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GC Pro Solves Greenhill School’s Gymnasium Sound System Problems in a Single Day

— Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, needed a sound system makeover quickly for a 9/11 observance ceremony, and GC Pro was able to do the job right, quickly and efficiently —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, September 24, 2012 — Greenhill School, founded in 1950 and whose 14 buildings are situated on 75 acres in Addison, Texas, places a good deal of emphasis on both athletics and civics, so a scheduled memorial ceremony for the anniversary of 9/11 was important to students, teachers and parents. However, the sound system in the school’s gymnasium wasn’t up to the task anymore. But Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, was able to fix that, and quickly, too. Once GC Pro’s team had evaluated the situation, made their recommendations and bid, and brought in a member of their GC Pro Affiliate Services Program as the systems integrator, the new sound system was put up and in place within a single day, ready for the observance ceremony. Integrator Trinity Group International installed a GC Pro-provided QSC WideLine line array sound system consisting of two hangs each with subs attached below.

“The show went off without a hitch, in part because the installation was done so quickly and so well,” recalls Jeffery McDaniel, Senior Account Manager based at the GC Pro office in Dallas, Texas. McDaniel notes that Trinity’s installers were able to access the school a day earlier to run cabling and establish hang points, prepping the job site for what would be a record-time one-day installation of the entire sound system. “It’s a pretty big system, but as soon as the purchase order came through, we and Trinity were on it, because we knew how important this event was going to be for them.”

McDaniel says that Greenhill School received several bids on the project, and ultimately awarded the job to GC Pro. The school’s IT director made the decision to go with GC Pro because, as McDaniel puts it, “They simply had more faith in us, that we could do it in time and with the right equipment that would last them a long time into the future. I’d say they made the right decision.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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FSR’s HDMI Wall Plate Extender Sends Signals Further At An Appealing Price

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has added the HDMI Wall Plate Extender to its new Digital Video (DV) family of products, a line aimed at professional installations requiring HDMI support. The new extender consists of a single gang Decora style wall plate transmitter and a matching receiver capable of extending HDMI signals at 1080p up to 165 feet. The HDMI Wall Plate Extender joins dozens of new FSR products being offered at extremely attractive price points.

The HDMI Wall Plate Extender has an HDMI input on the front and 2 punch down blocks for CAT x cables on the back. Punching down the CAT x cable directly to the interface has several advantages, not the least of which is the cost savings of paying to have the cable terminated. In addition, this style of connection saves space in the electrical box and reduces the strain introduced by a tight cable radius when terminated cables are used.

The HDMI Wall Plate Extender is available in white, black and ivory to match existing décor.

For further details contact FSR at (800) 332-3771 or via e-mail at sales@fsrinc.com.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

FSR complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is a woman owned business. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information visit www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

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845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

PWS PROVIDES EQUIPMENT AND TECHNICAL SERVICES FOR STARLIGHT THEATRE’S FIRST-EVER INDOOR PRODUCTION

Renowned Kansas City Theatre Presents Elton John’s Spectacular Musical, Aida

KANSAS CITY, MO, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012—When Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre produced its first summer musical indoors at its new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, it turned to Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, to supply audio equipment and technical services for the Elton John and Tim Rice musical spectacular, Aida.

“Since the 1950s, the Starlight Theatre has been known for its outdoor wireless performances,” says Brooks Schroeder, project manager, PWS. “So when they came to us to help provide audio equipment and technical services for its first indoor show in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, we wanted to make sure its loyal subscribers would be able to hear the performances just as well, if not better, than they had become accustomed to at the outdoor amphitheatre.”

During Aida’s 13-show run at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, which began on August 3, PWS, working in conjunction with Vista Productions, provided 32 wireless microphones and antenna systems for the show. Propriety gear included Masque Sound’s AF8-X antenna distribution system and Masque Sound LM series to monitor all the mics. In addition, PWS utilized a remote to handle the opposite end of the stage.

