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Fiddlers Get Xtra
Friday, 19 November 1999

The rapidly-expanding Fiddlers Pub Company has recently installed Xtra Music satellite systems into six of its premises in North London. Fiddlers' John Tann said: "We are a very cosmopolitan chain, and the music we play in our venues needs to match that feel. Having 80 channels of uninterrupted digital music allows us to change the mood of our outlets quickly and seamlessly, and offers incredible value for money when compared to alternative systems."Xtra Music's system provides 80 channels of continuous CD quality stereo music, with the benefits of no commercials, no DJs, no interruptions, no moving parts and no playback media.

Gearhouse Olympic Winners
Friday, 19 November 1999

Gearhouse Australia, will be supplying turnkey operational facilities for major German broadcaster ARD/ZDF at the Sydney Olympics next year. Stephen Chadwick, general manager of the company's Broadcast division, said of the project: "Each day, the Gearhouse facilities will produce more than 30 hours of programmes that will be screened in Germany through two free-to-air stations and one paid service. We are obviously delighted to be supporting one of the world's lading broadcasters." This latest deal brings the total value of Gearhouse Australia's Olympics contracts to more than $10m.

A Day Out With C Audio
Friday, 19 November 1999

C Audio amplification has been installed at Fantasy Island, Europe's biggest indoor amusement park, situated in Ingoldmells near Skegness. The units are used to power the loudspeaker system within the live entertainment area from late afternoon and throughout the evening. The need for powerful sound reinforcement is clear, as the stage itself is housed within the huge glass pyramid structure of the park, together with the background noise associated with a myriad of fairground rides.Fantasy Island's Tufty Gordon turned to Rob Walker of Blacklight International, whose experience of this type of installation was already known to him. He specified four JBL 300W full-range cabinets with two 600W sub-bass units, to be powered by two C Audio GB 602 amplifiers, all purchased through Arbiter Group plc.

CP & P With Ministry Magazine Annual Awards
Friday, 19 November 1999

Clay Paky and Pulsar co-sponsored the first ever Ministry Magazine Anual Awards, hosted at the Brixton Academy in London in early November. Presented by Richard Blackwood, along with Boy George, Melanie Sykes, Tim Vincent and special guests, the event attracted 2,500 clubbers and music fans. Lighitng naturally played its part, with 12 Clay Paky Stage Scans at the front of the rig providing most of the action – colour washes and gobo effects - during the ceremony, as well as for live performances by ATB and Hybrid. The show was programmed by LD Tony Fagin, and the equipment was supplied by The Spot Co.

Canford Launch New Services & New Catalogue
Friday, 19 November 1999

Canford Audio has launched a new sourcing service alongside their new-look year 2000 catalogue. The new service, called Canford Plus, will run in conjunction with the existing service now to be called Canford Express. The new service aims to provide a 'one stop shop' solution, whereby customers can order almost any product, whether or not it is in the Canford catalogue.The Plus service team will include sales, technical and customer service personnel, and will be dedicated to sourcing their customers' requirements. Canford believe customers will benefit for a number of reasons, including the simplified payments and shortened waiting times.

Blitz Take Superstar to Europe
Thursday, 18 November 1999

Blitz Communications' sound division, TP Sound, has been contracted to take the touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar on the continental leg of its European tour in January 2000. Front-of-house control for the production is from a 56-channel Amek recall console, running Showtime automation software. A Yamaha ProMix 01 is used as an effects submixer, while effects playback is sourced from a pair of Denon DN990R MiniDisc players. 38 channels of Sennheiser EM 1046 UHF receivers are used, visually linked to the FOH position by the company's remote monitoring system. Cast members are fitted with Sennheiser's MKE2 and DPA Microphones' 4060 head-worn mics, with SK50 beltpack transmitters.EAW's KF300 full-range cabinets provide the reinforcement, along with a pair of KF850s and four SB625 subs, with amplification from Yamaha and Crown. JBL Control 1s are used for effects and delays.

