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LOUIS BERRY JOINS THE FAMILY!

Proud Liverpudlian Louis Berry grew up in a rough part of the city, and his first musical steps were taken while sneaking a quick go on his Grandad’s forbidden guitar, hidden under the bed, on which he taught himself a couple of chords. Somewhat surprisingly, he only discovered Johnny Cash when he was 20, having spent his adolescence listening to Tupac. Berry took the messages about society’s injustices in Tupac’s music to heart, and themes such as inner-city homelessness had a large influence on his songwriting. His rebellious style owed a lot to rock & roll greats such as Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, in stark contrast to the mainstream singer/songwriters with whom Berry drew comparisons, like Jake Bugg, Alex Turner, or the Strypes, acts which Berry felt lacked authenticity and substance.

Berry signed a record deal after playing just two gigs. He performed an explosive set for BBC Introducing in 2015, which triggered a lot of interest around his first track .45. Later that year, his debut EP Rebel garnered a very positive response and received wide-ranging support from major radio stations. It was dubbed “hottest record” by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 and made it into the Top Five tracks of the week on XFM, as well as receiving extensive airplay from Liverpool-based station Juice FM. After many festival appearances in 2015, he planned a headline tour in early 2016, his last stop was in his native Liverpool.

The hype is real and the reviews speak for themselves:

Well, he’s a confident little fucker but you know what they say – if you can’t walk it, don’t talk it.

“I want to be the biggest male artist on the planet. You name me one song in the charts right now that says anything about your life or my life. I can’t name ONE! Chart music now is just candy – it doesn’t feed your soul. An hour later you’re hungry again”. He is going to walk it.

Born in Liverpool to a heroin addict father and a mother desperate to keep him on the right side of the law, Louis Berry already seems to have lived nine lives. “I had to be older than my years to keep the family together. I had to be strong for my mum although I was ashamed growing up because of my dad. I was ashamed to be me and the only way I could get respect was by doing bad things”.

He’s a bit of a loner – albeit a loner known to many on the estate he grew up on – and a loner not unknown to the local police. His was a life spent living on his wits and his ability to help make ends meet through whatever means necessary. At his heart is a conscience and a sense of morality, although one which made him think it was ok to steal a car because “they could afford a car – we couldn’t afford to eat”. His was a life lived like so many others on sink estates across the UK.

Eventually getting access to a guitar after his grandfather gave him an entry level banjo, Louis would sneak up to his bedroom and learn to play. “I hated carrying a guitar case on the estate as it felt like a weak thing to do. But fuck it, it was what it was. At school there were the popular kids, and there was me. I thought differently to other people. It always felt like I was looking in on people and their lives. One night a friend made him sing – ”How Deep Is Your Love” by the Bee Gees, as incongruous as it was omnipresent. “I said ‘fuck it, I’ll sing the song ‘cause the cocaine addict who used to come around with his guitar and sing songs didn’t show up – he used to come round and sing songs while we had a joint”. For Louis, It was a turning point to realise that he had talent and to have that talent acknowledged by others. Here was something he could do that didn’t rely on living outside normal behavioral parameters, or living outside the law.

Things grew as the songs flowed. “I wasn’t part of the Liverpool music scene which is dominated by students. I did resent people who had it easy and who were desperately trying to fit in; I always thought ‘let’s be real about what’s going on, with people starving in the streets’. I always knew I’d sing about what I knew and what I saw and I don’t care if people like it or not. But, as it turned out, they did”. Indeed they did – the buzz on him grew so inexorably that it took just 2 gigs for him to be signed which, ironically, might be just what used to happen to many of the stage school wannabees that he so detests. But he’s in it for the long haul.

The early single ‘.45’ was the first introduction to Louis’ songwriting world and quickly won him local praise as well as support amongst music tastemakers such as Zane Lowe who nominated it his ‘Next Hype’. But it was ’25 Reasons’, the first single from Louis’ 2015 debut EP ‘Rebel’, which really cemented his sound, an amalgam of classic, gritty rock n roll with soul. The track saw regular plays and radio support from BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac and John Kennedy at Radio X. By the spring of 2015 he was awarded the ‘One To Watch’ at Liverpool’s prestigious GIT Awards by a panel consisting of representatives from BBC 6 Music, NME, Vice, The Guardian and Q Magazine.

