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disguise1disguise accelerates investment in xR technology
Friday, 18 December 2020

UK - In a year like no other, disguise is celebrating a number of successes, where the company saw the sudden shift to remote performance, production and events, and a new partnership with Epic Games to enhance the delivery of its Extended Reality (xR) solution on a global scale. This year alone has seen over 200 xR projects powered by disguise and in excess of 100 xR stages built around the world in 30+ countries.
In light of the continuing global health crisis that has brought the live events industry to a standstill, disguise has worked hard to provide a lifeline to its community of users. The accelerated development of its xR workflows has shifted the production journey and allowed a number of cancelled shows to resume in a virtual environment. disguise’s response to the COVID-19 impact was also recognised in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100, marking the third consecutive year it has made it in the publication’s Fast Track league.
disguise has also committed to providing free access to its Designer software licence until June 2021 and has recently launched an e-learning hub with online certified training courses free to access for anyone interested in learning, or upskilling, in all seven disguise workflows. This year saw the launch of disguise OnDemand - a virtual hub that hosted 59 free webinars in 12 languages exploring key features and elements of the disguise workflow, specialist discussions on key industry topics and show-stopping case studies.
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la6mic1L-Acoustics reinforces newly-opened 6MIC
Friday, 18 December 2020

France - Designed by architects Rudy Riciotti and Jean-Michel Battesti, 6MIC (pronounced ‘seismic’) in Aix-en-Provence has been turning heads since opening its doors for the very first time this summer. Its lichen-covered concrete structure - both a technical feat and a world first - is designed to give a mountain-esque appearance to the building, seamlessly blending into the natural landscape.
6MIC’s goal is to become an epicentre for music and culture throughout France. Therefore, they required a sound reinforcement system to reproduce various performance styles and keep a minimal carbon footprint. 6MIC chose to install L-Acoustics throughout all performance spaces to hit both of these goals.
Although structural work commenced in 2018, it was not until September the following year that the 6MIC technical team started working on the audio concept. With an ambitious goal of deploying sound equipment that would be of the highest calibre and future-proof, 6MIC technical director Rémi Droesch’s brief was simple: “We wanted the best sounding system.” After consulting with a number of premium loudspeaker manufacturers, L-Acoustics was retained by the 6MIC team for several reasons.
“Out of all the companies we spoke to, L-Acoustics ticked our boxes right from the outset,” explains Droesch. “First of all, the comprehensive loudspeaker range and excellent performance of L-Acoustics make it the best audio manufacturer we know. Price was equally important to us, and the L-Acoustics team provided a very competitive offer. Finally, following

adamsonThe House Modesto turns to Adamson
Friday, 18 December 2020

USA - Founded in 1980, The House in Modesto hosts dynamic services that bring the community together with live music acts, special events and a diverse pastoral team. The church's recent PA upgrade to an Adamson system is changing the way that congregants in the 1,800-capacity auditorium can experience worship. And while the pandemic limited live services temporarily, The House has kept the community close with online worship and outreach.
Jason Rightnour, audio director at The House, chose to install Adamson speakers in the auditorium after auditioning speakers from several other manufacturers. Rightnour was impressed by both the clarity and power of the Adamson product line: “I went to trade shows, conventions and speaker shootouts but I couldn't find a system that fit our needs until Adamson. Once I heard this PA, I was in shock with how clean the box sounded with its crystal-clear highs and no distortion."
As a church with a congregation of diverse age groups, it was important for the AV team that this new system provide quality sound without any tonal loss, harsh tones or distortion for both their regular services and special events like concerts or youth services, which tend to be run at a higher decibel level. With its minimal footprint, the Adamson system has also allowed the church to maintain great sight lines and a clean aesthetic in their auditorium.
The PA, installed by Clark Productions, includes two main arrays of eight boxes of S10; the top four boxes are S10n while the bottom four boxes are S10. Low-end coverage is provided by six

