ETECH recently attended the Uprising exhibition opening – an event hosted by Mrs South Africa, Nicole Capper – at the elegant Melrose Gallery exhibition space in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

An evening of storytelling, where the lives of “ordinary heroes” – in Capper’s words – were showcased alongside beautiful portraits by award-winning photographer Yolandi Jacobsz, key to the evening’s success was its emotive soundscape.

Peter Berry, the managing director of Johannesburg-based TV Audio, rigged the event using the ultra-portable FBT AMICO 10USB system, with outstanding results.

The ‘plug and play’ rig, which houses its two-way satellite speakers within its wheeled flight case, was set up in a matter of minutes. With the ‘engine room’ of the system – the mixer amplification, a 15” subwoofer and three PWM-processed amplifiers – all contained in the lightweight, yet sturdy polypropylene case, the FBT rig was almost invisible to the crowd at the gallery, the sleek speaker design blending seamlessly with the character of the space.

Featuring a programme where speakers used cordless microphones while ambient sounds were triggered from a laptop, the sound was crisp and clear throughout. Barrie Bramley, the sound technician for the evening, commented that the system was “very simple, very easy to use” – and Berry is unsurprised by this feedback.

He says that the FBT AMICO 10USB is “a fantastic sounding, affordable system that is user-friendly, and easy to move around and pack away, needing minimal storage space when not in use.”

Boasting a 14-channel mixer with 99 presets, digital multi-effects and phantom power, as well as USB connections for music programs and DAWs in play and record, Berry says that the FBT system is an “an excellent option for a one-man band” and solo recording artists. “It is also a great system for small corporate events,” he says, “as you don’t need to be an engineer to run it.”

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