Audio News

workprosnseriesISE: Work Pro widens SoundNut range
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

The Netherlands - AV equipment manufacturer Work Pro Audio is expanding the SoundNut range of pendant speakers for installed sound applications.
The SoundNut originally debuted at ISE 2018 as a prototype design for a new kind of pendant speaker with a variety of housings in different textures and colours, the principle being to make installed sound speakers as visually discreet as a light fitting. Following a positive response, the first in the SoundNut range made its first official appearance at InfoComm 2018: the 400W SN-8, featuring an eight-inch coaxial driver.
Four more SoundNut models are being launched in Amsterdam to complete the range: the SN-3, SN-6, SN-10, which feature three-, six- and 10-inch drivers respectively, and the SN-8SUB, an eight-inch subwoofer for low-frequency enhancement. All use the same basic design concept as the original SN-8.
"The SN-8 was always going to be the trailblazer for the SoundNut range," explains Work Pro managing director Juan Jose Vila. "But the intention from the first was to expand the range to give our installation customers a variety of options if it was popular. The great success of the first SoundNut has ensured that the arrival of more models was only a matter of time."
(Jim Evans)

bosearenamatchloudspeakersISE: Bose launches outdoor installation range
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

The Netherlands - Bose Professional is introducing ArenaMatch DeltaQ array loudspeakers and ArenaMatch Utility loudspeakers for outdoor installations.
The ArenaMatch arrays incorporate DeltaQ technology, “to bring improved sound quality, consistency, vocal clarity and flexibility to outdoor installations - sports stadiums, arenas, outdoor entertainment centres, and more”. Featuring an IP55 weather rating, ArenaMatch DeltaQ modules promise durable and reliable outdoor performance whilst bringing consistent, intelligible sound.
DeltaQ array technology allows directivity, or “Q,” to vary in each module to more precisely match coverage to audience area. With nine coverage patterns available, designers can choose from modules with 10-, 20- or 40-degree vertical coverage and easily swap between 60-, 80- or 100-degree horizontal waveguides - even in already-assembled arrays - to adjust horizontal coverage and create asymmetrical patterns where needed.
By reducing the number of modules required, ArenaMatch loudspeakers can help improve sight lines, reduce array weight, and lower overall system costs compared to some conventional arrays. Most importantly, the coverage flexibility of ArenaMatch loudspeakers means more sound going where it is needed.
ArenaMatch offers a turnkey solution for entire outdoor sound systems. Designers can employ 40-degree ArenaMatch array modules for point-source applications and 10-, 20- and 40-degree modules for line arrays - all with the same transducers for consistent tonal balance. Combining ArenaMatch loudsp

sma-1-mailerISE: Apex introduces SMA-1 amplifier
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

The Netherlands - At ISE, Apex will introduce the Class D SMA-1 amplifier module, which offers a customisable turnkey solution for all two-way active loudspeakers.
SMA-1 is a purpose-built, fully-featured amplifier module that is easily adapted to customer requirements without the need for a long and expensive custom development process. It combines a switch-mode power supply, two Class D power amplifiers (1 x 500W + 1 x 150W), powerful integrated DSP and all the necessary analogue circuitry optimised for the best sonic performance on a single, extremely compact and lightweight PCBA module.
The most basic customer implementation comprises a single Line input, a Link output, a volume knob and status LEDs for signalling power, signal and limit. customisation is achieved via the versatile input connector on the PCB which enables the addition of extra input sources such as microphone inputs, Bluetooth, and even networked audio as well as allowing you to determine the layout of connectors and controls, be it a graphic display or LED indicators.
Dante audio networking is available as an option as well as remote control via Apex’s fast and highly intuitive Intelli-Ware software.
According to Apex managing director, Paul Van Hees, SMA-1 is an extremely valuable addition to the company’s portfolio. “We’ve always been good at electronics and we have a long history of providing innovative yet reliable custom solutions. SMA-1 is exactly that - it’s just such a neat solution for manufacturers looking for self-powered amplifier modules. It offers

ac-sp-motionhouse-1-72dpi-copyright-wwwi101digitalcouk--acAC-SP sets bar high for Motionhouse
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

