The Netherlands - Pliant Technologies debuts its CCU-08 CrewCom Control Unit at IBC 2022 (Stand 10.C53). The CCU-08 is the latest addition to the CrewCom system and gives users the ability to use up to eight 4-Wire ports while retaining all the same features of the current companion CCU-22 and CCU-44 products.
Like the current Control Units, the CCU-08 Control Unit contains no radio and is frequency agnostic and can therefore control and monitor any device across CrewNet regardless of radio frequency bands being utilized. With the combination of CrewCom Radio Transceivers, the new CCU-08 supports up to 82 Radio Packs, 18 in Normal mode and 64 in the recently released High Density mode, across all RF bands.
“The CCU-08 is an important addition to the CrewCom lineup,” says Gary Rosen, vice president of global sales for Pliant Technologies. “The CCU-08 adds the ability to have up to eight 4-Wire intercom connections working simultaneously allowing for even larger scale deployments. The new CCU-08 is designed for applications that need additional I/O but do not require 2-wire connectivity.”
UK - Le Mark Group will be exhibiting its extensive product range at this year’s PLASA show. Two new Dirty Rigger products will take centre stage; the V3 edition of the heavy-duty backpack and four-way stretch ladies’ work trousers will both be showcased on Stand E20.
Additionally, Paper-Tak– a paper-based alternative to generic PVC tape will make its debut. Visitors will also be able to see a selection of Le Mark’s best-selling tapes, labels, flooring and crew wear, with a knowledgeable team on hand to answer any queries.
Speaking ahead of the show, Stuart Gibbons OBE, managing director, Le Mark Group said: “We’re delighted to be returning to the show again this year and we’re really excited to see what people think of the new products we will have on the stand. The Dirty Rigger backpack has been built around industry feedback. It’s comfortable to wear and incorporates a tough, waterproof ‘hard case’ base plus a water-resistant fabric. We really rate this backpack as a product that will safely hold both tools and a laptop.
“Meanwhile, the Dirty Rigger ladies’ work trousers will be modelled by a mannequin on the stand. Featuring a new, durable, four-way stretch fabric, the trousers offer extreme flexibility, durability and comfort.”
With an industry drive to become more sustainable and circular, Le Mark Group is proud to be launching Paper-Tak. Stuart explained: “Our customers are keen to reduce their use of plastics whenever possible. To help them achieve this, we’ve produced Paper-Tak - a tough paper-based tape
UK - Production Futures exists to create opportunities for young people to learn, train, network and develop real careers in production across every area of the live event, music, touring, theatre, TV, broadcast and film industries.
As part of the promotion for its forthcoming Production Futures On Tour autumn events, the organisation will host a seminar at this year’s PLASA Show on the subject of Creating an Inclusive Workforce - How Can the Industry Attract Young Talent?.
Chaired by CEO Hannah Eakins, the panel, which includes Jas Parekh (Production Futures), Koy Neminathan (Sales Director at Avolites), Amy Kerr (field sales support manager at Robe) and Ollie Jeffrey (head of production and technical at Royal Albert Hall), will discuss solutions to the skills shortage in the live sector.
Hannah Eakins explains: “Since the pandemic, live events and the entertainment sector in general have faced huge skills shortages. We’ve assembled an expert panel to explore ways in which the industry can encourage new talent into these sectors, and discuss the ways in which opportunities can be created for young people. The session will be of great interest to employers seeking to boost their workforce, as well as young people looking for industry opportunities.”
The session will take place at Seminar Theatre 2 from 4pm - 5pm on 4 September
Indonesia - Located on the perimeter of the Podomoro Golf Complex in a leafy suburb of Jakarta, At-Thohir Mosque was built by the extended family of automotive magnate, the late Teddy Thohir. The pearlescent house of worship features 29 domes meant to signify family. The building, which can welcome up to 1,900 worshippers, is a gift from a government minister, one of Mr. Thohir’s sons, to the local community and was inaugurated this spring by Indonesia’s president.
