USA - At SoundBox, the Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system plays a keystone element in the San Francisco Symphony's radical new strategy for attracting younger audiences to diverse live music. The brainchild of symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas, SoundBox has reshaped music discovery by removing the constraints of many typical classical music venues, including the acoustics.

"SoundBox is a new and experimental space for music of all kinds," Tilson Thomas explains. "Part of the experience of being in this space is to hear music of many different eras - from ninth century Gregorian chant to music composed today. Constellation from Meyer Sound provides the optimal acoustics for each genre and has helped us create a space where audience and musicians can explore a new kind of musical journey together."

SoundBox occupies Zellerbach A, a lofty, 7

Australia - Lawo's Australian partner Professional Audio & Television (PAT) has supplied, configured and commissioned a Lawo crystal system for Canberra-based community broadcaster 1CMS.

Having previously supplied a single 12-fader Lawo crystal console in 2013, PAT have now supplied further two 12-fader crystal consoles and a crystal base unit frame. The three consoles will be used in the two main on-air studios and one production studio. All three studios are connected to the main Lawo crystal base unit frame via MADI fiber for audio networkability, while the IP control network allows for logic control such as talkback and profanity delay.

PAT's Broadcast Technician Nick Brown was programming the system, "We wanted to provide the full Lawo flexibility while keeping the system easy to use. Lawo's zirkon configuration software was used to program all on-air delegation, tal

UK - Martin Audio has released details of a new book, The Martin Audio Experience. A glossy hardback book featuring nearly 150 photographs, it charts the history of Martin Audio, from its humble yet highly transformative Dave Martin origins right through to the modern day era of MLA.

It has been edited by James King, director of marketing, who said of the project, "It's been a labour of love over the last four months and we've been so lucky to have some really insightful interviews and amazing photographs from our partners covering the Dave Martin era, as well as leaning on some superb stories and photos for the current MLA success."

King continues, "We wanted to produce something for everyone in Martin Audio so they could always be connected to the company's roots, as well as a thank you to our long serving partners around the world, and of course our pe

USA - Belying its modest exterior, The Troubadour has featured prominently in the entertainment history of Los Angeles almost since the day it was opened in 1957 by the late Doug Weston.

Showing no signs of slowing down after nearly six decades, the legendary venue, which was named by Billboard in 2014 as one of the top five must-play clubs in the country and by Rolling Stone the year prior as the second best rock club in America, has just become even more attractive to touring artists with a major upgrade of its PA system to L-Acoustics components. Rat Sound Systems, Inc. of Camarillo served as the designer, supplier and installer of the venue's new house system.

Dave Rat, president of Rat Sound, and general manager Paul Freudenberg began discussing the upgrade - the first for over two decades at the club - with The Troubadour three years ago. "With the ven

UK - British alt.rock band Dry The River spent the second half of February on a UK tour to promote their latest album Alarms Of The Heart. With budget and space requirements at a premium, a Yamaha QL1 system was the ideal solution for engineer Lee McMahon to mix both front of house sound and monitors.

Last year, Lee and the band decided that the best way of getting consistency from show to show was to move from wedges to in-ear monitors, with touring a console making it possible for Lee to mix them as well as the house sound.

"I had to consider the logistics of carrying an audio control package in a splitter van alongside a full backline, so the QL1 and Rio3224-D combination was the ideal lightweight, powerful system," says Lee. "The tour took in venues where floor space was at a premium, so I wanted a solution that wouldn't eat up sellable areas. The siz

Ireland - High Kirk Presbyterian Church in Ballymena has upgraded its PA system with a Martin Audio MLA Mini Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array, supplied and supported by Ireland distributors, Rea Sound.

After two years of research - visiting trade shows and suppliers, reading specifications and reviews, and listening to systems - it was going to take something special in a speaker system to please the church's technical team; and they found what they wanted in Martin Audio's award-winning MLA platform.

The requirement had been for a complete replacement of the PA system in the 600-capacity church. According to Rea Sound's account manager, Roger McMullan. "Shifting emphasis to modern worship music meant that the old system, which was 20 years old, could no longer cope."

After extensive listening tests, the team came down unanimously in favour of the MLA Mini.


