Audio News

onehungaHH Electronics in Auckland school redevelopment
Friday, 16 September 2022

New Zealand - Onehunga High School is a state co-educational secondary school serving one of the oldest suburbs in Auckland, New Zealand. Overlooking the Manukau Harbour, it was established on its Pleasant Street site in 1959 and enjoys a strong sense of tradition and continuity. As well as providing a wide-ranging curriculum for its students, the school also provides lifelong learning for the local community through its Adult Learning Centre and English Language School.
A significant redevelopment of the school was completed early in 2022 at a cost of approximately $30m, which saw the creation of a number of cutting-edge facilities. Two state-of-the-art teaching facilities were constructed, one of which houses a two-basketball-court gymnasium with exercise room, locker rooms and teaching spaces, the other, a technical block catering to the sciences, woodwork, metalwork, art, food technology and nutrition. Two commercial-grade kitchens and an atrium space completed this building.
An essential element of the new facilities was provision for a flexible, high quality audio system which could deliver clear powerful sound and excellent coverage.
ITL Technologies of Auckland was awarded the AV contract and chose loudspeakers from UK-based HH Electronics. A combination of ceiling and wall-mounted speakers were installed to provide a competitively priced solution.
For teaching areas with suspended ceilings ITL installed HH TNi-C4 ceiling speakers. The TNi-C4 is a passive 4” coaxial speaker with a fully enclosed back and ported enclosure to extend l

l-acousticsPrinceton Pike Church of God embraces L-ISA
Friday, 16 September 2022

USA - Princeton Pike Church of God, in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Hamilton, Ohio, has been around since 1928, and its worship spaces have continually grown over the years. But by the time the congregation began meeting in its newest sanctuary - nearly 3,000 seats in 2001 - it had become clear that its sound reinforcement systems were not keeping up. So, this year, as part of a sweeping upgrade of all its campus audio facilities, Princeton Pike Church of God chose to adopt L-Acoustics L-ISA immersive sound technology for its main auditorium.
The decision to go with L-ISA was easy: an immersive system to improve the acoustical and emotional connection between the large stage and the fan-shaped seating area was a strong reason. And the fact that the cost of an L-ISA setup for a venue of its scale was nearly equivalent to that of a conventional stereo sound system reinforced the decision immensely. But the main reason that Princeton Pike Church of God made the move to immersive: it was simply time.
“The system we replaced was the original install from 21 years ago, and we wanted something forward-thinking enough for the next two decades - not ‘bleeding-edge’ technology, but proven state-of-the-art, which is what L-ISA offered us,” says Princeton Pike Church of God production director Eric Chancey. “We also didn’t want to look back and think we’d missed the boat. The difference in cost between the L-ISA-based design and a standard left-right stereo system for us was barely five figures. Our church board looked at the numbers and realised t

nexoNexo sends sounds ‘flying through the air’
Friday, 16 September 2022

Japan - The Naha Cultural Arts Theatre is a new cultural centre in the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, the tropical island group south of mainland Japan. Built to replace the aging Naha Civic Centre, the new venue is located in the heart of the vibrant tourist area and contains both large and small theatres seating around 1600 and 300 people respectively, both of which are equipped with Nexo sound systems.
Geo M10 line arrays with MSUB15 subs are flown left, central, and right above the stage in the large theatre, with additional clusters left and right and Nexo ID24s used as under balcony auxiliary speakers.
Small clusters of Nexo Geo M6 are hung L, C, R in the small theatre, with Nexo PS10s used as side speakers and ID24s again used to cover seating areas under balconies to ensure even audience coverage throughout the venue. Amplification and processing for both systems are delivered by 3 racks of NXAMPMK2 powered processors.
“We chose Nexo as this setup allowed us to build a full digital system with Dante encompassing everything from the Yamaha consoles to the power amps” says Hiroyuki Fukazawa, manager (sound engineering) at the Culture Promotion Division, Civic Culture Department, Naha City. “This is the key advantage of Nexo. The speaker system also allows us to suspend subwoofers alongside speakers, providing better sound and a better sense of localisation. Another reason was my own sense of familiarity with the Nexo speaker system, having used it at my previous place of employment. Personally, I just love how the speakers sound.”

