Europe - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced it has completed EN54-24 certification for its compact R.35-3896-EN loudspeaker.
Community’s R Series has long been a standard for stadia and other large scale, all-weather applications worldwide. The company has consistently invested in improving performance across the range, introducing new models, and meeting increasingly stringent worldwide standards. Since gaining EN54-24 certification on the larger R1, R2 and R6 models, permitting their use in voice alarm systems in venues across Europe, Community has seen demand for these certified versions building significantly year upon year.
The R.35-3896-EN meets the need for a high performance compact loudspeaker for fill and supplementary areas in larger venues and for smaller venues wanting to conform to EN54 standards. The R.35-3896-EN is equally suitable for indoor and outdoor use in a wide variety of applications, including background and foreground music and announcement systems in corporate A/V, leisure centers, swimming pools, theaters, night clubs, shopping malls, stadiums, cruise ships, theme parks and factories.
The R.35-3896-EN is a fully horn-loaded triaxial three-way, full-range loudspeaker system, designed to provide high quality voice and music reproduction normally only associated with indoor loudspeakers. Featuring Community's innovative MultiSource Waveguide™ horn design, the output from the dual midrange compression drivers and 1-inch exit HF driver are combined seamlessly into a single time-coherent source, resulting in
India - K-array has confirmed the newest member of the K-family, ISD India. The newly-formed network partner will be responsible for the sales and service of the K-array brand throughout the entire country.
ISD (Italian Sound Design) is a specialised distribution chain of K-array and has been conceived with the aim of servicing major markets through an independent sales development approach. The launch of ISD India follows this new strategy that was put into motion earlier this year with the establishment of K-array China and ISD Japan.
ISD India is run by Sawan Nichani, Sameer Nichani and Sidharth Dham and their team and offers easy access to K-array products and services to the pro audio industry. The newly-formed, but experienced group will aim to bring the K-array brand to the forefront in India.
K-array has high expectations for their partner in this large, yet complex market. “I believe ISD India will quickly escalate K-array in the country as I can already feel the sector's enthusiasm and appetite for the high-end, unique audio solutions we provide,” says Marc Vincent, K-array’s director of sales - APAC.
The team has already set out to meet their goals and launch the brand by hosting an informative K-day on 13 July at Lutyens Resort Delhi where over 60 industry professionals gathered to learn about K-array. The day featured a K-academy workshop, Installed Sound Overview and Applications, presented by product specialist Daniele Mochi from K-array Global in Italy.
The event was also the opportunity to present the Ita
Spain - During a two-day summit, at the end of May, held in and around Amate Audio’s HQ facilities in Terrassa, outside of Barcelona, members of the company’s worldwide distributor network were introduced to a range of new products and technological developments.
A highlight of the second day was a dramatic change of location. High in the mountains of the Catalonian countryside, at the Masia Restaurant Torre del Conill, splendid isolation, an extensive terrace and brilliant sunshine provided an idyllic location to audition a line-up of the very latest and yet to be released Amate Audio speaker systems.
Alongside new additions to its latest NÍTID plug & play ultra-compact, ‘smart’ loudspeaker series, the company unveiled an all new flagship line array system; the latest addition to Amate Audio’s top of the range Xcellence series.
The X212AF is a 2x 12” full range, high performance, 3-way active line array, featuring an advanced engineered V-shape cabinet that delivers 100° horizontal coverage and 8° vertical coverage. Complementing the dual 12” LF drivers, are four 6” mid-range drivers and two 3” HF neodymium drivers mounted on a proprietary waveguide. Latest 3rd generation Class-D integrated amplification delivers 4000 W of power and the system launches Amate Audio’s next generation DSP platform, providing state-of-the-art control capabilities.
Advanced FIR filtering provides enhanced performance parameters including improved phase alignment and minimal latency. Separate limiters, with differing time constants, are
UK - Martin Audio capitalised on its successful marketing formula by hosting three open days (split into five two-hour presentation sessions) at their HQ in High Wycombe, to coincide with this year’s PLASA Show in London.
“The timing was perfect,” said MD Dom Harter. “Not only were many of our partners and customers already in town but it gave us the perfect opportunity to showcase, and in some cases give world premieres to nine new products.”
