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Solotech appoints GM for Quebec City officeSolotech appoints GM for Quebec City office
Thursday, 27 February 2020

Canada - Frédéric Sujobert has been appointed as general manager of Solotech’s Quebec City office, effective 9 March.
Under the joint leadership of Martin Chouinard, president of the live productions division, Canada, and Philip Giffard, president of the sales and systems integration division, Frédéric Sujobert will supervise operational and sales performance for the Quebec City/Saguenay region. He will also oversee the development of new business opportunities while promoting synergy across the company's two divisions.
Sujobert has held various management positions over the course of his career, notably as vice-president of operations and general manager at Groupe Le Massif.
“Mr Sujobert's versatility, leadership and management skills are clear assets for Solotech. We are eager to leverage his in-depth knowledge of the Quebec City area business community,” says Martin Tremblay, president and CEO of Solotech.

L-Acoustics A Series goes UndergroundL-Acoustics A Series goes Underground
Thursday, 27 February 2020

USA - When Nashville Underground first opened its doors on Lower Broadway two years ago, the four-level music venue, restaurant, bar, and event space co-owned by singer-songwriter brothers Joey and Gavin DeGraw added a new justification for Nashville’s Music City moniker.
Boasting the city’s highest and largest rooftop deck - a double-level one, at that - the impressive space is also home to two kitchens, four bars, and three stages plus a DJ booth that host live music seven days a week. To bring these performances to life, Nashville Underground invested in a new L-Acoustics A Series system provided by Camarillo, California-based Rat Sound Systems.
“When Nashville Underground operating partner Joshua Pemberton called me, he was looking to bring more high-calibre artists into the venue. He needed a powerful, high-fidelity sound system, but also needed it to be easy to set up, since it would be constantly moved between their multiple performance areas,” says Rat Sound’s Dave Rat. “The new L-Acoustics A Series had just been introduced and we knew it would give the venue extremely high-quality sound and a brand name that is very attractive to top DJ and artist riders - but, also be ultra portable and quick to deploy to wherever they needed it that day.”
Rat Sound supplied the venue with pairs of medium-throw A15 Wide enclosures, KS21 subs and LA4X amplification from its own rental inventory, which Pemberton demoed onsite, then immediately called Rat back to order a set. This established Nashville Underground as the first venue on the Broa

Hippotizer performs for superstar Sonu NigamHippotizer performs for superstar Sonu Nigam
Thursday, 27 February 2020

UAE - For a recent concert performance by Indian singer, composer, actor and all-round megastar, Sonu Nigam, event production specialist Lightech AV turned again to their go-to media server solution from Green Hippo to drive the high-definition screen visuals. The show, designed in collaboration between Lightech AV and Nigam’s own team, was staged at Dubai’s World Trade Centre Arena in January.
Lightech AV’s head of video Yevgeniy Karyagin chose to use two Hippotizer Boreal+ media servers as his main and backup systems. Each had a Lightware 16x16 Matrix Switcher with 4K DP Datapath capture card. “For this production, 4K input was very important,” he says.
Working in conjunction with Sonu Nigam’s visual specialist and VJ, Arveen Sabharwal, Yevgeniy used the Hippotizer Boreal+ to feed a mix of custom graphics and live Imag footage, triggered from a MIDI controller, to the five large, portrait-format LED screens that formed a striking backdrop to the stage.
An experienced practitioner who has mastered his toolkit, Yevgeniy took the whole project in his stride. “There were no real challenges for us on this show,” he says, “because Hippotizer media servers give us so many possibilities and features that help us to quickly solve any difficulties that may arise - with picture mapping, or with the signal distribution, for example. Also, the efficiency and stability of Hippotizer machines gives you that extra confidence at show time. Thanks to the developers!”
(Jim Evans)

The Music Box chooses T SeriesThe Music Box chooses T Series
Thursday, 27 February 2020

