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NEWS NEWS Meyer Sound increases presence in Asia

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EDUCATION F1 drives Waves mixing masterclass with Sean Sullivan

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DISTRIBUTION Stagetec Asia regains Jünger Audio

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APPOINTMENTS Brian Chow switches frequency to Clear-Com

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NEW PRODUCTS The industry’s most comprehensive product news

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FEATURES INDIAN VIBES A new Pune club is equipped with Stonewater sound systems

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BACK TO THE FUTURE Singapore’s Fort Canning Centre goes back in time

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REGIONAL FLAVOURS Exploring the 77 outlets in Bangkok’s Sook Siam

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SETTING SAIL Munro Acoustics installs LD Systems on two floating restaurants 102 CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE BIC relocates with Sound Wizard acoustic design 104 COVER: REACHING NEW HEIGHTS The first venue in the world to install Vero

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RAIL TRACK TO MULTITRACK Old railway station becomes Music Village 1939

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BUSINESS COMPANY PROFILE Chinese AV distributor PCI celebrates 20 years

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COMPANY PROFILE Richard Lawn meets the chairman of Vietnam’s IB Group

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LETTER FROM AMERICA Dan Daley explores gaming events

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Editor’s note The news from Asia hasn’t been particularly rosy in recent weeks, what with US–China trade wars, downwardly revised economic outlooks and ongoing political and ecological skullduggery. But, as we went to press, I was cheered by a story from Japan, which is granting pardons to mark the enthronement of its new emperor, Naruhito. More than half a million citizens found guilty of petty crimes such as traffic violations have been pardoned as the new emperor ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne, with prime minister Shinzo Abe vowing: ‘We will do our utmost to create a peaceful, bright future full of hope for Japan.’ This tradition dates back to a pre-war custom of clemency by the emperor. Today, critics of the practice describe it as undemocratic and politically motivated. But what better way to celebrate a new head of state than ripping up an accumulation of parking tickets or having speeding points disappear from your licence. I’ll be heading to Tokyo myself in mid-November for this year’s InterBEE show, held in the wake of Japan’s sterling performance in the Rugby World Cup and anticipation of next year’s Summer Olympics. With the Japanese broadcast and AV industries abuzz with the opportunities these sporting events are providing, and possibly celebrating the odd minor pardon or two, it’s looking likely to be a bumper edition. I hope to see some of you there.

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LETTER FROM EUROPE Phil Ward reviews the potential impact of a fragmented EU 114 SHOW REVIEW Integrate 2019 heads back to Melbourne

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SHOW REVIEW IBC represents broadcast’s frenetic pace of change

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SHOW REVIEW InfoComm India raises standards across the subcontinent

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SHOW REVIEW PL+S Shanghai marks the last major Chinese show of 2019

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SHOW REVIEW Running alongside NAB, AES New York inspires and educates

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NEWS

Meyer Sound increases presence in Asia ASIA: Meyer Sound has set its sights firmly on the growing Asian market with the formation of Meyer Sound Asia. Headquartered in Singapore, the new venture will provide marketing and technical support operations throughout the region, coordinating with national distributors extending from Australia and New Zealand, across Southeast Asia and beyond. The existing sales office in Mumbai will continue to operate. ‘We have seen tremendous growth in this region over the past few years and we’re committed to building that momentum into the future,’ said Meyer Sound’s senior vice president of marketing, John McMahon. ‘We are expanding our company presence with a full team dedicated to business development, design services and after-sales technical support, specifically for Asia and Oceania. The best solution was to establish Meyer Sound Asia with an office in Singapore, a hub city with

Andrew Poh, Salmah El Haissane and Chris D’bais quick access to all countries in the region.’ The technical team in Singapore will be led by Andrew Poh, a technical sales support specialist who joins Meyer Sound with systems design and integration experience gained as an acoustic and AV design consultant for

Arup and, most recently, as an application engineer at Harman International. He is joined by Salmah El Haissane, who will serve as PR and marketing coordinator in the new Meyer Sound Asia office. ‘For a solutions-based tech company, having more boots on the ground in the same time zones

is a no-brainer,’ explained Meyer Sound’s sales manager for Oceania and Southeast Asia, Chris D’bais. ‘With a growing and highly skilled team based in Asia, we will not only support local customers but also global tours coming through the region and help coordinate large installation projects working with

international partners. Providing direct access to factory support – including design services, tech support and sales management – means we can offer the personal connection to our regional customers that Meyer Sound is known for worldwide.’ In addition to setting up the new Singaporean office, Meyer Sound has announced new and extended partnerships. EV Group has been appointed as the manufacturer’s distributor in Vietnam, while Numthip Associates will serve as Meyer Sound’s pro markets distributor for Thailand. Deco 2000 in Thailand and PT Karta Jaya Elektrindo in Indonesia have been named as distributors for the residential home cinema market. Long-term Singaporean distributor, Coda Group, meanwhile, has also been allocated distribution responsibilities for Malaysia. www.meyersound.com

Sennheiser opens new assembly plant in Romania WORLD: Sennheiser has opened a new manufacturing plant in Romania due to commence the first assembly of products in November 2019. Located in Brașov, the factory has already been completely staffed with 116 employees that will be responsible for the manual assembly of both professional and consumer electronics products, including the German company’s HD 25 DJ, HD 600 and HD 300 Pro series headphones and new XSW-D wireless microphone series. The establishment of the Brașov plant is part of Sennheiser’s strategy

to focus and specialise its four production sites. ‘I am very happy to join the official opening of our new manufacturing base here in Brașov. With the full team now

in place, it is a great pleasure to welcome our new colleagues to the Sennheiser family,’ said Daniel Sennheiser, co-CEO at Sennheiser. ‘It is also important to recognise the start of an

important relationship between Sennheiser and Brașov. We are already seeing the benefits of the city’s outstanding infrastructure and its industrial and academic resources.’ ‘Following the successful phased introduction of manufacturing activity in Brașov, it is great to see this manufacturing base has already become a vital part of Sennheiser’s production strategy,’ furthered Violeta Balint, GM of the Brașov plant. ‘In particular, it is an honour to be responsible for creating legendary Sennheiser products

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such as the HD 25 here in Brașov. I think this is a great source of pride for the team and a testament to what we have already achieved.’ The Romanian factory will also be responsible for products including the HD 600 headphone series for the audiophile market, as well as professional products including the HD 300 Pro studio monitoring headphones and the new XS Wireless Digital – a wireless microphone series for musicians and videographers. www.sennheiser.com


NEWS: BUSINESS

d&b’s A-series arrives in APAC SINGAPORE: The annexe studio at The Esplanade theatre in Singapore recently hosted 185 pro AV professionals to witness the official launch of d&b audiotechnik’s A-series augmented array loudspeakers in the APAC territory. The session was led by product manager, installation, Wolfgang Schulz, who kicked off proceedings with an overview of the new B8/B8i subwoofer. With its ultra-compact dimensions, the B8/B8i sub was an immediate crowd pleaser. ‘I was really impressed with the little subwoofer; it sounded awesome and it’s an ideal solution for small karaoke rooms and lounge bars,’ stated Yosua Yan Heriyanto, who had travelled from Jakarta for the event.

After a short listening session, Schulz continued with an insight into the development path of the A-series, its potential applications including corporate, theatres, small stadiums and HOWs, and how it fits within the rest of the d&b family. ‘I’ve brought some customers and clients with me and it’s really been worth the trip,’ added Yan Heriyanto. ‘This is new technology that we have been waiting for. I’ve been asking for a point source that can be made into a vertical or horizontal array and they’ve listened and now we’ve got it.’ The informative presentation culminated with an extended listening session for the attendees. ‘I can definitely see the applications for the A-series, especially for an

arts centre such as ourselves,’ commented Ed Ferguson, head of sound at The Esplanade. ‘It’s flexible, multi-functional and we’ve always got to look at maximising the use of our assets.’ Guests continued into the evening to network over dinner and drinks in the adjacent Boiler Bar. ‘I think it’s been a fantastic development for the company here,’ summed up managing director of d&b Asia Pacific, Michael Case. ‘You can see from the turnout, the variety of people and where they’ve travelled from that we’re a much more established entity here and, from a product introduction perspective, it’s been hugely successful. I’m really happy.’ Wolfgang Schulz addressed the packed room

TASCAM showcases new Series products JAPAN: In light of the Series portfolio launch by TASCAM, an event showcasing the new Series 8p Dyna mic preamp, Series 102i and 208i interfaces was held at Ochanomizu Rittor Base, a multipurpose audio room established by Rittor Music in Japan. This was targeted at musicians, engineers and content creators to help them understand how to use these new products. The event featured guests Wataru Sawabe and Toshihiko Kasai, who gave the audience a recording session performance. The setup included a TASCAM TMDrums mic set, a Neumann U 87 Ai and KM 184 for the acoustic guitar and a Sennheiser BF 541 and Audio-Technica AT 4081 for the electric guitar. A TASCAM TM-280 was used to record the vocals. This was all played by Sawabe, with Kasai recording the tracks via Pro Tools and editing them with the use of the settings panel on the TASCAM driver. ‘It truly sounds natural,’ said Kasai. ‘I mean, I thought of using some plug-ins with the internal

mixer to process and colour the sound but, in the end, I just used the one-knob compressor on the Series 8p Dyna just a bit. With that little amount of colouring, the sound had a core and a slight thickness of warmth that made it sound as if it had been recorded in a professional studio. I think both devices have a lot of potential and they capture both high and low frequencies, even

with different instruments, very well.’ Yosuke Matsuno, general manager of TASCAM sales, commented: ‘I’m very glad that many people, from media companies to end users, attended this event held to announce our newest and first single mic preamp, and promote the new concept of Series interfaces. I think the process of carefully listening to the recorded sound while checking the live, natural sound of each instrument and voice really confirmed and showed the high performance of Series mic preamps and A/D conversion. With its high audio specs and expandability functions, I think this product is really the best option for customers seeking higher levels in sound production.’ www.tascam.com

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RCF celebrates 70 years in style WORLD: In celebration of its 70th anniversary, Italian manufacturer RCF flew nearly 500 distributors, dealers and customers to the Venice Arsenal, the hub of Italian shipbuilding in the 16th century, for A Night in Laguna. The celebrations saw guests arriving at the venue via a 45-minute boat journey, before being treated to cocktails and a buffet, courtesy of two-Michelin starred chef Massimiliano (Max) Alajmo, along with a special 70th birthday cake. Guests were then invited next door, where RCF Group CEO Arturo Vicari

Reinforcing Bocelli’s performance were solutions from the manufacturer’s loudspeaker portfolio, including a central cluster of 10 elements of active HDL 26-A cabinets in a compact, curved line array configuration, with single TT 2-A satellite speakers out wide giving the image of full separation. A straight line of seven TT 10-A enclosures, electronically curved using RCF’s proprietary RDNet, provided frontfills, while a large complement of 13 SUB 9006-AS in a straight line was also fully optimised thanks to the curve created in RDNet.

was introduced to applause. He emphasised the fact that what RCF had really been selling this past 70 years, as much as transducers, was ‘emotion’ – a fact backed up by a short company video. This was followed by the news that guests would be celebrating in the company of Andrea Bocelli, taking the form of an hour-long concert of light opera and populist classics, with an accompanying orchestra boosted by Cuban soprano Maria Aleida, Ukrainian principal violinist Anastasiya Petrishak and Italian singer Laria Della Bidia.

Mixing Andre Bocelli’s vocals and the soloists on a DiGiCo SD7 was Andrea Taglia, the artist’s long-term FOH engineer, who also received a separate orchestra mix from a second SD7, created by Francesco La Camera. The set of popular classics ended to a crescendo of applause, which brought the ensemble back for two encores, firstly for Sartori’s Con te partirò and finally a moving version of Nessun Dorma starring Bocelli and Petrishak. www.rcf.it


NEWS: NEWS: BUSINESS PROJECTS

Prolyte Asia businesses Novatech takes part in Santos Tour LawoDown excelsUnder in continue trading JT-NM Interop test AUSTRALIA: Novatech Creative Event Technology provided the PA and video screen infrastructure ASIA: Group for theProlyte Santos Tour has Down Under, announced it fixture can no held longer a UCI Worldthat Tour in guarantee the continuity of Adelaide. The sound setupthe relied company following itsloudspeakers, failure to on L-Acoustics Syva meet financial obligations. whilecurrent the visual elements included The Prolyte board has filed a report a ROE Visual CB5 LED screen for the Dutchbycourt but remains supported Brompton Technology hopeful business will continue. Tesserathat SX40 LED processors. Operating completely Novatech deployed L-Acoustics independently, Prolyte intervals Asia Syva cabinets both at 30–50m Pacific Bhd and Prolyte along Sdn the track, using custom Doughty Inc would like to via stands, Japan with audio distribution stress that neither an AVB-based fibrecompany network,isto involved with the insolvency of the ensure audio coverage at trackside Prolyte Group. along the start and finish lines, as ‘As aasdistributor of Prolyte-related well at selected circuits along products, both companies remain the course. fully operational in every The Novatech team hadaspect,’ to commented Prolyte Asia marketing contend with several challenges, manager, van der Sluis. including Cor a same-day set up‘We

audio to the crowd, we’d be able to set up and strike on race-day instead of having to run cabling and horns two weeks beforehand. WORLD: byorVSF, Also, withOrganised no ladders working SMPTE, AMWA and EBU, theaJT-NM at heights for our crew, it’s huge Interopimprovement is said to be the ‘ultimate safety on previous test’ practices.’ for IP-based equipment. Lawo work isWhile the latest to putthere its Syva company is IP54 rated, equipment to the among test. Notthe only was still concern team with the enclosures being subjected to the dust and the heat of an Australian summer. Therefore, Novatech worked with L-Acoustics distributor Jands to

products are being produced, we will do our utmost to continue The ROE screen by Brompton can’t sellprocessors any of their products, all pending orderswas withsupported stock except for the stock we have left in from our warehouses in Kuala our warehouses.’ Lumpur andtimes, Tokyo while and will seek and strike ensuring deployed, Ashley Gabriel, director suitable alternative products that the speaker system offered of sales and marketing at www.prolyte.com will guarantee the resolution minimal obstructions for theof race. Novatech, said: ‘Not only would www.prolytepap.com current orders. no solution more Prolyte Discussing theAs Syva this supply high-quality, full-range

has its equipment passed, it has fulfilled the ST 2110 and the ST 2022-7 categories. These systems are now part of the JT-NM Tested Catalog. The JT-NM Tested programme gives customers the opportunity to see how vendor equipment aligns with the SMPTE ST 2110 and the SMPTE 2T-2059 standards. It also shows how each piece of equipment

www.matrox.com and marketing at Novatech. ‘We

NEP Group acquires AVS

DE360

Mackie celebrates 30 years

The new DE360 ring radiator high frequency driver features a ketone polymer diaphragm with a neodymium magnet motor. Extensive FEA modelling and physical testing over the last several years has culminated in these 1.5 inch (38mm) coil, ring radiator drivers with outstanding sensitivity, high frequency extension, and compactness. A practical recommended crossover point of 1.8kHz and sensitivity of 110dB allow the DE360 to be suitable for a wide range of applications, including compact two way point source boxes and line arrays.

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signal transported over fibre via

www.jt-nm.org Riedel’s MediorNet,’ explained www.lawo.com Ashley Gabriel, director of sales

used our Brompton SX40 4K and S4 processors; they are quite amazing and we had a lot Image courtesy of Rosina Possingham of comments as to the quality of source a custom bracket that the screens and the race images. provided additional protection. We used our CB5 with air frame Although temperatures surpassed and CB3 panels on the event and 40°C, the Syva cabinets, as well all per formed superbly on the WORLD: NEPpodium Group has recently deliver exceptional results for our as the Kara PA system, Brompton processors.’ signed an agreement to obtain clients, so this will be a great experienced no issues and needed Aerial Video Systems (AVS). This fit for both organisations. We’re www.bromptontech.com no additional cooling. willNovatech occur once the FCC approves excited to bring their high-end www.l-acoustics.com divided its crew into FCC-licensed applications and will wireless solutions and talent to www.ncet.co start and finish teams. Audio help NEP to become a worldwide our clients.’

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making its way via the Ethernet AVB network was processed using L-Acoustics P1 AVB audio processors. Meanwhile, video complies keytoparts thescreens made itstoway largeofLED SMPTE standards, which via Riedel’s MediorNet. gives users a reference beown ‘As each Syva isthat fed can by its used duringLA4X the beginning of we dedicated amp channel, their evaluation usedequipment Network Manager viaand a large qualification process. wireless network to time-align each output using a wireless tablet, meaning you don’t get the delay you do with horns, which just added to the intelligibility and clarity of the system,’ explained Mr Gabriel. ‘The longest circuit we covered was the opening 1.7km stage around Adelaide’s Rymill Park, where we used Syva on all four straights and L-Acoustics Kara as in-fills, powered by a combination of LA4X and LA12X amplified controllers.’ On the visual side, the Brompton SX40 LED processors were used to support a ROE Visual CB5 LED In addition, screen that Matrox adornedVideo’s a scaffold network interface structure built by controller Nexstage (NIC) for cards passed the Joint Task teamhave presentations and daily Force on Networked Media events at Victoria Square in (JT-NM) Tested programme Adelaide. on‘We bothdeployed the SMPTE 2110 ourST ROE CB3 standard and the NMOS/JT-NM and CB5 LED screens at the TR-1001 specification. start and finish lines, with

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WORLD: In 1989, 30 years ago, Mackie launched its first product: the LM-1602 line mixer. This was leader broadcasting sooninfollowed by theservices. CR1604, AVS’ solutions will build on BSI’s created to provide an affordable wireless AV capabilities as well as 16-channel mixer for musicians. adding fibre-optic As it its celebrates itsconnectivity 30th to NEP’s US specialty capture birthday, Mackie’s catalogue division. has expanded to include ‘We’ve worked alongside the loudspeakers, studio monitors AVSand team for years and share recording interfaces, among a great dealofof respect for their a range other pro audio high-quality systems. work and technology,’ saidTo Dan Grainge,Mackie president celebrate, has of NEP. ‘AVS and NEP share similar produced a short documentary, service-oriented cultures that

detailing the company’s history. ‘Celebrating 30 years is about recognising our customers Randy Hermes, around the worldpresident that haveofput AVS, added: ‘I’m proud what their trust in our gear,’ of said we’ve accomplished at AVS. marketing director, Shaunna Joining growing, innovative Krebs.NEP’s ‘Our customers made our specialty capture take success possible,division and wewill look us even further. Most30importantly, forward to the next years of our clients great will have to providing gearaccess for Mackie afans full suite of broadcast and everywhere.’ specialty services from the best in the business.’ www.mackie.com www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipV6GM www.aerialvideo.com z0Rc0&feature=youtu.be www.nepgroup.com


EDUCATION NEWS: BUSINESS Audio-Technica becomes official MotoGP partner Adamson Applied Sonotone trains with Lab.gruppen Certification Training debuts in Singapore

WORLD: Dorna Sport has appointed practical system design and Dante Audio-Technica as the official audio networking with the use of microphone services solution LoadSmart to verify loudspeaker provider for MotoGP. Dorna Sport performance. is the commercial rights holder of ‘With the PLM+ certification for the MotoGP Grand Prix motorcycle all our worldwide distributors, racing championship and its media technicians and engineers, we can content and production team has ensure that our users experience been looking at ways to enhance the highest level of support and the quality of its audio delivery, service, continuing our success in auditioning Audio-Technica solutions the touring market,’ commented at the end of the 2018 season. Fathi. ‘I am very pleased to have The tests proved successful for the Sonotone team visit here for the Japanese manufacturer and the training.’ resulted in the purchase of 265 Karan Nagpal, managing director Audio-Technica microphones, INDIA: The team from Indian pro for customers running Adamson at Sonotone, added: ‘We are headsets and monitoring 3000 Series systems handheldon wireless MotoGP teams 72 M60x audio distributor Sonotone recently loudspeaker PLM+ very thankful forrely theon hands-on solutions. includes 53 track systems and Engineered Sound 925 training monitor we headphones and an E50in-in-ear visited theThis Swedish headquarters amplifiers. received with feed microphones, 76 interview goosenecks endpoints monitors for their of livethe audio feeds. Training waswith ledDante by Lab.gruppen’s of Lab.gruppen in Kungsbacka depth knowledge diverse and ENGpart camera microphones, were supplied the pre-anand BP28 and BP28L large-diaphragm Reza Fathi. Hefor provided into take in PLM+ Powered technologies employed.’ and System 10 2.4GHz wireless post-race press conferences, while shotgun microphones were also understanding of the Lake Loudspeaker Management systems depth microphone 16 30 BPHS1software headsetsplatform, were used employed. ‘We immediately noticed www.labgruppen.com Controller training. Thissolutions will allowfor Sonotone to Dante-ProAudioAsia-ad-Aug19.qxp_Layout 1of 21/08/2019 15:08 Page 1www.sonotone.com roving cameras. newclaims features at the commentary positions. a major step change in track audio the PLM+ Series with fulfil allENG warranty and The service

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acquisition quality when the AudioTechnica shotguns were installed,’ said Daniel Laviña, media technical director at Dorna Sports. ‘With their exceptionally wide frequency response and high SPL threshold, they seem ideally suitedrecently to the SINGAPORE: Adamson sound of andCertification we can now hosted itsthe firstrace, Applied have great quality in audio continuity Training workshop Singapore, betweeninone camera position working collaboration with itsand the next.’ newly appointed distributor, M3 Audio-Technica’s headwas of led Pro Audio. The training engineering, Onizuka, by Adamson’sKazuhiro APAC education is excited by the close R&D opportunities that working with Dorna Sport will present. ‘Working with Dorna at the actual live MotoGP races around the world is a great extension to our research laboratory, and further demonstrates AudioTechnica’s commitment to sports audio broadcasting,’ he said. Dorna Sport has also reappointed

Vislink Technologies as the official RF systems supplier for video communications for MotoGP, including on-board systems. Vislink’s relationship with Dorna dates back to 2002 and has been extended for aInfurther three years. addition to S7 line arrays and ‘The subwoofers, continuation the of our S118 setup used engagement DornaE119 is testament for the trainingwith included to ourand leadership in livePM20K sports and subs Lab.gruppen broadcasting, and delivering reliable, PLM12K amplifiers. crystal-clear video MotoGP The feedback fromtoboth The fans around thePeople globe,’and commented Production Senses John Payne, president and COO of Vislink. ‘We are proud to have worked closely with Dorna over the years to develop and incorporate numerous on-board technology innovations that help immerse viewers in this exhilarating sport.’ www.audio-technica.com www.vislink.com

Christie Secure Series arrives in Singapore

and support coordinator, Ayumi Hanano, and Simon Rains from the manufacturer’s distributor for Thailand and Vietnam, Sonos Libra. The three-day seminar was attended by 15 people, all representatives from new local SINGAPORE: Productions rental partners inJ5Singapore, Thehas become the firstand rental company Production People Senses AV. in training Singapore to invest in Christie’s The covered Adamson’s Secure system Series LCD panels. The Blueprint design software purchase was made via Christie’s and Lake controller for configuring and controlling the Lab.gruppen amplifier platform, as well as setting up, rigging and tuning the S7 and S118 systems that both companies have recently invested in.

AV was positive, with attendees reportedly impressed by the output and performance capabilities of the compact enclosures, despite venue restrictions not allowing the systems to be shown to their full potential. ‘Both teams were very receptive Christie Secure Series LCD to the training, which is very Panel rental user in Singapore,’ encouraging,’ said Hanano. ‘This said Yeo, is ourEugene first outing in general Singapore and, manager at Acoustic & Lighting with the training being received very System. chose Christie well, I look‘They forward to coming back and working with the teams in the near future.’ www.adamsonsystems.com www.sonoslibra.com

Audac launches online seminar videos WORLD: Audac has published a series of online seminars for audio engineers, SIs and technicians, in order to provide greater support to installers and users of its products. ‘With these first online seminars we have taken a new look at what educational tools we have to offer to the installers of our innovative audio solutions,’ stated Audac CEO, Tom Van de Sande. ‘We noticed that we are getting a lot Singaporean distribution partner, more momentum all over the world, Acoustic & Lighting which is why we had System. to adapt our The rentaloffering company’s inventor educational so that we y noweasily includes 55-new andusers can reachfour these 65-inch as well.’ Secure Series LCD panels, well as a pair of The newasvideos form the basics 75-inch versions. of a complete database of online ‘We would like to thank various J5 training videos highlighting Productionsoffor being products the first functionality Audac’s

and is being offered in two levels. Level 1 is an introduction to the due torange it being prestigious Audac andawill be available brand. Its products arebe known to everyone. Level 2 will handsfor training high quality and reliability, on of different products and functionalities this also helps with and andthem will be their market positioning.’ available to anyone with a login to their specially designed training www.acousticlighting.com platform. www.christiedigital.com www.j5.com.sg www.audac.eu


NEWS: BUSINESS

QSC combines portfolio with Attero Tech WORLD: QSC has announced the acquisition of Attero Tech, a move that will combine the growing portfolio of Q-Sys audio, video and control (AV&C) products with Attero Tech’s range of networked AV endpoints and I/O peripherals. Attero Tech’s engineering staff will also be joining the QSC team. ‘This acquisition is a natural next step for our organisations given our long relationship, highly compatible portfolios and the exceptional shared values and company cooperation that have developed over the last several years,’ said Jatan Shah, chief operating and technology officer at QSC. ‘Both QSC and Attero Tech were early adopters of network audio transport technology, including CobraNet, Dante and

AES67. In addition, when QSC expanded the control capabilities of the Q-Sys Ecosystem in 2017, it allowed Attero Tech to become the first manufacturer partner to independently develop Q-Sys Control integration plug-ins, and has since developed 20 plug-ins for their portfolio of I/O devices.’

‘A primary guiding principal of our Q-Sys product development strategy has been a protocol agnostic, software-based approach utilising the best hardware available, combined with innovation at the software and application layer. This approach allowed us to deliver a standards-based,

powerful, flexible and scalable AV&C platform unlike anything on the market,’ commented TJ Adams, VP of systems product strategy and development at QSC. ‘Adding the Attero Tech peripherals to the greater Q-Sys Ecosystem will expand existing options for integration endpoints today, and enlist this new engineering talent pool to accelerate the pace of future software innovation and native endpoints for the platform.’ Rus Sundholm, president of Attero Tech, added: ‘Attero Tech has grown to become the premier provider of innovative, cost-effective audio networking I/O endpoints and AV connectivity solutions. Our catalogue of products has a reputation as highly robust,

innovative products within the AV industry. We are excited and confident for the future of our combined organisation.’ Joe Pham, president and CEO of QSC, concluded: ‘This is such an exciting time for QSC and I am thrilled to welcome the Attero Tech team to the QSC family. We look forward to executing an integration strategy that prioritises the needs of our customers, incorporating Attero Tech into QSC sales, support, service, marketing and training for our channel, while always striving to ensure and maintain a positive experience for our customers.’ www.atterotech.com www.qsc.com

ChamSys moves to new headquarters Maverick opens experience centres worldwide

WORLD: Maverick AV Solutions has launched its portfolio of Smart Meeting Experience Centres in 18 offices across the world. This allows the AV distributor a network to showcase display, audio, connectivity and conferencing solutions which work either on platforms or standalone, agnostic modes. These have been designed for channel partners and clients so that they can experience how technology can impact people, the workplace process and the workspaces themselves. These spaces will feature several products from brands such as Microsoft, Barco, Logitech, Zoom, Vision and Huddly. Each room

will feature a Microsoft Surface Hub 2S with a Steelcase mobile stand and APC battery alongside Microsoft Teams Room technology from Logitech, Lenovo and HP with market-leading tools from Barco. Windows Collaboration Displays will showcase the latest innovations from Sharp and Avocor which allows users to create a connected meeting with their preferred platform, accessing their device via a USB-C. Jane Hammersly, global collaboration leader for Maverick AV Solutions, commented: ‘This is a pivotal time for both innovation and standardisation in meeting spaces. Users expect a seamless

“walk up and use” conferencing experience, while organisations crave security and efficiencies from their meeting spaces. Technology is a large part of the solutions shown by Maverick in these amazing facilities, complemented by software, meeting space analytics, deployment and training services. This is part of our global Smart Meetings strategy, meaning that we can support our channel partners with connected demonstrations and support the pre-sales motion aggregating products to deliver complete environments across 18 countries.’

JBL, QSC and Ohm, among other brands. ‘Eighteen Sound is recognised the world over for its vast range of high-quality and highperformance products, and

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‘The new headquar ters reflects our dedication to maintaining the highest-quality standards as we grow,’ said Chris Kennedy, managing director of ChamSys. ‘We’re extremely happy with how

portfolio while building MagicQ Stadium and MagicQ Compact consoles. The new building will also include two equipped training rooms for training courses, R&D facilities and a pre-visualisation suite for visiting programmers. ChamSys has also doubled the floor space for its engineering team.

our new facility will enable us to accelerate our product development while maintaining our high product quality and software excellence. ChamSys is committed to providing the best value and ser vice to the customer.’ www.chamsyslighting.com

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Dev Electronics offers Eighteen Sound in Mumbai and Delhi INDIA: Dev Electronics has begun selling drivers from Italian manufacturer Eighteen Sound at its outlets in Mumbai and New Delhi. Dev Electronics also serves as the regional distributor for

WORLD: ChamSys has relocated to a new office in Brooklands Courtyard in Southampton. This new building will include a repair centre as well as a multi-line manufacturing centre which will help ChamSys expand its

it thrills me to say that this entire range of products is now available at Dev Electronics,’ commented Dilip Devjani, director at Dev Electronics. ‘We have had enquiries from customers across

the country and the response has been very positive. We have a great network already in the North, West, East and South of India, and also have a very capable team with a proven track record of doing complete justice to the brand and maintaining high standards of customer satisfaction. I believe this most definitely is a positive step forward in the right direction for both Eighteen Sound and Dev Electronics.’

‘Dev Electronics are very focused,’ commented an Eighteen Sound representative. ‘And now that Eighteen Sound has a vast range of cross-application products, with several new introductions scheduled for the near future, we believe that having our products available through a reputed name like Dev Electronics will only add more positivity.’ www.develectronics.com www.eighteensound.com


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Adamson for hire in Adelaide AUSTRALIA: Adelaide Sound Hire has added 30 Adamson S10 loudspeakers to its inventory, along with matching S119 subwoofers. The rental company’s owner, Peter Morris, made the purchase to align his company with the current market and to meet increased customer expectations. Adamson’s Australian distributor, CMI Music & Audio, facilitated the sale. The Adamson speakers have reportedly allowed Adelaide Sound Hire to offer solutions to its customers that were previously unavailable or that required additional rigging and resulted in further set up costs. Since taking stock of the S10 and S119

cabinets, the feedback received from clients has been positive, with sound engineers reportedly finding it easy to use and to achieve clean vocals that sit perfectly in the mix. ‘Every time I send it out, we gain a new customer,’ said Morris. ‘The support from the team at CMI and Adamson has been great. They have provided many opportunities to undertake product training and attend meetings to discuss everything about the speakers and software directly with Adamson’s factory representatives.’ www.adamsonsystems.com www.cmi.com.au

Three and easy for Vega Technology Indonesia INDONESIA: As part of the Vega Global group, PT Vega Technology Indonesia has rapidly grown from a small group to a fully operational company specialising in audiovisual, collaboration, unified communication and IT systems integration. As part of its third-anniversary celebrations, the young company held a Vega for Indonesia function at Wyl’s Kitchen in Pakubuwono’s Veranda Hotel. Since 2016, the Jakar ta office together with the

Country manager Melvin Halpito greets his guests

team located throughout the archipelago has become par t of the establishment through its ability to deliver projects on behalf of local and multinational companies operating in the region. In his speech at the anniversar y dinner, Vega Indonesia’s countr y manager, Melvin Halpito, thanked all the employees, par tners and clients for the joint effor t that has led to Vega’s continued growth in the archipelago. With reference to its

slogan ‘Communications made easy’, Halpito spoke of his desire to fur ther elevate the company’s level of ser vices and solutions currently on offer for its clientele. The anniversar y dinner was attended by many of Vega’s par tners, including AMX, Shure and Epson, while Kramer Electronics, ECS Indo Jaya and Samsung also expressed their suppor t for the event. www.vega-global.com

Telestream MultiDyne announces its acquisition of Census Digital prepares to go 4K

WORLD: MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions took the opportunity of the opening day of IBC to announce its acquisition of Census Digital, a company specialising in signal processing, distribution, conversion and monitoring gear in Toronto. MultiDyne has taken over Census Digital’s existing fibre transport solutions, which includes an array of rackmount and openGear modular solutions that work with MultiDyne’s fibre-optic product line. ‘MultiDyne and Census Digital are known worldwide as problemsolvers in their areas of specialty: fibre transport and signal monitoring,’ said Frank Jachetta, CEO of MultiDyne. ‘There is no question that the two areas are complementary for broadcasters and content producers working across a variety of live production environments, and Census Digital’s audio innovations add substantial power to our value proposition. This acquisition empowers us to innovate and deliver more complete solutions to our customers that leverage the strongest technical capacities of both companies.’

MultiDyne CEO, Frank Jachetta Bob McAlpine, president of Black Pearl Management Group and a special advisor to MultiDyne, aided the acquisition and consulted with the companies during this process. ‘Census Digital has developed a strong reputation as an innovator over the past 10 years, and we recognised common synergies with MultiDyne from a product development and business perspective.’ Both MultiDyne and Census Digital engineers will be working together on product development

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initiatives and integration of existing product lines, which will be overseen by Jachetta. ‘While we anticipate new product lines that merge our combined strengths, we see many opportunities to build transport capability into existing Census Digital products, notably the C-SERIES of embedded audio monitors and openGear audio conversion and distribution modules,’ Jachetta commented. ‘Known for its engineering prowess, Census Digital brings exceptional value and synergy to our market-leading fibreoptic systems. This is the right acquisition at the right time as we continue to diversify and expand.’ Douglas Bascombe and Michael Jordan, Census Digital’s cofounders, concluded: ‘The opportunity to become an integral part of MultiDyne’s global growth adds incredible strength and resources for our sales and engineering talent. We look forward to continued innovation and growth.’ www.censusdigital.com www.multidyne.com

TAIWAN: Telestream has recently announced a contract with Chunghwa Telecom, which will adopt Telestream’s Vantage media processing platform for its 4K broadcast operations as well as ensuring the quality of its service standards are met with the aid of Telestream’s Vidchecker automated Quality Control software for filebased media. Chunghwa Telecom’s investment will allow the company to be prepared for 4K and will be used across the broadcaster’s VOD and Live Catchup workflows. Chunghwa Telecom has also chosen Telestream to supply its iQ Inspector Live and iQ Surveyor video monitoring as well as its analytics system. The telecommunications company has enhanced its video monitoring network with Telestream’s iVMS management system, which manages and co-ordinates the video monitoring probe network. The system also allows operators to connect the alarms within a network in a single management platform, which rapidly pinpoints any faults. With the aid of video monitoring and the analytics system, Chunghwa

Telecom can monitor its customers’ quality of experience, which checks the quality of the viewing experience as well as the video’s integrity. Operating staff will be warned with a set of alarms when any issues arise. The iVMS will locate where the issue is in the network. ‘In Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom is regarded as a technology pioneer and a key reference point for other broadcasters, so we are proud that it has selected Telestream as its technology partner,’ commented Alistair Butler, chief of sales worldwide at Telestream. www.cht.com.tw www.telestream.net


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Audio Factory adds Bose to its inventory INDIA: Audio Factory has purchased 96 modules of the Bose Professional ShowMatch system. The acquisition – comprising 48 ShowMatch line array modules and 48 SMS 118 subwoofers – is intended to support rental clients staging events of all sizes, from small corporate gigs up to large stadiums.

to provide to our clients: a system that consistently provides clean, clear audio. ‘We made the commitment to add Bose to our rental inventory. Since we started using our ShowMatch system, we have employed it on a wide variety of shows, from a corporate event for Harley Davidson to a concert at the Grand Hyatt Goa in Bambolim, featuring Pritam, the multi-award-winning Indian composer, record producer and music director for Bollywood films. It is a very flexible system.’

‘When I first heard the system a few months ago, I felt the sound quality was extremely good,’ stated Vivek Vij, director of Audio Factory. ‘I immediately compared ShowMatch with other systems on the market and then realised that the quality of the sound from ShowMatch was really amazing. You can listen to this system for

many hours without fatigue and it is very consistent. The audio

quality does not diminish over time, which is exactly what I need

LTC range are said to be improved repeatability of measurements

and calibrated low-frequency free-field response, without the need for large anechoic chambers. The range is also compatible with Spectral Measurement’s existing portfolio of audio test and measurement products, which include dScope Series III and dScope-M1. Explaining that loudspeaker measurement has traditionally been difficult due to the requirement for a very large space to avoid room-related artefacts and

the need for the device to be precisely located under test and measurement microphones, Spectral Measurement managing director, Graham Boswell, noted: ‘Hill Acoustic’s LTC range neatly and inexpensively solves these problems by providing a precise jig for the speaker and microphone and by calibrating the enclosure so that the equivalent free-field response can easily be calculated. As well as being accurate and consistent, this compact, low-cost

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Hill Acoustics licenses LTC to Spectral Measurement

WORLD: The former test and measurement division of Prism Sound, Spectral Measurement, has agreed a licensing deal with Hill Acoustics to manufacture and sell the company’s Loudspeaker Test Chambers (LTCs). The Hill Acoustics LTC range comprises a range of Tetrahedral Test Chambers (TTCs), as well as other geometries, that provide test and measurement solutions for loudspeaker cabinets. The benefits of Spectral Measurement’s new

DirectOut awards Tac System JAPAN: DirectOut has presented its Japanese distributor, Tac System, with an award for Outstanding Sales Performance. Founded by Tac Yamamoto and with more than 20 years of pro audio experience, Tac System was DirectOut’s first distributor, appointed 10 years ago. Tac System received the recent Outstanding Sales Performance Award due to having the highest turnover of DirectOut’s distribution network in 2018. ‘It was an honour to award our very first distributor in recognition of their recent performance,’ said

DirectOut managing director, Jan Ehrlich. ‘We couldn’t have asked for a better partner to represent us in the Japanese market. Tac System has been with us from the beginning and their knowledge of our products and their ways of finding solutions for our Japanese customers have always had that little extra, which makes it such a joy to work with them.’ DirectOut also presented its UK distributor, Aspen Media, with the Distributor of the Year Award. www.directout.eu www.tacsystem.com

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solution also fits perfectly with our company ethos of delivering useful, workable solutions to the audio test and measurement market.’ ‘We are looking forward to bringing the TTCs to a worldwide market,’ added Hill Acoustics CTO, Geoff Hill. ‘This agreement with Spectral Measurement helps to achieve that by combining our individual strengths and capabilities in audio measurement and marketing.’ www.spectralmeasurement.com

Riedel presents Appreciation Award

AUSTRALIA: During the Integrate Expo in Australia, the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) was presented the Appreciation Award from Riedel Communications. For the past couple of years, the MCEC has become a ‘flagship’ client for Riedel and has worked together to design and deliver integrated communications solutions with Riedel’s Artist and Bolero products. The MCEC is the first convention centre in Australia to install the Bolero Wireless system, after deciding to renew its production communication system. The MCEC team also chose the Riedel system when the Bolero solution was able to create full wireless coverage throughout the convention centre.

The system consists of multiple fibre-connected Artist matrix frames with a mix of RSP and DSP SmartPanels. The Bolero wireless component is integrated with the Artist system which allowed the Bolero beltpacks to be used as wireless panels in the Artist matrix. A total of 21 Bolero antennas were distributed throughout the facility which connect back to the Artist matrix frames via the MCEC’s network infrastructure. ‘The Riedel Artist and Bolero systems allow us to provide seamless communication across and between any of our venues,’ said Michael Walker, the MCEC’s infrastructure and equipment manager. ‘All configuration is available in an easy-to-use central application. This means our

technicians don’t have to work with separate solutions for managing the different parts of the intercom systems. The reliability, sound quality and flexibility of Artist and Bolero are the most important features to the MCEC.’ John Bell, general manager of Riedel Australia, also commented: ‘As the MCEC is one of the largest and most progressive convention centres in Australia, we are delighted that our Bolero and Artist systems have worked so well for this key customer. I was very happy to present this award to the MCEC during Integrate 2019, in the presence of many of Australia’s key AV companies and experts.’ www.mcec.com.au www.riedel.net


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Rohde & Schwarz supports 5G broadcast trial

CHINA: In order to broadcast 5G commercial deployment, two public institutions under the governmental authority of the Chinese National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA), the Academy of Broadcasting Science (ABS) and China Broadcasting Network (CBN), have

set up a 5G broadcast field trial, with Rohde & Schwarz supplying and installing the transmitters and core network components. The 5G Today project in Bavaria originally convinced the NRTA to set up the trial in China. This is the first step for both the ABS and CBN which will lead to broadcasting the

2022 Winter Olympic Games. This will reportedly be followed by a national expansion in 2025. Three stations will be used during this trial – CCTV Tower, Jing Guang Centre and Ming Ren Square – which are all 10km away from one another. Each transmitter with 1kW

output power will be working at a central frequency of BI with a 5MHz bandwidth. During this trial, a software-defined radio receiver developed by Technische Universität Braunschweig and a Kathrein signal analyser will be used. The trial will consist of

several tests carried out by the ABS and CBN to test field strength propagation, network coverage, mobility reception, application possibilities and interworking with LTE unicast network.

INDIA: NG Music Recording Studio and Sound Rental Company based in Chandrapur has recently invested in Dynatech’s DVX-225 speakers and a DLA-212 line array system.

super easy to move around, as well as high on performance. As for the Dynatech DLA-212 line array, it is absolutely rock solid and the quality of sound is fantastic.

This has been sourced through Liberty Electronics, a dealer of Dynatech products in the region. ‘Adding Dynatech’s DVX-225 loudspeakers has been our best decision ever,’ said Nikhil Gatlewar, owner of NG Music. ‘They are extremely versatile, powerful and

There’s absolutely no doubt that these are amazing products and we’re glad that we’ve invested in a system that will continue to deliver great-quality performance for years to come.’

CHINA: Cooke Optics has recently opened its new office in Shanghai, which will be run by general manager Jason Hao with support from Thomas Greiser. It will include full lens servicing and testing alongside its other international offices. Les Zellan, chairman of Cooke Optics, said: ‘We’re thrilled to

have a permanent presence in the Asia and Oceania markets. It was essential for us to offer our customers in this region the same amount of suppor t that customers have in Europe and America.’

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Exterity and Philips team up Dynatech enters Chandrapur’s entertainment scene WORLD: Exterity and Philips Professional Display Solutions have recently teamed up to work towards achieving seamless integration between Exterity’s ArtioGuest interactive guest experience portal and Philips MediaSuite Professional TVs, which includes built-in Chromecast support. Philips MediaSuite was reportedly the first range of Pro TVs that had Chromecast built in. This let people upload their photos, movies and music from a compatible laptop or mobile device. This latest collaboration between Philips and Exterity can deliver ArtioGuest onto the MediaSuite range, improving the casting from smart devices while providing an interactive guest experience portal which connects the user to offerings from guest services. The MediaSuite Pro TVs

can be used in a wide range of accommodations, are available in a selection of sizes with the option for either UHD or FHD and include direct LED backlights and high-quality panels. ‘Philips Professional Display Solutions and Exterity have enjoyed a fantastic partnership, working together to enhance the user experience for our customers over many years,’ said Anthony Tizzard, EMEA business manager of Philips. ‘We’ll be continuing our work together to

bring added functionality across our range in the months and years to come.’ Colin Farquhar, CEO of Exterity, added: ‘This latest integration continues to expand our longstanding partnership with Philips. ArtioGuest provides a platform to customise the viewer experience in hotels, cruise ships, student residences as well as military bases and other workplace accommodation. Consumers today are increasingly tech-savvy and their expectations when travelling or living away from home are growing, so we are particularly pleased to complete this integration between ArtioGuest and the built-in Chromecast feature of the Philips MediaSuite Professional.’ www.exterity.com www.philips.com

Otaritec sets up QB1-A demos in Tokyo

JAPAN: Local distributor, Otaritec, has recently installed a pair of PMC’s QB1-A monitors in its demo facilities in Tokyo. It has made a large investment in PMC which has allowed music makers across Japan to buy and try out its main monitors. Ken Matsui, Otaritec’s marketing and business development manager, commented: ‘Having PMC’s flagship monitors available for demonstration will further this cause, because it will help introduce more Japanese customers to unique PMC technologies such as its Advanced Transmission Line (ATL) bassloading system. ‘Many of the larger Japanese recording studios are still using big monitor systems that were installed 20–30 years ago. By giving customers access to a QB1-A demo system, we can show how far the technology of main monitoring has advanced and how much

Yoshi Kanemoto inside the Otaritec DemoRoom better suited these monitors are for recording and mixing dance and hip-hop – two genres that definitely require the clear and deep low end that PMC’s ATL design delivers.’ PMC’s business development manager, Chris Allen, also commented that PMC’s cause in Japan was promoted even further thanks to acquiring the PSE approval. ‘We are now able

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Hexogon becomes disguise partner in APAC Melodia Sound Outlines lectures at Yogyakarta Broadcast Qvest Media and Strive Chameleon integrates provides State University collaborate for global partnership Solutions with Maestro a new service APAC: disguise has appointed Singapore-based Hexogon Solution as its newest rental partner in APAC. Hexogon offices inhas Thailand, WORLD: has Qvest Media teamed INDONESIA: An Outline sound Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong up withTaiwan, Strive for ainstalled new global system has been in the and the Philippines, and has been integration partnership. newly built auditorium at Strive’s Yogyakarta involved with prestigious events technology can be integrated State University. The system was such online as Singapore National Day onto platforms and native designed and installed by the celebrations, which it has supported applications including web, iOS and Italian manufacturer’s Indonesian annually since 2012, the Singapore Android apps as wellSound. as set-top distributor, Melodia Formula City Light Up (since boxes or1smart TVs. This software ‘The university’s music director 2014) and theOutline 28th SEA Games’ creates a WebRTC-based network requested the brand, having opening and ceremonies. between the closing appused subscribers, heard a system by Mozza

Rudy Winarto, director of Melodia Sound. ‘The client required a system capable of reproducing intelligible speech to reinforce lectures.’ The setup comprises four Outline Stadia 100-30 loudspeakers with a pair of Sub 218 subwoofers and two X4 amplifiers for power. In addition, there are four Vegas 24 compact speakers as centre-fills and two more used as upper-balcony-fill, while on the stage there are two

The company invested in disguise media servers for the 2019 Marina Bay Singapore Countdown show on New Year’s Eve and also the new Lake vxWORLD: 4 serverBannister to increase its has fleet’s entered into a non-exclusive strength. WORLD: Broadcast Solutions is sales, distribution ‘As we are rapidly and expanding, not using itsmarketing expertise in developing agreement with Avid that will see only in Asia but target and building OBinvans tomarkets enter thethe former’s Chameleon outside ofused Asia,OB wevehicles need todata ensure into market. aggregation and management that we have a strong variety of Through its new website solution integrated into Avid’s server brands in our inventory,’ said used.broadcast-solutions.de, the Maestro Graphics. Thisagent willdirector enable Adrian Goh, group company will act asmanaging the Maestro users to the more easily at Hexogon. ‘disguise isseller one of the mediating between and aggregate, the prospective ofand used OB of Vegas 24smoderate arebuyer installed inpopulate the data-driven forwill news, vans. Part of graphics service include foyer outside the auditorium. sports and financial productions. refurbishment of the van, depending Chameleon is the on The the condition andsolution needs of capable reading, ingesting and our world-class engineering buyer. Theof company will also and advise managing multiple diverse data support expertise to create new of potential changes that could be feeds through an advanced web innovations the broadcast possible andfor advances in technology interface, providing users with segment beyond. Their that couldand benefit the new owner. marketing market, reaching more control over both data central EU location strengthens Antti Laurila, globalincoming sales director viewers in the largely untapped output formats. Customised our international footprint and atand Broadcast Solutions, explained: enterprise than previously possible.’ data is imported intogrowth.’ graphic commitment to global Simplestream’s Cloud TV is templates directly or through GatesAir has stated that an end-to-end OTT solution it will Chameleon’s RESTful API staff for retain the entire ONEtastic encompassing live and live-event useitsinBrescia news, sports, elections, and facility, which streaming, catch-up, VOD, EPG,will financial and secured other as content continue GatesAir cloud DVRoperations and downloads. genres, and can also Srl. ONEtastic CEO LucabeSaleri will The solution also includes aimported intoremain augmented reality androle virtual also inapp a leadership multi-platform framework, OTT products, asofwell as IPasreality general manager GatesAir workflow, account management based Srl, whilesolutions. ONEtastic founder Carlo and billing, analytics and advanced Bombelli will be a key contributor

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G4 launches in Indonesia GatesAir acquires ONEtastic Ideal Systems chooses Simplestream platform

which provides video content. Sound, a rental the company in Jogja Withowns this partnership, Media that Outline gear,’Qvest explained will perform the implementation INDONESIA: Sennheiser has of the technology in distribution WORLD: GatesAir has as announced launched its G4 wireless infrastructures asevolution well taking that it has acquired ONEtastic series in Indonesia at a closed care of global operational support. Srl, anfor Italian manufacturer event distributors dealers ‘Strive’s technology isand a real ofAPAC: television and digital at the Pullman Hotel Jakarta. Simplestream’s Cloud TVThe game-changer for streaming radio transmission systems. Indonesia launch on February platform has been selected by Ideal platforms,’ said Thomas Müller, ONEtastic’s in OTT high20th a succession of Systems to strength provide the element CTO atfollows Qvest Media. ‘OTT providers efficiency, TV unveilings from the manufacturer of its newlow-power Enterprise Media Platform. and broadcasters have toand deal with DAB radio said of throughout countries inisSouth Ideal Systems is a multinational delivering atransmitters steadily rising mass toorganisation complement GatesAir’s East Asia. that describes itself online video content throughbroad various range oflargest transmission solutions, The manufacturer successfully as the broadcast systems distribution channels. Strive’s and will help better released the G4 inboth Thailand late integrator in GatesAir Asia. Its Enterprise solutions improve data quality address the needs large-scale, last yearPlatform in partnership with Media is aof white label that and data availability, while cutting over-the-air networks worldwide. distributors Petchsiam Sound enables content owners to provide operational costs at the same time.’ The acquisition strengthens Group (PSG) andalso Soheto high-quality broadcast andThailand. OTT Strive’s unlimited scalable software GatesAir’s presence andplace visibility A series of events took to services. solutions run independently of the in Europe. showcase Sennheiser’swhich G4 100 internal IT infrastructure can

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Preeti bringslaunches Powersoft into products southwest India Audiocenter latest INDIA: Preeti Trading Corporation CAMBODIA: Gomy Electronics, (PTC) is the newThai distributor for Audiocenter’s distributor, Powersoft in the southwest hosted a launch par ty for region some PTC has involvement in of India. Audiocenter’s latest products many commercial the in Cambodia. Theprojects Active in Line regionseries, and Powersoft will series, benefit Array K-LA DSP from series its coreand customer SA3 the L base series consisting of smalland mediumactive column speakers were all sized enterprises that sell and showcased at the event, with live install audio equipment for use demos of recorded music. Over in commercial, governmental, 300 audio professionals attended corporate public buildings. the eventand from rental companies, ‘India is anengineers, extremely important live sound audio market for Powersoft,’ Varun consultants, systemssaid integrators, Mahesh Jagger,and Powersoft’s Europe, local dealers club owners. India and Africa account manager, distribution. ‘We see great potential there for strong and consistent growth across all verticals. PTC has been appointed to reinforce that vision of a stronger India. It has a strong dealer network and a consistent record of moving with the times. We see them as a partner who has taken and continues to take risks in order to come out on top.’ Kammal Dhingreja, PTC’s chairman and managing director, WORLD: The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) has recently announced an update to the AIMS roadmap, which is a standardsbased approach to applying IP technologies in broadcast operations. This update includes JT-NM TR-1001-1, which gives specifications and guidance to make SMPTE ST 2110-based systems INDIA: has chosen Alphatec simplerAtlona to function. Audio Video as its new distributor for India with the goal of expanding its presence throughout the country, targeting dealers, systems integrators, application engineers and rental companies. The JT-NMAudio Tech Stack is the ‘Alphatec VideoPart has 1the latest in the progression IP-based infrastructure to channelofthe standards which released with brand across thewas pan-India region the SMPTE STsales 2022-6 and increase andincluding brand an added AES67said for audio-over-IP. It can recognition,’ Devasis Bakataki, create network environments where MD at the distributor. ‘The Indian the end itself usersiscan take the and delivery market enormous of the new equipment, connect challenging to penetrate, whichwith their networks and configure it with requires a partner that can offer minimal human interaction. This rigorous and dedicated marketing was followed SMPTE ST strategies forby success. We2110 will for transporting audio, video ANC. create a larger space for and Atlona TR-1001-1 consists of four inJT-NM the market to ensure it evolves areas: theofnetwork environment, into one the most sought-after discovery and connection commercial AVregistration, brands in India.’ management system Atlona’s resource. In addition toand supplying ‘The of JT-NM Tech Stack Part 1 range AV-over-IP distribution, is a critical link the continuum connectivity andincontrol products, of standards that are easing Alphatec will also partner withthe broadcast industry’s transition the manufacturer to run trainingto IP operations,’ said products Andy Warman, sessions for Atlona in board member of AIMS. ‘Now that major cities, while running its own the industry seminars is seeing in broader and educational smaller more IP deployments, townsmainstream across the country. The JT-NM will play Atlona TR-1001-1 brand will also haveaakey role in making IP installation presence as part of roadshows and and tradeoperation shows. easier and more straightforward.’

