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Press Releases For : July 29, 2014

San Antonio’s Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Chooses grandMA2 Consoles and Clay Paky Lighting for Performance Spaces

San Antonio’s new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will open in September with a complement of grandMA2 consoles and six Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800 fixtures dedicated to both the H-E-B Performance Hall and the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of both brands in North America.

Rising behind the façade of the former San Antonio Municipal Auditorium along downtown’s famed River Walk, the 1,750-seat multi-purpose venue will be the home of the San Antonio Symphony and other resident companies. It also plans to offer a diverse array of entertainment from comedy legend Bill Cosby and radio icon Garrison Keillor and “The Prairie Home Companion” to the Scottish Ballet’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

The four-level H-E-B Performance Hall is the largest of the Tobin Center’s performance spaces; the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater is a black box-style space with multiple seating options. Dealer Texas Scenic and rep Roy Harline are providing both the grandMA2 and Clay Paky products.

A grandMA2 light console with grandMA2 replay unit will be located in each of the performance spaces. H-E-B Performance Hall will also be equipped with a grandMA2 NPU for multiple universes and MA’s top-of-the-line VPU plus video processing unit.

Tobin Center Technical Director Stefan De Wilde is no stranger to grandMA2 consoles. “I have purchased and specified many grandMA1 and 2 consoles for Disney, Cirque du Soleil, the New World Symphony and the several universities,” says the Emmy-nominated lighting designer. “For three years ‘The Pageant of Peace,’ the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C., was illuminated by various grandma consoles.”

De Wilde says grandMA2 is his “console of choice” for its “incredible reliability, flexibility and power. It efficiently manages vast quantities of information quickly and efficiently.”

He notes that longevity is a key factor for equipment selected for the Tobin Center. “The equipment must effectively operate for at least 10 years and meet every need for every show. We’re a world-class performing arts center and require world-class technology in every department. We also have an array of grandMA2 nodes throughout our lighting control system.”

Adding a MA VPU plus video processing unit to the grandMA2 console in the H-E-B Performance Hall will enable projection cues for several Panasonic 20K projectors to be written into the unit’s cue plan for easy content management.

Six Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800s were selected as “the best fit” for both performance spaces. “We required, quiet, low-maintenance fixtures that offer a variety of design options and would last for many years,” says De Wilde. “Following extensive research, The QWO 800s had the smallest footprint, the lightest weight and the least amount of ambient noise. Their efficient lamp also has incredible output. The QWO 800s are also extremely flexible since they can be used as a wash or a spot fixture.”

The fixtures will be shared by both the H-E-B Performance Hall and the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater.

A.C.T Lighting will train Tobin Center staff on the grandMA2 consoles. “A.C.T sets the standard in the entertainment industry for technical service and support,” De Wilde reports. “Bob Gordon, Chris Patton, George Masek and Will Murphy are members of our All Star Team for the project. Their ongoing partnership and support, coupled with reliable and powerful technology is why I select A.C.T’s gear every time.”

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ONE YEAR IN, FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY’S API VISION IS A GREAT MATCH FOR STUDENTS

WINTER PARK, FLORIDA: Full Sail University’s flagship recording arts degree program, among the best-known and most-respected in the pro audio industry, commissioned a fully-loaded, 64-channel API Vision analog console. The new console went into Studio B of the university’s extensive studio complex just over a year ago, and has since been used for session recording courses. In addition to providing students with clear-cut examples of signal flow, the console provides the classic analog sound that continues to be revered as a benchmark of excellence in professional audio.

“The Vision a great match,” said Darren Schneider, session recording course director at Full Sail University. Schneider teaches students about signal flow, taking advantage of the Vision’s comprehensive signal path to illustrate his lessons. “Signal flow is easy to ‘see’ on the Vision,” he said. “We run it in-line, and every section falls in order – from the preamp, to the compressor, to the EQ, to the assignments. API also built us a custom switch which allows the compressor to insert pre- or post-EQ, which is also instructive.” Schneider notes that the Vision’s ability to simultaneously mix in stereo and surround also lends itself to new educational perspectives.