Australia - Turnkey event specialist The Music Box has purchased six of Powersoft’s T604 amplifier platforms; the latest addition to its road-tested line of touring products.
Patrick Withers, national account & operations manager / production manager for The Music Box, comments: “These are the first Powersoft products we have actually purchased, although we have worked on events where they had been provided by other suppliers and event partners. We have always had a good idea of their product lines, all of which came with great reviews from our industry friends.”
The original recommendation came from CX’s Jimmy Den Ouden, who works with The Music Box on events as an audio engineer. Withers says: “Basically, he was sick of pushing our extremely heavy amp racks around! We’re constantly talking about good replacements for the old amp stock and he highly recommend the T604 amps. Trusting his expertise, we gave them a crack and as soon as we fired up the PA we were sold. It really was night and day with the old gear.”
As well as boasting exceptional audio quality and light weight, the T604 features input via Dante, AES3 and analogue. The Dante and AES3 solutions are optimised for daisy-chained distribution of two-channel audio for distribution to many amplifiers without the need for external switches, repeaters or splitters.
“We now have standard amp racks and single amp sleeves with custom patch panels that allow us to use the one amplifier model for our entire PA inventory,” explains Withers. “They have been flying out of


Sennheiser training courses now onlineSennheiser training courses now online
Thursday, 27 February 2020

UK - Sennheiser Sound Academy training courses for the first half of 2020 are now available to book online.
Run by Sennheiser’s Andrew Lillywhite and Joe Mahoney from the Customer Development & Application Engineer (CDAE) team, the courses are designed for RF techs, AV integrators and technicians, sound engineers, designers or consultants, live event professionals, equipment resellers and apprentices, who want to further their understanding of the specific area of each course.
A wide variety of courses are now available, including Wireless Mics Monitoring Essentials, held at Sennheiser UK offices in Marlow as well as at Arnolfini in Bristol; RF Best Practice for Production and Touring course in London; Wireless Audio for AV Integrators, held in Marlow and London; Audio For Meeting Rooms & Conferencing, taking place in London and Scotland; and, finally, Wireless Mics & Monitoring: The Master Class, held in Marlow.
Each course offers a combination of classroom training, which includes hands-on practical modules and eLearning.
The majority of courses are free and Sennheiser offers a 20% discount for those aged under 24 years. Registered members of the of the Association of Sound Designers (ASD), Institute of Professional Sound (IPS), Association of Motion Picture Sound (AMPS), Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), Guild of TV Camera Professionals (GTC), Learning & Teaching Spaces Managers Group (LTSMG), Production Services Association (PSA) and PLASA all get 50% discount on the pai

Genelec serves up gourmet audio in LisbonGenelec serves up gourmet audio in Lisbon
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Portugal - Recently opened, JNcQUOI Asia continues the trend for high-fashion gastronomy in Lisbon set by the original JNcQUOI in 2017. Like its original counterpart, JNcQUOI Asia is defined by grand scale, design, multiple spaces, and a Genelec sound system designed and installed by Garrett Audiovisuais.
With the capacity to accommodate over 300 people, JNcQUOI Asia is not just about the food. It’s a place where people come to see and to be seen, either in the bar, the restaurant, the sushi bar or the outside terrace and garden. Garrett supplied a zoned audio solution throughout with full control via strategically placed wall panels or a mobile phone app.
The first space is the bar; capable of hosting live bands as well as a DJ, it comprises three separate zones: the DJ area which utilises a pair of Genelec G Fives and a pair of 5041 in-wall subwoofers behind the DJ booth; the main bar area which is equipped with six 4030 and six of the larger 4040 installation loudspeakers plus three 5041 subwoofers hidden in columns; and finally the toilets where Garrett installed four AIC25 in-ceiling speakers.
“We spent a long time getting loudspeaker placement absolutely right for optimum results, and then we finetuned the system with the loudspeakers’ own on-board room response controls plus EQ and delay via a matrix,” recounts Garrett’s sales director, Raul Fernandes, who also notes that there is an output to each speaker enabling every speaker to be controlled individually for maximum precision. “When the system was commissioned, we turned th

