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HARMAN’s Martin Announces Winner For Lighting Design Contest During Prolight & Sound NAMM Russia

Photo: Paul Pelletier

MOSCOW, Russia — On the last day of Prolight & Sound NAMM Russia in Moscow, Artem Sagaidak from Naberezhnye, Chelny was awarded a HARMAN Martin M2GO lighting console as winner of Martin’s second annual Russian Lighting Designer Contest.

More than 40 participants competed in this year’s contest, prompting organizers to split the competition into two rounds. During round one, participants created a light show from a music track, after which six finalists were selected. Round two was then held live at the Prolight & Sound NAMM Russia.

Contestants had at their disposal Martin MAC 101™, MAC Aura™ and MAC Viper Profile™ moving heads, as well as Atomic 3000™ strobes with an M1™ lighting console for control. Contest rules were the same for all participants: one rig, one music track and unlimited latitude for creativity. A panel consisting of Martin executives and Russia-based Martin personnel judged the light shows.

The top prize – a Martin M2GO lighting console – went to Artem Sagaidak with second place awarded to Denis Glinka from Kemerovo, who won a Martin M2PC lighting controller. Third place went to Artem Tsuranov, last year’s winner, who received a Martin M-PC Basic.

Winner Artem Sagaidak shared his impressions after the ceremony: “I feel delighted and happy. My opponents were very strong and the competition was really tough. It’s a great honor to win against rivals of such a high level. I’m very grateful to Martin Professional for such a wonderful idea and for the opportunity to present myself as a professional.”

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

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.

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iZotope Insight™ 30Day Trial Included in Avid® Media Composer® 7

iZotope, Inc., Cambridge, MA (June 27, 2013) - iZotope,a leading innovator in digital signal processing, has partnered with Avid Technology to provide Insight, an Essential Metering Suite, with every copy of the new Media Composer 7, an industry-leading nonlinear editing solution. Insight, a collection of fully scalable, customizable meters for post production and broadcast applications, will be installed automatically with Media Composer and free to use for 30 days.

When placed on the new Master Audio Fader in Media Composer 7, Insight will help ensure adherence to current broadcast standards using meters for immediate loudness calculation and TruePeak detection, loudness calculation over time, and faster than real-time offline loudness calculation. Additional advanced visualization and spatialization displays, like the innovative Surround Scope and the 3D Spectrogram, further aid in detecting problems that the ears cannot perceive.

“Media Composer 7′s new Master Audio Fader gives video editors an invaluable way of quickly taking control of their entire audio mix, but when paired with iZotope’s Insight plug-in, it’s as rich a set of audio tools as you’ll find in an NLE,” explains Rob D’Amico, Product Manager for Avid Media Composer. “iZotope’s intuitive user interface, powerful audio processing, and unique focus on post production and audio enhancement make their products a perfect fit for Media Composer 7.”

“iZotope’s Insight was developed to directly address the audio needs of post production and broadcast engineers who require an all in one, surround supported, loudness compliant metering tool set,” says Scott Simon, Business Development Manager at iZotope, Inc. “iZotope is committed to the professional media creation community, and we are thrilled to partner with Avid in order to deliver cutting-edge audio processing for the video professional.”

For more information on Avid Media Composer 7, visit http://www.avid.com/mediacomposer

For more information on iZotope Insight, visit http://izotope.com/insight

About iZotope
iZotope is a research driven audio technology company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Its award-winning products and audio technologies are in use by millions of people in over fifty countries, from consumers to musicians to major film, TV, and radio studios. Some of the diverse clients include musical giants like BT, Depeche Mode, and RZA of WuTang Clan; radio stations like Boston’s iconic WGBH; and TV programming like CBS’s Survivor, the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, the World Cup broadcast, and the GRAMMY awards. Through an extensive licensing program, iZotope technology is also directly integrated into products made by industry leaders such as Adobe, Avid, and Sony; video games from companies like Harmonix and Ubisoft; as well as a growing number of mobile phone applications. For more information on iZotope products, visit www.izotope.com.

About Avid
Avid creates the digital audio and video technology used to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world – from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concert tours and news broadcasts. Some of Avid’s most influential and pioneering solutions include Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Interplay®, ISIS®, VENUE, Sibelius® and System 5. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on Facebook, Twitter,YouTube, LinkedIn, SoundCloud; or subscribe to Avid Buzz.

