Cadac's long-standing association with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera continues with the latest production scheduled to open in Korea on 2 December 2001. Phantom is being staged at the LG Arts Center by The Really Useful Group of Australia, in conjunction with local entertainment company Zemiro. Production sound engineer Greg Pink is responsible for all the engineering aspects of the show's sound system, which has been jointly supplied by Orbital Sound of London and the LG Arts Center. The system includes a new 31-input Cadac J-Type Live Production Console, equipped with six Programmable Group and three Programmable Auxiliary modules. Phantom's track record encompasses some 18 countries and 99 cities, playing to audiences of over 58 million to date: the Korean production follows in the footsteps of a number of major musicals staged at LG Arts Center, which is also the permanent residence of a Cadac F-Type Live Production Console.
Commenting on the new production, Greg Pink told us: "Normally we would bring an entire system into a venue, but for this production we were asked to use the console installed at the theatre. This is the first time we have used two different Cadac consoles, and due to the complexity of 'Phantom', it has been necessary to link them in a non-conventional way. Cadac provided audio bus breakout cables to enable me to link only selected parts of the two consoles, including Matrix injects on the F-Type which are not normally available on this console. SAM's new 'remote control' facility made programming the two consoles much
Telex EVI Audio's 'Channel Climbing Contest' was one of the highlights of the 2001 music trade fair in Frankfurt. Visitors were invited to climb the 4.5m-high reconstruction of a Midas Venice mixing desk and once up there, plug in four giant plugs. The competition, which was highly entertaining for both participants and spectators alike, definitely added a little more excitement to the already busy fair. Of the hundreds of contestants, Werner Koelbl from Schoefweg in Bavaria proved to be the fastest. With a time of one minute six seconds, the 37-year-old literally climbed to the top. Most of the other contestants took around three minutes for the same task.
Werner Koelbl can now look forward to a trip to Venice. Together with his partner he visited Telex EVI Audio's European headquarters in Straubing to collect the voucher for his trip. After Wolfgang Zollner had taken them on a short tour through the company, champagne corks were popped. Managing director Mathias von Heydekampf, distribution manager MI, Guenther Gehlich and marketing manager Joerg Hermsen presented the climber with his voucher.
Creative Staging was recently selected to provide the video projection, audio and lighting design and supply to the Nike exhibition - 'Nike - A Design for Movement' - working alongside exhibition designers Tonkin Architects, and the computer graphics and video producer at the Design Museum.
The project involved four 'zones', coming together at the centre, each having its own theme with a separate video and audio sound track. Periodically, the four videos would synchronize to form 270-degree 'wrap-around' computer graphics with lighting effects. As visitors moved from zone to zone, the soundtrack changed automatically to synchronize with the video material and exhibits in that area without the headphone wearer having to adjust or change units in any way. This was achieved through the use of infra-red headsets with video and audio material run from synchronized DVD players controlled by a Creative Staging system.
Creative Staging is part of the Myriad Group of AV, broadcast and communications companies.
When CNN's London bureau moves into new multi-million dollar state-of-the-art digital studios in the centre of London this month, it will utilize a new complement of Trantec radio mic and in-ear monitoring systems.
Four S5000 lavalier wireless mics and two S5000IEM systems were purchased from LMC London, for use by news staff in the new studio in Great Marlborough Street, which was opened by The Queen at the end of November. This was part of an investment that reinforces the importance of the network's largest production and broadcasting unit outside the US. The system was specified by consultant sound engineer Richard Mason, and the order placed through the London office of LMC Audio. LMC's Tom Davis explained that the TV network wanted to change the format, implementing a new radio mic system that would give them a more flexible solution. LMC presented CNN with a site demo, giving a series of options.
Davis adds that in addition to the sonic integrity, the station was also impressed by the fact that the same control software could be used to monitor both the IEMs and radio system. "The ability to monitor the signal strength and the battery status simultaneously is unique," he said. LMC Audio also supplied Antenna Distribution Units (ADUs) and a PC interface kit, while the S5000Ls are fitted with Sony ECM77 capsules.
