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Pro Control Products on Display at Security Canada Central 2012

Pro Control
Security Canada Central 2012
Oct. 24-25 — Toronto
Exhibiting with Sound Developments Ltd., Booth 116

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/ProControl/SCC2012

Company Quote:

“We are excited to be making our debut at Security Canada Central. As the country’s largest security industry trade show, it will provide a great opportunity not only to meet with our existing dealer network, but to introduce our line of sleek and powerful control solutions to thousands of new North American dealers as well. Visitors to our booth will see how our simplified programming platform and abundant control options — including control on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets — offer a new level of quality and performance at affordable prices.” — Mike Everett, general manager for Pro Control
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PA Plus and HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays Bring Out the Best at the Canadian Country Music Awards

PA Plus deployed a JBL VERTEC line array system for the Canadian Country Music Awards, where FOH engineer Mark Radu relied on JBL HiQnet Performance Manager for system configuration, tuning and control.

NORTHRIDGE, California – North York, Canada-based PA Plus recently provided HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays for the Canadian Country Music Awards. Held at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, highlights for this year’s Awards included Dean Brody earning “Artist of the Year” honors and “Album of the Year” for DIRT, with Taylor Swift winning the CCMA Generation Award.

With 19 live performances over two hours, Mark Radu, Systems Engineer for PA Plus and FOH engineer for the awards show, was challenged with accommodating a large number of artists in a short time span, while adjusting for some other unusual conditions. “This setup was a little different because there were two satellite stages in front of the main stage where presentations and smaller performances took place, so it was a bit complex since we had two completely different zero time reference points,” Radu said. “Independently delaying and processing the main stage and satellite stage inputs provided a seamless, real-time transition between the two.”

PA Plus deployed a system that featured 48 JBL VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements (12 per side for the main PA and 12 per side for outfill), supplemented with 16 VT4880 fullsize arrayable subwoofers. An additional eight SRX712M loudspeakers were used for front fill and a total of 68 Crown I-Tech 5000 HD amplifiers powered the system.

The entire system was configured, tuned and controlled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™. “We have used Performance Manager quite a bit but I think this is the biggest event we’ve used it on, and we really stretched the limits this time, using absolutely everything it has to offer,” Radu commented. “Once again, it worked amazingly well for us.”

Prior to setting up the system for the awards, Radu worked with his Performance Manager show file offline. “I was mostly maximizing what I would call the ‘array-specific correction tools’—circuit level gain shading, tapering EQ, etc.,” he said. “I did this in conjunction with the virtual test mics at my disposal in Performance Manager and JBL Line Array Calculator II. I basically tuned the system from my office a week out from the show. Once onsite, seven live test mics confirmed the accuracy of the virtual tuning. It was so on the money it was scary. The entire system was within +/- 1.5dB from the front row to the last seat in the house.”

Radu continued to note three qualities that set Performance Manager apart from the pack: “Firstly, from start to finish, the entire process is all self-contained. Secondly, failure-wise, I’m not tied to a single FOH processor. Worst-case scenario, f my computer dies, the system is still up and running, because Performance Manager is a GUI at the end of the day. Lastly, because everything is happening within the amps, having no more cable runs or additional A/D D/A conversions between my system DSP and amps is a welcome change. I don’t have the 300-foot snake anymore because everything is happening in the amps. I couldn’t have asked for anything more out of the Performance Manager platform and now I’d be hard-pressed to do a show any other way.”

In addition, Radu and PA Plus continue to rely on VERTEC for the most critical and highest-profile events. “It doesn’t matter what genre of music you’re mixing or what volume level the performance is, the VERTEC boxes hit everything,” Radu noted. “It sounds great with country acts, it sounds great with rock and roll acts, and everything in between. It’s the most predictable line array loudspeaker I’ve worked with and, having worked with it so much, I know exactly what to expect every time.”

