a-t-tnAudio-Technica US grows product management
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

USA - Audio-Technica U.S. has announced two appointments to its product management team.
Kurt Van Scoy has been appointed to the position of executive director of product management for ATUS. In this position, Van Scoy will be responsible for directing the product development/management efforts at ATUS. In addition, Kurt will oversee the A-T as global product manager, based in Japan.
In addition, Gary Dixon has been promoted to the position of product manager for ATUS. In his previous position as sales engineer, installed sound, Dixon served as a technical resource for the Audio-Technica sales channel in the broad contractor market, where he helped ensure the proper and successful implementation of A-T products and technology in the marketplace while determining the application needs of customers.

mics-in-lecture-hallSennheiser updates Control Cockpit software
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Europe - Sennheiser has announced a major update of its Sennheiser Control Cockpit, a software tool that makes daily work routines in controlling and monitoring large microphone set-ups easier.
Besides design and usability enhancements, the latest version 4.0.0 now adds the ability to monitor the new SpeechLine Multi-Channel Receiver and the EM 6000 receiver from Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 series, in addition to evolution wireless G3 and G4, SpeechLine and the TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone. This makes the software a universal tool for corporations and education facilities. Version 4.0.0 can be downloaded here and experienced at the virtual InfoComm Connected from June 16 to 18.
Sennheiser Control Cockpit now features a ‘location-based Mute’ functionality: All devices in a room can be grouped and their mute switches synchronized, so that all devices can be muted and unmuted together, either centrally via the Sennheiser Control Cockpit or locally on one of the devices. Location-based Mute is available for TeamConnect Ceiling 2 and SpeechLine Digital Wireless, including the new Multi-Channel Receiver. Also, the software now employs SSL encryption to make data transmission between the user interface and the host server even more secure.
The user interface of the software has had a refresh, too, and you can easily switch between Details View and Monitoring View. In addition, the software is now available in a Chinese language version.
Sennheiser Control Cockpit provides centralised monitoring and control of Sennheiser microphone systems. En

 
 
adjSpectrum hosts virtual dance festivals
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

The Netherlands - Production company Spectrum AV has created a blank canvas studio in its warehouse that it is renting out to promotors who wish to host virtual dance festivals during the coronavirus lockdown. Featuring an impressive lighting rig, comprised of 68 ADJ fixtures, it allows the atmosphere of a high-energy DJ set to be captured and live-streamed for fans to watch in the safety of their own homes.
Established for over 15 years, Spectrum AV is a full-service lighting, video, audio and effects rental and production company based in the village of Udenhout, which is located between Tilburg and ‘s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands. Although the company supplies a wide range of clients spanning across the entertainment and business worlds, it has developed a particular niche in the EDM festival market.
With a business model designed to make life as easy as possible for event organisers, the Spectrum AV team take care of all the technical requirements of many large-scale festivals and dance parties each year. This means that - like many other productions companies across the world - they were hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are only five miles away from where the first case of coronavirus occurred in The Netherlands,” explains Spectrum AV’s general manager, Lex Willems. “Within a week, every event with above 1000 guests was cancelled in our region and soon after even smaller gatherings were also banned, so we directly saw all of our markets collapse. Fortunately, one of our former employees is now working in the sol

 
wholestageAyrton appoints Wholestage for Colombia & Caribbean
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

South America - Ayrton has appointed Wholestage as its new exclusive distributor for Colombia, Panama and the Caribbean Islands.
Wholestage, has offices in the USA, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, Chile and Spain (Madrid). The company was established in 1998 in Venezuala before relocating to Miami in 2006, and specialises in the distribution of video, audio, rigging, lighting and control.
“The Ayrton product portfolio is balanced and well thought out, which allows you to cover and meet all the needs of the market,” comments Luis Duque, Wholestage’s CEO. “It combines excellence in quality, sophisticated design and LED technology with a unique, advanced development in the engineering, at a reasonable price for the market. This translates into a unique, accessible, quality product which is a great investment for our clients.”
He continues: “The Ayrton team is top line, led by Yvan and Chris, characters with great vision and leadership skills, and a well-structured multinational team of development, service and sales personnel led by Michael. They have a coherent business plan, fantastic marketing, and a business vision which is in perfect harmony with our own objectives. The brand is perfect for our goals of offering first-rate, high-quality solutions. We believe that Ayrton is a few years ahead in developing and understanding the current lighting market and is the perfect complement to our service offering and growth expectations.”
Dugue adds: “The best marketing is our reputation and the name that we have built over 25 ye

