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ASHLY AUDIO DELIVERS MULTIPLE LAYERS OF CONTROL IN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

greekorthodox_church.JPGROSELAND, NEW JERSEY: Saints Nicholas Constantine and Helen (SNCH) Greek Orthodox Church recently completed construction of a beautiful and inspiring new building in Roseland, New Jersey. Although orthodox in religious doctrine, SNCH was open to incorporating cutting-edge technologies in order to maximize the impact of its services and events. Audio Incorporated of nearby Roselle Park, New Jersey designed and installed a sound reinforcement system centered on Ashly Audio that accommodates three simultaneous methods of control: Ashly WR Series wall mounted remotes, wireless iPad control via a Crestron interface, and Ashly’s new FR-16 network fader remote. Via a single Ethernet cable, the affordable Ashly FR-16 provides a bank of faders and push buttons that the integrator can assign to any function inside an Ashly processor.

“Our design started with Ashly’s ne24.24M signal processor,” explained Mike Sinclair, president and owner of Audio Incorporated. “The reliability more

API 1608 IS CHOICE OF THE “S.T.R.Z.”

strz.JPGHOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA: Though founded just three years ago, S.T.R.Z. Enterprises is certainly not lacking in talent, experience, clientele or equipment. In fact, among the three producers/songwriters/engineers at S.T.R.Z. – Nick Gross, Mike Riley and Anthony Vasquez – previous credits include work with Common, Ke$ha, Marilyn Manson and Gavin Rossdale. When S.T.R.Z. Enterprises decided to open its own studio space, the three business partners knew that an API 1608 was exactly what the facility needed.

“It’s an all-around beautiful desk,” said Gross, who is also the drummer for rock band Open Air Stereo. “It’s easily maintained, a breeze to use, sounds killer, and looks great – not to mention how reasonably priced it is,” he said. “We have a few Neves and Chandlers for variation, but the 1608 is the heart of the room and we couldn’t be happier with how it’s working for more

THE KILLS LIVE WITH METRIC HALO

philip_harvey.JPGSAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: When The Kills went on a tidy fifteen-show tour of North America in support of Blood Pressures (Domino Records), culminating in their ten year anniversary show in New York City, they brought along trusted FOH and recording engineer Philip Harvey (Modest Mouse, White Stripes). In addition to delivering the tuneful and carefully-crafted lo-fi of The Kills to the fans who flocked to see the duo in the flesh, Harvey was also charged with the task of recording the shows. On loan from the Amsterdam Recording Company, where he serves as head engineer, Harvey crossed the ocean with his trusted Metric Halo interfaces and the confidence that they would capture the musical soul of the band’s performance night after night.

Harvey was introduced to Metric Halo gear and software during his seven-year tenure as the FOH engineer with Medeski Martin & Wood. “It was around 2000 when the folks from Metric Halo approached the band,” he explained. “They showed me the Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882, which was their top-of-the-line interface at the time. I was amazed to learn that I could reliably record twenty-four tracks with my Macintosh G3 laptop and three 2882s. The thing had something like 256 MB of RAM, and with all the processing taken care of by the Mobile I/Os, Metric Halo could always coax an incredible performance out of it.” At the same time, Metric Halo demonstrated its SpectraFoo sound analysis software to Harvey. “Since then, I’ve used all the other programs, including a few quirky iPad apps, but nothing compares to the smooth, musical performance of SpectraFoo,” he said. “I’ve come to trust the tight correspondence between the reality of what I’m hearing and its visual representation in SpectraFoo.”

Because The Kills only had a trailer for gear on this tour, Harvey had to keep his rig as light and compact as possible. A Digidesign SC48 digital console fit the bill and still afforded him plenty of flexibility. He installed a XO16 output card into the SC48 to feed sixteen channels or groups to his Metric Halo ULN-8. In addition, he tracked both the mix output from the board and a M/S pair of AKG 414s as audience microphones with his Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882. In all, he recorded twenty inputs of every performance using Metric Halo’s rock-solid MIO Console software to the custom installed internal hybrid hard drive on his 2011 MacBook Pro. After doing some experiments in rehearsals, Harvey determined that the whole rig sounded significantly better if he let the Metric Halo ULN-8 serve as the master clock.

