News: Music in Parks | Static Era | Waitangi Day.

It’s been busy at The Rock Factory as usual.  We’ve had Auckland Council Music in Parks gigs on most weekends, which are always great fun.  And it’s been hood to hear positive feedback from happy patrons.  We’ve been blessed with beautiful weather for the most part…  Though in Huia we got a lot of rain, the crowd weren’t phased and kept dancing.  I even overheard enthusiastic statements like “Wow this is just like woodstock!”
Michelle has been having fun on tour with local rock band Static Era, here’s a video from their Auckland show.

On Waitangi Day we were up early to set up for a show at Hoani Waititi Marae. ‘Sweet & Irie’, and ‘Majik’ were our highlights for the day! Definitely check them out if you get the chance.

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Music in Parks

Music in Parks Auckland: Rock Factory Stage, Marquee, and Soundsystem

Music in Parks Auckland: Rock Factory Stage, Marquee, and Soundsystem


Auckland Council Music in Parks is here for the summer.  We’re stoked be mixing lots of awesome bands and supplying sound systems and/or staging  for one of these outdoor concerts every weekend.

Music in Parks super fun events are FREE and happening in a park near you, so make up a picnic, slap on your sunscreen, and enjoy an awesome summer day of great entertainment with your family and friends.

For a full list of bands, parks, and dates, visit the official Music in Parks website

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Neilstock, oh yeah!

If you like secret camping music festivals with awesome bands you should probably come to this.


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November Update

Hi all,

Sometimes when we get really busy we forget to update our news page, but rest assured that we’re working hard!

Some of our highlights for the year included:

* Two Rock Factory Recording Marathons

* Staging for Auckland City Council Music in Parks

* Sound for Movie nights at Silo Park

* Silo Sessions; our favourite was the Multi-Cultural World Together Concert

* The Korean Du Ruje Festival in Aotea Square

As always we are looking forwards to the upcoming Annuals: Grey Lynn Festival, Neilstock, Keltic Fair and Tairua Wine and Food Festival.

Hope you’ve had a great year too and are looking forward to summer and the festive seasons!  Don’t forget to book equipment for your christmas party from us.  :)



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November News: Thank You

Thank you very much indeed for helping us win the 2012 People’s Choice Awards for best Nationwide Audio Visual Hire! The original reason we started the Rock Factory was to help and support bands in our community who don’t always have a lot of money. We moved into corporate work to enable us to keep doing what we love, and it turns out that corporate work is a pleasure to do as well! We count ourselves so lucky that we get to do both these days, and feel appreciated by both musicians and corporate clients. Without your support we couldn’t do any of this, so from the bottom of our geeky little hearts, thanks for continuing to take your business to us, and thank you again for voting.

Moving on in the year, November will be a great month for us, and for everyone in Auckland, as events are now steadily moving outdoors again!

  • Last Saturday we would have been at Auckland‘s biggest community festival, the massive Grey Lynn Park Festival had it not have been cancelled due to bad weather!  We
    wholeheartedly support the team in their decision – what a tough call to make! There’ll always be next year, and we’re already looking forward to it.
  • Silo Park will be starting their next season on November 23 with Silo Cinemas, followed by Nick D’s Weird Together Presents World Together on December 1.
  • On Nov 24 we’ll take care of the sound at this year’s Neilstock in Tirau. We’ve been working with those guys for many years now and can’t wait to join the party!
  • Early December, on Dec 2, we’ll be part of Hospice West’s Light Up Hospice event in Te Atatu, again, this year with Lisa Crawley and Adeaze
  • On the same day, December 2 that is, we’ll take care of Dance In The Park in Devonport, which is part of the local christmas festivities.

So much more is happening this month, too much to tell you in one short newsletter! You’re bound to see us out and about, so please do say hi if you run into us, it’s always nice to meet you!

