PA'S & MP3'S
In response to trying to better meet my own needs and responding to the requests of others, in 2008 I decided to start designing a series of audio equipment to help overcome many of the issues street performers have.
The normal criteria you are fighting against with street theatre are size, weight, power, battery life and cost. With a mains powered PA system life is easy – you can throw as much electricity at the thing as you want, and get a good result fairly easily with off the shelf components. With portable equipment life is very different as power and quality come from a fine balance between batteries, speakers and amplifiers, all of which need to be finely matched for optimum performance.
REMOTE CONTROL MP3
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The Q thing was developed to make the playback
(cueing) of recorded music and sound effects
more controllable and instinctive, thereby
giving much greater freedom for improvisation
within performances. Traditionally solo
performers struggle with activating their
music and sound effects, and all too often
just as a performer is ready to start, the
equipment isn’t and the moment is gone. In
an ideal world a performer would click their
fingers and a track would start... welcome to
the Q thing.
Suitable for performers, musicians, theatre
technicians, interactive sound installations
and many many more applications.
MK2.5 STUFFED THING
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This model has been designed as the ultimate
portable PA system for professional use, with
huge power and sound quality. It is smaller
and lighter than the Mk4, which makes it more
suitable for those people who’s priority is
the smallest and lightest possible PA that
will provide huge high quality sound.
MK4 STUFFED THING
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This model has been designed as an easily portable PA system for professional use, with huge power and sound quality. It differs from the Mk2 by being larger, more powerful, has more bass, audio filters, and additional features as standard. It is suitable for those people who don’t need the smallest and lightest PA possible, but do need a genuinely portable PA with superb sound quality and volume.
The Usual Recipe
The Usual Recipe
Batteries – Lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries offer about 4 or 5 times the power to weight ratio of sealed lead acid (SLA) ones, and are generally OK to take on aircraft – SLA batteries are generally not OK (check with the CAA for more information as regulations regularly change).
Amplifiers – getting the most out of an amplifier at low voltage is an art in itself. Conventional ‘A/B amplifiers’ used in most equipment are OK, but a lot of energy goes to making heat and not sound – about 50%. ‘Class T’ amplifiers are about 90% efficient which means more sound for less power – great news for small systems. The outputs are also identically in phase so they can be paralleled with low resistance speakers to get even more output.
Speakers – an amplifier is only as good as the speakers it runs. For the highest volume you need the most sensitive speakers – essentially you want the signal sent to them dealt with as efficiently as possible to get the biggest response possible from them. Speakers vary enormously in resistance, frequency response, power handling, sensitivity, resonant frequency, size, weight etc etc.
mp3 player - ideally what all performers would like is an extremely reliable 'sound man' at the side of the stage activating all the music and sound effects exactly on que....but you can in fact do it all yourself very easily now with the Q system mp3 player.
I started to play the Stuff & Things system in the Belfast Circus School and was besieged by street performers interested in how such a great sound could come from such a small system. Extensive testing over the next two days only served to reinforce their interest. I have never seen such enthusiasm for a sound system in twenty years in the business. This system is going to be the standard for the Festival of Fools – easy to transport, easy to operate and fantastic sound.
Will Chamberlain, Director, Festival of Fools
After one year trial of the Mk2 I wanted to thank you cause the boxes are great, they sound clean and wide, are great for travelling as well. I'm thinking in ordering the Mk3 as well.
Juan M Gomez
I wish you the best in making great amps for all of us and it will be an honour running around the globe with one of the best amps out there. When that pre-amp is stuck to the side of the Stuffed with everything connected, it looks perfect. The new MK2 is a masterpiece. Worth every dime, I'm a happy man.
Chris - Funny Bones
IT'S BRILLIANT! thank you thank you thank you thank you! heavenly sound and easy to use, stop it!
Amy Saunders - Miss Behave
Hi Nick, I picked up the parcel this morning and we have heard the glory that is the stuffed thing! Great..... The quality is very crisp and clear.
Sue Auty, Whalley Range All Stars
I just wanted to say how delighted I am so far with your sound system, it's so easy to get a great sound that's loud enough for all the outdoor gigs I've played. Every performer who has heard it has asked me where I got it, I hope you do well mate, they're great.
The volume was truly miraculous – particularly for such little boxes! So yes I am very happy with the system and reckon it’s definitely worth the money. I have put together all sorts of sound systems over the years, for my different acts and walkabouts, using off the shelf units so I know something about the problems and limitations of portable gear and can appreciate what you’ve achieved with this set up.
Just wanted to say thank you so much, when the Stuffed Thing arrived I was very sceptical that it could produce the volume I needed to be heard over generators, traffic, fair grounds, drunks etc. After the first show I was a convert! I have tried many of the battery amps on the market and they do not come close to the volume and clarity of this little wonder! Also would like to thank you for your help and advice too, I will happily recommend your work to anyone!
Stuart Terry, Astral Circus
Thanks so much for your brilliant after care service and also creating such brilliant kit - Your sound systems are so vital to the grannies.
Martin, Granny Turismo
The pa just landed and it's all working perfectly. Thanks again for the quick time you had it out to me and for your great work. I turned it on and like all your other clients, couldn't believe the poke out of the little thing. The dog wasn't so impressed, which says a lot, as he's well used to loud music!
PA is kicking up a beauty.
Just wanted to let you know I got the speakers. They worked brilliantly for our mask show at festivals in Belgium!
We had a rehearsal today and had the chance to listen to our stuffed thing is full swing, we are very very impressed its exactly what we need, so thanks again!
Matt Pang, Pangotic
Its arrived, perfect working order. Amazing sound quality, better than I had hoped! A thing of beauty! Thanks again.
Dan The Hat
This is a beast... it's built like a tank. Sound is incredible and we are very much looking forward to using it next weekend. Thanks again for the advice and the brilliant service that you always provide.
Chris - Funny Bones