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IN-DEMAND MIX ENGINEER RICHARD FURCH USES METRIC HALO’S CHANNELSTRIP PLUG-IN ON EVERY CHANNEL OF EVERY SONG HE MIXES

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Seasoned audio engineer Richard Furch has worked on numerous Grammy Award-winning albums for the world’s leading pop, R&B, and rap artists. His client list includes Prince, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Tyrese, Frank Ocean, OutKast, Macy Gray, Usher, Chaka Khan, Katherine McPhee, Fountains of Wayne, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and he has worked with a slew of prominent rappers including Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Rick Ross, and Ludacris. He recently mixed India.Arie’s album SongVersation and Chrisette Michele’s album Better, each almost in its entirety. Both albums went to number one on the iTunes R&B chart and captured the number one and two spots, respectively, on the Billboard R&B charts and stayed in the top ten for eight weeks. As with everything he mixes, Furch began with an instance of Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in on every channel of every song he mixed on both albums. Because it can be either transparent and surgical or colored and organic depending on his needs, Furch bases his workflow and sound on ChannelStrip.

“I love the perfect combination of transparent when I need it, but ‘analog smooth’ when I want it,” he said. “With everything flat, ChannelStrip is truly transparent. I’ve loaded a dozen or so instances in series and compared the output to the original – it was indistinguishable. Because of that, I don’t hesitate to put on extra instances to automate small fixes as needed. For example, there were moments in India.Arie’s vocals where she got a little too close to the mic or one of the syllables lacked the presence it should have. I could leave the ChannelStrip instance that gave me the overall balance just as it was and punch in a new instance just for a particular correction.” Furch maps the controls from the ChannelStrip on each Pro Tools channel to the Avid C24 Pro Tools control surface that organizes his workflow. “ChannelStrip is essentially my board… any other plug-in is a flavor,” he said.

In the course of using ChannelStrip for so many years, Furch has developed his own flat preset that serves as a speedy jumping-off point. Strategic equalization frequencies, cut-offs, and bandwidths together with compression ratios, side-chain settings, and decay times make it easy for him to pop in one of several tricks that instantly take tracks to good places. For example, if he finds that he’s losing a particular instrument in the mix, he enables the compressor with his preset parameters and the auto gain make up “lifts out the sound of the mix a bit.” He continued, “I used to do that when I mixed on SSL consoles, but no other plug-in – not even SSL emulators – could replicate that trick quite this way and keep the gain exactly steady. ChannelStrip does. In addition, I often employ the high-pass filter on the compressor side chain and then lower the cut-off frequency to get more compression. It’s like a second threshold control, but it has its own, uniquely musical effect.”

On SongVersation, Furch employed ChannelStrip’s high shelf EQ – as he often does – to add clean “air” to the high end of several tracks, including India.Arie’s vocals. “It’s such a wide shelf,” he explained. “I leave the frequency way up at 20kHz, but it has a smooth effect all the way down to 8kHz or so. When I lift it up, the track becomes airier and more lively. The quality of the shelf is so good that it’s never obtrusive. In fact, that’s one of the first things I do when I start a mix. I find the tracks that don’t seem as lively as they should be and use the high shelf. Because India.Arie’s vocals are so critical, because they have to be forward and warm, and because they need some sizzle at the top, I used ChannelStrip to really create her sound.”

Similarly, Furch asks his assistant to pre-condition every mix by employing the ChannelStrip high-pass filter to remove all low-end sounds or energy that aren’t actually serving a musical purpose. “The filter itself seems colorless,” he said. “I can pull out a lot of rumble without affecting the quality of the musical low-end information. I used that technique on Chrisette Michele’s new album – especially on the backing vocals. There, I raised the cut-off quite high, since it’s great at cleaning up the sound without making it too lean. With the new real-time analyzer built into ChannelStrip3, it’s easy to see where to place the cut-off. It’s nice to feel comfortable knowing I’m in the right place.”

