Audio News

gras-12bb-four-channel-ccp-power-module-with-teds-supportGRAS debuts microphone power modules
Thursday, 28 January 2021

Denmark - GRAS Sound and Vibration is introducing two new products: GRAS 12BA and 12BB microphone power modules aimed at engineers who need to power CCP measurement microphones and would like “seamless integration of microphone sensitivity data via TEDS”.
These single-channel (12BA) and four-channel (12BB) USB-powered modules provide integrated TEDS support and are competitively priced for production test applications, saving time during setup and configuration.
The 12BA and 12BB power modules can be used with any audio analyser, with TEDS data accessed in two ways. When paired with Audio Precision's APx audio analyzers, TEDS can be read directly via the APx500 software. For use with other analyzers, TEDS data is available through the Mic Power Module App, a command-line interface for TEDS data output. The software and app ensure the accessibility of TEDS data.

alconsAlcons Audio schedules webinar series
Thursday, 28 January 2021

Europe - Alcons Audio is to present a new series of online educational sessions, featuring industry personalities and special guests. The programme includes:
Introduction to Pro-Ribbon Technology, (28 January, 11,25 February) includes the history of the pro-ribbon technology, features, dispersion characteristics and applications.
Introduction to Residential Home Theatre Solutions (9,19 February) includes an introduction to Alcons pro-ribbon technology, residential home theatre solutions (C-series, CRMS series) and a look at applications and projects.
The webinars are presented by David Rahn of Alcons Audio USA, with guest input from Alcons users, integrators and engineers, such as Greater Atlanta Christian School AV system tech, Ben Chambless and integrator Alex Fleming from Lodestar Labs. Input for the residential/studio episodes is coming from Walter Fortmüller of optimisation company SAVO.
Each session will be 30-60 minutes in length and provide a detailed insight into Alcons’ history, products and applications, and will explore the technology behind the company’s multiple-patented pro-ribbon audio solutions and the benefits they bring to the pro audio and residential home theatre industry.
Every session finishes with a short Q&A session. Participants will be invited to discuss the different topics and to exchange views.

coriomaster-mini-isotvONE goes the extra mile with CORIOmaster
Thursday, 28 January 2021

The Netherlands - When Intronics, the tvONE distributor for the Benelux region, received an enquiry for a major order of tvONE’s CORIOmaster mini video wall processors, they called on the manufacturer to see what was possible.
The request, from a major European integrator, was for 55 of the processors, destined for a single installation project in The Netherlands. It would be the largest ever single order of CORIOmaster mini units, and with just three weeks before the required shipping date, time was extremely tight. And there was an added problem: the order could not yet be confirmed.
“Our customer told us that although they were 99% sure of the order, they did not yet have it in writing,” explains Intronics’ technical sales engineer Ben Franken. “Also, we knew that an order of that size would ordinarily take a few months to meet.”
However, thanks to Intronics’ long-standing relationships with both customer and supplier, what seemed like an impossible situation turned out to be anything but. “Because of the years of good relationship we’ve had, there’s a tremendous amount of trust and confidence between us all,” says Franken. “I spoke with Alan Greenfield, the tvONE sales manager for our region, and he gave us a quote and said they would need around three weeks to supply the 55 CORIOmaster mini units.”
To meet the imminent deadline, the tvONE team at the UK office in Margate began assembling the units in advance. This meant that, with the order confirmed at last, they could ship the entire consignment inside two wee

sterlingtonhighschoolfootballDanley delivers for Sterlington High
Thursday, 28 January 2021

