Mexico - Loto Audio has completed the first stage of a project at Mamitas Beach Club in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Ro. Mexico. The owners called on the Funktion-One distributor after they visited several beach venues in Ibiza.

Loto Audio's Ramon Salazar explains, "We started to try and make contact with the owner over a year ago because this is the best and most famous beach club in Mexico. When we found him, it turned out that he was also looking for us - the Funktion-One distributor for Mexico. He went to some beach resorts in Ibiza where he experienced that Funktion-One sound and he was amazed. In that moment, the venue and the owner committed to new, extensive project of remodeling and growing Mamitas."

Taking into account the environmental challenges, Loto Audio specified a system comprising four Funktion-One Resolution 4 speakers and two F221 double-21in bass

UK - The new ID24 super-compact loudspeaker, the smallest ever made by Nexo, has been installed for the first time in Bristol, UK. Working as under-balcony-fills in the 2000-seater Hippodrome theatre, 24x ID24s are a vital element in the high-specification system brought in by London-based Orbital Sound for a specific production. Orbital Sound is the first rental company in the world to deploy the ID Series, used in Bristol alongside two other Nexo systems - a STM M28 modular line array for main PA, augmented by Geo M6 compact line array modules for upper balcony. With a view to forthcoming rental projects, Orbital has ordered ID24 cabinets in black and white. In Bristol, they have been installed as fills under the two large balconies, as well as stageside for front-fill. Orbital MD Chris Headlam describes the ID24 as "a latest generation product from the modern era of loudsp

UK - The Warehouse Sound Services will once again be exhibiting on stands C3 and D2 at this year's PLASA Focus Glasgow on 20-21 January 2016 at the SECC.

The Warehouse will be showcasing a wide variety of products from d&b audiotechnik, Avid, EM Acoustics, RCF, Shure, Allen + Heath, Yamaha and Sennheiser. Representatives from The Warehouse's sales, hire, service and flight-casing departments will attend.

At the event, The Warehouse will showcase a range of quality audio products including d&b audiotechnik's new VP loudspeaker range. The Warehouse is Scotland's only d&b audiotechnik sales partner, so PLASA Scotland provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate d&b's new speakers to PLASA delegates.

The V7P and V10P from d&b audiotechnik are a new breed of loudspeaker offering all this and more, including the d&b hallmark constant directivity control down to low frequencies.

USA - Deptford Township High School serves over one-thousand students in the Philadelphia suburb of Deptford, New Jersey. Its Spartan football team is fiercely competitive and won the state sectional championships back-to-back in 2003 and 2004. However, like so many high schools, Deptford's game-day sound reinforcement system didn't live up to the passion of the team. It fell flat musically and caused fans to strain to hear announcements.

Local A/V integration firm Precision Audio, which just so happens to be headed by two Deptford Township High School alumni, pulled out the old system and replaced it with a Danley Sound Labs design comprised of three Danley OS-80 loudspeakers and two Danley OS-115 subwoofers, all of which are completely impervious to the elements and thus ready for any weather the East Coast can conjure.

"The old system was basically a handful of vinta

USA - Camarillo, California-based Rat Sound Systems provided a full 360 degrees of audio coverage for Bassnectar's New Year's Eve show in Birmingham, Alabama. The concert, which was held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Centre (BJCC) Legacy Arena, featured 72 Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) Anya modules flown in four double-wide clusters.

Bassnectar is well-known for his live performances, massive sound systems and light shows. Bassnectar NYE360, now in its fifth year, features a rotating stage at the centre of the arena designed to deliver maximum impact to his fans. The Legacy Arena seats up to 19,000 and was completely sold out for the event.

"After adapting Anya to Red Rocks in Colorado and now using it 360 degrees at BJCC - the system continues to amaze me," says Jason Decter, FOH engineer for Bassnectar. "It has such power and hi-fi clarity. It was no

USA - Clearwing Productions, an AV sales, service, event- production and integration services provider with locations in Milwaukee and Phoenix, acquired eight RedNet D16R AES rack-mount Dante interfaces, part of the full line of RedNet Dante network devices from Focusrite, nearly a year ago.

The D16R units have transformed how the company is able to move digital audio around for clients ranging from one troupe of the famed Blue Man Group to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Three RedNet D16R units (along with three RedNet 1 eight channel A-D/D-A interfaces and one RedNet 2 sixteen-channel A-D/D-A interface) reside at the Blue Man Theatre at Luxor hotel and casino in Las Vegas, where Clearwing Productions was the systems integrator for the theatre's new sound system designed by Marcus Ross.

