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BASSBOSS TO RAMP UP PRESENCE AT 2023 DJX SHOW

Acclaimed speaker manufacturer BASSBOSS is set to have its largest presence ever at the upcoming DJX Show at the Hard Rock Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ from August 8th-10th.

Along with daily DJ performances and events at the BASSBOSS Booth (#503) in the exhibit hall, the brand will also offer information sessions, product demos, AMA live stream events with BASSBOSS Designer David Lee, and ongoing DJ sets at their “Demolition Room” in Immokalee Studio B during the entire show.

BASSBOSS demonstration events are legendary for their intensity and excitement. The company pulls out all the stops when presenting their line of high-output, high-performance loudspeakers and subwoofers, with many designs geared towards the needs of mobile DJs who seek to provide the best in sound reinforcement for their clients. Attendees will get to experience BASSBOSS’ newly updated MK3 speaker lineup, featuring an all-new amplifier and DSP combination offering big benefits in clarity, efficiency, processing, and ease of use.

Also new this year, BASSBOSS sponsored the #UPnXtDJ Contest, in which youth DJs aged 8-19 showcased their skills and competed to perform live at DJX’23. The winners and contestants will be performing all day Wednesday August 9th at the BASSBOSS floor booth, as well as a contestant’s mixer and performance event from 6-8 PM in the Immokalee Studio B Room.

On Tuesday night (August 8th), show attendees can hear BASSBOSS in action at the nearby Landshark bar and grill. From 8pm until midnight, check out the Senate DJs’ flagship Red House crew performing Party Rock and Club sets as part of the Red Party.

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Allen & Heath

Mixing Vulfpeck: Live Chat with Jake Hartsfield, Touring Engineer

Join Mike Bangs, Allen & Heath USA Live Sound / Touring Manager, and the noted touring engineer Jake Hartsfield (Vulfpeck, Ben Rector) for a fun and casual livestream chat! Check it out here on our website, or on our YouTube, LinkedIn, or Facebook page to comment, hang out, and ask questions. See you online here or on social on Wednesday, July 19th, at noon Pacific/ 2 pm Central / 3 pm Eastern!

Click image below to access live stream via the AM&S website. Enjoy!

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Allen & Heath USA Appoints Michael Jackson as Western Regional Sales Manager

Allen & Heath USA is proud to announce that Michael Jackson has been appointed as Regional Sales Manager for the western territory. A graduate of Full Sail University, Jackson joins the team with over a decade of experience in touring, project management, and business development within the entertainment industry.

Jackson’s tour management background includes work with clients such as Steel Panther, Cage The Elephant, The Cherry Bombs, and The Coronas.

In his new position, Jackson will be working with sales representatives and dealers in the western United States, providing sales support and oversight.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Allen & Heath team,” noted Jackson. “I feel my years of collective experience in the audio and touring industries as a whole will benefit the brand’s success. I am looking forward to this new role.”

“We are pleased to have Michael join our team,” said Pat McConnell, National Sales Manager for Allen & Heath USA. “He is a welcome addition and is already jumping into the territory, getting to know our reps, and supporting our dealers.  He will be another effective resource in our continued commitment to our dealer partners.”

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House of God Productions Goes Big With Allen & Heath

House of God Productions is a creative design and consulting firm based out of California, focusing mainly on houses of worship. “We design worship centers, sanctuaries, and even produce albums,” explained President and Founder, Justin Lusignan. “Our mission is to enable churches to express the truest form of themselves. We want to help them be the unique church that they are.”  

House of God has provided AV and production services to churches across the country, including Influence Church and their associated faith-based record label Influence Music. “That’s been an ongoing project,” said Lusignan. “We’ve been working with them for around six years.”  

For the past three years, the team has also been working with the multifaceted Christian organization, Jesus Culture – which consists of a Christian record label, two churches in California, a school of leadership, and a web video and podcast network. “We help produce, record, and track their albums,” explained Lusignan. “We also manage the installation and consulting projects at all of the campuses. That can sometimes mean putting in new lights, or an LED wall, or new speakers, or a recording setup.”  

House of God recently upgraded Jesus Culture’s two campuses to Allen & Heath’s dLive platform, which helped consolidate their system. “We were looking at getting an external server to run plugins on their existing consoles,” recalled Lusignan. “But once we factored in all the inserts and plugins that dLive has accessible natively, it eliminated the need for any external processing. We were kind of killing two birds with one stone by replacing their console with dLive: they got a much better and more up-to-date console, and also scratched that itch for more plugins and processing.”  

