Audio News

audacAudac launches ‘click and play’ solution
Thursday, 13 August 2020

Belgium - Pro audio manufacturer Audac has launched the ATEO2S into the market, a ‘click and play’ solution featuring the ATEO2 design wall loudspeakers. This compact loudspeaker is equipped with the innovative ClickMount mounting system, which is specifically designed to make mounting the speakers in corners an easy task. The ATEO2S includes both the speaker and the mounting system bundled together.
The professional system has the advantage of making the speaker cabinet click onto its mounting bracket either horizontally or vertically via a 6.3mm jack connector. After installation, the speaker angle can be adjusted by using the bracket arm, allowing the speaker to be inclined in any direction you choose.
The ATEO2S’ versatile mounting system allows the loudspeaker to be used in various fixed indoor applications like modern residential environments, retail stores or offices. Like the ATEO2, it is designed to blend into its surroundings, creating a subtle but effective solution.

radioitatiaiavistoolLawo technology powers Brazil’s Rádio Itatiaia
Thursday, 13 August 2020

Brazil - Broadcaster Rádio Itatiaia, with a network of 52 affiliate stations in the state of Minas Gerais, has installed a new Lawo routing system to switch, process and distribute programming from its headquarters in Belo Horizonte.
Lawo integration partner Rádio Partes installed the system, which features Power Core mixing engines, Nova17 routing frames, and custom touchscreen controls designed with Lawo VisTool Unlimited graphical control software.
Project planning began in 2018, with the goal of replacing an aging digital router with a true AES67 system that could work with AoIP equipment from a variety of manufacturers, and be easily expanded to accommodate future needs. Itatiaia also wanted a system with DSP capabilities to enable audio shaping of sources on-the-fly, and, being a network content provider, operational redundancy at every level.
Rádio Itatiaia’s vice president, Cláudio Carneiro, comments: “The company who made our mixing consoles does not have dedicated routing hardware, or a system to accomplish this. Lawo has greater expertise and know-how with dedicated routing matrices. While we looked at other vendors, when compared with similar systems Lawo’s was more mature and ready to serve us.”
All Lawo radio products employ AES67-compliant Ravenna networking, so accomodating Itatiaia’s array of AoIP, analog and digital audio sources was easily accomplished. The system’s redundant routing core utilises two Lawo Power Core engines, each of which is paired with a Nova17 routing frame equipped with dual, redundant m

 
 
lso-st-lukesbLSO and Yamaha keep classical music live
Thursday, 13 August 2020

UK - Audience and community engagement, music education and global co-operation have always been at the heart of the London Symphony Orchestra’s activities. Working with long-term partner Yamaha, the orchestra has accelerated its digital outreach programme in recent months, helping its musicians to perform together again and for worldwide audiences to enjoy the unique experience of live classical performance.
Familiar to millions through its music for films, including the Star Wars and Harry Potter series, as well as classical music fans, as lockdown took hold the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) was reaching out to new and existing audiences through online archived performances. Working with Yamaha, a commitment to taking its live performances to a global audience is now bringing musicians and music fans closer together in these challenging times.
A number of the LSO players are official Yamaha Artists, with the company’s flagship CFX Concert Grand Piano also installed at LSO St. Luke’s, the orchestra’s rehearsal and performance space in Islington, London. Yamaha is helping to mix and broadcast the live lunchtime recitals of LSO’s Always Playing summer programme online, thanks to a Rivage PM10 digital mixing system installed at LSO St Luke’s.
“At Yamaha we connect technology, art and audiences at the highest level,” says Alex Warren of Yamaha Music Europe. “In partnership with the LSO, we are working towards bringing live music to as wide an audience as possible, at a time when the entire entertainment industry is fa

