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6060-lavalier-subminiature-beigeInfoComm 2019: DPA debuts smallest capsules
Thursday, 2 May 2019

USA - DPA Microphones will introduce the US conference, AV and installation markets to the industry’s smallest high-end pro audio microphone capsule at InfoComm 2019 (stand 6861). Incorporated into the d:screet CORE 6060 and 6061 Subminiature Microphones and d:fine CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone, DPA’s new subminiature microphone capsules measure in at just three millimetres (0.12”) in diameter.
These new 6000 series capsules are 60% smaller than the company’s existing 4000 series, though they pack a powerful performance. Developed using the company’s new CORE by DPA microphone amplification technology, these capsules reduce distortion and increase dynamic range.
As a result of extensive research into the precise demands of the market, DPA has not only reduced the size of its microphone capsules but also introduced an innovative lightweight, one-size-fits-all headset, the 6066. This new headset attaches over the ears for maximum comfort and has a three-point spring mechanism to help grip below the ears and to the side of the head for added security. With a fully adjustable boom, it is very easy to fit and has a redesigned 90° cable attachment that allows the cable to run down the wearer’s back, so it can’t be seen.
“DPA continually strives to provide the most advanced technology and best sound possible, and our new 6000 series and CORE by DPA technology is just the latest representation of that philosophy,” says Christopher Spahr, director of sales and marketing, DPA US. “From theatres to boardrooms, DPA is proud to o

h-club-4H Club gears up with Martin Audio
Thursday, 2 May 2019

Vietnam - Situated at the Starcity Halong Bay Hotel, H Club has installed a Martin Audio THV three-way biamp loudspeaker system as the centrepiece of a high-specification package provided by the manufacturer’s Vietnamese distributor, Duc Proaudio.
Ha Long Bay is widely considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. Located in the middle of the Bai Chay tourist centre, H Club was been built on an area of 4000sq.m and has a capacity of 1,200.
Over 10 years, investor Bui Minh Hong has made a major contribution to the nightlife tapestry with venues such as Ha Long Club, New Ha Long Club, Ha Long View KTV, Phantom Karaoke. In putting together his operational team for this latest venture, Hong comments: “If you come to Ha Long and don’t visit H Club, we would consider it as not coming to Ha Long Bay at all.”
The investor selected Duc Proaudio, as the audio design consultants and installation contractors. Pham Duy Duc, director of Duc Proaudio, had no hesitation in recommending Martin Audio. “If you are a serious player then you will have heard the superior sound of Martin Audio systems, as it is a brand name trusted by leading bars and clubs in Vietnam and around the world. Typical names using Martin Audio sound systems, supplied by Duc Proaudio are Gold 2 Club, Canalis Club, Barroco Club, Deluxe 030 Club, Kashso Club, XingXing Club and Gaia Lounge in Hanoi.”
He continues: The sound system required at H Club takes this to a completely different level.” And by this he was referring to the new THV. “These loudspeakers were d

spatialAstro Spatial Audio delivers for e-sports in LA
Thursday, 2 May 2019

USA - Astro Spatial Audio is at the centre of a new flagship e-sports studio in Los Angeles, bringing object-based 3D sound to one of the world’s fastest growing areas of sports entertainment.
For millions of fans worldwide, the future of sports can be found not on a pitch or a field, but on a screen, with e-sports such as League of Legends and Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) having now entered the mainstream.
For leading South Korean e-sports promoter and broadcaster OGN, the popularity of PUBG has prompted the opening of its first dedicated North American e-sports arena, located in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles, California. Equipped with 80 PCs on stage with a backdrop of giant three-sided immersive LED screen, the 35,000sq.ft arena delivers entertainment not only for those watching at home but also the in-house audience. A key part of the experience is true object-based 3D sound courtesy of Astro Spatial Audio.
“The studio’s screens and audio set-up have been designed to provide a more immersive experience than you’d traditionally expect in a TV studio,” explains Matthew Park responsible for the audio project management at OGN. “In particular, we are trying to convey a unique experience to the audience in real time using the PUBG game’s API data plus sound location information and directional sound. The real-time 3D sound of the game can be reproduced in the studio. It delivers a real wow factor for the studio audience.”
Working seamlessly with the OGN Arena's Meyer Sound loudspeaker set-up, plus D3 media servers and a

