Audio News

Big Sound - A New PA Company
Friday, 1 December 2000

The Big Sound Corporation (BigSound) is a recently launched PA company which has been established in South Wales to offer live sound services to both touring bands and corporate clients. Based in Swansea where it is ideally placed to service both local and national clients, BigSound can now offer a comprehensive stock of high-end PA equipment which includes Allen & Heath’s flagship console the ML5000, in addition to an Allen & Heath MixWizard, a number of BSS FCS966 OPAL graphics, Drawmer DS201s, Behringer Multigate Pros and a selection of Shure and AKG mics - all purchased from LMC Audio Systems. The new company is headed by sound engineer and qualified acoustician Duncan Wild, who has more than 10 years experience in the live sound business in both the UK and Europe. Since its formation, it has worked on a number of events, including the BBC's Music Live event in Cardiff where it provided the PA for over 30 bands over the four-day event.

Peter Barnett Dies, Age 56
Thursday, 30 November 2000

PLASA Publishing has learnt of the death of Peter Barnett at the age of 56. Peter, who had a heart problem and had undergone a major bypass operation some 10 years ago, had a heart attack yesterday whilst at the wheel of his car. Peter was a partner in the firm AMS Acoustics, having practised as a consultant for over 30 years. He was involved in most aspects of acoustics, electroacoustics and PA design. During his career he had been involved in some major installations and was respected throughout the industry for his audio consultancy work. He has published over 100 papers and articles on many aspects of acoustics and has been an active member of various professional associations.

Change for Klark Teknik’s UK Distribution
Tuesday, 28 November 2000

Shuttlesound, the distributor for Klark Teknik products in the UK, has announced a significant change to the way in which KT products are to be sold in the UK. Shuttlesound will no longer sell direct to customers and end-users; instead, products can now be sourced via a network of nominated re-sellers throughout the country. Shuttlesound MD Paul Barretta explained the decision: "I am a great believer in letting people do what they’re good at doing, and in this case, rather than continue to deal direct ourselves, we have carefully selected five re-sellers across seven locations in the country who are perfectly set up to showcase the Klark Teknik product range to its best advantage in the professional audio market. Of course, Shuttlesound is still here to talk to anyone who wishes to have a Klark Teknik conversation, but all KT sales and after-sales service will be through our re-sellers. Our support is 100% behind the re-seller group."Shuttlesound says that under the terms of the scheme, each retailer is contractually obliged to perform a minimum of one KT demonstration per site, per week. This means that there will be a minimum of seven KT demos going on up and down the country. The dedicated KT resellers are: LMC Audio Systems (London, Birmingham and Leeds), Marquee Audio (Shepperton), Raper & Wayman (London), Northern Light (Glasgow) and Sound & Communications (Dublin).

Autograph Hosts Singapore Sound Man
Monday, 27 November 2000

Autograph Sound Recording is playing host to Jeffrey Yue from 'Esplanade - Theatre on the Bay' Singapore, while he completes a four-year educational exploration of the UK. During his stay at Autograph, he will learn the intricacies and technicalities of theatrical sound design, equipment rental and installation. Yue has so far completed three years at the Guildhall School of Music attaining a Degree in Technical Theatre Studies. He is now finishing off his final year in the UK, by gaining essential work experience with Autograph, before joining the sound department of a UK arts venue. He returns to Singapore's 'Esplanade - Theatre on the Bay' next summer, to take up his post as one of three technical officers.

Amplifier Theft
Friday, 24 November 2000

ADSworldwide has been so successful with the sale of its range of amplifiers that the criminal fraternity has taken more than a passing interest. In an early morning raid on the company’s Stockport premises, BT lines were cut in a main street junction box to allow thieves to take a supply of Jeil, Paso and the new ADS amplifiers. If anyone is offered the above branded amplifiers from an unofficial source, please contact either the Stockport CID or ADS direct on 0161-666 6363.

QSC Appoints Jim Skiathitis
Friday, 24 November 2000

QSC Audio has appointed Jim (Ski) Skiathitis to the position of Systems Specialist for the QSC Pro Touring division. Skiathitis’ responsibilities include product training and demonstration, along with technical support. He will also be actively involved in the design and integration aspects of professional touring systems. An industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in the touring sound and recording industries, Ski has worked as a sound engineer for a variety of acts from Smokey Robinson to Joe Cocker as well as a freelance recording engineer. Prior to joining QSC, Ski served as manager for Sonics Pro Audio and as technical supervisor with Foxwoods Resort Casino in their entertainment division.

