FX is marking the start of the New Year with a brand new image designed to identify and promote all areas of its business. The changes are highlighted by the company's logo that now features the FX brand name followed by the name of each of its separate divisions. These include FX Rentals, which handles all rental business; FX Copyroom, which handles transfers to and from any format - analogue and digital; FX Music Control, the company's sales arm; FX Spain, which represents its International dimension and the recently added FX Cimple Solutions, a servicing and repairs division.
Ontario-based visual communications specialist Electrohome has sold its Projection Systems Division to Christie Inc of Cypress, California, for C$38m. The company is now known as Christie Digital Systems. Christie is a world-leading manufacturer of film projection systems for the cinema market and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio America Inc.Jack Kline, executive VP and COO of Christie Inc promised a massive R&D commitment for the new company, commenting: "The acquisition and renaming of Electrohome Projection Systems allows us to build on our existing brand strength and technological leadership in the high performance projection market. It also positions us at the forefront of electronic digital cinema."
Sony Broadcast & Professional Europe is to launch the new DMX-R1000 digital mixing console at the Paris AES convention (19-22 Feb 2000), aimed at pro recording, mastering and post production facilities and high end project studios. The 48-channel, 1200mm wide DMX-R1000 will feature touch sensitive motorised faders, integrated metering, colour LCD touch-screen, dynamic and snapshot automation, 5.1 surround processing and a 96kHz processing mode. Sony will also introduce two new variants of the OXF-R3 'Oxford' digital mixing console – the 'Lite' and 'UltraLite' - to bring the Oxford console concept to a wider range of music recording, television post and film mixing applications.
Logic System Pro Audio, the Lincolnshire-based loudspeaker manufacturer, has announced the appointment of a new distributor for Germany. The deal was struck following discussions at the PLASA Show in September. Stuttgart-based Laauser & Vohl already distribute audio brands such as Sennheiser, d&b audiotechnik, Baldwin Boxall, MC2 and White Instruments.Logic has also announced a new distributor in Hong Kong – Tsang Fook Piano Company is now responsible for developing sales within the Hong Kong and China markets.
Following prototype showings at this year's PLASA Show in London and LDI show in Orlando, AC Lighting has announced the launch of the new Chroma-Q M5 colour-changer with units now shipping. The new M5, designed for fixtures in the 5,000W range, carries many of the same characteristics as the rest of the Chroma-Q M-range, including the recently released 8-Lite version. The new M5 has standard features that include adapters for rotating barndoors, quarter turn catches for quick internal access, the ability to perform scroll changes without dismantling the unit shell, and the facility to fit heat shield filters.
PLASA Publishing has learnt that London-based staging specialist Maltbury has sold its hire division to Gallowglass of West London. With sales accounting for more than 70% of the company's turnover, it was felt the time was right to concentrate on the core market, say Maltbury. MD Philip Sparkes told us: "The hiring of staging is labour intensive and Gallowglass is a specialist crewing company, so it's an extremely logical deal." The two companies will continue to work together on various projects to provide the most effective solutions for clients.
Barco has announced its involvement as 'Preferred Solutions Provider' for projection and large format display technology to the Millennium Dome. The contract includes the two giant DLite LED-based daylight display screens and more than 60 advanced LCD and DLP projection systems, including the Barco 6000 series and ELM series. Both the LED screens, hired via Show Presentation Services, will feature in the central arena at the Dome Opening Ceremony and throughout the Dome's year of operation.The DLite LED screens include proprietary technologies to ensure optimal flexibility and seamless pictures over the entire display regardless of size, shape or resolution. The modular system includes built-in intelligence for auto-configuration and allows hot-swapping of the tiles. The ELM (Extreme Light Machine) series of DLP projection systems utilise Texas Instruments' three-chip DLP digital micro-mirror technology, combined with Barco's state-of-the art optical systems. Two models, the ELM G10 and ELM R12 deliver 10,000 and 12,000 ANSI lumens respectively, and are available with a range of high quality zoom lenses.
David Edelstein, MD of truss and track specialist Triple E, collected the award for Widget of the Year at this year's LDI Awards ceremony. He told PLASA Publishing: "It was a complete surprise and we are absolutely delighted that UniRing has been awarded this accolade!"Created for Triple E's Royal Opera House project, UniRing is a specially designed plastic ring which enables borders and legs to be clipped directly into Triple E's own aluminium track sections. No more tying knots: to attach borders and legs on bars, staff simply twist them in, saving a great deal of time during change arounds.
