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POLAR Adds New Brands and Services
UK - POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the installation, MI and professional audio markets, has announced the addition of ClearOne, UMA and Utelogy to its portfolio. In keeping with POLAR’s commitment to a ‘concept to completion’ service for its customers, the new brands will ensure that the company remains ahead of the curve in being able to design and supply complete AV solutions for its integrator partners. POLAR sees the provision of cloud-based technologies, which are helping to revolutionise the management and control of resources within a wide variety of workplaces, as essential tools for the future, emphasising the company’s drive to be far more than a simple distributor of products.
US-based ClearOne produces innovative hardware and software for complete collaboration and communication solutions. From ad-hoc workspaces, huddle rooms and mobile conferences to the largest meeting venues and boardrooms, ClearOne has a large range of audio conferencing, visual collaboration and AV networking solutions to address every need, significantly broadening POLAR’s offering in the sphere of fast-evolving meeting room trends.
UMA is a privacy-first digital assistant for enterprise and is at the heart of UMA Book, a room booking system which integrates with Office 365 and G Suite using Cloud-based architecture with on-premise options. The often complex and frustrating process of booking meeting rooms within an enterprise organisation is simplified with an iOS or Android text-to-speech app or chat bots. These use familiar instant messaging platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Slack and Cisco Webex by means of conversational AI to communicate preferences. Using GDPR-compliant in-room occupancy counting sensors and traditional PIR sensors, the system provides Facilities and IT Managers with insights into how rooms and technology are being utilised, allowing them to make data-driven decisions about future meeting room investment.
Utelogy is a leading provider of intelligent management, monitoring and software that delivers analytics and control to AV and Unified Communications hardware. Its platform can be used to manage everything from the simplest devices in huddle and learning spaces, through to the hardware contained in intelligent buildings and complex IOT environments. The Utelogy solution is a hardware agnostic, open architecture and open standards software system that sits side by side with other business platforms and tools, providing unrivalled intelligence and operational insight, enabling organisations such as higher education settings to increase efficiency, reduce costs and take smarter decisions from real-time data.
POLAR, within its Integrated Solutions division, has also further developed its project design service. The company has a comprehensive portfolio and as a solutions provider in an age of accelerated technological advancement, is taking project design services for resellers, consultants and end-users to a new level. From initial consultation, through the production of detailed designs based on its offering, to site visits, EASE Plots for accuracy of loudspeaker coverage and SPL, speech intelligibility reports, system schematics and commissioning, POLAR’s experts can assist its integrator partners at every stage of a project. Running alongside this initiative, the company has introduced hardware support contracts, which include next day hardware replacement warranties on selected products, following technical support diagnosis. This service is offered through integrator partners to end-users to cover products that are system-critical.
The POLAR team will be at booth 6-E150 and looks forward to discussing its new and existing brands and services with visitors to ISE.
11th February 2020
Genelec continues sustainable growth with advanced factory expansion
Finland – Genelec, a global leader in professional audio monitoring, has signalled a new era of sustainable growth with the opening of a brand new extension to its lakeside factory in Iisalmi, Finland. Utilising the latest technologies, the extension will significantly increase the space, flexibility and efficiency of the company’s warehousing and logistics operations, while ensuring that the entire facility is now powered exclusively by sustainable sources including solar, wind and hydroelectric energy.
For over four decades Genelec has consistently followed a path of sustainable development and environmental responsibility, and has made recycled materials, low energy consumption and long product lifespan central to its design philosophy. The current factory by Porovesi Lake in Iisalmi was built in 1985 with an architectural design that complements its beautiful natural surroundings, and was designed to significantly reduce energy wastage through its use of heat recovery and generous insulation of walls, ceiling and windows. The factory moved from oil to a combination of wind and hydroelectric energy supply many years ago, and the new extension now brings solar energy to the mix courtesy of over 450 roof-mounted solar panels which will supply 30% of Genelec’s annual power.
The expansion project was managed by Genelec Development Engineer Annika Hujanen, and provides almost 2000 sq.m of floor space for warehousing and logistics alone, with considerable additional space for customer support offices, a centralised automation control centre and efficient waste processing. In keeping with Genelec’s environmental policies all architects, designers and contractors were chosen for the project based on both their sustainability credentials and their close proximity to Iisalmi, resulting in less travel, better material logistics, and reduced waste and CO2 emissions. The expansion also enables consolidation of Genelec’s external warehouses, offering further improvements in the efficiency of material flow, lean manufacturing and reductions in waste and power consumption.
Commenting on the project, Hujanen explains: “We take our responsibilities to the local community very seriously, so we were really excited to see all the people involved joining forces with us to contribute to the eco-system here in Iisalmi in a sustainable and innovative way. The work was completed on time, on budget and to a fantastically high standard. We’re really proud of what the entire team has achieved.”
Genelec managing director Siamak Naghian adds: “For over four decades, total quality and sustainability have been core principles of Genelec’s philosophy. The company has strategically regarded environmental issues as being equally important as profitability, and while our consistent growth in business has been the catalyst for this factory expansion, that growth has to be maintained sustainably. Continuing to keep our entire manufacturing base here in Iisalmi means that we can always guarantee not only the premium total quality of our products, but also that our entire design and manufacturing process helps to conserve our precious natural resources.”
11th February 2020
Audiologic Mixes with DiGiCo in New Distribution Agreement
UK – Audiologic, the award-winning provider of professional audio solutions, has announced that it has signed a new distribution agreement with leading console manufacturer DiGiCo, to promote and distribute its acclaimed S-Series and 4REA4 digital mixers to the corporate pro-AV market in the UK.
