Audio News

taylor-hawkinsBrit Row supports Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts
Friday, 25 November 2022

UK - The untimely passing of Foo Fighters’ drummer, Taylor Hawkins, left the music industry in a state of shock, with some even speculating as to whether the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees would ever perform again.
However the remaining members decided – with the blessing of Hawkins’ family – to hold two all-star concerts in tribute to their late friend, colleague and bandmate, which were held at London’s Wembley Stadium on 3 September and the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on 27 September.
Britannia Row Productions, which has supplied audio equipment and crew to the Foo Fighters global touring activities for over two decades, were trusted to deliver audio reinforcement for this pair of mammoth televised shows.
The six-hour marathon concert at Wembley Stadium was curated with a stellar line-up of artists to honour Hawkins’ life, including Liam Gallagher – who performed Oasis classics Rock 'N' Roll Star and Live Forever – Wolfgang Van Halen, Rush, the Pretenders, Supergrass, Queen, and Hawkins’ 16-year-old son, Shane, who played the drums on Foo Fighters hit, My Hero, in one of the evening’s most poignant moments.
Following weeks of careful planning and preparation from Brit Row’s dedicated team, the company provided 14 engineers and technicians for the emotionally charged show, and a large deployment of L-Acoustics speakers comprising K1, K2, KS28, Kara II, and A15s.
“Out front, our SSL FOH control package was operated by Antony King,” said Brit Row director and Foo Fighters account handl

optimal-audio-staff-alex-barrandOptimal appoints Barrand sales manager EMEA
Thursday, 24 November 2022

UK - Alex Barrand has been appointed sales manager EMEA at Optimal Audio. An experienced audio professional with an impressive background in audio engineering, design and installation, Alex cut his teeth on a number of large-scale festival installs before taking up the position of head of production at the Ministry of Sound.
During this period, he co-designed the main room sound system with Martin Audio and gained valuable experience in the management of technical requests and budgets. In 2011 he moved to take up a global management position with Pioneer Pro Audio.
“Opportunities to be involved in helping to develop a brand from its very early stages are few and far between and not to be missed,” says Barrand. “Optimal Audio’s approach to commercial audio places the emphasis on harnessing cutting-edge technology to help deliver solutions that are easy to operate for end users. That simplicity is essential in the field, and yet all too often seems to be overlooked. I’m excited to be on board with such a fantastic forward-thinking team.”
Bradley Scott Watson, sales director for Optimal Audio adds: “Alex is a hugely respected audio specialist whose track record speaks for itself. He combines a high level of technical expertise with a thorough understanding of the market, and we are confident that he will be instrumental in helping to establish Optimal Audio in the front rank of commercial audio across the EMEA region.”

guil-ferragamos-2023-collection-2Guil lifts Ferragamo’s summer 2023 collection
Thursday, 24 November 2022

Italy - On Saturday 24 September, the Italian fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo held its Spring-Summer 2023 show at the Portrait Milan Hotel, a 17th-Century former seminary in the city that has long been the centre of Italian fashion – and, by extension, of world fashion.
The central courtyard of the baroque building was covered with a layer of sand dyed in the same vivid red colour that is now the Ferragamo house colour, and which also filled the arches around the courtyard. The contrast between the classical location and the bright modernity of the clothes on view could not have been sharper.
In the centre of the courtyard, also forming a clear contrast with the building, its red decor and the new fashion collection, stood a circle of GUIL lifters, eight ULK 500 towers holding the speaker system that provided the music as the models walked across the sand.
The black towers formed a visual frame too, providing a focal point as the models followed the path through the centre of the circle from one side to the other of the courtyard. Discreet in colour, but at the same time a quietly strong, functional presence, the ULK 500s, like the clothes the models wore, were another reminder that, although we were in a 17th-Century seminary, this is very much the 21st Century.
Salvatore Ferragamo announced in March 2022 that the young British-Caribbean designer Maximilian Davis as their new in-house designer, and he has lost no time in making his presence felt. The sand on the courtyard floor is an evocation of Ferragamo’s work in Hollywood, where h

digicoQuantum in the mix for Manhattan Transfer finale
Thursday, 24 November 2022

