Japan - Enhancing its theatres to offer guests a ‘one-of-a-kind movie experience’, Humax Cinema hired Xebex Inc to design and install a Harman Professional cinema audio solution.
Featuring 10 screens and accommodating up to 1,200 guests, Humax Cinema is one of the most versatile movie complexes in Japan. In addition to showing films, the cinema doubles as a multipurpose venue that hosts jazz performances and other live sound events.
Elevating its facility to include ‘world-class audio’, Humax Cinema wanted to upgrade to a sound system that delivered pristine acoustics and provided guests an unforgettable experience, especially during movies. Xebex deployed a premium Harman Professional cinema audio solution that includes JBL’s Sculpted Surround technology as well as a collection of JBL ScreenArray loudspeakers.
“The client wanted to create an immersive theatre space to entertain visitors and provide a remarkable movie experience. This is the first cinema complex in Japan where the Sculpted Surround System is installed in every auditorium. It enables the audience to enjoy high-quality audio from any corner of the theatre,” said Ryuichi Ishikawa, vice president of Xebex Inc. “Harman’s audio system fully revolutionised the sound experience for cinema lovers.”
Xebex equipped the theatres with a combination of JBL cinema loudspeakers. Featuring JBL’s ScreenArray design, C222 two-way and 5732 three-way ScreenArray loudspeakers deliver ‘pristine sound, maximum output as well as consistent and optimal coverage’. Further addin
Spain - The North West Spanish resort of Donostia-San Sebastian has long attracted the rich and famous to its many Basque architectural landmarks, including the ornate interior of what was once the San Sebastian Casino.
More recently, the space has been transformed into the plenary hall of the Donostia-San Sebastian Town Hall, but the interior is no less impressive. Clad in marble and stone with vaulted ceilings, chandeliers and stained-glass windows, the room is visually spectacular but sonically challenging – a serious problem for the meetings and events that are frequently hosted within the space.
“The plenary hall of the city of Donostia-San Sebastian is a unique space of extraordinary beauty and it is full of history,” explains Anselmo Calleja of Spanish AV systems integrator Sionua Pro, whose expertise was called on during the refurbishment of the hall.
“It is a space with high ceilings and reflective surfaces with a lot of reverberation. But high quality audio reproduction is very important. The room hosts many different types of events such as high-level meetings, conferences, civic ceremonies, plenary sessions and even classical music recitals.
“In addition, various sources are used, from conferencing systems to lectern mics or even wireless microphones. From the beginning, it was obvious that a traditional audio system simply wouldn’t work, we needed something special.”
Calleja decided that the answer was TW AUDiO Ella. Recently launched, Ella combines the slim form factor of a column with the flexibility of a lin
Switzerland - In January 2021, a new training and conference facility for Mercury Training Group SA opened in Mendrisio. The versatile space is designed to be used as one large room or divided into two or three smaller ones, so a flexible and reliable audio system was needed. Yamaha provided the chosen solution.
Led by Frank Merenda, founder of Metodo Merenda (the Merenda Method), Mercury Training Group hosts ‘American style’ training conventions where marketing meets showbusiness. Along with live speech from presenters, video and audio playback are integral parts of the show. Michele and Riccardo De Simone of Sperlonga-based Remix Multimedia SRL were asked by Tiziano Stampete, the head of Mercury’s technical staff, to design an audio system which would maximise the use of the space.
“Reliability, safety and quality were the key words for this installation,” says Michele. “For us one of the key advantages of a Yamaha system was that it allowed full redundancy by installing both Dante and analogue networks, guaranteeing reliability. The customer wanted to be certain that, if there was any problem with one, the other would seamlessly take over, making sure there would be no interruption to their presentations.”
The system installed by Remix Multimedia comprises eight truss-mounted DZR10-D powered loudspeakers and a QL1 digital mixing console with MY4-DA expansion card in the main room. A DCP4V4S digital control panel provides straightforward control of the different main room configurations. An adjacent breakout room features five VXS5 s
Czech Republic - Nearly a century old, Czech Radio (Český rozhlas (ČRo)) is the largest public radio broadcaster in the Czech Republic and Europe’s second oldest radio broadcaster after the BBC. Established in 1923, Czech Radio offers four national services, 14 regional channels, numerous channels covering classical and jazz music, sports, children’s and youth radio services and external multi-language broadcasts.
