Telford-based broadcast sound equipment hire company Soundsense has announced a series of cuts to its hire charges to make it easier for Restricted Service Licence operators get on the air. The cuts mean that prices have fallen by an average of 14% across the board. To help bring the cost of transmission to an all-time low, Soundsense have introduced the Broadcast Warehouse TX20 20W transmitter to its hire fleet. With internal RDS encoder and on-board compressor limiter, Soundsense are offering 'ready to go' stereo transmission packages from just £250 (inc VAT) per month. The new transmitters make their debut as part of the equipment package being supplied to Red Dragon Rally FM, the RSL station for the Network Q Rally which is on air from 21-25 November.
Soundsense's Derek Tallent told us: "We're aware of just how tough it's becoming in the current economic climate to get an RSL on the air. The RSL equipment hire market is an important part of our business, and so we've taken this step of lowering our prices to encourage RSL operators to get on the air rather than postpone or cancel their broadcasts. In addition to introducing new equipment, we've also re-introduced our book and pay in advance scheme, which offers RSL operators up to 50% discount, depending how far in advance of their launch date they book and pay."
Creative Technology London were the official IT and AV suppliers at the recent TMA 2001 exhibition, held in the Brighton Centre, and at the town’s Metropole and Grand Hotels. In the largest supplier agreement so far, services were provided to over 30 separate stands at the show. Contracted by organizers TMA Ventures, Creative Technology London provided a wide range of presentation services that included the provision of all press office IT communication equipment. This dedicated area was designed to replicate the event’s theme of intelligent communication, by allowing exhibitors access to some of today’s mobile IT solutions, in order to stay in contact with the office whilst visiting the show.
Karen Brennan of TMA Ventures commented: "In what has been a difficult period in the telecommunications industry, we were delighted with the way that IT and AV supply at TMA 2001 was conducted. We felt we were in partnership with CT London and were satisfied that exhibitors received the highest levels of on-site support."
Former Audix, Delta Sound and Federal Signal Sales Manager, Charles Turner, has been appointed UK field sales manager by SigNET. Charles will be responsible for sales of the SigNET range of products, including a new loop amplifier and voice alarm system, throughout the UK. He has been involved in the voice alarm/public address industry for the last 10 years and has been successful in securing key projects including Manchester Airport, Birmingham Airport, the Commonwealth pool and many projects for ADT Fire and Security and Siemens Cerberus.
CIE-Audio has once again received the award for the world's leading Inter-M distributor. As part of a network of 94 distributors in 72 countries throughout Europe, America, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Australasia, Nottingham-based CIE-Audio exclusively distribute the complete commercial audio, pro sound and CCTV product ranges from Inter-M. "The latest news of our Inter-M sales figures exceeding all other distributors throughout the world reflects not only our commitment to the brand, but also the popularity of the product range within the UK market," said Chris Edwards, CIE-Group marketing manager. "This will be our 10th consecutive year as the Number 1 distributor and, for such a small country to provide the highest sales figures is an acknowledgement of the dedication and hard work our staff continue to provide."
The news of CIE-Audio's achievement comes as the Group’s CCTV Division - CIE-Security - embarks upon the launch of Inter-M's new CCTV product range which will include cameras, monitors, controllers and a newly-developed digital surveillance and recording system.
White Light Sales ha supplied the first production units of the new Ice Fog low-smoke generator from MDG to the English National Ballet (ENB) and to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). The ENB has been closely involved with the development of the new machine, having tested a pre-production version on their production of Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall in London last year. Dave Richardson, the ENB's chief electrician, was very impressed that a single machine could generate low-lying smoke that would carry along the full length of the Albert Hall. He and his team did, however, return a list of suggestions to the manufacturer, these including simpler set-up, easier fluid refilling and lower running noise.
They were impressed enough, though, to order machines of their own - and, having taken delivery of the first production units in the UK, they are impressed that their suggestions have been taken on-board, being particularly pleased with the units’ low running noise. The output is also more robust than before, MDG having developed a new fluid which achieves greater chill pickup as it passes through the Ice Fog's chiller chamber.
