Audio News

future-nightclub-pioneer-shoot-16feb22Atlanta club switches on to Pioneer Professional
Tuesday, 5 April 2022

USA - The new Future Nightclub, located in the Underground Atlanta district of Atlanta, Georgia, is a crowd-favourite dance and entertainment venue for the city’s music lovers. Future Nightclub worked diligently to design an impressive production with video, lighting, and audio for the two-story venue. The Future Nightclub management team worked alongside local AV systems integration company, House of Music Productions, to accomplish this lofty goal by selecting the Pioneer Pro Audio XY Series sound system.
Future Nightclub owners Keith Young and Hoosh Mishu approached House of Music Productions in late 2019 to begin the system design process after acquiring a large, oddly-shaped, two-story retail space with a large staircase in the middle to be the club’s location. However, as renovations began to take form, the space was almost completely gutted, giving the new nightclub a large, open, main downstairs dance floor and an upstairs stage and show area; both with bars, lighting, video and audio to immerse the audience all night long.
"Once we understood the final space design, we started looking at different loudspeakers and sound systems to deliver the experience the club owners envisioned," comments Mario Auda and Jeremy Ladd, owners of House of Music Productions. "The owners wanted a sound system that looks great and sounds even better, and that could cover both floors of the club with the fidelity and dynamics needed for today's high-end, live DJ and EDM performances."
Auda worked directly with engineers at Pioneer to specify an appropriate so

gbproductions3G&B Productions installs JBL Pro monitors
Tuesday, 5 April 2022

USA - JEM Productions Texas upgraded G&B Productions’ newly renovated studio with three sets of JBL Professional loudspeakers and a JBL Intonato 24 monitor management and tuning system.
G&B Productions is co-owned by producers G.Luck and BDon, who have worked with a variety of high-profile artists as well as local Houston musicians. With their business growing, the production duo decided to upgrade their studio with improved acoustical design, custom lighting and enhanced sound. According to Gavin Luckett (G.Luck), the goal was threefold: to upgrade the studio’s main monitors for more transparent sound, to satisfy artists with loud and bass-heavy playback, and to create a flexible monitor management system to switch between sources and speakers.
“We were looking for a speaker system that would impress our clients,” said Luckett, co-owner, G&B Productions. “Half the battle is bringing clients into the studio for playback, so that was the main thing we wanted to improve. Also, the quality coming through our speakers when it’s time to mix was just ‘okay,’ and we wanted to go beyond standard. The way we did our new studio, we wanted the sound to be incredible. So that's the reason we wanted to upgrade everything.”
To achieve extremely detailed and transparent sound for accurate mixing, JEM Productions Texas selected JBL 708P master reference monitors as the studio’s main mixing speakers.
“As an engineer, you want a clear sound in the studio that doesn’t fool you, but when you get to the car it should sound crazy

 
 
alfrescoMartin Audio reinforces Alfresco party
Tuesday, 5 April 2022

UK - Bristol-based experiential and party planning specialists, PYTCH, recently supplied local event organisers, Alfresco Disco with a full Martin Audio rig for a classic warehouse-based dance party.
Comprising two stages, the sound needed to be carefully EQ’d to cope with the all-nighter’s early proceedings - when it was little more than an empty, echoey warehouse - to ramping up the volume once the venue was packed with around 2,150 revellers.
But then, according to Chelsea Hopkins at PYTCH, care had to be taken to avoid sound escape in a densely packed residential area. “Although the bass was powerful the sound was directional and well contained - resulting in minimal disruption for local residents,” she confirmed. This was assisted by a cardioid pattern sub array which reduced any troublesome low frequencies.
She added that PYTCH has been staging parties for Alfresco for the past five years. “We have remained the preferred provider due to our ability to set up in unusual spaces.” For this event guests could spill out the back of the warehouse into the yard and smaller warehouse, where PYTCH has an LED wall set up as part of their studio.
To satisfy the audio requirements of such a large gathering, delivered from a succession of DJs, PYTCH equipped the main stage with 12 flown Martin Audio W8LM Mini Line Array elements, underpinned with 10 WS218X subwoofers. These were all ground stacked, one array of three either side of the stage directly under the line array and four under the stage in an endfire array to fill in the low end

