South Africa - Selby’s Productions has been servicing the events and conferencing world since 1980 and most recently, the company upraded its offering with the addition of an L-Acoustics Kara system.
The purchase of the long-throw Kara modular line source loudspeaker system is part of a larger plan for Selby’s to move fully to L-Acoustics as their choice of loudspeaker. This choice was two years in the making, according to the Durban branch manager Wayde Sparks. “Richard Smith from DWR Distribution and I had been talking about the Kara for a while, and when it came time for us to upgrade our PA system it was my first option. I have been to the demos for most of the big players in this field, and the truth is, nothing else really compares for me.”
As a company Selby’s focus a lot on the conferencing world, and this involves spaces of varying size. “The versatility the Kara offers is one of the main reasons we made the purchase. From a single point stack for a small room to full flown line array for outdoor events, it ticks all the boxes,” says Wayde of the modular nature of the Kara.
Out of the box the system was used at an event for the Sumitomo Rubber South Africa Group, where local performing artists were “blown away by the quality”. The system is being used on various ICC conferences too, showcasing the diverse environments in which the Kara is capable of delivering.
UK - AV and event production company Blitz has installed loudspeaker equipment from EM Acoustics to ExCeL London’s ICC auditorium.
The equipment forms part of the auditorium’s in-house equipment so any clients using the space will be able to benefit from this installation as part of their tenancy.
The kit list from supplier EM Acoustics includes equipment from the company’s new Halo Arena line.
Jeremy Rees, CEO at ExCeL London, comments: “At ExCeL, we recognise the importance of delivering innovative events that provide a truly immersive, memorable experience. Increasingly technology is at the core of that approach. We are delighted that Blitz has chosen ExCeL to install this high-spec system, enabling us to deliver an enhanced experience, within our Auditorium, to our varied portfolio of clients including agencies, corporates, associations and exhibition organisers.”
Jason Sorabji, group production director at Blitz, adds: “Our team has the in-depth knowledge of ExCeL London’s ICC Auditorium, and we know that this new EM Acoustics equipment will take the experience to a whole new level for clients. We can really maximise space and provide the best technical requirements for our clients.”
Mike Wheeler, operations director at EM Acoustics, explains: “The HALO-A and HALO-B systems are pivotal product releases for us, and to have a company like Blitz adopt them for a venue such as the ICC is a strong statement about the systems' performance, and the future direction EM Acoustics is heading in. We look forward to workin
The Netherlands - Professional live events equipment supplier Ampco Flashlight has added Outline’s FPGA-based Newton processing platform to its portfolio, to address the growing popularity of multi-send PA systems and multiple-source audio set-ups.
Ampco Flashlight Sales is now distributor for Outline Newton in Benelux.
The Utrecht-based rental and sales company supplies a range of events, including festivals, theatre, touring and broadcast productions and corporate events. Its portfolio features products from DiGiCo, Martin Audio, Allen & Heath, Clear-Com, ETC and Ayrton among many others.
“Being the answer for demanding install and touring applications where top-quality matrixing and processing is required, we are very happy that we can now offer Outline Newton to our clients in the Benelux,” comments Ampco Flashlight sales specialist, Martin van Kouwen. “Audio quality and technical specs are on the highest level which, combined with the extensive 18x16 matrix, has resulted in high-profile users all over the world.”
Europe - Featuring a new design concept and significant improvements in audio performance, usability and portability, Yamaha's new Stagepas 1K “redefines the standard for portable PA systems”.
The new system features modified versions of the 1.5 inch (3.75 cm) drivers with high end neodymium magnets that have made Yamaha’s VXL series line array loudspeakers a great success in the professional sound installation market, receiving widespread praise for their audio quality, 170º horizontal coverage and slimline appearance.
Bringing all of those qualities to the streamlined, reduced weight Stagepas 1K system, an array of 10 of the 1.5 inch drivers work seamlessly with a 12” subwoofer to deliver uniform, high quality sound with clear highs and punchy lows. The subwoofer features Yamaha's Twisted Flare Port technology, which effectively reduces wind noise in the bass reflex port, delivering a clearer, more powerful, distortion-free low end.
Complementing the loudspeakers is a 1000W Class-D amplifier, delivering 119 dB SPL and maintaining exceptional stability and sound quality, even at high output.
The back of the subwoofer houses a digital mixer with three mono mic/line channels (two with Hi-Z connectivity for direct input of electro-acoustic guitars and other instruments), plus stereo inputs which support playback from Bluetooth devices.