 
 
markus-spiske-ucbmz0s-w28-unsplashLEIF welcomes lifting of restrictions on live events
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Australia - Australia is set to ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions on live events and large indoor gatherings from July.
The country’s federal government will lift the 100 persons cap for indoor gatherings and replace it with a 4sq.m rule that will be used to determine the maximum number of people allowed on the premises or attending an event.
Ticketed/seated events will be allowed to go ahead at 25% capacity if the venue’s total capacity is less than 40,000 whilst the operation of larger venues will fall under the auspices of state and territory governments.
To enable a further easing of the restrictions, the Live Entertainment Industry Forum (LEIF) - a body formed by Australia’s largest promoters, venue managers, and key advocacy groups - is set to produce a “comprehensive, flexible” re-opening and risk management strategy.
In collaboration with the country’s governments, LEIF will develop industry-wide measures regarding cleaning and sanitation, crowd management, physical distancing, health monitoring and contact tracing – including a plan to enable venues with capacities greater than 40,000 to host spectators again.
James Sutherland, LEIF chairman, comments: “We welcome the federal government’s encouraging decision to enable the re-opening of live entertainment and sport. This is a great first step to bring back fans and bring back jobs to an industry that has been on its knees for more than three months. COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on millions of Australians and live events play a crucial role in the

 
arbane-logo-webAPG and Active Audio form Arbane Groupe
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

France - Public address systems specialist Active Audio and manufacturer of professional loudspeakers APG have formed the Arbane Groupe.
This completes their strategic alliance initiated in 2016.
Régis Cazin, CEO of Arbane Groupe, comments: “For the past four years, APG and Active Audio have been able to leverage a number of technological and organisational synergies, supported by strategic recruitment and exceptional results. We've seen many successful innovations come directly from our strategic alliance, including APG's Uniline Compact and Active Audio's Ray On.”
He adds: “The creation of Arbane Groupe is the natural outcome of our strategy of bringing together and perpetuating the two brands.”
Arbane is the name of a grape variety used in the production of champagne, which shares many similarities with the two French manufacturers, as Cazin explains: “This name perfectly illustrates the philosophy and the common approach of our brands. Robust and singular, it is chosen by some Champagne winemakers in order to stand out from other more standardised and mass productions. It may not be the best known grape variety, but it is distinguished by the excellence of its results.”
Arbane Groupe's mission is “to offer unique solutions with a particular focus on directivity, and improve the intelligibility and fidelity across all points of a particular venue. The group's values reflect those of the two manufacturers, with the desire to put the environmental agenda and acoustic performance at the forefront.”
The Active Aud

 
 
out-boardAlphatec appointed TiMax distributor for India
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

India - Immersive audio specialist Out Board has appointed Alphatec as its new exclusive distributor in India for TiMax SoundHub spatial audio processing and TiMax TrackerD4 precision stagetracking systems.
Devasis Barkataki, Alphatec managing director, comments: “We are very happy to welcome the TiMax products into our distribution range for the Indian market. TiMax fits well with our other high quality brands and suits perfectly our core activities in premium system solutions and integration.“
Out Board director Dave Haydon, adds: “We’ve been fortunate previously for TiMax to be involved in some great projects with premier local event producers and venue integrators, and now is the right time to partner with a nationally established full-service distribution, design and turnkey operation such as Alphatec.
“We have now undertaken online TiMax intro and workflow training for their Applications teams across three main regions and are already working on a number of exciting project proposals, so we look forward to a highly productive and mutually beneficial trading partnership with Alphatec in India.”
(Jim Evans)

