UK - Kaiser Chiefs have recently completed their latest UK tour, accompanied by an Allen & Heath dLive system handling both FOH and monitor duties.
The tour follows on from the band’s recent announcement of their new album and took a nostalgic look back at past releases and hits; gracing the stages of old theatres, concert halls, seaside towns and of O2 Academy venues.
Supplied by Adlib, the band’s set-up includes two dLive S7000 surfaces on both FOH and monitors and two DM64 MixRacks. The system was also used to handle audio needs for the support band, Novacub.
“For this tour I chose dLive in spite of having had no experience of it before, as a number of people I respect have rated it very highly,” comments FOH engineer, Chris Leckie. “As with every Kaiser Chiefs outing since 2007, I’m using Liverpool’s Adlib as our audio vendor. As well as having something of a connection to the company, I’m always inclined to pick them simply because the crew are always great and the equipment is immaculate.”
Leckie continues: “One of the most important factors for me in selecting any console is the simplicity of operation and dLive is so intuitive that I was able to work out how to do almost everything I needed within about 10 minutes.”
Ilias Andrianatos (monitor engineer), has been with the band since 2005 and for this tour also opted for dLive, explaining: “Like Chris, I also chose dLive as some of my respected colleagues suggested that I give it a go.”
Andrianatos adds: “I love how user-friendly and easily c
USA - As the long-time home of Elvis Presley, Graceland is among the most famous rock ‘n’ roll residences in the world, welcoming over half a million visitors to Memphis every year. While there’s certainly no shortage of onsite attractions for fans of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Graceland Soundstage is impressive, and with a new audio system from Adamson Systems Engineering, it’s primed to keep the music alive and loud.
“Graceland is synonymous with good music, so when it came to choosing an audio system for our new Soundstage, compromise wasn’t an option,” begins Joel Weinshanker, the head of Elvis Presley Enterprises. “Our Adamson S-Series system offers outstanding audio quality, and whether it’s a live concert, film screening, or corporate gala, we know that anyone enjoying an event in the Soundstage is getting the best possible experience.”
A 20,000sq.ft performance venue and event space, the Graceland Soundstage is one of the top concert and entertainment destinations in Memphis. Some of the biggest names in music have graced its stage, with the likes of Boz Scaggs, Brian Setzer, Buckcherry, Chubby Checker, Frank Turner, and George Thorogood all set to perform in the coming months.
The Adamson system that will support those shows and many more was designed and installed by Cleveland, OH’s Eighth Day Sound, and features main hangs of 12 S10 two-way, full-range cabinets per side. Four E219 subwoofers are loaded underneath the stage for low-end support and four IS7p two-way, full-range point source cabinets handle fron
UK - Northern Irish rockers Snow Patrol were back on the road after a seven-year break, reaching out to fans with their new 2018 album Wildness and a sold-out UK arena tour.
Adlib was the audio provider, working with engineers, Nigel Pepper mixing FOH and Jamie Hickey on monitors. Robin Scott was the production manager at the helm, with Neil Mather tour manager.
Adlib provided crew, with systems specialist Sam Proctor and an L-Acoustics system. Sam was joined by Terry Smith who looked after stage and monitors for Jamie, plus Aaron Greig and Neil Dodd who completed the audio crew.
The Snow Patrol tour’s standard system configuration was 14 x K1 speakers a side with four KARA down-fills, together with eight K1 subs flown behind the main hangs to help direct the low end towards the back of arenas. These were supplemented by two side-hangs of 12 x K2 speakers each.
On the floor were 21 x KS28 subs in a spaced array. Seven stacks of three high subs, each with a single L-Acoustics X8 on top for front-fill.
This allowed each stack to be driven by a single amplifier, leading to tidy and logical cabling. The spaced sub array is Nigel and Sam’s preferred set-up for getting even and efficient coverage across the various rooms.
A flown cluster of four KARAs spec’d by Nigel eliminated the need for any in-fills, helping to keep the stage completely free, which was both an acoustic and an aesthetic decision leaving a clear stage and a flat floorspace uninterrupted by black boxes!
All speakers were driven by L-Acoustics’ LA
Tajikistan - The recent renovation of the 700-seat Sooroosh Hall in the Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe included a substantial upgrade to the technological infrastructure. This has resulted in the installation of Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision Compact line array.
