Klotz Digital was recently awarded a contract to develop, design and install one of the most modern integrated PA installations at the new Munich Airport Terminal 2, scheduled to go in to operation in March 2003. In addition to providing flight information and other pertinent announcements to travelers, visitors and airport personnel, plus supplying background music, this system can either broadcast throughout the entire airport or can be localized, if necessary, to specific areas. Furthermore, the system allows personalized emergency bulletin broadcasts, with priority-driven repetition.
The PA system consists of 27 independently operating PA stations. All stations are connected to one another and to the central/main station via fibre optic cables. To ensure the necessary high safety standard, the entire system is fully redundant so that in case of an emergency or disaster, communication is guaranteed for all areas of Terminal 2. Each station is equipped with several Klotz Digital VADIS 880 frames for input and output connections, with digital signal processors and controllers taking care of the audio routing and communication. A separate PC-based Ethernet network, developed by Klotz Digital, is controlling all implemented system functions.
Approximately 200 configurable paging desks/terminals of various design are widely spread over the entire installation area. Each of the desks is equipped with an audio recording facility for intermediate prerecord of announcements. To control these stations and the distribution of digital audio signals, they are connected to the mai
Trafalgar Leisure, who already own several sites in Newcastle, including the impressive Powerhouse, have just celebrated the opening of their latest club, Sugar, in the heart of Newcastle’s city centre. Once again, Trafalgar turned to Sound Control's ‘Big Paul’ Yeats to specify all the audio equipment for this five-floor entertainment complex which includes bars, a cafe and a restaurant, as well as the club itself. As with Powerhouse, Paul opted for a full Electro-Voice/Dynacord audio solution to the venue's exacting demands.
The basement and fifth floors, which house the bathrooms and restaurant respectively, are the quietest parts of the building and both have been supplied with a 100V line system based around Dynacord DL70W ceiling speakers. The ground and first floors are home to the café and bar areas where Yeats has specified a system based around EV Sx80 cabinets supplemented by Shuttlesound GSS15 bins. The ground floor sports a total of eight Sx80s and two GSS15s, while the first floor utilizes 12 Sx80s and four GSS15s. The club system on the next floor is simple but more heavyweight, comprising four Sx300s and a single Xi2181 bass bin with a powered Dynacord AM12 acting as DJ monitor. Amplification is provided by Electro-Voice P Series and Dynacord S Series amps throughout.
One of Sugar's most visually spectacular features is a huge spiral staircase which twines its way up from the basement to the first floor. "It's the most amazing structure," says Paul. "I've honestly never seen anything like it - it's almost like a human s
The Mach brand has experienced increasing success worldwide over the past years. In order to meet increasing demands from customers, engineers working with professional sound reinforcement today, even more products have been added to the comprehensive line of Mach loudspeaker systems. At PLASA 2001 Mach will present no less than four new products. The M20.06 digital loudspeaker management system, the Ballista subwoofer for demanding long-throw touring applications, a new line of nearly invisible Mach ceiling speakers for the architectural segment and a complete range of white products for versatile installation purposes will all be launched at the Show.
Also new is the Mach M20.06 - a one unit, state-of-the-art, loudspeaker management system capable of operating all speakers in the Mach product range. This digital circuitry is based on BSS Omnidrive DSP technology and comes equipped with the latest 24-bit A-D and D-A converters. Fast and easy set-up of Mach speaker systems is ensured by 50 preset programs with settings for all Mach speaker models. Each preset offers carefully optimized crossover points and slopes, polarity, delay and EQ settings to exactly fit the individual characteristics of each Mach loudspeaker. "To show our customers the versatility within the Mach product range, we will present Mach in an interesting interactive environment under the title: Mach Experience," states Danny Cross, Mach product manager in the UK.
Mach can be found on Stand E56.