simon-harrisSimon Harris joins Observatory
Thursday, 17 December 2020

UK - Creative video specialist Observatory has expanded its senior team with the addition of Simon Harris.
A well-known figure in the visual production world having previously worked for Bryte Design, Green Hippo and Avolites, Simon brings extensive technical video project management and production experience to his new role. Working closely with Observatory founder and principal designer Ben Sheppee, he will be responsible for expanding the global footprint of the business.
“Simon brings a skill set that will strengthen and drive expansion for the business,” says Sheppee. “We have been looking to provide our clients with better technical consultation and end-to-end solutions for our productions, as we continue to innovate with emerging technologies. New and existing clients can look forward to benefiting from Simon’s in-depth knowledge and vision of engaging large audiences. We are thrilled to add him to our team to help us grow Observatory’s business even further, building on our award-winning conceptual visual offering.”
In 14 years in the industry, Simon has worked on shows such as Beyoncé’s Glastonbury Headline Performance, George Ezra’s 2018 European tour, EDC Las Vegas, Andy C’s Alive AllNight and sold-out 2019 Wembley show, Glastonbury’s John Peel stage and the T-Mobile Annual Conference in Manilla.

alcons-audio-press-release-alcons-pro-ribbon-systems-are-in-a-class-of-their-own-stage-artusa-hallAlcons top of the class in Georgia school
Thursday, 17 December 2020

USA - Greater Atlanta Christian School (GACS) is a PK-12 Christian school in Norcross, Georgia serving over 1,600 students. Since it was first established over 50 years ago, GACS has earned itself a reputation for utilizing advanced technologies in its quest to further the learning needs of its students. This dedication to providing high quality creative and technical facilities to support its arts and media curriculum, has led the school to invest in three Alcons Audio pro-ribbon sound reinforcement systems for its venues.
The first of the three spaces to be installed with an Alcons system was the Artusa Hall Performing Arts Centre, a former chapel which the school repurposed into a performing arts venue. This included completely rebuilding the interior, adding a self-supporting timber framed balcony, and increasing the audience capacity from 700 to 950. The Alcons LR7 pro-ribbon micro line-array was selected.
“They wanted something that would deliver great sound for everything from solo classical recitals to drama, ballet, orchestra, choir and bands, including renting the venue to outside performers,” says Alex Fleming of Atlanta-based Lodestar Labs.
The Artusa Hall system comprised arrays of six LR7/90 (6.5”) micro line array modules and two LR7B single 12” bass modules per side, flown just in front of the proscenium arch. Two, floor mounted BC332 cardioid subwoofers (18” front / 15” rear) per side add extra low end where required. A single SR9 double 5” in-fill monitor provided front fill for the first few rows, and four 6.5” TS3

danteTexas university keeps music live with Dante
Thursday, 17 December 2020

USA - Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas has utilized Audinate’s Dante in its music and sound recording technology programmes since 2018. In that time, Dante has not only become part of the curriculum, but has also enabled many of the university’s major live productions – including its impressive jazz performances.
But in 2020, Dante took on an additional role for the music department: an enabler of safe social distancing.
“When we looked at returning to classes in the Fall of 2020, we had to figure out how to hold music practice with safety considerations related to COVID,” said James F. Adams, assistant professor of music and director of sound recording technology at the university. “We knew we needed to separate students into individual rooms because of the nature of many of the instruments. And, not surprisingly, it was Dante that came to the rescue.”
Dante distributes hundreds of uncompressed, multi-channel digital audio via standard Ethernet networks, with near-zero latency and perfect synchronization. Dante allows audio, control, and all other data to coexist effectively on the same network.
That near-zero latency is crucial in live performance. At SFA, keeping the latency under seven milliseconds roundtrip across networked rooms allows students to perform in an isolated space - all while still hearing others in nearly real-time.
“To still have live music classes we had to ensure there was both minimal latency and that we could host students with as little risk as possible,” Adams said. “T

