Audio News

hope-churchCoda system installed in Danville’s Hope Church
Thursday, 15 October 2020

USA - 5 Words Media (5WM) is a US systems integrator based in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 2011, principally as a design/build company for houses of worship, its team also designs and installs audio, lighting and AVL systems regionally across the entertainment, education and corporate sectors
In recent months, 5WM has been working through a programme of audio installations in houses of worship using Coda Audio loudspeakers. Whilst the challenges of the Coronavirus have impacted the audio industry as never before, owner and design principal, Daniel Gourley and his team have worked tirelessly within regulatory constraints to install the systems whilst churches have been temporarily closed.
A recent initiative by 5WM was its #FreeChurchAV contest which invited churches across the US to pitch for a new AV system by telling their story and highlighting the benefits that upgrading technology within their church could bring. Music and the spoken word play a fundamental part in a church’s activities, so in tandem with a number of their suppliers, 5WM put together an AV offer which attracted more than 500 entries across the country.
The lucky recipient of the system was Hope Church in Danville, Virginia, where 5 Words felt that a new system would have the greatest impact. Having taken account of the Church’s requirements, Daniel undertook a thorough design process, before arranging the shipment of all materials and sending a team from Arizona to complete the install. A major part of the project was the purchase of a Coda Audio N-APS system, which was ins

omarprashadSolotech appoints sales director, Ontario
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Canada - Solotech has announced the appointment of Omar Prashad as sales director, Ontario.
Prashad will be responsible of the leadership of the sales teams (Toronto and Ottawa offices), with the objective of establishing Solotech’s business position and growing revenue and market share in the province. He will oversee the development of key existing accounts in the live performance and entertainment sectors, while ensuring a strong diversification strategy to penetrate high-promising market segments such as corporate and education.
With over 15 years of experience in the systems integration business, namely at Westbury National, Advanced Presentation Solutions and DuoCom Canada, Omar Prashad has a strong background in managing and motivating sales teams, financial management and strategic planning initiatives.
“Omar’s proven vision and sales development curriculum make him an exceptional asset for our company. We are all looking forward to benefiting from his in-depth knowledge of the business and his vast expertise in systems integration. We are confident that he will help bring a new dynamic to our business and generate growth across Ontario”, said Philip Giffard, president, sales and systems integration division

bromptoniMAG Displays invests in Brompton’s Hydra
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

UK - iMAG Displays has added a Brompton Technology Hydra to its inventory.
The Hydra is an advanced measurement system custom-designed for LED panels fitted with a Tessera R2 receiver card. Panels must be measured with Hydra to benefit from Dynamic Calibration, the technology that enables Brompton HDR.
iMAG has invested in a Hydra not just to recalibrate its own stock of LED panels, but also to make it available for hire to other UK rental houses so they can update their own panel inventory.
The decision to purchase Hydra was made before the pandemic but was put on hold whilst the company – previously focused on servicing live events – realigned its focus and looked at new business opportunities. Such an investment may seem like a bold move in the current climate, but the decision was based on seeing first-hand the benefits of Dynamic Calibration and Brompton HDR, close consultation with the Brompton team, general market intelligence, and finally galvanised by a significant client win.
“We know this may look like an odd time to be making a major investment,” says iMAG founder and technical director, Alex Strachan. “However, it now gives us the opportunity to open up new avenues of business and to allow fellow companies in the LED rental sector to hire our Hydra and update their screens. This gives their existing stock a new lease of life and allows them the same opportunities as us without having to make any major investment.”
“We are delighted that iMAG has been able to fulfil its desire to be the first UK-owned company t

kings-daughtersShure supports Kings Daughters livestream
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

