SoundPro’19 Insider #2 Bubblebee, Manfrotto, Sound Network, Sound-Link, VDB
Posted on: Friday 11th of October 2019
The Resolution newsletter brings you the second outing of information and insight from some of the exhibitors who you can meet at the SoundPro’19 event on October 26thin Chiswick Town Hall, London W4 4JN. We have nearly 30 exhibitors lined up to show your their exciting kit. Meanwhile, here’s the (sponsored) lowdown on a handful of the brands…
At SoundPro’19, Sound-Link will be showing– for the very first time in the UK – the new AETA eScoopFone smartphone codec App. “This new codec is perfect for spontaneous and flexible news gathering,” says Sound-Link’s John Willett. “We will also have the AETA ScoopTEAM which is fast becoming the commentary codec of choice for many international sports broadcasters. Uniquely, AETA codecs have a ‘Remote Access’ option enabling a codec to be fully remotely controlled anywhere in the world; very useful in case the journalist on-site needs support from a technician in the Master Control Room. All AETA codecs come with a SIP account as standard.”
Sound-Link will also have a selection of Microtech Gefell’s broadcast microphones on display. Willett: “The M 930 is one of the very best for on-air radio use and for Voice Over artists.”
Sound-Link is the official UK distributors for Microtech Gefell mics, AETA Audio codecs, ME- Geithain monitors, HUM Audio ribbon microphones, the Håkan Pop Killer and True Phantom.
Founded by Stéphane van den Bergh, VDB is the first manufacturer of boompoles in carbon fibre which revolutionised the market in 1984. They are recognised worldwide for their light weight, rigidity, reduced bulk and low microphonics. Coming straight from the imagination of their creator for his personal use as a boom operator and film sound recorder, the design has one purpose: “Leverage the sound recorder’s talent by facilitating their life.”
VDB’s historical standards include: the most recent carbon fibre technology for the best lightness and strength of the market; the 6-section design for an increased length and greater rigidity when expanded while reducing the collapsed size; reduced hand noise through specific treatment of carbon tubes; and noiseless sliding achieved through precision machine pieces.
“Our six models cover all the needs of users, while making travelling and storage easier,” says Stéphane.
An internal cabling option is available on all models: straight or coiled, stereo or mono. Cables can be set-up and removed without any technical intervention needed, thanks to the easy dismantling system.
“All other accessories, such as our classic rubber-heel or XLR-side-heel, are common to all models avoiding multiplied purchased items,” says Van den Bergh.
At SoundPro’19, visitors can handle and test the Quarter-Turn boompole range, benefiting from an innovative collar system for locking and loosening the pole by a – guess what? – quarter-hand turn, unique in the market.
First shown at SoundPro’18, Bubblebee Industries’ Sidekick In-Ear Monitor has been making steady waves in the television and film industry due to its tiny footprint and flexible, robust cable options. “If you haven’t tried it yet, experience the magic for yourself at SoundPro2019 as Bubblebee Industries founder and CEO Poul Mejer whispers sweet nothings directly into your ear from the other side of the room,” suggests Bubblebee’s Caleb Hill.
The Sidekick is an invisible communications earpiece designed to deliver “the ultimate IFB and comms experience” in both comfort and intelligibility. It features the world’s first micro driver solution for wireless IEM/IFB receivers, where the driver itself fits entirely in the ear canal and is totally invisible. “You can also select exactly how much of your environment you would like to attenuate with its selection of different eartips,” adds Hill.
With its extremely small and lightweight footprint, The Sidekick is able to be worn for up to 20-hour shifts with no fatigue or discomfort, says Bubblebee. “If you’ve heard whispers in the industry, use this opportunity to check its compatibility with your wireless IEM/IFB receivers and view all the available options at Bubblebee’s stand this year.”
“Sound Network will be rolling out the prototype of our new iPad-tastic display stand replete with things to listen to and look at, plus – of course – a host of DPA microphones,” says Sound Network operations director Mat Wandless.
“The star of the show is still the 6060/61 which is finally in full production with the delivery delays we experienced last year a thing of the past. If you haven’t had the chance to try them yourself, don’t just take our word for it: here’s how Simon Hayes used the mic to solve some problems on Danny Boyle’s Yesterday. We look forward to seeing you at the show!”
“Manfrotto’s unrivalled experience combines innovative design with advanced production technology to offer the most comprehensive range of professional support solutions serving audio professionals around the world,” says Manfrotto’s Mark Langley.
“Whether it be a stand, boom, clamp, arm or bracket Manfrotto has the solution. Used individually or in combination with each other, Manfrotto’s extensive range of high-performance products reliably ensure the safe and secure positioning of your audio equipment.”
At SoundPro’19, Manfrotto will be showing many of its well-established industry favourites including the original Super Clamp, along with the renowned Magic Arm and Micro Arm.
“In addition to the arms and brackets we will also be showing our range of stands including the exciting new Carbon Nanopole stand,” says Langley.
Weighing in at 750g with a folded length of just 50cm and a removable centre column boom, the Carbon Nanopole “could become the industry standard for space and weight conscious professionals on the move”.