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Austrian Audio impresses on Sam Smith tourAustrian Audio impresses on Sam Smith tour
Friday, 27 March 2020

Europe - Austrian Audio OC818 microphones were recently put to use on British singer-songwriter, Sam Smith’s tour as overheads. Smith’s profile raised significantly in 2014 after debut album release, In the Lonely Hour. 2015 saw Smith awarded with four Grammy Awards.
Smith’s FOH engineer, Jim Ebdon started his career in audio straight out of school whilst working at Surrey Sound Studios, where The Police recorded their first two albums. He later progressed to working as a studio engineer, then as a live sound engineer for high profile artists such as Maroon 5, Annie Lennox, Sting and Aerosmith.
“I’ve had a very colourful career,” he says. “I started as a tape op assistant in the studio and I quickly learned mic techniques, how to cut tape, and how to operate a mixing console. That put me in good stead to become a live sound engineer a few years later, which is a whole different process and discipline compared to being a studio engineer.”
Ebdon states that while he has always been a fan of what he calls “the other brand of microphone,” he thinks that Austrian Audio has the upper hand: “This [OC818] is just that one step ahead,” he enthuses.
Although Ebdon is familiar with Austrian Audio’s free PolarPilot app, which facilitates real-time wireless control over analogue patterns, high-pass, and pad-in real time via Bluetooth, he admits that he has never had to make use of it yet: “I’ve got to be honest with you – I haven’t used it because the microphone sounds so good, I don’t need to use it! I don’t wa

TobyMac and Blackhawk tour with ADAPTiveTobyMac and Blackhawk tour with ADAPTive
Friday, 27 March 2020

USA - When Christian hip-hop recording artist and seven-time Grammy winner TobyMac hit the road for his Hits Deep Tour, the production team knew that growing audiences and varying coverage demands would provide a challenge few loudspeaker systems could meet. Eastern Acoustic Works’ (EAW) worked directly with BlackHawk Audio in implementing its ADAPTive System for the tour, as it extends coverage and provides even front to back response in a physically compact system.
“The tour is a large and complicated audio deployment; the sound system has to be up and out of the way of the many video screens, yet still provide massive power and clarity to the audience,” says Rick Shimer owner of Blackhawk Audio. “We knew EAW’s ADAPTive could handle our needs and consistently deliver the coverage we needed regardless of the size or shape of the venue. The system has delivered and the sound that we are getting is amazing."
The Hits Deep 2020 tour travels with 24 Anya modules, 24 Anna modules and 12 Otto subwoofers. Both the Anya and Anna feature individually powered and processed transducers; each Anya consists of 22 while each Anna has 14.
Time and cost savings extend into the tuning and setup. “Because it hangs straight and doesn’t need physical angles between boxes, it saves a great deal of time during load in and load out,” says FOH engineer Pat Haapanen. “Before we load in we create a model of the venue in EAW’s Resolution software. Once we define the coverage area and enter the array locations, the software optimizes the processing for e

Harman enhances Grande Centre PointeHarman enhances Grande Centre Pointe
Friday, 27 March 2020

Thailand - AV integrator Mahajak Development Co recently deployed a wide range of Harman Professional Solutions audio and lighting systems in four of the Grande Centre Point Hotel’s facilities to create immersive audiovisual experiences.
Located in the heart of North Pattaya, the Grande Centre Point Hotel is a 32-story luxury hotel and resort. Grande Centre Point also offers a variety of amenities and activities, including the Terminal 21 shopping mall, the Sky 32 rooftop lounge, an amphitheatre for events and a family waterpark. The hotel also includes the Port Ballroom and its seven adjoining meeting rooms, which are used for formal meetings, conferences, private dinner parties and exquisite banquets.
To elevate the entertainment experience, Grande Centre Point hired integrators Mahajak Development Co to design and install audio and lighting solutions in the Port Ballroom, the water park and the Sky 32 Lounge, as well as a mobile AV solution for events. Mahajak selected a wide range of solutions from JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, BSS and Martin.
“The client required various audiovisual and lighting solutions for four of the hotel’s facilities,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, director of project, Mahajak Development Co. “They required a versatile audio solution for the meeting room, which consists of seven rooms that can either be combined or separated for events. The family water park required a PA system to make announcements, play background music and more.
“They required mobile audio, visual and lighting setup for activities suc

MGG hits the road in South AfricaMGG hits the road in South Africa
Friday, 27 March 2020