South Africa - Metric Halo, maker of high-end professional audio interfaces, plug-ins, and sound analysis software, has appointed Benjamin Pro Audio as its distributor in South Africa.

Based in the South African capital of Pretoria, Benjamin Pro Audio specializes high-end equipment for studios, acoustic consultation, and acoustic design. It will handle Metric Halo's entire product line, from its flagship eight-channel ULN-8 preamp/converter to its Production Bundle of plug-ins - and everything in between.

"Benjamin Pro Audio's extensive knowledge of the gear they sell for use in the studio and on location, as well as their commitment to finding the right solutions for their customers, will serve Metric Halo well," said Stu Buchalter, Metric Halo's vice president of worldwide sales

"They're passionate about audio, and they only sell equipment that they believe

UK / USA - Noble Audio, the California-based IEM and CIEM specialist, has unveiled its first UK demo facility. The new resource, which is based in London, makes the entire Noble Audio range of IEMS available for demonstration. Visitors can also have ear-impressions taken for Noble Audio's bespoke-fit models.

As of March 2015, Noble Audio's full product range, which starts from just £230, will be available to try from an easily accessible smart London facility. Noble Audio has partnered with a high-profile professional audiologist, Gisele Flower, to demonstrate the range and take the impressions.

Based in north London with a regular consultancy in Harley Street, Gisele Flower is also known as the 'musician's audiologist'. Gisele's clients include some of the world's best-known musicians and bands. Noble Audio's uncompromising high-performance in-ear monitor range has prov

UK - A final few tickets are available for Rob Halliday's Computers in Entertainment talk tonight at the National Museum of Computing, Bletchley.

In his talk, Halliday will look at how computers moved into entertainment lighting, from pioneering systems such as Strand's IDM up to the remarkable Lightboard created for the National Theatre, which still has some tricks that the current generation of PC-based control systems in use today can't replicate. The common link across all of these systems: lighting's critical need for things to happen right now, right on the beat of the music or the snap of an actor's fingers, not a few moments later when the computer decides it's ready.

The event takes place at The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley, Milton Keynes on Thursday 12 March 2015. Doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets range in price from £4.50 - £7.50.

To purc

UK - CUK Audio has announced a series of training seminars across the UK and Ireland, to coincide with the release of the new X Series amplifier platform from Powersoft.

The amplifier platform is designed with the most advanced power supply present in any power amplifier, says the company. This is combined with the most powerful DSP platform, an impressive power density of 44,000 Watts in just 2U of rack space, and Dante enabled versions. CUK Audio advises there is much more, which will be revealed during the training. The training will be centred on the X Series, but will include training on Powersoft's Armonia amplifier control and monitoring software platform.

CUK Audio's MD, Stuart Thomson says, "We can guarantee it won't be a boring death by PowerPoint. Based around the new Powersoft X Series amplifier platform, the sessions will give a thorough introduction to the n

UK - On 26 March Oran Burns of d&b Education and Application Support will present the timeless d&b Electroacoustics seminar at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, in London.

The focus of the Electroacoustics seminar is 'achieving intelligibility' and the session is pitched at anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the principles of electroacoustics for sound system design and engineering.

"The Electroacoustics seminar provides a comprehensive guide to the principles of acoustics. It covers the basics of sound in an accessible and fun way through practical demonstrations," explains Burns. "The seminar has been evolving for over a decade and has become an industry standard."

The Electroacoustics seminar is suitable for all levels of experience, for anyone wanting to know more about how loudspeakers interact with their envir

Norway - Located 200 kilometres northwest of Oslo, the Quality Spa & Resort in Norefjell is a facility designed exclusively for relaxation and recuperation.

Opened in early 2009, the resort nestles serenely into its mountain setting 800m above sea level, taking its visual design cues from the local nature and wildlife. Including 244 hotel rooms plus a further 161 apartments, the resort offers a luxurious range of facilities including an indoor climbing wall, ice rink, ski in-out, spa, pool and restaurant. The resort also leads the way in their use of renewable and environmentally friendly bio-energy sources which provide almost all the power necessary for heating.

