Biggest MI stories of the week: Ash Hannis uses Tactus mixing system, Agent of Change campaign, Gear4music sees 42% sales increase

Each week, MI Focus will round up the most popular stories from the industry. So if you’ve had a busy week, sit down, grab a coffee and catch up on all of this week’s essential news

Here are the five biggest stories on MI Focus this week:

1. Sound engineer Ash Hannis officially using Peavey Commercial Audio’s Tactus mixing system

Barnes & Mullins Pro Audio and Peavey Commercial Audio have announced that leading live sound engineer Ash Hannis is officially using the Crest Audio Tactus digital mixing system.

Built in partnership with Waves, the comprehensive modular mixing system combines front-of-house and stage input/output boxes with a compact control console and state-of-the-art software options for what Peavey says is the most flexible and powerful mixing system, “capable of delivering studio-grade sound quality at any type of live event”.

2. Musicians and MPs gather outside parliament in support of the Agent of Change campaign helping to save live music venues

A number of musicians, music industry workers and politicians have gathered outside parliament to show their support for the UK’s live music scene.

The gathering is in aid of UK Music’s campaign for the Agent of Change law – proposed legislation brought forward by Labour MP and former Government Minister John Spellar, which aims to make property developers take account of the impact of any new scheme on pre-existing businesses, like music venues, before going ahead with their plans.

3. Gear4music sees 42% increase in sales over the past 4 months

UK MI retailer Gear4music has announced that is has seen a 42% increase in total sales over the past 4 months from 1st September 2017 to 31st December 2017.

The online retailer saw success in both the UK and abroad. UK sales were up 25% compared to the same period in 2016, and sales were up by 69% in Europe and the rest of the world.
On a two-year basis, sales growth was 120%, ahead of the 114% for the same period last year.

4. Why it’s never too late to learn a musical instrument

Jess Walter, a freelance music and technology writer, and a guitarist who first picked up her instrument in her 40s, describes in her own words how she ended up learning an instrument later in life, and why it is never too late to do so…

5. NAMM 2018: Orange Amps to host meet and greet with Glenn Hughes, Brent Hinds and Stephen Carpenter

Orange Amplification has announced that ambassadors Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple), Brent Hinds (Mastodon) and Stephen Carpenter (Deftones) will be stopping by the amp maker’s booth at this year’s NAMM Show.

Those visiting Orange at booth #4644, Hall D, will get the opportunity to meet these iconic rock and metal bassists and guitarists.