The 1999 International Apparel Festival recently took place in the 7000 capacity Wu Tai Shan sports arena in Nanjing, the capital of China's Jiangsu Province. The fashion show was combined with live performances from top Chinese stars. After a tough tendering process, the contract was awarded to EVI Audio (Hong Kong) Ltd. Naturally EVI specified an Electro-Voice system powered by EV P Series amplifiers, and control was from a DDA CS8 mixing console, selected for its trademark clear vocal reinforcement qualities. The system was built by the Jiangsu Wen Hua Performing Equipment company, while all equipment was jointly supplied by EVI Audio (HK) Ltd and its main dealer, Beijing Star Electronic Equipment Company.
The elections for places on PLASA's Executive Committee closed on Wednesday 1 December, with three existing members re-elected and two new members welcomed to the committee. Eight candidates had stood for the five places available and collectively attracted 104 ballot papers. Re-elected were Paul Adams of PA Installations, who has just completed his final year as Chairman of the Association, Nikki Scott of Stage Technologies and Sammy DeHavilland of Deco Leisure. New to the committee are Paul de Ville of Lighting Technology and Diane Grant of DHA Lighting. Matthew Griffiths, MD of PLASA, commented that the continuing high level of participation, in both numbers of candidates and voters, was indicative of the great interest shown in the association and its work on behalf of the industry. He added: "It's good to welcome two such well-known individuals who will undoubtedly provide fresh ideas and views to add to the skill and experience of the existing committee members."One of the vacant places on the committee arose due to the recent resignation of long-term committee member Matthew Tonks, following the demise of Glantre Engineering earlier in the year. Paul Adams commented: "I would like to thank all the members of the executive committee for their support during the four years I have spent as PLASA Chairman. I would especially like to mention Matthew Tonks, who has worked very hard for the Association during the five years that he has served on the committee. His input, particularly in the area of Technical Standards, has been invaluable."The new Chairm
A free briefcase is on offer to one lucky web surfer every month during the year 2000. Visitors to Amptown Cases UK's new web site can enter the competition on-line and a winner will be selected at random each month. The site also has a free links directory aimed at the entertainments industry where you can add a link to your own web site, along with up to 100 words describing your business.
Event Expo will take place at the London Arena on the 18-20 January 2000. The exhibition draws together a large number of companies ranging from stand contractors to AV specialists. Running alongside the exhibition will be a programme of seminars addressing current issues which will cover everything from the way in which the internet is affecting events, to the kind of involvement hoped for from the government.
The RCF CSS (Cinema Sound System) 3003TX has been THX approved for use in medium-sized auditoriums. Being part of the comprehensive CSS range, the new system is a three-way screen system requiring three channels of amplification for full THX performance. Two high powered 15" speakers in an optimised direct radiating cabinet provide frequency response from 43Hz-300Hz. A mid high device combining a 10" speaker on a Precision Pattern Control (PPC) horn allows exact 90 degree horizontal dispersion in the critical dialogue range of 300Hz to 2.5kHz and 1.5" exit compression driver on a 90 degree by 50 degree horn extends the high frequency response beyond 16kHz.
Neumann and Neutrik microphones were chosen by Edinburgh-based dealer/installer GB Audio, who recently completed a major rewiring at corporate recording studio, Red Facilities. Neutrik cable and connectors were used extensively in both the main studio and ISDN suite, while a Neumann U87Ai was added to Red's inventory, following a tough 'shoot out' with six other brands.
The Concert Touring Division of Presentation Services Ltd (PSL) will announce a record month's trading in December, following a number of tours by girl-bands and boy-bands, dance tours and one-off spectaculars. More than 15 acts have been serviced by PSL during December -– from Steps and The Spice Girls to Black Sabbath and The Fun Loving Criminals. Des Fallon said the preparations for the month have been very challenging, designing and producing more than a dozen simultaneous top line shows, and moving seven video directors and up to 50 crew around the UK's arenas and concert halls.
Allen & Heath have released a major upgrade to their WinDR software, the system manager package used to set up DR128 and DR66 digital installation mixers. To speed up system configuration and checking, WinDR V1.81 allows the entire routing matrix and all control crosspoints to be viewed as a single display. A new beta version automatic mic mixer enables NOM (number of open mic) status to determine output gain for conferencing and similar applications. The parametric EQ's have also been enhanced, with an improved 20Hz to 20kHz sweep in bell mode. Delay resolution has been increased, allowing delay times to be set to 0.02mS accuracy. Existing or potential users are invited to download the new software free-of-charge from the company's Website.
At the end of a busy year, Gearhouse South Africa has expanded its Turbosound stock to keep up with a continuing busy touring schedule. The Johannesburg branch of the company has purchased a large Floodlight system, along with Turbo' MC-1250 power amplifiers and LMS-D6 digital systems processors.Another Floodlight system has been purchased by Production Technology LLC of Dubai. The order includes 14 stacks each of TFL-760H and TSW-718 enclosures, with THL-4s for drum fills and TFM-230 and TFM-330 floor monitors. The company also purchased two Midas Heritage 3000 consoles and eight Allen & Heath GL4000s.Meanwhile, Moscow's newest nightclub, Slava, has installed an extensive Turbosound Floodlight/HiLight loudspeaker system specified and supplied by Turbo's Russian distributor, Sergei Korovin, for its main dance floor. System control is via two BSS Audio FDS-388 Omnidrives, and amplification is from Crown. Further Turbosound speakers - Impact 80s and TSW-124 subs, feature in the club's chill-out area.