ensnapd&b partners with Gareth Owen to advance Soundscape
Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Germany - d&b audiotechnik has partnered with Gareth Owen Sound to launch En-Snap cue automation software, a significant step in advancing the application of the immersive sound experience that is Soundscape.
Since its launch in 2018, d&b Soundscape has provided audiences worldwide with an immersive audio reality that shapes deep and intense connections between audiences and artists. "En-Snap allows for even more efficient and seamless Soundscape integration within the wider entertainment technology ecosystem," the company says.
Developed by Gareth Owen Sound for d&b Soundscape, d&b is working in cooperation with the renowned sound designer and his team to make the powerful En-Snap tool available free-of-charge to registered d&b Soundscape customers and users.
Owen has already used Soundscape and an early version of the En-Snap tool to bring his sound designs to life on recent productions, including the Olivier Award winning sound design for Come From Away in London, the Broadway production of Diana, and the German productions of Bat Out of Hell and Starlight Express.
"The public launch of En-Snap is of huge significance to Soundscape users everywhere," comments Owen. "It provides a seamless and efficient way to integrate Soundscape into show programming and operation, greatly reducing the amount of time sound designers and engineers spend in the production phase."
En-Snap enables a straightforward cue-based control within the d&b Soundscape environment. The software tool conne

rhkalahari-intKalahari creates soundscape with Renkus-Heinz
Wednesday, 16 December 2020

USA - Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is known for its waterparks, family-friendly vacations, and comprehensive meeting and events facilities. Kalahari is also known for effectively tying all these uses together through a unified experience. This is done with curation of custom artwork from African artisans, music sourced from across Africa, and top-of-the-line technology and entertainment.
“Every Kalahari location is different,” says Rebecca Fuchs, senior design consultant with Conference Technologies Inc. “Kalahari has made it a point to create an authentic and impressive experience at every location within a resort. That includes everything from the art and souvenirs, to the water temperature, to the AV they use.”
Conference Technologies Inc. recently completed a full integration of the newest Kalahari resort in Round Rock, Texas. And for many locations on the premises - including the 223,000sq.ft indoor waterpark - the firm relied on Renkus-Heinz to provide impressive and intelligible sound.
“Inside the waterpark you have high ceilings, high volumes of people in the space, and you’re trying to cover an extremely large area,” Fuchs says. “The ask here is that you have music and sound that is not just fun but creates an element of emotion and excitement. You need to connect with it. And to do that, you need it to be intelligible. It can’t just be really loud sound coming out of the speaker. It has to be strategic. So, we turned to Renkus-Heinz.”
The waterpark leverages multiple Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers within the spac

zach-williams-drive-in-tourDPA on the road with Zach Williams
Wednesday, 16 December 2020

USA - Zach Williams was out on a solo, headlining tour when the COVID pandemic began to peak. Though the remaining shows for the year were cancelled, Williams still yearned for the live stage and delivering his gift of song to fans. The Christian country/rock star, together with Big Daddy Weave, organised the Drive-In Theater Tour.
Though social distancing protocols required smaller crews, which also meant less gear on stage, Williams’ FOH and monitor engineers were in agreement that the DPA d:facto and 2028 Vocal Microphones were key to the performances.
“We had one 20x24 SL100 mobile stage, definitely smaller than what we’re used to, and all of the attendees would park and stay in or near their car,” explains Carson Brannock, monitor engineer for Zach Williams. “I didn’t even realise there were this many drive-in theatres still operating in the country, but we did about 30 separate tour stops.”
“From an operational perspective, the biggest difference on our end was that we didn’t advance any local stagehands in order to keep the crew consistent throughout,” he continues. “No one was allowed backstage, not even family, so we did everything on our own. It was a bit of an adjustment, but we got into a flow that worked fairly well. It was definitely different than the normal setup and atmosphere than we’re used to, but it was really cool.”
One thing that didn’t change between Williams’ headline tour and the Drive-In Tour was his use of the DPA d:facto 4018 VL Vocal Microphone. “What I really love about the 4018

mv51podcastingsolofemale3Shure partners with The VoiceOver Network
Wednesday, 16 December 2020