The 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre includes multiple balconies and box seating on either side of the theatre, placing attendees much closer to the stage than in most other auditorium-type venues. With a 5,000-square-foot stage, an orchestra pit that can house up to 90 musicians and a 74-foot-tall fly tower, it is the performance home of the Kansas City Ballet and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, as well as the site of many other theatrical, musical and dance productions.

“For the past five seasons, Starlight has allowed PWS and Masque to really combine our strengths as a company. Having the support of Masque Sound as a leading sound provider for Broadway certainly gives us an advantage,” adds Schroeder. “The show looked and sounded absolutely amazing.”

As part of PWS’s expert services and solutions, Schroeder remained on site during the two-week run to oversee all of the show’s audio and wireless coordination as well.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

For further information contact:
Matthew Rimi
D. Pagan Communications, Inc.
631-659-2309, ext. 12
matthewr@dpagan.com
www.dpagan.com

Stephanie Hansen
General Manager
Masque Sound & Recording
201-939-8666
StephanieHansen@masquesound.com
www.masquesound.com

Jimmy Van Winkle
General Manager
Professional Wireless Systems
407-240-2880
JimmyV@ProfessionalWireless.com
www.professionalwireless.com

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GC Pro Part of Texas Church’s Ongoing Upgrades

— GC Pro has been regularly working with the Assembly of Yahweh 7th Day near Cisco, Texas, and after providing systems and installation services for the church’s most recent AV upgrades, it’s now in the plans to build a dedicated recording studio —

The last three years have been busy ones for the Assembly of Yahweh 7th Day near Cisco, Texas, and the Dallas-area office of Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users. In that time, GC Pro has helped the church and its pastor, Farris Wilks, and his family build a recording studio at the Wilks’ home in Cisco and significantly upgrade the church’s AV. In 2011, after initial plans, GC Pro contracted Horacio Malvicino, Managing Director of the Malvicino Design Group, a Forest Hills, New York-based GC Pro Affiliate Services Program member, for design and construction of the studio. GC Pro sourced and supplied technology including a 32-channel Neve Genesys digitally controlled analog console, an Avid D-Command, a Pro Tools HD system and an Ocean Way HR2 monitoring system. After the studio was finished, GC Pro then was asked to update the church’s AV systems.

In 2012, GC Pro brought in GC Pro Affiliate Services Program member Omnicoustics, based in McKinney, Texas, to install new Robe and Chauvet lighting systems; Panasonic video cameras and live-video switcher; a NewTek Tricaster video switcher for recorded video content for post production applications; and Eiki video projectors.

Jeffery McDaniel, GC Pro Senior Account Manager, says this is the second major systems upgrade that GC Pro has done for Assembly of Yahweh 7th Day – In 2010, GC Pro upgraded the church’s sound system with a JBL Array Series system paired with an Avid VENUE SC48 digital live sound console and an Avid Pro Tools LE system, as well as a new complement of microphones, a new Aviom in-ear monitor system for the church band, and other related equipment — and it underscores the kind of relationship that GC Pro has with many of its customers. “We come to know our customers pretty well, because so many of them are repeat customers,” he says. “We have a pretty good idea of what their needs are and how best to meet them.”

Another reason that GC Pro clients are so loyal is the lengths the GC Pro staff is willing to go for them. When it turned out that the dongle sourced for the new lighting system didn’t have the right amount of channels, McDaniel set out to find one that did, working under an extreme deadline. The only vendor who had what they needed was in Canada. As the event for which the lighting controller would be critical drew near, McDaniel told the Canadian supplier to use FedEx’s premium same-day delivery service – the supplier got the new dongle to their local airport at 11 a.m. the same day, and it arrived at FedEx’s freight station at Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport that same evening. McDaniel then drove it the three hours to Cisco, arriving at 11 p.m., and had it ready to use for the church’s worship service the next morning. McDaniel also helped participate in their first service, running their newly purchased computer program to display the music’s lyrics. “Whatever it takes to make it work for the customer, that’s what we’re willing to do to make it happen,” says McDaniel.

