France - Immersive sound experience creator, Des Sons Animés (DSA), has recently outfitted its specialist 3D sound studio in Paris with 32 APG iX6 loudspeakers, with more bass reinforcement from the French manufacturer to be added in the near future.
This new audio system will aid DSA in the creation and production of spatialised audio content, as well as facilitating streamed performances, training, research, design, and integration of immersive sound installations.
“The Des Sons Animés studio really is a special place,” says Mathieu Rossier, co-founder and president of the company. “It is a space for creation and research where artists can produce, compose, transform and spatialise their productions using 3D audio technologies. These spatial scores can be broadcast outside the studio, with faithful scaling on many other broadcasting systems.”
The company regularly organises open days, training sessions, and specific workshops around sound spatialisation and interactivity technologies, and has even adapted its services to host various COVID-mandated initiatives, like showcase events for artists and full live-streamed 3D sound events hosted by Rossier himself, who is also known by his electronic music alias, Elephantmat.
“We believe that 3D audio technologies are a natural evolution of the creative process in the world of music, and something that could profoundly affect future artistic and event landscapes,” says Rossier.
Other electronic music producers, such as Christopher Kah and Calling Marian, were keen to sing the p
South Africa - On Sunday 25 April, Jerusalema hitmaker Master KG, and the Ndlovu Youth Choir, will be performing live on Robben Island for Africa Rising and the Live Love non-profit, along with international personality Maps Maponyane as master of ceremonies.
The performance will be live streamed for free and audiences will have the opportunity to win an exclusive VIP experience at the event on Robben Island by making an online donation of at least R30, benefiting the music and events industry, and charities in sustainability, education and conservation.
Africa Rising brings music and travel to the world by telling inspiring African stories through uniquely produced music experiences. These are brought to life by broadcasting live performances by Africa’s biggest artists, set in the most iconic locations on the continent. Through these stories and our platform, we aim to raise money to invest back into the industries decimated during the pandemic, and into African communities that desperately need it.
Master KG is a South African musician and record producer and his album Skeleton Move achieved acclaim including an AFRIMMA Award for Best Artist/Group in the African Electro category. He is also known as the pioneer of Bolobedu dance
The Ndlovu Youth Choir’s run on America’s Got Talent (season 14) made them the first choir in the history to reach the final. Their soul-stirring performances won hearts and minds around the world. Their first album debuted at number one on iTunes.
During the coronavirus crisis the
USA - Audinate’s Dante recently reached an impressive milestone with more than 3,000 different products now incorporating Dante for audio-over-IP connectivity. According to research from RH Consulting, 3,034 Dante-enabled devices are available from 361 different manufacturers as of January 2021. The data from RH Consulting indicates Dante is the protocol of choice in more than 91 percent of the networked audio products currently on the market.
Audinate announced in January that the total number of OEM brands now working with Dante has reached 518, with 133 OEMs currently developing their first Dante-enabled product.
“It’s inspiring to see how many manufacturers and product lines have aligned around Dante,” says Joshua Rush, SVP of marketing at Audinate. “And with 133 OEMs working on their first Dante-enabled product, it’s exciting to think about how much more the number will grow. This milestone shows how important Dante has become in creating an interoperable audio ecosystem.”
USA - When Glenn Polly, founder of VideoSonic Systems, Inc., an audio-visual integration company, was tasked with integrating a high-quality, low-cost microphone solution for use with Zoom rooms at a leading university in New York, he opted for MXL Microphones' AC-404s.
“Zoom engineers have dedicated countless hours to writing the original algorithm, enabling mics to behave as beam tracking mics,” says Polly. “Up to 12 MXL AC-404 mics can be installed in a Zoom room without the need for a DSP processor, which is a nice benefit. The latest version of the Zoom algorithm is even better, so naturally, the mics work even better.”
Near-end audio capture is the most difficult component of a Zoom call and can represent the largest chunk of the project’s budget. “To optimise the performance of the audio capture devices, it’s important that the room itself has acceptable acoustics,” explains Polly. “With classrooms having less seats for students practicing social distancing, we can no longer gain from the absorption qualities of the bodies in the room. We always recommend that the room be acoustically treated if its overly reverberant. With the MXL mics being a cost-effective solution, acoustical treatments can easily be accounted for in the classroom’s budget.”
