USA - Void Acoustics will be showcasing some of their latest products at LDI (19-21 October). Those attending can see: the new models of the much-anticipated Bias Q5, Q2 and D1 amplifiers; the ArcM 12 - part of the range of passive and self-powered, multi-purpose loudspeakers that complement the Arcline series; and the Cyclone 8, enhancing the highly popular Cyclone family.
All three of the enhanced Bias amplifier designs are eco-friendly with energy-saving efficiency, resulting in low operational costs, power consumption, heat dissipation and carbon footprint. The Bias Q5 (4 x 5,200 Watts) is capable of being driven from a wide variety of supply sources, including single, dual or three-phase supply.
Specially designed with versatility and ease of use in mind, it is equally suitable for most low frequency enclosures, as well as high-power, full-range systems in any configuration. The lighter Bias Q2 (4 x 1,500 Watts) and Bias D1 (2 x 1,000 Watts), are Dante enabled amplifiers designed to work with lo-Z (from 2 Ohms) and 70V/100V distributed lines; any mixed configuration of low and high impedance output loads can be realised, making them suitable for all applications in installed sound reinforcement systems.
The ArcM 12 has multiple working surfaces, allowing it to be used as a near field booth monitor or a conventional stage wedge, as well as having the ability to be pole mounted or wall mounted for FOH purposes. In terms of mobility, measures have been taken to reduce weight, while maintaining an ergonomic design to appease manual handling requi
UK - The Inception Group has opened two new venues in London recently, providing an eye-catching showcase for Nexo’s super-compact ID Series loudspeakers.
The Inception Group has set a high audio standard for its Mr Foggs bars, of which there are now five in the collection. The AV design company Diamond AV has been entrusted with creating signature sound systems, configuring Nexo sound reinforcement elements to achieve different characteristics for the venues.
The two newest venues are Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals, and Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration, both located in central London, radically different to each other in terms of interior design and target usage.
The House of Botanicals is filled entirely with tropical plants, reflecting Mr Fogg’s collection of flora and fauna from around the world. A discreet, barely-seen audio system was required, so Diamond AV’s technical director Guy Ayres specified Nexo’s small ID24 loudspeakers, which have been tailored specifically for the installation environment.
Ten ID24s were required to provide coverage for the space, full-range speakers using twin four-inch drivers in a V formation in combination with an HF compression driver. The ID24 has a unique user-adjustable horn, easily rotatable without tools by a switch on the rear panel, giving 60º or 120º high frequency coverage. This allows high frequency horizontal dispersion to be ‘tuned’ for the given application. A single Nexo IS S110e bass bin is also in place at the House of Botanicals, extending the low frequency.
Europe - Sennheiser and Neumann have unveiled a limited edition vocal set that combines Sennheiser’s evolution wireless 500 G4 microphone system with the Neumann KK 205 true condenser capsule.
Named ew 500 G4-KK205, the kit brings the Neumann sound to a wider as until now the German company’s microphone heads had been reserved for Sennheiser’s 2000, 6000 and 9000 wireless series.
Based on Neumann’s award-winning series of wired KMS stage microphones, the KK 205 true condenser microphone head features exceptional clarity and the characteristic Neumann sound. The super-cardioid capsule delivers an immediate, emotional vocal sound with airy trebles and fast transient response. The KK 205 can take sound pressure levels of up to 150dB without clipping, ensures high gain before feedback and offers good lateral isolation towards other on-stage sound sources.
The ew 500 G4 wireless microphone system offers up to 50mW of transmission power and a switching bandwidth of 88 MHz, which gives engineers sufficient room to maneuver in the busy RF spectrum. The system is available in all standard UHF frequency ranges and comes complete with the handheld transmitter, capsule, rack-mount receiver, rack-mount kit, microphone clip and power supply.
The ew 500 G4-KK205 is available from 1 October until 31 December 2018.
Europe - d&b audiotechnnik has partnered with Grammy award winning recording artist Imogen Heap for her first tour in eight years. The live performances on Mycelia World Tour will be presented using its recently released d&b Soundscape system, which allows artists and designers to present more intimate and captivating acoustic spaces for their performances and events.
