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amanoeast-side-bar-jens-bosenbergNexo ID Series installed at Amano hotels in Berlin
Thursday, 17 February 2022

Germany - The vision of founder Ariel Schiff, the Amano Group of hotels, bars and restaurants relies on sound design as the basis to transport interior design, bar and culinary concepts. This recognition that sound plays a key role in curating a memorable customer experience in a hospitality setting is evidenced by the fact that the group has its own sound designer on staff.
When the group first approached experienced German AV technology specialists Raum+Schall to design and install a sound system in the soon-to-open restaurant of the prestigious Hotel Amano East Side in Berlin, CTO Markus Lienhart knew that he wanted to use the Nexo ID Series. “When I first saw and heard the Nexo ID24, I thought, wow, this is installation loudspeakers v2.0. In terms of design, performance and the versatility of its HF directivity, it gives us the tools we need to realise a whole new level of performance in a high-end hospitality setting.”
A shoot-out with other systems was arranged at the nearby Hotel Amano Grand Central, with the group’s owner and key management present. “As soon as we fired up the ID Series system, I got goose bumps” continues Lienhart. Requests quickly followed to install Nexo systems in three other Amano Group properties in the city.
“We started at the Hotel Amano East Side, using eight ID24s with a pair of IDS110 subs in both the restaurant and rooftop bar, with power and processing from Nexo DTD/DTDAMPs,” reports Lienhart. “The systems sounded fantastic throughout, with no dead edges. Critically, the systems are able to accom

super-bowlShure on point for Super Bowl LVI
Thursday, 17 February 2022

USA - Super Bowl LVI attracted 70,000 fans at LA’s SoFi Stadium, with more than 100 million TV viewers tuning in from around the world. The event’s RF coordinators, referees and performers relied on Shure gear.
The line-up featured the Axient Digital Wireless System which captured uninterrupted audio from the game’s most meaningful moments, including the pre-game show, key parts of the half-time performance, and crucial fourth-quarter referee decisions. Off the field, Shure technology was counted on to bring memorable events to life, including Budweiser’s Super Bowl Music Fest and NFL Honours broadcast.
“Shure Axient Digital microphones have been a key part of our Super Bowl wireless system for the last five years,” comments Gary Trenda, lead RF technician for Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), which was hired by ATK Audiotek to handle wireless microphones and IEM systems for the pre-game, halftime entertainment and referees. “The PWS team deploys a Quadversity antenna system that gives us great coverage. Seeing five bars on the quality meter anywhere on the field gives us confidence in the Axient Digital system.”
Gary and the ATK Audiotek team depended on 10 AD4Q four-channel wireless receivers and a Shure spectrum manager with Wireless Workbench to evaluate the RF spectrum efficiently and continuously at SoFi Stadium in real time. ATK used Axient Digital with Quadversity, a patented Shure technology, leveraging four simultaneous RF inputs to feed a single RF channel. Quadversity can extend the coverage area of a microphone chann

 
 
audiofocusAudiofocus strengthens international sales team
Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Belgium - Installation and touring loudspeaker manufacturer Audiofocus has announced two senior additions to its international sales team.
Håkan Sjöö has been appointed to the position of EMEA sales manager, with responsibility for developing and expanding the brand’s distribution partnerships. Luc Haubursin has also joined the team as commercial business development manager, with a specific focus on sales growth in Africa and the Benelux countries.
Håkan brings international sales experience with pro audio brands including Powersoft, Renkus-Heinz, and Holoplot. Luc also has a proven track record in the pro AV industry, with business development experience at Chauvet Europe and with AED Distribution.
“We are delighted to welcome Håkan and Luc to the Audiofocus family,” says managing director, Ann Leroy. “As part of our Audiofocus 2.0 journey, we are investing heavily in pioneering new products and technologies. Håkan and Luc’s knowledge and energy will play a key role in growing the strong, proactive distribution partnerships that will translate our R&D and manufacturing innovations into sustainable business growth.”
Håkan Sjöö adds, “I look forward to supporting our international partners with the rollout of the ground-breaking new products coming through the R&D pipeline. We also have a fantastic opportunity to build new partnerships and extend first class on-the-ground representation and support to many more territories.”
Luc Haubursin comments: “Alongside supporting the growth of our global busi

