Audio News

p8-3-viewsNexo unveils compact point source models
Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Europe - Nexo has unveiled two new compact point source loudspeaker models in its P+ Series. The P8 and P10 are “true multi-purpose performers that have serious ambitions to become just as ubiquitous in the audio marketplace as their predecessors, the classic PS Series cabinets”.
The P8 arrives exactly 20 years after the launch of the PS8, a super-compact stage monitor and PA speaker which, together with the larger PS10 (launched 1993), became a staple product in rental inventory for AV and audio production companies, and a common sight in fixed installations.
At its manufacturing HQ just north of Paris, France, Nexo has invested in new tooling and assembly plant to produce the curvy modern enclosures that are the signature of its new P+ Series. Re-imagined for the 2020s, the P8 and P10 models will put entirely new possibilities into the hands of the sound designer and engineer, says the company.
Inside custom birch and poplar plywood shells, the P8 features a coaxial 8” LF driver with 1.5” diaphragm HF driver, and the P10 has a coaxial 10” Neodymium LF driver and 1.7” diaphragm HF driver. The horn driver can be rotated in both cabinets, something of a Nexo trademark after it was innovated in the PS Series. However, in the new P+ Series, the quick-release Magnelis steel grille can be quickly removed, allowing the horn to be swapped out, changing the standard 100x100 degree dispersion for a 110x60 degree alternative.
The custom-designed coaxial drivers are at the heart of these speakers, responsible for smooth, clean sound and impre

l-acousticsCT named L-Acoustics calibration certified provider
Tuesday, 7 January 2020

UAE - CT has announced that it is officially an authorised L-Acoustics calibration certified provider.
L-Acoustics recently announced the creation of authorised calibration centres, designed to both strengthen the technical partnership between L-Acoustics and its certified providers (CPs), and to deliver a greater level of system configuration and calibration expertise at a local level for small to medium installations.
“For Creative Technology, being an authorised calibration centre allows us to provide a greater level of service, knowledge and support to our clients, both from within our technical engineering teams and having direct access to L-Acoustics development and support management,” says Andy Reardon, Middle East managing director. “We pride ourselves in delivering solutions based on engineering and from the ground up. The Authorised Calibration Centre gives us greater levels of understanding of L-Acoustics systems, processors and procedures.”
“The partnership with our CPs is extremely important to us,” says Arnaud Delorme, applications engineer at L-Acoustics. “We maintain a very close two-way relationship with them, keeping them up to date on innovations at L-Acoustics while also constantly seeing their field experience and feedback. This new level of partnership will ultimately be rolled out with all our partners where technical relations are already well established and who wish to go even further with their L-Acoustics systems.”
(Jim Evans)

adamson-yftour-jan20-hrHillsong Young & Free inspire with Adamson
Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Canada - Hillsong Young & Free have been inspiring audiences around the world since first uniting to compose and perform contemporary worship music in 2012 at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia.
To support their most recent studio album, III, the group spent the majority of 2019 touring Canada and the U.S. with a production package supplied by Canada’s Soundbox Productions, including a versatile audio system anchored by Adamson Systems Engineering’s sub-compact S-Series loudspeakers.
“The Canadian leg of the III tour was the second time we deployed a complete Adamson S-Series system with the Soundbox crew, and for the U.S. run, we decided it was too good not to use it again,” begins Y&F FOH engineer Nate Balderston. “The S10 is a fantastic product. The mid-range and clarity really make creating space within the mix so easy.”
Considering the wide range of venues the group visits - from churches to theatres of varying sizes – the fall U.S. dates made use of a variety of set-ups from a total of 24 S10 two-way, full-range enclosures and 14 complementary E119 subwoofers.
“Our biggest hurdle each day was obviously coverage,” Balderston adds. “Some days, we had 120° seating; other days, we had three-tier-balcony theatres. What we loved about using the S10s was we always had a solution for whichever configuration we might encounter.”
As Soundbox Audio head and systems tech Jamal Bleasdell explains, in most churches, they didn’t have access to a rigging point for the PA, so they carried Sumner Eventer 25

