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d&b audiotechnik Makes Major Investment in US Market Expansion with New California Support and Training Facility
Robert Juliat SpotMe now certified by L-Acoustics for its L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology
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.
13th January 2020
L-ISA Technology Expands Console Partnership with Yamaha
USA – As L-ISA technology continues to be adopted by live events like the recent Bon Iver and Mark Knopfler tours, and in permanent installations such as Sydney Coliseum, L-Acoustics has announced the expansion of console partners, adding Yamaha Professional Audio, who has co-developed an L-ISA DeskLink for its flagship Rivage PM7 and PM10 mixing systems.
“Collaborating with the creative team of experts at Yamaha has resulted in an exceptionally sleek integration of the L-ISA object controls into Rivage mixing workflow. The new DeskLink is a great example of collaborative design,” explains Sherif El Barbari, director of L-ISA Labs.
Within the Rivage consoles, for every mono or stereo input channel, a direct control of L-ISA Objects or Groups will be available on the console control surface and touch screens. The five main L-ISA parameters: pan, width, distance, elevation and aux send will also be stored for each object in the console Scenes, with dedicated recall scope.
The L-ISA DeskLink provides a seamless workflow on two of the industry’s leading consoles, allowing for immersive hyperreal mixing in a familiar environment, making adoption of L-ISA technology even easier.
“It has been a real pleasure to collaborate with the team at L-Acoustics to create a dedicated, deeply integrated and flexible user interface. As the reputation of Yamaha Rivage PM mixing systems for outstanding sound quality and traditional Yamaha reliability continues to grow, this project will benefit our many joint customers throughout the world,” comments Chris Angell, Yamaha Pro Audio R&D.
The Yamaha Rivage with L-ISA DeskLink will be available this spring and on display for hands-on discovery at Prolight & Sound in L-Acoustics demo room Symmetrie 2+3.
8th January 2020
Absen welcomes SQM to Value Added Distributor Network
Poland – Absen has signed a partnership agreement with SQM, a specialist provider of multimedia and event services, as the company’s official distributor in Poland. SQM will have exclusive rights over the sale and distribution of the Aries AX1.5, the world’s first MiniLED rental display, in the Polish rental staging market.
Headquartered in Poznan, Poland, SQM provides multimedia and audio-visual rental services for trade fairs, conferences and events across Europe. The company has recently added over 100 sq.m. of Absen’s AX1.5 product – part of the Aries MiniLED rental series – to its inventory, making it one of the few partners to be able to offer rental customers such a high-quality 1.5mm fine pitch LED display.
Absen’s Aries LED display series is aimed at professional rental companies for high-end corporate events, conferences, auto shows, e-gaming competitions and broadcast applications, and is the first MiniLED product to combine a four-in-one integrated pixel design and common cathode technology. Packed with the latest innovations, the AX1.5 provides the highest level of detail, as well as providing 2.5 times the strength of traditional LED screens and consuming 20% less power. “Quality is the most important factor for us and the AX1.5 certainly delivers on so many levels,” said Michal Górski, CEO at SQM. “After visiting Absen’s manufacturing base in China and witness-testing the product ourselves, we can confidently say that the AX1.5 is the best 1.5mm rental display on the market right now so we are thrilled to be able to be offer it to our European customers.”
Maya Shu, regional sales manager for Absen Poland, commented: “We are excited to have SQM as our distribution partner and are looking forward to working closely with them on opportunities the region. SQM are a forward-thinking company with an excellent reputation for quality and service, so we are confident they will strengthen Absen’s position as the go-to provider of LED displays in Poland.”
As the exclusive Value Added Distributor of the AX1.5 in Poland, customers will benefit from an enhanced level of support including training and demonstrations, responsive sales and technical support, fast delivery and local support.
7th January 2020
AMS Neve and Westlake Pro Unveil Exclusive New Demo Suite
USA – AMS Neve and Westlake Pro have partnered to create the first AMS Neve Showroom in the US. Located at Westlake Pro’s headquarters in North Hollywood, the space provides an environment for clients to listen to the entire AMS Neve product portfolio.
