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Frogs Deliver The Goods For Deutsche Post
Friday, 20 July 2001

Realising the need to market their mail service in the new e-mail-dominated environment, Deutsche Post has invested DM 2 million into converting a Federal Post Truck into a touring stage. The touring postal van contains all the lighting, sound and AV equipment needed to stage a live event. Performances on the truck’s 60sq.m stage range from simple dramas through to mini extravaganzas.

The challenge presented to Zero 88 distributor, LMP Lichttechnik by Deutsche Post was to specify a lighting system that could handle the variety of shows being staged. Some would be pre-programmed, while others would require easy hands-on live operation when programming time was limited. Olaf Nehrenheim of LMP chose the Zero 88 Fat Frog. Its ability to control 12 moving fixtures and 48 generic channels through its combination of 108 submasters and up to 999 memories met the challenge perfectly.

Stagetec: New Products from Compulite and LSC
Friday, 20 July 2001

Stagetec is to launch several new lighting products from Compulite and LSC. From Compulite comes the RAVE, a new compact lighting control desk for the Club/DJ market and small venues wanting low cost, versatile moving light control. It offers simple and quick set-up and operation, plus either manual or fully automated playback. Rave has one DMX output controlling up to 512 dimmers via 100 desk channels, up to 40 intelligent fixtures (with a maximum of 32 parameters), and up to 20 channels for DMX controlled devices (smoke machines, hazers etc.). Playback devices include 20 virtual playbacks with a fader and a control soft key. Editing is quick and easy using the soft-keys, integrated LCD display and three wheels.

Also new is the CompuDIM Wallmount installation version of Compulite’s popular CompuDIM range of digital dimmers. It is available in two versions (24 x 3kW or 12 x 5kW) incorporating MCB protection as standard with the option of integral RCD protection. Nova is a new heavy-duty yoke system which can be custom fitted to any fixture weighting up to 30kg and is available in two models - Nova Normal for profile luminaries and the Nova Compact for Fresnel and PC luminaries.

New from LSC is the maXim - a powerful, easy-to-use range of control desks combining the right mix of functions, large memory capacity, reliability and elegant design. Five models are available S, M, L, XL, XXL - from 24 to 120 channel faders - to suit all applications. The larger models (L, XL, XXL) also have the option of a moving light control PatPad module. maXim offers single or two

Islington Music WorkshopIslington Music Workshop
Friday, 20 July 2001

beyerdynamic has supplied the Islington Music Workshop with the first Klein & Hummel 5.1 surround sound speaker system in the UK for its Music Technology College. The circumstances of the speaker system sale were unusual - starting as review samples for a pro-audio trade journal (Audio Media), Simon Tillbrook the reviewer was impressed and decided that the studio should buy a system as they were about to upgrade the monitoring system for 5.1 operation: "Surround Sound is now an important part of the Sound Engineering course we run at IMW and we are planning to extend the system further to cover all surround formats, with the Martinsound Multimax. This will give us 7.1 and Omnimax capability," Tillbrook commented.

As a charity-aided faculty, IMW provides a unique resource for students to gain a Sound Engineering qualification to take them into Sound Recording and Music Technology. With a wide range of ‘industry standard’ products including a 40-input SSL G+ Series console, a wide range of popular microphones and outboard equipment, the studio provides a realistic working environment replicating the facilities found in major studios worldwide.

beyerdynamic was only recently appointed the UK distributor for Klein & Hummel, which has been manufacturing reference speakers for over 40 years in Germany. Our photograph shows Simon Tillbrook of IMW (left) with Matt Nettlefold of beyerdynamic.

PLASA 2001 Hotline Goes Live!
Friday, 20 July 2001

Booking your tickets to the PLASA Show, the entertainment technology industry’s leading event, running from 9-12 September 2001 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, has never been easier. You can now book in any of the following ways:

By Telephone: The Visitor Hotline is now live! Call +44 (0) 870 429 4472 to make your credit card booking or to request an advance booking form.

Online: Go direct to to book online.

There are many advantages to pre-registration. Not only will you save £6 on the cost of entry to the Show (tickets on the door are £12) but you will be sent a personalized badge in advance permitting you fast entry into the show. You will also receive up-to-date information on the Show’s Masterclass Programme and how to book your seat at any of the sessions. Entry to the show is free for overseas visitors.

