UK - Following the launch of its new Dante-enabled I/O boxes, Allen & Heath has continued to expand its Everything I/O ecosystem with the addition of two new remote audio expanders, the GX4816 and the DX012.
Addressing customer demands for a high-channel-count remote expander, the 96kHz GX4816 is a central hub for all your stage I/O, with a single cable link to SQ or dLive systems. Featuring 48 dLive mic preamps and 16 XLR outputs in a 4U chassis, GX4816 unlocks new I/O possibilities with 2 DX ports provided for further expansion or connection to a ME personal mixing system.
Suitable for feeding IEMs and amplifier racks, the DX012 is a 1U output expander, once again for SQ or dLive systems. With flexible switching, its 12 XLR outputs are configurable as 12 analogue, eight analogue plus four stereo AES, or four analogue plus eight stereo AES outputs. A second DX012, DX168 or DX164-W can be cascaded to the unit. Alternatively, a redundant connection can be made to compatible hardware.
The new units add to an already extensive array of I/O options, including the 48kHz AR2412, AR84 and AB168 audio racks for Qu and SQ digital mixers; the modular DX32 rack, the portable DX168 and the wall-mount DX164-W for SQ and dLive systems; and the recently introduced, Dante enabled DT168 and DT164-W. Larger systems can also be facilitated by the DX Hub expander.
“Convenience is key”, comments Allen & Heath’s head of product, Nic Beretta. “Many of our customers have been asking for an all-in-one, 48 input package to reduce complexity and cabling
Belgium - Ancienne Belgique is steeped in musical history and is one of Brussels' most revered live music venues. A multi-application space spanning several floors and incorporating two live rooms and a recording studio, it’s often the first stop on the touring calendar for international acts, as well as a hotspot for up and coming local bands.
Over the last 18 months, the venue has invested in two DiGiCo consoles in a bid to stay as flexible as possible: first, an SD5, which sits at monitor position and most recently, an SD12 which is now the venue's go-to FOH board.
“All of our crew are capable of doing everything, and what's nice is that we are also interchangeable between the main hall and the club,” opens Ancienne Belgique's technical manager Mark Vrebos. “For example, a rock and roll show might be all-standing and full to the brim, but if we have jazz music we might choose to make it all seated, or half and half. We can also bring the capacity of the main hall down from 2,000 to 800 if needed. It's basically a very versatile space. Then we have the club, which is a fantastic place for local acts to showcase their talents.
“We knew we wouldn't be able to use our good old analogue boards forever; we keep them alive, and we still use them because it's good to have both options. But it was getting more and more difficult, and we didn't want to wait until it was too late to make a digital investment,” explains Vrebos. “Today, we absolutely need digital.”
The SD12 was chosen for its high power, functionality, and small footpri
USA - After outgrowing its long-time location in Tustin, California, Calvary Chapel Tustin (CCT) moved to nearby Santa Ana in 2015 leasing the main sanctuary from the First Church of the Nazarene. The two churches co-exist on the property with CCT occupying the 700-seat main sanctuary and First Nazarene holding services in the recently remodelled chapel.
Based on the success of BESA-Bowls Engineering Sound & Acoustics’ recent sound system upgrades at Wildwood Calvary Chapel in Yucaipa, California, CCT contracted the design-build firm in early 2018 to facilitate much needed audio upgrades. BESA founder and senior sound designer, Darren Bowls, worked through a sound design that addressed the extremely high ceilings, split-block wall surfaces, and the voluminous nature of the room. Bowls felt CCT would benefit from a similar equipment combination he first implemented at Wildwood: Fulcrum Acoustic loudspeakers powered by high-output, audiophile-quality amplifiers from UK-based company, Linea Research.
“We typically don’t use mid-grade equipment as part of our designs,” says Bowls. “By the time we get the call from the client they are generally pretty frustrated with the level of performance of their existing sound system and are looking for final solutions. We only deal with the best equipment available from a handful of manufacturers.”