For more information on PA Plus, please visit www.pa-plus.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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HARMAN’s AKG Provides Global Rockstar Song Contest With Studio And Live Sound Prize Packages

Band: Watcha Clan from France / Copyright: Watcha Clan 2012

VIENNA, Austria – With a continued commitment on providing artists around the globe with the finest in recording and live sound equipment, HARMAN’s AKG has partnered with the Global Rockstar Online Song Contest to provide fan-voted favorites a package of legendary AKG microphones and trusted wireless systems. From October through November, independent rock artists from 196 countries can upload their videos to the Global Rockstar Contest, where fans will choose winners and recipients of multiple AKG prize packages.

Global Rockstar was founded for the pure love of song. Creators Christof Straub and Ronny Steibl were searching for a way to showcase music they believed had more potential for international recognition. “As music producers and songwriters we know how important it is for artists to get maximum international visibility. Global Rockstar guarantees this to our winners and will continue to shine the light on lesser-known artists around the globe,” the founders stated.

On January 1, 2013, the votes will be tallied and combined with input from an expert musical jury on wildcard placement. The first place AKG live set contains a C214, a C451 condenser, four D40 dynamic mics, a D112 kickdrum mic and two handheld D7’s. The alternate first prize studio set includes a Perception 820 Tube, C414, two sets of K702 and K240 headphones and a C451.

Global Rockstar also provides AKG prize sets for second and third place.

“AKG is proud to be a part of a program, supporting musicians of all levels of professionalism, with a reach as wide as Global Rockstar,” said Philipp Sonnleitner, Product Marketing Manager, AKG. “With quality and reliability underscoring AKG’s mission to provide the best equipment to artists, the first, second and third prize winners from the Global Rockstar contest will be able to take a sonic step up in their recordings and live performances. We wish all participants good luck as their peers vote for the best original songs in the world!”

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics. For more information on the Global Rockstar contest, please visit http://www.global-rockstar.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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Platinum Tools Hi-Performance Cat5e and Cat6 Modular Plugs Now Shipping

CAMARILLO, Calif., Oct. 15, 2012 – Platinum Tools(R) (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, announced their new Hi-Performance Cat5e and Cat6 Standard Modular Plugs are now shipping.

“The Hi-Performance Cat5e plug, with its unique Hi-Lo stagger design, isolates each conductor at the point of termination,” explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools, Inc. product manager. “This allows air, the world’s best insulator, to surround each conductor and thus eliminates NEXT, FEXT and AXT. The end result is performance beyond certification requirements. Plus, the internal conductor channels make for easy prep without the need for liners.” The round-solid three-prong plug is UL rated (RoHS), FCC compliant, utilizes gold-plated contacts (50u), and is also available in round-stranded.

Platinum Tools’ Hi-Performance Cat5e and Cat6 Modular Plugs combine traditional/standard style modular plugs for terminating cables in telephone and data applications. Manufactured to comply with FCC 68 guidelines and UL listed. Multiple position, contact configuration styles and round cable versions are available. Gold-plated contacts provide reliable performance and long life.

For more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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133rd AES Convention Papers Sessions Address Essential Issues

Networked Audio To Spatial Auditory Display For Remote Planetary Exploration

SAN FRANCISCO: Within the multi-faceted realm of the AES Convention, Papers represent the highest order of technical knowledge. Papers Co-Chairs Veronique Larcher and Alan Seefeldt have assembled a four-day program of solidly researched presentations designed to share knowledge on both esoteric and widely discussed issues. “Our objective was to develop the most useful, timely, challenging and above all interesting issues to inform and inspire our attendees,” Larcher said.

“The quality and diversity of the submissions we received enabled us to develop multi-faceted sessions covering such essential issues as: Networked Audio, Emerging Audio Technologies and Auditory Perception. A glance at the titles featured in these sessions substantiates their comprehensive intent,” Larcher emphasized. “Attendees should note that all paper presentations are available in print and PDF/CD format, and they will be available in audio format following the Convention.”

