Audio News

dynacal-uiLDI: Brompton debuts Dynamic Calibration
Monday, 25 November 2019

USA - Brompton Technology’s Dynamic Calibration is a new technology that enables LED panels to achieve a higher brightness and wider colour gamut than is possible with legacy calibration techniques, while maintaining uniformity. Dynamic Calibration is the enabling technology for Brompton HDR, as well as new, performance-enhancing features such as PureTone and ThermaCal.
“Commonly used calibration methods achieve uniformity by sacrificing both brightness and colour gamut, forcing every LED to match the dimmest and palest LEDs in the entire screen. Once calibrated, this is used for all content over the entire life of the panel,” explains Brompton’s CTO Chris Deighton. “However, with ever-increasing demand for better image quality without increased cost, such sacrifices in performance can no longer be justified.”
Brompton’s Dynamic Calibration takes ‘a revolutionary approach to maintaining uniformity, while unlocking the full potential of the LEDs to achieve previously unthinkable levels of brightness and colour saturation’.
To benefit from Dynamic Calibration an LED panel must be fitted with a Brompton Tessera R2 receiver card and needs to be measured using Hydra - an advanced measurement system custom-designed for LED panels and exclusive to Brompton Technology.
“Dynamic Calibration is a flexible approach that uses the immense parallel computing power of the R2’s Dynamic Engine to process incoming video in an entirely new and innovative way,” says Deighton. “Before making any decisions, the Dynamic Engine gathers a v

martin-van-kouwen-ampco-flashlight-sales-and-michael-story-story-event-engineeringStory Event Engineering invests in Newton
Monday, 25 November 2019

The Netherlandds - For over 25 years, Story Event Engineering has been a reliable reference point for event and location organisers in the Netherlands, with a portfolio ranging from large outdoor festivals through corporate events, to theatre tours and intimate classical concerts.
The company recently invested in Outline’s Newton multi-source audio processor which combines ‘WFIR’ filtering technology, multi-format audio signal routing, simultaneous multiple standard conversion and digital signal synchronisation in a single 1RU chassis.
Martin van Kouwen, sales specialist at Ampco Flashlight Sales, Outline Newton distributor for Benelux, comments: "Outline’s recently-developed Newton is a ground-breaking product for advanced audio processing, which, due to its characteristics and quality, is ideally suited to audio professionals who place great importance in quality."
"With the WFIR filters, the control can be optimally and perfectly personalized," says Michael Story. "I can therefore now create any sound, and that makes Newton a perfect professional tool."
(Jim Evans)

 
 
av-and-beyond-with-l-acoustics-karaAV and Beyond invests in L-Acoustics
Monday, 25 November 2019

South Africa - AV and Beyond, a full-service technical events supplier, has recently invested in an L-Acoustics Kara professional sound system, purchased from DWR Distribution.
Over the past six years, the AV and Beyond team has successfully serviced a wide range of corporate and entertainment events for an impressive list of high-profile clients, establishing a reputation for excellence, customer service and creative brilliance in the process.
Company founder and MD, Warren Freidin, explains that AV and Beyond aims to provide clients with comprehensive turn-key technical solutions for their events. The company has built its service offering around the client’s needs and has all of the skills and resources at hand so that clientele can use a single service provider for a seamless eventing experience.
“AV and Beyond is a rapidly growing company and, having come from a smaller ecosystem, we have found in the past that we could leverage our service offering by bringing in additional gear as needed for our events. However, we have reached a point in the company’s growth path where it is increasingly clear that it would be in our interests to invest in more of our own gear to ensure that we are in the best position possible to deliver on projects moving forward,” Warren reports.
Duncan Riley, director of DWR Distribution, adds: “Coming from a production background, Warren and his team bring a refreshing level of creativity to the table and are uniquely positioned to deliver on both the technical and creative side of events for their clie

 
shure-axient-digital-nrl-grand-final-1Shure Axient co-ordinates NRL Grand Final
Friday, 22 November 2019