westlakeAMS Neve and Westlake open demo suite
Tuesday, 7 January 2020

USA - AMS Neve and Westlake Pro have partnered to create the first AMS Neve Showroom in the US. Located at Westlake Pro’s headquarters in North Hollywood, the space provides an environment for clients to listen to the entire AMS Neve product portfolio.
David Walton, AMS Neve’s distribution manager, comments: “It’s really exciting to be working with Westlake Pro and the new showroom because they have enormous experience, ranging from frontline sales to complete integrations and development of some of the biggest, most famous studios around the world. With products like mixing consoles, support is very important. Westlake’s experience with design and integration, as well as on-going support for the products they sell, means that we are in a really good position to work together moving forward both with existing and new products.”
Walton adds that, as AMS Neve is a British company, the physical and time difference between the UK and the US is best overcome by partnering with Westlake, particularly in areas such as customer support.
“Our valued US customers can be confident that their calls, questions, maintenance, and support needs will all answered promptly and efficiently,” he says.
Joe Taupier, president of Westlake Pro, adds: “Westlake Pro is proud to be the first authorised AMS Neve demo showroom in the United States. Our fully functional AMS Neve Showroom has Dante connectivity throughout, so whether you want to hear the capabilities of the Genesys Black in stereo or Atmos, we are ready for you.”
(Jim Evans)

genenovacekencoENCO founder Eugene Novacek dies
Monday, 6 January 2020

USA - Eugene Novacek, founder of broadcast technology company ENCO, has passed away, aged 61. According to a statement from the company, he died on New Year’s Day in New York, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Novacek is survived by his wife Judith Novacek, daughter Kristin Heinbockel, son Andrew Novacek and granddaughter Evany Novacek. “His legacy lives through his family, the company he founded and the industry he loved and changed,” the statement reads.
Under Novacek’s guidance, ENCO to become a prominent supplier of automation for radio and TV stations. Its first digital audio delivery system was introduced in 1991; its product lines have since grown to encompass playout automation, captioning, scheduling and streaming. Its markets also include AV, events, concerts, worship and retail environments, according to
ENCO is currently led by Ken Frommert, who in 2017 was promoted from general manager to president and has been the more public face of the company in recent years.
(Jim Evans)

k-arrayK-array USA appoints sales director
Monday, 6 January 2020

USA - K-array has appointed Sam Spennacchio as national sales director at K-array USA. Spennacchio’s appointment comes at a time when the Italian designer of discreet audio solutions continues to build its US subsidiary to meet the needs of its rapidly growing business in that market.
Spennacchio will be responsible for assisting in the overall increase of K-array business in the US and will concentrate his efforts in the event productions and live sound verticals. As an industry veteran with proven experience in the AV industry, Spennacchio comes to K-array USA with previously held management positions at Mark IV Audio as vice president and SPL-NY as president, as well as sales roles with Fiberplex, Crest Audio, Klark Teknik/Midas and Martin Audio.
“Given Sam’s breadth of experience in the market, I’m looking forward to him expanding K-array’s reach across all of the US,” says Rusty Waite, president of K-array USA.
Spennacchio adds: “I am extremely pleased to join K-array. I look forward to working with Rusty to strategise and develop long-term plans to usher in the new levels of K-array’s growth in the US.”
(Jim Evans)

db-nammd&b debuts SL-Series subwoofer at NAMM
Monday, 6 January 2020

USA - d&b audiotechnik will introduce a new SL-Series subwoofer and showcase compact augmented arrays and Soundscape immersive technology in the demonstration room at NAMM 2020.
At stand 18107, show attendees will be able to learn about the new addition to the SL-Series line array family, as well as the augmented array A-Series, which combines the flexibility of point source clusters with the extensive control of d&b line arrays.
In the d&b demo room (#18816) there will be presentations of various technologies that elevate the listening experience both in the audience and on stage. Demos will feature the A-Series augmented arrays, elements from the SL-Series, and the next generation of sound reinforcement, d&b Soundscape.
Additionally, d&b will also showcase the ultra-compact B8 subwoofer, xC-Series column speakers, and examples from the XS-Series. At the d&b integration island on the booth will be the new R90 touchscreen remote control panel, the Milan-based DS20 and Dante-based DS10, the flagship D80 amplifier, and d&b workflow - featuring ArrayCalc, R1 Remote, NoizCalc, and ArrayProcessing.
“The latest innovations we will highlight at NAMM are the result of our approach to empower d&b system users to create environments where the audience shares the highest level of sound quality,” states Amnon Harman, CEO, d&b audiotechnik. “We are especially excited about the upcoming show given it also coincides with the opening of our new demonstration and education facility in Los Angeles.”
(Jim Evans)

