Audio News

strawberry-festival-2Martin Audio reinforces Strawberry Festival
Thursday, 11 July 2019

China - Marking the start of the summer season in China, the Xi’an Strawberry Festival was one of the first major multi-day festivals of 2019 and featured a Martin Audio PA on the main stage.
The event included multiple stages, many top Chinese acts and indie foreign acts over the two days. The festival included Chinese rock legends New Pants, well known R&B singer and producer Fang Datong, creative singer Wang Shi’an, Tizzy T & Man Shuk, the young generation’s leading female rapper Wan Nida, and avant-garde Japanese act Yahyel.
Modern Sky, the company behind the Strawberry Festival and a number of other large music festivals, has a long-term relationship with Beijing Pacific Budee and Martin Audio that dates back to 2012. Since then, the Strawberry Festival has been held over 75 times in 27 different cities and Martin Audio’s line arrays have always played a key role. In Xi’an, it was the classic W8LC that helped to unite the audience, and production deployed 24 W8LC elements a side, with 16 WS218X subs.
“Modern Sky have been big fans of Martin Audio for many years and regularly use it at their indoor and outdoor venues. For Budee, we are happy to supply them with all their needs and have worked well together,” states Brandon Chemers, Budee’s strategic alliance manager.
(Jim Evans)

adamson-grodnostage-july19-webAdamson & Kraftwerk collaborate on cultural hub
Thursday, 11 July 2019

Belarus - Kraftwerk Trade LLC, the exclusive distributor for Adamson Systems Engineering in the Republic of Belarus, has installed the country’s first permanent S-Series solution in the Grodno Regional Philharmonic’s new concert hall.
In addition to being the professional home for the philharmonic, known locally as Kapella Grodno, the hall will serve as a creative and cultural hub for both the city and wider region of Grodno in Western Belarus, presenting various artistic disciplines for residents and visitors alike.
“As the new, state-of-the-art home for arts and culture in Grodno, this venue will showcase world-class artists and performers, so we were tasked with installing a world-class audio system that would properly cater to their needs,” shares Ulyana Barkova, deputy commercial director, sales & field services division, with Kraftwerk Trade. “Adamson’s S-Series offers top-tier audio performance with perfectly even coverage throughout the hall, is easy to wire, and offers a high degree of flexibility and customization with its rigging.”
The LCR system in the main auditorium boasts left and right arrays of 12 S10 two-way, full-range enclosures each and a centre cluster of six additional S10s. A complement of S119 subwoofers delivers the low end, with four flown on each end of the stage and an additional four loaded beneath it. Six Adamson PC5s from the Point Concentric Series handle front-fill duties.
Additionally, the venue sourced a portable S-Series system comprised of 16 S10s and eight S119s that can be deployed in v

absenPrase Media Technologies joins Absen network
Thursday, 11 July 2019

Italy - Prase Media Technologies is the latest addition to Absen’s value added distributor (VAD) network. Prase will promote Absen LED products in Italy and provide training for local end users as well as building showrooms, exhibiting at relevant trade fairs and organising roadshows.
The company joins a list of Midwich Group plc group members from France, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. The agreement, which is already into effect, will also strengthen the growing video portfolio of the Veneto-based distributor.
“Prase started life as an audio distributor, setting very high standards for ourselves along the way,” comments Ennio Prase, managing director and BDM at Prase Media Technologies. “Recently, we have been working hard to build our video portfolio up to meet those same levels and have identified Absen as a perfect partner in this process.”
He adds: “Absen is one of the industry leaders in LED technology and they share our vison about the market potential of Italy. We fully intend to contribute to the growth of it, not only by responding to demand, but by creating new opportunities via Absen’s innovative technologies.”
Davide Buonasorte, sales retail, rental and broadcasting manager at Prase, says: "We are very excited to embark on this new chapter in the company’s story. In the rental sector in particular, a channel that I personally deal with, our portfolio showed a substantial technological gap. We lacked high quality and technologically advanced solutions: we soon realised Absen was the thing that was mis

biamp-community-apart-wBiamp acquires Community and Apart Audio
Thursday, 11 July 2019

