Audio News

lawrence-sefojaneKara boosts Blackmotion Production
Wednesday, 13 March 2019

South Africa - For the past 14 years, Blackmotion Productions has provided technical solutions to live events ranging from concerts, theatre attractions, and television studio work to smaller gatherings like birthdays, bar mitzvahs and weddings. Recently, the company invested in an L-Acoustics Kara modular line source array system, which has already been put to the test.
The Kara system was used by Blackmotion Production in the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s event, Is’thunzi Sabafazi (Dignity of a Woman) hosted at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus. The event celebrated women and spoke out against the systemic injustices that many women face. The speakers included Oprah Winfrey.
The system didn’t rest as it was used again at the Nelson Mandela Tribute to honour the former president and his legacy, five years after his passing. The event was headlined by the internationally acclaimed author and activist Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi. The emphasis on vocal clarity was clearly a priority, and the Kara delivered in bounds.
The Kara also proved to be spectacular at a festival in Limpopo, the Florence Palms Beach Party, where the audience was close to 20 000 people, and was also used in the corporate environment for the Nedbank Retail Leadership Conference event hosted at MAD GIANT at 1 Fox.
Kagiso Moima Wa Masimini, president and founder of Blackmotion Production, fondly recalls his days as a student at the Tshwane University of Technology. “Interestingly, I wanted to be a sound guy, but lighting always underpinned my i

dpa-dvotePL+S: DPA Microphones in miniature mode
Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Germany - DPA Microphones will use the Prolight + Sound 2019 platform to show artists and performers its new and unobtrusive d:fine CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone.
Forming part of its recently introduced 6000 Series of tiny, high-end pro audio microphone capsules, the d:fine CORE 6066 is an attractive headset that is comfortable to wear and so easy to fit that even the most inexperienced artist or performer can mount it themselves.
Measuring just three millimetres (0.12 inches) in diameter, 6000 series capsules are 60% smaller than the company’s existing 4000 series, but equally as powerful because they all incorporate CORE by DPA microphone amplification technology that reduces distortion and increases dynamic range. The 6000 Series also includes the d:screet CORE 6060 and 6061 Subminiature Microphones that can be fitted to clothes in the form of a virtually invisible lavalier.
DPA will also be showing other microphones that incorporate its ‘CORE by DPA’ amplifier technology. These include its 4000 Series of d:screet miniature lavalier, d:fine headset and now d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones.
The award winning d:vote 4099 is known for its discreet size, its versatile mounting/clip options and its usefulness in a wide range of applications, from studio and theatre to live performance and broadcast. The new version also has a more streamlined design that features a foam cover to help decrease vulnerability to wind or movement during a performance.
DPA will complete is Prolight + Sound line up with its d:facto Vocal Mi

lawoPL+S: Lawo presents IP portfolio for live
Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Germany - Lawo’s exhibition setup at this year’s Prolight + Sound booth will focus on IP-based products and solutions for theatre and live applications. In a hands-on environment, visitors can experience Lawo mc²audio consoles and Lawo IP routing systems as well as Lawo’s video processing units and audio-over-IP interfaces, including A - stage, the new members of the A-line family of WAN-capable stageboxes.
On show in Frankfurt will be an IP-based, 48-fader mc²56 audio production console of the third generation. This mixing system is optimized for today’s IP-video production environment, designed from the ground up for networking in complex production infrastructures, with full native support for SMPTE 2110, AES67 / RAVENNA, Dante and MADI audio streams.
Also on display in Frankfurt will be Lawo’s mc²36 all-in-one live mixing desk in a 24-fader frame, with a comprehensive feature set covering broadcast, theatre, houses of worship, live and installed-sound applications. A powerful DSP micro-core with an internal 512x512 port audio matrix and integrated I/O make it suited for permanent installations where space is at a premium. The mc²36 integrates seamlessly into IP infrastructures, thanks to native AES67 / RAVENNA networking technology.
Another highlight in Frankfurt will be Lawo’s VSM Control and Monitoring system, which is in operation in many broadcast, live and install environments, from cruise ships (Quantum class of shipping company Royal Caribbean) to auditoriums and lecture halls. VSM is a brand-agnostic control system that b

