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Display Development Expands International Presence at ISE 2013

Batavia, NY—January 2013—Display Development, manufacturer of custom engineered projection display systems, is expanding its international presence with multiple locations at ISE 2013, including placement with key partners, Home Cinema Europe #1-N53 and Stewart Filmscreen #1-F40.

Among the products being featured, Display Development will show for the first at time ISE, its new in-wall video projection systems at the Home Cinema Europe booth with its International Sales Manager, Joe Manning, (#1-N53). These proprietary systems offer unprecedented installation flexibility, providing superior viewing even in ambient light situations.

The Reference System ONE 2K in the Stewart Filmscreen booth (#1-F40) will showcase the perfect solution for high-end applications with a 4-way masking screen system for premium performance, and extreme flexibility to accommodate a wide array of image sizes and aspect ratios. Producing up to 30,000 ANSI lumens, the Reference System ONE 2K utilizes Display Development’s unique light path and signal processing. The industry’s leading lens mechanism increases the Reference Series Systems’ rock solid performance with programmable aspect ratios.

Working with its Norwegian partners, Display Development also announces locations for the avielo projector line at ISE:

Home Cinema Europe: #1-N53
A state-of-the-art high-end home theater featuring avielo helios Studio Edition E featuring RealScope™ as well as ADA, RBH Sound, D-Box, and Screen Innovations.

JBL Synthesis: #1-N73: avielo helios Studio Edition featuring RealScope™

Procella: #7-Q170: avielo optix SuperWide235

Wisdom Audio: #5-T110: avielo helios Studio Edition

About Display Development
Display Development is an independent design and marketing group that concentrates its efforts on very-high-performance visual imaging systems. With a proven 20-year track record, the core team of Display Design Development is responsible for bringing over 100 displays to market, many of which have received awards and accolades for their leading-edge technology. For more information, please visit www.displaydevelopment.com.

Belkin Simplifies the Delivery of AV Connectivity Over Long Distances With Release of HDBaseT HDMI Audio/Video Extender

New Low-Cost, Easy to Deploy Solution Provides Universal Protocol for AV over Cat5e Long Distance Applications 

Playa Vista, CA - Belkin today announced its new HDBaseT HDMI audio/video extender solution for high performance AV connectivity over Cat5e long distance applications. The plug-and-play solution eliminates the traditional challenges of long-distance AV applications, including confusing, expensive and time consuming technology, with a quick-to-install solution that can transmit AV over a single Cat5e cable up to 100 meters. Belkin will demonstrate the HDBaseT HDMI AV extender solution at the annual BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition taking place in Tampa, Florida, January 20-24, 2013. 

The Belkin HDBaseT is a point-to-point solution that resolves incompatibility issues across multiple AV brands. It deploys a universal protocol for heterogeneous AV environments without the use of a complex network of runner cables, pigtails, breakouts or color coded wall plates. It also supports custom long-run capability with PVC, Plenum and Riser. The result is a long-distance AV solution that requires dramatically less labor to install and manage.

“We designed our HDBaseT solution to help AV installers achieve more without spending needless time or resources,” said Sydney Wen, product development manager for Belkin. “It’s an ideal choice for long-distance AV environments – including education, government, conference centers and signage applications – because it packs superior performance into a small, plug-and-play solution that requires a fraction of the resources to set up, move and manage.”

The new Belkin HDBaseT is available now through Belkin’s worldwide network of distributors and value added resellers. All HDBaseT products come with a Belkin warranty (up to five years) and 24-hour tech support. For more information, visit http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise. 

Belkin will demonstrate the HDBaseT HDMI AV extender solution at the annual BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition taking place in Tampa, Florida, January 20-24, 2013. For more information about the conference, visit: http://www.bicsi.org/winter/2013/attendee.aspx. 

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About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.

Tags: audio/video, AV, AV connectivity, Cat5e

 

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SVSi’s Next Generation of Networked AV Products will Support Ultra-HD

Integrators can be assured that their AV switching and distribution infrastructure will support tomorrow’s technology

Huntsville, Alabama (January 16, 2013) — SVSi, the industry’s leading provider of Networked AV solutions and pioneer in IP-based AV distribution solutions announced today that the technology used in its next generation of Networked Encoders and Decoders is capable of supporting Ultra-HD resolutions of 4K up to 120-Hz and 8K up to 60-Hz. SVSi’s integrators can now be assured that their Networked AV video switching and distribution infrastructure will be able to support tomorrow’s technology.

