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pearcehire-and-eeaec-managementl-rdeanreesshaunpearcejasonlunnceast-of-england-arena--events-centrePearce Hire collaborates with major UK arena
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

UK - East of England Arena Events Centre (EEAEC) has announced a collaboration with Pearce Hire. The EEAEC is one of the UK’s top event venues, hosting over 300 events, conferences and meetings a year. The multi-purpose events complex sboasts over 9,000sq.m of indoor space and over 250 acres of outside space. With significant and ongoing investment in the venue and its infrastructure, the venue has appointed Pearce Hire as a preferred contractor working throughout the complex.
“With our HQ based in Peterborough we are ideally placed geographically to offer an outstanding level of service and support to the venue, to the organisers putting on events at the venue, and to the exhibitors at all the major trade and consumer exhibitions which take place here throughout the year,” observes Shaun Pearce, managing director, Pearce Hire.
“Having provided services for many years to the EEAEC, we are familiar with the venue, and understand the requirements of many of their regular event organisers coming through the doors year on year. We are delighted to have now stepped onto a more significant footing and to be linked more closely with the venue.”
Jason Lunn, venue director for EEAEC, explains: “Pearce Hire and EEAEC share the same goal to provide the best services possible to our customers. We consider Pearce Hire’s overall production services to be a faultless and wide-ranging offer. We note with pride that the touring productions which come into our venue always rate them very highly.”
(Jim Evans)

xiqu-centre-entrance-smlSSV acoustic solution for Hong Kong centre
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

China - Sound Space Vision (SSV) was part of the design team for the Xiqu Centre, the first finished building in Hong Kong’s new West Kowloon Cultural District. The Xiqu Centre serves as the gateway to the district and is dedicated to the performance of Chinese opera (Xiqu) and as the centre for preservation and development of the variety of Chinese opera art forms.
SSV was responsible for the acoustics and audio systems in all the centre’s spaces, including both amplified and un-amplified performances in the 1073-seat Grand Theatre, and the 150-200-seat Tea House; a well-equipped Seminar Hall; large and small rehearsal facilities; a recording/broadcast suite; and all the retail, food and beverage areas connected to the Centre’s public ground-level Atrium.
“We were well-prepared for this particular form of opera house having spent many years visiting Hong Kong arts groups, and building on our enthusiasm of Asian arts while working on the theatre design and acoustics for Singapore’s Esplanade,” says Anne Minors, co-founder and design principal of SSV.
In planning the acoustics and audio design for the Xiqu Centre, and the Grand Theatre in particular, SSV took into account the heritage and expectations of Hong Kong audiences and practitioners, and those of visiting artists from mainland China and international patrons and artists.
SSV co-founder and acoustician Bob Essert explains: “The overall aesthetic aim of Xiqu is beauty in all aspects of performance. Practitioners talk of roundness of movement, singing, and instrumental ton

palaceL-Acoustics for restored Alexandra Palace Theatre
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

UK - Alexandra Palace opened in 1873 as a grand Victorian public gesture - ‘the people's Palace’. Since then, the complex story of the London venue - affectionately known as Ally Pally - has been marked by fires, restoration, substantial war-time damage, charitable rescue and many political sagas. 
In December, after 80 years of slumber and two years of careful restoration, Alexandra Palace Theatre re-opened. As part of the process, a complete technical infrastructure had to be installed, including a substantial L-Acoustics Kara PA system.
The Alexandra Palace Theatre itself is part of the building's East Wing. It had an original capacity of 3,000 and the stage was a marvel of Victorian engineering, incorporating a variety of innovative stage machinery. The BBC leased the Palace in 1935 and the theatre went unused until performances started again in 2004, in a limited way, though it wasn't until 2012 that the Alexandra Palace and Park Trust contemplated a thorough restoration of the building, starting with the East Wing and the theatre. Work began in 2016 and the new Alexandra Palace Theatre opened its doors in December 2018.
One of the people brought in to help the project through reconstruction and on to a healthy, 900-capacity commercial theatre was Steve Brookes, now head of production and technical at the venue. His aim was to bring a full, modern production infrastructure to the space so that no company or touring production would hesitate to perform at the Palace, but at the same time to honour the heritage of the building.