Color Kinetics Inc has been named a ‘Rising Star’ as part of the New England Technology Fast 50 Program, an annual ranking of the fastest-growing technology companies in the area presented by Deloitte & Touche and Hale and Dorr LLP. Rising Star rankings are based on the percentage of growth in revenues over a three-year period (1998-2000) and Color Kinetics has experienced exceptional growth since its inception in late 1997. Ten companies are named annually as Rising Stars on their way to becoming New England Technology Fast 50 companies in the future. To qualify, companies must have had operating revenues of at least $50,000 in 1998 and $1,000,000 in 2000 and must produce technology, manufacture a technology product or devote a high percentage of effort to research and development of technology. Winners of the 22 regional Fast 50 programs and Rising Star categories in the United States and Canada are automatically entered in the Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 500 program, ranking North America’s top 500 fastest growing technology companies. Rankings for these and Rising Star winners will be announced on September 11.
In late July, Kew Gardens held its Summer Swing Festival, a five-day music event, in the midst of some of the worst mid-summer weather for 30 years. After the success of last year's event, production rigging company Nippy Industries has been awarded a three-year contract to provide the outdoor roof, staging, and all platforms for sound and light control. "For this years' event we installed a steel deck stage 15 metres wide by 9 metres deep over difficult terrain including steps and drop levels," said Nippy's Steven Williams. "The stage was then protected from the elements by our newly-purchased roofing system from Total Fabrications Limited (TFL)."
Jools Holland and his Big Band opened and closed the festival, in between artists such as The Bootleg Beetles, Bjorn Again and Kid Creole and the Coconuts who entertained some rather soggy audiences. "Considering the appalling weather conditions, the quality of our planning and attention to detail meant that the bad weather wasn't an issue for us. The roof proved simple and safe to erect," said Williams.
MC2 Audio is launching the latest addition to its T Series - the T1500 (750W per channel). This model joins the highly successful T1000 (500W per channel) and T500 (250W per channel), which were launched at PLASA last year and have been enjoying buoyant worldwide sales throughout 2001. As with all other amplifiers in both the MC range and T Series, the T1500 will be covered by a full five-year warranty. It is anticipated that it will be available for shipping from the end of September.
MC2 can be found on stand S28.
Audio-visual and multimedia specialist, D J Willrich Ltd (DJW), has recently been awarded ISO 9001, the quality management and quality assurance standard. The award has been given in recognition of DJW’s standard of business management and business excellence. The company was also required to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products that meet customer needs and enhance customer satisfaction. Since the company was formed in 1986, DJW has been one of the leading developers of innovative and creative solutions for many of the UK’s key museums and attractions, including the Millennium Dome (London), The Big Idea (Scotland) and Wild Walk and Explore@Bristol. In addition, DJW has developed a growing global presence, including an office in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and an associate company, Mad Systems, in America. Our picture shows DJW’s Tony Knight (left) and David Willrich (right).
In conjunction with its UK distributor Raper & Wayman, Australian manufacturer ARX is showing for the first time in the UK the ZA series of 4-channel, 6-channel, 8-channel and 5.1 multi-channel amplifiers, all in a 2U chassis. New additions to the SPL range including the SPL 20 powered arrayable trapezoidal sub woofer, the SPL 8 powered compact full range loudspeaker and the SPL 28 powered compact sub woofer to complement the SPL 8. The 8 Pre, 8-channel microphone preamp, featuring variable gain, 20dB pad, phase reverse and phantom power is ideal for use as a console extender, ADAT/hard disk recording and acoustical analysis. The BarMix zone mixer, ideal for all applications requiring switchable multiple-input selection and multiple outputs, featuring remote level control and mic override in a compact 1U package.
ARX can be found on Stand H36.
Canford has announced it will be launching its Multipower at PLASA. The unit is a means of replacing up to 14 PSUs in a single 1U device. Also the EZ-PC pro-interface will get its UK launch at the show. The MIDI distribution amplifier and the MIDI mains switcher will be seen in their full production form for the first time after their recent launches.
The Multipower replaces up to 14 ‘wall warts’ and provides a neat solution freeing up mains sockets for other uses. The unit can supply devices of 6volts, +12 volts, -12 volts or 24 volts making it at the same time compact, versatile and cost effective. The EZ-PC pro-interface converts PC sound cards from unbalanced to balanced inputs and outputs and fits neatly into a standard PC card slot alongside the PC’s existing soundcard and negates the need for an external pro-interface. Canford is also presenting the full range of EMO products, including a variety of DI boxes, microphone splitters and power supplies. The CSM41 studio condenser microphone will also be on display.
