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round-table-webinar-13fbSennheiser’s #DontStopTheEducation continues
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Europe - Sennheiser’s #DontStopTheEducation series continues with two Crew Call panel discussions.
A session taking place today, 23 June from 17:00 Berlin time / 16:00 London / 11:00 New York / 15:00 UTC will feature the live touring team of singer-songwriter Mahalia, whilst on 30 June, the team from Harford Sound will discuss how their production company adapted to the COVID-19 situation.
Also coming up in June is a new edition of the live RF Expert Round Table, as well as live webinars on pro headphones, multi-zone antenna systems and 8D audio.
In today’s session, Sennheiser hosts Andy Egerton and Tim Moore welcome members from the touring team of singer-songwriter Mahalia, nominee for Best Female Solo Artist at the 2020 BRIT Awards. Guests include Mahalia’s musical director and touring bass player Charlie Fowler, tour manager Carl Lewis, front-of-house engineer Luigi Buccarello, monitor engineer Alice Asbury, guitar technician Jamie Hicks and merchandise manager and trainee backline technician Chris Bunt.
Says Sennheiser, “This webinar has something for everyone: If you are looking to get into the touring industry as a career, this webinar will highlight some key touring roles and requirements. If you’re already in the industry, this is a great way to gain insights into the life of another tour crew – and an opportunity to catch up with some of the tour banter you might be missing during lockdown!”
On 30 June, Tim Moore and Andy Egerton welcome the team from Harford Sound, who discuss their approach as a produc

puy-du-fouPuy du Fou upgrades with Optocore network
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

France - Ranked the second most popular theme park in France (behind Disneyland Paris) Puy du Fou is spread over 500 hectares at Les Epesses in the heart of Pays de La Loire region.
When it came to specifying a site-wide digital comms upgrade recently, the facility’s long-term head of technology (and resident sound engineer), Samuel Briand, was clear that an expansive Optocore fibre ring solution would best serve the park’s requirements. He explained that previously they had worked mostly in analogue but this has now been replaced with parallel Optocore, Dante and AVB networks.
“The first consideration was the vast distance,” he said, explaining the background to the specification. “The park is very large, requiring several hundred kilometers of cable length, and it was essential that we could pass the signals without loss of quality and without length constraints.”
The new system itself was conceived at the Park’s in-house design studio, overseen by Briand, with the company DV2 supplying the equipment and technical support.
Each of the featured shows has its own control room and runs autonomously, although the existing fiber optic network allows shows to be connected to each other if necessary. “When we create a show, we connect the audio mixing studio to the show concerned and mix in the attraction by moving the screen, keyboard and mouse from the studio computer. The sound travels in the Optocore environment between the studio and the show, thus saving us from having to carry a big flight case with a ProTools HDX,” Briand

headliner-plasa-x-bettyoxlademartin744Winners of Stage to Studio announced
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

UK - PLASA has announced the two winners of the Stage to Studio competition for the best mix, which launched following the Stage to Studio live mixing session at PLASA Show 2019.
Antonio Pannese from Italy has won Best Original Mix whilst Andrew Mansell from the UK was chosen as the winner of Best Alternative Mix.
Marc Henshall from Shure comments: “Antonio Pannese demonstrated the best use of dynamics, space, and frequency balance while also applying creative effects for a personal touch. As an alternative mix, few demonstrated the same creativity as Andrew Mansell, who successfully transformed the mix into a spectacular dub-delay style piece.”
VC Pines, the artist whose single Indigo was mixed for the competition, paired the two winners at random with their pro audio prize in a video posted on social media. It was revealed that Antonio won the Genelec 8320 monitors and GLM software and Andrew won the Shure KSM32 microphone and set of SRH1540 headphones, each worth £1,000.
The judging team comprised Marc Henshall from Shure, Andy Bensley from Genelec, Paul Watson from Headliner magazine, Dave Lockwood from Sound On Sound magazine, audio engineer Simon Todkill from Miloco Studios, Freya Astrella from PLASA, and VC Pines himself AKA Jack Mercer. Each member of the team chose their shortlist then deliberated over Zoom to decide upon the two winners.
The judges were impressed by the range of nationalities and mixing styles and would like to thank everyone who entered, with special commendations to: Abhishek Wal

