Audio News

Eden Project Voice Alarm
Thursday, 7 June 2001

As part of an extensive fire alarm and evacuation system for the Eden Project in Cornwall, a Baldwin Boxall decentralised Vigil voice alarm system has been installed within the entire site, which includes the Central Control House and Biomes. This first phase voice alarm system which is installed in the Visitor Centre, now the Central Control House, contains over 600W of amplification and provides all aspects of a voice alarm system - as well as creating a cost-effective public address system. The 21U high rack contains the BVR20 ‘Microdrive’ routing mixer, which also links up all the other racks (phase two) within the 14 hectare site by a data highway. The phase two VA system was installed prior to the whole site being opened to the public in Spring 2001 and comprises two 47U racks, which contain over 6,500W of amplification and a BVR20 routing mixer. The system provides all aspects associated with VA, paging and background sound effects. Now fully commissioned both phases will work in conjunction with each other and control over 14 zones including all biomes, Central Control House and the link between biomes.

Tyco Acquires Spector Lumenex
Thursday, 7 June 2001

Spector Lumenex Ltd, a privately-owned safety communications company, has been acquired by Tyco and will be integrated into its Fire & Security’s Engineering Services Group of its Wormald Ansul (UK) division. Spector Lumenex, with reported revenues of £6 million in 2000, is a leader in voice alarm, public address and intercom systems. The company specialises in the field of hazardous area products, particularly for clients in the oil and gas, petrochemical and marine industries. "The customers of Spector Lumenex are identical to those served by Tyco Fire & Security and their products very complementary to the ‘Avalon’ name, a well-known brand already in our portfolio," said Mark Clegg, director and general Manager of the Tyco Fire & Security’s Engineering Services group. "Spector Lumenex not only brings additional UK coverage, but will allow us to increase the scope of products and services we can supply to our customers."

Tyco International Ltd is the world's largest manufacturer and installer of fire and safety systems and the largest provider of electronic security services in North America and the UK. The company operates in more than 100 countries and employs over 200,000 people. Wormald Ansul (UK) has annual revenues in excess of £200 million and employs 2,190 people around the UK and is owned by Tyco International Ltd.

Soundsense Gets Election Vote
Thursday, 7 June 2001

Telford-based broadcast sound equipment supplier Soundsense received the vote of UK broadcasters covering the General Election. The firm's rental department supplied over 30 ISDN outside broadcast kits to radio stations around the country, including BBC Radio 5 Live who were supplied with over 20 units for their election night coverage. Soundsense supplied a combination of AEQ and Glensound codecs; the AEQ units being flown in from the factory in Madrid especially for use on the election campaign. "We're deeply indebted to our colleagues at AEQ who moved heaven and earth to ensure we had adequate units in the right place at the right time," said Soundsense spokesman Derek Tallent. "It allowed us to prove to our customers that once again Soundsense is a key supplier to the broadcast industry."

In addition to supplying units directly to broadcasters, Soundsense is also establishing a trade hire department to accommodate the growing number of requests it is receiving from other hire companies for its ISDN Codecs and Telephone Hybrids. "With the growing number of requests we were getting, it made sense to try and accommodate the requirements of our colleagues in the hire industry," said Tallent.

QSC to Debut CX SeriesQSC to Debut CX Series
Wednesday, 6 June 2001

QSC Audio will debut its new eight-channel CX-168 power amplifier at INFOCOMM in Las Vegas, June 13-15. The new CX-168 features eight channels rated at 90W per channel at 8 ohms and 130W per channel at 4 ohms in a compact 2U chassis. For added flexibility, each pair of channels may be bridged to deliver up to 260W at 8 ohms. The CX-168 includes contractor-specific features that are standard among QSC’s entire CX Series, including detachable Phoenix-style input connectors that enable the system to be pre-wired prior to rack mounting. Other features include 1-dB recessed and detented gain controls and a custom security cover for tamper-proof installations, user-selectable high-pass filters to reduce transformer saturation and protect speakers, and proportional response clip limiters that are independently defeatable. The CX-168 also features DataPort connectors, allowing each channel pair to be governed by QSControl, QSC’s audio networking system. This enables the system operator to control amplifier gain levels, check clipping and thermal status and monitor numerous additional system parameters.