DiGiCo & KLANG solution for Oakville centreDiGiCo & KLANG solution for Oakville centre
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

USA - Since 1977 the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts has offered a wide range of programming. Long a local hub for culture, it has undergone numerous changes over time. Among them, renovations aimed at improving the experience for audiences and deepening the functionality of the venue for technicians and incoming performers.
The Centre has also added significantly to its audio infrastructure over time, most recently with the purchase and installation of two DiGiCo SD12 consoles (one 72-channel for monitors and one upgraded to 96-channels for FOH) and KLANG immersive in ear monitoring software for the facility’s 485-capacity, AEG Liebherr Auditorium.
Another significant change, explains Andrew Moyer, coordinator of technical services, has been the increase of both community and professional programming - from roughly a dozen shows a year previously to approximately 70 professional and 230 community-based shows currently.
When Moyer began working full-time at the venue in 2000, one 24-channel analogue desk was deployed to run mains and monitors. When necessary, they augmented the system with rentals on a project-by-project basis. “It was all analogue,” Moyer says. “We had some BSS Soundweb processing for the PA, but that was the extent of digital equipment in the chain. We actually purchased our first digital console in 2010.”
The company has also added more full and part-time technical staff over time, which was part of what drove the choices and purchase of the SD12s from GerrAudio Distribution Inc in summer 2019.

Outline PA rig deployed for Junior EurovisionOutline PA rig deployed for Junior Eurovision
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Poland - On 24 November 2019, crowds gathered at the Gliwice Arena in southern Poland for the 17th Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Polish TV network TVP S.A. was the show's main organiser, with support from Gigant Sound/Letus (sound), TSE (lighting) and WIZJA (LED screens).
Together, they took on the task of designing the show from scratch, based solely on the guidelines provided by EBU. The entire project, its design and deployment, was a major success for the country's pros, who delivered a top-flight show both to the 8,000-strong audience at the venue and millions of viewers in Europe, Asia and Australia.
Pre-production began in early 2019. Initial scenography and lighting design drafts were produced in April, while the following months were spent on comparing and refining numerous approaches to the end result, as well as finding the best technical solutions - a plethora of concepts was presented during many brainstorming sessions.
Every detail of light positioning, video projection and sound reinforcement had to be approved by EBU representatives, who closely monitored each step of the production. When an agreement regarding the technical aspects was reached, it was time to deploy the scenography, broadcast systems, lighting, PA and multimedia projection systems in the venue. This process took over two weeks and was followed by intensive rehearsals.
The successful hanging of many tons of varied high-end equipment was achieved thanks to good teamwork and cooperation, overseen by Adam Tyszka, TVP's main lighting designer.

CP Sound selects JBL for pioneering Pier OneCP Sound selects JBL for pioneering Pier One
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

UK - Having just equipped the luxurious five-star Blue Waters Resort & Spa in Antigua with Harman’s JBL Professional loudspeakers and Crown amps, Colin Pattenden (of CP Sound) kept up the Afro-Caribbean vibe back in London at the pioneering Pier One Club, situated in the more down-home location of Canning Town’s backstreets.
Once again, he found the solution in JBL, but this time the requirement was the polar opposite to that in Antigua in terms of sonic power. Pattenden had worked with venue owner William Lule for nearly two decades, and when the latter wanted to relocate his pioneering venue from Dalston - to an out of the way location which would not be as problematic in terms of noise as the heavy populated Kingsland Road - he found the site in a remote area of East London.
With a trained ear and a discerning clientele for the heady Afro Beats mix CP Sound’s owner was already proposing a JBL subwoofer “which would move the cone 3.5”.
“But,” he continues, “in delivering such heavy bass we also needed to ensure there was sufficient top.”
With its 450 capacity, the club is deceptively large. The main ‘Arena 1’ looks small in comparison with the annexe (dubbed ‘Arena 2’) but the piéce de rèsistance is the heavily used ‘Garden’ area at the rear, awash with decking and faux grass, designed and fitted by carpenter, Titah Kasujja (who is also responsible for the upholstery and much more besides). Even the enclosures for the subwoofers have been elegantly designed in decking, lined with rigid Baltic Birch plywoo