 
texasLEA Professional amps find a home in Houston
Wednesday, 16 February 2022

USA - LEA Professional supplied the owners of a large residential property in Houston with network-based audio through the company's Connect Series amplifiers.
A long-time customer of Texas-based AV integration company Sound Lab Designs, the homeowners were looking for an entire new AV system across their six-bedroom home which is set over five acres of land in the middle of Houston. Sound Lab Designs designed and installed a new system from scratch to cover the interior and exterior of the large property.
For Ernie Blumenthal, owner at Sound Lab Designs, this project was different from other residential installations he’s worked on because, for the first time, he used LEA Professional amplifiers. Blumenthal mapped over 20 audio zones in the property, many of which were external zones including the pool, patio, front and near lawns and balconies. Initially for Blumenthal it was the style and form factor of the LEA amplifiers that convinced him to give them a try.
“Form factor was a huge plus, I knew I could really stack a lot of power in a home and not take up the whole rack,” commented Blumenthal. “I did my research on LEA and saw that the sound quality and the adjustability of the amplifier was highly regarded so I thought this would be a perfect installation to try this product.”
Sound Lab Designs installed five Connect Series 168, one Connect 702, and one Connect 354 in the home. The team chose to give the homeowners extra power and channel count so they would have plenty of headroom for future expansion.

 
 
agoramesse-frankfurt-exhibition-gmbhpietro-suteramfpshym2021-092Clear-Com solutions support Frankfurt shows
Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Germany - Large-scale tradeshows have been profoundly affected by the pandemic since 2020, many having to be cancelled or postponed, or rely on hybrid formats of attendance. For Automechanika Digital Plus and Hypermotion 2021 in Frankfurt, live events and technology companies Gahrens + Battermann and Freaksound implemented a communications solution to enable both live and virtual elements of the shows.
Clear-Com’s HelixNet Digital Network Partyline, LQ Series of IP Interfaces, Agent-IC Mobile App, and the new Station-IC Virtual Desktop Client assisted with event management and live streaming at the events.
The first independent shows of their kind in Germany, Automechanika and Hypermotion brought together numerous players from the automotive, transport and logistics industries to discuss the future of the mobility industry as the world trends toward digitalization and decarbonization. After an 18-month closure, the Messe Frankfurt was finally able to welcome in-person guests in September of 2021.
Clear-Com’s HelixNet Digital Network Partyline was integrated with several LQ devices and deployed at the Messe to connect four event halls and five stages via an existing IP backbone, as well as to connect intercom users who were remoting into the main event site.
More than 50 intercom endpoints consisting of four-channel HRM-4X remote user stations and HXII-BP 2-channel beltpacks were established throughout the production area, in addition to analogue input and outputs that were designated for camera control units used in the live broadcast of

 
solo-club-6Beijing's Solo opens with Van Damme Cable
Wednesday, 16 February 2022

China - DJ Wengweng, well-known electronic musician, the main founder of Acupuncture Records and the Lantern Club, has recently opened Solo, a new electronic music room in Bejing, with the help of Van Damme Cable.
Measured at only 18sq.m, the music space will be used to record live sets of or other artists, and make their musical talents and ideas better known through the internet.
The key aim is to establish increasingly strong relationships with domestic artists, labels and club operators, start discussions around the development of electronic music culture in China and create development opportunities together.
Despite its size, the sound, lighting, DJ and acoustic processing equipment are all professional standard. Installation was achieved with the help of Phoenix Audio, Van Damme’s Chinese distributor.
The audio configuration uses Funktion-One series: two R1 full-frequency main amplifiers and two F101 supplementary speakers. One BR218 double 18’’ bass. Van Damme Tour Grade Classic XKE starquad microphone cable, Black Series Tour Grade 8 pair multicore and Black Series Tour Grade 4 x 4.00mm multicore were also used in the Solo Club install.
Herpreet Kaur Singh, commercial director at VDC Trading, comments: “We’re delighted that we were able to support Phoenix Audio with this install. It’s a privilege to be involved with Solo, a space linked to such a high-profile artist and one of the important personalities in the development of Chinese electronic music culture.”
Chris Zhang, director of Phoenix Audio, adds:

