Audio News

cathedralRussian Armed Forces cathedral relies on RCF
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Russia - RCF provides coverage of more than 10,000sq.m with more than 500 speakers in the latest religious complex built in Russia. The Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces (Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ) is a Patriarchal Cathedral in honour of the Resurrection of Christ, "dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, as well as the military feats of the Russian people in all wars".
The impressive 100m-tall building was completed in May 2020 in the Patriot Park in the Odintsovsky District, Moscow Oblast. The steps and other metal parts were cast from melted Nazi weapons.
The interior capacity of the temple holds up to 6,000 people. The church is located a few hundreds meters from the nearby open-air museum, celebrating the historical times of the Great Patriotic War. The temple’s main complex is 11,000sq.m.
“The task wasn’t easy.” Sergey Gurin, ARIS head of development and corporate clients reports. “We were asked to equip the area in front of the temple with a sound reinforcement system, and to equip the 1418 Memory Road multimedia museum complex with an additional sound reinforcement system, with the best product quality in the shortest time.”
A wide variety of products were installed, ranging from 50 wide dispersion P 3115T weatherproof coaxial speakers to more than 250 MR 33T near-field two-way speakers. More than 80 CS 6940EN weatherproof column speakers and a large quantity (more than 100) of HD 3216T weatherproof horn loudspeakers were also installed.
The acoustic system provi

polar12subtopHK Audio unveils Polar 12 column PA
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Germany - HK Audio has unveiled Polar 12, a full-fledged active full-range columnar PA system for musicians, entertainers, DJs, presentations, schools and audiovisual applications, and big brother to its bestselling Polar 10 model.
The Polar 12 system consists of a subwoofer and two columnar elements. The birch-ply subwoofer’s enclosure is acoustically shaped and sized to deliver excellent audio results in combination with a specially developed 12” long-excursion woofer. Driven by a muscular 2,000-watt power amplifier, this combination delivers an incredibly full bass response even at high volumes.
The midrange/HF column comes in two sections for easy transport. The top section is loaded with six high-performance 3” neodymium midrange drivers and a low-distortion, 1” constant directivity horn. The Polar 12 system delivers well-balanced, exceedingly natural sound, rendering everything from 35 Hz all the way up to 20 kHz with remarkable authority.
Tuned to project an expansive 120° throw pattern and engineered to impede feedback, it gives users freedom of choice when it comes to positioning the PA in venues. Placed behind the speaker or performer, it can also serve as a stage monitor to take the place of wedges in many scenarios.
Setting Polar 12 on a raised stage is not a problem, as it can still be aimed at the correct height by simply leaving the column’s bottom section – which is a spacer – out of the stack.
The four-channel mixer offers two mic/line channels, one instrument channel, and one aux channel for music players

clear-oneClearOne Conference Controller now available
Monday, 14 September 2020

USA - The newest Conference Controller from ClearOne is now available worldwide.
The Conference Controller’s 10-inch touch screen is designed for easy control of ClearOne’s Converge Pro 2 audio DSP mixers as well as Collaborate Live video conferencing room systems from a single device.
The Conference Controller functions can also be accessed from a personal mobile device, eliminating the need for touching shared surfaces by downloading the free mobile apps.
The Conference Controller can be paired with Converge Pro 2 DSPs, allowing users to make and receive VoIP and/or PSTN conference calls and multiparty calls with the easy-to-use, on-screen dial pad. When paired with Collaborate Live room video systems, users can make and receive video calls as well as manage content-sharing options.
A modern user interface makes controlling conferencing functions as intuitive and simple as familiar mobile and tablet devices.