 
bogotaL-Acoustics refreshes audio at Bogota church
Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Colombia - The Suba district of Colombia’s capital city of Bogotá is celebrated for its inclusiveness, home to all social classes and Colombia’s indigenous peoples. It’s also where Iglesia El Lugar de Su Presencia wanted to make sure its message would be clearly heard and understood by everyone filling the nearly 4,000 seats of its newest church location.
Following an onsite comparative evaluation of four brands of loudspeaker systems -and later witnessing the L-Acoustics K2 arrays in use at Christ Fellowship Church in Port St. Lucie, Florida - El Lugar de Su Presencia chose L-Acoustics for its Suba campus, which celebrated its grand opening on 20 February.
Bogotá-based AVCOM, an L-Acoustics certified provider for install (CPi), integrated a full complement of L-Acoustics K, A, and X Series loudspeaker systems at the new church, which was constructed on the site of a former mall that had been leveled to make way for the beautiful worship space. Like many other projects, the Covid pandemic delayed work on the entire facility; the L-Acoustics system components were actually delivered onsite in June of 2020, but assembly couldn’t commence until a full year later.
In the meantime, AVCOM worked closely with L-Acoustics house of worship applications project manager Josh Maichele and Alex Soto, L-Acoustics applications engineer for Latin America and The Caribbean, using the manufacturer’s Soundvision software to design, implement, and calibrate a system that would fulfill the church’s high expectations.
First established in 1993 in the

 
 
prodavtct-rah-2022main-stage-screensProduction AV delivers for Teenage Cancer Trust concerts
Tuesday, 5 April 2022

UK - Stars including The Who, Yungblud, Paul Weller, Liam Gallagher and Ed Sheeran took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall in March in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust, backed by Production AV’s cameras, screens, servers and crew.
Taking place over seven consecutive nights, the series of live music and comedy gigs were performed as fundraisers for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), which provides care for people aged 13-24 with cancer. It was the second time Production AV supplied kit and crew for the events.
This year’s set up comprised Production AV’s Desay M6 LED panels as a central 8m x 4.5 screen flown above The Royal Albert Hall’s iconic stage and a large, curved 23.2m x 0.9m banner of LED screen across the back of the main stage, to help drive donations. This was supported with a camera package for the relay of real-life stories and live performances to the screen. Production AV’s Sony Studio camera channels and Agile ArcLite PTZ cameras were out in force, with footage mixed on the company’s Blackmagic ATEM 4k PPU. McCrea and his team used their Barco S3-4k for switching and disguise 2x4Pro servers for the content playout.
McCrea served as PM and onsite Crew Chief, taking the helm with pre-production at Production AV’s HQ in Cheltenham, load-in at the Royal Albert Hall and onsite set up.
“The pre-production process started with conversations with Christie Lites’ Gordon Torrington, who served as Technical Manager on this project, in early 2022,” says McCrea. “We then moved onto liaising with the TCT med

 
rode-nth100-lifestlye-insitu-017-october-2021-1080x1080-rgbAlcantara partners with RØDE
Monday, 4 April 2022

Europe - Alcantara partnered with RØDE as the material of choice for their new NTH-100 headphones - the company’s first headphones.
Alcantara covers the earcups and headband and is integrated with the style and features that the product offers. “Thanks to its softness, its breathability and its technical qualities, it improves the sensory experience and enhances the ergonomic design of the NTH-100s,” says the Italian manufacturer. “As well as providing the ultimate in comfort, the use of Alcantara also guarantees high durability and longevity owing to its resistance to wear and tear, and its ease of maintenance.”