 
 
rowleyRich Rowley joins Solotech UK in GM role
Tuesday, 15 February 2022

UK - Solotech UK has announced the appointment of Rich Rowley to the role of general manager for its Redditch facility. Rowley joins Solotech with 30 years’ experience in the live productions Industry. Reporting to UK MD Bryce Jewell, Rowley will oversee operations supporting the live productions, sales and systems integration business for Solotech’s UK companies, including SSE Audio, Wigwam, Capital Sound and BCS Audio.
Rowley previously held roles as director at XL Video and as chief sales officer for PRG in the UK. Most recently, he has been general manager at Adlib, where he helped oversee the company’s transition from an audio supplier to a full 360 audio, lighting and video service provider.
Rich is no stranger to the Solotech family, having been hire manager in Redditch for SSE Audio between 2004 and 2006. During his time at SSE, he worked on many projects and designs, including Oasis, Metallica and the main stages for Download, Reading/Leeds and Glastonbury.
MD Bryce Jewell comments: “The general manager role at our UK headquarters is pivotal in ensuring the delivery of all our business both in live productions and sales and systems integration. We’re delighted to have secured someone with Rich’s knowledge and experience. We are confident he will be able to support what will be an incredibly busy time for our core business in the coming months while planning for the ongoing expansion of Solotech in the UK.”
Rich Rowley adds: “The UK brands already have a fantastic reputation and with the support of Solotech globally we

 
up-6o-montage-600pxOptimal Audio launches Up 6O
Tuesday, 15 February 2022

UK - Optimal Audio has announced an addition to its range in the shape of the Up 6O, a 6” two-way passive, full range open back ceiling speaker.
Delivering a consistent conical 110° coverage pattern, Up 6O features a 6” low frequency driver paired with a 0.7” metal dome tweeter, and is supplied without a back can for ceilings with a minimum cavity depth. An integral fixing system achieves a simple and clean installation. Up 6O is suitable for both high quality speech and music reproduction in a wide range of cost-conscious commercial environments, from hotels and concourses to retail outlets, bars and restaurants, says Optimal.
Each Up 6O can be run on a series of 70V or 100V taps or at low impedance, and with a 16Ohm setting allows up to four units to be connected to each amplifier channel at low impedance for an efficient install.
Up 6O joins Optimal Audio’s range of ceiling speakers with the entire Up series now shipping in APAC, followed by EMEA from March, and North America to follow later in the year.
Product manager, Al McKinna, said: “With the entire Up ceiling series, including this latest addition, now shipping, they join Cuboid and Sub to complete our loudspeaker offering. With our amplifiers also shipping and our controllers soon to follow, the Optimal Audio ecosystem of control, amplification and loudspeakers working seamlessly together is now becoming a reality. 2022 will be the year we see Optimal Audio really take off.”

 
 
graph-1-prods-by-yearRHC publishes latest networked audio adoption report
Tuesday, 15 February 2022

UK - Audio consultancy and networking experts RH Consulting (RHC) has been counting networked audio products and licensees since 2013 in an effort to chart the adoption of audio networking in the pro audio, AV and broadcast markets. The latest report, available here, covers all the major protocols and, for the first time, networked video and control products that use AES70, SDVoE and ST 2110 among others.
The last 12 months have seen a complete overhaul in the way RHC conducts its research and even closer collaboration with relevant industry trade associations and manufacturers. Consequently, the 10th edition of the report is the most comprehensive and accurate to date.
The statistics show that quite clearly that the number of networked AV products continues to grow, despite the difficulties we’ve all encountered over the last two years in the face of the global pandemic. A total of 4,142 networked products are currently shipping from 444 manufacturers, which represents even more new products on the market than last year. In AoIP terms, it’s no surprise to see that Dante remains ahead of the game by an order of magnitude that seems unlikely that anyone will bridge, but RAVENNA continues to progress modestly in second place, and remains the number one protocol of choice in the broadcast market.
Video and control are a different story as both are still very much in their infancy when it comes to IP networking. The report contains a d