The resort also features a modern conference and entertainment complex, into which Outline's Norwegian partner EHS Proshop AS has recently installed a sound reinforcement system utilising a range of Outline loudspeak

USA - Northern Colorado Cowboy Church, or N3C for short, is located in a former restaurant building in Lucerne, Colorado. Although a large number of cowboy boots walk through the door every Sunday, N3C is open to everyone. The "Cowboy" in its name reflects the church's down-to-earth attitude. As one might guess, services at N3C are lively and contemporary, with high-energy music complementing colourful sermons.

Although the church originally moved into the converted restaurant with a home-grown PA-on-sticks, N3C aspired to something with much greater musical impact and intelligibility to cover its five-hundred-plus seats. Local integration firm Audio Video Colorado designed and installed a new system centred on two Danley Sound Labs SM-60F full-range loudspeakers.

"They had a lot of complaints about intelligibility and the overall quality of the sound of the hom

Germany - After the operator of the Dresden theatre Wechselbad der Gefühle (Rollercoaster of Emotions) ceased operations in May 2014, TW.O GmbH took over the business of the operation, rebamed Boulevard Theatre Dresden. After a four-month renovation, operations in the listed building started again in September 2014.

In addition to the complete redesign of the auditorium, there were also heavy investments in the modernization of the stage and the entire theatre technology. Dutch manufacturer Alcons Audio pro-ribbon solutions were chosen for sound reinforcement.

"After many advisory discussions with sound engineers and other competent professionals, we organized test setups with different systems. The impressive performance of the Alcons systems and the professionalism of Event-net GmbH made it an easy decision", said Dan Becker, one of the directors of TW.O GmbH.


Czech Republic - German production house Showem is the latest company to invest in a Nexo STM M28 system, which made its inaugural appearance at the new Skoda Superb launch. Both the car and the modular line array system were unveiled at the Forum Karlin auditorium in Prague, where a stunning new symphony was premiered to 500 invited media guests.

The symphony, performed by a 50-piece orchestra, was written to symbolise a new era for the 120-year-old Czech car manufacturer, and this fresh approach extended to the choice of sound system used at the launch. Showem's technical production manager, Dieter Mantzel, wanted to mark the occasion with a different PA system to those typically used for new car launches, and Nexo STM was the number one choice.

"We'd been waiting for Nexo's new M28 modular line array, and this was the perfect opportunity to purchase it," says Show

UK - Baldwin Boxall reports that Professional Sound Consultancy Ltd has reached Customer Gold Status level. Working closely with Baldwin Boxall for over a decade, Professional Sound Consultancy 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.

Professional Sound Consultancy Ltd was formed by Katie Bradford and Stephanie France in 2003. The company takes great pride in its staff and employs top quality designers, engineers and project managers from the industry. Specialising in designing, installing and maintaining voice alarm and public address systems they have some of the largest and most prestigious sites in the UK on their portfolio.

Professional Sound Consultancy's reputation has grown over t

UK - The new addition to Nexo's STM modular line array series, the compact M28, has been installed in La Belle Angele nightclub in Edinburgh.

Nexo has had a long history with the live music venue, which opened in 1992. For a decade, the original Nexo SI 2000 system provided sound for live acts including Oasis, The Libertines and Radiohead. Destroyed in 2002 by a fire which ravaged the Cowgate area of the city, the club's owner, Hafid Mahboubi, has fought a long and hard battle to have it rebuilt.

"After 13 years it was a great feeling to be able to return to the venue we built and bring it back to life," says George Macdonald, who worked as club promoter, resident DJ and technician at the club until the fateful fire. "I was lucky enough to be trained on the original Nexo system, and I have many fond memories of what we achieved with it. I ended up taking co-owne

The Day the Music Died - The Music Producers Guild is backing a campaign to ensure that songwriters get a larger share of royalty income generated by digital music sales. Spearheaded by the British Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and entitled The Day the Music Died, this initiative will focus on the role and importance of songwriters and composers in the digital music industry. It will press for three key actions - a 50/50 split of gross digital royalty income, the removal of auto-predictive search functionality in search engines, which point people to illegal content and a push for all digital advertising income to be paid to creators for all usage.

BASCA is also asking for more transparency around digital deals and is calling for improved regulation of illegal content on search engines, plus the easier removal of infringing websites and apps. P

UK - As one of the few UK partners selected to join the new Soundcraft Vi network, Liverpool-based Adlib has been consolidating its growing fleet of VI6 and Vi3000 consoles - for rental, sales and installation.

