Adamson Appoints United Brands GmbH as Exclusive German Distributor

DV2’s Didier Dal Fitto; Adamson’s Jochen Sommer; DV2’s Guy Vignet; Adamson Founder Brock Adamson; United B’s Wolfgang Garcon; United B’s Tobias Rengers & Adamson’s James Oliver.

Adamson Systems Engineering is proud to announce a new partnership with United Brands GmbH, as it takes the position of exclusive distribution partner for the German market.
Based in Düsseldorf, Germany, the team at United Brands brings decades of expertise in the German pro audio market in addition to a well-established infrastructure and technical staff to support the Adamson brand.

The Adamson’s booth after the press call announcing the new German distributor.

“We’ve enjoyed five strong years of growth both in Europe and around the world,” says Jochen Sommer, Managing Director of Adamson Europe. “With the addition of United Brands to the Adamson Network, we have the best opportunity to share the excitement growing around the brand with the German market.
There are many stakeholders committed to building a lasting foundation and support structure geared to the highly skilled user base in Germany.” This partnership was made possible by the recent acquisition of United Brands GmbH by Adamson minority owner and French and Belgian distribution partner DV2.

One among the additions to the Adamson’s lineup, the IS10P, a very smart and powerful Point Source.

United Brands Principal Wolfgang Garçon explains how easily the companies mesh together: “All three parties share the same core values. We focus on delivering a premium offering that goes far beyond products; it includes developing close partnerships built from respect, exceptional support, and detailed product knowledge and application. This will make for a very natural synergy going forward. Our new arrangement with DV2 and Adamson is a great chance for us to expand our reach and generate new, mutually beneficial opportunities.”

The IS7P, small is beautiful, specially when the sound quality doesn’t get small.

Like DV2, United Brands is a longtime and reputable distributor of Digico, making for an attractive union between one of the world’s most respected and fastest-growing digital live mixing console manufacturers and Adamson’s premium loudspeaker systems.

DV2 will bring decades of successfully working with the Adamson product line in France and Belgium to support the success of this new venture. “DV2 Germany acted like a pathfinder. It is now the perfect time to pass on the Adamson torch in Germany to United Brands,” says Guy Vignet, Managing Director of DV2. “United Brands is the perfect fit. This collaboration ensures our partners and customers will benefit greatly from our combined expertise and enhanced services.”

Prolight + Sound 2018 Amadeus Debuts ‘HOLOPHONIX’ Spatial Sound Processor

Amadeus reveals a unique audiophile-grade sound spatialization processor, co-designed with world-renowned French musical, theatrical, and scientific institutions. At the 2018 Prolight + Sound trade show in Frankfurt, France-based Amadeus, one of the premiere manufacturers of high-end sound reinforcement systems and custom studio speakers, has debuted a new hardware processor system, HOLOPHONIX™, designed for live sound spatialization and immersive experiences.

The HOLOPHONIX processor brings together several different spatialization techniques including Wave Field Synthesis, High-Order Ambisonics, Distance-Based Amplitude Panning, and more, enabling intuitive placement and movement of sources in a 2D and/or 3D space. “Development of the HOLOPHONIX system is undoubtedly the most ambitious and the most exciting project we have initiated for a very a long time,” comments Michel Deluc, Amadeus’ R&D Manager.

The new system allows the user to select and control a series of highly advanced 2D and 3D sound algorithms designed at IRCAM-based STMS Lab (Sciences et Technologies de la Musique et du Son), located in Paris, and supported by CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), Sorbonne University, French Ministry of Culture and IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique).
Amadeus’ relationships with IRCAM started in the late 1990s. Over the years, Amadeus has designed more than 339 custom loudspeakers installed within IRCAM’s variable acoustics hall (called Espace de Projection) for research on high-end sound field recreation systems, including Wave Field Synthesis 2D and Ambisonics 3D sound.

L’Holophonix et sa magnifique face avant

“This project brings together a plurality of talents from the most prestigious French musical, theatrical, and scientific institutions – and their experience and knowledge are as rich as they are complementary,” says Gaetan Byk, Amadeus’ Marketing Manager. “Our long-term and close relationships with the teams at Paris-based IRCAM Institute, and their trust in Amadeus for almost 15 years, has inevitably led us to get closer to integrating into the HOLOPHONIX processor a large part of their technologies related to the spatialization of sound.”
Thanks to the HOLOPHONIX project, Amadeus has gathered and utilized with the best technological, scientific and pure research resources, and some of the top French user-experts in the field for live spatial sound. “We wanted to offer our future users a simple, intuitive and ergonomic tool, perfectly optimized considering the needs and demands in the theatrical, musical and performance fields. The cooperation of contributors from prestigious French institutions, among them, the first users and beta-testers of our spatial sound processor, was essential,” explains Byk.
Amadeus also collaborated with several top engineers from world-renowned institutions, including Jean-Marc Harel from La Gaîté Lyrique Theater, Marc Piera from Chaillot National Theater, Dominique Bataille and Samuel Maitre from the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier – one of the three theaters of the world-famous Comédie-Française – and Dewi Seignard from Les Champs Libres Cultural Center in Rennes. Michel Deluc worked closely with software designers Thierry Coduys, and Guillaume Jacquemin, co-inventors of the digital creation-oriented ‘IanniX’ graphical sequencer, based on a system designed by famed modernist composer Iannis Xenakis.

