prgPRG acquires UAE-based Delta Sound
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

EMEA - Production Resource Group (PRG) is acquiring the Middle East division of Delta Sound, Delta Sound L.L.C. UAE, a specialist provider of live audio and event communications technology based in Dubai and operating across the Middle East. Peter McCann, CEO for PRG in the Middle East and Andy Jackson, the managing director of Delta Sound, jointly announced the acquisition this week.
Delta Sound LLC, founded in 2006, will join forces with PRG’s operation in Dubai, forming a union between the two companies who have collaborated successfully for many years across a broad range of corporate, government and large-scale special events. Like PRG, Delta Sound provides technical design and technology support to both local and international production houses.
“By acquiring Delta Sound LLC, we have bolstered our existing offering for our many customers who produce events and shows internationally”, said PRG’s McCann. “I’m also delighted that this acquisition integrates comprehensive event communications into our product offering thus ensuring that we can present a truly turnkey solution to our customers and partners. With events such as Expo 2020 on the horizon these are certainly exciting opportunities for a company that can operate at scale and this acquisition demonstrates both a significant level of commitment to the region and a continued appetite for growth.”
“As Delta Sound LLC, we have worked on some of the region’s largest and highest profile productions,” commented Andy Jackson. “We have established a loyal client base that

eilon--aedAED to distribute Eilon Engineering in Benelux
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Europe - At Frankfurt, during ProLight+Sound, Eilon Engineering and AED group announced their new partnership. AED group has been appointed as the new distributor of Eilon products in the Benelux countries. The total product range of Eilon Ron StageMaster systems will be available for sale at AED Distribution.
“After testing and looking into all the most common systems on the market, the Ron StageMaster was the best choice for AED. We’re impressed by the easy and quick set up of the system that provides you all the data and reports you need,” said Bart De Smet, rigging advisor at AED group.
Noga Eilon Bahar, VP business development at Eilon Engineering, commented: “We are happy to begin our cooperation with AED for renting, leasing, distribution and service of our Ron StageMaster systems in Benelux and beyond. This cooperation with AED, a well-known, established, total solution provider in the AV industry, is an important addition to the Ron StageMaster distribution network worldwide and a natural addition to AED's line of products. I am sure that this cooperation will be successful and together we will make live events even safer.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
leisuretechLeisuretec and Zero 88 host training day
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

UK - Leisuretec Distribution inspired the industry’s future bright sparks with a training day on Zero 88’s FLX / S lighting consoles. The event took place at Leisuretec’s HQ in February 2019, offering a group of home-educated students aged 13-18 the opportunity to taste the world of entertainment and theatre lighting.
Zero 88’s FLX / S lighting desks provide a simple and intuitive solution perfect for applications where the user has little lighting knowledge but needs to operate their theatre, school stage, event or production. Each desk equipped with a visualiser, the group of young people learnt how to patch and set up their stage and how to use chases, groups, cues, playbacks, colour palettes and many other features to create an effective show with wash and intelligent lighting.
“We recognise the importance of bringing young people into the industry to help it grow for the future,” said Andy Friedli, lighting sales specialist at Leisuretec. “From our experience it is rare that young people get hands-on experience with professional lighting equipment, unsighted to the possible career opportunities our industry can behold. This is our second training event for young people and we get great satisfaction from giving them a gateway into our exciting world of entertainment.”
Leisuretec also hosts training events for both their trade customers and industry professionals covering many industry topics across sound, lighting and video. See upcoming events at https://www.leisuretec.co.uk/page/teczone-events.
(Jim Evans)

 
techproTechPro opens Rotterdam base
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

The Netherlands - TechPro, provider of video, audio and lighting services for the live events industry has announced its first site in Continental Europe, with the opening of a newly built 2000 sq. ft. warehouse and office unit in Ridderkerk, close to the city of Rotterdam.
Although long in the planning, the potential for logistical disruption following Brexit helped TechPro’s management team with their decision to open up in the Netherlands and mitigate any impact on the company’s ability to meet growing demand for European-based live events.
TechPro director Rob Stokes, commented: “UK-based event agencies rely on TechPro to deliver truckloads of AV equipment throughout Europe with smooth efficiency.
“With over 60% of our work now taking place at event venues throughout the EU and beyond, our new branch in the Netherlands will allow us to continually meet our client’s expectations, whilst removing any future concerns for logistical disruption or potentially costly import/export legislation.
“Our presence in Europe is an investment in a practical solution to the as yet unknown challenges ahead and not only demonstrates our commitment to our clients, but shows we are fully prepared, whatever the final outcomes over the next few days, weeks or months.
“Rotterdam is a fantastic location and very early on in the procurement process it felt like the natural choice for TechPro, being less than a 10 minute drive to major local highways and only a 30-minute drive from the port of Rotterdam.
“This move into Europe gives our