The work was carried out by the manufacturer’s long-term distribution partners, Latvian-based A-T Trade Music. According to the company’s sound and stage equipment project engineer, Imants Cīrulis, they had been invited to develop an integrated but adaptable solution by their Tajikistan dealer.
“Prior to this, the system could only be used for conferences and meetings rather than classical, pop and traditional music concerts and other events which now take place,” he explaines.
Of the choice of PA he says: “The client wanted a system that would be useful for this hall as well as for open-air events. WPC was the best choice for this.”
The system is optimised for two-box resolution, and is hung eight elements per side. The speakers are suspended from two points, thus meeting the requirement for quick removal, to enable easy redeployment at outdoor events or other places.
At the same time, eight SX218 subs have been placed under the stage in specially built chambers with excellent sound isolation (two subs per chamber). “There is no sense on stage that there are speakers immediately under the feet,” confirms the designer.
Six iK42 multi-channel amps have been assigned to drive WPC and SX218 (three amplifiers per side), while the iK81 powers eight Martin
France - French restaurant and leisure destination Pirates Paradise has specified a Coda Audio sound system to enhance the venue’s immersive environment.
The pirate-themed restaurant, located in Neuville-en-Ferrain near Lille, is a family destination that regularly welcomes more than 500 guests during the weekends; entertainment and audio excellence is key to its success.
Owner Jérôme Descamps explains: “My dream was to create the best restaurant I could, offering great decor, furniture, atmosphere and food supported by a fantastic sound system. It was important to me to do everything properly, so I engaged a company that could help spec me the highest quality audio on the market."
Pirates Paradise engaged local company Public Address, with general manager, Gregory Devilder and head of technical, Benjamin Pauwels taking up the challenge. They recommended Coda Audio for the site. The system needed to cater primarily for background music during dining hours but also for speech reinforcement in what can become a very lively environment.
The main PA comprises two hangs of two Coda Audio CoRAY4i cabinets and a single G18SUB subwoofer flown head-on as the space is entered, L-R above a row of ‘drinking houses’. The pirate ship is housed on the right-hand-side as guests enter the restaurant and two more CoRAY4i cabinets and two G15SUB subwoofers are housed in this area. Opposite this is ‘the jail’ and it’s the same setup from Coda Audio - mirrored from the pirate ship side.
The G18SUB subwoofers are hidden among the scenery throu
UK - Sparq, the technical event production arm of the Saville Group, has underlined its longstanding relationship with KV2 Audio with an investment in 30 new units from the ESD and EX ranges. As an early adopter, the company has made regular additions to its KV2 rental stock since purchasing one of the very first ES systems 17 years ago.
Destined for their Coventry, Leeds and Manchester branches, the recent delivery takes Sparq’s overall hire inventory to a total of 80 KV2 passive ESD Series units (ESD 5,6,36,10 and EMS 26) and 60 KV2 active EX Series cabinets (EX 6, 10, 26, and EX 1.2). This is in addition to the original ES system that remains fully operational.
“In an ever-changing market with manufacturers coming and going, and the latest trends and re-inventions being touted as the next best thing, such loyalty to a brand shows how KV2’s unchanging and uncompromised approach to delivering the original source in its truest detail is hard to better,” remarks KV2’s UK sales manager, Tom Weldon. “The unrivalled clarity, definition and output from such compact footprints mean that Sparq can set up great sounding events without needing vast quantities of loudspeakers, a key factor in the aesthetically sensitive nature of Sparq’s work.”
Sparq’s technical support manager, Andrew Ellerby adds: “We have worked with KV2 Audio since the company established its UK distribution base 17 years ago, and this latest investment has seen us add a further 30 units to our rental stock. The combination of quality sound, reliable performance and
Australia - DirectOut is establishing a cooperation with tm stagetec systems as their new distributor. The two companies will be offering the entire DirectOut product portfolio to the Australian market.
Based in Sydney, tm stagetec systems specialises in high-end audio, video, PA and intercom solutions for institutions and enterprises and is also invested in product research, development and manufacturing.