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DPA Microphones Play A Key Role At Three Rick Wakeman Gigs

Progressive Rock icon Rick Wakeman recently completed three concerts in the UK to help raise money for the Cathedral of Gloucester. The first event took place in the intimate surrounding of Blackfriars Abbey, a medieval building in the heart of the City of Gloucester, while the remaining concerts took place on consecutive nights at Cheltenham Racecourse.

On all three occasions DPA microphones featured heavily in the equipment inventory, with more than 50 units used to amplify the audio, including two new DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphones.

Front of House sound engineer Ian Barfoot, who was also system designer for the shows, says: “DPA microphones always deliver an honest, super clean, uncoloured sound and I get predictable results every time I use them. They are also incredibly reliable, which is a major point in their favour.”

Barfoot specified DPA microphones for all three concerts, with the bulk of the inventory being used for the larger Cheltenham gigs. In total, 30 DPA 4060 miniature microphones were used on all the high strings and harp, 12 DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones were used on all the low strings, 4 d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones were employed on snare drum and toms, a DPA d:dicate™ 2011C compact microphone was used for the kick drum, along with three DPA d:dicate 2011C microphones for overheads and ride cymbal. The DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones were used for main and backing vocals.

“DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network suggested I tried DPA microphones for the drums, in particular the d:dicate 2011C microphone inside the kick drum,” Barfoot explains. “It took a little while to work out how we were going to do it, but when we had it set up the results were very pleasing. The sound was fast and dynamic, which suited the Symphonic rock style of the music, and once our drummer Tony Fernandez relaxed, the sound became very tight indeed.”

The concert formats created by Rick Wakeman for these shows were unique. The first concert at Blackfriars Abbey was very intimate as the venue could only hold 250 people. On this occasion Wakeman performed an acoustically-styled set with his two sons Adam and Oliver and his daughter Jemma.

The concerts at Cheltenham Racecourse were much grander affairs and featured the Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Guy Protheroe, Wakeman’s band the English Rock Ensemble and the Choir of Gloucester Cathedral. The music performed included a selection of pieces from Wakeman’s three most famous albums – The Myths and Legends of King Arthur, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Six Wives of Henry VIII.

“We didn’t do things by halves,” Barfoot says. “There were 107 musicians on stage at Cheltenham, which gave me about 117 inputs to deal with on my desk.”

Barfoot adds that all of the vocalists were on In Ear monitoring and commented positively on the clarity of the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones.

“I first used these in South America just before Christmas 2012 and they have now become firm favourites,” he says. “They are definitely a ‘must have’ in my microphone trunk, especially now the d:facto head is available for use on various radio microphone transmitters.”

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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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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY DANCES WITH ASHLY’S NE800.70PE AMPLIFIER

MANHATTAN, KANSAS – JUNE 2013: Nichols Hall was originally built in 1911 on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. With its façade patterned after a medieval castle, Nichols hall stood until 1968, when an arsonist reduced its interior to ashes. Spared from the wrecking ball by student protests, it returned to service in 1985 and today houses, among many other things, two of the dance programs studios. Recently, Cytek Media Systems of Topeka, Kansas pulled out the studios’ tired old sound playback systems and replaced them with new, reliable ones centered on the flexible Ashly ne800.70pe two-channel amplifier with optional on-board Protea™ digital signal processing.

“Apart from its age, the old sound system wasn’t really living up to modern expectations for what a sound system should do,” explained Joe Greene, pro audio manager at Cytek Media Systems. “Not only did we need to give them a system that would work, we needed to give them a system that would work well and that would work well far into the future.” Each room is approximately 80 feet by 40 feet with a twelve-foot ceiling. The walls are mirrored but can be covered by curtains for black box theater applications. A small existing mixer in each room serves as a familiar user interface for each system. Its output feeds an Ashly ne800.70pe, a two-channel network amplifier rated at 400W into a 70V line featuring a built-in Protea DSP Processor. One amplifier output feeds the new full-range SoundTube CM82-EZ loudspeakers, while the other powers the new SoundTube CM1001d-T subwoofers.

“I’ve been working with Ashly products for over thirty years,” said Greene. “Ashly equipment simply does not fail. It’s trustworthy to the bone. Kansas State’s dance program can expect years and years of faithful service from the new system. From my end, it was intuitive to set up and work with. The onboard processing is very convenient. It’s easy to get in, and although it’s loaded with cutting-edge technology, it’s not rocket science to get done what needs to get done. In addition, Ashly is one of the few companies that has not only stayed on top of the latest connectivity and features, but has also maintained excellent audio quality.”

