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YO-YO MA’S SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE TOUR RELIES ON DPA MICROPHONES

Grammy Award-Winning Classical Cellist Uses the DPA 4061 and DPA 4088 Microphones for All Performances on the Silk Road Ensemble Tour

Yo-Yo Ma’s Audio Engineer Jody Elff relies on DPA Microphones’ 4088 cardioid headset and 4061 omnidirectional miniature microphones for the Silk Road Ensemble tour.

The Silk Road Ensemble, featuring the Grammy-winning classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, explores the intersection of a variety of musical traditions, drawing inspiration from the historic Silk Road network of trade routes, where wildly diverse cultures and ideas mingled and evolved. The tour combines Western instruments like the violin, viola, cello, and bass with such Eastern instruments as the shakuhachi, kamanchech, oud, pipa, and sheng. more

Electrosonic Helps the European Parliament Visitors’ Center take Visitors on a Journey into the Past, Present and Future

The Parlamentarium

The Parlamentarium

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 engineered and installed the main exhibition audio-visual hardware for Stuttgart-based designer Atelier Bruckner. The Parlamentarium is the first visitors’ center fully accessible in 23 languages, and to-date has attracted over 110,000 visitors from across the globe.

Guided through state-of-the-art exhibitions by a personal electronic multimedia guide, visitors see how policy decisions are made and how they influence Europeans’ daily lives. All signage and media is presented in 23 languages, which had an enormous influence on how AV techniques were used throughout the center.

Electrosonic won the bid for the project in an open Europe-wide competitive tender; the
scope of work consisted of the detailed design, supply, installation, set up and commissioning of the media hardware for different themed exhibition areas. These areas include a pair of 360º theatres, nearly 100 LCD panels, an innovative voxel display featuring 13,000 LED globes, 140 computers, multichannel audio, 40 km of signal cables and 18 racks of equipment. Electrosonic also integrated RFID hardware for customized, language specific handheld Multimedia Guides supplied by NOUS of Austria; they consist of repackaged Apple iPod Touch units augmented by RFID technology to provide customized interactivity, including exhibit activation in the visitors’ preferred language.

The first series of exhibits orients visitors to the European Parliament and outlines the European Union’s history. Among them are “Prologue,” featuring a 33-foot long table with models of the principal European Parliament buildings backed by a five-bar LED ticker tape-style display from the UK’s Message Maker Displays, and “Treaty Tables,” showcasing a number of 40-inch table-format LCD touchscreens, which outline the documents that have produced the current EU.

“Today and Tomorrow” features an interactive “Calendar” with a sliding LCD panel that reveals information about each week’s principal events, plus an LCD touchscreen panel to access bios of the 754 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Three “Polling Booths” allow visitors to ‘vote’ on current issues, and then compare their opinions with those of other visitors and MEPs on the LED “Results Ceiling” display.

The big show at the Parlamentarium is the 12-minute 360º presentation, “A Parliament for Europe,” where visitors can listen to debates, watch votes and learn the legislative process. Fourteen Panasonic PT D6000ELK projectors produce an edge-blended image across a total screen area of approximately 1,600 square feet. Information on the MEPs is available via 36 19-inch touchscreens set into visitors’ desks. Another 360º show, “Europe in Daily Life,” is shown in a second theatre with a similar projection configuration, plus 22 touchscreens in custom housings with 15.4-inch widescreen portrait orientations.

Electrosonic supplied a Dataton WATCHOUT system to provide the synchronized playout, edge-blending and warping required for the shows; the system also delivers timecode to the NOUS media guides to synchronize the multi-language commentaries.

“United in Diversity” features the “Ground of Stories” exhibit where a 2,260-square foot floor map of Europe is embedded with 600 RFID tags. Visitors run 12 trolley-like mobile displays over the map to learn more about certain places. Each mobile display uses a webcam in its base to show an image of what’s on the floor; when it detects a tag, the monitor displays detailed information about the location in the visitor’s own language. The long-lasting, battery-operated mobile displays were built by exhibit fabricator Bruns and fitted out by Electrosonic.

A 131×1-foot ticker tape-style display from Message Maker Displays in the UK surrounds the exhibit, showing continuous European statistics and opinion poll results. Overhead a “Sky of Opinions” voxel display, developed by Latvia-based Atlantic Star under sub-contract to Electrosonic, uses 13,000 spherical LED-based elements arranged in a three-dimensional array that mirrors the map on the floor. The LEDs interpret the data presented on the ticker in color and graphical form.