rda-group-photoRDA to represent Community in New England
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has appointed Richard Dean Associates as its rep firm for the New England and Upstate New York. Established in 1975, Richard Dean Associates’ line card includes Shure, QSC, Allen & Heath, BARCO, Patton Electronics, Denon/Marantz Pro, Rane, IDK Corp. and Listen Technologies.
Dick Bazirgan, principal of Richard Dean Associates, comments: “We pride ourselves on representing the premier brands in every category, and Community is certainly in that group. It is a great complement to our other brands, with outdoor and installation products covering voids we couldn’t previously fill. The endorsement of many of our rep colleagues also played a big part in our decision. To a firm, they talked about what a great company Community is to work with.”
Bazirgan adds: “We have a large number of outdoor opportunities with all of the colleges and universities here, as well as a big opportunity for the E Series column line source systems in the house of worship and small theatre markets. We spend a lot of time with end users and consultants, giving us an edge when the final decisions are made.”
Mike Marr, Community’s eastern regional manager, says: “The regions of New England and Upstate New York are in good shape and RDA brings opportunities to introduce Community to new dealers as well as to consultants and engineering firms. The area they cover is large with substantial opportunities for Community and I am excited to be able to work in the field with the RDA team.”
(Jim Evans)

super-bowlShure wireless dominates Super Bowl week
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

USA - The Super Bowl, one of the most wireless-intensive live events with thousands of devices vying for clear spectrum, deployed Shure wireless systems for game day, including the flagship Axient Digital wireless system and PSM 1000 in-ear monitors.
All RF usage was planned and managed by NFL lead frequency coordinator Karl Voss. Primary audio supplier ATK Audiotek again brought in experts from Orlando-based Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) to meet the challenge of delivering pristine audio for the on-field entertainment. PWS handled Gladys Knight’s rendition of the US national anthem among other pre-game festivities, plus the Maroon 5 half time show and the referee’s critical microphone.
Professional Wireless Systems RF engineer, Gary Trenda, chose Shure wireless again. He explains: “It’s our second straight year using Axient Digital as our preferred system, which has several advantages in covering a football field. The Quadversity antenna system increases reliability and range. No matter where your transmitter is, you’re always closer to antennas than you would be with a regular diversity setup. That’s a huge advantage to us because the stage design and location are typically not yet finalised at the time when we are designing the RF distribution and specifying the wireless equipment.”
For the coin toss, referee John Parry was double-miked with twin Axient analogue AXT100 bodypack transmitters, in frequency diversity mode. Parry used the system for penalty calls throughout the game, so the referee’s mic was always under the mi

das-chinaZhengzhou Art Palace upgrades with DAS
Monday, 11 February 2019

China - The Zhengzhou Art Palace has upgraded its main PA with Aero-20A systems from DAS Audio.
The Zhengzhou Art Palace, which houses a 1,338 and 186-seat theatres, had recently undergone a major renovation to convert the venue into a multi-purpose facility with a stage lift, a project that included a revamp of the Art Palace’s audio system.
DAS Audio China were contracted to set up an audio system for the Zhengzhou Art Palace that was powerful yet adaptable enough to meet the venue’s unique sound needs, which range from ballets and dance performances to opera and symphonies by first-class national and international groups.
A total of two clusters of six Aero-20A line arrays were installed as the main PA using the integrated DASaim optimisation tool, combined with two LX-118A subwoofers, which were flown in a left/right configuration on either side of the stage for uniform coverage, with the entire system monitored and controlled by the DASnet audio management system.
Four Artec-526 loudspeakers were installed as front fill for down-in-the-front spectators, while an additional four Vantec-12A were brought in as stage monitors.
(Jim Evans)