“I’m very excited to see this growth path in resolution and frame-rate since SVSi technology can readily accommodate Ultra-HD traffic on existing gigabit copper networks without having to wait for next generation 10-gig fiber or copper appliances,” said Andy Whitehead, President of SVSi. “SVSi’s Networked AV technology is capable of 8K at 60-Hz through a single gigabit drop, while Non-IP-based distribution solutions like HDBaseT require 10.2-Gbps to send 4K at 30-Hz.”

As Ultra High-Definition (also referred to as Super Hi-Vision) devices make their way into corporate and entertainment venues around the globe, SVSi is engineering its products to accommodate the anticipated demand for the latest adaptation of High Definition. This year’s Consumer Electronic Show proved that Ultra-HD is the next big step in HD mania with mega companies like Samsung, Sharp and Sony who are already showcasing their Ultra-HD innovations. Winning the category of “Best in HDTVs” was Sony’s 56-inch Ultra-HD OLED. Another momentous event for Ultra-HD was during the 2012 London Olympics where the games were broadcasted live from the BBC Radio Theatre, BBC Scotland and the National Media Museum in Bradford using NHK’s 8K Ultra HDTV.

From televisions to camcorders to cellphones to tablets, users can expect Ultra-HD to start making its way into retail stores in the beginning of 2013. As a leading manufacturer of AV distribution equipment, SVSi is making sure that its products provide the most advanced technological benefits for audio and video system designers and installers. Get more out of your AV installation with Networked AV from SVSi.

About SVSi – SVSi’s Networked AV product solutions deliver digital media distribution and matrix switching that simply works. Any combination of analog and digital sources connects easily to any number of outputs over the most reliable switching solution in the industry. Our easy to install, cost-effective products offer point-to-multipoint streaming of HD content over standard IT infrastructure. SVSi., based in Huntsville, Alabama, was founded in 2003, and has reinvented the way high-definition media is delivered to Government, Corporate, Education, Retail, Healthcare, Entertainment and Event Centers and Houses of Worship.

Get more out of your AV installation with Networked AV from SVSi. Distribution | Switching | Recording | Windowing | Wall Processing | Control

For more information, visit www.svsiav.com

If you would like additional information about this topic, or to schedule an interview please call Kevin Deasy at 256-461-7143

Pro Audio Technology ”Called-In” by HGTV’s Cousins on Call TV Show for Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom Remodel

Pro Audio Technology ”Called-In” by HGTV’s Cousins on Call TV Show for Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom Remodel

The HGTV show details a surprise total renovation of the Odom’s home screening room

Huntington Beach, CA – January 25, 2013 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, participated in the Prime Time HGTV show, Cousins on Call, which follows real-life cousins and best friends Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, as they transform outdated, dysfunctional homes to create dream living spaces.

In the episode, titled “Khloe and the Cousins Surprise Lamar”, Pro Audio Technology worked with Joseph Cali Systems Design of Santa Monica, CA to install a new state-of-the-art home cinema system. All new loudspeakers, subwoofers and power amplifiers with more than four-thousand-five-hundred watts of total power, were installed to create a no-holds-barred home theater surprise for the NBA star.

According to HGTV’s website:
“Khloe Kardashian Odom and Lamar Odom love their LA home. But they do have one room that they’ve never liked and rarely use. Plus it’s purple, the color of Lamar’s old team! So while Lamar is away on an NBA road trip, Khloe brings in the Cousins to transform unused space into a state-of-the-art theater. The couple wants a comfortable place to watch games or movies with their friends and family. So John and Anthony will design custom redwood accents to give the high-tech theater a warm and homey feel.”

“It was a real pleasure working with Anthony and John, the Cousins on Call crew and Joe Cali to create a home theater that meets the refined style demands of Khloe Kardashian Odom but that also achieves the visceral audio performance she knew Lamar would love,” said L. Paul Hales, Pro Audio Technology founder. “It took careful planning to get the right blend of aesthetics and performance, but there’s no doubt this theater will recreate the emotion and impact of movies, live sporting events, or whatever entertainment they’re enjoying.”