Designed to put sonic artistry at the centre of the sound production process, Soundscape can be used to achieve more natural imaging through source positioning, for sound that resonates with our intuitive understanding of reality, or to create sound art, a work of pure imagination.
Imogen Heap recently tested the Soundscape system at her barn in front of an audience of friends, innovators and musicians. “Normally, in a typical gig setup, the sound would be dispersed across a stereo field in front of you,” says Heap. “It’s a bit like going to see technicolour for the first time after seeing black and white. Being able to move sound around the audience in 360 degrees, it feels like a whole other dimension.” Heap adds: “The sound on the tour is sound like we’ve never heard it before.”
The d&b Soundscape represents a crossover between art and science– a merging, and synthesis of creativity and engineering. For innovators like Heap, it extends the artistic and technical possibilities for sound, and brings the concert experience to a whole new sensory dimension.
The Mycelia World Tour kicked off in Stockholm on 3 September; its touring format brin
UK - During the summer months, London’s Hyde Park becomes a second home for Capital Sound, and their Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker array, as they bookend the summer months with British Summer Time, near the start of the season, and then Proms in the Park and Live in Hyde Park over a single weekend in September.
Hosted by Michael Ball, Proms in the Park is billed as Britain’s largest outdoor classical music event, and includes the traditional Last Night anthems as 40,000 voices join the BBC Concert Orchestra to bring to a close two months of music with a spectacular finale.
Headlining the event were Gladys Knight. Josh Groban, tenor Joseph Calleja, Matt Goss, Lisa Stansfield, Albert Hammond and The Wandering Hearts.
The dust had barely settled when BBC Radio 2’s Live in Hyde Park got underway on the Sunday, the highlight of which was the reunion between Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, 30 years on. Also on the star-studded bill were All Saints, Rita Ora, Manic Street Preachers, Boyzone, The Shires, Lenny Kravitz and The Band of Love.
Capital were contracted by promoters, Festival Republic, with production once again in the trusty hands of Dick Tee.
The rental company has been servicing the latter now for five years and is now well accustomed to optimising PA in Hyde Park. Focusing maximum impact on the main audience area while minimizing bleed onto the neighbouring Park Lane residences, the main hangs again comprised 16 x MLA and an MLD Downfill enclosure on each flank, with a further 12 x MLA per
USA - From its early 1990s origins as a touring festival to its 2005 revival in Chicago, Lollapalooza has blossomed into a global festival phenomenon. The Chicago edition of Lollapalooza, annually held in Grant Park between the city’s striking skyline and shoreline, draws more than 400,000 music fans over four days each August to experience approximately 180 artists performing on eight stages.
This year, crowds gathering at Lollapalooza’s two largest stages - the Grant Park Stage and Bud Light Stage - heard their favourite songs through L-Acoustics K1/K2 loudspeaker systems.
The two L-Acoustics systems - used by Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, The Weekend, Jack White, Portugal. The Man, The National, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Vampire Weekend, ODESZA, and scores of others - were supplied and deployed by Houston-based L-Acoustics certified provider LD Systems, which is no stranger to huge productions.
In addition to providing K1/K2-based sound reinforcement for three solid weeks of country and pop music’s top artists at RodeoHouston each March, the company also serves as the production provider for the two largest stages of the annual Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival.
Austin-based C3 Presents, paired with Live Nation, is the promoter behind both ACL and Lollapalooza. With LD Systems already providing audio and lighting packages for several of Lollapalooza’s secondary stages since 2013, in addition to its proven track record with ACL, LD Systems director of production services Robert Ausmus was pleased to have the opportunity to brin
USA - Spitfire Creative Technologies has completed the acquisition of Green Hippo.
Spitfire also owns tvONE and Magenta Research, manufacturers of premium video processing and signal distribution products.
Green Hippo will continue to go to market with sales, branding, and distribution independently as further growth synergies materialize over the next few quarters, says a statement.
Emma Marlow, CEO of Green Hippo, comments: “For 18 years Green Hippo and Hippotizer have been part of live events around the world. We have grown well and want to continue growing. Becoming a member of the Spitfire family allows Green Hippo to focus on growing further and faster. We look forward to their strong organisational support so we can do more to help our customers and users around the world deliver the best live video experiences.”
