Audio News

frankfurtd&b Soundscape enriches Frankfurt Opera
Thursday, 17 June 2021

Germany - Frankfurt Opera is one of the most renowned opera stages in Europe, having paved the way for many successful operatic careers. Recently, with an extensive d&b audio system already installed, the venue chose to enrich its audiences’ sound experience with d&b Soundscape technology.
A d&b DS100 Signal engine was duly purchased in time for the 2019/2020 season and the staging of a world premiere at the Bockenheimer Depot - Frankfurt Opera’s second venue.
"It was a spatially complex work, with moving actors and an orchestra spread across the stage” explains sound engineer, Margit Baruschka. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic the production was postponed to 2021.
The decision was then made to move the entire Soundscape system to the Frankfurt Opera. Here it could be used to adapt some of the regular programme to allow for social distancing rules.
Head of sound, Christian Wilde reports, “For a production of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, we moved the orchestra behind the stage. Despite these unusual circumstances, we wanted to achieve a credible orchestral representation for the audience - and in this context Soundscape became our primary tool.”
The explicit aim was to let the orchestra sound as realistic as possible - something Baruschka values highly. But with large amounts of scenery onstage, very little direct sound could be heard from the musicians playing backstage, presenting something of a challenge for the sound engineers. "The premise is that you shouldn't hear our work,” said B

kellyXytech names Tanya Kelly MD for APAC
Wednesday, 16 June 2021

USA - Xytech has announced Tanya Kelly as managing director for APAC. This appointment follows the closing of Xytech’s acquisition of ScheduALL from Net Insight in April. Kelly’s appointment is effective immediately.
For over six years, Kelly served as a sales and solution consultant for ScheduALL’s broadcast and broadcast service provider customers in the ANZ region. Her background includes technical operations, where she spent nine years as head of studio operations at Fox Sports Australia, as well as a stint at Deluxe as head of bookings
“Tanya has an understanding of the industry and region and has ties to Xytech and ScheduALL reaching back through the years,” comments Greg Dolan, CCO of Xytech. “APAC is critical for Xytech as we move forward to the next phase in our growth. We know with Tanya at the helm our customers are in great hands and her strategic input is critical to Xytech’s success.”
“I love what I do,” Kelly says. “I am thrilled to join the Xytech team and to continue serving our customers. Xytech is committed to the APAC region and this region is often lacking with global vendors.”
“Tanya’s background in broadcast operations gives her a complete perspective and understanding of our customers’ needs and processes,” Dolan concludes. “Now, anyone needing to manage resources can have someone available for them all the time, in their time zone, offering the best solutions available in the market.”

 
 
yeoncheon-art-hall2YeonCheon venue installs Harman Pro system
Wednesday, 16 June 2021

South Korea - TechDataPS Cocollaborated with All That Sound to equip YeonCheon Sureul Art Hall with a Harman Professional audio solution.
Located in Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do, Yeoncheon Sureul Art Hall is a cultural facility that offers a variety of performances, including small plays, musicals and solo concerts. The venue houses both a 580-seat grand concert hall and a smaller 166-capacity concert hall. Organisers wanted an audio system that evenly transmitted sound, achieved a sound pressure deviation of +/- 3dB for over 90% of the audience and provided impactful performances for shows of all genres.
To supplement the venue’s existing JBL VT4887A line array loudspeakers, the installation team equipped the venue with a range of JBL solutions including VTX V20 and VTX S25 line array speakers, VTX M20 stage monitors, AC18 two-way speakers, 308P MkII studio monitors, Control 28-1 indoor/outdoor speakers and Control 24CT ceiling speakers.
For amplification, Crown I-Tech 4X3500HD, Crown DCi 2|300N and Crown DCi 4|300N power amplifiers provide consistent power output and user-friendly interfaces. Finally, the Soundcraft Vi series digital live sound console ensures comprehensive, crystal-clear coverage throughout the venue thanks to their extensive I/O and powerful DSP.
Organisers at the YeonCheon Sureul Art Hall reported that TechDataPS both faithfully repaired the venue’s existing system and accommodated the unique infrastructure while installing new products. They are especially delighted with the Soundcraft Vi console, which will be of gre

