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xeseriespatent1-9900000000079e3cMartin Audio extends list of patents
Thursday, 16 December 2021

UK - Martin Audio has extended its list of patents with the addition of a United Kingdom Patent for its XE stage monitor waveguide.
The patent covers the use of Martin Audio’s differential dispersion coaxial drive units and the continuation of their waveguide shape to form the baffle, as seen in the XE monitors to achieve the desired HF coverage. The geometry of the static HF horn, the LF cone/moving waveguides and the static baffle combine to form a single HF horn.
The XE stage monitor series comprises the XE300 and XE500, both delivering perfect monitor sound with a defined coverage pattern that allows the artist freedom of movement, while reducing overlap with adjacent monitors.
Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology allows the artist to stand directly over the monitor or further back, without significant changes in SPL or tonal balance. It produces the optimal coverage pattern over a listening plane at head-height and helps to contain the sound within that region.
The now patented contour-moulded static third waveguide increases the size of the horn mouth to maintain pattern control downwards and avoid spill outside the desired coverage area. Its rolled contour reduces diffraction and further improves pattern consistency at the lower end of the HF passband.
Managing director Dom Harter comments: “Even though XE monitors were introduced in 2017, it always takes time to secure a patent, but we are delighted that our continuing innovation has once again been recognised and I couldn’t be prouder of our R&D team.”

pearle-hotelLEA Professional solution for luxury hotel
Thursday, 16 December 2021

Canada - When construction began on Ontario’s new luxury hotel LEA Professional was chosen. Located just steps from Lake Ontario, The Pearle Hotel & Spa officially opened to guests in November. The hotel, which is part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, boasts 151 guestrooms, two dining facilities, expansion meeting space, two large ballrooms and a spa.
Branch AV, one Canada’s newest audiovisual solutions company, was tasked with designing and integrating the entire AV system from the ground up. The company, which was established in 2020 by Bob Guy and George Puthenkulam supported by a team of experienced audiovisual professionals, works across various industries including performing arts, government, education and entertainment. The team are laser focused on providing the best user experience for their clients.
For The Pearle hotel’s AV needs, the integrator turned to local partner SC Media who supplied nine LEA Professional Dante Connect Series amplifiers to power the new hotel’s sound system. George Puthenkulam, pPartner at Branch AV, first made sure to understand exactly what the hotel would need from an AV system.
“The main thing hotel management was looking for from an audio system, was functionality,” said Puthenkulam. “However, I wanted to dig deeper, so we studied all their venues to see exactly how they are used. With that knowledge, we came up with a sound system design and user experience that they are happy with.”
The entire project was conducted during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic which meant delays in

bluesoundBluesound adds Baltic States distribution
Thursday, 16 December 2021

UK - Bluesound Professional has announced the addition of a distribution partner serving European Baltic States, further expanding their global distribution. The new distribution partner, Audiotonas, is the regional distributor serving Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
“We are delighted to be able to welcome Audiotonas as a new distributor for the Bluesound Professional team, as they are a key leader in the industry and in their respective market,” says Graeme Harrison, vice-president and general manager of Bluesound Professional. “This new relationship will help strengthen our strategic Bluesound Professional European distribution and growth. We are extremely fortunate to be able to work with some of the best distributors in the business.”

creative-technology-x-holoplotPositive response to CT’s Holoplot demo
Thursday, 16 December 2021

UK - In the latest instalment of the conneCT education sessions, Creative Technology invited a diverse group of designers, creatives, and users from various industries to a special UK presentation of Holoplot X1, the Berlin-based pro audio company's latest offering in the world of immersive audio.
With no visual content to pull focus on this occasion, audio was given the opportunity to step into the limelight. Holoplot treated everyone in attendance to a comprehensive demonstration sequence curated to showcase the system's possible uses in various configurations. A real mix of content across different market sectors provided familiarity and context for those assembled in the room.
The immediacy of feedback and response from guests was evident. “Having been in this industry for over 45 years, one can become a little jaded and cynical when it comes to new equipment. 'Oh, not another black box' - but Holoplot took me completely by surprise. I don't know what sort of voodoo goes on in Berlin, but these guys have just changed the game completely. I am very excited about the creative options and possibilities these magic boxes offer Sonosphere,' said Jamie Gosney, Sonosphere
Lee Dennison, head of client relationships for Creative Technology said, “I’ve known the team at Holoplot for a few years now and heard and used the original Orion system, which was a great starting point. Holoplot have essentially taken what they have learnt from that proof of concept and started again with the X1. It's just mind-blowing and the light bulb moments we witnessed

