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Leading UK Hire Company Buys Into APB-DynaSonics

Andy Simmons & Ray LowtonLondon, England––Completing what had become a personal odyssey, Ray Lowton, head of sound for Show Presentation Services in West London recently purchased three high performance Spectra 24 channel consoles and five of the small-format ProRack House consoles––designed and manufactured by US masters of the analog desk: APB-DynaSonics.

Asked about the purchase, Lowton explains, “Finding a reasonably-priced, good-quality analog desk has been an interesting process. The discovery of APB was hard won and now we will con-tinue to buy into the brand––particularly the ProRack House mixer which I see becoming a great workhorse desk due to its size––which packs a lot of facilities, and the audio quality.?

SPS is a leading live event agency, based in the UK and operating throughout Europe. Their cli-ents are companies operating in financial services and telecoms; marketing and advertising; through to manufacturing and entertainment. They provide expert advice on all aspects of video staging and production, sound, lighting, IT systems, audience interaction and presentation techniques.

Neither Luddite nor stranger to change, Ray Lowton has witnessed and embraced the progress of audio technology since he first started over 40 years ago: “The industry has sort of been in-vented around us all in a way: when I started pa systems were very much in their infancy!?

Yet he will use analog for a long time to come: “I’m not anti-digital but I am ‘pro’ audio and still very much a fan of analog systems because they generally give a warmer sound, you sometimes get the impression that people are blinded by gadgets and they don’t actually use their ears!?

His odyssey eventually culminated at last year’s ProLight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt: “I went specifically to look for a desk to replace existing stock that were reaching the end of their working life. A lot of what we do is very quick build, one-off events, so I wanted a simple sys-tem – and the simplest thing in the world is to use an analogue board in the right way.

“All I could find in the required price range were digital desks. Finally, just before I was about to leave for the airport, in desperation I asked someone, who pointed me towards APB.

“As soon as the headphones were on I just knew it’s a quality thing! The Spectra series and the ProRack House are great desks – as you’d expect from such a well known and respected R&D team with the pedigree to match?
The award-winning Spectra series analogue consoles from APB-DynaSonics are designed to of-fer truly exceptional sound quality. The VCA-based models are available with 24, 32, 40, 48 and 56 mono input channels and feature four additional stereo line-input channels.

The APB ProRack’s audio design is based on the Spectra Series and includes the use of minimum phase-shift circuitry, expressive EQ and integrated mic preamplifiers. The wealth of profes-sional features and exceptional performance is eased into a small-format 10-rack space. The chassis design features an adjustable connector assembly that freely rotates and can be set to three different angles relative to the front panel.

APB-DynaSonics is dedicated to the design and manufacture of superior quality analog mixing consoles, rackmount mixers and related products. For more information, please call 973.785.1101 or visit us as www.apb-dynasonics.com.
Photo Caption: KV2 Audio’s Andy Simmons and Ray Lowton, head of sound at SPS, pictured with a small-format APB ProRack House console and an APB Spectra 24channel console.

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