That same philosophy will apply to the new recording studio, named Seven Pillars Studios, that GC Pro will help design, build and equip, for a planned opening in 2013. Much of the equipment that GC Pro provided for the Wilks’ home studio will migrate to the new facility, which is also being designed and commissioned by the Malvicino Design Group, and which will feature two control rooms around a single large tracking room, with an SSL AWS948 console in the B studio. “We really get to know our clients,” says McDaniel. “And they really get to know us, which means they know we’ll be there for them year in and year out.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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MBK Entertainment: Glamour + Chops = OZ Studios

World Class Studio Features Top Gear, Fine-Tuned Acoustics & River Views

NEW YORK: Nearly twenty years after the debut of their multi-faceted MBK Entertainment dynasty, company founders Jeff Robinson along with partners Jeanine Mclean, Misha Hedman and Suzette Williams have moved to expansive new offices and, created OZ, a world-class recording studio. The thriving multimedia company has honed a ‘methodical’ approach to talent development, a technique highlighted by the spectacular career of multi-Grammy-winner Alicia Keys and newcomer, Elle Varner (RCA). Today MBK’s mission encompasses musical genres ranging from R&B to Rap and Pop, and includes marketing, publishing, TV, film and concert promotion divisions. In addition to Keys on the production side, the MBK talent roster boasts rising star, RCA recording artist Gabi Wilson, Daisha and blue-eyed soul artists Allen Stone and Anthony Hall. The completion of the pivotal studio addition to the expanding company’s creative arsenal opens up a brand new option for MBK clients and independent artists.

“We always dreamed of owning an in-house studio says MBK VP/Managing Partner Jeanine Mclean, “but our previous offices were too small to build something that would meet our needs. Two years ago a flood prompted a search for larger space. The 19th floor at 519 8th Avenue not only gave us the space we needed, it included terrific views of the Hudson River and beautiful sunsets.”

Well aware of world-class studios created by the Walters-Storyk Design Group for Alicia Keys and Jay-Z, MBK brought WSDG (2011 TEC Award-winner for Jungle City) on board as soon as they signed the lease on their new 7800 sq. ft. space. “We knew we were in good hands from our very first meeting,” Mclean continues. “WSDG’s design incorporated all our ergonomic and aesthetic requirements and, they enabled us to carve a second control room and spacious sound booth out of a space we originally envisioned as a single studio.

“Contractors, Kevin Carrol and Mark Jakubek of Sonic Construction were total pros,” McLean adds. “Working hand-in-glove with WSDG project manager Matt Ballos, they were pro-active in suggesting efficient, cost-effective ways to execute and enhance our ideas. Plus they were extremely conscientious in terms of noise and refuse control, which enabled us to run our business throughout the construction period.”

Matt Ballos points to the innovative use of glass and acoustic treatments as particular design highlights. “We developed a plan that provided a line of sight from both studios through the Live Rooms and out the building windows all the way to the river and New Jersey. While we had a relatively tight footprint for both the A& B rooms, the machine closets and related areas, every square inch of space was optimized.”

OZ Studios feature a 230 Sq. ft. Live Room, and a 190 sq. ft. Control Room A outfitted with an SSL Duality SE 24 Input Analog Console, Apple Logic Pro Studio, Avid Digidesign HD3, Augspurger Custom Main Monitors and a wide range of outboard gear. The 150 sq. ft. Studio B Control Room features an SSL Matrix console, Adams S5X-V speakers and a 60 sq. ft. sound booth. Both studios abut a sprawling 600 sq. ft. plus common lounge area, which affords artists and clients with comfortable break space.

The entire gear package was coordinated and integrated by GC Pro Boston, principal/ founder, PK Pandey, who project managed this phase to insure a timely and on-budget delivery of the facility. Pandey comments, “I based the hand-picked outboard selection, advanced DAW systems and custom Augspurger Monitoring on previous studios we have done. Jungle City for Ann Mincieli, and Oven NYC for Alicia Keys, to insure compatibility with OZ. It was a pleasure to work with the MBK, Sonic, and WSDG teams.”

