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DB Audio’s MIDAS PRO6 digital console at FOH, used for the ‘secret’ Prince gigs at the Electric Ballroom, Camden
Taking it from one of the few remaining venues in London to use an all-analogue system, to one of the highest-spec digitally-lead venues in town, long-established rental & production company, DB Audio, have invested in a pair of MIDAS PRO6 digital consoles for front-of-house and monitor duties at the Electric Ballroom in Camden.
Supplied by LMC Audio, the consoles were recently deployed for the first of Prince’s ‘secret’ gigs, held at the historic live music venue.
As a well-known rock ‘n’ roll circuit venue, which the company have an almost thirty-year association with, DB Audio had seen their fair share of digital consoles coming through the Electric Ballroom over recent years, but only a few had impressed compared to the older analogue system that they were running on FOH & MONS.
Richard Waterhouse, who owns and runs DB Audio in partnership with his brother, Steve Waterhouse, comments, “Our primary concern in running the house system at the Electric Ballroom has always been to achieve the best quality of sound we can. This aim, coupled with using only top quality experienced engineers, means that for visiting artists, engineers and promoters we regularly exceed their expectations of the venue.”
As touring engineers have brought their systems into the Electric Ballroom to link-up with the venue’s Martin Audio Wavefront rig, DB Audio have gained valuable hands-on experience using all of the leading brands of digital console. “The one which stood out from the rest in terms of sound quality was MIDAS”, explains Waterhouse, “and when we saw increasing numbers of engineers touring with their own PRO2 and PRO1 consoles, we felt the time was now right to invest in our own.”
Richard and Steve got in touch with LMC Audio to discuss the current market options. “We took them through the next generation of systems coming through from the major brands and narrowed the choice down to MIDAS PRO series”, explains Will Hinkly, Technical Field Sales at LMC Audio London. “Even though these are established systems within the market, they are proven in the field both in terms of sound quality and their flexibility and scalability, catering to almost every eventuality. It was important to Richard and Steve that the system was industry standard and would tick the ‘rider friendly’ box in order to accommodate all of the high profile touring artists coming into the Electric Ballroom.”
Deciding to opt for separate front of house and monitor consoles, the Waterhouse’s knew which MIDAS PRO Series desk would serve their application best, “The Midas PRO series embodies scalability with the PRO3 upgradeable to PRO6 and PRO9 through the addition of extra processing cards”, says Richard. “For us, the logical entry point was PRO6, upgrading our old 48 channel analogue system to 64 channels digital. Our philosophy has always been that the quality of sound on stage is just as important as front of house, so the decision to invest in two PRO6 consoles was easy.” Other factors which played a part in their choice were the ease of integrating a multi channel JoeCo Black Box recording system via a Klark Teknik DN9650 network bridge, and the simple convenience of being able to stand in front of their stage monitors and adjust 6 band parametric EQ using an iPad.
Hinkly says, “Once the choice was made we went to work on putting together the bespoke system which resulted in a configuration of PRO6 consoles. We organised a demo up in Kidderminster and, once delivered, performed additional on-site training for their most frequent engineers. This was an excellent indication to me of how the smaller PRO series consoles had infiltrated the market. Every PRO series desk shares exactly the same interface menu and utilises the same channel strip function, allowing engineers who were confident with PRO1 right the way up to PRO9 to get stuck in and establish a mix quickly and efficiently.”
Hinkly also introduced Fineline Media Finance to DB Audio, a well-respected asset finance specialist within the industry, that LMC have worked with on numerous occasions over the years. “Jon Openshaw, Area Sales Manager at Fineline Media Finance, returned a very suitable package to work with for the Midas PRO6 system that DB Audio could go forwards with”, comments Hinkly.
DB Audio’s first gig using the new system was with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on 3rd February and the increase in sound quality far exceeded their expectations. “We can attribute this both to the quality of the pre-amps and the MIDAS design for sample accurate end-to-end phase coherence through the console,” explains Waterhouse. The day after this gig, they were requested to provide an 'open sound check' by Prince's management for a gig the following night. On arrival, Steve found that Prince's engineer wanted to run monitors, in-ears and FOH from the front of house console. “Running monitors from FOH would have been an almost impossible task using our old system but with the new PRO6 it amounted to a simple re-patch,” he adds.
The new system uses the Midas AES50 network protocol transporting both Audio and Data across Cat5. The I/O configuration is made up of a DL351 stagebox loaded with 56 mic/line inputs and 8 analogue line outputs. This is housed on-stage with the Monitor console, configured with two 8ch analogue output cards and one 8ch AES/EBU card. This is complimented by the FOH desk which is configured with a standard 8 analogue line input card, 8 mic/line input card and an 8 analogue line output card.
“Our Midas PRO6 consoles are now the heart of our system, with channel dynamics really easy to use and reverbs which sound lush and expensive, we are impressed by the quality of what's on offer and we are fully committed to digital technology”, adds Richard.