patchwork-2Shure joins wireless hot air balloon party
Thursday, 16 December 2021

Turkey - Shure worked with Patchwork Events, to deliver a live party in the sky with 18 hot air balloons in Cappadocia.
Patchwork, a specialist events and touring company based in London, were approached by a client who wanted to bring to life the idea of a live gig, in hot air balloons, in the sky. The brief was to provide high quality live audio to 18 hot air balloons, which took off from one location. One of the hot air balloons acting as the stage, with a live performance from DJ Bedouin. The other 17 guest balloons received live audio from the broadcasting balloon, to provide a different live event experience.
This project brought a number of challenges, such as how to transmit high quality audio over such a large distance, without latency. Hot air balloons are almost entirely reliant on the wind to move across the landscape and therefore, altitude was the only real control capable for the project. With this in mind, coverage for broadcast needed to be capable of transmitting over a very large area.
One of the difficulties with transmitting long distances at ground level is that you usually have buildings or landscape limiting line-of-sight between your transmitting antenna and your receivers. Positioning the transmitter in a hot-air balloon several hundred feet in the air takes all that out of the equation, and then it becomes a case of making sure you are transmitting with enough power to reach your receivers in the other hot-air balloons.
The main challenges were how to rig the equipment and power the equipment quickly so that the tea

audiologic-hiresAudiologic strengthens sales team
Wednesday, 15 December 2021

UK - Audiologic has welcomed Jessica Raraty as internal business manager. Her role has a strong focus on relationship-building with Audiologic’s widening direct customer base. The company has also promoted Vicky Clayden to sales support supervisor, overseeing the structuring of the internal sales team.
The growth of Audiologic and its customers also sees a continued focus on procurement and processes. Anne Broadley, senior operations manager, continues to make sure the business has the support structure, processes, and best practises in place. To support this, Nicola Boyle takes on the role of procurement administrator.
Stuart Leader, senior sales manager, comments: “As a business and an industry, we have all had challenges to face and to overcome in the past year. Since joining Audiologic, we have been working hard on a strategy to help drive the company forward. I am proud that as we enter 2022, we have developed new roles and a sales structure that will allow us to focus on our business and more importantly, forecast where it is coming from. We are excited for the new year ahead and look forward to entering the next chapter of growth for Audiologic.”

nakhon-ratchasima-4JBL and Crown drive Nakhon Ratchasima stadium
Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Thailand - To provide spectators at the Nakhon Ratchasima Sports Complex an immersive entertainment experience, Mahajak Development Co., installed a range of Harman Professional audio solutions.
Home to the Nakhonratchasima Mazda Football Club, the Nakhon Ratchasima Sports Complex is the fourth biggest stadium in Thailand and hosted the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2007. The stadium area comprises the Nakhon Ratchasima FC football field, which is surrounded by a grandstand with a single roof on one side. The facility currently has a seating capacity of 25,000, but will be upgraded to 45,000 in the future.
The main challenge was that the audio system needed to be installed on the roof, which only covered one side of the complex, but also had to deliver sound coverage to every seat in the stadium. To meet these challenges and requirements, Mahajak deployed dynamic and weather-resistant JBL Professional speakers, Crown audio amplifiers, Soundcraft consoles and BSS signal processors for wide coverage, ample output and easy-to-use controls.
For speakers, the Mahajak team selected JBL PD500 Series loudspeakers to cover the roof side of the grandstand and JBL Variable Line Array Compact Series line array loudspeakers to cover the rest of the venue.
Crown DCi Series amplifiers with network monitoring function power the speakers, and the BSS BLU-100 signal processor offers flexible system configuration and management. The Soundcraft Si Impact digital mixing console controls the system and supports easy-to-use external wireless control for the comp

curiousPenn State uses BlackTrax in The Curious Incident
Wednesday, 15 December 2021