But for Furch, Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip isn’t merely for surgical fixes. “When I start working with the parametric EQ, I can really hear that pleasant analog feel that ChannelStrip is able to deliver. I typically crank up the gain and sweep the frequencies to quickly identify the right center point. It’s like ChannelStrip zooms in on the sound. Then I can relax the gain and everything sounds so precise. Most of the time it only takes a few dB. It’s very responsive,” he concluded, “a powerful weapon of mass sound manipulation!”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

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HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT ST. JOHN’S CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH BUILDS NEW SANCTUARY, INSTALLS DANLEY

SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS: Originally known as “Free Church” when it was founded in 1848, St. John’s Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts is one of the nation’s oldest predominantly African-American churches, and its history is intertwined with the history of advancing human rights in the United States. One of its founding members was a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, and John Brown, abolitionist and hero of Harper’s Ferry, was a member when he lived in Springfield. St. John’s Congregational Church served as a busy stop on the Underground Railroad, and over the years the church has enjoyed visits from luminaries such as Sojourner Truth, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Jesse Jackson. Membership swelled in the 21st Century, prompting the church to raise funds for a new 800-seat sanctuary on property across the street from its existing, 100-year old building. Recently completed, the new sanctuary features a Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system that delivers precise intelligibility and soul-moving bass.

“St. John’s Congregational Church has a high-energy contemporary music program, and they wanted a sound reinforcement system that would really support and extend that aspect of their services,” explained Victor Puddy, chief engineer with dB Audio & Video. Getting it exactly right was so important that the church officials sought recommendations for integration firms from friends around the country. Georgia-based dB Audio & Video came highly recommended, and a small contingent of church officials flew down to Gainesville to meet with the folks at dB Audio & Video and to tour some of their local installations. They were impressed and hired the firm to design and install the new sound reinforcement system. To minimize time away from home and family, dB Audio & Video technicians pre-fabricated as much of the system as possible in their Georgia shop.

“To meet their needs, we had to design a sound system with great intelligibility, musicality, and low-end extension – even and especially at high SPLs,” said Puddy. “They wanted to feel the grooves of their seven-piece contemporary band, not just hear them. Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers deliver superior speech intelligibility, and their exceptional pattern control keeps energy on the congregation and away from the walls. Of course, the low end from Tom Danley’s subwoofer designs is phenomenal.” A single Danley SH-96 mounted at the ceiling above the stage covers most of the seats, and a pair of Danley SH-60s on either side provide fill. A Danley SH-100 mounted behind the SH-96 and facing the opposite direction covers the choir. Two Danley TH-115 subwoofers mounted on the floor deliver generous bass.

An Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital mixer (paired with a digital snake for the stage and a second digital snake for wireless microphone receivers and playback devices) provides a flexible and recallable front end. A dozen Shure ULX wireless microphones guarantee excellent reception and fidelity at the sound source. Output from the mixer feeds a Danley Sound Labs DSLP-48 signal processor, which in turn feeds RMX 450 and 1850 amplifiers. A new Panasonic HD video system complements the sound reinforcement system. High-definition cameras capture video of the service from different angles and distances and project them on two screens behind the stage, and to one on the back wall for the choir. In addition, the HD video signal is distributed throughout the building.

“They’ve been using the new system for several weeks now, and it would seem that everybody is in love with it,” said Puddy. “They were especially impressed by the even coverage and the tremendously deep and clear bass response.”

ABOUT dB AUDIO AND VIDEO dB Audio and Video is a Gainesville, Georgia-based design/build technologies integrator specializing in audio and acoustics, broadcast and presentation video, digital signage, and control automation for houses of worship, schools, sports arenas, government and military. For more information visit: www.dbaudioandvideo.com

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

VIETNAM TELEVISION (VTV) INSTALLS EIGHT SYMETRIX SYMNET EDGE DANTE AUDIO DSPs

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Vietnam Television, or VTV, is the largest broadcaster in Vietnam and has been in operation for over forty years. With six nationwide broadcast channels currently in operation and two more under development, VTV is building a state-of-the-art infrastructure. Recently, HD Vietnam, the Symetrix distributor located in Hanoi, supplied VTV with eight SymNet Edge DSPs. HD Vietnam designed and installed this new audio backbone, and their customer, VTV, programmed the system without additional assistance – a testament to SymNet’s ease of use.

