UK - Old Barn Audio (OBA) has completed a large sound installation in a Cheltenham hotel complex, using a Martin Audio CDD solution. No 131 Hotel complex is owned and operated by The Lucky Onion Group, owned by Superdry founder Julian Dunkerton, and the extensive work was carried out in three separate stages.
Situated on Cheltenham’s Promenade, the hotel itself is a classical Georgian townhouse. According to OBA director and project manager, Phil Clark, “The facility already had an effective sound system installed within the hotel, but the client wanted some weather resistant speakers situated outside the front of property.” His solution was to specify four Martin Audio CDD8-WR, the manufacturer’s weatherised version of the hugely popular CDD Coaxial Differential Dispersion range.
At the same time, the former Crazy 8’s Bar - originally fitted by OBA in September last year with an array of eight CDD8 and two Blackline SX210 - has now been rebranded as the Gin & Juice Bar brand. Incorporating a restaurant, the clientele expects exceptional sound quality, whether background or live, and OBA responded by fitting an extra four Martin Audio CDD6 loudspeakers, along with three further CDD8-WR weatherised speakers for the entrance foyer.
In No 131 Hotel itself a further four CDD8-WR can be found - but the piéce de resistance is The House, a new addition. Home to eight individually designed bedrooms, a sun terrace complete with Victorian-style glass house bar, and a number of event spaces, this newly redeveloped Georgian townhouse, with room
Europe - Music & Sales and JHS are celebrating 30 years in business together, with the German company presenting their English distributors with a special award to commemorate three decades of success.
Beginning in 1989, the partnership between Music & Sales and JHS introduced German amplification brand Hughes & Kettner to the UK and ROI. In recent years HK Audio, professional sound solutions made in Germany, has also been distributed throughout the UK and ROI from JHS's Leeds headquarters.
Hans Stamer, HK Audio’s founder and Music & Sales CEO, said: “Over the past 30 years, we have developed an incredibly strong and successful relationship with our friends at John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. As one of our most important partners in business, JHS has represented HK Audio and Hughes & Kettner in an exemplary way, from guitar amps and singer-songwriter PAs to install solutions and line arrays. We’re looking forward to another 30 years of success with them!”
Speaking on behalf of JHS, managing director Dennis Drumm said, “Our partnership with Music & Sales is a long-lasting and hugely rewarding one. In our 30 years together we have changed the landscape repeatedly. In three decades, beginning with Hughes & Kettner and latterly with HK Audio, we have introduced a wealth of revolutionary amplification and pro audio products to the UK and ROI marketplaces. We're very grateful to receive this award - here's to another 30 years of sound design revolution and successful business.”
HK Audio has recently unveiled
UK - 4Wall Entertainment, a US-based provider of lighting and video rentals, sales, and services, has reached an agreement in principle to acquire the assets of HSL Group Holdings Ltd. of Blackburn, UK.
As part of the agreement, the majority of HSL's staff would remain on-board and the facility and location would be rebranded as 4Wall UK, creating the first international presence for 4Wall. The company currently has 10 locations in the US.
Under the agreement current HSL MD Simon Stuart would lead the sales team of the UK branch, assuming the role of VP of Business Development for 4Wall UK. The entirety of the HSL sales team is expected to move forward with the 4Wall branch as well, continuing to serve their current customer bases while also pursuing new business.
Simon Stuart comments: "I've been very public about the financial stress HSL had found itself in recently. By joining 4Wall, we have found a family who appreciates our people as much as our equipment and our facility. This new family ensures the long-term stability of our location, while also giving us the ability to grow faster than we could have ever imagined under the HSL banner."
4Wall and HSL had previously worked together on concert touring acts traveling between the two countries, creating a natural partnership between key employees and even customers that will be strengthened moving forward.
4Wall COO Wes Bailey adds: "We've worked with the HSL team over the past few years and we know that they hold the same values as us when it comes to quality gear and amazing
USA - On 30 April, 2019, Elite Multimedia Productions and PixelFLEX LED will host a collective open house event showcasing a range of technologies available for the live production and permanent installation markets.
