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."
This year, Carlsbro Electronics will be exhibiting at the PLASA show for the first time. This famous British manufacturer started making quality sound equipment 40 years ago, from their factories near Mansfield, Notts. The company has a new 32-page catalogue and some innovative products on demo, including the revolutionary ‘NlightN’ sound panels, featuring ‘NXT’ technology. The Company’s new owner, Andrew Bishop, will be on the stand, together with R&D manager, Garry Brookes, and area sales manager, Mal Ward.
Industry veteran Bob Kelly is about to launch a used live sound equipment website. One of the many features of the new website will be a series of ‘Character Assassination Pages’ which will feature many industry veterans who have been caught out on the Kelly box brownie over the years. Kelly explains: "I managed to accumulate quite a large back catalogue of photos which I feel should be put on public display for the sake of prosperity. New photos will be posted onto the website on a weekly basis." Kelly, who is now operating under the banner of Bob Kelly & Co - Worldwide Livesound Brokers, will operate from offices in London and the US.
Coleraine-based Light & Sound FX has installed a new PA system at Coleraine Football Club. The system, commissioned by Mackie Designs’ technical manager Mick Williams, is based around RCF’s new RX 3000, a programmable matrix for sound system management and control. Light & Sound FX’s Darren Gardener explains the background to the install: "Initially, we were dubious about using a 100V line system. We were concerned about both the quality and clarity of such a system. During consultations with Mackie/RCF in the early stages of the project, both Andy Austin Brown and myself spent a lot of time going over the pros and cons for a low impedance system or a 100V line system. In the end, we felt that Andy had a stronger case and we went with the HD 550/HFT horn speakers and the RX3000 matrix system. On the day that Mick Williams came to commission and test the system, I have to say that we all held our breath. But there was no need to worry, when we heard the system for the first time, we immediately knew that we had made the right decision."
Working from the initial brief from Darren Gardener of L&S FX Williams worked on the RX 3000 system basic programming and configuration. The work was carried out during system build and test at Mackie's Wickford technical workshop. Williams explains: "The system design called for dual amplifiers for each of the three stands, with alternate A/B speaker wiring. This was to ensure 50% system operation in the event of amp or line failure. When I arrived at the ground, I was delighted to find that the job had bee
Lighting&Sound International, PLASA Media’s leading entertainment technology journal, is sponsoring the New Technology Gallery at PLASA 2001. This is the showcase of all products nominated for the prestigious PLASA Awards for Product Excellence. Situated on the Top Deck of the PLASA Show, near to the main bar area, the showcase offers visitors a chance to check out the features and capabilities of all of the major product innovations at PLASA 2001, in one place.
L&SI will be based on the Lower Deck (stand K19), where we will be offering free readerships to qualifying UK industry personnel, plus special offers on international subscriptions only available at PLASA 2001 - plus PLASA Media freebies to all new subscribers!
L&SI can be found on stand K19.
The famous Mann's Chinese Theatre, situated on Hollywood Boulevard, is presently undergoing a restoration which, among other things, will bring new, state-of-the-art audio to the structure using DCA Series amplifiers from QSC Audio Products. The largest supplier of power amplifiers to the cinema industry worldwide, QSC, along with other manufacturers including Dolby Labs and JBL, helped develop the theatre's new sonic blueprint. Implemented by Media Technology Source (MTS) West, the design incorporates 35 of the California-based manufacturer's DCA Series amplifiers. Delivering a combined total of over 100,000W to JBL loudspeaker components, the amplifiers include five DCA 3422 models operating in bridged mono at the system's low-end, and five stereo DCA 3022s powering custom mid/high and mid/low arrays. Three DCA 2422 units are used for the high frequency transducers within the system, while nine more DCA 3422s fuel the subwoofers, and 13 additional DCA 2422s were selected for use with over 40 surround sound speakers.
Having long specified the use of QSC amplifiers in its theatres (as have Loews, General Cinema, AMC, and United Artists), the Mann's theatre chain remains loyal to the brand based upon its reputation for both reliability and superior audio performance. Open to the public throughout its restoration, Mann's Chinese Theatre will be one of the central structures within a corridor of new development and refurbishment work underway along the legendary Walk of Fame at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
The Entertainment Services and Technology Association has launched projects to draft three new American National Standards:
BSR E1.18, Recommended practice for the selection, installation, use, and maintenance of single-conductor portable power feeder cable in the entertainment industry. The standard is intended to offer guidance on how to select, install, use and maintain single-conductor portable power feeder cables. The project will promote safety and compatibility in the equipment and practices used in live performance and in film and video production in North America.