UK - Shure and The VoiceOver Network have announced a collaboration to support the evolving voiceover industry.
Shure and The VoiceOver Network will help to “bring the industry together by offering the best advice, training, events and on audio best practice within a friendly and supportive environment”.
The collaboration includes educational programmes and workshops, social media giveaways and competitions, The collaboration will kickstart with social media giveaway to win an MV7 and a 3h online workshop. (Twitter @NetworkVO / @Shure).
The VoiceOver Network began in July 2013 when Rachael Naylor started organising small meetups with a few other voiceover friends. “I started out as a voiceover artist over 12 years ago. Like a lot of people, I felt very comfortable in front of the microphone and have always enjoyed talking, so being a voiceover artist was the perfect career for me. I love my job and I think we have a fantastic industry full of wonderful people, but which microphones and how to get the best from their equipment is not something we specialise in. It’s often the make or break of a recording.”
For podcasters, vocalists, professional-level audio production and to answer the increasing demand for audio streaming and recording solutions at home, in the studio, or anywhere, Shure recently unveiled the MV7 Podcast Microphone - the company’s first hybrid XLR/USB microphone, designed for both entry level and experienced creators.
“Audio as a medium, for home recording and podcasts is on the rise”, explains Daniel Wi

closed2West End theatres to close as London enters Tier 3
Tuesday, 15 December 2020

UK - West End theatres must once again close their doors as London moves into the highest tier of COVID-19 restrictions from midnight tonight (Tuesday 15/12). Many shows – including Pantoland at the Palladium, Six and Les Miserables: The Staged Concert – had only just opened and were following strict COVID-safe measures.
The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) said the move would cause “catastrophic financial difficulties" for venues, producers and thousands of workers.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber issued a statement saying: “I feel devastated for all those in theatre who have tried so hard to provide entertainment for the Christmas season. Theatres have worked tirelessly to make themselves as COVID-safe as possible. It does seem arbitrary and unfair that people can jostle uncontrolled in crowded shops yet orderly socially-distanced theatre-going is banned. However, I reluctantly have to agree with the government’s decision to put London in Tier 3. Saving lives, protecting the NHS and getting this virus under control has now got to be the top priority.”
He added: “I do hope that even a crumb of the £1.57bn made available for the arts could be given to those who have spent an enormous amount of time and money to mount productions for this season and to support the actors, musicians and stage crews who will yet again be put out of a job.”
Producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh, whose shows include Les Miserables, said the government's "sudden volt[e] face" was "devastating for both the theatre and the economy". He added: "

arenaCoda adds Application Examples to website
Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Europe - Coda Audio has announced the addition of a new Application Examples section to its website. The section has been specifically designed to provide detailed insights into which elements of the Coda Audio range will best suit any given scenario. Utilising Coda’s proprietary system prediction software, System Optimiser, the examples show typical deployments of Coda Audio loudspeaker systems in their natural habitat, identifying which system components work most effectively in which environments, and graphically displaying the results that can be expected.
Coda Audio’s global director of marketing, David Webster comments: “It’s one thing looking through at brochure-style presentations at the specifications of loudspeaker systems, but it can often be difficult to gauge which elements best suit a given scenario. The application examples now available on our website give the reader comprehensive illustrations of what constitutes an optimum solution in any setting. This will clearly be of valuable assistance to our distributors and their customers.
“Our System Optimiser is in continual development, with new features and improvements being regularly added. The latest Beta version may be downloaded from the Coda website.”