Electrosonic delivered, installed and fine-tuned the hardware in collaboration with no less than nine other companies, on a working site that brought together 700 workers. The contribution of Electrosonic’s engineers was decisive to overcoming the many conceptual and technical difficulties inherent to a project at the cutting edge of pedagogy and technology.

In most cases, Electrosonic mounted all source equipment in racks in a dedicated control room. To meet the need for continuous updating, a dual media server system with RAID storage is networked to all machines.

Among the equipment furnished by Electrosonic were media servers, video source and interactive computers from DVS in the UK; NEC 40- and 46-inch displays; Fohn and KEF loudspeakers; and Cisco network switches.

Electrosonic continues to support the European Parliament Visitors’ Center with a five- year service contract, including preventative maintenance visits, telephone support and a two-day call out response time.

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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MLA Compact Debuts With Chris Rea

The first UK rental company to purchase Martin Audio’s MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array), RG Jones Sound Engineering was also the first to debut the scaled down version of this groundbreaking technology with the new MLA Compact.

“I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new system,” admits Simon Honywill, who seized the opportunity to mix Chris Rea’s sound through the MLA Compact on the closing dates of the recent European and UK tour.

Honywill, largely responsible for driving RG Jones’ investment in the MLA platform, instigated a seamless PA switch, ably assisted by system engineer Mark Edwards in time for the last two tour dates—at the Pavilions in his home town of Plymouth, and HMV Apollo Hammersmith, where the system had been formally launched a few months ago.

While the system performed admirably in Plymouth, Honywill and Edwards, along with Martin Audio’s R&D Director, Jason Baird, repurposed the system for the larger Hammersmith show where Simon Honywill described the impact as “unbelievable”.

He reported that the vocal clarity had been incredible, even at high levels, and the separation of the drums and cymbals, even in excess of 106dBA had to be heard to be believed. “The drum sound was massive,” he said, “very dynamic and very exciting.

“When you wind the system up, it just gets louder, but nothing changes in the character of the sound, which is beautiful.”

While the optimization at Hammersmith was nothing unusual, with the balcony being notched out in the software to remove unwanted reflections, Simon Honywill explained: “Mark and Jason worked on the EQ curve and played with the sub alignment so that the system was everything I had hoped it would be.”

“In Plymouth we used a broadside array of 12 DSX subs in four cardioid cells under the stage apron, but this isn’t possible in Hammersmith so we went for a left/right cardioid stack of six subs a side and tweaked the crossover between the subs and the MLA Compact to get a really rich, smooth low end with real punch.”

Deploying a ground stack of four Martin Audio W8LM Mini Arrays under the two main PA hangs of 12 MLA Compact enclosures, they were able to draw down the image at the front while substantially decreasing the physical profile of the stacked system.

“In the past the ground stacks have looked a little imposing with the subs and W8LC, but the ability of the system to generate seamless coverage from wherever you tell it to start and finish allowed us to get the energy we wanted into both downstairs and upstairs––the groundstacks are just to keep the sonic image down on stage for those at the front,” says Honywill.

“The system produced a fantastic impact but the overriding feeling from the production team was that the compactness of the package also offered huge benefits.” And this spelled good news for production manager, Pat Baker.

Rea’s tour inventory is traditionally geared to fit one truck, which places enormous pressure on the truck pack. “Every night it is stacked to the roof with all the equipment,” Honywill explains “But the appeal of a self-powered system, without separate processing and amplification, was pretty exciting.”

Having piloted Chris Rea shows for the last 15 years, Simon Honywill has historically used Martin Audio systems to reinforce the artist’s sound––generally 16 x W8LC Compact Line Arrays per side and 16 WLX subs; but for the ensemble of six musicians (including second guitar, two keyboards and drums) this time around, they knew they had considerably raised the sonic bar. Simon’s overall verdict? “MLA is vastly superior to anything on the market and this system provides a great neutral platform to mix on.

“Although RG Jones has bought the big system, which was a no-brainer considering the profile of the company’s expanding client base, the MLA Compact has to be a serious proposition. It’s brilliantly conceived and brilliantly delivered—a completely revolutionary product and other manufacturers should be asking themselves how they are going to counter that.”

Meanwhile, RG Jones’ full-sized, and multiple award-winning MLA will make its debut on the Sainsbury’s UK 2012 School Games Closing Ceremony at London Olympic Park’s Basketball Arena on May 9.