USA - In October, Penn State University welcomed audience members to see Simon Stephen's adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, directed by Rick Lombardo with sensory-friendly performances at the Playhouse Theatre on the University Park campus using BlackTrax Real-Time Tracking.
The Tony Award-winning play is about 15-year-old Christopher, who has an extraordinary brain. Two sensory-friendly performances provided a welcoming space for all patrons with or without neurodivergent needs.
The characters in this production portray that neurodivergence is when a person’s brain does not function in a way that is considered “typical”. In telling this story about a neurodivergent character, Penn State has been helped along the way by various consultants and experts who helped deepen their understanding of various aspects of the experience of autistic people and their families.
Special considerations for the Curious Incident included sensory supports, lower sound level, strobe light reduction, designated quiet areas, and a welcoming, judgement-free, family environment. BlackTrax was given the task of highlighting main characters of the production.
Kyle Shearer, lighting designer, first met with our BlackTrax Trainer Nic at the USITT virtual conference in early 2021 and inquired about getting a system for the Penn State production. From there the two worked out details through zoom meetings and emails. Penn State received an educational loaner.
“I think going outside the box and pushing the limits

audinateAudinate to acquire Silex Insight video business
Wednesday, 15 December 2021

USA/Belgium - Audinate, developer of the Dante media networking technology, has signed an agreement to acquire the video business of Silex Insight SA (Silex), based in Belgium. The Silex video business produces video networking products for manufacturers of AV equipment.
The acquisition includes a range of AV-over-IP products, including IP Cores, the VIPER Board, Video ASSP and Design Services, as well as three Silex implementations of video codecs: Colibri, JPEG 2000 and VC-2 HQ. Audinate will also acquire a team of eight engineers with extensive video implementation expertise and remains committed to supporting the existing Silex products and customers.
The acquisition of the Silex video business will “allow Audinate to accelerate its strategic vision for integrated audio and video over IP”.
“Since the development of our first Dante AV product we have been committed to bringing the simplicity and interoperability of Dante to the video-over-IP market,” states Audinate co-founder and CEO Aidan Williams. “With this acquisition, we are doubling down on that strategy. The video codecs and deep product expertise in the team, in combination with our Dante networking technology, will enable us to go to market with a variety of full-service video offerings.”
“Audinate is an excellent new home for our video team, customers and suppliers as there is a unique complement in know-how, competencies and expertise,” commented Michel Van Maercke, CEO of Silex Insight. “Moreover, we see a great cultural fit and a similar customer-oriented min

ravenna-x-holoplotHoloplot joins Ravenna community
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Germany - Berlin-based Holoplot has announced a partnership with ALC NetworX, developer of the Ravenna technology for ultra-low latency real-time distribution of audio and other media content in IP-based network environments.
The partnership will allow all Holoplot products to share a single IP-based network infrastructure with other network traffic when used for installation or mobile projects. Ravenna allows for seamless coexistence with other network traffic, removing the need for a separate network to transport audio and its associated metadata - allowing Holoplot users greater scalability, flexibility and efficiency when using Audio-over-IP (AoIP) networks.
Michael Hlatky, head of engineering, Holoplot said: “AoIP solutions have increasingly become the only option for the transfer of control and audio signals for live audio and complex sound environments. We believe in open technology standards, and Ravenna presents a range of new possibilities in terms of flexibility and the ability to work in complex IT setups alongside other IP technology – while ensuring that the audio performs flawlessly. As the first pro audio partner of Ravenna, we look forward to fully exploring what its AoIP system can offer us and our customers when delivering the highest quality sound to audiences worldwide.”
Andreas Hildebrand, senior product manager and technology evangelist, ALC NetworX added: “The scope and scale of what Holoplot’s audio technology can achieve makes it the perfect demonstration for how Ravenna’s IP-based networking solution can offer

