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HARMAN’s Studer Offers Free Online Vista 1 Tutorial Classes

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Studer has produced a series of tutorial videos for its latest compact Vista 1 broadcast production console, which are freely available to view online on the company’s website and YouTube page.

The 22 short videos cover topics such as laying out the configurable control surface, patching channels, assigning busses, dealing with mix-minus feeds, using Vistonics™, creating and using snapshots and an overview of the console’s special features.

The sections are short and easy to digest and are useful for anyone wanting to know more about the Vista 1, or operators who have recently acquired a desk and wish to learn more.

View the videos on the Studer website at http://www.studer.ch/support/videos.aspx, or on YouTube.

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.

Bexel Expands 4K and HD Camera Solutions

Company to Showcase New Offerings and Equipment Sales at Cine Gear Expo

Bexel Cine Gear Expo Booth # 98C

(BURBANK, CA) – Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has expanded its selection of camera solutions with the purchase of four Sony F55 cameras, a compatible selection of PL-mount Fujinon Cabrio Lenses, as well as 10 Canon EOS C300 cameras. The new camera packages will be on display at Cine Gear Expo (Booth #98C), which runs May 31 through June 1 in Los Angeles.

“The investment in these acquisition formats expands the broad base of Bexel’s available camera packages, and ramps up our turnkey solutions featuring leading products from the chief manufacturers in the industry,” says Bexel CTO Tom Dickinson. “We have been following the market quite closely, as we always do at Bexel, and know that this is the right time to jump into an extended offering that includes a series of PL-mount cameras.”

The Sony F55 cameras will play a crucial role in Bexel’s new 4K solutions, and their capabilities for providing camera packages that augment any major sporting event or live production, while also providing clients with an outstanding HD source for various broadcast television projects and other high-end programs. Bexel will offer a full suite of accessories with the camera, including the AXS-R5 RAW recorder, which enables incredibly precise 16-bit linear RAW in both 2K and 4K.

To complement their new Sony F55 cameras, Bexel has acquired eight Fujinon PL 19-90mm Cabrio lenses (ZK4.7×19) and PL 85-300mm Cabrio lenses (ZK3.5×85). These premier PL-mount lenses provide a film-like look, and are easily scalable to enable full 4K production.
The Cabrio lenses feature a detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as a standard PL lens or an ENG-style lens. Bexel anticipates that the ability to extract sharp, crisp, high-resolution 4K images from a zoom will be especially desirable for live sports broadcasts.

The Canon EOS C300 with the EF-mount provides users with the ability to give a project a variety of looks, as it delivers an effective and cost efficient cinema-style look that is ideal for reality programming, field acquisition, and the enhancing of high-end video production. The Canon’s Super 35mm CMOS Sensor, DIGIC DV III Image Processor and XF Codec augment reality show productions at a very cost effective price point.

Dickinson adds, “We’re very pleased to be expanding the range of our camera lines. The Sony F55 is going to give our clients great shots that look like film, and the ability to be more creative. And on the 4K side of the spectrum, particularly when paired with the Fujinon PL Cabrio lenses, the F55 provides a larger image for 4K production. We also have a whole range of customers who will benefit from the flexibility and affordability the EF-mount Canon EOS C300s offer in augmenting a variety of video productions.”

Also at Cine Gear, Bexel’s Technical Sales & Solutions division (Bexel TSS) will be promoting its portfolio of new and pre-owned gear. Bexel TSS is the leading dealer of professional broadcast equipment sales, boasting a multi-million dollar standing inventory of the latest audio, video and fiber equipment. Bexel TSS recently became a premier reseller of DiGiCo’s broadcast digital audio consoles, and will showcasing the DiGiCo SD 11 at the booth. The company is planning a summer sale at its Burbank headquarters on June 7. Expo attendees can preview a selection of gear that will be available for purchase, as well as inquire about other equipment sales and rental needs.

“Having everything under one roof makes Bexel the go-to resource for rentals and sales,” notes Joyce Bente, director of sales for Bexel TSS. “We are thrilled to be able to provide more resources to our customers, including increased support and the ability to leverage all our products to meet their demands.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit www.bexel.com, and follow Bexel on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BexelBroadcast) and Twitter (@Bexel).

