USA - JD Sound & Video has installed sound systems for both the outdoor stadium and indoor gymnasium of Winslow Township High School (WTHS) using Biamp’s Community R Series loudspeakers. WTHS is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Winslow Township, Camden County, New Jersey. It serves students in ninth through twelfth grades as the secondary school of the Winslow Township School District.
Joe DiSabatino of JD Sound & Video explains: “We’ve been using Biamp’s Community loudspeakers almost exclusively for all athletic venue projects for 13 years. Both spaces needed high SPL and good low-end and the Community R Seriebs with subs met those requirements. We were referred to Winslow High School by Eastern High School in Voorhees, New Jersey. Several years ago, we outfitted their gyms and stadium with various R Series products. After Winslow heard those systems we were brought in for their gym, and then the stadium this year. We designed and installed the systems using a combination of our experience with the loudspeakers, and EASE Focus acoustic modelling.”
The gymnasium’s substantial size can hold the entire school population, so it is also used for assemblies and pep rallies. The gym system utilises eight Community R.5-94Z 12-inch two-way full-range horn loaded loudspeakers for the bleachers, flown four per side. Eight R.35-3896 8-inch ultra-compact triaxial three-way horn-loaded loudspeakers cover the floor area. The system is supplemented by two flown IS6-215 dual 15-inch subwoofers, which extend the bass and add low
USA - With an estimated 50m people singing from its catalogue of songs every Sunday and over 1.5 billion minutes garnered from YouTube viewers, Australia’s Hillsong Church is one of the primary architects of modern worship music.
Although the Sydney-based organisation has several performing collectives that tour worldwide, Hillsong United is likely the best known, thanks to songs like Oceans, Touch the Sky and So Will I. According to Billboard, the group’s 14th and most recent album, People, made its late-April debut this year as the week’s top-selling album across all US charts.
Since the release of its 2011 record, Aftermath, Hillsong United has consistently toured with an L-Acoustics K1 system, after transitioning over from V-DOSC. So when the group headed out earlier this year to support People with its first North American trek in three years, Hillsong called upon Solotech’s Nashville shop to carry a K1/K2 rig for the run.
Systems engineer Arica Rust notes that the tour’s base arena configuration consisted of 12 K1 with four K2 down on the main left and right hangs, four K1 on top of eight K2 for the side hangs, and six K1 with six Kara down for the 270° arrays. The crew also deployed two-dozen SB28 subs on the ground in a symmetrical cardioid configuration in three clusters of four on either side of the downstage thrust, spaced four feet apart.
Sixteen Kiva II delivered front-fill. Depending on the venue, these were usually stacked three high on the middle sub cluster for the inside-fill, and
The Netherlands - One of best-known event venues in The Netherlands has been recently transformed into an intimate restaurant with high-tech decor. Madame Jeanette is the successor of dinner show Pandora, which ended early this year.
It is an intense evening full of visual spectacle, where visitors dine in the middle of a vibrant story that is told in a visual, musical and culinary way. In recent months, Studio 21 has been completely rebuilt especially for this show, with the kitchen in the centre of the room and a high-tech decor in which the stage, the video and audio are in a 360° setting around the guests.
Dutch lighting, audio, and rigging company Chain was responsible for the technical production. Because of the complete round set up, the decision was made to use six circles in the decor. In the middle of the room a 6mtr FD34 circle was used for the centre video. On the outside, a 270° LED screen was hung on a HD44 circle of 40m. Visuals are presented during the show that sets the scene. In between the smallest and biggest circle four additional HD44 circles of 8, 20, 30 and 36m were added for rigging the lighting fixtures.
Paul Chamalaun of Chain comments: “The entire creative concept is based on an ‘in-the-round’ scenario. This is also the reason that for the spacing and shape of the lighting plan circles were used.
“In practice, you will find a lot in a ceiling like Studio 21's, from air conditioners to suspension points and other steel construction parts. Lennart Lindhout, our rigger, has fully mapped the s
USA - The University of Montana Grizzlies sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference. Although the school has been supporting a track and field team since the 1960s, it only recently added a women’s softball team. Both teams regularly draw crowds of up to 1,000 people.
Until this year, staff set up a temporary PA system for every event. With design help from the engineering staff at Danley Sound Labs, both fields recently were upgraded with permanent, fully-weatherproof Danley OS-Series sound reinforcement systems. Now all meets, games, and even practices are full-fidelity, big-impact events with significantly elevated experiences for everyone involved.
