UK - An aggregate quarry and production plant might sound like a challenging venue for high-level corporate hospitality, but when Aggregate Industries wanted to entertain 300 VIP guests at the end of June, that was the location they suggested to event management consultancy Corporate Innovations.
The venue was Aggregate Industries' North End Farm Works site in the Cotswold Water Park, near Cirencester. As well as being a working production plant, the site incorporates a man-made lake, created from quarrying activities, which now forms a wildlife haven. Corporate Innovations, working with AV specialist Blitz, transformed the lake-side venue with a creative concept designed to raise awareness of Aggregate Industries' environmental activities, whilst also providing spectacular entertainment in a novel setting.
The guests were first taken on a tour of the working production plants in a fleet of Chrysler Grand Voyagers. They were then taken back in time - quite literally - as amphibious vehicles used in the D-Day landings transported them across the lake. This 1940s theme was continued with the creation of a pier and lantern-lit viewing platforms which led guests to a lake-side entertainment marquee. Inside the marquee they were able to enjoy more than 50 period amusement arcade machines including 'What the Butler Saw', 'Roll a Coin', fortune tellers, strength testers and one-armed bandits.
After dinner, seven long-service awards were presented to Aggregate Industries' employees. The after-dinner entertainment then began with a video presentation, projected by Bli
UK - The annual Hayden Laboratories Cricket Cup Challenge is taking place on Thursday 7 August at Littlewick Green Cricket Club, near Maidenhead in Berkshire. Now in its fourth year, the cricket challenge match sees a scratch team representing the sound and lighting industry line-up against a team drawn from the combined ranks of PLASA Show organizers Clarion Events and PLASA team.
The event starts at 4pm and is followed by a BBQ at 7.30pm, which will be charged at £6.50 per head. All are welcome to attend and lend their support to this popular event. If you are interested in attending please contact Nicky Rowland at Clarion on +44(0)20 7370 8231 (email@example.com) or Simon Curtis at Hayden Laboratories + (0)1753 888447 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details and directions.
UK - Sennheiser UK has announced it is sponsoring a double bill of free festival entertainment this year at Ashton Gate Park, Bristol. The first Sennheiser Sounds of Summer Festival will be on Friday 8 August and the live finals of the third annual Sennheiser Unsigned Artist Contest the following evening.
The events take place as part of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2003, sponsored by Vodaphone Live! The Friday night free festival features legendary Scottish songsmiths Hue and Cry, supported by the Cosmic Rough Riders, plus performances from Tippi, The Hazey Janes, Jo Stevens, Tony Moore and DJ Miss Behavin'.
The Saturday Unsigned Artist Contest final kicks off at 2 pm, with live appearances by all the finalists - Hooper, Nowhere Near the Garden, The Adventures of B Violet, The Climb, Demon Summer and Range#Eleven. Saturday's show also features the tabla and guitar alchemy of guest artists Aziz and Friends (former Stone Roses guitarist and current Ian Brown sideman).
The judging panel will include an A&R executive from Sony Music and a representative from the GWR radio group. Winners will receive a first prize of £2,500 cash, £2,500 worth of Sennheiser microphones, £500 Sennheiser headphones and the chance of a place on stage in the New Tent at Glastonbury 2004.
Commenting on the weekend of events, Sennheiser director of marketing, John Steven, said: "As only the second year at Bristol, 2003 marks a huge development for Sennheiser UK's commitment to live music. The cream of over 1,300 contest entries from all over Europe should make for a
UK - Thunder Ridge utilized state-of-the-art digital audio tools for the One World stage at the recent Glastonbury Festival, opting for Powersoft digital amplifiers, supplied by Arbiter Pro Audio, to power their X2000 system, placing the whole FOH system and the major monitor fills under digital power. At the same time, they employed the latest processing tool from Klark Teknik - the Helix digital EQ system - to control every component of the FOH and monitor systems.
Compared to the conventional amplifier, Powersoft DIGAM technology offers very high efficiency and delivers more power to the loudspeakers with much reduced heat dissipation. The output stages of the amplifiers typically run at 95% efficiency, dissipating only 5% of the input energy as heat. These compact (1U), lightweight (10kg) amplifiers can generate up to 3,500W per channel into 2 Ohms.
