Audio News

cdc-five-ibc-tv-pete-craigieCadac CDC five on IBC TV
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

UK - Cadac again provided the audio mixing capabilities for the IBC TV broadcast studio at this year’s convention. The CDC five with its compact form factor, courtesy of a single 23.5” touch screen and 16 fader operating surface, handled the audio duties for the studio.
“You get a lot of audio capability in a small space,” says Pete Craigie, sound supervisor for the channel. “Although IBC TV appears to be fairly straightforward technically, there are challenges with various record feeds going to different destinations and multiple monitoring stations to be set up. The flexible routing on the CDC five handled this well.”
The complete Cadac MegaCOMMS 96k / 24-bit audio mix setup comprised the 48 input / 24 assignable buss console, CDC I/O stagebox and CDC MC MADI bridge. “The use of the MADI bridge enabled quick, easy and stable connectivity to the EVS systems that are at the core of our workflow. As you’d expect from Cadac, the mic amps, EQ and dynamics all sounded first class.”
“The Cadac CDC five was great, straight out of the box,” continues Craigie. “Using it is very intuitive, with the large format display and clear user interface. It feels very much a real console rather than a control surface. Now I would like to get my hands on its big brother, the CDC seven-s.”
Cadac also supplied a MegaCOMMS network for use in the in the Big Screen auditorium, specified by Terry Nelson from IBC Technical Resources, comprising a CDC MC Router, multiple stage boxes, CDC seven-s and CDC six mixing consoles, and a CDC

south-brunswick-high-schoolSouth Brunswick High gets Community boost
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

USA - JD Sound & Video has completed the design and installation of a new sound system for the 1,800-seat performing arts theatre at South Brunswick High School (SBHS) in Monmouth Junction.
Established in 1960, SBHS is the lone secondary school of the South Brunswick Public Schools, serving around 3,000 students in ninth through 12th grades.
Joe DiSabatino, president and lead design engineer of JD Sound & Video, explains: “Audio quality, coverage, reliability and value were all important for the performing arts theatre at SBHS so, based on previous experience we chose the Community IV6 Modular Vertical Array system. Being a passive system, it delivers a great combination of acoustic purity and long-term reliability and is easily configured for optimum coverage. Our design was verified by Hadi Sumoro of HX Audio Labs, who completed the EASE modelling and commissioning.”
Flown with IV6 GlidePoint array frames, the system consists of left and right arrays, each comprising six IV6-1122 wide-dispersion 12-inch two-way array elements. Each array is supplemented with two IV6-118S 18-inch subwoofers extending the low frequency and adding impressive bass impact. The subwoofers are mounted behind the IV6-1122 elements using BalancePoint flyware, thereby minimizing the array length and visual intrusion on the stage. DiSabatino comments: “The IV6 system evenly covers the entire theatre, including the back rows and raked seats in the side lecture hall extensions, without requiring any delays.”
Completing the project, JD Sound &am

lockhavenuniversitygym2Danley helps Bald Eagles reach new heights
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

USA - Danley loudspeakers were recently installed at the Thomas Fieldhouse gym, the home of the Lock Haven Bald Eagles of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
The university serves 4,600 students in the north-central region of the state and its Lock Haven Bald Eagles sports teams compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s Divisions I & II.
All Bald Eagle indoor sports are played at the Thomas Fieldhouse gym, its boomy acoustics putting a soggy blanket on the intelligibility of Bo Miller’s enthusiastic Lock Haven announcements. But this has now changed, thanks to the installation of Danley OS80 point-source loudspeakers and TH118 subwoofers, which deliver great phase-coherent intelligibility and tight pattern control.
“Admittedly, the poor intelligibility of my announcements was a big part of my desire to replace the nearly 25 year-old equipment that was present in the Thomas Fieldhouse gym,” says Bo Miller, who is also the director of information technology for LHU.
“Danley’s patented point-source designs offer far superior intelligibility to all the other options that are on the market,” said Tyler Hoffman, senior creative at Illuminated Integration the firm that installed the system for LHU and now stands behind it for support. Skip Welch, eastern regional sales manager at Danley Sound Labs and a veteran integrator, designed the system in collaboration with Miller. Hoffman continued, “The old system used numerous front-loaded drivers, coaxial and horn products. It produced a mash of phasing prob