 
bangkokThai Bank benefits from Dante-backed system
Thursday, 13 August 2020

Thailand - The Bangkok headquarters of TMB - previously known as the Thai Military Bank - is a 33-story building located in the Chatuchak district of the city. Inside the facility is a 500-seat, multi-purpose auditorium on its seventh floor that hosts conferences, press events, presentations, and even live music.
“The auditorium at TMB sees some very diverse use and it gets quite busy,” comments Alfonso Martin, head engineer at Sonos Libra, the contracting firm that designed and installed the Dante-based audio network. “We knew from the start that the AV system needed to be cutting edge, it needed to be scalable and it needed to be high quality. When we submitted a bid to upgrade the facility, we knew from the start it needed to be done with Dante.”
Martin believes his company won the bid in part because they can offer Dante capabilities that enable flexible and future-proof solutions.
“It may seem a bit strange at first to think of a bank seeking out this level of audio capability,” Martin explains. “But banks are associated with having extremely impressive technology, not just related to their banking, but in all levels of their work.”
Martin explained that the bank required a highly-customisable solution as the auditorium occasionally needs to reposition its equipment - and that needed to be accomplished with little effort. Further, the system needed to be capable of a quick upgrade if a demand for such a change arose. Specifically, Martin said, the system needed to be capable of adding additional remote I/Os.
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wycombe-swan-and-old-town-hallMartin Audio supports #WeMakeEvents campaign
Thursday, 13 August 2020

UK - In support of the PLASA-led #WeMakeEvents campaign, which culminated in a day of action coordinated across the UK on 11 August, Martin Audio joined other well-known entertainment technology manufacturers in backing the campaign. Alongside fully supporting the industry with social media - its Facebook posts alone reaching one million people on the day - Martin Audio helped organise a full TV production and livestream of the activities in London, including a helicopter swoop across the city.
These included many of the capital’s major landmarks being lit up in red and people gathering along the banks of the River Thames and bridges, dressed in red t-shirts, wearing red masks and waving their own red lights. Martin Audio also supplied its loudspeakers as the main PA for the boat that took members of the press and industry professionals on a trip along the River Thames past the illuminated landmarks.
Closer to home for Martin Audio, the company also supported the Wycombe Swan Theatre and High Wycombe Town Hall being lit in emergency red, alongside its own headquarters.
“Martin Audio has been extremely lucky to continue to operate during COVID-19 with the amazing support of our worldwide sales partners and end users, but most of our friends in the UK live event industry have had zero revenue since this all began,” reflected Martin Audio managing director, Dom Harter. “Without further funding from the Government the industry is at risk of collapse and we simply wanted to do everything we could to support their plight.”

 
redalertlsi#WeMakeEvents day of action makes waves
Wednesday, 12 August 2020

UK - The UK events industry proudly came together in a show of solidarity under the #WeMakeEvents campaign banner yesterday (11 August) to ask the government to ‘throw us a line’ in the form of on-going and increased financial support.
As part of the movement, over 715 buildings across the UK lit up in red to symbolise the imminent danger over one million people in the live events industry face unless the government provides additional financial support.
20 of the UK’s biggest cities hosted events to raise awareness of the struggling supply chain that facilitates events across the country. From the Minnack Theatre Cornwall to The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, Principality Stadium Cardiff and the Millennium Forum Northern Ireland, the message was spread far and wide – the situation is urgent. In Manchester, 200 technicians pushed redundant flightcases through the city centre as part of their protest, observing COVID-19 safety protocols at all times.
The capital’s finale began aboard a boat at 20:30, which made its way down the Thames - passing iconic buildings including the Royal Festival Hall, the London Eye, the National Theatre and the Tate all illuminated in emergency red. Some 4000 socially distanced supporters dressed in red lined the banks of the Thames and bridges including the Millennium Bridge and Jubilee Bridge to further drive the message home.
Level 42 frontman Mark King and folk singer Frank Turner performed on the boat, both expressing the importance of their skilled crews. The call to action focused on raising awareness