As the UK manufacturer’s first authorised demo space in the US, Westlake Pro is ideally placed to demonstrate products such as the iconic Neve BCM10/2 Mk2 16-channel console and the Genesys Black G32 console. The large showroom also incorporates an array of AMS Neve outboard products including the 1073DPX dual channel mic pre and EQ, the 33609N stereo compressor and the 8801 channel strip from the legendary 88R console, all displayed in impressive custom furniture.
David Walton, AMS Neve’s distribution manager, says: “It’s really exciting to be working with Westlake Pro and the new showroom because they have enormous experience, ranging from frontline sales to complete integrations and development of some of the biggest, most famous studios around the world. With products like mixing consoles, support is very important. Westlake’s experience with design and integration, as well as on-going support for the products they sell, means that we are in a really good position to work together moving forward both with existing and new products.”
Walton adds that, as AMS Neve is a British company, the physical and time difference between the UK and the US is best overcome by partnering with Westlake, particularly in areas such as customer support.
“Our valued US customers can be confident that their calls, questions, maintenance, and support needs will all answered promptly and efficiently,” he says.
Joe Taupier, president of Westlake Pro, adds: “Westlake Pro is proud to be the first authorised AMS Neve demo showroom in the United States. Our fully functional AMS Neve Showroom has Dante connectivity throughout, so whether you want to hear the capabilities of the Genesys Black in stereo or Atmos, we are ready for you.”
7th January 2020
CT is now an authorised L-Acoustics Calibration Certified Provider
L-Acoustics recently announced the creation of Authorised Calibration Centres, designed to both strengthen the technical partnership between L-Acoustics and its Certified Providers (CPs), and to deliver a greater level of system configuration and calibration expertise at a local level for small to medium installations.
Companies that become Authorised Calibration Centres are able to offer their customers a service level from design to commissioning to calibration that is identical to that provided by L-Acoustics. The Authorised Calibration Centres will extend L-Acoustic’s geographical proximity to end-users while guaranteeing the same in-house level of L-Acoustics quality service and responsibility.
“For Creative Technology, being an Authorised Calibration Centre allows us to provide a greater level of service, knowledge and support to our clients, both from within our technical engineering teams and having direct access to L-Acoustics development and support management,” says Andy Reardon, Middle East managing director. “We pride ourselves in delivering solutions based on engineering and from the ground up. The Authorised Calibration Centre gives us greater levels of understanding of L-Acoustics systems, processors and procedures. It’s a great pleasure to be appointed as one of the first Authorised Calibration Centres globally, and it represents the next step in our relationship with LAcoustics.”
“The partnership with our CPs is extremely important to us,” says Arnaud Delorme, applications engineer at L-Acoustics. “We maintain a very close two-way relationship with them, keeping them up to date on innovations at L-Acoustics while also constantly seeing their field experience and feedback. This new level of partnership will ultimately be rolled out with all our partners where technical relations are already well established and who wish to go even further with their L-Acoustics systems.”
In picture: Andy Reardon, Craig Harvey and Damian Rowe.
7th January 2020
Audiologic to Distribute MXL UCC Product Range
UK – Leading provider of professional audio-visual equipment, Audiologic, has announced that it has been appointed as exclusive UK distributor for leading microphone manufacturer MXL’s UCC range of products. MXL’s unified communications range is underpinned by 20 years of manufacturing high quality microphones for professional recording studios and constitutes a flexible and reliable range of solutions focused on clarity and ease-of-use.
The Zoom certified MXL AC-360-Z V2 conferencing microphone, for example, uses 12 internal capsules, divided into four quadrants, to ensure 360° of perfect speech intelligibility within a 25-foot radius, without reliance on any additional equipment. With a solid all-metal construction and reinforced frame, its extra durability makes it perfect for shared office environments. The quality of AC-360-V2 is reflected by the number of prestigious industry awards it has won at major trade shows like ISE and InfoComm. From the huddle space to the conference room, MXL has a web conferencing microphone solution for every collaboration.
