Europe - Sergio Herman is a successful Michelin-starred Dutch chef. His restaurant, The Jane, in Antwerp, is internationally renowned for its food and carefully created ambience. At Strandhotel in Dutch Flanders, Herman is responsible for the hotel’s three restaurants, including the recently opened Blueness. In order to fully realise Herman’s vision for Blueness and breakfast restaurant Pine House, new audio systems were considered essential and his team were clear about what they wanted.
A Pioneer Pro Audio system had been installed at The Jane back in 2014 and had left an indelible mark on The Herman Group. At the Strandhotel, the team needed a system that could deliver a chilled experience for guests at the beginning of their day, maintain a relaxed output on weeknights and then inject some energy for weekend DJ sets.
A flexible system was essential given the diverse music policy that ranges from jazz to rock, live funk and house. After making an assessment of the spaces, Erwin Nuyts of Belgian installer DiscoStore, concluded that Pioneer Pro Audio XY Series would be the right choice.
Working closely with Herman’s team, Nuyts recommended the use of XY-81 8-inch two-way loudspeakers, XY-115S 15-inch bass reflex subwoofers and XY215S dual 15-inch quasi-bandpass subwoofers to meet the requirements of the spaces. Nuyts explains the choice:
“The speakers are voiced flat for a natural sound, so they can accurately reproduce different genres of music. They are great at lower volume and give that warm sound we were looking for but despite
USA - 2020 is set to be very big for the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, with events centred around what would have been the former Beatle’s 80th birthday.
The Lennon Bus - a mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility - regularly provides free digital media production workshops to schools across the US and Canada, enabling students to learn how to write, record, and produce original songs, music videos, documentaries, and live multi-camera video productions.
The bus’ two onboard studios have recently been upgraded to Genelec’s The Ones coaxial three-way point source models.
“We go to a lot of under-served schools and a lot of communities that are under-resourced, so bringing something that really represents the best of the industry is eye-opening and can be life-changing for kids and communities,” explains Brian Rothschild, co-founder and executive director of the Lennon Bus. “Having the new studio monitors onboard continues that trajectory for us.”
Genelec has been a long-term sponsor of the Lennon Bus with the two-way 8240A Smart Active Monitors and 7260A subwoofer having originally been installed in each of the Bus’s 5.1 studios. “When we installed those Genelecs, the difference in the sound was just readily apparent and really impressive, and we thought that it had to be as good as it could get,” recalls Jeff Sobel, creative technology director for the Lennon Bus.
“Then when The Ones came out and we had the opportunity to use the 8341s, we thought we would give it a try. I think we we
UK - Over 170 Adamson loudspeakers were deployed for three days of spectacular events for Edinburgh's Hogmanay.
Marking the 27th edition of the famed New Year party, the three-day festival combined Scottish traditions with contemporary artists and acts from across the world in Edinburgh, the home of Hogmanay.
Working directly with Dave Watson and Scottie McKean from producers Underbelly, The Warehouse designed an Adamson system for Hogmanay in the Gardens headlined by Mark Ronson, the Waverley Stage headlined by Marc Almond and McEwan Hall’s three-day celebrations with Symphonic Ibiza, Eddi Reader and Ronnie Scott’s Big Band.
In addition, Adamson partner Live Systems Ltd provided the system for Ceilidh under the Castle.
Across the whole event, 170 Adamson loudspeakers were used, including the E15, S10, S7 line array loudspeakers, E119, S119 and S118 sub bass cabinets, all powered by Lab Gruppen PLM 20K44 and 12K44 amplifiers running Lake Processing. Adamson’s new CS7P point source loudspeakers were also used for front-fills.
This year’s Hogmanay theme, Be Together, was celebrated by bringing together tens of thousands of friends old and new to share in a warm and welcoming night of friendship creating a suitable atmosphere across the Street Party hosted by Johnnie Walker.
At Hogmanay in the Gardens Mark Ronson dazzled the partygoers with some of the best tracks of the decade in a full throttle countdown to the midnight fireworks. Daniel Merriweather joined him for Stop Me and Shallow. Meanwhi
Thailand - Sonos Libra has assumed exclusive distribution rights for dbTechnologies’ full product portfolio of touring, install and M.I. audio systems in Thailand.