 
giulio-gandiniOutline schedules OpenArray webinar
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Italy - Italian loudspeaker manufacturer Outline will hold a free webinar in English on OpenArray, the 3D acoustic prediction, modelling and simulation software written in the Brescia company’s laboratories and now at its second release.
From CAD to OpenArray will take place on 18 June and comprise two sessions, starting at 9am and 6pm CET respectively. Users will be guided step by step through the preparation of the designs to be imported into OpenArray, starting from CAD programmes.
Giulio Gandini, who will host both sessions with the support of Paolo Calza, states: “I’m pleased to have the opportunity of explaining in depth what in my opinion is one of the software’s most interesting features: how to import designs into OpenArray directly from DXF files. We’ll begin with a recap of the key characteristics of the simulator and the audience section, focusing attention on the result and the amount of detail projects must have; after which we’ll explain what to import and how to do so.
“We shall then get to the heart of the matter with practical examples, for each of which the initial "datum" (Google image, CAD file) and the result to be obtained will be displayed. We’ll demonstrate how to import a simple area, for example a city square, then proceed with importing a more complex space, and answer participants’ questions.”
On 24 June, in the same time slots, Fernando Rey Méndez will host a webinar on Outline’s WFIR, the “warped” filters featured in Outline’s Newton processors.
Registration is at

digicoDiGiCo’s Ask Us Anything goes to the theatre
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

UK - DiGiCo’s popular Ask Us Anything webinar series takes a seat at the theatre to answer your question about mixing theatre sound.
Hosted by DiGiCo’s Dan Page and A2D’s Zac Duax, it will feature special guests Nevin Steinberg, Julie M Sloan and Jason Crystal, who between them have an incredible list of theatre credits.
Steinberg’s recent projects include Hamilton on Broadway, in London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and on the US Tour; Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, in London and on the US Tour; Tina: The Tina Turner Musical in the West End, Hamburg, Utrecht and on Broadway; Hadestown (Tony Award) on Broadway; Freestyle Love Supreme on Broadway; Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star on Broadway; and Rodgers+ Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony nomination). He has designed over 30 Broadway productions with Acme Sound Partners and received five additional Tony nominations for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Fences, Hair, In The Heights.
Steinberg serves as the audio consultant for Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College in English and American Literature and Language. In 2011, he completed a Certificate Program in Arts Management at NYU's School for Continuing Professional Studies. Nevin is Trustee of the Town Hall Foundation, Inc., the non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and support of The Town Hall, a cultural and education centre as well as a national historic landmark in the c

 
maverick-silens-2-profileChauvet debuts Maverick Silens 2 Profile
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

USA - Chauvet Professional’s Maverick Silens 2 Profile will never be noticed because of its sound. The 100-percent convection cooled LED PCB fixture is virtually silent, attracting no attention to itself in studios for live stream broadcasts, recital halls, theatres or other applications where absolute quietness is essential, says the company.
This 560W profile unit includes features like CMY+CTO colour mixing with CRI, R9, CQS, and TLCI all between 91 and 97 (depending on the colour temperature mixed), four-blade framing shutter system with rotation, a colour wheel, animation wheel, a 10:1 zoom, prism, two frosts, static and rotating gobo wheels, and 16-bit dimming with selectable red shift.
“We are especially proud of this fixture,” comments Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “All of what we’ve learned through our work with professional LED fixtures over the past 15 years has been poured into the Maverick Silens 2 Profile. Our goal was to create a first-of-its-kind silent LED fixture that not only matched, but surpassed, the performance of the standard profiles that proceeded it in terms of brightness, colour rendering and versatility.”
The innovative design of the Maverick Silens 2 Profile features a doughnut shaped ring of white LEDs with an RGB LED in the center for toning (+/- green for on-camera use) and red-shift in dimming. Offering an impressive level of colour rendering versatility, the fixture can create rich saturates, while also producing subtle pastels. Throughout the spectrum, the colours rendered are extremely realistic, a

 
 
danteAudinate releases new Dante AVIO adapters
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

