Audio News

pliantatd-audio-visual4ATD adds CrewCom to AV solutions inventory
Thursday, 23 April 2020

USA - ATD Audio Visual, a full-service rental and staging event production company with offices in New York City and Los Angeles, provides high-end AV solutions for a range of clients in the live event space. The company was looking to add a reliable intercom solution to its AV equipment inventory and chose Pliant Technologies’ CrewCom wireless intercom system.
A key feature of the CrewCom system for ATD Audio Visual is its flexibility to meet the requirements of live productions of any size. “CrewCom has unlimited possibilities - you can expand it, you can split it into two separate systems - it does whatever you need it to do,” says Or Israel, president, ATD Audio Visual.
“We can easily add more transceivers for extending coverage in a larger venue, and/or additional Radio Packs (RPs) to increase user counts. The system is extremely flexible and modular, and simply a joy to work with. In addition, the cost-effective price point makes the system even more attractive.
“CrewCom checks off all the boxes when it comes to what we are looking for in a wireless intercom solution, and the competitive price point is a nice bonus,” says Israel. “When we first tested out the system, we had one person stay inside the warehouse, and another person walk four blocks away from the warehouse, and the audio quality was crystal-clear - we were all really impressed with the system’s extensive range.”
Additionally, ATD Audio Visual has received positive feedback from its customers regarding the CrewCom system. “We have rented out the Pliant s

madisonvillehighschoolfootballMadisonville High returns to Danley Sound
Thursday, 23 April 2020

USA - It was over two years ago that Dallas-based music store and AV integration specialist Romeo Music designed and installed a fully-weatherproof Danley sound reinforcement system to cover Madisonville High School’s baseball and softball fields. The project was a huge success. Not only does the system sound intelligible, punchy, and musical, but Danley’s weatherproof options have made the system resilient in the face of east-central Texas’s humid, stormy climate.
Thus, when the aged sound reinforcement system at Madisonville High School’s 3,500-capacity football stadium was no longer acceptable, the school again turned to Romeo Music and Danley Sound Labs.
“They love the baseball/softball system, which uses four fully-weatherproof Danley OS12CX loudspeakers,” explained Kevin Deal, regional sales manager with Romeo Music. “Their football stadium’s old horn system was on the fritz, and they could no longer justify limping along with it. They needed something powerful, clear, and modern to convey announcements with intelligibility and to deliver music with the kind of impact that heightens the game-day experience. Of course, the new system would have to stand up to Texas weather as well. We felt that another Danley system would meet and exceed Madisonville’s needs on all those scores.”
Deal worked with Danley’s regional rep, Anderson Sales and Marketing, and Kim Comeaux, Danley’s western sales manager, to arrange a Danley demo for the football stadium. “Even in a situation like the one at Madisonville High School, where we

 
 
dentonsTFG delivers AV-over-IP for Dentons
Thursday, 23 April 2020

UK - International law firm Dentons has upgraded audio-video systems at its One Fleet Place, London, offices as part of an initiative to streamline the efficiency of its global communications. Supplied and installed by the Torpedo Factory Group, the new integrated sound and vision systems have been welcomed by colleagues, who have commented on the improved quality as well as increased productivity.
With more than 185 offices in 75 countries around the world employing in excess of 10,000 lawyers, effective global communication is a critical component of Dentons’ day to day activities, relied upon to conduct board meetings, face-to-face meetings with colleagues, and stream video conferences and large scale presentations from any part of the world.
TFG’s proven track record of successful previous Dentons projects in Edinburgh, Milton Keynes and Dublin, led TFG technical director Jason Brameld to design an integrated system of audio, video, telecoms and control components unified through robust network architecture and accessed via a simple user-friendly touch-screen interface.
“The installation phase of the new audio-video system was flawless,” commented Dentons’ audio-visual technician Nathan Dickenson. “TFG gave us detailed cable plans in advance, we flooded the floor with CAT6 and then they came in and installed the hardware and connected everything up over a two week period without interruption to our day-today business.
"The support from the TG team has been fantastic. We're very happy with their work, and they stayed on site ri

