Audio News

MAG Audio to unveil scalable system
Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Ukraine - Loudspeaker manufacturer MAG Audio will launch the MAG MUST, a scalable line-array based system, at an event at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv on 6 September (Friday).
MAG MUST (Multiple Uniform Sound Technology) creates a uniform sound dispersion in a hall or arena of any size, says the company. It is based on MAG Audio’s Wasp tour-grade line array and benefits from an amplification solution provided by Powersoft.
MAG’s CEO Alexander Khasin comments: “Today’s sound rental companies often have a diverse clientele with diverse needs, forcing them to have a wide variety of speakers and arrays to fit varying event sizes and spaces. They have to have in stock a multiplicity of products to serve their client’s needs. With MAG MUST, you have a one-stop line and array that can serve the needs of any client, regardless of the event’s demands. MAG MUST will save invaluable time and money by offering streamlined services in the form of a singular product.”
(Jim Evans)

klassikLeipzig enjoys classical nights with Yamaha
Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Germany - Every year the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra performs two free open-air concerts in the German city’s main park, the Rosental. The popular Klassik airleben concerts this year attracted more than 60,000.
The shows play an important part in Leipzig culture, bringing orchestral music to many who are presumed to rarely attend concerts in the Gewandhaus concert hall. Conducted by musical director Andris Nelsons, this year’s shows featured soloists Kristin Opolais (soprano) and Thomas Hampson (baritone) in a programme of works by Italian composers Rossini, Verdi and Puccini.
The show’s production company is Leipzig-based Frontsound Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH, headed by Gunnar Gosch and Christian Arnold. They chose Yamaha QL5 and CL5 digital consoles to mix the show, with two Rio3224-D2 and two Rio1608-D I/O racks, on a redundant Dante network.
"As a company, we focused on high quality technology at an early stage. We believe in quality, not quantity!” say Gunnar. “We have recently re-invested in Yamaha equipment with several QL and CL series consoles. Despite their compact dimensions, they have enough channels, sound good and are, overall, very powerful.”
The QL5 was used to mix the Front of House sound from a position around 60 meters from the stage. Two matrix mixes were output, one to the main L-C-R PA system, plus front-fills and out-fills, the other to eight delay towers. The PA system processors were controlled digitally via AES / EBU from the Yamaha R-series units. With one of the Rio3224-D2s assigned to the delay

 
 
apollo-11-jim-cox-photographyKV2 Audio takes audiences to the moon
Tuesday, 3 September 2019

USA - As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in 1969, a new play endeavours to recreate the thrill of this event with an immersive theatrical experience. Apollo 11 tells the story of the 400,000 men and women who worked to accomplish this extraordinary mission.
Told through the eyes of a retired NASA aerospace engineer as he recounts the story to his teenaged granddaughter, Apollo 11 is staged in a, purpose-built venue that plays host to 20 actors, 40,000sq.ft of 360-degree video projection, a life-sized rocket and a powerful KV2 Audio sound system designed by Broadway and West End theatre sound designer, Bobby Aitken, and supplied by Stage Sound Services in Cardiff. The first run has just finished in Pasadena, CA, with the next shows scheduled in Houston, TX in December.
“This was a very interesting production to work on as it shifts in scale enormously from what is a fairly domestic drama where the sound is simply the spoken voice to these massive moments of immersive, 360-degree interstellar projection where all of a sudden the sound is everywhere and all-enveloping,” recalls Aitken. “I was charged with System Design as well as the Sound Design. I worked with Fergus O’Hare on the content”
The TiMax spatial reinforcement and tracking system was a key part of Aitken’s design and required a lot of work in the programming stage. “Everything came through the console and straight out from the faders into TiMax,” explains Aitken. “That gave us 64 outputs for around eighty loudspeakers in total,

 
robert-chong-joins-medialon-as-product-specialistMedialon appoints product specialist for EMEA
Monday, 2 September 2019

