Apogee Sound International has reinforced its current European distribution channels by the addition of two new partners, Lightfactor Sales (LFS) in the UK and KEM Electronics in Greece. Lightfactor Sales is a long established UK- based distributor, servicing all areas of the pro entertainment and leisure industry, whilst KEM Pro Sound & Vision Systems is a distributor of pro-audio products.
Former deputy show director of the Cosmopolitan Show, Matt Briggs, has joined brand experience consultancy Hotcakes as a full-time producer. The appointment of Briggs, who has worked closely with Hotcakes for the past two years in producing Cosmopolitan Show's award-winning catwalk show, underlines Hotcakes' push to recruit skilled individuals from a variety of sectors. His responsibilities will include the initiation and management of projects, close client liaison, co-ordinating the teams allocated to each event, controlling and managing budgets and production schedules and identifying and acting on opportunities as and when they arise.
Australian-based lighting control systems manufacturer, LSC Lighting Systems, has appointed Fairlight BV as the official LSC Distributor for the Netherlands. LSC's marketing director Alan Graham told us: "Holland has traditionally been one of the more significant countries in Europe in terms of sales, in which LSC products can be found in some of the most prestigious venues. With Fairlight on board, we are confident that our representation will increase. This, coupled with our newly-introduced and soon-to-be-released products will make LSC one of the major lighting control brands recognised for quality and reliability in Holland."Fairlight has already taken delivery of their first stocking order, which includes the new ePAK and ePRO dimmers.
LG Corporation's new performing arts centre in South Korea is one Asia's most technically-advanced performance facilities, and features a state-of-the-art ETC dimming and control system supplied by ETC Asia, through Samhwa Yang Heng Co, ETC's Korean distributor. Much of the remaining performance lighting equipment was supplied by TMB Associates. This included a load distribution system, using over 2,000 metres of ProCable PC1214 six-circuit, 20A cable, plus 76 breakouts and break-ins, as well as various ProPlex control cables, including 1,000m of PCCCT colour-changer cable. TMB also supplied 400 ETC Source Four luminaires, 68 Wybron Coloram II colour-changers, 500 assorted City Theatrical Source Four accessories and an Aquafog 3300 CO2 fogger, two Altman 703 Blacklight fixtures, 70 ProCan Par 64 fixtures and various atmospheric effects from Le Maitre.
Two famous Soho venues have been supplied with new Soundcraft mixing desks, by Marquee Audio - including one to the site of the former Marquee Club, where the Marquee Audio story began. Top Conran restaurant Mezzo, which now occupies the famous Marquee Club site at 90 Wardour Street, has replaced its 24/4/2 Delta DLX desk in the basement, where in-house sound engineer Jay Garrett will use it with the growing number of soul/funk tribute bands now being staged. From there, Marquee Audio ventured into famous erotic cabaret club, Raymond's Revuebar in Brewer Street, where their stalwart Delta 200 desk has been replaced by a 16-channel K1.
Total Audio Solutions (TAS) has commissioned a new all-digital mobile sound recording unit, designed to provide a no-compromise audio service in a compact and affordable format for broadcast, film and music production. The mobile, known as the TArdiS, is based on a 'go-anywhere' Volkswagen LT46, is designed around the new Sony DMX-R100 compact digital console. The DMX-R100 is the first in the UK to be installed in a mobile facility and is equipped with 24 T-DIF I/Os and eight AES/EBU connections as well as analogue ins and outs. Other features include 24-bit/96kHz converters and the on-board dynamics. The TArdiS is equipped with 24 tracks of Tascam DA78 multitrack and the Sony MX-2424 HD recorder, as well as a pair of Sony 4-head PCM-700 DAT recorders. Monitoring is by PMC, while effects are courtesy of a Sony DRE-S777 sampling reverb processor and DPS-V77 effects unit (both of which feature digital I/Os). CDP-D11 and MDS-E11 CD and MiniDisc units are also incorporated, each requiring just 1U of rack space. TAS is also investing in a support vehicle for the new mobile - a long wheelbase Land Rover 110, which is being equipped as an off-road location vehicle.
Audio Technica has introduced the new AT889cw wireless microphone. Designed for aerobic instruction and other demanding applications, this new head-worn mic provides condenser microphone quality with rugged, moisture-resistant construction. The AT889cw is a noise-cancelling microphone designed for use with all A-T UniPak wireless transmitters. Built to withstand strenuous activities, the mic has adjustable head and neck bands which allow the user maximum control over microphone positioning.
On August 1 Stig Poulsen took over as Martin Professional's new R&D director replacing long-time head of R&D, Finn Kaellestrup. Poulsen joins Martin from building control company Danfoss where he was technical manager. His principal role will be to develop the R&D department's flexibility and design capabilities, as well as to strengthen the company's infrastructure.
