Audio News

digicodbc1Denton Bible Church installs DiGiCo desks
Wednesday, 5 August 2020

USA - From its beginnings in the mid-1970s, with barely more than a dozen members, to the opening of its 3,500-seat auditorium in the new century, Denton Bible Church (DBC) has kept itself at the leading edge of technology. And the church, named for its Dallas, Texas-area suburban location, has continued to do so with the May addition of a new DiGiCo Quantum338 console, which is used for both front-of-house and monitor mixing.
At the same time, a new DiGiCo SD12 console was also installed as the church’s new broadcast audio console. Both desks, plus the two DiGiCo SD-Racks installed along with them that sit on an Optocore network, were integrated and commissioned by Digital Resources, Inc., an AV systems integrator based in nearby Southlake.
This is DBC’s second generation in the digital mixing arena, and they had become accustomed to the streamlined operational aspects and high I/O counts that digital consoles can offer. “So their next digital consoles had to be able to continue to provide a lot of I/O and a high degree of functionality,” explains Digital Resources audio sales manager Lance Eddleman.
“Their SD12, for instance, is the latest 96-input-channel model, which gives them plenty of I/O for their broadcasts. And the Quantum338 gives them the high number of faders they wanted, to support their blended traditional and contemporary worship styles, as well as some really advanced features, such as the Spice Rack and Nodal Processing.”
After Eddleman and the DRI team witnessed the official worldwide launch of the Quantum338 at

shanghaiSE Audiotechnik reinforces Shanghai EDM festival
Wednesday, 5 August 2020

China - SE Audiotechnik is the exclusive PA partner for the EV EDM Festival in Shanghai’s Happy Valley theme park, where more than 2,000 visitors are expected every day from 10 July to 30 August.
When the party lasts more than 50 days and takes action during the rain season in Shanghai, you have to find a reliable partner with a good plan and real workhorses when it comes to gear. The choice fell on SE Audiotechnik with its compact, yet powerful M-Line. Overall more than 126 Speakers have been utilised on the main stage.
A total of 36 M-F3A PRO full-range speakers and 32 M-F3A PRO FS flysubs have been rigged – an array of 18 M-F3A PRO are supported by 2x8 M-F3A PRO FS on both sides of the stage in order to keep the sound pressure level high enough up to the last row. Besides excellent sound the requirement was to integrate the system discretely into the stage design - thus the M-F3A PRO could play at its full strength.
A total of 24 subwoofers have been used; eight of the 21” B21s below each array and another eight in front of the stage extending the frequency range of the system below 30 Hz.
Due to the extra-wide stage design, the coverage right in front of the stage has been filled with two sets of two S15 PRO subs and two M-F3A PROs stacked on top – one set to the left and one set to the right of the 8 B21 subwoofers in front of the stage.
Twelve SMX 12A stage monitors have been placed evenly positioned at the lip of the stage together with another set of two S15 PRO subwoofers and three M-F3A PROs stacked left and right of

 
 
digigridDiGiGrid meets demand from the home front
Wednesday, 5 August 2020

UK - Since any semblance of order in the music industry has been thrown into turmoil by the global Coronavirus pandemic, lockdown has challenged an industry primarily run by freelancers to be resilient and creative - qualities which they have demonstrated in abundance. DiGiGrid has seen demand for its products remain solid, as artists and technical staff strive to keep working.
Dan Page, brand manager at DiGiGrid is as aware as anyone of the serious difficulties faced by the sector, but believes that its natural resourcefulness will help in the struggle to survive the most testing of circumstances:
“Whilst every industry has been affected to a greater or lesser extent by the pandemic, our sector was probably the first to close and will most likely be the last to reopen in a ‘normal’ way. For freelancers particularly, that makes things extremely tough. Lost income, combined with the worry about when any kind of ‘normal’ will return, places huge stresses on people, but throughout lockdown we’ve seen plenty of ingenuity as the industry seeks to focus on as many positive actions as it can.”
At DiGiGrid, staff have been adapting to this new enforced way of life, learning new skills and brushing up on every aspect of what they do. Its team is involved in a constant dialogue with its user-base, offering guidance and support, whilst taking close account of the way in which this technically adroit community is adapting to the circumstances, and applying DiGiGrid hardware to support a wide range of imaginative projects. Dan continues:
“W