korea-presshiPoint Source Audio expands in Asia Pacific
Thursday, 2 May 2019

China - Point Source Audio (PSA) has appointed China’s EAD and South Korea’s Capstone Pro as distribution partners for its SERIES8 and EMBRACE microphones and CM-i series of in-ear headsets.
The appointments come on the back of an expansion effort in response to increased sales and product awareness outside of the USA for Point Source Audio. These partnerships further expand the company’s worldwide reach, which now includes international partners in the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan Italy, Norway, Finland and France, among others.
“We’re excited to be working with both Capstone Pro and EAD,” says James Lamb, president of Point Source Audio. “The creative community in these regions is massive and our products fit their needs. Our goal is to continuously improve our customers’ experience around the world in every aspect and we are confident that our new partners will help achieve that.”
Integral to achieving this growth trajectory in the Asia Pacific region is also the appointment of AS Audio APAC Pte as the manufacturer’s representative in the territory. Based in Singapore, the company, led by Alex Schloesser, will support the Asia Pacific business and develop its distribution network. AS Audio will also handle all technical and sales support for Point Source Audio throughout the APAC region.
Schloesser comments: “Developing and growing the PSA business is a rewarding and enjoyable task. Wherever we take the products, they shine and stand their ground with the competition. I very much look forward to be taking PSA in

terjehvambarynorwayClair Brothers partners with Bary AS
Thursday, 2 May 2019

Norway - Clair Brothers has partnered with Bary AS, one of Norway’s largest suppliers of technical solutions and equipment for concerts, festivals, events and other productions.
Bary has reportedly ordered an extensive list of Clair Brothers equipment for demo and sales purposes, including a selection of 1AM stage monitors, 1.5AM stage monitors, 10SPOT hybrid speakers, CB-PLM12K44 amps, CB-PLM5K44 amps, kiT-Sub-Mini+s, kiT-Sub+s, CS218-M mobile subs, kiTCurve12s, kiT12s, 8CX-P-100 point source speakers, 5CX-P-70 point source speakers, and a various support products like road cases, rigging equipment, dollies, coupling links, soft covers and more.
Morten Bakke, director of business development at Bary AS, comments: “We got everything delivered a couple of weeks ago and have already confirmed three different installations with the 10SPOT and kiT-Subs - a total of approximately 60 speakers. What an awesome start to a long relationship with this historic American brand.”
The purchase comes after Fetsund-based technology supplier had attended a Clair Brothers product demo in late 2018, courtesy of the US manufacturer’s Durch distributor, Audio Specialists. “We couldn’t wait to hear these amazing products for ourselves,” explains Bakke. “Through our years of experience, we know what to look for and we can easily spot the differences in comparative product quality and durability. So right away, we could hear what the world has been hearing for decades - the goose bump raising clarity and power of Clair Brothers speakers. We’re also very i

rob-davidsonCommunity appoints EMEA sales manager
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

UK - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Rob Davidson to the UK-based position of EMEA sales manager. With an early career in medical technology sales, Davidson joins Community from the professional audio export company PAXT, where he held the position of senior international sales manager.
Davidson will report directly to Community’s CEO, Steve Johnson, who commented, “We’re very pleased to welcome Rob to the team. Combined with excellent technical experience, he has a proven track record of building great working relationships with distributors, consultants, system integrators and dealers.”
Johnson continues: “With our wide offering for installed sound, market leading all-weather systems, and new products like the IV6 modular vertical array already rapidly increasing sales, Rob’s professional approach will provide great support for our important EMEA markets.”
Davidson adds: “I am delighted to be joining Community, a brand whose products and ethos I respect and believe in. At its core, Community is dedicated to delivering high quality, great sounding products, providing practical solutions across a wide variety of installed applications. This will always make our products suitable and desirable, so I see plenty of growth opportunity across the region.”
(Jim Evans)

first-loveL-Acoustics chosen by First Love Generation
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