Each of the eight SymNet Edge frames has four slots to accommodate different input or output formats. VTV loaded them up with an even split of four-channel digital input and four-channel digital output cards. They accept and return digital audio to and from a server and studios via AES. The Dante network connects all of the frames together, effectively pooling all of the inputs, outputs, and DSP resources into one massive audio processing hub. “A big part of what VTV was looking for in the new system was the ability to route any input to any output,” explained Nguyen Huyen Dieu, owner of HD Vietnam. “They wanted full matrixing and audio processing on all channels.” In conjunction with the SymNet Edge system, Ross Video audio de-embeders and audio embeders strip and re-associate audio with its respective video stream.

“The SymNet Edge is a unique processing system,” said Dieu. “It is very powerful and flexible, yet easy to program. Symetrix has proven its reliability in the Vietnamese broadcast industry through its long line of broadcast processors.” Because VTV’s programs are currently broadcasting in multi-channel audio to serve different dialect regions and because program material frequently possesses only two-channel information, VTV uses the SymNet Edge processing to enable a smooth transition. Whenever program material on channels three and four is absent, the SymNet Edge processor duplicates channels one and two on channels three and four.

“VTV is very happy with the capabilities of the SymNet Edge system, and the VTV engineers are also very happy with its ease of use,” said Dieu. The national broadcaster is already planning new HD channels that will employ SymNet Edge processing. If VTV grows beyond its current I/O count or DSP resources, it will be a simple matter to add input/output or more Edge frames and to connect them seamlessly to the existing system via the Dante network.

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

SYMETRIX EXPANDS LIBRARY OF APPS FOR JUPITER TURN-KEY DSP

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Symetrix announces the addition of seventeen new apps for its family of Jupiter app-based turn-key DSPs. The three different hardware units in the series – Jupiter 4, Jupiter 8, and Jupiter 12 – differ only in their input/output counts and are user-controllable from Symetrix ARC wall panel remotes, third-party systems, and Symetrix ARC-WEB browser-based software for smartphones. The addition brings the total number of available Jupiter apps close to one hundred and expands the already impressive range of situations for which the Symetrix Jupiter provides reliable processing at an extremely competitive price point.

“We’ve been listening to our customers,” said Trent Wagner, senior product manager at Symetrix, “and we’ve carefully chosen the new apps to release to ensure they offer functionality that addresses the breadth of requests we’ve received. Additionally, we’ve enhanced nearly all of the existing apps with multi-channel gain and mute controls to simplify user control.”

Everyone loves a free app that has more functionality, saves time and makes the user look smarter than the next guy (or gal). So, go to our website and download the apps that will make your next Jupiter installation a virtual breeze.”

Six core apps form the heart of the addition and are elaborated according to the input/output counts of the three Jupiter hardware devices. “BGM Zone Mixer 1” provides background music routing to multiple zones with two levels of priority. “Dual Matrix Mixer 1” provides flexible mixing and routing and allows integrators to assign any input to a mix, assign those mixes to submixes, and route submixes to outputs. “Gain-Sharing Automixer 3” provides a gain-sharing automixer with feedback processing on the outputs together with matrixed outputs. Similarly, “Gating Automixer 3” provides a gating automixer with feedback processing on the outputs together with matrixed outputs. “Priority Zone Mixer 2” provides a multi-zone priority mixer with paging and SPL computing. Finally, “Sound Reinforcement 12” provides heavy input processing and full-range outputs with feedback processing.