Andy Lewis, managing director at Audiologic said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer our customers the MXL UCC product range. Flexibility and scalability are key to successful unified communications and the MXL conference solutions are also Zoom Room certified. This excellent addition to our portfolio is sure to be a very popular choice in the UC sector.”
20th December 2019
Focusrite plc announces the acquisition of Martin Audio Ltd
UK – Focusrite plc., which comprises the Focusrite, ADAM Audio, Novation and Ampify Music brands, has announced the acquisition of LDC-backed Martin Audio Ltd and associated companies, the British, Buckinghamshire-based designer and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeaker systems for the touring and installation markets.
This acquisition follows hot on the heels of Berlin-based studio loudspeaker manufacturer ADAM Audio, but has been a consideration for Focusrite founder and chairman Phil Dudderidge for years, who comments: “I have known Martin Audio since its beginnings in Covent Garden in 1971. Founder Dave Martin and I became close friends in 1989 when I served as an adviser to him and non-executive chairman for a year or so as we prepared the company for sale to Tannoy Goodman International plc (TGI) in 1990. Martin Audio is a close neighbour to Focusrite Audio Engineering in High Wycombe and their current management recognised that Focusrite plc was the obvious trade candidate to acquire the business from its private equity and management ownership structure. My conviction as to the outstanding performance of the Martin MLA system was cemented at BST Hyde Park concerts in recent years, notably Tom Petty in 2017 and Eric Clapton in 2018.”
The Focusrite Group’s criteria for acquisitions remain both strict and targeted, as Tim Carroll, Focusrite CEO states: “The acquisition of Martin Audio is a strong demonstration of our strategic aim to expand into new markets. Martin Audio is also an established brand with solid financials that instantly add value. More importantly though, they’re culturally aligned with a clear part to play in our unfolding narrative. The Focusrite Group is, first and foremost, a professional music technology company, focused on enriching lives through music by removing barriers to creativity; from that first spark of musical inspiration, to delivering an emotionally charged performance on stage. Martin Audio completes that journey, uniting the audience by creating the ultimate live sound experience. The Martin Audio family share our hunger to innovate and our passion as music and sound enthusiasts. That we’re just a stone’s throw away will only further help unite us in achieving our common goal.”
Martin Audio will continue to operate from their headquarter offices and factory in High Wycombe, England, under the leadership of managing director Dominic Harter, who looks forward to an exciting future, leading Martin Audio as part of the Focusrite Group: “Martin Audio has been uniting audiences through great sound for almost five decades. Our continued success has been down to a clear, well-executed strategy with over sixty new products launched over the last four years and double-digit growth each year. In Focusrite we have an industry neighbour of the finest pedigree; a global leader in its own right. Their culture mirrors our own and, getting to know the team, I sense a strong similarity with the deep-rooted values of our own Martin Audio Family. Focusrite are the perfect partner to help Martin Audio continue the innovations that have driven its success. So it is with great pride and enthusiasm that we take this next step; a momentous occasion as the Martin Audio brand enters its 50th year. Working with Tim, Phil and the Focusrite team, I look forward to seeing all our staff and the wider family grow together, continuing to bring our unique optimised sonic experience to more and more audiences across the globe.”
In picture: Dudderidge, Dominic Harter and Tim Carroll.
20th December 2019
Allen & Heath Appoints NMK as New Distributor in The Middle East
UAE – Allen & Heath has announced the appointment of Dubai-based NMK Electronics as its exclusive distributor for the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.
Responsible for all Allen & Heath products, the full range will enable NMK to offer a broad range of solutions to customers, from MI and pro audio through to AV installation. The partnership takes immediate effect, with plans for regular training and product support activities.
