Installation News

Soundwebs Network New Shanghai Media Centre
Friday, 18 January 2002

Three BSS 9088ii Soundwebs have been specified to handle the networking at the important new Media Centre which opened recently in Shanghai. The Centre is based around a single fan-shaped room, measuring 6.4m high and 36m in length. The shortest width is 22m and the longest, 44m. Owned by the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Company, the contract to fit out this new-build site was won by ACE Shanghai.

The company wrote an audio specification to include mixing consoles (Amek/Soundcraft), amplification (Crown), loudspeakers (JBL Vs Series), control components (including dbx equalization), various sound sources, patch facilities and other ancillaries. They recommended to the owners that Soundweb be employed to route the signal sources generated from CD player, cassette recorder, hard disk recorder and microphone - with a local 9010 Jellyfish remote panel. According to ACE Shanghai’s Zhou Ji, the company has preset into Soundweb delay characteristics, gain settings, crossovers, matrixing, limiting, filter, compression, gate, meter point and networking features.

(Ruth Rossington)

AC Lighting’s Major Installation for York St John CollegeAC Lighting’s Major Installation for York St John College
Friday, 18 January 2002

Adjacent to the City Walls and near the famous Minster in the historic city of York, York St John College offers a range of opportunities for post-graduate and post-experience study, alongside an extensive programme of MA and PhD research degrees. The main 9.87 acre site with a history dating back to 1841 is located on Lord Mayor’s Walk, just a few minutes from city centre shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries and museums.

The College has recently embarked on a major programme of investment in infrastructure facilities to develop a state-of-the-art learning centre including a new library and IT facilities. The programme has also included a significant installation of lighting and audio equipment to enhance the college’s Communication Arts Studies in Media and Performance (CASMAP) facilities.

This part of the installation has been carried out by AC Lighting Ltd, creating two drama studios, a dance studio, a recording studio and facilities for music production and pre-production work. The drama and dance studios have been fitted with a high density of ceiling-mounted internally wired lighting bars and an extensive range of Selecon and Vision lanterns. A number of Strand lanterns from a former college location have also been integrated into the facilities. Control is provided by a mixture of Strand and Zero 88 dimmers in conjunction with ETC and Zero 88 consoles. Extensive patching facilities have been incorporated as part of the dimmer installations. Each studio has also been extensively equipped with tracking and drapes to enable simple and rapid reconfigu

Soda Bubbles with Nexo
Thursday, 17 January 2002

Soda in Derby is the latest club to choose a Nexo Alpha E system, installed by Ivor Green Associates. According to Green, Nexo was "the only choice" for his clients who were committed from the very beginning to the highest quality system they could afford. "I was impressed by their enthusiasm and professional approach," he said. "Although it's not the sort of job we would normally undertake, having seen the venue and met the clients and realised that we were of like minds, I agreed to take on the contract."

The club operates on three levels with the Soda bar on the ground floor, a quiet chill-out area with no music at all on the second floor, and the dancefloor itself, home to the new system, on the third floor. Green specified two stacks of Alpha E comprising four Alpha B1-18 bass bins and four Alpha E-M mid-top cabinets each. Crown MA Series amplifiers provide the power and a Nexo NX241 digital controller handles system processing. "It's not a huge system, but it sounds impeccable," commented Green. "The clients wanted a sound system that would deliver high power with extreme clarity, but they also wanted something that would have credibility in this market, and Nexo delivers on all fronts. To my mind the Alpha system represents an excellent technical achievement, and Nexo are to be complimented.

(Lee Baldock)

Clapham Grand chooses Nexo - again
Wednesday, 16 January 2002

The Clapham Grand, which re-opened three years ago under the management of Howard Spooner's Leopard Clubs has changed its Crown-powered Nexo Alpha system for a new Crown-powered Nexo Alpha system . . .

So what prompted the change? Howard Spooner explained: "The original system we put in three years ago was perfect for the requirements at the time, but since then our music policy has changed to include a more house and dance night as well as our traditional 70s and 80s nights. Also, the dispersion of people through the club has changed. As a result we needed more sub-bass to beef up the low-end, as well some infills for the upper levels. Basically I just felt that our customers deserved an upgrade."