Denise Nemchev, president and CEO of tvONE, adds: "Green Hippo and tvONE each have core competencies in technology and customer focus that, when combined, provide superior solutions for both fixed installation and live events customers. Most important is the comprehensive value we bring our customers across the combined platform.”
Switzerland - Audio over IP pioneer Barix thas announced that the company has promoted Reto Brader to CEO, following a successful tenure as vice president of sales and marketing. The change in company leadership correlates with the availability of new products that Barix introduced in 2018, including its award-winning RetailPlayer platform for background music distribution.
The remaining Barix management team, which has worked together effectively for the past several years, will continue in their established roles with full support from Brader. This includes company founder Johannes Rietschel as CTO, Joan Parrilla as VP Engineering, and Mario Almeida as VP Production.
Before joining Barix, Brader held key business and technical roles at Hewlett Packard, Pixelmetrix, Utah Scientific and Alcatel. He has a degree in Electronical Engineering and an MBA.
Rietschel comments: “Reto knows the market and has demonstrated his strength in building and managing the distribution channel and key customer relationships. His many years at the frontline in the worldwide AV and broadcast markets are key assets to Barix.”
Departing CEO Ivo Killer will leave Barix following a three-year tenure that laid the business foundation for Barix’s recent success. “We thank Ivo for his years of excellent service and wish him well in his future endeavours,” says Rietschel.
UK/USA - In response to increased global demand and expanding research activities at its Berkeley HQ, Meyer Sound has added three new hires and announced a key promotion.
Roland Morcom has been named UK sales manager. Based in Cambridge, Morcom will direct sales efforts throughout the UK and work closely with both Andy Davies, head of UK technical support, and Roger Harpum, who takes on a continuing role in developing business relationships and hospitality. Morcom’s prior experience includes top-level sales and management posts at Nokia Technologies, Martin Audio and Meridian Audio.
David Leuschner has been appointed sales manager, Southeastern United States. He will be responsible for sales from the Ohio Valley and Carolinas through the Deep South and Florida. His previous positions include IT, media production and technical management responsibilities at broadcast facilities and prominent houses of worship, most recently Calvary Assembly in Florida and Gateway Church in Texas. Leuschner is based in Orlando, Florida.
Rick Coleman has been promoted to sales director, Southeastern United States. In his new supervisory role, Coleman will direct and coordinate the activities of Leuschner in their combined territory. Coleman has represented Meyer Sound in the South since 1996.
Swapan Gandhi has joined Meyer Sound’s R&D team as an auditory researcher in Berkeley, where he will take a lead role testing, measuring, collecting data and documenting research for a broad range of scientific projects. He has held research-related positions at St
Germany - Late last year, with the announcement of the Route66 Redundancy Manager, German network fibre giant BroaMan introduced the capability of full automatic redundancy switchover between devices, by harnessing the power of Optocore. This would enable switching between Route66 Video Router and Mux22 nodes - using smart mechanism to detect when one of the fiber links between the nodes is broken.
Now the same technology has been enabled in a very popular point-to-point system - between a pair of Mux22 devices. Mux22, which combines 3G SDI I/O and video sync, with Optocore and SANE digital audio networks, now also features full automatic redundancy. Thus, should one of the links fail, the system would automatically switch to the redundant path, enabling all video, audio and data channels to remain working. The switchover time is near instantaneous - implemented in just one sample length. Now this facility is available for any Mux22 device.
BroaMan technical sales manager, Maciek Janiszewski, says: “Optocore has been offering redundancy as a standard for years while in broadcast and video world redundancy has never been an important feature. All this changed when muti-format single-cable solutions like Mux22 appeared on the market. We realised we could use Optocore’s experience and smart fault detection algorithms for adoption into BroaMan’s best-selling series. Thanks to the Optocore technology we can make the redundant switchover both automatic and seamless.”
South Korea - Bethel Church in IllSan has invested in a new SSL L500 Plus live console and SSL stageboxes for FOH duties. The system was supplied and installed by South Korean SSL distributor HANSEO Broadcast & Music Tech Inc.