Treva Head, managing director of tm stagetec systems, comments: “DirectOut is a perfect fit for us. Both the philosophy of the products and the diverse range they cover will help tm stagetec systems better serve our customers in both broadcast and pro audio markets. With the suite of audio over IP solutions and the intuitive globcon software, DirectOut provides tools to solve many customers’ problems. We are excited to represent DirectOut and further build their reputation here.”
Lorenzo Sassi, business developer at DirectOut, adds: "We are fully convinced that tm stagetec systems is the perfect distribution partner for us in Australia. They have a strong relation to and therefor understanding of the industry of our roots, the broadcast. At the same time, they are a well-established distributor in the live and installation market. With their outstanding experience and our range of products we will be able to offer highly professional solutions to the Australian market."
The world tour by Belgian tenor Helmut Lotti is one of the first to see the Rivage PM7 go truly global, accompanied by a Nexo audio system.
The five-month tour has seen Lotti promoting his latest album Soul Classics In Symphony with shows in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa and Switzerland. The tour’s audio rental company is Revolution Event Support, whose owner Bart Faut is the tour’s production manager and Front of House engineer.
For the tour Bart specified a Yamaha Rivage PM7 monitor console, with a CL5 mixing FoH sound. I/O is taken care of by Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 racks. The Nexo PA is a mixture of flown and ground-stacked Geo S12 and Geo M6 with LS18 and RS18 subs, powered and managed by NXAMP4X4s and NXAMP4X1s.
Lotti is backed by the Golden Symphonic Orchestra - a 22-piece band, including string and brass/woodwind sections, piano, two guitarists, bass guitar, drums, percussion and backing vocalists.
“When we were planning the tour we felt it was better to have everyone on in-ear monitors. However, the number of stereo mixes needed was greater than the 32 busses of a CL5,” says Bart. “I discussed this with Yamaha’s Stef de Pooter and he told us about the Rivage PM7, which at that time was under NDA. We were immediately convinced about what it could do for us.
“I have always been a big fan of Yamaha consoles - we still have a PM3500 in the warehouse. With plenty of busses for the in-ear mixes. the Yamaha sound quality, ease of use and reliability, we knew that the Rivage PM7 was the console we
UK - Ministry of Sound’s [MoS] orchestral tour, The Annual Classical, reimagines the Sony Music compilation, The Annual, the top-selling dance compilation, as a live production.
The live shows, mixed on a DiGiCo SD7 supplied by RG Jones, deliver mega sounds as much-loved chart toppers receive a classical reworking. Amongst the hits are The Chemical Brothers’ Hey Boy Hey Girl; Insomniaby Faithless and Moloko’s Sing It Back. At the helm of the complex live mix is sound designer, Phil Wright.
“In the last couple of years, we’ve seen all kinds of classical dance music shows take to the stage, but the design brief from MoS was to make this a genuinely live performance, meaning no playback,” says Phil.
With the brief in place, a collaboration between Coalition Agency and Raymond Gubby Ltd, which runs the 55-piece London Concert Orchestra, began with British composer Tom Player tasked with producing arrangements for the orchestra.
“It was always going to be me and a DiGiCo console,” Phil says. “I was thinking about an SD10, but it became obvious that I needed a bigger desk and therefore I decided on an SD7. It’s been the perfect choice and even on a console with the huge capacity of the SD7, I had only four busses and two channels not in use.”
The Annual Classical is no ordinary show, as Phil explains: “On stage, we have 55 people plus backing vocalists, guest singers and extensive effects. I’m running 12 FX racks in my SD7 and another six in Waves externally with my own DiGi
Hungary - Having earned a reputation as one of Hungary’s top production technologies and event services companies, Budapest-based firm For Event Kft. has bolstered its audio inventory with a sizeable investment in E-Series and S-Series loudspeakers from Adamson Systems Engineering as it expands into neighbouring countries.
“We’ve been following Adamson very closely since they first launched the E-Series and were very impressed with what we were seeing and, more importantly, hearing,” says Gábor Glatz, founder of For Event. “The Adamson name carries a lot of clout in Europe, and the E-Series makes it very clear why. This is a great-sounding audio system endorsed by some of the best and busiest engineers in the business, and we’re proud to join the Adamson Network as we continue our push into new markets.”
