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Broadcast Pix Teams with EZNews to Provide Affordable News Automation Systems

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced a partnership with Automated Data Systems to offer integrated news automation systems designed for the growing number of micro stations, Web broadcasters, universities, and others that need a professional but affordable system for news production. Priced from under $15,000 and available now, the systems include the award-winning Broadcast Pix Flint™ live production and streaming system, new EZNews LT news production software from Automated Data Systems, and exclusive interface software that enables EZNews titles to automatically flow into the Flint’s built-in CG. Integration for larger Broadcast Pix models and more robust EZNews systems was also announced.

The new system is a fraction of the cost of a traditional news control room and can be run by a small crew or even a single person. Flint includes a production switcher, clip server, Harris Inscriber CG, macros, customizable multi-view, robotic camera control, and a choice of control surfaces. It can incorporate content from cloud-based sources – such as Twitter, Skype, RSS feeds, Skype, and Dropbox – and output six broadcast formats while streaming and recording. EZNews LT software provides highly integrated scripting, show building/rundowns, timing, prompting, and real-time, on-air show control. The interface software allows a reporter or producer to enter CG content while scripting, then, with a one-click upload, automatically play out titles and graphics on the Flint CG.

“Our partnership with EZNews really grew from the successful deployment of our products by stations that needed affordable automated news production systems,” said Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO. “Today’s new package is perfect for colleges, companies, Web broadcasters, micro stations, or any organization that wants the polished look and operation of a live news show without the big price tag.”

“Broadcast Pix is a great integrated platform for EZNews,” added Bill Sacia, president, Automated Data Products. “EZNews LT adds the proven application for planning and creating highly professional live news content.”

EZNews LT is available in single user, three-user, and six-user configurations, as well as larger versions. The Flint system supports up to six cameras, but other Broadcast Pix systems that handle up to 22 cameras can also be paired with EZNews LT. All models are available now in North America.

About Automated Data Systems ADS is dedicated to providing the producers of TV (Web, Merged Media, too) News, Public Affairs, and similarly structured Programming with state-of-the-art solutions for the preparation, creation, production, and airing of these Shows in an efficient, affordable, and, yes, easy manner. ADS Founders and staff bring a wide range of experience, with extensive backgrounds in journalism, broadcast management, computer system sales and support, and software development. ADS is a Wisconsin Corporation, with business offices, programming and technical support facilities located in historic La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA. Find out more at www.autodatasys.com.

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its systems combine an integrated switcher, clip server and CG. They ingest cameras, files and cloud-based content, and create compelling video with patented production control surfaces and software. The product line ranges from compact systems controlled by touch-screen, iPad or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading streaming, broadcast, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Flint, Mica, Granite and Fluent are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN MESQUITE, TX

— 246th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (May 7, 2013) – On the evening of Thursday, May 2, 2013, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Mesquite, Texas, located at 2021 N. Town East Blvd. Suite 400, Mesquite, TX 75150. The Mesquite store (Guitar Center’s 246th retail location) is part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows the brand to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

Mesquite Store Manager Justin Alverson stated, “I’m so proud and excited to continue on this path of helping people make music with Guitar Center in Mesquite. As musicians ourselves, myself and the Mesquite staff are truly looking forward to expanding and inspiring the local music community here.” A lifelong musician and Texan, Alverson has been with Guitar Center since 2005 and currently plays in the local band Circus Bear Trickery. Alverson is also Guitar Center expert-certified in Pro Audio recording, Keyboards, Accessories, Drums and Guitars.

Guitar Center Mesquite Assistant Manager Kallie Key added, “It has been an incredible experience opening the new Mesquite store. At Guitar Center my passion for music is shared amongst our staff and our customers, and it’s a great feeling to be able to help seasoned artists, as well as providing extensive product knowledge and guidance for those just starting out.”

