These days, I feel like the only way for a band to succeed is to be self-contained - the band has to be able to take care of everything for itself. The Metric Halo ULN-8 contains mic pre's, converters, routing logic, and DSP, and it's absolutely world-class." So says producer/engineer/musician Brandon Rush, who, together with longtime friend Kyle Sears, fronts Priory, an up-and-coming band from Portland, Oregon that recently signed to Warner Bros.

"Electropop" aptly describes Priory. Rush and Sears fuse hard-hitting electronic elements that are larger than life with organic-sounding acoustic elements that bring an appropriate measure of warmth and personality to the band's wickedly catchy tunes. The duo, that studied audio engineering in college, self-recorded their Warner Bros. debut in a converted studio space, relying on the Metric Halo ULN-8 at alm

Norway - The long days see the Norwegian port of Langesund play host to the annual Skjaergardsgospel worship conference, a weekend-long festival of music, meetings and spiritual togetherness. Alcons equipment has helped to overcome the event's difficult acoustics for the past three years.

The event takes place at Langesund's Skjaergardsgospel, a multi-purpose arena and conference facility on the waterfront.

"It is a difficult event for sound reinforcement, because the side and rear walls of Skjaergardsgospel are highly reflective. It's made worse by the fact that the Skjaergardsgospel stage is located on one of the 'long' sides," says Eivind Fossnes Dahl, general manager and sound engineer at Audiopol Live, the company tasked with the event's sound production.

Founded in 2007, Audiopol Live is a sister business to recording facility Audiopol Studio, based in Skien.

USA - A church is first and foremost a house of worship, but beyond that oftentimes it is also many other things to its congregation. Such is certainly the case with the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph. A majestic 103-year-old building in Prospect Heights, the church is more than the spiritual hub for the 1.9m Catholics in the Brooklyn diocese; it is also a gleaming symbol of hope for a neighbourhood that is clearly moving into a brighter future. When Pope Benedict elevated the church to a cathedral shortly before his retirement in 2013, the diocese began an extensive renovation project that included a new lighting system from The LightTech Group of Jamaica, NY.

Central to the LightTech Group's design were 18 Ovation E-190WW LED ellipsoidal fixtures that are used to cover the altar and key worship areas with flat, even fields of warm white light. Illumination from the Ovation fixtu

UK - Alfie Boe's Serenata tour arrived at the O2 Arena in London recently, where the tenor was supported by a five-piece band, a 16-piece orchestra, New Zealand musical trio, Sol3 Mio ... and a powerful Martin Audio MLA Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array, provided by Capital Sound.

Mixing the sound at FOH was experienced producer/engineer, Matteo Cifelli (owner of Fastermaster Studio) assisted by system tech, Joseph Pearce.

With 86 inputs at the desk (including 80 mic channels), there was plenty to challenge the sound team as Boe worked through an Italian-based romantic repertoire, assisted in one instance by Rick Wakeman on keyboards. But once again MLA passed the test with flying colours.

The same sound team had just come off a six-month stint with Il Divo, who share the same management (Vector) as Alfie Boe, and Pearce had taken the opportunity to tweak the design in order

UK - The Entertainment Industry has seen many improvements in safety practices in recent years as 'health and safety culture' becomes common place in all aspects of day to day business.

One of the latest areas of focus is the design and management of temporary electrical systems in not only the TV and Radio world, but also in films, at events, in theatres and other similar workplaces.

Whilst the current IET Wiring Regulations BS7671 (17th Edition) qualification exists for fixed electrical systems, there has not been an agreed industry qualification for BS7909 - the Code of Practice on Temporary Electrical Systems in the Entertainment Industry.

Therefore, an industry working group involving the leading broadcasters, lighting rental companies, BECTU, PACT - representing the Independent Production Companies, several key employers and, Creative Skillset have all come together to

USA - With the celebration of its one-hundredth year in operation still fresh on everyone's minds, the Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Department in upstate New York secured modest funds to refurbish the AV systems in its 4,500sq.ft recreation room.

The room is used by the volunteers and the community for gatherings spanning everything from lectures to parties and bingo to movie nights. In addition, the company uses the room to stage training and other educational events. A new Ashly Audio Pema 4250.70 combination 8x8 Protea matrix processor and four-channel amplifier has breathed new life into the system.

"Their old audio system was little more than a basic mixer-amplifier and a few wired mics," explained Karl Maciag, A/V integrations engineer at Toshiba Business Solutions in nearby Tonawanda, New York. Its AV solutions department designed and installed the system for t

Germany - British manufacturer Audient has appointed Sonic Sales as exclusive distributor in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to handle sales, service and marketing for the entire Audient product range - with immediate effect.

