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Carnival Cruise Lines Provides Open Water Entertainment With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact Digital Consoles

MIAMI, Florida — To provide live entertainment while on the open seas, Carnival Cruise Lines relies on HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles for an array of options to meet the needs of its passengers.

Carnival Cruise Lines, offering destinations such as the Bahamas, Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico, provides entertainment for all ages including casinos, full hair and beauty salons and spas, yoga classes, many restaurants with unique varieties of food, fun and games centers, and many clubs and bars with comedy and live music.

Out of 12 vessels, two of them carry Soundcraft Si Compact 16 consoles, while the remaining 10 each have an Si Compact 24. There is an accompanying stage box for each console on board.

When looking for the perfect console to fit the variety of entertainment needs aboard the ship, Erik Zvanut of Dobbs-Stanford, Soundcraft’s regional representative for Florida, suggested Soundcraft’s Si Compact series because the layout is similar to an analog board and would be easy for the onboard staff to learn. “Once I showed everyone the Si Compact series they fell in love with it pretty quickly,” Zvanut said. “The ease of use and the amount of functionality you get with the board is so much for the compact size.”

On each ship, the boards are mostly used in the theater and nightclub space, which offers live band karaoke. “The fact that the board is small and can be transported easily is huge. There isn’t much extra room on each ship, so having the small desk makes it easy to fit in a corner wherever it is needed. Carnival also wanted a desk that was easy to set up right out of the box without the need to retrain staff members,” stated Zvanut.

James Keaton, Entertainment Audio Supervisor for Carnival Cruise Lines, couldn’t be happier with the purchase decision. “The price point was perfect. Since the musicians usually operate the sound systems, it’s great to have an easy-to-use board that doesn’t need much background training. With a few of the vessels being older, it also helped to connect the stage boxes with CAT5 cable. Much of the copper wire is out of shape, and having the ease of CAT5 allows us to utilize many more inputs and outputs for whatever we may need. We tried to find a universal product that would benefit everyone, and the Si Compact consoles do the trick.”

Many of the settings and features of the Si Compact series benefit Carnival Cruise lines on a daily basis. “Many times we have a group of rotating bands that perform on different vessels,” said Keaton. “Having the ability to save settings and presets for each group makes the transition between acts very easy. Whoever is operating the desk just needs to upload the settings and they are set to go.”

For Carnival Cruise Lines, this is the start of a long-term upgrade to the entire system onboard the vessels. “It’s great that the stage boxes are compatible with the large Vi series consoles. It gives us options to expand in the future, which is our goal,” expressed Keaton.

For more information on Dobbs-Stanford, please visit: http://www.dobbsstanford.com/Pro.aspx

For more information on Carnival Cruise Lines, please visit: http://www.carnival.com/

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. 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 about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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Molloy College Addresses Integrated Media Technologies Upgrade at NAB

“Tomorrow’s Needs Today: Making the Argument for Upgrade”

Leading liberal arts institution, Molloy College, of Long Island, NY, will be participating in the Broadcast Education Association panel discussion during NAB, “Tomorrow’s Needs Today: Making the Argument for Upgrade,” on Wednesday, April 18 at The Las Vegas Hilton.   Molloy College first met with Integrated Media Technologies, Inc. (IMT) at NAB 2011 to determine the best way to upgrade their SD production facilities to full HD specs.

As media technologies continue to evolve and previous generations become obsolete, communications programs in small schools are reaching the threshold of maintaining traditional curriculum while deciding what new media to adopt and use. The BEA panel discusses strategies in proposing new media upgrades and the struggles of adopting a new program. Panelists are currently upgrading or have recently upgraded their traditional communications curriculum.
Moderator: James Cohen, Molloy College
Panelists: Matthew Tullis, Ashland University
Thomas Kenny, Molloy College

“We chose IMT after speaking with Greg Pocali at NAB 2011 last year in Las Vegas,” explained Thomas Kenny, Molloy Adjunct Instructor.  “We went to NAB to research gear and materials needed to transfer our SD studio to HD.  This included cameras, switchers, storage devices, etc.  After meeting with Greg, he pointed us in the right direction and told us exactly what we needed for a transfer.  Greg is extremely knowledgeable as an engineer and we felt comfortable with him and the staff at IMT.”

“We are upgrading our facility,” he continued, “because it is in standard-definition and at this day and age, everyone should have a high-definition facility.  If my iPad can shoot video in HD, then the studio for the students should have that capability as well.  We plan on using the facility for educational purposes to help  our students get a career in media production.  Also, this could [allow] students to start their own productions outside of class for news programs and various shows.”

Media Production Curriculum
Molloy College has had a Media Production Curriculum for several years.  Over the last two years, the college has changed its curriculum to match the change in technology.  Last year, Molloy developed and implemented a brand new minor in New Media.  This includes combining web and television – students learn how to create apps, design a website, and create web television while utilizing all mediums (iPad, Internet, television, mobile device, etc.).

Thomas Kenny concluded, “The discussion for me is based on two areas.  First is the need to have an updated, high-definition facility for our students to nurture successful careers in media/new media production. This is the area where we worked closely with Integrated Media Technologies, Inc.  The second phase of the discussion, again from the Molloy College perspective, is updating the curriculum to meet today’s standards. In today’s media culture, students creating film/television also need to include social media, websites, apps, etc., to the mix in order to have successful careers.  We are speaking about how we designed the courses for the Major & Minor.  Plus, we will tie in how both the new media Major/Minor uses the updated HD facility.