Australia - On Sunday 6 October, the Canberra Raiders squared off against the Sydney Roosters at the NRL Grand Final in front of 82,922 spectators at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, with millions more watching the broadcast. Impressive numbers - as was the 229 radio microphones active at the ground that Peter Twartz, radio frequency manager for the stadium and the NRL, had to coordinate to work flawlessly with one another.
Wayne Mulder, engineering coordinator for production provider JPJ, made Peter’s job that bit easier by using Shure Axient Digital and PSM1000 IEMs across pre-show entertainers OneRepublic, the choir, MCs, hosts, and national anthem performers. All up, 52 channels of Shure’s premium wireless mic and monitor products kept the show running flawlessly in an extremely hostile RF environment.
“At JPJ, we wouldn’t use anything else but Shure Axient for this kind of application,” declares Wayne Mulder. “The mics have to work when millions are watching, and Axient Digital’s performance is flawless. I trust Shure Axient completely - it turns on, does what it says it’s going to do, and even in the crazy, hostile RF environment of the NRL Grand Final, it’s bulletproof.”
Wayne and the JPJ team chose four handheld ADX2 transmitters for the main vocal channels, running in dual frequency diversity mode. This mode sees a redundant signal transmitted from the ADX2 to the receivers, which automatically select the best signal from the two independent frequencies. Both are automatically managed, and change undetectably if RF problems oc

 
 
rantakylacentremusicclassroomsqSQ provides digital audio for Finnish school
Friday, 22 November 2019

Finland - The Rantakylä School Centre in Mikkeli has recently undergone a major audio upgrade with two Allen & Heath SQ digital mixing systems.
With around 700 students, the renovated school centre prides itself on providing the latest cutting-edge technologies. “When our huge renovation project started, it was clear in our minds that our audio system needed to be as accommodating and up-to-date as possible without compromising on an easy and intuitive user interface,” explains Juha Lindbohm, a music teacher at Rantakylä school. “As we have several event locations within the premises, the key requirements for us were: a reliable audio network, wireless control and integration with lighting and video.”
The school turned to Allen & Heath’s Finnish distributor, F-Pro, who recommended two identical systems featuring an SQ-6 equipped with a Dante card and an AR2412 AudioRack.
Connecting to the Dante network (via two Dante-enabled rack units in the auditorium entrance hall and the sports hall), an SQ system is positioned in one of the music rehearsal rooms, providing the option to link anywhere on the premises via network switches located in the tech room. Audio is then directed to multiple breakout points situated in the sports arena, auditorium and two adjacent music classrooms. Lindbohm further utilises the SQ’s Dante card for multi-track recording of local school events.
The second SQ-6 setup is built into a flip case, which can be easily moved around the campus and used for a variety of events.
Lindbohm continues:

 
rafal-smolen-l300-consoleSSL Live L300 on Dawid Podsiadlo tour
Friday, 22 November 2019

Poland - Singer-songwriter Dawid Podsiadlo found fame by winning the second series of Poland’s X Factor in 2012, securing himself a recording contract with Sony Music. Following the success of his two Diamond certified albums, Podsiadlo embarked on a stadium tour, where FOH engineer Rafal Smolen relied on SSL L300 consoles, supplied by GMB Pro Sound and Polish distributor Audiotech Commercial.
“The L300 was the best possible choice for this tour,” says Smolen. “I got comfortable working with it, as it quickly became apparent that whatever I did on this console would always sound exceptional.”
One of the Dawid Podsiadlo concerts was held at the National Stadium in Warsaw, which Smolen says was always intended to be a 'one of a kind' show.
“We wanted it to be a real, one-time event that would really amaze people and make them want more. That was our goal,” he says. “I am not someone who likes to brag, but it was the National Stadium, which is the venue where probably 90% of the live music concerts that took place there were a disaster, because it has horrible acoustics and it's a really difficult venue to play music in.
“However, this event was a great success. It was attended by music journalists and other musicians, and all the feedback said it was the first concert that sounded fantastic, which was a really great achievement for us and our partner company GMB Pro Sound who worked on the PA.”
Dawid Podsiadlo has some smaller gigs planned for 2020, where Smolen reports that he will be using SSL once again.