 
 
digicoDiGiCo Quantum debuts on Eddie Vedder dates
Monday, 4 April 2022

USA - With Pearl Jam currently in the process of rescheduling its four-month North American Gigaton tour, which was postponed amid coronavirus concerns two years ago, frontman Eddie Vedder recently tested the touring waters with a brief road trip to support his new solo release, Earthling.
Backed by a band including Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Glen Hansard (The Frames), Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction), Josh Klinghoffer (touring Pearl Jam/RHCP member), and Andrew Watt (producer of Earthling) Vedder’s tour spanned nine shows across six US cities throughout February.
The shows marked the first time that Pearl Jam’s long-time front-of-house engineer, Greg Nelson, manned his mix from behind a new DiGiCo Quantum338 mixing console supplied by touring sound company RAT Sound. Meanwhile, on monitors, Karrie Keyes, who has been with Pearl Jam from the start, moved from her usual SD5 worksurface to an ultra-compact SD11 to exclusively focus on Vedder, while Brett Heet mixed in-ears for the band on an SD5.
Although Nelson has been Pearl Jam’s mix engineer for 18 years, his first tour spent behind a DiGiCo desk was with the Goo Goo Dolls in 2013. “I did that tour on an SD10 and loved it, so I started mixing Pearl Jam on an SD5 that year as well,” he recalls. “Around 2017, I switched over to another console brand, but after a couple of years, I found that I really missed the workflow and sound of the DiGiCo. By that time, the company had just come out with their 32-bit input cards, which made my decision to go back to the SD5 ver

 
pixeraknowledgebase1AV Stumpfl introduces Pixera support platform
Friday, 1 April 2022

Austria - AV Stumpfl recently released a new online information platform for its rapidly growing Pixera media server user community called the Pixera knowledge base.
In addition to combining the latest written Pixera documentation with video tutorials and animated clips of key topics, visitors to the knowledge base can also contact the Pixera team by creating a support ticket from the same interface.
The knowledge base covers topics related to Pixera media server hardware, software and the new show control system Pixera control.
Pixera control is a distributed, software-based integration and control framework that empowers users to seamlessly host new functionalities within the Pixera media server system and to control all aspects of an extended project environment. Anything users create and integrate can be distributed across their connected systems and shares itself.
Pixera project manager and trainer Florian Eder comments, “Our user community has grown a lot recently and is still growing really fast. We felt the need to create a one-stop environment where all available information could be collected and easily accessed, as well as enabling users to get in touch with our support team directly. Of course, updating and expanding the available materials is a never ending job, but with so much positive feedback from our user community, it’s a challenge we welcome.”
With Pixera being regularly used for a ariety of different application and programming scenarios worldwide, direct written input from experienced users is very welcome:

 
 
a127tecAudix A127 named 2022 TEC Awards finalist
Friday, 1 April 2022

USA - Audix has announced that the A127 Omnidirectional Metal Film Condenser Microphone has been chosen as a finalist for the 37th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards for Technical Achievement in the category of Microphones for Recording.
The Audix A127 microphone is designed to capture acoustic instruments and sound sources ‘with transparency, accuracy and purity’. Utilising a reference-grade, half-inch Type 1 metal film capsule, the A 127 features a frequency response of 10Hz-20kHz, a wide dynamic range of 133dB and an ultra-low self-noise of 7dBA.
The NAMM TEC award winners will be announced on Saturday 4 June 4, 2022 at the Hilton in Anaheim during The NAMM Show.

 
clear-comClear-Com brings diverse applications to ISE
Friday, 1 April 2022

Spain - Clear-Com will have a presence at the first Barcelona-based Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in May, exhibiting on stand #7M925. Clear-Com will be demonstrating their latest innovations including Arcadia Central Station, FreeSpeak Edge Base Station, Station-IC Virtual Desktop Client, and the latest software/firmware update to the Eclipse HX Digital Matrix platform - alongside the company’s award-winning solutions including FreeSpeak II, LQ series of IP interfaces, and the Agent-IC mobile app.
“ISE has grown in importance for us over the years, and at this point it’s a critical platform for us to connect with a wide variety of market segments, including live events, installation, theme parks, sports venues - and really more than I can list here,” comments Clear-Com president, Bob Boster. “We are looking forward to reconnecting with this disparate audience in the show’s new home of Barcelona.”
A main feature on the booth will be the Arcadia Central Station. Designed with input from Clear-Com’s extensive global live sound user base, Arcadia is a scalable IP intercom platform that integrates wired and digital wireless partyline systems along with third-party Dante devices in a single rack unit. The system can be expanded to meet varying production needs, offering a base level of 32 IP ports which can be expanded to up to 96 IP ports (and beyond in future releases) as needed.
“This is truly a platform designed for future expansion,” explains product manager, Kari Eythorsson. “We will be demoing the highly anticipated