 
 
gogueThe Gogue opts for CrewCom intercom
Wednesday, 12 August 2020

USA - During the construction of The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Centre at Auburn University, Alabama, Taylor Dyleski, director of production, was searching for a coms partner to deploy and install an intercom solution for the large indoor/outdoor space.
The Gogue found a dependable partner and the appropriate communications system with Pliant Technologies’ CrewCom wireless intercom system, as the manufacturer joined the project mid-construction and was able to provide a system that fit the theatre’s exact needs.
“With Pliant being a local manufacturer, they came down to the construction site and we walked around the bare-bones, concrete building, taking measurements and readings, to figure out how much product we would need to build a dependable, full-coverage coms system,” says Dyleski. “Not only does Pliant offer a solution that fits our current needs, they also set us up for future success with the ability to expand the system.”
Pliant’s CrewCom wireless intercom system for The Gogue consists of a CrewCom Control Unit (CCU) located in an AV room just outside of the theatre connected to two Radio Transceivers (RTs): one is located in a dressing room, which provides coverage for the entire backstage area, and the other is located in the catwalk above the seating area, which covers the front of house area as well as the theatre. The system also includes five four-volume Radio Packs (RPs).
“Finding a solid intercom solution to deploy in a theatre setting with its thick concrete walls can be very challenging,” explains

 
polish-poolLEA Professional makes splash in Polish pool
Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Poland - The town of Tomaszów Lubelski in southeastern Poland is home to a new, modern sports and recreation centre. The complex includes a large swimming pool, smaller recreational pool, 60m slide, multiple exercise rooms and a café. When local pro-AV distributor, ESS Audio, was asked to design and deliver a complete full audio solution for the centre, they turned to LEA Professional for their audio amplification needs.
ESS Audio has been providing pro AV design, consultation, training and distribution services in Poland for 30 years.
“We have worked with the team at LEA Professional in different capacities over the years and knew the wealth of their experience,” said Maciej Baranski, system designer, ESS audio. “They were the perfect partner for this unique installation.”
This project features the addition of a new, six-zone, 100V audio system. So, the team decided to use the LEA Professional Connect 704, a professional-grade audio amplifier suited for small-to medium-scale installations, featuring three ways to connect.
Users can engage the built-in Wi-Fi access point, connect to a facility’s Wi-Fi, or use the fast ethernet to connect to any local area network via Cat5 or Cat6 cable. The Connect Series also features cloud connectivity allowing users to harness the power of the cloud for remote control, monitoring, and more from any personal device. Additionally, the Connect Series features HiZ and LoZ channel selectable analogue inputs, Dante inputs, and external I/O control for remote on/off and fault monitoring.
For Bara

 
 
teamconnectceiling2graphicsvideoconferencenewroomSennheiser TeamConnect offers touchless solution
Wednesday, 12 August 2020

UAE - As Middle East businesses reopen offices, Sennheiser aims to enable organisations to deliver ‘seamless virtual collaboration experiences in a reliable, safe and hygienic manner’. The company’s offering centres around its TeamConnect Ceiling 2 solution which elevates web and video collaboration - making virtual meetings more effective by ensuring optimum audio quality for remote participants.
Because of the global pandemic, hygiene continues to be top of mind. TeamConnect Ceiling 2 enables touchless audio in meeting rooms - enabling employees to more easily maintain social distancing best practices while ensuring all participants experience clear and discernible communications. As it is ceiling mounted, the system does not require constant cleaning as table microphones would, and the fact that it reliably covers the entire room without the need for any re-adjustment allows for participants to sit at the recommended distance from each other.
"The importance of video conferencing and webinar solutions has increased massively during the coronavirus crisis, and so has the significance of touchless microphone systems like TeamConnect Ceiling 2," explained Mig Cardamone, director of sales and marketing at Sennheiser Middle East.
TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone is compatible with Zoom Video Communications, Inc.’s Zoom Meetings and is also certified for Microsoft Teams Rooms when deployed with Microsoft-certified DSPs.
With the Bose ES1 Ceiling Audio Solution, organisations can benefit from a bundle of the Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling

 
clearone-craig-pallerCraig Paller joins ClearOne sales development
Tuesday, 11 August 2020