harmanHarman Pro drives Srisawad Power HQ system
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Thailand - To create an efficient meeting space that supports collaboration and efficiency for guests, financial services provider Srisawad Power 1979 Co teamed up with Mahajak Development Co to equip its facility with a Harman Professional Solutions AV system.
Originally founded in 2008 by the Kaewbootta family as an automobile title loan business in Petchaboon province, Srisawad Power 1979 Co has since opened branches in other provinces to expand their service coverage. The company offers financial services to those who need aid but have limited access to services offered by banks and financial institutions.
Today, the company offers auto-backed loans and home-backed loans through its 1,627 branches. To provide a suitable environment for meetings and collaborations at the company’s main headquarters in Bangkok, Mahajak installed a comprehensive networked audio-visual system featuring JBL Professional, Crown, Soundcraft, AMX and BSS solutions.
“The six-story building with office zones, public areas, meeting rooms and an underground parking lot was constructed for the company’s head office,” said Supachai Sakulchoo, project sales engineer, Mahajak Development Co.
“The client wanted an audio system to be installed on the ground floor to support background music, as well as an audio-visual and control system in the seminar space and boardroom. For the boardroom, we choose wall-mounted and ceiling speakers to deliver background music and support public announcements during events. In the seminar room, we installed left and right loudsp

adlibAdlib invests in Data Strategy’s QC-Check
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

UK - Adlib has recently taken delivery of its first QC-Check workstation for its Liverpool facility and is already considering the possibility of further investment into more units.
The two-bay workstation is configured primarily to test cables, and Simon Pettitt, Adlib’s technical designer, reports, “The system came well-configured and documented, so it’s been easy and straightforward to create a robust test code structure for the simple management of the 400 different types of mains cable we stock.”
Adlib made the investment in Data Strategy’s QC-Check to improve efficiency and data integrity in its warehouse. Now, according to Pettitt, the company is seeing the benefit with staff spending less time re-patching faulty cables and manually typing in results, leaving them more time for testing.
“The instant recognition of stock type is appreciated by the staff,” says Pettitt, adding, “they love the speed of testing multi-circuit cables such as Socapex.”
QC-Check’s PAT-4/CAB-5 cable testing hardware is supplied by technology partner, Out Board, and provides the basis for the inclusion of a test definition for inspecting every type of cable, including the capability to test motor fan-ins and motor fan-outs, with just a few clicks.
“The QC-Check system enables us to test equipment more quickly and more comprehensively than would be possible with any other system,” says Pettitt.
“We like that it goes beyond purely testing the basics and instead helps us quality-check every core in a cable, which is important fo

andrew-heart-head-shotEM Acoustics’ Halo-C crowns Queen of Hearts
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

UK - Andrew Pollard’s traditional Christmas panto, Queen of Hearts, is running at Greenwich Theatre until 2 January 2022. This year’s production is marked by a new sound design from Michael Woods based on a HALO-C compact line array system from EM Acoustics.
Woods is now in his fourth year of designing sound for pantomime at Greenwich Theatre and last year received an Offie nomination for Best Sound Design for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which played at Southwark Playhouse in spring 2019.
In previous years for Greenwich Theatre’s panto, Woods opted for two point source loudspeakers on the proscenium for main LR and two more on towers in the auditorium as delays to help maintain the desired sound pressure levels from front to back of the auditorium.
“Whilst I have found this method generally acceptable, it did compromise sound quality for some seats towards the centre of the auditorium where the coverage overlapped,” he notes. “In this area, comb filtering was present in varying amounts from seat to seat and it seemed a shame to sacrifice sound quality in this part of the auditorium. This year I was keen to try something different and everything was pointing towards line array technology as the solution.”
The requirement was for a light, compact system and Halo-C from EM Acoustics was the chosen solution. “Previously I had been very impressed with the clarity of these boxes for vocal reinforcement; however, I was slightly unsure how well they would reproduce full range live music,” continues Woods. “Fol

moso2orchestra2-9900000000079e3cMinistry of Sound celebrates with Martin MLA
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

UK - Ministry of Sound celebrated 30 years of dance with a concert at O2 Arena, with dance classics reimagined by the 50-piece London Concert Orchestra in company with Paul Oakenfold and other guest DJs.
Ministry of Sound Classical presents Three Decades of Dance took clubbers on a journey through the dance anthems of yesteryear. Martin Audio’s signature sound, as featured in Ministry of Sound clubs worldwide, was provided by RG Jones and mixed by Phil Wright - a devotee of Martin Audio’s flagship MLA.
Working for promoters Coalition Presents, who produced the event with Raymond Gubbay, RG Jones - who already had a relationship with MoS, having provided equipment for some of their events - fielded 18 MLA a side. This was a similar configuration to that fielded for War of the Worlds at the same venue. Hangs of 12 MLA Compact provided out-fills on each side, and 16 MLX subwoofers were set in a broadside cardioid array with a two-metre central gap for a stage thrust, surrounded by a circular screen, on which the DJs performed. Eight DD12s were deployed as front fills along with some MLA Mini enclosures.
The components were chosen by RG Jones’ Jack Bowcher and his colleague Sam Millen handled the prep, assembled the racks, built the network (on a Dante and AES backbone) and was onsite technician alongside Doug Hunt.
Millen stated, “We worked together to achieve a great sounding PA, using the Merlins [Martin Audio’s digital loudspeaker management system] to provide more outputs in order to have greater control of the system.