m-santucciIEM specialist ASI Audio to launch at NAMM
Monday, 6 January 2020

USA - The CEOs of Sensaphonics and Think-A-Move, Dr Michael Santucci (pictured) and Jim Harris have formed a new company, ASI Audio.
The business will debut at NAMM 2020 where a new brand, ASI Audio x Sensaphonics, will be unveiled.
“Sensaphonics already had the basics of our product concept in place,” notes Jim Harris, CEO and president, ASI Audio. “Their patented Active Ambient technology provided the platform, and our expertise in app development and manufacturing enabled our combined engineering teams to create a more sophisticated and powerful product. The key to our shared vision is to deliver a customised listening environment that works equally well with or without a monitor mix. We’re very excited to be bringing this new concept to market at the NAMM Show.”
Michael Santucci adds: “We’ve had great success with our 3D system, which is used on stage by artists like Steven Tyler, Sarah McLachlan, Dave Matthews, and hundreds more. But we know that many more musicians could benefit if we could bring down the price. We were also aware that many musicians have developed career-threatening hearing issues that could be addressed with tools like EQ and limiting. What we needed was a fresh approach to the in-ear concept that addresses all these issues in a way that no other company has even attempted. I’m proud to say that ASI Audio has achieved that goal.”
The company’s flagship product is called 3DME Music Enhancement, a universal-fit IEM system that captures ambient sound with a binaural microphone system embedded in the ea

thomas-lThomas Lindgren to head RCF in Denmark
Friday, 3 January 2020

Europe - RCF SpA has announced the appointment of Thomas Lindgren as national sales manager for Denmark.
International sales manager Luca Ombrati comments: “This is a newly-created position. Having previously been in partnership with a local distributor we intend to start a direct operation with Thomas.”
With a career stretching back more than 20 years, the Dane was most recently audio consultant for Ascon Trading ApS, and prior to that made his mark with a series of premier pro audio brands, most notably Sennheiser. Luca Ombrati said he was also attracted by the fact that Thomas is an experienced FOH sound engineer. “Having a sales guy with a technical background was an extremely attractive prospect,” he says.
“Since RCF is mainly known in the MI segment in Denmark, his priority will be to rebuild the relations in that specific field,” confirms RCF’s sales manager. “He will then start to approach the rental companies in order to promote our range of line arrays with a good deal of optimism, since he is familiar with this market. Last but not least he will be approaching system integrators, installation companies, contractors and consultants.”
Speaking of the challenge, Thomas Lindgren says: “It’s great to be working in a company, with colleagues that are equally passionate about high quality sound, and are therefore making quality products. There is nothing more fulfilling as sales manager than having pride in representing your products and the company behind them.”
(Jim Evans)

iqoya-x-link-dualfront-hdDigigram releases live broadcasting firmware
Friday, 3 January 2020

France - To meet the changing needs of its customers, Digigram has enriched the functional scope of its IQOYA X/LINK and IQOYA SERV/LINK IP audio codecs to extend it to remote broadcasting.
Digigram’s IP audio codec configured for remote broadcasting is billed as the only IP audio codec on the market allowing management of up to 32 mono or stereo full duplex IP streams.
For an optimal user experience, a specific mode of use has been added for this new operating mode with dedicated and easy-to-use graphical interfaces, both for the configuration phase and for the operating phases, says the company.
The user can now place calls and be connected to the field or the studio in two clicks. SIP, direct SIP and symmetric RTP connections are supported.
More than 10,000 IQOYA are currently in operation around the world. By using the codec in remote broadcasting mode, the user will continue to benefit from FluidIP, the technology developed by Digigram for establishing reliable and resilient connections on unmanaged networks such as the Internet. In particular, the technology integrates stream redundancy functions such as FEC (Forward Error Correction) or dual streaming with spatial or time diversity.
(Jim Evans)

procoweimsrecieverfrontProCo’s W.I.E.M.S. makes debut at NAMM
Friday, 3 January 2020

