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grandMA2 Tours With Motley Crue and KISS

Iconic rock bands Motley Crue and KISS teamed for a North American summer tour and took grandMA2 along for the ride. A grandMA2 is being used to program and control lighting and video on 44 shows, which are drawing huge crowds coast to coast. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting in North America.

Michael Cooper of Newfangled Lighting, Inc., the programmer/operator for Motley Crue, has been using the grandMA2 since it debuted. For this tour, they are using 18 Universes, two Art-Net lines for the Catalyst Media Server, and SMPTE time code.

“I pulled grandMA2 serial number 2 off the pallet at Upstaging in 2009 and they have come such a long way with the new software. I love it,” says Cooper. “I’ve used it pretty exclusively for the last few years – it goes around the world with me. Christie provided me with grandMA2 Light last year for the worldwide Motley tour, and now Epic has provided us with these 2 full size systems and a command wing for the KISS/Motley tour. It builds on the advanced capabilities of the original grandMA- very solid, reliable and fast. And the new abilities of the clone feature are amazing; it allows me to take existing programming and adapt it to other lighting systems. I can pull up to a festival, take my show program and pull it across.”

“The speed of this desk is amazing,” Cooper continues. “Even while running lots of universes and NPU’s I’m able to program as fast and the desk keeps up. Reliability is also something to note; we sat in pre production for about a week, Sean [Hackett] programming late afternoon until about 2am and I would come in and program till mid morning. I’m not sure if we ever restarted the desk that week. It was on and working the entire time.”

Sean Hackett, the programmer/operator for KISS, migrated to grandMA2 for the tour after using the flagship grandMA console for the last eight years. He praises “the speed of the processor and the saving/loading feature” of the grandM2, which he finds useful working side-by-side with Cooper. “Michael and I can jump from show file to show file and both get what we need done in a limited time frame,” he notes. “The new effects engine is also cool. And I’ve always been a fan of cloning and changing fixtures, which can be very useful in festival situations.”

He also likes how “you can get grandMA3D for your laptop and link it to the console so you can get a lot of work done with just the console and laptop or even at home with a second screen.”

“Both Sean and I have also been very happy with A.C.T. lighting support and training staff,” concludes Cooper. “They’re always on call, willing and able to help with any issue. Their training style was very conducive for us to learn quickly and efficiently.

Sooner Routhier, Robert Long(SRae Productions) and Patrick Whitley are the lighting and production designers for the tour. Epic is the lighting supplier.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

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intoPIX JPEG2000 technology selected for integration in the new “4K Gateway” product of Visual Unity

intoPIX, the leading provider of JPEG 2000 compression solutions, and Visual Unity, an international Systems Integrator providing turnkey solutions for the broadcast and film industry, today announced their strategic collaboration in Visual Unity’s new 4K Gateway product.

“With the broadcast market discovering the 4K format for Over-the-Top (OTT) delivery and the 4K format taking off in the East-European film industry, there is an increasing call for faster-than-software based compression solutions,” says Jakub Kabourek, CEO of Visual Unity. “Integration of the leading intoPIX JPEG2000 FPGA-based compression technology allows 4K Gateway to meet the new challenges of this growing market.”

“We feel proud to be selected as JPEG2000 technology provider by Visual Unity and its technology partners,” says Katty Van Mele, Director of Business Development at intoPIX. “Visual Unity’s 4K Gateway is a unique hardware compression solution that enables real-time streaming of content, even when bandwidth is limited, when multiple streams are simultaneously transported over gigabit networks or when broadcasting to multiple screens.”

Visual Unity will be showcasing 4K Gateway during the IBC Show (Booth 3:B60) in Amsterdam from September 7th-11th.

The intoPIX team is also exhibiting its latest technology developments at IBC (Booth 10:D31).

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About intoPIX
intoPIX is a leading supplier of image compression technology to audiovisual equipment manufacturers. We are passionate about offering people a higher quality image experience and have developed FPGA IP-cores and compression solutions that enable leading-edge JPEG 2000 image compression, security and hardware enforcement. More information on our company, customers and products can be found on www.intopix.com.