USA - Biamp has acquired Audioprof Group International, the parent company of Community Loudspeakers and Apart Audio.
The two audio brands will join as separate product families within Biamp's product portfolio but business functions will gradually blend to form a single Biamp business.
Rashid Skaf, Biamp president, CEO, and co-chairman, comments: “I am tremendously excited to complete this transaction. Building a comprehensive lineup of speakers has been a priority of mine as we move to position Biamp as a full line provider of professional audiovisual solutions. Acquiring Apart Audio and Community Loudspeakers was my preferred route to accomplishing that quickly with incredibly strong and respected brands. The many products added to our portfolio give us powerful positions in several key growth markets for Biamp - most notably retail, hospitality, restaurants, stadiums, and outdoor venues. With this move, Biamp has clearly established itself as a leader in the pro AV market.”
The Audioprof Group International acquisition comes just seven months after Biamp acquired sound masking specialist Cambridge Sound Management and underpins the AV giant's aggressive growth strategy under Skaf's direction.
Kris Vermuyten, CEO of Apart Audio, adds: “I am thrilled that Community Loudspeakers and Apart Audio are joining the Biamp family. The great product complementarity and geographical fit strengthen my belief that we are now part of one of the

bi-ampPolar takes stock of Biamp Parlé
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

UK - Polar has announced that Biamp’s new Parlé ceiling microphones are available for shipping. Aimed at conference rooms and utilising the Beamtracking technology found in the TCM-1 pendant microphone, Biamp has responded to a growing demand amongst architects, designers and end users for ‘invisible’ technologies, with the TCM-X ceiling microphone.
With four 90° zones for full 360°room coverage, the TCM-X’s beam tracking technology, which actively tracks and intelligently mixes conversations, works straight out of the box, simplifying installation and reducing commissioning time.
Each microphone uses just one channel of acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) for far more efficient processing resource utilisation than conventional beamforming models. The range also includes the TCM-XA with 2-channel PoE and amplifier for further ease of installation (requiring only a single cable from the DSP to the unit’s ceiling-located amp) and the TCM-XEX expansion model.
Stuart Leader, director at Polar Integrated Solutions comments, “Parlé’s Beamtracking technology combines full room coverage and complete freedom of movement while making system commissioning easier for integrators. Room aesthetics are a major priority in contemporary settings and Biamp have significantly raised the bar in this respect with these models. At less than six inches in diameter, the microphone enclosures really do blend subtly into the ceiling while delivering crystal clear conferencing.”
(Jim Evans)

princesscruises1Princess Cruises welcomes L-ISA onboard
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

USA - Two Princess Cruises ships - Diamond Princess and Sun Princess - have undergone a major upgrade to their entertainment offerings with a new approach to live sound, bringing L-ISA Hyperreal Sound and Immersive Hyperreal Sound experiences to their guests.
Princess Cruises decided to raise the on-board sound reinforcement to a new standard and has specified L-Acoustics L-ISA configurations, supplied by L-Acoustics certified provider Norwest Productions.
L-ISA is an object-based immersive sound technology that uses placement of sound sources to achieve spatialisation, enabling anything from a customisable, ultra-realistic live sound field to fully immersive 360° sound design.
Princess Cruises entertainment experience department began exploring implementation of immersive live sound, noting that live performance audiences are increasingly exposed to immersive technologies in other contexts such as cinema, gaming and VR. “Bringing a new level of guest experience is our foremost consideration,” observes Mark Simons, Princess Cruises director of production operation and projects.
The first demo of L-ISA took place at the company's US offices in Westlake Village, California utilising L-Acoustics purpose-built L-ISA demo facility. The company realized that the technology would contribute to making shows sound more vivid and natural, ultimately making the audience feel more connected to the performance.
The final decision to proceed with L-Acoustics L-ISA integration was made during the 2018 InfoComm exhibition in Las Vegas when the op

