Audio News

pcxR-H brings rocking sound solutions to Denver
Friday, 7 October 2022

USA - Renkus-Heinz will be exhibiting its latest Sound Solution loudspeaker technology at the Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo (AVX) in Denver, Colo. from 19-20 October 2022.
Renkus-Heinz will showcase a variety of its product lines including the all-new, award-winning PCX Series, as well as innovative offerings from the Directivity Control Series, Iconyx GEN 5 Series, ICLive X Series, S Series and C Series.
AVX attendees will have the opportunity to drop by booth #811 to speak directly with Garrison Parkin, Renkus-Heinz’s western regional sales manager, and Steve Trump, owner and president of Signal Marketing, Renkus-Heinz’s independent manufacturer's representative for the Rocky Mountain region.
“Attending regional shows such as AVX allows our team to spend valuable one-on-one time to engage with our customers, partners and other industry professionals,” said Parkin. “We are excited to showcase our PCX Series for those who have not been able to see the new passive column in person yet.”
The newest offering from Renkus-Heinz, the award-winning PCX Series brings Renkus-Heinz’s industry-leading sound quality and coverage into the realm of passive arrays, creating more opportunities for AV contractors, consultants and sound system engineers to craft the perfect sound solution for its projects.
Utilising the same complex steering algorithms as Renkus-Heinz’s flagship ICONYX columns, the PCX Series’ new Passive UniBeam Technology delivers pristine sound and consistent coverage with minimal distortions or side lobe artifact

ggnasa-launchGreen-GO connects NASA launch broadcast
Friday, 7 October 2022

Australia – A flightcase full of Green-GO headsets and beltpacks kept TV crews connected for Australia’s first commercial space launch recently, as NASA launched from Arnhem Space Centre (ASC) in the sparsely populated Northern Territory.
Broadcaster BIE Creative was challenged with producing a livestream of the build-up to the launch and of the launch itself, which was hosted on the Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) YouTube page. It was ELA’s first collaboration with NASA, which chose their spaceport to fire a BBIX rocket, carrying an atmospheric observation/sensing platform to observe the AlphaCentauri constellations.
The milestone moment for Australia required the BIE Creative team to maintain reliable, continuous contact with each other. A Green-GO system comprising HS200Single and HS200Dual Headsets, and WBPX wireless and BPX wired Beltpacks, interfacing to 4Wire analogue input/output devices, was supplied by Sydney-based specialist Green-GO distributor Event Communications Australia.
“Green-GO was chosen for its robust DECT reception, ease of use, and reliability in the hostile Arnhem Land environment,” says Event Communications Australia’s Rod McKinnon. “Equally important was the portability and low weight of the system - especially considering the smaller aircraft necessary to reach the launch site with equipment being severely weight limited.”
BIE Creative’s managing director, Shane Hogan, continues: “As you can imagine, NASA has very strict limitations regarding what frequencies are able to be used in and around t

 
 
genelecstockholmGenelec extends Experience Centre network
Friday, 7 October 2022

Finland - Genelec has added Stockholm and Helsinki to its global network of Experience Centres. By visiting these new facilities, customers will receive expert personal advice on Genelec loudspeaker solutions, and enjoy a high-quality critical listening environment, from stereo to immersive. The new Nordic locations join existing Genelec Experience Centres in Europe, America and Asia - all of which share the same mission of helping customers to understand and experience the finest in sound reproduction.
Genelec has long and close connections with both Stockholm and Helsinki, each of which is a thriving cultural hub with a strong identity and sophisticated audio community. The company has developed its own teams in both cities over many years – and the two new Experience Centres further heighten Genelec’s commitment to social responsibility, by supporting each city’s cultural heritage.
Hosted by Erik Skanderbeck and Patrick Lundin from Genelec’s Swedish team, the Stockholm Experience Centre is based near the city centre on the former site of the legendary Park Studios complex. Skanderbeck and Lundin oversaw the upgrading of the infrastructure and the modernisation of the IT/AV technology throughout, plus the installation of energy-saving Smart building technology to deliver sustainability and flexibility in planning.
The Stockholm location is divided into five distinct zones, including the flagship 7.1.4 immersive Boman Room, the stereo environments of the Saltgruvan and Berg Rooms, the large Live Room, and the Lobby Area for AV system demons

