Audio News

elim-tauranga-stageTauranga Elim Church turns to JBL and Crown
Tuesday, 25 August 2020

New Zealand - To enhance its new facility with improved sound for worship services and other events, Tauranga Elim Church selected a Harman Professional audio solution that includes JBL Professional loudspeakers and Crown amplification.
Among Elim Church’s several locations throughout New Zealand and other countries, Tauranga Elim recently moved to a new facility. A move that was nearly two years in the making, the new location is much larger than the previous building and includes an auditorium that is able to accommodate 550 people.
Wanting to offer guests and attendees an engaging experience with great acoustics to support the live modern contemporary music, along with crystal-clear speech intelligibility, Tauranga Elim required a premium sound system that delivers consistent tones at all volume levels with smooth, even coverage across the entire facility.
“As a church, we were blessed to have the opportunity to develop the shell of an industrial building into an awesome place of worship that speaks to the flavour and character of our people,” said Sean Verwey, audio/visual coordinator at Tauranga Elim. “For the audio system in our auditorium, our requirements were simple; we wanted a system that sounded great, was punchy yet smooth through the dynamic range of a service, suited our style of music, covered the wide space evenly and overcame the challenging acoustics of the venue.”
After experimenting with various speakers from different manufacturers, Tauranga Elim outfitted the auditorium with two JBL CBT1000 line array column lo

royal-societyRoyal Society installs Microflex systems
Tuesday, 25 August 2020

UK - The Royal Society, Carlton House in London is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence and home to over 1,600 of the world’s most revered scientists. Its aim is to recognise, promote and support excellence in the field of science.
With regular meetings held between Council members, important committee discussions and the hiring of space within the building for external clients, audio quality is paramount across the Society. So, when the need came to upgrade the existing system, The Royal Society selected a company that reflected its own reputation and global recognition for excellence, choosing Shure Microflex Advance MXA910 (MXA) and Microflex Complete Wireless (MXCW).
Three rooms were chosen for the upgrade, with the MXCW system installed in the Council room and the MXA910 system within the conference/boardroom and the main 300-seat lecture theatre, the Welcome Trust Lecture Hall.
Tasked with overseeing the project, Liam Helm, AV services manager, The Royal Society, explained what was initially required from the systems:
“The MXCW system was needed primarily for audio capture in the Council room, particularly when remote participants join by VC or phone. It has a fixed oval table and had previously used fixed microphones for Voice Lift to help with members who needed assisted hearing. The MXCW replaced the older system, with a view to using the system in other rooms if necessary.
“The roving system fulfils a need where we often have external clients requesting push-to-talk microphones - we frequently hired them

bangorBangor church upgrades with Martin Audio CDD
Tuesday, 25 August 2020

UK - Originally dating back to 1623, the present First Bangor Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland is an example of a traditional, early-Victorian Presbyterian meeting house.
When Rea Sound, who are based nearby, were first contacted by church manager George Monaghan, they were surprised both by the high level of organisation, how specific the church was with its requirement, and how realistic it was with the large budget that would be needed to achieve this.
“In addition to a new sound system they wanted full AV and lighting as well,” stated Rea Sound project manager, Roger McMullan.
In view of the dimensions of the 700-seat facility - with a balcony, and pulpit set in a semi-circle - a Martin Audio CDD system was specified using their unique Coaxial Differential Dispersion design. This met the requirement for a distributed sound system.
“The client wanted absolute clarity at every seat. Previously, they had speakers everywhere, but they simply didn’t work.” And this needed to be ripped out.
One of five companies approached, Rea Sound responded successfully to a high-budget tender that included HD cameras, projection screens, 40” x 60” LCD Sony panels and all control equipment for picture-in-picture and live streaming.
With regard to the sound, McMullan says, “No-one else could show what the equipment would achieve. I explained that the Martin Audio CDD we were proposing would guarantee speech clarity, cater for a live band and provide full intelligibility in every seat. In the end we never needed to conduct a d

