Electric shock for Duran Audio staff

HOLLAND: On the evening of Wednesday December 12th, there was a power failure in the Zaltbommel area that was caused by one of the world's most formidable war machines, an Apache helicopter. Just after 7pm The Royal Netherlands Air Force helicopter touched power cables crossing the River Waal, part of the Rhine, causing a loss of power to over 50,000 households and many local business's, including Duran Audio's factory, reports PSN-e.
Author:
Publish date:
Updated on

HOLLAND: On the evening of Wednesday December 12th, there was a power failure in the Zaltbommel area that was caused by one of the world's most formidable war machines, an Apache helicopter. Just after 7pm The Royal Netherlands Air Force helicopter touched power cables crossing the River Waal, part of the Rhine, causing a loss of power to over 50,000 households and many local business's, including Duran Audio's factory, reports PSN-e.

Gerrit Duran, founder and president of Duran Audio commented, "I was at home on Wednesday evening when I heard a strange low frequency sound. I went outside to investigate and to my amazement I saw an Apache helicopter with its searchlights activated looking for a clear space to land! Shortly afterwards the alarm company rang to tell me that there had been a power loss at the factory and the news reports started coming in on the TV. It soon became clear what had happened."

For employees who live locally, many of them are without power or heating. Early indications are that the power will be restored today, so hopefully it will be business as usual.

Web » www.duran-audio.com

Related

TSL expands, adds staff, introduces new audio monitoring unit

UK: Broadcast integration company TSL has announced a host of new appointments and a series of organisational changes at its headquarters in Maidenhead. The developments were along with the release of the AMU1-CHD Dolby, described by TSL as "the world's first 1080P compatible audio monitoring unit", writes David Davies.

Protape seeks a 'greener future' with new electrically-powered van

UK: Following PSN-e 57's coverage of ecologically-minded new measures by software company McDSP (read more), this week brings news that Soho-based professional media supplier Protape has been working on ways to make its business more environmentally sound. The first fruit of the Sony and Avastor authorised distributor's new approach is a _11,000 electrically-powered vehicle for deliveries in Inner London, reports PSN-e.

Electric Mastering in running for TEC Award

UK: The London facility has been acknowledged for its work on Feist's '1234', writes David Davies. A global chart hit in early 2008, '1234' - along with the rest of its parent album, The Reminder - was mastered by Mandy Parnell at Electric Mastering. In the wake of four Grammy nominations earlier this year, the song has now been nominated for a Technical Excellence & Creative Award in the Record Production/Single or Track Category at the TEC Awards.

Manufacturing restructure at Soundcraft

Soundcraft has announced the loss of 71 jobs at its factory and headquarters in Potters Bar, UK, due to "business restructuring", reports Dave Robinson. The positions - related to manufacturing of the digital (Si and Vi series) consoles - will be terminated on 31st December.

Stage Electrics' product overview sessions begin today

UK: Sound, lighting and staging equipment supplier Stage Electrics has announced plans to host a series of product overview sessions at its branches across the UK this spring. Set to be of the greatest potential interest to PSN-e readers are the events involving Yamaha (starting today at Stage Electrics' Bristol branch, pictured here) and Roland (April), writes David Davies.

A. C. Lighting audio division tapped by Powersoft for UK distribution

UK: The audio division of A.C. Lighting has been appointed as an authorised UK distributor for the Powersoft pro-audio power amplifier range. A.C. Audio was selected as one of only four distribution partners in collaboration with Sennheiser UK, based on criteria including distribution capability, stock holding facility and reputation for providing "elite products" and customer support, reports David Davies.

Pro-audio in full flow at ISE

HOLLAND: Soundcraft was among the many manufacturers launching new products at this year's show, writes David Davies. The Harman Pro company unveiled a new addition to the Si Series of digital consoles: the Si2. Lab.gruppen and Klein+Hummel also showcased new products at the show, which attracted 24,912 visitors (subject to finalisation) - 11% more than the 2008 edition.