 
 
new-office-interiorAnna Valley moves to larger premises
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

UK - Anna Valley, the London-based AV and entertainment technology company will relocate to new premises this month. The move follows the company’s rapid growth and a significant investment in technology since its management buyout in 2015, prompting the need for increased warehouse and office space. The new property is only a few miles from their current base but is 150% bigger, providing 41,000sq.ft of space.
Remaining in Feltham provides a number of benefits for the company, its staff and clients. Situated just outside of London’s congestion zone, the area provides easy and quick access to the city and outlying areas via a logistical infrastructure including the nearby Heathrow Airport.
“While our current location served us well for the last five years, we’re now working on bigger projects that demand more space to test, demonstrate and prepare our AV technology,” said Anna Valley director Nick Hart. “This move will allow us to continue our strategic expansion and improve the service we offer to both rental and integration clients.”
Preparation for the move has been underway since early February and, because all new racking, IT infrastructure and office facilities are being built, these will be prepared before the group starts transferring equipment to the new facility on 15 April. Anna Valley will begin operating from their new warehouse on 29 April, 2019.
(Jim Evans)

 
andy-lewisAndy Lewis appointed MD at Audiologic
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

UK - Provider of professional audio-visual equipment, Audiologic has announced the appointment of Andy Lewis to the position of managing director. Lewis joined the company as part of its sales team in 2013 and has since progressed through its ranks, first as sales and marketing manager, then as director and now MD.
Co-founder Simon Stoll, who steps down from the role to make way for Lewis, says, “Audiologic has enjoyed significant growth since Andy joined the company and in my view his rightful progression to MD reflects both his tireless work ethic and his commitment to personal development.
“As one of the founders of the business, I will be concentrating on helping to develop our supply chain - seeking complementary brands and products and assisting Andy with overall strategy and process development.
New MD Andy Lewis, adds: “I’m naturally very excited to be taking on the role of MD at this very special company. The work we’ve done growing the business has its roots firmly in the dedication and attitude of the staff in every area of Audiologic. I’m stepping into my new role alongside a highly talented team supporting a growing portfolio of excellent brands and looking forward to driving Audiologic toward further significant expansion.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
danleySenior appointments at Danley Sound
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

USA - Danley Sound Labs is creating new positions and expanding existing roles. Having served as master distributor for Danley in Southeast Asia for the past four years, Nicholas Loe has been hired to Danley’s newly-created position of country manager – PacRim/Asia.
“This new position will allow us to better serve and grow our business partnerships in the Pacific Rim/Asia Region,” explained JP Parker, director of sales with Danley. “Nick comes to us with a lot of management experience in Pro A/V contracting and distribution, and he is an incredibly energetic and positive person who has a deep understanding of what it takes to sell and support the Danley product line.”
As Danley continues its growth into new market segments, Skip Welch, Danley’s eastern regional sales manager has, has been promoted to the newly created position of national accounts manager. Welch will handle both positions and will work to expand relationships with national entities in diverse markets. “For example, we are very excited to be launching a dedicated Danley Cinema Systems product line after years of being involved with numerous one-off projects within that industry,” said Welch.
Welch, who joined Danley in 2013, will also continue to work with Danley’s network of reps. "We have very committed networks of independent manufacturer representatives and dealers, and I will continue to support them,” he said. “These rearrangements are just a natural extension of Danley’s continued growth as a brand.”
In addition, Danley has announced the app