The organization’s dual campuses in San Diego and Sacramento are now running identical systems, with 24-fader dLive C3500 control surfaces at front of house and CDM64 MixRacks for I/O and channel processing. The surfaces are also equipped with Dante cards to split off to the broadcast mix.  

For monitor consoles, Lusignan’s team put in a pair of Allen & Heath SQ-7s with DX168 stageboxes for additional outputs. “The band is ecstatic about the improvement,” he said. “Their in-ear mixes have come through so much clearer, and they don’t need to set up drastic EQ curves to compensate anymore. It’s really fun when a client notices an immediate difference.”  

Lusignan and his organization first took notice of Allen & Heath’s product line in 2020. “I saw some articles about the Avantis online, and it seemed a little too good to be true,” he recalled. “Then I ended up using one that belonged to a friend of mine, and was really impressed.” At another install, Lusignan brought along an Avantis to compare to the venue’s existing console. “I ran an A/B test to hear the difference with the same PA in the exact same room. It was crazy to hear the difference in clarity and how much more space there was to the sound.”  

For a later upgrade at The Rock Church, Lusignan decided to spec an Avantis with a Dante card and several DT164-W Dante-enabled stageboxes for distributed I/O throughout the venue. “It was really cool how we could digitally split those same Dante inputs to their in-ear mixer, front of house console, and the broadcast mix – all right from the floor boxes,” he recounted. “It was super easy to integrate, and the client is still happy with it. It’s so simple and easy to use.”  

The Allen & Heath platform’s ease of use has been a major selling point to Lusignan, since his company is focused on house of worship clients. “I can get people trained on (Avantis) in under an hour,” he explained. “With churches, it’s often volunteers with limited experience mixing, and they just feel at home on those consoles. It’s a huge plus for me.”

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Allen & Heath and BASSBOSS to Power ocV!BE Guitar Festival  

The inaugural ocV!BE Guitar Fest will take place at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, on Saturday, July 29. Honda Center is home to the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, and will serve as the anchor for ocV!BE, a $4 billion, sustainable, mixed-use, live entertainment district scheduled to break ground later this year.

This large-scale guitar event will feature major North American music merchants, retail stores, vintage dealers, boutique guitar, amp, and pedal builders, private collectors, and accessory makers – with unique opportunities to buy, sell, and trade gear.

The festival will also feature a live performance stage with well-known guitar icons rocking out, including Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad), Greg Bissonette (Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band), Matt Bissonette (Elton John) and Griff Hamlin (Single Barrel Blues Band). The stage will be powered by a 96kHz Allen & Heath Avantis mixing console, along with a GX4816 48-input stagebox and a 16-input DX168 expander. Avantis is well suited for mixing arena venues, with 64 channels of robust input processing, as well as 42 fully configurable busses.

The PA system will be provided by renowned speaker manufacturer BASSBOSS – featuring dual AT212 powered 2-way loudspeakers, and multiple SSP215 subwoofers. Both models provide clear and powerful output in a compact and lightweight form factor that is easy to transport and set up.

“The fact that Allen & Heath’s digital consoles are dominating the marketplace is evident and well-deserved,” noted Bruce Adolph, co-promoter of the festival. “I personally heard a demo of the BASSBOSS speakers and I was so impressed with their clarity and richness – the full sound spectrum. I couldn’t ask for more to have this combination sponsor our MainStage at the inaugural ocV!BE Guitar Festival. Our guest guitar, drumand bass artists are going to sound great!”

“We’re honored to have been selected to provide audio equipment for this event,” said Rob Impala, VP of Pro Audio for American Music and Sound. “With the impressive lineup of performances, the audience deserves to get the best possible sound. Allen & Heath and BASSBOSS make for a perfect combination.”

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Ashly Audio

Ashly Audio Announces Major Price Reduction for FA and FX Series

Ashly Audio, a leader in high-performance amplifiers for commercial and pro audio applications, has announced that as of May 1, 2023, two of the company’s most popular amplifier lines will be available to all customers for an even greater value.

To provide more customers with the opportunity to experience the two series, Ashly Audio will be reducing the prices of the FA Series & FX Series. This price reduction will ensure even more customers have the chance to enjoy the powerful benefits these two series offer.

Designed for compact size, reliable performance, and high-power density, the FA Series is available in 2 ½RU models with 2 x 125W and 4 × 125W. Featuring multi-mode power mode selection (Low Z/High Z), per-channel Auto Clip-limiting, 80Hz HPF, and power-sharing, the FA Series packs a punch. The upcoming FA250.4 will offer 4 × 250W 1,000W total in 1RU.