Europe - Medialon, specialist provider of show control solutions, has hired Robert Chong as product specialist to service customers and installation sites across the EMEA region.
Chong brings more than 27 years of experience working with the Medialon brand and product range as engineer, consultant and integrator. His career includes sales and technical leadership roles for a range of AV companies across Europe and Australasia including Barco, Gibson International, Atea and ZKM.
Eric Cantrell, VP of business operations for Medialon, comments: “At Medialon, we are committed to ongoing to the support of customers and installations - both existing and new. Robert has worked closely with our team, customers and product line for many years and in his new role, will allow us to carefully consider the needs of all projects - developing and delivering the very best show control solutions for entertainment and attractions markets that consistently exceed expectations.”
In July, the team behind media serving company 7thSense Design led the acquisition of the Medialon brand and ShowControl activities from Barco to form a new company, Medialon. The new company joined the 7thSense Design family and operates from Orlando, FL., with satellite offices across the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
casteleinpersonnelMexico City’s Castelein adds Bose DeltaQ
Monday, 2 September 2019

Mexico - Castelein Audiovisual Services of Mexico City has upgraded its audio equipment with the Bose Professional ShowMatch DeltaQ Array system.
Castelein has more than 15 years’ experience in renting audio, video and lighting equipment to corporate events and live shows. The company’s clients range from top event planners, PR and promotion agencies, production companies to AV rental companies; it services small conferences as well as live shows in 1000-seat venues.
The Bose system recently acquired by Castelein includes 16 ShowMatch line array modules, eight SMS118 subwoofers, suspension accessories, and four compatible Powersoft X4 amplifiers. With this ShowMatch DeltaQ system, Castelein can deliver the intelligibility and coverage that the voice of a presenter needs to get a message through, the audio clarity required to enhance the experience from a corporate video, and all of the full-bandwidth power needed for a live concert performance.
Castelein’s relationship with Bose Professional began in 2009 when it first added the L1 portable line array loudspeakers as part of its rental inventory. This experience became one of the aspects that Aymeric Castelein, director of Castelein Audiovisual Services, took into consideration when contemplating the company’s investment in a new ShowMatch system.
“I like to see our suppliers as allies, because we can help each other and grow together. With Bose Professional we have assumed the challenge of positioning the ShowMatch DeltaQ system among different production and rental companies and s

 
neutrikNeutrik parties on World Pride flight
Monday, 2 September 2019

UK/USA - Celebrating World Pride in New York on the 50-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Autograph’s special events department was charged with providing the inflight sound system on Virgin Atlantic’s celebratory Pride Flight (VS69) from London to New York. Neutrik’s Xirium Pro made it all possible.
Revellers, celebrities, DJs, drag queens and assorted entertainers aboard an Airbus A330 at 35,000ft was a special event which presented some very special challenges - to be met by head of special events Andrew Hedges, who headed up the project design, and David Prosser and Adam ‘Fabulous’ Taylor who engineered the event in the air.
“Production company One Green Bean approached Autograph to facilitate DJs and other entertainment onboard the flight,” says Hedges. “The brief was for ‘a big party atmosphere’. At the same time Virgin Atlantic’s engineering team presented us with paperwork covering the rules and stipulations as to what was and what was not permitted onboard a civil aviation flight, ensuring that whatever equipment we were going to use would in no way interfere with the operational safety of the plane.”
Among other things, this prohibited fixing anything to the structure of the aircraft and the use of cable runs in the cabin. Signal transmission to any PA speakers therefore had to be wireless but restricted to within the 5GHz wi-fi band, to prevent potential interference with the aircraft’s own wireless communications, and ruling out use of conventional mobile RF systems. With no suitable mains power available

 
 
anna-kovyza-db-country-manager-russiad&b appoints country manager Russia
Monday, 2 September 2019