When Greene checked back with the University staff, they indicated how pleased they were with the new system’s performance. “Since then, I haven’t heard from them,” Greene laughed. “In this day and age, that’s always a great sign!”

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

A SINGLE DANLEY SOUND LABS BC412 SUBWOOFER MOVES 10,000 SEATS

ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI – JUNE 2013: Built in 1999, Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri hosts hockey, basketball, soccer, exhibitions, circuses, concerts, and more. It seats about 10,000 spectators, and, until recently, the main components of its sound system hung from a central scoreboard. However, the newly formed Missouri Monsters indoor football team will begin playing at Family Arena this year, and the central scoreboard hung too low for regulation play. In the process of removing the scoreboard and hanging the loudspeakers from a higher grid, the arena’s owners recognized the need for bass extension; the existing system only fell to about 200Hz. Given limited space to occupy and a vast space to fill, Chip Self, president of Logic Systems Sound and Lighting, Inc, contacted Danley Sound Labs and is now responsible for the installation of one of the first Danley BC412 installations in the world. Outrageous output for its size puts the BC412 in a class all its own.

“Apart from the general improvement low end would give to all of Family Arena’s events, the football team would be playing a lot of contemporary music that wouldn’t sound right without good low-end reproduction,” said Self. “But given architectural constraints and the indoor football requirements, the only space we had in which we could place a subwoofer was about 6’ x 6’ x 2’. That’s a very small space for the coverage requirement of 10,000 seats.”

Given Danley Sound Labs’ knack for pulling off magic tricks with innovative subwoofer designs, Self contacted Danley President Mike Hedden. The application was perfect for the newly created Danley BC412. “The other requirement we had for the sub was that it had to be able to take a direct hit from a football for safety reasons,” explained Self. “Most subs have a simple grill, and it’s not hard to knock it off with a football if you try. In contrast, the BC412 uses all internal drivers, so that kind of damage is a non-issue. But really, what makes the BC412 special in this situation is its tremendous output for its size.”

The existing loudspeakers were reused in the newly-raised system, as were existing Crown amplifiers. Because a few of the amplifier channels had failed, Self collected and reassigned functioning channels to existing loudspeakers. A new Lab.gruppen four-channel amplifier powers the BC412, which Danley custom built to accept four amplifier channels. Given its down-firing placement near the ceiling, the BC412 exhibits a 180-deg conical pattern, which delivers energy to the seats and not to the ceiling.

“Family Arena’s owners and staff love the new low end,” said Self. “It’s amazing what robust low end can do for a system like this. Everyone who hears it is astonished that so much bass is emanating from just one subwoofer!”

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 CEO MARSHALL CONFIRMED

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JUNE 26, 2013: Symetrix announces today the appointment of Mary Marshall to the position of CEO. Marshall has worked in an advisory role with Symetrix for many years and has been an integral part of the management team. As CEO she will be able to bring her experience as a leader and strategic driver to the forefront of the Symetrix story. Marshall’s experience includes growing companies from the ground up, owning and operating multiple businesses, orchestrating corporate financial planning, and designing and executing business development strategies. Recently, Marshall ran the U.S. Western Division of Vistage International, running business development programs, leadership development programs, and working with hundreds of companies and their leaders through Visage’s network of partners.

“Symetrix is perfectly positioned to move to the next level with our strong product line and the most dynamic team in the industry. After decades of building our brand we are excited to include Mary’s successful track record as a change agent and a builder of companies,” said Dane Butcher, Symetrix Chairman.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations. Please visit www.symetrix.co for more information.

BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE BIG WEB 2.0 COMPANY CONFERENCE ROOMS WITH SYMNET AEC EQUIPPED EDGE DSP

SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 2013: Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Thresher Communications has been designing and installing cutting-edge corporate A/V systems since 1995. It’s commitment to building cost-effective, simple, and powerful audio/video systems has made Thresher the go to A/V contractor for rising star Web 2.0 companies. Pick almost any big Internet name: it’s likely on Threshers’ client list. Longtime champions of Symetrix SymNet DSP technology, the company has seized on Dante networking and the advanced acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) technology of SymNet Edge to further simplify and enhance the systems it installs.

“We’re all about the ubiquity of A/V,” said Dave Haynes, vice president of engineering. “Our goal is to build systems that are immersive and fun for the end user yet simple and reliable for the IT staffs that maintain them.

Haynes sites SymNet Composer open architecture software and the Edge DSP frame with AEC option cards as key components. “Edge hardware and software are completely flexible, allowing us to customize each system to meet the precise needs of the client,” he said. “The Composer software is fast and easy to use. Our guys can make client directed changes on site without having to bog things down with change orders.”