“Both our new and advanced students benefit from working with API’s undeniably great sound,” said Dana Roun, education director of audio arts at Full Sail University. “Just walking into the room is an experience for first-timers. As more and more students come in with exclusively digital experiences, the sight of the console inspires them. The sound is something most of them have never experienced before.”

Reliability is a big deal for Full Sail University, which operates 24/7. “The Vision has been used nonstop since it went in. There has not been a single problem… not a bum knob or switch… nothing! It’s been perfect!”

“Exposure to API gives our students real life experience with the analog sound that everyone in the industry talks about,” comments Schneider. “It enriches, and often changes, their perspectives.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.
www.apiaudio.com

ABOUT FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. Recently, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.

Full Sail offers on-campus and online Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree programs in areas related to animation, art, business, education, graphic design, film, marketing, web development, music, recording arts, sports, and video games. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike VGX Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.

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TRANSAUDIO GROUP TO DISTRIBUTE BETTERMAKER’S UNIQUE ANALOG EQUALIZERS WITH PLUG-IN REMOTE CONTROL

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: TransAudio Group, U.S. distributor of high-end professional recording equipment, is pleased to partner with Bettermaker, the creator and manufacturer of the world’s first analog equalizers that can be controlled, automated, and recalled from a plug-in or Eprom. The Bettermaker’s flagship EQ232 possesses two (strictly analog) audio channels, each with a mastering-quality switchable high-pass filter, Pultec-style passive equalization, and clean parametric equalization. The modular 500-series EQ502P and EQ542 possess only the passive equalizers and only the parametric filters, respectively, and are also stereo.

Although its 100% handmade construction and stunning sound quality puts it in league with the very best boutique analog equipment on the market, Bettermaker’s unique niche is plug-in control (available in RTAS, 32-bit or 64-bit VST, and AU), which gives it all of the convenience of a digital plug-in, including automation and recall. The plug-in provides an A/B comparison feature, which goes beyond “bypass/in” to allow comparison of two separate equalizer settings. It’s also worth noting that engineers who aren’t using the plug-in can still store up to 399 presets for instant recall from the front panel via Eprom.

Marek Walaszek, an accomplished mix engineer, producer, and DJ based in Warsaw, Poland and the chief engineer and owner of Addicted to Music Studios, conceived, prototyped, and is now manufacturing the Bettermaker. “It started with the dream of a stereo Pultec that I could use on my stems or my master bus,” explained Walaszek. “Because I’m a mix engineer, I mostly work with other people’s session files. I recognize the convenience of recall – I can work on a mix, send it to the client, and then make requested changes weeks later. I wanted that same convenience in my outboard gear.” Walaszek got together with a friend and began prototyping his vision for a best-in-class analog equalizer that could gracefully accommodate the modern workflow.

After the usual false starts and an abundance of tinkering, the Bettermaker emerged and quickly found an eager audience. Grammy Award-winning engineers, such as Bob Katz, Jaycen Joshua, Dave Pensado, and Jimmy Douglass, as well as mastering engineers, such as Tim Boyce and Ludwig Maier, immediately put the Bettermaker in their “indispensible” racks and praised it loudly. The industry as a whole took notice as well: the Bettermaker earned a Resolution Award nomination in 2013 and won the Music Tech Excellence Award in 2012 and NAMM’s Best In Show award in 2013.

“As often happens with great inventions, it may seem obvious in hindsight,” said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. “There is, of course, tremendous value in great analog processing paired with plug-in control, automation, and recall. But I should also emphasize that the Bettermaker is not merely a gimmick. The Bettermaker’s sound quality would win converts and awards in its own right, and the plug-in functionality is well designed and robust. These two zero-compromise features come together in the Bettermaker to create something extraordinary. We at TransAudio Group were excited to learn that Marek is already cooking up new Bettermaker products that will pair analog audio circuitry with plug-in control!”