In a joint bid to focus more closely on the flourishing corporate and pro AV market, Audiologic is an ideal partner for DiGiCo with a wealth of first-hand experience and expertise in the installed sound market. It is at the forefront of innovation in the corporate sector, where the solution is both critical and often complex, requiring both a solution and support services to ensure that organisations can work effectively as communication and collaboration points, tied together with networks. In parallel, Audiologic also has an enviable reputation across the more traditional AV markets ranging from universities, theatres and bars to schools, government buildings and retail spaces. The addition of the highly engineered S-Series and 4REA4 digital mixing consoles from DiGiCo will both enhance and complement the already broad range of products available from Audiologic, offering versatility and reliability in equal measure.
DiGiCo consoles are already widely used in many of the biggest live sound tours and events across the UK. The compact S-Series powered by Stealth Digital Processing introduces a new standard of audio quality, power and flexibility, not seen before at this price point, making it more easily accessible to meet the growing demand from AV customers seeking higher levels of performance and simple-to-use multi-touch screen capability. 4REA4’s digital processing engine, similarly, also now puts high quality audio at the heart of the permanent sound solution, with a vast processing resource and redundancy support not normally found at this price point. The ability to integrate with top tier, permanently installed products natively without complex programming enhances the flexibility of this solution making it suitable in the wider AV market. DiGiCo will also be launching two new I/O Racks, the A164D Wall LCD and A168D Stage for 4REA4 at ISE 2020, with the additional advantage of Dante connectivity.
“As the Audiologic business continues to grow, our long-term strategy is to enhance and transform our offering into providing a world-class solution at every level, accessible to every market. This exciting new distribution agreement continues this process,” said Andy Lewis, managing director, Audiologic. “DiGiCo are already at the forefront of digital mixing technology and have the same desire to reach out to wider markets, underpinned with an impeccable reputation for customer service. There is a superb working synergy between the two companies in every respect. We are thrilled to be working with DiGiCo and looking forward to introducing these superb consoles to our customers in integration.”
“With the increasing popularity of our 4REA4 solutions and S-Series consoles, plus the addition of the two new Dante enabled stage racks, we knew it was time to expand our dealer network in the UK for these products,” says DiGiCo’s general manager, Austin Freshwater. “We are delighted to welcome Audiologic to the DiGiCo family and we know their extensive experience in the installation market will help to further increase the appeal of both 4REA4 and S-Series.”
10th February 2020
ETC becomes a SixEye Connected manufacturer
SixEye has announced that ETC, one of the world’s leading events lighting technology manufacturers, has become a SixEye Connected manufacturer, with its Mosaic range of architectural lighting controllers the first in the company’s product portfolio to benefit from SixEye’s unified remote management platform.
SixEye provides a cloud-based SaaS (Software as a Service) solution, enabling best-in-class remote management of professional control devices. SixEye combines the management and control of products from multiple manufacturers into one portal, easily accessible in a web browser on desktop and mobile.
Systems integrators can have their own SixEye portal at their own domain. The portal carries the integrator’s own branding, allows them to invite end users into any project site in the portal, and grant them bespoke access with SixEye's granular permissions. Device management includes firmware and file upload, triggering, real time status, logs and more with encrypted network security maintained for peace of mind without any additional hardware or IT expertise. End users can use SixEye’s control panel, designed for mobile browsers, to perform actions across multiple devices in a project site at the touch of a button.
“We’re happy to offer SixEye functionality in our Unison Mosaic controllers, the premier system for transforming large scale buildings, attractions, or LED walls into eye-popping displays,” says Shawn Fernandez, product manager for Mosaic at ETC. “We have Mosaic controllers for every project, so it makes sense to let users access them from everywhere with SixEye.”
ETC joins Pathway Connectivity and Pharos Architectural Controls, which are currently live on the platform, and will benefit from SixEye’s latest features, including the ability to schedule tasks to run automatically.
“We are delighted that ETC has seen the value of the SixEye platform and is joining us as a Connected manufacturer,” says SixEye’s CEO, Simon Hicks. “For SixEye, having one of the world’s most respected lighting manufacturers on our platform is a leap towards becoming a standard for the remote management of professional control devices.”,p>ETC customers who want to take advantage of this feature should contact SixEye (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a demonstration of the available features and how to obtain a SixEye portal.
10th February 2020
Unusual Rigging reaches new standards with ISO accreditations
UK – Unusual Rigging has achieved a series of compliance standards that will provide its customers with the guarantee that its products and services consistently meet their requirements.
The Northampton-based company achieved both ISO 9001 which sets out the criteria for a quality management system, and ISO 14001 which focuses on environmental systems. Unusual is currently working towards securing ISO 45001 for good health and safety practice.
At the forefront of steering Unusual towards achieving these new standards are operations manager Lizzie Richmond and technical manager Tom Nightingale.
Lizzie commented: “We are extremely proud to have secured these ISO standards, which, though not compulsory, demonstrate to our customers that we are leading the way with our policies and processes. When we tender for work we are increasingly being asked to demonstrate how we meet the various requirements surrounding quality, environmental impact, health and safety, etc and we have always been able to provide the evidence required. Achieving the ISO standards however makes this all more official.”
Tom added: “ISO 9001 sets out to address various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best known standards. These provide guidance and tools for companies who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customers’ requirements and that quality is consistently improved. In short, it formalises and documents all of the excellent processes that we at Unusual already have in place. It gives us a great tool to benchmark against and to strive for continuous improvement.”
ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organisation can follow to set up an effective environmental management system.