“In the last few years dBTechnologies’ presence in South Eastern Asia professional audio industry is considerably growing,” explains dBTechnologies’ APAC sales manager, Manuele Poli. “We are at a point where we need strategic partnerships to meet a larger base of professionals and disclose our products’ full potential. When we met Alfonso Rodriguez and Sonos Libra’s team, I immediately realized that their sales approach and advanced technical skills were exactly what dBTechnologies needed to enhance the brand perception and further flourish in the local professional market.”
Sonos Libra’s CEO Alfonso Martín Rodríguez adds: “dBTechnologies is a growing company and is now playing at a higher level. We are very happy to start from this stage together and we feel very fortunate to start the distribution in Thailand. Rental market in South East Asia is very competitive at any level and we had no products to fulfil the expectations on well-engineered and manufactured products offering a rapid ROI. Being able to offer good pricing without sacrificing performance, quality, speed of deployment and most importantly, safety, is key to most of the companies.
He continues: “dBTechnologies VIO series offers the best solution for audio providers, and we are already planning a brand re-launching to increase visibility as well as demo events and regular public trainings on the pr
France - Modulo Pi has announced the full compatibility between its Modulo Kinetic media server and L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology by L-Acoustics. Thanks to bidirectional interactions now available between the video toolbox on one hand, and the spatial audio technology on the other hand, Modulo Pi and L-Acoustics bring a complete A/V real-time production suite.
L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology is a multidimensional, object-based approach to designing, mixing, and processing sound that results in extremely natural and intelligible audio and a more vibrant, and authentic connection between artists and their fans. Already deployed on over 7,000 performances, L-ISA has been adopted by artists such as Mark Knopfler and Bon Iver, and permanently installed in experiential venues like Artechouse and Spyscape museum.
Modulo Pi has developed Modulo Kinetic, a s high-end and fully integrated media server solution. Launched in 2016, Modulo Kinetic is a field-proven solution used by major venues such as the multi-awarded theme park Puy du Fou, or Atelier des Lumières, the renowned digital art centre.
In January 2020, Modulo Pi releases a new version of Modulo Kinetic with full integration of the L-ISA technology by L-Acoustics. The spatial audio system is now included in Modulo Kinetic’s extensive library of preloaded devices, allowing bidirectional interactions between Modulo Kinetic and L-ISA.
Based on this integration, Modulo Pi and L-Acoustics offer real-time interactions between video and spatial audio for state-of-the-art
USA - 2020 sees Merging Technologies celebrate its 30th anniversary. The company has revealed it has a number of plans in the works to "celebrate Merging’s achievements in improving the recording and listening experiences for clients across the globe", with a series of special events set to be announced in the coming months.
Claude Cellier, Merging’s founder and president comments: “The spotlight is now on Anubis and we could not be more pleased with its reception, but there are many landmarks during those years of which our team can be justly proud. Innovation has been the key to our continued success.”
NAMM 2020 (Anaheim, 16-19 January) will see Merging+Anubis exhibit for the first time. Launched in time for AES Dublin, Prolight+Sound and NAB 2019, Anubis arrives in Anaheim on the back of several months of record sales and with several significant feature enhancements.
For Mac users, a new Virtual Audio Device is available that is compatible with later Mojave 10.14.5/10.14.6 and the new Catalina 10.15.x OS. This ensures that the top performance can be maintained with the enhanced features of the new operating systems, says the company. The ability to control the PreAmps remotely from any web browser is also a major convenience for many Anubis users and this is also available on the latest version of firmware.
Merging+Anubis Premium has been DXD compatible for some months but there were some challenges in completing a full DSD workflow. This is now available as a free of charge firmware update The relevance of Anubis to the NAMM atte
UK - Solid State Logic (SSL) has released its latest Live V4.10 update for the entire range of SSL Live consoles including; L100, L200, L300, L350, L550 (including L500 and L500 Plus) as well as their SOLSA software. The new release provides live engineers with a number of features that expand their workflow and control.
The new Event Manager allows live engineers to create events that can perform one or more actions when one or more input states are met. This means that a single trigger can activate multiple output actions, or multiple triggers can activate a single output action. This makes workflow set up for the most demanding live events more flexible and intuitive for the engineer.
V-Auxes and V-Stems provides an efficient way of making mix adjustments from groups of paths using VCAs. Adjusting a V-Aux or V-Stem send will trim sends to that bus from all paths that are members of the VCA, and show each source path's discrete level to each bus, and the level with the VCA offset applied.
