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SMPTE Shines at Biggest IBC Show and Conference Ever

With IBC2013 setting new records for numbers of exhibitors and attendees alike, it’s clear that the global media industry is beginning to regain its momentum. This year’s show was big for SMPTE as well, placing the organization in a prominent and active role for many aspects of the conference and exhibition. More than 100 sustaining SMPTE members participated on the show floor, and 15 percent of the conference speakers were SMPTE members. As always, IBC2013 was a tremendous opportunity for SMPTE to bring together international industry associations in its ongoing pursuit of collaboration. One example is the meeting hosted by SMPTE’s vice president for standards, Dr. Hans Hoffman, which brought together more than 20 attendees from EBU, NABA, AMWA, VSF, WBU, IEEE, and other important industry groups.

Release of UHDTV Study Group Report Spurs Overflow Conference Session
As UHDTV begins to come online, its potential impact on the broadcast ecosystem is of keen interest to the broadcast industry. For that reason, SMPTE commissioned a study group to explore the issues, opportunities, and industry implications of UHDTV. The study group’s report was released and posted to the SMPTE website just before IBC2013, and to date has been downloaded more than 700 times by members and nonmembers alike. At IBC, Dr. Hoffman led a standing-room-only conference session on the topic that included an overview of issues, case studies of organizations that have completed experiments with UHDTV, and a panel of leading broadcasters and studio executives who discussed their UHDTV plans and anticipated issues. This well organized, well timed session raised SMPTE’s profile significantly among IBC attendees.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/HansHoffmann.zip
Photo Caption: Dr. Hans Hoffman, SMPTE Vice President for Standards

SMPTE Member Mike Knee is Two-Time Best Paper Winner; Ujwal Nirgudkar Presents 100 Years of Indian Cinema Award
SMPTE congratulates Mike Knee, a consultant engineer in research and development at sustaining member Snell, for receiving the IBC2013 Best Conference Paper award. With this win, Knee is now the first person ever to win the award twice. (The first time was in 2008.) For Knee’s paper not only to be accepted, but for him to be awarded the best for the second time, is strong recognition of his technical expertise and ability to articulate Snell’s vision clearly for the next generation of motion processing technology. He presented his technical paper, “New-Generation Scalable Motion Processing From Mobile to 4K and Beyond,” to an appreciative and engaged crowd at the conference.

Also in the spotlight was Ujwal Nirgudkar, SMPTE Fellow and India Section chair. As part of the IBC 100 Years of Cinema session, Nirgudkar presented the IBC Judges’ Prize for 100 years of Indian Cinema, with a retrospective going back to the release of “Raja Harishchandra” in 1913. On hand to receive the prize on behalf of the Indian cinema industry was Amitabh Bachchan, one of India’s film superstars.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/MembersatIBC2013.zip
Photo Caption: SMPTE Sustaining Member Mike Knee and SMPTE India Section Chair Ujwal Nirgudkar

William Miller Extends Membership Offer, Matched by Peter Weitzel
As founding patrons of the SMPTE Student Membership Challenge, member William Miller and his wife Ellen recently renewed their support with a generous $5,000 gift and a request for matching funds from other SMPTE members. At IBC2013, Peter Weitzel, secretary and treasurer of the SMPTE U.K. section, became the first matching donor by making a significant contribution.

SMPTE Luminaries Strongly Represented on EDCF Panel
SMPTE members will always play a prominent role in any IBC program on digital cinema, and this year’s European Digital Cinema Forum (EDCF) was no exception. In fact, in one photo of the session on the front of IBC Daily, almost every panelist is a prominent SMPTE member. Pete Ludé, SMPTE past president, participated in another EDCF session along with more than 60 other SMPTE members who were on the broader IBC2013 program.

Spotlight on Rising Stars
IBC’s Rising Stars program is designed to help foster the successful rise and advance of young creative, business, and technology professionals working within the industry. At IBC2013, Rising Stars were able to meet top industry experts in a series of specially staged sessions and events, including a session led by Andy Foster, SMPTE member. Members such as Peter Weitzel, secretary and treasurer of the SMPTE U.K. section, volunteered their time and expertise to provide guided tours of the show floor and other activities for Rising Stars participants.

Company Quote:

“IBC2013 was one of the most successful ever for SMPTE. We had high visibility in virtually every aspect of the show, from the standing-room-only attendance at the UHDTV session to the award-winning efforts of members and the high SMPTE representation on the EDCF panel. On the show floor, the SMPTE booth was buzzing with activity, as were the numerous booths of SMPTE member companies. The energy was more palpable and stimulating than ever before.”
– Barbara H. Lange, Executive Director, SMPTE

Company Overview

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Riedel Communications Acquires WAN and Mobile Streaming Specialist Code One

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Oct. 9, 2013 — Riedel Communications, a leading provider of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that it has acquired Düsseldorf-based mobile streaming specialist Code One. As a developer of solutions for video streaming over wide area networks (WANs), Code One brings Riedel a valuable portfolio of WAN-focused solutions, as well as innovative technology for distributing video, audio, and data via mobile networks.