Spooner approached Peter Dyer at Tarsin who enlisted the help of Fuzion's technical director, Gary Ashton, to specify a new Nexo system. Dyer pointed out that although it's only been three years since the original installation, technology has changed. "System control is now digital rather than analogue, and there were several other changes we felt we could make to improve the system, so on balance we felt that it would be more efficient to start again from scratch rather than try to upgrade the existing equipment."

The 1500-capacity club retains its original theatre format with a T-shaped stage at the front for the performers and cabaret which extends out into the main dancefloor. Two tiers of seating overlook the dancefloor with boxes extending down each side of the auditorium. The DJ is situated on his own balcony towards the rear of the stage so he ca

L-Acoustics for Olympia Halle, Munich
Wednesday, 16 January 2002

Trius, the official L- Acoustics Distributor for Germany, has just completed an installation at one of the country’s most popular multi-functional arenas - the Olympia Hall in Munich - together with a local installation company called IES.

The 13,000 capacity Olympia Hall was built in 1972 for the Olympic Games and hosts a range of events such as rock concerts, musicals, sport events and corporate functions. Due to the variety of formats, the main audio installation requirement for the hall was to have uniform and coherent coverage of both the stands and the infield. Furthermore, a modern system was required which would be acceptable to visiting production companies.

The installation includes 76 L- Acoustics dV-Dosc cabinets, divided into eight arrays (two of 12 cabinets for the north stand, two of 10 cabinets for the south stand, two of eight cabinets for both the west and east tribunes, and two of eight cabinets for the infield), with L-Acoustics LA 24 amplifiers. The signal processing consists of four BSS FDS-366 and two new Symnet Digital Matrix units from Symetrix, with customs settings created by Trius to complement the various system applications and configurations. Initial results and reactions from both the technical staff and the visitors have been very positive.

(Lee Baldock)

Adlib’s Minidrives EQ The Living Room
Monday, 14 January 2002

With two distinct divisions, Liverpool-based Adlib Audio are equally at home in the installation arena as they are on tour with some of the world’s leading bands. Their own-branded equipment keeps company with some of the top commercial names in pro audio, and running kit in their rental fleet enables them to evaluate its suitability for fixed install.

Which is how the company became familiar with the BSS FDS-334 and FDS-336 Minidrives. Adlib have long been devotees of BSS’ famous Omnidrive family and so when they won the contract to fit out a series of Living Room bar/restaurants for fast-expanding Living Ventures Ltd, the proprietary digital loudspeaker management system went straight into the specification.

As the latest Living Room opened on Birmingham’s burgeoning Broad Street leisure strip this month, Adlib managing director, Andy Dockerty, told us that their first Living Ventures project had been on their own doorstep at the up tempo Mosquito Bar and The Vampire Suite, a private members bar in Liverpool six months ago. "We’d previously done a lot of hires for the owners," said Dockerty. "But this was the first place we used an FDS-334 and FDS-336 - and it was on the strength of this that we won the contract to fit out the Living Rooms."

The 10 outputs afforded by the combination of a 334 and 336 fits the model perfectly for a multiple sourced system offering, sequentially, hard-disk delivered background music system, a blues pianist and a full-on DJ session. In Birmingham this services three zones - conservatory, rest

Modelbox Plans for Brighton Dome
Friday, 11 January 2002

Modelbox, the pioneering specialist in the use of computer aided design for the entertainment industry, was recently called in to help the Brighton Dome generate new groundplans for visiting companies.

Currently in the middle of a £22million Lottery-funded rebuild, with the Pavilion Theatre and the Corn Exchange already open and the Dome due to re-open next month, the theatres' staff had come to realise that, as is so often the case, the architectural plans generated for the refurbishment would actually be of little use to visiting companies since they would contain too much detail and superfluous information.

Modelbox are now adapting the architectural plans to produce a set of theatrical-style groundplans for each of the three venues, presenting theatrical users with the information they need in the form they expect to find it in. The plans will be available to visiting companies on paper or in electronic form at any scale.

Currently working to update its comprehensive - and unique - collection of electronic theatre groundplans, Modelbox has been involved with projects around the world in recent months, including producing building plans of the Winter Gardens Theatre in New York - now home to the hit musical Mamma Mia.