Tom Harper, director and head of circular economy at Unusual explained: “We are delighted with this formal recognition of the work we do in this area. Our design team prioritises simplicity, standardisation and utility over novelty, ‘one off’ solutions and complexity, with RFID we can trace an item’s footprint with utmost precision and predictive analytics through our bespoke asset tracking software. And, by increasing our workforce (labour is a renewable resource which enhances local economic well-being), we are continuously maintaining and repairing our resources, hence designing out waste.”
He continued: “We are creating greater value to our customers and clients by offering a continued service with all sales, therefore increasing our revenue opportunities too. Many unwanted resources taken from stripped out theatres have been repurposed and used in new settings (one person’s rubbish is another’s treasure). Meanwhile, our main warehouse decked out with 396 solar panels since 2017, represents the first giant leap towards our ambition to be 100% renewably energised by 2025. Discussions across our supply chain (up and downstream, from resource providers to resource collectors) have furthered our ambitions on designing out waste and ensuring effective resource reuse; whilst increasing transparency on longevity. This has ensured alignment to our ISO accreditations and offers the opportunity for refined collaboration within the transition to a fully circular economy. Such collaboration has ensured we have been zero waste to landfill since 2016.”
Lizzie concluded: “We are extremely grateful to everyone at Unusual Rigging who has worked extremely hard to achieve ISO 9001 and 14001. To round it off with ISO 45001 will be the icing on the cake.”
In picture: Tom Nightingale, Lizzie Richmond and Tom Harper.
7th February 2020
LEA Professional appoints POLAR as distributor for UK and ROI
UK – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the installation, MI and professional audio markets has announced that it has been appointed exclusive distributor in the UK and ROI for new US-based professional amplifier manufacturer LEA. This bold new company has been in existence since January 2019, when a team of industry veterans with more than 200 years combined experience in the sector, steered by founder and CEO Blake Augsburger, set out to imagine a new approach to audio technology. Since its inception, LEA has moved swiftly to become a major industry player, focused on merging IoT (Internet of Things) technology with professional amplification.
LEA’s Connect Series range, with standard and Dante-enabled options, addresses the needs of the installation market, catering for the widest possible range of applications in small and medium scale projects. As the world’s first IoT-enabled, professional-grade amplifiers, these two and four channel models have an intuitive web app interface that allows control by phone, tablet, PC or laptop. With various network access options, including an on-board WiFi point, access for setup and programming is fast and user-friendly.
With a wide range of power sizes, from four x 80W to four x 700W, all options occupy the same 1U rack space. Both Dante-enabled and standard versions incorporate on-board DSP, crossover, eight-band parametric EQ and delay, as well as RMS and peak limiters and delay, optimising audio output and offering loudspeaker protection. In addition, loudspeaker circuits can be load-monitored (with configurable pilot tone support if required), reporting faults via the on-board GPIO interface.
Stuart Leader, director at POLAR Integrated Solutions is excited by what he sees as the huge potential that the LEA Connect range can offer: “The LEA range is a fantastic addition to our portfolio, offering as it does a really cutting edge level of technology that gives installers and end-users so many advantages. With the option of low or high impedance selectable by channel, the amplifiers enable highly flexible loudspeaker network design, whilst the Smart Power Bridge feature allows an output channel to be selected to operate at double power without sacrificing any other channels. The team at LEA has addressed every possible angle in the development of these exceptional products and we look forward to introducing them to what is already proving to be a large number of very interested customers.”
7th February 2020
Active Audio Leaps into the US Market with Allied ProTech
USA – Active Audio professional loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Allied ProTech as its exclusive distributor for the United States.
Founded in 2002 in Nantes, France, Active Audio has forged a global reputation for loudspeakers that deliver superior sound performance, intelligibility, and neutrality, with installations in some of the world’s most prestigious, yet acoustically challenging spaces.
“We’re very excited about our new partnership with Active Audio,” remarked Allied ProTech founder and president Rik Kirby. “They are a company that is constantly innovating and finding better ways to deliver superior audio performance. Their StepArray column loudspeakers deliver outstanding intelligibility in reverberant spaces, using fewer DSP channels, without the complex and expensive electronics that make most steered arrays so difficult to install and set up. They offer a full line of active and passive loudspeaker technologies that’s unique to the market, and we’re eagerly anticipating bringing their products to the US.”
“Now is the ideal time for us to enter the US market, and Allied ProTech is the right partner to help us succeed,” added Active Audio CEO Régis Cazin. “Rik Kirby brings more than 20 years of expertise in professional audio, and the entire Allied ProTech team bring an insight and understanding of what makes Active Audio loudspeakers unique. We’re confident they will provide the expert sales management and distribution we seek, along with the outstanding service and support that our customers deserve.”
7th February 2020
A4i.tv Video Release - Witness the LITEC PR60 Revolution
LITEC has just released a new, dynamic video on A4i.tv that shows its PR60 Revolution truss in action. The PR60 is a new, revolutionary pre-rig truss solution that allows for the quick and easy mounting of light fixtures at almost any position along the length of the truss by a single person.
Specifically designed for touring, it allows for super quick set-up/breakdown and requires less space for transport and storage.
Click here to the see the PR60 in action and witness the revolution!
7th February 2020
AED group appointed as Master Distributor for NEXT Truss
Europe - NEXT Truss has recently appointed AED group as its European master distributor for its complete product range.
