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ISE Issues Clarification on AV Integrated Systems India Expo

21/03/2019

Factory Raid in China Results in Seizure of Counterfeit Shure, Sennheiser, Yamaha, And Harman Audio Products

19/03/2019

Portman Lights Gets Investment Boost from The French Team

19/03/2019

Brompton Technology’s new China office open for business

19/03/2019

Mackie Celebrates 30 Years In The Making

14/03/2019

New d&b audiotechnik Greater China venture takes off

14/03/2019

Point Source Audio Launches Wider Pro, LLC for Broadcast Industry

13/03/2019

Eaton Announces Intent to Spin Off its Lighting Business

11/03/2019

Ayrton appoints PRG K.K as new exclusive distributor for Japan

08/03/2019

Stage Electrics Appointed UK Distributor for Admiral Staging Products

08/03/2019

Movecat trains international team from PRG

08/03/2019

AV Marketing Finland appointed first distributor for UNiKA Pro DANTE I/O

01/03/2019

Van Domburg to distribute Absen LED in Benelux

28/02/2019

ESTA’s Control Protocols Satisfaction Survey – Help Define Control Systems Interoperability

27/02/2019

L-Supply new TiMax Distributor for Hong Kong and China

26/02/2019

Green-GO appoints ZAP Audio as exclusive Swiss distributor

25/02/2019

Theatres Trust launches new grant scheme to improve environmental sustainability of theatres

21/02/2019

Triple E expands factory facilities alongside new precision engineering division

21/02/2019

Music & Lights appoints UAE distributor

20/02/2019

Outline appoints Audio Effetti exclusive distributor for Italy

20/02/2019

Sixty82 announces an exciting new partnership with Senci

19/02/2019

Unusual Rigging strengthens its commitment to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

18/02/2019

Atlona Names EARPRO its New Distribution Partner in Spain and Portugal

15/02/2019

Obsidian Control Systems and Capture Visualisation announce partnership for ONYX console line

14/02/2019

Green-GO expands global sales network with key new appointments

14/02/2019

ISE Issues Clarification on AV Integrated Systems India Expo

The Netherlands – Last month, Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2019 – organised by Integrated Systems Events – drew over 81,000 registered attendees and 1,300 exhibitors to 15 halls at the RAI Amsterdam. This consolidated ISE’s position as the world’s largest trade show for professional AV and systems integration.

However, there are some events in the pro AV and systems integration field with which it has no connection, including the AV Integrated Systems Expo Mumbai, or AV-ISE in a shortened format. ISE wishes to make this fact clear to its exhibitors and attendees to ensure that there is no confusion.

“They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” commented Mike Blackman, managing director of integrated systems events. “We put a lot of time, resource and effort into creating a show experience at Integrated Systems Europe that is second to none. We trust that, when deciding whether to attend any given show, AV and systems integration professionals will look beyond the chosen name and make their own judgements.”

As well as the main ISE show each February, Integrated Systems Events also organises Integrated Systems Russia and the Digital Signage Summit series of events. In addition, Integrated Systems Events produces a number of the conferences that take place during ISE.

Integrated Systems Events also participates with the numerous exhibitions and events produced by its co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA.

21st March 2019

Factory Raid in China Results in Seizure of Counterfeit Shure, Sennheiser, Yamaha, And Harman Audio Products

Factory Raid in China Results in Seizure of Counterfeit Shure, Sennheiser, Yamaha, And Harman Audio Products

China – Shure Incorporated has announced that a police raid on a factory in China manufacturing counterfeit products, Enping Soundpu Electronics Equipment (also doing business as Voxpu Electronics Equipment), was conducted in October 2018.

The successful on site enforcement action was initiated by Shure and accomplished with close co-operation and assistance from the Enping Public Security Bureau (PSB) and the Enping Administration of Industry and Commerce (AIC). The targeted factory is a repeat offender and known counterfeiter to the Enping enforcement authorities. Soundpu was fined in August 2018 by the Enping AIC after counterfeit Shure wireless microphones were found at Soundpu’s factory premises during a routine market investigation carried out in April 2018.

In addition to Shure, other leading audio companies were impacted by the counterfeit operation, including Sennheiser, Yamaha, and Harman. Among the goods seized were wireless microphones and receivers, consoles, amplifiers, and processors. Shure has taken steps to initiate a criminal prosecution against the owner and managers of Soundpu, given its continued counterfeiting activities and blatant disregard for intellectual property rights.

“Counterfeiting is an ongoing problem for the audio industry, and we remain vigilant in our anti-counterfeiting efforts,” said Chris Schyvinck, Shure president and CEO. “Shure is deeply committed to protecting our valued customers from low-quality counterfeits and ensuring that our customers experience only the quality of a genuine Shure product every time they purchase a product bearing the Shure name.”

Sennheiser, Yamaha, and Harman will be assisting Shure with the forthcoming criminal prosecution of Soundpu.

“Our collective intellectual property has been compromised, and we greatly appreciate the cooperation of Sennheiser, Yamaha, and Harman in this matter,” Chris added. “We encourage customers to buy all of these professional audio products only from authorised dealers.”

“Brand and product piracy is a problem that demands to be taken seriously. Just as in other sectors, audio companies are affected by the trademark and product piracy that impacts brands that manufacture high-value products,” said Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, Co-CEO of Sennheiser. “Counterfeit products do not just exasperate customers by delivering a bad experience that does not reflect the promise of the brand," explains Daniel Sennheiser, Co-CEO of Sennheiser. "These cheap counterfeits also fall short in terms of quality and in some cases dangerously so. This damages the industry as a whole and we welcome joint action against violations in order to better protect consumers."

“Yamaha has long taken various measures against counterfeit products such as civil actions, police raids, suspensions from customs and placed enlightening advertisements globally, particularly in China,” said Takuya Nakata, president and representative executive officer of Yamaha Corporation. "We have done so because we firmly believe that these activities will not only protect our valued customers and end users from low-quality counterfeits but also lead to an improvement of reliability and trust in our brands.

We are grateful for the opportunity to work together with Shure, Sennheiser and Harman in order to accelerate such activities."

“ Harman is committed to protecting the integrity and image of its brands, and will not hesitate to vigorously defend against the unauthorised use of our intellectual property,” said Mohit Parasher, EVP and president, Harman Professional Solutions. “We will continue to partner and co-operate with industry leading manufacturers such as Shure, Yamaha, and Sennheiser, investigators, and law enforcement agencies around the world to safeguard our names, designs and trademarks. It is critical that we ensure our customers are protected from counterfeit products.”