Created to allow guests to network with other industry professionals, and technology experts from both companies, the event will also allow visitors to take a closer look at the latest LED video, lighting, and audio solutions for their next design. With food and drinks supplied by Hoss Burgers and Little Harpeth Brewing, the open house will take place from 5-8 pm at 700 Cowan Street in Nashville, Tennessee.
“In an industry with so many talented designers and production personnel, this is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase the breadth of design possibilities offered by both Elite Multimedia Productions and PixelFLEX LED,” said David Venus, chief marketing officer. “Being centrally located in Nashville, we have the distinct advantage to open our doors to all of the entertainment and design specification professionals living in the area, who might wish to know more about who we are and what we can do.”
Europe - L-Acoustics Group has acquired a majority stake in DeltaLive. This follows the announcement earlier this week that PRG has acquired Delta Sound LLC in Dubai.
“Today we have a further and exciting announcement to make about DeltaLive UK,” says Delta founder Paul Keating. “We are delighted to announce that DeltaLive has become part of the L-Acoustics Group of Companies.
“Throughout our history, DeltaLive has always had a strong working relationship with L-Acoustics, and excuse the pun, but they have always been our “French Connection”. Our strategy within L-Group is to venture into markets that have remained unexplored by L-Acoustics, with the commissioning of private and professional auditoria such as Island or Ocean, using the new L-ISA technology. The newly formed L-Acoustics Creations branch, the purpose of which is to offer the best of L-Acoustics technologies to a lifestyle and sound-art sector, is a great example of this.
“L-Acoustics is a great fit for our future strategy. With the company's leading technology and reputation for the highest quality audio products and performance, we are excited by what the future will bring. In particular the revolutionary L-ISA technology will strengthen our specialist audio services to clients.”
DeltaLive will continue to operate independently under the management of Keating and co-founder Mark Bonner. “It’s very much,100% business as usual,” Keating affirms.
He continues, “On a personal level, Mark and I are excited about the challenge ahead and working closely w
Italy - There will be an opportunity to see and hear some of Italy’s leading DJs close up during Music Inside Rimini next month. They will discuss “the fascinating world of musical entertainment”. The event, dedicated to lighting, sound, visuals, integrated systems and broadcast, organised by Italian Exhibition Group takes place at the Rimini Expo Centre from 5-7 May.
On Sunday 5 May, the DJ Zone, located in the expo’s Hall C6, will host a series of meetings such as Club Culture’s new venues, from clubs to festivals. The conference, promoted by MIR and SILB (Italian Dancehall Owners Syndicate) and organized by DOC Servizi, will attempt to explain the numerous facets of this trend. The guests will include organisers of events, such as the Nameless Music Festival, Ortigia Sound System Music Festival and Terraforma Festival.
The session titled DJs and performers: the relationship with music, technology and instruments, will be moderated by Damir Ivic, journalist and all-round music expert. Alternating on the podium for discussions on this topic and giving in-depth descriptions of their personal experiences will be several of the most famous Italian and international artistes on the music scene, including DJs Claudio Coccoluto, Fabio B and Alex Neri and DJ/performers Fabio Florido and the Parisi Brothers.
The Netherlands - With a change of frequencies to Europe’s 4G network, one of the oldest and most respected universities in the Netherlands needed help updating its audio equipment system.
Utrecht University was the setting for an ambitious three-year audio installation of Shure equipment, with ULX-D Digital Wireless systems being deployed across three main areas: Utrecht Science Park/De Uithof, the University Quarter in the city centre of Utrecht and the International Campus Utrecht (ICU).
With more than 29,000 students, 5,500 faculty and staff and 100 buildings – including 45 buildings used for educational purposes and lecture halls – updating the audio equipment to a digital system that delivered superb audio clarity, along with flexibility and ease of use was essential.
Award-winning integrator JNV, with support from AV specialist distribution company Output, managed the installation of the Shure equipment to provide the right solutions for the university.
Peter Janssen, AV domain specialist at Utrecht University, explains why a requirement for a digital system was needed: “There was a change of frequencies to the 4G Network in Europe, which led us to upgrade our previous system to a digital system. The new system offers us greater performance in terms of the amount of microphones in use under the new bandwidth restrictions brought in by the recent changes.”
