cinemaMore HK Audio for Adventure Cinema
Thursday, 5 October 2023

UK - Bringing its customers a mix of classics, musicals, blockbusters, and family films, and visiting some of the most picturesque locations in the country - from medieval castles and sports arenas to country estates - Adventure Cinema is the UK’s biggest open air cinema tour.
The company has enjoyed success immersing audiences in the magic of the movies across more than 70 venues since its formation in 2019. The need for exceptional audio is particularly important in an outdoor cinema setting, and Adventure Cinema has exclusively used HK Audio systems since its inception.
As a travelling outdoor cinema company running pop-up events the length and breadth of the UK, Adventure Cinema covers significant mileage and seeks to mitigate costs and environmental impact by obtaining premium quality sound from compact audio systems, as director Mark Thompson explains:
“Essentially, we need the biggest and best quality sound from the smallest boxes possible. The systems also need to be exceptionally durable and reliable as they are in virtually constant use throughout the season. HK Audio’s Linear 5 system has enabled us to provide incredible sound for outdoor audiences of up to 1500 deploying just eight speakers, saving space in transit.”
At the start of its 2023 season, the company contacted Polar, HK Audio’s UK distributor to invest in six Linear 5 LTS long-throw, ultra compact loudspeakers to upgrade the tops in their central stacks.
Mark Thompson continues: “The power and long-throw characteristics of the Linear LTS units enable u

christieThe Smith Centre upgrades with Christie
Thursday, 5 October 2023

USA - Christie M 4K25 RGB pure laser projectors are bringing bright, vivid colours to the performance spaces at The Smith Centre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. Recently installed as part of a projection upgrade, the new projectors are helping performers, speakers, and musicians engage audiences with dynamic visuals.
The Smith Centre opened 11 years ago in downtown Las Vegas and provides Southern Nevada with a cultural foundation, presenting music, dance, Broadway, and theatre performances outside of the Las Vegas Strip. The centre houses three performance venues: Reynolds Hall, touting 2,050 seats, Myron’s with 248 seats, and Troesh Studio Theatre, which can host an average of 220 seats depending on the configuration.
In 2021, The Smith Centre embarked on a path to upgrade its projection technology throughout the venue. R. Warren Bishop, head video engineer, worked closely with Ian Billings at PRG Gear on the procurement process, and compared solutions from three manufacturers, including Christie.
“The support from Christie was superior [to the other manufacturers], and the colour performance of RGB pure laser is far better than laser phosphor.” Bishop also wanted laser illumination so that cumbersome and costly lamp changes would no longer be required.
Bishop selected three Christie M 4K25 RGB pure laser projectors – two for its largest performance space, Reynolds Hall, and one for Myron’s, a cabaret-style space – which have proved to be a versatile solution. “The M 4K25s are much smaller at almost half the size of our p

brixtonThird Brixton Light Festival shines brightly
Thursday, 5 October 2023

South Africa - There is a very special community living in Brixton, Johannesburg who regularly come together to bridge the gap between social groups with the emphasis on love, art and compassion, all with the aim of creating the kind of neighbourhood people want to call home. Throughout the year they present various events like their Youth Day Fashion show, a rally called Feast of the Nations, workshops and even things like watching movies on the tennis court, braais in the street, and reserving half an hour every Tuesday to pick up rubbish in the area.
In early September, the community of Brixton, Johannesburg celebrated the third annual Brixton Light Festival. The SOS Charity Fund sponsored the wages of 12 crew members who worked tirelessly to make the festival a reality, while DWR contributed Robe lighting fixtures to create mesmerizing special effects and illuminations on the iconic Brixton (Sentech) Tower.
Gearhouse Splitbeam, led by managing director Alistair Kilbee, played a pivotal role as the primary technical supplier, who provided equipment at a significantly reduced cost.
In 2023, the festival's theme, Where the Waters meet the Light, pays homage to Brixton's geographical location along the Witwatersrand watershed. Depending on which side of this watershed line rainfall occurs, water journeys either toward the Indian Ocean or the Atlantic on the opposite side. This thought-provoking theme has sparked the creativity and imagination of both community members and artists, serving as a source of inspiration for the event.
Mark Schae