South Africa - First Love Generation, a church based in Ruimsig Roodepoort, has invested in an L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo system knowing that their ministry will, in the future, include international speakers, worship bands and become a home to equip Christians on their daily walk.
Ordained Pastors Pieter and Tilla van Tonder initially left a mainstream church in 2006, planted a church on their property with another pastoral couple in 2007, and served together for nine years. During this time, the couple obtained permission to build a church, auditorium and lecture rooms on what used to be their tennis court. In January 2016, First Love Generation was officially born. Since the new church was formally launched, the numbers continue to grow year-on-year from the original handful of people.
DWR Distribution’s Victor Vermaak has been a friend to Pastor Pieter for many years and was pleased to assist with the installation of a new L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo system in a stereo configuration. “Pastor Pieter is a man who strives for excellence, and when it came to the audio, he wanted the right system that would cater for growth,” says Vermaak. “The set up includes one ARCS Wide and one Focus flown per side, and a pair of ground-stacked SB18i subs, again on either side of the stage. The system is run by an LA8 amplified controller.”
While the new audio has been welcomed, it has not been tested to the max, the ministry still being relatively small for the time being. “We are very happy with the building blocks and the quality, and are excited to see G

mcqueenMcQueen relaunches with Pioneer Pro
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

UK - McQueen in Shoreditch has been a feature of London’s club landscape for 10 years. Themed after the late American star Steve McQueen, the multiple award-winning venue has an overall capacity of 650, divided between two principal spaces and a 55-cover restaurant. Its strong reputation has been built on its ability to stage and attract high profile events, feature top DJs and deliver excellent hospitality.
Shoreditch continues to grow as one of the capital’s leisure industry hubs and entrepreneur Dezzi McCausland, head of design and concepts at McQueen, is aware of the need to take a progressive view in an evolving and highly competitive market. Recognising a trend towards increasingly multi-functional venues, McCausland took the decision to use the occasion of the club’s 10th anniversary to re-launch McQueen - updated, upgraded and able to deliver a wider spectrum of entertainment.
The core values of popular club nights and excellent hospitality would remain in place, supplemented by more live music, a modern American pool lounge and casino tables. Essential to the design was audio provision that could deliver all the power and quality required in a club setting, as well as possess the versatility to address the needs of the venue’s multi-functional spaces. McQueen chose Pioneer Pro Audio’s XY Series speakers.
Dezzi McCausland was seeking audiophile quality throughout and having experimented with other brands, had yet to find what he was looking for. His team was aware of Pioneer Pro Audio’s growing reputation and decided to make cont

kricket20180914shot-7011JBL installed at Kricket Television Centre
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

UK - When Elliot Patterson from Evolve Install embarked on his third fit-out for the Kricket restaurant chain at the BBC Television Centre in White City, he worked in a new building with an industrial theme. This gave him the opportunity to suspend a series of down facing JBL pendant loudspeakers in the three open-plan zones and direct the sound away from the offices upstairs.
Owned by Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell, Kricket Television Centre is also the group’s largest restaurant to date, offering 100 covers inside and 40 outside. It features an open kitchen, booth and banquet seating, and a garden terrace with views of the studios.
Like the other two venues (in Soho and Brixton), Patterson turned to the Harman Pro audio catalogue for his solutions, sourcing the materials from their UK and Ireland distributors Sound Technology.
“It’s always nice to be involved with a new building as there’s more freedom with what you can do with the speakers,” he says. “The building was just a wide open space when we first saw it, but theme is very industrial, with overhead ducting and cable trays.”
The installer knew instinctively that the JBL Control 67P/T would provide the right solution, incorporating a large enclosure and high-power 6.5” transducer for extended bass response, and 120° dispersion for even coverage pattern. “These speakers have a nice LF response and so deliver a really warm sound without the need for additional subs. Fed by the right music you get the benefits of the full frequency range.”
The three-zone venue i

ub40UB40 steps it up with Video Design
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