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products, and Powersoft’s amplifier platforms are a perfect addition to this side of our audio offering,’ he noted. ‘PTC makes sure that quality

comes and is veryofproud of the The parfirst ty consisted technical high views regardof that over thecustomers productshave with for our andpresentations. services. We the usebrands of video owe thisgenres to our qualified Various of musicengineers were and technicians, who continuously played to demonstrate how the up the ante to incorporate newer products worked. technologies and state-of-the-art Roshan Malim, product products.’ engineer for application PTC will workwas to increase Audiocenter, on hand Powersoft’s presence to help with market the event. The in the region. ‘In India, the demonstration setupdespite consisted availability and activity of many of Audiocenter’s V-HLA12+MKII, brands, there is a hugebiamp void ofline installed in a two-way knowledge anddesign. lack ofThe physical array module left stock,’ added Dhingreja. and right clusters of the ‘This rig had

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EZpro equips Fuzhou Strait Brompton processes Culture andRapture Art Centre theatre Eminem’s CHINA: The newly built Fuzhou Strait Culture and Art Centre is designed to represent the five petals of a jasmine blossom. Each petal is an individual building serving a different purpose. There’s a 700-seat multi-functional theatre, as well as a 1,600-seat opera 1,000-seat concert HONGhouse, KONG: aBoth A-Team Plus hall, an art exhibition hall and a and Show Bros, providers in rental movie centre.and Shenzhen EZpro broadcasting production Sound & Light Technology equipped equipment in Hong Kong, have each the multi-functional theatre with invested in two of Riedel’s Bolero awireless sound system comprising EAW intercoms, which include speakers and Symetrix processors. beltpacks and antennas. ANZ: Eminem’s Rapture tour The theatre wallsenvironments, are covered ‘In our live event broke several attendance recordsa with solid bamboo blocks, cut broad range of coverage throughout Australia and for Neweach into shapes that conform to both antenna and long beltpack battery Zealand with five stadium shows, acoustic and visual requirements. life are key factorstickets in ensuring including 80,708 sold a They simultaneously reflect and seamless Ray for the gig production,’ at Melbournesaid Cricket diffuse sound, enhancing the Mok, managing director at A-Team Ground. A total of 1,494 LED panels acoustics for the audience. Plus. employed ‘Riedel’s Bolero exceeded were as parthas of the set, EZpro mounted EAW JFL213 displaying cinematic visuals and two-way line arrays to the left and scenography. These panels were right of the stage. In addition, four EAW MK Series passive, two-way, full-range loudspeakers have been flown on the side walls of the

for sound reinforcement and Big Picture and crew chief for the loudspeaker management. An tour. Rapture’s video rig comprised embedded web server hosts a large upstage wall formed from Symetrix’s Arc-Web browser-based 620 ROE Carbon panels, four tower interface for managing the system screens of 144 panels and two on smartphones, tablets and IMAG screens, each with 360 panels computers. of ROE Visual MC7 for a total of ‘We chose the Jupiter 4 due to its more than 13 million LED pixels. incomparable flexibility, input demo of Riedel’s Bolero,4x4 we made The SX40 LED processor offers a and output control, and optimised our 4K decision in only resolution two hours.with We full 4096x2160 audio solutions apps forchoice specific know we made the right zero-latency scaling, ChromaTune venues and because systems,’ explained with Bolero it provides colour correction and network-based EZPro seniorbenefits marketing our manager, exceptional end control. The XD data for distribution Mei Hong. ‘The audio quality isteam users. The time that the unit receives a 10G inputRiedel from the superb, as we have come totoexpect spent explaining the system us SX40 and distributes to the fixtures from Symetrix.decision Anothereven reason we validated more, via 10 1Gour Tessera Protocol outputs. chose Symetrix is thatthat thetheir Fuzhou and it’s good to know ‘We needed something user-friendly Strait Culture and Art Centreaway.’ support is only a phone and reliable,’ said Moore.call ‘Using is an extremely important and the SX40s allowed us to provide prestigious venue where system www.ateam-plus.com seamless processing and data failure is not an option, and we www.riedel.net distribution, with zero issues all tour.’ knew we could count on the Jupiter www.showbroshk.com to perform reliably for years to www.bigpicture.com come.’

EAVP andjoins Nexo Unilumin join school forces with theatre Barco

WORLD: Unilumin will be AUSTRALIA: Elite Audio Visual collaborating with Barco after Productions (EAVP) has installed stakeholder and controller a Nexo Geo S12 line array of Unilumin, Mingfeng Lin,Joy signed system in the 900-seat an agreement which Ar transfers Shepherd Per forming ts theatre million shares School held for at 45.89 St Hilda’s Anglican within theth. company to Barco at Girls in Per The venue ser ves RMB9.16 per share. This collaboration will give Barco the opportunity to increase its global competition by taking advantage of Unilumin’s competence in product system building, intelligent KOREA: Munhwa Broadcasting manufacturing and NPP Corporation (MBC) the official technology. Bothwas companies will broadcaster for the 18th FINA World also combine their competences Championships in Gwangju. as well as work together The in the broadcaster employed LaON Genie development of LEDadisplay intercom system for critical wireless solutions and the promotion of communications at the solutions. competition cinema LED display venues, the Municipal Aquatics Center and Yeomju Gym. as the school’s main auditorium A pair of Genie intercoms were lined for activities and productions, to an RTS Adam matrix in each of while also catering to external MBC’s 4K UHD OB vans. Two Genie events when hired. The old remote antennas were deployed sound system had star ted to at both venues, with one serving develop problems and didn’t provide the even coverage and power needed for the theatre, which had a negative impact on external hires. Therefore, EAVP no transmitters or recievers hung was commissioned to design and down below the ceiling. install the new solution. The solution was an eightTheatre manager David Spooner channel, multilingual transmission put together a project brief for system formed from two EAVP that specified the need for a system that could be flown from the roof to save space on the ground; could facilitate all subwoofers and eight S119 subs manner of events, from school at the start of the year. A couple assemblies to rock concer ts; of months later, it followed up with an could ensure even coverage investment in E15 line arrays, throughout the30auditorium, on the six E12 and enclosures, 64 E119 ground the balcony; and was subwoofers, 24 M15 monitors and from a reputable brand with easy A AP4 access 12Unite S7 line arrays withpoint four S118 access to par ts and technical transceiver hung from the ceiling subwoofers. suppor t.

After running acoustic simulations of the space, the EAVP team determined that in addition to two main PA hangs, front-fill speakers were required at the front of the orchestra pit and delay speakers were needed above the dress

A-Team Plus and Show Bros MBC casts Genies commit to Riedel during FINA World Championships our performance expectations in both these areas, and when we saw how easily Bolero can be integrated with legacy two-wire systems, we were sold. My team loves Bolero’s plug-and-play capabilities, and we look to using it in our driven byforward Brompton Technology upcoming projects.’ Tessera SX40 4K LED processors David managing director and XD Chan, 10G data distribution apron, while multiple EAW CR72z at Show Bros, added: ‘We had units, supplied by NEP Worldwide cinema surround monitors serve as been on the lookout for a reliable subsidiary Big Picture. fills around the audience area. and robust wireless intercom ‘We were able to have a central The Symetrix Jupiter 4allaudio solution. Weposition evaluated of the processing with multiple DSP system manages theafter sound major manufacturers but, XD locations around the stage, a system, with four analogue inputs minimising cable runs,’ explained and four analogue outputs. Jupiter Jeremy Moore, head of displays at provides a variety of EQs, FIR filters and other processing options. Its 85 turnkey apps simplify set up for mixing, routing, crossovers

This partnership will also improve Unilumin’s core competence as well as promote its development by optimising the shareholding structure, facilitating global expansion as a backup. In addition, vertical an LT750 alongside accelerating Expert system was used at integration and horizontal Gwangju Women’s Gymnasium expansionUniversity in the LED display for the opening ceremony. industry. With Korean president Moon Jae-in in attendance, LaON distributor www.barco.com SynkOn Production handled the www.unilumin.com communications setup, also employing a Genie BS1000 and circle to deliver the desired Genie BS850 base stations with 45 coverage. The solution installed beltpacks. ultimately included six Geo S12 top boxes and two 18-inch LS18 www.laon-tech.com ‘The S10 isper small size and subwoofers side,inalong with www.synkon.co.kr weightID24 withspeakers the sound three forand front-fill output larger above system,’ and fourpower more of asadelays D’Souza continued. ‘It is a great the balcony. The entire system is fill when in conjunction driven by used two NEXO NXAMP4x4with the E-Series amplifiers, and proveshoused to holdin four-channel beyerdynamic Unite AP4 access its own, even when used as a new racks behind the proscenium. point transceivers. These are standalone system.’ ‘The new sound system now gives connected to the a Dante network leader in the us‘Sound.com the flexibilityisthat we need in and discreetly installed on theKaran audio industry,’ commented the venue,’ said Spooner. ‘There ceiling todirector cover the room. Nagpal, of entire Sonotone. is more than enough headroom in Also installed at Mahatma ‘Their continuous support of to the equipment and I never have Mandir were some 1,000 Unite Adamson is indicative of the patha push the system. I’ve yet to have RP bodypack receivers with 1,000 they see the live sound market customer complain that the system sets of DTWe 2 headphones, 28 Unite heading. arenot very pleased was too loud or loud enough, CC-36P cockpit charging cases, with our ongoing partnership anda or that they were unable to hear an SIS 122 control unit, seven SIS look forward to it growing in the presenter. Something that would 1202 double interpreter stations future.’ happen regularly with the system and 14 DT 394.SIS interpreter that we replaced.’ headsets. www.adamsonsystems.com

Sound Innovations Sound.com purchases further S10s invests in Music Robe celebrates Starsing Uniting languages at Mahatma Mandir with Mipro

INDIA: The Mahatma Mandir CHINA: Established in 1997, Convention and Exhibition Chinese record company Starsing Centre in Gandhinagar has been Music recently celebrated its equipped with new wireless 22nd anniversary with a banquet microphone and interpretation in Beijing. systems from beyerdynamic. The A Mipro MA-808 portable 2 auditorium seats up to 6,000m MALAYSIA: Lumpur-based wireless PAKuala system was employed 6,000 people and required an AVtoand lightingthe rental house, reinforce speeches given interpretation systemhas forinvested eight Sound Innovations, and music performed during languages. inthe 40event, Robe BMFL wash beam while an ACT-7 The project briefThe also called for lighting fixtures. purchase narrowband series wireless was Dante connectivity and specified facilitated by Tegas & microphone systemBroadcast with ACT-72H that the new system should not Multimedia. handheld transmitter was used interfere with the auditorium’s LED Sound Innovations ownerword Stanley for capturing the spoken screens, Wi-Fi or to UHF frequencies. Edward decided invest in the and vocals. The ACT-7 wireless In addition, thedue client asked that Robe fixtures to feeling that

production quality has been negatively affected recently in Malaysia as companies have not been willing to invest in worldclass lighting fixtures due to the price. ‘Stanley is hoping to increase production standards for the entertainment industry in Malaysia, as international shows require world-class lighting fixtures, such as the Robe BMFL,’ said Joshua Seow, business development manager at Tegas Broadcast & Multimedia.

system picked up and transmitted

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its third investment in Adamson loudspeakers this year. The latest purchase, made through distributor Sonotone, comprises 24 S10 loudspeakers,atbringing the rental performances the banquet. company’s to asystem total of The MA-808 inventory wireless PA 72 units.the signals, reproducing received ‘The marketplace the sounds of theserecognition instruments andallappeal the Adamson S10 for to hearforthroughout the hall. continues grow,’ said Warren ‘The MiprotoMA-808 worked D’Souza,inowner of Sound.com. perfectly this environment,’ ‘It seems that every engineer commented a Starsing Music that uses the system becomes spokesperson. ‘Its portable an immediate box design reducedadmirer. the timeThis needed has the opportunity for way more to configure the system and it dynamicthe range, way more clarity covered whole place evenly and way more punch, that we keep with high intelligibility.’ needing more and more of them.’ Sound.com originally bought www.mipro.cn 48 S10 cabinets with 16 E119

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Umow Lai settles into the Shire AUSTRALIA: Australian AV consultants are called upon to provide their expertise for a multitude of applications, ranging from hotels and airports to corporate office blocks. Whether it’s sound masking, acoustical treatment, back of house communications or audio intelligibility, no two sites are the same. However, with increasing demands being placed on existing facilities to provide multi-functional activities, the consultant is being drawn into similar battlefields where compromise is a common word. Having opened in the 1980s, Shire Christian School is blessed with an abundance of facilities on its campus in the southern suburbs of Sydney. Complete with a parquet floor, the large multipurpose hall (MPH) hosts a multitude of events, including musical and theatrical productions, exhibitions, assemblies and sports games. Comprising both students and teachers, a dedicated audio and lighting team ensures that public speaking remains intelligible, while the concert bands, choirs and guitar ensembles sound pristine under the PAR cans and Fresnels. ‘The hall has been there for 30 years and it has been used for a range of things, including presentations, sport and productions,’ commented school principal, Brett Hartley. ‘However, we’ve realised over time that the ventilation wasn’t great and that we needed to improve the lighting and the acoustics in addition to the access. Therefore, we developed a vision to bring the hall up to a state-

‘Pay attention to the CDD10 centre-fill’

L–R: Mal Barnes (Umow Lai), Bryan Davidson (TAG) and Brett Hartley (school principal) of-the-art standard that would serve our students well into the future.’ Leading consultancy Umow Lai was appointed to lend its mechanical and electrical engineering expertise within the 24m x 24m x 10m (WxLxH) space. ‘It’s a unique MPH, which also required updated audio, lighting and video systems to be installed,’ explained principal ICT consultant, Mal Barnes. Unique ensures no cut-and-paste solution. ‘Thirteen rows of retractable seats can be deployed in theatre mode for 700 audience members, so the loudspeaker system has to focus its energies on this area rather than the whole venue. In essence, we had to recommend two PA systems.’ Following a demonstration of a Martin Audio WPM (Wavefront Precision Mini) backed by a detailed electro-acoustic EASE model by Technical Audio Group’s (TAG) SSE team, Barnes was satisfied that the compact line array solution could be used for both the retractable seats and the entire hall. ‘WPM is deceptively powerful for its size and footprint,’ furthered Barnes. ‘Capable of producing a peak SPL of 130dB, it’s ideal for such a venue where fidelity, coverage, consistency and control are demanded,’ explained TAG consultant liaison, Bryan Davidson.

CXD8.4Qn amplifier channels. ‘The single box resolution of the WPM line array elements allows us to more precisely fine-tune the audience coverage and hold the frequency response and SPLs throughout the audience area within a tight window required for the two scenarios,’ Davidson continued. With the addition of a 24-port Gigabit switch, a network has been created for directly communicating between the QSC amplifiers without the need for inserting additional plug-in cards. Powered by a single QSC CXD4.5Q amplifier, two dual CSX218B-F subwoofers provide lowfrequency extension from below the

The lighting bars can be quickly lowered and removed

Martin Audio WPM arrays serve the MPH ‘Using the Martin Audio Display software, we are able to both mechanically and electrically optimise the array then export into EASE for further post processing and analysis. We then created preset files for flat floor and raked seated modes, before loading the settings into the Q-Sys Core 110f processor.’ The 10 L-R dual 6.5-inch cabinets are driven by dedicated QSC

stage. Located above the centre of the proscenium, a single CDD10 powered by an SPA2-200 amplifier serves both as a centre-fill and as a standalone PA for speech only. A further concern for Barnes was the anticipated changes between different events, where time would be a precious commodity. ‘Should a basketball session follow a musical production, the staff have no time in which to protect the overhead Martin moving heads and other lighting fixtures,’ explained Barnes. As such, Showtime Installations added two motorised lighting bars that can be quickly lowered by the technicians when required. The preexisting L-R projectors are protected by steel casings. Ease-of-use was an important requirement for the technical operators at the school. ‘A Q-Sys

VIO Series stars in reality show

CHINA: The VIO L212 and the VIO L210 line array systems from dBtechnologies were chosen as the PA for Chinese reality show The Rap of China, which was produced and aired by online platform, Qiyi. FOH engineer Li Yongjun used a total of 20 VIO L210s and 12 VIO S218s for all the episodes in the series, while 32 VIO L212s, 24 VIO S218s, 32 VIO L210s alongside four VIO S118s were installed for the

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touchpanel with presets together with mic and iPod inputs will be introduced into the production area above the retractable seats,’ explained Davidson. For added peace of mind, consultant David Gilfillan from Gilfillan Soundwork was called on to commission the system once it had been installed. In addition, the school had previously hired events companies to cater for larger events. ‘Whether it’s a speech or a large musical production, the students and technicians here can easily oversee the productions at the touch of a preset. In addition to not having to set up and tear

down the systems, this represents a large long-term cost-saving for Shire Christian School.’ ‘The finished result of the project is amazing,’ concluded Har tley. ‘The hall has been transformed into a wonder ful facility that will be of great benefit to both the live production and spor ting needs of the school community.’ Having solved a variety of challenging architectural spaces by combining the Q-Sys platform with Mar tin Audio’s O-Line over the past decade, WPM adds to TAG’s credentials by providing clarity, power and optimisation within today’s challenging MPHs. www.shirechristian.nsw.edu.au www.tag.com.au www.umowlai.com.au

grand finale. dBTechnologies’ distributor, DMT Pro, supported the show’s technical team. Zhang Lei, owner of the D&S Stage Technology rental company, who provided the PA for the show, commented: ‘The VIO system is very powerful, flexible and easy to use; it is really light, just like its slogan: smarter, lighter, faster, stronger.’ www.dbtechnologies.com


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Lectrosonics rows TVBS upgrades Clear-Com setup to victory

TAIWAN: TVBS has chosen a Clear-Com setup, combining wired and wireless solutions, for its communications needs at its Taipei City headquarters, as well as on location. The new setup allows the commercial broadcaster to connect over IP and to integrate third-party equipment when required. TVBS has used Clear-Com’s Matrix Plus 3 system for more than 10 yearsInand, followingfor thethe recent JAPAN: preparation upgrade, plans to keep it as a 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, backup. the Toyota Stadium underwent an upgrade of its sound system with the use of products from Nexo and Yamaha. The installation was done by M&H Laboratory with assistance from Yamaha Sound Systems (YSS) and the Nexo Engineering Support team. The upgrade took place in several KOREA: throughout Eunpyeong St locations theMary’s stadium. Hospital is primarily the latestconsisted facility to of The system open its doors under banner Nexo’s high-spec GEO the S12-ST of the Catholic University Korea. line array modules, which of were Various among rooms inthe thesteel hospital have installed beams equippedstructure. with sound ofbeen the stadium In systems from Proel its stands, Axiom Pro the main andand back sixAudio brand. Various companies for modules of identical arraysbid were tender, withthe Proel andofAxiom allthe placed near edges the ultimately chosen and installed large roof. Three module arrays by were directed at the front row of

The new communications setup comprises the Eclipse HX digital matrix, which integrates wireless devices and wired settings, and V-Series Panels that are integrated into the system via IP-enabled LQ Series devices. An OB vehicle has been equipped with a FreeSpeak II digital wireless intercom system, which is directly connected to Eclipse HX through an LQ device thatseats, combines signal and subthe whilethe additional sets control connection intobehind the same of arrays were placed the system.At several locations in the seats. stadium, Nexo’s PS15-R2 and PS10-R2 cabinets were used as point sources. For auxiliary use, 48 PS10-R2 speakers were set up on the balcony edge round the perimeter. HOR Masahiro Hori, sound operator for the Toyota Stadium, local ‘Idealer DESCOfeel duethe to Proel said: can clearly Korea’s track recordthe with several difference between previous high-profile case including speakers and thestudies, Nexo speakers. Daemyeong resorts. It13 feels like the Nexo speakers are The strained installation the never forencompassed sound. We also main auditorium, conference thoroughly corrected the leveland and education rooms, seminar room time alignment, buta the sound has and the funeral hall, than as well as the much greater clarity before. cathedral, the chapel and I first-floor also think a big improvement nursing room. point is how we reduced the echo through appropriate adjustments.’

Nexo and Yamaha tackle Toyota stadium upgrade

FreeSpeak II allows the production teams to roam The Nexo equipment, including freely location and is the linewhile arrayon and point source designed to bewas resistant to by 4GYSS, loudspeakers, supplied which also delivered a Yamaha CL5 digital console for the main mixer in the stadium’s operation room. ‘The Nexo speakers have higher efficiency than the previous ones, so we can output louder sound than before,’ commented Yoshiteru Mimura, president of In the main auditorium, four that M&H Laboratory. ‘Something AX2065A and line is is important in four this AX2065P kind of facility array elements forminthe main durability. Speakers this kindPA of systemoften with break a pair due of SW215FA facility to exposure subwoofers. Two With Proelthe NEOS10AXS to wind and rain. new Nexo speakersweform centre cluster, system, are aable to achieve while 10 LT6Phigh cabinets been theatre-class soundhave quality, placed surrounds and two even in as severe conditions.’ WD12A enclosures are on the stage as monitors. Power is from www.nexo-sa.com

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interference. Handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets can also become part of the intercomDuring through Wi-FiCentral or 4G CHINA: China LTE signals using Agent-ICof Television’s (CCTV)the coverage mobile app. Agent-IC also provides the 2019 Dragon Boat Festival’s administrator test Lectrosonics signals for dragon boat race, temporary scheduling. Digital Hybrid Wireless equipment, ‘Our main for upgrading supplied by criteria distributor Budee to a new matrix system was Technology Development, was security, stabilitythe andaudio. ease WM of used to capture maintenance,’ revealed Andrew Watertight beltpack transmitters, Chung,receivers, engineering department Venue M152/5P manager and at TVBS. ‘Weantennas compared lavaliers ALP620 were all employed. ‘One of the most important parts of the festival is its dragon boat race. CCTV makes sure to broadcast one of the competitions on its sports channel each year,’ said Freeman Lu, Budee’s chief engineer. ‘The biggest issue was the potential for signal drop-out when the boats were waiting by the side of the Min River. There can one HPX1200 and absorption two HPD2004 be serious signal from amplifiers, setup is the forest while whichthe previous systems managed fromhandling. a Midas M32 had difficulty Also,digital during mixer. Sources a Denonfrom CD the 500m race,include the distance player and a USB recorder. the shore can cause problems. The smallthe chapel and the WM However, Lectrosonics nursing, conference, seminar transmitter and Venue receiver were more than capable of

various solutions from several intercom manufacturers and conducted POC and vendor planning and presentations. After a comprehensive evaluation, ClearCom was the clear choice. ClearCom provided excellent service throughout the process. We are very happy with the new system, which gives us excellent flexibility as well as secure and reliable communication.’ www.clearcom.com

and lecture rooms all rely on combinations of either LT6P speakers with HPX900 amplifiers or LT8P speakers with HPX1200 amps. Meanwhile, the funeral hall and cathedral are both equipped with identical that comprise two handlingsetups the situation, along with NEOS15PX speakers an M152 lavalier andpowered a couplebyof an HPX2800 amp, coupled with a ALP620 antennas. Everyone was pair NEOS10PX cabinets veryofhappy with the results.with We power from anbeen HPX2400. have always confident in the brand and its ability to perform www.axiomproaudio.com under a wide variety of challenging www.proel.com conditions to deliver great sound.’ www.proelkorea.com www.lectrosonics.com

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Iconyx cuts through the jungle of Jewel SINGAPORE: The 10-storey toroidal, glass and steel, naturethemed entertainment and retail complex christened Jewel at Changi Airport may be an architectural masterpiece, but it is also an acoustician’s nightmare. Hence the requirement to draft in the expertise of Electro-Acoustics Systems Pte Ltd (EAS) and a Renkus-Heinz IC beamsteering column speaker system. Designed by a consortium of architects, led by Moshe Safdie who designed Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, the existing airport car park at the front of Terminal One has been utterly transformed. Three years in the making, once the wraps had been removed, it laid down the gauntlet to other airport hubs. Boasting multiple attractions, a hotel and over 300 retail and dining options, the central focus of the 135,700m2 space is the 40m indoor waterfall named the HSBC Rain Vortex. The combination of the waterfall and five-storey garden with 2,500 trees and 100,000 shrubs creates a jungle effect. On the upper level of Jewel, the Canopy Park includes the Topiary Walk and Petal Garden, featuring animal-shaped topiaries and seasonal floral

‘Following accurate RHAON II System Designer software programming, we managed to avoid acoustic reflections from the sloping glass panels, which in turn has minimised reverberation and audio slap-back,’ furthered Tan. ‘My time onsite for commissioning was restricted to just two days. My works were slightly compromised as retailers were testing their individual systems during the day and I had to

An IC24 hidden within the undergrowth of Canopy Park displays, respectively. A dig into the undergrowth confirms the existence of Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers, constituting a large part of the Jewel Performance Audio System. ‘The Performance Audio System is responsible for playing background music, needed to be seamlessly integrated with the existing Changi Airport public address system and provide sound reinforcement for the nightly light-and-sound fountain show,’ confirmed Renkus-Heinz’s APAC application engineer, KK Tan. ‘Stanley Security Singapore called upon EAS to design, program and

configure the Performance Audio System so that it would interface with the public address, EVAC and fountain loudspeaker systems.’ Owing to the acoustic complexity and vast size of Jewel, Iconyx steerable loudspeaker models were selected. In total, 12 IC24, two IC16 and 10 IC8 Iconyx Gen5 models are networked via Cat-6a cabling throughout the upper levels. Stanley Security Singapore disguised the column speakers among the vegetation thanks to the finish of the column speakers that match the poles they are fixed to.

stop at 7pm as another contractor was testing the fountain system.’ EAS also supplied and programmed 11 Biamp Vocia VA8600 multichannel amplifiers that power the Bosch PA EVAC and BGM throughout the attraction. Seven of the networked amplifiers integrate V0-4e four line-level output channel expansion cards that effectively store EVAC messages. Incorporating 48 channels of I/O, a Tesira I/O server further equipped with a DSP-2 card provides a Dante network connection with the fountain loudspeaker system. Both the Renkus-Heinz Iconyx and Vocia systems are remotely managed from a PC in the Fire Command Centre. ‘The speaker locations were restricted but configuring the DSP settings within the Iconyx Gen5 software ensured the resultant beams are evenly dispersed on the upper levels,’ added Tan. The beams cut through jungle, mitigating the roar of the biggest man-made waterfall in the world. www.biamp.com www.easpl.com.sg

One of 10 Renkus-Heinz IC8s integrated within Canopy Park

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Sound.com deploys Adamson for AR Rahman INDIA: Pro audio rental company Sound.com has been putting its ever-increasing Adamson inventory to good use, deploying its E-Series and S-Series systems to support the recent AR Rahman concert at Chennai’s YMCA Ground. ‘AR Rahman has been a client of Sound.com for the past eight years,’ revealed Sound.com owner, Warren D’Souza. ‘We replaced all our touring sound products with Adamson systems earlier this year, so it was only natural that they would be used for this concert.’ The setup comprised 30 E15 loudspeakers, six E12s and 48 E119 subwoofers from the E-Series, as well as eight S7 line arrays, four S119 subs and eight S10s, which were used as front-fills, from the S-Series. In addition, 16 M15 cabinets were employed as floor monitors, while a further 32 S10s formed the delay stack. Power was courtesy of 33 Lab.gruppen PLM20K44 amplifiers. ‘The concert took place in AR Rahman’s hometown of Chennai and it always draws huge crowds,’ D’Souza continued. ‘We’ve previously used a main PA and two sets of three delay stacks to achieve the coverage we needed at the YMCA Ground. The biggest change this time was that we only used one set of three delay stacks, which demonstrates the long-throw capabilities of the S10 system. ‘We also had a main hang of 18 high-frequency elements per side, consisting of 15 E15s and three

E12s each, shadowed by a flown subwoofer rig of nine E119 boxes in FBF cardioid mode per side flown to complement the main hangs for an extended LF throw, as well as 15 E119 subs stacked up on the floor on each side for ground subwoofer extension. Our delays consisted of an L-C-R rig of nine, 16 and 12 S10 boxes. This unorthodox configuration was due to the uneven and unmirrored seating plan of the venue. ‘The stage featured a flown side-fill rig of five S7s and a single S118 per side, along with an additional S118 serving as a drum sub. The M15s took on wedge duties

with 12 of them strewn all across the stage, along with pairs for AR Rahman himself. Although the show was completely on in-ears, some artists tend to remove one side of their earpiece when they get tired of wearing it during a three-hour show. Also, the stage monitoring provides foldback for the dancers.’ The show’s audio setup was managed using a trio of DiGiCo consoles running on an Optocore loop with four SD-Racks. ‘AR Rahman’s shows have all the pomp and circumstance with an input list that includes strings, brass, horns, drums, percussion, ethnic instruments and an array

of keyboards, synths and pianos. And not to forget the 16 singers on radio mics. The wireless mics are all Shure Axient Digital and Sennheiser 2000 Series with a nice flurry of outboard consisting of Bricasti M7s, Empirical Labs Distressors, API 2500 plug-ins, Kush Audio Clarifonics, UBK Fatsos and microphones from practically every brand, from DPA to Shure, Sennheiser, AKG and Telefunken. The DI boxes are all Radial – active, passive and autoswitchers.’ Fali Damania served as the FOH engineer for the gig. ‘I’ve been a fan of Adamson ever since I

used the E15s a few years back in Canada,’ he commented. ‘Ever since, I have been waiting to work with their PA in India. The deployment for the show was excellent. My mixes translated exactly as I prepared them at the studio during production rehearsals. I was amazed by the power, clarity and representation of the entire spectrum reproduced by the E15 and E119 systems in particular and never once did I feel like I was running out of headroom, either in HF or LF.’ www.adamsonsystems.com www.online-sound.com

Powersoft brings Good Vibes to Malaysia MALAYSIA: Singesen Technical Production and Chan Lee Sound & Light have teamed up to provide the sound reinforcement for the recent Jason Mraz concert in Kuala Lumpur for the third Asian date of his Good Vibes World Tour. As a result of Singesen Technical Production’s recent investment in Powersoft amplifiers, the gig saw the main system driven by 11 X8 amplifier platforms as well as a pair of the company’s latest touring product, the X4L. The main hangs for the audio system included 12 JBL VT-4889-1s and eight JBL VT4888s at each side of the stage with six JBL VT4888s in the centre. A further 20 JBL VT 4880 subwoofers were stacked on both sides with Nexo PS15 wedge monitors along the downstage edge and six JBL VTX A8s installed for front-fill. The pair of X4Ls were used to power eight of the VT4880s, with each channel driving just two of the

integration,’ Ng added. ‘In this case, it did a very good job of distributing equal SPLs to cover all of the major sound locations. The interactive tuning plug-in is also a great tool, as it helps us to keep the system quiet while we do system calibration. This

ArmoníaPlus in action subs, while the 11 X8s drive the rest of the system. ‘The gig was used as something of a field test for the X4L amps, before loading it with VT4880A long-excursion subwoofers in the future,’ commented Jackie Ng, owner of Singesen. ‘We have used Outline systems for some time, so we were familiar with the reliability and high-

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performance levels of Powersoft amplifiers,’ furthered Ng. ‘When the opportunity to invest in Powersoft amplifiers presented itself, it really was a no-brainer for us. Since it works with all our speakers in our inventory, being an open platform, we couldn’t be happier with our decision. ‘We are big fans of the software’s Smaart v8

allows us to see the system response simulation without blasting pink noise at every change. We then only need to verify in the end with the predicted curve.’ Ng was also keen to point out the assistance that came from Powersoft’s staff as well as its software. He concluded: ‘The technical representative from Powersoft was there when we received our amplifiers, so they were able to make sure that everything was in working order. We then did some testing and, using the LiveImpedance data in ArmoníaPlus, we managed to detect an issue with our speakers. Thanks to the software, these problems were rectified quickly and we were able to get on with putting on a great show.’ www.powersoft-audio.com www.radiochanlee.com www.singesen.biz


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DPA microphones star in Sony takes the Sunday in the Park with George lead role

AUSTRALIA: LSS Productions has recently invested in DPA microphones for the production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George in Melbourne, Australia. Eighteen units of DPA’s Core 6066 subminiature headset microphones were chosen as they were reportedly quick and easy to set up. ‘The 6066 headset is a lot more discreet than earlier DPA headsets, which is why I felt it could work well for Sunday in the Park with George,’ explained Marcello Lo Ricco, managing director and sound designer of LSS Productions. ‘We wouldn’t get away with the look of using

a bulky headset and, on top of that, the new gold colour of the 6066 mic boom blended really nicely into light or dark skin tones. Also, the new 6066 headset has a detachable cable, which is a great advantage because it means we can easily replace it if it is damaged.’ A total of 17 cast members were fitted with 6066 headsets, while Nick Simpson-Deeks, who played the leading role of George, was fitted with a DPA 4061. ‘The 6066 headset is made from a thinner, more flexible material compared to the older-style headsets and it seemed to be more comfortable for the cast to wear for longer

periods of time because it felt lighter on the head,’ said Lo Ricco. ‘The ear attachments are more flexible and mouldable, too. Also, in our third venue, we were operating in a smaller black box space with speakers closer to the per formers. Using the headsets made this manageable as there was sufficient headroom for 18 microphones, which at some points during the per formance were all on at the same time.’ The units are now part of the company’s permanent stock and are being used during productions such as The Beautiful Game. ‘When I first started using DPA, what I liked was the sound quality of the microphones, which was a noticeable improvement on what we had been using previously,’ Lo Ricco added. ‘They sound natural with a nice bright top-end which isn’t harsh sounding. The Microdot adaptors are reliable, and we use a few different types to match our Sennheiser and Shure radio system models. The new 6066 headsets are being used with our Shure Axient Digital radio systems and I’ve been very happy with their performance. I’m keen to add some smaller lavaliers to our inventory so I will now be looking at the other products in the new 6000 Series.’ www.dpamicrophones.com

INDIA: While filming for Happy Phir Bhaag Jayegi, director of photography Sunil Patel had the oppor tunity to test the Venice, a digital motion picture camera system by Sony. Designed for cinematographers, the camera is equipped with a developed full-frame image sensor and, having been used by Patel

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previously on several films, was the director of photography’s immediate choice for the latest production. ‘I was absolutely delighted when I saw the gorgeous footage shot on Sony’s Venice at the DI studio,’ commented Patel. ‘I knew instinctively that I had to use Venice for my next movie, and along comes Gabru Gang. We used the Venice as our principal camera.’

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For Gabru Gang, Patel also combined the Venice with Zeiss compact prime zoom 15–30mm, 28–80mm, 70–200mm and Optimo 24–290mm lenses. Due to the Venice’s performance with both of these projects, the director of photography has decided to use the Venice again for his next movie, Pagalpanti, which will involve two

Venice cameras alongside Zeiss and Leica Summilux lenses. ‘Venice had the fastest booting time of 5–7s, after which you’re ready to roll,’ noted Patel. ‘The [eight built-in] motorised ND filters allowed us to control the exposure easily. Our version 2.0 firmware was upgraded to dual ISO which added an additional 2,500 base ISO to its earlier 500 base ISO.’ www.sony-asia.com


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Child’s play at Goodman Arts Centre

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Banging the drum

Merging Technologies celebrates PRC’s 70th anniversary CHINA: Merging Technologies

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This will benefit our NPC Media commercial broadcasters Seven because Communications’ sales in Australia ‘The main challenge is feedback, I’m and working clients the with wider32 Australian and all Nine, NPC Media has chosen and New Zealand, added: ‘As mics, of which are open,’ explains Joshi from public.’ backstage at viewing Imagine Communications to provide proven with NBN, the ability to the Harman Live Arena. ‘I can’t mute anything because I don’t The first phrase of NPC Media’s an upgrade to going the infrastructure progressively introduce our new know what he’s to play next.ofSo I have to compensate expansion consisted of the National when Playout IP-based Versio platform, while forthe everything I’mCentre mixing(NPC) a live show. 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the various delays. This was then broadcast across the country. Several individuals helped out with the event including Li Dakang, the leader of the team, alongside several of his students.

supported by Dreamula, which was led by Zhu Jie. Merging’s president in Asia, Weishen Xu, also attended the event. www.merging.com

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KU210s have been teamed up with four Domino-KF212 double 12-inch full-range speakers and four Thunder-KMT18P 18-inch subs WORLD: With Dante audio driven by hosting KA24 and KA84console amps. integrated audio and video products facilities SINGAPORE: The Star Theatre, mobile, networking technology having been Thearcade systemgames. has been zonedby to market, with all of the benefits the flagship, 5,000-seat at and Powered AUSTRALIA: Opened invenue 2014, widely adopted by the pro audio intoApart four areas restaurant Dante has to offer. We’re taking The Star Per forming Centre, an Audio for Revamp 4120T Tokyo Sing Song is Arts a small K-array Domino-KF212s cover industry, developer Audinate is background music, indoor DJs, everything we’ve learned from years amplifier, has adopted several solutions a network of Mask 4T nightclub renowned for hosting seating areas on the terrace now launching Dante for audio thein the intell terrace DJs and live music from networked audiowith to the video from Waves part ofpeople its speakers provide announcements raves of upasto 200AV AUSTRALIA: Australian their stories video,’ distribution ofofaudio and video the stage, respectively. Control world and delivering on ourCEO vision control setup. Star’s head of over and BGM from a PM7400 MK2 basement the Marlborough manufacturer Blackmagic commented Grant Petty, at of standard networks. 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Dante audio over K-array’s andsolution KA84 DSP Dante AV uses a single network MultiRack and the SD7 Pro Show video andKA24 lighting for entertainment director, Harold inbenefits’ its home 2018 IP, such to as discovery, ease-of-use amplifiers used power the clock for ‘sub-microsecond bundle the theatre’s production Singapore’s firsttoesports arena,’ Dumke, was recently approached Good Design Australia Awards and integrated control, totovideo. system. ‘Thanks to the accuracy’ in synchronising audio workflow. said Fong. ‘Although wedigital have about the possibility upgrade were presented for the Ursa The developer has also confirmed processor our amps, we and video. 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Digital audio and flying lanterns TAIWAN: As the Lantern Festival The setup was deployed by overlapped with the Chinese Audio Engineering Visitors are greeted bynew a 5.28m x 2.88mAcoustic (WxH) 4mm pixel-pitch LED display Lunar Year, Taipei held a special Laborator y, whose team nine-day Yearfor of the the Bountie Pig Lantern included Guo, was selected and playerYuanzhou profiles supplementing Festival Ximending. Each Kunqing Yang, Arena. ‘Weinhave been supplying the actionLai, on Wave the main screen. Aoto’s technology for several years The HDMI inputs from the gaming now so, when the manufacturer consoles and PTZ cameras are was awarded this tender, we routed through a Kramer VS44HN provided the owners with a 4x4 HDMI matrix video switcher. demonstration of a 2m x 3m Above the stage, 10 Martin display in our showroom,’ Rush PAR1 LED lighting fixtures commented CST general manager, are programmed from a laptop Gerald Fong. CEO Lex Na and chief loaded with Elation Node 2 gaming officer Check Ho had also lighting controller software. Audio placed an order for a Norton Audio sources, including Sennheiser loudspeaker system and a Martin XSW handheld mics, PC audio Professional lighting display. and CD playback, are fed into a Facing into the mall, the arena’s Yamaha MW12 mixer and output stage area sets the tone with a through ceiling-suspended Norton

evening, lanterns were lit for the Zhiqiang Gao, Jiawei Chen and public to enjoy. A Dante network Qiang Lian. The show control was employed for digital audio system, combining audio, visual coding and transmission across and lighting automation, was the event site, making use of synchronised by an SMPTE a Yamaha QL5 digital mixer, a generator and managed using RIO 1608-D I/O rack and UNiKA a Mac. The lighting setup, break-in/break-out boxes to meanwhile, was controlled by stream multichannel audio across an MA Lighting grandMA2. the network. The longest run of www.unikapro.com Ethernet cables was 80m. L–R: The Bountie Arena Manager Charlie Tan with CST’s Gerald Fong and Wei Quan Untitled-3 1

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Amadeus finds paradise KOREA: C2 Artechnolozy was recently involved in the phase 1-2 project at Paradise Fun City, which included the installation of over 200 Amadeus speakers as well as the construction of Chroma, the largest club in East Asia, boutique hotel Art Paradiso, the Art Garden and Paradise Walk, in addition to Wonder Box. C2 Artechnolozy was responsible for designing and supervising the resort’s audio, lighting and video systems alongside the design, development and supervision of the EBGM system. It also supervised the design and construction of the Chroma staging system as well as the audio, lighting and video systems for the Wonder Box. ‘From a media point of view, the facilities of existing hotels and convention centres seem to lack a lot of options to represent an “Arttainment” resort, which combines art and entertainment,’ stated Dongyup Kwak, C2 Artechnolozy’s CEO. ‘C2 first wanted to upgrade the BGM, which is delivered to all facilities. However, the system for emergency broadcasting could not be changed. So, we focused on the main spaces of the facility and differentiated it from the existing

Walk, Chroma ticket booth and the Highline Park area. The Amadeus PMX5 and ML12 slim subwoofers were installed in the Cimer Spa section of Paradise City. Wonder Box has six Ovation servers from Merging Technologies installed, along with two grandMA3 consoles, a total of 14 Panasonic 21,000 ANSI and two 10,000 ANSI laser projectors. The EBGM system is based on the Ovation Server, Horus and Hapi interfaces from Merging Technologies, and is capable of 384kHz or DXD via the AES67 Ravenna network. The 352.8kHz The lobby BGM system. We named this system Enhanced BGM (EBGM) – it is the first and greatest example of the world’s highest-quality sound for background music. We applied the DXD sample rate to go beyond the sound quality limit of 48kHz of existing hardware-based DSP sound source transmission and control systems.’ Alongside Kim Ji-Kyung of Tuneworx, C2 studied the interior and architectural design of Paradise City as well as the ideal speaker arrangement for each space in the Cimer Spa, Art Garden, Paradise

DXD EBGM was set up in 69 zones with 145 outputs, which involved four buildings and three outdoor spaces. C2 also designed a control interface so that any space within Paradise Fun City could be controlled with an Apple iPad and the Ovation’s web server functions. C2 also chose the PMX series speakers, as well as ABB 15 and ML 12 slim bespoke subwoofers. Powersoft power amplifiers were also set up for the speaker system in the Art Paradiso. The gallery is equipped with hanging tracks, power and network terminals alongside Amadeus PMX 5D and ML 12 D active speakers which allowed flexibility with the installation. ‘The Amadeus speaker is the only one that can satisfy both the luxury and high quality of hotels and art galleries,’ explained Kwak. ‘The system uses the AES67 DXD format for the EBGM system as well as a separate operation using a Dante network. The art gallery is also set up to utilise projectors with an HDBaseT network to provide an optimised infrastructure for media art.’ www.amadeuslab.com

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Robe lights up Ubud Village Jazz Festival INDONESIA: For the 2019 Ubud Village Jazz Festival at the Arma Art Museum in the Bali Uplands, several lighting fixtures from Robe were installed. The main goal for the project was uniting the lighting and scenic elements into a design that combined luminosity and colour with pixel mapping onto the set. This included 24 LEDWash 300+, six Pointes and six picklePatts, all of which were supplied by Etcetera Lighting and Lemmon ID. These

were positioned all over the stage roof and were rigged on a series of trusses. The lighting was all controlled from an Avolites Quartz console run by a team of operators from Etcetera Lighting. The LEDWash 300+ was chosen as it is small and lightweight, which was ideal for covering the stage area. The six Pointes were used for highlighting key moments during the performances, while the picklePatt boosted the general visual ambience.