The advantages of such a product are obvious, says Phil Lowther, technical director of Thunder Ridge: "When I first saw the adverts for Powersoft amplifiers two summers ago, I couldn't believe the claims that were made - up to 7000W RMS in a 1U package. After serious bench testing and listening to these amplifiers, I came to the conclusion that they perform exactly as 'they say on the box', plus the fact that their sound quality and reliability is far superior to the majority of well-known conventional switch-mode power amplifiers. In over 20 years of experience in the pro audio industry, these amplifiers are certainly in my top 10 of audio product innovations."
Rob Goodings of Thunder Ridge commented:
Spain - Valencia-based pro audio manufacturer D.A.S. Audio is to show its new Dynamics series at PLASA 2003, with the presentation of the DS-115 passive and DS-115A powered systems. The Dynamics series provides users with loudspeaker systems that are easy to carry, simple to set up and offer high quality sound, say D.A.S.
The DS-115 is a versatile two-way system designed to be used as a full-range stand-alone unit. Low frequency reproduction is handled by a 400Wrms 15" loudspeaker with 3" voice coil. High frequencies are reproduced by the new M-5N neodymium compression driver. This 1" exit driver incorporates a 2" titanium diaphragm and EFW (edge-wound-flat-wire) voice coil. The unique enclosure design has three ergonomic handles for easy carrying, will accept a standard 35mm mounting stand and includes a floor monitor position for added flexibility. Nine M8 rigging points and an optional mounting bracket provide for use in permanent installations.
The self-powered and passive versions allow the user to choose the powering option that best suits their needs. The powered DS-115A uses a new 15" neodymium cone speaker with 3" voice coil for the LF section. HF, as with the passive version, is reproduced by the new M-5N. The power stage of the DS-115A incorporates the latest in amplifier technology - a Class D amplifier powers the LF section and a Class A/B powers the HF. Protection circuitry is provided for both amps and the components.
For LF reinforcement, the new Dynamics series offers both powered and passive subs. The Sub-18F is
UK - Pro audio manufacturer Audient will show one of the first production units of its brand new eight channel mic pre-amp, the ASP008, at this year's PLASA Show. The ASP008 is a compact, 1U rack-mount unit, featuring eight high quality mic preamplifiers, developed from the mic-pre design used in the company's ASP8024 recording console and the Aztec Live Performance console.
All channels include XLR input, 48V phantom power, switchable input impedance, 25 - 250Hz hi pass filter, phase reverse, as well as line input selection. Channels one and two also feature a -20dB attenuator and high impedance Instrument/DI input, on a jack on the front panel. LEDs provide indication of signal present and overload. A digital output option is available in addition to the standard balanced analogue outputs, making the ASP008 an ideal front end to any DAW or Pro Tools system.
This is the first of a range of products in the Interface Series to be launched by Audient. "We expect the next two products in this range to be shipping by the end of the year," said Audient's managing director, Gareth Davies.
Audient has now completed the final stages of the company's restructure, with the remaining members of the Audient and LA Audio team settling into the new headquarters at Herriard Park, UK, in August.
UK - LA Audio will be taking orders at this year's PLASA show for its new G400 four-channel frequency conscious noise gate, and GC400 two-channel auto compressor and frequency conscious noise gate, both of which complement the current range of signal processing products, which includes the C400 4-channel auto compressor.
The G400 features four identical gate channels that can be operated as four separate processors or linked as two independent stereo pairs. Each channel has fully variable controls for filter frequency, threshold and release. The range is switchable to provide either full muting (-80dBu) or a more subtle level of signal attenuation (-20dBu). Two attack modes are available - fast or slow, and release is manually adjustable. In-built side chain 'auto-level-sensing' and hold circuitry ensure that false triggering and chatter are kept to a minimum.
The GC400 combines the virtues of the C400 auto compressor with those of the new G400 noise gate, offering a professional dual-channel compressor/noise gate that can be operated as four separate processors or independently linked for stereo applications. As with the G400, in link mode, gate/compressor 1 provides master control and 'RMS summing' is used throughout to ensure that signals from both the linked channels affect compression or gating equally.
