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unity-arena1DiGiCo takes centre stage at Unity Arena
Thursday, 1 October 2020

UK - The UK’s first dedicated socially-distanced music venue since the COVID-19 pandemic began recently opened its gates in Newcastle, presenting a programme of top line acts, and equipped with a premium festival kit list provided by AV company, Kingdom Services, centred around DiGiCo SD10 mixing consoles managing FOH and monitor sound.
Located in the city’s Gosforth Park racing ground, the Virgin Money Unity Arena consists of a pop-up amphitheatre, with 500 separate elevated viewing platforms spaced two metres apart, and hosting a maximum of 2,500 people. Local hero, Sam Fender, headlined the first two sold-out shows, followed by a diverse line-up of artists including Van Morrison, Maximo Park, Alfie Boe, Ronan Keating, comedians Jimmy Carr and Bill Bailey, as well as the Bongo Bingo dance phenomenon.
“Originally, the series of events was going to be a drive through format but remarkably the organiser, SSD Concerts, managed to devise the biggest socially-distanced live event in the country, so that we are able to safely and practically run four events a week over a five-week period,” explains Kingdom Services’ MD John Smith.
Kingdom Services is an AV supplier based in Northallerton in North Yorkshire, with a high spec, premium brand stock list, which includes eight DiGiCo consoles.
“This was the first time we have worked with SSD, a Newcastle-based promoter which organises festivals in the area. We started discussing the logistics of live event production in the current climate several months ago,” says Smith. “Like many in

adamsonosakaonkensept20hrAdamson adds Osaka Onken as S-Series partner
Thursday, 1 October 2020

Japan - Adamson Systems Engineering, together with its exclusive Japanese distributor, ReWire, has announced Osaka Onken as its latest S-Series partner in Japan. With its substantial investment, Osaka Onken now boasts the largest S-Series inventory in the country.
“Wanting to significantly boost our offerings with an investment in a high-end, sub-compact loudspeaker system, we invited several very reputable loudspeaker manufacturers to demo their products in late 2019,” says Tatsuo Yamamoto, President and CEO of Osaka Onken. “It was immediately clear that Adamson’s S-Series was the top choice in terms of performance, and we’ve only grown more confident in that decision based on the support we’ve received from Adamson and their colleagues at ReWire in the time since.”
The new system comprises 48 sub-compact S10 two-way, full range array enclosures, 16 complementary S119 subwoofers; eight ultra-compact S7p two-way, full-range point-source enclosures, and eight PC5 two-way coaxial loudspeakers from Adamson’s Point Centric Series.
The system was delivered to Osaka Onken’s headquarters earlier in the summer, and the company hosted Adamson’s globally-standardised Applied Certification training for staff and outside technicians shortly thereafter in mid-July.
Based in Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city and a major hub in the West, Osaka Onken is one of the country’s leading production firms. Founded in 1973, the company is famous for supplying the system for The Beatles’ first-ever performance in Japan. In the years since, t

ecler-veoswm44-front-hrAudiologic expands into Irish market with Ecler
Thursday, 1 October 2020

UK/Ireland - Audiologic has announced that it has signed up to a wider exclusive distribution partnership with Ecler that will now include Ireland and Northern Ireland, alongside its existing territory in the rest of the UK from 1 October.
The new extension of this partnership will bring about an even closer and more dynamic relationship from two leading organisations that have worked together, sharing the same values, for more than a decade. It also closely follows the successful appointment of Andrew Matthews as business manager for Ireland (and Scotland) back in August.
“Audiologic have proven to be a very strong industry and customer-focused partner, becoming a key ally for the successful development of Ecler in mainland UK,” says Jan Pages, area manager for Ecler. It has a great team of amazing people that have a highly detailed and practical understanding of our product range working with customers to offer the highest levels of support with tailored solutions. We work as one team and have ambitious plans to continue to grow by reaching out to new markets and seizing new opportunities together.”
On signing the extended agreement, Dave Smith, senior business manager says, “Ecler and Audiologic have a long-standing relationship which combines Ecler’s product expertise with Audiologic’s knowledge of the UK AV market to offer our customers the best possible option. We are thrilled with the expansion of this strategic partnership into the Irish markets, this will significantly strengthen our position in these territories.”