 
alteamEAV Group acquires Audiologic
Friday, 7 October 2022

UK/Germany - Audiologic has been acquired by EAV Group, an alliance of distributors of professional AV products and services, headquartered in Germany. Effective 3 October, the acquisition looks to ‘invest and build on an already successful UK operation’.
Founded in 2004, Audiologic has seen consistent growth since its inception. Recently celebrating its 18th anniversary, the brand has expanded both its brand partners and employees, continuing to strengthen its position in the UK AV market. Over those 18 years, Audiologic has built a reputation with its customers, in not only distributing AV products, but supplying every aspect of a project: delivering design, product selection, commissioning, service, support, and after sales.
EAV Group, serving until recently the Benelux and DACH territories exclusively, specialises in the distribution of professional AV products. EAV Group, like Audiologic, also offers dedicated training academies, marketing expertise and excellent relationship management with manufacturers, integrators, and dealers.
Andy Lewis, managing director, Audiologic comments: “Leading our businesses on the same values and approach to the marketplace means the acquisition of Audiologic by EAV Group is an exciting and natural next step that strengthens our ability to develop and grow. Audiologic is a company that has worked hard to develop a family ethos, and that will remain through the acquisition process and beyond, as we welcome EAV Group to our business, and enter a new and exciting chapter. What Matt and Simon have achieved t

 
 
johnmeyerwarnermedalphotoSMPT honours Meyer Sound founder John Meyer
Thursday, 6 October 2022

USA - SMPTE, the international society for media professionals, technologists, and engineers, has awarded the 2022 Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal to John Meyer, the co-founder, president, and CEO of Meyer Sound.
According to a SMPTE statement, the honour was bestowed “in recognition of his contributions to the design, measurement, and analysis of cinema speaker electronics for cinema mixing, review, and exhibition facilities.” Formal presentation of the award will take place at the SMPTE Awards Gala, to be held on 27 October at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
“I am deeply grateful for the industry recognition that comes with this medal,” says John Meyer. “Certainly, it acknowledges my personal commitment to excellence in film sound, which is a passion that goes back to my childhood. I always enjoyed the experience of good movie sound – and I was annoyed when it was bad, which was too often the case. I always thought it could be better, and making that happen has been a major focus of my life’s work.”
When Meyer and his wife Helen launched Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. in 1979, the young company’s reputation for innovation quickly caught the attention of Francis Ford Coppola’s audio engineers.
“One of our first products was a custom subwoofer for a limited showing of Apocalypse Now,” recalls Meyer, “and that was the beginning of our still-continuing relationship with Francis and American Zoetrope. However, we only started making a full line of dedicated cinema loudspeakers much later, when we could leverage mature

 
andreas-schick-squaredClear-Com adds applications engineer
Thursday, 6 October 2022

Europe - Clear-Com has announced the appointment of Andreas Schick to the applications engineering team in EMEA. Andreas holds the title of applications egineer II and brings 10+ years of professional experience in the AV industry to his role at Clear-Com.
Andreas previously worked as a commissioning engineer at Salzbrenner, a Germany-based systems contractor for AV and media technology. His role allowed him the opportunity to work at a number of venues around the world, including music and production theaters, state parliaments, and even the Sydney Opera House. Notably, he helped implement a new stage management and audio system in the Bolshoi Academic State Theatre in Moscow, as well as the stage management system for the State Opera of Berlin, which included a Clear-Com system.
“We are so pleased to have Andreas on board,” said Ernie Addow, senior global applications engineering manager. “His experience, as well as his prior familiarity with Clear-Com equipment and other intercom systems, make him a great asset. He is a skilled engineer and excellent problem solver, and we are confident in his ability to support our growing user base. Andreas will be based in Germany and will cover the DACH region, as well as Europe at large.”