‘We were very happy to work with Anom [the event’s founder] to bring all parties together for this festival. It was a local first in Bali to have this number of Robe fixtures onstage and the feedback has been absolutely spectacular. We are very much looking forward to the next edition of Ubud Village Jazz Festival,’ stated Jens Poehlker, MD of Robe Lighting in Asia. www.robe.cz www.ubudvillagejazzfestival.com

UNSW upgrades Io Myers Studio with Yamaha AUSTRALIA: The Io Myers Studio within the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has not only been relocated to the Kensington campus, it has also received several upgrades, including a 40-channel Yamaha AFC3 Active Architecture system that controls the studio’s soundfield. Kim Jones and Tom Brickhill from Arup’s Acoustics as well as the AV team from Yamaha designed the Io Myers Studio AFC3 system with Simon Tait from Yamaha Music Australia and Hideo Miyazaki and Dai Hashimoto of Yamaha Corporation’s Spatial Audio Group carrying out the system tuning.

The Yamaha Active Field Control (AFC) is an acoustic conditioning system that is designed to adjust and enhance the acoustic behaviour of a space alongside maintaining its natural sonic characteristics. Its studio’s AFC3 system can provide a range of acoustics with the correct sonic environment for any type of performance. The Yamaha AFC was chosen as a cost-effective alternative to mechanical means of modifying room acoustics. The system was said to provide fine control of early reflections, diffusing reverberance and warmth as well as adapting

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to multiple seating and stage locations. ‘I don’t think it is an exaggeration to suggest that this space represents a new era for Sonic Arts and music in general at UNSW, and I’m truly excited to see – and hear – what will happen as this inviting venue grows into a home for culture, community and experimentation,’ said Adam Hulbert, sonic arts convener at the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW. www.arts.unsw.edu.au www.arup.com www.au.yamaha.com


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Immortality granted for Coda Audio CHINA: Four years in the making and Qing has taken to the hi-tech stage. Based on Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea, Qing is produced by the Sunac Group in the 1,600-seat Oriental Movie Metropolis complex in Qingdao. The performance includes acrobatics, dance, Kung Fu moves, 3D holographic projections and a water curtain for traditional culture and modern stage art. Assisted by Luc Petit Creation sound designer Erik Loots, production director Philip Alexi demanded a Coda Audio loudspeaker system to be installed from Chinese distributor Tempo. ‘I became familiar with Coda when my old friend Hans Engelen at Viladco became a distributor,’ explained Loots. ‘Hans has always been someone I’ve held in high regard. He introduced me to the brand and I quickly became a fan, both as a front of house engineer and from a design perspective. When this project was in its early stages, I consulted with Hans and he offered invaluable assistance throughout, including introducing

me to the Coda team in Hanover from whom I also received fantastic technical support.’ An AiRay system was specified on account of its sonic qualities and dynamic range, but its compact size and lightweight properties also assisted in the easier installation of the 48 cabinets. The flown system consists of four 12-element arrays that create three different audio images. A large combination of sensorcontrolled sub-bass elements

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MALAYSIA: JAA Systems recently completed a project at Ripple Media (previously known as Media Prima Radio Networks), installing BroadcastRadio’s Myriad 5 Logger solution for multichannel audio, data logging and retrieval. The 24-channel

Simon Billing Warkey, head of technical at Ripple Media, added: ‘Initially, we were having trouble finding the right audio logger system to suit our needs. However, when JAA Systems introduced us to the Myriad 5 Logger, we

demonstrates how low an immortal has to go. The addition of a further 12 SC2F dual 15-inch bass extension cabinets suspended in two arrays are set up behind the centre main L-R arrays as a spectral low-frequency extension of

the main L-R arrays. Extending the low frequencies down to 20Hz, a further 16 SC8 quadruple 18-inch subwoofers are flown in cardioid mode as two central arrays. Serving as in-fills for the main flown system in addition to bringing down the audio image from the high-flown main arrays, six per side ViRay cabinets are built into the proscenium. Completing the inventory, 48 wall-mounted G715-96 cabinets create an Auro-3D immersive layout. In total, 24 LINUS14 and 24 LINUS10-C amplifiers power the entire setup and six LINUS CON processors provide DSP control throughout via the proprietary LINUS software. Loots further explained the challenges that the living production mortals had to overcome for the big-ticket production. ‘The main

issue was finding the ideal speaker positions to provide complete coverage of the audience area. In addition, we had to create realistic audio imaging without interfering with the visual aspects of the show, including the flight paths of 2D and 3D flights and video projection. As a result, the main system had to be flown very high above the performance area, with the result that the bottom of the arrays is 19m above the floor. Through Tempo’s hard work and the support that I received from Hans and the Coda Audio team, we achieved great success. Pierre Mush, the music composer for the project, told me how impressed he was with the clarity and punch that the system delivers.’ www.codaaudio.com

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Mahajak completes Grande Centre project THAILAND: Mahajak has completed several installations in the Grande Centre Point Pattaya hotel in Thailand. The hotel is located at the Terminal 21 shopping mall and operated by LH Mall and Hotel, which wanted to set up several pieces of equipment that would all be simple to control and look after. A large part of this project consisted of installing an AV system in the Port Ballroom. Over 100 Razr infrared conference microphones were provided, alongside 16 sets of Shure wireless QLXD24A/ SM58-Q51 mics, which can work with 24 compatible systems and can be controlled from an iPad. A Just Add Power Network AV and Cisco switching hub was also installed, which can be used together for the visual system.

For guest speakers, a Barco ClickShare CS-100 wireless presentation system, nine Epson EB-G7905 projectors and nine Razr screens were all set up for guests to present their work with a connected computer, mobile phone or tablet.

A total of 42 units of JBL Control 14C/T speakers were installed with Crown CDi series amplifiers and a Soundcraft SI Impact digital mixer. For the sky water park on the sixth floor of the hotel, a BSS BLU-100 system with 31 white

JBL Control 25-1 speakers were installed. The audio system was set up to power the outdoor background music system and public announcements, while synchronising the audio system to the fire alarm setup, all of which are managed and controlled by a BSS BLU-100 system. The 31 white JBL Control 25-1 speakers were covered with replacement WeatherMax grilles that are rated IP55. These were installed along the corridor and water park

area and are driven by the Crown CDi series. On the 32nd floor, a JBL Control 29AV-1 has been fitted in the rooftop restaurant. The project also involved setting up a portable AVL system in the hotel’s multipurpose outdoor yard and included solutions from Shure, Soundcraft, JBL, Nightsun, Martin Professional, Epson and Razr.

INDIA: Dandi Kutir in India is a museum that recognises the life and achievement of Mahatma Gandhi. To draw more visitors in, it recently installed 16 Christie HS Series 1DLP laser projectors for a 3D projection mapping show about his life. These were installed and commissioned by Christie’s Indian partners, Bombay Electrical and Nolabel Immersive. It is the second largest projection installation to take place in India after the Statue of Unity, which also uses Christie projection technology. The D20WU-HS was chosen due its lumen-to-weight ratio, which reportedly achieves the brightness for bold and colourful visuals. With the use of the projector’s BoldColor Technology for enhanced colour accuracy, the D20WU-HS was a practical alternative to 3DLP projectors. After a detailed site survey, the projectors were installed within two structures, overlooking the left and right sides of the Dandi Kutir. ‘Once we had identified the appropriate positions for the

placement of all 16 projectors, the rest of the installation went ahead smoothly as planned,’ said Amit Gupta, managing director of Nolabel Immersive. ‘Due to their light weight and omnidirectional capabilities, we were able to easily lift and set up the projectors without the difficulties associated with larger projection systems. I’m glad to note that the D20WU-HS projectors performed superbly as expected, delivering amazing, true-to-life visuals that impressed all visitors since the show made its debut earlier this year.’ Michael Bosworth, executive director and head of enterprise of Asia Pacific for Christie, added: ‘We are delighted that Dandi Kutir museum has chosen our highperformance and robust D20WU-HS laser projectors for this new 3D projection mapping show on its iconic façade. Congratulations go to Amit and his team for completing a remarkable installation.’

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KOREA: The Incheon Culture and Arts Centre has upgraded its digital wireless intercom solution to Clear-Com FreeSpeak II in its grand theatre and concert hall. ClearCom’s regional partner, One-up Solution, installed the system. After using Clear-Com’s partyline MS-704 and WBS-670 wireless systems, the staff in the grand theatre wanted to update its systems to FreeSpeak II. ‘We knew we had to upgrade the communication systems in both venues to enable our staff to communicate freely throughout the building,’ said Choi Sungkook, director of Incheon Culture and Arts Centre. ‘Although we considered several products, we already knew that we could trust Clear-Com since our previous

system in the grand theatre had served us well for several years, and it was clear that FreeSpeak II could offer the robustness and reliability we needed to maintain communications across a wideranging venue.’ In the concert hall, a one-way radio communications system was replaced with Clear-Com’s Freespeak II intercom solutions. Multiple transceivers were placed

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around the venues – this allowed the users to move between backstage and front of house while communicating with individuals across the 2.4GHz frequency. ‘With FreeSpeak II wireless, our quality of life has changed,’ added Sung-kook. ‘Our communication equipment must help us to produce the best performance – once the performance has begun, if the communication between the participants doesn’t work, it’s doomed. Clear-Com is one of the most popular products in concert halls around the world, and the superior signal stability and sound quality we have seen over the years has boosted our trust in FreeSpeak II.’ www.clearcom.com www.oneups.co.kr

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NOVA upgrades national FM GatesAir transitions transmission MediaWorks with Flexiva AUSTRALIA: NEW ZEALAND: NOVA GatesAir Entertainment has has recently awarded transitioned a large contract New Zealand to GatesAir televisiontocompany upgradeMediaWorks six FM radio transmission to an uncompressed sites in audio-over-IP Australia. NOVA networking Entertainment architecture. has With beenthe operating use of Intraplex national IP FM Linkradio MPXp since codecs 2001, and Flexiva beginning exciters, withsignals the launch are of kept Sydney’s in the digital Nova 96.9, domain, followed as well by as stations streamlining in Adelaide, signal delivery Brisbane, to Melbourne improve audio andquality Perth. and The reduce broadcaster system complexity. will first upgrade these five Themetropolitan project was sites, designed beginning to with enhance the Melbourne the deliveryand of Perth programme locations, audio fromthen MediaWorks’ subsequently studio upgrade in the Ponsonby, remaining Auckland three metropolitan to transmitters on 93.8MHz FM, while upgrading the transport infrastructure of MediaWorks Radio’s advertisement brand, The Sound. Gencom Technology, GatesAir’s regional KOREA: Bear, an episodic nature channel partner, provided pre-sales documentary airing onwith MBC design support series while working exploring the impact of climate GatesAir product specialists and change andengineers urbanisation on the MediaWorks to create speciesconfiguration. such as pandas, grizzlies IP-based and complete polar bears, marked the first The solution powers programme to be simultaneously Intraplex IP Link MPXp codecs with broadcast in UltraHD HDR and HD built-in SynchroCast technology SDR in transport South Korea. MBC required that can FM baseband as well as manage local ad insertions

sites, followed by a regional location on the NSW Central Coast. In total, GatesAir will supply 16 Flexiva FAX air-cooled FM transmitters, with its in-country partner RaeAir conducting all site evaluations, installation, commissioning and post-sales services. ‘The remarkable compact footprint of GatesAir transmitters will take up substantially less space than our existing transmitters, lowering across the single-frequency our monthly expenditures andFlexiva our transmission network (SFN). long-term total cost ownership,’ FAX50 exciters alsoof support FM explained Matt Steadman, head of radio signal generation at each transmission site. With this design, there is no need to transport programme audio to a separate studio for local ad insertions. ‘The migration from older E1 a way technology to transmit to content from linking IP, while an HDRprompted source to by HDR SDR partially theand recent destinations concurrently toenabled pull availability of the latter, also this off, and chose AJA’s FS-HDR simplification of the routing for real-time HDR converter as andit frame the Auckland transmitter now synchroniser run the the Auckland UltraHD comes directlytofrom HDR tosaid HD SDR studio,’ Markconversion. Simpson, ‘The HDR to SDR gamma account manager, transmission and conversionsystems with FS-HDR was distribution at Gencom Technology. ‘This eliminates signal

drops and vulnerability issues of the technology, NOVA Entertainment. ‘We legacy which required are alsoarchitecture, confident that GatesAir’s MediaWorks to routeboth the Auckland Australian presence, through programme to Hamilton local direct personnel and theirforpartners adRaeAir, insertion. synchronous at will The efficiently guide us performance across theprocess SFN has through the installation and been outstanding, and MediaWorks ensure excellent post-sales service reports excellent audio quality and and support.’ stability from the next-generation The manufacturer won the contract Flexiva in largeexciters.’ part due to its growing Ray Smith, transmission presence in Australia, bolstered by manager MediaWorks, the recentfor expansion of its added: in-country ‘By leveraging AES192, can sales and support team.we ‘GatesAir maintain high-endatdigital and our partners RaeAiraudio worked quality with throughout theEntertainment entire closely the NOVA chain, all the way to the exciter. Uncompressed MPX-over-IP transport ensures that the transmitters can be fully modulated without any decibel overshoot generated by compression algorithms. The average audio levels are higher, which means the transmitted signal offers the bestpossible audio quality that FM radio can offer.’

transmitters will also optimise audio quality and performance for NOVA Entertainment’s number one metropolitan network.’ NOVA Entertainment’s FM radio transmission project represents part of a broader strategic initiative that follows a recent upgrade of its studio systems. GatesAir will deliver 12 10kW and four 20kW models, with redundant transmitter configurations for all five metropolitan sites; and integrated IP-based control and monitoring across the network. NOVA team to develop a strategy that CHINA:transition For 2019’s Mobile and Wang Lin, the Entertainment will programmer also benefit of would them to a World highCongress (MWC) in Shanghai,and Pangolin Beyond, Ho was able toand put from streamlined maintenance efficiency FM infrastructure, lighting Ho and his on an eight-universe show forspare the the ability to share common with thedesigner greatestNick possible ROI,’ colleagues set up laser softwareand crowd.across the network. parts said Rich Redmond, president with the ChamSys MQ60 ‘Everyone was very pleased with managing director,Magic international, www.gatesair.com console. how this show turned out,’ said for GatesAir. ‘The exceptional www.novaentertainment.com.au ‘For the pastoffew I have Ho. ‘There was a lot of movement, performance ouryears, Flexiva programmed the conference’s colour, intensity and multiple layers opening stinger [the walk-up music of looks. It represented the creative for the speaker introduction] with spirit of the conference. To blend lights,’ said Ho. ‘This year, my laser and lighting with different client decided to build this show cues and timing was interesting and MBC is now Iproducing another around laser fixtures. We had to wrote all the cues, perfect, without any bandings in use challenging. series, them Humanimal, Pangolin Beyond software. Now, my documentary Justin programmed in the the highlight area,’ said MBC’s looking MQ60 receives Timecode MQ60 into and the our relationship laser assistant Wang Chongmo Ki. ‘This allowedvia meSMPTE to between humans and wildBeyond. animals.I LTC, butaour Pangolin was not able programmed in Pangolin achieve more natural grading This captured in touchup HDR to receive due to short thenwill didalso the be final timecode feel, closerLTC to how thethe human and simultaneously in notice we colour were given, which andbroadcast operated the ChamSys console eye views in real life. left FS- us HDR andshow SDRdays. usingItaall similar no timediverse to prepare convert on the went setup. very HDR’s arraythe of LTC adjustable for Pangolin.’enables more accurate smoothly.’ parameters www.aja.com With the help of his colleagues, conversion.’ www.chamsyslighting.com MQ60 programmer Justin Poh

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Beyma celebrates Superflys support Yovie And His Friends COINCIDINGMelodia WITH itsSound golden INDONESIA: anniversary, Beymasystem has added supplied the sound for the three subwoofers toFriends the LEXconcert range, recent Yovie And His in the addition creating a newand at GrandtoCity Convention 14-inch woofer a 1.4-inch exit Exhibition Centreand in Surabaya. HF the compression As distributor driver. for Outline, Melodia Sound deployed a main PA system comprising the Italian manufacturer’s Superfly line array elements. The system was formed from left and right hangs of eight Superfly cabinets each, with six DBS 18-2 subwoofers ground 12LEX1300Nd stacked on either side for low-end reinforcement. In addition, six Outline Vegas 12 CX enclosures delivered centre-fill. Outline’s Newton was employed for processing, while a Soundcraft Vi5000 digital mixing console was employed at FOH. A Yamaha PM1D handled the mix for monitors. ‘We faced challenges during the 15LEX1000Nd set up, as Yovie And His Friends are a big band with many instruments,

sides, double silicone spiders and triple surround rings. Rated at 1,000W AES power, the 12LEX1300Nd woofer comes with a 4-inch DUO double layer in/out voice coil that offers extended controlled displacement with ±11mm Xmax and 65mm peak-topeak excursion before damage. The 15LEX1000Nd and 18LEX1000Nd models feature a 3.5-inch DUO voice coil design providing low distortion, 97dB/98dB (1W/1m) sensitivity with ±10mm Xmax and 65mm peakto-peak excursion.

Designed for bass and mid/bass applications, the 14MC700Nd is a 700W, AES-rated, 14-inch woofer with a 3-inch DUO voice coil that incorporates an FEAoptimised neodymium motor structure. The 14-inch format gives users the chance to work between conventional 12- and 15-inch sizes. With a recorded sensitivity of 99dB (1W/1m), the 4kg woofer operates within a 55Hz to 4kHz frequency range and further benefits from the inclusion of Maltcross technology. Other

as well as an orchestra with violins, saxophones and more,’ said Rudy Winarto, director of Melodia Sound. ‘Plus, the wireless system included IEMs, wireless host modules and instrument mics. We overcame these challenges through good teamwork CD1114Fe and excellent knowhow, with good communication and coordination features include an aluminium during preparations and at the demodulating ring and waterproofvenue.’ treated cone for both sides. Finally, for the high frequencies, www.instagram.com/melodiaproduction Beyma has produced an FEAwww.outline.it

optimised ferrite compression driver with a 1.75-inch DUO double layer in/out aluminium voice coil and a 1.4-inch throat. The CD1114Fe features a PM4 polymer diaphragm that promotes competitive linearity, band pass and distor tion ratings. Featuring four M6 threaded holes, the 1.9kg driver is rated for 70W program power above 1.5kHz with a sensitivity of 109dB (1W/1m). www.beyma.com

Joey Yung turns to DMT 18LEX1000Nd

Based on the design concept of the 18LEX1600Nd flagship, the HONG KONG: Joey Yung celebrated Spanish the 20th professional anniversary ofloudspeaker her singing manufacturer has extended the at career with a spectacular concert LEXHong series withColiseum the 12LEX1300Nd, the Kong recently. 15LEX1000Nd and 18LEX1000Nd Renowned British stage designer woofers. long-excursion Es Devlin,Featuring who has worked with capabilities and high international starscombining such as Beyoncé output with low was distortion, the 12-, and Lady Gaga, invited to 15- andand 18-inch variants have been design produce the set, engineered for vented cabinets while DMT supplied several audioand loaded horn designs. In addition solutions. to incorporating FEA neodymium motor structures, the woofers are sufficiently cooled courtesy of the inherent Maltcross technology. All three models feature waterproof cones with treatment for both

for the MFX-12MC is 450W (continuous) and 3,000W (peak); the MFX-15MC delivers 500W (continuous) and 3,500W (peak). Both models have maximum SPL ratings of 135dB and 136dB, respectively. Joey Yung chose Sennheiser 5000 In addition, themicrophones MFX monitors Series wireless for feature an integrated pole cup, the concert, which were provided allowing as short-throw along withuse various models from main/full-range the catalogue of loudspeakers DPA Microphones. for sound reinforcement when Meanwhile, at front of house, mixing needed. engineer Frankie Hung sat behind a Solid State Logic L550 console.

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7 Days Live special stars Green Hippo NEW ZEALAND: Created by MediaWorks, 7 Days Live is a TV comedy show based in New Zealand. Last June, the show went to the Queenstown Winter Festival to film a special where the festival’s production supplier, TomTom Productions, aided with media servers from Green Hippo.

and to add horizontal lines to the overall look.’ For the TV special, Edh used TomTom’s Hippotizer Karst which ran two outputs, one to the 6mm LED panels and the other to the Sceptron via the Hippotizer’s Martin P3 System Controller integration. This also

traditional video and lighting elements,’ said Edh. ‘This is why Hippotizers are great for us – they’re designed around control from the lighting console, which gives intimate creative freedom to the lighting designer to manipulate the entire visual look of a show.’

AUSTRALIA: Dark Mofo is a festival in Hobart, Australia that runs for 12 nights. One of its many events includes the Night Mass, a show with several acts that play during the winter nights. For this event, the audio and lighting were supplied by Alive Technologies. For lighting, Alive Technologies decided upon the Panorama IPWBX from Prolights due to its IP65 highoutput LED wash light with a pixel ring designed for outdoor events. ‘We looked at some other IPrated LED wash lights, but they didn’t deliver the output that the Prolights Panorama could,’ said Colin Boucher, project manager of Alive Technologies. ‘We wanted an IP front wash solution that could do eye candy during the day and could also go out on festivals to be hung from the front truss and be rained upon. Tassie being Tassie, it always rains sideways so, no

Image courtesy of Hamish Edh, TomTom Productions

‘The design concept was based around mismatching elements with different LED pixel pitches,’ explained Hamish Edh, director of TomTom and designer of the festival’s live stage video elements. ‘To create contrast between the different pixel pitches, I use Martin Sceptron 20 battens in an array to complement the 6mm LED panels

included four horizontal LED ‘banners’ which were installed at staggered heights. Each of these included mismatched pixel pitches of 6mm panels and 20mm Martin Sceptron. The visuals were controlled from a Hog 4 console which can integrate with Hippotizer. ‘The direction we’re going in with design is to integrate

Prolights brings Dark Mofo to light

classes. After creating a plan for the best use of the AX1s, Zarounas teamed up with Thor

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Edh added: ‘The Hippotizer’s P3 integration for Mar tin Sceptron played a big par t in our decision to invest in the Sceptron. Again, it gives us the freedom to design video and lighting elements into one product.’ www.green-hippo.com www.mediaworks.co.uk

Astera helps Titan Fitness get in shape

AUSTRALIA: Independently owned fitness studio Titan Fitness has recently invested and installed 24 Astera AX1 Pixel Tubes which were supplied by Aeromic, the installers of Astera’s Australian distributor, ULA Group. Andrew Zarounas, the director and co-owner of Aeromic, and Mets Analin, the CEO of Titan Fitness, wanted to improve the lighting after they recognised the positive implications it had on mood and the environment with overseas operators. Analin decided to upgrade the lighting in the spin room as he thought this would help energise the instructors while they teach their

matter what creative roof, top hat or dome you put on a mover, they end up getting drenched.’ Alive Technologies ordered 10 Panorama IPWBX for the Night Mass event. They were used during special performances where they created a general room wash for beam effects as the Panorama IPWBX delivered a 45–3° linear zoom range from wash to beam. ‘We had no profiles in the rig other than what the Prolights Panorama can do, so I was using them for the main beam look too,’ added Boucher. ‘Having the macros on board, and being able to break the LEDs down to single pixels with animations, gave me some dynamic looks when required.’

Andre, ULA’s technical sales and support specialist, to design and finalise the plan.

For the installation, two Pixel Tubes were mounted vertically to each corner of the room, with four tubes attached to the ceiling in four rows. These were all controlled with the ART7 AsteraBox CRMX interface and the Astera App which was installed onto an iPad. The AX1s were chosen as a wide range of lighting sequences could easily be accessed. They also chose the AX1s due to the quality of the product, its IP65 rating and the fact that the lights can be controlled by an app. ‘The Astera app is a perfect solution,’ commented Andre. ‘Coupled with the sound-to-light functionality, it works beautifully and

doesn’t put people off exploring the many possibilities.’ The Astera ART7 interface box was also programmed with several sequences, including walk in, warm up and cool down, all of which can be controlled with the Astera app. Some of these sequences have a sound-to-light trigger that reacts to 32 discreet frequencies in the music to create a ‘very dynamic effect’. Pleased with the installation, Andre added: ‘Titan Fitness is trailblazing with this Astera investment, all helping to make this an even more exciting and fresh environment.’ www.astera-led.com


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A Vestec design reigns in The Governor surrounding the bistro and dancefloor are also equipped with volume trim faders. Located within a commercial area, The Governor’s clientele includes groups of office staff. As such, six small seating enclaves and booths are incorporated into a design where, in the absence of acoustic partitioning, each zone has been fitted with a separate volume control to minimise spillage. Three

cocktail bar and dancefloor, where a further 48 CDD5 speakers supplemented by six dual 10inch X210 subwoofers ensure a consistency in audio delivery. Like the Martin Audio speaker system, the QSC amplification and processing was also supplied by Sydney-based Technical Audio Group. The three 42U equipment racks located in the secondfloor comms room incorporate

A distributed Martin Audio CDD5 speaker system adorns the rooftop bar AUSTRALIA: Located in Sydney’s northern suburb of Macquarie Park, a newly constructed multi-level pub, bistro and rooftop bar has opened its doors to the community. While a highly regarded head chef has created all of The Governor’s menus, the four-storey venue has further distinguished itself by placing a heavy emphasis on producing even audio coverage throughout. As such, Sydneybased SI Vestec Electro Pty Ltd was contracted to install a widely distributed audio solution throughout its zoned premises. The scene is set in the entrance as patrons and guests are greeted with BGM output from Martin Audio CDD5 5-inch speakers. A saunter through The Governor’s ground-floor main bar and bistro ensures that an even dispersion of decibels emitting from 56 CDD5 cabinets is playing its part, courtesy of the distributed system. ‘In addition to providing a consistent, warm tonal quality

The rooftop bar is equipped with 48 CDD5 speakers and six X210 subs

The bistro is transformed into a dancefloor with Martin Audio CDD15 speakers and X115B subwoofers throughout, the design has minimal visible impact on the venue’s décor,’ explained Vestec Electro’s Mark Vesic. ‘Given the acoustic properties such as the exposed concrete ceilings, hard floors and wall surfaces, the natural tonal qualities shine through.’ During the later hours on weekend nights, the dancefloor comes to

life once the kitchen has closed. Differentiating itself from the other zones, a combination of four Martin Audio CDD15 speakers and four Martin Audio X115B subwoofers, powered by QSC CMX2000Va and CMX800Va amplifiers, transform diners into dancers. Providing further level control, additional booths

of these controllers can select between the local TV or main bar audio sources. ‘This requirement is especially prevalent in the main bar area, where the speakers are ceiling mounted down the centre of the room, radiating outwards to their respective enclaves, as opposed to wall-mounted speakers radiating inwards,’ added Vesic. ‘This positioning achieved two of the requirements – minimum spill and low visual impact.’ During daylight hours, the same vibe is extended to the garden terrace with its timber detailing, exposed brick walls, live green wall and festoon lighting courtesy of weatherised CDD5 cabinets. The extensive rooftop includes a

three Q-Sys Core 110f processors to ensure appropriate EQ, levels and filters are applied to all the zones. With two of the 110f processors catering for the ground and rooftop levels, coreto-core streaming ensures that both systems can access all the available input sources. The large inventory of Martin Audio speakers is powered by a combination of 17 CMX500V and eight CMX800V low-impedance amplifiers and connected by 4,500m of 2mm and 4mm cabling. www.momentohospitality.com.au/ the-governor www.tag.com.au www.vestec.com.au

Sokcho Art Center upgrades with Clair Brothers

KOREA: Sokcho Art Center has recently completed a renovation to its main hall, which involved upgrading the lighting, seats, acoustic wall treatment and installing a sound system from Clair Brothers. The main hall consists of nine Clair Brothers C8 line arrays, four flown CS118 subs and two stacked CS218 subs as well as three CAT115s for centre-fill, two kiT15s for stage-fill, four 1AM stage monitors and four 8CXs under the balcony, all of which are par t of the main PA and are all powered with the use of Clair Brothers/Lab.gruppen amplifiers. The installation also included setting up an Allen & Heath dLive S5000 mixing console.

JJ Song, VP of sales for Clair Brothers Korea, commented:

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‘While this configuration is used on a case-by-case basis, it

exists because of the size of our buildings and the available amount of land they sit on, especially in the centre of the city, where to handle the necessary amount of people the rooms are designed to be taller and shallower than typical theatres. In these cases, the subs in the middle of the line array usually face towards the edge of the balcony and divide the top section of the array from the bottom. The key with this setup is to have the ability to control and process the system as two line arrays in one cluster.’ Chief engineer of Clair Brothers, Seong Keun Ahn, added: ‘In 2018, we did a C8 line array demo for a selected group of audio engineers in Korea. They were impressed and praised the quality of the

sound and the high SPLs out of a such a compact box. Especially noteworthy in the C8 speaker design is the “integrated passive crossover network” that can reduce the amp channel count required while functioning as a biamped three-way speaker. We must give a great deal of credit to Josh Sadd, Clair Brothers’ chief design engineer, for designing technology that saves client budgets without compromising sound quality. We held a competitive system demo right in the art centre – Clair Brothers versus two other top brands. The demo took place in front of Sokcho Art Centre officials. Of course, they chose Clair Brothers.’ www.clairbrothers.com


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EDUCATION F1 drives Waves mixing masterclass with Sean ‘Sully’ Sullivan SINGAPORE: The YST Conservatory was the venue of choice for Singaporean distributor IMS Mahajak to play host to just under 60 attendees comprising engineers, rental companies, students and theatre managers for a dedicated Waves mixing masterclass. The event was presented by the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ renowned front of house engineer Sean ‘Sully’ Sullivan who was in Singapore with the band for the closing concert of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix. Sully broke the afternoon down into two sessions, with the first focused on the Waves LV1 mixer and the second concentrating on the Avid S6L with Waves processing. At the end of each session, there was a lively Q&A period where attendees put forward a variety of

enquiries to the approachable FOH engineer. ‘While I’ve done a number of these kinds of masterclasses for Waves, this is the first time I’ve done one in Asia,’ explained Sully. ‘I want the attendees to talk back to me, interact and I want them to go away from this thinking it was fun.’

WORLD: To mark its 35th anniversary, L-Acoustics has teamed up with the Audio Engineering Society (AES) to create the Dr Christian Heil Future of Sound Scholarship, a US$5,000 grant that is offered to graduate students who are members of the AES and are working in the field of audio engineering. It will be offered annually to students who show both curiosity and dedication to the field of sound recording. The

first of these scholarships has been offered to McGill University student, Ben Creelman. ‘The professional sound industry has evolved greatly and I’m proud to have been able to contribute to that,’ said Christian Heil. ‘It’s an honour to help young talent, through this scholarship, who will continue pushing the industry forwards.’ Etienne Corteel, director of scientific outreach at L-Acoustics,

‘It’s been really useful. A lot of things Sully does are conventional yet unconventional,’ attested YST alumni, Aaron Cheong. ‘I’ve come from school where we learnt about sound and music but today we’ve heard things that aren’t necessarily what we’ve been taught in class,

but I think looking at how the technology works and listening to him, it proved otherwise.’ ‘I’ve been really encouraged with the numbers and the people that have come,’ commented IMS general manager, Shah Tahir. ‘The turnout was good but, more importantly, this is a learning experience and I’d definitely like to do more events like this in the future.’ The requirement for similar future events was a sentiment echoed among other attendees. ‘As a live sound engineer and fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, today has been a great experience. To listen to someone with Sully’s high standards and who does what he does because he loves it, is mind-blowing,’ furthered Kenneth Yong, lead technician at

So Drama Entertainment. ‘At the same time, though, he’s down to earth and everything he’s explained and talked about is what we understand.’ ‘I’m so happy Sean was able to stay on after the concert and it’s been a pleasure to interact with someone who is so honest and open to sharing both technical tips and his own experiences,’ commented Waves regional sales manager, Ravisankar Nadiyam. ‘IMS did a great job in getting the right people here and, as they are our partners for both Waves and Avid, it worked out really well and we were successfully able to show Waves integration with the S6L as well as a dedicated LV1 session.’

‘The AES and L-Acoustics share core values,’ concluded Don Puluse, president of the AES Educational Foundation. ‘The inauguration of the Dr Christian Heil Future of Sound Scholarship reinforces our commitment to fostering the careers of young talent who will contribute to the sound industry for years to come.’

Christian Heil

added: ‘L-Acoustics has a longstanding involvement with the AES, making regular contributions as an active member of the Technical Committee on Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement, publishing papers and contributing to tutorial and workshop sessions at conventions. Creating this new scholarship is an expression of our continued commitment to the AES and to the evolution of the industry.’

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L-Acoustics and AES create Christian Heil scholarship

Cadac hosts CDC training in Jakarta

INDONESIA: Cadac technical sales manager Rob Hughes recently conducted a training seminar in Jakarta, held in collaboration with the manufacturer’s Indonesian distributor, PT Hesed Kharis Indonesia. ‘The training was attended by around 90 people,’ recalled Hughes. ‘It was essentially an introduction to the CDC five and six, and I also covered the features

of the consoles, as well as explaining what sets Cadac apart from the rest of our competitors. ‘We demonstrated multitrack recording and virtual soundcheck using Waves, as well as using our CDC MC Router to connect multiple devices and consoles, and how to share stage racks across multiple consoles with our gain compensation feature. This was done using our NetCOMMS

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Sennheiser releases homepage for Pro Talk Series WORLD: The Pro Talk Series is a set of videos created by Sennheiser where you can learn about the stories of engineers, producers and professionals within the field of music production and live sound. The company has now decided to put all its videos into one site,

software, which we gave a demonstration on, to show how easy it is to route audio through a large network.’ At the end of the session, attendees were given the opportunity to get hands on with the consoles, and to ask any questions. www.cadac-sound.com

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L–R: James Capparelle interviewing Norwegian recording engineer Morten Lindberg with Sennheiser’s AMBEO Smart Headset

alongside articles with key points from the interviews. The Pro Talk Series received a NAMM TEC award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in 2018 and has recently been nominated for the 2020 TEC award. ‘The Pro Talk Series is something we at Sennheiser are very passionate about. Our intention is to bring audio enthusiasts closer to the magic behind the curtain, so to speak,’ said James Capparelle, marketing communications manager, professional audio and producer of the Pro Talk Series. ‘The collection of these outstanding portraits and the expertise of the audio professionals interviewed is a unique and valuable resource of information.’ www.sennheiser.com/protalkseries


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YST mixes it up for masterclass SINGAPORE: The Audio Arts and Science department of the Yong Siew Toh (YST) Conservatory of Music recently held the Mix with YST masterclass, a series of workshops aimed at students who want expert guidance within the fields of music mixing technology. The three-day masterclass had sessions led by three top-level, Singapore-based recording and mixing engineers, Darren Sim, Frank Lee and Dominik Streicher, with topics covering Mixing Chinese Pop, The Rock Sound and Classical Music Production. Zhou Xiaodong, head of Audio Ar ts and Science, emphasised that technical skills and communications are the keywords of the masterclass, and hoped that this event could be a learning oppor tunity for all students who related to the ar t of sound in Singapore and

could become a bridge of twoway communication between the university and the music industr y. The masterclass attracted attention from students attending the YST Conser vator y of Music as well as Singapore Polytech and Singapore Republic Polytech. A total of 25 students were selected to attend, and most of them had pre-mixed pieces that were used as a mixing example in the class. Oh Geng Hui, a second-year Audio Ar ts and Science major student at YST Conser vator y of Music, said: ‘Mix with YST helped me improve as a mixing engineer through the sharing of industr y secrets, which cannot be found in textbooks or online resources.’ ‘Mix with YST made me aware that if you want to be an excellent audio engineer, you need to be more comprehensive,’ explained

Zhu Xuan, a master’s degree student from the Communication University of China. ‘I want to thank all the masters for sharing their detailed skills. What we achieved was not just practical knowledge but also a deeper understanding of this industr y.’

Jeremy Hwang, a graduate student from Singapore Polytech, added: ‘Mix with YST was an enriching masterclass that clarified doubts I had regarding mixing. It was great to be able to learn from industry professionals, and I would love to attend such

masterclasses again in the future.’ Sun Jingfan, a visiting master’s degree student from the Communication University of China, commented: ‘Mix with YST is a meticulous mixing masterclass that shares details through case studies. Audio engineers showed me their opinions and habits about mixing which will enlighten my own work.’ Alla, an audio major exchange student from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, also mentioned: ‘Mix with YST not only provided a very unique journey through diverse musical genres, techniques and a human approach to mixing and understanding the world of sound, but it was also a great source of inspiration and connectivity between audio professionals and enthusiasts.’ www.mixwithyst.com

Stagetec and IPPTAR create Dante training session MALAYSIA: Stagetec Media Academy has recently teamed up with Institut Penyiaran and Penerangan Tun Abdul Razak (IPPTAR) to organise a training session on Dante audio networking in broadcasting in Kuala Lumpar. The three-day session focused on Dante technology and how it can be used within a broadcasting environment. It was created for system designers and audio engineers who wanted to learn more about Dante products. Leong

Tong Sing and Yap Wei Keong, two senior engineers at Stagetec Asia, led the training sessions. After first taking place in Kuala Lumpur in 2018, Dante Certification has witnessed high demand in Malaysia. Certification requires two levels of examinations to test an individual’s knowledge and skill in Dante technology. The latest IPPTAR training sessions covered Dante concept, basic signal routing with Dante controller, Dante set up, Dante virtual sound

card, latency, unicast, multicast and more. ‘The training has achieved its mission and all participants have passed their Dante Certification Examination,’ commented Sing. ‘This training is recommended to all audio engineers for their future career enhancement and portfolio as a new technology in broadcasting.’ www.audinate.com www.stagetecasia.com

Audio Technik hosts Klang develops new Sennheiser Masterclass educational programme INDIA: Audio Technik India’s Pro Audio Institute recently conducted a Sennheiser Masterclass at the Soundtrack Café in Pune. The workshop was organised by Audio Technik’s Rajesh Patil and Kevin Pillai and led by Sennheiser India’s product support and customer service manager, Vinod Kamble. The training explored wireless technologies and RF microphone systems. In total, 25 people attended the training, including

systems integrators and sound engineers from rental companies. ‘We were very excited to have this amazing training from Sennheiser,’ said Kevin. ‘Vinod saw that the crowd was very involved in the training, which met our expectations for this module. We want the attendees to learn and go back satisfied with the knowledge they’ve received.’ www.audiotechnikindia.com www.sennheiser.com

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WORLD: Klang:technologies has developed a new educational programme that includes in-depth product training alongside userfriendly binaural academic theory seminars, with tailored, interactive content aimed at various market sectors. This new programme also includes contributions from expert guest speakers and is aimed at teaching sound engineers how to provide an immersive sound experience that mirrors normal aural activity. ‘We try to make our training events educational, not just linear, product presentations,’ explained Klang’s head of sales, Phil Kamp. ‘The opening section of the session doesn’t mention our system, it’s about the psychology of hearing, how our hearing works, how our brain deals with audio signals and, ultimately, how to provide an immersive and natural in-ear mix.

A session in China Many of our attendees are seasoned audio pros who are very educated about how to operate a mixing board but haven’t necessarily drilled down to the theory about how our hearing works.’ Several sessions have already taken place across Asia and Europe, with some covering rock and festival sound. These included guest engineers for bands such as Linkin Park, System of a Down and Anastacia. Anastacia’s monitor engineer, Becky Pell, said: ‘Klang excites

me for two reasons: it allows me to create spacious and naturalsounding IEM mixes even when I have a huge number of inputs; and it reduces ear fatigue and the need for high sound levels, which means healthy hearing for life.’ The seminars also explore Klang’s design ethos and explain why certain features are included, and how the R&D team analyses a range of pro audio equipment and instruments to tackle the biggest challenges for musicians and engineers. ‘Each training session is tailored according to who’s attending,’ confirmed Kamp. ‘This means we can look at the appropriate ways the system can be used, be it a rock ‘n’ roll environment or a HOW, and make it an interactive experience for the delegate.’ www.klang.com


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Stagetec Asia regains Jünger Audio distribution

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AA: Before the restructure in 2017, Harman Professional PS: We’re also highly invested in design simulation, testing displaysteam at AVD. ‘We believe that and, at the lighting engineering has grown significantly was spread across 14 different sites across the globe. and rapid prototyping, from LED light engine mock-ups to the quality rangeas ofpart products frombigger coherent same time, become scalable of a much Martin had an R&D department with a total of 42 PCBA prototyping and 3D printing to enable rapid assessment Absen is well suited to the vertical engineering team. engineers, all centred in Denmark. They were the only of new ideas. Differentiation is key and technology and markets we support. A further benefit of having a majorLED parthas of our Martin R&D resource pool for anything lighting and it simply wasn’t innovation are a great part of this. The MAC Allure Profile was requested lighting team locatedbecome in Chinaan is increasingly to have our knowledgeable appointed and more, we are in no doubt scalable. If we ran into any issues with products in running recent example of innovation whereso we’ve introduced an product within the supplier commercial engineers close to some of our baseAV and to beCHINA: able Xilicaa has new distribution partners that with theyawill be a huge within production, we would often have to delay our new product all-new concepttoto the market pixelated light hit engine space in this region. In particular, to secure a smoother and agile corporation on the operational its Solaro customers throughout Asia.’ development activities as we could not borrow resources a profile fixture and introduced video control via P3. The MAC the demand higher-resolution side. 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Xilica appoints new Solaro Series distributors

Jands expands Bosch portfolio

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LEA announces partnership with Generation AV APAC: In order to represent its company across the Asia Pacific region, LEA Professional has par tnered up with Generation AV, an AV distributing company led by David McKinney. ‘Having deep relationships with LEA Professional’s management team, I’m excited about the oppor tunity to work with this talented group again,’ McKinney said. ‘LEA Professional’s amplifier technology represents one of the most compelling technology platforms for the professional AV market.’

McKinney previously worked for Harman International alongside several members of the LEA management team, including Scott Robbins, vice president of sales and marketing. ‘We are singularly driven by our mission to make our customers more successful,’ stated Robbins. ‘This means delivering the best-possible audio solutions and coupling them with teams that truly understand the dynamics and needs of the markets they serve.’ www.generationav.net

MALAYSIA: Concept Associates (KL) has recently partnered up with Harman Professional Solutions to distribute, sell, install and service its JBL Karaoke Entertainment Solutions across Malaysia. Other Harman partnerships within the

Malaysian market are unchanged. Concept Associates also hosted an event to celebrate this launch, led by vice president and general manager of APAC for Harman Professional Solutions, Ramesh Jayaraman, and COO of Concept

Associates, Andrew Lee. This event was also attended by special guests such as Ribbon Ooi, Crystal Lee and Jeryl Lee. www.conceptaudio.com.my www.harman.com

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Clockaudio appoints Pink Noise Professionals as new Indian distributor INDIA: Microphone manufacturer Clockaudio took advantage of the recent InfoComm India exhibition to announce the appointment of Pink Noise Professionals Pvt as their new Indian distributor. ‘We’ve been looking for the right partner

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Jim and Tina Hallington with their new Indian distributor Pink Noise Professionals here for a long time,’ explained Clockaudio’s founder and managing director, Jim Hallington. ‘We visited Delhi earlier in the year to meet the team and they came on board with us in April and so far they’ve been great. In the long term, we are expecting to do a lot of business here and they’ll have responsibility for the whole of India.’ ‘We’ve been following Clockaudio since 2013 and were very

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were missing a good microphone brand, so it fits in well with our existing portfolio.’ Pink Noise also represents a number of brands including Xilica, Equipson and Logic Systems. ‘We’ve already got some projects lined up in both the private and public sectors,’ added Sinha. ‘Our future is bright with them.’ www.clockaudio.com www.pinknoisepro.com

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Suara Visual Indonesia adds Dynacord and Electro-Voice

VMT takes on Martin Audio

INDIA: Martin Audio has chosen Vardhaman Megatech (VMT) to be its exclusive Indian distributor. This announcement was made by David McKinney, managing director of Generation AV, which has undertaken Martin Audio’s sales strategy, account management and technical support duties within the Asia Pacific area. ‘VMT has a strength in all the vertical markets that Martin Audio is present in, including both touring and installation,’ stated McKinney. ‘VMT are headquartered in Mumbai

but have teams all across the country and are set up to ensure Martin Audio customers have quick support across all parts of India. Having a dedicated team will enable VMT to provide special support and attention to all Martin Audio customers in India.’ Mitul Soni, national sales manager of VMT, added: ‘In particular, we aim to promote growth in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities.’ www.generationav.net www.martin-audio.com www.vmt.in

UNiKA picks Audio Logistics AUSTRALIA: UNiKA has appointed Audio Logistics as its exclusive distributor for Australia. The Melbourne-based company will represent UNiKA’s complete range of Dante network audio products, DI boxes, audio isolators and contractor tools. ‘I am extremely impressed with the quality, features and value for money that the UNiKA products

provide and we are delighted to be representing the UNiKA brand in Australia,’ said Adam Dullens, managing director at Audio Logistics. ‘UNiKA’s Dante products are especially interesting as they provide an unmatched number of features.’ www.audiologistics.com.au www.unikapro.com

INDONESIA: Dynacord and ElectroVoice have appointed Suara Visual Indonesia (SVI) as their new national distributor for Indonesia. ‘We are thrilled to partner with Electro-Voice, Dynacord and Bosch,’ commented SVI CEO, Setiawan Winarto. ‘Their extensive product portfolios and excellent reputations in the global pro audio industry will benefit us in providing the Indonesian market with quality products.’ In response, Bosch Security and Safety Systems Indonesia GM Marini Indah Pratiwi offered his reasoning behind the appointment. ‘We consider SVI to be one of the best pro sound distributors in Indonesia and a great partner for EV and Dynacord. Through their market reach and human resources, SVI is perfectly positioned to help grow and strengthen awareness of

both brands in Indonesia. They are currently planning several targeted customer experience programmes to be held in several cities across the country.’ ‘We have always believed that there is great potential for market growth in higher-quality pro sound products in Indonesia,’ added regional marketing manager for ProSound, Electro-Voice and Dynacord, Patrick Hau. ‘SVI has

always been committed to the highest level of quality in their sound reinforcement installations – and we share that commitment. EV and Dynacord offer a portfolio that is second to none in the industry and we are confident of delivering many more quality projects together.‘ www.dynacord.com www.electrovoice.com www.svi-indonesia.com

Purple Vector India named BlackTrax distributor INDIA: Cast Group has chosen Purple Vector India as the first BlackTrax distributor in India. Purple Vector’s owner, Sirvinder ‘Lucky’ Singh, knew the benefit of introducing BlackTrax to India and believed that investing in it would pay off in the long run, due to his 25 years of experience in production, including working within the fields of lighting, sound and projection mapping. Purple Vector India first began promoting projection mapping when it partnered with Dataton. The

distributor’s work in this field has included several notable projections, including the recent Adiyogi Divya Darshan project, which has seen the entire surface of the monument projected upon. Commenting on the introduction of BlackTrax to the Indian market, Singh said: ‘We have the right product, we have the right people and we are launching at the right time.’

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VIETNAM: Pequod Acoustics, a startup Italian audio manufacturer, has announced an exclusive distribution agreement with Van Lam Audio Equipment in Vietnam. ‘Our speakers were officially presented only a few months ago, at the Prolight + Sound

fair in Frankfurt,’ said Leonardo Dani, chief sales officer for Pequod Acoustics. ‘Feedback was immediately great everywhere in the world and most of all in Asia. For instance, we recently installed our speakers at Yin & Yang, a lounge bar and club that is part of

Vue Audiotechnik sets Pequod Acoustics announces sights on Vietnam Vietnamese distribution

has been involved in some of the largest media and musical festivals and events in Vietnam. We are thrilled QV Sound will now offer Vue’s products and design solutions.’ The demo event was led by Vue’s Tony Sawyer and showcased the al-Class. It was attended by a range of contractors and venue audio operators.

Riverhouse, a multi-concept space in Singapore.’ Nguyen Duc Cuong, managing director for Van Lam Audio Equipment, added: ‘Our network offers international standard technical service and support, and that’s exactly what we’ll do as a partner of Pequod Acoustics. Moreover, I think that our market could be really open to the outstanding solutions and peculiar design of Pequod Acoustics. That’s why we are really pleased to be appointed as the exclusive distributor of this Italian brand. The pro audio industry in general needs a bit of innovation and a brand-new design.’

