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LANEY ARE HIRING! DO YOU HAVE THE SKILLS?

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Want to become a part of the Laney family? We have three job vacancies available, if you feel you have the criteria then send us your CV and a Covering Letter.

The positions available are:

Graphic Designer & Marketing

Laney are looking for a UK based, team working, creative and dedicated graphic designer to work in our Head Office in a busy marketing department. Responsible for video, print and digital material using Adobe Creative Cloud on Mac OS this is your opportunity to impress. Apply by email to jobs@laney.co.uk with a CV, covering letter and some recent work examples. Closing date 31/08/2016.

German Language Telesales, Marketing & Service Support

Laney are seeking a UK based native German speaking internal sales and marketing employee. You will work at our Head Office as part of our existing team servicing and supporting our direct European operations. Knowledge of French and Dutch would be beneficial but not essential. Apply by email in both English and German to jobs@headstockgroup.com with a CV and covering letter. Closing date 16/09/2016.

Electronics C++ Engineer

Laney are looking for a highly enthusiastic and knowledgeable electronics engineer with a keen interest in audio and embedded C/DSP programming to supplement our existing design team.  To fit in, you’ll need to be highly motivated and proactive with good communication skills and comfortable working in a small team at our Halesowen HQ. Apply by email to jobs@laney.co.uk with a CV and covering letter. Closing date 23/09/2016.

Applicants with submissions after the set closing dates for the particular role will not be considered, so get in early!

 

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Laney at Boardmasters Festival 2016

We made our way down to the picturesque Newquay in Cornwall to the wonderfully situated Boardmasters Festival. Our artists Raleigh Ritchie and Tiggs Da Author were playing. We also hosted an Artist Warm-Up Area where we welcomed many of the weekends biggest names into the tent to practice and warm up. A complete success and some very exciting news to come from them in the next few weeks!

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Download, read and get involved with our brand new edition of Just Play It (JPI) the Laney magazine that gives you a low down on what we have been up to here at Laney in recent months!

In this issue we travel to Thailand with CEO James Laney who visited our Asia to meet and greet our distributors and a few artists along the way. We hear and learn about what makes a speaker work, the recent visit to Poland, how #JUSTSTICKIT is coming along plus many many more articles.

These are all available HERE for you to read, consume and love!

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Laney at Ramblin’ Man Fair 2016

The weather was hot, the music was loud and the crowds were incredible! This year saw Laney sponsor The Rising Stage at Ramblin’ Man Fair in Kent. We had some phenomenal new, exciting and hungry bands take to the stage to tame the crowds and warm them up for the festival. Starting at 12PM on Saturday 23rd we saw Leogun take to the stage to deliver a phenomenal set of rock and blues with a definitive British edge, the crowd started small but ended huge, a definite 500 people gathered round in appreciation for the first band on the rising stage. Throughout the day we saw the temperature rise along with every band taking to the stage captivate an enthusiastic audience who were begging for more and more after every song! Just what we love to see!

The Sunday failed to disappoint and the music just kept coming to fill the ears of the waiting crowds, we thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and have some exciting news about some of the bands that played on our stage!

Watch what happened below:

NEXUS SLS SHAKES UP THE BASS RANGE! SMALL BUT MIGHTY!

July was quite the month for us here at Laney HQ, not only did we have the incredibly versatile AH4X4 come out but we also announced a phenomenal 500w version of our classic Laney Nexus SL bass amplifier.

Quite literally a shrunk SL, the SLS has all the features you have come to know and love with the SL but in a much smaller, lighter, tighter and compact package. Part of the world renowned NEXUS range the SLS takes all the tone, power and flexibility bass players have come to expect from NEXUS and packages it into an ultraportable amp. It may be small and lightweight but it does not compromise on features or quality. The New NEXUS-SLS has not only won the battle against portability and versatility but its won the war on the balance between light in weight and heavy in sound. This is a bass head designed with the player in mind, putting your mind at rest from the moment you plug in, and at a mere 4.5kg, very competitive and reasonable pricing it won’t break your back or your bank! We live in a day and age where the home studio is a near essential for the modern player and the incredible T-USB option on the Nexus SLS lets you connect right into your computer and becomes the digital interface between you and your music. Alongside the T-USB function there is the standard Jack input (HI & LO), D.I, Headphones, Mini Jack, FX Loop, Tuner, Footswitch and Output Loudspeaker.

Along with the incredible Nexus SLS there is a combo version, something new for the Nexus range. This is a stand alone unit that houses a 1X12 inch neodymium speaker. A small, highly powerful, ultra compact and mega reliable bass combo amp. A great bass combo needs to be compact and easy to move around without being too heavy yet also be able to move some serious air. With the Laney NEXUS-SLS112 there’s no need to break your back or break your bank to achieve your killer tone. This is a bass combo designed with the player in mind, putting your mind at rest from the moment you plug in, and at 19.5kg plus very competitive and reasonable pricing it won’t break your back or your bank!

Find out more about both these Nexus products on our product page!

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Laney AH4X4 RELEASED AT LAST!

FINALLY WE GET TO SHARE THIS AMAZING NEW LANEY PRODUCT WITH THE WORLD!

We have been sitting on this one for quite some time while we continued with it’s development to ensure it is the best product we could do!

So what is it? Well AH4X4 is a lightweight, versatile, completely portable battery powered PA system. Designed and ready to go for use wherever you are, for whatever you are doing. We really don’t want this to be seen as ‘just another busking amp’ because although it is the perfect match for buskers and outside street performances it has much more potential. It’s versatility speaks for itself, to start with 6.5kg is nothing for a system that is powered on batteries (mains plug optional), it has bluetooth so them parties or BBQ’s will never be boring again, simply hook your phone up to the AH4X4 and get the music playing! There are 6 input options including the very clever double usage XLR/Jack input for vocal or instruments, having this feature means the size is reduced because one port is doing two jobs, quite literally GENIUS!

