Electro-Voice celebrates successful AMAC
AUSTRALIA: Australia’s music industry recently gathered at Jupiters Casino on Queensland’s Gold Coast for professional development sessions and a two-day trade show. Almost 500 professionals, covering a wide range of Australian music industry suppliers and retailers, took part at the Australian Music Association Convention (AMAC).
The convention featured a number of notable key speakers and accomplished musicians. Amongst the key figures were Larry Morton, current NAMM chairman and president of Hal Leonard Corporation; Jon Hammond, renowned Hammond organ player and founder of the Jon Hammond Band; Ambre Hammond (no-relation to Jon) leading Australian piano musician and Guinness record holder for receiving Associate and Licentiate Diplomas of music at the age of 11; and Lloyd Spiegel, one of Australia’s leading blues guitarists.
Also on show were products from a number of brands, including Dynacord and Electro-Voice including EV’s ZLX, ELX and ETX, and Dynacord’s TS Vertical Array Cabinets, the PM 502 powered mixer, and the AXM 12A coaxial powered monitor.
The ETX loudspeaker display drew a lot of attention during the show, including that of Jon Hammond, one of the finest B3 players in the world. Mr Hammond reminisced about his first experience with EV speakers back in 1964, when he installed EV SRO speakers in a Fender Band-Master.
‘I have a particular fondness for EV speakers. My very first pro amplifier was a 1964 blonde Fender Band-Master in which I installed the white EV SRO Speakers,’ he recalled. ‘Yes, I lugged that 2 x 12 speaker box around everywhere and it was impossible to blow it up - my whole band would plug in to it, we thought in those days because the amp was called Band-Master that the whole band should plug in to it, bass and all - no problem and it was loud and clear!’
After swapping a few stories Mr Hammond was curious to see how his Hammond Sk1 would sound with the ETX loudspeakers. Following a quick connection via a Dynacord PowerMate 600, he belted a few tunes just before the close of day one of the exhibition. He promised to come back the following day with a jazz guitarist who turned out to be Chris Connolly, a well-known figure in the audio and music products industry. While setting up for the jam session Simon Ert, a jazz percussionist representing Gretsch drums on the neighbouring stand, volunteered to complete the trio.
‘I love coming to the AMAC shows, in just a few years I have forged some lasting friendships and am fortunate enough to meet some really outstanding musicians,’ said Mr Hammond. ‘The timing was perfect to have a session like that what we did - thank you so much for accommodating us with the superb EV powered speakers. I heard from friends who were all the way across the hall that they could hear us clear as a bell. It was so much fun, that’s the kind of thing I live for and only happens in a special place and people such as the EV stand at AMAC!’
Electro-Voice speakers were also present on the Casio Sound Technology stand. Two ZLX 12-inch powered speakers and a ZXA1 sub gave the Casio guys all they needed to show off their DJ and keyboard skills a few times each day.