Harter himself kicked off proceedings, introducing all four models in the new high-performance VIA amplifier range - designed to partner all Martin Audio systems beneath the Wavefront Precision line arrays, and in particular the new ADORN series as well as CDD and O-Line.
Attendees didn't have long to wait before sampling Martin Audio’s signature sound, in the shape of the ADORN on-wall speakers. “The market for commercial speakers is growing and is often served by poor sound,” Harter explained. “We thought it was time to enter this growing market, and offer a no compromise solution of affordability and audio quality.”
Martin Audio product support engineer, Robin Dibble, then took over, presenting CDD and CDD-LIVE. “With quarter of a million CDD enclosures now out in the field this is our most successful install range ever,” Dibble stated.
Dibble then turned to the CDD-LIVE variant, explaining that the series came in tour grade enclosures, containing DSP and 2-channel power amps with VU-Net / Dante compatibility, making them networkable.
Next, visitors experienced t
Thailand - Rental house Media Vision Co has recently taken delivery of the region’s first L-Acoustics K1 KX Standard system, which includes the recently shipped P1 processor, KS28, and LA-RAK II. Managing director Thanaruch Hongskule, aka Joe, cites the acquisition as the best choice for long-term investment for the company.
“Media Vision already holds an extensive range of loudspeakers, but with business increasing it needed to expand on this,” explains Tanapat ‘Tony’ Mongkolkosol from Vision One, L-Acoustics’ certified provider distributor for the region. “To maintain its position as the number one rental provider for the region, a solution that matches international artists’ riders and can meet the demands of Thailand’s burgeoning EDM market was required. K1 fulfils both these requirements and would allow Media Vision to service the shows that comes through the region.”
In spring 2018, Media Vision took delivery of a system comprising 48 K1 and 16 K1-SB, along with 24 K2, 12 Kara, 42 KS28, 24 X15 HiQ and 20 LA-RAK II, to add to its existing stock of Kara.
Almost immediately thereafter, partnering with associate company Lightsource, Media Vision held the Joe-Joe Showcase, so named after Joe from Lightsource and Joe from Media Vision. Taking place in the Banquet Hall of Nathong in Bangkok, the showcase allowed Media Vision to highlight the benefits of its new K1 system to more than 900 of Thailand’s industry professionals.
The event featured a Thai female artiste giving a rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothi
UK - PLASA has said the 2018 edition of the PLASA Show has been ‘the busiest and most vibrant’ show since it moved to London Olympia in 2016.
PLASA 2018, which took place on 16-18 September, saw a 4% increase in visitors with a palpable atmosphere that was reminiscent of its popular Earls Court days. The show welcomed a stream of exhibitors and attendees from around the world, primed to explore the leading edge of live entertainment technology.
The expo also confirmed its importance for networking and trade, with 63% of visitors being final decision makers or specifiers, and a quarter being business owners, managers and directors.
Jonathan Walters, UK sales and purchasing director from A.C Entertainment Technologies comments: “This third year back in West London has really confirmed PLASA’s decision to relocate to Olympia, each show here has worked consistently well, but this year has been one of the best shows of PLASA’s history. Sunday was busy for us, but Monday surpassed all expectations. There have been many discussions over the past four years that trade shows do not generate hard sales success: Monday’s result proved that is a misnomer.”
Leisuretec’s marketing manager Charlie Hendon, adds: “The atmosphere’s been lively and exciting with plenty of opportunities to establish new business relationships and socialise with existing clients.”
Meanwhile, platinum sponsor Robe revealed the first of a trilogy of stand designs, its PLASA stand incorporating its latest lighting fixtures used to light its show-stopping
UK - Technical manager and vision engineer John Steele has joined Blitz, a GES company, as technical director.
Prior to joining Blitz, Steele specialised in providing engineering support, planning and technical solutions for large-scale, multi-camera mobile broadcasts.
Steele has engineered and managed in most areas of the video industry, including corporate presentations, concert tours and international sports coverage.
Steele is responsible for running the Blitz technical teams, including video, sound, lighting and set and staging, as well as the project management team. In this role, Steele is part of the Blitz senior leadership team and reports to Blitz managing director Mike Phillipson.