Essential testing and measuring equipment, such as Canford and EMO cable testers, Quick Check test CDs and DAT’s, the Terrasonde Audio Toolbox and the Canford phase checker will also be on display. A selection of the huge range of cabling and connectors to be found in Canford’s catalogue ‘The Source’ is on display. The latest edition of The Source is available free from the stand and details all the products on display fully includingtechnical specifications.
Canford can be found on Stand H18.
Visitors to PLASA 2001 will witness the debut of the ‘brand new’ as well as the ‘relatively new’ in the High End Systems and Flying Pig Systems product family. Shown only at a sneak preview at Lightfair this year, High End is introducing C-16, the first in its Atmospheres series of interior architectural luminaires. C-16 is a compact, affordable, colour-changing spotlight that lets you change your environment, space, atmosphere or mood with utter simplicity. An MR16 lamp gives the fixture long life. It weighs in at a lightweight six pounds but packs a powerful colour punch, offering pastel highlights to deep saturates.
The modular construction of the x.Spot automated luminaire allows for new feature modules to be introduced as they become available. Debuting at PLASA are two new modules: Lithomotion wheels and the framing shutter system. The Lithomotion wheels offer oversized, rotating images which bring a lively, ever-changing look to a set. Mike Wood, vice-president of engineering, commented: "This allows us to go back to a more organic effect. With the Lithomotion feature, you're getting motion in two or three different directions at the same time, so you can't tell where the motion is coming from. The whole thing is very alive, very 3D. It's a look that we've not managed to achieve on any other product before." The LithoMotion feature should be shipping between September and November.
The framing shutter system caters to lighting designers' requests for accuracy and reliability in framing. "The system features eight motors - tw
PLASA 2001 will be the first viewing of XTA’s remote control software for the company’s Seriously Intelligent Digital Dynamics unit - SiDD. Designed for ease-of-use and downloadable from the XTA website (www.xta.co.uk), the software will permit full control of up to 32 units (64 SiDD channels) for all EQ, compression, noise gate/expansion, limiting and dynamic EQ functions of SiDD. Having all these on a single screen gives any engineer fast access to all parameters and instant visual response. Remote interface via MIDI, RS232 (cable runs up to 25m) or RS485 (up to 1km) allows connection and control from any PC running Microsoft Windows 95 or later. Innovative ‘bouncing ball’ metering enables instant set-up, and can be toggled with traditional VU meter mode for clear indication of dynamics/gain control and comprehensive 'Showtime' monitoring. The latest version of XTA’s proven Audiocore control software is also now available, and enables both SiDD and DP Series processors to be connected on a single network and controlled from a solo PC or laptop. With a wireless PC communication link, dynamics (SiDD) and loudspeakers (DP Series) can now be fully controlled from any part of a venue, not just a single mixing/control position, for complete flexibility.
XTA Electronics can be found on stand T32.http://www.xta.co.uk
Today Trantec is the largest manufacturer of DTI-approved radio microphones in Europe. Established approximately 10 years ago, Trantec originally only supplied to the music industry. However, the company’s marketplace has now increased to include broadcast companies, theatres, film producers, council chambers and others. This year, Trantec is bringing its products and expertise to PLASA, along with its latest updates to the S5000 beltpack. Features of the S5000 beltpack include: Power via single AA battery, giving approximately eight hours of use; programming capabilities for gain, frequency and user name via Infra Red sources such as Palm Pilot and compatibility with existing S5000 receivers.
Trantec can be found on stand D14.
The Royal Opera House live relays are making a welcome return to the Covent Garden piazza following the success of their revival last summer, made possible by the generous sponsorship of BP. This three-year sponsorship scheme has already brought three operas and now the very first ballet live from the main stage of the ROH into the piazza. An estimated 5,000 people enjoyed the free performance of Tchaikovsky's timeless ballet, Swan Lake which was broadcast onto a huge screen supplied by Screenco. The complex audio requirements were provided by Dobson Sound who have worked with the Royal Opera House on several previous occasions during the period of its refurbishment.