LA Audio has now completed the final stage of its partnership with sister brand Audient, with Steve Buchanan and Jean-Claude LeCocq joining the Audient and LA Audio team at the new headquarters in Herriard Park, North Hampshire, UK.
LA Audio can be found
Italy - Rimini Fiera's biennial SIB exhibition of entertainment and event technology will be held next year from the 13 to 16 March, 2004. The event, promoted by APIAS and sponsored by SILB, features a wide range of exhibitors specializing in lighting, audio, lasers and design for the entertainment and night sectors. The 2004 event will see an expansion of the successful SIB Theatre section: in addition to addressing stage professionals, this will also now embrace all those who work in the film, TV and cinema markets, with a particular emphasis on set design and stage equipment.
UK - This year's A.C. Lighting North Tradeshow in Leeds on 15 and 16 July was deemed to be a success by both sponsors and visitors alike, with more than 400 people attending over the two days of the show.
Key highlights of this year's event included the much welcomed addition of new industry seminars, which were well attended and are likely to become a permanent feature of future shows. Also of note was the increased presence and space devoted at this year's show to a host of key audio manufacturers, emphasizing A.C. Lighting's increasing role as a distributor of audio, as well as lighting, brands. Much interest was also aroused by the first industry unveiling of the new Tourspot and Tourwash moving lights and SpectraLite Combi Case products, all available exclusively from the company.
A.C. Lighting's Northern sales manager Jonathan Walters told PLASA Media: "I am pleased that the Tradeshow was so well received in the industry, and gave visitors such a valuable insight into the new products and technology our lighting and audio suppliers have to offer."
UK - PLASA continues to adapt to meet the changing demands of the dynamic and diverse markets it serves and for this year's PLASA Show (7-10 September at Earls Court, London) significant changes are in place to engage more visitors and exhibitors in this energetic, inspirational and trend-setting environment. The PLASA Professional Development Programme (PLASA PDP), the Association's new training initiative, will be hosting the educational programme at this year's show. This extended educational platform will examine current trends and issues across the broad range of our industry and provide visitors with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and learn from the industry experts.
The format for this year's programme has changed to offer visitors more choice and variety. This year, the sessions will range from Technical Workshops aimed at technicians through to Business Seminars, which will take into consideration freelance workers and young company start-up requirements. In addition, industry seminars will cover a wider remit across all the key areas of PLASA, whilst the Masterclasses will provide a forum for industry experts to share their knowledge.
The educational programme is supported by some of the industry's leading trade bodies, associations and publications, including AETTI (Arts & Entertainment Technical Training Initiative), HSE (Health & Safety Executive), STLD (Society of Television Lighting Directors) and the ISCE (Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers).
If you are a member of PLASA or one of the supporting associations, you can
UK - Turbosound Ltd, the British manufacturer of live performance and installed-sound loudspeakers, is launching two new models in its fast-selling TXD series of passive loudspeakers at PLASA. Also being shown is the first model in a new range of TSB sub-bass enclosures, as well as further developments in Turbosound's QLight series.
Introduced earlier this year, Turbosound's highly successful TXD series is aimed at the club, DJ and live performance markets, and has already proved to be one of the company's fastest-selling product lines. Being launched at PLASA is the ultra-compact TXD-081, a passive 8" two-way loudspeaker designed for club, bar and restaurants installs, plus the TXD-252 - a 2 x 15" + 2" trapezoidal combo, which looks set to become a firm favourite with pub bands and DJs. Both the new models share the same features that have made the TXD systems such a success - a thermal overload protection system (TOPS), which ensures high frequency driver reliability, plus robust birch plywood construction, high-grade crossover components and built-in rigging points.
Turbosound's new range of compact sub-bass cabinets is kicked off by the TSB-110. A dual-coil 10" band-pass design, it enables up to six satellite speakers to be connected via the internal passive crossover in a stereo configuration. The TSB-110 is powerful enough to generate up to 125dB max SPL (peak) of sub-bass energy, from an enclosure volume of less than two cubic feet.