 
texasam2A&M University installs Harman networked AV
Wednesday, 16 June 2021

USA - Avinext and Shalleck Collaborative recently equipped 10 learning spaces in Texas A&M University’s new Learning Classroom Building with Harman networked AV systems featuring AMX, JBL and Soundcraft solutions.
Serving more than 71,000 students, Texas A&M University is one of the largest college campuses in the country. In response to increasing enrolment and population growth in the state, Texas A&M University recently launched a large-scale campus expansion project, which included a new Innovative Learning Classroom Building (ILCB).
The new facility houses 10 different learning spaces suited for different applications, with capacities ranging from 72 to 605 students. The spaces include small, medium and large in-the-round arena-style lecture halls, a fan-shaped lecture hall, an egg-shaped classroom, three-tiered learning spaces and two smaller learning studios.
To facilitate student engagement and cross-discipline collaboration while maximizing technological flexibility and simplifying operation for instructors, the ILCB required a sophisticated, facility-wide networked AV system. To meet these needs, Avinext and Shalleck Collaborative outfitted the new learning spaces with AMX encoders, decoders, controllers and touch panels for seamless control, as well as JBL Control Series loudspeakers and a Soundcraft Vi3000 console for high-quality sound reinforcement. Additionally, Datacom provided infrastructure design and cabling for the AV, IT and security systems.
“We engaged with faculty from various disciplines to design a bu

 
 
leonardoHackatao give digital treatment to Old Master
Wednesday, 16 June 2021

UK - Christie’s London has announced a digital companion piece to Leonardo da Vinci’s penetrating study Head of a Bear, via a collaboration with digital artists Hackatao, an artist duo born in Milan and who have been pioneering the crypto art space since 2018.
To be offered in the Exceptional Sale in London this July, Hackatao have created a work inspired by this Old Master drawing, bringing the bear majestically to life. This specially commissioned digital work will be unveiled at Christie’s King Street from 3 July, as part of the Classic Week view, visible via the Aria AR app. The digital work has been donated to The Museum of Crypto Art where it will subsequently appear.
Hackatao’s response to the masterpiece Head of a Bear by da Vinci is based on the concept of the continuum; a continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, but the extremes are quite distinct. A never-ending pattern, a curve or geometrical figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole, and which leads to infinite circularity and the eternity of art.
Hover over the image of Head of A Bear and, via the Aria App, the bear head becomes animated, fur undulating and ruffling and head turning, and ultimately the mouth of the bear opens and the viewer enters into its jaws. The transition from Leonardo’s drawing, through the mapped 3D head, to the final digital drawings resembles an ocean wave.
Throughout this technical metamorphosis from physical to digital, the attention

 
theawakeningzone8underwatersedimentspixelartworksstmichaelscave2523Pixel Artworks awakens Rock of Gibraltar
Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Gibraltar - Pixel Artworks has created an immersive light and sound installation within St Michael’s Cave on the Rock of Gibraltar. The Gibraltar Government awarded the project to WrightTech Media, a local digital marketing solutions company with extensive knowledge of the site. Pixel Artworks collaborated with WrightTech Media on the pitch as well as the design and delivery of the complex show, which is scheduled to open to the public on 20 June 2021.
While the project sought to enhance the current Gibraltar Upper Rock Nature Reserve visitor experience, there was no specific site in mind. WrightTech Media and Pixel Artworks showed how St Michael’s Cave could be used in a unique way to take the audience on an unforgettable journey through Gibraltar’s natural history, using projection mapping technology, lighting design and immersive audio.
Christian Wright, director, WrightTech Media, said, “The aim of the project was to reinvigorate Gibraltar’s tourist industry, and I felt we needed something very visual and technology-based to engage audiences to a new level. I had seen some of Pixel Artworks’ immersive and experiential projects and immediately called them to see how they could flex their creative muscles at this unique site. My team knows the site very well, but it was great to get the fresh eyes of Pixel Artworks’ creative team who spotted opportunities we hadn’t thought about, and also helped us to home in on the story we wanted to tell.”
The show, entitled The Awakening, sympathetically showcases the beauty of the cav