 
 
pink-shell-beachPink Shell Beach Resort upgrades with Ashly
Friday, 22 November 2019

USA - The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, located at the northern tip of Estero Island in the Fort Myers area, has won awards for its amenities and striking beauty. The resort is positioned in a prime location along the Florida shore and boasts premiere beach access, restaurants, a spa and incredible pools.
That said, the location also comes with some expected Floridian challenges, such as a recent hurricane that did damage to the resort’s audio system. But, while many would see this as a problem for the destination, Pink Shell saw it as an opportunity to reimagine its entire soundscape and AV experience for guests. And at the heart of the new system sit a number of Ashly Audio solutions.
“When I showed them the Ashly offerings, and then the price we could install a complete system at with Ashly, they were immediately on board with adding additional features,” says Mike Kelly of Southwest Florida Custom Electronics - the integrator who designed and installed the new audio system. “They really saw the value in adding more locations of audio and in having an excellent ability to control the system.”
Kelly says audio is now routed to the resorts’ porte-cochere, lobby, three different pools, the bars, restaurants, on-site gym, conference room and even the bathrooms.
“We expect we’ll be adding the spa to the list very soon,” Kelly adds. “Right now, in total, we have more than 90 speakers installed. The resort is just blown away by what we’ve been able to accomplish.”
Kelly says the reason the project grew so s

 
gorkiMaxim Gorki Theatre relies on Lawo
Friday, 22 November 2019

Germany - Founded in 1952, the Maxim Gorki Theatre is Berlin's smallest with 440 seats, and regards itself as a contemporary city theatre in a historic setting.
In autumn 2019, the Maxim Gorki Theatre (MGT) adopted a new audio infrastructure. Central to this is a Lawo mc²96 production console as FOH console in the main hall, and a Lawo mc²56 console that serves as a backup and a remote console for the preparation of new projects. The mc²56 is also used as a recording console for the venue’s in-house recording studio.
A Nova73 compact serves as the setup’s central router with five Dallis units available as stageboxes, two of which can be used mobile in combination with the mc²56, or on stage. Further Dallis units are located where most of the inputs and outputs are needed, in the orchestra pit and in the basement (Amp-City). The ‘local inputs and outputs’ at the rear of the two consoles are also used both in the FOH area and in the recording studio. Unusually, the theatre’s recording studio and a small studio stage are located in the neighbouring building complex.
Head of sound and video department, Christopher von Nathusius, was responsible for the modernisation of the theatre’s audio technology, together with his team and planning support from Gunter Lühder of Avissplan. Elektroakustik Neuenhagen carried out the project work.
For Christopher von Nathusius, reliability was the most important consideration when choosing the new system - and, in this respect, mixing consoles which run reliably in 24/7 radio operation for years

 
 
LDI: ConnectCAD 2020 software unveiled
Thursday, 21 November 2019

USA - As part of the acquisition that was finalised in August 2019, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks brings ConnectCAD 2020 to market in conjunction with the Vectorworks 2020 Service Pack 2 release. From simple to complex, the ConnectCAD add-on to Vectorworks Spotlight and Designer allows AV system designers to lay out signal flows in an easy-to-read format.
“Since ConnectCAD is built on Vectorworks technology and available as an add-on for Spotlight and Designer, you can take advantage of the flexible and robust design and documentation capabilities that have made Spotlight the entertainment industry standard,” comments Vectorworks CEO, Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “With features like data visualisation and bi-directional worksheets, along with an extensive manufacturer library and a customizable 2D/3D hybrid environment, you have everything you need to design with confidence.”
“At Vectorworks, I've found myself amongst a group of people that I can really communicate with, and we share a similar mindset and goals,” says Conrad Preen, ConnectCAD founder and now software engineer at Vectorworks. “The technical excellence of Vectorworks is important and has helped us grow immensely in our current development to get further towards what we would like the product to be. Plus, Vectorworks’ passion to expand the reach of the product is more than I could have ever hoped for.”
ConnectCAD will be on display from 22-24 November at the Live Design International Show 2019 in Las Vegas at booth 1331.
(Jim Evans)

