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summitImmersive Experience Network hosts summit
Tuesday, 21 June 2022

UK - The Immersive Experience Network has held its inaugural Live Experience Summit, bringing together over 150 creators of immersive and interactive experiences to debate the future of the sector.
The Immersive Experience Network has been established to support creators making new work, developing audiences and growing financially sustainable companies. The Network’s strategy is centred around encouraging collaboration by building a community of creators, facilitating knowledge-sharing and undertaking research to grow the sector.
The community includes genres from across the immersive sector, including immersive theatre, scare attractions, escape rooms, Location based VR/AR, experiential art, immersive audio, Live Action Role Play (Larp), themed attractions, Alternate Reality Games (ARG) and transmedia experiences
The inaugural summit, held on 31 May, included a session on the topic of commercial strategy for immersive, where Farouk Deen and Mark Sarfo from Nexus made the case for private investment and Meri Mance and James Sinclair-Smith from Mance Communications discussed testing the market with PR, whilst James Seagar from Les Enfant Terribles spoke about the benefit of being agile and being able to move between performance mediums in order to make a profit.
There was a session on finding venues for site-specific shows with contributions from Bertie Watkins and Charlotte Potter from Colab who spoke about their experiences finding and running venues for immersive theatre. Meanwhile, David Ralf from Theatre Deli spoke about their work an

michael-mason-leftBritannia Row joins Chelsea Cutler on tour
Tuesday, 21 June 2022

North America - Britannia Row Productions has provided audio support for singer, songwriter, and producer, Chelsea Cutler, whose When I Close My Eyes tour kicked off in Austin, Texas in March.
The tour - which marks the start of the young artist’s relationship with Brit Row - was followed by her Coachella debut in April and saw her play The Governors Ball stage in June. The tour is running under the care of New York based Mutual Friends, an artist management company.
“I’d never worked with Brit Row until now,” comments production manager, Alex Slohm. “The overall service has been excellent, and the gear has been immaculate. I heard from our account manager, Marc Soame, after the first couple of shows to check in but all I had to say was how pleased I was with everything.”
One of the major advantages for Slohm was the ability to alleviate some of the inconsistency that the audio crew was sure to encounter when using house PA systems.
“The fact that I was able to walk into rehearsals on day one knowing that my FOH / monitor engineer, Michael Mason, had everything he needed made me feel super comfortable,” Slohm says. “There are so many variables that go along with each venue's rig that can cause problems. Being able to remove any inconsistencies with a collection of audio equipment that is set up the same way and a mix that's pretty much ready to go, makes me feel quite relaxed and ready to take on the other tasks required of me.”
Concord Touring's Dylan McDougle worked with Chelsea Cutler’s management team at

nexoNexo Geo tames Java Jazz acoustics
Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Indonesia - Since the first Java Jazz Festival more than 15 years ago, the event has become an annual fixture in the Indonesian entertainment calendar, attended either for work or pleasure by all the most influential music and sound industry professionals in the region.
Like so many events around the world, the festival took a COVID-enforced hiatus over the past couple of years but returned in celebratory style to the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran over the weekend on 27-29 May, with bands and musicians performing on a total of nine stages.
One of the more challenging acoustic environments at the festival was the GRAB Hall, a former aircraft hangar in which local rental company DSS Sound Systems deployed a Nexo Geo M12 line array, with support from the technical team at local distributor Yamaha Music Indonesia Distributor (YMID).
“With no acoustic treatment on the concrete walls or domed ceiling, the room generates a lot of unwelcome resonance at certain frequencies, making it very difficult to achieve both clarity and impact from the sound system” reports Ryan Indra Kusumah from YMID. “But the Nexo system was able to overcome the challenges and performed brilliantly.”
With Yamaha Rivage PM7 and CL5 consoles mixing FOH and monitors, the full system comprised of two hangs of nine Geo M12s, with 12 x MSUB18 and four RS18 subs, and four PS15s as front-fills. Amplification and processing came from five NXAMP powered controllers.
“Using a Nexo system of this scale in a hall measuring 38x35m obviously gave us plenty of headroo

