Audio News

the-cureBrit Row backs the Cure on European tour
Friday, 10 March 2023

Europe - The Cure played 46 concerts in 22 countries across the continent with audio reinforcement from long-time rental partner, Britannia Row Productions.
“Exciting, powerful and dynamic” is how The Cure’s FOH engineer Paul Corkett describes the band’s latest sonic offering. “Robert [Smith, frontman] has a huge amount of input in the shows; how they sound and how they look.”
Continuing a relationship that has lasted decades, Brit Row, part of the Clair Global group of brands, provided equipment, crew, and international support for the recent tour, which was led by production
“To achieve the desired sound, I use one delay for vocals, but no other FXs from my console,” Corkett explains. “I hardly use any compression – when the band play hard, Robert wants the audience to really feel the dynamics of the songs and the performance of each individual musician.”
When looking for the right choice of desk, Corkett turned to trusted colleague, systems engineer Colin Burrell.
“Colin and I have worked together since 2011, and he has a fantastic knowledge of consoles and PA systems. He’s a great engineer himself, and together we decided that an Avid S6L was the next logical step at FOH, with me having previously mixed on an Avid Profile.
“It was important for the desk to integrate with Avid Pro Tools, as I record to three Pro Tools rigs; one runs at 96Khz to enable virtual soundcheck, while the others run at 48Khz. All of our show files are archived, and Robert himself mixes the shows for broadcast and social medi

millmeadGuildford church installs full Dante network
Thursday, 9 March 2023

UK - The vibrant Guildford Baptist Church is in the heart of the Surrey town. Established in 1824, the church has expanded its facility many times as its congregation grew. It recently took another big step forward by completing a £7m renovation of its Millmead Centre, including a new, facility-wide AV system based on a Dante network.
Graham Bennewith, installation director at DM Music, was the engineer and manager for this project. DM Music focuses almost exclusively on providing technology solutions for churches and protected historical buildings.
Opened in 1972, the Millmead Centre at Guildford Baptist Church has a 650-seat auditorium, multiple meeting rooms, classrooms, offices, a recreation hall, a lounge area, and coffee bars. March 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of the Millmead Centre's opening and the end of these renovation and upgrade projects.
“From planning and design to fundraising and installation, this project has been more than ten years in the making. The vision was to redesign the facility and bring it into the 21st century, making it more useful for the congregation and the community,” said Bennewith. “As part of the renovation, church leadership wanted a complete audio network solution to control, configure, and manage the main auditorium’s sound system, as well as easily share that room’s audio with auxiliary meeting rooms throughout the facility.”
Bennewith explained that the auditorium’s previous sound system was more than 20 years old and was not designed for full-range music production. The church had

st-ignatiusRenkus-Heinz spreads the word at St. Ignatius
Thursday, 9 March 2023

USA - Located in the heart of Mobile, Alabama, St. Ignatius Catholic Church has been a cornerstone of the community since its founding in 1947. In 2016, the church undertook a new parish master plan that called for the existing church to be repurposed as a parish hall and a new church to be constructed next door.
Designed by Quina Grundhoefer Architects in neo-Gothic style with a brick façade, buttresses, limestone trim and a slate roof, the new church features historic stained glass windows repurposed from an old parish church in downtown Mobile.
Five years in the making, the new church opened its doors to great delight in April 2021. Knowing the traditional sanctuary layout would be prone to acoustic challenges, church leadership commissioned steerable arrays from Renkus-Heinz to ensure crystal-clear intelligibility for the spoken and musical liturgy.
Quina Grundhoefer Architects consulted with Chuck Walthall, a well-known acoustic consultant specialising in religious buildings and owner of Walthall & Associates, to design an audio system capable of directing intelligible, high-quality audio to the congregation. Modern Sound was hired to install and commission the system, while independent manufacturer’s representative Richard Hembree of Griffith Sales Associates leaned on his 25 years of working with Renkus-Heinz products to assist with the project as needed.
“The design of the sanctuary for St. Ignatius Church was pretty traditional and also came with the reverberant acoustics we’ve encountered in a lot of church construction,