rcfhdl50-a4k-arrayRCF’s HDL 50-A 4K now shipping
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Italy - Pro audio solutions manufacturer RCF has announced its HDL 50-A 4K is now shipping. This is the company’s most powerful HDL line array module, with an internal amplifier pushing 8000W peak power under the hood. The amplifier module is available as an upgrade for current HDL 50-A owners, the company has said.
The HDL 50-A 4K is an active three-way line array module designed for large-sized events, indoors and outdoors. It features a sound pressure level of 143 dB SPL with a built-in Class-D 4000 W RMS four-channel amplifier. Equipped with eight transducers, it offers playback quality ideal for high performing musical applications. The proprietary 90 x 10° 4PATH waveguide, paired with the symmetrical design of the cabinet delivers coherent coverage. Each of the four 4K amplifier modules operates at very low impedance producing a quick and detailed transient response, while the high damping factor improves sound quality and detail.
(LSi Online)

harmanHarman AVLC solution for Vietnamese concert hall
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Vietnam - Ba Sao Investment Co., Ltd recently installed a Harman Professional Solutions networked audio, video, light and control solution at Van Lang University to deliver pristine sound and alluring lighting for performances, presentations and events.
Founded in 1995, Van Lang University is one of the first and most distinguished private universities in Vietnam. With three sprawling facilities across Ho Chi Minh City, Van Lang University offers an array of educational amenities, including an expansive technology center, a smart library and a world-class concert hall. In order to provide exceptional sound and lighting for events in the concert hall, Van Lang University hired Vietnam's premier AV distributor, Ba Sao Investment Co., Ltd to install an AV solution. After surveying the location, Ba Sao Investment assembled a comprehensive Harman Professional Solutions networked AV system.
“Van Lang is one of the most prestigious universities in Vietnam, and they required a state-of-the-art AVLC solution to produce world-class events in their concert hall,” comments Nguyen Huu Tuan, sales director, Ba Sao Investment Co. Ltd. “Aiming to provide the University with a user-friendly system, we selected a range of Harman Professional products for their unrivalled flexibility, intuitive controls and superior sound and light quality.”
Ba Sao Investment equipped the concert hall with a JBL VRX932LAP line array loudspeaker system and VRX918SP line array subwoofers for class-leading sound with brilliant highs and deep lows. JBL PRX815W floor moni

martin-audio-vardhaman-india-2Martin Audio appoints VMT in India
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

India - Martin Audio has appointed Vardhaman Megatech Pvt. Ltd (VMT) as its exclusive distribution partner for India. The appointment was confirmed by David McKinney, managing director of Generation AV, who undertake Martin Audio sales strategy, account management and technical support duties in the Asia Pacific territory.
“VMT has a strength in all the vertical markets that Martin Audio is present in including both Touring and Installation,” he comments. “VMT are headquartered in Mumbai but have teams all across the country and are set up to ensure Martin Audio customers have quick support across all parts of India.
“Having a dedicated team will enable VMT to provide special support and attention to all Martin Audio customers in India. We are proud to be working with such an established distributor, with a rich history in professional audio.”
Martin Audio will join VMT’s distribution division, which is focusing on building a nationwide distribution network, thereby enabling transparent and quick logistics, support and sales. “VMT Distribution was set up with the goal of ensuring the presence of high-quality brands in the rapidly growing Indian sub-continent. In particular, we aim to promote growth in the two and three tier cities,” says Mitul Soni, national sales manager, VMT Distribution. “We are absolutely honoured to work with Martin Audio and are confident of replicating their global success in India.”
Sushil John, executive director, VMT Distribution, adds: “Martin Audio is a perfect match for us. Their vision to

broaman-gb4dbestdistri2018ibcGB4D snaps up BroaMan’s Best Distributor award
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