USA - The Sterlington High School Panthers football team was runner up in Class 3A football in the state of Louisiana in 2018, and high school football plays a huge role in the rural community of Sterlington and Ouachita Parish. The Panthers play in Sterlington Stadium, which can pack in nearly 4,000 fans on a good night.
After 15 years with a sound system that never quite lived up to expectations, local music store and AV integrator Matt’s Music designed and installed a fully-weatherised Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system that delivers intelligibility and big SPLs from an end zone scoreboard.
“Sterlington Stadium had a pair of loudspeakers out on the scoreboard that were not working well,” said Tony Cortellini, sales engineer with the contracting division of Matt’s Music. “They had aged, but the school wasn’t able to come up with a budget to replace them. So, they asked us to refurbish the existing loudspeakers and move them to light poles nearer the stands. That was a passable solution until a tornado hit the stadium and knocked the poles to the ground. They finally had to replace the scoreboard and wanted an attached sound system. Since they were looking for a long throw from the score board, I immediately thought of Danley.”
“Tony [Cortellini] reached out to me regarding the design of a Danley system at Sterlington High School, and we agreed that a Danley demo would give the school peace of mind that they were making the right decision,” said Kim Comeaux, western sales manager at Danley. “Based on the layout of the

filmpalast-kassel-1Filmpalast Kassel installs JBL Pro systems
Thursday, 28 January 2021

Germany - In order to deliver immersive surround-sound experiences for cinemagoers, Filmpalast Kassel equipped 14 theatres with JBL Professional cinema audio systems.
Located in the heart of Kassel, Filmpalast Kassel’s distinctive architecture and interior design makes it a popular entertainment destination and tourist attraction. The theatre includes 15 halls with a total of 1,800 seats, featuring IMAX, 4DX and ScreenX technologies. In order to deliver quality sound, Filmpalast Kassel installed new JBL Professional cinema audio systems, featuring over 500 JBL loudspeakers and 100 Crown DCI-N amplifiers.
In the Dolby Atmos theatres, Filmpalast Kassel installed JBL 9320 loudspeakers to provide immersive surround sound. Custom painted JBL CBT70J loudspeakers provide even, balanced coverage while maintaining the theatre’s ornate aesthetic. JBL SCS8 and SCS12 loudspeakers installed on the ceiling deliver surround sound with precise imaging. Filmpalast Kassel selected Crown DCi-N amplifiers to power the system for their versatile, compact and energy-efficient design.
The large halls feature JBL 5732 reference loudspeaker systems to deliver clear, detailed sound in every seat of the auditorium. Filmpalast Kassel also installed 10 DSP-steered JBL 4645C subwoofers in each large hall to improve bass distribution and reduce noise bleed through neighboring walls. The system is powered by Crown DCi-N power amplifiers.
Filmpalast Kassel equipped the small and medium-sized halls with the JBL 3732T ScreenArray systems. The system is powered by Crown D

brompton-technologymobos2MOBO show returns with Brompton Tessera
Thursday, 28 January 2021

UK - After a three-year break, the MOBO Awards (MOBOs), the UK’s biggest celebration of black music and culture, returned in December last year – in a virtual format. The 90-minute awards ceremony was brought to life by a LED screen running on Brompton Tessera processing provided by Universal Pixels (UP), that delivered realistic looking, multiple video playbacks throughout the virtual ceremony.
Hosted by former BBC Radio 1 presenter Maya Jama and YouTube creator Chunkz, and with performances by Headie One feat. M Huncho, Ms Banks, Tiwa Savage and Kojey Radical, the event was conceived by creative company CC-Lab and delivered by creative agency, Satore Studio. It was streamed live on YouTube, followed by a BBC One broadcast.
“CC-Lab wanted to find a new way to present the MOBOs,” reports Tupac Martir, founder and creative director of Satore Studio. “Everyone was clear they wanted an LED screen, but I wanted to take it further. I suggested to Jason Hocking, co-founder and MD of CC-Lab, that we could use the work we’d done in virtual production and play around with it, running the VP experience alongside still imagery.”
In a departure from standard television formats, the team combined film techniques and technology in a TV environment, using a multicam setup with an off-stage camera capturing the entire studio. “With this last camera, we could show what was going on behind the scenes to highlight that we weren’t trying to imitate being somewhere else; we were combining the physical and virtual worlds, and being creative with how w