russiaDiGiCo and Stage Audio drive Volgograd show
Monday, 14 September 2020

Russia - On 24 June, a spectacular concert was hosted at Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd in honour of the 75th anniversary of VE Day. One of the only concerts allowed during Russia’s COVID-19 lockdown, it featured artists from Russia’s vibrant theatre, opera and cinema worlds, accompanied by the All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra, which was conducted by Yuri Bashmet.
The concert was also broadcast live on the state-owned TV channel, Russia-1. Rental company Stage Audio was chosen as a technical support contractor for the show.
The audience was seated on the steps along the rectangular reflecting pool in Volgograd’s Heroes Square, with the artists performing in different locations during the concert, tens of meters away from each other. This necessitated special requirements for the mixing and routing system. Signals were received from four locations across the site, providing flexible exchanging of channels from any source (stage box/desk/broadcast) to any destination within a minute between devices, as well as sending 128 channels for the televised broadcast and recording of the concert.
The Stage Audio team chose an Optocore-based DiGiCo system for mixing, routing and distributing audio at the event. In preparation for the project, the set-up was initially assembled and tested by Stage Audio, and only then sent to Volgograd.
"The system consisted of a DiGiCo SD12 as the production console, used primarily for playback and routing purposes, an SD10 as the Front of House orchestra console and another SD10 on stage for the monitor mix,” sa

alcons-audio-amsterdam-west-side-studio-enjoys-dutch-directness-with-alconsAmsterdam’s West Side Studio opts for Alcons
Friday, 11 September 2020

The Netherlands - West Side Studio is a creative partnership between four Dutch production professionals, specialising in post-production sound and offline editing for motion picture and television. Its most recent addition is a cinema screening room, where an Alcons Audio pro-ribbon 7.1 surround system has impressed the studio’s owners and clients alike.
Located in the busy port area just north-west of central Amsterdam, West Side Studio is the brainchild of Evelien van der Molen, Mieneke Kramer, Lennert Hunfeld and Vincent Sinceretti. Featuring several edit suites and an ADR studio, for the new cinema room they wanted 7.1 reference monitoring, but with the quality and flexibility for future expansion to full Dolby Atmos specification.
Cinema exhibition services specialists CinemaNext was contracted to supply and install the equipment in the new room and, after looking at all the available systems, an Alcons Audio CRMSCompact pro-ribbon system was chosen.
“We wanted to have a really simple, straightforward system with the least amount of conversions in the signal chain. The Alcons pro-ribbon solution allowed us to route digital audio from our Pro Tools system directly to the loudspeaker system, without having to put anything in between,” says Vincent Sinceretti.
The West Side team visited Amsterdam’s STMPD recording studio, owned by superstar DJ Martin Garrix and featuring an Alcons- equipped Dolby Atmos Premier Studio. “The listening tests proved to us that Alcons was not only the best system, but it also offered the best value for

ms-my-wish-img3658Powersoft amplifies audio on luxury cruiser
Friday, 11 September 2020

Croatia - The MS My Wish offers ‘a deluxe, intimate experience’ for its 38 guests. With an advantage due to its a smaller, yacht-like size, the ship can navigate narrow waterways and explore not only Croatia’s medieval cities but also its smaller, quieter islands hardly explored by bigger vessels.
Boasting an onboard restaurant, a large sundeck, a rooftop hot tub, and a swimming platform for access to the Adriatic ocean, the MS My Wish needed an audio system that could match its design.
“The Mezzo 324 and Mezzo 604 were perfect for the job,” said Captain Marin Crncic of the MS My Wish.
The Mezzo series is Powersoft’s answer to providing the same sound clarity, reliability and build quality in a smaller install amplifier – just half of the rack unit form factor. All models come with state-of-the-art built-in DSP. It has two power sizes with a two or four channel output. The Mezzo, in its smaller versions, is a sealed design and approved for hidden placement, such as mounted above a ceiling or tucked into wall box, perfect for a smaller cruise ship.
“The ship required an audio system that could be spread over 12 zones and could be adjusted accordingly,” continued Crncic. “One of the most demanding areas is the sun deck, which uses two subwoofers, six ceiling all-weather speakers and two professional two-ways for the jacuzzi, and the Mezzo handles it perfectly. It also simplified the process massively due to the built-in DSP, which helped tune the system.”
The system needed to allow for alternative audio content, accom