vietnam-jblHo Chi Min City school turns to JBL Eon One
Thursday, 9 March 2023

Vietnam - To support the music and arts programmes at the Bilingual Canadian International School (BCIS) in Ho Chi Minh City, AV integrator PGI and Harman Professional Solutions equipped the campus with versatile JBL Professional Eon One Mk2 battery-powered column speakers.
Founded in 2009, BCIS was the first international school in Vietnam to use a Canadian-based curriculum and has since built a reputation of strong academic excellence. Learning in both English and Vietnamese, the school’s 1,500 students enjoy a conducive environment for learning, critical thinking and collaboration supported by the latest classroom technology.
To reinforce strong communication and creativity for the music and arts programme, the school required a dynamic and easy-to-use sound solution that accommodated students and teacher’s various needs. PGI met these requests with a solution that included JBL Eon One MK2 column speakers, a powerful all-in-one PA system suited for a wide range of uses.
With output up to 123 dB, smooth coverage and sonic clarity down to 37 Hz, the Eon One MkII is a portable and comprehensive column-style speaker system that can support a wide range of activities for BCIS students and faculty, from performances and presentations to seminars and sporting events. The system features a triple-tier DSP that allows users to choose between beginner, intermediate or advanced controls for quickly finding the ideal sound for users of any experience level. Along with the on-board controls, students and faculty can also wirelessly control the systems f

guildtheatreMeyer Sound drives Menlo Park Guild Theatre
Thursday, 9 March 2023

USA - Although home to Stanford University and tech giants, the region south of San Francisco had been curiously lacking a first-rate music club for many years. That void has been recently filled, with the opening of Menlo Park’s intimate Guild Theatre, now attracting top-level artists with support from AV technologies that include a formidable Meyer Sound system.
The original Guild Theatre had served as a neighbourhood movie theatre for more than 90 years before closing in 2019. Purchased by the non-profit Peninsula Arts Guild, the structure was totally gutted and transformed into a state-of-the-art venue offering extraordinary technical flexibility for hosting music concerts, film showings, and other special events. The principal focus is on national touring artists, with shows spanning musical genres from acapella Black gospel and neo-bluegrass to punk and EDM.
The Guild Theatre is on the small side for hosting high-calibre acts - around 200 seated and 500 standing - but intimacy is part of what makes the experience extraordinary. “Rooms of this size just don’t have stages this big, lighting with this level of sophistication, and sound systems this good,” maintains Drew Dunlevie, president of the Peninsula Arts Guild and the driving force behind creating the venue. “We put together an A-team for this project, with theatrical design by Shalleck Collaborative, acoustic design from Salter, and integration by Legend Theatrical, all working hand-in-glove with the amazing PA from Meyer Sound.”
Dunlevie emphasises that the core mission of th

athensAthens Capital installs Praesensa by Bosch
Wednesday, 8 March 2023

Greece - First opening its doors to paying guests in 1930, Athens Capital Hotel is an icon of central Athens that has played host to everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Madonna. Now a Marriott property, the former annex of the Royal Palace and Prime Minister’s residence is a five-star boutique hotel.
While first-class service is promised, guest safety also needs to be paramount. This aspect of the hotel experience has been ensured as part of a larger plan that has seen the three members of Marriott’s Luxury Collection hotel group in Athens all opt to renovate with modern Bosch public address and voice alarm systems. As the first member of the group to undergo this refurbishment, there was a lot of emphasis placed on finding the right technology for Athens Capital.
The requirement was for an efficient solution that would meet the necessary EN 54 standards of this type of establishment while also enhancing the guest experience. The best way to meet that need was with Praesensa.
The bulk of the project followed a typical hotel voice alarm system with the design, cabling and installation all following the EN 54-16 standards. The installed solution is based around the Praesensa Public Address System consisting of a Praesensa System Controller, four desktop LCD call stations, a wall-mount LCD call station, each with call station extensions.
The system is driven by eight 8-channel 600 W amplifiers which send emergency messages to the nearly 600 Bosch loudspeakers that have been deployed to cover every area of the hotel, including all public areas, cor