Hey freelancing sound engineers out there, do you procrastinate when working from home, but can’t find a suitable office to work from regularly? Why not rent our studio to use your time more efficiently – it’s all set up and ready to go. Just bring yourself and your projects and work away without being distracted by the kids, your Xbox, your dog or whatever it is that keeps you from doing what you need to do. Giz a ring!

November Specials
*BRAND NEW* Portable PA + Mic only $100/day

Follow Spotlight only $50/day ea (usually $80)

Our special offers are only valid during the month of November, and are subject to availability.

Installations & Long Term Hire
Did you know that we can help you with both, long term hire and installations? Be it audiovisual set ups and/or lighting, as qualified and experienced systems designer, Mark and Michelle will be able to identify how to get the most out your space. Be it function rooms, concert venues, pubs, galleries, conference centres, living rooms, rehearsal spaces, community centres or recording studios – we know what we’re doing!
Try before you buy – try out your personalised set up for a few months, or as long as you wish, via our long term gear hire option. Should you decide you’d like to purchase, we can sort you out at competitive pricing!

New Gear
Our brand new portable PA system is perfect for wedding ceremonies and speeches, for farmers markets and any kind of occasion that doesn’t need a full set up, but simply light amplification. The amp itself runs on a battery, meaning that without the hassle of cables or the noise of a generator, it can be taken flexibly wherever needed, giving you more freedom of choice when it comes to the location of your perfect event.

Venues We Like: Outdoors!
Did you know that most local parks can be booked for private functions and events? It’s easier and more affordable than you’d imagine – give the good people of the Auckland City Council  a ring to talk about specifics. Even your own garden can turn into a lovely, atmospheric concert and/or party venue with a little light and a stage. All of our gear is perfectly suited to support whatever it is you’re planning!

Venues We Like: The Winchester
Based on the groundfloor of a gorgeous art deco era Freemason’s building, the Winchester is the perfect location for any kind of function. The rooms and their capacity are extremely flexible and well worth checking out – contact Jerry for more info. Give us a call if you need help with your audiovisual needs!

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October News: Rocktober*

Before we get into it, just a gentle reminder to not miss your chance to cast your vote for us at this year’s People’s Choice Awards!

Secondly, let me make a quick announcement: We had a cancellation and are now free on Labour Weekend – first come, first serve! Labour Weekend is usually booked out about six months in advance as first long weekend of spring. If you get in touch quickly, we’ll be able to help you last minute!

In somewhat related news, we’re growing and growing, which means can now provide you with two full production set ups. That means 2 full stages, marquees, backline, sound, lighting and staff at the same time! All you’ll need to provide is a place and entertainment to take your event to the next level.

If you want to check out what a full production set up looks like, pop by at this year’s Waitakere Festival in Henderson Park on October 28, for example. It’s free with an exellent line-up of bands; among them The Bat’s Robert M Scott, playing a fairly rare (for Auckland) solo set. Check out their website for the full programme.

*apologies – it had to be done

Have you ever considered hiring the backline? Especially when you’ve got a big line up with many bands, it simply saves time if everyone uses the same amps or the same drum kit. Talk to us next time you’re planning an event – we’ve got some top notch backline that we hire out, like our beautiful Pearl Reference Masterworks drum kit.

By the way, if available, you are free to use our backline when recording at our studio.

New Gear
Finally we got our own snake with side-of-stage monitor split! Side-of-stage monitoring means an extra sound engineer on the side of the stage who mixes just the monitors for the bands – now isn’t that flash? It’s particularly practical for large events. We’re looking forward to using it a lot this summer.

October Specials
Christmas Party Special: If you book a full DJ set up for your christmas party early on, in October, we’ll have a special price for you!

  • 2 speakers
  • 1 sub
  • 2 CDJs (or 2 turntables, or one of each)
  • all cables

Only $300+GST (pick-up)!

Lighting Special:
Grab 2 lasers (red & green) and a smoke machine for $75+GST (pick up)!