With this being the first of Prince's 'pop up gigs' in iconic London venues, much publicity was generated. Whilst most gig reviews don't mention sound quality (unless there are problems), one reviewer in ‘The Guardian’ noted the comments of a fan who attended the gig: “I’ll be buying the album but I just wonder if the songs are going to sound this good." (Quinn, B., 5th February 2014, The Guardian online: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/feb/05/prince-plays-secret-london-gigs)
Richard Waterhouse comments, “Our association with LMC Audio goes back many years, dealing with Paul Hinkly soon after LMC started trading. All of our major purchases have been made through them and we value their impartial advice and expertise.
In our business reputations are always hard earned and LMC have delivered time and again with the sort of service professionals expect: sales, demos and loans, repairs and servicing, trade-ins and a good used equipment list and above all knowledgeable staff able to offer top quality support to their customers.
We see our role at the Ballroom as providing the tools and opportunity for every visiting musician to give the best show they can and we are lucky to have made many good friends along the way.”
For more information and to arrange a demonstration of MIDAS PRO Series, contact LMC Sales on: London, +44 (0)20 8743 4680 or Birmingham, +44 (0)121 359 4535 or email: email@example.com.
For further information about the MIDAS PRO Series system range and other products from MIDAS, visit the MIDAS Consoles website.
For more information about DB Audio’s services contact Richard or Steve Waterhouse at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01327 342459 or visit the DB Audio website.
Dave ‘Lofty’ Lockhart, owner of Codex Audio, with ‘The Blockheads’ and the Inspired Audio Optima 5 line array system
Midlands-based production and rental company, Codex Audio, has recently invested in an Inspired Audio Optima 5 array system, supplied by Inspired Audio UK distributors, LMC Audio.
Dave ‘Lofty’ Lockhart, owner of Codex Audio, is system technician, tour manager and head sound engineer (amongst others!) for ‘The Blockheads’ with whom he is deploying the Optima 5 line array.
Inspired Audio Design Director, Chris Scott, comments, “That Lofty has invested in the system is great news on a number of fronts; firstly he values the scalability of the system in a way that we had hoped the market would and, secondly, having a seasoned engineer of his calibre using the system will give us invaluable feedback at the factory.
Lofty carefully chooses every detail and element of the signal chain, so, choosing Inspired Audio for a crucial part of that chain is a big step forward for the brand, and we are delighted to have him on board as part of the Inspired Audio team.”
Codex Audio first tried out an Optima 8 system, a medium-format version of the Optima family of line-arrays, during summer 2013 when the system was put through its paces at Cambridge Rock festival. Whilst the system itself passed with flying colours, in follow-up conversation with Lofty, LMC Birmingham’s Tim Bamber and James Lawford soon recognised that what Lofty really needed was an ultra compact Optima system for those gigs that required all of Codex’s equipment to fit into a ‘Sprinter’ van. At this point, the focus of the conversation shifted to Optima 5.
Lofty comments, “When LMC brought Optima 5 over for me to listen to I was very impressed with how well such a small box performed. Scalability, flexibility and sound quality all are excellent features of this system, and along with the support I know I will receive from the LMC team it seemed like a logical step for me to take.”
Lofty attended LMC’s Inspired Audio listening event at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre in September 2013. Here, he had another opportunity to listen to the capabilities of the system and, importantly, a chance to speak with Chris Scott himself. Scott comments, “After some demo gigs with Codex regulars ‘The Blockheads’, I met up with Lofty at the listening day. This provided us with a great opportunity to have a play with the kit, demonstrate my take on system design and to understand Lofty’s needs.”
Bamber, Technical Field Sales at LMC Birmingham, says, “Lofty is an out and out audiophile so we had no qualms with Codex Audio being one of the very first to listen to Inspired Audio. At this premium level, whilst many customers remain fearful of stepping outside of the overly dominant brands, Lofty is confident in being one of the first to step into a new venture with Inspired Audio and LMC. By critically analysing the sound quality that Optima 5 delivers, he has let his ears (and his cheque book) make the decision and to pioneer the Inspired Audio system is a positive move forwards for Codex.”
Since taking delivery of the system Lofty has been very happy with the quality of the sound that such a compact box creates, using it for several events at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury, including audio for film playback and the recent production of Aladdin, as well as a number of ‘The Blockheads’ shows.
Lofty comments, “With a tiny footprint at both the gig and in the van, plus a wonderfully transparent sound allied to great projection, Inspired Audio really delivers on sound quality and commercial returns. The icing on the cake is that Optima 5 can be scaled up to cover larger shows as well. For me, it ticks all of the boxes.”
For more information and to arrange a demonstration of Optima 5, contact LMC Sales on: London, +44 (0)20 8743 4680 or Birmingham, +44 (0)121 359 4535 or email: email@example.com.
For further information about the Optima 5 system range and other products from Inspired Audio, visit the Inspired Audio website.
For more information about Codex Audio’s services, contact Dave ‘Lofty’ Lockhart: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: +44 (0)1327 354777
The next of NEXO's foundation training courses is being held in conjunction with NEXO dealers LMC Audio, at Soho Theatre in London.
NEXO’s ETC programme offers convenient and affordable education, training and certification in general electroacoustic principles, and real-world practical operation of NEXO line array and point-source systems in the live production environment.
The foundation module, ETC1, has been designed for sound designers, engineers and technicians working with NEXO equipment. Taught by NEXO instructors, this 2-day event progresses from theoretical classes in general acoustics, line array concepts and the case for point source systems, to practical hands-on training with NEXO’s highly-respected GEO S12 line arrays.