ten-conceptsDiGiCo S21 for Swaziland’s Ten Concepts
Monday, 11 February 2019

Swaziland - Ten Concepts, a Swaziland based hire company for audio, visual and lighting equipment, has invested in a DiGiCo S21 with D2 rack, purchased from South African distributor, DWR Distribution.
“When I saw the DiGiCo S21 on the internet I was sold,” says company founder, Thabani Ngcamphalala. “I love the touchscreen and being able to move files from one screen to the other without a problem. It’s so user friendly.”
He will be using the console for corporate events and shows, and is particularly looking forward to making use of the DiGiCo platform for live events.
(Jim Evans)

on-stageOn-Stage celebrates 40 years of success
Friday, 8 February 2019

UK - On-Stage, supplier of musical accessories and pro-audio equipment, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019.
After years of encountering the varied needs of musicians first-hand, Jim Hennessey set about designing the innovative solutions he felt were lacking in the marketplace. Utilising knowledge acquired during a career in aviation, as well as his experience of the music industry from his time at Ovation guitars, Hennessey designed the TRI Triple Guitar Stand, an industry first which became On-Stage's debut product.
“I've always been a creator and designer, so when I saw a need in the industry, I filled it,” said Jim Hennessey. “I'm so proud of where we are as a company today; we have all of the musicians that have used our products throughout the years to thank. It has been a pleasure serving you for the last four decades.”
Distributed in UK, ROI and Benelux by JHS, On-Stage now produces a wide range of MI goods, including stands, cases and cables, to cater to both live and studio-based situations. As well as equipping guitarists and bassists, On-Stage's accessories also includes brasswind, percussion and microphones. Additionally, On-Stage products are employed by music industry professionals around the globe, with leading venues including Liverpool's Cavern Club, where On-Stage are the stands of choice during live performances.
(Jim Evans)

b4mediaproductionfounderandownerbeckie-campbellallenheathdlives7000B4 media production opts for dLive
Friday, 8 February 2019

USA - In the hands of Beckie Campbell, an Allen & Heath dLive S7000 mixing system is more than a console, it’s a base from which students can start their careers in professional audio. As the owner of B4 Media Production, a live event production company based in Vero Beach, Florida, Campbell’s business model serves a wide-ranging client base while empowering the next generation of audio engineers.
“I want to give young people work,” Campbell says, “as well as a leg up that I didn’t have when I started out so they can embark on a solid career path. I hire a lot of freelancers who are just out of college or give students a chance to earn credit hours for internships or complete program requirements. It’s challenging sometimes, but ultimately quite rewarding.”
B4 has a presence around the country at conferences, festivals, faith-based entertainment events, live concerts, and more. “I’m not locked into anything,” Campbell says of her gear preferences. “I just want to use the best. When I first used an Allen & Heath dLive S7000 console, I instantly fell in love with the classic, warm sound of its preamps, plus the feel of it, which, if you’re a traditional knob-turner like me, feels right at home. Conversely, if you’re a pinch, drag, drop, and swipe kind of operator, the desk has you covered there too.”
Since many of Campbell’s freelance front of house and monitor engineers are new to the game, they often arrive with experience limited to only one or two other consoles. “Despite its world class sound and advance

baptist-churchLubbock church upgrades with DPA
Friday, 8 February 2019

USA - Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas, holds five weekly services, three of which involve a full choir and orchestra. The church also offers seven weekly television broadcast programmes that reach a local and worldwide audience. Along with its weekly services, the church hosts an Internet live stream three times a week.
Rusty Trowbridge, technical director/lead audio technician at Southcrest Baptist Church, wanted to improve the overall sound quality for the prominent Northwest Texas church’s weekly services and broadcasts. After testing various options, Trowbridge found that a selection of DPA Microphones produced the best sound and were able to handle the church’s high-production demands.
The upgraded microphone package Trowbridge employed consisted of DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones for most of the orchestra, including all of the stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass and harp), 12 DPA d:sign 4098 Supercardioid Ceiling Microphones hanging from the ceiling for the choir and a d:fine 4166 Flex Omnidirectional Headset Microphone for the church’s senior pastor.
“I felt that the microphones we were using unpleasantly coloured the instruments,” says Trowbridge. “We found that with DPA’s d:vote 4099 instrument mics, not only was the sound quality of the orchestra outstanding but the reproduction of the instrument sound was unmatched to what we had previously experienced. I also like how sensitive the microphones are. I do not have to give them a lot of gain to get them to a useable level. In addition, t

westview-productions-check-presentation-to-btsWestview Productions makes first BTS donation
Friday, 8 February 2019

