23 January 2015

Stevie Wonder's team switches to DPA Microphones

Stevie Wonder's team switches to DPA MicrophonesUSA - After a recent summer tour throughout Europe, Stevie Wonder's audio team has something new to sing about; the addition of DPA microphones to his touring rig. On recommendation from jazz singer Dee Alexander, Wonder's front of house engineer tested the DPA Microphones d:facto Vocal and d:vote 4099P Instrument piano microphones while on the road. Now a permanent fixture for all of Wonder's performances, the mics provide the right blend of tone and detail that is necessary for the musician's wide range of styles. As Wonder's FOH ... More >>

Robe BMFLs for 2014 Festigal in Israel

Robe BMFLs for 2014 Festigal in IsraelIsrael - The Hanukkah holiday is celebrated in a diversity of ways, one of which is the annual Festigal performance show which brings the glamour and glitz of leading celebrities to the stage for an all-action music and dance extravaganza targeted at eight - 14 year olds. It's one of the best attended and most popular performance phenomena in Israel. This year, Festigal's lighting designer Ronen Najar - who has lit the show for the past eight years - spec'd 24 of Robe's new BMFL Spot fixtures to be the centrepiece. The BMFLs were part ... More >>

Clay Paky fixtures expose Coheed and Cambria secrets

Clay Paky fixtures expose Coheed and Cambria secretsUSA - Coheed and Cambria, the American progressive metal band whose innovative concept albums tell the sci-fi story of The Amory Wars, has wrapped a concert tour that included a complement of Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20s and Sharpys. Coheed and Cambria recently toured with the band Thank You Scientist, playing 25 dates across the US and in Toronto. Coheed and Cambria's setlist followed In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, their 11-year old second album, which has recently been remastered and rereleased. Clearwing Productions ... More >>

Sennheiser debuts evolution wireless D1

Sennheiser debuts evolution wireless D1USA - At NAMM, Sennheiser has launched evolution wireless D1, a range of digital wireless microphone systems that lets bands go wireless the easy way. With systems for vocals or for instruments, a band's life is made simpler: transmitters and receivers automatically pair and select suitable transmission frequencies, while multiple D1 systems can automatically coordinate themselves. ew D1 operates in the 2.4 GHz range, which is license-free worldwide. "D1 instantly readies you for making music - and takes the complexity out of wireless," ... More >>

XL Video UK invests in new Barco and Lightware gear

XL Video UK invests in new Barco and Lightware gearUK - XL Video UK has announced a major investment in new Barco projectors and lenses, as well as a large investment in video distribution equipment from Lightware. Both agreements support the company's commitment to regularly update their inventory with high quality, state-of-the-art video equipment. XL Video has invested £1.2m in 30 of Barco's HDX-W14 projectors, including a quantity of their TLD+ Ultra Short Throw lenses. XL has selected the HDX-W14 units as they offer outstanding image quality and flexible light output. The ... More >>

Prolight + Sound 2015 embraces the theatre sector

Prolight + Sound 2015 embraces the theatre sectorGermany - Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt is expanding the spectrum of subjects and segments covered at the coming event from 15 to 18 April 2015. With a set of new offerings, the trade fair will also be of particular interest to companies and trade visitors from the theatre and theatre-technology sectors. An extensive seminar programme for this target group, a special 'Quickfinder' guide to relevant exhibitors and a special VIP programme for theatre planners are scheduled. Numerous manufacturers and service providers from the fields of ... More >>

Nexo STM M28 on tour with the Ten Tenors

Nexo STM M28 on tour with the Ten TenorsGermany - The Ten Tenors are one of the hardest-working acts on the classical-rock scene, reportedly performing an average of 250 shows per year. For this Australian ensemble, currently on tour in Germany, the Netherlands, Holland and Austria, the big news has been a Nexo STM modular line array featuring the STM M28 compact main cabinets. This is the first significant international tour for Nexo's new M28 compact module. Rental provider Sound Linear was one of the early-adopting PA companies, embracing the STM Scale Through Modularity ... More >>

Creative Technology in the Big Brother House

Creative Technology in the Big Brother HouseUK - January began with another batch of celebrity housemates entering the Big Brother House. The Housemates are competing against each other, battling to be crowned the Celebrity Big Brother winner by the public. Creative Technology (CT) has been supplying LED display solutions to the renowned reality TV show from its inception in 2000 and has recently been reconfirmed as the supplier for the 2015 series. For this year's celebrity series, CT is providing the LED screen displays on the side of the house as well as those on the iconic ... More >>

