USA - COVID-19 has changed everything. “This pandemic has forced creative people to have to get creative about everything, even things we usually take for granted,” says Tom Worley, operations manager at 3G Productions, Inc. (3G), a live production, sales, and systems integration provider. Thus, this summer 3G turned its Los Angeles facility into Sixth Sense Creative House, a flexible production space able to accommodate live events, film and audio recordings, and live streaming from its sound stage.
Key elements in the success of this initiative are two DiGiCo SD12 consoles and a new Quantum7 console, as well as two SD-Racks fitted with 32-bit Stadius mic pres, all on a single Optocore network. The desks are also equipped with DiGiCo’s new DMI-KLANG card, an immersive in-ear mixing expansion that can be mounted directly into a console equipped with DMI slots for native KLANG control from the desk’s work surface.
The KLANG system is an option for those using Sixth Sense’s streaming facilities to offer listeners a fully immersive experience online over headphones, while the SD12 and Quantum7 consoles provide live sound and recording engineers a familiar and powerful worksurface for any kind of audio mix.
The two SD12 consoles are located in Sixth Sense Creative House’s main live event space, as the front-of-house and monitor desks for a sound stage with an All Access turntable stage that will allow festival-type back-to-back concert productions. The Quantum7 console is installed in a nearby recording and broadcast control room.
USA - Danley Sound Labs has announced that Skip Welch, currently director of sales, will take on additional responsibilities as head of marketing. Welch’s new combined title will be director of sales & marketing.
“Skip spent his first seven years at Danley in the roles of Eastern regional manager and national sales manager,” said Jeff Pulliam, general manager at Danley Sound Labs. “He knows the audio industry inside and out and understands the growing niche that Danley holds within it. That, together with his native marketing sense and artistic abilities, make Skip the perfect person for the new role of director of sales & marketing.”
Welch added, “Although the pro audio industry, like so many industries, is facing difficult times, Danley is looking to the future with new projects and innovative technologies. Our team is energised and excited! I look forward to assisting the team and to spreading the word that Danley’s solutions are a big win-win for integrators, clients, and anyone who loves great audio.”
USA - Denny McLane has joined Symetrix as the new manager of the customer experience team.
McLane began his career as the president and owner of Sound Techniques in North Hollywood, CA, where he designed and installed sound and video systems for churches, auditoriums, theatres, and provided live sound production for producer David Foster and his roster of artists. He later spent seven years at BSS Audio (Harman Pro) presiding over sales and support for Soundweb London for the Western US and most recently held the position of Consultant Liaison with Atlas-IED driving architectural projects toward their product offering. McLane is a true expert at bridging technical products and integrator/end-user needs.
“We're very excited to welcome Denny to the Symetrix family,” stated Dan Lynch, Symetrix VP of marketing. “As the leader of the customer experience team, Denny's extensive experience in the AV industry will be invaluable to help guide our support, training, and consultant liaison teams for Symetrix 2.0. Most importantly, Denny's personality is a perfect fit for the Symetrix family and he's going to be a welcome addition to the overall customer experience team.”
As Manager of the Customer Experience Team, McLane will manage departmental participation in product design, promotion, and sustaining engineering, while continuously driving systemic improvements of the training and technical support departments.
“I’ve observed the team that Symetrix has built and how they have evaluated customer facing management of the company to a calibr
UK - BrightSign has announced the BrightSign AU335, an audio player with ARC and eARC support that can distribute up to three zones of audio to soundbars and AV receivers.
“Our new player strikes a balance between affordability and power, making it the ideal solution for virtually any setting where sophisticated, high-quality audio is called for,” explains Jeff Hastings, CEO, BrightSign. “Whether simply providing background music or powering the display of complicated consumer electronics products at retail, the BrightSign AU335 is up to the task.”
Besides multi-zone audio support, the AU335 has physical buttons, proximity sensors and more via USB, GPIO or Ethernet connectivity. This enables customers to control the volume and toggle between devices with ease. The BrightSign AU335 includes a free subscription to BSN.cloud Control Cloud for easy access to realtime player health and other controls.
UK - Sam Jones has his own show on Insanity Radio, an award-winning FM and online station based at Royal Holloway University in Surrey. Since March, he has hosted Insanity’s Friday night Lockdown show - from Cardiff - with flatmate Alex Williams.
