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SSL Duality SE Consoles Drive Degree Programs at Miami Dade College

Two new consoles installed for film and recording programs at North and Kendall Campuses

MIAMI, FL – The School of Entertainment & Design Technology (SEDT) at Miami Dade College (MDC) has chosen Solid State Logic Duality SE Consoles to drive both film and recording degree programs at its North and Kendall Campus studios. MDC chose Duality having had a positive experience with an SSL AWS 900 installed in 2010 in the North Campus recording studio. Miami Dade has installed the two new Duality consoles to provide students with the most advanced analogue platform available for music, Foley, voice-over and sound stage recording, while offering a sophisticated, integrated DAW controller. The new North Campus facility is purpose-built for the film program, with the Kendall Campus recording studio receiving a major facelift.

“We are a learning institution that competes with other institutions that teach sound recording,” says Duane Summers, studio manager for Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus. “SSL is the industry standard, so it made competitive sense for us to go with two Duality consoles. Another deciding factor was that Duality offers a seamless combination of analogue signal flow with an integrated DAW controller, all put nicely together in one neat package. Duality was the best choice to meet the academic needs of our students across all sound recording disciplines.”

The Duality at the North Campus is the centerpiece of a new hybrid, dual control room sound studio, built to round out the program offerings for SEDT’s film program. The larger Duality room shares a soundstage which doubles as a classroom, with the other, smaller, DAW controller-based control room. The complex includes a complete Foley stage, an overdub booth and a piano booth that are acoustically isolated from the main stage so that the studio complex can be used for two projects simultaneously. The second Duality resides in the recently upgraded, high-end music recording studio at the Kendall Campus.

“Our experience with Duality at the rebuilt Kendall studio complex has been grand,” states Summers. “The install and training went very smoothly and this was important as we literally installed the console in the middle of the semester. Those students got the rare opportunity to watch the commissioning of an SSL console as a part of their coursework. Duality is now our icing on the cake for the great program that SEDT offers. Everybody loves the console.”

From a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Film, Television & Digital Production to an Associate in Science degree in Music Business, Creative Production, the MDC School of Entertainment & Design Technology integrates multi-discipline training for each program. Film or TV Production majors, for example, will spend time learning about sound recording using Duality in the more advanced coursework for a well-rounded educational experience.

“We really like Duality as a teaching tool because it addresses every aspect of production a student will encounter in the real world,” explains Summers. “Duality also has a great, crystal clear sound quality, so the students can really hear the difference between microphones or EQ settings. Also, when a student mixes a project, Duality seems to glue the mix together. As good as a mix may sound, once processed though the master bus compressor, everything really sonically pops. Duality also helps the instructor because everything needed for capture and mix can be done from the centre of the console. Students can crowd around and see what processes need to be done.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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DNF Controls Announces Tally Manager(TM)

New Application Ensures the Red Lights Go on With Renewed Level of Simplicity

SYLMAR, Calif. — March 29, 2012 — DNF Controls today announced Tally Manager(TM), a tally management application of the Flex Control Network(R), DNF’s modular platform of professional, IP-based machine controllers. Tally Manager gives broadcasters reliable and responsive tallying that is simple to set up, simple to use, simple to expand, and simple to maintain. Tally Manager provides a complete system for end-to-end management of monitor wall UMDs, on-air, record, and device tallies, making it easy again to turn the red light on. This scalable, real-time tally solution was designed and built for the demands of television broadcast, live production, and event production. more

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Electrosonic Honored with ‘Sinus – Systems Integration Award’ for the ‘Parlamentarium’

The 2012 winners of the Sinus – Systems Integration Award were announced during the Prolight & Sound trade fair in Frankfurt on March 21. Presented annually, the Sinus is an honorary award for projects in different categories. This year’s was awarded in the Entertainment category. The general planner chosen for the Sinus Award was Stuttgart-based designer ATELIER BRÜCKNER. Electrosonic, the European Parliament and four other companies involved in the planning and equipping of the Parlamentarium were honored for the extraordinary and creative use of integration and media technology.