The new premises are among CNN's first to utilize cutting-edge newsgathering facilities - news can be received from almost anywhere in the world and made available immediately via a digital infrastructure to CNN's producers of television, inter
Adlib Audio has added 50 Nexo Alpha cabinets to its inventory to go alongside their recently-purchased JBL Vertec system, and their established stock of Martin Audio and Adlib own product. Adlib believes the marketplace is changing as a result of increased input from engineers, each of whom has his own way of doing things, and the company wanted to have the flexibility within their inventory to react positively to clients demands. The Nexo Alpha cabinets were supplied by Nexo's UK distributor, Fuzion plc.
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.
Marquee Audio will forge even closer links with the concert touring industry, following the arrival of the experienced Glen Smith. Formerly founder of ISE - a company specializing in the supply of second-user equipment to the UK's rental production companies - Smith takes up his directorship at the Shepperton Studios-based company with a mandate to deliver the same service.
In a long career as production, tour and stage manager (including Glastonbury and the first WOMAD Festival) and stints with the UK's leading PA companies, Tasco, TFA Electrosound and Britannia Row, he has witnessed all aspects of sound reinforcement and concert touring at close quarters. The service will not be dedicated exclusively to concert touring. "We have already taken in some equipment for the installation market," Smith explains. "It means we can start getting creative and my vision is to develop this equipment as fully-distributed product lines." Commented Spencer Brooks: "We will still act as brokers, but this will increase the opportunities for some clients to part-exchange equipment, and others to pick up premium second-user lines with the confidence that they have been through a series of checks."
Piranha Cables has introduced the M1 Dynamic Microphone to complement its comprehensive range of high quality instrument, speaker and microphone cables. The microphone has a rugged black body shell and can confidently handle the harshest of stage environments, say the company. Its super-cardoid sound capsule gives a clean, natural sound, low harmonic distortion and a high threshold to acoustic feedback. The M1 is supplied with its own traveling box and a Piranha M1 mic cable with high quality Neutrik connectors.
The company has also recently added multicore cable to its ever expanding range of audio equipment. The cable is available in 4, 8 and 16 pairs, each one individually shielded in aluminium foil and individually jacketed within an outer sleeve made from a strong, highly flexible matt black PVC. Identification is made easy with numbers running along the entire length of the inner cables.
Tascam, the professional audio and musical instrument division of TEAC Corporation, has acquired the stock of Texas-based NemeSys Music Technology, Inc. NemeSys is known for its popular GigaSampler and GigaStudio software-based sampling and music production tools for the PC platform, which Tascam will immediately begin distributing under its own brand. The company has appointed the principal software engineers and former owners of NemeSys to its team in order to ensure the continuing development of the 'Giga' platform. "We are tremendously excited by the possibilities inherent in TASCAM's acquisition of NemeSys," commented TEAC vice-president Gene Joly. "The GigaSampler and GigaStudio products are already revolutionizing the world of music creation and production and we're certain that the addition of Tascam's distribution and marketing strength will allow these tools to be even more broadly embraced by musicians and audio professionals around the world."
Founded in 1996, NemeSys was formed by several of the world's most highly-regarded host-based signal processing technology developers. This engineering team has designed successful products by such companies as Rockwell Semiconductor Systems, Packard Bell, Compaq Computer, Aztech Labs, Crystal SemiConductor and Digital Equipment Corporation. While the NemeSys acquisition is Tascam's first foray into software-based music production tools, several of its product development engineering and marketing staff members have made key contributions to the development of professional sampling products from music
A vibrant new South African production has arrived on the West End stage. Umoja - The Spirit of Togetherness opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre this month to rave reviews and a cast of 33 singers and dancers, four African drummers, and a five-piece band.
Conceived by Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni, and brought to the stage by director Ian von Memerty, the task of 'sound designing' the story of African music fell to Trevor Peters. With FOH engineer, Tanja Somers, Trevor recommended that the show turn to Trantec to supply the requisite number of radio mic channels. "When the production started a year and a half ago we had three rifle mics, two handheld radios and CD backing tracks, but as funds became more available so the production has grown." In The West End, 20 S4000 lavalier mics are worn by the cast with S3500s on the guitar and sax.
"The fact that we are running 22 channels is quite a coup in itself because the S4000 is only supposed to support 16 channels," explains Peters. "But by using Channel 59 and 69 we have managed to get 20 running together - which makes the S4000 a multi-user system." The radio system was supplied with aerial distribution units and ground plain antenna. Front-of-house technician is Mark Cohen and the radio tech is Mark Dunn.
