Satellite background music specialist XtraMusic has announced the launch of the XtraMusic Lease package, aimed specifically at retail establishments of any size or type. The package enables retailers to provide digital CD-quality music consistently for customers and staff alike. The system is operated via simple touch-button control and the cost can equate to as little as the price of a CD each week. Where the satellite system is the sole source of music, XtraMusic is exempt from PPL licensing. It therefore represents a cost-effective means for smaller retailers to supply music by original artists, from an extensive library of over two million tracks, without constant interruption from radio announcements and adverts. XtraMusic benefits larger retail outlets by offering music for different departments or areas, without the associated costs of PPL licences for each individual area.
beyerdynamic has announced a distribution agreement with dB Technologies of Italy, in a special announcement to press on the London Eye. The dB product line includes a wide portfolio of pro audio products including speakers, power amplifiers and mixers, but it is with the company's wireless product range where the synergy between dB and beyer lies: the company's radio microphones now being constructed using beyerdynamic's transducer elements, coupled to the highly-sophisticated PLL wireless circuitry of dB Technologies.beyerdynamic's John Midgley is enthusiastic about the union. He told us: "This is a very, very impressive range of equipment and we are well-placed in the UK to promote dB alongside our existing range of products. It's a perfect fit and balances what we can offer our large customer base well".
The Klark Teknik Group has appointed a new distributor for Klark Teknik products in Denmark. Ascon Trading a/s, who also distributes Midas and DDA, as well as the full range of product lines from the Telex/EVI corporation, has taken on the Klark Teknik brand. Ascon's product manager in charge of PA products, Ib Sigismund, commented: "KT was the missing link in our product portfolio, not just in terms of the fact that we now carry the full Telex/EVI/KTG range, but also in terms of the quality of the package we were able to put together. We now have all the tools to specify the very highest quality systems using products exclusively from our own stable."
A number of new faces have appeared at White Light's Fulham base in recent weeks. In the sales department, the latest recruit is Eleanor Strathie, who until recently was working at Northern Light in Edinburgh. From the other end of the country has come Mark Smith, formerly Stage Electrics in Exeter; both will fill the gap left by Mark Beasley, who has left White Light to become chief electrician at the Royal College of Music. White Light's hire team also has a new addition, Emma White. White Light North also has a new member of staff in Richard Kilburn, who recently joined the team.
A new PA system, featuring STR1500 amplifiers from the Matrix Audio Development, has been installed at First Division Football Club Sheffield United by Small World. The company has designed and installed a new PA system to replace the existing 2000W (RMS) PA. The spec includes Marine-grade plywood cabinets housing Fane 450W Colossus loudspeakers and Fane CD150 high frequency units, together with Matrix STR 1500W amps. The installation is phase one in a two-phase programme to create the ultimate environment of sound and vision.
Sennheiser endorsees Toploader, whose debut album went straight in at the number five spot in the official UK album chart, have also been out on the road sporting the new Sennheiser evolution wireless 565 radio microphone system featuring the e865 condenser vocal capsule.Lead singer Joseph Washbourn was previously using the wired evolution e845 dynamic microphone - the move to a wireless mic is a logical progression to complement his use of Sennheiser wireless in-ear-monitoring system. The band have followed up their recent national tour with a clutch of dates supporting Paul Weller (himself a big fan), including one of his Albert Hall dates.
Denon has launched the AVR-3300, the latest in its comprehensive range of AV amplifiers. The AVR-3300 offers Dolby Digital and DTS (Digital Theatre Systems) decoding with movie and music surround, widening the scope of Denon's high end cinema amplifiers. The new Analogue Devices SHARC 32-bit chip is at the core of the machine's processor block. Developed in close collaboration with Denon's own engineers, each processor has a 50 MIPS computing speed, bringing substantial improvement to the audio quality of multi-channel sources. The amplifier is also prepared for future formats with eight-channel external inputs and eight pre-amp outputs, providing a full upgrade path for Dolby EX, et al. The pre-amp outs can be switched to provide simple multi-room capacity if required.