Clair Brothers reinforces Summer NostrosClair Brothers reinforces Summer Nostros
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Greece - The week-long Summer Nostros Festival (SNFest) is an international multifaceted arts, sports and education festival held in Athens every June, that is free for all to attend and welcomes people of all ages.
Like every year, SNFest 2019 was hosted by the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Foundation. This is the organisation responsible for the entire construction in 2017 of the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre in Athens where the festival is held, for the third year, right on the Athenian sea front. The venue, which also hosts the Greek National Opera and holds cultural exhibitions all-year long, and houses the national library, has already racked up numerous awards both for its innovative, environmentally-friendly construction and its hosted exhibitions.
For this year’s SNFest, Mega-Sound (part of the Oikonomopoulos Group) - Clair Brothers’ distributor in Greece, and United Technical Group (UTG), were called on to provide the loudspeaker systems on the vast Great Lawn stage, as well as for the smaller ‘floating’ stage set up alongside a neighbouring canal.
Ioannis Oikonomopoulos, founder and CEO of the Oikonomopoulos Group, comments: “This huge national festival, the biggest cultural event of the year in Greece, represented a perfect opportunity for the first official presentation of the Clair Brothers C-series line arrays - the C12 and C8 systems. It was an unveiling to the public and the press, who got their chance to hear Clair Brothers products in action.”
UTG set up the C-series arrays for both stages. Oikonomopoulos continu

TiMax and EM Acoustics to hold joint demoTiMax and EM Acoustics to hold joint demo
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

UK - Out Board and EM Acoustics have joined forces to present a combined series of demonstrations offering offer a unique opportunity to experience TiMax spatial mixing, immersive 3D effects animation and vocal localisation with live stage-tracking using TiMax SoundHub and TrackerD4 on a multichannel immersive EM Acoustics system. Mark your diaries for Tuesday 3rd-Thursday 5th March 2020 as this amiable event will take place at SARM Music Bank Studios.
Out Board’s Dave Haydon and Robin Whittaker will be running sessions that cover: 
• TiMax SoundHub new HARDCore FPGA processing, PanSpace auto-calc spatial rendering and TimeLine showcontrol workflows.
• TiMax TrackerD4 all new Precision Stagetracking for live performer vocal localisation and fx panning.

EM Acoustics will formally demonstrate the Reference Series R10 flagship point source loudspeaker, along with the HALO-B medium format line array system. EM Acoustics technical director Ed Kinsella and other EM Acoustics team members will be on hand to answer any questions throughout the events.

Sessions will be available at the following times:
• Tuesday, 3 March b 2.45pm
• Wednesday, 4 March b 10am, 12.15pm, 2.45pm
• Thursday, 5 March b 10am, 12.15pm, 2.45pm

Each session is expected to last 1 hour and 45 minutes, including a short refreshment break, and there will be ample time to quiz the team from both EM and TiMax both during and after the session.
Spaces can be booked online by visiting test

Green Hippo appoints marketing coordinatorGreen Hippo appoints marketing coordinator
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

UK - Green Hippo has further strengthened its London team by appointing Abi Roberts as project and marketing coordinator.
Roberts joins from the legal world, where her attention to detail and communication skills led to a role liaising, and maintaining relationships, with a range of clients. She is now channelling this experience into managing a range of Green Hippo marketing, including digital and social media, trade shows and providing marketing support for the distribution network.
“I’m thrilled to join such a vibrant company with a clear vision for growth in 2020,” says Roberts. “The AV industry presents an exciting change of direction for my career where I can apply my experience to create some exciting new materials for our customers. I look forward to working with you all in the near future.”
Roberts joins Green Hippo as the company moves its London office to Camden and releases two new products for live entertainment and 3D mapping installations. Roberts will be working closely with Green Hippo’s head of marketing, Mercedes Stevão Boase.

