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Skindred at HRH Metal Festival, Birmingham!

A festival in February we hear you cry? YES! Luckily this one is inside the O2 Academy in Birmingham. Called HRH Metal, it’s a festival that has grown in size and shape over the past 10 years and this year it brought a bargain ticket price for the entire Academy venues in Birmingham (Academy, Academy 2 & Academy 3). Skindred headlined Saturday 11th February and we were there to capture Dan Pugsley, bass extraordinaire and all round lovely guy playing his mighty Laney Nexus rig, including his two Nexus SL, two N410’s and two N115! Check out the awesome shots below, and watch some videos of the incredible end to the show on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.     

COME AND JOIN THE LANEY FAMILY!

Would you like to join a company and brand of 50 years strong that is British and STILL family owned? If you think the following describes you down to a tee then please get in contact jobs@laney.co.uk
Electronics Engineer (Audio/Embedded)
LOCATION:                             Halesowen, West Midlands UK
JOB TITLE:                                Electronics Design Engineer
SALARY:                                   Attractive – Negotiable depending on experience
BENEFITS:                                Work hours would be from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday, with the possibility of some work away from home, very occasionally at weekends.
We offer a very competitive salary commensurate with experience, 28 days holidays including statutory days and bank holidays.

The company: An internationally renowned musical instrument amplification and professional audio products manufacturer with global customer base and rich heritage.
The role: We are looking for a highly enthusiastic and knowledgeable electronics engineer with a keen interest in electronics, embedded C programming and audio to expand 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 UK HQ in Halesowen/West Midlands.
Working on primarily consumer based audio products, typical product areas are:
  • Guitar and other musical instrument amplification.
  • Public address & sound reinforcement.

Principal duties & responsibilities
  • To design original Analog/Digital circuit ideas to fulfil design requirements. Deep understanding of electronics essential.
  • To research and implement microcontroller designs into audio products (using embedded C)
  • To build, evaluate and test prototype designs within our lab facility including fault finding to design level.
  • To work closely with our existing small design team, and external teams and suppliers

Essential skills:
  • Relevant degree in electronics along with at least 3yrs experience in a similar role.
  • Able to develop original electronic circuit designs, covering a wide range of digital and analogue technologies
  • Solid understanding of Embedded Systems and Peripheral interfacing, you will be required to write and debug Embedded C code for various devices
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Work to required deadlines, be self-motivated, resourceful and organised
  • Eligible to work in the UK, at our Halesowen HQ.

Useful additional skills:
  • Interest in Guitar / MI amplification products
  • USB/SPDIF/Ethernet communication
  • Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Communication and audio/data streaming.
  • LVD/EMC Compliance

LANEY R500-115 – PRESS RELEASE

LANEY R500-115   JANUARY 2017: Laney proudly introduces a brand-new bass combo amplifier. The Laney R500-115 is a solid-state combo packing an impressive 500W RMS into a sealed cabinet with a range of bass-friendly controls and variables.
Designed and engineered in the UK, the R500-115 calls on Laney’s 50-year history of bass amp building to provide versatility, portability and reliability to all levels of bass player from rehearsal room to large stage.


POWER AND PORTABILITY
At 23.6kg (52lbs), the R500-115 houses Laney’s brand new ‘R500’ amplifier in portable combo format, loaded with a 15” custom-design speaker plus high frequency horn. Capable of a real 500 watts RMS power, the R500-115 delivers results that stand well-ahead of the competitors in its price bracket.  
OWN YOUR TONE
The R500-115 combines flexible tone-shaping with simple interface: Set between conventional Bass and Treble controls is a 10-band Graphic EQ featuring a wide range from 30Hz to 8KHz. This 10 band EQ can also be switched in remotely using a Laney FS1 or FS1-MINI footswitch (sold separately). This is also coupled with Laney’s unique ‘Enhance’ control that dials in increased low-end definition from a single turn, plus a selectable on-board compressor. The R500-115 lets any bass player own their tone!
CONNECTIVITY
An array of bass player-friendly connections is straight at hand: Normal or High jack inputs can be selected depending on the output of the bass used. A balanced XLR D.I. provides direct, mic-free mixer connection when recording or performing live. An Aux input allows play-along to a backing track. A headphone socket allows secluded listening to your sounds when the need arises. An FX loop allows connection of external effects.
The R500-115 is fitted with Speakon connectors to the rear panel, giving secure and safe connectivity to your chosen cabinets. Paired with the new Laney R410 and/or R115 speaker cabinets, makes for the perfect extension when needed in those larger performances.