The all-new FX Series adds the FX60.2/FX70.4, 2 & 4 × 60W (in addition to the FX125.2/ FX125.4 2 & 4 × 125W models) in ½ RU format, and also the FX500.2 /FX500.4, 2 & 4 × 750W models in 2 RU. The FX Series features both LAN & WiFi (WAP) networking, advanced on-board DSP, web-based UI access to programming software and control functions, SPDIF digital linking and Speaker Presets. “We’re excited for customers to experience the power, flexibility and ease of use of the FA Series and & FX Series at a highly competitive price point,” noted National Sales Manager Paul Jenkins. “We want people to discover the incredible value that Ashly FA & FX Series amplifiers can bring to any project.”

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Volume.com Streams BeachLife Festival with Avantis 

The BeachLife festival in Redondo Beach, CA celebrates California beach culture with multiple days of music performances across four stages. For  the second consecutive year, live music streaming service Volume.com  was onsite at the festival’s Speakeasy Stage – broadcasting audio and video online through their web platform.  

“We have a video production rig running vMix,” explained Volume.com’s  Ian Morse, who was part of the Volume.com team at the festival. “That  computer takes all our camera inputs and adds graphics, and also pushes  our RTMP stream.” For audio, the team employed an Allen & Heath  Avantis console to capture and broadcast a high quality tailored mix for  streaming. “We have a split on stage that feeds into both front of house  and our GX4816 stagebox,” said Morse. “We then mix it down to two  track and feed it into our stream rig to get married with the video feed.” 

With multiple bands performing on the Speakeasy stage, Morse noted that he often had to make us of the Avantis’ drag-and drop strip assign function to adjust the fader bank layouts. “In a fast moving festival situation, you don’t necessarily get much time to prepare  with input lists or stage plots in advance,” he explained. “Having fully  configurable fader layers was huge, because I could just flip to a new fader layer  and drag down exactly what I needed.”  

Morse also employed some of the Avantis’ powerful DEEP processing capabilities for the stream mix, especially the builtin compressor emulations. “I really like the sound of the Opto compressor,” he noted. “I used that on  the mix bus, as well as the VCA Bus compressor at times.” For individual  channel processing, Morse made use of the DYN8 processor, which  combines a sophisticated Dynamic EQ and Multiband Compressor into a single insert plugin. “I liked to use it as somewhat of a de-esser, and I use it in conjunction with a standard vocal compressor.” 

Morse notes that his mixed audio background helps navigate live streamingscenarios for Volume.com. “I have studio experience and live experience, and I feel like mixing for a stream is a little more on the studio side. You have to think about translation a lot more, because people are watching these streams on a variety of devices. Thissometimes means adding compression, and also making sure you can get the bass to sit right in the mix.”  

The BeachLife festival replay stream can be viewed on demand on  Volume.com.

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dLive C1500 Powers Death Metal band Dying Fetus

Front of house engineer and Tour Manager Rhys Welchman was doing sound at some local venues in the Washington, DC and Baltimore area when he was approached by Trey Williams of death metal band Dying Fetus, who was in attendance at one of his shows. “The rest is history,” recalled Welchman. “I’ve been working with the band since then. I grew up listening to Dying Fetus, so once the reality started to set in that I would be mixing them… it’s still pretty crazy to think about.”

When working sound at various venues, Welchman gained experience on a wide range of mixing consoles – but opted for Allen & Heath’s dLive C1500 as his touring console for Dying Fetus, based on a recommendation from his colleague Travis Wade, front of house engineer for Dance Gavin Dance. “Many tours of our size seem to be using a C1500,” recounted Welchman. “Travis told us it’s a really powerful console and it’s cost effective as well. He also brought up that Allen & Heath is constantly updating their consoles with new features and they listen to user feedback.”

Once Welchman knew he would be mixing with dLive, he began building up a show file in advance. “The intuitive user interface was really helpful, especially since I was mixing the band for the first time,” noted Welchman. “It often takes a couple of shows to get a grasp of the band and how they sound, so the user-friendly dLive workflow was pretty awesome. I got confused by a couple of things, but I found some great instructional videos online that explained the functions in depth. Travis also helped me out with some workflow tips.”

Welchman notes that being organized is key when mixing bigger shows on a compact surface like the dLive C1500. “I follow the same rules where Layer A is always show control, Layer B and C are input layers, and so on. It’s important to be consistent so that you can find things quickly. The same with user-defined softkeys.” 

