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Engineering Emmy® awarded to iZotope RX® Audio Repair Technology

iZotope Inc., Cambridge, MA (October 2, 2013) – iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, has been honored by the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for RX Audio Repair Technology. The Engineering Emmy is presented to an individual, company or organization for engineering developments so significant that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television.

“We are incredibly proud to be recognized by the Academy for the development of iZotope RX,” says Mark Ethier, CEO of iZotope, Inc. “iZotope’s customers have helped shape RX into what is today—their feedback has been invaluable as we’ve refined RX’s workflows and strengthened its processing power. We are excited to be recognized as a game-changer in the television and broadcast industries and are sincerely humbled by this award.”

For audio professionals in the television industry, RX is now the standard for rescuing audio from the cutting room floor. With remedies for noise, clipping, hum, buzz, crackles, unwanted reverb and more, iZotope’s RX visual audio repair technology is the fastest, easiest way to repair and restore audio. RX makes it possible to clean up dialogue that has been spoiled by weather conditions, microphone issues, equipment buzz, and sudden noises like dog barks, sirens and much more.

A highlight of RX is its powerful spectrogram, which exposes details that are hidden in a standard audio waveform. By revealing a rich visual display of audio frequency over time, RX allows engineers to detect and isolate problems with innovative selection tools. In addition, RX features intelligent, cutting-edge modules that are carefully designed to tackle specific audio problems. Whether used as a standalone software application, or as plug-ins within industry standard editors, RX integrates seamlessly with any post production workflow. To meet the modern demands of a fast-paced production schedule, post production studios worldwide use RX to transform troubled recordings into professional grade, broadcast ready audio.

RX Audio Repair Technology will be honored among YouTube, Aspera, Digital Dailies, and Lightcraft Technology on October 23, 2013 at the Lowes Hollywood Hotel.

To learn more about RX Audio Repair Technology, visit: www.izotope.com/rx.

About the 65th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards

The 65th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards are overseen by chair Wendy Aylsworth, SVP of Technology, Warner Bros. Committee members are Stuart Bass, A.C.E., Picture Editors Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Chris Cookson, President, Sony Pictures Technologies; Kevin Hamburger, Sr. Supervising Producer, THE TALK; Eileen Horta, Sound Editing Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; David Jensen, Partner, Monitor; Geoff Katz, Vice President, Watchwith; Frank Morrone, C.A.S., Sound Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; John D. O’Brien, Video Control/Consultant “The Big Bang Theory”; Mark Scott Spatny, VP Digital Effects, Stargate Studios; Barry Zegel, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CBS Television City.
Learn more about the 65th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards: http://www.emmys.com/news/press-releases/winners-announced-65th-primetime-emmy-engineering-awards.

About iZotope, Inc.

iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony.

For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

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Gabisom Rocks Rio with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

NORTHRIDGE, California – Drawing approximately 600,000 fans over seven days, Rock in Rio was once again a rousing success, taking place at the City of Rock, a specially built venue on the site where the Olympic Village will be located for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Gabisom Audio Equipment, a longtime HARMAN JBL customer, deployed JBL VTX line arrays powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers for this year’s festival, marking the first time it has used VTX and I-Tech HD at the Rock in Rio festival.

As it has in years past, Rock in Rio once again featured performances by some of the biggest names in music, including Beyoncé, David Guetta, Muse, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, John Mayer, Bon Jovi and more.
Gabisom deployed a massive live PA system, featuring a total of 152 JBL VTX V25 fullsize line array elements, 46 VTX S28 arrayable subwoofers and 24 G28 ground-stacked subwoofers. Powering the system were 122 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers. The system was managed with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

“We have enjoyed tremendous success with JBL VERTEC® line arrays at previous Rock in Rio festivals and we saw this year’s festival as an opportunity to capitalize on the increased power and controllability of the VTX line arrays with Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers,” said Peter Racy, Chief Engineer of Brazil-based Gabisom Audio Equipment. “The system performed exceptionally and we are confident that our HARMAN products will continue to accommodate the needs of the audience and performers as Rock in Rio continues to grow each year.”

