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cpl-tropic-rocks-2019CPL adds glam to Tropic Rocks
Thursday, 4 April 2019

UK - Technical production specialist CPL provided a production design plus sound, lighting and video equipment to Pandora Events for Tropic’s massive spring 2019 ‘glambassadors’ event, staged in Hall 9 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, UK.
Tropic Rocks offered a hi-energy festival / rock theme to energise the 2500 delegates, for which a look and feel to match was needed. This was delivered by CPL’s Mike Radford who led a crew of 40 for the get in / out and show sections of the one-day event, for which they had one rig day and a second for tech and rehearsals.
The event’s format encompassed a lengthy achievement recognition and awards section, new product launches and upcoming incentives, wrapping up with a lively evening party, so the design had to cater these various requirements and practical enough to transform from the conference elements into the evening party in just one hour.
An 18m wide by 8m deep festival style stage and canopy was built by CPL with a 28m long by 4m wide runway going out into the audience enabling presenters to move through the arena and get closer to the audience, and the numerous award winners to walk up to the stage, collect their award and then walk down the runway and back to their seats in the auditorium.
At the end of the runaway was an elevated triangular shaped B Stage – the catwalk split and passed this on two sides – on which the event band The Air Guitar Band played.
Pyro and CO2 effects were also used to accent moments in the production numbers, with 10 x Im

cadacPL+S: Cadac promotes CDC developments
Thursday, 4 April 2019

Germany - Cadac is showing a number of new developments at Prolight+Sound, including a console ‘sidecar’, and console mirroring and bus VCA features in a preview of v6.0 CDC OS.
The company’s booth features the full current range of CDC consoles, running on its MegaCOMMS dedicated music production audio network, which supports up to 3072 channels of the same ultra-high quality, fully time-aligned, phase-coherent, high-resolution audio, over distances of up to 2 kilometres.
A total of five networked consoles are live on the booth; two of the latest CDC five compact format consoles, two CDC six 80 input medium format consoles and a single CDC seven-s, the 128 input, dual-touch screen series flagship. CDC series consoles provide unparalleled operational simplicity, with a combination of 23.5 inch high contrast HD touchscreen based control and a highly evolved, high agility OS. The swipeable graphical operator experience – akin to the glass cockpit paradigm in aviation – presents a less challenging, rapid learning curve.
The MegaCOMMS digital audio protocol ‘powers’ the CDC series consoles, CDC MC I/O stage boxes and the MegaCOMMS audio network.
The new CDC five, is designed for smaller auditorium fixed installations, as well as corporate and smaller touring applications, with a power-to-form factor ratio, and levels of sonic performance and operational simplicity exceptional in a compact professional mix console.
Cadac marketing manager James Godbehear says, “CDC five is designed to appeal to a much wider customer base –

michaelbangsGeorge Strait breaks arena record with dLive
Thursday, 4 April 2019

USA - Country music superstar George Strait beat his record-setting 2013 RodeoHouston NRG Stadium attendance with his March 2019 show, treating over 80,100 fans to a 32-song set spanning decades of chart-topping hits. The massive concert draw set an attendance record outnumbering any event in NRG Stadium’s history. An Allen & Heath dLive Digital Mixing System provided monitor support for Strait’s 11-piece band in an in-the-round stage configuration.
Mixed by veteran monitor engineer and Allen & Heath USA live sound / touring manager Mike Bangs, the stadium show relied on the same dLive-centric monitor system design Strait has used on his string of sold-out Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena shows. Configured to address the challenges of a 50sq.ft stage with limited sight lines, additional dedicated on-stage mix control was provided via networked Allen & Heath IP8 Remote Controllers.
Bangs notes, “The tactile control and on-the-fly programmability of the IP8s has a big impact on making the musicians feel comfortable in a complex sonic environment. I still maintain full control, but shows are much smoother with the IP8s placed around the stage. They allow me to really focus on George’s in-ear mix.
“George’s camp has been running with dLive for a couple of years now,” adds Bangs. “The monitor system was designed by Josh Kaylor and it has since become an essential part of the show audio system.”
Comprised of an Allen & Heath S5000 control Surface, a DM64 MixRack, and five IP8 remotes, close to 60 channels of audio are mixe