Presenting a show remotely has its challenges, but Jones has done as much as possible to ‘studio-fy’ his spare room, excluding as much noise as possible. When the coronavirus lockdown struck, he had already taken the decision to invest in a new microphone, having suffered in the past from a few reliability issues. Looking for great value, great audio and a robust piece of equipment, he decided to go with the Mackie EM-91C large-diaphragm condenser microphone and loved what he got:
“Just taking the mic out of the box gives you that feeling of solidity. I figured that if the audio is as good as the build quality, it’s going to be seeing me through plenty of broadcasting! And lo and behold, it’s excellent. I’ve used a number of different microphones in different settings, including in nicely-appointed studios, some of which cost considerably more than the EM91-C, but in terms of quality and value, it’d be hard to beat.”
140 miles away in Buckinghamshire, Jones' younger brother Tal is working in another studio conversion - his bedroom - on a body of material that is finding favour with a growing number of fans.
As a music student and artist, working within tight budget constraints dictates that every investment in his setup needs to reflect great value for money. At the same time, in a
Switzerland - Basel Music Academy’s renowned Electronic Studio Basel (ESB) is being upgraded with Lawo IP technology, enabling future prospective sound engineers to be trained on two Lawo mc²36 audio consoles and accompanying compact I/O units.
The Lawo installation at the Basel Music Academy (Musikakademie Basel) will also be used for recording contemporary electronic compositions, performed by ensembles small and large, as well as entire orchestras.
The new audio mixing system, which was installed by Swiss system integrator SLC Broadcast, includes two identical 24-fader Lawo mc²36 consoles and corresponding interfaces (supporting MADI, Ravenna, AES/EBU, analogue operation). The two stageboxes each provide 32 mic/line inputs, 32 line outputs, 8 digital AES3 inputs, eight digital AES3 outputs, eight GPIO, a Ravenna port, and a MADI Tie-Line Port (SFP).
Also part of the upgrade are Horus and HAPI audio interfaces from Merging Technologies.
Importance was placed on the scalability of the components during the selection of equipment for the upgrade. From small mobile recordings to large live concerts with parallel recording, the audio systems are required to use the same digital interfaces and network topology. For large ensembles with simultaneous recording, all components – including virtual soundcards on laptops – are called into use. The flexibility of the Lawo IP-based configuration also makes it possible to work on several projects at the same time.
The Academy places a high value on the use of current technology and equipment
Japan - Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems made a considerable impression on the Japanese professional audio market in July, as the company’s new Japanese distributor E’Spec Inc. held a demonstration event at the Abeno Ward Citizen Centre in Osaka
Despite the difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, well over a hundred audio professionals attended the event on 14 July, which was split into three sessions to ensure effective social distancing. They included audio engineers, system designers, rental and sales companies.
Alongside PowerPoint and video presentations, practical demonstrations of Alcons pro-ribbon systems included the LR7 / LR7B micro line-array, LR18 / LR18B compact mid-size line-array, the VR8 compact versatile monitor, VR12 mid-size versatile monitor, RR12 point-source array module and the BF151mkII compact subwoofer.
A variety of sources were played through the systems to highlight their audio quality and versatility in a wide range of sound reinforcement applications. A highlight was a demonstration of live drums by Sakae Takeda, showcasing how Alcons pro-ribbon drivers excel at handling the most dynamic sounds.
Many visitors highlighted the VR12 as being of special interest, thanks to its user-friendliness, sound and ability to be used as a high quality floor monitor. The compact size, light weight and sound quality of the LR7 and LR7B line array also proved very popular outside the major touring companies. Ease of handling is very important because, in Japan, systems are rarely flown at small and medium-sized event
Europe - Exertis has announced a number of senior appointments across its international division.
Christer Svärd is appointed managing director for Exertis Nordics. Christer was previously the CEO of Higab AB, a company that builds, manages, and cares for properties in Gothenburg and before that, he served as CEO of Volvo Parts, a global spare parts distributor.
“Being able to take charge of Exertis operations in the Nordics, in an exciting industry with a really strong owner, was an attractive prospect that I could not refuse. I have extensive experience in the supply chain and leading businesses with great growth potential which I hope fits very well into Exertis Nordics,” said Svärd.