Technical overviews of NEXO’s product family lead into an in-depth look at networking and control software; the module on advanced system design concludes with a session on environmental acoustics, covering noise control and pollution issues.
Students for the ETC1 course can attend just the first day of training, but those that successfully complete the whole 2-day syllabus will receive a certificate identifying them as a NEXO Systems Accredited User.
Join us for the London course at the Soho Theatre: 28th & 29th January 2014
The course has a maximum capacity of 25 places, so interested parties are advised to book their spot quickly! Register for the London training course HERE.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Martin Audio OmniLine installed inside Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall at Essex University (photo credit: Dee Couchman, MD at Scan Audio)
LMC Audio supports Scan Audio in providing flexible solution
A Martin Audio OmniLine system has recently been installed in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall (ICLH) at Essex University. Supplied by LMC Audio and installed by Scan Audio, the micro-line array system was identified as being the perfect solution for the application, from the word go.
The decision was rubber stamped by Tessa Rogowski, Head of Customer Services, Information Systems, at Essex University. “I first saw the product at ISE and spoke with technical staff from Martin Audio about the specific problems we have with the 1,000 seat lecture theatre — namely hard surfaces, and the fact that the only place to hang speakers was behind the microphones, causing the resultant feedback headaches.”
She continued, “There was no question in my mind that this difficult problem needed to be solved once and for all. Martin Audio were the first people who actually appeared to understand my problems, and had the technology to ensure that the installation would be carried out correctly, first time.”
The resulting OmniLine sale of 64 elements was handled by LMC Audio London, where Technical Sales Supervisor, Sam Simon-Norris, oversaw the project.
Following an initial visit from Martin Audio’s Peter Child to discuss OmniLine, it quickly became obvious to him that this was the perfect system to install at the ICLH. “With fantastic sound and sleek styling, I could see that it would complement the contemporary nature of the building brilliantly,” he stated.
The OmniLine system will primarily be used for voice amplification in the theatre, which is used for high profile graduation ceremonies, conferences and lectures. However, a further challenge is that the theatre can also split into two self-contained 500-seat spaces when the positioning of the speakers would automatically change, since they are hung on the walls that would move during the transformation.
This was addressed by Nigel Meddemmen, Martin Audio sales support, who carried out venue predictions as an accurate 2D slice using the OmniLine Software. The calculations enabled him to position the arrays to ensure best possible response and generate the required rigging, inter-module angles and equalisation. These peculiar challenges, he noted, “actually made OmniLine an excellent choice.”
Other challenges included the use of a variety of microphones in front of the PA system — including tricky omnidirectional lavalier mics, which tend to be favoured by university lecturers — plus the insistence on wall-mounting the arrays as the roof structure had not been rated for a flown system.
The biggest problem posed, however, was the fact that the rear walls of the hall move — splitting the auditorium via a central removable divide when it needs to open up. A total of four OmniLine arrays were specified to cover each of the two sides, and yet maintain pattern control across exactly the same area when the room is functioning as a single large space. However, the front wall in each of the two halves is hinged, and when moved backwards, would swing the outside arrays inward to leave gaps in the coverage at the sides whilst producing a troublesome coverage overlap in the centre between the two ‘inner’ arrays.
The solution was to fix the vertical coverage of the arrays but to leave a degree of play in the horizontal alignment which would normally be tightened off once commissioned to prevent any movement. An ‘angle stop’ system was therefore designed to slot behind the standard OmnLine wall mount brackets, to make it easy to accurately reposition the arrays when the room configuration changes.
Summarises Sam Simon-Norris, “Nigel’s solution for overcoming the two-zone problem was as ingenious as it was practical – utilising an additional bracket to allow the arrays to be swung from one position to another, giving optimum coverage in both modes. This really was a breakthrough for the project, and left us with no doubts that this system would be the perfect choice for the ICLH.”
For the installation itself, Simon-Norris chose long-standing LMC Audio client Scan Audio, to carry out the work. The company’s MD, William (Dee) Couchman, comments, “We have worked with LMC since the early 1990’s and have always been very well supported with great product choice, support and demonstration equipment when needed. We had previously worked successfully together on projects for other educational institutions, and while the University of Essex was new to us, the project looked particularly interesting and we were keen to try out the new compact OmniLine system.”
The installation itself was carried out over four days, including one day to decommission the existing large custom column speakers and a small line array.
Couchman confirmed, “The main challenges included fitting the four line arrays of 16 OmniLine modules to the two large moveable projection walls. The tops of the arrays were only a few centimetres beneath the stage ceiling area so we used specialist hoist equipment to enable us to precisely move these into position above the supporting brackets whilst avoiding damaging the projection surface.
“The software setting provided by the design software required only minor adjustment to produce a clear intelligible sound for this mainly speech-based reinforcement system,” he continued. “Music reproduction was surprisingly full range from such a compact line array, which blended very well with the interior of the hall.”
Nigel Meddemmen also confirmed that OmniLine had proven to be an excellent choice for this application. In addition to solving the University’s sound problems he notes that OmniLine is also visually unobtrusive, the curved lines and neutral grey colour helping the system to blend, and not detract from the focus of the venue … in this case the university lecturers.
