NEXT-proaudio International Distribution Meeting
22nd October, 2019
For the 2019 International Distribution Meeting in Porto, Portugal, NEXT-proaudio welcomed over 70 international distribution partners, dealers, customers and designers from 18 countries.
This event started with a Welcome dinner on 14th October. This was followed by a factory tour, demo presentation on the demo room and LA26 Official Presentation on 15th morning. On the factory tour, all the people could easily understand the vision of the company, all the production steps and organization, including the the most recent expansion of the headquarters.
On the same day, during the afternoon, NEXT-proaudio had a Demo of LA212x, LA122.v2, LA122A and LAm114xA at Multiusos de Guimaraes, one of the most iconic arenas for international concerts on the north of Portugal. There, all the NEXT-proaudio family could listen the prepared demos as well as test all the systems with theirs songs.
On 16th everybody was welcomed on the NEXT-proaudio facilities again where Powersoft team started the day with “Armonia presentation” based on N-rak (The manufacturer power rack solution using Powersoft X8 amplifiers). After this, Antonio Correia, the R&D Director and NEXT-proaudio Owner presented the manufacturer own softwares (Soundware, Audio Tool and AST). The event finished at 4:00pm with a “Goodbye Drink”.
“We have received part of our distribution network, and it was a great opportunity for us to show all of them all our improvements on the facilities, on the products as well as on the team. We were more than happy to receive all these people from different parts of the world, all with the same ambition, to grow NEXT-proaudio worldwide” said Andre Correia, NEXT-proaudio’s Manager.
“It was exciting to see the passion, the enthusiasm of everybody on these 2 days. We´re proud of our team and the distribution network. We could see our recente LA26 being one of the highlights of the event, with orders of more than 200 units after the meeting. We couldn't be more satisfied after the meeting” Said Sergio Pinto, NEXT-proaudio Sales Manager.
Audio Stage takes delivery of massive NEXT-proaudio inventory
6th August, 2019
Audio Stage has made a major investment in speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers from the Portuguese manufacturer NEXT-proaudio. The new equipment further expands the company’s extensive inventory of the highest-quality audio gear.
Audio Stage is a leading company in Portugal that offers a number of services including sound reinforcement, lighting, video, rigging and structure for the realization of every kind of concerts, corporate, sport and mass event, supplying events from 100 to 100,000 people. Founded in 2011 by Paulo Baixinho, Jorge Salgueiro and Pi D’Areosa, the company has grown rapidly, thanks to its costumer focus and ability to deliver a high quality product and service, to become today a market leader.
“Audio Stage has a long history with us. They needed to boost their production capabilities for a wider range of clients and events and this was the perfect time to do it. NEXT-proaudio product development philosophy is very much in line with the type of work Audio Stage does,” says NEXT-proaudio’s Manager Andre Correia, “We help Audio Stage to achieve what they need on site for their customers. As a versatile events company they need a quality product with neutral voicing that’s easy to put up and take down.”
Mediatech Africa 2019
30th July, 2019
Sound Harmonics attendance at the 10th edition of Mediatech Africa has been a phenomenal success with the launch of NEXT-Proaudio. Joseph Mandy, Managing Director of Sound Harmonics and his crew took NEXT-Proaudio to the event. New to the exhibition this year and to South Africa, NEXT-Proaudio created a real buzz when, on the first day of the show, our demo kicked off. The three rigs on demonstration included fourteen LA122A, flown line arrays, fourteen LAs118A subwoofers; two PX systems and two sets of the HFA115 speakers and LAs418A subwoofers. Sound Harmonics drawing by far the biggest crowd of all the companies in the demo area.
The AIRSCREEN on display caught everyones attention as well over the course of the exhibition. The inflatable screen was the AIRTIGHT model and stood at an impressive 6.10m x 3.43m. Sven Bartella from AIRSCREEN, Germany was at Mediatech to support Sound Harmonics.