pretty-womanPretty Woman opens in West End with KV2
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

UK - Following a record-breaking run on Broadway, Pretty Woman: The Musical has gone global with productions in London’s West End, Germany, and a major US tour. The production team has remained faithful to John Shivers’ and David Patridge’s original sound design based on a comprehensive KV2 Audio point source system.
The show originally opened at London’s Piccadilly Theatre and had already broken the theatre’s advance box-office records, when the pandemic intervened. A year later, the show has now moved to London’s Savoy Theatre on the Strand and continues to play to record-breaking audiences. David Patridge designed the show at the Piccadilly, and UK associate designer, Greg Pink then modified it for transfer to the Savoy. Nik Dudley engineers the show every night and is delighted with how it sounds.
“Greg’s design uses ESR215s as the main L/R proscenium system supplemented with a raft of ESD5s for delays and fills and a pair of VHD2.18J subwoofers. We have an SL412 centre-fill for the stalls and a separate system for the balcony comprising an SL412 in the centre, a pair of EX15s, a pair of EX1.18 subwoofers and two EX26 delays,” explains Dudley.
“I’d already used ESR215s on Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre - incidentally another show designed by John Shivers and David Patridge - and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I knew I was going to have a good time with Pretty Woman. However, this was my first time using a full front-to-back KV2 system, and I wasn’t disappointed.
“The way all the different speak

Yamaha webinar highlights installed sound
Monday, 13 December 2021

Europe - Creating a sonic environment that can have a positive influence on customer spend and repeat business will be the subject of a free webinar organised by Yamaha this week.
Taking place on Tuesday, 14 December at 2pm GMT (1pm CET), the session will look at how to set up effective audio systems for commercial and public spaces using the company's Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) range. Scott Coltham, UK application specialist and Reece Stead, business development manager, will present the hour-long Zoom webinar which delivers a high-level overview of the CIS range, including speakers, amplifiers, matrix processors, control interfaces and microphone systems.
Aimed at consultants, systems integrators, sound designers and anyone with a passion for professional audio solutions in the corporate, education and entertainment sectors, the webinar will use demonstrations and use-case examples to highlight the benefits of each product/group and how they can be used for a range of applications and environments.
Those interested can register for the free webinar here.

london-grammarBrit Row and Eighth Day package for London Grammar
Monday, 13 December 2021

UK - Coming off the back of a shrewd yet confident reinvention, electronic pop trio London Grammar hit the road in support of their latest album, Californian Soul, with a control package from Britannia Row Productions and a PA system from Eighth Day Sound. This was the first time such a partnership has come to fruition since Eighth Day’s acquisition by Brit Row parent company, Clair Global Group.
“I use Brit Row because Tom Brown is an amazing client handler,” declares production manager, Mark Sunderland. “And for this tour, I was worried because Jake [Rudd, FOH engineer] wanted to move to a d&b audiotechnik system. At first I thought it wouldn’t be available to us, but it worked out due to Eighth Day becoming part of Clair. Reassuringly, we could have the kit required and maintain that same level of service. Even though our rider is technically from two companies, all of my interfacing from start to finish is via Brit Row, with every request handled perfectly.”
The band, which features vocalist Hannah Reid, guitarist Dan Rothman and multi-instrumentalist Dot Major, have, by all accounts, loved the sound of their recent live shows. Their new PA setup comprises d&b audiotechnik KSL loudspeakers, GSL subwoofers and Y-Series cabinets for the requisite fills and delays, all driven by d&b D80 amplifiers.
Although the configuration was adapted to suit the tour’s varying venue size, it was arranged as a main L-R hang, with flown and ground stacked subwoofers.
“Hannah is super sensitive to lots of sub and rear rej

qsc-lta-press-release-imageQSC appoints LTA as distribution partner
Monday, 13 December 2021