cheltenhamMartin Audio under starter’s orders
Thursday, 4 April 2019

UK - At this year’s Cheltenham Festival, one of the key meetings in the UK horse racing calendar, upwards of a hundred Martin Audio loudspeakers were on duty throughout the event.
The Jockey Club once again turned to their regular sound and lighting supplier, Unique Sound Systems (USS) to fulfil the brief. The company was informed that in addition to the many regular venues and pop-ups on the site, there would be a new venue, the Gin and Jazz Lounge. The Lounge would need feeds divided between live racing commentary, background music, DJ performing on a pop-up pod and live jazz bands.
This was also one of the first deployments of Martin Audio’s ADORN A55, with four speakers in the Magners Bar and six in the Gin and Jazz venue, where they were accompanied by six Martin Audio XD12 and four SXP118, handling the live inputs.
Explaining his investment, company director, Mark Salter said, “ADORN is a compact box with exterior options which are easy to wall mount, and since it is available in white, it blends easily into the surroundings. In addition it offers excellent clarity and is ideal for this application.”
In the Best Mate Marquee, USS flew WPM boxes in two hangs of six (using 2-box resolution) with two further ground stacked arrays (in 1-box resolution) left and right of the performance stage situated in the centre of the marquee. SXP218’s per side boosted the low frequency and LE1200 monitors were used by bands such as Tommy and the Fuse and The Wickermen. Power was supplied by Martin Audio’s iKON iK81.
USS system engineers

faitalPL+S: FaitalPRO launches FX series
Thursday, 4 April 2019

Germany - Responding to the recent pro sound philosophy that requires lightweight products, with a light moving mass, Italian manufacturer FaitalPRO has launched three cone speakers 12, 15 and 18 inches in diameter. The units are dedicated to the reproduction of the lower frequencies. With 700 W of continuous AES power and 1400 maximum, the new woofer family called FX600- comprises three new models, 12FX600, 15FX600, 18FX600.
Flavio Naggi, sales and marketing manager of FaitalPRO, explains: "In the audio-video world ‘FX’ refers to ‘special effects’ and that's why we chose this name for these series of speakers. They offer high level performance for top of the range applications. An acoustic designer can obtain super high-grade performance and maximum efficiency (2,2-2,4% of total efficiency) for a first-class impact."
Flavio Naggi concludes: "The FX600 woofers are definitely designed to cover wide-ranging, multi-purpose application pro market needs. They sound excellent, have a consistent behaviour and very significant acoustic performance even in smaller cabinets."
(Jim Evans)

vero-vx-lFunktion-One launches Vero VX system
Thursday, 4 April 2019

Germany - Loudspeaker manufacturer Funktion-One has unveiled its latest technological development with the launch of Vero VX at Prolight + Sound 2019 in Frankfurt. Vero VX, which has been in development for the last three years, promises Vero sound for a wider range of venues and environments thanks to its more compact footprint.
Funktion-One founder Tony Andrews says: “We’re delighted to introduce Vero VX to the world. Since Vero’s launch in 2016 we’ve had a lot of interest in a smaller system that offers the same performance characteristics and ease of deployment. Through significant engineering innovation, we’ve managed to achieve that objective.”
The Vero VX system comprises VX90 full-range vertical array elements, V124 or V221 bass enclosures, amp racks, fly bars, transport dollies, ground stack hardware, cabling and Projection predictive software.
The VX90 is a 3-way vertical array element with four new Funktion-One designed Neodymium drivers in a horizontally symmetric configuration: two reflex loaded, high efficiency 12” mid bass drivers; one Axhead loaded wide bandwidth 8” cone midrange driver; and a single 1” compression driver on a proprietary isophase diffraction waveguide. The VX90 measures 1120mm wide and 340mm high, its usable bandwidth is 50Hz to 20kHz and horizontal dispersion is 90°.
The patented Lambda rigging system results from 40 years of development and refinement of Funktion-One rear tension rigging methods. This enables cabinets to be transported and flown as straight columns, then tensioned into p

