UK - London-based hard rock band Thunder launched their new album Please Remain Seated to critical acclaim in January and they then toured nine UK venues from Cardiff to Glasgow via Birmingham and Manchester.
The new album celebrates the band’s 30th anniversary and revisits some of their best-known songs, including She’s So Fine and Low Life in High Places. During the studio recording of the album, the band used Bose L1 Model II portable line arrays in order to get the right feel and sound.
Lead singer Danny Bowes is full of praise for the system: “We’ve used lots of equipment over the years, but none as impressive as the Bose L1 system. For our latest album, we wanted a live feel in the studio and decided to try four L1 systems, along with a ToneMatch mixer audio engine and B1 [bass module] for each.
“Setup was easy, and the sound was instantly right. A few months later we played an acoustic show at Planet Rock Studios in London, and once again they were perfect. We’ve become huge fans and will use the L1 whenever possible. They are quite simply amazing.”
UK - Cadac will be demoing the compact CDC five console alongside the flagship CDC seven-s on booth R-B04 at this year’s PLASA Focus in Leeds.
Both consoles share the same audio performance and intuitive graphical user interface but on differing hardware configurations. There are three configurations, including the mid-sized CDC six, which means a Cadac solution can be specified for a majority of applications, ensuring no audio performance compromises are made due to either physical or budgetary constraints.
Cadac offers solutions ranging from a single standalone console to a 3072 channel audio network that can handle up to 12 MegaCOMMS units (consoles, stageboxes or bridges). The programmable CDC MC Router with NetCOMMS control software, enables the creation and recall of large, resilient networks with optical runs of up to 2 kilometres.
Cadac’s MegaCOMMS protocol delivers fully time-aligned and phase-coherent 96kHz / 24-bit audio, with an unrivalled total through-system propagation delay, including all console processing and A-D/D-A conversions, of just 400us, or 37 samples (@ 96 kHz). A network’s resultant sound quality is thus identical to that of the CDC console.
Access to Cadac’s combination of audio performance and initiative control starts with the CDC five, whose power-to-form factor ratio has been designed for smaller installation, corporate and touring applications.
The flagship CDC seven-s features the enhanced flexibility of dual-23.5” touch screens, with an addition 6.5” control screen, 36 faders, plus an expan
UK - Three performances, 10 minutes, 62,000 fans, and a TV audience of millions required expert audio delivery for the Opening Ceremony of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.
In 2017, Britannia Row was tasked with providing live audio for the North London football team’s ground closure at White Hart Lane. After proving itself as a trusted audio supplier to the Premier League club, two years later the rental house was asked to supply top engineers and a control package for a special event to mark the opening of the club’s new stadium.
Working closely with Donaldson Creative, event producers Gary Beestone Events and Theatre contracted in Britannia Row to ensure a smooth delivery was achieved for the highly anticipated production.
Tom Brown, Britannia Row client liaison, comments: “We had some of our expert TV and touring crew working on this job. With an event like this, there’s simply no room for glitches.”
Britannia Row also brought in broadcast sound supervisor Toby Allington [the BRITs / MTV EMAs] to provide a music feed which Sky then mixed in with their sports ambient mics. The broadcaster had final control over what hit TV screens.
Before the match against London rivals Crystal Palace, fans were treated to 45-minutes of team favourites by The Tottenham Hotspur Marching Band before the official Opening Ceremony was broadcast live on UK TV. The artists comprised a choir from Gladesmore Community School [orchestrated by Musical Director, Steve Sidwell] with Lanya Matthews leading the vocal celebrations. The pupils were
Europe - Vincent Fenton, working under the name French Kiwi Juice, or FKJ for short, delivered his first long player in 2017 and 2019 sees the French multi-instrumentalist tour Europe and North America.
Described by the press as ‘one of the flag bearers of the New French House musical genre’, FKJ is also heavily involved in the visual objectives for his live performances and his concerts guarantee visual as well as musical excellence.
For this tour, FKJ appointed Stu Dingley as creative director and production designer. Stu is also lighting designer, with Will Smith positioned as lighting director, and video content was created by Lorenzo Depa, Sugo Design and FKJ himself.