Mackie Designs has launched a fully interactive, online tradeshow exhibit that will highlight new products from Mackie, Mackie Industrial and Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW). The 'e-Show' will offer educational and entertaining features, including streaming and downloadable video demonstrations, new product announcements, downloadable software demos, instant access to product datasheets and a series of topic specific discussions hosted by representatives from all three companies. Visitors will be able to order literature and can even buy real tradeshow 'swag!'
"We acknowledge that there is no substitute for the personal interaction of a live tradeshow," said Karen Anderson, director of marketing communications at EAW. "But, in the absence of actually being there, we feel the ‘e-Show’ is a great way to provide many of the informational, educational, and fun elements of a Mackie/EAW tradeshow experience - minus the hangover."
EAW launched its online exhibit on 2 November to coincide with the LDI Show in Orlando; Mackie will launch theirs on 28 November, just in time for the rescheduled AES Show.
The worldwide launch of the new Yamaha DM2000 24-bit, 96kHz production console, underpinned Marquee Audio's most successful open day ever at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith this month. Although their collaboration with Yamaha was primarily to expose the PM1D, for whom Marquee have already enjoyed huge success as main dealers, the new desk was rushed down from the SBES Show at Birmingham - where it had been given its first private preview - and unveiled to visitors in the Studio Theatre.
With full support from Yamaha's technical team, including Professional Audio Manager Terry Holton, the Marquee Audio team of Spencer Brooks, Andy Huffer and Glen Smith spent the day entertaining the UK's leading production and PA rental companies as well as studio managers. Shipping in the first quarter of next year, the DM2000 is a complete, multi-platform mixing system for broadcast, recording, post-production and live performance, marking a new era in digital mixing. Offering 96 mix channels, extensive surround features, integrated DAW and ProTools control, it provides more than nine times the processing power of the Yamaha 02R.
With its 24-bit/96kHz spec, the DM2000 offers a comprehensive range of 96kHz-compatible stereo effects, many designed for surround mixing. In addition, the DM2000 provides full automation of virtually all console parameters, and features 25 100mm motorized faders which can be layer-switched to control the 96 channels. L&SI was at the SBES preview launch - a full report appears in the December issue.
According to manufacturers Audio Digital Technology, its new SDA11 digital analyzer is a 'Digital Swiss Army Knife' for anyone who works with digital audio, verifying the final link in the audio chain. Visual indication is provided to indicate sample rate, line errors and channel status. The three output BNC connectors when connected to an oscilloscope will allow further investigation of data word length, eye patton and jitter. Word clock output is also possible from the incoming AES/SPDIF signal.
The small, hand-held, battery device will accept sample rates up to 96kHz at 24bits and will allow monitoring via headphones or internal loudspeaker of the incoming AES or SPDIF signals. For cases requiring a 'get out of trouble' fix, the analyzer is also capable of editing and re-transmitting the channel status bits causing the problem in communication, establishing a temporary working connection between two devices, while the hold function is a useful addition to tracing intermittent faults.
Peter West has joined UK distributor HW International as area sales manager. He will be responsible for the Midlands area and will represent the Shure, Phonic, QSC and PreSonus professional audio products. With a wealth of experience in the professional audio market, West was previously employed by Raper & Wayman and LTP (where he was responsible for EAW loudspeakers).
Digital Audio Research Limited (DAR) has launched the Trigger Audio Replay System, building on its innovative workstation and disk-recorder technology to create a unique, flexible and powerful system for live television productions, as well as for radio and live theatre. Ideally suited to game show applications, Trigger provides easy-to-use instant-play facilities, allowing sound effects, music segments and voice-overs to be managed from a single system.
Trigger offers the the ability to record, edit, assign and replay audio segments from within a single-screen display. Mono and stereo audio segments can be assigned across up to four stereo outputs, with segments sequenced as four separate Playlists, or triggered individually by the 32 instant-play Trigger keys. Specific segments can be programmed for triggering by external switching - including contestants' and presenters' buttons, and console fader-starts - with Trigger also able to generate or respond to MIDI commands for synchronizing audio play-outs to other events and equipment, such as studio lighting.