Russia - d&b audiotechnik has appointed Anna Kovyza as country manager for Russia, as the German pro audio manufacturer prepares to open a new office in the country this year.
Kovyza is a former head of sales and marketing for A&T Trade’s professional audio and lighting division. She will be based in Moscow and will focus on developing d&b sales in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) whilst also working closely with Aris Pro, d&b’s Russian distributor.
Amnon Harman, d&b Group CEO, comments: “The Eastern European region and in particular Russia are important markets for d&b audiotechnik. With Anna Kovyza, we are preparing for the next phase of growth in these markets. Anna’s appointment is part of our strategic growth plan to build strong teams across the globe and being close to our partners and customers with sales and service expertise by d&b.”
(Jim Evans)

 
duncan-riley-and-stuart-andrewsDWR hosts Johannesburg L-ISA demo
Monday, 2 September 2019

South Africa - DWR Distribution presented an exclusive demo of L-Acoustics’ L-ISA sound technology to over 100 representatives from rental companies and TV studios in Johannesburg.
The system, which was used in South Africa for the first time during the live edition of The Voice South Africa 2019, was demo’d at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, where the TV show took place.
The demo was presented by Tim McCall, regional sales manager and Tony Szabo, head of touring applications at L-Acoustics, along with Chris Pugh, technical support at DWR Distribution and Adriaan van der Walt, audio engineer at Multi-Media who specified L-ISA technology for The Voice.
“I think it’s awesome that L-Acoustics have invested so much into South Africa,” comments Duncan Riley of DWR. “We are one of their smaller markets, yet they treat us no differently to the larger players. Their passion is contagious, and it really does feel like a family. We received an overwhelming response at the demo from the entertainment industry and I would like to thank everyone for being there.”
“Over six million spectators have enjoyed over two thousand performances in L-ISA so far, and we have sent out people to gather information from the audience to see if they enjoyed the production and noticed a difference,” said Tony Szabo. “The feedback has been overwhelming, from people commenting that they felt closer to the performance, to artists saying that they receive a greater response from the audience.”
Chris de Lancey, director at Multi-Media

 
 
cdc-six-glastonbury-2019-funktionone-xta-audio-plus-tpi-magCadac CDC six on the Glade Stage
Friday, 30 August 2019

UK - Cadac’s CDC six mixing console was used FOH this year at the Glade Stage, partnering Funktion-One’s Vero system making its Glastonbury debut. Sound rental company and long term Funktion-One partner Audio Plus deployed a Cadac console for the second year running, at the behest of Funktion-One co-founder Tony Andrews.
“It was at the personal request of Tony Andrews that there should be a Cadac CDC console front of house,” explains Audio Plus tech, Dan Hull, who is part of the company’s onsite team. “He especially wanted it paired with the Vero, because of his love of its pre-amps and its sound quality, and his familiarity with the console and what he knows he can achieve with the Vero, mixing on the Cadac.”
The CDC six was the principal FOH console with a DiGiCo SD10 on standby for engineers using show files, with the latest DSP-enabled XTA MX36 console switcher making the move between one or the other a simple affair. The whole system ran on a Dante network with a CDC MC Dante providing the bridge between Cadac’s MegaCOMMS ultra-low latency protocol and Dante.
“The sound was fantastic, just massive,” says Hull. “I walked around a lot of the other stages and while sound was good, they just didn’t have what the Vero has; the bass, the accuracy and the directivity. We were able to direct the system with pinpoint accuracy within the Glade arena. The musicality of the system and the very high levels of fidelity, right throughout the mids and the highs, was like nothing I have ever heard before.”
This year saw the Glad

 
smy-costa-del-sol-vista-Work Pro at heart of Torremolinos hotel
Friday, 30 August 2019