UK - Creative vision can often be frustrated by the limitations of technology, yet ever so quietly, UB40, with some help from Grant Hickey, Oli Metcalfe, Video Design, and the latest Notch effects software are revealing to their UK audiences that at least one technological barrier has been crossed. “Astro and Ali said to Grant, their production designer, that they wanted to ‘step it up a bit’ as far as this year’s tour was concerned; they wanted something that set it apart from other recent outings.”
As Metcalfe comments: “This was a case of right place, right time. It was an opportunity to try out some ideas I’ve been having about generative video and being creative in real-time.”
Metcalfe is video director for the tour, called in by Hickey on that ‘step-up’ initiative from Ali and Astro. “Grant and I have worked together many times before; he has often been my wingman on a number of other productions and I’ve recently seen his work with Kodaline - that was visually very nice.”
Video Design supplies the full video system and crew for UB40, IMAG either side of stage and large LED back wall screen on stage, providing Metcalfe with a Ross Carbonite. Content and Notch resides on a disguise (formerly d3) server which is final output to all screens. “And, I have a four-camera HD package. When you’re going to try something truly experimental, having the quality of support and stability Video Design provide is essential.”
Metcalfe’s vision was founded on the Notch software. “There’s a lot of excitement around th

ipav-pro-series-pic-1AC-ET to distribute PureLink's IPAV Pro
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

UK & Ireland - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for PureLink's IPAV Pro series of 10Gb AV over IP transmission, switching and signal processing solutions. AC-ET sister company A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ireland will handle distribution in the Republic of Ireland.
With the Pro AV industry currently transitioning to AV distribution over IP, to create entirely new user experiences with 4K+ video content, there is a growing demand for technologies which meet tomorrow's as well as today's video performance needs. In addition, companies are seeking products which utilise a widely adopted VOIP protocol, such as SDVoE (Software Defined Video Over Ethernet).
The IPAV Pro series combines 10Gb Ethernet over IP switching technology with a toughened chassis custom made for the rigours of rental and staging. Utilising the SDVoE protocol, it provides reliable distribution of uncompressed 4K video in real time, with zero frame latency and pixel perfect image quality in even the most demanding of conditions.
Stuart Burdett, video sales manager, comments: "AV over IP is the future for our industry, so it's important to ensure that our rental and touring production customers invest in solutions which deliver professional-level, future-proofed video performance for many years to come. In addition, these products need to offer simple, reliable integration with other system technologies in a production environment.
“PureLink's IPAV Pro series really meets all these technical requirements, and comp

prglogo500x300pxPRG unifies R&D into PRG Innovation
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

EMEA - Production Resource Group (PRG) is integrating its global research and development efforts into a new operating group, PRG Innovation.
Joining under PRG Innovation will be PRG Projects, PRG Research and Development, and the VER product development initiatives. The new operating group will encompass operations in Belgium, China and the USA, which include facilities in Dallas, New Windsor, New York and Los Angeles.
Jere Harris, chairman and CEO of PRG, comments: “PRG Innovation brings all of our talent focused on product development into a single, global team, allowing us to anticipate market trends, move with agility and align product development with our larger strategic objectives. I believe that our investment and performance in market-driven innovation is one of the most powerful points of difference separating our brands from the competition. Now, that advantage will become even more significant.”
PRG Innovation will be led by Chris Conti in his new role as the company’s chief innovation officer. Conti has experience in concert tours, tradeshows, corporate events, TV shows and special events like the Olympics and Super Bowl Half-time shows. As product manager for PRG proprietary luminaires, he led the development of the highly successful Bad Boy Spot and Best Boy Spot fixtures, as well as PRG’s Emmy-award winning GroundControl Followspot System.
Additionally, Clay Powers will become chief operating officer of Innovation, overseeing all financial and logistical aspects of both proprietary product development and custom show s

ssl-live-l550Clair Global adds Solid State Logic Live
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

