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asaAstro Spatial Audio partners with Audio Brains
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Japan - Astro Spatial Audio (ASA) has announced its entry into the Japanese market with the appointment of Audio Brains. As the official Japanese solutions partner for ASA, Audio Brains will provide training and support whilst spearheading the expansion of Astro Spatial Audio’s immersive audio technology into the country’s live entertainment sector.
As part of the renowned MSI Japan group, Audio Brains has a portfolio of brands including Powersoft, AVID, Symetrix and Martin Audio – including the Sound Adventures immersive audio package, which is driven by Astro Spatial Audio.
Audio Brains director, Sam Yamashita comments, “Astro Spatial Audio can be used with any loudspeaker you choose, whereas other systems are made by specific manufacturers for use exclusively with their own speakers. It is the best solution for achieving a fully immersive audio experience while having the freedom to use the equipment you choose.”
“We are both delighted and honoured to welcome Audio Brains into our global family,” enthused Astro Spatial Audio managing director, Bjorn Van Munster. “Few companies within our industry possess the experience or prestige of our new solutions partner, and I’m very confident that we will achieve great things together in Japan. I look forward to a long and fruitful friendship.”
While Astro Spatial Audio will receive its official Japanese debut at InterBEE 2018, taking place at Tokyo’s Makuhari Messe from 14-16 November, Audio Brains is already planning dedicated demonstrations and training workshops for early 20

univ-s-mDanley Sound Labs reinforces The Rock
Monday, 12 November 2018

USA - Known locally as The Rock, M.M. Roberts Stadium is home to the University of Southern Mississippi’s Golden Eagles football team. It originally opened in 1932 with 4,000 seats and has since expanded to hold 36,000-plus Southern Miss fans. Its most recent expansion happened a decade ago, and although the expanded infrastructure and seating is in great shape, the sound reinforcement system that went in didn’t fare as well. After an overhaul installed by AV integration firm Sound & Communications, of Flowood, Mississippi, M.M. Roberts Stadium now commands a full Danley Sound Labs loudspeaker, subwoofer, and amplifier/DSP system.
“The old system didn’t stand up to the elements, and pieces of the speaker cabinets and components were failing,” explained Jeff Crowe, director of operations with Sound & Communications. “The coverage was going, the high end was going, and intelligibility was going. I talked with some friends who attended home games last year, and they said it sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher - laughably unintelligible!”
Larry Lucas of Anthony James Partners worked with USM’s senior associate AD for external operations, Stephen Pugh, to design a system with “superlative intelligibility and musical impact”. “We were aware of Danley’s reputation in the industry and the commitment they have to quality and customer service,” Pugh says. “We spoke with past Danley clients and did some independent research, all of which convinced us that Danley’s reputation was earned. We felt that we had found the right fi

 
 
halo-wHALO-A crowns Norway’s Skudefestivalen
Monday, 12 November 2018

Norway - Celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, Skudefestivalen is one of Norway’s largest coastal culture festivals. This year marked the first European outing for EM Acoustics’ new HALO-A large-format line array system, where it made a big impression on visiting sound engineers for the festival’s main stage performances from many of Norway’s top acts, including Jan Ove Ottesen, Heine Totland, Plumbo, Just 4 You, Keipstein and Slogmåkane.
The HALO-A line array was supplied by Haugesund-based AV rental specialists, Livepro, with support from EM Acoustics’ Norwegian distributor, Norstage. Livepro’s system engineer, Geir Larsen, has become the first adopter of HALO-A in Europe. “This is a huge improvement over the sound systems we’ve used in previous years,” he said. “I’m really impressed with the way it sounds, even in a tent which is not the friendliest environment for a concert.”
Larsen elected to deploy left and right ground stacks of four HALO-A two-way line array elements supported by three MSE-218 subwoofers each side, powered by four DQ20 advanced system amplifiers. “Setup was a piece of cake,” he remarked. “We used it in a ground-stacked configuration for Skudefestivalen, but the next job required a flown system, and I rigged it single-handedly. There aren’t that many systems you can do that with, especially large-format systems like HALO-A. It’s really useful to be able to set the splay angles before you fly it.”
As for performance, Larsen strongly praised the remarkable projection and rear rejection

 
allenheathdlives7000firstbaptistchurchofarnold-wdLive desks drive First Baptist Church
Monday, 12 November 2018