rabenhofAvantis upgrade for Vienna’s Rabenhof Theatre
Friday, 11 September 2020

Austria - As Vienna’s Rabenhof Theatre prepares to reopen its doors, audiences will soon be enjoying an audio upgrade, including a new 64 channel Allen & Heath Avantis mixer.
Built as a workers’ assembly hall in the 1920s, the Rabenhof was converted into a theatre in 1990 and underwent a complete refurbishment in 2008, during which much of its art-deco character was restored. The theatre has earned a reputation for serving up an eclectic mix of experiences, ranging from contemporary theatre and musicals to puppetry and baroque opera.
Almost every day brings another new performance to the Rabenhof Theatre, so head of sound, Josch Russo is accustomed to working with tight setup times and a high throughput of guest engineers. When the venue decided it was time to retire its aging digital mixer, speed and ease of use were high on the wishlist.
Following demos and consultation with Allen & Heath’s Austrian distributor, ATEC, Josch took delivery of the latest Avantis console this summer. “Avantis is the perfect fit for our theatre in terms of size and channels,” Josch comments. “It is easy to use and self-explanatory.”
The Avantis has the full dPack upgrade, including Dyn8 dynamic EQs and Allen & Heath’s DEEP processing emulations. ATEC Pro’s managing director, Manfred Prochazka adds, “Avantis’ scene management tools give the Rabenhof Theatre team the flexibility they need and the twin touchscreens and slick UI make it an enjoyable console to work with. The sound quality is amazing, and it offers so many possibilit

meyer-soundConstellation plays star role in Jakarta theatre
Friday, 11 September 2020

Indonesia - Opened late last year, the JIExpo Theatre is the new crown jewel of the Indonesian capital city’s Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo) centre for meetings, events and arts performances. Among first events was a concert by illustrious cellist Yo-Yo Ma, whose dynamic performance proved an appropriate showcase for the venue’s Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system.
Constellation and the complementary direct reinforcement system - based on Leopard line array loudspeakers - were provided through Meyer Sound national distributor Mega Swara and installed by Jakarta-based integrator Kairos Multi Jaya. With a capacity of 2,500, the JIExpo Theatre now ranks as the largest venue in the Asia Pacific region to offer the programming flexibility and superlative acoustic qualities afforded by Constellation.
Jakarta International Expo is a private enterprise, owned by the Murdaya family, and from the outset the theatre’s managing director, Prajna Murdaya, was committed to achieving the highest level of excellence in all technical aspects of the project, including audio and acoustics.
“The venue was originally specified to be just a theatre, but I saw the potential to make it also serve as Indonesia’s largest concert hall,” says Murdaya. “When I heard about Constellation and its worldwide base of existing high-profile installations, that became a key factor in deciding to go ahead and offer it here as well.”
Prior to his final decision, Murdaya had auditioned a Constellation system at the Singapore International School. “I was f

martinMartin Audio debuts iOS app for Blacklinex Powered
Thursday, 10 September 2020

UK – Martin Audio has announced the availability of its first ever iOS app, XP Connect, for control and streaming for its self-powered portable series, BlacklineX Powered.
When BlacklineX Powered launched, users were able to access the built-in three-channel mixer and onboard Bluetooth streaming by utilising the rotary panel controls on the back of the loudspeakers. Now all of that functionality is brought to life in an intuitive, colourful app making it more convenient for the user, says the company.
Announcing the app, project leader Dan Orton, Martin Audio’s product group manager, stated, “The user base of BlacklineX Powered has grown substantially since launch, and we thought it was now timely to introduce the app to the market, rewarding those users and encouraging others to the virtues of this series.”
In determining the navigation path and User Interface, Orton said the challenges had been simple usability. “We needed to give full control to the end user, with all the functionality of the back panel and in an intuitive format. For the majority of users it’s a quick and easy way to set up their loudspeakers and deliver a low scale mix using simple controls, such as input faders, output faders and hi-pass filters.
“You can put them into pairing mode for streaming Bluetooth audio—and because we could control the speaker by Bluetooth as well as streaming, it also lends itself to tablet control,” he adds.
The XP Connect app is “absolutely intuitive” once loaded, he affirms, and is designed to control a pair of spe

