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ACT Entertainment Becomes Exclusive Distributor of Green Hippo in North America

19/04/2024

HOLOPLOT announces Chinese distribution partnership with Prime Connections International (PCI Group)

18/04/2024

Optimal Audio Appoints Audiosales as Distributor for Italy

18/04/2024

Robe Announces New Norwegian Distributor

16/04/2024

publitec becomes official PIXERA dealer in Germany

16/04/2024

Building a strong foundation: Obsidian Train the Trainer initiative bearing fruit

12/04/2024

TMB and Main Light Team Up to Help One of our Own

12/04/2024

Follow-Me teams up with NAN Audiovisuals in Portugal

12/04/2024

Brompton Technology and Brainstorm push the broadcast industry envelope

12/04/2024

Luna Simpson becomes 29th winner of long-standing Sennheiser LIPA Scholarship

10/04/2024

Funktion-One Appoints Audio Gears Co as Distributor for Thailand and Vietnam

10/04/2024

Linea Research extends its reach through Rock Centrum in Slovakia and Czech Republic

08/04/2024

Powersoft Reveals Plans for New Human Audio Experience Center HQ

21/03/2024

HOLOPLOT named by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2024

21/03/2024

Void Acoustics and China’s Real Music Acoustics & Lighting Technology Co Ltd Announce Distributor Partnership

20/03/2024

Solving challenges and creating spectacles with Creative Technology and Stage Precision

20/03/2024

Robe Acquires LSC Control Systems

19/03/2024

SIXTY82 Welcomes Avenion GmbH to its Reseller Network in Germany

19/03/2024

Ambersphere Solutions Ltd. becomes part of ACT Entertainment

19/03/2024

Outline and Aga Audio Technology Sign Exclusive Distribution Partnership in China

18/03/2024

PMC Invests In Evovinyl to Help Bring a Sustainable Future to the Production of Vinyl Records

06/03/2024

SIXTY82 Launches AMEG Group as its Exclusive Distributor for Kazakhstan

05/03/2024

d&b group opens ground-breaking new immersive technology experience centre ITEC at London’s iconic Science Museum

01/03/2024

TAIT Partners With Leading Groups to Support Entertainment Industry’s Sustainability Goals

29/02/2024

Martin Audio appoints Atempo as new Turkish distributor

29/02/2024

ACT Entertainment Becomes Exclusive Distributor of Green Hippo in North America

USA – ACT Entertainment has announced that it has become the exclusive North American distributor of Green Hippo media servers and digital display products, as the demand for the brand’s live entertainment solutions continues to soar. ACT acquired Green Hippo in late 2023 as part of a larger acquisition that also included tvONE, a video processing and media server brand, which will continue with its existing strategy.

Green Hippo has garnered acclaim for its innovative and high-quality media server products, which are recognised globally for performance, reliability and cutting-edge technology. With ACT Entertainment as its exclusive distribution partner, the brand’s products will now be more accessible than ever to customers across North America.

“This exciting partnership brings together two powerhouse brands that share a commitment to excellence and innovation,” says Ben Saltzman, CEO of ACT Entertainment. “The Green Hippo products align perfectly with ACT Entertainment’s mission to provide critical entertainment solutions to help our customers realise their creative vision.”

With this partnership, customers can expect broader access and exposure to Green Hippo solutions and expertise, in particular the brand’s award-winning Hippotizer range, which provides real-time video playback for applications that span from TV and broadcast to installations and live events around the world.

“As leading distributors in the live production industry, ACT Entertainment is the ideal partner to grow Hippotizer media servers in the North American market,” says Andy Fliss, president of tvONE and Green Hippo. “The company’s industry expertise, complementary brands and dedication to customer service will further expand our network and ability to provide the best entertainment solutions on a larger scale.”

Through this collaboration, both companies aim to enhance the entertainment experiences of consumers and businesses alike, setting new standards for excellence in the live entertainment industry.

19th April 2024

HOLOPLOT announces Chinese distribution partnership with Prime Connections International (PCI Group)

HOLOPLOT announces Chinese distribution partnership with Prime Connections International (PCI Group)

China – Prime Connections International (PCI Group) has over 30 years of experience in Greater China’s expansive audio-visual industry, representing several established and well-known brands within the AV industry. The company has achieved and maintained remarkable growth, participating in major national and international projects. As part of its continuing push to bring its Matrix Array systems to the Asian audio market, HOLOPLOT announces PCI Group as its official distributor for China, Hong Kong and Macau.

The distribution partnership will see both companies enjoy significant expansion in not only the experiential and live entertainment industries, but also fuel growth in speech-based applications, within the education and business sectors. PCI Group is uniquely placed to ensure HOLOPLOT’s innovative technology will meet the territory’s increasing demand for advanced audio experiences, pushing the boundaries of audio solutions for decades to come.

“HOLOPLOT is a perfect fit for a multitude of applications we serve,” says Jason Huang, PCI Group’s general manager. “As a HOLOPLOT distributor, we can provide customers with transformative audio experiences that set them apart from the crowd. HOLOPLOT’s unique approach allows for unprecedented control over the direction and focus of sound resulting in exceptional audio quality and an increased level of audience engagement for clients across a broad variety of applications.”

Ryan Penny, HOLOPLOT head of sales agrees that the new partnership holds great promise for both companies.

“The team at PCI Group are incredibly professional and experienced and are market leaders in the speech, experiential and live markets,” he says. “They are working extremely hard to meet the growing demands of Chinese audiences, who have a reputation as advanced technology adopters. We are excited to see HOLOPLOT expand in this market together with such a reputable and ambitious company.”

Alongside a growing demand for immersive audio experiences across various experiential and live entertainment sectors, China is seeing a rise in speech-based applications, as the country is the home to many large-scale conferences, exhibitions, and corporate events, as well as some of the largest transportation hubs in the world. PCI will introduce HOLOPLOT’s precise sound control and spatial audio technology, to cater to the growing demand for advanced audio solutions that enhance the quality of presentations, panel discussions and live performances, ultimately elevating the overall experience across both temporary and fixed applications. In education and training environments HOLOPLOT technology can significantly elevate audio delivery in classrooms and lecture halls improving the listening and learning experience.

“Educational institutions are keen to provide immersive and engaging environments for learning and HOLOPLOT technology will help to dramatically improve the quality in these establishments,” Mr. Huang continues.

PCI Group is visiting major industry exhibitions to share and discuss the prospects of HOLOPLOT technology within the AV industry, currently exhibiting at InfoComm China from 17th to 19th April.

Prospective and existing PCI Group clients will also be able to experience HOLOPLOT technology at the PCI Group headquarters in Beijing where the company is planning to host training seminars in its brand-new, purpose-built spaces. Further opportunities to interact with the equipment will be announced over the coming months, with demos and roadshows planned across the country.

“We are wholeheartedly enthusiastic about the opportunity to become a HOLOPLOT distributor,” concludes Mr. Huang. “With HOLOPLOT we will revolutionise the way sound is experienced and create lasting impressions on audiences.”

18th April 2024

Optimal Audio Appoints Audiosales as Distributor for Italy

Italy - Award-winning UK manufacturer Optimal Audio has announced the immediate appointment of Audiosales as its distributor in Italy.

Part of the Focusrite Group, Optimal Audio manufactures a multi-award winning one-stop solution of controllers, amplifiers and loudspeakers for small to medium-sized commercial installations, with a focus on supporting multi-zoned venues.

Based near Parma, Audiosales has been in business for more than 25 years, distributing world-leading brands to the live and install markets in Italy, and providing system design and consultancy for the widest possible range of applications. With a mission to distribute products and technologies which ensure best-value and best-fit for every individual project, Audiosales places great emphasis on advice, training and support across its portfolio of international brands.

