History: Talkback Systems Compared (1999)

3 Dec 2018

HISTORY: 20+ YEARS AGO In July 1999 Andy Ciddor conducted a comparison of available talkback systems as part of his regular lighting column in Connections Magazine (CX’s predecessor). BTW, this edition also incorporated the first edition of PresenTech dedicated solely to the AV industry… Reading note: the resuscitated article includes a few endnotes and possible text conversion snaffoos   Talkback…

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History: Communications – A “How To” (2009)

29 Nov 2018

HISTORY: 10+ YEARS AGO In June 2009 we ran a “How To” on communication systems that discussed basic principles and some advanced broadcast applications, including technology current in the market at the time.   Communications – A “How To” by Jimmy Den Ouden. We all know a functional comms system is one of the most…

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Bruce Jackson – Blazed Trails with Elvis

24 Oct 2018

FEATURE Bruce Jackson Amazing Australian blazed trails with Elvis by Julius Grafton. Australian sound and electronics engineer Bruce Jackson was born at the right time to emerge as a leader in lighting and audio electronics during the late 1960s. He was the ‘J’ in Jands, which became the leading entertainment technology manufacturer and distributor in…

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Video Projection History – The Talaria

22 Oct 2018

PROJECTION Video Projection History – The Talaria by Simon Byrne. 30 years ago, the brightest video projector available for hire in Australia was the General Electric Talaria. In the late 1980s they cost about $180,000 and produced a massive 1,500 lumens! Yes, a $180,000, 75 kilogram machine produced less light output than your cheapest office…

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InfoComm 1998

9 Jul 2018

From the Archive InfoComm 1998 CX Media has covered many InfoComm trade-shows. Here’s our coverage from Connections Magazine in July 1998, if you are curious about what AV/integration looked like 20 years ago… By Editor Julius Grafton: “DATELINE INFOCOMM DALLAS, AS THE ‘NEW’ AV INDUSTRY PUTS ON 20% GROWTH InfoComm 1998 shone like a beacon in Dallas last month, as…

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Honey I Shrunk It- I really Did

29 Mar 2018

REGULARS Honey I Shrunk It – I really Did We reprise a piece from CX Magazine, February 2013 where Duncan Fry ponders a smaller PA system… Since it’s the start of a new year, I’ve made a new year’s resolution to shrink the size of my current system to still keep the same output level…

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Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Junkyard Dogs

21 Mar 2018

WISDOM OF THE ANCIENTS Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Junkyard Dogs By Duncan Fry. According to Jim Croce, Bad Bad Leroy Brown was meaner than a Junkyard dog. That’s a bit harsh on junkyard dogs – we had one next door to us at ARX for quite a few years, so draw close youngsters,…

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Moving Light Service

14 Mar 2018

History – An article from Connections Magazine, March 2003 about Moving Light Service What’s involved? John Grimshaw visits a very large facility to see first-hand the efforts that go in to protecting a multi-million dollar inventory. It has long been known that ownership of any moving light equipment means a proactive service program must be…

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PA System Preflight Checklist

19 Feb 2018

History PA System Preflight Checklist In 1993 Juliusmedia ran Certificate III courses in Sound and Lighting. The following article appeared in the first edition of CX Magazine in March that year. Pilots use checklists all the time – and live audio has some similarities to flying! This checklist is what our students use to get a system ready for…

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Duncan Fry – Don’t Diddle With Bo

16 Feb 2018

Duncan Fry – Don’t Diddle With Bo I was working quite regularly with a band – let’s call them the Defects. One Friday their gig was cancelled about half an hour before I was due to get in the truck and head off to the load in. While I sat there wondering whether I would…

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Rick Doolan prepares for death

15 Feb 2018

Rick Doolan prepares for death People don’t like talking about Death. Sometimes they have to. By Julius Grafton, 20 February 1993 “Fred Hollows said a woman has her moment when she gives birth, and a man when he dies”, said Rick Doolan, reflecting. Fred Hollows had died just hours earlier, drawing Rick to again face…

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Screaming Jets in 1992 with New EV System

16 Jan 2018

HISTORY – Here’s a sample of some evocative writing from Connections Magazine – now CX Magazine – that readers have become used to, as Julius Grafton previewed in 1993 a new front loaded EV PA system used for the first time by The Screaming Jets. “The long hot afternoons just before Christmas are murder when…

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