(Ruth Rossington)

ICA chooses SLS Loudspeakers
Friday, 11 January 2002

West London-based pro audio distributor Ampekko has recently supplied the Institute of Contemporary Arts, situated on The Mall in London, with an integrated SLS Loudspeaker system. As the official sponsor of Climax 01, SLS teamed up with the ICA and The Musicians Union to stage a ground-breaking season of music and talks which looked at the highlights of indie, acoustic and dance music over 2001. Its resounding success inspired the ICA to permanently install a SLS integrated sound reinforcement system into their main Theatre.

Andrew Missingham, director of performing arts, explained: "We were so impressed by the SLS system that Ampekko supplied for the week-long Climax 01 season, that it made total sense to replace our old system and upgrade to SLS. It will allow us to fulfil our objectives in 2002 to revive live music performance in this venue. It has already worked to enhance our club nights . . . and will continue to augment the potential of the Theatre across a variety of applications from performance art and dance, through to live music and conferences or workshops."

To achieve the diverse objectives of a very multi-functional venue, Ampekko supplied a system comprised of SLS T3RHs - active three-way cabinets and SLS T218K4 sub-bass units. A pair of T3RHs were flown either side of the stage by production rigging experts, Flying Squad Aerial Rigging Ltd, who specified the compact 272kg PCM/Lodestar motors so as to enable the speakers to be flown to optimum height.

The system has been integrated through an Allen & Heath GL4000 with the amplification suppl

Stagecraft Makes Technology Accessible
Tuesday, 8 January 2002

Stagecraft has recently been involved in a major development at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth. The company supplied lighting and sound equipment to the venue and is also planning a programme of disabled workshops at the theatre.

In 1972 a fire destroyed a large part of the backstage of the Victorian theatre and the refurbishment provided an opportunity to re-design the theatre to provide greater accessibility for all theatregoers. One of the key areas to be developed was the lighting and sound systems and thus Stagecraft supplied a range of technical equipment, including Martin intelligent lighting, Selecon Pacific luminaires, Compulite Luna moving yolks, Zero88 lighting control and dimming, and a range of audio equipment, including Tannoy speakers, Shure microphones, QSC amplification and Allen & Heath control.

Grant Bales-Smith of Stagecraft worked closely with the New Theatre Royal to develop the accessibility of the Theatre. "We have a strong relationship with the team at the theatre and have worked with them through installation and initial training. We are on hand to offer technical support and advice and look forward to holding the disabled workshops where we’ll be able to see the real flexibility and accessibility of the equipment."

The workshops are aimed specifically at those with learning difficulties and those who are mentally or physically disabled. The team at Stagecraft will be teaching those who take part in the workshops about the benefits of using the equipment, demonstrating its capabilities and offering them a unique educatio

Blackline Arrives at London's Embassy
Monday, 7 January 2002

One of London's most famous dance venues has been fitted out with a Martin Audio system, courtesy of Bedford-based Creative Technologies. The former Legends - in Mayfair’s Old Burlington Street - has been acquired by Mark Fuller’s Embassy Restaurants Ltd, following the sale of his previous venues, Sugar Reef and Red Cube to Chorion plc. Fuller - with partner Garry Hollihead and operations director, Gina Campbell-Clough - has renamed the venue The Embassy - in deference to the famous venue that flourished in nearby Old Bond Street in the early 1980s, where he also worked.

Creative Technologies' relationship with Fuller extends back to his days when he ran Little Havana. The company also installed Sugar Reef, but according to managing director, Rob Ferguson, this is their most sophisticated fit-out yet, as the combination of Martin Audio components and Soundweb networking will provide a level of local control in each sound zone.

Powered by QSC amplification, the system has been designed to allow for expansion should the venue wish to bring in live acts, but for the most part music will be played back from Rolec hard disk machines, as well as by the DJs - working Technics SL-1210 decks, mixed via the now obligatory Allen & Heath Xone 6:2 - and a five-play Denon CD player.

This is fed for the most part to Martin Audio loudspeakers - eight EM15s, 10 EM26s and four Blackline F15s, as well as some pre-existing other-branded subs, in which Creative Technologies have replaced the drivers. These feature in the dance area basement where a Blackline F15 is flown in ea

Martin Cinema Systems in New West 12 Centre
Thursday, 3 January 2002

Warner Village Cinemas have extended their relationship with Martin Audio cinema systems with the opening of the 12-screen West 12 Centre multiplex at Shepherds Bush. Forming part of the £20million redevelopment of the Concord Shopping Centre, the building of the latest Warner Village Cinemas site is part of a general renovation of the area, with design by architects the Colman Partnership.