OmniSistem of Wahington state, has added Rick Poole to its sales staff. Poole joins the company from Guitar Center in Tukwila, Washington, where he managed the DJ and lighting department. He has been a mobile and club DJ for 10 years, as well as a successful club systems installer/contractor. His experience with lighting products for the DJ and club level will be a great asset to bolster sales of the Programmi Sistem Luce (PSL) products, the COEF MP250 series, and La Novalight Booster and centrepieces.
GB Audio provided the sound system for the Millennium Festival of Flight at the Museum of Flight in East Lothian, which included a display by the Red Arrows aerobatics display team. The full weekend event culminated in a 3½ hour display, which also featured the Battle of Britain Memorial. GB provided commentary and safety notice (voice only) coverage for the main viewing sites carried out by a flown cluster of Shermann HD115s over the main arena, a tower with four Shermann Commando series 3 and various smaller speakers inside the three main display hangars. Chameleon and Crest amplification was used throughout. The main viewing runway was covered by 16 Shermann Cubs. Control of all zones came from a Yamaha mixing desk with Yamaha system EQ and time delays. Around three kilometres of cable was needed and two Audio-Technica VHF wireless links to get sound to where it needed to be.
The first two of NXT's many patent applications in the USA have now been granted. The original Defence Evaluation & Research Agency (DERA) patent (Panel-Form Loudspeaker), which was exclusively licensed to NXT in 1996, has now also been granted in the USA. A total of 376 granted patents out of a total of 1,316 patents and pending applications in 66 countries worldwide have now been confirmed. NXT has a very substantial portfolio of Intellectual Property including its own patent rights, together with those licensed to it by NCT Inc, of Maryland, USA, Sound Advance Systems of California and other technology partners. To achieve this degree of patent protection NXT spends nearly $5m per annum on patent and legal fees.
In a major expansion of its global projection rental fleet, the Avesco Group has placed a substantial order with Christie Digital Systems which will further extend Avesco's foothold as a leader in the rental staging marketplace. In a deal that will be worth more than US $5 million in total, Avesco will invest in a quantity of Christie Digital's projectors - specifically, the award-winning Roadie X10, Roadster X6 and Roadster X4. With initial delivery of 40 projectors, the new stock will be distributed between Creative Technology's expanding North American interests, while in the UK, holding company Avesco plc will place the equipment with its subsidiaries, including Creative Technology and Media Control Ltd.
Aura Sound Design Ltd has appointment of Scott George as show control director. Cited as the most experienced show control programmer this side of the Atlantic, George began his sound career in Australia. He worked on a broad range of projects covering theatre, opera, concerts and corporate presentations, and spent three years as the hire manager of Scion Stage Sound and Lighting. He has since worked all over the world, and in the UK has been involved with Coriolanus/Richard II at the Gainsborough Studios, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Macbeth, Plenty and Phedre/Britanicus for the Almeida at the Albery, and Hey Mr Producer at the Lyceum Theatre. George is currently working alongside Aura's John A Leonard programming the complex audio system being designed by Aura for the new Madame Tussauds Exhibition in New York.
Martin Professional is expanding its touring and theatre division with the appointment of Mark Ravenhill as stage lighting manager. Ravenhill, who previously worked with Martin at the company's Danish HQ, joins them from AC Lighting where he was marketing manager. One of his first roles will be to oversee the launch of the new MAC 2000 at the forthcoming PLASA Show. The company has also strengthened its technical department with the appointment of Steve Chimarades as technical manager. Chimarades brings with him a technical background and was most recently with a telecommunications company.
A new on-line company has been launched which offers for sale the latest range of DMX and audio control equipment. Chamtech, the company behind the site, will offer complete e-commerce facilities on line and will feature over 20 new products, with more being added in the near future. One of the most popular products featured on the site is the X-Buster, a fully specified hand-held DMX tester.
A new nightclub - Möndo - has opened in the town of Oban. This is the first purpose-built club in the Strathclyde town and the technical specification and installation contract for lighting and sound was won by Jools Hodgkinson and his new company Fairway Entertainments Ltd. Hodgkinson is a technical director and resident VJ at The Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh and also one of a new generation of club installers. He compiled the specification in conjunction with Lightfactor's team of Bill Jones, Dave Hartley and Peter Loosemore. This featured High End lighting fixtures for the core of the rig - six Studio Spot 250s and six Technobeams. Control for all dancefloor lighting fixtures is via a LightProcessor QCommander. Lightfactor also supplied the audio rig, consisting of Electro-Voice speakers - MTH mid tops, MTL1 subs, plus SX 300s for infills and the DJ booth; QSC PLX 1602 and 3402 amplifiers and a Rane RPM1 programmable signal processor. The sound system was positioned and EQ'd by Mike Hogg from Edinburgh-based EFX Audio.