Spain - Holidaymakers staying at SMY Costa del Sol will now be able to enjoy music throughout the hotel's public areas thanks to the installation of a new sound system that has Equipson's Work Pro products at its heart.
Located opposite Los Alamos beach in Torremolinos, SMY Costa del Sol wanted a superior system that reflected the quality ethos of its accommodation and facilities. The system also needed to be powerful enough to cover a large area including the lobby, restaurant, restrooms and outdoor terrace.
Malaga-based installation company Servicios Integrales M3 was chosen for the project on the basis of its extensive AV knowledge and its reputation for delivering exceptional results. The company specified a large selection of Work Pro speakers, amplifiers, control and multiplayer units because it had previous experience of Equipson's Work Pro range and had always been happy with the quality and performance of its products.
"This was a large installation that involved 90 IC 6 Pro ceiling speakers, which we fitted in all of the common areas," says Jose María Montero, general director of Servicios Integrales M3. "On the terrace we installed a Work Pro SL 210 A line array system with an SL 218 SA subwoofer, which delivers the power and intelligibility the hotel wanted. Overall, our brief was to ensure great sound quality and great aesthetics by installing well designed speakers that were in keeping with the hotel's décor."
As well as speaker and a powerful line array system, Servicios Integrales M3 also installed two Work Pro multiplayers,

 
 
emacousticsabingdon6Summer goes out with a bang in Abingdon
Friday, 30 August 2019

UK - Over 10,000 people attended the inaugural Abingdon Summer Fireworks Festival which saw four showcase firework displays choreographed to music, culminating with a spectacular performance from the evenings’ hosts, double British Firework champions, Illusion Fireworks.
Quality audio plays a key role in the success of the event, so Illusion turned to AV productions specialists, Surrey-based Sound Solutions who provided a significant Halo-C line array system from EM Acoustics.
Sound Solutions’ James Richardson explained that Illusion came to them having been impressed by the clarity of the audio on other fireworks and pyrotechnics shows that both companies had supplied. “They know that we do a good job, and they wanted the same audio quality for Abingdon - for shows like this, what you hear is almost as important as what you see, so it had to be absolutely top quality, but still remain within the limits of their budget. Halo-C was the ideal solution.”
The system had to cover an audience of around 10,000 people across a width of up to 180m and 120m deep. Richardson and his team supplied a total of 32 Halo-C cabinets in four hangs of eight over two ground-stacked EMS-215 subs. The PA towers were set up in a line in front of the fireworks launchers with the inner towers 40m apart, and the outer towers a further 30m out.
The day before the show, the organisers decided to release more tickets due to the extreme demand, so Sound Solutions provided a further three EMS-122 out-fills supplemented by an MSE-218 sub at either end of the line to e

 
dpa-microphonesbrad-madix2Brad Madix relies on DPA for percussion
Thursday, 29 August 2019

USA - As the co-founder of Diablo Digital, which provides turnkey live recording systems and services for concert, touring, festival, installation and broadcast applications, Brad Madix has accumulated an impressive resume. He has worked alongside artists such as U2, Shania Twain, Shakira, Van Halen, Rush, Alanis Morissette, Jessica Simpson, Linkin Park, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and many more.
In his current role as live FOH engineer for Florence + the Machine, Madix relies on a range of DPA Microphones to help deliver pristine percussion to audiences. For instance, he depends on the company’s 4099 Instrument Microphone for the drum kit and the brand’s 2011C Compact Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Mic for overheads, which pick up the sound from the band’s various percussion instruments including cowbells, cymbals and a wood block. He also positions a pair of 2011C’s above the drum kit, to really capture the instrument’s sound.
“The integration of these two solutions from DPA provide such a clear, natural sound,” says Madix. “There is a great transient response on the drum kit. It’s really amazing the way the mics pick up each beat of the sticks against the drum, rather than mashing it all together, which has been an issue with other microphones. The rigidity of the 4099s and their ability to be easily adjusted makes them the ideal solution for large tours and live performances.”
In addition to the live sound applications, Madix uses DPA’s 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone for live recordings. “The 5100 mobile surround mic is great fo