kscapeJLL chooses KSCAPE for ‘human-centric’ space
Thursday, 15 September 2022

Singapore - Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), a commercial real estate service provider, has established its new office in Singapore in the Capita Spring building. The project is a step in the longer journey of upgrading JLL’s technology across its APAC offices.
The Platinum WELL certified space at Capita Spring was designed to be “human-centric”, with a sense of community and dedicated areas for staff to socialise. Amenities to enhance these spaces include a barista-hosted coffee bar and beer tap that is complementary to all staff.
To build the next generation of offices, JLL wanted to optimise every aspect of their new 23,592sq.ft space to create a groundbreaking human centric workplace. One of those areas was sound. RAIL has been installed around the open plan office to provide deep scientific biophilic soundscapes by Moodosnic proven to reduce heart rates and improve creativity according to the London University.
Even the meeting rooms required a human centric design philosophy. When designing the space they wanted to create a minimalist space, decluttered with various technologies and keep it simple for employees to plug-in and go. JLL installed RAIL in six of their meeting rooms.
Small meeting rooms included 2x RAIL units connected seamlessly together while the larger rooms used four symmetric linear. Every room had RAIL suspended from the ceiling underneath a Shure beam steering microphone.
The audio was powered by one KA-02 amplifier and one KU44 subwoofer for optimised speech performance without noticing there are speakers in th

powersoftPowersoft channels Pentecostal power at Emerge
Thursday, 15 September 2022

Australia - To elevate its energetic musical worship services, Emerge Church has installed Powersoft’s T Series amplifiers as part of a major upgrade of its audio system.
Located in the North Brisbane region of Queensland, the Pentecostal Emerge Church has three locations, with its main church in the suburb of Warner. The Warner building includes a 450-seat auditorium whose AV set-up is key to a typical church service, which includes a full band of drums, bass guitar, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, and up to six vocalists.
The original PA system, which was installed in 2000, when the Warner church opened, comprised four 12” horn (point-source) cabinets (2 per side) and two 18” subs under the stage. “In recent years, we noticed that the system was sounding tired and lacking the definition required for clean and clear vocal reproduction,” says Ash Webber, one of Emerge Church’s head audio engineers, explaining the decision to upgrade its AV facilities.
“Achieving even frequency and SPL coverage throughout the auditorium has always been a challenge, and at times this led to comments from the congregation that the audio mix was too loud in some seats while being too soft or lacking clarity in others.”
Emerge Church’s last annual conference provided an ideal opportunity to audition prospective PA and amplifier options. (An earlier audio upgrade had seen the church purchase an Allen & Heath dLive S7000 console, with DM48 mix rack and Dante card, and four Electro-Voice EVU-2062 front-fill speakers to augment the orig

eawrogers-centerEAW QX system supports Toronto Blue Jays
Thursday, 15 September 2022

Canada - When officials with the Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays MLB team, decided it was time to replace the two decades old PA system back in 2019, they could not have predicted the impending pandemic. Working with AV and design consultant Anthony James Partners (AJP), the venue selected a new QX series PA from Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW).
With the building shut down in 2020, the Blue Jays were forced to play the season in the United States. The stadium was unable to reopen its doors due to the lockdown and didn’t have the opportunity to show off its new PA system until the team returned to Toronto for the following season.
SF Marketing (SFM), a Canadian-based provider of customised go-to-market solutions for the AV, live entertainment and media production industries, managed the procurement, delivery and testing of the equipment. AJP and a representative from the Toronto Blue Jays, designed the system, while All Pro supplied the gear and managed the deployment and tuning. Spark Power handled the integration.
“In addition to being the local EAW representative in Toronto for the last 24 years, I am also a fan of the Jays and the facility,” says Rob Deslauriers of SFM. “It was exciting to see the prior EAW audio system upgraded to the EAW QX series to achieve an even better fan experience. Current Major League sports require a more immersive experience for fans and the new system does not disappoint.”
A total of 125 EAW QX500 and QX300 Series loudspeakers were installed as part of the main PA on the 500 seating level.