UK - A.C. Special Projects (AC-SP) has supplied a bespoke performance LED lighting and AV solution to dance-circus company Motionhouse for its creation and rehearsal space in Royal Leamington Spa.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Motionhouse creates and tours a wide range of inspiring and powerful productions to theatres and festivals in the UK and across the globe.
Earlier this year, Motionhouse moved into its inspirational new rehearsal space in the new home of British furniture manufacturer Vitsœ in Leamington Spa. The co-habitation was conceived by Vitsœ and Motionhouse to create a vibrant and like-minded working community, and Motionhouse’s move to Vitsœ received capital funding from Arts Council England.
AC-SP needed to adhere to a strict technical specification in order for the installation to blend in with the building.
The original idea was to have motorised truss grids within each of the rehearsal bays, however, initial costs were higher than expected. As a more cost-effective alternative, AC-SP project manager, Chris Little specified Sixty82 fixed ladder truss grids into each rehearsal bay, along with a 3m motorised truss using Columbus McKinnon D8+ Model F motors and Kinesys load monitoring and control.
One of the key requirements from the building owner was that all of the truss had to be installed above the bottom of the timber horizontal beams. This was technically challenging, as a requirement from Motionhouse was to get the rigs a close as possible to the centre beam between each rehearsal bay. The buil

mondrian-beach-hotel-1Miami Beach hotels upgrade with Martin Audio
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

USA - Audio Video Lighting Innovations (AVLI) has upgraded the pool deck sound systems for two Miami Beach luxury hotels, the Mondrian South Beach and Shelborne South Beach, with Martin Audio CDD systems.
Discussing the projects, AVLI’s James Reed reports: “With the Mondrian South Beach pool deck, which faces the bay, we had to solve the problem of noise reflecting off nearby neighbouring residences. The hotel’s original sound system was somewhat underpowered and they were getting a lot of noise complaints from neighbours because the DJ would take a speaker and try to blast it across the pool, which caused all kinds of problems.
“So they called us in to solve the offsite noise problem, which we did very effectively by installing 10 CDD10-WR’s per side on the column system encircling the pool that supports the awning. We positioned each speaker on a column above a decorative planter about six feet above the ground, facing each other in a half moon shape all the way around the pool.”
In terms of the Art Deco Shelborne South Beach, the AVLI pool deck renovation involved an upgrade to replace a six-year-old system that had deteriorated because of the salt air from the oceanside location.
As Reed points out: “We designed a system that would allow the hotel to have elevated audio without renting additional equipment. The system consists of 14 CDD8-WR’s mounted around a long rectangular pool with cabanas on the north side and lounge chairs and a wall on the south side with seven speakers per side that mirror each other across the po

saraSARA adds Absen and Green Hippo
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

South Africa - The South African Roadies Association (SARA) has invested in an Absen D3V indoor/outdoor LED screen consisting of 150 panels and a Green Hippo Karst+ Media Server from local distributor DWR Distribution.
SARA - a non-profit training organisation based in Newtown, Johannesburg – acts to provide students with skills across lighting, audio, staging, power, rigging, AV and production specialties through a hands-on training and tutoring programme.
Freddie Nyathela is the heart behind SARA and he has fought to get the programme off the ground. Students with limited resources are given the opportunity to join the entertainment industry and many reputable technicians have passed through his establishment.
The investment of a new Absen D3V screen and Green Hippo Karst+ was funded by the National Lotteries Commission (the NLC).
Nyathela explains: “The equipment is crucial for SARA’s training. The purpose of purchasing this equipment is not to compete with anybody’s business or with any hire companies. The main focus is for students to touch, to play and to have access to hands on training with the latest technical gear. We will also assist some of the SARA graduates who have set up their companies and need gear for an event. They don’t have large budgets and we will loan it to them at a minimal rental fee.”
In addition to providing the kit, DWR Distribution has also committed to present a range of training courses from lighting to audio, fixture service workshops and a list of other topics, to SARA students.

polarPolar to distribute Ultimate Support in UK
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