At the World Ski Championships, the D

Europe - Swedish PA company, Parashoot, has completed a European tour with Norwegian singer songwriter, Ane Brun, using Allen & Heath's new dLive system to manage FoH and Monitors.

Parashoot's recently purchased dLive system, comprising the flagship S7000 Control Surface and DM64 MixRack, was immediately deployed on the tour, mixing both FOH and monitors on the same console.

"I have been using iLive endlessly over the last five years, and on the last two Ane Brun tours, culminating in over 200 shows. The timing of the dLive release couldn't have been better. The anticipation of more FX and more buses, made it the unchallenged winner for this tour. A&H makes the best digital live preamps, channel dynamics and onboard FX engines, so it was a no brainer," comments Parashoot's sound engineer and owner, Oscar Söderlund.

"The system latency is extremely low, and

Japan - Pioneer Pro Audio has introduced the XPRS Series of high-powered active speakers. "The compact, portable, wooden enclosure XPRS Series combines Pioneer Pro Audio sound engineering heritage with the reliable, energy efficient power of Powersoft amps - to give you a versatile plug-and-play system that fills the room with a natural sound," the company says.

The Series comprises the XPRS15 and XPRS12 two-way full-range speakers, and the XPRS215S dual 15" subwoofer. All three have 15mm birch plywood enclosures for "a dynamic sound that works across all musical genres", say Pioneer. The XPRS15/12 have a 15/12" ferrite LF driver, a 1.75" titanium diaphragm compression driver and Pioneer Pro Audio's 'AFAST technology' which, the company says, delivers "a clear, clean sound with a deep bass range". Also featured are four EQ modes with

Germany - Yamaha's MTX3 matrix mixer/signal processor is proving a popular solution for smaller, fixed audio installations where untrained staff are in day-to-day control of the system. Houses of worship are an ideal example, with three German churches recently commissioning MTX3-based systems.

Steinheim-based Klartext AV has installed two of the systems, one in the town of Kohlberg, the other in Oggenhausen.

The Kohlberg installation includes an MTX3 with Yamaha XMV4140 multi-channel power amplifier and DCP4V4S wall-mounted control. The four buttons and rotary controls of the DCP4V4S make it very straightforward for church staff to have comprehensive control over the system, which includes fixed microphones at the pulpit and altar, wireless handheld and headset mics, plus a piano. By touching a single control, the system can be instantly reconfigured for a range of uses.

The Netherlands - At this year's Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam, Fohhn Audio AG (Hall 7, Stand 7-D177) will present the company's latest developments in digital technology and system integration, along with new design opportunities for Fohhn line source loudspeakers.

With a focus on audio network compatibility driving development during 2016, Fohhn will be showing the current models in its award-winning Linea Focus series with Beam Steering capabilities, which are equipped for networking via an Optocore fibre solution. A new 16-channel Dante to AES/EBU interface will also be previewed at the show.

In readiness for achieving future compatibility with all digital audio networks, the company has also announced that, going forward, all its active loudspeaker systems, amplifiers and controllers will be equipped with digital transformer-balanced AES/EBU inputs (AES-3 stand

The Netherlands - Sennheiser will be participating at this year's ISE, taking place from February 9-12 in Amsterdam. The audio specialist will be launching its new wireless conferencing solution, TeamConnect Wireless. One of two new additions to the TeamConnect family, TeamConnect Wireless delivers "excellent sound quality and unmatched ease of use in a portable system for up to 24 participants".

Sennheiser will also be launching TeamConnect Ceiling, an innovative ceiling mounted array microphone for fixed installations. Visitors to the Sennheiser booth (Hall 2, booth Nr. A45) can also experience the wide range of professional products for business communications and conferences, including its newly upgraded SpeechLine Digital Wireless microphone solutions, and Speakerphone series.

ISE 2016 sees Sennheiser start the year with some compelling new additions to its al

USA - Sensaphonics is expanding its 3D AARO line with the introduction of the 3D-U ambient earphones, at NAMM 2016 in Anaheim. The new model offers the full functionality of the 3D AARO system in a universal-fit design, bringing Sensaphonics' patented Active Ambient technology to a wider audience at a more affordable price.

The sleek, jet-black 3D-U earphones contain embedded binaural microphones as part of the 3D AARO system, utilizing the same proprietary full-range drivers and mics as Sensaphonics custom-fit ambient earphones. The 3D-U also marks the introduction of an industry-first, the SensaQuad quadraxial cable, offering secure connection and easy field replacement. A "fit kit" of foam and rubber earpiece tips ensures a good fit and high-isolation seal.