The mixer also features professional sound engineering tools, including 1-Knob EQ that handles multi-band processing simultaneously, high-quality SPX digital reverb and a Mode feature to adjust opt
South Africa - MagiCo SA, an audio and lighting rental company based in Vereeniging, has invested in two new DiGiCo consoles - the S21 and the S31. The consoles and training were supplied by DWR Distribution.
MagiCo SA is technical supplier of lighting, AV and staging, but audio has always been the driving force to success behind MagiCo SA’s founder, Ruan Vermaak. As the company has grown to cater for a number of festivals around the country, it seemed the right time to invest in new consoles that would keep up with the pace.
“We do small to medium sized events, so we needed something easy to transport and something that could handle the curveballs thrown our way,” says Ruan of the two compact and versatile DiGiCo consoles.
The console training that was presented by Jaco Beukes from DWR Distribution was part of the package and Jaco says, “They are all very experienced so I just went through the consoles to get them up to speed with the DiGiCo workflow, they are very intuitive consoles.”
Ruan Vermaak says, “The consoles are great, and the training was cool, and it was great to have someone as knowledgeable as Jaco go through the console with us.”
UK - Production AV hotfooted it to Wembley in May to provide the camera, projection and IMAG screens for Jack Savoretti’s flagship show.
“We had just a seven-day turnaround to design and deliver the camera and screens package to Savoretti’s tour team, managed by production manager Neil Anderson,” explains Pete McCrea, Production AV MD. “As this was the big one - Wembley - they wanted to ramp up the production and include video to enhance the audience experience. David McIntyre had created a real visual spectacular with the lighting, and they wanted to enhance this by relaying live on-stage footage as well as pre-recorded content to two large IMAG screens.”
Production AV supplied a pair of 11ft x 20ft (3.35m x 6m) portrait screens for IMAG, with 20,000 lumen Barco projectors. Switching was achieved using their Blackmagic ATEM 4k PPU, with a pair of Sony HDC1500 studio cameras on 95x lens at FOH and second camera on stage, Agile Arc360 PTZ heads and Marshall minicams. There was a requirement for black and white effects for the first song, as well as the playback of a show opener VT.
Pete McCrea served as project manager and racks engineer for the show, alongside his colleagues Anna Sadler as vision director, and Ste Webster and John Bowdler-Thompson as camera operators.
“It’s testament to our talented team at Production AV that we managed to put together such a strong kit package and creative solution in such a short amount of time - I’m very proud of them all and the results were fantastic. Anna, Ste and John made it look real
USA - One of the industry’s longest serving lighting designers, Michael Ledesma, has been lighting one of music’s most enduring artists, Carlos Santana, for the last six years on the guitarist’s House of Blues residency in Las Vegas.
For the latest run of House of Blues dates in May, Ledesma supplemented the house lighting system with a multitude of gear that included Elation Professional SEVEN Batten colour-changing LED battens, Arena Par Zoom LED Par lights, and Protron Eclypse hybrid LED luminaires, along with upstage LED video screens made up of Elation EVHD panels. Innovative Concert Lighting supplies the gear for Santana’s shows at the House of Blues.
An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live plays at the House of Blues in Vegas for eight weeks each year and is booked through 2020. Ledesma, who has been lighting shows for over 40 years for acts such as Paul Simon, Kenny Loggins and Gloria Estefan, complements the guitarist’s impressive playlist of Latin rock and blues hits through his signature use of vivid colour and layers.
Much of that colour comes from 16 linear Seven Battens that the LD uses as floor uplights to throw low front light on the band, as well as colour onto patterns covering the drum and percussion risers. “It provides a good front light but isn’t overwhelming,” he says of the linear lighting effect that houses 25W seven-colour multi-chip LEDs. “The colours are good and the video guy has enough output from those to get a nice picture.”
Providing more colour and trimmed at about 24ft
Sweden - With over 45,000 audience members per night, over three consecutive dates, the Scandinavian dance trio returned to live performing - following a six-year hiatus - with a major production at Sweden’s Tele2 Arena (as reported in LSi June).
Production managed by Mattie Evans and mixed at FOH by sound engineer Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Sargeant, the SHM team chose to use Britannia Row for the highly-anticipated gigs.
Rabbit, whose connection with Brit Row spans two decades, noted that the company is great to work with as all of the team “get fully involved in the design of the system; it’s always good to have the best people onboard”.
Britannia Row’s Josh Lloyd was the production’s sound system designer, and Dave Compton managed the account. The full show took three days to install, with the sound department working around a very large video screen, not allowing speakers to appear in front of the LED.