AES PAPERS SESSIONS INCLUDE:

Friday, Oct. 26

NETWORKED AUDIO: Chair, Ellen Juhlin, Meyer Sound Labs, Inc., Berkeley, CA
* Audio Latency Masking In Music Telepresence Using Artificial Reverberation
* Service Discovery Using Open Sound Control
* A Unified Low Latency Network Architecture For Multichannel Live Audio

Saturday, Oct. 27

EMERGING AUDIO TECHNOLOGIES: Chair, Agnieszka Roginska, New York University, NYC
* A Method For Enhancement of Background Sounds In Forensic Audio Recordings
* Transient Room Acoustics Using A 2.5 Dimensional Approach
* Multimodal Information Management: Evaluation Of Auditory And Haptic Cues for NextGen Communication Displays
* Prototype Spatial Auditory Display For Remote Planetary Exploration
* The Influence of 2-D & 3-D Video Playback On The Perceived Quality of Spatial Audio Rendering For Headphones
* An Autonomous System For Multitrack Stereo Pan Positioning
* DReaM – A Novel System For Joint Source Separation and Multitrack Coding

AUDITORY PERCEPTION & EVALUATION: Chair, Scott Norcross, Dolby, SF

Saturday, Oct. 27

* Subjective Evaluation of Personalized Equalization Curves In Music
* Thresholds For The Discrimination of Tonal And Narrowband Noise Bursts
* Identification And Evaluation of Target Curves For Headphones
* Consistency Of Balance Preferences In Three Musical Genres
* The Effect of Acoustic Environment On Reverberation Level Preference
* Localization of a Virtual Point Source Within The Listening Area For Wave Field Synthesis

Sunday, Oct. 28

Spatial Audio Over Headphones 5 papers
Signal Processing Fundamentals 7 papers
Analysis and Synthesis of Sound 10 papers

Monday, Oct. 29

Spatial Audio Processing – 8 papers

“The 133rd AES Convention will offer a total of 112 individual presentations,” Papers Co-Chair, Alan Seefeldt reports. “The Preliminary Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm provides a wealth of information on individual Papers, including times, comprehensive abstracts and presenter details. Attendees are guaranteed to come away from the 133rd AES Convention with invaluable knowledge,” Seefeldt concludes. “They will also be invigorated by the on-the-ground networking opportunities they’ll encounter,”

Photo: AES Papers Co-Chair Veronique Larcher

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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ABS Hires Dan Skirpan to Bolster East Coast Presence

SEATAC, WA— Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it has hired Dan Skirpan, CTS, for audio visual system sales, effective August 6. Based near Pittsburgh, he manages several large clients and is helping to grow the company’s East Coast market presence.

Skirpan has extensive experience in systems integration, and has managed numerous custom HD production studios, classroom technology upgrades, and digital signage installations. In almost nine years with AZCAR, he held a number of positions including senior account manager. Most recently, he served as the key accounts manager for the education market for Digitiz, Inc., a startup AV systems integration company.

“As a certified technology specialist, Dan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to ABS and our customers,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “We are confident he will help ABS become an even bigger force on the East Coast.”

Skirpan can be reached at 724-747-9301 or via e-mail at dskirpan@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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Prestige and Performance on Display at the Congrès de la Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français With XPAND 3D Infinity System

DEAUVILLE, France – Delivering the very best quality and style in 3D cinema in one of the world’s largest and most innovative film markets, an XPAND 3D Infinity system was used at the 67th Congrès de la Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français (National Federation of French Cinemas). Held at the Centre International in Deauville, France, the event brought together exhibitors and film distributors from around the country and featured screenings of several films, including Clément Michel’s La Stratégie de la Poussette, Grégory Magne and Stéphane Viard’s L’Air de Rien and Ben Affleck’s Argo.

The fourth day of the Congrès de la Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français was “Distributor Day,” featuring a lineup of film previews from numerous French distributors. For all 3D content, XPAND provided a 3D cinema system featuring no less than 2,000 of its Infinity active 3D glasses.

“France is celebrated for its progressive and innovative attitude towards film and the Congrès de la Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français is one of the largest events of the year for the French film industry. As such, there can be no compromises when it comes to technology, which is why our Infinity 3D system is ideal for this event,” said Alain Rémond, President of Sales and Business Development, XPAND 3D. “No other 3D cinema system can match the scalability, quality and stylish appearance of Infinity, which is truly the best system to bring filmmakers’ artistic visions to life!”