greatbridgebaptistDanley adds clarity to Chesapeake church
Monday, 22 June 2020

USA - Great Bridge Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia’s contemporary-style services lift spirits with music provided by an orchestra, a choir, and a praise band. It’s a big production, but until recently, all of that effort only partially connected because the existing sound reinforcement system’s coverage of Great Bridge Baptist Church’s 1,500-plus seats was far from ideal.
Regional AV integration firm RTW Media, based in Richmond – serving the Virginia/DC/Maryland areas – designed and installed a big-impact, small-footprint sound reinforcement system centred on Danley Sound Lab’s point-source products. The Danley boxes give Great Bridge Baptist Church even coverage from front to back and from side to side, in the balconies, under the balconies, and even on the stage and in the orchestra pit.
“The sound system at Great Bridge Baptist Church was old and tired,” said Zack Guida, operations manager at RTW Media. “The coverage was lacking, the timing was off, and it really didn’t do justice to the amazing services they are putting on.
“When we met with the church, they explained that not only did they want an impactful sound system, but they also wanted consoles and backbone technology to give them creative audio and video capabilities that would further allow them to connect with the congregation, both in person, and through digital media. The church’s vision included a video and camera system overhaul as well, so we had to be mindful of the overall budget.”
Guida continued, “We modelled the system for Great Bri

newtonOutline hosts in-depth WFIR webinar
Monday, 22 June 2020

Italy - Outline has announced that on 24 June it will hold a free webinar in English on its (patent pending) WFIRs, the ‘warped’ filters featured in Outline’s Newton processors.
WFIR Filtering Technology goes live via Zoom on 24 June at 9:00 am and 6.00pm (Rome time).
Fernando Rey Méndez, who will host both sessions with the support of Paolo Calza, states: “The WFIR webinar will be an in-depth event, following the numerous requests from system engineers and audio technicians all over the world, from the ‘live’ industry, but also and perhaps even more from the broadcast, studio and permanent installation sectors.
“What are WFIR filters? How do they differ from FIR filters? But, above all, can the difference be heard and to what extent? How much computing power do WFIR filters require? Is there an ideal ecosystem on which this technology’s potential can be fully exploited? These are just a few of the questions we’ll answer, and participants will be able to actively participate.”
The webinars on Outline’s WFIR filters address system engineers, PA techs, FOH engineers and “everybody (even those who aren’t technicians) wishing to obtain first-hand knowledge of this innovative signal processing technology successfully used at internationally important festivals and concerts”.
Registration is at

qtech-live-jesper-and-arnoldQTECH launches streaming division with dLive
Monday, 22 June 2020

Sweden - Created to meet the surge in demand for livestreaming services resulting from the Covid 19 pandemic, Swedish production company, QTECH, has launched a new streaming division, QTECH Live, with help from an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system.
Reacting to changing circumstances, on the day after Sweden announced restrictions on live performances in March, founder Timmy Qvarnström and CEO, Kevin Qvarnström began the transformation of the QTECH warehouse near Gothenburg into a dedicated streaming facility.
Although QTECH already possessed most of the equipment required for the new venture, it needed a mixing system with the versatility and ease of use to handle tight setup times and a diverse programme of interviews, presentations and performances across three separate studio spaces.
In a move that typifies the community spirit shown by the professional audio world during the pandemic, long-time friend, Arnold Lindberg of Sound Industry Gbg AG offered to loan QTECH his dLive system, preferring to see it put to good use while touring is on hold. Arnold has extensive experience with dLive, including a 2019 international tour with Swedish nu metallers, Lok, and was able to help QTECH’s head of sound, Jesper Sirenius to quickly master the new setup.
Arnold’s dLive system centres on a DM64 MixRack controlled by an S7000 surface, with an IP8 remote controller providing an extra eight faders for managing FX returns. A Waves 3 card fitted in the S7000 enables access to a Waves Mobile Server for additional plugins.
“I had never wor

autokultur-mit-sido-und-sennheiserAutokultur buzzes with Sido and Sennheiser
Monday, 22 June 2020