A new graphical FFT analyser overlay is now available across channel and bus, EQ and Filters, allowing an engineer to quickly identify and resolve problem frequencies. The fixed-point-per-octave analyser has equal resolution across the entire frequency range, providing high resolution even at low frequencies.
The 1, 2 and 4-band Dynamic EQs in the Live software FX Rack have been significantly redesigned with a new graph based GUI, and adding further levels of control including ‘static’ gain, increased Q (filter width) range, and new threshold trigger mo
USA - After a recent change in ownership, APB-DynaSonics has announced the relaunch of a range of its most popular products – the MixSwitch, ProRack-House and ProSpec lines. The analogue console manufacturer will showcase these products at the NAMM Show, Booth 17505.
Chuck Augustowski, who founded the company along with John Petrucelli and Taz Bhogal in 2004, has returned to the helm and is responsible for driving the acquisition by the new owners and initiating production of the APB-DynaSonics product line. Augustowski has engaged long-term APB partner, Contact Distribution, to handle the relaunch and distribution of APB products throughout North America.
“This is an exciting time for APB. We are looking forward to re-introducing the APB product line and are preparing to roll out some exciting new products in the near future,” explains Augustowski. “For years I have been told by our existing customers that there is still a strong need for good quality analogue mixers. We are prepared to fill that niche while also developing new products that utilize digital control over analogue circuits.”
After APB has stocked its warehouse, attention will turn to producing updated versions of the desktop ProDesk-4 , followed by the ProDesk-8. In addition, a new version of MixSwitch is in design that will include digital, analogue, and Dante inputs and outputs with an expanded feature set making the unit more usable in a wider variety of touring and fixed install applications. MixSwitch-Hybrid, which is scheduled to debut in late 2020, will be the bri
USA - East Shore Sound is based about a half hour north of the Baltimore Metro Area but the company handles event production, system design and installation, and broadcast communications nationwide.
This past October, East Shore Sound owner Bill Saltzer and his team were responsible for the intercom systems at Telemundo Networks’ 2019 Latin American Music Awards, held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. To connect the intercom system throughout the venue, the East Shore Sound team relied on Luminex GigaCore network switches.
“We started using Luminex GigaCore switches about two years ago, primarily with Riedel’s Bolero wireless intercom product,” Saltzer recalls. “We mostly use GigaCore switches for Bolero systems because the integration with Bolero is seamless, and we like how GigaCore handles PTP [Precision Time Protocol] clocking. Also, GigaCore’s PoE capability allows us to deploy a single cable to each antenna so we don’t have to run separate cables for signal and a power supply, which is handy.”
For the 2019 Latin Music Awards, Saltzer specified a Luminex GigaCore 26i and a GigaCore 14R. “We had 54 Bolero wireless users on the system, with between 10 and 12 antennas deployed throughout the facility, including the backstage area, the downstairs dressing rooms, the stage up top, the main house seating area, and the loading dock,” he relates. “We had 18 device endpoints plugged into the two switches.”
Luminex’ GigaCore 26i provides 24 RJ45 1 Gbps Ethernet connections and 6 SFP cages, which Saltzer finds handy, a
Croatia - A property of the Maistra Hospitality Group, the five-star Grand Park Hotel Rovinj is set at the edge of a pine forest on the Adriatic coast of northwestern Croatia. The six-story hotel offers 193 guest rooms and 16 suites, plus three restaurants, three bar/lounges, a spa, indoor and outdoor pools and tennis courts, a grand ballroom, and three combinable multifunction conference spaces.
Recently, systems integrator HUST d.o.o. finished the design and installation of a 40-zone networked sound system at the hotel that employs Linea Research amplifiers, managed by a Biamp Tesira Server-IO AVB digital network server.
“Linea Research amplifiers are one of the most reliable amplifiers that we’ve used in our projects,” reports Tomislav Stubican of HUST d.o.o. “We have never had a problem with them, so they were the right choice for a demanding system that needs to be always running. We especially like their sound quality and their performance. Price is also a big benefit of Linea Research amplifiers.”
The hotel’s grand ballroom is equipped with Community V Series and D Series loudspeakers. More than 700 Apart CM series ceiling loudspeakers and MASK Series surface-mount speakers deliver background music to the public areas, such as the lobby, restaurants, conference rooms, and pools. An audio mixer supports live performances.