The R&W Catalogue is Online!
Thursday, 23 November 2000

Raper & Wayman Pro-Audio published its first catalogue in late 1988. Now, after eight paper editions it has launched its web-based version - R&W Online. Constantly growing and much more up to date than a paper catalogue could ever be, R&W Online includes literally thousands of pro-audio products for recording and broadcast, as well as for live presentation. Visitors can browse and select the kit they need, request online e-quotes via R&W Online's unique 'Quote Me' system, and then buy either online or in person as required.

Sony Holds First European Pro Dealer Convention
Tuesday, 21 November 2000

Sony Broadcast & Professional Europe (BPE) recently held its first Professional Audio Dealer Convention at the new Sony Center in Berlin. The two day convention was attended by 50 dealers from 14 European countries. A welcome evening was followed by a day of presentations and discussions, during which details of new CDR and Mini Disc recorder products were revealed, along with the latest software developments and support products for the DMX-R100 digital recording console and DRE-S777 sampling reverb. Details were also given of Sony BPE Prime Support, a new package aimed at DMX-R100 owners, which provides on-site repair and servicing of consoles, as well as other support services, via the Sony BPE dealer network.

New Copyroom Engineer for FX
Monday, 20 November 2000

FX Group has appointed Pascale Giovetto, who has joined the FX Copyroom as an engineer. Formerly with Heathman’s Mastering (Tape to Tape), where she was responsible for the company’s copying facilities, Giovetto has extensive experience of the pro audio business and will work alongside FX Copyroom’s manager, Kevin Vanbergen, handling format transfers.

HHB Opens Online Media Store
Monday, 20 November 2000

The full range of HHB Advanced Media Products professional recording media can now be purchased from a new online media store at Following a secure and intuitive process, customers can order and pay for HHB media products at the site, with quantity discounts where applicable. Orders placed before 3.00pm, Monday to Friday, are delivered on the next working day - with a guaranteed pre-10.00am delivery also available at an additional cost. The HHB media range is widely acknowledged for delivering exceptional levels of performance and archival security, and currently comprises of 27 products covering CD-R, DAT, MD, MD Data, ADAT, DTRS, MO and DVD RAM formats. At present, the HHB online media store in only available to UK customers.

New Mixer/Amplifier from Tannoy
Friday, 17 November 2000

Tannoy Professional has launched the TMA120 mixer/amplifier for use in a wide range of audio installations. A 6-input mixer and 120W power amplifier have been integrated into one easy-to-use 2U box to supply high quality sound for background and foreground music and speech systems in venues such as retail outlets, houses of worship, factories and offices. The six balanced inputs are suitable for either microphone or line level signals, and one of these inputs can interface with a telephone switchboard, making this a truly flexible solution. Each channel can be set to automatically or manually mute, assigning priority to, for example, a security microphone, and overall volume levels can be set remotely using a simple potentiometer. Other features include tone controls, a built-in compressor and extensive output patching capabilities. Finally, the power amplifier is able to supply 120W into either a low impedance or line voltage distributed speaker system.

New Director of Business Development for Tannoy
Friday, 17 November 2000

Tannoy has promoted Richard Gainsborough to the position of Director of Business Development, where he will be responsible for the expansion of products to provide complete system solutions, incorporating new technologies into the company’s product ranges and establishing and integrating the company’s strategies of vertical market development within existing and new distribution. Gainsborough joined Tannoy in 1990 as export sales manager and was appointed business development manager two years ago, successfully pioneering the concept of focussed business development within the company.

New Appointments at Telex Inc
Thursday, 16 November 2000

Telex Communications Inc has announced several new personnel appointments within the speaker and microphone division of its Telex Pro Audio Group. Mike O’Neill has been named vice-president and general manager for speakers worldwide and for amplifiers in the US, with responsibility for all sales, marketing and development of these products. Previously vice-president of research and development, O’Neill brings more than 25 years of experience to the role of shaping the company’s future market strategies.Joel Johnson, previously product category manager for Telex and EV wireless microphones, now fills the role of general manager for wired and wireless microphones worldwide. Representing another growing area for Telex, Ralph Strader moves up to the position of vice-president and general manager, worldwide, for intercoms. In sales, Tom has been promoted to vice-president of sales for installed sound in the Pro Audio Group.The company has also hired a new director of marketing communications, Kent Rahn. With more than 20 years’ experience in marketing, Rahn will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s marketing communications strategies.Telex Communications is also creating several new positions, including business manager positions, which will be responsible for worldwide product development and strategy. Also, the position of vice-president of professional development will be created in order to focus specifically on pro audio operations and training.

