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George Relles Sound Controls Low End at Oregon’s Britt Festivals with Meyer Sound 1100-LFC

The crowds got up and danced when George Relles Sound fired up six Meyer Sound 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements—among the first to be shipped—at Britt Festivals in Jacksonville, Ore. The formidable linear bass reinforcement systems, working underneath MICA line arrays, made their debut in early July concerts by Ben Harper and the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue (Donald Fagan, Michael McDonald, and Boz Scaggs).

“The main reason I bought the 1100-LFCs was to get more power with a smaller truck pack,” admits George Relles, owner of the Eugene, Ore.–based rental and installation company. “But I was pleasantly surprised at how good they sound. It’s a quality hard to put into words, but they have a bigger feel, with more warmth and purity.”

Used in place of traditional subwoofers, the 1100-LFC low-frequency control element is a self-powered loudspeaker defined by its sonic linearity in reproducing low-frequency transients at high, continuous levels with very low distortion over an operating range of 28 Hz to 100 Hz.

For the Britt Festivals, 1100-LFC loudspeakers are arranged three per side in a cardioid configuration on the stage. “There’s nowhere else to put the subs,” says Relles, “and that’s often a problem because they’re usually sitting right in front of monitor world. Fortunately, with the 1100-LFC’s linear response, the rear cancellation is astonishing. There’s solid bass 300 feet up the hill, but from behind you can’t really tell if they’re turned on.”

The low-frequency improvements have stimulated crowd enthusiasm and earned positive comments from the first FOH engineers to mix with them.

“I really liked them,” says Joseph Walsh, who was behind the Avid Profile for a non-stop 2.5-hour soulful set by the Dukes of September. “At sound check, when we first turned them on, I looked at my systems tech and said, ‘Wow, these are really tight, right out of the box.’”

The balance of the Meyer Sound system comprises nine MICA line array loudspeakers per side, two each JM-1P and UPA-1P loudspeakers for front fill, a CQ-1 loudspeaker for corner fill, and two UPM-1P loudspeakers for delay. The same basic system will be in place through the rest of the season, with upcoming performances scheduled by—among others—Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti, the Avett Brothers, Diana Krall, Slightly Stoopid, and Huey Lewis and the News.

George Relles Sound has been the principal audio reinforcement provider for the Britt Festivals since 1980, and has employed Meyer Sound systems exclusively since 1986.

“The Britt” (as it is known locally) is the oldest summer performing arts festival in the Pacific Northwest, beginning as a classical-only festival in 1963. The Britt Festival Orchestra remains in residence each August, with an eclectic variety of pop, rock, country, and world music acts taking the stage in June, July, and September.

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44.1 Supplies Two French Film Post Facilities with Meyer Sound EXP Monitoring

Two of the most in-demand film post-production companies in Paris, Digimage Cinema and Piste Rouge, have recently equipped their key mixing and screening rooms with powerful and low-distortion EXP cinema audio systems from Meyer Sound. The systems were specified and installed by Paris-based 44.1, the leading French systems provider of high-end post-production facilities for film, video, and broadcast.

The EXP system at Digimage Cinema, installed in a screening room dedicated to final checking of new films in various formats, comprises Acheron Studio screen channel loudspeakers, X-800C subwoofers, HMS-10 surround loudspeakers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with Galileo 408 processors.

Serge Arthus, sound department manager for Digimage Cinema, noticed the improvements immediately. “There’s more definition at the high end of the spectrum, lower distortion, improved clarity, greater headroom, and very good phase stability,” he observes. “Several clients have commented on the excellent definition and dynamics. One told me, ‘At last, the right sound has been found.’”

At its new facility on the west side of Paris, Piste Rouge also offers its clients the benefits of consistently linear EXP monitoring. Piste Rouge’s larger auditorium 1, used for film mixing and trailers for major French distributors, is equipped with Acheron Studio screen channel loudspeakers, while the smaller auditorium 2 is fitted with the more compact Acheron Designer screen channel loudspeakers. Completing the 7.1-surround capable systems are X-800C cinema subwoofers, HMS-10 surround loudspeakers, and Galileo loudspeaker management systems with Galileo 408 processors.

Paul-Henri Wagner, owner of 44.1, has a long-standing relationship with Digimage and Piste Rouge, having previously supplied both facilities with Avid Euphonix S5 mixing consoles.

Established in 1985, and taking its name from the sampling frequency of the then-new compact disc, 44.1 has since grown to become a leading system integrator for film, video, and multimedia enterprises. The list of clients served by 44.1 includes the top tier of French broadcast networks, film studios, post-productions houses, recording studios, and live event production companies. 44.1 was appointed as a French dealer for Meyer Sound EXP systems earlier this year.