While Bowls felt that the Fulcrum Acoustic loudspeakers were delivering impeccable fidelity, he felt the amplifiers he was using were leaving something on the table. He’d recently discovered Linea Rese
UK - With less than 30 hours from load-in to showtime in a 600-capacity theatre, Orbital Sound’s Mike Thacker needed true plug-and-play functionality from his audio production package of Yamaha control systems and Nexo Geo M10 mid-size line array.
Mike Thacker, Orbital Sound’s head of education, was commissioned to creatively design and facilitate the audio systems for a production of Starlight Express by the Coventry Youth Operetta Group. The assignment was a challenging one. The 65 young artistes of the YOG, many of them wearing radio mics, would be performing on roller-skates, dancing and singing on a track that encircled the stalls of the Albany Theatre. “Yes, right in front of the PA,” explains Thacker. “My main concern was whether we would be able to get enough gain before feedback.”
The one-man audio crew took just 90 minutes to load in and rig the main PA, groundstacks of four Geo M10 cabinets, on top of three Geo M15 subs. At front-of-house, Thacker was using a Yamaha CL5 digital console and Rio3224-D2 I/O rack units, running a Dante audio network. Front-fill was provided by Nexo’s compact ID24 speakers, and there were a number of PS Series cabinets on stage for foldback.
“Setting up the Geo M10 line array was very simple. I was surprised at how quickly I was able to fit it up and leave myself time to concentrate on the mix. Actually, there were no problems at all with feedback. The Nexo PA is so nicely focussed that all I had to do was point the boxes into the auditorium where the sound was needed, and use a little b
Europe - The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced that AES Vienna 2020, the 148th AES international pro audio convention, will be held on 25-28 May at the Austria Centre Vienna.
Convention co-chairs are Piotr Majdak (senior researcher in acoustics at the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ Acoustics Research Institute) and Nadja Wallaszkovits (chief audio engineer for the Phonogrammarchiv sound archives of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and 2019 AES President), who will oversee the convention’s technical programme, exhibition and society functions, in conjunction with an assembled team of industry professionals, students and event partners and sponsors.
For end users, researchers, educators and students, AES Vienna will be the place to commemorate the International Year of Sound and explore A World of Audio with audio professionals and peers from around the globe, say the organisers.
Spanning the breadth of audio research and the application of audio technology, convention programme topics will include studio recording, live sound, networked audio, broadcast & streaming, music production, post-production, game audio, spatial sound, audio for AR/VR/XR, product development and more.
Europe - Designed to solve “the real-world challenges of sound engineers for whom time is always of the essence”, SONICUE is Dynacord’s new system-focused software. It supports Dynacord TGX and IPX series amplifiers as well as all amplifier models fitted with the RCM-28 OMNEO Network & DSP Module.
SONICUE’s interaction design provides “a clear and comprehensive system overview, making it quicker to set up, tune and operate sound reinforcement systems with minimum effort”.
Previewed at ISE and Prolight + Sound, SONICUE is a system-based solution which can be immediately understood by users at every level, helping them get the job done no matter how simple or complex it may be, says the company.
System designs can be produced from scratch or based on imported files from loudspeaker prediction applications - such as the forthcoming Preview software from Electro-Voice. The new user interaction design ensures operators have barrier-free, direct access to every sound system parameter, even directly from the loudspeakers.
The software is free to download on Dynacord’s homepage.
NEXT-proaudio has developed an integrated rack solution PXA8001 (powered by Powersoft), designed for optimum performance flexibility and setup simplicity.
The new rack is the heart of the system and was configured to interface seamlessly allowing multiple configurations for the entire NEXT-proaudio’s PX System, capable of driving a very wide range of rig configurations with absolute reliability and ample headroom.
Composed by a very powerful 8000W Powersoft amplifier module, featuring four output channels (4x2000W @4ohm has been specifically designed for multi-way loudspeakers and asymmetric loads. The PXA8001 features a new power supply design equipped with PFC and featuring Smart Rails Management, to grant efficiency in all the driven ways. The high immunity to EMI interference is also a characteristic of this new rack.
This PX System Rack features a fixed switching frequency design of the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) block allowing for maximum performance, high predictability and immunity from intermodulation artifacts; all this with an additional and extensive set of protection mechanisms (power limiters, thermal shutdown, short circuit and overload, clip limiter).