With previous positive experiences of using DiGiCo SD12 consoles, Czech Radio’s team decided to expand their fleet of broadcast transmission vehicles, with a DiGiCo Quantum338 as the heart of the new OB van for the station’s key location in Prague.
“The Quantum 338 will allow Czech Radio to mix up to 128 channels of audio with enormous processing capabilities and unprecedented flexibility thanks to its universal DMI slots and two Dante DMI modules,” says Petr Šťásek from Pro Music, which supplied the console. “Additionally, the advanced processing capabilities of the console and its superior flexibility, all featured in a compact format, was something that we knew would give them an edge in their busiest location in the capital city.”
The console is complemented by three DiGiCo SD-Rack stage boxes equipped with 32-bit 'John Stadius' AD / DA converters and Optocore connectivity up to a distance of 250 m.
“The calibre of broadcasts done at Czech Radio meant system reliability was our number one priority. The entire technology of the OB van is powered from the grid through a power backup supply, which allows up t
France - Once known as ‘Little Breton California’, the vibrant town of Saint-Nazaire is home to VIP, or ‘Le VIP’, as locals refer to it. Featuring a 550-seat concert hall, three rehearsal studios and a resource centre, the venue attracts artists of all levels and music genres. This year, French audio, lighting and video company, Melpomen has installed L-Acoustics A Series in Le VIP to address the venue’s complex architectural design and deliver homogenous sound across the entire auditorium.
“After 10 years of service, the old sound system was entering a delicate maintenance phase,” says Julien Potin, technical director at VIP. “So it seemed an appropriate time to acquire a new system that would address lifelong issues.”
“We knew right from the start that we needed an extra-versatile and scalable solution for a modern music hall like the VIP,” adds Samuel Birais, audio technical manager at Melpomen. “Our key objectives were to create a comfortable listening experience for the audience and to respect France’s latest constraints and rules in terms of sound levels, particularly in terms of dBc. To achieve this, we needed a system that delivered high SPL, extended bandwidth of between 25Hz and 20kHz, and evenly distributed sound coverage throughout the hall, without overly polluting the stage space.”
The concert hall is almost 18m wide and the FOH control position is barely 7.5m from the front of the stage. There is also a mezzanine floor that is as wide as the room but shallow, with a bar along its back wall. Smoothing out th
UK - With the UK government announcement of a lockdown exit strategy, heralding a return to live events, Shure has announced the next round of its virtual wireless masterclass, followed by the Wireless Workbench Masterclass, starting Monday 22 March.
Wireless microphones and personal monitors are an essential part of almost every audio system, from live entertainment to news broadcasts to business presentations and houses of worship. But changing spectrum availability often makes it difficult to deliver reliable wireless audio in a wide array of venues and under changing RF conditions.
In this five-part virtual seminar edition of the popular wireless training series, this course is split into five one-hour sessions.
Correct and efficient frequency management is an essential skill in today's busy RF environments. Wireless Workbench (29 March) can help you stay one step ahead and run your show from city-to-city with complete peace of mind, says Shure.
Finland - Barcelona-based Amate Audio has announced the appointment of BLC Turva as its exclusive official distributor in Finland.
The appointment of the large scale IT and network services company supersedes the previous multiple distributor network in the country, and marks BLC Turva’s inaugural distribution of a dedicated professional audio loudspeaker brand.
Spearheading the entry of BLC Turva into pro audio is project manager, Juho Kekarainen. Kekarainen has five years previous association with the loudspeaker company as its principal representative at Tecline OY.
Amate Audio’s head of sales, Jordi Amate, states, “Juho was previously ‘our man in Finland’ for five years and it is a major opportunity to partner with him again in his new position within BLC Turva. Our partnership in the past was highly productive, with high levels of sales in the country. Juho’s product marketing skills, experience and application knowledge, within a company with an expansive presence across multiple integration markets, offers greater opportunities; particularly when combined with the best-in-class performance capabilities of our loudspeaker systems.”
