West London production rental company Entec Sound & Light has invested in new products from Shure, DiGiCo and d&b audiotechnik.
Starting the year with multiple purchases of Shure’s UR4D wireless receiver, Entec’s most recent stock acquisitions include 28 channels of Shure’s high-tier Axient Digital system.
From the DiGiCo portfolio, Entec has elected to invest in a pair of 72-channel DiGiCo SD12 consoles, a super-compact SD11i model and two SD-Racks. These purchases follow the acquisition earlier in the year of an additional SD7.
A supplier of d&b audiotechnik systems since 1995, Entec has also invested in 20 d&b V-Series V8 three-way loudspeakers, 32 D80 four-channel power amplifiers and six DS10 audio network bridges.
“Maintaining a cutting-edge inventory has always been a priority for Entec’s sound department and never more so than in today’s highly competitive market,” said Jonny Clark, Entec’s head of sound. “Strengthening our relationships with some of the industry’s biggest and most forward-thinking technology brands is also very important to us, especially from a customer support perspective.
“Axient Digital is brand new, having been launched in April at NAB in Las Vegas, and Entec is proud to be one of the first rental companies to invest in such a large quantity. An increasing number of the projects we undertake have become very reliant on large, multi-frequency wireless systems and there has been a need to change to Axient Digital from Shure’s older UHF-R platform in order to provide dependable, high-quality frequency access in an environment of continued RF spectrum pressure. Our related purchase of 10 dual-channel Shure PSM 1000 in-ear monitoring systems is obviously also a reflection of our growth.
“All of this new equipment is already being deployed on tours and a variety of one-off shows, and I think it’s a reflection of our ‘can-do’ attitude that we are so keen to respond to demand with this scale of commitment.”
Alongside its new inventory acquisitions, Entec has entered into an agreement with Colorado-based Brown Note Productions to give d&b audiotechnik’s next generation loudspeaker series its touring début. Designed for large-scale arenas, stadiums and festivals, GSL – part of the new SL-Series – will make its first appearance on the imminent European leg of Gorillaz’ Humanz world tour.
“We are in the early stages of formalising a Transatlantic relationship with Brown Note, who are Gorillaz’ American loudspeaker provider and our counterpart with the band,” says Clark, “and we hope to make a joint announcement in the near future.”