Germany - With the slogan Autokultur – from Hannover for Hannover, an unusual series of events is helping to keep the entertainment scene in Northern Germany buzzing.
Every evening, up to a thousand vehicles converge on Hannover’s Schützenplatz fairground, where they tune in their UHF radios – just like in a drive-in cinema – to listen to stage performances, from concerts to comedy. It’s all a welcome distraction from life during lockdown, and an optimistic ray of light in a time when typical live events have all been cancelled.
Among the highlights of the early summer concert series were two sold-out performances by German rapper Sido. The artist used a Sennheiser SKM 6000 to wow the crowds on 11 and 12 May 2020. With its bright red, high-gloss finish, the handheld transmitter proved to be a real eye catcher and was the centre of attention during close-ups of the performer on the huge LED walls.
The handheld transmitter from Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 series was operated in the A1-A4 (470 to 558 MHz) frequency range and was equipped with a cardioid, dynamic MD 9235 capsule. A black handheld transmitter of the same type was available as a spare.
“The SKM 6000 handhelds have never once let us down”, says monitor engineer Thomas Hofer. “The MD 9235 capsule harmonises perfectly with Sido’s voice, and this combination of transmitter and microphone capsule is robust enough to withstand the most energetic live performances or even showers of rain during open-air concerts without any damage. What is more, the feedback tende

summerwebinarMeyer Sound refreshes summer webinar series
Monday, 22 June 2020

USA - After introducing a successful webinar series this spring, the Meyer Sound education team is launching a refreshed comprehensive summer webinar programme today, Monday, 22 June. The webinar content offers a natural progression of subject matter, including project case studies and specialty tools that cover a diverse set of solutions across all industry verticals.
“We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback to our webinar programme over the past few months,” John McMahon, Meyer Sound’s senior vice president, said. “It has been exciting to engage with our global network online while we are unable to connect in person, so we look forward to continuing the momentum this summer.”
While the programme follows the same schedule as the spring season with English language webinars hosted Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and Spanish language webinars Tuesday and Thursday, the summer programme will add special roundtable discussions including a Festival Fridays feature.
For the English language webinars, the week will start off with Encores that revisit past technical webinars, moderated by Meyer Sound’s senior technical support & education specialist Merlijn van Veen. Webinars such as the upcoming Meyer Sound Precision Toolset on Monday, 22 June provide attendees practical knowledge for honing skills. Wednesday webinars will visit new technical topics and solutions not previously featured in past online trainings.
Special guests will be invited to join on Fridays for case studies and to discuss their experie

shureAudiologic adds Shure’s Microflex Advance
Friday, 19 June 2020

UK - Audiologic has announced a new selection of products from Shure that will provide systems integrators and AV professionals with a complete conferencing audio ecosystem.
As video conferencing moves towards the top agendas, the expanded range of Microflex Advance products - with complementary software for design, management, and control - offers expanded possibilities for systems integrators to deploy Shure’s premium audio capabilities into more types of meeting and collaboration environments. These products are all natively designed to work seamlessly with each other and provide the market with a fast and efficient means to deploy premium audio, with IntelliMix audio signal processing in either device-based or software formats.
Shure’s conferencing audio ecosystem comprises various options including ceiling array, table and linear array microphones, a networked ceiling loudspeaker, audio conferencing processor and software, system configuration, and remote management software along with other complementary accessories.
“Premium audio is essential for business,” comments Chad Wiggins, senior director, networked systems at Shure. “Shure is the market-leading provider of a comprehensive, premium audio hardware and software ecosystem for conferencing. We feature innovative and scalable solutions of networked microphones, DSPs, and loudspeakers for small meeting rooms to large boardrooms and everything in between. Shure’s portfolio now includes the complete audio signal chain from microphone to DSP to loudspeaker, providing audio solutio