An L-Acoustics system was specified to ensure an ‘intimate sound’ was experienced around the entire arena, as well as plenty of bass. Lloyd placed main hangs of L-Acoustics K1-SB, K1 and K2 with K1-SB, K1 and K2 also flown L-R for side hangs.
The size of the audience called for three delay positions: delay A had K1-SB and K2, delay B (per side) had K1-SB, K1 and K2, and delay C (per side) comprised K1-SBs, K1 and K2, creating even coverage throughout the venue.<
UK - Orbital Sound is partnering with the Edinburgh Fringe venue The Pleasance to stage a two-day training event in advance of this year’s Festival.
The course addresses the specific requirements of audio for the dynamic environment of fringe theatre, providing venue crews and technicians of all skill levels with the essential ingredients needed to develop their audio knowledge.
Led by Orbital Sound’s head of education Mike Thacker, Fringe Fundamentals for Sound runs from 24-25 July in Edinburgh, with a total of 35 places available.
With a 20-year track record for professional theatre audio training, Orbital Sound’s dedicated education centre in London hosts a regular series of specialist courses. Managing director Chris Headlam expands: “We have always been dynamic advocates for helping create the next generation of technicians and engineers. Our courses are designed to address the real-world issues they face in the theatre, encouraging best practices based on the key audio skills and theory.
“By teaming up with Pleasance for this course, we want to help all fringe venue technicians expand their confidence and skills immediately before this year’s event.” Orbital Sound’s relationship with The Pleasance spans many years, fielding expert technicians and equipment during the hectic Fringe for the past 26 years.
The Pleasance Theatre Trust, under its artist and technician’s support umbrella Pleasance Futures, is
UK - Prolight Concepts Group has been appointed exclusive UK distributor for Lynx Pro Audio’s sound reinforcement product offering.
All Lynx Pro-Audio products are designed in-house by their team of engineers and manufactured in their headquarters in Valencia, Spain.
Lynx Pro Audio’s Ben Sinclair comments: “Prolight Concepts have grown very quickly, establishing them as one of the UKs premium distributors. I had the chance to welcome them during a recent visit to our factory and have no doubt that they are the perfect partner for us. They are committed to service and quality and we are very excited to have them as our exclusive UK distributor.”
Chris Beesley, product sourcing manager at Prolight Concepts Group adds, “The addition of Lynx Pro-Audio to our distribution portfolio is a logical step forward enabling Prolight Concepts Group to offer an additional premium audio brand. Based in Valencia, Lynx Pro-Audio design, voice and manufacture a comprehensive range of loudspeakers using branded components. Their commitment to constant product development aligns with Prolights constant thrive for new products.”
The Netherlands - Located in Amsterdam’s Nieuw-West district, where a major programme of urban renewal has been carried out in recent years, De Meervaart is a multi-purpose venue which includes two theatres, three foyers, two studios and 10 further meeting rooms of different sizes. Between them they can host a diverse range events for between two and 2,000 people.
With many international artists performing at the venue, alongside the needs of extreme flexibility and portability, De Meervaart technical head Martin Keereweer has relied on Yamaha digital mixing consoles.
“About 13 years ago we invested in Yamaha M7CL-32 and LS9-16 consoles, which still work flawlessly,” he says. ”But with the busy schedule of events here, there was a constant demand for more equipment. We will continue to use the M7CL and LS9, so it made sense to invest in Yamaha again.”
This opinion was reinforced by Gijs Kater of Kater Audio, a touring veteran of over 25 years who has mixed so many shows at De Meervaart that, as he says, he probably knows the venue and its staff ‘better than his own living room’.
“Gijs is recognized as a walking encyclopaedia, a true ‘audio professor’, so his view that we should continue with Yamaha, because of the solid and reliable performance over the years, coincided completely with ours,” says Martin.
With 11 technicians and a group of freelance engineers working at the venue, as well as visiting engineers, it also made sense to add consoles that are widely known throughout the industry, as well as every mixer
USA/Europe - Ohio-based hardcore act Beartooth, are currently touring around the world, taking on festival season with two dLive Wings set-ups.
Danny Harvey (FOH engineer) reports, “The size of the C1500 is ideal for travelling, being able to fly with it is amazing and having that much power in two fly cases is perfect for international acts, making their sound consistent all over the world.
“I love the way dLive sounds and how easy it is to customise everything. At the bigger festivals I always manage to get positioned front middle on the FOH tent due to the C1500’s small footprint.”