“It was kind of a homemade sound system previously,” says Chuck Maes, associate athletic director for internal operations and the person who directed the upgrade for the university. “We had a couple of boxes that we could put up on the press box for track and field events or hang from the backstop for softball games. It was the same system we’d set up for tailgate parties and other small functions. Our softball field is only a few years old, and we’ve been building it out in stages
“Now that it has a permanent press box, we thought it was time to bring the sound quality up to what a facility like ours should be. At the same time, one of our two portable speakers used for track died, so it seemed like a good time to upgrade the track and field experience as well.”
According to Maes, the success of the recent Danley installation at the school's Washington Grizz
Spain - Being held for the past decade in Spain, one of the largest annual reggae festivals in Europe has been on the map for 26 years. The festival took place from the 16-22 August and for the seventh consecutive year, it employed DAS Audio systems on the Main Stage.
The International Rototom Sunsplash festival has already established a solid foundation in the town of Benicassim, after its relocation from Italy in 2010. In its 10th anniversary in Spain, it has managed to attract 202,000 people from 76 countries during seven days in a celebration not only of reggae music, but also of cultural events with almost 140 extra-musical activities.
The festival stands out for welcoming families and for promoting inclusion, social justice, solidarity and sustainability, practices that have made it one of the largest alternative festivals on the continent. Rototom Sunsplash was recognised by UNESCO as an exemplary event for its work promoting the culture of peace and non-violence.
During the 2019 edition, festivalgoers enjoyed up to 120 musical acts. Audioprobe was tasked with supplying and deploying the sound systems throughout the festival. The Aero-50 and the UX subwoofers were the chosen systems for the Main Stage.
The objective was to achieve outstanding sound delivering all the power and low frequency range that reggae music requires. The choice of subwoofers was critical. With this in mind, Audioprobe deployed 16 Aero-50 per side and 30 UX-221A subwoofers in an LCR configuration to minimize comb-filtering effects and distribute the power evenly.<
Belgium - Established 21 years ago, the PFL Group has grown to become one of the Benelux countries’ leading technical production businesses, servicing over 1500 projects annually with high quality sound, lighting, video and set productions. Constantly developing to meet the demands of its customers, PFL has just invested in more Yamaha digital mixing consoles.
Investing in the latest technologies and new equipment is a vital part of being able to offer the best service in the fast-moving live and installed sound industries. This is why PFL has recently purchased two Yamaha QL5 and two QL1 digital mixing consoles, plus a pair of Rio1608-D2 I/O rack units.
“The impressive, trusted QL series offers an excellent all-in-one mixing solution for small to medium-sized live events,” says Dominic De Gruyter, owner and CEO at PFL. “With the new QL series in house, we are now able to support corporate events - such as panel sessions or product launches - even better than before.”
Innovation is at the heart of PFL’s business, so its technicians have cleverly incorporated the QL1 consoles into standardised racks for corporate meetings. Kitted out with wireless microphones, lapel headsets and everything else needed for a fast, reliable set up, these meeting racks are compact, easy to transport and extremely flexible.
UK - 1948Ldn in Shoreditch, London is Nike’s community space for young innovators in the fields of sport and culture. With decor and display units made from recycled materials, 1948Ldn serves as a special outlet for launching Nike’s exclusive limited-edition releases, as well as opening its doors to a wide variety of cultural and creative events for the benefit of the local and wider community.
These include music production workshops, fashion shows, poetry readings, presentations, showcases, exhibitions and parties. Every one of the diverse range of events staged requires the support of high-quality audio to ensure that everyone in attendance enjoys their experience to the full.
When 1948Ldn sought an in-house audio solution for its multi-purpose spaces, the company approached Pioneer Pro Audio for a flexible system that would be easy to setup and operate and deliver excellent sound to a wide variety of events.
Pioneer Pro Audio supplied six XPRS 12 full-range 12” active speakers and two XPRS 115S 15” reflex loaded active subwoofers. The XPRS range is a series of high-powered active, compact and portable speakers, powered by reliable, energy efficient Powersoft amplification, that offers a versatile plug-and-play system of the highest quality. Four EQ modes on the back of the full range speakers allow them to be set flat or in speech, wedge or bass+ modes.
