ETC's Australian distributor, Jands Electronics, has announced that the Queensland Art Gallery has replaced its total architectural lighting control system with ETC's new Unison system, controlling 26 racks of HP6 wall-mount dimmers. The system was sold through the Production Shop, and installed by O'Donnell Griffin. Lighting levels are critical in the gallery, especially where photographs and works on paper are concerned, as levels above 50 lux can be damaging. The new Unison system ensures that lighting levels meet the correct conservation standards in all the Gallery's exhibition spaces. The control rack houses a central processor with battery back-up memory for storage, and a floppy disk drive. The rack provides network connection to wall stations, PCs for on-line control, and other Unison racks with output via a single DMX512 data system. A DMX512 input is also provided with powerful supporting programming options.
As a response to feedback from retailers and leisure operators, who are unable to benefit from custom-programmed music services because the CDs play on specialist proprietary devices, AEI Music has launched Dynamic Disc - a CD which, with the aid of a special filter, will play on the sites' existing CD players. The filter, which attaches directly to the CD player, decrypts the recorded music during playback, preventing pirating of the music. While still being able to play their own CDs, subscribers can also choose from seven different genres of music programmes, which are updated on a monthly basis.
Numark DJ equipment was used on site for vinyl promotion at the 4th Dance Music Conference in Amsterdam in October. The conference is Europe's largest forum for International DJs and music professionals to discuss issues of Dance Music as a cultural phenomenon. The three-day conference was supplied exclusively with Numark professional DJ equipment by Amsterdam-based Interstate Audio. The 12 proTT-1 direct-drive turntables and six proSM-1 two-channel mixers were used to provide 'listening stations' for all the participants in the main foyer of the conference centre.
Shure has launched the PSM700 series of in-ear monitors. These feature a synthesized design, offering greater frequency agility, which in turn allows for the simultaneous use of up to 16 personal stereo mixes. The units have Shure's Mixmode technology - one of three operating modes (along with stereo and mono) - which provides high levels of control at the receiver over the mix that the performer hears. Initial demand for the PSM700 has been strong and John Henry's Ltd of London has already had systems out with David Bowie.
Sound Dept will be holding an SIA-Smaart Pro Training School session on November 17 at The Matrix Club, reading. SIA Smaart Pro, the acoustic measurement and sound system optimisation software for Windows 95/98 and NT4.0, was developed to provide sound system contractors, acoustical consultants and audio professionals with a practical, powerful and accurate acoustical analysis tool, to enable them to achieve new levels of sound performance. The software delivers detailed and accurate spectral impulse and system response information.
Advanced Plasmavision Ltd, appointed AV rental supplier to the Rugby World Cup, delivered over 500 42inch Fujitsu Plasma display units in one month. Following a tough bidding process, Advanced Plasmavision was selected as the sole supplier of Plasma display products to three major UK Rugby World Cup venues - the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Twickenham and Murrayfield. Working closely with Steljes professional trade hire and Fujitsu UK, the company undertook all the technical and logistical demands required to supply multiple plasma displays and video source delivery systems at all three venues simultaneously.
The Entertainment Laser Association (ELA) has begun a major programme of research and development on the safety of audience scanning techniques. The work will cost around £15,000 to complete of which half will come from the Health and Safety Executive who are co-funding the programme. It will be managed and co-ordinated by Paul Tozer of Lasermet who will work in conjunction with other companies from the ELA and will report to Steve Walker, the HSE project manager. The project is the first research work ever undertaken by the UK laser display industry, on the laser display industry and at the behest of the laser display industry. The research will cover Measurement of typical emission levels; Examination of the regularity of laser pulse hits in audience members; Accurate measurement of typical beam divergences out of scanning systems and Evaluation of maximum scanning speeds and scan angles.
LMC Audio has supplied a multiple Soundweb package to Home, Big Beat's new seven-storey nightclub in London's Leicester Square. The programmable DSP system is at the heart of the multi-zone sound system, and includes 12 Soundweb 9088 boxes, three 9000 Mk II hubs and three 9010 'Jellyfish' remote controllers. The system was designed by BSS Audio's Matthew Bate, with LMC Audio's London sales manager, Ian Woodall, in conjunction with Home's technical manager, Andy Kayll. Of the seven floors at Home, the only level not directly under Soundweb control is the third floor. This features the Steve Dash Phazon system, where, as at Cream in Liverpool, all the processing is managed and stored in a BSS Omnidrive, which is fed by Soundweb.
