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Goodear Acoustic Shield now available with Wenger Bravo Music Stand Base

LATEST PRODUCT NEWS:

The Goodear Acoustic Shield is now available to purchase from Black Cat Music together with the Wenger Bravo Music Stand base.

Exposure to excessive noise levels can cause permanent and irreparable hearing damage. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) can be life-changing and can limit your career as a musician. The Goodear Acoustic Shield* offers for orchestras the protection they need:

(*patented)

- A 25mm plastic socket on the underside of the shield with a toggle screw allows the shield to be mounted on most microphone and music stand posts.

- Lightweight plywood core encased in a double layer of closed cell EVA foam.

- Can reduce noise by up to 84% when used as recommended.

- Does not adversely affect the hearing of musicians adjacent or behind it (as acrylic shields can.)

- Does not affect the ability of users to hear what they are playing or what those around them are playing (as earplugs can).

- Tested and certified NAL (National Acoustic Laboratories) and MHS (Musicians' Hearing Services). Lab reports available on request.

- Total weight of headpiece without stand 1700g

- Dimensions - smallest volume: width x height x depth - 585 x 245 x 285mm

- Thickness - 55mm

The Goodear Acoustic Shield fits perfectly to the Wenger Bravo Music Stand base:

- The Wenger Bravo music stand base is the premier heavy-duty stand base for professional orchestras.

- Height adjustment moves up and down with a single smooth motion

- Height adjustable from 61cm to 116cm

The Goodear Acoustic Shield can be purchased together with the Bravo Music Stand for the fantastic bundle price of £231.45 + VAT:

https://www.blackcatmusic.co.uk/acoustic-shield-3.html

For more information, just call the Black Cat team on 01892 619719 (or email sales@blackcatmusic.co.uk).

Black Cat Music & Acoustics will be exhibiting at the MTA Virtual Conference on 14th and 15th May

Black Cat Music & Acoustics will be exhibiting at the MTA Virtual Conference 14th and 15th May

Black Cat Music & Acoustics will be exhibiting at the MTA Virtual Conference on 14th and 15th May.

Black Cat Music has been a loyal corporate supporter of the Music Teacher's Association (previously the MMA) for many years now and is pleased to continue supporting the important work that the MTA does for the UK music education sector.

The Black Cat team will be present at the conference (online this year) and we will be exhibiting our range of music stands, choir and orchestra folders, conductor's equipment, instrument storage, staging and sound-isolating music practice rooms.

Black Cat Music is proud to be the exclusive distributor for Wenger in the UK as well as being Master Distributor for Wenger in Europe and Russia. Wenger is world-renowned for the quality and longevity of its music performance and education products, which come with a minimum 5-year warranty.

Black Cat Acoustics is proud to be the UK distributor for the Studiobricks sound-isolation booths: affordable, flexible and easy to build and relocate when required - without compromising on acoustics. The Studiobricks booths are ideal as music practice pods, recording studios and for media production, voiceover and podcasting.

For more information on any of our products or services, just call the Black Cat team on 01892 619719 or email sales@blackcatmusic.com

Black Cat Music & Acoustics was delighted to sponsor the ABO online conference 'Aftershock'

Black Cat Music & Acoustics was delighted to sponsor the ABO online conference in March 2021.

The three-day, online forum offered an opportunity for delegates from the UK and beyond to discuss the impact of the pandemic, Brexit and the Black Lives Matter movement on orchestral music and to seek solutions arising from them. Hosted in partnership with Classic FM, Help Musicians, Classical Music and the British Council, featured speakers at the ABO conference included Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England (ACE) and the Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Caroline Dineage.

Black Cat's online exhibition stand displayed Black Cat products ranging from Wenger's excellent range of music stands, orchestra seating, instrument storage solutions and conductor's equipment, as well as acoustic treatments ranging from the Wenger acoustic shells to the Goodear acoustic shields and the Studiobricks sound-isolating rooms for rehearsing and recording music.

Dawkes Music's beautiful new Studiobricks Studio Room offers a professional set-up with high-quality sound-proofing

Dawkes Music has installed a beautiful new Studiobricks Studio Room in their Maidenhead shop, offering a professional set-up for hearing all the details in your sound and performance.

The Studio Room offers:

- Professional quality sound proofed studio space Little to no reverb or room feedback

- Testing space for instruments

- Dawkes Music’s newest facility, the Studio Room is a professional quality bespoke studio space.

The Studio Room was designed specifically with Dawkes’ space and needs in mind, with high-quality sound proofing.  The nature of the Studiobricks booth’s acoustic properties allow for all the details in one’s sound to be heard.

