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HARMAN’s Martin LEDs Blossom at Sweden’s Summerburst Festival

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — As some of the world’s most pronounced DJs took the stage at the Sweden Summerburst Festival, a team of lighting professionals designed and managed a complete HARMAN Martin lighting display, highlighting artists such as David Guetta, Sebastian Ingroso, Axwell, Steve Angello, Alesso, Steve Aoki and Hardwell, among others. Deployed by Westridge Audio AB, the Martin system was required to have enough power to shine brightly and effectively during both day and night performances.

Music & Lights AB supplied 72 Martin MAC Aura’s, 12 MAC 301 Washes and 62 Atomic 3000 strobes for the festival’s two, 2-day events in Göteborg and Stockholm.

“The MAC Aura did an amazing job at the Summerburst Festival,” stated Production Manager Daniel Rüdén. “The brightness of the fixtures and lenses are very usable during daylight and when the sun set, the zoom beam was almost as strong as the beam fixtures next to it!”

Rüdén described his struggle with weight limitations on tours and during festivals, but with Aura’s lightweight construction, the lighting team was able to provide more lighting options and fixtures, while keeping functionality at a maximum. “We were able to hang trusses with fixtures between the LED panels on each side of the stage. The Martin Aura was small and effective, allowing us to move the trusses closer together and create great visuals for each performance.”

Tobias Borén, Lighting Director for the festival since its inception in 2011, was given free reign to put his final touch on the festival’s lights, choosing the best fixtures to suit the EDM music during the festival. The final combined design between Rüdén and Borén’s visions were underscored by the Martin solution.

“It was an easy choice for us – the MAC Aura is by far the best LED wash fixture on the market, due to its brightness and light weight,” Rüdén continued. “Tobias also designed some great custom rain covers for the Auras, which allowed us to concentrate more on the show than the weather conditions.”

Photos: Per Ruben

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.

Lowell Manufacturing Names River City Sales New Residential Sales Rep for “MINK” Territory

— St. Louis-based firm will handle Lowell’s residential business for Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska,
Kansas and Southern Illinois —

PACIFIC, MO, August 7, 2013 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products for over 65 years, has named a new residential sales rep for the “MINK” territory consisting of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Southern Illinois. St. Louis-based River City Sales, Inc. will serve this territory, representing Lowell’s entire product line to the residential market. The announcement was made by Tom Lowell, Lowell Manufacturing Residential Sales Manager, and reflects the Lowell company’s ongoing expansion into the residential arena. The Lowell account will be handled by Brett Phelps, Outside Sales, with support from other River City personnel, including Gary Cooley (Administration), Terri Herring (Customer Service & Support), Ray Smith (Outside Sales Home Audio) and Calvin Cooper (River City Distribution).

“We are pleased to add River City Sales to our team of residential manufacturer’s representatives,” stated Tom Lowell. “They have a proven track record of excellence, and we are proud to be among the list of brands they service. We look forward to seeing all the great things that will come from us working together.”

Brett Phelps stated, “Being a product made in the St. Louis area means a lot in this economy. Coupling that with the quality of Lowell products and their outstanding reputation for customer service, we are very excited to represent Lowell and welcome them to the River City Sales family of products.”

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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Audio-Technica Honors On the Road Marketing with President’s Award

STOW, OH, August 7, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless microphones, headphones and accessory products for over 50 years, is pleased to announce that Nyack, New York-based On the Road Marketing has been presented with A-T’s prestigious President’s Award, for their work representing Audio-Technica U.S. On the Road Marketing’s Principal Doug Brown accepted the award, which recognizes a leading manufacturer’s representative for outstanding commitment and dedication during the Audio-Technica 2012/2013 fiscal year. The award was presented by Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. President and C.E.O., and Michael Edwards, A-T V.P. Professional Products. Also representing On the Road Marketing were Justin Walker, Chris Grajewski, Jon Stafford and Jason Longobardo. On the Road’s Frank Portalatin was absent. The A-T President’s Award was presented at a ceremony during the 2013 InfoComm Expo on June 12 in Orlando, Florida.