uadeBuenos Aires UADE selects Chauvet
Thursday, 5 October 2023

Argentina - A facility named after a living legend must uphold the highest standards of production. Such is the case with the Héctor Cavallero Auditorium, at the Argentine Business University (UADE) in Buenos Aires.
Providing a practice and exhibition room for students of the Bachelor of Performing Arts, the facility is named in honour of Cavallero, current director of the Bachelor of Performing Arts at UADE. Héctor Cavallero is among the most renowned theatre producers in the history of Argentina. Bringing Michael Jackson to the country and inaugurating the shows at Campo Argentino del Polo with Luciano Pavarotti, are just two of his many accomplishments.
With a total space of 500m2, a stage of 80m2, and 190 seats, the new facility at UADE lives up to the challenge of doing justice to this legend, thanks in part to a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by NASH Ingeniería.
Fifty-four Chauvet Professional luminaires were selected for the lighting system. Included in this group are LED pairs, moving heads and followers. The sound equipment, projectors and automated audiovisual recording cameras were also renewed, which places this theatre at the same level as those most demanding European and North American auditoriums.
In total, six Maverick Force S Spot units were installed, along with six Rogue 1 BeamWashes, eight Ovation E-160WW ellipsoidals, eight Ovation F-145WW Fresnels, 12 COLORdash Batten-Quad 12 linear fixtures, 12 COLORdash Par H12IP pars, and two Ovation SP-300CW followspots.
The auditorium’s fixtures are

renkus-heinzRenkus-Heinz hits The Rocky Mountains
Thursday, 5 October 2023

USA - Renkus-Heinz will attend the Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo (AVX) on 18-19 October at the Crowne Plaza Dia Convention Centre in Denver, Colorado.
AVX 2023 attendees will have the opportunity to experience The Sound Solution in person at Booth #202, where Renkus-Heinz will exhibit a variety of solutions, including the ICLive X Series and Iconyx Compact Series of digitally steerable arrays, both powered by the company’s all-new OmniBeam beam-steering software, as well as the award-winning UBX Series of pre-steered passive column loudspeakers.
Members of the Renkus-Heinz team, including western regional sales manager Garrison Parkin and Chris Henley from Mountain AV Marketing, Renkus-Heinz’s representative for the Rocky Mountain region, will be on the show floor ready to answer any questions.
“We enjoy regional shows such as AVX that allow us to spend valuable time with our customers from the area,” said Parkin. “We’re looking forward to showcasing our latest and best solutions for those who have not been able to experience them in person yet, and we can already tell it’s going to be a great show this year.”

avanteAvante Audio adds battery-powered PA
Thursday, 5 October 2023

USA - The new AS8 ACDC from Avante Audio is a complete portable PA system that can be used ‘absolutely anywhere’ thanks to its integrated rechargeable battery. Easy to setup, this active column speaker system offers flexible input options including Bluetooth 5.0+ wireless connectivity. It is suitable for acoustic solo performers, small bands, comedians and mobile entertainers who want the flexibility to perform everywhere and anywhere without the need for power outlets.
Building on the success of the original AS8, the new AS8 ACDC offers the same combination of portability, connectivity and quality audio reproduction with the added benefit of an inbuilt 5,000mAh Lithium-Ion battery, which is capable of providing an average run time of four to five hours. A convenient four-segment LED battery level indicator is provided on the rear of the unit and the same power inlet socket is used to charge the battery and run the system directly from a power supply (100 to 240 VAC 50/60Hz).
The AS8 ACDC’s audio system combines an 8-inch neodymium subwoofer with an array of six precision-aligned 2.75” neodymium high/mid drivers. The subwoofer, which has a 1.5” voice coil and a 28 oz. magnet, is built into a vented enclosure which also contains the battery pack, amplification, and mixer. This system is powered by a 250W RMS (1000W peak) Class D amplifier with a switching power design and delivers a maximum output of 110dB with a frequency response of 180-20kHz.
The mid/high drivers are mounted into a column enclosure and the system is also supplied with an