Digital 328s on Tour
Thursday, 18 November 1999

Celtus, who have been support band on the recent UK tour by Deacon Blue, have been using two Spirit Digital 328s mixing consoles supplied by EFX as a major part of their front-of-house set-up. For FOH engineer Mat Miller, the opening show of the tour was the first time he had used the 328. He spoke very highly of its on-board dynamics and Lexicon effects, as well as other useful features such as the recall facilities. As a first-time user, he commented: "It can only be testament to how easy the board was to use that my only worries as doors opened were to do with how far away catering was."

First Series FIVE Monitor for Finland
Thursday, 18 November 1999

The first Soundcraft FIVE Monitor console has been ordered by Finland's largest sound rental company, Eastway. The Helsinki-based company operates a mainly EAW-based rental stock, which is used primarily in Finland's busy summer festival season. The Series FIVE Monitor was chosen for its versatility, as it can be used for front-of-house and monitoring, and is also well-suited to in-ear monitoring – a popular choice among Finnish musicians.

Lodestars Flying With Texas
Tuesday, 16 November 1999

Adlib Audio have bought 12 one-tonne Lodestar hoists from PCM that have just made their debut flying the PA on the recent, highly-successful arena tour by Scottish band Texas.The deal was completed during PLASA 99 by Adlib's Dave Kay and PCM's John Jones. Adlib also bought two PCM's four-way motor controllers. These Lodestars join Adlib's existing stock. Dave Kay comments that they went for Lodestars because they are the industry standard and he believes they are the most reliable motor on the market.Kay completed one of PCM's Motor schools three years ago which he found very useful for learning the fundamentals of the machine. However, the motors have also proved so solid and robust that Adlib have never had occasion to dismantle or repair them. On Texas, Adlib's Lodestars were used to suspend their Martin Wavefront PA system which was engineered by Andy Dockerty at front-of-house with Marc Peers on monitors.

PCM Announce first Motor School of 2000
Tuesday, 16 November 1999

PCM has announced its first CM Lodestar Motor School training session of 2000, to be held on January 25th and 26th at PCM's base in Wirral, UK.The course has now been modified and streamlined to include an operational session on the use of the Lodestar Motor in addition to the usual hands-on assembly, disassembly and troubleshooting of the hoist. There will also be a seminar on truss safety and usage and discussion on the requisite safety issues of the professional rigging industry. As usual, the two-day course will be free of charge to all participants, who will just need to travel to The Wirral and cover their hotel costs.

High End Systems Announces European Appointments
Monday, 15 November 1999

As part of its ramp up of European Operations, High End Systems has announced the following appointments: Grif Palmer, vice-president of sales, has now assumed additional responsibilities for High End's European Operations and London office. David Catterall, former sales and marketing manager of Flying Pig Systems Ltd will now be responsible for both High End Systems and Flying Pig products throughout Europe, whilst David March, former operations manager for Vari-Lite UK, has been named European operations manager and will also be based in London. Claas Ernst, former business development manager for Eastern Europe, has been appointed regional sales manager for Central Europe and continues to be based in Munich, Germany.High End is now looking in the greater London area for offices to house both Flying Pig Systems and High End Systems personnel, as well as future training and demonstration facilities.

LSD Supply European Music Awards, Dublin
Monday, 15 November 1999

The European Music Awards were recorded on the evening of 11th November in Dublin.The lighting for the show was designed by the man who has become Mr music TV, particularly for the special gala event, Alex Gurdon. His rig comprised Icons, Studio Colours, Pars Lycian spots, Source 4 profiles and Terra Strobes, sourced from Light & Sound Design.