The growing library of Jupiter apps are optimized for specific applications and venues including houses of worship, auditoriums, retail and hospitality establishments, sports facilities, and transportation terminals. The time needed to learn the software is zip. With Jupiter turn-key DSP sound contractors end up doing what they do best, which is to dial in really great sound.

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

MOONRISE ROOFTOP SOUND SYSTEM USES ASHLY PEMA 8250 PROCESSOR/AMPLIFIER

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI: Although it is only a few years old, the Moonrise Hotel in the Loop district of St. Louis, Missouri is already a cultural icon. Cut from no mold, the unique, 125-room hotel incorporates space-themed décor and a five-star attitude to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience in a neighborhood that is already well regarded for its originality and authentic culture. Half of the Moonrise Hotel’s L-shaped roof served as an outdoor bar right from opening day, and the hotel recently expanded to cover the entire roof. Consistent with its top-flight approach, the Moonrise Hotel hired local live sound and A/V integration firm ISI Installations, a division of Ironman Sound Industries, to design and install a great audio system for the extension. Ironman in turn relied on Ashly Audio processors, amplifiers, and user controls to deliver fidelity and reliability at a fair price.

“The owner is well known in the Loop district,” said Chris Schlueter, design specialist with Ironman Sound Industries. “He’s environmentally conscious and also a savvy businessman. He loved the idea of mounting solar panels on the hotel, and, since they could double as a shade roof, it was an easy decision.” The new rooftop bar will mainly be used as a small wedding or event space, so the sound system had to be able to deliver sound from in-house sources and to accommodate a DJ’s output. Importantly, the system had to be “DJ-ready” because the hotel did not want them bringing in their own “five-million watt systems” (Schlueter’s joking words) at the risk of disturbing sleeping lodgers below.

Inputs to the new system include a Yamaha five-disc changer with a flexible USB input, a Muzak service, a wireless microphone, and two wall panel jacks positioned at strategic locations, with XLR and RCA inputs each. The inputs feed an Ashly Pema 8250, which includes a comprehensive 8×8 Protea™ DSP Matrix Processor together with an eight-channel amplifier (250W per channel at four ohms) in just two rack spaces. Outputs from the Pema 8250 feed six Yamaha IF2208 loudspeakers, four Yamaha VS6 loudspeakers for the outside patio, and three Yamaha IS1112 subwoofers.

“We’re primarily a rental company, but we’re happy to do installations for established customers like the Moonrise Hotel,” said Schlueter. “That said, we can use whatever gear we want. I had recently been introduced to the Ashly Pema series, and I admit I kind of freaked out. I’ve done a lot of mid-scale systems, and the Pema’s capability at its price point is awesome. For a fraction of the cost of other such systems, I can give the client a two-rack space solution that contains everything inside a black box. There’s nothing for them to mess up! In addition, the fact that it’s network-ready right out of the box makes it easy to connect in from the CAT5 jack that we put by each of the two wall panels. For events, I can control the system without having to go behind the bar, where the day-to-day user control is located.”

That day-to-day user control is an Ashly FR-16 remote fader panel. “It’s neat and tidy,” commented Schlueter. “Other user interfaces include menus. I like how straightforward the FR-16 is. Each fader controls the volume and/or mute of an input source. It’s so simple. And the small but significant fact that Ashly placed the labels behind glass is nice. There’s nothing for the staff to pick off or overwrite.” The system is “user-proof,” so to speak.

Now that the new system is installed, the staff who work the old bar are petitioning for the same sort of upgrades. Ironman Sound installed an XLR line that goes back and forth between the two systems so that one bar can listen to the content of the other. “That’s good, but it doesn’t allow independent selection in the old bar,” said Schlueter. “Nevertheless, it’s nice to see evidence that everyone’s excited about the system we put in! Maybe we’ll end up revamping the old bar sooner rather than later?”