 
powersoftPowersoft pledges support to Crew Nation fund
Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Italy - Powersoft has partnered with the Crew Nation charitable fund to help provide relief to live music crews around the globe.
Crew Nation has been created to extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on a constant run of shows to make a living.
The fund - powered and administered by charitable 501c3 organisation, Music Forward Foundation - has been kickstarted by Live Nation, which has contributed an initial $5m and committed to match the next $5m given by artists, fans, and employees. So far superstars such as Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Metallica, John Mayer, and many more have shown their support and donated.
Having become aware of the initiative, Powersoft has pledged to donate 5% of the proceeds from all of the touring amplifier platforms sold between 27 July and 15 October, to Crew Nation. The Powersoft campaign that will follow is based on the key concept that ‘behind every show stands a great live music crew’, to underline the importance of the people behind the scenes of the shows that are so important to so many.
The campaign will be spread over several different media such as web banners, banner newsletters, social channels, and in print in the international trade media.
Powersoft’s brand, communication and trade marketing manager, Francesco Fanicchi, comments: “As with every person involved in the industry, we know how difficult the last months have been for professionals in the live event industry; in particular the touring and venue crew who are completely dependent on live shows to survive.

 
 
jblJBL releases install speakers in China
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

China - JBL Professional has introduced JBL CV1510 and CV1610 passive surface-mount speakers, the newest models in JBL Professional’s CV1000 Series of pro-grade install speakers for the China market.
The CV1000 Series brings JBL’s tour-tested fidelity and performance to restaurants, hotels, retail spaces and other commercial applications. Like all CV1000 models, the CV1510 and CV1610 feature a precisely designed crossover, quality plywood cabinets, built-in protection circuitry and a distinctive, elegantly contoured enclosure design. Pair the CV1510 and CV1610 with other CV100 Series loudspeakers and subwoofers for scalable solutions for any installed scenario.
“When we created the CV1000 Series, we aimed to offer versatile solutions for A/V integrators looking to design premium audio experiences for restaurants, hotels, retail venues and other commercial spaces,” said Daryl Wong, director, China product development Haarman Professional Solutions. “Now, with two new driver configurations, we’ve made it easier than ever to scale sound systems to match the precise needs of a broad range of spaces.”
The 2-way, 5.25-inch JBL CV1510 and 2-way, 6.5-inch CV1610 draw from seven decades of JBL Professional audio innovation to provide robust, reliable sound solutions that deliver smooth, even output at any volume level. Models are optimized for both horizontal or vertical orientation, with adjustable mount angles to fine-tune coverage in any space. The CV1510 delivers 104 dB max SPL (110 dB peak) and 86 dB sensitivity, while the CV1610 offers 10

 
wildernessNero finds its home in Alpine Wilderness
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Austria - An Audient Nero has joined songwriters and producers, Felix Brunhuber and Florian ‘Flo’ Fellier in their newly opened Wilderness Studios, nestled in the Austrian Alps. Realising a dream to establish a studio with “the best sound imaginable”, the boys have taken inspiration from the natural beauty, vast forests and vertiginous mountains of their homeland to create a “creative oasis”.
Together they are ‘Wild Culture’ and have clocked up over 80m streams across all the usual platforms (YouTube, Spotify and Soundcloud). As such, they know exactly what they need to put together their own “unique, high quality productions” and reckon now is the time to share their inspiration with the wider world.
Carefully specifying their audio gear to suit the 33sq.m main studio space, their experience as artists has helped them curate the perfect area for visitors to feel “free and creative”. They explain, “Wilderness Studios is designed for productions, recording top liners, singers and bands as well as for mixing and mastering. Up to 8 people can work in the main studio.”
They have paid careful attention to all elements, from temperature control and lighting to create the desired ambience, as well as getting the sound right. “With our big Neumann system comprising KH870 and KH420 controlled by the Audient monitor controller we have the perfect sound to write, produce, mix and master music.”
Describing Nero’s part in the overall setup, Felix says, “The Nero is used as our main monitor controller and is a central p

