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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November Update

So what’s the latest at The Rock Factory…

November is here, Summer is on it’s way and we’re hitting our busy season
with events. Christmas parties, functions, and outdoor festivals, our time
is filling up fast so get your bookings in soon!

We’ve recently had a great time at providing sound for Viva Waitakere and
Neilstock, check out our facebook page to look at the photos. Next exciting
outdoor festival we’re involved with is the Grey Lynn Festival on the 19th
of November. It’s gonna be epic, come along if you’re free. I’m looking
forward to mussel fritters!

We still have some booking space in our recording studio this summer, and
have introduced a flash new option we’re calling ‘Trans-Tasman Recording’
where we work in conjunction with Dave from Miscreant Recordings Melbourne,
recording here in NZ and mixing and mastering at his studio across the
ditch. If you haven’t checked out the new studio in Parnell we built last
summer do get in touch with us and come have a look. :)

Garage Sale
As we upgrade regularly, we’re running a bit of a garage sale with some of
our preloved gear…

Check out Michelles Trade-Me page for plenty of sweet deals
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listings.aspx?member=407344
There’s lots of these little boxes to fill up…

The Rock Factory is supporting The Syndicate Music Agency 2011
Singer/Songwriter competition with a fabulous recording prize at our studio
for the winner.
http://www.thesyndicate.org.nz/

The GON

Michelle and Mark of The Rock Factory have their own awesome band ‘The GON’
who have been recording in our studio when they had a little time off.
Songs are being mixed by Dave from Miscreant Recordings as part of our
Trans-Tasman Recording service, and are sounding kick-ass! I personally
can’t wait for it to be finished so we can have an album release party and
see them play again \m/

[Newletter composed by Kristie on behalf of The Rock Factory]

Any apparant spelling mistakes are just me testing you. Send a list of them
all to be in to win the Rock Factories ‘Certificate of Spelling’ award.

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Our First Rock Factory News!

So what’s the latest at The Rock Factory…
November is here, Summer is on it’s way and we’re hitting our busy season with events. Christmas parties, functions, and outdoor festivals, our time is filling up fast so get your bookings in soon!

We’ve recently had a great time at providing sound for Viva Waitakere and Neilstock, check out our facebook page to look at the photos. Next exciting outdoor festival we’re involved with is the Grey Lynn Festival on the 19th of November. It’s gonna be epic, come along if you’re free. I’m looking forward to mussel fritters!

We still have some booking space in our recording studio this summer, and have introduced a flash new option we’re calling ‘Trans-Tasman Recording’ where we work in conjunction with Dave from Miscreant Recordings Melbourne, recording here in NZ and mixing and mastering at his studio across the ditch. If you haven’t checked out the new studio in Parnell we built last summer do get in touch with us and come have a look. :)

The GON 
Michelle and Mark of The Rock Factory have their own awesome band ‘The GON’ who have been recording in our studio when they had a little time off.  Songs are being mixed by Dave from Miscreant Recordings as part of our Trans-Tasman Recording service, and are sounding kick-ass!  I personally can’t wait for it to be finished so we can have an album release party and see them play again \m/

There’s lots of these little boxes to fill up…
The Rock Factory is supporting The Syndicate Music Agency 2011 Singer/Songwriter competition with a fabulous recording prize at our studio for the winner.

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Yay! We have a new Localist page

This means that you can add reviews or “raves” about us if you like :)
If you think we are cool, and have had us do a good job for you in the past, then please DO!
We’ll love you forever and ever and ever!!

http://www.localist.co.nz/l/the-rock-factory/reviews

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We are Holding a Garage Sale!

The Rock Factory are currently holding a Garage Sale online to move on some pre-loved gear.

Check it out here: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listings.aspx?member=407344

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Conferences and Seminars, Meetings and Presentations

We now have a Lectern and Goose neck microphone for conferences and seminars. Address your audience in style – even the PM would look great behind one of these beautiful smooth semi matt black numbers. We also have brand new staging pieces, more compact than our previous design, easier to carry on site and setup for you. Photos soon!

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A quick update

While doing a few bits and pieces round the website I thought it might be nice to do a quick blog update.

Well lately we’ve been busy with Orientation gigs, I managed to not take many pictures because sometimes it gets a bit like that when busy. In fact, the only pic I seem to be able to find on my phone is one of this guy wearing a lycra suit at Shadows (Auckland University Bar)

Over the weekend The Rock Factory did sound for a show at The Auckland Museum.

Our new studio is right next to the museum/domain and it’s pretty much become one of my favourite places.

Oh here’s our little truck ‘Percy’ and our big truck… which as far as I know doesn’t have a name (suggestions welcome!).

And lovely dramatic skies that made me wish I had a better camera than the one on my phone haha

And here’s Mark running soundcheck in the foyer of the Museum.

Also been in the studio a bit lately but haven’t taken many pics as I am usually too busy pressing the buttons, you know how it is. So if you’re a band that’s recorded with us lately, and you want to send us through your recording pics to chuck onto the blog I’d really love that!

Hope all is well readers, keep checking the website for new specials and updates.  And don’t forget to join our mailing list on the right there!

[Blogged by Kristie]

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The New Studio!

This summer, jammed in between christmas and new years and the rush of live sound and event production for various festivals and gigs we somehow managed to find time to build a new recording studio!  Here are a few pics from the building process that I snapped on my phone…

The walls, lovingly recycled from our previous two locations!

And then the painting and plastering…

Carpet and computers…

Finishing touches…

Dave from Miscreant Recordings drops by, we’re going to be working with him when he moves to Melbourne shortly (you can read more about this HERE)

And the studio gets put to work!

So hit us up if you would like to come check out the studio or record with us. Our contact details are on the side bar! :)

[Blogged by Kristie]

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Update – December Thirteen 2010

Heya!!

Just a quick update with few pics of some of what we’ve been up to at The Rock Factory lately…

Native Tongue Publishing Christmas Party

A night of legendary pizza bread puff things and amazing bands!

Read more about the night here

Dance in the Park – Devonport

Bands, dance groups, stalls, and a Santa Parade :)

The little Lady Gagas were my favourite dance group!

Carols at Parnell Cathedral

Two school choirs on two different days. We got a bit excited about the awesome organ, and the carols were beautiful as was the setting!

Final show of The Twitch Tattoo NZ Tour

Josh, drummer for The Twitch gets tattooed backstage before the show!

And there’s been heaps more going on, outdoor events, gigs, recordings and even the occasional day off, it’s a busy time of year for us! More pics coming when I raid Michelles phone again :)

Hope you’re enjoying the summer!

*Blogged by Kristie*

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