UK - Polar has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for Colorado-based Ultimate Support. The US manufacturer offers a comprehensive product range that encompasses support stands, hardware and accessories for every conceivable type of music industry application, as well as studio furniture and acoustic treatments.
Polar managing director, John Midgley, comments: “Ultimate Support is a high-quality brand manufacturing truly exceptional products, and we are delighted to be strengthening our range with this partnership. The intellectual property contained within the Ultimate Support portfolio speaks volumes for the ingenuity and design expertise behind every stand and workstation. The value and breadth of available solutions for applications throughout the MI, studio, rental and installation markets is clear to see and we’re looking forward to introducing Polar customers to these innovative, stylish and very practical products.”
Mike Belitz, CEO at Ultimate Support, adds: “We’re confident that we’ve made an excellent choice by appointing Polar as our UK distributor, as they are ideally placed to meet all our key requirements. They have an extensive reach across our core markets, offer great sales and technical expertise and have the capacity to support our extensive line with locally held inventory, ensuring that customers enjoy rapid delivery.”
(Jim Evans)

powersoftPowersoft T Series unveiled at NAMM
Monday, 28 January 2019

USA - Powersoft has announced the release of the T Series line, an amplifier platform designed with the rental market in mind. The new platform - which is available now through the company's authorised distributors - was officially unveiled during a press conference at the NAMM show.
"We're setting a new benchmark for the type of reliability and audio performance you can expect from a product at this price level," says Klas Dalbjörn, product manager at Powersoft. "The T Series is Powersoft's solution for rental companies with small to medium-size sound systems, and it features next generation processing and networking capabilities, but at lower price point. It is also perfect for small touring bands, DJs and a range of other applications.”
The T Series consists of both two and four-channel models available in 3000 W and 6000 W versions supporting channel powers from 750 W to 3,000 W in a single rack unit. All models can deliver the same high peak voltage and can drive single 8/16 ohm cabinets at full SPL. The high voltage can also be used for power sharing between channels for applications such as bi-amped loudspeakers or subwoofers with passive tops.
In addition to analogue inputs, the T Series also includes AES3 and Dante by Audinate inputs, which are optimised for daisy-chained distribution of two-channel audio to multiple amplifiers with no need for external switches or splitters. Each model features group controllable advanced EQ to let users equalise multiple amplifiers in a chain, as well as a robust preset library with FIR processing.

electro-voicere3maincomponentsElectro-Voice debuts RE3 wireless at NAMM
Monday, 28 January 2019

USA - Electro-Voice has launched a new UHF wireless microphone system, the RE3. The RE3 receivers and transmitters are available in 10 pre-packaged sets, configured to cover a wide range of performance and presentation applications. Sets contain one 1/2-rack-space diversity receiver with antennas, universal power supply, rack mount kit, transmitter, batteries and an input device.
The RE3 portfolio also contains an assortment of accessories to aid in the creation of large, multi-channel systems. The RE3’s UHF design with clear frequency scanning makes multi-system wireless operation fast and simple.
The RE3 handheld combines robust aluminium build quality with a sleek profile. Five handheld system sets are available with a choice of interchangeable mic capsules: ND76, ND86, ND96 (dynamic) and the new RE420 and RE520 (condenser). These capsules can be purchased separately.
The compact RE3 bodypack features cast magnesium construction for maximum durability. Five bodypack system sets are available for instrument and lavalier/ headworn microphone applications: OL3, CL3 (lavalier), HW3 (headworn), GC3 (instrument cable) and one bodypack-only system. All RE3 transmitters run on regular alkaline or rechargeable AA cells.
(Jim Evans)

madachszinhazteamBudapest theatre upgrades with dLive
Monday, 28 January 2019

Hungary - Madách Theatre (or Madách Színház), one of the most popular musical theatres in Budapest, has recently undergone a major audio upgrade with several Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing systems.
The 800-seat venue holds around 350 performances a year, in front of approximately 500,000 visitors and stages some of the biggest international musicals, including works by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and is currently premiering dLive’s capabilities in Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock production.
Supplied by Allen & Heath’s Hungarian distributors, Audmax, the installation features three dLive Surfaces, three MixRacks, eight Expanders and several ME Personal Monitoring systems, which allow for the independent mixing of vocals, orchestra and IEM / stage monitors.
“The requirements of this installation were quite complex. Madách needed a system that allowed for four independent mixing systems, which could also work together. This meant we needed something with a very high level of flexibility, a large number of channels and a common “language” for inter-connections. Allen & Heath’s dLive system has so many options which allow for a flexible and easy workflow, it was the perfect solution,” comments Krisztian Varga, system designer and managing director at Audmax.
FOH comprises two dLive S7000s; one controlling sound for the orchestra and the other handling vocals and additional musical performers. Tamás Ditzmann (leading sound engineer at Madách) adds: “dLive was chosen for many reasons. The ability to have a l