USA - Tour provider Clair Global, has invested in two of SSL's newly-launched Live L550 consoles.
“We are thrilled to offer the new L550 to our clients, who are putting out some of the most demanding tours on the road today,” says Clair's account executive, Justin Weaver. “As we continue to invest in our global inventory to keep it fresh and up-to-date, adding the latest SSL consoles to our arsenal was a positive step in that direction.”
The L550s are already out with two major international acts - Childish Gambino's This Is America tour and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd's North American Saucerful of Secrets leg.
The L550 enhances SSL's previous L500 console, and boasts increased system power delivering accelerated screen responsiveness, a total of 288 processing paths, 36 Matrix outputs, and 48 VCAs. To ensure current L500 customers continue to maximise their console, SSL is offering different upgrade options including a free firmware update.
(Jim Evans)

festival-theatreFestival Drayton upgrades with Wavefront
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

UK - A Martin Audio WPM loudspeaker system has taken pride of place in the local community-owned and operated Festival Drayton Centre in Market Drayton. The installation was carried out by long-standing specialists, B.S.B. (Sound) Ltd - set up 50 years ago by Elwyn Bickley and two partners. Today one of the largest outdoor PA contractors of its type in the UK, the company also undertakes pro audio installations.
“We had been looking forward to getting involved with Martin Audio for a long time and when this project arose, we knew the brand would be a strong contender,” stated director Martin Bickley. And with the assistance of Martin Audio product support engineer, Robin Dibble, with whom they had already developed a close relationship, the new design was brought to fruition.
B.S.B. (Sound) Ltd has been involved with the venue for many years, engineering their live events, helping them meet rider requirements and installing and maintaining sound and lighting equipment.
Explaining the latest upgrade in a venue that had begun life as a Methodist chapel, Martin states, “We were asked to specify a new PA system, as they often hosted live events which involved bringing in additional PA to cope with the requirements of bands. They decided they wanted to be able to tackle this in-house and were determined to ensure the PA system was absolutely first class. This is exactly what Martin Audio provided.”
The new PA system needed to be both aesthetically pleasing as well as sounding good, and the system was designed by Robin Dibble based on these

systemonShure releases SystemOn software
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Europe - Shure has introduced version 3.1 of SystemOn Audio Asset Management Software, empowering AV/IT managers and system integrators to “stay one step ahead when overseeing large scale installs”. Because AV/IT managers and system integrators can’t be everywhere at once, SystemOn 3.1 provides users a 360-degree view of inventory.
The software constantly monitors device health and history to help ensure events run smoothly and seamlessly (tracking network connectivity, low battery status, RF performance, audio levels, etc.). Users have access to additional Shure products supported through the latest version of the management software to solve problems proactively.
“SystemOn is like a virtual system tech for AV/IT professionals,” said Chad Wiggins, senior category director for networked audio systems at Shure. “Version 3.1 adds support for our latest networked microphones and DSP products, making it an even more expansive management tool. As enterprises deploy various Shure products across multiple locations at increasing scale, the need to manage endpoints remotely is why we’ve developed, and now updated, SystemOn to make users’ lives even easier.”
SystemOn 3.1 now supports Shure’s ULX-D Digital Wireless System, Microflex Advance MXA910 Ceiling Array and MXA310 Table Array Microphones, P300 IntelliMix Audio Conferencing Processor, ANIUSB-MATRIX USB Audio Network Interface, and SCM820 Automatic Mixer.
“AV managers have a lot of demands on their time, and we believe system monitoring and maintenance shouldn’t be one of t

vs-34fdKramer debuts 8K switcher at InfoComm
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