USA - ClearOne has appointed AV industry expert, Craig Paller as senior director for sales development.
“ClearOne has always worked closely with partners to keep the sales organisation close to the pulse of the industry and providing that high-engagement our customers expect,” said ClearOne president and CEO Zee Hakimoglu. “Craig Paller fills a new position in our organization to engage even further with new verticals and new influencers– with the ClearOne mantra of approachability and support.”
Paller joins ClearOne with over 20-years of professional audio visual experience. He has held leadership positions with Harman Professional, Listen Technologies, and Shure, Inc., and most recently served as GM, Americas and global business development for Music Tribe.
“My background in sales, marketing and key customer development are crucial to expanding existing relationships while finding new areas of growth.” Paller states. “ClearOne has a great heritage, a wide portfolio and a fantastic solutions roadmap. I’m very excited to be part of this team, and I look forward to maximizing new opportunities for ClearOne.”

 
 
ted-white-pmcTed White joins PMC USA in operational role
Tuesday, 11 August 2020

USA - UK-based loudspeaker manufacturer PMC has announced that pro audio industry expert Ted White has joined PMC USA as director of operations/chief engineer.
PMC is currently heavily involved in the supporting immersive audio by partnering with Dolby and Universal Music Group to develop and promote the Dolby Atmos format for music mixing.
“We are very excited that Ted has joined the PMC team in such a pivotal and dynamic role,” says Maurice Patist, president PMC USA. “While he was with Live Nation Studios he was responsible for mixing iTunes live concerts in surround sound and he is also very familiar with PMC products, having used them many times in studios and for trade shows and events. He is well known in the industry and incredibly well respected.
“Having someone of Ted’s calibre in a hands on role spanning many different disciplines will be a great asset for PMC as we move forward. There are a number of major Atmos Music projects in our business pipeline and we are delighted that Ted is here to ensure they run smoothly and efficiently.”
Ted’s pro audio career has spanned many management roles encompassing marketing, technical sales and service for companies such as Solid State Logic and Harman. He has also accumulated experience on the user side of the industry, working as a composer, music producer, engineer and audio mixer for West Coast facilities such as Conway Recording Studios, Media Hyperium Studios, Studio Intonato and Live Nation Studios. He joins PMC from Focusrite Pro, where for the last two years he has held

 
dpa4097-core-micro-shotgunvisorDPA debuts 4097 Core Micro Shotgun
Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Europe - DPA Microphones’ new 4097 Core Micro Shotgun microphone is being widely adapted into the television and film production world as a plant mic solution. Featuring the same sonic qualities as the brand’s supercardioid 4097 Core Choir Microphone, the compact 4097 Core Micro Shotgun has been optimised to pick up speech from a distance.
“We spoke with professional sound engineers to find out what they needed in their toolboxes and designed the 4097 Core Micro Shotgun as a plant mic solution to complement their other equipment,” says René Mørch, product manager, DPA Microphones. “Ideal for miking in small spaces, the 4097 Core Micro Shotgun has a small footprint and clear audio pickup.
“The sonic qualities of the 4097 Core Micro Shotgun are particularly beneficial for placing mics in inconspicuous locations as it enables location sound experts to capture sound from anywhere on set. Used in combination with our boom mics and lavaliers, the 4097 Micro Shotgun becomes the final piece of a complete microphone package to meet the needs of any TV or film production. Since the 4097 has the same sonic characteristics as all DPA mics, it is now easy to capture reliable, high-quality audio that doesn’t need dubbing or hours of mixing and post-production work.”
The 4097 Core Micro Shotgun was built to withstand harsh conditions, such as water, wind, dust, heat and cold, among other familiar filming challenges.
“A good plant mic, that is easy to set up, is very useful to have,” says film sound engineer Allan Holmberg, who played

