Audio News

l-acoustics-mainL-Acoustics reinforces touring teams
Friday, 4 January 2019

USA - Since 2010, in his role as head of US touring support, Scott Sugden has contributed substantially to the success of L-Acoustics touring markets in North America. Sugden now assumes the position of product manager, reporting to Jeff Rocha, director, product management.
“Scott is an outstanding individual who demonstrates a rare combination of both technical acumen and great communication skills, with a keen focus on the user experience, making him the ideal candidate to fill the key cross-functional role of product manager,” comments Rocha. “As a member of the L-Acoustics product management team, Scott will accompany the new product development process by liaising with key stakeholders across geographies and company functions to help L-Acoustics identify, capitalise upon, and communicate new product opportunities.”
Effective immediately, recent hire Marcus Ross assumes the role of head of application, touring, USA & Canada, reporting to Florent Bernard, director of application, touring. Based in L-Acoustics North America headquarters in Westlake Village, CA, Ross will lead application support for all rental production projects in USA and Canada.
Also new to the US & Canada touring team is Vic Wagner, application engineer, who has deployed systems for Sound Image over the past decade on some of the most prominent L-Acoustics tours and festivals including Maroon 5, Santana, Sia, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Zac Brown Band, Linkin Park, Kid Rock, CMA Fest, and Taylor Swift.
(Jim Evans)

frederiksenDPA appoints VP of sales for APAC
Friday, 4 January 2019

Denmark - DPA Microphones has announced the appointment of Thomas Frederiksen as its new vice president of sales for the APAC region.
Frederiksen will head up DPA’s regional office in Hong Kong, which was opened in 2013 to support the company’s sales partners throughout Asia.
Commenting on his appointment, DPA’s CEO Kalle Hidvt Nielsen, comments: “I am very pleased to have Thomas on board. APAC is a very important region for DPA. I know that, with his strong background in the pro audio market and his extensive experience in Asia, and in particular Japan, he will help drive the APAC team to develop even closer links with our distributors, dealers and customers across the region.”
A fluent Japanese speaker and formerly managing director of Shure Japan, Frederiksen is already a familiar face to many in the live sound, installation and pro audio industries. Throughout his career he has held senior sales and management positions for a range of high profile companies, including a four-year tenure at Brüel & Kjær, the company that was the forerunner of DPA microphones.
Frederiksen will take up his new role from January 1st and will be supported by DPA’s existing Hong Kong-based sales staff.
(Jim Evans)

logic-systems-pro-webLogic Systems launches Notion line-up
Friday, 4 January 2019

UK - Lincolnshire-based manufacturer Logic Systems Pro Audio has launched the Notion line-up, which replaces the popular ML range and comprises of four two-way systems, ranging from the compact N8 to the powerful N14, plus three sub woofers.
Each full range enclosure features a rotatable horn for horizontal or vertical orientation. Comprehensive mounting options include eyebolt suspension, wall bracket and pole mounting, while ergonomic handles incorporated in the rear of each full range enclosure allow easy handling with all sub woofers having side handles.
All Notion series enclosures are constructed from durable plywood and finished with hard-wearing black textured coating paint with white and customer RAL colour options available to order. The ML series have been a popular product in the Logic Systems range for many years, offering a flexible option for front of house or monitor duty.
Applications range from portable sound reinforcement for live bands, DJs and corporate events to installations in nightclubs, bars, commercial spaces and churches.
Leigh Comins, operations manager at Logic Systems, comments: “The new range brings warmth and clarity of sound and improved overall performance at a price point not previously possible. It’s a fresh, modern design, catering not only the for needs of portability but also installation purposes.
“We’re confident that ML users will be more than happy with the new model,” adds Leigh, “because it offers everything that was popular about the ML - and more - and in a more contemporary