With the show running to a Timecode, the music structure of each track remains the same, however, FKJ inserts different live loops of music meaning audiences experience a different performance each night. Here, Stu employed a brace of Hippotizer Boreal+ Media Servers to control the Timecode, with layers split between Timeline and the grandMA2 light. An effective feature of Hippotizer V4+, Timeline enables Hippotizer to save and playback complex shows across the Hippotizer network.
Joining the Hippotizer Media Servers in the line-up is a double-stacked pair of Barco UDX-W32 projectors, outputting 1080p resolution, as well as a custom, clear acrylic piano loaded with six ROE Visual Magic Cube MC-18H LED panels as a separate mix on the servers. The main screen comprises three 10x30ft strips of semi-transparent black silk from ShowTex, with the material appearing and disapp
Europe - Freya Ridings has recently completed her sold-out headline tour across the UK and Germany, accompanied by an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system on FOH. The English singer-songwriter has been making great strides over the past year, from support shows with artists such as Tears for Fears and Lewis Capaldi to her own sold-out headline tours.
“I was looking for a solution that provided flexibility while mixing and the processing power to really dig-in and shape the sources exactly how I wanted,” comments FOH engineer, Tim Morris. “A prospective monitor engineer for the tour suggested using dLive and after further feedback from AJ Sutherland [monitor tech for Gary Numan], I decided to give it a try.”
Supplied by Adlib, the FOH set-up for the tour features a dLive S7000 (fitted with a Dante card for multi-track recording and virtual soundcheck) and a DM64 MixRack. Additionally, a Waves V3 card is fitted to the S7000 in order to utilise Waves SoundGrid and additional plug-ins.
Morris is also a fan of dLive’s processing capabilities, commenting: “dLive is perfect for pop music - for example, being able to add the Dyn8 multiband compressor on up to 64 channels and sculpt sounds together, is fantastic.
“I use the Pitch-Doubler to thicken the vocals, especially during fuller arrangements, as it’s really useful to be able to ride it up in choruses to make sure Freya is always front and centre. I’m also a fan of the Opto compressor, I use it in my main mix and it really helps glue things together, as well as keeping things i
Australia - Perth’s Elite Audio Visual Productions has recently completed the installation of a Nexo Geo S sound reinforcement system in the 900-seat theatre at St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls.
EAVP were engaged to recommend, supply, and install an appropriate sound reinforcement system that would meet the varied needs of the Joy Shepherd Performing Arts theatre, which has 613 seats in the stalls and 287 seats in the dress circle. It serves as the school’s main auditorium for internal events and productions, but is also regularly hired by external clients for dance shows, concerts, church services and more.
The previous system had begun to develop several problems and did not provide the even coverage and power needed for the theatre. Theatre manager David Spooner asked EAVP to design an appropriate system.
By using acoustic modelling software, it was possible to virtually test out different models and configurations of PA systems in a 3D model of the room to work out how to get the best coverage and output level. It became apparent that in addition to the two main PA hangs, the system would need to include front fill speakers around the front of the orchestra pit and delay speakers above the dress circle in order to achieve optimum coverage.
EAVP’s solution was Nexo’s GeoS12 line array, comprising six Geo S12 top boxes and two 18” LS18 subs per side, with three compact Nexo ID24s for front-fill and four ID24s as delays above the balcony.
The entire system is driven by two Nexo NXAMP4x4 four channel amplifiers which ar
Poland - Full-service live event and production company Technika Kubacki has expanded its Adamson Systems Engineering inventory to better serve its customer base, which includes some of Poland’s best-known live acts and music events.
Technika Kubacki joined the Adamson Network in August 2017, sourcing an S-Series system from ProAUDIO-AVT, the manufacturer’s exclusive Polish distributor. That package included 24 S10 two-way, full-range line array cabinets and 12 complementary S119 subwoofers.