eesmidwichearproMidwich subsidiary Earpro acquires EES
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Spain - Midwich has announced its Spanish subsidiary Earpro S.A has acquired the entire issued share capital of value-added lighting solutions distributor Entertainment Equipment Supplies S.L (EES).
Based near San Sebastian and founded in 2004 by Nacho Acha-Orbea, EES distributes products from key vendors including Robe Lighting, Verlinde and Prolyte on an exclusive basis to the Spanish market with a focus on the live events and rental sectors.
The acquisition will strengthen Midwich’s position in the Spanish and Portuguese markets, particularly in relation to lighting.
Miguel Mezquita, MD of Earpro, comments: "Having known Nacho and his team for a number of years, I am confident that we can look forward to a successful partnership between Earpro and EES. I believe we will now be able to provide customers of both companies with an even higher level of service, whilst continuing to strengthen relationships with our vendor partners."
Nacho Acha-Orbea, MD of EES, adds: "I am excited at the opportunity to work with my new colleagues at Earpro and the Midwich Group. I am confident that by becoming part of the Group we can continue to build on the strong platform and market leading position we already hold in the Iberian lighting market.”

sensaphonics-gold-circle-062919Sensaphonics holds Gold Circle Seminar
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

USA - Experts in hearing wellness at Sensaphonics recently held a Gold Circle Seminar in Chicago to promote hearing protection practices in the music industry.
Five audiologists from across the US learned the basics of live sound production along with insights on how to help musicians and sound engineers achieve both robust stage monitoring while retaining their long-term hearing health. Sensaphonics president, Dr. Michael Santucci and sound engineering consultant Joe Tessone of Mystery Street Recording Company, led the two-day seminar.
“One of the biggest issues with IEMs is that they aren’t covered in audiology school,” says Santucci. “The Gold Circle Seminar fills that gap by teaching how IEMs work, how they are used professionally, and how they can be used more safely. Where others offer vague suggestions on how to use in-ears safely, Sensaphonics remains uniquely committed to musicians’ hearing health.”
The two-day seminar goes beyond taking ear impressions for custom IEMs, providing a unique mix of practical and technical product information. Participants learn through a series of classroom sessions covering topics like IEM and hearing protection technology for musicians; concert sound system design, backstage etiquette, and marketing to musicians, production personnel, and fans. Attendees are also trained in taking proper ear impressions to Sensaphonics specifications. The seminar concludes with a hands-on live music rehearsal at Mystery Street Recording Company in Chicago, working directly with a live band experiencing in-ear mon

blitzthe-phantom-of-the-operaBlitz boosts inventory with Sennheiser
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

UK - AV and event production company Blitz has announced that it has added the Sennheiser Digital 6000 wireless microphone series to its inventory.
Blitz is also one of the first companies in the UK to add the SK6212 mini-bodypack transmitter to its inventory, meaning it now has an even greater offering for clients.
Both Blitz and Sennheiser recently worked in partnership, exhibiting at this year’s ABBT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, and had their technical advisors on-hand to give visitors the chance to see the latest products and technology on offer and give advice to help sound designers and engineers boost the sound quality and reliability at events and shows.
Aron Ross, director of sound, at Blitz, comments: “We are delighted to be one of the first production companies in the UK to be able to offer our clients the very latest in sound technology from Sennheiser.
“Sennheiser has been a long-term partner and supplier to Blitz and we trust the quality of their technology and want to bring only the best of their cutting-edge equipment to our clients.”
(Jim Evans)

fiddler2019jp00150EM Acoustics raises the roof with Fiddler
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