Following this, the RSC has purchased two Ice Fogs for their new Christmas production of Alice in Wonderland at the Barbican Theatre. The RSC's lighting team were also impressed by the Ice Fog's high output and low noise. As well as supplying the Ice Fogs, White Light's sister company, The Service Company is the approved service centre for MDG fog generators in the UK, providing full technical training and backup for the ful
Veteran country music icon Garth Brooks is back on the road for three very special shows to coincide with the release of his new album Scarecrow. The Bandit system was once again designed by Dave Butzler with the help of Bob Peterson. Hanging from the almost 1,000 feet of truss will be over 400 Martin MAC series fixtures (61 MAC 250s, 54 MAC 300s, 58 MAC 500s, 162 MAC 600s and 72 MAC 2000s), and all will be controlled by four Wholehog 2s, three with expansion wings. Garth will once again utilize the exclusive Bandit Lites MotoData time and position based motor control system, to deliver stunning truss movement. Other equipment in use for the huge show will include 36 3k Syncrolites, 28 Martin Professional Pro 400s, 10 Lycian followspots and eight Anytronics Deathstar strobes.
The first spectacular show aired live on CBS television on 14 November from The Forum in Los Angeles. The second show takes place on 21 November from the deck of the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Virginia, and the third from South Padre Island, Texas on 28 November, with both remaining shows will also air live on CBS. The five semis of lightinggear were prepped and tested to Bandit Standard in a remarkably short period of time and truly displayed to the resolve and attention to detail that Bandit is known for worldwide.
ARRI (GB) has announced the recruitment of Adrian Bottomley as general manager, lighting sales. Adrian has experience in industrial sales and marketing, having latterly worked for a division of IMI as UK marketing manager, and prior to that in a similar capacity with ADT Fire & Security - an industry he served in for 15 years. "During the short time that I have spent with ARRI GB, I have already witnessed many testimonials referring to the enviable quality of the ARRI product range and the personal efforts of the lighting sales team in assisting their customers," he commented. "I am therefore looking forward to working closely with both our customers and business partners to build on this platform. In the demanding environment in which we all work I believe our goal must be to achieve world class levels of customer service performance."
When Britannia Row were asked by MJK Productions to provide sound equipment for an event jointly hosted by Cadbury's and Popworld late in October, little did they know what a prestigious line up of bands would be there. The shows, held at the Hammersmith and Manchester Apollo venues, were private affairs for an invited audience of around 6,000 young pop fans, the winners in a national Cadbury's 'back of the packet' competition. The envy of many, the lucky fans were entertained by Westlife, S Club 7, Blue, Mis-Teeq and Jo Breezer in a stunning show compèred by Neil 'Doctor' Fox.
"It was a bit like the old BBC 'Crackerjack' show with bags of goodies and fun stuff between the major acts," said Mick Kluczinski of MJK, a regular user of Brit Row equipment: "They provide the kit and people I need, when I need them." Said Kluczinski. "This time, after previously testing them out on a couple of arena shows, we used their new Electro-Voice X-Line speakers and the sound quality was absolutely stunning."
Kluczinski added: "The fact that they fitted in half the truck space of a regular system, and overall were a smaller rig than conventional systems was a big plus for the rigging crew. Lined up properly, the sound had real rock and roll balls."
OpTex Ltd has appointed Tony Covell as senior business manager, Rental Division. Covell's great in-depth knowledge of the rental business both in the UK and worldwide together with his experience and contacts, will be of great importance to the planned growth of the OpTex Rental Division. Ron Collins, CEO of OpTex, said of the announcement: "My colleagues and I are delighted Tony has decided to join us. I've known Tony for many years and highly value his integrity. I am sure he will be a valuable asset to our company."
Tony Covell who has spent his whole career working within television and film and was the founder and former CEO of VFG plc, stated he was very pleased to be joining such a "well run" and well established business such as OpTex with its far reaching plans to increase its presence in the UK and World market. The rental of leading manufacturers' equipment, together with OpTex's own acclaimed optical products, will be high on the OpTex Rental agenda in 2002.
Yesterday, Pioneer introduced to the world its first Pro DJ 19" rack-mount mixer; the DJM-3000. To ensure the widest possible music-making flexibility, the DJM-3000 is equipped with an industry-first Effect Mix Mode that easily and accurately effects phrases in a BPM-linked operation along with an improved auto beat effector. In addition to Echo and Zip, Pioneer has come up with a new effect, 'Roll'. This runs a mix while changing the pitch of the song up the chromatic scale to the beat of the music.