“I’ve been through some tough shit – at times I’ve questioned my sanity. But I’m making it better now because I’ve done some bad things and I’ve treated some people really badly. After I spent some time getting wasted in Ibiza I woke up and said ‘I’m 20 years old and my lifestyle is fucked’. It was. And I found a way to make it better by making music”.

Signed to Ministry, and back in the studio putting the finishing touches to his debut album, Louis Berry remains a bit of a misfit, who will gladly offer an honest opinion about anyone he knows – including fellow musicians and people within the music industry. “If someone tells me I have to go out there and impress some people because they’re important to my career, I’d rather go out there and really piss them off. Because this should be about the songs and a belief that everything else is bollocks. I walk around thinking ‘people in Liverpool, can’t you see what they are doing to you?’.There’s so much to say and no one is saying it. I’m going to be the lad who does.”

Louis plays a Laney Lionheart L20T-212 with his band that includes Laney player and endorsee Jesse Eigen.

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IRONHEART 60 COMBO TO HEAD CONVERSION

We love seeing what our fans do to customise their equipment be it a band logo on the side of their cabinet, change of grille cloth or even the smaller changes like handles and knob colours. This following one from Darius Maroszyk is taking it to another level. He has converted his trusty Ironheart IRT60-212 into a snazzy 60w head and separate 2×12 cabinet. Now we already do a 60w separate head and 2×12 cab but because this is a combo conversion it looks really different and we love it!

LA50TH PACKAGES START GETTING SENT OUT!

The LA50TH is a strictly limited edition production of just 50 sets worldwide! It consists of . . .
LA100BL – a hand-wired, point-to-point re-issue of the first amp that Tony Iommi ever bought from Laney in 1969, lovingly built in our Black Country Customs workshop, here in the U.K.
LA412 – matching oversized 412 loaded with Celestion G12H made in Ipswich, England
TI-BOOST – a brand new Tony Iommi signature pedal built to match and exceed the performance of Tony’s original, modified Dallas Arbiter Range Master

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LANEY A-DUO PRESS RELEASE

JANUARY 2017: Laney proudly introduces a brand-new model to its A-Series acoustic amplifier range. The Laney A-DUO is a portable acoustic instrument combo with a range of acoustic-friendly controls and variables including digital reverb and chorus.

Designed and engineered in the UK, the A-DUO calls on Laney’s 50-year history of amplifier building to provide versatility, portability, and reliability to all levels of player.

POWER AND PORTABILITY At only 10.5kg (23.2lbs), the A-DUO is very portable but can deliver the power and headroom for large stage performances. An ultra-efficient, dual mono Class D power amplifier is combined with a pair of 8” custom-designed dual-cone woofers to deliver articulate, transparent acoustic sound reproduction with both punch and high end clarity.

ADAPTABLE CABINET DESIGN The A-DUO has been designed to adapt to multiple performance situations. Placed on the floor it has a minimal stage footprint and can even be used as a performance seat in this position. Alternatively, it can be placed on its side feet for tonal variation or mounted on a speaker stand for maximum projection.

DUAL CHANNEL FLEXIBILITY The A-DUO has two completely independent channel strips, both of which can accept either XLR or Jack inputs, provide 3-band equalization and feature a ‘Shape’ control for instant single button optimization. This flexibility allows for connection of a mic and instrument, two different acoustic instruments or even a blend of separate mic and pickup connections from the same instrument. Plus, with an additional Aux in connection for backing tracks, the A-DUO is ideal for live performances.

ON-BOARD DIGITAL EFFECTS Both channels also feature their own Chorus and/or Reverb for further sound enhancement without the need for external effects units. Each channel’s Chorus is visibly engaged with a green LED light which will then pulse giving an indication of the LFO (low frequency oscillator) rate. This rate can then also be adjusted by simply holding down the Chorus switch and turning the Reverb control pot. On letting go of the Chorus switch, the rate is stored and will even be recalled at the next switch on. Reverb and Chorus can be remotely bypass via FS2-MINI footswitch (available separately)

FEEDBACK ELMINIATION A simple but very effective Anti-Feedback button can be engaged to automatically scan for and then eliminate unwanted feedback. A Phase switch is also on hand to remove of destructive interference which can occur when a player is too close to the amplifier; a simple solution at the switch of a single button.

