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Article from The Mix, January 1995



Now the biggest musicians show in Britain, the London Music show was held on the 26/27 November at the Wembley Conference Centre, and was packed throughout the weekend. All the biggest names in the music manufacturing industry were there, and their stands were incredibly busy with musicians eager to see the latest products.

Andy Farmer of Spirit and Chris Kempster present Design Your Dream Desk competition winner Rob Hicklin with a Studio LC mixer.

The Spirit by Soundcraft stand was a hive of activity throughout the whole weekend. Not only was the new Powerstation powered mixer on display, but the Remix Competition, organised jointly by The Mix and Spirit, ensured a large crowd the whole time. With engineer James Reynolds (M People, The Shamen) judging the proceedings, the competition was very fierce. The eventual winner was Donna Dee, who walked away with a Folio Lite mixer for her troubles. Another winner on the Spirit stand was Rob Hicklin, who won the Design Your Dream Desk competition featured in the first ever edition of The Mix (see photo). His mixer design impressed the chaps at Spirit by Soundcraft, and he's now the proud owner of a shiny new Studio LC desk (more from: Andy Farmer, Spirit by Soundcraft (Contact Details)).


Charlie Morgan whips up a storm on the AKG stand to celebrate his endorsement of AKG microphones.


There was excitement on the AKG stand as top session drummer Charlie Morgan announced that he'd be using AKG mics exclusively from now on. Charlie thrilled the gathered crowds with an impromptu demonstration of his skills, showing why he's the drummer of choice for artists of the calibre of Elton John. As an AKG microphone endorsee, Charlie's mic setup for live gigs will comprise C408 Micro-Mics on toms and snare, C414B/ULS for overheads, D112 in the bass drum and Blue Line SE300B + CK91 on hi-hats. Having a top session drummer such as Charlie on your recordings needn't be expensive, though — with his new sample CD, you can use his exquisite drum patterns in your own music. Check out the review in Toolbox, and check out the Re:Mix CD for a selection of loops for you to use (more from: Justin Frost, AKG (Contact Details)).

Way Out West in buoyant mood after announcing the opening of their plush new sales head-quarters.

Way Out West were on a high after announcing the opening of their two-storey airconditioned sales head quarters at 47 London Road, Twickenham. Run by Steve Parker and Nick George (pictured), Way Out West has an experienced team of music production specialists, and offer a range of services including servicing and installations, as well as being main dealers for all the leading manufacturers. Be sure to check out their bargain basement, which is packed full of guaranteed secondhand and demo gear (more from: Way Out West (Contact Details)).

Allen & Heath's GS1 eight-buss mixer was on display at LMS, along with the optional eight channel expander


The long awaited Allen & Heath GS1 was on display at the Harman stand, and a lot of interest it drew too. As the picture shows, there's also now an eight channel expander that enhances further the GS1's not inconsiderable charms. Look forward to a review of the GS1 in The Mix very soon.

The first Allen & Heath GL4 40 off the production line was shipped to the London Music Show for the ultimate test as FOH with Q-Audio's 20K JBL fully loaded rig in the Live Music Hall.

The hall was host to the likes of The Stranglers, Luke Goss' new band Thieves Like Us and Charlie Morgan of Elton John's band. However, the GL4 40 stole the show! All forty channels, including eight stereo returns were used during the weekend, with up to 32 inputs from the stage and the returns used for effects, CD, cassette and DAT (more from: Jane Pendry, Harman Tel: (Contact Details)).

The DR4d hard disk recorder was drawing a lot of interest on the Akai stand. Guitarists in particular (and there were planty at LMS) have picked up on the DR4d as an easy-to-use alternative to computer-based d-t-d systems, and it looks like becoming the 90s replacement for the personal multi tracker. Also on display was Akai's range of industry-standard samplers, which incidentally have just been reduced in price (see Short Takes) making them better value than ever (more from: Dave Caulfield Tel: (Contact Details)).

Among the rest of the exhibitors were Studiomaster, showing off their Powerhouse Vision powered mixers, Roland with the talented girl demonstrating their GM synths and Korg displaying their extensive range of synths and workstations.

Frantic activity on the Spirit by Soundcraft stand as the Remix competition gets into swing...




A busy time was had by everyone at the show this year, and with record attendances for the weekend, the London Music Show continues to grow as the largest musician's show in the land.



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The Mix - Jan 1995

Donated by: Colin Potter, Chris Moore

Coverdisc: Mike Gorman

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