At 1948Ldn, the modularity of the system allows it to be specifically tailored to the needs of a given event, whether that be a spoken word presentation in one of the venue’s two
USA - Home to 80 full-time musicians representing more than a dozen nations, the Colorado Symphony is one of North America’s leading orchestras and performs more than 150 concerts annually at the 2,700-seat Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver, at nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and across the state
In 2012, the City of Denver purchased a DiGiCo SD7 mixing console as part of a major audio facilities upgrade for Boettcher Concert Hall that also notably included a full L-Acoustics loudspeaker system. With productions growing increasingly complex and technically more demanding over the past seven years, the City once again chose to invest in DiGiCo - this time by upgrading its existing SD7 with a new Quantum engine.
For more than 15 years, Aric Christensen has served as Colorado Symphony’s head of audio. Seeing that he individually mics all of the orchestra’s instruments and typically runs upwards of 100 inputs on a standard show, DiGiCo’s flagship SD7 was his primary choice from the very start - as was the recent Quantum upgrade.
“As amazing as it might seem, we had actually started to outgrow our SD7,” he shares. “And really, without the SD7, some of our shows would never have been possible. To do as many inputs as we do at a sample rate of 96kHz, there’s really no other console out there that’s going to have the processing power and right MADI I/O to handle it. I also wanted to do Virtual Soundcheck of 96 channels at 96k, so I obviously needed a lot of ports to be able to accomplish that as well.”
The Colorado Symphony
USA - Located on Monterey Street in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, the 865-seat Fremont Theatre is a surviving - and now thriving - example of the Streamline Moderne style favoured by West Coast movie theatres and performance halls when it opened for both roles in 1942. As its entertainment appeal gradually waned over the decades, the facility dodged various attempts to modernize it as a multiplex cinema, and then to be razed altogether.
Thankfully, a new group of partners, the Fremont Theatre Entertainment Group, has invested in restoring the theatre’s visual and acoustical charm while also modernising its technical facilities. A key part of that effort was the addition of an L-Acoustics Kara loudspeaker system, originally installed in 2018 and then re-flown with a new truss system installed earlier this year.
“We knew from the very start that we wanted an L-Acoustics sound system because they’re simply the best, and we chose Kara because it fit the venue so well both sonically and physically,” explains Bill Gaines, owner of Bill Gaines Audio (BGA), who did the sound system design and installation—and, in an unusual twist, is also one of the venue’s six new partners.
“We knew that the original installation was going to be replaced with a much more suitable aluminium truss, but we wanted to start having shows in the theatre as soon as possible. Once the new truss went in, we simply reinstalled the Kara system to it.”
Gaines notes that Kara was the right choice because its smaller form factor still provides the power and
Europe - Continuing his run of sold-out arena shows, Scottish singer-songwriter, Lewis Capaldi takes on the world one show at a time, along with an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system covering FOH and monitor duties.
Capaldi made history by becoming the first ever artist to both announce and sell out an arena tour before the release of his album, which went on to become one of the UK’s best-selling record in the past five years and gained him global mainstream success throughout 2019.
"In early 2019 we were looking for an audio package that was powerful, flexible and compact enough for us to use on every show, be it a Lewis headline as part of a tour, or a run of overseas festivals where space, weight and set-up time were at a premium” explains FOH engineer, Andrew Bush.
Supplied by Glasgow-based audio hire company, FE-Live, Capaldi’s full arena set-up includes two dLive S5000’s on both FOH and Monitors, paired with a DM64 MixRack (monitors) and DM0 MixRack (FOH). Additionally, Bush utilises two DX32 expanders for further I/O.
Prior to upscaling the surface, Bush originally opted for a smaller dLive Wings rig, which is now used for fly-in dates and comprises a multi-surface set-up with two C1500’s and a DM48 MixRack.
“The combination of two C1500s and a shared DM48 easily satisfied the initial criteria and we have since moved our show files to two S5000s for our current US/EU/UK touring schedule,” explains Bush. “The transition between surfaces was easy: the dLive software is identical regardless of the stage box or sur
UK - The Autograph Group has announced the departure of long-serving Financial Director, Duncan Bell.