Phillipson commented, “As Blitz grows, we need to bring in the very best talent and John Steele certainly fits that bill. His wide-ranging technical experience and personable approach will ensure we continue to deliver a world-class technical production service to all our customers.”
UK - Data Strategy says its stand was ‘buzzing with activity’ as it exhibited at PLASA 2018.
The company’s new VeriCal, which verifies that the Out Board PAT-4 testers are within their operational specifications, received particular attention. VeriCal is the latest Data Strategy product to combine hardware with intelligent software. The new product ensures the appliance test units within the QC-Check Workstation produce verified and accurate results.
Data Strategy MD, Iain Roche, comments: “We had a very busy show, seeing a combination of existing customers, contacts who have shown protracted interest and brand-new prospects. VeriCal attracted much interest especially from potential oversees customers who perceived its purpose, which is to ensure the Pat-4 remains in its operational specifications.
“Power-Check, the QC-Check distro test module, also attracted interest. Combined with the Out Board PAT-4, the RCD test solution automates an otherwise tedious, time-consuming manual task.”
Data Strategy’s QC-Check system provides fast and accurate safety inspections and the robustly packaged PAT-4 tester provides the perfect solution for Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), cable (continuity and insulation resistance) inspection and testing of equipment protected by RCDs (distro).
UK - In mid-September a small piece of Japan appeared in West London for three days - and it proved a real talking point as Yamaha and Nexo exhibited at PLASA 2018.
This year’s stand was the brainchild of Chris Irvine, Yamaha Commercial Audio (UK and RoI) marketing manager, and Gareth Collyer, Nexo sales manager (UK and RoI). PLASA London tends to attract a high number of students and, with a shrewd eye to making the most of any free publicity generated by the ‘Instagram generation’, they created a stand themed as a Japanese garden.
Yamaha highlighted the long-term success of the company’s digital mixing consoles by showcasing the latest Rivage PM7 system next to a PM5D, one of its most famous products. Loaned for the show by Britannia Row Productions, it featured along an information panel about the number of high profile artists that particular console has worked with, the PM5D was a major talking point.
“The PM5D really drew people in. It was notable how many professional engineers walked on to the stand and greeted it like a long-lost friend,” says Chris. “We then guided them to the adjacent Rivage PM7 and showed them how much more advanced our latest console is.”
Nexo, meanwhile, showcased a number of its latest products, including the ID Series, GEOM6, GEOM10, STM series, NXAMP4x2 MK2 amplifiers and DTD Controller. STM and GEOM10 loudspeakers were recently entrusted with relaying the Pope’s words and a dazzling array of entertainment to a sold-out audience at Dublin’s Croke Park stadium.
“We knew we were taki
Belgium - Tomorrowland, the Belgium electronic dance music festival, this year revealed the Atmosphere Stage, a new futuristic tent where L-Acoustics’ L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound delivered deeply vibrant beats as festival goers bathed in stunning visuals for a unprecedented musical experience.
L-Acoustics has collaborated with the festival alongside Noizboyz, designers of Tomorrowland audio systems, since 2011. This year was no different, with over 600 L-Acoustics cabinets supplied by Phlippo Productions deployed on six stages, including the massive 115m wide Story of Planaxis Main Stage, across the vast festival site.
With the Atmosphere Stage, We Are One World set out to elevate the concert experience with a festival tent stage like no other. Recognising the impact of L-ISA in creating powerful shared connections between artists and audiences, Tomorrowland worked with L-Acoustics and Noizboyz to make it a reality.
“When discussions began about creating an L-ISA area at The festival,” says Noizboyz Pieter Doms, “we were instantly excited to explore this cutting-edge technology with them, to learn new techniques and new ways of experiencing music.”
Atmosphere was housed in a huge, 32m high tent suspended from a gigantic, custom-built crane. With an all-star line-up, a ceiling glittering with thousands of lights, a 2km long video net containing 120,000 LEDs stretched around its circumference, and a mammoth 20.1 L-ISA design, Tomorrowland was about to deliver a full-on, mind-blowing, 360-degree dance experienc
UK - Manchester-based technical production supplier Sterling Event Group has invested in Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 series to enhance its audio offering.