stadthalleMartin WPL for Schmallenberg City Hall
Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Germany - Since the laying of the foundation stone in 1953, Stadthalle Schmallenberg has been able to accommodate various events, such as concerts, readings, shooting festivals (popular in that party of the country) and more, with up to 1500 participants per event.
An extensive refurbishment of the Stadthalle was completed in early March 2019, and this included the renewal of sound and lighting technology. The complete planning and implementation were realised by Event Active, a company from Schmallenberg.
Noel Büchte and Event Active's Sascha Deussen created the concept and implemented the PA system with loudspeakers from Martin Audio.
"We have already owned an MLA Mini System for several years, which has often been used in the Stadthalle. The result was always convincing - both for the customer and for us - no matter if it was for theatre, a big party or with trendy DJs," said Büchte.
The choice for permanent installation fell to Martin Audio’s new Wavefront Precision Mini.
"The advantage of the Wavefront Precision Minis over the MLA Mini for installations is in the structure of the system. With the MLA Mini the power amp is installed in the bass, but here we have the appropriate power amp available as a separate 19” device. Furthermore, the native bass of the MLA Mini is a 15” subwoofer. But we needed more low-end for the size of the hall, so we opted for two double-18” subwoofers. Thanks to the software interface, the system parameters could easily be loaded into the power amplifier so that the subs can be perfectly integr

wider-proPoint Source Audio launches Wider Pro
Wednesday, 13 March 2019

USA - Yvonne Ho and James Lamb, longtime partners in Point Source Audio, have announced the formation of Wider Pro, a new company to support their distributed lines that serve the broadcast industry. Based in Petaluma, California, Wider Pro will be the company to represent North American distribution of Digigram, AuviTran and other brands to be announced.
Point Source Audio will continue to handle all facets - manufacturing, distribution, sales, marketing as well as service - of its microphone and headset products for all markets including the broadcast sector.
Point Source president James Lamb comments, “I have worked with the teams at both Digigram and AuviTran for almost two decades, and with the pending announcements of new products from both companies, we will be equipped to move into the next phase of growth under the Wider Pro company.”
Yvonne Ho adds, “Taking care of our customers will always be our first priority, and so we have been and will continue to add highly customer-service minded sales and marketing members to both the Point Source and Wider companies.”
Point Source Audio and Wider Pro will be exhibiting at upcoming broadcast industry events including the NRB Convention in Anaheim, and the NAB Convention in Las Vegas.
(Jim Evans)

adamson-sseriesPL+S: Adamson to expand S-Series
Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Germany - Adamson Systems Engineering is set to expand its S-Series, a line of sub-compact, tour-proven loudspeakers, with several new solutions at this year’s edition of Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.
The latest additions include the S7 ultra-compact two-way, full-range line array enclosure and complementary S118 subwoofer, plus the S7p and S10p two-way, full-range point source cabinets. Together, they offer a substantial increase in configuration options for standalone S-Series systems in corporate, theatre, worship, and live music applications or, thanks to Adamson’s uniform voicing between product families, deployments supporting the flagship large-format E-Series.
“The S-Series family changed the face of Adamson, transforming it from a manufacturer of performance loudspeakers to a provider of complete system solutions,” shares James Oliver, director of marketing and sales. “Since its debut, we’ve seen huge corporate growth and a universal acceptance from partners and engineers around the world. Even as we expand our sub-compact offerings on either side, with the simplified IS-Series for install applications and the intelligent, Milan-ready CS-Series, the S-Series remains the anchor, and these new offerings expand the number of potential system configurations for even more specifically-tailored solutions.”
The Adamson S7 is a two-way, full-range line array cabinet containing two ND7-LM16 Kevlar Neodymium drivers (2x 16 Ω) and an NH3-8 1.4” exit compression driver (8 Ω).
The S118 is the companion subwoofer to the S7. The e