 
 
intersonic-trademark-blue-bigIntersonic Oy appointed Renkus-Heinz distributor
Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Finland - Intersonic Oy is now providing import and distribution of Renkus-Heinz products through its resellers and integrators.
Intersonic Oy specialises in the import and sales of AV equipment for the Finnish market. The company offers a comprehensive range of products for the experience and event industry, as well as lighting, sound, video, and AV communication solutions for retailers, contractors, and companies. Intersonic Oy is owned by Audico Holding Oy since March 2020.
“It is an honour for us to be appointed to represent Renkus-Heinz here in Finland,” comments Antti Rintamäki at Intersonic Oy. “Renkus-Heinz was one of the first brands I originally worked with when I started my career as an audio sales manager about 15 years ago. I still have the Distributor of the Year trophy in my drawer, and now I can take it out again, put it on my desk, and work for the next one. My personal attention in the market areas where Renkus-Heinz is a leader is a perfect match for all of us. With Renkus-Heinz products we are now able to offer the range of high-quality loudspeakers to all contractors and AV installers for even the most demanding premises.”
“We are pleased with this new setup in Finland and look forward to working with Intersonic and its highly professional team that is focused on value-added solutions,” adds Michal Poplawski of Renkus-Heinz. “Our offerings and plans for the future have been growing at a rapid speed. Working together allows us to tailor systems better to specific markets. The result of which is a better outcome for

 
holophonixAmadeus releases Holophonix software update
Tuesday, 15 June 2021

France - Amadeus has released a major software update for the company’s Holophonix spatial sound processor. The version 1.7 software update features a new web-remote user interface completely redesigned from the ground up for better performance and a faster workflow and includes a host of new features both powerful and useful for immersive creative projects.
The new version 1.7 update is free to all current Holophonix users and is included with all new Holophonix hardware system purchases.
Holophonix immersive sound processors are installed and have been used for some of the world’s most innovative venues including Paris-based The Pantheon, Chaillot National Theater, La Scala, La Comédie Française, as well as the Beijing Stadium (China), The Lee Seok Young New Media Library in South Korea, ETH Zürich in Switzerland, and many others.
“Previously, the Wave Field Synthesis algorithm was restricted to linear speaker arrays with regular spacing between the transducers. With Holophonix 1.7, Wave Field Synthesis now also supports non-linear speaker arrays, including 2D surround setups. The algorithm can now control circular, rectangular, or curved-shaped loudspeaker layouts with non-uniform spacing,” says Thibaut Carpentier, researcher at IRCAM, lead developer, and head of the SPAT project.
“The built-in reverberation engine also offers new features, such as a new ‘Room Size’ parameter which lets you adjust the reverb effect more finely. Another useful feature built into this update is a per-speaker equalizer,” adds Thibaut Carpen

 
 
adx5dShure extends Axient range with portable receiver
Tuesday, 15 June 2021

UK - Shure has introduced the Axient Digital ADX5D Portable Receiver - a dual-channel, portable wireless slot receiver that ‘provides superior RF performance, spectral efficiency, and transparent audio quality’.
“We designed the ADX5D Portable Receiver to incorporate the same innovative wireless technology that Axient Digital is known for, all in a portable form factor for professionals in the field or on-the-go,” said Nick Wood, senior wireless category director, at Shure. “We took the time to ensure this new addition to the Axient Digital family exceeds the rigors of everyday use and lives up to Shure’s reputation for quality that we’ve earned over the past 96 years.”
Axient Digital has been used on some of the biggest live stages across the world. Since it was designed for professional productions that demand maximum signal stability, ADX5D is able to support the most extreme wireless needs. True digital diversity technology helps significantly mitigate the potential for signal fades or interference that can cause dropouts, says the company. Further, it also supports wide dynamic range, AES-256 encryption, and 2ms latency from the mic transducer to the analogue output. A wide tuning band ensures reliable operation in any environment.
ADX5D functions as an on-the-go wireless receiver, offering the power and performance of Axient Digital – but in a portable form factor. It can easily slot inside and connect directly to the audio inputs of a professional broadcast camera, enabling streamlined connectivity of the two devices. The