All of which is a source of great satisfaction for Tessa Rogowski. “It is exactly what I was hoping for,” she said, “… clear vocal reproduction even at the back of the hall in the seats positioned immediately in front of a significantly noisy HVAC outlet … and there is no feedback.
“From those with experience of the previously appalling sound, this time when they entered the room, and we turned on the volume, they universally walked round the hall with silly grins on their faces. Sad though this is, we don’t get compliments, we have just stopped getting complaints — and trust me this makes it more than worthwhile.
As for the installation process, I was most impressed. We could only give the installation team the smallest time frame to undertake the work — as the hall is booked at least six months in advance — and despite this all the work was completed on time.”
But the final word comes from Sam Simon-Norris. “This is just the sort of application for which OmniLine was designed and feedback from the university staff suggests that it has met and exceeded the initial brief on all counts.”
For more information and to arrange a demonstration of Martin Audio OmniLine contact LMC Sales on: London, +44 (0)20 8743 4680 or Birmingham, +44 (0)121 359 4535 or email: email@example.com.
For further information about the OmniLine system range and other products from Martin Audio, visit the Martin Audio website: http://www.martin-audio.com/.
For more information about Scan Audio’s services, email Dee Couchman at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: +44 (0)1737 778 620.
L-R: Tyler Baxter – Technical assistant Hertford Theatre; Tom Meehan – Sound designer (freelance) for Hertford Theatre Pantomime;
Carl Skeats – LMC Audio; Alex Antonis – Technical Manager Hertford Theatre; Dan Smith – Technical assistant Hertford Theatre.
One of many ancient towns swallowed by the London commuter belt, Hertford has managed to maintain a real sense of its own identity, its preserved medieval heart and resistance to town centre shopping arcades ensuring it stands out from the many identikit population centres which surround the capital. A strong sense of community is centred on the Hertford Theatre, where a new Yamaha CL3-based audio system has transformed the house sound.
In common with many provincial venues, the Hertford Theatre is council-run and stages a wide variety of events - focusing on drama, comedy, lectures, community events and films. The production centrepiece of the year is the annual pantomime, which runs throughout December and early January, often with two shows a day.
“By the end of last year everything on the sound side was life expired, it had reached a crucial point where we had no choice but to do something,” says the theatre’s Technical Manager Alex Antonis. “The pantomime, in particular, places great demands on the audio facilities, but even the amateur companies and semi-pro youth theatres that use the venue were needing more channels.
“We also found that, in order to cut costs, more and more visiting productions are not touring with sound equipment, they are just using house systems. We knew that we could make things a lot easier for them by having a modern setup.”
With the theatre’s old analogue system ready to be consigned to history, Alex and his small team knew that digital was the way forward. They spoke to LMC Audio’s Carl Skeats, who guided them through the available options. Yamaha was an obvious choice and, after attending one of LMC’s CL series training seminars, they chose a CL3 mixing console and a pair of R-series i/o units.
“Cost-wise, the system worked out roughly the same as analogue, but you can do a lot more and it delivers excellent sound quality,” says Alex. “Of the three systems we looked at, the CL series definitely had the edge for live mixing. We also heard a lot of good comments about it, about how robust and proven the technology is.”
He continues, “It was also very important for us that Yamaha is such an industry standard. We needed something that visiting engineers either know or can learn very quickly. We only have a technical team of three and so don’t have a lot of time to babysit people.”
LMC supplied the system, which is fully redundant, with Carl Skeats and Yamaha’s Karl Christmas following up with an in-house training session.
“We now have a system that will last us many years before it needs upgrading and is very straightforward to expand if necessary,” says Alex. “I’m a lighting engineer, but I’ve found the CL3 very fast to get to grips with. It’s a pleasure to use and everyone is loving it. To be honest we can’t keep some people off it!”
For more information about Yamaha CL Series systems contact LMC Sales on +44 (0)20 8743 4680 or email: email@example.com and visit the Yamaha website www.yamahacommercialaudio.com for more details about Yamaha Commercial Audio products.
We invite you to join us for the Inspired Audio Listening Event taking place at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on Tuesday 24 September 2013
Meet Chris Scott, Design Director at Inspired Audio, and the team from LMC Audio at the state-of-the-art Aylesbury Waterside facility, where you will be guided around the multi-purpose space and invited to listen to the Inspired Audio range in an assortment of must-hear configurations.
An interactive delivery will explain the design approach adopted by Inspired Audio and the value to the end user of this integrated package of system amplifier, enclosure and networked system control, that is central to the Inspired philosophy. We will aim to not only deliver clarity of sound, but also clarity of control options that enable connection via, USB, Ethernet, WIFI or via a Dante enabled network.
The event will introduce Optima array, which will include, flown drops of the compact Optima 8 and the ultra-compact Optima 5 in flown, stacked and stand mounted configurations. This will be supported by the point source Axis range in both the primary monitor mode, as well as pole mounted to illustrate the ranges inherent flexibility. All this will be underpinned by Scott’s already renowned range of bass and sub-bass enclosures. Come and learn about premium quality Inspired Audio loudspeakers and amplifiers, integrating together seamlessly to deliver consistently impeccable sound quality across all applications.