Optimal Audio’s emphasis on simplifying commercial audio systems without compromising on quality immediately attracted the attention of Stefano Rocchi, CEO/managing director at Audiosales: “From the outset, it was clear to us that the Optimal Audio ecosystem offered a fresh approach to commercial audio. Although technologically advanced and delivering high quality audio, the products are very competitively priced, and crucially, the systems are easy to install and operate. This is precisely what our customers require, so we’re confident that Optimal Audio will make a very strong impact on the Italian commercial audio sector.”

Dom Harter, managing director at Optimal Audio adds: “We are delighted to have Audiosales on board in Italy. Their proven history and progressive approach mark them out as an excellent fit for Optimal Audio. The advantages that our solutions bring to the sector are becoming more and more apparent across international markets, with the result that we receive a high volume of enquiries from distributors keen to partner with us. This allows us the luxury of selecting stand-out partners like Audiosales, who are invested in our approach and demonstrably committed to delivering the Optimal Audio message.”

18th April 2024

Robe Announces New Norwegian Distributor

Robe Announces New Norwegian Distributor

Norway – Robe has announced Oslo-based Prostage as its new exclusive distributor for Norway.

Robe’s key account manager for Europe Michel Arntz stated: “Norway is an important market and in Prostage we have a strong and proactive partner to move our business forward to the next level and are looking forward to a long and successful relationship with the team there.”

Award-winning Prostage AS was established in 2008 by CEO Gunnar Waldemar Naas with the main goal of offering quality and cost-efficient professional lighting, sound and stage products. A full-time staff of 22 manage a highly streamlined operation including a large showroom and expansive warehouse facilities incorporating a service centre, with a great reputation for excellence.

Prostage co-owner Carl Tidemann says: “We are super-excited to be working with Robe. We have watched the brand for some time and seen it become a market leader and a constant innovator over the last decade. We know there is a demand for all of Robe’s current product ranges in Norway and are confident that this is an excellent match!”

With several high-profile industry brands already onboard, Prostage has a substantial product portfolio and works across all disciplines of the professional entertainment and leisure universe, working their excellent contacts with great enthusiasm and zest for the industry.

Between 2013, when Carl joined Prostage, and 2022, the turnover increased ten-fold and the company became established as a leading player in Norway. Prostage has also won an impressive seven prestigious Gazelle Business Awards (given to dynamically developing enterprises based on increased turnover and profitability) in the last eight years.

Carl sees Robe’s fully in-house production facilities and ‘Made in the Czech Republic’ status as a huge advantage, and a fact that underlines the quality assurance and control of products that is also so valued at Prostage.

He also is thrilled to be able to start taking customers to the Robe factory to see how everything is made, coupled with the investments in infrastructure, the local community and the people who are so critical to Robe’s smooth running and future thinking.

On top of that, they will enjoy the stunning surroundings of the Wallachia region of Moravia, which Norwegians will appreciate as they have a huge amount of their own raw beauty, dramatic scenery and nature. Not forgetting the exchange of those famous Czech and Norwegian hospitalities, says Carl with a smile and a nod!

“We are aligned with Robe’s values on multiple levels, and striving to be the best, we see so many opportunities for to get the brand the recognition it deserves in Norway.”

While the Prostage team are excited about all the current Robe products, Carl does single out the iSeries products as particularly interesting for a region that experiences extreme cold temperatures and scenarios in winter.

He thinks it is a genius move to manufacture near identical IP rated and standard fixtures in each of these ranges, and he also thinks that Robe’s Transferable Engine LED technology will be a big hit in the sustainability-conscious nation.

In picture: Carl Tidemann (Prostage), Michel Arnst (Robe key account manager, Europe) and Gunnar Waldemar Naas (Prostage).

16th April 2024

publitec becomes official PIXERA dealer in Germany

publitec becomes official PIXERA dealer in Germany

Germany – publitec, an established provider of professional imaging and video technology and part of the NicLen Family, is completing the AV Stumpfl product range by investing in its portfolio of PIXERA media servers.

publitec has been offering the entire range of AV Stumpfl’s award-winning Austrian projection screens for 20 years. With around 200 employees, the Dortmund-based NicLen Family is Germany's largest provider of professional event technology. Since 2000, publitec Präsentationssysteme & Eventservice GmbH has been offering the latest, state-of-the-art equipment.

Ulf Krynojewski, sales manager at publitec, welcomes the co-operation: "Our long-standing co-operation with AV Stumpfl in the area of screen systems has proven to be extremely successful. PIXERA offers a broad performance spectrum and is extremely user-friendly. It is the ideal material for the diverse requirements of our customer base, from small to large events and from experienced users to newcomers, PIXERA is for everyone. That's why we are now delighted to be able to offer our customers the media servers for sale at publitec and for rent at NicLen."

Harry Gladow, executive director at PIXERA, underlines the positive development: "The expansion of the partnership between publitec and AV Stumpfl marks a significant milestone in our collaboration. ublitec brings in-depth expertise and years of experience in the AV industry, making it the ideal partner for further expansion within the emerging German market."

16th April 2024

Building a strong foundation: Obsidian Train the Trainer initiative bearing fruit

Building a strong foundation: Obsidian Train the Trainer initiative bearing fruit

The Netherlands – Last November, Obsidian Control Systems initiated Train the Trainer workshops aimed at training its European partners on the specifics of the intuitive ONYX lighting control platform. The sessions, specifically designed to springboard an Obsidian awareness campaign and grow the ONYX community, are bearing fruit as trainers across Europe amplify the platform’s reach by training other partners and end-users.

One of the youngest participants in the Train the Trainer sessions, held at Obsidian’s European headquarters in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, is 16-year-old Martin Pokorný from the Czech Republic. Martin completed the training sessions in February alongside Obsidian’s three-day ONYX course and is now training Obsidian users in the Czech Republic.

“For young people just entering the lighting control market, I think ONYX is the best platform out there,” Martin stated. “It is intuitive and easy to learn but still has a very powerful engine and isn’t limited in its functionality. It is as capable as many of the larger boards but is so reasonably priced it is accessible to most users, especially those just starting out.”

Koy Neminathan, head of business development at Obsidian, has been instrumental in rolling out the Train the Trainer workshops. He comments: “As we equip individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively train others in the powerful features of ONYX, trainers like Martin are key in taking those skills back to their local market network. That’s how we spread our message of better lighting control and effectively grow Obsidian’s userbase worldwide.”

Martin began in lighting three years ago but was unhappy with the lighting desk he was using. He went in search of other opportunities and connected with Elation’s Czech distributor, WD Lux, who introduced him to the ONYX platform. Eventually he bought his own NX1 console, Obsidian’s scalable, full-featured lighting desk and he’s happy he did.  

“It only took me a few days to learn the basics and I was off and running,” he recalls, adding that it’s possible to learn the entire system via online ONYX tutorial videos, as well as the in-console manual. For Koy, it’s no surprise that someone so young is capable of learning the ONYX platform and creating great shows. “That’s a key component of the ONYX system and something we often hear: the platform is user-friendly and easy to learn,” he said.

For Martin, not only was the cost of other consoles prohibitive, the layout on some of them looked outdated and unadaptable. “My NX1 gives me the opportunity to expand the console depending on the show,” he said. “I’m not limited to ten faders and then have to go out and buy a larger console when I need more. I can easily add an NXP fader wing or the NXK control surface. The layout is excellent and really intuitive.” Martin also highlights the built-in DyLOS media engine as another great advantage. “It’s great for graphics and I don’t need to worry about connecting a separate computer or external power supply.”

After honing his skills working on festivals, concerts, theatrical shows and other events, both through WD Lux and as a freelancer, Martin attended a Train the Trainer workshop in February. “I wanted to see how the software operates directly from an official trainer. I wanted to be certain I was doing it correct and the easiest way, so that I could take that back to the Czech Republic for our own trainings. I also wanted to learn some advanced techniques.”

Martin works with WD Lux to train users on the ONYX platform, offering a basic and intermediate/advanced course. Looking ahead, he looks forward to working on bigger shows and continuing to grow the Obsidian brand in the Czech Republic. “When I do shows with ONYX, lighting designers will often ask me about the console and I show them, which is a great real-life training opportunity,” he said. “Combine that with our ongoing trainings and we’re building a great foundation of ONYX users in the Czech Republic.”

