Audio News

Prolyte’s PLASA Introductions
Tuesday, 14 August 2001

At this year’s PLASA Exhibition Prolyte is introducing new product including a brand new delay tower system, available in 550 kg, 1100 kg, 1600 kg and 2100 kg versions. The large version is being displayed on the stand of Lightfactor - one of Prolyte’s UK distributors. The smaller version can be seen on the stand of another prolyte distributor in the UK, Unusual Rigging. Also new is a completely restyled and updated version of the MPT tower system, to bring the product in line with future demands and regulations.

The updated version of the Prolyte catalogue is also available, featuring over 100 pages of product information and background knowledge from the world of truss. Furthermore the company invites visitors to the cosy surroundings of their stand to enjoy some fun and business gossip at the famous ‘Prolyte Bar’ or to meet Prolyte’s distributor representatives in the UK.

Prolyte can be found on stand D10.

Celestion Adds Power to Elbow Room
Tuesday, 14 August 2001

The Elbow Room chain of pool bars has commissioned a second audio installation from Essex-based Xtreme AV, for its newest venue, recently opened in Bristol. This latest contract follows on from the success of Xtreme’s design for the Elbow Room in Swiss Cottage, London, which opened in June. The three-floor bar in central London features a highly flexible Celestion CXi sound system, providing six zones of audio to the main bar, the gallery bar on the first floor and the club bar in the basement. The system is controlled by BSS Soundweb which allows the Elbow Room to route any sound source to any area - for example the DJ in the basement bar to a private party in the gallery bar. Private VIP areas, scattered throughout the club, are equipped with their own televisions and speaker system, allowing guests to choose their own programming. Each area has its own EQ setting on Soundweb.

"The client was looking for a sound reinforcement system that fitted aesthetically with the club’s interior design," explains Matt Burrell of Xtreme AV. The result was 15 CXi 821 wall-mounted cabinets from Celestion, with an additional four CXi 521s for the VIP booths. Bass is provided by seven Celestion Substation 10 cabinets, discreetly tucked away into purpose-built cupboards with grille fronts. "We used Celestion many years ago," says Matt Burrell, "and I guess you could say it was capable but didn’t really shine. However, we’ve been really pleasantly surprised by the new CXi products, which offer a continuity of high-quality sound right across

Tascam DJ at PLASA
Tuesday, 14 August 2001

Tascam is showing its expanding digital DJ product range on the Tannoy Professional stand. On show are a brand new digitally powered DJ mixer and the very latest update of the company’s top flight DJ CD decks. Guest spots from top UK DJs on the stand are also being lined up. The Tascam X-9 is a uniquely powerful and appointed professional 4-channel DJ mixer which utilizes high resolution digital processing to offer a range of features including on-board sampling, recallable sweepable EQ and internal effects. 24 bit A-D convertors provide for the highest possible signal resolution from vinyl, with four sets of phono stage or stereo line level connections. Digital inputs enable CD decks and external devices, like MiniDisc players, to be directly connected without loss of quality.

Balanced and unbalanced Master outputs feature attenuation control. Pre-Master booth monitor (with independent level) and digital outputs (e.g. for recording) are also featured. Independently adjustable level and EQ is provided for headphone outputs on both the top and front panels. A balanced mic input also features independent level and EQ control. The X-9 is the only DJ mixer to currently feature three-band, fully sweepable, parametric EQ. Settings can be stored in up to a 100 recallable programmes. The powerful EQ can also deliver real time filter-sweep effects like no other DJ console, say Tascam.

Also being shown for the first time at PLASA is the CD-302 V4.0. This latest upgrade of Tascam’s highly acclaimed CD deck system builds on the astoundingly realistic scratch and break c

Marquee Audio at PLASA 2001
Tuesday, 14 August 2001

This year Marquee Audio will be offering a relaxed atmosphere with a room for conversation over coffee, along with the traditional tempting assortment of audio delicacies. There will be the opportunity to view the latest developments within Marquee and the manufacturers the company works with, including the recent appointment of Marquee as a main UK dealer for Sony. Products demonstrated will include the Optocore LX4 fibre-optic multicore system, latest developments of BSS Soundweb software and hardware, Crestron control systems integrated with other audio processing devices, Yamaha PM1D digital console (latest software release) and the Sony digital console, radio mics and playback equipment.