Phil Cajka commented, “On the Road Marketing has been awarded this honor for their continued dedication to sales, customer care and the marketing of the A-T brand. Their team has a vast base of knowledge and experience in the audio industry. We are proud to give them this honor, and extremely grateful for their hard work and continued service.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: On the Road Marketing’s Justin Walker, Sales, and Chris Grajewski, Sales; Michael Edwards, Audio-Technica V.P. Professional Products; On the Road’s Doug Brown, Principal; Philip Cajka, A-T U.S. President and C.E.O.; and On the Road’s Jon Stafford, Sales, and Jason Longobardo, Sales. Photo by Corey Walthall, Clyne Media Inc.

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51st International AES Conference to Focus on Loudspeakers and Headphones

— The Audio Engineering Society offers first conference emphasizing loudspeaker and headphone technology and design —

— AES continues to reaffirm its position as the preeminent global resource for the exchange and dissemination of information in the audio community —

New York, NY, August 6, 2013 — Following the highly successful 50th International Conference in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which focused on audio education, the Audio Engineering Society (AES) will hold its 51st International Conference in Helsinki, Finland, August 21-24, 2013. The conference will feature a first-ever program dedicated to Loudspeakers and Headphones and the technologies associated with their design and performance. This event will bring together top names in the industry for four days of in-depth programs, sessions and tutorials, kicking-off with the keynote address given by Genelec Founder and Chairman Ilpo Martikainen on the evolution and history of the loudspeaker as we know it today.

Driven by today’s changing landscape of portable audio devices, advances in digital signal processing and improved measurement technology, both miniature transducers, as well as full range systems, are seeing the benefits of the latest research and advances in speaker design and manufacturing technology. This AES Conference, chaired by Juha Backman (Nokia Corporation), will feature presentations by key industry professionals including Sennheiser’s Axel Grell speaking on the topic “Headphones – From Alexander Graham Bell to a Mass Phenomenon,” and Linkwitz Lab’s Siegfried Linkwitz addressing his mission of “Finding the Prototype for Stereo Loudspeakers.” Additional tutorials on a wide range of related topics will be presented by Wolfgang Klippel (Klippel GmbH), Peter Larsen (LOUDSOFT), John Richards (Oxford Digital), Simon Woollard (Prism Sound), Lars Risbo (Texas Instruments), and Anthony Waldron (Audio EMC). These will cover topics ranging from loudspeaker data, design and optimization, to loudspeaker analysis and powered amplification.

Additional program topics, registration and travel information may be found at http://www.aes.org/conferences/51/.

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BIRTV 2013: Vizrt to highlight advances in newsroom workflows, live sports, 4k rendering and virtual graphics

At BIRTV, Vizrt will show sports broadcast advances, integration with third party newsroom systems, 4k rendering in the control room and live IP streaming among other news at its booth #3023. BIRTV 2013 will be held August 21st-24th at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing China.

Vizrt will display integrations with several newsroom control systems (NRCS) at BIRTV. The integration allows journalists in the newsroom access to graphic templates in Viz Content Pilot and videos from Viz Media Engine directly within the NRCS interface giving them a powerful and efficient newsroom workflow.

Viz Engine, Vizrt’s real-time 3D compositing system is set to enhance broadcasters’ ability to render for any platform with the new IP streaming capability. Graphics and video are composited in real-time and output as a stream in multiple format options and resolutions for online, mobile devices and live on-air.

At BIRTV, Vizrt will also be showing a 4K video wall rendered by a single Viz Engine. This new enhancement of the Viz Engine allows broadcasters to prepare for the future with a 4k output option built into the Viz Engine.

Viz Libero, Vizrt’s sports analysis system makes it’s BIRTV debut this year. Viz Libero creates realistic 3D replays and virtual enhancements for analyzing sports events. Give viewers a new perspective on controversial calls and key plays.

Vizrt will also be displaying the latest virtual set technology with Viz Virtual Studio. The presentation will show the many uses of a virtual set and include immersive graphic elements as well as several virtual environments.

Vizrt’s Social TV solution will be at BIRTV with several new integrations with Chinese social networks allowing broadcasters to monitor, filter, approve, and harvest user generated content. They can then build playlists or carousels of selected social content they want to display with live Vizrt graphics and push them to air. User generated content includes video from Tudou, tweets from Tencent Weibo and blogs from Sina Weibo.