To meet the requirements of a specific room layout, VideoSonic often designs custom solutions for installation projects. For this Zoom aoom application, VideoSonic fabricated mounting brackets to affix the AC-404 mics to the classroom ceilings.
“To maximize our pick-up c
USA - Broadcast live outside the Los Angeles Convention Centre, the 63rd Grammy Awards offered viewers a night to celebrate music with elaborate performances from top artists across different musical genres. The audience-free show combined a mix of performances with the outdoor ceremony for select artists who were on-hand to accept the awards.
The majority of the show’s 23 musical productions, as well as the ceremony, relied on Shure’s AxientDigital Wireless System and Microphones.
Throughout the ceremony, host Trevor Noah used an Axient Digital SM58 Handheld Microphone set to frequency diversity mode.
The evening’s big winners included Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, and Megan Thee Stallion. Dua Lipa, who won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, sported a blinged-out pink Axient Digital KSM9 Handheld Microphone and was joined on stage by DaBaby who used a nickel Axient Digital KSM8 Handheld Microphone for “Levitating”. Later Mickey Guyton, who already made history as the first Black woman nominated as a solo country artist, sang Black Like Me with an Axient Digital KSM9 Handheld Microphone.
One of the hottest performances of the night was by Best New Artist, Megan Thee Stallion, who used an Axient Digital SM58 Handheld Microphone for her rendition of Body and the Grammy-winning Savage. Stallion was later joined on stage by Cardi B, who donned a Shure TwinPlex Headset Microphone paired with the easily concealable Axient Digital Micro Bodypack Transmitter.
As always, the broadcast paid trib
USA - Wireless microphone systems and audio processing specialist Lectrosonics is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month.
Founded in March 1971 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lectrosonics products are used in broadcast, television, theatre, film, live performance and music productions worldwide.
The company’s first product was the Voice Projector series of portable PA systems and lecterns whilst in 1975, the first wireless microphone was added to the product line. Shortly thereafter, these products were marketed under the Freedomike trademark.
By the 1980s, Lectrosonics found success in the broadcast market with its plug-on transmitter and compact receiver for electronic news gathering and documentary production. Around this same time, the company’s engineering team had begun working on audio processing equipment targeted at the installed sound market. The first product was the MAP or Modular Audio Processor system, consisting of a card cage design with a variety of automatic mixing, signal processing and logic control modules. The current ASPEN Series audio processors have been installed all over the world in courtrooms, boardrooms, and other AV installations.
The wireless IFB (or interruptible foldback) system was introduced in the late 90s and became a workhorse product in broadcast and film production. In 2020, after 19 years on the market, the legacy IFBR1a was replaced with the smaller and more modern IFBR1b, offering dock charging, 10 presets and “talent friendly” size and weight.
By 2002, the company’s acclaimed Lec
USA - A new technical infrastructure, including a premium Martin Audio Wavefront Precision (WPS) PA, has been installed at the River City Christian church in Rancho Cordova, California.
The full integration was undertaken by Sacramento Production Services (SACPS), whose project manager, Keith Wackford co-designed the system with the church’s director of technology, Brian Webber. Both men are long-term colleagues who have over a 10-year history working with Martin Audio systems.
The church had been faced with the need to expand its facilities due to surge in attendance prior to COVID-19. An architect was brought in and the decision taken to move from all flat seating to stadium style arena seating. By also reducing the stage thrust this would expand capacity from 850 to around 1200. “In addition, the previous control booth was up on the balcony but the new one has been relocated to the audience area, so we can hear exactly what the audience is experiencing,” stated Webber.
Tasked with replacing the systems, Brian Webber approached Keith Wackford and WPS was chosen following a demo “which blew me away”, said the former.
But the decision had not been straightforward as they first reviewed two other globally recognised brands; but the Church’s technical director always had his eye on WPS.