 
solomon-sharpe-and-richard-bair-main-eventMain Event invests in Martin Audio
Thursday, 21 November 2019

Jamaica - Located in Kingston, Main Event Entertainment Group (MEEG) is a multi-level experience agency. Their technical services department recently acquired a large Martin Audio MLA/MLX multicellular array system.
Solomon Sharpe, CEO at MEEG, comments: “Main Event is a full-blown experiential marketing company that has grown organically; the company operates as small internal business units, thus allowing us to deliver a holistic brand experience to our clients from the root to the fruit. We work with numerous corporate giants in Jamaica and have supported major campaigns and activations from above-the-line advertising to below-the-line marketing strategies.”
Sharpe adds: “Over the years we have produced everything from major festivals to executing multi-level engagements for the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Events) market. Jamaica is positioned as a very great market for those kinds of destination events.”
The company’s landmark Martin Audio purchase included 28 MLA enclosures and four MLD (down-fill) enclosures along with 16 MLX subwoofers.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
lsa-17rtProtec supports Optimum at Ricoh Arena
Thursday, 21 November 2019

UK - Protec supported its client Optimum for the Jaguar Land Rover Long Service Awards at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 25-26 October. This event, held over two nights, hosted over 2,400 guests in total celebrating employees who have given 25, 40, and 50 years loyal service to the company.
Protec put together a bespoke audio and video package working alongside Christie Lites for this production servicing a corporate presentation, an awards ceremony, the showcasing of two new vehicles, live entertainment including singers, dancers and theatrical performers, and a gala dinner.
Production manager for Optimum, Tony Butler reports: “Protec have been fantastic on the most recent production for Optimum at the Ricoh Arena. From early planning and budgeting, all the way through the pre-production process and on-site delivery the whole team have supported me superbly. I can’t thank them enough for making my job so much easier & the client’s reaction to the project says it all. A true bunch of dedicated professionals.”
HOD of video Sean Godefroy notes: “Barco E2 was the ideal choice to handle the pixel space of all the content as there were 4K inputs and outputs and it is incredibly flexible in a show environment. We chose a 2.6mm Unilumin LED wall measuring 12 x 5m with a resolution of 4608 x 1920 flanked by two circular side screens using double stacked Barco 30k projectors to display camera feeds ensuring a vivid, sharp display. We also used two Panasonic 12K projectors for the relay screens projecting 16 x 9 content and one DSM monitor for

 
collartsCollarts delivers audio education with JBL
Thursday, 21 November 2019

Australia - The Australian College of the Arts Pty recently outfitted their new flagship campus with JBL by Harman audio systems for their audio and music production programmes.
The Australian College of the Arts Pty (Collarts) is an independent tertiary college specialising in degrees and diplomas in the creative industries, including audio engineering and music production. With four campuses throughout Melbourne, Collarts teaches their students the fundamentals of studio recording, live production, and sound for film.
When the college moved its main campus from South Melbourne to Collingwood, they used the opportunity to equip their recording, mastering and post-production studios with JBL by Harman audio systems, including Studio One, Critical Listening and an immersive Dolby Atmos Room.
Collarts equipped their primary recording space, Studio One, with soffit-mounted JBL M2 Master reference monitors, powered by a Crown amplifier. The Critical Listening Room, which doubles as a mastering suite, is also equipped with a pair of M2 Reference Monitors driven by a Crown amplifier. Three smaller recording spaces utilize with JBL 305P MKII powered studio monitors, which provide stunning detail, precise imaging and impressive dynamic range.
The Atmos Room, primarily used for creating Dolby Atmos mixes to video, is outfitted with 20 JBL loudspeakers, including three JBL 708P monitors in L/C/R configuration, 10 705P monitors around the walls, six Control 2P monitors on the ceiling and a JBL S2SEX 15-inch subwoofer powered by a Crown amplifier. The sy