The sound systems consist of Martin Audio Screen Series cabinets, which also featured recently in a number of screening rooms at the high-profile Warner Village Cinema complex at Star City, Birmingham, and in the Warner Bros. preview theatres in London. Warner Bros International Theatres' director of projection and technical equipment, Phil Crawley, confirmed that Martin Screen 4s and 5s are currently being adopted in new Warner Village Cinema multiplexes around the UK. Screen 5s and Screen Sub 1As are set conventionally as L/C/R systems in the two large Dolby Digital EX cinemas (Screens 9 and 12, with 386 and 284 seats respectively). The added cinema surround is provided by Martin Audio Effect 5s. Dolby Digital 5.1 features in the other screening rooms, where Martin Audio Screen 4s are in use.

The 3-way Screen 4 and Screen 5 full range systems boast dedicated midrange and high frequency sections, with the Screen 5 designed for larger-scale cinema environments. This system, which has been designed to meet the THX specification for 3-way screen systems, consists of a 2 x 15" low frequency section, plus a unique mid-range and high frequency horn which exhibits ideal pattern contr

Stagetec Installs at Exmouth CampusStagetec Installs at Exmouth Campus
Wednesday, 2 January 2002

Stagetec (UK) Ltd has just completed the design, supply and installation of a sound, communications and lighting system for the new performing arts centre at the University of Plymouth's Exmouth campus. This major new GBP2.5 million teaching complex incorporates a performing arts area housing a large lecture theatre, a performance area and seminar rooms. Stagetec’s design was based on an outline specification from University staff. The lighting system features an internally-wired grid over the auditorium and stage areas, connected to eight LSC iPRO 12-channel digital installation dimmer packs. A Compulite Spark 4D console was chosen for its quick and easy programming facilities, its power and expedient size.

Stagetec supplied a selection of luminaires from the Selecon range, including 1.2kW fresnels, 600W Pacific profiles, Aurora cyclorama floods and a Performer followspot. Stagetec also provided a separate house lighting control system, utilising a two-channel Leax Scenemaster 8000 controller and dimming system.

The sound installation is based on facility panels mounted all around the building, and wired back to a central audio/video patch system. Four Martin Audio EM76 speakers are mounted both sides of the theatre's stage, driven from Crown CE series amplifiers and mixed via an Allen & Heath Mix Wizard 14:4:2 mixer. Ancillary equipment includes Denon CD and cassette machines and Shure and Audio Technica microphones.

The communications side of the install includes a Tec Pro intercom system, backstage and front of house paging, a show relay and a Sennheiser Inf

CP Sound in the Cellar Club
Thursday, 13 December 2001

CP Sound has just completed phase one in a major new club sound and lighting installation, in the Cellar Club at Reynolds nightclub in Stafford, West Midlands. The intimate 150-capacity space has vaulted ceilings, with arched passages snaking mysteriously below ground level. Above are two additional floors which are currently being developed and which will soon to become an integral part of what will be a much larger venue.

The sound system is all JBL, supplied by JBL's UK distributors Arbiter Pro Audio. The Cellar's dancefloor area features four JBL MS112 top speakers and two MS125S subs. The bar is serviced with four of the new JBL Control 29s, with Control 24 speakers also in the toilets. For the DJ booth, CP Sound supplied Technics SL1210 turntables and an Allen & Heath Xone:464 mixer, complete with a Denon DN-1800 twin CD player. The mixer was chosen to provide the facility of live microphones when the club has bands playing onstage. Distribution is by a Cloud CX133 zone mixer with a remote control - for operation from the bar area when desired. Amplifiers are all RSE.

For the lighting, CP chose the Pulsar Chroma range to illuminate and highlight the architectural elements in the bar. The arches of the room are down-lit with ChromaHearts, chosen for their multi-colour effects (14.7 million) and impressive 25,000 hour lamp life. Arches inset into the wall run along the length of the space on one side, naturally splitting the room into sections. The central columns of these sections are lit from four sides with ChromaDomes illuminating the brickwork. The ChromaDomes

The Cube goes egg-shaped with EViD
Wednesday, 12 December 2001

Musselburgh, a seaside town just outside Edinburgh, is home to the Cube, a brand new 1,200-capacity club over two floors built from the ground up by local entrepreneur Alfredo Alongi. This impressive venue has the distinction of being the UK's first EViD installation. This new range of elegant ellipsoid loudspeakers from Electro-Voice designed specifically for contractors made its UK debut at the PLASA show earlier this year.