 
pororothemeparkHarman systems power Pororo & Tayo park
Tuesday, 15 June 2021

South Korea - To enhance the visitor experience at Pororo & Tayo Theme Park Jeju, TechDataPS Co recently upgraded the park’s aging sound systems with Harman Professional audio solutions.
Based on the popular characters Pororo the Little Penguin and Tayo the Little Bus, Pororo & Tayo Theme Park Jeju features numerous ‘edutainment’ attractions that encourage children to learn while having fun. However, the park’s sound system was becoming a detriment to the experience, causing auditory fatigue for park employees and visitors due to an abundance of echo and harsh frequencies.
To provide a better experience for guests, Pororo & Tayo Theme Park Jeju’s audio system required a complete overhaul. After being impressed by the performance of JBL Control 60 loudspeakers at the BSS Harman Zone in Yongin, park organisers hired TechDataPS to equip the facility and grounds with a complete Harman system featuring JBL Professional, Crown, BSS, AKG and Soundcraft solutions.
TechDataPS reported that the customer was concerned about the echo because of the high ceilings and wide-open spaces. They added that the previous sound system was installed for emergency disaster guidance without considering the echo effect.
To deliver quality sound with minimal echo in the indoor areas, TechDataPS selected JBL Control 67 P/T pendant speakers. For the outdoor stages, TechDataPS selected JBL VRX 900 Series line array loudspeakers. Since the main stage is close to the park’s parade ground, TechDataPS positioned the speakers to isolate sound within th

 
 
phil-ambroseMartin Audio promotes from within
Tuesday, 15 June 2021

UK - Martin Audio has recently promoted from within to create two new director roles for its R&D department.
Phil Anthony has been promoted to associate director of design, while Ambrose Thompson is now research director, and together they will lead the R&D department.
Phil Anthony commented, “It’s a great responsibility to continue the legacy of Martin Audio products and one that I relish and look forward to. We have made great strides in recent years in the number of products we have brought to market and I’m confident that by investing in new tools, developing improved processes and pro-active communication across departments, that Ambrose and I will bring genuine customer value with our product roadmap.”
Ambrose Thompson added, “I’m looking forward to helping drive a more even balance between technical, design and marketing strands of the company into all our products. On the software front, the aim continues to be removing tedious manual operations from our users' workflows by making better tools. Equally, with Martin Audio inside the Focusrite group, there is a proactive outlook where real investment in future development success seems possible.”
Dom Harter, managing director, summed up, “Between them, Phil and Ambrose have over 35 years of experience within Martin Audio, so not only is the R&D department in safe hands, it’s a recognition of their success and commitment to the company in that time. We have a truly exciting three-year roadmap ahead, covering both software and product hardware, and I couldn

 
pstserieslauncheventPowersoft strengthens T Series amp platform
Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Italy - Powersoft, has announced two additions to its touring amplifier platform, the T Series, which will allow the company to almost entirely replace its lK Series.
Since it was introduced 18 years ago, the K Series has proven itself to be one of the most reliable and widely used amplifiers on the market, receiving high praise for its lasting audio quality, power density, efficiency, and stable and long-term power.
Building on this legacy, Powersoft introduced the T Series in 2019. Now, in 2021, the new T902 and T904 have been introduced to extend the applications of the T Series further, allowing it to cover the requirements for any system deployment, including larger scale live sound applications.
The T902 is a 2-channel amplifier specified to deliver 4000W at 2 Ohms, 3200W at 4 Ohms, or 1800W at 8 Ohms, and its high rail voltage and peak current on the outputs make it ideal for driving large 4-Ohm subwoofers (like dual 18’’) or 2- and 3-way line sources.
Thanks to the T902’s onboard DSP featuring Raised Cosine, IRR and FIR filters; and precision delay, the T902 is the perfect product for powering and controlling complex cardioid sub-woofer arrangements and complex 3-way line sources.
The other new addition to the T Series family is the 4-channel T904, which can deliver 1800W at 2 Ohms, 2000W at 4 Ohms, or 1600W at 8 Ohms. This new amplifier platform is designed to power Bi-amped systems like stage monitors, 2-way point source speakers, and 2-way line sources, as well as smaller sub woofers.
Much like the rest of the T