USA - Morris Integration has expanded audio capabilities at Missouri’s First Baptist Church of Arnold using Allen & Heath’s dLive consoles.
The systems upgrade is based around an Allen & Heath dLive S7000 control surface at FOH and a dLive S3000 for monitors. Services at the church range from traditional to contemporary, using an average of 80 inputs on any given Sunday. With an Allen & Heath dLive DM48 MixRack serving the house and a DM32 MixRack standing-in at monitor world, both MixRack processors utilise gigaACE networking cards to provide 96kHz audio and control transport via Ethernet over standard Cat 5e cabling.
“Not all that long ago, it would have been crazy to think you could transmit that much audio over Cat5,” says Morris Integration design engineer, Collin Adams. “But here we are today, and it’s reality. Being able to draw upon the powers inherent in this kind of technology is what allowed us to give the church the flexibility it desired along with sonic quality and performance transcending that of previous systems.”
Versatility was further enhanced with the addition of Waves Audio networking cards. Offering a full gamut of Waves plug-in processing, audio distribution, and digital mic splitting options, the cards provide a direct 96kHz interface to the Waves SoundGrid networking platform, placing a wide variety of effects right at the fingertips of system operators. An IP8 remote controller equipped with eight motorised faders and an IP6 remote controller with six rotary knobs are also available in the house

 
 
alcons-audio-lr18bAlcons Audio ships line array bass
Friday, 9 November 2018

Europe - Following early previews at this year’s Prolight+Sound Frankfurt and InfoComm USA, Alcons Audio is now shipping the LR18B.
The LR18B is the dedicated low-frequency extension to the LR18 compact mid-sized pro-ribbon line-array system. It can also be combined with any other Alcons pro-ribbon system as subwoofer in both permanent and portable applications.
The front-loaded system delivers a super accurate bass and sub response with highest output under lowest distortion. The Max-Vent port design combines further increased output with low power compression.
The LR18B is designed for optimal deployment flexibility - it can be used as single subwoofer or in multiples end-fire or cardioid array as well as together with LR18 or in separate sub-only arrays. All functionality is possible in stacked or flown configurations.
Philip de Haan, head of Alcons R&D, comments: “With LR18B we are continuing our philosophy of bringing advanced transducer technology in our designs. The 18” is a new-generation transducer, fitted with a large, dual- 4.5” voice-coil Neodymium motor; This enables a significantly-extended excursion, thus SPL output, while maintaining a high sensitivity.
“Specific attention in this design has been paid to obtain lowest possible distortion; In combination with the SIS sensing circuit onboard the Sentinel, this combination of advanced technologies is a perfect match with our pro-ribbon mid-high systems.”
(Jim Evans)

 
adlib-giants-liverpools-dream-2018-188Adlib walks with giants on streets of Liverpool
Friday, 9 November 2018

UK - Adlib was the audio supplier for the Giant Spectacular show staged in Liverpool, produced by the street and outdoor theatre company Royal de Luxe.
The extravaganza attracted an estimated 1.3m people to the city centre over the weekend of 4-7 October to see this tale of epic proportions, and the fate of the much-loved oversized marionette puppets unfold. Characters comprised The Explorer, the Little Boy Giant, his dog Xolo, and a surprise appearance by the Little Girl, who re-entered the story on the Sunday for the finale.
It was the third Liverpool Giant Spectacular, and having delivered the previous events in 2012 and 2014 so successfully, Adlib was commissioned by production manager Stu Stalker of Event Design Co (EDC) and Royal De Luxe’s production manager Jeff Havart to provide audio.
Adlib provided on-board sound systems mounted to the supporting structures for each of the Giants and a custom Music Truck which featured a live band. The company also provided several reinforcement PA systems, which travelled to the different gathering points along the 20-mile route.
The Giants’ route started at the St George’s Hall Plateau for the Little Boy Giant and over in Fort Perch Rock in the Wirral for The Explorer, ending at Canning Dock.
Each Giant had its own on-board monitor system which was used to communicate “orders” to the many people (‘Lilliputians’) required to operate and drive the massive pullies and rigging systems that enabled the articulated joints and wheel bases to move the marionettes.
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encounter-churchEncounter Church chooses Quest and DiGiCo
Friday, 9 November 2018