collage-wb#WeMakeEvents takes global centre stage
Thursday, 1 October 2020

World - In a collective show of solidarity, live events professionals from all corners of the world held peaceful demonstrations to once again raise awareness of the dire effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector and its workforce.
The #WeMakeEvents #StandAsOne Global Day of Action held yesterday, 30 September, was the single largest coordinated global event to take place since the campaign launched in the summer.
Just as with the regional events that preceded it, the demo saw thousands of cultural buildings being lit up in red, whilst the #WeMakeEvents and #LightItInRed hashtags trended on social media.
Campaigners have continued to push for state support for an industry that’s been unable to resume sustainably due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. After more than six months of uncertainty, the future of a once-thriving sector and its workforce has been further threatened as a second spike in cases has seen restrictive measures being re-introduced by governments.
A raft of celebrities and artists endorsed the campaign, including Coldplay, Radiohead, Elbow, Mumford & Sons, Melanie C, Noel Gallagher and His High Flying Birds, James Bay, Frank Turner, Keane, The Libertines, Faithless, Massive Attack, The Happy Mondays, Biffy Clyro, Madness, Fatboy Slim, Skunk Anansie, and many more.
Glastonbury Festival’s Emily Eavis also shared a message of support: "Right now, tens of thousands of people who carry the UK's hugely successful live music and events industry are out of work, through absolutely no fault of their own. The m

michaelmuellerIn memoriam: Lawo’s Michael Mueller
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

USA - Lawo North America has announced the passing of VP of sales Michael Mueller.
“We mourn the premature passing of our colleague, team member, and friend, Michael Mueller (66); a truly unique colleague, with whom we at Lawo had the pleasure to work together for more than a decade,” says the company in a statement. “He passed away after a brief, yet severe illness on Saturday, 26 September, 2020 amid his loved ones.
“Michael Mueller brought a wealth of experience to his positions as US sales and marketing manager, and later as vice-president of sales, with Lawo North America. After his initial sales position with Audio Techniques of Stamford, CT in the mid to late 1980‘s, Mueller went on to assume positions with Scharff Weisberg Associates, Siemens Audio Inc. /AMS-Neve, Inc., Solid State Logic, and Fairlight USA. Prior to joining Lawo North America, he was vice-president, sales and marketing for MediaGear, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA.
“In his capacity with Lawo North America, Mueller was responsible for the further development of the Lawo brand identity throughout the United States and was also charged with increasing sales of the company’s numerous products.
“Michael joined the company in 2008 when the Lawo brand was hardly known in North America. Michael’s incredible passion, hard work, dedication, positive attitude and pure likeability, are among the reasons that the company today enjoys such widespread success and reputation in this part of the world.
“Known for his witty sense of humor and kind-hearted personality

amadeusAmadeus Awards celebrates with GLP
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Austria - The annual Amadeus Austrian Music Awards are the country’s most important music awards, presented for excellence in the Austrian music industry. Since the year 2000, the most successful national artists have been accoladed in various categories.
The ceremony traditionally takes place in front of an audience at Vienna's Volkstheater and is broadcast on ORF, but the pandemic caused it to be cancelled, as expected. However, ORF1 prepared the grand stage for the awards to mark the 20th anniversary, as part of a variety TV show, which was broadcast at prime time on 10 September.
Conchita Wurst compered the show with a top-class cast, which not only reviewed current top acts but presented highlights from 20 years of the Amadeus awards ceremony. The show acts for the ‘Amadeus Music Sessions’ were recorded in advance on 30 and 31 July in Vienna's Marx Hallen - Studio1 without an audience.
Frank Design was responsible for the lighting design and made the most of the ‘stripped down’ production conditions due to the cancellation of the live show. The set design consisted of little more than a 10x10m LED floor.
"The function of the lighting design was primarily to provide the necessary backgrounds and varied looks,” said LD Matthias Frank. “We were extremely successful in this, largely due to the GLP products used. The impression FR10 Bar created great backgrounds with its hard, clear beams, while the JDC Line, as a powerful hybrid strobe with LED pixels, provided the necessary variety.”
What was also special about the pr