bubbleChristie GS projectors power dome visuals
Thursday, 28 January 2021

China - Christie GS Series 1DLP laser projectors are delivering vivid and lifelike visuals in a new dome theatre located in Xiong’an New Area, a self-sufficient and sustainable city in Hebei province developed by the government to prioritize “green development and environmental protection”.
Known as the Five Senses Bubble, it has a diameter of 8.5m and a height of 6.3m and is constructed using air-film reinforced concrete, while its exterior is adorned with golden spirals to create artistic effects that represent the different senses.
Inside, the visuals are powered by five Christie DWU8902-GS 1DLP laser projectors fitted discreetly around the dome theatre to display highly immersive images measuring 3.2m height. The projectors are installed and commissioned by Zhongqing Yingye Group, which has been appointed the distributor of Christie’s 1DLP projection systems in 2020. The company has extensive experience in professional audio and visual systems integration.
A spokesperson for Zhongqing Yingye Group commented, “The Five Senses Bubble dome theatre is a structure that integrates technology with arts and culture to strengthen community bonds in this new city. We are pleased to be involved in the projection component of this project, and the Christie GS Series laser projectors have been our top choice since day one. Not only do they deliver stunning image quality, realistic colour reproduction and reliability, their quiet operation and small footprint also make them remain ‘invisible’ during the shows.”
The projected contents emb

car-park-pantomime-hires-12DTS Lighting sponsors Car Park Panto tour
Thursday, 28 January 2021

UK - Car Park Panto partnered with DTS Lighting for their Horrible Christmas tour that reached more than 40,000 people over 15 venues.
Coalition Agency sparked considerable press coverage for their UK Christmas tour on December 2020. At the end of a very difficult year for the entertainment industry, it was thanks to the drive-in format that 40,000 people could attend this experience which played Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff.
The performance, inspired by the children’s book series Horrible Histories by Terry Deary, explores what lies beneath the holiday season through the story of a young boy who wants to save Christmas.
DTS enthusiastically accepted the chance to participate as technical sponsor to the event where the vintage style of this format allowed the public to watch the show from the safety of their own cars.
Coalition took care of promotion, management and logistics, which ensured maximum safety by applying all measures against Covid in order to get the best immersive experience with virtually no threats to the public’s health. Cars were parked at least 2m from one another and radios were used so that the show could be enjoyed remotely.
DTS Lighting and UK distributor GDS gave their technical support by sponsoring the event with more than 30 luminaires: Synergy 5 Profile, Brick, and Katana, among others. The installation and technical support for the products has been entrusted to Encore, formerly known as Hawthorn.
Putting on an outdoor show in the British winter

james-oliverPK Sound appoints chief strategy officer
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

USA - PK Sound has announced the appointment of James Oliver as chief strategy officer. Reporting directly to founder and CEO Jeremy Bridge, Oliver is responsible for ‘the development, communication, execution, and sustainment of strategic corporate initiatives’. Oliver has also joined the company’s ownership group.
Oliver comes to PK Sound following a seven-year tenure with Adamson Systems Engineering, most recently serving as director of marketing and sales. Throughout that stint, he spearheaded the development of turnkey system offerings and a sglobal distribution network that led to exponential year-over-year growth for the manufacturer.
“Joining PK was the easiest transition of my career. The culture of the organisation and technological advancements of the product line are completely in tune with the live events industry of tomorrow,” comments Oliver.
“Throughout 2020, we refocused our teams and made significant investments in infrastructure, research and development, and strategy in preparation for a major push towards our goal of PK Sound becoming a top global brand in the professional loudspeaker space,” says Jeremy Bridge. “James adds a key element to our already-deep talent pool and will execute our strategy to reshape the future of sound.”

eaw-and-verta-tech-southwood-churchEAW refreshes audio at Huntsville church
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