digicoCT’s DiGiCo SD12 investment pays dividends
Thursday, 15 September 2022

UK - Creative Technology (CT) has invested in multiple DiGiCo SD12s in recent years, with the two it has in its hire stock now including the theatre-specific T software. “Theatre and CT is evolving rapidly and we’re very busy with it and were keen to invest in the T software as soon as it was released,” says CT’s Andy Johnson. “It was the right decision as the SD12T give us the ideal surface in theatre world, allowing a designer and operator to work on it simultaneously. It also gives us a very capable console for monitors, festival FOH and any corporate live sound FOH. In fact, it ticks all the boxes in all our markets.”
CT has a long association with the theatre market, with Johnson adding his extensive experience to the team in 2014. Since then, it has seen a continual increase in business, and particularly rapidly over the past two years, with an SD7 also added to its theatre inventory. “The SD7 is an industry flagship console,” says Jonson. “There is nothing is as versatile as the SD7, and we have plans to upgrade it with the latest Quantum engine in the future.”
Both the SD12s and SD7 have been in high demand with National Youth Music Theatre shows, including the Hunchback of Notre Damme, Lee Meads 40th birthday DVD recording at the London Palladium, as well as on a Gareth Owen Sound pantomime in Southampton.
As well as being popular with their customers, CT’s SD12s are flavour of the year within Johnson’s department. “Our SD9s and SD10s are also busy,” he notes. “It’s a real advantage for us to have an entire

museumSamurai Museum gets immersive with L-Acoustics
Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Germany –Europe’s first museum dedicated exclusively to samurai history and culture, the Samurai Museum is the setting for more than 1,000 artefacts collected over 30 years by German entrepreneur Peter Janssen. The museum, situated in Berlin’s main gallery district, opened its doors in May this year and has already made an impression on its visitors.
Featuring modern technology and multimedia installations that bring the exhibits to life, the audio experience is delivered by L-Acoustics Syva and X Series sound systems, designed by consulting firm MMT-Network and installed by system integrator PIK AG.
Composer, producer and music director Christian Steinhäuser asked Ralf Bauer-Diefenbach, managing director at MMT-Network, to help with the conceptual design of the audio system. “Artistic projects like the Samurai Museum require extensive knowledge in content interaction, architecture, room acoustics and audio,” says Bauer-Diefenbach. “The client and the architects are very design-oriented, so one of the key challenges Christian and I faced was to design a sound system that would offer perfect directivity, level and frequency response, while also fitting in well with the architecture and design of the venue.”
Bauer-Diefenbach and Steinhäuser collaborated with the museum’s architects and Ars Electronica Linz GmbH, an Austrian cultural, educational and scientific institute active in the field of new media art, to plan the optimal components using a complex acoustic computer model.
Once the audio concept was complete, PIK AG was br

ashingtonFlipside solution for West Sussex church
Tuesday, 13 September 2022

UK - Renovated just over 10 years ago, Ashington Church in West Susex hosts an array of events, from prayer evenings to live band concerts and has been doing everything they can to keep the congregation’s spirits high during the uncertain lockdown period.
As the needs of the church have grown of the years, for both live and online services, a new audio installation was needed as the original speakers in the ceiling beams and down the aisle often resulted in ‘dead zones’ and delay issues during performances.
“While it did mean we had a better signal to noise ratio, those speakers just couldn’t reproduce the sound we wanted,” explains Simon Barrett, sound engineer and consultant for Ashington Church. “I even had to bring in a sub from time to time just to balance everything out, which wasn’t ideal.”
After having several systems installed on a temporary basis, Barrett decided he needed something more permanent. AV professionals need to guide church leaders when considering how both spaces and AV equipment will be used differently, helping them to define suitable and flexible solutions. Flipside Soundsystem were ultimately chosen to organise a more permanent solution for the Ashington congregation and taking into account the narrow dispersion requirements, the team went for a TW Audio speaker installation which included two T20is, two QBT20s, a B30i, a C5 and an M8i.
“It’s a friendly layout for a church,” says Flipside managing director, James Cooper. “It’s not a particularly reverberant room and with the audience capac

