Sri Lanka - ARX's MSX series audio splitters featured prominently in the audio system for Pope Francis's recent overwhelmingly successful visit to Sri Lanka.

Mr Chaminda De Mel at Panadura based Creative Entertainment Pvt Ltd supplied the Audio System for the sea-front Mass in Colombo where in front of a reported crowd of over 1m people, Pope Francis canonised Sri Lanka's first Saint 17th Century missionary Joseph Vaz.

ARX's managing director Colin Park comments, "The supply and sale was arranged in late 2014 by ARX's Sri Lankan representative Mr Mohan Jayasuriya. Audio contractor Creative Entertainment utilised four units of MSX 32 TALL Active and one unit of MSX 48 Passive Mic / Line Splitters.

"The ARX splitters were used for broadcast & microphone splitting and for the signal distribution to the sound reinforcement system(s) providing an extensive area of cover

Australia - Rental provider Gearhouse Broadcast has rolled in nine Lawo mc2-56 audio mixing consoles, 21 x Lawo V__pro8 video processor units and a Nova73 HD router for the broadcast of the first big international sports event of 2015 - the Australian Open tennis tournament.

Traditionally, the tournament attracts the tennis elite to the 30 tennis courts in Melbourne Park where, from 11 o'clock in the morning till late at night, they fight each other for the prestige of victory and the €2.1m prize money that awaits the winners of the singles games. The finals will take place on 1 February in the Rod Laver Arena in front of an audience of 14,820 tennis fans.

Lawo staff went down under in order to support Gearhouse Broadcast in setting up and commissioning the Lawo systems. Of the nine mc²56 consoles, five are networked via a Nova73 HD to provide sound feeds for host broadcaste

Spain - D.A.S. has launched the Event M210A, a three-way stage monitor in a double 10" "dual-band" configuration. The dual-band configuration permits the twin 10" loudspeakers to work in tandem for maximum power at low frequencies.

Above the low frequency range, the advanced digital signal processing allows the 10" speakers to operate independently in specific frequency ranges, eliminating off-axis interference between the drivers to maintain optimal polar and frequency response characteristics throughout the low and low-mid operating ranges.

The D.A.S. loudspeaker units have been teamed up with a single M-60 compression driver attached to a new, asymmetric waveguide. The purpose-designed unit offers a 20º Up-30º Down vertical coverage for precise pattern control in the artist's listening area.

The Event M210A wedge is powered by an advanced, three

Germany - New Year's Eve on the Fan Meile in Berlin is the biggest Sylvester party in Europe, attracting well over a million visitors to the street party in front of the Brandenburg Gate. National and international performers on three stages put on a spectacular show that was broadcast live by ZDF. For several years, regular audio provider Auvisign has used Nexo PA systems for this prestigious event - this time, it was an occasion to push the new STM M28 modular line array into the limelight.

Taking everyone into 2015, the massive Sylvester party was attended by 1.2m visitors, entertained by Tony Christie, Katherine Jenkins, Annett Louisan, Howard Carpendale, Tokio Hotel, David Garrett and David Hasselhoff! As every year, it was enabled by key players Wohlthat Entertainment GmbH (production), auvisign GmbH (sound company) and Steel United Group (technical direction), reportingto

UK - Following a triumphant UK and European arena tour in 2012, Live Nation and SJM Concerts announced that the tour of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds would return for the sixth and final time in late 2014, and RG Jones Sound Engineering were once again on duty.

'The New Generation' as it is now known, played to packed arenas throughout the UK and Northern Europe this winter but the tried and trusted team of Simon Honywill, FOH engineer, sound production company RG Jones, and Martin Audio's full catalogue of MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) components were once again on hand to create the soundscape.

Conducted by Jeff Wayne, the most ambitious production yet featured Liam Neeson in 3D holography, Jason Donovan as Parson Nathaniel, Westlife's Brian McFadden as The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist, X Factor 2005 winner Shayne Ward as the Artill

India - Audio Design has become one of the largest and most respected sound rental companies in India, providing audio solutions locally across India and internationally. The company 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 India and employs more than 100 professionals. Underlining its dedication to excellence is Audio Design's recent investment in a substantial L-Acoustics K2 loudspeaker system.

Audio Design has been the preferred technical supplier to some of the most well known Indian and international artists, including Bryan Adams, Lady Gaga, David Guetta, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Tiesto and Guns & Roses.

"Audio Design has grown into one of India's top touring live sound reinforcement companies," states Audio Design director, Mr.