On signing the new distributor agreement, BLC Turva has taken delivery of a comprehensive range of systems – including the latest X102FD high output point source PA, G7 commercial audio, Nìtid S6P installation, and X218WF active sub designs – in order to commence demonstrations of the exceptional performance levels and operational efficiencies that are inherent features of Amate Audio’s
France - Last summer, DJ Florian Picasso wowed his fans with a livestream set, accompanied by hypnotic projection mapping and pyrotechnics, from his great-grandfather Pablo’s former residence in Cannes.
The light show at Villa La Californie brought the exterior of the building to life and delighted not only his neighbours on the Riviera but also an audience of millions worldwide. In an equally compelling follow-up, Florian recently staged another stream from inside the villa, this time in conjunction with artist Cyril Kongo, for the benefit of Maria Bravo and Eva Longoria’s Global Gift Foundation. The show sought to raise awareness and funds for Vietnamese orphanages.
The event was staged from the living room of the villa which was transformed, with the addition of paintings, sketches and sculptures to its original state as Pablo Picasso’s studio. As Florian’s set progressed, Cyril Kongo worked beside him to paint a unique piece of art using a Pioneer DJ CDJ-3000 as a canvas, which was later auctioned with all proceeds going to an orphanage in Vietnam.
Pioneer Pro Audio provided the technical support for the event and provided a range of equipment to help power the stream. As well as the combination of the CDJ-3000 multi-player and a DJM-V10 mixer supplied by Pioneer DJ, Pioneer Pro Audio furnished the event with two XY-3B loudspeakers and two XY-218HS subwoofers to deliver powerful in-room sound, as well as a pair of XPRS-10 powered speakers for monitoring.
Florian Picasso enjoyed the performance: “It was such a blessing to be able
World - Hippotizer’s Nevis+ Media Server is proving to be an essential tool for smaller productions around the world, offering the features and power of its ‘bigger brother’ stablemates but in a more compact and affordable package.
Some of the world’s leading visual design companies have embraced the creative possibilities of the Nevis+ since it was launched in July 2020, using it as a simple-to-use training and demo option as well as specifying it for small to mid-size events.
Maggie Zhu at KUPO (Keep Ur Performance Outstanding) Shanghai was one of the first investors in a Nevis+.
“The main attraction of Nevis+ is its price, coupled with the fact we can use all of Hippotizer's comprehensive software features,” she says. “For us, the main market for Hippotizer is for performance and theatre. Nevis+ is the right solution for these events, as one machine includes the functions of playback, control, timeline and so on.
“We also purchased the Nevis+ for customer training, demonstration and promotion. In the past, we used the bigger Hippotizer Media Servers such as the Montane+ RTX or the Boreal+ when we needed to test. But now, it's very convenient to use the Nevis+.”
Over at Sofit-108 in Russia, Andrey Miroshnichenko invested in the Nevis+ towards the end of 2020. “Last year was obviously very difficult for everyone working in visual production,” he says, “but due to its attractive price the Nevis+ offered a good solution for our training purposes. It’s small, powerful, and not too expensive. It’s a dream.
USA - Lewis & Clark Library located in Helena, Montana, has commissioned a new public address paging system, opting for a Martin Audio solution - designed and installed by locally based AV integration company, Montana Pro Audio.
They were awarded the contract after the library, which was established in 1868 before Montana became a territory, received a higher-than-expected bid for the desired AV integration design. After receiving a request for proposal, and undertaking a number of revisions and redesigns, Montana Pro Audio specified the solution from Martin Audio’s Adorn catalogue.
“The original scope of contract was for a public address paging system throughout the library, as well as AV for their large community room that would double as a presentation space and small theatre and a small community room that would be used for meetings and presentations,” explained Aaron Fisher, who was responsible for the design and project management. “The Library is in the home stretch of a full-scale remodel project that started nearly three years ago. This will be the first AV installation in its history.”
Assisted by Ryan Johnston (and with support from Martin Audio North America’s Jim Sage), this was Montana Pro Audio’s first experience working with Martin Audio solutions. Twenty-four of the Adorn A55’s, run in 70V line mode, have been distributed discreetly through eight zones on two floors, in a combination of black and white finishes to suit the environment.