24th June, 2019
17th July @ 14:00
18th July @ 12:00
19th July @ 15:30
31 May, 2019
NEXT-proaudio has developed a perfectly integrated rack solution PXA8001 (powered by Powersoft), designed for optimum performance flexibility and setup simplicity.
The new rack is the heart of the system and was configured to interface seamlessly allowing multiple configurations for the entire NEXT-proaudio’s PX System, capable of driving a very wide range of rig configurations with absolute reliability and ample headroom.
Composed by a very powerful 8000W Powersoft amplifier module, featuring 4 output channels (4x2000W @4ohm), that was specifically designed for multi-way loudspeakers and asymmetric loads, the heart of this power rack is capable of amazing sonic performances. The PXA8001 features a new power supply design equipped with PFC and featuring Smart Rails Management, to grant incredible efficiency in all the driven ways. The high immunity to EMI interference is also a characteristic of this new rack.
This PX System Rack features a fixed switching frequency design of the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) block allowing for maximum performance, high predictability and immunity from intermodulation artifacts; all this with an additional and extensive set of protection mechanisms (power limiters, thermal shutdown, short circuit and overload, clip limiter).
The DSP audio processor unit protects controls and optimises the entire system including all the necessary signal processing, crossover filters, PEQ filters, All-Pass filters, delays and limiters.
The built-in port allows to access DSP processing capabilities directly from the PC running Powersoft Armonía™ software. For a versatile use, 4 different presets that can be selected by the user, PXH64 Flat, PXH64 Music, PXH95 Flat and PXH95 Music.
The PX Complete System is a complete plug’n’play, processor-controlled, horn-loaded stacking PA optimised for flexible, high power and modular array configurations. Presenting itself as a perfect alternative, offering an easy setup, less cabling and very simple operation.
The PX system can offer high SPL, reliability, an aesthetic design and high sound fidelity throughout the venue. This system was designed for portable applications as well as small concerts. Side-fill or DJ monitoring are also one of the many applications covered by the PX System. One Complete system can power another PX Slave System, composed by the same cabinets and using a PXA8000 Drawer Slave Rack instead of PXA8001 Power Rack, having the same look as PX System.
New Black Productions
15 May, 2019
South African rental company NewBlack recently invested into Portuguese loudspeaker manufacturer, NEXT-ProAudio through local distributer Sound Harmonics. The Pretoria based company took delivery of the new LA122A.v2 variable curvature array including the LAs118A.v2 single 18” subwoofers and LAm114xA 14” coaxial monitors.
“This was not an easy sale!” says Travis Vermeulen, Sales Director at Sound Harmonics. “Tiaan Newman, of NewBlack is a well-respected industry specialist in South Africa, and he has had his fair share of experience on practically every high-end system available. This meant that introducing a product which has never been in South Africa before was a task on its own. Fortunately, we did our homework before importing NEXT-ProAudio and we’re happy to report that we, and our clients, are ecstatic with the results”.
“Sitting at already 20 boxes of NEXT at one rental company, and a good number more soon to be reported on, I think we are set to see excellent results for NEXT-ProAudio in Southern Africa” reports Joseph Mandy, Owner at Sound Harmonics.
“Choosing to go with NEXT was exciting as the brand has never been in SA before”. Says Newman. “Travis got a demo rig to one of our shows for Jo Black and the results were excellent. Even the venue’s technicians were impressed. It’s seldom that Joe removes his in ears to enjoy the crowd and stage mix, but he feels comfortable enough to run his shows with the wedges (4 x Lam114xA coupled) alone and pretty much only the click-track goes through in-ears at this point. The venue was a highly reverberant rectangular space with a balcony level, and the system helped us keep that reverb down to almost inaudible! And, this was a ground-stacked system. I look forward to our ‘NEXT’ set of boxes being delivered!”