BSR E1.19, Recommendations for the use of ground fault devices in the entertainment industry. The standard is intended to offer guidance on how to select, install, use and maintain ground fault protection devices in the entertainment industry. The project is intended to promote the use of these devices to protect people and property from hazards associated with using electrical equipment in wet locations, such as when pools of water are used on stage or a location video-shoot is conducted in the rain, and to promote reliability and avoid nuisance tripping.
BSR E1.20, Remote device management over USITT DMX512. The project is intended to develop a method of bi-directional communication over a USITT DMX512/1990 data link between an entertainment lighting controller and a remotely-controlled dimmer, moving light, or other device. The protocol for this communication is also intended to work with the BSR E1.11 lighting control protocol being developed by the same working group.Int
A Baldwin Boxall VIGIL voice alarm system has been installed into the first purpose-built racetrack in Britain for over 50 years. Following the phenomenon of Champ Car in the USA, the Rockingham Oval was designed and built so British crowds can flock to see these powerful cars race around a banked track at speeds of up to 240mph. This all-seater circuit required a state of the art voice alarm (VA) system, and ARB Audio & Visual Hire installed Baldwin Boxall’s VIGIL VA equipment. The system, installed prior to the official opening for the FedEx Championship’s visit to the circuit for the Rockingham 500, comprises two 43U racks, housing over 3.5kW of amplification and is controlled by Baldwin Boxall’s market-leading BVR20 ‘Microdrive’. The VIGIL equipment provides VA and Public Address facilities to eight zones, including the Pit area, VIP Boxes, all seating, concourses and fencing seating on the turns.
Following this installation, Rockingham decided to expand the seating so two further zones comprising BV333 amplifiers were added to the system to provide this extra zoning. The equipment is fully BS5839 pt8 / EN60849 compliant due to the whole system being monitored, battery-backed (24 hours in quiescent state then 30 minutes on full power) and has automatic change over of amplifiers. Unlike many Baldwin Boxall VA systems, this project does not require any emergency messages. Qualified personnel carry out all emergency announcements via the BFM08 Emergency Fire Microphone. It is also possible for the commentators or the pit area to make announ
The PLASA Standards Office has prepared a series of Guidance Notes for PLASA Members. Each provides useful information on current topics of interest and will be updated on an ongoing basis in line with developments. Further documents are planned in response to the needs of PLASA members. The following guidance documents are currently available. These documents are in PDF (Portable Document Format) and may be read with Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 3 or later) which is available free from www.adobe.co.uk
Guide to Australian EMC Framework: contains advice on the EMC and C-Tick labelling requirements for equipment destined for the Australian market.
Basic Guide to the FCC Rules: contains advice on application of the USA Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules on EMC for entertainment equipment.
Standards for Dimmers: contains advice on the applicable safety and EMC standards for professional dimming equipment in Europe. Now revised - version 2.
EN 61000-3-2: details the current status and activity on EN 61000-3-2, the EMC standard for harmonic current limits. Now revised - version 2.
Electrical Safety for the USA Market: contains advice on the electrical safety requirements for the USA market.
CE Marking for Trade Shows: contains advice on the CE Marking requirements for equipment displayed at trade fairs and exhibitions in Europe, including the PLASA Show.
The C.D.M. Regulations - A Summary of the Regulations for PLASA Members: contains advice on the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations. Now rev
Next Two, the leading provider of loudspeakers for background music, public address and voice alarm systems has launched two new ceiling speakers, the MC 4FT and MC 6 Coaxial. This new range of loudspeakers complements the existing Next Two MC-5 and MC-6 range and share the same heritage of acoustic engineering for high quality music production, aesthetic appeal and user friendly fixing mechanism. The new loudspeakers represent a high quality and cost effective solution for personal address, voice evacuation and background music systems. The Next Two Range of loudspeakers including the new MC-4 FT and MC-6 Coaxial will be on display at PLASA, 9-12 September 2001, Earl’s Court, London, UK, Stand S26.
Lighthouse Visual Communications were responsible for staging the 5th Nikken Annual European and World Convention in Dusseldorf, Germany for an audience of 5,000 delegates from 25 countries, with translation required for 17 languages. Nikken is an industry leader in network marketing and offer their clients a range of innovative products many of which are based on the latest in magnetic technology. Lighthouse have been involved with this client for over five years and 2001 represented the biggest challenge to date for the team.