Jan Zwanenberg, digital architect, JNV, adds: “Utrecht University has around 90 microphone systems in use across the campus; that is a mixture of handheld, lapel, pod
UK - Event design and technical production specialist Maestra Group, run by Justin Hammond (London) and Tom Clements (Dubai), has doubled the size of its UK and European operation ready for a busy 2019.
The east London HQ was bursting at the seams of its Victorian industrial building in Woolwich, where the Maestra mission started in January 2016. When the opportunity to take over the warehouse next door arose, it provided a convenient solution.
Parts of the walls have been knocked through and the interiors completely re-designed so the two spaces operate as an efficient and continuous workspace.
There are now new prepping and dispatch areas for projects leaving the warehouse, greater space for truck loading as well as enlarged storage and maintenance sections for all the different equipment sections. The extra space made available downstairs has been taken up already with new kit investments.
On the first floor, the original Maestra open-plan office space has also been dramatically expanded and made into one large integrated space that traverses the two units.
“With considerably more space, we have an excellent set up to continue growing our European business,” commented Justin. “We all really loved the building, so when the chance came up to move sideways – literally – it was a fantastic lateral manoeuvre.”
Celebrating its third full year of operation, the company finished 2018 with substantial equipment investment – including sound, lighting, video and rigging.
This includes a number of white products includin
South Africa - Semi Soet is a new music venue which opened its door in Centurion in 2018. The owners turned to DWR Distribution for their audio and lighting requirements and the effective solution included Quest loudspeakers, a DiGiCo console and Robe lighting.
Jaco Beukes from DWR recommended four Quest HPI110 Compact High-definition loudspeakers and two Quest HPI18BP Bandpass 18” Subwoofers as the main audio system. “We had to install a system that would offer quality, and it certainly helped that Quest comes at a reasonable price,” said Beukes.
The audio installation also included two Quest QM450A Lightweight Active 12" loudspeakers for the monitor requirements. The centre-fill and out-fills comprise of two Quest HPI111 Compact Hight-definition speakers. To cater for the audio upstairs, three HP15 5” High Output Loudspeakers were added.
Semi Soet decided to invest in the DiGiCo S21. The DiGiCo D-Rack provides 32 microphone inputs and 16 outputs for PA and additional monitor sends.
For the intimate stage and lighting requirements, Schalk Botha from DWR headed the project. Besides the installation of two lighting bars (4m each), new fixtures include Robin Spikies for fast LED Washbeams, and two Robin LEDBeam150s for sweeping beams and wide, far-reaching washes. A Showline SL Nitro 510 creates LED strobes. The rig also includes Longman F4Ups, F8Ups and FacePar 900A LED flat par lights.
Geared towards small to large size venues, the Le Matire MVS Hazer was chosen.
“This was a great project to work on,” said Jaco. “W
Poland - The first half of The Stand-Up Show 2019 Tour took in the largest indoor venues across 13 major Polish cities, playing to sold-out crowds in every location. Audio production was provided by Poznań-based Gigant Sound Letus who did the initial dates with their Outline GTO C-12 system before introducing their newly-acquired Superfly rig mid-tour.
Jakub Mikołajczak fulfilled the dual role of system technician and FOH sound engineer on the tour. He commented, “My first contact with the Outline Superfly system was during the BAJM tour in 2018. I was truly impressed with how powerful and great-sounding the Superfly was.
“We changed the C-12 system to Superfly more or less in the middle of the tour and to be perfectly honest, very little changed in the quality of the sound despite the much smaller physical size of system. Coverage, dynamics, and tonality weren't affected in any unexpected way, despite working in quite acoustically demanding auditoria. Superfly simply sounds like Outline, so the quality of the sound is unquestionable and reaching the desired sound is easy and intuitive for a regular user of Outline speakers.”
Mikołajczak concludes, “Stand-Up Show 2019 Tour was more than just spoken word, as it also included a band which, due to the genre of the music presented, required some punch. To my mind, the requirements were met. The small size of these speakers compared to their potential should be appreciated as well - just 12 to 16 modules in total were enough to cover the floor of almost all the halls. The acousti
Spain - The Bass Valley music academy is renowned for its first class music production facilities and has opened a ground floor nightclub called The Garage in Barcelona. The space was designed and built for sound lovers and Pioneer Pro Audio’s XY series was the chosen system.