30 JANUARY, 2019
NEXT-proaudio announces the launch of the LA26, a new ultra-compact modular line source, with a long throw capability, delivering great sound quality at a very high SPL levels from the front row to the back of the entire audience. The LA26 is a 2-way, full range passive line array cabinet housing two 6.5" neodymium Flat Diaphragm drivers located in the side walls of the HF Oblate Spheroidal Waveguide, a 2" diaphragm HF neodymium driver and a passive network crossover presenting a nominal input impedance of 16Ω. A fast and easy 3-point auto-locking rigging mechanism is integrated for easy build of ground stacked or flown systems.
The new technology waveguide and coplanar transducer configuration, generates precisely coherent wavefronts uniformly spread in the horizontal plane (105°) and precisely coupled in the vertical plane without sacrificing HF presence in the far field, further eliminating the low-mid lobbing normally associated with two-way line source systems. According to the Portuguese Manufacturer, the main goal is to improve the audience coverage by the unrivaled dispersion control and smooth even sound radiation pattern.
Measuring 498.5mm (19.6in) wide and weighting only 15kg, the product’s elegant lines and flush-fitted rigging allow it to fit into any architecture, making it a natural element for installations in Concert Halls, Theatres, and special venues demanding minimum visual obstruction. The LA26 can also be used as Touring sound reinforcement for small and medium-size venues, sports arenas, stadiums, and corporate AV events. It can be flown in arrays for use as a main system or configured as single cabinets or short stacks for use as front-fills and under-balcony-fills. Using an adaptive flying frame, the use of this system as a complement to larger LA systems becomes possible.
“Our new LA26 is the smallest and lightest in the LA series keeping the elegance of LA Family.” explains Antonio Correia, R&D Manager at NEXT-proaudio, “The new line array model is uniquely flexible, upgradeable, and financially accessible.”
For low frequency extension the LAs15A active subwoofer or the LAs15 passive subwoofer can be used. Both models house a powerful 15-inch, long excursion 100mm (4in) voice coil speaker, operating from 38Hz to 200Hz and can be paired with LA26 cabinets via the integrated pole mount, ground-stacked, or flown.
The LAs15A (active) is powered by the DPA4000 power unit, capable of delivering 4000Wrms with a magnificent precision and punch at incredible SPL, combining optimized acoustic, electro-acoustic and electronic solutions to maximize efficiency. Each LAs15A has a separate power output to power up to 3 LA26. Using the appropriate preset a cardioid system can be easily implemented. Besides this solution, the LA26 together with the LAs15 passive subwoofer, can be powered by the N-RAK, NEXT-proaudio’s new unified rack solution.
The cabinets can be finished in a variety of colours to suit fixed installations.
06 JUNE, 2018
The Portuguese audio manufacturer brand NEXT-proaudio is delighted to announce the appointment of the new distributor for South Africa. The distribution company name is Sound Harmonics, and from now on they will handle the exclusive distribution of NEXT-proaudio products for that market.
Originally, Sound Harmonics started out as a high-end Audio Company, offering rental and recording services to the Theatre, Corporate and Events markets. Soon sales and distribution of top audio brands followed and today, they have expanded the sales & distribution offering to include Audio, Lighting, Communications, Trussing and Rigging. Sound Harmonics is a multifaceted company built on passion, innovation and uncompromising standards of excellence.
The Sound Harmonics design and installation team offer total solutions, from concept through to commissioning. They service all market segments, including Schools, Hotels, Nightclubs, Casinos, Shops, Houses of Worship, Theatres, Multi-purpose venues and Arenas.
NEXT-proaudio’s Sales Manager, Sergio Pinto provided concluding comments: “We are pleased to welcome Sound Harmonics on board. They are a high profile supplier that offers high quality solutions to the market with an unparalleled support in the professional segment. We see great potential in South Africa´s market. This is a truly exciting progression that will ensure professional support to NEXT-proaudio customers in this market”.
Sound Harmonics has already started marketing the Portuguese manufacturer's products. ‘“We are very excited to be partnering with such a passionate group of people at NEXT Proaudio, and even more excited to bring this robust and exceptionally sounding brand to South Africa”, said Joseph Mandy, Sound Harmonics Director.