boxingRCF line array in the ring for ‘street fight’
Tuesday, 15 December 2020

USA - When Arizona Sound Productions was hired to provide video and sound production for a string of boxing matches across the US, they found themselves with new protocols, different challenges, and time to kill.
“Working this year has been interesting to say the least,” said Jared Jasinski, owner and lead engineer for Arizona Sound Productions [AZSP] based in Phoenix. “With COVID restrictions we’ve been forced to be more creative and think outside the box. We’ve had opportunities to create something different for viewers at home, without an audience we can put a boxing ring anywhere [outdoors] and make it look great on camera.”
On 15 August, 2020, AZSP set the stage in Oklahoma, making boxing history with what has been called the “street fight” concept. AZSP clients’ Holden Productions and Matchroom Boxing dropped a boxing match in the middle of downtown Tulsa for a night of fights headlined by Cecilia Brækhus, defending her Women’s Welter Weight title against contender, Jessica McCaskill. The match was staged at the intersection of East 5th Street and South Boston Avenue with no fans present. Medical protocols and strict social distancing guidelines were in place for a full night of action.
“It was an intense process,” described Jasinski. “COVID testing was required for everyone on my crew, before traveling to Oklahoma, then again when we arrived. Once we were all cleared our driver took us to the hotel, where we received quarantine wrist bands. A staffer then escorted us straight to our rooms where we were basically qua

the-returnMartin MLA reinforces The Day of Return
Tuesday, 15 December 2020

USA - Thousands gathered on Washington’s National Mall in late September for a 12-hour-long event dubbed The Day of Return, a national and global day of prayer and repentance. The Return movement states its aim as being “an end-time movement with one purpose – the return to God, individually, corporately, nationally, globally, and the end-goal of world revival”.
Speakers such as Jonathan Cahn, Dr. James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Ann Graham Lotz, Alveda King, Kevin Jessip and many more could be heard both inside and beyond the fenced-in ticketed area.
MHA Audio provided Martin Audio’s MLA sound system. The main hang consisted of 11 MLA elements plus an MLD Downfill per side, with 18 MLX subwoofers arranged in a broadside cardioid array. “We were only covering 150ft because it was a small compound, but we also had to cover the crowds outside the compound,” explained MHA Audio president, Mike Scarfe. Therefore they added two delay masts, each consisting of 12 MLA Compact elements, to cover over 250ft of the Mall.
A broadcast link was also provided, as the event went out to 80 nations by satellite.
“It’s a unique space, with the Capitol Building as the backdrop. MLA is superb for the spoken word, I think that it’s the most articulate speaker out there,” Scarfe said.
Social distancing was firmly in place - around 1,200 people in an area generally designated for 5,000. The audience could enter in pairs and each row was spaced 12ft apart, with 8ft between the seats. Demarcations were set with many rows of bike rack fencing.

ensnapd&b partners with Gareth Owen to advance Soundscape
Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Germany - d&b audiotechnik has partnered with Gareth Owen Sound to launch En-Snap cue automation software, a significant step in advancing the application of the immersive sound experience that is Soundscape.
Since its launch in 2018, d&b Soundscape has provided audiences worldwide with an immersive audio reality that shapes deep and intense connections between audiences and artists. "En-Snap allows for even more efficient and seamless Soundscape integration within the wider entertainment technology ecosystem," the company says.
Developed by Gareth Owen Sound for d&b Soundscape, d&b is working in cooperation with the renowned sound designer and his team to make the powerful En-Snap tool available free-of-charge to registered d&b Soundscape customers and users.
Owen has already used Soundscape and an early version of the En-Snap tool to bring his sound designs to life on recent productions, including the Olivier Award winning sound design for Come From Away in London, the Broadway production of Diana, and the German productions of Bat Out of Hell and Starlight Express.
"The public launch of En-Snap is of huge significance to Soundscape users everywhere," comments Owen. "It provides a seamless and efficient way to integrate Soundscape into show programming and operation, greatly reducing the amount of time sound designers and engineers spend in the production phase."
En-Snap enables a straightforward cue-based control within the d&b Soundscape environment. The software tool connects di

campus-studio-001aProduction Park set to expand with £12m from Cultural Recovery Fund
Monday, 14 December 2020