To drive these loudspeaker systems, the HUST team chose Linea Research XiB4 and 44C amplifiers. The XiB4 is a four-channel amp that delivers up to 1,250W RMS continuous power per channel into 2 ohms, with a
Germany - Schauspielhaus Bochum has recently completed a major installation featuring multiple Allen & Heath dLive systems, alongside new digital network technology across all of its venues and finished a successful first season with the new systems.
Schauspielhaus Bochum is one of the biggest and most acclaimed theatres in Germany. Founded in 1907, it was completely destroyed in World War II and rebuilt in the 1950s with a capacity of 811 seats. A second theatre – the 400-capacity Kammerspiele – opened its doors in 1966. Former directors of the theatre include Peter Zadek, Claus Peymann and Leander Haußmann.
Christoph Bonk has worked in the sound department for 28 years and has seen many technical changes during that time. His final goal as technical director was to guide the theatre into the future of digital technology and networking.
“In Bochum we offer many different genres – classical theatre and musicals but also concerts, so we have to be very flexible in the sound department,” explains Bonk. “We realised that our workflow wasn’t up-to-date anymore and we’ve been looking for the perfect solution for this theatre to address that. We needed flexibility, redundancy, good sound and wanted to be futureproof – dLive ticked all these boxes for us.”
The two main venues deploy three dLive surfaces each, an S7000, S3000 and C1500 in the Main Theatre and an S7000, C3500 and a C1500 in the Kammerspiele, plus various MixRacks and stage boxes, which are connected via CAT and fibre networks. The theatre also uses Qu series
Australia - Harman Professional Solutions has announced it has realigned distribution of AMX, SVSI, and install ranges of AKG, BSS, Crown and JBL Professional in Australia with the appointment of MadisonAV, part of the Madison Technologies group.
Distribution in Australia for Harman’s retail, cinema, touring, performing arts, broadcast, and Martin lighting solutions remains unchanged.
MadisonAV will expand its portfolio to include the complete range of AMX video control solutions, and Harman Professional install and integration audio product suite. This will offer customers a single interface across Harman’s wide range of video controls and install audio solutions.
“We are excited to partner with MadisonAV and expand our distribution reach in Australia. This is aimed at enhancing access to Harman products and solutions across verticals, focusing on solutions-driven approach and elevating customer experience,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP and GM, Harman Professional Solutions, APAC. “MadisonAV brings 28 years of experience serving the Australian market and we look forward to our collaboration with MadisonAV and are confident their experience and in-depth knowledge will help us deliver the latest and most relevant technology solutions to our customers.”
Harman Professional Solutions will be increasing its local presence in 2020. Consisting of seasoned industry professionals, the Australian Professional Solutions team will manage relationships with key systems integrators, consultants and end users, coordinating and combining the sign
USA - Apogee Electronics has announced the appointment of Martin Kloiber as chief operating officer (COO). The announcement was made by Betty Bennett, Apogee CEO and co-founder.
Previously Martin directed AVID's audio business division as VP of audio and strategy.
He led project teams to develop and execute delivery of products and solutions across multiple product categories. Before his work at AVID Martin was CEO of Euphonix. During this time, he developed the EuCon protocol which enabled products to interface with third party applications.
Kloiber comments: "I see Apogee as bridging the gap between technology and the creative imaginations of artists, engineers, producers, and directors. Our mantra is, let’s bring the art back to the artists. Technology has become so pervasive that it’s taking away not adding to the creative process. Don’t get me wrong, we are big fans of technology, but it needs to be implemented in a way that supports the artistic process. My focus is always on where the industry is heading and how we can best provide innovative and useful tools to improve the creative process.”
Betty Bennett adds: “I have known Martin since his time at Euphonix and watched his career closely. When Martin transitioned from Euphonix to Avid, I was impressed with Martins’ creativity, innovation, his ability to marry his vision with reality. What he sees in the future, what is possible in this moment and how do we move to that vision both creatively and technologically.”
UK - Martin Audio has announced the release of the X218 subwoofer, extending the company’s best-selling portable series, BlacklineX.
BlacklineX, launched in 2016, was the first new series developed under the management of Dom Harter and was an instant hit, delivering performance and value for a range of applications including portable sound reinforcement and stage monitoring for live bands, DJs and corporate events, to installations in nightclubs, bars, commercial spaces and houses of worship.