Bernard Byk, co-founder of Amadeus, commented on the HOLOPHONIX sound processor’s design by quoting the French poet Voltaire, “The superfluous, a very necessary thing.” Adding, “This unique audiophile-grade sound spatialization processor deserved a distinguishing ornament, more than enough yet essential, embodying its intrinsic properties and features. Machined in three dimensions from an aluminum block in a process taking more than twenty hours, the front panel design of the HOLOPHONIX hardware embodies all the technology embedded and hidden within this unique tool.”
The HOLOPHONIX processor is housed in a 3U-height chassis, machined from aluminum and anodized. Its front panel is machined in three dimensions from an aluminum block, its style drawn from the aesthetic and technical aspects of Amadeus’ audiophile Hi-Fi product development. The hardware is fully redundant, comprising dual redundant power supply units and solid-state drives, for a complete reliability. HOLOPHONIX is Dante-compatible and can integrate with standard commercial DAW software as well as Dante-enabled devices providing an added control layer.

La visualisation d’Holophonix

“The technological gains offered by the Dante protocol and its widespread adoption by professionals led us to consider its implementation within our systems,” says Michel Deluc. Besides its standard Dante compatibility, the system can also be configured on request for MADI, RAVENNA, or AES67 formats.” The input/output matrix of the HOLOPHONIX processor allows the user to choose the rendering mode for each of the incoming channels. It natively handles 128 inputs and 128 outputs in 24-bit/96kHz resolution, but can be extended to 256 or 384 inputs and outputs,” Deluc explains.

The processor is structured around a powerful multichannel algorithmic reverberation engine. It allows users to combine several different artificial reverberations, homogeneously combining sound materials and fine-tuning the perceived sound depth. Reflection calculators allow the user to create several virtual sound spaces.

“The HOLOPHONIX processor creates an extremely advanced platform which is able to mix, reverberate and spatialize sound contents played from various devices using several different spatialization techniques in two or three dimensions,” says Thierry Coduys, Chief Technology Officer who was intimately involved in the creation of the HOLOPHONIX processor.
As a musician, a multidisciplinary artist, and a producer, Thierry Coduys has acted as the sound engineer for some of world’s most acclaimed modern composers including Pascal Dusapin, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Luciano Berio, and pianists and performers Marielle and Katia Labèque.

The hardware offers a quasi-unlimited number of spatialization buses, each one able to run one of the different sound algorithms available, including: Higher-Order Ambisonics (2D, 3D) Vector-Base Intensity Panning (2D, 3D), Vector-Base Amplitude Panning (2D, 3D), Wave Field Synthesis, Angular 2D, k-Nearest Neighbor, Stereo Panning, Stereo AB, Stereo XY, Binaural.

“This allows to the user achieve control of the sound sources using different techniques. For each project, the algorithms get evaluated, listened to and selected on site, according to their coherence with the main electro-acoustic system and the artistic expectations of the composer or performers,” says Thierry Coduys

“The Binaural algorithm has been designed to help engineers and producers prepare their production using a conventional pair of headphones, giving them the experience of a full 3D image of their mix, and to design sound object trajectories. The processor also includes around a hundred head-related transfer function (HRTF) available in the SOFA file format,” adds Thierry Coduys

The head-related transfer function (HRTF), also sometimes known as the anatomical transfer function (ATF), is a response that characterizes how an ear receives a sound from a point in space. The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has defined the SOFA file format for storing spatially oriented acoustic data like head-related transfer functions (HRTFs).

The HOLOPHONIX processor also works with show control software and many popular DAWs that are compatible with the Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol – including Ableton Live, Cubase, Digital Performer, IanniX, Logic Pro, Mandrin, Max, Nuendo, PureData, Pyramix, QLab, Reaktor, REAPER, Reason, Traktor—allowing composers to add a control layer to existing software, hardware or network systems used for original in-situ creations, such as installations or performances involving graphic, video and/or sound content.


Technical details of the algorithms the HOLOPHONIX hardware system controls reveal its power and depth:

  • VBAP (Vector Base Amplitude Panning) 2D or 3D: The VBAP technology utilizes the data for each specific speaker position. It uses the three speakers closest to the desired position of the source. This approach is based on the directional component of the vectors corresponding to the two or three speakers placed closest to the sound source.
  • DBAP (Distance-Based Amplitude Panning) 2D: The DBAP technology is based on amplitude panning, applied to a series of speakers. The gain applied to each speaker is calculated according to an attenuation model based on the distance between the sound source and each speaker.
  • High-Order Ambisonics 3D: The Ambisonics technology also utilizes the data for each specific speaker position. It recreates an acoustic field by de-composition/re-composition based on spherical harmonics.
  • WFS (Wave Field Synthesis) 2D: The WFS technology can rebuild a sound field over an extended area. It recreates a wavefront by superposing secondary sound waves radiated by a speaker array.