 
 
aphAPH offers DAS Audio-based training platform
Tuesday, 15 June 2021

UK - Brighton-based Acute Audio Productions which has produced international festivals and concerts for Mainstage Festivals and NVS Promotions, has launched a new sub brand, Audio Production Hire (APH).
Headed by managing director Giles Bristow, APH offers “new tailored pro audio production services and training platform ‘Sound System engineering - the environmental approach’ exclusively using DAS Audio products”.
“In April 2020 as the pandemic closed down the event sector AAP went to work on a post covid business recovery plan and created APH in readiness to launch new services, and a CPD training programme. The brief is to offer personal tailored services to the end user, driving hire and sales of DAS Audio,” says Bristow. “Together with audio engineer Simon Ryder, we have created a brand-new module based training programme for the industry - Sound System Engineering - The Environmental Approach from Beginner to Advance.
“These training modules have been designed to highlight the environmental approach to sound system design and the capabilities and effects of being able to control the sound wave / audio map from the PA System and the benefits and use of the setup of the system on a network. To achieve this AAP has worked with the training department at DAS Audio to ensure that the training content that has been created in the UK is approved by DAS Audio.”
The courses are accessed through the APH website, the more advance courses have one to one live teacher training sessions built into them. The DASnet, EASE FOCUS and DASa

 
theater-freiburg-pm7Theater Freiburg installs two Rivage PM7 systems
Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Germany - Founded in 1866, Theater Freiburg is the oldest and biggest theatre in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, south-west Germany. Moving to its present venue in 1910, like many theatres it has seen an almost continuous series of changes and renovations, some more successful than others. Most recently, the installation of two Yamaha Rivage PM7 digital mixing systems have brought much-needed peace of mind to head of sound Jonas Gottschall and his technical team.
Featuring orchestral performances, opera, musicals, dance, plays and more, the Theater Freiburg building includes a main stage, smaller stage and Chamber stage. The venue has a long history with Yamaha digital mixers, going back to the DM2000 and the PM5D. More recently, the venue invested in systems by other manufacturers because, as Jonas - who joined the theatre three years ago - says, “At the time there was no Yamaha console that could do exactly what Theater Freiburg needed.”
“You can only work according to the circumstances of the time,” he adds. “In 2014, the theatre had to go down a different route, but the system it invested in ran into trouble with the network connection from the control surface to its DSP.”
The issues culminated in every live sound engineer’s worst nightmare, when three productions had to be stopped mid-show, in front of audiences. “It took the manufacturer six months to investigate the problem and I don't think they ever found it,” says Jonas.
“Reliability is the number one priority for me,” says Jonas. “With any system, i

 
 
acheron80fullMeyer Sound looks to home cinema sector
Monday, 14 June 2021

USA - Meyer Sound has signed on as a platinum supporter of the Home Technology Association (HTA) as it promotes professional audio products and technologies for deployment in upscale residential settings.
“We are excited to support HTA and its mission of providing a no-compromise private cinema experience,” says Miles Rogers, Meyer Sound’s business development manager for cinema and content creation markets. “The quality of a private cinema sound is not defined solely by the loudspeakers, but by the sum of all the components coming together - from the room build through final calibration. When all these pieces fit together perfectly, you have a VIP ticket to sit shotgun with the director in Hollywood and experience the film exactly as it was intended. Today, HTA is a key to making that happen.”
“The HTA certification program does an outstanding job of vetting and qualifying integrators,” says Meyer Sound US sales manager, west Daniel Rivera. “And they took it one step further by creating a budget calculator that matches the project to a qualified integrator who is up to the task.”
The company offers a full line of cinema products and solutions for applications of all scales, from the Bluehorn System full bandwidth studio monitor, Amie Systems, and Acheron screen channel loudspeakers to the new Spacemap Go spatial sound design and live mixing tool and Constellation acoustic system.
In 2021, Meyer Sound introduced the Ultra Reflex sound solution for direct view displays. For the first time, Ultra Reflex allows viewers to experi