adlib-the-wombatsAdlib supplies The Wombats UK tour
Wednesday, 3 April 2019

UK - Adlib supplied sound, lighting and video to the recent tour by Liverpool indie rockers The Wombats. Tour manager Simon Fuller used to work for Adlib and knows many of the staff and crew. “Their way of working is excellent, and I always like to try and rent kit from Adlib when possible, fully confident that we will be well looked after.”
Adlib was the sole production supplier for the previous Wombats UK tour back in March 2018, and the set-up was similar this time around, so it made sense to keep the continuity.
Adlib’s Rob Bickerstaff looked after video and lighting for The Wombats lighting and video designer Dave Jackson from Creative Productions and was also out on the road with them this time and during the 2018 tour.
Adlib supplied a lighting floor specials package and a 5m by 3m upstage video wall comprising Adlib’s new Unilumin UpadIII H5 5mm indoor / outdoor LED screen for the academy type venues.
At the heart of the visual design were eight ALX JW-1 lighting fixtures, a proprietary retro styled LED dish luminaire, which looked great and offered a lot of inbuilt LED effects in addition to the general illumination. These were dotted all around the stage on a series of different height floor bases, together with eight GLP JDC1 LED strobes. There were also eight Robe Spikies which were positioned down each side of the stage and used for cross washes and funky gobo effects.
Dave ran all lighting and video (via an ArKaos media server) from a grandMA3 console.
For the two Arena shows - The SSE Arena, Wembley and Leed

lineaPL+S: Linea Research extends M and C series
Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Germany - Linea Research, the UK manufacturer, has announced the addition of 8 channel 20kW models to their successful M and C series of networked DSP amplifiers. Optimised to deliver 2500W per channel into 4 ohms with all eight channels driven simultaneously the new touring focused 48M20 and installation targeted 88C20 amplifiers offer truly class leading performance while maintaining the outstanding audio performance which defines the brand.
“Our existing amplifiers models delivered their highest power output into 2 ohms” explains Peter Collins, sales manager at Linea Research, continuing “but of course 2 ohms isn’t always ideal and many of our users prefer to load their amps at 4 ohms. In developing these new models we’ve been able to effectively double our output and power density into 4 ohms giving our customers exactly what they’ve been asking for.”
Both M and C series versions offer networked control, 96kHz DSP signal processing and user FIR filters on every output along with analogue and AES inputs as standard and a Dante/AES67 option. With four inputs, eight outputs, and full front panel control the 48M20 is aimed at portable and touring users while the eight-input eight-output 88C20 provides all the same DSP and control features but is finished with a blank front panel for tamperproof operation.
“Flexibility is key with all our products and these are no different,” concludes Collins. ”In one 2u 8 channel amplifier we can now offer anything from a bridged pair giving 5kW @ 8ohms, single channels of 2500W @ 4ohms, and ev

sd12PL+S: DiGiCo majors on KLANG Integration
Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Germany - Prolight+Sound 2019 provides attendees the opportunity to discover the integration of KLANG:technologies immersive in-ear mixing into the DiGiCo SD-Range and the latest A3232 DMI for S-Series consoles.
ISE gave a first glimpse of the advantages the collaboration of DiGiCo and KLANG:technologies will bring to the companies’ customers. Now, Prolight + Sound 2019 gives a first opportunity to experience a working version of their new control integration for immersive in-ear mixing; the bidirectional control of mixes and immersive pan positioning will allow monitor engineers to provide fully immersive IEM feeds as part of their normal workflow.
A beta version of the software is running on the SD7 Quantum 7, SD10 and SD12 96 throughout the show.
Also, first shown at NAMM and ISE, the A3232 DMI card from DiGiCo’s 4REA4 Range is now incorporated into the S-Series consoles. This I/O expansion allows the 4REA4 I/O to be directly connected to S-Series consoles, widening the I/O possibilities. Part of this upgrade, the recently launched S21-Stage48 and S31-Stage48 system, offered with 48 Mic inputs from stage via three A168STAGEracks, will also be on show.
“There was a lot of interest in what DiGiCo’s acquisition of KLANG would bring when it was first announced, which were soon dispelled when the logic of having immersive in-ear mixing capability integrated into DiGiCo consoles became apparent,” says DiGiCo general manager Austin Freshwater. “We are delighted to be able to show a working version of the software so quickly and to f