siida-museumGenelec supports Sámi culture and heritage
Wednesday, 8 March 2023

Finland - The Sámi Museum and Nature Centre – Siida – is one of Northern Lapland’s most popular destinations. Dedicated to the culture of Lapland’s indigenous Sámi people, Siida has recently undergone significant renovation and expansion to accommodate increased visitor numbers and to bring the establishment into line with modern standards.
As part of the process, Oulu-based technical systems specialists Caverion Suomi Oy, supplied and installed a comprehensive Genelec Smart IP loudspeaker solution on a Dante AoIP backbone. Sound designer Aki Päivärinne from Oioi Collective – experts in interactive experience design – was responsible for the sound design for the new exhibits.
The Sámi people live in harmony with the lands they inhabit. Their traditional livelihoods include coastal fishing, fur trapping, sheep herding, and semi-nomadic reindeer herding. The newly renovated museum building houses an all-new exhibition where culture fuses with nature, using the latest in museum technology to showcase and celebrate Sámi heritage. Interestingly, the principal architect of the new exhibition is none other than Harri Koskinen, the renowned industrial designer who has collaborated closely with Genelec for many years.
"My brief was to recreate a soundscape reflecting the multifaceted sounds of nature in Lapland, and design a technical solution for it," explains Päivärinne. "I knew that the open museum hall environment would be an interesting acoustic and thematic challenge since all of the seasons are presented in the very same room." Ind

fireworksL-Acoustics delivers for Puy du Fou fireworks
Wednesday, 8 March 2023

France - Marking the 45th anniversary of the opening of France’s famous Puy du Fou theme park, the spectacular La Nuit des Feux Follets firework festival was recently revived after a 15-year hiatus. Bringing together three world-renowned pyrotechnic design teams from China, Australia, and Portugal, the major international event selected the industry-standard K Series system from L-Acoustics to deliver excellent coverage and sonic quality.
The sound needed to prevail over the noise from the fireworks themselves to the 14,000 spectators seated over the 23 hectares of La Cinéscénie stage, the most famous Puy du Fou show, and the biggest night show in the world.
Ranked the second most popular theme park in Europe, Puy du Fou was opened in the late 1970s by entrepreneur Philippe de Villiers and his son Nicolas. The history-based park is spread over 500 hectares in the Pays de la Loire region of western France. To celebrate Puy du Fou’s 45th anniversary, La Nuit des Feux Follets was revived, with the world’s three top professional firework specialists each presenting a 15-minute musical show and pyrotechnic performance in front of a panel of celebrity judges, with a grand finale staged by the Park’s in-house pyrotechnics team.
“A year in the planning, the technical and logistical management of the event, from the 3D programming to the handling and installation of the three tons of fireworks, was immense,” explains Samuel Briand, sound designer at Puy du Fou. “At the centre of the brief was the requirement to provide the highe

universal-live-shureUniversal Live relies on Shure Axient Digital
Wednesday, 8 March 2023

UK - Universal Live, an award-winning audio-visual integration specialist in the UK has chosen Shure Axient Digital Wireless System as the best solution to upgrade their equipment.
The ability for the Spectrum Manager to liaise with the transmitters and seamlessly change to an alternative frequency, along with Shure’s reputation and our experience of using their products, made Shure Axient Digital the right choice. “On the biggest stages in the world, when thousands, even millions are watching, the wireless microphone has an enormous job to do. The audio must be clear. It must be true. No other system is up to the challenge quite like Axient Digital,” comments Stuart Thornton, hire manager, Universal Live.
The upgrade of equipment brings with it significant advantages in a variety of areas, both to Universal Live and their clients. This includes technological advancements, improved security, ease of use and set-up. “Clients regularly ask us about the latest trends in live event technology," adds Neil Clappison, innovation and sustainability lead at Universal Live, “and by proactively being ahead of the curve, it inspires confidence that we are the people they should be talking to.”
“With a goal of making the company as eco-friendly as it can possibly be, another reason for selecting Shure Axient Digital was to reduce the reliance on AA batteries.” Neil explains “This is an important step for us, along with our other initiatives such as recycling 100% of our event carpet and graphic prints, installing solar panels, switching to el