Nexo and Crown Project Praise
Wednesday, 6 June 2001

The Covenant Life Church in Glasgow is about to embark on phase two of a significant Crown-driven Nexo installation. The 800-capacity venue, which has sister churches across Scotland and as far afield as southern Germany, has been in residence at this site for over a year and is delighted with the new audio installation, which has so far has been completed by Sound Control in Glasgow with equipment supplied by Fuzion plc. Currently it comprises a pair of Nexo PS-15s and an LS-1200 at the front of the church with a pair of PS-10 delays driven by a Crown MA-2402 and an MA3600VZ. Phase two, which is due to start shortly plans for up to four PS-15s to be sunk into the stage behind grilles so that they do not disturb sight-lines for TV cameras or indeed the congregation, a PS-15 to act as a monitor for the drummer and keyboard player, and up to four PS-8s to be flown either side of the stage area as infills for the singers. A further four PS-8s are destined for the balcony area which is under construction at the back of the church.

The Church's head of sound Barry Nicholson, explained: "We've been hankering after a Nexo system ever since we first heard one with friends down in a church in Wales, so as soon as we moved into our new building, we set the wheels in motion. Despite hearing demos from other manufacturers, we found that nothing came close to the Nexo. The power and clarity produced from such compact boxes, especially the PS-8, is truly amazing. And I must say the team at Sound Control and Mick Butler from Fuzion have both been marvellous throughout, always ready

Crest Audio Sets the BenchmarkCrest Audio Sets the Benchmark
Tuesday, 5 June 2001

Crest Audio has announced the latest introduction to its ‘Crest Performance’ products - the new CPX Series power amplifiers, available from exclusive UK distributors, Sound Department. Designed for mobile sound systems, fixed installations and a wide variety of audio applications, the CPX Series power amplifiers deliver superlative performance with Crest’s legendary reliability and sound quality. The CPX Series includes three models - the CPX900, CPX1500 and CPX2600. The CPX Series offers a comprehensive feature set that includes: built-in defeatable GCL clip limiting, low pass filters (18dB per octave at 80 Hz), and electronic crossovers with direct outputs. In addition, all CPX Series amplifiers feature extensive protection circuitry not previously found in amplifiers at this price point. These features include: GCL gain comparator (monitors input/output gain), thermal protection, DC Triac Crowbar (prevents DC in/out), and turn on/off muting. In addition, all CPX Series products utilise a unique (patent applied for) heatsink configuration which greatly enhances the cooling capabilities of these amplifiers. The CPX900 produces 450W per channel (20Hz to 20kHz) at 2 ohms (900 watts at 4 ohms, bridged mono), the CPX1500 produces 750W per channel (20Hz to 20kHz) at 2 ohms (1500 watts at 4 ohms, bridged mono), and the CPX2600 produces 1300W per channel (20Hz to 20kHz) at 2 ohms (2600 watts at 4 ohms, bridged mono). THD is less than 0.1% at rated power for all models.

The CPX Series amplifiers feature a built-in crossover (150 Hz, 24dB per octave tuned for su

Numark Completes Purchase of Alesis
Tuesday, 5 June 2001

Jack O’Donnell, president and owner of Numark Industries, has announced that he has received final court approval to acquire all assets of Alesis Studio Electronics and its affiliates. Alesis, the well-known manufacturer of ground-breaking products such as the ADAT, had been in the process of reorganization over the past several months, and had begun talking with outside interested parties this spring. While the two companies will function as separate business units, O’Donnell and a newly-appointed transition team headed by Paul Antrop, CEO of Numark, will begin immediately looking for areas where the two companies can benefit from each other’s strengths. O’Donnell commented: "I recognized a few years ago that in order to stay in front of this fast-paced market, Numark needed to bolster its engineering and product development efforts. While we’ve seen the fruits of these efforts in recent years with the introduction of numerous new products with break-through technology, I’m looking forward to the kinds of products and technologies we’ll be able to provide the market with Alesis’ stellar engineering team."