EXP monitoring systems have been installed at renowned facilities such as Skywalker Sound, Wildfire Studios, and American Zoetrope, as well as De Lane Lea in London. EXP has also gained widespread acceptance as the ideal complement to 3D digital cinema at theatres across North America, Asia, and Europe, including 60 screens at CinemaxX in Germany and Denmark.

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University of Texas Arlington Chooses Meyer Sound for College Park Center Arena

College Park Center at University of Texas Arlington has installed a spectacular distributed audio system featuring more than 30 Meyer Sound loudspeakers. The 218,000-square-foot venue, which hosts university sports, concerts, speakers, commencement ceremonies, and more, anchors the emerging 20-acre College Park District and is stimulating a revitalization of downtown Arlington.

Austin-based acoustics and AV consultant BAi, LLC was hired by the University of Texas at Arlington and the architect, HKS, to design the sound reinforcement systems as well as distributed television and scoreboard systems. Grand Prairie, Tex.-based integrator ABLe Communications was contracted by Hunt Construction to implement the systems.

“What the project comes down to is a very well-designed system that was in turn installed per specifications. It ended up being a fantastic system,” says James Wicker, ABLe Communications senior project manager, who had long experience with Meyer Sound at his previous company, Chicago-based dB Integrated Systems.

“Having used Meyer products a lot in the past,” adds Bill Hammon, BAi senior associate, “we were confident in the performance, and this didn’t disappoint.”

The system is comprised of 22 CQ-2 loudspeakers; four CQ-1 loudspeakers; four UPA-1P loudspeakers; and two 500-HP subwoofers. “A lot of time was spent on the front end with the engineering,” Wicker adds, “and making sure that the locations were right, having to work with the lighting and rigging and everything that’s up in the ceiling. When BAi came out for commissioning, we didn’t have to re-aim one speaker: the coverage was phenomenal. This is one of the best-sounding arenas I’ve ever been in.”

The inaugural event at the College Park Center was a concert by hip-hop superstar Drake. “We got a letter from the owner after their first event,” says Hammon. “Apparently it was very loud, and they were very impressed that it remained so clear at high levels.”

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With Meyer Sound JM-1P, the Power Difference is Clear at Kentucky’s Hillvue Heights Church

When Hillvue Heights Church of Bowling Green, Ky. installed a new Meyer Sound reinforcement system based on JM-1P arrayble loudspeakers, the sermon and music no longer sounded the same.

“Some ladies heard it immediately,” recalls Marc Owens, audio coordinator for the church. “They came up after the eight o’clock service and asked, ‘Now, what did you do to the sound? I can understand every word the preacher is saying now, and I couldn’t understand hardly anything before.’”

At the later up-tempo services for younger congregants, intelligibility couples with sheer power as the new system kicks into high gear. “I can peel the paint if I want to,” admits Owens, whose career in audio includes mixing for touring country notables and operation of Bowling Green’s premier recording studio. “We’re hitting up to 115 dB in here now, but nobody complains because it doesn’t hurt—as often it would with the old boxes.”

Bruce Bossert of Nashville-based Mid-Coast & Performance Audio, Inc., supplier of the Meyer Sound system, is also pleased by the power handling of the JM-1P. “It’s a rock ‘n’ roll system in a rock ‘n’ roll church,” says Bossert. “It hits hard and it still has tons of headroom left.” Bossert facilitated the installation, with Duane Tabinski providing on-site project management.

At the system’s core are left and right arrays of four each JM-1P loudspeakers, which cover most of the main floor seats in the roughly 1,500-capacity multipurpose auditorium. Solid bass kicks out from four under-stage 600-HP subwoofers, a down-firing UPA-2P loudspeaker fills in the center, two UPQ-2P loudspeakers handle out fill, and the wide balcony is covered by two UPA-2P and four UPA-1P delay loudspeakers. A number of MM-4XP miniature self-powered loudspeakers are installed, including six for under-balcony fill and eight for front fill, and two HD-1 monitors sits at FOH mix. A Galileo loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors provides system drive and processing.

“This was my first install with the JM-1P, and I was extremely impressed with its tone quality and power,” remarks Tabinski. “It has outstanding vocal clarity, and it was definitely the right box for the job. When the system was complete and tuned, the sound in the room was seamless. But then nothing I’ve done with Meyer has ever left me wanting. I’m a big fan!”

Marc Owens credits the church’s worship pastor, Keith Scarborough, as the one with the original vision to aim for a Meyer Sound solution. From there, system design and loudspeaker selection was a collaborative effort on the part of Owens, Bossert, and Tabinski in consultation with Meyer Sound Design Services. Final tuning was accomplished using the SIM 3 audio analyzer.

The new system takes on a full plate of duties. In addition to the Sunday and Wednesday church services, the auditorium hosts community meetings, graduations, children’s shows, and concerts—TobyMac was one of the first to perform using the new system.

