Audio News

md435productmoodshot01Sennheiser adds MD 9235 capsule wired mic
Thursday, 19 November 2020

Europe - Sennheiser is bringing the sound of its MD 9235 capsule to a wired vocal microphone.
“With the MD 435 cardioid high-end microphone, even soft voices will effortlessly assert themselves,” says Kai Lange, senior product manager with Sennheiser. “Singers will not only cut through the mix, their voices will also retain that natural quality and detail that the MD 9235 is so famous for.”
The MD 435’s lightweight aluminium-copper voice coil ensures fast transient response, resulting in a very detailed, nuanced and transparent sound, especially in the treble. The large-diaphragm microphone features very wide dynamics of 146 dB(A) and can handle sound pressure levels of up to 163 dB/1 kHz. The acoustics come with a mechanical design created to take on the rigors of life on tour: The MD 435 features a metal casing and has a shock-mounted capsule to protect it from structure-borne noise. A hum-compensating coil protects the microphone against electromagnetic interference.
The cardioid MD 435 is very tolerant of sound hitting the capsule at different angles. It reproduces vocals clearly and confidently even in loud live settings.
For use with Sennheiser’s wireless transmitters, the capsule of the MD 435 is also available as the MM 435 microphone head. Benefitting from an improved production process, it will soon replace the existing MD 9235 capsule. The MM 435 features Sennheiser’s standard capsule interface, ready for use with Sennheiser wireless series ranging from the evolution wireless G4 and 2000 series to Digital 6000 and Dig

luna-drive-in-at-blenheim-palace-carouselOrbital Sound adds food & drink delivery platform
Thursday, 19 November 2020

UK - Orbital Sound has launched a new product stream with its food & beverage (F&B) delivery platform OrderBoard - building on its success in the drive-In market with the Car-Link Retail wireless in-car audio and information system.
OrderBoard, part of the Car-Link Technology suite of products, is designed to address the limitations of remote location infrastructures, handling contactless payments, F&B kitchen orders, delivery, stock control and reporting in ‘a fast, reliable and powerful data-efficient package’.
As the live events industry focuses on re-inventing itself in the current environment, OrderBoard provides a novel solution to F&B delivery, directly addressing the all-important Covid compliance and secure socially-distanced operation, says the company.
MD Chris Headlam comments: “The addition of the OrderBoard software takes the whole customer experience to a new level. Developing OrderBoard was our response to the well-documented challenges faced by the festival & live industry to give a contactless ordering system that was possible in a remote environment.
“We picked up the gauntlet earlier this year, and have had an outstanding response to the Car-Link Retail’s capabilities. So much so that we are now expanding into Houses of Worship with our ‘donate’ facility, and also excitingly into the corporate and live spaces.
“We recently conducted a series of events with the AA, implementing the full OrderBoard package in conjunction with Car-Link Retail - tailored to provide corporate informati

 
 
lisbon-2Portuguese radio stations benefit from Dante
Thursday, 19 November 2020

Portugal - Grupo Renascença Multimedia is among the largest players in Portuguese radio. The firm operates three major stations: Rádio Renascença - known colloquially as 'RR' - Mega Hits, and RFM - which constantly rates as the highest listened-to station in the country. Across its entire portfolio, Grupo Renascença Multimedia provides everything from news, sports, music and other entertainment. The stations also include a bit of religious programming as the primary owner of the radio group is the Catholic Church.
“We actually have a chapel in the building,” said José Loureiro, assistant manager at the Radio Innovation & Technical Unit for the stations. “And even the chapel is connected to our audio system, because once in a while, we do use it for broadcasting religious events. But really, as unique as that is, it’s not that crazy or difficult to include it in the audio workflow because we’re using Dante.”
Audinate’s Dante distributes hundreds of uncompressed, multi-channel digital audio channels via standard Ethernet networks, with near-zero latency and perfect synchronization. Dante allows audio, control, and all other data to coexist effectively on the same network.
In 2016, RR moved into a new headquarters in Lisbon. The previous office location - which they had occupied for nearly 80 years - was in the city centre and snaked across multiple floors within a historic building. The facility was, according to Loureiro, a case study in how challenging traditional cabling becomes over time.
“There were cables in there

 
medialon-van-gogh-exhibit-toronto-2Medialon controls drive-in Van Gogh exhibit
Thursday, 19 November 2020