Venues we like: Galatos
Gorgeous 100-year-old building with 3 different sized rooms suitable for all kinds of events. They do have a PA system, but if you need anything extra, you know who to ask – a few extra lights will make you shine!


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August News: Bright Lights And Lullabies

It’s been over 2 months that we’ve said hi, and boy, have we been busy! Meet our latest acquisition to the right of this article – his name is Peter and he’s been keeping Mark and Michelle well on their toes! I think we’ll keep him.

Apart from baby related things, we’ve been busy with many Re-orientation events at AUT, MIT and Uni of Auckland’s Shadows Tavern.

Congratulations to the good people at the Wynyard Quarter/Silo Park, who recently celebrated their first anniversary! Can we even remember the area before the re-development last year? Everything they put on there has been so very well received, and we’re extremely proud to be a steady part of the team!

Summer is right ahead, and our calendar is filling up – make sure you let us know about your upcoming events early on – christmas party planning time is probably… NOW! In the next few weeks you’ll see us out and about a lot – we’re particularly looking forward to Waitakere Festival and Grey Lynn Festival, and we’ll be providing the backline for the Going Global showcase at Galatos next month.

Say hi if you see us!

You can still vote for us
End of September the results of this year’s People’s Choice Awards will be tallied up, and of course we’d like to do as well as we did in the past. If you’re already our client, happy with our service and have a spare couple of minutes, why don’t you pop by on their website and give us your vote! Follow this link here to cast your vote – we’d hugely appreciate it.

We’ve Moved!
No real news, but just in case you didn’t know: We’ve moved from Parnell Rise to George St where we’re conveniently based less than a stone throw away from studio and warehouse.

Unit 2b
21 George St
ph: 09 309 7948

You can still use our old phone number; it’s now Michelle’s direct dial.

September Specials - Special 1:
To introduce you to our brand new LED strips, we thought we should come up with a nice lighting related special for events during the month of September only!

  • Hire at least 2 LED strips and get 2 LED Par64 cans on floor stands for free!
September Specials - Special 2:
With summer ahead it’s time to record and rehearse, or both!

Our usual going rates for the studio are $50/h+GST (incl. engineer and any backline not hired out on the day), or $25/h+GST (without engineer, ie. to record yourself, or just practise).

  • Hire the studio for 3 days (min 8h/day) and receive a 20% discount off your final bill!
  • Hire the studio for 5 days (min 8h/day) and receive a 25% discount off your final bill!

On a private note…
Friday the 13th proved to be a lucky day for the Rock Factory with the birth of little Peter Albert Rawstron. He’s a happy, healthy little fella, well on the path to his first smile! Thanks for all of your support in the weeks around his birth, it’s nice to know that people care above and beyond the professional level!

Venues we like: The Golden Dawn – Tavern of Power
Did you see the awesome, easy-to-use lighting during last week’s fashion events? Well, that was us, hi! The music they put on at GD is well picked, both DJs and great bands, with extremely friendly staff and a huge choice of drinks and foods for all tastes – well worth a visit!

Venues we like: Paddington Live
The people in charge of the Paddington have their hearts in the right spot, and sometimes they use our excellent Rock Factory backline! If you want to play there, give Scott a call!

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July News: Not Long ‘Til Spring!

Life has been busy at Casa Rock Factory! By now we’ve had a few months time to play with the new line array, and it really does sound great. You would have seen it at the most recent Silo Sessions & Markets – our favourite one in the last few weeks was Weird Together’s World Together gig.

Apart from our work at Silo Park, our next big stop will be Tertiary Institutions’ Reorientation, meaning we’re moving steadily towards spring again!

Now, don’t panic, but this is probably a good point in time to remind you to book the sound, staging and marquees for your spring and early summer events soon, before it all becomes a rush.

In personal news, finding a new office/living space closer to warehouse and studio was a full success: we’re now right next door. Find our new address details at the bottom of this email! The birth of baby Klaessens-Rawstron is imminent, too, so check our Facebook for updates - we’ll see you on the other side.