 
 
christieChristie projectors installed at Helsinki University
Thursday, 21 November 2019

Finland - The University of the Arts recently upgraded some of its AV facilities to improve the student experience. Electro Waves, a local integrator, carried out the work which includes new Christie APS and the GS series laser projectors in a number of lecture theatres and music performance halls.
With its combination of disciplines including fine art, music and theatre studies, the new university offers varied education opportunities to students in Finland and overseas. And, with increasing numbers of students attracted to the university through its growing reputation, the in-house AV team were keen to add first-class projection to enhance the teaching and presentation facilities. Kai Tuovinen of Electro Waves organised a trial period to test which projectors would be suited to the university’s requirements.
“In partnership with the in-house AV team we decided to put various projectors through their paces before we made our final choice. Christie came out on top overall and we were happy to settle on the one brand for the two separate requirements - classrooms and music performance areas,” explains Tuovinen. “The APS Series are perfect for the teaching environment and the versatility and performance of the GS Series made it a natural fit for the performance areas.”
The GS series have been installed in four of the main music theatres which are for acoustic and electric music, opera and organ music. “The projectors stood out for the almost silent operation, the uniformity of the image, flexible lens choices and the general cost-effective

 
dpaDPA hits the road on Khalid’s Free Spirit tour
Thursday, 21 November 2019

USA - After auditioning nearly every industry standard microphone capsule for multi-platinum recording artist Khalid, production manager and FOH Engineer CJ Blair found that DPA Microphones’ d:facto 4018VL Vocal Microphone “perfectly complemented” the singer’s deep R&B tones. Now out on Khalid’s Free Spirit World Tour, Blair initially sought out a new vocal solution as a means of bringing the singer-songwriter’s studio sound to the live stage.
“Khalid, like most artists, doesn’t want a technical explanation of why something does or does not sound great,” says Blair. “He just wants a great sounding solution; and we found that with the d:facto 4018VL.”
Blair has used the DPA d:factos for the entirety of the Free Spirit tour and has been impressed with the sound he’s attained. “When Landon (Storey, Khalid’s monitor engineer) and I started using the d:facto 4018VL, we finally began to breathe easier,” he says. “The d:facto delivers a much more usable response for Khalid’s voice without me having to hack the EQ too much. Khalid has a very rich, deep voice and sings a lot of soft, lower-register songs. The d:facto has very little proximity effect in the low mids, so I no longer have to rely on EQ. Prior to using the d:facto 4018VL, that was a big struggle for me as FOH, especially in a big, resonant room.”
Another prior concern that Blair is able to address by using the DPA d:facto is the ability to control stage bleed from other sources. “Khalid is an extremely dynamic singer who, thankfully, has a good mic techn

 
 
eric-lehman-7thsense-designEric Lehman promoted at 7thSense Design
Wednesday, 20 November 2019

USA - 7thSense Design has promoted Eric Lehman to the position of global sales and marketing manager. 
He joined 7thSense as business development manager in 2017 and has since been instrumental in establishing the company’s Orlando office, securing high profile theme park and attraction projects internationally, and playing an active role in developing new media serving and control solutions, as well as strategic partnerships for new products. Lehman’s career has seen him work with and contribute to the commercial success of respected companies including Universal, Electrosonic, Solid Control Inc., and Mad Systems, in addition to his own consultancy business Lehman AV Consultants.
“I am very pleased that Eric will be leading our global sales and marketing strategy and activities.” says Matt Barton, CEO of 7thSense Design. “He knows the industry exceptionally well with more than thirty years’ experience under his belt and brings so much energy to the team. We look forward to this next chapter with him as we continue to grow.”
(Jim Evans)