Bethel Christian Church has two chapels, one in Ilsan and one in Paju, NorthWest Seoul. The Bethel Church Pastor travels between the two, delivering a sermon from one, which is transmitted live to the other. Daily attendance at the Church is 8,000 - 10,000 people, with six services on a Sunday and a total congregation of around 20,000 people.
The input channel count on a typical service at Bethel Church is 64, with drum kit, bass, two guitars, keyboards, piano, orchestra, choir, soloist, and Pastor from stage. These go from SSL SuperAnalogue stageboxes, through the SSL BL II.D Blacklight II MADI Concentrator, and to FOH via a redundant optical pair. The console itself has an additional touch screen connected, as well as the SSL SOLSA online/offline control PC application.
Ilsan Bethel Church picked the SSL L500 Plus console after a carefully considered move from an older analogue FOH console to a new digital replacement. Tae Young Kwon, chief engineer at the church, notes: "We looked at a lot of consoles from all the main manufacturers. Our criteria included reliability, scalability, intuitiveness, price, and service. It was a difficult process, but in the end the deciding factor was sound quality. We chose the L500.”
Switzerland - Every 10 years, the municipality of Echallens stages Fête du Blé et du Pain (The Festival of Wheat and Bread), a 12-day cultural event which celebrates the traditions and history of the region. This year, the centrepiece was Solstices, an open air musical production performed by 8,000 volunteers that attracts 40,000 spectators and using five Yamaha digital mixing consoles.
Fête du Blé et du Pain took place from 15-28 August, with the 10, two-hour performances of Solstices transforming what is normally a large parking area into a giant theatre set, complete with scenery village, windmills, fields and a large temporary grandstand for the audience. Drawing inspiration from real events, the epic production celebrated the strong historic bond between the people and the land of the region.
The scale and complexity of Solstices meant that a large technical production was needed. This was provided by Lausanne-based Hyperson SA and included five Yamaha digital mixing consoles for the audio production, all on a Dante network in multicast mode.
At Front of House, Bernard Amaudruz was using a CL5 to mix the 64 musicians, 16 wireless microphones for the principal singers and the main PA mix, with a QL5 sub-mixing 64 microphones used for the 200-strong choir. Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS) was used in both consoles for eight tracks of playback - this included including sound effects, additional music, narration and a click track for the musicians.
Monitor engineer Julien Mayor used another CL5, with 16 mix
UK - Originally built in 1772, the imposing red brick Georgian chapel in Halifax is one of only a handful of square churches ever built. Now reincarnated as the Square Chapel Arts Centre, the venue has undergone a £6.6m renovation.
This has upgraded the existing 220-seat multi-purpose auditorium and added a versatile cinema/studio theatre space, plus a light and airy café bar, reception space and offices.
Huddersfield-based systems integrator, Sound and Light Concepts, won the tender to supply, install and commission the audio and lighting equipment for the two performance spaces, both of which were equipped with sound systems from British loudspeaker manufacturer, EM Acoustics.
Tony Bottomley of Sound and Light Concepts explains that both rooms were to double as performance spaces and cinemas, both being equipped with a fully DCI-compliant (Digital Cinema Initiatives) package as well as stages. Hence, the brief for the sound systems was that they should be able to operate as a full L/C/R concert system whilst offering full 5.1 surround sound for the cinemas. That meant a system that was powerful enough for rock and roll, detailed enough for cinema and speech reinforcement, AND had to fit into the constraints of the building.
“It wasn’t an easy brief,” admits Martin Clarke, head of technical and operations at Square the Chapel Arts Centre. “However, EM Acoustics was presented as a possible option, and having heard an EM system some years ago and very much liked it, I jumped at the opportunity to hear one again. When we heard it de
USA - DPA microphones is embarking on a ‘house of worship tour’ to share practical tips on how to achieve good sound in any sanctuary.
Company representatives will visit Washington (9 October) and Charlotte (23 October) in a bid to educate attendees on the best practices on mic’ing drums and vocals, and teach them how to solve any microphone challenge. DPA’s entire line of microphones, including its sub-miniature line of d:screet and d:fine lavalier and headset microphones, will also be on display.