soundscaped&b extends Soundscape capabilities
Friday, 19 June 2020

Germany - d&b audiotechnik has introduced a set of performance-enhancing capabilities for its Soundscape audio platform.
The latest feature updates include: Scenes, hardware-based scene memory capabilities within the DS100 Signal Engine and for the Soundscape software platform; two new room signatures within En-Space; and a configurable ‘Spread factor’ for function groups in En-Scene.
Scenes enables snapshots of all DS100 and Soundscape parameters (Matrix / En Scene & En Space) to be stored within the DS100 hardware memory.
En-Space room emulation software is an in-line technology, meaning to generate or expand the acoustic environment it does not use microphone feedback loops. Its outstanding simple setup and operation, make access to some of the world's most acoustically renowned performance spaces a reality for installation and touring both indoors and outdoors.
Two new rooms, from Ravenna Italy join the existing seven concert and recital halls, significantly extending the scope of En-Space room emulation. With the very short and "dry" reverberation of 1.3 sec from the Alegrie Theatre and the (massive & manifold) 5.6 sec from the Cathedral of San Vitale, users now have two new environments at their fingertips. These additional Space options are distinctly different from the extraordinary concert halls already available and open up new applications and new creative possibilities for existing designs.
The Soundscape software allows for loudspeakers to be combined into Function Groups. This ability to organise and address

denmarkTW AUDiO meets Skive venue challenges
Friday, 19 June 2020

Denmark - For more than five decades, the Kulturcenter Limfjorden has served as a cultural hub for the people of Denmark’s Skive municipality. First opened in 1967, the facility is an example of an essential, regional multi-purpose venue; located in the historic town of Skive, it invites locals and tourists alike to enjoy a rich mixture of theatre, cinema, live music and more.
As is so often the case with venues that serve a broad variety of needs, when the Kulturcenter recently began the search for a replacement for its ageing sound reinforcement system, the top priority was finding a solution capable of meeting every challenge. The choice was TW AUDiO VERA20.
"The Goal for Kulturcenter Limfjorden was simple - to find the right sound system to do 99% of the shows that come through our concert hall, without the need for renting any external equipment,” explains Anders Holm Hansen of AHX, the man charged with taking care of Kulturcenter Limfjorden’s technical requirements. “It had to satisfy all of the riders we see for both national and international shows."
He continues: “The concert hall in Skive is a standard black box venue. We have a capacity of 1,168 people when seated and 1,500 with a mixture of seated and standing. Like a lot of venues of this type, one of the biggest challenges was to achieve uniform, even coverage all the way up to the tribune while of course having minimal low-end spill onto the stage. We cater for all kinds of music, shows and people, and we didn’t want to compromise on quality - we wanted a system that would

viosoVioso helps create immersive studio space
Friday, 19 June 2020

France - From its inception, Lyon-based 13-2 Studio has been motivated by the need to provide innovative solutions for its customers. This drive has led the French company to create the Immersive Cylinder - a fully portable, temporary space that can host bespoke content and be used for presentations, training, entertainment, and many more applications besides.
“When we created this cylinder, we had the one objective in mind; put the human back in the centre of VR technology,” comments Amaury Chevrier, owner of 13-2. “We realised that there was a lot of 3D and immersive content in the market but when you’re wearing a VR helmet, you’re on your own. We wanted to create a new kind of immersive space.”
After months of research, tests, and prototypes, 13-2 Studio were led to create what has been billed as the first shared VR experience in France. The finished cylinder – which is made of aluminium and internally wrapped with projection material – requires only 6m x 6m of floor area and 2.95m of ceiling height to be set up, and is equipped with five Optoma 1080GTDarbee projectors, four Yamaha speakers, and a subwoofer.
As well as being compact, the cylinder can be built, calibrated, and ready to play within five hours and even split into two if the situation demands it. One of the key reasons for the cylinder’s ease and speed of deployment is the power of Vioso’s proprietary calibration software, Anyblend, which comes pre-installed on its Anystation Media server.
“We met with Etienne Servant from Vioso at ISE in 2019, who showed