USA - At the recent NAMM show, Westview Productions presented a cheque for $5,162.32 to Behind the Scenes as their first donation to the charity as a new Pledge-a-Service Partner.
Westview is an entertainment, energy, and immersive technology solutions firm headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Their project process encompasses all aspects of design that integrates with all construction trades to ensure a cohesive and seamless project experience. Westview has global experience in lighting, motion control, audio and AV systems, media, and architectural systems allowing them to provide comprehensive services as a sole solutions organisation.
On presentation of the cheque, Eric Bloom, president, states: “I feel so strongly about the Behind the Scenes Foundation’s efforts, that it’s a great pleasure to be able to support the foundation this way. Helping to support our colleagues in a time of need, especially with funds from service work that came directly from the industry is really special. We are just pleased to be able to give, even in a small way, to such a beneficial organisation.”
Rick Rudolph, the chair of Behind the Scenes, commented, “We were thrilled to receive such a wonderful first-time donation from Westview. Their generosity sets a benchmark for other service companies and helps to ensure we will be able to assist the many people coming to us for assistance. We thank them for their commitment to the programme and challenge other service companies to follow their lead in caring for our colleagues in need.”
The Behind the Scen

odisseaClair Brothers upgrades sound for Italian super club
Thursday, 7 February 2019

Italy - A sound system from Clair Brothers was deployed for the 25th anniversary celebration of Italian nightclub Odissea Fun City Dance Club. The club’s owners decided their previous system had served its purpose well but that the time had come to upgrade.
Prase Media Technologies, Clair Brothers Italian distributor, was asked to suggest speakers for the upgrade. Emanuele ‘Lele’ Luongo, product manager at Prase, along with Ivan Omiciuolo and Matteo Barbaro, whom supported the project throughout, recommended the new Clair Brothers PA.
“The main challenge in this room,” explains Luongo, “was to achieve homogeneity in the distribution of low frequencies while also minimizing the reflections, within the entire audio range, caused by metal sets and mirrors on the side walls of the dance floor. We also worked to curb the incidence of medium-high range in the bar areas.”
To overcome these acoustic issues, the new PA system consists of two Clair Brothers kiTCurve12 clusters (four cabinets each) and eight CS218 subwoofers. Luongo explains: “The subwoofers follow the perimeter of the stage, with two subs located in the centre, positioned as an inverted stack to help reduce the impact of low frequencies in the console area.”
In addition to utilising the kiTCurve12 as the main system, there is also a pair of the exact same kiTCurve12’s being used as DJ monitors to allow the DJ to hear the exact timbre that the audience hears. The result is an LR system with controlled dispersion teamed with a horizontal sub array which allow

adlib-hozierNo Moments Silence for Adlib with Hozier
Thursday, 7 February 2019

UK - UK rental and production specialist Adlib continued its excellent working relationship with Irish singer-songwriter and musician Hozier, and a production team led by Sue ‘Duchess’ Iredale. The Liverpool-based company supplied sound and lighting equipment plus crew for the band’s recent UK and European tour, with a Coda sound system specified by FOH sound engineer Steve ‘Patto’ Pattison, and the realisation of an eye-catching and inventive lighting design created by Steven Douglas.
Patto joined the Hozier team mid-way through 2018, shortly after completing the Freedom Child world tour with Irish trio The Script. Hozier’s Nina Cried Power EP dropped almost immediately and with a new (second) studio album anticipated in the spring, the touring schedule started apace and continues worldwide throughout 2019.
Patto chose a Coda AiRAY system for the UK and Europe sections, after having an “amazing” experience with it on The Script tour. A powerful and versatile speaker system for its compact size, AiRAY can be flown or ground stacked in different configurations, sounding equally good and bringing a continuity to the wide range of venues on the itinerary.
“It sounds great in a 1200-seat theatre and a 15,000-capacity arena – one box covers all applications” enthused Patto. The speaker selection was key to the crew dealing with the daily variations in venues by using different quantities and rigging set ups. In the largest format they used 16 boxes a-side.
For Patto, the ‘devil is in the detail’ of the fill