“Since I’ve been working with Metric Halo equipment for over a decade, I’ve come to appreciate the company’s extreme commitment to ensuring that everything it sells is future-proof,” said Harvey. “It is the exact opposite of the ‘planned obsolescence’ business model that pervades the industry. I bought the MIO 2882 I use today in 2000, and then a couple of years ago they sold me a 2d card for a fraction of the price of a new interface… it increased its processing power by a factor of five! What other company is that serious? And then, of course, you have the ULN-8, which sounds absolutely amazing. Between the pre-amps, converters and clocking, I use it when recording, mixing, and mastering. It reveals things in the mix that other interfaces completely smear over.”

Harvey used the fifth input on the Metric Halo 2882 to feed an Earthworks TC40k omni-directional mic to the Metric Halo SpectraFoo sound analysis software that was constantly up and running on his MacBook Pro. “It’s all the routine stuff that SpectraFoo makes easy,” he said. “I adjusted the soundcheck mix to compensate for all the bodies present at the show. I watched for frequency buildups. I watched my volume by calibrating the volume to an SPL meter, which is a simple thing to do with SpectraFoo. I even used it to identify the precise delay time between the board and the ambient mics, which is crucial when going back to mix these live recordings.” When not on the road, Harvey uses SpectraFoo at the Amsterdam Recording Company to analyze the recording and control rooms and to deliver consistent, error-free mixes.

Harvey has logged many hours of live recording with his Metric Halo interfaces, notably, he recorded Under The Great White Northern Lights while on tour with The White Stripes in 2008. Although the fate of these particular recordings is not yet determined, it’s a good bet that they’ll find their way to fans in many forms. Recordings from previous tours have been available on The Kills’ website, on live videos, and as promotions on other websites.

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

WIRELESS FIRST/CLAIR GLOBAL SERVE LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON SUPER BOWL WEEK

jimmyfallon_superbowl.JPGINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA: When Late Night with Jimmy Fallon took over the Hilbert Circle Theater in Indianapolis during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVI, the city fell head over heels for the undeniably charming host. In turn, Fallon helped the nation fall in love with Indianapolis, a city in need of a morale boost (the bitter irony of hosting professional football’s greatest event after the Colts finished an abysmal 2-14 season was a bit much to take). The show hired Wireless First/Clair Global to deliver technically flawless audio, as well as frequency coordination in an airspace that was saturated in the week leading up to the Super Bowl. True to form, Wireless First/Clair Global came through – both for the prerecorded shows and Super Bowl Sunday’s live-to-air show – using state-of-the-art proprietary technologies, including the new Clair Global CF 1090 Fractal Antenna and more

Adult Living Sounds Better than Ever with StudioLive

Taramac, FL, March 2012… As the Baby Boomer generation has grown, adult-oriented communities have become larger and more sophisticated. South Florida has long been an epicenter of the 55-plus demographic, and Tamarac is one of its model communities. This town of 56,000, midway between Miami and Palm Beach, was voted one of the most livable cities in America by the U.S. Council of Mayors.

Tamarac is home to Kings Point, an upscale 55-and-over community that includes the Palace Theatre for the Performing Arts. Described by Production Manager Anthony Ezzo as “one of the best-kept secrets in show business,” the 1,000-seat multipurpose venue is an architectural gem, its soaring glass exterior surrounding an elegant, single-level auditorium that plays host to an active and varied roster of performances.

Ezzo, a veteran live-sound engineer whose credits include Julio Iglesias, Michelle Branch, Duran Duran, and Boys II Men, has been running the mix at the Palace since 1998. The theater recently upgraded its aging analog console, going digital with a PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 Performance and Recording Digital Mixer. As Ezzo explains, the diminutive console compared favorably to many consoles several times its price.

“Some of the other local theaters had been moving to digital consoles, and my boss asked me to get some prices,” he says. “I compared all the available digital solutions out there, and I was pretty much blown away when I heard the price on the StudioLive. For the features this mixer offered, nothing else even came close in terms of value for the money.”

StudioLive’s flexibility and built-in processing power were what immediately caught his eye, says Ezzo. “We do a lot of different types of shows here, from live music to theatrical presentations, spoken word, and movies. The ability to configure a live mix and monitor mix and record the show live, all with just a few clicks, is something I could never do with our old console. And being able to slap a compressor and EQ on every channel is huge.”

Multitracking any show live is more than just a novelty, he observes. “If we’ve got someone coming in for multiple dates, I can do a multitrack recording to Capture, and when the house is empty I can sit and fine-tune the mix. It gives me the opportunity to fool around with different EQs, compressors, and effects and try stuff I’d never have a chance to do during a live show.”