 
audio-technicaAudio-Technica aids aviation education
Monday, 14 June 2021

Spain - Flight simulator manufacturer Simloc is now using Audio-Technica BPHS1 stereo headsets and PRO70 cardioid condenser lavalier microphones for its innovative Fixed Base Simulator (FBS) flight training devices and Extended Reality (XR) simulation environments for civil and military markets.
The relationship between Audio-Technica and Simloc began following contact between Jaime Valle, software engineer and certification manager at Simloc and Audio-Technica commercial manager Yusti Blázquez, who had previously collaborated on another clinical simulation project.
Valle said of the BPHS1 headset, “It delivers very high quality audio transmission and reception for intercommunication and it’s a really robust product.
“For the simulation to be as realistic as possible, the exclusion of distracting ambient noise is crucial. In flight simulators there are many sources of audio that can disturb concentration – the constant sound of the engines, alarms and alerts from navigation equipment and so on. So we needed microphones that pick up the voice very well but reject all other noise.
“The BPHS1’s dynamic microphone is perfect for our application because it gives great vocal presence and very effective attenuation of ambient sounds. The result is a very clean, natural signal and we currently handle all regular communications between captain, first officer and instructor with the headset.”
The BPHS1 also provides a similar look and feel to conventional aircraft headsets and allows the microphone and connection cable to be oriente

 
 
city-wineryCity Winery NYC re-opens with Meyer Sound
Friday, 11 June 2021

USA - City Winery New York finally opened for ticketed live music events in early April at its new flagship location inside the redeveloped Pier 57 on the Hudson River after a hiatus of more than a year.
As with the seven other City Winery locations, this newest venue relies on Meyer Sound reinforcement systems exclusively, with the New York location the first to anchor its system with LINA line array loudspeakers. Within the first week of sold-out shows, the sound quality in the new room already had earned accolades from audiences and performers alike.
“I have some confidence in my own ears, but more confidence in the ears of musicians who have played here - and they have been ecstatic,” says City Winery founder and CEO Michael Dorf. “The combination of the room acoustic and the Meyer Sound LINA system is magic. Steve Earle said from the stage during his acoustic set that the sound in the room was the best he had heard in any venue.
“And when Willie Nile came with his four-piece classic rock band — two guitars with Marshall amps and a drummer that hit hard — the room and the system handled it beautifully. Willie even said that the bar had been raised for sound in New York and claimed that this was the city’s ‘new temple of rock.’”
The new system is anchored by twin arrays of eight each LINA line array loudspeakers, with sides, front centre and stage corner areas and balcony VIP areas covered by, respectively, UPQ-1P, UPJ‑1P loudspeakers and UPJunior loudspeakers. Controlled deep bass projects through a centre cardioid ar

 
alconsVienna’s Das Werk upgrades with Alcons
Friday, 11 June 2021

Austria - Founded in 2006, Das Werk is an alternative art and culture initiative based in Vienna. Located in the district of Spittelau, between the famous Grelle Forelle and FLEX nightclubs, Das Werk is the latest Vienna venue to upgrade to Alcons Audio pro-ribbon loudspeakers.
In 2018, Wolfgang Sauter of Vienna-based Pro Performance was asked to create an audio concept for Das Werk that fitted in with the neighbouring venues, including The Grelle Forelle, FLEX, SASS Music Club and The Loft. Pro Performance had previously equipped these venues with Alcons pro-ribbon systems, giving Alcons a stellar reputation in Vienna.
“The customer needed a new, effective sound solution that was flexible enough for both live concerts and DJ events across a large variety of genres,” says Wolfgang. “A particular problem was that the stage was in the corner of the room, presenting many acoustic challenges. We looked at all the available solutions and chose two arrays of three Alcons RR12 pro-ribbon point source array modules. They delivered highly precise, unified sound across the space, without producing unwanted sound on the stage.”
The RR12 arrays work in combination with the cornered subwoofer array. This custom custom-built 12x 15” vertical subwoofer was another design by Wolfgang, to also obtain a uniform low-frequency response across the room.
Wolfgang continues, “It’s simply all about physics and there is no feedback on the microphones or turntables, despite the live bands and DJs situated in front of the bass array. With the resulting pre