UK - Shure supports Kings Daughters, an all-female British band, merging rock guitars and powerhouse vocals into epic anthems. Shure supplied the new SLX-D wireless system sporting a Beta58 microphone, alongside PSM300 In-Ear monitors and a selection of Beta-series wired microphones. The kit provided helped to ensure production values on the launch of their first live streamed gig to celebrate their second single, Dancing in the Rain, produced by Brian May, to honour those lost during the UK national lockdown.
The girl band joined the movement - Keep New Bands Alive and Gigging- supporting emerging bands to take the stage and perform gigs, live streamed to the world from new venue, Warehouse V. The aim is to entertain the public at home who are missing out on gigs and to encourage the viewers to donate whatever they can to help new bands on their musical journey.
Kings Daughters, who formed as a band during the UK lockdown, took to the stage on 29 September and performed a live set including two numbers produced by Queen’s Brian May.
Jack Drury, market development – artist and entertainment relations at Shure comments: “We are seeing more and more artists that are just starting out in their careers putting on performances with higher production values, which typically means using more wireless tech to make things look slick on stage. The new SLX-D platform allows us to offer digital UHF wireless modulation at a mid-tier price point, which has significant advantages.”
Vicky O’Neon, drummer and backing vocalist, adds: "This was

reggaePowersoft overhaul for Bristol’s Star & Garter
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

UK - Following the sudden death of its legendary landlord Louis Hayle – more commonly known as Dutty Ken – the future of reggae venue, the Star & Garter in Montpelier, Bristol, was cast into uncertainty.
The pub had already been saved from the hands of the tax man a few short years ago thanks to a vociferous crowdfunding campaign, and in the months after Dutty Ken’s death, fears surfaced that it would be sold and converted into flats.
This threat, which could be seen as indicative of a wider phenomenon that has swallowed a number of the UK’s most well-loved venues in recent years, was enough to call the local community to action once more.
With this new campaign succeeding in saving the Star & Garter for a second time, another stalwart of the Bristol music and events scene, Malcolm Haynes, stepped in to take ownership of the situation.
With the pub due to reopen, its new sound system needed to be compact, flexible, and powerful.
The venue hired local company Qualitex Sound System (QSS) to carry out an audio overhaul, which was overseen by self-confessed Powersoft evangelist Linford Bailey, better known within the industry as Kutty Qualitex.
“I only ever recommend Powersoft to QSS customers,” he said. “Obviously the size of the job determines which models I’ll specify. I linked up with CUK Audio about seven or eight years ago and, since then, I’ve been able to get access whatever is required, whether that’s T Series or X4L for live gigs or Quattrocanali and Ottocanali for fixed installs.”
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eugene-pienaar-from-heartfelt-arena-and-altus-janse-van-rensburg-owner-of-ajr-audioThe show goes on at Heartfelt Arena
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

South Africa - Heartfelt Arena, a 4,500-seater venue in Pretoria, and technical supplier AJR Audio have stood together in protest by hosting events, without making a profit, to prove how shows can safely continue during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In July, Eugene Pienaar from Heartfelt Arena and Altus Janse van Rensburg, owner of AJR and the venue’s in-house technical supplier, hosted a drive-in church service which saw 210 cars attending the event.
In August, the team took it further. They applied tape on the venue’s floor to mark out blocks and walkways. A table with chairs was placed within each block. Each block would host a family. They then held five sold-out shows for Neverland Circus, a circus that combines the traditional Brazilian, South African and a few international circus acts, also known for reaching out to less privileged communities and charities across South Africa. At the end of each show the performers, who live by the saying, ‘Anything can happen if you just believe’, spend time with the audience sharing their dreams and stories and inspiring people to dream big and believe that they can achieve anything.
In September, using cinema-style seating in complying with social distancing regulations, they hosted two live music concerts proving that events can be held responsibly. Bookings for the performances were made on-line, and on arrival, guests completed a register, had their temperatures taken, sanitized, and participated in a Survey App to gather information on how safe they felt while attending the show. The feedback was p

