Pete Brotzman's new company, Crystal Pro Audio, undertook its first Walkabout Inn fit-out recently, using a Crest CA modular amplifier series (supplied by Sound Dept) with 'overbuilt' power supply to power the complex live and playback audio system, distributed across two floors. Brotzman used the CA series to run a Martin Audio Wavefront 8C PA and LE400 stage monitor system at the Swansea venue, along with a number of EM series boxes for delays and infills. The three sections of the Wavefront 8 were driven by CA2, CA6 and CA18 amplifiers respectively, while further CA4s, CA6s and CA9s power the EM boxes. A pair of BSS Omnidrive Installs are used to crossover the system, and the settings are programmed into a pair of BSS 9088 Soundwebs and fed to the relevant zones. Playback is sourced from a Rolec Hard Disk system and Tascam five-CD multi-changer.
Richmond Sound Design's AudioBox now has full 16-channel synchronous and non-synchronous audio playback capability, doubling the playback capacity of the original AudioBox. Current owners of the original version of the AudioBox can upgrade to the capabilities of the new version by simply exchanging their mother board, available at nominal cost. All other components remain compatible with the new mother board. The AudioBox has gained popularity in the short time it has been available to the theatre and themed entertainment industry. It was chosen for the Universal Islands of Adventure Theme park as the multi-channel sound and show control system for all ride vehicles in their 'Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man' multimedia dark ride which opened in May 1999.
Stagetec has recently completed the supply and the installation of the performance lighting control systems, sound reinforcement and communication systems for two new music performance spaces and a sound recording studio at the new Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford. The project involved the redevelopment of parts of Dartford Grammar School, including the existing school hall, old gymnasium and old school library. The new spaces were integrated into the existing buildings and incorporate new foyer and administration areas. Theatre consultants Carr & Angier designed all aspects of the stage technical equipment. Full story in April L&SI.
ProMix, a member of the Production Resource Group’s Audio Group, has promoted Stephanie DiDonato to manager, industrial operations. DiDonato began her career with ProMix in the installation division in October 1996. In May 1999 she joined ProMix’s Industrial Division. In her new capacity, DiDonato works for Bob Rendon, vice-president of the Audio Group at ProMix’s Mount Vernon, NY, office.
A new series of microphones will be released by beyerdynamic at the Frankfurt Messe - the first major microphone product introduction targeted at the MI and project studio market since the launch of the Tour Group range. The range will include studio and live performance microphones and will be manufactured entirely at the beyerdynamic factory in Heilbronn, Germany. The new range will be ready to ship by the end of April and full details will be available at the Frankfurt show.
Britannia Row Productions masterminded the audio production for the BRIT Awards 2000 which took place at Earls Court 2 in early March. The Wandsworth-based company worked with sound designer, Derek Zieba, for the event. Chris Coxhead and Bob Lopez controlled the front-of-house sound, with Vince Sharpe and Andy Ray covering monitoring world. For the loudspeaker reinforcement Brit Row drew exclusively from its large Turbosound Flashlight inventory. The main system consisted of TFS-780 and 760 LCR clusters, with LCR delays and various audience and pit fills. This will be the fourth consecutive year that Derek Zieba has chosen Brit Row and Turbosound for the BPI's premier event.
Some 2,500 children from all over the country arrived at the Millennium Dome recently to celebrate Children's Promise. The event gave the Dome the opportunity to use its newly-installed Soundcraft K1 console, which is connected into the central show BSS 9088 Soundweb network.The day was rounded off in Skyscape, with a 'Voices of Promise' concert, with a Soundcraft Series 5 desk on monitors (mixed by Mark Crawley). As a full 57-piece orchestra, a band, and child choirs of varying vocal timbres all had to be mixed, the decision was made to split the FOH mixes. While the resident 48-channel Series 5 FOH desk was assigned to band, radio mic, Genex and VT mixes, one of the Dome's roving 32-input Soundcraft K3 desks was brought in to handle the orchestral mixes, with Pete Bartlett and Matt Napier on respective engineering duties. 10 Soundweb DSP networking devices are used in Skyscape, switched between surround sound in cinema mode and straight left/right. A Soundweb in each of the C Audio Pulse amp racks (using 2x1100 and 2x650 models) handled loudspeaker management for both the JBL HLA PA rig and floor monitors; the FOH processing was in conventional analogue, though the final output was sent to the stage via Soundweb down a single Cat 5 cable.
Application Solutions has appointed Peco Electronics as the exclusive UK distributor for the brand new Integra range of high performance amplifiers. The two companies worked together on the design of the new system, combining ASL's expertise in electronics with Peco's market intelligence. First to appear will be the Integra MA 6-120, a 120W mixer amplifier.