About the Vitec Group
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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Atlantic City’s New Revel Hotel Is Outfitted With Massive HARMAN Audio System Featuring BSS Processing, Crown Amplifiers and JBL Loudspeakers

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – The new Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City has raised the stakes for the area’s luxury hotels—it’s the tallest structure in the city and boasts a 150,000-square-foot casino, 13 restaurants, four nightclubs, 1,900 hotel rooms—and approximately 125 audio/video systems all installed within a 335-day project schedule throughout a sprawling 44-story facility, highlighted by HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers, along with BSS processing and Crown amplifiers.

“Our firm has successfully accomplished many large-scale projects but this one may be, by far, our largest project to date,” said Tom Knauss, Owner of KMK Technologies, LLC, an Independent Technical Service Provider with offices in south New Jersey and Chappaqua, New York. KMK worked closely with Revel’s prime AV contractor and HARMAN dealer for the project, Total Video Products. TVP is a Top 50 AV Systems Integrator located in Mickleton, New Jersey. Cerami & Associates of New York served as the systems design firm and overall technology consultant to the project architect and Revel ownership. “The project scope included a 25-room technology-rich conference center, approximately 28 meeting rooms, four nightclubs, multiple swimming pools and spas, 13 first-class restaurant venues, high-end hotel suites, an extensive broadcast tie-line system, facility-wide signage systems and background music systems throughout the massive resort property,” Knauss said.

The extensive scope of work was designed and implemented as four major subsystems. Back of House systems include employee dining rooms, conference rooms, meeting rooms, an employee training center and a variety of employee support facilities providing presentation, audio conference, video conference and public address system capabilities. The Front of House systems encompassed the hotel lobbies, indoor pools, outdoor pools, a Sky Garden with magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, world-class spa facilities, an upscale shopping mall and other public spaces spread across several floors. Within the hotel tower and high roller suites, designed by Cerami & Associates, KMK and Total Video outfitted two 44th floor Presidential Suites with state-of-the-art entertainment systems.

KMK and Total Video also integrated audio/video systems for the variety of restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment venues throughout the property. Cerami & Associates was given design criteria to ensure commonality in the A/V systems between these different locations, to guarantee easy maintenance from space to space and similar operational subsets within the hotel. “The backbone of each system was the same—including the front of house and back of house, pools areas, roof deck and sky garden,” said Bruce Manning, CTS, Associate Principal of Cerami & Associates. “They are all discrete sub-systems existing within the single main system.”

The signature restaurants include Amada by Chef Jose Garces, the American Cut Steakhouse run by Iron Chef Marc Forgione, a Mediterranean restaurant known as Azure by Allegretti and Mussel Bar & Grille by Chef Robert Wiedmaier. Nighttime revelers can party in four entertainment venues including two that are decidedly out of the ordinary: HQ Nightclub which is spread out over two floors with a large open central dance floor and Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub, which features an unusual combination of impressive dance routines and a dynamic live band performing rock and roll cover songs carefully woven with the authentic multi-track recordings by the original artists. High-energy DJ entertainment can be found in and around the Royal Jelly venue and throughout the resort facility on any given evening.

The equipment inventory of HARMAN products is impressive, to say the least. The system features over 650 JBL Control 26CT, 251 Control 24CT and 108 Control 226C/T ceiling speakers, more than 150 other JBL loudspeakers and approximately 640 channels of Crown CTs Series amplifiers. Signal processing is accomplished by a decentralized array of BSS Soundweb digital audio networking components including 10 BLU-800, a dozen BLU-80 processors, six BLU-160 signal processors, two BLU-32 CobraNet I/O expanders and a variety of BLU-BIB and BLU-BOB2 break-out boxes and BLUCARD-IN and BLUCARD-OUT input and output cards. CobraNet signal distribution is accomplished over an extremely robust, owner-provided 10-gigabit network topology.

“The Revel project was conceived as more of a resort destination than a casino, and the goal was for everything, up to and including the AV systems, to be first-rate,” Knauss noted.