adamsonPL+S: Adamson expands S-Series
Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Germany - Adamson Systems Engineering is set to expand its popular S-Series, a line of sub-compact, tour-proven loudspeakers, with several new solutions. The new additions further enhance the performance and flexibility of system deployments for “a myriad of applications”.
The latest additions include the S7 ultra-compact two-way, full-range line array enclosure and complementary S118 subwoofer, plus the S7p and S10p two-way, full-range point source cabinets. Together, they offer a substantial increase in configuration options for standalone S-Series systems in corporate, theatre, worship, and live music applications or, thanks to Adamson’s uniform voicing between product families, deployments supporting the flagship large-format E-Series.
“The S-Series family changed the face of Adamson, transforming it from a manufacturer of performance loudspeakers to a provider of complete system solutions,” shares James Oliver, director of marketing and sales. “Since its debut, we’ve seen huge corporate growth and a universal acceptance from partners and engineers around the world. Even as we expand our sub-compact offerings on either side, with the simplified IS-Series for install applications and the intelligent, Milan-ready CS-Series, the S-Series remains the anchor, and these new offerings expand the number of potential system configurations for even more specifically-tailored solutions.”
The Adamson S7 is a two-way, full-range line array cabinet containing two ND7-LM16 Kevlar Neodymium drivers (2x 16 Ω) and an NH3-8 1.4” exit compression

yamahaPL+S: Yamaha highlights live commitment
Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Germany - Yamaha’s commitment to providing the best live audio facilities is the theme of its presence at Prolight+Sound 2019, with the latest updates to its digital mixing consoles and an updated range of loudspeakers on show.
Exhibiting alongside Nexo, Yamaha is showing the new TF Series V4.0 firmware. This adds a number of enhancements, including a Selected Channel View for even more intuitive, efficient operation, scene fade time function for added for scene management flexibility (particularly in theatrical applications), additional mute groups, expanded support for DZR-D and DXS-XLF-D series speakers and an extensive selection of new QuickPro Presets for a variety of microphones, in-ear monitors and speakers. The TF StageMix iPad app has also been updated.
The flagship Rivage PM10 and PM7 digital mixing systems is on show, running the latest Rivage V3.0 update. This adds the new DaNSe dynamic noise suppressor plug-in, bringing improvements to speech clarity for theatrical and broadcast applications. Other enhancements include Mix to Input routing and workflows for global paste, DCA assignment and Custom Faders. All of the improvements of RIVAGE V2.5 are featured, including Theatre Mode, offering significant advantages for all types of theatrical production and support for Audinate’s Dante Domain Manager.
CL and QL series mixers are also be on the stand with V5.1 firmware, which supports the Dante-equipped DZR-D series powered loudspeakers and the Nexo NXAMPmk2.
Another updated product at Prolight+Sound is the DXRmkII series of powere

dbsubwooferPL+S: d&b debuts bite-sized B8-SUB
Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Germany - Prolight+Sound 2019 sees the introduction of the B8, an ultra-compact subwoofer from d&b audiotechnik. Standing only 170 mm tall, the B8-SUB keeps a low profile yet boasts a high performance to size ratio that provides a low frequency extension down to 43 Hz.
The B8 pairs with the established d&b xC, xS and E-Series loudspeakers, with dedicated models for mobile (B8-SUB) and install (Bi8-SUB). Fitting comfortably in the tightest of spaces, the B8 is ideal for corporate environments, cruise ships, small venues and more.
The B8 is an actively driven subwoofer that features two 6.5” drivers with ferrite magnets housed within a bass-reflex cabinet design. These precisely tuned drivers achieve an impressive low frequency extension from 170 Hz down to 43 Hz. The B8 can be driven by all current d&b amplifiers, achieving a max. SPL of 122 dB for a truly full range performance from a low profile subwoofer.
With flexible setup options, the B8 and Bi8 provide a complete sound reinforcement solution for a broad range of applications where form factor and performance to size ratio are as important as authentic aural impact. The B8 can be used under stages, stairs or ceilings; landscape or portrait; flush mounted or flown with small mid/high d&b loudspeakers.
“The lower frequencies play an important role in the perception of speech and rhythm,” affirms d&b product manager, Wolfgang Schulz. “Subwoofers have often been omitted from applications due to space constraints or the visually sensitive nature of a venue. Now l