The DSP audio processor unit protects controls and optimizes the entire system including all the necessary signal processing, crossover filters, PEQ filters, All-Pass filters, delays and limiters.
The built-in port allows to access DSP processing capabilities directly from the PC running Powersoft Armonía software. For a versatile use, four different presets that can be select
UK - Immersive audio and show control specialists Out Board and Sound Technology, Harman Professional’s UK distributor for audio and lighting products, will collaborate on a spatial audio demo at this week’s ABTT Theatre Show.
Out Board will present a sampler of TiMax immersive audio soundscapes, along with panoramic and 3D spatialised music playback using a multi-channel immersive sound system of JBL's VTX A8 line array and AE Compact point source loudspeakers.
There will also be updates on some of the latest TiMax innovations, including the new HARDCore FPGA spatial processing engine for TiMax SoundHub, and the TiMax TrackerD4 all-purpose performer tracking system.
Sound Technology will demonstrate the VTX A8 system including the latest hardware accessory products and updates to the Line Array Calculator and ArrayLink software applications.
The demos are taking place in the Londesborough Room at the ABTT Theatre Show at 12pm on Wednesday, 5 June, and at 3pm on Thursday, 6 June.
USA - Howards Grove is a small community and suburb of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and Howards Grove High School serves over 300 students from Howards Grove and nearby communities. Its music department is well-developed and extremely active, with three choirs, and concert, jazz, symphonic, and marching bands. It also has an active drama department that puts on a performance every year.
Surprisingly, Howards Grove High School made do for years without an auditorium of its own by appropriating the gymnasium, the cafeteria, classrooms, or even neighbouring schools’ auditoriums. That’s all changed now with the completion of its own 450-seat auditorium adjacent to the gymnasium, complete with the high-fidelity and even coverage of Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers.
“The students at Howards Grove High School are very active in the performing arts, especially music, but they didn’t have a purpose-built space in which to perform,” explains Robb Peters, system designer/project manager at Professional Audio Designs, the Wauwatosa, Wisconsin-based AV integration firm that designed and installed the system.
“I took the specifications for the new auditorium and modelled it in EASE in order to design a system that would provide even coverage across the entire seating area.” Peters also stepped in to tune and commission the system once it was installed. "We put a great deal of emphasis on the tuning of these types of systems."
The completed system consists primarily of three Danley SH60 full-range loudspeakers in an exploded mono cluster
USA - Sprint Centre, a flexible arena in downtown Kansas City, has recently reached out to local integrator Digital Sound Systems, Inc. (DSS) to explore options for updating its arena sound system used for sporting events.
DSS was tasked with updating portions of the arena’s control room, as well as audio and video facilities. After thorough research and consideration, DSS was able to provide Sprint Centre with an entirely new front-line sound system, including new speakers, subs and amplifiers, thanks to the powerful and cost-effective solutions provided by L-Acoustics Kara(i) loudspeakers, SB18i subwoofers, and LA4X amplified controllers.
“Sprint Centre consistently ranks as one of the top venues in the US, so it was important for us to make sure that we were advising them on the best plan of action for years to come,” says DSS CEO Jeremy Dixon. “A simple amplifier upgrade would not have been sufficient. This hometown venue is one of Kansas City’s crowning jewels, and we wanted to make sure that it continues to shine bright. That’s why we reached out to L-Acoustics to see how we could best provide them with a truly world-class sound system.”
Working with L-Acoustics engineers using Soundvision 3D acoustical modeling software, DSS designers and integrators were able to create a completely new PA system for the arena.
The new system is made up of eight Kara(i) arrays - four hangs of 11 Kara(i) loudspeakers covering the long sides of the court and four more hangs of nine Kara(i) for the far ends of the court. Each array is backed
Europe - Martin Audio has appointed Audio-Technica Iberia as its distributor in Spain, effective 1 June.
The partnership had been put in place at ISE in February and confirmed at Prolight+Sound in April. It follows the appointment of Audio-Technica Germany as Martin Audio’s German distributor in September 2018.