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Vue’s Tony Sawyer with the QV Sound team VIETNAM: Vue Audiotechnik has chosen QV Sound – Thanh Liem Sound & Light as its distribution partner in Vietnam. The partnership kick started with a demonstration event taking place at the San Peridot, Adora Center. ‘QV Sound’s extensive experience in system design and installation applications qualifies them as the ideal company to expand Vue into this market,’ explained Sara Elliot, Vue Audiotechnik COO. ‘The company

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APPOINTMENTS Chow switches frequency to Clear-Com APAC: Clear-Com has hired Brian Chow to ser ve as its new regional sales manager for Japan and Korea. This is a new role, which forms par t of the manufacturer’s plans to extend its reach and provide fur ther local suppor t in the Asia Pacific region. Chow is renowned in the APAC pro audio community, having worked as the sales manager covering the same territor y for Meyer Sound in his last role.

Chow is impressed with the expertise and tenure of ClearCom’s partners in the region. ‘I am excited for what we can achieve together as we elevate the message about the reliable, sophisticated and technologically advanced communication solutions Clear-Com offers, particularly as SMPTE 2110 takes hold,’ he said. ‘I look forward to supporting our local partners in growing their businesses.’

‘This is an exciting appointment for Clear-Com as it enables us to further focus on the needs of the Asia Pacific market and build on our existing strong partnerships and market presence in the region,’ commented Ann Williams, Clear-Com’s Asia Pacific sales director. ‘Brian brings the perfect blend of industry experience and specialist regional knowledge to the role, and we are delighted to welcome him to the Clear-Com APAC team.’

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my part to help RTS achieve great things.’ Denis Castanet, director of product management for RTS and Telex, added: ‘We are delighted to welcome Christian back into the RTS family. His knowledge and understanding of our product portfolio is second to none and I am certain he will prove to be a major asset for us in the years to come.’

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role at RTS, he worked in business development, sales and product management across Europe and the US. ‘I am delighted to be returning to RTS and bringing my expertise to a company that I have a huge amount of respect for,’ said Latzelsberger. ‘IP technology is currently a huge topic for broadcast intercom and RTS is right at the leading edge of this with products like Odin. We are moving in the right direction and I am proud to do

Christian Latzelsberger returns to RTS WORLD: RTS has recently announced the return of Christian Latzelsberger after working with RME for 10 years. He has been appointed to the role of senior product manager, where he will be strengthening the company’s product management as well as taking responsibility for developing the business’ range of intercom products. Latzelsberger has worked within the field of broadcast audio for over three decades. During his previous

DeFranco promoted at RenkusHeinz WORLD: Renkus-Heinz has promoted Chad DeFranco to the position of engineering manager. DeFranco joined the company in September 2018, starting in the role of loudspeaker systems engineer. DeFranco began his engineering career at the age of 15 at Club LaVela in Florida. After this, he founded DeFranco Productions, where he designed and installed sound reinforcement, lighting systems, mixed front of house and monitors, and worked as a systems engineer, master electrician and consultant. He also worked as an audio systems and acoustic engineer at Pure Groove Systems.

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Hewshott International appoints operations manager AUSTRALIA: Hewshott International recently appointed Mark Twisleton as operations manager at its head office in Australia. In his new role, Twisleton will help grow the business as an active member of the global team, as well as focusing on leading projects and responding to customers’ needs. During the past 15 years, Twisleton has had several roles in the technology industry as an

installer, programmer, designer and leader. His previous role as a sales executive at Rutledge AV allowed him to maintain existing clients as well as nurturing new business. Peter Hunt, Hewshott International’s group CEO, said: ‘Mark first contacted me a few years ago and we’ve kept in touch ever since. I am delighted to welcome him as our newest Hewshotter, and excited about our

shared vision as well as the high levels of support and understanding he will provide internally and externally. He brings an excellent balance of technical and commercial experience, presence, accountability and very strong customer service that puts current and future clients at ease when discussing complex projects.’ Mark Twisleton

to Pio Nahum for his excellent contributions as well as pragmatic, visionary and passionate leadership that allowed the company to achieve important results.’ Nahum added: ‘I am glad to hand my responsibility over to Marcus; we have been working together since January and he has acquired a perfect understanding of our organisation, our market and our business. I am confident that Marcus will carry out his new assignment with the utmost professionalism, enhanced by the enthusiasm and innovative attitude that are part of his personality.’

‘From the day he joined the company, Chad has been a tremendous asset,’ said Ralph Heinz, senior vice president of Renkus-Heinz. ‘It says a lot that it just took him a year to go from being a staff engineer to engineering manager. We have great confidence in his ability to help lead our engineering depar tment as we continue to innovate and develop the finest loudspeakers in the world.’ DeFranco added: ‘I welcome the responsibility of managing Renkus-Heinz’s engineering depar tment. This is a legendar y company where nothing less than excellence is acceptable. We have an amazing and impressive group of engineers who are continually developing groundbreaking new technology and products that are fully wor thy of the Renkus-Heinz name. I’m thrilled to be par t of it.’

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Marcus Graser takes the reins at Claypaky WORLD: Claypaky recently announced the replacement of outgoing CEO Pio Nahum with the appointment of Marcus Graser. Graser previously worked in several different roles with Osram, the mother company and sole shareholder of Claypaky. He led Osram when Claypaky was acquired, with entertainment being one of his main business focal points. ‘I am proud of having become the new CEO of Claypaky, and to oversee the exciting progress we anticipate in the years to come,’ said Graser. ‘I feel, however, that this is the right time to express, on behalf of an entire Claypaky community, our sincere gratitude

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NEWS: APPOINTMENTS

Ross Cummins VegaVideo Dalet Davidwelcomes DohrmannPatricio takes install appoints Global support role at L-Acoustics solutions appoints architect country manager for new office

OCEANIA: Trevor Mifsud has joined the Ross Video Oceania team in the role of solutions architect. Working both in Melbourne and out of the company’s Sydney office, Mifsud brings almost two decades of experience to the broadcast manufacturer, having worked in the IT and broadcast engineering THAILAND: Vega Global has sectors, in live, prerecentlyspecialising appointed Piyada and postproduction environments. Srichat as the country manager Hetowill bethe part of office the international lead new in pre-sales Bangkok.team. Her new role will involve managing overall operations, establishing the brand’s objectives as well as increasing Vega’s client base. Srichat previously worked in several management positions in the Thai sector and has over 10 years of accounting management and sales experience.

APAC: Patricio Cummins was recently welcomed to the Dalet team as the new general manager of Dalet Asia Pacific (APAC), where Davidover Dohrmann Dohrmann most recently served heWORLD: will be taking from Cesar has joined L-Acoustics to lead as technical director for Adamson Camacho, who has been appointed support for Systems Engineering, where he tothe theapplication position of head of business installationsforacross Europe, led a team providing support and development Latin America. the Middle East, and training across the Asia Pacific Cummins’ new role Africa will include Asia. Holding Tonmeister region. At L-Acoustics, adding the handling Dalet’sasales, project and sound engineering degree, histhe rest of Asia as well as the EMEA customer success teams across experience region to his remit, Dohrmann will APAC region. includes work as a sound engineer for worked artists for and be based in Hamburg, Germany. Cummins previously performers styles, from rock ‘It’s thrilling to join a company that Ooyala, where of heall drove customer to classical. is shaping our industry, and that has adoption and managed service Patricio Cummins

deployments in Latin America then in Japan. ‘Patricio joins the Dalet team with two decades of experience in the broadcast, media and telecommunications industries and a proven track record of successfully developing new business and expanding into new markets across Asia Pacific. He is a well-prepared leader who brings expertise, enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to the team,’ said Stéphane Schlayen, chief operating officer of Dalet. ‘Both Dalet and Ooyala David Dohrmann

have prestigious references in Asia Pacific that, when merged, have an even more promising potential under the guidance of Patricio. We awish unique of scientific himcombination great success in his new excellence, endeavour.’entrepreneurial team spirit and passion the audience Schlayen added:for ‘I want to experience,’ said Dohrmann. ‘I am personally thank Cesar for the honoured tohe behas ableput to contribute to dedication into managing the story of across the company, thesuccess Dalet business APAC. and inspiring the His specifically contributiontowas instrumental in application team moving driving our install business development, forward.’ growth and customer success.’ www.l-acoustics.com www.dalet.com

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Trevor Mifsud ‘I am excited to be a part of the Ross Video team, helping to deliver high-impact, highefficiency production solutions to our customers,’ Mifsud stated. ‘I look forward to drawing upon my knowledge and experience to help increase the success and growth of Ross Video Oceania.’ His previous experience in the industry seen Mifsud designing, Piyadahas Srichat developing and implementing broadcast systems, ‘We aregraphics very excited to bespoke software solutions and have Piyada on board to lead advanced automation our new newsroom office in Thailand,’ workflows at NineDeayton, Entertainment said Matthew Vega CoGlobal’s and, prior to that, development at Sydney business production house, Zspace. director. ‘We believe that her Amanda director of extensiveLeighton, background in the sales for Oceania, is delighted AV industry, as well as her to have Mifsud on board. have knowledge of the Thai‘We market, continued expand our footprint will bring to forth continued insuccess the region obviously forand VegaI’m Global. We very pleased that an ourincrease pre-sales have seen in function now needs activity in additional the ASEANresources countries – and it’s proof an increasing addingthat Thailand to our number of content creators in the list of branch offices further region are taking of Ross strengthens ournotice capabilities and like what we have to region.’ say,’ she across the entire APAC commented.

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GDS Korea hires APAC business development manager APAC: GDS engineer Bill Price has recently been promoted to the role of business development manager for APAC. Price was employed by GDS in 2011 as a part-time engineer; however, he quickly progressed to a workshop supervisor followed by a position in the special projects department. His knowledge of GDS’ stage management consoles enabled him to design products before being relocated to Korea in 2017. In his new role, Price will continue to expand the GDS Asian network while promoting the company’s

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products in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand in order to find new distributors. Price commented: ‘I’ve been speaking to some of the UK team who have been with GDS from the start and, from their stories, how we’re working in Korea feels to me like when GDS first launched, but with a little bit more experience behind us as a company. It’s been great to see the results of our hard work and, for me, this new role is a chance to grow GDS Korea and hopefully emulate the success GDS has achieved in the UK over the last 15 years.’

New appointments at Lab.gruppen and Lake WORLD: Music Tribe brands Lab.gruppen and Lake have made a trio of senior appointments. Tomas Lilja will serve as brand leader for both, Håkan Alfredsson is their new product category leader and Anders

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Jutebrant Ivarsson is R&D manager. Lilja previously served as brand leader for Lab.gruppen and Lake from 2000–2009. ‘When I had the opportunity to meet the Swedish team again and also experience the powerful framework of Music Tribe, it was absolutely impossible for me to resist this opportunity,’ he said. ‘I can clearly see how the market has changed both in its applications but also from a technology point of view, which opens so many opportunities for the brand. The time has come for the brand to extend its offerings in the market.’ Meanwhile, Alfredsson’s new role as product category leader for both brands will see him communicate with clients and across all

departments. He will be involved in the development of new products, putting to use his 35 years of industry experience within the rental and installation sectors. Finally, Ivarsson is described as a business-oriented R&D manager. He possesses more than 12 years of experience in product development and portfolio management. He also has extensive experience of managing the implementation of agile development methodologies. ‘I’m excited to join this great team and to be a part of leading the way to new innovative and successful products,’ Ivarsson commented.

Extron promotes Steve James WORLD: Steve James has recently been appointed vice president of engineering at Extron after 25 years of working in design innovation.

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company that Stampede joined last year when it was acquired by DCC,’ explained Kevin Kelly, Stampede’s president and CEO. ‘With this rebranding, we send a clear message to the Australian and Southeast Asian region that the combined resources, and commitment, of DCC and Exertis are now being put to work on behalf of our resellers and end user customers throughout the region. Under the leadership of Nick Cocks, our customers will now benefit from a loyal, strategic and focused sales leader who knows how to create solutions that meet every user need.’

Steve James After graduating with a BSEE degree, James worked in the Office of Integrated Technologies. During his years with Extron, he led the development of the Extron Pro Control Systems platform and created Extron’s MediaLink and PoleVault Systems as director of engineering at the company. ‘Steve has proven his ability to lead and manage a large part of Extron’s engineering department,’ said Andrew Edwards, president of Extron. ‘With his experience in designing advanced AV technologies, I am confident he will be even more successful in positioning us for long-term success.’

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TJ Adams ‘Since TJ joined QSC over six years ago, he has played a pivotal role in the development of our overall product strategy for leading solutions in our Systems portfolio,’ said Jatan Shah, chief operating and technology officer at QSC. ‘As we continue to grow our business, we are looking to scale our leadership team with individuals that can develop thought leadership, people leadership and teamwork while driving visible results. We are confident TJ will continue to bring these qualities to our organisation as we focus on proliferating Q-Sys throughout the AV and IT industries.’ Adams also commented: ‘I am honoured to play a part in developing the most robust, software-based audio, video and control ecosystem in the industry, one which continues to innovate and change the way integrators and end users design and install systems. I look forward to progressing the Q-Sys vision through further software/ cloud-based innovation while expanding our platform through complementary technology and IT industry partnerships.’ www.qsc.com

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WORLD: QSC has recently promoted TJ Adams to vice president of systems product strategy and development, where he will continue to watch over the strategy development and execution of product development for the Systems portfolio.

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Rebranded Exertis Australia ProAV appoints general manager AUSTRALIA: In order to strengthen the long-term leadership position within the Australian and Southeast Asian commercial AV marketplace, Nick Cocks has been appointed to the position of general manager of Exertis Australia ProAV, which will be Stampede Australia’s new name. Cocks has 17 years of experience in commercial AV. Before this, he worked in several management roles with Hills AV. He has won the Hills High Achiever Nick Cocks award in 2014 and was the runner-up of Hills’ SVL Employee history of our company in Australia of the Year award in 2010. and Southeast Asia with the ‘Integrate 2019 marks the start rebranding of Stampede as Exertis, of the next great chapter in the the global AV and IT distribution

Commenting on Price’s new appointment, Richard Cuthbert, co-founder of GDS, said: ‘As part of our ongoing Asian partnership strategy, Bill’s work developing the APAC markets will no doubt result in the GDS group helping more customers with solid solutions. Bill’s solid engineering background is a brilliant asset to our clients, allowing him to give qualified proposals without delay and ensuring the best-suited products are specified.’

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The Ones multiply GENELEC IS aiming to bring precision listening to a much wider range of room sizes, listening distances and SPL requirements. The manufacturer has added to its The Ones series of point source monitors with the 8351B and 8361A coaxial three-way along with the W371A Adaptive Woofer System. The series as a whole is now able to deliver neutral reference monitoring for applications requiring ultra-nearfield to mastering, as well as main monitor applications. The 8361A has been built with an ‘extremely’ high dynamic range and Genelec states that it offers ‘unrivalled directivity and imaging’. As the largest member of The Ones family, it reportedly delivers a shortterm SPL of 118dB with peak levels that reach even higher. The 8361A is said to provide a monitoring experience at distances of up to 5m, making it well suited to smalland medium-sized rooms. Inside the 8361A are a pair of new Acoustically Concealed Woofers that have been designed to generate a high SPL output with

Genelec describes the W371A Adaptive Woofer System as a ‘truly unique concept’. It has been developed to complement the 8341, 8351 and 8361 members of The Ones, providing a higher level of control over directivity and the effects of room acoustics. The W371A allows users to switch between nearfield and main monitors without image-shifting. At 1.1m tall, the W371A features dual high-performance low distortion. A new MDC coaxial midrange and tweeter drivers, meanwhile, reportedly ensure smooth directivity, low distortion, high SPL and extended frequency response up to 40kHz. As with the other enclosures in The Ones range, the 8361A’s casing is built for minimum diffraction, to eliminate colouration, while its front baffle acts as a directivity control waveguide. Class-D amplification is accompanied by advanced DSP processing,

woofers – one forward facing, the other aimed towards the rear. It gives the ability to tailor system performance to the room over the critical lowest four octaves. By augmenting the dual woofers of The Ones coaxial models with a W371A unit, users can yield four woofers per channel. These channels are combined to reduce destructive cancellation and standing wave artefacts thanks to a range of tools, including crossover frequencies, polar response and directivity. www.genelec.com

including delay equalisation and 20 precision EQs developed for room compensation. The 8351B also shares much of the design philosophy and technology as its siblings, although it draws heavily from the electronic design of the 8341A and the driver technology of the 8361A. The 8351B has been created to improve on the 8341A with an increased SPL, additional room compensation EQs, equalised delay and enhanced HF response.

Vue goes outdoors

Compact monitoring

DESIGNED FOR applications from entertainment to outdoor and museum installations, the two-way e-351 coax 3.5-inch Nano loudspeaker system from Vue Audio claims to produce the same output levels of other systems twice its size. It features ‘very low distortion and a flat response which provide ultra-high-end audiophile quality with professional sound pressure output’, according to the manufacturer. The 3.5-inch coaxial cone transducer combines a neodymium magnetic circuit with high-temperature voice coils and physical optimisation of the magnet assembly for heat dissipation of the aluminium enclosure. A beryllium 25mm compression tweeter is coaxially mounted through the pole piece of the driver with a neodymium magnetic assembly for a reported low distortion and high-frequency response. The passive crossover is attached to the specialised DSP in the VUEDrive V242 Systems Engine which is said to maximise response accuracy while creating maximum power and transducer protection. The die-cast aluminium enclosure creates rigidity for resonancefree operation. The aluminium baffle features an integrated

BUILDING ON the company’s iLoud Micro Monitors, IK Multimedia has unveiled its iLoud MTM, a compact reference monitor with an ultraflat frequency response and a linear phase response which, according to the manufacturer, are features in this price segment that are only available in a handful of products. The monitor uses a midrangetweeter-midrange symmetrical design, with a pair of 3.5-inch high-performance woofers and one 1-inch high-definition tweeter. e-351 Nano high-frequency waveguide and low diffraction so that the full high-frequency clarity of the beryllium dome HF driver is not compromised. Thanks to the aluminium enclosure, the system can reportedly withstand corrosion and moisture damage for outdoor projects with extreme or harsh weather conditions. The es-269V subwoofer, meanwhile, has been modelled on Vue’s es-269 ACM subwoofer cabinet. The V version offers 2,000W of internal amplification, while the built-in VueDrive Systems Engine sends 1,000W to the internal dual 6x9-inch transducers and provides two

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500W output channels, or zones, for adding up to four e-351 or two e-352 passive models. Output channels can also be used to drive a second es-269 passive subwoofer. The es-269V features full network control via SystemVue software, along with analogue and Dante audio inputs. The inclusion of Vue’s Active Compliance Management technology means that the two 6x9-inch drivers are placed in a unique arrangement that is said to leverage the benefits of both band-pass and vented alignments. www.vueaudio.com

iLoud MTM comprises 100W RMS power, 103dB SPL maximum sound pressure and a 40Hz to 24kHz frequency response. Users are able to create mixes that will translate across multiple playback systems, with no ear fatigue. The monitor is described as delivering the accuracy and bass response of larger monitors when listening at close distances, making it ideal for nearfield work. Using audiophile-grade, high-resolution algorithms and AD converters to manage crossovers, filtering, time alignment, equalisation, dynamics control and autocalibration, iLoud MTM also manages the off-axis response to minimise the effects of room reverberation. iLoud MTM also debuts IK’s new patent-pending Physical Response Linearization system that uses a precise model of the enclosure’s design, construction and materials, combined with electro-mechanical measurements of the real units, to correct the system’s per formance in real time. www.ikmultimedia.com


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Nítid expands and contracts

Venu refurbishment VOID ACOUSTICS has completed an aesthetic overhaul of its Venu range of installation loudspeakers. The new Venu V2 models feature a high-end finish that aligns with the manufacturer’s fibreglass range. Each system in the Venu V2 range includes a speakON socket for a fast and simple set up, while

maintained in both horizontal and vertical mounting positions, while also reportedly achieving wider horizontal nearfield coverage and improved farfield projection. The Venu V2 low-frequency enclosures (Venu 112 V2, Venu 212 V2, Venu 115 V2, Venu 215 V2 and Venu 210i)

a larger Phoenix connector allows the use of wider cables to improve sound quality. Passive, two-way Venu V2 mid/high loudspeakers are available in five sizes, with low-frequency drivers that range from 6.5 inches to 15 inches. An asymmetric, rotatable, high-frequency horn has been introduced in each version, except the Venu 6 V2, to allow the correct dispersion to be

include new features, such as rugged high-excursion transducers, a recessed rear connector panel that allows the enclosure to be placed against a rear wall and more durable grilles and fittings. Black and white are the standard colour options available, although any custom RAL colour option can be requested.

LMS206 WITH THE launch of the LMS206 loudspeaker management processor, Amate Audio is extending the configuration of the Nítid active loudspeaker series for use with passive audio systems. Incorporating a 64-bit DSP architecture, the first series of its next-generation loudspeaker management reportedly ensures continuous, uninterrupted operation. The dual-input, six-output, singleunit height rackmount device is fully configurable, for which inputs are assignable to any output. The outputs are equipped with two crossovers, together with selectable filtering and independent compressor/limiter settings. In addition to 10 EQs with PEQ implementation and 1Hz frequency resolution, there are delay lines of up to 2s/680m, switchable polarity and up to 80 password-protected, user-configurable memory presets. The addition of 20 pre-installed configuration presets promotes quick system set up capabilities for the same active loudspeaker series, providing control configurations for various combinations of Nítid and key passive loudspeaker models. In addition, the Barcelona-based manufacturer has added the most compact system to date

N6P in its Nítid series. Incorporating a 6-inch neodymium woofer with carbon fibre cone and a 1-inch titanium diaphragm neodymium tweeter configuration, the Nítid N6P is a 200W-rated (continuous musical programme mode) loudspeaker. Housed in a 370mm x 220mm x 226mm multilayer birch plywood cabinet and coated in black polyurea, the 5.9kg model integrates double speakON NL4MP connectors into its design for the input and link. Operating within a frequency response of

64Hz to 20kHz (–10dB), the discreet enclosure is capable of producing a maximum SPL of 115dB (continuous). The internal electronics include a passive crossover for added HF driver protection, while recommended presets are available for the DSP206, DSP608 and TPD. In other news, the X212AF line array and accompanying X218WF sub have been upgraded with Active+. The integrated power and control platform comprises three integrated component technologies: advanced third-generation Class-D power and multichannel DSP system control; full touchscreen GUI; and new DSP Studio remote-control software. Active+ introduces enhanced control parameters, including advanced FIR/IIR filtering, and a series of system presets that reportedly enable near instantaneous system management for the most common cabinet configurations in the most common application environments. This includes hardwiring of gain, limiting, crossover parameters and alignment delays that no longer need be addressed by system engineers.

Dynaudio heads outdoors DYNAUDIO HAS announced its first outdoor speaker models: the OW-6, with a 28mm soft-dome tweeter and a 6.5-inch woofer; and the OW-8, with a 28mm tweeter and an 8-inch woofer. For applications where multiple speakers are needed to create a consistent sound level across a larger area, the speakers can be connected to a regular amplifier as a pair of passive 8Ω speakers or daisychained on a single 70V/100V system by using the selector on the rear. They are both rated IP65 and can reportedly operate in temperatures from –33°C to 40°C. The manufacturer has also added two new models to the Core reference series. Operating within a frequency range of 44Hz to 27kHz (±3dB), the Core 47 is a compact monitor housing a 7-inch woofer,

OW-8 a dedicated 4-inch midrange driver and 28mm Esotar Pro tweeter. While the LF and MF sections are powered by dual Pascal Class-D 500W amplifiers, the tweeter is served by a dedicated 150W module. The Core Sub is a powered

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subwoofer integrating four 9-inch long-throw woofers with dual 500W Pascal Class-D amplifiers. Filling the gap between the Core 7 and Core 59 models, the dedicated midrange driver of the Core 47 provides detailed reproduction in the critical vocal frequency range. Hand made in Denmark, both the Core 47 and Core Sub are equipped with digital inputs (AES3) that support signals up to 24-bit/192kHz together with an internal DSP for operation at similar levels when using analogue inputs. Designed to be positioned horizontally or vertically, the Core monitors come with four indentations on each side and a set of special pads to fit them. An optional bracket extends installation options for the 15.1kg three-way design.

woofer); P4-C65 in-ceiling speaker (28mm soft-dome tweeter, 6.5-inch MSP woofer); P4-DVC65 in-ceiling speaker (two 28mm soft-dome tweeters, 6.5-inch MSP woofer);

Core 47 Finally, Dynaudio has unveiled new additions to its Custom Installation lineup. The Performance range features rectangular in-wall speakers that have a shallow depth and are secured by tightening the special doglegs that grip the drywall. The round in-ceiling models can be fitted into the frame and twisted to lock into place. The series comprises the P4-W65 in-wall speaker (28mm soft-dome tweeter, 6.5-inch MSP woofer); P4-W80 in-wall speaker (28mm soft-dome tweeter, 8-inch MSP

Performance Series in-ceiling speaker P4-C80 in-ceiling speaker (28mm soft-dome tweeter, 8-inch MSP woofer); and P4-LCR50 in-wall L-C-R speaker (28mm soft-dome tweeter, two 5-inch woofers). www.dynaudio.com


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RCF extends power to 4K THE ITALIAN manufacturer has added to its HDL composite range with the HDL 50-A 4K, an active three-way line array module redesigned from the original HDL 50-A. It is charged with 8,000W peak power and comes with two 12-inch woofers, four symmetrical 6.5-inch midrange and two 2-inch drivers. The module can enhance the SPL up to 143dB. FiRPHASE and RDNet 3.1 networked management are also included. The housing is constructed from lightweight plywood and polypropylene and the unit weighs 56kg. Current HDL 50-A owners can upgrade the system to 4K by replacing the on-board amp. Staying with the HDL range, the HDL 36-AS is described by RCF as the ideal flyable bass complement for the HDL 28-A array system. It features one 4-inch voice coil and a 15-inch neodymium woofer to handle 135dB SPL max from 40–140Hz. The built-in 3,200W Class-D amplifier delivers playback clarity up to 135dB SPL max. It is also compatible with RDNet remote monitoring and control.

Following a complete firmware redesign reportedly with improved sound, enhanced precision and 0° phase response, RCF has upgraded its TT 5-A II, TT 2-A II, TT1-A II, TT 051-A II and TT 051-A II models. RDNet network connection now embeds all the TT+ speakers and allows FiRPHASE technology. Older models can be upgraded by installing the optional RDNet board and running a firmware upgrade from the RDNet software.

HDL 50-A 4K and mini-jack on Input B, as well as two pairs of XLR for output. Also featured is a DIM (mute) button, reducing the sound by –20dB, a

mono switch and a central generous machined main volume control. The MC-1 is passive and requires no external power.

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HDL 36-AS Following customer requests for a companion 10-inch system for the NX series, RCF has reworked the NX 10-A platform to develop the NX 10-A II. Powered by internal twoway 1,400W Class-D amplification, it comes in a solid aluminium structure, which is said to stabilise the amplifier and assist with heat dissipation. The DSP has limiters and protection, as well as FiRPHASE filters to boost coherent distribution without phase distortion. The NX 10-A II is loaded with a 10-inch woofer with a 2.5-inch voice coil and 1.75-inch compression driver, with 1-inch voice coil assembly. RCF has also introduced the MC-1 Monitor Controller, designed to manage two pairs of stereo monitors. The controller features two stereo inputs on combo connectors (TRS+XLR) on Input A and TRS jack

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Coda gains a sibling

LR18 family grows

THE N-APS is described by Coda Audio as the supercharged smaller sibling of the APS system and includes new patented technologies in an even smaller box. Whereas the APS arrayable point source was intended for small- and mediumsized venues, the N-APS has been designed for smaller venues and corporate events and is said to provide an unobtrusive solution with a high power-toweight ratio. The N-APS Instafit Magnetic Coupler sums the energy from all transducers to per form as a single source, without any phase destruction. The N-APS is phaselinear, which means there is no need to apply destructive processing when combining different elements in complex systems. Available in 60°, 90°, 120° or asymmetrical horizontal coverage, the N-APS also includes a Ring Diaphragm Curved wave driver to reduce distortion and allow more than one N-APS to work together as a single cabinet. Four aluminium shorting rings reportedly reduce induction variation, minimise

ALCONS HAS used its pro-ribbon technology for mid/high frequencies to create the LR18/120 threeway compact/mid-sized line source sound system and reportedly achieve 90% less distortion. This is said to enable the LR18/120 to provide an intuitive linear response, optimal intelligibility and non-compressed identical tonal balance at any SPL. Additional benefits include a 120° wide dispersion high sound quality and high dynamic SPL capabilities. The cylindrical wavefront for the 7-inch pro-ribbon transducer and the symmetrical component configuration reportedly produce a coherent pattern control in the vertical and horizontal planes. The pro-ribbon’s power handling is 1,500W and the RMS-to-peak power handling ratio is 1:15.

A horn-loaded 6.5-inch midrange transducer is coaxially mounted behind the HF driver, while the LF section consists of two reflexloaded 8-inch woofers with a 3-inch neodymium voice coil. System drive comes from two channels of the Sentinel amplified loudspeaker controller with LR18-specific drive processing and feedback for each array configuration. Presets include Alcons’ VHIR processing

with phase-matching with any Alcons system. Signal Integrity Sensing pre-wiring is said to ensure dynamic cable/connector compensation between the LR18/120 and the manufacturer’s ALC to provide ‘a 1:1, undistorted natural sound reproduction, regardless of cable length and amplifier impedance load’.

THE ACTIVE WM-DSP series is the latest addition to Audiocenter’s product lineup and comes integrated with BrainCore technology which optimally analyses and processes the input signal, DSP module, Class-D

amplifier and loudspeaker to achieve ‘smooth transitions between the LF and HF, excellent frequency response and audio reproduction, even at high levels of SPL’, according to the manufacturer. A customised pro driver from Beyma is said to provide a clean and clear sound, while three different presets are available via a switch on the back panel: flat, vocal and drum. The angle is adjustable from 30° to 45° in 5° increments. The waveguide offers a coverage

angle of 60° (20° up/40° down) x 60° to provide a symmetrical soundfield coverage for largeand medium-sized live events. The moulded heat sink and streamlined design is said to improve cooling and increase the reliability of the system. Two models are available: the WM210-DSP dual 10-inch active monitor speaker and the WM212-DSP dual 12-inch active monitor speaker. The series has been specially designed for touring systems and fixed installations such as clubs, auditoriums, theatres and HOWs.

The Energy Star Certified design of the CA Series has been developed to conserve energy and reduce the cost of ownership. The amplifiers offer a flexible power scheme with automatic power on/off functionality that detects whether there is an input signal, reducing consumption when there is no signal present. They are convection cooled, eliminating fan noise for silent operation. Brackets are included for sur face mounting and various rack-mounting configurations. Each amplifier can fit a half 19-inch rack or full-rack enclosure. The amplifiers can accommodate a range of applications, such as a

single 8Ω speaker per channel, dual 8Ω speakers or a 4Ω load per channel, as well as a line of 70V or 100V high-impedance speakers with transformer tappings, subwoofer and satellite set in 8Ω mode, or two-channel models driving two zones. The CA amplifiers can also be used with Lab.gruppen’s new CRC-V series of wall controllers for volume control. The CRC-V controllers are equipped with a single knob for volume control with integrated illumination so they can be seen in the dark, and an RJ45 connector for use with any Cat-5 or Cat-6 cables in a single-gang/EU wall enclosure format.

intermodulation distortion and reduce thermal compression. To complement the release of the N-APS, Coda has added the N-SUB, a compact 15-inch, high-output subwoofer weighing 28kg. It has a high power handling of 1,500W, a maximum SPL of 139dB (peak) and reaches lows of 30Hz. The sub comes with system integration with Linus DSP amplifiers and integrated one-pin rigging compatible with the N-APS for flyable or ground-stacked bass arrays. The N-SUB is equipped with a long-excursion, 15-inch ultra-low distortion driver and a 4-inch voice coil to reportedly ensure ultra linear excursion at a consistent magnetic force. Both products benefit from the manufacturer’s Dynamic Airflow Cooling technology. Aluminium vents are optimised to increase thermal capacity. The technology is also said to improve heat dissipation, increasing the power handling and the maximum sound pressure of the system. www.codaaudio.com

Energy stars LAB.GRUPPEN’S NEW CA Series amplifiers, which have been Energy Star certified, have been designed to provide ‘cost-effective’ amplification for sound setups serving as PA or BGM systems in commercial installations, such as hotels, restaurants and retail outlets. The series comprises the CA2401, CA2402, CA1201, CA1202, CA601 and CA602. The CA2401 and CA2402 are 240W versions with one and two channels, respectively. The CA1201 provides one channel and the CA1202 two channels at 120W and the CA601 and CA602 offer 60W of power over one or two channels, respectively.

The CRC-V series

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Audiocenter gets active

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A first for

A Ray of sound BASED ON Active Audio’s experience in the field of directivity control in loudspeaker arrays, the Ray-On B70TC sound bar has been developed to focus on the directivity control of loudspeaker alignments in the horizontal plane.

pollution in adjacent areas, such as residential areas close to stations, screens within a museum and conference spaces in open-plan offices. The B70TC operates in

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More specifically, the B70TC has been designed for the sound reinforcement of longilineal spaces such as corridors, shopping centres, railway platforms, underground platforms and meeting rooms, and reportedly provides excellent intelligibility in reverberant and noisy spaces. It also allows users to limit the noise

8Ω and 70V/100V mode and is compliant with EN 54-24. The operating angle is 500Hz to 2kHz (at –6dB) with a longitudinal plan of 40° and transverse plan of 180°. The maximum SPL is 97dB at 2m and the bandwidth at –10dB is 120Hz to 18kHz. The dimensions are 706mm x 128mm x 117mm (HxWxD). The manufacturer is also redesigning products in its Ray-On and Ray-On+ (Dante-enabled) series. Measuring 10cm taller

The Ray-On series than their predecessors, the R60 becomes the R70, the R100 becomes the R110 and the R200 becomes the R210. Measuring 10cm smaller than

their forerunners, the R80+ becomes the R70+, the R120+ becomes the R110+ and the R230+ becomes the R210+. The electro-acoustic elements of the speakers have stayed the same but the connections and ease of installation have been improved. Active Audio also reports that it will be easier to transform a passive Ray-On into an active Ray-On+ thanks to the fact that they are now the same size. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, compliant with EN 54-24 standards and the availability of a wide choice of connectivity (8Ω/70V line/ amplified) reportedly makes Ray-On column loudspeakers suitable for houses of worship, conference rooms, airports, railway stations, shopping centres and recreational parks. www.activeaudio.fr

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Series 8p Dyna TASCAM’S SERIES 8p Dyna eight-channel mic preamplifier and analogue compressor is the Japanese manufacturer’s first standalone microphone preamp and AD expansion system. It is designed for use both in the studio and onstage. Housed in a 1U rack-mount casing, the Series 8p Dyna has dual S/MUX optical ports that make it suited for use as an expansion unit for S/MUXequipped audio interfaces, including TASCAM Series 102i or 208i devices, or it can be used as a standalone front-end expander. It offers eight TASCAM High Definition Instrumentation Architecture preamps, with a noise level of –127dBu, THD at 0.0007%,


PRODUCTS

AKG is on the move

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dynamic range of 116dB and crosstalk at 119dB. Each channel also includes a singlecontrol analogue compressor with true bypass for managing hot input signals and creating a smooth audio input. True bypass is available on a per input basis. A pair of instrument/ microphone combo inputs on the front panel allow users to plug in mics, guitars and an array of other instruments. Six balanced mic/line inputs can be found on the rear. Each microphone input has individually switched +48V phantom power for use with condenser mics. Dual S/MUX optical outputs can also be located on the rear, enabling use as a front-end expander for S/MUX or ADAT-equipped audio

TH-06 interfaces. Using the two S/MUX outputs at the same time, all eight Series 8p Dyna channels can be sent at up to 96kHz (four channels at 176.4kHz or 192kHz). The Japanese manufacturer has also developed the TH-06 Bass

XL monitoring headphones with an ‘enhanced bass response’ to reach the smooth, deep lows needed for producing music in genres such as EDM, hip hop, metal and R&B. www.tascam.com

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HARMAN BRAND AKG has recently released the K361 and K371 professional studio headphones. The headphones feature a foldable, compact design which is said to allow users to create professional content, whether in the studio or on the move. The K361 and K371 are the first of AKG’s professional headphones to have an oval earcup shape to reportedly provide a comfortable fit and better frequency response by aligning with the geometry of the human head. The earcups also have a 90° swivel to allow single-ear monitoring. The manufacturer is hopeful that the adjustable headbands paired with slow retention foam pads will provide a perfect fit for users. Both headphones feature an over-ear, closed-back design to give users sound isolation in loud environments. The two models are equipped with 50mm drivers and pure oxygen-free copper voice coils that are said to achieve clear sound and acoustic precision for users. The K361 uses an extended 15Hz to 28kHz frequency range, while

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the K371 sports titanium-coated diaphragms ranging from 5Hz to 40kHz. The K371 headphones are also in tune with AKG’s Reference Response curve, an acoustic target that outlines widespread hearing and listening preferences. www.akg.com

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Small is beautiful for Schoeps SCHOEPS HAS introduced the CMC 1 compact microphone amplifier to its Colette series of modular, smalldiaphragm condenser microphones. Measuring 39mm in length, the CMC 1 is equipped with a standard XLR-3M output for connecting all other Colette system components, including the MK capsules and active accessories such as filters and RC extension tubes. Designed for boom and concert stage applications, the German manufacturer cites its technical performance to be on par with the top of the range CMC 6 model. When combined with an MK 4 capsule, the CMC 1 is capable of operation up to 135dB SPL and consumes very little current (2mA with P48 powering) in the process. The output impedance is said to be constant across the frequency range, while the Schoeps RFI Shield provides reliable suppression of radio-frequency interference when

used in wireless applications. Accessories are available, including the Cinela E-OSIX-CMC1 shock mount and Cosi-CMC1U miniature basket-type windscreen in addition to the Rycote INV-6 and WS-9 windshields.

Vocal reproduction on a budget THE 2028 Vocal Microphone has been developed by DPA Microphones to capture all kinds of vocals for a wide range of applications, such as live stage performances, broadcast and other pro AV situations. It is designed to replicate the sound quality of the flagship 4018 VL handheld mic at a lower price point. Three versions are available: a wired XLR variant with handle, and two wireless mic configurations that are each compatible with some of the most widely used wireless microphone systems, including the SL1 adapter, compatible with Shure, Sony and Lectrosonics, and the SE2 adapter, which is compatible with Sennheiser. When used in live sound applications, the 2028 reportedly requires very little to no EQ to

faithfully reproduce vocals. This transparency, DPA states, allows engineers to shape the sound experience rather than spending their time covering up issues caused by artefacts.

In addition, the 2028 includes a new fixed-position capsule, with a specially designed shock-mount and pop filter. A supercardioid polar pattern and uniform of f-axis response repor tedly gives the microphone a high gain before feedback, which makes it easier to handle bleed from

KSM9 cartridge options. External phantom power is required. ‘Our customers asked us to bring the flexibility of interchangeable wireless capsules into a wired microphone product, making it simple to switch between different polar patterns or from dynamic to condenser,’ said Stuart Moots, associate director for pro audio sales. ‘Capsules such as the KSM8 have proven popular in this market thanks to its near-zero proximity

effect. The long handle of the new VPH now brings the KSM8 capsule into a form factor that is suited to broadcast production.’ The VPH has a handle long enough to accommodate network broadcast flags and is ideal for sideline and locker room use when getting the mic to the player

Audio-Technica keeps a low profile AUDIO-TECHNICA HAS launched two low-profile microphone desk stands, the AT8699 and AT8699R, featuring a three-pin XLRF input and XLRM output. They are designed to be used with gooseneck microphones with an XLRM connector. The AT8699R is equipped with a user-programmable control switch with three settings: touch on/off, momentary on (touch to talk) and momentary off (touch to mute). The AT8699R includes an LED mic-status indicator, and users can control the LED using a connected ATUC or ES925/XLR gooseneck mic. The manufacturer has also announced the expansion of its conferencing and discussion solutions. The ATUC-IR Hybrid Infrared Discussion System provides 24-bit/48kHz uncompressed digital audio which is said to provide natural-sounding

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Shure goes live ENGINEERED FOR on-camera interviews and live reporting, Shure’s VPH is a long microphone handle that features an RPW interchangeable cartridge interface and XLR connectivity to broadcast mixers and recorders. Users can choose from different polar patterns, including cardioid, supercardioid, hypercardioid and omnidirectional PG58, SM58, SM86, SM87A, Beta 58A, Beta 87A, Beta 87C, VP68, KSM8 and

instruments in close proximity. The outer grille and the inner pop filter can be detached and rinsed to combat wear and tear on the road.

V7’s new equation or coach is essential. It’s also designed for news reporters in the field, at breaking news events or on the red carpet at awards shows. www.shure.com

The ATUC-IRDU discussion unit can be used with three gooseneck condenser microphones: the ATUC-M43H hypercardioid condenser gooseneck, ATUC-M58H hypercardioid condenser gooseneck and ATUC-M32L line cardioid condenser gooseneck. Lastly, the ceiling-mount ATUC-IRA IR transmitter/receiver unit has been designed for reception and transmission of the IRDU signals. The AT8699R and AT8699 voice reproduction and features a 12-band feedback suppressor. The ATUC-IRCU control offers three conference modes and override settings. The unit can record WAV and MP3 files to USB devices. The ATUC-IRCUDAN version includes all the features of the ATUC-IRCU plus a Dante output with redundancy.

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SE ELECTRONICS has built upon its wired V7 and wireless V7 MC1 microphones with the addition of the V7 MC2. Whereas the V7 MC1 mic is compatible with Shure wireless microphone systems, the new V7 MC2 is built to work with Sennheiser’s wireless platforms.

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The V7 MC2 is a wireless version of the standard V7 with the same custom-built aluminium voice coil, metal construction, integrated capsule suspension and supercardioid pickup pattern. It can be paired with all compatible Sennheiser handheld transmitters. The V Pack Case joins the manufacturer’s V Pack Series lineup of mic and accessory bundles for drum kits. The V Pack Case, however, is an empty case on its own for users who already own V Series microphones for drums. www.seelectronics.com

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Core strength from Antelope ANTELOPE AUDIO has announced the release of its signal processing platform, Synergy Core, via ‘hot-rodded revamps’ of its Discrete 4 and Discrete 8 audio inter faces. Using FPGA capabilities combined with industr ystandard DSP, the platform is

wave selector and the addition of a Vari-Speed Rate knob. Orion Studio Synergy Core, meanwhile, offers both Thunderbolt 3 and USB 2.0 connections to the DAW host computer and low-latency drivers for both Mac and Windows. Included are six ARM-based DSP

The Prodigy.MC has been updated

Third-party integration DIRECTOUT’S PRODIGY.MC modular audio converter has been updated. While Prodigy.MC can be managed natively via globcon, a fully implemented JSON-API has been included to allow users to integrate with third-party, remotecontrol software. Further protocols will be added in the future. Additional features also include an LTC reader and BLDSTM Generator, which can be monitored and controlled using globcon to provide tools for a variety of applications. BLDS is available as a virtual source in Matrix and provides monitoring of connections with automatic fail-over switching. The internal LTC reader displays incoming linear timecode on its built-in 5-inch touchscreen or via the globcon control software.

globcon v1 Staying with globcon, version 1.0 has been released following the completion of a successful beta testing programme. Snapshot Management adds the ability to store and recall individual snapshots for each single device, and to connect these to Global Snapshots for simultaneously changing different settings and parameters in all controlled

Discrete 4 Synergy Core products. Mute buttons can now be directly activated from the software or externally triggered by the Trigger Manager, which supports keyboard, MIDI and OSC commands. DirectOut has also launched a new Ravenna/AES67 OEM module for integration into third-party devices. Compliant with SMPTE ST2110-30/31, the module provides 128 x 128 channels in up to 32 network streams. Offering ultra-low latency and a 44.1–192kHz sample rate, it supports all ST 2022-7 classes in a compact, mini-PCI form factor. It has built-in PTP Grandmaster capability and also provides mDNS and SAP stream announcement.

Upmixing from stereo to 5.1-channel audio is provided by the UPMAX ISC algorithm. The LA-5300 can also decode incoming AC-4 streams for confidence monitoring, bitstream analysis and for audience

support SMPTE ST 2110-30 and -31 workflows, the LA-5300’s SDI I/O includes two separate 3G SDI inputs with de-embedding and re-embedding for up to eight audio pairs and optional quadlink 3G SDI for 4K workflows.

measurement using the optional Nielsen and Verance watermark encoders. Dolby AC-4 encoding plus Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus transcoding to AC-4 are standard, as are four AES3 inputs/outputs. Featuring 16 channels of bidirectional AES67 I/O to

Dual Ethernet ports are included for both AES67 and networked remote control via the platformand browser-agnostic web-based user inter face. As a further option, 64 channels of MADI I/O are also available.

LA-5300 control via the Dolby Real-Time Loudness leveller when encoding to AC-4. As ATSC 3.0 adoption grows, support for its additional features such as immersive and object-based audio, interactive consumer control, personalised audio and presentations will be added via software updates.

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processors and two proprietary FPGA chips. The 32 channel strips are each able to host up to eight effects slots, potentially allowing for 256 effects in a given session. The manufacturer has also released the Goliath HD | Gen 3 audio interface which works with any DAW, connecting to Mac and Windows computers with 192kHz audio over Thunderbolt, USB 3.0,

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Linear Acoustic prepares for ATSC 3.0 INTEGRATING UPMIXING, watermarking, coding and monitoring, Linear Acoustic has developed its latest broadcast audio processor. Easing the transition to ATSC 3.0 audio, the LA-5300 provides loudness

said to free up a computer’s CPU while processing FX with low latency. Discrete 4 Synergy Core offers four console-grade, discreet mic preamps, plus a total of 14 inputs and 16 outputs. Discrete 8 Synergy Core also features dual DSP chips and an FPGA processor along with eight console-grade, discreet mic preamps. Its connectivity count totals 26

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inputs and 30 outputs. The AD/DA conversion delivers 130dB of dynamic range. It also features a user-friendly footswitch jack which is said to speed up workflow. Both audio inter faces include a librar y of 36 real-time FPGA FX. Three new effects have been added to coincide with the release of Discrete 4 and Discrete 8 Synergy Core. The Opto-2A is said to capture all the nuances of an electrooptical compressor from the 1960s; Space Flanger produces phases, sweeps and swooshes; and Vari-Speed Tremolo repor tedly provides a fresh and modern take on vintage tremolos with a five-position

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HDX and MADI. The interface includes Antelope’s HDX Compensation Delay technology that is said to ensure any analogue or digital input entering Pro Tools arrives as a fully sample-accurate signal source. The Thunderbolt driver delivers 64 channels of simultaneous playback and recording at up to sub-millisecond latency. I/O includes 16 Accusonic mic preamps, two analogue inserts and four instrument inputs. There are 16 analogue inputs via two D-Sub 25 connectors (with 124dB DNR) and 32 analogue outputs over four D-Sub 25 connectors (with 129dB DNR). www.antelopeaudio.com


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RTW prepares for the Olympics THE COLOGNE-BASED innovator has developed an immersive audio licence, ISA Immersive Sound Analyzer, for its TouchMonitor TM7 and TM9 audio meters as par t of a

technical setup that replicates the audio side of the 2020 Olympics broadcast. The new licence enables audio metering of several variants of the Dolby Atmos immersive audio format.

As well as offering all relevant metering instruments, users will be able to monitor various

loudness measures, including Integrated, Momentar y and Shor t-Term loudness across

PACKING 64 channels of IP audio into a 40-inch frame, Wheatstone’s Strata 32 audio console has been designed to suit ‘most’ television applications, being equally at home in the news room, in a remote van or a sports venue. Integrating with all the major production automation systems, the desk features dedicated faders for eight subgroups and two masters along with 32 physical faders that can be layered for 64 channels, while offering an IP audio mix engine and optional stagebox. Powered by Wheatstone’s AES67-compatible WheatNet-IP audio network, Strata 32 provides access to all resources in the network through a touchscreen interface with menus for adjusting

EQ and dynamics, setting talkback, configuring mix-minus feeds and bus matrices, muting mic groups and managing sources and destinations. Per-channel OLEDs display all relevant editing and operating functions at a glance. With all I/O managed through the WheatNet-IP audio network, the Strata 32 is a compact board with no limitations with fixed connection points on the console chassis itself. Unrestricted routing means being able to have all faders available to dial up whatever source is needed; according to the manufacturer, the days of having to block out channels based on input type are a thing of the past, as is having to repurpose inputs because of physical chassis limitations.