 
 
speaking-rock-5WPC line arrays reinforce Speaking Rock
Thursday, 29 August 2019

USA - SRB Consulting & Design recently installed a Martin Audio system consisting of WPC line arrays, SXH218 and SX118 subs and CDD12s as part of an upgrade at the Speaking Rock Entertainment Centre in El Paso, Texas.
Describing the venue, SRB owner Scott Brown explains: “Speaking Rock is located on a native American reservation and they have live entertainment seven nights a week with outdoor concerts once a month in their parking lots and a large park nearby. It’s the ‘go to’ area for entertainment because people know there’s always something going on there.”
Concerts at Speaking Rock include a wide variety of artists such as Chubby Checker, P.O.D., RATT, Molotov, Buckcherry, Sammy Hagar and more. In terms of the performance venue, Scott explains, “The main room has a kind of large club atmosphere with two storeys and wraparound balconies, a main stage and the floor.”
The sound system comprises five Martin Audio WPC a side - flown alongside the stage with out-fills of four WPC on stage left - since the room is L-shaped. Eight SXH218 subs are ground-stacked on the floor directly under the edge of the stage.
The system is powered with 11 Martin Audio iK42 amps using one box resolution for optimum coverage. “It’s the audio quality that we needed because it’s a very difficult room with concrete floor, adobe walls and lots of reverberation, which the WPC’s cleaned up immediately,” continues Scott. The CDD12s mounted in the balcony are used for extra speech reinforcement in lower volume situations.
In addition

 
mike-taylor-at-foh-the-o2-11th-june-2019-by-luke-dysonSQ rocks O2 Arena with Brass Against
Thursday, 29 August 2019

Europe - Allen & Heath’s compact SQ digital mixer recently wrapped up a 22-date European tour with Brass Against, including working FOH and monitors for the band’s support slot with Lenny Kravitz at London’s O2 Arena.
The band called upon Production & Touring Ltd. (P&T) to support their shows on both sides of the Atlantic. “At P&T, we work with artists all over world, from first timers to larger seasoned acts, and our goal is to make it financially viable to tour without compromising on expertise or gear,” explains P&T’s director, Mike Taylor.
“Brass Against needed an affordable package that had to facilitate everything from a 500-capacity venue right up to the O2 Arena and festival stages. The final kicker was that the whole lot, including the backline, had to fit into a bus bay.”
In designing a compact, cost-effective system for Brass Against, P&T opted for two SQ-6 consoles, three DX168 remote I/O boxes, a DX Hub, an SLink card and a Waves card.
“All of the stage boxes are mounted in to a single 15U case with the IEMs and radio mics mounted in the rear. It is super compact and easy to set up. We have split the console over two layers, so when we are only using one console we can process the channels for Monitors differently to FOH, so if we change the EQ for instance it doesn’t change everywhere. When we require two consoles, we just load the show file and FOH takes control of their channels and the monitor console takes control of theirs - it’s wonderfully easy.”
Overall, Mike has be

 
 
finnishnationaltheatrehelsinki-2Alcons at the Finnish National Theatre
Thursday, 29 August 2019

Finland - Established in 1872 in Helsinki, the Finnish National Theatre is the oldest Finnish-speaking professional theatre in the country. Its current venue was built in 1902 and the combination of Alcons Audio Q series and L series pro-ribbon loudspeakers means the 900-capacity main stage enjoys quality sound and coverage, without impacting on its historic decor.
The horseshoe-shaped auditorium has three balconies, providing a challenge to projecting seamless, high quality sound to every seat. This was solved when sound and lighting specialists Electro Waves installed an Alcons QR series pro-ribbon system several years ago. This comprised L-C-R arrays of QR36 modular line-source array columns with QM36 modular line-source LMF array extensions. QB363 modular low-frequency array columns were added to the centre cluster, all powered and controlled by Alcons Sentinel3 and Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers.
The system proved successful, but recently the theatre wanted to further extend the vocal coverage of its productions. To achieve this, two new centre clusters of seven LR7/120 wide dispersion, micro line array modules each were installed to complement the QB363s. The existing centre array QR36 loudspeakers were re-deployed to enhance the coverage of the front left and right of the second balconies. Both of the two LR7 arrays were powered by additional Sentinel3’s.
The main arrays are 6m tall, comprising 36 6,5" mid-bass and 12 pcs of 18" pro-ribbon drivers each.
"The system was performing very well, but more extended coverage wa

