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welcome EDITOR’S COMMENT


“No one wants to waste a golden


business opportunity – but most of us are naturally wary when such occasions appear”


NO ONE LIKES to look a gift horse in the mouth, as we say here in the UK. No one wants to waste a golden business opportunity. But most of us are naturally wary when such occasions appear. “What’s the catch?” we ask – because there usually is one. It still came as a bit of a surprise, then, when Gareth Wilding of Fineline/Five Arrows Leasing (FAL) explained the Regional Growth Fund iniative to me. There is no hitch here, as far as I can make out. In simple terms, then: if (ahem) my fictional PA company Drobinson Sound of SE London wants to secure a loan on £100k worth of line array gear, by making an application through FAL, I may qualify for £20k – 20% of the total amount – for free. And all courtesy of our lovely UK Coalition Government. Then, effectively, all I need to do is prove that this loan has led to the creation of two sustainable jobs (one for every £10k granted) in a later audit, in order to tick all the boxes and hang on to the gratis cash. (I’ve still got to repay the £80k, of course.) It really does seem to be that straightforward – hence me waxing on about it here. Check out the interview with Gareth on p58.


While we’re at it, there’s another raft of golden opportunities heading your way, dear reader: the Pro Sound Awards! The lobbying window is well and truly open and will remain so until the end of May, but, as we keep on saying, you’ve got to be in it to win it. So – if you know an individual, team, event, project or studio that is worthy of unmitigated praise, let us know. Drop your neatest 300 words into an email and let us know... More details on p6!


Dave Robinson


Front cover main image photo credit: Brinkhoff Mögenburgza


Twitter: @psneurope IN THIS ISSUE...


NEWS 4 Mach Audio announces comeback 5


6 Pro Sound Awards 2014 update 8 Industry appointments 10 Events and expos 12 PSNTraining – it begins! 14 New products


STUDIO 18 Miloco: new partnerships 20 Yamaha Nuage takes Europe by storm 24 Sphere Studios ups sticks for LA 26 DJ Zany mad about the AWS 948


BROADCAST 28 NAB Show round-up: Sennheiser, Avid 29 Broadcast WAV conference a success 30 Savalas Sound talks Shetland and video games 31 The rise of live theatre direct to cinema 33 Feature: The virtual radio studio


LIVE


36 SSL Live console for Agorà 37 Mark Graham: LOUD and still proud 38 Franz Ferdinand tour with Allen & Heath iLive 41 SDUK ends Movek deal 42 Volbeat on Audix, Coda, DiGiCo and more 44 New UK distributor for Nexo 46 Feature: The new wireless


INSTALL


50 Dolby Atmos: a speaker-maker’s dream 51 HMS Alliance restored by DJW 52 Pioneer showcases club sound in Booom! Ibiza 54 L-Acoustics KARA comes to Liège 55 SPACE, Italy’s first Ambisonics room


BACK PAGES


57 Hither & Dither 58 Industry talk: Fineline’s Gareth Wilding


inMusic acquires D&M Professional


Photo: Jake Young


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