“In order to guarantee further expansion of our company, we needed a partner with the capacity to support our portfolio in a competent and future-proofed manner,” said Code One CEO Sven Hanten. “Riedel Communications is an experienced company that offers a positive business environment, including a firmly established presence in key markets and a strong financial position, that will fuel our ongoing and future development of innovative solutions.”

Code One video streaming technology enables broadcasters and other content producers to achieve greater mobility in live production environments. The company’s application-oriented products empower users to distribute live content anywhere, at any time. Engineered to reduce the complexity of live broadcasting, Code One solutions assure straightforward signal distribution with maximum independence.

“Code One complements our portfolio perfectly,” said Thomas Riedel, CEO of Riedel Communications. “This young company’s key areas of expertise, such as mobile streaming and innovative solutions for data transmission, offer Riedel unique technology that we can use to elevate our solutions to a new level.”

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

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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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Pioneer Music Company Buses 20 Integration Firms to CEDIA 2013 Expo

Lenexa, Kansas – October 9, 2013 – Custom channel distributor Pioneer Music Company — a member of the Catalyst AV Distribution Network that covers the Plains states -– orchestrated a “field trip” to take 20 integration companies to CEDIA Expo in Denver last month by luxury bus.

“I was the one who came up with the idea and organized it,” says David Allen of Pioneer Music Company. “The idea was conceptualized due to the fact that there were quite a few of our “top” accounts that were not going to CEDIA for one reason or another. We felt that if we could organize easy transportation and accommodations for these dealers, that they should be able to afford to take the time off. 20 companies in total, 40 attendees. 31 of the attendees took the 22 hour (2-

The bus riders!

way) trip on the bus from KC with us. Many of them had to drive a ways to get to KC. 10 of the attendees (6 companies) had never been to CEDIA before. 14 of the attendees (10 companies) would have not went to CEDIA had we not arranged this trip. We got some new exposure for the industry and some good education for the attendees.”

The terms of the field trip attendance were that attendees must visit each one of the trip’s sponsors booths (8 total booth visits) and main trip sponsors had one attendee from each company in a manufacturer product training class.

The main field trip sponsors were as follows Atlona, CORE Brands, ICE Cable, URC, and Vivitek. The secondary sponsors were Definitive Technology, IC Realtime, Mitsubishi, and Yamaha.

”The Cedia field trip with PMC took the stress travel of and planning out of my hands and allowed me to focus more on the show itself. I also enjoyed touring the PMC Kansas City location and meeting the people in person that we speak to on the phone. This trip strengthened my relationship with PMC and their manufacturers and I hope we can do it again,” said Levi Angst, of Integration Excellence, located in Lebanon, MO.

“We had the opportunity to go to an event that we did not know about and would not have gone to otherwise,” said Tom Alexander of Elite Home Audio, located in Tiffin, Iowa. “It was a great learning experience and gave us a lot more options as far as sales to our customers which in turn makes our business more money. This is a great event and everyone in the A/V industry should go.”

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12-independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 10,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

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Producer Steve Pageot And HARMAN’s Lexicon PCM Total Bundle Try Their Best to Make James Harden Sound Good

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Houston Rockets basketball star James Harden is one of the world’s most talented players. If only he was as talented a singer. In his entertaining 2013 Foot Locker commercial, Harden spoofs the desire for sports figures to branch out into other areas – whether they should or not – by attempting to record an R&B single and torturing the engineer’s ears in the process. The wildly popular “Foot Locker – Harden Soul Featuring James Harden and Stephen Curry” commercial has received more than five million hits on YouTube and was mixed by artist and multi-platinum producer Steve Pageot with the help of HARMAN’s Lexicon PCM Total Bundle.

Pageot got the call to mix the spots from music composer Wendell Hanes, author of “The 30-30 Career: Making 30 Grand In 30 Seconds!” Pageot wrote the chapter “Mastering the Commercial Mix” for the book, and Hanes knew Pageot could do the job under the almost-impossible deadline constraints. “Wendell called me and told me he needed the mix done immediately and e-mailed me the Pro Tools files,” said Pageot. “I dropped what I was doing and a few hours later the mix was done.”
Pageot knew he could rely on the Lexicon PCM Total Bundle to get the sounds he needed quickly and dependably. For the mix, he first created an auxiliary stereo channel and inserted the plug-in’s “Simple Delay” and “Large Plate 1” presets, then tweaked the presets to his liking. The stereo sends from Harden’s vocal track were used to send the vocal signal to the auxiliary effect channel to simultaneously engage both effects.

