FBT Audio (UK) To Distribute APEX CloudPower in UK & Ireland

APEX has appointed FBT Audio (UK) Ltd as the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for its CloudPower series of installation amplifiers.

FBT Audio (UK) Managing Director, Mark Parkhouse commented, “From features like onboard streaming from AirPlay and Spotify to the gorgeous industrial design and OLED display, CloudPower amplifiers are essential for everyone who values power, control and reliability. We’re honoured to represent them in the UK and Ireland.”

APEX Managing Director, Paul Van Hees welcomed the new partnership: “We’re excited to work with Mark and the team to introduce CloudPower to systems integrators in the UK and Ireland. The rapid growth of FBT Audio (UK)’s commercial audio division puts them in a great position to showcase the many benefits of working with CloudPower to their markets, and to deliver the first-class backup that our customers deserve.”

The distribution agreement is effective immediately and was facilitated by Alain Boone of Audires, APEX’s EMEA sales agent.

FBT Audio (UK)


APEX Appoints XLR for Benelux Distribution

XLR has been named as the exclusive distributor of APEX products for the Benelux region (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg). The move follows the recent launch of APEX’s CloudPower series of four channel Class-D installation amplifiers.

XLR is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, less than 100km from APEX’s own R&D and manufacturing hubs in Beringen. The distribution agreement was facilitated by Alain Boone of Audires, APEX’s EMEA sales agent.

XLR’s general manager, Louis Lukusa commented, “APEX is an excellent fit with the portfolio of leading brands that we represent. The new CloudPower range has sparked particular interest among our clients and we already see a number of opportunities to specify it for high-profile projects.”

Paul Van Hees, managing director of APEX said, “Strengthening our distribution partnerships is a core part of APEX’s growth strategy, so it’s fantastic to begin that journey with a company that’s so well-known and respected in the countries it serves. We look forward to a great working relationship with the XLR team, and we’re delighted that our customers will enjoy the very best pre-sales and after-sales support.”

XLR Pro Website



APEX Appoints Audires BV as EMEA Sales Representative

APEX has appointed Audires BV as its sales agent for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The two Belgium-based companies have partnered to ensure world class support for APEX’s newly launched CloudPower series of installation amplifiers.

“Strengthening our distribution partnerships is a key element of our growth plans for 2021 and beyond,” comments APEX Managing Director, Paul Van Hees. “The response to CloudPower from the market has been exceptionally enthusiastic. Working with Audires, we will make sure that the quality of the product is matched by excellent pre-sales and after-sales support.”

“At Audires, we are focused on representing the best brands in the industry and helping them form strong, lasting partnerships,” says founder and owner, Alain Boone. “We are working closely with APEX to secure the right connections to build on the success of CloudPower in the EMEA region, and to prepare the ground for further exciting products in the R&D pipeline.”

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mondo*dr Interviews APEX MD

The Jan / Feb 2021 edition of mondo*dr, the leading international magazine focused on technology in entertainment installations, features an interview with APEX founder and managing director, Paul Van Hees. The article delves into the thinking behind the new CloudPower series and gives some hints about the company’s ambitious plans for what promises to be an important year for APEX.

Read the mondo*dr article here.


Record breaking audio at AG Van Damme 2020 athletics meet

No fewer than 4 world records were smashed at the 44th AG Memorial Vandamme athletics meeting in Belgium. The 2020 event was held behind closed doors, but that didn’t deter the competitors. Crowd noise and cheers from 2019 were used to build the atmosphere in the King Baudouin Stadium, played through three APEX Intelli-Power 10 amplifiers, supplied by C&D. With a little help from technology the athletes delivered a successful and memorable spectacle.

APEX at Integrated Systems Europe 2020

Visit APEX At Integrated Systems Europe 2020

From 11th – 14th February APEX will be present at the Integrated Systems Europe trade show in Amsterdam. During the exhibition we display the entire Pro Audio & AV product range. During the show APEX will launch an entire new product line for the fixed installation market. More info to be announced soon!

Schedule a meeting at the show here.

We hope to welcome you all at our booth in hall 7-T193!


LIVIAU-series becomes mobile!