Wishing to maintain the grandeur of the building - its clean white interior, adorned with gold calligraphy representing the 99 meanings of Allah - the mosque’s technical committee required a powerful and pristine sound system that would discreetly fit into the building’s aesthetic. With recent government guidelines putting a cap on sound volumes at 100 decibels and limiting amplified audio to inside buildings, it complicated the sound system choice. To help them face the challenge, the committee turned to local Jakarta-based pro-audio supplier, PT Gracia Auvindo.
Hendra Halim, project manager and systems engineer at PT Gracia Auvindo, explains that in addition to the aesthetic and SPL requirement, installation options were limited in the 28.5m by 28.5m main prayer hall. Mr. Hendra says, “In addition, the hall is constructed of marble and granite, creating reflective surfaces throughout, compounded by the inner side of a dome-shaped roof.”
Mr. Hendra worked with L-Acoustics application project engineer APAC, Chung Wah Khiew, using L-Acoustics Soundvision to design a system t
USA - EAW has announced that Steve Badham will be returning to the company covering technical sales throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Badham has a long history in the professional audio industry and in particular with EAW.
“We are excited to welcome Steve back to the EAW family,” says TJ Smith, president, Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW). “Steve’s experience, product knowledge and technical savvy make him a great addition back to our team. With Steve’s contributions and hard work, we look forward to continuing to grow the EAW brand in the EMEA territories.”
Badham’s association with EAW began about two decades ago where he held the position of European technical sales engineer. During his time at EAW, Badham spearheaded several high-profile projects in the region including the Barcelona Football Club’s Camp Nou Stadium and EAW's first UK multiplex cinemas in Epsom and Bradford. In his new role, Badham will be instrumental in the sales process, as the EAW sales team will rely on him for technical expertise and consultation. As a liaison, Badham will also directly advise customers on product features and configurations.
“I have always liked the engineering aspect of EAW and am excited to be back with such a forward-thinking company,” adds Badham. “I firmly agree with EAW’s core design philosophies such as focusing, symmetry of sources and spaced woofers for exemplary pattern control, and the broad product range gives me an enormous audio toolbox to work with. It’s fantastic to be working with this talented and passio
USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has announced the introduction of two new additions to the company’s CCX range of compact coaxial passive cardioid loudspeakers: the 8in CCX8 series and the 15in CCX15 series.
The CCX 8in coaxial system is offered in two horn patterns: CCX896 (90° x 60°) and CCX826 (120° x 60°).
Like the CCX 12in models, the CCX15 15in coaxial system is offered in a full range of five patterns: CCX1595 (90° x 45°), CCX1565 (60° x 45°), CCX1577 (75° x 75°), CCX1500 (100° x 100°), and CCX1526 (120° x 60°).suited to high-fidelity, foreground distributed systems, as well as for systems requiring targeted pattern control. Their trapezoidal shaped enclosures allow for mounting very close to ceilings with minimal effect on sight lines, which facilitates acceptance by interior designers and architects.
They are suitable for houses of worship, theatres, restaurants, transportation facilities, theme parks, and more. Other features include mounting brackets, hydrophobic stainless steel rear ports for outdoor applications, and weather resistant and custom colour options.
"Unlike conventional loudspeakers that trade off low frequency (LF) directional control for compact enclosures, our Passive Cardioid Technology enables CCX loudspeakers to achieve unprecedented LF/HF control for products of their size," says Fulcrum Acoustic co-founder and vice president of R&D David Gunness. "Combining the benefits of this technology with Temporal Equalization (TQ), single-amplified CCX products deliver impressive LF directional control, improv
Estonia – A host of Green-GO’s digital intercom products have been installed at Tallinn City Theatre’s temporary home at the nearby Salme Kultuurikeskus (Salme Cultural Centre) while the main theatre is renovated.
The relocation gave Green-GO distributor and Tallinn-based theatre smart control experts Focuspoint OÜ the opportunity to specify Green-GO solutions to the theatre, which is looking to the future with the rebuild and technical upgrade.
The existing communications system at the Salme Kultuurikeskus (Salme Cultural Centre) was, according to Focuspoint, extremely old, consisting of a one-way announcing mic at the stage manager’s desk and 100V loudspeakers positioned in four wardrobes.