 
 
thai-metropolitan-electricity-authority-3Harman AMX solution for Metropolitan Electricity
Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Thailand - To elevate experiences of its meeting spaces, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority in Bangkok collaborated with Mahajak Development Co to install Harman Professional Solutions networked AV and lighting solutions.
Established in 1958, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority is a state-run electricity and power provider that services Bangkok, Nonthaburi, and Samut Prakan. The facilities span across three towers and include a convention centre, an auditorium, a food centre, nursing home, an exhibition hall and multiple office spaces. To commemorate the enterprise’s 61st anniversary, Metropolitan Electricity Authority hired Mahajak to install networked AV and lighting systems throughout the facilities.
“The client wanted sophisticated AV and lighting solutions to support their meeting rooms, offices and convention centres,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, director of project, Mahajak Development Co. “We selected end-to-end AMX systems, as they support a wide range of distribution formats and applications, regardless of the distance between source and destination. We chose Martin lighting fixtures for their ability to create stunning visual displays without causing glare.”
To enable digital voting during meetings, Mahajak equipped the MOC meeting room with an AMX networked AV system, which can be controlled using AMX NX series and MKP series control panels or an AMX TPC-iPad wireless control system. Sound is routed through a Soundcraft Signature Series mixing console and distributed to JBL Control series ceiling loudspeakers via

 
scotiabankRenkus-Heinz reinforces Toronto’s ‘Jurrasic Park’
Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Canada - Scotiabank Arena sits in the heart of downtown Toronto, near the banks of Lake Ontario. A multipurpose arena hosting the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs games, the venue took centre stage in the 2019 NBA Finals when the Raptors clinched the franchise’s first championship.
The Toronto community’s love of the Raptors was highlighted during that Finals not just by the fans in the building - but also those packing the public square right outside the venue. The Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) organisation provides a public area for fans to congregate during both home and away matches. The official name of the location is Maple Leaf Square - but when the Raptors play it transforms into the colloquially named ‘Jurassic Park’.
The location provides a nearly three-story-tall, high resolution LED wall for viewing games outdoors. And to ensure the 5,000 fans who pack the square can also hear the game, the arena relies on Renkus-Heinz’ ICLive X Series loudspeakers.
The ICLive X series is the culmination of over a decade of experience in steerable line arrays, and is the latest evolution of the medium-format, steerable line array in the Renkus-Heinz line. The ICLive X module can be arrayed up to 12 units tall in minutes, making it suitable for jobs of all sizes, including the largest of stadium installs.
“There were a number of critical demands to meet on this project,” said Bill Coons, director at Contact Distribution, who worked to bring the project to life. “The city had an absolute mandate t

 
 
armaghMartin Audio upgrade for Armagh Planetarium
Tuesday, 11 August 2020

UK - Occupying around 14 acres of landscaped grounds known as the Armagh Astropark, and flanked by the Armagh Observatory, Armagh Planetarium, is presently undergoing a major multi-phased renovation as part of the Education Authority Northern Ireland.
Long-standing local AV technology integrators and suppliers, Rea Sound, are on a select supply list for the complex, and having successfully tendered, have been upgrading the facilities with an end-to-end Martin Audio solution; this began over a year ago as part of what will become an advanced, site-wide audio-visual upgrade.
The initial scope covers all spaces with the exception of the dome, which will be subject to a separate contract at a later stage.
Rea Sound project manager, Roger McMullan, confirmed that his company has carefully tailored Martin Audio systems - from O-Line micro line array down to the new Adorn series - in the reception area, café, exhibition area, meeting rooms, lecture theatres, breakout room and library, as part of a 16-zone design.
“The old system was 16 years old - it had reached end of life and was beyond repair,” he explained. “It was very clear from the word go that Martin Audio suited this because of the vast range of products in their catalogue. It met every single criteria.”
The flexible space known as the Copernicus Room offers three presentation screens, each 3.5m wide, offering 3D laser projected movies which explain the planet's relationship with science. “The space holds around 200 people and any or all three can be used in alternative set-

 
lovejoychurchlightingLove Joy Church upgrades audio with Danley
Monday, 10 August 2020