Canada - 7thSense’s Medialon Showmaster LE show control solution has been installed by Production Resource Group (PRG) at the at heart of the new Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in Toronto. The five-storey immersive show brings the Dutch master's paintings to life using light, sound and movement.
The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit has become the world’s first immersive drive-in art experience after producers adapted the digital art show for the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Before its public launch in July, the exhibition’s artistic director, Massimiliano Siccardi debuted his plans to make the experience COVID-friendly by designing space for up to 40 cars to visit the exhibit at any one time, as well as welcoming visitors on foot with social distancing circles in place once lockdown restrictions had been eased.
The experience features a 35-minute show that showcases 40 pieces of the Dutch artist’s work, including Sunflower, Irises and The Starry Night, across the 600,000sq.ft space and its 8m-high walls. Bringing the paintings to life are 52 Panasonic projectors, and a VUEaudiotechnik audio configuration streaming an original classical composition by Luca Longbardi. A GLP lighting system completes the environment.
7thSense’s Medialon Showmaster LE manages all audio-visual components including projection system, media servers, lighting, and synchronisation for the entire show.
Leading design and production of the exhibit was Lighthouse Immersive, and PRG for system design and integration. Chris Arsenault of Armour Technical

 
 
martin-audioMartin Audio reinforces castle concerts
Thursday, 19 November 2020

Germany - Martin Audio's German rental partner, Kotsch-Showtechnik from Nessetal near Gotha, recently supplied a sound reinforcement solution for the faithful reproduction of classical music at the Schlosshofkonzert 2020.
In order to meet the COVID-19 requirements, the Gotha Thuringia Philharmonic Orchestra moved for three evenings into the courtyard of the baroque Friedenstein Castle in the City. Here, taking into account the rules of distance, a baroque evening, an operetta gala and a concert with violin and grand piano were able to take place in front of an audience of 400.
Torsten Kotsch, owner of Kotsch Showtechnik, implemented the sound and lighting design with his team and explained the special features required of classical music reinforcement: "The dynamic range of a classical concert is far greater than at many rock concerts,” he said. “Since the concerts were open-air, and not in a theatre or concert hall, we had to pay special attention to the correct set-up of the system.”
The choice of loudspeaker technology was always going to be self-powered products from Martin Audio. The MLA Compact was used as the main PA, with the area in front of the stage covered with DD12 speakers, and CDD-LIVE8 speakers were used as stage monitors.
Torsten Kotsch explained this selection rationale: "I can connect all speakers via Martin Audio's VU-Net and control and monitor them in the software,” he said. “Since we wanted to achieve the same sound experience at all seats, the mix of MLA Compact and DD12 was perfect. Both systems distribute s

 
lattt1L-Acoustics L-ISA enhances Tampere theatre
Thursday, 19 November 2020

Finland - Nestled between two lakes, Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi, Tampere is listed on MoveHub’s world’s most popular hipster spots and, with the most saunas in one city, is considered the sauna capital of the world.
The city is also home to the Tampereen Työväen Teatteri (Tampere Workers’ Theatre), fondly referred to by locals as the TTT-Theatre. This is one of the county’s main theatres and its recently updated sound system features L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology, chosen both with audio excellence and the future in mind, as well as to address historic localisation issues caused by the venue’s extremely wide stage.
Originally, a standard L-C-R system had been specified for the theatre’s major audio overhaul, until Pauli Molnár, sales manager at L-Acoustics certified provider distributor, Audico Systems Oy, introduced them to the concept of L-ISA and its ability to create a completely different listening experience for the theatre’s audiences.
“We did a demo for the team and they were blown away,” says Molnár. “They understood that not only would L-ISA technology deliver more than they wanted in terms of sound quality, but also that it would address some key issues with which they had been struggling.”
The curved stage lip at TTT-Theatre measures a full 20m wide, likely one of the widest in Finland. This means that no matter where loudspeakers are placed in a standard configuration, the sound is not properly localised for the audience. In addition to this, the audio team struggled with gain before feedback