 
 
paul-connaughtonMartin Audio strengthens product support team
Thursday, 6 October 2022

UK - Martin Audio has announced the appointment of former lecturer, producer, DJ and freelance sound engineer, Paul Connaughton to the role of product support engineer.
He will be supporting clients and customers in the use of Martin Audio systems and software in all areas of live sound and system integration design and deployment. “My focus will be on improving both the access, resources and delivery to systems and software training for clients and end users,” he stated. Connaughton will work to a similar brief as his predecessor Simon Purse, but with a heavier concentration on organising training schedules and resources.
“Having worked as a freelance engineer in live sound throughout my teaching career I have always found myself attracted to the lovely warm sound of Martin Audio systems,” he enthuses. “And having been introduced to MLA - and used it to some extent - I am hugely impressed at the way in which the various systems have such a consistent sound across the entire range.”
Based in Plymouth, he had been further imbued into Martin Audio’s culture by fellow Plymouth resident (and MLA ambassador), Simon Honywill. “Having completed the university course delivered by Simon and Jim Parsons, as I was starting out in the freelance world, I was asked to move into lecturing where I helped to support their live sound and music technology courses based in Plymouth.
“I will be travelling around the country on a roadshow tour this winter to begin and introduce our university training programme to technical universities UK-wide wh

 
danteUniversity of Strathclyde switches to Dante
Thursday, 6 October 2022

UK - A project of more than four years in the making, the University of Strathclyde has recently migrated from a collection of all-analogue-based, stand-alone sound systems to a new Dante audio network, bringing much needed flexibility and efficiency
Campbell Jamieson, the learning support manager for the university, explained that over the last several years the university has been ambitiously transforming and upgrading its campus. Serious about creating and maintaining a world-class environment, investment for the transformation is set to reach £1bn by 2025.
In 2018, Jamieson and his team were looking for a way to bring a unified audio experience to the campus and to make the system easier and faster to set up and use. Luckily for them, a Dante audio network platform was able to bring everything together and as soon as the pandemic hit in 2020, it took on even greater practical importance when the necessity for hybrid and remote learning significantly accelerated the use of their Dante network across the campus.
“Originally, we started migrating to a Dante network to speed up our workflow and make our team more efficient; some of our large lecture theatres had AV systems pre-installed with analogue cabling, but they were isolated,” said Jamieson. “And we had smaller lecture spaces that didn’t have installed systems or AV cabling, so we had to spend at least a day setting those systems up and then another day tearing them down - making the spaces unusable during the transitions. Fortunately, all of these spaces have network ports that we

 
 
wharfedale-pro-tech-top-prWharfedale Pro partners with Tech Top in Tel Aviv
Thursday, 6 October 2022

Israel - Wharfedale Pro has reinforced their position in the Israeli market with the announcement of their partnership with Tel Aviv-based distributor, Tech Top which is now the sole official distributor of Wharfedale Pro products in the country.
Established in 1994, Tech Top has since grown to become the largest importer of sound, lighting and multimedia products in Israel, serving a wide client base which encompasses AV installers, system integrators and audio contractors.
“We are delighted to welcome Tech Top to our business network,” comments Simon Godfrey, sales director at Wharfedale Pro. “With their impressive distribution channels and skilled customer-focused service teams, this new partnership fits well with the product direction, strategy and enthusiastic energy here at Wharfedale Pro.”
Tech Top CEO, Kobi Shofan adds, “The Wharfedale Pro product portfolio fits extremely well with our business activities and will complement our offering to the expanding professional market in Israel. We are excited and energised to become a partner, accelerating business for the current Wharfedale Pro product line-up and working closely to introduce many new products into Israel.”