yamahaSpant celebrates with Yamaha QL consoles
Monday, 28 January 2019

The Netherlands - Fifty years ago, ‘t Spant was established as the first theatre in Bussum, a town 30km from Amsterdam. The venue now hosts a wide range of theatre, live music and television productions, as well as conventions and other corporate events. One of the few unsubsidised theatres in the Netherlands, it is celebrating its golden anniversary with a new, completely updated Yamaha digital mixing system.
‘t Spant was built in 1969 as a home for local music, theatre and operetta associations. This was replaced by a new building in 1980, which was further refurbished and renamed simply Spant in the 2000s, before the venue was bought by its managing director Paul Haighton and financial director Bert Dijkstra.
Spant has two theatres, the 780-seat Podium 1 and 275-seat podium 2. It hosts around 100 theatre performances and 200 conferences and other events each year. These include many well-known Dutch productions and corporate events for local, national and international businesses.
Most productions use Spant’s own technical inventory. For many years, the sound in Podium 1 was mixed on a Yamaha M7CL digital mixing console and on an 01V96 in Podium 2. Both were always very reliable so, when upgrading the audio system was planned for the end of 2018, Spant technical manager Marcel Scheewe and head of sound Jan-Willem van Vorst had no hesitation in choosing Yamaha again.
Marcel, Jan and sound engineer Frans Grollé looked at a number of options, choosing a system of two Yamaha QL5s and a QL1, two Rio1608-D2 and one Rio3224-D2 I/O units an

logic-systems-pro-audioLogic Systems appoints international sales manager
Friday, 25 January 2019

UK - Lincolnshire-based manufacturer Logic Systems Pro Audio has appointed Andy Mullen to the new post of international sales manager.
Mullen joins the company having worked with major sound and lighting companies in the fields of sub-assemblies, electronic design, mixing desks, amplifiers and juke boxes across 25 years.
He also joins as Logic Systems launches its new Notion line-up, which replaces the popular ML range.
“It’s an exciting time at Logic, with two major new line-ups launched last year and more scheduled for this year,” he commented. “The company has a rich heritage in producing outstanding loudspeaker products and we want to build on that, applying new technologies and techniques to design and product development. We’ve set our sights on being at the forefront of manufacture for the next generation of premium loudspeaker products in the UK.”
As well as the new Notion range, Logic Systems has also introduced the powerful V-Line range, featuring HPLS and MPLS models, and the Ci Series of cabinets, a dedicated installation range aimed at the theme bar and nightclub market.
(Jim Evans)

prodigy-mp-stardust-rgbDirectOut expands Prodigy Series
Friday, 25 January 2019

Europe - DirectOut’s new Prodigy.MP multifunction audio processor follows the successful launch of its sister product, the Prodigy.MC - a modular audio converter that spearheaded the recent introduction of the Prodigy Series.
“All the ingredients were already there,” explains DirectOut business development manager, Luca Giaroli. “For more than a decade, we’ve been offering unrivalled highly reliable audio format converters with the highest quality sample-rate conversion and redundant backup technologies available. We felt it was the right time to take a quantum step forward and add innovative processing power to the package. The result is a device designed to be the central hub of any audio system.”
Prodigy.MP is a multifunction audio processor that shares its 2U-high compact mainframe and modular design with the Prodigy.MC, but adds FPGA-based DSP for EQ, delays and summing matrices. This addition also offers greater flexibility in heterogenous systems and independent clocking by adding SRC capabilities.
The unit has four converter slots for analogue line-level, microphone input and AES3 option modules, providing up to 32 local inputs and outputs. The hardware also supports two MADI and two Network Audio options. The MADI slots are available as BNC, SC optical and SFP modules, while two optional Network Audio boards can be equipped with Dante, Ravenna (AES67) or SoundGrid, increasing maximum channel capability to 416 inputs/420 outputs.
“Flexibility and reliability are two of the main characteristics needed to make a device su

api-550a-and-312-modulesAPI celebrates with anniversary release
Friday, 25 January 2019

