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Press Releases For : April 24, 2014

Revolabs at InfoComm 2014:

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Revolabs Executive Elite(TM) Four- and Eight-Channel Wireless Microphone System
At InfoComm 2014, Revolabs will showcase its new Executive Elite, the first and only wireless microphone system to offer customers a cloud server option. Originally announced at last year’s show, the Executive Elite has since been equipped with a combination of local and remote cloud-based capabilities that offer incredible flexibility in setup, management, and monitoring, allowing integrators and end users to provide managed services easily for all Elite systems across an enterprise. Administrators can access information related to microphone status, audio and radio signal strength, and system performance via a Web-based interface. One of the many benefits of this convenience is that administrators can manage all Revolabs Executive Elite(TM) customer-specific installations within a single screen.

The Executive Elite’s remote antenna receiver and base units connect via a standard Cat 6 cable with Power over Ethernet (PoE) support to facilitate installations. The system’s redesigned microphones feature an elegant Fortune 500 look and feel, superior audio pickup, improved signal-to-noise ratio, easy operation, and enhanced digital signal communication over wireless links. The new gooseneck microphones fill out the growing family of microphones, providing customers an expanded choice to customize their installations.

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Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 500 USB Conference Phone
Setting a new standard for audio quality in PC communication applications during meetings and online collaboration, the Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 500 USB conference phone provides powerful, high-fidelity audio capabilities using tweeter and mid-woofer elements — effectively putting the speaker back into the audio equation. Equipped with four microphones, a wider frequency response, and higher power than typical USB audio devices, the FLX UC 500 brings professional-grade sound to unified communication applications such as video and audio conferencing services, softphone calls, or webinars at an entirely new price/performance ratio. Designed specifically for huddle rooms, small offices, and home offices, the device furthers its high-level audio clarity using straight-from-the-box echo cancellation without any additional processing required while offering full duplex support for simultaneous audio capture and playback. Users can listen to external audio or link the system to a laptop, PC, or tablet for use with Skype(TM), Microsoft(R) Lync(R), Cisco Jabber, IBM(R) Sametime(R), WebEx(R), and many other applications.

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Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 1000 IP Conference Phone With SIP and USB Audio Support
Revolabs’ FLX(TM) UC 1000 IP conference phone with SIP and USB audio support is a breakthrough for both audio quality and unified communication (UC) collaboration. Featuring first-class sound components and multiple communication channel integration, the unit is a simple, stylish, and powerful solution for desktop and conference room applications in a single device. The FLX UC 1000 features audio capture and delivery via premium tweeter and mid-woofer elements, four microphones, an ultra-wide frequency response, and integrated echo cancellation. The FLX UC 1000 supports the SIP standard and works in all major VoIP environments with all market-leading IP PBX systems, whether on premises or in the cloud. For IP calling, the FLX UC 1000 features a separate dialer with a color display while USB support allows users to connect the speakerphone to any laptop, PC, or tablet. The sleek device also functions as a bridge for joining IP telephone calls with USB audio applications.

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Revolabs Speaking at InfoComm 2014
On Thursday, June 19 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Revolabs Senior Product Manager Dr. Holger Stoltze will be presenting “Wireless Versus Wired Microphones — Successful Conferencing for Every Setting”. In the seminar, Stoltze will discuss the different wired and wireless microphone technologies available for boardrooms and conference rooms. In addition, he will explore the fundamentals of microphone acoustics and their importance in any installation.