PLASA Exclusive: The company responsible for trucking the Spice Girls' tour kit have landed in hot water following the arrest of two of their number charged with smuggling Ecstasy, worth £3.5million, into Britain. Roxsett's MD David Wilson and general manager John Lewis have both been arrested following a swoop by customs men at Dover who stopped the Roxsett truck when it arrived back in the UK from The Netherlands. Sniffer dogs found the Ecstasy stashed between audio and lighting equipment. Both men appeared at Dover Magistrates Court last week and pleaded not guilty. Bail has been refused and the two now face a Crown Court trial.
Automated lighting manufacturer High End Systems today announced the departure of Grif Palmer, vice-president of sales, who has decided to pursue interests outside the lighting industry. High End Systems CEO Frank Gordon commented: "Grif's contributions to the company during the past five years have been immeasurable and we will miss him." Palmer will continue working at the corporate headquarters in Austin, Texas, until the end of June to ensure a smooth transition.
Thetford-based Centre Stage Engineering Ltd has only been trading 18 months, but already they have an impressive range of projects appearing on the company CV. They have now added to this with their most prestigious project to date. This is to design, supply and install the complete stage machinery package for the new Durham City Millennium Hall. This includes 39 single purchase counterweight-flying sets, orchestra pit elevator, safety curtain and 28 seating wagons on air castors. Carillion Building are the main contractors and installation is scheduled to start in October this year with a finish date of April 2001.
Distributors Adam Hall have issued a recall notice for part of the Palmer Power Amplifier product line. The move follows the discovery by the manufacturers of Palmer amplifiers of a component fault in the soft start circuitry. The amplifiers affected are the P500LX, P800LX, P1400LX and P2000LX. If you have one of these amplifiers call the Adam Hall helpline on +44 1702 613922.
AMEK has gone online with a new website dedicated to its Pure Path Series of outboard products, designed by Rupert Neve. The new site is exclusively Pure Path in content, with comprehensive operational and technical information on the range, as well as downloadable documents and notes from the designer himself. Pure Path Online is platform, browser and resolution independent. Its design makes use of vector graphics, enabling a large amount of pictorial information to be transferred in very small bandwidth.
LMC Audio Systems has appointed Graham Allen to the newly-created position of head of sales and marketing (London). Graham has 10 years' industry experience and has worked for several major players including Behringer, Shuttlesound and more recently with Sysco. A further addition to LMC is Iain Gregory, a physics graduate from Birmingham University who has joined the London sales team.
Leading names in the world of sound and lighting are supporting the next generation of broadcasters by sponsoring the students of Ravensbourne College of Design and communication, South London, in their Ravensbourne on Air showcase, on Wednesday 14 June. Strand, Pearsons, Yamaha, Avolites and Primarc are just a few of the companies which have thrown their weight behind the event by lending equipment to or directly funding the students at the National Centre of Excellence for Broadcasting to facilitate the programming of the six-hour schedule. The day is an opportunity for representatives from the broadcast industry to see for themselves the direct relevance of Ravensbourne's courses to their particular area of the industry.
A Midas Heritage 3000, an XL250 and racks upon racks of Klark Teknik processing have recently been delivered to LT Sound in Venezuela as part of a complete EV X-Array system sale put together by Steve Mendez of Sam Ash music retailers in New York and Josh Radin of Metro North Marketing. The sale is the biggest of its kind for Sam Ash who is internationally recognised for its music retail operations across the US. LT Sound is a full service production company dealing with some of the most high profile tours passing through its territory. The decision to purchase a major PA system was taken because the company is planning an international Latin American tour with some of the bands signed to its record label, LT Music. Special guest star, Ricky Martin, kicks off the tour on 18th June in the 28,000 capacity El Poliedro arena in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, to be followed the next night by a free concert outside the same arena at which over 100,000 people are expected to attend.
TFL's sales team got a boost recently when Laura Robertson joined the company to fulfil the new role of sales assistant to Gary White. Robertson, who comes to TFL from Nomadic Displays, will spend the next six months familiarising herself with the TFL product range.