infocomm6Meyer Sound’s Panther makes show debut
Monday, 20 June 2022

USA - The Meyer Sound stand at InfoComm in Las Vegas pulled steady crowds throughout the show.
“This was our first major trade show presence since early 2020 and it was a great feeling to welcome back all the dealers, customers, and associates we’ve known over the years,” says director of global marketing, Tim Boot. “When the live event industry suffered setbacks during COVID, the installation market remained surprisingly strong for us, and we were happy to show our appreciation with hospitality through the show.”
Making its major trade show debut at InfoComm was Meyer Sound’s new Panther large-format linear line array loudspeaker.
A major focus at InfoComm was Meyer Sound’s exclusive IntelligentDC technology, which uniquely combines the installation advantages of low voltage distributed systems with a level of performance possible only with self-powered loudspeakers.
“IntelligentDC remains the only viable solution for higher-power loudspeaker systems that require neither long loudspeaker cable runs nor access to AC power,” says Boot. “IntelligentDC systems can sustain peaks up to 860 watts, which is far more than you can get with Power over Ethernet solutions. More than two-thirds of the loudspeakers in the line are true bi-amplified loudspeakers with active crossovers.”
IntelligentDC systems utilise a multi-channel rack-mount power supply and signal distribution unit to deliver 48V DC power and balanced audio over a single five-core cable through eight outputs to as many as 24 loudspeakers, depending on system co

studio-technologies-and-cp-communications1CP Communications relies on Studio Technologies
Monday, 20 June 2022

USA - CP Communications has established itself as a full-service production equipment provider for live events, attracting opportunities from Fox Sports, MLB Network, the NFL, and others. The company offers a range of Dante workflow solutions with multiple products from Studio Technologies, manufacturer of high-quality audio, video, and fibre-optic solutions.
“We have a few hundred Studio Technologies products in our Dante ecosystem that we use for all of our events,” says Brian Ready, account executive & systems engineer at CP Communications. “The ease of use and durability of Studio Technologies’ products allow us to augment our Dante workflow depending on the client’s needs and the scope of the project.”
According to Ready, CP uses “a little bit of everything” from Studio Technologies, including beltpacks, intercom interfaces, and audio engines. He said the Model 381 On-Air Beltpacks and Model 374A Intercom Beltpacks have been “fantastic devices as we’ve built our Dante-based ecosystem”.
Ready also highlighted the Model 348 Intercom Station, an audio control centre for on-air production and support personnel, as well as the Model 206 Announcer’s Console that can manage announcer talk-back for sportscasters. Not only are both units compact and durable, Ready added that they integrate seamlessly with their Dante-enabled beltpacks and are intuitive for both production personnel and on-air talent, alike. CP has provided college football equipment packages for various broadcasters who are using all these devices in their p

leaLEA amplification powers LA’s Hotel Figueroa
Monday, 20 June 2022

USA - Hotel Figueroa, one of the longest-standing hotels in downtown LA, has been a part of the area for nearly a century. Following a two-year restoration inspired by its original 1926 Spanish architecture, the hotel re-opened for guests in 2021.
However, its legacy audio systems were encountering issues and needed an upgrade from the systems integration team at Drp, who relied on audio amplifiers from LEA Professional to power the historic venue, its restaurants, and other spaces.
With 268 rooms and suites spread over 14 floors and a pool nestled within a botanical oasis, Hotel Figueroa, part of the Hyatt group, is renowned for its style and close proximity to the Arena and LA Live, formerly known as Staples Centre.
When the hotel decided they needed to upgrade the entire audio system, Drp was brought in to create a system that met their new standards. Drp is a low-voltage cabling contractor based in Los Angeles, California. For over 10 years the company has been a leader in providing fast, professional, cost-effective solutions from cabling to security to audio and video systems.
“This was a challenging big project; when we arrived on site we quickly realised it wouldn’t just be about installing a new system. We needed to re-do the infrastructure already in place,” opens Dan Potvin, founder and owner at “When we first inspected the old system and pulled out the rack it looked like a spider’s web back there. There was no signal wire but data infrastructure wire, so the system was not secure. We had to fix that

sd12--klang-app-group-2KLANG:konductor joins international circus festival
Monday, 20 June 2022