USA - Commercial A/V integrator Verta Technologies was recently tasked with upgrading Southwood Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama with a PA system for its sanctuary and live audio needs.
Christian Tuttle, CTS, managing partner, Verta Technologies and his team turned to EAW to deliver the audio to the sanctuary. The audio upgrade included four Anna 3-way full-range ADAPTive array modules, two MKD1064 2-way full range loudspeakers, two SB825 dual drive subwoofers and one UXA4410 Greybox-enabled amplifier.
Southwood Presbyterian Church’s sanctuary was originally designed for spoken word, a choir and a pipe organ with natural reverberation in mind. “The result was a beautiful 50ft vaulted ceiling with an untreated tongue-and-groove wood finish,” says Tuttle. “Over the past 20 years, Southwood’s service has evolved to include a live band, and while the sanctuary was acoustically treated to reduce the natural reverberation, the live audio system was not updated to fit this new worship style.”
As part of the audio design, the Verta team had to make sure the audio system didn’t block the large stained-glass window that is located high above centre stage. “It was also crucial that the acoustic energy was steered away from the vaulted wood ceiling,” adds Tuttle “We chose EAW's ADAPTive System, and specifically the Anna array, to solve these challenges. With its ability to steer the vertical coverage, the Anna cabinets were hung high enough to avoid blocking the stain glass window while still covering every seat.”
The Verta

disguisealok1disguise xR drives Alok’s Alive spectacular
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Brazil - One of the biggest Brazilian live DJ shows in 2020 took place in xR, as local DJ and musician Alok attracted 750,000 people to his Alive live stream in December, also clocking seven million views on YouTube. The disguise xR workflow drove the music special with a vx 4 media server and two rx platforms enabling the show to incorporate content from render engines Unreal, Unity and Notch.
Alok is one of the most prominent players in the Brazilian electronic music scene. Following the cancellations of all his live shows last year, the aim of the xR live stream was to bring a fresh way of broadcasting the artist’s performance to his large fanbase.
Project director Fabio Soares from OkeStudio along with TheForce invited Sao Paulo-based, full-service AV company Maxi to provide the xR workflow for the show, along with disguise workflow specialist Tito Sabatini on technical support.
Support from disguise “was something we couldn’t live without”, Jose Augusto Martins, executive director at Maxi, reports. “With a big project like this and all the tech video crew learning how to use xR, disguise’s support was key. It gave us the confidence to run things properly. We wanted people to feel the energy of a real show and that was achieved.
“‘Alive was a huge xR project, and we were doing it for the first time in Brazil, so we learned a lot during the process of making the project a reality,” Jose adds.
Maxi was the only rental company with the toolset to deliver the xR production, he notes. As the technical brief

ac-et-provided-world-class-products-to-help-zeal-bring-the-land-of-light-to-life-copyright-luke-dyson-2-smallAC-ET helps bring Longleat’s Land of Light to life
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

UK - One of the UK's longest established safari park attractions, Longleat, recently became home to a temporary spectacular seasonal experience, The Land of Light.
The Land of Light was a journey through several different areas and featured a host of bespoke creations.
Longleat partnered with production and hire company, Zeal, who helped design and bring to life this experience.
Steve Hough, Zeal’s managing director comments: “We partnered with Longleat in May 2020 after they had to postpone their regular Festival of Light. The goal was to create a new unique experience from scratch that took consideration of coronavirus during the installation and the event itself. From there, we developed concepts and went on to design, build and produce an experience focused on stimulating the senses that allowed people to immerse themselves in real life, something that wasn’t possible throughout much of 2020.”
The 2km immersive journey featured an impressive 688 lights, 255 speakers, over 72,000 individually controlled pixels, scent machines, projection, a host of atmospheric and water effects, and even a 2,600sq.ft immersive laser room. All of which was synchronised together with more than 38,000m of cable and the latest in technology, bringing the magic of Longleat’s grounds to life as one.
A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) was chosen to supply a number of products from leading brands including Dynamic Audio Device (D.A.D), Luminex, LumenRadio and Doughty, for this project.
Jonathan Walters, AC-ET’s sal

paul-brownRCF re-energises Paul Brown Stadium
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