Exertis Nordics also welcomes Helena Byström as supply chain director. For the past six years, Helena worked as a logistics manager at Zinzino, a direct sales company for food supplements where she oversaw the complete supply chain from purchasing inventory management to last-mile customer delivery. The role of supply chain director is new at Exertis Nordics and includes responsibility for the entire supply chain, the flow from suppliers to the end customer.
Exertis France has named Nadine Bloch as team director of purchasing and procurement. She joins Exertis after 20 years at Tech Data as purchasing and marketing director and five years at ADVEO as purchasing director. Nadine will be responsible for procurement processes across all business units of Exertis France.
At Exertis Middle East, Noel Shannon has been promoted to financial controller.<
Europe - Yamaha’s new RM-CG dynamic beam-forming ceiling array microphone and RM-CR conference processor are the heart of the new intelligent ADECIA conferencing solution, which ‘applies automated room tuning and dynamic, multi-beam tracking to the challenges of today’s and tomorrow's conference environments’. Designed to provide flexible audio intelligence for the meeting spaces of today and tomorrow, ADECIA can be used in a wide variety of locations and situations, says the company.
Available from Q1 2021, this solution is based on Dante audio networking and comprises the new RM-CG dynamic beamforming ceiling array microphone, the dedicated RM-CR conference processor, Yamaha’s iVXL1-16P line array speakers and the optimised SWR2311P-10G PoE+ switch.
ADECIA is easy to install, set up and operate. The heart of the system is the RM-CR conference processor, which automatically recognizes microphones and speakers on the same network. During commissioning it automatically sets the optimum sound settings for the environment, taking into account the location of speakers and microphones, the room’s reverberation characteristics and echo responses. Auto-tuning is achieved with a simple, five-step process using a special web-based interface. The system then performs auto mixing of all connected Dante audio sources. The conference processor can handle a wide range of sources, including dynamic microphones, analogue line level I/O, USB, Bluetooth and SIP telephony.
The RM-CG dynamic ceiling array microphone features multi-beam tracking technology w
USA - LEA Professional has appointed LVX Marketing as the company’s sales representative for Southern California and Nevada.
LVX Marketing was founded in 2013 by industry veterans John Hernandez and Ed Ulibarri and between them they have over fifty years of experience working with professional audio manufacturers.
“I was originally introduced to LEA Professional a year ago and their innovative technology has always stayed in my memory,” said John Hernandez, co-founder of LVX Marketing. “I’m proud that today we can announce our partnership with this nimble, groundbreaking company.”
Hernandez adds, “We saw how well they understood the market and took care of their clients and knew we would work well together. They produce pioneering, aesthetically pleasing products at a great price point with exceptional service. Not only are you buying high quality amplifiers, you are buying into a team that has decades of experience in this industry.”
LVX Marketing has already seen interest in LEA Professional’s newly launched Cloud Platform, providing system integrators with secure remote monitoring and control capabilities.
“The Cloud Platform is not only extremely easy to navigate; it is also secure, which is one of the main elements our clients are impressed by,” comments Hernandez. “The system can be accessed and controlled from anywhere in the world without the need to VPN into a Local Area Network, right now anything that helps with remote work is going to be in demand.”
“We have a lot of respect for how LVX Marke
South Korea - The Ulsan Sports Complex hired audio integrators TechDataPS Co., and Daeseong Media to upgrade the sound system in its Ulsan Complex Stadium with a Harman Professional audio solution.
Built in 1970, the Ulsan Sports Complex includes Ulsan Complex Stadium, which was the original home of Ulsan Hyundai FC and features a capacity of 19,471. Today, the stadium is home to Ulsan Citizen FC, which competes in Korea’s K4 professional soccer league. Located between the Yaksacheon and Dongcheon rivers, Ulsan Sports Complex also includes an auxiliary stadium, the Dongcheon Gymnasium, Dongcheon National Sports Centre, a basketball court, foot volleyball court, futsal court as well as a youth concert hall.
To improve sound at sporting events and create an entertaining environment for fans, TechDataPS and Daeseong Media equipped Ulsan Complex Stadium with an audio solution that includes JBL Professional loudspeakers, Crown amplification, Soundcraft mixers and BSS signal processors.