The Auto BPM Counter automatically measures and digitally displays a track's BPM (measurement range: 70-139 / 91-180 / 70-180 / Manual) allowing the user to merge one song into another smoothly. Tapping on the TAP button enables the user to manually input BPMs of tracks that are difficult to measure. DJs can now see the music beat, making it faster and easier to mix tracks with different beats. More information is available from Pioneer's 'djsounds' website - address below.
Roxy Music’s world tour came to a close in late September, having reminded sell-out audiences across the globe of what they were missing during the bands 18-year separation. The three-month circuit of dates, which included appearances in Canada, USA, Australia and Europe received great critical acclaim for the quality of its sound, which was achieved by front-of-house engineer Levi Tecofski, with the help of Audio-Technica microphones.
A huge logistical operation, the show occupied over 70 input channels across two desks, with Bryan Ferry employing three separate vocal positions alone. Main stage and piano positions were handled by AT4054s and an ATW7373 handheld radio mic was in place at the keyboard. Also on an AT4054 vocal mic was principle pianist Colin Good, while the guitar amps of Phil Manzanera and Chris Speading were taken care of by AT4047s. For drummer Paul Thompson, Tecofski opted for AT4050s on overheads and AT4041 for ride cymbal. Completing the A-T line up was a further ATW7373 on the backing vocals of Yannick Etienne, and an AT4050, which was placed at the front of the stage as an ambient mic to record the reactions of the crowd.
Tecofski has worked with A-T mics before, employing them on his recent work with Placebo, and explains why he choose them again for the Roxy tour. "I like using A-T mics because they sound so warm and natural - the guitars just sit where I want them in the mix, and the overheads reproduce the cymbals without excessive harshness. As for the 4054s, I’ve never had Bryan's vocal sounding so good."
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Nady Systems, one of the world's largest wireless microphone manufacturers, has introduced a cost-competitive UHF package via its recently-appointed exclusive UK distributor, Lamba plc. Lamba see the UHF-10 as being one of the best value-for-money products on the market, the system offering all the advantages of clear-channel operation on the uncluttered UHF band (operating between 794-805MHz). Featuring the full 120dB dynamic range, the UHF-10 promises a typical operating range of 250ft - extending to up to 500ft in open areas.
Features of the UHF-10 receiver include DigiTRU Diversity for maximum range and drop-out protection, Tone Squelch for locking out potential interference; noiseless transmitter; both quarter-inch unbalanced and balanced XLR outputs and full LED indicators. The BodyPack Transmitter (UB-10) features: Off/Standby/On switch; low battery LED indicator; locking 3.5mm mini-jack for audio inputs (instrument, headworn mic or lavalier mic), with input level adjust and three-way selector. The UH-10 Handheld Transmitter features the Nady DM-10D unidirectional neodymium dynamic cartridge for optimum true sound, with low feedback and minimal handling noise.
Expanding its presence in Germany, ETC has appointed a new dealer for the country. Effective from 1 December 2001, Despar GmbH will also be an ETC Authorised Service Centre, providing a round the clock service support to users of ETC's products in Germany.
Despar will distribute all of ETC's products, including Sensor and Unison dimming and the popular Expression and Obsession consoles, as well as ETCNet2, ETC's Ethernet network system. However, Lightpower Showtechnik GmbH will remain the exclusive distributor for ETC Source Fours and will also continue to distribute the full ETC product range. As a specialist in projects and installations, Despar has long been eager to include ETC's products in its stock. The company oversaw the first German installation of the Obsession in the State Opera in Hannover and has installed ETC equipment in various projects in Germany and abroad, including the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. ETC is also working with the company Arcus GmbH with the distribution of WYSIWYG products in Germany. Arcus will remain the exclusive distributor for WYSIWYG.
The Production Services Association (PSA) is arranging a series of informal get-togethers around the country to enable its members to share stories and network with others in the industry. The first of these regional meetings will be held at Vari-Lite’s Greenford premises on Tuesday 11th December at 7.00pm. Those attending will have a chance to view the company’s facilities and see how it is tackling the challenges of 2002. The evening will also feature a demonstration of Vari-Lite’s new lighting systems in the demo room.
Anyone interested in attending should contact Keith Owen on 0121 693 7109 or e-mail email@example.com.