l-acousticsPL+S: L-Acoustics unveils Soundvision upgrade
Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Germany - At Prolight+Sound, L-Acoustics announced the immediate availability of new versions of Soundvision, its 3D simulation software, and its amplified controller real time control and monitoring software LA Network Manager. Soundvision 3.1.0 and LA Network Manager 2.7.0 feature advanced autosolver tools to simplify, accelerate, and improve system optimization from system design to operation.
Soundvision, introduced in 2004, was the pro audio industry’s first 3D modelling software capable of accurately predicting audio coverage and system performance in real time. Fifteen years of interaction with end users has led to numerous refinements of the programme, available free of charge. The latest version, 3.1.0 represents a major upgrade with robust automated features to greatly assist and streamline the system design process: Autosplay and Autofilter.
Autosplay uses algorithms to calculate mechanical optimization based on the proposed configuration and design objectives defined by the systems engineer, assisting an indispensable and formerly laborious process.
“Autosplay brings speed and accuracy to an otherwise highly iterative human process, saving time and improving practical outcomes,” explains Yann-Gaël Gicquel, application engineer, acoustics, and Soundvision project leader. “Additionally, the high-performance algorithms of the Optimize function yield an unparalleled degree of finesse and detail. The result is a better sounding system, and ultimately, an enhanced audience experience.”
In addition to Autosplay and Autofilter,

surgesoundSSL partners with Surgesound in South Africa
Wednesday, 3 April 2019

South Africa - Solid State Logic has announced Surgesound as its new live market partner in South Africa. With a rosta of impressive projects and clients, the team at Surgesound has been providing high-end live solutions for tours, concerts, churches and venues across the region.
“Surgesound represents some of the world’s leading professional-audio equipment, so when we wanted to add mixing consoles to our portfolio, there was no question as to which brand we wanted,” comments Andrew Rowan, managing director of Surgesound. “Apart from SSL’s outstanding reputation on product and sonic quality, they also have excellent support and service and that was extremely important to us. We pride ourselves on our reputation for training and service, so this makes an excellent fit.”
Jonathan Attard, area sales manager for SSL, adds, "Our Live range fits perfectly with the other brands managed by Surgesound. Moreover, they have the field experience and technical know how to make any client feel at ease. This is why Surgesound was clearly the right partner for us in South Africa."
(Jim Evans)

albion-Albion rises from the ashes with CDD
Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Australia - Melbourne-based audio visual integration company, Disco Doctors, recently completed an installation at the Albion Hotel in the south of the city, using a Martin Audio CDD solution.
The equipment was supplied by Technical Audio Group (TAG), Martin Audio’s long-term Australian distributors, with whom Disco Doctors has also enjoyed a partnership stretching back eight years.
“Prior to that myself and my business partner had worked in many other various areas of the audio industry so my experience with Martin Audio dates back to the early club systems from the 90’s,” explains Disco Doctors’ Justin Mackay. “Since we started Disco Doctors we have utilised Martin Audio on many of our projects.”
As bigger club installs made way for smaller multipurpose venues and bars, versatile and quality distributed sound assumed paramount importance “both for their patrons enjoyment of the space as well as suiting the venues’ requirements to go from busy bar/restaurant to night club on the fly. CDD has more than delivered on this,” he said.
Mackay continues, “This project was originally a complete refit of an existing venue with a new rooftop extension and we had specified a full Martin Audio series system for the venue. Unfortunately, there was a fire at the venue just prior to the project’s completion. Making matters worse we had just delivered most of the main room audio days before the fire destroyed the place. It is a testament to the owner’s determination that the venue rose from the ashes bigger and better than it would