Following four years in the product manager’s chair, Bryan Waters has left Allen & Heath to pursue his own business interests. He has founded Audace Technologies, specialists in control solutions for installed systems and audio web authoring. The new company will be based is Redruth, Cornwall.
QSC is to introduce a new Digital Signal Processing accessory module at the NSCA Expo 2000, April 27-May 1. The compact module offers two channels of independent DSP and attaches to the back of most DataPort-equipped QSC amplifiers - without taking up additional rack space. Each channel handles digital signal processing functions including high- and low-pass crossover filters, high- and low-pass shelf filters, signal delay, compression, peak limiting, six parametric filters, two-to-one mixer, signal splitter and more. DSP configuration is made simple with an advanced "drag-and-drop" software graphical user interface. Users can access a DSP "toolbox" with icons and simple drawing tools to configure processing functions and signal flow. QSC will also announce major upgrades to QSControl at the NSCA Expo. QSControl, QSC's Ethernet-based computer controlled amplifier management system, now allows users to build custom applications with drag-and-drop tools, control MIDI devices, and features expanded amplifier monitoring capabilities.
France's premier subscriber TV giant, Canal+, has launched i>television, a news-based channel offering news bulletins every fifteen minutes interspersed with lifestyle features and music slots. EVI Audio in Paris has supplied i>television with two Midas Heritage 3000s mixing desks, one for each of their studios. Mathieu Ninat, sound engineer and audio specifier for the new channelexplained his choice. "I was already familiar with the XL-3, having seen it in a variety of applications. I know that the preamp and EQ sections are excellent and obviously it¹s a highly versatile product, so when Midas launched the Heritage 3000 with even more features, I was extremely interested. EVI Audio arranged for me to visit the factory in Kidderminster where I was able to examine the desk in detail, and I must say I was extremely impressed."
HW International, sole UK distributor for Shure, have been awarded the title of International Distributor of the Year. Each year Shure honours one international distribution centre for its contribution to the company's global sales and marketing efforts. This year the award was presented to HW's managing director Dennis Harburn at a Shure celebration dinner held during the recent Winter NAMM in Los Angeles.
LA Audio has announced a new partnership with Expotus which aims to increase sales in major worldwide territories. LA Audio, owned by the SCV International Group, has coupled the change in distribution with the re-engineering of the British-based signal processing range, which will be on show at the Frankfurt Musik Messe. Martin Capp, MD of Expotus told PLASA Publishing: "Expotus made its name through being at the forefront of international exports for over 30 years. Adding LA Audio to our portfolio enables us to strengthen our distribution network and offer project solutions."
Designed to be the only device necessary between the mixer and power amps, dbx's new DriveRack is an all-inclusive loudspeaker management system versatile enough to suit any sound reinforcement, monitoring or install application. At the heart of the DriveRack system is the dbx 480. The 480 provides four inputs and eight outputs which can be tailored for any configuration. The 480 includes every form of processing necessary to drive signal from the mixer output to power amp. Controls available are pre-crossover EQ as either one 31-band graphic or nine band Parametric per input channel, up to five notch filters per input, speaker delay, multiple crossovers, speaker compensation EQ, driver alignment and compressor/limiter with PeakStopPlus, VariKnee and OverEasy. Two real time analysers can run simultaneously with RTA source inputs capable of being remotely switched on the fly.
Dial Sound & Lighting has just announced the launch of ShowMagic 128, the latest addition to the ShowMagic range of lighting and sound controllers for the PC. To coincide with the launch, both Dial and distributors Cerebrum ran a series of workshops to introduce the new 128 to a wider audience. In essence, the latest release is an entry-level version of the flagship 512 channel version. The software enables you to control literally all the technical aspects of any performance or presentation that uses sound, lighting and special effects equipment from a single PC. It uses a 'Virtual Desk' - the software equivalent of a lighting control desk, sound playback and mixing desk all rolled into one. With the new version, the virtual desk enables control of up to 128 DMX512 channels and six stereo audio channels and comes with upgrade versions which feature RS232 control and a seven-day auto-schedule facility. The new 128 complements the existing 256, 512, 1024, 1536 and 2048 versions.
Showco Inc, provider of touring sound reinforcement equipment and services to the concert touring industry, is marking the 30th anniversary of both the company, and the industry it helped pioneer in the early days of major arena rock shows. Co-founded by Jack Maxxon and Rusty Butsché, Showco grew from the humble origins of a garage-based business into one of the first sound equipment suppliers to the post-Woodstock concert industry. Later forays into stage lighting led to the 1981 formation of sister company Vari-Lite, Inc. The company has won numerous awards for its products, most recently for the Showconsole and the PRISM sound system.