Paired with the C1500 at front of house was a DM32 MixRack at the stage, which features 32 mic preamps and 16 line outputs, along with 128 channels of input processing and 64 flexible buses. Welchman also likes to use a Dante card for Virtual Soundcheck when the band has limited time to set up before a performance. “That (Virtual Soundcheck) really came in clutch for me,” said Welchman. “To be able to quickly load up the stems from last night’s show, and start firing through the inputs while the band is setting up – it really helps make use of the time we have.”

Welchman also appreciates the multitude of processing functions available to him on dLive, including the Transient Controller from the dLive’s RackExtra FX library. “Dying Fetus’ drummer uses a 13-inch mahogany snare that is fairly shallow and he’s tuned the head up all the way,” he explained. “It sounds like someone dropping a quarter on a table. It gets lost very quickly in the mix, but it’s very integral to their sound – so that Transient Controller is key. I also use it on the kick when in those more cavernous venues.”

For dynamics control, Welchman likes to use the dLive’s new BUS Compressor added in firmware V1.9. “That plugin for me is pretty much a necessity,” he notes. “That was always getting used on the main bus, the guitars, and sometimes the drum overheads.” Welchman also uses the 16T DEEP compressor on the bass group. “The fact that I can scale my mixes is really useful. I don’t use any AUXes at front of house, so turning those mixes into matrices  and channel groups that I can use for additional processing is very useful.” 

Dying Fetus just wrapped up their tour with a sold out show at House of Blues in Anaheim, but will soon be off to perform additional shows in South America and European festivals.

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PRESS RELEASE: BASSBOSS Announces MK3 Line Update

BASSBOSS is taking its professional speaker products to the next level with the announcement of the MK3 line update, adding performance gains and user experience enhancements across the brand’s entire line of highly regarded products. Featuring an all-new 96kHz sampling rate DSP, weather-isolated inputs, waterproof power connectors, global power compatibility, improved power allocation, and a brand-new control software for remote management, the MK3 update confirms BASSBOSS is committed to providing quality, convenience, and performance to their customers.

“The purpose of an immaculate sound system is to facilitate the transfer of images, textures, emotions, and states of being from the imagination of the artist directly to the imagination of the listener. Listening should feel like being plugged-in to the heart and soul of the artist and it should facilitate the transportation of the listener to another realm of experience,” noted BASSBOSS Designer and President, David Lee. “Any deterioration of the signal degrades the quality of that experience and disrespects the art. The updates and upgrades to the MK3 line were all made in service of that goal.”

The upgraded DSP in the MK3 series features significantly more processing power. The 96kHz sampling rate, double that of previous generations, yields a higher digital audio resolution, a lower noise floor, and even greater fidelity than ever before. For quick adjustments, the onboard touch-of-a-button DSP now offers 8 precisely tailored preset alignment curves. Navigation through these presets has been further enhanced by allowing instant switching without any audible dropouts or artifacts.

The new integrated 2-port networking switch allows for cascade LAN configurations and the ability to access a nearly unlimited number of presets in the highly intuitive ControlBASS remote software. If users aren’t physically near their speakers, they now have the option to change presets remotely using ControlBASS. The easy-to-use Mac and Windows application will allow users to monitor system status for their cabinets, control levels, and conveniently update to newly released processing options via an internet-based upload function. Along with a host of other features such as remote diagnostic monitoring and loudspeaker group architecture, the MK3 series truly allows users to take control of their systems.

In addition to the all-new DSP, BASSBOSS has updated their amplifiers to greatly improve power utilization. “For example, the previous amplifier in the DV12 was rated at 3000W total, with the maximum power available to the woofer being 1600W, but the tweeter couldn’t possibly take advantage of the 1400 watts that were available on the second channel,” explained Lee. “Since the demand for power is overwhelmingly on the woofer side that arrangement didn’t allow for the ultimate performance of the system. The new amplifier is asymmetrical, so a much larger channel drives the woofer with up to 2400 Watts, while a smaller, 800W channel still provides an abundance of power for the tweeter.”

With 90-250VAC compatibility in all MK3 series power supplies, not only can the products be used worldwide, they can also be configured to run more efficiently on generators and power distribution systems.

“These products allow you to take music anywhere you want it, but sometimes weather can be a concern,” explained Lee. “In order to give you one less thing to worry about, we included waterproof power connectors and an internally isolated input section.” The new MK3 line features rugged Neutrik powerCON TOP (True Outdoor Protection) power connectors, providing IP65 level protection for peace of mind wherever the music happens.