Now in its 24th year, the PLASA Show will feature over 350 exhibitors - manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of professional lighting, sound and AV equipment for the performing arts, night venues and theme bars, concerts and touring, the DJ market, architectural installation, corporate presentations, amusements and attractions, recording studios, cruise liners, TV and film, educational and religious establishments.

Taky Becomes JTS
Thursday, 19 July 2001

Taiwanese microphone and audio equipment manufacturer, Taky Electronics, has announced a change of name, to reflect the growing success of its JTS microphone range. The company will now be known as JTS Professional Co Ltd, providing a closer association with the fast-developing JTS brand in professional audio and MI markets. The company will retain the Taky brand name for consumer electronics products in non-English speaking countries, where it has been well established for over 20 years.

Busy Summer at White Light Sales
Thursday, 19 July 2001

It has been a busy spring and summer period at White Light's sales office, which has been dealing with a wide range of projects from the UK's leading drama colleges up to the country's most famous concert halls.

To the newly re-opened Vanburgh Theatre at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, White Light Sales has supplied a selection of new equipment from Strand Lighting, including two Pirouette PC automated lanterns, 28 SL 15/32 and 12 SL 23/50 profile spotlights, 24 Cantata Fs, 4 Alto Fs and 2 Quartet Fs. Meanwhile across in the City of London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, chief electrician Steve Huttly has been expanding his stock of equipment once again. Having purchased High End StudioSpots and StudioColors from White Light earlier in the year, he has now purchased two Strand Pirouette PCs to add to the two units the School already owns, one Selecon Pacific 90 degree profile spotlight, and two Pani BP5 projectors to fill the near-constant demand for projection in the School's operatic productions.

Next door to Guildhall, the Barbican Concert Hall will be undergoing a refurbishment during the summer. As part of this, it will be upgrading its lighting inventory, and White Light will be supplying a wide range of equipment from Robert Juliat, High End and ETC, including over 70 Robert Juliat profiles, 60 ETC Source Pars, six City Theatrical Autoyokes and 20 moving lights from High End. White Light's Sales team is also maintaining its close working relationship with London's Royal Albert Hall, to which White Light have already supplied new Robert Juliat Cyran

Sweet Touch From Stage ElectricsSweet Touch From Stage Electrics
Thursday, 19 July 2001

Cadbury Trebor Bassett hosted its 2001 Management Conference at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in June, using the whole of Hall 4. The hall was transformed into five Themed Zones, a Central Piazza Area, an Auditorium Theatre and a Reception Area. Stage Electrics’ NEC branch was contracted to supply and manage the events’ lighting, staging, mains distribution and truss screen structures. Delta Sound provided all audio systems, with PSL/PCP completing the technical aspect with a complicated interactive projection system. Rigging was provided by the NEC’s in-house department.

Lighting designer, Ben Holdsworth, utilized 150 Martin Mac Moving lights headed by 42 Mac 2000s. The room wash was provided by 620 conventional lanterns with 12 City Color Wash Lights, while four flown ZR22 smoke machines provided heavy fog for the central area. The space also required eight DF50 haze machines to allow Ben to create a stunning 20-minute light show for the 1700 delegates.

Each of the break-out zones was individually themed - one of which required over 400m of Duralight non-neon rope light and 50m of Pulsar Flexi Flash strobe tubing to create a massive interactive brain effect! The show was controlled by an Avolites Sapphire Desk, five Avolites Pearls and a Zero 88 Fat Frog desk - all controlling 312 channels of Avolites dimming. Seven lighting operators were needed to run the event, which lasted just six hours. The Conference had a major AV theme running through it for which Stage Electrics NEC provided 5 Trilite Truss screen surrounds. These structur

Grand Class Cruise Order for Stage Technologies
Wednesday, 18 July 2001

Stage Technologies has just been awarded the contract for the supply of rigging systems for the latest of the Grand class ships currently being built for P&O Princess Cruises by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Nagasaki, Japan. Stage Technologies’ scope of supply includes nearly 100 axes of automation, both mechanical and electrical systems, installed in three venues. Rigging systems include 26 flying bars, 4 stage lifts, and 16 curtain tracks. Control systems include the company’s award-winning Acrobat, Juggler and Solo consoles. Mark Ager, Stage Technologies’ managing director commented: "We are very excited to receive this order which confirms Stage Technologies as a major supplier of automation systems to the cruise ship industry."