The Garage at the Bass Valley enjoys a four-point system with XY-3B three-way full range speakers either side of the stage, XY-2 mid-high speakers at the rear of the room and a trio of XY-218HS dual 18-inch horn-loaded subwoofers supplying powerful low-end. Using presets on the mixer, the club’s management can easily switch to a live gig configuration which uses only the boxes at the front.
Local rental and installation company Moduspro Audiovisual Services was enlisted to find the answer. “We knew they wanted the best sound in town,” remembers CEO Jordi Buscà. “We were sure we could achieve that with the Pioneer Pro Audio XY Series because of the speakers’ balance of pressure and intelligibility. You can hear all the instruments perfectly and voices sound so clear.”
The Garage at The Bass Valley is the latest in a line of nightclubs to partner with Pioneer Pro Audio. Since launching in 2013, speakers from three versatile ranges have been installed at venues including London’s Fabric, KM5 and Ushuaia Tower in Ibiza, Café D’Anvers in Antwerp, and Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles.
Norway - Storstova Culture House is a 400-seat venue in Bryne, just south of Stavanger on Norway’s ruggedly beautiful west coast. Having first opened its doors in 1964, Storstova has hosted thousands of cinema shows and has been home to hundreds of performances of all types. When the time came to renew the sound system, owners Time Kommune turned to pro audio specialists, Norstage, who supplied and installed a complete EM Acoustics system based on the compact HALO-C line array system.
“Our old PA had served us well, but it was a large, cumbersome system from the 80s,” explains Storstova’s operations manager and head of sound, Bård Ystanes. “It was still going strong, but it was time to replace it with something smaller and more modern that gave us better sight lines and more precise coverage.”
Ystanes and his team looked at systems from most of the major loudspeaker manufacturers. After extensive testing in-house, they concluded that HALO-C was the perfect fit for Storstova. “It just ticked all the boxes,” says Ystanes. “It was the right size, the right budget, and frankly, when we heard what it was capable of, we were blown away. The crystalline sound quality and smooth, homogenous coverage across every single seat were simply amazing.
“We ran all the usual stuff through it to test it in playback mode, but to test it for live performance we had EM’s technical director Ed Kinsella playing our grand piano (whilst eating Cheez Doodles), miked with a Royer Labs SF-24 stereo ribbon mic. What came out of the HALO-C sold us comple
Canada - PK Sound has named industry veteran Paul Freudenberg as its new vice president of global business development. He will be responsible for managing global sales and marketing as a key part of PK's executive management team, providing insight and experience to guide future growth, products and expansion.
PK Sound CEO Jeremy Bridge cites Freudenberg's experience in helping to grow the brand footprint of other speaker manufacturers globally, as well as his in-depth familiarity with the latest technologies, as key reasons for bringing Freudenberg on board.
"Paul was instrumental in growing L-Acoustics in the Americas and continued that success at Rat Sound," Bridge said. "Having helped grow one of our industry's premier loudspeaker companies, it’s a natural fit. The fact that PK has a truly differentiating new technology has a number of parallels with Paul's previous success stories. Paul is also extremely well-respected in the field and he exemplifies the type of professional and personal culture we have at PK."
"Music, sound and technology have always been at the core of my professional and personal pursuits," Freudenberg said. "So, for me, a passion for music, a pursuit for sonic accuracy, and the application of engineering and technology-based solutions in a creative and collaborative environment is what my 'must have' list looks like. PK Sound ticked all of those boxes.”
USA - Danley Sound Labs is creating new positions and expanding existing roles. Having served as master distributor for Danley in Southeast Asia for the past four years, Nicholas Loe has been hired to Danley’s newly-created position of country manager – PacRim/Asia.
“This new position will allow us to better serve and grow our business partnerships in the Pacific Rim/Asia Region,” explained JP Parker, director of sales with Danley. “Nick comes to us with a lot of management experience in Pro A/V contracting and distribution, and he is an incredibly energetic and positive person who has a deep understanding of what it takes to sell and support the Danley product line.”