The XPAND Infinity 3D glasses provide up to 38% transparency and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. The glasses’ lightweight ergonomic designs ensure long-wearing comfort, and their wide 3D viewing angle provides an optimal 3D image across the entire cinema. All new XPAND cinema systems and glasses fully support HFR (High Frame Rate) double and single flash at 96fps, 120fps, 144fps, 192fps, 240fps and even variable fps.

XPAND 3D is also the official partner of the Cannes Film Festival and is a sponsor of the Venice Film Festival, the Montreal Film Festival and the Sarajevo Film Festival. XPAND 3D systems are used for the biggest 3D premieres around the world.

For more information on XPAND 3D, please visit www.xpand.me

About XPAND 3D:
XPAND 3D is the global leader in 3D technologies for cinema, with systems used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries. XPAND 3D is also the 3D solution of choice for home, business, post-production, education, military, medical and professional 3D applications. XPAND 3D designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution. XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name.

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ELAN® Announces Special Dealer Discount Program For Z-Wave Door Lock Products

Continuing its mission to provide dealers and end users with compelling system benefits and attractive new products, ELAN® Home Systems today announced a new dealer promotion that offers discounted pricing for various Kwikset, Yale and Leviton Z-Wave door lock products ordered between October 15 and November 30, 2012. The discounts range from 5 percent to 10 percent depending on the product.

ELAN g! integrates best-of-breed Z-Wave lock products from Kwikset, Yale and Leviton which are being offered to dealers through Worthington Distribution in the U.S. and Product Solutions Group in Canada.

According to ELAN Brand Manager Robert Ridenour, ELAN’s newly implemented electronic door lock integration provides dealers with an industry-leading product that will inevitably help them to sell more g! systems. “This promotion gives dealers added incentive to promote ELAN’s most recent expansion of the g! system’s capabilities and will help them convince both new and existing customers that electronic door locks are convenient, safe and affordable,” Ridenour said.

“ELAN’s development team worked with the company’s third-party manufacturers and Worthington Distribution to develop the industry’s best electronic lock integration software and interface,” Ridenour emphasized, “and we want to make it easy for dealers to promote this new product to their clients. We are committed to making sure every dealer and end user knows that ELAN is the best home control system on the market, and continue to work closely with our manufacturing and distribution partners to create dealer promotions that make g! even easier to sell.”

The ELAN g! door lock software features a simple and convenient interface for iOS and Android mobile devices that includes an industry-first history function, allowing users to view past lock activity and monitor who is using which door at what time.

Tom Morgan, Chief Technical Officer at Worthington Distribution, said, “We’re thrilled to partner with ELAN for this electronic lock promotion and expect ELAN dealers to take advantage of these discounts to make g! an even more impressive control system for users in both the residential and commercial markets. We’re huge supporters of home control and Z-Wave products that can simplify people’s lives, and we want to make it both affordable and easy for consumers to modernize their homes.”

And Jim Peebles of Product Solutions Group added that ELAN is taking a best-practices approach with every aspect of the g! system. “This is another level of value-add for the g! system and brings a tremendous amount of value to the users and dealers,” Peebles said. “By partnering with the best lock manufacturers and ELAN, which now offers the industry’s best door lock interface, we’ve developed a limited-time discount program that is sure to add to dealers’ bottom lines and help make electronic door locks a priority for every dealer and end user.”

Interested U.S. dealers can contact Worthington Distribution at 800.282.8864 and sales@worthdist.com, and interested Canadian dealers in Western Canada can call Products Solutions West at 866.923.9948 or in Eastern Canada Product Solutions Group at 877.763.4538. Dealers can also visit http://www.productsolutionsgroup.ca/contact.html to locate their nearest Product Solutions Group sales representative.

The ELAN g! Control System provides users with the most uniform and intuitive icon-based control from their favorite devices including TVs, touchscreens, touchpads, PCs, and Android and iOS mobile devices. The standardized interface works across platforms, so that the trendy g!Mobile app users love on the iPhone appears and works identically on Android and ELAN touchscreens, valets and handheld remotes. And the system’s IP backbone makes it just as easy to control the system from across the room as across the globe.