“Gabisom has been an important HARMAN partner for many years and has trusted our tour sound products as the premiere PA system solution for the main stage [Palco Mundo] at Rock in Rio,” said Jaime Albors, Senior Director, Global Sales Operations, HARMAN Professional. “There are many options out there and having them constantly select our products is a clear sign that JBL and Crown meet and exceed the expectations of Gabisom as well as the event producers and engineers using the system. I have been at the festival many times and it is impressive to see how this PA can overcome more than 100,000 roaring fans!”

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 Hosts HOT Labs Sessions at WFX 2013

DALLAS, Texas – At WFX 2013, HARMAN’s Soundcraft is hosting sessions at the HOT (Hands-On Training) Labs titled, “Introduction to Mixing with Digital Consoles.” Conducted by Katy Templeman-Holmes of Soundcraft Studer, the sessions will enable attendees to learn the fundamental differences between analog and digital consoles and the benefits of switching to digital. The sessions will be held daily from October 2-4.

HOT Labs provides live educational sessions for professionals and volunteers in the house of worship industry. Attendees of the “Introduction to Mixing with Digital Consoles” sessions will get first-hand experience working on Soundcraft’s industry-leading Si Expression and Si Performer digital consoles. A Studer Vista 1 digital console is also available for attendees to train on.

“As so many houses of worship rely on volunteer staff to control their A/V systems, ease of use is a priority for any piece of technology, and our HOT Labs sessions will show how easy digital consoles are to use, and more specifically, will demonstrate the ease of use of Soundcraft’s Si Expression and Si Performer consoles,” Templeman-Holmes said. “Moreover, these consoles provide world-class audio quality that can meet the demands of any professional in the house of worship industry, so all WFX attendees will find value in these sessions.”

The “Introduction to Mixing with Digital Consoles” sessions will be held in Room C143 of the Dallas Convention Center on the following dates/times:
• October 2—3:45-4:45 PM
• October 3—4:15-5:15 PM
• October 4—8:45-9:45 AM

Soundcraft Si Series training is also available at WFX between HOT sessions.

For more information, please visit usa.soundcraft.com

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.

Leading Industry Journalists React Positively to Audio-Technica AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone

— The ultimate studio condenser vocal microphone, the AT5040 represents a milestone in design, build quality, and the depth, presence and purity of its sound quality —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is showing its AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, the inaugural model from its flagship 50 Series of elite studio microphones. Leading journalists and engineers have been raving about the AT5040 since its recent introduction.

In his review for the June issue of Mix magazine, Barry Rudolph, an L.A.-based recording engineer and audio expert, stated, “The AT5040 offers the elegance and natural sound of a well-designed large-diaphragm condenser microphone with the precision, wide frequency response and high SPL handling of a small-diaphragm microphone. The AT5040 is like super high-definition video—it captures everything in truthful resolution.”

In an August feature for Pro Audio Review, which recently nominated the AT5040 for a PAR Excellence award in the category of Large Diaphragm Condensers (LDCs, non-handheld), PAR Technical Editor and Nashville engineer Lynn Fuston stated that the “AT5040 is a well-built, respectable mic with a proud heritage and lots of unique design features … All together, this is the best microphone package A-T has ever made … The fit and finish of the AT5040 are superb.”

Additionally, Alan Branch, a freelance engineer/producer, wrote for the August issue of Audio Media, “…Audio-Technica has taken a fresh approach to how a mic can truly capture sound … resulting in what might just be the best vocal mic every produced!”

About the AT5040:
A-T’s ultimate studio vocal microphone, the hand-built AT5040 side-address condenser offers remarkably musical high-fidelity performance, with profound realism and depth, presence and purity of sound. Featuring a proprietary breakthrough element design, the AT5040 employs four ultra-thin (2 micron) rectangular diaphragms that function together providing combined surface area unachievable in a standard round diaphragm. Designed as a first-choice vocal microphone with smooth top end and controlled sibilance, the AT5040’s large-diaphragm characteristics and fast transient response also make it ideal for recording acoustic instruments such as piano, guitar, strings, and saxophone.

The AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, the first model in Audio-Technica’s flagship 50 Series of elite studio microphones, is now available with a U.S. MSRP of $2,999.00. For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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The Blackbird Academy Flies High with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Digital Consoles

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Studio and live sound engineer John McBride and his wife, country artist Martina McBride are the owners of Blackbird Studio in Nashville, which since its founding in 2002 has grown to be a major facility for artists like The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Kid Rock, Tim McGraw and many others. In running the studio, John McBride came to realize that most of the younger people seeking internships or employment had little or no hands-on knowledge—even those who were graduates of college-level audio programs. As a result, John and Martina are opening The Blackbird Academy Studio Engineering Program on September 30, and beginning January 2014 the Academy will launch its Live Sound Engineering Program, which will incorporate HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression and Si Performer mixing consoles connected via MADI to the Soundcraft Compact Stagebox into their curriculum.

“There’s a serious need to provide practical experience to people who want to build careers in this industry,” said John McBride. “Our emphasis will be on hands-on learning, in a professional environment.”

Because The Blackbird Academy is located in Nashville, the community is enthusiastically supporting the school. “We make hit records here and the students will benefit from learning not only in our classrooms and studios but also from the artists, producers and engineers that make Nashville one of the country’s great musical centers,” McBride said.
“There are a million ways to record and mix audio and I don’t want students learning from just one person,” McBride continued. “I want them learning from several people who have been successful in the industry and we’re going to focus on giving them as much time with the gear as possible.”

Tony Cottrill will be the Director of the Live Sound Engineering Program at The Blackbird Academy. Cottrill is the front of house (FOH) engineer for Exile, Ronnie Milsap and Juice Newton and uses Soundcraft Si Performer and Si Expression live sound consoles. “The Soundcraft consoles are so powerful that we can have them up and running for a professional live show in 15 minutes,” Cottrill said. “So we decided I need to teach with these consoles, because if you’re out touring with a band and you want a self-contained system with front of house and monitor consoles, a digital stagebox, cable runs and Cat5 lines, the Soundcraft consoles can do that.”

Within the Live Sound Engineering Program, Cottrill will teach students how to integrate the Soundcraft front of house and monitor consoles with the Soundcraft Compact Stagebo. Next, students will learn how to mix FOH and monitors on both consoles. “We’ll bring the consoles in and learn theory on different types of processing, using crossovers, gain structure and other essential points,” Cottrill said.

Soundcraft’s Si Performer and Si Expression consoles will also be used in the school’s main live sound area, where a full sound reinforcement system will be set up to teach students how to mix live FOH and monitor sound and learn system networking. In addition to spending time behind the mixing boards, students will learn to work with the Soundcraft ViSi app, which enables remote control of Soundcraft consoles from an iPad.

The Live Sound Engineering Program will also feature a maintenance lab with soldering stations and Cottrill and his staff will teach everything from wiring XLR and RG59 connectors to building crossovers and bench-testing components with test instruments. In addition, the course work will cover acoustics, sound system installation and other areas.

“In reality, you’re going to come across every conceivable situation, from a best-case scenario like a perfectly equipped studio to a gig where the studio hasn’t been maintained or a gig where half the PA doesn’t work,” McBride said. “At The Blackbird Academy, you’re going to learn how to get good sound under any circumstances.”

“The first thing you’re going to hear at The Blackbird Academy is that attitude is 99 percent of the gig,” McBride concluded. “We’re looking for passionate, creative, professional people.”

For more information on The Blackbird Academy, please visit www.theblackbirdacademy.com

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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Martin Audio’s Magical Summer

Martin Audio’s MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) system changed the sonic landscape around the globe this summer—providing an acoustic experience and uniting the audience at premier festivals, concerts and outdoor events, and permanent installations as never before.

For promoters and production teams, MLA enabled them to meet traditional challenges head on for the first time. The multi award-winning system’s ability to provide uniform coverage right across the soundfield was matched by its scientifically proven reduction of offsite spillage and noise pollution to well within local authority thresholds.