 
paul-fFreudenberg joins PK Sound in global role
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Canada - PK Sound has named industry veteran Paul Freudenberg as its new vice president of global business development. He will be responsible for managing global sales and marketing as a key part of PK's executive management team, providing insight and experience to guide future growth, products and expansion.
PK Sound CEO Jeremy Bridge cites Freudenberg's experience in helping to grow the brand footprint of other speaker manufacturers globally, as well as his in-depth familiarity with the latest technologies, as key reasons for bringing Freudenberg on board.
"Paul was instrumental in growing L-Acoustics in the Americas and continued that success at Rat Sound," Bridge said. "Having helped grow one of our industry's premier loudspeaker companies, it’s a natural fit. The fact that PK has a truly differentiating new technology has a number of parallels with Paul's previous success stories. Paul is also extremely well-respected in the field and he exemplifies the type of professional and personal culture we have at PK."
"Music, sound and technology have always been at the core of my professional and personal pursuits," Freudenberg said. "So, for me, a passion for music, a pursuit for sonic accuracy, and the application of engineering and technology-based solutions in a creative and collaborative environment is what my 'must have' list looks like. PK Sound ticked all of those boxes.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
storstovaStorstova upgrades with EM Acoustics
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Norway - Storstova Culture House is a 400-seat venue in Bryne, just south of Stavanger on Norway’s ruggedly beautiful west coast. Having first opened its doors in 1964, Storstova has hosted thousands of cinema shows and has been home to hundreds of performances of all types. When the time came to renew the sound system, owners Time Kommune turned to pro audio specialists, Norstage, who supplied and installed a complete EM Acoustics system based on the compact HALO-C line array system.
“Our old PA had served us well, but it was a large, cumbersome system from the 80s,” explains Storstova’s operations manager and head of sound, Bård Ystanes. “It was still going strong, but it was time to replace it with something smaller and more modern that gave us better sight lines and more precise coverage.”
Ystanes and his team looked at systems from most of the major loudspeaker manufacturers. After extensive testing in-house, they concluded that HALO-C was the perfect fit for Storstova. “It just ticked all the boxes,” says Ystanes. “It was the right size, the right budget, and frankly, when we heard what it was capable of, we were blown away. The crystalline sound quality and smooth, homogenous coverage across every single seat were simply amazing.
“We ran all the usual stuff through it to test it in playback mode, but to test it for live performance we had EM’s technical director Ed Kinsella playing our grand piano (whilst eating Cheez Doodles), miked with a Royer Labs SF-24 stereo ribbon mic. What came out of the HALO-C sold us comple

 
robert-juliatPL+S: Robert Juliat celebrates with SpotMe
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Germany - Robert Juliat, which celebrates its centenary in 2019, presented its SpotMe system at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt. Robert Juliat’s award-winning SpotMe bespoke solution for followspot technology was demonstrated with a new interface, the SpotMe Maestro, developed in partnership with zactrack of Austria. SpotMe Maestro allows the SpotMe system to operate universally with all DMX lighting consoles on the market.
“With SpotMe Maestro we have made the SpotMe technology more widely available to all venues and events, broadening the protocol possibilities,” says Claus Spreyer, Robert Juliat’s sales director. “We are proud to be associated with zactrack which is a major player in the field of position tracking, 3D-calculation and media control.”
“As a young, high-tech company, zactrack is honoured to deliver our 3D knowledge to the best-known brand for followspots on the market,” confirms Werner Petricek, CEO and founder of zactrack. “SpotMe Maestro easily connects the world of Robert Juliat products with the complex tracking and auto-following technology of zactrack.”
Dalis Access 863 was also showcased on the stand where a dedicated section of the wide cyclorama showed how its light quality and functionality is comparable with the full-scale Dalis 860 cyclorama fixture.
Dalis Access 863 is a cost-effective, versatile introduction to the Dalis technology, designed to give small-sized venues or those with smaller budgets access to the benefits of Dalis technology. Sharing all the technology of the original Dalis 860 Cy

 
 
pioneerFirst installation of Pioneer XY-3B in Spain
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Spain - The Bass Valley music academy is renowned for its first class music production facilities and has opened a ground floor nightclub called The Garage in Barcelona. The space was designed and built for sound lovers and Pioneer Pro Audio’s XY series was the chosen system.
The Garage at the Bass Valley enjoys a four-point system with XY-3B three-way full range speakers either side of the stage, XY-2 mid-high speakers at the rear of the room and a trio of XY-218HS dual 18-inch horn-loaded subwoofers supplying powerful low-end. Using presets on the mixer, the club’s management can easily switch to a live gig configuration which uses only the boxes at the front.
Local rental and installation company Moduspro Audiovisual Services was enlisted to find the answer. “We knew they wanted the best sound in town,” remembers CEO Jordi Buscà. “We were sure we could achieve that with the Pioneer Pro Audio XY Series because of the speakers’ balance of pressure and intelligibility. You can hear all the instruments perfectly and voices sound so clear.”
The Garage at The Bass Valley is the latest in a line of nightclubs to partner with Pioneer Pro Audio. Since launching in 2013, speakers from three versatile ranges have been installed at venues including London’s Fabric, KM5 and Ushuaia Tower in Ibiza, Café D’Anvers in Antwerp, and Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles.
(Jim Evans)