As a total solution provider to the AV industry, AED group enables professional users to purchase, rent or lease products of the NEXT brand through its well-known channels. AED group will make the complete NEXT trussing and staging catalogue available at competitive pricing and with optimal stock levels. An unbeatable professional discount structure aligned with AED group’s rental department will benefit every professional customer. Besides the popular 30cm and 40cm truss ranges, NEXT will also offer ladder, rectangular (36/100) and 52cm square truss, ground supports, towers and stage decks.
Glenn Roggeman, CEO of AED group, comments: “For nearly 30 years we’ve set the industry standards with a leading brand in a loyal relationship. Despite this, recent events have resulted in an uncertain situation, without guarantees for the future vision, organisational structure, distribution policy, production capacity and delivery terms. These conditions made us decide to take a new direction, the NEXT chapter. We strongly believe in this new brand, its strong values and clear vision. With the addition of NEXT Truss to our product portfolio, we allow all our existing customers to acquire high-quality 100% compatible products. The recently launched Luxibel decks and truss products will be incorporated in NEXT. Our rental department will carry the full NEXT range, and will hold an impressive stock for dry-hire.”
NEXT Truss products are built in Europe by certified welders and are made from the highest quality aluminium. All NEXT products comply with the applicable industry standards and regulations.
Martin Kuyper, CEO of the Eurotruss Group, says: “NEXT Truss stands for well-produced goods, competitive pricing, experienced and trusted staff, swift delivery times and good industry relationships. We are very pleased with this new addition to the Eurotruss Group and with AED group as our European Master Distributor for NEXT.”
Ralph Stockley, CEO of NEXT Truss, comments: “It is with great enthusiasm that we team up with such a well-known player in the industry; AED group offers dry-hire, sales and leasing solutions under one roof. With this addition to our distribution network, they will provide our customers access to our products across a broad range of countries. Having worked with AED in the past, I am 100% confident they will provide a total solution for the market.”
AED group will become the exclusive distributor for NEXT Truss in Benelux, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Turkey. In Germany AED group and Eurotruss GmbH will become exclusive co-distributors of NEXT Truss.
6th February 2020
Prolyte assigns a new distributor in Switzerland
Switzerland - As of the 1st of February, Prolyte assigned DJP Diffusion as the official Prolyte distributor in Switzerland.
DJP Diffusion becomes a Prolyte distributor after joining forces with Prolyte's most experienced ambassador Madame Rose Oberer.
"Together we will keep Prolyte as the number one in Switzerland. In Prolyte you can Trust,” said Madame Oberer.
Madame Oberer is well recognised in Switzerland for her expertise and vast knowledge of Prolyte products. She has more than 25 years of partnership and ordeal with Prolyte and the Swiss market. Her accomplishments speak volumes, resulting in partnering relationships and building a large network.
"No matter what happens, Prolyte is the standard in quality and safety. After more than 25 years of collaboration, I know what I am talking about," Oberer added.
"We are so proud and glad we can continue with the experiences and energy of Madame Oberer, who is known as the best in the Swiss Market." Bruno Lerminiaux said upon sealing the deal last week.
DJP Diffusion will primarily provide Prolyte products alongside focusing on the venue, theatre installations and the rental fleet business.
6th February 2020
Backstage Academy Welcomes STS Touring as Official Industry Partner
UK – After enjoying an informal relationship with Backstage Academy stretching back many years, Manchester-based STS Touring Productions has now put the relationship on a formal basis.
BA’s industry partnerships director, Miles Marsden, confirms that the rental company has been supplying a vast range of equipment, including Litedeck staging, PA, lighting and backline as required, virtually since the Academy set out its stall a decade ago. “But my relationship with [director] Pete Dutton goes back to the late ‘80s,” he said. “They are an established supplier and we are delighted that they have now signed a partnership agreement.
“This provides them with the potential to give masterclasses, which we would welcome, leading to work experience and employment opportunities. In fact a lot of our industry partners are looking at career potential.”
Marsden says that STS has recently provided valuable assistance for some really challenging and high profile projects, notably Litedeck staging for the current Lightwaves 2019 student showcase at Salford’s Media City, as well as the backline for two major stages at the Academy’s Graduation Showcase, held at their Production Park facility outside Wakefield, back in May.
Stated Pete Dutton: “I understand that new blood must be trained in the industry and hopefully we will see the benefits in the future if the graduates make the grade and placement will then take them further into the industry."
In pictutre: Student projects at the recent Lightwaves Festival, and the Diamond Stage at Backstage Academy’s Graduate Showcase. STS Touring supported both projects.
5th February 2020
CUK Audio to distribute Aurora Multimedia in the UK and Ireland
UK – Aurora Multimedia, the New Jersey, USA based manufacturer best known for its AV over IP solutions has appointed CUK Audio as their exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland.
The addition of Aurora Multimedia brand to the CUK Audio portfolio is part of the company’s commitment to expand from their core audio offering and bring the most innovative video and control products to their customers.
“Aurora Multimedia is a true innovator in the AV industry and the number of ‘firsts’ they have to their name is truly impressive.” states Stuart Thomson, managing director at CUK Audio. “The IPX line of SDVoE based 10G AV over IP transceivers are a great example of the innovation they bring to the market, incorporating advanced features such as reversible USB, copper and fibre connectivity, integrated ReAX control processor, eight-channel Dante, audio DSP and wallplate form factor.”
Simon Druce, CUK Audio’s sales director adds: “Since my first contact with Paul Harris at Aurora Multimedia, I knew this was a company we had to work with. The culture of innovation Paul has fostered in the organisation is impressive and the products resulting from that will enable our customers to improve the solutions they offer their clients.”