USA - A combination of pandemic exigencies and shortages means tours often have to be ready to move at a moment’s notice. That was the case for the first week-plus of theatre dates in the Midwest to kick off The Manhattan Transfer's 50th Anniversary & Final World Tour. The Grammy award–winning vocal group was founded in 1969 and has explored a cappella, vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythm and blues, pop music, and more in that half-century span.
But as the foursome prepared for the initial dates their 50th Anniversary outing last August and September, circumstances compelled them to hit the road with the barest minimum of tech rehearsal. And when you’ll be traveling with a 24-piece big band - in this case the DIVA Jazz Orchestra who are backing The Manhattan Transfer - it’s quite a balancing act. That’s where the DiGiCo Quantum225 console came in. A pair of them were sent out on the tour, by Twin Cities-based live-production provider Slamhammer, for both front-of-house and monitor applications. In both cases, the Quantum225 brought with it a toolset that truly helped get this show on the road.
“It is a pretty big show - a big band with 24 pieces: 12 horns, two drum kits, and three basses,” says Andrew Lefkowits, the tour’s FOH engineer, who joined monitor engineer Chad Willis and Tyler Cerny, Slamhammer's system tech for the tour, on the road.
He first credits the Quantum225 for its ergonomic flexibility. “We didn’t have a lot of time to build a show before heading out and the layout flexibility of the Quantum

spinstudio-press-9900000000079e3cDubai fitness centre fitted out with Martin Audio
Thursday, 24 November 2022

UAE - Slated as the largest indoor health and fitness club in Dubai, offering world-class facilities over 75,000sq.ft, the new Wellfit gym has been fitted out with a Martin Audio sound reinforcement solution.
Located in Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC), this latest mammoth facility, situated on level 2 of the Circle Mall, features 200 of the British manufacturer’s loudspeakers, spanning several different ranges.
It is the second such sports, health, and fitness centre in the UAE opened by operators Arada, following the successful community pilot in Sharjah last year.
The sound is broadcast through the main activity zones via Martin Audio’s popular CDD series. These coaxial differential dispersion loudspeakers were installed by local partners, Pro Lab, to a specification by Pulse Middle East, who were responsible for the design and build of the venue. They form part of a full audio, visual, lighting, and content management solution provided by the integrators.
Pro Lab has a long history of supplying Martin Audio systems, and in particular the ultra-compact CDD, which offers both even coverage and performance. “It was the coverage pattern in particular that drew us to CDD,” said Pro Lab managing director, Rami Haber.
Since a differential dispersion horn has a trapezoidal dispersion pattern in both vertical and horizontal planes the specified area can be covered with sound more evenly than a system with a conventional, fixed-dispersion type horn.
Distributed throughout the vast space are six CDD10 and 50 x CDD8, with low frequenc

basel-1Rebuilt Basel stadium relies on RCF HL arrays
Thursday, 24 November 2022

Switzerland - The St. Jakob Park in Basel, locally referred to as ‘Joggeli, has a long history. The largest stadium in Switzerland is a new construction managed by architects Herzog & de Meuron. After several extensions, St. Jakob Park is one of the first multifunctional venues in Switzerland with apartments, a shopping centre, restaurants, department stores, and is also a UEFA Category 4 stadium.
During the most recent modernisation in 2020 and 2021, the owner, FC Basel 1893 renewed the entire sound system with RCF sound systems. The under-balcony PA system and the entire grandstand PA system have been upgraded with RCF loudspeakers. Power amplifiers and audio matrix systems have also been replaced. In particular, the client chose passive systems of the HL, HVL, and P series from the Italian manufacturer to renew and improve the sound experience.
Since the modernization took place during the season, the installation team, audioconsulting, implemented the renewal of the audio system in three phases. First, the amplifiers and the audio matrix were replaced, followed by the installation of the under-balcony-fills, and as a final step, a completely new sound system for the grandstands.
Martin Reich, CEO of audioconsulting comments, “After the first few games, we have received very positive feedback. The music reproduction and the coverage by the new RCF systems have become more homogeneous in comparison, and speech intelligibility has also improved distinctly. With the line array systems, we can make much finer adjustments in terms of quieter

l-acousticsL-Acoustics creates new global sales organisation
Wednesday, 23 November 2022