 
nic-gledicAdam Hall appoints Gledic global sales director
Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Germany - The Adam Hall Group has appointed Nik Gledic to a newly created global management position. Since 1 September 2022, Gledic has been responsible as global sales director for the strategic orientation and implementation of the worldwide sales division of the event technology company based in Neu-Anspach.
Before joining the Adam Hall Group, Gledic gained many years of experience at Shure Germany and Shure Europe in management positions in sales and marketing and, most recently, as senior director retail for the Western European business of the US pro audio manufacturer.
“The development of the Adam Hall Group as an international key player in the field of event technology has impressed me for many years,” explains Nik Gledic. “For this reason, I am all the more pleased to follow this path and to shape it even more successfully in the future. At Adam Hall, I encounter an extremely human, modern and open corporate culture with a highly motivated team that is eager to continue driving growth and success with passion. This ultimately convinced me that the newly created position of global sales director at Adam Hall is the right challenge for me.”
Markus Jahnel, COO Adam Hall Group, says: “Nik is an extremely experienced sales professional with whom we can implement our strategic vision for the global sales area even more comprehensively in practice. We have ambitious goals and want to make the Adam Hall brand – as well as our individual Cameo, LD Systems, Palmer and Gravity brands – synonymous worldwide with innovative event techn

 
 
redeemer-churchRedeemer Church Nottingham gets inspired
Wednesday, 5 October 2022

UK - In 2017 Redeemer Church Nottingham held its first service at the Beeston Youth Community Centre. The congregation has grown steadily ever since. In 2018 it was clear the church would expand beyond the community centres capacity and a search began for an alternative venue.
In early 2019 Beeston’s local council were also in the process of finding potential bidders to buy the Old Town Hall. Redeemer submitted a strong proposal and following successful financial arrangements purchased the building. Since then, the building has undergone considerable renovation and modernisation, with a custom-built auditorium added to the rear of the site.
Inspired Audio has had a long-standing relationship with Redeemer. In 2017 the church tried several high-end sound systems from major manufacturers before finally deciding on Inspired Audio. The compact AX8 and B210 system was chosen
“We wanted something people could move easily and that sounded great, the Inspired system did both,” says Inspired’s Andi Churchill. The building work was completed in 2022 and was commission that September. “They wanted crystal clean audio with plenty of headroom,” adds Churchill.
The chosen system was two hangs of four Vector 20 constant curvature array boxes, each covering half the auditorium with 110 x 80 dispersion. Sub-bass extension is provided by two single 18” B118 enclosures. The system is powered by two Q20 system amplifiers giving enough channels to perfectly zone the main auditorium and balcony areas.
“It’s great, you walk through the room a

 
sennheiserSennheiser rolls out EMEA tour to debut EW-DX
Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Europe - As part of the company’s objective to prepare the rental market, theatres, sound engineers, RF technicians and channel partners for EW-DX, the next step in the Evolution Wireless Digital series, Sennheiser has announced the dates for its EMEA-wide tour where the Sennheiser team will engage with end users and provide an in-depth overview of the EW-DX and EW-D technology through a mix of presentations, tests, demos and hands-on experience with the new system.
Additionally, visitors will be able to benefit from a refresher training on Sennheiser’s full range of capsules and microphone elements.
As part of the Evolution Wireless Digital family, EW-DX will boast family features such as the lowest latency on the market, convenient and spectrum-saving equidistant frequency spacing, and ultra-wide input dynamic range. A simple press of a button is all that is needed for the Auto Scan function to automatically assign frequencies using an equidistant tuning grid that allows more channels to be packed into a given frequency window.
At the same time, EW-DX will add new options such as two- and four-channel receivers, new handheld, bodypack and table stand transmitters, and new benefits such as its wider switching bandwidth of 88 MHz, AES 256 encryption, e-ink displays and more. Transmitters are conveniently sync’ed via Bluetooth Low Energy.
EW-DX will be integrated into the Sennheiser Control Cockpit software, Wireless Systems Manager desktop software and Smart Assist App.
Among the countries visited by the Sennheiser team between Oc