USA - Audinate, developer of the Dante AV networking technology, is adding two new models to Dante AVIO line of audio adapters, offering USB-C and Bluetooth connectivity for use with Dante networks.
The Dante AVIO family of adapters allow users to easily use non-networked audio equipment on a Dante audio network. Cost effective, compact and rugged, Dante AVIO is available in 1- or 2-channel analogue input or output configurations as well as AES3/EBU, USB and now Bluetooth versions.
The Dante AVIO USB-C adapter allows devices with USB-C ports to deliver and receive 2 channels of audio with a Dante audio network. It is a class-compliant USB audio device that requires no additional drivers and works with any application, making it ideal for rapid setup of conference rooms, background music and more. The Dante AVIO USB-C adapter may be powered by the connected device or via PoE and it works with common USB-C to USB-A adapters. When using PoE, it features power pass-through for mobile devices, enabling smartphones to remain charged while connected to a Dante network.
The Dante AVIO Bluetooth adapter provides wireless connectivity to Dante networks for mobile devices and computers and is ideal for both playback from smartphones to larger sound systems, and for connecting networked speakers and microphones to conferencing software. Once configured, a user may rely upon Bluetooth to switch from local smartphone audio to a complete conferencing system to share what is being said with others.
“With the addition of those two models of Dante AVIO, we’

 
martin-audio-virtual-tradeshow-portfolio-overviewmomentMartin virtual show exceeds expectations
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

UK - Martin Audio’s virtual tradeshow has been “a resounding success” according to the company, which reported the number of registrations for its web event had come close to the numbers of visitors the British pro audio manufacturer would typically expect to meet at traditional large tradeshows.
The company held its event on 20 May taking the form of three 90-minute webinars matched to different time zones.
“We achieved over 800 registrations for the event,” reveals James King, Martin Audio’s director of marketing. “To put that in context, this is the amount of people we would engage with at ISE or InfoComm in our demo room in a given week, and probably four times the amount we get to our UK Open Day events. So, this was a very efficient exercise.”
The virtual trade show gave Martin Audio the opportunity to speak in detail about its overall portfolio and how different systems can fit with different applications and budgets. It also provided a platform to highlight new products, such as the award-winning ADORN ceiling and pendant loudspeakers and three new subwoofers including two new cardioid subwoofers and punchy value for money double 18” sub.
“The format itself worked well with people being able to see both presenters and the presentation so as to make it more human, and there was opportunity also for an open Q&A on numerous topics that people wanted to discuss,” says King. “There was even some illuminating glimpses and hints about the future product roadmap that came out of that discussion.”
While the

 
 
duecanali-rangePowersoft extends fixed install ranges
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Italy - Powersoft has extended two of its most popular fixed install ranges with the introduction of the two-channel Duecanali 6404 DSP+D and the four-channel Quattrocanali 8804 DSP+D.
Both products feature Dante digital audio networking architecture and on-board, high-end signal processing, as well as being able to deliver 175 Vpeak, making them ideal for applications where high SPL is required, such as clubs, performance venues and stadiums.
As with the other models in their respective ranges, the new Duecanali 6404 DSP+D and Quattrocanali 8804 DSP+D amplifier platforms are able to deliver this high level of performance at a competitive price point and with the same low operational cost and carbon footprint as any other Powersoft product, says the company.
With this new extension, the new Duecanali 6404 DSP+D and Quattrocanali 8804 DSP+D series now sits coherently alongside Powersoft’s install dedicated amplifier platforms, addressing the requirement for small and large size applications where the channel count is limited and the need for a flexible product to work with Hi-Z and Lo-Z systems is a must.
The new Duecanali and Quattrocanali models all feature Powersoft’s trademarked switch-mode power supply with Power Factor Correction (PFC), Smart Rail Management (SRM) and bridgeable switch mode fixed frequency Class D output circuit topology.

 
rivagepm3pm501New firmware brings more to Yamaha Rivage
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Europe - Following the recent expansion of Yamaha’s flagship digital console series with the new Rivage PM3 and PM5, the latest firmware for the entire range, V4.0, is now available as a free download, providing even more powerful tools for mix engineers.
Yamaha’s commitment to listening to customers, providing more flexible systems and improved mixing environments has resulted in a number of important user interface and function updates in Rivage PM firmware version 4.0. These include Eventide’s SP2016 premium reverb plug-in which, in addition to a large selection of top-quality presets, allows detailed editing for engineers who want to customize their sound.
The new firmware improves the mixing capacity of the Rivage PM7, expanding the number of input channels from 120 to 144 and increasing matrix outputs from 24 to 36, allowing the construction of even larger systems.
It also provides compatibility with the MonitorMix iOS/Android app that has been praised by users of Yamaha CL and QL series digital consoles, as well as with remote control of the RMP-D8 premium microphone preamplifier from Rupert Neve Designs and control of L-ISA systems from L-Acoustics, allowing the creation of more flexible, convenient mixing environments.
Further improvements include enhanced flexibility of HY expansion slots, as well as improved operation and visibility.