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Allen & Heath Levels Up at NAMM and NAB 2023

April 2023 was a busy month for Allen & Heath and their US distribution partner American Music & Sound. Starting with The NAMM Show in Anaheim, the brand presented its wide range of products in a sprawling booth in the convention center’s Pro Audio hall. The popular booth featured opportunities for hands-on mixing with everything Allen & Heath has to offer — from small format analog ZED consoles to powerful 128-channel 96kHz digital dLive systems. The booth also featured a dedicated section for the brand’s expanding AHM series of installation processors and peripherals.

Meanwhile, on the second floor of the convention center, Allen & Heath Live Sound and Touring Manager Michael Bangs offered multiple jam-packed live sound training courses to NAMM attendees. Those who could make their way into the crowded training room had the opportunity to learn about a range of subjects, including dynamics and frequency control, mixing high channel counts on a compact console, quick festival mixing changeovers, house of worship mixing, and modern workflows.

Astute visitors to the NAMM show may have also caught several Allen & Heath consoles in use at the various performance stages — including a dLive S5000 surface at front of house and an Avantis console at monitors for the show’s outdoor Arena Plaza stage operated by sound company Avante Audio. Another pair of dLive systems could be found in use at the Hilton stage (provided by DJE Production Services), as well as an SQ-5 for the lobby stage at the Sheraton hotel. At the Pre-NAMM Hang sponsored by Worship Musician, another Allen & Heath SQ-5 was in use supporting a special performance by guitar legend Doyle Dykes.

The A&H team did not leave NAMM empty handed, as the company’s versatile 64-channel Avantis console earned the brand a fifth consecutive Dealer’s Choice Award from Musical Merchandise Review for its feature-packed V1.2 update. The awards for Avantis V1.2 didn’t stop there, as the new console firmware also captured the Parnelli Award for Indispensable Audio Technology. “The Parnelli Award win for Avantis was certainly a highlight of the NAMM Show for us,” noted Allen & Heath USA Marketing Director Jeff Hawley. “Often referred to as being the Oscar of the live event industry, the Parnelli is a tremendous honor and a moment that we’ll all remember from NAMM 2023. We’ve been amazed at the continued success with Avantis and we plan to keep updates like those seen in V1.2 coming in the future.”

The Allen & Heath USA team also presented their annual sales meeting at the show, awarding top performing sales rep firms and individuals for their outstanding 2022-2023 activities. The company awarded the coveted ‘Bulldog’ awards to a special pack of tenacious and highly effective sales professionals. This year’s recipients included Zak Rickard (Geer Tech), Gilbert Perales (Brownestone), Jaylon Shane (Pro Tech Marketing), Dan Ankney (Online Marketing), Shawn McLoughlin (Audio Biz), Wes Pitzer (Highway Marketing), Chad Rigler (HWPco), Brooks Platts (HWPco), and Craig Kutteroff (Mainline Marketing). The Outstanding Sales Support award was presented to Julie Boatright of Audio Biz. Dennie Edwards (Highway Marketing) was awarded the Marketing Excellence award. Outstanding Performance awards (based on overall territory sales performance) were awarded to Audio Biz, Brownestone, Cadon Technical Sales, Excellence Marketing, Highway Marketing, HWPco, Mainline Marketing, Online Marketing, Pro Tech Marketing, and Richard Dean Associates. The Rep of the Year award went to Audio Biz.

“Congratulations to Audio Biz for their outstanding year and the Rep of the Year award win,” said Pat McConnell, National Sales Manager for Allen & Heath USA. “All of the Bulldogs, Julie, and Dennie also deserve a special thank you for all of their work in the last year. Combined with the sheer number of Outstanding Performance awards, these results point to the fact that we’ve got one of the greatest sales and support teams in the industry. We’re set to level up once again and I look forward to seeing who gets to stand on the awards stage in 2024.” 

Immediately following The NAMM Show, the Allen & Heath team made its way over to the Las Vegas Convention Center to host its largest ever booth at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show. The Allen & Heath booth at NAB once again featured products from each of the brand’s diverse product series, and was visited by a variety of attendees, ranging from longtime fans to curious newcomers. “It was really rewarding to see Qu consoles in use ‘organically’ across the NAB Show for training areas and breakout rooms,” adds Rob Impala, VP of Pro Audio for American Music and Sound . “We had a chance to catch up with broadcasters, church technicians, installers, consultants and engineers who rely on Allen & Heath to tackle a wide range of audio applications. As always, we were all ears when it comes to product feedback and requests from the field and we’re certainly energized and ready to get to work on releasing the next round of new and exciting software and hardware updates soon.”