 
abr-cinemas-india-1ABR Cinemas gets immersed with JBL
Thursday, 23 April 2020

India - ABR Cinemas The Next is a multiplex located in historic Gudivada. With three luxurious theatres, ABR Cinemas is one of Andhra Pradesh’s premier cinemas. To create a more immersive AV experience, ABR Cinemas hired sound integrators Digital Sound System to install three Harman Professional Solutions cinema audio systems featuring JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and Dolby Atmos processors.
“We are proud to have been associated with Harman Professional Solutions and all of the products recently installed at ABR Cinemas,” comments Dariya Hussain Syed of Digital Sound System. “The JBL Professional 4732 loudspeakers and 4642A subwoofers have delivered exceptional audio results. We received the products promptly and the technical support from Harman Professional Solutions helped us complete the installation on time.”
Digital Sound System equipped the Audi 3 theatre with an immersive 32-channel Dolby Atmos solution powered by a Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor CP850 and Dolby Atmos Interface DAC3202. Digital Sound System installed JBL 5732 ScreenArray loudspeakers in left, centre and right positions.
To provide additional low-frequency support, Digital Sound System selected powerful JBL 4642A dual-driver subwoofers and JBL 4641 subwoofers. JBL 9310, 9300, and JBL 8320 cinema surround loudspeakers were mounted on the walls and ceiling to ensure consistent coverage throughout. The system is powered by Crown DSi 4000, DSi 2000 and XLC 2500 amplifiers.
In the Audi 2 theatre, Digital Sound System installed a complete 7.1 cinema audio syste

 
 
david-moralesDJ David Morales selects KV2 home and away
Thursday, 23 April 2020

Croatia - House music DJ and producer David Morales has produced and remixed over 500 records for an all-star roster of multi-platinum artists, including Mariah Carey, U2, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, and Whitney Houston. His current rider for live performance specifies a KV2 Audio ES System as his preferred monitoring setup and he also has a full KV2 setup in his studio at home.
Morales has been using a KV2 setup at home for a while - he currently has two EX10s and two EX2.2 subs which he loves - but hadn’t used a KV2 system on a gig until his show at the Boogaloo club in Zagreb, Croatia on St Valentine’s Day this year. He tried out a full ES System comprising an ES1.0 high power active mid/hi loudspeaker stacked on a pair of ES1.8 high output subs per side, powered by two EPAK2500R control and amplification units (one per side).
“These speakers sound amazing!” he enthused, “and I’m in a big room - this is not a small intimate club!” Boogaloo has been a cult club in Zagreb since the mid-80’s and with a capacity of 1,500 ranks as one of the country’s largest clubs. As a result of his experience at Boogaloo, Morales decided that henceforth, the ES System from KV2 Audio would feature as the designated monitor system on his technical rider.
“I love the clarity and power of the ES System,” he says. “The ES1.0 top stacked over a pair of ES1.8 subs is a killer monitoring set. The ES1.0 packs a 6-inch and a 12-inch driver topped with a 1.75-inch compression driver. I’ve not heard anything else with the same size com

 
pmcPMC appoints Sweetwater Sound in the US
Thursday, 23 April 2020

USA - UK loudspeaker manufacturer PMC has appointed Sweetwater Sound as a US dealer for its entire range of professional studio monitoring products.
Since the release of its twotwo range of nearfield monitors and the subsequent release of its Result6 compact nearfield monitors, PMC has been searching for the right US partner to help introduce more people to its professional product range.
“As soon as we identified the need to carefully expand our reach in the US, everyone at PMC agreed we should establish a partner as dedicated to the client’s success as we are,” comments PMC sales manager, Luke Smith. “We quickly identified Sweetwater as the ideal partner for this expansion. Having worked with Sweetwater for many years myself, I knew their philosophy on customers always coming first would fit in perfectly with our own customer ethos at PMC. We are elated to have them on board.”
Jeff Radke, Sweetwater’s chief sales officer, adds: “PMC is a key piece of the puzzle in our ongoing desire to fully serve our studio clients. The great thing about PMC is that the brand offers a range of products that are perfect for everything from the nice bedroom studio on up to the most completely decked-out pro facility.”
Sweetwater chief marketing officer, Dave Stewart, says: “I’ve been using PMC speakers for many years, as they’re about the only monitor I’ve found that doesn’t require me to use some other reference on my mixes, so I am really happy for us to be selling them now.”
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rtwRTW adds SMPTE ST 2110 to TouchMonitors
Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Germany - RTW, the Cologne-based specialist in visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production and post-production, and quality control, has added SMPTE ST 2110 compliance to its Dante- and Ravenna-compatible TouchMonitor TM7 and TM9.
The move addresses the growing adoption of new networked audio and video standards from broadcasters. New TM-Dante and TM-Ravenna units will ship with ST 2110 functionality, whilst existing owners will be able to add this option via a free firmware update.
“ST 2110 is the latest standard within audio and video over IP and we expect it to replace SDI solutions over time,” comments Mike Kahsnitz, RTW senior director of product management. “SMPTE ST 2110 is a major contributing factor in the development toward a single IP-based mechanism for the professional broadcaster.
“Like SDI, it carries audio, as well as video and metadata, but unlike SDI, it is based on IP technology, which makes it a true network, rather than point-to-point.
“Broadcast is beginning to make a shift toward a truly networked infrastructure and we obviously want to continue developing our solutions accordingly. In conclusion, truly professional audio meters are now available for broadcasters and content providers that are adopting the new IP-based infrastructure.”