Aurora Multimedia will be showcasing their control and video distribution solutions at ISE 2020 on stand 5-T65.
In picture: Stuart Thomson of CUK Audio and Paul Harris of Aurora Multimedia.
4th February 2020
Prolyte and Stage Electrics
UK - Prolyte is getting back on track, with new management and new owners the company is poised to continue its success as the world’s leading manufacturer of trussing and staging, supplying high-quality product to the entertainment industry.
Trussing is now back in production and the first delivery into the UK is due in the coming weeks.
Stage Electrics has been partners with Prolyte for 15 years and have now signed a new agreement to continue as a UK distributor for all Prolyte products, holding stock in the UK and offering support where needed.
Alongside Prolyte, Stage Electrics distribute supporting brands such as Doughty and Admiral Staging.
Admiral offers a wide range of useful and innovative products to help with staging, rigging and transportation.
Stage Electrics also offers so much more and stock a comprehensive range of kit and consumables for theatre, live events, production and installation.
From its own workshops they offer custom made cables, IWBs, panel wiring and distribute many key brands including ETC, Chauvet, Avolites, ChamSys, DiGiCo, Le Maitre, Martin, Sennheiser, RCF, MagicFX, EM Acoustics and Yamaha.
Stage Electrics holds over £1.2 million of equipment in stock and ready to ship anywhere in the UK mainland on a next day service with credit terms available to trade customers.
4th February 2020
Kinesys USA Moves to Lititz
USA – In 2019 Kinesys joined the TAIT group of companies ushering in a new era of global entertainment automation. As part of the process, Kinesys have relocated its US sales office, warehouse and training facility from Lithia Springs, GA to take advantage of the world leading resources of TAIT’s HQ in Lititz, PA.
Tracey Anderson has been promoted to the position of Kinesys USA sales operation manager and has relocated to TAIT HQ in Lititz. David Bond, COO and head of sales, will remain in his roles with Kinesys USA. All Kinesys USA clients can continue their relationships with Tracey and David as the main points of contact.
Email and phone details will remain the same, however, the new Kinesys USA physical address will be:
Kinesys USA c/o TAIT
401 West Lincoln Ave.
Lititz, PA 17543
David Bond had this to say about the forthcoming move: “We’re very excited for our base of operations to be moving and after joining the TAIT family it just makes sense for us to take advantage of their enormous headquarters. Lititz has long been the very centre of entertainment technology in the US, (if not the world) and we cannot wait to be a part of it.”
Kinesys USA has actioned this move without any impact on any outstanding orders in the USA. Furthermore, their shipping and ordering process will remain the same, however their goods are now be sold as EX WORKS Lititz, PA.
3rd February 2020
SLX Relocates to New Premises
UK – From 31st January 2020, Bristol-based specialist hire and events business, SLX will complete the move to a new warehouse as a result of planned growth and continued investment.
The business, which has heritage dating back more than 40 years and serves the live events, hire and broadcast markets throughout the UK and Europe, remains in a Bristol location, moving from their warehouse on Third Way, Avonmouth to another nearby Avonmouth location.
Alastair Currie says: “After only four years since our previous warehouse upgrade, we are moving again to allow for further expansion. We’re doing so as we believe this is essential for the ambitions we have for the business. It will see improved preparation spaces, improved flow of equipment into and out of the warehouse, and markedly better facilities for both our team and those who come to prep shows and events at the warehouse. Additionally, the potential for some exciting additions to our offering is made possible by this move, such as a state-of-the-art visualisation suite and a theatre space for clients to use, as well as for manufacturers to deliver training and outreach activities in. As we look to our future in this building, we are also looking to make it as eco-friendly as possible. Watch this space!”
The new warehouse, which will also house the Head Offices, comprises over 54,000 square feet of warehouse and office space, and will be at 115 Burcott Road, Avonmouth, Bristol.
31st January 2020
Audiologic Announces Exclusive UK Distribution for QSC Live Sound
UK – Audiologic, the award-winning provider of professional audio solutions, has announced that it has been awarded the honour of exclusive rights to distribute QSC Live Sound products in the UK.
Audiologic is a broad range portfolio supplier, and the addition of further innovative and widely trusted products from QSC means it can even more singularly focus on the precise and diverse needs of both its existing customer base as well as new markets. Legendary brand QSC is widely renowned for its solid range of live sound amplifiers, loudspeakers and digital mixers which offer outstanding performance, flexibility, portability and long-term reliability for sound engineers. These products are designed for musicians and bands, houses of worship, club and venues, those in event production and presentation, many of whom who are already long-standing customers of Audiologic.
Audiologic’s managing director Andy Lewis, who will be managing this transition, is delighted to extend their relationship with QSC, commenting: “Over the past two years we have demonstrated real in-market value for QSC with their Systems portfolio. We now look forward to providing the same high levels of expert service and customer support with QSC Live Sound products, to create the exceptional user experience our end customers have come to expect.”
“As the QSC brand grows, our distribution model and go to market strategies must evolve. Audiologic has demonstrated the technical support expertise and organisational readiness required to meet our customers’ current and future needs,” said Duncan Savage, managing director, QSC UK and Ireland. “Audiologic is well equipped to provide industry-leading levels of service to our customers in the UK and Ireland, providing a stable platform as we further develop our live sound presence across the EMEA region.”
Building on its excellent track record in system design, technical support and project management proven time and time again in recent years, this exciting new development will greatly enhance the potential for Audiologic to continue to accelerate its growth, as well as to explore new opportunities in professional audio in the coming months.