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Broadcast Pix Adds Multi-Screen Output, Multi-Lingual Monitoring for Live Production

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced the release of its Video Control Center™ 3.1 software. A free download for current Granite™ and Mica™ customers, V3.1 is available now and delivers PowerAux™ multi-screen support for 1 M/E systems, Multi-Lingual Fluent-View features, support for Grass Valley K2 servers, and additional enhancements.

“Broadcast Pix has built its reputation on helping our customers create live video with confidence,” said Ken Swanton, Broadcast Pix CEO. “With this upgrade, you can create three different video compositions at once, and create in your own language.”

Using a system’s program output and dual PowerAux outputs, three “programs” of different content can be generated using a 1 M/E Granite or Mica system, and each can have up to six key layers on top. It is ideal for driving any combination of image magnification (I-MAG) screens, Internet feeds, and live television productions, because the multi-screen technology maintains one frame of constant delay across all outputs for continual lip sync throughout the presentation.

Multi-Lingual Fluent-View is a local language user interface that provides support for English, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, and other languages, and enables users to easily add languages. All production controls are displayed in the selected language, including the entire Fluent-View “top page” layout, menus, messages, file names, source names, and Fluent™ Macro names. Plus, Broadcast Pix Translation Assistant software allows users to add other languages or dialects. V3.1 also provides Unicode support, enabling file names and other data to be viewed in character-based languages like Chinese.

Also new with V3.1 is optional remote control of and recording to Grass Valley K2 Solo and Summit video servers, as well as enhanced control of video servers from 360 Systems, Harris, and Omneon. The new option enables Broadcast Pix systems to control up to four channels of playback. It supports auto-start of clips when brought to air and integration with Fluent Macros. Plus, clip names are displayed on the panel’s PixPad. Remote control of up to 12 AJA Ki Pro recorders is included on all Granite and Mica systems.

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in live video production systems. Its Video Control Centers™ empower operators with patented techniques that combine cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. The integration of a multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls provides the lowest cost of ownership at a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems range from compact systems controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 110 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Granite, Mica, Fluent, PowerAux, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.

Media Vision USA Releases Industry-First Digital Audio Mixer for Conference Systems

San Francisco, CA, July 20, 2012 – The new TAIDEN HCS-8301M Digital Audio Mixer gives conference systems operators control over the audio level of conference microphones, interpreter consoles and system inputs/outputs, all without the need of a PC. This technology, exclusively offered by Media Vision USA, is a stunning new addition to the expansive 8300 Paperless Multimedia Congress System series. With the TAIDEN HCS-8301M Digital Audio Mixer, conference meetings are now able to run at an unparalleled level of efficiency and sophistication.

The HCS-8301M is a robust 15-channel hardware mixer, with fader attenuation at a range of -30dB to 0dB. The operator has control of up to 6 active microphones at any one time during meetings, ensuring effortless real-time volume adjustment tailored to the current speaker’s voice. This mixer features 11 banks of simultaneous interpretation audio (6 channels per bank), allowing the operator to evenly balance the language channels. The onboard dynamic processor offers a 5-band equalizer for the microphone, line in and line out channels and a 3-band EQ for interpretation channels. A high pass filter, mute capability and peak indicator on each channel strip allows even further control of audio.

The mixer’s 10-inch LCD touch screen enables users to easily monitor audio levels, language channels, and system connections. With the use of the touch screen users have access to the mixer’s internal settings, such as IP and network settings, allowing interconnectivity between TAIDEN’s Digital Conference Software.

“This new product from TAIDEN is important not because of its innovation in design, but because of its simple practicality,” said Wesley Sutliff, Product Manager of Media Vision USA. “Who wants to sit at a PC clicking on virtual faders with a mouse? The 8301M from TAIDEN provides a familiar control format for Audio Engineers and System Operators, and that familiarity will allow them to perform their jobs with better efficiency.”

The TAIDEN HCS-8301M adds even more versatility and enhanced control over the industry-leading 8300 Paperless Multimedia Congress System. It is compatible with existing popular TAIDEN products such as the 8318 Multimedia Terminal Unit, the 4886/4330 Delegate Microphone, and the 4385 Interpreter Console. When utilizing the TAIDEN Room Combiner, the mixer remains the unified source for all rooms, delegates or even borrowed interpreter stations. For system operators, the 8301M makes meeting management incredibly simple.

The TAIDEN HCS-8301M Digital Audio Mixer is available throughout the existing Media Vision USA representation network in North America.