Confirms director Dave Kay, "The Soundcraft Vi series remains our first choice of console in view of its simplicity, reliability and usability. We provide regular training for potential users, backed up by a great service and support team."

Despite making an immediate commitment to the company's new Vi3000 hybrid - investing heavily for both sales and rental stock - he emphasises that the Vi6 shows no sign of letting up, even after eight years.

"This is because the software and feature set has evolved over the years, making it still very much a current product which continues to be specified," he says. "In 2015 we have already had the consoles

Mexico - Hi Tech Audio is exhibiting at sound:check Xpo and representing d&b audiotechnik in room Salon Tarasco when the show returns to Mexico City from 26-28 April.

Hi Tech Audio sales director, Fernando Roch says, "We have been working hard to build the d&b brand in Latin America and we welcome the opportunity to meet new and existing customers. It's the most important audio event in our region, it brings together the best in our industry and d&b is at the heart of that.

"Hi Tech Audio plans to enhance d&b market visibility during the show by targeting, theatres, permanent installations, and rental companies are areas in which d&b will continue to strengthen its position as market leader," explains Roch. "I look forward to being a part of this development, supporting the growth strategy and contributing to the further success of the company."


Germany - Martin Audio has released a teaser print image and an accompanying video for a new product launch under the banner of The shape of things to come.

The print image features a striking icon which is said to represent the driver of this yet unnamed product. The video is a little more revealing showing an 'old' loudspeaker exploding and the words scrolling on the screen, 'Time to break with convention, time to evolve, time for a new breed, a breed that delivers sound like never before' before revealing the shadowing outline of the new product and a driver echoing the icon from the print image.

Luke Ireland, managing director, said, "This new product range will feature groundbreaking technology that will further Martin Audio's credentials as the true innovator in the marketplace and will deliver our customers a clear competitive advantage. We are extremely exc

Germany - MA Lighting is well known for its approach towards professional lighting control and enjoys a distinguished reputation for quality and reliability. Now MA presents a new range of compact lighting control solutions - the dot2.

The dot2 range consists of three lighting consoles; dot2 core, dot2 XL-F, dot2 XL-B; two playback expansion wing solutions; dot2 F-wing and dot2 B-wing and the dot2 Node4 (1K) network output node as well as the dot2 onPC console software and the dot2 3D visulisation software solutions.

Designed for small and mid-sized projects and venues, dot2 offers advanced functionality with outstanding ease-of-use. Full tracking backup is available via plug and play networking.

Intuitive operation is the core of the dot2 philosophy and with all connectivity onboard, the dot2 range is suitable for most theatre, touring, corporate, television and education l

UK - Instantly memorable and clearly identifiable as emphatically live for reasons best forgotten, this year's Brit Awards proved the best yet for audio providers Britannia Row Productions Ltd (Britrow). "Every year we reflect on the show and make adjustments to improve the following year," said Britrow's Josh Lloyd who mixed FoH for all but Royal Blood. "You can always make improvements, that's part of the legacy that Derrick Zieba left for us. This year some new equipment added some genuine enhancement."

The essential dilemma of The Brits hasn't changed, the unrelenting demands of the camera lens dictate that sightlines shall always be clear so audio is rigged as high as possible, while down on the floor sit the assembled masses of the recording industry who know what good sound means and expect nothing less.

"We updated this year's PA design drawing

Bulgaria - Arena Sozòpol is one of the four venues that will host the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Completed in plenty of time for the championship, the 4,000 seat stadium has undergone full reconstruction with new grandstands and amenities.

Sozòpol is an attractive ancient seaside town located 35 km south of Bulgaria's second largest city, Burgas, on the beautiful Black Sea Coast. It is one of the country's major seaside resorts, internationally known for the Apollonia art and film festival.

Burgas based Pro Audio Ltd was commissioned to design and install the audio for the new stadium. Stanislav Petrov, managing director of Pro Audio explained their design, "High intelligibility, even coverage and good sound levels with headroom were all main criteria, so Community's R Series were the natural first choice. Their accurate dispersion also avoids unnecessary

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