“Every HOLOPHONIX processor parameter can be monitored and controlled via the Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol. This data transmission format between computers, synthesizers, robots, or any other compatible unit or software, was designed for real-time control. Data transmission uses the UDP (User Datagram Protocol) network protocol and improves speed and flexibility compared to MIDI,” explains Guillaume Jacquemin.


The HOLOPHONIX processor offers the user a 3D representation of the venue in its web-based application simply by inputting some basic parameters. This simplifies designing the complex scenarios of sound projection within the space. Sound wave ‘projections’ can be viewed within this modeled 3D space to more easily communicate, present and plan the audio processing ideas.

“The HOLOPHONIX Controller web-based application is compatible with all devices operating systems with a web browser, including iOS, MacOS, Windows, and Android-based environments. It offers a three-dimensional visualization of the venue, easing live monitoring and user interaction with all sound objects, speakers, and other various parameters. Regular 2D venue drawings can also be imported into the GUI and shown as axonometric projections; appearing to be rotated to show its all three dimensions” adds Guillaume Jacquemin.

The Amadeus HOLOPHONIX hardware processor system is expected to be available in 2018, with cost to be announced at a later date.

For more information visit the Holophonix website and the Amadeus Audio website

 

New IPBC deploys large scale Dante Audio-over-IP Network

The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) commenced broadcasting on May 15, 2017, to succeed the former Israeli Broadcast Authority (IBA). The creation of the new network, publicly known as KAN, inspired a new technical design to the workflow and infrastructure that was completed in the ensuing months.
A key design strategy from Israeli systems integration firm Broadcast Design LTD was to establish an IT backbone for all technical systems and operations – with a Dante Audio over IP network from Audinate supporting all low-latency, multichannel audio transport for TV and radio.
In addition to simplifying signal management and routing, enhancing audio quality and strengthening redundancy, Dante significant reduced labor and equipment costs – by upwards of $30,000.

“With more than 20 studios to build, we immediately saved about $15,000 for our customer by using a Dante Virtual Soundcard for PC-based audio distribution facility-wide versus a dedicated hardware solution,” said Micha Blum, owner and president, Broadcast Design. “We then saved about another $15,000 by using an off-the-shelf managed switch and eliminating all the cabling and connections that come with integrating a legacy system.
With Dante you connect the network cable and you’re done, so what would have taken weeks instead took days. And, the return on investment is immediate when IPBC chooses to add new audio channels to the network in the future. Dante gives you the scalability and flexibility to grow that traditional hardware does not.”

According to Blum, the project uses more than 200 Dante Virtual Soundcards, which are installed on multiple PC workstations across more than 20 studios and on multiple news, editing and production desks. The Dante Virtual Soundcards operate in conjunction with 32 off-the-shelf IT servers to support the network’s Audisi-One Automation system.

Additionally, Dante modules have been added to the facility’s DHD audio 52/RX console and associated 52/XC2 Cores for digital signal processing. Since the DHD audio has dedicated Audinate modules, operators have the flexibility to send audio from Dante Virtual Soundcards throughout the building within seconds, as well as directly to the broadcast console from any PC on the network. Operators also use the Dante network to send audio to live streaming encoders.

The 20 studios support three over-the-air TV channels from its automation system (plus separate cable/satellite feeds), eight FM stations, and seven pure internet radio feeds, with plans to grow to 40 studios as more TV and radio stations are added.
Each studio has its own Dante-enabled DHD audio 52/XC2 Core digital signal processor and localized switch to the Dante network, which enables a highly efficient way to share content while also fortifying network redundancy. The DHD audio solutions also accommodate MADI-to-Dante conversion in the TV studios.

“All of the studio PCs connect to the core managed switch, but we can disconnect and reconnect any studio for any reason,” said Blum. “We could have added one large DHD audio core in master control and routed everything over one switch, but we elected for each studio to have a dedicated Dante-enabled DHD audio module. This provides an extra layer of Audio-over-IP redundancy that only Dante provides, as every studio can act as standalone architecture.

The TV studios add Dante-enabled AVT MAGIC THipPro IP telephone hybrids. Each unit supports 16 hybrids with a hybrid output to support intercom, IFB, field reporters, and live callers over recorded hotlines. Blum adds that the Dante-enabled AVT solution added a significant cost savings to the project.
“The three AVT units provide 48 hybrids collectively, and in a legacy solution the amount of space and wiring requires to house and support those units would have been very significant,” he said. “It is a substantial return of real estate to these studios and master control.

“This is easily one of the largest Dante installations for TV and Radio broadcasting in the world from what I understand,” added Blum. “The reach of this system is tremendous, and the high capacity and flexibility it offers to scale for new audio channels is infinite, confined only by the number of studios we can build inside the facility.”

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GDTF Open Data Standard for Linking Luminaires, Consoles & Previsualization Software

General Device Type Format will revolutionize the entertainment industry by offering professionals a seamless way to exchange luminary data from design to production.
Vectorworks, Inc., MA Lighting and Robe lighting announce a new development for the entertainment design and production industry that will change the way lighting designers, lighting fixture manufacturers, lighting console manufacturers and lighting visualizers will work together.
The three companies have jointly led the charge to develop a new data format, named the General Device Type Format (GDTF), which creates a unified definition for the exchange of device data between consoles, CAD and previsualization software.