danteDante debuts at Enterprise Connect
Tuesday, 12 March 2019

USA - Dante will be demonstrating how networked audio can revolutionise conferencing and collaboration at Enterprise Connect 2019 in Orlando later this month. The inaugural Dante AV Networking Pavilion will showcase how Dante-enabled products from Bose, Sennheiser and SoundTube can transform enterprise conferencing and collaboration.
In addition, Zoom Video Conferencing will be demonstrating how Dante networking can bring unprecedented flexibility and audio quality to conference spaces with a Dante-enable Zoom Room demonstration in their booth.
In the Dante AV Networking Pavilion, Bose will be showing the new Dante-integrated PowerShare amps and expanded ControlSpace EX line of DSPs. Sennheiser will demonstrate the new Dante-enabled TeamConnect 2 beam forming ceiling microphone, and SoundTube will display their revised lineup of Dante-enabled PoE powered loudspeaker systems.
Audinate will be highlighting Dante Domain Manager and the popular Dante AVIO series of adapters. Visitors may also attend education sessions about Dante AV-over-IP, while experts from Audinate will be on hand to answer questions.
In addition, the sponsors will be holding daily drawings in the booth for a variety of free products, including Sennheiser Momentum Free Headphones, Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses, MSE Audio Phase Tech Outdoor Speakers, and Dante AVIO USB adapters.
“This is a great opportunity for people to learn about the benefits of AV-over-IP,” says Joshua Rush, SVP of marketing at Audinate, “Unified communications and conferencing are rapidly bec

koreaChangwon centre installs Harman sound
Tuesday, 12 March 2019

South Korea - 3.15 Art Centre in Changwon recently collaborated with TechData Co and Harman Professional Solutions to upgrade their concert hall with a JBL audio system for events, live performances and more.
3.15 Art Centre is a multi-purpose venue dedicated to enhancing the creativity and diversity of the performing arts. In order to provide suitable sound quality for live performances in their 1,100-seat concert hall, 3.15 Art Centre recently decided to upgrade their existing sound system. Together with TechData Co, 3.15 Art Centre outfitted their concert hall with JBL VTX V20 line-array loudspeakers, VTX S25 subwoofers, SRX812P powered speakers and Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers.
“3.15 Art Centre asked us to deploy an audio solution capable of outputting high sound pressure levels with a flat frequency response,” said Jonathan Choi, tech lab engineer, TechData. “Due to the close proximity and steep slope of the audience seats, we knew we would need a high-powered line array in order to provide even coverage throughout the theatre. Considering these factors, we selected JBL loudspeakers for their impressive SPL and highly directional output.”
TechData equipped the theatre with JBL VTX V20 three-way line-array speakers for the main sound system. Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers deliver clean, reliable power to the system and offer advanced networking capabilities. JBL SRX812P full range powered speakers are used as stage monitors. SRX812P speakers are also used as front-fill speakers to ensure even coverage in the first and second rows.

brightOutline shines at the Bright Festival
Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Italy - On 21-23 February, Stazione Leopolda and The Student Hotel in Florence hosted the first edition of the Bright Festival, an event dedicated to digital art, lighting design and electronic music, organised in collaboration with Florence Chamber of Commerce and Municipality and addressing pros, students and fans of the three sectors.
The festival’s innovative format proposed an original fusion of education and entertainment, which was anything but conventional “edutainment”. The daytime programme featured meetings, master classes, workshops and lectures, which covered highly varied topics: from music production to virtual reality, in collaboration with universities, Italian and international companies and start-ups. Participants showed great interest in all the initiatives dedicated to electronic music, but also those regarding projection mapping, lighting design for shows and digital photography.
Evening entertainment at Stazione Leopolda also met with great success, and the public were treated to shows by the most important artistes on the electronic music scenario, with exponents of international calibre such as Derrick May (considered one of the inventors of techno), Francesco Tristano (eclectic Luxemburg musician and composer, equally at home not only with music electronic experimental, but also with classical music and jazz), Sweden’s La Fleur and many more.
The Festival’s general manager, Claudio Caciolli, states: “As far as the technical set-up was concerned, Bright Festival relied totally on rental company Emporio on Stage