 
 
nexoNexo spreads the word in Bangkok church
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Thailand - Established one hundred years ago in Wattana Wittayalai School, Wattana Presbyterian Church moved to its current location in the centre of the Thai capital in 1958. This large and busy church sees worshippers coming together for a range of events and activities, with music almost always at the heart of the celebration.
When the church decided to upgrade its audio technology, it was clear that the installer would have to specify a versatile and powerful new system, capable of handling everything from spoken word to live music, with clear and even coverage throughout the venue.
With extensive experience in designing and installing sound systems in houses of worship in Bangkok and throughout Thailand, local system integrator Music Space Cowas an obvious choice for the job. And for Music Space, Nexo was the loudspeaker brand of choice.
“Our partners Music Space think highly of Nexo’s technology, sound quality and the comprehensive range of products available” reports Manatchaya Vanno (Nan), marketing manager at Fuzion Far East, the Nexo distributor in Thailand. “Particularly flexible and adaptable is Nexo’s NXAMPMK2 combined amplifier and controller, which is easy to deploy is any application.”
The system at Wattana Church includes two clusters of six ultra-compact Geo M6 line array elements, complemented by a pair of LS18 subs on the floor. ID14s are used as in-fills, and amplification and processing come from two Nexo NXAMP4X1MK2 powered controllers.
“Everyone immediately appreciates the power of the Nexo system”

 
venturaDiGiCo helps transform Midtown Ventura venue
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

USA - What used to be Discovery, a party-themed space in Midtown Ventura, the heart of that coastal suburb north of Los Angeles, tried to be all things to all customers, offering distractions like bowling, foosball, and shuffleboard, as popular for kids’ parties as any of the music events it also hosted. But Covid and other circumstances made that scattershot strategy much less tenable, and the venue closed up in 2020 after seven years.
In its place, Ineffable Music Group, an Oakland-based “independent coalition of artists, managers, and promoters” that organises music festivals focused on “smaller, secondary markets” re-opened the space as Ventura Music Hall this past March as part of its mission to bring first-class concerts to those markets. “Our focus is music,” Thomas Cussins, co-founder and president of Ineffable Music Group, said. “We’re not party people - we book bands.”
Underscoring that intent, Ineffable Music chose a pair of DiGiCo SD-Range consoles as the flagship audio technology for the renovated 635-capacity venue: an SD12 at front of house, mixing the room’s d&b V-Series loudspeaker system, and an SD9 console, used for monitor mixing on d&b M4 wedges, each paired with a D2-Rack. The two consoles are linked to the PA system via MADI: the SD12 on coax cable and the SD9 over Cat-5 cabling.
The choice of the DiGiCo consoles, which were sold through and installed by Schubert Systems Group, was an easy one, says Courtney Panton, Ventura Music Hall’s production manager. “DiGiCo is what almost every touring

 
 
allpointseastMartin Audio returns for All Points East
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

UK - There can be few production companies more familiar with the challenges of east London’s Victoria Park site than sound specialists Capital Sound (part of the Solotech UK Group).
Often working alongside Loud Sound they have supported many of the music events and festivals at this location for more than a decade. It was here in the summer of 2011, first for Deadmau5 at the LED Festival, followed by other back-to-back events including Field Day, that they proved that even within a densely populated residential area, they could achieve enviable levels within the performance area without disturbing the neighbours.
It was at these events that Capital debuted, and established the controllability of Martin Audio’s MLA technology, and a further propagation test at Hatfield House duly led to its adoption at another challenging site, Hyde Park, for BST, which persists to this day.
Yet proof of concept is continuously evaluated, and this year further modelling was undertaken against another premier brand, before MLA took its familiar place on the East stage in Victoria Park, at AEG Presents’ now consolidated All Points East.
Solotech senior project manager Martin Connolly confirmed that, under evaluation, the same measurements had been achieved as previously. “It’s good to have scientific data, but then we have proved the point over and over again with MLA.”
This year, the coverage pattern was tweaked in accordance with the slight reorientation of the stage away from the sensitive flank. Meanwhile, on the West stage was Martin Audio