oaklahomaYoung Vic invests in TiMax for Oklahoma!
Tuesday, 13 September 2022

UK - In preparation for the arrival of off-Broadway hit, Oklahoma!, and the world-premiere of Mandela this autumn to the boards of London’s The Young Vic, the theatre’s head of sound Kyle McPherson invested in the award-winning TiMax TrackerD4 stagetracking system from TiMax developers, Out Board.
Requests for a TiMax TrackerD4 system to control new Soundscape upgrade for the theatre’s d&b sound system were made by both the Oklahoma! design team comprised of sound designer Drew Levy and Associate Sam Lerner, as well as the forthcoming Mandela sound designer, Paul Gatehouse.
The requests sparked a thorough investigation into stagetracking systems by MacPherson and the Young Vic sound team, which subsequently led to the purchase of a TiMax TrackerD4 system with eight sensors and 16 tags for the actors.
MacPherson confirmed, “We looked at all the systems on the market, but TiMax was operationally the better choice, with fewer sensors needed for pinpoint accuracy across the auditorium area and just one tag per actor where some systems required two. Also, because TiMax Tracker was purpose-built for audio it just immediately worked as you’d expect it to.”
The original plan to hire the TiMax TrackerD4 system for the duration of the two new musicals rather than purchase was quickly overturned as the true value and cost-saving potential of owning the TiMax TrackerD4 system was revealed.
The benefit of TiMax TrackerD4 is that it negates the need for the lengthy process of pre-programming the actor positi

duran-duranBrit Row continues to support Duran Duran live
Tuesday, 13 September 2022

UK - Active for over four decades, Duran Duran continue to be a major draw on the live sound circuit.
For their latest UK and European festival run, the band picked up where they left off with long-time audio vendor Britannia Row Productions, which supplied the crew with a DiGiCo-centric control package, as well as an assortment of microphones and Sennheiser IEMs.
“Brit Row have been great in providing the gear we needed, at a time when so much equipment is unavailable,” says production manager Wob Roberts, who first worked with the band in 2008 and returned to the role last year. “Part of this was because we booked well in advance, but the following US tour was a late addition and our account handler, Dave Compton, has managed to source the gear we need without having to ship anything, which is great as we try to reduce the carbon footprint of touring.”
FOH engineer Craig Pryde first joined Duran Duran’s audio crew in 2017, originally being brought in to cover for outgoing engineer Snake Newton.
“Snake is on a mammoth world tour with Harry Styles at the moment, so I took the reins last summer,” he explains. “We moved over to DiGiCo for this year, and they’ve been incredibly supportive, with the best back up I’ve ever experienced. The change from the previous console was partly driven by production, as the DiGiCo desks are more widely available worldwide for one-off fly shows. I’ve been really impressed with the Quantum 5 Brit Row have provided.”
Pryde specified a pair of Bricasti M7s to complement the AMS RMX16

fulcrumacousticapexpresetsFulcrum adds Apex CloudPower pre-sets
Monday, 12 September 2022

USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has announced that pre-sets for Apex CloudPower amplifiers are now available for download on the Fulcrum Acoustic website. The processor settings work with all Apex CloudPower amplifiers running firmware version 1.2.1 or later. These pre-sets add to an already extensive list of processor configurations available for download on the Fulcrum Acoustic website.
"Fulcrum Acoustic is committed to supporting a broad range of processing platforms at a high level to ensure that our loudspeakers are easy to work with and so our customers can achieve the best results possible," says Rich Frembes, senior technologist, Fulcrum Acoustic. "We’re excited to add Apex to the ever-growing list of third-party DSP amplifiers we support."
The Apex pre-sets are available as a free download from the support page on the Fulcrum Acoustic website.