31st January 2020
More Ruff Days … Fewer Rough Days
UK – What do Google, Amazon, Airbnb, Ben & Jerry’s, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Monzo, Ticketmaster and Sound Marketing all have in common? You’d be right in saying that they are all highly successful companies, but the answer we were looking for is that they all have dog-friendly offices.
Percy the Puggle, an adorable cross between a Pug and a Beagle, is Sound Marketing’s newest recruit. Whilst he hasn’t exactly hit the ground running (he is prone to falling over his own feet), he has already demonstrated some very promising characteristics. His strong negotiation skills have been witnessed through the deployment of ‘puppy eyes’ when he decides it’s time to be released from his crate. He is very confident and proactive and has already overseen the delivery of a speaker system with lots of barks and sniffs by way of quality assurance. He’s also extremely marketable and has enjoyed meeting and impressing many clients (simultaneously stealing their hearts).
Whilst Percy acts as a great cuddle-break from work, the reason so many companies are switching to being dog-friendly is the overwhelmingly positive research into the benefits. Mental health at work is, with good reason, becoming a widely discussed topic, with 61% of people surveyed by charity SPANA feeling that their workplace could do more to support those with mental health issues. Research by The Mental Health Foundation maintains that dogs can help ease depression, loneliness, ADHD and autism, whilst ‘Happiful’ notes that the simple act of stroking an animal releases oxytocin, a ‘happy hormone’ that aids in relaxation. Consequently, an increasing number of workplaces are becoming dog-friendly in a bid to boost employee well-being.
One of the most influential pieces of literature in this area of study is the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, published by The Center for Human-Animal Interaction. They found that the presence of a dog helped to relieve stress levels, and contributed to greater job satisfaction for employees, regardless of whether they were the dog owner or not. In the report, Dr Barker also drew attention to dogs acting as a social lubricant, bringing together team members and minimising cases of employee isolation. As well as the mental well-being side, there are other huge benefits for these companies, in that they are not limiting their potential employee pool to those without dogs, or those who can afford care for them during working hours. Workers who are less likely to rush home to their dog are also more willing to work overtime to complete jobs to their maximum potential.
After acknowledging all these workplace benefits, managing director Steph Dell comments: “Having Percy in the office not only injects a high level of cuteness, but also helps with easing stress and anxiety levels. Taking regular short breaks to play with him helps reset the mind, improving focus levels and leading to increased productivity. He’s also a very calming influence; who could possibly be stressed with a Puggle asleep on their lap?”
Even John, Sound Marketing’s resident grouch, has been caught sneaking a glance at Percy, on one occasion letting him play with his shoelaces, and if John’s cold heart can warm even slightly to him, then the Puggle must be a winning addition. Follow @sound_marketing and @percy_puggle on Instagram to be kept up to date with Percy the Puggle’s adventures, and how he is settling into his new home.
30th January 2020
Impact Products (Europe) Ltd – Lightspace Decks and Truss
Area Four Industries would like to issue a clarification statement in respect to the continuation of supply of Lightspace deck and truss products supplied via Impact Products (Europe) Ltd which was placed into voluntary liquidation procedures at the end of last year.
Contrary to recent reports these products have not been discontinued, for the past five years MILOS, part of Area Four Industries, has exclusively manufactured Impact OEM brands Spacedeck and Lightspace from its production facilities in the Czech Republic.
Area Four Industries UK owns the rights to Spacedeck and Lightspace products and will continue to provide full sales and technical support from its design, distribution centre in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. All truss and staging stocks have now been transferred from Northampton to Wisbech, main production and UK stock is actively increasing in preparation of the busiest events season ever.
Over the last five years Lightspace decks have become the leading choice for temporary platform and staging solutions. A4I remains totally committed to these products and mutual clients, and thank customers for their confidence in its brands and continued support for the future.
For further information please contact exclusive staging brand manager, Dave Jeffery, via email email@example.com or 01945 425008.
29th January 2020
Renkus-Heinz Partners with More Distribution to Serve the Netherlands’ Pro Audio Market Better
The Netherlands – Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, has partnered with More Distribution based in The Hague in the Netherlands to bring cutting-edge audio to the Dutch market.
The partnership brings Renkus-Heinz’ digitally steerable offerings to new markets thanks to products such as the first in the Directivity Series: the DC12/2, which offers an ultra-compact and steerable array. It features an app-based set-up option that positions even the smallest and most traditionally challenging spaces for optimal audio performance. Renkus-Heinz’ ICLive X Series brings a new level of flexibility to the pro audio market in the Netherlands, by featuring a complete medium-format, steerable line array system that can be arrayed up to 12 cabinet units tall.
The result is a technical advantage that puts Dutch pro audio businesses in control through solutions that are easy to install, intuitive to set up, and provide the most advanced audio on the market.
On 27 January, the two companies will host an event to showcase to customers the newest products and applications the partnership will bring to the Netherlands. More information on the event is available here: https://moredistribution.nl/event/renkus-heinz-dpa-microphone-workshop/
Marc Noble of More Distribution has provided pro audio solutions in the Netherlands for more than 20 years. Among the company’s projects are multiple theatres, festivals, and The Hague’s town hall, which features an impressive atrium that has hosted projects such as fashion shows for the Royal Academy for the Arts and a performance of New York’s dance company Streb.
“Renkus-Heinz is the leader in controllable and pure sound, and that is why we use many of their products in our various projects,” Noble said. “Becoming the distributor in the Netherlands is an outstanding step for us. We're now able to bring even more digitally steerable sound to more businesses and more people who rely on pro audio.”