 
shureksm11Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan rocks on with Shure
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Europe - Deep Purple is delighting its long-time and new fans alike as they embark on their latest European tour. For their triumphant return to European stages, Ian Gillan, the band’s lead singer, has adopted the new Shure KSM11 Wireless vocal microphone capsule.
From Finland to Spain, Deep Purple will be playing across the European continent in a tour that will last several months. The acoustic conditions on stage are particularly special and delicate, as the band works entirely with conventional monitoring.
Tobi Hoff, the band’s front-of-house (FOH) engineer, tested the Shure KSM11 during Deep Purple’s rehearsals in May. After hearing the KSM11, Tobi decided to work with the new microphone capsule combined with Axient Digital AD2 handheld transmitters throughout the whole European tour.
“We just finished the first months of the tour, and we have only used the KSM11. Ian Gillan’s voice is transmitted crystal clear and transparent. Crosstalk from the other instruments to the vocal mic is lower with this new microphone capsule. This is important as it keeps the FOH mix tidy and constant. Overall, the KSM11 sounds a touch more “rock-n-roll.”

 
 
mid-teamMID appointed HH Electronics distributor for France
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

France - HH Electronics, UK-based manufacturer of audio systems for the pro, MI and installed markets, has announced the appointment of Musique Industrie Développement (MID) as its exclusive distributor for France. A presence in the French market for many years, MID represents a broad range of industry-leading brands, and has built its success on a combination of close customer relationships and the expertise and passion of its highly successful team.
James Baker, business development manager, UK and Europe, for HH Electronics, comments: "We're delighted to be partnering with MID in what is a very important market. They run an extremely well-organised and dynamic operation, placing great emphasis on meeting the precise needs of their customers by ensuring that their team is carefully trained on every product and system they represent. I recently conducted some HH training sessions at one of their ‘MIDay’ events and was seriously impressed by their obvious commitment to gaining a thorough understanding of what HH has to offer. We have great confidence in MID’s ability to significantly grow the HH Electronics brand in France.”
Peggy Fleutot, CEO at MID adds: “We’re very excited to partner with HH Electronics. The company has a rich, pioneering history in the audio world, and its name is synonymous with consistently high-quality audio. HH’s extensive portfolio of well-designed and robust products caters for a wide range of applications across the live and installed sectors, and its cost-effective solutions supported by a five-year guarantee a

 
jacobShure captures Jacob Collier collection
Monday, 3 October 2022

Europe/USA - Five-time Grammy-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier has released a collection of improvised re-imaginings of famous songs from Queen, ABBA, James Taylor, Frankie Valli, Elvis Presley, Dougie MacLean, Cole Porter, The Beatles and more. Piano Ballads – Live From The Djesse World Tour 2022, is released via Hajanga Records/Decca/Interscope.
Jacob Collier says, "Ever since I can remember, I have derived a vast amount of comfort and joy from sitting at the piano and improvising. I have long dreamed of sharing an album that lives in that world. This year, I set myself the challenge of playing a spontaneous rendition of a different song every night on tour - with the help of my extraordinary musical audience. These 11 are amongst my favourite postcards.”
The performances for this album were captured in high-resolution, studio-quality surround sound using a selection of Shure microphones and wireless equipment, with Collier’s signature vocal on the newly released KSM11 condenser vocal microphone. In fact, the KSM11 is featured on the record’s cover.
The audience performances were preserved via four KSM44A large diaphragm condenser microphones and AD3 plug-on wireless transmitters from Shure’s Axient Digital Wireless System. Collier’s recording engineers positioned the microphones amongst the audience in optimal locations each night, with mics sometimes hundreds of feet from the stage.
This combination of equipment was assembled ‘in an ultra-portable form-factor, so they could be transported to ea

 
 