“The team at City Theatre were looking to upgrade their communications system to a full digital, flexible system almost as a try out while they operate in their temporary home, and they start to specify systems for the new main theatre,” says Focuspoint’s Kalle Karindi. “I have a long-standing professional relationship with the theatre from a technical perspective, and found myself in a strong position to recommend a Green-GO system, as I am a big fan of what it can achieve.”
The Salme Kultuurikeskus offers a big stage in one space, and two separate black box performance areas on the upper floors. In addition, there are 33 wardrobe rooms, offices on three floors, and a lighting and sound booth. This required a truly wireless and robust digital communications solution that could scale and be easily installed.
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UK - Prolight Concepts Group has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Flightcase Juice. The addition of this brand ‘enhances the current umbrella of brands, and enables Prolight to continue to stock, supply and develop this popular consumable’.
This label cleaner and permanent market remover is developed and manufactured in the UK and is currently available in 0.75 litre spray bottle. A 5-litre version is also available which is suitable for refills or larger usage requirements. Mini sample bottles of Flightcase Juice will be given away at the upcoming PLASA Show in London.
Managing director Andrew Jeffrey comments, “I am pleased to welcome Flightcase Juice in our group. We will be looking at further expanding the range with the same dedication and passion that we have applied to our other brands over the years.”
UK - A new pro audio distributor, AUX Import, has officially launched, offering brands such as CatCore, UNiKA and NEXT Audiocom.
Following a career in pro audio, founder and sales director, Mike Newman explains his drive to start the company.
“Having worked over 20 years in live events I felt that experience could lead me to better understand what installers, integrators and rental companies were looking for; both in terms of products and service. Having worked around the world for audio manufacturers for many years I had become aware of several unrepresented brands who I felt could succeed in the UK market. AUX Import has been founded on a culmination of these two things, which is already proving to be a winning formula.”
AUX Import currently offers exclusive products from the German ‘XLR over Cat’ manufacturer CatCore as well as UNiKA Pro Audio, the manufacturer of DI boxes, audio interfaces and a plethora of audio problem solvers. In addition, AUX Import has also become a stockist of the new commercial audio brand NEXT Audiocom.
USA - The Grammy Award-wining Tedeschi Trucks Band is known for its relentless touring, but plans for the group’s sixth Wheels of Soul Tour, originally slated for 2020, obviously had to put on the brakes for a couple of years. Now the band is finally back out doing what it does best, rolling through its North American tour accompanied by opening acts Los Lobos and Gabe Dixon as well as an L-Acoustics K2 loudspeaker system supplied by PRG.
The current tour leg comes on the heels of a three-week break from Wheel of Soul’s initial return to the road, which kicked off on June 24 in Jacksonville, Florida, hometown of vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks, the band’s two married principals who front a 12-piece band often augmented by guest artists.
Recently picking back up at San Diego’s Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater on August 18, the West Coast run is stopping at a mix of amphitheaters, sheds, and theaters, before the group moves into New York City’s Beacon Theatre in late September for its annually sold-out residency of seven shows. An 18-date European tour in October and November is currently on the books to follow.
The PA for the North American tour is in the hands of two longtime TTB crew members: FOH engineer/production manager Brian Speiser and systems engineer Chris Bedry. “When Chris and I were deciding what would be best for the Wheels of Soul Tour, we wanted a system that would cover the larger venues with a big, full-range sound,” shares Speiser, who has previously mixed tours for Indigo Girls, Brandi
China - Located in the Songjiang District of Shanghai, the Yun Hall Cultural Art Centre is a major community and economic project of the district party committee and district government. Its aim is to build a comprehensive, high-quality cultural landmark, providing one-stop public cultural services such as art exhibitions, cultural performances, group activities and reading for all.
A pair of a pair of DiGiCo Quantum 338 consoles form part of its high-end technical infrastructure, designed and installed by DiGiCo distributor, Rightway Audio Consultants (Racpro).
