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HARMAN’s Studer Vista 5 Makes the Classical Spectacular for Chandos Records

COLCHESTER, United Kingdom — With an eclectic and award-winning catalogue of classical music—much of it consisting of orchestral, choral and chamber music—UK-based Chandos Records is renowned for its natural sound quality and prides itself on capturing superior audio with first-class balance. Founded in 1979 by Brian Couzens, the independent label is today run by his son Ralph, who knows that sound is only as good as the production facilities, and his quest for a state-of-the-art digital mixing console to complete the equation led him recently to a 32-fader HARMAN Studer Vista 5.

The Vista 5 has the combined effect of greatly increasing the DSP and I/O capacity over Chandos’ previous desk, which had served them well during the previous decade. “We also needed 24-bit, 96kHz capability, which is our standard for recording,” confirmed Couzens. “Although our old desk would support 96kHz, this was only by halving the number of available channels and busses. We were faced with cutting it down to 48kHz or linking two desks together with MADI cards—but that would have meant buying a second desk.”

But the path that led Chandos to Studer was due to the extensive recording work they undertake with the BBC Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras, the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. “We were aware that all their resident BBC facilities were equipped with various Vista consoles,” Couzens noted.

It was at BBC Wales that one of the resident technicians recommended that Couzens try their in-house Vista 8, and offered to walk him through the operating process. “I instantly fell in love with the way the desk worked,” he said. “I saw that Studer produced a Vista 5, which was portable—this was vital with location work.”

He and assistant engineer Jonathan Cooper attended a Studer Broadcast Academy day in Potters Bar and Studer volunteered a demo rig for evaluation. Chandos Records fired it up at Watford Colosseum and Couzens was convinced then and there.

The 32-fader desk consists of 20 channel strips, optimised for input channel operation, and 12 additional versatile strips for operating output and input channels. By using the standard Vistonics screen, up to 52 outputs are under immediate control. A total of up to 240 channels can be accessed from the desk and laid out in any order, with the Vistonics™ system giving instant control over all related channel functions. The DSP power and I/O are configured to customer requirements.

Typically Chandos will be recording orchestral ensembles in excess of 100 musicians—plus chorus—which places a heavy requirement on the I/O count. One such instance was at Watford Colosseum where the new console was pressed into service to record the complete orchestral works of Witold Lutoslawski by the 100-piece BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner—for release later this year.

“We have 40 mic preamps and eight line outputs in the Stagebox and record via MADI to our Sadie LRX2. Sound quality is so important and the Studer A/D converters [the most important stage in the process] in the Stagebox are also fantastic,” Couzens continued.

“With DSP power you are mixing complex sound into a stereo bus but with the Vista 5 the sound and image stay true whatever the content you are mixing,” Couzens said. “With our previous desk the sound could run out of steam with the combination of DSP power and A/D’s but with the Vista 5 everything remains crystal clear whatever the circumstances. I also love the desk’s EQ, its operating system is intuitive and it’s so configurable if we need to duplicate and expand.”

“Already I am noticing the improved sound quality of the recordings,” summarised the Chandos Records MD. “And I expect audiophiles will too.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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HARMAN Soundcraft’s “Mixing with Professionals” Seminars Heads to Chicago With Barry Manilow Front of House Engineer Ken Newman

CHICAGO, Illinois — HARMAN Soundcraft’s “Mixing with Professionals” (MwP) series will breeze into the Windy City on October 16. MwP offers tips and tricks about using Soundcraft Vi Series consoles from some of live sound’s most experienced engineers. The Chicago sessions will be hosted by Ken Newman, front of house engineer for Barry Manilow and owner of Newman Audio.

Ken Newman is currently on tour with Barry Manilow and has also mixed live sound for Chris Isaak, Anita Baker, Stevie Nicks, Liza Minnelli, Paul Anka and other top performers. He began mixing sound in 1972 as a teenager and has never looked back.

Newman will give MwP attendees formal training with plenty of hands-on time with Vi Series consoles in a classroom atmosphere. If participants bring a USB stick, they can save their settings and take them on the road for their next gig, or continue working on their settings using the Soundcraft Virtual Vi offline editor, which is available free on the Soundcraft website.

“I’ve had years of experience working with Soundcraft consoles,” said Newman, “and I look forward to showing attendees how to configure and mix a show using the Vi Series. During a Manilow show, it’s a very active mix and the features and ergonomics of the Vi Series offer ready access to everything—there’s nothing to slow me down or get in my way.”