As Danley continues its growth into new market segments, Skip Welch, Danley’s eastern regional sales manager has, has been promoted to the newly created position of national accounts manager. Welch will handle both positions and will work to expand relationships with national entities in diverse markets. “For example, we are very excited to be launching a dedicated Danley Cinema Systems product line after years of being involved with numerous one-off projects within that industry,” said Welch.
Welch, who joined Danley in 2013, will also continue to work with Danley’s network of reps. "We have very committed networks of independent manufacturer representatives and dealers, and I will continue to support them,” he said. “These rearrangements are just a natural extension of Danley’s continued growth as a brand.”
In addition, Danley has announced the app
UK - Provider of professional audio-visual equipment, Audiologic has announced the appointment of Andy Lewis to the position of managing director. Lewis joined the company as part of its sales team in 2013 and has since progressed through its ranks, first as sales and marketing manager, then as director and now MD.
Co-founder Simon Stoll, who steps down from the role to make way for Lewis, says, “Audiologic has enjoyed significant growth since Andy joined the company and in my view his rightful progression to MD reflects both his tireless work ethic and his commitment to personal development.
“As one of the founders of the business, I will be concentrating on helping to develop our supply chain - seeking complementary brands and products and assisting Andy with overall strategy and process development.
New MD Andy Lewis, adds: “I’m naturally very excited to be taking on the role of MD at this very special company. The work we’ve done growing the business has its roots firmly in the dedication and attitude of the staff in every area of Audiologic. I’m stepping into my new role alongside a highly talented team supporting a growing portfolio of excellent brands and looking forward to driving Audiologic toward further significant expansion.”
The Netherlands - TechPro, provider of video, audio and lighting services for the live events industry has announced its first site in Continental Europe, with the opening of a newly built 2000 sq. ft. warehouse and office unit in Ridderkerk, close to the city of Rotterdam.
Although long in the planning, the potential for logistical disruption following Brexit helped TechPro’s management team with their decision to open up in the Netherlands and mitigate any impact on the company’s ability to meet growing demand for European-based live events.
TechPro director Rob Stokes, commented: “UK-based event agencies rely on TechPro to deliver truckloads of AV equipment throughout Europe with smooth efficiency.
“With over 60% of our work now taking place at event venues throughout the EU and beyond, our new branch in the Netherlands will allow us to continually meet our client’s expectations, whilst removing any future concerns for logistical disruption or potentially costly import/export legislation.
“Our presence in Europe is an investment in a practical solution to the as yet unknown challenges ahead and not only demonstrates our commitment to our clients, but shows we are fully prepared, whatever the final outcomes over the next few days, weeks or months.
“Rotterdam is a fantastic location and very early on in the procurement process it felt like the natural choice for TechPro, being less than a 10 minute drive to major local highways and only a 30-minute drive from the port of Rotterdam.
“This move into Europe gives our
EMEA - Production Resource Group (PRG) is acquiring the Middle East division of Delta Sound, Delta Sound L.L.C. UAE, a specialist provider of live audio and event communications technology based in Dubai and operating across the Middle East. Peter McCann, CEO for PRG in the Middle East and Andy Jackson, the managing director of Delta Sound, jointly announced the acquisition this week.
Delta Sound LLC, founded in 2006, will join forces with PRG’s operation in Dubai, forming a union between the two companies who have collaborated successfully for many years across a broad range of corporate, government and large-scale special events. Like PRG, Delta Sound provides technical design and technology support to both local and international production houses.
“By acquiring Delta Sound LLC, we have bolstered our existing offering for our many customers who produce events and shows internationally”, said PRG’s McCann. “I’m also delighted that this acquisition integrates comprehensive event communications into our product offering thus ensuring that we can present a truly turnkey solution to our customers and partners. With events such as Expo 2020 on the horizon these are certainly exciting opportunities for a company that can operate at scale and this acquisition demonstrates both a significant level of commitment to the region and a continued appetite for growth.”
“As Delta Sound LLC, we have worked on some of the region’s largest and highest profile productions,” commented Andy Jackson. “We have established a loyal client base that
Company Stars - A revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical Company was among the big winners at Sunday night's Olivier Awards. It won four prizes at the ceremony. The West End revival of the 1970 musical saw the lead character, Robert, re-imagined as a woman.
