Cambodia - The latest addition to Phnom Penh’s nightlife comes in the shape of the recently opened Ai Pub. As well as offering a rich variety of food and drink, the 700-capacity venue, located in the Boeung Kak district of the Cambodian capital, stages a wide range of live entertainment and has become an instant feature of the party scene.

Live bands, DJ sets and promotional nights cater for birthday and works parties, corporate entertaining and casual get-togethers with friends, in this 875m² open space, complete with sliding roof and giant air-cooling fan.

Given the emphasis placed on non-stop music and dancing, as well as the high-profile artists, DJs and brands on show, the team at Ai paid careful attention to the selection of an audio system that could comfortably meet the requirements of a very busy and vibrant environment. The venue’s foc

Germany - In August 2023, Dyn Media launched as a new broadcaster in European sports, aimed at giving sports beyond football exposure and viewership. The broadcaster is taking new approaches in the production of its content. NEP Germany was contracted as the production service provider to develop a remote production infrastructure. The technical concept, signal workflows, and process operations were also created in collaboration with Dyn. Broadcast Solutions served as the system integrator responsible for implementation.

The core of the entire infrastructure's audio workflow is a comprehensive system solution from DirectOut Technologies, featuring several of its multifunctional rodigy.MP, .MC, and .MX units. With a total of one Prodigy.MX, 20 Prodigy.MP, and 12 Prodigy.MC, this project represents the largest Prodigy installation for DirectOut to date.

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UK - RCF dealer HD Pro Audio has carried out a sound reinforcement installation at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London, using the Italian manufacturer’s flexible NXL 44-A active column speaker.

The team from HD Pro Audio had been discussing a substantial speaker upgrade with the gallery for several years, proposing various options. “We had originally been referred to the client by industry colleagues as being well placed to put a suitable PA package together,” states HD Pro Audio MD Andy Huffer, who managed the project.

The NXL 44-A - the centrepiece of a package which also includes floor monitors and mixing console - features three 10” neodymium woofers and is driven by a powerful onboard Class-D (2,100W peak) amplifier.

The pre-existing PA “wasn’t up to the task of modern event requirements” and the gallery was seeking the

USA - Originally established over 200 years ago in Raleigh, North Carolina, Edenton Street United Methodist Church (ESUMC) is reputed for its for its famous pipe organ, its alluring chandelier and its majestic stained-glass windows that dominate the sanctuary. To that, can now be added Martin Audio’s O-Line optimised micro line array, which blends discreetly into the 27” thick sandstone walls. This aesthetic, slimline, columnar solution was recommended and installed by local production house, RMB Audio.

The installation team were as fastidious in removing the old public address system, which had served the church so dutifully over an astonishing seven decades, as they were in installing the new rig, comprising two hangs of 16 O-Line modules.

The former system had originally been integrated within the chandelier during a rebuild of the church foll

Italy - British manufacturer of professional audio products and solutions, Wharfedale Pro, has just concluded another successful attendance of Music Inside Rimini (MIR). Following on from last year's success, Wharfedale Pro’s appearance at this year’s show included a full schedule of product demonstrations.

“Last year’s immersive and line array demos were so well received that we wanted to build on these successes in 2024,” says Peter Peck, marketing manager at Wharfedale Pro. “This year we planned a total of four unique audio experiences: our WLA-210XP and WLA-1A line array systems, immersive demos with our DP-N amplifiers and GPL series loudspeakers and column array demos with our ISOLINE-AX, showcasing the great versatility and range of Wharfedale Pro products.”

The WLA-210XP line array demos drew particular attention. This dual 10

UK - Optimal Audio has launched new accessories for its Up range of ceiling loudspeakers, with the addition of bezel-less grilles and pendant housings.

Grille 1 and Grille 2, available in black or white finishes, have been designed to enable all Up ceiling loudspeakers to achieve a bezel-less appearance. The inclusion of an installation ring with an intuitive twist-to-fit steel grille design, enclosing the original Up loudspeaker, provides installers with complete flexibility and allows for easy adaptation to any design brief.