Factory Raid in China Results in Seizure of Counterfeit Shure, Sennheiser, Yamaha, And Harman Audio ProductsFactory Raid in China Results in Seizure of Counterfeit Shure, Sennheiser, Yamaha, And Harman Audio Products

19th March 2019

Portman Lights Gets Investment Boost from The French Team

Portman Lights Gets Investment Boost from The French Team

Poland – Portman Lights, the young, dynamic Polish manufacturer of unique, decorative stage lighting fixtures, has received new investment from The French Team (Xavier Drouet, Jérôme Bréhard and Alain-René Lantelme) the original founders of the successful brands of Axente, Ayrton, Sixty82, and others, in a move that will allow the company to expand its R&D potential, service its clients more efficiently and develop new products more swiftly in response to market demand.

Established in Gdansk in September 2016 by lighting designer, Łukasz Sztejna and business development manager, Dominik Zimakowski, Portman Lights enjoyed immediate success. Now, just 30 months later with three highly specialised, patented products in its portfolio and another due for launch at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt 2019, Portman Lights has a distribution network of 25 top class distributors covering 35 countries and a portfolio of concerts, festivals and television shows that includes Cher, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, Mumford and Sons, Sting, Glastonbury, Roskilde, Open'er, X Factor UK, America’s Got Talent, Voice of Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Eurovision 2018 finals, and many more.

“We want to be a world-leader in decorative stage lighting and are still growing and developing new products,” says Zimakowski. “R&D is the most important area of our company and, to continue producing more mature products with great design and superb features, we decided to search for investors who could help us to move Portman onto a higher level in the industry.

“We needed a truly experienced partner with the best global connections and the deepest knowledge and experience of the market. Someone who has developed many brands in the industry and can help us achieve a secure and stablised future.”

The ideal investor was to be found within Portman Lights’ own distribution network in The French Team, who became Portman Lights shareholders in January 2019. “We have worked closely together ever since Axente became a distributor in 2017 during which time we developed a great understanding of each others businesses,” explains Zimakowski. “We discovered they had a wealth of experience in moving brands such as Portman Lights ahead but, more importantly, we discovered a team of good people with whom we feel a chemistry and who share our close-held values of trust and honesty.

“As an innovative company which has been developing incredibly quickly, it was necessary for us to acquire strong long-term capacities. This new partnership will boost our R&D capabilities, and give us access to 30 years of valuable experience, knowledge and a high-tech approach to development, yet ensure that Portman Lights continues to be led by the people whose original passion created it.”

Portman Lights’ original operational and management team remains unchanged with Dominik Zimakowski (now CEO) and Łukasz Sztejna (R&D) keeping the governance of the company. “The investment by our French partners has allowed us to improve our internal processes, start new R&D projects together, and react more quickly to the demands of the market to develop more mature products with higher quality than ever. We have exciting times ahead,” concludes Zimakowski.

“Our investment in Portman Lights is much more than just a financial operation,” confirms The French Team’s Xavier Drouet. “It is a human story that we, the partners, want to write with this dynamic and innovative young team.”

In picture: Alain-René Lantelme, Łukasz Sztejna, Jérôme Bréhard, Dominik Zimakowski and Xavier Drouet.

19th March 2019

Brompton Technology’s new China office open for business

Brompton Technology’s new China office open for business

China – Brompton Technology, manufacturer of high-end LED video processors, has announced the official opening of its new China office, based in High Tech Industrial Park, Nanshan, in the modern metropolis of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, on 15th March.

The decision to open a dedicated China support office was made in direct response to requests from Brompton’s customers, with Shenzhen being the obvious location as the region is now home to the majority of LED panel manufacturers.

“At the first few meetings I had with potential customers in China, there were two immediate comments made,”explains Elijah Ebo, Brompton’s general manager (China). “I was told ‘It’s nice to meet you, but we don’t speak English, so you’ll struggle to deal with us,’ and ‘London [where Brompton’s head office is located] is a long way away and the time difference is considerable. But if you had an office here…’.”

As a fast moving, highly responsive company, Brompton acted quickly and within just a few weeks had employed two Chinese speaking field application engineers (FAEs) to help its customers with system design and technical support, whilst Elijah, who is also learning to speak Mandarin, started travelling to China more regularly.

“We acquired the office space in August last year and we’ve already seen a considerable benefit,” Elijah adds. “And in addition to being on hand in Shenzhen we have recently added Chinese language support to all our processors, which can be accessed via the Language section of the Preferences menu, and are in the process of updating all our technical and marketing literature into Chinese as well as working on a new Chinese website.”

Both the new office and Chinese language support have had a big impact on how quickly and how many people the team can see.

“Our panel manufacturer partners and customers appreciate the fact that we are now readily available for them to communicate with and offer support when needed and that we have both Mandarin and Cantonese speakers in our team,” concludes Elijah. “We are very much looking forward to welcoming many of our key customers to Shenzhen.”

In picture: The Brompton Technology Asia team – Pokman Chu account manager, Summer Zhang office assistant, Thomas Walker product manager, Elijah Ebo general manager, Jack Fung lead FAE, Jacky Kwan senior FAE and Vivi Chiang FAE.

19th March 2019

Mackie Celebrates 30 Years In The Making

USA – In 1989, the first Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite was placed in orbit, cold fusion was achieved at the University of Utah, the Berlin Wall came down and a powerful earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay Area during a World Series game. Equally earthshaking for the music industry, Mackie released its first product, the LM-1602 line mixer, soon followed by the Mackie CR-1604-and the audio industry was forever changed. For the first time, professional-quality 16-channel audio mixing was affordable for every musician. In that fateful year, the Seattle-area company was just beginning an amazing run that continues 30 years later. Today, Mackie offers a full line of affordable, high-quality audio equipment ranging from mixers to sound-reinforcement loudspeakers, studio monitors, recording interfaces, and more.

The Mackie story really began in 1969, when company co-founder Greg Mackie launched Technical Audio Products (TAPCO). Realising that a new generation of rock bands needed an affordable, durable, high-quality mixer that could handle signals from loud instruments, Greg Mackie saw an opening in the market and decided to fill it. TAPCO's subsequent success, including its immensely popular 6000 and 6100R mixers, confirmed his vision.

By 1989, the music industry had taken another leap. Many musicians invested in affordable polyphonic electronic keyboards, sound modules, and outboard processors and became interested in home recording. But mixers hadn't kept up; only expensive consoles offered the features and quality needed for musicians to pursue their dreams. The Mackie CR-1604 compact analogue mixer and subsequent Mackie products changed all that, employing new technology and implementing only the required features, while continuing Greg Mackie's emphasis on delivering affordable, high-quality, "Built Like a Tank" gear. The result was a revolution in personal recording and live sound for bands. Many companies have tried to emulate Mackie's approach, but 30 years after it shook the industry, the Seattle-area manufacturer continues to innovate and remains a leader in quality gear that doesn't break the bank.