orlandoRCF HDL impresses at Celine Orlando
Friday, 19 June 2020

USA - When Celine Orlando in Edison, New Jersey, the city’s newest entertainment venue, was being built, they knew they could rely on local industry pro, Kevin Clouden, GC Pro’s Business Development Manager to procure a reputable sound system. Clouden has been a top seller of pro audio gear in South Florida for the past several years. Celine’s owners knew Clouden’s expertise would steer them in the right direction - sonically-speaking.
Boasting a capacity of nearly 1,000 occupants, Celine Orlando is a multi-faceted entertainment space that hosts live music, corporate events, and private parties. It was created to fill the need for a centrally located, high-end entertainment complex.
Celine Orlando hosts five different spaces: a Speakeasy that takes guests back to the prohibition era, complete with antique furniture, elaborate drink menus, and an attention to detail that separates it from the rest of the venue; the Mezzanine is an elevated viewing area overlooking the main stage of the venue, offering guests the “next level” experience, with a full view of the stage, a private bar and VIP concierge service; the Rooftop Lounge is for hosting smaller events and overlooks the heart of downtown; the Sports Club at Celine is where guests can watch their favorite sporting events and features an additional area to relax and socialize; lastly, the Ballroom features an elevated state-of-the-art stage design, complete with a LED wall, lighting rigs and a top-of- the-line, RCF line array system and subwoofers.
Celine Orlando is only one of several c

ATEN ANZ partners with Exertis
Friday, 19 June 2020

Australia - ATEN Australia and New Zealand has announced a new partnership with Exertis Pro AV Australia. The lKVM manufacturer has signed a distribution contract with Exertis Pro AV Australia with the strategic aim to expand its AV market share in Australia and New Zealand.
Exertis ProAV Australia is owned by Stampede and parent company DCC Technology, which is one of Europe’s largest AV distributors. Exertis Pro AV Australia will distribute ATEN’s broad range of AV products, including their advanced video distribution, collaboration technology and control systems.
“This partnership with Exertis Pro AV Australia is one of the key steps in our expanding strategy in the Australia and New Zealand AV market,” says Wesley Wong, director of ATEN Australia and New Zealand.
“Exertis ProAV Australia is a new name in the local market but we believe with the strong global network and support, they will make our professional AV solutions more accessible to new clients in different vertical markets including retail, commercial spaces, healthcare and educations.”
Commenting on the appointment, Exertis Pro AV Australia president & CEO Kevin Kelly notes: “For more than 40 years ATEN has stood at the intersection of where AV and IT meet and provided customers across a broad range of markets with solutions that help customers to make better connections. The addition of ATEN to our portfolio of best-in-class brands provides our resellers with an opportunity to offer their customers a complete range of integrated connectivity and management

sonosphereGosney and Oppermann join Sonosphere board
Thursday, 18 June 2020

UK - Immersive audio specialist Sonosphere has announced that commercial director Jamie Gosney and creative director Henrik Oppermann have been appointed to the company’s board of directors.
Sonosphere was formed in 2019 and specialises in all aspects of immersive audio from content creation, system design, consultancy through to installation. Find out more about the company in LSi's May/June 2020 issue.
Sonosphere also provides education, having developed an Ambisonics Workflow for Immersive Content Production training course. The course has recently been taken online to ensure continuity while face-to-face training is unavailable.
Jamie has over 40 years’ experience working in concert touring, theatre, for manufacturers and latterly as an audio systems designer, working on a variety of projects including immersive audio installations. Henrik, meanwhile, is a 3D sound specialist who has worked as head of sound at immersive content production company Visualise, and has over 10 years of recording studio quality audio on location for film, advertising and music industry clients, as well as 3D sound installations.
“This is a very apposite time to be part of such a creative team,” says Henrik. “So many changes have happened in a very short space of time, and the way we are listening to music is changing as a consequence.”

