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SOUND EVENT DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL: SSE AUDIO SSE again provided its highly acclaimed L-Acoustics K1 system for the hugely popular hard rock show in June this year at Donington Park, UK. The festival welcomed acts such as AC/DC and Them Crooked Vultures.


SOUNDCRAFT VI1 The Vi1 is a new addition to the Vi series of live sound consoles. Despite being smaller and lower-priced, it offers the same sound quality and many features of the bigger Vi desks, including Vistonics interface, Fader Glow, Lexicon effects engines, BSS Audio graphic eqs on all output busses and integral dynamics on all channels.

BEST LIVE SOUND ENGINEER ‘BIG’ MICK HUGHES Hughes is a widely acclaimed British sound engineer who has mixed Metallica at every one of the more than 1,500 shows they have performed since their November 1984 tour of Europe. His skills at FOH are often praised by his fellow engineers.

BEST NEW INSTALLATION PRODUCT FULL FAT AUDIO F60Q The F60Q four-channel Class D amplifier is manufactured for Funktion One by FFA in England. It delivers 1,500W per channel into four Ohms and is considered ‘sonically excellent’ by Funktion One and a number of installers.


BEST NEW STUDIO PRODUCT NEVE PORTICO II CHANNEL: RUPERT NEVE DESIGNS The Portico II is a self-powered 2U channel strip module featuring a mic preamplifier, four-band eq, compressor/limiter, ‘texture’ control and level metering. It has become one of the most popular pieces of studio outboard.


BEST STUDIO ENGINEER RAY STAFF Staff is a highly regarded mastering engineer known for work with an impressive list of seminal artists, such as The Clash and Black Sabbath and more recently for Muse and Corinne Bailey Rae. He was the only mastering engineer to make the finals in this category.


THE PROMS: SIS LIVE SIS Live provides the television coverage for the BBC Proms, which enjoyed a record-breaking season last year when more than 12 million viewers watched the shows. This year the firm covered more than 25 concerts, including the First and Last Night of the Proms.

The Mic Store is a new online retailer, dedicated to microphones, that aims to simplify the process of choosing the correct mic. It has expert advisors on hand to discuss all manner of miking requirements with customers.

MOST INNOVATIVE INSTALLATION CIRQUE DE SOLEIL’S VIVA ELVIS AT ARIA RESORT & CASINO: OPTOCORE Optocore designed and installed its largest single ring network so far for Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis production in Las Vegas. At the request of Cirque du Soleil, Optocore enhanced the system to provide for multiple clients in a server-based topology, to meet the needs of the production.

BEST NEW COMPANY JOE CO With its first product, the Blackbox Recorder, Joe Co has revolutionised live music recording with a multi-track hard disk recorder that plugs into any standard live mixing console via the normal insert points.

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BEST AFTER-SALES SUPPORT SENNHEISER UK Sennhesier UK has worked tirelessly at concerts and festivals around Britain in recent times, providing complementary support and backup of all descriptions for Sennhesier products, customers and artists.

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