“The client required a system that could deliver reliable, highly articulate sound output. It was also essential that the system maximize sound coverage across the venue, keeping in mind the close proximity of residential buildings,” said a spokesperson for TechDataPS. “Considering multiple factors including safety, durability and the varying acoustic demands of the venue, we zeroed in upon JBL VTX A-Series loudspeakers.”
Providing sound throughout the stadium, TechDataPS selected JBL VTX A8 dual 8” compact line array loudspeakers. The system also inclu
Australia - Revolution Acoustics has appointed Exertis ProAV Australia to distribute its full line of SSP6 Multiducers, RevNet 2140 Amps, Pendant 360 and UBIQUI T360 commercial audio solutions in the region.
“Revolution Acoustics delivers a truly immersive audio experience in every type of commercial environment through constant-SPL, completely consistent audio coverage throughout the listening space,” comments Exertis ProAV Australia president & CEO, Kevin Kelly. “Their SSP6 Multiducers take transducer technology to a whole new level of crystal-clear quality, bringing a more compelling audio experience to listeners. We are excited to introduce this remarkable line to our resellers.”
Nick Cocks, Exertis ProAV Australia general manager, adds: “Retail stores, restaurants, office lobbies, hospitals, classrooms, workplace break rooms, transportation centres and houses of worship, among other facilities, have something in common – they all need sound reinforcement and background audio systems that provide a pleasant listening experience without any dropouts or hot spots. Equally important is clear, intelligible paging for patrons, doctors and students. Revolution Acoustics’ constant-SPL (sound pressure level) systems can help customers achieve this easily in ways never imagined. Their value proposition is superior, and our resellers will immediately recognize that.”
Revolution Acoustics CEO Bob Katz says: “The Exertis team offers us a robust, turnkey way to grow our commercial business in Australia and New Zealand. Their product kno
UK - Initially launched by PLASA in response to calls from its membership, the #WeMakeEvents campaign aims to raise awareness around the current plight of the live events sector and how it urgently needs financial support in order to survive the COVID-19 crisis. The initial response resulted in a collective Day of Action on 11 August, with creative expressions across the country, including over 700 buildings lit up in red and other activities that culminated with 4,000 socially distanced event professionals lining bridges and the bankside of the Thames, expressing their need for support with the red alert theme. (Read extensive coverage of the Red Alert day of action in LSi September – out now!)
In order to represent all those in the communities that #WeMakeEvents represents, PLASA is now announcing that the campaign has moved into total independence, steered by a collective of industry trade bodies, including PLASA, businesses and freelancers who are all working together to ensure it receives as much awareness as possible. The success of the initial activity has led to a global movement, with organisations from around the world coming together in a spirit of mutual support and solidarity.
This next stage in the campaign will be known as ‘Stand as One’ – taken from the newly released song and now campaign anthem, written and performed by Joe Bygraves, who has generously agreed to do
USA - If you’re in Northwest Georgia, it’s not hard to find a Rock Bridge Community Church campus. Its six locations, one of which is in a suburb of Chattanooga near the Tennessee state line, make it easy to be part of this contemporary worship-style church.
It’s also easy on the ears, as five of Rock Bridge’s venues - Calhoun, Chatsworth, Ringgold, and Dalton’s Stage 123 and historic 1,165-seat Wink Theatre - now have L-Acoustics A Series constant curvature line source sound systems, each of which sound nearly identical thanks to the use of the manufacturer’s new M1 measurement tool suite.
“The A Series is a very cohesive system,” says Steele Beaty of Skylark Audio Video, the Oklahoma City-based integrator that designed and installed the PA for all five worship spaces. “The Wide boxes have a 30-degree vertical pattern, and the Focus has a 10-degree vertical pattern. Between them, we have the tools we need to fill a challenging venue like the Wink Theatre, where the balcony is 105ft long, and the main floor is 95ft long, but the entire venue is only 56ft wide.