“When SACPS first bought a WPM system a few years ago and it was obvious the tech behind it was next generation,” Webber observed. “But then we got WPS on demo and put that next to the WPM, and I knew I had to have it. I was super impress
UK - As the UK gradually moves towards easing COVID restrictions, a Greater London wedding venue is preparing by becoming home to the UK’s first TW AUDiO ELLA system, provided by London-based AV specialist Flipside Soundsystem.
Located in the North West London borough of Harrow, the Kadwa Patidar Centre (KPC) is renowned for its popularity as a wedding venue within London’s thriving Hindu community, as well as celebrated for its work to support local education and charitable causes.
Established in 1993, the venue offers two large, extensively equipped spaces with a maximum combined capacity of 950 seated guests. For the committee of volunteers who run the venue, every weekend of the year is booked solid with celebrations, while civic events frequently taking place during the week.
Yet until recently, the venue was reliant on an ageing in-house sound system that had deteriorated to the point of obsolescence. Rather than use it, event organisers were increasingly relying on hired portable speakers, with less than satisfactory results.
For the venue’s maintenance director, Mahendra Dedakia, and lettings director, Hasmukh Patel, the need for a new audio solution was urgent.
“When we started out on this journey, Mahendra looked at a lot of different ideas and directions that we could consider,” explains Hasmukh Patel. “We wanted to know what our options were. We host so many different kinds of events here – not just weddings but also corporate functions and things for the local people who live in this area.”
Among the co
Mauritius - The Caudan Arts Centre (CAC) is a landmark arts and conference centre in the East African region. Designed by Arup UK with systems integration services from Stage Audio Works (SAW) in South Africa, CAC is the first truly international-standard venue in Mauritius; inaugurated in December 2018, it incorporates a 431-seat theatre, a rehearsal space, three bars, a restaurant, and four well-equipped, modular conference spaces.
Having successfully designed (in conjunction with Arup), supplied and installed audio, video and communications systems throughout the venue, CAC recently called on SAW to design and install the systems for a fifth conference room that can accommodate up to 150 people seated. A soundproofed partition also enables the creation of an art gallery as required.
“We have been incredibly successful with our theatre and really pleased with all of SAW’s work to date, so there was no question of not calling them back when we wanted to integrate our new conference space,” says CAC sound manager, Kooshal Dwarka.
“We have a d&b T-Series system with ArrayProcessing in the main auditorium integrated with Yamaha FoH and monitoring consoles across a Dante network. A Q-SYS Ecosystem handles control and management and integrates with our video show relay system based on Blackmagic Design video technology with SDI distribution. It’s all very sophisticated.”
SAW also provided digital signage and BGM/paging solutions for the foyer and public areas along with touch screen controllers to manage simple functions like audio
Belgium - The Culture Centre de Kern is a multi-purpose hub for the arts in the Wilrijk district of Antwerp. Offering a wide variety of entertainment and cultural participation, the different spaces in the centre are in great demand. Theatre, live music, comedy and presentations of all kinds take place at the centre, so that no two days are ever the same.
With a mission to ensure that productions are supported by the best possible technology, the team at de Kern recently took the decision to replace the ageing sound system in the venue’s main theatre. An extended period of closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic provided a window of opportunity to carry out the work, and integrators Play AV were invited to carry out the installation.
The team at de Kern chose a Coda Audio system, as Wim Meuwis, head of technology at the centre explains: “I’ve had really good experiences with other Coda systems at previous workplaces and on tour. The impact of COVID-19 meant that the venue was closed, and although I hadn’t specifically heard the APS system, the fact that it was Coda and that the virtual simulation looked really great, was enough to convince us to go for it.
“Since we are partly funded by the City of Antwerp, the system had to come in within strict budget limits - the Coda system was very competitive and its specs were better than some other more expensive alternatives.”
The team faced a few challenges at the venue owing to its relatively low but wide dimensions. Added to this, a movable tribune allows the auditorium to be adapted i
USA - PK Sound has welcomed St. Louis, MO’s Logic Systems to the PK Alliance. The partnership currently finds the two companies working together and leveraging each other’s strengths to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and position themselves for the industry’s resurgence.
“The pandemic has introduced new challenges for all of us. We need to be proactive instead of reactive, and have been strategizing and investing in ourselves to help reignite the live sound industry in a way that serves us all better,” comments Darryl Ross, senior application support for PK Sound.