From left to right Dr. Biplab Sarkar CEO of VectorWorks, Josef Valchar CEO of Robe Lighting, and Gerhard Krude Technical Director MA Lighting.

Currently, most device manufacturers use a proprietary way to define their luminaires. This lack of a standard or unified definition requires lighting console manufacturers to support and maintain a complex web of file formats. Moreover, it makes it virtually impossible for designers to leverage CAD files into consoles and makes it very difficult to link CAD software to previsualization software.
“The industry has long been plagued by the absence of a standardized way to define the description of intelligent luminaires,” said Dr. Biplab Sarkar, CEO of Vectorworks. “Today’s exchange process is fraught with challenges. The workflows are disconnected, time-consuming and often require the manual mapping of data with a high chance of error.
General Device Type Format simplifies the entire process. It creates a common data exchange language that will be the basis of a fully connected workflow, from CAD to previz to console and back. We look forward to collectively working with additional manufacturers to extend the benefits of this high-quality workflow to the professionals of the industry.”

With GDTF, luminaire manufacturers now have an open and universal data exchange format that can be read by any console manufacturer and be included in any CAD or previsualization software. No longer will custom, one-off interpretations of DMX values and conversions for specific control data be needed. The format is human-readable, royalty-free and easy to implement and maintain.

“The General Device Type Format is a fantastic new development that will revolutionize the way professionals can specify and control our products,” said Josef Valchar, CEO of Robe lighting. “It’s easy to adopt, and it makes it possible for us as manufacturers of intelligent luminaires to fully describe our fixtures with detailed information without the need for any additional computational interpretation by control or visualization manufacturers.”

“Our main motivation was to make everyone’s life easier,” said Gerhard Krude, managing director of MA Lighting Technology. “Users of any lighting control system, CAD and previz software that can process GDTF will benefit by the ease of use and the amount of details provided. GDTF contains all the information required to control and visualize all kinds of devices like fixtures, video, pyro, special FX or lasers in a standardized manner.

It supports the manufacturers to structure and provide all the data to make their devices look best — onstage and during visualization. We count on the device manufacturers to contribute. They already have all the information their customers need to perform. Once our industry has adapted to the new GDTF standard, all our lives will become much easier — for good.”
The three companies will discuss the announcement and present information about the GDTF during the upcoming Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt, Germany. Stop by Hall 3.0 to visit MA Lighting at C51 and C61, Vectorworks at E60 and Robe lighting at D80. For Vectorworks users, devices in Vectorworks Spotlight are currently being updated to support GDTF. Updates will be released in future 2018 service packs.

 

Meyer Sound CAL an Acoustical Winner in Monaco

Though certainly better known for its sumptuous Casino de Monte Carlo, the Principality of Monaco is also home to the resplendent Monaco Cathedral, an impressive example of Romanesque Revival architecture dating from 1903.
The cathedral’s soaring vaulted interior presents a dazzling feast for the eyes, but unfortunately it also creates highly reverberant acoustics that had confounded earlier attempts at achieving musical clarity and speech intelligibility when using sound amplification.

The main diffusion in front of the altar with the two columns CAL 64 on both sides.

Determined to overcome the problems using the best available technologies, the responsible ecclesial and governmental authorities commissioned an audio system renovation that culminated with an installation of a high-precision Meyer Sound system based around CAL digital beam steering column array loudspeakers.
Far from being a museum, the cathedral plays a vital role in the spiritual and cultural life of the city. In addition to the regular schedule of Catholic masses, the cathedral hosts a varied schedule of musical events, including symphony orchestras and amplified contemporary ensembles in addition to the world-renowned Monaco Boys’ Choir (Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco).

Serving as an acoustical consultant and sound designer on the project was Dominique Heymès, who was selected based on his success in earlier renovations at the Monaco Opera House. When taking on his new assignment at the cathedral, his brief was to find a far superior replacement for “a 100V line system that did not allow management of different areas, resulting in intelligibility that was catastrophic,” in the words of Heymès.

“Several options were open to me,” he continues, “but the — revolutionary in my opinion – CAL from Meyer Sound initially stood out as the ideal choice, and this impression was reinforced with further studies and measurements.
I’ve always appreciated Meyer Sound for sophisticated products offering technologies that are often irreplaceable. In this case, the ability to use the CAL directivity beams in a thorough and precise way proved to be a determining factor.”

José Chaves of Paris-based Best Audio plotted the specifics of the new system design. As installed, the system is anchored by two CAL 64 column array loudspeakers placed in front of the altar. To cover acoustically isolated areas or seating shadowed by columns, delay systems were added comprising a total of 25 Meyer Sound IntelligentDC series loudspeakers, including UPM-1XP, UPM-2XP, UP-4XP and MM-4XP models.
In addition, dual 750-LFC low-frequency control elements assure full bandwidth bass extension for contemporary music, while two Galileo GALAXY processors supply system drive and optimization. All loudspeakers are factory color-matched to the surrounding stonework.