South Africa - Encounter Christian Church is a 600-seat church based on the second floor of a shopping centre in Centurion, South Africa. While looking for solutions to expand on their current audio system, the church met up with DWR Distribution, who recommended Quest and DiGiCo to accommodate the growing ministry and worship team.
Positioned on the second floor of a shopping centre in a residential area, the sound levels had to be considered. “We replaced the entire sound system with the Quest range of loudspeakers and amplifiers,” explains Kyle Robson from DWR. “The existing audio console was upgraded to a DiGiCo S21 and the full install was complete within a day. The system was designed to focus audio coverage on the audience so that the spill out of the building was minimised. Since the new system has been installed there hasn’t been a complaint from the neighbours and audio quality is incredible.
“The S21 is simple enough for various volunteers to jump on and operate. If anything goes wrong they can simply recall a set session. This is great as it gives the sound team a safe place to grow their knowledge.”
(Jim Evans)

 
solsticeJBL reinforces Secret Solstice music festival
Friday, 9 November 2018

Iceland - AV equipment supplier HljóðX recently deployed Harman Professional Solutions audio systems and lighting solutions at Iceland's Secret Solstice music festival, including a JBL VTX line array system, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft digital mixing consoles and Martin lighting fixtures.
Held in Reykjavík during a period of 24-hour sunlight in the Arctic Circle, the annual music festival features non-stop performances across four outdoor stages and an indoor club venue. Festival organisers hired HljóðX to provide sound and lighting systems for all five venues that could accommodate the festival‘s diverse line-up of high profile artists, including Slayer, Gucci Mane, Bonnie Tyler and Steve Aoki. HljóðX outfitted each stage with JBL VTX V-Series line array loudspeakers, Crown I-tech amplifiers, Soundcraft mixers and Martin lighting fixtures.
“The event environment is fast-paced, and being able to set up and connect the sound system in a very short time and get started quickly with great-sounding JBL presets is important for us,” says Ingolfur Arnarsson, CEO of HljóðX. “That gives us additional time to work on the audio and further tweak each system for the best sound for each act. That’s an important aspect that we really like in the JBL system.”
HljóðX equipped the outdoor stages with JBL VTX V25-II loudspeakers and S28 suspended subwoofers, Crown I-Tech 12000HD and 4x3500HD amplifiers, and BSS Omnidrive HD signal processing. Soundcraft digital mixing consoles integrated seamlessly with the system, which made it easy for soun

 
 
psi-wPSI delivers for Halloween spectaculars
Friday, 9 November 2018

UK - Production Services Ireland (PSI) capped a busy Halloween period by supplying technical infrastructure and support for Belfast City Council's Halloween Monster Mash and Samhain Live Halloween TV special, which was filmed in Derry/Londonderry.
PSI specialises in lighting, rigging, audio and video - for sale and hire. In the build-up to Halloween, the company also supplied riggers for the visiting U2 and ELO productions at Belfast’s SSE Arena, and full technical production for Harlem Gospel Choir at the Ulster Hall and a major public event in Lisburn.
Monster Mash afforded PSI an opportunity to deploy its Adamson PA inventory, which the company acquired in April when it became a certified reseller and rental partner. It also supplied lighting, video, rigging and staging for the themed event that welcomed thousands of people to the Titanic Slipways.
Sound reinforcement for Monster Mash featured 24 Adamson S10 full-range cabinets and 12 S119 subwoofers, powered by Lab.gruppen PLM20K44 amplification. PSI supplied a mix of Robe, CLF Lighting and Showtec fixtures, together with an Avolites Tiger Touch II for control, as well as four Litec Flyintower 13-2000 towers and a 10m x 7m stage.
In Derry/Londonderry, the brief demanded production support across a number of locations, as well as feeds for local TV channel TG4, BBC Two Northern Ireland and BBC Foyle live broadcasts. PSI provided sound, lighting, video, rigging and staging for two stages at the Craft Village (a reconstruction of an 18th Century Street and 19th Century Square), a stage at