mexicoDante brings flexibility to Querétaro complex
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Mexico - The Querétaro Centro de Congresos in the city of Santiago de Querétaro serves as the premier professional meeting space for the state of Querétaro. The stunningly designed building can host more than 15,000 people divided across multiple spaces.
Its Aqueduct Rooms, which comprise of 10 different rooms with a capacity for 150 people each; and its Constitution Room, which can hold a large meeting of up to 80 people, are packed year-round with a variety of in-person briefings, conference calls, seminars, corporate breakout sessions, and other events.
The location is also home to the Querétaro Teatro Metropolitano - which includes a 1,345-person theatre, a dance room, and an “experimental” room where live performances take place.
The unifying factor across the multi-use campus is a scalable and interoperable AV-over-IP system backed by Audinate’s Dante. Dante allows audio, control, and all other data to coexist effectively on the same network.
The Querétaro Centro de Congresos’s individual meeting rooms are key rental locations in the facility. The 80-person executive board room and the 150-person meeting room allow for key government meetings, breakout sessions during conventions, and private meetings to be held for anyone that may be renting the building.
Further, the main event room – capable of holding around 12,000 people – is often partitioned into smaller spaces for meetings to take place.
Ivan Romero, director of Ponle Audio, the company that integrated the system, said because different configurations

juancuevaslite-768x973Arista Corporation names first Euro rep
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Spain - Arista Corporation, manufacturer of AV extenders, matrix switchers, AV MultiViewers, and related products for the AV installation and professional audio markets, has announced the appointment of Zero DBS of Cabra, Spain as the company’s first European sales representative. Zero DBS commenced representation of Arista products in September 2020.
Zero DBS is well entrenched in the concert sound / event productions market segment, as well as both the mobile and fixed recording markets, and the Pro AV installation business. Sales, consultation, and training are important areas for the company to ensure customers get the best possible value for their investments. Juan Antonio Cuevas is the company principal.
Reflecting on the new arrangement, Cuevas says: “We are delighted to be representing Arista in our country. Arista’s E-Vocal Dante products offer a comprehensive set of solutions to the challenges of integrating audio into networked environments while other products, such as the Stealth Silent Audio Workstation, are poised to make a sizeable impact on the recording market. ARISTA products are innovative in design and offer streamlined solutions to the challenges of integrating audio into today’s sophisticated environments. All of us look forward to helping make ARISTA a much more recognized brand.”
Paul Shu, president of Arista Corporation, adds: “Zero DBS are well-known in professional audio circles throughout Spain and we are delighted to have them representing us. I believe that, working together, we can help the Pro Audio and A

good-vibes-new-zealand-10JBL drives Good Vibes Winter Festival 2020
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

New Zealand - For the Good Vibes Winter Festival 2020, NZ Sound Reinforcement deployed a Harman Professional networked audio solution that includes a collection of JBL Professional VTX Series loudspeakers.
Organised by Pato Entertainment and the sister festival of the One Love Festival, the Good Vibes Winter Festival 2020 features an array of local artists, embracing the new music as international borders were closed and set the scene for summer reggae vibes. To elevate the fan experience, the festival organisers hired New NZ Sound Reinforcement, to design and install an audio system that delivers exceptional sound with consistent coverage.
“We had multiple venues that demanded a specific combination of audio systems, so we used an assortment of JBL VTX loudspeakers. We also had tight SPL restrictions in most venues, whilst keeping the system sounding energetic and full, which we managed to deliver perfectly,” said Juan Soothill of NZ Sound Reinforcement. “We also had very tight load-in times, but with the easy and quick rigging of JBL’s VTX A-Series, we managed to get each system up and running extremely fast.”
The solution features an arsenal of JBL VTX A8 dual 8” compact line array loudspeakers, including a ground-stacked system as well as 12-speaker arrays flown on each side of the stage. With 110º dispersion, high-frequency transducers and JBL’s proprietary woofers and waveguide technology, VTX A8 loudspeakers deliver unmatched sound performance with even distribution across the venue.
With the challenging venue acoustics,

chinaAdam Hall Group partners with Speaker Electronic in China
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