To date, the company has provided the control systems for eight cruise ships including the original Grand Princess and ships for Carnival Cruise Lines and Star Cruises. They have also recently completed the installation of both control and flying systems for the Golden Princess and currently have orders for similar systems on vessels in the Italian Fincantieri and French Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyards, where Stage Technologies is acting as a subcontractor to Harbour Marine Systems (HMS). In addition, they have orders for control systems on more Carnival Destiny class ships in conjunction with HMS and Star class ships for Wagner Biro. Matthew Tonks, who recently joined Stage Technologies as project manager, commented: "We look forward to working with MHI on this project and together delivering the be

Tomcat UK’s Set Construction
Wednesday, 18 July 2001

It’s been a busy couple of months for Tomcat Global’s UK operation. May started with a near £250,000 order to manufacture a custom stage set for German rock group Rammstein. With Leroy Bennett as lighting and set designer, the build included, amongst other items, a custom ‘spiders web’ truss grid, five 1.5m diameter aluminium and plastic surgeon’s lamps and an aluminium and carbon-fibre ‘birthing sack’. Tomcat worked alongside lighting provider Light & Sound Design and scenery specialist Perry Scenic to turn Bennett’s ideas into a reality.

June also proved to be a busy month with the manufacture of a stage set for the present Robbie Williams stadium tour. The set involved the manufacture of a 17m x 5m stage with decks rising from ground level up to a height of 3m. Most tricky was the need to provide a quick-opening deck on the highest level for a hydraulic dragon to emerge from, without any crew or mechanics being seen by the audience. Also provided by Tomcat are the 7m tall silver opera gauze dragon wings that unfold from the back of the stage when the dragon makes its appearance.

Tomcat UK’s production manager, Phil Williams, commented: "Obviously most of our work is done in aluminium or sometimes steel. These jobs enabled us to work with a number of different materials - especially plastics and timber - that normally only our sister company, Brilliant Stages, gets to play with!" Charlie Kail, technical advisor for both projects, offered both jobs to Tomcat UK after Brilliant Stages, his first choice, we

Ministry With Laser StudioMinistry With Laser Studio
Wednesday, 18 July 2001

Laser Studio has supplied and installed an eye-catching laser system into the Ministry of Sound. The Ministry has been at the cutting edge of UK dance and youth culture since the Gaunt Street venue opened in South London in 1991. From day one, the Ministry has always been committed to having the very best in production values. But for the 10 years since its opening, lasers have been absent from the venue at the heart of UK club cool. Ministry’s resident lighting designer Lorenzo Meddi explains: "We thought the time was finally right to infuse the club’s visuals with a laser. The clarity and intensity of light from laser beam is great for suddenly - and immediately - changing an atmosphere."

Lorenzo operates the laser and lighting systems himself during the Ministry’s two public nights - Friday and Saturday. He uses the laser thoughtfully. In addition to the piercing beam effects, he maximises and animates a small, well-chosen selection of effects and graphics - ensuring the best impact and retaining the venue’s unique ambience. Lorenzo and the Ministry’s operations director Nodd McDonagh researched carefully and compared several different laser systems before going with Laser Studio. The system is one of Laser Studio’s Performer ‘Beam In A Box’ series - appropriate because it’s installed in the Ministry’s main music room - The Box. The laser itself is a 2.5W air-cooled ndDPSS unit with integral flightcase for maximum portability within the venue and out-and-about on the Ministry’s many live shows,

ESS Provides Big Screen Support
Wednesday, 18 July 2001

This weekend, 250,000 spectators at the 35th British Grand Prix enjoyed a close-up view of racing heroes Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard, via two 4.8m by 8.1m jumbo TV screens from Screenco, supported by 16.5m high tower structures provided by ESS, the international staging and structure specialist. The 43 tonne screens were located at key spectator spots on the circuit, namely Copse Corner and Chapel Curve and relayed live TV coverage. So far this year, ESS has provided support structures for Wimbledon, the Grand National, the Kentucky Derby and Royal Ascot, as well as the one-day international cricket tests at Lords and Edgbaston, as part of the UK tour by Pakistan. In addition, ESS has also supplied screen supports at Twickenham for various national rugby fixtures. This brings the total number of locations where ESS has provided camera and screen supports to eight so far this year.