 
digicoDiGiCo in control on Stereophonics tour
Friday, 9 November 2018

UK/USA - Stereophonics released their 10th album last year, Scream Above the Sounds, which comes almost 20 years after the Welsh rockers first stormed the BRITs back in 1998 and won the award for British Breakthrough Act. The band's longevity speaks for itself: eight million albums sold in the UK alone, six number one records, a BRIT Award, three Kerrang! Awards, a pair of Q Awards, and 40 singles to their name.
On the road, Harm Schopman is looking after frontman Kelly Jones and co. from side-stage using his trusted DiGiCo console, supplied by rental company Capital Sound.
Although in charge of monitors for this tour, Harm has been responsible for various roles on numerous touring productions.
“On Stereophonics, I originally looked after [FOH engineer] Dave Roden as the systems tech, mostly on the arena tours,” Harm explains. “It's only in the last few years that I have taken on the role of monitor engineer for them.”
A DiGiCo user since the days of the D5 Live, a console Harm used on shows for The Strokes and Katie Melua, the SD10 is now his board of choice for Stereophonics, which he is running at 48kHz with the SD Racks being shared between FOH and monitors.
“I love the clarity I can achieve for the IEM mixes using the SD10,” he says. “Everything seems to be easily separated, which means the mixes are very detailed and clean. I’ve used these consoles quite a bit over the years; the interface works perfectly for me and speed of operation is always a priority when working monitors.”
Dave Roden met Ste

 
 
powersoftPowersoft strengthens Deva distribution in Italy
Friday, 9 November 2018

Italy - Powersoft has chosen Audiosales Entertainment Solutions to distribute its networked multimedia system Deva in Italy.
Audiosales has been distributing Powersoft amplifiers in Italy since 2015 and has spoken of its immense pride in bringing what it calls “one of the most innovative Powersoft solutions” to the Italian market.
"There’s an increasing number of system integrators and installers who need to bring true innovations to their customers,” comments Stefano Rocchi, managing director of Audiosales. “We are sure that these companies will immediately appreciate the enormous possibilities of such an innovative and, in many ways, revolutionary tool."
He adds: "Personally, I am thrilled by the idea of presenting our customers with a solution that is already recognised all over the world and appreciated for its versatility. We know all about the quality of Powersoft products, and we are immensely proud to bring Deva to Italy - I’m sure that our satisfaction will be reiterated by any company that chooses it."
"It is with great pleasure that Powersoft expands its collaboration with Audiosales, thus guaranteeing our customers a professional, efficient and widespread support also for the Deva," confirms Cosimo Cecchi, Powersoft Deva unit sales manager. "I am confident that this is a winning choice, and that Audiosales is the right choice to enhance a unique product like Deva."
Powersoft debuted Deva five years ago as an all-in-one solution for information, entertainment, security and data collection. The system has since be

 
adamson-sba-res-nov18-hrSBA named Spanish Adamson E-Series partner
Friday, 9 November 2018

Spain - Adamson Systems Engineering and its Spanish distributor SeeSound have welcomed SBA Radical Sound as the latest E-Series rental partner in the country.
SBA CEO Ramón Fernández comments: “We decided to invest in Adamson’s E-Series ahead of a very busy festival season. We needed a system that sounds great, rigs easily, and will satisfy the rider requirements of the biggest touring acts, no questions asked. The E-Series checked every box, and having Adamson and SeeSound behind us for support means we can confidently service even the most demanding applications.”
SBA Radical Sound’s new E-Series system is comprised of 24 E15 three-way, true line source enclosures along with a complement of 16 E219 subwoofers, and the company didn’t waste any time getting it out for some major events.
SBA Radical Sound, with support from COBRA sound light and ZL Production, supplied the main stage system for the inaugural O Son do Camino festival in Santiago de Compostela on the west coast of Spain. The festival presented headliners like The Killers, Martin Garrix, Lenny Kravitz, and Jamiroquai for a daily crowd of approximately 30,000 fans this summer.
That system was comprised of 18 E15s per side for the main arrays and eight E15s per side for the side arrays. The sub configuration featured 12 E219s per side arranged in two end-fire cardioid stacks of three, plus six E219s as centre subs in FBF cardioid mode. Six clusters of three compact S10 two-way, full range cabinets lined the lip of the stage for front-fills.
Since then, SBA R