But, as Ezzo explains, what really sealed the deal was StudioLive’s highly evolved remote-mixing capabilities. “The first day I got the console, I set up the wireless control, sat in the audience with my wife’s iPad, and mixed the show. And not just channel levels; I had all the effects covered too. The people in the audience sitting near me were just blown away.”

Ezzo reports the theater’s management and staff are thrilled with the console’s performance. “I have two young assistants working with me, guys who went to audio school in Orlando. When we put in the StudioLive, they said, ‘wow, this job just got way cooler.’ In fact, we’re getting ready to pick up a second StudioLive to replace our analog monitor desk.”

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 Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, mixers, control surfaces and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio. 

PreSonus Audio Electronics

7257 Florida Blvd

Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Tel: +1 225.216.7887

Fax: +1225.926.8347

www.presonus.com

Webinar: Best Practices in Digital AV Network Solutions

AVI-SPL is teaming up with Crestron Electronics on Tuesday, March 13 at 1 p.m. EST to present a free, one hour webinar entitled “Choosing the Right Digital AV Solution for Your Network.”

To keep pace with today’s IT networks, analog systems must be upgraded to work with the new systems designed and specified for digital AV signal management. With these trends in mind, Crestron’s Jeff Singer will discuss the most important and commonly overlooked considerations when designing and installing a digital AV switching or distribution system.

“Attendees will leave with a clear understanding about different choices of infrastructure, hardware, data management, control options, scalability and more,” said Singer, director of global marketing campaigns for Crestron Electronics. “This is a very practical discussion intended to empower consumers in making educated and intelligent purchasing decisions.”

Singer has been with Crestron since 2004 and in the AV industry since 1992. Singer previously spent two years as regional vice president of business development for FM Valenti, Inc., where he managed sales channels for brands such as Winsted, Xantech, Toshiba and Philips.

Singer spent the first 10 years of his career with manufacturer Knox Video Technologies, first as a sales manager and then as vice president of sales and marketing.

Participants across all industries — including corporate, healthcare, government and hospitality — are invited to attend.

To register to attend “Choosing the Right Digital AV Solution for Your Network,” visit:
http://www.avispl.com/goto.asp?id=4604.

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Sennheiser Rocks (and Rolls in the Deep) with Big Grammy Winners

Los Angeles, California, March 1, 2012: This year’s Grammy Awards event, hosted by LL Cool J, celebrating music’s biggest night, went down in history as the second highest rated telecast since the show’s inception in 1959. It was a phenomenal undertaking showcasing nearly thirty diverse musical performances on multiple indoor and outdoor stages, along with a very last minute tribute celebrating the late Whitney Houston. So when Sennheiser artists took the stage, their engineers knew they had to have Sennheiser microphones to assure their performances would go off without a hitch.

Adele, the big winner of the evening, tied the record, set two years ago by Beyoncé, for the most awards won by a female artist in one year. The 23-year-old pop-soul singer won the night’s most prestigious awards, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for 21, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Short Form Music Video for the single “Rolling in the Deep,” and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Someone Like You.”

The most highly anticipated performance of the evening finally arrived when Adele took the stage to perform “Rolling in the Deep.” Her favorite nickel-finish Sennheiser SKM 2000-XP wireless handheld transmitter with MMK 965-1 capsule conveyed her beautiful voice to the adoring crowd. Dave McDonald, Adele’s front-of-house engineer, said, “It’s a great microphone. We started using it just after the Brit Awards in February of last year, and she’s loved it ever since.” He adds, “Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the equipment we use is Sennheiser – and the point-one percent is Neumann.” Her performance brought the Grammy audience to its feet for the longest standing ovation of the evening.

Foo Fighters, nominated in a total of six categories, swept the entire rock category, winning awards for Rock Song and Rock Performance for “Walk,” Rock Album for Wasting Light, Hard Rock/Metal Performance for “White Limo,” and Best Long Form Music Video for “Foo Fighters: Back and Forth.”

The band rocked the stage twice during the Grammy broadcast, performing “Walk” from a tent on Nokia Plaza, adjacent to the Staples Center, then returning to play “Rope” during the electronic dance music segment with David Guetta, Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne, and deadmau5. Frontman Dave Grohl made use of his usual Sennheiser MD 431 II vocal mic on both songs. Ian Beveridge, Foo Fighters’ longtime monitor engineer, spoke highly of Dave’s vocal mic: “I love that microphone to death. That microphone is so unbelievably flat in the high-end, and incredibly stable with moisture and temperature. During their shows, we used to have terrible instability problems with other microphones, and I was going through maybe four, five or six microphones a show with Dave, swapping them out. Now, I keep the 431 for the whole show. I can’t remember the last time there was any feedback during Foo Fighters’ show. And these Grammy performances were no exception.”