China - Adam Hall Group has welcomed Speaker Electronic (Jiashan) Co as an exclusive distribution partner in China.
Effective immediately, Speaker Electronic (SE) will take over exclusive distribution for all brands of the Adam Hall Group in the country, including LD Systems, Cameo, Gravity, Defender, Palmer, and Adam Hall.
The announcement was made at a press conference with more than 200 invited guests from audio associations, large event companies, and the ME sector. Connected online for this occasion were Michael von Keitz, chairman of SE, and Markus Jahnel, COO and managing director of the Adam Hall Group, as well as members of the German team.
Speaker Electronic and the Adam Hall Group’s relationship began in 2006. The Chinese subsidiary Speaker Factory is German owned and has been an important supplier for the Neu-Anspach event technology company since that time.
In his video message, Chairman von Keitz spoke of the many years of confidence, fairness, and reliability in the now 14-year cooperation. “Our most important shared goal was and always will be to supply our customers with well-designed quality products,” says von Keitz, who is also the German owner of Speaker Factory.
In his opening speech, COO Jahnel mentioned the most important flagship projects of the Adam Hall Group, such as the iconic MAUI P900, developed in cooperation with Porsche Design Studio, and also looked back on the success story of LD Systems as a global player in the pro audio industry. Jahnel emphasised Speaker Factory as a loyal supplier and contr

esb-bobcarey1WeMakeEvents Global Day of Action planned for 30 September
Tuesday, 29 September 2020

World - The #WeMakeEvents campaign has been ramping up activity in order to highlight how the global live events industry urgently needs to get back to work. Over 30 million people in 25 countries would usually work in the events industry, but with social distancing measures in place, there is no possibility of a financially viable return for the foreseeable future.
Over the past weeks, events have happened around the world - including in the US, Canada, Sweden, France, Germany, Spain and the UK - to raise awareness of those impacted in the event supply chain, from manufacturers, production companies, catering, transport, security and others, to the huge freelance community that works within the industry.
The majority of the industry has had no income since the beginning of the crisis in March, and with a global second wave of COVID-19 imminent, a date to return to work has become impossible to predict, leaving many companies and individuals devastated, both financially and personally.
The industry is now joining together as a worldwide force on 30 September for a Global Day of Action. This marks the start of a new phase of the #WeMakeEvents campaign which will continue to alert governments to the disastrous situation the sector faces.
“The situation in Spain is terrible and we’re working very hard to highlight that to our government,” says Juan Jose Villa, from Spanish trade association, AFIAL. “Our event on 17th September got coverage on most of Spain’s regional television and radio stations, and we believe that we have shown ho

qsc-touseQSC releases Microsoft Teams portfolio
Tuesday, 29 September 2020

USA - QSC has announced a complete portfolio of meeting room accessories certified for Microsoft Teams. QSC has worked with Microsoft Teams certified partners Sennheiser and Logitech to provide complete room solutions that simplify installation and management for high-value divisible spaces, training rooms, executive boardrooms, and all-hands spaces while delivering a high quality Microsoft Teams experience for end users.
“These newly certified solutions give IT and AV Managers the opportunity to extend their Microsoft Teams experience into rooms that traditionally required complicated programming, separate DSP and control integration schemes,” says Jason Moss, VP of alliances & market development, QSC. “We have worked with Microsoft to remove the guesswork out of specialty room design and deployment for Teams Rooms.”
“Microsoft strives to bring the Teams Rooms experience of seamless collaboration experiences to any space,” says Albert Kooiman, director of Microsoft Teams devices partner engineering and certification, “and the solutions of QSC for Microsoft Teams make it easier to bring the power of Teams to larger, specialised meeting spaces.”
“The integration process of Sennheiser microphones into Microsoft Teams Rooms is seamless and simple with our new Q-SYS plugin that Sennheiser co-developed with QSC. It allow admins to easily configure and control solutions like our TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone,” says Charlie Jones, global business development manager at Sennheiser. “Together with QSC, we are excited to help us