 
 
gcca-annual-conferenceCT helps deliver GCCA annual conference
Wednesday, 18 November 2020

UK - Creative Technology (CT) worked closely with the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) to help deliver its third annual conference from Riverside Studios Hammersmith. The virtual event was livestreamed to a global audience on 6-7 October.
The initial challenge faced by Rob Day (senior project manager) and Emma Rössl, (project manager), was to find a suitable venue that could guarantee the right internet bandwidth, which is key in establishing a high quality connection and vital in delivering a successful online event. All spaces at CT’s Crawley facility were fully booked so Riverside Studios provided Studio 2 for the two-day event.
CT supplied a curved LED screen, relay / comfort monitors, PPU, video switching, cameras and comms for the studio set up. Full lighting and rigging were also provided along with scenic and furniture to create a professional stage environment. In addition to this, CT pre-recorded and edited a three-camera shoot with LCD backdrop, lighting, and audio in a separate studio onsite for inclusion in the main event.
As with any virtual event that heavily relies on remote contributors, link testing and pre-records were integral. One week prior to the show, CT performed remote link up tests to each of the speakers and a number of pre-records. These included the show Producer and GCCA’s communication and policy director, Paul Adeleke, who joined these records via a separate Zoom link, which gave them the ability to feedback on the pre-recorded presentations in real time.
Marantz AVS combined webcam, ring lig

 
alcons-audio-press-release-violet-road-and-alcons-audio-hit-the-high-seas-in-imaginative-touring-solution-danielmikkelsenphotographyViolet Road And Alcons hit the high seas
Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Norway - In common with many other countries, the live event industry in Norway has been hit hard by the global COVID-19 pandemic. With all concert and cultural events either postponed or cancelled, Norwegian artists who had performances booked were left to wait until live shows could resume.
But folk/rock band Violet Road came up with an imaginative solution to the problem, bringing their music to 18 coastal communities from the foredeck of a 60 year old ship. An Alcons Audio pro-ribbon audio system was a vital part of the solution.
Violet Road had over 60 shows lined up for the 2020 festival season, all of which were cancelled. When the band put their heads together, bassist Hogne Rundberg came up with the idea of buying a boat. “We thought it would be the perfect tour combination - a stage, food, lodging and transport all rolled into one,” he says.
The band purchased the Vulkana, a 22m (73ft) former fishing vessel, built in 1957 and later rebuilt as a spa and tourist craft. With a loading capacity of 80 tons and space for a crew of five, plus 12 passengers, it had every facility the band needed. These included a full kitchen and lounge with a fireplace below decks, as well as a sauna (heated by a wood-fired oven), a hot tub on the aft deck and diving board. Everything a touring band could need!
The foredeck was fitted as a sound stage, allowing the band to moor the vessel and perform to audiences of up to 200 people on quaysides and pierheads, close enough to enjoy the performance but far enough for Covid safety. In this way, touring

 
 
hippoHippotizer makes a show for Puskar Centre
Wednesday, 18 November 2020

USA - A Hippotizer Tierra+ Media Server from Green Hippo is driving the videowall content at the WVU Football facility at West Virginia University’s new Puskar Centre, in Morgantown, WV.
Providing spaces for players, coaches, staff and visitors, the WVU Puskar Centre development is, with the help of Hippotizer, transforming the home of WVU Football, putting its facilities very visibly ahead of the competition.
The video playback solution was designed by BrightTree Studios and installed by its parent company, Synergy Media Group, preferred technology suppliers to WVU. It encompasses five large screens in the spacious, luxuriously modern locker room, including a main video wall and four ‘end-cap’ screens located at the ends of the locker rows. The Tierra+ Media Server will also handle content feeds and mapping duties for screens in other areas in future phases of this major construction project.
“This was our first project using Hippotizer, and we’ve had a great experience with it,” says David Vargo, principal of BrightTree Studios. “It allowed us to create the space using the Visualiser software so that we could plan and vision the spaces with the client before the actual construction. This allowed us to develop customized content with WVU’s video producer, Austin Gaines, months before installation, which helped to keep the project on schedule.”
Lead AV designer at Synergy Media Group, Cory Sarzotti, explains, “This ‘show’ realm, or ‘theatre space’ is not really an area that corporate AV has had a lot to do with in t

 
laaaron-sully1L-Acoustics rig rolls The American Drive-In Tour
Wednesday, 18 November 2020