 
 
avxinuseSennheiser Group returns to NAB
Friday, 1 April 2022

USA - Sennheiser, Neumann and Dear Reality will show a broad spectrum of products at this month’s NAB show in Las vegas. Mark Posgay, senior vice president sales, professional audio, Americas, comments: “We’re excited to be back on the NAB show floor and see our customers face to face. We will have great solutions for pristine audio capture, reliable monitoring and best-in-class immersive mixing waiting for them.”
The Sennheiser Group booth features an experience zone that will present a complete Dolby Atmos mixing workflow complemented by products from Dear Reality and Neumann. Visitors can immersively mix and monitor Atmos ‘on the go’ using Dear Reality’s dearVR Spatal Connect, dearVR Monitor, dearVR Pro and a pair of studio headphones. As the zone is also fitted with a 5.1.4 AES67-based Neumann monitoring system, visitors will be able to listen to a benchmark reproduction of the mix results. Additional demonstrations will be presented every hour, showing how broadcast engineers can work in remote, on the go setups with Dear Reality’s software tools or in a fully-fledged studio environment with Neumann monitors.
Sennheiser will products ranging from premium shotgun microphones like the MKH 8060 and MKH 416 to wireless tools like the EK 6042 camera receiver, which works seamlessly with Sennheiser’s digital and analogue wireless microphones.
NAB will also feature RF wireless solutions for major broadcast events and shows, such as Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 wireless microphone series and 2000 IEM series.
For ENG professionals

 
rode-nth100-lifestyle-insitu-001-2000x1334-rgbRØDE makes debut in headphone market
Friday, 1 April 2022

Australia - RØDE has announced its debut in the headphone market with the NTH-100 professional over-ear headphones.
“The NTH-100s are the culmination of decades of passion and immersion in audio,” says RØDE CEO Damien Wilson. “We developed these headphones from the ground up with avid attention to every detail and an obsession with perfection, and we are incredibly proud of the outcome.
“It is with absolute confidence that I say the NTH-100s are the best in their class. If you’re a creator looking for your first headphones or a seasoned professional still on the hunt for the perfect cans, your search is over.”
The NTH-100s are designed for all forms of content creation at home, in the studio or in the field, including music production, podcasting and livestreaming, location recording, and video production or editing.
The headphones feature custom-matched 40mm dynamic drivers that have been crafted to deliver an accurate frequency response and exceptional clarity. Their design is based around a custom voice coil with a four-layer ultra-high-tension aluminium alloy as its core, which is coupled to an ultra-stiff triple-layer Mylar diaphragm.
These characteristics are further enhanced by the contoured earcup construction. This ergonomic design has been precision-engineered to not only be extremely comfortable but also acoustically optimal, eliminating standing modes and frequency resonances for a more immersive listening experience. The earcups also feature high-density memory foam for ‘excellent’ noise isolation.

 
 