Throughout its 30 years, Mackie has displayed a light-hearted sense of humour, while delighting customers and dealers with top-quality, innovative, market-leading products like Mackie's DL Series digital mixers, VLZ and ProFX Series compact mixers, SRM loudspeakers and the brand-new DRM Series loudspeakers, MP Series in-ear monitors, and CR Series studio monitors. But behind the humour is a deep sense of purpose.

"Celebrating 30 years is about recognising our customers around the world that have put their trust in our gear," reflects Mackie marketing director Shaunna Krebs. "Our customers made our success possible, and we look forward to the next 30 years of providing great gear for Mackie fans everywhere."

14th March 2019

New d&b audiotechnik Greater China venture takes off

New d&b audiotechnik Greater China venture takes off

China – Alongside Chinese New Year, the legal formalities associated with the establishment of the new d&b audiotechnik subsidiary in Greater China were completed. On 31 January 2019, 44 co-workers in Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai officially joined the newly established d&b audiotechnik Greater China Group. The three-member advisory board has also been completed. Daniel Chan, managing director (CEO) of d&b audiotechnik Greater China Ltd. says: "As the setup has been completed officially, we are all pleased to be able to support the d&b Greater China partners and customers even better in their quest for best professional audio solutions."

d&b Greater China, the ninth subsidiary in the global d&b family, has been active in the market since 6 December 2018. The co-workers and management of the new venture are already well versed in the d&b brand and portfolio as they join d&b from the previous d&b distributor in China. The new organisation is responsible for sales, marketing tasks, service and support for customers and sales partners in Greater China.

d&b audiotechnik is headquartered in Backnang, Germany where it carries out is research, development and production. d&b audiotechnik holds the majority interest in the new venture in Greater China. Daniel Chan and his long-time partner Freddie To – previously the heads of the d&b distributor in China – are co-owners.

An advisory board will support the Greater China management team on issues of strategic importance and assist in fulfilling the team’s mission and goals. The advisory board members are Amnon Harman (CEO of d&b audiotechnik Group), Freddie To and Mike Chao (China audio market expert).

Advisory board member Chao has spent nearly two decades in the China technology market, including leadership positions at Dolby Laboratories, The Boston Consulting Group and Microsoft Corporation. He is currently a Founding Partner at GeoFusion, an advisory firm specialising in helping technology companies advance their positions in China. "d&b is a recognized leader in the Chinese professional audio market, and d&b Greater China is well-positioned for future growth,” he says. “I look forward to seeing more customers across China have the opportunity to experience and enjoy d&b technology and solutions".

Advisory board member Freddie To adds: "For customers and partners in Greater China, this important step from d&b could not have come at a better time. From a business perspective it’s a great opportunity to leverage the ever-dynamic Chinese pro audio market.”

The announcement of the new subsidiary in Greater China joins a series of recent corporate announcements in Asia-Pacific.

Amnon Harman, CEO of the d&b audiotechnik Group says: "The establishment of a third d&b subsidiary in the Asia-Pacific region – after Japan and Singapore – proves that d&b is deepening its commitment to the Asia Pacific region in general and specifically to China as globally important growth market. In Asia, we have significantly strengthened our team and the organisation. We will continue growing in the typical d&b style with the closest possible proximity to customers and partners in order to jointly provide the best sound for installations and mobile applications.”

14th March 2019

Point Source Audio Launches Wider Pro, LLC for Broadcast Industry

Point Source Audio Launches Wider Pro, LLC for Broadcast Industry

USA – Yvonne Ho and James Lamb, long-time partners in Point Source Audio, have announced the formation of Wider Pro, LLC, a new company to support their distributed lines that serve the broadcast industry. Based in Petaluma, California, Wider Pro, LLC will be the company to represent North American distribution of Digigram, AuviTran and other brands to be announced.

Point Source Audio will continue to handle all facets: manufacturing, distribution, sales, marketing and service of its microphone and headset products for all markets including the broadcast sector. The timing is right for the transition of its current distributed brands from Point Source Audio to Wider Pro according to Point Source president James Lamb: “I have worked with the teams at both Digigram and AuviTran for almost two decades, and with the pending announcements of new products from both companies, we will be equipped to move into the next phase of growth under the Wider Pro company.”

Yvonne Ho, vice president of sales and marketing at Point Source Audio, and a principal at Wider underscores this point by saying, “Taking care of our customers will always be our first priority, and so we have been and will continue to add highly customer-service minded sales and marketing members to both the Point Source and Wider companies.” The principals equally stress that this pivotal change is intended to accelerate new products to market while maintaining hyper focus on customer service and support for all the brands.

Digigram, based in France, develops digital encoding and streaming links. The company manufactures sound cards, audio processing software and IP audio codecs that are used by broadcast professionals worldwide. Their IQOYA series of IP audio delivery devices are single rack units that can be ordered in a wide variety of configurations. The company also makes the Audioway Bridge line of products for facilitating the transfer of audio streams.

AuviTran, also in France, manufactures several innovative products for broadcast including the Audio ToolBox, a flexible and modular system that greatly simplifies IP networking when dealing with multiple protocols. Their AVDT-BOB is a compact DANTE breakout box with embedded digital signal processing.

Point Source Audio and Wider Pro will be exhibiting at upcoming broadcast industry events including the NRB Convention in Anaheim, March 26-29, booth 722; and the NAB Convention in Las Vegas, April 6-11, booth C2357.

13th March 2019

Eaton Announces Intent to Spin Off its Lighting Business

Worldwide - On the 1st March 2019, Eaton announced its intent to pursue a spin-off of its lighting business, creating an independent, publicly traded company; a transaction expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Included in the spin-off is Eaton’s lighting business – UK brands Zero 88, iLight and Greengate which are part of the lighting division – plus its global airport lighting business and mains lighting and intrusion systems operations that operate primarily in Europe and the Middle East.

The Crouse-Hinds industrial lighting business and Life Safety division’s emergency lighting product lines in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will remain with Eaton.

The lighting business had sales of $1.7 billion in 2018 and employs over 5,000 people, so it will be one of the largest global lighting businesses.

“Eaton is excited about this announcement for several reasons,” stated Simon Sparrow, managing director of Eaton Lighting Systems.

It better positions the lighting business to respond to evolving industry and customer needs, it enables lighting to compete more effectively across its diverse end-markets, and it enhances Eaton’s ability to focus investments in its core businesses.

Over the next few months, Eaton will be working to finalise the spin-off and ensure a seamless transition for employees, customers and valued business partners.

In the meantime, however, it’s business as usual.

Zero 88 continues to focus on developing the entertainment market bringing dynamic, innovative, affordable and intuitive lighting control products to the fore as it has done for over 45 years.

Customers can contact their current sales representative with any questions related to this announcement or any ongoing business relationships.

www.zero88.com

11th March 2019

Ayrton appoints PRG K.K as new exclusive distributor for Japan

Ayrton appoints PRG K.K as new exclusive distributor for Japan

Japan – Ayrton has announced the appointment of PRG K.K. as its new, exclusive distributor for Japan with effect from 1 March 2019.