UK - Following a sold-old run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Trevor Nunn’s revival of the classic Broadway Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, has taken up residence in the West End at London’s Playhouse Theatre.
Sound designer Gregory Clarke was approached by Nunn to design both productions. Clarke chose to use EM Acoustics equipment throughout, based on a main Halo-C line array system supplemented by EM Acoustics’ EMS Series for the wider vocal and orchestra systems.
Clarke explains that the design brief for this version of Fiddler was to create an immersive experience for the audience. “A great deal of work was done to modify the auditorium in order to transform it from a familiar West End venue into a plausible Russian village. It looks and feels wonderful but inevitably loudspeaker positions were severely limited. Halo-C was instrumental in mitigating this and the sheer headroom in the smaller EMS Series boxes meant that even where space was almost impossibly tight, audio delivery was not compromised.”
The main proscenium arrays comprise L/R hangs of five cabinets each and a centre array of 10 for a total of 20 Halo-C elements. “I specified HALO-C because I simply adore the way it sounds,” declares Clarke. “In fact it is fair to say I fell in love the first time I heard it, not least because finally I knew I would be able to use a line array with full confidence that the audio performance had not been compromised. The AMT high frequency drivers were a revelation and a genuine game changer. I had already used the syste

telnetlogocolorAtlona grows Central America reach
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

El Salvador - Atlona has appointed TelNet S.A. as its distribution partner for El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
TelNet will focus on growing Atlona’s presence throughout the region’s community of IT and networking integrators. A long-time Panduit representative, TelNet has built a large customer base in the telecom and datacom markets, where the company regularly supplies and designs network infrastructure and protection systems. TelNet has also fielded inquiries from integrators active in AV-leaning verticials such as higher education.
Sylvia Sierra, regional manager at TelNet S.A., comments: “We are hearing from many integrators and end users in schools and universities that want to manage their AV signals over the network, and our long-term relationship with Panduit makes Atlona a perfect fit for our business strategy. Atlona’s OmniStream AV over IP family is particularly compelling to TelNet and our client base as it offers a full range of video, audio and USB solutions to manage signal routing and distribution within the network infrastructure.”
Esteban Perez, Atlona director of business development - Latin America, adds: “TelNet is the first of several new partner appointments we anticipate throughout Latin America as we continue to strengthen our regional presence and visibility. We are particularly inspired about TelNet’s depth of IT expertise, which will without question comprise a large part of our commercial growth strategy for years to come. We look forward to a strong collaborative relationship.”

the-park-stageSWG maintains strong Glastonbury presence
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

UK - Beyond the four Glastonbury Festival stages on which RG Jones Engineering fielded Martin Audio systems, there was also a strong Martin Audio PA presence on the John Peel stage, The Park and Left Field, courtesy of SWG Events (SWG), who have been supplying numerous stages with sound and lighting infrastructure since 1995.
For the John Peel stage, SWG sub-contracted elements of the audio supply to Martin Audio MLA partner, Stage Audio Services (SAS). The latter’s MD, Kevin Mobberley confirmed that having fielded MLA Compact previously they upgraded to the full-size MLA this time around for enhanced control, coverage and consistency.
With design assistance from Simon Honywill, the main PA hangs comprised 20 MLA cabinets (10 elements flown each side) with 12 MLX subwoofers providing LF extension. Four of the popular DD12’s, positioned on the stage, focused the sound on the nearfield while further out-fills were provided by six MLA Compact.
SWG project manager Mark Bott explained that being a televised stage, concessions had to be made to the BBC TV crew with regards to the sub positions, necessitating the MLX’s to be divided into two stacks instead of being presented as a cardioid array across the front - a recommendation made by Honywill.
“It’s really important the barrier line is as close to the stage as it can be to ensure a connection between the audience and the artist remains. It’s this connection that the BBC is trying to capture and its as important for those inside the tent,” says Bott. “Using all of the tools MLA of

cpl-arcadia-pangea-glasto-2019-phpto-by-lukonicCPL supplies Glastonbury’s Arcadia Pangea
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