The Netherlands - At the upcoming Integrated Systems Europe show (ISE) in Amsterdam, visitors to the Shure stand C90 in Hall 3 will have the opportunity to experience established Shure technologies including the RF microphone system for conferencing audio applications, Microflex Wireless, plus the digital wireless microphone systems ULX-D and QLX-D.

Additionally, DIS's DDS 5900 and DIS DCS 6000 discussion and conferencing systems will be on show, together with the newly introduced DIS CP 7890 camera control system, which can be used in conjunction with a DDS 5900 or DCS 6000 system to remotely control up to four networked cameras. The control app for the CP7890 system, which is compatible with Apple iOS devices and now also Android, will also be shown during ISE.

Shure will also be presenting its product-related software solutions emphasising functionality and ease of use. Vis

Slovenia - Europe's first installation of the new Nexo Geo M6 line array can be found by a peaceful park on the shore of a Slovenian lake. In the Bled Festival Hall, the compact Geo M6 arrays look down on a venue originally built for grandmasters to play a World Chess Championship.

Bled has a long tradition of congress, and its elegant Festival Hall has hosted scientific and professional meetings, corporate and economic summits, and sporting and musical events. In its principal hall, capacity 500, MK Light Sound has just installed the Geo M6.

Dean Karov of MK Light Sound explains that his company impressed the venue management with the suggestion of a small array sound reinforcement solution which would be unobtrustive but offer smooth even coverage in the hall.

"We were asked to supply a system that would offer high speech intelligibility, even coverage and enough powe

The Netherlands - IP audio and control specialist Barix has long had a strong OEM business, with the company's IPAM module series at the core of tens of thousands of devices deployed worldwide today.

At ISE 2015, Barix will exhibit its latest module, the IPAM302, for vendors and systems integrators seeking cost-efficient, openly programmable modules to build their own IP audio products - as well as for companies interested in private-label products manufactured by Barix.

The recently introduced IPAM302 is more compact and uses less expensive connectors than previous generation IPAM modules, further reducing the price of an already low-cost series. Most importantly, the IPAM302 is forward compatible for the next generation of IPAM modules, ensuring that OEMs can freely build a product today and easily replace the module in the field moving forward.

"Our OEM business acco

The Netherlands - Dutch audio innovator Alcons Audio will be showcasing its latest pro-ribbon sound system innovations at the upcoming Integrated Systems Europe show in Amsterdam.

The joint-venture of InfoComm and CEDIA forms an appropriate platform for Alcons to display the wide portfolio of its evolutionary audio solutions: From high-power installed sound reinforcement all the way to the finest Home Theatre sound systems, all featuring the same 1:1 natural crystal-clear response, with low-distortion, very high SPL and wide and deep imaging.

On booth 6-N148, Alcons presents a selected choice of its point-source, point-source array, line-source and line-array sound systems, based around the company's patented Pro-Ribbon technology and its ongoing pursuit of audio perfection.

The main focus this year will be on the production version of the CRMSCompact; the Cinema Reference M

The Netherlands - ISE 2015 will see DiGiCo consoles connected across multiple booths via a DiGiCo-Optocore/Broaman network, demonstrating the system's suitability for transporting a number of different signal protocols to multiple locations.

"This year, we will be showing a DiGiCo SD7, SD10, SD5, SD9 and SD11, which will connect to a number of different locations," explains Jaap Pronk from DiGiCo's Dutch distributor TM Audio, on whose booth number 7-K175 DiGiCo will be based. "We will connect the SD7, SD5 and SD10 together on an Optocore loop. We will have a laptop with multitrack (simulating a live band) connected via a DiGiGrid MGB coaxial MADI interface to the SD10, which in turn will connect via Optocore to the SD5 and SD7."

The ring starts at the three DiGiCo consoles and continues to the Martin Audio booth, where an Optocore DD32R digital interface wi

UK - One of London's most famous places of worship, St Martin-In-The-Fields, has a long history of opening its doors to people from all faiths and walks of life - or indeed no faith at all. Welcoming 750,000 visitors every year to church services, events and music performances, a Yamaha QL1 digital mixing console is at the heart of its newly-upgraded audio system.