The original line-up comprised just a 15” and single 18” subwoofer and so as Harter says, “the success of the BlacklineX series led to numerous calls to extend the range with a double 18” subwoofer, and we’re delighted to kick off the new year with this punchy sub at an equally punchy price point.”
The X218 is a dual-driver subwoofer with an operating range of 42Hz - 200Hz + 3dB. It produces high output levels - 141dB peak SPL (half space) - with low distortion and can be used singly or stacked horizontally. It features dual 18”/4” voice coil, long-excursion drivers in a reflex enclosure with eight large ports that reduce air turbulence at high output levels.
For added versatility in deployment, the X218 is fitted with a 35mm pole-mount socket for mounting BlacklineX full-range enclosures, and integral M10 inserts provide for eyebolt suspension of a single enclosure.
When used with BlacklineX Series full-range systems, crossover and EQ functions can be performed by the DX0.5 or DX4.0 system controllers or by a Martin Audio ampli
USA - California’s Anaheim Convention Centre Arena will see Alcons Audio launch new line array and loudspeaker technologies at the NAMM 2020 tradeshow. Each show day will give live audio professionals the opportunity to hear the difference that Alcons’ pro-ribbon technology makes to the audience experience, including the first chance to hear the power and clarity of the new LR24/90 mid-size line-array system.
Hosted in collaboration with Live Sound International magazine, the showcases will see Alcons demonstrate the LR24/90 during the ‘compact systems’ portion of the event’s demonstrations. In addition, the ‘portable system’ demos will showcase Alcons’ extremely popular LR7/90 micro line-array.
“As arguably the world’s leading trade show for the music industry, we welcome this exciting new chance to demonstrate Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems to key decision-makers in the live audio industry, including rental and installation companies in the performance, theater and venue markets,” says Alcons North American sales manager, David Rahn.
NAMM marks the first outing worldwide for the complete LR24 system.
“The NAMM launch is an indication of the importance of the US live sound market and underlines our focus on expanding our presence in the North American continent,” David adds.
Immediately after the NAMM show, Alcons Audio will be hosting a special What You Mix Is What You Get event where a full system of LR24 and BC543 can be test driven at a Hollywood location. Dates are 20 and 21 January. For mo
USA - BishopSound, the fast-growing Yorkshire-based PA specialist, is making its NAMM debut this year, giving international visitors to the show the chance to meet the owner Andrew Bishop and discuss what promises to be a busy year for his company.
Having recently launched its first passive line array system, and while simultaneously expanding its wide range of affordable PA equipment, this year BishopSound will be introducing a series of new UK-designed and manufactured speakers aimed at the top end of the professional market.
The first of the new models will be a 2x18" high power subwoofer; initially designed to complement the company's new Delta Dual 8" passive line array, the new high-power subwoofer is likely to find many other uses due to its exceptional performance, BishopSound predicts.
Also, to be launched this year this year will be a new three-way enclosure featuring a 15" woofer, 8" mid-range driver and 1.75" HF unit, again designed and manufactured in the UK and featuring British made speakers. The third BishopSound introduction will be a high-fidelity passive wedge monitor available in left- or right-hand versions.
BishopSound is working closely with the veteran UK speaker manufacturer Celestion which will be producing speakers for the new products to BishopSound's specification in its Ipswich factory in the UK.
Finally, BishopSound has announced an agreement with the noted speaker designer Mykey Hurley which will see the company licence-building Hurley's AK47 enclosure, increasingly popular in the reggae sound system m
UK - Leeds-based digital solutions provider UXG has recently completed the works on a project to upgrade the digital strategy and wayfinding media for Leeds Playhouse, as part of the theatre’s eight-figure transformation.
The newly redeveloped Leeds Playhouse includes upgrades to the Quarry and Courtyard theatres, a new studio space named the Bramall Rock Void, revamped front of house spaces as well as a new city-facing entrance and improved access throughout the building.
The new digital displays and integrated software platform have been implemented over a three-month period by UXG, which designs, manufactures and installs bespoke digital solutions for branded environments. The project delivery has included implementing a large-format 6x3m outdoor LED Display (Digital 48 sheet) alongside a mixture of freestanding and wall-mounted external high bright advertising and wayfinding displays.
Internally there is a spectacular feature LED Display in the entrance running up three floors and over 45 high definition wall-mounted screens showing a mixture of content from box office releases and menu displays to live feeds from within the theatres.