Koy concludes: “Train the Trainer has been quite successful for us and we can see that it has created momentum for the brand. The potential to grow our userbase is huge and now that we have a growing team of accredited trainers like Martin trained on the latest software, we can only see positive growth in Europe.”

12th April 2024

TMB and Main Light Team Up to Help One of our Own

TMB and Main Light Team Up to Help One of our Own

Ukraine – As Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine continues, Zinteco Productions, a cornerstone in Ukraine's entertainment production community for over 25 years, needs our help.

The ongoing conflict has brought the Ukrainian entertainment industry, like all normal life, to a standstill and Zinteco’s operations have been severely impacted. TMB has collaborated with Main Light LLC to make some of Zinteco’s Solaris Flare Q+ fixtures available to cross-rent in the US market. One-hundred percent of the rental revenue generated will pass on to Zinteco, whose principals – good friends of TMB for many years – still live in Kyiv and whose time is now 100% devoted to supporting Ukrainian refugees and defense efforts.

Events like the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert, supported by Zinteco in Kyiv prior to the war, serve as reminders of the vibrant entertainment scene that Ukraine possessed and highlights the importance of preserving and supporting it, especially during challenging times.

Renting out Zinteco's Solaris Flare Q+ lights not only provides practical support for Zinteco but also sends a powerful message of support for the Ukrainian people. It's a testament to the resilience and solidarity of the global entertainment industry.

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12th April 2024

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Follow-Me teams up with NAN Audiovisuals in Portugal

Follow-Me teams up with NAN Audiovisuals in Portugal

Portugal – Follow-Me B.V. has announced that it has appointed NAN Audiovisuals as its new sales partner for Portugal.

The highly motivated and experienced team at NAN will now have access to the broad Follow-Me portfolio of manual and auto tracking performer tracking products for lighting, audio, automation and video, on the biggest or smallest stages in touring, theatre, presentation rooms, theme parks and many other applications.

Already a trusted and established force in tracking, the company will look to expand its partner network as it gets close to its ten year anniversary in 2025.

NAN adds Follow-Me to an already formidable portfolio of brands. The company, like Follow-Me, will have an anniversary to celebrate next year: 30 years of offering their experience and dedication to its customers who will be further heightened with manual and automated followspot and tracking solutions, to offer to its existing and new clients.

Managing director of NAN, Correia Neves says: It is with great satisfaction that we join the Follow-Me family, a company globally recognised for the superior quality and technical exclusivity of its solutions. We always seek to associate ourselves with the best, so that we can offer the Portuguese market the best equipment and necessary technical services associated with them. We are focused on guaranteeing current and future users of Follow-Me solutions, periodic training actions, technical support, demo equipment and all the support that we know we have from the brand and that we will, through NAN, bring to all users of Follow-Me systems.”

Marc van der Wel, Follow-Me’s managing director, comments: “We are very happy to start this co-operation with NAN, a highly respected company within Portugal, with a strong reputation and team. We are looking forward to further support our current end-users and welcome a lot of new ones.”

In picture: Marc van der Wel (Follow-Me) and Correia Neves (NAN) shake hands on the deal.

12th April 2024

Brompton Technology and Brainstorm push the broadcast industry envelope

Brompton Technology and Brainstorm push the broadcast industry envelope

Brompton Technology, the world's leading LED video processing manufacturer, has partnered with Brainstorm 3D, a specialist company dedicated to providing industry-leading real-time 3D graphics and virtual set software solutions for broadcast, feature film production and corporate presentations. Together, they offer a software solution that can be utilised for a wide range of broadcast applications, from the world’s largest broadcasters to regional stations, production houses and content creation boutiques.

“We've collaborated with Brompton on numerous occasions for Proof of Concept (PoC), events and presentations, including trade shows like IBC and ISE, and in partnership with LED vendors such as Alfalite and Unilumin,” explains Brainstorm’s marketing and communications director, Miguel Churruca. “Our relationship with the company dates back to 2022 and from the beginning, it has been a seamless and productive collaboration. As two manufacturers of high-end products, we are particularly motivated to offer solutions that enhance our customers' workflows.”

The solution developed by Brainstorm in close collaboration with the Brompton R&D team is a plug-in that offers control of the key features offered by Brompton’s Tessera LED processors directly from Brainstorm’s interface. This makes it easier for users with Brainstorm and Brompton in their workflow to control the output of an LED screen without changing platforms, even dynamically as the image changes. This creates a leap in user experience and ensures that the best quality is achieved by applying changes on the right section of the video signal.

“Brainstorm users can access and adjust a full suite of Tessera software features such as OSCA, 3D LUT, ChromaTune, Extended Bit Depth, Frame Remapping and Ultra-Low Latency directly from our renderer,” says David Moldes, Brainstorm’s product manager, who has been pivotal in this joint development. “The integration simplifies the process and enhances efficiency, with users able to access a comprehensive suite of technologies and tools within the same interface.”

The plug-in is part of InfinitySet, Brainstorm’s most advanced virtual production, XR and augmented reality solution. It not only features all the tools required for creating state-of-the-art virtual content, but also acts as a hub for many technologies, from tracking systems to interaction with other devices, controllers, mixers, chromakeyers, NRCS workflow for journalists and others that configure broadcast virtual production environments.

Being a firm believer that virtual production is reshaping the way content is produced, not only for its obvious benefits in terms of production costs savings with virtual technology, but also for the increased storytelling possibilities it provides, Churruca notes that the current challenge in virtual set production is matching reality and creating a perfect, accurate version of reality in real-time, which is indistinguishable from reality itself. “What really makes the difference is to be unable to tell whether the images we are watching are real videos or digital renders. This is where the combination of Brompton and Brainstorm works its magic,” he exclaims.

“Our InfinitySet software perfectly integrates with industry ‘gold standard’ Brompton LED processing, offering ultra-realistic visuals that can be utilised for the creation of different scenes and environments, no matter if we are talking about sitcoms, news, sports or entertainment shows,” adds Moldes.

Having already presented its eStudio with InfinitySet solution at major trade shows, Brainstorm will be taking the set-up to the up-coming NAB Show in Las Vegas. There, they will be utilising Brompton’s 4K Tessera SX40 LED processor with a Unilumin LED video wall, showcasing real-time 3D virtual content featuring hyper realistic backgrounds, tracked movies and augmented reality graphics to simulate a complete broadcast show.

“We employ advanced techniques such as Set Extension, creating an additional augmented reality render to overlay on the LED screen,” explains Churruca. “This approach eliminates the visible boundaries of the screen, creating a fully virtual set. To achieve this seamless integration, we rely on Brompton’s Tessera software suite, which facilitates matching the colorimetry of the LED volume with the virtual render.”

“Brainstorm shares our passion for technology and continuously pushes the envelope in product innovation,” concludes Cesar Caceres, product lead at Brompton Technology. “We’re thrilled about this partnership and the opportunities it will bring to Brainstorm users working in the broadcast and feature film production industries.” 

12th April 2024

Luna Simpson becomes 29th winner of long-standing Sennheiser LIPA Scholarship

Luna Simpson becomes 29th winner of long-standing Sennheiser LIPA Scholarship

UK – This year marks nearly three decades of collaboration between prestigious higher education institute, The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and Sennheiser. The global audio specialist works in partnership with the college to run the Sennheiser Student Scholarship programme, offering its vast audio expertise and resources to students. The 2024 winner of the programme is the very talented Luna Simpson, a first-year student of the BA (Hons) Sound Technology course. As a budding 18-year-old audio engineer with a deep passion for music and sound from a very young age, Simpson made a profound impression on the panels of judges, which included Tim Sherratt, strategy manager at Sennheiser and renowned theatre sound designer, Ben Harrison.

