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Funky Junk Helps Steve Honest Fulfil A Life Long Ambition

If you were a music professional who already owned a house, a car and even a two studio recording complex, what would be the next item topping your wish list?

For recordist Steve Honest, the owner of Rock of London Studios in Shoreditch, the answer was easy: a vintage Fairchild 670 compressor dating from the late 1950s. Finding one, though, was more difficult – and for that Honest needed the help of specialist audio equipment supplier Funky Junk.

“I’ve always wanted to have my own Fairchild,” Honest says. “When I was younger I was fortunate enough to do sessions at Konk Studios and they had them. One of the engineers put a 670 across the output of the desk as he was making me a cassette to take home and the difference it made to the sound was amazing. It was so wide, open, full, dense and controlled that it seemed as though the Fairchild 670 was using sleight of hand with my ears. From that day on I was hooked.”

Honest is not alone in this sentiment. For studio gear aficionados, the Fairchild 670 is the ultimate compressor. The undisputed king of Tube limiting, it has 20 vacuum tubes and weighs in at 30 kilos, making it both the heaviest and the most expensive compressor in the world. It is also as rare as a hen’s tooth.

“Fairchilds had been on my mind since the late 1980s, but I had other things to buy at the time,” Steve explains. “Then about three years ago I started putting the feelers out in earnest, but although a couple of units came up I wasn’t happy about the source they were coming from. For such a costly purchase I wanted to be sure that I could get proper after sales support if I needed it – and that’s where Funky Junk came in.”

In 2012, Honest learned that Funky Junk Paris was about to take delivery of a Fairchild 660 compressor – a mono version of the much loved 670 – so he snapped it up and put it to work straight away.

“I used it on everything – bass, kick drum, guitars, vocals horns – the lot,” he says. “After a couple of weeks I couldn’t hear what was so special about it anymore, so I stopped using it. Suddenly everything seemed flat and boring, with no tone, density or power, so I plugged it straight back in again. That’s what I mean about Fairchild sleight of hand.”

Although he was delighted with his Fairchild 660, Honest still wanted a 670 and so the search continued. Earlier this year he lost out on a unit in Germany, so he was really delighted when Adam Crowe at Funky Junk London called to say they had one.

“I bought it on the spot,” he says, “and it’s now in Rock of London where it is performing beautifully. With both compressors, Funky Junk had done all the checks and servicing pre delivery, so they were in good working order when they arrived.”

Owning vintage gear does bring its own set of issues, not least the problem of finding spare parts when things need replacing. But Honest says that when he buys from Funky Junk he also gets peace of mind because everything comes with a warranty, and Funky’s technicians are there to help if anything does go wrong.

“I’ve been dealing with Funky Junk for years because they are great people to work with,” he adds. “It doesn’t matter which branch you are talking to – London, Paris or Milan – it’s always a two-way conversation because they listen to what you want, remember what gear you are looking for and alert you if anything of interest comes along. I’d say more than 60% of the gear I use has come via Funky Junk – and that list includes some really lovely vintage pieces such as a 1960 Telefunken U47, a pair of Neumann KM84s, a racked pair of Neve 33135 channel strips and a really punchy Neve 33609 compressor. And, of course, there are Rock of London’s two consoles – a Neve 66 desk, which Funky Junk installed, and an SSL 4000E, which was lovingly restored by Bob Stewart who Funky Junk introduced me to.”

Since starting as a session musician in the mid-1970s, Steve Honest has held many roles within the music recording industry, including that of studio owner. He opened his first studio in Hoxton in 1981 and continues to be involved in studios because he enjoys watching songs take shape and come to life.

“As I have spent the last decade supporting the idea of self-release, I tend to offer my studio and services to artists that want to make their own records and release them themselves,” he explains. “My prices facilitate people who don’t have huge budgets, but who do know you can’t make a big sounding record on your laptop. I do some label work, but supporting the emerging self-releasing artist is what I am about.”

Most recently Honest has been working on two projects with guitar virtuoso Colin Pollock and recording Maddy Carthy, one of a number of artists who are currently keeping Rock of London busy.