Please Vote For Us
We’re nominated for this year’s [5]People’s Choice Awards! If you’re already our client and happy with our service, why don’t you pop by on their website and give us your vote!

We’ve Moved!
As many of you will already know that we’ve moved from Parnell Rise to George St where we’re conveniently based less than a stone throw away from studio and warehouse.

Unit 2b
21 George St
ph: 09 309 7948

You can still use our old phone number; it’s now Michelle’s direct dial.

Corporate Events
Next time you organise a conference, large meeting or company christmas party (not long to go now!), ask us for a quote on AV systems, wireless mics, lecterns, lighting etc. The picture above was taken at the Sustainable Coastlines Charity Ball at the Auckland Viaduct Hilton last year, which we’ve been doing for 2 years.

Venues we like: Lucha Lounge
Lucha Lounge in Newmarket has been one of our favourites for a while! We love that there are no venue hire costs for bands; musicians just need to provide their own PA to play. OH HANG ON, don’t you hire out fine sound systems, Rock Factory? Why, yes, we do!

Venues we like: The Studio
On K’Rd, the good people of [11]the Studio have come up with a sweet winter deal for local promoters! You can play at the Studio Light entirely for free. That’s basically the foyer of the Studio, fitting ~250 people, provided you organise your own sound. OH HANG ON, don’t you hire out fine [12]sound systems, Rock Factory? Why, yes, we do!

Long-term hirage
If you’re managing a venue, and you don’t have your own in-house sound system yet, we’ve got a great deal for you! Long-term hirage to fit your venue’s needs, the full package, with a great number of systems available.

Get an entire week of great sound for the price of one night’s hirage!*

Give us a call to discuss the nitty gritty and get a quote.

* Minimum hirage is 4 weeks

Winter Special
The best deal in town: 5000 watt PA system for hire for $250 incl/day.
Phone 021 358 577 to book. Extended to August 31, 2012

Pick up only, one night hire only

  • Only one of these systems available so first in first served!
  • We have [17]other PA systems at various prices if you miss out.

Package contains:

  • 2 double 12 and horn FOH tops
  • 2 double 15 subs, crossover
  • 2 x FOH amps in rack
  • Cables to connect
  • 16 channel mixing desk (optional)

The package is worth $400+GST.

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April News: Bye Bye Summer, Hello Music Month!

Ahhh what a good summer it’s been after all! How was yours? We were so busy, getting to work at some great events, notably anything you would have seen at Silo Park, like all movie nights and concerts, including the 95bFM Summer Series! We set up gigs on top of a volcano in the rain at Devonstock, got the crowd dancing at Elvis In The Gardens, put up a stage at Round The Bays, could be found lighting fashion shows, did some touring, and that’s just a fraction of the things we’ve done! Boy, we’ve been busy!

Next stop Music Month – have you already booked your gig? If you were a bit late and couldn’t find one of the conventional venues for your gig, how about trying something new and hiring a PA system from us? That gives you total flexibility about where to play – old warehouses, scout halls, community centers, your living room, outside in the glorious autumn sunshine – all with perfect sound! It’s also a good time of year to think about Music Month+1: June! Let’s keep the party going this year.

We’re all musicians and we’re fans as well, so talk to us if you need any help.

Please Vote For Us
We’re nominated for this year’s People’s Choice Awards! If you’re already our client and happy with our service, why don’t you pop by on their website and give us your vote!

Studio Stuff
It’s a good time of the year to get recorded, and we’re all set up to make it happen! New in the studio: A John Broadwood & Sons Upright Grand Piano! It sounds great! Give us a call to book you in now! You can also use all our awesome, TOP OF THE LINE backline when you are in the studio and it’s included in the price!! No need to cart around your gear, it’s all there!

