Audio News

Small World Specs Matrix
Thursday, 15 June 2000

A new PA system, featuring STR1500 amplifiers from the Matrix Audio Development, has been installed at First Division Football Club Sheffield United by Small World. The company has designed and installed a new PA system to replace the existing 2000W (RMS) PA. The spec includes Marine-grade plywood cabinets housing Fane 450W Colossus loudspeakers and Fane CD150 high frequency units, together with Matrix STR 1500W amps. The installation is phase one in a two-phase programme to create the ultimate environment of sound and vision.

Toploader on the Road with evolution
Thursday, 15 June 2000

Sennheiser endorsees Toploader, whose debut album went straight in at the number five spot in the official UK album chart, have also been out on the road sporting the new Sennheiser evolution wireless 565 radio microphone system featuring the e865 condenser vocal capsule.Lead singer Joseph Washbourn was previously using the wired evolution e845 dynamic microphone - the move to a wireless mic is a logical progression to complement his use of Sennheiser wireless in-ear-monitoring system. The band have followed up their recent national tour with a clutch of dates supporting Paul Weller (himself a big fan), including one of his Albert Hall dates.

Denon Launches New AV Amplifier
Thursday, 15 June 2000

Denon has launched the AVR-3300, the latest in its comprehensive range of AV amplifiers. The AVR-3300 offers Dolby Digital and DTS (Digital Theatre Systems) decoding with movie and music surround, widening the scope of Denon's high end cinema amplifiers. The new Analogue Devices SHARC 32-bit chip is at the core of the machine's processor block. Developed in close collaboration with Denon's own engineers, each processor has a 50 MIPS computing speed, bringing substantial improvement to the audio quality of multi-channel sources. The amplifier is also prepared for future formats with eight-channel external inputs and eight pre-amp outputs, providing a full upgrade path for Dolby EX, et al. The pre-amp outs can be switched to provide simple multi-room capacity if required.

Palmer Amplifiers Recall
Wednesday, 14 June 2000

Distributors Adam Hall have issued a recall notice for part of the Palmer Power Amplifier product line. The move follows the discovery by the manufacturers of Palmer amplifiers of a component fault in the soft start circuitry. The amplifiers affected are the P500LX, P800LX, P1400LX and P2000LX. If you have one of these amplifiers call the Adam Hall helpline on +44 1702 613922.

Amek Announces Pure Path Website
Tuesday, 13 June 2000

AMEK has gone online with a new website dedicated to its Pure Path Series of outboard products, designed by Rupert Neve. The new site is exclusively Pure Path in content, with comprehensive operational and technical information on the range, as well as downloadable documents and notes from the designer himself. Pure Path Online is platform, browser and resolution independent. Its design makes use of vector graphics, enabling a large amount of pictorial information to be transferred in very small bandwidth.

New Appointments at LMC
Tuesday, 13 June 2000

LMC Audio Systems has appointed Graham Allen to the newly-created position of head of sales and marketing (London). Graham has 10 years' industry experience and has worked for several major players including Behringer, Shuttlesound and more recently with Sysco. A further addition to LMC is Iain Gregory, a physics graduate from Birmingham University who has joined the London sales team.

KTG Gets the Latin Treatment with LT Sound
Monday, 12 June 2000

A Midas Heritage 3000, an XL250 and racks upon racks of Klark Teknik processing have recently been delivered to LT Sound in Venezuela as part of a complete EV X-Array system sale put together by Steve Mendez of Sam Ash music retailers in New York and Josh Radin of Metro North Marketing. The sale is the biggest of its kind for Sam Ash who is internationally recognised for its music retail operations across the US. LT Sound is a full service production company dealing with some of the most high profile tours passing through its territory. The decision to purchase a major PA system was taken because the company is planning an international Latin American tour with some of the bands signed to its record label, LT Music. Special guest star, Ricky Martin, kicks off the tour on 18th June in the 28,000 capacity El Poliedro arena in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, to be followed the next night by a free concert outside the same arena at which over 100,000 people are expected to attend.

Andy Robinson Joins Orbital
Friday, 9 June 2000

The latest recruit to Orbital is Andy Robinson, who has joined the company as head of production engineering. Robinson has many years experience of sound systems in live events and has spent the last three years touring with Michael Flatley and Lord of the Dance, in both sound and management roles. Production engineering is the vital interface between a designer and a working sound system and his appointment reflects Orbital's increased commitment in this area.

FX Goes Modular With A New Range Of Acoustic Panels
Thursday, 8 June 2000

FX Rentals have taken on distribution of the new range of Taytrix modular acoustic panels. FX Group's technical director Frank Oglethorpe spotted the panels at a recent AES exhibition."They are incredibly light-weight and can easily be stacked for transporting. Once on site they are assembled using a system of slots and straps into virtually any shape the client wants. We have already used them to isolate amplifiers and to build vocal booths." The panels are available for sale or rental and come in three different models - Plexiglas, Fabric and Combination.