 
spin-offBrompton eases the load at Spin Off
Thursday, 29 August 2019

Australia - The popular Spin Off festival returned in 2019 with an of over 20,000 at the massive 84m x 64m mainstage tent, presenting organisers, Five-Four Entertainment, with major technical requirements where the need for screens was paramount.
To meet this demand, technical provider, Adelaide’s Novatech Creative Event Technology, employed two onstage ROE Visual Carbon 5 IMAG screens, an upstage screen, a delay screen behind FOH and two delay screens outside of the tent, controlled from two Brompton Technology SX40 processors with three Brompton Tessara XD distribution units vastly simplifying cabling requirements.
“With such a big footprint, we needed to ensure that not only everyone inside the tent could see a screen but also outside,” explains Phil Pieridis, senior video project manager from Novatech. “Using many screens generates a lot of signal distribution but the latest Brompton SX40 processor, with its huge capacity, enabled us to run multiple screens off the same processor, whilst the brilliant Tessera XD units easily resolved any cabling issues.”
Staged on Adelaide showground, the sell-out one-day festival featured the headlining acts appearing at sister festival, Splendour in the Grass, including Catfish and the Bottlemen, Childish Gambino, and Ocean Alley.
“With so many top-flight artists, technical rider demands were high and changeover times pivotal but Brompton equipment drastically reduces set-up times and configuration is really quick,” continues Pieridis. “The ability to create custom scaling in the proces

 
 
mog-ibcMOG brings new solutions to IBC 2019
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

The Netherlands - MOG Technologies, supplier of end-to-end solutions for professional media, will present its latest developments at IBC 2019 (13-17 September, RAI Amsterdam).
The focus will be on the latest advances for the production management platform with MAM4PRO; a new professional media deck station; new enhancements to Vizzi online video platform, and various technical deployments throughout its solutions.
MAM4Pro is an enterprise solution designed for managing and executing all media operations - record, ingest, play, stream, encode, transcode and decode - in a native virtualised environment. MAM4PRO brings to the market a set of software services that focus on asset management, resources management, and media operations.
mDECK is billed as “the ultimate professional media deck appliance to record, ingest, transcode and play in any format of video content”. It supports Avid, OP1a, QT, MP4, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, XAVC, FLV, HLS, MPEG-DASH, WebM, MPEG-DASH WebM, MPEG-TS, Matroska, NDI and IMF formats. Supporting file-based and baseband, with full integration on hybrid workflows, mDECK is designed for small and medium-sized facilities, that need to switch between operations in short time frames.
With a unified OTT platform with Content Management SaaS and a top-tier CDN distribution, Vizzi offers extended multi-platform support and in-video interactivity with timed triggers that enable user interactions and enriches the viewing experience.
(Jim Evans)

 
adjADJ’s Starship takes flight
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

USA - The latest addition to ADJ’s range of professional lighting equipment, the Starship, is a modern take on a classic centrepiece effect. Designed for installation in nightclubs, as well as for use as part of mobile lightshows, this fixture features six motorised bars loaded with quad colour LEDs that generate “a myriad of intense moving and colour-changing mid-air beams”.
The Starship’s six motorized bars each offer independent tilt control with a range of 95° and are positioned in a star-shaped configuration extending out from a central hub. Each bar is fitted with four individually-controlled 15W 4-in-1 RGBW LEDs, which generate razor-sharp beams that cut through a haze-filled room. The combination of the six independent motors and 24 separate LEDs allows the Starship to create a wide variety of exciting effects that feature a mass of intense beams changing colour and moving in different directions.
The fixture is supplied with a selection of built-in programmes which make full use of its pixel control capabilities as well as its independent tilt motion. This allows for simple plug-and-play operation if required, which will be appealing for applications such as bowling centres, roller rinks and multi-purpose leisure complexes. The fixture also offers full DMX control, with a choice of two channel modes - 22 or 120 - allowing for integration into a larger lightshow within a nightclub or bar.
“Offering a modern take on the classic centrepiece, the new Starship brings the power-saving, low-heat, long-life advantages of LED to this tim