Sound Department at PLASA
Tuesday, 14 August 2001

At PLASA this year, Sound Department will be demonstrating products from Crest Audio, Community Professional Loudspeakers and Level Control Systems - featuring a live demonstration of the VRAS reverberation system and Sound Advance Systems flat panel loudspeakers. Product launches will includethe new ST Series amplifiers and X-Rack Series mixers from Crest Audio, and new additions to the CPL Installation Series from Community.

Crest’s ST series amplifier is the flagship in a family of ‘elevated efficiency’ amplification. The ST amplifier represents a new benchmark in switching amplification - providing the expected advantages of low-weight and reduced heat, while preserving the sonic integrity for which Crest Audio is known. With the latest in switching technology onboard, this feature-rich product has the contemporary look, feel and sound of a touring class amplifier.

The XR-20 is the first in a line of professional Crest Audio X Series rack mount mixers, which address a wide range of applications. The XR-20 meets the varying needs of project studios, houses of worship, broadcasters, musicians and all facets of live sound reinforcement where it can be used as the primary mixer or as a highly flexible sub mixer.

New to Community’s CPL Installation Series are the CPL26 and CPL28. Outfitted with a pair of 8" low frequency drivers, the CPL28, like the CPL26 (which houses dual 6.5" woofers), employs a two-way design using Community's UC-1 compression driver coupled with a newly-developed, 120° x 60° high frequency horn which can be rota

New from Audio-Technica
Tuesday, 14 August 2001

Audio-Technica will be unveiling a number of new products during this year's PLASA exhibition. Taking centre stage will be the second generation of the popular Engineered Sound series of microphones, which has been expanded to include boundary, gooseneck, suspension, lavalier and handheld models. The ES series now also features new capsules, practical switches and redesigned mounting arrangements, making it the perfect solution for all high quality audio installations. Also displayed for the first time will be a limited edition T4033 anniversary model. This commemorative version of the company's flagship microphone is launched as part of the celebrations of the 40th Anniversary of the Audio-Technica Corporation.

Finally, PLASA sees the AT3031 (cardioid) and the AT3032 (omni-directional) microphones added to the 30 Series range for home and project studios. Both microphones are end-fire pencil condensers and feature verow self-noise (16 dB SPL) and a flat, extended frequency response.

Audio-Technica is exhibiting on PLASA stand H16.

BSS Audio at PLASA
Monday, 13 August 2001

BSS Audio will be showing the Soundweb 9088ii at PLASA this year. Its DSP engine builds on the highly successful Soundweb platform, and brings a higher performance to the audio path. The latest generation 24-bit converters are used to give a dynamic range of better than 107dB, plus a new AES/EBU digital input card extends the applications and source options for the Soundweb system. Also on show will be the Minidrive loudspeaker management systems, comprising the FDS-334 (2 inputs 4 outputs) and the FDS-336 (2 inputs 6 outputs), together with the FDS 366 Omnidrive Compact Plus.

BSS Audio can be found on Stand S30.

Northern Light Spec Celestion
Monday, 13 August 2001

One of the UK’s leading sound installation companies, Northern Light, has just completed "the first of many" installs with Celestion professional loudspeakers. In Grangemouth, the Town Hall has commissioned a new sound reinforcement system, featuring the new Celestion CXi Series cabinets, for its 1000-capacity venue.

Stephen Stewart, installations engineer for Northern Light, has wall-mounted Celestion CXi 1221s left and right of the stage, with another pair of CXi1221s as a delay 30 metres up the hall. Celestion KR1s provide the balcony infill, whilst Celestion’s digital management system, the DMS2065, controls all the parametrics and delays.

"We’re hoping to establish a firm alliance between Northern Light and Celestion," explains Stewart. "Celestion is a name that our clients associate with, and this is going to be the first of many CXi installations for Northern Light."