Designed by Xing Tonghe, chief architect at Shanghai Xian Dai Architecture, whose works encompasses an organic combination of the spirit of the times and national tradition, modern technology, and history and culture, the Yun Hall Culture and Art Centre communicates a strong sense of innovation and highlights the ‘new Chinese’ aesthetic style.
The Centre includes the Yun Theatre, which extends to approximately 10,000sq.m, can accommodate a 1,200-capacity audience, and can meet the needs of a variety of performances including dance, opera, drama, symphonic concerts, Chinese opera and variety shows.
To complement a substantial L-Acoustics PA system, Racpro recommended DiGiCo consoles, specifying two Quantum 338s, their size, the advantage of a trio of screens and 38 touch sensitive faders making it perfect for the theatre’s engineers. The consoles are situated in a control room at the rear of the auditorium, which is ideal the ideal position for the theatre’s engineers and those
UK - Highlite’s UK sales representative Dave Hartley will be enjoying his well-deserved retirement from 15 September. Jeff Davenport will follow in his footsteps and be the new contact for Highlite-related matters and products in the North of the UK region.
Jeff Davenport will be taking over the UK sales representative position at Highlite from Dave Hartley. Jeff will start on 1 September. During the overlap period, Dave will bring Jeff up to speed on the current state of affairs. Jeff will dive right in at the upcoming PLASA Show at the Olympia London (4-6 September), where he will join the team on stand (B23) to introduce himself to the market and clients.
Jeff is already familiar with the market, as he has previously worked for several businesses that are active in the industry. From his hometown of Burton upon Trent, he can be contacted at Jeff.Davenport@highlite.com.
USA - Audinate has announced the immediate availability of Dante Domain Manager v1.4 with support for Dante-enabled video products such as PTZ cameras, HDMI encoders and decoders, and the Dante Studio suite of video tools.
With Dante Domain Manager, AV-over-IP systems get IT-level monitoring, security and control. Dante Domain Manager secures Dante networks by enforcing user authentication and roles to ensure that only trusted people can make changes to the system. It provides organizational tools that allow Dante devices to be split into functionally independent groups (domains) that correspond to rooms, spaces, buildings and more for easier routing and security.
Dante Domain Manager coordinates clocking across the entire network, enabling routing of audio and video across IP subnet boundaries for large systems that must span large buildings, multiple studios, or campuses. The Dante Domain Manager dashboard and alerts provide instant status reports on any issues, anywhere on the network.
“Dante Domain Manager has been a key component of scalable, modern AV-over-IP installations, and truly sets Dante apart from other technologies in AV,” says Laurence Crew, senior product manager at Audinate. “The inclusion of Dante Video products means that Dante Domain Manager can encompass complete systems with any mix of audio and video devices, giving AV and IT managers the information they need, exactly when they need it.”
Dante Domain Manager v1.4 is a free update for existing users of Dante Domain Manager with active support agreements.
UK - BishopSound, boutique manufacturer of point source and line array loudspeakers, has announced the availability of the company on the open market. The company founder, Andrew Bishop, is seeking to partner with investors to grow his infrastructure to a level that can meet the increasing demand for his products.
BishopSound’s order book includes enquiries from as far afield as the US, India, West Africa, and Vietnam, as well as reflecting a loyal customer base in the UK among discerning artists, rental companies, and systems integrators. Since the company was formed in 2015, year-on-year growth has stretched resources to the limit, and Bishop now feels the best way forward is to place the business in the hands of a like-minded concern with shared goals in entertainment technology.
Although seven years old, BishopSound’s provenance goes back several decades to when Andrew Bishop took control of Carlsbro, the noted British loudspeaker brand, which under his stewardship grew in turnover from £900,000 to £4.6m in eight years. Bishop has also worked as a consultant with designers responsible for several other leading UK speaker brands in both pro audio and MI, including Wharfedale, Vox and Marshall. He has professional experience in international business and banking and is a passionate supporter of both PLASA and the #WeMakeEvents campaign.