GB Audio at Gateway Theatre
Monday, 15 November 1999

The drama department of Queen Margaret University College recently moved into the refurbished Gateway Theatre at Scotland's International Drama Centre. Edinburgh-based GB Audio were asked to design a radio production facility which could also operate as a basic recording studio. GB Audio's Chief Designer, Graham Bodenham, and QMUC's subject leader in lighting and sound, George Tarbuck, came up with a system based around a Yamaha EMX2000 mixing desk. This provides a comprehensive control surface for microphones, instruments, stereo line inputs and talkback, plus a host of outputs to run control room monitors, studio playback monitors, two headphone circuits, tape routing and master output logging.Wall-mounted Denon SCM5K mini monitors are used in the control room with Tascam MD801 minidisc machines, Revox B77s, microphones and headphones by Audio-Technica. ATM multicores connect the studio and control room via simple patch panels.

RML Has UK's Largest Clay Paky Hire Stock
Friday, 12 November 1999

Richard Martin Lighting (RML) has recently added a further 48 Clay Paky Stage Zoom 1200s to its hire stock, taking the total Stage Zoom stock to 60. The company's inventory also includes Clay Paky's Golden Scans, Mini Scans and a variety of Stage Line 300s. RML now hold over 300 Clay Paky fixtures - the largest stock of Clay Paky moving lights in the UK.The Stage Zooms are currently starring on Later With Jools Holland, Top of the Pops, Star for a Night, Casting Couch and Des O'Connor Tonight.

Lighting Technology's Olympic Spirit
Thursday, 11 November 1999

London-based Lighting Technology Projects were the specialist lighting supplier and installer for the Olympic Spirit Sports Museum, a recently-opened themed attraction in Munich, Germany. The attraction has a dedicated area for each of 33 Olympic sports. A distributed DMX control network was installed, with the dimmers for each area located within the sport experience zone. The majority of the zones also included complex audio-visual displays that interfaced with the lighting.A GrandMaster Flash PC-based system from Artistic Licence was selected for control, as it enables each zone to be treated as an individual light show, while also allowing overall control when required, such as special events, for example. Specially-manufactured three-circuit lighting track recessed into 48mm diameter tubes were used around all of the zones to allow flexibility in the positioning of the luminaires for the lighting consultant, as well as for ease of installation. The venue designer was Event Design Services, and the lighting consultant was Malcolm Innes of Jonathan Spiers & Associates.

ETC in Queensland Gallery
Wednesday, 10 November 1999

ETC's Australian distributor, Jands Electronics, has announced that the Queensland Art Gallery has replaced its total architectural lighting control system with ETC's new Unison system, controlling 26 racks of HP6 wall-mount dimmers. The system was sold through the Production Shop, and installed by O'Donnell Griffin. Lighting levels are critical in the gallery, especially where photographs and works on paper are concerned, as levels above 50 lux can be damaging. The new Unison system ensures that lighting levels meet the correct conservation standards in all the Gallery's exhibition spaces. The control rack houses a central processor with battery back-up memory for storage, and a floppy disk drive. The rack provides network connection to wall stations, PCs for on-line control, and other Unison racks with output via a single DMX512 data system. A DMX512 input is also provided with powerful supporting programming options.

Numark at Amsterdam's Dance Music Conference
Tuesday, 9 November 1999

Numark DJ equipment was used on site for vinyl promotion at the 4th Dance Music Conference in Amsterdam in October. The conference is Europe's largest forum for International DJs and music professionals to discuss issues of Dance Music as a cultural phenomenon. The three-day conference was supplied exclusively with Numark professional DJ equipment by Amsterdam-based Interstate Audio. The 12 proTT-1 direct-drive turntables and six proSM-1 two-channel mixers were used to provide 'listening stations' for all the participants in the main foyer of the conference centre.

Plasma at Rugby World Cup
Monday, 8 November 1999

Advanced Plasmavision Ltd, appointed AV rental supplier to the Rugby World Cup, delivered over 500 42inch Fujitsu Plasma display units in one month. Following a tough bidding process, Advanced Plasmavision was selected as the sole supplier of Plasma display products to three major UK Rugby World Cup venues - the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Twickenham and Murrayfield. Working closely with Steljes professional trade hire and Fujitsu UK, the company undertook all the technical and logistical demands required to supply multiple plasma displays and video source delivery systems at all three venues simultaneously.