France - GB4D-Gilles Bouvard has received BroaMan’s Best BroaMan Distributor award for 2018.
The Chambéry-based company specialises in the delivery of some of the most challenging integrated technology projects across the world - find out about its work on the recent Fête du Lac d’Annecy in LSi October 2019. GB4D has also introduced BroaMan’s application engineered solutions to its many customers at at leading French tradeshows SATIS and JTSE.
BroaMan MD Tine Helmle comments: “GB4D sold the most BroaMan equipment during the year, and among their many projects the two that stand out are the major exhibition and congress centres in Bordeaux and Toulouse.”
“We have been working with Gilles and Diane Hivert, who handles the distribution, for many years, and have enjoyed great cooperation and an enduring friendship,” continues Helmle. “They are extremely professional and accomplished in everything they do and we are looking forward to many more years of creating great projects together.”
Gilles Bouvard adds: “We knew of BroaMan thanks to our long association with Optocore. It was when we won the Kuwait shipyard project in 2012 that we started working with BroaMan product for the first time. We were beta testing the first Route 33 with two ring videos on a 5km loop. A LAN was needed to control the video projectors that were installed on the various video projection points, and so we had the start of the Mux22.”
GB4D subsequently developed two video routers for the World Rowing Championships in France in

green-goGreen-GO IP-based intercom for Carabineros HQ
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Chile - When Chile’s national police force, the Carabineros, needed a new intercom solution for the lecture theatre at its Santiago headquarters - one which would be unaffected by the building’s busy RF environment - the organisation turned to local AV integrator VGL.
The solution - a digital intercom system from Green-GO - would mark a technology milestone as the first IP-based intercom system to be installed in the country.
VGL had recently encountered Dutch manufacturer ELC Lighting and its Green-GO digital intercom system at the Prolight+Sound exhibition in Germany and thought it would provide the answer that the Carabineros were looking for.
“They needed an intercom system with a good quality of sound, which was easy to use and would be scalable in the time,” says VGL’s Daniel Vinagre. “They didn’t want matrix-based or RF technology, as they have many systems tracking RF signals.”
“The first thing we needed to solve was to implement a digital system capable of operating in a stable frequency beyond the RF tracker, otherwise we would have audio drop-outs,” he continues. “he second challenge was to have the whole theatre connected with wall panels and Wi-Fi intercoms.”
Using Green-GO system components, VGL designed a typical theatre intercom setup. Wall panels in the FOH control position provide access for the sound and lighting operators. On stage are another two wall panels, one each side of the stage, plus an MCR12 12-channel 19” rack-mounting station with a gooseneck microphone. The wired system is con

calvin-harris-ssl-live-4SSL ensures no need for backup on Calvin Harris tour
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Ibiza - Best known for his hit singles We Found Love, This Is What You Came For, Summer, and Feel So Close, Calvin Harris recently completed his six-week DJ residency at Ushuaia in Ibiza, flying out for each of his tour dates in-between. FOH engineer, Nathan Lettus, was brought on to the tour last minute, specifically requesting that an SSL console was used to support Harris mixing songs on the fly.
Having been with American rock band, Chicago, for 10 years, FOH engineer Nathan Lettus is very much used to working on rock and pop music. During that entire run with the band, he was happily using a console of his choosing, until he met up with a good friend - FOH engineer for The Killers, who was using SSL.
“I’d seen one of the SSL Live consoles before, but I hadn’t had a chance to play with it much; I ended up mixing most of the opening acts on the console, and just really enjoyed it,” he says.
Following this, Lettus immediately switched to an SSL L200 console, using it on Jessie J’s entire run in 2018, and on The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa hologram tour.
“Across the platform, the SSL consoles all sound alike – it’s just a matter of layout,” Lettus explains. “The L200 has three banks of faders side by side, so the console is quite wide, but it’s laid out so that all of the faders are at your fingertips. That’s why I opted for the L200, and ran with that for a bit.”
Harris’ usual FOH engineer left the tour at the last minute, which was when Lettus was asked to join. Rental compa

digital-projectionsDigital Projection’s Titan for Tosca visuals
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