ma-8-nathan-ekisWPM drives Cheshire Fairgrounds shows
Tuesday, 13 October 2020

USA - New England audio production company, Paddle Out Productions is in the middle of a 16-week contract with M.E. Productions at the Cheshire Fairgrounds drive-in music venue - a huge open field, allowing up to 425 cars parked in every other space - hosting performances from the likes of Guster and Grace Potter. To ensure every spectator could enjoy the live performances, Paddle Out Productions deployed its recently expanded Martin Audio WPM system.
Organising such an event in a large and socially distanced space has had its challenges for the events team, and Ryan Burhans of Paddle Out Productions admits that in a space like Cheshire Fairground, sound quality and audience coverage were his top priorities. “I was nervous with the size of the field that we weren’t going to fill those ‘rock and roll’ shoes that are expected now and again,” he explains. “For example, we had a louder band, Blue Oyster Cult, who were due to perform and I was worried if we would hit the right SPL the guys were expecting. But we were cruising from the beginning.”
Paddle Out Productions equipped the venue with 12 Martin Audio WPM speakers per side, powered by two iKON amplifiers using a two-box resolution for the main PA. In addition to this, hangs of W8LM were used for the delay towers at around 250ft, of the 650ft-long field. “All our concerts right now are long-throw because of the cars and spacing but we nailed it with two amps for the whole PA, 12 per side, and we were rockin’,” says Burhans.
Having originally bought 16 WPM cabinets, Burhans was

northhousegfcaNorthHouse has designs on Green Carpet Awards
Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Italy - The Green Carpet Fashion Awards (GCFA), organised by Italian fashion body, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and sustainability consultancy, Eco Age, traditionally presents a star-studded celebration of sustainability in the fashion industry during Milan’s Fashion Week.
This year, the Awards’ ethos of togetherness was upheld with a revolutionary show designed by NorthHouse incorporating cinematic footage with augmented reality, visual FX and hologram technology provided by AHRT Media. The show was directed by Giorgio Testi and produced by Livia firth and Pulse Films.
NorthHouse, a creative studio focused on design and direction for live shows, put forward the concept to overcome the restrictions in place due to the global pandemic. The studio’s ideas saw Milan’s La Scala transformed into a vibrant magical garden.
Founder and creative director of NorthHouse, Tom Bairstow, says: “This was a truly prototype show, borne out of the restrictions and uncertainty placed on the world during this pandemic. It gave us the opportunity to push boundaries, experiment with big ideas and use technology in new and unconventional ways. And with a virtual space, your imagination is the limit.
“We’re really proud of this show and I think between my team, Eco Age, Pulse films and all the amazing creatives who helped to build this show, we have created something truly ground-breaking together. We’re thrilled to be at the forefront of this wave of new technology and excited for what the future will hold for live and broadcast shows even wi

point-sourceCTS-certified training for microphones
Tuesday, 13 October 2020

USA - Point Source Audio has introduced an AVIXA-approved training course in the professional use and cleaning of body-worn microphones on the heels of its recently launched Mike’s Academy online educational hub.
Titled Body-Worn Microphones and Personal Audio Equipment - Applications and Maintenance, the course will deliver 1.25 Renewal Units (RU) towards achieving or retaining CTS / CTS-D certification.
Focusing on both the everyday use and upkeep of high-end body-worn microphone technology, the course will provide invaluable insight into close contact mic placement as well as teaching artists to effectively self-mic - a particularly hot topic in the midst of the current global pandemic. The course will be available to newcomers to AVIXA certification as well as current CTS holders.
Point Source market development manager Mac Johnson comments, “AXIVA members are able to create an integrated AV experience that delivers a quality outcome every time. Through CTS certification, industry professionals can attain a level of expertise that in return gives confidence to customers - that has always been our main focus.”
Alongside looking in detail at mic placement, attendees will benefit from best practice training in choosing the right microphone to match the performance criteria and aesthetic needs of an event, as well as redundant microphone placement techniques and the steps in sanitization.
The course description and details can be found on the company’s website through test