USA - The new Wireless In-Ear Monitor System (W.I.E.M.S.) from ProCo Sound, is making its NAMM debut at the RHC stand (11610). With up to 30m of range (line-of-sight) between the transmitter and belt-pack receiver, ProCo’s W.I.E.M.S. features a sleek and simple design, with no external antennas and a seamless plug-and-pair set-up.
ProCo’s W.I.E.M.S. has four user-selectable channels, which provides the ability to deploy up to four systems simultaneously. The easy to use solution features a 3.5-mm headphone jack - enabling users to plug in their preferred earpiece. Both the receiver and transmitter are powered by a lithium-ion battery, which is easily rechargeable with the included micro-USB and AC/DC charging adaptor. A single charge provides six to eight hours of battery life, ensuring that users don’t lose power when it’s needed most.
The belt-pack receiver automatically pairs to the transmitter, which uses the 5.8GHz frequency band to eliminate any potential interference or conflict from other WiFi traffic. The compact transmitter fits easily into nearly any hand. It also has an XLR-Female on one end, which is designed to plug into any open line-level feed at the stage. On the opposite end of the transmitter, LED lights indicate the status of the system.
“The W.I.E.M.S. is perfect for anyone looking to eliminate the restrictions and challenges of a wired monitor system,” says Shawn Wells, AV marketing manager, ProCo Sound. “It gives users the flexibility to move throughout the stage or studio without the fear of tripping over an

klangHuntsville church upgrades with KLANG:fabrik
Friday, 3 January 2020

USA - Willowbrook Baptist Church’s main campus in Huntsville, Alabama recently implemented its first step of a multi-phased initiative to update its worship centre, and a key part of that process was the implementation of a KLANG:fabrik immersive in-ear monitor mixing system.
Installed by Memphis, Tennessee-based integrator Redwire Audio Visual in October, the new KLANG system offers up to 16 musicians their own individual IEM mixes over RF transmitters, or headphone amps via XLR. At the same time, the KLANG:fabrik is a fully flexible audio network router of up to 64 MADI, 64 Dante and 32 ADAT-compatible inputs and outputs.
“The new KLANG system was part of the first phase of the church’s update, and it has proven to be a critical component of it,” says Redwire AV president, founder and general manager, Tim Johnson. “Their worship orchestra had been frustrated by the lack of flexibility with their old IEM system, so we brought the KLANG:fabrik in for a demo, and they experienced a huge difference immediately.”
Johnson says the KLANG:fabrik’s ability to operate at 96kHz offers a much higher level of sonic fidelity to the musicians. Furthermore, the ability to move mixes around in a fully immersive space has changed how they hear themselves and the music.
“They literally had no idea this science was possible,” says Redwire AV lead designer Charles Thompson. “They can put the click above their heads, for instance, and build a virtual stage that reflects where each of them are standing on the actual stage. This creates a reali

bromptonBrompton Technology supports Nexteel launch
Thursday, 2 January 2020

Australia - Novatech Creative Entertainment Technology (NCET) orchestrated an impressive re-branding event for Australian painted steel business Nexteel in Adelaide and Perth. Brompton Technology LED processors were chosen to support the array of large LED screens, which were suspended above the stage and delivered pulsing content, teasing the audience with what was in store.
Tasked with ‘breaking the usual norms’ for the project, Novatech deployed two Brompton Tessera SX40 processors along with two Tessera XD Data Distribution units for its ROE CB3 and CB5 LED panels in order to realise the ambitious concept and create a series of innovative and memorable experiences.
“The project had eight screens of various sizes built from ROE Visual CB3 and CB5 screens, so the team needed something that would make mapping and running the screens as simple as possible,” says Novatech’s technical lead - video, David Murdoch. “The combination of the SX40s and XDs were a perfect choice for the show. Being a 4K processor, we were able to run all eight screens on one raster which made mapping and data distribution incredibly quick and easy.”
Held at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, and Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event was repeated twice in Adelaide and twice in Perth to ensure all potential clients were reached and for maximum impact and brand awareness. Novatech worked with Adelaide-based event management and marketing agency jennie bell ink to push the creative boundaries.
The main feature of the stage was the central ROE CB3 s

retailstaten-island-mall-3480pxHarman enhances Staten Island Mall
Thursday, 2 January 2020

