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FiberPlex Mixing it Up at Montreal Jazz Festival

Here’s a new mix on things. It starts with a young phenom whose eclectic jazz sound ranges from big band and symphony to pop. And, it involves a FiberPlex fiber optic system and a FOH engineer who likes to travel light, on tour with aforementioned artist and her band.

Last stop: Montreal Jazz Festival July 4 – 6, where Nikki Yanofsky, the young phenom jazz-pop singer now being promoted by Quincy Jones himself, performed with Richard Forte of Forte Sound, Montreal, doing FOH mixing.

While on tour with Nikki, Forte has solved some of those live sound issues that seem to go along with the extreme jazz genre. He’s been able to do so with little more than a 32×16 Yamaha LS9, and he is still able to get the big sounds that come out of artists like Yanofsky, who started out “channeling” Ella Fitzgerald and is now coming onto her own with some fresh, eclectic sounds ranging from symphony and big band to pop. “I’ve covered so much ground with this artist in terms of musical style and challenges for live sound, and I’ve learned a lot in the process,” says Forte.

So how does he mix all those channels of sound coming from young Nikki’s band and still travel light? In a word: fiber. Richard Forte just began using LightViper, FiberPlex’

Richard Forte of Forte Sound is mixing it up with a FiberPlex fiber optic 'snake' during Montreal Jazz Festival.

fiber optic transport system including head end mic preamp/line level unit, lighting multiplexer, MIDI interface, fiber optic connector, and Ethernet-to-fiber converter. This allows him to skip the heavy copper snake and associated manpower and run an insanely large, capable system between FOH and stage through one fiber optic cable that in addition to carrying the audio, also carries the four universes of DMX lighting control for Nikki’s show. No more having to ratchet up the input gain on the board to get a decent SN that will overcome the noise picked up by copper along the way. He can get all 32 channels across and then some with no noise whatsoever. When he runs out of board, he uses the digital cards in the desk to expand the console by an additional 32 EtherSound preamps and 16 channels of AVIOM A16 to handle all of the nine-piece band’s monitoring needs with no noise issues, no compatibility issues and all on a single quad core fiber optic cable.

That’s a decent mix of audio and performance.

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Get HD Sound For HD Pictures with DPA Microphones at IBC 2013

Broadcasters attending IBC 2013 will only need to stop at DPA Microphones’ stand D76 in Hall 8 to cover all HD broadcast microphone applications, from the single interview to the complete TV show.

Since its beginning in 1992, DPA Microphones has been developing microphones that deliver HD sound from the deepest sounds to the highest peaks, covering the whole dynamic range, delivering perfect, linear HD sound.

Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones, says: “People spend a lot of time in front of their TV and enjoying this experience depends on the picture they see and the sound they hear. This is where DPA microphones make the difference. A poor sound, even with a good picture, is not accepted. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for the sound engineer to work with DPA microphones. This means that they are extremely linear and need very little or no EQ’ing. DPA is the only company on the market that delivers the same sound pattern, whether you work with a miniature microphone or a larger d:dicate™ microphone. The microphones simply blend perfectly and give a fantastic sound experience – for the sound engineer and the audience.”

Broadcast applications cover many situations and different miking possibilities depending on requirements, taste and specifications. In the broadcast studio the TV host is close miked with a DPA lavalier miniature mic mounted on the chest, or perhaps the elegant d:dicate™ mic on a goose neck mounted on the desktop. The journalist (the VJ) who interviews people in the field needs lightweight equipment because he has to record both the video and the sound at the same time. He would be miked with a DPA miniature or headset mic, while recording the interview with a d:facto mic. In a full blown TV talent show, the TV host wears a d:fine™ Headset Microphone, the singer sings into a d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, the band is reinforced with d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:dicate Recording microphones and the whole ambience is captured with the 5100 Mobile Surround microphones. And the list of combinations goes on and on.

“We believe we deliver the best sounding microphones to the broadcast industry and you can challenge us on that,” Christian Poulsen adds. “The audience deserves the best and we want to be the first choice when it comes to the best sounding microphones. The hallmarks of DPA’s ingenious engineering techniques ensure that every DPA microphone delivers clear, transparent and precise sound, along with the robustness and versatility.”