locationLectrosonics keeps the peace in New Mexico
Friday, 1 April 2022

USA - With five Primetime Emmy nominations and four CAS awards for sound mixing, Darryl L. Frank is a household name in production sound mixing in New Mexico - a state Breaking Bad elevated as a filming location. In fact, he worked on the blockbuster AMC show. Lately, Frank has been chasing actors on horseback in the acclaimed western series 1883 and miking up Tom Hanks in the sci-fi drama Finch, which explores human-robot relations on a post-apocalyptic Earth.
Instead of six-guns or lasers on his hip, Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless keeps the peace by ensuring flawless sound even under harsh production conditions. Frank’s rig includes Venue2 receivers, wideband SMWB transmitters and their dual-battery SMDWB siblings, SMV and SMQV high-output transmitters, and up to 30 R1-series IFB receivers depending on production needs. All frequencies are coordinated using Wireless Designer software.
On 1883, Frank served as second unit mixer along with Richard Bullock Jr. as first unit mixer. The first thing Frank’s cart had to stand up to was the environment. “We were outside most of the time, so working on this show was all about embracing the weather,” Frank comments. “Rain, heat, dust, 50mph winds, you name it. We shot a couple of days in Montana where I don’t think the winds ever dipped below 40mph. This made holding up booms impossible, and so increased the number of wireless channels we needed. There and in New Mexico, there were a lot of middle-of-nowhere places. At no time did I have an issue with any of the wirel

 
fiariedelRiedel named FIA sports telecoms partner
Friday, 1 April 2022

Europe - Riedel Communications has announced that the company has been named the official supplier of motor sports telecommunications for the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). After a two-decade relationship between the two organisations, Riedel will now supply the FIA with hardware and software technologies to take safety, sustainability, and innovation across all global FIA championship series to the next level.
Peter Bayer, FIA secretary general for sport and FIA F1 executive director, said, “The FIA's decision to name Riedel as an official supplier of its motor sports communication is a result of a trusted relationship over two decades. It illustrates our shared commitment to use the most advanced technologies, with the safety and sustainability requirements that we have for all our championships.”
Communications and signal distribution solutions provided by Riedel for FIA motor sports events include: the pioneering MediorNet distributed video infrastructures, which combine signal transport, routing, processing, and conversion in a redundant real-time network; the scalable Artist digital intercom network; the award-winning Bolero wireless intercom system; and a variety of specialized headsets and handheld radios.
“This partnership has been a long time in the making. Over the past 20 years, FIA and Riedel have been constantly inspiring one another to push the envelope of innovation even further,” said Thomas Riedel, CEO, and founder of Riedel Group. “We're thrilled to be officially joining the FIA's efforts to promote h

 
 
hivemark-trey-daveproductshero-imageHive launches media player range
Thursday, 31 March 2022

UK - Hive Media Control has unveiled a new generation of media playback and control systems comprising four hardware video media players that promise to "dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of media player solutions". The product family has been designed for use by AV integrators, architects, event producers, show designers, and brand activations. The four products are known simply as Player_1, _2, _3 and _4. They deliver HD, 4K, 4K SDI and 8K SDI respectively, with the SDI models also supporting genlock from a reference sync source.
The range utlises the latest embedded GPUs by NVIDIA, and is said to offer "outstanding performance at a fraction of the cost and footprint" compared with other systems on the market.
Hive was founded by Dave Green, Trey Harrison and Mark Calvert, who have together delivered video systems for global projects including the London Olympics, the Tokyo Olympics, Dubai World Expo, Eric Prydz’s HOLO, Coldplay, and the National Museum of Qatar.
Green explains: “As the AV market demands higher and higher resolutions, the cost and complexity of the media control systems required to drive displays has become unmanageable. With Hive, we have taken an alternative approach. The days of Heavy Metal are over! Instead of huge racks of expensive, power hungry hardware and complex signal distribution systems, we have a new generation of pocket-sized computers. These are also specifically designed to be more environmentally friendly, using less energy, as part of Hive's commitment to reducing carbon footprints.”
“To