 
audiologicpro1522-9906db03cf03cf3cAudiologicPRO adds Wavefront Precision
Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Slovakia - Martin Audio’s long-term Czech and Slovakian distributor Rock Centrum has sold a Wavefront Precision line array to local rental company, AudiologicPRO. A relatively young company from the city of Martin, AudiologicPRO has had experience of Martin Audio technology and has been growing rapidly, with its reputation spreading throughout both the Czech and Slovak markets, in all performance sectors.
According to Rock Centrum’s Peter Foldvari, joint partners, Branislav Gombarský and Tomáš Hruška, wanted the manufacturer’s latest line array series as they believed Martin Audio’s optimised line array technology to be the best available.
“We conducted a few demos at our Czech base in Prague and invited them,” he reports. “We then had long discussions about which system they needed, as they already had experience with legendary systems such as W8, W8LC and W8LM. Finally, they opted for WPC.
“Of course, they also considered other brands, but based on previous cooperation and the result of the soundchecks they quickly returned to WPC because of the core optimisation technology.”
AudiologicPRO’s initial purchase is for 12 enclosures, giving them hangs of six elements per side, but this will increase further for the summer season, along with iKON iK42 amplifiers. This will complement their existing classic Martin Audio W8LM, W8VDQ and a W8C / WSX rig.
Regarding the purchase, Branislav Gombarský explains: “The best possible sound performance was in our company already - and that's why we decided to expand our Mart

 
 
dannyserenityaudioSerenityaudio switches on to Nexo Geo M10
Tuesday, 15 February 2022

UK - In a career spanning more than 40 years, professional audio veteran Danny Kitainik has seen, done and heard it all, providing sound engineering services at countless high-profile festivals, events, tours and West End theatre shows, alongside running a successful AV installation, hire and events technology business. When the time came to invest in a new rental sound system at UK-based Serenityaudio, the company’s owner knew exactly what he wanted.
“For us, it’s all about delivering big festival sound and production values at smaller, often community-based events” says Kitainik. “The decision to go with Nexo was a combination of build and sound quality, reliability, aftersales support, performance, ease of operation and cost. There are so many benefits that it was an easy decision to make. We didn't even try to A-B systems before we committed to take the Nexo route.
“The cost and scale of the Geo M10 is perfect for our needs; not too big and not too small. It’s easy to transport and quick for just two of us to deploy. This is really important when working in the small to medium sized production rental sector.”
The Serenityaudio system comprises four Geo M1012, four Geo M1025, six MSUB15 and two MSUB18 subs. Typically configured as ground stacks, amplification and processing is provided by four of Nexo’s compact, four-channel NXAMP4X2MK2 powered controllers.
In addition to the Geo M10 cabinets and an existing stock of classic Nexo PS10s, Serenityaudio also purchased four Nexo P12s for use as monitors, with the added flexi

 
green-hippoMidwich joins Green Hippo distribution network
Tuesday, 15 February 2022

UK - Green Hippo has welcomed Midwich as a new distributor for Green Hippo products, particularly the full range of Hippotizer media servers, across the UK and Ireland.
Frithjof Becker, EMEA sales director, Green Hippo by tvONE, comments: “We are excited to announce our relationship with Midwich for fixed installation projects in the UK and Ireland. Our goal is to continue developing the growth of Green Hippo product lines within the install market. With an award-winning solutions provider like Midwich, we can’t wait to see the next set of impressive projects.”
Robert Phillips, video processing specialist at Midwich, adds: “Midwich are delighted to partner with Green Hippo to offer their leading range or media servers to customers looking to incorporate real-time media playback, 3D mapping and visualisation into their projects. Green Hippo works perfectly with our extensive range of LED, projection and video processing solutions and we have already delivered multiple major projects with Green Hippo at their core.”
Hippotizer products are on show at Innovation House, Midwich Group’s UK experience in Bracknell, alongside complimentary solutions. Green Hippo will also be showcasing at Midwich’s upcoming LED event on 23-24 March at Innovation House.

