Spain - Electronic musician and composer, Jean-Michel Jarre, and contemporary French artist Eric Decastro teamed up with Coda Audio to unveil Space by Coda at ISE 2023.
Space by Coda combines advanced AV technology with art ‘to create a seamless audio-visual experience that is scalable and adaptable to any environment – and where the mechanics of what is a concert-grade audio experience are rendered completely invisible’.
“Conventional AV solutions are often a compromise between technical requirements and visual aesthetics,” explains Coda founder and MD, Svetly Alexandrov. “High quality AV solutions usually include projector and/or LED screens, multiple loudspeakers, mounting accessories, and a lot of cables as well as acoustic absorbers and diffusors. This is usually at odds with the vision of the architect and/or interior designer who don’t want loudspeakers, acoustic elements, cabling and other technology cluttering up their interior design. Space by Coda resolves all these problems.”
Space by Coda integrates high-end, immersive 3D audio, a 4K projector screen, ambient lighting and advanced acoustical treatment with the art or projection of your choice into a united system solution to transform spaces with audio. The result is the Space Panel.
At just 70mm deep, Space Panels can offer sound quality and performance surpassing that of conventionally designed (cabinet) loudspeakers. This driver-equipped canvas can transform spaces to feature invisible audio, enabling high quality, full-range sound in previously limitative envi
Europe - Andrea Bocelli’s audio team has relied on DiGiCo’s professional touring consoles during the star’s career, starting in 2006 with the original D5 Live. After a brief move to an analogue solution, the production migrated back to digital with the SD7, but recently upgraded to DiGiCo’s flagship premium Quantum 7 console and its advanced processing suite to cater for the high I/O count typical of the classical genre and the grand venues in which it is hosted.
With an average of 45 concerts a year, the renowned tenor maintains a busy touring schedule. Reportedly the biggest selling solo classical artist of all time with 85m worldwide album sales, Bocelli sustains an ongoing tour programme for his legions of international fans, selling out arenas across the globe.
“My colleague Francesco and I started working with Bocelli in September 2006,” comments senior FOH engineer, Andrea Taglia. “We started with a DiGiCo D5, but digital technology was still in its infancy, and we moved back to analogue when Bocelli decided to hire local orchestras and choirs, as, at the time, analogue desks were faster and more familiar to set up on a channel-by-channel basis than digital.
“However, it was not long before digital technology was advancing rapidly and the SD7 became our mixer of choice. By this stage, the number of channels on the production was too large for analogue to manage. Thanks to DiGiCo’s Italian distributor, Audio Link, the transition was effortless.”
The latest world tour series called Believe showcases songs from Bocelli
Spain - Fulcrum Acoustic will be showcasing its patented Passive Cardioid Technology during ISE 2023. The show will be the international debut for the CCX8 series and CCX15 series compact coaxial loudspeakers as well as the CS212L and CS218L subwoofers.
CCX8 and CCX15 are coaxial, subcardioid loudspeakers that provide the output capability and pattern control of normal premium two-way systems in significantly more compact enclosures. Their trapezoidal shaped enclosures allow for mounting very close to ceilings with minimal effect on sight lines, which facilitates acceptance by interior designers and architects. The CCX8 is an 8in system offered in two horn patterns and the CCX15 is a 15in system offered in five horn patterns.
CS212L and CS218L are high output, low profile, subcardioid subwoofers intended for a wide range of venues. These models feature dual, high power-handling woofers in compact, low-profile enclosures. The CS212L is a 2 x 12-inch system and the CS218L is a 2 x 18-inch system.
All four of these products utilize the Passive Cardioid Technology by Fulcrum Acoustic. This technology addresses one of the major challenges of direct-radiating loudspeakers: excessive rear LF radiation. Unlike active cardioid loudspeakers, Fulcrum’s Passive Cardioid Technology does not require additional amplifiers or cancelation drivers. The CS212L provides about 7 dB of rear attenuation while the CS218L provides >10dB. Both the CCX 8in and 15in models provide 7dB of LF attenuation in the rear hemisphere.
Spain - Among a wide range of products being shown at ISE for the first time, on the Neutrik Group booth #E680 in Hall 5, are new audio, data and power connector series from Neutrik and Rean, and a portfolio of power distribution products from Contrik.