Founded over 20 years ago by Glatz, drummer for funk outfit Back II Black, For Event Kft. (originally Back II Black Stage System) has grown to become one of Hungary’s largest turnkey event companies, offering audio, video, lighting, and staging solutions in addition to design and decoration services for a myriad of applications.
For Event’s already extensive inventory now includes 30 Adamson’s flagship E15 three-way, true line source enclosures and 48 E119 subwoofers, plus 24 S10 compact two-way, full-range enclosures and 8 S119 subs. Both systems are driven by a suite of turnkey E-Racks. The entire package was sourced through AVL Trade, Adamson’s longtime Hungarian distributor.
Working together, For Event and AVL Trade
South Africa - Live events supplier Gearhouse has invested in additional K2 and KS28 L-Acoustics cabinets, 36 LA12x amplified controllers in LA-RAKII and eight P1 AVB audio processors, making it the largest L-Acoustics certified provider in South Africa and boosting its ability to service even the most ambitious national events.
This investment also makes Gearhouse the first company on the continent to meet the new KX Standard for its large format systems. In December, this new capability was put into service at the massive Global Citizen Festival in the 90,000 capacity FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
Gearhouse South Africa has been growing rapidly for a number of years, taking an increasingly dominant role in major South African live events. The Global Citizen Festival is part of the Global Citizen organization which aims to end extreme poverty, and Gearhouse’s participation in the event marked a significant shift for the company. Gearhouse took on overall management of the audio side, including liaising with artist management for a raft of mostly local talent supporting some of the world’s biggest acts, including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, and Pharrell Williams.
The Global Citizen Festival made full use of Gearhouse’s additional inventory, as delay tower deployment had to be limited to protect the irrigation and drainage systems under the FNB stadium’s playing surface. Gearhouse head of audio, Lewellyn Reinecke explains: "We would really prefer to have four delay towers but, because of the restrictions, it's two hangs plus one on a V tower.
UK - With the UK Government intending to clear the 700MHz band by 1 May 2020, the registration phase of Ofcom’s 700MHz Clearance Compensation Scheme has opened for a limited time. To take advantage of the scheme, affected parties (including wireless microphone and IEM users) must register themselves and their equipment before 26 April 2019.
A statement from Ranelagh Political Communications reads: “If you held a licence for spectrum in 700MHz between 17 October 2014 and 23 August 2018 you will have received a letter containing a link and unique login code to access the website. This letter is important, but may not have gone to your technical or purchase departments, so you need to track it down. If you do not think you received the letter, but believe you are still eligible, you can call their dedicated help line on 0121 415 0283.
“The online system is easy to follow: you need to fill in details about your company, your preferred point of contact, and the details of all the equipment you are surrendering.”
Those affected need to nominate when they will surrender their equipment between July 2019 and May 2020. “Depending on when you surrender your equipment, you may receive more than the 60% value shown on the rate card,” says Ranelagh. “This is because compensation has been calculated on the loss of usable service life, so if you choose to surrender it early you have lost more life, and therefore get a slightl
UK - Green Hippo has announced the appointment of David March as head of sales and marketing. March will report directly to Green Hippo’s business unit director, Emma Marlow. He will take responsibility for Green Hippo’s sales and marketing strategy in EMEA and Asia.
March comes to Green Hippo from VER where he most recently served as head of VER Lighting Europe & Aurora Lighting. He began his career as a rental assistant at Vari-Lite Europe ultimately becoming general manager at Vari-Lite Production Services. Since then he has held a number of leadership positions in the lighting and live events sector, including roles at Philips Entertainment, PRG Distribution and AED Distribution UK Limited.
"I am thrilled to be joining the most exciting and innovative brand in its sector. Hippotizer continues to go from strength to strength, and I look forward to helping the company grow further and faster," says March.
Emma Marlow adds, "We are delighted to welcome David to Green Hippo. He brings thorough knowledge of our sector and I am confident that he will be a great asset in helping deliver our commercial goals."
India - Technosales Multimedia Technologies recently deployed JBL Professional by Harman cinema surround systems in two theatres at the Sai Teerth devotional theme park in Mumbai to provide a more immersive spiritual experience for devotees.