 
asteraAstera lights UMBRA Festival installation
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Spain - Twenty-four Astera AX1 Pixel Tubes were utilised for one of 20 site-specific lighting installations created by individual artists for the first UMBRA Light Festival in Vitoria-Gastiez, Spain.
The vibrant and highly multicultural historical capital city and seat of government of the Basque Autonomous Community in Alava, northern Spain, came alive for three days, offering creatives, visitors and lighting enthusiasts from all over Spain, Europe and much further afield a chance to redefine the city and see it in some new, exciting and reimagined urban contexts.
UMBRA was organised by ARGIA 3 Asociación Cultural and curated by a new collective comprising Rafael Gallego, the principal of Aureolighting, Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea, founding partner of AGi Architects and stage lighting designer, light artist, and founder of Studio & Light Carlos Torrijos – three individuals, all passionate about lighting.
One of the technical sponsors was EES, Astera’s Spanish distributor who are based in San Sebastian. They made the AX1’s available which were utilised by Carlos Torrijos for his own work at the festival, Buscando la Vida (Searching for Life).
Buscando la Vida was staged in the former water reservoir next to the Palacio Montehermoso, a 16th century stately Renaissance building - one of two special underground spaces that became immersive light works during the event.
The Palacio was linked to the ancient Depósito de Aguas (water tank) by an underground corridor added in 1885. Since 1991 Palacio Montehermoso has se

 
 
outline-superfly-arraySuperfly reinforces comedy across Poland
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Poland - The first half of The Stand-Up Show 2019 Tour took in the largest indoor venues across 13 major Polish cities, playing to sold-out crowds in every location. Audio production was provided by Poznań-based Gigant Sound Letus who did the initial dates with their Outline GTO C-12 system before introducing their newly-acquired Superfly rig mid-tour.
Jakub Mikołajczak fulfilled the dual role of system technician and FOH sound engineer on the tour. He commented, “My first contact with the Outline Superfly system was during the BAJM tour in 2018. I was truly impressed with how powerful and great-sounding the Superfly was.
“We changed the C-12 system to Superfly more or less in the middle of the tour and to be perfectly honest, very little changed in the quality of the sound despite the much smaller physical size of system. Coverage, dynamics, and tonality weren't affected in any unexpected way, despite working in quite acoustically demanding auditoria. Superfly simply sounds like Outline, so the quality of the sound is unquestionable and reaching the desired sound is easy and intuitive for a regular user of Outline speakers.”
Mikołajczak concludes, “Stand-Up Show 2019 Tour was more than just spoken word, as it also included a band which, due to the genre of the music presented, required some punch. To my mind, the requirements were met. The small size of these speakers compared to their potential should be appreciated as well - just 12 to 16 modules in total were enough to cover the floor of almost all the halls. The acousti

 
dwrDWR equips Centurion music venue
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

South Africa - Semi Soet is a new music venue which opened its door in Centurion in 2018. The owners turned to DWR Distribution for their audio and lighting requirements and the effective solution included Quest loudspeakers, a DiGiCo console and Robe lighting.
Jaco Beukes from DWR recommended four Quest HPI110 Compact High-definition loudspeakers and two Quest HPI18BP Bandpass 18” Subwoofers as the main audio system. “We had to install a system that would offer quality, and it certainly helped that Quest comes at a reasonable price,” said Beukes.
The audio installation also included two Quest QM450A Lightweight Active 12" loudspeakers for the monitor requirements. The centre-fill and out-fills comprise of two Quest HPI111 Compact Hight-definition speakers. To cater for the audio upstairs, three HP15 5” High Output Loudspeakers were added.
Semi Soet decided to invest in the DiGiCo S21. The DiGiCo D-Rack provides 32 microphone inputs and 16 outputs for PA and additional monitor sends.
For the intimate stage and lighting requirements, Schalk Botha from DWR headed the project. Besides the installation of two lighting bars (4m each), new fixtures include Robin Spikies for fast LED Washbeams, and two Robin LEDBeam150s for sweeping beams and wide, far-reaching washes. A Showline SL Nitro 510 creates LED strobes. The rig also includes Longman F4Ups, F8Ups and FacePar 900A LED flat par lights.
Geared towards small to large size venues, the Le Matire MVS Hazer was chosen.
“This was a great project to work on,” said Jaco. “W