Classically trained in the flute since the age of six, Simpson now also plays the guitar, piano and drums. Her first job was at a local music venue when she was just 12 years old, working her way up to become lead audio engineer by the time she was 15 years old.

“My passion for music and sound led to me wanting to understand how it is created and used in different mediums,” she explains. “Alongside my A-Level studies in sound technology, drama and media, the hands-on experience of stage setup, mixing and artist relations at the live music venue, The Drawingroom, hugely increased my technical ability. Before leaving to join LIPA, I taught the next generation of audio engineers at The Drawing Room and continue to provide mentorship to this day.”

Simpson has “loved every moment” at LIPA, and the BA (Hons) Sound Technology course has already provided her with new opportunities and experiences, such as its masterclasses. “The 24/7 studio access LIPA provides has been something I’ve been keen to take advantage of and I am frequently found in the studio in the early hours of the morning,” she smiles.

“I absolutely see myself pursuing a career in this industry and have a particular interest in working as a studio mixing, mastering and recording engineer. Having now experienced both live and studio settings, I feel that studio work is a great fit for my skill set and knowledge and that it will give me huge personal fulfilment,” she adds.

Joined by Harrison, an experienced sound designer best known for his work on West End productions and large-scale touring musical productions, Sherratt had the difficult task of selecting just one student out of the incredible pool of talent LIPA is renowned for.

“Every year, we’re inundated with applications for the Scholarship and, every single time, we are left in awe of the quality of their work; it’s unbelievable how talented the students are,” Sherratt exclaims. “We selected Luna as the deserving winner of the 2024 Sennheiser Student Scholarship programme as she shows a profound passion and dedication to music and sound. We definitely want to nurture this and help her succeed in every way we can!”

Harrison agrees and adds: “This is my third year working with Tim on the wonderful task of selecting top students for Sennheiser’s programme at LIPA and it’s always a pleasure meeting the students and discussing their goals and aspirations. Out of many great entries, we chose Luna’s application because we felt that music was truly her vocation, one that she not only continues to hone for her own benefit, but also through her work at The Drawing Room, where she supports and mentors aspiring audio engineers.”

As part of the process, Sherratt and Harrison prepared a creative task that was given to the short-listed candidates, who had three weeks to complete it. This year’s task included creating a radio advert for one of Sennheiser audio solutions, inspired by the music of Daft Punk. “We wanted to see the students utilising AI in the creative and post-production process, as well as evidence of some source material that was captured live,” explains Sherratt. “Whilst Luna emerged as the winner, we also want to commend the work of another student – Zoe Grabouski – who also produced excellent work and was the runner-up.”

“Winning the Sennheiser scholarship means a lot to me; it’s invaluable in the pursuit of my career, particularly with the association with the brand’s international network, access to events and the in-depth understanding I will gain of Sennheiser products,” Simpson notes. “The scholarship also gives me financial freedom, both during and after my time at LIPA, so I can pursue projects that could provide experience and network opportunities, rather than solely financial benefit.”

“Once again, the LIPA students didn’t fail to impress the Sennheiser judges. The quality of their applications for the Scholarship programme was outstanding,” concludes Jon Thornton, LIPA’s head of sound technology. “We are thrilled for Luna that she’s received the award this year, and all the opportunities this will bring to her time at LIPA and beyond.”

In picture: Jon Thornton LIPA’s head of sound technology, Ben Harrison theatre sound designer, Luna Simpson student of the BA (Hons) Sound Technology course and winner of Sennheiser LIPA Scholarship and Tim Sherratt strategy manager at Sennheiser.

10th April 2024

Funktion-One Appoints Audio Gears Co as Distributor for Thailand and Vietnam

Funktion-One Appoints Audio Gears Co as Distributor for Thailand and Vietnam

Thailand – Loudspeaker manufacturer Funktion-One has announced the appointment of Audio Gears Co as its distributor for Thailand and Vietnam. The Bangkok-based company has a wealth of industry experience, strong connections in the local markets and a genuine passion for audio excellence.

Audio Gears Co was founded by Jesada Pattanatabut (CEO), owner of Production Company and a veteran live sound engineer, in partnership with Bob Siripremanant (COO), owner of After Miracle Plus Company. Between them, they have over 60 years’ experience in pro audio rentals, live sound and concert production management, both in Thailand and the wider South-East Asia region.

The company is backed by a team of engineers and technicians with significant expertise in audio production, installation and maintenance services, working under the guidance of technical director Attaporn Sanguanphak.

Siripremanant comments: “We are live sound engineers who are passionate about audio production and have used and listened to all the major speaker brands available in the market. We know the quality that we are looking for and have found that quality in Funktion-One’s products. We strongly believe in Tony Andrews’ vision and share his passion for audio quality.”

Pattanatabut adds: “We want to tell everyone in Thailand and Vietnam, especially the club, bar and hotel managers and owners, as well as audio rental companies, that the wait is over; an exclusive Funktion-One distributor is now officially open and 100 percent active on the ground in Thailand and Vietnam. We look forward to supporting all your requests and requirements.”

The new partnership has been welcomed by Funktion-One’s director of business development, Andrew Low: “We are delighted to welcome Audio Gears Co as our distributor for two very important markets. They understand and believe in the Funktion-One approach to audio excellence. We look forward to working with them to deliver exciting projects in the region.”

In picture: Technical director Attaporn Sanguanphak, CEO Jesada Pattanatabut and COO Bob Siripremanant.

 

10th April 2024

Linea Research extends its reach through Rock Centrum in Slovakia and Czech Republic

Linea Research extends its reach through Rock Centrum in Slovakia and Czech Republic

Slovakia – Linea Research, high-power amplification and DSP solutions specialists, has announced its partnership with Rock Centrum to distribute the Linea Research product line in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Rock Centrum provides a solid platform for sales and support in the region through its dedicated team of audio specialists and its online support and service facility.

Rock Centrum has emerged as a cornerstone of the audio equipment distribution landscape of Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Established in 1992, the company has built a reputation for reliability, expertise and outstanding customer service on the foundation of strong relationships with manufacturers and clients.

The Linea Research product line will join Rock Centrum’s impressive audio portfolio which encompasses amplifiers, speakers, mixers, and accessories, to meet and support the needs of every audio professional. With product training sessions already planned in to Rock Centrum’s schedule, the distributor has a calendar of events at which Linea Research will be demonstrated across Czech and Slovakia.

Peter Foldvari, CEO of Rock Centrum, enthused: “At Rock Centrum, we are passionate about delivering audio solutions to our customers. Partnering with Linea Research further enhances our offerings and provides our clients with a powerful range of amplification and DSP technology. The range gives us options for installations, and we are particularly excited about the 8 i/o amplifier which meets a need within our offering."

Linea Research sales manager, Martin Hildred, added: “We are thrilled to partner with Rock Centrum as our distributor for Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Their extensive industry knowledge and established network make them the ideal partner to represent Linea Research in these regions."

In picture: Linea Research's sales and marketing manager, Martin Hildred and Rock Centrum's CEO, Peter Foldvari.

8th April 2024

Powersoft Reveals Plans for New Human Audio Experience Center HQ

Powersoft Reveals Plans for New Human Audio Experience Center HQ

Italy – Powersoft, a world leader in audio amplification, acoustic signal processing and transducer systems for the pro-audio industry, has announced plans for a new HQ: the Powersoft Human Audio Experience Center.

The recent signing of a preliminary lease agreement with Bluesky Immobiliare S.r.l., which will own the property, sets the stage for a plan aimed at bolstering Powersoft's path of growth and innovation. Located in an area of Scandicci, Florence, undergoing urban redevelopment, the Powersoft Human Audio Experience Center is designed by Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia, an internationally acclaimed architectural firm with offices in Genoa, Milan and Paris, and represents the pinnacle of design, efficiency and functionality. The new headquarters, covering more than 9,200m²across four floors, is purpose built to accommodate a projected increase in the size of the company’s workforce, as outlined in its development plan for the coming years. By centralising all corporate functions, it enhances departmental potential, improves cross-team collaboration and delivers significant operational cost savings while boosting energy efficiency.