 
 
bdl-modulopi-2Digital arts centre relies on Modulo Kinetic
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

France - As Culturespaces opens the world’s largest digital art centre, the cultural operator continues its successful collaboration with Modulo Pi. Opened on June 10, 2020, the Bassins de Lumières (The Ponds of Lights) in Bordeaux relies on 30 Modulo Kinetic media servers to provide an outstanding immersive art experience.
Culturespaces Digital turned to Modulo Pi and chose the Modulo Kinetic media server solution in 2018, when it created the first digital art centre in Paris, the Atelier des Lumières. Opened in April 2018, the Atelier des Lumières already welcomed more than 2m visitors eager to experience a new immersive approach to the work of famous artists such as Klimt, Van Gogh, Monet, and more.
Since the opening of the Atelier des Lumières, Modulo Kinetic has become the exclusive media server for each existing or new digital art centre by Culturespaces Digital: the Carrières de Lumières (Les Baux-de-Provence, France), the Bunker de Lumières (Jeju island, South Korea), and now the Bassins de Lumières (Bordeaux, France).
Inaugurated on 10 June in Bordeaux, the Bassins de Lumières is the largest digital art centre in the world. Established in a former World War II submarine base facing the Atlantic Ocean, the venue is six times bigger than the Atelier des Lumières. The Bassins de Lumières include four vast ponds, a cube, and an immersive tank for a total projection surface reaching 14,000sq.m.
The AV set-up relies on 71 F80-Q12 and 24 G60-W10 Barco video projectors, 80 Meyer Sound CAL 32 loudspeakers, and 30 Modulo Kineti

 
das-cobosDAS Audio appoints US national sales director
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

USA - DAS Audio of America, Inc., the North American subsidiary of Spain’s DAS Audio, has announced the appointment of Carlito Cobos to the newly created position of national sales director, retail. Key responsibilities of the position involve strengthening the company’s focus on retail sales and E-commerce.
Cobos started with DAS Audio in May 2020 and is based out of the company’s national headquarters in Miami, Florida. Bilingual in English and Spanish, he is well positioned to address the diverse range of professionals that constitutes the North American pro audio market.
Cobos has over 20 years’ experience in pro audio and the music industry. Prior to joining DAS Audio, he served as the pro audio business development manager for Gibson brands. In this capacity, he oversaw 12 international distribution firms and managed distribution development strategies on an individual, per country basis. He also directed the various marketing programmes throughout this region. He also served as a studio technician at The Hit Factory in Miami, FL and audio technical manager at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.
Cobos comments: “DAS Audio has created the best live sound experience on the market, and I want every live sound professional in the country to hear the DAS difference. At the end of the day, nothing is more important than a well-designed, aesthetically pleasing, and reliable loudspeaker that fully engages the audience with accurate, articulate sound. DAS is a recognised leader in quality and performance, and I look forward to helping t

 
 
sundialCustom enclosures for sunDial quad
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

UK - sunDial quad, the PLASA Gold award-winning mains LED dimmer from Artistic Licence, is now available in a custom installation enclosure. Manufactured by Future Automation, the high-quality coated steel enclosures are available in six different sizes, with the largest containing 10 DIN rails and accommodating up to 18 sunDial units.
The enclosures feature integral cable management, dedicated earthing and neutral bars and a fully removable front cover. Future Automation are also happy to offer pre-wired panels and module wiring services .
sunDial quad offers a professional DMX512/RDM (or optionally Xicato wireless) controlled solution, with advanced safety features. There are four channels each providing 250W (or up to 500W per pair) - more than ample for LED, but also suitable for crossover markets that might have legacy incandescent technology.
The product works 'out of the box' with any dimmable replacement LED bulb (or dimmable incandescent or CFL source), but performance can be further optimized by the selection (via RDM) of one of four dimming curves on a per-channel basis.

 
libraryK-array at the Royal Society of Chemistry
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