South Africa - The technical production industry is known worldwide for its resourcefulness and determination, and the coronavirus pandemic is energising some intrepid ideas to help keep businesses rolling and communities safe and functional during the crisis.
With all conferences and live entertainment work cancelled or postponed, South African rental company MGG based in Johannesburg was looking at their 32 idle vehicles - ranging from 45ft artics to small run-around vans - when owner and MD Mark Gaylard came up with the idea of offering the fleet for moving essential medical and other supplies during the crisis.
Mark composed a quick Facebook post about the transport fleet which went on his own personal page and before long it had nearly 400 shares and people started talking and calling.
The initial inquiries have started to become a steady trickle of work, all of which is helping keep MGG’s six full time plus their regular freelance drivers busy.
They have had calls to move anything from eggs and other foodstuffs and agricultural produce to steel and building materials. All important medical supplies like hand-sanitising products have been trucked from the docks in Durban, KZN, up to the commercial hub of Johannesburg.
“I quickly realised that the general transport and freight business is radically different from moving and delivering goods and trucking services in our core entertainment industry world,” comments Mark. “It’s highly competitive and a lot of the work gets outsourced to those who don’t own their own vehicl


Xytech launches media trends podcastXytech launches media trends podcast
Thursday, 26 March 2020

USA - Xytech, specialist in facility management software for media and broadcast, has launched Xytech After Dark, a podcast focussing on trends in the media and broadcasting industries. The first two episodes are now available on iTunes, Spotify and all podcasting platforms.
“Xytech has hundreds of clients around the world in the media and broadcast business,” said Xytech’s Greg Dolan. “We get this super unique view of the industry from our clients and maintain a comprehensive understanding of current trends. The podcast is not a forum to sell, but instead to talk about why create the functionality in MediaPulse, and the types of things happening in our industry.
“The podcast will focus on industry trends: what we are seeing and how we view the world of media. Finally, this is really fun work. There are a million easier ways to make a living, but there is nothing more exciting. I hope our sense of humour and passion come through.”
Hosted by Xytech’s senior account manager, Gregg Sandheinrich, the podcast will feature a variety of Xytech staff. Available now, the first two episodes cover hot industry topics, including the recent HPA Tech Retreat, as well as the cancellation of the NAB Show, the value of trade shows and the effects of COVID-19 on the industry.
“The goal for the podcast is to take a not-too-serious look at the world of media and entertainment through the lens of software solutions,” Sandheinrich said. “We are looking forward to sharing what we see on the front lines with our listeners and evoke thoughtf

Coda Audio N-Ray roars in LyonCoda Audio N-Ray roars in Lyon
Thursday, 26 March 2020

France - Eurosono is a specialist events production company based in the Rhône-Alpes region, which has been serving a wide range of clients nationally and internationally for more than 18 years. Its team comprises a forward-thinking collection of industry professionals who consistently invest in innovation and new technologies to ensure that clients receive cutting-edge service.
As a close and trusted member of the Coda Audio family, Eurosono were last year involved in the pre-launch trials of the company’s new ultra-compact N-Ray line array system. The feedback received by Coda Audio from the partners who took part in the trials played a significant part in the finished product that would be launched at ISE 2020 in Amsterdam. Eurosono were impressed, and having attended Coda’s pre-launch event of the system in September 2019, made an immediate investment. N-Ray was soon in action being deployed at two significant events in Lyon.
The Halle Tony Garnier in Lyon is a venue and a designated historical monument. Originally a market and slaughterhouse, the hall became a concert venue in 1988 and is one of the biggest multi-use arena spaces in France, staging everything from large gigs to corporate events. It is renowned for its good acoustics. Eurosono was asked to supply audio for an event called The Trophies of Enterprise staged by the Progrès daily newspaper and CPME, an organisation supporting small businesses in the region, as Eurosono events director and CEO of tech and live service provision, Mathieu Aufort explains:
“The br

Brit Row backs BRIT School studentBrit Row backs BRIT School student
Thursday, 26 March 2020