guitarsDillon's Garage shifts gears with API Legacy
Thursday, 10 September 2020

USA - Following formal training at the Blackbird Academy in Nashville, Dillon Taylor is opening a new high end audio recording and production space in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
The multi-studio facility, being built in support of the vibrant local music scene, is currently under construction and is set to open in November of this year.
Dillon's Garage is planned as a destination recording experience. With its private 15 acre facility nestled away, musicians can enjoy a full bus docking station complete with a 50 amp connection, three-acre pond with a pier and many amenities to elevate the creative process all behind a giant privacy fence to keep our artists in a private setting to enjoy all The Garage has to offer.
Featured in the Studio A control room space will be an API Legacy AXS console. Prominent Nashville engineer and producer, Steve Marcantonio has been retained as the primary audio consultant to advise on acoustics, equipment choices and facility operations.
"I was introduced to the Taylors by Mark Rubel of Blackbird Academy and was immediately impressed with their commitment to a completely professional operation. With Dillon's knowledge from Blackbird and my confidence with my experiences with API at The New York Record Plant, to the Sound Emporium in Nashville, and now Blackbird Studios, our choice of the API was not a difficult one to make", says Marcantonio.
"My experience at Blackbird Academy and the studios, working on the API 1608 and Legacy Plus consoles, made my choice for the Legacy AXS a no brainer,” says Taylor. "Afte

lectrosonicsLectrosonics aids Now Hear This production
Thursday, 10 September 2020

USA - Hosted by virtuoso violinist and conductor Scott Yoo, the globe-trotting PBS Great Performances Series, Now Hear This could be an Anthony Bourdain travelogue, only with a focus on classical music instead of cuisine. Created by Harry Lynch of Austin-based Arcos Films, it compellingly explores classical composers’ works and life experiences in the places where they plied their craft.
The intense travel schedule necessitates a tight crew, and Reid Mangan is tasked with recording both musical performances and dialogue. For the latter, he relies on Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless, specifically SRb and SRc receivers (slot-mounted in an SL-6 dock with a Sound Devices 688 recorder); two each of SMV, SMQV, and LT transmitters; and an HMa plug-on transmitter paired with a UCR411a receiver for occasional boom work.
“For the music performances, I’m running up to 10 channels of cabled mics and am focusing on mic placement to get an ideal sound from each instrument. And I capture dialogue at the same time,” says Mangan. “Because this is a documentary show and not scripted, we don’t get to do alternate takes if there’s a technical problem. Point being, for the dialogue, I need wireless that I can set and forget. I can’t hold a boom over someone’s head at the same time I’m doing everything else; we need whatever is happening right in front of us to come through in the moment and sound natural, with no surprises. Lectrosonics is better in that regard than any other brand I’ve ever used.”
One surprise that Lectrosonics has h

sound-technologies-logo1EAW appoints Chicago-based representative
Thursday, 10 September 2020

USA - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced Sound Technologies as its manufacturer’s representative for Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.
“Sound Technologies’ Principal Jim Bobel not only spent four years as part of the EAW sales team but he has over 25 years of experience working with some of the top brands in the industry, so he brings in depth product and technology knowledge to the table,” says TJ Smith, president for EAW. “We are excited to once again be working with Jim as he grows his business. Sound Technologies will be a great asset in helping serve customers in the region.”
Based in Chicago, Sound Technologies’ mission is to ‘support and serve manufacturers, integrators, designers, production companies, artists, and anyone looking to produce great audio’.
“Earlier this year, it became very clear that our industry in particular would be heavily impacted by COVID-19 and I felt compelled to create a company that could meet the needs of our evolving industry,” says Bobel. “Sound Technologies exists to deliver a greater level of service and is built to adapt to serve our brands and customers. As our portfolio grows, we are partnering with companies that align with our mission and values. The products from EAW are a perfect match for us and we are excited to develop opportunities and grow together.”