Shure appoints development managerShure appoints development manager
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Poland - Shure Incorporated has announced plans to enhance its market development initiatives in Europe with the appointment of Jacek Rusek as integrated systems market development manager for Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
In this new role based in Warsaw, Rusek will build direct relationships with end customers in the region to better understand their requirements and find solutions that best meet their needs. He will work closely with Shure distributor Polsound to help Shure expand its market growth and position in Poland.
“We are pleased to welcome Jacek to Shure,” commented Rob Smith, senior director, integrated systems sales for Western Europe, at Shure. “His background in video conferencing and unified communications as well as his expertise in sales, product management, business development, and technical training, are very beneficial. Jacek will make significant contributions to support our Market Development activities in Poland and will be a valued member of our team.”
Before joining Shure, Rusek worked for a telecommunications solutions distributor in Poland. His tenure there included management positions in IT, engineering, and business development.
(Jim Evans)

Work Pro extends Arion line array rangeWork Pro extends Arion line array range
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Spain - Equipson announced at ISE a new and expanded Work Pro Arion line array range.
The Work Pro Arion Series is a DSP-powered Line Array ecosystem that already includes the popular Arion 21A system and double 10” format SL210A satellites. This system can be configured to suit a wide variety of applications, from medium to large venues where power, quality, and controlled directivity are required through to theatres and concert halls.
At ISE, Equipson also launched the Arion 10A and the Arion 5A, which are ‘significant redesigns’ of previous products.
Arion 10A is a single 10" version of the Arion 21A that incorporates Work Pro’s internal DSP technology and high-quality amplifiers from Danish brand Pascal. In keeping with the Arion 21A, the new Arion 10A uses top of the range transducers that were designed and manufactured in Europe. Its amplifier and DSP technology is concentrated in one box, which in turn supplies the powered audio signal to the following box. This means that only one dual channel amplifier is need for every two boxes. At the low frequency end of the spectrum, Arion 10A uses an affordable SL218A subwoofer.
Equipson’s second new product in the series is the Arion 5A - a fully redesigned compact size line array system that offers an impressive power ratio of 1600W peak through its sub and 2400W peak through its tops.
Arion 5A tops consist of two 5" woofers, one 1.75" voice coil, a 2.2" ring radiator and a 15" sub that can be combined with 4, 6 (1 sub) and 8 or 12 (2 subs) top boxes. The sub used for this sys

Cymatic Audio and punQtum join forces
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

The Netherlands - punQtum B.V. has announced a cooperation with Cymatic Audio in the fields of logistics, service and procurement.
Arie van den Broek, founder of both companies, comments: “When it comes to back-office operations, it made sense to join forces to avoid unnecessary costs. However, this arrangement will not affect the distribution channels of either company. punQtum remains a strictly business-to-business direct sales operation, whereas Cymatic Audio products will remain available through our valued dealers and distribution partners in the market.”
punQtum was established in 2019 to focus on professional tools for the live event and professional audio industry. With a firm commitment to the pro audio community, punQtum has set out to develop tools that are based on open technology standards and designed to make a difference. “We listened carefully to the discussions within the community and came back with the impression that proper communication tools are one of the missing pieces.”
Consequentially, the first products developed by punQtum are tools for digital intercom systems based on network technology. “Using network technology makes total sense,” Arie says. “Ethernet is available in many places already, and we designed our beltpacks and speaker stations to be plug-and-play and as easy as analogue.”
The first products of the new company were shipped earlier this month.
(Jim Evans)