In addition to the three “stock” Bettermaker models (the EQ232P rack mount with all equalizer channels, the modular EQ502P Pultec section, and the modular EQ542 parametric section), Bettermaker offers two optional modifications of the flagship EQ232P. The first option converts its dual mono operation into M/S operation, a popular choice among mastering engineers. The second option forgoes the front panel controls entirely (at a cost savings) for users who plan to use plug-in control exclusively. These two options can also be combined.

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.www.transaudiogroup.com

The Bettermaker products are now shipping.
MSPRs: EQ502P: $1,775.00 • EQ542: $1,775.00 • EQ232P: $6,100.00

UK MIX ENGINEER MICHALIS “MsM” MICHAEL OPTS FOR METRIC HALO PLUG-INS FOR QUICK, GREAT-SOUNDING ITB PROCESSING

LONDON, ENGLAND: Michalis “MsM” Michael is a UK-based mix engineer with a growing and eclectic list of credits that includes several Top-20 singles, a number-one single, notable work on Diddy’s Last Train to Paris and going on to assist the chief engineer of the Grammy Award-winning J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. His work while assisting necessitated travel, which motivated Michael to shift his workflow from reliance on hardware processing. These days, he mixes almost entirely in the box (ITB) and relies on Metric Halo plug-ins to deliver sonically-solid sounds with zero hassle. His recent work on Tom Prior’s Bad Advice EP to be released later this summer, which was produced in part by former Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson, exemplifies Michael’s new workflow.

Born into a family of professional guitar and bouzouki players, Michael was immersed in music from an early age. “My dad taught me to play guitar, but I was always more fascinated with the amp and the guitar effects than with the instrument itself,” he said. “That led to early experiments with DJ’ing (bedroom DJ’ing as I was only 14!) that got me deeper into technology. Then a friend of a friend told me he was selling a Soundcraft 32-channel mixer, and I was so impressed by how it looked that I gave him my bike for it. I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it, but curiosity eventually led to me recording.” Michael built himself a good reputation for engineering that organically morphed into a mixing career. “Once I started mixing, I just never really stopped.”

That Soundcraft 32-channel mixer grew, so to speak, into a full-fledged studio that, until a few years ago, was loaded with sought-after hardware. “Once I started working for Edward Nixon, the chief engineer of the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, I was assisting rather than running a studio and slowly I saw a more efficient way of mixing and found I simply didn’t need most of my hardware,” Michael said. “That stuff was more about indulgence. So I literally sold it all and mix mainly ITB now. I’m slowly adding some bits of gear that I LOVE, but I almost had to strip it back to the basic fundamentals and learn to use just my ears. That was a great lesson for me. Any hardware I use is an ‘extra’ now. I rely on good plug-ins.”

However, in an industry awash in plug-ins, few qualify as “good.” “I like plug-ins that let me get on with work without thinking about the details too much,” he said. “Mixing is about instinct, and if there’s something that stands in the way and slows me down, I don’t want to know about it. I like to hear good sounds and I like to hear them fast. I get that from Metric Halo plug-ins: simple layouts and quick results. In the hardware world, if a compressor was too fiddly or not doing what I wanted, I’d quickly move on until I found one that worked. Then I’d rely on it and it would become a staple of my workflow. That dynamic is accelerated in the plug-in world because it’s much quicker to just change a plug-in than it is to re-patch hardware. That makes instant gratification with plug-ins very important. Metric Halo plug-ins sound great right away and it’s easy to dial in the right parameters.”

Michael heard a lot of buzz about Metric Halo’s flagship ChannelStrip plug-in, which combines multi-band parametric equalization with flexibly-keyed dynamics processing. “There’s a lot to be said about ChannelStrip, and that’s why it’s been a go-to for over a decade,” he said. “I expected great things – and I wasn’t disappointed, but I was surprised by how great the gate works. I’ve struggled to find a gate that works well on poorly recorded drums, which I have to deal with from time to time. ChannelStrip’s gate works faster than anything I’ve tried before with no compromise in sound quality.”