Individual “apps” for each subsystem allow the user to control security, door locks, climate, lighting, media, irrigation, pool/spa, messaging, video and photos with the flick of a finger. Access is fast and secure through any ELAN home interface or globally with mobile Internet enabled devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Netbooks, Android phones & tablets and personal computers. Since the intuitive interface empowers users with personalized scheduling and detailed history views, high consumption subsystems like lighting and climate can be closely monitored and managed for a greener lifestyle – and substantial energy savings.

First photo: Kwikset Smartcode Lever Collection
Second photo: Yale Z-Wave Electronic Deadbolts
Third photo: Leviton VRC0P Plug-in Serial Interface Module

About Worthington Distribution
The staff at Worthington Distribution has over 50 years of combined experience in security, home automation, telephone, access control, central vac, whole house audio/video (including CCTV and satellite distribution), home theater, and systems integration. They offer real world technical support by field-experienced and factory trained technicians, plus free system design assistance and consultation. For more information visit www.worthingtondistribution.com or contact the sales department at 800.282.8864 or sales@worthdist.com.

About Product Solutions Group
Product Solutions Group, together with it’s sister company Product Solutions West, distributes innovative custom installation products to progressive Canadian retailers and custom integrators. Formed in 1998, Product Solutions Group services Ontario and east. Product Solutions West takes care of Manitoba and west. Having over 50 years combined experience in the CE Industry, the company’s founders have come to know the difference between leading edge and bleeding edge products. We are proud to have partnered with suppliers of quality and distinction, and invite you to learn more by visiting us at www.productsolutionsgroup.ca.

About ELAN Home Systems
Since 1990 ELAN® Home Systems has been an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video systems. ELAN systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use “whole house” solution. ELAN systems and products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com. ELAN is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment (www.nortek-inc.com). CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech®.

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DiGiCo Captures Electrifying Tedeschi Trucks Band Live On 2-CD Set

Brilliant musicianship and roof-raising performances characterize the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s live concerts. The perennially touring, 11-piece ensemble covers myriad genres from Delta blues and Rock to Funk and Jazz and is led by husband and wife team singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and slide guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks. So it made perfect sense for the group to follow-up their Grammy awarded debut release with a live testament to their incendiary shows. The two-disc Everybody’s Talkin’ marks the TTB’s first anniversary and features highlights recorded last fall while the band toured behind Revelator. Described as “a warm-sounding, ‘organic’ concert document, DiGiCo’s SD8 console played a major role in the recording of that CD under the discerning ear of monitor engineer Bobby Tis. The group’s touring audio kit (supplied by SK Systems) also features an SD10 (replacing a DiGiCo D5) at Front of House with Brian Speiser.

“For that 2011 tour,” Tis recalls, “I brought out a rack of Neve and API outboard preamps and a few sweet vintage compressors. We used them for some of our most important channels and fed the pre amps line-in to the DiGiCo stage rack. I recorded to two systems simultaneously throughout the whole tour. I had Cubase running on my MacBook Pro through a MADIface as my backup recorder, which I also used for playback for the band and virtual soundcheck. The main recorder (the one we mixed the album from) was a Joeco BBR-64 MADI. The Joeco recorder integrated seamlessly with the DiGiCo and gave us 64 recordable tracks via MADI. It was easy to use, stable, and amazingly. Neither recorder crashed the whole tour and the tracks sounded great. Having the DiGiCo for these recordings made the project very easy… I was even able to assign a stereo aux to a pair of tracks and print a rough mix along with the multitracks as the show was going on. I would do it again the same way.”

Speiser uses his SD10 in tandem with an RME MADIFace into a MacBook Pro running Logic to track the occasional show for virtual soundcheck purposes. Most shows, however, he’s recording a board mix through that same setup as a reference for the band to listen to.