Supplied by V2 Productions for their US dates and Captured Live for shows in Europe, the band’s set up consists of two dLive C1500 surfaces, paired with two DM48 MixRacks, covering both FOH and monitors. Additionally, the FOH console is equipped with a Waves card, used for multi-track recording and virtual soundcheck.
Harvey also makes full use of the consoles’ internal features, including the onboard DEEP plug-ins, commenting “I use the 16T on my drums and groups, 16VU compressor on my vocals and the Dyn8’s multiband compressor on various groups and my main LR – they sound great and help keep the size of our set up down to a minimum as there’s less need for outboard rack FX. I can put all these processors on every channel without needed any extra gear.”
The band themselves have also noticed a consistency in sound across each show and the difference dLive has made, Harvey explains, “When we changed to dLive the band noticed such a ch
UK - BishopSound is making its debut at the Glastonbury Festival 2019. BishopSound speakers are to be used exclusively on a new stage being run by the long-established Glastonbury suppliers, Bristol based A1 Entertainments.
For the stage, which will be used to host up and coming DJs, BishopSound has supplied four Beta BB118 enclosures and four Beta BB215s. The BB118 is a passive sub-woofer particularly popular with DJs for its tight, well-defined bass frequency response. Each speaker will handle 1,000 Watts RMS from 35-100Hz with 107dB sensitivity.
The BishopSound Beta Twin 15 BB215 is a passive, upright full range speaker fitted with 'Easy Move' wheels. Like the BB118 it will also handle 1,000 Watts RMS, offers 101dB sensitivity and a frequency response from 56Hz-20kHz.
Andrew Bishop says: “We're thrilled and delighted to be bringing a British sound back to Glastonbury this year. It's a great step forward for us as a company and shows the confidence that customers have when they have experienced BishopSound speakers' reliability and sound quality. They know they can trust us with a brand-new stage at one the world's premier live events.”
USA - The Cult have been making their way across America celebrating 30 years of their 1989 album, Sonic Temple. They're touring light: just a bus and a trailer in tow to transport the band, consoles, backline, control package, and touring team, which is just two engineers. At FOH position, Stephen McGuire is working from an SSL L300.
McGuire has been mixing The Cult for four years and used an L500 console for FOH duties on their previous outing. “It's literally just me and the monitor guy on this tour; I needed to get a desk that is powerful, phenomenally quick to set up, sonically geared for The Cult and can fit in the trailer. The SSL L300 was the perfect choice.”
McGuire says he loves mixing The Cult, and describes them as a good old school rock and roll band: no tracks, no click, everything is in the moment, and they give him license to mix.
“When we got ready for the Revolution 3 Tour last summer with Bush and Stone Temple Pilots, as I knew we'd be in a truck, I wanted to find my next platform for moving into 24-bit, 96kHz audio,” he reveals. “I'd spent a year with a different console, and there were some digital stereo image collapses happening, which was causing problems. I'd always wanted to try out the SSL, so that was my opportunity. Last year, Jessie Adamson at Sound Image put me in touch with SSL's Fernando [Guzman], and I’ve been using the consoles ever since. Their intuitive and allow me to quickly build show files, which is essential.”
From a sonic perspective, McGuire says the SSL takes The Cult's live
USA - At InfoComm 2019, Martin Audio held the world premiere of both the latest Wavefront Precision optimised line array, WPS, as well the integration of BlackTrax real time tracking for its immersive audio experience, 3-D Sound Adventures. In addition, it also marked the US launch of the company’s latest powered point source range, BlacklineX Powered.
Up first in the demo room was the debut integration between Martin Audio’s immersive Sound Adventures and the renowned BlackTrax real-time tracking technology. Based on a ground-breaking new algorithm, which converts Real-Time Tracking Protocol (RTTrP) signals to Open Sound Control (OSC) commands, the BlackTrax integration showcased how performers could be tracked seamlessly with both lighting and localised audio for a truer, more impactful AV experience.
This was followed by the US premiere of the latest powered point source series, BlacklineX Powered. Including the 12-inch XP12 and 15-inch XP15 full range enclosures plus the compact but powerful 18-inch XP118 subwoofer, BlacklineX Powered integrates acoustic, DSP and amplifier technologies to achieve the clarity, precision and richness of tone that audio professionals will recognise as uniquely Martin Audio.