“I have always appreciated the quality of sound, construction and aes
USA - Many of today’s most popular reality TV shows film in different locations around the world. This is the bread and butter of production sound mixer Stu Chacon, a veteran of such series as Hot Ones and Sneaker Shopping. For thriving in the ever-changing RF situations brought on by constant international travel, he depends on wideband wireless from Lectrosonics: the all-new, all-digital DCR822 dual-channel receivers paired with SMWB and SMDWB Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitters. His kit is rounded out with UCR411a receivers, plus IFB-R1a receivers and legacy UM400a transmitters for comms.
“Currently I’m working on a hit show about international romance, one partner moving to be with the other, that kind of thing,” says Chacon. “We travel internationally about 90 percent of the time.”
The DCR822 is part of Lectrosonics’ latest generation of digital wireless but can receive signal from any Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitter made in the past 18 years. This made Chacon’s choice of wideband as easy as it was necessary. “For a long time, I’ve used the SMV and SMQV for talent mics, and they’re great,” he notes, “but going wideband has just been a thing of beauty.”
Chacon goes on to describe one among many instances where having the ability to retune quickly across multiple blocks saved the shoot: “We once had to shoot in a hospital in Africa. I had scanned and done my frequency coordination in advance, but we were just outside the building. The minute we went inside, everything went haywire. Of course, this
USA - University of South Florida (USF) is a state research university located in the heart of Tampa Bay. With a student population of almost 50,000 students across 14 different colleges, USF prides itself as being at the cutting edge of medicine, science, engineering, the arts and more.
Early last year, USF’s IT team tested and subsequently acquired a Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 (TCC2) system in one of its main conference rooms, moving one step closer to realising its vision of having a microphone in every classroom.
Once the pandemic hit in March of 2020, the USF IT team - and by extension the entire university - was faced with a pressing need to make its vision of implementing a campus-wide, hybrid learning scenario a reality. The Sennheiser TCC2 which had already been installed in one of the campus’ high-profile meeting rooms paved the way for the USF to greenlight a cost-conscious, campus-wide installation of TCC2 across 96 classrooms.
When COVID-19 hit the U.S. in mid-March, the USF IT team sprang into action to ensure continuity of its classroom offerings: “The very first thing we did was get our entire team together so we could do a full inventory assessment of the campus,” explains Michael Kraus, audio vision engineering & systems, USF IT. “We deployed emergency personnel on campus with PPE to document everything we had, and anything we didn’t have full information on. Did a particular room have a PC and an instructor source? Or just a wall plate? Did it have HDMI, was it analogue?”
By April, the USF IT team had
The Netherlands - The CRMS-SRIW/9090 is a wide dispersion reference main / screen system - or compact surround system in immersive sound-for-picture applications.
It can also be used as full-range sound system in any installed audio application, where quality sound reproduction with inconspicuous in-wall or on-wall mounting is required, says Alcons.
Typical applications include sound system for auditoria, performing arts theatres, houses of worship, screening rooms, post-production facilities and dubbing stages, premium Home Cinemas and quality-conscious cinemas.
The CRMS-SRIW/9090 is like its sibling CRMS-SRIW/9040 part of the CRMS system series.
The two-way passive-filtered CRMS-SRIW system consists of the RBN401 pro-ribbon driver for HF and a vented 8” mid-bass for LF reproduction; the HF section has a 800 W peak power input, enabling a 1:15 dynamic range with up to 90% less distortion from 1 kHz to beyond 20 kHz.
The CRMS-SRIW/9090 features a 90-degrees and patent-pending 90-degrees dispersion up to the highest frequencies.
The CRMS-SRIW system’s low frequency section is tuned for a usable frequency response down to 58Hz, enabling a smooth transition with additional LFE subwoofer systems.
Philip de Haan, head of Alcons Audio R&D, says, “On the heels of the development of the CRMSC in-wall with less than 4-in/10cm depth, larger applications demanded a higher output, but at the same time, also required a wide projection for near-field applications and for overhead or height-layer immersive sound systems.
Finland - Musician, producer and mixing engineer Jyrki ‘Speedy’ Saarinen installed an Audient ASP4816 mixing desk in his Mediagents Helsinki studio last summer as part of a renovation project.
Speedy splits his time equally between his studio and working for Finnish National Broadcasting Company, YLE. Here he has mixed and recorded hundreds of different events for them over the years - everything from music festivals to sport events, for broadcast on TV and radio. He mixed for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki - the first surround sound broadcast in Eurovision history.