Lightfactor’s Apogee Open Day
Tuesday, 5 June 2001

Lightfactor Sales, UK distributor for Apogee Sound products, held a successful Open Day to inaugurate its new demonstration facility and to specifically focus on showing off Apogee products. The very diverse Apogee range of high end pro audio products is now installed permanently in the new demo room. The Open day provided visitors with a chance to hear the equipment and to examine the product in detail. The Apogee Open Day featured hands-on and working demonstrations of most Apogee products, including their ALA line array series loudspeakers, F-series amplifiers, ACS Contractor speakers and the incredibly popular, flagship AE range of cabinets. Apogee manufacture products suitable for all professional audio applications - from bars, pubs and restaurant installations to those in stadiums, theatres and opera houses, as well as for concert touring, festivals and events of all types, plus industrial and corporate shows.

Brand new at the demo was Apogee’s new APL series of self-powered loudspeaker products which were making their UK-debut and attracted plenty of interest from visitors. Each speaker in the APL range contains its own intelligent signal processing and internal amplification appropriate to the model, and each model is designed to replicate the same incredible clarity and unique audio properties as its un-powered Apogee counterpart. The APL-500 provides similar sonic quality and performance to the original AE-5. For those needing more power and greater directivity, there’s the APL-220, and the APL-110 provides exceptionally high power in a compact encl

Martin on the Menu at Indi Tapas
Tuesday, 5 June 2001

The new 270-cover Indi Tapas Bar in Birmingham Chinatown’s trendy Arcadian Centre has been opened by Eastern Leisure. With a late licence, the venue - which will specialise in a fusion of Asian/Spanish cuisine - wanted a high-octane sound system in its minimalist surroundings that could be pumped up by its DJs during the later stages of the evening. Seeking the optimum solution they turned to Martin Audio, which resulted in Middlesex Sound & Light - whose experience of specifying Martin Audio systems includes the Spearmint Rhino table dancing chain - winning the contract on the basis of their projected loudspeaker design and ease of control. For the delivery, they selected white-finish versions of the EM architectural range.

Situated on a single floor, Middlesex’s Lance Bromhead designed the Indi Tapas Bar into three separate zones, using a Cloud Z4 zoner to route source material generated from a Denon twin CD player or a pair of Technics decks. This included a raised food area around the periphery, an area for casual dining and a sunken floor area. In the inner field of sound four EM26s are flown, with the sound ramped up by a Wavefront WS2A (2 x 15) sub. Deployed in the second zone is a further pair of EM26s, reinforced by an EM150 subwoofer, while the raised area is serviced by a pair of tiny EM15s.

A Behringer mixer, a QSC amp rack and Seleco projection complete the array of technology. Bromhead commented: "This operates as a thoroughbred club, and the combination of loudspeakers works very well and sounds good. We have used Martin Audio’s de

Mistry Heads for Austin, Texas
Tuesday, 5 June 2001

Adam hall has announced that export sales manager Sue Mistry will be leaving the company in order to move to Austin, Texas, where she will join her husband Manoj and take up a new role which is yet to be announced, although it is understood she will be remaining within the entertainment technology industry. Mistry had been with Adam Hall for 11 years, and has been a familiar face at international trade shows during that time.

New Appointments at JBL ProNew Appointments at JBL Pro
Tuesday, 5 June 2001

JBL has announced that veteran Guy Hawley has assumed the additional role of sales director, Asia. Based in London, Hawley will add the Asian territory to his current responsibilities as sales director - Middle East and Africa. Hawley has a long history with JBL: prior to his working as director of sales, Europe, Hawley held several sales positions for Harman UK, the company-owned European distributor. "I welcome this challenge and opportunity in the Asian markets," stated Hawley. "JBL has many longstanding relationships with our Asian distributors. These markets offer growth and stability and their strength in the contracting and cinema markets makes them even more important for us. I look forward to working with these customers to get them to the next level with JBL."