composer8Symetrix Composer 8.0 adds enhanced features
Tuesday, 29 September 2020

USA - Symetrix has announced the release of the latest version of its free Composer programming software for Edge, Radius NX, Prism, and Solus NX DSPs. Composer 8.0 for Windows expands the power of the Symetrix ecosystem with multiple new features including Lua Scripting, Radius NX AEC Enhancement, Audio Playback, and Media Manager.
Composer 8.0 has been enhanced with Lua scripting which allows users to create custom Intelligent modules for Composer. These Intelligent Modules allow the software to control and monitor any device that can be controlled by a third-party control system or provide system logic functionality which previously required large and complex logic programming.
For example, a council chamber audio system could be programmed so that as each person presses their mic button to speak, they're placed in a queue. When each person is finished speaking, the mic of the next person in the queue is automatically unmuted and their indicator LED illuminated. This can be accomplished with logic programming, but it requires large, very complex combinations of objects. Implementing the same functionality with Lua scripting is a simple task that can be programmed and tested in a few hours.
Intelligent Modules created using Lua Scripting in Composer 8.0 are identical to the native Intelligent Modules delivered with Composer and work with both new and existing Symetrix devices compatible with Composer. There is no activation or licensing fee for creating or using Lua scripted Intelligent Modules in Composer.
The Acoustic Echo Cancellation (A

sennheiser-sadeem-1Sennheiser gears up Middle East content creators
Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Jordan - Sennheiser conducted an in-depth training on high-quality audio capture for 15 of the region’s leading social media influencers in Amman, Jordan. The session was hosted for participants of the latest season of Sadeem, the largest competition for influencers in the Arab world, and focused on how Sennheiser’s portable lavalier mics and headphones can be best utilised accurately capture and master audio for engaging digital content.
Sadeem encourages the region's top influencers to achieve their creative potential through the use of the latest technologies. The popular show attracts millions of views across TikTok, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other leading social media platforms. In this third season, Sennheiser has collaborated to be the show’s official audio partner and intends to utilise this as a platform to draw attention to the vital role that high-quality audio plays in elevating experiences for consumers of digital content.
Fadi Costantine, technical sales manager at Sennheiser Middle East who conducted the session, explains: “It is incredible to see the eagerness of participants to create remarkably engaging content with top-notch production quality. Today, digital media is moulding the culture and progress of the region and we at Sennheiser are here to provide talented content creators with the world-class tools they need to realise their visions.”
Over the course of his half-day long session, Costantine first introduced the show’s participants to Sennheiser’s portable XS Wireless Digital Por

martinMartin Audio boosts Olivia Dean promo tour
Tuesday, 29 September 2020

UK - A Luton van conversion featuring a Martin Audio sound system, has enabled singer-songwriter Olivia Dean to tour her local area during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Conceived by Olivia Dean and Emily Braham, with the help of Rob Sinclair and tour manager Andrew ‘Wilkie’ Wilkinson (of Sinclair Wilkinson) the From Me To Youtruck tour has been arriving at some unusual outdoor locations to help promote Olivia Dean’s new album of the same name.
The Martin Audio rig has been supplied by Wales-based CS Audio. Wilkinson had met the sound hire company’s MD, Paul Hatt, on the Clean Bandit tour, for whom the latter had been handling monitors and providing the audio control package.
As well as mixing monitors for other high profile bands, for the last four years he has also operated Martin Audio PAs increasingly in his hire inventory. “We bought MLA Mini and grew the stock from there because I was so impressed. We do a lot of package control and monitor systems so we added 12 XE500 and 12 LE100s.
“For a long time we were just doing small PA hire, but the time came when we needed bigger boxes. Having had a good experience with the MLA Mini we purchased [Martin Audio] WPM and an iK42 amplifier infrastructure which would give us more flexibility of deployment. We then purchased WPS for a series of theatre shows - but almost overnight they were cancelled because of COVID.”
And then along came the unusual Olivia Dean challenge, and he was presented with the old Luton van in which to build the PA infrastructure. “The brief was to quic