Company Quote:
“Each year at InfoComm, visitors come to the Revolabs booth to see truly innovative audio solutions tailored to the specific needs of a variety of environments from the desktop to the auditorium, while meeting today’s demand for more unified and collaborative communications. 2014 certainly isn’t going to be an exception. On display will be our latest and greatest, including the FLX UC 500 USB conference phone, FLX UC 1000 conference phone with support for both SIP and USB audio, and our flagship Executive Elite — the first and only wireless microphone system to feature a cloud server option. It’s going to be another amazing InfoComm for Revolabs as we announce and debut new products at the show. We look forward to seeing everyone there.” — JP Carney, CEO at Revolabs

Company Overview:
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s teleconferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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Introducing the Extron Qualified Independent Programmer Group

Extron is pleased to introduce a new program designed to provide additional configuration resources to customers deploying Extron control solutions. Extron Qualified Independent Programming companies are carefully screened and selected by Extron to provide expert configuration support for Extron Control System projects. Extron customers may employ EQIP companies to augment their staff, execute projects, and provide options to configure more advanced AV systems. EQIP companies have access to a variety of Extron resources including web-based tools, continuing education, and control system training. (more…)

Listen Technologies Releases ListenPoint 2.0 for Enriched Educational Environments

— ListenPoint 2.0, a new release from Listen Technologies, provides students and educators Soundfield solutions to create better learning environments, including more features, more flexibility and competitive pricing from a trusted authority —

BLUFFDALE, UTAH, April 22, 2014 — Listen Technologies Corporation, a trusted authority with thousands of Soundfield solution installations, has just released ListenPoint 2.0, the latest iteration of the acclaimed ListenPoint® system for students and educators. This new release offers students and educators the opportunity to create enriched educational environments with an enhanced set of features, more flexibility and competitive pricing.

ListenPoint 2.0 provides classrooms the ability to enhance lessons with music, sound effects, internet, video and VoIP/Skype capabilities for virtual fieldtrips around the world. It also makes it incredibly easy to seamlessly integrate with Listen Technologies’ Assistive Listening Systems, making it easy for students with hearing loss to hear every word.

No matter what the needs are, ListenPoint 2.0 has a scalable system for each and every classroom, and due to their flexible nature, systems can grow as a classroom’s needs evolve. There are numerous options, whether it’s a basic system, fully integrated, or something in between. When compared to others in the K–20 Soundfield market, ListenPoint 2.0 also provides the most competitive pricing for its advanced set of features, and is incredibly simple and intuitive to install and maintain over time.

“We are incredibly pleased to release ListenPoint 2.0, because it meets the mission of educating students, which we consider to be among the most important pursuits,” said Russell Gentner, CEO of Listen Technologies. “ListenPoint 2.0 offers students the enhanced educational experience they deserve, helping shape innovative, creative and extraordinary minds.”

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Heather Nova Takes HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 1 On European Tour

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – As part of the Cultural Center Circuit, multi-million selling singer-songwriter Heather Nova performed throughout Europe during the winter of 2013, embarking on a 50-day tour that stopped at 15 Dutch municipal theaters, 12 Belgian cultural centers, German symphony halls, an English church and Swiss clubs. The technical team selected a HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 1 digital console to power through these cultural venues, while maintaining a small footprint on the road.

While also in charge of his own live sound and production company called The Old Lion Touring Company Limited, Production/Tour Manager Tim Boardman handled all the audio equipment during the tour. Having worked with many Soundcraft consoles before including the Si Performer 3, he especially appreciated the amount of outboard gear the Si Expression console was able to eliminate.

“I love the ability to run a whole tour on a powerful 19-inch rack-sized mixer,” said Boardman. “After putting up with the limitations of a Yamaha LS9, it is refreshing to have something that is so expandable and adaptable. By carrying a stage box and CAT5 looms, we can plug into local systems rather than move them to suit our specifications, allowing us to take the console to any venue without removing in-house gear.”

The Si Expression 1 features a massive mixing capacity of 66 inputs in a small form factor, enabling quick setup times from unloading to microphone check. With incredible expansion options through ViSi Connect™, the console takes unnecessary gear and hassles out of any tour. The unrivaled combination of size and power is a force to be reckoned with in the live sound segment of the pro audio industry.

“The small size compared to the huge processing power is why I go with Soundcraft each and every time,” said Boardman. “It allows me to carry consoles on smaller tours than we usually would, while still reaping all touring benefits from bringing our own consoles. There is a lot to be said about the smaller Si Series consoles, because not once did they crash during a year of live mixing service.”