In addition, BlacklineX Powered offers optional Bluetooth control, streaming and a built-in 3-channel mixer, placing increased flexibility and features within easy reach of every user via iPad or iPhone - from live venues, DJs and corporate events to permanent installs, particularly houses of worship.
As a finale, the latest in the Wav
Singapore - Kheong Sen Lim has joined d&b audiotechnik as business development manager for the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, based in the company’s Singapore office.
Kheong has spent the last 30 years working in various capacities in the audio and performing arts industry. He has hands-on experience in sound system design, distribution sales, system integration and project management.
Fluent in English, Malay and Chinese, Kheong will travel across the APAC region, predominantly focusing on enhancing reach and awareness of the latest developments from d&b, including the SL-Series and the Soundscape system.
Most recently, Kheong was a senior consultant for Marshall Day Entertech, based in Melbourne, providing theatre and sound system design advice to a variety of clients in Australia, New Zealand and globally. He has a degree in Recording Arts, with diplomas in technical production and project management, as well as experience as a sound operator, and sound system designer.
Europe - Pro audio manufacturer Audac has introduced a series of online seminars aimed at professional audio engineers, systems integrators and technicians.
‘With these first online seminars we have taken a new look at what educational tools we have to offer to the installers of our innovative audio solutions.” said Tom Van de Sande, CEO at Audac. ‘We noticed that we are getting a lot more momentum all over the world, which is why we had to adapt our educational offer so that we can easily reach these new users as well.”
These videos are the start of a complete database of online training videos that will highlight all functionalities of Audac products. Audac will work with two different levels: Level 1 is an introduction to the Audac range and will be available to everyone. Level 2 will be a hands-on training of our different products and functionalities and will be available to anyone with a log-in to their specially designed training platform.
The Netherlands - The Panama nightclub in Amsterdam has been at the forefront of the Dutch music scene for more than 16 years, presenting a wide variety of styles and featuring a balanced mix of global and local DJs. The venue has a capacity of over a thousand and as well as its essential nightclub function, acts as a multi-purpose events space that puts on a diverse programme of events.
The production team at Panama has progressively improved the sound system at the club over the years. Although happy that its existing system was good and met most of its needs, the club’s management wished to take the club’s audio provision forward and introduce even greater clarity, power and detail, to further enhance every aspect of its offer.
Seeking a more immersive solution, Panama choose Pioneer Pro Audio XY Series loudspeakers and appointed AVL Rent under the leadership of Wouter Ruijter to install the system. The new front of house system at Panama comprises four XY-3B and eight XY-118S and club manager Thijs Eilerts was immediately struck by the improvement:
“My first impression was that I was very, very happy. This was a far more immersive experience - way more crisp and it takes people to another level. You can hear way more detail in the sound through the system so you tell far better what the producer was trying to communicate through the music, through the sound system. As a sound engineer myself, that makes me very happy indeed.”
DJ, producer and owner of Toolroom records, Mark Knight, who recently played through Panama’s new XY-Seri
USA - Belgian pro audio manufacturer, Apex Audio, has reinforced its US operations with the appointment of experienced industry professional, Ineke Priepot. Based in Nashville, TN, Priepot’s role is sales and business development with the aim of setting up and running a dealer/rep network across the US.
Priepot will be handling the full range of Apex DSP audio products including the Intelli-Series system processors, with particular emphasis on the newly launched Class D SMA-1 amplifier module.
“Ineke is a highly experienced sales professional who knows this business inside out,” says Apex managing director, Paul Van Hees. “She is also a respected sound engineer with a strong technical background and has a solid network of contacts in the US, so we’re confident that she’ll be able to help us establish the Apex brand in the US.”
Germany - Wireless audio system engineer Victor Lang recently helped The Voice of Germany improve its wireless in-ear monitoring coverage with new Wisycom solutions. With a reliable RF signal that extends from the stage all the way to the back of the audience and backstage into the green room, Lang turned to the Wisycom’s MTK952 Wideband Dual transmitter, MPR50-IEM Wideband Receiver and MAT288 Matrix Combiner.
For The Voice of Germany, Lang employed the Wisycom IEM system – the MPR50-IEM and MTK952 – along with 40 channels of Shure Digital Axient for all the wireless mics through the MAT288 to create multiple antenna coverage/zones.
“One of the big reasons the producers wanted to try out the Wisycom IEM system was because of the difficulty they had in the past in getting full coverage in each of the key zones,” he says. “I was confident that if we incorporated Wisycom into the equation, we would solve all wireless coverage issues.