Surreal Sound for Dali Exhibition
Wednesday, 7 June 2000

Just opened in Central London, the Dali Universe is the world's first permanent commercial exhibition of Salvador Dali's work. More than 500 works of art are on display, complemented by an extensive Celestion sound system throughout all four galleries. Dali Universe is equipped with a multi-zoned audio system featuring 48 Celestion KR2 and 4 SR1 cabinets, installed by Metropolis of West London. "In true Dali style, the exhibition is a fusion of cutting-edge technology and modern art," explains David Allan of Metropolis, "with the walls covered in blackened steel and all the KR2s are mounted above the ceiling. At the entrance, the designer asked for them to be mounted above steel plates to achieve a big, boomy and decidedly surreal effect." There are five different audio sources, including DVD, CD and MPEG, and the system is powered throughout by Metropolis' proprietary-design amplifiers.

New Resolution @ Homelands
Wednesday, 7 June 2000

Forefront Audio, Blue Box Company and Funktion One collaborated to present an exclusive preview of Funktion One's new production-series Resolution loudspeakers at the Ericsson@Homelands UK Festival VIP arena. The Resolution system was first installed into the Millennium Dome last year and is now being developed into a production series, available for purchase later in the year. For the tented VIP area at Homelands, four Res 9s and eight Funktion One 218 bass bins were installed. The speakers provided more than enough energy for the space - measuring 35 x 15 metres - which by 11pm was sardined with over 1200 revellers. QSC Powerlight amplifiers and new XTA DP224 processors drove the system. Several DJs spun the decks throughout the day and night - Craig Richards, John Beach, John Digweed and Pete Tong among them.

Celestion Expands Professional Products Team
Tuesday, 6 June 2000

Celestion's Professional Systems division continues to expand, with the addition of two new sales people. Mark Pearcy is taking over responsibility for system sales in the South of England. Previously working with his BSc in Software Engineering at a large manufacturer of IT hardware, Pearcy joined Celestion because of his personal interests: he has a home recording studio and is a semi-pro club DJ. His brief is to develop closer business links with the current network of retailers and installers, and to expand that network within the installation sector. Also new to the company, David Jackson is now handling export sales to Europe, South Africa and Israel. Jackson originally trained as an accountant, but a keen interest in the entertainment business led him on to the sales team of Martin Professional, where he specialised in the club market and later, the live music sector.

First Allen & Heath ML5000 for Dimension
Tuesday, 6 June 2000

The London branch of LMC Audio Systems recently supplied sound hire company, Dimension with the UK's first Allen & Heath ML5000. The company's recently launched dual function ML5000 flagship console has 24 group/aux busses, 8 VCA Groups and 4 band EQ with fully parametric mids. The desk has its first assignment at a corporate event for B&Q under the direction of production company will be PCI.

Ultimate to Distribute Ministry's New Range of Headphones
Monday, 5 June 2000

Ultimate have secured distribution of a brand new range of headphones from the world famous Ministry of Sound. The range of five specialist headphones are the result of extensive trials between IXOS and the Ministry's own DJs and have been tested on the club's sound system. The Club range's three models - dj1001, 10002 and 1003 - feature unique rotating earcups and a foldaway system that makes them extremely compact, whilst the Bedroom range's two models are aimed at those on a budget.

Ambient Outlines Plans for Audio Division
Friday, 2 June 2000

Cambridgeshire-based Ambient Lighting has set up a new pro audio division - Outline UK - primarily to distribute the Italian-manufactured Outline range of loudspeaker, amplification and audio processing equipment. Outline's latest product, the Kangaroo, is an active two- or three-way system featuring a 500W 18" bass cabinet and a 250W pole-mount mid/high satellite. A unique feature of the system is that the mid/high section fits snugly inside the bass cabinet for compact, easy transportation. Outline UK say the system produces excellent sound quality and is suitable for a wide range of applications. The new division will be headed by Dave Finlay, formerly of Celestion International, who brings eight years of experience in the music industry to the role.

Facelift for Theatre Royal Winchester
Friday, 2 June 2000

Stage Electrics is to install a new sound and lighting system at Winchester's Theatre Royal. The installation is part of a major remodelling of the theatre and will involve completely removing the roof of the building so the lighting bridge can be installed. The company has also designed enhanced FOH lighting positions in the auditorium and, in conjunction with MRP, a new counterweight flying system. The theatre is owned by The Winchester Theatre Fund, a charitable trust and funding for the project, which is due for completion in early 2001, has been raised by the charity and a grant from the Arts Council of Great Britain.