qsc-touchmix-3QSC releases firmware v3.0 for TouchMix-30
Wednesday, 8 March 2023

USA - QSC has introduced a major firmware v3.0 update to its TouchMix-30 Pro digital mixer. The new standard for performance in a compact digital mixer, the TouchMix-30 Pro with firmware v3.0 satisfies the needs of many professionals with the addition of Scenes, Snapshots, Cue List management and offline editing functionalities.
Scenes provide the user with the ability to store and recall the entire mixer configuration, while Snapshots allow the user to save and recall selected settings for designated channels without affecting other mixer settings. Cue Lists select and arrange Scenes, Snapshots and audio files into a predetermined sequence for recall during a show, while offline editing provides the user with the ability to create and edit mixer configurations without the mixer being connected to Wi-Fi.
Previous TouchMix-30 Pro firmware updates added advanced features such as two independent 24-channel, gain-sharing automatic microphone mixers, custom fader banks and the capability to interface with certain third-party external motorized fader control surfaces.
“From the start, our vision for the TouchMix Series was to bring ‘big console’ features to users in the form of an easy-to-use, compact package,” states Jon Graves, QSC mixer product manager. “These new enhancements give our users an unprecedented array of professional features, tools and functions that simply don’t exist in other products close to this price point. Plus, the ability to deliver these enhancements to existing users at no additional cost demonstrates our continue

martin-churchDiscover Church upgrades with Martin Audio
Tuesday, 7 March 2023

USA - A Wavefront Precision line array forms the centrepiece of a new AV upgrade at the Discover Church in Milwaukee, specified and installed by Martin Audio partner Avenue Systems.
The expanding ministry has undergone several campus extensions since 1969, culminating in a major renovation in 2022, which included the sanctuary. Avenue Systems were part of that renovation process. “This is the project that allowed for the installation of the new Martin Audio rig,” confirms founder and CEO, David Price. “We helped coordinate the design and integration for the newly renovated space.”
Avenue Systems were tasked with undertaking a full AV makeover of the main worship area and video control room, installing new audio, lighting, video, control and acoustical systems for every aspect of the main auditorium’s AV.
Explaining the requirement in more detail, Price confirmed that the PA would need sufficient versatility to reinforce typical modern worship, with full band, plus occasional choir and orchestra for special occasions in a room seating a little over 1800 congregants. “The church also conducts several special musical events throughout the year and hosts a smattering of professional Christian music artists and large conferences,” he added.
Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision line array was deemed best fit for purpose. “Although [the client] did not have prior experience we were able to arrange a demo for them before the renovation which helped facilitate a worship conference they were hosting in the space.
“The demo is cl

roundhouseDeltaLive delivers SD12s to The Roundhouse
Tuesday, 7 March 2023

UK - A Grade II* listed former railway engine repair shed in Chalk Farm, London, The Roundhouse is a legendary cultural venue that presents a diverse line up of in live music, theatre, circus and new media. Known for hosting musical giants such as David Bowie and the Rolling Stones, The Roundhouse played a major role in the birth of punk, survived temporary closure in the 1980s, was the site of illegal raves in the 90s, and was reborn at the end of the 20th century with an 11-month residency with Argentinian theatre company, De La Guardia.
In the mid noughties it reopened once again, quickly establishing itself as one of the capital’s leading arts venues. Audio specialist DeltaLive has supplied and installed two DiGiCo SD12s as permanent house consoles for the venue’s front of house and monitor positions.
Following a tender process, DeltaLive, was contracted in 2019 as the in-house sound supplier and tasked with delivering the consoles ahead of events that were booked at the venue in April that year.
“It was quite a whirlwind at the time, as we just had a three-week’s notice to support the events that were already booked at The Roundhouse,” recalls DeltaLive’s account manager, Cara Smith. “We were planning to purchase two desks to go in there, but because of the time constraints, we had to take the majority of equipment from our hire stock.”
The team used DiGiCo’s SD5 consoles for the first couple of months. “It was really useful getting the DiGiCo consoles in there so quickly, as we could get an understanding of what band