USA - For the last 20 years, the Cincinnati Bengals have been taking on NFL rivals at Paul Brown Stadium. This 65,515-seat gridiron arena has always placed a premium on the strength and quality of its audio systems. Equally known as the site of performances by artists ranging from Kenny Chesney to Guns N’ Roses, PBS, as locals call it, subscribes to the notion that sound traveling throughout its concourses and seating areas should live up to concert-level expectations at all levels, whether it be on game day or for special events.
To that end, a three-phase project to re-energise the stadium’s original, 20 year-old audio blueprint was just completed this autumn, debuting on 4 October before a reduced crowd that watched as the Bengals beat the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars. Designed and implemented by Nashville, Tennessee-based Durrell Sports Audio Management, the new system is an amalgam of workhorse legacy components, upgraded audio processing, and custom loudspeakers built in Italy expressly to meet the needs of this customised application by RCF.
“Paul Brown Stadium is unlike any other around the country when it comes to audio,” Durrell’s John Horrell explains. “Every aspect of its game-day production from simple announcements to music is as live as you can get. There is nothing here that even vaguely resembles a pre-recorded TV show. That’s why when we were chosen to upgrade the audio we felt it was essential to create a system that was capable of true, concert-level high performance.”
The upgrade project was implemented in three

lakaskadenye4Kaskade rings in New Year with L-Acoustics
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

USA - California’s SilverLakes is best known for attracting sports fans and horse-riding enthusiasts with more than two dozen full-sized soccer fields and five equestrian areas. But this past New Year’s Eve, the complex upped its showmanship game by serving as the high-energy host site for a drive-in concert headlined by superstar DJ Kaskade, who rang in 2021 on an L-Acoustics K2 system deployed by San Diego-based Pro Systems AV.
Completely selling out its maximum capacity of 700 vehicles, the show opened with sets from J. Worra and Ravell before Kaskade took the stage, wrapping up more than six hours of EDM music in SilverLakes’ concert area known as The BackYard.
Presented by Activated Events, Versa, and Nederlander Concerts, the event also live-streamed to an even bigger audience via the online Abracadabra Festival, which prominently featured Kaskade welcoming the new year with his full two-hour set from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. New York City time.
In addition to designing and deploying all the show’s lighting and video production elements, Pro Systems AV supplied the entire loudspeaker complement, which primarily comprised flown main arrays of 12 K2 elements per side, plus 20 KS28 subs ground-stacked in five cardioid pods of four across the face of the stage. Two A15 per side, stacked on scaffolding, served as infills for the vehicles parked directly in front of the projection screens, while six towers of five Kara and one SB28 provided delay.
Per Kaskade’s rider, on stage, was a set of ‘Texas headphones’ - three Kara enclosu

adamson-7071Adamson CS-Series backs Tate McRae
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

When times get tough, artists adapt, relentlessly leveraging leading-edge production technology to explore ever more innovative ways of making an impact with remote live performances. And that’s exactly what drove the deployment of an Adamson Systems Engineering CS-Series loudspeaker rig for Tate McRae’s performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Directed by Jonah Haber and filmed in Brampton, Ontario, the Alberta-based, global pop sensation’s performance of her massive international hit, You Broke Me First featured all the trappings of a high-end video shoot courtesy of Vancouver-based production house, Boldy, and set design, video and staging by Toronto’s Congo Blue Productions.
Typically on video shoots, audio is an afterthought. Not in this case, explains Jeremie Ngandu, who designed the system for the production and credits the Adamson loudspeakers as integral to the live energy and immediacy of McRae’s performance. “We converted a 28,000sq.ft warehouse into a performance space,” Ngandu says, adding that the set included four separate performance areas or ‘rooms’ that McRae moved between during the song - each kitted out with lighting and video screens to create a variety of effects.
Having worked with McRae on similar virtual live performances for The Jimmy Kimmel Show and The European Music Awards, Ngandu knows exactly what McRae and her dancers need to hear to pull off the high-energy performances McRae’s become known for. The Adamson CS-Series system was a big part of that, he notes; in t