The controls are mapped out just like analog consoles, where each key corresponds to a singular function without layering of controls. To expand on Soundcraft’s legacy of user-intuitive mixing consoles, Soundcraft FaderGlow™ was added to color-code multiple motorized fader groups with backlit LED lighting; it is a feature that FOH engineers swear by when focusing on stage cues during live events.

“The colored fader lights for each mix are a godsend when mixing monitors and FOH applications from one console. Gone are the days of accidentally sending click through the FOH,” said Boardman. “What I love the most is that it feels like a nice analog console: I can build, patch, change and save anything I need to and through the Soundcraft ViSi Remote App, I can even give power to the bands themselves, which deals with all the psychosomatic mix issues we are all used to!”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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Masque Sound’s Custom Audio Package Shines with Shimmering Splendor for Broadway’s New Musical Comedy, Aladdin

NEW YORK, APRIL 24, 2014 — When the highly anticipated Disney musical Aladdin was brought to theatrical life at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20th, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, supplied a custom audio equipment package to support Sound Designer Ken Travis’ creation.

Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. It is an unforgettable experience that includes all the cherished songs from the Academy Award®-winning score, along with additional tunes written and produced specifically for the Broadway production.

Travis’ objective in the design was to create a big cinematic sound. “With the show featuring the mystical genie and all of his wild antics, we really wanted the sound to be magical so we needed an extremely flexible sound system,” says Travis. “The audio for Aladdin has the feel of an old-fashioned Broadway musical, featuring a big brass band in the pit with lots of over-the-top elements.”

Travis and his team, which consisted of Alex Hawthorn, associate sound designer; Lucas Indelicato, production audio head; and Gabe Wood, front of house mixer, chose several of the specific products throughout the design process, as the sound requirements of the production evolved and the different audio elements started to piece themselves together.

“What we were trying to accomplish in the sound design for Aladdin had never been done on this scale before,” he says. “In collaboration with Masque Sound, we implemented the TiMax Soundhub2 control software from Out Board. Basically, it allows us to control each speaker individually, so that we can send sound to any speaker in the house. In addition, we designated 200 channels of amplification around the audience so that we could program anything to go anywhere at any time. This incredible technology allowed us to really immerse the audience in the show as they felt the sound move around them. Gary Stocker from Masque Sound and the crew at Out Board started from scratch and spent weeks working until everything was ironed out. A lot of collaboration was involved as we worked it through its paces, and it was worth it, as the final result is quite amazing.”

To provide Travis with the flexibility and dynamic sound he was after, Masque Sound supplied a Studer Vista 5 digital mixing console. “The Vista 5 is extremely transparent, reliable, easy to program and sounds amazing,” adds Travis. “I laid out my hit list for the crew at Studer and they nailed it.”

Masque Sound also provided an extensive PA for Aladdin, which was comprised entirely of d&b audiotechnik speakers. The new V-series comprised the mains, and the hundreds of surround speakers were a combination of E6s and E5s. Because Travis wanted to be able to immerse the audience and have incredible control, he created rings of speakers that wrapped around the audience. On the mezzanine and orchestra levels, there are inner rings of surround speakers. This allows the sound levels to remain consistent and evenly distributed keeping the audience from hearing the audio from a specific direction or speaker location. In addition, delayed rings provide audience members with an ambient feel, so that they are comfortably enveloped and immersed in the sound.

“There is some really subtle stuff like dripping water in a dungeon or the spooky voice in Jafar’s Lair, and as you are sitting in the audience, it is actually moving around you slowly, so you can never be entirely sure as to where the voice is coming from,” adds Travis. “When Jafar gets angry and yells, we send an immense amount of energy to an entire ring of subwoofers that circle the house, which causes the floor to start vibrating. Audience members feel the pressure of the multitude of sound waves beating at them, but it’s never too over-encompassing, because it’s not one speaker blasting but a combination of 60 speakers.”