“We are developing a program to maximize the potential of our new studio,” said MBK founder/CEO Jeff Robinson. “While our artists will have first dibs on studio time for their projects, we plan to make this outstanding studio available to outside artists, producers engineers as well as for film/TV production. In the years to come, we hope to see a return on our investment, not just in monetary terms, but also as a source for meaningful, lasting music. These studios are finely tuned instruments. We are developing a number of highly talented artists, and we anticipate a steady flow of hits from this beautiful facility.”

“OZ Studios was an extremely positive experience,” John Storyk adds. “Our project manager Matt Ballos made certain that every element of the design and construction program was addressed. John Geraghty and David Kotch, did an exemplary job of system calibration and fine tuning the rooms. Our program of surface applied acoustic treatments, fabric wrapped panels, and custom, Flutterfree diffusers and low frequency absorbers enabled us to tune the rooms to act and sound like much larger studios.”

“Sufficient ceiling height permitted us to incorporate floating floors and full room-within- room construction to insure their ability to crank up the volume without imposing on their neighbors. NYC construction projects can be dicey, but the building was cooperative. The Sonic Construction team was totally buttoned down. They’ve done a number of studio projects and we look forward to working with them again soon. The river views and extraordinary sunsets are another decided plus for this studio,” Storyk concludes. “The outlook for OZ Studios is bright and colorful.”

To contact MBK OZ Studios visit: info@theozstudios.com

Photos: MBK OZ Studio A Control Room
MBK OZ Studio A Live Room
MBK OZ Studio B Control Room
MBK OZ Studios Lounge

Photos by: Cheryl Fleming Photography http://www.cherphotos.com/architecture

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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Waves MaxxAudio Sound Enhancement Comes to Medical Research with the First MRI Active Noise-Canceling Headphones

— Optoacoustics’ optical fiber-based headphones now restore and enhance the full sound spectrum for MRI environments —

The Consumer Electronics Division of Waves, the industry leader in professional audio digital signal processing and recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® award, is proud to see its MaxxAudio technologies employed in Optoacoustics’ OptoACTIVE™ headphones for advanced MRI medical environments.

OptoACTIVE is the world’s first real-time active noise-canceling headphone system for MRI, capable of reducing 95% of the EPI gradient noise routinely produced by magnetic resonance imaging equipment. Wearing OptoACTIVE headphones eliminates the most disturbing MR noise familiar to doctors, technicians and patients, dramatically changing and broadening research that can be performed using 3T and 7T MRI.

Working with Waves Audio, Optoacoustics has supplemented the OptoACTIVE’s noise reduction capabilities with embedded MaxxAudio algorithms to achieve powerful sound enhancement.

“Together with Optoacoustics, Waves MaxxAudio brings pro audio enhancement to a whole new audience of advanced medical researchers,” said Optoacoustics CEO Dr. Yuvi Kahana. “After achieving 60 dB active attenuation of the main EPI noise in MRI, we realized that MaxxAudio’s amazing psycho-acoustic signal processing brings a new level of sound quality to OptoACTIVE.”

“Waves is delighted to work in collaboration with an industry leader like Optoacoustics,” said Tomer Elbaz, General Manager of Waves Consumer Electronics Division. “The incorporation of MaxxAudio in such a critical and demanding aspect of the medical field is a testament to the commitment, high quality and uncompromising standards Waves brings to our partnerships.”

The benefits of utilizing Waves MaxxAudio in OptoACTIVE headphones are numerous. Optoacoustics engineers use the proprietary MaxxAudio toolset to restore a full range of rich, natural speech and music sounds, despite the harsh noise of MRI environments. Particularly in fields like advanced functional MRI brain research, MaxxAudio enables never-before-experienced sound quality, expanding the possibilities for new levels of research and real-time monitoring, and providing the doctors and brain researchers with more precise feedback.

One brain researcher who benefits dramatically from OptoACTIVE high quality audio is Oren Levin, an MR imaging technician at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Israel. “We have numerous projects using audio stimuli as a crucial part of research,” Levin explained. “For example, we have a large project examining emotions while viewing movie scenes, and their effect on our brains. The sound quality of the OptoACTIVE system gives us the ability to make the patient’s surroundings very similar to the cinematic experience.”