USA - Along with retro tech like vinyl turntables and instant film cameras, which have enjoyed a popularity resurgence in recent years, the drive-in movie theatres of old are also experiencing a revival in 2020. But that boom hasn’t always been sparked by patrons flocking to catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster.
Sully Erna and Aaron Lewis, frontmen for the hard rock bands Godsmack and Staind, recently wrapped up The American Drive-In Tour, a 13-date, coast-to-coast run of ‘unplugged’ concerts, many of which were staged in classic ’50s-era outdoor cinemas. To best reinforce every acoustic musical nuance and every word of intimate banter between these ‘old friends’ of 25 years, Denver-based concert sound company Brown Note Productions (BNP) chose to carry an L-Acoustics K2 system for the tour.
Produced by Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP), the promoter behind popular festivals like Sacramento’s Aftershock, Daytona Beach’s Rockville, and Louisville’s “Trifesta” (Bourbon & Beyond, Hometown Rising, and Louder Than Life), The American Drive-In Tour ran from early October through early November. Marking the first time that these two musicians have shared a stage, each stop of the nationwide trek featured an impromptu setlist of each artists’ hits, choice covers, and many private stories and laughs.
According to Brown Note Productions president Ryan Knutson, the choice of PA was simple yet elegantly effective: arrays of eight L-Acoustics K2 were flown on each side of the stage, while eight KS28 subs were horizontally spread out in li

 
 
controlAudiologic partners with Perfect Octave
Wednesday, 18 November 2020

UK - Audiologic has announced a new partnership with background music service provider Perfect Octave.
The agreement “capitalises on a module available within QSC’s widely acclaimed Q-SYS software-based ecosystem and recognises the move to fully digital distributed audio is gaining pace” says Audiologic.
The solution allows for multiple zones of curated, fully licensed music for businesses to be run directly from the audio processor. Advance scheduling, importing music from third party platforms and custom mixes are now fully under control without the need to install multiple third-party boxes.
Peter Sheppard of Perfect Octave comments: “This market is always evolving. There has been rapid change in how people discover and experience music and that shows no sign of slowing. The way people are listening to new music has shifted from radio play to streaming services. However, there is a downside to this. We find people are much more inclined to stick to what they know with music rather than venture out of their comfort zone and try something new. This is so easy to fall into with streaming platforms and algorithms that decide what music would suit you best.”
He continues: “Public spaces such as retail stores, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities have an enviable ability to provide exposure to new music for their customers or guests. Being responsible for the discovery of music is very powerful for any brand so there are always those that look to improve their offering and be the memory that comes back to someone when they hear a

 
bluesoundBluesound launches powered subwoofer
Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Canada - Bluesound Professional has announced the launch of the BSW150 network active subwoofer. The BSW150 adds powerful, deep bass to any wired or wireless Bluesound Professional system and features the convenience of precision BluOS app control. The BSW150 will be available in late November in both black or white finishes.
The Bluesound Professional BSW150 is a network active subwoofer with streaming capability designed specifically for use in commercial installations. Designed to fit neatly in boardrooms or small commercial establishments, this compact subwoofer digs deeper and plays louder than its bulkier rivals. With several clever installation options, the BSW150 can be easily positioned to fit perfectly into the location of choice.
The BSW150 is based on the established BluOS platform and can be network paired with other Bluesound Professional speakers or streamers to form a complete system which is capable of playing and distributing content from local network storage as well as from a large number of streaming services, including some specifically designed for commercial use, such as SoundMachine, Custom Channels, QSIC and internet radio stations or it can be connected to other equipment through its line input.
The subwoofer features a 8” LF driver powered by a high efficiency amplifier including a low power standby mode. The frequency response of the subwoofer is 22Hz - 150Hz. Inbuilt DSP allows for equalization as well as other audio processing. Access to content is via wired ethernet or WiFi for glitch-free streaming.
Control