The subwoofers include a pair of D&B J-INFRAs in the box seats to really get the room shaking, as well as B2s for the orchestra and mezzanine levels. The band system is made up of a series of V-subs, with six of them located on a truss over the audience. As an additional element to the intricate sound design setup, Travis utilizes a TiMax Tracker system to image the vocals to the actors.

The 40 channels of wireless included in the equipment package are from Sennheiser, along with DPA 4061 microphones. One of the interesting aspects of the sound design is rooted in the microphone package. Some characters wear three microphones during the show. For instance, since Aladdin takes his turban on and off in the middle of a song, there is a microphone built into his turban. This also helps to ensure that the sound emitting from the microphone on his forehead is never masked by the turban. The genie’s mics are built into his prosthetic beard. Travis wanted to ensure that the audience never sees a microphone on the genie.

“The producers were wonderful in providing me and my team with every tool we needed to be successful, and Masque Sound was great in providing us with all of the gear necessary to bring our vision to life,” says Travis. “Masque Sound is really a wonderful shop to work with. They made a really big investment in this musical and had to buy a lot of gear for us. I have enjoyed a long relationship with Masque Sound and it felt really good that they trusted the fact that we were going for it. I hope they are as proud of this as I am.”

Directed by Tony Award®-winning director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menkin and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The show stars Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Jonathan Freeman (Jafar), James Monroe Iglehart (Genie) and Courtney Reed (Jasmine).

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Hannes Arch, Co-Developer of HARMAN’s AKG AV100 Aviation Headphones, Wins Red Bull Air Race World Series

ROVINJ, Croatia – Hannes Arch, who co-developed the brand-new AV100 aviation headphones from HARMAN’s AKG, recently won the Red Bull Air Race in Rovinj, Croatia. Leading with 21 points, Arch claimed the rank 1 championship title within the Master Class of the race for the second time on April 13, 2014, adding to his previous victory in 2008.

As the sole Austrian within his class this year, Arch demonstrated superb aerial capabilities, outmaneuvering 11 other contestants in a series of four elimination rounds over the course of two days.

Introduced on April 1, 2014, the AV100 headset features the class leading Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling technology to cut out cockpit noise on every flight. Coupled with a superior ergonomic design, it provides comfort to the pilot’s ears on all levels. While the added functionality of next-gen Bluetooth connectivity is an advantage, AKG’s well-known commitment to reliability and durability makes it an indispensible device.

“When flying, I noticed the headset was extremely comfortable and manageable in every way,” said Arch. “We have now created the quietest, most comfortable and reliable aviation headset on the market today. Flying is my passion, and now it just got a whole lot better.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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AATNY Chooses Martin Audio For Skylark Lounge

Set 30 stories above New York City’s Garment Center, The Skylark is an elegant cocktail lounge with expansive views of the Hudson River, Empire State Building and Midtown Manhattan.

Billed as an “all-season destination,” Skylark combines a high-style multi-level indoor space with an outdoor roof terrace and offers an extensive bar menu with small plates such as tapas.

Because dancing is also a priority at Skylark, Advanced Audio Technology of New York was brought in to install audio for the lounge.

AATNY’s Jason Ojeda explains that “there is no specifically designed dance floor, which is typical of many lounges. That required an evenly balanced audio system throughout the venue so that no matter where you are, there is complete coverage with no high or low frequency drop offs.”

Consequently, Ojeda and his team designed a system consisting of 14 Martin Audio AQ28’s in a stereo configuration deployed left and right down the lengths of the entire venue. The system also includes eight 2 x15 sub-bass enclosures, BSS signal processing, Tactical Audio amplification and a custom-made DJ booth by AATNY.

Asked about the reaction to the Martin Audio system, Ojeda says, “The client is thrilled with the sound quality. It’s extremely clear and defined with a lot of punch and presence.