UK - Arcadia’s Pangea, described as “a primordial world of infinite possibility” promised the latest immersive AV, lighting, sonic and pyro adventure created by Arcadia Spectacular under the artistic direction of Pip Rush and Bert Cole.
Technical production specialist CPL continued its working relationship with Arcadia by supplying six Barco UDX-4K32 projectors with fibre optic signal and control infrastructure for 360° projections that were integral to the show based around the 140t centrepiece of Pangea.
Arcadia celebrated its 10th year at Glastonbury, having previously implanted their 50t spider stage in the hearts and minds of fans for the best part of a decade.
Arcadia’s structures are built entirely in scrapped and repurposed materials. The crane, a graceful artefact of industrial architecture, was transplanted from Avonmouth Docks in Bristol, just 30 miles down the road, sourced after Pip, Bertie and the team scoured scrapyards worldwide for suitable materials.
Constructed in Somerset, it had resided and worked at Avonmouth since its installation in 1975, more recently rendered obsolete by larger capacity lifting kit. The ley lines of Worthy Farm will be its new home for at least the next four years.
Below the crane control room - which moves the jib - a reconditioned radar dome has been added to the massive steel legs of the structure, and the DJ booth is below that, about 10ft above crowd level.
The projectors were positioned on six 10m-high purpose-built towers located 40 metres away from the radar dome in weath

glastonbury-pyramid-stage-stormzyRG Jones returns to Glastonbury with Martin Audio
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

UK - RG Jones Sound Engineering returned to Worthy Farm following its fallow year to deploy Martin Audio systems across four major stages of the Glastonbury Festival.
While Martin Audio’s flagship sound system, MLA, once again graced the Pyramid main stage as well as West Holts and the Genosys stage of Block9, Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision Longbow (WPL) made its festival debut on the new IICON stage featuring an immersive 6.1 channel surround sound system designed by Simon Honywill.
The Pyramid Stage bustled with electrifying performances throughout the three-day festival, with Stormzy delivering an impassioned headline set on the Friday, followed by The Killers on the Saturday and rounded off with a nostalgic tour de force by The Cure to close out Sunday night. Other performers included Sheryl Crow, Liam Gallagher, Janet Jackson, Bastille and Kylie.
The system deployed on the Pyramid Stage was designed to maximise SPL levels and even coverage for the 150,000 strong audience while respecting offsite limits. A total of 72 MLA comprised the four main hangs with a further four MLA Compact arrays for in-fill flown from the proscenium arch. Eight delay positions in an inner and out ring consisted of MLA and MLA Compact arrays to optimise coverage across the expansive field. A massive broadside cardioid array of 38 MLX subwoofers stretched across the entire width of the stage to provide sub-bass support and control to the entire system.
Davy Ogilvy, FOH engineer for Tom Odell, comments: “I thought it was great, I expected the sound to g

l-acousticsL-Acoustics strengthens application team
Monday, 8 July 2019

USA/Europe - L-Acoustics has appointed Greg Kirkland in North America and David Dohrmann in Europe to head the application and installation teams across multiple geographies.
Providing location-based technical support will be central to David Dohrmann’s mission of serving installation markets. Dohrmann holds a Tonmeister sound engineering degree and his experience in the industry spans assignments as sound engineer for artists and performances across all styles, from rock to classical. As technical director for an audio manufacturer, he led a team providing support and training across the APAC region. Based in Hamburg, Germany, Dohrmann will lead application support for all installation projects in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
As the technical reference and ambassador for the fixed installation market in North America, Greg Kirkland will contribute to grow the brand through interaction with key consultants and integrators, in tandem with the Certified Provider Distributor network. With over thirty years of experience in the live and install markets, Kirkland has founded and managed successful consultancies that have completed projects across vertical markets, notably education, hospitality and cruise ships.
Based in the L-Acoustics USA & Canada headquarters in Westlake Village, CA, Kirkland will lead application support for installation projects across North America.
Welcoming Dohrmann and Kirkland to the application team, Cédric Montrezor, executive director of application at L-Acoustics comments: “David and Greg both b

greeleyicehausexteriorRocky Mountains rink upgrades with Danley
Monday, 8 July 2019