Guitar Center Mesquite: What Musicians Will Find In-Store

Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the Mesquite music scene, Guitar Center Mesquite also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving Mesquite residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools and Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Mesquite brings an unprecedented selection of products to Mesquite, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Mesquite includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Mesquite: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Mesquite customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Mesquite will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Mesquite store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Mesquite residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Mesquite Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Thurs: 11 AM-8 PM
Fri-Sat: 10 AM-8 PM
Sun: 12 PM-6 PM

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Genelec Helps Take Kenneth Copeland Ministries On the Road in Hi-Def

— New remote production truck is equipped with a 5.1 surround array of Genelec 8130A Digtal Monitors and a SE7261A subwoofer to match the Genelec monitoring in place at the ministries’ own post-production facility —

NATICK, MA, May 6, 2013 — Kenneth Copeland Ministries recently rolled out its first high-definition remote production truck, fitted with a 5.1 surround sound monitoring array from Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring. The system consists of 8130A Digital Monitors and an SE7261A Active DSP subwoofer, part of the Genelec GLM.SE™ system with AutoCal™ Self-Calibration System, which is used to optimize the monitoring array in the truck’s audio area. The new remote production vehicle travels to ministry events, recording the messages for broadcast, streaming and post-production media such as DVDs and MP3 downloads.

The Genelec monitors aboard the new truck also serve to create a seamless and consistent monitoring environment in conjunction with the ministries’ Audio Production Suite, designed by the Russ Berger Design Group and located on the Ministries’ 1,200-acre campus in Ft. Worth, Texas. There, three Genelec 1037C Tri-amplified Monitors form the L-C-R array, supported by four Genelec 1032A Active 2-way audio monitors for the surrounds. (These are used in two pairs; one set is aimed at the audio operator and the other at the producer/client seating.) The post facility also utilizes a Genelec 7073A Active Subwoofer. The truck is also used as a control room when the Copelands record broadcasts at the ministries’ television studio on the campus; the vehicle is housed in a neighboring truck bay that is connected via fiber to the facility.

“We now have complete consistency of monitoring throughout our production chain, from remote truck to home base,” observes Ralph Robb, Senior Audio Engineer at Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Robb says the Genelec 8130A’s offer him a monitoring experience that is superior to other monitors. “The Genelecs are a professional tool that are excellent for letting me hear the nuances in the sound,” he says. “This is all about the voice, the spoken word, the message, and my ability to separate it from any distracting sound or noise around it. When Mr. and Mrs. Copeland speak in a large arena or hall, the PA system is going to get into the recording. We use lavaliere microphones, but they are omnidirectional – they give us a smoother overall response, but they also pick up more sound from the room. I need to be able to carve the frequencies we don’t want out of the recording, and the Genelecs are better at that than any other speaker.”

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Helps Seal LCGC’s Place in Guinness Book of Records

Raphael Williams with the Soundcraft Vi6 console.

LONDON, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Soundcraft helped The London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) into the Guinness Book of Records last weekend when experienced sound engineers Raphael Williams and monitor engineer Nikoma Bell specified 96- and 64-channel Soundcraft Vi6 consoles respectively to mix the largest gospel choir ever assembled on a stage.

The event was to celebrate LCGC’s 30th anniversary—with a 3-day series of performance and workshops at London’s South Bank over the Bank Holiday weekend. The highlight was the concert at the Royal Festival Hall on the Sunday, and since this was being multi-tracked for a live album and DVD, recording engineer Simon Changer also had a third, remote 96-channel Vi6, isolated in the back control room.

In order to beat the previous record of 1,138 voices singing together in concert conditions, LCGC invited 30 other gospel choirs from across Europe to participate, so that the front tier stalls of the hall also became a performance area for the extended choir (leaving the audience to occupy the balcony/under-balcony seats and upper tiers). The show included X Factor runner-up Jahmene Douglas and Magic FM DJ Angie Greaves — and the existing record was broken thanks to an ensemble of 1169 vocalists performing simultaneously.

All the sound equipment was provided by Richard Nowell Sound Systems (RNSS), who have also installed a series of Soundcraft Vi series digital desks into the South Bank venues. The choice by Williams and Bell to use the Vi6’s was a no-brainer as both are staunch devotees of the platform, and have previously used this winning combination on tour with TinieTempah.

“In fact it was Nikoma who first introduced me to the Vi6,” exclaimed the FOH engineer. “Since then I’ve become a Soundcraft man through and through.”

With a strong background in church music, he had been contacted by the Choir “because they knew I had an understanding of their requirements.” He started out with a minor role back in 2010 before choir principle, Rev Bazil Meade, earmarked him for the lead role for this project.