Audio-Technica Iberia MD, Sylvain Hochart, comments: “We were looking for a premium loudspeaker brand with pedigree and high value. Martin Audio was our number one choice - particularly after the new arrangement had started so positively in Germany.”
Bradley Watson, Martin Audio international sales director, adds: “A pan-European deal was always part of the plan, with the advantage of a single point ordering process. Audio-Technica Iberia has a very good network of territory specialists and collectively they bring a lot of experience. We look forward to working with Sylvain and his team.”
A-T Iberia began discussions with Watson and Martin Audio MD Dom Harter after being introduced by Audio-Technica Germany general manager Matthias Exner. “Both Audio-Technica and Martin Audio are passionate brands, with strong values and principles as well as a rich heritage,” says Hochart. “Therefore it was an obvious discussion to have, and it means we can now offer a complete end to end solution.”
With bases in Madrid and Barcelona, A-T Iberia has product managers dedicated to the live and installation sectors, overseen by professional audio product manager Gabriel Albornoz. The company says it already has an experienced Marti
USA - Audinate has announced its CEO Lee Ellison is retiring in September, with the company’s CTO and co-founder Aidan Williams (pictured) set to replace him in the role.
Ellison is to retire on 13 September following the release of the company’s 2019 full year financial results.
David Krall, Audinate’s chairman, comments: “Lee has been a key contributor to the growth of Audinate, and the results speak for themselves. Under Lee’s leadership as CEO over the past 11 years, Audinate has become the global market leader in audio networking for the professional AV industry. Lee led the company through its successful IPO in June 2017, and since its listing, Audinate has consistently delivered strong results and record growth.
“Together with Lee and the Board, we developed a succession plan over the last year to ensure a smooth transition of the CEO role. Our plan was for Aidan to follow Lee into the CEO role, and we are delighted that this will occur. Having co-founded Audinate, Aidan has been a guiding force in its product innovation and strategy and will continue to do so as CEO. With a talented team in place, we are confident of a smooth transition and continued growth.”
Commenting on the transition, Ellison said: “I am most proud about the passionate team at Audinate that has contributed to our overall success and is brilliantly executing on the growth strategy that has been put in place. I am comforted in my decision to enter retirement, believing the time is right to hand the leadership over to Aidan. Aidan, and the rest of ou
USA - Peavey Commercial Audio has partnered with Neets to announce the availability of a driver for PCA’s Digitool family of digital audio processing units for matrixed zone processing.
Shown for the first time in the US at InfoComm 2019, the newly-ratified driver is currently available for the Digitool MX16 and Digitool Live devices and works with all Neets AV control interfaces with IP connectivity. These include the feature-rich TanGo control system that enables intuitive touch control through Neets hardware, Android/iOS devices or standard browsers allowing for custom-build GUIs.
The Neets/Digitool driver developed by PCA offers an IP-based command set including input and output channel level and mute control, level and mute functionality for all audio matrix points, and the ability to trigger internal pre-set loads.
PCA operations manager, James Kennedy, states: “This partnership opens up a whole new range of applications and opportunities for both Digitool users and Neets users. It gives Digitool customers access to a range of highly effective, low-cost, control solutions capable of simultaneously controlling multiple hardware devices such as screens, projectors, amplifiers etc. as well as the Digitool for efficient, cost-effective, system-wide control. In essence, the combination of Digitool and Neets AV controllers offers an extremely economic alternative to many of the well-known and often very expensive control solutions on the market.”
The Digitool/Neets driver is available within the Neets Project Designer drag-and-drop confi
UK - Following its UK launch at PLASA Focus last month, EM Acoustics is to showcase Halo-B at the ABTT Theatre Show in London’s Alexandra Palace.
The third system in the Halo family is a medium format, 110° horizontal dispersion line array for indoor and outdoor sound reinforcement. As its name suggests, Halo-B sits between Halo-A and Halo-C in both physical size and overall system output. As such it is perhaps the most versatile system in the family and ideally suited to live performance applications in theatres, concert halls and other performance venues.