 
 
martin-aMartin WPS overcomes lockdown challenges
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

USA - Virginia’s Southard Audio recently overcame the challenges of lockdown when it deployed its new Martin Audio WPS system for the first time, helping the congregants of Harrisonburg’s Divine Unity Church to move outdoors for a special, socially-distanced service.
The event marked the first time that the company was able to use its WPS system, which recently joined the large format WPL system that Southard Audio has been using for a year.
Founded by Mike Southard in 1980, Southard Audio is known as a leading events specialist in Virginia and beyond. “We do large events throughout the Eastern US and a little bit into the Midwest,” explains managing partner Jason Misterka. The company has also long benefited from a working relationship with Soundworks of Richmond VA – the two became the first WPL owners in the world when they each purchased 24 WPL cabinets, 12 SXH218 hybrid subs and 12 iKON iK42 amps.
Taking WPL out on the road for year was enough to convince Misterka that it was time to add more Martin Audio to the Southard inventory. “After using WPL for a year we wanted to phase out some of our older boxes and standardise everything around one system that all of our techs know how to use. So when the WPS came out we jumped.”
But as soon as the WPS system arrived, COVID-19 brought events to a halt. The first opportunity to deploy the new system came months later, when Divine Unity Church decided to make the most of its outdoor space.
“This was literally a church service in a parking lot and we were happy to have the gi

 
swingSwing looks to the future with Microflex
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Belgium - AV specialist Swing has invested in Shure’s Microflex Complete Wireless (MXCW) system, becoming the first AV company in the country to purchase MXCW in what it considers ‘increased demand’ for a system that can offer ‘outstanding audio quality’ as businesses in the region plan to return to work following the easing of Government restrictions post lockdown.
Established in 1990 by CEO Danny De Letter, Swing, is one of the country’s leading AV specialists, with experience across the sales, rental, projects and events sectors.
Forty-eight wireless stations have been purchased by Swing for sales or rental.
De Letter said: “We anticipated the increased demand for a conferencing system with outstanding audio quality. Easy to set up, intuitive to use, with todays added value for remote communication. We are completely convinced because it’s completely wireless.”

 
 
grand-concertBroaMan and Optocore enable Paris spectacular
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

France - Once again BroaMan and Optocore network devices were deployed to maximum effect at this year’s Grand Concert de Paris spectacular.
The event coincides with France’s National Day (on July 14). And having scaled new heights last year with the solutions and I/O capacity provided by the two German partner brands - creating an immersive environment for Radio France, with 152 Optocore preamps and MUX22 IVT / MADI connectivity - this year technology contractors GB4D went even further. Working once again for Radio France, they set up an elaborate optical broadcast network topography on the Champ de Mars in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, but with the location eerily empty other than for technicians.
“Playing without an audience due to COVID-19 was certainly weird,” stated GB4D owner, Gilles Bouvard. “We felt really alone without the 500,000 spectators!”
Bouvard was clear in what the challenge represented, and it was essentially to produce an advance multi-format broadcast signal flow to the Radio France and France TV OB trucks from the FOH and monitor positions, as well as from the pyrotechnics position.
“We had to provide Radio France’s sound engineers with all the necessary tools,” he confirmed. And this year that again included 144 Optocore microphone preamps (both X6RFX and TP) as well as MADI stream connectivity between the Lawo, Yamaha and Studer consoles, via BroaMan MUX22 MADI and Optocore M12 and DD2FR-FX devices. In all, GB4D created a distribution universe of more than 600 audio streams between the FOH and monito