Neutrik’s signature speakON series of audio connectors expands still further with the introduction of the new speakON NL4FXX & NL2FXX 4-pole and 2-pole cable connectors. These new connectors feature a locking boot to protect against unintended opening, together with a unique two-compound housing to improve handling in daily operation. The connectors are easier and smoother to assemble, as the strain relief chuck snaps to the insert.
The new powerCON NAC3FXXA & NAC3FXXB cable connectors are colour coded blue – for power In – and grey – for power Out. These conform to relevant device standards, including IEC62368-1, IEC60799 and UL817, and safety regulations that require power mains supply connectors to comply with IEC/EN/UL/CSA 60320-1. Together with the powerCON TRUE1 TOP these new connectors make NEUTRIK the only supplier of fully 60320-1 compliant power connectors covering the range of 6mm to 16mm cable O.D. and wire gauges of AWG12 to AWG16 respectively 2.5mm² to 1.5mm².
Neutrik is also extending its opticalCON Advanced fibre portfolio with new MTP high speed, high capacity connectivity systems, creating a standard solution for point-to-point connections in pro AV and broadcast applications.
Two new additions to the series are the single mode opticalCON MTP16, and the mul
Spain - Visitors to this year’s ISE can meet the L-Acoustics and L-Acoustics Creations team, catch a demonstration of L-ISA Ambiance Acoustics System, discover L-ISA Studio interactive workstations, hear the discreet and powerful Soka/SB6i duo, and more.
Ambiance is the next generation of active acoustics, combining premium acoustics and the realism of immersive audio. An Ambiance Acoustic System consists of an immersive loudspeaker design requiring both surround and overheads to create a proper acoustic field and an array of strategically placed microphones to capture the existing acoustical energy of the venue, which is processed through the L-ISA Room Engine built within the L-ISA Processor II.
These systems are designed within the 3D-mapping design software Soundvision to fit the room geometry and volume and to meet the performance requirements of the venue - from simple acoustic enhancement to high-performance Immersive Hyperreal productions.
Ambiance demonstrations will occur at the Hilton Barcelona on Tuesday, January 31, at 15.00 and 17.00 and on Wednesday, February 1, at 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, and 17.00. Capacity is limited, so please register for sessions here.
L-ISA Studio workstations on the L-Acoustics booth in Hall 7, Booth F240, allow visitors to familiarise themselves with the immersive sound mixing software, now available for MacOS and Windows.
Also at the booth are the latest dedicated installation loudspeakers and subwoofers, Soka, SB6i, and SB10i, and the new revolutionary high-power multi-channel amplifier, LA7.16i.
Spain - A new feature for ISE 2023 which opened in Barcelona this morning, the Audio Demo Rooms in Hall 8 will showcase the latest innovations from leading audio brands.
Exhibiting brands including AED Group, Coda Audio, d&b audiotechnik, Holoplot, Martin Audio, Pioneer PRO AUDIO and Void Acoustics will provide rotational live demos throughout each day, including an exclusive guest appearance with Coda Audio from French electro musician and composer, Jean-Michel Jarre.
The launch of the Audio Demo Rooms follows a period when ISE worked closely with a group of leading audio companies to conceptualise and produce this exciting new show floor feature. Each demo room has been specifically tailored to the requirements of each manufacturer, ensuring optimal listening conditions for visitors.
Mike Blackman, ISE managing director, comments, “We are delighted that we can offer audio companies what they desire at the Fira Gran Via, the opportunity to demonstrate 360º immersive audio solutions to full effect. Audio plays such an important role in the creation of unique AV experiences, so it’s only right that we can feature it fully at ISE.”
UK - Newark-based Ampetronic has been presented with its 2022 Queen’s Award for Enterprise for excellence in International Trade.
Employing 50 people Ampetronic has been trading since 1987, its mission is to bring intelligible sound into the lives of people with hearing loss by improving the quality of installed hearing access equipment. The company produces a wide range of electronic products for hearing accessibility, primarily Audio Induction Loop Systems that can deliver sound direct to hearing aid users.
On being presented with the award by The Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire - Sir John Peace, MD of Ampetronic Julian Pieters, commented: “We are honoured to receive the award today, made especially poignant following the death of Her Majesty last year. I am delighted that our customers and the team at Ampetronic were able to sustain a significant level of growth in international trade over the last six years despite restrictions imposed by the pandemic and this reflects the genuine benefit we provide to people who experience hearing loss.
“We’re a small business with a global impact and our long-term investments in future technology will ensure our presence in assistive listening for many years to come.”