USA - Kramer Electronics will be showcasing its VS-34FD, a 34-port modular 8K multi format digital matrix switcher with interchangeable inputs & outputs, at InfoComm Orlando.
Getting its US show debut, VS-34FD from Kramer supports HDMI, HDBaseT, DGkat, fibre optic, DVI, VGA HD-SDI as well as analogue and digital audio. The VS-34FD chassis is backwards compatible with all existing cards (with the addition of an adapter) and futureproofs AV installations with an 8K ready chassis for upcoming 8K cards. Furthermore, all ports can be used interchangeably as either inputs or outputs, according to installation requirements.
VS-34FD has an independent audio matrix in addition to the audio features of the installed cards, a built-in Ethernet switch for use with any card that has an Ethernet port, and redundant hot swappable power supplies. All cards can also be hot swapped and due to the switcher's automatic recognition it does not need to be re-configured when removing or inserting cards – All in a convenient 4U form factor. Future capabilities will include video wall processing as well as seamless switching.
“Whatever the size, environment or complexity of your installation, VS-34FD enables complete customization and provides an end-to-end AV solution for both current requirements and future technologies,” said David Margolin, VP marketing at Kramer. “Kramer is the first manufacturer to launch a fully flexible modular matrix switcher on this scale that is also 8K ready.”
(Jim Evans)

esdcubeESD Cube debuts at PLASA Focus Leeds
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

UK - Fresh from its international launch at the recent PL+S 2019 in Frankfurt, KV2 Audio will unveil the most compact loudspeaker yet in its range at PLASA Focus Leeds.
The ESD Cube is a passive 5" loudspeaker that utilises a trans-coil design for superior vocal reproduction, extended high frequency response, increased dynamic range and low distortion. The Cube will be demonstrated alongside other KV2 products in KV2’s exclusive demo room at the show.
KV2’s exclusive trans-coil AIC (Active Impedance Control) technology, already deployed in a number of KV2 products, has been taken to a whole new level in the Cube.
According to KV2’s founder and chief engineer, George Krampera, the ESD Cube’s design makes it stand out from the crowd sonically, even though physically it is designed to blend seamlessly into its environment. “What sets the Cube apart from similar offerings by other manufacturers is the unique trans-coil technology incorporated into its 5-inch twin cone speaker,” he states.
“We had already seen excellent results using our AIC technology in other, larger systems, and I was determined to develop it still further for the Cube. The results have been beyond even our own expectations with perfect phase response, increased dynamic range and the lowest distortion of any speaker in its class.”
The ESD Cube may be used as a standalone system with up to eight Cubes powered by a single ESP1000 amplifier or with the ESD1.10 single 10-inch passive subwoofer for applications requiring more low end reinforcement. One ESP1000

rodeoL-Acoustics rides high at RodeoHouston
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

USA - Drawing more than 2.5m visitors to Houston’s NRG Stadium over its three-week run, this year’s RodeoHouston was a record-breaking success on multiple counts.
Featuring daily double-bills of spirited rodeo action and major concert events hosted by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR), attendance records for the event were topped no less than three times in 2019: when Cardi B performed for an audience of 75,580 fans; when Los Tigres del Norte slightly overtook the lead with a crowd of 75,586; and finally on March 17, when George Strait packed in an all-time NRG Stadium record attendance of 80,108 for his 30th Rodeo performance.
Keeping this many music lovers happily singing along with their favourite artists required a massive concert sound system, and Houston-based LD Systems once again took the bull by the horns and deployed 360 L-Acoustics loudspeaker enclosures for the event’s PA.
With a diverse line-up that ran the gamut from pop (Camila Cabello) to EDM (Zedd) to rock (Carlos Santana), as well as plenty of country artists (Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, etc.), RodeoHouston required a sound system that was as versatile as it was powerful. LD Systems’ solution? A system based on L-Acoustics’ K1.
“We first started taking delivery of K1 in August of 2012 and began to use it at the Rodeo in early 2013,” recalls LD Systems director of production services Robert Ausmus, who notes that the company has been providing sound reinforcement for HLSR since 1992. “We’ve used K1 for this event every year since then, fi