markus-spiske-ucbmz0s-w28-unsplashGovernment DCMS survey reveals COVID-19 damage
Thursday, 18 June 2020

UK - The damage across the UK culture, media, sports and digital sectors caused by the coronavirus outbreak has been laid bare in a government survey published this week.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has released the results of its Business Survey, showing the impact of coronavirus on organisations across the four sectors. The survey received 3,936 responses submitted between 23 April and 22 May.
Headline findings reveal the devastating impact of the pandemic on businesses, with more than a third (1,646) of respondents reporting their revenue has decreased by 100% year-on-year, whilst just 97 have seen an increase during the period.
In terms of how long businesses can continue to operate viably, the majority (1,156) of respondents selected ‘up to six months’, whilst 1,102 indicated that they could stay afloat beyond six months. However, 202 respondents said their businesses were already no longer trading; 155 stated they could only carry on trading for less than a month, and 902 reported they could only trade viably for up to three months. The remaining 408 selected ‘don’t know’. An overwhelming 2,668 respondents also indicated their business’ ability to trade was under threat due to the pandemic, with just 1,070 stating the opposite.
More than half (2,146) of respondents said they had accessed government support during the survey period, but nearly half (1,790) hadn’t. The headline findings can be found test

mxa710w-2ftsuspendedmxn5ceilingstilllifedesatShure debuts networked loudspeaker
Thursday, 18 June 2020

Europe - The new Microflex MXN5-C Networked Loudspeaker from Shure provides speech reproduction for AV conferencing applications. PoE-enabled with an onboard amplifier housed in a low- profile design, this networkable loudspeaker is optimized for easy installation in drop-ceiling configurations. It integrates seamlessly with the company’s conferencing audio ecosystem of networked hardware and software for a complete audio solution.
The MXN5-C features pre-tuned frequency response optimized for voice intelligibility in AV conferencing applications.
Its low-profile, shallow-can design is compatible with most drop-ceiling installations and includes two Dante inputs and one Dante output. The clean design elements allow for a subtle blend into drop-ceiling environments with a removable and paintable grille.
“This new loudspeaker is part of a complete solution from the Shure Audio Ecosystem for Conferencing,” said Chris Merrick, global marketing director, integrated systems, at Shure. “The complete audio solution, from one manufacturer delivers streamlined global room deployments to a consistent standard, remote management, and troubleshooting. For end customers and integrators, this is a significant time-saving advantage.”

focusritepodcastnadjaFocusrite Pro Podcast marks anniversary
Thursday, 18 June 2020

USA - One year ago, Focusrite officially launched the Focusrite Pro Podcast. In the nearly 25 episodes that have been posted since the series’ inception, show host and producer Daniel Hughley (Focusrite marketing manager) has guided discussions offering insights into the technology behind current audio trends.
Topics have included Dolby Atmos and Audio-over-IP, podcasting basics, the future of the Audio Engineering Society, the production of Live from Darryl’s House, advice on evolving one’s career in audio and much more.
On the occasion of the one-year anniversary, Hughley is taking the opportunity to reflect on the show’s journey over the last 12 months. He notes: “The evolution of the Focusrite Pro Podcast is very close to my heart. We started with just a crazy idea to attempt to record a few episodes on a busy and noisy NAB tradeshow floor, and, like with most start-up podcasts, we weren’t sure that people would listen or if we would even be able to book guests.
We hit our stride around episode 7 or 8 when Ted White [Focusrite Pro global marketing manager] joined in as my full-time co-host. Ted has a very broad and technical studio background, and I’m more of a curious novice. Paired up, Ted and I have good chemistry on the mic, and I appreciate that Ted can talk to guests on a more technical level while I ask the big-picture questions. We’ve also hired a freelance editor, Bryan Entzminger, to take some of the workload off of myself, and Br