“From a product performance standpoint, a project of this size and the demands of such a rigorous schedule leaves little room for product failure,” Knauss added. “Out of box and early use failures or delivery problems can be devastating to the project schedule, client satisfaction and the integrator’s bottom line. In spite of the vast array of products deployed, no Crown, BSS or JBL products exhibited any level of failure during the system installation or since. Crown CTS amplifiers have provided reliable service on our projects for over 15 years and their performance on this impressive deployment further emphasizes their dependable track record. The BSS components worked perfectly and regarding JBL—there are more than 1,100 JBL speakers in this installation and not one has failed to date.”

“We have successfully accomplished a significant share of system projects across a variety of markets including performing arts, commercial AV, corporate facilities, houses of worship and entertainment facilities such as Revel and we have found BSS signal processing to a reliable, fundamentally sound processing solution for projects of the magnitude of Revel as well as our most basic system endeavors. The importance of that flexibility of scale cannot be understated,” Knauss continued. “On this project we had to interface the BSS processing systems within the hotel’s dedicated IT infrastructure. The owners were insistent regarding the need to maintain a single facility-wide IT network that would successfully integrate and deploy our extensive AV system requirements directly adjacent to and in harmony with, critical data systems serving a 2,000-room hotel, an expansive gaming floor and day-to-day administrative operations. The known difficulties of integrating the AV requirements associated with a system of this size on a multi-task network with such critical and demanding needs was a daunting task from the outset of the project, and directly contradictory to the intentions and recommendations of the project professionals. Our staff, TVP’s DSP designers and Revel’s network integration team, however, successfully accomplished this seemingly impossible task. The BSS products and limited but important factory support helped make this a seamless process.”

“Another major benefit of working with HARMAN products was the serviceability of the HARMAN brands,” Manning added. “Those companies stepped up tremendously and were available at a moment’s notice to provide whatever we needed.”

Cerami & Associates specified a variety of other JBL Control models for Revel’s lobbies, hallways, conference rooms and other areas, as the dispersion provided by the Control 47’s conical Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI) waveguide made the speaker well-suited to high-ceiling areas. In addition, eight pairs of JBL LSR2328P powered studio monitors were installed in DJ booths throughout several of the first-class restaurants. Rather than typical fixed sources for background music, Cerami’s design included music “workstations” similar to a DJ booth where the venue operators could personally adjust the music programming for the venue throughout the day and evening.

In the end, the system designed by Cerami and installed by TVP/KMK has performed flawlessly. “We dealt with a significant volume of product and if there were any failures in the field and we had to replace any products, I’d know about it,” Knauss said. “With respect to the HARMAN products implemented on this project, that just didn’t happen.”

KMK Technologies is a founding member of the Independent Technical Service Provider Council within InfoComm International. For more information on KMK Technologies, please visit www.kmk-technologies.com

For more information on Total Video Products, please visit www.totalvideoproducts.com

For more information on Cerami & Associates, please visit www.ceramiassociates.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 25 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 net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

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RelampIt Hires New Marketing Talent

Bohemia, New York

RelampIt recently hired Brian Hallhan to help coordinate new programs within the marketing department. They recognize that new blood often brings about great innovation and ideas for companies, and Brian’s energy, experience and enthusiasm create the right cocktail to push the RelampIt marketing department to a new level.

Brian will be involved with reimagining the RelampIt brand, cultivating language for new RelampIt markets and working with the RelampIt sales staff to develop more successful campaigns and materials. Gina Sansivero, Partner, Sales & Marketing at RelampIt says, “with marketing experience in the entertainment, technology and printing industries, Brian brings a lot of creativity and proven analytical skills to the table. We are looking to continue to establish a brand that is well recognized in the industry as well respond to the changing technologies and revitalize the company. Brian will be an integral part of this path moving forward.”

RelampIt Welcome Brian to the Team

RelampIt provides relamping services for the projection display industry. RelampIt has developed a process that allows projection lamps to be reclaimed and renewed at a reduced cost without compromising lifetime or performance. RelampIt also offers a no charge projector lamp recycling service. The RelampIt Projector Lamp Recycling Center focuses on reducing waste and environmental contamination from the lamps found in projectors. For more information about relamping and recycling or to become a RelampIt dealer, call 1(631)244-0051, email gms@relampit.com or visit our website at www.relampit.com.