Ben Erwin appointed CEO at PSAV
Tuesday, 25 August 2020

USA - PSAV has announced that Ben Erwin has been named chief executive officer, effective immediately, and will maintain his current title as president. In his new role, Erwin will be responsible for driving the strategic direction of the company and overseeing the execution of its business plan.
Says the company, “This leadership transition occurs as PSAV continues to take a leading role in helping its customers adjust to the current environment of the meeting and events industry. Erwin succeeds Mike Mcllwain, who has served as CEO since 2011.”
“I am honoured to assume the role of CEO during this pivotal time,” Erwin said. “We are focused on positioning PSAV for a return to growth and long-term success as we continue to provide creative solutions to our customers and venue partners.”
Erwin continued, “On behalf of the entire team, I want to thank Mike for all he has done for PSAV during his tenure and, personally, for his mentorship and guidance to help me prepare for this role. His impact will continue to be felt by our organization long after his formal departure from the business.”
“Ben has been an important partner in supporting PSAV’s growth over the last five years, and he has the right combination of leadership skills and financial and operational acumen to guide the company well into the future,” Mcllwain added. “Along with our full board, and Blackstone as our owners, I am confident in his ability to step seamlessly into the CEO role and build on our more than 80-year history of helping to bring unforgettable

kam-ampsKAM extends KXR power amp series
Monday, 24 August 2020

UK - KAM has added four new models to the KXR Series of professional grade, stereo power amplifiers.
Presented in a sturdy 2U mountable chassis with rack-ears, two-channel stereo or bridged output modes, and with outputs varying from 64w to 508w, there’s a model ‘to suit all occasions, meeting the requirements of a vast range of sound reinforcement environments, from live-sound, studio to commercial installations’.
These power amplifiers, feature forced-air cooling for continuous use. “Whilst beautifully designed and engineered on the inside, all effort has been made for ease of use with an easy to configure front panel layout, featuring large channel 1 and 2 volume controls aside the central mains on/off switch, and individual channel status LEDs for power, clip, signal and fault,” says distributor JHS.
With two XLR and two ¼" jack inputs and outputs via two x SpeakON connectors, two pairs of 'banana' binding posts and separate ‘bridge’ binding post, all four new KXR power amps offer flexible connectivity. There are also rear panel switches for stereo/bridge and ground lift, while internal circuits protect against thermal, short circuit and overload.
The operation voltage can also be changed from 110v to 240v for use around the world.

ssl-churchInternational House of Prayer opts for SSL Live
Monday, 24 August 2020

USA - On 19 September 1999, International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOPKC) founder Mike Bickle and 20 full-time 'intercessory missionaries' began a prayer meeting that has continued around the clock to this day. To help meet the challenges of delivering non-stop music and prayer to worshippers and streaming to the internet, the evangelical Christian church has installed two Solid State Logic Live series digital mixing consoles in its Global Prayer Room.
A few miles away, in Grandview, Missouri, another pair of SSL Live desks handle house and stage sound, as well as webstreaming, at IHOPKC’s Forerunner Church.
A pair of SSL Live L200 consoles - one at front-of-house and another at the monitor position - were installed at the Forerunner Church first, says Nicholas Kramer, IHOPKC director of sound. “We were definitely due for an audio upgrade, so we did a big fundraiser and got a nice sized budget and started demoing different consoles. We had a team of advisors talking about what options were out there and what we needed. Sound quality was a very high priority. We demoed a few different consoles and the SSL just smoked them.”
Kramer elaborates, “We had about two weeks with each console, so I was able to get intimate with them. Obviously, there are pros and cons with all of them, but in terms of sonic quality, the SSL was just leap and bounds ahead. As far as the sonic ‘picture,’ the SSL Live was just a little bit wider, a little bit taller and a little bit deeper, and more transparent. Plus, you could just do a lot more with the co

adelaideconventioncentre1Meyer Sound powers extensive ACC upgrade
Monday, 24 August 2020

Australia - Recognised as one of the world’s most flexible and technologically advanced meeting facilities, the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) in South Australia recently completed an AU$397m redevelopment which included a major overhaul of the venue’s audio systems.
The loudspeakers and associated processing were augmented or completely replaced with new Meyer Sound systems in seven halls, including the addition of Lyon line arrays for the ACC’s largest configurable space. When combined with existing inventories, this latest round of investments brings the total Meyer Sound loudspeaker count up to 270, making ACC the largest single-site user of Meyer Sound systems in Australia.
In addition to the 20 Lyon line array loudspeakers and accompanying eight 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, the latest additions also include 65 Ultra-X40 compact loudspeakers and 10 900-LFC elements. For networkable drive and optimisation, the project included the integration of five each of Galaxy 816 and Galaxy 408 Network Platforms and, for comprehensive monitoring via the network, two RMServer.
“We’re committed to delivering a premium experience across all client touchpoints,” comments Simon Burgess, general manager, Adelaide Convention Centre. “Our ongoing investment in the latest technology - specifically our sound systems - has enabled us to continue to elevate the quality of our production as well as create greater efficiencies for our team.”
Matthew Stanton, the venue’s technology services manager, adds, “We’ve been using Meyer

andrew-matthews-image-1Audiologic appoints business manager
Friday, 21 August 2020