France - After a two-year hiatus, the 28th edition of the annual Massy International Circus Festival returned this year, featuring the world's top circus artists, performing in the company’s impressive 50m diameter, 3,000-capacity big top erected in the town of Massy on the outskirts of Paris.
To mark the return, the technical design team employed a new, innovative AV system, revolutionised by the introduction of immersive mixing technology from German in-ear monitor specialists, KLANG.
Established in 1993 to honour the 75th birthday of celebrated clown, Achille Zavatta, the International Circus Festival of Massy has since been staged annually in the town, receiving international recognition and broadcast every year on the French television channel, France 3. A homage to traditional circus entertainment, the festival attracts world famous circus performers. At the heart of the show is the Jean Ribul Orchestra, comprising 10 musicians including a brass section, which underpins the performances in the ring.
Tasked with managing the audio and lighting requirements was French rental company, Ultra Son, collaborating with equipment distributor, DV2. The team devised an innovative audio system for 2022, employing the new immersive KLANG:konductor mixing processor with 10 individual KLANG:kontroller personal monitoring mixers.
“We watched the KLANG:kontroller launch last year, and were very excited about this ground-breaking development,” comments Ultra Son owner Maxime Polak. “The use of the KLANG:kontroller is the first time these new pro

vx-4-main-imagedisguisedisguise releases vx 4+ platform
Friday, 17 June 2022

UK - Visual storytelling technology platform disguise has released its new flagship media server: the vx 4+. Purpose-built for technically demanding productions, installations and shows, the vx 4+ is designed ‘to ensure maximum content quality and playback performance, enabling productions to push boundaries and captivate audiences like never before’.
With the capability to handle twice the amount of video layers versus its award-winning predecessor, the new disguise vx 4+ machine ramps up storage performance and significantly improves video throughout, with up to 100GbE in bandwidth for higher resolution live video.
“Production teams are perpetually seeking to push the boundaries of what is possible, with many experimenting with new technologies and workflows, using real-time content or using video content at unlimited scale and complexity. As these ambitions grow, playing back large-scale content reliably without latency remains a challenge,” explains disguise chief product officer Raed Al Tikriti.
“disguise vx 4+ addresses the pressing need for an ultra-reliable high-performance server capable of handling the most demanding bandwidth-hungry, data-rich video processing. Built on our team’s deep understanding of the needs of today’s productions, installations and large-scale shows, the vx4+ offers our customers cutting-edge technology, that works with the disguise modular ecosystem of solutions and offers the most reliable and effective solution for your production.”
Integral to the disguise modular ecosystem and working wi

clear-oneClearOne Collaborates on PPDS showroom
Friday, 17 June 2022

Germany - As the exclusive global manufacturer of Philips professional displays, PPDS is dedicated to helping integrators learn about and test the latest technologies, products and opportunities that can help grow their businesses. Building on its strategy to bring seamless global business locally, PPDS has launched its first full-solutions showroom in Munich, featuring Philips professional displays and virtual collaboration systems from ClearOne.
The new 155sq.m showroom is designed to highlight new solutions for various spaces and client types, with dedicated rooms set up to demonstrate how new technologies can be integrated to optimize conference rooms, meeting rooms, retail spaces, classrooms, hotel guest rooms and even home offices. According to Christian Krela, channel manager for PPDS in Germany, the new Munich showroom is the company’s first demo space to focus on full-room solutions with collaboration and streaming technologies.
“Integrators trust PPDS to provide innovative display products for every kind of project, and the new Munich showroom demonstrates how leading third-party solutions like ClearOne’s collaboration gear can complement our Philips class-leading displays to meet the needs of modern businesses,” Krela explains.
“We designed this space to ensure local integrators and end-customers can gain hands-on experience with whole-room solutions that include displays, cameras, microphones, speakers and control systems to help them make decisions regarding room designs and technology solutions.”
Each different space

danleySan Marcos church upgrades to Danley Sound
Friday, 17 June 2022

USA - First Baptist Church of San Marcos is a diverse and multi-generational church based in San Marcos, Texas. In 2012, the church reached out to sound designer Curt Taipale of Taipale Media Systems to evaluate and re-tune their existing system.
Over the years, the church had considered replacing their sound system, however the situation became urgent after their existing digital signal processor (DSP) started to fail. Following a long relationship with Curt, he was asked in June 2020 to assist in a possible new design of their sound system. The primary goal of the new installation was improved coverage and intelligibility.
“At the time, they considered a handful of companies to design the new system and completed due diligence by listening to some of my projects in Texas,” said Taipale. “They were very pleased with one system in particular that utilized Danley Sound Labs equipment. I asked Kim Comeaux to do a demonstration in their sanctuary of Danley products so that others on the team could hear them in person.”
Following the demonstration, Scott Davis, worship pastor at First Baptist Church of San Marcos, agreed with Curt’s recommendation.
Curt’s design utilised four Danley SH-50 loudspeakers arranged in an exploded arc as mains, with an SH-95 suspended below each as down-fill speakers and two SH-95HO loudspeakers as delays. In addition, two Danley TH118 subwoofers were flown as an end-fire subwoofer array.
The new installation also featured choir monitors, Powersoft amplifiers, a Symetrix Prism DSP and Allen & Heath

openworkpartnership-1Openwork Partnership gets flexible with Adecia
Friday, 17 June 2022