Michael’s other Metric Halo plug-in favorites are Character, Precision DeEsser, and TransientControl. “Character is great,” he said. “I just throw it on a dull source and drive it – simple. There are plenty of ‘characters’ to choose from and it works without affecting the gain, which is always a mind game. The Precision DeEsser lets me de-ess precisely – how ironic! It’s my go-to. I’ve tried lots of de-essers; some are simple and fast but affect the sound too much. Others sound good but take too much time to set up properly. Precision DeEsser strikes the right balance. TransientControl helped me out on Tom Prior’s EP. There were a few synth bass lines that were a bit too ‘stabby.’ I needed more sustain without losing the impression that they were supposed to be ‘stabby.’ TransientControl worked perfectly.”

“It’s easy for audio professionals to get into the techy details of sound, and that’s fine. But I always try to remind myself that the majority of the world doesn’t care HOW the record was made – they just want to enjoy music. Remembering that music is about emotion and not technical details is an invaluable perspective when mixing,” he concluded.

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.

www.mhlabs.com

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www.msmengineer.com
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Symetrix Appoints Millar Electronics as Rep in Southeast U.S.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Symetrix, manufacturer of a wide range of DSP solutions for the installed sound market, from turnkey Jupiter processors to Dante-based, open architecture Radius and Edge processors, announces the appointment of North Carolina-based Millar Electronics as its rep in the Southeast. Millar Electronics will cover North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi, where it has a deep history and a well-established network of connections. Millar Electronics was founded ninety years ago – in 1924 – as a components company selling capacitors, resistors, and the like. Over the decades, it grew with the times to become an audio/video manufacturers rep firm.

“Millar Electronics has built its success on relationships,” said Craig Richardson, vice president of global sales with Symetrix. “When I talk with people who do business with Millar Electronics, they always relate the trust they have in the salesmen they work with. Those salesmen are always out in their territories, talking with their clients, and keeping on top of what’s going on. They help their clients make the right choices for success now and in the long run.”

“We’re excited to work with Symetrix,” said Pete Petty, sales manager with Millar Electronics. “Symetrix builds cutting-edge DSP solutions, and its Edge and Radius products use Dante as a networking platform. Of course, Dante is becoming a big part of the industry, and Symetrix’ native Dante capacity will work hand-in-hand with a lot of the other equipment we represent and provide our clients with a complete solution. Moreover, great people work to make Symetrix what it is, and, having personally worked with them before, I know they’ll make it easy for us to go out and do our job. We’re looking forward to delivering a substantive increase in Symetrix’ market share in our territories.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

COLUMBIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE DANCING TO ASHLY’S NX-SERIES AMPS

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI: The Columbia Performing Arts Centre in Columbia, Missouri is a private, not-for-profit dance school for children founded in 1998, and its students range in age from toddlers through college age. The school recently completed a major addition including four new studios. The addition replaced the nearby, but separate, studio annex allowing them to have all eight studios under one roof creating a safer environment for the students. Local A/V integration firm Sound Concepts Inc. was hired to design and install high-fidelity sound systems, both for the new studios and to preemptively replace the older components in the existing studios. Sound Concepts Inc. delivered an impactful, energy-efficient sound system centered on the Ashly nXp8002 two-channel Network Amplifier rated at 800W per channel with a built-in Protea™ DSP Processor. All nX Series amplifiers can be programmed to trigger a defeatable sleep mode where the amp draws less than 1 Watt of AC power.

“The Columbia Performing Arts Centre is always brimming with energy and activity, and high-quality sound reproduction is an important component in its success,” said Chris Howe, manager at Sound Concepts Inc. “In addition to supplying the new studios with great, easy-to-operate sound systems, the center’s directors wanted us to harmonize functionality and quality in the existing studios as well. That way, instructors trained in one studio will be able to use any other studio without a hiccup.” Howe completed the installation in stages, beginning with the new rooms and progressing to the existing rooms as class schedule logistics permitted.

