DPA Microphones Announces Expansive List of New Hires

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DPA Microphones, the leading manufacturer of high-quality microphone solutions, is pleased to welcome an array of new team members to the family. The additions are company-wide, with new hires in product management, research and development, sales, marketing, and production.

“We are extremely grateful to welcome so many bright and innovative minds to the DPA Microphones team,” says CEO Kalle Hvidt Nielsen. “The experience these individuals bring will be a great asset to the company. We look forward to their contributions to the brand as we reinforce our commitment to the industry.”

Meyer Sound Loudspeakers Collect Prestigious Parnelli and TEC Awards

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Meyer Sound received two of the industry’s most prestigious awards on back‑to‑back evenings during ceremonies held in conjunction with the NAMM Show in Anaheim. At the Parnelli Awards on Friday, June 3, Meyer Sound’s new PANTHER large-format linear line array loudspeaker received the “Indispensable Technology — Audio” award. The following evening, the company’s ULTRA-X20™ compact wide coverage loudspeaker captured the TEC Award in the category of “Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers.”

The “Indispensable Technology — Audio” award is particularly noteworthy as only one award is given for all components in the live event audio chain. Accepting this year’s award was Meyer Sound Engineering Director, Acoustical & Mechanical, Katie Murphy.

Sound Productions Awards 2022 Jeff Humphrey Technical Scholarship

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Sound Productions (SoundPro) is pleased to announce that Kyle Benson has been selected as the 2022 recipient of SoundPro’s Jeff Humphrey Technical Scholarship. Kyle will be studying at Middle Tennessee State University for a degree in Audio Production. 

In 2010, SoundPro CEO Joshua Curlett established an annual scholarship in the amount of $2,500 for graduating seniors in pursuit of a technical audiovisual degree. The scholarship was renamed in 2020 to honor the memory of SoundPro’s Executive Vice President, Jeff Humphrey, an industry pioneer and SoundPro legacy leader. 

L-Acoustics Introduces Ultra-Shallow Soka Colinear Source Offering Concert Sound Performance for Premium Installation Applications

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Adding to its range of solutions designed to meet the demands of the installation market, L-Acoustics introduces Soka and its companion subwoofer SB6i. The enclosures join recent products like Syva, X4i, and the SB10i subwoofer to offer a complete range of solutions tailored to the unique needs of installation applications. As well as today’s LA7.16i and Ambiance launches, Soka and SB6i extend the L-Acoustics installation-focused product range and offer exciting new creative possibilities for sound designers, interior designers, and architects to shape sound and space to their needs.

Inspired by the success and design principles of Syva, Soka is a unique breed of loudspeaker that combines line source technology with a sleek aesthetic. Soka integrates nine 3.5-inch MF drivers and three one-inch HF transducers to impart a wide 140-degree horizontal coupled with a highly controlled 26-degree vertical directivity. Soka and SB6i are an ultra-shallow 3.9 inches/99 millimeters, designed to be easily enclosed in-wall or discreetly mounted on-wall, yet are capable of astounding power and bandwidth.

Renkus-Heinz Introduces the Sound Solution to ‘Music City’ During Cavlo Nashville 2022

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In a move to further connect with regional US customers and partners, loudspeaker manufacturer Renkus-Heinz will bring the Sound Solution to Cavlo in Nashville, Tennessee on May 11th. Attendees of cavlo will have the opportunity to meet with members of the Renkus-Heinz team and experience for themselves the powerful and award-winning sound solution offerings.

Renkus-Heinz’ National Sales Manager Dudley McLaughlin, Eastern Regional Sales Manager Joe Fustolo and Southern Territory Sales Associates, Griffith Sales will be at Booth 16 to educate attendees on the innovative product offerings Renkus-Heinz has on display. The US-based manufacturer will showcase its recent innovative offerings including the ICLive X, ICLive X-118S subwoofer and CA/CX121M stage monitor.

Meyer Sound PANTHER Exceeds Expectations at Ed Sheeran “+ – = ÷ x” Tour Launch

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More than 80,000 Irish fans burst into cheers of jubilation when the first pummeling chords of “Tides” opened each of Ed Sheeran’s two shows in late April at Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium. Though most in attendance knew that the shows were the first of the in-the-round “+ – = ÷ x” (“Mathematics”), Sheeran’s fourth world tour, few outside the production crew likely knew that the occasion also marked the global premiere of Meyer Sound’s new PANTHER large-format linear line array loudspeaker. Supplied by U.K.-based Major Tom, Ltd. and suspended from daringly conceived mast and cable net rigging, the system was anchored by 212 PANTHER loudspeakers. The Dublin shows also were the first anywhere to deploy a Milan protocol AVB network from FOH mix all the way to the loudspeaker cabinets.

Although the PANTHER-based system is substantially smaller, lighter, and more energy-efficient than would have been the case using Sheeran’s prior touring inventory, which was largely based on LEO® line array loudspeakers, everybody on the audio production team was confident that the new rig would perform with equivalent results. However, according to Production Director and FOH Engineer Chris Marsh, the Dublin debut suggests their expectations may have been overly cautious.

KLANG Announces Custom JH Audio Sharona Giveaway

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s exciting launch of JH Audio’s brand new flagship in-ear monitor, the Sharona, KLANG:technologies now reveals that it will soon be giving away five custom KLANG-branded pairs of the latest JH Audio IEM model for free following a month-long contest.

To enter the giveaway, contenders will need to take or find their favorite photo of themselves with any KLANG product, then simply go online to https://www.klang.com/win and upload the image. The competition closes at 11:59 p.m. (GMT) on Friday, June 3, at which point five lucky winners will then be chosen from the images received, with the announcement of the Sharona recipients being revealed on Friday, July 1.

SoundPro Named NAMM Top 100 Dealer, Up for “Dealer of the Year” Award

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Sound Productions (SoundPro) has been named a Top 100 Dealer by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the global association of music instruments and pro audio products. The NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Award honors industry leaders in music retail from throughout the world.

The annual Top 100 Dealer Award recognizes music product dealers that demonstrate exceptional commitment to their stores, neighborhoods, and customers—with the overarching goal of creating a more musical world through their local communities. To determine the list, an independent panel of judges reviewed hundreds of submissions and scored them according to a wide range of categories that include customer service, innovation, music advocacy, store design, marketing, and sales promotions.

Cobalt Digital Turns 25!

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Cobalt Digital is turning 25! The designer and manufacturer of award-winning edge and processing devices for live video production and master control, and a founding partner in the openGear® initiative, has been serving a broad section of industries, ranging from Pro AV applications to Broadcast networks since being established in 1997 by founder Gene Zimmerman.

Explained Zimmerman, “In 1997, George Hoover of NEP asked if I could design and fabricate a modest number of SDI to analog converter boxes. I gladly complied and developed what would become our first product, the 4010 (named for a tractor that I drove in my youth on my family’s farm). The modest quantity manufactured for that model grew into requests for thousands of units and led to an extended range of conversion products. And Cobalt Digital was born. I even took home a Pick Hit award from NAB 1998 for that original model, followed by many other awards over the past 25 years.”