If you’re really looking to form an in-depth understanding of the capabilities of a new instrument or accessory, this is the room for the job. Such a space also makes it perfect for making high quality recordings. It is also a space dedicated to test Dawkes’s new selection of electronics, such as microphones, amplifiers, and effects pedals.

The Studiobricks Studio Room is set to feature as the new setting for videos released via the Dawkes Music YouTube channel.

Dawkes Music have installed new Studiobricks Studio Room

About the Studiobricks Booth

The STUDIOBRICKS sound-isolation cabin is designed to be incredibly fast and easy to install, without compromising the booth’s excellent sound-isolating properties. Superb sound isolation is achieved from the high performance acoustic materials in the patented panels which simply slot together.

The modular, interlocking panel design makes virtually any size of room possible.

With a typical sound isolation performance of 46dB, the STUDIOBRICKS booth is ideal for professional music studios and for also makes a great home recording studio.

Further information and contacts:

Studiobricks UK Tel: 01892 619719

Web: www.acousticabins.com

Play On: Black Cat Music was delighted to take part in the Music Mark online conference 2020

The Black Cat team was delighted to attend the Music Mark online conference last month.

Music Mark's first ever virtual conference, Play On: the Music in Music Education, went live to music educators across the country and beyond on Friday 20th November. Hosted by YolanDa Brown, talented speakers and panellists came together for a day of online networking, learning and discussion.

Exploring the theme of putting the ‘music’ into music education, the Music Mark team brought together essential sessions covering genre, composition, accessible notation, and practical CPD for teachers, as well as discussions about diversity and how to address the challenges and opportunities of the current period. Black Cat was pleased to attend the conference and to exhibit in the Virtual Exhibition.

Black Cat Music is proud to be exclusive UK distributor for Wenger in Europe and Russia, supplying music education equipment ranging from Wenger music stands, orchestra chairs, staging and choral risers, choir and band folders, instrument storage cabinets and acoustic treatments to the UK music education sector.  Black Cat is also UK distributor for Studiobricks sound-isolation booths - ideal for rehearsing and recording music in schools, colleges, radio stations and professional recording studios.

For those who were not able to attend the conference on 20th November, a post-conference ticket is now available to book until 14th December. This will allow those who may have missed out on a ticket to our live event to log-on to the conference microsite and watch all of the conference sessions as recordings until Christmas. In addition to the session recordings from the Main Channel and Webinar Channels, you will be able to access the full Virtual Exhibition, the On Demand videos and the Resource Bank.

'The best business investment I've made!' - Voice Actor and Audiobook Narrator Gabrielle Baker loves her Studiobricks booth

Successful British Voice Actor Gabrielle Baker invested in a VO edition Studiobricks booth a couple of years ago and describes it as ‘the best business investment I’ve made!’  Gabrielle described the booth as ‘a fantastic product’, which has had a real impact on the amount of work she can produce: ‘The quality of the audio I record has meant that my productivity has increased ten fold and I have full confidence that live sessions with clients will give them the professional quality they require’.

A highly respected and experienced British Voice Actor with her own studio at her home in Kent, UK, Gabrielle works in all genres of voice over and narration with clients around the world.  Gabrielle was a finalist for a Voice Arts Award in 2016 in Los Angeles and has gone on to be a best-selling audiobook narrator.

Gabrielle recently moved house, and was able to take the Studiobricks booth with her to her new home.  Gabrielle reports: ‘The booth is so well designed and easy to build that during my recent studio move my husband and I were able to deconstruct and reconstruct the booth seamlessly and without any damage.  This means that investing in a VO Edition booth is an investment for life, once purchased it’s yours forever’.

Gabrielle adds: ‘The customer service from Black Cat Music was fantastic.  By chance they were close to me so I was able to visit their premises and see, touch and test a vocal booth.  The order was managed by Black Cat Music from start to finish and at all times communication was great.  I was kept fully up to date with the delivery and also a follow-up to make sure I was happy with my new vocal booth. 

Gabrielle concludes: ‘I cannot recommend both the VO Edition Studiobricks booth and Black Cat Music enough.  A great product and fantastic customer service.  What more could I ask for?’

New acoustic ceiling panels at London South Bank Edric Hall Theatre

New acoustic ceiling panels at London South Bank Edric Hall Theatre

Here are the first ‘hot-off-the-press’ pictures of the acoustic panels which we installed at London South Bank University’s Edric Hall Theatre this week – we are all delighted with the results!

London South Bank University’s Edric Theatre is a dedicated theatre and rehearsal space for drama, performance and technical theatre students. With its reconfigurable 90-seat auditorium, seven studio theatres, rehearsal spaces and backstage facilities, the Edric Theatre is a wonderful space for rehearsals and performances – both for students, and for commercial theatre companies.