Adam Hall Racks ‘Em Up
Monday, 13 August 2001

Adam Hall Ltd, a leading manufacturer of cabinet and case hardware and audio products, will be launching several hot new products at this year's PLASA Show including 'Racklight' - an innovative way of illuminating 19" racks. Racklight will never get hot or burn out as it doesn't use conventional bulbs and comes in seven cool light source colours! Also on show this year will be many new additions to the company’s extensive range of hardware components for case, 19" rack and cabinet building, Palmer Audiotools and devices for PA, studios and installation, Adam Hall's very own brand of Bulk and Premade cables for sound and lighting, stands, the Defender II cable crossover system and Amphenol connectors, including the new 'A' type XLR for OEMs and manufacturers.

Adam Hall can be found on Stand E32.

Lamba Get Expansive
Monday, 13 August 2001

Lamba plc will host its most expansive presentation of new products ever at the PLASA Show this year. In addition to showcasing new mixer and limited edition cartridges from Stanton - on the back of having signed up new endorsement agreements with London’s top dance venues - the company will also be presiding over a number of other major events. The full range of newly-launched Nady microphone and processing products, aimed at four distinct market sectors, will have the additional impetus of a visit from company founder John Nady, who will give an address to dealers and press in the Kensington Room on the Monday of the Show.

Lamba will also introduce their newly-acquired high-end amplification range from PSS in France, having recently been appointed exclusive UK distributors. This series will be seen for the first time in the UK. Also radically different will be a new range of purpose-designed plastic enclosures from Cerwin-Vega!, in addition to their established range of MI and installation enclosures, bearing the legendary ‘earthquake’ sub bass. At the entry level end, Lamba will have ‘complete kit’ packages from Homemix and KAM. Finally, as if that wasn’t sufficient, Lamba will also be hosting their annual party on the Tuesday evening of PLASA, at London’s legendary Limelight Club in the West End.

Lamba can be found on Stand F54.

Allen & Heath Pro Touring PackageAllen & Heath Pro Touring Package
Monday, 13 August 2001

A special 'ready-to-tour' deal has been announced for Allen & Heath's flagship ML5000 27-buss live sound VCA console. In addition to the mixer, each ML5000 Pro Touring Package includes a high quality Amptown touring console flightcase, a pair of rugged MPS14 power supplies with autoswitching in a wheeled 7U Amptown flightcase with 3U lockable drawer, a console dustcover and four Littlites.

Allen & Heath and Amptown have gone to great lengths to devise the ideal case for the ML5000. Among the features created to meet the needs of the touring industry is a specially designed cable compartment with a hinged lid that can be easily slotted in and out to allow full access for patching. The console is protected by rubber shock absorbing, enabling the ML5000 to safely travel upright on six heavy-duty castors. Up to 20 handles are provided, and the inside of the case is fully foam lined and strengthened latterly to improve rigidity. Martin Daley, UK Sales Manager at Allen & Heath, commented: "As well as taking the hassle out of getting cases and accessories together for a new desk, the Pro Touring Package makes it easy to arrange finance for the whole deal rather than individual elements. With a lot of help from John O'Neill and the Amptown team, I think we've come up with a really robust, practical solution, that can make life that bit easier on the road."

The ML5000 pro touring package is only available in the UK and can be purchased for 32-, 40- and 48-channel consoles. Allen & Heath's 24-channel sidecar expanders for ML5000 can now also be supplied in matching Amp

Capital Sound Buys Meyer M3D
Sunday, 12 August 2001

Capital Sound Hire has purchased a Meyer Sound M3D line array system from UK distributor Autograph Sales. The order for 24 M3D cabinets represents a break with the company’s tradition as an exclusive Martin Audio user. Managing director Keith Davis explains: "Meyer has moved on faster than other manufacturers and we think that this system is superior to any other line array system on the market." Capital’s client base covers a wide range of genres, including major rock and stadium venues, but also musical tours and classical events; from the Bolshoi Ballet to the Stereophonics. The first outing for the system was the co-headline tour by Shirley Bassey and Chris De Burgh.

Aura's Greatest Sounds: Now Available On CD!
Friday, 10 August 2001

Aura Sound Design, a leading specialist in sound design for theatre and themed exhibitions, have fulfilled a long-held ambition: the release of the first volumes of the Aura Sound Effects Collection. With a long-term plan to make all of the sound effects from Aura's extensive collection available on CD, the first release consists of four CDs: Volume 1A Steam Trains, Volume 1B Steam Trains, Volume 2 Subway including New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Hamburg, and Volume 3 Sea and Water. Most of the sound effects featured on the CDs are original, digital recordings made by Aura's team on HHB and Sony Pro DAT recorders using the best quality microphones, and the CD's include comprehensive descriptions of each track with any particular nuances identified.