The episode, Khloe and the Cousins Surprise Lamar will air on HGTV at the following times:

Wednesday, January 23 – 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Wednesday, January 30 – 8:30 p.m. and 3:30 a.m.
Saturday, February 16 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20 – 5:30 p.m.

For more information about Pro Audio Technology products, visit www.proaudiotechnology.com

About Pro Audio Technology
Through thoughtful combination of consumer and professional engineering technologies, Pro Audio Technology designs and manufactures a complete range of high-power loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifiers for high-end residential installations. PRO products unite lively dynamics, high maximum output level, and rugged durability with the refined acoustic performance you’ve come to expect from contemporary home audio equipment. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology products are available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers. Pro Audio Technology is the brand name of Professional Home Cinema, LLC.

LIGHTNING-STRUCK MONASTERY BLESSED BY ASHLY AMPLIFIERS

ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA: Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Erie, Pennsylvania is the spiritual center of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and a nursing facility for elderly women. Its main chapel seats approximately one hundred individuals, and the sisters hold two well-attended services a day. Recently, the chapel was struck by lightning, which damaged all of the electronics in its sound reinforcement system beyond repair. The company that had installed that system, Fact AV Technologies of North East, Pennsylvania, quickly stepped in with a loaner system. In only a month’s time, Fact AV had designed and installed a new system based on Ashly ne Series amplifiers. All of the sisters and nursing home residents noticed the new system’s improved intelligibility and clarity.

“Almost all of the sisters can hear way better than I can,” laughed Eric Johnson, owner of Fact AV Technologies. “When we were commissioning the original system, they complained of a high-pitched hum. I couldn’t hear it, and only one of the three guys on my crew could hear it… barely. But they were right. I tracked down the problem and removed the hum.” In addition, everyone who attends services at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery regularly calibrates their ears to acoustic music. The services are frequently supported by woodwind ensembles, acoustic guitar, piano, bell choir, an a cappella choir, and myriad guest musicians.

Johnson duplicated the original system’s processing and user control, with a few minor updates. Ten wired and six wireless microphones, and a CD player provide input to a Lectrosonics processor. An AMX user-control system provides customized control of input selection and output volume. None of the building’s twelve-inch coaxial loudspeakers were damaged by the lightning strike. In contrast, Johnson took the amplification in a new direction in the new system. An eight-channel Ashly ne8250 powers the main speakers for the sanctuary. A two-channel Ashly ne800 powers the stage monitors, and a two-channel Ashly ne800.70 powers the 70-volt systems on the building’s first and second floors.

“Ashly’s feature set per cost is unsurpassed,” said Johnson. “Ashly offers a range of configurations that are very useful to me as I design optimal systems in different scenarios. Ashly amplifiers, and the ne Series in particular, are lightweight and compact. The units are always reliable. I’ve almost never had service issues, but when I have, Ashly’s support staff turns the repairs around right away or sends advance replacements. Either way, they take care of me.”

He continued, “In addition, they sound great. As you might imagine, the monastery is very quiet, and the amps are perfectly silent. And their fidelity is excellent.” Despite all of the similarities between the old system and the new system, the sisters and the nursing home residents have noticed an obviously discernable increase in the system’s intelligibility and clarity. “The new Ashly amplifiers have played a huge role in that improvement,” concluded Johnson.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

DANLEY SOUND LABS HIRES JONATHAN PARKER AS NATIONAL SALES MANAGER

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: Danley Sound Labs announces that it has hired pro audio manufacturing veteran Jonathan “JP” Parker to the role of National Sales Manager. Parker brings to the position over 25 years of sales and marketing experience working with industry powerhouses such as Bose, Crown, TOA, and Martin Audio. Although he will focus on the domestic market with Danley, Parker’s background provides him with a global perspective. Reporting to company president Mike Hedden, Parker will be responsible for growing domestic sales of Danley’s unique loudspeakers, subwoofers, and supporting processors and amplifiers.