prolightsProlights joins Echelon techno party
Thursday, 5 October 2023

Germany - Echelon Festival, one of Germany's foremost techno and house music festivals, was illuminated with an impressive display of Prolights fixtures. This event took place at the historic Ehemalige US Kaserne, a former NSA Satellite Tracking Station, and showcased a line-up of top-tier techno and house music artists, captivating a throng of dedicated electronic music enthusiasts.
Revolution Rental designed an innovative lighting setup at the festival's Main Stage, elevating the overall experience for both performers and attendees. An array of 130 Prolights fixtures, including the LumiPar 12IP, LumiPar 7IP, Solar 27Q, and Solar 48Q, was suspended, crafting a visual spectacle that harmonized seamlessly with the musical performances.
"The essence of Echelon Festival has always been pushing boundaries and delivering an unforgettable experience. Prolights fixtures played a pivotal role in accomplishing this mission. Their exceptional versatility and unwavering reliability enabled us to craft a luminous masterpiece that not only complemented the extraordinary music but also transformed the entire festival into a visual marvel," declared the Revolution Rental team.

church-lighting-workshopDWR and MA host church lighting workshops
Thursday, 5 October 2023

South Africa - DWR Distribution and MA Lighting are to present a workshop tailored for technical crew and volunteers based at Houses of Worship. Australian lighting designer Jarrad Donovan, consultant for Hillsong Australia, and MA Lighting's Luke Chikkala will take part.
Attendance is completely free, but booking is essential. The dates are 22 October in Johannesburg, Durban (25) and Cape Town (27).
Born into a Christian family, Jarrad attended the Salvation Army in Sydney, Australia, where he managed lighting setups for a diverse array of events, including camps, conferences, and youth gatherings, utilizing equipment ranging from parcan rigs to moving lights. His journey continued when he joined the Hillsong Hills Campus in
“This is my first visit to South Africa and I am very excited,” says Jarrad. “I have a passion for lighting and production in churches and using my skills and gifts to create an atmosphere to best suite that particular church. I want to empower churches to make the right decision for their venues and use my experiences to help guide them as best I can.”
Luke Chikkala serves as technical support with MA Lighting. Also a Christian, he understands the technical requirements in Houses of Worship, while possessing extensive technical expertise. Luke is renowned for delivering intensive training sessions to top lighting designers worldwide.
Delegates attending the workshop can look forward to exploring practical case studies involving churches of various sizes and will be provided with insight into how Hillsong e

jerry-trottaMain Light appoints operations manager
Thursday, 5 October 2023

USA - Main Light Tri-State has announced the appointment of Jerry Trotta as its operations manager. Jerry brings with him a wealth of industry experience having worked as a logistics manager at 4Wall Entertainment for the past 10 years.
Michael Cannon, CEO of Main Light, says, "Having Jerry on board is a significant asset for Main Light. His deep-rooted industry experience, combined with his unique ability to connect with clients, aligns perfectly with our vision. We're confident that Jerry's transition from production to our dry hire model will further enhance our commitment to providing personalized and top-notch service to our clients."
John D’Amico, and Miguel Ortez will be joining the Main Light Tri-State team alongside Jerry. John and Miguel will work in tandem managing logistics and Main Light Tri-State’s upcoming trucking division.