High End Systems' veteran sales representative Sean Hoey has been promoted to the position of sales manager for the US and Canada. Hoey has been employed with the automated lighting manufacturer at its Austin, Texas headquarters since 1991.
To celebrate the launch of the new Strand 300-series lighting desk, and to introduce it to the London theatrical community, White Light and Strand Lighting collaborated on a successful open day at the Soho Theatre in London at the end of May. The star attraction of the event was Strand's new 'baby' lighting console, the 300-series. Based around the same GeniusPro operating system as the popular 500-series lighting consoles, the 300 console is of an attractive, compact, versatile design that allows a system to be built to suit the particular needs of smaller venues. The 300 was demonstrated in action by Strand's Bill Richards, using the Soho Theatre's White Light supplied and recently installed new rig of conventional lanterns driven from Strand LD90 dimmers and automated lanterns including Strand Pirouette PCs and City Theatrical AutoYokes. Soho will become one of the first venues in the world to install a 300-series, the console perfectly suiting both its scale of production and the compact size of its control room!
An old laundry in South West London is now a 'hard hat' zone as work gets underway on the construction of Sphere Studios - the most ambitious music recording complex to be built in the capital for many years. The new studio is set to rival London's finest and will operate as a fully commercial venture incorporating three main control rooms dedicated to tracklaying, stereo mixing and 5.1 surround mixing. The main partners behind Sphere are musician and producer Francesco Cameli and Malcolm Atkin, formerly general manager of Sir George Martin's Air Lyndhurst facility. During the construction of Air Lyndhurst Atkin was involved in all aspects of its design and later took responsibility for its commercial operation.
If you've read or heard about Wybron's revolutionary CXI Colour Fusion scrollers, but still don't understand how just two gel strings can give you any colour under the sun, help is at hand. Wybron has designed a simple, easy to understand colour wheel which demonstrates perfectly the technology behind the CXIs. Made up of two concentric wheels, which represent the front and rear gelstrings, the user simply selects a colour by rotating the front wheel relative to the rear wheel. The channel values needed to achieve the colour are shown next to each window, allowing users to recreate the desired colour effect on the CXI itself, with ease.
The latest recruit to Orbital is Andy Robinson, who has joined the company as head of production engineering. Robinson has many years experience of sound systems in live events and has spent the last three years touring with Michael Flatley and Lord of the Dance, in both sound and management roles. Production engineering is the vital interface between a designer and a working sound system and his appointment reflects Orbital's increased commitment in this area.
Selecon has demonstrated its commitment to the UK and European markets, with three appointments in the sales and marketing division of its UK operation. Following 11 years with Hawthorn Theatrical, Nick Gale has joined the company as sales manager for Selecon UK, where he will be responsible for dealer liaison, training and managing the client base. Selecon UK marketing consultant, Michael Goldberg, has seen his role broadened to sales and marketing director for Europe. Overseeing the general policy for Europe, the move also allows Michael to continue to act as a freelance consultant to other companies within the industry. A third member of staff, Lorna Parsons joins the Selecon team from Theatre Vision. Working for Zero88, (which provides Selecon UK logistics out of Wales), she will serve the Selecon customer base from the Wales office.
FX Rentals have taken on distribution of the new range of Taytrix modular acoustic panels. FX Group's technical director Frank Oglethorpe spotted the panels at a recent AES exhibition."They are incredibly light-weight and can easily be stacked for transporting. Once on site they are assembled using a system of slots and straps into virtually any shape the client wants. We have already used them to isolate amplifiers and to build vocal booths." The panels are available for sale or rental and come in three different models - Plexiglas, Fabric and Combination.
Recognising the importance of this region as being the largest entertainment community in the world, Martin has opened an office in Las Vegas. As the first manufacturer of intelligent lighting with an office in the city, Martin intend to offer technical and sales support, technical design and project support for the designers, dealers and customers in the region. The company has appointed Tim Brennan as the sales manager of the new office. Brennan, a well-known figure in the theatrical and entertainment Lighting community, will work with support from Martin's West Coast office team to develop a stronger presence for Martin in the Las Vegas market.