USA - Dara AV (Formerly JD Systems) recently deployed an expansive Harman Professional Solutions PA system at Staten Island Mall to provide quality audio for music, announcements and more.
With over 1.2m sq.ft of retail floor space, Staten Island Mall is one of the largest shopping centres in New York. After surveying the location, Dara AV designed a sound solution using JBL Control Series speakers, Crown DCI amplifiers, and BSS signal processors.
“Staten Island Mall asked us to update their outdated PA system with a controllable, scalable solution,” explains Jak Daragjati, president Dara AV. “The biggest challenge was providing adequate coverage without impacting the aesthetics of the mall. The JBL Control series speakers were exactly what we needed- they provide plenty of volume and offer versatile mounting options.”
Over 300 loudspeakers are installed throughout the facility to provide clear, consistent sound for music and announcements. JBL Control 14ct full-range ceiling speakers deliver extended coverage in an aesthetically pleasing package. JBL Control 64pt full-range pendant speakers provide sound reproduction for sections of the mall with open architecture ceilings. JBL Control 25-1 wall-mount speakers offer consistent dispersion and a contemporary weather-resistant design.
Crown DCi 4|600 amplifiers were selected to power the system for their consistent power and rock-solid reliability. A BSS BLU-103 Conferencing Processor offers flexible signal routing, advanced AEC processing, and a built-in voice over IP (VoIP) interface f

la-goshenGoshen High looks forward with L-Acoustics
Thursday, 2 January 2020

USA - Both in academics and athletics, Goshen High School has been living up to its status as the flagship institution of the upstate New York Goshen Central School District: the Boys' Varsity tennis team has not lost a conference title in over 10 years, and its Mock Trial team has won the Orange County championship for nine years.
So when the district underwent a $40m renovation in 2019, the lion’s share of that went to Goshen High School, which saw its classrooms and common areas updated, and its 650-seat theatre/auditorium refreshed from the floor up. That included an L-Acoustics ARCS Wide and Focus sound system, supplied by Firehouse Productions and integrated by LiveWire Sound and Image, with the renovation done by project architect LAN Associates and acoustical consulting by WSDG.
The school’s ARCS WiFo system - consisting of three ARCS WiFo units plus an SB18 subwoofer per side in a left-right system, along with two delay points with two ARCS WiFo units each, all powered by three LA4X amplified controllers - has taken the school’s main venue, used for theatrical productions, town-hall meetings, talent shows and a range of other scholastic and community purposes, to an entirely new level.
Joe Fedor has been the technology teacher at Goshen High for over two decades. For the decision and installation of the ARCS WiFo system, he worked with Nick Bechard, project manager at Firehouse Productions, but also a student of Fedor’s 15 years ago. “We often have our graduates return to give back to the school, and this was a great example of th

will-turneyPolar promotes Will Turney
Friday, 20 December 2019

UK - Polar has promoted Will Turney to the position of national sales manager for its integrated solutions division. Turney will lead Polar’s seven-strong sales team, covering the company’s network of systems integrators across the UK.
Stuart Leader, integrated solutions director, comments: “We have complete confidence in Will’s ability to further enhance our business and continue to drive success. During his time with us, Will has demonstrated that he possesses the technical understanding and personal qualities to meet the requirements of what will be a demanding job. He has always led by example and is well-known and highly respected across the sector.”
Turney adds: “I’m excited about 2020 and beyond for integrated solutions and the changes ahead. The Polar team are an exceptional group that I’m proud to be a part of and I’m looking forward to managing their talents to maximum effect on behalf of all our customers and suppliers.”
(Jim Evans)

chailey-heritage-foundation-dream-centre-1TEECOM designs DREAM Centre
Friday, 20 December 2019

UK - The Chailey Heritage Foundation DREAM Centre in Sussex uses modern AV technology to make a range of experiences accessible for children and young people for whom it is very difficult to travel. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall opened the centre on 17 October.
Chailey Heritage Foundation provides schooling and residential care for children and young adults with complex physical disabilities, high health needs, sensory impairments, and associated learning difficulties. The new sports and activity centre allows young people in wheelchairs to play indoor sports, take part in drama and musical performances, develop their balance through rebound therapy, learn to drive a powered wheelchair, and broaden their horizons through a ground-breaking immersive experience zone.
“We are honoured to have played a role in creating this amazing facility for such a deserving and wonderful group of young people,” says David Marks, CEO of TEECOM, which provided technology strategy, design and engineering, and project management.
Replacing a 1950s-era assembly hall, the DREAM (dynamic, real, experiential, amazing, magical) Centre was made possible by a £3.1m fundraising initiative and significant contributions of time from the local building industry. Key contributors included Matt Barton, CEO of 7thSense Design and 2nd Chailey Scoutmaster; Blair Parkin, Magnus Kemp, and Barrie Paveley at TEECOM; Paolo Marenghi, account manager at Epson (UK) Ltd.; Deacon Richardson Architects; and North Star Engineers Ltd.
“The building has different modes,

alcons-audio-press-release-musical-academy-gdansk-1Alcons brings classical and modern together
Friday, 20 December 2019