The Wheatstone Gibraltar IP Mix Engine handles digital signal processing and provides advanced specialty features, such as a new automixer with four separate automix groups and onscreen weight control. The optional 4U StageBox One is for extending console I/O, providing 32 mic/line inputs, 16 analogue line outputs, and eight AES3 inputs and eight AES3 outputs, as well as 12 logic ports and dual Ethernet ports. StageBox One works with all WheatNet-IP audio networked consoles. In addition to the new Strata console, the American manufacturer has created a multi-touch virtual

console that mirrors the LXE reprogrammable control surface. Remote LXE mirrors the LXE hardware surface as a fully functional and studio-ready user interface, complete with like-forlike buttons and knobs, as well as navigation and menuing options. Working in conjunction with the LXE hardware surface, the virtual console provides complementary production functions for separate

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an entire Dolby Atmos stream. Audio engineers in broadcast and postproduction will also be able to monitor 5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2 or 7.1.4. Two surround sound analysers are combined, which allows for monitoring both the main bed (5.1 or 7.1), as well as the upper bed (2.0 or 4.0), in a single, easy-to-read view. www.rtw.com

operators using an LXE board in the same location or in another location over an IP connection. Real-time fader tracking and live synchronisation of buttons and controls between the virtual surface and the physical LXE board offer an independent, yet shared, user experience for multiple operators. www.wheatstone.com

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Crestron adds to DM Lite range CRESTRON HAS expanded its DM Lite endpoint product family with the addition of the HD-RX-4K510-C-E and HD-RX-4K-410-C-E receivers, which help to pair a DM Lite receiver with an MPC3 media presentation controller. Both receivers provide auto-switching, amplified audio outputs for speakers and network connectivity for remote management and set up. Engravable buttons and dials on the MPC3 can be configured via the integrated .AV Framework software, while system monitoring and management are enabled using any web browser via the XiO Cloud IoT-based provisioning system. Featuring three DM Lite inputs, dual HDMI input connections, an HDMI output, two audio outputs, a display control and RS-232 connectivity,

the HD-RX-4K-510-C-E accepts multiple transmitter inputs and includes an amplifier, scaler and .AV Framework technology.

table connection. As part of the Crestron Flex M-Series of MX models, Mercury X can also run native software, including Microsoft

HD-RX-4K-510-C-E The HD-RX-4K-410-C-E receiver incorporates dual DM Lite inputs. Designed for meeting and collaboration room spaces, Mercury X is the latest table-top solution using a one-cable-to-

Teams and Zoom Rooms and BYOD on the same device. Combining a clean, simple user interface with a full suite of conferencing and collaboration features, users can access information on the home

CEDAR adds Dante IN DEVELOPMENT for more than two years, CEDAR has unveiled its DNS 8D eight-channel dialogue noise suppressor that reportedly marries the best of the manufacturer’s DNS 8 Live and DNS 2 products but provides better control, both from the front panel and from any web browser that can access its remote-control software. Additional features include near-

zero latency, a four-pin 12VDC input and universal mains power. It has been designed for all live situations, including broadcast, theatres, conference venues and HOWs. Along with the Dante interface and AES3 audio connections (DB25 using the AES59 pin-out), fail-safe AES3 audio bypass is implemented in the form of hardware relays and Dante’s redundant mode of

hours, even without batteries or external power. The manufacturer has also announced firmware version 2.00 for Scorpio, its 32-channel, 36-track portable mixer/recorder, which includes Dugan Automixing, support for additional third-party USB control surfaces via the MCU protocol and the ability to email CSV and PDF sound reports from the companion app SD-Remote. Dugan Automixing automatically balances levels of microphones and

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NME-100 built-in LAN interface. Released with Appspace integration and designed to run continuously, the NME-100 supports 1080p/60 video and features an HDMI output supporting HDCP 2.2. Other features include an audio output connector, a microSD card slot and USB ports for interfacing with touch-capable displays. www.crestron.com

Klotz stays balanced operation is supported. Web-based remote control for laptops and tablets is available, along with an AES3 breakout cable offering a DB25 connector at one end and four XLR (female) plus four XLR (male) at the other, allowing users to connect the DNS 8D using the traditional XLR format. www.cedaraudio.com

Sound Devices improves MixPre hardware THE MIXPRE-3 II, MixPre-6 II and MixPre-10 II are successors to Sound Devices’ MixPre Series and have been developed with improved hardware, 32-bit float recording, patented ultra-wide dynamic range AD conversion, full internal timecode generation and recording up to 192kHz in all models. Enhancements to the original recorders also include the ability to set tracks to auto-copy to a USB drive for easy file transfer and users can also adjust limiter parameters. The new models feature discreet, custom-designed, Class-A Kashmir microphone preamplifiers with a low noise floor of –130dBV. They also now include a full featured internal timecode generator and are reportedly accurate to better than 0.2ppm (0.5 frames per 24 hours). According to the manufacturer, when the unit is off, the MixPre II Series will maintain accurate timecode for up to four

page and call screens including room schedule, status and availability. The Network Media Endpoint (NME-100) device delivers consistent enterprise-wide communications via digital signage and media playback. Combined with in-room signage solutions including AirMedia 2.0 presentation systems and the Mercury table-top meeting and collaboration systems, the comprehensive solution can add live and interactive content to a full range of spaces using the Appspace software. The NME-100 is a plug-and-play device benefitting from cloud management by adopting the XiO Cloud and connects to the network via the

KLOTZ AIS has developed its dx10 passive DI box to balance signals so that they can be transmitted over long distances without hiss or background noise before they are fed into a mixer for further processing. According to the manufacturer, the transformer is by far the most important component in the box. It has a 6+6:1 transformer ratio and a mu-metal shield for better RF isolation. The company’s KIK range is now available with KCPM (Klotz Connector Plug Metal) connectors. The extra-slim die-cast housing is 14mm in diameter, with grooves and recessed grip for ease of handling. An internal strain relief element is also included, along with high-precision milled contacts to reportedly ensure stability and breakproof durability. The Mini Link series has also received an upgrade with a pro

attenuates unused microphones. On Scorpio, up to 16 channels can be automixed at a time, and two separate groups can be mixed simultaneously. The Icon Platform M+, the Icon Platform X+, Icon Platform B+, Behringer X-Touch and Mackie MCU Pro are now compatible with Scorpio. SuperSlot support for the Sennheiser EK-6042 wireless receiver has also been added. Titanium walnut www.sounddevices.com

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line of products that feature robust jack plugs made of metal, 24 carat goldplated contacts for loss-free transmission, metal XLR connectors with silver-plated contacts, a PVC outer jacket and a Y-split. Finally, the cable manufacturer has unveiled a new product in its Titanium series. Titanium walnut comes with laserengraved connector sleeves crafted from walnut wood with a matt silk finish and gold contacts. The design is patentprotected and comes with a lifetime guarantee. www.klotz-ais.com


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Taiden goes paperless

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THE HCS-8668 Series paperless multimedia congress system is the latest generation of congress systems from Taiden. Integrated on an ultra-thin panel is a 14-inch

touchscreen with buttons for voting, language channel selection, video source selection, turning the mic on/off and identifying an IC card. The HD TFT LCD touchpanel reportedly improves document reading, HD video watching, interactive meeting management and meeting services. It can support Dante protocol, connect to peripheral digital devices and has an eight-megapixel camera equipped with a flashlight and video conversation function. This system includes a dual connection backup via optical fibre with a Cat-5 cable

Attero Tech makes a family between the Congress Main Unit and the Congress Extension Main Unit. It is compatible with the Taiden HCS-4100/50 digital congress system. In other news, Taiden has extended its wireless conferencing portfolio by releasing the HCS-5390 Series compact digital infrared wireless conference system which is integrated by combining the transceiver and the control unit. Its wireless transmission of audio signals means that no holes need to be created, making it suitable for historical buildings or multipurpose rooms. It has an IR coverage area radius of more than 8m and boasts a strong immunity to RF interference from mobile phones and RF devices. www.taiden.com

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Kramer keypads KRAMER HAS released new ‘RC’ compact control keypads. They each can fit into standard 1-gang wall junction boxes and are designed for use as a user interface keypad within Kramer Control systems. K-Config can also be used to access built-in I/O interfaces that enable the keypads to also be used as standalone room controllers. The RC-306 and RC-308 are six- and eight-button keypads, respectively. They can each be connected to a single LAN

cable carrying both PoE and communication and can be used for controlling complex multimedia systems, as well as other room facilities such as screens, lighting and shades. In addition, multiple RC-306 and RC-308 keypads can be linked together, either side by side or at a distance, using a single K-NET cable to carry both power and communications. Meanwhile, the RC-206 and RC-208 are also six- and eightbutton control keypads with the same functionality of the 306

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and 308 devices, minus the PoE connectivity. In other news, Kramer has launched the Tavor powered speakers comprising on-wall, ceiling tile and subwoofer options for compact huddle spaces to executive boardrooms. The Tavor 5-O (5.25-inch) and Tavor 6-O (6.5-inch) are powered, two-way speakers designed for indoor wall mounting. They accept a line-level stereo input and output a speaker signal to the passive speaker. The Tavor 5-O integrates a two-channel amp

THE NEW Axiom product family from Attero Tech consists of the ML1, USB1 and AXP2O. The ML1 provides a mic/line interface and a balanced XLR combo input with 10–50dB of gain adjustment on the interface to accommodate wide microphone sensitivities in a single gang US Decora-style form factor. The ¼-inch input on the combo input accepts a full-scale line input up to +20dBu. A separate 3.5mm stereo line-level input features 20dB of gain adjustment on the interface. Audio from both mic and 3.5mm line inputs can be output separately or mono-summed via selector switches configured at the time of installation. The USB1 allows audio input from a PC, and can be mounted in-wall, in a table pocket or as part of a lectern surface. The USB1 accepts 16-bit USB audio at 44.1K or 48K sample rates. Audio volume and muting are remotely controllable via RS-232. The AXP2O is used as the expander solution to interface the analogue audio outputs of up to two Axiom devices to the inputs of a business music system mixer,

DSP or amplifier. In addition, the AXP2O provides DC power to the UTP-connected Axiom products. Two new additions have also been added to Attero Tech’s Axon line of networked AVC products. The first is the A4Mio, a 1⁄3-rack space audio interface with four studio-grade microphone preamps, adjustable in 1dB increments. Full 48V phantom power is provided to optimally accommodate any microphone. In line-level mode, the inputs will accept up to +24dBu audio signal levels. Four balanced outputs provide up to +24dBu output levels and have a switchable output pad to provide mic level outputs as well. Similar to the A4Mio is the A8Mio, a ½-rack space audio interface providing analogue connectivity for eight inputs and eight outputs with AES67 audio networking. Both products feature dual Ethernet ports. The devices come with a Q-Sys Designer plug-in for use with all QSC Core platform DSP products. They are also compatible with all Dante devices which enable AES67 mode. www.atterotech.com

Tavor 5-O capable of delivering 30W RMS and 80W continuous power; for the Tavor 6-O these figures are 50W RMS and 140W continuous. The Tavor 8-T is a powered ceiling tile speaker featuring a 40W built-in, Class-D amplifier with three inputs with individual volume control, an 8-inch Kevlar woofer, four 1-inch pivoting titanium tweeters, almost 180° of sound dispersion, a magnet-held grille and second-level crossover. It is a two-way speaker with 40W RMS and 110W continuous power. The Tavor 8-Sub, meanwhile, is a powered subwoofer that can be

mounted on the wall, the floor or next to the wall in a way that hides the control panel. It has an 8-inch aluminium woofer with rubber surround and a frequency response of 30–600Hz at –10dB. The built-in amplifier provides 50W RMS and 140W continuous power. Inputs include one line-level stereo input on RCA connectors, one LFE input on an RCA connector and two highlevel inputs on binding posts for bypassing the internal amplifier. It has 110–120V AC and 220–240V AC selectable power settings. www.kramerav.com


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Extron makes a switch EXTRON HAS added to its DTP range of products in AV switching environments. First off are three transmitters. The DTP2 T 202 FB is a two‑input transmitter that sends DisplayPort, HDMI, audio and control up to 100m

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DTP2 T 202 FB over a shielded CATx cable to a DTP‑ enabled product. It is compatible with all DTP Systems products and can be configured to send video and embedded audio, plus bidirectional RS‑232 and IR signals, to an HDBaseT‑ enabled display. The DTP2 T 203 is a three‑input switcher with an integrated DTP2 transmitter for sending DisplayPort, HDMI, audio and control up to 100m. It can automatically switch between video sources and is compatible with all DTP receivers and

with scratch‑ and smudge‑resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and offers access to AC or USB power, data and a broad variety of AV connections. It is described as ideal for AV applications requiring a Cable Cubby touchpanel with a customisable interface. The NBP 1200C is a furniture‑ mountable Cable Cubby enclosure which has a Network Button Panel integrated directly into the lid. It combines AV control, connectivity and power, and works with all Extron Pro Series control systems and HC 400 Series products. Features include display on/off, input switching, volume control and a flip‑up button panel with 10 customisable, soft‑touch buttons that are backlit for operation in low‑light environments.

DTP2 T 203 DTP‑enabled products. The DTP2 T 204 is a four‑input switcher for sending HDMI and control up to 100m. It routes HDMI video at data rates up to 18Gbps, along with HDR, Deep Color up to 12 bit, 3D and embedded HD lossless audio formats. All three transmitters support video resolutions up to 4K/60 at 4:4:4 chroma sampling and comply with HDCP 2.2. The DTP2 R 211 is a twisted pair HDMI receiver that supports transmission of HDMI and multichannel audio, as well as bidirectional RS‑232 and IR signals, up to 100m over a shielded CATx cable. The stereo output is selectable between de‑embedded or pass‑through analogue audio. Next is the TLP Pro 525C, a 5‑inch Cable Cubby Series/2 TouchLink Pro touchpanel with a flip‑up touchscreen built into an all‑metal cable access enclosure. It has a high‑resolution, 800x480 capacitive touchscreen built

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DMP 64 Plus Featuring six DSP input channels with AEC in a half‑rack space, the final product is the DMP 64 Plus series of compact digital matrix processors which come with a flexible mix matrix, a USB audio interface and 6x4 analogue connectivity. The AT models can be powered by PoE+ and provide 32x16 Dante connectivity for popular Dante microphone arrays and other Dante devices, while the V models include up to eight VoIP lines for collaboration applications. www.extron.com

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Yamaha gets a Stagepas YAMAHA HAS announced its next-generation Stagepas, an all-in-one portable PA system for easier transportation. The Stagepas 1K comes with 170° coverage, slimline appearance and modified 1.5-inch drivers which all include high-end neodymium magnets. All 10 of the 1.5-inch drivers work together with a 12-inch subwoofer. The subwoofer features Yamaha’s Twisted Flare Point technology which reportedly reduces wind noise in the bass-reflex port. The back of the subwoofer uses a digital mixer with three mono mic/line channels, two of which contain high-Z connectivity for direct inputs as well as stereo inputs which support playback from Bluetooth devices. The mixer is equipped with professional sound engineering tools which include a 1-Knob EQ which can process multi-bands, high-quality SPX digital reverb and a mode feature that adjusts to optimise compression to match different applications. Each function can be set using a rotary control to make EQ and compression easier to handle for users. Two Stagepas 1Ks can be connected in stereo or in mono if a greater coverage area is needed. In other news, the YAI-1 and the YAI-1 XL are the newest additions to Yamaha’s Unified Communications

portfolio. The YAI-1 can select up to eight Executive Elite wireless microphones, while the YAI-1 XL can select up to 16. Both systems include VXL 1-16 PoE speaker arrays, two preconfigured digital signal processors, a network switch, a Dante AVIOUSB adapter and cabling. The YAI-1 XL system comprises two eight-channel Revolabs Executive Elite wireless microphone systems, four VXL1-16 PoE speaker arrays, a preconfigured digital signal processor, a 10-port PoE switch, Dante AVIO USB adapter and cabling. The boardroom bundle includes 14 gooseneck wireless microphones and two wearable microphones, while the conference bundle includes 14 directional tabletop wireless microphones and two wearable microphones. Additionally, Yamaha has expanded its Unified Communications portfolio with the ESB-1080 Enterprise Sound Bar for conference rooms and lobby areas. It includes two built-in subwoofers and a bass-reflex port that works together with the two dome tweeters and woofers to reportedly deliver a clear and dynamic sound. Connectivity options include HDMI, Bluetooth, optical and analogue audio which works with any monitor, mobile or PC device. Stagepas 1K

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UNiKA heads onstage UNIKA IS looking to fill a gap in the market for costeffective and portable phase testers with its SPT-3rt. Forming part of the manufacturer’s Stage Series, the SPT-3rt includes transmitter and receiver units. The transmitter unit has a builtin mechanism that can generate oscillating sound waves.

Operators can use its XLR socket to transmit oscillating signals to the speaker system. The receiver is then used close to the speaker to check if the phase of the speaker is correct. If the speaker is already hung, users can connect an external dynamic microphone and add a boom arm to bring the unit closer to the speaker. The SPT-3rt can also detect the polarity of the wires using the XLR socket on the transmitter and receiver. Thanks to their built-in neodymium magnets, the transmitter and receiver can also be joined together for ease of portability. In addition, the lightweight aluminium extrusion housing means the product weighs 0.45kg. www.unikapro.com

An RJ45 module to make life easier SOMMER CABLE has developed a GHMT-certified, one size fits all, Cat-6a RJ45 module. The RJ45CFXL-P1/P8 is designed to make installers’ lives easier with

tool-free assembly, while offering full support for PoE+ applications. It features an IDC-female connector with keystone clip-in capability with a short depth design. The module was

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put through the GHMT verification programme to ensure it met the highest standards of quality. While it can be used with almost any Cat cable, the manufacturer claims that

The IP Control Buddy

IP control made simple THE IP Control Buddy has been released by TSL as a control system that can be used either integrated or standalone. The compact system can control any GPI/O-, IP-, RS-422- or RS-232enabled device, regardless of where it is located, and can perform both simple and complex functions. It is also suitable for flyaway kits, small production tasks or one-button applications. The system can be powered with PoE or an external power supply. In addition, the IP Control Buddy can also be used with other devices such as Ensemble Designs’ ultracompact BrightEye NXT routers to manage sources and signal paths when there is limited space. The panel’s ‘programmer-free’ web

browser-based configuration tools also make it simpler to configure the IP Control Buddy for more specific control and monitoring applications. The manufacturer has also added to its Anywhere Interface Boxes (AIBs) with the AIB-4. The series has been designed for AV, radio, industrial and TV broadcasting market segments, and reportedly allows users to bridge systems and achieve optimal functionality without performing any programming. The AIBs offer up to 16 GPI/Os and multiple device control paths, with the AIB-4 also providing Ethernet, two-way DTMF and a dial-up modem. www.tslproducts.com

Tasker makes a connection TASKER HAS increased its range of accessories by adding new metal connectors and panel adaptors with

connector with a female socket on the front and a soldering spoon that makes the junction

standard ‘D’ shape and gold-plated contacts. The TP01, TP02 and TP40 are for transmission data. The TP01 allows users to connect a USB Type B to a Type A, while the TP02 is for connection from Type A to Type B. The TP40 is a panel adapter for the LAN Cat-6A cable for RJ45 connections. For video transmission, the TP11 is a soldering BNC

operation easier. The TP10 is a BNC adapter with a BNC connector on both sides, while the TP30 is a panel adapter from HDMI Type A to an HDMI Type B. Finally, for audio, the TP20 is a soldering TCA connector with a female socket and is available in red, black, yellow and white. www.tasker.it

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FreeSpeak gains an Edge FREESPEAK EDGE is the latest entry to Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak digital wireless intercom family. It has been designed from scratch, based on user feedback received from its predecessor, FreeSpeak II, and is described by the manufacturer as its ‘most advanced wireless intercom system’, suited for use in the ‘most complex live performance environments’. FreeSpeak Edge provides new control and customisation options, with ‘advanced frequency coordination capabilities and an intuitive design for transceivers and beltpacks’. A 5GHz chipset

includes an exclusive radio stack development, optimised for intercom use. FreeSpeak Edge also makes use of AES67 connections between the transceivers and the host intercom frame for increased flexibility in deployment. The manufacturer’s FreeSpeak II wireless intercom system has received a new member. The FreeSpeak II IPT transceiver uses AES67 transport, low-latency signal distribution, high radio performance and high audio bandwidth, all of which are said to enable FreeSpeak II wireless beltpacks to be deployed across a

USB-C comes to Scarlett series THE THIRD generation of Focusrite’s Scarlett range of USB audio interfaces has arrived, bringing with it upgraded microphone preamps, a new and interactive Quick Start tool and USB-C connectivity. Apart from the addition of the new USB Type-C port, the external layout of the device remains unchanged.

The FreeSpeak II system user’s LAN. The IPT connects to an AES67-compatible IP router and to Clear-Com’s Eclipse HX system via the E-IPA card. Clear-Com has also developed the LQ Series IP interfaces which allow users to move and distribute audio and communications signals, SIP and Network Control

Events (GPIO) to and from one or more communication points depending on user configuration. The audio-over-IP interfaces can reportedly be used to network geographically dispersed audio and communications devices of any brand or technology type over secure LAN, WAN or public internet.

Eclipse HX, meanwhile, will now support SMPTE 2110-30 and AES67 interoperability and is said to mark the completion of the Eclipse HX system growth. IP toolset within Eclipse provides a range of benefits, including LAN/WAN/internet-based panel deployment; IP-based control mechanisms include HCI and Logic-Maestro; the ability to inter face and leverage thirdparty devices; LQ, SIP and Agent-IC integration; and AES67 support for wireless and wired interconnects. www.clearcom.com

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including Ableton Live, Pro Tools and First Focusrite Creative Pack. Additionally, Brainworx has created a DAW emulation of Focusrite’s ISA 110 equaliser and ISA 130 dynamic modules, popularised in the 1980s and 1990s. The British interface manufacturer is giving away the bx_console Focusrite VST/AU/AAX plug-in for Mac and PC free to

The DN4 interface can be integrated with the Q-Sys Ecosystem MICROPHONE MANUFACTURER Audix Corporation has released a new control plug-in that allows

users to integrate the Audix DN4 and DN43 Dante | AES67 microphone inter faces with the

Q-Sys Ecosystem from QSC. Other features include eight microphone gain presets, a lowor high-pass filter, LED functions and the ability to monitor connection status from a Q-Sys user control inter face. Each of the four channels on the Audix inter faces can be controlled independently, while audio from the inter faces will enter the Q-Sys Ecosystem natively (via AES67 or Q-Sys Softwarebased Dante licence, available in early 2020). The plug-in is available to download through Asset Manager, a web-based repositor y accessible via Q-Sys Designer Software v7.1 or higher. www.audixusa.com

NUGEN updates MasterCheck The Scarlett series comprises six different models, each with a variety of inputs and outputs – Solo, 2i2, 4i4, 8i6, 18i8 or the rackmountable 18i20. These inputs have been improved to offer more headroom, while the units also feature additional line-level inputs for flexible recording setups and balanced TRS outputs to eliminate speaker hum. According to the manufacturer, 24-bit/192kHz converters promise clarity of recording, while the upgraded mic preamps can reproduce the Air effect of Focusrite’s original ISA mic preamp, giving vocals and acoustic music a ‘brighter and more spacious’ sound. As with the previous generation models, the new units will ship with a range of software tools

owners of its Clarett and Red interfaces. In other news, RedNet Control 2.4 has been released, a free software update that adds Dante Domain Manager (DDM) and AES67/AES70 compatibility. RedNet Control 2.4 recognises the four distinct levels of system access granted within DDM: Site Administrator, Domain Administrator, Operator and Guest. Also new is AES3 Kill Switch control for RedNet D16 and RedNet D16R and AES67 compatibility for RedNet X2P and RedNet AM2 Ultimo X interfaces. RedNet Control 2.4 can now run as a background application if needed, so MIDI control continues to function when the software window is closed. www.focusriteplc.com

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NUGEN AUDIO has recently announced the latest update of MasterCheck – a music streaming plug-in – and added MP3 and SoundCloud support. The plug-in can optimise mixes for delivery services and reveal any issues ahead of time to allow users to audition and deliver masters for playout systems. V1.7.0.1 now includes an Opus preset for SoundCloud which allows users to upload, promote and share audio. The manufacturer decided to include a SoundCloud preset so that its content creators can reportedly use MasterCheck with the same ease and convenience as using Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and YouTube. MP3 was also included in the update as the result of customer requests.

In addition, NUGEN has revealed the newest updates to its VisLM loudness metering software which include a Flag feature that builds on the Alert functionality found in previous versions of the plug-in. This will allow users to navigate through True Peak and short-term/momentary loudness alerts, as well as manual flags for other points of interest. The latest maximum loudness range (LRA 18) for its Netflix preset has been added which the manufacturer believes will benefit forward-thinking productions supplying content to the SVOD platform. Additional loudness logging and time-code functions allow for analysis and proof of compliance. MasterCheck v1.7.0.1

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Digitising a classic Over 40 years after the release of the Instant Flanger hardware in 1975, Eventide has unveiled its Instant Flanger Mk II plug-in. Features include three modes – shallow, deep and wide – and the manual control allows adjustment of the ‘comb’ effect by turning the big knob. The oscillator drives the flanging at Instant Phaser Mk II EVENTIDE HAS released a new phaser effects plug-in that has been crafted from the original Instant Phaser analogue hardware it created in 1972. The new Instant Phaser Mk II claims to deliver the original sonic character while retaining the same look and feel. ‘A true recreation of the Instant Phaser had to satisfy not only our ears but also the ears of studio owners and the pro audio community who still own and use the original hardware,’ commented managing director, Anthony Agnello. ‘A strict digital simulation of an analogue component is precise, whereas components in the real world are not. We discovered that the imprecision of the values of the analogue components are key to the Instant Phaser’s sonic

Instant Flanger Mk II character. The challenge was to write code that captured that imprecision.’ Controls include a manual mode, allowing for precise automation of the phasing effect, an oscillator that modulates the phasing at a user-defined rate and an Envelope Follower that allows the input signal to drive the phase effect. The plug-in can also accept input from a sidechain source, while Remote mode maps the phasing control

to a modulation wheel for tactile manipulation. The Instant Phaser Mk II provides a pair of de-correlated outputs offering three different sonic characteristics – shallow, deep and wide – for creating a stereo image. These effects can be used to turn flatsounding mono guitars into stereo leads or make a single-channel synthesiser fill out the soundscape of the mix. It is available in AU, VST and AAX Native formats.

a user-determined rate, while the Envelope Follower drives the

Audinate has announced the release of a Dante Virtual Soundcard for installation in virtual Windows environments using Type-1 hypervisors. The

endpoint for networked audio. It provides a standard WDM or ASIO audio inter face that allows any installed audio software to send and receive up to 64

Dante Controller Updater American manufacturer explains that this update is especially important for customers such as broadcasters, educators and corporate users that want to deploy Dante networked audio throughout data centres, studios, server clusters and campuses. The Dante Virtual Soundcard turns any computer into a Dante

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channels of lossless audio over a standard 1Gbps network to any Dante-enabled AV endpoints, including other instances of a Dante Virtual Soundcard. It inter faces directly with audio software running on virtual machines, allowing distribution of media playback and centralised recording.

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Dante updates made easier DANTE CONTROLLER 4.2.3 with Dante Updater is described by Audinate as a new feature that makes it easy to update firmware in Dante devices. Users will be able to bring critical updates to customers by making them available directly in Dante Controller with oneclick installation. Dante Updater discovers and associates updates with connected devices so that users no longer have to hunt for product-specific installers and can deploy updates to an entire system at once. Audinate has also collaborated with NXP Semiconductors to introduce a reference design kit for the NXP i.MX 8M Mini QuadLite SoC and provide Dante audio-overIP to OEMs as on-chip software. The kit will be validated by Audinate for Dante performance, and lets OEMs design for Dante ‘with confidence’. The i.MX 8M Mini QuadLite processor offers four Cortex-A53 cores, one Cortex-M4 core with flexible memory options and a variety of high-speed connectivity interfaces, and is described as ideal for AV-over-IP applications.

flanging based on the source signal’s amplitude. The Remote setting maps the flanging control to a keyboard controller’s mod wheel for tactile manipulation and the Depth setting allows users to set the intensity of the effect: 100% adds the dr y signal to the delayed signal; –100% adds the phase-inver ted dr y signal to the delayed signal. A Side Chain triggers the Envelope Follower from a separate source in the mix for inter-track mingling. The company has also announced a significant software update for its flagship H9000 and H9000R multi-effects processors. The v1.1 software adds popular vintage effects and a new surround tool, as well as suppor t for the most popular DAWs.

Finally, the manufacturer has announced version 1.1 of Dante Domain Manager to bring new installation options, improved email alerts and notifications, support for SMPTE 2110 devices and secure access to LDAP and SMTP servers. Version 1.1 will be delivered as a complete ISO package to help users install and set up Dante Domain Manager to suit their needs and applications. The ISO package may be used in virtual environments such as VMWare ESXi, Oracle VirtualBox and Microsoft Hyper-V, or it may be installed directly onto a ‘bare metal’ server with no additional software required. New GPS clock synchronisation enables Dante connectivity between facilities over long distances. Improvements to email notifications and alerts mean that integrators and managers can stay on top of changes to their systems from wherever they are. Support for LDAPs and SMTPs reportedly brings greater security and confidence to network managers by encrypting communication to those servers. www.audinate.com

SOLID STATE Logic’s new Native 6.3 release introduces the X-EQ 2 plug-in as par t of the SSL Native studio plug-ins series, allowing the authorisation of SSL Native licences on computers instead of a physical iLok dongle. This means that all SSL Native 6.3 plug-ins can now be authorised to a computer. X-EQ 2 replaces the existing X-EQ plug-in, bringing a redesigned graphical inter face, re-written algorithms and other new features, such as SSL’s anti-cramping DSP, the ability to create up to 24 EQ bands with a choice between 17 classic and modern filter shapes and EQ types, M/S processing modes, Band Solo and extra analysis tools including Phase and Step response plots, and significant DSP optimisation to keep the computer’s CPU load low. In other news, SSL has added to its catalogue of Dante-based IP network I/O solutions with the HC Bridge SRC. This has been built to


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Lectrosonics stays secure LECTROSONICS HAS introduced ‘X’ firmware for its Duet IEM/IFB system which adds AES 256-bit CTR encryption. Since analogue IFB and IEM systems cannot be encrypted, the new feature creates a data-secure version of the Duet for corporate, sports and government applications. The True Random Number Generator used for key generation passes all NIST SP 800-22 statistical tests for randomness. Four encryption key policies are available. The universal key policy is said to provide the most convenient option and is the default setting on Duet-X transmitters and receivers. A unique key is not generated for each situation, but the basic encryption prevents someone with a scanner and digital demodulator from decoding the audio. The shared key policy is useful when multiple transmitters and receivers all need to be connected, but require more security than the universal type, for instance in sports coverage. The standard key policy involves creating a unique

Added DAC remote support key in the M2T-X that is then shared with its receiver packs but cannot be shared transmitter-to-transmitter or receiver-to-transmitter. This makes it possible to control the use of key material sufficiently so that no key material is ever reused, making differential attacks impossible. The volatile key policy is available for the highest level of security and the key is never stored anywhere except RAM. The ‘X’ firmware with encryption is an ‘either/or’ firmware load for the Duet M2T and M2R units. This way, the units cannot be

booted up into a non-encrypted mode once they have this firmware version. Only by re-loading standard, non-encrypted firmware into the units can they be used in a non-encrypted fashion. Two M2R features that are no longer available in the ‘X’ version are analogue IFB compatibility and Flexlist. Wireless Designer software, now natively available for Mac or PC, is used to manage the firmware updating process for the Duet system. www.lectrosonics.com

RME’S ADI-2 DAC combined DAC and headphone amplifier has received a firmware update. FPGA 26 DSP 30 increases the DAC’s remote support. This allows users to control the ADI-2 DAC from afar using a programmable remote. This extended remote suppor t covers more than just the 11 buttons on RME’s remote as users now have access to 31 remap actions and commands, directly, with no need to remap the ADI-2 DAC unit. The infrared code list also includes bass ±, treble ± and balance left/right control. In addition, as some remotes struggle when power on and off share the same code, the

ADI-2 DAC can now be switched off by both the original On code as well as an additional Off code. The FPGA 26 DSP 30 firmware update also provides new features such as level meter colour selection, a level meter displaying pre-FX, post-FX or both levels simultaneously, enhanced AutoDark functionality, extended output switching between all three outputs, mute by pushing the volume knob and a details screen that lists all currently active DSP functions for an over view of the unit’s audio state. www.rme-audio.de

Driving sound DESIGNED WITH time-saving features, the Sonicue sound system software from Dynacord addresses the entire sound system. It supports Dynacord TGX and IPX series amplifiers, as well as all amplifier models fitted with the RCM-28 Omneo network and DSP module.

can be pinned either temporarily or permanently. With practical features such as a zoomable, multi-layer workspace, Sonicue is available for Windows. Future releases will support OSX, Android, Linux and iOS.

System designs can be produced from scratch or based on imported files from loudspeaker prediction applications. Users can overview or make adjustments while monitoring parameters from the sub menu bar without the need to close menus, while frequently used functions

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Lawo develops AES67 Stream Monitor LAWO HAS created the ‘world’s first AES67 stream monitor’, a new piece of software that runs on Windows and allows broadcasters using the AES67 AoIP standard to monitor the state of their programme streams. The Lawo AES67 Stream Monitor provides information for up to 16 userdefinable audio streams, each of which can contain multiple audio channels. The main display shows audio levels and alarm indications for all monitored streams. By selecting an individual stream display, users can dig further to find more detailed stream information. AES67 Stream Monitor gives broadcasters the ability to audition AES67 streams on-demand using the PC sound card and to monitor two Ethernet NICs simultaneously for true ST2022-7 compatibility. Its Stream Health Monitor function tracks jitter, dropped

AES67 Stream Monitor packets and data errors, while LUFS metering provides detailed tracking of loudness units over time. The system also has alarms for silence-sensing, under-level or over-level alerts, with userdefinable thresholds, and offers SDP interrogation of all monitored streams, with information that can be copied to the clipboard for documenting or for use with other

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applications. The Per-stream Status Window gives a view of audio level content and errors over time, as well as a file-based error report. Running on standard Windows 10 PCs, AES67 Stream Monitor is also VMWare compatible for deployment on virtual machines. In other news, Lawo has released Power Core Max, an AES67 mixing engine that supports up

to four independent Lawo mixing surfaces. It has 96 available DSP channels and, according to the manufacturer, the capacity to handle hundreds of analogue, digital and AES67 audio signals. Users can choose from a number of licence packages tailored to a variety of operational needs and price points. Features include support of up to 96 fader channels distributed among up to four physical Ruby consoles or VisTool virtual mixers; a 1920 x 1920 internal routing matrix; 80 userdefinable summing busses; 128 dual-redundant MADI channels and

Power Core Max

128 AES67/Ravenna channels; eight expansion slots; and dualredundant front-panel SFP ports for AoIP. Broadcasters have a choice of optical or copper network connections, without the cost of external media converters. Power Core Max also provides ST2022-7 Seamless Protection Switching for dual-redundant AoIP network connections and ST2110-30 compliance for interoperability of audio and video equipment in combined radio/TV broadcast plants. www.lawo.com


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ADI-2 FS - A new Experience in Sound and Quality The ADI-2 FS is a compact and extremely flexible 2-Channel Hi-End AD/DA converter. The small 9.5” unit offers first-class AD/DA conversion from/to SPDIF, AES and ADAT, at up to 192 kHz. Its ability to use SPDIF, AES and ADAT format provides outstanding compatibility. Whatever it is - simply get connected!

Featuring the ADI-2 Pro FS advanced circuit design & SteadyClock FS technology. With 192 kHz sampling frequency, lowest distortion & dynamic range of 120 dBA.

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Stage Tec boosts Waves integration SOFTWARE RELEASE 4.8.1 for Stage Tec’s Aurus and Crescendo consoles has been unveiled. Waves integration is now possible in all Aurus and Crescendo systems, while in both consoles remote control of the Waves multiracks is via snapshot automation. The multirack snapshots can be assigned to the console snapshots at will, even multiple times. The Stage Tec auto mixer can be extended to up to eight groups with the new release. Since version 4.3, the auto mixer has been integrated into the console design of Aurus and Crescendo platinum and can be used in all input channels. Eight auto mixers can work simultaneously, independent of each other, for example for eight parallel rounds of talks. The De-Esser was previously available as a channel module in each input channel; now, it is also available in the channel libraries. Aurus requires a new control cassette for this feature.

Stage Tec’s Crescendo console The Nexus audio network has also been updated to communicate with remote single or multiple base devices based on IP. Bidirectional AES67 streams are now set up in which audio and control data are transmitted together. The feature is implemented via the Nexus XFIP or RIF67 inter faces, both of which are equipped with the DirectOut AES67.IO module. With an XFIP or RIF67 inter face, a network with

Improving workflow

Augmented Reality workflows DISGUISE HAS announced the release of r16. Enhancements include a complete design overhaul to improve the execution and usability of the Cue List, more flexibility to work with external control systems and a multi-edit function to streamline workflows when working with groups of objects. The manufacturer reports that a total of 181 bug fixes and 121 improvements have been made.

Further updates include higherquality content playback, including end-to-end 10-bit colour depth support for disguise’s latest flagship servers, the vx 4 and gx 2c, as well as support for wider colour gamuts such as Rec. 2020, plus a full HDR pipeline. The release also includes longrequested support for image sequence playback allowing users to play TIFF, TGA and DPX file sequences

up to eight Nexus base devices is possible. The upgrade also means that Nexus networks are independent of proprietary cabling and enable remote production and wide area networking through IP-based connectivity. In brief, the Berlin-based manufacturer has added scene automation to release 1.6 of its IP-based Avatus console.

Barco stays indoors THERE ARE four products that make up Barco’s XT series of 27-inch tiles, all with a 16:9 aspect ratio to create native Full HD or UHD screens. This is said to allow users to display video in the most common formats in full, without distortion or unused canvas. With pixel pitch ranging from 0.95–1.91mm and optimal viewing distances spanning from 1.8–3.8m, all the LEDs are designed for indoor wall mounting with access for maintenance provided at the front. The products are powered

costs. The UDM is a compact, lightweight and rugged 22K laser projector with a wide colour spectrum. It incorporates Barco Pulse’s proprietary Single Step Processing technology, so that warping, scaling and 4K UHD processing are reportedly done in one step. Other features include a 90° ultra-short-throw lens, a motorised rental frame and a fibre card solution for 4K distribution over long distances. In addition, Barco has added to its E2 family with the E2 Gen 2. It comes with 16 4K60p inputs

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in either 8 or 10 bit. Support for the new NotchLC codec has also been added, which reportedly achieves visually lossless quality without sacrificing performance. Projection workflows have also been overhauled. A single calibration workflow has been introduced, along with Mapping Matter integration which allows users to set up projectors in Mapping Matter and quickly import them into disguise, including projector data such as position, name, resolution and lumens. r16 also debuts new workflows for Augmented Reality including support for a variety of camera tracking systems, which can be fed into the 3D stage as tracked objects and attached to virtual cameras. The manufacturer reports that this is the first step to releasing the full xR feature set, which will come in future releases.

One of four products in the XT series by the manufacturer’s Infinipix processing platform that reportedly provides constant image quality and grey scale levels for all ambient lighting conditions and includes dual data redundancy. Weighing almost half as much as its predecessor, the UDX, Barco’s latest projector is said to reduce installation time, along with shipping and labour

and ships with the company’s second-generation single cable 4K60p video interface cards. With a linkable chassis, the E2 Gen 2 can reportedly expand beyond the capabilities of a single box to support large canvases without the need for additional processing or matrix routing. www.barco.com

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Modulo Player updated MODULO PI has released v5.2 of its Modulo Player hardware and software system which is designed to combine the functionality of a media server with a live mixer. Following the update, Modulo Player, compatible with Mac and PC, now possesses show control capabilities. In addition to the existing library of video projectors, mixers and matrices that it could control, Modulo Player v5.2 adds more than 40 further devices,

including NDI PTZ cameras, and a series of USB phidgets, such as controllers, sensors, motors, GPIO and RFID tags. The phidgets expand Modulo Player’s automation capabilities, allowing users to create tasks that will trigger automatically depending on the phidgets’ variables such as temperature, humidity, lux levels or distance. The release also includes a new version of Modulo Player’s

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embedded live mixer, providing full integration of Elgato’s Stream Deck and Stream Deck XL control pads. An editor integrated within Modulo Player’s remote software and mixer application enables the customisation of Stream Deck’s LCD keys. All parameters entered in the editor appear in real time on the Stream Deck pads. www.modulo-pi.com


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Ikegami adds monitoring solutions DESIGNED FOR critical image evaluation in broadcast production control environments, Ikegami has created the HQLM-3125X 4K-UHD master-grade monitor. Employing double-LCD-layer technology to achieve a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio with true black reproduction, the 31-inch monitor integrates a layer of light-modulating cells for pixel-by-pixel control of backlight intensity, reducing light leakage and black floating. Fully compliant with BT.2020 wide colour gamut, the monitor incorporates singlechannel 12G-SDI x 2, 3G-SDI x 5, 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI inputs as standard features. Promoting 4096 x 2160 pixel 10-bit resolution, the HQLM-3125X offers a 178° (horizontal/vertical) viewing angle for critical image evaluation. The monitor can either be controlled from the front panel or remotely via Ethernet and RS-485 connection. Within the same series, the HQLM-1720WR is a compact UHD HDR monitor that affords itself towards a wide range of broadcast applications. Equipped with two 12G-SDI input channels for connections to cameras and switchers, the 16.5-inch monitor also incorporates 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI inputs as standard. Employing a 3840 x 2160 pixel

UHD LCD panel using an LED backlight, the HQLM-1720WR can reproduce high-resolution 4K and 2K images. The 24-inch HLM-2460W incorporates a 10:9 Full HD 1920 x 1200 pixel 400 cd, 10-bit resolution LCD panel. Multi-format SDI, 3G-SDI, HDMI, Ethernet and VBS inputs are provided, while operating features include 2x and 4x zoom, dual-picture split, dotby-dot display, timecode display, and under-monitor and in-monitor channel identification display. Test signal generation, waveform monitor and vectorscope facilities with adjustable image and test signal mixing are also provided.

components. This projection head has been developed to be quiet, lightweight and consume little power. The head and the light source are linked by fibre-optic cables that run up to 100m. This provides integrators with more installation options that might be available with a traditional projector, particularly in smaller spaces. Satellite MLS is developed with WUXGA, native 4K and 8K resolutions, and incorporates

Integrating a similar feature set to the HLM-2460W, the HLM-1760WR is a 17-inch version. Optimised for compact mobile production vehicles, the HLM-960WR multi-format LCD monitor comes with a 9-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel 8-bit resolution LCD panel. Providing narrow frontto-back dimensions in either AC or DC operation and low power consumption, the monitor incorporates a USB connector on the front panel for setup file storage and recall in addition to control-menu navigation via a plug-in pointing device.

detection, including a live feed to a mobile device. Other features include a fanless design for less noisy operation and a refresh rate of 1.92kHz across all products. The permanent indoor solution is particularly suited for house of worship venues, along with

The aluminium die-cast cabinet can be arranged in a horizontal or vertical orientation and features a magnetic module design with smart remote monitoring and diagnostic with live per formance and failure

retail, corporate, transportation and casino applications. All video displays come with a front and rear IP40/IP21 rating and a brightness level of 800 nits.

XEED 4K6021Z its dual Display Port, the projector can be linked to a vast range of video sources and computers and is able to cover the sRGB colour space. This projector also comes with 40,000 hours of maintenancefree operation.

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Digital Projection’s MultiView technology. With its modular design, the manufacturer states

Longer life span projection

IN RESPONSE to the success of Canon’s XEED 4K5020Z, the company has expanded its 4K solutions and released the XEED 4K6021Z, a 4K laser projector claiming to be a more economical and low-maintenance design. The projector is suitable for a variety of applications, such as museums, higher educational facilities and medical institutions with the flexibility to be installed in difficult places. The XEED 4K6021Z projector produces 6,000 lumens of colour brightness and a 4K resolution image (4096 x 2160) reportedly free from the ‘lattice effect’. With

ABSEN HAS launched the N Plus series, featuring three new, lighter, flat panel design videowalls at 3.2mm, 4mm and 5.14mm. All panels weigh 10kg and claim to allow for easy configuration with cabinets that support three, four or five modules.

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Satellite projection DIGITAL PROJECTION has created its Satellite Modular Laser System (MLS) to cater towards a wide variety of projection applications, from single projector installs to beaming content for complex, multichannel applications. The manufacturer has separated the light source from its associated power and thermal management systems, allowing for a small, compact projection head that only contains the necessary optical and video processing

Lightweight indoor displays

The lens is compatible with several of Canon’s lenses, including the new RS-SL07RST 4K standard zoom lens and includes a 1.76x zoom and a ±73% vertical lens shift. In addition to this, Canon has also released three new projector models: the LV-WU360, LV-WX370 and LV-X350. Weighing under 3.3kg, these projectors are all portable and can be relocated when needed. Each projector includes a micro lens that helps to boost the brightness to between 3,500 and 3,700 lumens and reduce the appearance of gridlines.

that there can be one-to-many or many-to-one relationships between the light sources

and the projection heads. In a one-to-many relationship, a 10,000-lumen light source feeds multiple projection heads, equally splitting the luminance of each image through the life of the system. A many-to-one relationship, on the other hand, sees several 10,000-lumen Satellite MLS light modules combined to feed a single, ultracompact projection head. www.digitalprojection.com

LV-WU360 The models have a projecting range of 30–300 inches and have several features that reportedly make image set up easier. The projectors claim to have 20,000 hours of lamp life and can produce a range of resolutions from WUXGA at

1920 x 1200, WXGA at 1280 x 800 and XGA at 1024 x 768. They have local area network, two USB and two HDMI ports where content can be projected from a laptop or a memory stick. www.global.canon


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RealLaser technology for the small screen

CP2309-RGB CHRISTIE HAS added a new projector to its CineLife Series. The Christie CP2309-RGB projector features RealLaser illumination technology and Multi-Laser Pack Devices. With improved wavelength diversity, the CP2309-RGB projector can be used for any cinematic exhibition, including the use of 3D applications. It delivers over 8,500 lumens with a 2,000:1 contrast ratio and a 95% Rec. 2020 colour space without the need to filter or use colour correction. The CP2309-RGB claims to have an all-in-one compact design. There are no internal chillers in this projector and pedestals are not needed for installation. The model can be used with any lenses and accessories from Christie’s CP2308, CP2208 and Solaria One platform.

In other news, Christie has also released the CP4450-RGB projector, a large-formatted projector that comes with a dual-laser optical system and is built with high-speed CineLife+ electronics capable of 4K 120Hz HFR playback. Also debuting recently is the Christie Vive Audio LA3i loudspeaker, a coaxial, articulated, two-way, passive ribbon driver line array in a single sealed enclosure. The speaker includes 12 3.5-inch ribbon drivers with

CP4450-RGB Kapton diaphragm and neodymium magnets, and eight 5.25-inch paper/Kevlar composite mid-bass cone drivers. It has a frequency range of 90Hz to 20kHz and a maximum SPL of 127dB continuous. The system coverage is 100° horizontal and 40° vertical, while the power handling is 800W continuous and the rated impedance is 4Ω.