“It’s the very definition of a ‘shotgun’ room, and that’s why we chose to fly left and right arrays of five A15 Focus enclosures over one A15 Wide. Plus, the A15 enclosures have the Panflex adjustable waveguides that let us narrow the pattern width to 70 degrees, which also gives us a +2dB boost in the high frequencies. So not only do we avoid getting any energy on the walls, but we accomplish it without using any DSP. A traditional line source array simply can’t
Romania - The Expirat music venue brand was established in 2002 and is a popular open-format music club / live music venue in Bucharest. Owned by Andrei Șoșa and his wife Raluca, they opened their first location in Vama Veche (on the beach) and the following year a second venue appeared in the Romanian capital.
However, in 2016 the latter relocated from its city centre basement home to its current venue, a medium-size warehouse within the Halele Carol complex. This is an industrial architectural jewel similar in aspect and logistics to the Melkweg Oude Zaal in Amsterdam, located at the edge of one of Bucharest’s historic landmarks: Carol I Park.
Since its relocation, Expirat has become a flagship venue for both the local live music scene and the go-to dance club for Bucharest’s clubbers who revel to the sounds produced from a Martin Audio W8LM Mini Line Array in its main Sala Compresoarelor.
Meanwhile, outside on the terrace DJ sets, acoustic live acts and various community-based happenings take place during the summer months. And it is on the terrace that Paradigma Teknik, Martin Audio’s long-serving Romanian partners, have now installed the new Adorn loudspeaker series, having supplied and installed the original W8LM rig when the venue moved to its current location nearly four years ago.
With a capacity for around 200 people, the terrace had been making do with a largely improvised system. But due to their satisfaction with the W8LM, and their relationship with Paradigma Teknik, the owners sought an advanced solution but within a t
Greenland - A compact Allen & Heath SQ-6 console was on mixing duty for one of the world’s most remote festivals recently. The annual Qooqqut festival brings music and culture to an isolated shore in the Nuuk fjord complex, cradled by the dramatic mountains of western Greenland. Organised by Greenland’s cultural centre, Katuaq, this year’s festival was held on 14-15 August.
With no roads, no phone signal and no Internet onsite, Qooqqut 2020 offered a rare opportunity to step outside the everyday world and experience a diverse programme of music, workshops and traditional sports.Tickets were capped at an intimate 250 for each day and the event was planned in close cooperation with the authorities to ensure compliance with Covid 19 guidelines.
Katuaq’s sound technician, Angunnguaq Larsen, mixed FOH for the event from a 48 channel SQ-6 console, with an iPad running the SQ MixPad app providing him with a portable solution for controlling all the artists’ monitors. An SQ Dante card in the console enabled the FOH / monitor split as well as providing multitrack recording capability. A pair of portable DX168 I/O expanders were placed onstage, connecting to the SQ-6 over the plug ‘n play SLink protocol.
Angunnguaq elaborates, “The main reasons we chose to bring our SQ were the audio quality and the size. For this festival you can’t just put the equipment in a truck and drive to the site – everything has to be carried in by hand. I really like the sound quality and the headroom you get from SQ. I also appreciate the DEEP processing model
UK - The new Kam Quartet Eco is a complete, easy to operate, professional multi-channel UHF wireless microphone system. Four colour-coded cardioid hand-held microphones are included in the KWMQ4E - Kam Quartet Eco package.
Powered by two1.5V AA batteries, these microphones, with an uninterrupted working distance of up to 60m, transmit audio signals to the Quartet Eco UHF Quad multi-channel receiver, operating between 863.30 / 864.30 / 863.80 / 864.80MHx frequencies.
As with all Kam wireless systems, compact is again the theme, with the road-ready, lightweight metal-cased mains driven (PSU supplied) UHF Quad receiver featuring enhanced muting, individual volume controls for all four microphones, RF/AF LED signal indicators and 4 balanced and unbalanced audio outputs. This UHF receiver also includes a pair of adjustable, omnidirectional antennas that are also removable for storage and transportation.
Germany - DirectOut has expanded the capabilities of its Prodigy Series with the release of new firmware for both Prodigy.MC (Modular Audio Converter) and Prodigy.MP (Multifunction Audio Processor).
“We are immensely proud to share this major update of the series,” comments DirectOut CEO/CTO, Claudio Becker-Foss, “The lockdown had a huge impact on all of us; it has changed and will continue to change the industry. Considering the circumstances, we are extremely happy that we could use this time to continue our work on the Prodigy Series in order to provide customers with this exciting update.”