UK - Audiologic has recently appointed Andrew Matthews as business manager for Ireland and Scotland. He will be responsible for maintaining and building on existing relationships with Audiologic’s integrator network, presenting the latest technical solutions from its suppliers and further developing the business in providing wide-ranging support for new projects and sales enquiries.
With a career that spans over 30 years, Matthews joins Audiologic from Bose Corporation where he was director/national sales manager for Ireland in all channels that included consumer electronics and live and installed sound.
Dave Smith, senior business manager at Audiologic, comments: “We are delighted to announce that Andrew has joined Audiologic, he brings with him extensive local knowledge, a fantastic approach to the customer experience and a wealth of expertise in advanced audio technology to match.”
Andrew comments, “When I knew this role was available, I knew immediately it was the perfect fit. Now I can leverage everything I have learned about the specific needs and excellent customer relationships I already have in these markets for the mutual benefit of all concerned. I am thrilled to have joined at a time when the company really is going from strength to strength.”

wharfedaleWharfedale Pro i-series now shipping
Friday, 21 August 2020

UK - Wharfedale Pro are now shipping their new i-series of installation loudspeakers.
Designed specifically for small to medium scale commercial installations, the i-series is made up of three ABS plastic models (4", 6.5" and 8"). Each model is available in a 70v/100v or in a 8Ω low impedance configuration.
All i-series loudspeakers are IP54 Certified, which makes them suitable for installation into extreme environments where excess moisture or dust ingress are a risk. A full-face aluminium front grille also gives solid protection against any physical impact damage. All models are supplied with fully adjustable steel wall mounting brackets.
Internally, the i-series use a two-way design with a 1.0" silk dome tweeter and custom Wharfedale Pro 4", 6.5" or 8" low frequency drivers. This combination results in a natural sounding speaker that suits both pre-recorded music playback or voice applications.

mountain-view-staging-virtual-studio-san-francisco-620x330-1Star Wars inspires virtual studio LED video
Friday, 21 August 2020

USA - With the implementation of high-resolution LED video environments that have become the backbone of such award-winning production designs as Star Wars: The Mandalorian, production houses across the nation have begun to look at applying this type of technology for the benefit of their clients.
Such is the case with PixelFLEX rental network partners Mountain View Staging and Elite Multimedia Productions, who have taken their live and virtual event capabilities into a new realm of possibilities using production designs with LED video.
“We saw how they were using the camera-tracking technology in conjunction with LED video and an Unreal Effects Engine to film the Mandalorian series and we thought this was something we could offer to our corporate clients to make their live events even more exciting,” began Robert Johnson, vice president of operations, Mountain View Staging. “We own a lot of LED video panels and have studios with cameras set up in our warehouses across the nation, so it was a great way to pivot to the new reality we are living in to continue to meet the demands for large-scale live events done in a unique way.”
“Once the shutdown’s happened, we saw that live streaming was going to be a vital component to keeping the production industry going and we needed to find a way to take advantage of that,” said Kenny Mason, production manager, Elite Multimedia Productions. “Since we already had a demo room with production gear ready, it was a natural progression to transform the space into a virtual production s

clairClair Global acquires Eighth Day Sound Systems
Friday, 21 August 2020

USA - Two world-renowned touring and sound reinforcement companies are joining forces to focus on building industry capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic pause.
Clair Global has announced the acquisition of Eighth Day Sound Systems with the specific goal of continuing to support the dedicated relationships for touring customers from both rosters.
The Eighth Day Sound brand will be maintained and will conduct business as it has for the last 40 years, under the same management and with the same staff. The company will become a stand-alone brand under the Clair Global umbrella, joining Britannia Row Productions in the UK, JPJ in Australia, and AudioRent Clair AG in Switzerland.
Before the industry slowdown, Tom Arko, president of Eighth Day, and Troy Clair, owner of Clair Global, discussed how this union could further improve and strengthen future tour support. Today, they see it as a vote of confidence for the industry and fellow sound community members.
Eighth Day Sound will also compliment the installation division of Clair Global.
"First and foremost, our hearts and thoughts are with our colleagues and families affected by this sudden work stoppage worldwide," said Troy Clair and Tom Arko in a joint statement. "While the impact is huge, we encourage all to stay healthy and focus on the future. We'll get through this and return to work when we can safely gather again for production events."
The two family-owned companies share the same DNA: providing valued systems to its clients, large or small, fuelled by the passion they ha