andrew-rodd3881The P.A. People chooses Broaman solution
Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Australia - Based in the Sydney suburb of Rhodes, The P.A. People are leading suppliers of event communications systems, having worked on many of the largest celebrations and events across the globe, including five Olympic Games. Their inventory includes wired matrix and digital matrix intercom systems, trunked and traditional two-way radios, CCTV systems, time code displays, event networking and WiFi, mass cast monitoring and full duplex comms systems.
Recently, the company was looking to augment its equipment arsenal with a broadcast quality video transport solution. “We looked at quite a few solutions from a number of vendors from around the world,” comments Chris Dodds. “Our initial focus was on equipment based on the emerging SMPTE 2022 standard, but it quickly became apparent that the level of networking equipment required was simply not tenable for live short-term events.”
Instead, the team turned their focus back to alternative technologies and eventually rediscovered the BroaMan range of fibre-based solutions. BroaMan, the sister brand of Optocore, has developed a number of solutions based on single-channel and CWDM technology to transport SDI video and audio signals over a fibre backbone.
Senior account manager for The P.A. People, Andrew Rodd notes, “We were looking for a solution to transport multiple channels of SDI video across venues and between breakout rooms. When we found the Repeat48 product we found just what we needed, and we knew that with the Optocore heritage it would just work.”
Repeat48 is a series of a

apac-silk-path-hue-1Silk Path Grand Hue upgrades with Harman
Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Vietnam - Upgrading its facilities with sound that matches the property’s aesthetics, Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa hired Ba Sao Audio to design and install a resort-wide premium Harman Professional audio solution.
Overseen by Silk Path Hotels & Resorts, which manages various luxurious hospitality properties, the Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa is a lush travel destination that is also used for special events, meetings and conferences. With a location in the heart of the regal capital that offers phenomenal city views, the hotel features a blend of eloquent furnishing and traditional architecture.
“The client wanted an audio system for clear background sound and a centrally controlled music system that keeps the resort energized and enhances customer delight,” comments Nguyen Khac Anh, CEO at Ba Sao Investment Co. “They wanted a cutting-edge sound system that covers the lobbies, conference centre, restaurants and spa area.”
Ba Sao Audio installed background music systems throughout the main and back lobbies, gardens, spas, business centres, restaurants as well as pre-function areas. The system features several speakers across the JBL Professional portfolio, including PRX800 Series, Control 10 Series and Control Contractor Series loudspeakers. Control 14C/T, Control 16C/T and Control 24CT ceiling loudspeakers provide even coverage across the facilities, while Control 25-1 two-way, compact indoor/outdoor speakers feature rich sonic character and weather resistant enclosures and transducers. Ba Sao Audio also installed JBL Cont

tigTIG expands Experience Spaces programme
Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Europe - Technological Innovations Group (TIG) has opened two of its new series of Experience Spaces - in Frankfurt and London. These spaces will welcome integrators, consultants, specifiers and end-users and showcase TIG's ecosystem of AV, UC, IT and control solutions in a safe and socially-distanced way.
The Experience Spaces will serve to demonstrate how TIG's brands work together to form bespoke bundles that ‘match the client's exact brief, and help integrators deploy fully integrated, tailor-made and future-proof smart spaces in a wide range of environments including corporate, retail, residential, hospitality, education and healthcare’.
The locations of the new Experience Spaces were carefully chosen for their ease of accessibility and central positions in both Frankfurt and London.
Guests can book their personalised visit with one of TIG's experts by going to TIG is committed to adhering to COVID-safety and strict social distancing regulations, and all meetings will be held in private with the most relevant TIG specialist on hand.
With ISE 2021 postponed and many other industry events being cancelled, TIG is planning to host bespoke and small-scale events in its Experience Spaces over the coming months, which will offer an intimate and safe platform to see first-hand how the technologies that TIG represents integrate. These events will see safety measures in place and virtual elements to reach those unable

plasa-eventgraphics-02-04-1PLASA to run online programme covering business, industry & new tech
Monday, 28 September 2020