 
 
fallsMartin Audio WPM for Falls High School
Tuesday, 17 November 2020

USA - Located at the Oconto Falls High School in Wisconsin, an ageing sound system in the Falls Area Performing Arts Centre (PAC) has been replaced with Martin Audio’s new scalable resolution Wavefront Precision Mini (WPM) line array. Part of a complete AV upgrade to the technical infrastructure, the work was carried out by Camera Corner Connecting Point in Green Bay, Wisconsin, following a competitive bidding process.
According to their project designer, Steve Littlepage, the contract was broken into two phases: a complete video upgrade, followed by the installation of the PA and system processing, as well as supply (and relocation) of a new digital mixing console.
The function of the PA was to provide an even coverage for a seated audience of up to 700, and be sufficiently versatile to serve not only a range of school events, but incoming productions hosted through a community foundation, for which the school has a long history.
Camera Corner was given carte blanche by the client to design a system “that would solve their issues and help the venue be a technology leader in the area.” After careful consideration, their PA of choice was the WPM—their first Martin Audio line array deployment.
“We considered a variety of manufacturers, focusing on line array solutions for the venue, but the WPM had exactly the right coverage to price ratio for the project,” Littlepage continued. “Using an array allowed reduction of the level variance from the front to back of the audience—unlike the point source solutions we considered—and the

 
graeme-watkins-projectMJ Event Gear opens outdoor music venue
Tuesday, 17 November 2020

South Africa - MJ Event Gear has created an outdoor music concert environment at The Local Bar and Kitchen in Kyalami, no. 66 on the R55 Main Road, for those who want to enjoy good music in a space that strictly complies to the COVID-19 safety regulations. MJ has also set up a venue incorporating sound and lighting at the Bryanston Country Club.
The Local has JOC approval and has been given the green light by the SAPS and the fire marshal. The venue has various seating options available and includes paramedics on-site in case of an emergency, while all tables and chairs are sprayed and sanitized by Gary Love and the Viral Shield team. Patrons entering the venue will walk through a humidifier tunnel (not spray) and endure the usual hand sanitization and a temperature check, while face masks are sold on site.
Mike Jones, the owner of Johannesburg technical supply company MJ Event Gear, explains how the projects came about. “I’ve always wanted to build an outdoor concert venue and it’s something I’ve thought about for the past two or three years. Sven Hansen of 4 Plus 3 Productions and I had been looking at different venues where we could put up a roof on a more permanent basis, and then lockdown happened, and nobody could work.”
When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in September that South Africa would move to Level 1 in regard to eased restrictions to allow 500 people at outdoor gatherings and 250 people at indoor gatherings, at a 50% capacity. Mike approached the Bryanston Country Club. “They allowed me access to build a venue to comf

 
 
terraTerra Emmen school chooses Powersoft
Tuesday, 17 November 2020

The Netherlands - The newly built Terra Emmen school offers a varied and practical curriculum – including cooking, ‘green subjects’, and sports, alongside more traditional subjects – and, as such, required an audio system that could be as versatile as it was discrete.
After assessing the options available to them, the school’s administrators decided that MM Concept Audio Solutions was the right company to assist them in creating an audio infrastructure that could fit into Terra Emmen’s sustainable, forward-thinking ethos.
“The initial brief from Terra Emmen was rather a simple one,” said Mark Molema, CEO of MM Concept Audio Solutions. “At that point, they weren’t being supported by an AV system advisor, which was a huge benefit for us. As far as they were concerned, the functionality and ease-of-use of the system was key, which is a welcome change from the more in-depth or challenging plans we would usually get from typical AV system advisors. The fact that the school trusted our knowledge really allowed us to think outside of the box and come up with a unique way of giving them the functionality they required.”
Molema decided that a number of MAG Audio NX10-8 loudspeakers would be best suited to the job of covering the various zones around the building; a system that was to be driven by Powersoft’s Mezzo 602 A and Mezzo 322 A amplifier platforms.
Since their introduction in 2019, the Powersoft Mezzo amplifier platforms have become MM Concept Solutions’ go-to for all fixed installation projects.
“If we need