Vizrt will be on multiple partner booths throughout BIRTV showcasing our many integrations including Potevio with Viz Libero and featuring the Virtual Presenter. Other partner exhibits include Shotoku, Socam, and Vinten with immersive graphics, and Times Sage with a multimedia platform and immersive graphics.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

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Shotoku Serves Up A Win For Tennis Championship Broadcasts

UNIQUE VR TRACKING SYSTEM PROVIDES AUGMENTED REALITY FOR HIGH-PROFILE SPORTING EVENT

Staines, UK – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, recently facilitated the introduction of Augmented Reality (AR) to BBC Sport for its live outside broadcasts of the Wimbledon 2013 tennis championships. Shotoku sales director James Eddershaw announced from the Company’s European headquarters in Staines, UK, that Shotoku provided BBC Sport with two TP-90VR and SX300VR Tracking Pedestal & Head systems for its temporary OB studio during its live outdoor coverage of the Lawn Tennis Championships.

AR was introduced on the first day of the tournament and continued to be used for every studio broadcast throughout the two-week tournament. The level of use and complexity of the graphics adapted as the tournament progressed, right up to the final day. In the UK alone, more than 17m viewers watched the men’s final broadcast.

It was Shotoku’s unique VR tracking technology that made transferring systems more typically found in permanent studio installations, into the temporary OB studio possible. Using highly accurate internal encoders to monitor all moving axes and combine with simple in-studio referencing technology, allowed Shotoku to drastically reduce the time required for installation and calibration.

“We are delighted to have been able to work with BBC Sport to help them deliver AR for the first time at an Outside Broadcast, especially at such a prestigious event as the Wimbledon tennis championships.” said Eddershaw. “We are particularly pleased with the reaction of the camera operators who used the equipment for the first time in an OB environment. Any changes to their normal operation came simply from working with the in-shot graphics, not the equipment.”

Shotoku’s recently introduced SX-300VR virtual tracking EFP head features precise tracking and uncompromised operation. Based on the popular SX300 EFP head, the ergonomic design with decades of extensive VR experience behind it provides a robust, reliable platform for a wide range of camera and lens configurations. The SX-300VR provides high-accuracy, real-time data output with absolutely no loss in manual performance. Like all Shotoku VR systems, the unit combines with the Serial Position Interface (SPI) for frame-synchronized high-resolution data tracking, compatible with all leading VR graphics systems. The head may be simply mounted on a tripod, or for real-time full 3D tracking, one of Shotoku’s VR pedestals such as the lightweight, 3-stage TP-90VR, used in this application. While both are typically employed for a range of studio configurations, the SX-300VR and TP-90VR proved to be robust, flexible and reliable in a challenging OB studio application.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

Cobalt Digital to Roll Out Expanded Range of Card-Based Options for Broadcasters at IBC 2013

COMPANY CONTINUES ROLE AS LEADING PROVIDER OF AUDIO VIDEO SIGNAL Processing 3G/HD/SD-SDI CARDS
FOR VARIETY OF MOBILE, STUDIO AND TRANSMISSION APPLICATIONS

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, will offer an array of new and enhanced card-based signal processing solutions to international broadcasters at this year’s IBC2013, at Stand 10.B44. With a line-up that further extends the company’s position as a leader in card-based solutions, Cobalt will unveil the latest in converter technology with its new OBSIDIAN3G™ range of cards, highlight enhanced colour correction features in its 9084 COMPASS® HD/SD-SDI RGB Colour Correction Card, feature extended capabilities of its SPOTCHECK® to provide both a video and audio compliance monitoring and recorded data logging system, as well as show its new fibre units both in card form and in Cobalt’s popular Blue Box Group™ family of throw-down modules.

“We are very much looking forward to this year’s IBC2013 show in Amsterdam and having the chance to meet with both current and potential new customers and demonstrate how we listened to their requests and delivered new and enhanced products to meet their diverse needs – no matter the application,” says Chris Shaw, EVP Sales and Marketing, Cobalt Digital. “From professionals in traditional broadcast spaces to those in mobile trucks, studio and transmission environments, Cobalt is delivering a range of solutions that spans from high quality, fast colour correction and video and audio compliance monitoring to expanded Blue Box and OBSIDIAN3G families at this year’s show. As always, our goal is to keep customers ahead of the technology curve in a competitive market with reliable, cost effective gear.”