Christopher Spahr, VP of sales and marketing, comments: “DPA is an ideal solution for mic’ing worship leaders, speakers, singers and instrumentalists as well as live streaming or broadcasting sermons. The first leg of the tour allows us to travel to regional churches to educate how professionals about our solutions and how our mics can help worship services deliver the best sound for any meaningful message.”
The first event is taking place on 9 October at the National Community Church in Washington.
This will be followed by an event in Charlotte, NC, on 23 October at Queen City Church.
Germany - When Kraftklub performed before a sell-out 17,000 crowd at the Parkbühne open air venue in Berlin’s Wuhlheide, they did so once again through local PA company, Complete Audio’s Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker array.
The show formed part of the band’s festival tour, where they carry only FOH and monitor control in the truck, tasking local companies, such as Complete Audio, with providing the PA and lighting.
At the Parkbühne, Complete Audio rigged 12 x MLA elements and an MLD Downfill enclosure per side as the main PA, with two side-fill hangs, each comprising eight MLA Compact.
Low frequency extension was provided by 20 x MLX subwoofers, set two wide and three high, stacked on stage underneath the main PA, and a further four stacks of two alongside the stage at floor level.
Whilst the venue is geared up for flying such systems, with adequate rigging points provided, sound spill outside the bowl remains an issue. The sound measuring point is situated on top of the bleachers, and according to Complete Audio MD, André Rauhut, “We had to avoid as much spill over the edge as possible, but with MLA´s Hard Avoid feature that is easy as pie.”
Complete Audio were working with an experienced sound team. Crew chief Benny Franke was responsible for the sound design, and he was accompanied by Julian Hoffmann and Roman Herbert, while Nico Lindner, the band’s regular FOH tech, handled the sound mix.
The five-piece band combines its own brand of indie rock with ‘Sprechgesang’, spoken German lyrics, using vocal techniqu
Europe - Harman Professional Solutions is extending its distribution agreement with Fairlight to include tour audio solutions in Benelux.
Fairlight was initially appointed to distribute lighting brand Martin by Harman in the region. Under the new agreement, the Dutch company will also distribute Harman’s full range of tour audio products, including JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, dbx and BSS.
Scott Aslett, regional director at Harman Professional Solutions (Northwest Europe), comments: “We are delighted to extend Fairlight’s distribution rights to Harman audio brands. We already have a strong established partnership with Fairlight, and given their prominence in the touring industry, this expansion of our partnership will support the great demand for Harman solutions and yield improved service to our customers in the Benelux region.”
Michael Arntz, general manager at Fairlight, adds: “We are excited about this extension of our distribution rights. The inclusion of renowned Harman audio brands means we are now able to offer a complete package, which is something our customers in the touring market have previously asked us to supply. We understand our customers’ needs and we’re happy to offer an all-in-one solution.”
Germany - Green Hippo has named technology supplier Cast as its distribution partner in Germany.
Effective 1 October, Hagen-based Cast will manage the exclusive distribution of the Green Hippo’s product line throughout the country.
Heinz Siller, CEO of Cast, comments: “Green Hippo is going to be a perfect round up to our mission to offer professional products to the creative cloud in our markets.”
James Roth, head of sales and marketing at Green Hippo, adds: "The rate of growth that the company is experiencing as a whole, but particularly in Germany, necessitates our appointing the very best commercial partner in the territory, Cast. Hippotizer is being specified on so many new shows and events and we look forward to working with Cast to maximise the opportunities that are being placed before us."
Italy - Since its launch last year, production sound company Soundfish has been involved in productions ranging from Italia's Got Talent and The Apprentice to The Great Italian Bake Off and MasterChef Italy.
The company’s team work on both studio and ENG programs, using a vast array of Wisycom professional RF solutions to achieve an ideal sound. Chosen by Soundfish's trio of principals, Matteo Olivari, Giacomo Avanza and Daniele Turi, who each worked as freelancers for more than 15 years, Wisycom has been the company's go-to option for RF on all of its productions. So much so that the team has a Wisycom arsenal that includes nearly every solution, with transmitters, receivers, antennas and more.