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

Front Porch Digital Sells 100th DIVAdirector(R) Media Asset Management System

Web-Based MAM in Use at Prominent Companies Around the World

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — Sept. 3, 2013 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced it has sold its 100th DIVAdirector(R) media asset management (MAM) system. more

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2013 HPA Awards Announce Craft Category Nominees and Special Award Winners

Judges Award for Creativity & Innovation and Engineering Excellence Winners Revealed

(Los Angeles, CA) Today in a special on-line press event, the Hollywood Post Alliance(r) – the trade association for the post production community – announced the nominees for the craft categories of the 8th Annual HPA Awards and winners of several special awards. The HPA Awards honor excellence in post production and bring recognition to the achievements of individuals and companies who are engaged in significant and revolutionary work in post production. The HPA Awards will take place on the evening of November 7th, 2013 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The number of entries in all categories and for special awards topped every year to date for this year’s honors. The nominees in the 12 craft categories were chosen from a field of talented and innovative entries in color grading, editing, sound, and visual effects for motion pictures, commercials and television.

Nominees for the 2013 HPA Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film

“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

“Oblivion”
Mike Sowa // Technicolor

“Anna Karenina”
Adam Glasman // Company 3

“Life of Pi”
David Cole // Technicolor

“Pacific Rim”
Maxine Gervais // Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging

“Iron Man 3″
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor

“Man of Steel”
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

“Castle – Hunt”
Anthony Smith // Encore Hollywood

“Behind the Candelabra”
John Daro // FotoKem

“Hell on Wheels – Slaughterhouse”
Steven Porter // MTI FILM

“Game of Thrones – Kissed By Fire”
Joe Finley // Modern VideoFilm

“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Ghosts of the Past”
Paul Westerbeck // Encore Hollywood

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial

Call of Duty “Masks”
Dave Hussey // Company 3

Louis Vuitton “L’Invitation Au Voyage”
Tim Masick // Company 3

Procter & Gamble: Thank You, Mom “Best Job”
Adam Scott // The Mill

Under Armour “Brought To You By Under Armour”
Tom Poole // Company 3

Mercedes-Benz “Soul”
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film

“Zero Dark Thirty”
William Goldenberg, A.C.E. and Dylan Tichenor, A.C.E.

“Flight”
Jeremiah O’Driscoll

“Les Miserables”
Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris Dickens, A.C.E.

“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Maryann Brandon, A.C.E. and MaryJo Markey, A.C.E.

“Argo”
William Goldenberg, A.C.E.

Outstanding Editing – Television

“Breaking Bad – Gliding Over All”
Kelley Dixon, A.C.E.

“Dexter – Are You…?”
Louis Cioffi, A.C.E.

“Downton Abbey – Series 3, Episode 5″
John Wilson, A.C.E. // Carnival Film & Television

“Breaking Bad – Dead Freight”
Skip MacDonald, A.C.E.

“American Horror Story: Asylum – Welcome To Briarcliff”
Joe Leonard and Bradley Buecker, A.C.E.

Outstanding Editing – Commercial

Verizon Wireless “Big Vision”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Nextel/Ferrari “Combustion”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Verizon Wireless “Brothers”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Obama for America “Lena’s First Time”
Cristina Rackoff // Big Sky Editorial

Ragu “Hamster”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

“Gangster Squad”
Cameron Frankley and Dean Zupancic // Warner Bros. Sound
Jason W. Jennings and Jon Taylor, CAS

“Argo”
Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
John Reitz and Gregg Rudloff // Warner Bros. Sound

“Pacific Rim”
Scott Gershin // Formosa Group
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Timothy O. LeBlanc // Warner Bros. Sound

“Iron Man 3″
Mark Stoeckinger, Michael Keller, Mike Prestwood Smith and Andrew DeCrisofaro // Todd/Soundelux

“Turbo”
Richard King and Michael Babcock // Warner Bros. Sound
Andy Nelson // Fox Studios Post Production Services

Outstanding Sound – Television

“Banshee – Pilot”
Brad North, Elmo Ponsdomenech, William Freesh, Luis Galdames and Tiffany Griffith // Universal Sound