 
tridentmrbasselalhalabiTrident to represent Atlona in Middle East
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Qatar - Atlona has appointed Trident Technology Services as its manufacturer’s representative across the Middle East and Africa, effective immediately. Trident will focus on growing Atlona’s increasing demand and market share with a large community of ICT professionals that now require networked AV over IP solutions for enterprise-level projects.
A long-time Panduit representative, Trident is among the largest sales and marketing representatives for global ICT manufacturers in the MEA region, with four corporate offices and localized sales and support channels in key metropolitan areas. Trident’s team of sales, marketing and technical engineering experts support a broad community of ICT systems integrators, distributors, consultants and end users - many of which find themselves needing IT-friendly systems to serve modern AV environments.
“We have watched the evolution of AV, IT and telephony converging into one platform, and working with Atlona and Panduit will maximize our penetration into the data network infrastructure,” said Mr. Bassel Alhalabi, managing director, Trident Technology Services. “The ICT community is only starting to learn about AV technology and how it can help win new business. Atlona’s strengths in AV over IP distribution, collaboration, and control - and its interoperability with Panduit’s network infrastructure solutions - will help us create stronger demand for complete networked solutions that are scalable, flexible, reliable, and of exceptional quality.”
Mr. Alhalabi, who previously was a Panduit business

 
 
green-hippoGreen Hippo performs for Don Giovanni
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Sweden - Hippotizer media servers from Green Hippo were used recently to drive the visual content for a production of Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni, staged amid the COVID-19 pandemic to an empty Berwaldhallen concert hall in Stockholm.
Directed by British operatic tenor Andrew Staples, the production was conceived and produced under COVID-19 restrictions, with the necessary social distancing for all crew and performers. Instead of playing to a live audience, the performance was broadcast on the Berwaldhallen Play channel, in partnership with Medici TV.
To look after the creation, management and delivery of the production’s video content, set designer Bengt Gomér contacted Stockholm-based PXLFLD, a specialist in visual design and a long-standing Hippotizer user. Their team, led by Anders Granström, quickly created a visual breakdown of the script and an in-depth projection study before developing actual content.
“As the entire performance was broadcast in black and white, we relied heavily on stark contrasts throughout,” says Granström. PXLFLD artists Per Rydnert and Andreas Skärberg, working closely with Staples, created custom visuals, combining American photographer Franscesca Woodman’s deeply evocative black and white photography with a live camera feed and various pre-recorded sequences filmed during rehearsals.
Because the opera environment is so sensitive to unwanted noise, Granström chose the small-but-powerful, single rack-unit Hippotizer Amba+ as the media server for the job, confident in its power to deliver the

 
blue5LEA Professional partners with Blue5 for EMEA
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

UK - LEA Professional, manufacturer of pro-audio amplifiers with cloud- and IoT-based technologies, has announced a partnership with Blue5 Technology to serve their growing presence in the EMEA region.
Blue5 Technology was founded recently by David Budge, who has over 20 years’ experience in the pro audio industry with previous roles at Harman and Bose, working in the European, Middle East and African markets.
“AV customers across all verticals are seeking specialized solutions and are moving away from institutionalised corporations towards entrepreneurial, dynamic partners with market-proven depth. LEA Professional is a global player in AV but retains the entrepreneurial culture and customer focus. It is exactly the right partnership AV customers need in these times of change,” said David Budge. “LEA Professional has the ability to be agile and they’re not held back by the restrictions that come with a large organization. Instead they can work closely with customers and ensure they are giving them exactly what they need.”
Blue5 Technology will represent the full suite of LEA Professional products, including the newly-launched Cloud Platform. The LEA Cloud Platform allows for remote control and monitoring as well as providing a unique opportunity for recurring revenue streams for integrators to add to their service contracts. For Blue5 Technology the cloud platform was one of the main draws towards LEA Professional.
“LEA Professional is embracing new technologies; which we are not seeing from others in the industry. Progressive i