Our all-in-one audio, video & lighting system LIVIAU is now available in a fully portable format. The new system has a compact design without compromising connectivity.

How LIVIAU became mobile

Funeral home Vanhoof in Mol specializes in organizing all formalities associated with funerals and cremations. Their funeral services are often organized at different locations. Be it at their own multifunctional aula or at the local community hall, they require flexibility in their audiovisual set-up. Vanhoof was looking to upgrade their existing system for the extensive audio & video solution that LIVIAU provides. However, as their services are often rendered at multiple locations a fixed setup was not an option. Any new system needed to be easily transportable and intuitive. This is how the portable LIVIAU-series came to be. By making LIVIAU portable, funeral home Vanhoof can now rely on one familiar system that accommodates all their needs.

All the connectivity you need

LIVIAU’s mobile set-up includes a dynamic gooseneck microphone. This easy to use microphone features adjustable volume levels to match every situation. Adding an extra microphone becomes simple through the second connection port, which can also be used to connect additional external music sources such as a mobile phone, tablet or pc.

Featuring two speakON  connectors LIVIAU enables you to connect a passive speaker set to the internal amplifier. In addition, two XLR connectors are available to connect to your existing audio installation.

The internet connection serves to remotely control your business from anywhere in the world by smartphone, pc or tablet or to remotely drop your media files on LIVIAU’s upgradable internal hard disk and schedule them to play at any time.

Do you have the need to connect to a display across the room or maybe a projector even further away? The portable LIVIAU case houses a built-in HDMI extender that makes HDMI connections above 30 meters possible without any loss in signal quality. With this easy set-up you simply have to connect a display or projector and you are ready to go.

Visit APEX at Integrated Systems Europe 2018

Also in 2018 APEX will exhibit at the Integrated Systems Europe trade show in Amsterdam. With a brand new stand design you can find us in hall 3 booth A90. Discover our recently launched Intelli-X3 648 yourself and be the first to experience a brand new product line that will be launched at the show!

Hope to see you all soon at the APEX booth!

APEX at ISE 2018 Best Digital signal processor, DSP Intelli-X

APEX launches Intelli-X³ series of system control processors

Building on the unmitigated success of APEX’s flagship Intelli-X² series, the company is proud to introduce the first model of the next-generation Intelli-X³ series, the Intelli-X³ 648 system management processor with optional Dante networking capacity for full network redundancy.

Like its predecessors, Intelli-X³ has been designed in close collaboration with sound engineers, system techs and system integrators to set new standards in system management and speaker processing. With internal processing up to 192 kHz, high-end, studio-grade analogue circuit designs and mastering-grade compressors as standard, Intelli-X³ delivers premium audio performance in a robust 1U form factor with a powerful and intuitive front panel user interface.

Intelli-X³ provides all the system management tools necessary for comprehensive system alignment and EQ, through to the provision of IIR and custom FIR-based crossovers. I/Os can be selected (in pairs) to be either analogue, AES/EBU or Dante, enabling a mix of audio formats to be used simultaneously.

Designed to be Plug-and-play, the Intelli-X³ is simple to configure and integrates easily into any network via internal 3-way Ethernet switches. Both automatic IP (DHCP) and static IP configuration is provided as standard, enabling plug & play connectivity and more rigid IP assignments for use in fixed installations. SNMP support is also provided. Wireless access points can be directly connected to Intelli-X³ devices allowing direct control over a wireless network.

A comprehensive library of factory presets ensures that Intelli-X³ is at home in any application, be it as a stand-alone system controller or crossover configured via the front panel, or as a part of a comprehensive wireless networked system for stadium or arena-sized tours.

When it comes to configuration and control, there are two possibilities depending on the application: firstly, a completely re-engineered front panel with integral LCD menu enables direct configuration and on-the-fly parameter adjustment in a highly intuitive smartphone-like environment.

Alternatively, APEX’s renowned proprietary software application, Intelli-Ware, provides fast and intuitive control from both portable Touch and Tablet PCs as well as from tethered PCs. The software is accessible from multiple PC devices simultaneously – a handy feature for engineers needing to optimize audio from various locations throughout a venue or festival site for example. The interface mirrors the powerful, intuitive design of the hardware whereby operation is predominantly icon- driven.