The investment, including EM 6000 digital 2-channel receivers, SKM 6000 handheld transmitters with MD 9235 capsules, SK 6000 beltpacks and L 6000 charging stations, will allow Sterling to “future-proof its inventory and offer clients a digital solution”. Sterling has also added additional Sennheiser 2000 Series IEMs to its stock.
Ben Marshall, head of audio at Sterling, comments: “With increased restrictions on available spectrum for radio microphones and in ear monitors we needed a solution to give us the channels we require even in the most challenging RF environments. By utilising Sennheiser Digital 6000 which is intermodulation free we can place frequencies in an equidistant frequency grid to maximise channel counts without issue. We have also found the 6000 series to be both rider and sub-hire friendly satisfying our live production and dry hire clients.”
Mark Haigh, channel sales manager for Sennheiser UK’s pro audio solutions division, adds: “Sterling have fully embraced Digital 6000. It’s great to see them onboarding staff with training sessions and using the product. It will undoubtedly give them more flexibility in our ever-changing RF landscape, and ultimately help broaden their customer-base.”
Sterling MD Richard Bowden, says: “With our involvement in a number of party conferences and other events involving sensitive client information we have had a requirement
USA - Justin Timberlake’s The Man of the Woods tour, which is scheduled to run through to early 2019, is arguably his most expansive yet from an audio perspective.
Taking place over two legs of North America whilst also visiting Europe, the in-the-round production boasts winding walkways thrusted out from main stage to two satellite stages. FOH engineer Andy Meyer, who has been working with Timberlake since 2005, chose an Optocore fibre network solution to handle the complex D/A conversion necessitated by this.
The sound engineer had earlier spent considerable time exploring different platforms, along with system tech Justin Lenards and fellow engineer Ozzy Giron. But having had previous experience with the Optocore environment via DiGiCo consoles, he wasted little time in venturing down this path for his signal transport. “The solution was obvious to me right from the start,” he says after arranging comparative testing at ESI Audio & Lighting in Tampa. “The shootout confirmed this, and immediately determined that for the environment we would be working with Optocore would be by far the best solution.”
The audio signal path duly mushroomed into a multi-network transport solution using Optocore ‘R’ series converters, with the design and implementation supported by Brandon Coons, from Optocore North America.
These units can be controlled by any DiGiCo SD Series console and live on the same network, just as if it were an SD Rack or other DiGiCo product.
Andy Meyer based his FOH universe around a DiGiCo SD7 and two S
World - American indie rock band The War on Drugs is currently on a world tour following the release of the band's Grammy-winning fourth studio album A Deeper Understanding. The six-piece band is known for a comprehensive on-stage presence, with lots of instruments and backline to keep the sound engineers busy.
To cope with over 80 inputs, often complex and dynamic material, and a tendency to take tracks to unexpected places, monitor engineer Laurence Eaves (Beirut, Local Natives) and Front of House engineer Bob Strakele (Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, James) both chose Solid State Logic L500 Plus consoles, supplied by touring and systems integration company LMG.
From the inception of the tour, the intention was always to go big and make sure the band's full potential was realised. "For this tour, we decided to shoot for the stars and go with what we really wanted," says Eaves. "As soon as we'd heard and messed around with a couple of SSLs, we were never going to look back. It went from smashing a nail in with a brick, to surgical precision in with a laser-sighted nail gun!
"It has enabled me to do live what I loved doing in the studio, which is to craft something that is technically great, sounds amazing, and has lots of energy."
Eaves creates 12 in-ear mixes for each show - six for the band plus another four tech mixes. He also has a range of reinforcement around the stage, though nothing like the truck load of wedges that used to compete for level. "There are some side fills and wedges dotted around, because we still want movement on
UK - The Great North Star performance in Newcastle was the culmination to the Great Exhibition of the North. Televised on the BBC, this ambitious outdoor performance celebrated pioneering woman through sporting history. The event took place outside The Sage Gateshead, with the Tyne and cityscape providing the backdrop to the night time performance.
IPS provided all the lighting and sound production, along with the production structures for a long-standing client, with Andy Marshall heading up the IPS onsite team, working with production manager Nigel Mousley and director Bradley Hemmings.
Over 400 lighting fixtures were used on the production, almost all of them from the IP-rated range of the IPS hire inventory. A 100m running track provided the performance area for the event, with scenic specialist Stage One suppling the stage structure and impressive set pieces (including working crane), with IPS working alongside to integrate show lighting within the set. Electric Foundry supplied LED practicals built into the set - including the illuminated text on the I-Beam lifted by the crane as part of the performance.
