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Live, broadcast, install: A busy month for APG

APG has had a busy month, with its Uniline modular line array system chosen for recent live and broadcast audio applications, and MX1 cabinets installed in a medieval castle in France.

The UK’s Plus 4 Audio is one of three companies to have recently invested in APG in the past month, opting for a ‘sizeable’ Uniline modular line array system. Plus 4 Audio serves London Studios, Fountain Studios, Maidstone Studios and the BBC as well as various OB events with shows such as the Mercury Music Prize, Strictly Come Dancing, and new for 2012, The Voice, among others. The Uniline system, which is the first of its kind in the UK, adds to Plus 4’s existing APG inventory of DX12 compact monitor speakers purchased in September 2010. Plus 4 Audio’s system comprises 16 x UL210 two-way active line array loudspeakers; 8 x UL210D downfill speakers; 16 x TBS118S single 18” subs; 8 x UL115B bass loudspeakers and 4 x DMS26 digital loudspeaker processors. The Uniline system saw its first major event for Plus 4 Audio at the end of June, where it was deployed for the main stage of the MAD About Waddesdon festival, in Buckinghamshire. Plus 4’s Stewart Chaney (pictured) commented: “I’ve been looking at Uniline for a while now, and have always been attracted to its power-to-size ratio, which is very important in a TV studio environment. However, when APG launched the UL210D “downfill” element, which is actually a system in its own right, I started to believe that Uniline would be an extremely interesting addition to my rental stock. I was finally convinced by a trip to Paris where TV rental specialists, Silence! (very much the French equivalent of Plus 4 Audio) had deployed a Uniline system for the French version of The Voice. I was extremely impressed by the way in which the Uniline system adapted to all of the constraints thrown up by working in a TV studio and yet still sounded great.” APG says it is ‘a great honour’ that Silence! has invested in Uniline. The company supplies of AV equipment and services to the TV and live events market in France, and has a reputation for hiring in the appropriate equipment for the job in question – and even going so far as to build it if the right product doesn’t exist – rather than investing in a major inventory of PA rental stock. Silence!’s CEO, Gilles Hugo, confirmed: “It’s true that until now, we have limited our stock of PA equipment so that we are under no pressure to supply one brand over another. We supply what is best for the job or event concerned. However, having used the Uniline system to great effect on The Voice we started to re-evaluate.” The company invested in 12 x UL210 two-way active line array loudspeakers, 6 x UL210D downfill speakers, and 6 x UL115B and 6 x UL218S subs. Hugo added that with Uniline, Silence! is not just limited to TV studio shows: “We are convinced that the modularity and versatility of this system will guarantee and excellent level of profitability as it is capable of handling everything from small indoor shows right up to major outdoor festivals.” In a final bit of news, Benjamin Rosier of La Puce a l’Oreille – an organization described as a “collective” of experienced sound engineers, sound editors, musicians and sound mixers based in Montreuil – chose APG’s MX1 cabinets for a discreet distributed sound system installed throughout the Château du Rivau in the Loire Valley. A massive restoration campaign has been underway since 1992, and Rosier and the collective were tasked with bringing the chateau to life by recreating the sound palette of life in a medieval castle. Working with project designer Nicolas Soulabail to create the soundtracks, Rosier opted for a system based on a total of fourteen MX1 compact 6.5” coaxial cabinets, all with custom paint finishes in order to blend seamlessly into the environment. “It’s a really nice installation that does exactly what the chateau owners required of it,” said Rosier. “Excellent quality sound throughout and as visually unobtrusive as humanly possible!”