In the words of Luca Lastrucci, Powersoft CEO: “This plan marks a significant milestone in the company's history and growth trajectory. As Powersoft expands, there is a growing imperative to enlarge our space and fortify our resources, enhancing our business's efficiency and competitiveness in the market. Through ongoing investments in research and development, Powersoft aims to uphold its global technology leadership in the audio industry. The Powersoft Human Audio Experience Center will serve as a hub of excellence in audio technologies worldwide, so it is crucial that innovation is reflected in the architectural design of the building.”

The Powersoft Human Audio Experience Center stands as a distinctive model of innovation and sustainability. The building's exterior profile, resembling the form of a sound wave, pays homage to the company's core business and underscores Powersoft's standing as a technological pioneer in the audio industry. The use of photovoltaic panels and energy efficient technologies underscores the company's commitment to minimising its environmental footprint, while the LEED-certified building exemplifies how design and architecture can seamlessly integrate with the surrounding green space, featuring accessible areas for interaction, socialising and organising events, including those for the local community.

Alfonso Femia, CEO and founder of Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia, comments: "Powersoft's new HQ will serve as a respectful addition to the local environment, contributing significantly to the city of Scandicci. The design seamlessly integrates production and storage functions, office spaces and research laboratories, prioritising a harmonious balance that extends to the building's interaction with the urban surroundings. The architecture intricately blends compositional complexity with a focus on the surrounding green areas.”

A tangible expression of corporate identity, technological excellence and the major market change it represents, Powersoft's new HQ will be based on three core values: Human, Audio, Experience. The philosophy revolves around placing people, technology and experimentation at the core of the plan, with spaces designed to cater to the diverse needs of employees, clients, consultants and guests, as well as students and the local community. In addition to areas intended to foster innovation and technological excellence through research laboratories, spaces for quality testing, measurement and product demonstration, the Powersoft Human Audio Experience Center will boast green areas, meeting rooms, fitness areas, a fully equipped canteen, meeting rooms and coffee corners: environments to cultivate a vibrant and inviting workplace conducive to collaboration and employee welfare. The new building will serve as a versatile, multifaceted hub, featuring spaces for events, demonstrations, and educational purposes, alongside exhibition areas dedicated to showcasing the history and evolution of audio technologies.

Aligned with the company's strategic goals, the Powersoft Human Audio Experience Center aims to be a premier technological hub for audio innovation, as well as a place for living, sharing and professional growth, capable of attracting, engaging and retaining highly qualified talent.

Construction is anticipated to conclude in the latter part of 2026, after which production lines and all company departments will relocate from the existing premises to the new HQ.

image: © AF517 & Diorama

21st March 2024

HOLOPLOT named by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2024

HOLOPLOT named by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2024

Germany - HOLOPLOT has announced its inclusion in the Fast Company’s prestigious list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2024, sitting alongside the best and most innovative companies, including OpenAI, Youtube, Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment and others.

This year’s list shines a spotlight on businesses that are shaping industry and culture through their innovations, setting new standards and achieving remarkable milestones in all sectors of the economy. Fast Company's editors and writers identified the companies driving progress around the world and across industries, resulting in a globe-spanning guide to innovation today.

"Our mission is to create unparalleled experiences of sound to enrich people’s memories and ultimately lives. Being named as an innovator by Fast Company, and joining such a prestigious list of companies is a true testament to the impact of our work and the wider recognition of what that means for society,” says HOLOPLOT CEO, Roman Sick. “Having a tech company like ours included in the Music category is also a statement as to how technology can elevate art beyond just sound reproduction and become a creative tool in its own right."

HOLOPLOT technology is based on intelligent software that enables unseen before sound control capabilities, allowing users to achieve unprecedented sound experiences of the highest quality, even within the grandest, most challenging acoustic environments.

Its applications are almost limitless. From Las Vegas’ Sphere, the most advanced live entertainment venue in the world, to intimate venues such as Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theatre and immersive exhibitions at Lightroom in London and Seoul, to corporate events and product launches, the  HOLOPLOT Matrix Array delivers high-fidelity audio for the entire audience while also allowing an advanced immersive toolkit to create creative effects. HOLOPLOT technology provides creatives with unique tools and capabilities, perfectly merging the need to tackle the very basics of acoustics with unmatched capabilities that enhance how sound is experienced.

“Our list of the Most Innovative Companies is both a comprehensive look at the innovation economy and a snapshot of the business trends that defined the year,” said Fast Company editor-in-chief Brendan Vaughan. “We saw extraordinary innovation across the board in 2023, but we also saw a handful of clear patterns: the growing footprint and impact of AI, the triumphant return of live events and great leaps forward in climate tech. We face daunting challenges on many fronts, but the solutions we celebrate in MIC give me plenty of hope about the future.”

21st March 2024

Void Acoustics and China’s Real Music Acoustics & Lighting Technology Co Ltd Announce Distributor Partnership

China – Void Acoustics, a global leader in cutting-edge audio technology, has announced its partnership with Real Music Acoustics & Lighting Technology Co Ltd as its distributor for the Chinese market. This appointment is part of Void’s continued growth in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

Established in 2008, Real Music Acoustics has solidified its position as one of China's earliest professional audio commercial application companies. With a focus on audio consultancy, promotion, sales, installation, tuning and related services, the company boasts extensive experience in product channel sales and integrated systems, catering to a wide range of venues, including theatres, cultural tourism projects, stadiums, clubs, and commercial performances.

As a Void Acoustics distributor, Real Music Acoustics will be offering the full range of Void products to the Chinese market including the signature Cyclone speaker series and the eye-catching Air series. 

Alex Skan, managing director at Void Acoustics, said: "We are delighted to welcome Real Music Acoustics to our network of distributors. Their proven track record and extensive expertise in the professional audio industry make them the ideal partner to represent the Void brand in China. We’re excited to extend Void Acoustics’ reach into this region and offer our audio solutions to even more customers."

Headquartered in Xi'an, Real Music Acoustics’ channel marketing and service network covers the entire country, ensuring prompt responses to customer needs and delivering high-quality end-to-end services for Void products.

The partnership comes at a time of growing demand for high-end audio solutions in China, with Void Acoustics reaching a milestone number of projects across the APAC region. Recent installations in some of the region’s biggest clubs, luxury hotels and festivals are establishing the company’s reputation in APAC as an innovative audio solution provider capable of delivering immersive sound systems with equal focus on aesthetics. 

Real Music Acoustics’ commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction aligns perfectly with Void Acoustics’ values, adding to a growing list of distribution partners.

Richie Wang, general manager at Real Music Acoustics & Lighting Technology Co Ltd, said: "We are excited to collaborate with Void Acoustics to bring innovative speaker solutions to the Chinese market. With our combined strengths and resources, we are confident that we will meet and exceed our customers' expectations, providing them with unparalleled audio experiences."

Fedrick Lu, APAC sales manager at Void Acoustics, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to welcome Real Music Acoustics into the Void family. There is a growing demand for our line of aesthetic and top-of-the-line sound systems in China's entertainment and hospitality industries and we’re confident this partnership will help deliver the Void experience to a wider customer base.” 

Void looks forward to a successful partnership with Real Music Acoustics as they work together to elevate the standard of audio excellence in China.

20th March 2024

Solving challenges and creating spectacles with Creative Technology and Stage Precision

Solving challenges and creating spectacles with Creative Technology and Stage Precision
Solving challenges and creating spectacles with Creative Technology and Stage Precision

UAE – A global leader in event technology, experiential production and installations, Creative Technology recently upgraded the workflow within its Middle East team with the help of Stage Precision’s SP software. The Middle East teams, based in Saudi Arabia, Doha and Dubai, have been integrating the tools provided by SP software to help power some of the most impressive and large-scale events in the region.