Coemar has launched the CF7WashZoomX, a new unit which complements the already popular CF7HEX. The new 700W MSR unit continues the Coemar tradition of using carbon fibre in the construction of the body and, alongside now standard features from Coemar such as high output and crisp definition, uses a powerful zoom lens system and a range of filters to alter the beam output from maximum intensity to maximum evenness to maximum diffusion. Alongside the zoom capability, which can produce beams as narrow as 9° and as wide as 54° with the diffusion lens, and as wide as 80° with the prismatic lens - Coemar's rich CMY colour mix system is included with a single dichroic colour wheel and colour correction filters.
Also new from Coemar, the new iCyc250 and ColourCyc250 LX are designed for applications requiring compact, intelligent colour wash facilities and are both constructed utilising the latest VO ABS material and features a unique system of four snap-on lenses which can be quickly changed to alter the beam configuration as required. Utilising the MSD/HSD 250 series of lamps, the iCyc also features full CMY colour mixing and full on-board dimming, whilst the ColourCyc utilises a colour wheel with replaceable dichroic colours.
Finally, the Panorama range has been increased with the addition of the Panorama Cyc250 and the Panorama Cyc250C. These compact, outdoor colour wash units are IP44-rated and utilize the MSD/HSD 250 series of lamps. Both units are constructed from the latest VO ABS material and features a unique system of four snap-on lenses which can be quickly change
London-based sound rental company Thames Audio has recently purchased eight QSC PL236 (PowerLight 2 series) amplifiers from UK distributor HW International. These will be used to power its Funktion One system comprising Resolution 2 and Resolution 4 touring loudspeakers and F218 self-powered subwoofers.
Thames Audio’s technical director Graham Simpson commented: "When we first heard the Resolution Series at Funktion One, we decided unanimously that this was the only speaker system for us! It’s superb musicality was complemented by the PL236's dynamic delivery, which was a noticeable improvement on our existing switchmode amplifier stock. Our choice of amplifier also conforms in general to the touring preference of existing Resolution users." Since the purchase, Thames Audio have utilized the equipment on Brian Conley’s UK tour and for Hedwig at the Edinburgh Festival.
With 15 years' experience, principally in the professional audio industry, Aviva Ozin has finally fulfilled her life-long ambition and set up Faith Communications, a consultancy offering PR and marketing services.
After a long association with the Autograph group of companies, working for both the sales and the sound design and rental divisions, Aviva has an in-depth understanding of the industry. She has also worked in the recording sector, prior to a two-year break from the industry, as the communications manager of a humanitarian aid organisation. In her new role, Aviva continues her association with the Autograph group, which has become one of Faith Communications' first clients. The consultancy is also talking with several other pro audio-related businesses and has recently won a contract from a company operating in the leisure sector.
In addition to its PR and consultancy services, Faith also offers guidance on business-to-business publishing, exhibition design and build, IT database management and marketing and business development plans.
Mad Manufacturing Ltd (formerly Mad Lighting) has expanded its sales operation with the appointment of UK sales manager Ralph Stockley. Ralph's principal role will be to maintain and develop the company's growing client base in the retail and architectural sectors, a market already well established due to the success of Mad's Image Marketing Projector. With his many years of sales experience, Stockley will also service Mad's established UK dealer network alongside sales director David Linger.
The StratoSphere is a 60ft tall by 50ft wide inflatable dome with two airlock systems for entrance and exits. It has been designed to be a projection sphere capable of holding 300+ VIP guests and offer excellent projections of video, lighting and laser images inside a unique 360° environment. It is also possible to use the projection surfaces as a giant video screen as the surface of the sphere is specially designed for this medium, we have projected both on the inside and on the outside of the StratoSphere with equally impressive results and couple with the quick erection time of the sphere, Laser Magic feel that this system will attract users from many areas of our industry.
Its first showing was for a large event celebrating 20 years of King Fahad's reign in Saudi Arabia, where it was mounted on a barge in the sea. Inside the StratoSphere, Laser Magic installed high power video and lighting systems to create a living surface, and then coupled to this the new IREOS multi-coloured searchlights as well as their new stock of Comar NAT 2.5kW luminaires to create a unique atmosphere.
Laser Magic currently has one StratoSphere system, with a second StratoSphere due for delivery towards the end of the year. Further details are available from the Laser Magic website.