UK - Production Park has secured a £12million Government loan which it plans to use to expand and develop its Wakefield campus over the next decade.
Production Park is one of the latest 11 major arts and heritage organisations across the UK to have received loan offers from the £1billion Cultural Recovery Fund, a combination of grant and loan cash from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), targeted to support a culture sector that has been devastated by the effects of COVID-19.
Other organisations to have benefitted from the £165m in repayable finance – and a further £58m in capital funding for ongoing construction and maintenance projects in the sector – announced by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden include the Royal Albert Hall, National Theatre, English National Opera, Alexandra Palace and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
“The Cultural Recovery Fund is very much a lifeline for many in the culture sector and has enabled them simply to survive in the short-term, but we have taken a much longer-term view by securing a loan that we will use to grow our business, create jobs and opportunities, and generate revenue in the sector for years to come,” said Lee Brooks, CEO of Production Park.
The £12m loan will drive investment by facilitating ambitious growth plans at Production Park. As well as providing rehearsal space for some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including Coldplay, Little Mix and Peter Kay, the South Kirby site is home to more than more than 20 live events and creative businesse

vegas-4--2-sub-110--l3000Outline extends Vegas loudspeaker line
Monday, 14 December 2020

Italy - Outline has announced the arrival of the latest member of their Vegas loudspeaker line, the Vegas 4.
Designed and manufactured in Italy, the Vegas 4 is a multi-purpose miniature loudspeaker featuring a single-driver design and employing a new 4” transducer created by Outline’s engineers specifically for the product. Its power handling, audio performance (even off-axis, traditionally not a strong point of single-driver designs), thoughtful design and robustness allow it to fulfil a huge range of roles in both fixed and mobile applications.
Measuring 12cm x 12cm x 12.6cm and weighing only 1.6Kg (3.5 lb), multiple Vegas 4s can be deployed in projects where high quality audio is required but where minimum visual impact is demanded - for example, delays and surrounds in theatre, in corporate AV, leisure, retail, worship and much more. When combined with Outline’s SUB 110 compact subwoofer a true full-range audio solution can be delivered in a small overall footprint.
Outline’s new L3000 DSP-equipped miniature power amplifier can drive and process up to 16 Vegas 4s, or eight Vegas 4s and two SUB 110s. Alternatively, any of Outline’s amplifiers will work just as well and the iP24 processor is the perfect external processing partner.
Every Vegas 4 is supplied with a specially-designed bracket which allows mounting on virtually any surface but also on regular microphone stands, so deployment in any situation is very easy. The enclosure is manufactured to IP55 protection rating, making it ideal for use in extremes of heat, cold and hu

viewatfountainsDanley delivers for Fountains at Gateway
Monday, 14 December 2020

USA - The View at Fountains is a 400-capacity conference and event space in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It occupies the top floor of Fountains at Gateway, a multi-purpose building occupied by office space, restaurants, retail shops, and, in the future, apartment units.
Aptly named, The View at Fountains features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking greenspace. All of that glass makes the space acoustically challenging, and that challenge is compounded by tile flooring, an exposed concrete ceiling, and dry wall.
Hesitant to upset the visual aesthetic, regional AV integration firm Centerline Audio Visual recommended Danley Sound Labs SH95 loudspeakers, which use Tom Danley’s patented Synergy Horn technology to deliver fidelity while keeping sound from bouncing off the walls and ceiling.
“Scott Graby owns the building and is also the sound tech at Franklin Road Baptist Church, where we had done some work involving Danley loudspeakers,” explained Scott Oliver, owner of Centerline Audio Visual. “The View at Fountains is a beautiful event centre that is perfect for weddings, conferences, and banquets. Unfortunately, all the reflective surfaces in the room caused a lot of intelligibility problems, and Scott [Graby] received complaints.”
“Scott [Oliver] did a room profile of the space, and his graph showed sound bouncing all over the place,” said Graby “He put together a quote for sound absorption panels that was not only costly but, would have marred the aesthetic of the space.
As an aside, he mentioned past success with Danley lou