 
inMusic acquires BFD from FXpansion
Wednesday, 22 April 2020

USA/UK - inMusic has acquired the flagship software acoustic drum software BFD from London-based tech company FXpansion.
A subsidiary of ROLI from 2016, FXpansion is known for the BFD acoustic drum software as well as the Strobe 2 and Cypher 2 sound engines.
inMusic is the parent company for a family of music technology and consumer electronic brands, including AIR Music Technology, Akai Professional, Alto Professional, Alesis, Denon DJ, Denon Professional, HeadRush, ION Audio, M-Audio, Marantz Professional, MARQ Lighting, MixMeister, Numark, Rane, SONiVOX and SoundSwitch.
BFD and its entire engineering department will now become part of inMusic’s R&D family. “We recognise that today is a very difficult time for so many and we’re looking forward to a quick recovery for all. Our optimism for the future knows no bounds and we’re very excited to welcome the entire BFD team as part of our family of companies,” says Jack O’Donnell, CEO of inMusic.
Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI, adds: “It’s been an honour to be the steward of BFD since 2016, and see the team build on its already market-leading reputation. At ROLI we’ve seen the power of deep hardware-software integrations, and we believe inMusic will bring unique value to the BFD community through its extraordinary expertise in both drum software and hardware development.”

 
 
basicaudiotechforvideosapril2020Audio-Technica majors on basic techniques
Wednesday, 22 April 2020

USA - Audio-Technica has been offering a series of resources to help users adjust to the circumstances brought about by the health crisis, including blog posts and tutorials educating on best practices and solutions for content creation and live-streaming, developing a home set-up, and more.
Of particular note is the Basic Audio Techniques for Video tutorial series on YouTube, which features 13 different videos covering the basics of hand-held and lavalier mics, wireless systems, boom mics and more - concepts that are more important than ever in the DIY era of social distancing.
The videos are “short and engaging, easy to follow and filled with useful info”. Most of the techniques outlined in these videos are applicable to both a home setup and the wider world of video production in the field (once our lives return to normal).
In the clip Selecting the Right Handheld Mic, different types of handheld mics are compared and contrasted, with a short demonstration of the properties of cardioid pickup patterns. Additionally, lavalier mics are outlined in multiple videos, with an overview of different types of lavaliers and their uses, the technique of 'reflected lavalier mic'ing' (which uses a lavalier taped to a hard surface as a boundary-type microphone), strategies for hiding lavaliers out of sight, how to use a tie bar clip to fasten a lavalier to a video subject, and the basic use of lavalier windscreens.
Boom-miking fundamentals are also explored, with Intro to Booming comparing different types of audio capture to

 
hpuelearningharmanlandingbanner1140x400Harman extends eLearning programme
Wednesday, 22 April 2020

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced the continuation of the free Learning Sessions eLearning programme in conjunction with Harman Professional University. Available Learning Sessions include lighting or audio experts who have worked with Maroon 5, Bad Wolves, Halsey, Taking Back Sunday, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Queens Of The Stone Age, My Chemical Romance, The 1975 and the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts.
The Learning Sessions and Live Workshop Series provide a range of free on-demand and instructor-led webinars hosted by leading knowledge experts from around the world. The Industry Expert workshops feature tips and tricks from front of house engineers, lighting designers, technicians and other industry experts, while the Expert workshops feature in-depth product and solution webinars by Harman product specialists.
“We have planned a very robust online curriculum over the next couple months to serve a variety of learning needs and we’re excited to announce the webinars open for registration through to the end of April,” said Steve Mathis, senior manager, Harman Professional University. “Our internal product and industry experts are very busy developing new content for May and beyond. Industry professionals should also explore our course catalogue for new online training certifications at Harman Professional University.”
The Harman Professional University training portal has been updated with nearly 30 courses for April, including five recorded webinars from the Live Wo