KEY FEATURES
  • Lightweight at 23.6kg (52lbs)
  • 500W RMS of solid-state power
  • 15” bass-reflex speaker plus high frequency horn
  • Built in Compressor
  • 10 band Graphic EQ – remote switchable
  • ‘Enhance’ low-end definition control
  • Bass and Treble shelving controls
  • Normal & High Instrument Inputs
  • I. Out (Balanced XLR)
  • Aux Input (mini jack)
  • Phones Input (mini jack)
  • Neutrik™ Hybrid Speakon/jack speaker Connector
  • FX loop (send & return)
  • Tuner out socket
  • Extend with Laney R410 or Laney R115 speaker cabinets


LANEY R500H – PRESS RELEASE

LANEY R500H BASS AMPLIFIER   JANUARY 2017: Laney proudly introduces a brand-new bass amplifier. The Laney R500H is a solid-state head packing an impressive 500W RMS into a very lightweight chassis with a range of bass-friendly controls and variables.
Designed and engineered in the UK, the R500H calls on Laney’s 50-year history of bass amp building to provide portability, versatility, and reliability to all levels of bass player from rehearsal room to large stage.

POWER AND PORTABILITY At a mere 4.1kg (9lbs), the R500H is a very light unit, but at 500 watts (real RMS!) it also delivers the power and headroom for serious performances. All for an amazing price, you won’t break your back or your bank to obtain powerful bass tone.
OWN YOUR TONE The R500H lets any bass player own their tone: An on-board Compressor works in sympathy with the Gain control with both ‘On’ and ‘Active’ lights to react to playing dynamics and Laney’s unique ‘Enhance’ control dials in increased low-end definition from a single turn.  Set between Bass and Treble shelving controls is a powerful 10-band Graphic EQ featuring a wide range from 30Hz to 8KHz. This 10 band EQ can also be switched in remotely using a Laney FS1 or FS1-MINI footswitch.
CONNECTIVITY Useful connection options are in the palm of your hand: Normal or High jack inputs can be selected depending on which bass you are using; A balanced XLR DI gives direct, mic-free mixer connection when recording or performing live; An Auxiliary input allows play-along to backing track; A headphone socket offers secluded listening; An FX loop allows connection of external effects. The R500H is fitted with Speakon connectors to the rear panel, giving secure and safe connectivity to your chosen cabinets. Paired with the new Laney R410 and/or R115 speaker cabinets, makes for the perfect extension when needed in those larger performances.

FEATURES:
  • Ultra-Lightweight at 4.1kg (9lbs)
  • 500W RMS of solid state power
  • Built in Compressor
  • 10 band Graphic EQ – remote switchable
  • ‘Enhance’ low-end definition control
  • Bass and Treble shelving controls
  • Normal & High Instrument Inputs
  • I. Out (Balanced XLR)
  • Aux Input (mini jack)
  • Phones Input (mini jack)
  • Neutrik™ hybrid Speakon/jack speaker connector
  • FX loop (send & return)
  • Tuner out socket
  • Pair with Laney R410 and/or Laney R115 speaker enclosures


 

LANEY SIGN AL JOSEPH!

We are very pleased to announce the signing of guitar virtuoso Al Joseph. Al joins the Laney family playing the GH100R, GS412VR and GH50-212 respectively.
Find out more about Al on his Laney artist page HERE:



Al Joseph was born in 1987 on Highland Park, IL and was raised in Scranton, PA. His musical journey started young, playing drums 10 at the age of 10. However, his passion for the guitar soon took over and a year or so later he laid down his sticks and started his guitar-led journey!