fat-boy-slimFatboy Slim in the round with MLA
Tuesday, 12 March 2019

UK - In 2016 Capital Sound Hire’s technical manager, Robin Conway, designed an audio system for an in-the-round presentation of Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook) at the O2 Arena, using the Martin Audio MLA sound rig to bring him closer to the audience.
“All of a sudden with the DJ booth in the middle you forget you’re in a big arena. We worked out that’s a way of turning an arena into a huge nightclub,” Cook had declared in an interview. “You get all the benefits of collective euphoria with the budget to do a very big production.”
When he later announced his biggest arena tour yet, with six dates fittingly called The Round Trip, complete with revolving stage in the centre, circular overhead video, confetti cannons and pyro, Capital decided to extend this ‘boxing match meets rave’ concept by increasing the ordnance of the PA.
To pull off this production, including the largest DJ show ever seen at Wembley’s SSE Arena, Capital - in the shape of house engineer/project manager David Preston and system tech Marty Beath - had to meet a number of challenges, notably the location of the mix position (30m from the mother grid, near the conventional monitor world), while fighting with the vast amount of overhead hardware.
Conway explains, “Whereas last time we fielded four hangs of four MLA and two hangs of MLA Compact, this time we have had six hangs of MLA above the video screen, as close to the centre as possible, so there is a lot more real estate.” The speakers had to be trimmed 10m from the floor to preserve sightlines. <

harmanaudiolightingeventHarman showcase set for Islington
Monday, 11 March 2019

UK - Harman’s UK distributor Sound Technology is bringing the company’s latest performance audio and lighting products at a showcase on 27 March (Wednesday) at the Islington Assembly Hall in London.
The event is aimed at venue operators, rental and production companies, engineers and designers.
Delegates can hear the new JBL VTX A8 Series line array system, which has been installed by the host venue. The demos are taking place at 12.30pm and 4.30pm.
Meanwhile, those interested in lighting can attend the Martin by Harman showcases at 11am and 3pm, which will feature the new ERA 300 Profile (modern day LED successor to the much-loved MAC 250), the now-shipping ELP Series LED Ellipsoidal fixtures, the MAC Allure Profile creative fixture with P3 technology, plus the award-winning MAC Encore Wash, MAC Encore Performance and JEM Glaciator Dynamic.
In addition, the latest models in the RUSH range including the MH10, MH11 and Batten 1 Hex will also be on show.
(Jim Evans)

l-acousticsPL+S: L-Acoustics to unveil touring product
Monday, 11 March 2019

Germany - L-Acoustics is returning to Prolight+Sound with an exhibition space in a new area and a host of product-related announcements, demonstrations, and contributions to events throughout the show.
Following the introduction of the small and highly weatherized X4i enclosure for installation markets at ISE 2019, the manufacturer has announced plans to unveil a new range of scalable solutions for the rental market at the Frankfurt-based trade show.
Jochen Frohn, director of business development, L-Acoustics, comments: “We always look forward to welcoming visitors, customers, and partners to this important annual gathering in Frankfurt. This year, we are especially looking forward to revealing new enclosures for our touring range that offer accessible, scalable solutions to any application.”
L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound demonstrations, which filled to standing-room-only capacity at last year’s show and earlier this year at NAMM and ISE, will be offered several times daily on a first come, first seated basis. The demos feature refreshed content in a presentation specially updated for PL+S.
Additionally, the Milan member companies will share their latest news. L-Acoustics will host a Thursday evening Milan event explaining the new network initiative and its technical features.
(Jim Evans)