 
 
lectrosonicswireless-side-chats-opening-screen-high-rez-for-press-releaseLectrosonics hosts Wireless Side Chats
Wednesday, 22 April 2020

USA - While today’s wireless equipment is easy to use and designed to keep the thornier technical issues out of the way, many gremlins lurk invisibly in the realm of the airwaves. The more users know about them, the better their end results will be. That’s why Lectrosonics has produced the new video series Wireless Side Chats, hosted by vice president of sales and marketing Karl Winkler and available as a playlist on the company’s YouTube page.
Winkler, who earned degrees in stringed instrument performance and audio engineering, then embarked on a career in concert sound before joining Lectrosonics in 2004, explains “vital topics in a straightforward style that’s highly approachable for audio beginners”.
Originally broadcast on Facebook Live, the Wireless Side Chats represent “an opportunity for everyone to enrich their wireless knowledge from the comfort of home”. The term is a wordplay on Fireside Chats, the broadcasts of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression during the 1930s, which, appropriately, were a tipping point in the cultural importance of radio.
Four video episodes have been produced to date. Episode 1 covers the history of early wireless equipment, the wavelengths and tenants of the radio frequency spectrum, and how availability of frequency bands within that spectrum has changed over the past few decades. Episode 2 identifies the seven most common wir

 
ssl-system-tfront-lowon-black-hdSolid State Logic wins Queens Award
Wednesday, 22 April 2020

UK - Solid State Logic (SSL) has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its excellence in innovation, for audio technology for broadcast.
Since its launch in 2015, the System T broadcast platform has quickly gained a reputation for delivering in mission critical performance applications, with “a unique broadcast feature set, modular system approach, and pristine high-quality audio delivery”.
With AoIP-based routing at its core, plus full immersive and next generation audio features, System T has been designed for the challenges of modern broadcast production, whether in the studio for news and entertainment programming, or for OB covering live events and sports.
Nigel Beaumont, SSL managing director, comments: “At Solid State Logic we are incredibly proud to receive this award as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. We dedicate it to all our amazing staff, partners and clients, past and present. Being part of Audiotonix since 2017 means we have new levels of expertise and ongoing investment to help us continue to innovate, and this award for System T is testament to that.”

 
 
genelecGenelec spices up audio at The Malmö Mill
Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Sweden - The Mill hotel in central Malmö, has recently reopened after a full-scale, top-to-bottom renovation. Part of the successful Nordic Choice chain, in addition to its 244 rooms, The Mill boasts 10 conference rooms of varying sizes and a gym to cater for all the needs of the business traveller. All of the conference rooms plus the gym are equipped with Genelec sound systems complete with Crestron control for a flawless audio experience.
Nordic Choice turned to Swedish integrator, Informationsteknik, to design, supply and install the AV systems throughout the hotel.
The conference rooms are all named after the various spices that are sold at the famous Möllevångstorget market nearby. As a result, each room benefits from its own rich colour scheme according to the spice after which it is named. Cocoa, saffron and cinnamon are just some of the names that have inspired the décor.
Gustav Rue from Informationsteknik’s installation sales department explains that of all the requirements specified in the brief, the need to match the technology with the décor was perhaps the most challenging. “When we were asked to find a comprehensive solution of very high quality, it emerged relatively early on that a decisive factor would be how the technology could be colour-matched to match the interior,” notes Rue. “Genelec proved to be the perfect solution, both in terms of quality and aesthetics.”
“We selected a variety of models from the 4000 Series of installation speakers depending on the size of the room,” he continues. “As far a