About Visual Unity
Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator bridging the gap between broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences – wherever they are. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast systems and multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD Outside Broadcast vehicles and major playout facilities to automated Direct-to-Web platforms. More information on the company, products and services can be found on www.visualunity.com

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DK-Technologies and TSL Professional Products New Strategic Technology Partnership Delivered its First Product at IBC 2012

The new strategic partnership that was formed in August 2012, between DK-Technologies and TSL Professional Products Ltd, manufacturer of hardware and software audio monitoring, tally and power management products, has yielded its first audio measurement product, which launched at IBC 2012.

TSL unveiled the PAM PICo Audio Loudness Meter – at IBC 2012 (Stand 10.B41). Derived from the award-winning compact DK Meter, this latest member of TSL’s Precision Audio Monitor (PAM) product family meets increasing market demand for simple, cost effective audio metering, specifically with loudness measurement.

The new relationship between TSL Professional Products Ltd and DK-Technologies (Stand 8:E60), which manufactures high-quality audio and video metering equipment, aims to bring a range of unique product solutions to a variety of markets including the broadcast industry.

Andy Page, UK Director, DK-Technologies, says: “The partnership with TSL sprang from meetings we had when both companies were involved with equipping new broadcast facilities for a major UK independent television channel. TSL has excellent loudspeaker-based audio monitoring products, while DK offers exceptional audio metering solutions. We noted the synergy between our product ranges and recognised that, by combining our knowledge, we could provide more efficient workflows to not only broadcast, but to theatre, music productions and AV installations.”

Chris Exelby, managing director of TSL Professional Products Ltd, adds: “TSL is delighted to be collaborating with DK-Technologies, as DK has demonstrated true innovation and reliability when it comes to bringing new audio test and measurement products to market. With our combined knowledge, we’re looking to develop some exciting new ways of managing audio across the broadcast chain that will streamline present production needs while anticipating future trends. We are thoroughly energized to begin working with DK to bring our collective mission to fruition.”

TSL’s new PAM PICo Loudness meter is a compact, standalone unit that features DK’s revolutionary StarFish™ surround sound display technology and measures loudness to all known international standards including ITU, EBU R128 and ATSC. To create PAM PICo, DK has adapted its DK Meter to provide a menu structure and metering scales that are unique to TSL, thus enabling PAM PICo to dovetail perfectly with TSL’s existing product range.

Designed for use in any operational position where ‘at a glance’ audio metering is required, PAM PiCo is available in three formats; to display stereo, multichannel or surround sound audio from analogue, AES or embedded SDI signal sources, all measuring Loudness to international standards and recommendations. Simple to use and easy to configure, PAM PiCo puts high quality metering within easy reach of anyone involved in sound production, from operators working throughout broadcast production to music studio technicians and record producers.

“Everyone benefits as a result of this collaboration,” says DK’s Andy Page. “From DK’s point of view we are able to introduce new customers to our range and provide an upgrade path to our more comprehensive audio metering products such as the MSD600. TSL, meanwhile, benefits from having a highly regarded metering solution that fits in perfectly with its existing product offering – and the customer benefits through having a very affordable Loudness measurement solution that can be supplied as an integral part of TSL’s renowned audio management package.”

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

In night vision: projectiondesign® 2nd generation FS33 IR NVG projector is now shipping

See projectiondesign at I/ITSEC 2012, 3-6 December, Booth #2448, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

2nd generation LED projector boasts brighter and even more realistic illumination levels for day and night-time vision, 24/7 operation and 100,000 hours of typical service life.

FS33 IR

FS33 IR

Designed for use with the industry’s leading Night Vision Goggles (NVG), the FS33 IR infrared ReaLED™ projector from projectiondesign® is now shipping.

The FS33 IR is already deployed in some of the world’s top training and simulation applications for critical night-time training as well as bright and full-daylight operations.

The 2nd generation solid-state ReaLED illumination engine used in the FS33 IR projector provides users with 50% more light than any other competing LED projector further enhancing eye-limiting resolution. Even in pitch black it’s possible to locate light points from various light sources in the image thanks to its 0-100% light adjustments on the visual RGB display device. The projector’s high quality optics further increases eye-limiting resolution.