Magewell expands IP workflows CONVERTING LIVE NDI streams into high-quality SDI or HDMI outputs for connection to baseband devices such as monitors and projectors, Magewell’s Pro Convert AIO RX hardware-based NDI decoder simplifies the use of NewTek’s mediaover-IP technology in applications such as digital signage and videowalls. It lets end-users output any NDI stream to baseband presentation or distribution equipment such as displays, projectors and routers. It can also be used to integrate legacy equipment such as switchers into NDI-enabled production workflows, or simply paired with an NDI encoder to enable long-distance transport of audio, video and power (PoE) over a single IP network cable. Designed with image magnification in mind, the Pro Convert AIO RX also features DHCP-based automatic network configuration, while a browserbased inter face provides access to status monitoring and advanced features such as FPGA-based up/down/ cross-conversion. Two on-device buttons also enable users

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Pro Convert HDMI TX to select source content and match the output format to their target display without requiring a computer: one for choosing between all NDI streams

available on the network and a second for picking a preset output resolution and frame rate. In related news, the new Pro Convert HDMI TX and Pro Convert SDI TX dedicated NDI encoders are said to deliver user-friendly conversion capabilities of the company’s Pro Convert Plus models in streamlined, encoding-only configurations. The Pro Convert TX devices include many of the Pro Convert family’s features, including PoE support, programme and preview tally lights, NDIbased PTZ camera control and a standard ¼-inch-20 thread for camera mounting. They also include automatic input format detection and network configuration and a browser-based inter face that provides access to status monitoring and advanced conversion settings such as FPGA-based video processing. The Pro Convert HDMI TX supports inputs up to 2048 x 1200 via its HDMI 1.4 inter face, while the Pro Convert SDI TX handles sources up to 1080p60 over 3G-SDI. www.magewell.com

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Atlona expands Rondo family THE RONDO family of HDMI distribution amplifiers has a new member. The Rondo 448 (AT-RON-448) has been developed to address the challenge of managing an imbalance of inputs and outputs for 4K/UHD/HDR sources and displays. It provides a 1x8 architecture to move highresolution video content from a central location to eight endpoints. Like its 1x2 and 1x4 siblings (Rondo 442 and Rondo 444), the Rondo 448 offers EDID management features to reportedly ensure compatibility between source and sink devices, and front panel LED indicators for power and signal status to simplify set up and troubleshooting. Users can cascade up to eight units together. It is said to be compatible with all video resolutions, audio formats and colour space formats in the HDMI 2.0b specification and can pass metadata for HDR content. It is also compliant with HDCP 2.2. Atlona has also added to its Omega family of products with the OME-PS62, a 6x2 matrix presentation switcher featuring

Building on the manufacturer’s HDVS-300 system for software video conferencing, the OME-MS42 is said to combine the benefits of auto-switching for USB-C, HDMI and DisplayPor t, plus integrated display control and USB extension. It includes

AT-RON-448 three HDMI inputs and two HDBaseT inputs alongside a USB-C AV input for direct, BYOD-friendly interfacing with mobile devices and laptops. The USB-C interface can also be used for data connectivity to the OME-PS62’s integrated USB 2.0 hub, as well as charging the connected device. The switcher features HDBaseT and HDMI outputs, along with 4K/60 4:4:4 capability for all inputs and the HDMI output, plus USB extension

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over HDBaseT. High-quality 4K downscaling and upscaling on the unit’s HDMI output are said to preserve colour and spatial detail when converting content between 4K and 1080p. The OME-MS42, meanwhile, is a 4x2 matrix switcher for 4K/UHD presentation and video conferencing applications and is also available as the OME-MS42-KIT with a companion OME-EX-RX HDBaseT receiver.

control, Ethernet and USB over distances up to 100m. Finally, the Zero UI Meeting Space uses Atlona’s OmniStream encoder grouping strategy to automatically switch between sources in the meeting space or classroom. When a new signal

AT-OME-MS42 USB 2.0 and USB-C inter faces for extension to three host computers, plus two peripheral devices such as a camera, microphone, speakerphone or keyboard and mouse. The OME-MS42 is compliant with HDCP 2.2 and features HDBaseT extension for video up to 4K/60 4:2:0, plus embedded audio,

is picked up, the system will transition to the corresponding encoder and switch off routing from the previous encoder. The system reportedly allows several contributors to collaborate on a single presentation, increasing BYOD capability. www.atlona.com


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High-performance switching CALIBRE’S 4K QuadVision HDMI 4K scaler–switcher with multiviewer and matrix output modes has been designed for a broad range of applications and provides a solution for

environments that need the ability to manage multiple images, but for which a fully featured scaler–switcher may not be cost-ef fective. With suppor t for 4K at 60 4:4:4 video and an HDMI bandwidth of 600MHz, the 4K QuadVision is compliant with

HDCP1.X/2.2. It provides four HDMI 2.0 input por ts and two HDMI output por ts, together with a balanced stereo output. Its multiviewer output is characterised by its flexibility,

with options including four screens of equal size, three smaller screens with a master screen, two screens side by side or a single screen with picture-in-picture. As well as providing front panel control, the 4K QuadVision provides an RJ45

por t for IP/remote control via a browser which allows a broader range of management functionality. An RS-232 por t is also featured. The 4K QuadVision weighs 3.4kg

and has a compact design measuring 438mm x 49mm x 276mm, making it suitable for deployment in more confined spaces. It is housed in a black aluminium chassis and consumes 27.5W of power. www.calibreuk.com

Redefining simplicity NEUTRIK HAS added to its opticalCON family of products with the opticalCON Dragonfly Fiber Optic Camera Connector Series. Reportedly providing reliable connectivity that is easier to maintain than common hybrid camera signal transmission systems, Dragonfly is based on Neutrik’s patented XB2 technology. The fusion splice, high-per formance lens transmits

UHD 4K and 8K signals with very low loss as the signal sur face of the XB2 lens is 322 times larger than the physical contact sur faces. This is said to result

Sony builds up its camcorders SONY HAS optimised its PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS7 II XDCAM camcorders for news gathering with the new CBK-FS7BK ENG-style buildup kit and the LA-EB1 adapter that connects a B4 lens and an E mount. The CBK-FS7BK kit has been designed to allow users to shoulder-mount their cameras for longer, making it suited for use in news, interviews, documentaries and reality television production. It includes an extension unit with

a wireless audio receiver slot and has built-in network capability. The buildup kit also possesses a viewfinder and a cheese plate, as well as an adjustable shoulder plate designed for optimal weight balance. Streaming and file transfers are made possible via wireless LAN or 4G/LTE connections. QoS performance streaming is provided thanks to the camcorder’s Dual Link

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HDCE-RX30 connection for the multiplexing of two cellular networks. Facilitating the use of the E mount and B4 lens accessories, the LA-EB1 enables the FS7 and FS7 II to capture images with deep and shallow depths of field. Two new IP extension adapters have been added to Sony’s lineup of Live Production solutions that transform the current HDC series of SDI system cameras into IP cameras with an SMPTE ST 2110 interface. The HDCE-TX30 enables direct remote production capability for any of the HDC-2500, HDC-3100 and HDC-3500 camera heads by offering instant SMPTE ST21101 IP Live Network connectivity. The HDCE-RX30

HVS-1200

FOR-A makes a switch DESIGNED FOR mobile production or events and built on the same feature set of the Hanabi HVS-100/110 and HVS-490 video switchers, the HVS-1200 has been launched by FOR-A. The latest switcher adds 10 12G-SDI inputs as standard together with MELite technology. FOR-A is offering one or two M/E switching in 4K (UHD) and HD mode, respectively, within the 3U chassis. When used in HD mode, the HVS-1200 can draw on 40 inputs and 10 outputs together with two outputs for HDMI 2.0 Level B and two M/Es. In 4K (UHD) mode, the

switcher features 10 inputs and 10 outputs, including two outputs for HDMI 2.0 Level B, while mixed inputs of 12G-SDI and quad link 3G-SDI are supported. In HD mode, 40 inputs are available. MELite is a newly patented FOR-A technology that expands the capabilities of aux transitions. With an aux bus, users can preview transitions before executing them and enjoy the control over aux output as for PGM or PST. One MELite (in 4K-UHD mode) or four MELite (in HD mode) are provided.

in low insensitivity against dust and dirt. The fusion splice technology also allows the connector to be serviced in the field. The unit reportedly offers high-performance/low-loss attributes and protects against vibration and extreme temperature fluctuations. The hybrid connection transmits both

power and data over a single connection, with low maintenance intervals. Dragonfly fits into standardised broadcast cutouts and offers a long life of 10,000 mating cycles thanks to its push/ pull mechanism, IP68 dust and waterproof rating in mated condition and its anti-kink boot design.

– a complementary solution to the HDCE-TX30 – offers native SMPTE ST21101 IP Live Network connectivity, allows users to route any camera head to any HDCU-2500, HDCU-3100 or HDCU-3500 CCU and provides SDI and IP mixed system configurations as well as 4K/HD, HDR/SDR mixed operation based in SDI. The MKS-R4020 and MKS-E1620 are two remote-control panels that strengthen the reliability of commands through Live Element Orchestrator. The MKS-R4020

monitor input, remote control panel assignment and multi-viewer layout, while the MKS-E1620 is a remote-control panel with 16 encoders that can adjust various parameters of live equipment, including a system camera’s HDR colour and contrast. The PWSK-4509 is an optional interface board that offers SMPTE ST 2110 support for the PWS-4500 4K/HD live production server. The addition of the interface board allows the server to seamlessly connect with an IP live production environment and enables it to receive and transmit multiple video and audio signals with 25GbE (SFP28) via an IP network. Sony’s Venice full-frame digital motion picture camera has also been given new functionality with the version 5.0 firmware update. It has received additional HFR capabilities and added workflow flexibility, allowing users to shoot at speeds of up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9/1.85:1.

HDCE-TX30 is a remote-control panel that comes with 40 assignable LCD buttons that allow users to change configurations, including

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Williams AV adds a comment Lynx Technik stays positive FOR SYSTEM designers who wish to add annotation to their 4K videos, the Annotation Pro from Williams AV is built on an NVIDIA Pascal GPU system architecture with 256 NVIDIA CUDA cores which

Annotation Pro can work in a video in-line or loop-through video design. Depending on the project requirement, it can be ordered in either a non-HDCP or as an HDCP-compliant device.

can reportedly deliver real-time video processing with less than two frames of latency. The embedded software application runs on a Linux OS and offers upgrade possibilities that are unavailable in hardwarebased FPGA or ASIC solutions. With two digital video inputs, an HDMI and USB 3.0 video and picture-inpicture capabilities, the system can be configured to support many different dual video output viewing configurations. The USB 3.0 can also be configured for video capture applications.

Annotation Pro repor tedly works with any HDMI switcher or thirdpar ty control system and has been designed to suppor t many dif ferent types of touchscreens. It comes equipped with two RS-232 por ts and five USB control por ts for HID touchscreen suppor t. Annotation, whiteboard and highlighting tools can be changed on the move on any live video source.

ATEN HAS released the KE6910 and KE6912 DVI-D Dual Link KVM-over-IP extenders that are made up of high-per formance, IP-based transmitters. Once connected to the computer and receiver, users are provided with console access from a separate location. Both models allow access to a computer system from a remote USB console over an intranet, allowing users to locate computers in an environment isolated from the workstation. The two extenders feature a single DVI display at each end

which work to provide resolutions of 2560 x 2048 at 50Hz and

FOLLOWING ON from the launch of its Evie suite of HDR solutions earlier this year, Lynx Technik has gone a step further by unveiling HDR Evie+. Powered by its multipurpose greenMachine platform, the enhanced version of HDR Evie uses segmented frame-by-frame algorithms, allowing adjustment of each segment (144 segments/ frame) of the HD or 4K HDR content in real time. Using HDR captured images, HDR Evie+ processes and brightens specific sections of the video signal, while retrieving details from over-exposed sections of the video. Automatically processed,

it analyses the incoming HDR image on a segmented and frame-by-frame basis, without making any changes to the camera’s aperture. Using proprietary algorithms to analyse and convert HD or 4K HDR video to SDR video in real time, HDR Evie+ displays images as actually detected by the eye. Designed for use in more demanding applications with unpredictable content, such as live sports or news broadcasts, the HDR-to-SDR conversion tools allow analysis and corrections to be made on a frame-byframe basis to compensate for challenging lighting conditions,

brightness levels and image composition. HDR Static is universal and adaptive in that it supports real-time static HDR conversion between SDR and HDR and HDR to SDR. Enhanced images are created by automatically applying colour and contrast corrections across the specified images and content. All three of Lynx Technik’s HDR-to-SDR processing solutions support a range of open standards for conversion, tone mapping and colour gamut, including HLG, PQ, SDR and SLog3. The greenMachine titan platform is equipped with integrated frame synchronisation, 4K/UHD up/down/crossconversion and a suite of audio processing capabilities. The greenMachine titan platform supports single channel 12G SDI 4K/UHD conversions, which can be configured as a four-channel device for 3G (HD) applications. www.lynx-technik.com

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lossless video compression quality with minimal latency.

Both also suppor t a 2K x 2K video resolution, widely used in the air traffic control industr y. The KE6910 and KE6912 can be connected via an RJ45 por t or SFP slot. The transmitter and receiver can be connected either directly to each other or via a high-speed network, or over a copper- or fibre-based LAN. The KE6912 uses a PoE function, supplying the power through a PoE network switch. This feature eliminates the need for a power adapter and is said to reduce power configuration costs.

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The KE6910 provides dual power supplies. Both extenders can either be placed on a desk, mounted on a wall or at the rear of a rack due to the space-saving 0U rackmount design. They can be used as pointto-point/point-to-multipoint/ multipoint-to-point extenders or integrated into a KVM-over-IP matrix system when combined with the KE Matrix Management Software. www.aten.com


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Ross supports HDR TRIA+ UHD is the latest addition to Ross Video’s Abekas Tria production server line and provides two symmetrical 4K UHD video channels that can be configured as two-play, two-record or one-play and one-record. The two independent video channels can also be configured as a single video+key channel. Tria+ UHD supports HDR by natively recording 10-bit XAVC-Intra Class 300/480 and offers a maximum of 120 hours of Class 300 4K UHD media storage capacity. Built-in media file import and export tools are a standard feature, along with 16-track embedded digital audio on every video I/O. There are also

Equalizer function, offering fourband EQ for every fader; OverDrive V19.1 has been updated to

support the Carbonite Ultra production switcher; XPression V9.5 has been added with the

OverDrive V19.1 launch of the new M8 hardware platform that includes both 2U and 4U HD-SDI engines; and the manufacturer’s Production

Automation Suite is now supported on vSphere 6.7. www.rossvideo.com

CONNECT WITH THE AUDIO AND LIVE EVENTS COMMUNITY ISE is the international showcase for audiovisual integration Tria+ UHD two 10-Gig Ethernet copper ports and two 10-Gig USB ports for highspeed, file-based workflows. pro-xi is the first product to emerge from the manufacturer’s acquisition of Portalis. According to the manufacturer, the pro-xi integrator revolutionises the way control rooms and command and control centres are designed, engineered and managed. It enables operators to simultaneously view and actively control multiple computer systems from one workstation, using one keyboard and one mouse. Piero is a sports analysis tool acquired recently by Ross and uses image recognition or encoded camera heads to overlay tactical graphics on sports content. It is said to bring new angles to every game, on the screen and in the studio, with visually engaging and informative effects. Ross has also unveiled a series of updates to its systems. SmartShell version 5 contains a new motion control algorithm called MotionDirector which reportedly provides superior smoothness and more precise control. MotionDirector also includes greater flexibility and provides the ability to make manual camera adjustments and duration changes with the joystick panel while the dolly is moving. In brief, Graphite V2.2 has added embedded-SDI channel pair configuration and the new Audio

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Compact outdoor lighting AYRTON HAS released the Perseo-S, its first multifunction, compact, IP65rated fixture. The Perseo-S is the latest addition to Ayrton’s new range of profile, spot and wash fixtures. It can be controlled by DMX-RDM, Art-Net or a wireless link using CRMX TiMo RDM from LumenRadio. Developed for outdoor use, its moving-head skeleton, made from die-cast aluminium, is said to achieve full weather proofing, with a phase-change liquid cooling system, submersible fans and a water-resistant menu navigation system. Featuring a 27,000-lumen output calibrated at 800K, Ayrton is hopeful that the Perseo-S can

Light in a box reach an optimal resolution to improve distortion at wide angles. Perseo-S also offers a CMY colour mixing system, a CTO and a wheel made up of six colours that can create both saturated and pastel shades. Due to the positioning of the four shutter blades, Ayrton claims an operator can frame any object, wherever the fixture is positioned. Users can expect 18 glass gobos on two wheels with an effects section that features a 15-blade iris diaphragm, two frost filters (one soft edge, one hard edge) and two rotating prisms (one circular with five facets and one linear with four facets).

has given it a smar t and lowmaintenance design so that it can be adopted indoors. A motorised zoom with autofocus is built into the Proteus Smar ty Hybrid. It has a beam angle range that differs between beam and spot modes with gobo projection focus from 1–18° in beam mode and 3–27° in spot mode. The manufacturer notes that no hotspot is visible while in spot mode. A frost filter for a PC lens-type concentrated wash is included, and the light is zoomable from 5–33°.

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Intelligent lighting THE PRODIGY lighting controller from GDS is described as a compact DMX and DALI hybrid with Art-Net. It is equipped with an on-board webserver and dedicated smartphone app and comes with scene scheduling, a built-in lighting desk and a remote device management suite. Scalable for small or large indoor venues,

pendant light has an adjustable suspension height and achieves a uniform ambient lighting with high visual comfort by using a wide optic. The Alundra recessed spot light and Alundra spot light both have a 90° angle on the horizontal plane and a 360° rotation around the vertical axis. The Alundra surface light and surface mini light

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Chroma-Q enters the Space Force CHROMA-Q HAS entered the Space Force onebytwo into the market for those seeking a variable white LED soft light panel. Designed as a ‘modern replacement’ for traditional soft light sources, it would be well suited to TV studio, live broadcast, and film and photographic applications. Space Force onebytwo features the manufacturer’s Space Force LED space/soft light technology. The onebytwo part of its name derives from its 1:2 aspect ratio, which enables multiple units to be mounted side by side in either ratio, overhead or on a wall when a larger volume of light is needed. The fixture is CCT variable between 2,800K and 6,000K and reportedly offers an output of up to 13,900 lumens. Quiet

and can provide 512 control channels and 512 DMX addresses across several universes if required by the user. The Wily! for Hathor smar t lighting app is also compatible with the system to act as a remote control that can be used with an iPad or iPhone.

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Smarty Hybrid gains IP65 rating THE NEW Proteus Smar ty Hybrid from Elation is an IP65rated version of its Smar ty Hybrid luminaire. It features the same feature set as the Smar ty Hybrid and uses the same Philips MSD Platinum 200 Flex 280W lamp, while adding sufficient dust, humidity and water protection that allow it to be exposed to the elements in outdoor use. The Proteus Smar ty Hybrid has the flexibility to be used as a beam, spot or wash, making it suited to a wide range of applications. With an output of 11,000 lumens, Elation

ADB STAGELIGHT has launched the Hathor Gate system made for PC via USB connection. It offers two DMX por ts and includes a backup mode along with many of Hathor’s previous functionalities. The compact system weighs 112g and is said to be a small enough to fit in a pocket with a size of 65mm x 65mm x 40mm. Hathor Gate works with the Behringer X-Touch and Korg Nano Control MIDI keyboards

operation is allowed thanks to convection cooling, while manual and remote-controllable LED frequencies of up to 96kHz allow for flicker-free operation when seen onscreen. Wired or optional LumenRadio CRMX and RDM

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functionality are also available. Optional accessories include a low-profile hanging offset bracket, a four-way bridle and several beam control components. www.chroma-q.com

The Prodigy lighting controller Prodigy contains four inputs for interfacing with fire alarm or paging systems and four outputs for third-party integration with blinds or projectors. Four isolated RJ45 ports are available should a cable fault occur and the input voltage is 48VDC (via PoE or PoE+). GDS’ Work Lights are high-bay LED flood fixtures that are direct replacements for 200W and 400W discharge fixtures. Available in two sizes (150W and 300W), the lights can be controlled via DMX and have an input voltage of 100–240VAC. They have a frequency range of 47–63Hz and a colour temperature of 5,000K. Rated IP65, the fixtures provide a beam angle of 112° and are suited for an operating temperature of –30°C to 50°C. The Reality Series, meanwhile, consists of a wide variety of products, all available in large and small versions. The Alundra

The 150W Work Light are surface-mounted luminaires that incorporate a twist-and-clip system for quick installation. Finally, the Alundra track light and track driver spot light are highefficiency luminaires with passive dissipation and come with a threecircuit global track adapter. www.gds.uk.com


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Palm-sized video production Vari-Lite gets a new Profile Chauvet enjoys the summer DESIGNED WITH outdoor events in mind, Chauvet has introduced the Ovation E-910FC IP, an ERS Style fixture featuring the same RGBA-Lime LED colour mixing system as its non-IP cousin. Along with rich colours and bright whites, the LED produces a flat, even field of light for gobo projections, especially when paired with the company’s IP-rated gobo rotator, the GR-1 IP. The Ovation E-910FC IP includes Chauvet’s standard beam-shaping shutter assembly and lenses, as well as colour temperature presets of 2,800K to 6,500K to match the output of a tungsten source. A virtual colour wheel can also be used for quick programming to match popular gel colours. Other features include ultra-smooth 16-bit dimming, 8-bit dimming curves to create smooth fades and adjustable Pulse Width

E-910FC IP Modulation to avoid flickering on most cameras. The LED also features Remote Device Management to provide flexibility for both outdoor and indoor applications. www.chauvetprofessional.com

THE VLZ Profile luminaire is part of Vari-Lite’s new generation of LED moving head fixtures and is said to use the latest white LED sources with 24,000-lumen output projecting through a 140mm front lens. The luminaire adopts a CMY+CTO colour system, teamed with a ‘shake and wheel spin’ control feature. Midair effects and projection are accomplished by the two gobo wheels, with seven interchangeable, fully rotating and indexing gobos and seven interchangeable fixed gobos. The additional rotatable animation wheel is said to enhance the projected effect. VLZ Profile offers users a choice of four fan control modes: standard, studio, studio two and whisper. The multiple fan levels can match the output required by users and can be controlled remotely from a console. The product is equipped with an iris and four-blade framing system. This gives operators the ability to

control the beam softness and beam-shaping control, using three-way frost control. Vari-Lite has also introduced the VL6500 wash light that shares the same format as the VL6000 beam but also includes the manufacturer’s Dichro fusion blades which offer diffusion with the variable beam width and are said to be

VL6500 reminiscent of the classic VL5. The CYM+CTO system along with its fixed colour wheels work to provide variable colour mixing and saturation control. These features are said to deliver a power ful visual impact. The VL6500 offers operators the ability to create split colours, both in air and on the Dichro fusion blades. VLZ Profile

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A new Pune club is fitted out exclusively with Stonewater sound systems, the Indian manufacturer’s most sophisticated installation to date. Caroline Moss visits Zeleb ZELEB, ONE OF THE LATEST NIGHTSPOTS TO OPEN IN PUNE’S Koregaon Park district, is a truly Indian affair. Overlooking the Mula Mutha river, which when Pro AVL Asia visited was full of lotus flowers, the club’s mainly outdoor areas have been cleverly designed to flow around the trees and work with the nature that envelops it. But it’s not just this sensitive approach to its environment that ties the club to the land; throughout the venue, which also includes an indoor club, can be found the latest technology from Stonewater, an up-andcoming Indian loudspeaker brand that is also based in Pune. Zeleb is the brainchild of Iqbal Shaikh, who came across the location and decided to diversify from trading in real estate to try his hand at the nightclub business. Neighbours include Hardrock Café, Playboy Beer Garden and Unwind, another club equipped with Stonewater. ‘This place was previously a spa, which had shut down and was up for grabs,’ he explains. ‘I met a lot of people who demo’d their sound equipment for me. But I’d heard Stonewater before and liked the sound quality.’ More importantly, however, Shaikh liked the people involved: Stonewater’s marketing director Vikram Shetty and acoustician Milind Raorane, who was engaged to work on the project. When Raorane came on board, the 4,570m2 site was being cleared for construction to begin. ‘Iqbal was very clear about what he wanted: to create one of the best nightclubs in India, and that we had to do what it takes, for both the indoor and the outdoor spaces,’ Raorane recalls. ‘And this was the concept that drove the entire project. He gave us a free hand, which is very unusual, to introduce elements that are important to make a place into a good nightclub. Vikram and I have been doing this for many years, so he let us use our experience and ideas for this project, to the extent that we were even able to overrule the architect in some of our decisions.’ Despite being given such a free rein, it was decided to keep the club design as simple as possible and focus on the sound experience. ‘We stuck to that principle, and whatever products were required, he trusted us and let us configure the system in the way we wanted to,’ he continues. ‘In most

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projects, there is some pressure to cut corners when it comes to the budget, but it didn’t happen in this instance. He understood what was needed.’ Stonewater’s company statement is ‘Make in Europe and assemble in India’. This approach sees the company working with R&D engineers from the UK and Finland as well as India, sourcing its components from Germany, Italy, India, Spain and the UK and handling the woodwork and assembly in India. ‘This is our biggest club installation so far, both in terms of size and the sophistication of the technology we’ve installed here,’ explains Shetty. ‘Because we’re also based in Pune,

this is an important flagship project for us, and we’ve put a wide range of our speakers here.’ The main system for the outdoor dancefloor comprises a pair of P 800 speakers, one on each side of the raised DJ platform. This large-format, three-way point source speaker is capable of producing up to 143dB, with just two speakers able to cater for an audience of up to 3,000 people, according to the company. Here, it covers a space of around 24m, from the DJ platform right back to the bar area. ‘The P 800s have been positioned in such a manner that those dancing near the speakers receive off-axis sound,’ says Shetty. ‘In this way, we’ve created an even soundfield. To

Stonewater HD15s have been suspended from custom-made wire ‘pods’ in the indoor club space


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Yamaha refines its stageboxes MMP1 system Lawo debuts AoIP YAMAHA HAS updated its MMP1 YAMAHA HAS updated its MMP1 studio monitor management FORMING PARTmanagement of the A__line studio monitor system to support production family devices, A__stage80, systemoftoAoIP support production workflows in one compact, rackA__stage48 are workflows inand oneA__stage64 compact, rackmountable unit. The new firmware WAN-capable andThe combine Class-A mountable unit. new firmware for the Yamaha MMP1 studio mic preamps, digital A/D for the Yamahaadvanced MMP1 studio monitor management adds a FIR filtering and SMPTEadds 2022-7 monitor management a series of refinements, including Seamless Protection Switching series of refinements, including support for CB Electronics’ TMC-1 (SPS) that two discreet, support forprovides CB Electronics’ TMC-1 monitor controller. redundant network links for network monitor controller. The signal processor connection The signalstability. processor incorporates advanced monitor A__stage80advanced is a 3U multi-input incorporates monitor AoIP stagebox with mic, analogue line and AES3 I/O presented on standard, high-density D-SUB connections. It features 32 switchable mic/line inputs, 32 analogue line outputs, eight ‘STUDER MICRO Series V2.0 ‘STUDER MICRO Series V2.0 stereo AES3 inputs and eight software streamlines and software streamlines stereo AES3 outputs. and A__stage80 improves mixing workflows,’ improves mixing workflows,’ also includes dual-redundant explained Mark Hosking, director explained Hosking, MADI portsMark on SFP, eight director optoof broadcast sales at Harman of broadcast Harman isolated GPIOsales ports,atand dual when discussing the latest update when discussing theand latest update 1000BT streaming control to Studer’s digital audio mixing to Studer’s digital audio mixing ports on SFP/RJ45. A separate system solution broadcast. system solution broadcast. management port is supplied The V2.0 software adds The V2.0A__stage48 software adds on RJ45. supplies features such as ducking, user features such as ducking, user 16 switchable mic/line inputs, access privileges and assignable access privileges and assignable 16 analogue line outputs, eight effects, as well as 19 major effects, as well as 19 stereo AES3 inputs andmajor eight improvements and bug fixes improvements and bug stereo AES3 outputs onfixes standard including the VoiceMix auto mixing including the VoiceMix D-SUB connectors, withauto dual-mixing

Micro 2.0

control and a range of audio control and a range of audio processing functions. In addition processing functions. addition redundant MADI por tsInon SFP, to a 40x36 monitor matrix – which to a 40x36 monitor matrix – which eight opto-isolated GPIO por ts, allows flexible configuration of allows flexible streaming configuration dual 1000BT andof main monitor, cue and other audio main monitor, cueSFP/RJ45, and other audio control por ts on and I/O – the MMP1 includes a 32x32 I/O – themanagement MMP1 includes 1000BT porat 32x32 on speaker management matrix with speaker matrix with RJ45, in management a 3U form. A__stage64, time alignment functionality and time alignment functionality and for applications where discreet FIR crossover filters. The unit also FIR filters. unit also I/O crossover is preferred, hasThe a capacity offers the flexibility for managing offers the flexibilitymic/line for managing of 32 switchable inputs, formats from stereo to immersive, formats from stereo to immersive, 16 analogue line outputs, eight multichannel audio. multichannel stereo AES3 audio. inputs and eight stereo AES3 outputs, presented on XLR connections, in a 4U package. In addition, Lawo has unveiled a new option for its third-generation mc256 audio production console. The dual fader option incorporates the manufacturer’s LiveView thumbnail previews of associated video streams directly in the fader strips to repor tedly enhance accuracy in fast-paced productions. functionality. Additionally, the 2.0 The GermanAdditionally, manufacturer functionality. the 2.0 update provides the Micro Series has also added new features update provides the Micro Series with frequency compliance for the and frequency capabilitiescompliance to its Power with for the Japanese market. Core mixing engine and I/O Japanese market. The Studer Micro Series consists node. A Dante cardSeries with dualThe Studer Micro consists of a core unit, graphical user redundant ports and sample of a core unit, graphical user rate

With the new firmware, the TMC-1 With the new firmware, the TMC-1 can be used to remotely control can be used to remotely control MMP1 monitor source selection, MMP1 monitor source selection, speaker system selection, levels, speaker system selection, levels, mute and dim. Used in conjunction mute and dim. Used in conjunction with the MMP1 Controller app with the MMP1 Controller app for iPad, it will provide access to for iPad, it will provide access to more detailed settings. more detailed settings. Other Version 1.1 refinements Other Version 1.1 refinements to the MMP1 studio monitor to the MMP1 studio monitor include pop-up EQ graphs and include pop-up EQ graphs and meters that can be rearranged in meters that can be rearranged in

the editor window, expanded lip the editor window, expanded lip sync delay time (up to 300ms), sync delay time (up to 300ms), SPL parameter lock to prevent SPL parameter lock to prevent accidental changes and expanded accidental changes and expanded GPI assignments. The MMP1 GPI assignments. The MMP1

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dual-redundant, front-panel SFP ports for AoIP, broadcasters have their choice of optical or copper network connections, without the cost of external media converters. The final addition is Version 1.1 is available as a Version 1.1SPS, is available as a ST2022-7 which provides free download from the Yamaha free download from Yamaha dual-redundant AoIPthe network website. website. connections. Twin active links guard against audio loss should www.yamahaproaudio.com www.yamahaproaudio.com one link be interrupted. In other news, LiveView Decoding Engine has been incorporated into Lawo’s V__matrix vm_dmv multiviewer to show both production (ST2110/ST2022-6) and compressed transmission its Crescendo platinum desk in a its Crescendo platinum desk in a (HEVC/H.264/MPEG/OTT) formats future update. future update. on the same screen for end-to-end In addition, 3D audio can be In addition, audio can be visibility, while3D new auto-topology, now be mixed with four overhead now be mixed with four overhead PTP-monitoring, cloud and data speakers using Aurus platinum as speakers using Aurus platinum as storage features have been added part of the 4.7 software release. the 4.7 software topart theofcompany’s SMARTrelease. system The ability is also provided to The ability and is also provided to monitoring real-time telemetry create temporary link groups create temporary link groups solution. that allow channels to be linked that allow channels be been linked Finally, VisTool Solotohas quicker via the control surface. quicker viaa the control surface. launched, lightweight version This function is also available on function is also available on ofThis Lawo’s VisTool GUI-Builder the Aurus console. the Aurus console. Software.

Parallel compression

Studer’s Micro Series Studer’s Micro Series interface and optional fader interface and optional fader control surface. Its V2.0 update is control surface. Its V2.0 update is available as a free download for all available as a free download for all registered Studer Micro users. registered Studer Micro users. conversion has been added to www.studer.ch www.studer.ch reportedly allow easy integration

STAGE TEC has released software STAGE TEC has released software version 4.7 for its Aurus platinum version 4.7 for its Aurus platinum mixing console. New features mixing console. New features include parallel compression, include parallel compression, also referred to as New York also referred to as New York compression. compression. Parallel compression has been Parallel compression has been added as an additional operating added as an additional operating mode for Aurus platinum’s existing mode for Aurus platinum’s existing compressor. It is used mainly compressor. It is used mainly inThe recording and postproduction A__stage48, 80 and 64 in recording and postproduction applications. Stage Tec has also applications. Stage Tec has also announced that it will make that it will make of announced pro audio equipment into www.stagetec.com parallel compression available for www.stagetec.com parallel compression available broadcast environments. With for www.lawo.com

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Back to the future

Singapore’s Fort Canning Centre has undergone the time traveller treatment. Richard Lawn rewinds the clock for an immersive futuristic experience THE FIVE-ACT, MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA THAT IS From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience features a ‘reverse rainfall’ indoor shower during the last scene and a dazzling array of LEDs and laser projectors, all of which play a role in transporting visitors back in time. Pushing expectations to new levels, it has challenged show technical systems design company Ctrl Fre@k to create an attraction that is part theatrical and part themed. The main highlight of the Bicentennial Experience is the onehour immersive, multi-sensory journey that charts Singapore’s 500-year history prior to the British arrival in 1819 and onwards to the present day. As the appointed agency for the Singapore Bicentennial Office initiative, Kingsmen Exhibits started on the project in February 2018. Its work encompassed conceptualisation and design, conversion of the almost centuryold space, event management and research into multimedia, automation and materials for the special effects. For the creation of the immersive and unique experience, Kingsman collaborated with numerous design agencies and creative consultants, one of which assumed responsibility for creating the overall direction and concept of the show. Ctrl Fre@k was appointed as the technical consultant and systems designer for audio, video, lighting and multimedia technical aspects. ‘Ctrl Fre@k was effectively charged with translating the works created by the individual production houses into the resultant multimedia experience,’ explains co-founder/director, Jeffrey Yue. Somewhat less than 200 years old itself, the specialist company will be celebrating its 10th anniversary as the show wraps up in December. Having merited a fearsome reputation in the theatrical world well beyond Singaporean arts venues,

The final act combines shower effects with LEDs

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Act two

Act one is furnished with d&b audiotechnik speakers Yue and his team are demonstrating their expertise in other areas. ‘The Fort Canning Centre is almost a century old and, as the conserved building could not be remodelled, we were restricted from installing any fixtures as they are ultimately temporary exhibits,’ he continues. The five acts of the experience incorporate LED walls, revolving stages, rain shower rooms and actors on travellators, with visitors guided through in stages. ‘If one act is running behind schedule, the others behind are delayed, so we created triggers to guide the audiences through and ensure that no one gets left behind.’ The 60-minute attraction is split into five acts, with each one individually triggered by customised ETC Paradigm Inspire six-button control stations linked to an architectural control processor in the control room. The 80 audio channels – including striped SMPTE timecodes – are transmitted from two OutBoard TiMax II SoundHub frames (32 and 48 channels of DSP, respectively) to individual

Act four

Act five


FEATURES: ENTERTAINMENT d&b D20 amplifier racks using primary and secondary Dante networks and a DS10 audio bridge. Different Inspire control station key presses send MIDI triggers to the TiMax II frames via ETC Response MIDI gateways within the non-linear, multi-timeline playback environment within the SoundHubs. In addition to the playback, the TiMax SoundHub S-Version

A cue can contain single audio events or composites of multiple audio events, with overlapping multichannel playback, looping, object-based panning and mix automation. The show control events are visually displayed on their own timeline bar within each cue, where they can be independently time-slipped relative to other cue events, audio clips and show clocks. The pre-load event has been used to ensure multitrack music content plays perfectly in sync with the other lighting, visual and multimedia events. Green Hippo Hippotizer media servers are employed as the backbone of the video playback system. Connected to racked Datapath Fx4 display controllers, the video content of each act is transmitted over the Cat-6 infrastructure via Extron DTP T HD2 4K 330 transmitters from the racked Hippotizer Boreal + and Karst+ servers. While the numerous CLT LED wall panels catch the attention of visitors and critics alike, the latest Epson ultrashort-throw laser projectors have surprised Yue. ‘Owing to the small sizes of the rooms, we would have struggled to create the ceiling-to-floor projection visuals for this exhibition several years ago. The availability of Epson EB-L1100U and EB-L1405U projectors really helped us as they take up so little space in which to output their images.’

Act four’s theatre within a gloomy, claustrophobic room is simply served by audio output on JBL Control 60 pendant speakers. The other remaining acts all rely on over 200 d&b audiotechnik loudspeakers consisting primarily of E-series E4, E5, E6, E8 and E12-D cabinets in addition to Y7 and Y10 models augmented in the lower frequencies by B4, E12 and E15 subwoofers. The temporary exhibit required a permanent installation perception, and that has been expertly applied by Electronics & Engineering, which worked tirelessly onsite for two months implementing the various aspects of the system designed by Ctrl Fre@k. ‘This venue wasn’t built for such an ambitious exhibit,’ continues Yue. ‘Therefore, the acoustics are very poor and we could not apply any treatment in these rooms. The distributed audio system serving each act has been sensitively adjusted so that audio pollution is minimised between the rooms. You can increase intelligibility and fidelity by deploying a distributed loudspeaker system that is composed of many smaller d&b cabinets. One of my favourite mottos is “excite the audience, but not the room”.’ The entire loudspeaker setup is powered and processed by d&b audiotechnik D20 amplifiers. In addition to providing ample headroom for the various loudspeaker configurations

Audio DSP settings within each act are controlled via Symetrix Radius ARC-SW4e wall panels software caters to matrix DSP processing, timeline edits and PanSpace Cue programming with object-based spatial rendering. The multichannel audio is mixed onsite using Avid Pro Tools Ultimate and fed into the TiMax domain, where it is programmed for multi-speaker system alignment including delay adjustments, output levels and EQ settings within the individual acts. ‘We normally apply TiMax in theatrical applications, as it allows us to manage multichannel sound effects, object panning and DSP processing,’ says Yue. ‘The SVersion allows us to trigger events to be programmed against individual cue timelines.’

Epson ultra-short-throw projectors proved invaluable

Ctrl Fre@k’s Jeffrey Yue at the Fort Canning Centre

The journey begins at the Atrium, where rain falls in a ‘reverse shower’

The ETC EOS network show control gateway in the control room – including the power and control of the JBL Control 60 pendant speakers – the integrated R1 remote control software provides total control, processing and monitoring of the entire loudspeaker deployment. The audio remains within the digital domain throughout the experience, with the exception of the striped AMPTE audio that is distributed to all other departments via Glensound Signature Series ADA26 interfaces. Operating in the 2.4GHz band, ClearCom DX410 and MS-702 two-channel digital wireless intercoms are used in act one between the ushers and the stage managers. The extensive Cat-6 digital network linking the control room with the entire Fort Canning Centre exhibits is crucial for all the programmed audio, lighting, automation and special FX (rain and water) distribution and synchronisation. ‘Ultimately, it’s more theatrical than theme park,’ assesses Yue. ‘A strictly theme park control system would not have been right for this application.’ Owing to popular demand, the experience has been extended from three to six months, ensuring that Ctrl Fre@k and the other contractors are firmly based onsite for the remainder of 2019. It’s a temporary exhibit that tricks visitors into believing it’s a permanent installation. Despite the acoustical challenges and space limitations, it’s certainly been a notable experience for Yue, his team of technicians and all the other contractors that were challenged to deliver this critically acclaimed attraction. Designed to educate Singaporeans and overseas visitors with a historic walk through the Lion City, Ctrl Fre@k’s design also serves as a lesson in how to create a bespoke AV and lighting solution from the ground up. Having drawn upon his theatrical expertise, Yue has boldly added a unique assemblage of technology that ensures the acts run like clockwork for Sir James Raffles’ landing, the Japanese air raids and the persistent rain shower finale.

www.bicentennial.sg/the-bicentennial-experience www.ctrlfreak.sg www.kingsmen-int.com

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FEATURES: HOSPITALITY

Regional flavours

The audio for the nightly fountain show is in sync with the lighting effects

The Iconic Multimedia water show relies on Renkus-Heinz IC7-II columns for voicing

Shoppers spoiled for choice in the Thai capital won’t be helped by the opening of a new development on the Chao Phraya River. Richard Lawn drops in WITH THE CREATION OF ICONSIAM AND ICONLUXE, Bangkok’s retailing riches have been significantly expanded. The US$1.5 billion project includes the 52-storey Mandarin Oriental and 70-floor Magnolias Waterfront Residences and 525,000m2 of retail floor space. On the ground floor of this development, the 77 F&B outlets representing different Thai provinces which make up the extensive Sook Siam zone, presents another dilemma. The main focal point and attraction of Sook Siam is undoubtedly the authentically replicated floating market. Surrounded by Thai motifs, temples, long-tail boats and pavilions, shoppers can watch cultural performances, getting a taste of Thailand without having to leave the mall. Other attractions including the Old Market and Chinese Old Town also vie for the attention of hungry customers. The 77 outlets have been subdivided into five regional areas that reflect diverse Thai cultures and representative styles of cuisine. Should the shopper become disorientated by the wide variety of aromas originating from the southern or northeastern kitchens, the background music should provide a further clue. ‘The music that is being played in each of the five zones is regional in origin,’ explains Terminal Solutions’ Phuwadol Galakacha. For example, diners enjoying fiery dishes with sticky rice in the outlets of the North Eastern zone are soothed by accompanying Mor Lam music. In its role as the systems integrator of the public address and BGM system for Sook Siam, Terminal Solutions used suppliers SC and Digit Control to execute its designs, which have a QSC Q-Sys backbone integrating the BGM sources for the five main zones in addition to paging, announcements and an emergency override panel. Fibre-connected to a LAN Cisco-controlled network switch installed into one of two upper-ground-floor racks, zone paging and recorded announcements are fed to the Q-Sys Core 510i processor. Located on the ground floor, the main reception area is equipped with a PG 1600G paging microphone together

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The Sook Siam ground-floor floating market with a 7-inch TCS-7w Q-Sys touchscreen for selecting recorded announcements to be played in the various zones in multiple languages. The musical sources fed to the five main zones are stored in an MTP-32 multitrack player interconnected to an M2-D2-S solid state drive. Bypassing the network switch, the

fireman’s panel automatically cuts directly into the Core 510i processor should an emergency evacuation drill or actual event come into effect. The Q-Sys Core 510i processor lies at the heart of the audio and control processing system and uses Q-LAN for audio, video and control connectivity with all the Q-Sys components sitting on the audio-over-IP network. Using IEEE networking standards for audio, control and video distribution over a standard Ethernet/IP network, Q-LAN provides deterministic system latencies with analogue input to analogue output guaranteed at 3.167ms. Flexibility is provided in the form of eight rear I/O card slots for incorporating any combination of Q-Sys I/O cards. In Sook Siam, the Core 510i has been configured solely for audio use with on-board acoustic echo cancellation processing but, if desired, could be modified to integrate cards such as the Q-Sys AV-to-USB bridging solution. From the Core 510i, the audio signals are routed to 14 QSC amplifiers. Three QSC CMX2000Vas serve Seafood World, the Old Market and the Royal Artisan Village, while a fourth splits its channels to Spice Journey and Ruan Lane Wang. Ten ISA800Ti amplifiers provide the bulk of the power to the ground and upper-ground-level zones. These include the flower pavilion, floating market, Chinese Old Town, Sino Mansion, Silk Cottage and the Rice Barns. All set to 100V line operation, the CMX2000Va and ISA800Ti two-channel amplifiers are capable of producing 1,000W and 800W of power, respectively. The ground levels are furnished with 196 Tannoy DVS 4T speakers, which are equipped with 4-inch coaxial transducers and internal line transformers for 100V line distribution and are rated IP64. Also operating on a 100V line power supply, 138 Turbosound TCI32-T 3.5-inch speakers equipped with OmniMount wall brackets provide the ambience on the upper levels. A ceiling speaker solution of 17 Tannoy CVS 4 coaxials are installed into two sections where speaker cabinets could not be installed.


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Low frequencies for the fountain show are provided by Renkus-Heinz DRS18-2B subwoofers With six floors of shopping, both IconSiam and IconLuxe include fashion, lifestyle and luxury brands galore, in addition to the first Siam Takashimaya and Apple stores in Thailand and an Icon Cineconic cinema by Major Cineplex. Both the IconSiam Heritage Museum and the 3,000-seat auditorium and True Icon exhibition hall opened earlier this year. The glistening IconLuxe Façade Engineering is currently the longest pleated glass façade in the world. Directly below this, an extensive walkway has been created alongside the Chao Phraya River as part of the River Park public area. A 15-minute daily fountain show takes place in the centre of the walkway. Maple Integration was called upon to supply the audio solution that accompanies the dazzling lighting effects in sync with the Iconic Multimedia water show. Claimed to be the longest fountain in Southeast Asia, this stretches over 400m along the river. Specialist air pressure nozzles capable of projecting the water up to 35m high can also create 2D, 3D and 4D water shapes.

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Setting sail

Speakers from JBL’s AWC all-weather series have been installed on the top deck of both ships

Two floating restaurants are plying the Mumbai seas, providing guests with a view of the stars and city skyline as they dine. Caroline Moss gets on board WHILE DINING ON THE HIGH SEAS IS PERHAPS NOT FOR every constitution, there are still plenty of takers for Queensline’s two new floating restaurants, Queensline Neverland and Queensline Sea YAH. Both ships have several distinct areas for eating, drinking and partying, and, to ensure isolation and good sound in each zone, the shipping line called in Munro Acoustics, to which it had been referred following the company’s work on the Social bar/club chain that’s rapidly spreading across India. Both ships have been equipped more or less identically, with any differences restricted to décor. Guests embark from a jetty near Mumbai’s iconic Gateway of India onto the lower covered deck, which can accommodate 100 seafarers and can be divided into two for separate events. Solutions from German manufacturer LD Systems have been installed throughout the entire lower decks of both ships. Twelve arrays of LD Curv 500 Satellites – six in each of the two separate areas – have been installed on the ships, each array consisting of two speakers to give a total of 24. These are supplemented with four LD Curv 500 I Sub subwoofers. Both areas can function independently or be combined as one main. The system is powered by three LD Curv 500 I Amp fourchannel amplifiers, one driving each of the six arrays in each area, while the third drives the subwoofers, using two channels for each zone. ‘LD Systems Curv speakers come with their own amplifiers and DSP; it’s a beautiful sounding system,’ says Munro Acoustics’ systems consultant, Prashant Nair. ‘The speakers have a 120° dispersion pattern, and you can array the cubes up to a maximum of four, although we’ve gone for two-cube arrays here. The amplifier is very high quality and it gives you all the functionality you could want in terms of presets and delays, and, if you want to EQ the system further, you can. But for this installation, I just needed to set the delays to match the subwoofers; other than that I didn’t need to do much. It’s being used more as a background system, so that people can have a meal and a decent conversation and it won’t intrude.’