In Turbosound's QLight series, the self-powered TQ-308SP has secured its place in the corporate and aud
UK - LA Audio, the pro audio technology developer and manufacturer, will use this year's PLASA exhibition as a platform to announce the official UK launch of its brand new line of digital accessories, grouped under the umbrella title of the 'DigiBox' range.
The new range, which will include versatile digital toolboxes, housed in compact aluminium cases, will comprise an AES channel divider, AES/SPDIF converter, AES three-way splitter, SPDIF four-way splitter, word clock/super clock generator, word clock/super clock converter and four-way word clock distributor. Technical manager for the LA Audio brand, Steve Buchanan, told PLASA Media: "Currently these types of products are only to be found in expensive 19" packages, often unnecessarily taking up valuable rack space. The DigiBox range delivers compact, high quality designs at affordable prices, making them accessible to a wide range of users."
LA Audio has now completed the final stage of its partnership with sister brand Audient, with Steve Buchanan and Jean-Claude LeCocq joining the Audient and LA Audio team at the new headquarters in Herriard Park, North Hampshire, UK.
LA Audio can be found on stand EE44 at PLASA.
UK - According to SSE Hire, they provided one of the largest Nexo GEO T Tangent Array systems in the world for the main Pyramid Stage at the 2003 Glastonbury Festival. Nearly 100 GEO T4805 cabinets were used in the field, where between 90-100,000 fans gathered to watch the top act Radiohead. Performers on the main stage included additional headliners R.E.M. and Moby, as well as David Gray, Turin Brakes, Supergrass and The Flaming Lips.
The decision to use Nexo GEO technology was a major departure for the Glastonbury team and promoter Melvyn Benn of The Mean Fiddler Organization. The Pyramid Stage has, famously, been equipped with Turbosound Flashlight systems for many years. In winning the contract for the 2003 Festival, Chris Beale of SSE Hire completed an impressive roster of all the biggest festivals in the UK, all to be serviced with NEXO GEO T.
The system for the Pyramid Stage was configured with two far-field arrays of 24 GEO T4805 cabinets each. These were 25m offstage on each side. In addition, there were two near-field arrays of 11 GEO T4805s suspended from SSE's trademark Teepee structures, each array being approximately 7m offstage. There was also a centre array of 6 GEO T4805s for centre image/near-field, and two field delays 130m downrange from the system each comprising 8 GEO T4805s. Lightweight Camco Vortex amplifiers powered the whole system.
"I used 12 CD-18 subs per side," adds SSE's Chris Beale, "plus 9 S2 subs under the near-field arrays. In fact, the S2 cabinets were attenuated by 12dB and, while they were effective at warmin
UK - International Leisure Industry Week, the UK's only event for the out-of-home leisure industry market, and PLASA, the Professional Lighting and Sound Association, have announced a new partnership.
PLASA will be hosting a special lounge in the Leisure Environments section of this year's LIW. The section focuses on how to create the right environment through design, lighting, sound, vision, furniture and fittings.
The strategic partnership was born of a mutual dedication to the leisure industry. LIW addresses the full range of needs of the leisure market, attracting decision-makers from across the board including nightclubs, late-night venue operators, theme parks, themed restaurants, fitness clubs, leisure centres, heritage centres and museums. The audience represents a fertile hunting ground for PLASA's members as these visitors all require lighting and sound products in addition to other environment-enhancing products to meet mounting consumer expectations.
LIW's independent audience audit highlights the importance of lighting, sound and vision products and services to thousands of leisure operators that attend the show. Over 6,500 of LIW 14,276 visitors last year said that they came to LIW to source these types of products. Danny Chesworth, show manager of LIW comments: "As competition across the industry hots up, investment in leisure environments is on a sharp increase. The standard is continually improving to meet a more discerning public and one of the areas known to contribute to the success of operators is that of lighting and sound. This par
Belgium - The 10th Exhibition of the ACF (Audio Creative Fair) will be held at the Parc Des Expositions exhibition centre in Brussels, in Halls 11 and 12, from 25-28 November 2003. Exhibitors, originating from several countries of the European Community, will be presenting the sectors latest innovations.