Ayrton’s full range of products, including its new powerful, compact, lightweight LED profiles and wash lights, will be promoted and supported on a day-to-day basis by PRG K.K.’s dedicated technical sales team, a team which has earned the reputation for the highest standard in customer service.

Established in 1984, PRG K.K., a subsidiary of Production Resource Group, L.L.C., is a leading production service provider for the entertainment industry with a remit that covers a wide variety of markets including concert tours, theatre, television stations, theme parks, commercial facilities and schools, and a customer base that encompasses agencies, event organisers, designers, promoters, television and theatre producers.

Since PRG K.K.’s distribution division opened in 2001, the team has engaged in sales promotion for several reputable moving lights brands, and now turns its attention towards Ayrton.

“We chose to become an Ayrton distributor because their renewed focus on an innovative, lightweight and quality product line is an excellent fit for the Japanese marketplace,” says PRG K.K.’s Yuji Tanaka. “We believe the new Ayrton product range offers unique advantages in terms of their high output, full set of features, and remarkably compact, light-weight housings.

“Ayrton already has a well-established reputation for its effects lighting fixtures. We aim to develop that perception further in the Japanese market so the Ayrton brand becomes synonymous with high quality, high performance moving lights. New fixtures such as Ghibli, Khamsin, Bora, Mistral, and now Diablo and Levante, will be readily available and fully supported for our customers.”

“PRG is very excited to be a part of this next level in our relationship with Ayrton,” says John Swain, PRG’s CEO of Asia and Australia. “We recognised the innovative solutions that Ayrton lighting products offer clients across a broad range of professional environments. The ingenuity of Ayrton’s product solutions is ideally suited to PRG K.K.’s client base in Japan.”

Jerad Garza, international sales for Ayrton, comments: “We are delighted to welcome PRG K.K. as our new partner in Japan. Their energy and approach to the market combined with their customer focus and Ayrton’s philosophy of ‘Smaller, Lighter and Brighter’ is a great fit, and we cannot wait to see positive things happening.”

8th March 2019

Stage Electrics Appointed UK Distributor for Admiral Staging Products

Stage Electrics Appointed UK Distributor for Admiral Staging Products

UK – Stage Electrics has been appointed as the UK distributor for Admiral Staging Products. Admiral’s extensive product range includes, stage and rigging accessories, truss transportation devices, clamps and couplers along with cables and connectors. Based in the Netherlands, Admiral has been offering staging essentials to customers globally since 1986.

The Stage Electrics sales teams have undergone product training from Admiral, enabling them to offer the best solutions to meet the clients' needs. “We have decided to stock Admiral as their equipment fits into our inventory perfectly,” commented Anna Western, sales director of Stage Electrics. “Admirals’ wide range of clever solutions are now available to our customers. With over £30K of stock on the shelf, and having received fantastic responses from our client base, we are looking forward to working alongside Admiral and building a fruitful relationship together.”

In picture: Adam Blaxill and Anna Western of Stage Electrics with Ramon Oolthuis of Admiral Staging (Centre).

www.stage-electrics.co.uk

8th March 2019

Stage Electrics

Movecat trains international team from PRG

Movecat trains international team from PRG

Germany – The partnership between Movecat and the Production Resource Group (PRG), which began at the end of last year, has further intensified. Following the integration of a large amount of kinetic equipment from Movecat into the PRG portfolio, the next step took the form of comprehensive training in the devices concerned. To this end, a large team from the three PRG locations in England, Belgium and Germany travelled recently to Movecat's headquarters in Nufringen, which is near Stuttgart. Over the course of three days, the participants received comprehensive training in the operation of Movecat products as well as learning tips and tricks known only to advanced users.

The aim of the training was to assist the PRG employees in becoming well-versed contact partners for the company's international clients, capable with their know-how and expertise of providing them with invaluable support in the implementation of their commissions and projects. A further aim was for these employees to serve in a sense as 'ambassadors' capable of passing on their knowledge to their colleagues.

"It was very important to us that a team from Belgium, England and Germany should spend a few days at the Movecat headquarters in Nufringen," explained executive vice president and COO PRG EMEA, Gary Boyd. "In this way, we can be sure of having trained experts in all regions capable of placing their knowledge at the disposal not only of our own employees but also of our customers."

In picture: Movecat trains international team from PRG

photo: PRG

8th March 2019

AV Marketing Finland appointed first distributor for UNiKA Pro DANTE I/O

AV Marketing Finland appointed first distributor for UNiKA Pro DANTE I/O

Finland - Mega Audio GmbH has named AV Marketing Finland Oy the first EU territory-distributor for the UniKA Pro range of DANTE I/O break-in, break-out boxes. AV Marketing is established as supplier of premium AV brands to the Finnish market and UniKA Pro now joins Merging Technologies, Martin Audio and LynxStudio in AV Marketing's growing Pro Audio portfolio. The UniKA Pro DANTE range comprises the NBB-04R, 96KHz four-channel receiver, NBB-04T 96KHz four-channel transmitter and the flagship 192KHz NBB-1616 16-channel I/O with an associated NBB-1616e 16-channel expander. Specifications include 24dBu max input or output level, uncompressed 24-bit PCM encoding and programmable mic pre-amplifiers with 132dB dynamic range.

Jyrki Makinen (pictured), audio product manager at AV Marketing comments: “AV Marketing Finland is an experienced provider of presentation equipment but in order to serve the customer base more effectively we needed to expand our audio portfolio. While investigating the market, UniKA came up in conversation with one of my long-time industry contacts and it was immediately clear to me that this was not a 'me too' DANTE I/O range. Audio is of the highest quality and, while most DANTE products rely on network-only control, UNiKAadditionally provide old-school, front-panel knobs and switches. This makes UniKA very easy to use. My customers will like this!”

Burkhard Elsner, CEO at Mega Audio adds: “UniKA Pro has built a solid reputation in Asia but is all-new to Europe and early adoption by respected distributors with enthusiasm, experience and expertise is so important. AV Marketing Finland ticks all those boxes and Mega Audio and UniKA Pro are very excited to be working with Jyrki Makinen and his team to introduce this unique, high-end range to discerning professionals in Finland. It's a busy market out there and we are very grateful Jyrki took the time to find us.

 

 

1st March 2019

Van Domburg to distribute Absen LED in Benelux

The Netherlands – Absen, a leading global LED display brand, has signed a partnership with Van Domburg Partners, a specialist audio-visual distributor and part of the Midwich Group, as the company’s official distributor in the Benelux region.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, the partnership with Van Domburg will further enhance Absen’s ever-growing network of European distributors and aims to bring its expanding range of fine pitch LED products to customers across the Benelux region. As a specialist distributor of audio-visual displays, customers will benefit from an enhanced level of support including training and demonstrations, as well as increasing the availability of maintenance and repair services.