UK - PLASA, the lead association for the events and entertainment technology industry, has announced PLASA Online 2020, a programme of free online content running from 12 to 16 October. Designed to provide industry professionals with the knowledge and confidence needed to navigate the COVID-crisis and prepare for what’s next in live events and entertainment, the week-long online event will consist of a curated selection of keynote talks, panel discussions, product presentations and technical sessions. Thought-leaders and business experts will address the most pertinent issues such as the COVID crisis, Brexit, technological innovations, and safety regulations.
Additionally, leading brands from audio, lighting and AV will present their latest products and solutions, including: Adam Hall, DiGiCo, ETC, Highlite, Signify, Sound Technology and Vectorworks. “These sessions offer a fantastic opportunity to discover the latest technology in preparation for when live events resume,” says PLASA.
James Simpson, LSi journalist and lighting visualiser for Copper Candle, will present the best in virtual theatre and live event experiences. He will explain how you can use your existing skills in this emerging sector and will demonstrate his new virtual theatre platforms which he hopes will become the future of virtual theatre.
Award-winning speaker Marcus Child will address how industry professionals can build resilience and lead in times of challenges. Marcus’s impressive reputation as a speaker spans 18 years in which he has helped thousands of CEOs

davidbialikAES 2020 sets online delivery track events
Monday, 28 September 2020

USA - With the recent increase in online and broadcast delivery of a near limitless array of information, entertainment, and social information, the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention’s Broadcast and Online Delivery Track will examine key technologies and applications while taking a look back at broadcast history and a look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.
The session Practical Tips for Using Digital Audio in a 2110 Facility will offer in-depth expertise on IP Architecture and the SMPTE ST 2110 media networking protocol, of which the Audio Engineering Society’s AES3 and AES67 standards are key components, as well as related technologies and workflows.
Track sessions of historical importance include Pass the Mic which will celebrate this year’s 100th anniversary of radio broadcasting and its innovations with host John Holt, and A Century of Radio: What You May Not Know About the History of Broadcasting, in which presenters Donna Halper and Barry Mishkind will share surprising facts about broadcast history and dispel some of the myths perpetuated throughout the industry.
Microphone hygiene and podcast production are timely topics to be closely examined in the presentations: Stay Safe: Disinfecting Microphones in the time of Covid-19 with presenter David Prentice and Podcasts: Telling Stories with Sound with Rob Byers of American Public Media.
In addition, two compelling virtual tours will be conducted in the sessions A Virtual Tour and Discussion: BBC Broadcasting House Studio led by Jamie L

move8perspHK launches Move 8 battery-powered speaker
Monday, 28 September 2020

Germany - HK Audio is expanding the Premium PR:O series with the addition of the new Move 8, a high-performance, battery-powered loudspeaker.
“The new Move 8 combines impressive acoustic performance with superb battery management and fascinating features that are truly unique in its class”, says Rüdiger Forse, senior product manager at HK Audio. “This combination makes it a real all-rounder for all musicians, DJs, speakers, music enthusiasts and audio professionals. With the Premium PR:O Move 8, HK Audio has invented a new level of freedom in the use of mobile loudspeakers.”
In contrast to previous battery-powered speakers, the new Move 8 has a slot for two rechargeable batteries (both batteries are supplied with the speaker), which are either inserted simultaneously to extend the running time or inserted alternately to ensure uninterrupted playback. Thanks to the external quick charger (optional accessory), endless, uninterrupted battery operation is possible.
On the input side, Move 8 has a well-equipped mixing console. The two mic/line channels with XLR and jack inputs and the special instrument channel each have their own bass and treble control and adjustable reverb. There is also an aux channel for playback devices, which offers audio streaming via Bluetooth 5.0. in addition to the stereo mini jack input.
Another special feature is the instrument channel, in which original Celestion cabinet simulations (impulse response) of the most popular guitar speakers can be activated (includes: Celestion Greenback, Celestion V30, Celestion