Shure Inc has announced the appointment of Markus Winkler as managing director of Shure Europe GmbH, the official sales and marketing office for Shure microphones and audio electronics throughout Europe.News of Winkler's appointment was disclosed simultaneously with that of the changing of the Heilbronn, Germany-based firm's name from Shure Brothers Europe GmbH to simply Shure Europe GmbH.
Trantec's award-winning range of UHF and VHF radio microphones are now available for the export market for the first time. Until now, products bearing the Trantec marque have been confined to the UK only as a result of an exclusive licensing agreement overseas. Following the company's takeover by the TOA Corporation in April 1998, Trantec has worked on revising its market strategy, leading to the announcement this month of the implementation of a worldwide export policy, with the exclusion of the European mainland.The first available products will be the new S4000F UHF fixed frequency diversity system, based on the popular S4000 UHF system, and the S3.2, which combines many of the features of the S3500 in a single frequency system.
Turbosound has appointed Philippe Robineau MSc as a director of engineering. Robineau, who began his career in pro audio working for Nexo, will lead a team which also includes new recruits Jon Crawley and Laurence Dickie, alongside Danny Cooklin. The appointment follows the opening of a new 4,000sq.ft purpose-built creative environment in Partridge Green, Sussex.
Roscolab Ltd has announced a restructuring of its European Sales and Marketing divisions. The changes include the development of its specialist sales team, the launch of a new Customer Service Department and expansion of the Marketing Department. Gordon Tomkins, who has extensive sales and account management experience, has been promoted to sales manager for the UK & Scandinavia and a new Customer Service Department has also been developed, headed by Kirsten Smith. Another newcomer to Rosco is Duncan Smith, who joins Joanna Shapley and Denise Piguet in the marketing department as marketing projects manager.
Installation of some 250 Selecon luminaires has begun at the Tallinn City Theatre in Estonia bringing to life the performance venues in this complex of fifteenth-century buildings which house eight different stages. The Hell Stage, opened in November 1997 and acknowledged as the most unusual stage in the Tallinn City Theatre, was the first performance site to benefit from the choice of Selecon fittings. Originally planned as an understage, this vast irregular-shaped hall lies six metres underground, hence the name. Aboveground, is the Heaven Stage which is due to open in December.
London's latest high profile venue, The Loop in the capital's West End, features an all-JBL sound system, with the equipment line-up reading like a wish-list from the company's extensive range. Project manager Ed Manwaring of Music Marketing Services Ltd who installed the system specified the JBL system. Coverage for the Dance Floor is provided by two VS3115 3-way loudspeaker systems and VS125HS low frequency speaker systems from JBL's Venue Series, together with six Sound Power SP212-9 2-way full range loudspeakers. A pair of EON 15P powered loudspeakers are used for monitoring. JBL Control 25s provide background music for the restaurant, with eight Marquis MS28s used in the Basement Bar. The Upper Bar is served by six Control 28s and this area is also the location for the amp-racks comprising six MPX600 and seven MPX1200 amplifiers, again from JBL.
The papers have been full of the trials and tribulations of Sheffield's National Centre for Popular Music. The £15 million pound project has run up debts of over £1million since it first opened in March this year (see L&SI March 99). Things didn't look too good for the Centre recently, but following a creditors meeting this week, its future has been safeguarded by the 200 creditors agreeing to a package offering just a tenth of what they are owed. The Centre has failed to attract the visitors levels anticipated and has also suffered staff cutbacks.
Mark Hayes, formerly with Cronshaw Warren, has joined the Coe-tech Group as operations manager. He will be responsible for managing all of the service departments for the Group's products, and instrumental in overseeing the installation of a new computerised system that will enable the Coe-tech Group to implement New Service Procedures ready for the new millennium. The company are also looking towards opening a new Northern Service Centre and will be starting an out-of-hours Service Help Line in addition to a technical support web site.