Halo-B will feature amongst a range of other of EM Acoustics’ firm favourites for performance venue applications, including the award-winning ultra-compact EMS-41 which delivers class-leading performance in a truly bijou package.
Halo-B is a two-way reflex-loaded medium format line array element featuring a patent-pending proprietary HF emulation manifold which combines the energy of four 1-inch compression drivers into a plane-wave array.
Continuity of voicing is preserved across the entire Halo series, enabling Halo-B’s use as a companion system to either the large format Halo-A, or the compact Halo-C systems in addition to stand-alone main PA applications. Festivals, stadia, sports arenas, performance venues, houses of worship and corporate AV events are all ideal candidates for Halo-B, designed to be equally comfortable in both fixed installation and mobile applications. Halo-B is matched with the ST-215 flyable dual 15-inch subwoofer and packaged with Dante-enabled DQ Series am
UK - On Joe Bonamassa’s current world tour, system engineer Michael Grabarczyk relies on Outline’s Newton FPGA-based processing platform. Bonamassa played a three-night residency at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April as part of his European spring tour, for which Adlib provided a full audio package, including part of their Newton stock.
Michael comments, “Newton is an extremely capable device. A single 1RU unit replaces a multitude of current industry standard devices. The clocking flexibility, simplistic routing, and plentiful IO makes Newton a dream to use. Each output has gain, delay, polarity, layers of EQ, and every filter type including both types of all pass filters. The possible uses for the device are incredible.
“Not only can the Newton make a whole rack of gear disappear, but sonically it is very transparent. When applying a filter, you hear the filter, nothing else. I find achieving the desired result not only easier, but also improves the overall sonic performance of the entire system.”
Michael concludes, “As Newton becomes increasingly popular and more companies start to stock them, I will absolutely continue to spec them for my systems. One unit has found a new permanent home in my FOH drive rack for Joe Bonamassa, though.”
UK - London-based technical event specialists Light Fantastic Production Services supported Voxburner with a full design and technical solution for YMS London.
YMS LDN is Europe’s largest youth marketing festival, part of a series of global events demystifying the changing trends, habits and attitudes of the consumers of the future.
Held over two days at the Old Truman Brewery, YMS19 LDN was the largest Youth Marketing Strategy event to date, welcoming almost 2,000 delegates and over 150 speakers.
Working closely with Voxburner to deliver an engaging visitor experience, Light Fantastic Production Services provided a comprehensive equipment and support package covering all technical elements, including lighting, audio, video, set and staging.
Commenting on the show, LFPS project manager Andrew Maxted says: “Handling all aspects of the technical requirement at YMS allowed us a good amount of creative freedom. Working with Voxburner we devised a bright, semi-industrial look for the show which complemented perfectly the venue’s sparse interior, allowing the strong colours of the event branding to come to the fore.”
The event required the design and build of three stages, each featuring full audio, video, lighting and scenic designs and all following the ‘industrial’ theme applied throughout the venue.
The main auditorium, with capacity for 1000 delegates, featured exposed scaffolding around a central LED wall contrasted with the creative application of LED lighting in bold colours and eye-catching large format graphics. A
South Korea - At a recent a stadium show in Seoul, the LA Philharmonic Orchestra took the music of celebrated composer John Williams to new level, incorporating giant screen projection and an epic soundscape provided by L-Acoustics L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (aka 'LA Phil'), led by music & artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, has been celebrating its 100th year with the 2018/19 LA Phil 100 centennial programme. The season includes runs at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, the free Celebrate LA open-air festival, and a global tour that includes seven residencies in seven cities, and performances on three continents.
That journey started with LA Phil's 2019 Spring tour of Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, and included a landmark performance of film music by John Williams in the Seoul Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena (KSPO Dome). The show included motion picture montages projected onto giant screens, and an immersive soundscape thanks to L-ISA.
Grammy Award-winning sound designer, mixer, and LA Phil regular, Fred Vogler, specified the system, which was supplied and set up by local L-Acoustics partner, Seoul Sound.