 
 
florenceK-array backs Musica in Giro in Florence
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Italy - On Saturday 1 August, the first concert of the Musica in Giro was held behind closed doors at the Verdi Theater. The format, created by Luigi D’Amico, was in collaboration with Stefano Zaccaria VP global sales & marketing of K-array, who were the main supporters of the initiative, along with Toyota Material Handling Italy, Simai, and Tab Italia.
Maestro Beatrice Venezi, directed the Orchestra della Toscana, in the execution of her first album My Journey- Puccini's Symphonic Works, published by Warner Music Italia.
At the opening, D’Amico explained that following the difficult period in which the world is living due to the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus, the purpose of Musica in Giro is to give a little contribution to return to some sort of normal, offering people entertainment in compliance with anti-assembly rules. The project - continued D’Amico - was achieved thanks to the main sponsors who together have created Cricket PE30, the first fully electric vehicle with professional equipment on board for audio diffusion.
From this partnership between Toyota Material Handling Italia, Simai, Tab Italia and K-array, a solution of innovation and effectiveness, imagined by Zaccaria in full lockdown, has come to fruition to support the reality facing the events sector in these troubled times.
Two Cricket PE30 vehicles broadcast the entire concert via live streaming and followed two distinct routes throughout the streets and squares of Florence. One of these started from Piazza Santo Spirito, to pass through some of

 
iscveISCE rebrands as ISCVE
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

UK - ISCE has renamed and rebranded as ISCVE Ltd - The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers.
Says the organisation: “Recognising the diversity of our members and the markets they operate in, along with the convergence of technologies, the Institute has undertaken this identity and name change to embrace the wider scope, skills and sectors of our members and supporting members.”
ISCVE president, Helen Goddard states, “We recognise that audio without visual, in today’s markets, is a little like tea without biscuits, you rarely see one without the other.
“So while it is important for us to continue to embrace members and market sectors of our origins, we also welcome with open arms, members who are working within additional disciplines, skill sets and technologies and our brand identity has been changed to reflect that.
“Training programmes offered by ISCVE already include acoustics, assistive hearing, PA & sound reinforcement systems, voice alarm and audio-visual technologies, so this is a very natural progression, and of course, ISCVE training programmes continue to be fully CPD accredited.
“CPD accreditation is important for our members, particularly in the UK, as it continues to be the most recognised standard of training, by government, public and private sector bodies, for our markets.”
ISCVE training courses include programmes presented by leading consultants, engineers and practitioners and are open to members and non-members. A full schedule of courses can be found on the recently rebran

 
 
wemakeevents#WeMakeEvents enters Red Alert with industry backing
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

UK - The #WeMakeEvents campaign has progressed into the ‘Red Alert’ phase, with planned activities set to take place across London and other major cities in the UK on the evening of 11 August.
The initiative will raise the alarm for the live events and entertainment sector, which has been badly-hit by the pandemic, resulting in countless event cancellations.
The campaign reports that the disruption of the summer season alone has affected over 600,000+ jobs in outdoor events. Meanwhile, a campaign survey revealed that redundancies in the sector are already happening, with 15% of businesses stating that they plan to make redundancies during August and 70% reporting that they could be forced to do so by the end of 2020.
The campaign warns that the termination of the government’s furlough scheme and the self-employment income support scheme in October would leave up to one million industry professionals with no financial security. “The complete lack of work in the sector combined with the withdrawal of government support will force industry professionals, including the 72% of freelancers, to seek work in other sectors,” says a statement.
Live events may not be able to return until March 2021 due to social distancing rules and the long-term planning now has the collaborative support of 17 trade bodies and several more production companies and manufacturers required for many arena tours, festivals, and stadium events.