With MLA’s ability to sonically ‘map’ a site—optimizing audience areas and ‘hard avoiding’ objects that might create reverberation or slapback—it has rapidly become a go-to system for promoters and local authorities alike.

There was no finer example of the award-winning system’s powers than at AEG Lives’ Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park, featuring the Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi.

Historically dogged by offsite noise pollution and neighborhood complaints Hyde Park had become a political hot potato. Thus new tenants AEG/Loud Sound acted accordingly.

Jim King, AEG Live Events director, explained, “We wanted to manage the whole process dynamically without having to turn [volume levels] down. We needed to set a system in place that would deal with the issues.” And with the Martin Audio MLA (of which King already had experience) Capital Sound provided the solution.

Thus just two weeks after The Killers had played to their largest audience ever through this system at Wembley Stadium, MLA headed across London to Hyde Park to demonstrate that the advance level of control would maintain an offsite level beneath the stipulated 75dB(A) threshold, raising the infield levels by as much as 6dB from previous years to around 100dB(A).

The low volume level had previously been the subject of audience complaints but the mandate set by Martin Audio and Capital Sound was to unite the audience in a single shared experience, with no compromise on sound levels.

It was the same story at the National Heritage-owned Kenwood House in Hampstead—another London landmark site traditionally blighted by neighborhood complaints until Cap Sound’s MLA came along.

But it has not only been at high profile music events that MLA has taken star billing. Believing system ownership would be a passport to securing greater local authority work, site service specialists WE Audio recently invested in an MLA Compact system and during the summer fielded it at events ranging from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta to Bournemouth Air Show. With its ability to control offsite sound, WE Audio’s Wayne Barker is convinced that it will soon be adopted by local authorities.

Word about MLA and its groundbreaking claims have quickly migrated and its reputation has stretched far beyond British shores. The Japanese market, for one, has fallen in love with the system. MSI Japan fielded several systems that performed to no fewer than 177,000 people at Rock In Japan, while the mighty Hibino Sound has also purchased a system. Managing director, Ryoichi Hashimoto, confirmed that it would offer the same panacea. “We decided on the MLA investment because the promoters of summer outdoor festivals are increasingly demanding the absence of delay towers from festival sites and a need to solve offsite noise issues,” he said.

While Delicate Productions’ full MLA was out at the BottleRock Napa Valley Festival in California, 3G Productions equipped the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) dance festivals in New York, Chicago and Las Vegas—including a Martin Audio MLA. With eight of the world’s Top 10 DJs, and more than 200 acts performing on seven stages for over 350,000 attendees at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, MLA provided the power and coverage they needed inside the venue while controlling noise spillage to surrounding residential areas.

In addition to successful deployments of Martin Audio MLA and MLA Compact systems at a growing number of corporate and special events, On Stage Audio (OSA) of Chicago, Las Vegas and Nashville recently equipped the pavilion stage at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL with MLA, the first new PA system at North America’s oldest music festival in a decade.

SES (Special Event Services) of Winston Salem and Nashville recently supported the popular Avett Brothers on the first U.S. leg of their world tour with an MLA System 36. RMB Audio relied on an MLA Compact system to unite the audience with exceptional sound and coverage while preventing noise spillage at the Red Hat Amphitheater located within the city limits of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Nor have the worlds of classical music or top quality musical theater missed out. RG Jones continue to delight orchestras (as well as audiences) at the Raymond Gubbay Classical Spectaculars with MLA while the German production of Starlight Express celebrated its 25th anniversary at Bochum’s Stadionring by commissioning a permanently installed MLA Compact sound system to handle “the fastest musical in the universe”—with the full approval of Sir. Andrew Lloyd Webber!

But Martin Audio is far from a one-trick pony. The globally renowned Glastonbury Festival saw Martin Audio on duty at the main Pyramid Stage for the fifth consecutive time—but this time it was with the far-throw characteristics of the Martin Audio W8L Longbow line array system, which had proven itself outdoors at stadiums on the Take That tour the previous summer.