dante-bridgeAJA unveils 12G-SDI to Dante audio bridge
Friday, 25 September 2020

USA - AJA Video Systems has announced its first partnership with Audinate, developers of Dante IP-based audio networking, to launch the first 12G-SDI embedded audio to Dante audio bridge. Targeted at live event and Pro AV workflows, the new OG-DANTE-12GAM is an openGear, Dante audio embedder and disembedder, with dual 12G-SDI ports, 64 channels of audio and DashBoard control software integration.
“Dante provides a robust system for IP audio transport and is the primary choice for system integrators and a growing number of broadcasters worldwide. We’ve teamed up with Audinate to introduce AJA’s video workflow technology to the Dante ecosystem and further bridge the broadcast and Pro AV markets,” comments Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems. “We’ve expanded our openGear card portfolio and developed the first converter solely dedicated to bridging 12G-SDI with IP-based Dante, offering simple installation and production-proven reliability at an affordable price point.”
“We are excited to welcome AJA to the Dante family with the introduction of the openGear compatible OG-DANTE-12GAM,” states Joshua Rush, senior vice president of marketing for Audinate. “AJA is known as an innovative leader in the industry, and they have recognized the need in the market to break audio out of existing 12G-SDI workflows into the ever-growing ecosystem of 2,800+ Dante-enabled networked audio products. This need is especially true in markets that straddle the professional broadcast and installed sound applications, such as performing arts venues, houses o

medicineFunktion-One provides tonic for Medicine Festival
Friday, 25 September 2020

UK - Set in the tranquil parkland and ancient woodland of a Berkshire country estate, Medicine Festival 2020 proved to be a tonic for attendees and crew alike. It had been at least six months since most had been involved in any form of public event, but with safety measures in place, the five-day festival prescribed a healthy concoction of music, ancestral wisdom, art, wellbeing, future thinking, food, environmentalism, spirituality, dance and performance.
Audio Feed had been appointed as the sound partner long before COVID-19 turned the world upside down. When the organisers decided to go ahead, the Funktion-One specialists were tasked with updating the sound system designs for the three-stage set-up.
The decision to host the inaugural Medicine Festival in such challenging circumstances was founded in a desire to provide some much-needed positivity for the downcast events industry - currently fighting for its life in the fallout of the Coronavirus apocalypse. Organisers worked closely with West Berkshire Council to enable the event to go ahead on the Wasing Estate. The council and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, were said to be delighted to have the opportunity to showcase how outdoor festivals can take place safely.
Safety measures included the reduced capacity (from 5,000 to 600), COVID-compliant risk assessments, social distancing, screening at the gate and a track and trace system for post-event.
Audio Feed’s Oz Jefferies relished the opportunity to get back to the business he’s dedicated the last decade to. He said: "It

sm-clubxs-6plusStudiomaster ClubXS series gets a makeover
Thursday, 24 September 2020

UK - Studiomaster’s popular ClubXS compact mixer series has received an upgrade with the introduction of uprated 6-, 8-, 10- and 12-channel ‘XS+’ models.
The addition of a DSP on/off foot-switch socket comes with new black livery - matching the brand’s digiLiVE console series - and more ergonomic colour coding of channel rotary controls.
ClubXS has been a big seller for Studiomaster since its introduction in 2016. A dedicated compact design for small to medium entertainment installations or portable live sound, it offers a wealth of product-class leading features and specs for these applications at an amazing price point. The ClubXS+ refresh maintains the value for money proposition with 6-, 8-, 10- and 12-input channel models now equipped with the DSP on/off foot-switch capability, bringing them into line with the already existent ClubXS16+ model.
Input channel configurations on all models feature two stereo channels, and increasing +48V phantom power mic channel counts across the range, with; two on the ClubXS6+, four on the ClubXS8+, six on the ClubXS10+, eight on the ClubXS12+ 8, and 12 on the ClubXS16+.
Series’ specifications include balanced mic/line connectors, three-band EQ, built-in variable independent input channel compression (non Stereo chs), two aux channels, channel MUTE switch, 16 programmable DSP effects, and a versatile MP3/USB/SD card playback and recording system. This includes a Bluetooth playback capability that enables playback of audio from phones, laptops and other Bluetooth devices. High quality 60mm smo


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