Emma Liu, regional director for Absen in Benelux commented: “We are excited to have Van Domburg Partners as our distribution partner and are looking forward to working closely with them on opportunities in the Benelux region. They are a forward-thinking company with an excellent reputation for quality and service, helping to strengthen Absen’s position as the go-to provider of LED displays in the region.”

“As LED is becoming increasingly important within the market, we are pleased to have the solutions from Absen LED complement our portfolio,” said Ed van Domburg, managing director of Van Domburg Partners. “With Absen we feel confident to offer our resellers a quality LED solution, Absen have built a reputation of offering an attractive price performance balance that makes quality LED more competitive vs other technologies than ever before. We look forward to a successful and strong partnership with Absen for the Benelux.”

Richard Goedhart, head of vendor management at Van Domburg Partners added: “Van Domburg Partners will be offering Absen accredited ACE training programs to our customers. Also, we will have demo products in our experience rooms in Ridderkerk showing the Absenicon 138, Acclaim A27 and N-Plus series to support our resellers in selling LED solutions. Next to this VDP offers three-year warranty support in the Benelux on Absen products, including repair down to a single pixel. Technical support to our channel is offered through our trained LED technical team to help give advice and support, pre and post sales.”

Since September 2017, Van Domburg Partners has been part of the Midwich Group, a world-leading distributor of audio-visual solutions with 13 offices across Europe and an extensive portfolio of over 300 suppliers, as well as long-term relationships with more than 10,000 resellers. This is further reassurance that customers purchasing Absen products from Van Domburg will receive responsive sales and technical support, attractive local prices and warranties, and individual consultation at the highest level.

28th February 2019

ESTA’s Control Protocols Satisfaction Survey – Help Define Control Systems Interoperability

ESTA’s Control Protocols Satisfaction Survey – Help Define Control Systems Interoperability

The Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) Technical Standards Program (TSP) is pleased to announce a Control Protocols Satisfaction Survey project to gather public input from end users about their usage of control protocols in the entertainment industry. The survey may be accessed at http://estalink.us/survey.

This survey was commissioned by the TSP’s Control Protocols Working Group (CPWG) and seeks to understand how well lighting control protocols are serving end users. The CPWG is the working group that develops control technologies you use every day, like DMX512, RDM, and sACN, although the survey includes questions on other industry protocols as well.

Survey questions determining what features are currently being used and what challenges have been encountered comprise much of the survey. However, other sections of the survey are more focused on determining if our control protocols are making your job easier and what you would like to see developed in the future to make your hectic production lives easier.

All responses are anonymous, and the survey can be completed in 10 minutes or less. The CPWG will use this information to help improve current protocols and to shape the direction of any protocols developed in the future.

Please join us in making our industry better by completing the survey at http://estalink.us/survey. In addition to manufacturers who design products, we're especially interested in participation by entertainment professionals who use these protocols. If you have any questions or wish to make additional comments, please contact the survey’s organizers at protocolsatisfaction@esta.org.

The ESTA Technical Standards Program is the only ANSI-accredited standards program dedicated to the needs of the entertainment technology industry. The standards created under the TSP are used directly or indirectly every day by almost every manufacturer, dealer, installer, production company, and end user. These standards prevent accidents, protect lives and property, save time and money, solve problems, inform the industry, and enhance creativity.

The TSP is comprised of more than 350 volunteer experts who devote time and knowledge to drafting American National Standards for the benefit of the whole entertainment technology industry. While the CPWG is always interested in any new member who wishes to join the group (information on getting involved with the TSP is available at http://tsp.esta.org/getinvolved), we are particularly interested in recruiting new members from dealer/rental companies and the lighting design community.

27th February 2019

L-Supply new TiMax Distributor for Hong Kong and China

L-Supply new TiMax Distributor for Hong Kong and China

China – UK immersive audio pioneer Out Board has appointed L-Supply Ltd as its new TiMax distributor for Hong Kong and China. L-Supply has procured a 64channel version of the powerful new FPGA TiMax SoundHub spatial audio matrix for demo and support purposes.

The team at L-Supply is headed up by directors Ching Lui and Omega Lam, both veterans of the pro-audio industry with a wide range of premium specifier, integrator and operator contacts plus considerable experience in the professional live performance and AV installation marketplaces.

Ching Lui stated: “We are very pleased to be working with TiMax. As the most advanced and intuitive spatialisation and audio show control automation system it cannot really be compared to anything else. At L-Supply we understand TiMax SoundHub and TiMax Tracker, and how it will bring the best sound arrangements for our customers across Hong Kong and China. This is a very exciting time for us and our customers.”

Out Board director Dave Haydon commented: “We’re very fortunate to have an energetic new company such as L-Supply join the growing global TiMax distribution network, and look forward to working with them to increase our already significant market penetration in the Hong Kong and PRC territories.”

26th February 2019

Green-GO appoints ZAP Audio as exclusive Swiss distributor

Green-GO appoints ZAP Audio as exclusive Swiss distributor

Switzerland – ELC Lighting, manufacturer of the innovative, multi-award winning Green-GO digital intercom system for event production and broadcast applications, has announced the appointment of leading pro audio company ZAP Audio as the exclusive representative for Green-GO in Switzerland. This latest appointment brings Green-GO’s global sales network total to 40 countries, as the brand continues to increase its market presence worldwide.

Headquartered in Geneva, with a second branch at Winterthur, near Zurich, ZAP Audio has a 25-year history as one of Switzerland’s best-known providers of pro audio equipment and solutions. With globally recognised brands including Nexo, Luminex, Auvitran, Yamaha and Shure in its sales portfolio, ZAP Audio counts the country’s leading rental operators, installers, performance venues and broadcasters among its valued clients.

Commenting on Green-GO technology, ZAP Audio director Frédéric Walder says: “Green-GO is an innovative intercom system that goes beyond traditional production intercoms. Based on standard Ethernet technology, it can be integrated almost anywhere; it brings great flexibility for production companies, without the limitations of standard partyline intercoms. It is a true Network.”

He adds: “We are very happy and proud to act as official distributor for Green-GO in Switzerland, as we develop and sell more and more network-oriented products and systems. It is indeed an innovative product, supported by a very professional manufacturer!”

Green-GO’s Silvio Cibien says: “We are delighted to add our friends at ZAP Audio to our expanding sales network. Over many years, the company has developed a strong reputation in Switzerland and we are confident that they will be able to bring the advantages of Green-GO technology to professional customers in all the markets they serve.”

In picture: ZAP Audio's Tibor Naef and Brian d'Epagnier with a Green-GO intercom system.