digicoDiGiCo in the mix on Nicki Minaj tour
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Europe - Although North American audiences were justifiably disappointed when Nicki Minaj cancelled her fall 2018 tour after deciding to "re-evaluate elements of production” and devote more time to rehearsals before hitting the road, her overseas fans recently got the chance to reap the benefits of a solid show.
Teaming up with Juice WRLD on the aptly named Nicki WRLD tour in support of Queen, her fourth and most recent album, the latest trek stopped at 22 arenas throughout Europe and the UK from 21 February to 28 March.
Cleveland-based Eighth Day Sound supplied the tour’s PA and control package, which featured DiGiCo SD5 consoles for both FOH and monitors, paired with five SD-Racks and an SD-Mini Rack, all on an Optocore loop.
“We used a traditional splitter for some inputs, but also shared inputs via the loop,” describes FOH engineer Kevin Brown, who has also mixed for Chris Brown, Outkast, American Authors, Toni Braxton, Kid Cudi, Joi and others. “Looping the consoles also enabled us to use the Con Send and Receive ports, which was particularly useful when I needed to send audio down to monitors; this could be talkbacks, FX or playback audio from FOH. I also used the new DiGiGrid MGR at my console for recording and virtual playback.”
Although he has been a fan of DiGiCo’s SD-Range for several years, the Nicki WRLD tour marked the first time that Brown had had the opportunity to use the manufacturer’s new 32-bit Stadius Mic Pre-Amp modules. “DiGiCo did an amazing job with them,” he enthuses. “The noise floor is almost

k-arrayIbiza’s Metrica Sound partners with K-array
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Spain - K-array has announced a partnership that sees Metrica Sound as exclusive K-array distributor for the Spanish island of Ibiza.
Metrica Recording Studio was developed by Javier Ferrer in 2018 with the aim to produce the first professional studio in Ibiza capable of working with the highest standards of quality and technology within the audio industry. The studio focuses on 3D and Binaural recording and is also one of the first recording studios in the world to use the Sfëar Technology in a professional environment.
“We have a selection of the best tools available on the market and we are a group of professionals with more than 15 years in the sound and music industry,” says Ferrer. “We take care of the entire recording process, from the production to the recording of voices and bands as well as the art of mixing and mastering. And now we can offer the final phase, high-performance music reproduction, by enlisting the advanced solutions that K-array offers.”
With a K-array installation inside the facility, visiting artists have special access to a live showroom and Metrica is dedicated to supplying the nightclubs and hotspots on the island with the Italian brand.
“We focus our sights on what is to come and together, with our clients and partners and with our feet in the present, we will change the way people hear sounds and music,” concludes Ferrer.
(Jim Evans)

attero-techAudiologic to distribute Attero Tech in UK
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

UK - Audiologic has been appointed as a UK distributor for USA-based AV connectivity specialists Attero Tech of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Founded in 2005 by a group of engineers, Attero Tech has grown into a global provider of audio networking I/O endpoints and AV connectivity solutions, including networked AV wall plates, small form factor network AV interfaces, Bluetooth for Pro-AV, IP paging and audio monitoring products.
Adding Attero Tech to its portfolio complements Audiologic’s distribution of QSC Systems. Attero Tech’s AES 67 and Dante-enabled products are designed for compatibility with QSC Q-SYS Core DSP solutions and it has also developed control plugins for Q-SYS Designer DSP software.
Managing director at Audiologic Andy Lewis comments, “Attero Tech’s AES67 products have been specifically designed to be compatible with QSC solutions and thus constitute a valuable addition to the Audiologic range, enabling customers to obtain everything they require for complete DSP solutions from under one roof.”
(Jim Evans)