The Parlamentarium, the new visitors’ center at the European Parliament in Brussels, uses a variety of interactive multimedia exhibits to take visitors on a unique and personal journey into the heart of European politics. Electrosonic won the bid for the project in an open Europe-wide competitive tender and was responsible for engineering and installing the main exhibition audio-visual hardware for ATELIER BRÜCKNER. The Parlamentarium is the first visitors’ center fully accessible in 23 languages, and to-date has attracted over 100,000 visitors from across the globe.

“We are delighted to have been honored with the Sinus – Systems Integration Award, and for the opportunity to have been involved in such a prestigious project”, commented Rob Smith, Sales Manager of the Cultural Entertainment and Leisure (CEL) business for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “Electrosonic worked alongside designers, fit-out contractors and building contractors to turn a building originally designed to be an underground car park into an engaging attraction which uses interactive AV exhibits to teach visitors about the past, present and future of European politics”.

The Parlamentarium opened its doors to the public on Friday 14 October. The attraction uses a multitude of engaging audio-visual exhibits to take visitors on a journey into the heart of the European Parliament. Electrosonic was the principal AV systems integrator for the project, working closely with designer ATELIER BRÜCKNER to determine the AV solutions to meet their creative designs.

The Awards Committee and jury are composed of representatives of the Professional Lighting & Sound Association of Germany (VPLT) and the European Association of Event Centers (EVVC), as well as experts, representatives of the trade press and Messe Frankfurt.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, video conferencing and control rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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Yale Repertory Theatre’s New TINY FX and Viper NT Foggers Debut with World Premiere of “Good Goods”

Good Goods

Good Goods

“Good Goods,” a new play written by Christina Anderson and directed by Tina Landau, made its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre recently with fog and smoke effects created by Look Solutions’ TINY FX and Viper NT foggers. The equipment was just purchased for the university’s repertory productions.

A Viper NT is deployed for two industrial smokestacks which appear in a factory seen upstage. “They have to blow at various times during the production, and the Viper works very well for that; we can get a lot of fog out of it,” says lighting supervisor Donald W. Titus. “Look’s quick-dissipating fluid is one of the fastest I’ve ever seen; we thought we’d have to install an exhaust system but we didn’t.” A second Viper is utilized to pump fog to several other scenic elements throughout the stage.

The Viper NT fogger unites current digital technology with proven technique and power. It features DMX 512 as standard, has an internal timer and easy-to-use LED-display panel, and offers fine adjustment of the output to produce everything from a tiny fog cloud to the thickest fog.

Two TINY FX foggers are used for effects in which the characters appear to cough up smoke. “I worked with the costume designers to build them into the costumes,” Titus explains. “The hose runs down the sleeve of one outfit, and the actor holds his hand up to his mouth and coughs. In the other instance, the actor wears a short-sleeved dress and the hose runs over her shoulder invisibly. The TINYs can be easily hidden and work very well.”

Truly small in its footprint, the lightweight TINY FX consists of just two components: the machine and its battery pack. It delivers efficiency and punch in a unit that’s easy to use anywhere.

Titus is pleased with the performance of the TINY FX foggers and Viper NTs and has his eyes on possible additional purchases. “We always like Look products for our shows,” he says. “There is very little to worry about in terms of their maintenance and cleaning. We may be purchasing some more. The Unique hazer is everyone’s favorite – it seems to be taking over everywhere.”

Yale Repertory Theatre acquired its TINY FX foggers and Vipers from Dark Star Lighting & Production in Hinesburg, Vermont.

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L-ACOUSTICS Launches ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS

FRANKFURT, Germany — Recently making their worldwide debut at Prolight + Sound 2012 in Frankfurt, L-ACOUSTICS’ new ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS systems are based on two constant curvature enclosures holding distinct directivity pattern and SPL capabilities.