Beside DPA’s unique miniature based microphones, broadcasters will be particularly interested in the new d:dicate™ 4017C Shotgun microphone, a shorter version of the popular d:dicate 4017B Shotgun microphone. Thanks to the modularity of this new d:dicate range, DPA has been able to team the much loved 4017 shotgun capsule with its compact C preamp to create a microphone that is ideal for boom recording in tight spaces and rooms where ceiling height is limited. Offering the same functionality as the 4017B-R, which is the shotgun microphone in a Rycote Windshield, the 4017C-R offers the same solution, just with the 4017C and a smaller Rycote Windshield to give outside broadcasters, journalists and location film-makers everything they need for clear, directional sound, regardless of weather or environmental conditions.

The d:dicate series has been expanded with yet another new preamplifier solution, two modular active cables (MMP-ER with rear cable entry and MMP-ES with side cable entry), plus a number of modular active booms (MMP-F). These new microphone solutions can be used in many different applications, for example as a microphone solution on a desktop, on a podium, suspended for high-end capture or on elegant stage stands. The active booms come in several lengths and configurations with flexible gooseneck and XLR termination. The new active cable only adds a centimeter to the capsule, making it even more discreer than the compact C preamp, but giving comparable performance.

At IBC 2013, DPA Microphones will also be showing its new, high quality d:facto™ II Vocal Microphone that gives users unlimited possibilities for their performance. This eagerly awaited addition to the DPA condenser microphone range brings true studio sound to the live stage by offering an extraordinarily natural sound, superior gain before feedback and extreme SPL handling. In addition to use with the new wired DPA handle, the d:facto II provides singers and engineers with the added benefit of a state-of-the-art adapter system that allows for seamless integration with many professional wireless systems.

DPA will complete its IBC 2013 line up with its expanded d:fine™ series of Headset Microphones. Offering impressive gain before feedback and very stable construction, these unobtrusive microphones are easy to fit and provide presenters and guests with a discreet microphone solution that can’t be seen on the face. The d:fine range is renowned for its audio accuracy and its ability to deliver natural voice intelligibility and consistent audio performance at all SPLs. Available in both directional and omnidirectional options, in single or dual-ear designs and with long or short booms, d:fine™ headset Microphones are designed to fit comfortably and can be adjusted to accommodate any ear size and head shape.

At the DPA stand every microphone can be listened to and there is even a tombola where you can win a d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone every day at 5 pm.

For more information about DPA Microphones, please come to Hall 8, Stand D76 or visit the company’s website – www.dpamicrophones.com

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

TNDV: Television Picks Up Good Vibrations with HARMAN Studer® Vista 9 Console

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – TNDV: Television is a full-service mobile television broadcast production company with a fleet of four state-of-the-art broadcast trucks. Make that five, as TNDV: Television recently rolled out its “Vibration” truck, specifically designed to meet the needs of audio-intensive TV productions and equipped with a 256-channel HARMAN Studer Vista 9 digital mixing console.

“The audio input counts for TV shows keep getting higher and higher, and it got to the point where we decided to build a truck designed primarily around audio mixing,” said Nic Dugger, President of TNDV: Television. “We’re doing more and more shows where the input count can reach 100 or even more—so we decided to take that number and double it when we started looking for a console for the truck!”

In addition to TV, the Vibration truck is used for music festivals, concerts, awards shows, corporate and other events. Dugger and his staff wanted a console that had “top-of-the-line everything” and could simultaneously deliver a live sound mix and recording feed. After considerable research and hands-on evaluations, TNDV: Television purchased a Studer Vista 9 console and four Studer Stagebox input/output expansion modules, providing a total of 256 input channels. The Vista 9 feeds the truck’s JBL LSR4300 Series studio monitors monitors and a recording setup comprising two 128-channel Pro Tools-equipped computer towers.

Vibration is a 53-foot 18-wheeler that is divided into three areas—the mixing room, a client lounge complete with guitars, air conditioning, comfortable couches and a “machine room” where outboard gear, A/V infrastructure and “anything that has fans and makes noise” is located. “We want a comfortable mixing environment without distractions,” Dugger noted, an important consideration for someone who does gigs for days at a time in 90-plus-degree heat. “We built Vibration to feel like and function like a recording studio on wheels.”