 
 
naps-PLASA 2019: Coda N-APS makes Euro debut
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

UK - Exhibiting at the upcoming PLASA Show (15-17 September, London Olympia), Coda Audio will be showing the recently-launched two-way arrayable point source, N-APS.
N-APS is the smaller sibling of Coda Audio’s APS system. Where APS addressed the limitations of traditional point source systems by delivering unprecedented performance standards, to deliver a range of functions in small to medium-sized venues, N-APS places new patented technology into an even smaller box to offer incredible power to weight ratio and flexibility.
For smaller venues or corporate events where, for example, the geometry of a space might be considered to make coverage awkward, N-APS provides an unobtrusive yet powerful solution, says the company.
Complementing the tradeshow debut of N-APS, Coda Audio is also introducing the N-SUB, a 15” subwoofer that reaches as low as 30Hz. Like N-APS, N-SUB benefits from DAC which allows it to reach high SPLs whilst staying completely cool.
Visitors to the Coda Audio stand (S61) will also be able to meet company representatives David Webster, Maggie Schaefer, Steve Norman and George Puttock.
(Jim Evans)

 
power1Powersoft gives Jason Mraz Good Vibes
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Malaysia - Singesen Technical Production and Chan Lee Sound & Light selected a combination of Powersoft’s X8 and X4L amplifier platforms for American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, who stopped off in Kuala Lumpur for the third Asian date of his Good Vibes world tour.
The main hangs at the arena were made up of 12 JBL VT-4889-1 per side, with eight JBL VT4888 flown per side as side-fill and six JBL VT4888 in the centre. The 20 JBL VT 4880 subwoofers were ground stacked at the side of the stage, while a series of Nexo PS15 wedge monitors were placed along the downstage edge. A total of six JBL VTX A8 were used as front-fill.
The main system was driven by 11 of Powersoft’s X8 amplifier platforms, while a pair of the company’s latest touring product, the X4L (look out for a product review in the September issue of LSi, out next week) - were also used to power eight of the VT4880’s, with each channel driving just two of the subs. Jackie Ng, owner of Singesen, explains: “The gig was used as something of a field test for the X4L amps, before loading it with VT4880A long excursion subwoofers in the future.”
The Powersoft gear used to drive the Good Vibes in Kuala Lumpur were made available thanks to Singesen Technical Production’s recent investment in the Italian manufacturer’s technology.
Ng says: “We have used Outline systems for some time, so we were familiar with the reliability and high-performance levels of Powersoft amplifiers. When the opportunity to invest in Powersoft amplifiers presented itself, it really

 
 
green-hippoGreen Hippo delivers for 7 Days Live
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

New Zealand - When TV comedy show 7 Days Live, produced by MediaWorks NZ, visited the Queenstown Winter Festival, the festival’s production supplier TomTom Productions was on hand with its Hippotizer Karst media servers from Green Hippo. The Hippotizer enabled them to deal with the additional visual requirements of the television recording.
“The brief was fairly simple,” says Hamish Edh, director of TomTom and designer of the festival’s live stage video elements. “Background eye candy that looks great on camera, as well as for the live audience, and having the 7 Days logo on the screens for the wide shots.
“The design concept was based around mis-matching elements with different LED pixel pitches,” explains Edh. “To create contrast between the different pixel pitches, I use Martin Sceptron 20 battens in an array to complement the 6mm LED panels and to add horizontal lines to the overall look.”
Edh used TomTom’s Hippotizer Karst, running two outputs, one to the 6mm LED panels and the other to the Sceptron via the Hippotizer’s Martin P3 System Controller integration. The textures played out on the low-resolution Sceptron were from stock content, while the 6mm panels showed custom content including Queenstown’s iconic mountains, created by Tim Goddard of TomTom, as well as the 7 Days Live logo where required. The operator was TomTom’s Matt Cooper.
Edh’s design included four horizontal LED ‘banners’ rigged at staggered heights, from the lower upstage to the highest above mid-stage, each with the ‘mis-matche