incubusIncubus tours with L-Acoustics K1 and Mixhalo
Monday, 3 October 2022

USA - Over the past 30 years, California rock band Incubus has sold more than 23m albums and headlined numerous music festivals and tours around the world. The group’s latest Live Nation-promoted US trek - billed as the 2022 Summer Tour, with openers Sublime with Rome and The Aquadolls - recently performed at 27 amphitheatres and pavilions across the country between 24 July and 3 September, with sound reinforcement provider Clair Global carrying an L-Acoustics K Series system, augmented with extra content for fans in an on-stage VIP area via the Mixhalo real-time audio application.
“Incubus initially toured with Clair back in 2001, and they’ve been our primary sound reinforcement partner since 2007, but this is the first tour with the band that I have been able to use L-Acoustics,” shares FOH engineer Greg Nelson, who, in addition to his work with Pearl Jam, has mixed for Incubus on and off since 1997 when they opened for 311. “I’m so comfortable with this system and was so happy that Clair and Brit Row were able to provide K1 for this tour. The consistency I was getting from shed to shed was fantastic, and from the front row all the way to the beginning of the lawn systems it was very even and sonically full.”
The 2022 Summer Tour’s loudspeaker design was built around a pair of 16-enclosure K Series mains - 12 K1 over four K2 - with eight more K2 per side flown as out-fill arrays. Left and right hangs of six KS28 subs hung in cardioid configuration were bolstered by six more end-stacked on the stage below, also in a cardioid arrangement.<

 
epsEPS and Nexo reinforce Arnold Sports Festival
Friday, 30 September 2022

UK - Event Production Services, based in Drayton St. Leonard, Oxfordshire, provided extensive sound reinforcement systems across the NEC for the recent Arnold Sports Festival event.
After a successful first year in 2021 providing audio for the Powerlifting stage, ASF technical production manager Dave Weeks asked EPS to return in a larger capacity, providing sound systems for three major stages and numerous smaller spaces around the venue, including the Bodybuilding Stage, the Powerlifting Stage, and the Be Inspired Stage, which hosted celebrities and notable athletes across the three-day exhibition.
Pulling from their large inventory of Nexo speakers, EPS specified the Geo M12 series for main FOH PA systems, with ID24s as stage lip-fills and out-fills, and P12 for stage monitors.
In total EPS provided 26 Geo M12, eight Geo MSUB18, 14 P12 and 12 ID24, powered by Nexo NXAMP4x4mkII.
Dave Weeks comments, “Having used Nexo extensively for theatre, I knew their clarity would be perfect for the inspirational speakers we had appearing at Arnold Sports Festival. I had also worked with Rob and the EPS team for many years and knew they would have the experience, level-headed nature, and flexibility to deal with a very dynamic show in a tricky environment. I was not disappointed – the audio across all their stages was crystal clear, with guests being looked after impeccably."
EPS managing director, Robert Nisbet adds, “Returning to ASF on a larger scale is a great compliment. Working with Dave is always easy – he knows what needs to be achie

 
 
dpa-microphonesDPA spotlights live sound at AES New York
Friday, 30 September 2022

USA - DPA Microphones will showcase its studio and live sound microphone solutions at the 2022 AES New York Show (Booth 328).
Offering both instrument and vocal mics for a variety of applications, attendees can view DPA’s newly released 4055 Kick Drum Microphone alongside the company’s 2028 Vocal Microphone. The company will also highlight its 4006 and 4011 Pencil Microphones and 4099 Instrument Microphones.
Designed without a pre-tailored sound, the company’s new 4055 Kick Drum Microphone allows sound engineers to shape the sound of the instrument exactly as desired for any application — be it pop, rock, jazz, folk or other genres. The mic’s asymmetric design makes it easy to position when slid into any size drum without risking a tear in the drum skin. It can be placed both inside or outside the kick drum, so finding the ideal placement is quick and effortless, without worry of compromising sound pickup or quality.
Being a condenser mic, it is also fast and produces a tight and clean sound even at very high SPL (max SPL is 164 dB). Although specifically designated for use with a kick drum, this mic can be used on many instruments found in live house bands on loud stages, such as electric guitar cabinets, bass and horns due to its flat frequency response and ability to bring the uncoloured sound to the next level.
On a live stage, the 2028 Vocal Microphone delivers the same sonic qualities as DPA’s other solutions, allowing all types of vocals to shine. Borrowing elements from the company’s renowned d:facto 4018 Vocal Mic, the

 
six-sensesL-Acoustics drives the audio DNA of Six Senses
Friday, 30 September 2022