25th February 2019

Theatres Trust launches new grant scheme to improve environmental sustainability of theatres

UK – The latest round of the Theatre Improvement Scheme, in association with the Wolfson Foundation, will offer theatres grants of up to £20,000 for projects focusing on Improving Environmental Sustainability.

Protecting the environment is one of the biggest social issues right now and the theatre sector is keen to be more environmentally sustainable. While operational changes can make a difference in reducing energy wastage and carbon footprint, major energy consumption comes from heating, ventilation, stage machinery and lighting.

Sadly, many of the UK’s stock of more than 1,000 active theatres, particularly the older ones, do not meet today’s environmental standards. Theatre buildings and the plant that services them are in desperate need of investment to make them more efficient. In a recent Theatres Trust survey of theatres planning capital works in the next five years, 50% cited environmental improvements as one of the key reasons for the works.

It is hoped that these grants will support a range of projects that consider different ways theatre buildings can reduce their environmental impact. From sedum roofs to new windows, building management systems to more efficient water heaters, funding will be given to projects that demonstrate how a small intervention can have a big impact.

Tom Stickland, theatres adviser at the Theatres Trust says: “A lot of great work is already happening to make the theatre sector ‘greener’, but bringing buildings up to the required standard is a big challenge for theatre operators. Environmentally-friendly buildings are not just an ethical imperative but a business necessity that can impact on a theatre’s viability. We know from our research and from applications to our other smaller grant schemes that there is desire to carry out environmental improvement work so we are pleased to be able to offer this support.”

Theatre operators can apply for grants of up to £20,000 towards their building or equipment as part of the scheme. The deadline for applications is Friday 13 September 2019.

Full details of the scheme are available on the Theatres Trust website

21st February 2019

Triple E expands factory facilities alongside new precision engineering division

Triple E expands factory facilities alongside new precision engineering division

UK – In anticipation of a busy 2019 order book, Triple E has recently completed a move into larger premises, which has also included a complete restructure of the warehouse to improve efficiency and production work flow.

Triple E had outgrown its previous warehouse, having been there for the past 16 years, and the company has now settled into a larger facility which has doubled the square footage of the office, factory and workshop. The expansion has also provided for improved training facilities for distributors, installers and specifiers who visit Triple E, as well as dedicated meeting room spaces and improved office facilities.

The increased footprint has enabled a more streamlined factory and warehouse layout with additional yard and storage facilities and a larger demonstration area for clients to see the products first hand in the factory setting.

The transition to a larger unit on the same industrial estate has also enabled the team to assimilate Thorley Engineering seamlessly into the work flow. The 2018 acquisition of Thorley Engineering – a supplier to Triple E for over 25 years – made clear business sense. “I’m delighted that we have been able to ensure continuity of supply by incorporating Thorley Engineering into the Triple E family,” explains David Edelstein, managing director, Triple E. “Dave Thorley and his highly skilled engineering team bring a wealth of experience and a long-standing appreciation of the Triple E brand. It made perfect sense to bring them into the company to facilitate a seamless and speedier production process.”

The important acquisition of Thorley Engineering is an integral part of Triple E’s expansion and investment plan, and this, combined with a larger factory space has enabled the company to significantly increase their engineering workshop capacity and manufacturing output.

Triple E are in a position to prefabricate larger structures on site, whilst also being able to hold more stock as well as house the new engineering division. This has resulted in an expanded workforce to be able to serve the increased workload Triple E are experiencing with their popular product lines. “We are already seeing improved efficiencies being in our new factory. It’s been great to incorporate a brand new machine shop for Thorley Engineering’s important contribution as manufacturer of all the machine parts for our motorised systems” explains David. “Product turnaround is notably faster, and we can deliver with shorter lead times and react more speedily to our customer requirements. We can also now offer machining services to our existing, and new customers, and we are also in the process of developing a number of new products.”

“Thorley Engineering and Triple E make a formidable team. The company values are the same with pride in our work, efficient turnarounds and high standards of manufacturing. The years ahead promise exciting new challenges and we are in an excellent position to build on the foundations we have established and embrace those challenges head on.”

Triple E incorporating Thorley Engineering are still located on Airport Industrial Estate, with a new address of 13A Wireless Road, Biggin Hill, Westerham, Kent, TN16 3BW, and can be contacted on the usual number +44 (0)1959 570333.

In picture: Dave Thorley and David Edelstein.

www.3-eee.com

21st February 2019

Triple E

Music & Lights appoints UAE distributor

Music & Lights appoints UAE distributor

UAE – Music & Lights has appointed Loud & Clear Audio Visual Equipment Trading L.L.C as its distributor of its brands across the United Arab Emirates. With over 50 years combined experience in the live entertainment, event and installation markets with a number of award-winning venues to their credit, the directors of Loud & Clear bring specialist technical and design knowledge to the fore ensuring products are precisely matched to clients requirements.

“By working alongside Loud & Clear Audio Visual Equipment Trading L.L.C, I am confident that PROLIGHTS, DAD, TRIBE, ProAudio and PROTRUSS will become increasingly visible brands throughout the United Arab Emirates” said Fabio Sorabella, managing director of Music & Lights.

The relationship between Music & Lights and directors Bengan Hovgard and Ben Rogers has blossomed over the last five years stemming from the initial design and specification of PROLIGHTS fixtures into flagship installations in high-profile venues throughout the United Arab Emirates.

“I’ve always been impressed with the quality of the products and the service from the whole team in Italy whether it be on the front line from a designer angle or from a supply and innovation perspective” said Ben M Rogers (lighting designer and co-director of Loud & Clear).

Rogers has been actively specifying PROLIGHTS fixtures on projects throughout UAE for over five years and explains: “The smart industrial design, technical features and reliability of the PROLIGHTS’s range paired with superb product support and warranty deliver superb value for our clients on installations of all sizes.”

20th February 2019

Outline appoints Audio Effetti exclusive distributor for Italy

Outline appoints Audio Effetti exclusive distributor for Italy

Italy – Outline Srl, Italy’s most prestigious manufacturer of loudspeaker systems and FPGA-based processing platforms, has announced the appointment of Audio Effetti srl as the exclusive distributor of its products in Italy.

With 20 years’ experience, Genoa-based Audio Effetti is a leading distributor of professional equipment dedicated to the theatre audio, video and lighting sectors, as well as accessories, lasers and special effects in general, also providing consultancy for the design of professional and special systems and after-sales assistance, with the aim of combining important creative and implementation experience built up in the entertainment and live event fields.

Audio Effetti MD Marco Medica states: "We’re particularly proud of having acquired the distribution of this historic Italian brand, which continues to make Italian-made products a rightful source of pride. As well as the well-known loudspeaker and line array systems, for which Outline is respected at international level, we were impressed by the Newton device, following an in-depth demo at the company’s Brescia headquarters."

"More specifically, we realised that even small and medium sized rental firms can solve numerous problems by using this unit. It’s comparable to a Swiss Army knife; there’s nothing it can’t do, and with top grade audio quality."