Levin added: “It’s as good as any professional stereo headphones, which couldn’t be used here before. We haven’t measured it, but I can tell you that the OptoACTIVE audio quality is the same.”

“Partnering with Waves enables our company to offer high-end, recording-studio-quality products to a sector that has been severely restricted by the most complex noise problems known, like extremely high SPL with difficult harmonics at high frequencies,” Dr. Kahana added. “OptoACTIVE headphones attenuate the most disturbing noise in the MR environment, and now Waves improves the whole spectrum with its fantastic high-end sound solution.”

OptoACTIVE headphones use Optoacoustics’ highly successful fiber optic sensor technology, which is ideal for use in MRI and other environments where conventional electronics devices are not suitable. The EPI sequences created by magnet rotations in MRI often exceed 120 dB in a 3T scanner (roughly the same noise level as a jet engine at takeoff). Even more challenging for engineers seeking a robust solution for MRI noise are the noise transients and harmonics that are generated at up to several KHz during various MR duty cycles, and which exhibit endless patterns of variation. To remedy this, Optoacoustics implements a highly-selective digital algorithm which actively attenuates EPI gradient noise. This proprietary real-time method drives the same noise created by the MR machine out of phase. Superimposing both real and out-of-phase sounds achieves the desired cancellation.

Optoacoustics also plans to introduce Waves MaxxAudio in additional fiber optic sensor-based systems, like its industry gold-standard FOMRI-III™ noise-cancelling microphones for functional MRI, and the forthcoming wireless IR version of its pioneering IMROC™ communications system for interventional MRI.

For more information, please visit www.maxx.com and www.optoacoustics.com.

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New Bose® L1® Model 1S Portable Line Array System and Bose B2 Bass Module Offer a Unique Combination of Portability and Performance

Framingham, Massachusetts, September 25, 2012 – Today, Bose expands its L1 family of line array systems with the new L1® Model 1S system, a portable line array that offers the best combination of performance and portability in an L1 system. The L1 Model 1S system connects musicians, DJs and other performers with audiences of up to 300 at parties, presentations, and events. A new Bose® B2 bass module is also available for the L1 Model 1S and L1 Model II systems, delivering more low-frequency output for L1 system users who require more powerful bass.

L1 Model 1S System: Wide Coverage, Clear Sound
Like the L1 Model II and L1 Compact systems, the L1 Model 1S system uses proprietary technology to deliver clear, powerful sound throughout the entire listening area. Its 12-speaker line array with Articulated Array® speaker technology provides 180-degree horizontal coverage with less drop-off in sound level than conventional systems. Whether at a live music venue, community theater or a wedding reception, performers and audiences hear full, detailed, tonally balanced sound whether in front of the L1 Model 1S system or off to the extreme sides.

The L1® Model 1S system consists of four lightweight pieces that can be set up and broken down in minutes without the need for speaker stands or wires. And it can be easily packed into three included carrying bags. The materials and construction are designed to meet the rigorous demands of musicians, DJs and general PA applications.

The L1 Model 1S system also includes an integrated ToneMatch® port that provides a single-cable digital and power connection to the optional T1 ToneMatch audio engine, a multichannel audio device that provides four input channels with independent selection of ToneMatch presets and effects. It gives musicians access to tone-shaping technologies and provides a complete suite of studio-class effects and processing, as well as additional channels for instruments or microphones when used with Bose® L1 portable line array systems.

B2 Bass Module: Simple Setup, Serious Bass
The high-performance B2 bass module is designed for users who require more powerful bass output for a variety of applications. Featuring two 10-inch-high excursion woofers mounted in a rugged enclosure, the B2 module is engineered to work with the L1 Model 1S and Model II systems.

The B2 module includes a rear-panel switch with three output settings, each of which is automatically sensed and equalized by the L1 system for optimized performance. Interlocking end caps enable up to two B2 bass modules to be stacked together.