 
 
hypervsn-smartv-wall7Hypervsn introduces SmartV
Monday, 14 February 2022

UK - Hypervsn is launching a new platform called Hypervsn SmartV. It has onboard HDMI, which allows SmartV to connect with the wider ecosystem of products involved in the pro AV and digital signage markets. The inclusion of the HDMI also means that SmartV can now be used to display both 2D and 3D content, says Hypervsn.
A larger, but lighter 3,000-nit Hypervsn SmartV model is launching, alongside an ultra-fine pixel pitch (0.65mm) medium-sized solution. These new solutions will successfully complement Hypervisn’s current range, whilst addressing a wider scope of customer needs.
Kiryl Chykeyuk, Hypervsn co-founder, comments: “We’ve spent the last three years completely redesigning the previous generation of Hypervsn technology. We have developed proprietary accessories to enable new, exciting interactive features and various installation options SmartV technology is available to order now via Hypervsn and our authorised partners across the globe.”

 
digicoPrairie Sun Live upgrades DiGiCo offering
Monday, 14 February 2022

USA - Just north of San Francisco, on a rural 10acre ranch in the heart of Sonoma County wine country, Prairie Sun Recording Studios has been steadily recording some of the biggest names in music since 1980. From The Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana and Journey to Nine Inch Nails, Wu Tang Clan and Tom Waits, numerous Grammy Award-winning records have been tracked, mixed, and mastered at this former chicken hatchery repurposed four decades ago by Mark ‘Mooka’ Rennick as a recording complex comprising three well-appointed studios.
For 10 years, this same site has also served as the headquarters of Prairie Sun Live, a live sound reinforcement and rental company that Mooka has led with the same passion, expertise, and commitment to great gear that has made his recording business a success.
First started in 2012 with an Adamson Y10 line array and Lab.Gruppen PLM amps purchased from Clair Brothers, Prairie Sun Live has grown its inventory to notably include d&b audiotechnik J- and Q-Series loudspeaker systems and DiGiCo SD-Range mixing consoles, including the SD9, SD10 and SD7T. Now, Prairie Sun Live has further deepened its commitment to DiGiCo’s mixing platform by upgrading its SD7T to a Quantum7T with the addition of a new Quantum engine.
“I purchased my SD7T from the West End of London seven years ago and have rented it out for many events locally and nationally thanks to its Theatre-specific ‘T’ software package,” Mooka shares. “I bought the SD7T because, like the SSL 4000 E/G and vintage 80 Series Neve desks that I have in my studi

 
 
robwithboomcropRob Smith flies high with Lectrosonics
Friday, 11 February 2022

USA - Any production sound professional is familiar with the range and reception challenges of car-to-car recording. Rob Smith, however, may be the only mixer to take on helicopter-to-helicopter audio and achieve high-flying results.
Smith, whose credits include Preacher, Queen of the South, and Duck Dynasty, faced this task while filming Starting Strong. Produced by Ricky Schroeder’s Old Post Films beginning in 2014, the series looks behind the scenes at careers in the U.S. Army. To make his mission possible, he relied on Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless - specifically UCR411a receivers paired with SMV and SMQV transmitters and HMa plug-ons for booms, plus R1A receivers for producers’ and directors’ IFB monitoring.
“Cairns Army Airfield at Fort Rucker is where aspiring young pilots train to fly helicopters,” begins Smith. “They’ve earned a lot of credentials to get to this point, where they’re training in Bell Jet Rangers and Eurocopters. The job of me and my colleague Bob Tiwana - who originally supplied all the Lectrosonics gear - was to capture both all the radio communications between the helicopter crew and the tower, as well as chatter inside the copters between students and instructors.
“For one series of shots, we strapped into the back seat with our camera operator, with a minimum of 12 of the 411s between our two kits. These fed Sound Devices 788T recorders. Some SMV and SMQV transmitters were wired into the radio comms while others picked up Sanken COS-11 mics on the students’ persons.