- Flown & ground-stacked Optima line arrays in ultra-compact and medium formats
- Compact line-array and point source pole-mount systems
- Point source and distributed presentation systems
- Axis Stage Monitoring applications
- Lecture theatre highly raked seating application
What: Inspired Audio Listening Event
When: 24 September 2013
Where: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Time: 10am - 5pm
Sessions: 11am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm
Lunch and light refreshments provided
TO REGISTER FREE FOR THE EVENT CLICK HERE
For more information about Inspired Audio visit the LMC Audio website
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Science Museum is one of the three major museums on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The museum is a major London tourist attraction, attracting 3 million visitors annually and is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions. As well as its many exhibits, the museum provides educational and outreach resources and science shows for schools and community groups throughout the UK. As a multi award-winning corporate event venue, the Science Museum offers large and small scale facilities for conferences, product launches, meetings and exhibitions.
Whilst recently considering improvements to the audio-conferencing provision in its Director's Suite, it was to be expected that the Science Museum's authorities would settle for nothing less than the highest quality possible. LMC Audio Systems were invited to address the issues at hand and LMC asked POLARaudio to consult with them in finding the right solution.
The Director's Suite at the Science Museum is used for internal board meetings and major internal conferencing events. In addition, the facility hosts meetings of pre-eminent members of the scientific community as well as offering a facility for discussions involving other museums and galleries. LMC have enjoyed a very successful relationship with the Science Museum for some years, contributing to the easy decision that the museum had to make in opting for LMC to specify Beyerdynamic Quinta.
Offering three frequency bands, Quinta can silently, seamlessly and automatically switch to an interference-free frequency range should the need arise. There is a high level of wireless encryption associated with the system which provides protection against unauthorised listening and from a user's perspective, its operation is safe and straightforward. The control unit of the Quinta system meets all the requirements regarding the latest regulations of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and can be integrated into existing or new building computer networks that comply with the IEEE 802.1 IT standard (AVB). The numerous functions with which a conference may be controlled include simple operation and configuration via Smartphone or tablet PC.
Should the system need to be moved or stored for any reason, set up and take-down time is very short and the storage/transport cases (which also act as charging units) are appropriately rugged. The hardware installed at The Director's Suite comprised a Quinta CU Central Control Unit servicing 1 MU 23 Chairman Gooseneck Microphone unit and 11 MU 21 Delegate Gooseneck Microphone units, as well as attendant chargers and antennae. Following a straightforward installation of the system, LMC offered the client training in its use. The response from the Science Museum's technical and non-technical staff was universally positive and pointed towards the fact that the system had exceeded their expectations. They commended Quinta for its user friendliness, citing in particular the complimentary reactions they received from conference participants.
LMC Audio Systems representative Joao-Paul Cavaco (JP) was in no doubt that Quinta was the right fit for the Director's Suite:
"It goes without saying that at such a prestigious facility there is no room for anything "It goes without saying that at such a prestigious facility there is no room for anything less than excellence in conferencing provision - we are, after all talking about the Science Museum! Quinta, quite apart from its wide-ranging technical merits, offers a level of user-friendliness and flexibility that's very, very hard to beat."
John McFarlane, AV Engineer, Science Museum Group (Science Museum, National Media Museum, National Railway Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester) commented on the service received by LMC Audio Systems “When I’ve worked with LMC on previous events at the Science Museum, they have been very supportive and provided quality guidance on which audio equipment works best in our very difficult live spaces. This type of problem solving is outstanding and really makes you feel valued as a customer. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend JP and LMC to anyone working in the AV world.”
For further information about Beyerdynamic Quinta and to book a demonstration, contact LMC Audio Sales or call London: +44 (0) 20 8743 4680, Birmingham: +44 (0) 121 359 4535.
For more information on POLARaudio's product portfolio visit www.polaraudio.co.uk.
One of the MLA Compact stacks at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Left to right: Rylan Machin and Wayne Barker (with Paul Hinkly seated).
With the sale of an MLA Compact System 36 to Oxford-based W E Audio, Martin Audio has boosted its UK-based network of Multi-cellular Loudspeaker partners to four.
W E Audio’s experienced MD, Wayne Barker, has long favoured new technology adoption, and by becoming the first UK customer for this flown Compact system the company has kept that reputation intact.
Deciding it was time to retire their existing front line system he first discussed his options with Tim Bamber, who handles technical sales at the Birmingham office of LMC Audio Systems, the Martin Audio dealers.
Remembers Bamber, "When Wayne initially discussed the possibility of a new loudspeaker system, I believed it had to be a solution that would match the quality of service that W E Audio offers. I knew that an investment in a technology-led, multi-cellular array system such as MLA Compact, as well as giving them a step-up in size and capability, would benefit W E Audio for years to come, and give them a unique place in the pro-audio rental market.”
And when Barker visited Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt this spring with co-director Rylan Machin — and met Martin Audio MLA advocate Simon Honywill — he was immediately convinced of the wisdom of this recommendation.
The meeting with Simon Honywill had been particularly poignant. For Machin had earlier studied for his degree in live sound at dBs Music (formerly Deep Blue Sound) in Plymouth, where Honywill and Jim ‘Tiger’ Parsons had been his tutors. “Once we started talking to Simon it immediately backed up Tim’s suggestion and made perfect sense to invest in a pioneering new system rather than one that had served its time,” said Rylan.