seoulSeoul church installs Harman sound systems
Monday, 11 March 2019

South Korea - TechData Co recently provided Oryun Community Church in Seoul and its newly-built religious retreat, the Oryun Vision Village, with a complete Harman Professional Solutions audio and control systems.
Founded in 1988, Oryun Community Church is a South Korean Christian organisation that operates multiple churches and worship spaces in and around Seoul.
Having had a positive experience with Harman products during their last renovation, Oryun Church hired TechData to design systems for both the Vision Centre and Vision Village facilities.
"We were very satisfied with the Harman solutions we acquired in our 2015 renovation,” says Sunho Ju, sound director at Oryun Community Church. “Since Vision Village is not only our training centre but also available for outside rental, we needed a solution that would be easy for anyone to use, including those who are less familiar with technology. TechData solved this by installing an AMX touch panel control system at Vision Village, which allows us to control our equipment with ease."
At Oryun Vision Centre, TechData selected a combination of JBL VTX V20 and VT4886 line array loudspeakers with VTS S25 subwoofers to provide adequate power and coverage for the main sound reinforcement system. Two-way JBL AC15, AC18/26 and AM512/95 loudspeakers supplement the main system, providing high output and full-range sound in compact form factors with 5.25", 8" and 12" low-frequency drivers, respectively.
Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD and 12000HD amplifiers, supplemented by DCi 8|600N and 2|600N models, pr

digicoDiGiCo SD12 backs Cash Campbell tour
Monday, 11 March 2019

USA - Described by CMT as a “true representation of current country for the next generation”, newcomer Cash Campbell burst onto the music scene in 2017 with his debut song, Cannonball, and has already racked up 20m streams and views worldwide. He has built a fan base on the road with headlining shows and sharing the bill with A-list acts on multiple tours, including his current trek on which he’s carrying a DiGiCo SD12 console to run both FOH and monitors.
Chosen by Dallas-based Jordan Bledsoe, who serves as Campbell’s FOH engineer, production manager and tour manager, the SD12 and its accompanying DiGiCo SD-Rack were rented from Arlington’s B&L Sound and Lighting, which is supplying the tour’s complete control package.
“This has been my first experience with DiGiCo and, to be honest, I had been intimidated to use one because of how detailed you can be with it,” shares Bledsoe. “But after a short amount of time prepping on the desk as well as the offline editing software, I realised that detail is what I enjoy the most. Now I find that the workflow and sound of this desk make it hard to imagine going back to anything else. The SD12 is our console of choice moving forward.”
With Cash Campbell’s previous tour jaunt being a co-headlining run with Austin Burke, the artist and his crew are now out on string of dates opening for Dylan Scott. As with the previous trek, Bledsoe is once again manning the SD12, which is connected to the SD-Rack over Optocore fibre and used in conjunction with a Waves SoundGrid Extreme Server a

sarahyuleheadshotAudio-Technica appoints sales director EMEA
Friday, 8 March 2019

Europe - Audio-Technica Europe has appointed Sarah Yule to the position of sales director EMEA. Yule joins the company from VC-backed music creation start-up ROLI, where she was director of sales.
Starting out as an audio engineer in her teens, Yule obtained a degree in Sound Technology from LIPA before moving into the commercial side of the industry. She has spent the last 15 years in both international and senior sales roles at the likes of TL Audio and InMusic and at ROLI was involved in bringing the brand’s products to market around the world.
Yule comments: “I am delighted to be joining such a respected company dedicated to creating products that are both premium quality and best-in-class. Audio-Technica is a brand with a respect for the art of sound, great history and strong heritage.”
Robert Morgan-Males, CEO of Audio-Technica Europe adds: “Sarah is joining Audio-Technica at a fascinating time, as we’re continuing to see the lines between professional and consumer products blurred; we believe that Sarah’s experience and achievements can help drive growth across the business.”
(Jim Evans)