New:
• OBSIDIAN3G – a new series of terminal gear cards offers the highest quality performance and improved frame density with pricing sensibility to accommodate all types and sizes of broadcast facilities. The continuously expanding feature-rich OBSIDIAN3G series, developed using the latest chip technology, debuts at IBC2013 with a down converter series that combines low power with a high-density design and the potential to pack up to 20 cards per frame in a dual-channel unit for a total of 40 conversions. Features include 3G/HD/SD-SDI input, frame sync, SDI reclocking, SD-SDI and analog video/audio outputs. The 9501-DCDA auto-detects and down converts SMPTE 425/292/259M formats, performs aspect ratio conversion and can pan & zoom. Three models debuting at this year’s show include: OBSIDIAN3G 9501-DCDA-3G, OBSIDIAN3G 9501-DCDA-HD, and OBSIDIAN3G 9502-DCDA-3G.

Highlights:
• SPOTCHECK, Cobalt’s audio loudness measurement and recorded data logging system, now offers enhanced compliance monitoring and logging capabilities. With up to 16 video channels containing up to 32 audio channels, the newest version – SPOTCHECK-2016 – monitors, meters and logs loudness compliance over extended time-periods and now supports codecs H.264, MPEG2, MP1L2, DD, AAC. Enhancements include Live Audio Meters, Thumbnails, Transport Stream Manager and ASI Gateway. SPOTCHECK also features newly added video monitoring capabilities in the form of notification of Frozen Frame/Audio Dropout, SNMP Alarm Trap and Unit Status and Local Ad Insertion (SCTE35 and DTMB Tones). More features will be on-hand at the company’s stand during IBC2013.

• Cobalt’s 9084 COMPASS HD/SD-SDI RGB Colour Correction Card offers customers a fast and intuitive colour correction option with real-time adjustment features which can easily be made from the company’s award-winning OGCP-9000/CC Remote Control Panel. The remote control panel, intended for FUSION3G® 9900 series and COMPASS 9000 series signal processing cards, was designed with a special emphasis for the COMPASS 9064 and 9084 Colour Corrector cards, and the FUSION3G series +COLOR option. The 9084 offers RGB-space colour correction with YCbCr proc features and frame sync for HD/SD-SDI video streams. The RGB processing controls provide full offset, gain and gamma adjustments. The YCbCr proc controls provide lift, gain, saturation, phase, white clip (hard and soft), black clip, and colour saturation clip – all with user memory. Parameter updates are smooth and responsive, providing real-time adjustments ideal for use during live events. Even though the card provides extensive control of the signal from the RGB perspective, it will continue to pass those signals that fall outside of the RGB gamut. Pluge and YCbCr limit ramp signals pass without modification. When the CbCr saturation clip is activated, the saturation limiting operation will not affect the colour phase.

• Fibre units are now available for Cobalt’s recently released Blue Box Group™ – a range of throw-down modular bricks designed to answer the demand for first class quality, price competitive, signal conversion equipment. This family continues to grow with its new range of fibre units, including Transceiver, Regenerator, Transmitters and Receivers. The units, pathologically compatible with OG fibre cards, allow for analog audio embed and de-embed and provide 3G (1080p59.94/50) support for HDMI models. The compact, rugged, and portable converter boxes are super-easy to use and support SMPTE 425, 292M, and 259M as well as DVB, ASI, and MADI audio on two independent coax-to-fibre paths. Up to six modules can be installed in a single 1RU rack.

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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

Martin Audio MLA Compact Keeps Sound Inside Urban Amphitheater

––RMB Audio Uses System To Stay Within Rigorous City Noise Limits––

The Red Hat Amphitheater is located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina with the stage facing a large convention center covered with reflective surfaces located next to a parking deck. Just a few blocks to the rear of the stage are residential neighborhoods.

Home to a summer-long series of concerts, Red Hat is obviously a challenging environment for shows in terms of controlling noise levels. Cooper Cannady of RMB Audio in Raleigh has produced several shows there and knows those problems all too well: “The city contracted a large study at multiple sites around the venue and came up with an SPL limitation of maximum 95dB SPL for one minute at given test points. And that’s tough when you’re doing a show there. Someone like Dylan is manageable, but Smashing Pumpkins and a Snoop Dogg performance is a real challenge to the sound ordinance.

Fortunately, RMB used their Martin Audio MLA Compact system for a recent show featuring American Aquarium, Cravin Melon and the Chris Hendricks band. As Cooper explains, “We put our MLA Compact rig in there and made a presentation to the city how the system’s new software algorithms functioned. We wanted to bring the sound closer to the audience, avoid the reflections from the building and back it off at the stop points we had selected.