Omega Broadcast Invests in Five FUJINON Cabrio Series PL Mount Telephoto Zoom Lenses

Austin-based rental house lens inventory now includes four FUJINON 19-90mm and one 85-300mm Premier PL Mount lenses for Super 35mm and digital cinematography

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division is announcing that Omega Broadcast Group—a premiere video rental house in Austin, Texas—acquired five new FUJINON Cabrio PL Mount telephoto zoom lenses including four 19-90mm (ZK4.7×19) and one 85-300mm (ZK3.5×85) for 35mm and digital cinematography.

Prior to the arrival of the new lenses, Omega Broadcast Group wanted to show the Cabrio 19-90mm lens at its booth at the Austin tradeshow South by Southwest (SXSW), March 8-17, 2013. This was made possible by a “loaner lens,” arranged by Dave Waddell, South Central regional sales manager for the Optical Devices division, and Omega Broadcast received very positive feedback and social media buzz about its SXSW exhibit.

Since the lenses arrived in April 2013, Omega Broadcast has seen strong demand for rentals by its discriminating video production customers. The lenses, which are available for sale or rent, may be paired with Omega Broadcast’s Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta 2K Capable or PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K digital cinema cameras.

“As a rental house, we enjoy the flexibility these Cabrio lenses offer. Because they cover such wide focal ranges, they allow us to suggest Cabrios for most of our cinema camera rental packages,” said Gabe Proctor, rentals manager for Omega Broadcast Group. “With the versatility and range of these lenses, a director of photography (DP) can really reduce the number of lens changes during the course of a shoot, not to mention that there are fewer cases and shipping costs to weigh them down.”

The 19-90mm Cabrio Premier PL lens offers a T2.9 maximum aperture with 9 iris blades, while the 85-300mm PL Mount telephoto zoom lens offers a focal length of 85-218mm at T2.9 and 300mm at T4.0, both with 200-degree focus rotation. “Zoom lenses are suited to more production situations than primes. But the key thing is that, at each focal length, the performance of these Cabrio zoom lenses is very solid,” said Philip Goetz, director of purchasing and E-commerce for Omega Broadcast. “This one zoom lens can replace prime lenses of varying focal lengths without quality compromises.”

Both lenses feature an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making them suitable for use as a standard PL cine lens or an ENG-style lens, and both may be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

“Without the need for an externally powered zoom controller, I can imagine a much better outcome for a DP who chooses a Cabrio versus a non-servo Cooke or Arri lens to pair with a compatible camera like Sony’s F55,” Proctor said. “With the introduction of the new 85-300mm Cabrio, we have now begun to see more interest from photographers who wish to produce archival or large-format images for sporting events. Since these shooters can adjust Cabrio lenses so quickly, they’re able to concentrate on all of the game action unfolding live. Cabrios offer these clients all the comforts of an ENG type lens but delivered in a Super 35mm form factor.”

Proctor added that the /i and LDS lens metadata contacts provided on Cabrio lenses offer a great way to archive important information about exposure and focal lengths with cameras that share these same features. But they also provide power to the built-in servo motors, which can be crucial on reality series and documentaries.

“Cabrio lenses offer a very low-distortion image and minimal breathing during focus effects,” Proctor said. “Considering how fast and lightweight these PL mount zoom lenses are, don’t be surprised to discover that an increasing amount of projects are being produced with 35mm and digital cinema cameras using these lenses.”

To learn more about Fujifilm’s lenses, please go to: https://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/optical_devices/

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

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GC Pro and Malvicino Design Group Collaborate to Bring Audio Production Facilities to the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education

— GC Pro is instrumental in outfitting three locations of the Monterrey Institute of Technology’s recently introduced audio production program —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, May 22, 2013 — Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology has been one of the leading institutions of higher education in Latin America since it was founded 70 years ago. Monterrey Tech (Tecnológico de Monterrey), as it’s also known, has over 90,000 students across 31 campuses in 25 cities in Mexico. In the last three years, the school instituted and expanded a highly successful audio production education curriculum that is now in place at three of its campuses: the school’s Monterrey headquarters, as well as the Santa Fe and new Mexico City campuses (both in the Mexico City metro area). Key equipment at all of the facilities supporting these audio production programs was sourced by Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users. Working with the New York City-based Malvicino Design Group – a leading design and consulting firm specializing in innovative architectural, acoustical and technical systems design and also a member of GC Pro’s Affiliate Program – GC Pro assured Monterrey Tech that they would have every piece of gear the school needed to make their audio production program as cutting-edge as possible.