Pendant 1 and Pendant 2 are designed custom housings which accommodate selected Up ceiling speakers, enabling them to be suspended as stylish pendants. Manufactured from UL94 V-0 rated materials and finished in UV-resistant black or white paint, the Pendants feature the same twist-to-fit grille bezel-less finish as the Grille a

Italy - Version 2.7 of Powersoft’s ArmoníaPlus software, which adds support for its Verso gateway device, is now available to download from the Powersoft website. With ArmoníaPlus 2.7 users can take advantage of Verso, which allows T and X Series, Mezzo, Duecanali and Quattrocanali amplifiers to be connected to Powersoft’s MyUniverso cloud platform.

Verso gateway device is designed to enable users take full advantage of MyUniverso cloud platform, allowing monitoring and centralised remote firmware updates for the entire current Powersoft amplifier portfolio, as well as Powersoft’s Dynamic Music Distribution (DMD) solution. Its robust logging and data storage capabilities ensure local continuity or service even during internet outages.

The update also provides users with improved alarms and status handling for all MyUniverso supported devices,

USA - DPA Microphones will introduce its new AIR1 Universal Miniature Fur Windscreen at NAB 2024 (Booth C7307). Intended for quick mounting on round, omnidirectional headset or lavalier microphones between 0.1-0.23 inches (2.5-5.8mm), the AIR1 excels in the challenging environments of broadcast and professional content creation applications.

The patent-pending design provides efficient and consistent wind protection with acoustic transparency that solves all wind-related challenges of filming outdoors.   

The effective and uniform wind protection of the AIR1 is achieved through the fixed size of the air cavity surrounding the microphone capsule. This provides complete and consistent acoustical transparency that enables it to capture the voice with perfect intelligibility. Additionally, the sturdy handles at the windscreen opening ensure swift and

France - Digigram has acquired Grenoble-based OROS, the French specialist in noise and vibration testing systems. The amount of the transaction has not been disclosed.

Effective immediately, the acquisition expands the headcount to approximately 60 employees, with offices stretching from the headquarters in Montbonnot to the companies’ subsidiaries based in Singapore, the United States and China. 

Similar to the recent acquisition of AuviTran in September 2023, Digigram and OROS will now join operations, encouraging teamwork to boost synergies. OROS will retain its brands and identity.

As a result, OROS management will increase its human and financial resources to support its development. "Digigram's contribution is a valuable leverage to support both the technical and commercial development of OROS, as engaged in 2023 with the release of

Germany - punQtum has announced a new feature that offers users a direct connection to Riedel’s Bolero wireless intercom system. Bolero Connect works in tandem with punQtum’s Q210 P speaker station and offers a cost-effective solution for deployment across large-scale events that require several channels of partyline.  

The Q210 P is punQtum’s speaker station that gives users full control in an easy-to-use and cost-effective package. Riedel’s Bolero system is an intercom capable of supporting up to 250 beltpacks and 100 antennas in a single deployment. It is the most widely used communications system in the major events.

“We can now offer an integrated system on one network, which eradicates the need for a digital conversion box. This means that all channels – send and return – are going back and forth along one cable, which means tha

Germany - DirectOut has announced shipping of the MADI4.SRC.IO and MADI4.IO modules for the Prodigy.MX system. These modules are designed to extend audio processing and connectivity. In January, the company announced the first major upgrade to the Prodigy.MX, which was unveiled at the NAMM Show 2024 and ISE 2024.

The Prodigy.MX upgrade adds a number of new features to the functionality of the current Prodigy mainframe, available under the Advanced and Unlimited system licences. These include a 64x64 matrix mixer (MatMix), 64 flex channels with 64 IIR filters, 64 dynamics and delay plug-ins, and 64 input managers and EARS for all input channels, giving the system an exceptional level of redundancy and reliability.

These enhancements enable cost-effective solutions as all features can be purchased either as single software plug-ins or in combination as

USA - EAW has appointed Raymond Tee as APAC technical sales manager. In this role, Tee will be the primary pre- and post-sales technical support contact for EAW’s APAC partners. He will also assist James Bamlett, the senior director of EMEA and APAC sales, with identifying, training and managing new partners to strengthen EAW’s network throughout the region. 

“I first worked with Raymond over 20 years ago when he was handling EAW for our Malaysian distributor,” says Bamlett. “With his vast experience in the field, I’m very glad that we are finally able to close the circle and get him back to EAW.”  

Tee has held sales, technical and engineering positions at several international manufacturers, was the operations manager at a large rental company and most recently served as Powersoft’s solutions engineer for APAC.

