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Mark Lamos, artistic director of Westport Country Playhouse and head of hteir New Works initiative
Mark Lamos, artistic director of Westport Country Playhouse and head of hteir New Works initiative

The New Works initiative at Westport Country Playhouse will develop new plays and musicals through workshop and reading opportunities. First up is Out of the Mouths of Babes by Israel Horovitz, in partnership with New York’s Cherry Lane Theatre, and The Rivals, with book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg, music by Stephen Weiner, based on the 1775 play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

Read more: Westport Country Playhouse Launches New Works Initiative

Industry News
Sound Space Vision combines the talents of Sound Space Design and Anne Minors Performance Consultants
Sound Space Vision combines the talents of Sound Space Design and Anne Minors Performance Consultants

Sound Space Design and Anne Minors Performance Consultants have formalized their long-standing working relationship and formed a new consultancy: Sound Space Vision, offering a complete acoustics and theatre consultancy service.

Read more: Theatre Consultants Combine to Form Sound Space Design

Changing Roles
William O’Keefe, new manufacturing manager at PWS
William O’Keefe, new manufacturing manager at PWS

William O’Keefe returns to Professional Wireless Systems for a role as manufacturing manager, where he will be will be responsible for maintaining PWS’ current product line, fabricating custom prototypes for new, cutting-edge products, streamlining manufacturing processes and staying up-to-date on the latest RF and wireless trends.

Read more: Professional Wireless Systems Names William O’Keefe Manufacturing Manager

Changing Roles

Ken Lesnik will be director of performing arts within the Ticketing & Fan Engagement division (formerly Paciolan) of Spectra by Comcast Spectacor. Lesnik will oversee business development and retention for Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement’s performing arts and theatre business.

Read more: Ken Lesnik Hired as Director of Performing Arts for Spectra

Changing Roles
Heidi Stillman, new artistic director of Lookingglass Theatre Company
Heidi Stillman, new artistic director of Lookingglass Theatre Company

Lookingglass Theatre holds elections for artistic director every three years, and this time around they elected Heidi Stillman, an ensemble member at the theatre. Stillman has served as Artistic Director of New Work since 2004 and replaces Andrew White, who moves into the newly-created role of Connectivity and Engagement Director.

Read more: Heidi Stillman Elected Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre Company

Industry News
The new Yamaha Tio1608-D I/O rack and NY64-D expansion card (not to scale), bringing Dante capability to Yamaha’s TF Series of mixers
The new Yamaha Tio1608-D I/O rack and NY64-D expansion card (not to scale), bringing Dante capability to Yamaha’s TF Series of mixers

Yamaha’s new Tio1608-D I/O rack and NY64-D expansion card bring Dante compatibility to their TF Series of digital mixers. The Tio1608-D offers a QuickConfig mode, which auto patches the inputs and outputs without requiring a computer to configure. The NY64-D expansion card, increases the capability of the TF series to route audio over a Dante network and allows allows for the transmission and reception of up to 64 input channels and 64 output channels of uncompressed 48kHz/24bit digital audio data. Yamaha also updated the firmware for the TF Series, including such new features as additional QuickPro Presets, easier access to EQ on channels and more.

Read more: Video Tour: Yamaha Adds Dante Capability, Updates Firmware of TF Series

Industry News
PreSonus StudioLive AVB 64AI Mix System.
PreSonus StudioLive AVB 64AI Mix System.

The PreSonus StudioLive AVB Mix Systems combine one or two StudioLive RM-series rack mixers, a StudioLive CS18AI Ethernet/AVB control surface, and integrated control, recording, and production software. Scalable, fully recallable, networked over AVB Ethernet, and tightly integrated with included software, the StudioLive AVB Mix Systems put your I/O in an onstage, rack-mount mixing system with an integrated recording interface, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet networking, while providing an advanced control surface at front-of-house with 18 touch-sensitive, motorized faders and 4x2 I/O. Four systems are available: The StudioLive AVB 16AI Mix System, with one StudioLive RM16AI mixer; StudioLive AVB 32AI Mix System, with one StudioLive RM32AI; StudioLive AVB 48AI Mix System, with one of each RM model, cascaded to form a 48-input, 64-channel system; and StudioLive AVB 64AI Mix System, with two cascaded StudioLive RM32AIs for a 64-input system.

Read more: PreSonus Releases StudioLive AVB Mix Systems

Industry News
The Axis Digital Mixing System from Mackie
The Axis Digital Mixing System from Mackie

Mackie paired the all-new DC16 control surface with their DL32R 32-channel digital mixer to create the Axis digital mixing system. With 32 remote-controllable Onyx+ mic preamps and 16 outputs paired with massive built-in DSP, the system is ideal for medium and large channel count applications. The system relies on Dante for communication between the DL32R mixer and DC16 control surface, enabling additional networking capability for professional applications. View groups and a mix selector are designed to provide faster navigation compared to a traditional "banking" approach. Visual feedback is provided by large, full-color channel displays and the ability to dock up to three iPads in the SmartBridge, with smart sensing that knows when your iPad is in place. This allows easy customization over each iPad view to meet specific workflow needs. Users can grab an iPad from the DC16 and head out to tune the room or dial in monitors and the Master Fader control app knows to switch it to the view that makes the most sense for the user.

Read more: Video Tour: Mackie Axis Digital Mixing System

Industry News
The 4-channel ProDX4 and the 8-channel ProDX8 digital mixers from Mackie
The 4-channel ProDX4 and the 8-channel ProDX8 digital mixers from Mackie

Mackie’s new ProDX line are a pair of ultra-compact digital mixers with complete wireless control. The line features two models, the 4-channel ProDX4 and the 8-channel ProDX8. Both mixers are equipped with Mackie's Wide-Z mic preamps. These combo inputs allow connection of mic, line and instruments and require no gain adjustment for easy setup. And with their single knob hardware design, any user can make quick and easy level adjustments. Using the companion MixerConnect control app, users unlock powerful processing and total wireless control plus the ability to wirelessly play back music or backing tracks from any Bluetooth capable device.

Read more: Video Tour: Mackie ProDX Line of Ultra-Compact Digital Mixers

Industry News
The upcoming DiGiCo SD5cs digital mixing console
The upcoming DiGiCo SD5cs digital mixing console

At Winter NAMM DiGiCo announced the imminent arrival of a new processing format for their consoles—Stealth Core2—which will “release additional processing from the audio core of every DiGiCo SD console” and deliver a new graphical interface. They also announced a new version of the SD5, the SD5cs, which will offer the same specification as the current SD5.

Read more: DiGiCo Plans for Stealth Core2 and SD5cs System

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