Intelli-Ware provides comprehensive system-wide ganging and copy/paste functionality allowing complex setups to be easily configured, presented and stored. The Intelli-Ware screen layout is fully configurable and can be sized to match any type of display. Full offline design capabilities enable shows to be prepped offsite.

Intelli-Ware also comes complete with an analyser/bridge feature which enables control of all commonly used sound measurement tools found in WaveCapture’s Live-Capture and Rational Acoustics’ Smaart 7/8, all directly from within the software.

Finally, an optional Dante module provides audio-over-IP networking capability supporting full network redundancy with ultra-low latency. This automatically prevents any audio loss or interruption in the event of a connectivity problem on the primary network.

Apex Digital Signal Processor With Dante

Bose selects APEX Intelli-X² for European training venue in Belgium

Bose’s European distribution centre is located in Tongeren near Belgium’s eastern border. The city of Tongeren and Bose have enjoyed a close relationship for many years; indeed Bose has equipped the 600-capacity theatre located in the city’s De Velinx cultural centre with a Bose RoomMatch system and an APEX IX² 48 system management device. The theatre now serves as Bose’s training venue.

“We’ve been promoting our pro portfolio quite aggressively over the last couple of years with a range of products dedicated to the theatre market,” explained Bose’s Gino Moerman. “In order to guarantee optimum quality of their installations, all EMEA support engineers and all Bose distributors are trained in De Velinx.”

The system installed into De Velinx is a Bose RoomMatch system, selected as a result of the unusual egg-shaped theatre space (max width 40m, depth 25m and an 18m-wide stage) which would have have resulted in uneven dispersion patterns if using conventional line array or point-source systems. RoomMatch speakers exist in 42 different dispersion patterns allowing for optimum adaptation to the size and shape of the room. The main L/R system comprises four RoomMatch units with dispersion patterns varying between 120⁰ to 70⁰, supplemented by two flown RMS125 bass speakers. The dispersion of the central cluster units ranges from 120⁰ to 90⁰ with a total dispersion of 60⁰. The system is completed with two side fills to address the front rows and four double 18-inch subs under the stage.

All the speakers are powered by Bose PowerMatch PM8500 8-channel amplifiers with onboard DSP. System tuning was achieved through Bose’s ControlSpace ESP networkable DSP. However, as Moerman explains, the company specifically didn’t want visiting engineers to have access to the ControlSpace device as since too many of the parameters are freely accessible. This meant that the company needed an alternative solution.

“We went for APEX’s IX² 48 system management device thanks to its crystal clear sound, a very intuitive GUI and optimized integration of SMAART,” confirmed Moerman. “It was also strongly recommended to us by well-known Belgian sound engineer, Eric Loots, who knows the unit well as he owns one himself.”

The IX² is one of my go-to tools for system alignment,” explained Loots. “First and foremost, it’s a fantastic-sounding machine and secondly it’s really simple to use. Simplicity was an important aspect for Bose as the technicians from the venue had to be able to operate it as well as visiting sound engineers. The user interface is very clear and has lots of nice features such as the ability to import your SMAART graphs into the EQ window which saves a lot of swapping between programs and/or laptops.

“The IX² serves as overall system processor,” continued Loots. “All level, delay and EQ correction is done in the IX² so the Bose DSP amps are used for speaker processing only. The reason for this is to give visiting engineers a clear overview of the adjustments made to the system and so that they have total control of their own show.”

Moerman agrees. “It’s an ideal solution for us. All of the important parameters such as individual levels, parametric EQ, time delays for L-C-R, fills and subs are freely accessible and can be stored in the internal presets, and multiple presets are programmed for both analogue and digital (AES3) inputs.  There are also presets for a number of standard system configurations such L/R or L/C/R that can be used as a starting point or to reset the system in readiness for a new show.”F

“As a highly popular venue, De Velinx sees different guest engineers coming in almost every week, so it was imperative that the system management be easy to use, even for engineers unfamiliar with the device,” continued Moerman. “APEX’s intuitive Intelliware software makes the system really easy to configure and use, and APEX themselves are always on hand to offer first class support if necessary – all of this along with Eric’s recommendation made it a pretty easy choice for us.


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