next-proaudio-n-rakNEXT-proaudio introduces N-RAK
Friday, 4 January 2019

Europe - NEXT-proaudio has developed a unified rack solution N-RAK, designed for optimum performance flexibility and setup simplicity. The new rack was configured to interface seamlessly, allowing multiple configurations for the entire NEXT-proaudio’s product range.
Part of a family of four different models, N-RAK 20, N-RAK40, N-RAK60, N-RAK80, all the N-Raks are equipped with Powersoft X8 and/or X4 amplifiers, featuring Dante audio networking functionality (optionally).
N-RAK was created as a universal platform developed to facilitate cross-rental between NEXT-proaudio’s users worldwide and to ensure compatibility with the cabling standard of the systems.
The N-RAK has Dante (optional), AES3 and analogue inputs for multiple connections, making the setup process greatly simplified and much more efficient than the former LA Rack. With the Powersoft amplifiers already built in and no assembly required, it’s an easy-to-configure, all-in-one amplifier solution that eliminates the process of building amp racks.
The N-RAK touring rack offers an advanced rack solution for all NEXT-proaudio systems covering signal and power distribution in a plug'n'play touring package.
The N-RAK versatility extends to delivery as well, since its dimensions were projected to allow easy shipment on European trucks, sea containers and other transportation modes, says the company.
(Jim Evans)

john-lousteauphotoEngineer John Lousteau backs JBL monitors
Friday, 4 January 2019

USA - John ‘Lou’ Lousteau, chief engineer at Foo Fighters’ Studio 606, recently installed a pair of JBL Professional 7 Series master reference monitors at the recording studio.
The engineer and producer has worked with the likes of Iggy Pop and Joan Jett and also records at Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins home studios, as well as his own home studio.
He was so impressed by the performance of the JBL 7 Series monitors at Studio 606 that he equipped his and Taylor’s studios with them as well.
“We’ve used monitors from dozens of different brands over the years, but there’s something special about the JBL 7 Series - they just speak to me,” says Lousteau. “Something about them sounds really good. They have a tightness in the low-end, and the mids and highs and really transparent and clear - they’re super accurate. As soon as I heard them, I was like ‘Oh, those are killer!’ Within two months I bought a pair for my house and for Taylor’s house.”
(Jim Evans)

hmmc03Bosch Praesideo unites Houston hospital campus
Friday, 4 January 2019

USA - When technology design and integration company Walker Engineering was asked to assess the paging and public address systems at the sprawling Houston Methodist Hospital, they encountered an assortment of older analogue systems that were inadequate for the needs of a modern medical facility – including integration with the new Paula and Joseph C. “Rusty” Walter III Tower, a 22-story, one million-square-foot building for cardiovascular and neurosurgery.
In keeping with Houston Methodist’s approach to medicine, efficient communications across all 10 downtown buildings was a critical need. Walker recommended Bosch Praesideo digital public address and emergency sound system as a scalable, flexible enterprise solution to serve the new Walter Tower and unite it with the rest of the campus.
“We had previously upgraded several of the medical centre‘s suburban facilities, but the downtown campus was a different kind of challenge,” notes Matt Kenjura, manager of technology preconstruction for Walker. “Each existing building had its own legacy paging system, and the goal was to find an operational approach that could pull those patchwork analogue systems into a modern digital environment, and do it without downtime to critical communications. Bosch Praesideo has the flexibility and scalability to keep all these adjacent systems working throughout the transition.”
In a hospital environment, communications is a critical component of efficient care delivery, most notably when a patient requires immediate assistance. Houston Methodist’s g

Vectorworks sponsors theatre festival
Friday, 4 January 2019

USA - For a third year running, global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks is sponsoring awards at the Kennedy Centre American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). KCACTF is a national programme designed to celebrate college theatre in the United States and help students develop their creative and technical skills. This year marks the 50th anniversary of KCACTF.
Every year, KCACTF hosts eight regional festivals for college theatre students across the United States. The festival activities include workshops, discussions, regional-level scholarships and award programmes. The first regional festival begins on 8 January and the last festival ends on 28 February.
“As we gear up for another exciting festival season for KCACTF, once again new doors will open for a handful of students because of the connections between KCACTF and our industry-leading sponsors, such as Vectorworks,” says KCACTF national chair of design, technology & management Jesse Dreikosen. “The company’s sponsorship helps foster students’ creativity and supports them every step of the way as they discover new innovative ways to communicate their design ideas."
This year, each winner of the eight festivals will receive a free professional license of Vectorworks Designer, a solution that offers lighting, rigging and rendering tools in a single interface.
“Our involvement with the Kennedy Centre American College Theatre Festival the past two years has been wonderful, and we look forward to supporting the next generation of entertainment professiona

next-proaudiola122v2angleNEXT-proaudio extends LA family
Thursday, 3 January 2019