great-mosqueCommunity chosen for Great Mosque
Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Algeria - Prase Media Technologies, an Italian distributor of premium AV brands, has supplied the audio system for the Djamaâ el Djazaïr Mosque located by the Bay of Algiers. Also known as the Bouteflika Mosque, it will be the third largest mosque in the world when it opens in 2019.
The building covers 20 hectares and is designed to welcome 120,000 faithful. Its 270m minaret is the highest building in Africa and the world's tallest minaret. Architects Drees & Sommer worked with Jürgen Engel Architekten and the engineering consultancy Krebs und Kiefer on the project, with AV integration by Advantex and CSCEC (China State Construction Engineering Corporation).
Marco Cappellotto, Prase’s manager for the project, commented, “Community R Series loudspeakers were chosen for audio reinforcement of the Cour, the Esplanade and the Minaret. The choice was made on the basis of their premium audio performance, high power, controlled coverage and outstanding intelligibility, in addition to their resistance to all weather conditions, which includes salinity due to the building’s close proximity to the sea.”
With an area of 100m x 100m, the Cour required four Community R6-51BIAMP 6 x 12-inch high output, three-way, vertical array loudspeakers. Each loudspeaker is capable of delivering 138 dB SPL continuously (144 dB peak) over the range of 50 Hz to 16 kHz, with pattern control to below 200 Hz.
Eight R6-51BIAMP loudspeakers also cover the 300 x 100m area of the Esplanade. Here, each loudspeaker is built into the capital of the building’s colu

nexoandysimpsonAndy Simmons joins Nexo’s UK team
Tuesday, 2 April 2019

UK - Nexo has announced that Andy Simmons is joining its UK sales team, bringing with him a wealth of market knowledge acquired over 25 years in the industry
Simmons comes to Nexo after nearly five years with London-based Orbital Sound, where he was director of sales. Orbital has built a strong dealership with Nexo sound reinforcement products, achieving the highest turnover in the UK, and will continue working with Simmons to represent the brand.
A well-known figure in the UK entertainment technology business, Simmons has worked for Crest Audio, XTA and KV2. Starting out in an audio rental company, he has since held key roles in distribution, national and international sales. He will be working closely with Nexo UK sales manager Gareth Collyer, effectively but not exclusively covering London and the eastern half of the UK, while Gareth goes west and focusses on Nexo’s successful support of the fixed installation sector.
“Nexo is a powerful brand,” comments Simmons, “and I’m looking forward to getting out there, spreading the word and raising the profile of this truly distinctive manufacturer, which has created so many benchmark products over the last 30 years. Gareth has done a great job in the UK, my mission now is to broaden Nexo’s appeal across the wider British market.”
(Jim Evans)

linear-7PL+S: HK Audio launches Linear 7
Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Germany - HK Audio returns to Prolight + Sound this week with two major new product family launches and an extension to the flagship COSMO integrative line array series.
Linear 7 is the latest, most advanced range in HK Audio’s Linear series. The five speaker models that make up the Linear 7 launch portfolio – including four mid/high units and one subwoofer – feature the most powerful and functional feature sets of any Linear product to date
Also new for Prolight + Sound 2019 is the SI series, a family of speakers tailored to meet the demanding needs of today’s installation market.
The first SI speakers – SI stands for System Integrator – to be launched are the P10i and P10j. These high-performance line-source speakers, each loaded with ten 3” high-performance drivers, are ideally suited to a wide variety of installation locations, from large rooms with long reverberation times and noisy indoor venues, to auditoriums, houses of worship and outdoor long-throw applications.
The SI line is also designed for use in voice alarm systems, is water and weather-resistant, and ready to order in more than 30 different colours, with a wide range of optional mounting accessories also available.
HK Audio first introduced the Cosmo line array at Prolight + Sound 2018, and this year sees the debut of the Cosmo C 6 speaker. The C 6 delivers full-range performance, and its wide throw pattern and relatively low height make it suitable for venues where the first audience row is close to the stage and speakers are flown below 6min height.