Sir John was accompanied at the ceremony by Deputy Lieutenant Ed Attenborough, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Roger Jackson, Chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Councillor Sue Saddington and the Mayor of Newark, Councillor Laurence Goff.
Spain - Wisycom is showcasing its new MTP61 Transmitter, the latest addition to its Symphony product line, at ISE 2023 (Booth 7G200).
“We look forward to presenting our MTP61 to the European market for the first time at ISE 2023,” says Leslie Lello, product specialist, Wisycom. “A cross between our existing MTP41 and MTP60 Transmitters, the MTP61 was developed in direct response to market demands and incorporates all the advanced technology of our Symphony line in a smaller form factor. This includes seamless connectivity via long-range Bluetooth 5 to the new Wisycom App, enabling users to monitor and adjust parameters in real-time, from anywhere in a venue.”
Using the Wisycom App to control the device eliminates the need for network connectivity. Further, the MTP61 can also be easily configured by operators directly through the module’s high-contrast OLED display with front-panel navigation buttons for quick and easy access to menus and shortcuts.
At just over two inches tall, just under two inches wide, and 3.3 ounces in weight (with battery), the miniature design of the Wisycom MTP61 is lightweight and comfortable for long-term use in applications that require discreet placement. It also operates with a standard 3.7 Volt Lithium-ion battery, boasting an eight-hour autonomy, and comes equipped with a flexible PCB, further extending the reliability of the solution.
Italy - To celebrate this current year as its 50th anniversary since incorporation, Outline has been working behind the scenes to restructure, resulting in the appointment of a new management team.
The new organisation stems from the retirement of Giorgio Biffi from his role of CEO, which he carried in addition to his head of sales function, since the passing of founder Guido Noselli, whom he had joined in 1976.
"Giorgio has undoubtedly driven Outline's success on a worldwide scale during his 47 year-long tenure – which is why it wasn't exactly easy to find a suitable candidate to replace him,” says Michele Noselli, majority shareholding partner together with his brother Stefano – who adds, "It explains how we came to appoint not one, but two younger guys, as a team, in order to keep up with Giorgio's own pace, willing to grow Outline to lead tomorrow's technological challenge.”
Director of Sales' function has been appointed to Fernando Rey Méndez, who joined Outline as sales engineer at the end of 2016, to later add to his tasks that of Outline Newton's business development manager, and that of sales manager for Outline's Test & Measurement Instruments division. A native of Buenos Aires, in Italy since his early teens, Fernando forged his professional sound engineering skills with Italian musical theatre company Compagnia della Rancia and commissioning engineer in the integration market for naval specialists Wärtsilä, Seastema and Videlio-HMS.
Industry-veteran Daniele Tebaldi will now lead Outline as general manager, following
Spain - Harman Professional Solutions will introduce its ISE 2023 visitors to a range of versatile solutions introduced during the past year.
The new products include JBL Professional SRX900 Powered Line Arrays and Subwoofers; JBL Professional PRX900 Powered Portable PA Systems; JBL Professional VTX A6 Line Array and B15 Subwoofer Touring Audio Solutions; JBL Professional Control Contractor Commercial Loudspeaker Expansion; Martin MAC Aura XIP Indoor/Outdoor Premium Wash Light; Martin Exterior Linear Pro Architectural Lighting Fixtures; AMX Varia Professional-Grade Touch Panels; and AMX Jetpack 3x1 Switching, Transport, and Control Kits. Furthermore, AMX will release a new product on opening day.
AMX Varia Series touch panels address the needs of corporate, education, government and more via persona apps, unmatched mounting flexibility, any-colour side LEDs, and communication and intelligence technologies.
AMX Jetpack 3x1 Switching, Transport, and Control Kits are designed for K12 classrooms and meeting spaces, these kits combine simple to operate room controls, multiple 4K60 video inputs, and voice lift for clear communication with everyone in the space. Learn more.
JBL Professional PRX900 Series Powered Portable PA Systems are suitable for DJs and bands, music venues, rental houses and corporate A/V providers, that feature advanced acoustics, comprehensive DSP, and unrivaled power performance. Learn more.
JBL Professional VTX A6 Line Array and B15 Subwoofer Touring Audio Solutions combine JBL’s flagship acoustic technologies to compa
USA - To better serve its customers in the New York City and New Jersey area, Renkus-Heinz has announced manufacturers’ representative Audio Associates will be taking over the key territory.