 
bon-iverL-ISA technology backs Bone Iver live in LA
Friday, 11 February 2022

USA - When Bon Iver’s album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, dropped 10 years ago, it was widely praised by music critics, debuting at the number two spot on the Billboard 200 US chart and earning the group Grammy Awards for both Best Alternative Music Album and Best New Artist.
To celebrate the anniversary of this milestone release, frontman Justin Vernon and his band brought the album to life in its entirety, plus additional material, with a pair of immersive live shows dubbed Sincerely Grateful at the new YouTube Theatre at Hollywood Park, Los Angeles, using L-ISA technology.
The two-day event marked the first concerts that the group had performed in more than a year and a half, and also represented the first official worldwide deployment of the new L-Acoustics L-ISA Processor II. Using this 3D audio processing engine, FOH engineer Xandy Whitesel mixed two shows that garnered praise from both patrons and press alike for their ultra-high-resolution, panoramic sound.
“My goal with this band is always to enhance the music and connect with the audience, not distract them with the sound,” Whitesel shares. “When it comes to immersive audio, there’s a fine line between glitz and gold, but the intimacy that L-ISA can bring to even a big venue like the YouTube Theatre is amazing. I equate it to what it must have been like going from listening to mono recordings in the ’50s to first hearing stereo in the ’60s. Suddenly there's a whole new world out there, and it’s much more sonically interesting and engaging.”
He adds that the L-Acoust

 
 
buddyguylegendsMeyer system debuts at Buddy Guy’s Legends
Friday, 11 February 2022

USA - Buddy Guy has been an enduring icon of the Chicago blues for more than half a century, and the octogenarian guitar virtuoso continues a full touring schedule of around 140 shows a year. However, every January, he returns to Buddy Guy’s Legends, his personally owned and family-operated blues club where he holds court for 16 shows.
This year, his annual homecoming benefited from a sonic upgrade with the recent installation of new Meyer Sound ULTRA-X Series loudspeakers for the house and MJF-210 stage monitors for the performers.
“The new Meyer Sound system is a whole lot clearer than what we had before,” notes Greg Guy, Buddy Guy’s son and regular house engineer at the club as well as an accomplished guitarist in his own right. “It’s the same number of speakers as before, and even though the new ones are much smaller, they actually sound bigger. Buddy’s touring sound engineer came in, walked around the room while listening, and was very happy.”
The prior system had been installed when Buddy Guy’s Legends moved from its original location on the same block to the present larger accommodations in 2010. “It was a good system for its time, and it was still working,” says Charlotte Guy Nunn, Buddy’s daughter and director of operations for the family enterprise. “But it was time to upgrade to the latest technology to take advantage of better performance and reliability. And, of course, Buddy has to like how it sounds, and so far he likes what he is hearing.”
The new system comprises four Ultra-X40 loudspeakers for mai

 
dbayumi-hananocropd&b names Soundscape manager for Japan
Thursday, 10 February 2022

Japan - German audio technology and solutions company d&b audiotechnik has appointed Ayumi Hanano as Soundscape business development manager for Japan.
In this role, Hanano will be supporting Japanese users on both the technical and commercial aspects of d&b’s Soundscape System, with additional regional support. Hanano, who will be based in the d&b office in Yokohama, will report to both Hideki Yajima, managing director, d&b Japan, and Anand Narayanan, d&b president, APAC.
“We have seen success with both Soundscape and SL-Series throughout Japan, and Ayumi joins us at a great time to help build on this momentum and develop the markets further,” says Yajima. “Ayumi has a wealth of knowledge and experience throughout Japan and the APAC region. She will be working closely with end customers, system integrators and content creators to help demonstrate the advantages and creative opportunities that our technology offers.”
The impact of d&b Soundscape, the professional AV industry’s leading immersive audio technology, has grown considerably in the region over the past few years, particularly as more updates to the technology have been added.
Hanano began her career as a sound engineer in Japan, before moving on to pro-audio education and support, and brings many years of experience to d&b. “I am incredibly excited to join d&b,” says Hanano. “Their comprehensive product portfolio has always stood out, addressing market-specific applications and challenges. Importantly though, in addition to d&b’