W E Audio’s reasons for adopting MLA, with its unique controllability, had been entirely logical. “We specialise in providing site public address and noise abatement — and so we needed a system that was musically versatile, with an output that belied its size, and would open up a lot of doors,” says Wayne. “We believe that ownership of this system will enable us to undertake more contracts in the sector and become a benchmark for local authority work.”
Specialising in this sector — and having seen MLA’s impact in controlling offsite noise pollution at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park — they knew that a system that had been sanctioned by both Westminster Council and noise measurement consultants Vanguardia would be noted by local authorities up and down the country.
That event was particularly poignant, since it also became the first outing for W E Audio’s MLA Compact — sub-hired to Capital Sound for use as the rear delay sound towers.
As for LMC Audio, they have been W E Audio’s ‘go to’ supplier for a number of years. “They have provided us with a lot of our kit from digital mixing desks to accessories. The support we receive is phenomenal — they are real deal-makers,” says Wayne.
LMC Audio MD Paul Hinkly, recalls. “Transacting the complex quarter million pound deal was challenging — yet the real excitement is still to come, as we witness W E Audio’s deployment of MLA Compact’s unique capabilities across their portfolio of clients and applications.”
After debuting the MLA system at Hyde Park it immediately went out to Summer Pops at Buxton Opera House and then onto the high profile Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, where six stacks of four MLA Compact and two DSX subs were groundstacked in a networked ring around the 680m circumference site. It then headed to the Bournemouth Air Festival — where once again it formed the core of WE Audio’s site-wide public address system.
Summing up, Wayne Barker says, “This system is pure black magic. With it we will now be able to do any type of show — from a small town hall to the Royal Albert Hall.
“It’s great to be a Martin Audio partner — in fact the wheel has turned full circle. It was Pete Skan (Pete Howard) who first introduced me to Martin Audio all those years ago — and I’d like to dedicate the purchase of this system to him.”
For more information about W E Audio, visit their website: www.weaudio.co.uk.
To speak to a member of the LMC team about the MLA Systems range, and to arrange a demonstration, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.
(L-R) Dominic Gross, Head Engineer at Oval Space and Sam Simon-Norris, Technical Sales at LMC Audio London, with the Allen & Heath GLD at Oval Space, East London
Oval Space, a multi-use arts and events venue in Bethnal Green, has recently invested in an Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital console, supplied by LMC Audio London.
Dominic Gross, Head Engineer at Oval Space discusses the requirements of a console in an environment and venue such as Oval Space: “As a truly multi-use space, we knew that we needed a flexible and user-friendly console that still sounded great, for both seasoned engineers and those users with more limited experience. The GLD seemed to tick all of the boxes.” Gross’s own experience with the console has been good, commenting, “The GLD just seems to work in all the right ways. Menus are where I would expect them to be, the touch screen is excellent, and most importantly, it sounds like an analogue desk! The stage box is a major plus for us too…I never want to see a 48-way multi-core ever again.”
Feedback from other users has also been positive, Gross adding, “The response to the desk has been excellent all round. It’s good to see a visiting engineer get into a mix within 30 seconds of laying hands on the GLD.”
Oval Space recently hosted the highly anticipated launch of Atoms For Peace’s album Amok, led by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, for which the GLD was deployed.
Mick Brown, Tour Manager for Atoms For Peace, comments:
“When advancing the Atoms For Peace DJ show at Oval Space, the first thing I mentioned to our sound engineer, Mikko Gordon, was that he might prefer a more modern mixing desk for our show. When contacting the technical team at Oval Space they informed me they were aware and were going to trial an A&H GLD-80. I told Mikko and he was happy with their choice of desk, as was I. Wearing my other hat as Gaz Coombes’ FOH engineer, I had used one on Gaz's UK tour in October 2012 and I was very impressed with the flexibility and, more importantly, the sound the GLD has. The small foot print was also important as the Atoms For Peace show was going to be a well-attended show so any space we could save at FOH was going to be very important. The show went very well and the GLD-80 proved its flexibility for the Atoms for Peace show.”
The GLD will become the in-house FOH desk for the majority of events at Oval Space and on the occasion that a larger FOH console is brought in, Gross explains that the GLD will take up monitor duties: “The flexibility of the CAT5 stage box system means that we can deploy it anywhere within the space as needed. This is important, as every event requires something different. We’re very much looking forward to adding MADI to the GLD shortly, to allow us to run all digital throughout our signal flow.”
He continues, “Oval Space is a great challenge, we host everything from small corporate events to full gigs and all-night parties, so it never gets boring. Having a management team so very passionate about every aspect - especially the sound - really helps make it an exciting place to work.”
Sam Simon-Norris, Technical Sales at LMC Audio London, who attended the Atoms For Peace show, providing technical support for Gross and the team at Space, comments: “The GLD has become a bit of a favourite for me in the small format market; it’s bursting with features, really simple to use and still retains an impressive price point. Like any venue moving from analogue to digital, I’m sure the GLD’s fast-paced interface and copy and paste functions are a welcome timesaving tool. It was a treat to get down and see Dom, the desk and the whole team in action, in what looks to become a very successful venue.”