While the choir itself, directed by Becky Thomas, features 50 singers, the prospect of micing up nearly 1200 vocalists created a number of logistical pressures as he set about providing a large inventory of industry standard close and ambient/overhead mics from the RNSS inventory.

Raphael, who also acted as overall technical adviser, explained the challenge he faced in compacting his line inputs. “First of all I put together a complete list of what could happen in a perfect world; we started at 150ch consisting of band, acoustic section and vocals, with 40 direct mics, and a further 48 dotted around the hall. But closer to the time I reined it in and made it more realistic in keeping with the 96ch desk count, with nine direct mics for the main members of the choir and 12 large diaphragm mics for the remainder. These are dotted around the stage for the choir to look more artistic.”

He ended up filling his Vi6 to capacity with 30 band and 21 LCGC mics, plus four radio and 24 mics for the extended choir, eight ambient mics within the room and some playback tracks from the hard disc recorder.

“What I like about the Vi series is ultimately the sound, which is clear, crisp and clean. The gain structure allows you enough headroom, in a sense the more you put in the more it gives out.”

“I also like the usability — it’s very easy to move around on and because of the Vistonics [interface] each screen is independent and so you can do two things at once — it makes things flexible.”

With the channel count that was required to handle the recording workflow of 96ch to a MADI device, he had to think carefully about his card configuration. “To get all 96 ins and 96 outs I had to swop some of the cards to get more MADI outs,” he explained.

Raphael’s solution was to design a 4-card MADI card configuration based on 64ch In, 32ch Out (Card 1); 32ch In, 0ch Out (Card 2); 64ch In, 64ch Out (Card 3); 24ch In, 32ch Out (Card 4).

This provided 184ch In workflow (but only 96ch active at any one time), and 128ch Out workflow (but only 96ch active at any one time).

However, after considering his dilemma, Raphael acknowledged with a smile, “Nikoma probably had it tougher than me, mixing monitors down at the stage.”

The monitor engineer himself commented, “The Vi6 is always my desk of choice; there are other great desks out there but I can configure and use the Vi with my eyes closed, often getting 80% of the mix sorted via the offline software before even switching the desk on. It sounds amazing too!

“The ability to configure the show offline really helped on this occasion due to the channel count. I was using every input and output, seeing 64 lines from stage then 12 return lines from FOH, as well as my effect returns and local inputs. But as I could configure the console on the train to rehearsals it saved a lot of time, allowing the band to get on with what they needed to do.”

The final word came from Musical Director/Production Manager, Ayo Oyerinde. “The Soundcraft Vi6 was the central hub that enabled us to break the world record for the largest choir ever. From FOH, monitors to multi-track recording, the Vi6 took care of it all with the highest quality sound.”

The event was promoted by LCGC with MVLS Music.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Philips Commercial Signage Appoints Stampede A North American Distributor

Stampede Presentation Products Inc. today announced it has been appointed to serve as a North American distributor of the entire Philips Commercial Signage product line through MMD, the exclusive licensee for Philips Commercial Signage and Philips Monitors. The appointment was announced by Craig Rathbun, Sales and Marketing Director for MMD, and Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly.

“Our knowledge of the ProAV industry, along with our network of over 11,000 dealers, uniquely qualifies us to distribute the Philips commercial product line to the North American digital signage market,” Kelly said today. “Philips provides a digital signage solution for every imaginable commercial market, including hospitality, healthcare and education. We look forward to introducing the Philips line to all of our ProAV dealers.”

Stampede will offer a variety of Philips Commercial Signage product solutions including 32-inch through 65-inch LCD, LED, and zero bezel commercial-grade displays as well as accessories to satisfy every customer requirement and budget.

According to Craig Rathbun, “Stampede’s expertise and demonstrated success in selling digital signage solutions to the commercial market makes us certain that this will be a long and successful partnership. We’re very excited to work with Stampede as we continue to expand our reach into the North American market.”

Stampede will feature Philips Commercial Signage Products in Booth #3559 at INFOCOMM 2013, taking place June 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center.