veronaSkylos and Aqua light Verona Arena Eurovolley
Wednesday, 4 October 2023

Italy - More than 70 Claypaky lights were used to illuminate the inaugural Eurovolley match at the Verona Arena. The project was conceived by Mequadro Service’s lighting designer Andrea Coppini and the company owner Emanuele Mazzi, with support from Claypaky product specialist Alessandro Melegaro.
The event marked the return of top sporting events to the temple of Italian opera, which was transformed into an open-air sports stadium in less than 24 hours. Emanuele Mazzi explained how the idea for this rig came about: “We were asked to include something awesome for this unusual event. In addition to illuminating the field, we put together lighting effects on the stalls and the audience, and created beams visible from afar to make the Arena look even more impressive.”
“To create these effects, we chose the Skylos and the Arolla Aqua," Andrea Coppini continued. "We saw these lights at Claypaky's headquarters, and we were immediately impressed by their innovative features, perfect for creating a unique, memorable event.”
“It is also an honour for Claypaky to be present at this event," Claypaky product specialist Alessandro Melegaro underlined. "It was a challenge to install our products at this prestigious venue, which will definitely bring out their unique features in terms of quality of effects and beam power.”
The lighting was installed and designed for the event by Mequadro Service, and the lights were provided by the AED Group.

laterrasolisimg1L-Acoustics adds audio magic to Terra Solis
Wednesday, 4 October 2023

UAE - Created by Tomorrowland, Terra Solis is a new multi-purpose venue located just 40 minutes outside Dubai. Featuring luxurious accommodation options, a swimming pool, and a host of Tomorrowland elements, including a restaurant, bar, and a shisha lounge, this desert oasis sprawls over an expanse of 371,000sq.m.
Working in close partnership with L-Acoustics distributor in Dubai, Levels AV, has designed and delivered an L-Acoustics K3 system that injects the manufacturer’s sonic signature into the venue.
"We were delighted when Tomorrowland's partner company approached us for this project," says Richard Prior, head of operations at Levels AV. "They wanted the very best audio for their venue, and as we have a long-standing relationship with L-Acoustics, we recommended them as the top choice, which perfectly aligned with their view of L-Acoustics as industry leaders. We created a detailed specification for the sound systems, including L-Acoustics K3, KS28s, and Syva with SB15m, as well as A10 and KS21 in the DJ booth."
Prior explains that during the installation process there were some challenges due to the venue’s location.
“Logistically, it was quite tricky to get to because you have to drive out into the desert,” he notes. “Other than this, we had no sound-related issues, except for the need to conduct on-site tests before the actual installation.”
The tests were necessary due to the amphitheatre's unique design. Featuring a man-made sand dune at one end, which created some tricky reflections, the team had to make precis

styxStyx marathon tour rolls on with DiGiCo
Wednesday, 4 October 2023

USA - With an enduring legacy spanning more than five decades, the members of Chicago rock band Styx are still showing no signs of calling it quits. In fact, the group is currently out on the road supporting its 17th studio album, Crash of the Crown, in the final stretch of a 95-date 2023 US tour that runs into November.
And while Styx may be relying on local “racks and stacks” at the various host venues on their latest trek, the band’s audio crew has opted to carry a Solotech-supplied control package built upon twin DiGiCo SD12-96 consoles for FOH and monitor mix consistency.
Chris Hoff, better known as ‘Cookie’ has worked with the band on and off for more than half of its history, originally starting out as a stage patch/monitor tech in 1997. Following eight years as the band’s monitor engineer, plus various stints as systems engineer, Hoff has spent the past six years as Styx’s FOH engineer, and he says that the choice to specify DiGiCo consoles was an easy one.
“I absolutely love the DiGiCo mixing platform; there is so much flexibility and so many extra features that set this platform apart,” he says. “Once I get my ‘propeller-head’ engineering done - routing, groups, macros, and so on - I feel that I’m free to mix creatively and musically. I don’t have to spend all of my time fixing things and I can fully participate in the performance from my end.
“I’ve worked on a variety of DiGiCo surfaces - SD7, SD5, SD10, and Quantum7 - on both sides of the snake since 2015, but the SD12-96 was particularly idea

the-architect-2-david-leveneWhite Light helps build The Architect
Wednesday, 4 October 2023