Audio-Technica expands distribution portfolioAudio-Technica expands distribution portfolio
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Europe - Audio-Technica has announced a partnership with Audio Pro Business which will see the Swedish speaker manufacturer join Audio-Technica’s portfolio of distributed brands in the UK, Ireland, France and Spain with effect from 1 March.
Audio Pro Business commercial installation speaker solutions will join brands such as Audio-Technica, Allen & Heath, Genelec, Audient and Artnovion in Audio-Technica’s offering.
With a 40-year history in speaker design and manufacture, pioneering technologies such as wireless audio and lighting rail quick connections, Audio Pro Business wireless speakers allow easy installation, flexibility and audio quality while allowing customers to connect to modern streaming media services.
Gary Maguire, commercial director Audio-Technica EMEA, says: “We are delighted to be representing Audio Pro Business in our UK and Ireland, French and Spanish territories. Audio Pro Business addresses the needs of business wanting better quality sound and the flexibility to match changing retail and hospitality environments. The brand’s forward-thinking approach aligns to many of the requests we have experienced in the market. We look forward to working on some exciting projects in the coming months.”
Jens Henriksen, Audio Pro CCO, adds: “We are very happy to join Audio-Technica’s portfolio of premium brands. We believe our products deliver a solution well adapted for the installation market and are a great complement to Audio-Technica’s existing offering. The new relationship will allow us to provide reseller

Sony Soebowo chooses Waves eMotionSony Soebowo chooses Waves eMotion
Monday, 24 February 2020

Indonesia - FOH audio engineer Sony Soebowo chooses tools from Waves Audio, including the eMotion LV1 Live Mixer and Waves plugins, mixing for two of Indonesia’s most popular performers: the band Naif, known for their retro sound and style, and Raisa, Indonesia’s popular pop/R&B star and winner of numerous awards.
Soebowo’s setup includes a Waves eMotion LV1 live mixer running on a Waves Axis One computer with a SoundGrid Extreme Server-C, a SoundStudio STG-1608 for FOH I/O and a SoundStudio STG-2412 for stage box I/O. He usually makes do with a single screen, as he uses DCAs (Digitally Controlled Amplifier) as his groups function since the mix is already set - resulting in little need for major tweaking during the show.
For recording and playback/virtual sound check, he uses Waves Tracks Live. The bands use IEMs, and as backup, or if there are wireless frequency issues, they are provided with wedges and he is set up in parallel to switch if problems happen, even if in the middle of the show.
Soebowo comments: “I have been using Waves MultiRack for a long time now, and the ability to use Waves plugins within the console is a major advantage. My must-haves are the Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain plugin, which I use on the Master Bus, as it ensures a really clean and powerful sound. The Vitamin Sonic Enhancer gives that extra ‘shine’ to the overall mix, and the Q10 equalizer enables me to make fine EQ changes, which are needed for different venues.”
He remarks about the Waves X-FDBK plugin: “The X-FDBK was a life-saver when I

Houston Rodeo saddles up with CrewComHouston Rodeo saddles up with CrewCom
Monday, 24 February 2020

USA - When Jason Martin, coms A1, and Dave Cheramie, coms A2, were tasked with integrating a new, modern intercom system for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at NRG Stadium, the duo found a solution to meet all of their production needs with Pliant Technologies’ CrewCom wireless intercom system.
For the 125,000sq.ft stadium, it was crucial for Martin and Cheramie to deploy a coms system that could provide dependable wireless communication and extensive range throughout the three-week long event, which is streamed live to FOX.
“When searching for a coms system for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, no other solution compared to CrewCom,” adds Martin. “It was a no-brainer to deploy the Pliant system as other systems we tested failed to perform in the large stadium with its high, domed ceiling. The competing systems also presented multipath interference issues, so they couldn’t provide the range we require for this large-scale event - only CrewCom could handle the job.”
For the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Martin and Cheramie deploy a combination of 27 two-channel and four-channel Radio Packs (RPs), 14 transceivers, two copper hubs and three fibre paths to provide a reliable and extensive coverage zone. Additionally, they utilised two four-channel bases in a primary-secondary configuration with a total of 10 party lines (eight four-wire and two two-wire).
For the upcoming 2020 season, which will take place from 3-22 March, Martin and Cheramie will integrate Pliant’s CrewCom 8-Port Fiber Hub - expanding the system’s ca