Both Tis and Speiser are no strangers to DiGiCo and the decision to carry the consoles on the newly minted tour in 2011 was an easy decision to make. Both had been introduced to the DiGiCo platform on D1s and D5s while working with SK Systems during the early 2000s, and Speiser used one or the other on tours with They Might Be Giants, 311 and with the Indigo Girls—where he moved from a D1 to an SD8 and finally an SD8/24 to get the most “bang for my buck while keeping a small footprint,” Speiser says. “Having been on DiGiCo consoles for a long time, I’ve really enjoyed the sonic differences as the processing technology and power have gotten more intense. Once I moved over from the D series consoles to the SD consoles, going backwards just wasn’t an option. I definitely find the DiGiCo SD consoles to be the best sounding digital desks available. If you use the A>D converters to their full potential and convert the right amount of signal, you can really achieve great rich sounds. As an analogue connoisseur, it’s very important to me that you can’t hear anything ‘digital’-sounding in my mix and the quality of converters in DiGiCo gear, along with its floating point 40-Bit Super FPGA, achieve that more so than any other digital desks I’ve mixed on.”

Speiser says the flexibility and dynamic EQ/multiband comp capabilities are the most rewarding features of the SD10. “It helps to be able to put any sort of fader or output in any slot I want. I can keep everything I need in front of me and move channels I don’t need as often. Having an 11-piece band, you really need to make the most out of the space you have, and I can personalize the console exactly as I see fit. The dynamic EQ is a great way to maintain the life of a vocal or instrument and still pull certain trouble frequencies out only when they start to get out of control. One other feature that has come in quite handy on the SD10 is the multiple User Defined Keys (macros). With so much going on on our stage, and musicians moving around to different mics, I’m able to use the macros to change what mics show up on what channels, allowing me to keep everybody’s settings the same for their voice or instrument no matter where on stage they decide to play.”

As for outboard gear, he keeps it to a bare minimum for consistency’s sake. “It was important to me when I started working with TTB to try and keep everything in the box so that I can advance to have an SD8 or SD10 on fly dates and still be able to keep my session sounding the same. On our tour, the only piece of gear I have with me is a Dolby Lake Processor on my mix outputs so that I can walk around and EQ each venue on a tablet computer. I plan to try adding a Waves SoundGrid in the future, but we haven’t had the chance to implement it just yet.”

Over in monitor world, Tis says his favorite features on the SD8 are the console’s routing flexibility and functionality, as well as the snapshots, which help him to achieve consistency. “I’m mixing the band through post-fade groups for the most part. Everyone gets themselves pre-fade off their channels and everything else in the mix is coming in post-fade through groups. This allows me to mix the show off the main faders and have the fader movement translate proportionally in everyone’s mix simultaneously. I’ve been using this technique for a while, but it’s definitely the best it has ever been with the SD8.

“Being able to have multiple versions (MultiPatch) of the same input to be used in different mixes on the stage, on the fader bank layers, and the flexibility of the mixing surface all help me keep those additional faders organized and streamlined,” he adds. “I also really like having the macros even though I’m using them for not so exciting stuff. I have them set up as buttons that I’d like to have that are not built-in on the surface, for instance, ‘Gain tracking On/Off’ for all channels, ‘Fader Flip On/Off,’ ‘Save Session,’ and I have a couple assigned to specific channel mutes and mute groups. I don’t use a lot of snapshots, but I do have a few for certain tunes where our vocalists or keyboard/flute player moves to different positions on the stage.

“I’m also a huge fan of DiGiCo’s snapshot scope, which is second to none in my opinion. The few that I’m using, which are scoped to see aux-send level and mute, have helped me to solve some issues of consistency I’ve had in the past when our vocalist or keys/flute player change positions on stage. Also, on some legs of the tour the band will do some stripped-down blues tunes, which is pretty much an ‘audio scene change.’ The snapshots have helped me keep that portion of the show very consistent without having to flip though every mix and make adjustments. I’m also a big fan of the Multiband Compressors and Dynamic EQ’s, they really help me to keep the most musical parts of my lead instruments in focus on a stage with 11 musicians, 10 wedge mixes and 2 drum fills!”