“We are extremely proud to partner with such a legendary brand. NMK has witnessed Allen & Heath grow at an increasing rate over the last few years,” comments Dino Drimakis, business development manager at NMK. “Thanks to the highly talented and friendly team at A&H and with the addition of Avantis joining the flagship dLive, SQ and Qu Series, we feel A&H perfectly complements the NMK portfolio and feel confident that we can continue to raise the profile of A&H in the Middle East and provide exceptional audio solutions for our clients.”
Manfred Quesada, Allen & Heath’s EMEA sales manager adds: “As our product range grows, we continue to seek out the very best distribution partners to represent our products around the world. NMK is a dynamic company, which has rapidly built an impressive standing in the region and we are very pleased to be working together to further strengthen the brand in the Middle East.”
18th December 2019
Adamson Appoints BaSys CS s.r.o. as New Czech and Slovak Distributor
Europe – Adamson Systems Engineering has welcomed BaSys CS s.r.o. to its global network as its exclusive distributor for Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Based in Prague, BaSys CS s.r.o. is a division of reputable Swiss-based technology distributor BaSys, which represents many of the world’s top pro AV and consumer electronics brands in Central Europe.
“We’re proud to represent a prestigious brand like Adamson in the Czech and Slovak markets,” begins Ondřej Tureček (pictured), the head of sound for long-time Adamson Network partner ZL Production and now the Adamson brand manager for BaSys CS s.r.o. “Having worked closely with Adamson products and representatives through ZL Production, one of the biggest Adamson rental partners in Central Europe, I’m very familiar with the brand and its many competitive advantages, and see plenty of exciting opportunities and potential for growth in our region.”
In late September 2019, BaSys CS s.r.o. partnered with ZL Production for a formal launch event in celebration of the new agreement, held at BaSys CS Pro’s headquarters in Prague. ZL Production set up a large outdoor stage to showcase Adamson’s tour-proven S-Series of sub- and ultra-compact loudspeaker products and M-Series monitor solutions; meanwhile, attendees were also able to experience the flagship large-format E-Series products in showrooms inside the building.
“We were very encouraged by the positive response to our new agreement with Adamson from the market,” adds Tureček. “With such a respected professional loudspeaker brand now on our line card, we’re able to offer complete technological solutions from A to Z for rental and integration clients, and look forward to growing our business in close partnership with Adamson and our complementary brands.”
Founded in Switzerland in 1990, BaSys has since grown to include satellite offices in several Central European countries. Since the beginning, the company has focused on top-quality sound products as its core business for both the consumer and professional markets.
The Pro division of BaSys CS s.r.o. represents other industry-leading brands like Midas, Lab.gruppen, Lake, Pioneer DJ, Neutrik, and more in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
“Adamson has some great, well-established partners in the Czech Republic and we’re glad to be able to better support them in close coordination with BaSys” says Jasper Ravesteijn, Adamson’s sales director for the EMEA region. “BaSys has an outstanding reputation in the pro and consumer audio communities in Central Europe, and Ondřej has been a longtime champion of Adamson through his work with ZL Production, so we’re very excited about the potential of this new arrangement.”
17th December 2019
White Light Joins ELP Broadcast & Events Ltd in Strategic Partnership
UK - White Light has announced a strategic partnership with ELP Broadcast & Events Ltd (ELP B&E).
ELP B&E will continue the full service broadcast and events wet hire business it currently operates. This strategic partnership will commence on the 6th January 2020 and reverses the position announced in November 2019 of the cessation of ELP B&E at the end of 2019. It will now be ‘business as usual’ going into 2020.
ELP B&E staff and premises in Manchester will be retained, along with the equipment stock. Additional staff, equipment and operational resources will be added from within the WL organisation, bolstering ELP B&E’s strength and ability to meet client needs.
During the early months, fulfilment and despatch will continue from ELP’s base at Cardington Studios with a transfer to WL’s Wimbledon premises taking place later in 2020. The strategic partnership will pave the way for the acquisition of ELP’s lighting rental business by WL during 2020.