About MMD
MMD is a subsidiary of TPV Technology Limited and is the exclusive licensee for Philips Commercial Signage and Philips Monitors worldwide. By combining the Philips brand promise with TPV’s manufacturing expertise in displays, MMD uses a fast and focused approach to bringing innovative products to market. MMD operates internationally with its North American headquarters in Atlanta. Through its network of local sales agents MMD works with several IT distributors and resellers. The company’s design and development centers are located in Taiwan and Amsterdam.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” a 1000-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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TiO Brings Sophisticated Simplicity to Home Automation

New Android-based home automation solution from ACTP will focus first and foremost on user moods and experiences

ORLANDO, Fla. – May 6, 2013 – Automation Control Technology Partners, Inc. (ACTP) is proud to announce the launch of its new home automation brand, TiO (Turn it On). TiO is an entirely new approach to home automation, one driven by an “outside in” philosophy that focuses on the customer experience. TiO home automation solutions will provide professional integrators with an easy-to-install, elegant home automation solution that offers powerful features, maximum flexibility and a new pricing model that will allow home automation to reach a broad base of consumers.

“TiO is driven by our vision to provide homeowners with an experience that seamlessly captures their mood and provides them with comfort and peace of mind,” said Mike Anderson, president and CEO of ACTP. “TiO is unlike any other home automation system because it truly allows the customer to control how the system interacts with their daily life. We’ve designed the TiO system to be simple and intuitive enough for the consumer to perfectly match their moods and create satisfying and powerful experiences in their home. We want to deliver a solution that adapts to the customer instead of asking the customer to adapt to the system.”

TiO’s “outside in” philosophy will drive the company’s team of experts to effectively bring to market home automation solutions that perfectly and effortlessly match the mood of a homeowner and offer relaxing and comforting experiences in the home.

Among those in charge of bringing those solutions to life is an impressive collection of product development, engineering, sales, and marketing experts, including:

Mike Anderson, President and CEO
Anderson boasts over three decades of experience in the consumer electronics and custom integration industries. His background includes ownership of several highly successful integration firms as well as senior management leadership roles with high profile brands like JVC, Niles Audio and Russound. Anderson offers a unique perspective that is informed by his broad expertise in a variety of fields including engineering, business administration, sales, product development and marketing. As the leader of the talented ACTP team, Anderson’s goal is to provide innovative automation solutions that provide comfort, pleasure and peace of mind to ACTP’s customers.

Matt Curtin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Curtin’s began his career with Tweeter Etc. as a salesperson and subsequently Mobile Electronic Manager and Operations Manager. He joined Russound in 2005 and held positions in technical support, training and dealer support. In 2009, he was named Director of Sales Operations and led the dealer support, training and inside sales teams. After a successful 8-year career with Russound, he joined Automated Control Technology Partners in July 2012. With the help of his dedicated team, Curtin’s goal is make TiO the most customer-driven company in the home integration business. He wants TiO to be the integrator’s best friend and most reliable partner.

Bert Culpepper, Director of Software Development
Culpepper brings an impressive background in software engineering to the ACTP team. He has worked in a number of different engineering and software development roles with companies such as Scientific Research Corporation, L-3 Communications and Mitsubishi Electric. Culpepper’s goal is to develop bulletproof solutions that turn complex technologies into simple and elegant customer solutions.

Kyle Anderson, Director of Operations
Anderson will utilize his talents in purchasing, logistics, manufacturing and quality control processes in his role as the Director of Operations for ACTP. Having previously served in management roles at Envirotech Integration Systems, a Dallas-based integration firm, and Best Buy, he has a deep understanding of the needs in the custom installation channel and consumer demands. Anderson’s goal is to ensure that TiO products are delivered on time with zero defects.

David Fonseca, Creative Marketing Director
Fonseca is a talented and award-winning brand development expert. As the previous Creative Director of Niles Audio and owner of FYI Studio, he has a unique combination of insight into creating brands from the ground up and experience within the custom and consumer electronics industry. Fonseca is a key member of the marketing and product development teams as he is responsible for all aspects of TiO’s branding, interface design and messaging.

Mike Matson, Controller
Matson oversees the day-to-day financial operations for ACTP and its brands. He boasts an impressive resume with over two decades of experience as a controller, finance manager and CPA ranging in roles that include serving as the VP of Finance of IDS Sports, Regional Controller for AmerisourceBergen and Accounting Manager at Conn’s Home Plus. Matson is not your average “bean counter” and his goal is to provide the best support possible to TiO’s valued dealers and partners.