UK - Britannia Row Productions recently offered a work placement to a Year 13 Production Arts student from the BRIT School. Ethan Wells (pictured) joined the audio crew to gain hands-on experience of the 2020 BRIT Awards.
As a long-time rental supplier to the BRIT Awards, Brit Row agreed to select and include a student within their crew, resulting in a fully immersive end to end experience of a high-pressure technical delivery.
Celebrating its 40th year in February, the 2020 BRIT Awards once again hosted the best in British and international pop music, with a series of live performances from the likes of Stormzy, Billie Eilish and Dave, broadcast live to home viewers and also enjoyed by audiences in the venue.
Deploying what was undoubtedly the most complex audio system in over 20 years of partnership, including a dual L-Acoustics PA system with a 3D spatial audio solution with Out Board’s TiMax, Brit Row was also keen to evolve further and support the Brit School’s emerging talent.
To select a student entering into the professional audio industry, Brit Row Directors Nicola Amoruso and Lez Dwight conducted the interviews personally and selected Ethan first-hand. A fully engaging placement - from the very first stages of equipment prep through show prep, configuration, load in and rehearsals - Ethan was also able to take on an assisting role within the crew on show day. Afterwards, the de-rigging and warehouse return operation ensued.
Following the two-week placement, Ethan - who is in the final months of a two-year UAL Level-3 dip

Amate Audio suspends productionAmate Audio suspends production
Thursday, 26 March 2020

Spain - Amate Audio’s CEO Juan Amate has updated the situation at his Barcelona-based operation.
“Further to our statement on 20 March, the continuing emergency situation across Europe has begun to impact our production capabilities due to the disrupted supply of essential components and our ability to maintain sufficient levels of stock of these.
“Together with the announcement by Spanish authorities of a further extension of the extensive lockdown measures in the country, this means that the practicalities of maintaining production at this time are no longer viable.
“We are however continuing to supply our customers’ orders from stock, across our international distributor network, and are maintaining the highest possible level of service in these unparalleled circumstances.
“Additionally, with the continuing escalation of the health crisis in the country, we take the view that this measure best safeguards the health and safety of our staff by reducing the number of people onsite across our premises.
“Our sales and support staff are already working from home and are contactable via their usual email address. We are still active on our social media networks. Thank you very much for your understanding while #AmateAudioStaysHome.”

EM Acoustics suspends day-to-day businessEM Acoustics suspends day-to-day business
Thursday, 26 March 2020

UK - Loudspeaker specialist EM Acoustics has decided to suspend day-to-day business. Company directors ED Kinsella and Mike Wheeler have issued the following statement:
“In light of the current national and global crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus, we have taken the very difficult decision to close the factory and suspend day-to-day business as of 6pm on Friday 27 March. Without wanting to cast aside the value of our country's economy, the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers has to take priority, as well as a social responsibility to do our part to halt the spread of the virus in these difficult times.
“Whilst the factory is closed and we will not be despatching any orders after Friday, our phone lines are diverted and emails will still be monitored so urgent communication can still get through to us – both for commercial matters and for technical support. We will endeavour to reopen the factory as soon as possible, once it is deemed safe to do – we will continue to follow Government and health professionals' advice on this matter and advise as events develop.
The only thing we can all be sure of this that these are very uncertain and scary times for all of us. We want to wish everyone all the very best throughout this unpleasant period, and urge everyone to please stay safe, stay home, and keep washing your hands.
“We look forward to EM Acoustics reopening our doors to our fantastic industry as soon as we sensibly can.”

dB Technologies backs preventive actiondB Technologies backs preventive action
Thursday, 26 March 2020

Italy - AEB Industriale S.r.l, the owner of the brand dBTechnologies, has said it will observe a period of temporary suspension of production activities in order to “decisively counteract a further spread of Covid-19 on the territory”.
Says AEB: “AEB Industriale is prepared to support any preventive action, in the belief that the health of our employees, collaborators, customers, and their loved ones is an absolute and unavoidable priority.
“We would like to remind you that all the company's activities managed by remote working will continue: dBTechnologies' users and customers may therefore get in touch with the company's contact persons via e-mail or phone.
“We also wish to take this opportunity to express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims in Italy and worldwide. Our thoughts and solidarity also go to all the companies and workers that form both Italian and global economic fabrics, with particular attention to entrepreneurs and professionals of the live entertainment industry, who were the first to be affected by the suspension of events throughout the countries.
“Finally, we feel like thanking dBTechnologies users who have been keeping in touch by sending photos and videos of the beautiful projects they have done with the support of our audio systems. Watching your images online and collecting your comments fills us with joy, pride and perseverance.
“Soon we will get back in the game by your side, with the same energy and passion that has always defined our company; offering you support, new challe