ISE 2019: d&b launches its first Milan product
Wednesday, 6 February 2019

The Netherlands - ISE 2019 (5-8 February 2019, Amsterdam RAI) sees the launch of the d&b audiotechnik DS20 Audio network bridge, the company’s first product offering for connecting its loudspeaker systems to the open standards-based Milan protocol.
The DS20 is a natural networking choice for d&b users. Milan is a deterministic network that inherits all the technical benefits of Audio Video Bridging (AVB) technology: improved reliability, optimum synchronization and hassle-free network set up. Advantages that coincide quite nicely with the efficiency focused d&b System reality.
Together with AVID, L-Acoustics, Meyer Sound, and Biamp, among others, d&b has defined the specifications for achieving seamless interoperation between any product implementing Milan.
Henning Kaltheuner, Head of d&b Market Intelligence and explains: “AVB defines a set of technical standards developed by the IEEE, but what it doesn’t describe is how to implement them in a way that ensures interoperability between devices. Milan is the solution; a layer that completes an AVB network with a standards-based, user-driven deterministic network protocol that guarantees interoperability.”
Integrating seamlessly as part of a d&b system, the DS20 Audio network bridge interfaces between Milan networks and AES3 digital audio signals, while also providing distribution of Ethernet control data. Metadata including Milan channel labels and cabling information is sent via the AES3 channel stream to the four channel d&b amplifiers.
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ki10-ki12ISE 2019: Outline introduces a raft new products
Wednesday, 6 February 2019

The Netherlands - Italian loudspeaker manufacturers Outline has launched four new designs at ISE, taking place this week in Amsterdam.
The Ki-Series is an application-flexible compact loudspeaker concept designed for a broad range of installed applications. Both models (the Ki-12 and Ki-10) maximise efficiency and cost effectiveness with internal crossover networks, a small footprint, integral mounting points and very high SPL capability, the company says. Both models also feature rotatable horns that can be adjusted without any disassembly of the device.
The MV1CX is the latest member of the Cinema Series family of Outline products. This high-powered, slimline co-axial design is ideal as a main system component for smaller cinemas and may also be used as the centre speaker in L-C-R arrangements. Its small footprint features side-located reflex ports to eliminate LF-induced screen vibration.
Outline’s V10 and V15 kits are designed specifically for musicians, DJs, presenters, lecturers, entertainers and anyone who transports and operates their own audio equipment. Comprising either one or two powered subwoofers which also contain the amplification and processing for the satellite speakers (from Outline’s well-established Vegas range), these portable setups deliver up to 12kW of audio power.
Finally, the all-new Monaco 215 CX contains two 15” LF transducers, one of which features a co-axially-loaded 3” diaphragm compression driver. This full-range enclosure can be driven either passively (by a single amplifier channel) or bi-amped. Idea

yamahaISE 2019: Yamaha’s latest launches
Wednesday, 6 February 2019

The Netherlands - Yamaha has launched new loudspeakers, 10G L2 switches and significant firmware upgrades at ISE 2019.
Launched in response to customer demand, Yamaha’s multi-award winning VXC and VXS loudspeaker range is being expanded with the VXC2F 2.5” full-range, low profile ceiling speaker and VXC8S 8” bandpass ceiling subwoofer. The VXC2F is the shallowest model in the VXC series, with a back can less than 7.6cm/3” deep, while VXC8S is the first ceiling subwoofer in the range and includes unique VXC features like anti-drop tab and carrying band for safe, straightforward installation. The PK-C4 pendant mount option for the VXC2F will also be launched, with all VXC models available in black or white (paintable) finish.
Also being launched at ISE is the SWP2 series of network switches, which include 10Gbps fibre uplinks, making them ideal for high capacity Dante networking, including 96kHz. Both multi and single-mode models allow for longer distance transmission. With straightforward setup, rugged connectivity and Yamaha’s legendary reliability, the SWP2 series is designed to provide the optimum environment for mobile audio networks.
Yamaha's RIVAGE digital mixing systems are also receiving another significant upgrade, with ISE 2019 seeing the debut of RIVAGE V3.0. This firmware update adds the new DaNSe dynamic noise suppressor plug-in, developed by Dr K’s lab at the Yamaha Corporation in Japan to bring improvements in speech clarity for theatrical and broadcast applications. The update also adds Mix to Input routing, and workflows