Marquee Audio have embarked on the first four audio installations for an expanding pub chain operating in the Brighton and Guildford area. Zelgrain Ltd have grown their own estate to 25 leisure outlets in near record time, following the acquisition of Original Pub Holdings (OPH). The first refurbishment has seen the conversion of The Old Richmond, a legendary punk rock venue in Brighton's city centre, into Pressure Point. Marquee's Scott Wakelin designed the live PA system around Turbosound TCS series contractor products. These are driven by Yamaha P4500 and QSC Powerlight amplifiers via a BSS FDS-360 electronic crossover. This forms part of a highly specified FOH network of audio equipment, which also includes a Soundcraft Spirit 16/4/3 mixing console, BSS Opal Constant Q graphic, Behringer comp/limiters and Yamaha digital reverb. An existing CA SR707 was redeployed. Stage monitoring is provided by two Yamaha P4500 amps powering Renkus Heinz Q15s, while six each of Shure's classic SM57 and SM58 mics also form part of the order.
Stage Electrics are holding another sale on 1st April 2000. The Auction is being held near the company's Birmingham branch in Smethwick (one minute from Junction 1 off the M5). Lots will include Strand spotlights, including Brio, Prelude, Optique and Cantata. Follow spots, Martin Roboscans, smoke machines, radio mics, LCD video projector, Spirit Soundmixer, flight cases, trussing and corners and much more. Auction catalogues can be obtained by faxing 0121 525 2413 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Catalogues will be mailed out after the 20 th March.
Overt Light to Sound - a new distribution company, handling both lighting and sound equipment - has been launched by Malcolm Burlow. Burlow has been in the industry for more than 15 years, most recently working with Electrovbision, but prior to that with DJ2000 which had the sole UK distributor rights to Numark. The company will distribute a wide range of products from major manufacturers worldwide.
Concert Systems, the Altrincham-based PA system company, have committed around £1 million in stock to a major new enterprise in Scandinavia. The heart of Paul Tandy's operation, which he will run as a joint venture with Audio Industries of Stockholm, is a massive EAW KF750 rig, purchased from UK distributors Sound Dept, which will extend his existing fleet. Tandy says that this already vast EAW inventory has been increased with the addition of 32 KF750s, six KF755 downfill boxes and 32 SB1000 sub bass, which will be depoted in Oslo and Stockholm. This will bring his total EAW stockholding to 120 KF750, 12 KF755, 24 KF850, 80 SB1000 and 12 BH852 enclosures. The development has been stimulated by a growing work roster in Scandinavia, including a major tour by the Norwegian Gospel Choir and artists such as Smokey, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker and leading Scandinavian band, Secret Garden.
Overt Light to Sound - a new distribution company, handling both lighting and sound equipment - has been launched by Malcolm Burlow. Burlow has been in the industry for more than 15 years, most recently working with Electrovision, but prior to that with DJ2000 which had the sole UK distributor rights to Numark. The company will distribute a wide range of products from major manufacturers worldwide.
The Victorian Arts Centre has recently completed Australia's largest permanent theatre system installation in its Melbourne Concert Hall. Totalling more than 35 self-powered loudspeakers systems, provided by Meyer Sound Australia, the system design was no small feat.The new pro-audio system in the 2,600-seat hall comprises a central cluster of three Meyer MSL-4s over two CQ-1s with a UPA-IP and UPA-2P on either side. The balcony downfills include a left/centre/right configuration of CQ-2s over DS-4Ps for the left and right and a CQ-1 over a DS-4P for the centre down fill. 24 UPM-1P making up the under balcony fills. In addition, a PSW-6 per side is located above the stage and a left and right array of two DS-4Ps, 4 MSL-4s and a CQ-1 flown over 2 PSW-6s.
Celestion's latest addition to the contractors' range of speakers, the KR Series, is the versatile KRc, designed for use in hotels, offices, schools, hospitals, transport termini and public venues.The KRc is a ceiling-mount enclosure capable of high-quality background music and high level voice paging. With power handling of 100W, the unit has a full range response of 80 - 20,000Hz, thanks to its two-way configuration featuring a reflex loaded 5.25" bass driver and a coaxially mounted polymer tweeter.
Production Resources Group is to hold an auction for the Lighting Group and the Audio Group which will see a range of automated lights, dimmers, scrollers, speakers, processing equipment audio and lighting consoles go under the hammer. The auction will be held at 3026 Airport Avenue in Santa Monica, CA on Wednesday 15 March beginning at 11.00am. A preview of the equipment to be auctioned will take place on Tuesday 14 March at the same location, from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Auction catalogues (available 7 March onwards) can be downloaded from the PRG website whilst LA-411 will also be accepting pre-auction bids on equipment via their web site at www.la411.com. The proceedings will be transmitted live via the LA411 web site the day of the event.