“Our partnership with More Distribution will allow both companies to focus on supporting every vertical market where Renkus-Heinz solutions can provide better sound,” Poplawski said. “The new offerings mean we can integrate better experiences at more types of business, including corporate, retail, recreation and the small-to-medium sized businesses that may have previously assumed digitally steerable sound was not available to them. The Netherlands will also see an increased level of quality, scalability and flexibility in its rental, live performance, and larger installations thanks to this partnership.”
21st January 2020
d&b audiotechnik Makes Major Investment in US Market Expansion with New California Support and Training Facility
USA – German audio technology and solution company d&b audiotechnik has announced the opening of a new office and training centre in Signal Hill, California. The facility is the second in the country joining the company’s US headquarters in Asheville, North Carolina. For the leading pro audio technology and solution provider, the new facility underscores a commitment to comprehensively and strategically address both coasts with dedicated teams and resources.
“Accessibility to our growing base of customers and partners in the US is critical,” said Amnon Harman, CEO, d&b audiotechnik. “In the audio business relationships are paramount and this new facility demonstrates our desire to build strong, long-term partnerships with both the audio technology and broader entertainment community.”
Since making the introduction of the d&b Soundscape and the SL-Series, two significant technology innovations in professional sound reinforcement, the company has been working closer than ever with customers to ensure systems are optimised for the best possible performance. This high level of cooperation and manufacturer support will become the standard.
The facility’s training centre enables the d&b US team to deliver comprehensive Soundscape demonstrations and education seminars and will be available for existing and potential new customers to experience the capabilities and possibilities of d&b systems.
“Designing excellent sound experiences is at the core of d&b’s mission to accurately transfer passions. With our new Signal Hill facility and the investments we have made in customer services. d&b is well positioned to serve this mission and, together with our partners and customers, work to continue creating some of the world’s most inspiring sound experiences,” added Harman.
17th January 2020
Asia Pacific Market gets direct access to Prolyte Channels
The Netherlands – As of 10 January, 2020, Prolyte has discontinued Prolyte Asia Pacific (PAP) and Prolyte Doughty Japan (PDJ) as Prolyte distributors. A result of Prolyte, PAP, and PDJ not reaching a mutual agreement on future relationships after the restructuring of the new Prolyte B.V.
With that, all Prolyte customers and accounts will be served directly from Prolyte, the Netherlands, having direct access to premium services, the best technical support and improved conditions.
“It is essential for us to support our customers at every level. As we continue to become the industry's prime leader in customer satisfaction, Prolyte is always seeking to take the entertainment industry to the next level. Giving the Asian market direct access to Prolyte products enables everyone to react adequately to future market developments,” said William Voskuil, Prolyte sales director.
“We at Prolyte will continue with our philosophy of serving the market through our worldwide network of distributors and partners. For the markets in the Asia Pacific and Oceanic region, we are always looking for partners with an entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge in our entertainment industry. To help us expand our distributing network and improve access to products, education, and safety to the market.
“We achieve greatness by working together as a unified team. Our network plays a big and important role in Prolyte’s success, and we’re looking forward to the new partners joining the Prolyte family,” stated Fons van Teijn.
14th January 2020
Robert Juliat SpotMe now certified by L-Acoustics for its L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology
Coming into the new year, L-Acoustics reveals the January release of a significant software update for its L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology that will enable users to monitor the positioning of any tracked object in a 3D view. With L-ISA Controller version 2.0, source parameters including pan, width, height, distance, and elevation can be mapped and scaled to all certified tracking systems.
In tandem with the L-ISA v2.0 update, L-Acoustics announces that it has officially collaborated with tracking software providers whose technologies can now function within the L-ISA ecosystem, including Robert Juliat’s SpotMe tracking tool.
L-Acoustics executive director of creative technologies Guillaume Le Nost notes: “With our latest software and recent tracking system partnerships, the incredibly natural audio reproduction of L-ISA, paired with the smooth and precise real-time tracking of visual elements on stage is guaranteed to raise the Hyperreal Sound bar even further for our audiences.”
Robert Juliat managing director François Juliat adds: “We are happy with this new compatibility which brings together two of our industry’s leading, high-end brands to offer quality solutions to the market. SpotMe only requires a followspot with no extra peripheral devices and can be installed easily and quickly calibrated by the crew. While the operator focuses on his usual work, SpotMe takes care of the rest.”
Robert Juliat’s SpotMe is a manual, user-friendly 3D tracking device relying on a followspot operator. With easy and fast set-up, it is able to produce tracking information in real-time with no emitters or cameras.
SpotMe consists of a server installed between the followspot yoke and the tripod, and sensors mounted on the tripod and the followspot. The server generates high-quality positional data to communicate with any console or device using PosiStageNet positioning data output format.
PSN is easily converted to OSC in the L-ISA OSC Bridge, which makes SpotMe perfectly compatible with L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound Technology.
14th January 2020
Prolyte Asia Pacific (PAP) becomes SIXTY82 Doughty Asia (SDA)
Malaysia – Maintaining its focus on supplying the urgent demand for high-quality trussing and staging products and solutions, Prolyte Asia Pacific, also known as PAP, is pleased to announce its transition into SIXTY82 Doughty Asia (SDA).
“For the past 15 years we have operated under the name PAP, however, due to recent events in the industry, PAP has decided to take a step forward and start a fresh chapter with new partners,” states Menze van der Sluis, managing director of PAP, and one of the first people employed by Prolyte in its early days. van der Sluis played a significant role in the development of the company and, with nearly 25 years of experience, has become renowned and respected within the entertainment industry.