“After a long and detailed analysis of what was available, we chose to invest in Adamson. They have excellent products and the brand is respected all over the world,” explains Technika Kubacki owner, Damian Kubacki. “We’ve had our system out on all kinds of applications in all kinds of conditions with great results every time. The sub-compact S10 fits our needs perfectly.”
In early 2019, the company boosted its inventory in order to deploy larger and more versatile systems for a myriad of applications. Now, Technika Kubacki boasts 40 S10 and 16 narrow-dispersion S10n cabinets in addition to 16 S119 and 8 E219 subwoofers, plus a complement of Adamson E-Racks with Lab.gruppen PLM 12K44 and PLM 20000Q amplifiers with onboard Lake processing.
Kubacki cites Adamson’s Blueprint AV design and simulation software solution as another major selling point. “Blueprint is just so intuitive and easy to use, making system design and deployment very straightforward. The results are always crystal clear and translate seamlessly to the real world,” he s
UK - Rental company Adlib has confirmed its investment in a considerate amount of the Vanish V8 LED panel from ROE Visual.
Concluding a two-year conversation with the final investment in the ROE Visual products, Adlib and ROE Visual both believe that a steady business relationship, based on supplier support and excellent service, are beneficial to the end-user.
“A partnership with the Team at ROE was a no brainer,” comments Rich Rowley GM of lighting and video. “Adlib’s ethos of strong manufacturer relationships ensures we have fast backup and support, which is of paramount importance to us. With ROE Visual their diverse and creative product range sits well with our growth strategy in touring video.”
“We have found good resonance in the UK with our products and service-based approach. The UK market has rapidly become an important market for us, and we can boast really nice partnerships with the UK-based companies,” states Auke Meijer, sales director for ROE Visual Europe.
With a substantial investment in over 400 panels Vanish V8, Adlib can extend its rental fleet with this transparent LED panel and respond to current market demand. The Vanish V8 is a lightweight LED panel offering a 60% transparency and excellent visual qualities.
“We have had lots of demand last year for a 10mm blow through type screen,” comments Rowley, “but the birth of the V8 allows us to offer not only a sub 10mm product, but one that offers 60% transparency also. We already have a very busy summer season from touring to festivals and the V8 is
UAE - Powersoft amplifiers have been installed at Rixos Premium Hotel, which is located in Dubai’s bustling Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) community.
The project was specified, managed and integrated by Pulse Middle East, and saw Powersoft amplifiers installed in five of the hotel’s outlets, including the lavish Azure Beach Club, Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes and Luigia Italian restaurant, which are all operated by Sunset Hospitality. The remaining venues, Lock, Stock and Barrell (LSB) and STK Steakhouse, are operated by Solutions Leisure.
With bands performing live at LSB on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and DJs the other evenings, the audio system was configured to cater for both. The TW Audio system is powered by Powersoft Quattrocanali and X Series amplifier platforms - seven Quattrocanali 4804 DSP+D serve the smaller 8” M8 and 10” M10 speakers distributed in the areas further from the stage, in addition to ceiling speakers in the toilets.
The three X8s drive the main band PA consisting of a pair of T24 with four B18 subwoofers, additional B18 and B15 subs dotted around the venue, and T20s for out-fills. A further five C15 stage monitors with a B15 sub are powered by a portable rack of two Dante enabled Quattrocanali 4804 DSP+D.
Pulse Middle East’s head of audio, Andrew Morris, explains: “There were some quite long cable runs in the end at LSB, so the damping control on the Powersoft amps really helped to ensure that the subs were sounding consistent all around the venue, by compensating for these.”
Germany/Austria - Peavey Commercial Audio has announced an exclusive distribution partnership with Mediamotion AG to service the German and Austrian markets.
Cologne-based Mediamotion specialises in the supply of sound reinforcement, lighting, video, and conference system technologies and offers a wide range of services, from rental to sales to project planning, system design and installation.
Christoph Sesseck, PCA’s European sales manager, comments: “Mediamotion is already involved in every market that is important to us. That includes everything from performance venues to event technology, conferencing, public address and more. By partnering with Mediamotion, we are confident that we can reach new customers and make our Peavey Commercial Audio, MediaMatrix and Crest Audio products more accessible.”