Europe - NEXT proaudio has announced that its new LA122.v2 as the latest addition to its LA family of line array systems.
The new kit is a re-designed version of the LA122 compact line array, integrating the same internal components into a smaller and lighter box.
LA122.v2 has neodymium speakers custom-made by B&C that can generate 1120W of high-definition power for a very high acoustic pressure, suitable for medium to large scale applications.
This system is suitable for use in permanent installations as well as in touring systems. The new system comprises three models, two line array elements, with different coverage angles (8ºx90º - LA122.v2 and 15ºx120º - LA122W.v2) and a companion subwoofer system allowing a wide configuration versatility - LAs118.v2.
The Hybrid-Horn subwoofer LAs118.v2 is equipped with a custom made B&C, long excursion, 18” neodymium woofer. As it shares the same rigging technology with the LA122.v2 and LA122W.v2, a flexible integration, both on the ground or on the top of the LA122.v2 arrays, is possible.
For touring applications, LA122.v2 can be associated to the N-RAK, a universal distribution platform for power, audio signals and network. The cabinets can be finished in a variety of colours to suit fixed installations.
(Jim Evans)

av-di-plus-front-smlISE: ARX Systems launches AV DI box
Thursday, 3 January 2019

The Netherlands - Launching at ISE 2019 next month, the new AV DI Plus from ARX Systems is a stereo AV Active Direct box that features industry standard dual 6.5mm, RCA and Amphenol stereo mini jack inputs and dual balanced Amphenol XLR outputs.
Designed for interfacing computer sound cards, smart phones, iPads and similar devices with professional sound systems, the AV DI Plus provides a simple solution to the increasingly familiar problem of having to deal with a number of different types of analogue audio connectors when connecting to consumer level devices.
The latest addition to the Audibox range of interfaces from ARX Systems, the AV DI Plus converts unbalanced audio signals to balanced, low impedance signals suitable for use with professional equipment and long cable runs. Switchable ground isolation provides low-noise operation suitable for any application, preventing ground loops and other extraneous noise.
As an added feature, for those applications including corporate AV and computer interfacing the AV DI Plus also features a mono'ing switch allowing stereo signals to be easily mono'd, thereby requiring only one mixer channel for playback.
(Jim Evans)

concept-audio-left-and-powersoft-rightPowersoft appoints Concept Audio in Malaysia
Thursday, 3 January 2019

Malaysia - Powersoft has appointed Concept Audio as its distributor in Malaysia.
Concept Audio is a complete AV equipment supplier that provides gear as well as system designs, project implementation and system integration. The company also distributes Coolux, Clearcom, Shure, Nexo, Quest Engineering and JBL.
Castrit Lim, sales director of Concept Audio, comments: “Powersoft products can deliver more than enough power to any sized sound system, and their reliability is complemented by excellent component quality, compact size, and intuitive functions. We discovered that Powersoft amps would also be the most flexible option for our customers - given the audio products we distribute already - and the value for money is second to none.”
Concept Audio plans to supply its new Powersoft gear to universities and government departments, but the company says it also anticipates “a good response” from integrators, rental companies and end users.
Lim adds: “We believe that the install market is a main growth area for our country at this moment. The majority of spending power here falls under middle and entry market levels, so most clients are looking for the best possible products on an affordable budget. Education in this stage is very important, and we intend to conduct more product introduction events and training seminars in order to promote brand awareness.
“Powersoft has a proven track in helping distributors to educate the markets with their leading sonic technologies, and we are confident that these sessions will be beneficial