wemakeeventsredalertrgbUS plans #WeMakeEvents day of action for 1 Sept
Thursday, 20 August 2020

USA - Inspired by efforts in the UK, mainland Europe and South Africa, the US live events industry is set to host its own #WeMakeEvents ‘Red Alert’ day of action on 1 September.
Using the hashtags #WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART and #ExtendPUA to gain momentum, the move represents a major call to action on Tuesday, 1 September, imploring the US Congress to pass the RESTART Act (S.3814) as quickly as possible, offering economic relief to America’s live events industry, which has been shuttered since March, 2020, putting millions of people out of work. Additionally, the movement is to support in their efforts towards continuation and extension of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to provide relief to those without work due to COVID-19.
#WeMakeEvents North American director, Brad Nelms comments: "The group has managed to gather incredible support for this important movement, signing on more than 30 regional directors to lead the initiative in markets nationally. This team have been so fired up and already have commitments from hundreds of incredible venues and iconic locations nationally who will show support."
On 1 September buildings, structures, and residences across the US will be lit in red from 9pm-12am (local time in each market) as the event rolls across North America. The goal to raise public awareness that the live events industry is on ‘Red Alert’ for its very survival, and to create congressional pressure to act now.
#BeAnArtsHero, a grassroots coalition of arts and cultural workers, reports: "The Arts &

warner-grandWarner Grand upgrades with DiGiCo duo
Thursday, 20 August 2020

USA - Golden Age Hollywood movie mogul Jack L. Warner called it ‘The Castle of Your Dreams’. The Warner Grand Theatre is the last of a series of classic Southern California Art Deco-Moderne cinema palaces from the 1930s designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca and interior designer Anthony Heinsbergen that retains its original contours.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the theatre was renamed the Warner Grand Theatre in the 1980s, and in 1982 was designated as City of Los Angeles Historic Cultural-Monument #251. In 1996, the theatre was purchased by the Department of Cultural Affairs and has continuously operated this venue since that time.
Now, the 1,525-seat historic film house in San Pedro, California hosts classic and art films as well as concerts and other live performances. It’s doing that with very modern sound thanks to newly installed DiGiCo audio consoles: an SD12-96 at front of house and an SD9T for monitors, as well as an SD-Rack with Stadius 32-bit I/O mic pre’s on an Optocore HMA optical loop. These desks control a new VUE Audiotechnik al-8 line array sound system, all of which were installed there in July by El Segundo, CA-based Bell Event Services (BES) under the direction of audio/operations manager Tim Campbell, who served as the project manager.
“The combination of the new consoles and the new PA system means that this is a world-class destination for touring shows,” states BES president Michael Bell. “That’s why the choice of DiGiCo means so much; any audio engineer in the world would be able to

crew-callsEd Sheeran’s crew joins Sennheiser round table
Thursday, 20 August 2020

Europe - Sennheiser’s popular live Crew Calls continue with four members from Ed Sheeran’s live touring crew from the world record-breaking Divide Tour
On 8 September at 8pm CET, Sennheiser hosts Andy Egerton and Tim Moore will welcome Chris Marsh (production manager, FOH sound), Mark Friend (tour manager), Matt Jones (lighting director) and Dave White (guitar/Chewie tech). Organisers are urging those wishing to tune in to register early for the live round table with the touring crew behind Ed Sheeran’s.
During the 90-minute Crew Call, Chris Marsh and Mark Friend will discuss production and tour management and speak about the FOH sound, while Matt Jones will give insights into the tour’s lighting design. Guitar fans will be delighted to see David White on board, who designed and built Ed Sheeran’s Chewie looper pedalboard. As always, all panellists will b e happy to take questions questions from the audience.
For more detail and to register, visit this link.