"Developing this new product was really driven by customer demand," says company founder and pre

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. Will be showcasing the latest product highlights from their extensive brand portfolio at the PLASA Focus Glasgow 2016 Show - SECC, Glasgow, UK, stand B1, 20 - 21 January.

A leading one-stop provider of professional equipment to the entertainment industry, AC-ET will be showcasing a selection of the very latest lighting, audio, rigging, video, and film & TV solutions available from their vast portfolio of over 200 leading brands and five specialist sales divisions.

The award-winning Chroma-Q® range of premium performance solutions is designed and built to exacting standards in North America, and has been adopted by many leading designers and specifiers for some of today's most demanding and prestigious lighting applications. The stand will represent a number of product ranges, including the Color One 100 and Inspire full c

UK - Martin Audio is planning two sets of demos at this week's PLASA Focus in Glasgow and the upcoming Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam.

Joining forces with its distribution partner LMC on 20 January, Martin Audio will be taking over the Leven Room which is directly across from the entrance of Hall 5 of SECC Glasgow on the Boulevard.

Products on show will include its award winning O-Line, CDD Series and MLA Mini, and the one-hour demonstration sessions will provide an understanding of these products, case studies and lots of listening time. More details and how to register can be found at: https://martin-audio.com/events/PlasaGlasgow

Then at this year's inaugural four day show of ISE, Martin Audio will once again return to Room E104 (near Hall 10) to demonstrate a similar line up of product and also talk about a new launch which can also be seen on their stand K175

Star Tribute - The life of David Bowie was celebrated with a tribute concert at a London chapel. Hundreds of fans packed out Islington's Grade I-listed Union Chapel to pay homage to the musician who died of cancer on 10 January. The service saw an eclectic mix of artists, including the Magic Numbers and ex-Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, perform the star's music.

Fans filled the small north London chapel as Bowie's best-known tunes, played by an organ, echoed around the hall. A huge screen showed images of the star in his many guises, before the part gig, part remembrance service kicked off with a rousing mass sing-along of Starman. Maggie Ronson, sister of late Bowie guitarist and collaborator Mick Ronson, was joined by The Featherz to sing Ziggy Stardust, paying tribute to Bowie's "massive influence".

Black January - A month of depressing n

France - Palais des Festivals, home to the Cannes Film Festival, is one of Europe's leading conference and entertainment venues. The building features five main auditoriums as well as numerous committee rooms and administrative offices.

The combination of Adamson and the Palais des Festivals began 15 years ago when the newly formed DV2 (Adamson's distributor in France) designed a sound reinforcement system featuring Adamson Y10 line arrays for the Auditorium Louis Lumiere. The system, which is still in use today, continues to receive compliments from those that perform in the space.

Recently DV2 was called upon to design another system for the Claude Debussy Theatre, the second largest theatre, with a seating capacity of 1,068. DV2 designed a system featuring the new Adamson S Series line arrays. Dushow, one of the biggest rental and installation companies in France, was res

Germany - Live production and rental company, Feedback Show Systems, has added a Solid State Logic L500 Plus live console to its audio inventory.

Feedback Show Systems is one of Germany's leading production and rental companies, with a solid reputation for excellence. The company offers a full range of production services to high-end musicals, touring shows, and corporate events, and also provides a comprehensive dry hire service.

Feedback's first project with the L500 at FOH was the touring version of Shrek - The Musical. The show involved more than 20 dancers, a large band, and over 130 different scenes. Feedback's managing director, Bernd Schmitz, commented, "Switching to the L500 was straightforward and fast. The console met all of the very complex functional requirements of the show, and the sonic improvement was obvious to everybody.

"We produce enc

UK - The fast expanding Botanist chain of music-led bar/restaurants, the brainchild of operators The New World Trading Company, recently opened its latest outlet in Marlow, Bucks.

Cheshire-based music consultants Genre Music, who have overseen all previous six Botanists (as well as the other venues in the operators' 12-strong portfolio), managed the installation of Martin Audio's new CDD installation range loudspeakers - specified on the recommendation of their sub-contractors F1 Sound Co.

Explained Genre Music MD, Steven Walter, "While we handle all the operators' music requirements and book their live acts, we bring in technical experts for the sound system installations, working in conjunction with several partner companies; in the south, this is F1 Sound Co."