ELP Rigging Services will supply specialist rigging equipment and services to the strategic partnership and will continue to operate as the in-house rigging supplier at the Cardington and Millennium Studios.
The coming together of two companies with long and distinguished histories in the lighting industry brings the ‘best of both’ to the new venture. ELP B&E’s wide experience in broadcast and events combined with WL’s wealth of knowledge and resource across a wide range of markets and disciplines will result in a powerful combination.
WL’s substantial scale as a company, breadth of inventory and extensive technical capabilities will enhance ELP B&E’s offering to its clients. Similarly, ELP B&E will bring knowledge, methodologies and a specialist stock range into the WL family.
Initially the strategic partnership will continue to trade as ELP B&E until such time as WL acquires the business activities of ELP B&E. Key personnel involved in the strategic partnership are Darren Fletcher, Matthew Smith and Robert “Sinbad” Dunne from ELP B&E along with Andy Hook and Ian Charlampowicz from WL.
“I am hugely delighted that WL has stepped forward to take up the ELP B&E mantle. By joining forces with us the future for staff, clients and the business has been secured. So many brilliant people have contributed so much in time, energy and creativity to build ELP B&E. I am very happy to know that the ELP ethos will continue. WL is the perfect partner to re-launch and strengthen the ELP B&E brand. My colleagues, John Singer, Tim Williamson, Hadleigh Liddle, and the warehouse team at Cardington will remain involved for several months to implement a gradual handover. I too will play my part to make sure we do not ‘drop the ball’ or forget what we owe to our clients,” says Ronan Willson, ELP B&E founder and director.
17th December 2019
Audiotonix Secures Investment for Next Stage Entertainment Technology Expansion
UK – Audiotonix, a global market leader in professional audio mixing consoles, has announced that it has reached an agreement for a next stage investment from Ardian, the world-leading private investment house. Ardian manages assets in excess of US$90bn across Europe, the Americas and Asia.
James Gordon, Audiotonix CEO, is clear on the benefits the new investment agreement will bring. “This is an outstanding opportunity to partner with Ardian to enable further growth, and it represents a significant step in the future development of Audiotonix. We have built an incredible infrastructure within the group in the past five years, which has clearly benefited all our brands with manufacturing know-how, developing new technologies, and growing their worldwide reach. Ardian’s financial support and advice, combined with Astorg’s, who are also remaining as an investor for this next phase, will help expand our brands and product portfolio even further.”
Olivier Personnaz, managing director, Ardian Buyout, comments: “How people enjoy live, televised and streamed entertainment is going through a revolution. The world’s top acts, performers, broadcasters and supporting creative industries, want to give audiences the very best experience. Events, music and media content are becoming more immersive, embracing new technology and relying even more on great sound. That’s why we are excited about how this new partnership will help Audiotonix differentiate itself even further through the undisputed quality of its audio technology and service to customers. The highly experienced management team are well placed to grow the scope and reach of the business, delivering outstanding audio experiences to more and more people worldwide.”
François de Mitry, managing partner and Stéphane Epin, partner, Astorg, said: “We’re very proud to have supported Audiotonix during an acceleration phase of their history, at a time when private equity was not so familiar with professional audio. Under our tenure, the group launched an amazing series of very successful new products, acquired the brilliant 'boutique' brand SSL and the exciting technology of KLANG. Many new projects have their coat and hat on and are ready to go out. No less importantly, many new senior talents joined Audiotonix, and have strengthened the team ahead of a new phase of expansion. We’re thrilled to go on supporting the journey.”
Since its initial formation with leading pro audio brands Allen & Heath, Calrec and DiGiCo in 2014, Audiotonix has seen expansion of its business and portfolio with further acquisitions. In 2017, the group integrated leading US importer and distributor Group One Ltd, and in December of that year purchased prestige studio console brand, Solid State Logic. In December 2018, DiGiCo announced the acquisition of KLANG:technologies, a pioneer in immersive sound technology and personal In-Ear monitoring solutions.