High End Systems fixtures have been chosen to illuminate the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games on September 15 and October 1, respectively. Designed by LD John Rayment, the ceremonies at Olympic Stadium in Sydney's Olympic Park will be seen live by about 120,000 spectators and on television by an estimated three billion people worldwide. Rayment and lighting director Rohan Thornton are using 300 Cyberlight Turbo and 40 Cyberlight fixtures, as well as 136 Studio Beam luminaires, and 132 Studio Color 575 luminaires. To control the multi-layered system, the designers are using 14 Flying Pig Systems Wholehog II consoles. Bytecraft, the exclusive Australian distributor for High End Systems, is the event's general lighting contractor, and is working with two German companies, Procon and Sound and Light, to pull the massive lighting system together.
Baldwin Boxall's Vigil voice alarm system has been installed at the Homebase megastore at Braehead - the largest home improvement store in the UK - as part of an extensive fire alarm and evacuation system. This is the first Homebase store to fit the system, although it is already in use by many Sainsbury's stores - owners of the Homebase chain. Fully compatible with BS5839 Pt 8, the Vigil Compact system is a 1U, simple to install voice fire system, capable of operating across four zones. Developed for use in supermarkets and shopping malls, the Vigil Compact provides an ideal solution for applications where larger, multi-zone systems would be unnecessary and more costly.
Leading UK stadia architects Arup Associates have been appointed to create a world-class design for Hull's £36m Community Super Stadium complex. The London-based architectural practice has already started work on the project and will unveil its vision for the stadium early in September. The company has an impressive track record in stadia design and is the winner of numerous architecture awards, including one for the 38,000 seat Johannesburg athletics stadium, completed in 1995.
The New Technology Group of the Music Industry Forum has released a new report (backed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport), which examines the impact of new technologies on the music industry. Entitled 'Consumers Call the Tune', the report makes a number of key recommendations namely that the Government creates an open competitive environment for on-line delivery by creating a common regulatory framework as well as a secure legislative framework for trading copyright on-line in the UK, Europe and beyond. It also highlights the need for ongoing research into consumer behaviour on-line and market statistics about e-commerce.
As one of the more bizarre applications for a conference system, it could be argued that the Kuwait SAS hotel has got to feature centre stage! The SAS hotel wanted to provide conference facilities with a difference and decided that a traditional Dow boat would be in keeping with both the Kuwait shoreline and the sailing traditions of the local Marafie family to whom the boat is dedicated. It is the largest Dow boat that has ever been built and has been entered into the Guinness book of records to mark the achievement. Distributor AVC won the competitive tender which was valued in excess of £100,000 to supply the AV and conference facilities with the major part of the contract being the new MCW Wireless Conference System from beyerdynamic.
When Kvaerner Masa-Yards, builders of the Costa Atlantica for Costa Cruises, were specifying equipment for both the ship's 1,170-seat main theatre and the 320-seat show lounge, they sourced the entire requirement of colour-changers from Wybron, supplied by Foki Oy of Helsinki. The main Caruso Theatre has Wybron Coloram IIs fitted on to 74 ETC Source Fours and 43 Source Four Par and Wildfire UV fixtures, while the Salone delle Feste Corallo, the smaller show lounge, has another 16 Coloram IIs. The Coloram II offers lighting designers up to 32 colours, which on the 7.5" model will scroll end to end in 2.5 seconds. The Costa Atlantica, which is now the flagship of the Costa line, will initially cruise the Mediterranean, operating weekly cruises from Venice to Greece and Turkey. In November she will transfer to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to begin seven-day cruises in the Caribbean.
GMS Music has introduced the MusicPro music management system. Based on its award-winning SmartDisc technology, MusicPro offers computerised management of background and foreground music, holding up to 500 tunes which can be changed to suit the needs of the venue. GMS also offers a music exchange programme offering users access to over 250,000 hand picked tunes.
South Africa's Carnival City Casino, Johannesburg, is a multi-entertainment venue on a grand scale. The complex includes a casino with 1,750 slot machines, six cinemas, three bars, five restaurants, two coffee shops, six boutiques, a children's entertainments area, several business suites, two hotels and an arena with a capacity of 5,000 people for major events. As well as all this, the casino boasts one of the most impressive AV display solutions ever installed in this type of venue. Throughout the casino, large rear-projection screens show sports events, betting information plus output from a video jukebox. In the Salon Prive, guests can relax while watching video or a major sports event on the large rear projection screens. In the SuperSport Action Bar, four of dnp's new 120" wide angle screens above the bar are capable of showing multiple sporting events simultaneously. A fifth screen displays betting information and racing events. Additional screens are installed in the Casino's Main Area, Superbet, Boutique and Studio venues. The installation includes a total of 12 dnp Black Stripe and New Wide Angle Screens powered by BARCO projectors. The AV solution is installed by dnp's South African distributor, Questek.