konsbudCymatic Audio appoints Polish distributor
Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Poland - Cymatic Audio has extended its European distribution into Poland with the appointment of Konsbud Audio. Konsbud has been introducing new brands to the Polish market for 30 years and is now one of the country’s biggest and most successful distributors of professional audio equipment.
President of Konsbud Audio, Agnieszka Pyrich comments, “We’ve always prided ourselves on our ability to bring new brands to market and help them grow. Cymatic Audio is a young, exciting and extremely modern brand that leads the way in audio recording and playback for live performance, which is of great interest to us as we don’t have anything else like it in our portfolio. We have an extensive sales network and a huge amount of experience so I’m confident that we can be instrumental in making Cymatic Audio a success in Poland.”
Sales and marketing manager for Cymatic Audio, Conny Kensy, adds, “Having met Agnieszka and her team, I’m convinced they’ll do a great job for us in Poland. I was thoroughly impressed by their professionalism and positive attitude to their work. They have one of the most far-reaching sales networks in the country, and they are constantly developing it. I’m looking forward to a mutually profitable partnership.”
(Jim Evans)

nexoNexo appoints distributor for Brazil
Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Brazil - Nexo has made a significant move in Latin America, with the appointment of a new distributor in Brazil. Effective from 1 April, Yamaha Musical do Brasil Ltda. (YMDB) will take up representation of the Nexo brand.
Based in Sao Paolo and led by manager Caio Lenzi, Yamaha’s large professional audio team composed by Giuliano Quiqueto (senior NEXO/PA tech support/sales), Matheus Madeira (PA tech support), Renan Silva (senior CIS sales), Vinicius Mullieri (junior CIS sales), Claudia Pereira (internal sales) and Lucas Prado (MIPA tech support) will be working on promoting, selling and supporting Nexo’s sound reinforcement products in Brazil.
Yamaha has a long-established presence in the Brazilian market, establishing its first office in 1973. “The Nexo name and technology is well-known in Brazil, thanks to the expert work of Torau, which has had a long relationship with the brand,” explains Caio Lenzi. “Torau will continue to work with us as a dealer.
“We see strong potential for the ID Series and the impressive Geo M family of line arrays that range from the compact M6 to the powerful mid-size M12, Nexo’s latest system design which we will have here in Brazil later in the year. Looking at the fixed installation market, we will team Nexo together with Yamaha CIS and PA products to make a strong sales proposition for theatres, churches, governmental and private infrastructure projects. We will get off to a flying start at the Infocomm Brasil expo in Sao Paulo in April.”
(Jim Evans)

ki10-ki12PL+S: Outline majors on Monaco and more
Monday, 1 April 2019

Germany - Italian loudspeaker and FPGA-based technologies manufacturer Outline will be showcasing a series of new products at Prolight+Sound.
The new Monaco 215 CX SP is a powerful self-powered point-source system featuring 2 x 15” woofers plus a coaxial 3” diaphragm compression driver. Configured as a ‘two-and-a-half’ way system, this loudspeaker delivers audio performance approaching a three-way design with extended low frequency.
The built-in amplifier platform with four selectable EQ pre-sets and input gain enables to use this enclosure as part of a plug & play solution. The maximum available power from the amplifier module is 2 x 1500 W EIAJ at 8 ohm, 6000 W peak (total). The SPL is 140 dB (peak @ 1 m). Monaco is also available in passive version (Monaco 215 CX). Thanks to Outline’s exclusive internal crossover designs it can be driven by a single channel of amplification or can be bi-amped using two amplifier channels to drive the co-axial LF and Mid / HF sections separately.
The Ki-Series is an application-flexible compact loudspeaker concept designed for a broad range of installed applications. Both models (the Ki-12 and Ki-10) maximise efficiency and cost effectiveness with internal crossover networks, a small footprint, integral mounting points and very high SPL capability. Both products also feature another Outline first, a new design of rotatable waveguide. Many comparable loudspeakers offer this facility but Outline’s Ki-series are the first to allow the installer to quickly and easily rotate the entire horn and HF sec