ESS was asked at the eleventh hour by Wimbledon organisers to provide a second TV screen to meet spectator demand for Tim Henman’s nail-biting Semi-Final match. This was in addition to the original screen support on ‘Henman Hill’ supplied by the company at the beginning of the world-famous tennis tournament. ESS was able to design, build and erect the second tower structure to support the huge screen, once again supplied by Screenco, within eight hours, working through the night to deliver the project four hours ahead of schedule.

Tim Norman, managing director of ESS, said: "The Silverstone contract is a great endorsement for ESS’ capabili

Coe-tech Plans for PLASA Launches
Wednesday, 18 July 2001

At PLASA 2001, the Coe Tech stand will include the latest launches from top Italian brands Coemar, TAS, and Travel Show, as well as Futurelight from Germany, Poly Optic products from Australia, and smart neon controllers from Fluid Neon Technologies in California.

Coe-tech is launching the Coemar I-Spot 150 at the show, a luminaire for bar, pub, café, restaurant, club, retail and other leisure markets. The I-Spot 150 features an 150W CDM SA/T short arc lightsource, 530° pan and 284° tilt, six interchangeable rotating gobos, seven colours, motorised focusing, strobe effect, sound-to-light mode, master/slave operation and hugely efficient light output for the size of fixture/lightsource. Also on show will be the Coemar CF7 HEX - the latest addition to Coemar’s award-winning hard-edged CF7 range of luminaires. The HEX (hard-edged) version features enhanced optics with a 30% brightness increase, 21-channel mode for even more precise movement and a glass front lens to filter incoming smoke, dust and other potentially troublesome environmental elements. All CF7 features can now be made into the HEX model (if required) with a new retrofit kit. Other Coemar products on the stand include the Coemar Supercyc 2.4. – the first CMY cyc light offering 425° pan and 212° tilt movement, and the Coemar Panorama Cyc Power - a highly flexible CYM cyc floodlight designed for exterior use. Both units utilize Coemar’s Twin Lamp Technology (TLT), a unique optical system that dramatically multiplies the luminous output while

Selecon Provides Magic Touch
Tuesday, 17 July 2001

As you would expect, there’s an air of mystery about the new headquarters of the Magic Circle. Those wizards of trickery have spent seven years and £2 million rebuilding and refurbishing to create a new permanent base. At its heart sits an intimate 162-seat theatre, the first theatre to be built in this area of London since the Barbican. Here members of the Magic Circle, and the public, can marvel at the latest prestidigitations. This is no mean box of tricks: the theatre is technically well planned and equipped with the latest technology to cope with both Magic Circle shows, and for special events and corporate hire.

Gradav Sales of London chose a variety of Selecon products to provide the necessary lighting for a wide range of events. Selecon Pacific lanterns were used for front-of-house - the acclaimed optics of these luminaires make them ideal for gobo projection. Behind the proscenium arch, a selection of Selecon Acclaim Fresnels are used, a lantern with the output brightness of a 1kW lantern but using only a 650W bulb, greatly reducing heat on such an intimate stage, and of course lowering power consumption.

"As well as our members using the theatre, we hire out the building for corporate events," said building technical manager, John Hill. "We find Selecon’s versatile range of lanterns allows our corporate clients to achieve the results they desire, and provides us with a lighting system neatly tailored to our own members’ presentations."

Three Tenors in the Forbidden City
Tuesday, 17 July 2001

A Cadac J-Type Live Production Console was among the cast for the momentous Three Tenors Concert in Beijing's Forbidden City - the first ‘foreign’ event ever to be staged in this unique venue. Organised by the Chinese National Cultural and Arts, the concert took place on 23rd June 2001 - in front of a live audience of some 30,000 - and was broadcast to over three billion worldwide. A huge temporary stage was erected in front of the entrance to the Emperors' Palace, with the stage area encompassing 300m from front to back. The 72-input two-frame J-Type performed alongside Meyer Sound's new M3D line-array system, with the sound system attracting extensive praise for its quality and subtlety on this remarkable occasion. Sound engineering director, John Pellowe, is responsible for all technical aspects of the Three Tenors concerts, along with Alexander ‘Thorny’ Yuill-Thornton II, who handles the sound system design and system optimization.