As requested, each studio is nearly identical. Each features a Denon DM700C CD player for a primary music source. Howe used its digital output with the Ashly nXp’s optional digital input card. In addition, he gave each system a 1/8-inch iPod-style jack and connected it to the nXp’s analog input. “If an instructor wants to use the CD player, they just use it and it works,” he said. “If they want to connect their digital music source from a player, phone, or computer, they just turn the Denon player off, and the nXp automatically fails over to the analog input. It’s really simple and removes a layer of equipment that we (and they) would have had to deal with.” He used the nXp’s back-panel volume control option to wire a 10k potentiometer for a simple volume control. Depending on the room, the nXp powers either four 8ohm Renkus-Heinz TRX182s or two 8ohm Renkus-Heinz TRX151s. Each room gets the full benefit and liveliness of stereo sound.

“There were a lot of good reasons to go with the Ashly nXp combined amplifiers/processors,” said Howe. “Of course the built-in DSP is one of the first features that drew us to the nXp line, we needed smooth compression and limiting to protect the system as well as a good EQ to fine tune the speaker response to each space. The fail-over functionality was huge, as was the unit’s super low power consumption at idle. That kind of intelligent power management is great in a situation like this! The fact that they’re American made with a huge five-year warranty is excellent. And of course, the sound quality and reliability is tremendous. When we got the first nXp8002 in, we A/B’d it with an amp from our rental stock in the adjacent room. That rental amp’s got a good name and a good reputation. Everything else about the two rooms was exactly alike – same size, same speakers, same everything. I assumed I wouldn’t be able to hear a difference, or if I did hear a difference, I’d have to strain to hear it. I was surprised that the Ashly nXp8002 was obviously better. It was the kind of difference you just hear, no straining needed.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

DANLEY EXPANDS LINE OF OS “OUTDOOR SERIES” FULLY-WEATHERIZED LOUDSPEAKERS

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: Danley Sound Labs, maker of innovative loudspeakers and subwoofers, announces the expansion of its OS “Outdoor Series” of fully-weatherized loudspeakers, including a new fully-weatherized subwoofer. Although all Danley products are optionally available with level-2 weatherization, which includes fiberglass seams, stainless steel hardware, and protective coatings over all wooden components, the fact remains that those wooden components will have a shorter life span in the elements than they would have had in an indoor installation. In contrast, Danley OS products are constructed of molded plastic with a custom injection molded shell rated to last fifty-years. The cabinet is sealed so the inner components are also protected from harsh outdoor elements. The materials are sourced from within a half-hour of Danley’s Gainesville, Georgia headquarters – a boon for large orders and/or short lead times.

“Like all of our Synergy Horn loudspeakers, the Danley OS-80 sounds fantastic,” said Mike Hedden, president of Danley Sound Labs. “Fidelity is excellent and distortion is remarkably low at all SPLs, and the OS-80 has the same highly-articulated coverage pattern and arrayability for which Danley is known. What sets the OS-80 apart is that its construction and materials make it impervious to the weather, for years and decades to come. Our local sources and molding machinery make it easy for us to turn over large Outdoor Series orders on short notice. Moreover, the molding process itself is very efficient, which allows us to sell the OS products at fiercely competitive prices.”

Soon, the OS-80′s versatile 80-degree conical coverage pattern will be joined by other OS models with a diversity of coverage patterns that will give designers greater flexibility to meet the needs of a range of outdoor situations. These will include the OS-90 and OS-100. In addition, the new Danley OS-115LF subwoofer will extend the bottom end of the OS line and the OS Nano will be the power of Danley in the palm of your hand.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

Press Releases For : July 28, 2014

Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones Receives Emmy® for KCET Documentary of Landmark Headphone Opera Production

Multi-Part Sennheiser Sponsored Documentary Captures Emmy® For Best Entertainment Programming at 66th Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards

Los Angeles, July 28, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones won an Emmy® Award for Best Entertainment Programming Saturday night during the 66th Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards at The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood. Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones was commissioned by Sennheiser and produced by KCET, the leading independent public media organization serving Southern California, and The Industry, the L.A. based experimental opera company.

Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones [kcet.org/invisiblecities] was featured online and on-air last December in a multimedia series for KCET’s arts and culture series, Artbound. The series provided an exclusive, in-depth look at the artisitic and technological challenges that collaborators The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser faced in creating the world’s first large scale opera for wireless headphones. Yuval Sharon, Founder and Artistic Director of The Industry, contacted Sennheiser in early 2013 to help make the wireless opera production become a reality.

“The documentary of Invisible Cities would have not been possible without the collaboration of Sennheiser and its pursuit of artistic innovation, and the experimental vision and framework created by The Industry,” said Juan Devis, senior vice president, Content, Development & Production for KCETLink. “We are proud and humbled to have been a partner in this endeavor and explore the limits of public television.”

“Sennheiser is proud of to have commissioned KCET’s fabulous production of Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones,” commented Stefanie Reichert, director strategic marketing, Sennheiser. “Invisible Cities was the result of a visionary artistic collaboration among The Industry and L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser, and KCET’s subsequent production captured the very essence of how technology and cutting-edge artistic vision drives innovation in the arts.”

Invisible Cities, written by Christopher Cerrone and based on the 1972 novel by Italo Calvino, took audience members on a multi-sensory journey through Los Angeles’ Union Station, where they experienced an operatic narrative consisting of live dance performance, orchestral music and dramatic dialog: all driven by wireless headphone technology.

About Invisible Cities:

Hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as a “signal cultural event” and “a delicate and beautiful opera” by The Los Angeles Times, Invisible Cities was a joint production by The Industry and L.A. Dance Project which premiered at Los Angeles’ historic Union Station and performed to sold-out audiences during its run in October and early November 2013. Based on Italo Calvino’s fantastical novel, the opera was composed and adapted by Christopher Cerrone, conceived and directed by The Industry’s founder and artistic director Yuval Sharon, with choreography by Danielle Agami. The production utilized wireless technology provided by Sennheiser, offering audience members headphones to hear the opera amid the normal “hustle and bustle” of the train stationís everyday life.

About KCET:

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its nearly 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children’s programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Juan Devis, senior vice president, Content, Development & Production for KCETLink accepts Emmy® Award for production of Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones

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Sennheiser and Full Compass to Co-Sponsor Recording Clinic Featuring Leslie Ann Jones of Skywalker Sound and Wolfgang Fraissinet of Neumann

Grammy® Award Winning, Veteran Sound Engineer to Illustrate Recording Best Practices, Fraissinet to Discuss Large Orchestral Microphone Choices and Techniques

MADISON, WI, July 28, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser and Full Compass Systems, a national leader in Professional Audio, Professional Video, A/V, Lighting and Musical Instrument sales, announced they are co-sponsoring a very special audio recording clinic on Thursday, September 11th at the Full Compass facility in Madison, WI. The event will feature renowned, Grammy® award-winning sound engineer Leslie Ann Jones, who will demonstrate recording techniques and best practices when recording in the studio; and Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Marketing and Finance at Neumann, who will discuss microphone choice and techniques for recording large orchestras, among other topics.

During this very special event, every attendee will receive a complimentary pair of Sennheiser HD 439 On-Ear headphones. In addition, attendees have a chance to win one of two valuable giveaways: a Sennheiser MK4 large diaphragm studio microphone with shockmount and a pair of Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones.

Leslie Ann Jones:

Leslie Ann Jones, who is Director of Music Recording and Scoring with Skywalker Sound, has been a recording and mixing engineer for over 30 years. She began her career at ABC Recording Studios in Los Angeles in 1975 before moving to Northern California in 1978 to accept a staff position at the legendary Automatt Recording Studios. There she worked with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Holly Near, Angela Bofill, and Narada Michael Walden, and started her film score mixing career with “Apocalypse Now.”

From 1987 to 1997 she was a staff engineer at Capitol Studios located in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. She recorded projects with Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Michelle Shocked, BeBe & CeCe Winans, and Marcus Miller, as well as the scores for several feature films and television shows. In 2003, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording, Classical, and received a Grammy Award for The Kronos Quartet’s recording of Berg: Lyric Suite, which won Best Chamber Music Album. In 2012, she won a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical for Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works by Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams.