 
eawEAW expands MKD installation series
Tuesday, 17 November 2020

USA - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has unveiled the MKD1200 Series, the newest additions to the MKD Series of full range loudspeakers created for installation applications. The MKD1294 and MKD1264 are three-way designs engineered to produce high output levels and outstanding fidelity while maintaining broadband pattern control for use in applications ranging from stadiums to small music venues.
Both models incorporate dual 12-inch low-frequency transducers with 3-inch vented voice coils, and coaxial 3.5-inch voice coil midrange and 1.75-inch voice coil high-frequency compression drivers. Nominal beamwidth of the MKD1294 is 90º horizontal x 45º vertical, while that of the MKD1264 is 60º horizontal x 45º vertical. The large-format horn utilised in the MKD1294 and MKD1264 may be rotated for increased versatility in pattern control, providing sound system integrators with a wide variety of installation options.
“The MKD Series takes concepts from our highly successful QX and MK Series, and applies them to new dual-woofer designs,” states TJ Smith, president of EAW. “We’ve developed new transducers that can be driven an octave lower than standard drivers through use of our Beamwidth Matched Crossover technology. Using this approach, we’re able to increase low-frequency output by as much as 6 dB while notably improving beamwidth along the axis of the dual woofers.”

 
 
contact-distributionBroaMan appoints Contact Distribution for Canada
Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Canada - BroaMan has appointed Contact Distribution as its exclusive Canadian distributor.
Contact was first introduced to BroaMan’s sister company Optocore in 2005. Since then both companies have enjoyed a successful working relationship and participated together on many large projects ranging from installations in performing art centres such as Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall and the National Arts Centre; sports venues including Rogers Arena, The Scotiabank Centre and Place Bell; and both special events and installations for Broadcast including the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
“When we started with Optocore, many in the industry hadn’t taken those first steps into digital networking,” says Bill Coons, director of Contact Distribution. “We are now at a point where not only system designers and operators are more accepting of fibre solutions but fibre is a sheer necessity due to increasing channel counts, numerous different mediums and formats and the expanding production needs of events and shows to draw in and captivate audiences. BroaMan products are the next evolution of technology and people are ready to make that jump.”
BroaMan sales distribution manager, Dawid Somló, assisted with the transition. “Contact Distribution is a well-known and highly-respected company in Canada,” he stated. “They have distributed Optocore products successfully for many years, developing a vast knowledge base in the field of fibre optics. Due to the close cooperation it was entirely logical to also hand over the distribution of our video and d

 
laptopSAE launches Audient console simulator
Monday, 16 November 2020

Australia - An Audient mixing desk was chosen to be at the heart of the SAE Audient ASP4816 Simulator launched this month. The brainchild of Dr Mark Bassett, director of academic quality assurance for licensed territories at SAE Creative Media Institute, this digital tool provides students with remote access to a fully-functional, audio capable, photo-realistic simulation of the small format Audient ASP4816 console - and is publicly and freely available.
“I designed the software as a teaching tool to allow students to learn the signal flow of the ASP4816 and practice using the console while off-campus,” explains Mark, highlighting the advantage of giving students the chance to download the software at home and really get to know the desk before they tackle it in a school setting.
“The simulator was created by taking a high-resolution photo of the console and programming it to function from a UI perspective, so the interaction is as authentic as possible to the physical console; all the dials, switches, lights, and faders are visually and functionally identical to the real thing. Once the console is ‘visually functional’, it is then programmed to function from an audio signal processing perspective so that it replicates the audio functions of the physical console. Learning and teaching assets and modes of operation are then added.”
Mark continues, “As it is a digital simulation, students cannot connect microphones to the console, so I created the Audio Inputs feature to allow students load audio files to function as microphone inputs or

