The Netherlands - Sarah Joyce, Electrosonic's vice-president, EMEA and member of the InfoComm Board of Directors, hosted the first Women of InfoComm Network Breakfast (WIN) at this year's ISE 2015. Over 50 women and men attended the event to discuss gender diversity within the AV industry.

Sarah shared her leadership journey in technology, which spans almost 20 years, and acknowledged women are still very much underrepresented in the audio-visual industry in a wide range of roles. She commented, "We have the opportunity and requirement to do something to change that. I see the importance of groups such as this to share experiences, hear from others and for us all to guide, mentor and motivate each other.

"The culture we have created at Electrosonic is open, creative, inquisitive, and supportive." said Sarah. She encouraged organisations and individuals to invest

Poland - Registration is open for the AES 138th International Convention, being held in Warsaw, Poland, 7-10 May 2015, at the Sofitel Victoria Hotel. Hosted by AES 138th Convention co-chairs Bozena Kostek and Umberto Zanghieri, the convention is set to be the largest European gathering of audio industry professionals of the year.

Warsaw is home to a number of recording facilities, movie studios, broadcast and media production houses and more, while boasting a thriving music scene, from classical and jazz, to electronic music and more. This first-ever AES Convention in Poland will host a wide range of tutorials, workshops, engineering briefs and paper sessions covering a wide range of topics relevant to the professional audio industry.

"The AES is once again excited to take our Convention to yet another new location with AES138," stated AES executive director Bob Mose

France - A chic bar restaurant - named Bar Le Treize - has opened in the French eastern city of Colmar, better known for its fine Alsatian wines (and being the birthplace of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty). And the local community has welcomed the new cocktail lounge with open arms.

When local company Enjoy Events were brought in by the main electrical contractor to carry out the technical integration, their director, Alexandre Bunzli specified RCF's Media Series as meeting all the requirements for sound, at the same time providing an elegant design.

A total of eight Media M1001, powered by a pair of RCF HPS1500 Class H 2-channel professional amplifiers have been distributed evenly over the two floors (the ground floor club atmosphere making way for more reserved upstairs dining). These two-way 10in Media speakers prov

Germany - The scenery surrounding the Dahn Rockland is spectacular. Situated right in the centre of the Palatinate Forest Biosphere Reserve and surrounded by spectacular giant rock formations and legendary castles, the Felsenland Hotel with its wellness area stretching over 3.000 m² is a haven of tranquillity for those who are searching for peace and relaxation in a particularly attractive environment.

The sound system of the extensive wellness department and guest areas of the hotel has recently been realised with components from the Belgian manufacturer Apart Audio.

For this project, first a 100 volts sound system was installed enabling diffusion of specific recordings through the loudspeakers in the wellness department such as the sauna, the swimming pool and the fitness centre. Furthermore, also the classical guest areas such as the breakfast room, the restaurant, the bar

Denmark - For its first location in the heart of Copenhagen, Danish chain Café Vivaldi has chosen a Meyer Sound system featuring IntelligentDC technology to provide exceptional audio quality rarely heard at a bistro. Serving the main floor and mezzanine areas, the system presents musical fidelity for daytime background tracks and boosts the energy level for live music showcases during the weekends.

"With IntelligentDC, we have achieved a whole new level of clarity for both ambient music and high-impact live entertainment," says Niels S°rensen, technical chief for Café Vivaldi. "And because of the positive feedback we have received on the audio, we will soon be expanding our Meyer Sound systems to the outdoor areas as well."

IntelligentDC is the Meyer Sound technology that combines the performance advantages of self-powered loudspeakers wit

Germany - Funktion-One will launch the new Evolution series at Prolight+Sound Frankfurt 2015, along with a new system for smaller applications.

Evolution is a new series of high intensity loudspeakers from Funktion-One. Utilising the loudspeaker manufacturer's latest technology, the range is centred around the Evo 6 and Evo 7 enclosures. Both products are fully horn-loaded with 15in mid-bass, 10in Funktion-One signature midrange and a 1.4in compression driver solely for high frequencies above 4kHz. The Evo 7 has a 30-degree horizontal dispersion angle and very high efficiency, so just three wide gives 90-degree horizontal coverage for crowd sizes up to around 2,500 people.