Accepting the award for best musical revival, the show's director Marianne Elliott explained her company's "main goal was to put female stories front and centre on our stages".
Two other shows took home four prizes from the ceremony - The Inheritance and Come From Away. Other winners included: Best set design - Bunny Christie (Company), Best lighting - Jon Clark (The Inheritance), Best sound design - Gareth Owen (Come From Away)
Mamma Mia! - Abba's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus made a surprise appearance as hit musical Mamma Mia! celebrated its 20th anniversary in London's West End. Huge applause welcomed the pair onto the stage as the show ended at the Novello Theatre. Ulvaeus told the crowd it felt "both strange and wonderful" to be there. They have appeared at previous anniversary performances and this time were joined at the Novello Theatre by producer Judy Craymer, director Phyllida Lloyd and writer Catherine Johnson, who Ulvaeus described as "three angels".
Smart Glasses - Smart caption glasses developed and trialled at the National Theatre for hearing-impaired audiences are being rolled out across the UK, with Leeds Playhouse the first regional theatre to use the technology. The glasses are aimed at D/deaf au
USA - Focusrite has released RedNet Control 2.3, a free update that unifies RedNet Control with configuration, status monitoring, metering and extended operational control of the Red 4Pre, Red 8Pre, Red 16Line – Focusrite’s range of audio interfaces offering up to 64 in / 64 out Thunderbolt™ I/O with Pro Tools | HD and Dante network audio connectivity.
“Providing support for Thunderbolt control of the Red 4Pre, Red 8Pre and Red 16Line within RedNet Control negates the need for the separate Focusrite Control application,” said Will Hoult, Focusrite pro senior product manager. “At the same time, we decided to add a handful of new features that weren't previously possible for the Red series.”
Focusrite RedNet Control’s Device View features a graphical representation of each device on the local network, giving critical feedback such as signal metering, clock status, power supply state and primary/secondary network connection state. RedNet Control is completely customizable, which allows for several users on the same network to have completely different views.
RedNet Control now also provides parameter control. This includes clock source selection, sample rate converter configuration and reference level setup. All the functions of Red mic pres can be controlled from the software.
From the Custom Mixes page, RedNet Control’s internal audio mixer allows you to create up to eight separate mono or stereo sub-mix signals. Up to 30 of all the available inputs can be selected as sources for the mixer. Once selected, these input signals w
USA - At this week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, Genelec is demonstrating a selection of its active monitors in an immersive 7.1.4 Atmos configuration.
The system is composed of S360A Smart Active Monitors™ (L-C-R), 8341A’s (side and rear), 8331A’s (overheads), and 7382A and 7360A subwoofers (sub and bass management). These models will be used to demonstrate monitoring solutions for immersive mixing for music and post in Atmos.
“Immersive audio is one of the most interesting trends in the industry, as it adds 3D realism to music, virtual reality, movies, gaming and more,” stated Will Eggleston, Genelec Inc. marketing manager. “At NAB, we wanted to give attendees a taste of what they can experience with regard to immersive audio reproduction. It is a very compelling demo.”
Additionally, Genelec is making available a new set of educational tools aimed at helping professionals to better understand and make use of immersive audio. Titled Genelec Immersive Solutions, the publication includes a comprehensive overview of the requirements for creating an effective immersive audio setup, including insights into the most commonly adopted formats and the Genelec solutions required to make the most of them. The guidebook can be downloaded from www.genelec.com/immersive.
USA - At NAB 2019, Shure has unveiled TwinPlex, the company’s new line of premium subminiature (5 mm) omnidirectional lavalier and headset microphones. Designed to stand up to the toughest conditions, TwinPlex provides natural audio at both high and low frequency when professional vocal performance is a must.
The new patent pending capsule technology offers “best-in-class sound in an easy-to-conceal package, ideal for quick costume changes or discreetly placed under wardrobe with no impact on sound quality”. Developed with input from leading audio professionals, TwinPlex supports the diverse needs of theatre, broadcast, film and television, and corporate presentations to produce high-quality audio production with superior dependability, says the company.