Trigger can be operated as a stand-alone system - or, using DAR's D-net protocol, Trigger systems can be networked to each other, or linked to a studio-wide, server-based audio network. A disk-based system, Trigger is supplied with an 18GB internal hard drive, plus a choice of removable-media drives including DVD-RAM, MO and Zip. Trigger's built-in editing functions provide the ability to fine-tune audio segments independently - trim start and end points, adjust fade-in and fade-out slopes, set gain levels, and ad
Leading London-based rental company John Henry's Ltd has just taken delivery of a batch of QSC Powerlight amplifiers to upgrade their main PA racks. The purchase of the PL236 and PL6 units came after a lengthy evaluation of a number of different amplifiers with their existing EAW speaker system. "Having expanded our main EAW KF850 system at our sister operation in Dubai, we shipped our existing amp racks out to power it," said Aden Gregory, JHL's Audio rental department manager. "This gave us the opportunity to review our amplifier stock. We decided to check out a range of different switch-mode power amplifiers and after extensively testing a number of brands we chose the Powerlights from QSC. We were surprised that the PL6.0PFC weighing only 59lbs could deliver so much energy and have such a fast recovery rate. Not only do they sound excellent but they also have the added advantage of being light in weight - no mean consideration given the amount of trucking and load-ins we do in any given month."
HW International, who has had a long-standing relationship with John Henry's Ltd, supplied the amplifiers. Commenting on the acquisition, HW's Graham Logue said: "We are delighted that John Henry's chose QSC to power their system, it's great to see another high end sound company selecting QSC amplification."
TV show Urban Choice, starring DJ Trevor Nelson has already benefited from the QSC purchase and it's expected that the amps will be involved in further TV work.
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
Telford-based broadcast sound equipment hire company Soundsense has announced a series of cuts to its hire charges to make it easier for Restricted Service Licence operators get on the air. The cuts mean that prices have fallen by an average of 14% across the board. To help bring the cost of transmission to an all-time low, Soundsense have introduced the Broadcast Warehouse TX20 20W transmitter to its hire fleet. With internal RDS encoder and on-board compressor limiter, Soundsense are offering 'ready to go' stereo transmission packages from just £250 (inc VAT) per month. The new transmitters make their debut as part of the equipment package being supplied to Red Dragon Rally FM, the RSL station for the Network Q Rally which is on air from 21-25 November.
Soundsense's Derek Tallent told us: "We're aware of just how tough it's becoming in the current economic climate to get an RSL on the air. The RSL equipment hire market is an important part of our business, and so we've taken this step of lowering our prices to encourage RSL operators to get on the air rather than postpone or cancel their broadcasts. In addition to introducing new equipment, we've also re-introduced our book and pay in advance scheme, which offers RSL operators up to 50% discount, depending how far in advance of their launch date they book and pay."
Former Audix, Delta Sound and Federal Signal Sales Manager, Charles Turner, has been appointed UK field sales manager by SigNET. Charles will be responsible for sales of the SigNET range of products, including a new loop amplifier and voice alarm system, throughout the UK. He has been involved in the voice alarm/public address industry for the last 10 years and has been successful in securing key projects including Manchester Airport, Birmingham Airport, the Commonwealth pool and many projects for ADT Fire and Security and Siemens Cerberus.
CIE-Audio has once again received the award for the world's leading Inter-M distributor. As part of a network of 94 distributors in 72 countries throughout Europe, America, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Australasia, Nottingham-based CIE-Audio exclusively distribute the complete commercial audio, pro sound and CCTV product ranges from Inter-M. "The latest news of our Inter-M sales figures exceeding all other distributors throughout the world reflects not only our commitment to the brand, but also the popularity of the product range within the UK market," said Chris Edwards, CIE-Group marketing manager. "This will be our 10th consecutive year as the Number 1 distributor and, for such a small country to provide the highest sales figures is an acknowledgement of the dedication and hard work our staff continue to provide."
The news of CIE-Audio's achievement comes as the Group’s CCTV Division - CIE-Security - embarks upon the launch of Inter-M's new CCTV product range which will include cameras, monitors, controllers and a newly-developed digital surveillance and recording system.