Bose L1 Portable Line Array Systems
The new L1 Model 1S system is the latest in an expanding line of portable line array systems from Bose. When placed behind the performer, Bose L1 systems eliminate the need for separate PA speakers and monitors, allowing the performer and the audience to experience nearly the same sound on stage and in the venue. The portable, lightweight components connect easily without the need for speaker stands, take only a few minutes to set up and require minimal cargo space. Designed for small- to medium-sized venues, they provide a viable alternative over conventional PA systems.

The L1® family also includes the L1 Model II system, the most advanced L1 system featuring a 24-speaker articulated line array designed for an audience of 500. The L1 Compact system, the lightest and easiest-to-set-up L1 system, features a six-speaker curved articulated line array to bring much of the performance benefits of the L1 systems to DJs, musicians, and other performers and presenters who want to reach an audience of up to 100 listeners.

The L1 Model 1S system and B2 bass module will be available separately from Bose beginning immediately. The complete line of Bose L1 portable line array products can be purchased directly from Bose and through authorized Bose dealers nationwide. For more information about Bose® products for musicians, visit bose.com or call 1-888-301-2073.

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Neumann KH 120 Studio Monitors Deliver Superior Midrange and Truthful Response for Classical Music Producer Leszek Wojcik

Since the early 1970s, Leszek Wojcik has been recording exquisite classical music performances at top venues including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, The Rose Theater and Carnegie Hall, where he is employed as recording studio manager. Wojcik, who is also a highly sought after freelance classical recording professional, recently acquired a pair of Neumann KH 120 monitors.

Wojcik had been using a competitor’s pair of monitors, but ‘never really fell in love with them.’ He decided to switch to the Neumann KH 120s after one of his classical recording colleagues, Mateusz Zechowski, recommended them, citing their outstanding transparency and natural sound. Since then, they have become a foundational element of his control room and he’s never looked back.

“It took me about 15 seconds to make the decision to switch to the Neumann KH 120s,” Wojcik says. “The midrange is fantastic. It’s very truthful and flat, which is critical in recording classical music. For me, the midrange is the single most important part of a monitor’s sound, because most of the compositions in Western music were written for this range.”

Wojcik, who has a master’s degree in Tonmeister Studies from Chopin Music Academy and who lectures on “Aesthetics of Recording” at New York University, is well versed in both the theory and practice of audio recording and draws from over three decades of experience: “I come from the school that encourages making your decisions based on listening,” says Wojcik. “No two situations are the same in classical music recording so you have to keep searching for the perfect sound and you do this by listening. For this reason, the main component of the control room are the monitors, and the Neumann KH 120s are a great tool.”

Wojcik’s first field test of the KH 120 came during the recording of a performance of an orchestra from Qatar at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York City. Wojcik set up his Neumann KH 120s in an alcove adjacent to the hall where he monitored the recording and also sent out a stereo broadcast mix for television. While he was monitoring at low levels, he says that the KH 120s performed admirably, providing a dynamic sound that simplified his job.

For Wojcik, having the right mix of tools is an absolute prerequisite to creating the vibrant recordings he has become known for in the industry. “I’m sure that the chisel and the hammer that Michelangelo used to create his statues were the highest possible quality of the time, and for me, the Neumann KH 120 is a wonderful tool to have — it’s like Michelangelo’s chisel,” Wojcik said.

In addition to the Neumann KH 120 monitors, Wojcik relies heavily on other Neumann and Sennheiser equipment such as Neumann KM series microphones, Sennheiser MKH series microphones — including the Sennheiser multi-pattern MKH 8000 which he uses on the ‘most demanding’ instruments — and a pair of classic Sennheiser HD 580 headphones.

“The basic premise of classical music recording is concert realism,” Wojcik concludes. “The recording should reflect the concert sound. If you go to the ideal concert hall, sit in the ideal seat in the ideal distance from the performance, this is how you should expect to hear a well made recording. Your skill and your choice of tools is immensely important. In my work as a recording recording professional, the Neumann KH 120s are a very important tool for me.”

Image caption:
Leszek Wojcik recording on location with his Neumann KH 120 monitors at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York City.

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Another “STAR” Follows Cobalt Digital Home From IBC

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – Cobalt Digital has added another award to its growing collection of honours. The manufacturer of 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear took home its tenth STAR award (Superior Technology Award Recipient) from the editorial staff of TV Technology Europe magazine at IBC 2012; this time for its HPF-9000 High-Power 20-Slot Frame.