With visiting artists and sound engineers so complimentary about the W8L Longbow system last time Glastonbury was held, sound company RG Jones were comfortable that it would again meet all compliances and propagation tests set forth by the acoustics consultants and organizer Michael Eavis, and satisfy the vast crowds at the same time.

Summing up, Martin Audio MD Anthony Taylor, said, “It has been an amazing summer for the company. We are proud of the way in which our partners around the world are overcoming acoustic challenges by optimizing our premium systems for the benefit of concert-goers and neighbors alike.”

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

Christie Technology Solutions a Major Presence at Worship Facilities Conference and Expo

Christie® , a leader in providing digital display technology to the house of worship market, will display a range of solutions at Worship Facilities Conference and Expo (WFX) at the Dallas Convention Center October 2-4. The expo is the largest showcase of church-related products and services in America and the Christie booth will feature a variety of projection solutions all managed by the Christie Spyder X20 video processor.

Two blended Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors will be featured. With a combination of unparalleled image quality and low cost of ownership, the flexible Christie M Series of 3-chip DLP® projectors provides incomparable results in numerous applications. Available with WXGA, SX+, HD and WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution and providing up to 10,000:1 contrast ratio, the industry-leading Christie M Series is equipped with Christie Twist™, which enables edge blending and warping for smooth, clean images from multiple projectors.

The Christie booth will also draw attention to the new Christie LW720 3LCD projector. Featuring 7200 ANSI lumens with only a single lamp and 2500:1 contrast ratio for high brightness and deep and rich blacks, it also has one of the largest lens shift ranges*; giving customers more flexibility for installation locations in houses of worship, meeting rooms and classrooms.

Christie FHD551-W WeatherAll Flat Panel


Another highlight is the WeatherAll™ Christie FHD551-W flat panel. Introduced early this year, the weatherproof 55-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) LED edge lit LCD with optically bonded glass is designed to carry the message outdoors. Designed to withstand the elements, its high brightness LCD communicates to your audience regardless of weather conditions.

Christie is also showcasing the Christie DHD550-G 1-chip DLP® projector. Featuring Dynamic Contrast, which enhances images by increasing the contrast ratio to 5000:1, the Christie DHD550-G delivers superior image quality reliability and affordability in a single lamp design.

The Christie booth will also spotlight the award winning Nitro Solutions with a Christie YK50 dual-arm yoke supporting a Christie LX700 projector. The Christie YK50 is suitable for live events and staging applications in small- to mid-sized venues where moving video and lighting enhance the audience experience, but space is at a premium.

Also on display is a 1-unit wide by 5-unit tall Christie® MicroTiles® wall while two Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors will be utilized during the expo’s keynote address.

* varies on lens

Calrec Products and Support Help Maryland Public Television Win Emmy(R) Award for Audio

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — Oct. 1, 2013 — Longtime Calrec customer Maryland Public Television (MPT) has won an Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Audio from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its mix of “America’s Veterans: A Musical Tribute,” an hour-long concert that was broadcast live on Maryland Public Television in Fall 2012. The show, featuring The United States Air Force (USAF) Band and the Singing Sergeants with guest stars Ruben Studdard and Anthony Kearns, was mixed live to air using two identical Calrec Alpha digital consoles, while a Calrec Hydra box provided additional I/O.

“Our goal for the ‘America’s Veterans’ program was not only to produce a network-quality concert in HD, but also to produce superior audio for a tape of the concert that would be shown to our troops around the world,” said Jim Bigwood, MPT audio supervisor and co-winner of the Emmy Award along with MPT staff mixer David Wainwright, freelance mixer Gordon Masters, and USAF Band mixer Master Sgt. Jim De Vaughn. “This show is always technically challenging because there are so many musicians and voices to contend with. Our Calrec Alpha consoles and Hydra networking system made routing audio around our facility a snap. I prebuilt the show memories on each console, so setup and testing on load-in day was easy.”