The system that was put in place for the Swan Lake relay was the result of collaboration between Paul Dobson and Eric Presley, Head of Sound for the ROH. Presley mixed the sound in the ROH and sent the feeds out to the piazza, and on this occasion wanted a system that would incorporate an element of surround sound for a fuller ambience, so he and Dobson designed it accordingly. The main system, which was all d&b, comprised a C7 top and sub either side of the stage for screen sound and three delay positions down either side of the piazza, each with an E9 mid/high cabinet over a C7 sub for the main programme material. BSS TCS804s and Klark Teknik DN410s provided system time alignment and EQ respectively, while a 24-channel Midas Heritage 1000 ran front-of-house. "We had to have masses of delay and time alignment on the system to compensate for the inherent delay in the video signal," said Dobson. &quo
A new specialist sound, lighting and video design and installation company, Live Business International, has opened its doors in London. The company is headed by technical director Roland Hemming, the former head of sound at the Millennium Dome, and is backed by Live Business, the UK’s largest provider of live entertainment. Live Business International specializes in design, installation and maintenance of sound, video and lighting systems in entertainment venues, including cruise ships, hotels, theatres, clubs, stadia and conference venues.
Hemming’s background spans 15 years in the entertainment technology business, beginning at the sound department of Theatre Projects where he pioneered MIDI-based show control in the late 1980s, going on to work as a sound engineer, event production manager, audio consultant and installation designer. In recent years Hemming has been responsible for numerous major cruise ship installations for many European cruise lines.
Prior to forming Live Business International, he managed the design, installation and running of the 57 sound systems at Millennium Dome, the largest sound installation in the world, running a team of 42 engineers. He was also one of the last people to leave the Dome, spending three months this year as production manager in charge of decommissioning every sound, lighting, video and broadcast system with a crew of 192 and 30,000 items of equipment to dismantle.
Hemming told PLASA Media: "Having successfully carried out various high profile installations in recent years, we want to build on that succ
At this year’s PLASA Exhibition Prolyte is introducing new product including a brand new delay tower system, available in 550 kg, 1100 kg, 1600 kg and 2100 kg versions. The large version is being displayed on the stand of Lightfactor - one of Prolyte’s UK distributors. The smaller version can be seen on the stand of another prolyte distributor in the UK, Unusual Rigging. Also new is a completely restyled and updated version of the MPT tower system, to bring the product in line with future demands and regulations.
The updated version of the Prolyte catalogue is also available, featuring over 100 pages of product information and background knowledge from the world of truss. Furthermore the company invites visitors to the cosy surroundings of their stand to enjoy some fun and business gossip at the famous ‘Prolyte Bar’ or to meet Prolyte’s distributor representatives in the UK.
Prolyte can be found on stand D10.
XL Video Inc (with the familiar team of Bob Higgins and Barbara Riedling) is in the midst of a busy schedule, mirroring the hectic summer season being enjoyed by UK-based XL Video. The demanding design of the 50-date Tim McGraw shed tour is providing a highly innovative challenge for the video department, with XL supplying one of the most sophisticated music production video systems currently on the road. Although XL has provided touring video packages for U2, Destiny’s Child and from Robbie Williams, the McGraw tour pushes the envelope further. LD Roy Bennett’s show design was minimal in terms of lighting instruments, but substantial in terms of video technology and expectations - specifically the use of over 500 Barco DeLite14 LED tiles for displays, and an enormous number of options in the backstage SDI video system itself.