“We first heard about Stage Precision about a year ago through social media,” recalls Carlos Aguilar, deputy head of video at Creative Technology ME. “It was the AR tracking capabilities of the SP software that first interested us, so we reached out for more information and began onboarding the tools into our projects. In fact, we first used SP for AR tracking during the Dubai World Cup last year.”

More recently, the Creative Technology team utilised Stage Precision software at Liwa Festival in Abu Dhabi, a week-long celebration of UAE heritage held in the shadow of the 300 metre high Moreeb dune, one of the highest sand dunes in the world. The Creative Technology team managed a massive projection mapping project involving 78 projectors, to create a mesmerising display with the help of the control capabilities of SP.

The software's capability to handle the intricacies of controlling multiple projectors simultaneously was crucial for the success of the Liwa Festival projection. "Not all servers can do it like Stage Precision does,” echoes Aguilar. “It simplified our set-up significantly, replacing the need for multiple software interfaces."

The Liwa Festival project presented unique challenges, including the need for precise control functions, failovers and distribution control for the multiple matrices. SP not only met these challenges but also provided a responsive interface for handling cues triggered by the dynamic events taking place on the sand dune. “With SP, we’re able to take at least ten different control-type platforms and bring them into an easy-to-use workflow,” says Aguilar. “From here, we’re able to control and monitor all of our channels and all of our outputs from one place."

"Using SP it’s easy to handle the complex cues required to execute visuals on this scale,” continues Aguilar. “The interface within SP allowed us to interact quickly and send the correct commands for various scenarios.”

Creative Technology values the strong relationship they have developed with Stage Precision, especially with the support team. The ability to quickly resolve issues and receive assistance in tweaking configurations during live projects has been a key factor in their satisfaction. "Having a relationship with the Stage Precision team has been crucial,” confirms Aguilar. “They have been super helpful with support, tweaking things for us and responding swiftly to our needs via the Slack support channel."

Creative Technology is looking forward to further collaborations with Stage Precision in the future. While they are currently using it for specific functions, the team is interested in integrating additional Stage Precision products such as Shield, the Unreal Engine 5 dedicated plug-in for control of real-time scenes for virtual production and augmented reality workflows. “SP is a unique and powerful tool,” says Mike Walker, Sales Director at Creative Technology. “It's been really helpful and solved challenges that no other software could."

The successful onboarding of Stage Precision software, coupled with the execution of the Liwa Festival project has the Creative Technology team looking to the future. “We’re excited about the new features coming and expanding the use of SP tools to more projects, including a high-profile VIP Exhibition Centre in Riyadh for a permanent installation,” confirms Walker. “For our highest standards of project delivery, we need a workflow that is bullet-proof. This is what we get with Stage Precision’s tools.”

Solving challenges and creating spectacles with Creative Technology and Stage PrecisionSolving challenges and creating spectacles with Creative Technology and Stage Precision

20th March 2024

Robe Acquires LSC Control Systems

Robe Acquires LSC Control Systems

Australia – Robe Lighting s.r.o. has acquired LSC Control Systems PTY in Australia, a move that sees the Czech Republic lighting manufacturer further consolidate its portfolio of leading lighting and control brands.

Having LSC’s power distribution (PD) systems as a core element of the Robe business team made perfect sense following the purchase of console manufacturer Avolites in September last year, explained Robe’s CEO Josef Valchar.

“We’re delighted that this opportunity arose, it is hugely exciting, and we look forward to a long and positive collaboration. It will allow us to offer the best complete lighting and control turnkey solutions to our customers and their clients and projects across all sectors.”

As well as diversification, it also gives Robe a manufacturing base in Australia in addition to its facilities in central Europe and the UK.

LSC’s founder and managing director Gary Pritchard is equally enthused: “LSC will gain access to greater investment and resources and working through Robe’s renowned worldwide distribution network we can reach more global and diverse markets in turn stimulating greater opportunities for creativity, expertise, business and action for all of our team!”

LSC’s operation, which started over 40 years ago in Melbourne and has grown into a trusted and respected specialist brand well-known for inventive technology, will continue functioning exactly as it is now.

Gary sees the move as an affirmation of the company’s value. “An organisation of Robe’s stature wanting LSC onboard is a sign of confidence that also tells the world that LSC will continue doing what we do best, both now and well into the future!”

The plan underlines Robe’s commitment to being an industry leader in all areas of lighting technology, further empowering the imagination and choice of lighting professionals and offering an exceptional set of tools to assist in the production of shows, events, and memorable performance experiences for all to enjoy.

In picture: Robe’s Josef Valchar and LSC’s Gary Pritchard.

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19th March 2024

SIXTY82 Welcomes Avenion GmbH to its Reseller Network in Germany

SIXTY82 Welcomes Avenion GmbH to its Reseller Network in Germany

Germany – SIXTY82, a leader in crafting trussing and staging systems, has welcomed Avenion GmbH to its growing network of resellers in Germany. This addition aims to strengthen SIXTY82's presence in the German market and ensures that customers have wider access to its innovative products.

Avenion GmbH is making waves in the AV solutions sector with its fresh approach. Under the guidance of Matthias Matthes, Avenion has quickly become known for its innovative ideas and commitment to quality. Furthermore, the team has extensive experience in the areas of rigging and trussing. As they continue to develop, Avenion is evolving into a full-service provider, broadening its range of offerings to meet the diverse needs of their clients. This collaboration between SIXTY82 and Avenion GmbH is not just a business partnership; it's a meeting of minds that share the same enthusiasm for the future of entertainment technology.

"We're really excited to have Avenion GmbH join our team," said Fokko Smeding, CEO of SIXTY82. "Matthias Matthes and his crew are exactly what we look for in partners: they're young, they're innovative, and they're all about pushing the limits of what's possible. We're not just adding a reseller; we're gaining a partner that shares our vision and energy. This is going to bring some great things to the German market, and we can't wait to see where this partnership will lead."

Matthias Matthes, leader of Avenion GmbH, shared his excitement about the collaboration: "Joining SIXTY82's reseller network is a big deal for us. It's recognition of the hard work the Avenion team has put in and a chance to bring something new to the German entertainment scene. We're all about innovation and pushing boundaries, so pairing up with SIXTY82, a company that values those same things, is perfect for us. We're ready to roll up our sleeves and get started."

This partnership is more than just business, it's a commitment to innovation and quality in the German market. Avenion GmbH will now be part of the extended family of SIXTY82 resellers, ensuring that customers in Germany have access to the latest and greatest in trussing and staging solutions.

In picture: Henry Schuil-SIXTY82 and Matthias Matthes-Avenion.

19th March 2024

Ambersphere Solutions Ltd. becomes part of ACT Entertainment

Ambersphere Solutions Ltd. becomes part of ACT Entertainment

UK – Ambersphere Solutions Ltd, a leading provider of professional lighting solutions in the UK, has officially become a part of ACT Entertainment, North America’s premiere supplier of entertainment technology. This acquisition is a testament to the shared values and long-standing relationship between the two entities, especially in their distribution of MA Lighting and Ayrton products.

ACT Entertainment, renowned for its comprehensive offering across professional lighting, audio, video and more, serves a broad spectrum of the entertainment industry's needs. This exciting development promises to leverage the strengths of both companies to deliver products, technical service and support to entertainment professionals worldwide.

“We are excited to bring together ACT and Ambersphere and continue to build on our mission of providing technology for our customers to realise their creative vision,” says Ben Saltzman, CEO of ACT Entertainment. “Just like ACT, Ambersphere prides themselves on offering industry-leading products with an accomplished staff of experts in sales, service, support and training. I have tremendous respect for Lee [House] and Philip [Norfolk] and am excited to work alongside them as a valuable partner to our customers, extending our reach and continuing the strong tradition of excellence Glyn [O’Donoghue] created at Ambersphere.”

The transition sees the departure of Glyn O’Donoghue and Ken Sewell, with Lee House stepping up as managing director, alongside Philip Norfolk, who continues in his role as sales director. The focus remains on preserving the company's core values while leveraging ACT Entertainment's resources and capabilities.