powersoftFraunhofer IDMT chooses Powersoft
Friday, 8 March 2019

Germany - The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT) has upgraded the highly specialised audio setup at its Ilmenau headquarters with the installation of Powersoft’s Ottocanali 4K4 DSP+D amplifier platforms.
Fraunhofer IDMT - which focuses on applied research in the field of audiovisual media - is widely known for developing technologies for the digital media industry.
The institute has made the decision to invest in a new range of Powersoft Ottocanali 4k4 DSP+D amplifier platforms, further strengthening its long-standing relationship with the manufacturer.
René Rodigast, business manager in the acoustics department at Fraunhofer IDMT, commented: “We have a long story with Powersoft and have developed a good understanding of their systems over the years. Back when we installed our first Powersoft amplifiers here, we had direct contact to the guys in Italy as well as their German distributor, Laauser & Vohl GmbH. Normally we know very well what gear we want and in this most recent case the choice was easy. We ordered the amps without delay and received great support throughout.”
A total of 29 Ottocanali 4k4 DSP+D amplifier platforms were required to meet the institute’s grand aspirations, with 16 of those units being installed in the building’s 3D Presentation Room alone.
“This room is one of our biggest experimental rooms,” says Rodigast. “The goal when we created it was to have an efficient and flexible setup. The room is equipped with 117 loudspeakers and is able to accommodate a small number o

rohSSL in control at Royal Opera House
Friday, 8 March 2019

UK - The Royal Opera House (ROH) recently underwent a comprehensive refurbishment to improve its facilities, including redesigning the Linbury Theatre (see the report in LSi March).
The £50m Open Up refurbishment project also created a new café and improved restaurant and shop.
The Linbury Theatre presents chamber work for opera and dance as well as live orchestral performances. The ROH also has a thriving immersive live to cinema department, and a broadcast team. To make workflow as flexible, and as smooth as possible, Martin Adams, and the in-house technical team have upgraded the space, deploying an SSL L500 Plus console at the heart, with a Dante AoIP infrastructure.
From the initial audio makeover discussions for the Linbury Theatre, the idea of a Dante solution really appealed to Martin Adams and his team, and that got them thinking about which console to go for.
“The fact that a Dante infrastructure is built directly into the SSL L500 Plus was very interesting to us,” explains Adams. “It's the AoIP that you want - firstly, not to intrude on how you work; and secondly, once you have done an initial setup, you've kind of done the work, and everything else becomes easier. This also means making the system larger becomes very simple in the future.
“Audio for us in the ROH is not a form of amplification, it's a compositional tool. A composer comes in and looks a

foo-fightersFoo Fighters spectacular on Super Bowl Saturday
Friday, 8 March 2019

USA - Designing an audio system for a live arena show or the installation of a multi-zone distributed PA are commonplace activities these days; combining the two in a single venue for a one-off concert is a consideration of an entirely different dimension.
But when the Foo Fighters were asked to headline a one-off event for Super Bowl Saturday, Lez Dwight (director) of Britannia Row Productions handed precisely those project design responsibilities to their Foo Fighters’ touring systems engineer Adam Smith.
“The Jack Murphy temporary structure chosen by DirecTV for their live stream spectacular Super Saturday Night was essentially a 100ft-tall dome roof,” explains Smith. “At 72,000sq/ft in terms of coverage there were two major aspects for the 8,500 fans who attended. The main listening area on the flat floor was relatively straight forward: L/R L-Acoustics K1 with K2 sides and ARCII for 180-degree rear to be provided by Brit Row on behalf of Foo Fighters’ production.
“Then there was this unique and complex steel mezzanine structure spread over multiple levels. It stretched the length of the venue from upstage left and right, wrapping around behind FoH, and extending throughout the remainder of the building.”
“Once the relevant production drawings became available, I was able to extract the necessary room data, draw an interpretation of the structure within Soundvision and begin to simulate chosen speaker arrays/sources. At this stage of the modelling it became clear there were multiple discreet zones that requi