Yamaha: supporting the pro audio communityYamaha: supporting the pro audio community
Thursday, 26 March 2020

UK - Every part of the professional audio industry is currently affected by the unprecedented challenges which we all face from COVID-19. Yamaha says the most important priority is to protect the health and safety of everyone within the industry. The company is closely monitoring this fast-developing global situation and following all advice and guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and public authorities in each region.
“We have many important, long-term relationships throughout the industry, including partners, customers, many freelance technicians and clients, whose lives and livelihoods are being impacted by this unprecedented situation. Our thoughts are with all of you. We want to support you as much as possible and contribute to helping the industry get through this difficult and complex time.
“Since 1990, Yamaha has been proactive in developing and maintaining practical education programs. These are designed to help users deliver better results in both live and installed audio, as well as achieving a more efficient workflow. Now consolidated under the ‘Audioversity’ banner to accelerate our training initiatives, we are currently expanding our online education resources further to support you. We hope that our online content will bring some benefit to you in these difficult times, helping you to be ready for when the industry is able to return to some sort of normality.”
Available from Yamaha’s YouTube channel, these include:

HK Audio switches UK distribution to PolarHK Audio switches UK distribution to Polar
Thursday, 26 March 2020

UK - German manufacturer Music & Sales PE has signed an exclusive contract with UK firm Polar to distribute its HK Audio and Hughes & Kettner brands in the UK and the Republic of Ireland from April 2020.
Polar will take on the entire product range for both brands, including Hughes & Kettner’s award-winning lines of electric and acoustic guitar amplifiers, and HK Audio’s comprehensive pro audio portfolio, which covers everything from portable sound systems for musicians and DJs to full-blown line array systems and professional install solutions.
Tim Riley, Polar’s director, brand development, comments: “Polar is set up in a way that ideally serves all the market areas relevant to HK Audio and Hughes & Kettner, so this agreement seemed a perfect fit for us from the offset. We have divisions that directly address the retail markets, professional audio and integrated solutions and the way HK Audio and Hughes and Kettner products straddle these markets is well known.
“The ‘Made in Germany’ aspect of the ranges is also something that resonates in the industry. The quality of engineering and manufacture has always been the mainstay of HK and we intend to re-invigorate the UK and Ireland business using this and adding ‘The Polar Factor’.”
“We are not your average distribution company; we are so passionate about adding value to the brands in our portfolio that we start off as fans of a brand and then steadily build up our share of its success to a point where we believe we become indispensable distribution partne

Xilica releases Xilica Designer 4.0 softwareXilica releases Xilica Designer 4.0 software
Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Canada - Xilica has announced the release of Xilica Designer 4.0 software, a flexible, universal, drag-and-drop platform that simplifies the design, configuration and integration of Xilica DSPs and third-party AV systems.
As with previous generations, Xilica Designer 4.0 software offers integrators a single, centralised platform for project design and management. Xilica Designer software provides optimised configuration of Xilica Solaro DSPs, as well as Xilica’s XWP networked wall controls, XTouch screens, and I/O expansion devices. It also handles configuration and management of any networked Dante device, and delivers comprehensive third-party control integration.
Xilica Designer 4.0 offers AV integrators more freedom to customise designs through Lua programming, a fast and powerful scripting language embedded within the software. “With Lua scripting, users can programme modules to flexibly control the equipment without limitations,” said Eddie Tam, director of engineering at Xilica. “That opens up new avenues for integrators to design complete AV systems with greater flexibility.”
Other Xilica Designer 4.0 software enhancements include an improved DSP schematic design that expands support for drawing elements. New capabilities include native insertion of comments and labels, resulting in clean schematics that are easy to read. Xilica engineers have also accelerated device boot-up times by 30 percent through updated firmware.
The new software release retains Xilica Designer’s drag-and-drop functionality, which simplifies how u

DJE Sound & Lighting invests in TW AUDiODJE Sound & Lighting invests in TW AUDiO
Wednesday, 25 March 2020