System design specifics fell to L-Acoustics specialists Alvin Koh (head of application, Asia) and Carlos Mosquera (application engineer, L-ISA). Both realised that the acoustics of the KSPO Dome would present challenges, but accurate modelling of the venue in L-Acoustics Soundvision software using the L-ISA Tools feature pack helped build the best-fit solution.
UK - CUK Audio has appointed Alex Ronald to the role of operations manager, taking responsibility for the new CUK audio distribution centre in East Kilbride along with the management of all the company’s logistics and customer service functions.
Ronald has previously held the roles of group head of logistics at Hornby Hobbies and European logistics manager at OKI Europe. Speaking of the new role, he explains: “Moving from working for very large companies to a growing SME with a close team of colleagues is extremely exciting. I’m already busy setting up the new warehouse and look forward to working with our suppliers across four continents and servicing our customers in the UK and Ireland.”
CUK Audio director, Stuart Cunningham adds: “Alex has already made a big impact in the few weeks he has been with us. To continue growing our business and improving the service we offer our customers, we need to increase the knowledge and skills in our management team and the addition of Alex certainly does that.”
USA - AV Stumpfl will present its new AT64-SHIFT system for large mobile projection screens and the new PIXERA mini media server at this year's InfoComm in Orlando.
With the AT64-SHIFT, it's possible to assemble a large mobile projection screen and to adjust its height in a matter of minutes, says the company. No extra measuring is needed to ensure that the frame is level, due to a clearly marked height scale.
Based on the same principles as the T32-SHIFT, the AT64-SHIFT projection screen legs can be used for much larger mobile projection screens and are compatible with all mobile AV Stumpfl screen systems.
Another highlight of AV Stumpfl's InfoComm booth will be the new PIXERA mini hardware. PIXERA mini is an ultra-compact media server, perfect for digital signage and multi-display applications.
The PIXERA mini is a 1U and ½ 19“ product. Two PIXERA mini servers can be installed in a 1U 19“ rack.
PIXERA version 1.2 will include the ability to export videos from the workspace, either containing the entire venue or the content of a specific screen. Another of the many new features is a set of pixel patching tools seamlessly integrated into the UI. They allow users to reposition content pixels on the output as needed and to patch the result to DMX channels, making it possible to drive all forms of LED processors from PIXERA.
For those InfoComm visitors interested in show control solutions, there will be a sneak peek presentation revolving around AV Stumpfl's upcoming AVIO 3 software, a distributed, highly modular and extensible
UK - Allen & Heath has released V1.4 firmware for its SQ series, delivering a raft of features and new processing options ported from the company’s flagship dLive digital mixing system.
V1.4 unveils a dynamic trio of powerful audio tools, comprising Multiband Compressors, Dynamic EQ and De-Esser, all straight from the FX Rack of dLive. These optional add-ons allow SQ users to have up to eight instances that can be inserted on any input channel, group or mix.
Giving engineers more preparation time away from the console, V1.4 also introduces the eagerly awaited offline mode for SQ’s MixPad App, which is now also being released for PC and Mac (previously iOS and Android only). Offline mode enables engineers to create entire show files without the need for an SQ, manage shows and scenes offline, and send and receive entire shows over a wired or wireless network.
Users can further streamline their workflow using SQ’s new Input Ganging, which features eight separate gangs with drag ‘n’ drop set-up to link processing, routing and faders across multiple input channels and can also be switched per-scene.
“What’s great about this release is that it delivers a whole bunch of user-requested features which really enhance the SQ mixing experience,” comments Keith Johnson, Allen & Heath’s SQ product manager. “In particular, MixPad’s offline mode is something that users have been asking for, so to be able to have this and make it available on PC/Mac too is a real winner.”
UK - At ABTT 2019, Point Source Audio (PSA) will unveil the GO-8 Series of microphones featuring the GO-8WD, a moldable microphone that shapes into a variety of mic styles.
The company says GO-8 allows the sound team to create a custom actor microphone style as they need it.
Designed for theatre, the moldable GO-8WD-SK starts out flat but can be shaped by an A2 or mic expert into a collar mic, halo mic, or a headset mic for the left or right side. The company reports that while these are the most common styles in theatre, the GO-8WD’s moldable format can be an instant problem solver in a multitude of mic’ing situations that are either unexpected or challenging.