at2020vAudio-Technica releases limited-edition double
Wednesday, 19 August 2020

USA - Audio-Technica has announced two limited-edition iterations of its AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone featuring a reflective silver finish: the AT2020V (standard) and the AT2020USB+V (USB model). The visually striking finish is meant not only to celebrate the mic’s clear, natural sound quality, but to mirror the creative force of its user, making these mics suitable for YouTubers, livestreamers and other content creators.
These side-address condensers are equipped with low-mass diaphragms, custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. The mics’ cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source. All models in the AT2020 mic line - the price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology - offer a wide dynamic range and handle high SPLs with ease. Both of the limited edition V models come with AT8458a shock mounts to attenuate any noise, shock, or vibration transmitted through a mic stand, boom, or mount.
The AT2020V is designed for vocal pickup in home-studio applications and features an analogue XLR output for easy connection to a digital converter or mixer. The AT2020USB+V, is suitable for podcasting, streaming, home studio recording, and voiceover use.
The AT2020USB+V features a built-in high-output headphone amplifier with volume control that allows direct monitoring of the microphone signal with no delay. It also offers a mix control that blends microphone and pre-recorded audio.

mapp-3d1Meyer Sound releases MAPP 3D design software
Wednesday, 19 August 2020

USA - Meyer Sound has announced the release of MAPP 3D, the most extensive upgrade to its industry-standard system design tool since the original MAPP Online software program was introduced in 2001. MAPP 3D works on both the Mac and Windows platforms, employs local processing (no Internet connection required) and is now available as a free download from the Meyer Sound website.
As the name implies, MAPP 3D provides highly accurate, three-dimensional renderings of predicted sound system performance within detailed, wire-frame venue drawings. Equally important, MAPP 3D now offers complete integration with the Galileo Galaxy Network Platform and Compass control software for a seamless workflow from initial design through on-site tuning. Comprehensive processing parameters for complex systems can be optimized using MAPP 3D predictions, with the resulting processor settings pushed directly into multiple GALAXY processors with the click of a mouse.
In addition to traditional calibration test signal sources, MAPP 3D supports M-Noise, an emerging industry standard to determine the maximum linear SPL for music. This combination provides the industry’s most accurate prediction of a sound system’s maximum capability when reproducing music.
“The release of MAPP 3D marks a milestone in the development of sound system design software, not only for Meyer Sound, but for the industry as a whole,” says Perrin Meyer, Meyer Sound director of emerging technologies. “The detail in the renderings is spectacular and the flexibility of the user interface is unprec

gumabar240219Croatian venue chooses Pioneer Pro Audio
Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Croatia - The city of Zadar lies on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, and is renowned for the Roman and Venetian ruins that characterise its Old Town peninsula. For all its historic architecture, the city could never be accused of living in the past, hosting a vibrant progressive culture centred around its bustling shops, cafés and nightspots.
Located within a refurbished, revitalised old cinema building in the heart of the city sits Guma, a flexible 300-capacity venue that combines traditional hospitality with a lively atmosphere, and describes itself as the ‘living room’ of Zadar’s cultural community. Guma’s attractive interior design is complemented by a selection of urban music which appeals to a discerning crowd who can relax with friends in its comfortable surroundings by day, and hit its dance-floor in the evening.
The Guma team recently took the decision to upgrade the sound system, believing there was room for improvement on their existing provision. Any new system had to be flexible enough to meet the demands of a wide range of applications including cultural and literary presentations, but have the power and clarity to deliver sets by not only local, but the regional and national DJs who regularly visit. A further requirement was that the audio needed to be accurately contained within the space to avoid disturbance to the venue’s nearby neighbours.
Marketing Manager at Guma, Frane Skoblar comments, “We needed an outstanding audio experience for our customers. Everything we provide has to be exceptional and we felt that we had fal

tmgTurkuvaz Media Group invests in TSL
Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Turkey - Turkuvaz Media Group (TMG) is Turkey’s largest private media group operating in television, radio broadcasting as well as news and printed media. When seeking to build a new media centre in Istanbul, TMG turned to TSL Products’ audio monitoring, advanced broadcast control and technical display solutions, across 10 studios and control rooms.
Built with systems integrator Teratek, this project consolidates TMG’s distributed studios into one location to improve efficiency, future-proof its capabilities for 4K broadcasting and create a scalable system that is prepared for the group’s future growth.
TSL’s TallyMan advanced control system is one of the only systems available that offers an expansive protocol library by default, allowing TMG to control many different devices without the need for expansive development or additional cost.
The TallyMan system is deployed in each of the 10 studios to control routing of Riedel MediorNet and Grass Valley Sirius, as well as controlling logo generator, keyer and bypass switch equipment, combining control of equipment from multiple manufacturers into a single platform. The system also manages and distributes tally across the entire TMG facility.
“Routing control helps users manage signal routes throughout a facility,” explains Gokmen Turhan from system integrator, Teratek. “TSL’s router control functionality provides the flexibility and control to build an appropriate signal path for any given operation and will prove to be a beneficial solution for Turkuvaz Media Group.”