The effects have long been used in shows by Aura's team of sound designers, including John A Leonard and Fergus O'Hare, whose recent shows include Noises Off at the National Theatre and in the West End, King Lear at the Theatr Clywd, Lulu for the Almeida at Kings Cross and in the USA, God Only Knows in the West End and on tour, A Lie of the Mind at the Donmar Warehouse and The Prisoner's Dilemma for the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as the Madame Tussaud's Exhibition in New York. However, the release of the CDs has also already seen these effects used in shows as far apart as Colchester and the United States. Appropriately, given the transport-related theme of three of the CDs, the effects have also been incorporated into the re-design of the ultimate transport musical, Starli

Funktion One Expands the Family
Friday, 10 August 2001

Funktion One - designers and manufacturers of high power loudspeaker enclosures has added to the Funktion One family with the appointment of distributors under the Funktion One banner in Japan and Australia. Totalton has been appointed as distributor in Germany and Clockhouse Concepts in France. Zag Inc was appointed as distributor in the US earlier in the year. This initial distribution network will represent the full range of Funktion One touring and installation products. Contact details are as follows:

Funktion One Japan - E-mail: One Australia - E-mail: States - Zag Inc - Email:

Mackie Designs Introdcues MDR24/96Mackie Designs Introdcues MDR24/96
Friday, 10 August 2001

Mackie Designs has launched a new 24-bit/24-track non-linear hard disk recorder. Available in September 2001, the new low-priced MDR24/96 makes Mackie’s hard disk recording technology available to a much broader audience. Fully compatible with Mackie’s HDR24/96, the new MDR24/96 includes an internal 20-gigabyte Ultra-DMA hard disk that delivers over 100 minutes of 24-track recording at 48kHz and a built-in drive bay for Mackie Media M-90 recording drives and Mackie Media Project backup drives. The MDR24/96 ships with three 24-bit, 48kHz analogue I/O cards as standard. Optional digital I/O cards are available. Sync and clock capabilities include MIDI MMC and MTC, SMPTE, video blackburst and Word Clock. A standard 100BaseT Ethernet port for connection to PCs and networks is also included.

The MDR24/96 is also fully compatible with Mackie’s new Remote 48 Pro remote control. With the Remote 48 Pro, users can operate two hard disk recorders from a single control surface - allowing an MDR24/96 and HDR24/96 to function seamlessly as a full 48-track digital recording system with advanced editing capabilities.

Martin Audio at PLASA
Friday, 10 August 2001

Martin Audio - a world leader in the manufacture of professional loudspeaker systems - will this year display examples of all their product ranges, including Wavefront, EM, Cinema, Architectural, Blackline and accompanying dedicated control electronics. The company will also be launching additional Blackline cabinets - the F8, F10 and S12 - as well as a new line of lower cost professional power amplifiers, the MA900, MA1400 and MA4200.

The F8 and F10 Blackline cabinets are multi-angled enclosures featuring a 1" (25mm) compression driver on a 90° x 50° user rotatable horn with a long-excursion 8" (200mm) low frequency driver and a powerful 10" (250mm) low frequency driver respectively. The S12 is an extremely powerful and compact sub-bass cabinet which when used in conjunction with either the F8 or F10 will extend the response of the complete system to below 50Hz. The MA900, MA1400 and MA4200 offer powers of 2 x 450 W @ 4 ohms, 2 x 700 W @ 4 ohms and 4 x 200 W @ 4 ohms, from a conventional power supply, housed in a 2U x 325mm deep chassis.

Martin Audio can be found on Stand F64.

Turbosound at PLASA 2001
Friday, 10 August 2001

This year Turbosound will be hosting an air-conditioned demonstration room on the Top Deck of PLASA. At various intervals throughout the day, there will be demonstrations of products from the Floodlight and QLight series. There will also be a multimedia demonstration in Dolby 6.1 surround sound using the TCS-35s and TCS-108s. On the main stand, a range of new products including the TQ-115, the TCS-108P and the TFM-450 will be on display, amongst other products from their QLight, Floodlight and TCS series.