USA - Following 12 successful years in California’s highly competitive live event production community, DJE Sound & Lighting is now set to enjoy expansion both regionally and nationally with a major investment in TW AUDiO.
Based in Southern California, the full-service events specialist recently capped a year of growth by becoming the first US production company to shape its audio inventory around a full flagship TW AUDiO VERA36 system.
“We realised that TW AUDiO had arrived in the United States and we decided to take full advantage of that,” explained president/CEO, Ted Tesoriero. “We previously had great success with the TW AUDiO PA-SYS-ONE multi-application, portable system and that experience left us wanting to know more about the company.”
Founded in 2009, DJE Sound & Lighting rapidly developed from humble beginnings in Tesoriero’s garage to become one of California’s fastest-rising suppliers of audio, video, lighting, staging and events expertise. Crucially, adds Tesoriero, “DJE is not a DJ company! It stands for Delilah Jones Entertainment, which references a character in a Grateful Dead song.”
More recently, the company has found itself serving an increasingly varied palette of clientele while catering to bigger and more demanding shows. “LA and the surrounding areas are very much one big market, and that includes San Diego,” he says. “There's 20 million people in this area.”
The company’s growth led Tesoriero and his co-founder Nick Cimino to consider a number of larger format line array syste

TDC has designs on Sydney Harbour BridgeTDC has designs on Sydney Harbour Bridge
Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Australia - For New Year’s Eve, TDC was commissioned to design, deliver, install and operate a projection spectacular, with a focus on the sandstone pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
“It wasn’t just the projection,” says TDC’s Steve Cain, who is head engineer and media server specialist. “We designed everything from the content templates for the animations through the 3D models to the control system.”
TDC has worked on the Sydney New Year’s Eve spectacular for a number of years, and Cain was as anxious as the city to put on something bigger and better than ever before. He worked with colleagues Geraldine Shine, director brand strategy and AnthonyPellizzari, technical project manager at TDC from concept to completion.
One area of focus was to deliver even more vibrant colours at even higher levels of brightness. To achieve this, he took the unusual step of specifying two different projectors to leverage the different strengths of each.
“I chose Barco UDX 4K32 projectors for their incredible capability to deliver the primary colours -red, green and blue - with stunning contrast and black levels,” he explains. “Then, I overlay blended them with Barco HDF W26K projectors because they deliver amazing punch and really excel in the secondary colours - cyan, magenta and yellow.”
The result, according to Cain, was a truly stunning, very impressive representation of the whole colour spectrum, delivered from a network of projection towers. “It even kept up with the tonnes of pyrotechnics going off around it,” he adds

Syracuse University chooses Rupert NeveSyracuse University chooses Rupert Neve
Wednesday, 25 March 2020

USA - The Setnor School of Music is located in Crouse College on Syracuse University’s main campus. Built in 1889, Crouse College is one of the oldest buildings on campus, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
This year, the college is taking a big step into the future with three Rupert Neve Designs RMP-D8 Dante-connected microphone preamps and converters provided by Sweetwater Sound with the intention of providing high-quality recording capabilities to the entire campus.
“We don’t have to worry about 200ft of analogue copper running upstairs from the closet,” says Kevin Muldoon, recording engineer at Setnor. “We can run all our microphone inputs through it, and we’ll have the ability to send signal to the live board, to the recording, to the stream, everything.”
With the three RMP-D8s providing a total of 24 channels of class-A microphone preamplification and 24-bit/192kHz conversion, they will be used as the school’s primary microphone preamps for every application. “The Dante system will be able to go to our entire campus network, so we can have things to go another studio off-site, we have a jazz building off in a different spot, we have our Belfer Recording Studio in a different spot - in the future, this will allow pretty seamless integration between all of them.
“Dante is the future,” Muldoon continues. “At a professional modern recording studio or school of music, this should be the backbone of the recording that goes on.”
“Over the last few years, network audio has really taken over,”

Schertler offers message of hopeSchertler offers message of hope
Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Switzerland - In reaction to the current situation, pro audio and MI manufacturer Schertler has issued the following: “For the first time in all these years, we are all together facing a situation that is bigger than us and that is changing our way of living and seeing the world.
“Here in Switzerland, the circumstances have already gotten serious and sadly, we’ve had to stop the production and the shipments at least until 30 March in accord with the government decision and for the safety of our employees. Nevertheless, we are still active office-wise - from our beautiful homes - and we are trying our best to answer to all your needs, support you as much as we can and prepare a lot of news for the future.
“What we ask you in this difficult moment is to understand that things might be slower than the usual but, primarily, we would like to give you a message of hope. We are sure all this will pass faster than we can imagine now, we need to be united and we will all be ready for a strong comeback.
“We have decided to launch an initiative in order to promote music and cohesion, because the only cure we have now is sharing. If you are a Schertler artist, a client, or if you play any instrument and are happy to be a part of this. Please share a video where you play on any social media, use the hashtag #StayAtHomeWithSchertler and tag us!