And the band has certainly noticed the forward progression of their audio production since bringing the DiGiCo SD’s out on this tour. “We’ve had several positive comments about the consistency of the sound of our show from the band,” relays Tis. “In monitors, I’ve heard certain band members feel great because they can musically communicate with each other, which, I believe, is because of how the SD8 allows me to mix the show. With Brian at FOH with his SD10, too, there’s been a plethora of rave reviews from fans and critics, but the band has especially noticed that they are getting their musical statements across to the audience in a very focused, conducive, and high-fidelity manner night after night, and overall the audiences have become more energetic because of this. The consoles have helped us raise the bar for this organization. In my opinion the DiGiCo SD series consoles are, hands down, the best sounding and most flexible digital consoles on the market. I’ve used almost all of the digital consoles that are out there over the years and not one of them is capable of out performing my SD8 for its application with this band. This console makes my job fun everyday because I know I can do anything I need to. We are grateful, loyal and proud DiGiCo users.”

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Adaptive Technologies Group Appoints Ramon Cano as Production Manager

Cano Brings Extensive Experience in Manufacturing, Production and Rigging to Company

SIGNAL HILL, CA, OCTOBER 15, 2012 — Adaptive Technologies Group, comprising Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and a premier developer of state-of-the-art rigging and mounting solutions for a wide range of audio and video applications, has named Ramon Cano as the company’s Production Manager.

In his new role, Cano will oversee both of Adaptive’s California manufacturing and assembly operations that produce the Allen, Adaptive and ATM-Fly-Ware branded products as well as all large-scale custom projects. Cano will also negotiate purchases and contracts with outsource vendors and handle all the logistics. Cano will be based in the Adaptive headquarters, located in Signal Hill, CA.

Prior to joining Adaptive, Cano served in the demanding and competitive metal furniture manufacturing industry, where he blended his extensive IT background with production control systems and manufacturing operations.

He is also keenly familiar with Adaptive’s rigging discipline as he served in the U.S. Army for eight years, six of which were in the 101st Airbourne Division – Air Assault Group, rigging (slinging) both personnel and equipment from airborne helicopters.

“Since acquiring ATM Fly-Ware and, later, a California manufacturing facility, Adaptive has searched for a professional with a blend of experience to bring all the different elements of Adaptive’s unique operations together. Cano brings that talent, which will result in updating our production controls, improving our scheduling, manufacturing efficiency and purchasing power,” says Paul Allen, president, Adaptive Technologies Group. “We are very excited to have Cano join our team at this time. He brings several years of solid manufacturing and production control experience to the table that will undoubtedly improve the predictability of Adaptive’s production, as well as making our operations more cost effective.”

During his off time, Cano enjoys riding through the beautiful Southern California countryside on his Harley-Davidson Road King. He also participates in local charity rides.

About Adaptive Technologies Group
Adaptive Technologies Group combines the talents and disciplines of Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and offers state-of-the-art rigging and mounting solutions for a wide range of audio and video applications. Adaptive’s combined divisions are a major resource worldwide by way of the design, development and manufacturing of professionally installed AV mounting and rigging equipment. Each brand offers its own standard and unique time-saving solutions, plus unlimited custom products for any venue or application.

In addition to providing a wide selection of popular mounting and rigging solutions, Adaptive is a major resource for hundreds of commonly used and often hard to find rigging hardware and fastener items, including metric sizes and pre-blackened wire rope and components. Based in Signal Hill, California, all overhead products are made in the USA.

ATM Fly-Ware is the world’s leading designer of certified, pre-engineered professional loudspeaker rigging systems for permanent installations and live performances. Allen Products is a leading designer and supplier of universal fit standard, custom and OEM loudspeaker mounts, mounting loudspeakers to walls, ceilings, under balconies, to poles and vertical columns. Adaptive Video Walls and Displays is the premier provider of innovative interlocking wall, ceiling and floor mounted video wall frames and flyable video wall assemblies for multiple narrow bezel LCD, LED and plasma monitors.

For more information, visit http://adapttechgroup.com.

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