 
 
p-12-amtNew model joins Pan Acoustics AMT series
Thursday, 10 February 2022

Germany - Pan Acoustics’ AMT series has been deployed successfully in installations and live/theatre applications worldwide. The series is now complemented with a new line source.
P 12-AMT is a powerful line source with balanced frequency and directional characteristics. With a line-up of 12 x 3.5” drivers and Mundorf’s AMT tweeter, it reaches consistent sound reinforcement distances of up to 20m with an overall speaker length of 1.5m.
The system is passively designed and can be operated without DSP equalisation thanks to a complex crossover design. The P 12-AMT is suited for both music and speech applications. In combination with the 12” subwoofer P SW-112, the P 12-AMT system becomes a powerful sound reinforcement system - which also meets live sound requirements.

 
riversRivers Church bolsters Yamaha collection  
Thursday, 10 February 2022

South Africa - Rivers Church is one of the fastest-growing congregations in South Africa. Starting with a humble attendance of only 70 people in 1992, Ps Andre and Wilma Olivier have grown the church into a faith of thousands, with multiple campuses located in Sandton, Kyalami, Centurion, Durban North and Ballito. Self-described as a ‘dynamic church’, Rivers offers inspirational messages and community to all age groups, with their online streaming service further widening their reach, particularly amidst the pandemic.  
The church is dynamic in terms of adapting and integrating audio-visual technology to enrich their services, resource sharing between campuses and streaming online. “We started working with Stage Audio Works (SAW) in 2011 at the most basic level, but they are now our principal supplier and integrator for audio and video,” explains Andrew Illgner, head of audio at Rivers Church. “We’ve worked with a lot of suppliers over the years but SAW goes the extra mile as they bring knowledge and expertise that we don’t have. They have an extremely knowledgeable team; for example, it was Nathan [Ihlenfeldt, SAW technical director] who got us on the path of digital audio networking.”
For the most recent project, SAW specified and supplied two flagship Yamaha Rivage PM7s to replace four existing CL-series mixing consoles at Rivers’ main campus in Sandton.  
 Two Yamaha PM7s will now serve as the primary mixing consoles in the Sandton campus, covering the main auditorium, which hosts a maximum capacity of 3,000. One co

 
 
exertis-pro-av-linear-1line-2colourOptimal Audio adds Exertis as US distributor
Thursday, 10 February 2022

USA - UK manufacturer Optimal Audio has continued to expand its distribution network by appointing Exertis ProAV as a distributor in the US.
Part of the Focusrite Group, Optimal Audio manufactures a one-stop solution of control, amplification and loudspeakers for small to medium-sized commercial installations, with a focus on supporting multi-zoned venues.
Exertis’ ProAV division offers a complete range of products and systems for corporate, education, retail, hospitality, government and house of worship customers.
Lee Stein, Optimal Audio vice president America, notes: “We’ve made tremendous strides in expanding our global footprint through distribution agreements with strategically placed partners around the world. The appointment of Exertis ProAV in the United States represents another major step forward in this expansion. Exertis’s expertise in specialist distribution, combined with the unparalleled reach of its reseller network, is going to help us achieve our growth objectives in the United States.”
Jeff Willis, Exertis ProAV senior vice-president, comments: “The genius of Optimal Audio lies in its complete simplicity to install, operate and maintain. The product offering works seamlessly to deliver simple to install, high quality sound systems that can be easily operated by any member of a venue’s staff. Our commercial reseller partners are going to be very excited to present this line to their customers.”

 
upspecialliveholicextra2022Outline GTO system reinforces rock in Chiba
Thursday, 10 February 2022