Pic: Chris Rea onstage, with the MLA Compact

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

About MLA™ (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array)
The result of many years of intensive R&D, MLA’s methodology replaces trial-and-error array design with intelligent numerical optimization of the array’s output based on a highly accurate acoustic model. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and amplification.

With up to 24 enclosures, each MLA array has up to 144 cells — too great a number to optimize manually, or by ear. Instead, Martin Audio’s proprietary Display2™ system design software automatically calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-ring audio network (U-NET™) downloads the settings into each array enclosure. Martin Audio’s VU-NET™ software provides real-time control and monitoring of the system.

MLA delivers a frequency response and SPL consistency never before achievable; a very high system output (140dB peak, per cabinet @1m); Automatic optimization of the array, both physically (splay angles) and electronically (DSP); Computer control and monitoring of the entire system, and total control of sound system balance for engineers and sound technicians.

MLA is fully integrated, with Class D amplification, DSP and U-NET digital audio
network built into each enclosure. MLA complete systems are ready-to-use, with MLA, MLD and MLX enclosures, flying hardware, software, cabling and training all supplied. Everything needed is included. All ancillary items — from tablet PC and Merlin™ controller to network interconnects and mains distro — are also included in the complete system package. This ensures full compatibility worldwide, down to cabling and accessories.

Additional features include 90° x 7.5° dispersion; a compact size (1136mm wide x 372mm high x 675mm deep), one-box-fits-all (festivals to theaters) application range and a global voltage, power factor corrected power supply.

MLA’s compact size and very high output allows it to be shipped using smaller trucks, offering considerable savings and reduced carbon footprint. The system also includes the MLX powered, flyable subwoofer capable of an unprecedented measured peak output of 150dB @ 1m; MLD downfill cabinet, and Merlin 4-in/10-out system controller and network hub. Audio input is via analog, AES3 or U-NET.

By adopting these principles and system components MLA is optimized for every member of the audience — from a 2,000 capacity theater, to a 20,000-seat arena, to a 100,000-person festival site. It will deliver the engineer’s exact mix to every seat (up to over 150 meters) with precision, exceptional power and clarity.

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

Christie Offers One-Day Simulation Education at the Institute for Simulation and Training in Florida

Christie®, a leader in simulation projection display and visualization solutions, is offering a free educational forum dedicated to the world of visual display requirements for simulation on May 9 at the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida.

Whether you’re a visual systems software or product development engineer, a program manager or technical specialist in the simulation industry, you will benefit from this one-day, chock-full session that includes technical presentations designed to increase one’s knowledge of various visual display requirements: image metrics and quality, system considerations, synchronization, maintenance, specifications, and system integration.*

Learn from special presentations provided by:
NASA’s Dr. Barbara Sweet, aerospace engineer /Human Machine Systems: image quality requirements and impact of system update rates
Dr. Charles J. Lloyd, President, Visual Performance LLC, on stereoscopic/collimated display integration
Christie’s own simulation and product experts: Static and dynamic image quality metrics, including 3D cues; system and multi-channel considerations, including warping and blending; product specifications and what they mean; system synchronization and latency; system maintenance

Specialists in simulation and training interested in attending are requested to register online by May 4, at Christie SIM University. Limited seating. Questions can be directed to the SIM University team.

*Agenda and program subject to change without notice.

BTX Selected as Value-Added Distributor by Just Add Power

BTX Offers Entire Line of HDMI(R) Over IP Transceivers, Backed by Unmatched Technical Support

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — May 2, 2012 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, today announced that the company has signed a distribution agreement with Just Add Power. Under this agreement, BTX will distribute the complete line of Just Add Power HDMI(R) over IP transceivers, as well as provide system configuration and technical support. more

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Peavey IPR 1600 DSP & IPR 3000 DSP Power Amplifiers Feature Built-In Waves MAXXBASS Processing & More

Peavey IPR 1600 DSP and IPR 3000 DSP

Peavey® proudly announces the availability of the revolutionary IPR™ 1600 DSP and IPR 3000 DSP power amplifiers. Loaded with an exclusive digital signal processing suite, IPR DSP Series amps are innovative, high-powered live production tools for both front-of-house and monitors.