The system was installed by Monaco-based Accord Son Lumière under the direction of Jean Michel Mounier and Thierry Chambet. Marco de Fouquières of Dushow in Paris came to Monaco for the final tuning of the system. According to Heymès, the listening tests for the CAL loudspeakers proved to be a decisive revelation, and his conclusions were shared by others participating in the evaluations.
“We listened to classical music recordings first, and everybody was enthusiastic about the fidelity and precision of the sound. I heard comments like, ‘We have never heard anything like that before! Dazzling!’ We followed with tests of live spoken word from different places, and I saw in all eyes the light of complete satisfaction.

I heard comments such as ‘It’s superb, with everything perfectly intelligible everywhere in the cathedral.’ We ended with amplified music tests – guitar, vocals, bass and organ – and the musicians were overwhelmed by the quality of the sound.” Beyond his expertise in sound and acoustics, Dominique Heymès is widely recognized as a multi-media artist, with noted accomplishments as a musician, composer, photographer, painter and writer.

Though commonly referred to as Monaco Cathedral, the church’s formal name is Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception). It is also known by many in the vicinity as Saint Nicholas Cathedral, taking on the name of the old church which was demolished in 1874. Construction of the current cathedral, designed by architect Charles Lenormand, commenced the following year.

More d’information on the Meyer Sound website

 

At Prolight + Sound 2018, L-Acoustics Introduces New Optimization Tools to its Product Ecosystem

L-Acoustics is announcing new tools and improvements to its design, processing and control toolkit. New features to Soundvision, LA Network Manager and the launch of the P1 AVB processor and upcoming measurement platform.

Soundvision
The first manufacturer to have launched a 3D, real-time acoustical simulation program, L-Acoustics has constantly improved Soundvision, assuring it stays the most powerful sound design tool on the market. Soundvision users will benefit from new Autosplay and Autofilter features. Obtaining the best sound relies predominantly on physics – choosing the right cabinets for the job and optimizing them mechanically.
To accomplish this, the Autosplay feature allows sound designers to define their target SPL along the audience and Autosplay will rapidly calculate the optimal speaker angles. Once speaker hangs are defined, Autofilter applies DSP settings to ensure the system is further optimized for even, clear coverage through any venue.

Une vue des fonctions Autosplay et Autofilter, la façon la plus simple d’optimiser mécaniquement et électriquement son système, ici le déploiement L-ISA Focus pour Odesza au Santa Barbara Bowl.

LA Network Manager
L-Acoustics’ real time systems control and monitoring software, LA Network Manager sees the addition of Autoalign to automatically calculate proposed relative delay and polarity for complementary systems like subwoofers and fills.
Once in live mode, the new Autoclimate tool integrates temperature and humidity information from sensors on the P1 AVB processor and allows the user to adapt the system response to changing atmospheric conditions, without revisiting prior workflow steps. While these new tools provide an optimized path to system design and show control, the user remains in full command, able to adjust any parameter by hand at any time.

Autoclimate tel qu’il apparaît dans LA Network Manager du même projet au Santa Barba.ra Bowl

“From the very beginning, L-Acoustics has created the tools and technology that shape our industry,” explains Jeff Rocha, director of product management at L-Acoustics. “These evolutions to our product ecosystem offer the best of both worlds to our partners: a clear path to highest system performance while always keeping our users in control.” The new Soundvision and LA Network Manager features release throughout 2018.

L-Acoustics can also be found in Hall 3.1, stand C11. Demonstrations of the evolved L-Acoustics ecosystem will be held at Prolight + Sound in Hall 3, Kontrast Room. Feel free to reserve your place through this link

For more information, visit L-Acoustics website

Yamaha Mixes With The Best At Abbey Road

Yamaha has reunited at Abbey Road the best of English sound around its system Rivage PM.

On 14th March around 60 of the UK’s most renowned live mixing engineers, theatre sound designers and representatives of audio rental companies assembled in the legendary Studio Two at London’s Abbey Road Studios for an informal workshop on Yamaha’s RIVAGE PM series digital mixing systems.

Nothing but real musicians to listen to a fine mixing desk

Although most famous to the general public for the groundbreaking albums recorded by The Beatles and producer Sir George Martin in Studio Two, Abbey Road has played host to a literal Who’s Who of the pop and rock industry, as well as many classic orchestral and film score recordings. So it was the ideal location for Yamaha to showcase its latest digital mixing technology.

“This was a way of giving key members of the UK pro audio community a chance to informally network and learn more about Yamaha’s RIVAGE PM series systems, in an inspiring location and friendly, low-key atmosphere,” says Yamaha Commercial Audio UK/RoI sales manager Alex Warren, who co-ordinated the event with UK/RoI marketing manager Chris Irvine. After meeting for a complimentary lunch, followed by a bracing walk along Abbey Road to the studios, guests were welcomed by Chris. This was followed by an interesting potted history of the studios by its head of audio products, Mirek Stiles.

Rick Pope on duty, Nexo system and wedges.

With the free bar open, Jamiroquai’s Derrick MacKenzie (drums), Matt Johnson (keyboards), Paul Turner (bass) and Hazel Fernandez (vocals) performed a few songs, mixed by the band’s Front of House engineer Rick Pope on the Yamaha RIVAGE PM10, through a Nexo M10 PA system and 45N12 monitors.