Installers Starstruck Sound and Light were responsible for specifying the EViDs. Starstruck's Kenny Taylor admitted that he had in fact specified another brand until Shuttlesound's Andy Murray walked in with an EViD to show him. "It was definitely a case of the right product at the right time," said Taylor. "Visually the EViDs look stunning - a real departure from the usual black box scenario - and being EV, I was fairly convinced they'd sound good as well, so specifying them was a very straightforward decision. The fact that they come in so many different sizes is also a great advantage, and of course they are dead easy to mount. I'm delighted with the results."

Taylor specified a total of 18 EViD 6.2 cabinets, which is the extended range, high output system. 14 are housed in the upstairs bar which receives its audio feed from a separate DJ area with a dancefloor. The two areas are connected by a walkway which spans the main club area downstairs. A further four EViD 6.2s provide audio for the downstairs bar off the main dancefloor. Kenny feels that his choice of the EVids was absolutely right for the club.

New Ocean
Tuesday, 11 December 2001

Visitors to the Serpentine Gallery might have wondered what was going on when LA-based artist Doug Aitken brought his New Ocean exhibition to Kensington Gardens, London Crowning the mixed media installation, which included 20 video projectors supplied by DVS, and audio throughout the building supplied by Total Audio, were two Coef Show 250 scanners (programmed on a Compulite Spark console) - supplied by i-Vision in conjunction with Fentura Productions.

Melbourne Gets a New Museum
Saturday, 8 December 2001

Melbourne’s exciting new A$290m (£105m) museum in the Carlton Gardens is as thoroughly a 21st century museum as its predecessor had been a thoroughly Victorian natural history museum.

The wooden-framed glass cases of mineral samples, stuffed animals and neatly-pinned insects, have been replaced by interactive exhibits that recount the history of Australia, its peoples and its region, using the entire panoply of contemporary display and production technologies. Museum operations manager Craig Gamble (who started life in technical production for the performing arts), considers the museum spaces to be of three types.

There are the circulation and orientation spaces, which include the foyers that house permanent displays of iconic objects such as a whale skeleton and a tram. There are permanent exhibitions (5-10 year lifespans), and finally, there are temporary exhibition spaces. Each type of space has been provided with display infrastructure appropriate to the level of flexibility required.

All 12 general display areas are configured with the same basic infrastructure. Overhead is a grid of standard steel scaffold (48.4mm) tube at 3.5m centres. The load limit on the grid is 250kg per linear metre, a figure that has proved more than adequate during the first year of operations. A second grid of paired 50mm ducts, spanning the length and width of the space at 3.5m centres, lies beneath the floor. Services running through the duct grid include mains power, lighting, audio, data, video, water, gas and satellite downlink.

Lighting for the museum was originally co

BBC connects with Kelsey
Friday, 7 December 2001

Kelsey Acoustics, leading manufacturer and supplier of professional audio and lighting cables, supplied a number of Kelsey 100 touring multipin connectors, looms and breakouts to ATG Spectrum for its recently-completed installation in Studio 3 at the BBC's Television Centre in Wood Lane.

Studio 3 is the new home of the Top of the Pops and Later with Jools Holland broadcasts, and the request for Kelsey's involvement came directly from the sound supervisor responsible for both programmes. Mike Felton explained: "We were temporarily housed at Riverside Studios for TOTP whilst the move and refurb was going on, and SSE were supplying all the monitoring and PA facilities. They use Kelsey's 32-way multicore as standard, and having used it ourselves, Gary [Clarke, sound supervisor TOTP] and I immediately requested that a compatible line system be installed in Studio 3. It entirely fitted the bill of what we were looking for."

