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GB Audio has wealth of experience setting up and operating sound systems, indoors and out. We have been responsible for highly acclaimed performances by many Scottish, UK and international artists.

We have supplied sound systems for The Edinburgh Festival & Fringe, The Scottish International Children's Festival, Theatre, Press conferences, Concerts, Fashion Shows, Highland Games, Car Launches, Fireworks Shows, Air Displays, Charity Balls, Rallies, Cookery Demonstrations, Street Parties, Rooftop Parties, Flower Arranging ....... (Phew!)

We have a huge range of equipment to suit different applications. We have simple system packages which you can hire dry to set up and operate yourself or with our experienced personnel to deliver, set up and expertly operate it for you. Or we can tailor a system specially to suit your performance, event and venue.

Theatre & Musicals

Songs For Victory. Photo courtesy of Paul Coltas
Photo courtesy of Paul Coltas

GB provide sound equipment and design services for professional and amateur theatre and musical productions.

Also see our feature on Forbes Masson's musical, Stiff

Rugby Word Cup

Rugby World Cup 2007 - VIP Suite

GB Audio installed 3 Shermann high definition loudspeaker systems, including the new R8Ms, in the Press Conference, VIP Suite and Staff Suite at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh for Scotland's opening matches against Romania and New Zealand in September.

Rugby World Cup 2007 - Press Conference

GB Audio chief, Graham Bodenham, designed the systems to meet the requirements of the French organisers and local technical team.

The VIP Suite was challenging for sound due to the row of chunky pillars situated centrally, down the full length of the room and a desire to keep the kit as unobtrusive as possible. Five zones of coverage, each with independent time alignment and EQ ensured seamless coverage, resulting in clear and intelligible speech throughout the space.

The Press Conference was a typical affair with question and answer sessions covered by 4 table mics and 2 roving wireless mics. Balanced audio feeds were provided to the broadcasters and journalists.

Dedicated followers of fashion

AECC Press & Journal Fashion Show 2004

GB Audio provided a complete sound system for the Press & Journal Fashion Show at the Aberdeen Exhibition &  Conference Centre. The event, enjoyed by over 2000 fashion fans included a full catwalk show featuring clothes supplied by Aberdeen's top designer outlets. The crowd were also entertained by break dancers, a rapper and singers. 

With a full size stage and runway to cover, we opted for low profile Shermann MR300 monitors. Six Shermann RS5s were flown to cover the audience areas whilst six R118B subs hidden under the catwalk made sure the system had plenty of welly.       top

Flights of fancy

Is this a Hurricane?

GB Audio has regularly provided the sound system for air shows at the Museum of Flight in East Lothian, which included a display by the Red Arrows aerobatic display team.

The red arrows doing their stuff

The main event was a 3 hour flypast which also featured the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Spitfire, Hurricane & Lancaster), Utterly Butterly Wingwalkers Flying Circus, Hawker Hunter & Jaguar, Sea King helicopter and a plethora of modern and vintage aircraft. Other attractions included world champion aerobats, RAF Falcons parachute display team, hot air balloons, falconry, archery and kite displays. top

Stairway to heaven?

Our remit was to provide commentary and music playback  for the main viewing sites and safety notice coverage for the entire site. This was carried out admirably by a series of flown speaker clusters over the main arena (see photo right) and other key areas. Shermann speakers with Chameleon and Crest amplification were used throughout. The main viewing runway was described as "Top sound" by Red 10, the Red Arrows own commentator and  "Excellent sound quality - loud & clear" by main commentator, Ken Ellis (Editor of Fly Past magazine).

"Top sound" said Red 10, the Red Arrows own commentator

GB Audio have supplied the sound for the air show for five years, catering for audiences of up to 15000 people. With such a so many people attending, safety is paramount. Announcements and safety notices must be heard right across the site. The three car parks needed exceedingly long throw coverage so we tied in the museum's own portable 100V line horn system for these areas.

Two control centres running in tandem gave full matrix control of all zones via two Yamaha mixing desks with Yamaha system EQ and time delays. Around 3 kilometres of cable was needed and two Sennheiser VHF wireless links to get sound to where it needed to be.   top

Red Arrows trying to upstage a Shermann Cub

Check out the Museum of Flight website:
for the programme details and more pictures.

The Red Arrows website: for info and downloadable photo library.

Conference Sound
the ubiquitous AKG top table mics

GB Audio provides sound kit and operators for press conferences, meetings and product launches.

Our inventory includes standard conference specification kit: top table mics, discrete lectern mics and broadcast grade radio mics. We have handheld mics, lapel mics and headset mics available.

We also have all the "behind the scenes" equipment eg rigging gear, mains distribution, recording and communication kit.

Shermann GX208 - smart sound in a small box

Edinburgh Festival & Fringe

GB Audio supply sound and production equipment to many events in the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. Generous discounts apply for early confirmed rental bookings. The earlier you book, the more you save:
10% before June, 15% before May, 20% before April, 25% before March, 30% before February. Click for full rate card


GB Audio repair and PAT (Portable Appliance Test) a wide range of audio equipment from most major manufacturers. POA.


GB Audio offer audio transcribing (duplication / format transfer) from 1/4 track open reel, 1/2 track open reel, MiniDisc, DAT, Cassette, Micro-cassette, 33/45 rpm vinyl to most other formats. POA.

Hire with confidence. Unsolicited Customer Quotes:

Jenny Farish recommends GB Audio: "I cannot recommend GB Audio highly enough. Fabulously knowledgeable and incredibly helpful. Graham comes up with great solutions to any problem and will work through them with you. His expertise and knowledge is impressive and extremely reassuring. He has solved many technical issues I have encountered in my studio and done so with great patience and understanding." (16/04/2019)

"Hi, our show went very well and the microphone, stand and cables are packed and waiting for collection in our reception. Thank you for providing us with what turned out to be a very effective contribution to our show" C. Woods, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (28/06/2013)

"Just a quick note to thank you sincerely for the excellent service that you have provided with our order of yesterday. The item arrived at 10.00 a.m. this morning, which has certainly saved the day! We will have no hesitation in contacting you again should the need arise. Once again, many thanks. Kind regards" J. B. Admin Assistant Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance (01/08/2014)

"Received the MC2 low pass crossovers this morning. Thanks for fast shipping. Kind regards" J H, Denmark (14/12/2013)

"All arrived OK. Thank you for your telephone instructions - very helpful" S Robertson (02/07/2013)

"Ordered yesterday and arrived this morning - under 24 hours. Thanks very much indeed for quick response in posting it off. I'm very pleased. Thanks very much indeed" B Drummond (27/04/13)

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