AUSTRALIA: The lineup of speakers at this year’s Entech Connect Education Programme has been announced, seeing topics headlined by lighting guru LeRoy Bennett. Mr Bennett will be discussing his personal philosophy of design during the session. The education programme is an expanded series of seminars and lunches covering topics for pro audio, A/V, integration, lighting and staging professionals.
A drop in visitor numbers greeted this year’s annual gathering in Frankfurt, but was the reason Pro Light & Sound itself or the city that hosts it?
Judging the relative success of an exhibition juggernaut like Pro Light & Sound can be a tricky business. While smaller regional shows often live or die by their visitor numbers, the Frankfurt super-show just keeps on rolling, no matter whether it pulls in record crowds or suffers a drop in attendance the likes of which would seriously hurt a smaller event. For most exhibitors, the quality of visitors counts more than the number of bodies in the aisles.
CHINA: Continuing with the goal of strengthening its presence in the region, Crestron Asia Ltd has opened a new office in Macau. The new office will support the company’s operations across the whole of Asia, including better service for the company’s local dealers and partners, and further growth across Hong Kong and China. The opening of a new office in Macau brings the number of regional offices maintained by Crestron to 21.
WORLD: Orban, a provider of audio processing for television, radio, and Internet broadcasting, has signed a Ravenna technology partnership with ALC NetworX, the company behind the real-time media networking technology. The partnership will allow for fast implementation of open standard network connectivity into Orban products.
WORLD: Hosa Technology has marked its 30th anniversary with a focus on the company’s leadership transition to CEO Mayumi Martinez. The new CEO has announced ambitious goals to double the company’s sales over the next five years by expanding its sale of cables beyond the MI and pro audio markets, and into A/V.
WORLD: Having been established as a manufacturer of compression drivers and woofers since 1949 before evolving into a manufacturer of complete speaker systems in the 1990s, RCF has now moved into the mixer market with the creation of a new dedicated division. The establishment of the RCF Mixer Division represents an important strategic move for the Italian company, and follows considerable investment in R&D. According to RCF chairman, Arturo Vicari, new models introduced at the recent Pro Light & Sound exhibition represent just the first step in a much wider development plan, while 2015, he promised, will herald the arrival of several digital models.
INDIA: In keeping with its tradition of sharing industry best practices with audio professionals across the world, Sennheiser Electronics India, in partnership with Real Image, has conducted Neumann masterclasses in Chennai and Mumbai at the famous AM Studios and Yash Raj Studios respectively. Over 100 sound engineers from Chennai, Mumbai and other parts of India attended the two workshops that were focused around Recording, Mixing and Select Monitoring.
WORLD: UK-based manufacturer Martin Audio has announced the appointment of long-serving industry figure Robin Dibble as its new applications engineer. Mr Dibble’s arrival at the company has been described by sales director Simon Bull as ‘a reflection of the growth of the company and the need to bring in additional expertise to drive our installation business’.
WORLD: VDC Trading has appointed Leif Friestad as its new managing director. Mr Friestad’s new role is to oversee and assist the continuing growth of VDC, and of the Van Damme brand, in a number of markets as well as maintaining its position in the audio industry.
WORLD: Calrec Audio’s latest broadcast console, Callisto, has undergone a name change as a result of potential trademark issues. The console, a slightly scaled back version of the manufacturer’s Apollo and Artemis consoles, will now be known as Summa in reflection of its overall function.
CHINA: In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Donlim, a small Chinese household appliance manufacturer, enlisted the help of DMX, a professional audio and distribution company based in Guanzhou, China, to provide an Adamson Energía sound reinforcement system for its 10,000-capacity outdoor concert at Shunde Polytechnic vocational college.
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