“Dexter – A Beautiful Day”
Pete Elia, CAS; Kevin Roache, CAS; Fredric Judkins, MPSE; Christian Buenaventura and John Snider // Technicolor Creative Services

“The Americans – Mutually Assured Destruction”
Ken Hahn, James Redding and Neil Cedar // Digital Cinema, LLC

“Homeland – Beirut is Back”
Alan Decker and Nello Torri // Universal Sound
Craig Dellinger, Larry Long and Jonathan Golodner // Sony Pictures Studios

“Game of Thrones – The Climb”
Paula Fairfield, Brad Katona, Jed Dodge, Onnalee Blank and Mathew Waters // Todd AO

Outstanding Sound – Commercial

Honda “Hands”
Anthony Moore // Factory

Lurpak “Weave Your Magic”
Aaron Reynolds // Wave Studios

Barclaycard “Toys”
Sam Robson // Factory

Nextel/Ferrari “Combustion”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Lurpak “Good, Proper Food”
Dan Beckwith // Factory

Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film

“Man of Steel”
Keith Miller, Daniel Barrett, Phillip Leonhardt, Thelvin Cabezas and Mark Tait // Weta Digital

“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Dan Pearson, Jay Cooper, Alex Prichard and Adrien Saint Girons // Industrial Light & Magic
Adam Watkins // Pixomondo

“Iron Man 3″
Guy Williams, Aaron Gilman, Matt Aitken, Dan Macarin and Thrain Shadbolt // Weta Digital

“Pacific Rim”
Lindy DeQuattro, Eddie Pasquarello, Nigel Sumner, Derrick Carlin and Chris Lentz // Industrial Light & Magic

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White and Eric Reynolds // Weta Digital

Outstanding Visual Effects – Television

“Banshee – Pilot”
Armen Kevorkian, Mike Oakley, Jeremy Jozwik, Andranik Taranyan and Gevork Babityan // Encore VFX

“Under the Dome – Pilot”
Stephan Fleet, Matthieu Perin, Jeremy Jozwik, Chad Schott and Arutyun Arthur Sayan // Encore Hollywood

“Game of Thrones – Valar Dohaeris”
Joe Bauer and Jabbar Raisani
Jörn Grosshans and Sven Martin // Pixomondo
Doug Campbell // Spin VFX

“Magic City – Angels of Death”
Mark Velazquez, Seth Brower, Doug Ludwig, Jeremy Jozwik and Chad Schott // Encore Hollywood

“Hawaii Five-0 – La O Na Makuahine”
Armen Kevorkian, Jeremy Jozwik, Rick Ramirez, Gevork Babityan and Andranik Taranyan // Encore VFX

Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial

Galaxy “Chauffeur”
Simon French, William Bartlett, Stephen Cullingford and Grant Walker // Framestore

Johnnie Walker “Where Flavour Is King”
Colin Renshaw // Alt.vfx

Kia “Space Babies”
Brian Burke, Charles Abou Aad, Jordan Harris and Patrick Ferguson // Method Studios

Abbott’s Village Bakery “Free Range”
Colin Renshaw // Alt.vfx

Qualcomm Snapdragon “Coming Soon”
James Dick, Andy Rowan Robinson, Shayne Ryan and Russell Dodgson // Framestore

In addition to the craft categories, the HPA also announced the winners of the Engineering Excellence Award as well as the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production. These prestigious Awards recognize the technical excellence and creative innovation that is helping to drive the post industry forward.

The winners of the HPA Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by NAB Show are:
DTS, Inc.
MDA

NVIDIA
NVIDIA GRID(tm) Visual Computing Appliance (VCA)

Sony Pictures Imageworks and The Foundry
FLIX

Telestream
16 bit 4:4:4:4 Transcoding Technology

The winner of the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production is:

Park Road Post Production
Next Generation Feature Film Workflow: Enabling HFR 48FPS Stereoscopic 3D On Set to On Screen

Tickets for the HPA Awards are available now and can be purchased online at www.hpaawards.net or by calling the HPA at 213.614.0860 or writing info@hpaawards.net.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Engineering Excellence Award Sponsor: NAB Show; Bronze Sponsor: Sohonet and Supporting Sponsors: Chainsaw, Inc., MESA and The Hollywood Reporter.

