|Bristol, December 2004 - Following the launch in September and massive industry interest, Hebden Sound have announced the sale, in October, of six of its new HS3000 series microphones to Stage Electrics, one of Europe's leading suppliers of technical equipment to the entertainment, leisure and presentation industries.
Four of the microphones were specified by Sound Consultant Glen Beckley and have been installed at the Elim @ Bristol City Church for use by the choir and various wind instruments and the other two have joined a tour of the musical 'Kiss Me Kate' where they are being used on the flutes.
Stage Electrics' Sound Consultant Jem Kitchen specified the microphones for the show. He explained: "The name of Hebden was introduced to me by a close colleague of mine and, although we had not heard the mics at that point, he waxed lyrical about their pedigree. I was putting together a sound design for a 52 week UK tour of "Kiss Me Kate". My first priority was to specify gear which would give me the highest possible accuracy, transparency & naturalness. In my search, I had already decided on an Audient Aztec console, XTA processors, MC2 amps & Funktion-One speakers. I knew that this combination of gear would make huge demands on mic performance, so I had already considered some exotic European mics. However I contacted Hebden Sound and David Anderson could not have been more helpful; he dispatched 2 x HS3020s to me during the production week, on a sale or return basis.
"We removed them from the sumptuous packaging, plugged one straight into the desk, for an A. B. test against an industry standard, very highly regarded, mic of similar dimensions. A colleague, whose voice I am very familiar with, held them at chest height and talked while I listened on a good set of headphones. We reversed roles and decided to NOT return the Hebdens!
"The whole process took about 8 seconds. Like buying a house; when it's right; you just know! So we now have 2 x HS3020 mics on our flutes and are very very delighted with them."
Dan Aldridge, Lead Audio Visual Technician at the Elim @ Bristol City Church added: "In the Hebden Sound mics we have found what we were searching for; a clean sound with faithful reproduction of the source choral vocal at a price considerably below other microphones of comparable sonic quality.
Hebden have engineered a mic that not only sounds great but feels great. Milled from stainless steel, and presented in a well thought out protective case, it is clear that they have considered more than just great audio engineering in their design. We will certainly be enjoying the sound from these mics for a long time yet."
For more information about Hebden Sound and the new HS3000 series please visit www.hebdensound.co.uk.