Robin Hawkes, executive director at Leeds Playhouse, said: “This is the beginning of the next big chapter for Leeds Playhouse and a major part of our transformation is ensuring that the internal and external appearance is attractive and inviting to embrace and engage with the Leeds City Region and beyond.
“As a fellow Leeds business, UXG understood our heritage and how this shaped our vision
Germany - Audac has announced a new partnership with S.E.A. Vertrieb & Consulting as the exclusive distributor of its audio solutions in Germany.
Alexander Kirchfeld, S.E.A. CEO, comments: “We have experienced the quality of Audac’s products as well as the passion of its employees ourselves and believe they will enhance the everyday lives of our customers. The new partnership between our companies allows us to fulfil the needs of our customers even better by providing them with a wide range of innovative audio solutions.”
Mark Asselberghs, Audac’s international sales director, adds: “We are constantly looking for new like-minded companies that share our passion for innovative audio solutions to broaden our network. S.E.A. perfectly fits that description. We believe that they are an outstanding company that values giving their partners the best experience possible, so we are excited to enter this promising partnership.”
USA - At NAMM 2020, Harman Professional Solutions will introduce the new JBL IRX Series portable PA loudspeakers.
JBL IRX Series portable PA loudspeakers provide musicians, performers and presenters with JBL sound in |”a highly portable, feature-rich package”.
A durable, lightweight design makes IRX Series speakers easy to transport. Versatile features like Bluetooth audio streaming, custom application-based pre-sets and automatic signal processors make it easy to dial in sound for a wide range of applications. The IRX Series of portable PA loudspeakers includes the IRX108BT, which features an 8-inch woofer, and the IRX112BT, which features a 12-inch woofer.
“Today’s performers need a portable, easy-to-use PA system that delivers professional results at an affordable price,” said Brandon, Knudsen, loudspeaker product manager, Harman Professional Solutions. “We’re excited to showcase our new IRX Series loudspeakers at the 2020 NAMM and CES shows, which combine impressive volume output and detail with an assortment of versatile features like Bluetooth audio streaming in a compact, lightweight design. Best of all, the IRX112BT and IRX108BT are the most affordable powered speakers JBL has ever offered.”
Featuring two combination XLR/TRS inputs with professional-grade preamps, IRX Series speakers provide “crystal-clear sound for microphones, playback devices and mixing consoles”. One-button Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to stream audio from mobile devices or link two speakers to provide additional coverage and create a t
Europe - L-Acoustics has announced the expansion of console partners, adding Yamaha Professional Audio, who has co-developed an L-ISA DeskLink for their flagship Rivage PM7 and PM10 mixing systems.
“Collaborating with the creative team of experts at Yamaha has resulted in an exceptionally sleek integration of the L-ISA object controls into Rivage mixing workflow. The new DeskLink is a great example of collaborative design,” explains Sherif El Barbari, director of L-ISA Labs.
Within the Rivage consoles, for every mono or stereo input channel, a direct control of L-ISA Objects or Groups will be available on the console control surface and touch screens.
The L-ISA DeskLink provides a seamless workflow on the consoles, allowing for immersive hyperreal mixing in a familiar environment, making adoption of L-ISA technology even easier.
“It has been a real pleasure to collaborate with the team at L-Acoustics to create a dedicated, deeply integrated and flexible user interface. As the reputation of Yamaha Rivage PM mixing systems for outstanding sound quality and traditional Yamaha reliability continues to grow, this project will benefit our many joint customers throughout the world.” comments Chris Angell, Yamaha Pro Audio R&D.
The Yamaha Rivage with L-ISA DeskLink will be available this Spring and on display for hands-on discovery at Prolight & Sound in L-Acoustics demo room Symmetrie 2+3.
Europe - ISE 2020 sees LED processor manufacturer, Brompton Technology, give the first European showing of its Dynamic Calibration technology and launch its latest LED processor, the Tessera S8, on its largest ever trade show stand. The significant size increase of this newly designed stand, which measures 90m2, will allow Brompton to give regular presentations of Dynamic Calibration, the Brompton HDR solution, and the new Tessera S8, alongside its ever-popular demonstration stations.
First shown at LDI 2019 in Las Vegas, Dynamic Calibration takes a different approach to maintaining uniformity, while unlocking the full potential of the LEDs to achieve “previously unthinkable levels of brightness and colour saturation”.