 
blastHippotizer has a BLAST in Bahrain
Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Bahrain - The BLAST Pro Series Global Final, one of the highlights of the booming international e-sports market, was hosted in the Kingdom of Bahrain in December 2019, with Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Media Servers looking after the complex playback requirements. The event, an action-packed first-person shooter tournament spanning two days, attracted gaming fans from around the world to the 7,000-seat Isa Sports City Arena.
Working directly for the tournament organisers, Copenhagen-based specialist 4K Projects supplied all of the Hippotizers and AV equipment for the fast-paced event. Project manager Mikkel Samuelsen oversaw the project, along with operators Kasper Lange and Balder Thorrud.
Lange was in charge of lighting, video and design, whilst Thorrud set up and operated the Hippotizer Media Servers. The Green Hippo package consisted of three Boreal+ units, two of which ran content for all the main LED screens while the third served as a back-up. In addition to this, one Hippotizer Amba+ unit was used to feed auxiliary displays around the arena, including digital signage, scoreboards and TV monitors.
4k Projects’ Hippotizer and signal system set-up included a NewTek NC1 I/O Module for converting SDI (Serial Digital Interface) to NDI (Network Device Interface), plus a complete 10GB Network for distributing NDI data between servers and preview positions.
The Bahrain show was the last of seven BLAST shows worldwide for which 4K Projects provided their expertise during 2019. The Hippotizer set-up for each was similar, says Samuelsen, but the m

 
 
martin-audio-virtual-tradeshowMartin Audio announces ‘virtual tradeshow’
Tuesday, 21 April 2020

UK - Martin Audio plans to host ‘a dedicated virtual tradeshow’, putting the spotlight on the new additions to its portfolio.
Like the company’s Open Days, the virtual event will offer an overview of the portfolio suitable for end users, distributors, rental companies and integrators. The event will be webinar-based across a number of time slots on Wednesday 20 May to ensure that people in different time zones can come together for the show.
“These are unprecedented times for the pro audio industry, and we want to play our role in helping industry professionals to stay active, connected and informed,” says Dom Harter, managing director at Martin Audio. “The webinars will last for about 90 minutes, and I will be joined by colleagues to talk people through our portfolio and to help attendees find the right product for different applications and budgets.”
The timing of the event is aimed at ensuring that people who can attend will be able to find real solutions for potential projects. “We see May as a time when more countries will start to be rebuilding their economy and when projects within pro audio will once again be discussed and so its opportune to provide this showcase,” reasons Harter.
“Equally, we have already announced many new products this year and May is a time when much of the production on these will commence. We’re looking forward to talking to as many people as possible, albeit virtually, and discussing how the next generation of Martin Audio’s ground-breaking products can meet challenges for people all ove

 
queensawardsQueen’s Awards for Brompton and Peerless-AV
Tuesday, 21 April 2020

UK - Two industry companies have been recognised with a Queen's Award for Enterprise.
The awards programme rewards British businesses who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. This year, Brompton Technology and Peerless-AV were both honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.
“It is really gratifying to be recognised with such a prestigious award, and we want to thank all our partners globally who have been such an important part of this success story,” comments Brompton’s managing director, Richard Mead. “It is all the more poignant to be receiving it at such a difficult time for our industry and the world in general. This award is testament to the strength and dedication of the Brompton team. Right now, we are focussed on supporting our partners through these challenging times, but we look forward to an even brighter future for Brompton Technology.”
Keith Dutch, managing director - EMEA, Peerless-AV, comments: “We are obviously delighted to receive this prestigious Royal accolade, as it recognises the hard work and commitment, we have invested to develop our international business. I am confident that this respected award, and its globally recognised symbol, will drive our export business and the worldwide standing of Peerless-AV to new heights.” He adds: “I want to personally thank Melinda Von Horvath (VP Sales & Marketing - EMEA) who has been instrumental in our EMEA strategy and growth during this period, developing and nurturing the sales team.”

 
 
sn-shureShure celebrates 95 years in pro audio
Tuesday, 21 April 2020

USA - Shure Incorporated is celebrating its 95th year in audio technology.
From its inception in 1925 as a one-man company selling radio parts kits, Shure has built a legacy of innovations in audio. Today, the company offers a diverse portfolio of wired and wireless microphones, personal and professional listening products, and conferencing and meeting solutions.
Shure products are now sold in more than 120 countries, and through the decades, these have been used around the world by the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Elvis Presley, Pope Francis, Nelson Mandela, The Beatles, and every United States President since Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Product innovations throughout the company’s 95-year history include Unidyne I Model 55, the first unidirectional microphone with a single moving coil dynamic element; the SM58 microphone, an industry standard worldwide for live vocal performance; and Vagabond 88, the first handheld wireless microphone. In the past year, Shure launched TwinPlex, a new sub-miniature lavalier microphone; the MV88+ Video Kit, a new stereo microphone to enhance content capture on smartphones; Microflex Advance MXA910 with IntelliMix, and the AONIC line of listening products, including AONIC 50 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones and AONIC 215 True Wireless Sound Isolating Earphones.
Shure users include people in the spotlight as well as the technicians and engineers behind-the-scenes. Shure products can be found in use at the Super Bowl, the Grammys, the Olympic games, the Academy Awards, and by local, state, and national