“For me, the GO-8WD is a great solution for precisely fitting a headset-style mic on an actor; every aspect from the ear hook to the boom length can be formed exactly as needed to get the best sounding position, as well as comfort for the actor,” said Jonathan Deans, the Tony-nominated veteran sound designer whose volume of work includes Waitress, Kiss Me Kate, Pippin, and multiple Cirque Du Soleil productions.
The defining feature of the entire GO-8 Series of microphones, which also includes the single lavalier (GO-8WL-SK) and dual element lavalier (GO2-8WL-SK), is the company’s new Lemo-style connector said to “withstand accelerated life testing to 12,000 bends”.
All GO-8 microphones feature Point Source’s proprietary Lemo-style connector with accelerated life testing to 12,000 bends.
“We have achieved a proprietary design that stre
Europe - Portugese acoustic treatment specialist Artnovion has announced the launch of its Aries series of diffuser products created specifically for professional audio applications.
The Aries Diffuser was designed using a variety of diffusion techniques and offers a clear advance in performance over traditional QRD design. Inspired by traditional numeric sequence diffusers, it’s composed of asymmetrical multi-depth wells, in which specific wells use a folded-depth technique to boost the mid-low diffusion range of the panel.
While the panel itself is only 60mm thick, the extended wells on the diffuser are designed to be effective at 160Hz and 400Hz, with a linear diffusion pattern from 700Hz upwards, delivering previously unheard-of diffusion capacity for its size.
The asymmetric wells are also arranged in an optimised sequence to prevent lobbing when used in larger arrays.
The company’s UK distributor is Audio-Technica.
USA - Yamaha Commercial Audio will host two sessions as part of the AVIXA seminar programme at InfoComm 2019.
Yamaha: Network Boot Camp for AV Professionals and Audio Insights in Hospitality and Retail will address key technical and business aspects of audio networking and installed audio systems.
Addressing the technical aspects of networking and the decisions which need to be taken for installed audio systems in hospitality, retail and other public-facing environments, these sessions will be presented by senior product specialists Andy Cooper and Karl Christmas, both well-known faces from Yamaha’s Audioversity training programme.
The seminars will be open to all InfoComm seminar and workshop package holders on a first-come, first -served basis, so advance registration is essential.
“An important part of Yamaha’s training initiative is to connect with audio professionals, to understand them, the challenges they face and be able to better respond to their expectations,” says Glenn Booth, director of marketing at Yamaha Corporation of America. “We want to share our knowledge and experience with industry professionals through tradeshow seminars, webinars and other training sessions. We hope the seminars at InfoComm 2019 will help participants to improve their understanding of best practice, to benefit both them and their customers.”
USA - Encompass AV recently installed a comprehensive Martin Audio CDD sound system in the fashionable SX Sky Bar nightclub and lounge that occupies two floors of the luxurious new Hotel Essex across from Chicago’s Grant Park.
Discussing the project, Encompass AV owner Tim Pickett explains: “We were charged with doing the audio for the SX Sky Bar on the fifth and sixth floors which includes the main bar/lounge upstairs and the dancefloor downstairs, in a night club which can also double as a corporate space during the day.
“Initially the designer was spec’ing another brand,” Pickett continues, “and they brought us on board because they wanted to do something special in terms of sound and make it different and nice, so we moved them into a Martin Audio CDD system.”
The sixth-floor lounge includes a combination of 16 wall-mounted CDD8s throughout the bar and booth area with six CDD6s in a custom zone facing the glass windows with a lake view. These are matched with four CSX118 and two CSX212 subs distributed evenly throughout the space. There are also eight in-ceiling Martin Audio C8.1Ts in a private dining area.
Upstairs in the lounge, the venue required high quality environmental music that could be brought up to DJ levels later in the evening. According to Pickett: “Downstairs also required exceptional quality with higher SPLs. The night club is targeted to a demographic that runs from 21 to late 40s - mostly modern dance music, hip hop, etc.”
For what Tim calls “the large system downstairs”, they installed six wa