USA - With over 100,000 residents, Greeley is part of an urban corridor that populates the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. The Greeley Ice Haus is a city-owned, indoor, all-season, multi-use skating rink.
Senior AV and theatre technology consultant at K2, a Boulder-based AV consulting firm, Kevin Hodgson led the design and worked with the Denver office of Ford AV on the installation of a new sound reinforcement system at the Greeley Ice Haus. Hodgson specified Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers for the upgrade.
“The Greeley Ice Haus seats about 1,000 people on one side of the rink, and the University of Northern Colorado team’s fans can fill it up,” Hodgson says. “The previous sound system was well over a decade old and had become increasingly unreliable after the building took a lightning strike and after years of aggressive volumes for a variety of events. Multiple loudspeakers weren’t even working and those that were, weren’t working well.”
He continues: “The city wanted a system that sounded clear for intelligible speech and punchy for music playback at UNC hockey games and figure skating events. Given the room’s long reverberation - it’s mostly concrete and metal with very little acoustic treatment - my goal was to keep loudspeaker energy on the stands with as little as possible spilled elsewhere. Danley’s point-source boxes have high-impact, high-fidelity sound and unmatched low-frequency pattern control.”
Six evenly-spaced Danley SH69 loudspeakers cover the stands from above the edge

brissonNexo Geo M10 makes sporting debut
Monday, 8 July 2019

France - Nexo’s Geo M10 Series mid-size line array is making its debut in the sporting world as part of a new fixed-installation sound system for the Stade Pierre Brisson in Beauvais, north of Paris.
Systems integration company Vidélio has worked closely with Nexo’s in-house engineering team to design, specify and install the system, which will greatly enhance the match experience for 10,000 fans.
The Stade Pierre Brisson is a multi-use facility, primarily hosting football matches, and serving as the home ground for AS Beauvais Oise FC. Neighbouring club Chambly FC, which has recently won league promotion, is sharing the stadium as its own ground is not yet registered for Ligue 2 games.
The stadium is able to hold 10,178 spectators, in West and East facing grandstands. The time had to come to replace the aged entertainment PA system, and, from the very first origins of the project, it was clear that the Geo M10 from Nexo was going to be the right solution.
“It was clearly the best solution for their budget,” explains Nexo Engineering Support team member David Hochstenbach, who provided the design for Stade Pierre Brisson. Conveniently, Nexo’s factory and international HQ are only an hour down the road.
As the venue already has a fire and safety VA system, the Geo M10’s purpose was to provide entertainment and commentary for the matches, as well as the lucrative broadcast of local advertising.
The loudspeaker installation, identically matched in the east and west stands, uses eight clusters, each with four modules of Ge

maestra-barcelona-tom-clements-and-justin-hammondMaestra Group to open Barcelona office
Monday, 8 July 2019

Spain - London and Dubai-based event design, technical and scenic production company Maestra Group is opening an office in Barcelona this September.
The new base is being launched in response to Maestra’s increased involvement in live events across Europe, particularly in key areas of Spain, the South of France and the Italian Riviera. Maestra Barcelona will be located 20 minutes from the city centre and 10 minutes from El Prat International Airport.
Company directors Tom Clements and Justin Hammond will oversee the launch. Clements comments: “Strategically, it’s a great base for servicing events across the whole of Europe and ensuring that we stay competitive and dynamic in a fast-moving world of product launches, conferences and events.”
A multilingual team of seven experienced live events professionals will work across all departments at the Barcelona office, which will also have equipment from brands including d&b audiotechnik, Robe Lighting, Analog Way, Sennheiser and Yamaha.
As well as being able to supply design services and technical production for international clients more efficiently throughout Europe, Maestra Group will also be expanding its general European business from the Barcelona office.
(Jim Evans)