Martin Broscheid, CEO of Mediamotion AG, adds: “We are very pleased to represent Peavey. There is hardly an audio task that cannot be solved using Peavey products, which therefore offers us even greater choice when it comes to proposing solutions to our customers. Indeed, our first few months of cooperation have proved that we are able to work together very efficiently to develop joint solutions that work for everybody.”
USA - Avid Labs, a sister company to Apollo Design, has announced the promotion of Taylor Davis to director of business development and project management.
Davis comments on his appointment: “Avid Labs is a dynamic organisation. We aim to solve complex problems and tackle technical design challenges that others turn down. The team here is filled with extremely capable, skilled people. I am excited to be helping guide Avid Labs in the new projects that we take on.”
Joel Nichols, chief innovation officer for AVID and Apollo, adds: “AVID is a customer-driven company, meeting and exceeding customers’ expectations. We want to leave our customers with pleasant surprises along the way. Davis is now lead on interacting with the customer and setting goals and timelines for the engineering team. We believe having Davis serve in this capacity will significantly enhance the Avid experience.”
USA - With increasing demand for concert-level audio in sports arenas to elevate the live sports experience, L-Acoustics products have evolved to incorporate greater levels of control and integration as well as weatherisation to match outdoor installation requirements.
In tandem with these product developments, the L-Acoustics team supporting this thriving market sector has also evolved, as recently evidenced by the appointment of Gino Pellicano to the new post of application manager for sports facilities and consultant outreach.
To create the L-Acoustics sports team, Dan Palmer has been promoted to business development manager, sports facilities - USA and Canada, after 10 years with the L-Acoustics application team. He will be working in tandem with Pellicano, who is also based in the manufacturer’s Westlake Village, California office and now oversees all technical support for L-Acoustics’ sports facility vertical market and its client base.
Pellicano is also tasked with leading the company’s outreach to major sound design consulting and integration firms across North America, both to educate and learn from this key community of sound design experts.
Pellicano joins L-Acoustics from Powersoft, where he served as the amplifier manufacturer’s market development and applications manager for North America. Prior to that, he worked as a project engineer for Burbank-based Electrosonic, following several years spent as an applications engineer for Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW).
“Dan Palmer, in his new role, will be running in strid
USA - Since opening in 1987, Audible Difference has provided sound reinforcement services for high-profile fashion and luxury brand events, theatrical productions ranging from Broadway to regional companies, and concerts and tours. ADI also installs sound systems in residences and commercial venues and in recent years has expanded its operations to Los Angeles and Miami.
ADI director of technical services Ian Ruben-Schnirman discovered Linea Research amplifiers at the InfoComm trade show. “One of the people at [manufacturers rep firm] Cardone, Solomon & Associates told us about these new amps and processor products,” recounts Ruben-Schnirman. “We saw the Linea products on the show floor, decided we had to get some, and placed an order right there for two 48M10 amplifiers and two ASC48 processors.”
With eight channels of Class D amplification in a mere 2U of rack space, Linea Research’s 48M10 made an immediate impression on Ruben-Schnirman. “It has been a big thing for us that the amp sounds so excellent,” he states. “When we first got them, I did a test between the 48M10 and every other amplifier we owned that didn’t have built-in processing. There was only one other amp I thought sounded as good, and it was an old, two-channel amp that weighed 60 pounds. The 48M10 is an eight-channel amp that weighs half that, yet still draws the same amount of power.”
ADI has gone on to acquire a total of six of 48M10 amplifiers and 22 Linea Research ASC48 Advanced System Controllers.
“We tend to use the processors as speaker cross
Thailand - Mahajak Development recently outfitted Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University’s main auditorium with a Harman networked audio and lighting system.
Established in 1972, Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University is a non-profit higher education institution located in Chanthaburi. The university offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. In order to ensure top-tier production quality for student programs and events in the main auditorium, the university hired Mahajak Development to supply an end-to-end Harman networked AV system that could be easily controlled by staff and students.