JBL has also announced the promotion of Rick Kamlet to the position of senior director, installed sound marketing. In this new capacity, Kamlet will handle the combined vertical market responsibilities for both the Engineered Sound and the Commercial Sound of the installed sound contracting market. Kamlet has been with JBL Professional for 10 years, having held positions of senior product manager for a number of vertical markets as well as director of commercial sound for the past three years. Prior to joining JBL, Kamlet worked in senior roles for a number of professional audio manufacturers, most of whom are focused on the contractor marketplace. With the addition of the other segments of the installed sound contracting loudspeaker business, Kamlet will now co-ordinate JBL Professiona

Hayden Hosts Rane Seminar
Monday, 4 June 2001

Hayden Laboratories, exclusive UK dealers for US audio manufacturer the Rane Corporation, recently hosted a product conference and seminar that highlighted the many advantages of the Rane’s Audio Conferencing Equipment & CobraNET Network Audio units. The day-long seminar was held in High Wycombe. Speakers included Steve Macatee, Rane’s director of new product development and training, and Dean Standing, director of sales for Rane. The seminar was designed for those involved in selling, specifying and designing audio & video conferencing systems and network audio. It was attended by a selection of interested parties from different areas of the professional audio industry consultants, sound designers themed entertainment, venues and broadcast plus business to business integrators. All keen to know more about this innovative range of products.

The seminar offered a general overview of the products and their capabilities and Q&A sessions for both ECS and CobraNET. This was the first such event organised by Hayden, but the good response is expected to herald more. Hayden’s Ian Downs commented, "It’s great to see so much enthusiasm for both the Rane CobraNET and ECS products."

Noelle Arrives at JGP
Monday, 4 June 2001

Recently arrived at industry specialist PR agency JGP, Noelle Lane brings a background in IT - with some media experience tucked away. With a keen interest in music and songwriting, Noelle will work as PR assistant alongside Jerry Gilbert. She says she is relishing the challenges ahead. "I’m really excited about entering an industry where my personal interests overlap those of business. I feel I’m finally embarking on a career worth getting out of bed for."

Martin & Trantec Close Curtain on Empire
Monday, 4 June 2001

A raucous farewell to the Hackney Empire, as it closed for a total refit, was provided during a two-week production of The Wiz - based on the ‘70s funk version of The Wizard of Oz. Paul Gavin’s company Purple Sheep Lighting, who service a number of events at Hackney Empire, ensured that the giant ensemble were heard loud and clear - in front of a band positioned high up on enormous risers - by specifying Martin Audio enclosures throughout. These included a front-of-house system comprising four flown Blackline H2s and a pair of H3s, reinforcing the house system - run in conjunction with the proprietary DX1 management system - with F12s and F15s operating in stage monitor mode. The entire system was powered by Martin Audio’s new amplification series, consisting of MA4.2s and MA2.8s. Paul Gavin commented: "We opted for the F12 and F15 floor monitors because they were predominantly lightweight, while for the main auditorium sound reinforcement we needed a powerful directional system, because the cast were singing on head mics. I needed something that could cut - and the Blacklines really cut through. This is a loud show, and because we were delivering such a loud monitor sound we also needed a system that was bright, with lots of energy."

To warm the system up on the vocals, Gavin also utilised a TLA-5050 valve channel. He says the show required 63 channels at front-of-house and provided 16 monitor mixes. Eleven channels were dedicated to Trantec wireless mics. "Because it was such an incredibly physical show," he continued, "we us

Midas to Launch Legend at PLASA
Friday, 1 June 2001

World-renowned mixing console manufacturer Midas will make PLASA 2001 the venue for the launch of the new Legend Series, a brand new range of live performance mixing consoles. The first Legend console in the range to be introduced will be the Legend 3000 . . .

Midas product manager David Cooper said the Legend: " . . . offers complete flexibility for both rental companies and installers alike at a price point significantly below that of the Heritage range. As well as offering all of the great features you would expect from a Midas console including some that are totally unique, we demanded three things: firstly that it be reliable on the road, secondly that it must be easy to service, and thirdly perhaps most importantly that it should sound like a Midas. We have achieved this in a number of ways. The inclusion of XL4 preamps and XL3 EQ ensures that traditional and unmistakable Midas sound. As far as serviceability and reliability are concerned, there are no shortcuts or compromises, but in order to produce a console of this quality at such an attractive price point, a change of approach was required. Therefore, unlike the more expensive Heritage range, Legend is a semi-modular console constructed in blocks of eight, each of which is split into three sections. However, due to several clever design touches, servicing remains a relatively straightforward issue."