 
 
knightsElite Multimedia backs Nashville Knights
Thursday, 8 November 2018

USA - As part of the LA-based Legends Football League, the Nashville Knights are a 7-on-7, tackle football team that incorporated into the league in 2018. Playing their inaugural season in the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, the Knights wanted to offer an in-game experience that would create a lasting connection with their fans.
Needing to supplement the production gear inside the multi-purpose event venue, the Knights worked with Elite Multimedia Productions who oversaw a complete game-day audio, video and lighting design.
“We try to design our in-game experience to be similar to what they do in the NFL to heighten the experience for our fans and provide a deeper connection to the action on the field,” says Candice Leisengang, operations manager. “When we started looking for production companies, we really needed someone who had the ability to do live audio, camera’s and video screens, plus we needed to implement an instant replay system. The Elite Multimedia team, led by Harry Shaub, was absolutely incredible and they really helped us walk through all the possibilities.”
“Our initial concept for the video portion of the production design was to have the screens hanging above the field, almost like a hockey rink,” says ToniAnn Santana. “As we started working with Elite Multimedia Productions, we decided to place the screens in the end zone so that everyone in the arena would be able to see the high-definition 4K video. Harry really took the time to educate us on the technical side, and it looked great.”
With the LED video d

 
jonnygoodwilliebrightonsoundsystemsq-6Allen & Heath spec’d for Tate Modern
Thursday, 8 November 2018

UK - Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall recently saw an Allen & Heath SQ-6 digital mixer installed to deliver the audio content of a significant work by Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera.
The piece (the title of which is an ever-increasing figure reflecting the number of people who migrated from one country to another last year, added to by the number of migrant deaths recorded so far this year) involves both a large heat-sensitive floor and sound design by electronic artist Steve Goodman (Kode9).
By using body heat and working with other visitors, a hidden portrait of Yousef - a young Syrian who left his home country to travel to London - is revealed beneath the floor while low-frequency sounds fill the space with an unsettling energy. In a small room nearby an organic compound in the air induces tears and provokes what Bruguera describes as “forced empathy”.
Charged with providing audio solutions for the challenging installation was Brighton Sound System’s Jonny Goodwillie, whose involvement both with Kode9 and Tate Britain goes back to Goodman’s Audint project in 2015.
“The idea behind the sound design was to make people feel uncomfortable, for them to not be entirely sure what they were hearing, especially before the bass array is seen,” he begins. “Steve wanted to be able to produce frequencies from 30hz to 100hz, which is the range of the system in there. There’s no mid/tops at all, it’s 100% twin driver subs.” We specified our Traction Sound Raptor bass array which is made up of Torgos (218s) and Harpia (221s),

 
 
studioforce-team-hard-at-work-at-the-pride-of-britian-awards-wStudioforce delivers for Pride of Britain Awards
Thursday, 8 November 2018

UK - Film and TV crewing specialist Studioforce was appointed by Shiver, an arm of ITV Studios, to support the delivery of this year’s Pride of Britain Awards.
The event was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 29 October and Studioforce provided stage hands, lighting technicians, carpenters, scenic supervisors, scenic artists and followspot operators.
The company worked closely with Shiver’s freelance production designer Paul Houston, supplying a team of experienced freelancers to work alongside the lighting and set design teams to create the Pride of Britain Awards’ set and backdrop.
The tight timeframe presented the Studioforce crew with its largest challenge. With just 48 hours to complete the entire project, from unloading the first piece of equipment from the truck and building the set, to running the show, completing the de-rig and the last truck leaving the venue.
Studioforce also provided experienced crew to assist the show’s primary lighting supplier PRG and screen provider Anna Valley, and follow spot operators for during the show itself.
Marie Hession, the Pride of Britain Awards’ production manage, comments: “It was a pleasure working with the Studioforce team. Having a company that is also able to provide the additional labour for other departments ensured the load in, set and lighting install and de-rig were seamless and in the lead up to the event having one supplier to liaise with made life much easier.”
The Pride of Britain Awards 2018 was broadcast on ITV on Tuesday, 6 November to honour British