danteAudinate adds SDK for Dante Embedded Platform
Tuesday, 26 January 2021

USA - Audinate, developer of Dante AV networking technology, has announced the availability of a software development kit (SDK) for manufacturers of Arm-based audio products. This SDK lets manufacturers deploy Dante audio networking as on-chip software in their products, reducing costs and conserving on space while delivering world-class audio performance.
The Dante Embedded Platform SDK provides the tools needed to develop Dante-enabled products built upon 32- and 64-bit Arm Cortex-A processors using a Linux operating system, and supports online license activation for OEMs. The SDK allows manufacturers to validate their own designs for performance and capability, ensuring solid reliability for end users.
“We’re very pleased to offer the first SDK for Dante as software,” says Nick Mariette, product manager at Audinate. “We’re just beginning to see the changes brought to the AV industry through families of software-based products. Arm-based audio devices are incredibly flexible and cost effective, and now Dante can be integrated in to deliver a truly great customer experience.”
In addition to support for Arm Cortex-A processors, a Dante Embedded Platform SDK for x86-based audio products is anticipated for release in the near future.

chapelLittle Rock church keeps faith with Martin
Tuesday, 26 January 2021

USA - When the First Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas (FPCNLR), decided to upgrade its sound system three years ago it became the world’s first adopter of Martin Audio's then new Wavefront Precision Compact and Mini optimised arrays.
Fast forward to the present and the church has added a new mid-size chapel on its campus for multipurpose use and brought in a new sound contractor. However, it has kept faith in the British brand that has served the community so well in the main church.
This time the PA needed to reinforce events that were “too large for our rotunda space, too small for our sanctuary, and not quite casual enough to be held in our Great Hall,” according to the church’s director of communications, Zachary Ward.
With aesthetics a prime consideration, the solution was found in the House of Worship favourite, the discreet O-Line column micro array, specified and installed by Nashville-based Spectrum Sound. This provides balanced coverage for the 232 main floor seats and further 48 seats in the balcony.
Ward confirms that brand continuity was based on the “exemplary” Wavefront Precision performance in the main space. However, the decision was not taken before carefully scanning the market to compare options. “We considered multiple brands and models but ultimately it was Spectrum Sound who, after seeing the space, recommended we take a look at O-Line, a product which none of us had even heard about at that point.”
He adds: “The new room presents an auditory challenge as the floors are of tile a

leaLEA Professional powers orchestral experience
Tuesday, 26 January 2021

USA - A new immersive orchestral experience has brought back the spirit of live performance in a socially-distanced environment. With audio amplifier solutions from LEA Professional, residents in South Bend, Indiana, can once again enjoy the sounds of their local city orchestra in a more intimate and experimental setting.
The new listening installation, Octet, came about as the South Bend Symphony Orchestra needed to re-think its performances after the pandemic forced a number of cancellations.
“It was very important for us to not only give something back to our community - which was starved of live performance for the last few months - but also to invigorate our musicians,” said Halle McGuire, director of development programmes, South Bend Symphony Orchestra. “We knew that everyone was combating a level of Zoom fatigue and we needed to think outside of the box as to how we could safely produce performances.”
The result was Octet, an immersive installation that is sensitive to COVID-19 restrictions with no member of the orchestra in the room. Instead of performing live, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra pre-recorded all instruments individually and the recordings were then mixed and the music delivered through hi-quality speakers in a gallery, amplified by LEA Professional IoT enabled solutions.
While an individual standing in the centre of the installation will hear the instruments in a perfectly balanced surround-sound, there’s also the option to move closer to any individual speaker and virtually isolate the individual part played

