2g Audio Visual is HAPI to win.

Pro light & Sound Merging Technologies Draw won by 2g Audio Visual

 

Offering prizes at exhibitions can be a lottery in itself. The recipient can be somebody with no interest in the product and it ends up on an auction site the day after. So when our hostess, Katharina drew the card out, we hoped she had made a good choice. The Merging Hapi Networked Audio Interface was won by Rich Griffiths from 2g Audio Visual in the UK.  It seemed that Rich was involved in the right business and would find Hapi of use.  That proved to be very much the case when the prize was finally presented on October 20th by Chris Hollebone, Merging’s Sales and Marketing Manager. The exhibition was way back in March, Hapi began shipping in July, so why so long to present the prize.  2g is a busy company and finding a convenient date was certainly challenging.

“We can hook Hapi up to Pro Tools with the Core Audio driver and this will be ideal for doing quality recordings with our condenser microphones.”

 

Paul Mortimer from Emerging, Merging’s UK distributor and Chris Hollebone drove to Coleshill to find that 2g is based in a container storage park. This seemed curious but the logic of this home became quickly apparent. Containers at ground level act as storage for the show gear whilst on top is a very comfortable Portakabin office, next door to the studio which is housed in another container. 2g is a real family business with Rich and brother, Andy handling the diverse projects and mother Jane, doing everything from sending out the invoices to driving the van. Simon Vacher provides the video shooting expertise and edits with Final Cut Pro, whilst Rich and Andy look after the sound and lights and hire in the crews to help them when the big events are happening. Eric the Lizard keeps a watchful eye on the office and workshop from his vivarium. The company has been operating since 2011 but the boys have amassed a lot of freelance experience since they were teenagers and the variety of what they can offer is a key to their success.

“It also gives us a great D/A that we can put in the monitor chain. It was definitely worth scribbling my name on the card.”

 

2g Audio Visual StudioThe studio features a Behringer X32 digital console and Pro Tools. Hapi will provide the ideal I/O set up to record the variety of projects that get booked in. The majority of the bookings are for corporate events but they are also in demand for some high profile weddings for the local Asian community. It is not unknown for a stretched limo to arrive at the container park and unload young ladies on a “hen night” who want to record something special. Engineering these gigs is quite popular!

However, 2g also get involved with much larger projects such as the Farnborough Air Show, Longbridge Light Festival, and the Kenilworth Bonfire and Fireworks Gala on November 8th where in addition to providing lights and sound, 2g will be using the historic castle as a target for projection mapping to add to the spectacle. They have also ventured overseas to India and Dubai and will soon be managing a project in California.

“You enter these competitions without any expectation of winning but when I had found out what I had won, I was really impressed.”  Rich Griffiths continues; “We can hook Hapi up to Pro Tools with the Core Audio driver and this will be ideal for doing quality recordings with our condenser microphones. It also gives us a great D/A that we can put in the monitor chain. It was definitely worth scribbling my name on the card.”