Audio Associates has been a leading manufacturers’ representative firm in the AV, professional audio, system integration, sports and government market sectors since its founding in 1981. Audio Associates has been representing Renkus-Heinz in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, including Washington D.C., Maryland, Eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Virginia, since 2020.
“After being a part of Renkus-Heinz’s success over the past two years in the Mid-Atlantic, I believe we are well positioned to take on the New York Metro territory,” said Joe Blacker, owner of Audio Associates. “We have always enjoyed our established relationships within the consultant community as well as live production rental & staging, from Broadway theatres to corporate events. There are many vertical markets unique to New York that will be a great fit for Renkus-Heinz.”
“We’ve already had a great partnership with Audio Associates in the Mid-Atlantic area, and we’re excited to now be working with them in the NYC area as well,” said Joe Fustolo, eastern regional sales manager, Renkus-Heinz. “Given their wide outreach in NYC, we are confident that together we’ll be able to capitalize on additional vertical markets and better serve our customers in a much larger capacity with the audio solutions Renkus-Heinz is known for.”
Europe - The AG08 is a new all-in-one, multi-purpose live streaming mixer and audio interface from Yamaha. As the flagship model of the company’s second generation AG series, it combines all the essential functionality of the AG range with practical new, intuitive functions for a powerful streaming solution.
By integrating more flexible I/O and USB routing options, additional DSP effects, expanded functionality and improved internal circuitry, the AG08 supports an impressive depth of streaming applications, including speech, instrument, playback, gaming and ASMR, as well as offline audio content creation, all with class-leading sound quality. But while it’s packed with useful features, the AG08 is very flexible and simple to use.
Eight input channels are provided, all with assignable faders and mute switches for instant, hands-on control of sound levels. A range of effects is processed by the AG08’s onboard DSP, ensuring zero latency and no load on the user’s Windows or Macintosh computer. They include a new voice changer effect on Channel 1, with an amp simulator on Channel 2 for enhanced guitar or bass sound. All of the unit’s input channels feature compression, EQ, reverb and delay, which can be set independently, allowing the optimal setting for each input to be dialled in.
A ducker function can automatically attenuate channels 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 to make sure the sound from channels 1 and 2 is always clearly heard. A maximiser is also provided on the output stage, which can add a level boost to the mix for extra polish and professionali
Italy -Two events - Legend 375 and Christmas Night - staged at the Coccia Theatre in Novara marked the Italian debut of the Adamson Fletcher Machine the immersive audio processor designed and created by Adamson.
On stage was the musical project written by Claudio Mazzucchelli - co-founder of the orchestra and director of the two shows - and interpreted by the 50-piece CM Orchestra Rhythms & Drums directed by Maestro Andrea Pollione.
A story in music, through which the director wanted to relive the soundtrack of his life, together with the audience, where everyone can recognize passages of their own. An exciting choral play of sound, light, and color designed to immerse and excite.
Claudio Mazzucchelli, artistic director and concert technician said, “With the CM Orchestra we looked for an audio system that was capable of interpreting the skill of each individual musician adding the ensemble quality of the whole orchestra and reproducing it to the audience.”
Together with the Fletcher Machine, the Adamson sound system centred on five hangs of Adamson’s S7 ultra-compact line array cabinets.
The lighting setup was born from the technical and artistic collaboration between Claudio Mazzucchelli, Nicolò Damiani – lighting designer of MG Service – and the lighting product specialist of Audiosales - Mattia Fasolo. More than 80 ClayPaky moving heads were chosen for the events to help create an original and enveloping atmosphere.
The evening was highlighted with the presence of special guest Tony Hadley, frontman
Iceland - Known for their ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi's falsetto vocals sung in Icelandic and non-linguistic vocalisations, as well as their use of bowed guitar, Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós have recently completed their first world tour in nearly five years, delivering 70 shows across 28 countries.
The band’s monitor engineer, Throstur Albertsson, deployed KLANG’s immersive in-ear monitor mixing solution, using a DMI-KLANG card-equipped DiGiCo SD12 96 digital mixing console, supplied by new UK pro-audio equipment rental and support provider, 22live.
Albertsson was recommended to Sigur Rós in mid-2021, as they were starting to plan their 2022 tour. “As the tour was going out for many months, I had a few meetings with the band to make sure the fit would be a good one, both for them and me,” recalls Albertsson. “At the time, my mixing abilities were secondary. It was all about seeing if we had that perfect ‘vibe’ between us.”