UK - Four Yamaha Adecia audio solutions have been installed at the offices of The Openwork Partnership in Swindon, helping the staff at this financial advice company to enjoy hybrid working.
The Openwork Partnership has over 4,200 financial advisers and 600 support staff. The company’s structure means that hybrid working - part office-based, part at home - was already important before the COVID-19 pandemic. But with the enhanced importance of flexible working, having a pleasant and technically-advanced environment for employees when working from the office gives an undoubted boost to the company’s efficiency.
When The Openwork Partnership moved into its new premises at Auckland House in Swindon, it refurbished the spaces to include the very latest workplace technology.
“The idea was to create a pleasant, user-friendly environment for people coming into the office, including various zones of open plan hot desking, drop in areas, meeting spaces and facilities like a restaurant and wellness gym. It was designed to bring a new concept of working environment to staff in the financial advice sector,” says Sussi Murphy, CEO of workplace technology specialists Visually Connected Worldwide.
“The goal was to deliver top-quality video conferencing, while retaining a simple user experience. For the audio solution we worked with the Application Team at Audiologic. With the Adecia solution from Yamaha being new to the market, we went through a process of remote demonstrations with Audiologic and the client as a proof-of-concept exercise, which ult

dublinIreland’s largest church installs DiGiCo Quantum
Friday, 17 June 2022

Ireland - Three years in construction, the new Romanian Pentecostal Betania Church in Dublin is now ranked the largest church in Ireland. Accommodating 1,500 worshippers in its main sanctuary as well as an online following, the ambitious design required a sound system, resulting in the installation of the latest technology from DiGiCo’s recently launched compact, Quantum 225 digital mixing console.
The €8m development comprises a 2800sq.m building with large sanctuary, stage, choir and orchestra space, media pod, fellowship halls, a conference room, eight community rooms, pastoral areas, and a youth worship area. The building design and framework were established by a professional team of architects and construction specialists, but the majority of the building work was completed by skilled volunteers from the Church’s Romanian community during evenings and weekends.
Requiring specialist expertise, Betania’s project leaders turned to Wigwam Acoustics which has many years of experience in houses of worship installations.
“Betania Church needed to invest in an audio system and infrastructure with capacity to manage not only the size of the sanctuary and congregation but also a versatile roster of events from worship services and musical performancesto conferences and broadcasts,” says Tim Mortimer, system integration project manager at Wigwam. “Further, during COVID-19 lockdown, the Betania team responded to the challenge of an online worship environment, hosting live streaming events for the congregation. Their efforts were so successf

christiecineeurope-mastheadsmay-22-en-1080x1080-v1Christie shows tailored solutions at CineEurope
Thursday, 16 June 2022

Spain - Christie will showcase its cinema technologies designed to meet the needs of every screen size at CineEurope, taking place 20-23 June at Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB).
A selection from Christie’s range of Xenon, RGBe and Real|Laser projectors, and new Cinergy theatre management platform, will be available to view in MR 134, as will Christie Vive Audio and Christie CounterAct, with Care222 - the first UVC disinfection technology with proprietary optical filter that can be used when people are present.
“We’re excited to gather with the industry at an exciting time in cinema’s continued recovery,” says Adil Zerouali, senior director EMEA Cinema, Christie. “Since our last visit to CineEurope, we have further broadened our range of solutions to make Christie an outstanding choice for exhibitors seeking an impactful cinematic experience with high return on investment, regardless of screen size.
“CineEurope is a fantastic opportunity for us to connect with our European partners, meet new people and discuss how our technologies can elevate cinema to deliver even more memorable experiences and deliver on budget for exhibitors.”
On show at CineEurope, featuring Real|Laser and CineLife+ is the CP4435-RGB, which is designed for mainstream theatres with its long-lasting light source providing over 50,000 hours of stable DCI brightness.
Christie’s CP4420-Xe cinema projector will be on show for the first time in Europe. Featuring 4k technology with CineLife+ electronics.