IPS delivered a full d&b audiotechnik solution, with 24 cabinets of V-Series line array, reinforced with 12 V-SUBS and 2 J-INFRA subs. Y10P cabinets and M4 wedges provided monitoring and infill, and the system was driven by a combination of D80 and D20 amplifiers.
Sound coverage was complicated by the site layout, with audience areas split over different sections at varying heights up a sloped quayside. Sound was designed by Jon Seal
USA - On The Run II. marks the first world tour together in four years for Beyoncé and Jay-Z. In that time, the music has become more complex and so has the stage show. The two stars are backed by a sizable combination of their individual bands, including an entire horn section, as well as backup vocalists and dancers, all of whom wear in-ear monitors, as well as wireless microphones for every vocalist.
All of these elements are connected via an Optocore HMA fibre loop between two DiGiCo SD7 consoles for the FOH mix (one primary console and a second for use by supporting acts on the tour) feeding a d&b audiotechnik J-Series PA system, while four more SD7 desks are assigned to the monitor mixes.
In addition, another SD7 is on the tour to mix full-band rehearsals as set lists change and new songs or new arrangements are added (the duo’s hit album, Everything Is Love, dropped in the middle of the tour), and to mix and record writing sessions as inspiration strikes during this 48-city, four-month-long tour. A DiGiCo SD12 console is also on hand to mix vocal rehearsals in dressing rooms. The five primary consoles on the tour use five DiGiCo SD-Racks, with a sixth used as a support rack.
“The DiGiCos are the only consoles that can do this show,” observes Jason Kirschnick, international operations officer and global project manager at Eighth Day Sound, the sound-reinforcement provider for On The Run II. “The wireless and in-ear counts are enormous. Stephen [Curtin, FOH engineer] uses a lot of subgroups to keep and manage a
Europe - Audio-Technica has agreed to distribute Martin Audio in Germany, effective 1 October.
The audio brand’s official distributor will be Audio Technica Germany, which also distributes Allen & Heath and Clear-Com. The new distributor will be responsible for sales in both the installation and rental staging channels. It has appointed Tobi Franzgrothe, who has long experience with Martin Audio after working with the manufacturer’s previous distributor, as brand manager.
Matthias ‘Mex’ Exner, general manager of Audio-Technica Germany, comments: “It’s a case of two great brands joining forces to create an outstanding offering in both these sectors. Martin Audio comfortably bridges the gap between our great mics and wireless systems, through the A&H consoles, to the audience’s ears.”
Bradley Watson, Martin Audio EMEA sales manager, adds: “We are delighted to be partnering with Audio-Technica Germany. The team has a proven track record in both rental and install and the company is perfectly placed to take advantage of the many opportunities offered by a premium speaker brand such as ours.”
Tom Mikus, Audio-Technica’s sales & marketing director (professional audio), says: The addition of Martin Audio to our distribution portfolio is an exciting development as this turns it into a one-stop-solution: from the microphone to the loudspeaker and matching peripherals like intercom, we now have a well-rounded portfolio for the various vertical markets. Here at Audio-Technica there is always the right product for every
UK - Holoplot’s ORION sound system was awarded a PLASA Award for Innovation. The judges were convinced by the technology and the product, which allows a radical new approach to sound reinforcement and provides audio engineers with a versatile tool for their work.
On the first two days of the PLASA Show, the judges visited the 47 nominated companies to learn more about the innovative products. Demonstrations were given, use cases were discussed, and functionality for rigging, maintenance, and installation was explained.
The Holoplot stand attracted many of the jury members a second or third time. In their eyes, “a system with such precise beam steering capabilities and flexibility in how audio can be projected, demonstrates a paradigm shift in the industry”.
Roman Sick, Holoplot’s CEO, comments: “The conventional speaker technologies are very established in the industry. It’s not easy for a young company to change the mindset. This award shows us, that the value of our product is recognized by the industry. This award is a great accomplishment for all the effort our team has put into the development of this amazing product.”