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About Funky Junk:
Funky Junk is Europe’s leading supplier of new and refurbished professional recording equipment and services. It has offices in London, Paris, Milan and Spain and has been in business for over 20 years. The company is renowned for its high level technical knowledge, backed by extensive workshop facilities. As well as handling sales and repairs, Funky Junk also acts as a distributor to a number of equipment brands and deals with their service and warranty.
For more information please visit www.funky-junk.com

HARMAN’s Martin MAC Viper Quadray™ – Four Times the Excitement

AARHUS, Denmark — As HARMAN’s Martin continues to provide the brightest and most reliable professional lighting equipment to the industry, today, it’s new MAC Viper Quadray is officially launched, adding to Martin’s award-winning MAC Viper Family of moving heads. This unique, multi-beam luminaire has been deployed on international tours, including the Sarah Brightman tour with lighting design by Andi Watson, and Pitbull with lighting design by Justin Geiger.

The MAC Viper Quadray allows for the projection of four individually controllable rays of light – a new effect providing a unique aspect to any show.

An efficient effects engine provides designers and programmers the ability to create a whole new variety of looks that would otherwise be difficult or even impossible to program via a lighting console.

The MAC Viper Quadray houses a narrow-range zoom and includes the same high-quality feature set as the MAC Viper AirFX, including a vibrant color mixing system and stunning aerial designs. Additionally, it features the same compact form, impressive speed and superior light quality from the MAC Viper Family’s 1000-watt lamp.

The MAC Viper Quadray is available as an easy-to-install front lens replacement kit for any standard MAC Viper AirFX. The lens kit installs (and uninstalls) quickly, providing flexibility of use and greater value from a single luminaire.

“The ability to individually maneuver and manipulate up to four beams from a single luminaire provides designers new possibilities in static or dynamic mid-air effects,” stated Brian Friborg, President, Martin US. “For the end user, Quadray provides another great lighting tool, as well as increasing the rental house benefits from added flexibility and enhanced value for their MAC Viper AirFX portfolio.”

For more information on The MAC Viper Quarday, please visit http://bitly.com/MACViperQuadrayOnYouYube

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Hosts HOT Labs Sessions at WFX 2013

DALLAS, Texas – At WFX 2013, HARMAN’s Soundcraft is hosting sessions at the HOT (Hands-On Training) Labs titled, “Introduction to Mixing with Digital Consoles.” Conducted by Katy Templeman-Holmes of Soundcraft Studer, the sessions will enable attendees to learn the fundamental differences between analog and digital consoles and the benefits of switching to digital. The sessions will be held daily from October 2-4.

HOT Labs provides live educational sessions for professionals and volunteers in the house of worship industry. Attendees of the “Introduction to Mixing with Digital Consoles” sessions will get first-hand experience working on Soundcraft’s industry-leading Si Expression and Si Performer digital consoles. A Studer Vista 1 digital console is also available for attendees to train on.

“As so many houses of worship rely on volunteer staff to control their A/V systems, ease of use is a priority for any piece of technology, and our HOT Labs sessions will show how easy digital consoles are to use, and more specifically, will demonstrate the ease of use of Soundcraft’s Si Expression and Si Performer consoles,” Templeman-Holmes said. “Moreover, these consoles provide world-class audio quality that can meet the demands of any professional in the house of worship industry, so all WFX attendees will find value in these sessions.”

The “Introduction to Mixing with Digital Consoles” sessions will be held in Room C143 of the Dallas Convention Center on the following dates/times:
• October 2—3:45-4:45 PM
• October 3—4:15-5:15 PM
• October 4—8:45-9:45 AM

Soundcraft Si Series training is also available at WFX between HOT sessions.

For more information, please visit usa.soundcraft.com

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

HARMAN’s Crown Now Offers Online Certification Program for I-Tech HD Series Amps

ELKHART, Indiana — HARMAN’s Crown Audio today announced that it now offers an online certification program for its I-Tech HD Series amplifiers. The program is free of charge and provides two levels of certification: Basic, which trains users on basic features of the amplifiers, and Advanced, which enables power users to get the most out of their I-Tech HD purchase.

The course is available online at: http://www.crownaudio.com/usa/amplifiers/i-tech-hd-series.html. Simply click on the blue “Test Your Knowledge” icon at the right of the screen to register for the Basic or Advanced test. Once registered, users may take the tests in one sitting or save their progress and resume the test at a later date.

“Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers are the most technologically advanced amplifiers on the market today, and offer highly flexible configuration and control options,” noted Brian Pickowitz, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “Our Online Certification Program gives users the knowledge they need to ‘dig deep’ into the amplifiers’ extensive capabilities and optimize the performance of I-Tech HD Series amplifiers for any live sound system application.

Once logged on, participants will be asked a series of questions about the I-Tech HD Series amplifiers. The questions encompass a variety of topics including: types of features and connectivity options, DSP and preset memory capabilities, interfacing with other system components and software and many other areas.