16th December 2019
KV2 Audio appoints Megatone as exclusive Hungarian distributor
Hungary – KV2 Audio continues to reinforce its presence in Central Europe with the appointment Megatone as the brand’s exclusive distributor in Hungary. Based just outside the Hungarian capital of Budapest, Megatone is one of the country’s largest full-service production companies supplying a wide range of markets from event production to broadcast, to corporate AV and much more. Alongside this Megatone also operates a thriving installation wing which handles AV installs from the initial project planning, to design, install and service. There is also a specialist lighting division and finally a distribution operation.
According to KV2’s sales director for EMEA and Latin America, Alessandro Pagliani, Megatone was a natural choice. “Megatone has been working with our products for several years in the capacity of a main professional installer and dealer. Most of the recent installations in Hungary such as the Opera Café in Budapest and the Turay Ida theatre as well as several major hotels, have been Megatone projects. As we continue to raise our profile in Europe and KV2 products are being used in more and more high-level installations, it’s a logical step for us to raise the quality of our partners.”
“We are already working with Megatone on a number of very interesting new projects, both in the fixed installation sector as well on projects that will enhance our presence in the live sound market, there several rental companies in Hungary with VHD 2.0 systems and others with ES and EX Series, all of which need to be serviced by a high profile and professional partner such as the Megatone group is today,” continues Pagliani. “I am pleased that we have taken our relationship with Megatone to the next level in making them our official distributor in Hungary.”
In picture: George Krampera Sr, KV2 founder (centre) with Gyorgy Horvath, owner Megatone (far right) with members of KV2 Audio & Megatone team.
16th December 2019
New Calibration Partner initiative delivers L-Acoustics expertise at local level
France – L-Acoustics has announced the creation of Authorised Calibration Centres, designed to both strengthen the technical partnership between L-Acoustics and its Certified Providers (CPs), and to deliver a greater level of system configuration and calibration expertise at a local level for small to medium installations.
Companies that become Authorised Calibration Centres are able to offer their customers a service level, from design to commissioning to calibration, that is identical to that provided by L-Acoustics. The Authorised Calibration Centres will extend L-Acoustics’ geographical proximity to end users while guaranteeing the same in-house level of L-Acoustics quality service and responsibility.
The first three CPs to become Authorised Calibration Centres are France’s 4J Evenements, Switzerland’s Hyperson and Creative Technology Middle East, all long-established L-Acoustics partners.
“Becoming an Authorised Calibration Centre means an increase of skill and expertise at 4J Evenements,” says 4J’s Raphaël Maçon. “We now have access to awesome new tools such as the P1 processor and the M1 integration in the LA Network Manager software, that currently don’t exist outside L-Acoustics. Sound system optimization is heavily reliant on good calibration and optimization presets. We’ve always delivered excellent results, but becoming an Authorised Calibration Centre take things to the next level for our clients.”
Maçon also notes that being an Authorised Calibration Centre gives the company more credibility, from the beginning to the end of a project, allowing them to be certified in every part of the systems integration process.
“This is a partnership that is built on discussion and understanding; a real exchange with the technical support and the sales team at L-Acoustics that makes us better in the scientific and technical aspects of design, installation and now measuring and tuning a sound system,” Maçon adds. “Being an Authorised Calibration Centre improves us every day. It’s great to be a part of this new program.”
“Becoming a Calibration Partner is very important to us,” concurs Hyperson’s Fabian Schild. “It allows us to consolidate the knowledge we have gained over many years and offers even closer and more focused service to our customer network. This status also offers us a more intense collaboration with L-Acoustics and allows us to follow the latest developments of the M1 platform in particular. We will now be able to give our customers impeccable follow-up on their fixed installations.”