USA - With the dawn of 2019, API reaches the exciting milestone of its 50th anniversary. To commemorate 50 years in the industry, API has announced the introduction of two limited edition modules.
The API 550A 50th Anniversary Edition is a discrete three-band EQ and an exact reproduction of the original Saul Walker design from the early 1970s.
These special limited edition units are hand assembled and wired, and feature an exact reproduction of Walker's original printed circuit board. Each unit is “a true work of art, inside and out, and represents a piece of recording history”. Every Anniversary Edition 550A carries an individual serial number denoting its status as part of a limited run of 50 units.
The API 312 50th Anniversary Edition is a faithful reproduction of the original 312 microphone preamp used in API consoles from the 1970s and still highly sought after today. Packaged into a modern 500 Series module, the 312 is one of API's most famous mic preamps and is the basis of the highly successful 3124 series. Starting from an exact reproduction of Saul Walker's original 312 printed circuit board, API engineered the 312's classic design true to the original, including the hand-wired gain pot and switches. Each unit carries an individual serial number noting the limited run of 150 units.
(Jim Evans)

nexo-m12Nexo unveils Geo M12 at NAMM
Friday, 25 January 2019

USA - This month’s NAMM Show is the first public outing for Nexo’s new Geo M12 line array, a flagship addition to the successful Geo M family of sound reinforcement systems by the French manufacturer. ‘The Big Twelve’, as Nexo calls the kit, will make its performing debut on the NAMM Yamaha Grand Plaza Stage in Anaheim.
Sharing the same aesthetic design and sonic signatures as the other models in the Geo M Series, the Geo M12 offers ‘flexibility, coverage and superb sonic performance in a thoroughly modern package’. Launched together with the MSUB18 companion subbass cabinet, the Geo M12 is aimed primarily at the mid-size rental company, although its competitive pricing will make it a popular investment for all types of user, from corporate presentation to live performance venues to houses of worship, says the company.
“The Big Twelve is a logical complement to our M Series range,” explains Nexo sales director Denis Baudier, “it is packed with design features that we premiered on the Geo M10, and also benefits from patented technological and structural innovations that derive from our flagship STM Series modular line array.”
Geo M12 is more powerful than Nexo’s earlier 12” line array cabinet, the Geo S12, which remains in the catalogue. Launched in 2007, nearly 40,000 Geo S12 boxes have been sold to date, with the specialist long-throw S12-ST version becoming a common sight in large sporting stadia and arena around the world. “S12 is a typically hard-working Nexo product, but 10 years on, we are now releasing a 12” cabine

emacousticspacificavPacific AV joins EM Acoustics sales team
Friday, 25 January 2019

USA - San Diego-based Pacific AV has joined the EM Acoustics North America sales team. The announcement was made by EM Acoustics operations director Mike Wheeler.
“Pacific AV has the experience and knowledge to help us expand our user base in the States,” explains Wheeler. “Scott and his team have strong relationships with a large network of key contractors, consultants and rental companies. They bring a lot to the table and we’re glad to have them on board.”
Principal Scott Wrege started Pacific AV in 2006. Since then the company has received numerous awards, from outstanding achievement to rep of the year, for their sales efforts in southern California and southern Nevada.
“Our goal is to not only be a valued resource to our customers, but to introduce them to products that solve their specific audio system challenges,” Wrege adds. “We do our best to be experts on every product we represent. We also believe hands-on listening and learning opportunities make a world of difference, which is why we conduct as many demos as possible each year. It is exciting to introduce our territory to EM Acoustics’ incredible-sounding range of loudspeakers.”
“From the super compact EMS-41 loudspeaker to the HALO-A Arena line array, all of our products have been designed with an eye toward extreme sonic quality while also delivering what our customers demand,” says Wheeler. “I believe our growth in North America is indicative of what the market is looking for. I’m confident that people like Scott and his team will prove this out in

powersoftISE: Powersoft to debut linear transducer
Thursday, 24 January 2019

The Netherlands - Powersoft will use this year’s ISE as the first chance to demonstrate its new product, Mover - a small yet powerful linear transducer that can be used in audio applications and as a linear motor or shaker.
Adaptable to various purposes, including 4D cinemas, theme parks, or venues with vibrating acoustic floors - as well as applications that go beyond entertainment - Mover lets audiences feel the sound through haptic perception by vibrating the surrounding environment, which the human body picks up and, through bone conduction, translating the vibrations into perceivable frequencies, says the company.
Mover is available in two versions; Direct Drive and Inertial Drive. Visitors to Hall 7, Y195 - one of Powersoft’s three booths at ISE - will be able to experience Mover first hand on a custom-built platform as it interacts with VR content. Users standing on the platform and wearing the requisite HTC headset can experience an immersive 360° video while being stimulated through haptic perception.
Mover can be used in conjunction with a Powersoft amplifier, especially for the Mover Powersoft has introduced an updated firmware version. A specific subharmonic generator plug-in has been added. This new algorithm transposes the pitch of the frequencies down in order to reproduce ultra-low frequency extension all the way down to 5Hz.
(Jim Evans)