The MwP sessions will be held on October 16 at Sound Marketing, 10073 S 76th Avenue, Bridgeview, Illinois, 60455.

Two time slots will be available from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. The course is free to attend but registration is required and space is limited. Details are available at usa.soundcraft.com and participants can register via e-mail at Soundcraft-usa@harman.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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Boston’s Salty Pig Restaurant Adds Audio Flavor With Diverse Selection of HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – To provide outstanding coverage and audio quality to the newly renovated Salty Pig restaurant in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, GC Pro recently installed a variety of HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers, delivering pristine sound to the establishment without disturbing the conversations of patrons.

The Salty Pig, which is a structurally challenging building to work with, wanted a complete upgrade. GC Pro decided to go with a full HARMAN system so that everything worked complimentary to each other. “We designed the whole system from scratch,” PK Pandey, Senior Account Manager, explained. “The ceiling was not easy to mount anything and we did not want to mess with the integrity of the restaurant itself. With many reflective surfaces as well, it was a challenge deciding what products worked best. JBL, with their diverse selection of options, made our job easy.”

Pandey installed seven JBL Control® 67P/T full-range pendant loudspeakers in the main area of the restaurant, five CBT 50LA column loudspeakers around the outdoor patio area and two Control SB210 compact subwoofers, one indoor and one outdoor which allows both the CBT’s and Control loudspeakers to work more efficiently without being pushed to the max. Also installed were five JBL Control 24C ceiling loudspeakers to provide sound in the bathrooms and alcove seating area. For amplification, four Crown XLS series amplifiers were installed along with dbx ZonePro 1260 system processing.

“The Control pendant speakers worked perfectly for the application,” said Pandey. “They provide great coverage and allow us to better control the volume of the loudspeakers to provide customers with soothing background music while eating. The CBT’s were easy to mount and their outdoor capability makes them the best option. We also don’t have to worry about hot spots or distortion over time, especially in Boston where the weather can change every 10 minutes.”

The install at the Salty Pig has also left room for an upgrade when the time is right with the ample power provided by the Crown amplifiers. “Everything is about the experience at the Salty Pig,” mentioned Pandey. “It really is about the food and the customer experience and we wanted to provide the restaurant with a sound system that could be pushed to the limit if needed, but also allowed customers to sit back and relax and enjoy their meal.”

The system has surpassed the restaurant’s expectations, according to Pandey. “Going with HARMAN, I knew I had a great product selection to chose from,” Pandey continued. “This turned out to be important when it became difficult to mount speakers in certain areas. Everything was extremely easy to connect and the dbx processing connected everything beautifully.”

For more information on GC Pro, please visit: http://www.gcpro.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

45-seat private home cinema redefines residential luxury

ATLANTA, GA – 8/31/2012 – Cantara of Los Angeles, CA, recently completed a massive 45-seat private cinema of such magnitude and quality that it raises the bar for private cinemas worldwide. The video system features a record-setting 18′ wide Stewart Cinecurve paired with Digital Projection International’s award-winning TITAN Reference 1080p-3D projector. The audio system consists of a Genelec speaker array, which includes screen speakers usually found in more

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At The Owner’s Box Sports Bar in Dallas, Meyer Sound Low-Voltage Systems Plunge Fans into the Game

The Owner’s Box Sports Bar and Grill at the new Omni Dallas Hotel has become the hot-spot for both intense game-watching and socializing in this sports-centric city. As the name implies, the concept here is to give fans a privileged seat and then pull them into the game—a technological feat accomplished by a total of 72 HDTV screens and powerful surround sound systems incorporating 40 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers.

Walker Engineering of Irving, Tex. provided design assistance and installation for the audio, video, and lighting (AVL) systems, with Kip Kendrick, the company’s business development manager for AVL, spearheading conceptual design.

“I’m not a huge sports fan myself,” admits Kendrick, “but I love the feeling I get watching a game on my big screen at home with good surround sound. I knew that if we wanted to bring the fans downtown, we had to offer that same sense of immersion in the game—only better. That was our goal. We aimed for the best sports bar in the world.”