Japan - Try Audio provided an Outline’s GTO system at one of Japan’s largest facilities for large-scale expos and concerts.
The city of Chiba, which stands on Tokyo Bay, recently hosted the first two days of uP!!! Special Live Holic Extra 2022 in its Makuhari Messe complex. The event featured 16 Japanese rock bands, including Androp, Straightener, Blue Encount and Orange Range.
The audio contractor was Try Audio Japan, who fielded an Outline sound system for the high-profile live event. The two main hangs comprised 12 Outline GTO plus three Mantas (on down-fill duty) per side, while side-hangs consisted in 16 Outline Butterfly per side. Bottom-end punch was ensured by a centre subwoofer system of 20 Outline DBS 18-2 dual 18-inch enclosures and lip-fills were four LIPF-082. The powerhouse featured a combination of Outline’s T-Eleven and T-Seven power amplifiers.
FOH consoles at the bands’ disposal were a DiGiCo Quantum7, DiGiCo SD8, Yamaha CL5 and SSL SIX, while monitoring featured a Yamaha CL5 and a Midas PRO1.
Try Audio Japan’s Tokihiko “Toku” Tokuda was system engineer at the Makuhari Messe shows and explains his reasons for choosing the Outline equipment. “We chose Outline because it delivers a sound that can be clearly identified even in a large venue with considerable reverb, such as the Makuhari Messe hall. It's also very ‘musical’ and easy to mix, which makes it the ideal system for live performances, and this ease of mixing was also greatly appreciated by the bands’ FOH engineers.”
Since the FOH co

 
 
joshuaSound Technology expands lighting team
Wednesday, 9 February 2022

UK - Sound Technology, exclusive distributor of Martin Professional in the UK, has appointed Joshua Wakley as area sales manager in its professional lighting division.
Wakley has been working in the theatre & live events industry for 13 years starting out as a lighting technician for regional venues in the south west. As the technical manager with The Redgrave Theatre, he oversaw investment and development into the venue, producing multiple in-house shows and attracting a range of commercial hires.
Wakley joined the customer service team at SLX in 2018 before becoming business development manager where he supplied and supported national venues, production companies and touring shows as well as event production companies & the corporate sector. Most recently, Wakley has added tools to his portfolio as a health & safety inspector & fire risk assessor.
"I'm looking forward to being part of the Sound Technology team, working with the Martin brand at such an exciting time,” says Wakley. “The latest generation of fixtures like the MAC Ultra and Aura PXL are fantastic, and I can't wait to get these incredible fixtures in the hands of designers and suppliers.”

 
shureLCP refurbishes with Shure-based installation
Wednesday, 9 February 2022

UK - St Paul’s House is a prominent city centre building located in the heart of Winchester held by Lane Clark & Peacock LLP (LCP), an independent, owner managed pensions, investment and insurance consultancy.
In keeping with the building’s recent refurbishment, a modern AV system was required with the brief of ‘audio over visual’. This was desired by LCP to allow the teams to conduct Microsoft Teams meetings, as well as the offices boasting the flexibility for other uses such as conferences, presentations and collaborative meetings, with the option of using the space as a singular large room or divided in two.
Working with the team at Shure, Microsoft AV specialists Symity and Stoke-based integrators Connect Anything, Microflex Advance MXA910 Ceiling Array Microphone were deployed throughout the divisible space, along with Intellimix P300 processors and MXN5W-C Dante loudspeakers completing the installation.
Luke Stonestreet, IT project manager, LC, comments: “We had seen the MXA910 at a few trade shows and knew it would be a great fit with our ‘Audio over Visual’ brief. Being Teams certified, Dante Controlled, POE (eliminating the need for any amplifiers) and optimised for voice, it just made it even easier to choose.”
Due to the complex ceiling tile acoustic arrangement, the placing of the MXA910s took some planning to ensure seamless integration into the overall design of the ceiling space.
With consultation between LCP, the acoustic and Teams Room consultants plus additional engineers, an optimum configuration

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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