Who: John Lancken What: president of Fairlight Main Responsibilities: Providing direction of our Sydney operation where we have our manufacturing, R&D,

Who: John Lancken

What: president of Fairlight

Main Responsibilities: Providing direction of our Sydney operation where we have our manufacturing, R&D, product management and Australian sales. I also have the responsibility of managing our overseas sales and marketing divisions, which are located in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, London and Paris.

Previous Lives:

  • • international sales manager at Fairlight, January 1991
  • • pro audio sales at Amber Technology, April 1989
  • • professional musician, 1981-1989

What made me want to work in the pro audio industry: During my years as a musician, I had spent a lot of time in large recording studios. Soon, I became interested in the recording process as I was in the performance part. I started to learn how to use it, and here we are today.

Having just celebrated 25 years, what I plan to do at Fairlight to continue the company's success is: Fairlight has just announced a complete new range of digital recorders, editors and mixers that have been in development for the past three years. The product family name is DREAM, and it addresses the challenges of dealing with multiformat, multichannel and multistandard audio, which is a real problem for the pro audio industry today. We just announced that we have acquired a majority shareholding in Lightworks.

My most memorable moment in this field: Working in Los Angeles from 1996 to 2000, and seeing Fairlight grow in the USA.

The first album I ever bought was: Supertramp's Crime of the Century.

Currently in my CD changer are: A lot of Miles Davis albums, including Miles' Live Around the World, Milestones and In a Silent Way. You would also find Frank Sinatra's Live at the Sands.

The last great movie that stirred me: An oldie directed by Bruce Beresford called Breaker Morant, which I just got on DVD.

I enjoy…when I'm not in the office: Anyone who knows me will tell you I enjoy a game of golf more than anything…but I'm not very good at it.


LDI 2001 will be held in Orlando, Fla., November 2-4, 2001. Areas of interest include entertainment lighting, professional audio, architectural lighting, staging, rigging, pyrotechnics, lasers, software, special effects and much more. More than 440 companies will be exhibiting.

For exhibitor, attendee and conference information, visit www.ldishow.com or call 800/ 288-8606.

The Avid World & Pro Tools Conference, which was to begin October 7, has been rescheduled for December 9-12, 2001. The event will still be held at the New Yorker Hotel; the Early Bird Registration discount has been extended to November 2. Visit www.avidworldeast.com for more.


This fall, Bush released their fourth studio album, Golden State — their first on Atlantic Records. The band tapped Dave Sardy (Marilyn Manson/Red Hot Chili Peppers) to produce their latest effort and Greg Fidelman to engineer. The album was recorded at The Village in Los Angeles.

Pictured here are, L to R, engineer Greg Fidelman, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, producer Dave Sardy and assistant engineer Jim Monti.