amatecambridgeicearenaAmate Nítid on ice in Cambridge
Thursday, 18 June 2020

UK - When Amate Audio’s UK distributor Stage Concepts was commissioned by Ice Tech to design, supply and install custom trussing with PA and lighting for its new build Cambridge Ice Arena, it turned to the power and performance of the new Nítid N15 active point source system.
The brief for the €6.3m leisure facility specified a striking appearance and the capability to easily add more lighting, and offer natural positioning for the PA.
Working together closely, Stage Concepts and Amate Audio designed a system offering the minimum of complexity while providing highly consistent sound pressure levels throughout the whole arena.
Six Amate Audio Nítid N15 active point source systems were flown in each of two double layer hex design trusses positioned above the ice. Precise positioning of the N15s, to achieve optimum coverage, was determined using Amate Audio’s EASE Focus acoustic prediction software,.
A two-way system designed with a high performance, wide frequency band 15” woofer and 1.75" polymer diaphragm compression driver, and the N15 features Nítid series’ fully active, integrated bi-amplification and DSP loudspeaker management platform - with 1500 W of power delivering 130 dB continuous SPLs.
The N15 was also selected as being ideal for use in extreme temperatures, and for its ‘when not in use’ remote eco power switching feature.

03-alcons-audio-press-release-emilie-nicolas-hits-the-heights-in-oslo-with-alcons-audio-stage-viewEmilie Nicolas hits the heights with Alcons
Thursday, 18 June 2020

Norway - When multiple Norwegian Grammy-winner Emilie Nicolas played two shows in one day at the Oslo Opera House in late 2019, an Alcons Audio pro-ribbon solution was specified.
Emilie’s pop anthems and atmospheric ballads have a very wide dynamic range, from the quietest, nuanced vocal to the power of her up-tempo songs. Making sure that every detail was enjoyed by the sold-out audiences, front of house engineer Stian Sagholen only had one PA system in mind.
“Stian contacted us after a show at Nidarosdomen (Nidaros Cathedral), Trondheim in May and said there was no other option than an Alcons system for the Oslo Opera House shows,” says Arnstein Fossvik of audio production company Trondheim Lyd.
Trondheim Lyd supplied an Alcons LR18 compact line array system comprising 36 LR18, four VR12 mid-size versatile monitors and four LR7 micro line arrays for fills, with six BC543 very high-output cardioid subwoofers. The system was powered and controlled by 12 Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers.
Another advantage of the Alcons pro-ribbon system was the compact size of the speaker hangs, which ensured that audience sightlines from the upper balconies were maintained and the PA didn’t detract from the ambience of the venue or production.
“It sounded extremely good, from the first moment a sound came through the system. Even before optimisation it sounded way better than most existing systems in Norway,” says Stian. “The vertical and horizontal coverage was very consistent, the sound was very tight, linear and with punchy s

shanghai-national-exhibition-center-2Shanghai NECC complex outfits with Harman
Thursday, 18 June 2020

China - Shanghai ACE, a branch of ACE (International) Co, recently installed an end-to-end Harman Professional Solutions networked audio system at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre complex.
At 15.8m sq.ft, the NECC in Shanghai is the largest convention facility of its kind in the world. The massive complex has a four-leaf-clover shape, with four main exhibit halls branching off from a central plaza. In preparation for the inaugural China International Import Expo, an international trade fair proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the facility underwent extensive renovations.
The NECC hired Harman distributor Shanghai ACE to upgrade the facility with a complete Harman networked audio solution including JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, dbx and BSS signal processors and Soundcraft mixers.
“Due to the rigid security of state leader conferences, there were strict requirements for the renovation project of the National Exhibition and Convention Centre,” said a spokesperson at Shanghai ACE. “We designed the audio system to meet the toughest standards with excellent performance and high flexibility. Following the China Import Expo show, this audio system will continue to deliver premium audio quality for many more large-scale conferences and exhibitions.”
To cover the entire complex with high-definition sound, Shanghai ACE installed a wide range of JBL loudspeakers suited to different roles. The main sound systems in the exhibition halls are comprised of VRX and VTX Series line array elements, which provide ample power and c

a-t-tnAudio-Technica US grows product management
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