WHAT: “Tomorrow’s Needs Today: Making the Argument for Upgrade”
WHEN: Wednesday April 18, 2012 12:00pm – 1:15pm
WHERE: Las Vegas Hilton, Conference Room 1

IMT at NAB 2012, April 16-18, Las Vegas
IMT will be hosting a number of technology briefings in their hospitality suite on the second floor of the Renaissance Hotel located at 3400 Paradise Road. The hotel is conveniently located across the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Please contact IMT’s Marketing Coordinator, Kate Metzger, for more information – kate@imtglobalinc.com.

ABOUT INTEGRATED MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (IMT)
IMT is a consulting, design, construction, and systems integration company providing scalable technology systems for business operations.  IMT addresses the following major market sectors: Media & Entertainment, Information Technologies (IT), Education, Telecommunications, and Healthcare. Through an active engagement process, IMT consultants and engineers collect, interpret, refine, design, build and maintain technology systems that deliver optimum results for clients.
Learn more at: http://www.imtglobalinc.com    tel:  877.761.9770

 

Free Educational Seminars Offered at the New York Audio & AV Show

Chester, Cheshire, England, UK—March 29, 2012—The stage is set and exhibitors are gearing up to give show attendees at the New York Audio & AV Show, April 13-15, 2012 at the Waldorf=Astoria hotel, an aural and visual experience that will have people talking. The two and a half day event will feature more than 100 brands and 70 exhibitors, plus live musical performances and lively educational seminars with editors and publishers from several popular consumer electronics publications, along with industry luminaries.

Seminar Schedule—Saturday April 14 & Sunday April 15
Starlight Ballroom, 18th floor

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Ask the Editors
Moderator: John Atkinson
Quiz your favorite editors about a variety of subjects.

Panelists: Michael Fremer (Stereophile), Alan Taffel (The Absolute Sound), Alan Sircom (Hi-Fi+), Jeff Dorgay (Tone Audio), Stephen Mejias (Stereophile), Sat. only, Art Dudley (Stereophile), Grant Clauser (Electronic House).

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Michael Fremer’s World-Famous Turntable Set-Up Seminar

Learn how to set up your turntable in this hour long, hands on “how to” seminar presented by Stereophile magazines Analog Corner columnist Michael Fremer.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
I Want To Take You Higher—The Present and Future of Digital Music Delivery and Playback
Moderated by AudioStream Editor Michael Lavorgna (Sat.)and David Chesky, HDtracks & Chesky Record (Sun.)

Panelists: Rob Robinson (Channel D), Larry Ho (Light Harmonic), David Hyman (MOG), David Chesky (HDtracks & Chesky Records), Andreas Koch (Playback Designs), will discuss the present and future of music acquisition and playback followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
The State We’re In—Rebooting High-End Audio
Moderator: Alan Sircom, Editor, hi-fi+ magazine

Good sound has never been cheaper or more freely available. So where does that leave high-end audio? Is it just a collection of highly polished, expensive things or is there more to high-end than that? It’s time to re-evaluate what constitutes good audio and rediscover how to make a new generation excited by music once more.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Saturday Only)
Making Audio Reviews More Meaningful
Moderator: Jeff Dorgay, Editor, ToneAudio magazine.

In today’s retail climate, just how much does a review enter into an equipment purchase decision? And if so, what can be taken away from a product review to help that process?

With so many sources of information at our fingertips, ToneAudio magazines publisher, Jeff Dorgay invites you to weigh in on what can be done to make audio reviews more concise.

The New York Audio & AV Show is being brought to you from the UK-based Chester Group International and T.H.E. Show USA. Media co-sponsors are CE Pro, Electronic House, Stereophile, The Absolute Sound, hi-fi+, and TONEAudio magazines.

Waldorf=Astoria
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY

Dates: April 13–15, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012
3:00—8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $17 (e-ticket) & $22

Saturday, April 14, 2012
10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $22 (e-ticket) & $28

Sunday, April 15, 2012
10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Tickets; $22 (e-ticket) & $28

Weekend tickets: Valid 3 days
$39 (e-ticket) & $49

Ticket prices quoted above are inclusive of all applicable sales taxes.
Advance e-tickets can be downloaded online at www.chestergroup.org

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AES Posts Preliminary 132nd Convention Calendar

Budapest Hosts the Audio Engineering Society April 26-29

BUDAPEST: The Audio Engineering Society 132nd Convention Preliminary Calendar of Events is now posted at http://www.aes.org/events/132/calendar/calendar.cfm
Scheduled for April 26-29 at the Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center, the Convention will feature a robust program of enlightening Papers, Workshops, Tutorials, Recording, Hearing, Broadcast, Game Audio, Student, Career, and Special Events.

The full-color, easy-to-navigate Calendar features ‘Pop Up Windows’ with descriptive abstracts, dates and times for each event. Visitors may also subscribe to iCalendar links on to their PDA, phone or calendar software. Please note dates and times of events are subject to change.

For details on registration please visit: https://secure.aes.org/events/132/visitors.cfm

For information on AES approved hotels visit: http://www.aes.org/events/132/hotels/

“The Convention Committee has prepared an extremely varied and informative program for our 132nd Convention,” AES executive director Bob Moses says. “We are confident attendees will find Budapest to be a vibrant host city, and that they will find numerous ways to listen, learn, and connect with each other.”

Photo: The Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center will host the 132nd
AES Convention April 26 – 29.

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East, the organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

132nd AES Convention – Budapest Congress & World Trade Center – April 26-29

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Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium Upgrades to KUDO

RCI Systems installs L-ACOUSTICS system in newly renovated performance hall

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For just over 50 years, Cramton Auditorium on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. has welcomed world leaders, key political figures and countless entertainers to its renowned stage. As part of an extensive renovation project celebrating its gold anniversary, the university recently updated the 1,500-seat venue’s audio facilities with the addition of a full L-ACOUSTICS KUDO system. more

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