digicoDiGiCo Quantum225 on song for Nashville Life
Monday, 12 September 2022

USA - Nashville Life is a 10-year-old ministry founded by gospel artist and 15-time Grammy Award-winner CeCe Winans and her husband, Alvin Love II, and their son, Alvin Love III, is now lead pastor. While the church has been in existence for a decade, it has only this year found its own home, a newly renovated former church building in Nashville’s Nolensville Road neighbourhood.
Nashville Life has a flexible set of audio solutions to meet its particular needs: a DiGiCo Quantum225 console, buttressed with four Dante-enabled A168D stage boxes along with a DQ-Rack in the amp room, for switching and patching, all on a Dante network, as is the church’s new EAW KF810 sound system. In addition, an even one-dozen KLANG:kontrollers - six connected to Shure PSM 1000 IEMs and six hard-wired IEMs for the band members - provide the church’s musicians and vocalists on stage with a highly customizable but very easy-to-use monitoring solution at their fingertips.
Nashville Life is volunteer-driven, including Trey Smith, the church’s most experienced live-sound mix engineer and one of three whose technical capabilities range from expert to ambitious. “That’s why the Quantum225 was such a good choice for the church,” he says of the new 350-plus-seat auditorium, which opened this spring with the new DiGiCo console and DQ-Rack, KLANG monitoring solution, and EAW line array system installed by locally-based Blackhawk Audio.
“For those of us with experience in touring, we’re already familiar with DiGiCo, and if not, it’s such an intuitive, logically l

grahamAtlasIED bolsters product development team
Friday, 9 September 2022

USA - AtlasIED has announced three additions to the company, including Graham Hendry, VP of loudspeaker strategy; Mike Ulrich, VP of specialty acoustic projects and Riccardo Balistreri, director of acoustical engineering. The new hires are part of a strategic initiative that will focus on product development, strategy, design, and positioning of new products for the premium loudspeaker marketplace across a variety of industries including hospitality, specialty commercial, corporate, and entertainment.
“AtlasIED has significantly invested in talented people, infrastructure, and machinery over the past five years,” said John Ivey, CEO at AtlasIED. “We’ve created a foundation for innovation, and Graham, Riccardo, and Mike are joining us to help propel that innovative culture forward and translate it into solutions and platforms that benefit our industry, clients, and end users. Audio is in our blood. It’s how our family business began and will forever be our passion.”
Hendry joins AtlasIED in the newly created position as vice president of loudspeaker strategy. With more than 25 years in premium audio in engineering, business development, and leadership, Hendry will lead all facets of the company’s loudspeaker business strategy. During his career, Hendry served in multiple leadership positions and has extensive experience building teams and defining, developing and implementing product and brand strategy for a comprehensive range of products.
In another newly created position of VP of specialty acoustic projects, Ulrich will lead engine

nick-bellisPolar strengthens pro audio team
Friday, 9 September 2022

UK - Polar has announced the expansion of its team with the appointment of Nick Bellis to the post of business development manager, professional audio.
An experienced pro audio sales manager and successful freelance FOH/monitor engineer, with more than 30 years’ experience in the live and installation markets, Nick joins Polar with specific responsibility for its Music Tribe brands. Polar recently entered a partnership to re-introduce direct supply of Music Tribe’s leading brands to the UK market.
Polar managing director John Midgley comments, “Nick is a highly respected figure in the industry and knows these brands inside out, having earlier in his career spent seven years working for Music Tribe in European sales. Add to this a hands-on appreciation of the products from his freelance role as a highly regarded pro audio engineer, and it’s easy to see why he is so well-suited to this position at Polar.”
Nick Bellis adds: “I’m delighted to be joining Polar at what is a very exciting time. The company’s strategic super partner relationship with Music Tribe gives our professional audio customers direct access to what is a formidable collection of iconic brands, all of which I’m very familiar with. I have a genuine passion for sound and using technology to push boundaries, so I’m looking forward to working with new and established customers to help them to achieve high quality solutions.”
Polar distributes the Midas, Klark Teknik, Lab Gruppen, Lake, Turbosound and Tannoy brands for Music Tribe in the UK.