France - L-Acoustics has announced the creation of a new sales organisation focused on sales strategy, business development, and building territorial sales channels.
Under the general management of L-Acoustics CEO Laurent Vaissié, the team will be spread across three divisions: Sales and Sales Operations will focus on developing regional sales channels; the Business Development team will concentrate on developing commercial expertise and end-user outreach in key vertical markets; and the Strategy Leadership team will develop mid- to long-term go-to-markets strategies and key partnerships as well as manage resource planning and market intelligence.
The new organisation emerges with the retirement of executive director of business development Jochen Frohn who, for the last 14 years, has set the vision for the global sales team. Frohn has created a legacy of performance and record-breaking results, while developing talented teams.
“Jochen helped L-Acoustics build the strongest sales organization in the industry, centered on long-term growth, developing deep client relationships, and offering premium brand support and performance. We are grateful for his indelible contribution,” expressed Vaissié. “Following two years of preparation working with Jochen and our team on this transition, I am excited to announce the new sales organization, which has been designed to support exceptional market demand and fulfill our long-term vision.”
Heading up the new Sales and Sales Operations division, Jacob Barfoed has been promoted to the position of

ness-interfaceArbane features spatialisation software at JTSE
Wednesday, 23 November 2022

France - Arbane Groupe will again be exhibiting at JTSE trade fair in Paris (22-23 November, Dock Pullman). Amongst the latest products and solutions from the French audio manufacturer brands APG and Active Audio, one show highlight will be APG’s NESS, the free spatialisation software.
JTSE visitors will get a chance to discover the benefits of NESS first-hand before the solution is presented to a wider international audience at next year’s ISE.
Available to download from the new-look Arbane Groupe website, NESS enables entertainment and corporate venue operators, including bars and nightclubs, theatres and conference rooms, to enter the world of immersive sound.
With NESS, APG aims to offer a robust, reliable spatialisation solution based on established, proven audio algorithms and principles. APG’s ambition is to create a thriving community of users around this software in order to tailor its development towards customer needs and expectations. APG will be holding regular NESS presentations by Damien Jacquet, R&D engineer for Arbane Groupe and NESS developer.
NESS will also be a suitable platform to experience the even coverage offered by APG loudspeakers, and in particular the popular iX range. A number of products from both APG and Active Audio will be presented on the Arbane stand.
For APG, these include SPOT2.6, its passive full-range compact loudspeaker with 2 × 6.5” drivers and high directivity control, and the DA range of four-channel live touring amplifiers, developed in partnership with Powersoft.
Active A

stageshotelprague2Stages Hotel Prague installs Harman Pro systems
Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Czech Republic - To provide the Stages Hotel Prague with a comprehensive and versatile networked audio system, AV integrators Nowatron Elektronik and AudioMaster CZ installed a wide range of Harman Professional audio solutions.
Situated near both the O2 Arena and O2 Universum, the Stages offers visitors to Prague a luxury experience showcasing the city’s music and arts scene. Along with its modern rooms, restaurants and meeting spaces, the Stages also features a fully linked audio-visual network between the hotel, the O2 Arena and O2 Universum. This ambitious system allows for independent or shared media broadcasting and streaming between the three venues in real time with minimal latency.
The Stages required a modern AV solution that balanced advanced features and bandwidth with ease-of-use and accessibility. To meet these requirements for the hotel’s audio component, Nowatron Elektronik and AudioMaster CZ designed a versatile and future-proofed system using JBL Professional, Crown and BSS solutions.
“We were contacted to help with the installation because the hotel wanted to make something special - a hotel not only for regular guests, but also for all guests to the O2 Arena or Universum,” said Matěj Sborový, project manager, AudioMaster CZ. “All three buildings are interfaced via optical connection and they can transfer all audio and video signals from one building to another. All the system functions had to be done very easily and without any complications for the user, so we had to implement the simplest user interface possible.