Poland - Opened in 1947, the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music (aMuz) in Gdańskhas a progressive approach to music education, recognising that training students in classical music doesn’t mean they will stay in the traditional classical field. An Alcons Audio pro-ribbon system is helping students to seamlessly blend old and new instrumentation in the Academy’s concert hall.
Because course content at aMuz is constantly evolving, as well as classical recitals (where very little, if any, amplification is needed) the concert hall is staging increasingly diverse performances, including opera, operetta, musicals, jazz and contemporary classical productions, where electronic instruments play solo or with orchestral instruments.
The 50-year old, 592sq.m venue has an audience capacity of 413 in raked stalls and a balcony, with a 160m2 stage. Its existing small sound reinforcement system was completely inadequate for the evolving performance programme, so Piotr Rodak - chief sound engineer at aMuz - was looking for a much better system.
Piotr has his experience with Alcons products by using QR24 systems of local rental company Offstage, owned by Przemyslaw Waszkiewicz and from Alcons’ Polish distributor Aplauz. Having the system update in mind, Piotr attended a demonstration of Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems hosted by Aplauz, where he spoke to Alcons co-founder Tom Back, Aplauz president and managing director Grzegorz Fotek and Patryk Kozak - Offstage-related sound engineer and owner of contractor company Sound System.
Piotr comments: “It was im

ink1L-Acoustics has the sound and looks for INK
Friday, 20 December 2019

Croatia - The historic Istrian People’s Theatre (INK) in Pula is now hosting international music ensembles as well as dramatic productions, thanks to a major audio upgrade. It has recently replaced all of its sound reinforcement and monitoring systems with L-Acoustics Syva and X Series technologies, as well as LA4X amplification.
This European venue has had an eventful life. Its origins lay with the much smaller Teatro Nuovo (New Theatre), built in 1854 when Pula was part of the Austrian Empire. That was replaced in 1879 by a much a grander version, which itself has stood the test of time through various governments.
In 2004, the theatre was officially renamed the Istrian People’s Theatre, City Theatre Pula, and is now generally branded as 'INK' (Istarsko Narodno Kazalište). Its main auditorium has a capacity of 699, spread across the main siting area, lodges for spectators on the first and second floor and on the balcony on the third floor.
Miodrag Flego is the sound manager at the venue, and largely responsible for specifying the new L-Acoustics PA. After many years of coping with a very tired audio system that, according to Flego, was poorly specified for a theatre of INK's calibre and quality, the decision was made to invest in new audio infrastructure. The theatre turned to the L-Acoustics distributor for Croatia, Dicroic. “We were looking for something with fantastic sound quality that would also blend in with the spectacular historic architecture,” he explains. “We decided that Syva had the best of both worlds.”
Syva is a

dpa-6066carrie-graciecheltenham-literary-festivalAuthors find their voices with DPA
Friday, 20 December 2019

UK - Clarity, ease of use and the ability to match the colour of the microphone to different skin tones were all reasons why Toby Chevis, director of UK live events company Patch Productions, chose DPA’s 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphones to amplify those who were speaking at the prestigious Cheltenham Literary Festival.
During the 10-day event, the company used a total of 40 6066 headsets across eight venues, including Cheltenham’s Montpelier Gardens and Town Hall sites. Among the famous participants who wore DPA were Andrew Lloyd Webber, Louis Theroux, Rob Drydon and Graham Norton.
“The festival was keen to be as inclusive as possible this year, so being able to offer a microphone with varying colour options and a consistent audio quality was fantastic,” Chevis explains. “I’ve been a big fan of DPA Headset Microphones for eight years now and Patch Productions owns a number of 4000 Series Headsets, but for this event we bought additional microphones.”
Based in Cirencester, Patch Productions prides itself on consistently delivering high-quality technical productions covering festivals, corporate events and theatres. Although this was the first time the company had tackled the prestigious Cheltenham Literary Festival, it has previously worked on the town’s Science and Music Festivals and won this contract on the basis of the excellent services it provided at both of those events.
The Cheltenham Literary Festival was broadcast on Sky Arts, which took a mixed feed straight from Patch Productions’ desk. Audio quality was very

arkaos-team-vitality-hq-paris-vplay3ArKaos embracesTeam Vitality
Friday, 20 December 2019