In the wake of the recent launch of Midas's latest innovation, the Legend 3000, the Klark Teknik Group hosted a two-day event at their Kidderminster factory for over 30 customers of EVI France in order to introduce them to the new console. The company also took the opportunity to present an in-depth, hands-on demonstration of the Klark Teknik DN9848 loudspeaker processor, as well as give their guests a full factory tour.
Guest enjoyed both presentations and the factory tour with ample opportunities for Q&A sessions in just one afternoon. Delegates were shown a full DVD presentation of the new Legend console in French, and French-speaking staff were on hand throughout in order to minimize communication difficulties. According to EVI France's Cecile Dehlinger: "Events like this where we can really concentrate one-on-one with our customers and offer them the opportunity to meet the manufacturer in their own environment are a far more profitable way of introducing the product to our customers than even a trade show. Not only does it reassure the client when he can see for himself the excellent relationship we have with our supplier, but it gives him a chance to forge his own relationship with them. The confidence that this engenders in the client goes a very long way towards making the sale. The fact that they made to effort to have the DVD presentation in French as well as having bi-lingual staff available was very impressive."
PCI LiveDesign, the London-based production company which recently merged with Ultimate Events, was commissioned in October for two Microsoft events. Following a long-standing working relationship with Ultimate Events combined with the success of Blackout Triple E’s involvement with the Microsoft Tech-Ed Conference 2001 in Barcelona, PCI LiveDesign again contracted Blackout Triple E, and project manager Chris Brain, for the project in Cannes.
Brain and his six-strong team made the journey to stylish Cannes to drape a drinks reception and party as part of a weeklong Microsoft conference. The theme required the team to turn their hands to more unusual drapes - plastic fish, to compliment the famous Palm Beach. The company also provided and installed 30 fibre optic starcloths (proving that it isn’t just at the annual Film Festival where the Stars come out in force), as well as a truss box for the light and sound system. Plus, track and drapes were hung to reveal the many drinking and refreshment bars when drawn back.
After successfully completing the project, the Blackout Triple E team travelled back to England, only to return to Cannes a week later for a second Microsoft event, this time at the house of designer Pierre Cardin. This was for a three-day event marking the launch of the Microsoft’s new XBox games console, for which Blackout Triple E installed 14 fibre optic starcloths along with general rigging equipment.
Adam Hall has announced the opening of their new Spanish sales office, based in Barcelona. The company has been targeting the Spanish market for the past two years in preparation for this event and says it is confident, even in the current economic climate, that this is the right way forward. The Spanish sales office contact is Gabriel Medrano Bultel, known as 'G' to his friends and colleagues. Bultel has been with Adam Hall for two years and has become and important member of the team in this time.
Adam Hall can be reached in Spain on tel: +34 93 213 3644.
Entertainment Design magazine's EDDY Awards will be presented on 7 December 2001 at John Jay College Theatre in New York City. This special 10th anniversary EDDY event also includes six awards (both group and individual) to outstanding designers and technicians, as well as a tribute to all past winners, and a special salute to a talented group of young designers. This year's winners are High End Systems for the Catalyst projection system, developed in conjunction with Wynne Willson Gottelier. This latest Award follows on the heels of the PLASA Show and LDI Awards it has already won this autumn.
Lighting Accessory awards go to Lee Filters for the Quick Roll, a roll of colour gels already cut to standard fixture color frame widths; to Rosco for the Image Pro system of making low cost full-colour high-resolution plastic gobos; and to Wybron for the Eclipse II, a variable speed iris douser with linear control using a single motor with one channel of DMX. The software award goes to Pathway Connectivity for the Pathport Manager, the software companion for the Pathport DMX network.
Further details can be found at the Entertainment Design website.
SigNET AC Ltd, an electronics manufacturer in Tyne and Wear has been named North East regional winner in the Trade Partners UK National Languages for Export Awards 2001, in the category for small business, sponsored by NCM credit Insurance. The company won the award for noticeably changing its attitude and ways of doing business in a number of export markets.
The company which specializes in the design and manufacture of voice alarm, paging and background music systems, believed that early exporting initiatives were conducted tentatively. Richard Sice, marketing manager said: "In order to be more competitive in international markets we have taken a strategic approach to the use of our human resources and polices. We have taken steps to hire people with native language skills and also to employ UK graduates who have studied a foreign language. In addition, we are taking a fresh look at our marketing documents and have translated key brochures and leaflets."