Sagitter in the Twilight Zone
Thursday, 1 June 2000

Newquay-based PSD Electronics has completed a sound and lighting installation as part of a £500,000 makeover at the Twilight Zone nightclub in Redruth. The new lighting rig features four of Sagitter's compact Infinity MSZ1200 (Multi Step Zoom) units, which project down onto the minimalist ground floor dance area, as well as onto the sailcloth surrounding the eight moving arms of the flown mechanism. Sagitter Digiflash Pro strobes also feature in the rig. All of the Sagitter lighting was supplied by Multifom Technology. PSD's Dave Charman said that the fittings were "incredibly bright and powerful - they look amazing in this installation."

Sound Savers is Launched
Thursday, 1 June 2000

A new consultancy company has been formed to oversee sound system installations in all areas of professional audio. Sound Savers founder Brian Levine is using the services of Stephen Court to look at sound system quotations and proposals. He told PLASA Publishing: "Over the last few years, we have been asked to look at several quotations for new sound systems in every area from clubs and theatres to stadiums, and were frequently surprised by, not only the choice of equipment, but the prices where we discovered cost reductions could be made without sacrificing sound quality. We were asked to vet some of these quotes, and in many cases, saved the clients several thousand pounds on the final costs." Sound Saver's latest project is a stadium in France where the overall sound distribution was increased by 4dB and the budget for sound reduced by 15%. The company is also working on a new club installation in London to reduce problems with sound leakage.

Digital Audio Stay Distortion Free
Thursday, 1 June 2000

Digital Audio Denmark's high-end AD/DA converter, the ADDA 2402 is, the company claims, the only converter on the market which is not affected by Aliasing Intermodulation Distortion - an 'invisible' distortion which affects digital audio equipment. Aliasing Distortion normally appears between 20 - 22.05 kHz (at 44.1 kHz sampling) and by itself is inaudible. However, a recent study by independent consultant Richard Black has shown that these a-harmonic frequencies intermodulate with the frequencies in the audible band and create new audible a-harmonic frequencies when reproduced in loudspeakers. Richard Black has made a CD recording to demonstrate Aliasing Distortion, and can be contacted via e-mail:

Midas Heritage 2000 for Brazilian TV Corp
Wednesday, 31 May 2000

Rio de Janeiro-based TV Globo, the largest TV corporation in South America and among the top five in the world, has just taken delivery of a Midas Heritage 2000 console for its brand new live TV broadcast studio. Henry Spong, president of Libor, Midas's distributor in Brazil, was responsible for the sale. "The studio had been using a Heritage 3000 on rental from Gabisom, a local PA company, and was delighted with it," explained Spong. "TV Globo's audio engineer and specifier, Carlos Ronconi, was determined to have a Heritage desk in his studio, so he approached Libor. We lent him our demo Heritage 2000 by way of comparison, and they decided that in fact it was more than adequate for their needs, so they opted for the 2000 which they have ordered with 12 mono and 12 stereo channels."

CIE Adds RDL to List
Wednesday, 31 May 2000

Following on from the announcement last month of CIE-Audio's UK distributorship for Communications Technology, the company has now announced its UK representation for Radio Design Labs. With a product range totalling nearly 200 units, RDL manufactures a portfolio of application specific modules for audio, video and control.

Key Appointments for Marantz Professional
Wednesday, 31 May 2000

Marantz Professional has made two important new appointments at its European Head Office at Longford, Middlesex. Russell Wiles joins the company as UK sales representative from TEAC UK, where he was southern sales manager for the Tascam products, while David Atkinson joins the company in the position of sales support from the world of pro audio editorial, as the former product editor at MI Pro magazine.

TC Electronic Appoints International Marketing Manager
Tuesday, 30 May 2000

TC Electronic has appointed Stephan Israël as new international marketing manager. Israël has been involved with the UK audio business for the last 10 years, and has had responsibility for UK sales and marketing since January 1999. He will take up his new role at the TC Headquarter in Denmark from August 1st 2000. Present international marketing manager, Kenneth Ersgard, has decided to seek new challenges outside the audio business after three and a half successful years at TC and will leave his current position on June 15th.

THX Approval for DCA Series from QSC
Tuesday, 30 May 2000

QSC's new 4-channel Digital Cinema Amplifier models (pictured right) and the two-channel DCA3422 have received THX approval from Lucasfilm, which has now passed the entire DCA line for use in THX-certified cinema auditoriums. The seven-model DCA line includes five two-channel models ranging in power from 600 to 1,700 watts per channel (2 ohms). Two 4-channel models, the DCA1824 (450 watts per channel, 2 ohms) and 1644 (400 watts per channel, 4 ohms), are ideal for tri-amped loudspeaker systems, since a pair of channels can be bridged to feed a three-way speaker configuration. All DCA amplifiers feature PowerWave switching power supply technology for added dymanic range, and are equipped with an HD-15 DataPort for interface with QSC's Digital Cinema Monitor (DCM) Series products.


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