sandro-sammut1 Sound appoints Black Box Pro for Malta
Tuesday, 7 March 2023

Malta - 1 SOUND has signed Black Box Pro to be their dedicated distributor for Malta. 1 Sound hosted David Zammit, CEO of Black Box Pro, and his team for a demonstration in Italy last fall. Lou Mannarino, audio designer of 1 Sound, and Leonardo Dani, 1 Sound EMEA sales executive, showed them the line of loudspeakers and gave some training.
1 Sound joins the list of brands distributed by Black Box, such as Behringer, DiGiCo, Devialet, and Solid State Logic.
The distributorship was made official at ISE, where David Zammit and colleague Sandro Sammut visited 1 Sound’s booth, happy to get their hands on the product and sign the contract.
“We are very excited to have Black Box on board as a distributor for Malta. They are one of the key players on the island, with a proven reputation and many records in performances during recent years,” says Leonardo Dani, 1 Sound EMEA sales executive.

total-products-graphRH Consulting releases latest networking report
Tuesday, 7 March 2023

UK - Audio consultancy and networking expert RH Consulting (RHC) has been counting networked audio products and licensees since 2013 to chart the adoption of audio networking in the pro audio, AV and broadcast markets. RHC has compiled the 11th edition of this report that provides insights into the current state of the industry.
It covers all the major protocols including Dante, Ravenna, AES67, AVB, Milan and others. Following the addition of video and control protocols in last year’s report, RHC have added IPMX and NDI and will further broaden the scope in the future.
The statistics show that the number of networked AV products on the market continues to grow, with the total number of products being shipped being charted at 5,219, from 552 different brands. This increase of over 1,000 from last year’s report seems to indicate that the industry is successfully rebounding from a rough spell of years caused by the pandemic. Dante once again cements its dominance in the Audio over IP (AoIP) sector, adding more products to the market than all other protocols combined and Ravenna continue their steady progress in second place, as the protocol of choice in the broadcast industry.
“Video adoption over IP has been slower than audio due to bandwidth limitations allowing only a few video channels to pass, increasing bandwidth demands for improving video quality, and unsustainable single-manufacturer solutions,” comments Roland Hemming, from RHC, on the Video over IP data. “We observed that many of the products are simply video encoders/decoders,

l-acousticsL-Acoustics innovation recognised
Monday, 6 March 2023

France/USA - L-Acoustics has announced that it has been named for the second time to Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies.
This year’s list highlights the businesses at the forefront of their respective industries, paving the way for the innovations of tomorrow.
“Being recognised by Fast Company for the second time in three years as a top innovator is a great honour and a testimony to L-Acoustics’ heritage of innovation and passion for connecting artists to their audiences,” says L-Acoustics CEO Laurent Vaissié.
Notable innovations highlighted by Fast Company include the release of L-ISA Studio that facilitates access to spatial audio creation and listening, as well as Ambiance, L-Acoustics’ award-wining active acoustics solution that turns any studio acoustics into a real live concert environment.
Additionally, the nomination also honours L-Acoustics' ongoing efforts towards inclusion with its monthly Women in Pro Audio editorial series, which puts the spotlight on women in live sound, a predominantly male industry. Through the series, the company has supported careers and provided a platform for amplifying the voices of dozens of professional women over the past two years.
“What a strange and thrilling year it has been to honour this year’s Most Innovative Companies. This year’s list compiles some of the most cutting-edge ground-breakers who are changing our world every single day, from legacy organisations like McDonald’s to upstarts like MrBeast and institutions such as N

