A sales domino effect for EM Acoustics in New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND: Showtechnix, which serves as EM Acoustics’ distributor in New Zealand, has confirmed its first sales of the manufacturer’s Halo-C compact passive line array element. Within a three-month time span, the distributor has completed a pair of Halo-C sales; one to the Forum North cultural and entertainment centre in Whangerei, which led to the second sale, to sound production and rental company, BounceNZ.
Forum North sought a system to replace the outdated solution inside its Capitaine Bougainville theatre. ‘We wanted a system that would provide quality sound and coverage throughout the theatre and that would last us at least 10 or even 20 years. Our old system had been in place since 1985, and whilst it was one of the premium systems of its time, it was definitely showing its age and was no longer capable of handling the kinds of shows we are doing,’ explained Forum North technical manager, Ben Brittliff. ‘We met Dave Shepard from EM and Martin McNally from Showtechnix at the annual Evanz conference and discussed details with Dave and Martin, we then knew this was the right choice for us. The technology inside these discreet units meant that they outperformed many of the larger, more cumbersome systems we had been considering.’
Showtechnix brought in Glen Ruske, owner of BounceNZ, to assist in calculating and aligning the EQ for Forum North’s new system. This was Mr Ruske’s first exposure to Halo-C elements and, impressed with the system, he purchased a system for his own company.
‘I was amazed at how flat the Halo-C elements were straight out of the box, and how transparent they sounded,’ Mr Ruske recalled. ‘We need a multi-use system to cover other applications as well and we feel that we can use Halo-C on pretty much anything, from corporate work to a complete LCR system for theatre. We also purchased the EM Acoustics amps and processors just for flexibility. It’s an all-round great system and we’re very pleased with it. In fact, it’s performed so well for us that we decided to invest in some of EM’s smaller systems as well for delays/fills or even as a small standalone system. We’ve added 12 ultra-compact EMS-51s to our hire stock.’