Gary Westcott, a leading LD in his own right, worked closely with Bennett’s vision to establish a novel way to integrate video with the overall show look, whilst remaining flexible enough to fine-tune. This required very specific equipment: at the heart of the system is the Pinnacle PDS 9000 video switcher, essentially a three M/E switcher with nine in-built DVEs, six of which are actively used in the show to create most looks and effects. With the arrangement of the screens on the stage, three different mixes are available at any given time with the Pinnacle. The PDS 9000’s ability to store numerous still images is also utilized. Four channels of a Tektronix Profile video server, two dual-channel Fast Forward hard drives, an
The Elbow Room chain of pool bars has commissioned a second audio installation from Essex-based Xtreme AV, for its newest venue, recently opened in Bristol. This latest contract follows on from the success of Xtreme’s design for the Elbow Room in Swiss Cottage, London, which opened in June. The three-floor bar in central London features a highly flexible Celestion CXi sound system, providing six zones of audio to the main bar, the gallery bar on the first floor and the club bar in the basement. The system is controlled by BSS Soundweb which allows the Elbow Room to route any sound source to any area - for example the DJ in the basement bar to a private party in the gallery bar. Private VIP areas, scattered throughout the club, are equipped with their own televisions and speaker system, allowing guests to choose their own programming. Each area has its own EQ setting on Soundweb.
"The client was looking for a sound reinforcement system that fitted aesthetically with the club’s interior design," explains Matt Burrell of Xtreme AV. The result was 15 CXi 821 wall-mounted cabinets from Celestion, with an additional four CXi 521s for the VIP booths. Bass is provided by seven Celestion Substation 10 cabinets, discreetly tucked away into purpose-built cupboards with grille fronts. "We used Celestion many years ago," says Matt Burrell, "and I guess you could say it was capable but didn’t really shine. However, we’ve been really pleasantly surprised by the new CXi products, which offer a continuity of high-quality sound right across
Tascam is showing its expanding digital DJ product range on the Tannoy Professional stand. On show are a brand new digitally powered DJ mixer and the very latest update of the company’s top flight DJ CD decks. Guest spots from top UK DJs on the stand are also being lined up. The Tascam X-9 is a uniquely powerful and appointed professional 4-channel DJ mixer which utilizes high resolution digital processing to offer a range of features including on-board sampling, recallable sweepable EQ and internal effects. 24 bit A-D convertors provide for the highest possible signal resolution from vinyl, with four sets of phono stage or stereo line level connections. Digital inputs enable CD decks and external devices, like MiniDisc players, to be directly connected without loss of quality.
Balanced and unbalanced Master outputs feature attenuation control. Pre-Master booth monitor (with independent level) and digital outputs (e.g. for recording) are also featured. Independently adjustable level and EQ is provided for headphone outputs on both the top and front panels. A balanced mic input also features independent level and EQ control. The X-9 is the only DJ mixer to currently feature three-band, fully sweepable, parametric EQ. Settings can be stored in up to a 100 recallable programmes. The powerful EQ can also deliver real time filter-sweep effects like no other DJ console, say Tascam.
Also being shown for the first time at PLASA is the CD-302 V4.0. This latest upgrade of Tascam’s highly acclaimed CD deck system builds on the astoundingly realistic scratch and break c
This year Marquee Audio will be offering a relaxed atmosphere with a room for conversation over coffee, along with the traditional tempting assortment of audio delicacies. There will be the opportunity to view the latest developments within Marquee and the manufacturers the company works with, including the recent appointment of Marquee as a main UK dealer for Sony. Products demonstrated will include the Optocore LX4 fibre-optic multicore system, latest developments of BSS Soundweb software and hardware, Crestron control systems integrated with other audio processing devices, Yamaha PM1D digital console (latest software release) and the Sony digital console, radio mics and playback equipment.
At PLASA this year, Sound Department will be demonstrating products from Crest Audio, Community Professional Loudspeakers and Level Control Systems - featuring a live demonstration of the VRAS reverberation system and Sound Advance Systems flat panel loudspeakers. Product launches will includethe new ST Series amplifiers and X-Rack Series mixers from Crest Audio, and new additions to the CPL Installation Series from Community.
Crest’s ST series amplifier is the flagship in a family of ‘elevated efficiency’ amplification. The ST amplifier represents a new benchmark in switching amplification - providing the expected advantages of low-weight and reduced heat, while preserving the sonic integrity for which Crest Audio is known. With the latest in switching technology onboard, this feature-rich product has the contemporary look, feel and sound of a touring class amplifier.