strand-theatreStrand Theatre upgrades with Renkus-Heinz
Monday, 14 December 2020

USA - The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre began its life as a motion picture house in 1935 in the growing Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia. Over the years, the location transformed multiple times – the theatre’s website notes it was used for “a number of ventures” across multiple decades. But as age caught up with the theatre, it temporarily shuttered in 2002, seeking new renters.
The theatre found new life when a community-led non-profit worked to ‘Bring Back The Strand’ and renovated the space into a full-time public theatre devoted to live performance. It reopened in 2009 after a restoration that reintroduced fantastic red and gold architectural flourishes to the space.
However, the venue still had one challenge: the space wasn’t designed in line with traditional acoustical considerations. Reverberant surfaces and a uniquely constructed balcony resulted in poor intelligibility across the audience positions. So, after a decade of performances, the Strand Theatre upgraded to Renkus-Heinz.
“The community had noticed the sound had been lacklustre for a while,” said James Denmon, owner of Denmon Technical Services – the firm that integrated the new audio system at The Strand Theatre. “They’d tried multiple ways to fix it over the years, but it never quite sounded its best. That changed when we brought in a Renkus-Heinz system as a demo. They were very, very surprised by the difference it made.”
The theatre’s new audio system utilises the Renkus-Heinz ICLive X Series – featuring four different arrays each mad

bewakestudios1Berlin studio first to install Spacemap Go
Monday, 14 December 2020

Germany - Bewake Studios in Berlin has become the first recording facility to install a multichannel monitoring system fully outfitted with Spacemap Go, Meyer Sound’s for spatial sound design and mixing.
The installation of Spacemap Go was prompted by German electronic music icons Jan Werner and Andi Toma. They have been in residence at Bewake Studios since late 2018, and have occupied an exclusive sub-rented space and operated under the moniker Paraverse Studio. Their facility has a separate connection to the 50sq.m main recording room - where Spacemap Go is available - which is shared with Bewake’s other clients.
“Andi and Jan first experienced an earlier version of Spacemap Go at Moogfest two years ago, which started an ongoing relationship with Meyer Sound,” notes Adam Kesselhaut, the studio’s co-founder and managing director as well as a producer and songwriter. “That eventually led to the installation of Spacemap Go here. Because of the virus restrictions they have mostly been using it for their own projects, but they have been developing content so we expect they will use that in small events, inviting a few select people. I know they are really itching to get going with Spacemap Go, to make some cool, crazy stuff and get other artists in here to experience it.”
Studio co-founder and producer/engineer Martin ‘Lucky. Waschkowitsch found time to experiment with Spacemap Go and the results exceeded his expectations.
“To be honest, I was surprised that it works so well,” he says. “I was expecting phase issues as you w

friederike-krugerSennheiser documents polar ice cap expedition
Monday, 14 December 2020

Europe - The MOSAiC expedition (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) is seen as the largest Arctic research voyage of all time and a milestone in climate research. The expedition set sail from Tromsø in Norway in September 2019 and came to an end with the return of the main expedition vessel, the icebreaker Polarstern, to its home port of Bremerhaven, Germany, in October this year.
During the expedition, the Polarstern had docked onto Arctic sea ice and drifted through the Arctic Ocean on a gigantic ice floe. As the ship drifted with the ice, it had contact with a network of measuring stations covering many kilometres. One aim of the expedition was to gain a better understanding of the Arctic’s influence on the global climate in order to make more reliable predictions.
One of those taking part in the expedition was Friederike Marie Krüger, a German teacher who had the opportunity to exchange the classroom with a research ship for six weeks in order to create teaching materials. In addition to creating a short documentary of the expedition, which she recorded using Sennheiser microphones, her teaching materials are available on the expedition’s education subsite.
Friederike Marie Krüger who works as a geography teacher, said, “It was entirely by chance that I came across an advertisement for the MOSAiC expedition – they were explicitly looking for teachers to accompany the project. Actually, this is quite common practice in research expeditions, as the aim is to open up additional perspectives to a broad

ashly-audiois-seriesAshly Audio widens European Distribution
Monday, 14 December 2020