Bell joined the company straight from school aged 18 and worked his way up to the position of Group Financial Director. He had established himself during the ‘80s and ‘90s as a respected Production Sound Engineer working on many high-profile theatre productions in the UK and abroad. His slavish attention to engineering and economic detail was what set him apart and marked him out for his future role within the companies.
Bell went from coiling microphone cables to running the financial fortunes of a group of companies that have a combined annual turnover of over £10M.
“A month’s work experience in 1984 has led to a 35-year journey as part of an incredible company and family” says Bell, “but I have decided that the time is right to find a new challenge for the next chapter of my life. Whatever that turns out to be, it will be defined in no small way by the experience gained as part of Autograph.”
“Looking back on it, having industry pioneers such as Andrew Bruce, Julian Beech, Jonathan Deans, Bobby Aitken, Tony Robinson and Terry Jardine as your collective mentors, teachers and friends must surely be the holy grail… and that was just within the company. It will be strange to move on, but I know that Autograph is in good hands and will continue to flourish for years to come.”
The departure of Autograph’s previous financial and business director Julian Beech, in 1999 due to ill-health, led to Bell’s promotion to Gr
UK - Green Hippo has strengthened its product development and logistics teams with the appointment of three new members of staff at its London HQ.
Joining as supply chain manager is Tosan Kogoro (pictured, left), who brings a wealth of experience in supply chain and distribution processes. Kogoro, who is fluent in English and German, arrives from DHL Global Forwarding where she was responsible for major clients including WH Smith and Argos.
Specialist media server and control systems engineer Leon Dickens (centre) joins as product support technician. Leon has three years’ direct experience of Green Hippo’s range of media servers in training, operations and troubleshooting. He was most recently employed as an event services technician at PRG.
Joining the R&D team is Pratik Mankawde (right). An experienced software developer, Pratik joins Green Hippo from DNeg VFX Studio in London, before which he was employed by Qualcomm and DreamWorks in Bangalore, India.
“We’re thrilled that Tosan, Leon and Pratik have joined Green Hippo - this is an exciting time for the company as we expand our London operations in line with our strategy for growth in the coming twelve months,” says CEO Emma Marlow. “We are increasing production, distribution and support services and investments in our team reflect our commitment to that. We look forward to working with them all.”
The appointments come at a time of expansion for the media server company, which recently launched V4.5 of its Hippotizer software.
USA - New York City-based ear Networks has recently designed sound systems for the newly opened Time Out Markets in Miami, New York and Boston consisting of Martin Audio CDD, SX subs, O-Line arrays and Ceiling Series loudspeakers.
The first Time Out Market opened in Lisbon in 2014 and the popular format is now coming to other cities around the world.
Time Out Market is rooted in the heritage of Time Out – the magazine created in London in 1968 to inspire and enable people to explore and enjoy the best of the city. Since then, Time Out editors have been writing about the best food, drink and cultural experiences worldwide. Today, a global team of local expert journalists is curating the best things to do in 327 cities in 58 countries across websites, magazines, social media and live events. Now this curation is brought to life at Time Out Market.
Asked about the project, ear Networks’ Kurt Schlossberg replies: “We were asked to design an audio system that could operate throughout the day under various conditions, providing background music during the day, cocktail music during the early evening and a foreground system that could support performances from DJs and bands.
“Our goals when we designed the system,” Kurt continues, “were for highly articulate vocal reproduction that’s neither muddy nor diffuse, very natural sounding music running through a wide variety of current and classic genres and a very contemporary sound for DJs. So we needed a very broad-based speaker system to cover all of the genres, moods and so
World - Kiss are currently playing on their End of the Road World Tour. The band, whose musical career spans over 40 years, opened the tour in January in Vancouver and will wrap up in Nagoya, Japan at the end of 2019, having played112 dates in between.
The larger-than-life tour is a massive production featuring lasers, floating drum kits, fire, pyrotechnics and more. disguise gx2 media servers are powering a key part of the large-scale video for the tour, which features 17 LED video pods above the stage that move in and out via automated winches, a massive upstage LED video wall, and two side screens.
“Kiss have an incredible visual legacy spanning multiple decades and multiple generations of fans,” says Danny Firpo, CEO of All of it Now. “Both Robert Long and Sooner Routhier from the SRAE team were incredible in their level of knowledge of the band’s catalogue on both a musical and visual level, and they spent days going through footage of the band from 1973 to the present. As a farewell tour, the content serves as a nostalgic retrospective, an environmental backdrop or as a dynamic lighting element while still being modular enough to make changes on the road to account for new songs and new content.”