 
viol1610arraydBTechnologies debuts three-way Vio system
Monday, 3 August 2020

Italy - Pro audio manufacturer dBTechnologies is launching the latest member of the Vio family: a compact three-way active line array system equipped with two 10” woofers and one coaxial MF/LF compression driver. It is billed as “a compact PA system able to deliver astonishing power and impressive SPL alongside the most harmonious and consistent audio performance”.
Vio L1610 is a three-way active line-array system, entirely equipped with neodymium components.
Each Vio L1610 acoustic engine is driven by a Digipro G4 Class-D amplifier module featuring 1600 W RMS along with the latest developments in dBT’s amp technology.
The system takes advantage of a one-of-a-kind low latency processing resulting from its powerful DSP featuring linear phase FIR filters.
The Digipro G4 amp comes with a modular slot for expansion cards: as a default, Vio L1610 is equipped with dBTechnologies RD-Net card for real time remote control via Aurora Net software. Nevertheless, the system is ready for upgrades with Audinate Dante protocol for digital audio stream as well as well as real time control purposes.
As a support for networking purposes, each Vio L1610 cabinet is equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC™) system and a frontal LED used to recognise each single module within the remote control software Aurora Net. 
Vio L1610 comes with Vio series’ peculiar three-point rigging system allowing a smooth and fast set up of the system. The two front links easily connect the modules. The back central rigging strand is equipped with a

 
 
jblampseriesJBL releases AMP Series for China market
Monday, 3 August 2020

China - JBL Professional has introduced the JBL Professional AMP Series of presentation audio systems to the Chinese market.
The JBL AMP (Amplifier, Microphone and Processor) Series brings JBL fidelity and performance to “versatile, intuitive, all-in-one audio systems for classrooms, meeting spaces and small-scale speaking environments”.
The collection, which includes AMP150 and AMP350 integrated amplifiers, AMP-H wireless handheld UHF microphone and AMP-N wireless hands-free/neck-worn UHF microphone, lets presenters communicate clearly and consistently without worrying about system operation - regardless of their A/V experience level - thanks to robust connectivity options, built-in effect presets and one-touch wireless sync. A choice of 40 UHF channels ensures interference-free operation in multi room facilities.
The 150-watt AMP150 and the 350-watt AMP350 let users optimise speech presence and intelligibility with built-in pro-grade EQ and reverb effects and tailor system response with DSP presets including filters, auto-gain and automatic feedback suppression.
Two wireless microphone choices support any presentation style: The handheld AMP-H dynamic microphone features a supercardioid pattern to emphasize the speaker and minimize surrounding sounds; the hands-free/neck-worn AMP-N condenser microphone can be adjusted to ensure clearest voice capture and optimum speech intelligibility. Dedicated Mute buttons on both models block out noisy distractions. Wireless microphones seamlessly synchronize with AMP150 and AMP350 processors, makin

 
madrixMadrix grants five-year warranties
Friday, 31 July 2020

Germany - Madrix now grants five years of limited manufacturer’s warranty on hardware products.
Average hardware failure and return rates of its high-quality products 'Made in Germany' had first been published on the company's website over a year ago. Standing at 0.1 %, it is extremely low across the range of devices. Such an enormous reliability and the very positive experiences of customers over the years have led to the decision to offer these new benefits, says the company.
The limited warranty covers the following products: Aura, Luna, Stella, Nebula, Orion, USB One and USB SMPTE.
All technical manuals have already been updated and can be downloaded from help.madrix.com

 
 