“Collaborating with partners like Logic Systems has been critical throughout the process. Their industry expertise and vast professional network have been indispensable when it comes to strategizing, exploring new applications and best practices, developing our educational programming, and a lot more. We’re looking forward to building on this solid foundation together going forward.”
“It was PK Sound’s reputation for innovation that first caught our attention, but since then, we’ve realized we share a number of core values in how we do business and have built a strong, mutually rewarding partnership,” says Chip Self, founder and owner of Logic Systems. “PK’s Trinity robotic line source series is a game-changer in terms of both audio quality and real-time remote coverage control, offering unparalleled flexibility and efficiency. We’ve built our reputation by delivering exceptional live events for our clients, and PK’s technological and operational ad
India - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has named Pink Noise Professionals as its exclusive distribution partner in India. This strategic agreement will help bring the entire EAW product catalogue to the region.
“I am delighted to welcome Pink Noise Professionals into the EAW family as our exclusive distribution partner in India,” says James Bamlett, EAW director of sales, APAC. “Pink Noise Professionals is a young, fast-growing company that is already making an impact in the pro audio industry throughout the region. We are excited to work with the team at Pink Noise Professionals and its extensive dealer network throughout the country. The company’s expertise and resources will help EAW grow its presence in what has historically been a very important market for the brand.”
Pink Noise Professionals Pvt. caters to many industries including pro audio, broadcast, live sound, studio production, public sector and hospitality, offering the latest in upmarket product range and technology.
“The addition of such a respected manufacturer as EAW to the brands we represent will help us leverage our position in the Indian market,” says Vikram Yadav, founder, Pink Noise Professionals. “Together with EAW, we are committed to providing our customers with the exceptional technical expertise and support for which Pink Noise Professionals is known, while offering innovative products and technologies that together give a natural voice to artists.”
Poland - ARX Systems has announced that they have appointed Tommex as the exclusive distributor for the full range of ARX professional USB audio interfaces and signal processing solutions in Poland.
An established distributor with over 30 years of experience in the design, supply and installation of professional audio systems for various types of buildings, sports venues and cultural facilities, Tommex adds ARX to a growing portfolio of brands that include Coda Audio, RCF and Yamaha.
ARX managing director Colin Park says, ‘It’s great to formalise our partnership with Tommex in Poland. Having worked with the team there over the past few years, we feel that Tommex taking on the distribution exclusively is the logical next step and we look forward to growing our business in this region.”
USA - Solotech has announced the completion of the acquisition of Nashville-based Morris Light & Sound.
Martin Tremblay, president and CEO, Solotech, comments, “Our joint capabilities enable us to significantly strengthen our footprint in the US, and much more in Nashville, to the benefit of all our clients. It also provides assurance of our unrivalled readiness to our clients in the live productions industry, signals our enhanced ability to offer compelling innovative services and solutions when activities resume after the global crisis ends. We continue to grow based on long-term relationships and delivery excellence to propel our footprint locally, nationally and globally.”
Solotech will leverage its current systems integration experts and resources in the area and all over the United States, as they already design, develop and integrate some of the most advanced systems in a variety of venues, in numerous verticals.
Mickey Curbishley, president, Live Productions Division, US and UK, Solotech, and Philip Giffard, president, global sales and systems Integration Division, Solotech, will oversee a strong leadership in place in Nashville to manage all operational aspects and ensure a smooth and efficient transition. “The Morris teams are dynamic, they hold an innovative vision and together we will successfully put forward our best practices, ideas and service offerings, namely with InteRise in the houses of worship market where they have extensive reach already,” says Rod Sintow, president, Sales and Systems Integration Division, US, Sol
USA - The Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School is like many combined schoolhouses in rural America – part educational facility, part community meeting space, and often the most well-equipped location in town to host a live performance. Stissing Mountain easily checks all three capabilities for Pine Plains, New York, home to around 2,500 residents.
To ensure its facilities meet the community's varied needs, the Pine Planes Central School District recently upgraded its AV capabilities utilising a core of Ashly Audio amplification and control solutions.