“The university needed a simple but dynamic audiovisual solution to produce impactful events for students and guests,” comments Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, project director, Mahajak Development. “Taking into account the school’s request for a user-friendly system, we selected a comprehensive Harman system for its superior sound quality, unrivaled flexibility and intuitive controls.”
Mahajak delivered sound reinforcement in the auditorium with JBL Control 2PS/230 compact loudspeakers, and provided full and balanced coverage with JBL Control 14 C/T and 16 C/T in-ceiling speakers. All speakers were powered with Crown CDi 1000, XLS 2502, MA 5000i and XTi 4002 amplifiers. For control over the audio system, the Mahajak team installed a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 audio mixer. The entire system is networked via a BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 digital audio processor.
Mahajak equipped the auditorium with an array of Martin Pro
UK - Islington’s Grade II-listed Assembly Hall has committed to an investment in its technical infrastructure, including the first UK installation of Harman’s new JBL VTX A8 line array system at front of house.
Inspired by the experienced management team of Lucinda Brown and technical manager Tom Watt, the council-owned building, part of Islington Town Hall complex, can now build on a reputation that has seen Ed Sheeran, Rag’n’Bone Man and Snow Patrol play there in the past.
Following a competitive tender, the Islington Assembly Hall team chose JBL’s new flagship VTX A-Series, comprising A8 and B18 elements.
The installation was undertaken by SSE Audio Group, who were also responsible for the new JBL VTX A12 installation (with VTX A8 acting as delays and front-fills) at London’s Troxy - coincidentally another Grade II-listed art deco building like the Assembly Hall. Able to use the existing infrastructure, and taking advantage of the advanced JBL rigging, they were able to hoist and align the system expediently, much to the delight of the venue.
“SSE worked hard to get the system in quickly working around events, and expedited the delivery seamlessly in the time allotted,” says Watt.
They have flown L/R hangs of six VTX A8 elements per side, adding a further two as lip-fills on the stage. Low frequency extension is provided by six B18 single 18” subs, with the entire system powered by four Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD four-channel amplifiers.
Ed Jackson, Harman pro tour sound application engineer, ensured the system was
Singapore - Hexogon Solution has become a disguise rental partners, the AV solutions manufacturer has reported.
With offices in Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines, Hexogon provides lighting, audio and video projection mapping equipment and also offers design and staging services for events and exhibitions. The company was founded in 1997 and has worked on the annual Singapore National Day celebrations, the Singapore Formula 1 City Light Up, and the 28th SEA Games’ opening and closing ceremonies.
“As we are rapidly expanding, not only in Asia but in target markets outside of Asia, we need to ensure that we have a strong variety of server brands in our inventory,” says Adrian Goh, group managing director at Hexogon. “disguise is one of the top servers in the market and will help grow our business. Having a large fleet of projectors in the company also means that disguise, with their advanced projection workflows and capabilities, will be one of the preferred choices for large-scale events. We are now more comprehensive in our offerings and more competitive in the rental market than ever before.”
Hexogon previously invested in disguise media servers for the 2019 Marina Bay Singapore Countdown show on New Year’s Eve and has recently added the new vx 4 server to its fleet.
Acoustic & Lighting, a disguise sales partner, supplied Hexogon with the disguise servers and has worked closely with them on their disguise rental partner accreditation. “We are proud to be working with innovative compan
UK/USA - Green Hippo has appointed Ashley Hazlett as an inside sales representative at Green Hippo US, whilst Warren Keyes has joined as development manager for the UK team.
Hazlett, whose career originally started at Green Hippo, is bringing hands-on experience of the company’s solutions, including media server QC responsibilities at VER. “The first media server I ever learned on was a V3 Hippo. After working closely with the Green Hippo team and products over the years, I am thrilled to get the opportunity to represent a company and product I truly enjoy.”
Warren Keyes brings 16 years of professional programming experience to his new role at Green Hippo, including most recently, working with Microsoft in Seattle as an engineering manager covering Xbox and AR/VR. Warren has also worked at Skype and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “This role is the ideal opportunity for me to use the skills that I have developed over many enjoyable years at the likes of Microsoft and Skype,” he says.