Off to a good start, the band commenced with rehearsals in Iceland mid-March, with Albertsson using the time as an opportunity to understand their sound preferences and prepare the equipment for the tour.
“DiGiCo’s SD12 96 console was already in full use by the band, together with an SD-Rack fitted with 32-bit in/out cards,” Albertsson explains. “Additionally, the band was using an IEM system and wedges as part of their standard setup.”
Mid-tour, Albertsson decided to investigate KLANG fand was recommended to talk to Pasi Hara, a monitor engineer who was one of the first adopters
Spain - DirectOut has added a new module to the Prodigy Series: the MADI2.SFP.IO. The new module comes with the housing and form factor of the Prodigy Audio Network modules and hosts two SFP cages that can be equipped with Optical or Coaxial MADI SFP transceivers.
Each port on the module supports 64 audio channels expanding the MADI capabilities of both Prodigy.MP and Prodigy.MC mainframes to respectively 384 and 256 MADI channels when operating at 1FS.
MADI2.SFP.IO also offers the possibility to perform HD SRC on MADI, a feature which was already available for Dante, Ravenna/AES67 and SoundGrid, and which provides an alternative to the FastSRCTM.
It is equipped with FPGA-based state-of-the-art sample rate conversion which enables asynchronous operation between the module and the Prodigy mainframe, independently from the configured reference clock of the device.
With SNMP(v1/v2), DirectOut offers another third-party standard protocol to monitor the Prodigy Series in mission critical positions.
Spain - Sennheiser will unveil the newest addition to the TeamConnect family, amongst other new products and features
Sennheiser’s ISE 2023 stand will once again feature two live demonstration rooms. In one room, the newest TeamConnect Family member will be demonstrated for the first time publicly. Visitors will have the opportunity to see its sleek design, while experiencing the trusted audio quality one has come to expect from Sennheiser.
The other demo room will feature the multiple award-winning and readily available TeamConnect Ceiling 2 (TCC 2), where it will again showcase its beamforming tracking capability with Sennheiser partner Q-SYS’ cameras. The TCC 2 demo will replicate a real-world meeting environment, allowing visitors the opportunity to experience the audibly superior ceiling microphone already trusted by thousands of our customers around the world.
Starting later in Q1, the TeamConnect Ceiling Solutions will come with an extended warranty. By owning its manufacturing and maintaining strong relationships with its suppliers, not only has Sennheiser been able to maintain reliable delivery dates for these products, but their quality can be proudly certified. Additional details about the warranty extension, including its new length and who’s eligible, will be shared at ISE.
MobileConnect is an award-winning assistive listening solution that enables inclusive meeting and lecture participation through the use of a smartphone. At this year’s ISE, Sennheiser will formally launch a set of new exciting features, including app c
UK - DiGiCo has announced the appointment of James Baker as senior international sales manager, and long-standing DiGiCo team members Jaap Pronk and Tom Williams from their present roles to international sales managers.
Baker previously served as a business development manager and international sales manager. “I wanted a new challenge where I could leverage everything I’ve learned over the years,” he explains. “I’m looking forward to making a longstanding contribution to DiGiCo, bringing my flair for communication and relationship building to my new position and to being part of the amazing pool of talent the company already embodies.”
Pronk and Williams, meanwhile, are familiar DiGiCo faces and have been part of the DiGiCo family for many years. Both are well known for their expertise, reliability and excellent customer-facing skills.
Pronk’s association with the audio industry started when he was at high school as a touring engineer and DJ and continued at college, from where formally launched his career as a touring engineer and then in sales.
“My DiGiCo adventure started after a 13-year stint at their Dutch distributor, when DiGiCo gave me the opportunity to work for the brand itself and join the heart of the DiGiCo family as a Sales and Product Specialist,” he says. “After six years at the company, I’m proud and happy to now help the team with my sales skills.”
For more than a decade, Williams has developed an in-depth knowledge and passion for the DiGiCo brand, its products, and people. He is well known thro
USA - Nestled in a wooded setting just north of Chicago, Philharmonic Studios is a new, full-service recording studio that offers five-star, private experiences. This upscale, multi-room facility was built from the ground up, intending to meet the highest technical standards and set new benchmarks in design and performance.