In order to mix the award-winning production, MPT had to accommodate 56 mic inputs in the studio. In total, there were more than 60 channels to mix, a difficult task for one person. To overcome that challenge, MPT used both of its Alpha 40-fader consoles, with two operators per console responsible for 20 faders each. One console handled all of the vocal tracks, while the other handled all of the instruments, tape rolls, host, and a submix from the vocal console, which were mixed together to create the broadcast feed. In addition, MPT routed each channel out to the Studio A prefader (with no EQ or dynamics) for the front-of-house and monitor mixer.

Another challenge was that MPT’s Hydra sound system had insufficient mic inputs for the show, so Calrec’s distributor Studio Consultants Inc. supplied an additional Hydra 24-input/eight-output box to augment MPT’s existing custom Hydra 32-input/16-output box in Studio A, enabling the required 56 mic inputs into the studio.

“Both Calrec and Studio Consultants Inc. have been great partners for MPT over the years. They are quick and responsive, and are constantly striving to help us maximize our Calrec system to its fullest extent,” Bigwood said. “In this case, they helped us acquire the extra I/O we needed and gave us great phone support to get it installed. It took fewer than 15 minutes to add the extra I/O.”

“Our relationship with MPT is a great example of how we and our partners work closely with customers to help them achieve their goals — in this case, an Emmy,” said Dave Letson, director of sales, Calrec America. “MPT is getting ready to produce the ‘America’s Veterans’ show again in November for the seventh year running, and Jim and his team can be sure that we’ll be there to help make it a success once again.”

Information about Calrec, its products, and primers is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Calrec/Emmy2013.zip
Photo Caption: From left to right: Master Sgt. Jim DeVaughn of The U.S. Air Force Band; Mr. James Bigwood, audio supervisor at Maryland Public Television; and Mr. Gordon Master, freelance audio engineer, formerly with MPT at the local Emmy(R) Awards ceremony.

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 40 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

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Endemol Group Builds New Inter-City Intercom and A/V Transport Link on Riedel MediorNet and Artist

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Oct. 1, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that Endemol, the world’s largest independent television and digital production company, is using Riedel’s MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom system to establish a fully redundant communications, A/V, and data link in the Netherlands. The system connects Ericsson, the distribution provider in Hilversum, with the Endemol Group headquarters in Amsterdam, where the studios and control room are located. The Amsterdam site is facilitated by DutchView. The system will be used to broadcast the FOX “Eredivisie” Football channel. MediorNet is used to get the live HD contribution feeds for all football matches to Endemol and the outputs of the production facility back to the Ericsson MCR and playout facility in Hilversum.

“With features such as embedding and de-embedding, frame stores, on-screen display, and time code insertion all standard on MediorNet, and with the tremendous flexibility and audio quality of the Artist system, Riedel was able to provide us with a versatile yet cost-effective fiber-based communications and A/V transport solution,” said Sjaak Vreeburg, manager resources at Endemol. “The Riedel solution made production a lot easier for us. Going forward, the modular design of the company’s equipment — and the ease with which a single engineer can configure, change, and control connections and signals — will allow us to adapt or expand the system as our needs evolve.”

As one of the world’s largest independent distributors of formats and finished programming, Endemol launches more than 50 new formats each year on broadcast networks around the world and distributes more than 29,000 hours of content. The company’s creative teams around the world are continuously developing new ideas, which they share across the Endemol network. The newly built system will be used for producing the Endemol Football programme that will be aired as a pay TV channel offering live broadcasts of all games of the Dutch Eredivisie.

The two facilities are connected via a redundant MediorNet Compact Pro system using two dark fiber links between the two locations. The 57- and 36-km-long connections transport up to 24 HD video signals between the MCR in Hilversum and the studio in Amsterdam. MADI audio, intercom, and data are also transported over these links. The company uses a Riedel CWDM interface to enable the transport of multiple signals over a single optical core.

Endemol uses two additional MediorNet Compact frames to connect the other studios within the Endemol facility. “Fibre for HD transport is the way to go, and since the processing is all within MediorNet, customers save time and money. All interfaces needed for broadcast are in the MediorNet solution,” said Wilbert Kooij, Riedel general manager for Benelux.