 
 
royal-albert-hallRoyal Albert Hall d&b installation debuts
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

UK - The newly installed d&b audiotechnik permanent sound solution in London’s Royal Albert Hall made its public debut with last weekend’s Olivier Awards show (see LSi April).
Driven by a vision to provide its audiences with life enriching, unforgettable experiences, the hall has installed the world’s largest single room audio system with over 450 individual loudspeakers from the d&b audiotechnik range.
The Olivier Awards, celebrating British theatre, served as an appropriate showcase for the system’s coverage and flexibility, significantly enhancing the overall listening experience inside the auditorium.
“Previously, our control over the audio experience was limited and often didn’t meet our high standards,” explains Ollie Jeffery, HoD production and technical at the RAH. “What we wanted was to bring sound in-house with a properly implemented system and make it so good that the majority of productions would feel comfortable using it.
“Naturally, everyone who has ever played here wants to get it right; some audio teams would spend five or six hours on the day taking speakers up and down, up and down, trying to achieve that end, but it was always a compromise. It wasn’t that our service providers were doing anything wrong, but we felt the difficult challenge of delivering world class audio within the extremely demanding geometry of the room, could only be met with a different approach to the goal.

 
plug-festEuropean PlugFest celebrates France debut
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

France - PlugFest 2019, the event for lighting connectivity, was recently held in Lille, France for the first time. The event, which sold out well in advance, was celebrated by attendees and organisers alike for its productive programme and thriving atmosphere.
The annual event aims to improve the connectivity of lighting products and provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers to test the interoperability of their products. The move to mainland Europe enabled even more professionals from across the continent to convene and collaborate.
“We’ve been coming to PlugFest for many years” says Jon Hole from Eaton, “as it allows us to discuss protocols that are still in development and test our software with newly developed protocols before we release them to our customers.”
38 representatives from 16 leading manufacturers, hailing from 10 different countries were in attendance including GLP, Swisson, Robert Juliat, TMB, Claypaky, Eaton, ChamSys, ETC and Chauvet, as well as the National Theatre and Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD).
Fraser Connolly from CSSD comments, “PlugFest gives us the information to make sure we are teaching cutting-edge technology, to test our own developments and to strengthen ties with manufacturers.”
PlugFest offered a programme of seminars which detailed the most widely used protocols including DMX512, RDM, DALI, sACN, Art-Net, RDMnet and LLRP. Making the most of these technical sessions, Christian Van Maurik from EldoLED says, “PlugFest offers the opportunity to connect with control dev

 
 
dtsDTS and GDS forge UK partnership
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

UK - GDS has announced a new partnership with Italian lighting manufacturer DTS, that will see the two companies work together to bring products to the UK.
Since 2004, Bristol-based GDS has been providing innovative and practical lighting solutions for a range of clients across the globe, with their focus primarily on entertainment venues and protected historical sites. This year, the company has broadened its approach to include the architectural sector in order to bring their expertise, ighting products and quality control systems to even more spaces worldwide.
Established in 1980, DTS has created a diverse product range, thanks to its extraordinary in-house expertise and authentic Italian craftsmanship.
The partnership between these two forward-thinking companies has been welcomed on both sides, with international sales manager for DTS Rafaella Scaccia saying, “GDS is a passionate company, that has been working successfully within the international entertainment lighting sector for over 15 years. It is my absolute pleasure to work together and I am confident that they will offer us a strong and stable sales and marketing platform to further establish DTS as a primary choice for rental companies and lighting professionals.”
Managing director of GDS Richard Cuthbert adds, “Put simply, DTS quality and innovation is outstanding. Witnessing the product operating reliably in harsh environments over many years is a testament to its build quality. DTS innovation is aligned with GDS core philosophies and I’m proud to be focusing on buildin