dwr-churchLinden church upgrades with Audix & Quest
Friday, 5 July 2019

South Africa - Saint Thomas Church in Linden sought to upgrade its sound, with a quality solution that would not detract from the church’s looks and not break the bank. They got their solution from DWR Distribution in the form of Quest Audio and Audix microphones.
“We didn’t want it to look out of place and we did need to get better sound,” says Gift Chanza the head of Sound Ministry at Saint Thomas, “The Quest loudspeakers were exactly what we needed”. Three HPI Quest speakers were installed in the main hall. The left and right being handled by two Quest HPI8i two-way passive loudspeakers hidden within the Churches woodwork and the centre speaker, a Quest HPI111 compact loudspeaker, hangs from the middle of the ceiling.
An additional White HPI5 high output loudspeaker sits in the room adjacent main hall. These speakers have the church fully covered for sound. The amp system is hidden behind the choir section with two QA2004 Amplifiers sitting inside a box, this neat system was a priority for Saint Thomas as they wished to keep the look of the church and not have the sound displaying as a distraction.
To get the best out of the speakers the church had also decided to invest in some Audix Microphones. Four ADX12 podium gooseneck condenser microphones were chosen to mic certain sections of church for speech, one per podium and two at certain sections where prayer is given.
Two ADX40 hanging overhead microphones were hung left and right of the choir given the singers ample volume and clarity and an additional install of two OM2 dynam

robe-ferrugem-dvd-shoot-img8304Allen & Heath SQ scores on TV pub quiz
Friday, 5 July 2019

UK - Allen & Heath’s SQ series has stepped into broadcast with TV sound supervisor, Rob Ashard, working on a number of shows such as Comedians With Friends Watching Football, Al Murray’s Great British Pub Quiz and Race To The Numbers, all of which have vastly different requirements.
Ashard, who has previously worked on shows including Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and The Graham Norton Show, chose an SQ-5 - along with a Dante card and DX168 Expander for remote I/O - specifically for his work on smaller-scaled productions, where space can often be at a premium.
“Every now and then a TV show comes along where you can’t park a big TV Outside Broadcast (OB) unit and the technical team build the facilities into a smaller room, or rooms, at the location and assemble a load of flight-cased gear on tables, so I needed something powerful but with a small footprint,” Ashard explains.
“A year ago, the SQ series caught my eye, and I found myself watching every YouTube clip and finding out everything I could online. The SQ mixer itself has been even better than I imagined. It feels like a much bigger and more expensive console, just scaled down.”
The real game-changer for Ashard however, was the addition of SQ’s Dante card - used in conjunction with Ashard’s Ferrofish A32 Dante - which allows for synchronised multitrack-recording. He explains: “The technical requirements for TV audio can sometimes be quite complex and not every mixer is capable of doing what you need, particularly recor

mergingBeijing arts centre adds Merging Technologies
Friday, 5 July 2019

China - It might be called the National Centre for the Performing Arts but the Beijing facility is all about the international exchange of culture. Not surprisingly, this is a showcase for Chinese talent in opera, music, dance and ballet, theatre and Chinese traditional opera, but as important are the international festivals and the visiting performers.
A centre of this importance needs to have superlative facilities in every area and recording and broadcast are no exception. In company with the vast majority of world-renowned concert halls and opera houses, the NCPA has installed a Merging Technologies solution.
Pyramix and its DSD workflow is essential for recording and archiving performances, but the NCPA has determined that having the ability to record and post-produce in 5.1 is also vitally important. This further emphasizes the wisdom of choosing a Merging solution which is suited to any of the more immersive workflows that are becoming ever more popular.
In addition to Pyramix 11 MassCore, the installation features two Merging Horus networked audio converters. One of these is equipped with 48 channels of Mic/Line inputs using the AKD8DP premium A/D converters and the other has 48 channels of D/A using the DA8P card.
Dreamula, Merging’s local reseller and integrator, also supplied their custom connector panels to ensure that the installation is clean, efficient and reliable. The main audio console in this part of the complex is a Solid State Logic Duality with 48 analogue channels. There are a variety of monitoring solutions and a go

gottwood-festival-the-lawn-photo-by-rob-jones-for-khroma-collectiveVero VX delivers on Gottwood’s main stage
Friday, 5 July 2019