New Burntwood location for expanding ide Systems

New  Burntwood location for expanding ide SystemsUK - Midlands-based manufacturer of electrical distribution systems, ide Systems, has expanded its operations by opening a new rental division near Lichfield. The move to unit 4AD, zone 2, Burntwood Business Park, has enabled ide Systems to split its business into three distinct areas. The company, which provided power distribution and cabling for the London Olympics in 2012 and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year, will locate its rental division to the 7,950 sq.ft unit after it agreed a five-year lease with London & Cambridge ... More >>

Blackout at The National Television Awards

Blackout at The National Television AwardsUK - Blackout provided extensive draping for this year's star studded National Television Awards (NTAs) on 21 January 2015. Broadcast live on ITV and watched by a packed live audience inside the O2 arena, Dermot O'Leary lead the glittering ceremony with TV's biggest stars out in force for the 20th annual event. The evening saw Eastenders steal the show, taking home the serial Drama Award and Ant & Dec who took home their 14th consecutive National Television Award for Best Entertainment Presenter. Contracted by NTA producers ... More >>

AED Distribution expands international staff

AED Distribution expands international staffEurope - After the appointment of AED Distribution as distributor for QSC Pro Audio in Germany and UK in addition to its BeNeLux distribution, and the expansion into the European continent for High End Systems products, the Belgium-based company is also expanding its team. AED Distribution, with offices in the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, France & Belgium, has hired several people to support its future growth into these new markets. Hans Vanderheijden, managing director at AED Distribution HQ, comments, "Over the last couple of years ... More >>

Apollo Design Technology appoints CFO

Apollo Design Technology appoints CFOUSA - Apollo Design Technology has announced the appointment of Nick Picciuto as chief financial officer. In this role, Picciuto will direct the financial activities of the company including strategic planning, profit improvement initiatives, financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, and banking/debt management. Prior to joining Apollo Design Technology, Picciuto worked as a CFO at InterStar Fleet Services and Duro Designer Company. His career spans over 30 years in the finance field. "Nick is a great fit. He is able to jump between ... More >>

Midas expands M32 digital platform

Midas expands M32 digital platformUSA - Midas announced at NAMM the addition of the M32R and M32C digital consoles, and the DL32 32 x 16 stage box to the company's well received M32 platform. Both the M32R and M32C are 40-input / 25-bus digital mixers with a host of connectivity options sure to appeal to audio professionals in need of advanced live sound and recording solutions. The M32R features the same award-winning Midas Microphone Preamplifiers and '1-million cycle' motorised faders as the PRO Series consoles. The mixers also feature ULTRANET connectivity for "... More >>

Allen & Heath launches ultra compact digital mixer

Allen & Heath launches ultra compact digital mixerUSA - Allen & Heath has extended its successful Qu range with the launch at NAMM of Qu-Pac, an ultra-compact digital mixer with both a built-in touchscreen and iPad control app. Designed for live music and installed sound, Qu-Pac is a freestanding or rack mount mixer, providing a flexible solution for bands and in multi-purpose environments such as schools, hotels and bars. Qu-Pac connectivity offers 16 mono inputs, three stereo inputs and 12 mix outputs on the rear panel, but that can be expanded up to 38 in / 28 out by connecting to ... More >>

Electro-Voice unveils EKX portable loudspeaker series

Electro-Voice unveils EKX portable loudspeaker seriesUSA - Launching at NAMM 2015, the EKX series is the newest member of the Electro-Voice portable loudspeaker family, and combines EV sound quality and reliability with the latest technology - all in a lightweight, compact package suitable for a wide range of sound reinforcement scenarios, including musicians, DJs, and live/club/installed sound applications. The EKX series features eight models (four powered and four passive), including 12" and 15" two-way models and 15" and 18" subwoofers. EKX is positioned above the ZLX and ELX series ... More >>

Fohhn gears up for ISE

Fohhn gears up for ISEThe Netherlands - At this year's ISE in Amsterdam, Fohhn Audio will present its technologies which demonstrate beam steering, 3D sound and the intelligent active and the fully digital audio network AIREA. AIREA is a network-based active solution developed specifically for high-quality, flexible and future-oriented sound reinforcement applications. "The system is based on the most up-to-date speaker technology with integrated DSP technology and 2-channel class D amplifiers which guarantee excellent sound quality, maximum dynamic range, ... More >>

Turbosound adds modular column loudspeakers

Turbosound adds modular column loudspeakersUSA - At Winter NAMM 2015, British professional loudspeaker manufacturer Turbosound introduced the Company's first modular column loudspeakers and subwoofers. The INSPIRE Series features Klark Teknik SST Spatial Sound Technology, an onboard remote controllable digital mixer, plus Bluetooth stereo audio streaming - all controllable via iPhone / iPad. Designed for commanding performance, the iNSPIRE Series consists of three full-range powered column loudspeakers, the 800-Watt iP500, 1,000-Watt iP1000 and 1,000 Watt iP2000 - plus two ... More >>

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