About Media Vision USA
Media Vision USA is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the quality of the audio in the room, and outside the room for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.mediavisionusa.com

Christie Hosts High Frame Rate Expert Panel at SIGGRAPH 2012 Featuring Douglas Trumbull, Dennis Muren

As the Platinum Sponsor of SIGGRAPH 2012, Christie®, the first in the world to publically demonstrate 3D High Frame Rate (HFR) projection technology using a single projector, is proud to host the SIGGRAPH HFR Panel, “High Frame Rate Cinema, Impacts on Art and Technology,” to be held Wednesday, August, 8 at 10:45 a.m., at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Hall K. The panel will feature 10 cinema industry leaders, led by Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award winner Douglas Trumbull and Dennis Muren, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic. It will be moderated by Paul Salvini, chief technology officer (CTO) of Christie. SIGGRAPH 2012 will be staged August 5 – 9. (In late breaking news, Jon Landau, Academy Award-winning producer of “Avatar” and “Titanic” has confirmed his participation in the HFR panel.)

Filmmaker and Visual Effects legend Douglas Trumbull’s photographic effects credits include groundbreaking films such as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Blade Runner,” and “The Tree of Life.” Douglas Trumbull pioneered work on High Frame Rate cinematography and projection with his Showscan process of 70mm film photographed and projected at 60 fps, and is now exploring 3D at 120 fps. Dennis Muren is the recipient of eight Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, with credits that include “Star Wars” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

“The SIGGRAPH HFR panel will explore the technology behind high-frame-rate cinema, and look at what it will mean to producers of content and to the audience experience,” noted Paul Salvini. “The panelists are pioneers in their fields, addressing the challenges of HFR across the entire workflow, to provide the post-production and visual effects communities with important guidance regarding the challenges and rewards of developing HFR content for the exhibition community.”

Additional panelists include:

Jim Beshears, Head of Post-production at DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., oversees all aspects of the studio’s self-contained editorial and post-production facilities. Jim has been instrumental in creating a solid support system capable of simultaneously managing multiple feature-length animated projects and multiple short projects.

Matthew Cowan, co-founder of Entertainment Technology Consultants and currently Chief Scientific Officer at RealD, of California, developed RealD’s successful 3D cinema system and is respected in the post-production community for his knowledge and application of human perception to 3D systems, color, and transfer functions in digital cinema.

Darin Grant, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Domain Media Group, is responsible for the overall technology strategy for the company and its many subsidiaries. He is the former head of production technology at DreamWorks Animation.

John Helliker is Founder/Director of Sheridan College’s SIRT Centre, a research and training facility focused on digital workflow innovations including HFR and virtual production. Based at Pinewood Toronto Studios, SIRT’s leading edge work is based on a unique set of partnerships with major industry guilds and associations, individual companies, as well as government and academia.

Luke Moore, Director of Special Projects at Canada’s Side Effects Software, in Toronto, is responsible for identifying and addressing the unique technical challenges faced by studios using the popular Houdini VFX and Animation software. Luke brings first-hand knowledge and anecdotes regarding challenges of managing large datasets necessary to enable higher temporal and physical resolution to meet the needs of new challenges in modern production environments.

Phil Oatley is Head of Technology at New Zealand-based Park Road Post Production, where his visionary talents have guided the company through incredible growth, including establishing key partnerships to promote HFR research and development.

Dr. Lincoln Wallen, Head of Research and Development at Dreamworks Animation, in California, and formerly CTO at Electronic Arts Mobile, where he was instrumental in shaping EA’s approach to the mobile business, creating a strong portfolio of mass market mobile games, as well as games delivering a next-generation consumer experience.

“As the first licensee to market digital cinema projection based on Texas Instruments’ revolutionary DLP Cinema® technology, Christie has remained an industry leader, helping the post-production and exhibition communities with the latest-generation products, service, and technical expertise,” noted Paul Salvini. “We are proud to moderate this panel, which brings together true industry visionaries to discuss HFR, the next phase of the digital cinema revolution.”

Salvini added: “Christie continues to forge alliances in Hollywood with powerful proponents of HFR such as James Cameron, as well as partnering with leading post-production facilities such as Park Road Post Production and Weta Digital Ltd., to ensure a seamless transition to HFR and a superior movie-viewing experience.”

Among the movies on the horizon to feature HFR is the sequel to James Cameron’s “Avatar,” as well as Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,“ both of which will also be presented in stereoscopic 3D.

Salvini noted that Christie recently affirmed its HFR leadership with the world’s first and only single-manufacturer DLP Cinema projector and Integrated Media Block (IMB) combination that meets the DCI specifications in both the 2K and 4K mode of operation. It’s the best combination for producing the brightest and sharpest image and the most reliable HFR solution.

“Christie has earned a solid reputation for accelerating innovations in digital projection technology that includes the first to market a fully stereoscopic 3D DLP projector, in addition to providing leadership in the development and implementation of visualization and immersive technologies,” said Salvini.

To register for the conference, visit SIGGRAPH 2012. Also visit Christie at SIGGRAPH 2012 Booth #1123.

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