ShurePlus channels app offers free editing
Friday, 31 July 2020

UK - Shure has temporarily removed all in-app purchases from its ShurePlus Channels app for iOS.
Since 2014, ShurePlus Channels has enabled RF coordinators to carry out remote, realtime precision monitoring and control of Shure’s wireless systems. Users can monitor channel information including audio levels, RF signal strength, and battery life with compatible wireless systems such as Axient Digital, Axient, UHF-R, ULX-D, QLX-D, and PSM 1000.
“As a way to alleviate additional costs for Shure wireless users, we are temporarily removing all in-app purchases for ShurePlus Channels,” comments Corey Peoples, global product manager, at Shure. “It’s more important than ever to understand and respond to the industry needs right now, which is why we listened to customer feedback and decided to remove in-app purchases until further notice.”
The ShurePlus Channels is easy to set up and operate. By connecting it over WiFi, it automatically discovers and connects to compatible Shure-networked hardware.
A previously premium add-on service, the remote control of wireless channel settings can now be added for free. Users can unlock the feature for each compatible product family to adjust frequency assignments, audio gain, muting, and more. When combined with ShowLink Remote Control for Axient Digital systems, transmitter and receiver settings can both be adjusted simultaneously.

 
fuse-plein-air-002Pioneer changes The Fuse in Brussels
Friday, 31 July 2020

Belgium - Fuse has been a significant landmark in Brussels’ electronic music scene for more than a quarter of a century. The 1,200-capacity club, a converted cinema, which regularly plays host to leading artists, labels and promoters, has evolved with the times, and remains one of Belgium’s most successful electronic music institutions.
When the Coronavirus pandemic took hold, Fuse, like every other nightclub found itself in a bleak space. Closed with immediate effect as lockdown was enforced, business was halted overnight, leaving the club to contemplate an uncertain future. Determined to find a way ahead, the Fuse team began to consider its options. Assuming that as the virus was brought under control and lockdown conditions might be eased by degrees, the club’s team began to think creatively about how they might begin to recover some ground.
With indoor venues set to remain closed in Belgium through to September, Fuse searched for an outdoor venue that would allow social distancing. Working in co-operation with both city and regional authorities, the team located an ideal space near Brussel’s city centre. In a short time, the new space was configured to meet regulations that allowed customers to enjoy the venue. A stage was built to house the DJ booth, Plein Air by Fuse opened its doors at the start of July.
The key element in the creation of this new experience was a sound system that could provide the requisite audio quality and coverage to create an authentic ‘club’ environment outdoors. Fuse chose to work with Pioneer Pro Audio in

 
 
pipleft-to-right-ally-curran-nigel-bennett-mark-sheffieldPip Studios offers Dolby Atmos capability
Friday, 31 July 2020

UK - Audio post production facility Pip Studios is now fully open, offering Dolby Atmos capability from its six purpose-built Atmos stages on its site in Winnersh, Berkshire. Co-founded by Ally Curran, Mark Sheffield and Nigel Bennett, Pip aims “to bring its expertise to bear on offering state of the art audio localisation services for feature films, television, gaming, and streaming industries”.
The six Atmos stages are all Dolby certified, equipped with 24-fader Avid S6 mixing consoles, and aligned for theatrical and home entertainment mixing. The stages have been built and equipped by leading suppliers, including Level Acoustic Design, Westwood Joinery, HHB Scrub, Bell Theatre Services, AKA, Wire Broadcast, Jigsaw 24, and Dolby.
“The COVID-19 pandemic delayed our official opening by a month, so we used that time to further refine the facility,” comments Pip Studios chairman Nigel Bennett “Happily, we were able to keep building it out with only minor delays on certain materials. The UK production sector has lacked Atmos capacity for a while and opening these six stages now is perfect timing as production starts to ramp up again.”
Pip Studios will offer a wide range of audio services, including localisation services and ADR recording.
“We have designed a facility that meet the needs of our clients, whilst ensuring the space is adaptable for a variety of audio work and new business,” says Curran. “As a completely new and independent facility we are also able to offer highly competitive rates, as well as being agile and respon