The first users of these systems are reporting remarkable coverage and intensity. Evo 7s were deployed on the main stage at Boom Festival in Portugal last year (eight-per-side) for a crowd size of around 20,

UK - Martin Audio has released images of its Glastonbury Festival LEGO model featuring MLA that will be on show at Prolight+Sound 2015 in Frankfurt on their stand F60 in Hall 8.0.

The model built by Bright Bricks, a professional LEGO building company, took over 120 man hours and 12,500 bricks to complete and sits on a stand measuring 1.2m x 1.2m.

Featuring the iconic Pyramid Stage, the model has full replica MLA hangs and MLX subwoofers in place whilst a flag waving crowd listen on. There is even a queue for the toilets.

Commissioned by James King, director of marketing, he said, "We wanted to celebrate our involvement in arguably the most prestigious festival in the world and the record breaking success of MLA last year. We thought as a bit of theatre for this year's Prolight+Sound it would garner lots of attention."

Courtesy of RG Jones Sound Engineering, Marti

USA - Faith Fellowship Church has celebrated worship services in its "stressed membrane structure" since 1999 but the facility's dated audio system had always suffered from poor audio quality and uneven coverage.

In 2014 Faith Fellowship contacted All Pro Sound in Pensacola, Florida to help it upgrade its audio. All Pro had helped with previous upgrades, video projection and wireless microphones.

The church wanted consistent coverage throughout the worship space and a more exciting audio experience for their contemporary worship services which feature a full praise band and 15-person chorus. To meet these needs, All Pro's Jeff Knighten designed a new Community loudspeaker system that would cover the 88ft by 120ft space evenly and provide the kind of full-range audio quality the church desired.

Faith Fellowship's upgraded system uses three Community I Series IP8 -11

USA - With Alcons Audio establishing itself as a leading player in the US theatre market, this year the company is expanding its presence at the USITT Annual Stage Expo and Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. As well as presenting its latest products, Alcons will be providing audio systems for a number of the show's events.

USITT takes place at Cincinnati's Duke Energy Convention Centre from 18-21 March, with Alcons exhibiting at Booth 1104. Products on show will include the RR12 modular point-source array and QR24 pro-ribbon line-source column, as well as a selection from the company's pro-ribbon system portfolio.

Based on Alcons pro-ribbon cylindrical projection technology, RR12 features the company's new proprietary RBN602rsr, six-inch pro-ribbon driver, coupled to an asymmetric Morph-Max waveguide and a custom-designed 12" woofer with four-inch voice coil. Designed as 'bu

Germany - HK Audio has extended the variable curvature options available on its ConTour Array CTA 208s.

Every CTA 208 ordered from the beginning of 2015 onwards features curvature options of 0°, 3° 6° and 9°, giving far more flexibility to the end user. Previous CTA 208s feature only 0° and 9° options.

The special new rigging system facilitates deployment in both long-throw and near-field applications. When users opt for the 0° setting, the individual mid/high units are not articulated; instead they form a stable and remarkably coherent wave. This maximizes frequency bundling effects, thereby maximizing range.

The improved rigging system, which allows the tops to also be tilted at 9°, 6° and 3° angles, enables ConTour Array to deliver optimum sound dispersion over the entire audience area, whatever the size of the venue, says the compa

Europe - Electro pioneers, Kraftwerk, are currently touring the world with probably their most spectacular and innovative live show of their 45-year career - 3D concerts of their The Catalogue 12345678. Having received rave reviews across North America last year, Kraftwerk are now touring throughout Europe.

Production manager Winfried Blank made the decision in early 2014 to put DirectOut Andiamo 2.XT AES/MADI AD/DA converters on the tour. He asked for extended routing functionality to be included in the software for even greater flexibility. "We are working with digital audio signals from the source to the output," he said. "Our periphery is MADI and my idea was to travel via fibre from a couple of RME MADIface XTs to DirectOut's Andiamo 2.XT and from there via AES3 to the d&b amplifiers.

"The DirectOut Andiamo 2 series already supported MADI port r

Botswana - Officially opened at the end of November 2014, the outdoor live music venue at Molapo Crossing in Gaborone, Botswana features an L-Acoustics Arcs Wide and Focus system, installed to supply the coverage and sound quality demanded by the venue's owner, whilst ably addressing the restrictions of local noise regulations.

Situated within a shopping mall, the venue is the brainchild of Belgian-born managing director Luc Vandecasteele, who wanted to create an outdoor performance area that could predominantly host classical and jazz concerts.