jesc2022Outline on song for Junior Eurovision 2022
Monday, 6 March 2023

Armenia - A Europe-wide TV audience of 33m viewers tuned into the 20th Junior Eurovision Song Contest, held in Armenia, in December 2022. Thirteen-year-old Lissandro from France was crowned the winner in a live broadcast from the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex in the country’s capital city, Yerevan.
The size of the audience in the venue demanded a major sound system and this (plus all the sound crew) was provided by Poznań-based Gigant Sound Letus, whose owner Jurek Taborowski commented, “We provided a large Outline audio system for the event, the main PA clusters comprising a total of 48 GTO C-12 modules with GTO-DF down-fills, all hidden from the cameras above the lighting installation, with another hang of C-12 cabinets installed in front of the Green Room platform.
“Extensive out-fill and side delay lines were also used, using 48 Superfly modules, around 60 Mantas boxes (including front-fills) and 24 DBS 18-2 subwoofers. Core system processing and control was by Outline’s Newton FPGA processors and the whole system was powered by GTA Otto / X8 and T-Eleven / K10 / K20 amplifiers.”
Armenian TV1 was the main organisation behind the event and their Vahagn Mikayelyan remarked: “One of the most important goals for the sound system was to provide equal sound all around the hall. As the event was going on in the sports complex, we had to find good solutions for a difficult audio environment, which is why we decided to choose the Gigant sound team.
“Also, the JESC show is mainly directed to broadcasting so the speakers

pxlNexo systems elevate productions in Wodonga
Friday, 3 March 2023

Australia - Operating out of Wodonga, Victoria, Professional Audio Services (PAS) is defined not only by its dedication to quality entertainment experiences, but also its dynamic father-son duo: managing director Tony Boon and lighting & technology specialist Adam Boon.
Having carved a reputation for itself as a provider of quality audio for theatre shows, council events, concerts and more, PAS sought to elevate their production capabilities further by streamlining their systems catalogue- pivoting to Nexo’s point source offerings.
“We were reorganising our business, as we had lots of different speaker systems and older things from separate places,” recounts Tony. “Ultimately, we decided to go with a framework that operates together more seamlessly. From cables to amps and speakers, we now have a variety of Nexo equipment to call on, all from the same family.”
Eager to road-test the new technology by the end of 2022, PAS recently assisted the community of Wodonga with two well-reviewed events: Borderville’s Circus in Junction Square and the city’s Wodonga Brass Carols by Candlelight.
“Junction Place was a circus gig that used four P15+ cabinets and four Geo MSUB18’s,” says Adam. “We also used a pair of P10+’s to fill where the tree foliage ate up our HF. Wodonga Brass Christmas Carols was six Geo M10 modules per side, four Geo MSUB15’s and six Geo MSUB18’s in an array that was designed in NS-1 for even coverage across the massive audience space, and to minimise the onstage bass build-up. All console-to-amp conne

techrep-logoEAW partners with Techrep Marketing for Ohio
Friday, 3 March 2023

USA - EAW has announced Techrep Marketing as its new representatives in the Ohio Valley region.
Techrep Marketing, founded by Ted Bahas and Jeff Mcpherson in 1998, has been serving the Ohio Valley for over 22 years. “We saw the opportunity and value of having a technically oriented sales force serving the AV marketplace,” says Bahas, president, Techrep. “We have always envisioned ourselves as solution specialists for the products we represent. Our goal is to act as a multiplier for our vendor’s sales and technical teams.”
Bahas expanded on this idea, building out a team of almost 20 professionals. Now working with commercial installs, live sound and music retail customers, Techrep represents various manufacturers such as EAW in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. The company also has reach in Michigan and Indiana for some of its clients.
“EAW has been a respected name in the audio business for a long time,” says Bahas. “When the opportunity for representation came to us, it was very appealing. EAW fits very nicely with our Blue-Chip brand strategy. We are thrilled with the opportunity.”
“In our territory, live sound production and commercial install for performance venues, arenas and stadiums are a staple of our business,” adds Chris Bednar, VP of Sales, Techrep. “The EAW brand has some truly innovative products in those areas, so it’s a nice fit with the echelon of brands that we represent. Techrep tends to excel at the things that are a little more complex – our team and their technical abili