“One of the things I really love about Wisycom’s RF distributed products is that you can use different products/brands together with the gear. So, if the A1 wants another wireless mic system, that’s not an issue for the show. I can still have my full Wisycom RF distribution rack to create flawless coverage everywhere for the show. Knowing that the products can work together and not against each other is a huge benefit. Plus, Wisycom’s IEM system sounds amazing.”
Among the other gear deployed by Lang for The Voice is Wisycom’s versatile MTK952 Wideband Dual Transmitter, w
USA - Orlando-headquartered Professional Wireless Systems has expanded their rental programme with the addition of Lucas Lewis, national rental manager. The announcement was made by Jim Van Winkle, general manager.
“Our organisation continues to expand,” explains Van Winkle. “We have always had a national rental presence but have lacked a specific point person - Lucas is now that person. This will allow us to provide our products and services to a broader base of customers. We are very excited to have him on board.”
Based in Orlando, Lewis is charged with not only working with production companies, but also reaching out to establish a presence with houses of worship, schools, and corporate AV.
Prior to joining Professional Wireless, Lewis worked with PRG as an audio asset manager where he oversaw the flow of assets internally moving between different locations to meet the needs of different regions. Before joining PRG he did commercial AV installs for Ford AV including teleconferencing, video networking and distributed audio.
Spain - Alfonso Luria Carrió has been appointed sales manager for d&b audiotechnik Spain.
Carrió, who has worked in the pro audio industry since he was 16, joins the team from SoundLight Spain. He will focus on coordinating the activity of all d&b partner organisations and consolidating growth in the fixed install market. Carrió’s appointment follows the announcement of Christian Orcin as the new managing director of d&b audiotechnik Spain in March.
“I am happy to join the d&b team, and very excited to be able to offer complete support for our customers across Spain along with a clear strategy and vision,” says Carrió. “d&b is very well known for the high quality of its products and the excellent education and support our technical team provides to the users.
“My contribution will focus on extending the presence of the brand across all sectors. Also, we will improve accessibility, expanding our activities and continuing the widening of our Partner Network.”
USA/UK - Following the release of her second studio album, The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change, Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt has recently completed her headline North America and UK tour, accompanied by an Allen & Heath SQ-5.
With a compact footprint, SQ has rapidly found favour with touring acts, as Curtis McKenna (FOH / mons engineer) explains: “I was looking for an easily transportable fly-rig and I love the fact that with SQ, I can have my entire show in a case, jump on a flight and then show up anywhere around the world and not only have the same great sounding show as the night before, but have it up and running within five minutes. It just works right out of the box.”
Having been an Allen & Heath GLD user for the past four years, McKenna found the decision to purchase his own SQ-5 an easy one.
“I came across the SQ-5 while I was working for a hire company in Blackpool and the first time it was taken out of the box, I was instantly impressed with the workflow and how fast you could put a show together,” he adds. “It made complete sense to me to make the move from GLD to SQ as it meant I needed very little time to learn the board. But I think that also works for anyone too, if this console was in-house, you could just jump on it and have a show in 5 minutes and that’s what makes SQ so great.”
Having just completed her Australia and New Zealand tour, Nina is set to head back to the UK in time for festival season (with shows supporting artists such as Jess Glynn and Years and Years); McKenn
Spain - Covering 81 hectares of Spanish countryside, Palmeral Resort is a prime location for weddings and other family celebrations. Aiming to create memorable experiences and lasting memories, a zoned Yamaha audio system is deployed.
Situated at Talavera de la Reina in the province of Toledo, 140km south west of Madrid, Palmeral Resort is set amongst palm trees, fountains, attractive gardens and a lake.
The resort’s management needed to deploy quality sound in all areas, but with the versatility to manage each area independently or as groups, depending on the needs of each event. El Palmeral owner Esteban Robledo reports, "In a resort covering such a large area and with so many different zones, the use of analogue technology would obviously have been a mistake. Digital audio networking gave us the opportunity to centralise the control and the possibility to manage the entire system by one person,” he says. “It also reduced the complexity of the installation and would make considerable economic savings, not to mention the opportunity of expanding the installation using the same design philosophy."
With the variety of areas that needed to be covered, and the distances between them, Talavera de la Reina-based A/V specialist Telsokit chose a Yamaha solution, with an MRX7-D matrix processor as the core of a system covering 12 different zones and with 50 audio inputs.
The MRX7-D is supported by two MTX3 matrix processors, with two Tio1608-D I/O Rack units for additional inputs and outputs. The entire system is powered by five XMV8280 amplifie