Germany - Sennheiser has appointed Ron Holtdijk as director business communication. He will be responsible for driving forward Sennheiser’s strategy and success in business communications, particularly in the field of ceiling array microphones and in the further growing of Sennheiser’s education market.
“The outstanding breadth, depth and international scope of Ron’s experience is an ideal fit for Sennheiser’s ambitious vision and company culture,” says Peter Claussen, COO at Sennheiser. “He will bring his broad experience and insight to our BizCom management team and play an instrumental role in driving forward our strategy in B2B markets.”
Ron Holtdijk will take on his new role with Sennheiser on 1 June 2019. He will be based at Sennheiser’s headquarters in Wedemark and report directly to Peter Claussen.
An accomplished audio industry executive with 25 years’ experience in the sector, Ron Holtdijk joins Sennheiser from Bang and Olufsen, where he was director of its global business-to-business division and played a key role in developing the company’s portfolio and go-to-market strategy in this field.
Ron Holtdijk started his career in audio at Bose Corporation in the Netherlands in 1994.
Italy - Powersoft has released a series of training videos on YouTube for their audio design environment software ArmoníaPlus. The hour-long set of tutorials comprehensively covers the new features that Powersoft introduced with ArmoníaPlus when it was released last October. Aside from educating new users on the software, the goal of these tutorials is also to bring existing users who were familiar with its previous iteration, Armonía, up to speed.
ArmoníaPlus’s redesign includes a single window interface with four main views and takes further advantage of intuitive hotkeys and simplistic icons to allow users to move between functions efficiently. Users can move through four main steps: Design, Config, Tune, and Show, each offering a variety of functions and flexibility for different scenarios, as well as allowing users to audition different speaker presets easily. The YouTube tutorials cover all of these functions, as well as new features such as Shading, which allows the interface to reduce the gain of loudspeaker limiter thresholds coherently, keeping the balance between elements even if the system is limiting.
“When we were designing ArmoníaPlus, we wanted to make the system easier to use and employ,” says Powersoft US application engineer Rick Woida. “We also wanted to make certain that we were still supporting our users who work with Armonía and allowing them to learn the new features over time.”
New Zealand - NZ Sound Reinforcement recently deployed a JBL by Harman audio system at Bay Dreams music festival for performances by Cardi B, Tash Sultana, Rich the Kid and more.
Bay Dreams is an annual music festival that takes place every 2 January at Mount Maunganui. Established in 2016, Bay Dreams has quickly become one of New Zealand’s biggest summer music festivals. In 2019, the festival expanded to Nelson City with a second day of performances.
In order to deliver industry-leading sound for some of the biggest artists in the world, Bay Dreams recruited the help of NZ Sound Reinforcement, a full-service production company in New Zealand. NZ Sound partnered with JPRO, one of New Zealand's premier pro audio distribution companies, to deploy a JBL Professional audio system.
“The new JBL VTX A-Series systems have provided an amazing experience for all involved, from the artists to the spectators,” says Ray Ward, owner, NZ Sound Reinforcement. “The systems have shown impressive coverage outdoors, providing a very smooth and natural top-end. We look forward to providing incredible sound for upcoming summer festivals and international artists making their way to New Zealand in the coming months. We thank organizers Pato Alvarez and Mitch Lowe for putting on another sold-out masterpiece.”
“We are blown away, Bay Dreams was pretty epic,” says Brenda Ward, owner, NZ Sound Reinforcement. “The JBL VTX A12 and A8 systems have performed even beyond our expectations - they sound amazing. JBL certainly helped the artists to put on some
Italy - The Colosseum in Rome is one of the world’s busiest tourist attractions, with over six million visitors per year. Now, under the management of archaeological park director Alfonsina Russo, it has once again become a venue for all kinds of events.
Last year, visitors to the Colosseum were treated to a spectacular show, Sangue e Arena, at nightfall. This international collaboration between Canada and Italy offered a totally immersive experience, in English and Italian, with lights and remarkable holographic video effects at the heart of the ancient monument. wysiwyg was at the centre of all the action.