TwinPlex consists of four lavaliers (TL45, TL46, TL47, TL48) and an ultra-light, fully-adjustable headset microphone (TH53) in multiple colours with extensive accessories and options.
The dual-diaphragm omnidirectional design yields “extraordinary off-axis consistency and industry-leading low self-noise creating lifelike vocal clarity and warmth”.
“We’ve put these mics on a number of different people, and they simply sound outstanding. The noise floor is really low, and there’s an appreciated lack of handling noise - clothing noise from the cable is actually nonexistent,” commented Peter Schneider, owner at Gotham Sound.
To simulate years of intense use, the ultra-thin, TwinPlex cable was flexed, stretched, and pulled to the absolute limit in internal tests. Available
Germany - In step to streamlining the d&b workflow, d&b audiotechnik has launched d&b ArrayCalc Exchange software to simplify the import of complex venue geometry data from CAD and EASE into the ArrayCalc simulation software.
d&b ArrayCalc Exchange is a SketchUp extension that allows users to convert CAD and EASE files into an ArrayCalc venue file (*.dbacv) that can be imported directly into ArrayCalc.
d&b ArrayCalc Exchange supports system designers in mobile and fixed applications by simplifying the creation of complex venues in ArrayCalc. Selected elements are divided into triangles or quadrangles and converted into corresponding triangular or quadrangular planes that are used in ArrayCalc. Different layer name extensions are available, which will determine the input type of the single components from SketchUp in ArrayCalc.
The d&b ArrayCalc simulation software is the simulation tool. This is a comprehensive toolbox for all tasks associated with acoustic design, performance prediction, alignment, rigging and safety parameters.
ArrayCalc Exchange and a corresponding video tutorial are available as a free download via dbaudio.com.
Germany - The new RCF Business Music Solutions series offers a complete, matched family of products, with full processing power, to enable the design of commercial audio systems for both background and foreground music.
The integrated product suite has been conceived for applications requiring a high audio quality and flexible and scalable architecture, allowing distribution of different audio channels in different environments, each with their specific volume level and equalization needs.
The range was formally launched at this year’s Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt where the full range of amps was on demo, in its own dedicated space.
The series is made up of compact DMA (Digital Mixing Amplifiers) and DPA (Digital Power Amplifiers). Fed by two channels amplifier modules, DMA and DPA drive either WMR (Wall Monitor speakers) or CMR (Ceiling Monitors), these two-way speakers equipped with either 4”, 5” and 6” transducers, combined with 1” dome tweeter. Expanding the features further, and completing the set-up are the RC 401 Remote Control and BM 404 Paging Console.
The criteria set at the design stage were: uncompromised sound quality; full processing features; market leading power to size ratio; easy configuration and high scalability. The speakers also needed to have high aesthetic values - elegant when on display, discreet when not - while the amplifiers had to be rugged, highly efficient and with impressive thermal dissipation.
UK - Martin Audio partner, Penguin Media Hire, recently provided production, including a Martin Audio WPC scalable resolution line array, for the main stage at the all-day Mutations Festival. The event took place at the 900-capacity Hansen Hall on the outskirts of Brighton, and was staged by promoters One Inch Badge and Small Pond.
Describing the venue as “a hidden gem of a venue, crying out for a day of live music,” Dylan Thompson, system technician and technical project manager, Penguin Media Hire, reports that the WPC line array was arranged in three ground-stacked elements each side of the stage, with a pair of Martin Audio SX218 subwoofers per side. The system, along with five Martin Audio XD monitors, was powered by four iKON iK42 4-channel amplifiers. An Allen & Heath mixing desk was used at FOH and a comprehensive mic, stand and cables package was also provided.
Bands included Colossal Squid, Saint Agnes, Snapped Ankles, Flamingods and Goat Girl, with White Denim headlining.
Speaking of WPC’s main attributes, Thompson continued, “The system is quick to deploy, lightweight and sounds great. We are well versed in using the DISPLAY and VU-NET software from working with MLA in the past, so our switching to the new iKON amplifiers, which WPC uses, was extremely straightforward.
“Coverage of the room was excellent, and using WPC in three-box resolution meant that production budgets were met. In fact, having the option to scale resolution based on the environment demands and budgets is a big plus. The system performed faultles