cadaudioJHS to distribute CAD Audio in UK and ROI
Thursday, 3 January 2019

UK - As of January, Leeds-based pro audio distributor JHS has become the exclusive distributor of CAD Audio microphones and accessories in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
CAD Audio's 2019 catalogue comprises the CAD Live, StageSelect and GXL Wireless ranges, Equitek recording and Acousti-Shield acoustic enclosures, Livesound, USB mics and Astatic microphones and installation accessories as well as Sessions headphones.
Ralph Jung, CAD Audio sales director, US music, comments: “We are very pleased to have JHS as CAD Audio’s exclusive distributor in the UK and ROI. JHS is a very strong and respected organisation with deep roots and strong relationships in its markets. The CAD Audio product line is a great fit with the current JHS product offering, and we look forward to achieving great success alongside the talented team at JHS.”
“We have a long history of representing a number of leading pro audio and musical instrument brands throughout the UK, ROI, Europe and globally,” adds JHS managing director, Dennis Drumm. “The addition of CAD Audio to our complement of world class brands is a great way to begin 2019. We will use our considerable reach and promotional resources to further CAD Audio's already peerless reputation in the competitive domestic market.”
(Jim Evans)

andreaskoenigshure-jpegShure names senior product manager
Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Europe - Shure Incorporated has appointed Andreas Koenig as new senior market manager, Southeast Europe, effective 1 January.
Koenig will be responsible for managing and supporting the distribution network across the region.
A Shure manager since 1999, Koenig brings extensive experience and knowledge to the role, with previous positions as marketing manager, key account manager, and senior manager for inside sales and support. His most recent role was associate director, business analytics.
“I am really looking forward to having such a great personality on board of our new emerging markets team,” says Marco Weissert, senior director, emerging markets. “With his strong background, Andreas will be an important part of future business development in Southeast Europe.”
(Jim Evans)

vtx-a8-array-closeJBL VTX A8 line array now shipping in UK
Wednesday, 2 January 2019

UK - Sound Technology, UK distributor of Harman Professional Solutions, reports that the JBL VTX A8 dual 8” line array loudspeaker is now shipping in the UK and available for demo at the company’s Hertfordshire demo facility.
VTX A8 brings JBL Professional’s flagship VTX A Series technology to compact solutions for small- to mid-size rental and installed applications. It combines proprietary JBL transducers and latest-generation high-frequency waveguide acoustic design to provide unmatched performance, efficiency and 110 degrees of horizontal coverage.
For VTX A8, next-generation transducers and physical design refinements were custom-engineered by JBL to integrate more drivers into a smaller, lighter cabinet for a compact footprint, while still maintaining high output and sonic consistency with the VTX A-Series family.
The VTX A8’s 8” neodymium low-frequency woofer is based around JBL’s 4th-generation Differential Drive technology, featuring a dual-voice coil, dual-gap configuration that maximises excursion, power handling and sensitivity. Midrange drivers are integrated into JBL’s patented Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI) for a seamless transition across each band and maximum transducer density.
And VTX A8 integrates two instances of the JBL 2423K 2” compression driver found in the larger VTX A12. The innovative JBL 2423K driver combines the compression drive, phasing plug and line array waveguide in a single part, which provides increased accuracy and sensitivity, along with lower distortion and lighter weight.

jochen-frohnISE: L-Acoustics to reveal latest ‘innovation’
Wednesday, 2 January 2019

The Netherlands - L-Acoustics will present its latest installation solution to the market at ISE 2019 in Amsterdam (5-8 February).
“ISE continues to grow year over year and attracts integration specialists from all over the world,” says Jeff Rocha, director of product management for L-Acoustics. “This makes it the perfect forum for us to showcase our latest innovations while highlighting the unique and targeted benefits our of existing product lines.”
As well as revealing this new product, the company will be hosting a series of demonstrations and presentations each day, including L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound, a trailblazing multidimensional sound technology.
“We look forward to the convenience of reconnecting face to face with so many of our customers at ISE, as well as catering to new demand and clienteles,” adds Jochen Frohn, L-Acoustics director of business development. “As in the past, we expect it to be a busy and successful event.”
(Jim Evans)