USA - Love Joy Church has been serving the spiritual needs of its Buffalo, New York congregants since the early 1980s. It has grown considerably from its modest living-room-based, Bible-Study roots and today occupies a 600-person sanctuary in Lancaster, a suburb of Buffalo.
Love Joy’s upbeat services and talented praise band are the heart and soul of its diverse ministerial activities. However, until recently, Love Joy’s congregants regularly complained that speech and lyrics were difficult or impossible to understand. Local AV design and integration firm TSH Audio fixed the problem with new Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers that leverage Tom Danley’s patented designs to deliver speech and music that is clear and impactful.
“The existing sound system at Love Joy Church was dated and the design didn’t work for the space from the start,” explained Timothy Harris, the principle and design engineer for TSH AV. “The coverage was minimal, and there were a lot of boxes at the front of the stage to compensate. But as often happens, more was less. Many people couldn’t hear the message, but if they turned the system louder, other people complained that it was painful.”
Harris modelled Love Joy’s rectangular sanctuary using Danley’s Direct modelling software. “Danley Direct allowed me to identify any potential overlaps or phasing issues,” he said. “Love Joy’s situation was pretty straightforward, however. They mainly needed clean, point-source audio to every seat for intelligibility of vocals and spoken word. For most

 
 
shure-announces-customization-options-for-microflexr-complete-mxc-digital-conference-systemheaderShure offers customisation for Microflex
Monday, 10 August 2020

Europe - Government agencies, public institutions, and non-governmental organisations around the world have special requirements for conferencing systems. Historic and other special environments can pose installation and design constraints, meeting procedures may require a specific control layout, or the hardware’s appearance may need to complement the room’s interior styling.
Shure has announced a hardware customisation programme for the Microflex Complete (MXC) Digital Conference System that enables the company to respond efficiently to special requests for unique hardware variations.
Shure’s customised flush-mount conference units are available with a range of options to suit a wide variety of needs and installation scenarios, including front panels in sizes for user specified dimensions, multiple colours in both brushed and matte finishes, customer logo and button labels in alternate languages, features and control layout that match the customer’s meeting procedures.
“Building on our decades of history in customisation and discussion systems, Shure now has honed the process to deliver customised Microflex Complete hardware,” said Rob Smith senior director, Shure Systems Sales. “With customisation of the latest conferencing products in our portfolio, Shure is fully equipped to address specific needs of end-users around the world.”

 
summer-webinarMeyer wraps webinars with Grateful Dead
Monday, 10 August 2020

USA - Meyer Sound’s Summer Webinar Programme wrapped with a final Festival Friday roundtable session featuring the decades-long sonic explorations of Meyer Sound with the Grateful Dead and their related bands. The roundtable included special guest Derek Featherstone, UltraSound CEO and FOH mixing engineer for Dead and Company, Meyer Sound president & CEO John Meyer, and Bob McCarthy, Meyer Sound director of system optimization.
The Friday, 7 August webinar explored the long strange trip with the Grateful Dead going back to the infamous ‘Wall of Sound’ days, and the related iterations of the band since the passing of founding member and lead guitarist Jerry Garcia 25 years ago.
“The Grateful Dead were live sound pioneers and John Meyer’s involvement goes back to the Wall of Sound era, even before Meyer Sound was formed,” says McCarthy. “The Dead and the dedicated engineers at UltraSound provided a continuous living lab for us and we pushed the boundaries together, leading to many innovations. The Dead and UltraSound are very much part of our DNA.”
The Grateful Dead toured with Meyer Sound for many years. After band leader Jerry Garcia’s passing in 1995, the various iterations of the founding members, including Dead and Company, also tour with Meyer Sound systems.
This special Meyer Sound roundtable concluded the summer webinar season. “We launched our daily webinar programme in March and now have a robust catalogue of more than 75 webinars archived on our YouTube page and website,” says Meyer Sound senior technical sup