Europe - Ashly Audio has announced a partnership with COMM-TEC Exertis to extend product availability across Europe.
"In order to further expand our range of audio solutions and provide them to an enhanced customer base, we were looking for an outstanding distributor for AV solutions in Europe,” said Jim Mack, CEO of Ashly. “In COMM-TEC Exertis we have found the perfect partner to further expand Ashly's distribution throughout the region. We look forward to many exciting projects and a long-term partnership that will allow us to offer our comprehensive product range to an even wider range of customers.”
COMM-TEC Exertis is a full-range supplier of AV/IT media technology across Europe and works to offers its partners the right solutions for almost any application: from live set-up, office space and conference rooms to background sound in bars and restaurants.
"Ashly Audio has a first-class reputation for outstanding sound quality, technical flexibility, reliability and longevity, which perfectly complements the COMM-TEC portfolio," said Carsten Steinecker, managing director of business development at COMM-TEC. "Thus, customers benefit from high-quality All-in-One solutions for almost all application areas, and COMM-TEC strengthens its position as a solution-oriented full-range supplier in the market.”
Over the past two years, Ashly has introduced a number of new solutions that enable comprehensive integrations in more physical locations and more types of businesses around the globe. Among the new offerings are the integrated mixer amp

broamanBroaMan solution for Vegas Caesars Forum
Friday, 11 December 2020

USA - When Caesars Entertainment, who operate the world-renowned Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, planned their next expansion phase - Caesars Forum, a new state-of-the-art conference centre - they needed a first-class technical infrastructure for site wide multi-signal transmission over this large facility, and opted for BroaMan, the video and data based sister company to Optocore.
Locally based design and engineering specialists, National Technology Associates (NTA) have a long track record working with the Caesars Entertainment family, including LINQ promenade, the High Roller, and many restaurants and venues. Thus they were again contracted, and as their project manager Shane Snell recognized the building was way too big to run traditional SDI cabling, he instead turned to a BroaMan fibre solution.
BroaMan offers customised fibre solutions as well as standard devices for every application that requires IP/SDI/HD/3G video transport or routing, no matter what the scale or complexity. In the BroaMan environment, all open standards can be integrated - digital video, audio and data - on the same low latency fibre infrastructure.
The conference centre itself measures a massive 550,000sq.ft including more than 300,000sq.ft of flexible meeting space with the two largest pillarless ballrooms in the world at 110,000 square feet each. The facility has direct access to 3 first class hotels with 8,500 Caesars Entertainment hotel rooms and 20,000 more within walking distance.
Snell explained that the original design had “tons of SDI cabling” run

pwstourserieshelicaleventPWS debuts Tour Series Helical Antenna
Friday, 11 December 2020

USA - Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) has added the Tour Series (TS) Helical Antenna to their antenna line. The TS Helical differs from their standard helical versions (available in both the 460-900MHz and 900-1000MHz frequency ranges) because it was designed with a lower profile making it useful for applications that require compact size and easy storage for touring applications.
“The TS Helical was a product that we had kicked around for a while,” explains Jim Van Winkle, general manager for Orlando-headquartered PWS. “Touring professionals and integrators were looking for something that was less obtrusive in size and visibility. All our helical units have circular polarization, created by a rigid helix for consistent performance, but the helix on the TS is significantly shorter -almost 7" - than the traditional version."
The new antenna offers the same coverage pattern as the Domed Helical Antenna. Every PWS Helical antenna offers drop-out free RF performance for IEM, wireless mics, and intercoms along with ‘greater bandwidth, longer range, and rock-solid reliability’. The all-new smoked, transparent materials give the TS a stealth look that will blend in with staging and scenery, says the company.
“Unlike traditional whip or fin antennas - which transmit and receive signals in a single polarization - the circular motion of the RF field emitted by a helical antenna distributes the signal through all possible polarisations,” adds Justin Van Winkle, production manager for PWS. “This is key to reducing the risk of drop-outs. An


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