Spain - Conceived and designed by architect Jonathan Leitersdorf, Six Senses nestles into the rock of the northern tip of the Balearic Island of Ibiza.
As part of Six Senses Resorts Spas, the property is designed, as Leitersdorf says, “to provide a sense of intimacy and excitement that makes its guests happy to stay and never want to leave.”
Part of its distinctive atmosphere is delivered through its sound experience, which includes L-Acoustics systems in multiple areas, designed to deliver a consistent audio DNA; creating an empowering ambience throughout curated spaces.
Danny Ariel from L-Acoustics certified provider installer for Israel, D and D, had completed projects such as Conservatorium Amsterdam, Norman Hotel Tel Aviv, Roomers Hotel Munich, and Sir Joan Hotel in Ibiza. He previously collaborated with Leitersdorf on projects for more than a decade and was instrumental in the design and specification of the audio system for Six Senses Ibiza. “I have been involved in many of his projects around the world, including a spectacular chalet in Switzerland and the W Hotel in Amsterdam, which revolves around music and has an extensive AV system.”
The latter, says Ariel, is where the idea for Six Senses originated. “Ibiza is the holy land of music, but when we started researching what was available in the hotels there, we realized there was something missing,” he says. “There wasn’t a single hotel where someone from the creative industries – musicians, DJs, filmmakers, etc., – could come on vacation, but still be able to work

 
 
orchestre-et-feuNexo STM in classical mode on the beach
Friday, 30 September 2022

France - Un Violon sur le Sable (A Violin on the Sand) attracts up to 50,000 classical music lovers from all over France and beyond to what is essentially a free festival of three major orchestral concerts plus a solo recital on the beach at Royan on the Atlantic coast.
This year’s event took place over four evenings in the final week of July, with Nexo STM as the main FOH system, deployed by local production services company Black Line Event from Fouquebrune.
With additional hangs of speakers up and down the beach to cover an unusually wide lateral crowd, the main line arrays on either side of the stage each comprised of nine STM M46 main modules flown side by side with nine STM B112 bass extension modules, plus an additional three STM M28 omni modules on the bottom as down-fills.
Nine STM S118 subs were ground-stacked beneath each array in a cardioid configuration to tighten the LF response and keep the low frequencies off the stage, and pairs of Nexo Geo M6 cabinets were spaced across the stage as front-fills. Three Nexo Nuar racks per side provided amplification and processing.
“This type of event requires an extremely high-fidelity system to recreate the listening experience of a concert hall in a large outdoor setting for what is a very discerning audience,” reports Bertrand Billon of Nexo’s Engineering Support Team who helped to design the system using Nexo NS-1 configuration software. “What’s more, we needed a lot of power and headroom in the system so the music didn’t get swamped by the sound of the spectacular firework

 
martinMartin Audio brings explosive sound to Nagaoka
Thursday, 29 September 2022

Japan - Held annually over two days along the banks of the Shinano River in Nagaoka City, Nagaoka Fireworks Festival resumed in August after a three-year break. The spectacular show was accompanied by Martin Audio WPC and WPS line arrays, which were adopted as the main sound system.
The festival was inaugurated as far back as 1879 and since World War II has been held annually on 2-3 August, with the hope of achieving world peace. In 2019, it boasted a record 1.08m spectators around the world, making it one of the three major fireworks festivals in Japan.
Although the main audience area spans approximately 500m x 200m, the height of the sound system is limited to under 3m in order not to block the view of the fireworks. To meet this requirement, multiple small systems were installed and distributed over the entire audience area.
MIC LLC and Yokinsha Co. both brought 12 WPC and four SX218 subwoofers to the event, while Niigata Shomei Giken Co brought 16 WPS and six SXCF118 - set at 50m intervals. The requirement for the system was to broadcast background music, commentary from the MC and emergency announcements, bringing clarity and high intelligibility across the entire audience area during the fireworks display.
Describing the event, Mr. Endo of MIC, the audio general producer, said, "I have tried various systems from many manufacturers over the years, but the Martin Audio system was the only one that was able to provide a consistent experience for visitors over the wide audience area, during the explosive sound of fireworks. The reason why we

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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