harmanHarman in the swim at Atlantis Sanya
Friday, 8 March 2019

China - To provide guests with an unparalleled experience of undersea immersion, China’s new Atlantis Sanya resort deployed an array of Harman audio, video, lighting and control systems.
Located in the city of Sanya on China’s Hainan island, Atlantis Sanya is the latest Atlantis-themed resort operated by Kerzner International. The resort’s 52-story luxury hotel boasts more than 1,300 guest rooms, including extravagant underwater suites that look out into the resort’s massive Lost Chambers aquarium.
The vast Aquaventure waterpark occupies nearly 200,000sq.m and includes waterslides that pass through the aquarium, in addition to snorkelling, scuba diving and live dolphin and sea lion interactions. Other amenities include conference rooms and banquet halls for meetings and events, an upscale shopping centre and 13 restaurants and bars.
The resort deployed an array of JBL, AKG, Crown, Soundcraft and BSS audio technologies to distribute audio throughout the complex, as well as advanced AMX video systems and Martin lighting fixtures for multimedia integration and striking visuals.
“Atlantis Sanya aims to provide an unforgettable aquatic experience for guests,” says project leader at CCW, Atlantis Resorts Consultants. “To accomplish this goal, we needed high-fidelity audio and advanced multimedia systems throughout the facility, as well as the latest control systems to operate it seamlessly. Harman Professional’s world-class, scalable audio-visual systems empower the resorts to create a unique and immersive experience.”
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dierksDierks Bentley tours with PK Sound
Friday, 8 March 2019

USA - Dierks Bentley 2018 Mountain High Tour in support of his ninth studio album The Mountain played over 60 large-scale venues - including a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden.
To meet the demands of the cross-country tour, Bentley and his production crew trusted PK Sound Trinity Advanced Robotic Line Array and Gravity subwoofers to deliver superior sound, system flexibility and easy rigging - whether in an arena, stadium, or amphitheatre.
FOH and system engineer James ‘Pugsley’ McDermott said the Mountain High Tour marked his 13th year on the road with Dierks Bentley, though this is the first time they've added Trinity Advanced Robotic Line Arrays to the PA system. "It's been a technological advancement not only in deployment, but also sonically," McDermott says of the new PA system, which features full-size main hangs with up to 16 Trinity boxes per side, plus a dozen Trinity 10s per side for side-hangs and front-fill.
The Dierks Bentley crew also flew six Gravity 218 subwoofers per side, with an optional six per side on the ground, which, McDermott noted, were deployed in different configurations daily to fit the size and shape of each venue.
"Every Trinity box can be whatever you want it to be," McDermott says. He noted that, while 120-degree boxes can be an asset for some venues, they are too wide for others. But Trinity's adjustable sound field lets the system engineer tailor each individual box to be as wide or narrow as is needed for the venue. "Each box can be set from anywhere between 50° and 120°, and you can use