The Whitstable-based pro-audio specialists, run by Matt Bate and Sam Liston, have long been fans of

UK - Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) delivered full production, including lighting, sound - featuring brand new d&b Y8s and V-SUBS - video and rigging to an impressive end of year party for technology designer / manufacturer Dyson - which was staged in the grounds of Bowood House in Wiltshire, where a large elegant Trispan marquee was giving a 45m deep and wide party space.

CPL have been the event's technical supplier for the last five years, and there's always an exciting and ambitious brief to be fulfilled from production company Bright. This year their production designer and technical manager was Nick Diacre who liaised closely with CPL's PM Mike Radford.

Luminescence was the theme of this year's event, putting a big emphasis on lighting and visual presentation and treatment of the whole environment.

CPL flew a 10m diameter circular truss in the middle of the m

Europe - The European Intellitix team attended the company's Europe 2016 conference in Groningen, NL, earlier this month, before attending Eurosonic Nooderslag.

Eric Janssen, Intellitix chief revenue officer, operating from the company's global head office chaired the three-day meeting, with a full day of product overview and software updates imparted by the company's chief product officer, Barna Jardany. Attending were representatives from the UK, Czech Republic, Scandinavia, France, Belgium, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, with colleagues from Canada and Brazil.

Adding to operations manager Carl AH Martin's experience working across the European live events and venues sectors in the UK are Gavin Barnard, director of partnerships (UK Intellitix) and Gareth Deakin, director of business development (UK Intellitix). Gavin's eight years combined digital a

Germany - Post-production facility Rotor Film has installed a 69-loudspeaker Meyer Sound cinema system in its recently opened mixing stage - the largest in Europe that offers both Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D immersive surround sound technologies. Located in the Babelsberg 'Media City' complex in Potsdam, the room features one of the largest Meyer Sound cinema monitoring systems ever installed.

Before making the critical decision on loudspeakers, Rotor Film held intensive comparative listening tests, with participation by management, staff, and associated independent mixing engineers.

"We invited about 20 sound designers and freelance engineers as our guests to listen to a wide range of audio samples," says Christoph Engelke, technical director at Rotor Film. "Based on everyone's listening experiences, a Meyer Sound system was the clear choice for our two top manag

UK - Audio manufacturer Powersoft is sponsoring AV Academy, a comprehensive InfoComm Certified Specialist (CTS) training track organised by AV Magazine and RH Consulting. Topics covered include corporate AV, education AV and high performance sound.

AV Academy - a collection of intensive InfoComm certified courses - is designed to impart in-depth knowledge to audio professionals seeking to improve their system specification abilities for installations in the corporate AV, education AV and high-performance sound environments.

CTS accredited instructor Roland Hemming will lead classes through four InfoComm certified courses between 1 March and 13 April, 2016.. Hemming, who will be using premium products from Powersoft to help facilitate the training sessions, managed two of Europe's largest audio projects: the Millennium Dome and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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UK - The 32nd Reproduced Sound Conference, entitled Sound with Pictures - time is of the essence, will focus on all aspects of electroacoustics for cinema, TV and the internet. It will take place 15-17 November 2016 at the Holiday Inn, Herbert Walker Avenue, Southampton.

Papers may be submitted on all electroacoustic topics including the following: Cinema Sound, Live Sound, Audio System Design, Case Studies, Environmental Noise Control of Events, Audio/Visual Timing, Intelligibility, Measurement & Evaluation, Loudspeakers and Microphones, Acoustics of Venues.

Offers of papers on any electroacoustics topic will be considered for the programme.

Abstracts (150 words) for papers plus a short biography of up to 150 words may be sent to linda.canty@ioa.org.uk by Friday 20 May 2016. Final written papers for the Proceedings must be submitted by Friday 30 September 2016.

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USA - At NAMM 2016, DiGiCo has announced its intention to release Stealth Core2, an upgrade to its existing Stealth Digital Processing. Stealth Core2 will release additional processing from the audio core of every DiGiCo SD console, taking the complete range to a new level in terms of both processing channels and functionality, and can be fitted to all existing console surfaces.

This upgrade, which will be available as an upgrade option to all existing users, includes a re-look at the application code, further future proofing existing and future investments in DiGiCo products, and keeping you one step ahead of the rest.

The benefits of Stealth Core2 include:

A new look application code, which updates the user experience, delivers more processing power and provides a new screen graphical interface.

Upgraded FPGA processing power that moves the complete range to new leve

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