Sai Teerth is India’s first devotional theme park, featuring immersive exhibits dedicated to one of the most worshipped secular saints of all time; Sai Baba. With four major audio-visual attractions, Sai Teerth is home to one of the largest cinema screens in the country, as well as an innovative 5D theatre.
After surveying the location, Technosales designed a custom cinema surround sound system that utilizes JBL Professional loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers.
“Sai Teerth asked us to provide a world-class audio system to make their exhibits more engaging and immersive,” says Rajesh Patil of Technosales Multimedia Technologies. “The biggest challenge was providing consistent coverage due to the size of the Giant Theatre and the interactive nature of the 5D Theatre. The flexibility and clarity of Harman cinema sound systems helped us overcome these challenges to deliver stunning sound throughout both theatres.“
The Sabka Malik Ek attraction in the Giant Theatre features a custom hour-long film displayed on a massive 36’ by 72’ cinema screen. In order to make the soundtrack as immersive as the visuals, Technosales installed three high-power JBL 5742 four-way ScreenArray loudspeakers. Six JBL 4642A subwoofers deliver a powerful extended low frequency response, while 18 JBL 9310 cinema surround l
UK - SSE Audio has invested in Luminex GigaCore 26i network switches to become one of the largest providers of Milan AVB-compliant networking solutions for major international concert tours and events.
With SSE supplying complex systems from its extensive brand portfolio, it needed to choose a reliable product which could offer a high level of compatibility with its existing inventory.
Avnu Milan-AVB certified switches offer guaranteed interoperability amongst similarly certified devices in a network - such as products by the L-Acoustics, Meyer Sound and d&b audiotechnik brands stocked by SSE.
Keith Sujeeun, assistant technical manager in SSE's Hire division, comments: "SSE always strives to be at the forefront of technology, and the Luminex GigaCore range gives us the ability to offer a Milan-compliant infrastructure at an early stage of its development.
“The GigaCores are purpose-designed for our industry and the switches are so quick to set up or re-configure. Being able to reset them to a default preset saves a lot of time when prepping them to go out on another event."
SSE's Hire division specified Luminex GigaCores for the recent Madness winter UK arena tour which culminated in a triumphant performance at Central Hall, Westminster for the BBC’s high-profile New Year’s Eve 2018 Rock Big Ben Live annual concert, which was broadcast on BBC One.
The GigaCore products were supplied to SSE Audio by the specialist audio sales division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
USA - Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) handled all wireless microphone and IEM systems management for pre-game, half-time entertainment and post-game, along with the wireless microphone utilised by the referee, during Super Bowl LIII held in the Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta.
This is the 22nd year that ATK Audiotek has tapped PWS to provide wireless support for the Super Bowl.
“It is pretty amazing to think about all of the changes that have occurred in wireless technology over the course of 22 years,” explains Jim Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “This year was no different in that we implemented a number of new systems that helped us handle the exceedingly crowded RF environment in Atlanta - where the TV repack hasn’t even happened yet.”
As in previous years, PWS started planning back in October, with a site visit to Mercedes-Benz stadium. Van Winkle and Gary Trenda, lead RF technician for PWS, made the trip along with ATK Audiotek team members Paul Liszewski, Brett Valasek, Kirk Powell, and George Schwartz. The site survey provides critical information about the physical site and local RF environment that Van Winkle and Trenda need to design the game day wireless system.
This year, the main RF equipment location was on the NFC champions side of the field near the southwest 20-yard line. From there, the PWS team deployed the antennas necessary for the wireless microphones and in-ear monitors to provide state-of-the-art audio for one of the most-viewed television events of the year.
“With the available frequency spe
Spain - When one of the world’s largest night clubs puts on a special season-end event, its magnitude is difficult to ignore. Open since 1993 on the Spanish island of Ibiza, this mammoth club can host up to 10,000 guests at one time. On the season’s finale evening, Privilege Ibiza made the decision to employ the Clair Brothers C12 loudspeaker system, along with an assortment of more Clair Brothers gear, to cover the entire venue.
The size of the venue allows management to redesign facilities for individual parties and artistic shows. For this event, they didn’t hold back, calling on Clair Brothers’ Spanish distribution and rental partner, VTècnics, to recommend and design a sound system worthy of this special occasion.