The Mexico City Campus (CCM) has Ocean Way HR-3 Studio Monitors and an SSL AWS 948 Console. The main campus in Monterrey has a Neve Genesys 32-Input console, as well as Ocean Way HR-2 Studio Monitors. The equipment lists for each campus are comprehensive and outfit all of the studios in ways that offer students a real-world environment for learning, and one with enough variation that will ready them for an increasingly complex audio technology landscape.

“That was one of the things that I really emphasized in my designs for the school,” explains Horacio Malvicino, President of the Malvicino Design Group. “You want all the studios to have the latest equipment, but I also wanted each room to have some outboard gear and other items that were unique to each room, so that students would encounter something new in each studio.”

Horacio Malvicino adds, “GC Pro and I have worked together on many projects in the past, and whether I work with them as a member of their Affiliate Program or I bring them to one of my projects as the supplier, as we did here, GC Pro proves time and time again that they are the best resource you can have.”

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

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Aphex® Hires New Marketing Manager

— Industry veteran Marsh Gooch adds power to company’s marketing efforts —

BURBANK, CA, May 21, 2013 — Aphex®, a leader in professional audio technology for more than 35 years, today announced they have named a new Marketing Manager to oversee all of the company’s marketing efforts. Marsh Gooch, a veteran of the pro audio and musical instrument industry, joins the company after successful positions with LOUD Technologies, TASCAM, ESP Guitars and more.

“Marsh brings a wide range of marketing skills and expertise to the Aphex team,” said Aphex CEO David Wiener. “With his knowledge of audio product marketing, brand marketing, artist relations and social media, he’ll help us achieve the goals we’ve set as we continue to grow Aphex.”

Aphex General Manager Jim Bailey adds, “Marsh has the enthusiasm, drive and attitude that we demand at Aphex, as we continually push to reach the wide variety of demographics Aphex’s products are made for.”

Marsh Gooch himself is glad to join the Aphex team. “I’ve heard a lot about how the stars are all lining up for Aphex to become the leader in pro audio that it has always been destined to be, and I’m honored to jump on board for the ride.”

Aphex marketing and promotion will continue to evolve in order to support rep, reseller and international distribution partners. From web to video to sales and marketing collateral, Aphex is putting the same creativity and performance demands on its reseller support initiatives as it puts into product performance and design.

For more information please visit http://www.aphex.com.

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Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School Opens Recording Facility with Support from The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®

Metro Nashville Public Schools’ music education initiative, “Music Makes Us,” provides students at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School with a student-run record label mentored by Warner Music Nashville and a complete world-class recording studio designed, equipped and guided by the efforts of P&E Wing members

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 21, 2013) — On May 8, 2013, leading members of The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, along with Nashville public officials, representatives from key sponsors, members of the media and more attended a red-carpet event celebrating the grand opening of the new recording program and facility at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet School. On hand to help commemorate the occasion were Nashville Mayor Karl Dean; Scott Hendricks, Senior Vice President of A&R for Warner Music Nashville; Nancy Shapiro, The Recording Academy Senior Vice President, Member Services; Pearl-Cohn Principal Sonia Stewart; Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Director Dr. Jesse Register; and more. The studio, part of the first-ever student-run record label in a high school (announced earlier this year by Mayor Dean, Dr. Register, and John Esposito, president/CEO of Warner Music Nashville), was designed and assembled by members of the P&E Wing, who contributed their time and talents over the course of the last year. Pearl-Cohn is the only entertainment magnet high school in the country. The studio will serve the school’s Academy of Entertainment Management and Academy of Entertainment Communication divisions.