 
massBernstein’s Mass performed in d&b Soundscape
Thursday, 8 November 2018

USA - Honouring the intentions of composer Leonard Bernstein, the artistic director of the Brevard Music Centre Summer Music Festival, Keith Lockhart, set himself a task: to capture the pioneering spirit of a classic performance in a contemporary environment. Composed for the 1971 inauguration of the Kennedy Centre, Bernstein’s Mass created an entirely new kind of liturgy in both its content and technology - using quadraphonic sound.
“Keith is a renowned conductor, not least as principal conductor of the Boston Pops. He had performed the Bernstein Mass once before and wanted the audience to have that quad sound experience as Bernstein had originally intended,” explains sound engineer Brady Hislop of Iris Design.
“That’s all very well but the Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium is a semi-outdoor space not designed for amplified music. Roofed to provide shelter from the elements, it’s open sided with 1,800 seats in three rectangular areas facing to stage, with further seating out in the open air on the lawns to the sides. There is a back wall with a resonator which helps a little, and they have invested in a performance shell for the stage which has made a positive improvement. As well as the issue of quad sound, what was really wanted was the sort of optimum acoustic properties for classical music found in contemporary concert halls. That’s why we elected to use Soundscape, the new tool from d&b audiotechnik.”
With support from Nick Malgieri of the d&b Education and Application Support (EAS) department, Hislop determin

 
 
franklin-wDiGiCo completes Franklin Theatre renaissance
Thursday, 8 November 2018

USA - The Franklin Theatre first opened as a cinema in the summer of 1937, when moviegoers could see a double feature and cap the evening with an ice cream sundae on a Norman Rockwell-esque Main Street. 70 years later, the theatre underwent an $8m renovation and reopened in 2011 as the premier music and event venue in Franklin, a suburb of Nashville that is home to nearly as many musicians as Music City itself is.
Seven years later, the venue has installed a DiGiCo SD12 digital console at front of house. Paired with a D2-Rack, the desk was supplied and installed in mid-August by Dan Heins of Clair Solutions, completing the Franklin Theatre’s renaissance as the entertainment centre of the city, drawing headline artists from Nashville, nationally and globally.
“Although our previous digital console has served us well since the theatre reopened, it had definitely reached a timely retirement age,” says Richard Korby, the venue’s technical director and head of audio for the last two years, following two-plus decades of touring, most recently with Major League Baseball, Straight No Chaser, Jake Owen, and others. “We looked at a lot of possibilities for a new FOH console but nothing even came close to what the SD12 offered. We’re a non-profit, so bang for the buck means everything, and the SD12 won that debate easily.”
Franklin Theatre executive director Dan Hayes asked Korby to use his instincts to decide on the new FOH desk. “It wasn’t a hard choice to make,” he says. “DiGiCo is what we see on all the riders that come through here.