UK - At this year’s PLASA Show, UK immersive audio and showcontrol specialists Out Board demonstrated the new StageSpace object-based spatial environment auto-rendering tool within the new TiMax 500S software.
The stand featured a miniature booth-sized demo of TiMax’s ‘orchestral hugeness experience’, which has been trialled on some arena-scale and festival-sized stages across Europe this summer.
Out Board co-owner Dave Haydon comments: “Even under the slightly challenging conditions of a busy tradeshow floor, people were overwhelmed by the realistic spatial enhancement that StageSpace added to multitrack classical and jazz music playback. Of particular note was the adaptive nature of the StageSpace rendering that allows quick delivery of full immersion for audience members while using relatively minimal and flexible speaker system topologies.”
Haydon also contributed to the audio panel that led the discussion on System Design and the Future with Immersive Sound, held in the Audio & AV seminar Theatre.
He adds: “It was a pleasure to contribute to a healthy discourse on this very current theme. All in all, we had a highly productive and rewarding PLASA Show.”
USA - Miami-based AVER Productions has invested in an Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) Radius sound reinforcement system to further its business. AVER Productions is a full service event production company that provides audio, video, lighting, staging, and special effects equipment throughout the country and the Caribbean Islands.
“We create experiential events for corporations, designed to advertise or market products,” explains Eddie Bernal, owner of AVER Productions. “The Radius system has been in use since it arrived. It was deployed on a five-stop Jack Daniels marketing tour and is currently in use with the Starz hit television series Power and EFFEN Vodka tour - bringing the show’s Truth Nightclub to warehouses all over the country.”
For the pop-up EFFEN Vodka events, the AVER team transforms empty warehouses into the show’s Power nightclub. Customers are invited to experience the same atmosphere they would on the set of the popular television series.
“Radius plays a big role in the tour. We needed a strong nightclub sound for the event,” adds Bernal. “The nightclub is created the same in each location, making system setup identical every time. It adds the perfect touch to the nightclub environment.”
AVER added 16 RSX208L line array enclosures and 12 RSX218 dual 18-inch subwoofers to their inventory. The RSX208L is a three-way, self-powered loudspeaker designed to streamline setup and deliver maximum results. The array features OptiLogic, providing automatic array self-detection and instant optimisation including air lo
Australia - Melbourne production and install company Monitor City has joined the Adamson network with an investment in a new E-Series and S-Series audio systems. Sourced through CMI Music and Audio, Adamson’s exclusive Australian distributor, the new package allows Monitor City to cover most venues across Australia while also offering the flexibility to break into smaller or distributed systems as required.
Monitor City co-founders Adrian Barnard and Matt Dufty, who each boast over 30 years of experience in professional audio, carefully evaluated all the major players in the PA market before deciding on Adamson for their purchase.
"We looked at factors such as the speed of deployment, the logic of the system, its capabilities, and sonic performance," relates Dufty. "Adamson stood out as the best choice. It's rider friendly and acceptable to touring professionals, and there's a growing Adamson Network globally. This system will cover our festival work in the upcoming summer months, and can then be split into multiple systems. It fits well with the way we do things, and will definitely help us.”
Monitor City’s Adamson system is built around the flagship E-Series and comprises a complement of E12 three-way, full-range line array enclosures and E119 subwoofers. Rounding out the package are the compact S10 two-way, full range line array enclosures. Adamson’s touring E-Racks, each equipped with three Lab.gruppen PLM+ series amplifiers featuring Lake processing and Dante audio networking functionality, drive the system.
Barnard and Dufty fou
UK - Allen & Heath has expanded its range of networking cards with the addition of a Waves SoundGrid option. The SQ Waves card provides any SQ mixer with a 64x64 96kHz or 48kHz interface to a Waves SoundGrid network using the I/O port.
Engineers can now fit the Waves card to any SQ mixer for Waves plugin processing, multitrack recording (at 96kHz or 48kHz), virtual soundcheck and audio distribution applications.
Waves SoundGrid is an Audio-over-Ethernet protocol developed by Waves for real-time professional audio applications. The card also enables the use of existing Waves plugins at a very low latency, using standard Gigabit Ethernet networks rather than a USB connection.