“In business, I have learnt never to bury my head in the sand,” Bishop comments. “I know my limits, I recognise the facts, and focus on the things that can be changed. Investment in people and premises
UK - Free registration for this year’s PLASA Show will end at midnight tomorrow (31 August). Taking place in Olympia London’s Grand Hall on 4-6 September, the leading entertainment technology trade show promises to deliver some of the latest technology, brand showcases and product demos. Alongside ample networking opportunities, visitors will also be able to take advantage of the show’s free-to-attend seminar programme of over 60 sessions, taking place across four show floor theatres. Meanwhile, the winners of the 2022 PLASA Awards for Innovation and the Gottelier Award will be announced at the show on Monday 5 September.
Don’t miss out – register for your free ticket by midnight tomorrow: https://registration.gesevent.com/survey/1ibtbcj5j6f10?actioncode=WB14
The Netherlands - High bandwidth fibre network specialists, BroaMan, has extended its range of Mux22 devices with the addition of the Mux22 12G - an all-in-one 12G-enabled unit. It will make its debut on their stand (Hall 8, Stand A97) at next month’s IBC2022 broadcast show at the RAI, Amsterdam.
Mux22 in its different guises has been providing solutions in the broadcast environment for nearly a decade due to its protocol independence, and ability to process any signal in just a small 1RU chassis.
Since the 4K era has been firmly adopted by both the commercial and consumer markets, it was only a matter of time before customers asked BroaMan to enable 12G transmission in its devices, states BroaMan MD, Tine Helmle. “Up until now, 12G was available for our Repeat 48 and Repeat 8 Nano, but what the market was really waiting for was the possibility of upgrading our point-to-point device … which is our unique Mux22. With its many capabilities and Optocore compatibility, it can also form part of an Optocore loop.”
The icing on the cake, she emphasised, is the option to upgrade existing Mux22 devices to the new 12G version.
Like all Mux22 devices the new interface will support eight video streams of 12G, an SDI standard supporting greater resolution, frame rates and colour fidelity. At four times the bandwidth of HD it carries around 12 Gigabits per second, making it ideal for the 4K UHD format. This fibre infrastructure also supports 3G, HD and SD-SDI (up to 80 channels) - as well as acting as a standalone 3G/HD/SD-SDI router and repeater.
UK - The Llanerch Vineyard Hotel near Pontyclun in South Wales, with its beautiful surrounding grounds, is a popular venue, principally for weddings but also hosting conferences, corporate events, galas and parties.
A large marquee is a permanent fixture there and provides ample space for over 200 guests when required. In common with so many similar venues, the pandemic had caused a huge backlog of weddings and despite its rural location, the sudden rise in noise levels following reopening was causing some difficulties with nearby residents.
Spartan Audio Visual of Cardiff were approached to design, supply and commission an installed sound system that would meet all the various needs of a modern multi-purpose venue, yet also meet the noise control requirements of the area.
Dave Morgan is Spartan AV’s sales & installation director and he remarks, “We knew from the get go that this would be a very difficult challenge, given that we were effectively working outside, with the residences just a few hundred metres away as the crow flies. I was confident we could design the best system of compromise with regards to speaker layout, limiting and control, but it was clear that in order to present a solution that all stakeholders, including bands, DJ’s and wedding parties would be happy with, the audio fidelity had to be very high.”
“This is how we settled on the Outline brand. We’d used some of their kit previously and I found they sounded on par with all of the biggest names in the industry, yet, crucially for this task, they didn’t
UK - Since investing in a Nexo Geo M12 line array a couple of years back, Bluestone Audio is winning more and more mainstage jobs at festivals where they might previously have supplied systems for second or third stages.
A recent example is Lakefest which took place in August at the picturesque Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire. The Bristol-based sound rental company has previously handled the VIP Gold Stage at the festival, but this year moved up to the mainstage, with headliners including UB40, Manic Street Preachers, Leftfield and Supergrass.
“This year’s Lakefest gig is typical of how our business is growing with the Geo M12 system,” says Bluestone owner Sam Brook. “And we’re building relationships with other Nexo-equipped rental companies like Total Sound Solutions from Swansea, who are partnering with us at this event.”