Participants must receive an 80 percent or better correct score to successfully complete the tests. There are no time limits and users can take the tests as many times as they’d like. Once they pass the tests, they will receive a downloadable Certificate of Completion.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

SunBriteTV Announces Best Seat in the House Consumer Rebate Promotion Through End of Year

THOUSAND OAKS, California – Now that football season has kicked off, there’s no better place than outside to watch every game. And there’s no better time than now to invest in an outdoor television, thanks to SunBriteTV’s new Best Seat in the House consumer rebate program.

Consumers will be eligible to receive $300 back on SunBriteTV’s Signature Series model 4660HD ($2,795), the best-selling outdoor television in the world. A rebate for the 5565HD ($3,995) and 6560HD ($6,995) is also available for $400.

This touchdown of a deal is available now throughout Dec. 31- the world’s best outdoor television just got even better!

“Nothing compares to watching football outdoors,” says Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “With the Best Seat in the House promotion, football fans across the country can choose to save money or upgrade to a larger screen. There’s never been a better time to invest in an outdoor TV!”

Every SunBriteTV includes a 2-year warranty, a weatherproof remote, and a built-in 20-watt sound system. Optional accessories include a variety of wall-, ceiling- or pole-mount installation solutions, dust covers and FM Radio.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

SunBriteTV Announces Best Seat in the House Consumer Rebate Promotion for 4th Quarter

DENVER, Colorado – Now that football season has kicked off, there’s no better place than outside to watch every game. And there’s no better time than now to invest in an outdoor television, thanks to SunBriteTV’s new Best Seat in the House consumer rebate program.

Starting October 1 and running through the end of the year, consumers will be eligible to receive $300 back on SunBriteTV’s Signature Series model 4660HD ($2,795), the best-selling outdoor television in the world. A rebate for the 5560HD ($3,995) and 6560HD ($6,995) is also available for $400.

“Nothing compares to watching football outdoors,” says Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “With the Best Seat in the House promotion, football fans across the country can choose to save money or upgrade to a larger screen. There’s never been a better time to invest in an outdoor TV!”

Dealers should be just as excited as football-loving SunBriteTV customers on this touchdown of a deal. Watch sales continue to drive deep into winter all the while retaining full retail prices and gross margins!

Both dealers and consumers alike should visit SunBriteTV at CEDIA booth #2904 to learn more about how to take full advantage of the Best Seat in the House rebate program.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

SunBriteTV Breaks the Wireless HD Barrier

DENVER, Colorado – SunBriteTV, manufacturer of the best-selling outdoor television in the world, is breaking the wireless HD barrier with a universal outdoor transmitter module for both residential and commercial applications.

Completely weatherproof and wireless, the SunBriteTV Wireless HD Transceiver (SB-HDMIWT) is capable of transmitting full 1080p HD content to any SunBriteTV within range of 150 feet via an HDMI-in and HDMI-out transceiver. The peripheral device is compatible with all SunBriteTV models as well as other HDMI-featured products.

Visit CEDIA booth #2904 for full pricing and availability details on SunBriteTV’s new peripheral that makes wireless HDMI attainable right in your backyard, in the best seat in the house!

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

Christie and Display Development Partner at CEDIA Expo 2013

Christie® and Display Development are partnering at CEDIA Expo 2013, taking place September 26-28 in Denver. The show’s theme: “Evolving Technologies in the Integrated Home” will highlight the executable tools and the right type of focused resources to help users adapt and evolve their business and own the network and the home.

Christie M Series Projector


Among the systems at Display Development’s booth # 3812 are various projection displays, as well as high definition flat panel solutions that can be installed both in-ceiling, in-wall, and out-of-doors, even in harsh environments.

Featured solutions include the Christie M Series 3-chip DLP® projectors and the Christie FHD551-W outdoor flat panel, a weather-resistant display with optically-bonded glass that allows for countless signage possibilities both indoors and outdoors. The Christie FHD551-X 55-inch high definition flat panel with ultra-narrow bezels for a near-seamless display and the optional Corning® Gorilla® Glass will also be a highlight.

Combining unparalleled image quality with a low cost of ownership, the versatile Christie M Series of 3-chip DLP® projectors delivers exceptional results in numerous applications. Available with WXGA, SX+, HD and WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution while providing up to 10,000:1 contrast ratio, the industry-leading and dependable Christie M Series also feature Christie Twist, which enables edge-blending and warping.