RBI Music to distribute Samsystems’ IntegralRBI Music to distribute Samsystems’ Integral
Tuesday, 24 March 2020

USA - Samsystems UK has announced the appointment of Texas-based RBI Music, as USA distributor for its Integral close cab miking system.
Available in 10in or 12in format, Integral can be used as an innovative solution to augment or replace traditional external close cab miking techniques, in a live or studio environment.
With less mike stands on stage, Integral also helps prevent overspill, feedback issues and offers quicker band set up times. Installed in minutes within cabs or combos, Integral features a circular constructed rigid frame, mounted internally between the cabinet grill and existing speaker.
A super cardioid, dynamic microphone with a high/low, full range frequency response and pressure tested at extreme volumes, is housed within the central ‘pepper pot’ strategically aimed off-centre of the speaker coil, delivering the true, balanced, accurate analogue output from the speaker via an XLR connector to the mixing desk and onward to monitors or FOH PA.
Samsystems technical director Richard Smith comments, “We look forward to working closely with RBI Music in the USA, to put Integral firmly on the entire North American Map. Our relationship has successfully evolved following Summer NAMM 2019, where Integral has since been successfully road tested on the live circuit within the many clubs and bars in and around Nashville’s downtown Broadway scene.”
RBI Music’s product manager artist relations, Rick Taylor states, “The Integral close cab miking system represents the future of sound reinforcement for guitarists perf

K-array suspends factory activity due to coronavirusK-array suspends factory activity due to coronavirus
Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Italy - Loudspeaker specialist K-array has written to friends and partners.
“We hope that everyone is doing well and staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. With things changing at such a high speed, we personally want to assure that every member of our extended family is informed on an ongoing basis.
“At K-array, with the safety of our staff as the top concern, we have already been taking necessary steps to adapt our operations while remaining committed to driving business by enacting remote smart working for those who can, which has enabled us to interact with our customers and suppliers in a more safe and active way than before.
“Our next action, in respect to the latest restrictions imposed by the Italian government 22 March, is to suspend all activity within the factory. Effective immediately, K-array will remain engaged and available for support Monday through Thursday only by smart working through 3 April.
“We appreciate your flexibility and understanding while we work together to navigate these circumstances. We reiterate our commitment to keep you updated and ask that you do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.”

James Blunt rocks empty ElbphilharmonieJames Blunt rocks empty Elbphilharmonie
Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Germany - James Blunt’s concert at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg planned as one highlight in the Telekom Street Gig series was heavily affected by the spread of the coronavirus. Respecting the demands of the coronavirus outbreak, but not wanting to disappoint invited fans and viewers, Telekom and James Blunt took the decision to continue with the concert - but to perform to an empty hall and stream the concert to the public.
With Telekom already commissioning Peter Brandt and his team at Remote Recording Network to mix and record the concert, the current changes meant only minor adjustments to the production. The company has been handling the sound for the Telekom Street Gigs since 2007.
To ensure the recording of the concert in excellent studio quality, Peter Brandt relied on remote mixing and his Remote Mix Room in Cologne, 400 km away from Hamburg. For on-site conversion of the audio signals and transport between Elbphilharmonie to Cologne, equipment from audio specialist DirectOut came into play.
The signal chain started as close as possible to the musicians. All analogue audio signals coming from James Blunt and his band were fed into two DirectOut Prodigy.MC units as mic-preamps directly on stage and converted into a MADI stream. The MADI stream with 64 channels audio routed to a van from Remote Recording Network, placed in front of the Elbphilharmonie and serving as a hub.
Within the van, the team recorded all audio signals and forwarded the mix to the Remote Mix Room Studio Boecker in Cologne, using public internet connections. To

Out Board offers online TiMax trainingOut Board offers online TiMax training
Tuesday, 24 March 2020