“JP’s qualifications and industry experience perfectly position him to elevate Danley’s domestic sales at a time when our products are gaining critical momentum in multiple segments of the installed sound market,” said Hedden. “Beyond his obvious talents, JP is a great guy. As an active member of his church’s praise team – JP plays keyboards and bass and also runs the sound – he’s in touch with the end user’s needs.”

“Danley is one of the few pro audio companies that not only offers unique solutions to longstanding problems,” said Parker, “but also commits itself to providing an ethical and healthy environment for all of its employees. Danley has a great product and a great story to tell. I’m excited to be part of the team and to help spread the word!” Parker will focus the Danley sales team’s efforts where they can have the most impact, and he will support those efforts with effective sales and marketing tools.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

SYMETRIX INTRODUCES COST-EFFECTIVE AUDIO INPUT/OUTPUT EXPANSION DEVICES FOR USE WITH SYMNET EDGE AND RADIUS DANTE NETWORK AUDIO DSP

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 2013: Symetrix announces today the release of the cost-effective SymNet xIn 12 and xOut 12. These products increase a system’s analog input or output channel capacity resulting in a reduction in overall price per channel.

Designed exclusively for use with SymNet Edge and Radius DSP units, each of the twelve studio-grade analog inputs’ and each of the twelve studio-grade outputs, along with bus assignments, are configured using SymNet Composer open architecture software. The xIn 12 and xOut 12 set-up is logical and fast with no requirement to use third party software. There are no mechanical switches or circuit board jumpers to set. Systems are simpler, cost less, and have fewer potential points of failure.

Noted CEO, Paul Roberts, “Whether you are scaling up a SymNet Edge system, a SymNet Radius system, or one that combines the two, the xIn 12 and xOut 12 create larger systems with smaller price tags.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS REMEDY NEIGHBORHOOD NOISE COMPLAINTS AT ATLANTA’S 24/7 IHOP CHURCH

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 2013: IHOP Atlanta is a 24/7 church that spans the time between its frequent services with continuous prayer meetings, a fact that lends sincerity to its full name: International House of Prayer Atlanta. In the year that followed after its October 2004 founding, IHOP rapidly transitioned to the 24/7 cycle, and the prayer meeting that convened on February 12, 2006 is still going without interruption! However, noise complaints from neighbors, engendered primarily by the high-energy rock bands that play a few times a week, threatened the church’s M.O. To correct the problem, IHOP Atlanta hired Pensacola-based A/V integration firm Soundscapes. Now, Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, which have tremendous pattern control even at low frequencies, focus energy on the congregants and away from the walls. As a result, the “listen-to-leak” ratio is greatly improved, and the church is enjoying Danley’s clean, transparent sound as a bonus.

“Danley’s pattern control is the key to this installation,” said Langston Holland, owner and chief designer with Soundscapes. “I flew three rows of three Danley SH-100s. The patterns hit the sidewalls at about four feet, which puts church members in the coverage as they walk the aisles praying, but deflects excess energy down to the carpeted floor. Moreover, the coverage patterns from each row just kiss the patterns of the rows before or after, so you primarily hear sound from a single loudspeaker, no matter where you are.” To make that work, the first row is facing almost straight down, the last row is at 45 degrees, and the middle row is intermediate. Holland hung them as low as possible without threatening sight lines, thereby increasing perceived SPLs according to the inverse square law.

Because music is such an important component of IHOP Atlanta’s services and prayer meetings, Holland avoided “over-delaying” the middle and rear speakers, a trick that helps locate sounds to the stage via the precedence effect but that also tends to smear them out, which is most noticeable on staccato elements like rim shots. Instead, each row of Danley SH-100s is delayed per its actual distance from the stage. A Peavey Media Matrix delivers the processing, including a 95Hz crossover for the church’s existing subwoofer array. Three new QSC amplifiers join three existing QSC amplifiers to power the system.

To add excitement and dimension to their mixes, Holland installed the new Danley SH-100s with stereo output. But to avoid unintended consequences of operator error, he blended the center loudspeaker so that everybody gets at least some left and right coverage. “They’re grinning ear to ear,” he reported. “They’ve never actually heard their stereo effects before, and now they’re hearing delays ping back and forth and the subtle tails of reverbs. With the old system, their console was a total mess of radical EQ adjustments, but with the Danley speakers, everything is basically flat. The few minor adjustments are for aesthetics and impact, not to fix problems.”

