Stage Accompany (Hoorn, The Netherlands) and Johan van der Werff from the acoustical consultancy Puetz collaborated on a sound system that was debuted at the Amsterdam Arena. Every speaker in the Newton System is individually controlled with a new algorithm for filtering of time/phase and frequency response by a 48-channel DSP processor/interface to get an accurate controlled dispersion to prevent unwanted reflections...Midas XL4 consoles were installed in three live venues in Canada: the Thunder Bay Community Symphony Auditorium, the River Run Centre and the Place des Arts. Canadian touring company Cabaret Productions took delivery of two Midas XL250s, an XL200 and XL4, plus Klark Teknik EQ and delay units...db Sound L.P. announced an upgrade to the sound system for "Riverdance: The Show." The Lee Company, one of Riverdance's two North American touring companies, replaced its monitor console with a Soundcraft Series Five. Other Soundcraft Series Five acquisitions: London-based JHE Audio, and Scotland's EFX. Additionally, Series Five consoles were used on several high-profile tours, including Natalie Imbruglia, The Corrs, Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Santana...LiveWire Remote Recorders Ltd. news: The company provided the live broadcast mix for CITY-TV's 14th Annual New Year's Eve Party at Nathan Philips Square in Toronto. LiveWire also provided the live-to-air mix for Alanis Morissette's "Intimate and Interactive" performance at MuchMusic. The company recently added two vintage UREI LA-4 compressor/ limiters to its list of '70s classic outboard gear...Life on the Road: The Incredible Rock 'n Roll Adventures of Dinky Dawson is now available at bookstores everywhere, or at www.dinkysworld.com. The book chronicles Dawson's travels with Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, the Byrds, Lou Reed and others...Cirque du Soleil productions continue to expand. Two permanent shows are now using Cadac F-Type Live production mixing consoles. The show "O" in the Bellagio Showroom in Las Vegas is mixed by Mark Dennis on a 64-input Cadac F-Type. In Orlando, FL, a 72-input Cadac F-type was installed for the production "La Nouba," which takes place at the new Cirque du Soleil Theatre in Walt Disney World's West Side District...Third Ear Sound Company (Richmond, CA) announced that 1999 marks its 25th year in business. The company recently supplied sound systems for Bill Cosby, Martina McBride and the San Jose Jazz Festival. Upcoming events include the Russian River Jazz Festival and the Monterey Blues Festival...Elvis Lives! At least as a European arena tour featuring a seven-piece band whose members all played live with the King. The P.A. contract is with Eighth Day Sound, which enlisted the support of Wigwam (London, UK) for the tour. The FOH console, a 56-channel Amek Recall RN, was chosen because it can run to timecode and the show involves many synchronized video inputs...Blue Heaven Studios, a performing arts venue and recording studio in Salina, KS, installed 15 New Frontier Electronics SX-20-NE Surge-X surge suppressors.