Singapore - QSC has appointed Loud Technologies Asia (LTA) as its distribution partner for live sound in Singapore.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome and partner with Loud Technologies Asia as a distribution partner for QSC,” comments Paul Lee, APAC business development manager at QSC. “Their expertise in online retail, logistics and their commitment to customer experience make them a great fit for QSC in the region.”
“The young, dynamic and ecommerce-savvy team at LTA is very excited to be able to partner with QSC in Singapore and support growth in both the online and traditional sales channels,” adds Colin Evan Quek, managing director at Loud Technologies Asia. “We look forward to assisting QSC with further growth in the region for their outstanding products.”

maxhub-camera-familyPolar expands portfolio with Maxhub
Friday, 10 December 2021

UK - Polar has announced the addition of Maxhub to its portfolio. For distribution in the UK.
Maxhub is a brand of the large global manufacturer CVTE, for whom Polar will distribute a full range of unified collaboration products, including panoramic cameras, PTZ cameras, Bluetooth speaker-phones, webcams and conference bars.
Will Turney, Head of Polar’s Integrated Solutions Team comments: “Maxhub’s range provides us with a very high-quality range of collaboration products at a seriously competitive price point. As the world adapts to new and diverse ways of working, we’re seeing a dramatic increase in investment in collaborative technologies, both in commercial organisations and also in the creator sector. Maxhub perfectly complements our existing portfolio, enabling us to offer our customers a wider choice in this fast-growing market.”
Tony McCool, country manager for Maxhub UCC solutions, adds: “We are delighted to partner with Polar as we continue to expand the Maxhub brand across Europe. Polar has a great reputation and a long history of success, and its team possesses all the necessary knowledge and experience to firmly establish our unique solutions in the U.K. market.”

alconsAlcons makes music at North Metro Church
Friday, 10 December 2021

USA - Located in Marietta, Georgia, North Metro Church is an inclusive house of worship where a dynamic array of music is a key part of its services. Ranging from quiet background ambience to full on praise rock, the installation of a sound reinforcement system that could reproduce music at all volumes with equal high quality was key.
AV specialist Austin Sound Design, based in Auburn, Georgia, has installed audio systems in many houses of worship and knew that an Alcons pro-ribbon solution was the best way to cover the large width, depth and height of the North Metro Church auditorium.
“I attended a demo hosted by Alcons’ David Rahn and Scott Hough a few years ago,” says Austin Sound founder Chris Austin. “I have always appreciated ribbon technology and was immediately drawn to the superior performance of the Alcons pro-ribbon systems. After years of listening to various premium systems, in both install and live music applications, I knew that Alcons was next generation technology and I wanted to be a part of it.”
The brief from North Metro Church was for a high dynamic range, low distortion system with good coverage, clarity and articulation. “The church was open to new ideas and brands. Once they experienced a demo of the Alcons 6.5” LR7 micro line-array system installed at the Greater Atlanta Christian Church in nearby Norcross, they were more than happy to invest in their own Alcons installation,” says Chris.
Chris and his team installed 18 dual 8” bi-amplified high-output LR18/90 compact line-array modules, four triple

a-t-80-prototype-microphone-with-r-thomaz-a-t-p-mendoza-dorna-sportsAudio-Technica on track for MotoGP
Friday, 10 December 2021

Europe - Following nearly three seasons of extensive prototype testing of Audio-Technica’s 8.0 Microphone Concept at MotoGP, the Grand Prix motorcycle racing Championship, commercial rights holder Dorna Sports S.L. has moved to make the 8.0 microphone a core audio component of its future programme broadcasting which includes ambitious plans towards remote production.
Located at Dorna Sports’ Barcelona, facility, the extensive remote production suite, which is planned to be phased in through the 2024 Season, will include a custom-built 7.1.4 / 5.1.4 dedicated audio control room to mix immersive audio received from the track in real time. Audio-Technica 8.0 Microphones are to be located at the podium, parc fermé, pit lane and key positions around the racetrack.
While the audio control room will remain static, audio acquisition at the track needs to capture the complex dynamic audio content of the premier global motorcycling event while also being practical in terms of set-up and breakdown, given that there can be over twenty GPs around the World each season. Audio-Technica’s 8.0 Microphone Concept is designed to be lightweight and small enough not just for discreet placement in a field of play, but each of the eight 12mm elements can be removed from the core mount and packed away quickly in a compact case, making for fast deployment by a single operator.
As well as sports broadcasting, Audio-Technica see several applications for their new microphone design including concert halls and outdoor festivals.
“The ongoing design and technical