On the left Andy Cooper, on the right Rick Pope, in the air an in-depth Q&A

Yamaha’s Andy Cooper then hosted an interesting Q&A session with Rick, which included questions from the assembled guests. Rick spent much of 2017 on tour with the RIVAGE PM10 system and a highlight of the Q&A was his honest, direct response to being asked how many times the system has gone down: “Never”.

From here, guests were able to get hands-on with the RIVAGE PM systems – a brand new PM7, supplied by Subfrantic Production Services, and two PM10s. With Yamaha’s Tim Bamber, Christoph Haertwig, Hans Metger, Tom Rundle and Reece Stead also on hand to discuss the systems and answer questions, it gave guests unfamiliar with the systems ample opportunity to discover more.

Studio two quite studious

After a couple more songs from the band and a further hands-on session with the consoles, the event wrapped up around 6pm. In the following days, Yamaha received many positive responses from attendees. A few examples included:
“It was great to view your latest products in a hands on demo, which I think was very helpful as well as being fun for all.” – Paul ‘Pab’ Boothroyd (FoH AC/DC, Paul McCartney)

“A great way to present a fine mixing system, so much better than the normal ‘death by PowerPoint’ we are so used to seeing. Well done Yamaha!” – Chris Wibberley (FoH – Imagination, Monitors – Eric Clapton, Ray Davies)

“Firstly, thanks for a great day at Abbey Road! The RIVAGE PM10 both looked and sounded great, the workflow is logical and the onboard TC M6000 means you might finally be able to lose the outboard rack!” – Tom New (FoH Queen)
“Yamaha put on a great day at Abbey Road, members of Jamiroquai providing entertainment with Rick Pope mixing them on a PM10. A Q&A Session with Rick and the opportunity to catch up with the Yamaha team….this is the way to do it!” – Mike Lowe (Director, Britannia Row Productions)

Behind the group, the Nexo drive and Amps

“I think the RIVAGE PM system has so much to offer and will certainly be my first choice console for the design work I do on a larger scale. It not only continues to offer the most comprehensive and reliable solution, but now also includes enough discreet mix busses that I won’t be constantly having to dust off the DME as the only solution for large scale surround sound productions!” – Nick Sagar (Sound Designer, Tree of Codes, Peter Pan)

“The day was a really well organised and useful event that will be remembered for not only a great band, but the great opportunity to meet with friends, both old and new, as well as learning more about the products from real world users. I couldn’t believe some of the people who were there and they did a great job to get everyone to turn up. Pizza and beer, works every time!” – Andy Simmons (Director of Sales, Orbital Sound).

“I really enjoyed the Yamaha RIVAGE PM Workshop at Abbey Road, I left after getting hands on experience with a great console with some great features. I’ve always been a fan of Yamaha as the consoles have never let me down! Yamaha stepped up with the CL5 and again with the RIVAGE PM range. It’s a system that I would happily use on any show!” – Nikoma Bell (Monitors, Paul Weller)

“We are very grateful to all our guests who made this event such a tremendous success,” adds Alex. “Rick Pope, the band and the staff at Abbey Road Studios, the Subfrantic productions team, Yamaha and Nexo all worked very hard to make it happen, so it was very rewarding to receive many positive responses.”

More information on Yamaha website

Ayrton Celebrates the Winds of Change

Inspirational French LED lighting manufacturer, Ayrton, celebrated the winds of change last week with new headquarters and a growing product line.

Le nouveau siège d’Ayrton à Villebon-sur-Yvette

The masters of LED lighting innovation moved their headquarters to a new, independent 1350 square metre space in Villebon-Sur-Yvette in south-west Paris. The new premises include a brand new lobby, more office space, a warehouse, meeting rooms and a permanent 220 square metre showroom.
A distributor day inducting Ayrton’s broad international dealership preceded the official inauguration, which took place on Thursday 8 March 2018. Over 200 guests attended the Grand Opening event and were treated to a tour of the new premises, a cocktail dinner, and previews of Ayrton’s new light show which will be revealed to the public in its full glory at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt next month.


Ayrton’s Grand Opening Celebration from Ayrton on Vimeo.

Star of the evening’s celebrations was the new showroom, available to all distributors and clients, which has been designed to facilitate the demonstration of the full portfolio of Ayrton’s unique LED fixtures.

Glyn O’Donoghue, managing director of exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions Ltd says: “The showroom is the perfect setting in which to demonstrate units to clients,” “There are over 200 fixtures in the rig with all Ayrton products represented. It will be a valuable resource where we can bring our clients to visit the company in Paris, show them the products in a ‘real’ setting, and spend quality time with them.”

Erik Guertin, international sales manager with Ayrton’s Canadian distributor, Theatrixx Technologies, was equally impressed: “Ayrton’s light show at Prolight+Sound is always something to behold. The level of programming and the way in which it illustrates what Ayrton fixtures are capable of is unparalleled. Having an installation of the same calibre in a permanent showroom with year-round access means we don’t have to wait until the next big trade show to see – or show – the products in action. It’s a fantastic opportunity.”