Originally planned solely for Prodigy.MP, the update considerably expands the potential application scenarios of Prodigy.MC by adding FastSRC and EARS (Enhanced Automatic Redundancy Switching).
FastSRC is a bidirectional, low-latency asynchronous sample-rate converter for MADI and Network I/Os that allows two digital interfaces of a device to work in different clock domains. It combines good sound quality with very low latency of less than 0.15 milliseconds, and is invaluable in live sound applications and a "life-saver" in critical situations.
“Besides finalising the already large feature set of Prodigy.MP,” says Becker-Foss, “we even added a bunch of new functions. Some of them, like the Levelmeter speed configuration or the LTC-to-MTC converter, were implemented as an immediate response to the increased remote production requirements that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new firmware makes the product ready to face those new c
USA - The history of Cary Alliance Church in Cary, North Carolina stretches back to the 1970s, and the church has occupied a few different properties and worship spaces in that time. Although arguably not the “churchiest” of its locations, Cary Alliance Church currently occupies a 600-seat multipurpose room.
As the times have changed, so has Cary Alliance’s service style. Local AV integration firm AVCON recently designed and installed a Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system that supports a more-contemporary service style.
“Cary Alliance Church moved into their new building about 12 years ago, and AVCON provided the sound system,” explained Frank Yarborough, president and CEO of AVCON. “At the time, the church’s style was more traditional, and the sound system met their more modest needs. But they’ve certainly evolved with the rest of the world into a more contemporary, blended worship style. Whereas Cary Alliance’s services used to be more ‘piano-driven’ with a full choir every week, now they’re more ‘guitar-driven’ with a praise band every week. The choir only joins for special occasions. With a different mode of performance, they needed a higher level of audio fidelity and impact.
Yarborough notes, “Church sound is now compared with all of those other situations, and people have higher expectations. We’ve found that Danley’s technologies can reliably and affordably take churches to that next level. The people at Danley are fantastic, and we worked closely with Cooper [Hedden, southeast regional manager wit
Indonesia - Wanting to upgrade its acoustic system and provide an enhanced guest experience, the Playmaker Café hired IMS Indonesia, to design and install Harman Professional audio solutions featuring JBL Professional loudspeakers.
The Playmaker Café is a dining and entertainment destination in Thamrin, Jakarta. Opened in October 2019 and founded by the football presenter Ophan Lamara, Playermaker Café is a popular hangout spot for locals and tourists alike. The establishment consists of a restaurant, meeting rooms for corporate professionals as well as a lounge, which hosts live music events twice a week and includes two mini billiard tables that add a sporty, energetic vibe.
“Playmaker Café required a world-class sound system that would allow customers to further enjoy the ambiance,” said a spokesperson for IMS Indonesia. “The system had to be dynamic and adaptable to produce great performance across a variety of music genres and live acts. After considering the various factors involved, we decided to use premium JBL speakers that perfectly complement Playmaker Café’s fun environment.”
IMS Indonesia installed the JBL C50PACK surface-mount subwoofer-satellite loudspeakers. The system includes an AKG D7 reference dynamic microphone, while a Soundcraft Notepad-12-FX with built-in Lexicon effects helps ensure peak audio quality and allows the café to achieve a professional sound without any additional plug-ins or equipment. To complete and power the system, IMS Indonesia used the Crown XLi 800 two-channel power amplifier.
Germany - Pioneer DJ Germany and Chauvet DJ have taken a major step to meet the growing demand for livestream productions by collaborating on a multi-functional broadcast studio. Located in Chauvet DJ’s German headquarters, the new facility is fully equipped to accommodate a range of production needs, from talks and product demos, to DJ sets and live band performances.
The production ready studio is outfitted with over 25 Chauvet DJ fixtures. A full set of Pioneer DJ equipment is also in place, including the DJM-V10 Mixer, a DJS-1000 Performance-Sampler and the All-in-One unit XDJ-XZ.
For Chauvet DJ and Pioneer DJ, the new collaboration is the result of a longstanding friendship between the two companies in Germany. “We already had an excellent partnership in the past,” says Marcus Gierkens, country manager from Pioneer DJ Germany. “Collaborations at trade shows like Musikmesse, where we shared our booth, as well as the workshops we’ve held together to educate people on how to connect music and light together are proof that both brands can profit from each other’s expertise.”