UK - Following on from the resounding success of its production of The Flying Dutchman in summer 2017, Theater Regensburg has once again pushed the boundaries of open-air opera with its latest offering - a version of Puccini’s semi-staged concert performance in three acts, Tosca.
Like its predecessor, the event was held at the West Port of the bayernhafen business park, a freight traffic hub in the East Bavarian town of Regensburg. The stage was situated on the historic Municipal Warehouse side, while the audience of nearly 3,000 was seated opposite on the North Quay. The side of the warehouse itself served as a gigantic projection surface upon which visuals were beamed, courtesy of Digital Projection Titan laser projectors.
“The video aspect was the main part of the show,” comments video operator, Wolfgang Frauendienst. “The actors and their audience were around 100m apart, so we needed a projector that could provide as much brightness as possible over a long distance. We decided to use four Titan Laser projectors arranged in two stacks of two, with each stack covering one half of the building.”
The Titan Laser 37000 delivers up to 37,000 (WUXGA) or up to 31,000 (4K-UHD) lumens from a relatively compact chassis, making it the ideal projector for the most demanding of large-venue applications.
“Where bright, pin sharp images are required there should be no compromise,” says Digital Projection’s vice-president of global marketing, Mark Wadsworth. “The Titan Laser utilises the very latest in connectivity, includ

greenhippo-the1975peoplevideo0041jordancurtishughesHippotizer offers a Bryte solution for The 1975
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

UK - The 1975’s video for new single People sees the band performing the alt rock track inside an LED cube, supplied and installed by 80six Ltd, displaying swirling lyrics and quickfire, colour-changing content. Filmed at London’s Black Island Studios, the production was an ambitious surround-video setup, powered by a Hippotizer V4 Taiga servers from Green Hippo. Directed by Warren Fu, the video featured premade content inspired by the band’s lyrics, created by Jon Emmony.
Simon Harris, project manager at Bryte Design, was approached by The 1975’s tour director James Valpy to project manage the video content delivery. “Set up was simple, utilising Hippotizer’s Output Manager and VideoMapper to map the five sides of the cube, outputting six HD signals via Evision LED processors,” says Harris. “As the content was running to timecode, playback was simple and straightforward.”
In addition to the LED cube video content, the main Taiga server also fed content via PixelMapper and Art-Net data through a grandMA2 to a rig of Astera LED tubes and ARRI SkyPanels used to light the band with complementary colours, providing illumination consistent with the screen content. Mike Smith, managing director of Bryte Design, operated these, as well as moving lights, on the grandMA2.
“As the content was very fast moving and contained quick colour changes and strobes, this was the ideal way to light the band effectively and synchronously,” adds Harris. “Pixel-mapping the Astera tubes and SkyPanels was a last-minute request, but we had the

emacoustics-mk-gallery2jpgEM Acoustic equips Milton Keynes arts venue
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

UK - The MK Gallery in Milton Keynes is a new arts venue designed by award-winning architectural firm, 6a architects. The development, which opened in March, encompasses the original MK Gallery and adds a new structure to more than double the space available, providing five exhibition galleries, a learning and community studio, and The Sky Room, a flexible auditorium on the upper floor.
With 150 retractable seats (300 standing), the Sky Room is the home of independent cinema in Milton Keynes (in partnership with Curzon) and also hosts live music, theatre, lectures, conferences and more. The venue is equipped with an EM Acoustics sound system based on the EMS Series and the dedicated installation i-Series range supplied by event production specialists, Hawthorn.
An EM Acoustics system was specified as part of the global design of the Sky Room. “It sounded great but I felt that the initial spec was lacking a bit of low end, and needed a bit of tweaking in order to really suit our needs, so I got in touch with EM Acoustics directly to see if they could help,” explains Jamie Aylard, facilities & technical manager at MK Gallery. “EM’s David Kelland came to see us, and with his help we were able to design a system that suited both our needs and our budget. The results now are fantastic - I’m really pleased with how it sounds.”
The main system is comprised of two i-C12 coaxial, reflex-loaded full range loudspeakers flown from the ceiling grid. “These are used for lectures, conferences and of course cinema,” says Aylard. They are supplem