ratRat Sound chooses Outline Newton
Thursday, 24 January 2019

USA - California rental company Rat Sound Systems has decided to purchase some Newton 16+8, Outline’s FPGA-based processing platform.
Jon Monson, project manager at Rat Sound Systems states: "Rat Sound has been searching for several years for a solution to drive our festival sound systems and Outline has met the challenge with an elegant solution. With the Newton we can combine consoles and drive outputs in a multitude of popular formats, and we appreciate all the various clocking options.
“Our system engineers instantly appreciated the intuitive, easy to use software control. Rat has immediately started deploying Newtons on a multitude of festivals, and we plan on utilising them on all our festival events in 2019 and beyond."
Top bands, performers and venues serviced by the company from Camarillo, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Warped Tour, Weezer, Queens of the Stone Age, Jack Johnson, Coachella, Ben Harper, Bryan Adams, Jimmy Eat World, Paramount Studios, Macy’s and The Pomona Fox Theater.
(Jim Evans)

rainforestV-Series tames rainforest festival
Thursday, 24 January 2019

Malaysia - The Rainforest World Music Festival takes over the Sarawak Cultural Village tourist attraction every July, drawing renowned international musicians as well as indigenous musicians from the island of Borneo.
The festival has been attracting large audiences from all around Southeast Asia and beyond for several years. During each afternoon, cultural workshops take place combined with lectures on ethno-musical topics, jamming sessions and breakout gigs, and then in the evening the main performances hit the two stages erected by Kuching-based rental company Projection House.
Kevin Phua has been a key figure at Projection House throughout its 18-year existence, and for the past four years has deployed the d&b V-Series at the festival. This year once again the Jungle Stage and the Tree Stage were built at ninety degrees to each other and were set up for ‘ping-pong’ performances for maximum continuity.
“Let’s say one band is performing on the Jungle Stage,” Phua explains, “so this is when we’ll get everything ready for the next band on the Tree Stage before the turnaround. Each band performance is estimated at 45 minutes, so that’s the time we have to line things up and keep the music flowing.”
Both stages used 12 elements of the V8 3-way, passive line array loudspeaker, supported by four V12s; one stage had 12 V-SUBs and the other used eight J-SUBS flyable cardioid subwoofers from the J-Series. Phua appreciates the infrastructure of the V-Series particularly in these sometimes challenging conditions.
“Of cour

chordChord Electronics to make its NAMM debut
Wednesday, 23 January 2019

UK - Chord Electronics will be making its NAMM show debut this week as it celebrates 30 years of UK audio manufacturing in consumer and pro audio.
The Kent-based company will bring several of its DAC/headphone amplifiers to NAMM, with the company’s senior team, including owner, MD and chief designer, John Franks, in attendance.
The company, which has exclusively designed, engineered and manufactured in Great Britain since its formation in 1989, produces a range of proprietary-technology high-performance digital and analogue audio products, which are active in a number of leading studios and production facilities around the world, including Abbey Road, Metropolis Studios, Air Studios and Sony Music.
Chord Electronics’ stand 10627 will feature a number of critically acclaimed devices: the portable Mojo DAC/headphone amplifier, transportable Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp/preamp and the recently launched desktop Hugo TT2 DAC/headphone amp/preamp.
(Jim Evans)

universityAMX networked media solution at USQ
Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Australia - Pro AV Solutions Queensland and avt installed AMX SVSI Networked Media Solution at The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to create flexible teaching spaces leveraging the university’s standard network infrastructure.
With campuses in Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich, USQ offers courses in law, health, engineering, business, education, arts and the sciences. USQ recently deployed a series of POD-based learning and teaching techniques to facilitate interconnectivity both within and between campuses. USQ turned Pro AV Solutions Queensland and avt to design an affordable and easy-to-use AV solution. Pro AV Solutions Queensland suggested the AMX SVSI networked media solution, capable of delivering high-definition audio and video with minimal latency across a variety of end-points on multiple campuses.
"We realised that we couldn’t approach this project with a traditional AV technology platform due to the scope of the network,” says Marc Braganza, sales & business development manager, pro AV solutions Queensland. “USQ wanted to bring content closer to students across three campuses. We needed a unique solution that could distribute massive amounts of audio and video over several devices using standard network cabling and IP technology. We chose the AMX SVSI networked media solution because of its flexible, affordable, and it distributes content over the entire network without instantaneously.”
The AMX SVSI network media solution enables USQ to create a complete digital media distribution solution. Students and staff can q