lamotblue1Outdoor opera immersed in L-Acoustics L-ISA
Friday, 10 December 2021

USA - While the COVID pandemic compelled performing arts companies to stretch their horizons to reach audiences, Michigan Opera Theatre went further than many during the period, presenting programmes in the Detroit Opera House parking garage, among other non-traditional venues for opera.
Then, for one weekend in September, Blue, a contemporary American opera by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson, was staged at the city's open-air Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, a mostly pop-music venue where recent shows included performances by Chaka Khan, Machine Gun Kelly, Erykah Badu, and UB40.
Awarded Best New Opera of 2020 by the Music Critics Association of North America, Blue is about a young Black couple raising a son in modern-day Harlem and their struggles with police brutality. With its all-black cast, the opera is a celebration, tragedy, and timely and highly relevant work.
While the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre isn't often home to the opera genre, what helped tie it all together, creating an immersive and engaging environment for performers and patrons alike, was the production's implementation of L-Acoustics L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology.
“When I was thinking about sound for this piece, I was thinking, how do we maintain the intimacy of the story and still convey the sweeping arc of big ideas? Like confronting God, the state, history, and violence,” says director Kaneza Schaal, who worked closely with Michigan Opera Theatre’s Gary L. Wasserman and artistic director Yuval Sharon.
“This piece was made to be

rockcentrum-bwRock Centrum to distribute Optimal
Friday, 10 December 2021

Czech Republic - Optimal Audio has announced the appointment of well-established audio and lighting specialists Rock Centrum as its exclusive distribution partner for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Optimal Audio, part of the Focusrite Group, manufactures a one-stop solution of control, amplification and loudspeakers for small to medium sized commercial installations, with a focus on supporting multi-zoned venues.
Established in 1992, with bases in Martin, Slovakia and Prague in the Czech Republic, Rock Centrum has evolved to become a highly-respected company working in the sale and distribution of professional and commercial audio and lighting, as well as in the field of system design and installation. Rock Centrum exclusively represents a number of global brands.
Peter Foldvári, managing director at Rock Centrum comments: “Our company focuses on distributing high quality products that we believe will deliver great performance, reliability and practicality to our customers. We knew straight away that Optimal Audio was the right partner for us, as we could see how the products fulfil our needs and those of our customers through combining great quality with simplicity of use. We strongly believe in its potential to be a great success in the commercial audio market.”
Raf Willems, head of sales and channel marketing EMEA, Optimal Audio adds: “We believe Rock Centrum to be the perfect partner for bringing Optimal Audio to fruition in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia. They have a fantastic team on board and have an in-depth understandi

pphub3csamplemusicfestivalProlight + Sound 2022 turns focus on audio
Friday, 10 December 2021

Gremany - Prolight + Sound 2022 will offer ‘a new, interactive experience zone for companies and visitors from the fields of audio production, DJing and digital live performance’.
From 26-29 April 2022, the Performance + Production Hub will feature product presentations, demos, live performances and workshops with artists and experts from well-known brands. There will also be live visual showcases. The area is being created in cooperation with the makers of the Sample Music Festival.
“With extensive new offerings, we are strengthening the audio section as a mainstay of Prolight + Sound,” says Mira Wölfel, director Prolight + Sound. “We are thus underlining our commitment to making the event a hotspot for sound professionals from all fields of application: from live sound reinforcement to recording, mixing, mastering and DJing.
“The premiere of the Performance + Production Hub further expands the spectrum with cutting-edge topics such as live remixing and looping, control, and the latest software and apps. We are very excited to take our collaboration with Sample Music Festival to the next level in 2022,”.
Alexander Sonnenfeld, organiser of the Sample Music Festival, adds: “The creative use of sound tools has developed into a serious form of art. Today, modern technological possibilities are merging with instrumental handwork in a way that was previously only known from classical musical approaches. The Performance + Production Hub brings this transformation to life.”
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