The venue chosen was the Messe Congress Halls in Dusseldorf where six halls were booked to cover the main events, the Gala dinner and an exhibition centre. Hall 9 was the main convention site and covered 11,000sq.m. The set was 65m wide and contained two 20ft x 15ft screens. The principal feature of the conference was to reward delegates for sales throughout the year and this entailed up to 500 people on stage at one time. Day two of the conference featured two performances by international group Barrage, and culminated with the award for Distributor of the Year. Day Three was dedicated to the World event and the featured 40 members of the Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra and a chorus of 10 singers. The total crew tally was 60 headed up by technical director Andy Peat, event producer Steve Penticost of Lighthouse, head of lighting Pete Edwards, head of sound Derrick Zieba, head of vision Paul Volker and stage manager Stephen Richter.
Lighting was supplied by Essential with rigging holding over 300 lamps, including one of their first uses of MAC 2000
Marquee Audio has fitted a Meyer UPA-1P powered reinforcement system into a multi-purpose theatre in Radlett, Hertfordshire. Owned by Aldenham Parish Council, the five-year-old Radlett Centre is administered under a trust. The venue’s technical manager, Dave Glover, says that while the old PA system had been adequate for playback it simply wasn’t up to reinforcing the vast range of shows and events that the Centre stages, in a variety of configurations. A spec had been drawn up by previous manager, Miles Marchment, in the event of funding for a new PA becoming available. But in the end it was a private donation of £10,000 that provided the green light for the system. Dave Glover tested a powered Meyer system against another leading brand, and when the Meyer rig won the shoot out Marquee Audio were the preferred supplier and installer. "It was the fact that the UPA-1P was an all-powered system that I liked," Dave continued. "With our lack of space it seemed a lot easier, and it sounded good straight out of the box."
The system is mounted left and right on the on the proscenium wall, with a pair of UMS-1P subs ground stacked on either side of the stage. These are removed for lecture presentations and reinstated for shows. Marquee also provided two additional UPM-1P three-way powered speakers as fills, giving them the option of a satellite system, and a further three UPMs, flown off an existing lighting bar on drop arms, to provide the delay sound."The installation was very straightforward, and was carried out in a single day" says
Federal Signal has moved to strengthen its position as one of Europe's leading suppliers of public address/voice alarm (PA/VA) systems with the appointment of a new distributor for The Netherlands. Prof Sound Systems, based in Veldhoven, replaces Federal Signal's previous distributor and will provide a regional marketing and sales base for the company's range of commercial products, including Ultima and Talisman PA amplifiers. It is anticipated that Prof Sound Systems will eventually handle the distribution of Federal Signal's system products, notably the new JustiFire single-channel, four-zone PA-VA system.
The continuing expansion of Philips CSI’s range of communications products has resulted in a major restructuring and strengthening of the UK sales team with two new appointments in a move which focuses all communications sales activity into a single new Communications group responsible for the company’s fast growing range of Sound and Public Address, Paging, Intercom and Congress equipment.
Alfred van Wyk has been appointed national sales manager and Paul Ward is now southern regional sales manager. van Wyk takes overall responsibility for all UK sales of PA, intercom, paging and congress systems. He was previously sales manager for Philips PA and Congress products for the North and already has extensive experience with Philips products and markets. He will also continue to focus his personal efforts in the North whilst managing the overall sales activity based in Sunbury. Ward joins Philips from Direct Communications, a well-established PA/VA installer and system designer. He will focus on supporting dealers in the south as well as consultants and specifiers especially for public address and voice alarms - both areas where Philips is currently introducing major new products. He brings with him a broad experience of the communications market place at specifier, end user and installer level and has a good knowledge of the market.
Commenting on the new appointments, Philips CSI’s UK general manager Kevin Diss told PLASA Media: "We are very pleased that our newly formed Communications sales team is being headed by two experienced managers such as Alf
PLASA 2001 sees yet another important launch for Midas, this time in the form of theatre control software for the Heritage range of consoles. The first console to benefit is the compact, theatre-friendly Heritage 1000, and a large portion of the Midas stand will be dedicated to the demonstration of the new software. Introduced in two phases, the PLASA launch represents the first step in dynamic control for Heritage consoles from a PC, enabling the user to make global on-line changes to scene set-ups from a PC. A last-minute change which previously could have caused chaos, can now be made on the PC in seconds and simply cut-and-pasted into all the scenes as required, rather than having to adjust each scene on the console manually. It also enables engineers to get a head-start on rehearsals by being able to start their programming off-line at home, instead of the bulk of the work beginning with rehearsals.
Indeed, this is the first step of the software development, and the one that will be demonstrated at PLASA - the ability to edit off-line. The second phase, which is due for release in the New Year, is the development of dynamic control in the way that already exists for Klark Teknik products such as the DN9848. The Heritage theatre control software runs under the same Stardraw shell as all PC-controlled products from the Klark Teknik Group, hence taking the user one step closer to just one piece of software for overall system control.