The fact that SymNet Edge uses the Dante network audio protocol dramatically streamlines Threshers’ designs. “Shure has also embraced the Dante protocol, and so these days most of our installations involve Shure wireless microphones with SymNet Edge processors,” Haynes added. “The Shure ULX system and the forthcoming MXP system deliver output from a ceiling-mounted wireless receiver via Dante. Of course, Shure also sells hardware that converts that Dante stream into other audio formats, but we bypass that by going straight into SymNet Edge with Shure’s Dante output. The simplification is tremendous. We roll out a few of those systems a month.”

Advanced AEC processing is also a critical component of Thresher Communications installations. “Most of the Web 2.0 companies go for a ‘European look’ in their offices and meeting rooms,” said Haynes. “We’re often dealing with spaces that are nothing but brick, concrete, and glass surrounding a large hardwood table. The RT60 times can approach two seconds! That’s challenging for any AEC algorithm, but Symetrix’ processing deals with it effectively. Almost without exception, we place separate AEC processing on each microphone for the best results.”

With the march of technology led by Symetrix and other pioneering companies, the systems that Thresher Communications designs and installs are becoming smaller, more reliable, more intuitive and more powerful. “It used to be that A/V contractors tried to oversell clients on hardware as much as possible,” said Haynes. “Audio/video was thought to be expensive and complicated. Apart from questionable ethics, overselling sacrifices long-term client relationships for short-term gains. We built Thresher Communications with a smarter approach, and now clients in general have become more savvy.” Of course, Thresher Communications maintains its edge… with the help of the SymNet Edge!

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

RT Builds 24-Hour News Studio Complex on Riedel MediorNet and Intercom Solutions

MOSCOW — June 27, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that the Russia Today (RT) television network has installed an extensive and comprehensive real-time signal transport and communications network from Riedel within its Moscow studios. The award-winning news network broadcasts 24/7 in English, Arabic, and Spanish to bring a fresh perspective on global affairs to 630 million people in more than 100 countries worldwide. Its deployment of Riedel Artist Intercom and MediorNet fiber networks — supplied by large-scale systems integrator OKNO-TV — is among the largest in the world.

“We chose to build our communications infrastructure on Riedel solutions because they integrate seamlessly to provide our studios with an unparalleled combination of reliability, scalability, and signal quality,” said Andrey Bukashkin, chief director at RT. “All signals are available at any point on the network, and we can easily expand this network as our operations and facilities continue to grow.”

The Riedel installation at the new RT facility features the Artist digital matrix intercom system and the Performer digital partyline system, as well as Riedel’s MediorNet Compact real-time fiber-based network for the transport of video, audio, data, and communications between several buildings that make up the studio complex.

The RT machine room is equipped with 26 MediorNet Compact frames, eight Artist 128-port frames, and one Artist 64-port frame. The machine room systems connect with six studios, each outfitted with three MediorNet Compact frames; two master control rooms, each with one MediorNet Compact frame; the facility’s translation and Internet rooms, each with two MediorNet Compact frames; and the multiformat and Avid rooms, each with one MediorNet frame.

The MediorNet frames provide the backbone for transporting all of the broadcast signals on just two single-mode fiber links, drastically simplifying the cabling requirements and reducing the costs of installation and maintenance relative to a copper-based system. This signal backbone supports the bidirectional transport of multiple HD-SDI feeds, reference video (sync), audio (analog, AES, MADI), and timecode, as well as all intercom signals, including those for panels and beltpacks from the machine room to each production area.

“The Artist digital matrix intercom sets a high standard for flexibility and audio quality, and our MediorNet Compact real-time network offers the capability and versatility necessary to streamline even the most complex infrastructures,” said Alla Matveenko, general manager Russia at Riedel Communications. “Together, these systems provide RT with a reliable and straightforward communications and signal transport solution that meets the exacting demands of the 24-hour news environment today and in the future.”

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About RT
RT is a global international news network that broadcasts 24/7 in English, Arabic, and Spanish from its studios in Moscow and Washington, DC, and is available to 630 million viewers worldwide. RT is the first TV news channel in history to cross the billion-views mark on YouTube. RT is the winner of the Monte Carlo TV Festival Awards for best 24-hr broadcast, and the only Russian TV channel to garner two nominations for the prestigious International Emmy Award in the News category.