UK - The Architect is a celebratory and stirring immersive theatrical experience, taking place entirely on a London bus. Commemorating the murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence 30 years on, and inspired by his ambition to become an architect, the show uses performance, music and spectacle to explore the lives of black Londoners, imagining the potential of uninterrupted black lives and the hopes, ambitions and dreams that accompany this.
The lighting for this special project was designed by Chris McDonnell, who approached White Light, a d&b solutions company, to supply her lighting equipment.
Unlike more traditional pieces of theatre, The Architect sees its audience members board a London double-decker bus which then travels to different parts of the city, as well as back and forth through time. So how did Chris approach such a different production? She explains: “Whilst this show is incredibly ambitious, I was actually given quite a practical brief.
“The priority was for the various sections of the bus along with the locations we visited to have enough light and coverage so that the audience could see the action as it took place across the ever-darkening evening. The various locations include the bus stop, Well Hall Road, General Gordon Square as well as the actual bus itself so we also had to ensure each location felt distinct. One of the biggest factors I knew I’d have to face was how I could practically light these various places; in regards to what fixtures would work, how these would be rigged and how we would be able to control them

prolightsProlights EclPanels light Zandvoort lounge
Wednesday, 4 October 2023

The Netherlands - Prolights EclPanels TWC were successfully used in the creation of the new DRM Multimedia Lounge in the Zandvoort circuit. The main objective of this project was the transformation of a space into a multimedia lounge, which could ‘combine the emotion of Formula 1 racing with the possibilities offered by the most advanced technologies’.
For the lighting of the room, DRM Showtechniek has chosen to rely on Full AVL, Prolights distributor in the Netherlands. Full AVL supplied a set of EclPanel TWC, softlight LED known for their versatility in lighting, adapting perfectly to each specific need of the room. When the lounge is used as a meeting room, the EclPanels ensure intense and uniform light. Instead, when the room is not used as a workplace, these panels can beautify the environment, adapting their colour harmoniously to the general style of the room, thanks to the integrated FullSpectrum colour range.
The Full AVL team highlighted: “Prolights EclPanel TWC panels represent the top of innovation in lighting. Their ability to reproduce brilliant, dimmable colours makes them ideal for meeting a wide range of needs and environments. Thanks to their uniform and homogeneous light distribution, these panels ensure that every corner of the lounge is perfectly illuminated, both during meetings and live streaming sessions."

nebraska-volleyball-dayscott-bruhn-husker-athletics4TMS and Elation shine on Volleyball Day
Wednesday, 4 October 2023

USA - In a historic night of volleyball and music, Proteus Lucius profile moving heads and Proteus Rayzor 1960 wash effects from Elation Professional, supplied by TMS, illuminated the stage for a captivating post-match concert by country music artist Scotty McCreery.
The event took place on 30 August at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, as part of the Volleyball Day in Nebraska celebration.
The University of Nebraska is known for its passionate support of its women’s volleyball team and the event drew an astounding crowd of 92,003 spectators. It marked a significant milestone for the world of women's sports and, according to the University, broke three records: Largest Volleyball Game Attendance Ever, Largest Attended Women's Sporting Event in the U.S., and Largest Attended Women's Sporting Event in the World.
Production company Theatrical Media Services (TMS), based in Omaha, has a long-standing relationship with the University of Nebraska that dates back to 2013 when the University’s basketball teams opened up Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. TMS provided pre-game and in-game lighting for the games and later provided lighting for a volleyball season at Bob Devaney Sports Centre.
TMS played a key role in illuminating the historic Volleyball Day concert by providing the lighting setup and Patrick Bressman of TMS played an integral part in crafting the layout. He explains that TMS also provided a truss structure for the occasion, which, under typical circumstances, would have featured a vinyl roof covering. However, due to sight line

