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

UK - Provider of technical production services, Adlib, recently invested in Coda's new AiRAY fully integrated compact 2 x12" / 3-way line array system. Adlib have been involved with Coda for several years having first bought the AIRLINE LA12 and ViRAY systems and subsequently supplementing those with the smaller TiRAY system. Happy with the performance of its Coda range, Adlib were naturally keen to explore any advantages offered by the AiRAY system and identified a number of positives that prompted an immediate investment. From their comprehensive experience of the industry, Adlib identified what they saw as a gap in provision for theatre productions where smaller available line-array systems were not quite adequate but where the requirement for 'the next size up' in the shape of systems designed for arenas, constituted an overkill in both audio provision and trucking requir

UK / Italy - Audio-visual consultants and engineering experts Hoare Lea chose Shure's Microflex Wireless installation microphones as part of their design for the UK Pavilion's AV systems at the World Expo 2015 in Milan. In developing systems to implement the UK Pavilion's soundscape and audio-visual elements, Hoare Lea worked with architects BDP and integrators Stage One amongst others.

British involvement in the Expo was led by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) with support from seven HM Government departments. The UK Pavilion was designed by award-winning British artist Wolfgang Buttress to reflect the theme 'Grown in Britain & Northern Ireland', and incorporated visual technology, interactive lighting and sound design, a 360-degree immersive speaker array and musical elements to evoke the journey of a honey bee through a series of landscapes as visitors passed through the pavil

UK -Allen & Heath has recently expanded the product management team based in its UK HQ with the appointment of Scott Mason as pro digital sector specialist, and Ian Thomas as install sector specialist.

Scott has over 30 years of experience in sound engineering, system design, technical training and pro audio sales. Prior to relocating to the UK, Scott held several posts in APAC, including business development and support at Nexo and Yamaha, and dealer and consultant for Martin Audio and XTA Electronics. Scott's previous achievements include the technical direction of the Olympic Games in China. Scott will supervise and promote A&H's pro digital offerings, with a focus on the GLD and dLive product ranges.

Ian has a solid background in AV installation system engineering and project management, and for the past 8 years has been working for UK-based international system integrat

USA - German sound reinforcement specialist HK Audio announced at NAMM this week that it is undertaking a complete global overhaul of its visual and identity with the introduction of its new marketing campaign: the Soundmakers.

The Soundmakers campaign is the result of two years of work, preparation and planning by HK Audio's marketing team in collaboration with a number of external agencies from across Europe, says the company.

Focusing on the Soundmaker - the person who is fascinated by the energy of sound from any perspective - the campaign brings clean, fresh visuals to the entire HK Audio output, from websites and social media channels through to traditional print advertising and even products themselves.

The new HK Audio corporate design philosophy will be applied by the brand's worldwide business partners immediately, with results set to be seen across an increasin

UK - The Ministry of Sound (MoS) nightclub, which runs Martin Audio sound systems exclusively throughout its London venue, has extended its long partnership with the British manufacturer by installing 16 of the company's new CDD15 (Coaxial Differential Dispersion) installation speakers in the ceiling of The Box, its premier dance room.

This will enable the club to utilise Dolby Atmos sound technology. Dolby Atmos transforms music performances by allowing sound to move anywhere around a room, even overhead.

The New Year will see the first in a number of Dolby Atmos enabled events, kicked off by Hospital Records on 23 January, utilising 22 Martin Audio loudspeaker channels.

Incorporating synchronised lighting cues, generated from music mixed in Dolby Atmos, Ministry of Sound will immerse visitors in unprecedented soundscapes delivered through the new Martin Audio CDD's and

Austria - One of Vienna's finest concert houses, the Konzerthaus, recently upgraded the public address system serving its Great Hall and Mozart Hall, selecting Meyer speakers and Allen & Heath's iDR installation matrix mixers.

Installed by ATEC Pro, the new system is designed specifically for voice reinforcement. The iDR DSP systems comprise an iDR-4 matrix mixer for the Great Hall, and an iDR-8 for the Mozart Hall, with a PL10 8-channel rotary panel for remote control, and a PL-8 logic box installed in the Mozart Hall for interfacing to external systems.

Control of the entire sound system is via the iDR-8 and additional PL10 controller, including management of a hand-held radio mic and CD players for playback. The system default is Stage Manager mode, enabling limited access and control of settings for simple use.

The iDR-4 and iDR-8 units can be switched in both room

UK - RH Consulting has launched a major new edition to their guide to voice alarm systems. Originally released six years ago, the e-publication has been comprehensively updated to become the definitive guide to all types of emergency audio system for consultants, manufacturers, installers and venue owners.

Running to 200 pages, it covers all applications where VA systems are likely to be installed, from stadia to public buildings to nightclubs, theatres, transport hubs, shopping centres and much more. It is packed with tables, diagrams and animations to help people comprehend this often misunderstood subject. The guide covers standards worldwide, including Europe, Australia and the USA as well as delivering comprehensive information on the industry-changing topic of EN54.

"We wrote the book on two levels' says RH Consulting founder, Roland Hemming. "For those new t

USA - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced the retirement of Kenton Forsythe, EVP of strategic engineering. Forsythe, one of the original founders of EAW, has spent his career advancing loudspeaker technology and design. In 2011 he received a Parnelli Award for audio innovation as further testament to his contributions to the professional audio industry.

"I have had the profound honour of working closely with Kenton for over 21 years," states EAW president Jeff Rocha. "It is remarkable that Kenton had already revolutionized the industry and established himself as an icon before my EAW career began all those years ago. The fundamental principles that drove Kenton to create EAW remain the core values that drive our company to this very day."

Forsythe first entered the pro audio industry in 1975 with the introduction of the Forsythe Audio SR215 dua

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