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A ceiling constructed from wood wool covered by Rockwool takes care of the acoustic treatment for the covered lower decks of the ships. ‘There’s a lot of glass and hard surfaces in these areas but, once the ceilings were treated, this provided absorption which took care of a lot of that,’ says Nair. ‘The two upper decks are open, so acoustic treatment here wasn’t a problem, but it did present a challenge in matching the delays on these two decks, which are at different levels. Also, as the work was carried out in the port, there was a lot of paperwork required to get it all on board.’ The two upper decks feature an outdoor bar and dancefloor equipped with JBL, plus an indoor space with Nexo. Eight JBL all-weather two-way speakers – four AWC129s and four smaller AWC62s – have been installed on the lower of the open-air decks, with six AWC82s on the topmost, or navigation, deck. These are all powered by Crown XLi and XLS Series amplifiers, with a dbx DriveRack 260 provided to handle delays and the minimal processing that’s required in this outdoor setting. There are plans to add subwoofers at a later stage. A covered lounge area off the middle deck is equipped with a powerful Nexo system comprising four ID24 dual 4-inch compact speakers and two IDS110 10-inch subwoofers, which are

LD Systems Curv 500 Satellites are installed in the lower covered deck areas

Munro Acoustics’ Prashant Nair concealed beneath a seating area. This system is powered and controlled via a Nexo DTD rackmount amp. Again, Munro recommended the acoustical treatment of the ceiling for this indoor space, and the system is designed so that it works in tandem with the outdoor JBL system. ‘The upper decks are designed to be one system, not to be separated, so we didn’t really need too much soundproofing,’ explains Nair. ‘The same music will be played in both of the areas, although the Nexo system can be switched off, or used on its own.’ Music from either source – the downstairs enclosed deck or the upstairs open decks – can be played across the entire ship if required, or zoned for different events running simultaneously; Mackie Mix5 compact mixers have been provided in the separate zones. An emergency evacuation system has also been integrated so that announcements will take precedence over the music. ‘We’ve provided an Allen & Heath GR05 multichannel rackmount mixer with a priority input which will override the rest of the system,’ says Nair. A Shure 450 paging mic has also been supplied. The multi-brand installation is completed by a small Apart Audio installation for background music, ensuring that these new venues are ship shape and ready to sail. www.munro.co.uk


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The Bangalore International Centre (BIC) has moved into new premises, with acoustic design by Sound Wizard, and Nova and QSC systems throughout. Caroline Moss reports BIC WAS FOUNDED IN 2005 BY A GROUP OF CIVIC leaders, professionals, artists and academics who believed the capital city of Karnataka state deserved a forum for intellectual pursuits, arts and culture. A non-profit institution supported by membership and donations, BIC was inaugurated by former Indian president, the late Abdul Kalam, and was previously hosted by the Energy Resources Institute. Earlier this year, BIC moved just around the corner into new 14,600m2, GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) premises of its own. Fortunately for Sound Wizard, which was appointed to provide acoustic design services for the new building, BIC’s evident foresight in envisioning the new facility extended to the planning required for its construction. ‘We were contacted by BIC about three years ago; they called us early on in the project so we could get involved with the acoustics,’ explains Didier Weiss, founder of Sound Wizard, which is headquartered in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. ‘The architect, Bijoy Ramachandran, founder of Hundred Hands, is someone we’ve worked with on other auditoriums in the past, so he was pretty open to our suggestions and that helped a lot.’ Seven years in the planning, the new building was funded entirely by donors and members. Sound Wizard worked on acoustic design for the 180-seat auditorium, a large seminar hall, meeting and video conferencing rooms, an art gallery and cafeteria. For the thrust-configuration auditorium, which has been designed to function as a largely acoustic, multipurpose space, the company conceived and manufactured a range of microperforated panels of differing types. ‘The requirements for amplified and acoustic performances are in direct conflict,’ explains Sound Wizard’s Bangalore-based acoustic engineer, Rahul Sarma. ‘Acoustic performances require an amount of reflective surfaces in order to naturally amplify sound within the space.’ Hundred Hands conceptualised a multifaceted, single-surface interior shell, which creates variably spaced air gaps throughout

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Sound Wizard’s Rahul Sarma the auditorium, providing effective absorption across all frequencies and allowing it to function as a multipurpose venue. ‘This solves a common issue in auditorium designs where a fixed air gap from a simple rectangular box results in excess absorption at particular frequencies,’ continues Sarma. ‘Using perforation on the inner wooden shell allows acoustic absorption to remain hidden. Varying the perforation allows mid- and high-frequency energy to be reflected and carried throughout the room, while allowing low-frequency energy to still pass through the shell and be absorbed. This might result in a slightly higher reverberation time compared to the average auditorium, but the main benefit of this design is the ability for unamplified sound to carry through the space.’ Sound Wizard used EASE software to design the sound system, placing speakers on the stage at human head height to simulate people talking, singing or playing an instrument

onstage. The angles of the wall and ceiling panels were adjusted and angled to reflect the sound created onstage. After many iterations involving input from the architect, the overall geometry of the space was finalised. From here, the amount and location of perforation in the various panels had to be determined. By differentiating between the first reflection points of the auditorium line array and the ‘speakers’ placed on the stage, Sound Wizard was able to identify the useful and harmful reflections in the auditorium by analysing the bounces on the walls and ceiling. The useful reflections were guided with reflective surfaces with little to no perforation, and the harmful reflections from the line array were treated with highly perforated panels. ‘We were aiming for a perfect integration between natural acoustics and electro-acoustics in our design,’ says Sarma. ‘Sound system integration has been designed as an enhancement of natural acoustics, using a combination of both.’ As the auditorium has been designed to function as an acoustic space, the technology installed has been kept to a minimum. Two small, powerful Maxline M5 boxes from German manufacturer, Nova, have been installed as an L-R system in the auditorium. Sound Wizard chose Nova systems for the auditorium and seminar hall, and also for a portable system, and all were supplied by Rivera International, the manufacturer’s Mumbai-based Indian distributor. The Maxline M5 combines six 5-inch transducers in a line array arrangement with a midrange horn and three Beyma drivers with 1.75-inch voice coils, in a cabinet which is just 53cm high. ‘The small boxes are amazingly powerful, and they also meant we could keep the sightlines clean,’ says Weiss. ‘This is the first installation I’ve done with the M5; I really love working with small drivers because the impulse response is so good.’ Two Nova E218 subwoofers extend the system’s frequency range, providing a transparent system for multipurpose applications.


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The entrance foyer The stage is around a third of the size of the auditorium itself. ‘They’ve designed it this way as they anticipate the hall to be used in between performances as a rented rehearsal space for bigger shows,’ says Weiss. ‘The stage is as big as one found in larger theatres, so there is room to rehearse the entire production and carry out dress rehearsals.’ In addition to cultural programmes such as music, film and drama, this versatile space can also be used for training sessions, panel discussions, product launches and other corporate events. Sound Wizard also worked extensively to provide solutions for HVAC silencing to cut down on background noise from air conditioning and other sources, while avoiding surface rattling. The auditorium noise floor has been measured and certified as NC25.

The seminar hall can be partitioned or used as one space The building has been designed to work on a QSC platform, with QSC Core 110f processors installed in the auditorium and seminar hall, respectively. There is a QSC TouchMix-30 Pro 32-channel mixer in the auditorium and a QSC TouchMix-16 16-channel mixer in the seminar hall for FOH control. Both DSPs can be controlled by a custom-designed interface on an iPad that gives easy and intuitive control over various functions, including simulcasting. All integration was handled by local SI company, Flamenco Tech. ‘The requirement was to send every signal between every room in the building through Dante, using a scalable WyreStorm network so that a conference in the auditorium could be viewed and listened to in the different meeting rooms and the upstairs terrace,’ continues Weiss. Currently, however, only the seminar hall and auditorium are connected, allowing simulcasts between the two spaces. When large events are

held in the auditorium, a spillover crowd can be accommodated in the seminar hall, who will be able to follow the action on a projection screen. The QSC platform also allows audience members in the seminar hall to pick up a mic and ask questions to speakers in the auditorium, effectively allowing the spillover crowd to interact effectively with presenters in the auditorium. Eventually, this interconnectivity will extend across the entire building. In addition, Sound Wizard provided acoustic consultancy for the centre’s seminar hall. This can be divided into two spaces to accommodate 60 and 80 guests, respectively, by removing a concertina partition. Modern, configurable furniture adds to the flexibility of these rooms, which have been designed for

seminars, workshops, meetings and social gatherings. A Nova Europa 601 system comprising two EX601 compact array speakers, and an M318SUB active subwoofer which handles speaker management, have been provided for this hall. ‘They wanted to have a clean space without too much investment, so here we’ve carried out some acoustical treatment on the ceiling and walls,’ says Weiss. This consists of fabric-wrapped wood wool cement board – mounted with an air gap and polyester fibre insulation – helping to absorb more than just speech frequencies. ‘There is a Dorma partition to make two independent rooms, so the audio system can be split if there are two functions, and the isolation is fine for conference purposes,’ he continues. ‘As we’ve used the Q-Sys platform, all the mics and equipment can be reassigned to wherever it’s needed, and the iPad presets we’ve provided make it simple to operate.’ Rivera International also supplied six Nova Mythos 12 selfpowered two-way speakers. These can be used as monitors in the auditorium and the seminar hall, and also as a portable system for the open-air roof terrace and throughout the building as and when required, for example for informal events that are often held in the foyer. For the rest of the building, the acoustic intervention was minimal. All spaces that have loudspeakers have been decorated with custom-designed ceiling acoustic treatment: plywood frames stuffed with polyester fibre absorption and held in place with acoustic felt on the bottom. These boxes, which are used throughout BIC, also house recessed lights in most areas. ‘While primarily designed with aesthetics in mind, they also do a good job of absorbing speech frequencies,’ says Sarma. QSC AD-C6T-LP ceiling speakers have been installed throughout the cafeteria, classroom and art gallery. All these rooms have local control for now via Yamaha MG06 mixers, but can be connected to either of the Core 110f units to allow central control. Sennheiser EM 100 G3 wireless microphone systems with SKM 100 handheld mics have also been provided. With the creation of BIC, Bangalore’s business, art and academic communities have surely been rewarded with the forum they have long felt they deserved. www.novacoustic.de www.qsc.com www.riverainternational.com

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Reaching new heights

A new nightclub on China’s southeast coast is the first venue in the world to install a Vero sound system from Funktion-One LOCATED IN THE SIMING DISTRICT OF XIAMEN, STELLAR is a new 1,500-capacity club, covering an area of 2,000m2 with a show-stopping 15m-high ceiling and extensive VIP section offering 109 sofas. The large space required a sound system that would be powerful enough to provide even SPLs throughout, without spoiling the look of the club’s interior. ‘My team and I have been working in the club industry for more than 20 years, and it’s always been our dream to create a leading, world-class club space that delivers the most stunning and enjoyable experience while promoting the best dance music culture to people,’ explains Zhuang Dayong, one of the club’s owners. ‘That’s how we started Stellar.’ Going on to explain his vision for the new club, he adds: ‘Music is the soul of a club like Stellar, and so the sound quality is a key element of delivering a top-quality, immersive AV experience. Underpinning that is the fact I’m a saxophone player and I used to have my own band. I know how much impact good-quality sound has on keeping the return of guests and club business.’ With that in mind, Stellar’s owners contacted Phoenix Audio, which has been Funktion-One’s distributor for China, Hong Kong and Macau since 2014. ‘One of the Stellar investors used to work at another local club whose sound system was specified, installed and tuned by Phoenix Audio about 16 years ago,’ explains company director, Chris Zhang. ‘He strongly believes in the solid service given by the Phoenix team, especially the support delivered by Phoenix’s technical team, headed by my partner, Mac Lo.’ Vero was launched by Funktion-One in 2016. Though it was designed with the challenges of live touring in mind, its easeof-use and sound quality have found applications in festivals, large-scale electronic music events and now in the installed environment. The decision to become the first nightclub to install Vero was taken partly because the system fitted with the venue’s planned interior design.

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Funktion-One Vero V90/V315 hangs form the main system at Stellar ‘The owners wanted to use a line array sound system for the new venue as they didn’t want their guests to see the speakers in the middle of the room,’ says Zhang. ‘Only a line array or

vertically arrayable system could fit into the positions they reserved for speakers. The PA system had to have the longthrow ability for this huge auditorium-like venue. Quite late in the day they got in touch with us and we recommended Vero. They made their decision to work with us straightaway. They showed real confidence and trust in us and Funktion-One.’ Dayong adds: ‘At the beginning, our team wanted to use a line array system from a different manufacturer, as we believed then that it would be the best solution for the space. I have known the Phoenix Audio team for more than 15 years – I’ve always respected their professionalism and trust the technical support from their team. ‘To achieve good sound for a venue, getting good equipment is important and it’s just as important to me to find the right people to work with. Therefore, I decided to have a talk with Mac and Chris and asked their opinions at the last minute before we made the decision on the sound system. I was not aware of the Vero system from Funktion-One until I talked to them – they told me Vero was the perfect solution for my venue. As Funktion-One is one of the brands I most admire, I just decided to go ahead with them without any hesitation.’ The sound system design was facilitated by Vero’s proprietary Prediction software and aided by its intelligent flying system. It was supported with assistance from the UK from FunktionOne founder, John Newsham and sales director, David Bruml. They came up with a system comprising two flown hangs of three Vero V90 90° mid/highs and three V315 mid/bass enclosures on either side of the DJ booth. A three-by-three block of V221 bass enclosures is ground-stacked beneath the booth. Power for the Vero system comes from Lab.gruppen PLM20K44SP amps with Lake processing, as recommended by the manufacturer. Elsewhere, Funktion-One R2SH skeletal mid/highs and BR121 bass-reflex speakers have been deployed for DJ monitoring, while a pair of R2SHs provide in-fill at the front of the booth,


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the Harman Live Arena show, the technology included BillFor Woods. ‘As the market in China evolves, the appetite for a Soundcraft Vi3000 36-fader digital console with four high-quality entertainment has grown. This, together with a Vistonics IIpartnership touchscreens, supplied by Harman India for successful with Phoenix Audio, has combined forFOH. JBL appreciation sound system in the arena comprised of six-peraThe greater of Funktion-One, which is reflected in a side VTX A8 dual 8-inch line array speakers with six-per-side growth in sales. While the large-scale nightclub installs tend to VTX the G28headlines, dual 18-inch all powered by Crown grab we’resubwoofers, seeing Funktion-One loudspeakers amplifiers. A Vi3000 was of also used and onstage forThis monitoring, being deployed on a variety projects events. draws with both consoles a ViFunktion-One stagebox with 64 inputs on loudspeakers fromsharing across the product rangeand but 32Evo outputs. between theand consoles was handled the Series,Gain Ressharing 2s, BR118s, F124s the Compact Series byparticularly a DOGS (Direct Output Gain the remote do well there. Time willStabiliser), tell, but thewhile Vero installation monitoring featurepeople’s allowedimaginations. Ethernet controlatmicrophone Stellar has certainly captured Phoenix enabled microphones to be monitored and controlled from the console. RF, mute and battery status are displayed on the channel where the microphone is patched, and the gain control of the microphone receiver can be adjusted from the Howard Chen welcomes visitors to Philips Commercial Displays L–R: Adamson’s Ben Millson meets his console itself. Multitrack recordings of all the live acts was the P.Audio booth presented a number of scenes New Zealand distributor Greer Compston including a shop exhibit from Direct Imports carried out over Dante. Spontaneity plays a large role in Sivamani’s performances. For the Palm India appearance, for example, the show L–R: Sivamani with FOH engineer, Nitin Joshi incorporated the R-Bharat brass band led by Rajasthani trumpeter Aamir Bhiyani, who typically performs at which the drummer dips wooden rain shakers. AKG C451 weddings. 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Phoenix Audio specified two XTA XO4A controllers and FFA amplification for these systems. ‘These offer stability and power, and are especially good at driving the mid/low and subbass,’ says Zhang of the FFA amps. ‘Vero is on another level of sound in terms of detail, crystal clearness, dynamics, power and richness. It offers so much headroom.’

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FEATURES: RECORDING

From rail track to multitrack The Neve 88RS analogue console is at the heart of the studio

A disused railway station has been transformed into a music performance and production centre by a South Korean artist. Richard Lawn reports from Music Village 1939 EIGHTY YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE 66KM OF RAILWAY track connected the small town of Gapyeong to Seoul in the southwest of the country. When Gapyeong’s original train station was abandoned some years ago in favour of a high-speed connection, the city council was faced with a dilemma as to how best to transform the redundant site. Industrial facilities are discouraged in this idyllic hilly location, ensuring employment and revenue creation opportunities are somewhat limited in the town itself. Fortunately, a famous Korean producer and singer had a vision of transforming both the site and the fortunes of Gapyeong. In the late 1970s, Hong-seop Song was working on the live circuit of predominantly US military bars and clubs on Incheon island as an aspiring bassist. Practising love and peace, Song recorded albums including Cho Yong Pil, Kim Hyun Sik, Han Young Ae, Spring Summer Autumn Winter, Love and Peace and Lee Eun Mi. Having performed at an annual music festival in Gapyeong, he saw the light and made it his mission to settle down there and create a music village. ‘It’s a beautiful part of South Korea and, while the festival was great for the town for those few days, I wanted to create a musical community here that would welcome artists to really relax and perform,’ he says. Song’s vision to create a musical culture centre would take him the best part of 25 years to fulfil, and he became

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the chief architect in convincing the city council to invest in his dream. The repurposed and redesigned railway station combines historical and spatial symbolism. ‘It’s only one hour away from Seoul, but it is another world,’ Song explains. ‘While our guests come here to relax with music, more creative people are inspired with new ideas and concepts in such wonderful surroundings.’ From the outside, the semi-industrial, three-storey buildings provide no clues as to what goes on behind closed doors, even though some eagle-eyed locals may recognise artists such as soprano Sumi-Jo (Jo Su-gyeong) entering and leaving. Taking its name from the year of the railway station’s inception, Music Village 1939 incorporates indoor and outdoor theatres, a cinema, a recording studio, educational facilities and guest residences. Currently promoting around 25 music-related programmes a year, the music-themed complex represents the future of the Korean music industry. Located adjacent to one another, M-Station is connected to S-Station along the old railway track by a wide, newly laid pavement – and a Dante network. M-Station combines a music hall and cinema together with offices, seminar rooms and a cafeteria. On entering the facility, the aroma of popcorn is evident, while the bright, light modern interior design betrays the façade of the exterior. The design of the artistic

Old rail tracks are now repurposed

Music Village CEO, Hong-seop Song spaces within this unique facility is unmistakably that of Japanese acoustics innovator Masami ‘Sam’ Toyoshima. His transcendent acoustic design for some of the world’s iconic recording studios and contributions in the field of architectural acoustics earned him an AES Fellowship Award in 2011; one of many accolades that recognise his work. The walls of the 12m x 16m music hall are treated with floor-to-ceiling wooden defractors and the 7.5m-high ceiling


FEATURES: RECORDING EQ and crossover networks, while RJ45 desktop control provides access to user EQ settings with the ability to store up to four user presets. Two 24,000W RMS amplification units within the 150kg cabinets drive the LF elements, while single 550W and 275W amplifiers serve the MF and HF units, respectively. Integrated solutions specialist Music Metro was called upon to install the speaker elements into the control room. ‘We had to remove the drive units of both QB1-As before integrating them into the wall recesses,’ explains Music Metro director, Brandon Han. ‘Fully loaded, they weigh 150kg each, so even with the drivers removed, it was a four-man lift for each QB1-A. As the large control room is mainly used for recording and mixing, they provide a powerful, accurate monitoring system for a room of this size.’ The bright, airy feel of the 7.5m-high studio that Toyoshima has created is an inspirational space. The three adjacent booths are connected to the main control room via combination panels incorporating sufficient microphone inputs in addition to ties, cues and controls. Currently, one booth is home to a Yamaha grand piano with twin DPA 4011 overhead mics, with percussionists and guitarists taking residence in the others.

The main recording studio was designed by Sam Toyoshima is concealed by acoustic baffles. While retaining a live ambience, the venue is naturally more suited to classical, jazz, theatrical and low-amplification performances. For higher SPL requirements, engineers can remove the dust cover on the Soundcraft Vi2000 console and turn up the levels for the L-R JBL VerTec line array system. Powered by Crown amplifiers, each hang combines six VT4886 three-way modules with three VT4883 12-inch subwoofer elements arranged in cardioid mode, powered by Crown amplifiers. Loudspeaker management settings are stored in the preset controls of a BSS London BLU-806 processor. Performers can monitor themselves on JBL PRX415M wedges, but may prefer to use one of the eight IEM Sennheiser ew 300 G3 channels that transmit via two AC3 antenna combiners. A further eight channels of Sennheiser ew 500 microphone transmitters including handheld and lapel models are available, with eight receivers relying on two ASA-1 splitters. While M-Station is essentially a venue for paying patrons, S-Station is a hideaway for recording artists. Here, systems integrator Audio Network Korea (ANK) worked closely with Toyoshima to faithfully reproduce his design blueprints. Complete with an editing room, the bright 309m2 recording studio combines a live room with three separate booths and a control room. Headed by former recording and mastering engineer Tom Kim, ANK also supplied the Neve 88RS analogue console that now assumes a commanding central location in the control room. Owing to its size, ANK was forced to dismantle and reinstall the 48-fader console in sections. The informed choice to install an analogue console may be against the grain of the majority of today’s digital engineers, but Song feels it was justified. ‘Although there are operational advantages to a digital console, the Neve 88RS is a classic that does not date according to technical specification or trend. With its 100kHz bandwidth, it exceeds the 192kHz recording quality of the top digital boards. In addition to scoring, music recording and mixing, engineers can also perform surround format mixing on this console.’ Added mix colouration comes in the form of two Tube Tech CL1B compressors and an API Lunch Box that combines 10 API modules, including 512c mic preamps, 525 compressors, 550b EQs and 560 graphic EQs. Also taking pride of place among a focused inventory of outboard equipment is a Tektronix Leveling Amplifier Model LA-2A, which has merited its status as an iconic compressor/ limiter over the years. Using a Dante network, live performances can be recorded courtesy of the Cat-6 cabling infrastructure between the two Neve 1081R remote mic amp packs located at the FOH location in the music hall and the recording studio.

Live patching

JBL VerTec line array in the concert hall

An AKG C414 mic in one of the booths

The drive units of the QB1-As had to be removed prior to installation While the selection of a pair of ubiquitous Yamaha NS10a nearfield monitors is justified, the choice of mix monitoring in the control room was more of a personal attachment for Song, who chose a pair of PMC QB1-A large-scale studio monitors as the main reference speakers. A 5.1 surroundready setup has been created with the addition of five PMC twotwo.6 monitors and a twotwo sub2 subwoofer. ‘They have a very natural sound quality and very accurate sound imaging,’ says Song. ‘I can hear all the detail in the recording and particularly like the wide stereo sound.’ Comprising four 10-inch carbon fibre/Nomex piston bass drivers, the QB1-A is capable of producing a maximum SPL of 132dB at 1m, without sacrificing accuracy or increasing distortion. Integrated DSP provides driver unit optimisation,

Upstairs, musicians can warm up in a large rehearsal room in full knowledge that their passionate and possibly off-key performances won’t be heard, courtesy of Toyoshima’s precision acoustics. Located on the same level, a postproduction suite furnished with an Avid console is further outfitted with a host of other editing tools. Racked vertically on either wing of the console, the engineer can apply Maselec (MPL-2 HF limiter and MEA-2 stereo EQ), BAE (100CF compressor limiter and 1073MP dual-channel mic line) and SPL (Iron Mastering compressor, Passey passive EQ and DMC stereo mastering console) edits that are kept in sync courtesy of a Mutec MC-3+ USB smart clock. Monitoring options include a pair of B&W Nautilus 800 D3 speakers powered by McIntosh MC611 Quad balanced power amplifiers or PMC result6 reference models. In his role as president and general director, Song doesn’t seem overawed by the responsibility that comes with his new title. Looking at home in his M-Station upper-level office, he continues to write songs and mix them on his Apple Mac, using Sibelius Studio One 4, applying Universal Audio, Ableton Suite 10 and other plug-ins before sending his mix to the recording studio. Combining four inputs with a 16-channel summing mixer and a stereo bus compressor assignable to inputs or program bus, Song is enjoying recording and mixing on the API Box console that has been set up in his office by Music Metro. ‘I have been working on it for a few months now and the feature set fits my workflow perfectly,’ he says. ‘It has a great monitor section and it sounds big and wide.’ Having donated 37,257m2 of decaying and disused railway infrastructure to Song, the town of Gapyeong is hoping that this investment will continue to cement its status as a centre of musical culture excellence. They are certainly on the right track. Watch our video at https://bit.ly/MusicVillage1939. www.ankpro.co.kr www.musicmetro.co.kr www.musicvillage1939.com

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BUSINESS: COMPANY PROFILE

Doing it differently

PCI’s events division equipped the 2016 G20 summit in Hangzhou

Chimelong Ocean Park: one of many theme parks PCI has supplied and installed

PCI is celebrating 20 years as a leading Chinese AV distributor this year, though it started life a decade earlier, on a different continent altogether. Caroline Moss reports BEHIND ANY SUCCESSFUL PRO AUDIO ENTREPRENEUR there is usually an interesting tale to be told. All are driven by passion, some by chance encounters, but not many can cite a stint working as Steven Spielberg’s production associate as an early introduction to the industry. Such is the case of Mishka Chen, who went on to import QSC into the Chinese market 20 years ago. Chen moved to the US after majoring in film recording at the Chinese Film Academy, attained US residency and worked towards his goal of creating a company to increase business communications between the two countries. While working in the movie industry in Hollywood, he was hired as production associate on Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, assisting on the Chinese shooting schedule. It was while he was learning about the film industry from production to distribution that he encountered QSC, a brand he felt was ripe for introduction to the Chinese market. It was a relationship that was set to endure, and one of the first major deals for his fledgling company, whose name reflected his aim: Prime Connections Inc. Initially, PCI operated two divisions: a film production company and an import division that sold technical equipment into China. At first, an import agent was appointed for the latter division, but Chen soon decided the Chinese market was growing so fast he needed to handle it himself. Returning to China, he met his wife, Shaolei Liu, who was working for a subsidiary of the China Film Group Corporation. They decided to strike out alone in 1999 and establish PCI China in Beijing, acting as the main distributor for both QSC and Kinotone projector products. One of the new company’s first major milestones was the renovation of the first mix studio at the State Production Base of the China Film Group in 2001, going on to handle its first group digital cinema projects the following year, installing servers for the first 10 cinemas in the country. By 2006, PCI had established a branch in Shanghai and, over the next few years, it set up distribution deals with NEC projectors, followed by distribution deals with Shure, FBT and Sony. Shure was replaced with Sennheiser in 2018 and, earlier this year, PCI became a distribution partner for d&b audiotechnik for its theme park business. Today, the company is headquartered in Shanghai, with branches in Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Hong Kong, and a network consisting

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Demonstration room at PCI of hundreds of partners across China – resellers, dealers, systems integrators and contractors. It has also developed its own brands, such as Laéh, ControlMax and MatrixMax, fully functional AVC solutions compatible with leading brands of AV equipment and used in installations such as transportation hubs, theme parks and exhibition centres. The company also offers services ranging from preliminary design and consultation through sales, onsite installation, system commissioning, personnel training and after-sales support. The fact that PCI has come to represent three different speaker brands – QSC, FBT and now d&b – hints at the vertical markets in which the company has come to specialise. Unsurprisingly, one of its key markets is the one it started with – cinema – for which it has an entire dedicated division. ‘Most of the cinema chains in China are our customers and, in addition to our connection with QSC, we also work closely with Dolby on providing the audio systems for its cinema solutions, such as Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision,’ says vice president, May Hua Song. The second business division of PCI handles a variety of projects across the other verticals, an important one being the events market, working on big sporting events such as the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, 2010 Shanghai World Expo and 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. International summits are another big market, and have included the APEC China 2014 summit in Beijing, 2016 Boao Forum for Asia,

2016 G20 Hangzhou summit, 2017 BRICS summit in Xiamen and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Qingdao Summit 2018. These call for core processing systems for up to 100 meeting rooms, providing all audio signal processing, networking and monitoring. QSC’s processing strength is key here and, sometimes, projects will include speakers from both QSC and FBT ranges. Theme parks are another big vertical for PCI, and the company has worked on many attractions across China such as the Wanda and Fantawild theme parks, Happy Villes, HB World Film Park, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, Colorful Yunnan Happy World and a large park in Shanghai featuring a famous mouse. ‘Almost all of the big theme parks in China are using our brands, and we’ve developed our own products with IP rights under our

PCI vice president, May Hua Song


BUSINESS: COMPANY PROFILE relocated. The company’s products have been installed into more than 130 meeting rooms for this project alone. Other verticals handled by this division include corporate work for the private and overseas sectors; transportation including train stations and airports, the most recent being the Beijing Daxing International Airport – opened in September – and Wuhan International Airport; and education and hospitality, such as hotels, bars, KTV and theatres. Looking to the future, PCI predicts that corporate projects will become more and more important in China, which is borne out by working with corporations including the Bank of China, Huawei, Tencent, Shanghai Tobacco, DLA Piper UK (Shanghai), Swiss Re Corporate Solutions (Shanghai), Supercell, Mapletree and many others. The company is ploughing resources into developing this market, building up complete solutions for corporate projects based around QSC, as well as video networking solutions from Visionary Solutions. There are no plans to take on any new brands at the moment, as complete solutions can be provided with the brands in the company’s carefully tuned portfolio. ‘Customers don’t want standalone projects now, they have turnkey projects that require complete solutions,’ says Song. PCI’s 20th anniversary in 2019 has given the company cause to look at its culture and what it has achieved across the years to define a new mission statement that could clearly define its aims. The slogan it came up with – ‘do it differently’ – reflects the company’s desire to differentiate itself from other players in the market. ‘We’ve always wanted to be the most knowledgeable AV company, especially now as AV merges with IT,’ says Song. ‘We are conducting more internal training with our staff, and cooperating with IT companies, to become a bridge between AV and IT. We want to keep upgrading the services we offer to our customers, providing a complete service and listening to our customers’ feedback to keep on improving our solutions.’

QSC-equipped screening room at PCI’s premises ControlMax brand for theme park applications,’ says Song. ‘We use this in theme parks to provide a complete solution. It’s a control software that triggers audio signals when a ride, for example, passes that point.’ Government projects with requirements for conferencing products have included diplomatic departments, courts of law, tax offices and the stock market. PCI is also closely involved in a project to create a new ‘sub centre’ for Beijing, to which some of the city’s most important government offices are being

Wuhan International Airport

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Coming of age

Richard Lawn meets the chairman of Vietnam’s IB Group, which has been leading the way for concert production in the country

ONCE DEEMED AN UNKNOWN, MYSTERIOUS AND SOMEWHAT exotic backwater by touring agents and production companies, Vietnam is starting to beckon. Western tourists usually embrace the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City in the south, the regal splendour of Hanoi in the north or the beaches of Danang in the middle of the country for culture, sunshine and pho. But the entertainment scene has branched out from the water puppet shows and karaoke bars that were the country’s staples, and is looking towards the international touring circuit and rock festival market. As the country opens to business, so the burgeoning Vietnamese middle classes are opening their wallets. The time is ripe for artists and agents to schedule Vietnam in between dates in Hong Kong and Singapore. Nguyen Thuy Duong, international show producer and chairman of the IB Group Vietnam, is the first to agree with this sentiment. Prior to laying the foundations of this pioneering company, Thuy Duong held various UNESCO posts and gained invaluable experience in the fields of media, television, film and music production. ‘Vietnam cannot wait to see today’s famous stars perform live, but unfortunately they rarely perform here,’ he sighs over a cà phê đá (Vietnamese iced coffee) in an outdoor café next to the Hanoi Opera House. ‘Demand is definitely growing, and I feel the time has finally arrived for Vietnam to welcome the biggest stars in entertainment.’ Vietnam may be more open, but a cultural gap still exists. Western governments are not allowed access to Vietnam and, conversely, few Vietnamese tourists travel to Europe and the US. Fewer still have developed a taste for western musical entertainment as a result, but the internet now seems to be changing that. A growing number of international events companies have been bringing their artists to Vietnam to play sell-out concerts. If anyone’s ever wondered where some of the chart-toppers from the 1970s and 1980s disappeared to, there’s a good chance that some of them are pleasing crowds in Vietnam. Having hosted the likes of Richard Clayderman, Kenny G, Boney M and Smokie in recent years, IB Group Vietnam now dreams of hosting big-name divas such as Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and

The IB Group brought Smokie to the National Convention Centre in Hanoi in 2016

Kenny G meets IB Group CEO Nguyen Thuy Duong before his Hanoi concert

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Boney M performing at the Hanoi Convention Centre

Nguyen Thuy Duong, CEO of IB Group Vietnam Adele. These dreams are looking increasingly realistic, as Thuy Duong clearly understands his audience. ‘We have successfully organised international shows for many years, during which time the demands and requirements have grown,’ he says. ‘Working closely with production partners such as FSL here in Vietnam has allowed us to host high-quality musical events. FSL stands out as it has continually raised the standards of live production in Vietnam. We’ve been working together now for almost 20 years. Overseas tour operators who have worked with them know full well that they can bring their artists here without having to bring in a large crew and the equipment that comes with it. As a result, this has also introduced us to a growing network of event organisers and promoters from the US and Europe.’ With its proven long-term live production experience, FSL was appointed as the sole distributor for both DiGiCo and d&b audiotechnik in 2012 and 2013, respectively. FSL’s technical rider and importation experience are somewhat interlinked with the IB Group’s success. ‘We have invested a lot of money in our stock such as the d&b J-Series and GSL, both of which are normally listed on technical riders,’ says FSL founder, Dinh Viet Hung. ‘It’s the same with Avolites lighting and DiGiCo audio consoles.’ Working on events such as Rock Storm over the years has helped FSL’s cause. ‘Over the last decade, we have gradually educated the events companies, TV stations and promoters about setting up for live shows,’ continues Hung. ‘Previously, they’d use one audio console for FOH, monitoring, recording and sometimes broadcasting. Having demonstrated the benefits of monitoring control from a standalone console, we have shown that the mix for both the artists and the audience alike is much improved. It’s been difficult teaching and converting bands to mix on their own work surfaces in order to better monitor themselves but, ultimately, sales of audio consoles have increased.’ The problems affecting the live sound community in the rest of the world also apply in Vietnam. ‘With wireless microphones,

no decision has been made on the shrinking UHF bandwidth and most users seem unaware that their inventories could be made obsolete overnight,’ says Hung. ‘Likewise, SPL controls in urban areas need to be addressed, otherwise venues and operators will lose their licences. If the show can go on, there’s a need to protect the audience and the neighbours.’ As the original Vietnamese producer to gain recognition in the international entertainment community, the IB Group’s professional network has grown to encompass leading production and media partners in addition to sponsors. The creation of this enviable network ensured its selection as the exclusive Vietnamese partner for the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP). ‘NARIP books the biggest international stars,’ explains Thuy Duong. ‘With their support we rose to another level and established our International Entertainment Production System Programme to promote and enhance Vietnam and the entire Southeast Asian region as a touring destination. Broadly speaking, we network with the biggest musical and entertainment producers throughout the world, in addition to the main production companies, musical directors, technical experts and equipment suppliers. Furthermore, we are now engaging with the bigger overseas operators such as Eighth Day.’ The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and the IB Group has demonstrated its credibility on the international circuit by successfully hosting a number of stars of yesteryear who are still touring. ‘Without the support of the media and sponsors, staging a big musical name would be impossible in Vietnam,’ claims Thuy Duong. ‘Promoters such as Live Nation and others think that touching down for one show is very expensive. My advice is come for several shows and spread the costs – they’ll sell out and we’ll be able to reduce the costs of the ticket prices. Sponsorship remains of paramount importance in order to host these performances. The brand awareness is there now, so the sponsors are happy to contribute. ‘It’s a two-way street of course, and the arts council in Vietnam is eagerly promoting Vietnamese arts, culture, dance and music to the rest of the world by taking the biggest of our domestic artists to the world stages,’ he continues. ‘Traditionally, they took entourages to government agencies and embassies such as Japan, where Vietnamese engineers understood how to mix the music properly in terms of voicing. Today, modern artists can write music and of course sing in English – these acts are now very much in the spotlight in Asia.’ With more western artists set to perform in Hanoi, the Vietnamese stage is becoming more lucrative. ‘The price of concert tickets is still too high, but it’s coming down,’ reflects Thuy Duong. ‘Technically, we can host the same setup as a concert in Singapore. The perception that we didn’t have the equipment or expertise to stage the big acts has passed. Our time has arrived.’ www.fsl.vn www.ibgroup.vn


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BUSINESS: COMMENT

A letter from America

Pro audio benefits from turning games into events, but Dan Daley asks, what’s lost in the process? Certainly not money

AMERICANS HAVE A PENCHANT FOR invasions. Sometimes this works out well, as it did 75 years ago in Normandy, and sometimes less so (Baghdad 2003). Regardless, however, any country that’s ever felt our military wrath also knows that losing to us isn’t such a bad deal, either. Just ask Germany, Japan, Vietnam and Grenada – the list goes on of places where we first drop bombs and then write cheques. (Try getting a Russian to do that.) The next round of US-led invasions is underway but, at least for now, the Pentagon is not involved. When I visited the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium earlier this year, I couldn’t help but realise that this was no mere football stadium – it was a Football Stadium, as in NFL football, not someplace designed for that little round thing the rest of the world knocks around that we call soccer. In fact, underneath the football pitch indeed is a Football Field, a regulation NFL gridiron for the advance forces of the National Football League, which have been landing on Britain’s

shores since 2007, first in Wembley and starting next year in Tottenham. Major League Baseball (MLB) opened a new front in this invasion this year, with the export of the series between longtime rivals the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at the London Stadium in July. But the reality is that the MLB teams were simply mimicking the NFL’s strategies, both in terms of the novelty of playing regular-season games overseas and also doing so with an Olympics-scaled media and AV infrastructure. And that’s the point: the NFL and its collegial sister leagues aren’t so much sharing new American sports with other countries as they are planting new ways of creating events in markets that don’t yet know they’re going to spend a ton of money on things they’ve barely heard of.

Let the games events begin Forget the games – what are coming are the events. Sorry, Events! For instance, the way that NFL teams used to pick and choose

players between seasons took place in smokefilled rooms adjacent to expense-account bars, with a press release at the end informing fans of the outcomes. Not anymore. The NFL Draft, which took place in Nashville last spring, drew 600,000 people – more than the entire population of the city – to a three-day street party with better sound and video than Bonaroo, the music festival 40 miles away. That three-day event was simply the largest in a trend that’s seeing more of sports’ regular seasons peppered with ever-grander events, such as MLB’s three-day All-Star Game weekends and, of course, the NFL’s iconic Super Bowl. The trend is towards making even routine games into events. Needless to say, this has been a windfall for the AV industry, for which the sports vertical is now No. 1 for many of the largest AV integrators, and a completely separate sales and marketing division for pro audio manufacturers, especially makers of PA systems. As the games become more like events, the media-technology infrastructure

around them – tour-level PAs and massive LED displays – inflates to support it, as do the price tags. Like a few countries before, the ones now being targeted by US sports leagues – in addition to the UK, the NFL and NBA are looking at China, Brazil, Australia and Mexico – should prepare for a bonanza, as huge PA systems, massive videowalls and dazzling lighting rigs transform what was once merely sport into a cascading series of bigger and bigger bashes. It will be a good time to be alive in the AV business. However, just understand that our invasions tend to leave the invaded forever changed in other ways. Will the Americanisation of sports affect the authenticity of the games themselves? More importantly, will it transform the sports fans themselves, turning them from extensions of the players on the field, which has always been the true attraction of sports, to Roman citizens at the Coliseum, seeking an evermore-splendiferous spectacle? It will, if you let it. Everything is a trade-off.

A letter from Europe

Phil Ward reviews the potential impact of a fragmented EU on touring and rental companies AS BRITAIN’S ATTEMPTS TO LEAVE THE EU continue, leading rental operators are tearing their hair out. It’s taken nearly 40 years to evolve a stable European trading community that has contributed, more than anything else apart from the internet, to a smooth-running pan-European tour schedule that encourages and enables expansion. It’s not just about the paperwork, the carnets and the tiresome stops at border controls; the whole future of many businesses will come into question as the infrastructure is turned back in time – like forcing everyone to give up their smartphones and go back to faxing. This is the consensus among British, French, German, Italian and Serbian rental companies who just want to get on with the job. Unfortunately, ours is the kind of business that, unlike farming and fisheries, doesn’t mind a bit of centralisation and certainly does appreciate voting on matters of technological

standardisation. This makes it a naturally ‘remainer’ industry. Plus, a foreign plug has never bothered a savvy PA crew. They love the challenge. So, while a country like Norway consistently votes against too much EU meddling, its rental mainstays continue to roll around Scandinavia in and out of various consolidation deals with skis on. You’d never know there was an ideological line drawn in the snow. That’s partly because Norway has, twice, secured crucial membership of the European Economic Area (a sort of ‘fringe’ EU) with full access to the single market. They view it as an enormous benefit, while protecting their natural resources from Strasbourg rules, although it comes at the price of participating in European Parliamentary decisions. Why, they can even queue in the ‘EU passports’ line at European airports, as opposed to ‘Others’ – just as all EU citizens can move to Norway to work. And that’s exactly what Brexiteers

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don’t like about the Norwegian model. Norway is relaxed about immigration and accepted it as part of their EEA deal, because the priority is to defend native produce from interfering regulation, not to keep out foreigners. This is what puts the UK in such a weak position, because free movement of labour is at the heart of pan-European thinking: it shares, with other bonding initiatives, like the European Broadcasting Union, the belief that conflict is best avoided if unifying principles are given the chance to breed. The EU is, ultimately, on a peacekeeping mission. Touring as we understand it is practically the definition of free movement of labour. I know scores of crew members who have resettled in countries other than the one they started out in, and not just because they missed the tour bus home. Often, they come to represent global manufacturers, who can be like the makers of Norwegian Fish Oil:

proud that theirs is the best and resistant to intercontinental forgeries. I was recently in Montenegro, and a PA crew was erecting a stage in the middle of the main town square of Budva, a stunning coastal resort with aspirations of Monte Carlo-dom. It was a fine rig, too, with new d&b subs and a Yamaha CL5 at the FOH position where engineer Goran Djolevic was happy with proceedings. He told me that there are now three rental companies based in Montenegro, but the biggest and longest established in the region as a whole is Belgrade’s Skymusic, led by its charismatic founder Milenko Skaric. Both Serbia and Montenegro are chasing full EU membership by 2025, but meanwhile are also part of the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) along with Albania, North Macedonia, Moldova, Kosovo and Croatia. So, guess what? Only Croatia is in the EU. Lesson: get real. Get a deal.


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Atlas IED’s Dean Standing on the Production AV Services booth

Integrate 2019 Visitors headed back to Melbourne for Integrate 2019 and its wealth of educational classes and workshops

Graeme Stevenson and the Production AV Technology team

L–R: Jeff Bolt and Neil Colliss with a large catalogue of Bose products

Australian trade show marketing is at an advanced stage. The more experienced exhibitors know how to attract crowds and, more importantly, how to keep them on their booths without losing them to competing companies, with coffee and craft beers continuing to be in vogue. The scene on entering this year’s Integrate was set by the appealing projection and LED screens of Christie, Epson, Hitachi, LG, Maxell, Philips Professional Displays, Samsung, SiliconCore Technology and Sony towards the front of the hall. While Panasonic was absent this year, Epson seems to be leading the field in short-throw laser projection for with the EB-1485 certainly making an impact among museum curators and installers requiring projection with little space.

The big three of Crestron, Extron and Kramer continue to dominate the show floor, and their extended appeal beyond control and AV solutions serves as a wake-up call to other suppliers and manufacturers. Crestron drew residential and commercial installers alike with its functioning displays of digital signage, Crestron Flex Air Media, XiO cloud connectivity and DM NVX ecosystems of real-time AV encoders and decoders transporting 4K60 4:4:4 pixel-perfect video over standard gigabit Ethernet. ‘We’re demonstrating a number of JBL speaker systems, but our main focus was to better inform Control Install series users,’ commented Harman’s Peter Moses. Supporting his exhibiting distributor AVT, the demo booth was set up with a variety of speaker solutions including CBT columns, Control 60

L–R: Ci’s Scott Stieper with Powersoft’s Marc Kocks JUST AS THE AUSTRALIAN CONTINENT HAS EVOLVED OVER geological time, its remote location in relation to the rest of the globe further distinguishes its unique identity. In our particular industry, the resilience of its live sound engineers, artisan manufacturing and challenging logistics make it a fascinating case study. Ten years on since its inaugural opening in Sydney, Integrate has assumed pole position in the battle of the trade shows down under, serving as an accurate barometer for the AV market’s current status in the country. Following a successful 2018 outing at Sydney’s ICC at Darling Harbour, the exhibition returned to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) opposite the Crown Casino. Nobody likes to gamble with their time, so all visitors and exhibitors have made calculated decisions to get something out of this year’s show – ranging from meetings to product information to free beverages. Both paid and free educational classes and workshops lie at the very heart of Integrate, for which the AVIXA Education platform focuses on helping the industry understand the new market opportunities open to it. Notable among the highlights were the retail and corporate insights, Dante Certification (Level 2) and consumerisation of the workplace. While some visitors headed for the CEDIA training, AVIXA Flashtracks and Tech Talk discussions, others sampled the finer aural details within the L-Acoustics’ L-ISA, Midwich Australasia and Harman sound experience demo rooms.

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Rashid Skaf, Matthew Packer, Jim Seretis and Kim Muurholm Juergensen from Biamp and Community/Apart with Paul Mulholland from Jands (second from right)

Simon Curtis demonstrated Cloud’s latest products

Jubilee Bao promoted the Taiden paperless multimedia congress system

L–R: Renkus-Heinz duo Karl Brunvoll and Matt Czyzewski supported their distributor Hills


BUSINESS: SHOW REVIEW pendants and VLA line arrays. ‘Nick Screen flew in from the UK to host a “beyond beam steering” workshop demonstrating the Intellivox DDA acoustic modeling software. We’re experiencing a resurgence with the BSS Blu DSP and AKG tabletop microphone technologies within conferencing applications. It’s quite a distance from the show floor to the demo room, but we created many digital signposts to guide visitors here.’ Just as Harman products are divided between AVT and CMI, the Bosch portfolio is also split between two distributors. Some models of Dynacord amplifiers and EV speakers were evident on the Jands booth alongside Biamp’s impressive lineup of Crowd Mics, desono loudspeakers, Devio platform and Parlé beamtracking microphones. In addition to the large Robe lighting exhibit, products from Clear-Com and Shure were showcased alongside their latest brands, Avio and Huddle Room Technology. ‘We’re dividing our time between Audio Brands and Jands exhibits here at the show,’ explained Bosch Communications’ Mario Bentley. Founded only six years ago, Audio Brands continues to grow, and this year was premiering UK amplifier manufacturer Linea Research alongside its established Bosch, Earthworks, FBT, Meyer Sound, Mipro, Rane, RTS and Univox exhibits. ‘The show has possibly shrunk in size, but I’ve not had a chance to get away from the booth and look around as we’ve been constantly busy,’ commented Audio Brands’ Don McConnell. ‘The star of the show for us this year has been the new Meyer Ultra-X40 point source speaker on account of its incredible versatility.’

L–R: Sennheiser’s Charlie Jones and Chris Smith presented TeamConnect Ceiling 2

L–R: Phill Webb and Mario Bentley represented Dynacord and EV

L–R: NAS’ James Piper, David Woolf and Shane Bailey with the Midas HD96 console

Audio Brands’ Don McConnell and Jeff Shoesmith showcased Linea Research amplifiers

Having welcomed back the other half of the QSC product range into its portfolio, it was business as usual on the polished floors of the Technical Audio Group (TAG) booth where the aroma of Italian coffee enticed consultants, SIs and end users. Wearing two hats, AVIXA chairman of the board and QSC president Joe Pham was accompanied by QSC demonstrators Pat Heyn and Nate Makaryk. The educational duo flew in from California to promote the Q-Sys Ecosystem, including the latest NV-32-H network video endpoint. ‘It’s a multi-stream, software-configurable HDMI encoder/ decoder that enables network-based video distribution,’ said Tony Russo, admitting that the business model has come a long way since taking on the brand in 1994 when the manufacturer was an amplifier brand. ‘The gravitation of Q-Sys helps us shed light on our other brands. We’ve been kept really busy throughout with Andrew Crawford demonstrating the Allen & Heath dLive, SQ and Qu consoles, while the latest Dante mics from Audio-Technica such as the ES954 hanging cardioid are making an impression and our Martin Audio speaker systems such as the Wavefront Precision, CDD and O-Line continue to build momentum.’ During the exhibition, TAG took the opportunity to officially open its new, four-level TAGV office facility in Collingwood. Having managed to convince Cloud MD Simon Curtis, K-array APAC director Marc Vincent and Listen Technologies’ global sales manager Sam Nord to support its cause, NAS Solutions introduced two new brands in the form of Kali Audio and Klik. Midas globally launched the innovative Heritage D HD96 console during the exhibition with the two boards on the booth in constant demo mode.