ghentGent Music Centre re-opens with Avantis
Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Belgium - Allen & Heath Avantis and SQ mixing systems have been installed as part of a major update of Music Centre De Bijloke in Gent.
The venue reopened in September, resuming its role as a focal point for classical music in the region following a one-year refurbishment. Although Music Centre De Bijloke has been hosting performances since 1988, the building dates all the way back to 1228, when it served as a hospital.
A team of experts has enhanced the experience for performers and audiences in the main performance hall, going so far as to lower the floor and install extensive wood panelling to bring its unruly acoustics into the twenty-first century without detracting from its medieval oak ceiling and stone walls.
With the acoustics finely honed, the venue turned to its AV partners, City Sound Rent, to identify a mixing system capable of delivering excellent sound quality while being easy to use for in-house and visiting engineers. The centrepiece of the new setup is a 96kHz A&H Avantis at FoH. “I fell in love with the Allen & Heath Avantis mixing console from the first moment I used it,” comments Pieter Kinoli, sound engineer at Music Centre De Bijloke. “It’s so intuitive, easy-to-use and trustworthy. It’s definitely a step forward for us and the live performances we mix for.”
The Avantis is teamed up over a digital split with an SQ-6 on monitors. A GX4816 AudioRack provides the main I/O, with a portable DX168 stagebox giving Peter further I/O and added flexibility. A 64 channel Dante card in the Avantis gives the o

genelecdemoroomphoto1Genelec opens US Experience Centre
Tuesday, 13 October 2020

USA - Genelec has completed a new demonstration facility at the company’s US headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, where visitors can experience the full range of Genelec professional audio products in configurations from stereo through immersive 9.1.6. The new Genelec Experience Centre, the first in the United States, joins existing Genelec demonstration facilities in the UK, Germany, China and India.
This latest Experience Centre is a total rebuild of a former surround sound demo studio designed in-house in 2004, with Will Eggleston, Genelec Inc. US marketing director, providing the acoustical design. Earlier this year, Eggleston called on world-renowned studio architect and designer Francis Manzella, president and principal designer at Francis Manzella Design, to create a new aesthetic and acoustical treatments for the renovated space, which serves as a mix room, a theatre and a research and test centre for new software and other products.
“Sadly, we lost Fran the day before we broke ground,” says Paul Stewart, Genelec Inc. senior technical sales manager, who devised the room’s wiring scheme. “It was tragic losing such a talented and great guy, but I have to say that we really did consider him every step of the way as we worked on the finishing touches to this room and kept his spirit in it.”
The new space is configured to handle formats from stereo through surround to immersive 9.1.6 through a range of Genelec’s Smart Active Monitors (SAM). The installed speakers demonstrate the breadth of Genelec’s product line.

sonicuematrixFulcrum supports Dynacord via Sonicue
Monday, 12 October 2020

USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has announced that manufacturer pre-sets for the complete portfolio of Fulcrum Acoustic loudspeakers are now available for use with Dynacord electronics via Sonicue sound system software, adding flexibility for consultants and integrators designing multi-brand systems to align with specific application or budget requirements.
A Fulcrum loudspeaker installation can now run on a single Dynacord amplifier and DSP/matrix platform with the assurance of optimal performance - all with complete and unified system control via Sonicue.
"We are excited to add Dynacord to the ever-growing list of third-party DSP amplifiers we support," says Rich Frembes, product manager, Fulcrum Acoustic. "Dynacord's engineers are passionate about their products and were very helpful during the extensive preset development effort. As a bonus, a Fulcrum pre-set database will be hosted by Dynacord and is immediately available to our mutual customers when Sonicue software is installed. This makes deploying a Dynacord/Fulcrum system incredibly easy."
The collaboration brings Fulcrum Acoustic loudspeakers models into the powerful Sonicue ecosystem, for seamless integration with Dynacord's system-wide range of hardware solutions - including IPX, L and C series power amplifiers, and the new MXE5 matrix mix engine.
The Fulcrum Acoustic settings database is now available via Dynacord Sonicue sound system software, downloadable at