dpa-microphoneswilma-theater2DPA amplifies Romeo and Juliet
Friday, 8 March 2019

USA - Sound designer and engineer Chris Sannino recently relied on DPA Microphones to utilise a discreet, wireless sound amplification source for the production of Romeo and Juliet at Philadelphia’s Wilma Theatre.
Already having an established history with DPA Microphones, Sannino chose DPA’s d:facto 4018VL Linear Vocal Microphone, d:screet 4061 Miniature Omnidirectional Microphone and d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone.
Since 2013, he has used the d:vote 4099 on a wide variety of woodwinds, pianos, string instruments and discrete theatre set mic’ing. The d:vote 4099, d:screet 4061 and d:fine 4088 (among others) have been featured in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, New York City Summer Stage, The Vail International Dance Festival and Romeo and Juliet.
For Romeo and Juliet, Sannino used the d:vote 4099 on cello and saxophone, the d:screet 4061 on violin and vocalists and the d:facto 4018VL for the ensemble. “I chose to use DPA because it has an excellent personal history of durability, clarity and responsiveness combined with my frequent need for discrete wireless sources,” adds Sannino.
“The fidelity of a DPA mic far surpasses anything else I’ve utilised in terms of close mic’ing instruments and actors. I love both the d:vote 4099 and d:screet 4061 when close mic’ing the conventional orchestral instruments, and also all sorts of ancient instruments. You can never go wrong on a lute, theorbo, harp or zither.”
Sannino has also been very impressed with the ability of DPA’s microphones to handle th

pliantbannerPliant Technologies names Swedish distributor
Friday, 8 March 2019

Sweden - Professional intercom solutions supplier Pliant Technologies has appointed Visono Media AB as its new distributor in Sweden.
Visono Media, a dealer and distributor of popular professional audio products, serves customers within a range of industries, including broadcasters, rental companies, theatres and sound production facilities for TV and film.
“We have more than 20 years of experience working with traditional intercoms and Pliant Technologies’ CrewCom is a groundbreaking intercom system with its advanced RF and networking capabilities,” says Jan Westling, co-founder of Visono Media AB. “CrewCom’s increased coverage and flexibility are main selling points for our customers. CrewCom is extremely intuitive and easy to use, which helps productions of any size adapt to changing user counts and personnel.”
Visono Media represents various pro audio companies including, Sound Devices, Schoeps, Ambient, Comrex, K-Tek, Lectrosonics, Sonifex, and Studio Technologies.
“We are happy to have Visono Media represent our company and products in Sweden,” says Gary Rosen, vice president of global sales for Pliant Technologies. “They have an extensive portfolio and are very knowledgeable about the audio industry. It is important for us to establish relationships with distributors that appreciate our products. Visono Media will be an integral part of Pliant Technologies’ growth in the region.”
(Jim Evans)

callum-wachoski--jess-mathewsWachowski joins Fiend Productions
Thursday, 7 March 2019

UK - Callum Wachowski has joined Fiend Productions to provide a primary point of contact for rental enquires. Callum, who is also principal at Rugby-based dry hire and event production company Genius Bros, will bring his knowledge of lighting, rigging and video equipment and projects to the Fiend Productions team.
Jess Mathews, Fiend’s MD comments: “Callum has joined us at a time of investment and growth for the business. We are building on our stock of MA and Avolites control equipment, wide range of intelligent lighting fixtures and LED screen this year and Callum’s arrival will help us provide a knowledgeable and consistent contact for our customers.”
(Jim Evans)

apartApart Audio expands US team
Thursday, 7 March 2019

USA - Aaron Chisena has joined Apart Audio as director business development for North America.
Chisena brings more than 20 years of experience in product, sales and marketing management and has a vast knowledge of the consumer and commercial electronics, technology and the music industry. Based in Stamford, Connecticut, he will further develop and grow the Apart business together with distribution partners TMP Pro in the US and Trends in the Canadian market.
Apart Audio CEO Kris Vermuyten comments: “We are very happy to welcome Aaron to our team. With his strong and impressive background in the audio industry, he is extremely qualified and the perfect individual for our specialised fixed installation market. His proven track record of brand building and sales team building can only support our distribution partners in the further growth of the APART brand of quality loudspeakers and electronics in this strategic important market / region.”
Chisena adds: “I am very excited and honoured to join the Apart Audio team. They provide exceptional products built for installers combined with first-rate performance, design, and value. We are looking forward to continuing growth in North America as we expose this region of the world to the great culture and capability of Apart Audio.”
(Jim Evans)


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