Located in Bielefeld, the newly appointed distribution company is headed up by Matthias Herbst, who says, "The people behind Sonic Sales are well known as successful sales and marketers of big names in the pro audio business. The team has been instrumental in the growth of brands like Native Instruments and Ableton in Germany, with sales cooperation right from the beginning. In order to be a successful sales team, we need to have outstanding products and with Audient, we see great products with huge potential for the future."

Audient's Simon Blackwood is similarly enthusiastic. "2014 saw our business grow significantly, with further develo

USA - DPA Microphones returned to The Rainbow Room for a New Year's celebration for PBS' second national, primetime celebration from the recently re-opened Manhattan venue, New Year's Eve at The Rainbow Room with Michael Feinstein. After the success of the Fall Arts Festival programme, DPA's d:facto Vocal, d:vote 4099 Instrument, d:dicate 4011 Cardioid and d:screet Miniature mics once again found their way onto the guest list for the esteemed event.

The company's wide range of products was perfectly suited for the various aspects of the production, including vocals and instrumentals. With the show's swing/big-band at the heart of the special, there was no concern for the SPL levels, which can become soft in these situations. The DPA d:vote 4099 was properly adjusted to close-mic each instrument. Andy Brattain, Michael Feinstein's production manager and FOH engineer placed

Norway - When Top Gear Live arrived at Oslo's 15,000-capacity Telenor Arena for three days of adrenaline-fuelled motoring spectacle, Leo-M and Lyon linear line array loudspeakers from Meyer Sound provided high-impact audio support. Top Gear Live is a theatrical adaptation of the popular BBC show, engaging audiences with its trademark blend of quirky humour and rip-roaring car races, stunts, and explosions.

"The system performed perfectly, and the coverage from the Leo and Lyon arrays was exceptional in every seat," says Theis Romme, system designer and audio project manager for Victory Tour Production, principal audio supplier for the shows. "The sound quality of the music tracks and effects supported the visual spectacle, while the vocal clarity brought out the unique personalities of the hosts."

An elongated, U-shaped audience area was cover

UK Baldwin Boxall reports that Global Fire & Security Systems has reached Customer Gold Status level. Working closely with Baldwin Boxall for over 12 years, Global Fire & Security Systems has gained an exceptional knowledge of the company's systems and products. The Gold Status reinforces the commitment between the two companies to promote, build, install and maintain systems of high quality with exceptional service.

Global Fire & Security Systems is the first company to achieve this status and managing director Ian Grantham commented, "This is great for us and we are very pleased to be recognised for our hard work. We've been involved in many high prestige projects with Baldwin Boxall and appreciate their professional, yet friendly, approach to working. With so many years, and so many installations, obviously there is the occasional hitch, but Baldwin Boxall are always qui

UK - d&b audiotechnik has appointed two UK sales Partners in its newly restructured sales network - SSE Audio Group and The Warehouse Sound Services.

SSE Audio Group, backed by the experience of Wigwam, has offices in the north, south and midlands, along with a highly experienced and integrated sales team. Wigwam Acoustics, part of SSE Audio Group since 2013, has been an established d&b supplier for Hire, Sales and Installations for many years. Pro audio specialist The Warehouse, with offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, has 25 years' experience as a leading d&b audiotechnik UK sales partner, and this appointment reinforces this already long-standing relationship.

Over the past 12 months SSE has expanded its expertise in the d&b brand. Peter Codron, who has vast experience of d&b, joined the company as sales and installations manager for London, and is able to represent both SSE

UK - SSL Live UK dealer, HD Pro Audio, is holding a series of workshop sessions for the SSL Live L500 and L300 consoles in conjunction with Home, Manchester's new contemporary arts centre opening in May 2015.

The sessions will be held from 10:00am each day on 27 and 28 January 2015 at Number One, First Street, Manchester M15 4FN. They will focus on a range of functional aspects of the consoles with experts on hand to provide professional guidance and advice.

"These events are the perfect way for engineers to get hands on experience whilst simultaneously having product specialists there to answer questions", comments HD Pro's Andy Huffer, "Attendees will experience the streamlined workflow of these consoles as well as the new standard they set for live audio quality."

Places for the sessions are limited, so anyone interested in attending should contact e-m

USA - Founded in 2005, Tech Solutions and Sales is an AV manufacturers' representative company covering the states of Indiana and Kentucky.

Owner Dave Fellabaum and associate William Stewart have many years of experience as reps and integrators in the AV business. Both Fellabaum and Stewart have extensive sales and design experience in commercial audio, educational, house of worship and other AV market areas. From this background Tech Solutions and Sales has built a representative firm that emphasizes great customer service and builds lasting relationships with the AV integrators, engineers, acoustical consultants and end users in their territory.

"We can consult on system design," said Fellabaum, "and, because we understand the nuts and bolts of the integration business, we can help our dealers close their sales and bring in a profit on their jobs." Fellab

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