After earning a prestigious spot on “Jam Track Central’s” artist roster in 2013, Al has proven to be one of the worlds most exciting new virtuosos to hit the scene to date. Now a proud Alumni of Berklee College Of Music, Al presses on to an already promising career as guitar player, composer, songwriter, and producer. Expect to see more exciting things over the coming years.


Watch, learn and connect with Al here:
JAMTRACK CENTRAL ARTIST PAGE
FACEBOOK
TWITTER
INSTAGRAM

NAMM MILESTONE

Laney amplification honoured with NAMM Milestone Award for 50 years of service in the Music Product Industry. 
The Black Country, West Midlands, UK
At the 2017 NAMM Show Laney Amplification of The Black Country, West Midlands, UK was honoured with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Milestone Award for 50 years of service in the music product industry. Presented annually by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, the Milestone Award recognises music businesses that have flourished through changing business environments to reach a noteworthy anniversary.
“Thank you, NAMM. It doesn’t seem like 50 years! I am honoured to have spent my working life in this very special industry and I am very proud that our family business is flourishing in my retirement.” said Lyndon Laney, Founder and Chairman of Laney Amplification.
Lyndon has devoted himself to listening to musicians needs and designing innovative, reliable, great-sounding amps. He began his journey playing bass in the vibrant ‘60s music scene with one of his regular gigs including “The Band of Joy” with John Bonham & Robert Plant. As Robert & John followed their own legendary path, Lyndon followed his own passion in combining music with his knowledge of electronics and woodwork and so began building amps in his father’s garden shed. Laney’s designs gained popularity and Laney Amplification was officially formed in September 1967. The signature Laney tone attracted many discerning players to the brand, most notably Mr. Tony Iommi. Tony began using Laney during the recording of the album “Black Sabbath”, released in 1970. This album defined the new sound of Heavy Metal and Tony remains with Laney to this day. “NAMM is honoured to recognise Laney for their 50 years in business and in service to both the music products industry and to their community,” noted Lamond. “Laney has demonstrated the perseverance and passion to stand the test of time, inspire countless others and create a more musical world for the benefit of all.”
The Milestone Awards are presented annually to industry leaders celebrating notable anniversaries during The NAMM Show, held during the month of January in Anaheim, California. The NAMM Show brings together over 100,000 industry professionals to preview the latest gear, attend educational sessions, and network with peers from more than 120 countries and regions.
In celebration of both Laney’s 50th anniversary and Black Sabbath’s final “The End” tour, the 2017 NAMM Show sees the re-issue of Laney’s original ‘LA100BL’ amplifier along with a signature Tony Iommi boost pedal.
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NAMM 2017 Performing Artists

We will be attending the 2017 NAMM show in LA. Below are the list of Laney artists performing across January 19th-22nd. We will be in Hall C at booth 4350.  

LIVE IN BIRMINGHAM WITH KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

Laney Endorsee’s Killswitch Engage have been on the road for 10 months this year and they finished it off with some huge shows paying with Bullet For My Valentine and we popped along to their shows at the O2 Academy in Birmingham to see them rock the West Midlands for one last time in 2016!

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Frank Turner Live at Parr Hall in Warrington

We took a trip to Parr Hall in Warrington to see Laney artist Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, of whom bassist Tarrant Anderson is a Laney Endorsee and long time user. Taken back by the vintage yet modern venue, as you can see below, it’s quite an incredible building to host rock and roll shows night after night! See more on our social media: www.facebook.com/laneyamplification www.instagram.com/laneyamplification www.twitter.com/laneyamps img_7498 img_7500 img_7505 img_7515 img_7518 img_7532

Laney Live In Birmingham with Tom Odell

We took a trip to the O2 Academy in Birmingham to see Max Clilverd. He plays guitar for Tom Odell and uses a Laney Lionheart L20H and LT-212. A sell out crowd saw Tom and Max wow the venue, watch a full video of Max’s roaring sound on our Facebook page here.   img_7382 img_7377