Timothy Dunigan, Training Manager
Dunigan brings significant experience in the consumer electronics and IT industries. His CE career began as a technical specialist for a Florida-based custom audio/video company. He joined Russound in 2007 as a product trainer and later became International Sales Manager. His expertise includes classroom instruction, curriculum development and online training development. Dunigan’s goal is to make TiO the easiest home automation solution to learn and master. He will use his passion for training and education to help every TiO dealer do their job as efficiently and successfully as possible.

Cody Kasten, Technical Support Manager
Kasten has outstanding technical knowledge, passion, and dedication which he brings to the technical support team everyday. During his 15 years in the industry, Katsen has held a variety of roles including Technician, Lead Integrator and Field Manager of several successful integration companies. Kasten owned and operated his own firm, Wire Pro Communications, from 2003 to 2009. His consummate professionalism and dedication to the customer make him TiO’s most valuable player.

“We feel great about the talent we have been able to bring onboard,” said Anderson. “We have a great blend of industry veterans and some newcomers who have really challenged our thinking. This diverse group has been able to come together quickly and we have really pushed the envelope of the product development process. It has been a great few months and we look forward to sharing more about the TiO product line in the coming weeks. I think integrators and consumers are going to love our approach.”

TiO systems will run on Android-enabled devices, allowing users to better utilize the world’s most popular mobile platform. Promising to stand as one of the easiest home automation systems to set up, each system will be easily configured by a professional integrator via the convenience of an Android tablet.

In addition to ease of setup, TiO systems will also offer professional integrators the luxury of specifying systems based on a nearly flat system pricing structure—a benefit that sets it apart from other home automation systems. Integrators can easily scale and upgrade systems, adding any combination of elements, to meet their customer’s needs.

TiO will unveil its initial product offering in June 2013 and will demonstrate product for the first time at InfoComm 2013, June 12-14 in Orlando. The product is expected to ship by July 1.

For more information on TiO and to sign up to be among the first to receive information on the upcoming product launch, visit http://www.tiohome.com. Integrators and consumers can also follow TiO on social media at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/TiO/554597937908465
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tiohome
Google+: http://www.gplus.to/tiohome

About Automation Control Technology Partners, Inc.
Automation Control Technology Partners, Inc., recently located in Orlando, Florida, provides a wide range of building automation solutions for distributed digital entertainment and automated control of lighting, climate, security and other systems. ACTP is the parent company for several building automation and control brands. The company was founded upon the guiding principle of bringing to market brands that redefine building automation and deliver innovative solutions built with the end-user experience at the forefront of all activities. For more information on ACTP, visit http://www.actpglobal.com.

About TiO
TiO is a brand committed to providing “Sophisticated Simplicity” through a unique approach to control and home automation. TiO was founded with the mission to advance the home automation industry by utilizing outside-in philosophy that focuses on end-user experiences as the foundation for all product development. TiO strives to bring to market products that empower the end-user through the company’s mobile-driven approach to the home automation experience; one that truly adapts to the end-user’s lifestyle. TiO products are sold exclusively through authorized dealers and are designed specifically to enable professional installers the flexibility to easily specify and scale systems to accommodate the unique needs and demands of a variety residential and commercial applications. Visit http://www.tiohome.com.

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DPA Microphones Spends A Night At The Opera

The sound team at the Parco Della Musica Auditorium in Rome recently turned to DPA Microphones’ Reference Standard 4017 Shotgun Microphones to record the audio for a specially commissioned double DVD of two operas that were being performed as part of the Santa Cecilia Opera Studio, a master programme devoted to Bel Canto.

With high quality audio a prerequisite – and with strict instructions from the director that no microphones were to be seen anywhere in the video footage – sound engineer Giacomo De Caterini was initially struggling to work out how he could comply with the director’s brief.

“The director wanted to avoid any microphones that could be visible because he was determined to maintain strict focus on the performers,” De Caterini explains. “Due to bad experiences in the past, especially on video productions where close-up shots revealed poorly concealed microphones dangling from the singers’ wigs, he was very keen not to have any microphones on the singers’ heads. This ruled out the use of miniature microphones such as the DPA 4061s, which we had initially been considering.”

To add to De Caterini’s difficulties, some of the backgrounds were being video projected, which meant that microphones hanging from the ceiling were also out of the question.