“We’ve used Martin Audio AQ28s for many years in at least 15 to 20 venues and they’ve excelled in terms of robust build quality, client satisfaction and audio performance that’s second to none.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

DJ Young 1 and Stanton Had Everyone Hoppin’ At the 136th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll

WASHINGTON D.C., APRIL 23, 2014 — 11-year-old DJ sensation DJ Young 1 was among the celebrities and performers who appeared at the 136th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 21. When she wasn’t rubbing elbows with the likes of actor Jim Carrey, pop rock group R5, TV host Dr. Oz and singer Arianna Grande, DJ Young 1 was using Stanton’s STR8.150 turntables and M.203 Mixer for two 20-minute performances. Featuring a mix of classic and modern hits, DJ Young 1’s laid down the beats for a live crowd of more than 30,000 people assembled on the South Lawn of the White House, as well as all the viewers who tuned in to the live stream online or through the network morning shows covering the event.

A traditional turntabilist who is inspired by many genres, including old school hip-hop, top 40 pop, reggae, electro/club and house music, DJ Young 1 put on quite a show and got people dancing, which was a perfect showcase for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. In support of Obama’s healthy living practices, the theme of this year’s Easter Egg Roll, “Hop Into Healthy, Swing Into Shape,” promotes the education of families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routine.

“I had so much fun performing at the White House Easter Egg Roll and I’m so grateful to Mrs. Obama for inviting me to join her for this famous and prestigious event!,” says DJ Young 1, the youngest-ever graduate of Jam Master Jay’s Scratch DJ Academy in Los Angeles. “To make sure everything was in place before sound check, Gibson’s DC showroom sent the Stanton STR8.150 and M.203 Mixer over to the White House ahead of the event. It was perfect, I had all of the gear that I’m used to performing with right at my fingertips, and I didn’t have to worry about getting it there!”

Lending perfectly to DJ Young 1’s musical style, the Stanton STR8.150 is a back-to-basics, no nonsense turntable that has everything professional DJs need, and nothing they don’t. Featuring a skip-proof, straight tone arm, the STR8.150 offers durable construction designed to minimize feedback, an industry-leading torque motor and an ultra-stable platter that ensured that DJ Young 1 didn’t miss a beat. It also boasts a 50 percent pitch adjustment, S/PDIF digital outputs and functions such as key correction and reverse.

A two-channel performance mixer, the M.203 has a clean and intuitive layout that was designed by working DJs to be perfect for everyone from amateurs to professionals. Featuring a full rotary three-band EQ per channel, the mixer also has a rugged alpha crossfader with an ultra-accurate FET-isolated “cut” setting. It has a high-quality design and rugged steel chassis, giving it a professional look and feel at an affordable price point.

A Stanton endorsed artist, DJ Young 1’s musical influence dates back to her mom, Ellen, playing jazz and old school hip-hop throughout her pregnancy. Music continues to be not only a great source of energy, but also a relaxing ritual for the duo. DJ Young 1 credits Charlie Parker, The Ohio Players, Grandmaster Flash, Jam Master Jay and Run D.M.C. for her talent an inspiration.

“With a musical style that’s reminiscent of my own childhood, DJ Young 1 was certainly a hit at the White House Easter Egg Roll,” says friend, mentor and fellow Stanton endorsed artist, DJ Spark. “It’s really awesome to see her talents getting recognition on such a national level. We couldn’t be more proud of DJ Young 1 for this event and all of her accomplishments!”

DJ Young 1 is quickly becoming a rising star and has already made several high-profile appearances, including the San Francisco Supper Club; Pride Celebrations in Los Angeles and Oakland, California; the Washington D.C. and Los Angeles Human Rights Campaign Galas; The Grammy® Awards Gifting Suite; and a spotlight on the Queen Latifah Show. She’s also made cameo appearances in music videos, Tonight by Jessica Sanchez featuring Ne-Yo and Cravin by MC Lyte, and competed on the NBC reality competition America’s Got Talent.