Pellowe explained that the Forbidden City concert presented some unusual challenges: "I have been involved with the Three Tenors concerts from the very first one in 1990, and with Pavarotti since 1985 - reckoning to have faced just about every eventuality in all those years! But China was different - not least because of the difficulties presented by the language and the sometimes limited local resources. We are used to working with one major local sound supplier, which just was not feasible in China, and this did present us with some interesting issues. We knew that we would be using CCTVs [the Chinese broadcas

AC Inc Relaunches Web Presence
Tuesday, 17 July 2001

AC Lighting Inc has announced a complete redesign and restructuring of its website and web policy. By taking the site under their own direct and local control, the website will become more responsive and able to more easily reflect changes in products and services. "By analyzing exactly what our customers wanted the website to achieve, we have radically changed how information is accessed on line with regards to the products that we handle," said Bob Gordon, president and CEO of AC Lighting Inc. Goprdon continued: "People want potentially three things from our website: they want information on a product that we sell, information about us, or they want to quickly and easily download something. Click on a manufacturer’s logo on our home page and you find information on everything that manufacturer sells as well as being able to access manuals, prices, and software about the product you are currently looking at. Anywhere in the site you can with one click find out who to talk to, where we are and how to contact us as well as being able to view everything that is available for download. If you know exactly what you are looking for, whether it be a piece of software, a manual or a spec sheet just click on the quick download button and everything is there in front of you."

This is the first phase in a four-phase plan of improvements to the company’s web presence. WhiteHorse Enterprises, an internet/intranet development company based in Malibu, designed the site under the direction of AC’s Mike Falconer, who commented: "The whole site h

Jumbotron Put to the Test
Tuesday, 17 July 2001

Screenco has met a production requirement from leading communications agency, Skybridge, for a large, bright mobile screen, to service a series of Channel 4 parties around the UK to celebrate their association with test cricket. Called C4 Summer Tour, the curtain raiser to the England v Australia series took place on July 6 with a beach party in Brighton featuring Fatboy Slim and Groove Armada, and project-managed by Skybridge technical director Lee Eld. In Brighton, the Fatboy Slim set was filmed for a Channel 4 special, transmitted the following week. Screenco provided a trailer-mounted 40sq.m Jumbotron JTS35 CRT daylight video display - the largest of their mobile systems. Lee Eld explained that this year’s tour was the result of a similar series of successful events they carried out for Channel 4 last year. "Working with artistic director and producer, Alex Poots, we have come up with the infrastructure and staging. There are two V-dosc PA towers and a little 8m x 4m stage for the DJ - but the whole event is really based around the big screen."

Production for each event builds up on the day before the five-day tests, which start on a Thursday. The programming incorporates a free-to-air screening of the cricket during the hours of play on each day, followed by a dance party on the Friday evening and a Film 4 film show on the Saturday. The Jumbotron takes VT feeds from live camera relay, satellite transmission of the cricket action and Beta playback of the films and the graphics.Commented Lee Eld: "I have a strong relationship with Screenco; they ar

SBES 2001
Tuesday, 17 July 2001

The 26th Sound Broadcasting Equipment Show (SBES) will take place at the NEC in Birmingham from 14-15 November 2001. The way that audio systems within broadcast environments has changed can be described as nothing less than radical: audio networking is the key to how radio stations and studios will see their future and the expansion of products in this sector is likely to witness rapid growth. Companies such as IBM/Jutel, Klotz Digital, and The Oxford Sound Company have been pivotal in the implementation of substantial installations for the BBC and GWR during the course of 2001. "We can set up a studio without having to be concerned about exactly what it is going to do," commented Tim Donaldson, GWR's Technical Director. GWR have recently completed a move to a new studio that is fully networked using Klotz Digital equipment and dining out on the fact that "this is the largest radio only facility that has been built since BH," (BBC Broadcasting House) his commitment to radio reflects the optimism within the radio broadcast industry.