Within the Hilversum MCR, six Artist nodes not only provide intercom signals for the local control room and studios, but also route MADI audio to two Artist frames at the Amsterdam facility via the MediorNet network. The four-wire intercom signals are extracted from the MADI signal to provide for communications between the two facilities, and a separate MADI stream is connected to an audio mixer to enable staff in Amsterdam to listen remotely to all incoming audio sources in the Hilversum control room. More than 70 Artist 1100 OLED key panels are used for this application. While the Hilversum system uses a mix of Artist 128 and several smaller Artist systems, the installation in Amsterdam consists of two Artist 128 mainframes. Together with a DHD audio router, the installation uses a VSM server installation in Amsterdam to control the audio router that is used for remote access of the Artist installation and the control of the audio router feeding the program audio to the studio speakers. The MediorNet system is also managing the distribution of the external sync signal of the entire system from Hilversum to Amsterdam.

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

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Endemol.zip

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

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Sports Authority Field at Mile High Reaches New Heights with HARMAN’s JBL Professional Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – Denver’s legendary Sports Authority Field at Mile High recently opened its 2013 season with high expectations for its resident NFL franchise, the Denver Broncos. Now, with a brand-new HARMAN’s JBL loudspeaker system, Broncos fans can also expect world-class audio quality, whether they’re sitting on the 50-yard-line or anywhere else in the stadium.

Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Parsons Electric installed the new audio system, which was designed by Dallas, Texas-based Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams, Inc. (WJHW). The upgraded system included a retrofit of the stadium’s scoreboard loudspeakers, as well as wholesale changes to the bowl loudspeakers.

“We pulled every speaker out of the bowl and scoreboard and replaced them with substantially larger speakers with more modern horns and better dispersion,” said David Potts, Field Engineer, Parsons Electric. “The previous system wasn’t bad, but it was really thin and it was dated, so they didn’t have an abundance of coverage and output.”

“The driving force behind the replacement of the audio system was the installation of new scoreboard and video displays along with addition of a full ribbon display on the fascia of the club level,” said Mark Graham, Associate, WJHW. “This fascia was previously the home of the loudspeakers that covered the lower deck and field side seating and as such, could not remain. The redesign added many new loudspeaker locations to the system, but since many of the existing locations were already wired with 10AWG cable, we reused most locations to make the best use of available budgets. We did have to step outside of our normal palette of design tools and use some custom-built loudspeakers to provide the required performance and sound coverage from these ‘pre-wired’ locations.”

Parsons Electric installed a total of 18 JBL loudspeakers flanking the scoreboard: 10 PD5342, six PD5212 and two AM5212 loudspeakers. The new bowl system now features 61 PD5342/64 loudspeakers, each paired with a JBL custom-made AL6212-WRX low-frequency loudspeaker. Every PD Series loudspeaker enclosure is treated with JBL’s WRX extreme weather protection.

“We did some steering to couple the low frequencies of the AL6212-WRX with the PD5342 loudspeakers,” Potts added.

The suite level now features 52 JBL custom-made CSMHS-DH12 weatherized loudspeakers, which each contain a 100-volt transformer. The suite level also features 26 AL6212-WRX weatherized devices.

Under the deck and upper bowl, 36 JBL CSAW-266 and CSAW-211 loudspeakers exist between “tusks” or large, forked beams.

With the Broncos off to a strong start and the new audio system in place, Broncos fans have good reason for excitement. “We now have a lot more SPL and the sound throughout the whole stadium has much more presence,” Potts said.

“Sports Authority Field at Mile High has the loudest crowd of any NFL stadium that I have been involved with and provides the backdrop for the high SPL products selected from the JBL Professional line as well as the custom loudspeakers used,” Graham concluded. “After the first two regular season games, both wins for the Broncos, the system is meeting our design expectations and more importantly, those of the fans!”

For more information on Parsons Electric, please visit www.parsonscorp.com

For more information on WJHW, please visit www.wjhw.com

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Beall

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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