L-Acoustics reseller for Botswana, Keyman Ventures, was employed to source technical equipment for the venue and called in Gauteng, South Africa-based L-Acoustics certified provider Sound Harmonics to take part in a three-system shoot out.

"Luc's vision was for the venue to be a cultural centre," explains Sound Harmonics' R

UK - Canford Audio has announced the introduction of Lusem OxLinx optical fibre HDMI range extending cables

OxLinx cables offer a considerably more elegant and cost-effective solution for long HDMI cable runs than Cat 5E cable with converter box systems.

They are intended for commercial AV installations and broadcast where longer cable run lengths than those obtainable with standard copper HDMI cables are required. Applications may include professional AV systems interconnection, digital signage (DOOH) and kiosks, plus home theatre systems in larger properties.

EMI and RFI immunity also makes them useful where the cable needs to pass through environments with high electrical interference.

OxLinx cables are HDMI 1.3 compliant and compatible with video resolutions up to and including 1080p full HD deep colour 48bit, 3D and multi-channel embedded audio to include PCM 8 channe

UK - Electrosonic is to host an 'Open Week' in March 2015 at its new office in Cults, just outside Aberdeen City Centre. This will be an opportunity to meet the new installation and service team, view the office and rack building facilities, and pick up a redeemable voucher for either an Audio-visual Systems Health Check or a Communications Technology Risk Assessment.

The open week will take place during 23-27 March. This is a free, drop-in event to both existing clients and new companies looking to find out how Electrosonic's service and installation teams can support their audio-visual and communications technology and systems.

The new Aberdeen office will serve the corporate, oil & gas and entertainment markets in and around Aberdeen. It has full workshop facilities, storage and a fabrication space. Services offered include systems integration, and support services such as

UK - PSCo is holding a 'personal preview event' from 16-27 March for rental partners, system integrators and consultants to visit the PSCo Assessment Centre, to experience the latest in display screen technology.

A new development is the installation of a new DigitalMedia control system from Crestron, to deliver seamless support for all demonstrations. Catering for all trade needs, the space features five individual zones, displaying an impressive selection of solutions - and is currently the only place in the UK for the industry to compare such technologies in an independent environment, says the company.

Stuart Holmes of PSCo explains, "This destination will give visitors a true insight into the breadth of technologies on offer. The five zones within the centre give our clients a clear understanding of the whole range of products and support services we offer to our cha

Australia - Since being founded in 1930, Temple Beth Israel (TBI) has been shaping Jewish life in Melbourne, and from a technological perspective has become the first synagogue in Australia to stream Shabbat services online.

However, its sound system had aged to the point where it was no longer meeting the expectations of its increasingly technology-savvy congregation. Aside from its poor directional control and inability to deliver sufficiently intelligible speech, the inflexibility of the system infrastructure was restricting the new clergy's creative development and exploration of new formats for services and events.

Thus the time was right to improve the usability of the synagogue's sanctuary spaces and provide the congregation with effortless listening conditions.

Rabbi Gersh Lazarow's vision for a modern, flexible worship space in combination with the strong musical as

Germany - The Roland O.H.R.C.A M-5000 live sound digital mixing console will be the star of the show for Roland at this year's Pro Light and Sound (stand 8.0 G54). With a number of M-5000 consoles setup in broadcast, theatre and touring configurations, ready to mix live performances on the stand throughout the show, visitors are encouraged to experience "the unbeatable functionality" of this new console for themselves

Based on a new operating platform from Roland, the O.H.R.C.A M-5000 provides more adaptability to individual workflow than any previous option. The platform, known as O.H.R.C.A, stands for three key concepts: Open; High Resolution; and Configurable Architecture. This combination adapts to

The basis of O.H.R.C.A is that the internal architecture is not fixed to any configuration and can therefore be freely defined within a range of up to 128 input or out

USA / Switzerland - IP audio and control specialist Barix has appointed LineQ as their distribution partner in the United States. For years, the company now known as LineQ operated under the name of Barix Technology in the U.S., exclusively distributing Barix devices and solutions to partners and end users in the broadcast, security, live entertainment, professional AV and digital signage industries.

Led by longtime Barix Technology president Andy Stadheim, LineQ is well-positioned to expand Barix's market share in the United States as the new company establishes partnerships with complementary hardware vendors, software companies, network operators and systems integrators.