vst-live-tracks-screenshotmasterStenberg launches VST Live system
Thursday, 16 June 2022

Germany - Steinberg has announced the launch and immediate availability of the VST Live Advanced Live Performance System. VST Live takes care of the technical production, supports the onstage musicians and ‘gives performers the tools to create a show to remember’.
Available for both Windows and macOS, VST Live is available in two versions: VST Live Pro and VST Live Elements. Both have all the functions needed to get songs ready for the stage, with an array of virtual instruments, effects, an integrated sequencer and synchronisation features to keep every beat and bar tightly in time.
The Layers page lets users quickly audition and choose from a range of instruments, high-quality effects and MIDI control for each song. These are saved as Parts and its entire Song is then added to the versatile Set List page to create the running order for the gig.
“VST Live is useful for really impressing an audience at any event,” says Steinberg product marketing manager Julius Farahwaran. “Whether performing at a major sold-out venue or in front of friends in somebody’s living room, VST Live will help anyone get the most out of their performance and make the biggest impact.”
Availability and pricing Full-license retail versions of VST Live Pro and VST Live Elements are available through the Steinberg online shop.

las-vegasResorts World Theatre gets immersive with L-ISA
Thursday, 16 June 2022

USA - The recent opening of the 5,000-capacity Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas, operated by Concerts West / AEG Presents, has already hosted residencies by Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.
Resorts World Theatre is home to the first fixed install of L-Acoustics L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology in Las Vegas. More than 200 loudspeakers comprise an immersive aural environment that stands out on the Las Vegas Strip.
Montreal-based Scéno Plus served as the theatre designer, further overseeing the venue’s technology, while L-Acoustics certified provider (CPi) Solotech integrated the 14.1 audio system with design support from the L-Acoustics application team.
The system consists of an L-ISA Scene setup of seven arrays of 14 K2 enclosures flown across the stage width, left-right out-fill arrays of 12 Kara, plus two centre-flown arrays of eight KS28 subs each. Twenty-four KS21 subs are located under the stage, and 16 5XT five-inch coaxials are positioned across the stage lip, functioning as spatial front-fills thanks to a new L-ISA algorithm.
Many A10i Wide enclosures provide delay and seven channels of surround for each of the three balconies, with additional A10i found in the lighting booth. A combination of LA12X, LA4X, and LA2Xi amplified controllers drive the system, which also uses the new L-ISA Processor II - the device’s first permanent install. Plus, there are 11 P1 processors installed that enable bridging of AVB, AES/EBU, and analog audio with time-aligned redundant signal distribution.
“The client, in t

lightwareLightware Visual Engineering opens APAC HQ
Thursday, 16 June 2022

Australia - Lightware Visual Engineering has opened new offices in central Sydney. Located in the Newington Technology Park and surrounded by the Sydney Olympic Park and Sydney harbour, the new APAC HQ features a dedicated training centre, a showroom, a tech lab, a warehouse, and office and meeting spaces. All Sydney-based Lightware staff will be working from these new headquarters.
The opening of the new office is the next strategic step in expanding the company’s global footprint. It will be a central hub for customers and partners across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, providing sales support, after-sale technical support, on the ground customer support and product demonstrations for all of Lightware’s products. Newington Technology Park is a hub for major technology brands in the region, including Viewsonic, Bose, Sony, Ainsworth, Pelican, CAE and Barco - and now Lightware Visual Engineering.
“We are excited to relocate to the new state-of-the-art offices that will contribute to accelerate the growth of Lightware Visual Engineering in the region and will have a positive impact on our enterprise, live events and e-sports customers, and members of our staff in Australia,” says Jason Lewis, general manager in Australia, Lightware Visual Engineering.