UK - Gottwood marked its 10th anniversary with a carefully crafted programme of underground electronic music. The festival’s organisers are committed to giving its community the best possible sound and, with that in mind, called in Audio Feed (with a little help from its friends) to deliver Funktion-One systems on all 10 stages, including the first outing for Vero VX.
Each stage was curated by the people behind some of the UK’s best parties and music labels, making for a varied line-up of DJ and live performances.
Vero VX, which received its global launch at Prolight + Sound 2019 in April, was deployed at The Lawn - the festival’s 3,000-capacity main stage. The system featured four ground stacked Vero VX90 cabinets per side and eight V124 bass enclosures. Power came from MC2 Delta 90, Delta 100 and Delta 80 DSP Dante amps.
Funktion-One founder Tony Andrews was onsite to assist with the set-up and to oversee Vero VX’s maiden voyage.
Vero VX was developed to satisfy the growing demand for Vero sound in a more compact footprint. The VX90 is a three-way vertical array enclosure with four new Funktion-One designed Neodymium drivers in a horizontally symmetric configuration: two reflex loaded, high efficiency 12” mid bass drivers; one Axhead loaded wide bandwidth 8” cone midrange driver; and a single 1” compression driver on a proprietary isophase diffraction waveguide. It measures 1120mm wide and 340mm high, its usable bandwidth is 50Hz to 20kHz and horizontal dispersion is 90°.
Commenting on Vero VX’s performance at Got

plasashow-2019-awards-press-release-awardslogoPLASA Awards for Innovation open for entries
Friday, 5 July 2019

UK - The PLASA Awards for Innovation 2019 are now open for entries from PLASA Show exhibitors. Products from all sectors of the entertainment technology industry are invited to be entered for the awards by 16 August.
Judged independently by a panel of industry experts, the Awards for Innovation are respected throughout the industry for recognising innovative new product design. All successful nominees will feature in the Innovation Gallery during PLASA Show from 15-17 September at London Olympia, culminating in a ceremony at the show on 16 September where the winner will be announced.
Product entries must demonstrate a new style of thinking, improve technical practice and safety, introduce new technology, materials or techniques, or offer new commercial advantages. Furthermore, an Award for Sustainability is reserved for products which achieve a significant reduction of power, utilise renewable energy or have a positive impact on the environment.
Awards set to be presented at PLASA Show not only celebrate innovative products - they also recognise the people who have led the way. Each year, the prestigious Gottelier Award, named after industry innovator Tony Gottelier, is presented to a pioneering product developer, with the winner voted for by PLASA members and registered PLASA Show visitors.
The 2018 recipient of the Gottelier Award was Unusual Rigging’s Alan Jacobi, with past winners including Wayne Howell, Anne Valentino, David Cunningham, Pasquale Quadri, Jim Bornhorst, John Meyer, Terry Clarke, Fred Foster, Alex Cooper, John Stadius

jeff-davenportProlight Concepts Group grows UK sales team
Thursday, 4 July 2019

UK - Prolight Concepts Group has announced the appointment of Jeff Davenport area sales manager. Davenport will represent the company in the north of the UK including Scotland. He was previously employed as a business development manager for Hawthorn and as a UK sales manager for EMD Music.
He comments: “It's a pleasure to now be representing the fastest growing supplier to the UKs event and install industry. With so many event ready products available next day from their huge stock holding, Prolight is a really exciting company to know for every size of business.”
(Jim Evans)


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