Firpo notes: “What SRAE wanted to do with this show was use the content as an extension of the band’s stage presence without overshadowing them. This is why IMAG is such an important part of the show - because without all the bells and whistles, the band still puts on a pretty incredible show all by themselves.”
Belgium - With more than 45 AV Stumpfl media servers as part of their rental stock - all of which are updated to run the latest version of the Pixera system - AED Display has become the world's largest provider of AV Stumpfl media server systems.
In addition to offering the new Pixera servers as a rental product to their customers, AED Display has organised and successfully conducted multiple Pixera training sessions in Belgium since ordering additional servers at this year's ISE exhibition in Amsterdam.
AED Display managing director Thierry Heldenbergh explains the importance of providing training sessions in addition to the hardware itself: "Compared to other systems out there, Pixera is still the new kid on the block. This has many advantages and also brings some challenges. The advantage is that we can be among the first companies worldwide to offer a new media server system that presents users with a ground-breaking new usability approach. The challenge is the knowledge transfer process. By empowering our customers, we create a win-win situation."
AED Display's media server rental stock includes Pixera mini, Pixera one, Pixera two, and AV Stumpfl RAW servers for uncompressed playback.
Product manager Dave Vos comments, "It's not like there is no diversity in the media server market. So one could ask, why another new system? The reason why Pixera is appealing to many users has to do with the user interface. The same mechanisms apply to multiple workflow scenarios. It's also a great feeling for our customers to be able to join a growing com
USA - Through broadcast and online digital channels, First Baptist Dallas’ reach expands beyond its in-house attendance. With a following that spans tens of thousands of worshippers, the megachurch takes its audio and video capabilities very seriously, looking to lead audio engineer Brad Roberts to choose just the right gear.
Most recently, Roberts became one of the first US users of DPA Microphones’ new 6066 CORE Subminiature Headset Microphone, relying on its capabilities to provide a discreet, high-quality sound for the church’s lead pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress.
“I chose to upgrade the lead pastor’s microphone to DPA’s 6066 because of its impressively small capsule and redesigned headset - for such an unobtrusive solution, the sound quality is impeccable,” explains Roberts. “The 6066 is completely hidden from close-up HD camera shots and its non-reflective boom further improves the aesthetic, as it does not catch undesirable stage light.”
The church’s arsenal of DPA microphones also includes numerous 4061 Omnidirectional Microphones for acoustic pianos and violins in the band, a 4098 Supercardioid Gooseneck Microphone at the podium, the 4018VL Vocal Microphone when a handheld mic is needed and a wide array of 4066 Omnidirectional Headset Microphones in all 12 of its worship venues.
“DPA’s sound is natural and solid, so I don’t have to EQ as much, which has been really helpful,” explains Roberts. “With 25 years of professional audio experience in the live and recording worlds, it’s safe to say I’ve listened
USA - Having started Carey Sound over 40 years ago in North Carolina, Ken Carey has built his business in step with the evolution of concert PA systems. He has seen the progression from home-made to manufactured loudspeakers, from point source to line arrays to today’s fully networked systems. For his company’s latest flagship system, Ken spent a year auditioning options, doing research, and listening to demos and shootouts. In the end, Carey Sound selected the Electro-Voice X-Line Advance X1 line array with DSP amplifiers from Dynacord.
“My son John and I listened to at least 10 brands before making a decision, at trade shows, demos and shootouts,” notes Carey. “We heard the EV systems at a demo in Nashville. The X1 just had that sonic magic we had been looking for. It was everything we’d been missing.”
Carey Sound then began a three-phase acquisition process for an X-Line Advance system, starting with 18 X1-212/90 tops and 12 X12-128 subwoofers. Phase two was power, with the purchase of six of the new Dynacord TGX20 DSP amplifiers. All system elements are networked through the amps, providing centralized Dante-based monitoring and control via Dynacord’s new SONICUE software. Phase three will involve additional loudspeakers.
“When these Dynacord amps came out, we were amazed at the value,” notes Carey. “They come preconfigured in a very cool rolling rack with pocket doors, each with three TGX20 amps, plus power distro and I/O panels, all ready to plug in cables and go. With just two small racks, we’ve got 120,000 watts and 2
USA - Currently one of the hottest tickets on Broadway, the musical Hadestown has won eight Tony Awards. One was for Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz’s sound design, which features 28 Alcons Audio V-series pro-ribbon monitors.