“So we kept working on the sound with the software and finally got it to where there’s no reflection coming off the building. Only people with the MLA Compact can get that kind of control. Everyone else is going to have sound washing over those surfaces and throw it everywhere.

“The wonderful part about MLA is that the coherence of the system actually makes it sound louder than the SPL meter says it is,” Cooper adds, “which is a real benefit for the audience and the promoters. The city told us we couldn’t have any flags at the 95dB test point and we were able to do that without any problems whatsoever.”

RMB Audio’s setup for the show consisted of 12 MLA Compact enclosures per side, with six DSX subs a side stacked on the wings of the stage. The side fills consisted of two Martin Audio W8Ts and two WS218 subs a side, with WS18X subs for drums, and four W8LMs for lip-fills across the front of the stage. LE1200s were used for on stage monitoring.

Engineer Wayne Sowder was also impressed: “Roger Dennis of RMB put me on the FOH Console for Cravin Melon, and it was my first chance to mix on the MLA Compact. It was unlike any system I’ve ever mixed on––incredible clarity yet very natural, warm sounding and powerful. The software was also a major plus in helping the system techs refine the system performance based on temperature and humidity in the venue as well as changing the start and stop points without re-hanging boxes. It’s a very powerful tool in the hands of skilled technicians.”

Summing up, Cooper adds, “The city thought the MLA Compact system sounded excellent and that the system was consistent throughout the audience area and had greatly reduced SPL beyond the audience space. I sent one of my staff with a representative from the city with an SPL meter across the street from the park and the sound was diving 10 to 15dB. And if they walked a little further out, the decrease in SPL continued. Once that happened, they actually got it.

“The MLA Compact has been a lifesaver for this venue. This is the answer for an urban area with residences in close proximity. We’ve been able to make everybody happy––the audience, the acts, the city and the neighborhood. MLA has been a real unifying experience. Not many people can deal with those kinds of restrictions and say they did OK, and we did smashingly well.”

For more about RMB Audio, please click to www.rmbaudio.com

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

DANLEY SOUND LABS LOUDSPEAKERS AND SUBS WIN THE SHOOTOUT FOR INCLUSION AT MT. MORIAH BAPTIST CHURCH’S NEW SANCTUARY

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 2013: Lou Jones, president of NBS Media Systems in Charleston, South Carolina, has been working with the members of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church for over twenty years. He helped to design and install their previous three sound systems, each a response to the church’s continued growth. Recently, Mt. Moriah expanded yet again, building a new 2,250-seat sanctuary on its property. Again, Jones and his company helped the church meet all of its audio/visual needs. He arranged a sound reinforcement system shootout, pitting three well-regarded line array systems against a Danley Sound Labs point source system. Danley came out on top sonically and, as a bonus, was the least expensive system under consideration. The church used some of the money it saved to add a few extra Danley boxes, which absolutely guaranteed clear, high SPLs required for the full impact of its energetic gospel services.

“They wanted to be absolutely certain that they would have a sound system capable of delivering high-end, concert-quality SPL and low-frequency output for their full production, which includes a 150-voice choir, drums, bass, guitar, sax, keyboards, B3, and soloists,” said Jones. “And they wanted to be rider-ready for touring Christian acts.” It was destined to be an impressive sound system, and the church wanted to be sure it would get the best components available. At the request of the church officials, Jones arranged a loudspeaker/subwoofer shootout, sequentially bringing in four well-respected manufacturers, including Danley Sound Labs.

Except for Danley, the other three systems were all line arrays, consistent with the size and format of the room. All of the systems sounded good, but the church’s task was to pick the best. “They were impressed by the Danley system,” said Jones. “They liked its warm, hi-fi quality. The subs were also tremendous and more than capable of putting out the kind of solid low end that they were hoping for. They had the money in the bank for even the most expensive of the four systems, so their decision was based purely on performance. Nevertheless, the Danley system would save them some money. In addition, the Danley point-source system affords them better sight lines than they would have had with a line array.”