The STAR Award is designed to celebrate and showcase the preeminent technological innovations available to the broadcast industry. Mark Hallinger, TV Technology Europe’s editor, reviewed a variety of products, examined the technical applications and their overall contribution to the industry, and then chose 27 winners.

“STAR awards are given to interesting new products that help a user save money or accomplish a task in an easier way,” said Hallinger. “The products selected help advance the industry–some were chosen because of technical novelty or innovation, some because they filled an important gap in the production or transmission chain, and some because they were just cool products.”

Cobalt’s HPF-9000 fits all the criteria! The 2RU high-density modular frame offers a significant 360-Watts of net (user) available power in a high-capacity 20-slot format. The HPF-9000 can accommodate two front loaded hot swappable PSU-9000 power supply modules with separate power cords for power redundancy to ensure 24/7 operation, features independent cooling fans and status LEDs, and provides an easily accessible front–mounted power switch. Rear modules offer a broad selection of interfaces such as BNC, twisted pair audio, and fiber for maximum flexibility. The unit features remote control and monitoring via Ethernet.

“We are delighted to add another STAR award to our Trophy Room,” exclaimed Chris Shaw, Cobalt’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “The HPF-9000 is a fabulous tool, providing compatibility with both the Cobalt 9900 series Fusion3g cards as well as the 9000 series COMPASS cards. It features the same rear modules as the 8321 frame allowing a seamless transition from one to the other, and provides numerous input/output combinations to suit any requirements including mixed interfaces such as BNC, and balanced analog audio.”
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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

ABOUT TV TECHNOLOGY EUROPE
TV Technology Europe is the region’s leading magazine for broadcast technology. The magazine is published by NewBay Media. See www.nbmedia.com

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

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HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 Delivers For UK-Based Celtic Rock Band IONA

NORTHRIDGE, California — U.K.-based Celtic rock band IONA has released over 10 albums since forming in the late 1980s and recently finished a successful tour throughout the United States while deploying a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 as its front-of-house console.

During a similar U.S. tour in 2010, Mark Jarrell, Owner of Dogwood Audio Sound Company, provided the sound reinforcement system for IONA. Preparing for the 2012 U.S. tour, IONA remembered Jarrell’s work and brought him on board as the audio engineer for the 11 tour dates spanning a 2-week period. After a conversation with Dave Bainbridge, IONA’s lead guitarist, the two decided the Soundcraft Vi1 console would provide them with the most flexibility.

“There are many challenges of traveling during a 2-week tour,” said Jarrell. “The stretches between gigs are not long and there isn’t much time to set up at the various venues. I have to be able to have everything up and running in no time and with the ability to recall the presets with the Vi console, I never have a problem.”

Another challenge for Jarrell is the varying size, acoustics and equipment of each venue. “We see everything from a large theater to a small club,” he said. “With the Vi1, all I have to do is adjust the EQ in the different venues—it’s straightforward. What I love is that once I adjust the settings for each venue, I can then save it as a file for when we come back.”

The custom channel layers also help Jarrell to have a smooth show, as he is able to arrange them to suit his needs. “The desk is a lot of fun to mix on,” Jarrell stated. “It’s such a warm sounding console! I use the Lexicon effects pretty heavily, the tap delay, reverb and more. It has the feeling of a nice analog desk; making an adjustment is always easy to do.”

With such a dynamic group, Jarrell appreciates the flexibility the Vi1 offers. “IONA likes to change up the set list sometimes. The road manager is also a percussionist so every once in a while they call him up to play along. I am able to easily control each microphone individually and it is really easy to adjust gain and the high pass filter if needed.”

“Overall, it has been a pleasure to tour with IONA and a lot of fun using the Soundcraft console,” Jarrell summed up. “I can’t wait until the next U.S. tour comes around. I already have all my presets and files saved so I’ll be ready.”

For more information about Dogwood Audio, please visit: http://dogwoodaudio.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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