A big part of that comfortable feeling is the truck’s Vista 9 console. Dugger and his staff had previous experience with other Studer and Soundcraft consoles and were familiar with their working environment, making the transition to the Vista 9 easier. He noted that while any experienced engineer will expect great sound and quality mic preamps from a console, it’s the unexpected that sets a console apart. In the case of the Vista 9, it’s the console’s software capabilities, control layout and ability for an engineer to configure the console and way he or she wants it.

TNDV: Television does production for a lot of music festivals, and the Vista 9 gives the crew the ability to get a mix for each band at sound check the day before and then instantly recall all the bands’ settings the day of the show. Dugger uses the console in a novel way that saves even more time. “Because we have 256 inputs, we can divide the console into essentially four different 64-input consoles,” he said. “That means that on the day of the show we’re ready to mix four bands in a row without touching a thing. We can be ready to mix the next band before they even set up their drum set.”

In fact, Dugger and his staff have pre-loaded about 20 “snapshots” of how bands typically use a mixing console, and store these templates on a USB drive and use them as a basis for getting a ballpark mix almost instantly. Dugger plans on sharing these stereo and multichannel mixes with other engineers on the Studer website. “We’ve done production for artists like Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Dunn and many others, and time after time their engineers are very impressed by how good everything sounds,” he said.

“If any audio engineer came up with a wish list of what they wanted in a console, I doubt he or she could find anything on the list that the Vista 9 doesn’t provide,” Dugger concluded. “We certainly haven’t!”

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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PixelFLEX LED Curtains Deliver Sharp Video Images During Country Music Award Festival’s Third Annual Music City Gives Back Concert

PixelFLEX LED Curtains recently provided sharp video images onstage during the third annual Music City Gives Back (MCGB) concert headlined by Rodney Atkins at the start of the Country Music Award Festival in downtown Nashville. This year’s free concert, attended by 12,000 passionate country music fans, featured artists Josh Thompson, Jana Kramer and Justin Moore and benefitted relief efforts for the victims of the Oklahoma City tornadoes.

PixelFLEX provided 12 20mm panels for this year’s concert to deliver clear video content and effects to enrich the musical performances. This is the second year PixelFLEX’s industry-leading LED screens were used during the MCGB show, as the video curtains offer optimal flexibility and ease of use, according to event organizers.

“We love using PixelFLEX because they’re extremely easy to load in and tear down,” said Justin Hinote of Hill Entertainment Group, Atkins’ management team. “They store easier than any regular screen that we can get and they look great on stage; they made downtown Broadway really light up.”

Sunlight can be a concern for daytime concerts with screens looking faded or washed out on stage, but even with MCGB’s start time of 6p.m. Hinote was confident PixelFLEX would provide a superior product. “Having used the panels in the past, I knew visibility wouldn’t be an issue and I wasn’t disappointed. The clarity was super all day, even in direct sunlight, and the picture improved as the night went on,” said Hinote.

Easy to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection – PixelFLEX LED Curtains are available from low resolution to high resolution, allowing users to demonstrate simple effects or elaborate videos.

During the charitable event, the panels were arranged behind center stage to showcase videos, static images and effects throughout all four performances. PixelFLEX curtains were chosen specifically as the backdrop for the production to “blow up” and visually enhance the show for the audience.

“It’s great to use PixelFLEX screens when you’re designing the stage because they offer a lot of flexibility in the imaging and always look great,” said Hinote in closing.

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

Expanded HRS Control Website Makes Its Debut

High Resolution Systems has launched a new website for HRS Control (www.HRScontrol.com) with increased features and improved functionality.

“It was time to upgrade. HRS Control’s old website didn’t even list all of our products,” says HRS’s Drew Taylor. “The new, improved website is a better example of who we are now. It’s a digital storefront that represents all that HRS Control has to offer, and we designed it for easy customer navigation.”

The new home page presents a bold, graphical slideshow that demonstrates the company’s dedication to “control systems made easy” for applications ranging from live events to executive boardrooms. Below the slideshow, a simple three-step process reveals how to configure UDC software, load it to the new Raptor server and connect with iPads and popular tablets. Just click on any step to learn more about the procedures.

Section heads direct customers to comprehensive information about the company, its equipment and users. “Products” provides details about more than a dozen categories of gear. “Markets” spotlights customers in rental and staging, broadcast, live events, corporate boardrooms, military and government, trade shows and houses of worship. “Media” relates customer stories and shares recent press releases; videos offer info on product demos, HRS Control’s presence at trade shows, and training. And “About Us” tells the HRS story from its founding.