digicoKLANG and DiGiCo empower King’s Church
Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Australia - King’s Church has teamed up with Captivate AV to enhance its worship experience with KLANG’s immersive in-ear mixing system coupled with DiGiCo S-Series consoles. Boasting several key locations across Australia’s Gold Coast, King’s Church encompasses a growing community of connected worshippers that regularly assemble for a variety of services and events.
Endeavouring to offer its followers a technologically progressive experience, both in-person and online, King’s Church produces its own podcast and web-stream services, while delivering potent live worship sessions through song and the spoken word.
Recognising seamless audio production as a core component in delivering the impact it wants, the church’s team has enlisted industry expert, Captivate AV, to help optimise its AV capabilities. Chris Lang, Captivate AV’s managing director, spearheaded the leap to KLANG IEM technology in a move that has been extraordinarily well-received by King’s Church’s worship leaders, students and global worship director, Ashleigh Rogers.
“Our church incorporates schools, meaning we have very mixed, multipurpose use spaces. From services to musicals, the sound system is used a lot – almost every day of the week for different things,” says Ashleigh, as he reflects on the upgrade. “Now, thanks to our DiGiCo and KLANG setup, we experience significantly better time efficiency and the in-ears have given musicians and singers the confidence to hear exactly what they need – they can simply adjust everything themselves. Having KLANG ha

firstpentecostalchurch-9900000000079e3cMartin Audio O-Line impresses HoW installers
Tuesday, 22 November 2022

UK/USA - Houses of worship are often the most common application for micro line array systems like Martin Audio’s O-Line. And the reaction of users in that setting is positive. “We are extremely satisfied with the performance of O-Line,” said Zachary Ward, director of communications, First Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas. “With such an unusual room, including 42ft-high ceilings and several stained-glass windows reaching more than 28ft tall, O-Line provides even coverage and clarity while accomplishing our main goal, preserving the overall aesthetic of the room.”
However, once the system is put into use, the full capabilities of O-Line become clear. “It’s a very transparent PA - it’s not lumpy in the bottom end,” noted Mozaix director Paul Tucker, discussing St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Melbourne. “We had a consecration service featuring a fantastic viola player, and the sound of that instrument was beautiful - really stunning.”
“We wanted to let the choir master, minister and organist hear the quality over the area they wanted to cover, and they were all blown away,” agreed Roger McMullan, Rea Sound project manager, reflecting on an upgrade project at Belfast’s St Mark’s Church. “In fact, they can now hire it out so that bands can play through O-Line as a full range system without the need for additional subwoofers.”
“O-Line has proven time and again over the years that it is a flexible system that can deliver outstanding results in a variety of spaces,” said Dom Harter, managing director at

ex-easter-island-head-performing-at-kings-place-c-viktor-erik-emanuel-kings-placeSound Unwrapped immerses in d&b Soundscape
Tuesday, 22 November 2022

UK - Kings Place has revealed the second wave of events for Sound Unwrapped, a year-long series which will take a deep dive into innovative sound art, spatialised listening and immersive sonic events. Featuring artists from across a multiple of genres.
A partnership with d&b audiotechnik will see Kings Place install a d&b Soundscape in its flexible Hall Two space. d&b Soundscape is an alternative to the traditional left and right stereo system, using 19 loudspeakers in the round to open a plethora of creative possibilities for artists to diffuse their music. Audiences can trial the d&b Soundscape system in Moonbathing, a 45-minute immersive sound experience featuring new spatial mixes from Oliver Coates, Rival Consoles, Gruff Rhys and more [19, 20 January & 2 February].
Artist in Residence Hannah Peel will kick off her residency with a live premiere of her pioneering Mercury Music Prize shortlisted album Fir WaveNight Tracks, Hannah will also be curating a special multi-space event at Kings Place in October 2023.
Space Afrika present a fully scored version of their celebrated album Honest Labour (28 February). Later in the series audiences can enjoy a Space Afrika curation as well as a fully-spatialised show on d&b Soundscape. The duo is at the forefront of the electronic music scene with their open, collagist approach to composition and will be working with a wide array of guests for their projects at Kings Place.
In addition to the Artists in Residence concerts, Sound Unwrapped featu

pls2023proaudiocollegecpetrawelzelPL+S and VDT launch ProAudio College
Monday, 21 November 2022