"We always plan out our productions around our RF, and Wisycom is the backbone of our system," says Olivari. "The MCR42 is modular with both standalone and slot-in formats, so we can incorporate it into either our ENG bags or rack setups. No matter the application, the best part about Wisycom is that it works. It works in simple environments and crowded RF settings, and it works in huge studio setups with shared ISO frequencies."
For the Soundfish team, the Wisycom gear offers the flexibility necessary to take them from the field to the studio. "We really appreciate the MCR42 receivers," adds Avanza. "Not only for the wideband, true diversity and dual-channel capabilities, but also because they are extremely light. That's very important when you have six of them, plus a lot of other gear and cables, on your shoulders all day l
Australia - Staged annually for the last 14 years, Queensland’s Creative Generation (CGEN) event was the biggest yet, with almost 2,000 schoolchildren being given the opportunity to perform in a professional environment on an enormous arena stage measuring 20mx 18m, with a 38m x 6m rear projection screen behind it.
Content delivery and projection mapping specialists IKONIX - who are based on Australia’s Gold Coast - were asked to help deliver the desired wow factor for the fifth successive year.
At the heart of the solution they created were two Avolites RX8 Ai media servers to deliver images to the rear screen, and two additional units controlling projection onto the stage. Equally central to their vision of the production were Notch real time content generation and BlackTrax real time tracking system, the latter provided by Atlanta-based Visional Productions, and supported by Visional co-founder Kyle Means. IKONIX also supplied Barco 4K resolution, 32,000 lumen projectors.
The use of Notch and BlackTrax was particularly important to Zachary Burton, co-founder with Richard Saunders of IKONIX and the operator at CGEN 2018, because it allowed their creativity free reign by enabling the use of on-the-fly and reactive content to complement the AutoBlend and AutoMap blending and warping functionality available with the Avolites Ai software.
“The specifications for this year’s event were even more challenging and demanding than they had been previously,” recalls Zachary. “Not only did we find ourselves generating over 900 Gigabytes of
Philippines - Intellismart Technology recently upgraded Seda’s Vertis North hotel with a flexible networked audio system by Harman Professional Solutions.
Operating nine hotels throughout the Philippines, Seda Hotels are designed to offer quality accommodations in a high-energy central location within an Ayala Land master-planned mixed-used development. A fusion of function and art, each hotel provides modern comforts and conveniences combined with the best of Filipino hospitality.
Located in the up and coming lifestyle and business hub in Quezon City and a few steps away from two major malls in the city, Seda Vertis North boasts 438 guest rooms, a 450-capacity ballroom, five meeting rooms, extensive lunch and dinner buffets, a roofdeck bar, pool bar, spa, fully-equipped fitness centre, swimming pool and a Presidential Suite.
The hotel’s public address system needed a comprehensive, modern upgrade that could distribute high-fidelity audio seamlessly throughout the complex. In order to meet these goals, Seda hired Intellismart to design an end-to-end networked audio system made up of JBL, AKG, Crown, Soundcraft and BSS solutions.
“We were looking for superior audio for with a seamless control system that would allow our staff to make adjustments easily,” says group general manager Brett Hickey. “Knowing Harman’s reputation for excellence across all its products, we had faith in Intellismart Technology’s choice to install a comprehensive range of Harman audio solutions.”
Intellismart installed low-profile JBL speakers
UK - The BBC Proms is one of the most British of musical institutions. Founded over a century ago, it is an eight-week summer season of concerts, predominantly held at the Royal Albert Hall (RAH), with Cadogan Hall hosting chamber music, and Proms in the Park events held across the UK on The Last Night of the Proms. For this year’s series, Delta Live deployed L-ISA Hyperreal Sound, giving the system its Proms debut and audiences an intensely real audio experience.
Delta Live’s association with The Proms stretches back nearly two decades with Sound by Design, now incorporated into the Delta group, first working on the events in 2000. Delta account director Stephen Hughes has worked on every season since 2004, has an intimate knowledge of the Royal Albert Hall, and has deployed many a standard stereo system there.
This is not the first time L-ISA has been deployed at the RAH ‑ the system was used earlier in the summer for Angus and Julia Stone and the Classic BRITS ‑ but it is the first time for Delta and for Hughes, who was keen to put it through its paces in the iconic location.