The Sangue e Arena project was the result of a close collaboration between Italian company, Electa Editore under the direction of the Parco Archeologico del Colosseo. Graphics eMotion and Lumin-ART gave life to the Colosseum, a world heritage site. Canadian company, Lumin-ART, are avid wysiwyg users and supporters of CAST Group of Companies Inc.
Shouldered by an array of talents, Lumin-ART met several needs of Sangue e Arena, Roma Coliseum. With the help of his team, Simon Gauthier, who acted as lighting designer, took care of design, programming and rendering of the lighting aspects of the production through wysisyg. Simon teamed up with Graphics eMotion to project historically accurate animated pictures and 2D/3D models reminiscent of the era on the outer and inner walls of the Colosseum, as well as on a see-through, hologrammatic screen. The experience is compounded by lighting and sound effects.
USA - DAS Audio of America has announced the appointment of John Fiorito as national sales manager installation & nightclubs. This newly created position is geared toward strengthening the company’s standing in the AV integration market by increasing the company’s sales and support capabilities. Fiorito started with DAS in February and is based out of the Miami headquarters.
Among his various duties he is responsible for the distribution of DAS Audio products to authorized installation dealers throughout the United States and Canada. This includes determining / selecting those dealers best suited to represent DAS while also developing business and marketing strategies. In addition to having an integral role in the sale of DAS products, Fiorito will also be involved in the company’s support services. In addition to assisting customers with the selection of product best suited to a given application, he will be responsible for company training standards, including that of XTA signal processing and OEM amplifiers manufactured by MC Squared Audio of the United Kingdom that DAS sells.
Fiorito most recently served three years as the East Coast regional manager for Sound Investment Audio of Chicago. Prior to this he was the technical director for Ohm Productions.
UK - EM Acoustics will unveil HALO-B at PLASA Focus, Leeds (stand N-C10) where it can be seen for the first time in the UK. The third system in the HALO family is a medium format, 110° horizontal dispersion line array for indoor and outdoor sound reinforcement. As its name suggests, HALO-B sits between HALO-A and HALO-C in both physical size and overall system output, and as such is perhaps the most versatile system in the family.
Built on the same ‘maximum headroom’ design principles as HALO-A to ensure consistent performance across all SPL levels and consistent horizontal dispersion pattern across the operating frequency band, HALO-B is a two-way reflex-loaded medium format line array element featuring a patent-pending proprietary HF emulation manifold which combines the energy of four 1-inch compression drivers into a plane-wave array. These are flanked by two 8-inch LF drivers in an optimally tuned, lightweight, ported enclosure. The bi-amplified design results in only a single crossover point, which in turn translates into reduced amplifier channel count and more efficient use of amplifier power.
Continuity of voicing is preserved across the entire HALO series, enabling HALO-B’s use as a companion system to either the large format HALO-A, or the compact HALO-C systems in addition to stand-alone main PA applications. Festivals, stadia, sports arenas, performance venues, houses of worship and corporate AV events are all ideal candidates for HALO-B, designed to be equally comfortable in both fixed installation and mobile applications.
USA - Online Early Bird registration is now open for the Audio Engineering Society’s 147th International Pro Audio Convention, taking place 16-19 October at the Javits Centre in New York City.
This year’s convention will “inspire” attendees with “a diverse gathering of top minds in the audio engineering industry, leading technical programme presentations and events tailored to offer attendees the ultimate professional audio education and networking experience”. The best housing options and registration pricing are available during Early Bird registration.
This year’s AES New York convention is being organised by convention co-chairs Agnieszka Roginska, Valerie Tyler and Jonathan Wyner, who have assembled an expert team of to hone a programme covering “the most talked-about topics in the industry”.
By popular request, this year’s convention introduces several new technical programme tracks, including Electronic Dance Music (co-chaired by Alexandra Bartles and Rick Snoman); Electronic Instrument Design & Applications (chaired by Michael Bierylo); and Hip-Hop and R&B (chaired by Paul Womack). Special events co-chairs for AES New York 2019 are John Krivit and Lisa Roy.