Medica adds: "In fact, Newton represents the link between consoles (whether analogue or digital) and audio systems, facilitating format conversion.

It is obvious that Newton greatly facilitates system engineers’ work, reducing the time required for logistics and cabling and handling everything with a single software program. Moreover, a device based on FPGA technology opens a gateway to the future, and, in our opinion, this is an opportunity that technicians won’t want to miss."

"The average rental firm benefits from the simultaneous presence of several interfaces, without having to decide in advance which to choose; this enables to handle unexpected events (for example, streaming audio to a production desk or handling last-minute input signals by means of an AuxMixer, without wasting further processed channels)."

"With 216 input channels and 216 output channels, 12 different audio interfaces (analogue/digital/networking), completely independent management of 15 different clock sources, with the most advanced backup strategies for both signals and clocks, with the uniqueness and surgical precision of the Wfir (Warped Fir, an Outline patent) filters, GPIO and RS485 ports for user-friendly use even with less evolved systems or set-ups, and four 1Gbit Ethernet network ports for advanced integration in leading edge contexts, Newton also meets the most demanding requirements of large rental firms and, above all, festivals. Thanks to the transparent, crystal-clear asynchronous and synchronous converters, Newton can effortlessly synchronise the various types of signals, avoiding glitches or other undesirable issues, all with imperceptible latency. There are in fact many other functions that can be carried out by Newton, but we prefer to wait and present them at our Road Shows,” concludes Medica.

Outline CEO Giorgio Biffi states: "Outline has enormous potential in countless markets, all we need are excellent distributors to help us to put it to use."

He continues: "We are very pleased to begin this collaboration with Audio Effetti, a company with well-proven experience in the distribution sector, and well organised in terms of infrastructure and managerial ability. There are all the necessary ingredients to ensure our brand’s widespread diffusion in an area that is as strategic for us as Italy."

He concludes: "As well as investing in human resources specifically dedicated to the sound reinforcement sector, initiatives in the field, such as Road Shows, are remarkably valuable assets. Welcome to the Outline family, Audio Effetti!"

20th February 2019

Sixty82 announces an exciting new partnership with Senci

Sixty82 announces an exciting new partnership with Senci

The Netherlands - Sixty82, a Dutch, British and French alliance of innovative industry leaders, specialised in the design and manufacture of the next generation trussing and staging systems has announced an exciting new partnership with the highly-regarded and well-renowned Dutch distributor, Senci.

In partnership with the existing distributor network in the Netherlands, Senci will offer Dutch customers optimised access to the full range of Sixty82 products. This partnership will focus on expanding the Sixty82 product line across the Netherlands as well as enabling the company to provide the growing demand for craftsmanship and technical know-how. This agreement further iterates both companies’ enthusiasm to drive growth and extend relationships with its customers.

The decision of Sixty82 to mandate Senci as the new distribution partner for the Netherlands was based on their existing customer base as well as a dedicated sales force and customer service team. “Besides offering technical knowledge and a broad product portfolio, Sixty82 particularly valued the close relationships we have with our customers as well as our access to the growing markets for the trussing and staging industry.

“We are excited that we can name Senci as our new distribution partner, as it is a highly regarded player in the industry,” says CEO Fokko Smeding. “They have a dynamic and experienced team, that can deliver the expanding demand for top level support.”

Carlos Rego, CEO of Senci, comments: “It is impossible to miss the growing success of Sixty82. With their in-house experience and knowledge of the industry they deliver a wide range of high-quality products. With our mutual drive to reach an unrivalled level of quality, and the simplicity of purpose that comes with that, we believe that together we can change the current industry standards.

In picture: Carlos Rego, CEO of Senci, with Sixty82 CEO Fokko Smeding and Rainier Smeding.

19th February 2019

Unusual Rigging strengthens its commitment to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

Unusual Rigging strengthens its commitment to the UN\'s Sustainable Development Goals

UK - Unusual Rigging has announced that its support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has been recognised by Support the Goals (www.supportthegoals.org).

The UN Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, or SDGs are a plan to end poverty, extreme inequality and climate change by 2030. Agreed in 2015 by world leaders, these goals can only be achieved with the support of businesses. Unusual Rigging has joined Lego, Nike and other global brands as it publicly builds its plans, commitments, actions and progress towards the SDGs. Unusual has gained its first star rating: a maximum of four stars can be awarded as the company progresses and communicates its journey to support the goals.

Tom Harper, director at Unusual and also head of sustainability commented: "On face value, the goals laid out by the SDGs may feel too broad and interdependent, hence way beyond the scope of an entertainment rigging and engineering company's influence. Yet with headlines such as 'Only 12 years to act on climate change' or'Human activity causing the sixth mass extinction', it becomes incumbent on us to act; however small our organisation, or limited our impact may seem, being part of 'Project Everyone' means just that: a contribution to something greater."

Unusual has been working on demonstrating its commitment to sustainability for several years, incorporating the principles of a circular economy within its business practice, from running on renewables (SDG7) to 'closing the loop' through RFID technology, on thousands of items of equipment. Tom continued: "In a circular model, businesses aim to create an economy that is restorative by design. In our case, we aim at keeping resources in use for as long as possible, capturing the maximum value from them whilst in use and reusing, refurbishing and redesigning to sustain their value further. These activities align directly with SDG12 – responsible consumption and production."

Just this month, Unusual has recouped more than 5 tonnes worth of ‘technical nutrients’ from its current refurbishment project at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane. Tom commented: “These are bits and pieces of old kit which we have identified as being perfectly good to be reused. It would be all too easy to take the attitude of scrapping it all. Instead, we now have a guy in the yard who has been tasked with sorting through every item we have retrieved from the site and to identify every item that can be put into use again. It’s actions like this that will make a huge difference over time.”

Looking slightly further afield, out into the industry as a whole, Unusual has identified its commitment to SDG 9 through its ongoing collaboration with the Sustainability in Production Alliance (SiPA.org.uk). "More recently," comments Tom, "We have embarked on discussions with the ABTT on the value of creating a new technical standard that endorses the principles of a Circular Economy."

As well as its attitudes to environmental sustainability, Unusual has recently embarked on exploring social sustainability from within its organisation, developing a well-being programme owned and developed by the workforce, for the workforce. This has included providing mental health first aid training for those keen to recognise fellow colleagues who may be struggling, as well as creating a well-being group that meets quarterly to address opportunities for innovation and improvement.

Colin Curtin, MD of TBL Services and co-founder of Support the Goals, commented: "It’s fantastic to see Unusual Rigging building and communicating their support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Tom and the team are doing a great job to reduce unnecessary materials use in the entertainment industry, and they understand the importance of aligning their work with the global plan to make a better world by 2030. By telling the world about their efforts, they raise awareness of the challenges we all face and help to make the goals famous."