 
 
dodgersL-Acoustics K2 hits home for Dodger Stadium
Monday, 10 August 2020

USA - Recently wrapping up a multi-faceted renovation - its most significant project since 2013 - Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles now boasts an L-Acoustics K2 line source array sound system installed this summer, covering the stadium seating, and L-Acoustics A15i and X8 speakers covering the new Centerfield Plaza and existing Outfield Pavilion areas.
Constructed in 1962, Dodger Stadium harkens back to an era when ballparks were designed and built solely to host baseball games. As many of these original venues have been replaced with new-build stadiums that are intended from the drawing board to be multi-use spaces for concerts, special events and other mass gatherings, Dodger Stadium remains one of the few ballparks to retain its original architecture and feel.
With the addition of an L-Acoustics K2 system, Dodger Stadium keeps its original look, while updating its feel with a modern, powerful sound system capable of handling any event. The installation marks the first MLB project for L-Acoustics and one of the most important installations of the manufacturer’s systems in the global sports market.
“Our goal was to have a state-of-the-art sound system at the stadium,” says Derek O’Hara, director, planning & development for the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Dodger Stadium is designed the way ballparks were at the time it was built, with point-source sound systems that need to throw long distances. We wanted to modernise the stadium’s sound, allowing it to host many different types of events besides baseball, while keeping the park’s architec

 
thirdUK events industry unites in protest action
Monday, 10 August 2020

UK - On 11 August (Tuesday), the live events industry across the UK will come together in solidarity to host a series of protests to help save the live events and entertainment sector, which is on the verge of collapsing without financial support from the government.
Encouraged by the #WeMakeEvents and #LightItInRed campaigns, hundreds of venues are expected to light up red, along with other creative activities being staged in over 20 cities across the UK to symbolise the industry going into red alert, and a final call to action titled ‘throw us a line’ will be taking centre stage on London’s South Bank.
The capital’s finale will begin on a boat at 20:20, as it makes it way down the Thames - passing Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre and the Tate, and more all illuminated in emergency red. As the boat reaches key locations, such as Westminster Bridge and Jubilee Bridge, hundreds of volunteers will symbolise the ‘throw us a line’ theme creatively.
The call to action hopes to raise awareness for over a million professionals at risk of losing their jobs, 600,000 of whom deliver outdoor events. With around 70% of the workforce being freelance, the imminent closure of the self-employed income support scheme at the end of the month threatens their livelihood.
Unlike other industries, events, festivals, and performances have been unable to safely reopen due to social distancing guidance and may not reopen until early 2021 – and opening times keep being pushed back. With no government support on the horizon for the event supply ch

 
 
artnovionmedlinetroyArtnovion launches COVID-safe acoustic absorbers
Friday, 7 August 2020

Europe - Portuguese acoustic treatment specialist Artnovion (distributed in the UK, Spain and the Netherlands by Audio-Technica) has announced the release of its new MedLine range of cleanable acoustic treatment products. Featuring hospital-grade anti-bacterial coatings and hardwearing, washable anti-odour finishes, MedLine caters to a wide market at a time when every industry needs to ensure COVID-safe workspaces.
The range comprises both fabric absorbers (Sparta AE, Troy and Azores AE products) and wood absorbers (Lyra 8 CL and Norma 8 CL panels), making MedLine suitable for a wide variety of applications including healthcare and well-being facilities that require the highest levels of cleanliness. Noise levels in today’s hospitals are the highest ever documented and have a tremendous impact on the privacy, comfort and stress levels of patients and staff. And in well-being spaces such as gyms, pools or spas, acoustic comfort plays a huge role in how beneficial and enjoyable the user experience is.
Where infection control has traditionally been achieved through the use of antimicrobial materials with bactericide and fungicide properties, viruses present a different challenge because they do not proliferate by themselves on inert surfaces. Instead, viruses rest on surfaces waiting for a new host to inadvertently touch them and put them in contact with any mucosa, infecting the host. For this reason, in addition to the regular antimicrobial protection, the best way to defend against the new COVID-19 threat is to regularly clean all exposed surfaces with

