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Group Technologies brings the big personalities to EnTech ‘06

Personalities were the name of the game for Group Technologies (GT) at the 2006 Australian EnTech Entertainment and Technologies trade exhibition. A freebie bar, a new product model, or even two minutes with a company rep can sometimes reward the usual negotiation of the maze of black boxes at industry trade shows. The centre of the GT maze sported not just a load of new models, but some international industry heavyweights as well.

Deputations from Camco, DiGiCo, Nexo and RCF made the long-haul flight from Europe to meet and parley with their Australian product users. It was pretty enlightening for a Camco amplifier owner to get the new control software lecture from the company’s founder Reiner Sassmann, or to get the DiGiCo D1-Live demo from Bob Doyle, the head of DiGiCo.

Drew Menard shows John Buchanon the DiGiCo D5-Live
Drew Menard shows John Buchanon the DiGiCo D5-Live

The new, and long awaited, Nexo Geo-D and PS12 tangential array was a hit and nobody was more ready to talk about it than Denis Baudier the General Manager of Nexo and Nicolas Kirsch. Australia was the first country to get a preview of the two new Nexo models. The Geo-D and the PS12 tangential array boxes will be officially released at the Frankfurt Pro Light and sound show in late March. This line up now completes the Geo series range, which now covers every possible acoustically unfriendly venue and stadium environment.

Drew Menard shows John Buchanon the DiGiCo D5-Live
Nicholas Kirsch from Nexo (right)

DiGiCo owner and worldwide industry legend Bob Doyle was pumping out the DiGiCo message of, “All digital desks should be as user-friendly, stable, easily up-gradable and sonically pleasing as this desk is”. DiGiCo’s James Gordon and GT’s new Professional Products specialist, Drew Menard, ably assisted him. There have now been 17 DiGiCo consoles sold into Australia by Group Technologies within the last 12 months, with this number is set to double within the next 12-14 months, showing that the digital revolution is upon us.  The anonymous editor just thinks they’re popular because analogue-loving dinosaurs like him can just walk up and use them.

Drew Menard shows John Buchanon the DiGiCo D5-Live
DiGiCo’s James Gordon (left) and friends

RCF’s Federico Lugli had a captive audience for the new RCF products including the recently released 4PRO powered fold-back monitors (3002SMA) and the classy Monitor-Q contractor range. The multi-way timber thing has been catching on with users discovering the 4PRO 6001 as a compact and easy solution for both live production and large-scale installation. Federico advised us to get ready for some exciting developments to be released at Frankfurt from RCF.

Drew Menard shows John Buchanon the DiGiCo D5-Live
The display of new and existing RCF products at EnTech
Drew Menard shows John Buchanon the DiGiCo D5-Live
Federico Lugli from RCF and Chris from Melbourne's Rent-a-Rig are two Italians on a mission

Camco company founder, Reiner Sassmann, along with Mick and Lesley Anderson provided demos from the high-tech amplifier manufacturer, including new control software and plug-in controller cards helping to make the Camco technology edge look even further in front of the rest.

Quest Engineering was there of course, with all new models across the range, though some of them will not be available until after the Frankfurt show.

Drew Menard shows John Buchanon the DiGiCo D5-Live
Noel Anthony from Wild Gravity spending time at EnTech

All in all, it was a great show for audio enthusiasts and GT would like to thank it’s many suppliers and supporters for attending. Believe us when we say the Audio Industry will all be in for a bumper 2006.

Below are some more images of the GT stand and some of the people passing by…

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