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Martin Audio Names Robin Dibble As Applications Engineer

Robin Dibble

To support the company’s consistent sales growth and further their credentials within the install space, Martin Audio has recruited the experienced Robin Dibble to the new position of Applications Engineer.

Dibble has a distinguished reputation within the industry having recently been the Head of Audio Engineering at RaceTech in London, and previously Project Engineer at Glantre Engineering in Reading. He is also a member of the Audio Engineering Society and an accredited technician in the Institute of Acoustics.

Martin Audio Sales Director, Simon Bull, said, “This appointment reflects the growth of the company and at the same time recognizes the need to bring in additional expertise to drive our installation business. With the launch of the new MLA Mini the timing couldn’t be better, and we are delighted to be able to recruit someone with Robin’s outstanding pedigree.”

Speaking of the opportunity, Dibble responded, “Martin Audio not only has a fantastic reputation and product portfolio but is also at the forefront of current professional loudspeaker development and technology. Couple that with their passion for providing the best possible sound in any given environment, and the opportunity to become part of that mission was too good to resist.

“While the MLA range is a real ‘game changer’, there are also some fantastic new products in the pipeline. I am looking forward to these, and working with our customers, both current and future.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Himmelstalundshallen Is Largest Arena In Sweden to Install HARMAN’s Crown DRIVECORE™ Install (DCi) Series Network Amplifiers

NORRKÖPING, Sweden — Himmelstalundshallen is an indoor arena in Norrköping, Sweden that is home to the HC Vita Hasten ice hockey team. The 4,480-seat facility also hosts concerts and other sporting events. The oval-shaped arena opened in 1977 and even then its audio system would hardly be mistaken for state of the art—making it overdue for an upgrade by Sound contractor Micab (www.micab.se) under the direction of installation specialist Mikael Bergvall. The arena is the largest in Sweden to install HARMAN’s Crown DCi Series Network amplifiers.

“In addition to providing clear, intelligible audio we needed to achieve a system that provided equal coverage at every seating area,” said Bergvall. Working with Christer Lidberg and Jan Hedlund at Swedish HARMAN distributor Septon Electronics (www.septon.se), a system was designed based around eight Crown DCi 4|600N and eight DCi 4|300N networkable power amplifiers. The amplifiers are linked together using BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-101 and BLU-160 devices with BLU-Link. Twenty JBL AM5215 loudspeakers complete the installation.

Bergvall pointed out that the Crown DCi Network amplifiers offer a number of advantages not available from conventional amps. Having both Ethernet and BLU link connectivity enables them to be easily networked over long distances and “using BLU-link to network the audio system is extremely cost effective.” Thanks to their use of energy-efficient DriveCore™ Technology, the Crown DCi Network amplifiers also use less power and take up less space. “All of these factors are major assets in performance, ease of installation and savings on long-term operating cost.”

The DCi Network amplifiers offer networked monitoring and control via HARMAN HiQnet™ Audio Architect system software, and digital audio connectivity using the HARMAN’s proprietary BLU link as well as analog inputs. In addition to the main system, a Crown ComTech DriveCore CT8150 amplifier is used to power the speakers in the spectator’s entrance.

The JBL AM5215 loudspeakers are hung equally spaced around the perimeter of the arena and aimed into the seats, a configuration that directs the output of the loudspeakers to the seating areas while minimizing reflected sound from the walls and ceiling along with any gaps or overlaps in coverage. The 2-way AM5215 employs a 15-inch woofer and a waveguide that can be rotated horizontally or vertically to facilitate installation in a wider variety of applications.

“The system really came together well and more than met the arena manager’s expectations,” said Bergvall. He noted that the support from HARMAN and Septon was “critical” in ensuring that the system’s components all worked together seamlessly and delivered optimum performance. “The quality of the sound in the Himmelstadlundshallen has been completely transformed. Everyone in every seat now enjoys clear, full range reproduction for game announcements, music and audio.” The memory of the previous sound system is now just a fading echo.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

DPA Appoints OKNO-AUDIO As Its Distribution Partner In Russia

DPA Microphones has appointed OKNO-AUDIO as its new distributor in Russia, with responsibility for its entire product range including the Award-winning d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, the recently introduced modular active booms from the d:dicate™ Recording microphone and d:fine™ 66 and 88 Miniature Headset Microphones.

Established in 2012, OKNO-AUDIO is a division of Russia’s premier broadcast systems integration company OKNO-TV, which itself has been in operation for more than 20 years. OKNO-AUDIO’s staff have a thorough knowledge of the Russian pro audio market and the company is already a distributor of a number of key pro audio brands including Behringer, Harman Professional, Lab Gruppen, Mogami and Tannoy.

