The Netherlands - At ISE in Amsterdam, the Meyer Sound stand will feature some of the latest Meyer Sound loudspeaker and digital solutions in action. Headlining the presentation is Countdown, an immersive multichannel sonic adventure that brings the company's advanced show technology from the world's most ambitious spectacles to the exhibit floor. Visitors are also invited to experience the exceptional control and sonic fidelity of the steerable CAL column array loudspeaker-now officially the industry's first AVnu-certified AVB loudspeaker.

Countdown features the Meyer Sound SpaceMap multi-channel dynamic panning software with the D-Mitri digital audio platform. These systems have powered dynamic sonic experiences in theme parks, aquariums, and theatres, including the latest stage adaptation of the Anne Frank story in Theater Amsterdam and Bill Fontana's Sonic Mapp

Ireland - Co-founder and composer for The Cranberries, Noel Hogan described the addition of Audient's 8 Channel Mic Pre & ADC ASP880, and USB Interface iD22 to his mobile and home studio set up, as "perfect for me".

Despite having painstakingly kitted out his studio with a lot of coveted vintage outboard gear, his work involved so much travelling that it was often left unused. "Finding a set up that I can take with me is what I've been working on more recently," he explains. "I wanted it to be clean, reliable and mobile so I went straight for the ASP880 combined with the iD22. The clean sound and separation I get from the units is amazing; that combined with the quick ease of use is perfect for any project studio."

Hogan has always found himself drawn to production - even in the early days. He confesses, "Most of my time in the studio (when n

Singapore - Clear-Com reports that Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Singapore's national performing arts centre has enhanced their production intercom system with Clear-Com digital solutions. The centre has upgraded its existing partyline intercom system with the HelixNet Digital Partyline system, as well as Eclipse HX Median and Eclipse HX PiCo Digital Matrix Intercom Systems. The project was supported by Clear-Com's local partner, Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd.

Performance communications is an important element in Esplanade's daily operations, ensuring that all show cues are executed accurately on time and that the performances run smoothly. The existing partyline system was producing constant 'hum' and 'buzz' noises that are inherent in typical analogue systems. The noise was audible and at times, affected the quality of some of the quieter performances, so the decision w

USA - Named after a legendary football coach and home to the Conroe Independent School District's numerous High School athletic teams, Buddy Moorhead Stadium continues a proud tradition of Texas high school football with a modern facility seating over 8,400 fans.

The stadium's artificial turf and competition track were recently upgraded, but for several years, its sound system had been unreliable and fans often complained about intelligibility.

In 2014, the Conroe school district chose TASC A/V to provide a new sound system. TASC designed a system based on Community R6-51 high-output, horn-loaded loudspeaker systems. TASC Project Manager, Anthony DiDonato explained, "Our only real option for locating the loudspeakers was at the scoreboard. So, we needed an extra-long-throw box to cover over 150 yards. Plus, this is Texas football - we needed high SPL at long distance to g

Canada - Adamson Systems Engineering has expanded their support team with the addition of Jeremiah Karni. The new applications engineer will assist customers with system design and provide product support and training. The announcement was made by James Oliver, director of marketing and sales.

"We have experienced a tremendous amount of growth in the last year," explains Oliver. "With this expanding client base, it is essential that we maintain the high level of education and support that Adamson clients are accustomed to. Jeremiah fits the mold for the type of character and skills needed to grow our team."

Karni attended Southern Cross University in Australia where he received a bachelor's degree in music with a major in music production. During his time at the University he became involved in the local live sound scene, ultimately becoming a house tech at

UK - It seems an unlikely collision, the UK's Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), the American multi-instrumental phenomenon Hunter Hayes, and a totally re-invented soundtrack for the 2011 cult movie Drive, but then CSSD has always had something of the unexpected about it.

"It began innocently enough," said Pepin Clout of John Henry's audio division (JH Audio). "We attended a demo of the new d&b audiotechnik Y-Series at CSSD in late October. The point source versions tickled our fancy, the Y10P in particular."

The Y-Series features both point source and line array cabinets; the feature of the Y10P that caught Clout's ear was the constant directivity of 110° x 40° (h x v) down to 500Hz. "The demand for a wide dispersion is not unique for cabinets that are designed to be deployed pole mounted on a sub, but the outstanding sonic perf

Germany - DirectOut has announced the launch of an updated version of the highly popular MADI.BRIDGE interface.