About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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NUGEN Audio Upgrades Its Loudness Plug-Ins to Support AAX 64-Bit, Avid Pro Tools 11

Upgrade Helps Customers Keep Pace With Industry Developments and Ensures Future Compatibility

LEEDS, U.K. — June 25, 2013 — NUGEN Audio, creator of intuitive tools for audio professionals, has upgraded its line of audio-metering plug-ins to support the Avid(R) AAX 64-bit format for both PC and Mac(R). The upgrade makes NUGEN Audio’s plug-ins among the first in the industry to be compatible with Avid Pro Tools(R) 11, the latest version of Avid’s popular digital audio workstation (DAW).

“At its core, AAX has been designed for evolution and expansion. AAX has since become the standard for many of our customers who put Avid’s editing software at the center of their operations,” said Jon Schorah, creative director of NUGEN Audio. “By supporting Avid as it moves to a new generation of DAWs, we’re also future-proofing our products for our customers.”

NUGEN Audio has upgraded its VisLM visual loudness monitoring tool, the LM-Correct loudness analysis and correction tool, and their True-Peak limiter, ISL. The upgrade is available now and is free for all current users.

More information about NUGEN Audio products is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio creates innovative, intuitive professional audio tools for high-end music producers, post-production engineers, and broadcasters. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver better quality, save time, and reduce costs. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, music, and audio production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

All trademarks mentioned herein are acknowledged as property of their respective owners.

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Liverpool John Moores University Uses Riedel Intercom System to Connect New Liverpool Screen School Facilities

WUPPERTAL, Germany — June 25, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that the U.K.’s Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is using Riedel gear within its new Liverpool Screen School building to enable flexible, high-quality communications across its studios and offices. The installation includes Riedel’s Artist 5000 matrix intercom system and Performer digital partyline intercom system.

“Riedel’s intercom solutions offer the high audio quality and exceptional versatility that our facilities require,” said Kelly Loughlin, TV studio manager at Liverpool John Moores University. “The Riedel system installed is a small but incredibly versatile system that covers all of our communications needs, and the quality of the audio is great.”

Designed and specified by Drama by Design, and supplied and integrated by Sony Broadcast, Riedel’s Artist and Performer systems support communications between control rooms for the school’s large full-HD TV studio and a smaller full-HD news studio, the cameras on each studio floor, the technician’s office, and the central technical room. The flexible product combination provides high-quality audio that allows the LJMU facility to integrate both studios into one system and to establish talkback into the studios, the green room, and preshow areas.

The Artist 5000 panel series is a cost-effective matrix intercom solution that provides the full functionality of Riedel’s digital matrix intercom panels at an unbeatable price point. The Artist panels feature marker strips that identify each of eight talk keys. Housed in a universal enclosure, the panel is suitable for rack-mount, wall-mount, and desktop operation.

The Performer C22 partyline system interface converts two two-channel CAT5 matrix ports to two phantom-powered digital beltpack lines and vice versa, enabling seamless integration of LJMU’s digital partylines with its Artist matrix intercom system. While LJMU currently uses three digital beltpacks, the system can power daisy-chains of up to nine beltpacks, split-boxes, or desktop speaker stations per line.

“When we specified the system for the Liverpool Screen School, we didn’t know exactly what button needed to do what or what signal needed to be routed where, but the flexibility of the Riedel equipment enabled us to customize the system on site as part of the commissioning process,” said Andy Stone, studio design consultant at Drama by Design. “The result was a system that exactly met our requirements. Given the success of this installation, we are now using the Riedel system on a number of similar projects.”

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Liverpool John Moores University
Originally founded as a small mechanics institution in 1825, the institution today known as Liverpool John Moores University grew over the centuries by converging and amalgamating with different colleges and eventually became the Liverpool Polytechnic. In 1992, the polytechnic became one of the U.K.’s new generation universities and assumed the name Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). LJMU has continued to grow and now has more than 24,000 students from all over the world. The university has played a vital role in the cultural renaissance of Liverpool and has taken an active part in the regeneration of the city. New advances in digital technology and science have placed LJMU at the forefront of exciting developments in areas such as multimedia, sports science, and space exploration. More information is available at www.ljmu.ac.uk.

About Drama by Design
Drama by Design theatre and creative media consultants specialize in the design and technical specification of theatre, performing arts, TV, and recording studio spaces. We provide a comprehensive range of solutions to building professionals and owners, whether it be for a simple refurbishment of a small drama studio, or a full-scale construction or renovation of a theatre or TV studio. More information is available at www.dramabydesign.com.

About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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