The ACF will bring together manufacturers, importers and distributors of professional equipment, pre and post production firms, producers, creative talents in the field of image, sound, lighting, special effects, computer generated or virtual images and multimedia, the representatives of service companies working in these fields and Belgian and European official bodies. Stands dedicated to showing off equipment, services and know-how will be spread over the 22,000 square metres of Halls 11 and 12 of the Parc des Exposition in Brussels.
As in previous exhibitions, the AFC aims to be the show for everyone using audio-visual and multimedia communication tools. As tradition has it, one of the crowning events will be the presentation of the Golden Eye professional awards. Major international conferences on the audiovisual occupations will be held covering subject matters such as: electronic filing and retrieving, computer-generated images, the evolution in audio equipment, lighting and laser technology.
New elements for the 2003 show will include professional demonstrations highlighting the new possibilities of hardware designed specifically for a particular show. The International Laser Display Association (ILDA), the worlds largest association of laser prof
UK / USA - UK exhibitors, facility owners and customers attending this year's 115th AES Convention in New York, are being invited to a special reception hosted by the British Consul General and the APRS. The event, which takes place on Thursday 9 October (6.30pm - 8.30pm), will be open to all UK companies attending at the Convention, not just APRS members.
The aim of the reception is to provide an opportunity for UK companies and their suppliers and customers in the US to meet and network before the show starts the following day. Companies who would like their US customers to sample British hospitality are invited to send names and contact details to APRS executive director, Peter Filleul, at the e-mail address below, so that personal invitations from the New York British Trade Consul can be issued. All customer contacts will be held in strictest confidence by the APRS.
The APRS is also keen to make UK exhibitors aware that the rules for eligibility for Government SESA grants have changed. These changes should be beneficial, as they will allow a number of previously ineligible companies to receive support. SESA grants provide 60% of stand costs up to a maximum of £2,300 (subject to a management charge). For further information contact Colin Holdsworth on 020 8866 6230 or use the e-mail address below.
UK - Reproduced Sound 19, organized by the Institute of Acoustics (IoA), has published a provisional programme for this year's conference, to be held at the Oxford Hotel in Wolvercote, Oxford, from Thursday 6 (main programme from Friday 7) to Saturday 8 November 2003.
The provisional programme, which can be found on the website below, promises another lively and informative weekend, in the long-standing tradition of Reproduced Sound conferences. This year, the theme is 'Exploring and Sharing Audio and Acoustics', and the topics covered include Speech Intelligibility; Perception; Room Acoustics; Audio Networks; Loudspeaker Arrays and Loudspeaker Measurements. The conference will also feature presentations from Dr DurandBergault of NASA, Floyd Toole of Harman International, Dr Wolfgang Ahnert of ADA (and EASE fame), Phil Nelson of the ISVR (Institute of Sound and Vibration Research) as well as an evening demonstration from Genelec.
Other contributors to the programme include AMS Acoustics; Arup; British Broadcasting Corporation; BSS Audio; Celestion; Delft University; Duran Audio; EAW; ISVR; JBL Professional; Listen Inc; Martin Audio; Meridian Audio; Meyer; NXT and Peter Mapp & Associates. There will also be an area demonstrating relevant products.
The Conference will also feature a joint session with the Institute of Acoustics' Autumn Conference, which immediately precedes Reproduced Sound at the same venue. The final session of the Autumn Conference on the Thursday will be on Arena & Stadium Design, including sound installation and building acoustics. As part o
UK - Fuzion plc will be showing new additions to the WORK WPL Series of loudspeakers at PLASA 2003. Designed to exacting standards to produce a high quality acoustic response in an attractive, compact, ABS injection-moulded cabinet, the product represents top-class audio engineering.
The WPL Series is also conceived with a host of features to suit a variety of applications. They can be flown, while their trapezoidal shape also facilitates clustering. With their interlocking feet, stacking is also straightforward - while at the same time the integrated handles make them highly portable.
WPL products come in both passive and powered versions and models on show include the WPL 1 (12in + 1in 350W RMS passive); WPL1A (the bi-amp active version); WPL5 (15in + 1in 500W RMS passive) and WPL5A (the active equivalent).
WORK can be found on the Fuzion stand at PLASA, F60.