About the White House Easter Egg Roll
To learn more about the Easter Egg Roll visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/EasterEggRoll. You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #EasterEggRoll and get the latest updates by visiting Let’s Move! on Twitter and Facebook. The event was streamed live on the White House Website and was covered live by morning news and talk shows on all major networks.

About Stanton
Stanton, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for DJs. Founded in 1946 by Walter O. Stanton, the inventor of an easily replaceable phonograph stylus, Stanton has grown from being one of the first American companies to make and sell magnetic cartridges to offering a complete line of DJ products, which include turntables, high-performance cartridges, CD players, DJ mixers, accessories and digital controllers. With over 50 years of innovation, Stanton is the name DJs trust. For additional information, visit the company online at www.stantondj.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands Inc. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health, and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Brands Inc’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer, Cakewalk and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

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Singer-Songwriter Frank Turner Shines on Tour With HARMAN’s Martin Professional

AARHUS, Denmark — In order to provide English folk/punk singer-songwriter, Frank Turner, with an intricate lighting solution on his most recent tour around the world, Shaun Moore, Lighting Department Director at Nitelites, implemented HARMAN’s Martin Lighting fixtures. Moore deployed 14 MAC Viper Washes, 24 MAC Viper Profiles, 48 MAC Aura’s and 20 Atomic 3000s.

“Frank Turner presents an interesting quandary for me as a lighting designer,” Moore explains. “He likes his music to do the talking. He is not an extravagant man and, in many ways, this can be seen in his none-flashy on-stage production. When we received the schedule for the arena tour, I found myself with a slight mind-twinge – how do you design something that will satisfy the audience and stay within the direction from the artist?”

Moore’s goal was to create a more visually tactile profile using the MAC Auras in groups of threes and fours, adding depth and width to the rig. The height was added by creating four layers with the use of Vipers, specifically taking advantage of their zoom and iris.

“The challenge is that no one venue is the same as the next,” Moore stated. “This is even more prevalent when dealing with arena-sized tours and I think the key is to ensure the rig is scalable while keeping the overall weight as low as possible. This was easily achieved because the fixtures for Auras and Vipers are super lightweight.”

Moore chose the MAC Viper Wash as the main key light for the show, using eight on the front truss for band specials, front wash and audience action. The further six Viper washes were used as side light for the band, three per side. “I chose the Viper Washes for their brilliant light output, vivid color mixing and beautiful linear color temperature orange,” he said. “The 13.5 to 59 degree zoom allowed me to remove the follow spots from the rig but still retain the look I hoped to achieve.”

Moore had been a long-time user and fan of the Martin MAC 700, so when the Viper was released he knew he had to try it. “I demoed the fixtures and was beyond impressed! Once again the light output and color mixing swayed my decision, but after seeing the gobo selection and optics, my mind was made up.”

“I can’t really praise the Atomic 3000’s enough,” Moore expressed. “It is now and has been for so long the industry standard strobe due to the intensity and great built-in effects.”

Moore used the Aura fixture as a wash and effect light due to its great color mixing and super tight zoom, even when deployed across the length of an arena.

“The reaction to Shaun’s lighting was perfect,” added Turner. “I’m not one for the kind of light show that overshadows the music, but I do want something dramatic that adds to the overall show. I think the design we had was awesome and really enhanced the experience for the audience!”

“All of the Martin fixtures make my life as a lighting designer even easier by providing great products with perfect features,” Moore expressed. “The Viper range and Aura’s will remain at the top of my list for many years to come. Martin has faultless fixtures, great features and I’ve always had great product support from all the people at Martin.”