ebook-release-slide-mockupSound Particles releases 3D audio eBook
Wednesday, 9 September 2020

USA - Sound Particles, known for their 3D audio software, has released a free eBook entitled All You Need To Know About 3D Audio, with the goal of helping professionals around the world to transition into the immersive audio field.
“With this new eBook, sound enthusiasts will be able to find all the answers they’re looking for in a detailed, complete and easy to read guide,” says the publisher. “Immersive Sound is the next big thing in audio. Cinema, TV, VR/AR, videogames, music, installations - everyone is moving to 3D audio as a way to immerse audiences and improve their experiences.
“However, 3D audio brings new concepts and some new/old technologies that professionals may not understand at first, with buzzwords such as 7.1.2, VBAP, 22.2, objects, beds, B-format, AmbiX, ACN, SN3D, HRTF, HRIR. This eBook summarises the most relevant information on this topic, covering channel-based audio, object-based audio, Ambisonics, and binaural.”
“3D Sound is the future, and the last big challenge in audio” says Nuno Fonseca, founder and CEO of Sound Particles. “Yes, it may be a little confusing for someone to understand all the formats that currently exist, but the goal of this eBook is to give people the initial push, allowing everyone to start working on this new creative field.”

headphonesAustrian Audio Hi-X50 headphones now shipping
Wednesday, 9 September 2020

UK - Austrian Audio and UK distributor Sound Technology have announced immediate availability of the Austrian Audio Hi-X50 professional headphones. The Hi-X50s are closed-back, on-ear headphones built on Austrian Audio’s respected microphone manufacturing reputation.
The Hi-X50 supra-aural, closed-back headphones provide on-the-ear comfort, as well as portability with a foldable hinge design, says the company. Metal parts are used for all critical elements in order to guarantee long durability even under rough conditions, be it in studios or tour buses.
Developed from scratch, the all new 44mm Hi-X driver features a ring magnet system allowing improved air-flow and the strongest magnetic field in its class. This ring magnet structure, coupled with a copper-clad aluminium voice coil, reduces the weight of the membrane and the voice coil that sits on it. This allows the membrane to move or change direction faster, providing a better impulse reaction.
A double acoustic wall was designed to achieve the best damping results. To support this and increase comfort, the form factor of the earpads has been rethought completely, to provide sealing as well as comfort, reducing fatigue from long listening sessions.
Engineered and manufactured in Austria, the Hi-X50, and its over-ear brother the Hi-X55, are ‘tailored to suit the demanding production conditions of today’.

ezprotraining2EZ Pro International hosts Symetrix training
Wednesday, 9 September 2020

China - Symetrix has partnered with EZ Pro International to bring the hands-on Symetrix Composer Certified Trainings to system designers throughout China.
Starting in Shenzhen in July and continuing to Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, and Xi’an throughout the rest of the year, the Symetrix Composer Certified Trainings have been a hit throughout China - producing a cadre of qualified Symetrix system designers in the region. The trainings utilise small class sizes, flexible training sites, and expert lecturers including EZ Pro’s vice president Kane Zhang and brand manager Tim Wang.
The innovative and informative trainings are divided into three levels - basic, certified programmer, and master. During basic training, students learn how to upload finished configuration files into their systems, make sure they are running smoothly, and learn Symetrix basic functions. This prepares graduates of the basic training class with the skills they will need when interacting with a remote support technician from EZ Pro.
After passing basic training, students can take the certified programmer training where they learn how to independently program Symetrix devices with Composer software, develop a complete understanding of Symetrix system design, and how to use Symetrix products to address any system need. Finally, master training provides students with the opportunity to become experts in all aspects of Symetrix system design, programming, and debugging.
“Numerous people have already passed the certified programmer training, and all are expected to come back

mapp3droundtablesMeyer Sound launches MAPP 3D round table series
Wednesday, 9 September 2020