The facility has hosted many diverse clients and provides a unique, concierge-level experience to projects, such as solo piano, brass, strings and choral ensembles. To complement the facility’s esteemed recording spaces, Philharmonic Studios relies on multiple vocal and instrument mics from DPA Microphones for ‘pristine audio and excellent transient response’.
“I am relatively new to DPA,” says Philharmonic Studios owner and recording engineer Greg Miner, “but I immediately recognised that the company has elegant and practical solutions for every imaginable scenario. With impeccable sound quality, superb transient response and low self-noise, these microphones are ideal for all types of demanding applications.”
Philharmonic Studios currently utilises several of the brand’s pencil mics, including the 4011 Cardioids, 2011 Twin Cardioids, 4015 Wide Cardioids, 4006 Omnidirectional Condensers and the 4041 Omnidirectional Large Diaphragm Microphones. The studio also calls on DPA’s new 4055 Kick Drum Microphone and 4099 CORE Instrument Microphones.
For the studio’s ensemble clients, the 4011 Cardioid Microphones have been a solution on strings, brass, piano and guitar amps. “Whether used individually or in
Serbia - As the frontman and founder of the band Balkanopolis, Slobodan Trkulja has collaborated and performed with renowned jazz and symphonic orchestras including the Grammy Award winning Metropole Orchestra from Holland, Belgrade Philharmonic, Jazz Orchestra of Concertgebouw, and Eddy Martinez Latin Big Band, as well as artists like Mariza (Portugal), Oleta Adams (USA), and Babba Maal (Senegal), to name just a few.
DiGiCo’s authorised distributor in Serbia, AVL Projekt, created the sound system comprising of DiGiCo SD11 and SD12 consoles and a KLANG:fabrik immersive in-ear monitor system, empowering Slobodan Trkulja & Balkanopolis to deliver the sound for the band’s sonorous and emotional performances.
Trkulja can play up to 20 instruments including clarinet, bagpipes, kaval, acoustic guitar, flute, Cretan lyre and Cretan lute, various types of tambourines, piano, mandolin, saxophone, and Armenian duduk. According to the singer, each instrument allows him to portray his inner artistic world and forms part of his continuous pursuit for the perfect sound.
“Slobodan's quest for the perfect sound does not stop, even when the sound leaves the instrument,” says Dragoslav Beljin, sound engineer at AVL Projekt. “In order to faithfully convey the splendour of the sounds travelling from the stage to the audience, he insisted on the highest quality professional audio equipment to ensure it’s perfectly transmitted every single time.”
Under the guidance of two experienced sound engineers and members of Balkanopolis, Milos Djajic and D
USA - Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of test engineer Joel Enkhorn.
Enkhorn joins Renkus-Heinz with an extensive and impressive work history. Most recently, he worked for SpaceX in the Space Simulation Lab where he was a part of Avionics flight hardware and software testing. Enkhorn performed root cause analysis on failure modes and product defects utilizing Python scripting and hardware measurements.
Before his employment at SpaceX, Enkhorn gained experience acquiring, deploying and diagnosing issues with hardware and software across various platforms at Western Digital as a Cloud Server Quality Assurance Engineer. Here, Enkhorn worked to develop and troubleshoot automation scripts to assist with flashing product firmware.
“As a guitar nerd, I grew up with a love for music and the live audio atmosphere. It was an easy decision to be able to combine my passion and technical background into a position here at Renkus-Heinz,” Enkhorn said. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the dedicated and professional team here and look forward to working on their industry-leading products.”
In his position at Renkus-Heinz, Enkhorn will work closely with chief technology officer Ralph Heinz and engineering manager Chad DeFranco.
“Joel will make an excellent addition to our team. His experience speaks for itself, and we look forward to working with and learning from him,” Heinz noted. “Joel’s combined work history with his love for music make him the perfect candidate for this role, and we can’t wait to see what he does here.
UK - STS Touring Productions has chosen Van Damme as a key partner to help deliver the many live music and sporting events it has become known for.
Founded 25 years ago, STS Touring has long provided complete technical and logistical solutions to large-scale live and entertainment events. Its bread and butter is backline – essentially all the necessary gear, including guitars bass and keyboard amplifiers, drums, microphone stands and cables.
Portfolio clients include Midge Ure, Mott The Hoople, Frankie Vallie, plus many world class sporting events and major music festivals. With a constantly full diary of challenging and high-profile projects, STS Touring needs to ensure that every element of its kit will stand up to rigorous use.