Both companies are already using the studio to communicate with customers. The popular “Joy of Disco“ streaming series is being produced in the studio same as multiple product showcases, workshops and promotional videos.
Chauvet DJ will also be using the studio to feature recent and upcoming products as well as workshops in German language. An upcoming example will be how to control Chauvet DJ fixtures automatically within Pioneer DJ’s rekordbox softwa
Germany - Allen & Heath dLive and SQ systems were at the heart of the AV solution for Dein Sommermoment – a pair of livestreamed events hosted in the vertigo-inducing Fernmeldeturm Nürnberg.
Dominating the skyline over the city of Nuremberg, the 292m telecoms tower provided a striking backdrop for the two events in July. The first Dein Sommermoment featured seven solo artists performing in the tower’s distinctive egg-shaped viewing area, while the second event added a pair of outdoor stages at the foot of the structure for rock bands, presided over by presenters in the tower above. Both events were created by EMS - Experts Managed Services GmbH, with Konrad Wurster and Ole Langhans from AV provider, SL-Works Gbr heading the technical team.
For the second Dein Sommermoment, an SQ-5 console was employed for presenter mics and monitoring, as well as providing backup for the intercom. With all equipment used in the tower having to make a 189m elevator ride to the viewing area, the SQ’s compact footprint made it an ideal mixer for the job.
A dLive system was selected for live and streaming mixing, as freelance audio engineer, Johannes Minichmayr explains, “dLive is the natural choice for this type of event. The system is so flexible and expandable; whatever challenge you encounter, you know there’s a way to handle it. When you’re looking after multiple stages and artists it’s also great to have a system that is really quick and easy to set up – everything just works.”
The core of the audio system was a dL
India - The pro audio community in India can now access Prism Sound’s range of converters and audio interfaces through Trimac Products, a leading audio company with offices in Dehli, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
With over 400 channel partners and representation for more than 20 pro audio brands, Trimac is well placed to bring the benefits of Prism Sound technology to the Indian market.
Pankaj Kumar, Trimac’s chief operating officer, says, “Prism Sound’s products complement the products we already distribute and are a valuable and marketable addition to our roster. We are delighted to be able to offer this high end solution to our customers, many of whom are professional studios and hobbyist musicians. We also have customers in the education sector and we look forward to introducing them to the Prism Sound range.”
Alongside its sales business Trimac, in association with its channel partners, is also involved in studio design and installation. The company has a strong reputation for customer service and support and prides itself on providing efficient and reliable marketing services to the local dealers it works with.
“As a brand, Prism Sound is well known in among Indian pro audio professionals, but we feel there is still plenty of support we can give the brand, particularly in terms of bringing its products to the attention of the younger generation of producers, which is an area where we have good contacts,” Kumar says.
Mark Evans, Prism Sound’s sales director, adds: “We are very pleased to welcome Trimac as our new pa
USA - Studio Technologies has launched a series of Announcer’s Consoles with Dante Audio-over-IP connectivity and a flexible set of features that supports a wide range of live commentary and related applications.
The new line of Announcers Consoles includes three products - the Model 232, Model 234, and Model 236. All feature a “pro quality” microphone input circuit, Dante and analogue output channels, plus two, four, or six talkback inputs and outputs. Each unit can be easily incorporated into a Dante- or AES67-based network and is compatible with the Dante Domain Manager (DDM) application.
“We designed these units such that they can be used as part of just about any on-air or live-event commentary application,” says Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies. “In addition to their terrific sonic performance, we built-in an incredible number of options that let their performance be easily optimized. We’ve also included some unique, specialized features so they will work very well in REMI/At-home applications.”
The unit’s high-performance microphone preamplifier features selectable gain over a range of 20- to 65-dB with available P48 phantom power. For flexibility, an external source of audio, arriving by way of a Dante receiver (input) channel, can be used instead of the microphone input. This allows devices, such as wireless microphones, to be directly supported. A Dante transmitter (output) channel is provided as the main or “on-air” output. In addition, an analogue microphone-level output is available to allow the unit