Line Array Speakers!
A few weeks ago, big boxes arrived all the way from Germany, containing our brand new 3-way line array speakers and subs. Designed in Italy, they’ll provide a more crystal clear sound than you can shake a stick at, at our typical affordable prices. They can be ground stack or flown; the top boxes performing at 1500 watts RMS, and the subs at a massive 3000 watts RMS each. This is a huge step for the Rock Factory, upping our game for your next event. When we tested them at the warehouse, we were too afraid to turn them on fully, because it would have shaken the foundation of the building!

New Gear
Apart from the line array speakers we mentioned above, we’ve also purchased the following  new gear:

  • 2 marquees, sized 6 x 6 metres & 6 x 4 metres* We’ve doubled our staging to be able to do 12 x 6 metres, or 72 square metres
  • 51 inch full figh definition and 3D-readyPlasma TV to AV Hire
  • 3 x Technics 1210MK5 DJ turntables
  • 2 x CDJ  1000MK3
  • DJM600 & DJM800 DJ mixers
  • Pro Par 64 Cans & LED lights
  • AKGC414 large diaphragm multi-pattern condenser mic diaphragm multi-pattern consender mic
  • Soundcraft GB8 40-channel mixing desk
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January News: What We Did On Our Holidays

Christmas Carols
A nice lead up to Christmas was us doing sound for beautiful choirs as part of carol services for two schools at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. We recorded the choir of a third school in their own chapel and they plan to make a cd from it. The beautiful voices make the recordings sound amazing.

Summer Road Trips
The Rock Factory team (including ‘Tailor the Ten Tonne Truck’, and a morning-sick Michelle) braved the savage rains and windy roads to travel to Coromandel for New Years.

For New Years Eve M & M (Mark and Michelle) jumped in on sound for Mile High and Transit of Venus at the Whangamata Summer Festival.  The weather was far from summery but nevertheless there was an excellent turnout of people and the bands put on a great show.

On January the 2nd the Rock Factory provided sound, stage and marquee for the Coromandel Keltic Fair. This was the first outing for our brand new marquee! There was a great range of entertainment such as amazing acrobats the ‘Twisty Twins’, music highlights included Yebiisu, Mamaku Project and The Managers, the opening was really cool with a call and return style powhiri with Te Awaawa Omania and the Thames Pipe Band.

On the 7th we provided sound, stage and marquee for Tairua Food and Wine Festival, you can see pictures of the event on their website here. It was fun watching people dance in the rain in their makeshift rainwear (including the legendary black sack of course!), and in spite of the weather the atmosphere was awesome.

November last year we went on a tour of 5 New Zealand theatres with Vortex Tribe from San Fransico.  We took along a PA, a lighting rig and stage, backline (luckily we have two sets now so the Auckland team wasn’t left in the lurch) a sound engineer, a truck driver and a lighting tech and had a lovely time.  The theatres were really beautiful, and had amazing acoustics.  A nice change from rock venues in a way.  The theatres were Bruce Mason Theatre, Wellington Opera House, TSB Showplace New Plymouth, Hastings Opera House, and Baycourt Theatre Tauranga.

And speaking of theatres, the Auckland Town Hall looks amazing! We suplied PA, backline and sound for Roots Festival there the very next weekend after the tour.

Studio News
We recorded a Christmas song for a band called Interconnector just before Christmas, you can listen to it here. This was part of our Annual Mid-Winter Christmas Song Competition, Interconnector won first place and runners up were a band called Anna Sasson.

Christmas in the Square
Aotea Square Christmas in the Square and Christmas Markets was 9 days of music and festivities. We provided a sound system to reinforce the volume of an assortment choirs, acoustic musicians, bands and cultural groups. Also DJ gear including CDJ’s and our brand new exciting shiny turntables! We gave our new powered PA a run for the first time, it handled 9 days perfectly and we’re really pleased with it. It’s going to be available for bands to hire to take away with them on tours. New gear is exciting!

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