Felton went on to explain that the key features were reliability and flexibility. "When you are using anything up to 160 circuits for just one programme which is basically five lots of 32-way multicore systems that have to be set up and broken down again in record time, they have to be tough to cope with the hurly-burly and the hostile; environment of professional use. Reliability is an essential feature for us, and the Kelsey equipment, which is military spec, seems more than tough enough for the job. It also allows us great flexibility, which is another important requirement on big music shows like TOTP and Jools Holland. We are able to de

J2s Newcastle
Friday, 7 December 2001

Julies nightclub is a well-known Newcastle landmark. Like most clubs, it’s had its fair share of small upgrades over the years, but owner Keith Gibbon, of Lazi Leisure, felt the time had come for a major renovation - hence Julies 2.To effect the refurbishment, the venue was closed at the end of January to allow for major structural alterations to increase its size. Keith Gibbon came up with the design concept and called in the team at Lighting Technology Projects - Craig Grieveson, Dave Philips and Ray Scott - to undertake the installation. The effects lighting rig centres around Martin Professional’s MAC 250s, MiniMACs, Mx4s and CX2 colour changers, with Abstract Moonrays, Pulsar Demon Strobe units and shed loads of neon providing further punctuation. Controlling all this, and the Jem ZR12 Smoke machine, is a Pulsar Masterpiece 216. A Sony-led, four-screen video system is also installed in the venue.

For the audio elements, Ray Scott contacted Steve Coxon of Mackie/RCF to discuss the new system. The brief was for a rig that was capable of producing an articulate sound at background levels, but one which could also reproduce full-on levels when required. Following a site visit, Mackie Industrial ART 300s were spec’d, in conjunction with Monitor 8s and Vision 180s for subs. DJ monitoring was supplied by a single Mackie Industrial Art 300a.

Steve Coxon told L&SI: "The venue was a building site when we did our visit, but it was obvious even at that stage that this was an unique and exciting venture. It was easy to tell that Keith Gibbon was very pas

Harrow’s Historic Chapel Gets a Clearer Sound
Thursday, 6 December 2001

An all-new sound reinforcement system has recently been installed in the historic chapel at Harrow School by installation specialists Scan Audio. The Grade 2 listed building was designed by Gilbert Scott - famous for landmarks such as the Albert Memorial and St. Pancras station, so the installation had to be carried out with great sensitivity.

"A key area to address was the problem of hearing the choir properly at back of the chapel over the large pipe organ," notes Dee Couchman of Scan Audio. Improved sound reinforcement for speech was also required throughout the chapel. "It was the opposite to the usual problem of long reverberation times in that type of building," comments Paul Malpas of consultants Arup Acoustics. "We needed to lift the choir and subtly balance their level with the organ."

The solution was to completely strip out the old column speaker-based system and to use a brand new 100v line installation. The opportunity was also taken to improve the visual aesthetics of the chapel by re-routing the new cabling underfloor or otherwise concealing it. Couchman specified mainly Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers, including six RFX81s - one of each in the north and sound transept, a pair in the chancel position and another pair in the nave. Three TRC32s were also positioned at the rear of the chapel for choir reinforcement. A pair of TOA F160s were also placed in the organ gallery, under which three Martin Audio C516T ceiling speakers were installed. The whole system is controlled via a BSS 9088 Soundweb, controlled by a 9010 Jellyfish remote

Turbosound Upgrades School Chapel
Wednesday, 5 December 2001

A Turbosound TCS system has recently been installed in an upgrade to an impressive school chapel in New Zealand. St. Paul's Collegiate Chapel - set within the schools grounds - underwent an audiovisual and conferencing system upgrade, undertaken by installers Audio Video Solutions Ltd.

Supplied through Turbosound distributor Audio Telex, a sound system comprising numerous TCS-56, TCS-59 and TCS-10 loudspeakers, was both flown and wall-mounted, along with a set of TCS-118 subwoofers and TCS-12M floor monitors. The chapel consists of highly reflective, angled walls, plus an all glass rear wall. With large amounts of glass panelling throughout, the client brief required the design to impress acoustically, whilst being aesthetically discreet.

Stuart Craig of Audio Telex told us: "The client wanted to be able to use the system for music playback vocal reinforcement, as well as live music. Excellent feedback rejection and the way the TCS boxes are voiced, helped us achieve all of these objectives."

The TCS56 and 59 speakers were also chosen for their slim line characteristics, which allowed them to be placed in front of the chapel columns, minimizing visual obstruction.