With an audience of around 8000 people, the system at Lakefest comprises left and right hangs of 10 x Geo M1210 line array elements with two Geo M1220s at the bottom as down-fills. Sharing the same sonic signature, small hangs of four Geo M10s are employed as delays, and PS10 cabinets are used across the stage for front-fills. Two stacks of 10 x MSUB18s in a cardioid configuration deliver a powerful and tightly focussed LF response.
“We usually spread the subs evenly across the front of the stage but Nexo’s Engineering Support Team suggested the cardioid configuration in their NS-1 software system design for the event,” comments Sam. “And it works fantastically well.”
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Europe - KV2 Audio has announced the launch of the 500 series range of processors which, for the first time, are available directly from KV2’s online store at https://shop.kv2audio.com/
The range comprises three models; the TCL thermo-compressor/limiter; the QD8 stereo 8-band master EQ with line driver; and the MPA microphone preamplifier.
The TCL is an analogue thermo audio compressor featuring a superior natural RMS detector and dynamic voice bass enhancement control. Its patented design offers ‘an exceptionally musical and natural compression that is a component part of its real-time input, rather than a typical side-fed gain reduction circuit attempting to either follow or anticipate compression demands’.
QD8 is a George Krampera 8-band stereo equaliser specifically designed to highlight a desired band without adversely affecting the overall sonic landscape. Whilst not intended for tuning out room modes, the frequency bands and filter types have been precisely chosen after extensive research, to perfectly align with the science of human hearing and our perception of achieving the ultimate spectral balance. In a live scenario, faced with a number of different sources, program types, or performance genres at a festival or concert, the equaliser is very musical, intuitive and provides an exceptionally quick way to shape any mixed content to the sound you want to hear.
The MPA is a high-definition microphone and musical instrument preamplifier with Class-A circuitry and a quality transformer balanced output. A stepped input gain selecto
Europe - Yamaha Corporation has announced two new additions to its professional audio line-up with the Stagepas 1K mkII portable PA system and the DXL1K powered loudspeaker.
Featuring a high frequency array of 10 1.5” speakers and a compact, powerful 12" bass reflex subwoofer, all driven by a powerful Class-D amplifier, Stagepas 1K is an all-in-one portable PA system that delivers professional audio performance from a small footprint and slimline vertical profile, with fast and simple setup. Now, enhanced sound and control features in the new mkII version make it even more flexible and powerful.
With a coverage area of 170° (horizontal) by 30° (vertical), Stagepas 1K delivers uniform, high-quality sound throughout an audience. The onboard digital mixer offers extensive input capabilities, with three channels of mono microphone/line inputs, plus stereo inputs, as well as straightforward operation of 1-Knob EQ and Music/DJ/Speech Mode, allowing users to get the sound they want quickly and easily.
Since 2019, it has been the choice for a wide variety of uses, including music duos, small groups, mobile DJs, presentations, meetings and speeches, the included carrying case and optional DL-SP1K dolly allowing for easy transportation, letting you transform any location into a stage.
The new Stagepas1K mkII adds enhanced sound pressure levels and more flexible remote control to all the features which made the first generation system so popular.
A fully-redesigned 1100W Class-D amplifier delivers top-of-its-class 125dB SPL with stability an
USA - When officials at the La Crosse Centre in Wisconsin were looking to replace the venue’s aging PA system as part of a $42m dollar renovation, the task of finding a sound system capable of handling today’s complex audio demands while delivering unrivalled clarity was given to operations manager Kris Salzwedel and his team. Salzwedel found the solution he was looking for with a custom Radius RSX Series PA from Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW).
Located in the heart of downtown La Crosse’s riverfront district, the La Crosse Centre hosts conventions, meetings, trade shows, concerts, weddings and sporting events that welcome hundreds of thousands of attendees each year. Built in 1980, the centre was recently expanded to include the South Hall.