Initially developed as a simple link between MADI devices from any manufacturer, MADI.BRIDGE acts as a patchbay, signal distributor, signal buffer and input selector all in one device. The latest incarnation sports a complete redesign and has gained a number of extra features including redundant power supplies, a USB port to enable firmware updates for future enhancements and additional remote control capabilities.

MADI.BRIDGE enables the connection of up to 16 devices via six coaxial (BNC) MADI I/Os and two optical multi-mode MADI I/Os. All input signals are routed to the desired outputs in their native state, thus supporting any format regardless of channel count, whether or not control data and/or sample rates are included, or even violations of the MADI protocol.

The Netherlands - Hacousto International will introduce the 4EVAC LoopDrive system at ISE 2015 on stand no: 7-S163.

The 4EVAC LoopDrive system boasts technology, which meets the exacting demands of voice alarm control and indicating equipment for short circuit isolators.

Fully compliant and certified with both EN54-16 and EN54-17 regulations, 4EVAC offers the potential to maximize all PA/VA evacuation systems that are installed with any two- wire, return-loop systems' design principle.

It's a modular 'plug in and play' system that's not only intuitive and easy to operate, but easy to integrate and install, which keeps these costs to a minimum.

Installing 4EVAC LoopDrive's Fault Isolator Modules (FIM) between loudspeakers on a loop means when DC voltage drops below a threshold on the loop circuit, the fault is instantly detected, located and isolated. FIM protects the loop'

Brit Award Nominations - Sam Smith leads the charge at this year's Brit Awards, with five nominations, it has been announced. The 22-year-old is up for best British male, breakthrough artist and best album, for In The Lonely Hour. He is closely followed by singer-songwriters Ed Sheeran and George Ezra, who each receive four nominations, and rock duo Royal Blood, who have three. This year's ceremony takes place in London's O2 arena on 25 February.

Rock Revival - The four surviving members of the Grateful Dead are coming back to life for a series of farewell concerts. Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will reunite at Chicago's Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day of the last Grateful Dead concert, which took place at the same venue. The band is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the shows from 3 to 5 July will mark their final performance.

The Netherlands - At this year's ISE in Amsterdam Fohhn Audio will present technologies regarding beam steering, 3D sound and the intelligent active and fully digital audio network AIREA.

The intelligent sound and audio network system AIREA will be available for demonstration to visitors and customers. AIREA is a network-based active solution developed specifically for high-quality, flexible and future-oriented sound reinforcement applications. The system is based on the most up-to-date speaker technology with integrated DSP technology and two-channel class D amplifiers which guarantee excellent sound quality, maximum dynamic range, linear frequency response and absolute protection.

The integrated signal processors also include features such as fully parametric equaliser, delay, dynamics and crossover; each speaker can also be customized and adjusted individually. The AIREA ma

The Netherlands - DDA (Digital Directivity Analysis) is a dedicated electro-acoustic tool that allows sound system designers to design, simulate, visualise and optimise the directional behaviour of JBL Intellivox, JBL AXYS products and JBL point source loudspeakers.

JBL Intellivox, JBL AXYS and AXYS Tunnel by Harman products are configured using the proprietary WinControl software, communication between the PC running WinControl and the products is via a RS-485 network or Ethernet (Tunnel products only). WinControl allows users to make full use of the wide range of features offered by the products on board DSP. For Intellivox, Target and Beam Shaping Subwoofer users WinControl allows users to manipulate the critical digital directivity parameters that define the vertical dispersion of the array.

As well as being able to support the four exciting new Intellivox models, which wi

Germany - Loudspeaker manufacturer Fohhn Audio AG has added a new face to their International sales and distribution team. Gauthier Dalle takes over the position of head of international business development, his responsibilities being to strengthen and develop Fohhn's international relationships.

"Mr. Dalle is a very dynamic and creative business developer with profound experience and deep understanding of the audio industry. We are very happy to welcome him in the Fohhn family" says Uli Haug, executive board marketing & distribution, Fohhn Audio AG.