 
koreypereiraSoularity Sound upgrades with JBL and Dolby
Monday, 20 April 2020

USA - Austin, Texas-based post-production mixer and sound designer Korey Pereira recently upgraded his studio, Soularity Sound, with a Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 monitoring system featuring JBL Professional and Crown solutions, enabling him to create immersive audio content.
Soularity Sound provides post-production audio services for film, television, streaming, commercials and web content in the Austin market and internationally. Services include sound editing, sound design, Foley, ADR, voiceover, mixing and production sound.
Recognising a growing industry trend of adopting the Dolby Atmos immersive audio format as a standard deliverable, Pereira decided to upgrade his 5.1 surround sound monitoring system to a 7.1.4 setup with ceiling speakers for three-dimensional sound. To achieve high-quality results that translate well to cinemas, home theatres and consumer devices, Pereira equipped his studio with JBL 7 Series monitors, a JBL Intonato 24 monitor management and tuning system, and Crown amplifiers.
“Seeing the traction that Dolby has had on the consumer market was one of the big factors that pushed me into the decision,” said Pereira. “Now that iPhones, Soundbars, Apple TVs and other devices are natively supporting Atmos, it seems like it's definitely going to stick around. Especially with Netflix more or less adopting it as a native format, I expect to see more and more spec sheets asking for Atmos mixes. So for me, it kind of hit a tipping point where the technology seemed like it was going to be the industry leader, and more and more people are

 
 
music-challengeLewitt and Avec create mix challenge
Monday, 20 April 2020

Europe - Austrian microphone specialist Lewitt has joined forces with artist Avec to bring the music community closer together and to keep the creative spirit alive.
Working with Avec, Lewitt has created the #LEWITTMusicChallenge, giving the chance to show your creativity and win Lewitt microphones.
Avec and her band members have recorded a version of their hit song Home, recording each instrument remotely in their own living spaces while capturing the whole thing on video.
“Now you can take the content and show us what you can do,” says Lewitt. “Mix or remix the song, record a cover, play along with it – it’s entirely up to you. There are no limits. Then simply upload your version of the song to a social media platform, tag the post with #LEWITTMusicChallenge, share it with your friends and invite them to take part.”
The challenge starts now and runs until 17 May. All of the audio files and details for the LEWITT challenge featuring AVEC can be found on here: https://www.lewitt-audio.com/mix

 
dpamorten-lindbergMorten Lindberg gets immersive with DPA
Monday, 20 April 2020

Norway - Dedicated microphone techniques and ensuring a clean and short signal path is how Norwegian producer and engineer Morten Lindberg achieves “great sound capture” for his classical music label, 2L. DPA microphones play a key part in this process because they provide the transparency and sonic clarity he needs for his projects. This is particularly true for his immersive recordings, which are overturning some basic concepts regarding how music is composed and performed.
The music captured by 2L features Norwegian composers and performers and an international repertoire reflected in the Nordic atmosphere. 2L began as a production company, but is now also a record label, releasing 10 to 15 recordings a year, all on Hybrid SACD, Pure Audio Blu-ray and distributed as HiRes files.
Until 2020, Lindberg held the record for the most Grammy nominations without a win - 36 in total, with 28 of them in craft categories such as Best Engineered Album, Best Surround Sound Album and Producer of the Year. Finally, at this year’s Grammys, Lindberg carried off the award for Best Immersive Audio with the album LUX.
“I believe our recordings make an impact because they come from the heart and soul of everyone involved,” Lindberg says. “We don’t speculate on what a commercial market might want - we make what we would like to experience ourselves, and that makes it personal.”
2L usually records in spacious acoustic venues such as large concert halls, churches and cathedrals. Lindberg believes the openness of these spaces actually deliver the mo