passive-floor-monitor-browsing-toolWharfedale Pro further streamlines website
Friday, 9 September 2022

UK - Following their recent inauguration of a European Experience Centre, Wharfedale Pro continues to uphold a mission of transparency. With the addition of enhanced website navigation and ‘finder’ tools, they are optimising their processes ‘to enable their customers to make more informed, intelligent decisions’.
The newly added ‘bracket and rigging finder’ effectively acts as a filterable table or ‘cheat sheet’, that clearly displays which brackets, rigging and poles (X axis) are most suitable for each model of loudspeaker (Y axis), as well as what quantity is required. The entire loudspeaker range is displayed by default, but the selection can be narrowed to a specific model via a search function. It will serve as an invaluable, at-a-glance tool for integrators who are planning installs of any size.
Similarly, earlier in August, Wharfedale Pro unveiled their decision simplify their passive floor monitor presentation. With a substantial portfolio of passive floor monitors, it became clear that they had to simplify the browsing experience and make it easy to differentiate the specifications. By adopting a ‘good’, ‘better’ and ‘best’ logic, the lineup has simply become easier to understand. As part of this cleaning up, the DVP-X and EVO-X passive floor monitors will be discontinued.
Peter Peck, marketing manager at Wharfedale Pro comments, “Wharfedale Pro is a longstanding company that has produced hundreds of products. Naturally, over time we have actively pruned our portfolio to better reflect the audio standards of th

marshallMarshall studio installs Quested monitoring
Friday, 9 September 2022

UK - Amp-maker Marshall recently constructed a world-class recording studio – boasting a 273sq.m live room and a 40-channel vintage Neve 8048 mixer – next to their Milton Keynes factory.
The control room has been upgraded with a Quested monitoring system at its heart. “It was like fitting that last piece into a jigsaw, or getting the right key for a lock,” said Marshall studio manager Adam Beer. “The Quested Q212FS monitors are just perfect for the room, and for the type of music we record. The imaging is absolutely spot on, you can accurately pinpoint everything throughout the stereo field.”
The Q212FS design is based on one of Quested’s most popular main monitor enclosures. The free-standing system has been adapted to allow for the Q212 element to sit on top of the QSB118 sub-bass, and be at a perfect height for most mixing consoles, with the acoustic centre at approximately 1.4m. The Q212 element is a three-way monitor utilising dual twelve-inch radial chassis drivers, a custom soft-dome 3” mid driver, coupling with a soft-dome HF. “Because the monitor system is four-way, rather than a three-way, you can hear the different elements of sub bass, you don't just get the kick and bass lines blending into each other,” explains Beer.
Quested APD2000-4 and APS1000-4 remote DSP amplification provide power, with the rig being set-up in situ for Marshall by Quested technical wizard Ollie Shortland. “The customer service element from Quested has been stunning,” confirms Beer, “Ollie set the monitors up exactly as we wanted.”

nexoNexo Geo brings rock & roll vibe to The Hallows
Friday, 9 September 2022

USA - There are three campuses of the thriving Hallows Church in Seattle, the latest of which is in the Wallingford area of the city. The church embraces technology to connect with its congregations both in person and through online livestreams, with music every bit as important in the celebrations as the spoken word.
To equip the church with a new sound system, The Hallows turned to local AV technology specialists Morgan Sound who have, over the course of 50+ years in business, successfully completed hundreds of similar installations in houses of worship and other venues, undertaken alongside a long-established and busy production services business for live events.
Associate engineer Fraser Brearley reports, “The Hallows is a very modern and technology-focussed church, with music at the heart of its services. They specifically asked for a custom-tailored audio and video system that would fit the configuration of their Sanctuary and provide high-quality A/V, both for their in-person members and remote members using live-streaming services. We considered the physical space as well as the church's expectations before delivering our recommendations of a small Nexo Geo M10 line array in white, which brings a rock & roll vibe while also complementing the design aesthetic to ensure a low visual impact.”
In a system designed by Fraser using Nexo’s NS-1 configuration software, hangs of three Geo M1012 cabinets left and right feature a single, more steeply angled Geo M1025 on the bottom to provide even coverage throughout the church, right up to th