 
b107sBluesound Pro debuts streaming amplifier
Thursday, 31 March 2022

UK - Bluesound Professional has introduced the B170S Networked Streaming Stereo Amplifier, a versatile amplified streamer.
The B170S is an all-encompassing networked streaming amplifier that satisfies a multitude of commercial audio needs. Features like low-impedance lines out, constant voltage option, energy-efficient amplification technology and a compact form factor makes the B170S suitable for supporting bulk speaker installations and daisy-chained speaker setups.
The B170S is designed to work with all kinds of installations. High performance audio can be achieved with the low impedance option via 4 or 8 Ohm low impedance outputs. Using the low impedance outputs is particularly fitting for applications where intelligibility and audio quality are most important. Alternatively, bulk speaker installations like corridors or high-traffic areas can be catered to with the 70/100V constant voltage option that allows for daisy-chained speakers, reducing cable lengths and complexity.
The amplifier section of the B170S offers various power options: 2 x 80W into 4/8Ω, 2 x 100W at 70V, or 1 x 100W at 100V, which is plenty of power for small or large installations. Additionally, thermostatic fan cooling and a standby mode consuming only 6W of power ensures reliable operation in commercial environments.
Thanks to its sleek design, the B170S can be mounted vertically or horizontally, allowing it to seamlessly hide under shelves, tables or on walls. Keyhole slots allow for stealthy mounting options closer to where speakers will be installed. Up to 6 B17

 
 
super-bowlDiGiCo fields strong team for Super Bowl
Thursday, 31 March 2022

USA - This year’s Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles area was an inflection point for the event’s signature halftime spectacular. It was to be the first time that all of the music performers were hip-hop artists, reflecting a shift what has taken place over the last decade that has seen the genre come to dominate popular music sales, charts, and culture.
One thing that has remained a constant, though, was the event’s reliance on DiGiCo as ATK Audiotek, now a Clair Global company, once again deployed four SD5 mixing consoles to handle the complex and high-profile production.
The headliners - Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, and surprise guest 50 Cent - were intended to constitute what halftime sponsor Pepsi called “the greatest 12 minutes in music entertainment the world has ever seen”.
As with previous years’ halftime events, ATK Audiotek augmented the host stadium’s installed sound system with additional speakers and amplifiers loaded onto bespoke wheeled carts to accommodate both the substantial low end as well as the crisp vocal intelligibility required.
Getting the front-of-house and monitor mixes together called for a team as good as the LA Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals, who were playing the match. They found that in Alex Guessard and Tom Pesa, veteran TV music mixers who had both worked the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show that featured Lady Gaga. They in turn were paired with two pairs of DiGiCo SD5 consoles, one each for FOH and monitors and one more each as redundant back-ups. Whe

 
nexoNexo brings versatility to Tokyo Garden Theatre
Thursday, 31 March 2022

Japan - Recognised as one of Japanese capital’s leading theatre venues, the Tokyo Garden Theatre is located in the city’s waterfront area within a major new development that also includes a retail mall, hotel, spa facility and housing complex. In a country where most theatres and halls operate on weekends only, the Tokyo Garden Theatre is designed to stage events every day of the week, where shows can load in out quickly, with easy access to a versatile, world-class, and permanently installed sound system.
“At my previous job, I was in charge of establishing Sendai PIT, a small live club in the city of Sendai,” explains Katsushi Kamuki from the theatre’s operation department. “We used Nexo speakers there, and I felt that their bold and powerful sound would be well-suited for the sound at Tokyo Garden Theatre. So, I took everyone involved in making the decision to Sendai PIT for a test listen before deciding to use Nexo.”
Two hangs of Nexo STM M28 and B112 are rigged either side of the stage as the main speakers, with adjacent hangs of Geo M10 and MSUB15 subs as out-fills. STM S118 subwoofers are located under the stage and PS15-R2s are used as front-fills. Small clusters of STM M28s are installed on the ceiling as delays, and Nexo’s ID24s are used to extend coverage under balconies.
Amplification and processing come from a bank of Nexo’s 4-channel, networkable NXAMP4X4MK2 powered controllers, and Yamaha Rivage PM7 digital consoles are used for FOH and monitor mixing.
Commenting on behalf of the Theatre Operation Department at