Kool & The Gang play on with DPAKool & The Gang play on with DPA
Monday, 24 February 2020

USA - Kool & The Gang’s production manager and FOH engineer Ed Irons uses DPA’s 4099 Instrument, 2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid, 4011 Cardioid and d:facto 4018 Vocal Mic to deliver Kool & The Gang’s signature sound to live audiences around the world.
“Once we heard the DPA mics, we were hooked,” he says. “The horn section for Kool & The Gang is a franchise sound. With the 4099s, it is so easy to dial in on the fullness of the group. Most notable is the ease with which I capture the true character of each instrument; whether it’s a sax, trumpet or trombone - they all sound awesome with DPA.”
Kool & The Gang utilises three 4099 Loud Instrument Mics and one 4099 Extreme on their horns section, along with two 4011s for mic’ing the percussion rig. Most recently, they began using the 4099 Instrument mic on bass. “Although the 4099s sound great on all of the band’s instruments, we were especially blown away when we used them on the bass cabinet - as it’s typically quite difficult to capture clear sound in this application,” adds Irons. “The ability to deliver truth across the full low-end spectrum is amazing.”
For Irons, authenticity is the standout feature of their collection of DPA microphones. “Whether mic’ing a trumpet, alto or tenor sax, trombone or even bass guitar, I am able to deliver exactly what is coming from the stage to audiences large and small - all while EQing less,” he explains.
Additionally, Jack McDonald, monitor engineer for Kool & The Gang, appreciates the DPA sound when fee

Ultra Events invests in DiGiCoUltra Events invests in DiGiCo
Monday, 24 February 2020

South Africa - Ultra Events Technical Solutions has recently taken delivery of a DiGiCo SD12 digital mixing console.
According to Costa Champianis, director at Ultra Events, there were limited number of large-format DiGiCo consoles available for dry hire in the region, which was having a negative impact on technical services provider’s ability to meet the demands of international riders.
“Over the past few years, there has been a shift in rider requirements, showing a definite preference for DiGiCo’s larger consoles by the majority of touring artists,” explains Champianis. “In October last year, we were contracted to provide technical services for the Norwegian pop band a-ha, who had booked touring dates in both Cape Town and Johannesburg through Breakout Events and Rogue Entertainment in mid-February. We were able to meet the requirements of about 70% of the rider, but once again found ourselves lacking when it came to audio consoles.”
Costa and his team decided that the time was right to add DiGiCo’s SD12 to their inventory, not only to fulfil the technical requirements for the staging of a-ha’s current world tour in Cape Town but also to strengthen their position as a technical service provider for international touring artists in the future.
“Ultra Events is recognised as a leading technical service provider in the region, and we enjoy servicing the larger international artists as it not only provides the opportunity for South African audiences to enjoy their favourite acts live on stage but also exposes our crew to the

ISE delivers despite challenging backdropISE delivers despite challenging backdrop
Monday, 24 February 2020