 
 
digicoEurovision 2021 run smoothly with DiGiCo Quantum 7s
Friday, 11 June 2021

The Netherlands - Postponed from 2020, this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, its 65th edition, was held at the Rotterdam Ahoy in The Netherlands. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Nederlands Publieke Omroep (NPO), Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS and AVROTOS. Specialist rental and sales company, Ampco Flashlight, was the official technical supplier, providing lighting, rigging and audio requirements, which included DiGiCo Quantum 7 mixing consoles at both front of house and monitor positions.
Working on the lavish production fans have come to know and expect were Erwin Rintjema, ESC head of production, Thijs Peters, head of broadcast sound, Ampco Flashlights’ Remco Verhoek as senior project manager and Dennis van der Haagen taking up the role of operational & commercial director, along with Jeroen ten Brinke, ESC head of live sound, who specified the Quantum 7s as part of his audio design.
A competitive tender for the show had been sent out in October 2019, with Ampco Flashlight pitching alongside competitors. “We were awarded the contract in January 2020,” recalls Verhoek, who oversaw proof of concept, prepping the equipment including constructing custom racks and scheduling and taking care of his team. “We were prepped and ready to go, then the show was postponed because of the pandemic. But we had been chosen and that didn’t change for the 2021 edition. Audio-wise the stakes are always high for Eurovision, and this was a complex system, but not the most complex we’ve ever built and with all the ex

 
evoluitionSennheiser launches Evolution Wireless Digital
Friday, 11 June 2021

Europe - Wireless is meant to make things easier. It gives you freedom to perform. It makes set-up times faster. But for many musicians who are their own technician, wireless microphones can be a nuisance or even intimidating. Now Sennheiser brings simplicity to wireless with Evolution Wireless Digital.
The series introduces an ‘easy, app-based workflow while retaining all the professionality, multi-channel capability and reliability that users have come to expect of UHF and 1G8 microphones’.
“We talked with dozens of bands prior to the development of Evolution Wireless Digital,” explains Oliver Schmitz, product manager for Evolution Wireless Digital. “Many band members are in fact multitasking, driving the gig bus, setting the wireless up, performing on stage, doing the accounting, the marketing, you name it. They do not want to become experts at RF, they do not want to scan a venue for open frequencies, they do not want to battle with settings. They just want something that works right away, so all they have to do is switch on and go.”
“This is why we came up with an app that does all the planning for you and guides you through the set-up,” adds Benny Franke, responsible for the software. “An app, where all the expertise is under the hood, and where you don’t have to be a mechanic to drive the car. There were many details that we sweated over so that you can keep your cool before, during and after the show.”
The Smart Assist App guides you through the set-up in easy steps. “If you can handle an app, you can handle the

 
 
bluesoundBluesound Pro adds three more distributors
Friday, 11 June 2021


UK – Bluesound Professional has announced the addition of three distribution partners as it expands global distribution. The new distribution partners are Studiotec Oy (Finland), Gonher Proaudio (Mexico) and HED Cinema (Israel).
“We are delighted to be able to welcome these distributors to our team as they are all leaders in the industry and in their respective markets,” says Graeme Harrison, vice-president and general manager of Bluesound Professional. “To have them so readily commit to the Bluesound Professional brand with the knowledge and perspective they have of the industry validates for us that we have something special here.”
Since its launch at the Integrated Systems Europe show in February 2019, Bluesound has expanded to 23 international markets.

 
amxdgxfibercardswebbannerpr1920x775AMX fibre boards offer security and support
Thursday, 10 June 2021