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Broadcast Pix Flint Integrated Production System Adds Audio Mixer, New Streaming and Recording Options at IBC 2013

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced Version 2.0 of its new Flint™ integrated production system, as well as upgrades to its new Granite X large-scale live production system. Flint V2 adds an internal eight-channel audio mixer, as well as broadcast quality internal H.264 recording and .WMV Web streaming, while Granite X has improved its multi-view monitoring. The upgraded features will be demonstrated at IBC 2013 (Stand 7.B21), which runs Sept. 13-17 at Amsterdam RAI.

Flint’s audio mixer takes audio from any camera input or internal clip stores. It is controlled through an intuitive audio interface with on-screen stereo faders and VU meters, with peak hold capability, mute and solo functions, and built-in audio-follow-video. Two outputs allow separate mixes with independent control for master recording and Web presentations. The audio mixer can also be controlled through Fluent Macros, an advanced macro system that easily executes any combination of video, audio, files, and device moves for complex effects.

“The addition of an integrated audio mixer was an important component in our approach to end-to-end integration,” said Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO. “For operations with modest budgets and limited manpower, it means easier audio control and one less piece of hardware.”

Flint V2 also adds built-in recording of the program output to the internal hard drive. Broadcast quality 1080i H.264 .MOV clips can be added to a show automatically using Fluent Watch Folders, Flint’s built-in file management system, or exported to an NLE system for later use. Expanding on the included Adobe Flash streaming, Flint V2 adds the ability to steam to a Windows Media Server using Microsoft Expression Encoder in up to 720p resolution.

Another enhancement adds a network input that allows video and audio from a Windows-based PC to be accessed as a source in Flint’s built-in production switcher. This reduces the amount of physical inputs that are used, and taps the power of the cloud to allow presentations, Skype calls, and other remote applications to be seamlessly integrated into a live production.

Flint’s multi-format production switcher supports up to six HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, and analog cameras, plus eight channels of clips and graphics. It includes three keyers for layering, each with PiP and customizable DVE. An internal Harris Inscriber CG provides six graphic channels, while a built-in, two-channel clip server stores up to 30 hours of clips and animations in a variety of file formats. Other features include the customizable Fluent-View multi-view, customizable virtual sets, and control of robotic cameras, video servers, external audio mixers, and other devices.

Granite X improvements include advanced multi-view capabilities, with 16 full motion source windows. It also offers enhanced DDR control that allows for different clips in each of the four channels of Harris, Omneon, Grass Valley K2, and 360 Systems servers. All three Granite X models support 22 cameras and seven channels of files. Both Granite X and Flint can add cloud-based content – from Skype, Twitter, RSS feeds, Dropbox, and a variety of other online sources – during a live production while maintaining lip sync.

Flint V2 is a free upgrade for all Flint systems under warranty and will ship with all new Flint systems in late October. Granite X is now shipping and the new upgrades are available for any current user.

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

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HARMAN’s Martin M6 Console Lights Up UK’s Global Gathering Dance Festival

AARHUS, Denmark – As one of the largest dance festivals in the world, the Global Gathering, in its 12th year, brought some of the world’s most renowned DJs and live acts to numerous stages during one weekend of non-stop dance and electronic music in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. Electric Fly Productions was contracted to design and supply the lighting for all seven arenas involved in the 2013 festival and deployed a HARMAN’s Martin M6 lighting console on the main stage for full control of the intense lighting, in addition to deploying a vast amount of Martin lighting fixtures.

Martin EC-20 video screens were used to backlight the stages throughout the Gathering, controlled by P3 system controllers and a Maxedia PRO interface. Numerous Atomic strobes were strategically placed to light up all of the stages.