jblvtxb28prbanner1140x400JBL debuts VTX B28 subwoofer
Tuesday, 18 August 2020

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced the JBL VTX B28 subwoofer.
The VTX B28 is a JBL Professional dual 18-inch subwoofer designed to complement the company’s flagship VTX full-range sound reinforcement systems. Differential Drive technology endows the drivers with exceptional performance, while patented SlipStream port technology offers improved airflow and reduced audible turbulence at any operating level, says the company.
The VTX B28 houses a new, integrated rigging system that follows in the footsteps of the A8 and A12 rigging designs, and allows the B28 to be suspended in omnidirectional or cardioid arrays of up to 16 enclosures. The rigging and a comprehensive collection of tour-tough accessories make the B28 a flexible solution for both mobile and installed sound system applications. The B28 integrates seamlessly with HiQNet Performance Manager and Line Array Calculator (LAC) software, and features the same industrial design as A- and B-Series loudspeakers, giving the entire system a cohesive look.
“The VTX B28 is our new premium subwoofer, and a perfect addition to VTX Series line array systems,” said Harman Professional product manager George Georgallis. “As with the B18 subwoofer, we started by taking the best aspects of the previous-generation S28 and G28 and improving performance. Then we optimised the design for a dual 18-inch system, and the result was the B28. We worked very hard to ensure the B28 could meet the most demanding applications, but also focused on configurability, a full suite of accessories, and sof

codaCoda pops up in The Living Room
Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Belgium - The Studio 100 Pop-Up Theatre in Puurs is the world’s largest temporary show venue, and regularly plays host to large scale musical spectaculars.
A flexible space with mobile seating for around 2,000, the 7,000sq.m auditorium has seen blockbuster productions of the wartime-focused 40-45, and most recently an updated version of Daens, The Musica. It was this story about a Belgian priest who was a pioneer for social justice, that had just premiered when the global coronavirus pandemic halted proceedings overnight. Production specialists Studio Haifax, a customer of Coda Audio distributor Viladco, was deploying a Coda system for alternating productions of Daens and 40-45 when COVID-19 intervened.
During lockdown, with no prospect of the major shows returning, Studio 100 worked with artist management and booking company House of Entertainment to devise a programme of concerts that could effectively utilise the space whilst observing strict social distancing measures. Labelling the events The Living Room Concerts, House of Entertainment brought in a wide range of popular artists who performed 30 concerts in total during July. Although only two hundred customers were permitted per show, it was essential that the audio system was still large enough to cover the whole space to cater for the socially distanced audience tables.
Studio Haifax used a system comprising 22 x ViRAY, four APS, four G308 and 24 x SCV-F in a cardioid-arc. Thirty concerts took place during the season including appearances by Natalie & Jef Ne

poshPosh Lounge upgrades with BlacklineX
Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Albania - Prosound has equipped Albania’s Posh Lounge with a Martin Audio BlacklineX loudspeaker solution.
Situated in Durrës, Albania’s second city, on the Adriatic coast, the 400-capacity party venue was recommended to Martin Audio’s popular series by Prosound - like many venues before it.
When refurbishing their sound system, they needed a potent, reliable and versatile solution, capable of reinforcing live bands and DJ dance music during the weekend evenings and background music during the daylight hours.
Having installed the venue’s previous system, this time around Prosound recommended Martin Audio’s BlacklineX, and their audio system technician, Armand Dosti was soon at work designing a system to fit the budget. The series represents a substantial upgrade and reengineering of the original Blackline series.
“Not only is this series budget sensitive but in addition, the rotatable horn makes this series more attractive when you need to install the speakers horizontally,” he said.
His design approach was to recommend a combination of eight X12 and a pair of X15, with six X115 subwoofers to provide coverage consistency in the large space. An additional four X10 cover the veranda, divided by glass panels, that can be opened to create a larger area. These are powered by pair of Martin Audio MA2.8Q amplifiers (for the mid-tops) and an MA5.0Q for the subs. Tuning and optimisation are via Martin Audio’s dedicated DX0.5 2x6 management system, with Smaart used for measurement and room analysis.
In addition to the sound