arkaos-plasa-2019ArKaos praises ‘great’ PLASA 2019
Monday, 30 September 2019

UK - ArKaos, realtime visual processing technology provider for live performance and displays, enjoyed a busy PLASA 2019 expo in London Olympia (15-17 September) on the stand of its UK and Irish Republic distributor, Entedi.
ArKaos highlighted the latest version of its flagship MediaMaster Pro 5.6 realtime video control software, which is also now available with a License Rental service that enables weekly rental periods of MediaMaster Pro usage. This greatly increases flexibility and affordability for anyone involved in specific projects or events on which they want to use this award-winning platform, says the company.
ArKaos CEO Agnes Wojewoda comments: “PLASA was great! A lot of buzz and activity at the show and a lot of interest in MediaMaster Pro in particular and in the new Licence Rental options for this as well as some other ArKaos products. It’s a good show with great networking for anyone active in entertainment and live events sectors.”
On working with Entedi, she adds: “We are really pleased to be working with Cally [Bacchus, Entedi MD] and this team. They are great people with an excellent reputation and a wide reach across all areas of the entertainment industry.”
Bacchus says his company saw more high-quality and serious visitors than last year, underlining PLASA’s place as a hub for the UK’s entertainment technology industry. He adds: “We have seen ArKaos develop over the years and add a huge amount of user-friendliness, power and simplicity to the real-time control of video and pixel sources. Like us,

das-audio-arena-soundArenal Sound marks anniversary with DAS Audio
Monday, 30 September 2019

Spain - Every year, Arenal Sound - an open-air music festival held in Arenal de Burriana - presents an unbeatable package of music and party by the beach. In 2019, more than 300,000 flocked to the event, with tickets selling out 14 hours after going on sale, even without the full line-up being announced.
DAS Audio has accompanied the festival over the past 10 years, providing new solutions and optimizing resources and service. In this last edition, DAS Audio has been on all the stages deploying the necessary equipment to cover the acoustic needs of this large-scale event and rising to the challenge posed by the location of the stages near a residential area.
With this in mind, Audioprobe, the company responsible for the sound system and its installation at the festival, deployed on the Desperados main stage 32 AERO-40A, 18 flown UX-218A subwoofers and six stacked UX-221A as the main system. Twelve AERO-40A were used as out-fill and 16 AERO-40A as front-fill, as well as 18 AERO-40A for the first delay and 14 AERO-40A for the second. The main stage required a projection of 150m, so the system was optimized with DASaim to provide even coverage in all the listening areas so the public could enjoy clear and powerful sound during the performances of Farruko, Martin Garrix, Thirty Seconds to Mars or Vetusta Morla, among others.
On the Negrita stage, the public witnessed the live acts of SFDK, Zahara, Carolina Durante or Second. Power and clarity were achieved deploying 24 AERO-50 and 18 UX-221 as the main system, plus 12 AERO-50 as delay, eight A

shire-raspberry-piShure Microflex Advance enters Raspberry Pi HQ
Monday, 30 September 2019

UK - The Raspberry Pi Foundation recently installed two Shure Microflex Advance MXA910 ceiling array microphones at its headquarters in Cambridge.
Tthe UK-based charity required a multi-functional, reliable microphone system for one large collaboration space with the option of dividing into smaller spaces and not compromising sound quality. By selecting two MXA910’s the foundation can configure the microphones for complete coverage and ensure optimum capture of the talker when connecting with its UK and International sites or for two smaller programs happening simultaneously such as their ‘Code Club’ and ‘Raspberry Jam’ social events.
With both spaces attended primarily by children, the system needed to offer excellent audio quality while being efficient and effective in its performance.
AV specialists Snelling Business Systems were on hand to realise the ambitious project, delivering a system that offers a natural sound for presentations and audio conferencing, with two Shure MXA910 ceiling array microphones integral to the overall performance.
“As an international charity, Raspberry Pi need to communicate with their members and teams from all over the world,” comments Steve Royans, sales director at Snelling Business Systems.
“A system that provides exceptional audio was needed, while also being versatile enough to perform in internal applications such as presentations to younger audiences. The Shure MXA910 ceiling array microphones captures the natural sound required absolutely perfectly.”
(LSi Online

k-aus-licht-day-3-orchesterfinalisten-touseChristie co-stars in aus LICHT
Friday, 27 September 2019