"When you have a space that is truly the preeminent meeting and performance hall for a community, your primary concerns need to be that the system works well and is extremely intuitive to control," said Thomas DePace of Advance Sound Company – the firm that integrated the new system. "What we found in Ashly Audio was a system that confidently checks those boxes and brings with it a ton of flexibility."
In total, DePace integrated an Ashly NE24.24M with a Protea DSP Audio Matrix Processor providing 12 inputs and 12 outputs, an Ashly NE24.24M with a Protea DSP Audio Matrix Processor with four inputs and four outputs, an Ashly NXE1.52 Network Power Amplifier providing 2 x 1,500 Watts @2 Ohms, an Ashly NXE8004 Network Power Amplifier delivering 4 x 800 Watts @2 Ohms and an Ashly NE8800MM Network Enabled Protea DSP offering eight inputs and eight outputs with two 4-channel Mic Cards.
"We're using that full array of Ashly amplification to power multiple Danley speakers throughout the facility
Italy - The Snowboard World Championships returned to Valmalenco in January 2021, albeit behind closed doors due to the health emergency. The event featured four days of competitions on the snow after a nine years’ absence of the Alpe Palù competition, down the area’s 60 kilometres of ski slopes.
Frate Professional took care of setting up the audio and video systems, installing a wireless system consisting of various stacking stations with RCF HDL 26-A line array and HDL 35-AS subs.
The audio system requested by the client body had to guarantee sound reinforcement for the entire competition area, including the start and the finish zones, with a distance of 800m as the crow flies, between the main diffusion points. Fabio Frate and his team devised a strategic solution: "To avoid laying long cable runs and crossing the parterre with cables, we chose to use Neutrik Xirium Wireless Bridges from the ski lift technical room up to the finish area, where the control room was positioned. An already existing balanced line of the chairlift facilities also allowed a wired connection with the sound diffusion spot of the start area."
The sound system was permanently installed along the snowboard slope for five days, including one day of pre-setup. The system ran non-stop for eight hours a day and was left outdoors (and under the snow) every night throughout the championship period, using only the rain cover accessory to protect the rear connection panel for each unit. "RCF assured us the system would work with great ease, as all components are waterproof and
South Korea - To deliver clear, powerful sound during its services, Yeomkwang Church recently partnered with TechDataPS Co to install a modern Harman Professional Solutions audio system.
Founded in 1946, Yeomkwang Church belongs to the Presbyterian Church of Korea. One of the oldest Christian houses of worship in Geoje - which is located in South Gyeongsang province - Yeomkwang Church is a massive 117,790sq.ft facility that consists of a Vision Centre and a main hall. The church recently decided to upgrade their existing sound system with a modern solution capable of delivering sermons and musical performances.
The church hired TechDataPS Co to design and implement an end-to-end sound system with enhanced sound quality and ease of use. To meet the client’s requirements and stay within budget, TechDataPS selected a range of advanced JBL speakers, Soundcraft mixers, Crown power amplifiers, dbx processors, and AKG microphones.
Throughout the venue, TechDataPS installed a range of JBL professional speakers. Versatile JBL VT4886 loudspeakers, high-powered AM7215/64 loudspeakers and compact VT4883 subwoofers provide the sound in the main hall. Chosen for its compact design, TechDataPS fitted a VTX M20 as the pastor monitor speaker and selected a JRX212 as the stage monitor speaker. For the choir, a CBT50LA-1 loudspeaker was installed to provide highly directional sound, while an AC18/26 loudspeaker was introduced in the upper balcony to provide maximum bandwidth.
Additionally, a Control 14C/T full-range ceiling speaker was fitted in the baby room
Sri Lanka - Brainchild of music enthusiast, microbiologist and entrepreneur Chathura Masinha, Pearlbay is Sri Lanka’s newest studio complex and creative hub. Providing recording and production services, education and equipment retail all under one roof, it is also home to the country's first Audient ASP8024-HE console.
The British analogue desk serves at the heart of the commercial studio doubling up as a valuable educational tool and is heralded by Chathura as “a much needed upgrade to our music industry”.