mosquePAS supports Fineline mosque installations
Friday, 9 September 2022

UK - For more than 30 years, Bradford-based Pro Audio Systems (PAS) has been supplying professional audio, lighting and AV equipment for purchase, hire and installation. One area which has seen consistent growth on the audio front is the house of worship sector, where PAS has assisted with the supply and design of a number of systems for mosques, both in the city and further afield.
Fastline specialises in mosque installations and began its relationship with PAS as far back as 2004. With a background in electrical engineering and a keen interest in sound, founder Wajid Baz felt at the time that audio provision in many mosques was simply not up to scratch. Clarity and adequate coverage are absolute essentials in houses of worship, and in many cases Wajid felt that both elements were inadequate. He created Fastline to deliver bespoke systems that could overcome the difficulties presented by what are often unique spaces. More than eighteen years later, with business thriving, Wajid’s relationship with PAS is as strong as ever.
Most recently, Fastline and PAS have collaborated on installs at Bradford Central Mosque, Masjid Us Sunnah in Nelson, Lancs, Masjid Bilal in Batley and Baitul Aman in London.
“Very often the mosques are not purpose-built, so designing loudspeaker layouts for the direction of prayer is probably the biggest challenge,” says Wajid. “A member of the PAS team will often accompany me to the site, and using various software-based applications, can accurately predict the performance of a speaker system prior to its installation,

solotechSolotech enjoys record-breaking summer season
Friday, 9 September 2022

Canada - “We are pleased to announce that 2022 was a record-breaking international festival and music season for Solotech, representing an increase of over 20% in AV activities provided by our Live Productions teams”, says Martin Tremblay, president and CEO, Solotech. As the world emerges from the Covid cocoon, or learns to work around it, festivals everywhere made a spirited comeback this year.
Solotech’s Live Productions Division increase surpasses even pre-pandemic levels, a clear sign of organisers, artists and festival devotees’ eagerness for the return of this summer staple. Chances are if you attended a popular festival this summer, Solotech was also there. These included headliner Harry Styles’ epic shows at Coachella, the International Montreal Jazz Festival, the 15th anniversary of Osheaga, the Festival d’été de Québec and the multi-disciplinary artistic works of the Luminato Festival Toronto. The celebrations continued as electronic music took centre stage at Veld Music Festival, while popular headliners and rising stars collided over several weekends at the UK’s BST Hyde Park festival.
So far in 2022, over 280 festivals around the world have been supported by Solotech’s dedicated teams and cutting-edge equipment. And with this season running well into September, this total will increase. Upcoming major productions in Toronto include the hip-hop-centric Rolling Loud music festival and in Las Vegas, the Life is Beautiful Festival.
“After the two-year break in Canada, it was only natural that many festivals wanted to

qsc-emea-beneluxprimageQSC EMEA opens Benelux base in Nieuwegein
Friday, 9 September 2022

Europe - QSC EMEA has announced the opening of a new Benelux office in Nieuwegein, near Utrecht. Slated to open 20 September 2022, this modern office space will serve as the business development and Q-SYS training hub, as well house an experience centre where customers and end users can see the Q-SYS Platform and Ecosystem in real world installations.
In addition, this office will include the EMEA service centre, now based under the same roof, with significantly more room to continually support both Q-SYS and QSC Pro Audio divisions.
“Since opening the first regional business development office in 2020, the team has expanded four times, and this new modern office and high-end training facility is the next obvious step to support the growing regional footprint,” says Willem van Zuilekom, managing director of QSC Benelux. “In addition, this space will act as a hub to bring people together for local community building and events."
“Supporting our customers is of utmost importance and we strive to provide a best-in-class experience,” says Jerry Koeleman, service manager EMEA, Q-SYS. “This new office gives us the space we need to accommodate the region’s growth and better serve both Q-SYS and QSC Pro Audio customers and partners.”
“With all three business functions in the same location, we can ramp up the operations and deliver the best customer experience we’ve ever offered,” continues Van Zuilekom.