Wolfgang Fraissinet:

Wolfgang Fraissinet, who will discuss microphone choice and techniques for orchestral recording, is President of Marketing and Finance at Neumann Headquarters in Berlin and serves as Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester located in Berlin. Since 2005, Fraissinet has been a producer of international music recordings, such as several masterpieces and symphonies from Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bach, and Mozart. He has recorded a number of Jazz productions, which were produced both in Germany and the USA. He has also studied classical piano at the Berlin Conservatory.

Fraissinet joined Neumann in 1990 and shortly thereafter was appointed as General Manager for the global activities of Marketing and Sales at the company’s headquarters in Berlin. In 2010, Fraissinet added Neumann Studio Monitor Systems as a new business unit, which has since gained wide acceptance in the professional audio community, growing year over year since the launch of Neumann’s first studio monitor, the KH 120.

For more information on this very special event, visit the registration page at www.fullcompass.com/lajones. Seating is limited.

Sennheiser
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1. Leslie Ann Jones, Director of Music Recording and Scoring with Skywalker Sound
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‘The Bachelorette’ Co-DP Andre Martinez Lights on Location with Zylight F8 LED Fresnel

LOS ANGELES – It never fails. There you are, waiting to shoot a gondola scene in Venice, Italy, but the gondolier is unable to dock at your predetermined – at pre-lit – location. What do you do?

If you are the co-director of photography for ABC’s popular reality PROGRAM, The Bachelorette, you grab a Zylight F8 LED Fresnel and get the shot.

“I needed another moonlight source from a balcony to accommodate the new landing point,” recalled Andre Martinez, who has worked on ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette for several seasons. “Running another cable and ballast to set an HMI would have taken a fair amount of time. In less than five minutes, my gaffer had a battery-powered F8 in place and we were ready to roll.”

Known for shooting in exotic locations, the shows are exciting but challenging to shoot. Martinez works to create a “beautiful quality of a light in a reality environment where cameras often see nearly 360 degrees,” he said. “I try to create a setting that not only looks nice but also appears free of equipment – and feels natural for the cast who aren’t trained to hit marks like an actor would.”

Both series are shot primarily using the Sony PDW-F800 camcorder, though the Canon 5D Mark III is used for time lapse, B-roll and underwater footage. Martinez also keeps about eight GoPro cameras on location and has used the compact Canon C300 for a few specific events. The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are shot in 720p to make the show look less “filmic” and more “real” for the audience, according to Martinez.

Interview setups are the most controlled parts of the shows. Often shot in tight quarters, contrast and depth of field are concerns. Martinez also tries to incorporate WINDOWS, lanterns and other potential light sources in the frame. “Our art department does a wonderful job helping to create a background environment,” he explained, “and then I try to light in relation to and motivated by the space and art direction. Often the light on the cast member is just a key and a back light with a soft bounce fill.”

Martinez used two Zylight F8 LED Fresnels during a 10-week stretch of shooting for the current season of The Bachelorette. “Transporting the F8 is quite easy. It fits in a relatively small road case, and the fact that it doesn’t require a ballast or head feeder cables makes it that much more self-contained,” he said.

“With the battery adapter, in no time I can have a ‘punchy’ light with spot/flood capabilities anywhere I need it,” Martinez added. “In the past, I’d often have to carry a backup PORTABLE GENERATOR for shooting an arrival scene or something far from our main location. The Zylight F8s give me all the light I need quickly without running miles of extra cable or carrying a second generator.”

Long before the 10-week shoot was over, Martinez was sold on Zylight. “I hope from now on to always have at least one Zylight F8 in my lighting arsenal for any project. It puts out a lot of light, especially considering that you can power it with a battery,” he said. “It has a really nice quality of light, and its color temp remains true throughout the dial as you dim it.”

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC
Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and FLEXIBLE LIGHTING system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

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