New Conference Technology for District Council
Monday, 3 December 2001

Brähler ICS (UK) Ltd, the conference technology specialist, has supplied the North-West Leicestershire District Council with a clutch of tailor-made systems. As part of an overall refurbishment, the Council Chamber is now equipped with a new microphone management system (Digimic) and an extra facility for audio-distribution for the hard-of-hearing (Infracom). The latter is an infra-red system based on Brähler's recently introduced MSI-2 transmitter and comes with daylight receivers which are immune to interference from direct sunlight.

Installation, which included a PA system for the press and public areas, was carried out by a local contractor and fully supported by Brähler. "Not surprisingly, ease of operation was emphasized," remarks Mark McGlynn, Brähler’s sales director. "For the microphones, this was partly achieved by incorporating a power supply unit that has mode switches on front of it," he explains. Once set, the power supply to the system can remain live. Moreover, the chairman's unit has a priority button which means that all the microphones can be switched off - and then reactivated as soon as they have been finished with. The installation consisted of 50 Digimic flush-mounted units, two Infracom radiator panels, and ten daylight receivers with neck loops. Standard headsets were also included for the hard-of-hearing.

Selecon Upgrade for Queensland Performing Arts CentreSelecon Upgrade for Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Thursday, 29 November 2001

Three years in the waiting, the technical crew of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre finally have the new luminaire upgrade they have been waiting for since 1998. Over the past two months Selecon has supplied its largest order to a single client of over 700 luminaires, including Pacific 5.5-13, 12-28, 23-50 and 90 degree units and both Arena and 1200 High Performance Fresnels and PCs.

Supplied by The Production Shop, Selecon’s Queensland dealer, the decision to choose Selecon luminaires came after months of extensive tests held at the Centre under the exacting eye of lighting manager David Schultz and his crew. Tim Kennard, at that time of the Production Shop, arranged the numerous sample units and provided the technical back up. In a move away from their established inventory, QPAC are now using Zoom profiles front-of-house in preference to fixed angle units.

Federal Signal wins N. Ireland PA Contract
Tuesday, 27 November 2001

Federal Signal has won a contract to supply a customized version of its Millbank JustiFire single-channel, four-zone public address and voice alarm (PA/VA) system to the Coleraine Diamond Shopping Centre in Northern Ireland. The 'landlord' system will be used to provide emergency voice evacuation, PA paging and message broadcasting services.

Millbank JustiFire is an off-the-shelf product designed as the integral element of a BS5839 part 8 compliant (European BS EN 60849) VA system. The utilization of a standard Windows-based configuration programme provides ease-of-use and a simple graphical interface enables the system to be set-up to meet the requirements of individual installations. For the Coleraine Diamond Shopping Centre, Federal Signal has added an additional power supply to enable JustiFire to support two operational amplifiers and a stand-by unit.

The order was placed by Federal Signal's Belfast-based agent DL Electronics and follows several recent contract successes for the company in Northern Ireland.

Iceland benefits from Vigil EclipseIceland benefits from Vigil Eclipse
Thursday, 22 November 2001

A newly-appointed Icelandic distributor of Baldwin Boxall's has recently purchased 12 Vigil Eclipse Voice Alarm systems for installation in a new shopping complex in Reykjavik, Iceland. HT&T visited International Fire Expo (May 2001) where they met with Baldwin Boxall, who were giving the recently-launched Vigil Eclipse its UK debut. HT&T thought the Eclipse was the perfect solution to the Smaralind Shopping Complex's voice alarm (VA) requirements as the wall-mounting unit is simple to commission and easy to install. The 12 Vigil Eclipses were built in Baldwin Boxall's factory in Sussex and shipped to Iceland, ready for installation - a very quick process for HT&T, saving them valuable on-site time.

Vigil Eclipse is a stand-alone, wall-mountable system, which can operate up to four zones of VA - all dual circuit if required. The system, which utilises Baldwin Boxall's well established Compact routeing matrix, has seven inputs all in priority order, which are as follows: Two Fire Mics, Evac Message, Alert Message, Two Paging Mics and an Aux input. The shopping complex covers over 60,000sq.m, is on three floors and, as well as 80 shops contains banks, restaurants, cinema/conference centre and offices. Any of these premises which are over 200sq.m benefit from voice alarm systems, whereas any shop, or space under this size utilizes a feed from one of the VA racks in an adjacent area.

One of the main shops within the complex is a well-known UK department store. Being British they decided to follow BS5839 Part 8 and therefore have a VA system installed. Other shops followed s


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