Addressing the crowd of more than 100 Nashville luminaries assembled in the school’s lobby, Nancy Shapiro commented, “When you ask the P&E Wing to work on something, you better be dreaming big.” Members of the Pearl-Cohn Subcommittee of the P&E Wing, including Subcommittee Chair Jeff Balding, Nashville P&E Wing Committee Chairman Chuck Ainlay, Steve Durr, Ben Fowler, Julian King, Sam Lorber, Nick Palladino, Terry Palmer, Matt Schlachter and Nashville Chapter President Jon Randall Stewart, all contributed their collective knowledge, wisdom and passion to the project, which features a 32-channel API 1608 console and JBL® Professional M2 Master Reference Monitors in the main control room and two 5.1 surround sound post/editing suites equipped with SSL Nucleus DAW controllers. Additionally, the facility is equipped with products from Audio-Technica, Fredenstein Professional Audio, the HARMAN® Professional brands (AKG® Acoustics, JBL Professional and Lexicon®) and Shure. Representatives from these supporters were in attendance at the red-carpet event to help celebrate the studio’s opening.

Subcommittee member Steve Durr of Nashville-based Steven Durr Designs also served as the designer for the studio, laying out the acoustical and ergometric concepts. His portfolio includes studios for Austin City Limits, The Black Keys, Mark Ronson, Lenny Kravitz and Zac Brown. He stated, “I tried to achieve a design that would allow students to experience recording music with both machines and people,” Durr explains, citing the large control room that will allow several students and teachers to work comfortably using drum machines, digital samplers and synthesizers as well as the recording equipment, and the sizable tracking room where they will be able to capture great recordings of live musicians playing in ensemble. “What I hope this ultimately accomplishes is that kids will now be able to learn about making music in an environment that was designed around great sound. Kids who have been brought up on MP3s can experience what music can really sound like. That can change their lives.”

The studio, which cost $1.2 million to build and outfit (not including thousands of hours of donated labor), is a multi-room facility with a spacious control room whose sleek design belies the challenges it posed to make it conform to classroom and other design requirements, such as adapting access to the API 1608 console for ADA compliance. “There was so much that went into this that goes way beyond the typical recording studio,” said Nashville P&E Wing Co-Chair Chuck Ainlay, a GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer who has worked with artists including Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert, George Strait and Peter Frampton. The studio also features several isolation booths and two 5.1 surround sound editing suites with acoustical treatments donated by Acoustics In A Box and Perdue Acoustics. In addition, the facility houses a multi-station teaching area with individual Apple iMac-equipped workstations for 30 students connected to the teacher’s station and to the studio.

Multiple GRAMMY Award nominee Jeff Balding says the project was about giving back to the community, but it was also a technical challenge in which P&E Wing members were eagerly engaged. “It’s great to see the whole community come together over this — teachers, artists, engineers, producers, and more. I believe in pouring our experience into the generation coming after us. If we can take our ceiling and make that their floor, it will allow them to take our industry to a much higher level, and that’s exciting to me.”

“My vision for Music City is to have the best music education program in the world,” Mayor Dean said. “The music industry and philanthropic community have embraced this vision and are working tirelessly with the city and Metro Schools to make it a reality. The opening of this label and studio are wonderful milestones in the development of Music Makes Us and moves us closer to that ultimate goal.”

Balding continued, “We wanted to get the feel of a real recording studio here, but we also knew it needed to function as an actual classroom.” He added that even through the Pearl-Cohn studio is an amalgam of state-of-the-art technology and the exceptional technical experience of the P&E Wing members, it’s far more than the sum of its parts. “This is something that will always be here,” he says. “It’s for future generations of music creators.”

About Music Makes Us
Music Makes Us is a joint effort of Metro Nashville Public Schools, Mayor Karl Dean and music industry and community leaders. The Music Makes Us initiative will lead the nation in music education. With a focus on music literacy and student participation, Music Makes Us is strengthening traditional school music while adding a contemporary curriculum that embraces new technologies and reflects a diverse musical landscape.