The church also occupies a special place in broadcast history, having made the very first religious broadcast, and it continues to broadcast to people around the world. Working with a knowledgeable partner to upgrade the church's audio system is essential to ensure such a variety of audiences are able to fully share in the church's mission. This is why, when the church put the project for a new audio system out to tender, SFL Group's extensive portfolio of worship installations meant that the company was a natural invi

UK - Autograph Sound Recording, one of the UK's most iconic names in theatre sound design and rental services, has recently invested in yet another very large batch of EMS-51 loudspeakers from EM Acoustics, bringing their total inventory up to an impressive 239 cabinets. This is in addition to the rest of their EM inventory which also includes i-8 and i-12 subwoofers as well as EMS-81 and EMS-121 full range loudspeakers.

According to Autograph's rental director, Scott Arnold, the ultra-compact passive EMS-51 has more than earned its stripes thanks to its ability to cater for a wide variety of different needs from different designers. "We decided to invest in a large quantity of EMS-51s as they fill a very particular niche in our inventory," he explained. "EMS-51 constitutes a versatile, cost-effective delay, surround or fill speaker that is robust and delivers gre

South Korea - Psy, a global superstar, recently played four sold-out shows at Seoul's 14,000-capacity Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena. Dubbed All Night Stand, the hometown shows were powered by a Meyer Sound LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.

"The extended headroom and linear output characteristic of LEO is huge with Psy's music," says Park Dong Won, the singer's veteran FOH engineer. "The highs were smooth and natural, even when we pushed the levels, and the dispersion meant uniform coverage for every seat. I'm not just confident in specifying LEO, but also proud to use it."

The system comprised dual main arrays, each with 15 LEO-M line array loudspeakers flown over two LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers as down fill. Twenty-four 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were arranged in a directional array, with seven MILO lin

UK - Long a staple part of recording and broadcast applications, in recent years Multichannel Audio Digital Interface - MADI - has become an integral part of many live productions. Ensuring that live engineers have the right diagnostic tools to interrogate MADI streams is therefore becoming increasingly important, which is why Blitz GES is the first live production company to invest in the Bel Digital BM-A2-64MADI, MADI monitor.

London-based Blitz GES is one of the UK's leading technical production companies as well as being the in-house technical event partner at London's ExCel and Olympia venues, the Birmingham NEC and Manchester Central convention complex. Servicing a wide array of high profile events, it's important that Blitz GES engineers have the best equipment to ensure the smooth running of every project.

Having experienced some MADI compatibility issues between devic

France - Created and directed by Roman Polanski, the theatre production of Bal de Vampires has an impressive 16-year track record, reaching over one million viewers in 12 countries. Currently playing in Paris at the Mogador Theatre, sound design for the rock-based musical production is in the deft and award winning hands of Tom Strebel and the team from Basel-based audiopool.

For Strebel, the greatest focus had to be on the intelligibility of the speech, as in his words, the production is "a very dynamic show, with a big rather than a very loud sound and as such, we needed plenty of low end and headroom to get the energy we wanted. Dance of the Vampires is very cleverly written with good songs and orchestrations, and very dense arrangements that nevertheless allow enough room to put in the vocals. Clarity was a priority, and a lot of work was done by the creat

Spain/The Netherlands - In recent months, , Work Pro has been focused on developing new solutions for the integration sector. One of the most anticipated launches is the new Smart Paging Station 8 for BlueLine Digital System, the distributed audio system over IP designed and developed by Work Pro. The official launch of SPS 8 will take place at ISE in Amsterdam.

The new SPS 8 (Smart Paging Station) is the result of the hardware evolution of the BlueLine Digital System. The Work Pro team has created a multifunction device capable of working as a paging microphone as well as an audio server thanks to its RCA analogue stereo input with which the device turns it into digital and sends it to the network, thus any BLR receiver can tune in this channel.

In addition to SPS 8 and the enhanced BlueLine Digital System, Work Pro will be introducing at ISE 2015 the new installation loudspe

The Netherlands - Cloud Electronics has announced the launch of a new speaker range, with ISE 2015 providing the first opportunity to see and hear these innovative new additions.

The new range of speakers includes both surface and ceiling models tuned to "sound excellent with Cloud amplifiers and mixer amplifiers and so guarantee Clouds signature, Clearly Better Sound."

Features of the 5, 6 and 8-inch ceiling speakers include 2-way drivers offering consistent dispersion across broad frequency ranges, magnetic speaker grilles available in black or white, accessible high-impedance or low impedance switch settings and removable logs ensure Cloud speakers can be used discretely in almost any environment.

A range of new surface mount speakers will also be launched at ISE 2015.

Custom built for quality performance Cloud speakers are designed and tested to a superior st

UAE - Melody House, sole distributor of Primacoustic in the Middle East, has recently supplied the Centre for Musical Arts (CMA) with a complete acoustic solution providing the school with four London 12 room kits and thirty 2" broadband panels.