UK - The Royal Society of Chemistry has upgraded its audio-visual systems at its Burlington House headquarters with the addition of a K-array loudspeaker system supplied by 2B Heard and installed by the Torpedo Factory Group, enabling the Society to offer better quality sound and vision as a leading central London venue for its many rental clients.
Key to the library’s attraction as a venue - prized by users for seminars, conferences, lectures, award ceremonies, fine dining and private functions – is its integrated audio-visual facilities and, taking an opportunity to benefit from the latest technological advancements, the RSC decided this year to upgrade its audio systems in order to provide better coverage and improved intelligibility to meet the growing requirements of its corporate clients.
In consultation with the Torpedo Factory Group (TFG) and following an on-site demo from K-array’s UK distributor 2B Heard, the RSC facilities team, headed by Grant Verrell, discussed options for improving audio quality to enhance the venue’s various activities include product launches, presentations, conferences and Q&A sessions.
The K-array loudspeaker system was modelled by 2B Heard director Dave Wooster and designed to provide cohesive full range speech and music reproduction for the large central overhead projector screen and two supplemental HD monitors on either side of the room.
"2B Heard's acoustic design integrated into custom floor stands housing two Rumble-KU26 subwoofers and supporting a one-metre high Viper-KV52 line array above

 
 
hes-konstantinosETC promotes Konstantinos Vonofakidis
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Europe - ETC has promoted Konstantinos Vonofakidis to regional sales manager. In his new role, Vonofakidis will oversee the sales activities in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus and Egypt. He will manage sales arrangements for key accounts in these regions and work in cooperation with the company’s distributors and dealers.
Vonofakidis previously worked as a field project coordinator for High End Systems in the Southern European, African, Middle Eastern and Indian territories. He began his career as a service engineer working with High End Systems for 10 years before going on to manage significant lighting projects such as the National Theatre of Greece, Bahrain National Theatre and Onassis Cultural Centre.
Darren Beckley, sales manager - ETC Ltd, comments: “Vonofakidis is a valuable member of the sales team who has built a great rapport with the dealers and customers in his territories. With his strong market knowledge and expertise, I am confident he will continue delivering high levels of service and be successful in his new role.”
Vonofakidis adds: “I’m excited to build new customer relationships and work more closely with our dealers and distributors in these markets. I look forward to working in this role and growing the business in my regions.”

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Coachella Cancelled - The Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals have been cancelled this year. Both events were meant to have taken place in California in April, and had been rescheduled for October. But health officials have said they are "not comfortable moving forward" - especially given how Coachella is one of the world's biggest music festivals, bringing half a million fans to an open-air site east of Los Angeles.
Cameron Kaiser, who signed the order cancelling the festivals for 2020, said: "I am concerned as indications grow that COVID-19 could worsen in the fall. Given the projected circumstances and potential, I would not be comfortable moving forward." Kaiser stressed that the decision was not taken lightly - and he acknowledged many people will be affected. "My first priority is the health of the community," he added.
Fringe Benefits - The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has been given a special funding package from the Scottish Government to help the festival survive its cancellation this year. A £1m interest-free loan has been granted to the Fringe Society, which is the charity that oversees the annual performance festival. It will also receive £249,000 in grants from the City of Edinburgh Council (£100,000) and the Scottish government’s relief fund for businesses deemed vital to the country’s economy (£149,000).
This year’s fringe, along with all of Edinburgh’s summer festivals, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, marking the first time the event has not taken place since it was founded more than 70

 
 
paul-whitingIn memoriam: Paul Whiting
Monday, 15 June 2020

UK - Sadly, we report the passing after a short illness of long-time Sennheiser executive and well-known industry personality Paul Whiting.
“It is with deep regret that we inform you that Paul Whiting passed away on the evening of Friday 5 June,” says Sennheiser. “Paul was taken ill suddenly in early May and, although he came home for a short period, it was quickly apparent that he would not recover. The family were given the opportunity to visit Paul at the end of last week to say goodbye. On the Friday evening, Paul passed away peacefully in hospital.”
The statement continues, “For those that did not have the privilege of knowing or working with Paul, he began his career at Sennheiser in 1990, after 15 years with former UK partner Hayden Laboratories as the head of its Professional Division as Sales and Marketing Manager. Paul was instrumental in establishing Sennheiser UK as a subsidiary and as Managing Director led the UK’s expansion. In 2007, Paul became President of Global Sales and joined the Sennheiser Executive Management Board, helping to double Sennheiser’s turnover between 2006 and 2015. Paul spent his final year with Sennheiser as President of Strategic Collaborations, focusing on partnerships with artists, industry partners and organisations.
“As part of the management board for Sennheiser Paul, played an integral part in driving new business opportunities. Just some of these projects included establishing the Nordic subsidiaries, building and driving the business in the Middle East and the partnership with Sennheiser C