novaNovatech takes Brompton LED on Entech tour
Wednesday, 4 October 2023

Australia - Based in Adelaide, Novatech Creative Event Technology has been providing technical production services for major corporate, arts, music, and sporting events for over two decades. Novatech is set to unveil its latest turn-key offerings in vision, audio, and lighting for live events at this year's Entech Roadshow from 10-24 October. This showcase will feature demonstrations of LED processing solutions from Brompton Technology.
Leko Novakovic, managing director at Novatech, states: “As a full-service production rental company supplying turn-key event technology solutions for three major sectors, concert and touring, corporate, and special events, our high-end vision offerings in particular encompass everything from projection mapping to large-scale LED screen solutions for live events. We have relied on Brompton Technology LED video processing products for many years in the latter.”
The company’s touring LED inventory features an impressive line of Brompton Technology LED video processing solutions, which it uses in conjunction with its extensive array of ROE Visual products. This includes the latest 4K Tessera SX40 LED processors supported by Tessera XD 10G data distribution units, offering a sophisticated single-box solution specifically designed to address the challenges posed by large LED display systems.
Other Brompton solutions in Novatech’s repertoire include the Tessera S8, Tessera S4, and Tessera T1 LED processors. ROE Visual products include Roe Carbon CB3, as well as Roe Carbon CB5 AirFrame and the recently purchased Roe

warnerbros-worldK-array addresses theme parks sector
Wednesday, 4 October 2023

Europe - K-array has recently launched a range of audio solutions for the theme parks and visitor attraction market.
Building on years of experience in problem-solving for theme park environments, K-array has identified various application-specific challenges that it aims to solve with its latest package of solutions, which include its Python loudspeaker, Pinnacle system and innovative Anakonda line-array loudspeakers, the latter of which has sold more than 10km (10,000m) since its creation.
A series of installations in the Middle East, as well as successful projects in France, the USA and Asia have proven K-array products to be suited to face the challenges of these environments thanks to the brand's dedication to ensuring IP certification on many of its discreet, yet powerful, loudspeakers.
“Our solutions for theme parks represent the convergence of cutting-edge audio technology and acoustic precision,” reflects Andrea Torelli, global marketing director at K-array. “These solutions enable immersive experiences and ensure that every sound, from the gentle rustle of leaves to the thunderous roar of a rollercoaster, resonates with clarity, depth and spatial accuracy. We see our theme park audio solutions as conductors; orchestrating a sensory journey where acoustics become an integral part of the magic.”
In collaboration with regional distributor Procom Middle East, metre-long Python loudspeakers and Thunder subwoofers were chosen to withstand the high-humidity environment of YAS Waterworld in Abu Dhabi. The system is driven by Kommande

vergeVerge unveils all-in-one drone show solution
Wednesday, 4 October 2023

USA - Verge Aero has unveiled the Verge Aero X7 drone at the 2023 UP.Summit, a gathering of innovative minds rethinking transportation. Drone shows are one application of the new technologies transforming mobility.
The Verge Aero X7 is a breakthrough product that delivers exceptional performances and smashes the barriers to entry into the drone show industry with a price designed to accelerate adoption, says the company. Now, almost anyone can create and perform drone shows with Verge Aero’s integrated, all-in-one drone show solution.
Venturing into the drone show industry has presented aspiring providers with a maze of mismatched hardware and software components creating disjointed workflows, at higher price points, making entry a daunting task. But Verge Aero, driven by a dedicated development team committed to making drone shows accessible to everyone, has flipped the script.
The introduction of the X7 is a testament to Verge Aero's seven years of innovation and dedication to building an-all-in-one drone show solution, streamlining workflows and democratising the drone show landscape. Designed from the ground up with ease-of-use in mind, the X7 integrates all essential elements for designing and performing sophisticated drone shows into one user-friendly system.
This unified approach drastically increases efficiency, making owning a drone show business an attainable dream for many more enthusiasts.
“As Verge Aero moves forward, we are not just advancing technology but also driving access to the industry, creating community wit