 
id14toids108Nexo launches its smallest loudspeaker
Thursday, 30 July 2020

France - Pro audio solutions manufacturer Nexo has unveiled its smallest point-source speaker to date and a companion subwoofer.
Measuring just 130x130x120mm and weighing 1.7kg, the ID14 is the latest addition to the company’s ID Series of compact speaker cabinets. ID14’s dual concentric design features a coaxial 4” LF driver with 1.3” voice coil, and a 1.4” diaphragm for the HF. The speaker is offered with two directivity options: a 100°x100° horn as standard, with an asymmetric alternative offering 90°x140° dispersion. Like the series’ larger ID24, the new speaker is housed in a weather resistant polyurethane enclosure.
ID14 can be used standalone or in a distributed system, for front-fill, infill or delays. Thanks to availability in black, white or another bespoke RAL colour, the speaker is particularly suitable for installations and can be a creative and unobstructive solution in historic buildings, houses of worship, airports and hotels. The speaker can also be used for immersive and surround sound applications.
When paired with the companion subwoofer ID S108, they form a three-way system, ideal for small clubs and bars. Using a high efficiency bass-reflex design, the ID S108 features a long excursion 8" neodymium driver precisely tuned to match the frequency response of the ID14. Like the ID14, the ID S108 is available in touring or installation versions, in black, white or custom colours on request.
Two versions will be available - an installation version with a fabric front grille and a cable gland with two-core cable f

 
 
barixretailplayerchannelschedulerBarix releases updates for RetailPlayer system
Thursday, 30 July 2020

Switzerland - Audio over IP specialist Barix has introduced upgrades for its RetailPlayer multi-site background music streaming solution that enhance its versatility, bolster fault tolerance, and expand the network connectivity options for its hardware endpoints. New Wi-Fi support is complemented by extended scheduling and failover capabilities along with automated or manual playback of pre-recorded announcements.
The scalable RetailPlayer solution lets retail, hospitality, and corporate customers easily and securely manage streamed music and messages across any number of locations over the internet. Robust hardware playout devices at the receiving sites feature advanced buffer technology for fast channel switching and resilience to varying internet performance. Meanwhile, the cloud-based or customer-hosted RetailPlayer Portal provides centralized configuration, management, status monitoring and stream switching through a web browser or mobile device.
New channel management functionality in the RetailPlayer Portal enables playout devices to automatically switch between multiple audio streams on custom-defined schedules. For each hardware endpoint, administrators can schedule programming across a week by defining a playlist of which stream can be heard at various times.
“This enables customers to easily accommodate varying visitor demographics at different times or to create different moods,” said Davide Nossa, product manager, Barix. “For example, a location may be frequented by different age groups in the evenings or on weekends than during w

 
southcoastchristianchurch1South Coast Christian Church switches to Danley
Thursday, 30 July 2020

USA - South Coast Christian Church in San Juan Capistrano, California, delivers an upbeat, contemporary service to an energetic congregation. However, its aging sound reinforcement system was holding the ambitious worship team back and preventing the full translation of the praise band’s talents and hard work.
In coordination with a larger renovation, local AV integration firm Tech Arts designed and installed a new sound reinforcement system for South Coast Christian Church centred on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers, along with new video and lighting systems.
“Our original sound reinforcement system was decades old and worn out,” said Jeff Wallace, technical director at South Coast Christian Church. “We were running at 25% of capacity!” In conjunction with a larger architectural remodelling, which would remove the soffit that housed the loudspeakers anyway, the church leaders reached out to Tech Arts to completely revamp their AVL system. Working in phases, the Tech Arts team had the new Danley sound reinforcement system installed in time for Christmas celebrations and many weeks of Sunday services before Covid-19 shut things down.
“The room seats 500 people and is wider than it is deep,” explained Chuck Mitchell, CEO of Tech Arts. “That ruled out line arrays. We found that models of the Danley SH60 gave us the width we needed to cover the seating from end to end without requiring front fills. Moreover, Danley’s exceptional pattern control would keep energy off the walls and ceiling.”
Jason Vandergrift, design

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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