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WELCOME TO FILTER 10

Trade exhibitions mean lots of new products are on their way

Welcome to the tenth edition of Filter, we are pleased it has made it this far and we always have fun putting together the content for each edition. This time around we have a bit of a wrap up of the Group Technologies presence at this year’s EnTech, and as one would expect, there are lots of new products on the way. With Frankfurt getting closer, we anticipate many new products to hit your screens via Filter. It’s gonna get busy in here.

There are quite a few new Quest products featured in Filter Ten, along with a ripper powered foldback wedge from RCF. We also check out the production requirements for a rocking Melbourne gig, a great looking and awesome sounding bar, and finally we get in the head of young gun Tom Allen, who has made the move to digital mixing consoles, and as a consequence his business has just gone +4dB.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Filter.

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On Location
A new phase for Phase 1 Audio
Group Technologies brings the big personalities to EnTech ‘06

Personalities were the name of the game for Group Technologies at the 2006 Australian EnTech Entertainment and Technologies trade exhibition. The centre of the GT exhibition sported not just a load of new models, but some mighty international industry heavyweights

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The new RCF 4PRO SM3002a: Powered fold-back… seriously
The new RCF 4PRO SM3002a: Powered fold-back… seriously

Finally, someone has developed a commercially available, purpose-designed, powered fold-back wedge that doesn’t cost the earth. If you are having trouble coming to terms with that statement, then read on to learn about the hot new RCF powered fold-back, the 4PRO 3002SMA

 
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Pro Light & Sound rock hard with RCF and Airbourne
Pro Light & Sound rock hard with RCF and Airbourne

At a recent performance, from new rock darlings Airbourne, Melbourne’s DJ nightclub specialists Pro Light & Sound proved they have the experience and gear to help put on a rock solid show. Read about the production details for Airbourne at the Beat Magazine Christmas BBQ

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The new model Quest QSA200i: When size and sound means everything
The new model Quest QSA200i: When size and sound means everything

The Quest QSA200 was always considered a great little powered speaker package. Well the QSA 200 just got a whole lot more pro with the introduction of an updated model, the QSA200i. The price hasn’t of course; they’re still priced at the base-end of the pro-products market, but a complete revision has seen a number of improvements with the new Quest factory aiming high

Looking good & sounding great
There’s quite a sound collection at The Collective
There’s quite a sound collection at The Collective

Is this the best sound in Elwood? The Collective is a bar/restaurant situated in a central beachside suburb close to Melbourne’s popular St Kilda. This venue appears to have more Nexo PS8 boxes per patron than any other venue in Australia and you can really hear them

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Q-Motion is moving portable sound to new heights
Q-Motion is moving portable sound to new heights

Did you hear the Canadian winter story about the Volvo driver who was knocked unconscious when a frozen squirrel came flying through the windscreen? No time for jokes? Well Quest have been busy designing a range of new products and one of the most impressive to hit the market is this one… This story takes the prize for most bizarre introductions. Once you past the frozen squirrel you will find out more on the new Quest Q-Motion

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Paradiddle Productions is Para D1-Live
Paradiddle Productions is Para D1-Live

Parradiddle Productions might not be a big name production company in Melbourne and a purchase of a new DiGiCo D1-Live Digital Mixing Console might seem bizarre for this small operation based in the Victorian country town of Daylesford. However making the jump to DiGico was a shrewd move for the owner Tom Allen. Read how the purchase has helped Tom hit the ground running in the digital revolution

 
     
 
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  Boring power amplifiers are banished by Quest Engineering
Boring power amplifiers are banished by Quest Engineering

EnTech 2006 saw the debut of the QA3004, the new power amplifier from Quest Engineering. For the price, this amp will wipe the floor with any mid-market amp and even surpass many of the big brand’s top models; that’s for sound, that is. As far as build quality goes, the war is over

 
     
 
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  Are you sick of making your own real microphone and speaker cables?
Are you sick of making your own real microphone and speaker cables?

Sommer Cable has a great range of top-quality pre-made microphone and speaker leads which are surprisingly great. Not only do they feature Neutrik connectors and the legendary Sommer cable, they are priced in such a way you probably cannot afford to overlook them. Get in to Sommer Cable Pre-Made Leads

 
     
 
- The birth of the array
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  Part 7 - So what about the stacks and racks of the future?
Part 7 - So what about the stacks and racks of the future?

The reality is that in 2006 most of the established audio brands build good products. They all pay homage in one or another ways to the technology that proceeded them. Along the way a few innovations appeared here and there and also clever ways of implementing the established technologies. But the times, they are a’changing

 
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