For more information on Total Audio & Lighting Performance company, Nitelites, please visit: www.nitelites.co.uk

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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METRIC HALO ULN-8’s FRONT IMMERSIVE IDEAL – A RECORDING SESSION ON DISPLAY AT D.C. AREA MUSEUM

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – APRIL 2014: Beauty Pill is the musical brainchild of veteran producer and engineer Chad Clark, who founded the band in 2001 shortly after the dissolution of Smart Went Crazy. Both bands have received heaps of critical praise from outlets local to Washington D.C. and from the national press. Solid songwriting has turned Beauty Pill’s on-again/off-again status into something that promotes, rather than detracts, from its cult following. Beauty Pill recently teamed up with the Arlington, Virginia-based Artisphere museum to take on a unique artistic, musical, and sociological experiment. The band set up in a large room inside the museum with a windowed overlook and spent two weeks on display recording an album. Although they went in with racks of borrowed A-list studio gear, their initial recordings fell flat. It was only after Clark stripped everything down to just his Metric Halo ULN-8 interfaces that the recordings came alive, a testament to the ULN-8’s fantastic sound.

“Artisphere initially approached me to ask if I could do something ‘musical’ in the museum’s beautiful space,” explained Clark. “I was touring around, trying to come up with some ideas, when they showed me a large room with a window that overlooked it. It reminded me of Abbey Road Studio 2, where the Beatles made a lot of famous recordings. That put the idea in my head to do a recording there. It would be live in the sense that people would be watching us, but my plan was to record exactly as we would in a normal studio… including all of the discussions, overdubs, and the like. I thought it would interesting for the public to see that process – I have some non-musician friends who seem to think an album is made in almost the time it takes to listen to it!”

A musician first, Clark happily fell into engineering and production when other bands in the D.C.-area approached him because they liked the sound of Smart Went Crazy. He quit his day job in 1998 and spent nearly a decade between now and then as a mastering engineer at Silver Sonya. These days, he works mainly as a mix engineer, where he finds his passion for music is best nurtured. “It was working with Beauty Pill that first got me interested in the Metric Halo ULN-8,” Clark said. “It seemed to fit what I needed and what the band needed. Although I have nothing against low-fi recordings, I have no romance for them. I like sound that is vivid and the descriptions of the ULN-8 conveyed that idea. It’s turned out to be completely true – the ULN-8 is a miracle device! It’s incredibly flexible, and everything I record with it sounds amazing.”

Nevertheless, when someone goes to do a big studio recording – especially one that will be on display – there are certain preamps with legacies deep in the recordings of the late 1960s that engineers naturally assume will be the best choice for a rock record. With the help of friends at local studios, Clark amassed a rack of the choicest analog preamps and processors available. “We mic’d everything up with the best mics for each application and ran them to the textbook pro preamps that engineers have been using for decades,” he said. “The initial recordings were okay, but they weren’t fantastic. We all agreed that they fell kind of flat. So we simplified the mic’ing and pulled out all those great preamps, relying entirely on the Metric Halo ULN-8s for preamps and conversion to 24-bit/88.2kHz.”

He continued, “It was a revelation. The sound came alive. It was vivid and tactile. The ULN-8 preamps are just stellar. That was a convincing test, and now I never wonder about using anything but the ULN-8s now. I think it’s worth pointing out that although Metric Halo’s use of the term ‘archival quality’ is totally appropriate, it shouldn’t give anyone the idea that the ULN-8 is only for purists or documentary recording styles. Beauty Pill’s Artisphere recording is far from documentary. We use all kinds of overdubs and textures and found sounds. The quality of the ULN-8 simply makes that mode of recording more vivid and involving.”

Some of the band’s friends advised them against the experiment, citing YouTube’s “comment culture” as an example of how mean people can be when a band is vulnerable. “I suspect that if we had streamed the installation or posted video, things might have gotten ugly,” said Clark. “But the people who came to the exhibit were completely supportive. Sure, there were some uncomfortable moments when we were arguing amongst ourselves, but I mainly felt empathy from the window. They were wishing us well. It was an encouraging experiment!”

Ultimately, Immersive Ideal ran as an interactive multimedia photography and music exhibit with pictures from the recording sessions paired with a surround-sound mix of the final versions. Beauty Pill anticipates releasing it as a conventional stereo recording in the fall.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

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