deeprunhighschoolfieldDanley delivers for Deep Run High
Monday, 12 October 2020

USA - As the Henrico County, Virginia school system slowly rolls out a turf upgrade for all of its high school football stadiums, the Deep Run High School Wildcats are the lucky recipients of the first upgrade. Attendance at the games is a regular part of Friday-night football culture in the suburban-Richmond area.
To give a sense of its size, the Deep Run stadium held over 8,000 people for a Sarah Palin rally in 2008. As part of the entire upgrade, Deep Run High School local AV integration firm RTW Media installed a new, concert-level sound reinforcement system comprised of Danley Sound Labs OS80 fully-weatherised loudspeakers and stand-shaking TH118XL subwoofers. The other schools in Henrico County will follow Deep Run’s lead in the coming years.
“High school football is a huge part of life in southern Virginia,” explained Zack Guida, logistics manager at RTW Media. “Everyone pours tons of time, energy, and resources into football: students, parents, coaches – even the administration! Deep Run’s existing system was in the neighbourhood of 20 years old and was barely able to effectively deliver announcements, let alone play music that anyone would call inspiring. It was a pair of tired speakers mounted to a pole far away – beyond the end zone. It had terrible coverage and zero horsepower.”
He continued, “We have used Danley’s ‘standard’ press box-mounted high school football design in the past, and we knew it would be a great solution for Deep Run. We could mount Danley’s fully-weatherised OS80s on the press box and get ev

mbcRND debuts Master Buss Converter
Monday, 12 October 2020

USA - Rupert Neve Designs has entered the field of analogue-to-digital conversion with the MBC Dual Path A-D Converter and Limiter. According to the company, the MBC represents “the ultimate tool for creating digital signals with the tone, transparency and power expected from Rupert Neve Designs”, and includes a fully-featured analogue limiter, 24-bit/192kHz conversion fed by selectable analogue drive paths for tonal versatility, high-resolution metering, word clock I/O, analogue XLR inputs and simultaneous AES, S/PDIF, and TOSLINK outputs.
The newly developed analogue drive circuitry allows the MBC’s converter to be fed by either a class-A transformerless path for maximum transparency, or by purpose-built interstage audio transformers with the company’s own variable Silk Red and Blue circuitry to control harmonic content and drive saturation for a wide variety of tonal enhancements.
“The MBC was designed for reference performance regardless of genre or desired sonic character, and the key to this lies in the quality and adaptability of the analogue drive circuitry,” says the company.
The MBC’s Compound Active Release analogue limiter section has a class-A line amp stage with up to 20dB of gain, adjustable threshold and release controls, and an insertable high-pass side-chain filter fully sweepable from 20Hz to 250Hz. “The resulting limiter achieves both transparency and the capability of pushing the level of tracks or mixes without damage to the integrity of the source.” The limiter may be used in dual mono or stereo linked operat

dpa6000-seriespaintable-capDPA adds 6000 Series accessories
Friday, 9 October 2020

Denmark - DPA Microphones’ 6000 Series of subminiature lavaliers now provide more versatility with the addition of two new accessories - an eight-way double clip and a paintable cap.
Designed to provide an extra level of stability and flexibility, the eight-way clip offers a 360-degree clipping solution with eight positions in 45-degree increments. This not only makes it possible to quickly and securely clip the mic on both left- and right-button shirts, but also the neckline of T-shirts and blouses, says the company. With the double-mic element, users also have the ability to add two mics, for redundancy - giving an extra level of security during filming and live broadcasts.
Used in place of the standard 6000 Series grid, the paintable cap can easily be painted or covered in makeup, allowing for ‘unlimited visual creativity for both film and theatre productions’. Safe to use with most paints and makeups typically used in film and theatre, the cap is available in white. The versatility of the paintable cap means that it can also be used as is, as a white mic in the buttonhole of a white shirt or mounted in the white eight-way clip for subminiature mics.

alcons-audio-press-release-alcons-extends-studio-and-residential-solutions-with-srhv-9040-system-1Alcons extends studio and residential solutions
Friday, 9 October 2020