Commenting on the service he has received from LMC, Gross says, “LMC have been great in all aspects. From arranging multiple demos, to even attending and instructing at an event, the service has been flawless.”
Stuart McKay, Allen & Heath Digital Console and Installation Specialist for Audio-Technica, comments, “Oval Space is a great new venue for GLD and I am really pleased that the console will be an integral part of the high quality audio system that they already have installed. Dom and the rest of the team will do a great job using it and I know that they will be well supported by the team at LMC Audio.”
For more information about upcoming events taking place at Oval Space visit www.ovalspace.co.uk.
For pricing enquiries and to book a demonstration of Allen & Heath GLD contact LMC Sales on: London, +44 (0) 20 8743 4680 or Birmingham, +44 (0) 121 359 4535 or email: email@example.com.
For further information about the GLD range, and other products from Allen & Heath, visit the Allen & Heath website.
LMC Audio delighted to announce agreement to develop UK & Ireland loudspeaker market with Inspired Audio
[L – R] Will Hinkly, Technical Sales at LMC Audio and Chris Scott, Design Director at Inspired Audio with the Optima 8 line array system, exhibited at the Prolight and Sound 2013 show in Frankfurt
Inspired Audio and LMC Audio Systems Ltd are delighted to announce their agreement to develop the UK and Ireland loudspeaker market together.
Following extensive research and collaborative testing, Inspired Audio and LMC Audio Systems Ltd have signed an agreement for LMC Audio to sell and service Inspired Audio products in the UK and Ireland live audio market.
Inspired Audio has developed a premium quality loudspeaker system family designed, manufactured, and tested in Nottingham, England, by the team lead by Design Director Chris Scott, who has a track record of over 20 years of original design success.
With an attention to detail, and an awareness of market requirements for precision-engineered line-array and point source boxes, Scott is utilising cutting-edge components and design techniques to create a new generation of expressive and daring loudspeaker products, which are, as Scott describes them, 'as close to plug and play as the laws of physics allow'.
The Inspired Audio product range delivers hugely common-sense integrated system solutions; premium quality loudspeakers and amplifiers that integrate together seamlessly to deliver consistently impeccable sound quality across all applications.
Scott comments: “Inspired Audio gives me a clean sheet of paper in terms of the product and, equally importantly, how that product was represented in the marketplace. It is fair to say that having been around the block a few times I had clear ideas on what does and doesn’t work and I knew that I wanted a clear, simple and controlled route to market, making a well-placed distributor the obvious choice for the UK.
LMC Audio demonstrate they understand the marketplace, they know and connect with the players from big to small and are endowed with a wealth of competent, energetic talent throughout the company.
My relationship with LMC Audio goes back a long way and resulted in an initial meet up at the Frankfurt show last year, cooperation at the PLASA show and now the combining of our strengths to deliver to the UK market, so we haven’t had to rush at it in any way. Life is about timing and, in this case, I am delighted that the timing was right for both parties and most importantly the market too. Exciting times, inspired times!"
LMC Audio’s Managing Director, Paul Hinkly, comments: “We are delighted to be partnering Chris Scott and his team in the UK to bring the Inspired Audio loudspeaker product range and ideas to the market; products including the family of premium quality Optima line-array systems.
Many industry watchers will note that it is long overdue that LMC Audio should be going outside the mainstream market and introducing a new UK market challenger to the premium quality users currently so intolerantly dominated by just a couple of brands in the UK.
We are very excited to be doing so now, and can't wait to begin the hard miles of bringing the easy, efficient, flexible systems to the users and applications. I say this to engineers and PA companies operating across all markets: Unlike rivals that require eye watering investment, Inspired Audio's aim is the delivery to you of realistic and sustainable audio and commercial returns, and is supported by both manufacturer and LMC Audio on an hour by hour basis. If you want your own work to turn listening heads in the search of growth and new revenues, then contact LMC to arrange a listen. You will be going outside the mainstream, and LMC are going with you.”
Hinkly adds: “We will be launching the Inspired Audio range of products at the PLASA Focus show and all are welcome to join us there for an introduction and demonstration session, 5.30pm - 7pm, on day one of the show, Tuesday 30th April, in the News Room at the Royal Armouries Museum. Come and pick up your invite from our stand, N-C28, at the show and we’ll see you there for a real listen. And the Competition? Come and have a listen! All are very welcome.”
For more information about Inspired Audio visit www.inspired-audio.co.uk.
For details about the Inspired Audio product ranges visit the LMC Audio web catalogue and to book a demonstration of the Inspired Audio range contact LMC Sales on: London: +44 (0) 20 8743 4680 or Birmingham: +44 (0) 121 359 4535 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LMC is delighted to announce Yamaha CL series training days, taking place in LMC London on Tuesday 12th March and LMC Birmingham on Wednesday 13th March.
Discover CL series digital mixing consoles and discuss the in-depth features at LMC's dedicated CL series demonstration & training events.
With experts from Yamaha on hand to guide you, you don't want to miss out on this unique opportunity to explore CL series.
Demonstrations will be carried out using the recently launched CL5 digital mixing console, Rio 3224-D I/O rack, and CL Editor for Mac, plus StageMix for iPad.