USA - The Meyer Sound education team has returned with a series of MAPP 3D round table discussions every Thursday in September. Each session will welcome questions from attendees and be answered by a team of panelists. The sessions will also focus on different features of Meyer Sound’s new MAPP 3D system design and prediction tool.
The first round table - which took place on Thursday, 3 September - addressed overall MAPP 3D help, feature requests and bug reports, main graphical user interface (GUI), viewports, importing CAD and SketchUp drawings, and SPL vs. Attenuation in model view.
This Thursday, 10 September, the session will focus on primitives, modifiers, and tweaking SPL range and resolution for quick design.
The third round table, scheduled for 17 September, will teach attendees how to interpret Δ dB and connect to the Galileo Galaxy Network Platform, Compass Control Software, and Compass Go.
The final session on 24 September will dive into MAPP 3D case studies and optimization for faster predictions.
Each MAPP 3D session will begin at 9:00 PDT/18:00 CET and will be moderated by Meyer Sound senior technical support & education specialist Merlijn van Veen. Throughout the round tables, Meyer Sound panellists will be available for Q&A.

2020-tech-track-100-logo1Research: disguise among the fastest-growing tech firms
Wednesday, 9 September 2020

UK/EMEA - disguise has landed a spot in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 index, which ranks the top 100 British private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years.
disguise was ranked at number 80 for the accelerated launch of its xR solution to meet the new market needs for immersive remote performance and virtual production. The company was also recognised as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2019 according to the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 index released last month.
“As technology continues to transform every aspect of how we live and work, visionary and ambitious companies will continue to be at the forefront of innovation,” says disguise CEO Fernando Kufer. “We are truly proud and humbled to be recognised for our efforts and to be included among these industry leaders. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic bringing all live events to a standstill, disguise has accelerated the development of xR and engaged with customers to transition them, at a deep level, to the new xR arena with free education to create new opportunities for them to meet market needs.”
Commenting of disguise’s ranking in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 index. Kufer adds: “We owe our position in this prestigious ranking to our continuous growth and expansion into new markets and territories, enabling our users, customers and partners to continually push boundaries and deliver spectacular live visual experiences with the help of our software-on-hardware solutions.”
With the halt

mixxmaker-new-grey-front-croppedARX Systems releases new look MiXXMaker
Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Australia - ARX Systems has recently upgraded their MiXXMaker USB Mic/Line master mixer. The new version will start shipping this month.
Responding to an increase in demand for a professional 1RU solution that can interface with smartphones, tablets, laptops and other MiniJack and USB enabled devices, the MIXXMaker is designed to deal with a wide variety of protocols and connectors. As consumer level devices have become the program source of convenience in audio playback across most applications, the MIXXMaker not only provides all the inputs you’ll need but also the independent controls that you want at your fingertips for a truly professional mix.
The MiXXMaker integrates ARX USB, wireless and Analogue audio interface technologies into a compact 1RU package with a wide range of features including wireless audio, USB and MiniJack inputs, two balanced XLR microphone inputs, switchable push to talk priority override ducker, global three-way EQ control and phantom power for condenser microphones.
“The MiXXMaker really is the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ product for any installation where the audio playback source – and therefore the inputs, outputs or protocols - can change or is unknown on a day to day basis. There is a growing need for products that can deliver professional quality audio playback from consumer devices without messing around with additional hardware or cables and the MiXXMaker does exactly that,” says Colin Park, managing director of ARX Systems.