The theatre had recognized a need to improve the acoustics in the much-loved Edric Hall, so Black Cat Music & Acoustics was brought in to make the improvements.

The team installed elegant, curved Acoustic GRG acoustic panels – and the result is a beautiful-looking ceiling providing dramatically enhanced hall acoustics.

The whole team is really pleased with the new look and feel of the hall and we wish London South Bank University many successful rehearsals and performances for years to come.

Audiobook narrator Sarah Barron is delighted with her Studiobricks booth

Audiobook narrator Sarah Barron is delighted with her Studiobricks booth from Black Cat Music

Audiobook narrator Sarah Barron needed a professional quality sound-isolation booth to support her busy working schedule, so she chose the Studiobricks VO booth, and has been very pleased with the results.  "I am absolutely delighted with the booth." says Sarah.

"As an audiobook narrator, I need a great acoustic and a comfortable environment to work in - Studiobricks provides both of those things."

The sound-isolation performance of the booth was a crucial factor for Sarah, and the booth has not let her down: "There is literally no sound bleed coming from the building site behind my house!"

Sarah has been as impressed by the customer service as by the quality of the Studiobricks booth: "I would absolutely recommend this product and the service provided by Black Cat was first class."

About the Studiobricks VO Edition

The STUDIOBRICKS sound-isolation cabin is designed to be incredibly fast and easy to install, without compromising the booth’s excellent sound-isolating properties.

Superb sound isolation is achieved from the high performance acoustic materials in the patented panels which simply slot together. The modular, interlocking panel design makes virtually any size of room possible.

The Studiobricks VO Edition combines the benefits of the Studiobricks booth with professional VO equipment – making it ideal for voiceover artists and podcasters who need to record studio-standard material at home.

Further information and contacts:

Studiobricks UK - brought to you by Black Cat Music
Tel: 01892 619719

Introducing the new Wenger multi-use shield

Wenger multi-use shield for musicians and music students

Wenger has introduced an exciting new product to its range.

The Wenger multi-use shield is a portable, clear, polycarbonate divider that adds a physical barrier between students in your rehearsal room – or anywhere you need it.

Wenger’s new multipurpose, freestanding, transparent shield is designed on the base of our most popular music stand, and can be adjusted in height and angle to create a barrier between students. Its lightweight construction makes it easy to use anywhere you need it.

Like all Wenger products, the multi-use shield is extremely sturdy, wobble-free, user-friendly and comes with a full 5 year warranty.

When distancing measures are no longer required, the Multi-Use Stand converts to a Wenger Preface or Classic 50 Music Stand with the purchase of a new desk.

Click here to order online.

British voiceover artist Ben Wake is wowed by his Studiobricks VO booth!

Ben Wake voiceover - Studiobricks booth

British voiceover artist Ben Wake is wowed by his Studiobricks VO booth!

Recently nominated for 4 awards at the One Voice Awards 2020 including UK Male Voice Over Artist of the Year, Ben’s career has gone from strength to strength. Having a good recording space is essential to his work, so he made the decision to invest in a Studiobricks Voiceover booth - and was delighted with the results: "All I can say is WOW!! I invested in the Studiobricks One Plus VO Edition having seen it at the One Voice Conference in London, as a Voice Actor my recording space is integral to my job and this does not disappoint."

Ben was impressed with the design of the booth: “The engineering involved in the construction is incredibly clever and the design makes assembly pretty easy.”

Ben delivers a whole range of voiceover work from serious narrations to TV and radio commercials and infomercials. Ben’s VO booth and equipment needs to be the right quality to support Ben’s versatile range of styles. The Studiobricks booth does just this: “The booth looks incredible and it sounds even better.” Ben added: “Absolutely faultless service from both Black Cat Acoustics and Studiobricks meant it was built, shipped and received in an incredibly short time especially considering the current global climate. I love it and clients think it sounds great, really couldn’t be happier.”

About the Studiobricks VO Edition

The STUDIOBRICKS sound-isolation cabin is designed to be incredibly fast and easy to install, without compromising the booth’s excellent sound-isolating properties.

Superb sound isolation is achieved from the high performance acoustic materials in the patented panels which simply slot together. The modular, interlocking panel design makes virtually any size of room possible.

The Studiobricks VO Edition combines the benefits of the Studiobricks booth with professional VO equipment – making it ideal for voiceover artists and podcasters who need to record studio-standard material at home.

Further information and contacts:

Studiobricks UK - brought to you by Black Cat Music
Tel: 01892 619719

Ben Wake Voiceover
Tel: +44 (0) 7903235300
ben@benwakevoiceover.com
www.benwakevoiceover.com