From the outset, Walker Engineering and its partners, general contractor Balfour Beatty Construction and developer Matthews Southwest, agreed that there would be no “value engineering” that would compromise the experience. “We insisted on a stellar environment, and that meant top-line Panasonic video screens, Biamp audio processing and distribution, Crestron controls, and Meyer Sound loudspeakers,” says Kendrick.

Meyer Sound systems are showcased in five premier viewing zones at The Owner’s Box, four of which utilize the new low-voltage self-powered systems. The twin 7.1 bar systems each have a center UP-4XP 48 V loudspeaker, six MM-4XP miniature loudspeakers, and an MM-10 miniature subwoofer. The 7.2 system in the VIP suite uses the same components with an added MM-10, while the 5.1 system for the billiards room has two fewer of the MM-4XP loudspeakers.

“When we looked at what we needed for both functional performance and interior design, Meyer’s low-voltage systems were a no-brainer,” recalls Kendrick. “Their 48 V speaker line is absolutely brilliant for this kind of environment.”

For the big games—Cowboys, Mavericks, Super Bowl—fans flock to the front of the 16-foot screen, where they are swept into the sound of a 7.2 system powered by seven UPA-1P loudspeakers and dual USW-1P subwoofers.

“They brought in a DJ to use that system for New Year’s,” recalls Kendrick, “and during the afternoon tests they had it up well over 115 dB with pure clarity. We had bellhops coming from the front desk 200 yards away to see what was going on.”

Working with Kendrick as project manager was Jerry Roskin, Walker Engineering’s senior project manager for low-voltage and network systems. Creston programming was handled by PanTech Design of Grapevine. Architect for The Owner’s Box was BOKA Powell, LLC., and interior designer was waldrop+nichols studio, llc.

Although AVL for The Owner’s Box was covered under a separate contract, Walker Engineering also was contracted for all electrical, security, networking, and AV systems throughout the hotel. The 1,001-room property, officially named the Dallas Convention Center Hotel, is owned by the City of Dallas and operated by Omni Hotels.

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Tokyu Theatre Orb Takes Musicals to New Heights with Meyer Sound M’elodie

Dubbed “a musical theatre floating on air,” Tokyu Theatre Orb is nestled inside a stunning glass atrium that sits wedged between the 11th and 16th floors of a new multi-use tower in Tokyo. It is the largest venue of its type in Japan, with a maximum seating capacity of 1,972, and it also boasts a reinforcement system based on Meyer Sound M’elodie line array loudspeakers.

The system was designed to allow maximum flexibility. Array components can be configured as a complete system for local productions or special events, or they can be used to augment systems carried by touring productions. The LCR system offers a fixed center cluster comprising 10 flown M’elodie loudspeakers under a 600-HP subwoofer; the base L and R arrays (flown or ground-stacked) are six-each M’elodie loudspeakers plus a 600-HP subwoofer, with rigging to accommodate additional M’elodie loudspeakers available for rental. The in-house inventory also includes eight UPA-1P and four UPJunior VariO loudspeakers, which can be utilized as needed for monitors, effects, and fills. A Galileo loudspeaker management system provides system drive and processing, while the RMS remote monitoring system allows the audio team to maintain system performance in real time.

The decision to invest in a M’elodie system followed a special demonstration arranged by the project’s principal sound system designer, Tetushi Hirai of Yamaha Sound Systems, Inc., for Mansanori Ijuin of Tokyu Bunkamura, Inc., the venue management group responsible for operation of the theatre. The final decision was further supported by favorable past experiences with Meyer Sound systems at two other theatres also managed by Tokyu Bunkamura, Theatre Cocoon and Orchard Hall.

Meyer Sound’s Japanese distributor, ATL, Inc., assisted Hirai in the specifics of array configuration using the MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction program. Yamaha Sound Systems, Inc. was responsible for system integration and installation.

“From many successful experiences with other Meyer Sound systems, including M’elodie, we can expect excellent performance from the new system at Theatre Orb,” comments Yashuhito Terada, the venue’s audio director.

The in-house system was used for an opening event at the theatre this summer. The first full production in Theatre Orb was the Broadway classic, West Side Story. The next major touring production on the schedule is a trans-Pacific detour for the national tour of Million Dollar Quartet, an energetic fifties rock’n’roll extravaganza which has packed houses across North America using its own Meyer Sound system.