Klark Teknik can be found on Stand B10.
For those visitors new to PLASA or simply keen to remind themselves how impressive last year’s event was, the Show website now features a virtual tour of last year’s PLASA Show. The tour takes in various elements of the exhibition with views from both the lower and top decks. By clicking on any of the green circles featured, visitors can look at the show floor in 3D and also explore other facilities at Earls Court 1.
The focus for beyerdynamic at this year’s PLASA Show will be on conference products and sound contracting audio systems, as well as the wide range of products that the company has exclusive UK distribution agreements for. Currently representing seven major US and European manufacturers, beyerdynamic offers an integrated range of premium products for the theatre, sound contracting, sound reinforcement, recording & post studios and the broadcast industries.
The range of new and existing products on display includes wireless and cabled conference and voting systems, simultaneous translation systems from beyerdynamic, including the MCS 1038 Chairman's conference station (pictured). Also featured on stand will be the Audia Digital Audio Platform, Cobranet audio network solutions, automatic microphone mixers, teleconferencing products and echo cancellers from Biamp; active and passive speaker systems, radio microphones and In-ear monitoring systems from dB Technologies; Active monitor, 5.1 and 7.1 speaker systems from Klein+Hummel; signal processing and microphone distribution systems from XTA and acoustic measurement and analysis devices from AudioControlIndustrial.
Beyerdynamic can be found on Stand H42.
A new company - Digital Talkback - has been formed to manufacture a new range of wireless communication products. The company has been set up by Mike Weaver of Mike Weaver Communications, and already has Andy Lillywhite (also of Mike Weaver Communications) and Richard Barman - formerly a director of Autograph Sales - onboard. Lillywhite and Barman are undertaking technical and marketing/sales roles respectively.
The first product launched by Digital talkback is the DTB-2001 wireless beltpack system which has been developed over the last 12 months by radio communications specialist Weaver. The product debuts at IBC (in September - and will be previewed the preceding week at PLASA in Earls Court on the Autograph Sales stand (B4). The DTB-2001 beltpack/base station system is based on DECT technology and is licence exempt in the UK, as well as the rest of the EU and many other territories. The system avoids competing with the already clogged radio frequency networks, and over 100 users can use the system in a single location, with no frequency management or time-consuming and complex set-up necessary.
Digital audio transmission also enables all packs to be full duplex, and ensures that audio quality is always crystal clear. Each beltpack has its own dedicated base station, and each base station can be integrated with either 4-wire systems, standard two-wire ‘party line’ intercom systems or even both at the same time.
Digital Talkback can be contacted at Unit 6, Fullwood Close, Coventry, CV2 2SS, UK. Tel: +44 (0)2476 617743.
As a key part of their re-equipment programme, major PA production company Britannia Row is switching exclusively to DSP by making a further heavy investment in the new BSS Minidrive. The initial 36 two-input/four-output FDS-334s will run the company’s new floor monitors, powered by C Audio Pulse switched-mode amplifiers. Brit Row’s equipment manager, Jerry Wing, confirmed that the first eight-unit system is already in use with Depeche Mode on their US arena tour and has been performing flawlessly. "I believe that we are the first rental company to make this level of commitment in digital stage monitoring equipment," stated Wing. "We aim to lead the way not only in audience but also in stage coverage. To that end we have developed new wedges, drumfills and amplification packages over the past year with advice from our client engineers - and the Minidrives are the final, vital, part of our update. Minidrive provides the functionality required by many applications, but by not including all the high-end functions of the Omndrive, is made more affordable to a wider section of the market.
Available in two models - the FDS-334 and FDS-336 - the former’s two-input/four-output configuration is purpose-designed for the monitor rack. Crossover filters are completely user-adjustable, with selectable filter topologies of Bessel, Butterworth and Linkwitz-Riley. Minidrive has the usual DSP crossover additional facilities such as delay on inputs and outputs, assignable equalisers (up to 60 bands), and mid-filter limiters. Input and output level meters ar
At PLASA 2001, Mipro is launching the ACT 707 wireless microphone system aimed at theatres, houses of worship, touring and A/V rental applications. Featuring revolutionary new colour LCD display panel and ACT (automatic channel targeting) operating frequency selection, this is a standard 1U, 19" EIA design metal case. Each 1U main frame is capable of housing up to four separate, quick hot-swap diversity receiver modules and built-in mixer, antenna divider and detachable universal switching power supply. 16 base main frames with a total of 64 wireless channels can be interfaced with only one Mipro DV with remote control up to 1000 metres. Each receiver module is preset with 100 user select frequencies and access to 960 computer select frequencies in each 24MHz band.