The Tony was the icing on the cake for Nevin and Jessica, who also won a Drama Desk Award for the Hadestown sound design, as well as being nominated in the Outer Critics Circle Awards.
Nevin is a longtime user of Alcons pro-ribbon loudspeakers, including them in the sound design for Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton: An American Musical, both of which continue to attract sell-out audiences.
“Alcons pro-ribbon loudspeakers have proven to be an excellent tool for my Broadway productions,” says Nevin. “Hadestown, in its intimate home at the Walter Kerr Theatre, seemed a great fit for the Alcons sound.”
This was Jessica’s first time using Alcons products, but she already had a very favourable impression of them. “I heard Alcons speakers for the first time on Dear Evan Hansen and I found them impressive in the high frequency range, with a very smooth response,” she says.
For Hadestown, Nevin and Jessica specified 10 VR5 mini versatile monitors, 16 VR8 compact versatile monitors and a pair of VR12 mid-size versatile monitors.
“We used the Alcons components for rear orchestra, and side / rear mezzanine fills,” says Nevin. “We needed two sets of under balcony speakers and the addition of the VR5 to the Alcons VR line-up gave us a great option for a very compact system, wh
Spain - Grammy award-winning Argentinian performer, Coti, recently completed a 20-date tour of Spain, culminating in a performance at the Gexto Sound Festival, with a compact dLive Wings system handling monitor duties.
Coti Sorokin is one of the best-known artists, songwriters and producers in the Spanish speaking world, with numerous platinum discs to his name. For Coti’s latest Spanish tour, monitor engineer, Alejandro Blanco opted for his own highly portable mixing system, comprising a dLive C1500 19” Surface fitted with a WavesV3 card for multitrack recording and a DM32 MixRack, fitted with a Dante card, a superMADI card for digital splits and AES10 card, for running wedge monitors and side-fills.
“dLive is the best sounding console on the market right now and in my opinion, there’s no other mixer that offers the capabilities of dLive, without the need of third-party plugins or servers - the power and quality of the DEEP plug-ins is impressive,” explains Blanco. “Apart from the quality, weight and size is very important and it now only takes 15 minutes or less to set everything up, which is perfect for festivals with quick changeovers.”
The show required in-ear mixes for Coti and his violinist, keyboard player and backing vocalist, plus four wedge monitors and side-fills. As such, a portable DX168 expander provided additional I/O onstage. Blanco comments: “I run dLive Director and load my iPad with the MixPad app to facilitate soundchecks. As we don’t carry a full production, every show has a different monitor mix, so having th
South Africa - The Mosaïek Teatro, a large-capacity venue that forms part of the Mosaïek Church in Fairland, Johannesburg, can accommodate 2,800 people and has become a home to various productions such as Idols South Africa, The Voice finale and international performances scheduled for 2020. Mosaïek recently invested in two DiGiCo SD5 mixing consoles with SD Racks and Waves.
“With only three SD5s in South Africa, two of which are now based at the Mosaïek, this has been an important investment for the market they are catering for,” comments Kyle Robson of DWR Distribution, the DiGiCo distributors in Africa.
“DiGiCo is one of the top brands in the world, if not the most requested console on technical riders,” adds Estian Els, head of technical at Mosaïek Teatro. “The SD5 suites our business model very well. We chose the larger console in regards to the channel count perspective, wanting to provide a good solution to clients making use of the Teatro. In addition, support is imperative to us and we’ve always received great service from DWR.”
The Mosaïek technical team saw the benefits of the DiGiCo platform first-hand during The Voice South Africa finale hosted at their venue earlier this year, where Multi-Media supplied full technical requirements. Kyle was on the event for technical support and had the opportunity to give Estian Els and colleague Frans van der Merwe an overview of the console. A visit from DiGiCo’s Ian Staddon to the church during Mediatech sealed the deal.
“The Mosaïek in-house te
Europe - JoeCo has signed a pair of distribution agreements that will ensure a greater number of European end users will have local access to the company’s full product range. The deals, which were signed at IBC, follow hot on the heels of the announcement that Beirut’s Boujikian Bros has taken on JoeCo distribution.