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 9 April 2019


Company Stars - A revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical Company was among the big winners at Sunday night's Olivier Awards. It won four prizes at the ceremony. The West End revival of the 1970 musical saw the lead character, Robert, re-imagined as a woman.
Accepting the award for best musical revival, the show's director Marianne Elliott explained her company's "main goal was to put female stories front and centre on our stages".
Two other shows took home four prizes from the ceremony - The Inheritance and Come From Away. Other winners included: Best set design - Bunny Christie (Company), Best lighting - Jon Clark (The Inheritance), Best sound design - Gareth Owen (Come From Away)
Mamma Mia! - Abba's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus made a surprise appearance as hit musical Mamma Mia! celebrated its 20th anniversary in London's West End. Huge applause welcomed the pair onto the stage as the show ended at the Novello Theatre. Ulvaeus told the crowd it felt "both strange and wonderful" to be there. They have appeared at previous anniversary performances and this time were joined at the Novello Theatre by producer Judy Craymer, director Phyllida Lloyd and writer Catherine Johnson, who Ulvaeus described as "three angels".
Smart Glasses - Smart caption glasses developed and trialled at the National Theatre for hearing-impaired audiences are being rolled out across the UK, with Leeds Playhouse the first regional theatre to use the technology. The glasses are aimed at D/deaf au

 
 
rednetcontrol2-3NAB19: Focusrite releases RedNet Control 2.3
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

USA - Focusrite has released RedNet Control 2.3, a free update that unifies RedNet Control with configuration, status monitoring, metering and extended operational control of the Red 4Pre, Red 8Pre, Red 16Line – Focusrite’s range of audio interfaces offering up to 64 in / 64 out Thunderbolt™ I/O with Pro Tools | HD and Dante network audio connectivity.
“Providing support for Thunderbolt control of the Red 4Pre, Red 8Pre and Red 16Line within RedNet Control negates the need for the separate Focusrite Control application,” said Will Hoult, Focusrite pro senior product manager. “At the same time, we decided to add a handful of new features that weren't previously possible for the Red series.”
Focusrite RedNet Control’s Device View features a graphical representation of each device on the local network, giving critical feedback such as signal metering, clock status, power supply state and primary/secondary network connection state. RedNet Control is completely customizable, which allows for several users on the same network to have completely different views.
RedNet Control now also provides parameter control. This includes clock source selection, sample rate converter configuration and reference level setup. All the functions of Red mic pres can be controlled from the software.
From the Custom Mixes page, RedNet Control’s internal audio mixer allows you to create up to eight separate mono or stereo sub-mix signals. Up to 30 of all the available inputs can be selected as sources for the mixer. Once selected, these input signals w

 
genelecimmersivesolutionsNAB19: Genelec displays immersive system
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

USA - At this week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, Genelec is demonstrating a selection of its active monitors in an immersive 7.1.4 Atmos configuration.
The system is composed of S360A Smart Active Monitors™ (L-C-R), 8341A’s (side and rear), 8331A’s (overheads), and 7382A and 7360A subwoofers (sub and bass management). These models will be used to demonstrate monitoring solutions for immersive mixing for music and post in Atmos.
“Immersive audio is one of the most interesting trends in the industry, as it adds 3D realism to music, virtual reality, movies, gaming and more,” stated Will Eggleston, Genelec Inc. marketing manager. “At NAB, we wanted to give attendees a taste of what they can experience with regard to immersive audio reproduction. It is a very compelling demo.”
Additionally, Genelec is making available a new set of educational tools aimed at helping professionals to better understand and make use of immersive audio. Titled Genelec Immersive Solutions, the publication includes a comprehensive overview of the requirements for creating an effective immersive audio setup, including insights into the most commonly adopted formats and the Genelec solutions required to make the most of them. The guidebook can be downloaded from www.genelec.com/immersive.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
twinplexNAB19: Shure debuts subminiature range
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