audinateISE 2019: Audinate’s Dante AV to include intoPIX JPEG2000 tech
Wednesday, 6 February 2019

The Netherlands - intoPIX, leading provider of image processing technologies for professional media applications, has announced that Audinate, leading provider of professional digital audio networking technologies, will use intoPIX’s ProAV optimised ultra-low-latency JPEG 2000 technology within its new Dante AV Design Suite for use with the newly-announced Dante AV Module.
At ISE 2019, Audinate is launching Dante AV as a video-capable extension to the popular audio-over-IP ecosystem Dante. It provides ease-of-use, seamless multi-vendor interoperability and integrated control experience.
The incorporation of intoPIX’s unique technology plays a crucial role in the system to deliver a visually lossless 4K60 4:4:4 HDR video experience within a standard 1 Gigabit Ethernet network with no latency, the company says.
Gael Rouvroy, intoPIX CEO and director of technology states: “Unlike normal JPEG 2000 solutions, our codec reduces latency down to 10 milliseconds and is more suitable for Pro-AV content – two features crucial to the industry.”
intoPIX’s JPEG 2000 enables Dante AV to: create 4K multi-screen environments, allowing audio to be routed wherever desired; deliver perfect lip-sync during live presentations with video thanks to ultra-low latency; easily deploy and manage video walls at lower cost thanks to the utilization of Cat 5e cables and switchers; simplify installation and use of conference rooms that combine video and audio media.
“Although the Dante AV Module is designed to be codec agnostic, we felt it was in the bes

sxc118ISE 2019: Martin Audio shows new SXC118 cardioid subwoofer
Wednesday, 6 February 2019

The Netherlands - At this year’s ISE trade show in Amsterdam, Martin Audio announced the launch of a cardioid subwoofer, SXC118, as part of an overhaul of its subwoofer strategy.
Designed for touring sound and installations, the SXC118 is a compact, high performance cardioid subwoofer. It features an 18” (460mm) forward facing driver and a 14” (356mm) rear-facing driver, each driven independently by separate channels and DSP from an iK42 amplifier. Each driver has its own chamber with optimised bass reflex porting.
This arrangement produces a cardioid dispersion pattern which maximises the front radiation and reduces unwanted radiation behind the subwoofer. The recommended iK42 amplifier optimises the DSP parameters for front and rear drivers to maximise the rear rejection — from 21dB at 43Hz to 28dB at 75Hz. In front of the enclosure, the output from the two drivers is additive, giving an extra 2dB of output when compared with a conventional 1 x 18” subwoofer.
Dom Harter, managing director, explains further: “The benefit of this cardioid subwoofer is the ability, as standard, to focus more bass where you want it and have less go where you don’t. That can mean keeping bass away from neighbours, off stages, away from turntables or keeping it from reflecting off walls and causing destructive interference elsewhere in a room. In the case of SXC118, it delivers more punch and significantly more control over a standard single 18 subwoofer.”
The enclosure is constructed from plywood and finished with a hard-wearing textured paint. It