“For Creative Technology, being an Authorised Calibration Centre allows us to provide a greater level of service, knowledge and support to our clients, both from within our technical engineering teams and having direct access to L-Acoustics development and support management,” says Andy Reardon, Middle East managing director. “We pride ourselves in delivering solutions based on engineering and from the ground up. Being an Authorised Calibration Centre gives us greater levels of understanding of L-Acoustics systems, processors and procedures. It’s a great pleasure to be appointed as one of the first Centres globally and it represents the next step in our relationship with L-Acoustics.”
“The partnership with our CPs is extremely important to us,” says Arnaud Delorme, applications engineer at L-Acoustics. “We maintain a very close two-way relationship with them, keeping them up to date on innovations at L-Acoustics while also constantly seeing their field experience and feedback. This new level of partnership will continue to be rolled out with partners where technical relations are already well established and who wish to go even further with their L-Acoustics systems.”
In picture: 4J’s Raphaël Maçon with Hyperson’s Jérome Burry and Fabian Schild; CT’s Andy Reardon, Craig Harvey and Damian Rowe.
16th December 2019
Audiolink takes on Italian distributorship for Optocore and BroaMan
Italy – Leaders in the field of fibre network signal distribution, Optocore, and its partner company BroaMan, have appointed Parma-based Audiolink as its sole distributor for the Italian market.
Stated Audiolink general manager, Stefano Cantadori: “With Optocore and BroaMan as part of our already well-stocked portfolio we are able to offer customers flexible solutions at the highest level, in both the live and fixed installation sectors, particularly theatres.
“The reason we chose Optocore was simple. Today’s integrations require a massive chunk of fibre optic data, and Optocore, together with BroaMan, allows all the different signals to be managed on a single fibre ring with 100 per cent redundancy,” he continued.
“Total redundancy means avoiding any type of problem; unforeseen circumstances that can lead to a lot of expense for the installer and the customer.”
In fact, the Munich-based fibre specialists provide transport, routing, format conversion and digital data distribution together with complete management and diagnostic functions. Formats represented include Dante, MADI, AVB, Ethernet as well as protocols from the world of lighting (DMX512), video and others, all simply channelled down a single optical fibre.
They are particularly strong in installation and have equipped major theatres, opera houses and shopping malls.
Such flexibility and proven reliability has also seen Optocore/BroaMan solutions successfully implemented in a host of events, ranging from large scale festivals to opening/closing ceremonies of global sporting events.
Stated Tine Helmle (pictured), Optocore director of sales and marketing (and MD of BroaMan): “We are very happy to have found a strong partner in Italy that will best represent our two brands. Stefano and his team are very competent people, with whom we can’t wait to start this collaboration.”
She also highlighted the synergy Optocore has with DiGiCo, a brand that has been successfully distributed by Audiolink for many years, as an obvious advantage.
“We particularly appreciate the ability of Audiolink to cover our main markets, both in the installation sector as well as in live audio,” she concludes.
The new collaboration is effective immediately.
16th December 2019
A4i.tv Video Release - Spotlight on Roundslings
Join professional Rigging Advisor, Eric Porter, in a back to basics video that focuses on the well-known and well-loved roundsling.
In his latest video outing, Eric visits the polyester roundsling and how this versatile, gentle and lower pressure contact sling should be used – and not be used! He also covers labels found on roundslings, as well as how pyrotechnics and narrow beam stage lamps have an adverse affect on them.
Click here to watch the video and get up to speed on roundslings.
11th December 2019
The SIXTY82 family keeps growing as STS joins as exclusive distributor for Lithuania
Lithuania – SIXTY82 has entered into an exclusive partnership with Scenos Techninis Servisas (STS) as its distributor for the Lithuanian market. This strategic partnership is based on a shared set of values of loyalty, extensive technical service, and the importance of customer relationships.
“The best partnerships aren’t dependent on a mere common goal, but on a shared path of equality, desire, and a great amount of passion. Therefore we believe that STS is the perfect partner to service our customers. This agreement further iterates both the company’s enthusiasm to drive growth and extend relationships with its customers,” says SIXTY82’s CEO, Fokko Smeding.