France - Digital media specialists ArKaos have supplied two media servers, one 4K Studio server and one Stage server, to the new multi-million-pound Parisian headquarters of eSports organisation, Team Vitality.
Called V.Hive, the space is a 10,700sq.ft facility built on three floors, complete with a lively storefront that is open to the public and including a streaming booth, gaming rooms, a content production studio, a cinema, a WebTV studio plus numerous offices.
ArKaos’s Benjamin Bauwens project managed the installation of the servers that are running a series of digital banners, screens and LED lighting elements in the retail area of the V.Hive, which includes a shopping area and a coffee bar plus a training room for players. The company became involved in this project via Best Audio & Lighting, an installation specialist and sister company of leading technical production / rental company Dushow, both owned by Le Groupe Novelty.
“The requirement was for powerful, straightforward and logical control of content over these various different LED surfaces in this dynamic multi-purpose environment,” explains Benjamin, who worked closely with Sylvain Maillard from Team Vitality and Alain Lheriteau from Best Audio to design, install and commission a custom server system to work for all their video display and decorative LED needs.”
V.Hive was designed - by HKS Architects - as a full-scale event space, with the goal of hosting national eSports and other events, masterclasses, conferences, viewing parties, and showcases.
The groun

mxlAudiologic to distribute MXL UCC range
Friday, 20 December 2019

UK - Audiologic has announced that it has been appointed as UK distributor for microphone manufacturer MXL’s UCC range of products.
Andy Lewis, Audiologic managing director, comments: “We’re pleased to be able to offer our customers the MXL UCC product range. Flexibility and scalability are key to successful unified communications and the MXL conference solutions are also Zoom Room certified. This excellent addition to our portfolio is sure to be a very popular choice in the UC sector.”
(Jim Evans)

ma-image-news20Focusrite acquires Martin Audio in £40m deal
Thursday, 19 December 2019

UK - Focusrite, the global music and audio products company, has announced the acquisition of pro audio solutions manufacturer Martin Audio.
The total consideration to be paid is £39.2m for the business. This will be funded through a combination of existing cash resources and a new loan facility of £40m with HSBC and Natwest. The completion of the loan facility, and hence the completion of the acquisition, is dependent upon shareholder approval in a general meeting on 30 December 2019.
Martin Audio will continue to operate from their headquarter offices and factory in High Wycombe, under the leadership of managing director Dominic Harter. 
Harter comments: “We are excited by the transaction and what Martin Audio can achieve together with Focusrite. Focusrite is a strong brand in the industry and given the geographic proximity of both our businesses we know the team at Focusrite very well. There is a great deal we can do together and we look forward to working closely to develop the opportunities across both of our businesses."
He adds: "In Focusrite we have an industry neighbour of the finest pedigree; a global leader in its own right. Their culture mirrors our own and, getting to know the team, I sense a strong similarity with the deep-rooted values of our own Martin Audio Family. Focusrite are the perfect partner to help Martin Audio continue the innovations that have driven its success. So it is with great pride and enthusiasm that we take this next step; a momentous occasion as the Martin Audio brand enters its 50th year. Working with

amerikalinjenpressimage2Amerikalinjen recreates bygone age with Genelec
Thursday, 19 December 2019

Norway - The Amerikalinjen building located in the most central and vibrant part of Oslo has a rich and colourful history. It was inaugurated in 1919 as the headquarters of the Norwegian America Line, a successful passenger and freight shipping company that opened up the New World for hundreds of thousands of Norwegians.
One century later the architectural landmark has been reborn as one of Oslo’s premier urban boutique hotels, complete with a comprehensive Genelec sound system supplied by Norwegian pro audio specialists, Benum. Occupying some of Oslo’s most prime real estate, Amerikalinjen - owned by the Nordic Choice Hotels group - has retained all of its authenticity whilst providing today’s travellers with a thoroughly modern experience.
The remit was clear - Amerikalinjen wanted the best possible sound in all areas of the hotel, to match the rest of the high quality services and fittings. The requirement was for four separate areas: reception; the restaurant; the cocktail bar; and the beautifully luxuriant conservatory at the heart of the hotel. Everything should sound extraordinary.
“Genelec was a completely natural choice for this installation,” declares Ronald Hernes, Benum CEO who oversaw the Amerikalinjen project. “First, the sound quality is second to none. Secondly, they are active speakers which are therefore easier to cable and install, and there is no need for an amp rack room. Finally, you know that once they are in, the client will have trouble-free service for years. There’s no doubt that, for a project of this cali


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