The London 12 room kit is designed for rooms that measure between 100 to 200sq.ft the London 12 employs a variant of the popular live-end, dead-end LEDE concept whereby the source end of the room is fitted with increased absorption while the receive end of the room is left more lively to retain a sense of air and space.

CMA is a non profit making organisation with a vision to develop and enhance the existing musical community initially in Dubai, but more importantly to make the musical experience available to the wider audience through its teaching programmes, concerts, recitals and workshops. CMA is one of only seven recognised e

UK - With Colette Carter having recently joined Stage Electrics as sales manager with responsibility for developing growth in hire, Colette has been swift to act by restructuring the customer facing hire team.

Based at the company's headquarters, Colette brings a wealth of experience to the Stage Electrics London and Bristol operations, having worked for more than 20 years within the engineering and distribution industries.

Previously, Colette was branch manager at Buck and Hickman, one of the UK's leading distributors of tools, maintenance and health and safety equipment. Prior to that she had moved up 'through the ranks', holding a number of key management positions.

On joining Stage Electrics she was tasked by Adrian Searle, head of technical & hire operations to re-focus the company's hire sales team.

"My background is predominantly in people management and develo

The Netherlands - At this year's ISE show at stand W270 (Hall 7) in Amsterdam, Lawo will showcase with the mc²36 its newest mc² series console, alongside the stagebox Compact I/O and the IP-based video units of the Lawo V line.

With the mc²36, Lawo will show its Ravenna live audio mixing console, an all-in-one mixing desk, with a comprehensive feature set that covers broadcast, theater, house of worship, live and install applications.

The mc²36 offers plenty of local interfacing - and if plenty is not enough, the mc² Compact I/O is a convenient and cost-efficient way to expand the mc² 36's connectivity and to provide a distant stagebox solution in addition to the on-board I/O. Connected via Cat 5 or fibre (optional), the ruggedized 5RU stagebox provides 32 Mic/Line inputs, 32 Line outputs, 8 digital AES3 inputs, 8 digital AES3 outputs, eight GPIO and a MADI (SFP) port. T

UK - RCF's Engineering Support Group will host a special Commercial Technical Seminar at this year's ISCEx 2015 exhibition, focusing on the latest developments in their EN54 VA/PA solutions.

Taking place at 12.30pm on 4 March in the Walnut Room at the Coombe Abbey Hotel & Conference Centre near Coventry - the venue for the exhibition - the seminar will introduce the new DXT 9000 Digital Matrix Control and Amplification System as well as the Wall Mount DXT 3000 Voice Evacuation System.

RCF engineers will also be on hand to provide updates on the latest developments of the RCF DXT 7000 System, which now offers control over IP networks.

Running in parallel, RCF will demonstrate the complete range of EN54 electronics and speaker systems throughout the exhibition (running from 9.30pm-4.30pm).

(Jim Evans)

USA - Together with the rest of the community, St. Mary's Catholic Church and Elementary School in Joplin, Missouri has faced the difficult, but heartening, task of rebuilding after one of the worst tornados on record destroyed its buildings in 2011. The church and school relocated southwest of the city, where it has more room to comfortably accommodate a larger congregation and a larger student body.

Although unwelcomed, the school capitalized on the opportunity to build new infrastructure, including a multipurpose cafeteria with a flexible sound reinforcement system. A cost-effective, multi-channel Ashly Pema 4250.70 network Protea matrix processor combined with a four-channel amplifier delivers the flexibility that allows even non-technical staff to set the system up using Ashly neWR-5 remote controls.

David Walters, president and principal consultant at Diversified Design

Hungary - The new Audi Arena Gyor, described as "the newest and most modern hall in Hungary", has been equipped with a major RCF system.

According to the Italian company's Hungarian distributor, Chromasound Ltd, this 5,500 capacity multifunctional sports hall is without comparison when it comes to speech intelligibility - thanks largely to the work undertaken by their integration partner, G-Sound Ltd.

Jozsef Gricz was their system designer, working in cooperation with Laszlo Suto, and they specified 40 Acustica C5212-96 two way full range enclosures, with narrow 90° x 60° coverage pattern. These surround the sports field on all four sides in 20 clusters of two, hung from above. The speakers are faced on the upper (fixed) and lower (mobile) part of the audience area - with the underneath enclosures installed horizontally with rotated horns, on unique designed

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