thriveThrive Church upgrades to L-Acoustics
Wednesday, 6 February 2019

South Africa - To cater for a growing congregation, Thrive Church, east of Johannesburg, has invested in an L-Acoustics audio system installed by DWR Distribution. Thrive Church has two houses of worship, a church in Boksburg and another in Edenvale. The upgrade, which was installed at the Boksburg community, consisted of a three per side L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo System (two Focus and one Wide) with two SB18m subwoofers flown per side, two X12 outfills (one per side) and six 5XT front-fills.
“The previous audio system was about fifteen years old and wasn’t adequate for the size of the venue where we had recently extended the seating capacity,” says Pastor Byron Chicken. “It wasn’t giving us a sufficiently full and clear sound and was battling to fill the venue properly. The new L-Acoustics system has made a huge difference; it gives our venue a beautifully full and clear sound.”
The project was managed by Victor Vermaak who represented DWR. “Very little on the market, at this price range, can compete with the sonic size of the ARCS WiFo system,” said Vermaak. “The WiFo system matched the room perfectly and there was no need for additional delay speakers. As the L-Acoustics saying goes, the best sound comes from one source, so where possible, if you can eliminate the need for delay, the result will be a smoother and better sounding system. This has been the case at Thrive Church.”
(LSi Online)

nexo-geo-m12ISE 2019: Nexo unveils ‘The Big 12’
Tuesday, 5 February 2019

The Netherlands - ISE (5-8 February, Amsterdam RAI) is the first European outing for Nexo’s ‘Big Twelve’ Geo M12 line array, the top-of-the-line addition to the popular Geo M family of sound reinforcement systems by the French manufacturer.
Sharing the same aesthetic design and sonic signatures as the other models in the Geo M Series, the new Geo M12 promises to deliver “all the Nexo hallmarks of power, flexibility, coverage and superb sonic performance in a thoroughly modern package,” the company says. Launched together with the MSUB18 companion sub bass cabinet, the Geo M12 is aimed primarily at the mid-size rental company, although its competitive pricing will make it a popular investment for all types of user, from corporate presentation to live performance venues to houses of worship.
The Geo M12 takes its place at the upper end of Nexo’s current line-up of line array designs, the new head of a family that includes the Geo M10 and Geo M6 mid-size and compact systems. “The Big Twelve is a logical complement to our M Series range,” explains Nexo sales director Denis Baudier, “it is packed with design features that we premiered on the Geo M10, and also benefits from patented technological and structural innovations that derive from our flagship STM Series modular line array.”
Geo M12 is more powerful than Nexo’s earlier 12” line array cabinet, the Geo S12, which remains in the catalogue. “S12 is a typically hard-working Nexo product, but 10 years on, we are now releasing a 12” cabinet which offers 4dB more max SPL.”<

asaISE 2019: ASA to appear across three halls
Tuesday, 5 February 2019

The Netherlands - At ISE 2019 this week, Astro Spatial Audio (ASA), will appear on the booths of three major loudspeaker manufacturers. In addition, a new AAX plug-in will be previewed, offering full remote control and monitoring of the SARA II Premium Rendering Engine within Pro Tools and the Avid S6L live mixing console.
A leading independent solution for object-based 3D sound, ASA breaks the chains of manufacturer-specific systems, instead opting for a brand agnostic approach that frees sound designers and engineers to use the brands they prefer. Most recently, a series of immersive showcases drew crowds to the Clair Bros booth at January’s NAMM Show.
At ISE 2019, AsSA will drive demonstrations across three separate halls, beginning on the booth of Alcons Audio (6-H150), as the Dutch manufacturer brings its popular Pro-Ribbon Immersive Experience back to the RAI. Nearby, Martin Audio (7-K190) will present its Sound Adventures immersive solution, powered by ASA. Finally, Clair Bros (5-X122) will again affirm its support for Astro Spatial Audio.
All demonstrations will be driven by the award-winning 3U SARA II Premium Rendering Engine – the heart of the ASA solution. Offering up to 128 MADI or 128 Dante configurable network pathways at 48kHz/24-bit resolution, the SARA II converts audio signals into audio objects and uses extensive metadata to precisely calculate that object’s position within virtual 3D space in real time, as well as that object’s acoustic effect on the virtual space around it. The outcome is a truly three-dimensional audi