Lee House concludes: “It's business as usual at Ambersphere. Our collaboration with ACT has always been strong and this move is a natural progression of our ongoing relationship.” This sentiment echoes the closer ties and shared values of both companies, emphasising continuity and the mutual goal of maintaining the highest standards of quality and service. 

In picture: Glyn O’Donoghue, Philip Norfolk, Lee House and Ben Saltzman

19th March 2024

Ambersphere

Outline and Aga Audio Technology Sign Exclusive Distribution Partnership in China

Outline and Aga Audio Technology Sign Exclusive Distribution Partnership in China

China – Outline S.r.l., a leading European manufacturer of professional loudspeaker systems and FPGA-based signal processing solutions, has announced an exclusive distribution partnership with Guangzhou Aga Audio Technology Co., Ltd, a distinguished distributor in the Chinese audio market. This agreement grants Aga Audio exclusive distribution rights for Outline products across China, Hong Kong, and Macao.

Over the past years, Aga Audio Technology has successfully installed a variety of Outline’s high-performance point-source systems tailored for permanent installations. With their growing technical expertise, Aga Audio is now poised to expand its offerings to include Outline's line-array systems and audio processors, including Newton. This strategic decision reflects Aga Audio's commitment to delivering comprehensive audio solutions to its customers.

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Outline for developing products specifically targeted to the Chinese entertainment market. Their dedication to understanding the unique needs of our customers and delivering innovative solutions has been instrumental in our success over the past years. As we embark on this partnership, we are excited to further leverage Outline's expertise and product range to offer our customers even more comprehensive audio solutions," affirmed Anson Ai, general manager at Aga Audio Technology.

"Aga Audio Technology has always been committed to excellence and our growing technical expertise is a testament to our dedication to providing top-notch audio solutions to our customers. With highly skilled technicians in the live/touring industry, we are now well-positioned to expand our offerings to include Outline's renowned line-array systems and processors, considered among the top four or five premium brands worldwide in terms of pure audio performance. We believe that by combining our technical prowess with Outline's cutting-edge technology, we can deliver superior audio experiences that exceed the expectations of our customers across China," Ai added.

"We are honoured to establish our partnership with Aga Audio Technology," remarked Fernando Rey Méndez, Outline’s sales director. "Aga Audio's growing technical expertise, now extending into the live/touring sector, alongside their historical proficiency in permanent installations, perfectly complements Outline's values. Additionally, their network of local dealers ensures comprehensive coverage of Chinese territory. Together, we aim to expand Outline's presence and deliver superior audio experiences to customers across China."

Based in Guangzhou's Panyu district, Aga Audio Technology brings over 20 years of experience in the professional audio industry. Aga Audio holds ISO9001, ISO45001, and ISO14001 certifications, reflecting their unwavering commitment to quality, safety and environmental standards.

In picture: Anson Ai and Fernando Rey Méndez.

18th March 2024

PMC Invests In Evovinyl to Help Bring a Sustainable Future to the Production of Vinyl Records

PMC Invests In Evovinyl to Help Bring a Sustainable Future to the Production of Vinyl Records

UK – Loudspeaker manufacturer PMC has invested in Evolution Music Ltd., the UK-based company spearheading the development of Evovinyl, a plant-based alternative to the environmentally damaging PVC that is currently used to press vinyl records. The investment will assist in the quest to move the music industry toward a more sustainable future.

Peter Thomas, PMC’s founder and chairman, and keen environmentalist, was introduced to Marc Carey, CEO of Evolution Music, by a mutual friend and record producer, Bill Gautier (Paul McCartney, The Cure, Fleet Foxes). “I met with Bill and Marc at Evolution Music’s office where we talked about our shared passions for music, vinyl and the environment. Our conversation made me realise that while we are making products to replay music and we love the sound and experience of vinyl, the creation of millions of records each year is very bad for the environment. Marc’s quest is a worthy one, of which I was keen to be a part.”

Global production of records accounts for around 30,000 tonnes of PVC per year (source: Disc International) and while that is a small percentage of the 40 million tonnes of PVC produced each year, every sector has to do its bit to help reduce the damaging effects of this plastic.

PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, to give it its full name, has been described as the ‘most environmentally damaging plastic’ (source: Greenpeace), due to its production, use and disposal, all of which result in the release of toxic chlorine-based chemicals which build up in the water, air and food chain.

“Our main driver is a genuine concern for the environment. It is not greenwashing, but a real desire to try and do something to remove PVC from our industry,” says Peter. “We’re also going to be looking at this technology to see if we can use it to replace the plastic parts in PMC loudspeakers.

“Everyone in the music industry should get behind this project. It’s not about PMC or me, but something much, much bigger than that. I have heard the latest test pressings and am able to confirm that they sound every bit as good as traditional records. Getting us on board, and hopefully bringing other members of the industry with us on this journey, will bring audiophile acclaim to the new product.”

The new material that has been developed is manufactured from sugar cane. It is a compostable product with no environmental impact upon disposal and has a sustainable ethos throughout the production process.

Marc Carey explains: “We needed this project to be as sustainable as possible, from production to disposal and so the life cycle analysis is very important to us. Evolution will be working with an expert team as part of our R&D to complete a full LCA, to ensure that the people who grow the cane are working in a good environment and not using toxic fertilisers. This is not the case with some other so-called environmental alternatives to PVC.”

“It also potentially enables the record presses to run at a lower temperature than is required for PVC. Testing to date has shown a 30 percent energy saving if a plant switches entirely to this product. And it takes 50 percent less time to press a record, so big energy savings are possible.”

After five years’ R&D the Evovinyl product is finally ready for entry into the marketplace. The sound quality has been assessed by industry professionals such as Rob Cass, in-house producer at Abbey Road Studios, who was speechless when he learnt that it was made entirely from plants and Peter Thomas, who confirms that its performance is indistinguishable from traditional vinyl. Like existing vinyl, it can be pressed in any colour in addition to black and an added advantage of this new material, for audio use, is that it naturally dissipates static, preventing the attraction of dust.

Peter Thomas sums up his feelings: “So with the product finalised and the major record labels keen to get involved, with one that has pledged to move all production over to the new material and a number of established artists, including a multi-Grammy winning artist who has expressed interest in their next album being pressed using Evovinyl, we are in a good position to make a positive change to the audio and music industries’ impact on the environment.”

In picture: Marc Carey of Evolution Music and Peter Thomas, founder PMC. 

6th March 2024

SIXTY82 Launches AMEG Group as its Exclusive Distributor for Kazakhstan

SIXTY82 Launches AMEG Group as its Exclusive Distributor for Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan – SIXTY82, a leading innovator in the design and manufacture of trussing and staging systems, has announced the strategic partnership with AMEG Group, marking it as the exclusive distributor for Kazakhstan. This collaboration signifies SIXTY82's ongoing commitment to expand its global distribution network and deliver superior solutions to the Kazakh market.

AMEG Group, renowned as the premier AV company in Kazakhstan, exemplifies the pinnacle of service excellence and industry expertise. This alliance is poised to set new standards in the entertainment sector, marrying AMEG's local knowledge with SIXTY82's cutting-edge products.

"We are delighted to partner with AMEG Group, spearheaded by the seasoned Evgeniy," expressed Fokko Smeding, CEO of SIXTY82. "Their profound market understanding and commitment to quality make them the ideal representative for our brand in Kazakhstan. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration and the mutual growth that lies ahead."

Evgeniy Davydov, sales director at AMEG Group, shared: "Being chosen as the exclusive distributor for SIXTY82 is a great honour and responsibility. Their innovation and quality are unmatched, and we are eager to integrate their solutions into our market. This partnership is a significant milestone for us and the local entertainment industry."