For more details & to register to attend, contact:
Location & contact details:
LONDON - Tuesday 12th March, 10 - 5pm
Demonstration sessions: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
LMC London: Unit 10 Cowley road, Acton, London, W3 7XA
Contact: JP Cavaco, Sales Manager, tel: 020 8743 4680
BIRMINGHAM - Wednesday 13th March, 10 - 5pm
Demonstration sessions: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
LMC Birmingham: Unit 47 Phoenix Park, Avenue Road, Aston,
Birmingham, B7 4NU
Contact: James Lawford, Sales Manager, tel: 0121 359 4535
Visit our CL series product page for further information about the the CL range.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Hitchin-based audio hire and production company, Patchwork London, have invested in a MIDAS PRO1 console, supplied by LMC Audio.
Steve White, co-director of Patchwork explains, “We wanted a state of the art digital mixing desk, which was compact enough to use in small venues and powerful enough to use on big shows”.
So far, the desk has been out with artists such as Paloma Faith, Paolo Nutini, Beverley Knight, Katherine Jenkins and, most recently, ran monitors for the European leg of the Joan Armatrading tour. White explains that even in cases where the desk has not been specified on the rider, he’s had no problem convincing engineers to embrace the PRO1 and they have all come away singing its praises, having had great shows with the console.
White continues, “We love the console. It has performed very well mixing at both FOH and monitors on all of the live music events, awards ceremonies and private functions that it’s been employed for.”
Richard Van Nairn, Technical Sales at LMC, comments: "Supplying Steve and Patchwork with a PRO1 was a very rewarding sale. Something we take extremely seriously at LMC is supplying our customers with the best possible solution to match their requirements. Patchwork needed a compact desk that could take on whatever was thrown at it and keep going. That’s exactly what the PRO 1 provides; a first class compact desk which sounds amazing, and with its 24 physical inputs and outputs, is flexible enough to take on the demands of any live sound application."
Patchwork was founded in 2011 by White and his colleague and co-director Mark Donovan, who have a combined experience of 30 years in the live sound industry. They will be using the desk across a variety of applications, including live music events, private functions and dry hire. Currently, the desk is out on a 5 week stretch running monitors for electro-dubstep band Modestep.
For more information about Patchwork London visit their website: http://www.patchworklondon.co.uk/ and to contact them with your requirements, telephone: +4420 8144 6714 or email: email@example.com.
To book a demonstration of MIDAS PRO1, contact LMC Sales on: London: +44 (0) 20 8743 4680, Birmingham: +44 (0) 121 359 4535 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information about the MIDAS PRO Series, visit the Midas Consoles website:
LMC is delighted to announce Sennheiser training days at LMC Audio, taking place in LMC London on Tuesday 5th February and LMC Birmingham on Thursday 7th February.
Join us for an interactive day providing an overview of:
- The Digital Switchover and future plans
- Wireless systems overview and how to set them up
- Basic Radio frequency (RF) training, covering frequency choices, basics of intermod, programming, WSM and multi-channel set-ups
For more details & to register to attend, contact: email@example.com.
Location & contact details:
LONDON - 5th February, 10 - 4pm
LMC London: Unit 10 Cowley road, Acton, London, W3 7XA
Contact: JP Cavaco, London Sales Manager, tel: 020 8743 4680
BIRMINGHAM - 7th February, 10 - 4pm
LMC Birmingham: Unit 47 Phoenix Park, Avenue Road, Aston,
Birmingham, B7 4NU
Contact: James Lawford, Birmingham Sales Manager, tel: 0121 359 4535
We look forward to seeing you there!
LMC Audio welcomes Carl Skeats to the team, joining the London office in Technical Sales.
Carl joins LMC from a background rich in live sound experience. Kicking off his career working in the Technical department of his local Youth Theatre in Salisbury as a teenager, Carl went on to study a diploma in Performing Arts, Technical Theatre at Southampton City College and then a Live Event Technology degree at the University of Glamorgan. Throughout his studies Carl gained all the production experience he could, working part-time at both the Mayflower Theatre and Nuffield Theatre in Southampton and, later, at Buxton Opera House. More recently, Carl’s experience includes Stage Crew at the Hexagon Theatre in Reading, Production Coordinator at HTB Church in South Kensington and freelance Sound Engineer for, amongst others, Kensington Temple in West London. Carl also recently spent a year with SFL in Reading working as Trainee Production Engineer.
Carl joined LMC in September, while PLASA 2012 was taking place. He comments, “Joining during the PLASA ‘week’, I got a chance to meet lots of customers and suppliers, whilst learning more about LMC Audio itself and its position in the industry.” He adds, “I’m looking forward to broadening my product knowledge and developing my skills within the Sales team at LMC, with a view to delivering the right sound solution for our customers.”
JP Cavaco, Sales Manager at LMC London, comments, “I’m delighted to welcome Carl to LMC. His practical experience as an engineer brings real-world perspective and understanding of the audio industry and he is a welcome addition to our team.”
LMC's London and Birmingham offices will be closed for the Christmas break from midday Friday 21st December, returning Wednesday 2nd January 2012.
Please ensure that any orders you wish to place are made with plenty of time to allow for Christmas deliveries.
From all of us at LMC, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!