Originally starting out as a standalone recording facility, Pearlbay Music Studio continues to offer a comprehensive, bespoke service tailored to the needs of the individual. Headed up by COO, musician and New York Institute of Audio Recording-trained audio engineer, Ranga Dasanayake, the studio quickly caught the attention of young, Sri Lankan artists. “We managed to create a concept, vibe and atmosphere that made them demand more,” says Chathura.
The studio’s success among these creatives sparked the idea to develop the retail and education sides of the business. Pearlbay Studio customers wanted to continue making music at home using the same quality gear, and Pearlbay Music Store was born. Acting as agents for a number of leading professional audio brands (including Audient) a broad range of equipment is now available to buy.
Driven to inspire the next generation of producers, engineers and artists, Chathura opened Pearlbay Institute in December 2020. Rolling out an array of educational options for budding audio students, ov
USA - In the time since it was established in 1983, Northside Baptist Church (NBC) in Huntsville, Texas, has grown from a small group of people meeting in a living room to its current membership of 1,600. With construction now complete on its new home, the church’s management decided that it would need an audio system that could match the quality of such grand surroundings.
“Since it was a new construction project, we didn’t know what the best fit for the space would be, regarding the sound system,” comments Bob Slie, media director at NBC. “Our worship pastor and I attended WFX 2019 in Orlando, Florida, as they had almost a dozen audio manufacturers come in and set up in the same space, which allowed us to compare the different systems impartially.
“We were absolutely blown away by TW Audio’s then-new ELLA system, which was powered by Powersoft amplifier platforms. We met with Mick Whelan from TW Audio and began a relationship that would take us a year and a half down the road to their first US installation in a church with ELLA and Powersoft.”
Slie contacted local company, Arrendell Media, to supply and install the system. The company’s owner, Brian Arrendell, liaised with both Whelan and Slie in order to ensure that the system was installed to the exact specifications sent from TW Audio.
“We also had Rick Woida from Powersoft come in to help complete the installation by setting everything up and tuning the system along with Mick,” adds Slie. “They spent three days with us getting everything set perfectly, including
India - Saga-Cuisines of India, a Michelin star restaurant in Gurgaon, recently celebrated its opening. To make it an attractive venue for artists and bands, owner Vishal Anand invested in a professional sound system driven by a new S21 digital mixing desk from DiGiCo.
To purchase the mixing console, the management of Saga turned to Sahil Sharma who is a well-known audio engineer for Indian metal band Bloodywood. He is also the audio consultant and mix engineer of the new venue.
“We needed a small format console with maximum I/O for this venue installation,” Sahil shares. “At our price point, there is practically nothing that compares to the quality and convenience of the S21. The new venue will host various music bands, dance shows and multi-genre festivals and the S21 provides more than enough IEM and wedge mixes for any act that plays at Saga. Thanks to Hi-Tech Audio Systems for supplying the console. Their guys are just a call away to help.”
“We provided the S21 along with a D2-Rack that has been set up for ultimate ease of use for the in-house engineer,” explains Vanshaj Sharma, application engineer for DiGiCo at Hi-Tech Audio Systems. “The console offers everything needed for a band’s performance in a venue like Saga. Investing in an intuitive and powerful mixer with a compact footprint like the S21 is a great opportunity for the club and restaurant venue.”
Like so many other industries, the pandemic impacted the Indian hospitality industry. Slowly restaurants, clubs and pubs are coming back into action which has crea
Poland - The Florian Krygier Municipal Stadium has recently undergone a complete modernisation which includes the installation of a new sound system based on RCF P Series speakers.
The stadium, located in Szczecin, Poland, has a long history. It was built in 1925 with the name of Florian Krygier, named after a Polish football coach who was an instrumental figure in Pogoń Szczecin’s history.
Since the 1950s club management was under MKS Pogoń Szczecin until 1989 when Szczecin City Commune transferred operations to the Municipal Sports, Recreation and Rehabilitation Centre. Until the beginning of 2007, it was the most prominent facility in the Polish Orange Ekstraklasa football league. It is currently used for football matches and is the home stadium of Pogoń Szczecin.