In addition, customers can sign up for an account and, once approved, log in to the website to download UDC and other software to test and use. They can also log in and download all of HRS Control’s revamped manuals and Quickstart guides. A new section gives resellers worldwide increased support with access to downloads of logos and marketing and press materials to aid their sales efforts.

Customers and prospects are also encouraged to sign up for a newsletter providing the latest updates on UDC software and what’s happening at HRS Control.

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DK-Technologies Releases New LTC Engine for the PT5300 Master Sync Generator at IBC 2013

DK-Technologies is using IBC 2013 as the platform to release its latest LTC and 3G additions to the field proven PT5300 Master Sync Generator (Hall 8, Stand B60).

In master sync applications, the new LTC fallback function allows the PT5300 to align with the internal high precision clock – a feature that is of huge importance to users working in situations where GPS coverage is patchy or inadequate.

In slave sync applications the LTC engine enables the PT5300 to genlock to VITC time-code derived from the black-burst input.

The new LTC engine will be shipping as an integral part of the PT5300 by September 2013. The improved functions are available to existing PT5300 users as an upgrade module.

DK-Technologies has also announced that the PT5300 Master Sync Generator and its change-over companion product, the PT5211, will both be 3G compatible by the end of 2013.

“With years of experience and thousands of field hours under the PT5300 hood, we feel that 3G is a natural progression,” says DK-Technologies’ COO, Jacob Christensen.

The 3G upgrade will be available as an optional hardware module and will be backwards compatible with all existing PT5300 and PT5211 units.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA.

DK-Technologies DK Meter Goes ‘All In’ for IBC 2013

DK-Technologies has given its DK Meter software a comprehensive revamp so that it now incorporates Picture Preview and SMPTE timecode reading. And, in a move that will be enormously beneficial to broadcasters, it has also completely removed complex license structures allowing full access to all software features to any DK Meter user.

Uffe Kjems, Product Marketing Director for DK-Technologies, says: “By removing complex license structures, we have made it possible for all DK Meter users to access any of the software features available today. The change, which amounts to a significant increase in functionality and value, applies to any meter in the DK Meter range. Existing users can download the new software free of charge from our website: www.dk-technologies.com.”

The new software, which will be on show at IBC 2013 (Hall 8, Stand E60), also allows 3G SDI video streams to be previewed on the DK Meter screen for instant check or permanent video display.

“Broadcasters need the ability to preview the 3G SDI Video stream and, for DK-Technologies, incorporating this feature into our DK Meter software was an obvious progression,” Kjems adds. “Achieving this was technically challenging but we can now offer our users the ability to measure, monitor and preview the de-embedded SDI audio stream. Picture preview is a very useful additional feature as it can be used to quickly check the SDI video stream and is also handy when the DK Meter is being used as a mini video monitor.”

Additionally, the new software features SMPTE timecode reading for instant view and Logging against timecode. This gives all DK Meter users an easy and accurate way of addressing relevant loudness corrections and actions.

Finally, the DK Meter has undergone a significant facelift, making it much clearer to read and much more user friendly. The user interface step-up includes larger and smoother fonts and a completely new color scheme, elevating the precision metering of the DK Meter to a new level of readability and resolution.

For more information about the new DK Meter software, please visit DK Technologies at IBC 2013, Hall 8, Stand E.60.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA.

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DK-Technologies Steps Up Audio and Waveform Monitoring at IBC 2013

DK-Technologies is using the IBC 2013 platform to launch the PT0800 Audio and Waveform Monitor. This flagship addition to the DK range introduces a unique combination of Audio, Loudness and Waveform monitoring at the highest precision, allowing it to blend into virtually any metering application.

On show at DK-Technologies’ IBC 2013 stand (8.B60), the PT0800 offers broadcasters an extended collection of high quality video and waveform monitoring tools. The video section is flanked by an audio toolbox, complete with Bargraphs, Moving Coil Emulation, DK’s proprietary StarFish™ display technology, FFT spectrum analysis and much more. In addition, the PT0800 complies with all major broadcast standards and includes Loudness and True Peak logging.