Lynx Digital has completely refurbished a derelict 16th century barn and other farm buildings in Denham Village and converted them into a unique sound recording and comprehensive editing facility. The easily accessed complex in the West of London combines rustic character with 21st century technology to create the perfect creative environment.
The facilities comprise 12 separate, fully-equipped on and off-line sound and video editing suites, an orchestral sound recording studio, comprehensive DVD authoring and mastering facilities, plus impressive graphics and web design departments. Barn Studio also boasts a fully licensed exclusive Bistro, as well as meeting and private viewing facilities. The facilities are equipped with the latest technology including Symphony Smoke & Flame, digital editing for complex multi-layering, two Avids, two AMS Neve Logic suites, plus a host of other hardware and software packages. Because the complex has been custom designed and built, all suites are completely interlinked with full 'plug-and-play' cabling.
Out Board Electronics’ new TiMax ImageMaker 16, the audio localisation and virtual surround matrix, has been used on recent high profile corporate event shows with two leading audio design/production companies.
Dimension Audio’s Mark Boden used the system’s multi-dimensional effects capability for the first time during a walk-in for 200 BT delegates at the Sofitel in Paris. The event, called BT Ignite, was staged by production company Catalysm, and the TiMax showcontrol PlayList was used to trigger two CD players, running for half an hour on a continuous loop. While the main audio track came from the screen, the TiMax ‘image definitions’ created an array of voice sound effects which appeared to be emanating from different areas of the room.
"We used TiMax again to create a surround sound effect during various points of the video," said Boden, adding that the level/delay matrix was so successful that it would now form an intrinsic part of the sound at the repeat event, which will be held at London’s Metropole Hotel. Boden was joined by James Eade on engineering duties, and in addition to TiMax Dimension Audio featured Trantec’s S5000 UHF wireless system (10 lavaliers and two handhelds) and a d&b sound system, mixed through a DDA CS8.
Meanwhile, Delta Sound Inc was asked by Jack Morton Worldwide to provide the audio at the National Agricultural Centre for the dealership launch of the new Vauxhall Vivaro van. A specially-commissioned music and effects score and video were provided and a TiMax ImageMaker 16 was used to e
Sony Professional Audio is showing several products for the very first time at PLASA, not only in Europe but worldwide.
Brand new products intended for professional AV installation applications include two multi-media matrix switcher/control units offering high quality video and surround-sound audio processing. The SRP-X700P, being unveiled in prototype form, is a Digital AV switcher/mixer that combines a 5.1 channel surround sound digital audio mixer with digital EQ and active feedback rejection control, power amplification (stereo), dual channel wireless receiver rack (optional WRU-806B), and RGB/video switcher - all in a single integrated, 3U high, rackmount unit. Designed to integrate with the most up to date presentation systems, the SRP-X700P can process and switch multi-media sources, including presenter microphones and programme material from audio, video, DVD and PC sources.
The PVS-R102 Multi-Media matrix switcher is a simple to operate, compact and integrated 10 into 2 AV matrix switcher, providing for the management and control of multi-media programme sources. The unit enables switching and format conversion across a wide range of graphics and video standards. It is equipped with both stereo and 5.1 surround sound audio I/Os. Both parallel and serial (RS-232) control ports are included, while an additional serial port enables the control of several Sony video projectors and PDP models, with ‘one-touch’ source switching.
Sony is also showing a new improved range of its radio microphone systems designed for AV, conferencing, small to medium sca
L&SI has received official notification that Studiomaster is in administrative receivership. The Milton Keynes-based company, which was officially registered as Studiomaster Diamond, had recently been experiencing problems with the chain of supplies from its Indian manufacturing plant and had been forced to contact customers advising them that the dispute had left them with no option but to put the company into administrative receivership.
Studiomaster was well known in the industry as a designer and manufacturer of professional audio equipment, a role it had been performing for over two decades, although the current company wasn’t incorporated until 1991.
Its first ever products were power amplifiers followed quickly by mixing consoles for live sound. Around this time the first affordable multitrack machines appeared and Studiomaster designed a studio quality desk to meet the needs of amateur recording enthusiasts. In the years since it has pioneered console development, from the Series II, the first mixing console to incorporate MIDI automation, through to the first professional standard compact console, the 6-2-1.
It’s not clear what will happen next - calls to the company are continually met by an engaged signal. However, in January this year, the company set up a new company simply called Studiomaster and we understand that it may well resupply products under the Studiomaster brand name sourced from an alternative manufacturer.
Baker Tilly has been appointed administrative receiver - at this stage they are unable to give any information regarding th