 
exhibitionfloorAES New York exhibition draws crowds
Wednesday, 7 November 2018

USA - The recent AES New York 2018 Convention saw over 300 brands of audio equipment manufacturers and service providers showcased alongside a wealth of free events.
Held on 17-20 October at the Javits Centre in New York City, the education and peer networking event once again proved an invaluable resource for audio engineers, producers, students and other audio professionals. Meyer Sound co-founder John Meyer was the Richard C. Heyser distinguished lecturer.
John Monitto, Meyer Sound's director of business development and sales manager, Northeast, says: “This past AES convention drew some of the top audio professionals who we value as a manufacturer. The convention was well attended by those professionals who visited the exhibit booths, demo rooms and the workshop sessions. Meyer Sound featured a two-channel and 5.1 listening room with our newly patented Bluehorn System, which received a high level of traffic and very positive comments. We were also proud that our co-founder, president and CEO John Meyer, was honoured as the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecturer."
Piers Plaskitt, CEO of Solid State Logic, comments: “SSL is one of the only console manufacturers in the world that is active in the Studio, Live and Broadcast industries. We always look forward to AES in NY, as it is guaranteed to deliver a great turnout across all segments of our business. 2018 was no exception, and we were busy right through the last hour on day three. Throughout the show we had a queue of people waiting to audition Fusion, our all-analogue stereo outboard processor

 
 
nexoBTM grows Nexo STM Series portfolio
Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Spain - Nexo’s STM Series made a special kind of debut in Spain as audio production company BTM Sound in Girona completed its first events with PA systems featuring its newly-purchased STM M46 main cabinets.
An early adopter of Nexo’s modular line array concept and design, BTM Sound initially set up its STM Series in 2014 using the smaller STM M28 double-8” cabinet as the main module, pairing them with the STM B112 bass and S118 subs. Last year, the company increased its cabinet count by adding M28 cabinets in both 90° and 120° versions.
After four successful years serving the Costa Brava’s most high-profile events, such as Festival de Portoferrada and Festival Castell de Peralada, BTM has expanded its STM inventory with a number of new STM M46 cabinets, purchased specifically for Girona’s big annual music event, the Fires de Girona.
Headlined by Els Catarres, a pop-ska-rock band that is very popular in Catalunya, the show used a main PA with six M46/B112 + three STM M28 down-fill cabinets per side, plus nine S118 subs per side. Nexo PS15s were used as front-fills. The main stage monitoring was provided by Nexo’s distinctive 45° N-12 line monitors, as well as STM stacks for the drums. The main front-of-house console was a Yamaha PM7.
“We took advantage of a modest economic recovery to fulfil our goal of working with the newest designs,” says owner Xavier Morell. “The modular and scalable design of STM Series is ideal for our company, and the match extends to our control equipment, where we can take advantage of the

 
faceit--ben-turnbull-1Martin MLA is game changer for ECS finals
Tuesday, 6 November 2018

UK - When Capital Sound successfully responded to a tender document issued by production manager Simon Barrington (Sibar Production & Design) for the ECS Season 5 finals, Capital project manager, Robin Conway won the bid by proposing Martin Audio’s MLA loudspeaker array. “Such a hi-tech event as ECS required an equally hi-tech loudspeaker solution,” he rationalised.
That was back in June at the SSE Arena, when the venue, reduced to half size for the preliminary round, was serviced by two single hangs of 11 MLA enclosures. September saw the organisers of ECS, FACEIT, present the 13th CS:GO Major, the FACEIT Major, which saw the full arena filled for four days with online gaming enthusiasts all fixated on the 50m wide screen (and six repeater screens), so a different approach was needed. This time two hangs of 11 MLA elements (including two MLD Downfill boxes) were accompanied by eight MLX subwoofers arrayed across the front, with a DD12 Differential Dispersion loudspeaker stationed atop each of the sub enclosures to provide near-fill.
Capital also rigged three hangs of 10 MLA Compact in delay positions, set between the screens at the rear of the auditorium
So who are FACEIT? The answer is the creators of the leading competitive online gaming platform, and the Esports Championship Series (ECS). The event itself was the 13th CS:GO Major - billed as the UK’s biggest esports tournament to date. Known for offering competitive gaming opportunities for players of all levels through their platform while delivering premium live event experiences f