Tom concluded: "As a small SME focusing on doing what we do best, while steering carefully through an increasingly volatile world, it can all too easily feel as if our impact is too small to count. Supporting some of the SDGs is a small step that contributes to an integrated whole, as global business culture continues to shift towards a regenerative economy that ambitiously aims at peace and prosperity for all; we can be just one of the many committed organisations in a vast global ocean of SMEs, contributing towards an essential and empowering sea change."

www.unusual.co.uk

18th February 2019

Unusual

Atlona Names EARPRO its New Distribution Partner in Spain and Portugal

Atlona Names EARPRO its New Distribution Partner in Spain and Portugal

Iberian Peninsula – Recognising the importance of Spain and Portugal to its growing global sales and support network, Atlona, a Panduit company, has announced that audiovisual distribution firm EARPRO now represents its industry-leading AV and control solutions across both countries.

Founded in 1988, EARPRO has broadened its product portfolio to encompass pro audio, lighting, video and AV control systems. It has also expanded its services to include product demos, systems design expertise, training, and on-going technical support. In recent years, the company has contributed these complementary, value-added services to their dealer network on many high-profile AV installations across Spain and Portugal, including sports stadiums, entertainment venues, concerts, airport information centers, government facilities, and high-end retail establishments.

“Atlona’s products greatly enhance our product portfolio with very powerful, versatile capabilities,” said Miguel Mezquita, EARPRO’s managing director. “With their state-of-the-art user interface, AV management and control systems, Atlona’s products are uniquely well-suited to the latest AV over IP, soft codec-based conferencing, and 4K/HDR AV network control applications.”

In addition to the impressive product showroom in Barcelona, EARPRO will open another one at its new Madrid facilities in the coming months. According to EARPRO, these showrooms are crucial environments for presenting product demos and fostering greater confidence in its products through first-hand user engagement. EARPRO plans to conduct many activities and events dedicated to promoting Atlona products, including on-site training workshops at its key customers’ locations.

“We’re delighted to add EARPRO to our growing roster of global partners,” said Ronni Guggenheim, general manager, Atlona. “We value the close collaboration we have with EARPRO’s experienced sales reps as we increase the visibility of our products across the pro AV landscape in Spain and Portugal. We look forward to building a mutually rewarding relationship with EARPRO and its growing base of pro AV and commercial system integrators.”

In picture: Atlona general manager Ronni Guggenhem (centre) shaking hands with EARPRO managing director Miguel Mezquita in Atlona's stand at the ISE 2019 show. Atlona CEO and president Ilya Khayn is immediately to the left or Mr. Mezquita, with additional EARPRO and Atlona international representatives surrounding.

15th February 2019

Obsidian Control Systems and Capture Visualisation announce partnership for ONYX console line

Obsidian Control Systems and Capture Visualisation have announced a new global partnership agreement to include a Capture licence with every ONYX console, allowing all NX console owners immediate access to the popular and powerful lighting design and visualisation software.

Every NX2 and NX4 lighting console will include a download of the latest version of Capture after a simple online registration. Users will receive an unrestricted standard license of a Capture Edition depending on console type. All licenses are eligible for upgrades through Capture or any of its authorised resellers.

Obsidian Control Systems and Capture Visualisation will be enhancing connectivity between ONYX and Capture over time for a seamless workflow and true plug-and-play experience, including synchronised patching and real-time autofocus.

“Capture has been a great partner for Elation over the years and we look forward to strengthening this even further as we evolve the ONYX platform,” says Obsidian Control Systems product manager Matthias Hinrichs. “Visualisation is an important part of the console programming workflow and we are happy to partner with this leading visualizer. The Capture team is great to work with and is fully dedicated to the visualisation needs of the market. We know our users will benefit from the increased cooperation between our companies.”

“The team at Obsidian Control Systems and the ONYX platform come with years of expertise in advanced lighting control so the decision to bundle a standard Capture licence with every console feels rewarding,” adds Capture sales director Vangelis Manolis. “It must also be rewarding for ONYX users since on top of visualisation they will be able to work with design, reports, paperwork and presentation features, amongst others. Elation has been a successful Capture reseller for years, and therefore we trust that the partnership with Obsidian Control Systems will also succeed in adding value when Capture and ONYX are used together by our mutual end users.”

Obsidian Control Systems’ ONYX platform was launched in 2018 and has recently begun shipping the powerful and compact NX2 console to its customers. At NAMM 2019, it introduced the next generation NX4 with enhanced playback options and motorised faders, a first in its class.

Capture 2018 is a comprehensive real-time lighting and video visualization software with world-class library support and rapidly growing user base.

14th February 2019

Green-GO expands global sales network with key new appointments

Green-GO expands global sales network with key new appointments

The Netherlands – ELC Lighting bv, manufacturer of the innovative, multi-award winning Ethernet-based digital intercom system for event production and broadcast applications, has announced the appointment of two new distributors. These latest appointments bring the brand’s global sales network total to 39 countries, as Green-GO continues to increase its market presence worldwide. 

The new exclusive distributor for Green-GO in Slovenia is MK Light Sound d.o.o., based in Ljubljana. The long-established and highly respected company provides top-end lighting, audio and multimedia equipment and systems as well as consultancy, engineering, installation and technical event production services.

In Thailand, Bangkok-based Broadcast Audio Service Ltd becomes the exclusive Green-Go distributor. A systems design and integration specialist founded in 2008, the company provides equipment and services to all major Thai broadcasting organisations. With wide-ranging experience in the implementation of broadcast control systems, Broadcast Audio Service is a leading player and a reliable partner for the Thai broadcast market.

Speaking on behalf of MK Light Sound, Dean Karov says: “We are very satisfied to begin this co-operation with Green-GO. Converged networking is becoming a standard in our industry and as a technology solutions provider, we needed a simple but effective and capable networked intercom solution.”

Karov adds: “Our projects and clients vary from small cultural homes that may only need a two-user system, to large congress halls, theatres and rental companies with a need for systems of up to 20 users or more. With Green-GO, the fact that there is no need for a central station, and that the user can scale the system as needed, are huge benefits, especially for the fast-growing rental market. It is a very efficient and cost effective system, as it uses standard network infrastructure. It is also easy to use – system setup time is zero to none – which is all of huge importance in live production.”

Green-GO’s Silvio Cibien says: “We are delighted to welcome Broadcast Audio Service and MK Light Sound to our growing worldwide family. Both companies are highly respected, multi-skilled experts in their fields, and we are confident that the unique offering of the Green-GO digital intercom solution will be a successful fit with all aspects of their work.”

Further additions to the Green-GO global sales network are expected to be announced in the near future.

In picture: Dean Karov of MK Light Sound shakes hands on the deal with Silvio Cibien of Green-GO.

14th February 2019