 
yimsa1200x62820191107YIMSA simplifies BGM system design
Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Europe - Designing a successful background music (BGM) system, even for small spaces, is usually seen as something that only a professional systems integrator can do, adding both cost and time to a project. But with the introduction of Yamaha’s new online tool, YIMSA, designing BGM systems for small to medium-sized premises will be ‘quicker and free of any cost’.
The Yamaha In-store Music System Advisor (YIMSA) is a new online tool, dedicated to the BGM market, which provides system recommendations based on the input of some basic, easy to understand details.
YIMSA is designed so that users do not need an in-depth knowledge of audio or be aware of the Yamaha product range. It asks straightforward questions like “What is the atmosphere of the store?” and “What quality of music is desired?” with simple buttons to choose the answers.
When these questions have been answered and the size of the space entered, YIMSA will recommend a choice of ‘good’ or ‘best’ solutions, based on Yamaha’s VXS and VXC series speakers and MA/PA series amplifiers. The recommendation will also suggest speaker layouts for the system. YIMSA is free to use, it will work in any web browser and supports 10 languages.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
soileddoveaudioengineerchrissteeledlive3500Allen & Heath rocks the house in Denver
Wednesday, 20 November 2019

USA - When it comes to finding a place to listen to live music, choices range from dive bars to more acoustically refined venues. Among the latter in the Mile High City is The Soiled Dove Underground, which recently upgraded its sound with the addition of a dLive C3500 digital mixing system from Allen & Heath.
Found in the heart of Denver’s Lowry Field neighbourhood, the Soiled Dove was built cabaret-style with a lofty stage and three levels of tiered seating. Widely known for its sonic and systems quality, the room features ample acoustical treatments.
“This environment was built properly,” notes Chris Steele, the venue’s production manager and audio engineer. “That fact allows me to focus on bringing what’s happening onstage to the audience with every bit of the artist’s true intent intact. I don’t have to focus on problems of any kind like a harsh slap-back that’s ricocheting off the back wall.”
Having served in his current capacity for over 18 years, Steele admits he was a digital hold-out for a long time running. “Even towards the end of the aughts I still wasn’t convinced a digital console would offer me the performance I wanted,” he says. “But everything has its expiration date ultimately, and the time came earlier this year to make the move.”
Utilised in conjunction with a CDM48 MixRack, an Allen & Heath dLive C3500 Surface was brought into The Dove following an extensive period of evaluation. “It’s the perfect system for a room like this with pristine acoustics,” Steele reports. “At 96kHz

 
tu-dublinStage Electrics wins £2m TU Dublin contract
Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Ireland - Stage Electrics has won a £2m contract for the Grangegorman campus East Quad at TU Dublin, Ireland’s first Technological University.
The new campus, part of a wider development at TU Dublin, will provide learning and teaching facilities as well as dedicated space for research technology. The East Quad buildings include the schools of art, design and printing, conservatory of music and drama, and media.
Stage Electrics is supplying full lighting, sound communication and audio-visual systems to a 400-seat rehearsal hall, a recital hall, a performance hall, a black box theatre, TV studios, and post-production studios throughout the building. Work will commence on site shortly and is expected to be completed by late spring 2020. 
(Jim Evans)