Pacific Audio, ARX's distributor for Hong Kong and China, has carried out a major sale and installation of ARX power amplifiers, including two SX-3000, 12 ARX SX-1500s, 10 ARX ZR-850s and an ARX ZR-350, along with a range of ARX signal processing equipment, to Shanghai's Stage Play Art Centre (Black Box Act Hall). Sales and installations of the new ARX Climate Series of weather resistant loudspeakers, meanwhile, have been very good since their release at London's PLASA Exhibition in September, ARX report. Guy Cambell from UK-based installation contractor Feltech Ltd, has installed 14 Climate 6 loudspeakers into the outdoor area of the 'New Millennium Experience' section of London's Millennium Dome.
A brand new venue being built in the city of Chang Won in South Korea is to have 96 Chroma-Q M1 colour changers installed as part of its lighting system. The industrial city of Chang Won is located in the Southern part of Korea, and when completed, the Chang Won Cultural Hall will be the largest theatre in the area, with 1,200 seats. M. Lightech, who are the general contractors for the venue, are installing the Chroma-Q units, which were initially supplied by AC Lighting Ltd. After reviewing a number of different units, the Chroma-Q M1 was chosen for its feature specification and competitive pricing. Once installed, the colour changers will be used in conjunction with a number of fixtures, primarily Strand Optique and Toccata lanterns. The Chang Won Cultural Hall is due to open in April 2000, when it will house plays, musical and opera performances.
TMB Associates' ProPlex CAT5 patch cables, which were introduced at PLASA 99 as 'The World's Most Durable Ethernet Cables', are already being specified in critical entertainment control applications, including the control system for the moving stages and scenery in London's Millennium Dome. ProPlex distributor Direct Cables Ltd supplied the Dome with ProPlex CAT5 patch cables totalling more than 7,500m in length.TMB's Colin Waters stated: "The Millennium Dome is exactly the type of application for which we created ProPlex CAT5 Cables. Developing cables that could survive the level of abuse typical of entertainment applications, while passing all CAT5 tests and providing a 100% reliable control network, was a significant challenge."
With the aid of a £5.7m Arts Council grant, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre has undergone one of the most ambitious theatre refurbishments of the year. Northern Light were called in to undertake the full sound and lighting installation, to a specification written by Theatre Projects Consultants. Five BSS 9088 Soundweb digital signal processing units play a major role (four networked for the main system, with another for monitors), with speaker systems from d&b audiotechnik (vocals), Tannoy (music) and Martin Audio (auditorium surround). The Rep also features the first UK theatre installation of a Midas XL4 front-of-house console, and the entire audio system is controlled by Out Board Electronics' TiMax system. Full details of the audio installation will appear in the November/December issue of Sound + Communications Systems International magazine.
PSL, Gearhouse and Action International (France), all members of the Gearhouse Group, have invested in £1.9m worth of state-of-the-art projection equipment from Digital Projection.PSL will extend their rental inventory with a further eight Power 8gvs and 16 Lightning 15sx projectors. Supporting Texas Instruments' DLP Technology, the Lightning 15sx is capable of outputting 12,000 ANSI lumens and claims to be the brightest DLP-based projector available.
Giant screen sales and rental specialists, Unitek, has announced the expansion of its sales force.Roger Macnair, whose background was in plasma screens and LCD projectors, joined Unitek's screen sales team in September and has already successfully contracted projects including a sale to the Hilton Hotel group in Africa. Reacting to a substantial increase in rental activities, Unitek have also recruited Anita Page, previously sales and marketing manager at Screenco, who will be primarily concentrating on sales and marketing for the company's music and special events. Adrian Offord, previously with lighting hire company Playlight, also joined the rental team in November.
Martin Audio has changed its distribution arrangements in Germany, appointing Atlantic Audio as its new exclusive representatives. Under managing director, Wolfgang Garcon, Atlantic Audio was formed in September this year with backing from NOB, the Netherlands National Broadcast Organisation.
The appointment took effect on November 1, whereupon Atlantic ordered a Wavefront system comprising 16 W8Cs, six W8Cs flying bass systems and eight WSX subs (including a MAN flybar), to give them a five-way demonstration rig. It immediately went out on a nationwide tour with popular German band BAP. The rental company servicing the tour, Frankfurt-based Sirius, will be evaluating the system with a view to a new millennium acquisition.