The Netherlands - With the CRMS-SRHV/9040, Alcons Audio has extended its solutions portfolio in the studio, screening-room and residential markets. The CRMS-SRHV is designed as very compact reference main / screen system - or larger surround system in immersive sound-for-picture applications.
The system features Alcons signature-sound, based on the Alcons pro-ribbon driver.
The amplifier-efficient 2-way passive-filtering crosses a vented 8” mid-bass driver with the RBN401 pro-ribbon driver. With a lowest-usable LF response of 58Hz, the CRMS-SRHV can be used as stand-alone monitor, or can be combined with a subwoofer; the MHF section has an 800 W peak power input, enabling a 1:15 dynamic range with up to 90% less distortion to beyond 20 kHz.
The patented 90-degree horizontal offers a wide horizontal and a tight vertical coverage up to the highest frequencies; Very important for the seamless imaging in base channels of immersive systems.
Due to the “compression-less” principle of the pro-ribbon transducer, the system has a linear response at any SPL; in combination with Alcons Audio’s tight manufacturing tolerance within 1dB, making each system a “matched-pair”, the CRMS-SRHV is a perfect choice for critical reference monitoring.
Philip de Haan, head of Alcons Audio R&D comments, “The strongly increased demand from the studio and residential markets for Alcons pro-ribbon systems led to the development of the CRMS-SRHV/9040 speaker. Needless to say, ‘immersive’ is the leading audio theme today and with our religious

bny-studioBNY productions on the virtual campaign trail
Friday, 9 October 2020

USA - In Sioux City, Iowa, BNY Productions has been working in their production studio remotely broadcasting an average of 100 live and virtual ‘hybrid’ events per week for the past six months. As high-profile candidates travel throughout the United States for political rallies and speeches, BNY Productions has relied on Meyer Sound Bluehorn System full bandwidth studio monitors for accuracy and precision every step along the way.
BNY, a Meyer Sound dealer and collaborator, is a full-service production company, delivering events that vary from phone and television interviews, video conferencing, and remote recordings. The circumstances called for an audio system that would deliver transparent and linear phase response. The Meyer Sound Bluehorn System was the optimal solution for BNY and their clients.
“Bluehorn eliminates the guesswork. So if it sounds good here, that is how it is going to sound everywhere. That makes my job so much easier - it is what it is and I love that,” Bill Kristijanto, co-owner of BNY, said.
In addition to BNY’s remote-only events, they have taken on ‘hybrid’ events, which include physical and virtual attendees who access the event via a virtual conference room. While in-person events in cities around the country are still produced and broadcasted remotely in the BNY studio, ULTRA-X40 point source loudspeakers have been used for on-site monitoring. The sound reinforcement systems for the events vary by location, but are comprised of Meyer Sound equipment including ULTRA-X40 and LINA very compact linear line arr

lectrosonicsdcr8222Lectrosonics debuts DCR 822 portable receiver
Thursday, 8 October 2020

USA - Lectrosonics has announced the introduction of the DCR822 digital, dual-channel portable receiver. The new receiver is compatible with all the current Lectrosonics mono and stereo digital transmitters and is backward compatible with any of the Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitters made in the past 18 years.
The DCR822 provides two independent receiver channels at the highest level of RF and audio performance available with a versatile feature set in a compact design for field and location production.
The DCR822 tunes across 144 MHz (A1B1 version) or 155 MHz (B1C1 version) and offers over 6000 frequency choices. Settings can be made from the front panel with tactile buttons and high-resolution LCD interface, making the unit ideal for use in portable bag systems and on sound carts.
An RF spectrum analyser and SmartTune are built into the receiver to alleviate interference problems in an increasingly congested RF spectrum. 2-way IR sync makes quick work of setting up matching transmitters. The new receiver includes a USB jack on the back panel for connectivity with the Lectrosonics Wireless Designer software for frequency coordination and RF system monitoring.
The mechanical design of the receiver fits into the same dimensions as the legacy UCR411A so that existing mounts can be used.
In addition to the data transfer capability via the microSD card slot, The DCR822 can record audio channels directly from the receivers onto the card in the industry standard .wav (BWF) file format at 24 bits/48 kHz for compatibility with any audio or vid