L–R: Keisuke Kariba, Caleb Chin and Dan Chia from TOA joined Alex Trommelmans from Australis Music Group ‘It’s a huge leap forward in console design and, as a result, our booth has been packed,’ confirmed NAS Solutions’ James Piper. ‘Channel names, functions, buttons and processing can be tagged with metadata whereby the operator can recall a page showing all channels tagged with parameters such as an inserted compressor or gate, which can be simultaneously adjusted. AI has arrived it would appear – when combined with cloud connection, metadata functionality can log and collect data on everything that’s performed on the consoles, which will no doubt drive Midas’ future R&D efforts.’ While NAS Solutions discussed the notion of increasing its 2020 booth size, Australis Music Group will perhaps be sacrificing a few square metres. In addition to unveiling TOA’s new IP1100 digital networkable paging solution operating over PoE, the Sydney-based distributor exhibited its Klark Teknik, Lab.gruppen, Midas, Tannoy and TOA products in AV conferencing, education, houses of worship, hospitality, voice evacuation and multipurpose hall scenarios. ‘You can never be sure if the show justifies the cost and effort,’ commented Australis’ Trevor Morrow. ‘Having relocated last year close to Central, we created a purpose-built showroom and educational workshop facility. We invite customers there, where they go away with a better impression of the company and take a lot more away with them.’ Melbourne-based Production AV Technologies continued where it left off in 2018 by welcoming visitors with craft beers against a backdrop of the newly launched EAW speakers – this year’s vintage being the RS123 portable models. International product managers were on hand to provide technical explanations on the latest Atlas IED, Audix microphones, ClearOne, Powersoft Mezzo amplifier, RDL technologies and Symetrix processors.

but while the trade show floor draws potential new customers for Sennheiser, it’s an expensive substitute compared to its Chatswood HQ. ‘We have to interface with the market and Integrate has been consistent over the years for us,’ commented Chris Smith. Following the 2014 merger of APG, the Hills booth has been an ever-changing display of brands. Five years on, it appears to be consolidating as Australian Monitor, Community, Renkus-Heinz, Williams AV, Wolfvision and others blend well together across the various AV sectors. Per Persson from Williams AV flew in from Minnesota to promote the BluePOD Solo and Conference Mate technologies together with the WaveCast Eight, FM+ and DigiWave 4.0 updates. Additionally, Renkus-Heinz’s Karl Brunvoll and Matt Czyzewski promoted the IC Live steered arrays, while Community’s Kim Muurholm Juergensen discussed the virtues of Vertus and the Philadelphia-based manufacturer’s tunnel horns. As well as the new Stage Tec Avatus console, TM Stagetec exhibited its growing portfolio of brands that appeal to broadcasting and theatrical technicians in addition to niche sectors such as transportation authorities. Absent in Sydney, the distributor was showcasing Brahler, DirectOut, Glensound and TiMax. And just when you thought the exhibition was gravitating towards an IT blackhole, two trucks were present for boarding at the rear of the hall which had driven the Stage Mobil exhibit 4,000km from Perth by Megavision’s Jeff Georgiou. Since the outset, Integrate has been supported by a number of Chinese exhibitors, including conferencing specialists Taiden which showcased its wireless paperless systems. ‘We’ve met a number of potential buyers from the Solomon and Fiji Islands in governmental positions in addition to Australia,’ commented Jubilee Bao. ‘Having recently supplied the main Geneva UN HQ, there is a lot of interest in our brand.’ Naturally, there were absentees and, as suppliers continue to seek the Holy Grail to sales heaven, Integrate will ebb in and out of fashion with its primary audience. Ultimately, end users will decide whether exhibitors bow out or extend their show floor presence. However, the presence of the Midas Heritage HD96 is confirmation that the fanfared arrival of AI is the shape of things to come. Representing a cause for concern for most, this employment-destroying revolution will be embraced by opportunists.

SiliconCore’s Glenn Bailey presented the Lotus 0.83mm LED screen The TAG Team welcomed QSC president Joe Pham

L–R: Dave Haydon from TiMax and Luca Giaroli from DirectOut supported Treva Head and the TM Stagetec team

L–R: AVT’s Luke Parkyn, Andrew Taylor and Benjamin Page

Unlike other manufacturers, both Bose and Sennheiser work directly with their dealers and clients in Australia. ‘Our relatively new team in Australia is fully committed to our customer base in all market sectors,’ commented Bose’s Jeff Bolt. ‘Following the launch of 50 new products over the past 18 months, we’re enjoying demonstrating everything from the S1 Pro to the ArenaMatch line array family. It’s good that we are exhibiting as we are meeting new consultants, SIs and rental companies who are interested in our products.’ Like Australis Music Group, Sennheiser has invested heavily in a showroom workplace that poses a dilemma as to whether they should exhibit. The open-plan booth enticed visitors to take a closer look at its Cockpit Control, TeamConnect Ceiling 2, Digital 6000 wireless and SpeechLine technologies,

Crestron’s Jess Warnock promoted the XiO Cloud

2019 Dates:

27 – 29 August

2020 Dates:

19 – 21 August

2019 Venue:

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

2020 Venue:

International Convention Centre, Sydney

Total attendance: 6,764 (7% increase) Contact:

www.integrate-expo.com

Video:

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IBC 2019

Visitors from around the globe gathered at IBC 2019 to bear witness to the frenetic pace of change the industry is currently experiencing ‘IT’S NOT THE INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST CONVENTION anymore,’ reflected IBC exhibition committee chair, Roger Thornton, during the IBC press conference. ‘It’s the International whatever-you-do-with-media Convention.’ No one network or protocol dominated the landscape at IBC 2019, but developers and content providers once again came together in an attempt to enhance the viewer’s experience. This year, the IBC experience as a whole was shortened as both the conference and exhibition were in alignment, running from Friday to Tuesday. Most exhibitors would argue that five days is a day too long, but the format does provide visitors with the opportunity to attend for a day or two or, indeed, for the whole experience. The sheer volume of information and thoughtprovoking discussions constituting those 2,430 minutes ensure its continued place at the head of the table within the broadcast and media calendar. ‘IBC feels different every year but, this year, it seems to have changed faster than ever,’ analysed IBC conference consulting editor, Rob Ambrose. ‘This year has been the year of new VOD platforms and the year of mergers and acquisitions in the industry, both among media companies and technology vendors. That frenetic pace of change is really reflected in IBC this year, making it more important than ever to attend in order to catch up.’ In addition to 15 halls packed with exhibitors, products and solutions, IBC featured an array of extra-curricular activities within the Big Screen auditorium. This included a variety of panels, a keynote presentation with Hollywood star Andy Serkis and the opportunity to see Disney’s remake of The Lion King and Toy Story 4 with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos sound. Among the many award ceremonies taking place at the show was the inaugural Rise Awards celebrating women in broadcast. A technical glitch prior to the opening meant visitors registering for badges experienced waits of up to an hour-and-a-half to gain

DirectOut’s Luca Giaroli with the Prodigy.MP Canon Europe’s Przemek Siemion with the EOS C500 Mark II

Yorick Brunke promoted BroaMan’s Mux22 series

Yellowtec’s Kathrin Nimpsch with the iXm Podcaster

Wheatstone’s Jay Tyler presented the virtual LXE mixer

Clear-Com’s Bob Boster showed FreeSpeak Edge

Gary Rose of Pliant Technologies

Steve Haesevoets highlighted DPA’s 6066 subminiature headset

Sound Devices’ Joel Pare with the 833 portable compact mixer

IABM conferences were held in the Future Zone

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Harman’s Mark Hosking with the Studer Glacier Series


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RTW’s Thomas Valter with the TM9

Ian Cookson promoted Calrec’s ImPulse Core

Lawo’s Boon Siong Tan with the A__digital64 and A__madi6

L–R: Deity Microphones’ Bob Meesterman and JinFu Chen

L–R: Nico Lewis and Sven Bindels with the RTS Odin platform entry. ‘The delays meant that the first morning was particularly quiet,’ reflected Steve Paulson of GatesAir. ‘The show has overall felt quieter, but the quality of visitors has been good.’ As in previous years, the Sony booth was the setting for the first major press conference where the PXW-Z750 and FX9 video cameras and a new generation of DWX digital UHF wireless microphone series were unveiled. Unlike last year’s discussion on remote production, there was no extra emphasis on the same subject this year. ‘The more you know about subjects, the more likely you are to get lost in the details and this is certainly true with technology,’ commented Sony Professional Europe’s Stuart Almond. ‘There’s constant talk about improvements and updates such as new features, improved speed and better graphics. With broadcast and media technology constantly being announced, launched and updated, it’s easy to lose track of the bigger picture. In recent years, there’s been a buzz about connected devices, but perhaps we should instead talk about what a connected society looks like.’ In addition to the IBC Big Screen, the IABM Future Trends Theatre and Content Everywhere Hub staged presentations and discussions within the Future Zone. Located outside

Sennheiser’s Rentato Pellegrini and Arif PK with the new AMBEO Sports Microphone Array

Xavier Allanic with Digigram remote broadcast solutions

L–R: Riedel’s Serkan Güner and Christian Bockskopf

L–R: Ross Video’s David Ross and Stuart Russell

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L–R: Marina Prak and Jeannette Heesen on the ROE Visual booth

Hall 8, the Future Zone has become an integral part of IBC with presentations from researchers and academic bodies such as the BBC’s R&D developing ideas that may become the norm in years to come. NHK was showcasing its technologies at IBC on a theatre stage with a rolling programme of presentations, as it has done since 2008. ‘Next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo will see NHK’s public Super Hi-Vision transmissions: the 8K, 22.2 channel audio system,’ countered IBC CEO, Mike Crimp, before explaining the difficulties modern broadcasters face. ‘What was once a broadcast business, dependent on achieving the best quality, now has to cater to an audience that expects to access virtually infinite amounts of content, wherever they are, whenever they want and on the device that is convenient at the time.’ With broadcast budgets running at unprecedentedly lower levels than ever before, broadcasters are simultaneously under mounting pressure to grow their audiences. ‘Producers are being charged to enhance the technical content quality on lower budgets,’ furthered Lawo’s Andreas Hilmer. ‘This scenario is driving growth in cross-platform media, requiring production systems to be sufficiently flexible and efficient for the supply of content, regardless of the delivery channel. The answer besides remote production is automated or technology-aided workflows and optimised utilisation of both human and technical resources.’ Lawo used the IBC show as a platform to unveil technologies that further strengthen its IP solutions portfolio, including new software modules for the V__matrix software-defined IP routing, processing and multiviewer platform. IP continues to dominate discussions among broadcast manufacturers. ‘As the availability of ST 2110 in the rapidly increasing number of real-world deployments shows tangible benefits, IP continues to be the most discussed topic,’ added Hilmer. ‘Furthermore, HDR and 4K, which we have already integrated into our IP products, are likely to become the accepted standards. In addition, immersive sound is set to become a hot topic again as the natural counterpart for 4K.’ Calrec revealed its IP products in the form of the H2-IP Gateway interface and the AoIP Modular I/O controller card. Designed to operate with the ImPulse core processing and routing engine for use with Apollo and Artemis surfaces, both products are compatible with SMPTE 2110 and AES67. Devoid of a physical control surface, Calrec also highlighted its VP2 virtualised mixing system that operates with the Assist software. Wheatstone demonstrated its new Strata 32 console alongside the Glass LXE virtual console. Solid State Logic highlighted its recent partnership with Sennheiser with the Ambeo for VR partnership programme, while launching a 300 series version

Joerg Rader with the Schoeps CMC 1

of System T for large-format live productions together with the SiX SuperAnalogue small-scale mixer. Now in production, Stage Tec presented its fully IP-based Avatus console with scene automation following the implementation of Release 1.6 for theatre and live applications. Both Studer and Yamaha seemed unfazed with the winds of change blowing around. Studer promoted its Vista 5 BE console together with the Glacier series mixer operating with v1.2 software. Yamaha, meanwhile, showcased a wide

Lectrosonics’ Karl Winkler debuted D Squared

Sagar Shah beside the disguise booth

L–R: NewTek’s Scott Carroll and Matt Allard showcased NDI 4


BUSINESS: SHOW REVIEW selection of mixing consoles with Dante networking capabilities for live rooms, venues and postproduction suites, including the Rivage PM10 and PM7 surfaces, Nuage, CL1, QL1 and TF3. Avid returned to Hall 7 to demonstrate its postproduction platforms using Avid S6 and S3 consoles, Media Composer DVX ID and the web-based version of the MediaCentral platform. Maestro | Powerwall and Maestro | Engine were also showcased to highlight the control and management of content in studio displays. In addition to showcasing a Fairlight EVO desk, Blackmagic Design launched the Atem Mini and showcased 8K postproduction workflows using Atem Constellation 8K on an enormous amount of real estate in Hall 7. As the primary source for audio, the principles of audio technology have changed little over the past century. However, the way that microphone manufacturers interact with IBC’s audience portrays diverse methods of engagement. While Audio-Technica and Shure appealed to more traditional broadcasters showcasing a bespoke selection of wireless, boundary and shotgun models, Sennheiser exhibited audio for video models that certainly appealed to content creators from YouTubers and vloggers to film crews, studios, theatres and broadcasters. The recent partnership with Dear Reality for spatial-connect mixing demanded further attention, while Ambeo immersive audio, surround sound listening with Neumann monitoring and the latest XS wireless models all vied for attention. The devil is often in the detail for cameramen who demand that audio technology deployed on the stars of film and TV should neither be seen nor felt. DPA promoted its 6000 series subminiature mics including the 6066 headset and 6060 lavalier, together with the 4097 Core supercardioid choir and 2028 vocal microphones. Following on from its InfoComm launch, Lectrosonics revealed its D Squared wireless platform in Europe for the first time. Noted for its sophisticated RF broadcast and film solutions, Wisycom showcased its MPR52-ENG dual-diversity receiver providing 790MHz bandwidth in the 470/1,260MHz range with multiband front-end filtering. Microtech Gefell showcased its M75 condensers and Schoeps revealed a new 36mm-long CMC 1 compact pre-amplifier for its MK capsules. Digital wireless and audio-over-IP intercom developments could be found on the Clear-Com (FreeSpeak Edge), LaON (Genie), Pliant (CrewCom), Riedel (Bolero S) and RTS (Odin Omneo) booths. ‘IBC feels a little different for us, because we’ve launched a couple of major new product initiatives,’ commented Clear-Com’s Bob Boster. ‘I would say the show overall feels very similar to past years with the added exception that it’s easier to get around Amsterdam than it used to be because the Metro has really changed things.’ No fanfare or major launch this year perhaps, but Thomas Riedel thoroughly enjoys the coming together of innovative

Table-top ice hockey featured Matrox IP KVM extenders

DaVinci Resolve 16 on the Blackmagic Design booth

L–R: Paul Alexander and Clive Osborn promoted CEDAR’s DNS 8D Matt Anderson of AJA with the Ki Pro Go

L–R: Hyuk Jin Kwon and Miyoun Park from LaON Technologies

Ken Kimura with new additions to Genelec’s The Ones family

minds over the five days. ‘IBC is where the whole world of media and broadcast comes together,’ commented the Riedel Communications founder. Riedel was proudly highlighting the fact that its Wuppertal HQ now combines a Remote Operations Centre where its Managed Sports Services division connects the Video Assist Centre for the German Bundesliga refereeing communications during live games using Bolero S. ‘It’s the forum where you meet everyone involved in this industry together with the likes of Apple, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube who are now also involved. When you add the world of esports, it becomes a really exciting merger.’ Genelec orientated its booth in Hall 8 towards the entrance where it erected a fully lined acoustic listening suite to better demonstrate the S360 monitors with the 7382 subwoofers, while showcasing the latest additions to The Ones in the form of the 8351B and 8361A coaxial three-way monitors and the W371A Adaptive Woofer System. With the establishment of esports, several booths in 2018 such as EVS and Grass Valley promoted live games to better demonstrate their technologies in such applications. This year, such attractions were missing, so it was left to the organiser to promote an esports showcase on the final day. With SDI celebrating its 30th anniversary, 4K, 6K and 8K camera and monitor formats were previewed on many booths including ARRI, Canon, Ikegami, Panasonic and Sony. As in previous years, 5G was one of the major buzzwords going around IBC 2019. Highlighting advancements in this area in the Future Zone was b<>com. ‘There are not that many demos at the show for 5G, so a lot of people are coming to b<>com to discuss it,’ explained Ludovic Noblet. Rohde & Schwarz was one of the few exhibits displaying 5G-capable products in the form of its 5G broadcast solutions incorporating NR technology. The converted car park – Hall 14 – has been an enigma for visitors and exhibitors to both IBC and ISE. Here, Exterity highlighted its extended product portfolio that enables the distribution of any content to any device and over any network – up to 4K. ‘We’re always here in Hall 14, but it tends to be quite a busy hall as it’s near the main entrance,’ commented Colin Farquhar. ‘The Content Everywhere seminars and workshops taking place close by help bring traffic towards us and we’ve found ourselves having a lot of interesting conversations.’ Developed as a UHD signal conversion problem-solver, Ross Video launched the Gator-Toolbox that adapts ‘any-to-any’ HD, UHD and HDR signals in an openGear card with an optional adaptive standards converter. Ross Video may not have

welcomed any new brands into its growing family this year, but its extensive booth included the Carbonite Ultra production switcher, Ultritouch smart touch control and monitoring panel, XPression Tessera, an Abekas Mira replay control panel and PivotCam-SE PTZ cameras. ‘Our customers have been providing us with positive comments, yet remarking on how things have changed even since NAB,’ added an energetic and evergreen David Ross. Platforms such as the openGear modular frame system designed by Ross further support a diverse range of terminal equipment manufacturers. The open-architecture platform provides a selection of technologies from a wide range of products to meet the needs of broadcast, production and distribution facilities with a compatible openGear frame infrastructure. Ross Video understands that there’s safety in numbers. With networking, audio and video formats continuing to develop, collaborative communities such as the SRT Alliance are also thriving. The Open Source video transport protocol and technology stack was developed to stream performance across unpredictable networks to provide the best live video quality over the worst networks. Audinate is also appealing to a larger catchment of developers with the advent of Dante AV and Dante AVIO adapters. The IP video revolution involving the migration from traditional content and signal distribution technologies to IP networks continues to have a dramatic effect on broadcasting and media operations. ‘Across the exhibition, conference and feature areas, IBC 2019 has been a hive of networking, deal-making, product launches, learning and sharing of ideas,’ concluded Crimp. ‘We are delighted to see audience growth in our key target areas, particularly welcoming more young people, seniorlevel executives and overseas visitors.’

2019 Dates:

13 – 17 September

2020 Dates:

11 – 15 September

Venue:

RAI Amsterdam

Total exhibitors:

1,700

Total attendance:

56,390 (2018: 55,884)

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InfoComm India 2019 Market sophistication continues apace as the Mumbai show helps raise AV standards across the subcontinent

An Indian brass band welcomed first-day exhibitors and visitors

Dataton’s Yashpal Bhatia and Ashok Sharma Soham Chawla and Chandan Mahtani IN THE SAME WEEK THAT CLIMATE PROTESTS UNFOLDED across the planet, Mumbai was experiencing the weather vagaries that are sweeping the globe. India’s once-reliable monsoon pattern is changing, and the congested and waterlogged highways surrounding the Bombay Exhibition Centre were a reminder of the rapid urbanisation sweeping the Indian metropolises. This breakneck development continues to transform the country, driving its AV market and the growing relevance of InfoComm India year on year. With major brands retaining their large stands near the entrance of Hall 1, and some newcomers fitting in towards the back, it’s hard to see how the show can physically expand much from here unless a second hall is added. But the development of InfoComm India has largely been about rapid sophistication as companies construct stands and technological displays that would now be at home in the US edition of the show. Located behind the huge Samsung/Harman stand, one of the largest spaces was taken by Vega, alone in being a systems integrator rather than a global manufacturer. ‘We’ve been participating for the past three years, and our stand reflects our growth,’ said the company’s Blessing E Joseph. ‘Next year, we’re planning to have the biggest stand. This is the only marketing we do every year in India.’ David Labuskes, CEO of show organiser AVIXA, opened InfoComm India with a welcome speech that highlighted both the recent and projected boom in the AV industry, which is currently enjoying an international compound annual growth rate of 5.7% globally and 7.1% in Asia Pacific, forecast until 2024. AV-over-IP emerged as one of the factors of the market’s expansion, together with the global growth of GDP, an increased demand for services including design and installation, and the proliferation of digital displays. This latter factor was evident throughout the hall, with LED screens, smart whiteboards and projection the stars of the show. Meanwhile, audio played a smaller, but vital, supporting role, which included the return of Genelec after an absence of several years, with an array of rainbow-hued 4000 Series speakers.

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Another first-time exhibitor was TW Audio, which has set up its own Indian company and was showcasing a prototype of the passive compact ELLA line array. ‘It’s been absolutely worth it; you meet all the systems integrators and the right people,’ said Bernhard Wuestner. Martin Audio was on the stand of new distributor Vardhaman in a deal negotiated by David McKinney’s new company, Generation AV, which also saw amplifier manufacturer LEA Professional join the portfolio. Meanwhile, Alphatec was showing professional solutions from Audio-Technica, which it now represents alongside the Music Tribe brands. Acoustic Arts had a conferencing setup on a stand that showcased its many brands including Televic, Community, Powersoft, Audix, beyerdynamic and Cloud Electronics. Exhibitors had plenty to say about the growing maturity of the AV market. ‘Lots of multinational corporations are coming to

AVIXA CEO David Labuskes opened proceedings

Richard Billings from first-time exhibitor Peerless-AV

Bright colours as Genelec returns to InfoComm India

L–R: TW Audio’s Bernard Wuestner and Krishna Singh

L–R: Meyer Sound’s Rahul Samuel, Chris Mead and Sandeep Braganza

Yamaha’s Ankush Kumar with the Stagepas 1K portable PA system

The Bose team included members from Australia and Southeast Asia

L–R: Rishubh Nayar and Michael Bosworth from Christie India now and opening offices which have already set benchmarks for AV excellence that they need to maintain, so that’s exposing a lot of integrators to that technology,’ said Meyer Sound’s Sandeep Braganza from the Sun Infonet stand shared with Shure. ‘Last year, we had a record year in India as projects get more sophisticated,’ said Christie’s Michael Bosworth. ‘The local SIs are really pushing the products to their technical capabilities. We’ve had a stand here every year since the beginning. The show hasn’t necessarily got bigger but you’ve got a lot of people coming in now who are more sophisticated, who understand the technologies and the industry. The big change is the maturity. It’s a critical show for us.’ Underlining the seriousness with which it regards the show, BenQ had brought 11 staff from its Taiwan headquarters to India. ‘We’ve been coming for five years and we see more and more important visitors,’ said Jeffrey Liang. The company was showcasing its new system-embedded smart projectors and DuoBoard interactive smart panels. Added Rajeev Singh from the Indian office: ‘The show’s continuously improving and we see a good mix of system integration partners as well as end


BUSINESS: SHOW REVIEW users. People plan well in advance to come here; it’s become a destination show.’ ‘This is a very important show for the Indian AV industry,’ agreed Atul Jasra from Philips brand licensee, TPV. ‘It’s all about showcasing the capabilities that we have in terms of hardware. Thanks to this show, we’ve made a lot of collaborations that have been very good for us and, this time around, we are sure new collaborations will emerge again so we can come to market with new solutions.’ The InfoComm Summit schedule this year included AVIXA’s new FlashTracks feature alongside three seminar rooms presenting a rolling programme of hot industry topics across the three exhibition days. It’s impossible to underestimate the effect that InfoComm India, now in its seventh edition, has had on the country’s AV market. Apart from the industry forum and ongoing training it provides, AVIXA’s efforts to get the right people to Mumbai in September is invaluable.

‘We’ve been paying close attention to what our exhibitors have been sharing with us for the past few years, particularly the fact that growth in the Indian AV market is focused around the Tier 2, 3 and 4 cities,’ explained Richard Tan from InfoComm Asia. ‘We’ve taken this to heart and focused our attendee promotion programme to address cities in those areas and attract participation in the show. Since the first year, we’ve had our hosted buyers scheme and, this year, we funded and hosted 250 visitors in addition to partially funding a few hundred more. And this is something we’re planning to continue: to help end users from those cities come here to the show.’

L–R: Sun Infonet’s Neeraj TPV’s Atul Jasra Chandra with Shure’s Chicco demonstrated Philips Hiranandani solutions

L–R: BenQ’s Jeffrey Liang and Rajeev Singh with the DuoBoards

David McKinney introduces Martin Audio on the Vardhaman stand

Audio-Technica’s Robin Ghose showcased Danteenabled processors

L–R: Vega’s Matthew Deayton, Blessing E Joseph and Joy Balboa

Sennheiser’s Vipin Pungalia with the TeamConnect Ceiling 2 solution

2019 Dates:

18 – 20 September

2020 Dates:

2 – 4 September

Venue:

Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai

Total exhibitors:

179

Attendance:

11,532

Contact:

www.infocomm-india.com

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PL+S Shanghai 2019

Now in its 17th edition, Prolight + Sound Shanghai (PLSS) 2019 has established itself as the last major Chinese exhibition of the year. Sue Su visits BENEATH THE SHANGHAI SUNSHINE, PLSS 2019 WAS held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 10–13 October, occupying 45,000m2 and attracting more than 600 exhibitors and brands from 22 countries and regions to showcase their products and technologies. Most of the main western brands were located in Hall N1, with most retaining their usual location. Using a format similar to February’s Prolight + Sound Guangzhou, DMT included a recording studio on its stand. The last stop of the 2019 DMT electronic music workshop was also held at the booth, inviting lecturers exploring different topics of electronic music

DMT’s Clement Choi and DPA’s Thomas Frederiksen

L–R: Henry KS Lee from Tom Lee Group and Dave Karlsen from Austrian Audio

L–R: Longjoin’s Feng Jiyong, Waves’ Mick Olesh and Longjoin’s Chen Yi

TWAUDiO’s Bernhard Wuenster and Ruisheng’s Will Chen production each day, and attracting a large number of people. ‘Together with the Guangzhou show, this is probably the most important show that we do for our brands in Asia, because nothing else is near to this kind of scale in the region,’ said Anthony Gofton from SSL. ‘DMT supports us brilliantly, and this year as well as Live we are showing new products like SiX and Fusion. It’s been a busy show.’ RME brought a range of products for composers and recording studios including the ADI-2 Pro FS AD/DA converter. ‘The traffic of the show is similar to last year, though I think more and more visitors know technology better than before,’ said Summer Liu. Other than showcasing TWAUDiO, Ruisheng also presented Turbosound’s new TBV line array. Bernhard Wuenster from TWAUDiO was participating at PLSS 2019 after four years’ absence. ‘The show is expanding,’ he said. ‘I think the traffic is good, and we also have customers from abroad.’ He added, however, that he thought the trade war between the US and China has had a negative impact on the entire Asian region. ‘This hasn’t made business easy here, and I think this is influencing the market across all of Asia,’ he said. As in previous years, Phoenix Audio built a special demonstration room outside the booth, where Funktion-One’s Evo 7 was demonstrated alongside Out Board’s TiMax immersive audio system, in conjunction with TiMax distributor L-Supply and Out Board’s Robin Whittaker. ‘We have showcased Funktion-One’s system for the first time following requests from our customers this year, and the results have been very positive,’ said Phoenix’s Chris Zhang. ‘Many customers are also interested in TiMax’s open platform for immersive audio.’ Ying Che Huang from Taiwan Cable company, Sunrise, had joined one of the forums in Hall N4, giving a lecture called Electrical Safety for Live Events. ‘It was beyond my expectations,’ he said. ‘The audience’s feedback and questions were really positive. I can see the organisers had made a lot of effort to promote the forum.’ The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) exhibited at the show for the second year with a better location. ‘The presentation we held at the Recording and Production Workshop was excellent, and we are very happy,’ said Ray Williams from IMSTA. ‘The traffic seemed a bit down on the first day, but overall we are very happy with the presentation and the way Music China and Prolight + Sound cooperated with us.’ Waves officially announced the establishment of the Greater China Technical Service Center in cooperation with Longjoin

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K-array’s Roger Qi Group. In the future, Waves’ eMotion LV1 live mixers and other products will be manufactured locally. Waves deputy president, Mick Olesh, said: ‘I believe the cooperation will open a new future, and I look forward to the vitality the new products will bring to the Chinese market.’ KV2 declared PLSS as its most important show. ‘We showcased our VHD5.0 in the outdoor demo as well as the small speaker, ESD Cube, on our stand and stand posters of shows we supported last year. KV2 is steadily growing in China,’ said Jason Shi, KV2’s chief representative in China. Sennheiser’s dealer Artsound continued to promote its Sennheiser evolution G4 series and XSW-D wireless system. ‘The visitor profile is similar to last year, but I feel the traffic is lower,’ said Artsound’s Rio Li. Located in the heart of Hall N1, Galyet showcased Neve, Mirab, Amphion, DirectOut and Radial Engineering. Galyet’s Nicho Zhang said: ‘PLSS is in line with the positioning of our products. If the show can attract more broadcasting visitors, the effect and influence will be further improved.’ Italian speaker driver manufacturer Lavoce has participated at PLSS for years, and this year was showcasing many new products, including the DF10.142LK and DF10.173K highfrequency drivers. Fellow Italian manufacturer K-array was participating on its dealer’s booth. ‘The East China market is important, and we fully support our dealer to bring K-array’s personalised products to potential users,’ said K-array’s Roger Qi. In addition to Audix, Audiofocus and H||H, Eatrend has just taken on Spanish brand Ecler. H||H held a global product launch in a meeting room outside the exhibition halls. ‘The number of customers this year is significantly higher,’ said Jason Wu from Eatrend. ‘The new Ecler brand has attracted attention.’ Although traffic was consistent with previous years in Hall N1, it had grown less in Halls N2 and N3. As usual, Ruifeng’s stand was at the entrance to Hall N2. In addition to showcasing its own RF brand, it also displayed distributed products such as

Voice-Acoustic and Four Audio. Voice-Acoustic’s Ikarray-12 was also entered in the outdoor line array demonstration. SAE and Verity were located at the entrance to Hall N3. Verity had entered its IWAC220P active dual 10-inch line array in the outdoor demo. ‘We’ve seen less overseas customers, but those who came to our booth have a lot of potential,’ said Bill Lee. Audiocenter’s booth was opposite Verity’s and the company launched the Artist series at the show. ‘We have seen many overseas visitors from Israel, South America, Europe and the United States,’ said Roshan Malim. While Soundking boasted a 1,200m2 independent hall as usual, some manufacturers, especially microphone companies, chose to show their products in the Music China section. Austrian Audio showcased its new OC818 and OC18 large diaphragm condenser mics with distributor Acton in Hall W3. Another Austrian microphone brand, Lewitt, had made an effort to move to the main Hall W5, where many instrument brands were located. ‘It’s the first time we are in this hall and there are a lot good interactions, so we can really connect with the users,’ said Roman Perschon. ‘We are a user-focused company and this environment provides us a lot of insight.’ French lighting manufacturer Minuit Une participated at PLSS for the first time in Hall N4 with its distributor Shenzhen DAMEI, showcasing its IVL Lighting products. ‘The show is OK for us, but I think it’s been too long,’ said Minuit Une’s Corinne Carrey. ‘We were quite busy on the second and third days. But, on the last day, it was empty. However, we saw a lot of potential.’ Perhaps as a response that was echoed by other exhibitors, next year’s PLSS will be reduced from three-and-a-half to three days. Although the traffic in Hall N1 remained roughly the same as previous years, in Halls N2 and N3, where most of the domestic brands were located, the number of visitors seemed to be affected by uncertain global economic and political factors. Trade shows are barometers of the industry, and smart exhibitors will undoubtedly make corresponding preparations for an uncertain future.

Jason Shi from KV2

Lewitt’s CEO, Roman Perschon Eatrend’s Jason Wu

2019 Dates:

10 – 13 October

2020 Dates:

28 – 30 October

Venue:

The Shanghai New International Expo Centre

Total exhibitors: 600+ Attendance:

30,011

Contact:

www.prolight-sound-shanghai. hk.messefrankfurt.com/shanghai/en.html


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AES New York

For the third successive year, the Audio Engineering Society (AES) opened its doors alongside the NAB Show New York JOINING FORCES WITH THE NAB SHOW AT THE JACOB K Javits Center has in many ways resurrected the fortunes of a trade show that not so long ago was more attuned to looking back nostalgically. Having abandoned its phobia of current and developing technologies, the diverse platform continues to garner universal appeal. Following on from last year’s theme of Connect, this year’s Inspire and Educate enveloped an enormous amount of informative and educational workshops, panels, papers, lectures, technical tours and technology under one glazed roof. Neighbouring the independent NAB New York show, badge holders for both shows were allowed mutual access, prompting curious excursions and, in doing so, ensuring greater appeal for exhibitors. The AES Convention is truly never more at home than it is in New York City. Neighbouring Broadway’s world-class theatres, the West Side location entices more than just venue technicians and owners along to the show floor. There is always a healthy amount of studio, postproduction and broadcasting engineers in addition to international dealers benefiting from the educational seminars and crowded exhibition aisles. Emerging technologies and the results of audio research continue to be highlighted in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. The continued integration of VR, immersive audio, networking and audio-over-IP were dominant themes on the AES show floor. Meanwhile, AV-over-IP and SMPTE 2011 played a familiar tune at NAB. While panels and workshops addressed live sound and project studio recording, the addition of game audio, podcasting and VR discussions continues to appear on the agenda. Their very inclusion adds new appeal – and student visitors – to a show that has long been steeped in traditional recording techniques offering less relevance in today’s commercial world. The dynamic

Meyer Sound’s Tim Boot promoted the Ultra-X40

Clear-Com’s Rom Rosenblum stepped up to the Edge

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Allen & Heath’s Avantis debuted by Kevin Madden from American Music & Sound

L–R: Rune Jacobson and Kim Bang with the new Core 47 and Dynaudio Core subs

A panel held in the AES Live Performance area

Graham Kirk (right) presented API’s Larry Droppa with the AES Service to Industry Award

Audio-Technica’s Gary Boss celebrated the 25th anniversary of the 4050 studio condenser

nature of the audio business is now embracing changing trends in the next generation’s leisure time. As in previous years, the staging of two shows posed a dilemma for several companies including Avid, Clear-Com, Lawo, Neutrik and Riedel. All five returned to exhibit at both shows concurrently. NAB NY may be a greatly scaled-down version of its Las Vegas big brother, but it manages to bring major brands such as Blackmagic Design, Panasonic and Ross Video to the show floor by allowing them to interact with East Coast broadcasters, dealers and production companies. Promoting solutions for unified sports and live events, news and live production, graphics and signal processing and multi-viewer solutions, made an impact. ‘It’s a good exhibition not only to meet regional TV station broadcasters, but also colleges, universities and sports venue operators,’ commented Ross Video’s Nestor Amaya. While the mc²96 and mc²56 mixing consoles greeted visitors entering its AES stand, Lawo tailored its mix towards broadcasters in NAB with IP video infrastructure technologies and the Ruby Radio console. Riedel opted to promote an Artist intercom panel within the Audio over IP Pavilion at AES, while demonstrating the MediorNet Compact Pro, Bolero platform and more videocentric products at NAB. ‘We scaled things back a little this year, so we could set up the booths ourselves,’ pointed out Riedel’s Joe Commare. ‘It’s a high cost venue with drayage fees here at the Javits and you can wait around for many hours after the show.’ Clear-Com debuted its new 5GHz FreeSpeak Edge wireless platform at both shows, while RTS decided to

The Recording Stage added another educational dimension to the AES programme simply exhibit its ODIN and ROAMEO platforms together with the KP-5032/4016 key panels exclusively at NAB. Avid targeted both shows with different visitors in mind. The company’s NAB booth beckoned broadcasters and postproduction engineers engaged in sports production and video editing with Maestro, MediaCentral, Media Composer and Avid Artist. The latest S1 Connect and S4 modular mixing systems appealed to postproduction editors, while Pro Tools, the S3, HD Native and Sibelius were demonstrated to audiophiles. In addition, the Avid Partner section hosted technologies from Audionamix, Dolby, Nugen Audio, RTW, Shure and Sonnox. On the lower levels of the Javits, traditional AES Convention panels, technical seminars, educational and historical presentations provided over 400 cumulative hours of information. Adding to the buzz on the show floor itself, the heavily attended Mix with the Masters and Live Sound Expo at the rear of the exhibition hall attracted novices and veterans alike. This year, the addition of the Recording Stage and the John Lennon bus added new dimensions to the educational offerings. As is customary, software pioneer Waves welcomed elite engineers to demonstrate its hardware and plug-ins including the latest SuperRack processing software alongside the eMotion LV1 Proton 16-channel live mixer and SoundGrid Axis Proton customised computer. Consoles designed for recording, postproduction and broadcasting applications were in good supply. Following the preview of Mustard, DiGiCo revealed the first flavour in its Spice Rack processor collection for Quantum 7 with the Chilli 6 multiband compressor/expander alongside the SD7


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The NAB NY show floor included an esports content production studio

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Datavideo’s Rob Read presented the portable MobileCast video switcher

console with the Quantum 7 engine and 4REA4 networking technology. Fellow Audiotonix brands were all present including Allen & Heath which debuted its eagerly awaited Avantis console. AES was a triumphant return for SSL promoting its Fusion (XLogic and Sigma), Studio (AWS 948 δelta), System T and Live L550 console technologies to a cross section of visitors from recording, postproduction, broadcasting and live sound backgrounds. Now under the distribution wing of Group One in North America, fanfares were sounded as the wraps were removed from the new Origin console. Calrec highlighted its Brio36 and Apollo consoles with the new Type R for radio products. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in style, API stole the show this year on a large, centrally located booth. The 1608 II and 2448 consoles together with the newly released 2500 stereo bus compressor and 862 channel strip played supporting roles to the 2448 40-channel model bound for Georgia’s famous Capricorn Records, which is also celebrating its golden landmark. President Larry Droppa and his team revelled in the occasion with their many friends. Hosting a grand party at Sony Hall on the second night of the show, a teary-eyed Droppa accepted the technical Grammy awarded to API founder, the late Saul Walker, from his surviving daughters. AMS Neve promoted its black Genesys digital control surface with a new processing plug-in alongside Sonotronics microphones and distinctive Augspurger monitors on the Pro Audio Distribution booth. Yamaha showcased its existing Rivage, CL and TF series of digital boards, all benefitting from enhanced control features and plug-ins following the release of v3.0 and v4.0 firmware updates. Just as videographers demanded better audio, podcasters continue to seek expert advice as their listeners grow. In an attempt to entice such an audience, both Audio-Technica and Focusrite created podcasting setups on their booths, showcasing turnkey microphone/headphone bundles and the Scarlett USB audio interfaces, respectively.

Joseph D’Amico promoted JVC’s CAM GY-HC500 broadcast camcorder

L–R: Synthax’s Mathias von Heydekampf with Digigram’s Stephane Bert and Xavier Allanic

L–R: Another successful NAB NY for Wheatstone’s Phil Owens, Paul Picard and Jay Tyler

Avid’s Raymond Thompson presented Pro Tools 2019 and the new S1 Connect Ross Video’s Nestor Amaya highlighted Ultrix and S4 consoles

Genelec demonstrated the latest Ones monitors including the 8361, 8351 and 8341 models in a 3D Aura demonstration on its booth. ‘We’re also promoting our long-established GLM loudspeaker management software and the 7380s,’ commented Will Eggleston. ‘AES continues to be a largely regional show, but the organisers perform a wonderful job in drawing in a younger generation of audio users. Today’s technology allows us to use audio in so many new and exciting ways that were simply not possible before the dawn of the internet.’ Fellow Finnish company Amphion was in close attendance, as was Dynaudio, highlighting the Core 47 three-way system. In close proximity to the lower-level seminar rooms, several manufacturers provided listening demonstration rooms for more critical listening evaluations. PMC hosted the Masters of Audio seminar programme in a Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 setup, consisting of an IB2S-XBD-A L-C-R system with result6 surround channels and overhead monitors augmented by BB7 subwoofers. Having extensively promoted their respective Constellation and L-ISA immersive technologies in recent years, both L-Acoustics and Meyer Sound returned with stripped-back stereo demonstrations to showcase their A-10/A-15 and Ultra-X40 speaker systems. Sennheiser hosted spatial audio demonstrations of Ambeo 3D immersive audio using Neumann KU 100 monitors. On the show floor, Neumann showcased its U67, U87, U47 FET and M149 tube microphones, while Sennheiser focused on its MK4 and MK8 recording mics together with Dear Reality immersive 3D software. If there was one product category in abundance, it was microphones. Schoeps displayed its ORTF-3D ambience outdoor plug-and-play solution in addition to the new 39mm diameter CMC 1 compact microphone amplifier. Like Neumann, Microtech Gefell showed the KEM 975 and MD 300 models together with the BM 180 and 190 stage microphones, UM930 twin condenser and INA-5R surround sound mic. Twinplex was one of the main attractions on the Shure booth together with the established MXA, MXCW and Axient Digital

families and a selection of more entry-level microphones including the MV88+. Maintaining its small but powerful credentials, DPA promoted the d:screet Core 6060, 6061 subminiature microphones together with the recently launched 2028 vocal and 4097 choir mics. Lectrosonics continues to push the wireless boundaries following the launch of the D Squared platform, while showcasing its small, lightweight technologies for location recordists and production companies. Earthworks had made the relatively short journey down from New Hampshire to exhibit a bespoke selection of live, studio and instrument microphones including the SV33 studio vocal mic. Wisycom, meanwhile, presented its v2.0 Manager software together with the MPR52-ENG dual-channel diversity receiver, which includes two diversity receivers with both analogue and digital outputs. Sanken introduced the CU-51 Chromatic dual capsule, while Telefunken Elektroakustic unveiled its Alchemy series of large diaphragm tube condensers at a parked VW campervan. To many, this year’s AES exhibition was perhaps characterised by the freakish atmospheric bomb cyclone that deluged those departing the Javits at the close of the first day. Hopefully, most exhibitors leaving in the setting sun on day three were reassured that the organisers are continuing to breathe new life into audio by encouraging podcasters, gamers and streamers to learn more about sound. The old school recording engineers and broadcasters are making way for the latest generation of audio users. In addition to providing white papers, highly technical workshops and discussions, the AES is providing a forum to better understand audio fundamentals.

L–R: Group One’s Jack Kelly, SSL’s Phil Wagner and Fadi Hayek together with Group One’s Bryan Bradley launched the Origin console Dan Hughley promoted Focusrite Pro’s podcasting

Genelec’s Will Eggleston with the 8351A monitor

Forrest Sussman at the helm of the Lawo mc²96 console

The Mix with the Masters sessions were hugely oversubscribed

2019 Dates:

16 – 18 October

2020 Dates:

21 – 23 October

Venue:

Jacob K Javits Center, New York

Total exhibitors:

237

Total attendance:

15,097

Contact:

www.aes.org

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Measurements for acoustic design

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Joe Begin

In the third and final part of this loudspeaker measurement series, Joe Begin reviews test techniques used to help overcome a key measurement challenge MITIGATING THE INTERACTIONS OF A LOUDSPEAKER with its test environment can be a nuisance. One approach to approximating the free field response of a loudspeaker is the ground plane measurement technique. This technique takes advantage of the fact that the acoustic reflection from a loudspeaker placed directly on a hard, reflective surface is predictable.

Ground plane measurements In the sketch on the right showing a loudspeaker and microphone placed 1m above a reflective surface, the microphone is positioned on-axis, 2m away from the loudspeaker. For this geometry, the difference in path length for the reflected sound and the direct sound is about 894mm. At the speed of sound (343m/s at room temperature), this represents a time difference of 2.61ms. Hence, if a sinusoidal signal is generated by the loudspeaker, two sine signals of the same frequency and essentially the same amplitude will arrive at the microphone, but the reflected sound will be delayed by 2.61ms. This time delay represents a phase shift. At some frequencies, the signals will be 180° out of phase, and they will completely cancel out. At frequencies two times higher, the signals will be exactly in phase, and their combined amplitude will be twice that of the direct sound, or 6dB higher in level. This causes a comb filter effect at the microphone position which, for this geometry, means the signals completely cancel out at multiples of 192Hz, and they amount to twice the amplitude of the direct sound at multiples of 384Hz. As the loudspeaker and measurement microphone are moved closer to the reflecting plane, the path length difference decreases, causing the notches of the comb filter to occur at higher frequencies. In the limiting case,

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Sketch of a loudspeaker and microphone tested at 1m above a hard, reflective surface the loudspeaker and the microphone are placed directly on the ground plane, and the speaker is tilted such that the reference axis points directly at the microphone. For a standard ½-inch measurement microphone, the centre of the microphone’s diaphragm will be about 6.4mm above the ground plane when the microphone is directly on the surface. For a loudspeaker height of 40cm, the first notch in the comb filter would be at about 68kHz, resulting in a level response 6dB higher than the direct sound up to 20kHz. As the source height increases, the frequency of the first notch will decrease, limiting the upper-frequency range of ground plane measurements to a frequency below 20kHz. One way to mitigate this effect is to place the high-frequency driver

closer to the ground (ie to invert a loudspeaker system with the tweeter at the top of the baffle). When the speaker and microphone are directly on the ground plane, from the perspective of the microphone it appears that there is a second identical loudspeaker located symmetrically with respect to the ground plane. At frequencies below the first notch in the comb filter, the signals will be in phase and will have a combined level 6dB higher than the level of the direct sound. This can be used to advantage by placing the microphone at a distance two times the intended measurement distance. For example, a common specification is the frequency response measured on-axis at 1m distance due to a sinusoidal stimulus of 1W. Assuming


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The trade show forms a vital part of the AV industry. We caught up with Integrated Systems Events MD Mike Blackman on its evolution and his plans to move ISE to Barcelona ISE has grown rapidly. How do you find the balance of creating such a specialised event that also meets everyone’s needs?

People come from all over to ISE. In terms of your audience, from which countries are you seeing the biggest attendance growth?

Mainly, we listen to our exhibitors and attendees. We carr y out detailed research after each show to find out what people liked, and what they didn’t like so much. That feeds into the planning for the following year’s show. I don’t really think of ISE as a specialised event – rather, it’s a broad-based show that caters to a wide range of different specialists. And that’s the nature of the industr y – a lot of our attendees specialise in a par ticular market sector but, in many cases, our exhibitors’ technologies cross into several ver ticals.

You’re right – at ISE 2019 we had visitors from 188 countries, with the USA, Russia and China all in the top 10. However, the picture doesn’t change much from year to year. If you look at where our first-time attendees come from, the pattern closely mirrors the overall attendee distribution.

How much of a focus will be on pro audio in 2020? We will once again have our Audio and Live Events Technology Zone, mainly in Hall 7 but extending out into some of the adjacent halls. I think I’ve counted 220 companies there – and, on top of this, there will be audio companies in many of the other halls as well. The Audio Forum conference is taking place again on the Monday, and there is likely to be an audio element to many of our other conferences and free and paidfor professional development offerings.

What do you imagine the future of the trade show to look like? We’re forecasting significant growth in our show over the next decade, which was the main reason for our move to Barcelona from 2021. It’s hard to know exactly what ISE – or any trade show – will look like in, say 2030, but we believe we are on a sound footing to lead and reflect the development of the industr y.

Are you witnessing any interesting trends in the type of companies that are looking to exhibit?

ISE has a solid focus on education. Is that something that will continue? ISE is owned by AVIXA and CEDIA, two trade associations with a focus on professional development, so education and training have always been an impor tant par t of the show. Another priority for both associations is reaching out beyond the industr y, to other stakeholders within AV projects. Establishing and awarding professional qualifications plays a crucial par t in establishing the exper tise of the industr y as a whole, as well as demonstrating the competency of the individuals who work in it.

What educational elements will feature in the upcoming show? We’ve got our largest-ever conference programme. All the conferences that we held in 2019 will be back in 2020, plus a couple of new ones: the Control Rooms Summit and the CEDIA Design & Build Conference. Like in 2019, many of the conferences will be held in the nearby Hotel Okura, which proved ver y popular with our attendees. AVIXA is directly involved in its two What’s Next… conferences, covering enterprise and higher education, as well as running its 20-minute FlashTrack sessions on its stand. CEDIA also has a four-day programme of training sessions, beginning on the Monday with a masterclass on cybersecurity, as well as hosting free CEDIA Talks on its stand. And the Main Stage theatre will be back, this time in Hall 14, with a full programme of free thought leadership sessions during show hours.

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What was behind the decision to move the event to Barcelona in 2021? Purely and simply, we’re running out of space in the RAI. Even for ISE 2020, we had to tell our exhibitors that they couldn’t take a bigger stand than they had at ISE 2019. While the RAI has been a great par tner for us, and Amsterdam a great location for the show, we didn’t have any choice but to find somewhere else. The Fira de Barcelona was the outcome of an 18-month process, and it’s a great choice. It’s a modern, well-equipped venue with plenty of space for us to expand into – not just on the show floor, but also with plentiful side rooms for conferences, meetings and demos. And Barcelona came out top of our attendees’ preferred cities for hotels and restaurants.

Will the event space be expanding in 2020? Although we don’t have much capacity to expand at the RAI, we have managed to increase the size of the extension to Hall 5, some of which will host companies in the Audio and Live Events Technology Zone. And we’ve found some space in Hall 14 for a new Innovation Zone, which is an area dedicated to new exhibitors with exciting new technologies.

These kinds of trends tend to be masked by the fact that we have more demand in many areas than we can accommodate within the relevant Technology Zone – so some companies have to be located in the ‘generic’ floor space instead. Again, that’s something that the move to Barcelona will address.

Lastly, what can attendees expect for ISE in 2020? At this stage, we don’t know exactly what our exhibitors will be showing, but I know that cutting-edge solutions using immersive audio, AVoIP, cloud, 4K/8K technology, voice and gesture control and the latest display technologies will all be well represented. Our Opening Address will be given by Duncan Wardle, former head of innovation and creativity at Disney. He has some really interesting ideas about how all businesses can tap into their resources of imagination and creativity, and I’m looking forward to hearing what he has to say. We’re also planning another projection mapping spectacle, following the success of these show features in previous years. And we’re also working on an exciting event where we will say farewell and thank you to Amsterdam and the RAI and give attendees a flavour of what to expect in Barcelona in 2021. So, watch this space. ISE 2020 will take place at the RAI Amsterdam on 11–14 February 2020. www.iseurope.org


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