“Optics plays an important part for this projector as they are purpose designed for IR transmission”, notes Øyvind Svensen, Optics Designer at projectiondesign. “Projection lenses and optical design from projectiondesign ensure high quality imaging, enables easy colour matching, and optical alignment between channels. Additionally, the projector’s user-adjustable SRP™ Smear Reduction Processing virtually eliminates any smear or jitter.

“The FS33 IR is an ideal product for night vision simulation where a long life time, low downtime, and low cost of ownership is important. The combination of LED illumination and reliable DLP® technology ensures a lifetime of up to 100,000 hours,” adds Maria Dahl Aagaard, Product Marketing Manager at projectiondesign.

“The FS33 IR has a wide colour gamut, which gives very saturated colour and it is optimised to stimulate the different generations of Night Vision Goggles.”

A fully scalable and systems compatible projector, the FS33 IR is available in HD (1,920 x 1,080) or WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolutions.

All this is backed up by projectiondesign’s comprehensive warranty programme of up to five years.

The FS33 IR ReaLED projector is just one of the new product innovations to be demonstrated on booth #2448 at I/ITSEC 2012 between 3-6 December at Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA.

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DPA Microphones Help The Fukada Tree To Bloom

Internationally renowned recording engineer and lecturer Akira Fukada made an enormous impact at the New York AES Convention in 1997 when he unveiled the Fukada Tree seven microphone arrangement – a totally new technique for recording orchestral music in surround sound for subsequent broadcast or CD release.

Developed to resolve some of the problems engineers had encountered when trying to record spatial environments with traditional omni-directional microphones, the Fukada Tree clarified microphone positioning and also incorporated directional microphones for main and environmental sounds.

Akira Fukada originally developed the Fukada Tree while working for Japanese state broadcaster NHK, but since 2011 he has been CEO of his own company, Dream Windows Inc., that consults on a wide range of music recording, special sound design and audio issues. From the outset, Mr. Fukada specified DPA microphones as best suited to his Tree arrangement because they offer a rich bass and high frequency sound that doesn’t blot during the recording process. These were supplied by DPA’s Japanese distributor Hibino, with whom Mr. Fukada has subsequently presented a number of seminars and workshops explaining the Fukada Tree.

“I insist on using DPA microphones because I like the transparent feel they deliver,” he explains. “When recording piano, for example, they give me the clear attack sound and the beauty of reverberation when the sound attenuates. Their wide dynamic range and rich bass vigorously catches the expression of an orchestra, while for string ensembles recorded in a studio, they capture the rich overtones and give a better feeling of air.”

Since first announcing the Fukada Tree arrangement, Akira Fukada has made a number of positioning modifications to improve front localization, but his choice of microphones remains constant and continues to be DPA.

He says: “The LL/RR microphones on both sides are intended to pick up the orchestrated sound expanse and a smooth sound envelope covering the front and rear sections of the hall. However, I don’t use LL/RR microphones for small music ensembles. My arrangement incorporates DPA 4011A directional microphones and DPA 4006A omnidirectional microphones from the Reference Standard Microphone Series. The configuration of the tree can vary depending on the hall’s acoustic characteristics, while the intervals at which the microphones are placed can also change to conform to the size and formation of the orchestra.”

Ken Kimura, DPA Microphones’ Regional Sales Director, Asia Pacific, says: “Following the upgrade and release of our finest Reference Standard Microphones, and given Mr. Fukada’s requirement for the best audio equipment, I’m very pleased to see that he continues to rely upon our 4006A, 4011A, and 4015A mics for his recording sessions under Dream Windows Inc.”

In recent months Mr. Fukada has used DPA microphones and The Fukada Tree to record a number of prestigious projects including capturing Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 with the Saito Kinen Orchestra, directed by Seiji Ozawa.

“I also use DPA microphones for projects that don’t require the Tree,” he says: “Recently I used a DPA 4006 on a Decca Tree stereo configuration to pick up string ambience in a studio setting. I also use a DPA 4015 wide cardioid ORTF for piano, and if I am recording acoustic guitar I like to use a DPA cardioid 4011 XY. For me, DPA microphones are indispensable because they suit any musical instrument and provide all the accuracy that I need.”

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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