“We needed an analogue console for recording and especially for mixing,” says Speedy. “We searched the market for the alternatives and noticed that ASP4816 fitted our needs well. The Audient signal chain including the EQ’s have turned out to be very useful. They don’t add noise or any other unwanted character. You can run the mixes quite hot and it sounds good.”
Mediagents is a hybrid studio working with both digital and analogue gear. Utilising Pro Tools as the main DAW, all mixes go through the analogue summing in the ASP4816, with the addition of traditional outboard gear as well as a variety of plug-ins. “The bus compression is also used quite often. I find mixing in the analogue domain faster than working just ‘in the box’,” he says.
China - The Shanghai Stock Exchange – the world's fourth largest stock market – is located within a financial centre in Shanghai that also includes the China Financial Futures Exchange and China Securities Depository and Clearing Co. And at the heart of a professional audio upgrade within the Shanghai Stock Exchange Auditorium are premium loudspeaker solutions from Renkus-Heinz.
The auditorium is an architecturally impressive space featuring a number of design challenges. Seating rises from the front of the theatre, and the design features large red walls to separate seating areas. The steep rake of the seating required consideration to the vertical coverage of the audio system. Thus, the Renkus-Heinz PN102/LA series line array was selected and deployed.
The self-powered PN102LA-RD is a fully integrated electro-acoustic solution designed to deliver fidelity and coverage. RHAON II, the Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network, coupled with Audinate’s Dante networking extends the power, adaptability, and audio performance of the digital network.
Tico, the integration firm that provided technical engineering expertise in the design and installation of the system, has "won high praise from users with its impressive acoustic design and perfect delivery".
"When you have a space like this auditorium, which looks very impressive, you don't want to compromise," said Lin Jinzhao, technical manager at Tico. "With Renkus-Heinz there is no compromise. The speakers blend into the space and sound excellent. Everyone has praise for the system."
UK - The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers (ISCVE) has announced two online seminar presentations for its Annual Members’ Day. The online seminars are open to ISCVE members and non-members and will be presented by leading AV industry and Audio industry figures following the ISCVE’s annual general meeting.
The first presentation, taking place online on 10 March 2021 2:30-3:15pm, is titled AV Over IP using NDI and will be presented by Liam J Hayter, senior solutions architect EMEA, NewTek. The presentation will be taking a look at how NDI AV over IP technology can deliver next generation AV solutions, from meeting rooms to auditoriums, to TV studios and video conferencing.
The second presentation (4:00-4:45pm) is titled Brexit and the implications for our Industries and will feature presentations from Andy Simmons, UK & Eire sales manager, Nexo and Andy Lewis, managing director, Audiologic.
“This year our Members’ Day will take place entirely online for the very first time, using technologies we have all become very familiar with over the past eleven months or more. Both presentations look to be strikingly relevant and I’m delighted we can extend invitations to attend the presentations to both members and non-members of the Institute,” states Helen Goddard, president, ISCVE.
Austria - Family-owned AV Stumpfl GmbH recently appointed two executive directors as part of restructuring measures aimed at maximising the company's management efficiency.
At the core of the new executive directors' tasks will be the operative coordination of the screen and media server departments.
In her new role as executive director, Stefanie Niederwimmer will be responsible for projection screens, with her colleague Christine Doppelmair taking over her former position as head of sales - screens.
Niederwimmer has been with AV Stumpfl since 2004 and has held a number of different positions of strategic importance during that time.
Harry Gladow, formerly a global business development manager, will become the new executive director for the company's media server department. Gladow joined AV Stumpfl in 2017 and was tasked with growing the global distribution network. His extensive previous experience with media servers led him to be heavily involved in the development of the next-gen media server software Pixera.
AV Stumpfl CEO Fabian Stumpfl comments: “Our company experienced substantial growth during the last few years, which led to quite a few changes, like the establishment of our own offices in the USA in 2018. This kind of development also has to be reflected in the management structure, in order to enable further and sustainable growth.”
Tobias Stumpfl, CEO, adds: “We used the current, very challenging times to think deeply about what we could do to ensure that we'll be able to make full use of our company's poten
USA - When an Illinois-based four-star hotel and conference centre needed a powerful, versatile, and scalable audio system, local supplier C.V. Lloyde Audiovisual turned to LEA Professional for its amplification needs.