Josep Maria Serra, production manager at VTècnics reports: “The Clair Brothers team understands the concept and value of global sharing between its partners. On this occasion four companies in southern Europe shared their equipment and knowledge which allowed us to achieve the best sound possible. My company, VTècnics, worked with other Clair Brothers partners Grupo Friends, also from Spain, Audio Concept from France, and Prase Media Technologies from Italy. It’s a total team effort of collaboration and pitching in together.”
Serra continues: “The venue does not have good acoustics because it has so many reflective surface elements. And the floor has a giant swimming pool with a cover on it, which unfortunately works as a big resonance box. What we needed to do was create a sound system that was strong on clarity,
UK - Pointing a microphone directly at a PA speaker is likely to generate feedback, but sometimes when you are trying to achieve a particular vision, you have to tear up the rule book and see what happens. This was the situation FOH engineer Simon Honywill found himself in when he was asked to tackle sound design for a new live music and dance production called The Nature of Why.
Using a combination of DPA microphones and EM Acoustics loudspeakers positioned in a circle around the stage, Honywill pulled off the task of creating an ambient acoustic ‘bubble’ for this unusual performance in which the audience is as much a part of the show as the musicians and dancers.
“I needed to make sure all the microphones I was using were as predictable as possible,” he explains. “DPA was the obvious choice - not just because they are always my first choice but because each microphone sounds exactly the same so you know you are starting from the same base point.”
Commissioned by Unlimited, The Nature of Why takes inspiration from the Nobel prize-winning theoretical physicist Richard Feynman and his search for meaning in the world around us. It features a cinematic live score by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory that is performed by the British Paraorchestra, the world’s only large-scale ensemble for professional disabled musicians.
They are joined on stage by five dancers, choreographed by Caroline Bowditch, and the Army of Generals, an 11-piece string ensemble of non-disabled orchestral musicians that is famed for its dynamic energy-f
USA - Martin Audio’s new Wavefront Precision Longbow (WPL) system was recently purchased by two US-based live event production companies - Soundworks in Richmond, and Southard Audio in Mount Crawford - the first to acquire the large format line array worldwide. Both companies, who share a cooperative relationship within the Middle Atlantic region, purchased systems that include 24 WPL cabinets, 12 SXH218 hybrid subs and 12 iK42 amps.
Officially launched at ISE 2019 in Amsterdam, WPL is designed as a complete system with external iKON multi-channel amplifiers, automated DISPLAY optimisation software and VU-NET control platform that provides financial accessibility to the higher echelons of touring and installed sound. A three-way, bi-amped system, WPL’s very high output is achieved by utilising Martin Audio’s trademark horn-loading technology across all frequency bands - increasing the acoustic output of the low frequency section as well as the midrange and HF.
Soundworks founder and CEO Steve Payne reports: “Soundworks and Southard Audio have worked closely together since 1990 and we’d both been using the same model line array system since Mike (Southard) and I decided early on not to compete with, but support one another.
“Not long ago, we reached the point where we needed to upgrade our main line array system and auditioned a lot of different companies including all the major players. As part of the process, I inquired whether Martin Audio made Wavefront Precision with a 12” box and they didn’t at the time. So we were about to mak
France - The Paris Institute of Political Studies, commonly referred to as Sciences Po, is a French university with seven campuses across the country. The new Grand Auditorium at its Reims site features an Alcons Audio system.
Founded in 1872, Sciences Po quickly became a highly influential academic institution for the social sciences. Currently it has 13,000 students based at its seven centres throughout France. The Reims campus opened in 2010, with just 100 students, but a recently-completed €75m expansion has meant it will be ready to accept 1600 students in September 2019. A major part of the project is the new 650-seat, multi-function Grand Auditorium, which hosts conferences, lectures, presentations by guest speakers, live music and movies in 5.1 surround sound.
At Reims, a 5.1 Alcons system was supplied by Paris-based systems integrator Audiolead and installed by Videlio of Reims. It features a left-right system of three RR12 point source array modules per side, with a pair of QB363 modular low-frequency array columns beneath the stage and a centre cluster comprising two CRA24 Cinemarray scalable, medium-format line source screen units. The system is completed by eight CCS8 medium-format surround loudspeakers and is controlled and powered by three Sentinel3 and a Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers.