The XR-20 is the first in a line of professional Crest Audio X Series rack mount mixers, which address a wide range of applications. The XR-20 meets the varying needs of project studios, houses of worship, broadcasters, musicians and all facets of live sound reinforcement where it can be used as the primary mixer or as a highly flexible sub mixer.
New to Community’s CPL Installation Series are the CPL26 and CPL28. Outfitted with a pair of 8" low frequency drivers, the CPL28, like the CPL26 (which houses dual 6.5" woofers), employs a two-way design using Community's UC-1 compression driver coupled with a newly-developed, 120° x 60° high frequency horn which can be rota
Bryan Wilson and Jon Gee formed central London-based Flying Squad Aerial Rigging Services late last year to offer a specialist team devoted to flying performers and acrobats. As part of their expansion, the company has just welcomed a newly-appointed director, Rory McKeown. The Flying Squad now offers a fully comprehensive production rigging service including design, consultancy, manufacture and installation. From Frank Sinatra to Kylie Minogue, McKeown’s CV reads like a who’s who in entertainment. At the forefront of imaginative rigging design for over 20 years, Rory McKeown toured with Pink Floyd on the original ‘Wall’ tour in 1980, rigging the famous huge inflatable moving puppets. This led to his rigging Roger Water’s ‘Wall’ at the Berlin Wall in 1990. He has flown Prince during his 1987 European tour and been chief rigger for U2's nine month world tour. In 2000, he flew Alan Davies for the UK TV production Love is a Many Splintered Tthing.
In his new position, McKeown is currently establishing the rigging department at Excel Event Services, in London's docklands. He is concluding negotiations with structural engineers to create an in-house code of practice to expand the capacity for live events within the facility. The venue was originally designed without any rigging capacity considered. In addition, Flying Squad have recently designed and supplied the flying system in The Turbine hall of Tate Modern for a private party held by Lord Stevenson and family. Lord Stevenson was a Chairman of the Tate trustees for 10 years.
Audio-Technica will be unveiling a number of new products during this year's PLASA exhibition. Taking centre stage will be the second generation of the popular Engineered Sound series of microphones, which has been expanded to include boundary, gooseneck, suspension, lavalier and handheld models. The ES series now also features new capsules, practical switches and redesigned mounting arrangements, making it the perfect solution for all high quality audio installations. Also displayed for the first time will be a limited edition T4033 anniversary model. This commemorative version of the company's flagship microphone is launched as part of the celebrations of the 40th Anniversary of the Audio-Technica Corporation.
Finally, PLASA sees the AT3031 (cardioid) and the AT3032 (omni-directional) microphones added to the 30 Series range for home and project studios. Both microphones are end-fire pencil condensers and feature verow self-noise (16 dB SPL) and a flat, extended frequency response.
Audio-Technica is exhibiting on PLASA stand H16.
BSS Audio will be showing the Soundweb 9088ii at PLASA this year. Its DSP engine builds on the highly successful Soundweb platform, and brings a higher performance to the audio path. The latest generation 24-bit converters are used to give a dynamic range of better than 107dB, plus a new AES/EBU digital input card extends the applications and source options for the Soundweb system. Also on show will be the Minidrive loudspeaker management systems, comprising the FDS-334 (2 inputs 4 outputs) and the FDS-336 (2 inputs 6 outputs), together with the FDS 366 Omnidrive Compact Plus.
BSS Audio can be found on Stand S30.
One of the UK’s leading sound installation companies, Northern Light, has just completed "the first of many" installs with Celestion professional loudspeakers. In Grangemouth, the Town Hall has commissioned a new sound reinforcement system, featuring the new Celestion CXi Series cabinets, for its 1000-capacity venue.
Stephen Stewart, installations engineer for Northern Light, has wall-mounted Celestion CXi 1221s left and right of the stage, with another pair of CXi1221s as a delay 30 metres up the hall. Celestion KR1s provide the balcony infill, whilst Celestion’s digital management system, the DMS2065, controls all the parametrics and delays.
"We’re hoping to establish a firm alliance between Northern Light and Celestion," explains Stewart. "Celestion is a name that our clients associate with, and this is going to be the first of many CXi installations for Northern Light."