NAMM Delays Show Until June, Suggests NAMM 2022 Will be a ‘Beatles Moment’

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NAMM 2022 is no longer happening in January 2022 and has been delayed by 5 months to June 3rd. The Los Angeles show will be the only NAMM show of 2022 – Summer NAMM 2022 is cancelled.

NAMM president Joe Lamond says “the industry has not stopped evolving and innovating during the pandemic, and The NAMM Show is evolving, as well. As the health and safety of our members remains top of mind, and after carefully listening to companies here in the U.S. and around the world, the new dates will help members maximize their opportunities and accelerate what has arguably been a transformative time both in new products and in how they come to market. I imagine this gathering will have the kind of impact of a Beatles moment”.

Riedel Hires Oliver Zimmermann as Director of Manufacturing

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Oliver Zimmermann has been appointed to serve as director of manufacturing for Riedel Communications. A physicist, supply chain expert, and change management specialist with more than a decade of experience in the manufacturing business, most recently in data and telecommunications, Zimmermann will focus on Riedel’s supply chain and production processes to enable even greater efficiency and agility.

“Oliver has always recognized the human being as the source of all improvement, considering every employee and every team an integral part of the overall organization,” said Thomas Riedel, CEO at Riedel Communications. “This mindset makes him just the right person to guide the Riedel manufacturing division through continuous development as a learning organization — an approach we believe to be vital in a volatile world undergoing an exponential pace of change.”

Mixed White or Not Mixed White, That Is the Question

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The debate over what LED system produces the best white is a difficult one to resolve. Is crisp brightness and power most important? Or the ability to create a variety of shades and deeper colors? In the end, it all depends on your needs.

Join Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif on the September 9th Elation Coffee Break as they scrutinize the Fuze Spot™ and Fuze Profile™ with framing, versatile LED moving heads with RGBMA color mixing systems that can mix any shade of white a designer desires, or just as easily mix deep saturates or soft-field pastels.

New Level 1 & 2 Dante Certification Now Available

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Over the last five years, Dante Certifications have become recognized as valued, essential knowledge in the AV industry. We are pleased to announce that we have updated the certification program to include evolving industry trends as well as new Dante features that have come about after the program’s inception.

Whether you are taking the class for the first time, or looking for a quick refresher, the new Level 1 & 2 program can help many in our industry strengthen their skills. Get started today at audinate.com/certify.

DPA Microphones and KLANG:technologies Collaborate on Fully Immersive In-Ear Solution

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DPA Microphones and KLANG:technologies have teamed up to create a system that will enable live event teams to immerse singers and musicians in their on-stage performances. The solution integrates DPA’s renowned 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone and KLANG’s ground-breaking Immersive Mixing Processor for a fully engrossing experience. In addition to the benefits of KLANG’s panning capabilities, the use of DPA surround mics replaces the need for large quantities of microphones to capture the entire environment.

Initially inspired by high-profile live sound users, the collaboration ultimately came to fruition during a series of workshops between KLANG and DPA. Engineers from the brands saw a natural bridge between the uncoloured DPA sound and the KLANG processing, which makes the system well-suited for everything from small clubs to large arena tours. Dedicated pre-sets can be integrated through the KLANG:app, a control application for all KLANG immersive in-ear mixing processors, including the just released KLANG:vokal and KLANG:kontroller. DiGiCo users can also take advantage of the full workflow implementation on the surface of their SD or Quantum range desks.

Growth in SDVI Rally Platform Usage Signals Media Companies’ Accelerating Adoption of Cloud-Based Media Supply Chains

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SDVI, the leading platform provider for cloud-native media supply chains, today disclosed that its usage metrics for the first half of 2021 from the Rally cloud-native media supply chain platform have surpassed equivalent metrics recorded for all of 2020. The dramatic uptick in hours of content managed and processed by Rally signals an accelerated shift among media businesses toward cloud-based media supply chain infrastructure to drive efficiencies and increase business agility.

For the first half of 2021, a total of 15.75 million hours of content passed through the Rally platform, already more than the total for all of 2020 (15.5 million hours). Of that total, 11.2 million hours of content went through Rally’s media analysis engine with another 4.6 million hours of content processed (transcode, QC, audio leveling, ML, etc.) through Rally media supply chains. Compared to 125 million jobs completed last year, more than 135 million media processing jobs have been completed on the Rally platform through the first six months of 2021. To support both increased usage and new use cases, SDVI added nine new applications to the SDVI Application Services Market during the first half of 2021, bringing the total number of applications available on a consumption basis to 45.

The Enter for Arts in Natick Reaches New Audiences With Broadcast Pix

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The Center for Arts in Natick MA (TCAN), invested in a Broadcast Pix BPswitch FX6 production switcher to enable the recording and live streaming of artists during COVID.

TCAN is a non-profit, award-winning performing arts center, offering a wide variety of arts programs to audiences in the MetroWest and Greater Boston areas of Massachusetts. It is a regular venue for national touring artists, such as The Smithereens, Jefferson Starship, Tom Rush, Anais Mitchell, and Shawn Colvin and also presents comedy, children’s programs and classical music concerts.

Riedel and Backstage Academy Partner to Prepare Next Generation of Live Event Professionals

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In a strong move to support the next generation of live event professionals, Riedel Communications teamed up with Backstage Academy to provide hands-on training using the latest equipment. Students in the three-year Backstage Academy training program are fully immersed in the work of live event production. Working alongside highly respected industry professionals, they use best-in-class equipment — including Riedel’s Artist and Bolero intercom systems — in state-of-the-art studio spaces to hone their skills in creating exceptional live experiences.

“We’re training tomorrow’s professionals, so it’s important that we get the best and most current gear in front of these students,” said Backstage Industry Partnership Director Miles Marsden. “We’re proud that our students graduate with cutting-edge skills, immediately ready to fill any shortages in the industry as it bounces back to pre-pandemic levels. Our close partnership with Riedel helps make this possible.”

Pushpay to Acquire Resi Media, Leading Video Streaming Technology

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Pushpay (NZSX:PPH, ASX:PPH, ‘Pushpay’ or ‘the Company’), the leading payments and engagement solutions provider for faith-based and non-profit sectors, announced the entry into a definitive agreement for Pushpay to acquire Resi Media LLC, an industry leading video streaming platform. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the month, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, and will expand Pushpay’s ability to help organizations increase engagement and expand their digital presence.

“Digital tools like live streaming enable organizations to reach and engage stakeholders in an efficient and cost-effective way, regardless of geographical location, providing greater audience potential and revenue opportunities,” said Molly Matthews, CEO of Pushpay. “Coming together with Resi Media not only provides our customers access to world-class streaming technology today, but in time will enable Pushpay to deliver a unified solution for digital giving, ministry management, media and more.”

ESTA Bids Fond Farewell to Frances Thompson and Welcomes Laura Hoepker

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After a storied career in the entertainment industry, ESTA’s Membership Manager, Frances Thompson, will be retiring at the end of 2021. For over two decades, she has been a vital force in the growth of the association and a galvanizing presence at trade shows and events. In 1996, Frances was appointed to the ESTA Board of Directors, after being a part of the Business Resource Group for several years. She then served as Manufacturer Director until early 2000, when she was appointed as an Affiliate Director. Around 2001, Frances joined the ESTA staff and has since held several titles. On her retirement, Frances remarked, “I will miss engaging with members and staff. We are irreverent, creative, resourceful, opinionated, and uproarious. But most of my family and friends are as well, so I will be happy.” Frances may be reached at frances.thompson@esta.org or 865-689-8761 through the end of 2021.