Engineers at Danley Sound Labs assisted Jones with a system model. Three Danley SH-96 HO full-range boxes provide main coverage in an exploded LCR arrangement. The new “HO” suffix on many of Danley’s full-range loudspeakers denotes a new high-frequency element that allows the entire box to operate at higher SPLs with Danley’s characteristic flat, undistorted response. A pair of Danley SH-95-HOs provide delay on either side, and two more SH-95 HOs deliver down-fill for the choir. Two Danley SH-Micros serve as apron fills, and two SH-Minis fill in the dead zones on the Deacon and Deaconess boxes on the platform. Eight Danley SH-LPMs serve as stage monitors. A pair of flown Danley DBH-218 subwoofers convey ample low end from either side of the stage. The DBH-218 is Danley’s nuanced take on conventional subwoofer design. Finally, forty-five Tannoy ceiling-mounted loudspeakers distribute sound throughout the rest of the building. A Yamaha M7CL accepts 48 of 96 possible inputs at a time, and three Biamp Nexia processors provide routing, crossovers, and loudspeaker conditioning. Crown CTs-Series amplifiers power the system. He system also includes a full compliment of stage microphones and six Shure SLX combo wireless mic systems – each including a Shure SM58 handheld mic and a Countryman E6 head-worn mic with belt-pack.

NBS also designed and installed the HD video system for the project. This system includes three two Vaddio HD-19 and one Vaddio HD-20 1080p remote PTZ camera (and they are adding a fourth), controlled by Vaddio’s joystick controller. Video processing and distribution is done using a Roland V1600HD video switcher. Camera inputs are all HD/SDI and outputs to projectors and flat-screens are DVI. There are five Digital Pro E-Vision 7,000 lumens/WUXGA DLP projectors. Two projectors are “stacked” per side to illuminate 16’x10’ VU Easy fixed screens on either side of the proscenium. The fifth E-Vision projector illuminates a Draper 137-inch 16:10 ratio screen above and in front of the choir seating position and behind the proscenium arch (not visible from the audience). Additional flat-screen monitors are located in various areas on the platform on rolling low-profile mounts so that the celebrants can see the video presentation. There are also flat-screens installed in the Pastor’s Study and conference room with numerous other locations in the building being “roughed-in” for the addition of future displays.

The theatrical lighting system was designed and installed, in partnership with NBS, by High Output with local offices in Charleston and headquartered in Boston. Mark Shore from the Boston office was High Output’s lead engineer and designer on the project.

The theatrical lighting system includes twelve LED Prism Projection RevEAL Profile 14 degree color-changing fixtures at the front of house pipe batten position. There are three lighting pipe battens suspended over the platform area, behind the proscenium with thirty LED Elektralight ElektraLED 1018 color-changing wash fixtures with Source 4 barn doors. The system includes a 1×12 opto-splitter, a programmable wall controller and a Leprecan LPC-96V 96-channel console with touch-screen at front of house.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABSDanley 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

Zylight IS3c LED Light Simplifies Background Color Changes for College Promotional Videos

LOS ANGELES – In July, with a small budget and limited crew, Michael Mulvey Production Services, Inc. was tasked with creating short promotional videos for Boston’s Berklee College of Music. To create unique color backdrops for various performers who were shot separately on the same set, the Boston-based production company used its Zylight IS3c LED light, which features a Color Mode that produces millions of colors without gels or filters.

The project focused on Berklee City Music, a nonprofit division of the college that mentors middle and high school students. “We needed to do something very efficiently in a small, improvised studio,” explained Michael Mulvey, SOC, director of photography for MMPS and a 33-year industry veteran. “The client wanted six different backgrounds to differentiate the artists we were shooting.”

In the past, it was a tedious, time consuming process for Mulvey to select and change background colors using gels. If a color was acceptable to a client, he would then have to address additional creative choices, such as color saturation and intensity, which would take more time. “With the IS3c, you can make very subtle changes once you find something you like,” he said. “There’s no question it saves time.”

Mulvey used one of his Zylight Z90 compact LED lights with built-in ZyLink wireless technology to change the color palette on the IS3c. The Berklee shoot was in a very confined space, so it was easier to make adjustments from across the room using the Z90 as a handheld remote control than to maneuver through the set to adjust the light manually.

Generally, Mulvey uses his IS3c with custom Chimera soft box (produced exclusively for Zylight) as a key light, but the Berklee shoot was not the first time it saved the day with its color capabilities. For another project, a client had requested a white background for an interview – but once the client was on the set, they decided a color wash would be better. With the IS3c, Mulvey was able to accommodate the last-minute change quickly.

Mulvey has had his IS3c for about a year, and said its low profile, low power usage, and low heat are important features. “It never stays behind. The IS3c is always in my truck,” he added. “It’s a great light.”

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

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