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EV puts first line array into East Africa

Electro-Voice has delivered the first line array loudspeaker system to its African partner Live Gigs Co-Operative AV Ltd. in Kenya, writes Paul Watson.

Electro-Voice has deployed the first of its mid-sized line array loudspeaker systems to its African concert sound partner Live Gigs Co-Operative AV Ltd. in Kenya, which is where the system was demonstrated during the Kenya Music Week last December by Audio Visual Engineering Ltd. as part of the live stage performance system. The new system comprises 12 XLC 127 DVC, two Dx46 processors, and six CP4000S amplifiers; and was chosen for its easy set-up and rigging. Another reason for the acquisition is that the Dx46 has an IP-based DSP which allows the user to control the system from FOH using wireless network protocols. “Electro-Voice systems have a great reputation worldwide; we were in the market looking for a high quality mid-sized line array, and found the EV XLC’s size-to-power ratio tough to beat,” says Tom Awando from Live Gigs Co-Operative AV Ltd. “The high level of local support and partnership was also key to our decision, both in terms of technical and after-sales support.” In other news, as of the beginning of last month, Klaus Seitz will be responsible for the marketing of both pro-audio (Dynacord & Electro-Voice) and CCS (RTS & Telex) products in the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey; and Seitz has re-located to the Robert Bosch subsidiary in Dubai. “The Middle East and Africa are important growth regions for pro sound and CCS products,” insists Robert Hesse, vice president of sales and communication EMEA with Bosch Security Systems and managing director of EVI Audio GmbH. “That’s why, in accordance with out strategy ‘local for local’, we want to strengthen our presence on the ground there with a sales director who is very experienced and professional.”