The DK-Technologies’ PT0800 is highly customizable and allows for virtually any combination of audio and video tools to be viewed and adapted to the specific application and use. The user interface functionality can be tailored to accommodate the functions, views and features desired by the end-user.

“The PT0800 is the most flexible and customizable high quality metering unit on the market today,” says Uffe Kjems, DK-Technologies Product Marketing Director. “This product will make audio and video engineers’ lives much easier and will help broadcasters cope with the fast changing requirements that they face.”

The PT0800 hardware is modular and allows for input/output choices of AES, HD SDI, Analogue, and Dolby E formats, enabling up to 4 camera inputs alongside up to 64 audio inputs and 16 outputs, all under preset control.

DK-Technologies will start shipping the new PT0800 Audio and Waveform Monitor from October, 2013. If you would like more information about this product, please visit www.dk-technologies.com or visit the company at IBC 2013 – Hall 8, Stand B60.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA.

absolut technologies: latest Calibre UK distributor

Taking the industry’s largest range of scaling, switching & processing equipment to Brazil

Following the success of InfoComm 2013, the international audio-visual and communication industry’s largest annual event, the latest company to join Calibre UK’s distribution partner programme is collaboration, virtual reality, and visualization system providers, absolut technologies.

absolut technologies now supplies the entire range of LEDView and HQView scan, switch and scaling technology to rental and staging companies in Brazil.

“The Brazil market is experiencing tremendous growth,” explains Hans Ulmer, Managing Director at absolute technologies. “The high performance of the Calibre UK processors, switchers and scalers makes rental and staging applications more functional, by enabling users to manage and process content faster, with more detail and accuracy, thus saving time and money.”

“Already, Calibre UK equipment has been deployed in several installations.”

Pauline Brooksbank, MD at Calibre UK says: absolute technologies are a leader in their field in terms of customer service, product portfolio and integration examples. We’re justifiably proud of our new partner in the Brazil market.”

www.calibreuk.com

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Ethix Management Appoints Doug Maddison At Technical Director

Event production specialist Ethix Management has marked an exceptionally successful 12 month trading period by appointing Doug Maddison to the position of Technical Director.

The company, which produces a wide range of events from product launches and outdoor festivals to corporate hospitality, has recently undergone a major corporate restructure, and Maddison’s appointment is the next step in that process.

Paul Jones, founder and Managing Director of Ethix Management, explains: “In 2012, Ethix partnered with the Star Events Group to provide technical production, including sound, lighting and power, for the Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays around the UK. In order to cope with the additional workload, I took the decision to split the company into two separate entities – Ethix Management, to service our existing clients, and the newly formed Ethix Production Services, to service the Olympic contract.

“Both companies have been incredibly successful and have attracted many new clients and projects, therefore I needed to strengthen the management structure in order to keep up momentum and take the businesses forward into the future.”

Doug Maddison, who has been with Ethix Management for five years, has now taken on responsibility for running the technical side of the business, leaving Jones free to concentrate on winning new contracts.

“Doug is highly experienced in the technical side of event production and is the ideal person to help drive the company forward,” Paul Jones adds. “I am confident that with Doug as part of the management team we can continue to grow both companies and deliver the same high levels of quality and service that we are renowned for.”

Ethix is currently involved in a number of high profile productions around the world. It recently provided event production for the Big IF Rally in London’s Hyde Park and for the Get Reading Festival, which attracted thousands of people to London’s Trafalgar Square. Its next major project will be Now or Never, an art installation project organised by the Vienna Tourist Board, which takes place simultaneously in Vienna, London and Berlin in September 2013.

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About Ethix Management:
Ethix Management has been providing rental services for over 10 years and supplying professional production solutions across multiple platforms for large scale outdoor events. Ethix is listed with the UKTI as a supplier for major sporting events in the Springboard to Success Directory. It has supplied many G8 and G20 summits in Europe on behalf of Associated Press and has worked for Broadcast Solutions as a supplier for CHOGM in Malta, Uganda and the forthcoming Sri Lankan meeting in 2013. The company has seen a substantial growth in 2012-2013, with work ranging from the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations on Piccadilly for Bliss Events, to the technical supply of the Vital Venue in Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013, working in partnership with Star Events Group.

For more information about Ethix Management, please visit:
www.ethixmanagement.com

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