EAW has introduced a new subwoofer designed specifically to work with flown arrays of EAW KF700 Series concert loudspeakers. The SB750 shares the same trapezoidal footprint and the same flying hardware as the KF750 three-way loudspeaker and the KF755 downfill loudspeaker, allowing the SB750 to be flown quickly with any KF700 array. The SB750 includes dual 18-inch woofers, housed within a tuned Baltic birch plywood cabinet with EAW's tough black polyurethane finish and weighs just 200lbs. Rear panel connectors are dual Neutrik Speakon NL4's. Frequency response of 30Hz – 150Hz at +3dB, and 25Hz at - 10dB. Axial sensitivity is 99dB (1W/1m), with SPLs of 138dB peak and 132dB long-term (@ 1m).
Adlib Audio has taken delivery of a new 48-channel Soundcraft FIVE Monitor desk in time for the new UK tour by long-term clients Texas. Ordered at the PLASA show in September, the FIVE Monitor console was specially requested by Marc Peers, Texas' monitor engineer. The spec also features a Soundcraft Series FIVE front-of-house desk, operated by Adlib principal Andy Dockerty, a Martin Audio PA and a quantity of the latest BSS processing equipment. October is a busy month for Adlib as they also are providing PA for The Longpigs and Gomez tours. Playing their first major tour of the UK since winning the 1998 Mercury Prize, Gomez is using Adlib's proprietary DF2 PA system, supported by dozens of new Crown amps. Again, it is a console double for Soundcraft: Chris Leckie is using a Series FIVE on front-of-house, while 'Brains' is using a Soundcraft SM24 in monitor world.
Tascam's new TM-D4000 digital recording console, launched at AES New York, is now shipping in the UK. This new addition to the 8-buss digital console market features moving faders, dynamic automation and recall, extensive machine control capabilities, 24-bit AD and DA convertors throughout, stereo digital effects and dynamics processors, fully parametric EQ and the most versatile. Aimed at both project and professional recording studios and post applications, the 36-channel TM-D4000 is a competitively-priced addition to the digital market.
EMO's new C600 series 32A mains distribution panels are aimed at both the rental and installation markets. All versions have a rear panel which offers six 13A MK outlets together with an earth bonding stud. Front panel options include a choice of breakers for safety. Power inlet is via straight or angled 32A Ceeform connectors on the front panel or a fixed mains lead on the back. Ceeform versions feature a parallel output so neighbouring racks may be conveniently linked. All 32A panels feature removable rack ears which allow the units to be recessed in the rack or rear-mounted if required.
A new night club has recently been added to the London club scene which boasts a highly sophisticated lighting and sound system. Supplied and installed by Audio Tek of Dublin, the audio system is based around JBL Venue Series speakers MPX amplifiers. The largest dance floor has the most impressive system with almost 30,000W of amplification and a calculated maximum SPL in excess of 148dB. A major crowd-pleaser, and a first for the UK, is the installation of a 'body-sonic' dance floor where bass drivers mounted in a cavity below the dance floor make it vibrate with low frequency sound.
Rosco has announced that it can now supply custom metal gobo designs in any size up to A, inclusive of tooling and the first gobo, for around 40% less than was previously possible. The development has been enabled by Rosco's investment in a purpose-built manufacturing facility.
Freelance sound recordist Chris Corner has been using a Yamaha 01V digital mixing console for live sound recording on the set of a new film being made by Illumination Television for the BBC, based on Gloriana, the opera composed by Benjamin Britten for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Corner chose the 01V after finding other options either too expensive or lacking in facilities. A live performance of the opera was recorded using over 50 radio microphones, via the 01V onto a 48-track digital recorder. The 110-minute film is scheduled to broadcast on BBC2 at the end of the year.
Pulsar have announced that the range of training seminars on offer for the year 2000 has been extended, in a continuation of their Training for Excellence programme. The training will encompass all aspects of Masterpiece operating and programming and technical services for the Clay Paky product range. Pulsar will also offer a series of open days which can be tailor made to suit the requirements of colleges, installation companies and corporate users.