Germany - With a new conference format, Prolight + Sound (25 to 28 April 2023) is strengthening the audio section as a mainstay of the event. Together with the Bildungswerk des Verbandes deutscher Tonmeister (educational institution of the German Tonmeisters' Association, BiW-vdt), the ProAudio College is being created as a four-day advanced training programme for audio professionals as well as for interested industry talents. The lectures will focus on current trends in the sound reinforcement scene, practical tips in home studio productions and exclusive training modules from the SQQ7 curriculum.
After attending the seminars, participants will receive a written confirmation as proof of the knowledge they have gained. The lectures will be held partly in German and partly in English.
“Particularly against the background of the continuing major challenges in the audio industry, we are further expanding our commitment to making Prolight + Sound a hotspot for sound professionals from all fields,” says Mira Wölfel, director Prolight + Sound. “At the same time, we would like to contribute to training and further education in times of a shortage of skilled workers by transferring qualified knowledge and encouraging an exchange between newcomers to the industry and experts.
“We are delighted to have gained a partner for the new ProAudio College in the BiW-vdt, which for many years has been an international leader in the organisation and implementation of specialised education events in the studio and sound reinforcement sector.”

d-wong-and-dlpro-team-photoHH Electronics expands Asian distributor network
Monday, 21 November 2022

Cambodia/Vietnam - HH Electronics, part of the Headstock Group of companies, has been expanding its distributor base across the Asia region during the last year. In partnership with Generation AV, the company continues to increase its presence and activity within this market and highlights the appointments of Fast Technologies in Cambodia and DLPro in Vietnam as evidence of its intention to establish a firm footprint in the region.
Commenting on Fast Technologies’ appointment as official HH partner for Cambodia, CEO Mr Sounin Chan comments: “We are excited to be chosen by HH as its distributor. The UK-designed product range is of the highest quality and is very competitively priced for the Cambodian market. HH Electronics’ products will be a great asset for our dealers and system integrators in the fixed installation and MI retail markets. We have great confidence in the products and look forward to building the HH brand in Cambodia.”
In Vietnam, DLPro’s CEO, Mr Sau notes: “I’m very pleased to be granted the rights to distribute HH Electronics’ products in Vietnam and am proud and happy to be a part of the HH family. I strongly believe that HH is a very promising brand for Vietnam’s AV market.”
Ian Wright, director of global sales for the Headstock Group, adds: “We’ve only been working with these fine companies for a relatively short time, but they’ve already done incredible work to introduce the HH brand to their respective markets. Both have met with strong and positive responses that have seen immediate results. Multiple

cuthbertsCloudPower aids flexible worship at St Cuthbert’s
Friday, 18 November 2022

UK - Apes CloudPower amplifiers have been installed as part of a complete audio system overhaul at St Cuthbert’s church in Wood Green, North London.
St Cuthbert’s turned to AV consultants and integrators, Noiseboys Technologies, to specify and install a new audio system for music amplification and speech reproduction that covered the church with better, clearer sound, and that had the versatility to be used in multiple orientations and settings.
The church’s existing 100V audio system had been designed purely for speech amplification and no longer reflected the needs of a worship team which plays as a band with drums, keyboard, electric and acoustic guitars, and multiple singers. The old speakers positioned on the exterior walls struggled to provide coverage for the full congregation and the system lacked the flexibility to facilitate the church’s busy programme of worship, education, and community events.
A pair of four 700W Apex CloudPower CP704 amplifiers was chosen to drive all loudspeakers in the church. Noiseboys Technologies director, Phill Beynon had been introduced to CloudPower amplifiers by Mike Roissetter from Apex’s UK distributor, FBT Audio (UK), and quickly saw their potential to address the need for flexibility in the St Cuthbert’s project. “Aside from Sunday morning and evening services the church hosts different events and meetings, some of which are seated facing the front, some using café style tables, and some conducted from mid-way in the room, or at the opposite end to the traditional orientation,” Beynon exp