When Britannia Row were asked by MJK Productions to provide sound equipment for an event jointly hosted by Cadbury's and Popworld late in October, little did they know what a prestigious line up of bands would be there. The shows, held at the Hammersmith and Manchester Apollo venues, were private affairs for an invited audience of around 6,000 young pop fans, the winners in a national Cadbury's 'back of the packet' competition. The envy of many, the lucky fans were entertained by Westlife, S Club 7, Blue, Mis-Teeq and Jo Breezer in a stunning show compèred by Neil 'Doctor' Fox.
"It was a bit like the old BBC 'Crackerjack' show with bags of goodies and fun stuff between the major acts," said Mick Kluczinski of MJK, a regular user of Brit Row equipment: "They provide the kit and people I need, when I need them." Said Kluczinski. "This time, after previously testing them out on a couple of arena shows, we used their new Electro-Voice X-Line speakers and the sound quality was absolutely stunning."
Kluczinski added: "The fact that they fitted in half the truck space of a regular system, and overall were a smaller rig than conventional systems was a big plus for the rigging crew. Lined up properly, the sound had real rock and roll balls."
Yesterday, Pioneer introduced to the world its first Pro DJ 19" rack-mount mixer; the DJM-3000. To ensure the widest possible music-making flexibility, the DJM-3000 is equipped with an industry-first Effect Mix Mode that easily and accurately effects phrases in a BPM-linked operation along with an improved auto beat effector. In addition to Echo and Zip, Pioneer has come up with a new effect, 'Roll'. This runs a mix while changing the pitch of the song up the chromatic scale to the beat of the music.
The Auto BPM Counter automatically measures and digitally displays a track's BPM (measurement range: 70-139 / 91-180 / 70-180 / Manual) allowing the user to merge one song into another smoothly. Tapping on the TAP button enables the user to manually input BPMs of tracks that are difficult to measure. DJs can now see the music beat, making it faster and easier to mix tracks with different beats. More information is available from Pioneer's 'djsounds' website - address below.
Roxy Music’s world tour came to a close in late September, having reminded sell-out audiences across the globe of what they were missing during the bands 18-year separation. The three-month circuit of dates, which included appearances in Canada, USA, Australia and Europe received great critical acclaim for the quality of its sound, which was achieved by front-of-house engineer Levi Tecofski, with the help of Audio-Technica microphones.
A huge logistical operation, the show occupied over 70 input channels across two desks, with Bryan Ferry employing three separate vocal positions alone. Main stage and piano positions were handled by AT4054s and an ATW7373 handheld radio mic was in place at the keyboard. Also on an AT4054 vocal mic was principle pianist Colin Good, while the guitar amps of Phil Manzanera and Chris Speading were taken care of by AT4047s. For drummer Paul Thompson, Tecofski opted for AT4050s on overheads and AT4041 for ride cymbal. Completing the A-T line up was a further ATW7373 on the backing vocals of Yannick Etienne, and an AT4050, which was placed at the front of the stage as an ambient mic to record the reactions of the crowd.
Tecofski has worked with A-T mics before, employing them on his recent work with Placebo, and explains why he choose them again for the Roxy tour. "I like using A-T mics because they sound so warm and natural - the guitars just sit where I want them in the mix, and the overheads reproduce the cymbals without excessive harshness. As for the 4054s, I’ve never had Bryan's vocal sounding so good."
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Nady Systems, one of the world's largest wireless microphone manufacturers, has introduced a cost-competitive UHF package via its recently-appointed exclusive UK distributor, Lamba plc. Lamba see the UHF-10 as being one of the best value-for-money products on the market, the system offering all the advantages of clear-channel operation on the uncluttered UHF band (operating between 794-805MHz). Featuring the full 120dB dynamic range, the UHF-10 promises a typical operating range of 250ft - extending to up to 500ft in open areas.
Features of the UHF-10 receiver include DigiTRU Diversity for maximum range and drop-out protection, Tone Squelch for locking out potential interference; noiseless transmitter; both quarter-inch unbalanced and balanced XLR outputs and full LED indicators. The BodyPack Transmitter (UB-10) features: Off/Standby/On switch; low battery LED indicator; locking 3.5mm mini-jack for audio inputs (instrument, headworn mic or lavalier mic), with input level adjust and three-way selector. The UH-10 Handheld Transmitter features the Nady DM-10D unidirectional neodymium dynamic cartridge for optimum true sound, with low feedback and minimal handling noise.