Theatre Orb is—literally—the centerpiece of Shibuya Hikarie, a high-rise retail, entertainment and commercial project developed by the Tokyu Corporation. It is located in the Shibuya municipality of Tokyo, an area known as a thriving center for fashion, entertainment, and nightlife.

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Now Available, Severtson Screens SēVision 3D GX “Micro Perf” Curved Screens Offer the Ultimate 3D Home Theater Experience

Severtson Screens SēVision 3D GX screen

Mesa, Ariz., Sept. 17, 2012 – Severtson Screens (www.severtsonscreens.com), a global leader in innovative and quality projection screens for the home theater, commercial, and pro AV markets, is pleased to announce that the new curved SēVision 3D GX “Micro Perf” screens are now available.

“The SēVision 3D GX offers the ultimate 3D home theater experience,” said L. Craig Shelley, Severtson Screens CEO. “It is the only screen in the home theatre industry to offer PristiVue© technology, a revolutionary 3D coating on micro-perforated screen material. No other company has been able to apply a hi-performance silver coating for the passive 3D viewing experience.”

Proudly Made in the USA, the result both maximizes the effect of 3D cinema while at the same time offering an acoustically transparent audio experience, as well, by allowing home theatre speaker placement directly behind the screen with no noticeable reduction in audio quality.

PristiVue technology is the cornerstone of Severtson projection screen surfaces. PristiVue allows the viewer to see what the director originally intended for them to see in the theatre. The sharpness, clarity, and warmth of the digital image projected onto the screen and reflected to the viewers’ eyes are dictated by the quality of the screen. PristiVue technology combines accurate color, a smooth and flawless texture, and adheres to Severtson Screens’ strict manufacturing guidelines.

The SēVision 3D GX is also referred to as a “Green Screen”, since its water-based optical coating is lacquer-free. As a result, the screen will not yellow or sag over time as do other lacquer-based coated screens. The SēVision 3D GX’s coating is the only water-based silver optical coating in the industry and helps protect and prolong the life of the screen material, as well as the gain.

“The SēVision 3D GX’s signal-to-noise ratio is an industry shattering 250:1, and the gain is 2.4,” added Shelley. “These features make ‘ghosting’ near obsolete, and thus allow it to work beautifully in ambient lighting. The SēVision 3D GX is the first home theater screen to be certified by all the major 3D licensors for digital projection, and can also be used for viewing 2D projection. It utilizes the same technology that helped earn an Oscar for IMAX in 1996, assuring that through viewing movies on this screen, everyone can experience the pristine visual presentations 3D digital projection has to offer.”

The SēVision 3D GX can be used for residential, commercial, and pro-AV applications, such as home theaters, movie theaters, schools, offices, museums, resorts, etc. It is also perfect for both fixed and electric/motorized applications, and can be rolled into a spindle in motorized applications. Since Severtson also caters to the movie theater industry, there are virtually no limitations or restrictions on the screen’s size and placement.

Custom and standard sizes are available. Severtson asks that customers contact them directly for individual pricing for their specific needs. “Our customers are ‘happily surprised’ at the cost for such a high-end quality 3D screen that’s manufactured right here at our company headquarters in Arizona,” Shelley concluded.

After celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, Severtson Corporation continues to be a global leader in innovation and quality. Severtson’s extensive experience in manufacturing small home theater screens and large cinema screens has given Severtson Corporation the expertise to meet the needs of the professional and consumer AV markets for both indoor applications as well as large outdoor venues.

With its three production facilities and its state-of-the-art robotic application system, Severtson has massive production capabilities and an unusually wide array of screen sizes — from IMAX to small home theater screens — available to its clients.

For more information, please visit www.severtsonscreens.com or call 480-610-5155.

About Severtson Screens
Mesa, Ariz.-based Severtson Screens, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011, is an award-winning global leader in innovative and quality projection screens in the home theater, pro AV, and cinema markets. Its low rejection rate coupled with the high quality of all its products has made Severtson Corporation the industry standard for quality and customer service worldwide.

From its unlikely origins in the family kitchen to today’s three modern production facilities, Severtson Corporation has remained committed to the principles of innovation and uncompromising quality that have made them who they are today.