Will Hurn, senior audio systems engineer at STS Touring, commented: “Van Damme is a key part of our offering because its cables are so reliable. For a long time we’ve used the Van Damme Black Tour Series 16-pin multicore cable but have recently also started ordering the same in 8 pair because it’s perfect for smaller tours and clients with specific requirements.
“The product quality is recognised across the industry, hence they’re in our list of ‘must-haves’ when we have a job on the go. The team at VDC know their stuff and ensure that everything they’re providing meet our requirements exactly and get to us well in advance of any deadline. Our events are picking up again for 2023 and we’re just about to put another order in.”
Jim Bulbeck, technical support manager at VDC Trading said:
UK - Bradford-based Pro Audio Systems has announced the recruitment of Martin Bailey to the post of projects director. Martin has enjoyed an international career that has encompassed every aspect of project and production management, system design engineering and integration.
From apprentice scenic painter at Bristol Old Vic, to live and studio freelancer, Martin graduated in 3D Design (Theatre) from Wimbledon School of Art. Further stints as a sound engineer at Good Earth and Sound Design studios in London (and regular work as theatre technician in the West End) preceded a move into the live sound arena working for a diverse range of artists including Motörhead, Fela Kuti, Nick Cave and Squeeze.
Leaving the road to take up the Technical Manager’s position at Phoenix Arts Centre in Leicester, Martin enjoyed a seven-year tenure, with responsibility for an extensive and varied programme.
From 2005 to 2020 Martin worked for Theatre Projects, managing some of the most significant cultural building projects in the world.
Brian Lumb, managing director of PAS comments: “Martin’s career is nothing short of remarkable. He’s worked on an amazing range of projects and over a career spanning nearly four decades has accumulated a level of knowledge and experience that would be hard to match anywhere. It’s very clear that we’ll be able to deploy his skills across all areas of developing our business. Martin will be a huge asset to the Pro Audio Systems team as we continue to grow.”
Spain - Genelec will be further expanding its Smart IP family of networked loudspeaker systems at ISE with the introduction of the 4435A in-ceiling and 4436A pendant models. The two new additions join the existing 4410, 4420 and 4430 on-wall Smart IP models to provide an even wider range of loudspeaker solutions – packing all the convenience, ease of installation and scalability of Smart IP’s single-cable networked technology into two popular new form factors.
Originally launched in 2019, the Smart IP loudspeaker range provides flexible power, audio and management features via a standard CAT cable. All models can be freely combined on a network, and are compatible with both Dante and AES67 streams, deriving power via PoE or PoE+ Power-over-Ethernet formats.
As well as receiving both power and audio-over-IP, the 4435A and 4436A both feature a rear panel RJ45 connector which allows access to Genelec’s Smart IP Manager – a sophisticated downloadable software tool that allows installers to configure an almost unlimited number of rooms, zones, loudspeakers and audio channels, and includes device discovery, a versatile room equalisation tool set, system organisation and status monitoring.
A public API command set allows easy integration with third party automation systems, or for less complex Smart IP systems, Genelec’s intuitive Smart IP Controller mobile app can be used to provide the end user with basic control of key loudspeaker functions.
Created in conjunction with industrial designer Harri Koskinen, the 4436A is Genelec’s very fir
Europe - Clear-Com has announced the appointment of Richard Palmer to the role of sales director for the EMEA region, following the retirement of Nicki Fisher.
Richard’s prior experience includes over 10 years at Clear-Com, managing sales for Southern Europe and Africa, as well as several roles in sales for other leading industry manufacturers, including Audio-Technica and Solid State Logic. In his early career he spent time as a lecturer of music technology at various institutions, as well as serving as a recording engineer for CTS Studios.
Chris Willis, senior VP of worldwide sales, comments, “Richard’s deep understanding of the audio industry and his track record of growing even well-established channels made him a natural choice for this critical role, further strengthened by his strong interpersonal skills and wicked sense of humour.”
Richard’s appointment comes as Nicki Fisher announces her retirement from the commercial aspects of the industry, having served in the EMEA sales director role for Clear-Com since 2014. During her tenure with the company, she not only grew sales substantially in the EMEA region but also championed several key industry initiatives related to gender diversity and mentorship. After retirement, Nicki will continue in her role as chair of the board of Rise, an organisation devoted to promoting gender diversity within the media technology industry.