eaw-rafael-covarrubiasEAW strengthens LATAM team
Friday, 18 November 2022

Mexico - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced the addition of Rafael Covarrubias to the LATAM team as regional sales manager. Covarrubias is responsible for developing new partners and managing existing EAW partners in the region south of the U.S. border.
“We are ecstatic to welcome Rafael to the EAW team,” says T.J. Smith, president of EAW. “He brings with him a thorough understanding of the industry that will assist him in furthering EAW’s goals of being a driving force within the LATAM market.”
Covarrubias comes to EAW with an impressive skillset accumulated from his time in the pro audio and music industries. From budget planning, AV and lighting operation and technical and HR management for live show production, Covarrubias has spent over 20 years forming strong relationships with distributors, retailers and Mexico’s major music shops.
“I look forward to this incredible opportunity to continue my work in the LATAM region, now supported by the wonderful team at EAW,” says Covarrubias. “Between its stellar reputation within the industry and innovative product inventory, I am honoured to be working alongside a brand so focused on improving the experiences and offerings within the pro audio, music and live sound industries.”

quantumDiGiCo Quantum mixes marathon arena run
Friday, 18 November 2022

Belgium - TV and music personality Bart Peeters has recently concluded a series of 26 sold-out concerts at Antwerp’s 8,000 capacity Lotto Arena, selecting DiGiCo’s Q338 console as the centrepiece.
A prolific touring artist, Peeters regularly performs in venues across the country and further afield in The Netherlands. The artist’s enhanced show, entitled Bart Peeters Deluxe - Live in the Lotte Arena, was devised to be located in one larger capacity venue to accommodate a more elaborate programme, delivered in several shorter runs over a year-long period, and recorded for a live album production.
“I have been working with Bart since 2007, first as his monitor engineer, and from 2014 as FOH engineer,” explains engineer, Roel Snellebrand. “For the smaller shows and theatre venues, we use two SD12 96 consoles, one at FOH and one for monitors, which gives us plenty of capacity, but the Deluxe shows and festival dates need a lot of extra inputs for guest performers and the choir. We needed to have more hands-on faders and screens, so the Quantum 338 was the logical upgrade from an SD12.”
Provided by Amptec, the Quantum 338 manages the standard setup for the band of around 48 inputs, plus around 40 extra inputs for the choir and guests. Snellebrand is also using a Waves Superrack system at FOH and an external Bricasti reverb as additional FX. The stage racks are SD Racks fitted with 32-bit I/O cards. The musicians are all using in-ear monitors, recently adopting a KLANG system, which enables easy integration into the DiGiCo environment

renkus-heinzRenkus-Heinz partners with Beetech-inc in Japan
Friday, 18 November 2022

Japan - Renkus-Heinz has announced a partnership with Japanese distributor Beetech-inc. To kick off the new partnership, Beetech-inc will exhibit Renkus-Heinz beam steering technology at Inter BEE 2022 from November 16-18 at Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex in Chiba.
At Inter BEE 2022, attendees will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the power of the award-winning UBX and Iconyx Compact Series and the DC12/2 of the Directivity Control Series. Attendees will also have the chance to speak directly with with Yasuaki Takei, sales & marketing specialist, Beetech-inc. at booth #4101 in Hall 4.
“We are looking forward to Inter BEE 2022 where we can offer an in-depth look at the advances Renkus-Heinz has made in beam steering technology in the past year,” said Karan Kathuria, director of sales & business development, Renkus-Heinz. “And Inter BEE is just the start of our exciting partnership with Beetech-inc. Together, we will be able to deliver exceptional customer service and premier sound solutions to challenging projects in the Japanese market.”
Products featured at Inter BEE will include the UBX, Iconyx Compact and Directivity Control series.
“This partnership will bring the most advanced Beam Steering technology to Japan, and we can’t wait for our customers to experience the Renkus-Heinz Sound Solution,” said Takayuki Ozaki, managing director, Beetech-inc.