 
 
entourage-proEntourage Pro launches in full
Thursday, 31 March 2022

UK - Crewing platform Entourage Pro (EP) has launched its free to use and join freelance production crew resource. The service connects and sources freelance production crew and underpins traditional word-of-mouth methods for finding work and sourcing crew.
Partnered by major manufacturers of production technology including Robe, Avolites, Yamaha, d&b audiotechnik, MDG, Chainmaster and Marshall, EP is an online network of crew that has already secured thousands of members from over 60 countries around the world.
Initial uptake is being extended by EP’s partnership with Showcase Music, with the platform being promoted to over 350,000 rental companies, artists, labels, management, venues and production and tour managers from across the globe.
Searches by role, experience, availability, credentials, visas, rates, languages, qualifications and much more, gives the whole industry access to an unrivalled source of professional freelance crew from over 150 industry roles.
“The non-return rates of freelancers who had to leave the industry to find other work during the pandemic are frightening,” says EP director, Joel Perry. “We know the number of crew lost has reached into the 1000s, globally. Consequently, the opportunities presenting themselves for skilled video techs, riggers, staging, audio and lighting practitioners, are vast. EP can plug the gap quickly, efficiently and comprehensively.
“Entourage Pro was conceived well before the pandemic, and was able to act swiftly during lockdown,” adds fellow EP director, James Stanbri

 
pliantPliant brings High Density mode to NAB 2022
Wednesday, 30 March 2022

USA - Pliant Technologies will be presenting High Density mode for both its CrewCom and CrewCom CB2 wireless intercom systems at NAB 2022 (Booth C7118). High Density mode is a selectable mode of operation that increases user densities.
For CrewCom, this new software-selectable mode supports up to 32 Radio Packs (RPs) on a single Radio Transceiver (RT) while dynamically allowing any four of the RPs to communicate in full-duplex across four available talk paths. For CB2, the High Density mode supports up to 16 Radio Packs (RPs) on a single BaseStation. In addition, users of both systems will have the flexibility to simultaneously deploy “Normal” mode-enabled RPs and RTs (synced BaseStations for CB2) along with High Density mode-enabled hardware, providing adaptability for application-specific setups.
“We are excited to showcase High Density mode for both our CrewCom and CB2 intercom systems to those in attendance at NAB 2022,” says Gary Rosen, vice president of global sales for Pliant Technologies. “With this new firmware update that can be downloaded at no charge to all new and existing users, both the flagship CrewCom (firmware v1.10) and CrewCom CB2 (firmware v1.1) now offers our users a truly amazing value in professional wireless intercom.”
Also at NAB 2022, Pliant will be showcasing its MicroCom line of intercoms (MicroCom M and MicroCom XR), including the new 4-Wire I/O Interface and Two-Way Radio Headset Adapter (PAC-MC4W-IO) for MicroCom XR.

 
 
newtonNew software and firmware for Outline’s Newton
Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Italy - Continued development of the company’s patented WFIR filter design offer greater EQ resolution, while other updates extend the unit’s capabilities, compatibility and control options.
The latest updates to the Dashboard application (software v1.9.4 and firmware v0.97) include enhancements to the functionality of WFIR filters, the addition of GPIO port control and extended compatibility for the latest Apple Mac computers.
Of particular interest to companies who already deploy Newton on some of the world’s largest festivals is the further development of its unique WFIR (Warped Finite Impulse Response) filters, using Outline’s new Equalisation Coefficient Synthesis Algorithm (EQ-CSA) which accelerates the group EQ speed functionality significantly and also extends the filter resolution.
These enhancements apply not only within a single Newton but also when several units are networked together, whilst retaining all the outstanding performance and surgical precision for which the unique WFIR filters are recognised. This new level of multi-unit control delivers a level of audio equalisation options that can be simultaneously deployed across multiple festival stages.
Compatibility with Apple Mac computers has also been further developed by Outline’s engineers, as Big Sur and Monterey operating systems are now supported. Additionally, Dashboard is now fully compatible with latest-generation Macs using the M1 chip.
The update also introduces the option of using Newton’s GPIO capability to manage some internal functions for sa