USA - Audio-Technica U.S. has announced two appointments to its product management team.
Kurt Van Scoy has been appointed to the position of executive director of product management for ATUS. In this position, Van Scoy will be responsible for directing the product development/management efforts at ATUS. In addition, Kurt will oversee the A-T as global product manager, based in Japan.
In addition, Gary Dixon has been promoted to the position of product manager for ATUS. In his previous position as sales engineer, installed sound, Dixon served as a technical resource for the Audio-Technica sales channel in the broad contractor market, where he helped ensure the proper and successful implementation of A-T products and technology in the marketplace while determining the application needs of customers.

mics-in-lecture-hallSennheiser updates Control Cockpit software
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Europe - Sennheiser has announced a major update of its Sennheiser Control Cockpit, a software tool that makes daily work routines in controlling and monitoring large microphone set-ups easier.
Besides design and usability enhancements, the latest version 4.0.0 now adds the ability to monitor the new SpeechLine Multi-Channel Receiver and the EM 6000 receiver from Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 series, in addition to evolution wireless G3 and G4, SpeechLine and the TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone. This makes the software a universal tool for corporations and education facilities. Version 4.0.0 can be downloaded here and experienced at the virtual InfoComm Connected from June 16 to 18.
Sennheiser Control Cockpit now features a ‘location-based Mute’ functionality: All devices in a room can be grouped and their mute switches synchronized, so that all devices can be muted and unmuted together, either centrally via the Sennheiser Control Cockpit or locally on one of the devices. Location-based Mute is available for TeamConnect Ceiling 2 and SpeechLine Digital Wireless, including the new Multi-Channel Receiver. Also, the software now employs SSL encryption to make data transmission between the user interface and the host server even more secure.
The user interface of the software has had a refresh, too, and you can easily switch between Details View and Monitoring View. In addition, the software is now available in a Chinese language version.
Sennheiser Control Cockpit provides centralised monitoring and control of Sennheiser microphone systems. En

adamsoncsfamilybrandjun20hrAdamson launches CS-Series at InfoComm
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

USA - Adamson Systems Engineering is officially launching its CS-Series as part of InfoComm Connected this week. The CS-Series brings the performance of Adamson’s sub-compact S-Series loudspeakers into the networked future with onboard amplification and DSP, plus Milan-ready AVB connectivity. Rounding out the series are a suite of CS rack-mounted systems and a dedicated CS software solution.
The CS-Series loudspeaker offerings are available as standalone products or as an upgrade to existing S-Series enclosures. Their Milan-ready AVB architecture offers a seamless transition into the future of network integration and boasts built-in network redundancy contained in a single cable to relay audio and control signal, as well as assurance of long-term viability as part of an IEEE standard.
“The CS-Series is the product of years of engineering and innovation, and we’re proud to now offer this sophisticated solution with simple, straightforward operation and the audio performance the industry has come to expect from Adamson,” says Brian Fraser, head of product and technology. “The CS-Series offers networked audio with precise control and monitoring of each individual enclosure to maximize performance. We’ve spent the time and resources to ensure reliability and redundancy in order to provide bulletproof operation in any configuration or application.”
The new CS-Series is comprised of: the ultra-compact CS7 two-way, full-range array enclosure; CS7p point-source enclosure; and companion CS118 subwoofer, along with the sub-compact CS10 two-way,


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