infinitearenaDanley reinforces Infinite Energy Arena
Wednesday, 2 January 2019

USA - For the past 15 years, the Infinite Energy Arena has served the greater Atlanta, Georgia area as a state-of-the-art venue for concerts, graduations, and sporting events of all types, from basketball to ice hockey to professional lacrosse. Depending on the nature of the event, the arena holds between 11,000 and 13,000 people.
After its original sound reinforcement system fell out of date and beyond repair, the Infinite Energy Arena management chose AV integration firm Logic Systems Sound & Lighting, of St. Louis, Missouri, to install a cost-effective Danley Sound Labs system. The Danley system reuses existing wiring & rigging and far exceeds the design criteria for fidelity and sound pressure level, all while simultaneously slashing the system’s energy budget in half.
“The old system relied on obsolete technology and discontinued products,” explains Chip Self, president of Logic Systems Sound & Lighting. “Components were failing and there was no way to repair them. The arena needed a new sound reinforcement system. Instead of hiring someone to design and spec a system for bid, the management team took a different approach. They specified the performance criteria - such as maximum SPL, maximum SPL variation from seat to seat, frequency response, and intelligibility - and then allowed the integrators to bid on design/installs that would meet those criteria.
“In an arena, a lot of the money goes to rigging and pulling speaker cable - stuff that no one cares about. But those are also the components that don’t go bad . . . in

allenheathqu-24chicocoAllen & Heath on song in Port Harcourt’s Shed
Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Nigeria - Based in Port Harcourt, Chicoco Studios is housed in The Shed, a community space built by the young residents of the city’s waterfront slums. The studio was designed and installed by the Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform (CMAP) in conjunction with the musicians from Chicoco Collective and is home to both recording and radio broadcast spaces.
Directed by ex-BBC engineer Ana Bonaldo, with technical mentoring and support from another ex-BBC engineer Colin Neal, Chicoco Radio is powered by a pair of Allen & Heath XB-14-2 compact broadcast mixers chosen, according to Neal for their “incomparable value and versatility. We found no other desk at this price point which features broadcast functions such as TELCO channels with clean feed, talkback and remote starts for playout channels.”
While Chicoco Radio was devised to give the residents of Port Harcourt’s waterfront their own voice, the studio and live performance area of The Shed offer a creative outlet for local singers, DJs and musicians. Both feature Allen & Heath digital mixing set-ups, with a Qu-16 model at the heart of the recording set-up and Qu-24 mixer and AR2412 AudioRack for live use.
“The Qu-16 was the first Allen & Heath desk we installed,” says Neal, “and I found it to be really well thought out and I liked the amount of facilities that it offered - the on-board effects, gates and compressors and so on. To get all these things in something so small and portable is impressive.
“The guys using the Chicoco music studio were soon quite at home

hippoGreen Hippo masterclass success
Friday, 21 December 2018

UK - The West London demo room of Kinesys was home to a Green Hippo Automation Masterclass with an international flavour. Welcoming attendees from Finland and the Netherlands, as well as the United Kingdom, Green Hippo partnered with Kinesys to deliver Masterclass III - Automation.
The two-day course, which took place earlier this month, enabled delegates to take a deep dive into integrating moving elements with Hippotizer and SHAPE 3D projection mapping. Occupying the Kinesys base, conveniently located 20 minutes from Heathrow, students benefited from a venue fully-equipped with chain motors, rotators, trolleys and truss - this was a true hands-on experience where participants experienced using actual hardware to practice key skills including object alignment, parenting and automation scripting.
Both days saw students spending the mornings absorbing theory in the training room, moving in the afternoons to the demo room for hands-on, practical sessions. Day one included a section on automation history and terminology as well as basic usage of Kinesys Vector and K2 systems - no prior knowledge of Kinesys systems was required for this course, though a good understanding of Hippotizer and basic SHAPE functions was recommended - closing with rotation and translation ‘in real life’. The second day’s topics included 3D basics and texture mappers, moving on to (Epson) projector alignment, setting up multi-axis automation with parenting, and automation visualisation.
At the end of the masterclass, delegates left with their automation skillset signific

gustavbrunndlivec1500fohdLive drives Yung Lean at O2 Academy
Friday, 21 December 2018