In yet another world first, Legend provides the user with two sets of controls. Every input channel has two lots of EQ one for monitors and one for FOH as well as two faders for complete control over

Music Live Joins JHS Golf Day
Friday, 1 June 2001

Music Live, organised by Mammoth Events, has become the joint sponsor of the JHS Corporate Golf Day. This annual event has been held for over 20 years at Garforth Golf Club, Leeds, in early June, and playing guests from the distribution, manufacturing and retail sectors of the music trade make up the major attendees. Music Live is the largest consumer show of musical instruments and allied equipment, and is open to the public at the NEC Birmingham, 2nd-4th November, 2001.

Any industry trade person with an official golf handicap, wishing to be considered for inclusion on next year's invitation list, is asked to contact Anne Thornton at John Hornby Skewes & Co on + 44 (0)113 286 5381.

New Faces at DPA MicsNew Faces at DPA Mics
Friday, 1 June 2001

DPA Microphones has appointed Craig A. Parrish (pictured, left) as sales and marketing manager and Henrik Bronner (pictured, right) as area manager (Americas). Both Parrish and Bonner join DPA with strong backgrounds in international sales and marketing and come from most recent positions as marketing manager and business development manager, respectively, for a Danish manufacturer of large-format scanners for the reprographics industry. Craig Parrish, who is an American that has resided in Denmark for many years, has an MBA degree in International Business and has 18 years’ experience in export sales and international marketing. Henrik Bronner has been hired to strengthen the company’s sales and marketing efforts in North and South America. Bronner has lived in the United States for more than seven years.

FBT Launches New Enclosures
Friday, 1 June 2001

Italian acoustic specialist FBT has launched the MaxX 6 (passive) and 6a (active) speaker enclosures. The latest addition to FBT's gas-injection moulded polypropylene range, the MaxX 6/6a is a two-way system, fitted with B&C drivers - a single die-cast aluminium framed 15" unit fitted with a neodymium magnet and 3" coil, plus a custom 2.5" compression driver with a 1.4" throat. Frequency response is from 40Hz-20Hz, sensitivity is 98dB (at 1W/M), a maximum SPL is a loud 128dB for the 6a (129.5dB for the 6) and the enclosures have a dispersion of 90 x 60 degrees.

Complementing the 700W MaxX 6 (which will handle up to 1400W short term at IEC 268-5), the bi-amped MaxX 6a makes full use of the acoustic quality of the passive version and in addition to a sophisticated amplifier stage, includes FBT's proprietary ADAP processor. The manufacturer's design team says that ADAP grants the maximum operational reliability of all the system's components through any application, even under long-term Larsen effects. The MaxX 6a delivers 700+200W and comes with XLR/Jack Neutrik inputs, XLR Neutrik link, gain control, three-band EQ and volume control.

HHB 2001 Catalogue Now Available
Friday, 1 June 2001

HHB has announced publication of its 2001 catalogue. Widely considered as one of the definitive guides to everything that's important in professional audio, this year's edition contains essential information on 1500 products from more than 150 manufacturers, and includes details of a number of important new product introductions. The company has introduced a Quick Search Guide making it easier for the reader to locate the equipment category of their choice where the relative specifications of available products can be conveniently compared. Simultaneously published in a searchable format on HHB's website, the 152-page catalogue has already been mailed to existing HHB customers and is available free on request to qualifying UK audio professionals.

TFS Goes Sennheiser Route
Friday, 1 June 2001

Television Film Services (TFS), the location audio equipment supply company recently founded by film sound recordist Keith Silver, has chosen Sennheiser wireless microphones and in-ear monitoring systems with which to equip its inventory. Having already purchased a large number of SK 50 transmitter and EM 1046 modular receiver-based 5000 series systems, the company recently supplemented this with a further 16 channels of rackmount 3000 series systems, bringing the total number of channels to 45. The company also purchased six channels of Sennheiser Evolution 300 series wireless IEM. Founded just 10 months ago, TFS has already supplied equipment to both BBC and Channel 4 productions, as well as to a growing number of corporate and feature film clients.

Performance 2001
Friday, 1 June 2001

Performance Exhibitions Ltd has announced the launch of Performance 2001 - an exhibition including conferences, seminars and workshops aimed at the live performance industry. To be staged at the Newcastle Telewest Arena on 17-18 November 2001, the exhibition will bring together manufacturers, venues, producers and promoters, plus a complete range of associated services. Colin Rowell, director of ShowBlokes, whose vast portfolio includes production stage manager of The Tube, stage director for the MTV Awards and stage manager for the Brit Awards, recently returned to the North East, and is involved in live events in the area. He says: "I feel that this exhibition will offer companies a platform for exhibiting to a large audience. It will put the North East on the exhibition circuit where it belongs for this important segment of the industry." Over 1500sq.m of exhibition space will house exhibitors displaying the latest in lighting and sound equipment, staging, studio technology, special effects, transport, catering and support services.