The stadium itself has recently undergone a complete modernisation, so only part of the old stadium is still in place. A significant reconstruction started in 2019 with planned completion scheduled for 2022. The investment includes the Training Centre for Children and Youth (Centrum Szkolenia Dzieci i Młodzieży), remodelling and expanding the stadium, football fields, and associated infrastructure. The new stadium will reach 20,500 seat capacity and 22,000sq.m of covered area. It will transform into a “closed” stadium with four grandstands and roof.
The first phase of modernization of the stadium within the west and south grandstands has been completed recently with a new sound system based on RCF P Series speakers. All P 6215 are suspended to the roof of the stadium co
UK - PMC is marking its 30th anniversary by opening PMC Studio London, a Dolby Atmos music mixing suite that will be used to demonstrate the company’s professional loudspeaker products, particularly those suited to this immersive audio format.
Based in a former piano factory in Islington, PMC London reflects the company’s long-standing relationship with Dolby and its determination to further the development of Atmos in a music mixing context. This new facility, which joins other PMC audio suites in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, will give artists, record labels and recording professionals the opportunity to experience Dolby Atmos music mixing and discover the full extent of its creative possibilities.
This ground up project was carried out in conjunction with acoustics consultants JV Acoustics.
PMC’s commitment to the Dolby Atmos format dates back to 2017 when it designed one of the very first Atmos Music monitoring systems for Universal Music Group’s Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. Similar systems have now been installed in many other top studios around the world, including London’s iconic Dean Street Studios, Dolby’s New York Midtown Studios, UMG’s Berry Hill Studios and msm Studio Group in Munich.
“This is an exciting development for PMC - and for the UK’s professional audio industry,” says Oliver Thomas, PMC’s commercial director. “Dolby Atmos is already the leading immersive audio format for film and television and it is now gaining ground as a music format, with Dolby Atmos music releases now available thr
Korea - Loudspeaker manufacturer KV2 Audio has been working with recently appointed Korean distributor, Daon SD, to establish the brand in the Korean market. Based in the Korean capital of Seoul, Daon SD distributes a number of well-known audio brands in both the commercial AV and live entertainment sectors.
“KV2 has opened up a huge number of possibilities for us,” says Daon SD director, B.S. Koo. “We’ve been working for some time with a team that performs sound design and optimisation for venues and other multi-purpose spaces using BIM design. We work closely with the team to ensure that a good acoustic device produces the best results, perform algorithm-based optimisation simulations, and determine the design of a sound system that fits the room.
“The BIM-based design process starts the whole process by providing the client with construction specifications of an optimised architectural design, and at the same time determines a significant amount of the process load early on. We have found that for most scenarios, a LR stereo configuration of a high quality point source system is the best solution. Therefore, we needed to find a supplier of point source systems with good response characteristics. After much research we concluded that KV2 Audio was the only alternative that matched our thinking, and we went from there.”
Since then, Daon SD has deployed KV2 systems on a large number of events, including the reality TV singing competition, Mr. Trot, currently the highest-rated show ever in the history of cable television in South K
UK - Specialist recruitment agency SER Limited has committed to donate 10% of its event industry placement fees to Backup, the technical entertainment charity.
Established in 2004, the Blackburn-based company works with clients of all sizes throughout the UK and internationally, covering sectors including audio visual and lighting, plus building controls, machine tools, construction, mechanical and electrical, fire and security, telecommunications and more. SER says it is dedicated to understanding all parties’ situations when recruiting, taking time to understand why vacancies have arisen, why the candidate is open to the opportunity and the motivators, ambitions and goals of both the client and the candidate.
Kate Booth, SER’s AV and events recruitment consultant, comments: “I was aware of Backup pre-coronavirus and had attended a previous fundraising event held by the charity; the work they do is amazing. It has been really difficult to watch the events industry, and the freelancers that support it, fight for financial survival over the last 12 months. We’re (hopefully) anticipating an increase in demand for event recruitment once the restrictions are lifted and companies start to rebuild, and I wanted to pay back to the industry that I love.”
She continues: “So, with agreement from SER’s MD, Gary Bentley, and having spoken to Backup we have agreed that from now on we will donate 10% of every event placement fee (once the candidate has passed probation) to Backup in order to support the amazing work they do. It’s our way of giving