IBM/Jutel have also chosen SBES to show their network solutions. IBM being no stranger to computer networks, their partnership with Jutel of Finland providing the audio expertise has been rewarded by a substantial contract being awarded by the BBC for the English Regions project totalling 26 local radio stations. The Oxford Sound Company is midway through the installation project for these and a resolute Andrew Riley commented: "This is the way that broadcasting can be made to be efficient, reliable and really taking ad

Sweet Smell of Success for Nu-Light
Tuesday, 17 July 2001

Nu-Light Systems of Warrington have been awarded with the Warrington & Cheshire Research and Innovation Award for their work on the newly-released laser animator system and its potential markets in signage and the Airoamer, for improving environments. They then went on to receive the overall Award for Warrington & Cheshire Business of the Year 2001. Debbie Clayton, managing director, comments: "We were delighted to receive the Awards, due to the calibre of businesses we were up against, from telecommunications companies to national retail outlets. It is important to us as a team for our work to be recognised outside of the industry. It has further confirmed we are moving in the right direction."

Mike Wake, technical director, added: "Receiving the first Award surpassed our expectations, but Business of the Year is amazing, a real team morale booster. It’s the first time in 13 years I have ever known Debbie speechless!"

Tannoy Chosen for Ipanema
Monday, 16 July 2001

Tannoy Dual Concentric speakers have been installed into the Cuban-themed restaurant/bar Ipanema in Birmingham to provide a range of sound levels from gentle background music through to foreground reinforcement in the Bar and Restaurant areas. Twelve Tannoy i7 Contour slimline speakers and two CMS 6 TDC ceiling monitors inside the Whitbread-owned restaurant, along with four Tannoy all-weather i5 AW speakers outside, ensured perfect audio coverage for diners. The music-based restaurant featured a natural themed design with cream décor and the Tannoy i7 loudspeakers distributed throughout the bar and main restaurant area were chosen for their discrete and elegant low-profile design, as well as for the high quality music and speech output. Nick Freeman from Birmingham based installers, Total Sound, commented: "We needed a wide, yet controlled coverage to ensure even audio distribution throughout the venue and the Tannoy i7 Contour infinite baffle installation speakers were perfect. The i7’s dispersion characteristics of 70 degrees vertical and 110 degrees horizontal ensured perfect coverage throughout the venue. In addition, the optional white enclosures ensured that the i7s blended in perfectly with the décor."

The smaller raised restaurant seating area posed a slight problem as it featured a low ceiling and wall-mounted speakers would take up much of the limited space. The solution came in the form of two Tannoy Dual Concentric CMS 6 TDC speakers, which operate as a full bandwidth, single point source to provide quality music playback throughout the whole

Stagetec Install for DH Lawrence TheatreStagetec Install for DH Lawrence Theatre
Monday, 16 July 2001

Stagetec has recently completed the installation of a complete stage management, stage communications, sound and video system into the new, purpose-built DH Lawrence Pavilion Theatre on the campus of Nottingham University - one of the UK’s leading universities. The building is designed as a contemporary 250-seat theatre, an exhibition gallery and performance space, and is named after a former University student - David Herbert Lawrence - who became one of the most controversial and popular exponents of 20th century literature. The equipment installed by Stagetec was specified by ACT Consultant Services. The three-zone paging and show relay system runs throughout the building, including a Sennheiser infra-red hard-of-hearing system for the main auditorium, plus Stage Manager’s desk and full cue light system. Stagetec also supplied and installed a flexible, dynamic video and communication system including a series of video tie-lines, distribution amplifiers and patch bays. Additionally, Stagetec supplied a separate equipment rack to house all the theatre’s outboard audio gear. This was designed to offer a robust and versatile array of machines, including Marantz CD and cassette deck, Sony Mini Disk machine, Yamaha graphic equalisers and the audio patch panel. The theatre’s main speaker system is Electro-Voice SX300s, driven from Crown CE2000 amplifiers via an Electro-Voice XP200a controller - all supplied by Stagetec, together with a Soundcraft LX7 mixer for control. The new Pavilion’s technical installation was commissioned and handed-over on sc

Sales for Logic System
Monday, 16 July 2001

Logic System Pro Audio has announced recent sales of its loudspeaker systems to PA rental companies. London-based Gighire has added eight Logic System units to its existing monitor system. Gighire’s Jon Pickett looked at many options before deciding on the CM20 15" plus 2" co-axial cabinet. Pickett, who joins a rapidly-increasing list of CM20 users, said: "When we weighed up all the options, the CM20 had the performance, was the right size, could be run off our existing control equipment and was also competitively priced. Coupled with our own experiences of Logic System’s excellent build quality and reliability, it was a fairly easy decision to make."