uline-warehouse-stageSummerfest returns with JBL VTX live sound
Thursday, 8 September 2022

USA - To provide artists and audiences at Summerfest with immersive and impactful live sound, Clearwing once again enlisted JBL Professional VTX Series speakers for the job.
A long-time staple of the music festival season, Summerfest is a multi-week event that brings a wide variety of artists and fans to Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee every year. With hundreds of performances taking place across 12 stages, Summerfest is historically one of the most-attended festivals in the world and earned the title of ‘World's Largest Music Festival’ by Guinness World Records in 1999.
After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Summerfest returned for three consecutive weekends in June and July rather than 11 straight days like previous years, and featured Modest Mouse, 2 Chainz, Charli XCX, Dustin Lynch, among many others.
Despite this year’s schedule change, Summerfest’s stages still required high-quality sound that provided both impactful dynamics for artists and balanced coverage for audience members. To meet these requirements, Clearwing deployed JBL VTX A and V Series speakers - reliable choices for the past several years at Summerfest.
“Summerfest is a logistical marathon,” said Jeffrey Mayer, regional audio operations, Clearwing. “Each stage area is a unique footprint, and many have proximity concerns. They require a product line with resources that can fill in only the desired coverage gaps while segregating the space beyond. Luckily, the VTX Series does just that.
“Having a product that deploys and recovers

promo-side1080wAPT-GB reveals teleprompter with Neutrik Halo
Wednesday, 7 September 2022

UK - At PLASA Show 2022, APT-GB launched the most most advanced series of its globally successful > SMV stage-monitor form factored teleprompters.
These teleprompter designs are intended for use in performance, production and presentation applications, by a wide range of users – from singers to pastors. Amongst a list of innovations, the new SMV2 series encompasses a range the most common and newest video formats with input and output conversion of NDI, SDI and HDMI all in a single platform, making it a much more accessible technology.
A complement of Neutrik connectors includes dual etherCON with Halo connectors supporting onboard video networking, with SMV2 series models receiving, converting and outputting multiple signal formats (NDI, RTSP and many more) via the I/Os and the Halo continuously indicating power and connection speed status.
Neutrik Halo products integrate a new, patented light ring along with an asymmetrical, non-metallic push tab into the design of the company’s popular A series chassis connectors. Halo product variants include the NC3FAH2-LR-DAE and NC5FAH-LR-DAE female XLR connectors, the NC3MAH-LR and NC5MAH-LR male XLR connectors, and the NE8FAH-LR-DAE etherCON connector.
By placing one or two SMD LEDs on circuit boards, the connectors can be lit up for useful and attractive visual feedback such as input detection, transmission status, connection status, phantom power, operating mode indication, and other useful information.
The Neutrik Halo light ring delivers an innovative, forward-looki

euro-2020Solar-powered Stage Box announces relaunch
Wednesday, 7 September 2022

UK - The Stage Bus, a Birmingham-based events production company that provides solar-powered staging solutions, has released the latest version of its newest stage, The Stage Box.
A concept that’s been designed and constructed at the company’s Halesowen HQ, The Stage Box is built into a converted 20ft shipping container. It provides a stage platform which can operate from the back of a truck, or as a detachable unit which can self-dismount using hydraulic legs. The entire stage is solar-powered, and can run for up to eight hours on a full charge.
The latest version of The Stage Box expands its power capacity with a modular solar battery system, allowing its running length to be extended past the eight hour mark. Combined with its nature as a self-contained unit which can be locked up and safely left at any event site overnight, this makes it the ideal choice for small to medium sized events, corporate activations, sports events, weddings and more.
The Stage Box is equipped with a powerful PA system and LED lighting, which help bring any performance or broadcast to life. Its hydraulic legs allow it to self-level on uneven terrain, simplifying the stage’s transportation and deployment. The stage can also be deployed on ground level, allowing people to get up close and personal with it when used in interactive events such as marketing activations. It can also be raised up to six feet off the ground, providing maximum visibility.
The Stage Box was first launched in 2019, shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. In the two and a half year


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