walkerDJ Johnnie Walker chooses RØDE system
Thursday, 8 October 2020

UK - Veteran broadcaster Johnnie Walker has chosen the RØDE RØDECaster Pro all-in-one podcast production studio to professionally record his weekly BBC Radio 2 show Sounds of the 70s, from his home in Dorset.
Hosted by Walker since 2009, Sounds of the 70s shares a portion of the over 14m weekly listeners to BBC Radio 2 on FM, DAB and the BBC Sounds app. Responding to a need to record the programme remotely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Walker sought a solution from retailer Solid State Sound based in Warminster, Wiltshire, who recommended the RØDECaster Pro.
Walker co-presents with wife Tiggy Walker in their home, creating an ad-hoc studio environment to record the programme. The RØDECaster Pro allows for up to four in-studio guests to record professional, Aphex DSP-enhanced sound at the touch of a button, with remote guests - via bluetooth on mobile or VOIP applications over USB - being able to be recorded, with mix-minus for echo cancellation. The RØDECaster Pro is designed to allow for professional, polished recordings to be made in less than ideal environments, and with the absolute minimum of technical knowledge, allowing presenters to focus on content, rather than equipment.
Following successful tests, shows recorded on the RØDECaster Pro were nationally broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on 6 September.
DJ Walker reports, “It’s an amazing piece of kit, that does everything you need so easily and efficiently. I especially like the Aphex add-ons and the eight buttons for audio jingles, the on-board record facility to

martinKaho Theatre calls in WPC for online streaming
Thursday, 8 October 2020

Japan - The Kaho Theatre in Iizuka City, Fukuoka, has survived many difficulties since the original building appeared in1922 and along the way this playhouse has been designated a Japanese ‘national registered tangible cultural property’.
The predecessor of the current Kaho Theatre, Nakaza, was originally opened as an entertainment place for people working in coal mines in the Chikuho region. Mainly traditional drama, Kabuki, standup comedy, juggling and silent films were performed during that era.
In recent years, it has been used as a multi-purpose event venue, and at full capacity can host audiences of 1,200. In addition to traditional performing arts, various events such as music plays, lectures, talk shows and concerts have all been staged there.
Because of Covid-19, the theatre was recently forced to close, but in collaboration with rental company, Toyo Amuse, who own a Martin Audio Wavefront Precision Compact (WPC) rig, they have been able to stream live online various performances at the theatre, creating a lot of impact in the media.
This is known as the ‘Yumebutai Project’. With fewer professionals coming to play at the theatre because of the pandemic, the production team decided to embark on a policy of open recruitment of performers, who in turn can feature their work online via a livestreaming service.
Mr. Masanori Keuchi, CEO of Toyo Amuse explains: “When all events and concerts were cancelled due to Covid-19, the theatre decided to collaborate with us to record and deliver performance online, to make people happ

eonRavenna partners with Eon Art
Thursday, 8 October 2020

Canada - ALC NetworX, developer of the Technology & Engineering Emmy Award-winning Ravenna technology, has welcomed Canadian audio electronic experts, Eon Art, to the Ravenna community.
Based in Chandler, Quebec, Eon Art specialises in the design and manufacture of ultra high-end, high-fidelity audio electronics, and more recently - since the acquisition of Venus Acoustic in 2017 - hi-fi loudspeakers. The company also offers laboratory services for the audio industry and boasts the largest audio electronics lab in Canada. With a limited production run every year, Eon Art’s products are highly sought after by audiophiles worldwide.
According to Eon Art founder, CEO and chief electronic designer, Stéphane Hautcoeur, joining the Ravenna community is a logical step. “Our Tachyon digital audio converter (DAC) is a concentrate of the highest musical technology that offers fifteen independent power supplies, a dual conversion circuit, and eight microprocessors in a single box and an architecture featuring extremely short signal tracks based on rare, eight-layer double copper thickness circuit boards.
“It is therefore only natural that we use the Ravenna protocol for the Tachyon Ethernet AES67-compatible network-based digital input as Ravenna is the unsurpassed state-of-the-art, standards-based audio transport technology.
“Our DAC also features ultra high end audio capacitors from Duelund and other exceptional brands, as well as a unique, easily interchangeable printed circuit board for periodic replacement of chemical capacitors. It sup

royal-china-kolkata-3Royal China elevates Kolkata nightlife with JBL
Thursday, 8 October 2020