digicoAuditiv invests in DiGiCo Quantum 338
Friday, 3 March 2023

Portugal - Auditiv - Audiovisuais Lda. has more than 25 years of experience in the audio rental market. Under the direction of João Escada and Daniel Bekerman, both experienced broadcast engineers, it maintains a strong position in both broadcast and live sound, suppling audio systems for major national and international productions. A long-standing DiGiCo user, the company has recently invested in a Quantum 338 console, ensuring it has the latest technology in its inventory.
“Working on national awards ceremonies such as the Golden Globes, well known musical TV shows including Got Talent, Ídolos and The Voice, and with bands such as Xutos & Pontapés are some of the highlights in our portfolio,” says Auditiv’s João Escada. Internationally, Auditiv has participated in spectacular events including the Eurovision Song Contest, the Summer and Winter Olympic Games and in major Spanish TV formats.
“For all this, our equipment options have to guarantee all the reliability and operability compatible with the events, and so DiGiCo is our choice,” he continues. “We started our association with DiGiCo in 2007 with the original D series, and that naturally evolved to the SD Series. Our choice is mainly because of the great I/O capacity of the system, flexibility, reliability and operability. Now, we have started our entry into the Quantum range with the acquisition of a Quantum 338.”
Auditiv took delivery of its Quantum 338 at the end of last year, immediately deploying at front of house for television show, Gala Do

botswana-hh-eventApexPro and SixDots introduce HH to Botswana
Friday, 3 March 2023

Botswana - Having last year launched Headstock Group’s HH Electronics brand in South Africa, distributor ApexPro recently introduced the company’s range of audio products to professionals and end-users at an AV Expo in Botswana. Staged at the Town Lodge Convention Centre in Gaborone with partner SixDots, the well-attended showcase allowed visitors to experience close-up the quality and flexibility of HH products, giving insights into the wide range of applications they can address.
Demand in sub-Saharan Africa for robust, cost-competitive, high quality professional audio for live sound and installation is growing, with HH Electronics ideally placed to take advantage, according to its global sales director Ian Wright:
“In the relatively short time we’ve been working with ApexPro, they’ve demonstrated a very strong commitment to delivering the HH message to the region. They have a long and successful history in the African pro audio market, with a strong tradition of offering the very highest levels of support and training to their customers. Events like this one in Botswana are invaluable, enabling the very knowledgeable ApexPro staff to really highlight the benefits of our systems in a close-up and personal environment.”
Justin Acres, director at ApexPro adds: “With an emphasis on line array and portable systems for small to medium sized live applications, and a wide variety of scalable installation products, we have every confidence in HH Electronics’ range to provide just the right balance of quality, durability, and affordability

jbl-namNMH upgrades concert hall with JBL VTX arrays
Thursday, 2 March 2023

Norway - To provide students of the Norwegian Academy of Music with a quality education and music-listening experience, LydRommet recently upgraded the existing JBL sound reinforcement system in the school’s Linderman Hall with JBL VTX A8 line array speakers.
Located in Oslo, the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) is the largest university-level music conservatory in Norway. Many of Norway’s top musicians received their education from NMH’s diverse curriculum of genres, ranging from church and classical music to jazz and folk music. Officially founded in 1973, NMH has academic origins dating back to 1883, when Ludvig Mathias Lindeman and his son Peter Brynie Lindeman founded a historic school for organists.
Named in honour of Lindeman’s legacy, Lindeman Hall is the Academy’s main concert hall, with a seating capacity for 365 audience members. With a superior acoustic design and a stage big enough for a full symphony orchestra, Lindeman Hall is an ideal performance venue for large acoustic ensembles, amplified jazz bands, chamber orchestras and solo performers alike.
NMH turned to Norway-based Harman distributor LydRommet to upgrade Lindeman Hall’s existing sound system. To deliver wide and balanced coverage for a diverse range of concerts and genres, LydRommet installed a modern JBL VTX live sound reinforcement solution consisting of VTX A8 line array speakers.
“NMH is the top music university in Norway, and they strive to offer the best in terms of education and equipment alike,” said Jan-Stefan Hansen, director of pro audio