 
 
disguisedisguise partners with Evolve Media Group
Wednesday, 20 November 2019

USA - disguise has announced a partnership with Evolve Media Group as the latest rental and sales partner in the US.
Evolve is a technology-focused company that provides its suite of services exclusively to the live event industry. The US-based company offers three key services comprised of rental, sales and education through their Academy.
“We are thrilled to welcome Evolve to the disguise global partner network as our newest rental and sales partner in the US. We are looking forward to working with them as they offer training in their Orlando and Las Vegas locations and help their existing customers to better understand how the disguise workflow can streamline their content management needs,” says Grif Palmer, VP sales and general manager for disguise Americas.
Evolve CEO Tyler Mayne adds: “disguise media servers are not just requested but required by many of the top designers in the industry. disguise provides the visual power for the most demanding live events all over the world and are instrumental in getting clients’ creative visions from conception to reality. We are very proud of this new partnership and welcome disguise to the Evolve family."
Evolve invested in disguise gx 2 and vx 4 media servers for their rental inventory and brought disguise on as a full Evolve Trifecta Partner by providing disguise training workshops, which began last summer.
Evolve has already deployed disguise on projects and seen the benefits the solutions bring to a project when faced with issues such as venue scheduling and time limitations fo

 
genelecsmartippressimageGenelec launches Smart IP powered loudspeaker
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Finland - Genelec has announced the availability of the new 4430 two-way active installation loudspeaker, the first model to incorporate the company’s Smart IP technology, combining sound quality with single cable convenience. Smart IP provides scalable power, audio and loudspeaker configuration, supervision and calibration features via a standard Cat cable, offering integrators power, flexibility, cost-effectiveness and simplicity of installation.
The 4430 is a compact design that accepts both Dante and AES67 IP audio streams, and derives power via both PoE and PoE+ Power-over-Ethernet formats, with the 4430’s proprietary internal power supply helping to deliver an impressive 104 dB of short term SPL, via two integral 50W Class D amplification stages feeding the woofer and tweeter.
As well as receiving both power and audio-over-IP, the 4430’s single rear panel Cat connector also allows access to Genelec’s Smart IP Manager - a sophisticated downloadable software tool running on Windows 10 that allows installers to configure an almost unlimited number of rooms, zones, loudspeakers and audio channels, and includes device discovery, a versatile room equalisation tool set, system organisation and status monitoring. Additionally, APIs within the 4430 support the hooks to allow external control via third-party hardware, software or house automation.
Manufactured using certified sustainable methods, the enclosure itself is produced from recycled aluminium, is available in black, white or 120 custom RAL colours, and is compatible with Genelec’s e

 
 
balleriniSennheiser Digital delivers at CMA Awards
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

USA - The 53rd Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena, saw the biggest names in country music come together once again for an evening of live music and industry recognition. Millions of viewers tuned in to see performances from both breakthrough artists and established acts. Throughout the evening, Sennheiser delivered the audio through its new Digital 6000 wireless system.
Early in the evening, Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Kelsea Ballerini took the stage to deliver a stripped-down version of Homecoming Queen, the leading single off her latest album. Every detail of her intimate vocal performance was captured through a Sennheiser SKM 6000 handheld transmitter, coupled with an MD 9235 capsule.
Ballerini’s microphone, adorned with dozens of black Swarovski crystals, faithfully rendered the raw emotion of her performance. “She loves that microphone, and we love it too,” comments FOH engineer Chris Diener.
Lady Antebellum, who received a nomination for Vocal Group of the Year, performed with Sennheiser MMD 9235 capsules
“When the Digital 6000 came out, it was a gamechanger for us,” commented Pete Bowman, Monitor engineer for Lady Antebellum. “The system has always been solid for us RF-wise, and we never have to worry about drop-outs. Also we love the Dante output command channel. We are pretty reliant on that feature for our full shows.”
One of the most memorable performances of the evening came from country superstar Blake Shelton, who performed his latest chart-top

 
green-goCanford helps Green-GO growth at GreenHouse
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