Michael Trolle, DPA’s Area Sales Manager for EMEA, says: “The Russian market is growing rapidly and carries enormous potential for DPA. To maximise this, we need a strong distribution partner with an established presence in the live sound, broadcast and installation markets. OKNO-AUDIO fits this brief perfectly. The company understands the quality hallmark of the DPA brand and shares our proactive approach to developing the market for our products.”

Trolle adds that OKNO-AUDIO has links with other high quality pro audio brands and this brings additional benefits to the partnership.

“Many of these brands complement our product range and OKNO’s ability to offer a comprehensive equipment package gives them – and DPA – additional leverage in the market,” he says.

Renowned for their audio accuracy, reliability and superb engineering, DPA microphones are the first choice for numerous recording and touring artists and sound engineers. The company’s extensive product range also encompasses many other industry areas including broadcast, film, theatre, installation, conferencing and security.
Kirill Pavlov, General Director of OKNO-AUDIO, adds: “It was extremely important for us to become a distributor for such a well-known brand as DPA. The popularity of these microphones is constantly increasing, both among system integrators and in the retail network. OKNO-AUDIO not only possesses one of the biggest dealer networks in Russia, but is also developing its own contract branch of activities by cooperating with theatres, sports complexes and sound recording studios.

Vladislav Manaenkov, co-founder and Executive Director of OKNO-AUDIO, continues: “By being part of OKNO-TV, which is the greatest TV and broadcast integrator in the Russian Federation, we have no doubt that the use of DPA microphones in this field will be valuable and up-to-date. We are proud to be an integral part of the DPA international team and will do our utmost for the brand’s development in all spheres of the Russian professional market.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

WorldStage Delivers First 3G Press Event for Mercedes-Benz at 2014 North American International Aut

When Mercedes-Benz took the stage for its press event at the 2014 North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s COBO Center, it deployed what is believed to be the country’s first 3G HD-SDI fly pack, now available from WorldStage. The auto show marked the tenth anniversary of WorldStage’s partnership with the brand and client Fischer Appelt, and it was the first entirely 3G event for WorldStage.

“Mercedes and its German engineering team always push the envelope, and they encourage their vendors to do the same,” says WorldStage senior account executive Michael May. “They have always been on the leading edge of new AV technologies. Years ago, they were the first to use our HD fly pack and now are the first to take advantage of our 3G fly pack.”

3G technology for rental and staging breaks out of the limitations of 1080i displays to allow 1080p displays at 60 fps for smoother motion with fewer artifacts. The impact of much higher bandwidth and progressive video is immediately apparent on videowalls, LED walls and big-screen displays.

The Mercedes press event at the auto show is always high profile. This year Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland performed and webcast feeds took the show around the world.

Mercedes showcased an extra large LED wall, supplied by XL Video in Europe, which spanned the entire back wall of its booth and was one of the larger displays on the auto show floor. The WorldStage 3G facilities package supplied cameras, playback, switching and servers to drive content to the wall.

“We did a lot of prep work in our shop in Tustin, California prior to the show,” says May, “performing software upgrades and integrating new and older equipment so everything was 3G-ready. When we arrived at the auto show it was well below zero outside and the truck was delayed 24 hours by storms. That cut our install time, but thanks to the extensive pre-production effort, everything went off perfectly.”

WorldStage provided four Sony 2500 3G cameras for live image feeds and IMAG; two were mounted on pedestals, one on a Steadicam and one on a jib. A Sony MVS-7000 3G switcher took all of the camera feeds to the LED wall and other displays. Two EVS LSM-XT3 3G servers played back the prerecorded content.

WorldStage also furnished a Yamaha LS9 digital audio console and Riedel digital intercom system.

“Mercedes prefers to run the show like a TV studio,” says May. “The challenge is to create that type of environment in the tight confines of a trade show floor were every inch of floor space is critical. It requires a lot of planning and coordination but as this team has worked together for so long, it’s almost second nature.

3G video technology is just beginning to make inroads in the media and entertainment world. Motion pictures and video gaming are expected to be early adopters for enhanced digital cinema and game playback, but May thinks rental and staging won’t be far behind. “Once the corporate world sees 3G in person we expect to get a lot of inquiries about our 3G system.”

At WorldStage Geof Gibson was the project manager and Riedel intercom technician, Shane Zinke was video engineer, Shawn Hutchinson video technical director and Michael Kacunel audio mixdown engineer.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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