“We chose to install EAW’s RSX PA system in our 21,000sq.ft arena because the system checked all the boxes,” says Salzwedel. “The space is utilised as a general meeting area as well as an arena. The EAW system we installed in South Hall A is great for presenters and the overall fill of the room. It works great for large events and provides fantastic coverage within the seating areas as well as on the ground floor.”
The installation, managed by Minnesota-based Video Services Inc. (VSI) features eight hangs of seven RSX212L 2-way self-powered loudspeaker boxes, eight hangs of two RSX18F 18-inch self-powered subwoofers and four QX326 two-way trapezoidal enclosure speakers. The arena area features a down-fill arrangement with a line array.
Designed to streamline setup and deliver maximum results
USA - San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival, presented by Another Planet Entertainment and co-producer Superfly, returned to Golden Gate Park 5-7 August, with headliners including SZA, Green Day, and Post Malone. This year, a Meyer Sound Panther large-format linear line array loudspeaker system powered the Lands End main stage, provided by Bay Area rental company UltraSound, LLC.
While previous generations of Meyer Sound systems have been in place at the Lands End main stage since the festival’s inception in 2008, this year marks the first edition with the new Panther loudspeaker. Although it was introduced just six months prior to Outside Lands, Panther was welcomed by visiting engineers who were mixing on the new system for the first time.
“Overall feedback was positive, and engineers had a fun time mixing on the system,” says UltraSound senior systems engineer Tom Lyon. “I don’t think anyone had issues getting their mix up and running on the rig.”
One of these engineers was Phil Strong, mixer for the Friday night headliner, who heard Panther for the first time at the festival.
“It’s really exciting to get to experience [Panther]. I’ve been a huge Meyer Sound fan for many years,” says Strong. “Panther obviously is the evolution in the series, and it was stunning. It’s extremely clear with a lot of power and very defined in detail.”
The system configuration for the Lands End stage consisted of 18 Panther-L loudspeakers per side for the main arrays, plus six Lyon-M over four Lyon-W loudspeakers for side-fill
UK - Solotech has announced the appointment of Lee Unsworth as director of UK operations – live productions, working out of the group’s Manchester office.
In this new role, Lee will oversee the day-to-day running of the company’s live productions operations at the five warehouse locations in Manchester, Redditch, Hemel Hempstead, London and Southampton. Lee first joined the group as operations manager for the Manchester office in June 2019 before stepping up to the role of general manager.
Lee Unsworth commented, “I’m looking forward to taking on this expanded role. Since becoming part of the Solotech group we have sought to standardise and integrate our processes across the UK operations and this position is key to delivering on that promise. I look forward to maintaining and extending our hire inventory to meet the demand of our clients, while overseeing our manufacturing operations from Sigma Fabrications and BCS Cases.”
UK managing director Bryce Jewell added, “Since joining the company, Lee has been a key leader in our UK operations. He’s an emphatic manager who has an excellent knowledge of our industry. I am confident he will continue to provide Solotech UK with outstanding service and commitment and will be pivotal in the continued growth of our UK operations.”
Solotech is also announcing that Pete Gale has been promoted to head of UK assets. Pete leads the asset management team responsible for managing rental assets to maximise profitability and efficiency. Together with data from business intelligence, they will he
UK - Martin Audio has announced the appointment of Henry Packard as its new finance director.
Henry had previously been financial controller at parent company Focusrite. He said the drive to fill the vacant position, following the departure of his predecessor Steve Miller, had become more pressing with the growth of Martin Audio and the launch of sister brand Optimal Audio. “As Dom [Harter, Martin Audio MD] and Sally [McKone, Group CFO] are in regular discussion the move came about quite organically,” he said.
“An internal move is great for the company and generally for everyone involved. I’ve effectively had a six-year interview process to prove myself with Focusrite, so it was a lovely surprise to be told I was being considered. There was no way I could let the opportunity pass, and after a few further chats with Sally and Dom, it seemed like a great match all round.”
Welcoming the new FD, Dom Harter said, “Henry has been a great addition to the management team. It’s another great example of providing opportunity for employees within the Focusrite Group and with Henry’s quality of thought, skillset and energy, I’m delighted with the progress and contribution he is making.”