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While in the Announcer Booth, Rob Reider — ‘The Voice of Aviation’ — Depends on Sennheiser for Unsurpassed Comfort and Clarity

If you’ve ever been to an aviation show, you’ve very likely heard the warm, hospitable and instantly recognizable voice of Rob Reider, the most famous and accomplished aviation announcer in North America. Reider, who has announced no less than 135 air shows in the past five years alone, has brought the excitement of aviation into the hearts of millions of fans over the course of his aviation announcing career, which is already well into its third decade. Reider is a recipient of The International Council of Air Show’s “Sword of Excellence” award — the highest honor an air show professional can receive. On the announcer’s stand, he relies solely on Sennheiser headsets to make sure his communication with the fans and the control tower is perfectly clear.

When did you first experience a passion for aviation?
I have been an aviation fan since I was a kid when my dad got me interested. He soloed in a Piper Cub after WWII, but never got his private pilot’s license. He took me to the Air Force museum a long, long time ago when it was nothing compared to what it is now. So my passion kind of grew from there, and from watching the Sky King television show back in the ’50s. It all stayed with me.

Tell me about the ‘power of the voice’ as relates to announcing aviation.
The power of the voice is what engages people and it’s especially good when it is balanced with the visual. I’ve learned when to shut up at times and just let the airplanes make the music. In the case of air shows, people often don’t know what it is that they are seeing. If I can bring them closer to what they are seeing, then it becomes way more than ‘radio with pictures.’ Audio is absolutely fundamental. If you are watching a television show and if the sound goes away, you can lose the story pretty quickly; but if the picture goes away and you still have the sound, you can stay involved with the story.

How did you first come to use Sennheiser headsets in the booth?
I used to wear both an over the ear headphone and ear bud from a competitor. If the air boss wanted to talk to me, I had to pull the bud out of an ear, take the whole ear cup off, then jam it all back in. When I had the opportunity to try a Sennheiser headset, an HMD 26, it was so easy to take on and take off. Perhaps more importantly, it was comfortable, not heavy and sounded infinitely better than the competitor’s. Since then I have not gone back. I no longer have to worry about all that stuff on my ears and all these cords coming down – now I’ve got my dark glasses and my Sennheiser headset with just one wire. I have it set up so I can communicate directly with everyone I need to, I can run my own music and communicate through the PA system and it’s all seamless. I am now in my second full season using the Sennheiser HMD 26s, which are part of Sennheiser’s HME/C 26 family of broadcast and pilot’s headsets. I couldn’t be happier that I made the change.

How important is intelligibility and clarity for you?
With the HMD 26, I can always hear myself very clearly. If I cannot hear myself, I will lose my voice — this is the biggest danger for me. So having good headphones so I can hear myself well not only makes for a better experience for the audience but also really protects my chops. As far production is concerned, the timing is crucial. So I can’t afford to miss a cue and the audio — and in this sense, the audio is everything. The music starts and its, “Ladies and Gentlemen, the aerial entertainment continues at….” The microphone on the HMD 26 sounds awesome; I don’t have to EQ at all compared to the mics I used to use.

How about comfort? Where does this come into play?
The headphones have to be comfortable otherwise I will get fatigued and will be miserable by the end of the day. I’m wearing this thing sometimes 6 hours a day — as long or longer than any other sportscaster ever does. Ever since I switched to Sennheiser the comfort hasn’t been an issue and I never have to think about it.

What keeps you going, having done aviation announcing for so long?
I still get goose bumps doing this job and even though I have been doing this a long time, I am so far from jaded. I am a little kid who has found a way to make money doing what he loves to do. I don’t get nervous anymore but I try to get into the zone as quickly as possible.

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Rob Reider, pictured with his Sennheiser HMD 26 aviation headset.

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Atlona(R) Kicks Off Connect U Tour 2012

All-Custom Training Tour to Make 23 Stops in 53 Days

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Sept. 17, 2012 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced that the company has kicked off its Connect U Tour 2012. On the tour, Atlona will be making stops in 23 cities in 53 days, with all trainings customized to meet the needs of attendees at each location. more

L-ACOUSTICS Announces ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS Demo Schedule

Presentations scheduled for Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and New York

OXNARD, California – September 2012 — Following the enthusiastic response to its new ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS systems, which made their debut at InfoComm in June, L-ACOUSTICS is pleased to now announce the kickoff of a busy global demo schedule beginning in mid-September.

In addition to highlighting Constant Curvature products like the award-winning ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS, the presentations will additionally cover L-ACOUSTICS’ Coaxial (P and XT Series) and Variable Curvature (KARA and KIVA) systems and technologies. more

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