The clever back panel shows the options of different EQ’s for whatever is put in the AH4X4, this also works when you are connected via Bluetooth or Aux for audio, so say there’s a song that needs a bit of extra bass, well selecting the bass heavy EQ setting on the back panel will ensure that the EQ is adjusted just to the right amount. Making one feature do two jobs is a real secret to the AH4X4 as the EQ lights work as the battery usage indicator. So say you’ve been using your AH4X4 for a few hours and are unsure of the battery life, well hold down the battery button and it will flash the relative EQ lights to show you how much battery you have remaining an essential but life saving feature!

Enjoy up to 24 HOURS of continuous battery power use! The Intelligent Power Management can switch between Regular and ECO power modes to get the upmost performance usage from the batteries: 3 x Lithium ION cells or 8 x AA batteries can be used*. Alternatively, the AH4X4 can be used direct from a power supply where mains power is available.

Powerful sound projection for audiences up to 80 people, on board digital FX for reverb and delay, 4 preset EQ Channels, high tech Class D, 4X4” Speakers plus HF Tweeter.

Check out the 3D render of this little beauty on it’s product page:

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LANEY AT THOMANN SOMMERFEST!

The Thomann Sommerfest is an annual event held at Thomann’s headquarters in the beautiful Upper Franconian village of Treppendorf. This is a very rural location in the rolling hills, lakes and forests of northern Bavaria. Thomann’s home village is dominated by the Thomann campus which constitutes the original store set up by Hans Thomann in 1955 and now run by his son, Hans Thomann, the many warehouses, including the latest huge automated building populated by robotic pickers as well as some of the 1200 people who work for company, the impressive service department which sets up and services the tens of thousands of different instruments that Thomann sells, and the large restaurant complex that the company provides for its employees and customers alike.

Many of Thomann’s suppliers partner with Europe’s first and largest online store to present a day of music and fun to well over 3,000 people who gather from all over Germany to see bands and artists from all over the world.

This year we were privileged to present the headline band, Freak Kitchen; guitarist Mattias IA Eklundh using his Ironheart stack and bass player Christer Örtefors using his Nexus-SL, N410 and N115. The day concluded with a stunning set from the Swedish progressive rock band made all the more remarkable because drummer Björn Fryklund had a broken shoulder – it did not seem to make any difference to the power with which he hit the kit! The Viking spirit shone through as the guys raised the roof of the large marque.

All in all it was a great day; great atmosphere, great music, great food and great beer!

Here are some of our favourite images from the event:

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Earth, Wind And Fire @ The London 02

This Friday the people of the UK were treated to what can only be described as the absolute living legends and originators of the original funk and disco sound, and team Laney was right there, our artist Serg Dimitrijevic has been playing with EWF for several years, after an impressive spell in the recording studio wth the guys, they were so pleased they made him permanent!!

 

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Serg’s tone blended so well with the master of Bass, Verdine White, that when we linked up after the show, he came over to tell us how great the man himself sounded.  Serg and EWF will be touring for the remainder of this year, having already headlined Glastonbury, it seems like Disco is definitely back on the menu.

 

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WIN A ONE OFF CUSTOMISED LANEY AMP!

It’s festival season, so what does that mean? Rain, mud, dirty burgers and over priced beer? Perhaps so, but in the land of Laney this years festival season means you have the chance to WIN a one of a kind Laney amplifier that has not only been to all the big festivals but has been signed by some of our biggest artists!

We call the amplifier the ‘Frankenamp’ because it’s got a bit of everything on it, different handle, different badges, different corners and some extra cool features. The only thing you have to do to get the chance to win this one off amp is to comment and like our post on Facebook or Instagram. Tell us what your favourite festival experience has been and that’s it, YOU’RE IN!

The amp is signed by to name a few…

Killswitch Engage, Skindred, Tiggs Da Author, Raleigh Ritchie, The Smith Street Band, Tom Odell, Good Charlotte, Earth Wind & Fire and MANY MORE!

The winner is announced in a few weeks so get involved!

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DOWNLOAD 2016 – Rain, Rock and Rain plus Rain.

Before we start this blog, be prepared for as many water related puns as possible.

 

The Laney Ship set sail for Port Download and my word what a weekend was had! Our Artists Killswitch Engage, Skindred and Black Sabbath were performing and we were there to watch them rock harder than a ship in the mid atlantic.

 

The music was on our side but the weather wasn’t as a wave of rain battered the site from mid-Friday afternoon until the last note was played on Sunday evening, this didn’t dampen anybody’s spirits though, and in true Download style, everyone waded through the rain and had a great time.

 

Friday saw the turn of Killswich Engage and our two artists Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel who play Lionheart L20T-112 through IRT-412 cabinets alongside TI50 heads giving an unbeatable sound and their distinct tone for Killswitch.

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Saturday started how Friday ended, sodden and soaked but the festival atmosphere continued to ooze and drip from everyone and the good times carried on. We moved from the main stage or ‘Lemmy Stage’ (as it had been renamed this year in honour of the great man himself) to see the rip roaring Skindred, and our artist Dan Pugsley. Dan has played many Laney Bass Rigs in the past and is currently using a Nexus SL through NX410 and NX115 cabinets, giving a huge and thunderous sound, something Skindred are synonymous for.

 

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All in all the weekend was a success, and anyway, who cares about rain when there’s so much rock and roll happening, it didn’t bother the 100,000 people who went to Download, and it certainly didn’t dampen our spirits.

 

Long live Download, Long live typical British festival weather, and always without doubt #LoveMusicLoveLaney