 
nexoNexo delivers for London live music restaurant
Wednesday, 30 March 2022

UK - Boisdale has live music restaurants in Belgravia, Bishopsgate and Canary Wharf, combining ‘fantastic dining with world-class entertainment’.
The sound system at Boisdale’s largest property in Canary Wharf has recently been replaced by a new, all-Nexo installation comprising of speakers from the Geo M6, ID Series and ePS ranges, with amplification from 11 Dante-networked Nexo NXAMP4X2MK2 powered processors.
“We strive to offer our customers the best of everything, from the moment they walk through the door,” explains Boisdale commercial and marketing director Adam Priestly. “Alongside a premium food, drink and entertainment offering, it’s also important to curate the right atmosphere, and sound is a big part of this.
“Most importantly of course, we want performers and audience alike to experience the very best live sound, and that’s exactly what they get with NEXO.”
The system was designed by the Engineering Support Team at the Nexo campus in Plailly, France, using the company’s NS-1 configuration and performance modelling software, with the final installation handled by Oxford-based Event Production Services.
Nexo UK sales manager Andy Simmons takes up the story. “There are four Geo M620s in the main clusters in the live music area. And, of course, it’s important that every seat in the house gets a good view of the stage, so flying the L18 subs and locating IDS110 subs under the stage really did the trick.
“It’s also important that the whole audience gets even coverage of SPL and frequency resp

 
 
mike-blackman-emilie-van-karnebeek-wendy-griffithsAV community supports Amsterdam children’s care unit
Wednesday, 30 March 2022

The Netherlands - The Jeroen Pit House, a new children’s transitional care unit in Amsterdam, is now completed and ready to welcome chronically ill children and their families when the facility officially opens on 11 May.
With support from the AV community, the building boasts a sophisticated systems integration tailored to the special needs of its users. At a celebratory event last week, Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events and Wendy Griffiths, VP engagement and global development at CEDIA were in attendance to congratulate the project team on this achievement.
The Jeroen Pit House has been championed by ISE, along with ISE’s co-owners CEDIA and AVIXA, since planning began more than three years ago. The build has been supported with generous contributions from the AV industry to complete the eight apartments, dedicated cinema and presentation room, the communal area and a state-of-the art entertainment space. The project is part of ISE’s legacy to Amsterdam, the city it called ‘home’ for 15 years, until the show moved to its new home at the Gran Vía, Fira de Barcelona last year.
Over 30 AV brands generously provided services and product for free. CEDIA award-winning residential integrator Woelf in Belgium, along with commercial integration expert AVEX in the Netherlands, worked together to design the complex integration. Contributors include ACT, Antratek, Apart, Arcam, Attero Tech, Audac, Audinate, Audipack, Barco, Belden, Biamp, Bose, Chief, Cisco, Crestron, GenericAV, Intronics, Kenwell, Kramer AV, Legrand, Logi

 
xutospontapsXutos & Pontapés celebrate with Martin Audio
Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Portugal - Martin Audio’s Portuguese partner LVT Audio recently supported a landmark 40th anniversary performance by rock band, Xutos & Pontapés and the Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra with a Martin Audio MLA Compact rig.
The band itself was founded in Lisbon by the late Zé Pedro, Zé Leonel, Kalú and Tim, and the Porto-based rental company were determined to cut no corners at Porto’s 8,500-capacity Super Bock Arena.
With audio direction by LVT principal, and technical director, Miguel Lindo and support from Martin Audio’s North American technical specialist Joe Lima, LVT provided Xutos’ FOH engineer, Carlos Vales (Cajó) and system tech, Antonio (Touché) Costa with a powerful system. This comprised hangs of 18 elements of MLA Compact per side, with a further 12 MLA Mini and three MSX subs on each flank performing out-fill duties.
LF reinforcement for the main system was in the shape of 16x DSX subwoofers, set in cardioid broadside configuration, while front fills consisted of four further MLA Compact.
Commenting on his experience with the PA rig, Xutos’ FOH engineer, Carlos Vales stated, “Ever since the modular system era, Martin Audio has been a perfect match for Rock & Roll - both on monitors and PA. And MLA is no exception. With excellent definition and consistent dispersion throughout the audience area, it is an excellent PA in every situation.”
Adding his own experiences with Martin Audio’s front-line PA’s, Miguel Lindo stated, “We've done more than 40 concerts since October 2020 covering all genr

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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