Walk the Plank: Hot Footing
Friday, 1 June 2001

This month, pyrotechnics specialist, Walk The Plank, are going from one extreme to the other. On 10th June they will bring the 600-year old Newark Castle to life as part of the Newark on Water Festival, and then hot-foot it to Singapore for their first international commission - three performances of the spectacular Tower of Light show as part of the Singapore Arts Festival, 22-24 June. The two shows are typical examples of the breadth of Walk The Plank's work. After their successful participation at the Newark on Water Festival last year, they have been asked to animate Newark Castle's impressive facade. This year, they will be using powerful Xenon projection equipment (the biggest in the country) and huge 25m fabric drops, as well as fireworks, lighting and music.

Singapore’s Tower of Light is a set-piece using performers, lighting, music, fireworks and special effects, based around a 15m steel ‘lighthouse’. The show has been seen at Arts Festivals across the country, but this is the first time Walk The Plank's talents have been taken aboard. A team of 10 will be leaving Manchester on 16th June. Most of the materials, including 14 tons of steel and all hazardous substances, have been shipped over. As well as three public shows, Walk The Plank will run a full dress rehearsal in front of the Singapore Army and Police Force.

Dobson Goes UndergroundDobson Goes Underground
Friday, 1 June 2001

Canary Wharf underground station was transformed for large-scale reception for transport industry professionals on the 23rd of May, with Dobson Sound Productions brought in by Fisher Productions to provide the live sound requirements for the event. Following the International Public Transport Conference (UITP) at Earls Court, some 2000 delegates from around the world were invited to Canary Wharf station to observe a showcase example of an underground station. The station, designed by Fosters & Partners, remained open to the public during the entire day, which meant stringent observation of health & safety requirements during the build of the event so as not to endanger the public at any time.

The system, designed by Dobson director David Lewis, consisted of some 40 speakers arranged across the East Ticket Hall level of the station, and the Mezzanine above. The original concept was for a system of 20 delayed d&b C6 speakers to the Ticket Hall, with d&b 12 E3s used as in-fills, and an additional 8 delayed d&b E9 speakers placed on the Mezzanine Level. The system was operated by Dave Guerin, with Richard ‘Basil’ Ferneley acting as system engineer, although as it turned out, it was not at all the system on the original plans - David Lewis explains further: "Whilst we had a fully designed system that we intended to use for the event, further health and safety implications required a total re-design of the system once we were on site. But I suppose it was all part of the challenge of working in an environment that remained a fully-functional station for the pub

Blick and ASL Partnership on Voice Alarm
Thursday, 31 May 2001

Blick UK Limited and Applications Solutions Limited (ASL) have announced a joint venture to bring an innovative new product to the public address and fire alarm industry. A market leader in security, communications, time management solutions and digital TV distribution, Blick UK together with Application Solutions (ASL), designers of all aspects of public address, audio and voice alarm systems, have launched the world's first public address/voice alarm that features full remote control and diagnostic capabilities. The system, which is fully compliant with BS 5839 Part 8 1988, BS EN54-2 and BS EN60849 1998, has remote diagnostic capabilities supplied by a modem interface, and can identify system faults before they happen by monitoring and recording system events on a regular dial-up basis. The main benefit of remote diagnostics is that fault-finding and configuration can be carried out at a remote location saving the engineer time and money.

The system amplifiers use class D adaptive amplifier technology available in 100W, 200W and 400W units in various configurations in 2U 19" rack mount units. There is a family of routers to cater for differing system complexities. The simplest router mixer unit allows for six audio inputs to be routed to the 4 dual audio outputs for dual circuit systems. Expanded units provide 12x12 or 20x20 capacity, and can control up to 64 amplifiers using the proprietary Audio-CAN data network. The basic routers also include digital storage for 2 x 32 second emergency messages and 2 x 16 second test messages. The 12x12 unit provides four out of


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