lakesideTiMax and Meyer drive Lakeside Leisure Realm
Tuesday, 26 January 2021

UK - Intu Lakeside’s new Leisure Realm, complete with immersive sound, light and multimedia environment, showcased its first seasonal update during the pre-Christmas shopping period. Designed by engineering consultants, Hoare Lea, the Leisure Realm features a multi-channel Meyer Sound audio system driven by the spatial rendering and playback capabilities of TiMax SoundHub across its three distinct external zones.
The seasonal update evoked the spirit of Christmas; the bespoke sound design & music composition by Hoare Lea’s creative AV team used a mixture of sound FX, field recordings and re-scored traditional carols, spatially enhanced, panned and timed with TiMax to work with the sound system design & acoustic characteristics of each zone.
Hoare Lea’s audiovisual lead, Kevin Luckhurst produced the sound design & content creation for the update over Christmas.The AV team at Hoare Lea originally designed, engineered & specified the multi-channel “soundscape system” in 2017, as part of the £72m Leisure Realm regeneration project, which officially opened in the summer of 2019.
The entire AV installation was carried out by Autograph Sales & Installations and in addition to the two TiMax SoundHub devices (one 64ch and one 16ch respectively) the audio infrastructure featured significant numbers of Meyer Sound self-powered products. In total, 23 UP-4XP UltraCompact and 38 MM-4XP Miniature full-range loudspeakers plus 10 MM-10XP Miniature subwoofers were integrated across three zones, with 9 MPS-488HP units handling power and

hippodancingstarsfinland-tero-karpijokiHippotizers Dance with the Stars in Finland
Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Finland - The 2020 series of Finland’s Tanssii tähtien kanssa - a version of the BBC’s popular Strictly Come Dancing TV show - culminated at the end of December following a visual feast driven by Hippotizer Montane+ RTX Media Servers.
A host of Finnish household names participated in Series 13 of the show, ranging from politicians to rappers, actors to YouTube stars. Their performances were backed by a mix of live feed and pre-made content, displayed on a huge LED screen backdrop and on smaller screens behind the judging panel. The live shows were seen by an average audience of more than one million, which is a sizeable chunk of Finland’s 5.5 million population.
At the visuals helm was Nordic events and experiences company Bright Group, headed up by designer and creative director Eero Helle, video operator Tero Kärpijoki and chief video tech Topi Rinne. The team specified two Montane+ RTX machines for the live shows, serving as one live and one backup.
“The choice of Hippo was easy, as Hippotizer is my go-to for big, live shows like this,” says Kärpijoki. “I’ve been working with Hippo servers for many years, and they always deliver for me. Hippo is a perfect tool for when lots of looks are required, and when changes need to be made to each one in such short timescales. Being able to add effects and manipulate the visuals in real-time, even during the show, is fantastic.”
Kärpijoki controlled the Montane+ RTX using a grandMA2, which he says is “so fast and reliable, and easy to work with”. For signal distri

digicocompetitionDiGiCo launches New Hope competition
Tuesday, 26 January 2021

UK - DiGiCo has launched New Hope, a giveaway that offers some much needed positivity to the pro audio community.
The competition is free to enter, with entrants having to pick three 'lucky' numbers and complete a form to be in for a chance to snap up the gifts - a DiGiGrid MGB Madi to SoundGrid Interface; the first of the newly-launched KLANG Kontrollers - Serial Number 1; and a DiGiCo Quantum Range Console.
“We wanted to look forwards and give a little hope for the new year, and we couldn’t think of better way to do it than by giving away three products that will be incredibly useful for the future,” says DiGiCo general manager, Austin Freshwater. “It gives all of us at DiGiCo, DiGiGrid and KLANG great pleasure to know that, when the world of live productions returns, we can provide the opportunity for the lucky winners to add an extra touch of magic to their mixes.”
The competition closes at 23:59 GMT on 8 February, with the announcement of the winners streamed on DiGiCo’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page on 12 February.
To enter, visit