The TFM-450 is a floor monitor and is based around a custom designed neodymium 15" low frequency driver which uses a 4" voice coil for maximum efficiency, and a 2" exit neodymium high frequency driver on a 60° x 40° horn. The TQ-115 is a low frequency enclosure comprising a custom designed 15" x 3" voice coil loudspeaker. It is intended for use as a low frequency extension to the TQ-200 series and forthcoming new QLight series products. The TCS-108P is an addition to the well-established TCS-108 LF enclosure. Unlike the TCS-108, the TCS-108P has a low-pass passive crossover so that it may be used in conjunction with other Turbosound products without the use of an electronic crossover.

Turbosound can be found on Stand R4

Federal Signal Hosts PA/VA Seminar at PLASA
Friday, 10 August 2001

Federal Signal, a leading supplier of public address and voice alarm (PA/VA) systems, will be hosting a special seminar at PLASA 2001 to highlight the significance of British Standards for PA/VA systems. The initiative is aimed at consultants, specifiers and installers from across the PA/VA and fire protection industry who need to know more about the issue of operating standards and why it is important to use systems with BS5839 compliance. The guest speaker will be industry consultant Doug Edworthy, formerly of Millbank Electronics and a leading expert in systems engineering, marketing and quality management. He has been running his own consultancy since 1994. Jason Hatswell, commercial sales manager at Federal Signal, said: "The event focuses on why British Standards are important to those responsible for product specification, design and installation, and illustrates how our equipment complies with the standards."

Wireless Theatre Subtitling
Friday, 10 August 2001

Multitone Electronics has launched the On-Q theatre subtitling system which allows individual audience members to view translations of opera librettos or synopses, or the hard of hearing to follow scripts of plays. On-Q was originally developed for the prestigious Euskalduna Palace theatre in Bilbao, Spain, where it has been seen as a factor in the growth in audiences for opera and foreign language productions. The On-Q system is a real-time, wireless-based mobile text subtitling system specifically aimed at the theatre and opera market. It consists of small text terminals which receive data from a central PC. On-Q offers synchronised subtitling in a range of languages simultaneously, allowing audiences and the hard of hearing to enjoy productions which may not be in their native language. The terminals are small, silent and lightweight and require minimal interaction by users to select their subtitling requirements. Automatic, subtle backlighting enables the text to be read in a dark auditorium, and as the terminals will only function on-site, theatres do not have to worry about theft, although a deposit system can further reduce risk.

The On-Q system also improves customer safety by means of security message alert delivery to the screen which is of particular benefit to disabled theatregoers. Theatres can also use On-Q as a direct medium for unobtrusive advertising of interval refreshments or discounts on future performances.

Akusta Intercom System From Federal Signal
Friday, 10 August 2001

Akusta Echo is the new digital intercom and alarm system from Federal Signal. Echo is ideal for fast, reliable and cost-effective hard-wired communication/alarm requirements on off-shore installations, as well as petrochemical, refineries and power plants. It offers individual station-to-station communications, conference calling, page party and emergency alarm broadcast facilities.

User friendly on-site programming from either the central digital exchange or a master station enables quick system installation and commissioning. Common features can be programmed simultaneously, with specific features added to the individual field stations separately. PC software is provided for commissioning assistance, system set up and operational monitoring. The standard central equipment can be connected to a maximum of 48 field stations. This can be further expanded to 96 through system duplication. A second modular system can be easily added when station quantities between 96 and 9,072 are required. A choice of field stations are available for different applications. These include desktop master with membrane or tactile keypad, recessed or surface mount pre-programmed call buttons, security station, heavy industrial, Zone 1, Zone 2 Cenelec certified and UL variants.

Philips CSI Launches Plena
Friday, 10 August 2001

Philips Communication, Security & Imaging (Philips CSI) has expanded its Plena public address system to include a full range of mixer amplifiers, universal and system pre-amplifiers, booster amplifiers, call stations and a matching CD player/tuner source unit. This modular system is ideal for a wide range of applications from simple PA announcement installations to complete 6-zone call and emergency evacuation systems. Superseding the successful Philips SQ 20 public address system, Plena offers top of the range performance with low cost-of-ownership and greater versatility.