The IPR 1600 DSP and IPR 3000 DSP power amplifiers combine user-friendly loudspeaker management with the award-winning, lightweight power and performance of the original Peavey IPR power amplifiers. The onboard digital signal processing system includes preset banks for popular loudspeaker types and configurations, as well as Waves® MaxxBass® psycho-acoustic processing for the first time in any power amplifier. more

Panamax/Furman Promotes Ryan Conway to Western Regional Sales Manager of Custom Install Sales

PETALUMA, Calif. — May 1, 2012 — Panamax/Furman today announced that Ryan Conway has been promoted to the position of western regional sales manager of custom install (CI) sales. In his new role, Conway is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic sales plans to promote the company’s BlueBOLT(R) cloud-based power and energy management platform across the Rocky Mountain States, from Montana to New Mexico, and west to the Pacific coast. more

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Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Acquires Robert Juliat LED Profile Spots for Teaching Auditorium/Conference Center

San Antonio-based Spectrum Lighting Inc. recently sold 16 Robert Juliat 634 LED Profile Spots for use in the teaching auditorium/conference center at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas.

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is a full-service medical and surgical facility providing healthcare to the residents of the Rio Grande Valley. Its teaching auditorium and conference center is the site of continuing education for physicians.

Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams (WJHW) served as the theatrical consultant, system designer and lighting designer for the space with Texas Scenic the installing contractor. “Every fixture in the facility is an LED, so when we were looking for a fixture for Front of House, Robert Juliat’s LED profiles provided a perfect solution over comparable products,” says WJHW’s Rene Garza. “We were looking for long life, smooth dimming and good quality of light. I was pleasantly surprised that the RJ 634 was able to provide the remarkably bright output required.”

The RJ 634 LED Profile Spot is the first product of its type to achieve significant output and framing/projection ability from an extremely low-powered LED lightsource. While retaining all the optical and operational features of other Robert Juliat profiles, the RJ 634 is the most versatile, cost-effective and safe fixture on the market. It features extra-long LED life, low heat output, a built-in dimmer, and sharp shutter and gobo projections. It offers a rapid and easy set up.

Robin Crews, lighting control specialist at Spectrum Lighting Inc., assisted in the decision-making process. “Everything I heard about the job indicated that RJ 634 was the right product to use,” he says. “The owner wanted to use primarily LED fixtures and something that was fairly theatrical because the space is a conference center/auditorium with a stage area. The lighting fixture needed to be flexible enough so people could come in, focus a few lights and hold a conference or do a presentation. The beam characteristics of the RJ 634 were really ideal for this scenario.”

Rene Garza reports that the complement of the RJ 634 is “working great. They are amazingly bright. The owner is very pleased with them.”

John R. Garza is the facility manager and Joseph D. Harris the technician at the teaching auditorium/conference center at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.

Robert Juliat manufactures high quality lighting equipment for theatres, opera houses, broadcast, events and architecture for over 90 years.

World leader in followspot design, Robert Juliat also produces tungsten and discharge zoom profiles, LED profiles, Fresnels, PCs and dimmers.

Through innovation and value, Robert Juliat offers a full range of products providing new lighting solutions and opportunities to technicians and lighting designers, in particular with a new generation of LED fixtures.

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Loren Robinson Joins Community

Chester, PA, May 2012…   

Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Loren Robinson to the position of Regional Manager for Western US and Canada.

Robinson, a veteran pro audio manufacturers’ representative and installation team manager, joins Community after many years with Harman Corporation, where he held positions as National Sales Manager for Selenium and Western Regional Manager for Crown Audio.

“We’re very excited to welcome Loren to Community,” said Julia Lee, Director of Sales and Marketing. “His expertise in installed sound and his solid track record in management are ideally suited for the growth Community is presently experiencing.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with such a legendary company like Community,” added Robinson. “This is an amazing group of people with an amazing history, and they’re still breaking new ground today.”

Robinson will be responsible for all outside sales management in the western United States, as well as in Canada. He can be reached at lrobinson@communitypro.com.

 

ABS Helps KMVT-TV Update Control Room with Ross Gear

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) today announced that KMVT-TV, the CBS affiliate serving Twin Falls, Idaho (DMA #191), has updated its control room with a Ross Carbonite production switcher, XPression CG, and BlackStorm playout server. The gear was purchased through ABS in March and was the final step of the station’s migration to local HD news production.

According to Chris Pruitt, KMVT general manager, the new switcher and CG replaced a 20-year-old Grass Valley switcher and aging Pinnacle Deko and Scala graphics systems. Prior to the new server, video packages were played to air through an NLE system. KMVT chief engineer Shawn Butler installed the new equipment, which went live on April 9.

“We are more than pleased with the entire system,” said Pruitt. “ABS was extremely helpful as they evaluated our needs, understood our goals, and then recommended the gear that would accomplish our goals while staying within budget.”

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 200 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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