STS operates across the most extensive base of live event technologies in Lithuania. Each year it handles a broad spectrum of many kinds of events. The company’s creative solutions are always based on comprehensive engineering and years of experience and knowledge of the industry, while ensuring the highest quality of service. Its mission is to create value by providing superior technical service and assistance to its customers.
Date Jonkman, executive account manager of SIXTY82, continues: “With STS’s history of representing leading manufacturers of trussing and staging equipment, they have built an excellent reputation in the industry and form an opportune extension to our already existing distribution network.”
Laurynas Paskervicius, CEO of STS, responds: “We are extremely excited to start this partnership with SIXTY82. They have developed such a strong brand within just a few years of existence, which is magnificent, to say the least. Because they share the same values and goals as we do, we believe that together, we can have a real impact on the industry.”
2nd December 2019
A4i.tv Video Release – Eric Porter Tackles Shackles
In the newest back-to-basics video release on A4i.tv, Eric Porter tackles the main information about shackles in less than two minutes. He covers the two main types of shackles used for rigging, their proper use, the important markings found on them and where they should be used.
Clickhere to see the video and top up your knowledge on shackles!
28th November 2019
Martin Audio Names Gobos as Brazilian Distributor
Brazil – Gobos do Brasil was recently appointed as that country’s distributor for Martin Audio. A leading company in professional audio, Gobos has been in business since 2002 and distributes to a variety of customers in the live event, installation and rental markets.
Located in Sao Paulo, Gobos distributes a range of leading brands including Audix, Clear-Com, Sunlite and Cambridge Sound Management, to name a few.
Asked about the new appointment, Gobos' commercial director, Esteban Risso, stated: “It’s a great time for us to join in this new partnership with Martin Audio in Brazil with some of our key partners like Gabisom already using their products such as MLA at Rock in Rio, one of the biggest festivals in the country. We look forward to a great journey with Martin Audio based on the new era of products such as Wavefront Precision loudspeakers, not only for touring but also for Installations and retail establishments.”
Berenice Gutierrez, regional sales and Martin Audio marketing rep for LATAM and Caribbean, added: “It has taken a long time to set up a partner in Brazil that is able to understand and work effectively with Martin Audio's philosophy in terms of new products, technology and design. Working with such a familiar business such as Gobos is a good match for us and we look forward to supporting them as much as possible.
28th November 2019
ABTT Launch New Website
As well as a fresh new look, the updated site includes a mobile-friendly platform and a better experience for mobile, tablet and desktop users. The improved structure also means you’ll find what you’re looking for more easily. You can now search for Training and Events by date, course name and event type. There's also more information than ever, making it easier for you to find what you're looking for.
There is now a dedicated jobs board, with Company’s and Theatre’s now being able to submit their job adverts through to the ABTT online! You can also search the latest jobs by location, job type and date added for your ease!
To help you out behind the scenes, if you’ve got an upcoming show but are unsure of the stage dimensions, you can see the Theatre Listings page for all the technical details for many theatres around the UK. You can even add your own Theatre or event space if you don’t see it listed by filling in the form here!
Worried about a Health and Safety risk and need advice? There is an ABTT helpline for members which you can call Monday - Friday between 10am - 6pm to get a direct response to your problem. Alternatively you can use the updated FAQs which are now searchable.
If you have a Technical Query right before a show, the ABTT Technical resources pages offering a score of standards, guidance and advice aim to help you find the answer as quickly as possible.
The ABTT Shop now has more products than ever - with many being instantly downloadable. Safety Matters, Standards Updates, even older copies of Sightline are now available on the new site! You can also now browse the shop by categories and easily find your orders under your account tab!
Finally, do you want to get involved? Looking to develop your interest in a specific side of the Industry? Maybe you’re wanting to get more involved in what ABTT do by representing our Young and Student Members? Or maybe you’re a long-standing technician who wants to give back to the Industry by imparting your knowledge? The Get Involved section now makes it much easier for you to find ways to connect with the ABTT.