The new Danley system also gives IHOP Atlanta more clean headroom than it had previously. “That was initially a problem,” Holland said. “It sounded so good that they didn’t realize they were pushing louder than ever!” He inserted some limiting to curb their exuberance. Measurements taken at the neighbor’s house before and after the new Danley system was installed demonstrate that everything above the subwoofers is completely fixed and there is no perceptible or measureable energy there. “The band runs 104dB SPL C-Slow for their Thursday night youth services, and it’s pristine in the auditorium,” said Holland. “Inside the neighbor’s house it measures 50dB SPL unweighted at about 60Hz for about four minutes before and after the preaching, which is the loudest portion of their set.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS
Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

SAN ANTONIO’S FAMOUS HILTON PALACIO DEL RIO SIMPLIFIES MEETING ROOM FUNCTIONALITY VIA SYMNET SOLUS 8 STANDALONE FIXED I/O DSP

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JANUARY 2013: With San Antonio’s gorgeous downtown River Walk just steps to the west, the city’s well-booked convention center across the street to the east, and the Alamo historic site a block away to the north, the Hilton Palacio del Rio is at the center of a fabulous Texas experience. It delivers the perfect mix of luxury, location, and event support and wins over first-time visitors, earning their repeat business. The hotel possesses over 27,000 square-feet of flexible meeting space split between the 4th floor and the 22nd floor. Recently, the hotel gutted those areas to modernize both their aesthetic and their functionality. Audio/video integrator Good Thunder Provisioning of Montgomery, Texas designed and installed the new system, centering it on four Symetrix SymNet Solus 8 open-architecture DSP units.

“The renovation of the 4th & 22nd floor Meeting Rooms & Ballrooms was undertaken on very fast track – you might call it a hyper track,” said Robert Slaughter, proprietor of Good Thunder Provisioning. “The start date for the demolition of the existing building interior & audio system was July 15, and the first use of the new system was September 27th.” The incredibly short timeframe required advanced planning on the part of everyone involved and tight coordination with the general contractor, the architect, the in-house audio/visual provider (Swank Audio Visual), and the hotel. Slaughter’s sound reinforcement design focused on reproducing high-quality, intelligible speech and engaging foreground music.

Importantly, he kept the interests of the in-house A/V provider in mind. “Too many times we see very high-end, super-technical systems installed in hotels that end up limiting the revenue of the in-house A/V provider,” said Slaughter. “That ultimately limits the commissions paid to the hotel.” The new system exceeds the standards of the International Association of Conference Centers.

With potentially dozens of subdivided rooms, the Hilton Palacio del Rio can take on serious overflow from the nearby conference center or can host sizable conferences or other events all on its own. Input plates in each divisible space provide an XLR input for line-level signals, a CAT6 connection that links to a projector and the rack locations, and HDMI & VGA for connection to a projector or wall-mounted LED monitors. Wireless microphone systems provide the principle audio input for conferences. House music, which is processed by an Aphex Aural Exciter, provides an additional input option. TOA DA-250DH multi-channel digital amplifiers power scores of TOA F-122CU2 full-range ceiling speakers.

Four Symetrix SymNet Solus 8 standalone fixed I/O DSP, each with eight inputs and eight outputs, handle all of the input conditioning, routing logic, and loudspeaker conditioning for the system. As one might imagine, the routing is complex, with numerous zones adding or subtracting speakers in different locations. “Our staff has had a very long and positive history with Symetrix, starting with the Express Cobra series,” said Slaughter. “The Solus is a great product. It’s flexible, easy to program, and great sounding. Adding the Symetrix ARC-2e and the Axiomtek Touch Panel for user control makes the choice of Symetrix a no-brainier. Cost was also a factor, and by using these products we were able to come out better than we had budgeted.”

The user control is made available in two layers. First, twenty Symetrix ARC-2e remote wall panels allow for the line level control of each room section, music level control of each room section, and selection of optional high-pass filtering for improved voice intelligibility. Second, a pair of Axiomtek GOT-5100T-830 touch panels at each rack location duplicate those controls and add room combining, auxiliary input/output routing, and selection of additional music sources. Lighting control will be included in the near future. “The Symetrix ARCs offer a wide range of control features and functions that are flexible and easy to install,” said Slaughter. “They are an excellent choice. Axiomtek Touch Panels are rugged and always work right out of the box. Their reputation is great.”