 
 
digicoDiGiCo SD9 aids Miami church streaming
Monday, 16 November 2020

USA - Although Miami’s annual VOUS Conference has been taking place for more than a decade, VOUS Church officially launched five years ago out of a weekly young adult gathering known as The Rendezvous, started by Trinity Church in Miami Gardens.
Since then, VOUS Church has grown rapidly, expanding into two worship spaces - a 1,500-seat auditorium at iTech, Miami’s mega technology magnet high school, and a 500-seat hall at Jose De Diego middle school, just two miles to the south. But the real audience explosion has taken place virtually, especially during the pandemic, with the church now having an average of 40,000 viewers streaming services online each week.
VOUS Church production coordinator Jon Wygant oversees all church sound, both live and studio, as well as personnel and inventory for the production department. He served on the church’s launch team in 2015 and, since then, has been tasked with keeping VOUS’ audio tech up to par. It was this directive that prompted him to reach out the local shop of 3G Productions to supply them with a new DiGiCo Quantum338 mixing console primarily for iTech Auditorium.
“We’ve had a DiGiCo SD9 at each of our locations from the start, and I absolutely love them,” he says. “The SD9 is still a powerhouse for such a small desk, but as we made plans late last year to take our services into an online experience, we decided to upgrade to a console that would better suit our broadcast site’s future needs. As the primary engineer here, I definitely spend the most time behind the mixing console, and I k

 
danleysm90wallbracketDanley extends full-range SM Series
Friday, 13 November 2020

USA - Danley Sound Labs has introduced the SM90, the latest addition to its SM Series of full-range loudspeakers. Like other members of the series, the SM90 uses the patented, Synergy Horn technology from acoustician Tom Danley to deliver musicality, intelligibility and impact.
The SM90 delivers a 90° conical coverage pattern and accommodates multiple mounting options from wall-mount, to ceiling or suspension mounting to pan/tilt via threaded inserts, on the rear of the cabinet, when using the Adaptive Technologies MM-060 bracket.
It delivers flat output from 63Hz to 24kHz (-3dB) and a frequency range of 40Hz to 30kHz (-10dB) with a coaxial twelve-inch and one-inch driver allowing it to deliver 120dB continuous and 126dB peak output while handling 300W continuous and 1,200W peak. Another Danley feature is the built-in Sentinel high-frequency protection circuitry.
“The SM90 is an extremely flexible solution that is an excellent main PA for smaller houses of worship, auditoriums or theatres, or can be used as delay- or fill-speakers in larger venues,” said Skip Welch, director of sales and marketing with Danley Sound Labs. “Designers have always noted that our extensive product offerings, which span a complete range of output needs and coverage patterns, make it possible to design almost any space with Danley products. The SM90 is yet another useful tool in that collection.”
At 55 lbs., the Danley SM90 is built from Baltic birch with a polyurea coating and is available in standard black or white, with custom colours available.

 
 
alcons-audio-press-release-alcons-continues-expanding-crms-series-by-slimming-downAlcons Audio expands CRMS Series
Friday, 13 November 2020

The Netherlands - The CRMS-SRIW/120 has been developed as an ultra-compact reference main / screen system - or compact surround system in immersive sound-for-picture applications. It can also be used as full-range sound system in any installed audio application, where a very high quality sound reproduction with inconspicuous in-wall or on-wall mounting is required.
As such, typical applications include sound system for auditoria, performing arts theaters, screening rooms, post-production facilities and dubbing stages, premium home cinemas and quality-conscious cinemas.
The CRMSC-SRIW/120 is part of the CRMSC system series. By utilising identical MHF components, a voicing matching between screen- and surround system is realised, resulting in a wide and uniform sound stage throughout the entire listening area.
Featuring the patented Alcons pro-ribbon transducer technology, the CRMSC-SRIW/120 surround combines clarity and intelligibility with an unusually high dynamic range.
The two-way passive-filtered CRMSC-SRIW/120 system consists of the RBN202 pro-ribbon driver for HF and a vented 6.5” mid-bass for LF reproduction; the HF section has a 500 W peak power input, enabling a 1:16 dynamic range with up to 90% less distortion from 1 kHz to beyond 20 kHz.
Philip de Haan, head of Alcons Audio R&D, comments, “One of the strongest and continuously returning requests we have been receiving from the customers and installers on the CRMS series, has been minimal cabinet depth. The new patent-pending waveguide we’ve developed, enables us to

 
brit-rowBritannia Row Training receives ‘government lifeline’
Friday, 13 November 2020