 
 
davide-lombardiBryan Ferry sticks together with Brit Row
Monday, 20 April 2020

UK - Bryan Ferry has been a mainstay in the art rock world since the early ‘70s. Still playing music with commanding style, he returned to the stage with support from rental supplier, Britannia Row Productions.
In early March, before the Coronavirus pandemic had hit the UK, Ferry took to the road with Britannia Row, delivering what FOH engineer Davide Lombardi describes as “the most challenging yet rewarding tour to date”.
He adds, “Bryan is very tuned-in to making his audiences happy; he’s a perfectionist but in a very good way. His attention to detail is impeccable.”
Having worked with Britannia Row for some years, Lombardi states that the key to success for a tour like Ferry’s is “total trust” in your team. “His live sound is different because of the constant alteration of arrangements within the songs. Show days involve long soundchecks, and during the gig I have to really concentrate on my mix. However, before we can do anything, getting the PA acoustics right are vital. It’s the only way we can achieve the depth of sound that this show needs.”
Brit Row system tech Alessandro Cestaro designed the PA specs throughout the tour. “I totally trust Alessandro,” says Lombardi. “We’ve worked together in the past and so have a good rapport. Having him on the tour means I don’t have to worry that we’ll get results. Bryan’s fans also have very high expectations and so we have to get it perfect every night.”
At Manchester’s Palace Theatre, an L-Acoustics LA12X-powered system comprising a main hang of

 
fairportCropredy Festival & Eden Sessions postponed
Monday, 20 April 2020

UK - Fairport Convention’s annual Cropredy Convention in Oxfordshire and The Eden Sessions in Cornwall are the latest major music events to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic. Both are being rescheduled for 2021.
Since its first staging in 1980, the Cropredy festival has taken place annually since on farmland near Banbury, Oxfordshire.
This year’s three-day event had been scheduled to take place on 13-15 August. It will now be staged over 12, 13 and 14 August 2021 (the equivalent weekend) on its usual site.
The line-up of acts will be carried forward: artists booked to appear this year have agreed to switch to 2021. Highlights include Trevor Horn Band, Clannad, Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited, Richard Thompson, Matthews Southern Comfort and host band Fairport Convention.
Tickets purchased for Cropredy 2020 remain valid for the rescheduled festival and Fairport Convention hopes festival-goers will hang on to their tickets for Cropredy 2021. However, the organisers are offering refunds to those affected by the postponement.
Festival director Gareth Williams said: “We have no alternative but to postpone Cropredy until 2021. The safety of our festival-goers, performers, suppliers, crew and local residents must come first.
“This postponement is a massive financial blow to Fairport Convention. It comes hard on the heels of having to reschedule this year’s Spring Tour. Our many suppliers and crew will also be hit financially (as indeed, will Milly and myself here in the FC office). I will keep the office going on a par

 
 
modulopi-mappingkitModulo Pi opens eShop for designers
Friday, 17 April 2020

France - Modulo Pi has announced the launch of a new eshop. Available through modulo-pi.com/eshop, the eshop provides dongle, software licenses, and accessories to support designers and technicians in their daily projects and workflow.
The eshop provides cost-effective options for those willing to discover the Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic software and their advanced capabilities. A mapping kit is also available for technicians interested in training on Modulo Pi’s media servers. The mapping kit includes shapes, a self-assembly castle, a media kit, and in-depth tutorials to learn how to use Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic step by step.
Licenses for Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic Designer will also offer the opportunity for offline programming. Thus, operators will be able to pre-programme any project from their PC without having to be connected to a media server. The pre-programming work can be saved for later use, and easily transferred to the media server whenever needed.
In addition, monthly subscription plans are available for Modulo Kinetic Designer 2D+3D. Meant for designers and technicians, the licence will provide access to some of Modulo Kinetic’s advanced tools such as project study and simulation, real-time interactive VR, as well as creation of generative and interactive content based on the media server’s 3D particles engine.
Yannick Kohn, founder & CEO of Modulo Pi, explains: “Through our new eshop, we intend to make our technology available for anyone willing to find out more about our Modulo Player and Modu

 
newton-webinarsOutline Newton webinars get under way
Friday, 17 April 2020

Italy - Outline has announced the launch of a series of free webinars in English focussed on some of its most representative (patented or patent pending) technology, in the context of sound reinforcement and the signal processing world.
The first webinar, scheduled for 20 April at 9 am, covers Newton, the FPGA processor - technology in which Outline has invested since 2010 - presented three years ago and chosen by some of the world’s top rental companies, PA techs and post-production studios, as well as for broadcast applications.
The webinars will be hosted by Outline’s Fernando Rey Méndez (Newton specialist) and Paolo Calza (pro applications engineer).
Registration is via www.outline.it/webinars.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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