From corporate meetings, seminars, social gatherings, weddings, and more, the I-Hotel and Conference Centre in Champaign, Illinois, provides more than 70,500sq.ft of interior meeting space. This includes a modern exhibit hall that can accommodate up to 750 guests for a wedding reception, endless floorplan options for large conferences and expos, and seating for up to 1,200 guests, theatre-style. In total, they now have nine new, fully reconfigurable rooms, with audio powered by LEA Professional’s Dante Connect Series amplifiers.
Throughout the renovations and upgrades, Illinois-based C.V. Lloyde Audiovisual has been the I-Hotel's AV partner. C.V. Lloyde has provided audiovisual services to many of the region's most prestigious projects - including University of Illinois State Farm Centre, Memorial Stadium, Yahoo, Intel and John Deere.
In the first phase of the project, the team implemented an AV over IP network and an entirely new control system as the I-Hotel looked to upgrade their existing AV capabilities. Using portable input boxes, rooms can be set up as one-to-one, or combined presenting in one room with audiences in any number of other rooms. Phase two saw the expansion to the conference buildings which added six more large-scale banquet halls and three more smaller conference rooms. C.V. Lloyde provided full building matrix
Vietnam - A new nightly lake show at the picturesque Dam Sen Park in Ho Chi Min City is turning heads with spectacular visuals and water effects, including large-scale water screen projections using Christie HS Series 1DLP laser projectors.
Jointly presented by Dam Sen Theme Park and Christie’s partner Alta Media, the night-time spectacular features an advanced lighting system comprising lasers, interactive water screen projections and a dancing fountain spanning 100 metres in length. Visitors can enjoy an exciting combination of twirling water jets, complemented by a fire performance and an aerial firework display over an energetic soundtrack.
This is the first interactive water screen project in Vietnam that showcases an innovative “photo booth” function where selfie photos taken on-site can be displayed on the water screen during the performance.
“We are delighted to be involved in this major project that seeks to promote Dam Sen Theme Park as the latest and trendiest night tourism destination in Ho Chi Minh City,” said Hoang Tu, chief technology officer, Alta Media. “As the systems integrator and digital content provider for this new outdoor show, we have pulled out all the stops and deployed various AV technologies, such as state-of-the-art laser projections, to deliver a highly immersive and enjoyable experience.”
Noting that the quality and reliability of the projections are most critical to the success of this night-time extravaganza, Tu said the team had shortlisted several projector models for assessment before deciding
Europe - The RØDE Wireless GO II is an ultra-compact and versatile dual channel wireless microphone system. The system offers ‘the same pocket-sized form factor and sound quality as the Wireless GO, with a host of incredible new features making it even more powerful and flexible’.
“The original Wireless GO was a gamechanger,” says RØDE CEO Damien Wilson. “It truly revolutionised sound capture for everyone from vloggers to business professionals producing content while working from home. The form factor and feature set had never been seen before and many have attempted – and failed – to replicate it since.
Each Wireless GO II kit contains two transmitters and a single receiver, allowing users to capture two sound sources simultaneously – suitable for a wide range of filmmaking scenarios, from recording interviews to two-person vlogs. It can also be used as a single channel wireless microphone for recording just one sound source.
The Wireless GO II features a 3.5mm analog TRS output for plugging into cameras, plus a digital audio output via USB-C for plugging into smartphones, tablets and even computers. This universal compatibility with any device makes th
UK - Audio consultancy and networking specialist RH Consulting has been counting networked audio products and licensees since 2013 in an effort to chart the adoption of audio networking in the pro audio, AV and broadcast markets. The report covers all the major protocols including Dante, RAVENNA, AVB, Milan and others, and comes in two parts: the headline totals, followed in a few weeks with more comprehensive data on protocols, compatibility and rate of adoption.
Part one logs a total of 3,306 networked products currently shipping from 420 manufacturers, and that number is going up all the time. That’s nearly two new products every day in the past year. “We were pleased to note that the current pandemic doesn’t seem to have had a great impact on new product launches - Dante, for example, has passed the milestone of 3,000 shipping products,” observes RHC’s Roland Hemming. There is also a modest increase in the number of Ravenna products, and better data also reveals more Ravenna manufacturers than previously logged.