UK - Swedish rapper Yung Lean has recently completed his biggest UK headline show to date - Wings of Desire at London’s O2 Academy in Brixton, accompanied by an Allen & Heath dLive Wings set-up.
The full audio set-up - owned by FOH engineer Gustav Brunn - is used for both FOH and Mon duties and features a dLive C1500 surface fitted with a Waves 3 card at FOH position in conjunction with a CDM32 MixRack, fitted with a Dante card, and an IP6 Controller at stage position.
Brunn comments: “I was looking for a fly-in rig that we can take anywhere in the world when A&H released the new dLive series. It’s such a competent rig and really suits my needs - I can bring it with me anywhere on the planet.”
On stage, a DJ performs alongside the artists using Ableton Live with the outputs sent to the CDM32 via Dante. The IP6 is used to allow the production / stage manager to make quick adjustments to the monitor mix, DJ mix and musicians IEM’s.
Brunn adds, “This summer I went back and forth between several tours with Dante and MADI card and I love the flexibility of I/O with all the option cards. Real estate-wise it’s tiny, but inside it’s a total chateau.”
Brunn also makes full use of dLive’s built-in EQ, FX, and DEEP preamps and compressors, commenting: “Everything from patching to changing the order of EQ and compression is easily accessible and easy to understand.”
(Jim Evans)

avenir-1credit-nick-gainesHarman makes impact at Avenir Centre arena
Friday, 21 December 2018

Canada - SC Media Canada and Ivan’s Audio-Visual recently outfitted Moncton, New Brunswick’s new Avenir Centre arena with a complete Harman Professional Solutions audio system.
Avenir Centre is an 8,800-seat multi-use arena that is home to the Moncton Wildcats hockey team and Moncton Magic and basketball team. Although it primarily serves as a sports arena, Avenir Centre also hosts performances by renowned acts like Keith Urban and Jerry Seinfeld in addition to speaking events, trade shows and more.
To provide exceptional sound quality for a wide range of entertainment and events, the arena needed a powerful audio system that could deliver even and highly-controlled sound coverage. To meet these objectives, SC Media Canada and Ivan’s Audio-Visual designed and deployed an end-to-end Harman system featuring JBL VRX line arrays, Crown DriveCore amplifiers, BSS BLU signal processors, and Soundcraft mixers.
“Hockey arenas require a robust sound system with a huge amount of SPL to overcome a crowd of more than 8,000 screaming fans,” says Brad Fox, account representative at SC Media. “We wanted the system to deliver as much energy into the seats as possible, while avoiding reflection off the roof and walls of the arena. You also need a lot of bass impact to give music extra thump and reinforce the energy of hits against the glass. Leveraging our expertise in arena installations, we delivered a cutting-edge Harman audio system that came in under budget, while also meeting the performance requirements of an NHL-level stadium.”
The arena

Biamp acquires Cambridge Sound Management
Friday, 21 December 2018

USA - Pro AV solutions supplier Biamp has acquired sound masking specialist Cambridge Sound Management (CSM) from Gladstone Investment Corp.
CSM joins as a product family within the Beaverton-based company’s portfolio, with business functions set to gradually blend into a single Biamp business.
Rashid Skaf, Biamp president, comments: “It has been just one year since I led the acquisition of Biamp with Highlander Partners with the stated intent of leveraging it as a platform to build a respected provider of comprehensive AV solutions. This transaction is the first evidence of that strategy being implemented but far from the last. Biamp is on the move.
“The acquisition of Cambridge Sound Management unites two great brands in the professional AV market.”
The deal will enable Biamp, who provides AV solutions for conference rooms, lecture halls, auditoria as well as paging and notification systems, to also provide a sound masking offering through CSM.
(Jim Evans)