yamahavxhseries1Yamaha launches VXH pendant speaker series
Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Europe - Yamaha’s new VXH series is designed for use in a wide range of commercial spaces where pendant speakers are the preferred solution.
Delivering quality sound in many larger retail, hospitality, entertainment and corporate premises can be a challenge with conventional surface mount or in-ceiling speakers. Pendant speakers are often a better solution, delivering more localised sound to reduce the issues of reverberation, unwanted reflections and the resulting lower-quality audio, which speakers located further away from the listener can cause.
Suitable for high, open structure and sloped ceilings, the VXH series comprises two models, the VXH6 and VXH8, engineered for optimum background music and voice reproduction.
Featuring a 120º dispersion pattern, the 6.5-inch VXH6 has a peak power handling of 300W and is designed for use where the speakers are to be suspended at a relatively low level. The eight-inch VXH8 has a narrower dispersion pattern of 75º and a higher peak power output of 360W, for higher suspended positions. You can mix and match both models, as well as with other speakers in the comprehensive Yamaha range, to achieve the best sound and coverage for any application.
Weighing just 5.7kg and 7.2kg respectively, The VXH6 and VXH8 support high and low impedance connections, while the speaker wattage can be easily switched even after installation, thanks to the straightforward tap selector. This minimizes the need for additional units, letting you design systems to precisely meet the needs of a space.
VXH series speake

pantherDushow invests in Meyer Sound Panther
Wednesday, 15 June 2022

France - Technical service provider Dushow is expanding its Meyer Sound loudspeaker range with the acquisition of the new Panther line-array speakers. This new product will be added to Dushow's audio inventory from July.
Panther has been designed as a sustainable and more environmentally friendly product. On top of its design, its compact size and light weight significantly reduce the carbon footprint on a transport and operational level. It also uses less energy thanks to the high-efficiency amplifier package, which reduces power consumption by 20%.

septon-groupSepton Group appointed Optimal Audio distributor
Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Europe - UK-based manufacturer Optimal Audio has appointed the Septon Group as its exclusive distributor in Sweden and Denmark.
Optimal Audio, part of the Focusrite Group, manufactures control, amplification and loudspeaker systems for small to medium-sized commercial installations, with a focus on supporting multi-zoned venues.
Septon Group is one of Scandinavia’s leading distributors of professional audio and video equipment. The company handles all verticals in the market, including hospitality and commercial audio solutions and has a team that comprises experts in every area of AV and regularly conducts training for all of its brands.
Christer Lidberg, chief sales officer at Septon Group, comments: “Optimal Audio’s refreshing approach to product design, with its focus on ease-of-use, makes for a great addition to our portfolio. We are confident that this partnership will be a great success in the Danish and Swedish markets.”
Raf Willems, head of sales and channel marketing EMEA at Optimal Audio, adds: “We are extremely proud to announce our partnership with Septon Group in Sweden and Denmark. They have a cast-iron reputation and we are convinced they are a perfect fit to take Optimal Audio towards exciting new opportunities.”

keith-buckleyXytech appoints president and CEO
Tuesday, 14 June 2022

USA - Xytech has appointed Keith Buckley as the company’s president and CEO, succeeding Richard Gallagher, the company’s founder. Gallagher will now advise the company’s board as envisioned when Xytech was acquired by Banneker Partners in December 2021.
Most recently, Buckley served as the CEO of Federos, an AI-optimised analytics and automation software solutions provider for complex networks that was recently sold to Oracle. He previously served as president and CEO of The Switch Enterprises.
“I’m joining Xytech as the company is poised for significant growth, and look forward to leveraging Xytech’s highly skilled team, strong base of product offerings, long history of core successes and its world-class customer base,” Buckley says. “The investments we’re planning and will execute upon in the immediate future will substantially increase Xytech’s value across the media and broadcast industries.”

dpa-helga-torbenDPA announces company-wide hires
Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Denmark - DPA Microphones has welcomed an array of new team members. The additions are company-wide, with new hires in product management, research and development, sales, marketing, and production.
Among the recent hires is Helga Somava, who recently joined DPA as one of the brand’s directors of product management. A graduate of Copenhagen Engineering College with a focus on export engineering, Somava brings leadership experience from past directorial and managerial roles at Bang & Olufsen, GN Netcom and most recently at NUORI ApS, where she served as COO. In her new position, Somava will oversee the development of new products as they align with DPA’s goals in the industry.
Another recent addition to the team is Torben Ekenberg, the company’s new head of research and development. In this role, Ekenberg, who holds a variety of degrees in electro-mechanical engineering and business, will lead the research efforts needed for the creation of new technology and equipment. A previous R&D manager for Brüel & Kjær’s Transducer department, Ekenberg comes to DPA with a familiarity of the brand and its technology. Most recently, Ekenberg served as the director of program management at BK Medical and has also held various executive positions with NNE Pharmaplan, Contex AS and Glunz & Jensen.
Further additions to the team include Nikolaj Vejen as senior product manager, Richard Watts as regional manager - Southern UK, Konrad Majchrowski as area sales manager - Poland, JC Bittence as area sales manager - Midwest US, Carlito Cobos as a