India - Sighapandi Electronics recently equipped Royal China with a JBL Professional networked audio system to deliver the audio in the restaurant and nightclub areas.
Royal China is a fine dining restaurant in Kolkata, serving authentic Cantonese cuisine in a chic and upscale environment. Located in the Forum Courtyard Mall, Royal China also features a small nightclub.
During the design phase, the owners of Royal China recognised that the restaurant needed a flexible loudspeaker system that offered a clear, high quality sound. However, due to the low ceilings in the venue, they required a compact solution that would not detract from the décor. The owners of Royal China worked with Sighapandi Electronics to install a JBL Professional network audio system featuring JBL loudspeakers, JBL and Crown amplifiers and a BSS signal processor.
“The ceiling height of nine feet was a big challenge,” said Jagjeet Singh Bhatti, Sighapandit Electronics. “We obviously had to be very careful about reflections in the live room and ensure that the direct-to-reverberant sound ratio was kept high for every audience member.”
Sighapandi Electronics chose four JBL AM7212/95 loudspeakers with two JBL ASB6125 subwoofers for the club area. Sighapandi Electronics also designed brackets for the JBL AM7212/95 loudspeakers, as there was no option to fly the speakers with such a low ceiling.
In the restaurant, the team installed 12 JBL 8128 in-ceiling loudspeakers along with four JBL 8124 in-ceiling loudspeakers. These full range high fidelity speakers deli

over-seasTFG upgrades AV at Royal Over-Seas League
Thursday, 8 October 2020

UK - Torpedo Factory Group has upgraded the audio-visual system at the central London home of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL), a non-profit private members organisation originally formed in 1910 with the collective aim of bringing people together from around the world to meet, socialise and foster an interest in the Commonwealth.
A long-standing and fervent supporter of the arts, ROSL has over the last 65 years developed a diverse portfolio of activities in music, visual arts, and literature. ROSL Arts regularly supports talented young professional artists and musicians through an annual music competition as well as a programme of music and visual arts scholarships.
In providing performance opportunities for its prizewinning musicians, concerts and other events such as wedding receptions, banquets and conferences take place at the ROSL’s historic Princess Alexandra Hall, an impressive room with renowned natural acoustics.
However, the hall’s patchwork of audio-visual facilities had fallen behind and were in need of an upgrade, and consequently the ROSL approached the Torpedo Factory Group to submit a design for a modern and fully integrated solution.
“The existing AV system at the ROSL hadn’t kept pace with the variety of events they wanted to host, and frequently looked to the rental side of our business to hire in additional equipment for special functions,” explained TFG project manager Phillip Palmer. “Thanks to this relationship and the need to augment their systems so often a permanent installation solution became viable, w

eaw-directlinklogosEAW appoints rep for Rocky Mountain states
Wednesday, 7 October 2020

USA - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced DirectLink Marketing as its manufacturer’s representative serving Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and the El Paso, Texas area.
“With over three decades of industry experience, DirectLink Marketing has a reputation for representing only top tier brands - we are honoured to have EAW as part of its esteemed line card,” comments TJ Smith, president for EAW. “Principal Dave Larsen has a deep understanding of his customer base and the market, and we look forward to better serving this expansive territory.”
Based in the Salt Lake Valley, UT, DirectLink is a manufacturers rep firm that focuses on audio, video and lighting brands with a primary focus on resellers. Larsen founded DirectLink Marketing in 2007 and today, the company has become a leading rep firm in the Rocky Mountain states.
“When I was looking for a speaker company, I asked some well-respected industry colleagues and as we went down the list, EAW clearly stood out as the company that we wanted to represent,” says Larsen. “In addition, Josh Garcia, a former EAW employee who now handles the Colorado region for us, highly recommended the brand and given his extensive EAW knowledge, the partnership just made sense. EAW has an impressive track record and has been a class leader for quite some time. The company’s new ADAPTive technology products are cutting edge and something we didn’t have access to before. They are a welcome addition to DirectLink’s catalogue.”


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