The Netherlands - As part of a 15-hour performance spread over three days, Dutch National Opera performed major parts of Karlheinz Stockhausen's aus LICHT cycle.
One of the world’s top five opera companies, the Dutch National Opera opted for a combination of Christie Terra for AV distribution and processing, and Christie Pandoras Box for content management and control of the four LED video walls, cameras and projectors used throughout the performance space.
The performances were produced in cooperation with the Holland Festival, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the Stockhausen Foundation, and held at Amsterdam’s Gashouder, a former industrial hall that now serves as an event space. The audience experienced some of the highlights from the artist's seven operas, named after weekdays, during the three-day performance. This is the first time that a summary of aus LICHT has been staged.
Christie partner Rolight supplied the Christie Terra AV distribution equipment. Two Christie Pandoras Box Managers and two Christie Pandoras Box Quad Servers supplied source signals to Christie Terra Transmitters. Four Terra receivers supplied signals to each of the four LED walls, and four more Terra units were used for previewing AV sources and broadcast feeds. The system operated from a 10G Ethernet switch and a Terra Controller was used to configure and control signal routing.
The large-scale production was recorded, with the aim of reproducing the entire sound universe of Stockhausen's aus LICHT, with three wireless cameras in

peppeShure UK completes pro audio team
Friday, 27 September 2019

UK - Shure UK has appointed Giuseppe ‘Peppe’ Mallozzi to its UK pro audio team.
Mallozzi will work with new and existing customers and build brand awareness in the concert touring, theatre and broadcast markets. He joins Shure UK after eight years at Autograph as technical sales engineer, where he was responsible for large-scale wireless projects across the UK and wider entertainment industry.
“I am very excited about my new venture at Shure UK, a company of which I have worked with for many years,” says Mallozzi. “I look forward to working with customers in London and the South and developing new relationships in an industry I am proud to be a part of.”
Stuart Moots, associate director, pro audio at Shure UK, adds: "Peppe's knowledge and experience make him an ideal fit for this role. As a trusted face within our industry, he is able to hit the ground running. With the right team in place, we are now ideally positioned to continue our growing success in theatre and broadcast, while also leading the way in touring and live events. The future looks bright for Shure UK pro audio."
(Jim Evans)

nexoplasaawardNexo and Yamaha gear up for BPM 2019
Friday, 27 September 2019

UK - Fresh from an award-winning PLASA Show in London, Nexo and Yamaha are again teaming up on stand D2 for the BPM DJ show (5-6 October, Cranmore Park, Birmingham).
Having recently won a PLASA Award for Innovation, the Nexo P12 point-source loudspeaker will be a highlight, along with the L15 subwoofer. Described by the PLASA judges as “the loudspeaker version of lighting’s [ETC] Source Four, having interchangeable horns with tool-less interchangeability”, the P12 features a system for varying high-frequency coverage patterns. Available in both touring and installation versions, the P12 is ideal for a wide range of short-throw sound reinforcement applications.
BPM visitors will be able to hear the P12 and L15 in action at the show’s Sound Experience, where a range of speaker manufacturers will have three demonstration slots each day.
Yamaha will also be showing a range of its loudspeaker systems, including the DZR Series of bi-amped powered loudspeakers; each of the four models also has a Dante-enabled counterpart, allowing users to fully integrate a DZR system with Audinate’s industry-leading digital audio networking.
DZR loudspeakers are complemented by DXS XLF Series powered subwoofers, which feature frequencies extended down to 30Hz, perfect for professional touring DJs, musicians and sound engineers who need extra low end. The DXS18XLF and DXS15XLF are also both available in a Dante-enabled version.
New Yamaha models on show will include the DXRmkII Series of powered loudspeakers, an upgraded four-model range which combine