pepsiPepsiCo Theatre refreshes with L-Acoustics
Thursday, 20 December 2018

USA - In its first major renovation since 1987, the PepsiCo Theatre at Purchase College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY), now has a precision L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo loudspeaker system integrated by Southington, Connecticut-based integrator North American Theatrix.
Designed by set designer Ming Cho Lee, the mid-sized PepsiCo Theatre has a large stage allowing for exceptional adaptability. It also makes an ideal venue for film screenings, with comfortable seating, a rear screen projection bay, and fully digital projection capabilities. A $730,000 grant from locally-based beverage giant PepsiCo in 2016, combined with additional donations, allowed for the complete renovation of the theatre - from the seats and the carpeting to the sound, projection, and lighting systems to critical backstage infrastructure.
The new PA setup for the Performing Arts Centre of Purchase College’s second largest venue features three matching arrays of four L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo enclosures - two ARCS Focus over two ARCS Wide - flown in an LCR configuration through cut-outs in the theatre’s acoustical cloud and powered by a total of three LA4X amplified controllers housed in an LA-RAK in the third-floor catwalk.
In addition, four SB28 subs are hung in pairs on either side of the 55-foot-wide proscenium and driven by a single LA12X, while eight compact 5XT coaxial speakers powered by a fourth LA4X are used to address the rear of the 713-seat space’s under-balcony areas.
“The combination of the acoustical cloud and side platforms made finding a suita

Maestra Group switches to HireHop
Thursday, 20 December 2018

UK - The Maestra Group in London and Dubai have switched from their existing server-based equipment rental software to HireHop’s cloud-based rental equipment software to manage their productions, hires and inventory.
Maestra is an international event production and AV rental company based out of London and Dubai, with a large portfolio of iclients and events under their belts.
HireHop’s director Keith Jacobs says: “We are delighted to have such a prestigious and well-respected company on board, and we look forward to facilitating Maestra’s growth in the future.”
Justin Hammond, managing director of Maestra London, adds: “We had encountered numerous limitations with our previous rental software and needed a replacement. We switched over to HireHop because it could do everything we needed and more, due to its speed and the wealth of functionality, making it the perfect fit for our ever-growing company.”
(Jim Evans)

davidsieversfohwelshly-armskalle-knipstWelshly Arms tour Europe with dLive
Thursday, 20 December 2018

Europe - American blues rockers Welshly Arms have recently completed their European tour with an Allen & Heath dLive system handling FOH duties. The latest tour supports their newest album release No Place is Home.
The band’s set-up consists of a dLive C3500 at FOH with a CDM32 fitted with a Dante card, placed centre stage. dLive’s Tie Lines patching option is utilised to provide a digital split over Dante to an additional console on monitors. Additionally, a DX168 expander is positioned stage-right for extra analogue I/O.
FOH engineer David Sievers comments: “When it comes to deciding on which desk and gear to use on tour, there are so many options now, but dLive really stood out against the rest. I chose dLive due to its flexibility, its great sound and the fact I can add a Waves card to the surface and a Dante card to the MixRack.”
Sievers adds: “I also like that dLive comes in a compact solution too and in the future, I’m looking to invest in a C1500 with two IP8’s for fly-in dates.”
The C3500 and CDM32 also handles the FOH mixes for the opening acts on tour, Sievers comments: “This tour includes both support bands using show-files on my desk and while one of the support acts has their own FOH engineer, the other needs to use the house engineers - most of whom have never worked on dLive before.”
(Jim Evans)

kcs-group-shares-honda-uks-visual-stories-with-green-hippoGreen Hippo delivers for Honda UK
Thursday, 20 December 2018

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has provided KCS Group with a Green Hippo Hippotizer V4 Karst+ Media Server to make Honda UK’s live event content stand out from the crowd.
KCS, an experiential marketing and events company, has worked with Honda exclusively for 15 years - providing them and their dealerships with the support to make every event a success.
KCS were asked to procure a media server and all necessary hardware to give Honda the ability to display varying content across different areas of their show stands, whilst giving them the option to link the screens together as well, to broadcast live content simultaneously across them all.
Gareth Coleman, project manager for KCS, visited PLASA earlier this year to research his options. He met Stuart Burdett, sales manager for AC-ET's specialist video sales division.
Coleman says: “After speaking with Stuart at PLASA along with other media server suppliers, Green Hippo stood out as being the most user-friendly and the most versatile platform. All the other options we looked into only offered a 3D working environment which is quite complicated to get your head round when you’re new to this type of technology. The ability to switch between a 2D and 3D environments means that no matter what type of experience you have you can build your project in Hippotizer V4+.”
The Green Hippo Hippotizer V4 Karst+ Media Server will be used to help Honda UK bring visual stories to life at any event required. This will range from internal conferences mixing live content with pre-recorded conten


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