“Waves SoundGrid has been a very popular option among our dLive users, with many systems on tour deploying a Waves card on recording duties,” comments Allen & Heath’s Head of Product, Nicola Beretta. “Since the launch of SQ we’ve received requests for the same technology to be made available here and following the release of our Dante and SLink cards, we’re very happy to tick another box in the list of protocols and standards SQ supports.”
USA - University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) recently outfitted its new Hospitality Hall with complete sound reinforcement systems by Harman Professional Solutions.
Located less than two miles away from the Las Vegas strip, UNLV is a premier research-level university that provides higher learning to 30,000 students across 350 undergraduate and graduate degrees. The school’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality offers a world-renowned degree in hospitality management that annually ranks among the top hospitality programmes in the nation. Its proximity to the Las Vegas strip has enabled the school to partner with leading hospitality brands to facilitate valuable internships and unique learning opportunities for students.
UNLV recently opened Hospitality Hall, a new $50m building on campus, to provide hospitality students with a world-class learning facility. Hospitality Hall contains offices, meeting rooms, classrooms, an executive learning kitchen, an interactive learning studio, an auditorium and more. In order to ensure premium audio quality during lectures, learning activities and student presentations, the UNLV technical department outfitted 17 classrooms, meeting rooms and learning labs with JBL Professional speakers and Crown amplification.
“We’ve been blown away by the amount of positive feedback we’ve received about the Harman audio systems in the new Hospitality Hall building,” says Frank D. Alaimo, AV systems specialist, University of Nevada Las Vegas. “We’ve been relying on JBL speakers and Crown amps in other buildings o
Germany - Michael Häck, a respected freelance German system technician, discovered this summer the numerous advantages offered by Outline’s new processor, the Newton.
One of Häck’s recent projects included the Jazz Open Festival in Stuttgart, this year celebrating its 25th anniversary. It is one of the largest jazz festivals in Europe, taking place in five locations throughout the city, entertaining around 45,000 people and its diverse bill this year included Gregory Porter, Jamie Callum, Jamiroquai, Joss Stone, Lenny Kravitz, Meshell Ndegeocello, Pat Metheny, The Stanley Clarke Band and dozens more international artists.
Häck was responsible for two of the performance spaces, the Altes Schloss with an audience capacity of around 1,000 and the festival’s main stage, the Schlossplatz in the centre of the city which can accommodate 6,500.
He takes up the story: “I first became aware of Newton when I met Fernando (Rey Mendez, Outline’s Newton product specialist) at ISE 2018 when he introduced me to the unit and we discussed possible SMAART integration. We met again at prolight&sound in Frankfurt earlier this year and talked seriously about how Newton might be useful for us at Jazz Open - I believe that the only way to test something like this properly is to use it in real life, because only that way can you get a feel for what it really sounds like with a serious PA, how the workflow operates and how well it integrates with the rest of the system.
“The sound systems for my stages were both L-Acoustics, provided by Session Pro.
Argentina - Sistemas de Video Comunicación S.A. (SVC) has been appointed sole distributor for Clair Brothers in Argentina.
The SVC team was introduced to Clair Brothers by Fabian Giordano, owner of Giordano Sonido, a Clair Brothers rental partner in the same region.
Ricardo Pegnotti, director at SVC, explains: “In April of 2018, Fabian organised a visit with us to Clair Brothers headquarters in Manheim, Pennsylvania. This was such a big opportunity for us to join forces with one of the most iconic brands in live sound. I can’t thank Fabian enough for this opportunity.”
SVC sells and distributes the Clair Brothers C-Series, the kiTCurve12 of the kiT Series, as well as a full range of Clair Brothers products including the popular 1AM and 1.5AM stage monitors, the conveniently stackable S2 PA System, iS218 subwoofers, coaxial cabinets that include the 5CX and 8CX, the new award-winning 10SPOT, plus full-range FF2 front fill boxes, and Clair Brothers/Lab.gruppen amplifiers with on-board Lake processing and Dante digital audio networking.
“We’ve represented Avid for more than 20 years in our territory. The AVID Venue live sound console is one of our key products. This puts us in a unique position because we consider these mixing consoles, paired with the signature Clair Brothers sound, the perfect combination and solution for any customer involved in the entertainment industry,” says Pegnotti.
SVC has begun its distribution of Clair Brothers gear in Argentina and plans, in the near future, to expand into the countries where they