The M6 is a state-of-the-art lighting console that functions as an advanced ‘visual control’ surface, and is designed from the ground up to control anything from conventional and moving lights, digital fixtures, LED pixels and a full range of media servers.

“I was able to demo the M6 during the Global Gathering and I loved it,” said Nick Jevons, Main Stage Lighting Designer, Electric Fly Productions. “I have my own M1 and with its similar operating system, I was very comfortable relying on the M6 at the main stage throughout the festival. It’s quick to program, quick to edit and there is plenty of space to lay out the desk for playback.”

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin lighting solutions are industry standard on top tours and events, grace prestigious theatres, energize nightclubs and decorate major television studios around the globe. Other important areas of application are indoor and outdoor architecture and commercial applications where Martin products are increasingly being used to transform spaces with dynamic light. 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. The company operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Martin Professional joined the HARMAN families of category-leading technology and lifestyle brands in March 2013.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio 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 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft® Si Expression 3 Console Provides an Educational Experience at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

EDWARDSVILLE, Illinois – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is a 4-year public university whose Department of Theater and Dance offers a broad variety of academic courses and practical experience in Performance, Dance, Design and Technical Theater, Theater Education and Theater History/Literature/Criticism. In order to stay on top of theater audio technology, SIUE department chair Jim Wulfsong needed to upgrade to a digital live sound console, and found the HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 ideal as both a production and educational tool.

“At SIUE, performances and education are intertwined,” said Wulfsong, who teaches a number of courses at SIUE including live sound engineering. “My students start by taking courses in theatrical audio production and live sound—and then they soon move up to doing the front of house mixing of an actual performance.” Productions are held at SIUE’s main theater, where the Si Expression 3 is installed.

Wulfsong needed a console that offers the latest features to accommodate the requirements of professional theatrical production—and could stand up to the rigors of constant use. The students learn on the console day in and day out during the academic year, and activity gets particularly intense during Tech Week, the week before a show debuts when the technical staff finalizes the show’s mic requirements, live and pre-recorded audio cues and other audio needs.

One of the key reasons Wulfsong chose the Soundcraft Si Expression 3 is because he and his students needed flexibility in a console that wasn’t difficult to operate. “The console is primarily used by students, who, while eager and talented, aren’t pros yet. The Si Expression 3 lets them work out in advance and store almost everything that’s needed before the show—cues, levels, EQ and so on—which greatly reduces the students’ stress level once the curtain goes up.” The Si Expression 3 lets his students concentrate on listening to the sound—rather than constantly have to think three steps ahead about what they have to do next. “Sometimes it seems like we can get any slider and knob to do anything we want.”

One of the main uses for the console is to play back cues and sound effects for musicals using QLab multimedia playback software. There can be hundreds of cues in a show and Wulfsong finds the Si Expression 3 makes moving from one cue to the next easy. “The Next button on the console responds really fast, which is critical when you have almost no time to kill a cue or mute and unmute different combinations of every single onstage mic.”
Thanks to the console’s sophisticated panning capabilities and multiple stereo and mono busses, Wulfsong and his students can now do “fancy Hollywood sound effects” like having planes fly overhead and sound effects following the onstage action—all at the touch of a button.

Wulfsong finds the ability to apply EQ on every channel to be “a major feature.” Every input-processing channel on the Si Expression 3 has dedicated processing not only for four-band EQ, but also high-pass filter, input delay, gate and compressor, enabling precise sonic fine-tuning of every input. Another plus is the console’s smaller size. Wulfsong thought that moving to a more advanced console would require more space in the control room, but the Si Expression 3 is actually smaller than the previous console and gave room to install a bigger computer monitor.

In fact, Wulfsong originally was looking for a console to replace the board in SIUE’s smaller theater—and wound up using the Si Expression 3 in the big room. “I was stunned by the price point and value the Si Expression 3 offered—and once we got it in-house we realized we were going to be using it as our main console in the theater.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio 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 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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