“This is an acoustically tricky venue, and we have refined the design of the systems we put in here over the years, most recently upgrading to an L-Acoustics K2 system to do as much as we could to overcome the room’s reflections,” says Hughes. “That worked well but, with L-ISA, the thing I noticed was that we were not fighting the room anymore. That’s a first.”
This significant effect is because the energy between the loudspeaker hangs is d
Hungary - The Lamantin Jazz Fest draws over 3,000 jazz fans and musicians to the city of Szombathely near Hungary’s western border with Austria. For the past seven years, Penna-Poor, a Budapest-based distributor and integrator has provided sound reinforcement equipment for the festival.
“The Lamantin Jazz Festival celebrated its nineteenth year in June 2018,” explained Peter Danko CEO and owner of Penna-Poor. “As in the past, we were invited to provide the PA systems for the event through our partner, Mr. Laszlo Valik, who served as the chief sound engineer. The organsiers’ mission is to get the people in and around Szombathely to know and love jazz and to make the genre accessible. Now nineteen years on, Lamantin has grown into a prestigious week-long festival complemented by the annual Lamantin Improvisation Camp. It's the most complex jazz event in Hungary and its name has become a trademark.”
Four venues accommodate between 200 and 600 people each: the club/restaurant of Weöres Sándor Theater, Synagogue Garden, Bartók Hall (the concert hall of Szombathely), and the festival’s newest and largest venue, the Agora House of Sport and Culture. Regardless of the venue, the PA setup was the same, with only slight changes in angles and positions.
A stereo pair of Danley’s flagship SH50s provided full-range content, with low-end support from a pair of Danley TH118 subwoofers. Two dual-channel MC2 S1400 amplifiers powered the system, with front-end signal conditioning and loudspeaker conditioning from an XTA processor.
UK - Equipment hire software companies Current RMS and InspHire have been acquired by integrated ERP solutions provider Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS).
The deals will allow KCS to strengthen its presence within the rental industry. InspHire and Current RMS will operate as independent business units within KCS, under their existing management teams.
Current RMS will remain tailored to the needs of the AV, production and events industries. InspHire, which supplies software to companies that rent heavy plant and construction vehicles, will be backed to expand into the US market.
Chris Branson, managing director of Current RMS, comments: “I’m delighted that a company as prestigious and well regarded as KCS Group has chosen to invest in Current RMS. We’ve achieved so much in the four years since we launched and through this acquisition we’ve now got the backing and scale to accelerate product development and global reach, whilst remaining the Current RMS our users love.”
Ian Bendelow, CEO of KCS adds: “The acquisitions of InspHire and Current-RMS deliver a great opportunity for us to strengthen our presence in the hire software market in the UK, as well as developing further global opportunities in this sector. They are both very high quality businesses with offerings that are complementary to our own. We’re looking forward to working with their employees and to welcoming them to the KCS family.”
China - Hanyuan Lake, a new venue in the Shaanxi Province, has recently invested in an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system for their performances, including their regular production (organised by the Beijing FengShangShiJi Culture Media Company) of The Legend of Han Dynasty.
Purchased through local distributors, EZPro Intl, the set-up comprises a dLive S5000 paired with a DM64 MixRack and Dante card for virtual soundcheck. Zhao Yangyang (main sound engineer at Hanyuan), comments: “dLive has an incredibly intuitive interface and its simple operation makes it easy and quick to learn. The integrated redundancy in dLive S Class hardware brings high reliability and safety to the system.”
Yangyang adds: “dLive processing is extremely powerful, the system is very flexible and supports Dante, Waves and other audio network option cards. The integrated FX and presets are also very useful, especially for live mixing or permanent installation applications.”
The performances of The Legend of Han Dynasty will begin in October and feature spectacular lighting, waterscape displays and sound effects.
EZPro’s product manager, Yang Guang, concludes: “As well as providing excellent audio signals to the sound system, dLive has a really user-friendly interface and its intuitive operation, strong processing ability and high reliability make this project a huge success. dLive is the perfect choice for this performance.”