Ayrton chose the Grand Opening celebration to officially launch Mistral™TC. Mistral-TC is the next in line of Ayrton’s new range of fixtures which signifies a new era in the company’s development as it focuses on a sensational new range of LED spot and wash light fixtures. Mistral-TC is an extremely versatile 300W white LED source spot, feature-rich and incredibly small, which shares a form-factor with its compact sibling Merak™.
Designed for applications requiring perfect colour reproduction, Mistral-TC once again pushes the boundaries of technology with an entirely new white LED module, calibrated at 7000K, with CRI greater than 90 and extremely high TM30 readings, an output of over 14,000 lumens, and an incredible 7° – 53° beam spread with perfect image resolution at all angles. Mistral-TC’s feature-rich system offers CMY colour mixing, variable CTO and a six-position complementary colour wheel.

The effects section includes seven indexable rotating gobos and nine fixed gobos, a continuous graphic animation effects wheel, 15-blade iris, a five-facet indexable rotating prism, and a soft-edge frost filter. Heat is dissipated by Ayrton’s unique liquid cooling system with silent ventilation mode for studio and theatre applications. Powerful, fast, precise, versatile and intuitive, Mistral-TC offers unrivalled performance in its category with nothing of its size, weight, brightness and number of functions on the market.

Mistral-TC’s name follows the trend of Ayrton’s new range of fixtures referencing both the name of a North African desert wind and one of the hottest performance cars on the planet. “It is no coincidence that the new fixtures are so named,” says Global Sales Director, Michael Althaus. “The winds of change are blowing through Ayrton even as we continue to lead the way in performance and quality with our LED automated luminaires.

“Ayrton’s reputation was made with Yvan’s stunningly original designs which combined true innovation with the best build-quality when we introduced the Magic™, Dream™ and IntelliPix™ ranges of Creative Solutions. Ayrton has always prided itself on its ability to lead the field – now Yvan is turning his genius to an unparalleled range of no-compromise LED spot and wash fixtures – a combination which is beautifully embodied in Ghibli and Mistral – and focusing on Ayrton quality and innovation underneath the covers!”

Chris Ferrante CEO

Ayrton’s new range offers improvements to optical efficiency, unparalleled colour rendition, huge versatility and a new concept in compactness that pushes miniaturisation to its limit. Sleek industrial lines take full advantage of the latest technology and deliver superior manufacturing quality. The result is a competitive range of professional lighting tools that simultaneously complement and go beyond the fixtures of the past 15 years.

“Ayrton’s focus has shifted, but the integrity, creativity and ingenuity remains the same,” comments CEO Chris Ferrante. “It was good to celebrate this with our partners, distributors and clients at the Opening Celebrations, and to see their excitement and enthusiasm for the journey as Ayrton continues to lead the way in LED fixture design.”

More on the Ayrton Website

Elation Professional Acquires Martin M-Series Controller Range

Elation Professional announces the acquisition of the M-Series range of entertainment lighting controllers from HARMAN Professional Denmark ApS, formerly Martin Professional ApS.
The asset-based acquisition, which is planned to be completed before the end of Q1 2018, will include a limited-term license agreement to distribute current controller products using the name “M-Series,” as well as provide continued technical support and warranty service for prior Martin M-Series sales.

Elation already has in place key personnel with expertise in M-Series technology in order to provide ongoing support and development of new products. This will ensure a seamless transition for the already established M-Series customer base, offering continuity and continued support by Elation on past sales of M-Series controllers by HARMAN Professional Solutions.

Toby Velazquez, President of Elation Lighting Inc., comments: “We are excited to be able to provide a world-class professional-level control product series to our entire customer base around the world. By adding the well-established M-Series range and its R&D development group, who has over 25 years of experience in professional stage lighting control, we are confident we can meet requests by lighting designers for user-friendly and powerful lighting control systems.”
Eric Loader, Global Director of Sales & Marketing at Elation, added: “The M-Series range fits well into our core customer base needs and we are excited to now offer this advanced controller series. Customers who already use these products daily are hungry for new features and products that will build on the success of this exceptional lighting control product range.”

“We’re pleased that M-Series users will be able to enjoy new feature developments, while simultaneously receiving continued service from Elation,” said David Glaubke, Director of Public Relations, HARMAN Professional Solutions.
“At HARMAN, we are focusing more on our core audio, lighting, video, and AV control products. While this represents a move away from lighting control for the company, it represents increased investment in lighting fixtures and video, where we see bigger opportunities to provide value and innovation for our customers.”

For more information, please visit the Elation website

 

Prolight + Sound 2018 in Frankfurt from 10 to 13 April

Prolight + Sound (10 to 13 April 2018), the International Trade Fair for Event and Communication Technology, AV Production, Entertainment, and Musikmesse (11 to 14 April 2018) bring together companies with retailers, professionals from the musical-instrument, event and media-technologies sectors, as well as musicians from all over the world.

Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Jochen Günther

In 2017, the two events attracted a total of around 100,000 visitors from 144 countries to Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre. For companies of all sizes there is a wide spectrum of options to showcase products, ranging from all-inclusive booth packages to open air live-demonstrations.

Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera

This important international trade-fair duo will move even closer together in 2018 and concentrate their strengths with the audio, DJ and recording segment in Hall 4.1.