USA - At NAB 2019, Shure has unveiled TwinPlex, the company’s new line of premium subminiature (5 mm) omnidirectional lavalier and headset microphones. Designed to stand up to the toughest conditions, TwinPlex provides natural audio at both high and low frequency when professional vocal performance is a must.
The new patent pending capsule technology offers “best-in-class sound in an easy-to-conceal package, ideal for quick costume changes or discreetly placed under wardrobe with no impact on sound quality”. Developed with input from leading audio professionals, TwinPlex supports the diverse needs of theatre, broadcast, film and television, and corporate presentations to produce high-quality audio production with superior dependability, says the company.
TwinPlex consists of four lavaliers (TL45, TL46, TL47, TL48) and an ultra-light, fully-adjustable headset microphone (TH53) in multiple colours with extensive accessories and options.
The dual-diaphragm omnidirectional design yields “extraordinary off-axis consistency and industry-leading low self-noise creating lifelike vocal clarity and warmth”.
“We’ve put these mics on a number of different people, and they simply sound outstanding. The noise floor is really low, and there’s an appreciated lack of handling noise - clothing noise from the cable is actually nonexistent,” commented Peter Schneider, owner at Gotham Sound.
To simulate years of intense use, the ultra-thin, TwinPlex cable was flexed, stretched, and pulled to the absolute limit in internal tests. Available

 
dbaudioarraycalcexportd&b launches ArrayCalc Exchange
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Germany - In step to streamlining the d&b workflow, d&b audiotechnik has launched d&b ArrayCalc Exchange software to simplify the import of complex venue geometry data from CAD and EASE into the ArrayCalc simulation software.
d&b ArrayCalc Exchange is a SketchUp extension that allows users to convert CAD and EASE files into an ArrayCalc venue file (*.dbacv) that can be imported directly into ArrayCalc.
d&b ArrayCalc Exchange supports system designers in mobile and fixed applications by simplifying the creation of complex venues in ArrayCalc. Selected elements are divided into triangles or quadrangles and converted into corresponding triangular or quadrangular planes that are used in ArrayCalc. Different layer name extensions are available, which will determine the input type of the single components from SketchUp in ArrayCalc.
The d&b ArrayCalc simulation software is the simulation tool. This is a comprehensive toolbox for all tasks associated with acoustic design, performance prediction, alignment, rigging and safety parameters.
ArrayCalc Exchange and a corresponding video tutorial are available as a free download via dbaudio.com.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
dma-backPL+S: RCF debuts Business Music Solutions
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Germany - The new RCF Business Music Solutions series offers a complete, matched family of products, with full processing power, to enable the design of commercial audio systems for both background and foreground music.
The integrated product suite has been conceived for applications requiring a high audio quality and flexible and scalable architecture, allowing distribution of different audio channels in different environments, each with their specific volume level and equalization needs.
The range was formally launched at this year’s Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt where the full range of amps was on demo, in its own dedicated space.
The series is made up of compact DMA (Digital Mixing Amplifiers) and DPA (Digital Power Amplifiers). Fed by two channels amplifier modules, DMA and DPA drive either WMR (Wall Monitor speakers) or CMR (Ceiling Monitors), these two-way speakers equipped with either 4”, 5” and 6” transducers, combined with 1” dome tweeter. Expanding the features further, and completing the set-up are the RC 401 Remote Control and BM 404 Paging Console.
The criteria set at the design stage were: uncompromised sound quality; full processing features; market leading power to size ratio; easy configuration and high scalability. The speakers also needed to have high aesthetic values - elegant when on display, discreet when not - while the amplifiers had to be rugged, highly efficient and with impressive thermal dissipation.
(Jim Evans)

 
elation-5-yr-extended-warrantyElation extends LED warranty
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

USA/Europe - Elation Professional has announced a new warranty policy that extends its standard limited product warranty to five years on LED light engine sources for some of its latest and most popular LED luminaires. In addition, warranty coverage on fixture components has been extended to three years for products used in registered indoor fixed installation projects.
The five-year/three-year limited warranty applies to Elation’s Artiste, Fuze, KL Fresnel, Seven and Profile LED product series for indoor installation projects installed and maintained by an authorized reseller. Products used on temporary indoor rental projects also benefit from the extended five-year warranty on LED engine sources with warranty coverage on fixture components remaining at two years. All exterior-rated lighting products continue to be covered by Elation’s standard two-year limited product warranty for the LED source and fixture components.
Eric Loader, global director of sales & marketing at Elation, commented on the new policy: “High power LED technology has evolved and matured to the point that it now allows us to offer this extended warranty to our customers. Because we work closely with our component suppliers and select only the highest quality key components to engineer into our products, the long-term reliability of our products has increased tremendously. We therefore feel very confident in being able to provide this extended warranty offer to our customers, adding even more value proposition to our product line.”
The new extended warranty cover

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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