 
cq-university-2CQUniversity streams with AMX AV system
Friday, 7 August 2020

Australia - To future-proof classroom AV technology at CQUniversity, Videopro, has installed a Harman Professional AV solution that includes AMX SVSI Networked media systems.
With campuses across 25 locations in Australia, CQUniversity offers undergraduate, postgraduate, short courses and certificates in engineering, information technology, business and visual arts, among others. As a pioneer in the field of collaborative learning, many of CQUniversity's campuses are home to multi-pod collaborative classrooms. Integrated with video conferencing facilities that enable high-definition audio and video connectivity, the classrooms allow students to connect with lecturers across CQU’s network of campuses. CQU engaged Videopro to develop the next-generation AV platform for these critical teaching spaces
"The university's new collaborative learning environment required a robust, integrated, networked AV system for content distribution within the classroom. A primary requirement was that the solution be able to provide application-level visibility, monitoring, and traffic control to the IT team," said Scott Maunsell, account manager and programmer, Videopro.
"We chose the AMX SVSi N1000 Series Conference Room Solution with the VLAN tagging feature. VLAN tagging allows for labelling packets of AV data with a specific VLAN number/ID, thereby allowing network administrators to regulate switches to allow or disallow traffic flow from one VLAN to other ports. This resulted in superior content distribution and enterprise-grade remote management of AV data from

 
 
seagullsSteve ‘N’ Seagulls fly with dLive Wings
Friday, 7 August 2020

Finland - With Finland allowing live events within government restrictions, the nation’s favourite country artists, Steve ‘N’ Seagulls continue to do what they do best, touring the country with the bluegrass re-workings of rock and metal anthems that won them YouTube stardom, all mixed from compact dLive Wings system.
Public events for up to 500 people are currently permitted in Finland, with larger audiences possible at outdoor events where there are several sections or demarcated areas intended for audiences. Indoor events with more than 500 persons may also be permitted in the country from the 1st of August onwards with special arrangements.
As on previous tours, engineer Antti Laitila has created a FOH and monitor mixing rig for the five-piece band of multi-instrumentalists based on a dLive CDM32 MixRack and a 19” C1500 Surface. Careful planning allows Antti to keep the size and weight of the system to a minimum, so the band benefits from a consistent, self-contained setup wherever they play.
A new addition for this run of shows is a portable DX168 I/O expander, giving Antti a dedicated drum snake and future-proofing the setup in anticipation of a full 2021 European tour to mark the release of the band’s fourth studio album in late November. The DX168 has already proved invaluable for accommodating guest performers and for splitting I/O to different locations when recording live videos. Snug in a Peli Air case, the DX168 can fly in the cabin with Antti on future fly-dates, allowing him to up the channel count without increasing the nu

 
ad3Shure Axient adds wireless plug-on transmitter
Thursday, 6 August 2020

Europe - With the introduction of the Shure’s Axient Digital AD3 Plug-On Transmitter, audio professionals can transform any XLR microphone into an Axient Digital wireless microphone, delivering ‘impeccable audio quality and RF performance, wide-tuning, and encryption features’.
For high-tier broadcast, film, and TV applications that require a flexible connection to a wired microphone, the new AD3 Plug-On Transmitter makes it possible – complete with a plug-on design, high-performance radio, and spectral efficiency. Ideal for sideline reporting, street interviews, and press conferences, the AD3 seamlessly transforms a wired source into an advanced, Axient Digital wireless source.
Additionally, it can easily connect to a shotgun microphone on a boom pole to up-level portability on film and TV sets. The AD3 is compatible with Axient Digital AD4D and AD4Q rack receivers in Standard or High Density modes.
“Broadcast networks, stadiums, conference centres, theatres, and performance halls depend on Axient Digital, and that capability is now expanded with the launch of AD3,” said Nick Wood, senior category director of wireless products at Shure. “The plug-on transmitter enables field reporters, audio professionals, and on-set sound engineers access to a rock-solid portable audio solution that perfectly complements the power of Axient Digital. Audio professionals are going to want to have these transmitters in their kits.”
Out-of-the-box, the AD3 includes an innovative ‘locked’ XLR connector design, a user-friendly control menu, OL

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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