The audio, DJ and recording product segment will have a new and centrally located presentation platform. Previously, exhibitors from this segment were to be found in both sections of the Exhibition Centre – with the new concept for Hall 4.1, exhibitors will be able to reach visitors to both Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound with a single exhibition stand.
Hall 4.1 is in the heart of the Exhibition Centre and will be open throughout Musikmesse. The focus of the hall is on products that are not only for professional users in the field of event and media technology but also of interest to musicians, music producers and musical-instrument retailers, e.g., microphones, effects and signal processors, cables, mixing desks, control units, monitoring tools, production tools, DJ equipment and recording hardware and software.

As in the past, visitors will find products for (live) PA systems and permanent installations in Hall 3.1. Also part of Hall 4.1 is the ‘Silent Stage’ area, which was launched in 2017 and presents an innovative stage concept for clean sound and effective monitoring, as well as the Sound & Recording Lounge, which offers lectures on mixing and production.

Prolight + Sound: the meeting place for all professionals

Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera

In the eastern section of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre, companies present trailblazing technologies for entertainment, integrated systems and creation. There, visitors from all event and media technology disciplines can not only discover a host of new products but also gain inspiration and expertise in subjects of relevance to them from the complementary programme of events.

Professionals from the field of light and sound technology can see new products in action at the PRG/LEA Stage in the ‘Festhalle’ and at the outdoor Live Sound Arena. The lectures of the Prolight + Sound Conference provide answers to questions on miking, PA systems, lighting design, etc.

The growth fields of Prolight + Sound include media technology & systems integration. Technological trends, such as digital audio networks, AV over IP and immersive technologies, are to be found in the exhibition halls and will be discussed by experts in the seminar programme.

Photo Ludovic Monchat

Immersive Technology

New technologies that blur the boundaries between reality and virtual perception will indeed be presented. To be held for the first time during Prolight + Sound, the Immersive Technology Forum on Thursday, 12 April, is made up of lectures revolving around subjects such as 3D audio, virtual reality, 360° film and holography. Additionally, there will be several special areas where exhibitors demonstrate immersive hearing experiences.

PLS Immersive / Pietro Sutera

Immersive Technology Forum

This new lecture programme gives visitors the opportunity to discover:

PLS Immersive

  • How to upgrade events through the inclusion of immersive experiences.
  • How to earn money now and in the future with virtual-reality content.
  • And where appropriate solutions can be used in productions.

The programme of the Immersive Technology Forum has been compiled in cooperation with hands-on experts and is oriented towards content producers, specialists from the technical and broadcasting segments, as well as event managers and organisers.

  1. The programme begins with a 3D audio workshop by Lasse Nipkow, founder of Silent Work GmbH.
  2. Then, Jörn Nettingsmeier of the Association of German Sound Engineers (VDT) will look at potential applications for 3D audio in theatres.
  3. Michael Ochs, PRG Lab, will offer insights into the creative use of virtual and augmented reality and other technologies trending in the event sector – from interactive exhibits to immersive spatial experiences.
  4. Andreas Gause, Gerriets GmbH, will present areas of application in 3D and hologram projection.
  5. Additionally, there will be two lectures by Mattias Hundt of Hessian Broadcasting (HR) on the business side of VR content production and the overall workflow of a 360° music-video production.

Special areas revolving around 3D and immersive sound

In addition to the lecture programme, several Prolight + Sound exhibitors will be represented with their own presentation areas for immersive sound.

For example, d&b audiotechnik GmbH will demonstrate the innovative development of d&b Soundscape, a toolbox for the production of hearing experiences. With the combination of d&b loudspeaker systems, highly developed processing, object-based mixers and room emulation, the professional audio-technology supplier offers a new world of sound creativity. There will be presentations on the development, concept and areas of application for d&b Soundscape, as well as practical workshops, on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the fair.

In Hall 3.1, Alcons Audio and Astro Spatial Audio will have a joint demonstration area for showing immersive sound systems in operation. The products to be seen include the first Alcons Pro-Audio loudspeaker with patent-applied-for waveguide technology and the Astro SARA II Premium Rendering Engine for object-based audio processing.

PLS Immersive

Furthermore, visitors can experience a unique sound installation in the Klangdome (sound dome) at the outdoor exhibition area. Equipped with a DIY 3D sound system with 31 loudspeakers and a vibrating floor, this geodetic dome is a sound-intensive event location. 6 x 6-channel, 100 Watt class D amplifiers are used in the dome’s Ambisonics 3D sound system to power the water-proof 8 Ohm loudspeakers. In line with the overall ambience, the speakers are installed in ‘home-made’ cabinets.

As well as

  • For the 15th time, Prolight + Sound will be the venue for the presentation of the ‘Sinus – Systems Integration Award’.
  • An attractive area for interested users from the Broadcasting segment will be the Moving Picture Pavilion in Hall 4.0 with products for live video production and streaming, as well as ready-to-play production chains from the camera to live distribution.
  • Products and seminars on the stage & theatre will be summarised in a special brochure to help planners, technicians and other professionals from the theatre segment orientate themselves at the fair.
  • In keeping with tradition at Prolight + Sound, the Opus – German Stage Award – will be presented in honour of outstanding achievements in the field of stage and scenery design, as well as the use of technology on the stage.

Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Jochen Günther

As last year, Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound will be held concurrently on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and all tickets are valid for both fairs on these days.

Further information on Prolight + Sound website and on Musikmesse website