Tonspur AG has become the official JoeCo representative for both Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The company, based in Adligenswil, already has a number of important pro audio brands on its roster.
“We are delighted to be working with Tonspur in both Switzerland and Liechtenstein,” says Graham Murray, business development at JoeCo. “Their knowledge and reach into the local market is second to none and I’m sure their customers will be excited to get hands-on with the full JoeCo range.”
Tonspur is also highly active in the local audio community, hosting a variety of regular training sessions. With the addition of JoeCo, the new distribution partner has confirmed that it will be including the British manufacturer’s portfolio in these events.
Meanwhile, ABSIS take on the distribution for Belgium. ABSIS is a relatively new entrant to the Belgian market, having been formed by audio engineers Frederic Jakus and Gaëtan Crenier at the start of 2019. Despite this short history, the knowledge and experience of the founders has quickly made the distributor an important player in the local market.
“While ABSIS is still a young company, the years of experience they have shines through in everything they do,” notes Murr
UK - Audiologic has promoted David Smith to the position of senior business manager, completing a management restructure recently instigated by MD, Andy Lewis.
Smith, who previously served as business development manager, will now take responsibility for the day-to-day management of the company’s external sales team, providing “a clearly defined link to the directors, whilst retaining some hands-on sales accounts”.
Lewis comments: “In the time Dave has been with us he’s clearly demonstrated what an excellent operator he is. His knowledge of the industry is second to none and his management experience in previous roles has equipped him with all the skills necessary to run a cohesive and effective team. We’ve enjoyed significant growth in recent years and it’s vital that we establish a robust and dynamic management structure to meet the challenges ahead. Dave, along with head of operations Anne Broadley and senior application engineer Ben Spurgeon, completes a very strong team who are well-equipped to take responsibility for every aspect of our business.”
Smith adds: “We go from strength to strength at Audiologic and I’m very pleased to be taking up this important new role within the company.”
Europe - By leveraging the advanced technology of the Route66 from its associate company BroaMan, Optocore has not only been able to develop the AutoRouter intelligent patchbay - which offers similar functionality - but has been steadily exploiting the market segments in which the Optocore brand has greatest recognition.
“The Optocore AutoRouter automatically creates a redundant star out of ring topology, offering automatic routing of DiGiCo, Yamaha and Avid loops when thus connected,” states Maciek Janiszewski, who serves as technical sales manager for both companies. “It is the extremely close relationship that exists between Optocore and BroaMan - including a sharing of technical resources and expertise - that has enabled this to happen.”
The Optocore AutoRouter is designed for audio systems, mainly in installation markets such as theatre, while BroaMan’s Route66 offers further options, such as video routing and software-based fibre stream routing, for wider broadcast and AV applications.
AutoRouter essentially closes the loop automatically between active devices and mobile stage boxes. There is no longer the need to patch cables manually, as the system is always redundant. And without the need for user interaction, this speeds up system layout and configuration for any production.
The device can be equipped with up to 40 duplex LC sockets allowing up to 20 different connections from different locations, devices or device groups.
By the time it was formally launched at this year’s Prolight+Sound Show the Optocore AutoRoute
UK - disguise studio partner and workflow specialists, Bild Studios has invested in the new gx 2c hardware.
Bild is a London-based visual engineering studio with credits including the opening ceremony for the Pakistan Super League, where 50 minutes of AR graphics replaced traditional pre-rendered content that usually is mapped onto projection surfaces or LED screens inside the venue.
Founders David Bajt and Rowan Pitts have been working with disguise for over 10 years, delivering hundreds of software training sessions globally, while also using the technology on some of their most ambitious projects.
“We've always put a lot of effort and detail into the pre-production, where precise system designs and creative content workflows are developed. We see ourselves living in the great world between tech and cutting-edge visual design, advising people and companies from both technical and creative backgrounds ” David Bajt says.
On top of their existing fleet of disguise servers, Bild has invested in the latest in the gx range, the gx 2c. “We see now more than ever that there is an increasing need for real-time content and interactivity in production design, opening up huge possibilities for replacing traditional pre-rendered content.” With this latest investment, Bild are hoping to utilise it towards further exploring xR shows and interactive installations as well as serving as a rock-solid master server on very demanding shows.
“The requirements for higher resolutions and added photo-realism are increasing, and for that, we simply n