Austria - Organizers of the Wiener Festwochen selected Chameleon's German distributor, Alex Schloesser GmbH, to supply the sound system for this annual open-air event, staged in the city of Vienna. Attended by 25,000 people, the concert was broadcast live on ORF and 3SAT TV/satellite stations.
Utilizing the historic Vienna City Hall as a backdrop, performers are drawn from the worlds of classical, traditional and contemporary music, and span mainstream rock bands to opera singers, a brass ensemble and a philharmonic orchestra. "The organizers specified that the system must be able to handle all the different styles of music and, above all, deliver a combination of power and clarity," says Schloesser. "Following a brief from local sound designer, Adolf Togel, I supplied an Adamson Y-Axis 18 line array for the main PA and an Adamson RA system for the delay. The monitoring was handled by Apogee FS2s, AE4Ms and AE3Ms, plus some Radian Microwedges."
Powering the entire rig were 64 Chameleon amplifiers - 40 3500 DP/2s and eight 2000 DP/2s for FOH, plus 16 2000 DP/2s for the monitoring. "Throughout the entire 95-minute performance, all the amps were stable, reliable and delivered a superb sound," says Schloesser.
Italy - Umbria-Jazz is one of the world's most famous annual international jazz festivals and is held every summer in the Umbrian region of central Italy. The audio systems to be used this year will feature Adamson speakers and Powersoft amplifiers as part of a system designed by Reference Laboratory which will be installed in the S. Giuliana Arena, the stage where some of the major international artists are performing.
The linear-array audio system will consist of 24 Adamson Y-Axis speakers, 12 per side, powered by six Digam D 4002 amplifiers. Supplementing the above will be 12 Sub Y10s (six per side) and individually powered by 12 Digam amplifiers. Front fill is provided by four Epsylon 2 12/P Reference speakers.
Robe UK highlighted the just-launched ColorSpot 1200 moving head. This is the latest addition to Robe's AT (Advanced Technology) family of moving head and colour changing fixtures. Using a powerful Phillips 1200 short arc discharge lamp light source, its brightness is further boosted by a high quality optical system. Other key features include a versatile CMY colour mixing system, variable CTO plus an additional colour wheel, 12 rotating indexable, replaceable dichroic glass gobos on two wheels, iris, four rotating prisms and effects, variable frost, a flexible 13-42 degree linear zoom, remote focus, dimmer and shutter. The fixture also has a progressive colour temperature correction system - from 5600K to 3200K - designed for use in television and film applications. Also new was the ColorMix 240 AT - a static colour changer with a 150mm fresnel lens. The 240 is a compact version of Robe's previously launched 250, and offers CMY colour mixing and a separate fast shutter for black-out and variable strobing.
Making their debut performance and taking the star turn on d&b audiotechnik's stand at this year's show, were the identically-sized Ci60 and Ci90 cabinets. Graduating from d&b's Ci Series installation range, they are not only equipped with rotatable horns and an extensive wardrobe of flying accessories, but can be made up to colourco-ordinate. Repeat appearances were made by the versatile Ci80 and the E0 loudspeakers, both having gained critical reviews for their noise to size ratio and ease of use.
Eyecolor is the latest addition to Stage Electrics' hire and sales inventory. Among the first LED moving-head fixtures available, its 18 high-power 1W LEDs offer a huge palette of rich saturated RGB colours. The microprocessor-driven, high-resolution stepper motors provide a fast, smooth and virtually silent 16-bit resolution with 650° pan by 280° tilt. The compact unit also has a forced ventilation cooling system and self-adjusting variable speed fan.
With no lamps or motor-driven colour mixing systems, maintenance is easy: the units have very low IR emission and no UV radiation, enabling them to be used close to the objects they illuminate without risk of damage. They also come with downloadable software, boast automatic head repositioning, a digital LCD display for addressing and special function settings, making them ideal for use in architectural lighting, theatre, TV studios and retail display applications.
The good news for all stage technicians and production staff everywhere is that the days of tatty old timber cyc stretchers are over. No longer will you have to shred your knuckles on rusty wing nuts or get splinters from beaten up bits of old timber. Hall Stage has developed the HoldOn clip - an alternative to eyelets -which grip any thin flexible material. Two versions are available - Mini and Maxi - with the latter capable of handling 100kg.