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced an addition to its secure 4K60 4:4:4 distance transport switching solution with the release of four new AMX by Harman DXLink 4K60 fibre input/output (I/O) boards, transmitters and receivers.
The new fibre modules offer security and support for extended distances and are fully compatible with AMX Enova DGX 100 Series enclosures. This offers a simple upgrade of existing systems to the most secure, highest-quality technology without investing in an entirely new system architecture. These new modules accompany the twisted pair boards, endpoints and Enova DGX enclosures released previously.
Government entities, universities, casinos and other security-focused installations will benefit greatly by using the new DGX 4K60 fibre products, says Harman.
Previously, high-security operations had to settle for either reduced resolutions over a single fibreconnection or full resolution over multiple fibre runs. The new DGX 4K60 products offer 4K 4:4:4 video at 60 fps over a single fibre-optic cable, providing uncompromised image quality in critical applications like government operations centers and hospitals where every pixel matters.
The new 4K60 fibremodels extend the AMX DGX commitment to providing a simplified setup and configuration process. When installed, these products will be auto-configured, and settings can be easily applied using the Enova DGX web-based configuration tool.
“We are really excited to be launching the fibre phase of this 4K60 rollout because while being able to deliver the

 
 
iselivebcn2021Amate Audio reports positive ISE Live
Thursday, 10 June 2021

Spain - Amate Audio has expressed overall positive conclusions about exhibiting at ISE Live in Barcelona in a statement today.
Selected to exhibit in the Catalan Innovation Zone in the Fira Barcelona Gran Via, as the region’s premier pro-audio loudspeaker manufacturer, in association with ACCIÓ, the Government of Catalunya’s agency promoting Business Competitiveness, the Terrassa, Barcelona based company was one of just three major PA loudspeaker manufacturers exhibiting live at the show.
Vice president and chief technical officer Joan Amate reflected that the local focus of the event was, of itself, of value: “Although large-scale PA manufacturers were under represented, there were a significant number of visitors from the sector among attendees. We had valuable conversations and exchanges with people; some of whom we had not met before and others we had not seen for some time.
“Although there is no reasonable comparison with the usual scale of ISE, as a local regional event, there was the sense that there was opportunity for contacts and conversations that might otherwise get drowned out in a full-on international show. And with the more relaxed demand on our time, we also had some good networking interactions with other exhibitors.”
For Amate Audio the event also had longer term value going forward for ISE in the Fira Barcelona: “It was commendable of ISE to stage whatever event prevailing circumstances allowed on its inaugural year in Barcelona. It was proof of concept that, even given a residual level of risk, it will be po

 
powersoftPowersoft drives high-profile Rome exhibition
Thursday, 10 June 2021

Italy - The Vittoriano was built at the turn of the 20th Century to honour Italy's first king, Vittorio Emanuele II, and has since become a must-see for anyone visiting the Eternal City. Prior to the pandemic, Galleria Sacconi (which is located inside the Vittoriano) was chosen to host a temporary exhibition - named Lessico Italiano - composed by 19 different installations designed to celebrate Italian values.
Once the planning was complete, the exhibition’s creator and producer, Palzom Films, contacted Italian audio specialist, AudioFactory, to assist integrator AMP di Fabrizio Dovidio with the installation of a sound system that could live up to the expectations of such an important exhibition.
“The head of audio of Palzom Films, Alessandro Di Maio asked us an audio sound system with three main characteristics,” explained Oreste Parmentola, AudioFactory’s CEO. “It needed to be visually discreet, have high sound quality, and have the capability to be remote controlled. We were encouraged to design a state-of-the-art system using our own products. To do this, we chose to use our DESIGN product line, which has been conceived with this kind of venue and audio requirement in mind.”
As well as the quality of AudioFactory’s own speakers, Parmentola cited power amplifiers with built-in DSP as being key to answering the Vittoriano’s brief.
“Furthermore, using Dante audio streaming flux through the network was a substantial improvement in terms of reduce complexity of wiring and increase audio quality and reliability,” he said.<

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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