Once Hotel management heard and controlled the new system, they asked Good Thunder Provisioning to provide new sound reinforcement systems for the hotel’s restaurant and bar areas in the near term and for the lobby next year. The new restaurant/bar system will use a single Symetrix SymNet Solus 8 DSP to deliver two zones with multiple music, cable TV, and iPod inputs. Four Symetrix ARC-2e remote wall panels provide source selection and level control for both zones. Slaughter will use the same TOA loudspeakers and amplifiers to maintain consistency.

Robert Slaughter is the senior project manager for Hairel Enterprises in Conroe, Texas and owns Good Thunder Provisioning.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

HIGH-FIDELITY RECORD LABEL, SONO LUMINUS, GARNERS SEVEN GRAMMY NOMINATIONS – ALL RECORDED AND MIXED WITH METRIC HALO’S ULN-8

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: Sono Luminus, a Virginia-based record label dedicated to ultra-high-fidelity recordings of acoustic, classical, and early music, recently earned seven Grammy nominations. The Los Angeles Percussion Quartet’s R?pa-khandha is nominated for “Best Surround Sound Album” and Modern Mandolin Quartet’s Americana is nominated for “Best Engineered Classical Album.” R?pa-khandha and Americana were both engineered by Sono Luminus’ Managing Director and Head Engineer, Daniel Shores. The label’s in-house producer Dan Merceruio is nominated for “Classical Producer of the Year.” Jory Vinikour’s The Complete Harpsichord Works of Rameau is contending for “Best Classical Instrumental Solo.” Finally, Americana, R?pa-khandha, and ZOFO Duet’s Mind Meld: Works for One Piano, Four Hands are all nominated for “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble.” All the work represented by these seven nominations was recorded and mixed using the ULN-8, Metric Halo’s flagship eight-channel combination preamp, converter, and DSP.

“We bring a very minimal philosophy to our recording process,” explained Shores. “While some engineers build fabulous recordings using a lot of excellent gear – much like a painter creates with a palette of vibrant colors, I prefer to track everything in a nearly complete form on the front end. I work hard to get the right setting and the correct microphone placement – much as a photographer sets the scene and gets the right lighting to faithfully capture a moment in time.”

Shores first heard the Metric Halo ULN-8 when a friend was serving as a ULN-8 beta-tester. “I immediately noticed a transparency that’s lacking in other preamps and converters,” he said. “What goes in is what comes out – without any color or degradation. Often, we record very fine instruments played by master musicians in gorgeous acoustical spaces. I don’t want to hear the microphones or the preamp or the converters in the recording. I want to hear what my ears heard when I was standing next to the microphones. The Metric Halo ULN-8 has that level of clarity and transparency.”

Shores typically uses some combination of Schoeps and DPA microphones at the front end of a Metric Halo ULN-8. Sono Luminus’ recording room, mixing room, and mastering room all possess dedicated ULN-8s, and Shores travels with an additional pair for remote recordings. He typically records to Pro Tools HD at 24-bit, 192kHz and mixes using Pro Tools and Metric Halo’s MIO Console. He also uses Metric Halo’s +DSP resources judiciously. “We sometimes have to record in rooms with slight acoustical oddities,” he said. “I’ve found that Metric Halo’s preamp modeling software, Character, can often compensate on the back end to restore the recording.” Continuing Shores’ photography analogy, the Character effectively corrects for imperfect “lighting” at the time of recording, much like a darkroom adjustment.

Ironically, Americana, R?pa-khandha, and Mind Meld: Works for One Piano, Four Hands were all recorded within six days of each other at a remote session at Skywalker Studios. The marathon engagement flip-flopped between night and day shifts, with each group coming in for a few days. Shores, of course, worked from beginning to end, and if seven Grammy nominations is any indication, somehow managed to keep his focus throughout!

Tune in to the 55th Grammy Awards ceremony, which will take place on February 10, 2013, to see the results.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

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