iclx-w-grille-500px-2Renkus-Heinz brings ICLive X series to LDI
Thursday, 17 November 2022

USA - Renkus-Heinz has announced its attendance at LDI in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 18-20 November at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
LDI attendees will have the opportunity to speak directly with product manager Brandon Heinz and Western regional sales manager Garrison Parkin at booth #405 in the Amplify Pavilion. To experience the Renkus-Heinz Sound Solution first-hand, attendees can stop by room N250 for a live loudspeaker demonstration of the ICLive X Series.
“LDI is a chance for our customers, distributors, sales reps and partners to experience the power of the Renkus-Heinz Sound Solution in person,” said Parkin. “We look forward to sharing the live experience with everyone at the show.”
As the intelligent evolution of the small-format line array, the ICLive X Series represents over 15 years of research and development of digital beam-steering technology. Created with integrators, contractors, and rental & staging companies in mind, ICLive X provides system designers the horsepower, steerability and directivity needed to deliver consistent coverage and intelligibility for even the biggest events or most architecturally challenging spaces.
Each mid-sized ICLX module can stand alone or be arrayed with up to 12 units to deliver precise and predictable coverage for any venue. The complementary ICLX-118S subwoofer adds powerful low-frequency energy to any ICLive X system, and a wide range of rigging and cabling accessories help simplify integration and deployment of the ICLive X Series.
Caption: Each mid-sized I

austrian-audio-jdDepp and Beck tour with Austrian Audio
Thursday, 17 November 2022

USA -To support the release of their new collaborative album entitled 18, guitar legend Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp have embarked on a tour throughout North America. They’re playing songs from the album, including some Depp originals and covers of The Beach Boys, The Velvet Underground, John Lennon, and others. On the drums is Anika Nilles.
For the tour, FOH mixer Dave Natale and monitor mixer Shon Hartman have chosen the Austrian Audio OD505WL1 Active Dynamic Microphone Capsule for use on Johnny Depp’s wireless vocal microphone.
In addition, they are also using Austrian Audio OC18 Cardioid Pattern Precision Microphones for overheads and Austrian Audio CC8 Cardioid True Condenser Microphones for the hi-hats, and ride cymbal on drummer Anika Nilles drum set.
Dave Natale explains: “We use a different PA system every day. The house installed systems or locally rented systems are hung in different proximities to the vocal microphone. The super cardioid Austrian Audio OD505WL1 has superior off-axis rejection characteristics without sacrificing any audio quality, whatsoever.”
Monitor mixer Shon Hartman adds: “The Austrian Audio OD505WL1 capsules’ precision and defined pickup pattern reduces the amount of unnecessary ambient sound that can bleed into the vocal mic and therefore to the ear monitors and wedges, resulting in far less audio confusion.”

creamfieldsBrit Row returns to Creamfields North
Thursday, 17 November 2022

UK - Creamfields North returned to its Daresbury, Cheshire, home over the August bank holiday weekend treating eager revellers to three days of live performances from Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, and Carl Cox.
As is tradition, Britannia Row Productions was brought in by large scale event producer, LarMac LIVE, to provide three of the festival’s most prominent stages (the North Stage, the South Stage, and the Steel Yard) with an audio setup worthy of its stellar line up.
“The equipment we provided was largely the same across all three of our stages this year,” said Brit Row crew chief, Alex Hore, who helped to ensure fans had the ultimate live sound experience. “On the Steel Yard stage, we hung the main PA far enough apart to allow for the screen layout for Eric Prydz, but that only needed an adjustment of the infill speaker configuration to compensate for coverage around the front of the stage.”
The North Stage, which serves as one of the festival’s main stages, had a main left and right hang of L-Acoustics K1, with KS28 ground subs and K2 on ground-fill and delay duties. Like Steel Yard, the North Stage’s side hangs had to be flown wide to stay clear of its large video screens to retain the best sightlines for fans.
The South Stage was again rigged with an L-Acoustics outdoor setup, albeit on a smaller scale, with some ground-stacked K2 in place of side hangs.
“Of course, with this amount of kit on the outdoor stages, we had to be conscious of noise levels, but we’ve worked closely with Warren

dpadanish-sound-awardkalle-hvidt-nielsen-torben-vilsgaard-anne-berggreinDPA Microphones receives Danish Sound Award
Thursday, 17 November 2022