Dynamic Calibration is enabled after panels are measured with Brompton’s Hydra system; an all-in-one advanced measurement system custom-designed for LED panels and exclusive to Brompton Technology. And Dynamic Calibration is not just for new panels, it can give existing panels using Brompton’s Tessera R2 card a new lease of life.
The new Tessera S8 LED processor, meanwhile, is a cost-effective solution for high profile projects that do not require the large output capacity of the award-winning Tessera SX40 processor, but still want to benefit from the flexibility of Brompton’s industry leading Tessera feature set and easy-to-use software to produce stunning results.
“We had an incredible response to Dynamic Calibration at LDI in Las Vegas,” comments Brompton CEO Richard Mead. “We’re excited to be able to sho
Belgium - AED Group has launched its own pro audio brand, AED Audio.
The news was announced during AED’s annual Customer Nights networking and showcase events in December and is seen as a return to the company’s roots, as AED’s CEO Glenn Roggeman designed and built loudspeakers during the 1980s and early 90s.
AED Audio’s range includes two lines, the Flex and Solid series. The Flex series comprises one model, the multi-purpose powered line-source speaker Flex6, which can be used in various applications, including flown as a line array or mounted on a pole.
Part of the Solid line, Solid15 is a compact, single 15” 1.800W RMS low cabinet or subwoofer which can be used in many scenarios and several configurations. The speaker can be operated standalone, flown and stacked.
Meanwhile, the Solid28, combined with the Solid15 in low and the Flex6, gives you access to a large scale of applications, says the company. This double 18” band pass powered subwoofer with a 3.000W RMS robust amplifier module gives an output of 137 max SPL.
The three products will be available from April. All AED Audio products will be presented at ISE 2020 at the AED group stand (hall 1, stand H127).
USA - Living Water Bible Fellowship in Alamosa, Colorado, had a pair of related problems that frustrated the staff’s ability to deliver a transparent, distraction-free service. First, the pastor could not get his microphone nearly loud enough before feedback threatened to overtake his voice, with predictable wincing among the assembled congregants. Second, even when feedback wasn’t a problem, lack of intelligibility and impact made it difficult for congregants to fully lose themselves in the music or the moment.
Local AV integration firm Lambda Audio Visual designed and installed a new Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system that did away with both issues via pattern control and phase-coherent, point-source fidelity.
“Living Water Bible Fellowship contacted us looking for some ideas to help improve the sound system in their main worship room,” explains Ryan Durbin, owner of Lambda Audio Video. “We visited to check out their system and immediately noticed the unique shape and orientation of the room.
“It’s a rectangle with a peaked ceiling, with the stage set up on a long wall. There are balconies on both sides that look down on the stage from above. The space fits about 150 people. The orientation and loudspeaker placement created a ‘boomy’ reverberant sound in the main worship area. They were having a lot of difficulties producing defined sounds. Moreover, the room shape and a soffit area above the stage left no obvious place to put a loudspeaker for general coverage.”
Durbin worked with his CAD designer to model the
South Africa - The Mosaïek Teatro, a large-capacity venue that forms part of the Mosaïek Church in Fairlands, Johannesburg is the first in South Africa to invest in KLANG’s 3D in-ear monitoring system to complement their new DiGiCo SD5 mixing consoles.
In October 2019, technical manager at the Mosaïek Teatro, Estian Els and his team took delivery of two DiGiCo SD5 mixing consoles, purchased from DWR Distribution. “Earlier this year, the Mosaïek Teatro hosted the third season of M-Net’s The Voice South Africa, which gave our technical team the opportunity to work on the DiGiCo SD10 console that was used for the show. We all became really comfortable with the technology and, therefore, when the time came for us to invest in new consoles for the Mosaïek Teatro, we decided to go with two DiGiCo SD5s,” Estian explains.
While the team have been very happy with their DiGiCo consoles, they did experience a few challenges with musician’s in-ear monitor mixes. “In the past, musicians were able to log onto our console remotely and arrange their own in-ear monitors mixes ahead of Sunday morning worship services. This was no longer possible once we adopted the DiGiCo platform, which created a lot of pressure on our monitor engineer ahead of Sunday services. Our worship band has very limited time to rehearse ahead of services, and we only have fifteen minutes to try and accommodate everyone before we have to go live,” says Estian.
DiGiCo product manager at DWR Distribution, Kyle Robson has been assisting Estian and his team with their ne