Europe - AlphaTheta Corporation has announced the release of four new speakers in the XPRS2 Series from its Pioneer DJ brand. The 8-inch XPRS82 and 15-inch XPRS152 full-range units join the popular speaker range, along with two new upgraded active subwoofers: the 15-inch XPRS1152ST and 18-inch XPRS1182ST.

Known for their versatility, portability, and elevated sound performance, the XPRS2 Series speakers are a natural favourite for mobile DJs and are suitable for live sound settings, houses of worship, rentals, and fixed installations.

“These four new speakers in the Pioneer DJ XPRS2 Series give our customers even more choice,” said Remco van Megen, head of sales EMEA, AlphaTheta. “We’re proud of the fantastic quality and performance they offer. Just like the previous models, each of the new units produces the rich, dynamic sound that artists

Poland - Originally making its name for accompanying film screenings with live music performances, the Kraków Film Music Festival has grown to become one of the most highly regarded events of its type worldwide.

Taking place at venues throughout the southern Polish city, the 16th Festival included a special immersive sound event at the Teatr Lasznia at which composer, musician and lecturer Gary Marlowe performed the world premiere of his concert Echoes of Space, and Grammy award-winning film composer Simon Franglen presented his experimental work Sunrise | Sunset, originally commissioned by the Shanghai Tower.

Widely recognised as an industry expert in 3-D audio, engineer and producer Hans-Martin Buff was on hand to guide the mix which was handled by a Yamaha Rivage PM5 using Yamaha AFC Image DSP. 33 channels of audio were distributed around five f

UK - The biggest night in the UK’s televised music awards calendar was supplied by Britannia Row for the 29th year.

The multi-artist live music event - which sits within a televised awards show - requires the audio team to ensure the overall production comes together cohesively, a task Britannia Row is well versed in.

Head of engineering – event support, Josh Lloyd, who also acts as the BRITs audio designer, comments: “People like to remain involved in this show as it has always been an annual milestone in the UK music calendar and has generated some special moments including Adele’s performance of Someone Like You which I was lucky enough to mix, Geri Halliwell's Union Jack dress and Santan Dave’s incredible rendition of Black. The production team is made up of an amazing group of people, so it’s a real pleasure coming

Italy - Viola Park, a new modern sports centre and home to ACF Fiorentina football club, recently underwent a full AV system integration including comprehensive K-array audio systems. Nestled amidst the rolling Florentine hills, Viola Park is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of professional footballers at what is thought to be one of the best training facilities in the country.

With 26 hectares of sprawling landscape, Viola Park is the largest sports centre in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. The facilities at the site include 12 regulation pitches and stadiums, gyms, accommodation and medical, media and wellness centres. To complement its world-class amenities, Viola Park sought out a top-of-the-line audio system to enhance the experience for players, spectators and visitors alike.

Systems integrator, Professional Show partnered wit

Austria - Currently riding high in the Bundesliga - the top tier of Austrian football - Linzer Athletik-Sport-Klub (LASK) recently relocated to Linz’s futuristic new Raiffeisen Arena. Constructed as a UEFA Category 4 venue, LASK’s new ground is now among the largest and most modern sports facilities in the country, with over 80 Genelec Smart IP loudspeakers delivering quality sound to the fans.

Key players in this project were Saw IT Consulting, Genelec distributor Audio Pro, and local integration company Contech – who were responsible for the central distribution of all audio-visual equipment, as well as some of the stadium audio.

“Genelec was chosen for three main reasons,” says Friedrich Mühlböck from Saw IT Consulting. “Firstly, because of their undeniable quality thanks to their heritage as one of the most respected players in the

USA - RDL has announced its latest creation, the RU-NMP44, a cost-effective, network mixing processor that delivers ‘the flexibility of network audio for any system size or budget’. Designed to be versatile, and to support a wide range of system designs, the RU-NMP44’s performance specifications make it suitable for the most demanding installations.

The RU-NMP44 can add volume control, mixing, switching, and ducking to existing network audio systems. The digital signal processing offered in the RU-NMP44 often fulfills all the requirements for an audio system design, such as in classrooms, meeting rooms, restaurants/bars, fitness centres, and retail stores.