Another significant development for the 2021 report was to say a final goodbye to CobraNet whose products were no longer counted during 2020. “This wasn’t without a little tug at our heartstrings as CobraNet technology was absolutely pioneering in its time,” says Hemming. “It was the first commercially successful audio-over-Ethernet implementation, and audio networking technology would not be where it is today without CobraNet. However, CobraNet modules have been officially declared End-of-Life and Cobranet developer Cirrus
UK - Flipside Soundsystem has recently assisted Ashington Parish Church with a new audio installation, helping the parish modernise the building by delivering a balanced sound for energetic performances, streaming sessions and small communal services. The systems integrator installed a variety of speakers and amplifiers from TW AUDiO and Powersoft to cover the space.
Renovated 15 years ago with additions such as a new kitchen and underfloor heating, the church has been stripped back of some of the décor and furnishings from the stage area, allowing a low reverberation for a somewhat traditional space. “It’s a friendly layout for a church,” says Flipside managing director, James Cooper. “It’s not a particularly reverberant room and with the audience capacity being around 300, you don’t need anything massive to fill up that type of space.”
As the needs of the church have grown of the years, the new audio installation needed to be stable and produce a quality sound. “Our original set up included speakers up on the front and third beams and down the aisles, but there were some ‘dead zones’ in the top corners and there was no ability to time align the delay speakers,” says Simon Barrett, sound engineer for Ashington Church. “While it did mean we had a better signal to noise ratio, the speakers just couldn’t reproduce the sound we wanted, the dispersion was too wide and thus the sound was mushy – I even had to bring in a sub from time to time just to balance everything out, which wasn’t ideal.”
Barrett turned to Flipsid
Finland - Genelec is supporting the female creative collective She Knows Tech (SKT) in its first-ever online conference, the She Knows Tech Summit. Taking place from 5-8 March and coinciding with International Women’s Day, the Summit is open to everyone, regardless of their gender identity, and is packed with masterclasses, workshops, panels and networking events covering music production, audio engineering, music technology and more.
Budding musicians, producers, engineers, songwriters, artists, and multi-faceted creators are all welcome to the Summit, where they will learn how to take total control of their artistry, from songwriting and performing, to production and engineering.
SKT CEO and founder Jasmine Kok comments: “Our core mission is to close the music industry’s gender gap and to dispel the notion that women are not interested in music production and technology.”
SKT co-founder Meghan Smyth adds: "It's been a challenging year for everyone, especially creatives. Now more than ever, we're feeling a pull to gather the SKT community in order to share knowledge and inspire one another to stay focused on our goals. We designed the SKT Summit for everyone, whether you need a push to get back into a creative routine, or you're looking for some fresh elements to bring into your already-productive flow."
Genelec co-owner Maria Martikainen concludes: “Being seen and having equal opportunities are one of the cornerstones of being able to reach your dreams and grow to be who you were meant to be.
“We at Genelec are very happy
Vietnam - Equipping its large meeting facility with the latest technology, Tan Hiep Phat hired Ba Sao Audio to design and install a premium Harman Professional audio solution.
Founded in 1994, Tan Hiep Phat Beverage Group (THP) is Vietnam’s leading FMCG (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods) business. Beyond developing and producing some of the country’s most popular beverages, THP distributes product throughout all of Vietnam’s 63 provinces as well as to 16 other countries.
“The client wanted a premium audio system installed in the meeting hall, which can accommodate up to 1,000 people. After thorough consideration, our team designed and installed a Harman Professional system that seamlessly delivers clear, high-fidelity audio throughout the facility,” said a spokesperson for the partner. “The installed system is easy-to-use and can produce exceptional sound clarity without any signal interference.”
The system features JBL VRX932LAP powered line array loudspeakers and CBT 100LA-1 line array column loudspeakers. The installation also includes VRX918SP powered flying subwoofers, while PRX815W and PRX812W full-range PA speakers serve as floor monitors.
Powered by Crown XTi 4002 amplifiers, the solution is optimised and controlled through the dbx DriveRack PA2 loudspeaker management system. For audio mixing and source connectivity, the system features a Soundcraft Si Expression 2 digital console and Mini Stagebox 16R.
“We wanted to create a future-forward meeting space,” said a spokesperson for Tan Hiep Phat. “We are pleased and i