May 2005 - Sound designers for two new musicals have chosen to use Vortex amplifiers from the German manufacturer CAMCO, the
first time they have been specified for Broadway productions in NYC.
The British sound designer Bobby Aitken is using CAMCO units provided by Masque Sound for the new musical production 'Lennon',
which featured more than 20 Vortex 6 amps on its pre-Broadway run at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. The musical is due to
open in New York at the beginning of July. Written and directed by Don Scardino, the show tells the story of John Lennon's life
in Lennon's own words and twenty-seven of his songs, with an ensemble of 10 performers and a ten-piece onstage band.
Bobby Aitken has specified CAMCO's powerful Vortex 6 amplifiers before, for the Queen musical 'We Will Rock You' in Las Vegas,
and on some productions of the international hit ''Mamma Mia'. ''The product sounds good, and has a good power-to-weight ratio,''
says Aitken, ''above all, the Vortex is reliable.''
PRG Audio has added 9 CAMCO Vortex 6 amps to its rental inventory, installing them on Broadway for Neil Simon's 1960s classic
musical-comedy 'Sweet Charity' starring Christina Applegate.
They are the choice of sound designer Peter Hylenski. Looking for an alternative to the theatre staples of Yamaha, Crest and
Crown amplifiers, he was introduced to CAMCO products by Masque Sound. ''When I heard these amplifiers with Masque's V-DOSC rig,
they sounded pretty astounding,'' says Hylenski. ''They have great clarity and detail, the low end is so tight and responsive,
and the high end is crisp and clean. There's no smearing of the image at all; they respond like a hi-fi amplifier.''
The system for 'Sweet Charity' is using Meyer MSL 2A loudspeakers powered by 7x Vortex 6 amplifiers, and two Martin double-15
subs powered by 2 further Vortex amps. ''The subs sound amazing, there's so much energy in them just from using a single amp
channel to run each double-15.'' Out front, there's a Cadac J-type console with the new Cadac mic pre-amps. Hylenski, who is also
a studio sound engineer, applies the same philosophy to his theatre sound designs. ''This show has very detailed orchestrations.
The pit is full of studio microphones, and we're really going for studio-quality sound. The CAMCOs fit appropriately into a
high-quality signal path. Not only are they a good, clean high-power alternative to Crest and Crown, but I can actually commend
the sound quality of these amplifiers.''
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