 
hrt-one-family-hrHuddle Room Technology partners with Jands
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Australia - Huddle Room Technology (HRT) has appointed Jands Australia as its new distribution partner for the Australian AV and ICT markets.
HRT is the maker of Huddle Hub One, a multi-session wireless presentation system that supports up to seven concurrent sessions on the same hardware. Jands is showcasing the Huddle Hub One and One Plus at Integrate Show in Melbourne this week (27-29 August, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre).
“Having a partner like Jands with their extensive experience in the Australian market is a big win for HRT,” comments Stefano Spattini, CEO for HRT. “We are greatly looking forward to working with such a respected and professional distribution partner.”
“HRT's Huddle Hub is an impressive innovation that further complements our existing AV conferencing product portfolio,” adds Phil Muffet, national sales manager at Jands.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
Stampede Australia names sales manager
Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Australia - Stampede has announced the appointment of former Hills Limited AV national sales manager Nick Cocks, to serve as general manager of Exertis Australia ProAV, the new name of Stampede Australia that is making its debut at Integrate 2019 (27-29 August).
“Integrate 2019 marks the start of the next great chapter in the history of our company in Australia and southeast Asia with the rebranding of Stampede as Exertis, the global AV and IT distribution company that Stampede joined last year when it was acquired by DCC,” says Stampede president and CEO Kevin Kelly.
“With this rebranding, we send a clear message to the Australian and southeast Asian region that the combined resources, and commitment, of DCC and Exertis are now being put to work on behalf of our resellers and end user customers throughout the region. Under the leadership of Nick Cocks, our customers will now benefit from a loyal, strategic and focused sales leader who knows how to create solutions that meet every user need.”
According to Kelly, in addition to driving sales throughout the region, Cocks will lead the company’s expansion into “everything that is AV related.” As part of this initiative, Kelly announced that Exertis will be looking for new partners at Integrate 2019 from its show stand. “We’re looking for partners who share our vision of the future of a connected, experiential commercial AV industry,” he says.
(Jim Evans)

 
kakaotalk20190502140833037Changwon pumps up the crowd with JBL
Tuesday, 27 August 2019

South Korea - To deliver arena-filling sound as efficiently as possible, TechData Co recently installed an end-to-end JBL Professional networked audio system at the Changwon NC Park baseball stadium.
Changwon NC Park is a 22,000-seat baseball stadium which opened in 2019, replacing Masan Stadium as the home of the NC Dinos professional baseball team. The stadium features four tiers of seating that curve around home plate, leaving the outfield side open to the air.
To deliver premium sound across every seat while minimizing sound leakage to neighbouring residential and commercial areas, Changwon NC Park required an ultra-focused, efficient and highly scalable sound system. To achieve the client’s goals, TechData designed and installed an extensive Harman networked audio system featuring JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft mixing consoles and BSS signal processors.
“Since the stadium hosts highly competitive baseball matches, the client needed a sound system that could not only ensure even distribution of sound throughout the stadium, but also contain the sound within the stadium - a critical requirement due to the proximity of residential areas,” says Seung Duk Seo, technical manager at TechData Co. “The stadium also needed something slim and inconspicuous to install, so JBL Intellivox series speakers fit the bill. As a result, perfectly horizontal coverage control provides sound to where it is needed, but also reduces leakage of noise outside of the stadium.”
To ensure even sound coverage throughout the seating areas with

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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