“The system needed to deliver cinema sound and live reinforcement for presentations and classical/jazz concerts equally well,” says Audiolead’s Bruno Ghidionesco. “We set up comparative listening tests for the client and they ch
The Netherlands - Absen has appointed Van Domburg Partners as its official distributor in Benelux.
The announcement follows the earlier appointment of Kern & Stelly as Absen’s Germany and Austria distributor and is expected to further strengthen the Chinese LED display manufacturer’s presence on the continent.
Based in the Netherlands, Van Domburg Partners is part of the Midwich Group and distributes a range of AV solutions.
Emma Liu, regional director for Absen in Benelux, comments: “We are excited to have Van Domburg Partners as our distribution partner and are looking forward to working closely with them on opportunities in the Benelux region. They are a forward-thinking company with an excellent reputation for quality and service, helping to strengthen Absen’s position as the go-to provider of LED displays in the region.”
Ed van Domburg, MD of Van Domburg Partners, adds: “As LED is becoming increasingly important within the market, we are pleased to have the solutions from Absen LED complement our portfolio. With Absen we feel confident to offer our resellers a quality LED solution, Absen have built a reputation of offering an attractive price performance balance that makes quality LED more competitive vs other technologies than ever before. We look forward to a successful and strong partnership with Absen for the Benelux.”
Richard Goedhart, head of vendor management at Van Domburg Partners, concludes: “Van Domburg Par
UK - Stuart Moots has been promoted to associate director, pro audio at Shure UK. He began his career at Shure in 2013 as the southern regional sales manager during a period of substantial growth at Shure and was responsible for some of the UK's largest accounts, while also playing a pivotal role in developing critical relationships and identifying new business opportunities in his region.
Shure's senior director for Western Europe, Tuomo Tolonen, commented: "Stuart has been a valuable member of the UK pro team for many years. His work ethic is superb and he is well respected by our customers."
Meanwhile Moots has named Jack Drury as the new market development specialist for pro audio, also based at the Waltham Abbey office. Drury brings with him a wealth of experience, including from his time at Sennheiser and Stage Electrics. "With the addition of Jack to the Shure UK Pro Group, we have strengthened the team to cover what our customers and future Shure users expect," says Moots.
UK - Nugen Audio showcased its new update to Halo Downmix at BVE 2019. The updated version of Halo Downmix (available now) features new ranges for downmix coefficients and a Netflix preset.
The new version of Halo Downmix also adds a new LFE enable control and LFE filter cutoff control. Halo Downmix is a highly creative solution for precise downmixing of feature film and 5.1 mixes to stereo, delivering accurate downmixes that are no longer limited to typical in-the-box processes.
Nugen Audio is also highlighting its new audio management batch processor extension (AMB) and Loudness Toolkit 2.8 throughout the show. The AMB Enterprise extension expands the features required for larger businesses with automated networked systems, and helps customers integrate the solution more deeply into automated production workflows.
UK - December saw the ninth year of Huawei Technologies’ sponsorship of the London Winter Concert, held at London’s Royal Festival Hall (RFH) in aid of the Prince’s Trust. This event featured the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Paul Bateman, and had a line-up led by tenor Joseph Calleja, with special guests soprano He Wu and young singing talent Beau Dermott.
Although the Winter Concert is long-established in the RFH calendar, this year saw a completely new approach to audio production, with L-ISA Hyperreal Sound delivering an extra frisson to proceedings.
Reactor Group has been supplying production management, sound design and its implementation to the Winter Concert for the past three years and, as technical director for the event, Reactor’s Jim Pollard explains they wanted to improve on its previous two, highly successful years.
“At Reactor, we don’t like sticking with something because ‘it was fine last time’,” he says. “Internal discussions with Martin Dineley, Front of House engineer for the event, and Craig Harvey, L-Acoustic application engineer, convinced me that using L-ISA would offer an even more qualitative experience. What a great decision it was. Honestly, I was blown away and I’ve never heard quite so much positive feedback about audio on any show I’ve ever worked on.”
“This was my second year looking after the audio for the Winter Concert,” adds Dineley. “Last year, we used a standard stereo system and it worked really well, but at about the same time I was working on my firs