gymAudiologic equips hotel gym with Ecler
Friday, 27 September 2019

UK - Owned by AB Hotels, Sopwell House is a luxury country house hotel set in 12 acres of Hertfordshire countryside. Steeped in history, the house was once home to the Mountbatten family and remained as a private residence until 1969 when it became a hotel. In 1986, it was acquired by Bejerano family who are still at the helm of the business.
With more than 100 rooms, two restaurants, bars, conferencing, wedding and spa facilities as well as a swimming pool and gym, the hotel is equipped to meet every kind of business and recreational requirement.
Just as the gym plays an important role for guests who do not wish to interrupt their training regimes whilst away from home, its audio system is critical to delivering a complete experience. Fitness spaces with high quality background music reinforcement are now very much the expected standard.
Not satisfied that its existing system was up to scratch, director Alon Bejerano consulted with Excite AV over improving the audio in Sopwell House’s gym and adjoining dance studio. AV equipment provider Audiologic supplied Ecler IC Series ceiling loudspeakers to obtain optimum quality and coverage.
At Sopwell House, Excite AV used 10 x IC6 6” speakers in the gym ceiling and a further eight IC8 8” speakers were used in the dance studio. The system is powered by a Cloud CXV225 amplifier and uses a Cloud Z8 Mk4 Zone Mixer. The Z8Mk4 accepts up to six input sources and acts as a very user-friendly master control. Further local control was added by means of remote wall plates.
Gareth Thomas, director

electro-waves-handshakeElectro Waves named Audac distributor
Friday, 27 September 2019

Finland - Audac has announced a partnership with Electro Waves as the new exclusive distributor of their audio solutions in Finland. Electro Waves is a family-owned business that represents the newest technology and the company will manage the sales, distribution and service of the complete Audac product line from their offices in Espoo.
Miko Nurkki, Electro Waves CEO, comments: “By adding the complete Audac line to our portfolio, we are now able to provide a more extensive range of services to meet the needs and requirements of our partners. We were impressed by the range and scope of their services, not to mention the quality of the Audac products. So we’re excited to enter this partnership.”
Mark Asselberghs, Audac’s international sales director, adds: “We are delighted to be partnering with Electro Waves for the distribution of our complete product range. Our goal is to continuously improve our partners’ experience in every aspect. Expanding our network of sales and support personnel and being in close proximity to where our customers are is a key initiative towards achieving that. So entering into strategic partnerships with like-minded companies like Electro Waves is essential in this process.”
(Jim Evans)

rcfvenice19set20191283RCF celebrates 70th anniversary in style
Friday, 27 September 2019

Italy - RCF celebrated its 70th birthday in spectacular fashion with A Night in Laguna at the famous old Venice Arsenal, the hub of Italian shipbuilding in the 16th century.
To help them celebrate this milestone, they flew in nearly 500 distributors, dealers and customers from all points of the globe, who arrived at the ocation via a 45-minute boat journey on 19 September.
First, guests were treated to cocktails and a buffet, courtesy of two-Michelin starred chef Massimiliano (Max) Alajmo (of Le Calandre fame), along with a special 70th birthday cake.
Suitably replete, guests were then invited next door, where RCF Group CEO Arturo Vicari was introduced to spontaneous applause. He emphasised the fact that what RCF had really been selling this past 70 years, as much as transducers, was “emotion” - a fact confirmed by a short company video.
This was followed by the announcement that RCF would now be celebrating this landmark year in the company of Andrea Bocelli, “one of the most loved and appreciated voices in the world”.
As the curtain rose, the tenor took the stage, and for the next 60 minutes-plus, guests were treated to their own mesmerising recital of world-class light opera and popular classics, with the orchestra boosted by Cuban soprano Maria Aleida, Ukrainian principal violinist Anastasiya Petrishak and another regular of Andrea Bocelli’s ensemble, Italian singer Laria Della Bidia.
The set of popular classics ended much applause, which brought the ensemble back for two encores, firstly for Sartori’s Con

ca602-sideLab Gruppen releases compact amplifier range
Thursday, 26 September 2019