GWR and Oxford Sound Co in £1m Deal
Thursday, 16 November 2000

GWR Group, the UK commercial radio group, has signed a deal with the Oxford Sound Company, in a contract worth £1m, to carry out the technical fit-out of a new Bristol Digital Broadcasting Centre. In one of the biggest radio contracts in the UK this year, the Oxford Sound Company will fit out 23 on-air production studios and other technical areas for the GWR Group. The deal represents a major investment by GWR Group for GWR-FM and Classic Gold in Bristol, GWR's nationwide programme production unit and GWR Digital, which originates the Digital Radio stations Core and Planet Rock in Bristol.GWR Head of Engineering Tim Donaldson said: The Oxford Sound Company has a proven track record as one of the best system integrators in the country, and I am delighted to have such a professional team on board for this exciting development in the future of the GWR Group.

New Pro Audio Sales Manager for JHS
Thursday, 16 November 2000

In order to reinforce HK Audio’s rapidly-accelerating reputation in the UK and Eire, HK Audio distributor John Hornby Skewes & Co has appointed Neville Raine as its new HK Audio specialist. Raine has worked for JHS previously, from 1988 to 1991, completing his time as a sales office manager. More recently, he has had managerial experience with Wharfedale and Fane Acoustics and, latterly, was sales manager for loudspeaker cabinet makers, Leech Manufacturing.

Italian Cinema’s Intelligent Upgrade
Thursday, 16 November 2000

The multi-screen movie complex craze which swept across North America some years ago, has arrived in Italy with an added element of attention getting effect, namely Martin intelligent lighting. The Medusa multi-screen theater in Bologna is a 31,000 square foot theater complex featuring nine separate theatres. Outside the complex two Exterior 600 wash lights bathe the building in a colorful mix of yellows and blues while two PAL 1200 scanners add gobo and logo projection.Inside, in the large foyer, eight MAC 600 wash lights provide the colour wash with eight MAC 250 profile spots adding pattern and logo possibilities. All lighting is controlled from a Martin ProScenium, a DMX lighting control package for multi-media and architectural applications. Audio is provided by eight Mach Installation series M68 in-fill speakers, four Mach M208 subwoofers and four Mach M62 two way, near-field speakers.

Miss Moneypenny’s Plays DAREs
Wednesday, 15 November 2000

Miss Moneypenny’s at Bonds in Birmingham, reputed to have one of the toughest door policies of any club in the country in terms of client exclusivity, has gone digital with a £60,000 audio system refit. Birmingham-based Dare Professional Audio was responsible for the design and specification of the new system, which was installed by Stagecraft Systems from Cannock. DARE specified a custom-built system loaded exclusively with ElectroVoice components and powered by EV P Series amplifiers supplied by EV’s UK distributor, Shuttlesound. The main system comprised four DARE NX12 mid/high packs; eight DARE TC15 sub-bass cabinets delivering an impressive 1200W each, plus one DARE Bass Quake 4 sub-bass enclosure loaded with four EVX180s. Each driver prodcues a massive 1000W - delivering a total of 4kW from one box. Two DARE Micro 12v2 DJ monitors and eight DARE E18s for the bar areas, controlled by a DARE NX Digital Speaker System Controller, completed the system.

Chris Kimsey is Sphere’s First Tenant
Wednesday, 15 November 2000

Internationally acclaimed producer Chris Kimsey is moving to Sphere Studios where he is setting up a digital project studio in one of the facility’s six new White Rooms. Best known for his classic work with the Rolling Stones, Kimsey has produced albums for a wide variety of artists including Johnny Hallyday, Killing Joke, Ash, The Chieftains, Soul Asylum and INXS. Currently under construction in Battersea, South London, Sphere is set to rival London’s finest studios when it officially opens as a fully commercial three-studio facility in 2001. The complex will incorporate three main control rooms dedicated to track-laying, stereo mixing and 5.1 surround mixing, plus the six White Rooms that are available for hire by artists and independent producers.

Denon Launches its First NXT Speaker System
Tuesday, 14 November 2000

Denon has announced its first system that incorporates NXT flat panel speakers. The speakers are custom-made by Mission for the Denon AV-F100, DVD-based mini component Home Cinema system. The Denon SCAV-F100 5.1 channel flat panel speaker system is designed for both music and movies and will be sold as part of the new Denon AV-F100 mini-component system, which comprises matching compact Denon DVD Player, Home Cinema Receiver, AV Power Amplifier, fiveNXT flat panel speakers and a powered sub-woofer.