ELA and HSE in joint R&D Project
Monday, 8 November 1999

The Entertainment Laser Association (ELA) has begun a major programme of research and development on the safety of audience scanning techniques. The work will cost around £15,000 to complete of which half will come from the Health and Safety Executive who are co-funding the programme. It will be managed and co-ordinated by Paul Tozer of Lasermet who will work in conjunction with other companies from the ELA and will report to Steve Walker, the HSE project manager. The project is the first research work ever undertaken by the UK laser display industry, on the laser display industry and at the behest of the laser display industry. The research will cover Measurement of typical emission levels; Examination of the regularity of laser pulse hits in audience members; Accurate measurement of typical beam divergences out of scanning systems and Evaluation of maximum scanning speeds and scan angles.

Soundweb DSP at Home
Monday, 8 November 1999

LMC Audio has supplied a multiple Soundweb package to Home, Big Beat's new seven-storey nightclub in London's Leicester Square. The programmable DSP system is at the heart of the multi-zone sound system, and includes 12 Soundweb 9088 boxes, three 9000 Mk II hubs and three 9010 'Jellyfish' remote controllers. The system was designed by BSS Audio's Matthew Bate, with LMC Audio's London sales manager, Ian Woodall, in conjunction with Home's technical manager, Andy Kayll. Of the seven floors at Home, the only level not directly under Soundweb control is the third floor. This features the Steve Dash Phazon system, where, as at Cream in Liverpool, all the processing is managed and stored in a BSS Omnidrive, which is fed by Soundweb.

Rosco Restructures
Friday, 5 November 1999

Roscolab Ltd has announced a restructuring of its European Sales and Marketing divisions. The changes include the development of its specialist sales team, the launch of a new Customer Service Department and expansion of the Marketing Department. Gordon Tomkins, who has extensive sales and account management experience, has been promoted to sales manager for the UK & Scandinavia and a new Customer Service Department has also been developed, headed by Kirsten Smith. Another newcomer to Rosco is Duncan Smith, who joins Joanna Shapley and Denise Piguet in the marketing department as marketing projects manager.

Estonia's Heaven and Hell
Friday, 5 November 1999

Installation of some 250 Selecon luminaires has begun at the Tallinn City Theatre in Estonia bringing to life the performance venues in this complex of fifteenth-century buildings which house eight different stages. The Hell Stage, opened in November 1997 and acknowledged as the most unusual stage in the Tallinn City Theatre, was the first performance site to benefit from the choice of Selecon fittings. Originally planned as an understage, this vast irregular-shaped hall lies six metres underground, hence the name. Aboveground, is the Heaven Stage which is due to open in December.

JBL Scoops The Loop
Friday, 5 November 1999

London's latest high profile venue, The Loop in the capital's West End, features an all-JBL sound system, with the equipment line-up reading like a wish-list from the company's extensive range. Project manager Ed Manwaring of Music Marketing Services Ltd who installed the system specified the JBL system. Coverage for the Dance Floor is provided by two VS3115 3-way loudspeaker systems and VS125HS low frequency speaker systems from JBL's Venue Series, together with six Sound Power SP212-9 2-way full range loudspeakers. A pair of EON 15P powered loudspeakers are used for monitoring. JBL Control 25s provide background music for the restaurant, with eight Marquis MS28s used in the Basement Bar. The Upper Bar is served by six Control 28s and this area is also the location for the amp-racks comprising six MPX600 and seven MPX1200 amplifiers, again from JBL.

Sheffield's National Centre for Pop Music Saved from Closure
Thursday, 4 November 1999

The papers have been full of the trials and tribulations of Sheffield's National Centre for Popular Music. The £15 million pound project has run up debts of over £1million since it first opened in March this year (see L&SI March 99). Things didn't look too good for the Centre recently, but following a creditors meeting this week, its future has been safeguarded by the 200 creditors agreeing to a package offering just a tenth of what they are owed. The Centre has failed to attract the visitors levels anticipated and has also suffered staff cutbacks.


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