“I was quite worried as the only option left was to use shotgun microphones positioned on the edge of the proscenium,” De Caterini says. “I realized this would only be OK if we had a sufficient quantity and if they were strategically placed to capture the audio properly.”

Luckily, Salvatore Zocco, product manager at DPA’s Italian distributor M. Casale Bauer, was able to come up with a solution. He gave Giacomo De Caterini some DPA Reference Standard 4017 Shotgun Microphones and suggested he tried them out as an option.

“Although I expected the high quality sound and trustworthiness that invariably comes with DPA microphones, what I did not expect was the ability of these microphones to deliver a sound unlike any other shotgun I have ever tried,” De Caterini explains. “They were much more akin to a pair of traditional cardioids, and with the amazing ability to behave more like ‘wide cannons’ than strict shotguns. In other words, instead of the typically coloured audio that becomes almost unusable as soon as the pickup is slightly off-axis, these microphones delivered great audio that required minimal tweaks and remained readable and clean even when picking up vocalists who were right as the back of the stage. Thanks to their new, dedicated preamps, they also delivered lower noise than any other shotgun microphone I have tried. Ultimately, what set them apart was something you certainly don’t expect from shotguns: sheer musicality.”

The two operas being recorded for this DVD project were Ravel’s “L’Heure Espagnole” and Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”. Both were performed in the Petrassi Hall, which has roughly 700 seats and is the smallest of the three halls that form the Parco Della Musica Auditorium complex. The double DVD production was co-produced by the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Infocamere, the IT company for the Italian Chamber of Commerce, and distributed as a special gift to major Chambers of Commerce clients.

After completing the recordings for the DVDs, Giacomo De Caterini was so impressed with the performance of the DPA 4017 Shotgun Microphones that he refused to return them to M. Casale Bauer.

“They were definitely a keeper,” he says, “and they have now joined the Auditorium’s stock of DPAs. I’ve used a lot of DPA in the past – and B&K before them. I love all the classics like the 4006, 4015, 4011 etc., and I also use the DPA miniature microphones for live work, especially the brilliant d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and the compact cardioid 4021 microphones, which I consider to be the most treasured tools of my trade.”

Recently, De Caterini had the opportunity to use a pair of DPA 4041s (running at 130V with the dedicated preamp) and was completely blown away by their performance.

“They combine the best features of DPA’s classic omnis with the low/mid ability that has previously been the trademark of DPA’s competitors. Using them for the first time provided me with a rare moment of illumination – not to mention an almost irrepressible urge to reach for my wallet!”

Since completing the opera DVD project, Giacomo De Caterini has been working on a number of other high profile recordings including engineering and post-producing a CD of Verdi’s music for EMI Classics, which features the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia with Sir Antonio Pappano.

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

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Vista Systems’ Spyder Integrated with Mitsubishi Diamond Vision at Philips Arena in Atlanta

It’s not every day that a Spyder is welcome in Atlanta’s Philips Arena. But Vista Systems’ Spyder X20 is now at home feeding twin Mitsubishi Diamond Vision systems in the multi-purpose facility.

Philips Arena opened in 1999 and hosts the NBA Atlanta Hawks and WNBA Atlanta Dream. It’s also among the busiest arenas in the world for concerts. The Mitsubishi Diamond Vision systems, which measure 100 feet long and 12 feet high, are mounted at each end of the arena and display statistics, replays, video footage, graphics and advertising.

“We chose Spyder for its flexibility and functionality compared to other options on the market,” says David Corathers, engineering manager for Mitsubishi Diamond Vision who helmed the integration. “Spyder provides the most flexibility for inputs – video sources, HD-SDI, DVI, keys, without degradation of the video images into our advanced proprietary LED processors. That allows our customer to produce very complicated shows. A lot of different sources of information can be aggregated to one place along with advertising.”

Spyder was installed for the current NBA season and it has been “working great,” according to Corathers. “Our customer really likes the flexibility, and it’s very cost effective. I’ve been impressed with the product and the people at Vista.”

He notes that, “We’re just starting to scratch the surface of what Spyder can do and are in the process of integrating Spyder more deeply into our system. At the Philips Arena, Spyder allows our customer to drive and manage material and customize a unique visual palette.”

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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