Arup Acoustics Appoints Waters
Tuesday, 14 November 2000

Arup Acoustics has announced the appointment of Colin Waters C Eng MRAeS FIOA, as its head of environmental acoustics, to be based in Cambridge, UK. Waters will build on his considerable expertise in expanding the Arup team that carries out specialist disciplines in the practice of noise assessment and control in the planning context, working from offices in Cambridge, London, Manchester and Winchester. Waters’ experience includes over 30 years in the field of acoustics, including more than 20 years as the principal of Colin Waters Associates.

African Revival
Monday, 13 November 2000

Currently wowing theatre-goers in South Africa is African Footprint - a song and dance spectacular, which is set to stride its way into the international arena.

Scheduled to tour Europe later this year, the current home of the production is in the replica of the original 19th century Globe Theatre at Gold Reef City. It was Solly and Abe Krok’s idea to copy the original Globe Theatre at Gold Reef City - a theme park recreating early Johannesburg, taking the opportunity to utilise an intended ‘mini-plex’ cinema whose backers had pulled out.

They brought in consultant Richard Loring, and his production manager Debbie Batzofin, who in turn approached lighting designer Denis Hutchinson. The roof of this intended small cinema was raised by two metres, which allowed seven metres clear over the stage and a balcony in which patrons wouldn’t have to kneel. But even so, it wasn’t possible to include a proper dome in the auditorium (much less a fly tower over the stage). The alternative was a barrel vault ceiling, in spite of the acoustic disadvantages it presented. Fortunately, it was accepted that the type of show staged in the venue would always use amplified sound. Hence acoustically absorbent tiles for the ceiling were specified as part of a scheme to make the room nearly, but not quite, acoustically dead.

Another fortunate outcome was that the control area for both lighting and sound could be incorporated as part of the auditorium. Sound equipment for the 306-seat venue includes a generous 40-channel DDA mixing desk with 64 balanced lines betw

Covenant for Navigator US
Friday, 10 November 2000

Navigator Systems’ US Division has appointed Ray as Technical Director. Covenant has many years’ experience in the entertainment industry, particularly in the field of information systems. Covenant will oversee technical support for the hundreds of companies in North America currently using HireTrack Eclipse. He will also be involved in the implementation of a new application service where companies will have the option to rent software instead of purchasing new software. The users will connect to Navigator Systems server farms via the internet and run HireTrack Eclipse. Greg Smith, president of Navigator Systems US, commented, "I am so excited that Ray has joined our team. He brings many years experience working with entertainment companies and their software systems."

Wise Investment With Nexo
Friday, 10 November 2000

London-based sound and lighting production company, Wise Productions, has just invested in eight Nexo PS-8 loudspeakers, complete with PS-8 controller, supplied by ShowCom of Birmingham, with a view to purchasing a further eight cabinets plus controller in December. The first job for the system is this weekend at the recently-opened Wellcome wing of the Science Museum, for the Sterling Prize 2000 presentation of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Building of the Year. Some 800 people will be attending the event, which is to be filmed by Channel 4. Paul Gaskell, technical manager for Wise Productions said: “We invariably end up working in places where the acoustics are difficult . . . and we have the burden of a huge weight of health and safety restrictions to adhere to, so top quality, reliable and easy to set-up equipment is of paramount importance."As well as several events coming up in the capital’s three main museums, the system also has a seven-week run booked in December and January for Cirque du Soleil’s production in a giant temporary structure at Battersea Power Station.

Sennheiser RF Used to Tag Inmates
Friday, 10 November 2000

Sennheiser RF systems have been used on the recent Channel 5 prison breakout gameshow ‘Jailbreak’. SK50 radio beltpacks and clip mics were used to provide audio for the programme, but also as a means of tracking the 10 contestants as they tried to evade state-of-the-art scanners and infra-red beams in escaping from the purpose-built high-security facility. Technical sound supervisor Steve Williams, whose Sound Moves digital production trailer provided digital recording facilities, specified the RF systems from Cine Video Audio Hire. He explained that the environment was a difficult one for RF operation: The prison was constructed out of galvanised corrugated steel, with the compound’s buildings surrounded by a six-metre-high steel fence. We used Cine Video’s own Triax remote antennae system, which enables the RF aerials to cover a vast area, and between that and the usual Sennheiser reliability, the quality of the RF was excellent.


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