Denmark - The country’s leading sound companies gathered at the Technical University of Denmark’s DTU Skylab last week in celebration of this year’s Danish Sound Award recipient - DPA Microphones, the first-ever company to earn this recognition. Presented to professionals that drive innovation in the industry, the Danish Sound Award sheds light on the globally outstanding audio technology that is developed in the country.
The prize is awarded to those who have rethought the use and understanding of sound or have further developed and strengthened Denmark’s position as a leading nation in the field of sound. Special attention is given to nominees that have contributed to the community with completely new paths in the use of sound or have done something remarkable to showcase Danish sound expertise on an international level.
“DPA has made an extraordinary effort to get Danish sound products known abroad and has, at the same time, had impressive financial results year after year,” said Town of Struer Mayor, Mads Jakobsen, while presenting the award. “Building on a strong heritage, DPA has achieved a prominent market position because of high technical competencies. [It is] a well-respected brand used by well-known artists and organizations around the world. DPA is a solid and worthy representative for the Danish sound industry.”
DPA CEO Kalle Hvidt Nielsen and vice president of marketing Anne Berggrein attended the recent event to accept the award on behalf of everyone in the company. “Denmark is a global epicentre of acoustical knowl

lightroom-exterior-2Holoplot sound immerses Hockney exhibition
Thursday, 17 November 2022

UK - Tickets are now on sale for Lightroom - a new, artists-led immersive venue set to open in London’s Kings Cross in January 2023. The space, packed with the latest in AV technology, includes a Holoplot OLOPLOT X1 Matrix Array sound system, the first fixed installation in the UK.
At first glance an inconspicuous cuboid venue, Lightroom presents a blank canvas set to host a varied programme of original creative content. The opening show David Hockney: Bigger and Closer not smaller and further away will be the first run in a series of original exhibitions, created in collaboration with leading artists and innovators.
The Hockney experience aspires to be visually astonishing and alive with sound, including a specially composed score written by Nico Muhly with sound design by Olivier and Tony award-winning sound designer Gareth Fry - guaranteed to generate new perspectives for the audience.
Lightroom is a joint venture between 59 Productions, an award-winning design studio and production company and London Theatre Company, the creative engine behind the Bridge Theatre. Speaking on the venue’s choice of sound system, Richard Slaney, CEO of Lightroom, states “Holoplot represents an opportunity for us to create compelling sound worlds for our audiences, and exemplifies Lightroom’s ambition to use cutting edge technology to create spectacular artist-led shows.”
“X1 has been deployed on some exceptional projects, all harnessing the power of our technology to create extraordinary experiences. Lightroom fits this calibre of enterpris

wowGenelec fortifies immersive World of Wine
Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Portugal - The new cultural district in Porto, known as World of Wine (WOW), comprises a cluster of museums, restaurants, and bars that form an immersive journey through the region’s port production heritage.
WOW’s management team decided they wanted to install a comprehensive, premium audio system to guide people through the various exhibits and deliver the immersive soundscapes that help make the venue different. Genelec loudspeakers were chosen for studio-quality sound, flexibility, and reliability.
Over 400 Genelec loudspeakers are utilised across all the spaces. The brief was simple; to build an interactive experience that would attract, entertain, and educate tourists on various aspects of Portugal’s cultural history. Local Genelec distributor Garrett Audiovisuais secured the contract and specified an extensive list of Genelec equipment, working in tandem with Gema Digital, the company responsible for the creation of most of the museum experiences, from inception to the global project management, including the storytelling, multimedia production, AV installation, execution, and maintenance.
Gema Digital specialises in developing pioneering immersive and interactive experiences for events, brand activations and museums, with a portfolio that combines over 2000 projects in 14 different countries. At WOW, sound played an instrumental part in creating an engaging experience that propels the visitor forward.
"In each space, completely different environments are presented, and it was necessary that the sound design reflects this change


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