lotoPL+S: Powersoft debuts raft of new products
Monday, 1 April 2019

Germany - Powersoft returns to Messe Frankfurt in force for this year’s Prolight + Sound (PL+S) with a full suite of industry audio solutions, including the new X4L amplifier; the LOTO DSP 1-2 in / 4 out Advanced DSP board; the DSP-Lite ETH 1-2 in / 3 out DSP interface; and an update for its Snapshot Selector mobile app.
The company’s stand, which can be found in Hall 8.0 (G40), will also feature some of its more established products, including the T Series amplifier platform.
As the latest addition to Powersoft’s range of amplifiers, the X4L, has been created to drive modern high SPL woofers that require very high voltage in order to deliver their full potential. The product is specifically designed to deliver up to 300 V (peak) to the loudspeakers, which translates to more audible impact from the music itself.
“In our research activity and during interactions with producers of loudspeaker components, it has become clear to us that this is the next logical step for the powering of these solutions,” said Klas Dalbjörn, Powersoft product manager.
Even in applications where high output voltage isn’t required by rental staging professionals, the X4L remains an extremely attractive product. This illustrated by the product’s ability to deliver the same or more power per loudspeaker while driving more cabinets in parallel when compared to other amplifiers, which will save users both money and truck space on portable applications.
LOTO is a 1-2 in / 4 out advanced processing board specifically designed to provide advanced DSP f

esdcubePL+S: KV2 launches compact ESD Cube
Monday, 1 April 2019

Germany - PL+S 2019 heralds the global launch of the most compact loudspeaker yet in the KV2 Audio range. The ESD Cube ultra-compact passive 5-inch loudspeaker utilises a trans-coil design for superior vocal reproduction, extended high frequency response, increased dynamic range and low distortion.
According to KV2’s founder and chief engineer, George Krampera, the ESD Cube’s design makes it stand out from the crowd sonically, even though physically it is designed to blend seamlessly into its environment.
“What sets the Cube apart from similar offerings by other manufacturers is the unique trans-coil technology incorporated into its 5-inch twin cone speaker,” he states. “We had already seen excellent results using our AIC technology in other, larger systems, and I was determined to develop it still further for the Cube. The results have been beyond even our own expectations with perfect phase response, increased dynamic range and the lowest distortion of any speaker in its class.”
The ESD Cube may be used as a standalone system with up to eight Cubes powered by a single ESP1000 amplifier or with the ESD1.10 single 10-inch passive subwoofer for applications requiring more low end reinforcement. One ESP1000 amplifier will run up to four Cubes and two ESD1.10s. A simple, proprietary flying bracket completes the system for a low profile look and easy installation.
KV2 Audio sales director, Dave Croxton, adds, “The Cube is our small solution to many of today’s big audio problems. How do you fill an area with high quality sound witho

wavesbangkokWaves Audio holds Bangkok workshops
Monday, 1 April 2019

Thailand - Waves Audio recently held a partner enablement camp at the Holiday Inn Sukhumvit in Bangkok on 25-27 March.
In support of the ongoing increase and expansion of Waves’ live and install business in the region, a three-day workshop camp was organised in Bangkok with Waves dealers from Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, India and the Middle East.
The Waves team – Mick Olesh (Waves EVP of sales & marketing), Noam Raz (live marketing manager), Michael Adams (Waves product specialist) and Ravisankar Nadiyam (regional sales manager) – was on hand contributing to the success of this event. The team led in-depth demos, product presentations and technical breakdowns pertaining to Waves MultiRack/SoundGrid, the Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer, using Waves plugins for studio and live sound and more.
Ravisankar remarks, “I believe that our task, and that of our partners, is to ensure that we are informing and educating the user base with what Waves solutions can contribute to them. When I planned this event, my aim was to provide our partners with accurate information and the precise tools to match their requirements. I am happy to say that I think we achieved that goal.”
Mick Olesh, Waves EVP of sales & marketing, comments, “This event was a pivotal opportunity to further strengthen Waves’ continuing and significant enthusiasm towards strengthening our valued relationship with the region’s partners. Decisively, making sure they receive the utmost in support, tools and vital hands-on experience to unde


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