Bruno Mars, channeling James Brown with his energetic, throwback performance of “Runaway”, had the singer using an SKM 2000-XP with MMD 945-1 capsule. James Berry, monitor engineer for Mars shared, “Sennheiser products have great sound and reliability. We could not have done it without Sennheiser. I’m always grateful for their gear and support in making it happen under the stress of a live event like the Grammys.”

Other Sennheiser users got to shine during the show, too, including the evening’s host, LL Cool J, who made use of an SKM 5200. Alicia Keys sang a duet with Bonnie Raitt in memory of Etta James through her SKM 5200-II vocal mic with MD 5235 capsule. Katy Perry made a memorable entrance, descending in a glass box with her baby blue hair and her SKM 5200-II/MD 5235 combination to perform her new post-divorce song, “Part of Me.” During a medley honoring and featuring Glen Campbell, Blake Shelton performed the songwriter’s “Southern Nights” using his SKM 5200-II /MD 5235 vocal mic. Tony Bennett, in a duet with Carrie Underwood on “It Had to Be You,” also used an SKM 5200-II.

(Photo Credit: © 2012 FilmMagic)

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Gefen Announces New 1:4 DisplayPort Splitter to Distribute High Resolution Graphics for Multiple Monitor Applications

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced the release of a new splitter for computers and monitors using DisplayPort connectivity. The Gefen 1:4 DisplayPort Splitter provides an easy method of delivering the same video source to multiple displays in any viewing environment.

This new Splitter comes equipped with one DisplayPort cable connected to the input and four DisplayPort outputs that support all computers and displays using the new interface standard. Clear high resolution graphics in resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 are delivered to all four displays simultaneously.

To extend monitors throughout the venue, Gefen offers extension solutions ranging from a DisplayPort Super Booster cable for short-range applications to fiber optic-based cabling for long distance installations.

Designed to offer a robust distribution solution for audio/video systems using DisplayPort, Gefen’s 1:4 DisplayPort Splitter comes with built-in EDID management to guarantee signal integrity and will begin shipping in mid-March.

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BP Marketing Group, LLC To Represent Listen Technologies In Michigan

In efforts to build its Midwestern sales force, Listen Technologies announces the appointment of Alex Hunter, BP Marketing Group, LLC as its main representation for Michigan.

Listen Technologies Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of BP Marketing Group, LLC as the company’s representative for Michigan.

Alex Hunter will be working Listen’s full line of Wireless Listening, ListenPoint®, and Conferencing products for assistive listening, soundfield, tour group, language interpretation, and conferencing applications.

BP Marketing is a progressive firm that represents manufacturers for video, streaming, document cameras, projectors, product mounts, and digital signage. BP Marketing is headquartered in Savage, MN. Alex Hunter, Regional Sales Manager for BP will be Listen’s key sales person for the territory.

Commenting on the partnership, Alex Hunter said, “I look forward to bringing the customer service excellence BP is known for to Listen’s Michigan customers.”

“We are excited to welcome Alex to the Listen team,” said Peter Papageorge, Listen Director of Sales, North America. Alex’s enthusiastic attitude combined with BP’s progressive sales techniques and tools will give the territory a fresh new direction. We look forward to a bright future.”

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Audio One Marketing Welcomed As New Representative Firm for Listen Technologies

To continue strengthening its sales force, Listen Technologies announces the appointment of a key representative firm for Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and the western half of Wisconsin.

Listen Technologies Corporation is pleased to welcome Audio One Marketing as the company’s representative for Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and the western half of Wisconsin.

Audio One Marketing will be working Listen’s full line of Wireless Listening, ListenPoint®, and Conferencing products for assistive listening, soundfield, tour group, language interpretation and conferencing applications.

Tim VonBargen, Owner of Audio One Marketing brings over 14 years of sales, management, engineering and technical experience in the audio industry. Before launching Audio One Marketing VonBargen was Regional Sales Manager at Starin Marketing.

Commenting on the partnership, Tim Von Bargen said, “I believe this is great timing for Audio One Marketing to represent Listen Technologies and we’re excited to get started with this great brand.”

“Tim VonBargen brings new ideas for representing the pro audio industry.” said Peter Papageorge, Listen Director of Sales, North America. “He is passionate about educating and training our resellers on all Listen solutions. We look forward to a successful partnership.”

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