jbl-colJBL COL Series now shipping in the UK
Wednesday, 4 October 2023

UK - Sound Technology, Harman Professional distributor in the UK and ROI, has announced immediate shipping of the new JBL Professional COL Series slim column loudspeakers.
Featuring wide horizontal and narrow vertical coverage with a built-in 10° down-tilt to the aim, COL Series deliver optimum coverage for most listening areas while allowing the speaker to be installed flat to the wall. Racetrack woofers provide maximum radiating area in a column form factor. Multi-tap transformers allow for use on either 70V or 100V distributed speaker lines, while the speaker is switchable for direct 8-ohm operation.
The two models in the range - the COL600 (600 mm) and COL800 (800 mm) - are suitable for a variety of applications, including conference and meeting rooms, lecture halls, retail stores, concourses, public transport spaces, fill applications and more.
Available in black or white, versatile installation is accommodated by two included brackets. A low-profile pan & tilt bracket provides a further 10° down-tilt (in addition to the built-in 10° down-tilt aim), and a pair L-brackets for flat-to-the-wall installation.
The COL Series can be installed indoors or outdoors thanks to an IP54 rating for protection against ingress of dust or water. The drivers are water-treated, the grille has a water-backing, and a cover is included to protect the input terminals.

astera-carl-johan-skold-new-group-ceoAstera appoints Carl-Johan Sköld group CEO
Wednesday, 4 October 2023

China - Wireless LED lighting manufacturer Astera has announced the creation of a new group CEO position with the appointment of Carl-Johan Sköld.
Carl-Johan will be based in Hong Kong and collaborating closely with both the German HQ and design centre and Astera’s Chinese manufacturing teams to shape the company’s medium term and future growth strategies.
With extensive expertise in long-term business development and strategy, Carl-Johan will outline some ambitious goals for Astera’s future, whilst also fortifying the brand’s current standing as a market leading lighting technology brand.
Astera’s sales director Sebastian Buckle commented: “It’s hugely exciting to have someone of Carl-Johan’s calibre onboard as our company moves to the next phase of its development. Carl-Johan brings great expertise, a huge enthusiasm for our industry and a brilliant track record of foresight and success, all of which will have positive impact on Astera going forward and we look forward to a long and productive relationship.”
Carl-Johan has already worked as a consultant for Astera for some time, and says: “Astera has many strengths and the key to developing any effective future strategies starts with these. The approach to innovation - based on thoughtful design tailored to the specific needs of multiple lighting professionals - makes Astera stand out in the market and provides a great basis for further growth.”
One key area in which Carl-Johan will immediately be concentrating his expertise will be intensifying Astera’s prese

terence-chanclear-com-2023Terence Chan joins Clear-Com in UK
Wednesday, 4 October 2023

UK - Clear-Com has announced the appointment of Terence Chan as its newest product manager, based out of the company’s Cambridge, UK office. Terence will be responsible for the user experience and success of the company’s matrix intercom systems (for example, the Eclipse HX Digital Matrix).
Chan has over 15 years of experience working in product management for high-tech industries with clients that included Google, Philips, and other FinTech ventures, and has a special interest in sustainable tech. As a fan of Clear-Com technology prior to joining the team, he is especially interested in the wide variety of markets the company supports.
Chan comments: “I look forward to learning more about the methodology of generating such a bridge between technology and market. Because to me, what makes a professional successful is their way of working, and having the right methodology can always drive the product to success. So, I look forward to learning more about use cases to see how best I can help customers in that way.”
Vice president of product management, Simon Browne, says: “I am delighted that Terence brings to the position a wealth of product management knowledge, and his design experience with advanced devices and their user interfaces will allow him to drive innovation and user experience for the Clear-Com products to come.”