"The appointment of LineQ as our US distributor reflects the global sales strategy of Barix through regional channels worldwide, where we commonly work with distributors who integrate Barix with comple

UK / Switzerland - In a joint statement, CEDAR Audio and Merging Technologies have announced that they have entered into a non-exclusive licence agreement that enables Merging Technologies to use IPR contained within CEDAR Audio's US Patent No. 7,978,862 'Method and Apparatus For Audio Signal Processing', often referred to as 'The Retouch patent'.

The patent refers to a method of displaying and editing audio content in a spectrogram, which can provide audio engineers with a means to find problems such as noise and other artefacts in recordings and remove them without affecting the wanted audio.

"Like CEDAR Audio, Merging Technologies has a proud legacy of innovation and technology. We have been working with them since the mid-1990s when we began developing the first CEDAR for Pyramix processes," said Gordon Reid, managing director of CEDAR Audio, "and this agree

UAE - At this week's CABSAT 2015 in Dubai, Sennheiser Middle East confirmed a new partnership with Rycote, the award winning U.K. manufacturer of microphone windshields and suspension systems. While the agreement makes Sennheiser the exclusive Middle East distributor for Rycote's entire range of microphone and camera accessories, the company's main focus will be on promoting the recently launched Rycote Cyclone Windshield System.

Sennheiser is ideally suited to this role having been the distributor for Rycote in the UK for a number of years. "We are looking to extend our partnership to include the Middle East where the combination of our market leading microphones with Rycote's innovative protection accessories will help address many of the challenges that field production teams face," ," said Mig Cardamone, director of sales and marketing at Sennheiser Middle Eas

Eurovision Electro-Swing - Britain's entrant at this year's Eurovision Song Contest will be Electro Velvet, the BBC has announced. Consisting of Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas, the newly formed pop duo will perform Still in Love With You in Vienna on 23 May to an estimated global audience of more than 180m viewers, in what will be the 60th Eurovision.

Larke is currently lead singer of tribute act The Rollin' Clones. Nicholas appeared in the 1999 Johnny Depp adventure Sleepy Hollow before, at 15, deciding upon a career in music. She has since duetted with Will Young, performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and performed her debut solo single at the turning on of the 2011 Regent Street Christmas lights.

Described by the BBC as "an up-tempo electro-swing" track, Still in Love With You was chosen from hundreds of entries received by the BBC after

Germany - Fibre network solution specialists, Optocore, has increased the warranty cover on all devices - including those of sister company BroaMan - from three to five years.

Director, Tine Helmle comments: "Over recent years we have noticed a steadily diminishing number of returns. The proven reliability of our products has therefore given us the confidence to take this step - which will provide great reassurance for our customers.

"By extending the warranty period to five years, we're taking our mission statement - as being the pioneer in fibre network technology, and best provider of high quality fibre broadcast equipment - to an even higher level."

She believes that the reduction of returned products is the result of the enhanced quality control implemented by the company. "Since the very beginning we have set out to manufacture the highest quality d

USA - The recently opened Adoro Lei is a sophisticated lounge, restaurant, and pizzeria in the SoHo neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City. NYC foodies will recognize its veteran owners and chef, who have gone to great lengths to give Adoro Lei - which means "I adore her" in Italian - a killer combination of irresistible food and a hip, but comfortable, vibe that will have customers bursting to tell friends how great the place is.

To that end, they imported a wood-fired pizza stove from Italy and hired New Jersey-based Essential Communications to design and install a music playback system that would avoid the indistinct mutterings typical of the average restaurant and replace them with solid, articulated sound that will set bodies in motion. Essential to Essential Communications' design are Ashly's new nX-8004 four-channel 800W amplifier and the four-channel nX

South Africa - Second year students from the Department of Performing Arts Technology at The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) visited DWR Distribution for an introduction to product training on 14 February 2015.

With a revamped syllabus, developed by Hardus Koekemoer (lighting lecturer at Department of Entertainment) and Wandile Mogodo (technical manager at the Breytenbach Theatre, the TUT training venue) this was the first time the 36 students were taken on a field trip, particularly to a lighting supplier to see the latest technology available.

"It's a matter of getting the students switched on," commented Hardus. Many students sign up for the three year diploma not fully aware of what the course entails. Some have never seen a live show before; others still have never stepped inside a theatre.

"That said, our retention rate is 99%, if not 100%,"

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