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The Netherlands - DPA Microphones, in partnership with its Netherlands distributor Amptec, will show its microphones aimed at the installation market at this year's ISE exhibition in Amsterdam (Stand 7-V240).

DPA's Podium Microphone range consist of the d:screet Miniature Podium Microphone, which provides the installation market with an elegant, directional microphone based on the company's renowned miniature microphones.

"We were contacted by an organization that had simultaneous interpreters refusing to use their existing microphones because the audio quality was so bad," says DPA Microphones' CEO Christian Poulsen. "Simultaneous interpreting is a hard job, and if the audio is poor, it gets even tougher. We knew we had the right capsule technology to take their existing solution to a new level - we just had to develop the microphone solution for that purpose.

Germany - When a famous venue in Düsseldorf decided to upgrade its 15-year-old sound system, it turned to local audio experts Thöne & Partner. Nachtresidenz's main room is now home to a new five-point speaker system from Funktion-One.

Nachtresidenz has built its reputation around its music policy, service and atmosphere. The building itself has been known for entertaining people ever since it started life as the Residenz-Theatre in the 1920s. While the style of entertainment has changed, many of the period characteristics have been kept and blended with modern features, resulting in a collection of captivating spaces.

There are five different areas, spread over 1,800sq.m, but it is the main room that really defines the venue. A dome with a height of more than 13m combines with glitzy interior design and lighting to create a glamorous event space. The owners, keen to support

The Netherlands - A new three room live music venue has been created in a converted industrial building in Leiden.

Previously owned by the Nobel brothers (after whom it is named), the new 'de Nobel' local government-owned music centre will be operated by LVC (Leiden Leisure Centre).

The sound system installation was carried out by TM Audio, who participated successfully in a European public tender in early 2013. The company responded to an outline specification issued by PB Theateradviseurs and were awarded the contract based on their ability to provide premium brands - including Martin Audio, whom they represent in The Netherlands.

According to TM Audio sales & marketing manager, Rudolf Nagtzaam, "We were up against three or four competitors, and were able to meet or exceed the specifications quoted." Nagtzaam himself co-project managed the contract in conjunction

Finland - UK theatre, event and installed audio specialists Out Board has appointed Electro Waves Oy as its new Finnish distributor for the TiMax SoundHub audio showcontrol matrix and TiMax Tracker performer tracking system. The company will also sell and support the Outboard LV & DV Chain-Hoist Controller products in Finland.

The team at Electrowaves, who have a long standing association with the TiMax suite of products, are headed by Kurt Nyback who brings two decades of experience with the brand.

Says Nyback, "TiMax is a totally unique sound automation system and it cannot be compared to anything else. At Electrowaves we understand TiMax SoundHub and TiMax Tracker, and how it will bring the best sound arrangements for our customers. Electrowaves will also support the Outboard Chain-Hoist Control products."

Nyback continues, "TiMax has proved popular in Finl

USA - Seventeen years since its inception, British audio equipment manufacturer Audient brings exciting new products, a fresh, dynamic team, a progressive new owner and a new distribution partner to the United States.

No stranger to NAMM, Audient comes to this year's show having picked up its third TEC-Award nomination, this time for the eight-channel mic pre, ASP880. Another recipient of much acclaim is the feature-packed USB AD/DA interface and monitoring system, iD22 which visitors to the show should be able to get a look at.

It all started with the large format ASP8024 analogue console designed by David Dearden, who himself lays claim to a sound electronics design experience second to none. He's spent over 40 years working with consoles, headed up DDA, co-founded Audient, and also had the incredible experience of helping build the custom console used for John Lennon's 'Ima

The Netherlands - Martin Audio has been a long-time exhibitor of the ISE Show, but this year will see it take its presence a stage further with its inaugural year of live demonstrations of its products.

As well as exhibiting in Hall 7 Stand K175, Martin Audio will also be demonstrating its products for the installation market with everything from its ceiling speakers through to its award winning MLA Mini system. The demo takes place near Hall 10, in Room 104.

Combining an engaging presentation covering the acoustic innovation behind the products and the opportunity to listen to tracks in superb richness, detail and even coverage, attendees will discover Martin Audio's signature experience and how venues and audiences will benefit as a result.