Intended for medium-throw applications in rental productions and fixed installations, these line sources deliver remarkable acoustic properties and unmatched versatility for many applications, including FOH L/R systems, central clusters, side-fill monitors, distributed systems and complementary fills. more

L-ACOUSTICS Debuts LA Network Manager 2 Software

FRANKFURT, Germany — In addition to the Prolight + Sound 2012 launch of its new ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS systems, L-ACOUSTICS announced the release of the new LA Network Manager 2 software and its suite of interactive tutorials.

Completely rewritten from scratch on both network communication and GUI standpoints, LA Network Manager 2 features the following improvements: more

ALTINEX AND IAVI CELEBRATE A SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR

** Photo: Wade Gilbert of IAVI with Wayne Childs of Altinex **

Brea, CA – March 2012… Altinex, recognized globally as a manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, and IAVI, a leading Commercial Pro AV Distributor, recently reached the first anniversary of the two firm’s distribution agreement. The accord, which united the Altinex suite of computer video interfaces, distribution amplifiers, switchers, matrix switchers, software, and furniture connectivity products with IAVI’s display and audio equipment offerings, has proven highly beneficial to both organizations. more

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Audinate’s Dante Proliferates Prolight+Sound 2012

Yamaha, Symetrix, Harman, Nexo, Auvitran, JoeCo, Four Audio, & TEQSAS announce Dante Networked Products

Portland, OR- March 29, 2012- In an unprecedented event never witnessed before in Pro Audio, no less than eight Audinate OEM partners announced a total of 13 Dante-enabled products at this year’s Prolight + Sound, the leading international trade fair for the event-technology sector.

“What is truly amazing is the wide range of different Dante products that were launched at the show”, says Lee Ellison, Audinate CEO. “It seems that no matter what you are looking for, there is now a Dante enabled product on the market.” Lee also adds, “The market is dictating what it wants, and Dante seems to be the answer,”

Here is what was launched at this year’s show:

Yamaha Commercial Audio-Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced the launch of the new CL Series of digital consoles. The Yamaha CL Series is a Dante network–based console featuring remote I/O for a faster, more responsive Yamaha system solution. All three CL models in the Centralogic™ series, only differentiated by frame size and input capability, feature 24 mix buses, 8 matrix buses, plus stereo and mono outputs, and 16 DCAs. The footprint of all three CL consoles is small, yet powerful and has been developed specifically for sound reinforcement applications such as performing arts venues, theaters, houses of worship, touring, and remote broadcast. The high output bus count will be a great benefit to live broadcast and monitor applications.

Symetrix- Symetrix announced the SymNet Edge, a significant update to its long line of DSP solutions packed with incredible new features. Symetrix designed Edge to meet the I/O capacity requirements of the bulk of commercial sound installations. Edge features four configurable I/O card slots, up to 16 channels total of local I/O plus 128 (64×64) channels of Audinate’s award winning Dante network audio.

Harman- Harman Soundcraft is extending its range of digital audio transport option cards for its Vi, Si Compact and Si1/2/3 series digital consoles with all options expected to start shipping this year. Plans are also in place for Dante network cards compatible with Vi, Si Compact and Si1/2/3 series consoles, following an agreement reached between Soundcraft and Audinate. “This agreement is a reflection of HARMAN’s responsiveness to its customers who want Dante networking,” added Lee Ellison, Audinate’s CEO.

Nexo- Nexo announced the new NXDT104 Dante audio plug-in card for the NXAMP, enabling NEXO loudspeaker systems to explore the many benefits of a high-performance AVB-ready digital networking solution. The NXDT104 will distribute digital audio plus integrated control data, automatically configuring its network interface and finding other Dante devices on the network.

