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Review: Soundcraft Vi7000

25 Feb 2016

Vying for attention? I’m pretty glad we installed a ramp in the loading dockhere at CX HQ, because it made getting the Vi7000 into our building a lot easier than it otherwise would be. Further helping the processalong was the modular nature of the Vi7000 – ours arrived in three distinct pieces. We reviewed the Vi3000 some months…

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Review: ClearCom FreeSpeak II

24 Dec 2015

Real freedom of speech ClearCom would have to be regarded as one of the main big players in the comms industry, and with a comprehensive array of product spanning wired and wireless pointto- point and partyline systems, it’s little wonder. The FreeSpeak platform has been around for long enough that it was time for an…

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The Solo – Fun times on the road

23 Dec 2015

Bands – ya gotta love em. Some of them take themselves so seriously – it’s not entertainment, it’s art. Others are far more pragmatic, seeing a pub gig simply as a means to an end (and whose end, you may well ask?), a way to keep a room full of drunks happy for three hours.…

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Adamson S Series Launch – a Big Day Out in Brooklyn

22 Dec 2015

Officially launched at ProLight+Sound 2015, Adamson System Engineering’s new sub-compact line array system, the S-Series, has finally made it to Australia. Proud distributor CMI was keen to show it off, and invited audio bods from around the nation to their Brooklyn, Victoria headquarters to hear it. David Doorman, Adamson’s Technical Director for Asia- Pacific, was on hand to talk tech, answer questions and play some…

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Review: Elation Cuepix Blinder WW4

21 Dec 2015

LED Blinder The humble audience blinder has been a mainstay of concert production since forever. Commonly found on front trusses, rear trusses, and scattered around stages, the tungsten blinder has certainly found a place in the world. But it’s not without some problems… A standard Molefay Duet uses a pair of 650W 120V Par 36…

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Roadskills: Robbie Williams

17 Dec 2015

It’s been barely twelve months since that cheeky little popstar Robbie Williams last toured the country with his Swing Both Ways show. This year he’s returned with his Let Me Entertain You tour, featuring a crowd pleasing parade of hits which combined with his charismatic, funny and mischievous stage presence, not to mention a consistently good voice, left the crowd consistently…

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Review: Clay Paky Mythos

16 Dec 2015

Compact hybrid fixture It’s no secret I have a lot of time for Clay Paky. I love how well the company does optics, and the Mythos is perhaps one of their neatest achievements yet. It’s a compact fixture with a 1,500 hour, 470W discharge lamp. Luminous flux is stated at 23,000lm, native colour temperature is…

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Vale David Grant

14 Dec 2015

This is inadequate, and will be replaced when more elegant words are available. David Grant died today from a brain tumor. In 1987, David Grant established David Grant Special Events after a career on the production side of theatre and television, then in advertising and journalism. DGSE helped pioneer the events industry and has remained…

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Norwest Sold

14 Dec 2015

UPDATED AT END: Leading Australasian live production supplier Norwest Productions (now known as NW Group) has been sold and restructured in a deal worth $27 million. The announcement reads: “NW Group management and Archer Growth completed a secondary buyout from AnaCacia in December 2015 following successful growth.” The deal provided AnaCacia Capital with a successful…

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THE MILL REPORT: IMPROMPTU ACOUSTIC TREATMENTS

14 Dec 2015

Often it’s the lack of experimentation with room treatment that leaves many a home recording sounding thin, resonant and harsh. Left unchecked, untreated room reflections can severely impact upon the clarity and focus of direct signals into a microphone, though initially this may be hard to judge. It’s often only when mix compression is applied…

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V.E.T. Training is Dead

11 Dec 2015

Forget about V.E.T. Courses – look to Higher Education instead Slowly the stories emerge about college recruiters stalking disadvantaged people at Centrelink, offering $50 cash and a laptop if they sign on for a ‘free’ Vocational Education and Training (V.E.T.) course. What happened next is astounding. The government would pay the college in full for…

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Library @ the Dock – Loud and Proud

10 Dec 2015

It’s become a Melbourne pastime to be disparaging about Docklands, the newly redeveloped waterfront precinct that’s home to vast gleaming towers and new business headquarters. Until now, it’s been missing a heart. That’s changed with the new library at Victoria Harbour, which is following the overseas trend of libraries becoming multifunction community meeting spaces with additional facilities like 3D printing and a recording studio. Library at the Dock stands out for…

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