las-tresAmate Audio on set for RTVE arts show
Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Spain - National state-owned public-service television broadcaster RTVE recently teamed up with Antonio Banderas’ television production company, Teatro Soho Televisión (TST), to produce the 10-episode series of Las Tres Puertas, a new arts and culture show for its flagship TVE La 1 channel.
Presented by María Casado, a distinguished journalist and news presenter, and a key member of Banderas’ production team, the show featured guest interviews with luminaries from the worlds of culture, science, politics, business and sport, together with live performances by artists from Spain and around the world.
The weekly programme was produced live in RTVE’s Studio 6 in Sant Cugat, just north of Barcelona. A striking feature of the production was the stark visually arresting set, the appearance of which changed every week. In keeping with the set design, the sound stage required an especially low-profile, high performance PA system.
Sound designer Roc Mateu and Amate Audio’s industrial designer Guiu Llusà worked together, specifying a fully self-powered, self-processing system comprising latest compact, point-source models from the Amate Audio Xcellence series.
“For the main PA, two of the new X102FD dual 10” systems are pole mounted on X18T subs,” says Llusà. “They were chosen for their small size in relation to their quality and power.”
Additionally, five of the latest X14FD low profile, single 14” coaxial models are deployed in floor-monitor mode. A dual-purpose design, the X14FD is both a highly effective FoH cab

the-loftsThe Lofts aims high with L-Acoustics K3
Tuesday, 14 June 2022

UK - Located in the heart of Newcastle’s vibrant city centre, The Lofts, which opened in August last year, has already earned a reputation for being a new ‘super club’, welcoming high-profile artists and delivering some of the liveliest nights out in the city.
The 1,500-capacity venue was co-founded by directors Rob Seaman, John Dance, and Marty Smith, whose extensive nightlife experiences in the Balearics and beyond drive the ethic at The Lofts. And that ethic extends to the L-Acoustics K3, which is a key part of the overall experience, designed and installed by Adlib to deliver excellent coverage and crystal-clear audio throughout the venue.
“The club’s owners approached Adlib after we’d been recommended to them by a mutual acquaintance,” recalls Nick Whitehead, Adlib’s project manager and project lead on The Lofts. “They came to us with an ambitious but very clear brief. They wanted the best club in the Northeast and knew they wanted to use L-Acoustics because of their previous experience with the brand and, as a company, are always at the cutting-edge of audio technology. We were thrilled to support them on this journey and implement an L-Acoustics system, tailor-made for the venue.”
The first conversations and initial site visits all took place at the start of last summer, but with the official opening planned for the August bank holiday weekend and with BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong set to perform on The Lofts' opening night, the Adlib team had just four weeks on-site to complete the installation.
“There was a lot of hy

main-stageNexo reinforces NAMM Grand Plaza Stage
Tuesday, 14 June 2022

USA - The NAMM Show finally made its much-anticipated return to Southern California last week with international delegates from the music production and pro sound industries coming together at the Anaheim Convention Centre.
Alongside all the booths and exhibits, visitors enjoyed a series of outdoor shows from a variety of bands and musicians on the Grand Plaza Stage, located directly outside the main convention centre entrance, with sound provided by a Nexo STM modular line array system supplied and deployed by Minnesota-based events services company Reach Communications.
Side by side hangs of 12 each STM M46 main and B112 bass extension modules with two M28 down-fills were used on either side of the stage, while six pairs of Nexo Geo M10 cabinets were used as front-fills. With other buildings in close proximity, a controlled low frequency dispersion was a particular requirement of the event.
Matt Dellwo, event project lead at Reach Communications, takes up the story. “The Hilton and Marriott hotels are on either side of the Plaza, and the Hilton has a long concrete overhang leading up to the entrance, creating a highly reverberant space in a high traffic area. So, we used a total of 20 Nexo RS18 subs in cardioid pairs in front of the stage which was very effective in tightening the LF coverage.”
The main system was also required to cover a raised VIP podium located more than 200 feet from the stage. “The STM M46 is capable of an incredibly long throw, with the HF going just where it’s required” explains Matt. “So, we were able to


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