AuviTran- AuviTran, the networking specialists, is adding Dante technology to their Audio Toolbox product range. Audinate was chosen to accelerate AuviTran’s development towards new networking technologies. Since 2003 AuviTran has provided audio professionals with innovative networking solutions using EtherSound technology and now adds Audinate’s Dante networking to its networking solution portfolio.

JoeCo Limited- JoeCo introduced the latest product in its BlackBox range of multi-channel live audio recorders and players in the form of the new BLACKBOX BBR64-DANTE RECORDER that can record or replay 64 channels.

Four Audio- Four Audio, manufacturer of audio and loudspeaker management systems, announced the launch of their new DBO1. The DBO1 is a Dante enabled breakout box with 8 analog output channels. It allows the user to go from Dante to analog signals in a small 1U box. The DBO1 is operated by simply connecting it to a Dante network and configuring the easy-to-use breakout box via the Dante Controller.

TEQSAS- TEQSAS, a professional audio solutions company with core competencies in delivering high quality audio products, announced a new Dante AES breakout module for their cyberTEQ – m-family of digital audio interconnect solutions.

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About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes the way that AV systems are connected by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Using Audinate’s patented Dante networking solution, digital media networking just got easy. Audinate’s solution has been licensed by customers across the AV industry and can be found in installations and live sound applications globally. Audinate is a Promoter Member of the AVnu Alliance™ for promoting AVB adoption. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. Visit www.audinate.comfor the latest news and information on the company.

Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

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Extron Announces Two Output HDMI Distribution Amplifier

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the HDMI DA2, a one input, two output distribution amplifier for HDMI video and embedded multi-channel digital audio. The HDMI DA2 supports HDMI specification features including data rates up to 6.75 Gbps, Deep Color up to 12-bit, 3D, Lip Sync, and HD lossless audio formats. This HDCP-compliant distribution amplifier supports all HDTV rates including 1080p/60 and PC resolutions up to 1920×1200. It features two Extron-exclusive technologies: EDID Minder®, which maintains continuous EDID communication between connected devices; and Key Minder®, which authenticates and maintains continuous HDCP encryption between input and output devices. The compact HDMI DA2 is ideal for applications that require the distribution of an HDMI source signal to two displays. more

You may know the “how-to” of sound recording, but do you know the “why” behind it?

Just Published from Focal Press!

The Science of Sound Recording
By Jay Kadis
ISBN: 9780240821542 | $39.95

The Science of Sound Recording will provide you with more than just an introduction to sound and recording, it will allow you to dive right into some of the technical areas that often appear overwhelming to anyone without an electrical engineering or physics background.

Written by Jay Kadis, Lecturer and Audio Engineer for the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, The Science of Sound Recording helps you build a basic foundation of scientific principles, explaining how recording really works. Packed with valuable must know information, illustrations and examples of ‘worked through’ equations this book introduces the theory behind sound recording practices in a logical and practical way while placing an emphasis on the concepts of measurement as they relate to sound recording, physical principles of mechanics and acoustics, biophysics of hearing, introduction to electronics, analog and digital recording theory and how science determines mixing techniques.

KEY FEATURES:

• Provides you with a clear understanding of why we record sound as we do to develop your engineering skills
• Numerous illustrations, diagrams and ‘work though’ equations help unravel the science
• Explanations given in clear simple terms “from the ground up”

Read a recent blog post by Jay Kadis on Focal Press’ blog for everything audio –AudioUndone.com:
So why do we do it like that? Science explains audio practices.

Focal Press has been a leading publisher of Media Technology books for over 70 years. We provide essential resources for professionals and students in many areas including: audio, film and digital video production, photography & digital imaging, animation, broadcast, theatre and web design.

We are committed to publishing high quality books filled with practical hands-on information, dealing with cutting-edge and converging technologies from the experts in the field. You will find practical solutions to problems, examples you can apply to your work, and valuable insights that will help you keep up-to-date in these highly competitive fields.

Focal Press – learn, master, create.

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