 
 
indiaHarman sound solution at Guru Nanak College
Tuesday, 6 November 2018

India - Studio Care recently installed a complete Harman Professional Solutions audio system in the Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Auditorium at Guru Nanak College.
Inaugurated by President Shri Ram Nath Kovind on the school’s 42nd annual convocation day, the 7,200sq.ft auditorium houses 900 seats and is used for various student activities, cultural programmes, convocation and other ceremonies. In order to deliver clear and even audio coverage throughout the facility, Studio Care deployed an end-to-end Harman Professional audio solution made up of JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplification, BSS signal processors, Soundcraft digital mixing consoles and AKG microphones.
“This is a fairly large auditorium, and the client wanted a state-of-the-art audio system that could deliver clear and uniform coverage,” said Mr. S. Kangayan, owner, Studio Care. “We chose Harman Professional Solutions for their prestigious brands, extensive service network, and the ability to create an end-to-end audio solution from a single manufacturer. The JBL loudspeakers have delivered exceptional sound quality and coverage, and the client is very satisfied with the installation.”
The main audio system includes four JBL AM7315/95 loudspeakers and two ASB7128 subwoofers, as well as four AC18/26 loudspeakers for side-fills and six EON612 self-powered loudspeakers for stage monitors. The loudspeakers are powered with two Crown DCi 4l1250N power amplifiers, the subwoofers are powered by a Crown DCi 4l2400N power amplifier, and the side-fills are powered by a DCi 2l600N pow

 
athens-marriott-2Community systems for the new Athens Marriott
Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Greece - The new Athens Marriott on Syggrou Avenue has been created by an impressive renovation of the former Metropolitan Athens Hotel. The hotel is located opposite the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, a cultural complex that houses the National Library of Greece and the National Opera, and the hotel’s roof top bar overlooks the Acropolis, the Aegean Sea and the Opera. Five-star rated and with 385 guest and executive rooms, the Marriott is now one of the largest and most luxurious hotels in Athens.
In addition to its guest rooms and dining, spa and fitness facilities, the Athens Marriott has eight multi-function event rooms. With a combined space of more than 1,000m2 and a capacity of around 1,000 persons, these rooms provide for both business and social events.
As part of the renovation, the specialist integrator ABAS was commissioned to design and install complete AV and automation solutions in all of the event rooms, providing an exceptional audio and video experience at the touch of a button.
To achieve high intelligibility audio in every room, ABAS designed distributed systems using Community’s D Series ceiling loudspeakers. The systems in the eight event rooms include a total of 82 4.5-inch high output two-way D4 and low profile D4LP loudspeakers.
Kostas Drosos of ABAS explained the challenge, comments: “The event rooms required uniform intelligible sound, with the quality and power to cover even the most demanding event. The height of most of the rooms was very low so we needed loudspeakers that could deliver clarit

 
 
survey-wPLASA posts ‘most comprehensive’ industry research
Tuesday, 6 November 2018

UK - The UK entertainment technology industry is valued at £1.28bn in 2017/18 and its value is predicted to grow over the next five years, according to a new research report by PLASA.
The study - said by PLASA to be 'the most comprehensive study of the entire entertainment technology industry in many years' - is available to download from plasa.org. It delves into each market sector’s performance and also looks at the effects of macro-environment trends and employment.
According to the findings, all sectors have experienced growth, particularly AV and audio, which represent 38% and 27% of the market share respectively. AV is currently valued at £490m and has an increasing presence in many sectors including architectural and retail. Audio is valued at £340m due to its usage in installations and sports among others.
The suppliers surveyed showed a positive sentiment about the future of architectural & commercial, concert & touring and themed attractions; performing arts, DJ and studio sectors were also listed. The future of the industry is also positive, with half of those surveyed expecting the value of the industry to increase in the next five years.
PLASA managing director, Peter Heath, comments: “It’s great to learn that the entertainment technology industry is in such good shape. And with the industry diversifying and adapting, it is clear that leading professionals from all sectors are more than capable of steering live enter

 
roe-visualROE Visual expands technical support team
Monday, 5 November 2018

The Netherlands - ROE Visual has appointed Emmanuel Pezant to the role of technical sales support.
An experienced LED technician, Pezant has worked as a video technician for over 15 years. Pezant has worked as LED and video technician for notable partners in the French market.
“Combining his practical skills with a commercial flair, Pezant will support our French speaking clientele in both their commercial needs as well as the occasional technical support. We are very pleased to have him joining our team,” states Auke Meijer, operations & sales director for ROE Visual Europe.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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