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Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: Sonia Stewart, Principal, Pearl-Cohn; Don Wershba, Sr. Vice President, SSL; Piers Plaskitt, CEO, SSL; Roxanne Ricks, Artist Relations, Audio-Technica; Sam Lorber, Instructional Designer, Pearl-Cohn; Ben Fowler, P&E Wing Sub-Committee member and producer/engineer; Nick Palladino, P&E Wing Sub-Committee member and Owner, NPALL Audio; Mayor Karl Dean; Julian King, P&E Wing Sub-Committee member and producer/engineer; Joseph Wagoner, Product Manager, AKG; Nancy Shapiro, Sr. Vice President, The Recording Academy; Steve Durr, Owner, Steven Durr Designs; Chuck Ainlay, P&E Wing Committee Chairman and producer/engineer; Scott Hendricks, Sr. Vice President of A&R, Warner Music Nashville; Jon Randall Stewart, The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter President and singer/songwriter/musician; Jeff Balding, P&E Wing Sub-Committee Chair and producer/engineer; Peter Chaikin, Senior Manager Recording and Broadcast Marketing, JBL Professional; Dr. Jesse Register, Director of Schools, MNPS; Larry Droppa, President and Owner, API; Terry Palmer, Owner, Terry Palmer Services; Ryan Smith, Regional Manager of Artist Relations, Shure Incorporated. Photo by Frederick Breedon. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®/WireImage.com. © 2013.

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Upgrades to Jazz at Lincoln Center Technical Infrastructure, Highlight Continuing Improvements by WorldStage

WorldStage recently upgraded the infrastructure & systems at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where it is the exclusive vendor for AV, to reduce set up time for shows and increase system flexibility. The Nickelodeon upfront and the gala honoring Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World were the first large-scale events to utilize the venue’s improved technical capabilities.

At Jazz, WorldStage installed a centralized control facility with an extensive equipment roster, which can handle multiple shows efficiently and cost-effectively without bringing in full equipment packages for each event. A built-in Vista Spyder X20 screen-switching system is at the core of the control room along with a multi-viewer monitoring system.

“It’s a very comprehensive approach,” says WorldStage president Joshua Weisberg. “Having screen management capabilities built into Jazz allows us to manage images displayed on multiple screens as part of productions. The built-in Spyder offers flexibility and power combined with superior image quality.”

Productions also save time and money by utilizing fiber-optic cabling run by WorldStage to maximize production efficiency and provide the best signal transmission.

While the upgraded centralized control facility features a very complete equipment roster, WorldStage continues to customize productions as required with gear from its large rental inventory. “It’s rare that we don’t need to supplement the built-in equipment with gear specific to a job,” Weisberg says.

The engineering department at WorldStage, where Barry Grossman is the company’s head of engineering and Michael Cruz director of QC, designed and implemented the new centralized control facility, which is housed, along with comprehensive QC monitoring, in a tech room adjacent to the Rose Theater.

Doug Hosney, Vice President, Frederick P. Rose Hall, concluded, “Eliminating the repetitive equipment loading in and out of the facility streamlines the process and allows the engineers to focus on the client’s needs much earlier. Time that was being spent on load in and set-up is now focused on taking care of the client and helping them reach their production goals.”

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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iZotope Presents 10 Tips from an RX Pro with Mike Thornton

Learn how to “RX it” like a pro with audio guru and Sound On Sound columnist Mike Thornton

Mike Thornton is a sound designer, audio producer and a Pro Tools specialist who works in radio, TV sound & digital media. He is also Deputy Editor of Pro Tools Expert and a Sound on Sound columnist. Chances are he’s encountered a noisy situation like the one you’re facing, and he’s ready to show us how to fix the problem with RX 2.

Please check out these comprehensive, free video tutorials and share the following link in your social media, e-newsletters, on your blogs and websites:

http://www.izotope.com/products/audio/rx/protips.asp (videos available in English and German!)

This series features real-world examples of audio rescue, including:

  • Reducing hiss caused by a bad microphone cable
  • Repairing clipping in a poorly recorded interview
  • Reducing hum from a one-time-only recording
  • Removing camera sounds from wedding vows
  • Eliminating feedback from a bad PA system
  • Tackling mobile phone interference and buzz
  • Removing mobile phone text alert sounds
  • Cleaning up recordings from a drama performance
  • Reducing noise from a trade show floor
  • Removing clicks and crackles from old recordings

For more information about RX 2, please visit http://www.izotope.com/products/audio/rx/

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