In a move to solidify this new alliance, SIXTY82 has appointed Henry Schuil as the dedicated account manager for Kazakhstan, underscoring the company's dedication to the region. Demonstrating an immediate commitment, Marc Hendriks, SIXTY82's technical director and Henry Schuil recently led two successful seminars in Astana and Almaty, in co-operation with AMEG Group. The events saw a turnout exceeding expectations, facilitating invaluable discussions with end-users about their unique needs.

5th March 2024

d&b group opens ground-breaking new immersive technology experience centre ITEC at London’s iconic Science Museum

d&b group opens ground-breaking new immersive technology experience centre ITEC at London’s iconic Science Museum
d&b group opens ground-breaking new immersive technology experience centre ITEC at London’s iconic Science Museum

UK – d&b group, the global event technology specialist and provider of professional AVLM solutions, has announced the opening of a new immersive technology experience centre (ITEC), located at the world-renowned Science Museum in London, itself famed as a centre for the arts and capital of creativity.

Welcoming guests from April 2024, this state-of-the-art facility is designed to attract key stakeholders involved in the realisation and delivery of global experiential projects from all event production sectors.

d&b’s investment and commitment to a central London hub offers the industry access to a comprehensive suite of the most advanced technologies, deployed across five bespoke studio environments, to enable, inspire and shape the future of audience entertainment while adding depth to its education programmes, technology demonstrations and client presentations.

Amnon Harman, CEO d&b group says: “This new facility, in support of d&b’s future vision of immersive experiences offers the opportunity for complete sensory engagement through sound, video, lighting and multi-media technologies (encompassing spatial audio, virtual production, virtual reality and extended reality). It will become a melting pot for ideation, collaboration and innovation.”

The multi-faceted venue features a range of individual spaces including a sound and vision lab equipped with a full-scale d&b Soundscape system visually enhanced by projection mapping and a SmartStage Hybrid. In addition, the brand interactive space, and presentation and programming studio will raise awareness of the potential of these technologies when working in private and familiar surroundings alongside an R&D lab, production control room and lounges which offer a mix of discovery, operational and relaxation areas, including a dedicated meeting area for client engagement.

“The ITEC will provide an exciting destination for many of our international clients, from ambitious creatives and industry leaders to our valued partners and integrators,” adds Harman. “It has been meticulously designed so everyone will be able to fully immerse themselves in the creative possibilities and build partnerships for future projects, all presented against the backdrop of London’s iconic Science Museum.”

1st March 2024

TAIT Partners With Leading Groups to Support Entertainment Industry’s Sustainability Goals

TAIT Partners With Leading Groups to Support Entertainment Industry’s Sustainability Goals

UK – TAIT, the world leader in live experiences, has confirmed partnership agreements with leading industry groups LIVE Green and Music Sustainability Alliance to support the industry-wide mission to advance sustainability awareness and learning.

The Music Sustainability Alliance (MSA) is the hub for the music industry to learn, innovate and collaborate to advance sustainability in the music business. They provide community, science-based solutions, resources, best practices and tools for operational change across the industry. This month, MSA hosted the Music Sustainability Summit in Los Angeles, supported by Billboard, which marked a key milestone as the first summit of its kind in North America. TAIT’s principal sustainability advocate, Carol Scott, joined the ‘Haul It All’ panel on the day to discuss what artists and tours are doing today to reduce their environmental and social impact.

LIVE, the voice of the UK’s live music and entertainment business, is a federation of 16 live music industry associations working to ensure that the interests of live music in the UK are understood and communicated to Government, policymakers, regulators, the public and the wider music and entertainment industries. ​ LIVE’s sustainability work is coordinated via LIVE Green. Carol Scott is currently the chair of this group, working with them to enable all in the live music industry to commit to climate action by providing the necessary support, resources and advice.

Carol Scott comments: "I believe the whole industry is at its embryonic stages in the sustainability journey and I see 2024 as a massive opportunity for us to develop and grow. Not just from the sustainability perspective of how do we rethink our material choices or how our audiences travel to the gig, but also how do we rethink our production, where we get our power from and how we utilise it? How do we bring in new and different exciting voices to create that change and to really reflect the audiences that we serve? ​I think it is probably one of the most exciting times to be around, we are the first generation to truly understand the impact of human behaviour on the climate and therefore the first generation that can create a sustainable, regenerative way to work and live. Our industry is grounded in creative and innovative thinking, and I believe that we have the capabilities to create real change."

Adam Davis, Group CEO of the TAIT Group comments: “We have a vision for a more sustainable future across the industry and that starts with us, at TAIT. It’s why we’re working to reduce waste and to incorporate more sustainable practices across our businesses, helping to drive positive change and making a difference on a local and global level. Industry-wide change starts with powerful partnerships. In recent years we have supported the Music Sustainability Alliance in North America and LIVE Green in the UK through Carol’s incredible work and I’m now delighted to formalise these partnerships.”

Jon Collins, chief executive, LIVE Green comments: “LIVE is delighted that TAIT has, once again, shown their commitment to sustainability through their support for LIVE Green. Working together, we will be able to accelerate LIVE Green’s work at the heart of a range of projects spanning all aspects of the UK live music sector."

Amy Morrison, president and co-founder, Music Sustainability Alliance comments: “The MSA is thrilled to partner with TAIT and excited to build on the impactful climate action that the company is engaged in.  We look forward to collaborating with Carol Scott, who is leading the charge and growing the sustainability community in our industry."

On 27 February, Carol Scott attended the GEI16 Conference in London. Along with industry peers, she spoke to the importance of sustainability topics that affect the live events industry, such as green contract clauses and sustainable set design. GEI is the leading conference for sustainability within the events sector, formed by a partnership between sustainability specialists, A Greener Future and the International Live Music Conference, the world’s leading platform for the touring, entertainment, and festival sectors.

In picture: Adam Davis, group CEO of the TAIT Group with TAIT’s principal sustainability advocate and chair of LIVE Green, Carol Scott.

29th February 2024

Martin Audio appoints Atempo as new Turkish distributor

Martin Audio appoints Atempo as new Turkish distributor

Turkey – Martin Audio has strengthened its global reseller network with the appointment of Atempo as its new Turkish distributor.

Established in 1985 from a base in Ankara, with offices in Antalya and Istanbul, it today has more than 145 personnel and provides full technology packages across all market segments.

The addition of Martin Audio to its already impressive distribution portfolio is a significant step, according to co-owner and CEO, Volkan Konuralp. “We have recognised the constant improvement of the brand and development of the Martin Audio portfolio since their acquisition by Focusrite and we believed the products would fit perfectly with our current portfolio and customers.”

Thus, back in late November they initiated talks with the British manufacturer, proposing the idea of a partnership deal for Turkey, which took effect at the beginning of January.

Martin Audio’s international sales director, Brad Watson, was highly receptive to the idea. “Atempo are a well-established family run organisation, serving a broad range of vertical markets,” he recognised. “The business has close to 40 years’ worth of experience in the pro and commercial audio markets in Turkey and its affiliated regions.”

Atempo’s priority will be to reinstate the brand’s profile in both the touring and installation markets. “While Martin Audio has good brand recognition, in Turkey it has largely been based on an image of the past. We aim to highlight the company’s forward-thinking brand values and portfolio to grow its market share,” notes Mr. Konuralp.

He believes that with products such as TORUS, Wavefront Precision and BlacklineX in particular, they have all areas of performance covered, particularly at the top end of touring where they hope WP will influence local riders.

Atempo are now eager to start marketing the brand, which is expected to take place through a co-ordinated programme of roadshows and social streams. At the same time they will integrate Martin Audio into their in-house and ongoing freelance training programmes.

In summary, Volkan Konuralp couldn’t be more positive about the new alliance. “Strong and long-lasting partnerships are built on honesty and open communication, and this is exactly what we have felt and seen in the Martin Audio family. We are greatly looking forward to the journey ahead.”

The final word comes from Brad Watson. “There is no better partner for us, and we are proud to have Atempo on board as part of the #MartinAudioFamily.”

29th February 2024