hitchNexo delivers ‘where food meets party’
Thursday, 2 March 2023

Luxembourg - Founded in 2013 by two friends eager to shake up the dining and night life experience in Luxembourg, Concept+Partners is a young and dynamic company always on the lookout for new and innovative ideas and dedicated to ensuring an exceptionally high quality of customer service.
Among an impressive portfolio of Concept+Partners properties, Hitch is a restaurant, bar and nightclub in Luxembourg city that describes itself to be ‘where food meets party’. So, when looking for a sound system that could deliver on that promise, the owners turned to local AV technology specialists Lemon Event Support.
“The brief was simple but uncompromising,” reports Lemon Event Support MD Paul Thyes. “The system had to deliver a clear but unobtrusive soundtrack for diners, then shift through the gears for punchy, full bandwidth, floor-filling sound when the DJs arrive and the restaurant morphs into a club – and all without imposing upon the high-end interior design. Our philosophy is to work only with products we trust and know can perform at the highest level. So, for Hitch, we immediately thought of a Nexo P+ Series point source system.”
Lemon Event Support chief engineer Christophe Becker takes up the story. “The space comprises of two main areas separated by a wall. Using NS-1 software, we designed a ceiling mounted system that’s mirrored on both sides using a pair of P15s and two P12s with one on a delay for each. P10s cover the corners and the bar, which is located behind the system, with an additional P10 in the DJ booth as a monitor. L

final-tuning1 Sound solution for historic Levoy Theatre
Thursday, 2 March 2023

USA - The famed Levoy Theatre in Millville, NJ has undergone a full audio renovation, under the consultation of KMK Technologies, utilising 1 Sound speaker technology and designs.
Two Contour CT28 Point Sources were installed on each side of the proscenium, with an additional two dedicated for balcony seating, replacing the pre-existing line array system. The Contour CT28 is a compact, 3-way, horn-loaded loudspeaker, that has a medium-long throw and is capable of delivering a max SPL of 145 dB. CT28 Wall Brackets were used for mounting to the proscenium, allowing for horizontal and vertical aiming of the speaker without having to remove it, in order to focus the loudspeakers easily for optimal coverage.
Six Panorama MS34’s were utilised as front-fills on the lip of the stage, linked to each other to run off of one cable. These are used with an M+S Controller, running all the MS34’s in Mono + Stereo mode, this way, all the seats in their field hear stereo no matter what side of the audience they are in. These were selected to be flexible for when the stage thrust is removed and the layout changes from an orchestra pit to a rock band format. Three additional Panorama MS34’s were mounted under the balcony as fills.
For comprehensive low-end coverage, two SUB2112’s were deployed on either side of the stage.
Sean Pedrick, technical director for the Levoy, comments, “Since the early 1900s, the Levoy Theatre, positioned in downtown Millville, NJ, has been an intersection of culture, education, and entertainment in the South Jersey area. Thr

glxdShure reveals GLX-D+ dual band wireless system
Thursday, 2 March 2023

UK - Shure has introduced its new and improved GLX-D+ Dual Band Wireless system, providing a ‘solution for guitarists, bassists, vocalists, and presenters who want to go wireless with confidence and without complexity’.
A major enhancement from the previous generation that more than doubles available bandwidth, the system’s new Dual Band Wireless Technology can operate in 2.4GHz and now 5.8GHz, providing reliable and consistent signal by automatically scanning for and selecting the cleanest available frequencies. GLX-D+ Dual Band intelligently avoids interference and ensures dropouts won’t stop the show, enabling users to focus on performing while benefitting from superior, transparent wireless audio.
GLX-D+ is available in rack-mount, tabletop, and guitar pedal receiver options with a wide selection of lavalier, headset, and handheld microphone choices – including the legendary SM58.
Featuring improved battery life over the previous generation, GLX-D+ now offers up to 12 hours of runtime. The system’s useful quick charge capability provides 1.5 hours of use from a 15-minute charge for times when getting and staying on stage swiftly is a priority.
GLX-D+ features multiple smart rechargeability options. The new lithium-Ion SB904 battery can be charged directly on the tabletop and half-rack receivers or through a USB-C connector on the transmitter.
“Equipped with our legendary Shure audio technology, GLX-D+ users are guaranteed to experience exceptional digital wireless audio that captures their tone and includes everything


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