martinMartin MLA installed in Seoul arts foundation
Tuesday, 8 September 2020

South Korea - The Seoul Foundation for Arts & Culture (SFAC) recently commissioned the installation of a Martin Audio MLA Mini /MSX loudspeaker array in its new Youth Arts Centre. Funded by donations, the facility has been designed for young people in the Korean capital to fulfil their artistic potential, and put them in touch with other creative hubs around the world via the internet.
Founded in 2003, the Foundation had been seeking to create Seoul as a platform where diverse values ​​of culture and art could be expressed, and The Youth Arts Centre was created as part of this activity. The facility itself had originally been donated by a private school foundation named Wonsuk.
Situated in the Chungjeong-ro district of the city, the 1,500sq.m space itself consists of a cafe, office, multipurpose hall, conference rooms and practice room, along with a complex function space.
To conform to modern standards, a high-performance, versatile sound system was required. As Sama Sound sales manager, Dae Won Cho, already had a good relationship with Wonsuk, the Martin Audio distributors were awarded the contract.
It is in the 150-seat multi-purpose hall that the MLA Mini was specified for its ability to reinforce all types of live performance (K-Pop), as well as conferences, seminars and exhibitions. The system was designed by Sama Sound’s Seung Hwan Kim.
Joining the MLA family, the tiny MLA Mini is one of the smallest systems capable of implementing this proprietary technology and its output compares favourably with products that are in a

codaCoda ViRAY reinforces Kultursommer 2020
Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Germany - The City of Oberndorf am Neckar in the state of Baden-Württemberg this summer played host to a five-week programme of outdoor live entertainment labelled Kultursommer 2020.
Created by events specialists dts Veranstaltungstechnik GbR, and taking into account the impact of the global Coronavirus pandemic, this ambitious undertaking required detailed logistical planning, careful organisation and the highest level of production support. The organisers assembled a wide-range of acts from a variety of genres for the outdoor shows, from top metal bands Rage and AXXIS, Classic meets Gypsy with Zorana Memedovic and Heinze Costabel, to comedy and cabaret with Heinrich del Core and Dui do on de Sell.
With more than 25 years experience in the sector, dts recently invested in a Coda Audio system, and decided that Kultursommer 2020, with its requirement for versatile high quality sound, would benefit from its deployment. Thomas Müller of Coda, who has worked freelance on numerous dts shows over the years, collaborated with the company to help design the system.
Conditions in respect of noise protection for local residents meant that calculations had to be very precise. Müller and the dts team worked together using Coda’s System Optimiser to make accurate predictions of the expected results, helping to ensure that sound would be placed exactly where required, and avoiding disturbance to the site’s neighbours.
All COVID19 regulations were strictly adhered to, with the audience area divided into three zones. Deck chairs were provided at the f

rs-cuba-dave-hogan1PMC Unzips The Rolling Stones in Dolby Atmos
Tuesday, 8 September 2020

The Netherlands/USA - British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC has been chosen to provide the speakers for the presentation of an immersive audio experience at the first international exhibition devoted to the life of The Rolling Stones.
Entitled The Rolling Stones - Unzipped, this touring exhibition opens on 14 November at the Groninger Museum in The Netherlands. PMC’s speaker systems are also being used during the mixing of the audio soundtracks for the showcase event in Dolby Atmos at Capitol Studios, LA and PMC’s own Dolby Atmos mix studio at Highland Park in LA.
The Groninger Museum was host to a legendary concert by the band in 1999 and will house the exhibition until 28 February 2021, before it begins a tour around the world. Fans of the band will journey through the band's legacy, ending with a special finale experience that takes the visitors into an iconic Stones moment, delivered in multi-dimensional Dolby Atmos Sound.
With PMC’s integral part in the development of Dolby Atmos for Music, the use of PMC by the Rolling Stones was an obvious choice for the exhibition’s finale presentation of their 2016 Latin America tour documentary, Olé, Olé, Olé and concert footage from the band’s ground-breaking concert in Havana, Cuba.
Five large screens will immerse fans in this multi-dimensional experience, with an array of PMC’s new Ci140 speakers and as yet unreleased flagship active subwoofers the BST, providing 23 channels of Dolby Atmos soundtrack powered by in excess of 20,000 watts. The AV system will take fans de

digicosixthsenseDiGiCo and KLANG system drives Sixth Sense
Monday, 7 September 2020