PRO EXTRAS On both XLR channel inputs, Phantom power is permanently available for use with a condenser or dynamic microphone. A balanced XLR D.I. out provides direct, mic-free connection to a mixer or active speaker system for larger performance situations. Four digital EQ pre-sets provide sound global enhancement options depending on situation and setup.

FEATURES • 10.5kg (23.2lbs) • Extremely efficient Class D dual mono power amplifier system • 2×8” custom-designed dual cone loudspeaker • Multi-position cabinet – can be used as a performance seat • Dual independent channel strips both with dedicated 3-band EQ and Shape • Independent variable Reverb & Chorus on both channels • Phantom Power • 4 x digital EQ cabinet pre-sets • Aux Input (mini jack) • Phones Input (mini jack) • Single button anti-feedback switch • Phase switch • D.I. Out (Balanced XLR with Pre/Post options and Ground Lift) • Master Mute switch • 35mm top hat for speaker stand mounting • FX loop (send & return)


LANEY LA30D PRESS RELEASE

JANUARY 2017: Laney proudly introduces a brand-new addition to the range of LA acoustic amplifiers. The Laney LA30D is a dual-channel 30W RMS acoustic amplifier combo, ideal for performance and rehearsal.

Designed and engineered in the UK, the LA30D calls on Laney’s 50-year history of amplifier building to provide versatility, portability, and reliability to all levels of player from the rehearsal room to the stage.

PERFORMANCE AND PORTABILITY At 7.4kg (16.3lbs), the LA30D is compact yet packed for performance. 30 watts real RMS linear output power is allied with pair of 6.5” drivers. These custom-designed speakers house a unique dual-cone design which deliver full, natural acoustic sound-reproduction with plenty of high-end sparkle.

DUAL CHANNEL FLEXIBILTY Two independent input channels both offer the choice of balanced XLR or unbalanced jack inputs and both can have Reverb assigned to them as required. This flexibility allows for connection of a mic and instrument, two different acoustic instruments or even a blend of separate mic and pickup connections from the same instrument. Plus, with an additional Aux in connection for backing tracks, the LA30D is ideal for acoustic guitar + vocal performances.

INSTRUMENT CHANNEL The ‘Instrument’ channel features useful tone-shaping via a three-band EQ plus a ‘Shape’ control for instant single button optimization for electro-acoustic guitar sounds. Variable Chorus and/or Reverb is on hand for further sound enhancement without the need for external effects units. The Chorus is visibly engaged with a green LED light which will then pulse giving an indication of the LFO (low frequency oscillator) rate. This rate can then also be adjusted by simply holding down the Chorus switch and turning the Reverb control pot. On letting go of the Chorus switch, the rate is stored and will even be recalled at the next switch on.

FEEDBACK ELMINIATION A simple but very effective Anti-Feedback button can be engaged to automatically scan for and then eliminate unwanted feedback. A Phase switch is also on hand to remove of destructive interference which can occur when a player is too close to the amplifier; a simple solution at the switch of a single button.

PRO EXTRAS On both XLR inputs Phantom power is permanently available for use with a condenser or dynamic microphone. A balanced D.I. out provides direct, mic-free connection to a mixer or active speaker system for larger performance situations.

KEY FEATURES • Ultra-Lightweight at 7.4kg (16.3lbs) • 30W RMS of linear power • 2 x 6.5” dual-cone custom-designed drivers • Dual independent channels, both with XLR or Jack inputs • Variable Reverb assignable to both channels • Variable Chorus on the Instrument channel • 3 Band EQ plus “Shape” switch pre-set on Instrument channel • Single button anti-feedback switch • Phase switch • Phantom Power • Aux Input (mini jack) • Phones Input (mini jack) • D.I. Out (balanced jack)