penn-elcomPenn UltraFlite panels reduce case weight
Monday, 29 April 2019

UK - Penn Elcom has launched UltraFlite, a new 100% recyclable flightcase panel material.
Utilising this in a building project will dramatically reduce the weight of flightcases, adding to all the positive consequences this brings in a tough and highly durable solution, says the company.
The UltraFlite has been developed after two years of extensive R ‘n’ D coupled with Penn’s considerable experience in the field.
Around 80% lighter than traditional wood-ply flightcase panels - approximately 1.6kg per square metre - it will be of interest to anyone in the rental, staging, installation and venue sectors who has kit needing to be flightcased for touring or transportation as well as for installations where (light) weight is crucial.
The UltraFlite panel’s skin features a honeycomb structure that makes it tough, light, durable and resistant to liquids and weather.
It has been created to meet the needs and demands of contemporary and future flightcase builders, who can dramatically reduce case weight by an impressive 30 - 40 percent on average by utilizing UltraFlight in a case design.
Any contribution to reducing deforestation and climate change – however small it might appear – is worth instigating and switching to UltraFlite will mean less wood is needed globally across the flightcase industry.
UltraFlite maintains the ultimate utility and strength expected from premium flightcase products, it is stable, and the panels can be cut, drilled and punched just like traditional flightcase panels!
The hardened skin i

uticaicerinkplayersDanley is right fit for Utica Auditorium
Monday, 29 April 2019

USA - Taking in a Utica Comets hockey game at the Adirondack Bank Centre at the Utica Memorial Auditorium (the Aud) in Utica, New York is not only an enjoyable experience in its own right, but also an opportunity to experience a watershed moment in the history of architecture.
The 3,800-plus seat auditorium relies on the world’s first cable roof system, forerunner to other such structures like Madison Square Garden. Lev Zetlin designed the Aud in the 1950s using two-inch steel cables as circular spokes that support the roof, and its place in history is remembered with a permanent display at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art and recognition as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Pittsburgh-based sound contracting firm Edward Simon & Co. LLC recently installed a Danley Sound Labs loudspeaker and amp/DSP system at the Aud.
“From a fan’s perspective, the advantage of Zetlin’s steel rope design is perfect sight-lines from any seat in the house,” explained Ed Simon, the sound contracting firm’s manager. “There are no support columns at all. The trouble was that their existing sound system didn’t cover the entire seating area, which led to intelligibility problems.”
AVL Systems Design, of Penfield New York, designed a new system using Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and amplifiers/DSP. Edward Simon & Co. won the bid to install it on 1 September and had the entire system in place and commissioned 35 days later, just in time for the start of the AHL season.
“We’ve worked with Danley systems before, and their product

adamsonAdamson IS-Series serves in Semarang
Monday, 29 April 2019

Indonesia - Widely known for its lively, contemporary services, IFGF Semarang recently built a new main campus in Semarang, Central Java, to better serve its dynamic weekly congregation of over 650 worshippers. The main auditorium boasts a new audio system built around the install-focused IS-Series from Adamson Systems Engineering, which was selected to enhance the church’s musically-rich services and maximize community engagement.
IFGF Semarang administrators invited five manufacturers to demo their solutions in the previous auditorium. The IS-Series system, supplied by longtime Adamson Network partner Big Knob Audio, was the clear winner.
“We heard the other four systems first, and none had the clarity or impact of the Adamson IS-Series,” says Dibya Krisnanda, IFGF Semarang’s senior engineer. “As soon as we heard it, we knew we’d found what we were looking for.”
The system now installed in the church’s auditorium is comprised of left-right arrays of five IS7 two-way, full-range line array enclosures beneath a single IS118 subwoofer per side and an additional four E119 subs on the ground for extra low-end support.
“The ultra-compact IS7 cabinets pack a lot of SPL and sound like a much larger system, and the E119s are just a world apart from any other subwoofer on the market,” adds Krisnanda. “We can get the furniture literally shaking if we want to!”
Thanks in large part to the IS-Series rigging hardware, which is specifically designed for permanent installations, the entire integration process from cabling to


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