UK/USA - By popular demand UK TiMax developers Out Board have announced a Spring season of ‘One-on-One for One’ online training sessions with TiMax specialists in the UK and USA.
Anybody interested in developing their leading-edge skills in the rapidly growing use of TiMax immersive audio, spatial mixing and showcontrol may well want to check this out. Sessions are open to all sound designers, sound engineers and production sound techs worldwide on a first-come, first-served basis. Simply register to download TiMax SoundHub software (Mac or Windows) from and enter “1on1” into the About You section. Alternatively contact Out Board direct on
Out Board will respond with an invitation to select an available time and date for a personal, one-on-one, one-hour Skype screen-share training session, with Dave Haydon or Robin Whittaker in the UK (GMT) or Duncan Crundwell in the USA (EST). The session will cover standard TiMax dsp functions of mixer, matrix, eq, delay, source/zone groups and snapshots, as well as advanced task-based spatial rendering and immersive showcontrol programming tools in the uniquely integrated TiMax PanSpace and cue-driven TimeLine workflows. The session will also introduce the new TiMax TrackerD4 precision stagetracking interface which controls TiMax SoundHub via OSC.
There’ll also be a look at programming touchscreen OSC control of levels, cue/snapshot recall and spatialisation processes on generic tablet apps such as TouchOSC and Lemur.

Martin Audio plans weekly webinarsMartin Audio plans weekly webinars
Tuesday, 24 March 2020

UK - Martin Audio has unveiled a series of weekly webinars aimed at helping technicians stay up to date with the latest technology during this unprecedented time for the industry. The live webinar series will begin on Wednesday 1 April with all sessions remaining available on the Martin Audio website.
The live webinars will begin with Low Frequency System Design, presented by Simon Purse and will be followed by sessions on Display 2.3, EASE Focus and WPS Optimised Line Arrays. In addition to these initial sessions, the company will be adding a variety of topics over the coming weeks, covering Martin Audio’s products and software, as well as more general pro audio topics.
In addition to this, in the coming months Martin Audio will also be hiring freelance industry professionals as guest speakers to share their experience and expertise.
“These are unprecedented times for the pro audio industry, and we want to play our role in helping industry professionals to stay active and connected,” says Dom Harter, managing director at Martin Audio. “We hope that through some live online training we can help people to interact with their friends and colleagues while also learning something new. In these challenging times we all need to be supporting the AV industry and the thousands of hard working people that help make it great and that will continue to make it so, long after this difficult period comes to an end.”
The schedule for the weekly sessions is sti

Amate Audio implements ‘adaptive measures’Amate Audio implements ‘adaptive measures’
Monday, 23 March 2020

Spain - Barcelona-based Amate Audio’s founder and CEO Juan Amate says the company has implemented “adaptive measures” in this time of unprecedented crisis.
“All of us are faced with challenges outside of our common experience, for which we are unlikely to have prior contingency,” he says. “At Amate Audio, we are moving rapidly to confront and meet those challenges. We are taking immediate action to secure the integrity of our supply and distribution chains and our clients' business, as well as our continued financial health and corporate wellbeing, throughout the course of the crisis and beyond.
“To this end we are able to guarantee the continued delivery of orders to our clients during any reasonably foreseeable interruption to production, as may be required by the civil authorities. Likewise, our ability to quickly restart and achieve volume production secures our distribution and fulfillment capability as far as is possible.
“We do this with the utmost attention to the health and safety of our employees, whose wellbeing is always our first concern.”

Three SSLs for the road for Céline DionThree SSLs for the road for Céline Dion
Monday, 23 March 2020

USA - Céline Dion recently brought the curtain down on her residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas after more than 1,100 sold-out performances and embarked on a 12-month tour in support of her Courage album.
Solotech has provided sound, lighting, video and rigging - everything except the stage - for the Courage World Tour, including multiple Solid State Logic Live L550 digital mixing consoles, one at front-of-house and two at monitors.
Denis Savage, who has been Dion’s tour manager and FOH engineer for several decades, began using SSL’s Live series desk at Caesars Palace in 2013. But this tour has provided the opportunity to implement some changes that have further enhanced the performance of all three consoles on the production, he says. “Just before Christmas we switched everything to 96 kHz and the difference was incredible. Everything got lighter and smoother and brighter.”
The production also switched band monitor engineer Martin Paré and Jean-Sébastien Boucher, Dion’s engineer, to L550 consoles at the end of last year. “Everybody in the band was very happy about it,” reports Savage. Boucher has been using an early version of L550 software that enables him to control an analogue SSL Sigma Delta summing mixer to eliminate latency in Dion’s in-ear monitor signal chain. That control functionality is now standard in the recent SSL Live V4.10 release.
Francois ‘Frankie’ Desjardins, systems engineer for Savage and Dion for the past 27 years, is also VP of R&D and technological solutions for S


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