digicoDiGiCo acquires software developer Fourier Audio
Tuesday, 3 October 2023

UK - DiGiCo has announced the acquisition of UK-based live sound software developer and manufacturer, Fourier Audio.
Fourier Audio’s team of software engineers and sound designers are focused on delivering live audio solutions that ‘enhance an engineer’s ability to create superior sounding performances.’ Over the last 24 months they have been developing a new platform bringing the power of studio audio software plug-ins to live engineers, codenamed Project Core. The Fourier team will present their new platform on the DiGiCo booth #823 at the AES New York conference later this month, with product shipping Q1 2024.
Austin Freshwater, DiGiCo MD, comments: “At DiGiCo we are always looking at how we can enhance our customers’ ability to provide new and exciting possibilities in live performance audio. With Fourier Audio, we are investing in a team that will soon launch an integrated plug-in processing engine, Project Core, bringing new opportunities for DiGiCo to work with third party software providers, truly plugging in the world of live sound on a platform our clients can trust.”
Fourier Audio founders Henry Harrod, Peter Bridgman and Gareth Owen (CEO, CTO, CCO), states: “Knowing first-hand how successful and well regarded DiGiCo and the wider Audiotonix family are in the live market, this is a fantastic next step in Fourier’s growth. Being part of a global network of partners and clients that are at the top of their game - in live events, touring and installed audio - gives us the opportunity to rapidly change the way that engineer

netvio-logo-01Audiologic to distribute Netvio in UK
Tuesday, 3 October 2023

UK - Audiologic has announced a strategic partnership with Netvio, a developer and manufacturer of audio-video hardware and software solutions. As part of this collaboration, Audiologic will serve as the distributor of Netvio's solutions, expanding its portfolio of products and services to meet the growing demands of the professional audio industry.
Netvio's specialised range of HDMI, HDBaseT, and AVoIP hardware provides comprehensive end-to-end solutions that encompass video, networking, software, and control. The H2, HT2, and JP4 series software products come with the latest configuration user interface, ensuring an optimal experience for installers, thereby achieving peak product performance. Inclusive, licence-free control applications allow for the seamless control of audio, video, displays, media sources, and third-party integration products, utilising the latest in user-interface design principles and familiar smart devices.
This partnership with Audiologic will allow both companies to provide customers with ‘an unmatched range of audio-video solutions’, tailored to meet the needs of various industries, including corporate, education, entertainment, and beyond.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with Audiologic to bring our state-of-the-art technology to a wider audience," says Derek Hulbert, managing director at Netvio. "Audiologic's reputation for excellence in the audio industry and their commitment to delivering top-notch solutions align perfectly with our mission to transform the experience for professionals and enthusiasts alike. Tog

absen-european-summit-2311Absen partner summit convenes in Malta
Tuesday, 3 October 2023

Malta - Absen brought together over 100 of its European partners for a dedicated partner summit, at the end of September. Taking place on the striking island of Malta, the two-day summit provided Absen with the opportunity to convene with its high-level partners from across Europe, to share industry insights, to inspire new projects and to thank its partners for their on-going support.
This year’s summit was sponsored by three of Absen’s key partners: Peerless-AV, Brompton and disguise.
On day one, guests attended a conference with news, insights, panel discussions and interviews, as well as the opportunity to get hands-on with a range of Absen products, including the PL 2.5 Lite, Absenicon C138, KLCOB 0.9, CL 1.2pp and AX 1.5 powered by Brompton. In the evening and on day two, guests attended a host of networking and sightseeing opportunities to take full advantage of the historic location and expert community gathered by Absen.
This year’s location of Malta was specifically chosen as it’s home to approximately 100 Absen installations across the island. The installations demonstrate the range of capabilities of Absen products, including DOOH, retail, corporate, rental & staging and sport.
“The Absen European Partner Summit is a great opportunity for us to exclusively bring our valued European partners together, to personally show our appreciation and gratitude,” comments Ruben Rengel, vice president of global business development, Absen. “The value of the summit is incomparable, inspiring and educating guests as well as Abse


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