“This is a remarkable product that was developed through a combination of our deep expertise in network audio, signal processing, and manufacturing,” says Erik Tarkiainen, president at RD

UK - DiGiCo has announced the release of its latest software update, Version 1742, designed for all SD and Quantum consoles. Now available for free download from the Info and Downloads section of the DiGiCo website, found under the Support tab at www.DiGiCo.biz, V1742 replaces previous version V1619, which was rolled out a year and a half ago.

Of particular note, the installation of V1742 enables Quantum338 and Quantum225 owners to purchase and harness DiGiCo’s optional new Pulse software extension, revealed this January, increasing their number of input channels, busses, and Mustard and Nodal Processors. V1742 will also offer Quantum7 and Quantum5 customers a bump in Mustard processing numbers for free.

The new software release enables DiGiCo users to benefit from KLANG’s also-new KOS 5.5 upgrade, which permits standalone console integration wit

Spain - Ibiza Rocks recently replaced its aging sound system with a comprehensive Harman Professional live audio solution consisting of JBL Professional loudspeakers to ensure high-impact audio for its guests while minimising disturbances to local residents.

Originally conceived as a live music night at Manumission, Ibiza Rocks aimed to introduce a performance dynamic to the island, initially emphasising live bands. Over time, this focus evolved to include both live bands and DJs as headliners. In 2008, Ibiza Rocks transitioned into a hotel, featuring an iconic poolside stage and a full schedule of events throughout the season.

The Ibiza Rocks team recently collaborated with Harman Professional Solutions to enhance its pool parties with a new stage position and upgrade to a JBL Professional VTX A-Series sound system, allowing for increased sound leve

Europe - The inclusion of Holoplot products in the latest EASE 5 update, will allow users to investigate the possibilities and impact of using Matrix Arrays in their venue, or any venue. Users can model Matrix Arrays and Beam Optimisations in the company's Plan system design software to view sound pressure level simulations. The resulting array configurations can now be exported to EASE 5 for further analysis based on closed-room simulation.
AFMG’s managing director Stefan Feistel and Emad El-Saghir, fellow at Holoplot, explain how the collaboration came about and how the inclusion of Holoplot’s advanced loudspeaker systems in EASE 5 Second Edition will benefit all end users.
“The changes required to accommodate the complexity of Holoplot X1 and X2 data will benefit all end users of EASE 5, with the enhanced support for cluster-type GLL files recently released

UK - Described as “a futuristic VR experience”, Sandbox VR offers teams of six the opportunity to visit original worlds, experience journeys to space or survive zombie ambushes.
Inspired by Star-Trek’s Holodeck and described by customers as “the greatest VR experience they have ever had”, the advanced audio-visual specification and installation for this attraction was entrusted to London-based Crossover.
Sandbox approached the specialists to fit out the three floors of the Post Building in London's Covent Garden - a former Royal Mail Sorting Centre that had previously sat derelict for 20 years.
Selection of the right products was paramount and careful consideration had to be given to the challenges around the acoustics and structure of the building. For sound reinforcement they opted for Martin Audio’s CDD coaxial differential dispersion series, as th

Germany - The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is known for its scientific research into molecular biology. Created in 1974 and funded by public research money from its 28 member states, EMBL’s Heidelberg headquarters now houses the new permanent exhibition World of Molecular Biology. It offers a vibrant, interactive exhibition celebrating the work, people, and technologies at EMBL and in molecular biology.
EMBL recently commissioned an innovative audio installation undertaken by AV specialist D J Willrich, a UK-based systems integrator with experience in AV visitor attractions, including the National Motor Museum in the village of Beaulieu in the New Forest. As part of the EMBL project, K-array Tornado speakers were installed throughout the facility, delivering highly intelligible narration to accompany the informative exhibits.
“We were brought on boa

Mexico - The Adam Hall Group is further expanding its international sales network with the appointment of OHM Distribution as sales partner for Mexico. OHM Distribution is one of the leading distributors for AV installations and is now the exclusive distributor for the Adam Hall Group brand Cameo's lighting technology solutions.
"We are very much looking forward to working with the Adam Hall Group," comments Bernardo Moya, who together with Hector Ortega and Jens Hollich forms the management team of OHM Distribution. For Bernardo Moya, Mexico is one of the most dynamic event markets in Central and South America, offering a wide range of opportunities for modern event technology manufacturers. "The distribution partnership marks another milestone in our company history and it fills us with pride to distribute Cameo's pioneering lighting solutions in Mexico. Together, we will

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