adamsonallenaug20hrAllen Audio adds Adamson E-Series
Tuesday, 18 August 2020

USA - Based in the Metro Detroit area, Allen Audio Systems has offered client- and artist-focused sound reinforcement solutions for indoor and outdoor events in and around the state of Michigan for over 30 years. Now, with the addition of a sizeable E-Series system from Adamson Systems Engineering to its inventory, the company is poised to continue that mission with a wider scope and scale.
“We decided to invest in an Adamson E-Series system based on the overwhelming success of the S-Series system we purchased for the Agora Theatre in Cleveland a couple of years ago,” begins Mark Allen, owner of Allen Audio Systems. “The comments about that system have all been really positive, and many touring artists have raved about it. Given that, we knew the next system we would add to our inventory was definitely going to be Adamson.”
After making that initial decision, operations manager Bill Gleespen and staff audio engineer Jacob Wargo focused their attention on the company’s large-format E-Series loudspeaker solutions. “We’ve noticed more and more tours and festivals relying on the E-Series because of its power, throw, and clarity,” Allen adds. “We needed a solution to handle large theatres, small arenas, and festivals serving touring artists in Southeast Michigan specifically and the greater Michigan area in general, and the E-Series offered everything we needed and more.”
Subsequently, Allen Audio bolstered its inventory with a complement of 24 E12 three-way, full-range array enclosures along with 16 E119 subwoofers. As well, the comp

dvorakKV2 solves problems at Prague’s Dvořák Hall
Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Czech Republic - Conceived as a multi-purpose cultural centre combining exhibition rooms with concert halls, the Rudolfinum is one of the most architecturally remarkable buildings in Prague. It is also the home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, which first performed in the Rudolfinum’s world-famous concert hall in 1896 under the baton of famous Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák.
The 1,100-capacity Dvořák Hall, also one of the oldest concert halls in Europe, is renowned for its remarkable acoustics and is a sought-after venue for recording classical works. KV2 Audio recently designed and built a completely custom audio solution to address specific acoustic issues whilst meeting the strict architectural and aesthetic requirements of the listed building.
The acoustics that lend the Dvorak Hall its distinctive sound is also the reason for which the venue has battled for years with the reproduction of amplified speech.
"We have been struggling for a long time with insufficient intelligibility of the spoken word in the Dvořák Hall,” admits Radomír Stöhr, technical administrator of Rudolfinum. “It was never ideal due to the particular nature of the acoustics which have a very long reverberation, especially in the mid frequencies."
Jiří Krampera, sound system designer and the founder of KV2 Audio, was called in to see if he could resolve the problems. David Mareček, CEO of the Czech Philharmonic, welcomed the cooperation with KV2 Audio: “We have excellent experience with KV2 sound systems, in particular with the annual Open Air co

audiopros-logo-tnAudioPros to represent EAW in Northeast region
Monday, 17 August 2020

USA - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has appointed AudioPros as its manufacturer’s representative serving Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and both metro and upstate New York. This provides dealers, rental houses and regional production companies with access to EAW’s entire suite of products including its new ADAPTive Anya and Anna speakers, and Otto subwoofer.
“Based on its solid reputation, we know that AudioPros will provide exceptional service to dealers and customers in the region,” says Paul Lamarre, national sales manager, EAW. “The Northeast territory is important for us as that is where our corporate headquarters is based, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with our neighbors at AudioPros.”
Settling into its new greater Hartford County, Connecticut space, AudioPros is a manufacturer’s representative marketing and sales firm. The company services a wide range of dealers including live sound production, independent retailers/e-tailers, integrators, and consultants. AudioPros’ philosophy is that success is achieved through building strong alliances between the dealers, rep, and the manufacturer. As an audio, video and lighting representative, AudioPros strives to offer ‘complimentary lines that are of the greatest value to its dealers’.
“For over 40 years, EAW has been a leading manufacturer of speakers in our own backyard,” says Andrew Shillo, AudioPros principal. “EAW’s innovative approach to professional sound reinforcement has made them an industry leader worldwide.


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