mxl-microphonesMXL focus on Revelation series at NAMM
Monday, 25 January 2021

USA - MXL focussed on the complete Revelation line during Believe in Music Week, including its original Revelation, the Revelation II, which was announced earlier this year, as well as the most recent Revelation Mini FET.
Borrowing concepts from the renowned Revelation tube microphone, the REV II offers musicians the clarity and versatility of the classic Revelation but is more accessible to musicians on a budget, says the company.
Offering the itube mic sound, the REV II is designed for capturing ‘crystal-clear vocals and instrumentals for a variety of genres’. Although geared towards studio use, the Revelation II is a versatile and flexible solution that is suitable for both home and studio recordings, and its simple set up makes it an appropriate solution for recording while on the road. Adding to the mic’s versatility, the mic’s polar pattern selection is virtually limitless, controllable by a variable pattern control knob.
“With the REV II, our customers are falling in love with its classic sound all over again,” says Trevor Fedele, director at MXL Microphones. “Today, with most artists working remotely, the last thing we would want is the musical element to be lost. By making high-quality solutions more accessible, we aim to contribute to a seamless experience for both in-person and virtual productions. The MXL Revelation II is sure to take your next performance up a few notches - whether it’s in-person, live-streamed or pre-recorded.”
When Hunter Wolfe, guitarist and vocalist of Born Crooked, was forced to switch gea

tecJBL and AKG double winners at TEC Awards
Monday, 25 January 2021

USA - Harman Professional Solutions reports that JBL Professional and AKG products earned honours at the 36th NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards.
The annual TEC Awards honoured best-in-class products in the professional audio community, and were presented at The NAMM Show 2021’s Believe in Music Week.
AKG Lyra USB microphone received the 2021 NAMM TEC Award in the category of Microphones, Recording.
JBL EON ONE Compact personal PA received the 2021 NAMM TEC Award in sound reinforcement loudspeaker category. AKG K300 Series headphones and JBL DSi 2.0 amplifiers were also winners.
“On behalf of the entire Harman team, I would like to say it’s an honour to have been recognised by the industry across these four very important audio categories,” said Karam Kaul, vice president, audio, Harman Professional Solutions. “We would like to thank the voters and the TEC Awards nominating panel for our nomination. These wins are a reflection of our commitment to producing innovative audio solutions, and of the immensely talented teams at Harman Professional. We look forward to continuing to foster our culture of excellence in 2021 and beyond.”

powersoftPowersoft launches latest M-Force technology
Friday, 22 January 2021

Italy - Ever since its release in 2013, Powersoft’s M-Force linear transducer has redefined what was possible in the realm of infra-bass, reaching well below the conventional frequency range.
The Italian manufacturer has sought to push its boundaries even further with the introduction of the new and improved M-Force 301P02 and its associated reference designs, which have been created to ensure that everyone from AV professionals to amateur speaker builders will be able to benefit from the company’s powerful technology.
“Although the original M-Force has had a great life cycle, we knew that the time was right for our patented infra-bass technology to take another leap forward,” said Powersoft’s sales manager for OEM solutions Giacomo Previ. “This new iteration of the M-Force linear motor transducer comes equipped with high voltage and high current connectors and a whole range of internal electromechanical improvements. We’re so excited to share the new M-Force with the world, and we can’t wait to see what our fellow audio innovators will be able to create using this new technology.”
The patented M-Force moving magnet linear motor structure allows “extraordinary levels of efficiency and reliability, making it the perfect choice for high efficiency, high SPL low-frequency sound reinforcement applications”.
The implementation of the M-Force technology is now easier than ever, thanks to the 301P02 - a complete solution that enables all levels of speaker builders to incorporate the M-Force into any design with absolute confi


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