The Netherlands - AV technology tradeshow Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2020 completed a 15-year residency at the Amsterdam RAI expo centre with a special event held on the show’s last day, 14 February (Friday).
Politicians and executives saluted the venue and the city of Amsterdam while looking ahead to the future, with the tradeshow set to move to the Fira de Barcelona for its 2021 edition.
Despite health concerns brought about by the coronavirus outbreak and major travel disruption caused by Storm Ciara, ISE 2020 took place as planned, but with markedly lower attendance of 52,128 unique visitors compared to 81,268 in 2019.
Mike Blackman, MD of Integrated Systems Events, comments: “This year’s show demonstrated to us just how determined our attendees were to come to ISE. Many of our exhibitors exceeded their targets for customer engagement and lead generation. The show has delivered on all fronts: as the global industry’s biggest annual forum, as a launchpad for new solutions, as a place to do business, and as a source of professional development and education.”
On the Main Stage, jointly organised by ISE, AVIXA, CEDIA and AV Magazine, expert speakers offered thought leadership on a wide range of topics. The largest AV Career Day ever also took place at the show, with over 170 students and faculty from 12 different universities across five countries taking part in the event, organised by AVIXA and CEDIA. Presentations, discussions and show floor visits gave participants a real flavour of the wide variety of career paths that th

RCF grows UK dealer support teamRCF grows UK dealer support team
Friday, 21 February 2020

UK - RCF UK has appointed Tom Martin to the role of UK technical sales/support. He will be supporting all RCF dealers south of the M62.
During his career so far, Martin has worked across many sectors, including tour/product management, FOH engineering, corporate production and audio installations, and many large-scale events including The Olympics, The Brits and MTV Awards.
Dean Davoile, UK sales director, comments: “As RCF continues to grow we needed to find someone that was capable of supporting our dealers and demonstrating across all our product ranges. Tom is that person; with his extensive experience in Live, Installed and AV applications, he fits the bill perfectly.”
Martin adds: “I am looking forward to getting my teeth into the RCF product lines and working with some great people, both in the UK and Italy.”

Blak Box turns immersive with AlconsBlak Box turns immersive with Alcons
Friday, 21 February 2020

Australia - Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) is dedicated to telling real-life stories which portray the many facets of modern-day Australia through site-specific cultural experiences. Many of its projects are presented in Blak Box, a portable venue that uses Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems for a fully immersive audio experience.
UTP’s latest production was Momentum, which was presented in Blak Box at Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, throughout the first half of November. Alcons Audio systems for all Blak Box productions are supplied by David Betterridge of Sydney-based Loud And Clear Audio Pty. The Momentum system comprised six pro-ribbon VR5 mini monitors and two BF151mkII compact subwoofers, powered and managed by two Sentinel3 amplified loudspeaker controllers. The VR5s were evenly-spaced around the perimeter of the internal wall, with the BF151s placed in opposing corners, between the internal and external walls.
“Each project presented in Blak Box is an individual work created by different teams, with different styles of storytelling, music and soundscapes. It’s quite an intimate space, so the quality of the system is paramount,” says Betterridge. “For Momentum, the brief was to supply a very compact system, because there was very little space for the top boxes, but which would be capable of reproducing a very varied range of speech and musical styles.”
Betterridge and his team proposed the Alcons VR5 because it delivered very high fidelity sound, but was able to fit into the very tight space between the top of the inte

Northern Light adds flexibility to the BarracksNorthern Light adds flexibility to the Barracks
Friday, 21 February 2020

UK - Northern Light was commissioned to design, supply and install a new lighting and AV system by The Robertson Trust for Stirling.
They were asked to provide systems which were as flexible as possible and allow the room to be used in many different configurations as the final configuration of the rooms was yet to be determined.
The proposed systems included: overhead suspension bars and lighting grids, power distribution, LED fixtures, projection, installed sound, fixed control rack, facility the new conference space within the Barracks Conference Centre, panels with cable infrastructure and a lectern.
Northern Light was also asked to provide video conferencing and presentation systems for the meeting rooms within the barracks building. The systems had to be capable of interoperability between the systems as the room will be hired out for many different client needs. Northern Light worked alongside Blackstar solutions to provide a Starleaf solution which is able to communicate between all different video conferencing systems.
“We worked with the client to produce an end result that provides the room with a user-friendly conference presentation system with additional control for larger different events and the additional challenge of an infrastructure to meet any unknown requirements in the future,” comments project manager Steve Dick.
(Jim Evans)


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