UK - Britannia Row Productions Training (BRPT) has been awarded £152,000 as part of the UK government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) announced by the Culture Secretary to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future.
Britannia Row Productions Training is one of 2,049 cultural and creative organisations across the country to have been awarded £409m of urgently needed support (up to 24 October 2020). The Culture Recovery Fund grants programme is being administered by the Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.
BRPT was founded in 2012 to provide holistic training for those wanting to enter the live events industry as live audio technicians. Courses available from colleges and universities are not targeted enough for this niche sector, making it hard for graduates to enter the workplace as invariably a certain amount of re-training is required. Furthermore, these institutions tend to lag behind with teaching the latest technologies, equipment and working practices.
All BRPT training courses are written, kept up-to-date and delivered by tutors who are industry practitioners working at the top tier of the industry. BRPT has developed and offered a range of courses which have allowed for part-time study through to intensive full-time courses and

 
 
jamJAM Industries acquires The Music People
Friday, 13 November 2020

USA - JAM Industries has acquired Connecticut-based The Music People (TMP), parent company of the On-Stage and TMP-Pro divisions.
Founded in 1979 by Jim Hennessey, TMP will operate as a division of JAM, managed by TMP’s co-presidents John and Sharon Hennessey, who now report directly to JAM Industries president & CEO Martin Szpiro.
“Since being acquired by DCC Technology in September 2018, JAM has the resources to operate as an acquisition engine,” Szpiro says. “While the purchase of TMP is our first acquisition since being acquired by DCC, it is by no means the last. We are aggressively pursuing MI and pro audio companies that compliment and extend our current portfolio of offerings.
“Over the last 48 years, JAM has grown organically and through acquisition into a $400m company comprised of eight divisions that serve a broad range of musical instrument, consumer electronics, pro audio and lighting customers,” he continued. “With the support of DCC we can now grow faster than ever before.”
Consumers know TMP as the parent company of the On-Stage brand of musical instrument accessories that include stands, drumsticks, cases and bags. MI retailers, production houses and AV contractors know TMP as the parent company of TMP-Pro, a supplier of pro audio equipment for over 25 years that today distributes over 250 brands.
“The MI and pro audio industry landscape has evolved a great deal over the last 40 years,” TMP co-president Sharon Hennessey says. “What began as a small cottage industry of enthusiasts has become a

 
richmondWPS reinforces Richmond Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, 12 November 2020

USA - When Richmond, VA-based Soundworks took delivery of their Martin Audio WPS and WPC line array systems in February this year, they little knew that the world was within one month of lockdown. “The pandemic shut down all of our bookings from mid-March forward,” recalls CEO, Steve Payne. The company had to wait until the end of summer for the maiden voyage for both systems - in the shape of two socially-distanced outdoor concerts by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
Soundworks have been contracted to provide sound reinforcement for all Richmond Symphony Orchestra’s community outreach concerts since 2015. “Each season the RSO will incorporate the performance of a popular local or regional artist into one of their ‘Big Tent’ gigs,” he explains. “The arranger will write scores for orchestral accompaniment to six or so of the guest artist’s songs. Past musical artists have included a wide range of musical styles and genres, and this year’s featured artist was the Commonwealth Bluegrass Band.”
Still to thoroughly road test their new scalable Wavefront Performance rigs, Soundworks used the 12 September show at Maymont Park to evaluate the power of WPS in the delay position with a view to future main FOH deployment. “The venue required that we cover a depth of 420ft, so we used two hangs of eight WPC for the main PA, with two SXH218 subs ground stacked per side, and two hangs of six WPS for delays at 220 feet, with a CDD-LIVE 15 at each of the main hangs as out-fills.” The audience size was capped at 700, socially distanced.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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