backupdanteOutline refreshes Newton firmware
Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Europe - Outline has announced the immediate availability of v.93 firmware for their (patent Newton digital hub, in addition to software version 1.8.1 for their proprietary ‘Dashboard’ remote control application.
This is the latest operational upgrade following the successful launch of Newton at prolight+sound 2018 and is largely based on input from Outline’s international group of Newton users, who have thoroughly road-tested the units in a wide variety of applications.
The full list of new features can be found on the Outline Newton’s website but the principal improvements from a user viewpoint include:
- Alerts and notifications: immediately signals to the user any major event (for example, input back fallback, clock change, power supply fault etc) within Newton and / or Dashboard, and simultaneously logs the event to a database.
- Permanent links: In addition to the groups and temporary links already available, permanent links and many related features have been added, another feature set completely unique to Newton.
- Filtering implementation: additional user features driven by the new permanent links feature plus various safety and reliability enhancements to the user interfaces.
- Signal backup implementation: additional options for the user to use the ‘fallback’ feature complete with additional safety request to reset the previous status after a fallback event.
- Dante backup implementation: a new option for fallback strategy to Dante sources.
Input from Ian Nelson of Adlib Audio in the UK and Germa

adamson-cs7p-drake-jan19-hrAdamson debuts CS Series at NAMM
Tuesday, 22 January 2019

USA - Adamson Systems Engineering is set to formally introduce the CS7p point source enclosure, billed as “the first entry in a new generation of loudspeaker technology”, at The 2019 NAMM Show. Beginning with the CS7p, the new CS-Series will be “the world’s first family of mobile loudspeakers to feature onboard Class-D amplification, DSP, and Milan-ready (AVB) network endpoints”.
The CS-Series builds atop the proven foundation of the tour-grade S-Series and install-focused IS-Series. In its first iteration, the CS7p has been successfully used as a FOH near-field monitor at high-profile events such as the Hillsong Conference (Australia) and on the Drake and Migos North American tour.
“Today, the CS7p gives us the luxury of streaming audio over AVB with console manufacturers that are co-authoring the Milan specification alongside their industry peers. In an application such as FOH monitoring, it simplifies the deployment process by allowing users to make a single connection,” says Benoit Cabot, director of R&D at Adamson. “In the future, the building blocks in the CS-Series will simplify complex system deployments by eliminating complications in network infrastructure.”
The CS7p employs Milan-ready redundant AVB technology with the ability to daisy-chain networked audio between multiple sources in addition to an analog XLR input and output. Acoustically, the CS7p contains two 7-in. Kevlar Neodymium transducers and a 3-in. compression driver, loaded with a rotatable 70 x 40 (H x V) waveguide. The dipole arrangement of the cabinet

xiqu-centre-smlSSV completes projects worldwide
Tuesday, 22 January 2019

UK - From an opera house to a university creative centre, an audiophile’s nirvana to an 18th-century theatre, and even a cathedral, theatre planners and acousticians Sound Space Vision (SSV) has unveiled its finished projects and reveals future plans for a variety of spaces in around the world.
SSV’s newly completed projects include one of several high-profile buildings for Hong Kong’s extensive West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), the Xiqu Centre.
As the first finished building in the new West Kowloon Cultural District, the Xiqu Centre serves as the gateway to the district and is, fittingly, dedicated to the performance of Chinese Opera (Xiqu) and the centre for preservation and development of the variety of Chinese Opera art forms. SSV was responsible for the acoustics and audio systems in all of the Centre’s spaces, including both natural and amplified performances in the 1073-seat Grand Theatre, and the 150-200-seat Tea House space for smaller-scale Xiqu performances.
SSV is also known for the care and attention given to heritage design and buildings. Its extensive experience with EU-wide tendering processes for theatre refurbishments was instrumental in it acquiring the theatre planning position for Teatru Manoel, Valetta’s crown jewel. As Europe’s oldest working theatre, the Manoel has been renovated and refurbished many times over its almost 300-year history, with SSV providing expert theatre planning consultation for its most recent adjustments to coincide with Valetta’s European City of Culture events and its famed Internat


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