Rugged and versatile, the 55-inch Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W, a professional grade full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) solution, is designed to perform in a wide range of applications including outdoor sporting venues, outdoor live events, theme parks, wayfinding, resorts, transportation, and other outdoor environments not typically applicable with standard LCD panels.

Ideal for a variety of large-format, tiled display wall applications, the Christie® FHD551-X is a professional grade LCD flat panel with full HD resolution, an ultra-narrow bezel and an energy-efficient LED backlight.

The partnership also includes the Christie CP4230 DLP® Digital Cinema® projector. Fully DCI compliant, the Christie CP4200 platform is the only 4K DLP® solution able to provide the world’s most brilliant 3D images, the highest level of content security, and the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance.

“Display Development is recognized for its striking and architecturally elegant solutions to residential display systems that exceed the expectations of even the most discerning clients,” said Bryan Boehme, senior sales manager, Christie. “Christie is pleased to provide its award-winning digital projectors and flat-panels to help expand Display Development’s offering with a new series of superior visual displays that combine the company’s technical and design expertise with the power and performance of Christie digital solutions.”

Christie technology will also be at the Stewart Filmscreen booth with a Christie D4K2560 on display while the show’s Digital Cinema demonstration area features the Christie CP4230.

SunBriteTV And Soundcast Systems, Leaders In Outdoor Entertainment, Launch The Outdoor Entertainment Alliance (OEA) At CEDIA

DENVER, Colorado – CEDIA marks the official debut of the Outdoor Entertainment Alliance (OEA), founded by SunBriteTV and Soundcast Systems. Bringing together the best outdoor televisions and the highest caliber wireless outdoor audio systems, the OEA was formed to prove that the best seat in the house is really outdoors!

The OEA aims to dramatically increase consumer awareness of the outdoor entertainment phenomenon through traditional marketing and social media outreach. In addition, the OEA will establish and position outdoor entertainment products as a viable, standalone category in the retail space.

The OEA joins forces and pools resources to promote the excitement and fun that innovative outdoor products and technologies can bring to the outdoor living experience. Planned activities will include:

• Consumer cross-promotions
• National co-advertising campaigns
• Co-merchandising with key retailers
• Joint PR activities and events
• Promotional event co-marketing
• Co-sponsorships of charitable and philanthropic activities/events

SunBriteTV, manufacturer of the world’s best-selling outdoor television, offers a range of fully weatherproof screens and displays for residential enjoyment or commercial applications. Functional in temperatures spanning -24° to 122° F and featuring anti-reflective screens capable of delivering high-quality images any time of day or night, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions are the perfect centerpiece for any outdoor family entertainment zone.

Soundcast Systems’ high-performance wireless audio products and music systems are weather-resistant and can withstand exposure to the elements, including moisture, humidity and sunlight/UV. The systems have a unique 360-degree omni-directional circular acoustic design and stereo sound stage for outdoor audio perfection. Soundcast offers long-range wireless systems with a broadcast range up to 300 feet that receive transmissions through walls, floors, and ceilings, and their new award-winning Bluetooth® portable system, Melody, with its sleek modern aesthetics and latest Bluetooth technology.

The combination of SunBriteTV and Soundcast Systems marks the first step in the Outdoor Entertainment Alliance goal of delivering the ultimate outdoor entertainment experience to consumers. Join the alliance and visit SunBriteTV at CEDIA booth #2904 for full details on pricing specials and discounts on SunBriteTV and Soundcast products.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

FSR’s DR-SOCK Provides Easy Cure for Pulling Cables

A “must have” for fast and simple cable installation

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR’s new DR-SOCK is a handy and affordable cable-pulling tool designed to simplify and accelerate every installation requiring cables and connectors.

A must-have for every installer’s toolbox, DR-SOCK is pre-assembled, easily accessible in frustration-proof packaging, and re-useable. It protects cables and connectors from being damaged by taking the stress off the connection points while pulling through a conduit. The design opens up to 1.25 inches, and features brightly colored sleeve tips to enable easy identification, and a steel ring to allow quick and positive attachment of a pull snake. DR-SOCK can be used to safely pull FSR’s new Digital Ribbon Cables as well as others with connector shells.

“DR-SOCK joins so many of our products that are designed to shorten installation time without compromising the integrity or quality of the project,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “This simple device pulls cables and connectors without damaging them, and will soon be a staple in every toolbox.”

DR-SOCK, like all FSR products, is made of durable materials in the USA.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

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