UK - The new CA Series of amplifiers from Lab Gruppen provide a solution for commercial and industrial applications requiring distributed audio, coupled with power conservations and reduced operating expenses. The series, available through Toucans in the UK, is capable of delivery high-quality sound, over both Low-Z (4/8 Ohm) and High-Z (70/100V) loudspeaker configurations, offering extreme flexibility on every channel.
The CA is available in three models, 60W, 120W and 240W, with each of these then having a single and two channel variants. Each model is equipped with rubber feet, enabling the amp to be placed on a desk or shelf without any additional requirements. Alternatively, rack mounting hardware is also supplied, allowing for one or multiple models to be housed and protected inside an enclosure. Save space in your rack mounts due to the CA Series being half-rack sized, allowing for amps to be installed side by side in a single rack space.
Front panel controls on the CA amps are sublimely intuitive, allowing the operator to quickly make adjustments. Both the power button and Master Volume knob on the front panel are easily accessible and simple to use, enabling virtually anyone to operate them. In addition, Bass and Treble controls are also located on the front panel for fine tuning, however; a tool is required to adjust these.
All models of the CA Series are Energy Star Certified. This means that not only do the CA amps direct drive constant power technology provide superior audio performance and reliability, it also consumes less mains po

Netgear opens design centre for installers
Thursday, 26 September 2019

UK - Netgear has announced the introduction of a new engineering support centre for professional audio video (Pro-AV) integrators deploying AV solutions which utilise IP networking. This new service to AV installers, consultants, manufacturers and resellers is positioned to streamline audio visual solutions over IP and eliminate the complexity of AV deployments.
This dedicated Pro AV engineering services team of experts has been conceived in the company’s efforts to empower those who are conducting installations and designing projects with free network design assistance, training and installation support. From pre-sales and post-sales support to technical training, to white papers and best practices, these services are positioned to help educate tech managers and integrators to become masters of AV deployments which require IP networking.
In order to streamline the adoption of AV over IP and to ensure the successful transition from legacy matrix switching to AV over ethernet, residential and business integrators depend on a solid partner to guide the way. Netgear is determined to be this partner. This new structure for Netgear is essentially a design centre with a number of the company’s top networking professionals who are accomplished at documenting, drawing, and producing AV architectures.
“This technology transition to AV over IP is an exciting new space where Netgear is driving the integration,” says Laurent Masia, director of product line management for Netgear. “We are in the market to simplify and streamline IP networking for sma

lakep1210110Precision Longbow debuts at Rock in Japan
Thursday, 26 September 2019

Japan - Celebrating its 20th anniversary year, and extended to five days for the 2019 edition, the Rock In Japan festival also marked the Japanese debut of Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision Longbow (WPL).
Running on seven stages over two weekends at Hitachi Seaside Park, music lovers from all across Japan congregated at the location. Unlike other large-scale festivals, this specialises in home grown talent and featured some of Japan’s biggest acts.
Martin Audio systems are now regular fixtures at this event, with the award-winning MLA adopted for the largest, 70,000 capacity Grass Stage. “It was back in 2011 when we first introduced MLA on the Lake Stage,” reports Shuzo Fujii, president of MSI Japan. “This is now the ninth year that the system has been adopted, and its high degree of control has become essential for the festival. Grass Stage has more than 200m depth, and without the need to use many delay towers, MLA can easily achieve the area coverage. At the same time, we can mitigate the noise pollution offsite - few systems can do that.”
Here, 20 elements each side formed the main arrays supported by a further 16 cabinets per side as out-fills. In addition, 48 MLX subwoofers provided low frequency extension.
Proving how effective multicellular technology is for a festival of this size, MLA was also adopted for other stages such as the Park Stage (10,000 cap), Lake Stage (10,000 cap) and Sound of Forest (8,000 cap) with the control offered by MLA also helping to prevent unnecessary sound bleed between stages.
But it was


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