LANEY A-FRESCO PRESS RELEASE

LANEY A-FRESCO  
JANUARY 2017: Laney proudly introduces a brand-new model to its A-Series acoustic amplifier range. The Laney A-FRESCO is an ultra-compact acoustic instrument combo designed for use with both mains or battery power options, with a range of acoustic-friendly controls and variables including digital reverb and chorus.
Designed and engineered in the UK, the A-FRESCO calls on Laney’s 50-year history of amplifier building to provide versatility, portability, and reliability to all levels of player.
POWER AND PORTABILITY- ANYWHERE!
Whilst the A-FRESCO is small and light, weighing in at only 7.2kg (15.8lbs), it has the power and headroom to deliver serious performance. An ultra-efficient, cool-running Class D power amplifier is combined with an 8” custom-designed dual-cone woofer to deliver articulate, transparent acoustic sound reproduction with plenty of high end sparkle.
The A-FRESCO can be powered either via mains connection (adaptor included) or a choice of battery power options (available separately). The optimum battery power option is 4 x Li-Ion protected cells. Utilizing these highly effective batteries will provide impressive performance and power for up to 24 hours. A set of approved batteries plus charger is available directly from Laney as an optional extra (BP-18650). See below for further battery option guidelines. *
DUAL CHANNEL FLEXIBILITY The A-FRESCO has two completely independent channel strips, both of which can accept either XLR or Jack inputs, provide 3-band equalization and feature a ‘Shape’ control for instant single button optimization. This flexibility allows for connection of a mic and instrument, two different acoustic instruments or even a blend of separate mic and pickup connections from the same instrument. Plus, with an additional Aux in connection for backing tracks, the A-FRESCO is ideal for live performances. Both channels also feature their own Chorus and/or Reverb for further sound enhancement without the need for external effects units.
ANTI-FEEDBACK
A simple but very effective Anti-Feedback button can be engaged to automatically scan for and then eliminate unwanted feedback. A Phase switch is also on hand to remove of destructive interference which can occur when a player is too close to the amplifier; a simple solution at the switch of a single button.
PRO EXTRAS
On both XLR channel inputs, Phantom power is permanently available for use with a condenser or dynamic microphone. A balanced XLR D.I. out provides direct, mic-free connection to a mixer or active speaker system for larger performance situations. Four digital EQ pre-sets provide sound global enhancement options depending on situation and setup.
POWER SAVING MODES
The A-FRESCO offers ‘Normal’ and ‘Eco’ mode operation. Eco reduces power to the amplifier and is designed for longer battery life, up to 24 hours when this mode is engaged. Holding the battery switch down will indicate your remaining battery life via the adjacent LED lights. The A-FRESCO also has a sleep mode to conserve battery life when in Normal mode.
FEATURES
  • Ultra-Lightweight at 7.2kg (15.8lbs)
  • Extremely efficient Class D power amplifier system
  • 1×8” custom-designed dual cone loudspeaker
  • Mains or battery power operation (Quick release battery pack accepts Li-Ion or AA battery types) *
  • Normal and Eco power modes with battery life indicator lights
  • Dual independent channel strips both with dedicated 3-band EQ and Shape
  • Independent variable Reverb & Chorus on both channels
  • Phantom Power
  • I. Out (Balanced XLR with Pre/Post options and Ground Lift)
  • FX loop (send & return)
  • 4 x digital EQ cabinet pre-sets
  • Aux Input (mini jack)
  • Phones Input (mini jack)
  • Single button anti-feedback switch
  • Phase switch
  • Master Mute switch
  • 35mm top hat for speaker stand mounting

*Battery options

  • LBP-18650 (4x Li-ion cells + charger) available from Laney.co.uk.
  • Tested and recommended Li-ion battery options include Samsung NCR18650, XTAR 3400mAH (Black), Keeppower NCR18650B, EVVA NCR18650 (Black), Enerpower NCR18650B (Blue) and are widely available from consumer electronics retailers
  • Unprotected Li-Ion cells must never be used in this product.
  • Comparable performance results can also be achieved by connecting a 12V power bank via the DC input.

8 x AA batteries (Alkaline LR6 or NiMH CR6) may also be used. These are best suited for occasional use and moderate listening levels using the product’s ECO mode.

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