Delta and SBD Principals
Surrey, UK (August 12, 2009)–Surrey-based production sound provider Delta Sound has acquired Sound By Design (SBD) in a deal that will be completed this autumn.
“Paul and I have been talking about this for about 15 months now, since we met at a party in Dubai that neither of us were invited to,” says Andy Callin, managing director of SBD. “We’d already come to the conclusion that it was what we wanted to do before the market started to contract in some areas.
“There’s very little overlap in terms of client-base, we’ve had a good working relationship for many years at a professional level, we’ve cross-hired rental stock and we’re not strangers to each other. The idea ticked so many boxes that it made a lot of sense.”
Delta managing director Paul Keating adds, “We’ve been looking at market sectors away from our traditional ones and the venue market is something that has interested us over the last couple of years.”
SBD is accredited at a raft of London venues, an area of expansion on which it has concentrated. Its biggest venue is currently the Royal Albert Hall, where it has been an in-house supplier since 1993, in the same way that Delta has at Grosvenor House Hotel. It also lists Somerset House, Kew Gardens, Royal Naval College, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Natural History Museum and Royal Courts of Justice amongst its other regular venues.
The equipment inventory of the companies is also complimentary. Both have DiGiCo consoles, and combining Delta’s L-Acoustics and d&b cabinets with SBD’s Meyer and EM Acoustics stock will supply clients with a range of equipment from which to choose.
Both companies will operate from Delta’s current HQ near Hampton Court in Surrey, with October 1 as the target date for relocation to be completed.