UK - The aptly-named GreenHouse at Manchester’s MediaCityUK was the chosen setting for a Green-GO training workshop presented by audio, video and broadcast solutions specialist Canford. As the UK and Ireland’s distributor for the scalable, digital comms system since 2016, Canford has seen demand rise sharply in festivals, live events and broadcast applications.
“The Canford team regularly delivers bespoke, on-site product demonstrations, both for new clients taking their first look at Green-GO, and for those who are already regular users but want to further explore the system’s more advanced possibilities,” explains Erika Dobie, BDM and Green-GO commercial manager at Canford. “Now, with Green-GO experiencing record-breaking demand, the time was right to host the very first UK Workshop event.”
Held on 5 November, the packed workshop session attracted rental partners, consultants, system designers and operators to share their Green-GO experiences and ideas. It also gave them the opportunity to discuss solutions with product experts from Canford, and from Green-GO itself, whose Silvio Cibien and Henk-Jan Blok were on hand to support the event.
As well as giving new clients an overview of the Green-GO system’s basic advantages, the workshop also allowed regular users to take a deeper look at its more advanced features.
“The event has proven to be extremely successful, attracting visitors from far and wide and giving them really valuable insights into the benefits of the Green-GO system,” says Erika Dobie. “I am already being

 
 
boris-brejcha-showcase-029MLA fills Budapest Arena for Boris Brejcha
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Hungary - Supernova Techno presents The Boris Brejcha Showcase is how the event at Budapest’s 12,000-capacity László Papp Sports Arena (aka Budapest Arena) on 5 October billed itself. The DJ was supported by Deniz Bul, Ann Clue & Theydream.
Once again, the German DJ / producer, who performs in a Joker’s mask, delivered a powerful three-hour set through Martin Audio’s MLA PA, provided by Hungarian partner, BG Event.
The set-up featured a main PA comprising 15 MLA elements (and one MLD down-fill enclosure) on each flank of the stage, with a first delay line comprising eight MLA per side and the second delay position with eight MLA Compact per side. Some 24 MLX enclosures were placed in a sub array, eight stacks of three, with the bottom box in each flipped to cardioid. In addition, 2x6 W8LS rigged subs were set up in end fire configuration behind one side of the first delay point. The system was driven by three Lake LM44 processors, four Martin Audio Merlin system management controllers and a U-Net network hub.
BG Event also equipped the VIP Backstage area with a further hang of four MLA Compact (on one side only) and similarly there was a single hang of six MLA Compact in the VIP Sky Bar.
BG Event’s Balázs Szentiványi says: “The size of the audience area in the László Papp Sports Arena is 110m long and 40m wide. The mighty Martin Audio MLA system could easily have done the job with a single left and right hang based on the pre-calculations.
“However, at the request of the promoters, and bearing in mind the type of g

 
midas-lpg-step-wins-kew-gardens-power-contractMidas’ LPG step wins Kew Gardens contract
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

UK - Temporary power specialist Midas will take the UK’s first rental LPG genset into Kew Gardens this month as part of its low emission package that will drive Christmas at Kew from 20 November to 5 January.
A premier dealer with Himoinsa, multi-award-winning manufacturer at the vanguard of developing gas generator sets, Midas is the only power supplier in the country with these engines in its fleet. Fully EU Stage V emission standard compliant, they feature a three-way catalyst which slashes CO, CO2 and NOx emissions.
Appointed to Christmas at Kew on a multi-year deal, Midas will also provide Stage 3A machines, and HVO fuel, to the contract - all of which it will monitor remotely via DSE Gateway and Livelink to ensure optimum performance.
Dáire Basra, head of event operations at Kew Gardens, comments: “Midas’ innovative approach to power generation is a sure fit with our onus on efficiency and environmentalism and I’m really pleased to be working with the Midas team.”
Midas’ managing director, Dave Noble, says: “The new Stage V engine emission regs for non-mobile road machinery phase in from the end of this year and while many manufacturers and suppliers try to address the changes, the Himoinsa LPG genset is fully compliant and ready.
“There has been so much chatter about people getting their heads together to plan to reduce emissions, we’re thrilled to take a real 21st century, fully monitored, sustainable power solution into Kew Gardens right now. We look forward to getting more of these machines i

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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