Widely known for its state-of-the-art products, reliability, and education, along with a focus on safe working practice, customer satisfaction, and in-depth service, PAP has been a critical player in the Asian market for more than 15 years. “These values are essential to our organisation and will remain firmly in place now that we have transitioned into SDA.”
To ensure the continuation of this philosophy and to secure the ability to innovate, PAP and Doughty have decided to join forces with SIXTY82, forming SIXTY82 Doughty Asia. “SIXTY82 was the best and only choice for catering to the high standards of the extensive PAP customer base,” confirms van der Sluis.
Spearheaded by the original founders of Prolyte, Fokko Smeding (CEO) and Marc Hendriks (CTO), SIXTY82 is armed with a forward-thinking approach to product development and is even more focused on the specific needs of the Asian market. “To continue to support our customers in the way that we have been doing for so many years now, this was the only possible way forward,” says van der Sluis. Together, these pioneers and visionaries have had leading roles in the development of innovations for trussing and staging that have shaped the entertainment industry as it is known today.
SDA Customers can expect to find the same team of experienced and motivated experts, with an exciting new name and even better trussing, staging and rigging products and solutions. Also worthy of note is the fact that Sixty82 trusses are seamlessly compatible with products previously supplied by PAP. In line with their existing policies, SDA guarantees full distribution coverage to all APAC countries, delivering products and support unrivalled in quality.
“Our goal is to improve every aspect of our customers’ experience continuously. Expanding our sales network, supporting personnel, and being close to where our customers are is a key initiative towards achieving that,” says SIXTY82’s CEO, Fokko Smeding. “Having the SDA team support us is incredible and ensures that our customers in the APAC region will get the best possible treatment.”
In picture: Cor van der Sluis, Fokko Smeding, Menze van der Sluis, Jesper van der Sluis, Xavier Drouet, Jerome Brehard and Rainier Smeding.
14th January 2020
Optocore Appoints United Brands as New German Distributor
Germany – German fibre network specialist, Optocore, has appointed Dusseldorf-based United Brands GmbH (United B) as its new German distributors with immediate effect.
The move was a logical one for both parties. Said Tine Helmle, Optocore director of sales and marketing, "With the expansion of our product portfolio such as Festival Box, AutoRouter and our Madi series United Brands was a perfect match. Due to their expertise and long-time experience in install and live events they bring huge potential in placing Optocore as the main sound distribution network on the market."
And United B’s Jens Steffan, who will largely oversee the Optocore account, said: “Of course we were familiar with Optocore technology through our distribution of DiGiCo. So it was just a small step to contact Optocore. The company has a lot of very interesting products, which perfectly match our customers’ demands.”
Discussions had started back in early March, he said. “We think Optocore is the only really professional solution for transporting audio in the digital domain. Based on our high standards with DiGiCo and Adamson, it is a perfect fit with all our other brands.”
He anticipated a positive response from the professional live market, including installation, festivals, theatres … “anywhere that flexibility and high-quality sound quality are essential.” The main potential will be both as part of package with DiGiCo systems or as stand-alone Optocore systems with Festival Boxes or AutoRouter.
United B has wasted no time in getting started. Having already received formal Optocore training it has purchased a demo system and stock comprising Festival Box Petit, AutoRouter, DD32R-FX, DD4MR-FX and X6R-FX in different versions.
“We will use all of these options to create awareness,” he concludes. United B will be systematically introducing clients to the new portfolio, with two key dates in January: Hamburg Open 2020 (22-23 January) and United B Winter Summit (28-29 January) earmarked for further exposure.
Summarised Tine Helmle: “This is the start of a new chapter for us in Germany and one which offers exciting prospects for both parties.”
In picture: Florian Myrus – director Optocore, Tine Helmle – director of sales and marketing Optocore, Jens Steffan – head of sales United Brands and Miguel Augusto – product and sales manager United Brands
14th January 2020
SIXTY82 appoints DP Music as its exclusive distributor for Hungary
Hungary – SIXTY82 has announced the appointment of an exciting new partnership with the highly regarded and well renowned DP Music Kft. as the new representative in Hungary. DP Music will offer expert guidance on a wide range of possibilities, advising customers in Hungary on the best SIXTY82 solution for their particular needs.
SIXTY82’s customers can rely upon the qualities of the dedicated and enthusiastic team of DP Music to meet their requirements. With over 20 years of experience in the live events industry, they master a strong technical position, and possess the knowledge and experience to ensure their recommended solution will suit the customers’ needs.
Since 1996 DP Music has provided professional solutions to anyone who needs stage technology. They are involved in providing stage and sound technology for concerts but are increasingly focussing on developing their webshop and serving the needs of hobbyists, smaller bands, and theatres.
Date Jonkman, SIXTY82’s executive account manager, said: “We look forward to working with a company of DP Music’s reputation, and our partnership will help meet increased local demand for technical know-how from experienced people. They are uniquely positioned to develop our existing customer base further, and with their market presence and sales support network, we are excited to start this new partnership.”
László Pálfi, CEO of DP Music, replies: “SIXTY82’s knowledge of the market will be invaluable support to us in providing the Hungarian customers on both academic and industrial levels with a service that is second to none. SIXTY82 has a team of professionals that have contributed in a significant way to the development of the staging and trussing market in recent decades. Because of this, we are extremely motivated to move forward and start this next chapter.”
With over 100 years of experience in the entertainment industry, the team at SIXTY82 can provide the growing demand for craftsmanship and technical know-how. They are committed to the continuation of innovative means of improving product and service, driven by a passion for their craft, to ensure their customers can continue to build incredible stuff.