studiomasterISE 2019: Studiomaster makes ISE debut
Tuesday, 5 February 2019

The Netherlands Classic British pro audio brand Studiomaster makes its ISE debut this week at the Amsterdam RAI (5-8 February). The company will introduce a diverse range of innovative install products, including a portable, compact line array system, a DSP-controlled phased array column speaker system, a miniature 5” DANTE/POEspeaker box, full range 70/100V in-ceiling speakers, 100V line programmable DSP rack mixer amps and a series of flatbed and rackmount tablet controlled digital mixers.
PLATFORM 10 is a self-contained, portable and compact powerful active line array system comprising two 18” subs, each paired with two 10” line array elements. With 2400W of 4 channel CLASS D integrated amplification in each sub and array configuration (providing a total of 4800W system power), and 2 input / 4 output onboard Digital Signal Processing with selectable preset system configurations for rapid setup, PLATFORM 10 a uniquely versatile solution for rental, small and medium venue installation and small-scale touring sound applications, the company says.
The sub features an 18” Neodymium LF driver and the line array elements, a 10” mid driver with 3” voice coil and 1.5” throat HF compression driver. Deployable in sub and pole mounted top compact, FOH stack, or flown line array configurations with adjustable array angles, the two line array elements pack neatly into the bass port of the sub, equipped with wheels for easy transportation.
The IS410T compact 10 x 4“ phased-array column speaker is designed for public address applications. With on

genelecBasso Club stands out from the crowd with Genelec
Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Finland - Oulu enjoys the distinction of being the most populous city in northern Finland with over 200,000 residents. The city recently saw the opening of Basso Club, a new 430-capacity nightclub that hosted its official opening night in December and features a range of Genelec active loudspeakers including the new S360 and 7382 high-SPL models.
The young owners of Basso Club, brothers Teemu and Miikka Sulkala, were determined from the outset that their club would break the mould. “We didn’t want to do anything that our competitors or other nightclubs have already done so many times,” affirms Teemu Sulkala. “We wanted something totally new.”
Teemu and the rest of his family already had a very clear idea of what they wanted inside the space, which was a former furniture store near the centre of Oulu. In fact, their architect produced the plans for the new venue in just 50 hours based on Teemu’s sketch.
However, designing the club is one thing – equipping it with a top-quality sound system is quite another, and Teemu readily admits that when he and his brother started the project, he had no idea of what would constitute a good club sound system. “We just knew that if we invested a bit more money than a typical club would normally spend on audio equipment, it would also be an investment in our future, so that’s what we decided to do.”
Teemu first came across Genelec at a local trade show and was interested by the new S360 loudspeakers and the accompanying 7382 subwoofer, so a trip to the Genelec factory in Iisalmi was arrange

allen--heathISE: Allen & Heath debuts Dante cards
Monday, 4 February 2019

The Netherlands - Allen & Heath will unveil a host of new Dante enabled products at the ISE Show, including portable and wall-mount I/O solutions for installation, and two new Dante option cards. All of Allen & Heath’s latest Dante releases are AES67 compatible and Dante Domain Manager ready.
The DT168 provides 16 mic preamps and 8 line outputs in a convenient stage box form factor. Ideal for portable applications thanks to its rubber bumpers and handle, DT168 can be deployed on stage or used as a drop-in expander.
The DT164-W provides 16 mic preamps and 4 line outputs in a versatile wall-mount design for permanent installation. The reversible mounting frame allows for in-wall or on-wall mounting. The unit also fits in a standard 12x12” NEMA box or equivalent, or mounted in a floor pocket for stage use. The IEC mains power inlet can be replaced with a gland module and screw terminals for fixed installation, and a DC 12V backup supply is also provided.
Both DT168 and DT164-W offer Allen & Heath’s preamps, complete with 96kHz converters for best-in-class sound quality over Dante, plus Primary and Secondary ports for daisy-chain or redundancy through secure EtherCon connectors. Both new products are compatible with Allen & Heath’s DM and CDM MixRack / MainFrames, and with SQ series mixers.
“DT168 and DT164-W respond to requests from consultants and integrators for Dante connectivity that breaks out of the conventional rackmount format,” commented Allen & Heath installation product manager, Martijn Verkerk. “Wheth


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