 
laonlineeducationplatformL-Acoustics re-starts in-person training
Monday, 15 June 2020

France - As many countries slowly lift confinement restrictions, L-Acoustics will re-open in-person education programmes this month. Simultaneously, L-Acoustics is pre-launching a new Online Education Platform. The first programme on the platform is a complete, but remote, version of its renowned System Fundamentals training, a prerequisite for all other L-Acoustics training modules.
In 2019, L-Acoustics hosted training courses in 60 countries, completing 670 training days and awarding 6,000 certificates. Of these, 240 training days and 2,400 certificates were for the Systems Fundamentals course.
“This education platform will foster the creation of a learning community where participants can share questions and develop a useful network of L-Acoustics users, as well as benefitting from the expertise of the instructors and the other trainees,” explains Etienne Corteel, director of education & scientific outreach.
The online Systems Fundamentals course provides an overview of what an L-Acoustics system is, including electronics, loudspeakers and software, and puts them into the perspective of a global project workflow. The course is structured around the full, in-person training, and grants participants the exact same industry-recognised certification.
The course is personalised, beginning with a virtual class, followed by several days where participants complete e-learning courses and practical exercises on Soundvision and LA Network Manager. During this week, participants access an online community room to exchang

 
 
fabio-pradaDWR Distribution widens trussing offering
Monday, 15 June 2020

South Africa - DWR Distribution, the South African distributor of Prolyte, is now able to offer and maintain Litec, Tomcat and James Thomas Engineering trussing products, thanks to new partnerships between Area Four Industries and Prolyte.
“For South African Prolyte distributor, DWR Distribution, this means the opportunity to offer an additional service to our industry,” said Robert Izzett from DWR. “With access to the full Area Four Industries truss product range, which includes Litec, Tomcat and James Thomas Engineering brands (expect for Milos which has a different distributor), we can assist the African market with any new products or spare parts they may require which includes a variety of modernized motors within Exe Technology brand, also part of Area Four product portfolio.”
“DWR is not only a distributor for us at Area Four, but a serious and professional partner,” said Area Four sales and marketing director, Fabio Prada. “We are confident that the partnership will enable us to share projects that do not stop with the distribution of products to the South African market, but which can act as a platform for a more capillary presence on the entire African continent.”
“While Prolyte has the lion’s share of the South African market, DWR looks forward to extending our service and assistance to those who have Litec, Tomcat and James Thomas Engineering trussing in their inventory,” Robert concludes.

 
laddersLadder Association issues new guidance
Monday, 15 June 2020

UK - "Keeping ladder users safe now means protecting them from coronavirus as well as falls," says The Ladder Association, as they release new guidance for health and safety managers.
New guidance from the Ladder Association is helping managers keep ladder users safe during the coronavirus outbreak, whether they're attending a ladder training course or using ladders in the workplace.
The industry body has offered its advice on the challenges being faced by those responsible for the health and safety of ladder users as they plan a return to work. In a new guidance document released free-of-charge to the industry, the Ladder Association delves into issues such as how long the virus lasts on ladders, how rescue plans will be affected and how workers can minimise the risk of the virus spreading through proper cleaning of equipment and materials, particularly if they have been handled by multiple people.
Importantly, it includes advice on how workers can maintain physical distancing while using ladders, with a focus on two activities that need to be considered carefully: stabilising a ladder and raising a ladder.
As Ladder Association training starts to resume in some areas, they have also addressed the need for people to be protected from coronavirus during their course. They remind us of the importance of Ladder Association training and reassure managers of the protective measures they can expect to be in place during a course, from e-learning options to minimise time spent at the training centre to increased hygiene and cleaning. They also expl

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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