Plena can meet a wide range of PA needs including shops and showrooms, office and factory premises, small hotels, bars and restaurants, churches through to large shopping malls, public buildings, theme parks, entertainment complexes, universities and schools, workshops or warehouses, playing fields, sports and leisure facilities, bus and railway stations and so on.

Plena’s major advantages are its ease of installation and versatility without compromising performance. Most units can be connected together using just a single cable to simplify and speed up installation. Its modular design allows a wide range of optional facilities including up to 8 call stations, zoning, mixing, background music, recorded messages etc to meet almost any requirements.

The Plena family includes mixer amplifiers offering a choice of 30, 60 or 120 W rated output power. A dual-zone 120 W model allows routing of announcements to two separate zones. A universal pre-amplifier offers a choice of mixing, blocking (first i

Dansk PA Center Offers DPAC at PLASA
Thursday, 9 August 2001

After operating as a wholesaler and manufacturer for 17 years, Dansk PA Center A/S has decided to market their domestically well-known loudspeakers internationally. For the first time, Dansk PA Center will exhibit at the PLASA exhibition on stand S7 (Top Deck) with their DPAC Audio line of active powered loudspeakers. The first system in a new line of self-powered loudspeakers consists of the AS2 (one dual 18" subwoofer with built-in 4800W class D amplifier), the AM152 (one 15" plus 2" mid/high loudspeaker with DPAC Easy Fly system and class D amp). The low-cost system boasts easy transport and set-up, easy flying, high sound quality, low power consumption and excellent reliability.

Dansk PA Center can be found on stand S7.

Audio Tools from ApexAudio Tools from Apex
Thursday, 9 August 2001

Developed for the stringent sound level monitoring laws in Europe, the 'Argos' Sound Leveller and 'Hera' recorder/controller from Apex, Belgium, combine to make an affordable, dedicated limiting system. As well as keeping audio levels under control, the system also monitors and records events over a 14-day period, time-stamping and saving data to PC to create a log for local inspectors. The Argos leveller features speed selection, built-in Pink Noise Generator, inline test button and three connection/detection sources - mic (supplied), line or speaker (up to1800W / 8ohm). A mode selector switches between normal (automatic) and 'hold' which sustains threshold level between quiet pauses, or song breaks during live performances. Ins and outs are all balanced XLR and unbalanced phono. Setting switches for 'Argos' are located behind a removable plate, and when linked, the 'Hera' will record any removal or tampering. 'Argos' will also operate as an independent stand-alone limiter.The 'Hera' calculates and controls level over a set period of time (up to 14 days). Mic level input is set using the offset placement feature. The front panel also has a large LCD level and data display with dimmer and rotary encoder. Access to dealer settings is via pin code entry. As a stand-alone unit the 'Hera' can be used as a very accurate dB meter and recorder with cut-off device featuring level warning and power cut-off via relays. Also available from Apex are the high-end PE Series Paragraphics and GX Series Graphic equalisers.

Pat Bradley Joins Ampekko
Thursday, 9 August 2001

West London based Ampekko continues to grow from strength to strength and, as part of their expansion into new premises, have recruited Pat Bradley to head their national sales division. With 25 years’ industry experience in the sales of complex integrated systems, Pat Bradley is well positioned to take on his new role and handle the UK sales of pro audio brands including SLS, from the United States, WHD from Germany and Commax from Korea. As Pat Bradley explained: "I’m so pleased to have joined Ampekko. As a young and forward-thinking organisation, we are committed to introducing these product ranges and expanding their market share. I’m looking forward to playing an active role in the company’s growth and establishing a strong dealer and distribution network across the UK. All of the product lines offer enormous potential across a wide range of systems designs. The SLS range of hand-crafted cabinets provides high performance solutions into studios, installations and live production markets. Whereas, WHD, offers innovative asymmetrical speaker designs for use across a variety of industrial, commercial and architectural installations. A selection of products, including the value added alternatives offered from Commax, will all be on display at PLASA 2001 on stand S4."


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