Demonstrations will last one hour and take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of the show at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm whilst Thursday's events wi

USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Steve Young as director, North American sales. Young brings over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and management to Community. He comes to Community from the Music-Group where he was manager of business development for all Music-Group professional brands including Midas, Klark-Teknik, Turbosound and Eurocom. Previously, Young was vice president of sales and marketing at Mitek (Atlas Sound).

"Community offers their customers a level of integrity that is simply unparalleled," said Young. "Our products not only sound phenomenal, but they are also backed by leading edge engineering and the best applications support team in the industry. Customers certainly have a lot of choices today, but when they choose Community vs. the competition, they will experience the positive differences whi

UK - Leisuretec Distribution Ltd has announced its new trade partnership with the American manufacturer Samson Technologies, an industry leader in both consumer and professional audio equipment.

Leighton Buzzard-based Leisuretec are distributors of professional and commercial audio, lighting, video and special effects to the trade. Cliff Dounting, managing director, commented on the new partnership: "We are very proud to be partnering with Samson, a company with a great pedigree along with an exciting product range, all of which make for a very strong fit with Leisuretec's portfolio enabling us to further grow our service and capabilities to the industry trade and in particular the MI retail sector."

Samson developed the first professional USB microphones to be used by musicians, broadcasters and podcast enthusiasts and their USB microphone is now the industry standa

UK - With a choir of 1,300 school children, a 30 piece Big Band and vocalist, plus various other ensembles including a body percussion choir, the Brighton & Hove Schools Christmas Concert taking place at the Brighton Centre this December presented some complex audio logistics for Mustt Audio and its Flare loud speaker system.

The concert, organised by Brighton & Hove Music & Arts at the 5,000 capacity Brighton Centre, is a well established seasonal singing extravaganza, eagerly anticipated by local families. So it was vital that the performers were supported by a multi-skilled professional technical production team.

"It was as if we had five concerts running simultaneously," says Mustt Audio owner, Waq. "Choreographing and coordinating the show was a challenge. The music alternates between different choirs and orchestras, so one group might be playing or singing

UK - Cadac finished off 2014 with a flurry of trade shows and demonstration events for its flagship CDC eight digital console throughout November and December, in partnership with its European distributors.

For 2015 the company has already hit the demonstration trail running, at Teknikmesse i Operaen (Technology Exhibition at the Opera), at the Det Kongelige Teater Copenhagen, with Danish distributor Starbaek Audiovisual Truss and Stage on 7 - 8 January, at Tour Link Conference in Palm Springs with Paul Morini from Cadac's US office on 8 - 10 January, and at Queens University, Belfast, with PHG - Production House and Cadac's UK sales manager Rob Hughes, in Northern Ireland on 13 - 15 January.

The trade show tour at the end of 2014 kicked off with Tonmeistertagung 2014 on 20 - 23 November in Cologne, where the CDC eight-32 and CDC eight-16 were centre stage on Audio Specialists

UK - The MADI-MON from 4HM, part of the Bel Digital Group, gives broadcast, live sound and production audio engineers a simple but reliable way of auditioning embedded MADI channels, without the need to connect to external routers or audio consoles. BBC Northern Ireland (BBCNI) has recently invested in a unit, supplied by Aspen Media, in order to facilitate monitoring of its new MADI audio router and communications systems.

As the first device to provide studio engineers with the tools necessary to interrogate the MADI stream in order to view the status of embedded channels, MADI-MON is a suitable monitor for the commissioning and maintenance of MADI-based audio systems. It is the only MADI monitor that makes all of the audio signals visible and accessible as a breakout simultaneously, with the status bits of the MADI stream also available for diagnostic use.

BBCNI chose the M

UK - Award winning UK comedian Russell Howard extended his massively successful Wonderbox stand-up tour in December, playing an additional nine dates following the warm reception it had received in April.

Once again, Adlib was asked to supply a crisp and clear PA system, lighting and all necessary trussing and rigging for the shows.

As with any comedian, working a big arena is a challenging environment. One of the tasks of the production is to reduce the void and bring the audience closer - a bidirectional 'personal proximity' relationship - which has to be achieved virtually. While the physical space remains the same, the perception - of both artist and audience - changes.

Adlib applied its considerable experience in the discipline of live comedy to the task in hand. The sonic detail is crucial as most comic delivery entails hearing every inflection of the voice with comple

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