USA - COVID-19 has changed everything. “This pandemic has forced creative people to have to get creative about everything, even things we usually take for granted,” says Tom Worley, operations manager at 3G Productions, Inc. (3G), a live production, sales, and systems integration provider. Thus, this summer 3G turned its Los Angeles facility into Sixth Sense Creative House, a flexible production space able to accommodate live events, film and audio recordings, and live streaming from its sound stage.
Key elements in the success of this initiative are two DiGiCo SD12 consoles and a new Quantum7 console, as well as two SD-Racks fitted with 32-bit Stadius mic pres, all on a single Optocore network. The desks are also equipped with DiGiCo’s new DMI-KLANG card, an immersive in-ear mixing expansion that can be mounted directly into a console equipped with DMI slots for native KLANG control from the desk’s work surface.
The KLANG system is an option for those using Sixth Sense’s streaming facilities to offer listeners a fully immersive experience online over headphones, while the SD12 and Quantum7 consoles provide live sound and recording engineers a familiar and powerful worksurface for any kind of audio mix.
The two SD12 consoles are located in Sixth Sense Creative House’s main live event space, as the front-of-house and monitor desks for a sound stage with an All Access turntable stage that will allow festival-type back-to-back concert productions. The Quantum7 console is installed in a nearby recording and broadcast control room.

danleyskipwelchDanley’s Welch adds marketing role
Monday, 7 September 2020

USA - Danley Sound Labs has announced that Skip Welch, currently director of sales, will take on additional responsibilities as head of marketing. Welch’s new combined title will be director of sales & marketing.
“Skip spent his first seven years at Danley in the roles of Eastern regional manager and national sales manager,” said Jeff Pulliam, general manager at Danley Sound Labs. “He knows the audio industry inside and out and understands the growing niche that Danley holds within it. That, together with his native marketing sense and artistic abilities, make Skip the perfect person for the new role of director of sales & marketing.”
Welch added, “Although the pro audio industry, like so many industries, is facing difficult times, Danley is looking to the future with new projects and innovative technologies. Our team is energised and excited! I look forward to assisting the team and to spreading the word that Danley’s solutions are a big win-win for integrators, clients, and anyone who loves great audio.”

dennymclaneMcLane heads Symetrix customer experience team
Friday, 4 September 2020

USA - Denny McLane has joined Symetrix as the new manager of the customer experience team.
McLane began his career as the president and owner of Sound Techniques in North Hollywood, CA, where he designed and installed sound and video systems for churches, auditoriums, theatres, and provided live sound production for producer David Foster and his roster of artists. He later spent seven years at BSS Audio (Harman Pro) presiding over sales and support for Soundweb London for the Western US and most recently held the position of Consultant Liaison with Atlas-IED driving architectural projects toward their product offering. McLane is a true expert at bridging technical products and integrator/end-user needs.
“We're very excited to welcome Denny to the Symetrix family,” stated Dan Lynch, Symetrix VP of marketing. “As the leader of the customer experience team, Denny's extensive experience in the AV industry will be invaluable to help guide our support, training, and consultant liaison teams for Symetrix 2.0. Most importantly, Denny's personality is a perfect fit for the Symetrix family and he's going to be a welcome addition to the overall customer experience team.”
As Manager of the Customer Experience Team, McLane will manage departmental participation in product design, promotion, and sustaining engineering, while continuously driving systemic improvements of the training and technical support departments.
“I’ve observed the team that Symetrix has built and how they have evaluated customer facing management of the company to a calibr


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