Meanwhile, PA company Acousys Sound Systems of Wokingham has just added another Logic System CS1296 system to its ever-increasing array of hire stock. The system has been purchased in order to fulfil a heavy summer workload which will include the ‘One World’ stage at the famous WOMAD festival in August. Kevin Drain of Acousys Sound commented: "Ever since we invested in the first batch of the three-box, bi-amp touring system late last year, we knew that it was only a matter of time before we added some more. Sonically the system is excellent, whilst the fact that it is incredibly practical and manageable is equally important to a company such as ours." The system went straight out to the Reading University Summer Ball to cover the Dance Arena where artists included Phats & Small, Transglobal Underground and Romina Johnson.

Harrogate International Centre
Sunday, 15 July 2001

A joint project involving manufacturers Allen& Heath and Audace has provided a UK conference and exhibition venue with a unique paging system.

Bryan Waters, MD and founder of Audace, explained that the HIC system required a larger number of output zones than A&H’s DR128 digital matrix could provide. "The first challenge was the need for a system of 16 zones. We wanted to provide the Centre with a single control system that would work with two of the Allen & Heath units." Waters, who professes a keen enthusiasm for the Cornish pro audio manufacturer’s products, set up Audace specifically to provide one-off solutions and off-the-shelf support products for the blossoming digital market. "When the DR128 was launched, there was nothing like it on the market for anything like the price - and there still isn’t," he enthused. "However, the software supplied with the DR128 is for set-up, rather than an operational programme. Our solution, which is part hardware, part custom software, allows non-technical operators (in this case the HIC’s team of receptionists) to control paging levels and zoning from a simple control panel, while technical staff have full access to the two DR128s for the Centre’s computer network."

The central paging panel, which was commissioned for this project, offers users a pre-selection of multiple paging zones, which combines with a push-to-talk microphone to provide access to the Centre’s nine halls, the foyer, backstage and technical areas. Output level to each of these may be set within

UK Demo of Vertec
Saturday, 14 July 2001

Arbiter and JBL recently took residence at the Hammersmith Apollo, to host the first UK demo of the Vertec Line Array system. The day was designed to give clients an opportunity to view the product up close and allow them some hands-on time with the system.

One of the issues JBL was most keen to emphasize was that of weight, or rather lack of it, for each Vertec VT4889 enclosure weighs only 69kg, including rigging hardware. Each enclosure includes two lightweight 15" low frequency loudspeakers, four powerful 2250H 8" midrange frequency loudspeakers, coupled to RBIs (Radiation Boundary Integrators), and three compact 2435 high frequency drivers fitted to WaveFormers.

The system is already establishing a strong following, both in the US and Europe, where some of the key touring supply companies have systems out with a number of headlining bands.

BBC Manchester Chooses DMX-R1000
Friday, 13 July 2001

The historic Manchester-based BBC Philharmonic Orchestra has taken delivery of a Sony DMX-R1000 digital console, supplied by Total Audio Solutions. The orchestra will use the consoles to record its acclaimed performances at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, as well as for BBC Radio 3 recordings in their Studio Seven Concert Hall. The console will also accompany the orchestra on the regular overseas concert tours and international broadcasts that it undertakes.

Virtually all recitals are recorded to digital stereo and BBC recording and mixing engineer (programme manager) Stephen Rinker was instrumental in deciding to opt for the DMX-R1000. "We carefully evaluated the criteria by which we should select our replacement console," he explains. "This encompassed a move to digital, and it’s fair to say that the DMX-R1000 was the only digital desk that fully matched our specification. It represented very good value for money, as well as having impressive audio and a rugged build quality."


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