“I continue to go back to the Lexicon PCM Total Bundle because of its rich, lush, pretty and unique sounds that I can dial up within seconds to take my mixes to the next level,” Pageot noted. “The goal of mixing a song is to make it sound like a masterpiece – but I had to keep Harden’s vocal mix close to raw and not to process it too much. Because the Lexicon reverbs sound so magical, with each preset I would dial up I kind of found myself going against what we had to do in the commercial!” Pageot wound up using some subtle effects processing throughout the track to give it its broadcast-worthy “finished” quality. “I truly feel that the subtle reverbs and delays I used made this commercial mix a hit.”

But even Pageot’s talents couldn’t get Harden to sing in tune or do anything about that paint-peeling voice. As Stephen Curry says to James Harden in the remix video: “You should probably not quit your day job!”

“We applaud Steve’s work on this very unique and entertaining project,” stated Noel Larson, Market Manager, Portable PA, Tour and Recording, HARMAN Signal Processing. “We are always excited to hear about new and exciting ways that talented producers like Steve are using Lexicon and this is certainly one of the more memorable projects I’ve heard about!”

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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VGTRK Takes HARMAN Studer Vista 1 for New Samara OB Van

SAMARA, Russia – The project team of RTV-RTC has carried out the installation of a new OB van for Russian broadcaster, VGTRK at its Samara base, featuring a HARMAN Studer Vista 1 all-in-one console.

The 12-camera van was commissioned in September this year with the audio and intercom design masterminded by RTV-RTC’s Alexander Yankovsky.

The Studer system comprises a 32-fader desk with optical MADI card and Studer Compact Stagebox, with 32 mic/line inputs and 16 line outputs. An Si Compact 16 with optical MADI card, from HARMAN Professional sister company Soundcraft, has been supplied as a backup audio mixer.

RTV-RTC won the tender for the design and construction of the mobile television studio for VGTRK back at the end of 2012. This 10+2 HD camera truck has been designed for all types of OB filming and recording of social and political events, concerts and performance as well as shooting sporting events throughout the Middle Volga region.

“We recommended Vista1 to our customer based on the excellent quality of the sound and the inbuilt sound processing,” stated Yankovsky. “It offers one of the best price/function ratios — and this was a very important aspect, as it allowed us to put into practice the customer’s requirement, namely, flexible and cost-effective sound for video production possibilities.

“The other attraction was the user-friendly and logical Vistonics™ interface. The work of a sound director in live broadcast can be compared to the work of an aircraft pilot — needing to control numerous parameters in real time, and provide a swift override of the process if something goes wrong. Vistonics can handle this easily.”

The new OB van will produce two independent television programmes, including live broadcast and is designed to work in HDTV format, with the ability to switch to HD / SD. It has been designed on a two-axle trailer chassis with a total body length of 12.3 metres, with dedicated rooms for audio, video, engineering and computer room / rack room. There are also two external commentator positions with two-way signal delivery via Telecast T-POV receiving and transmission sets.

As for audio, the main Vista 1 has been integrated into the MADI router through two optical MADI connections, which provide all the necessary sources. The mixing console, with the Vistonics™ user interface and 40 on-screen rotary knobs, has built-in signal processing, 32 -fader direct access and signal level meters on each channel.

In fact everything is contained within the console — the control surface, I/O system, DSP and power supplies are all in one box making it ideal for restricted space environments such as in OB and ENG vans — or for applications where the console needs to be moved with ease. The back-up Si Compact 16 allows a basic mix of 24 channels.

In conclusion, Alexander Yankovsky added, “By using a main interchange of the sound signals via DOTEC MADI routing, we were able to achieve a very flexible audio structure as well as the integration of the backup mixer into the system.”

Other key people involved in the build were chief project (and video) engineer Evgeny Zaytsev and project engineer (power distribution), Georgy Kozhevnikov.

Further information from:
http://www.rtvcenter.ru/articles/desyatikamernaya_pts_dlya_gtrk_samara/

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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Two Meyer Sound Rental Houses Join Forces for Metallica’s Malaysian Debut

Two of Malaysia’s leading rental companies came together this summer to ensure Metallica’s first-ever concert in the country would be a memorable event. By merging their Meyer Sound inventories, Kuala Lumpur-based EHQ Projects and Selangor-based SES Sound & Lighting created a massive, 146-loudspeaker system based around MILO® line array loudspeakers.

“There were no delays, but the sound was clear and very loud even 100 meters back from the stage,” recalls Jay Neil, technical director of EHQ Projects. “Afterwards, I had people telling me it sounded like a CD on a great stereo.”

In order to cover an audience of 30,000 in Kuala Lumpur’s Stadium Merdeka, the two companies configured a system of 72 MILO loudspeakers, including 40 for main hangs, 30 for side hangs, and two for out fills. Front fill was provided by 12 M’elodie® line array loudspeakers, and 40 700-HP subwoofers provided ample low end. System drive and alignment was supplied by a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors. Dual side-fill arrays featuring five-each MILO loudspeakers over two-each 700-HP subwoofers combined with 26 MJF-212A stage monitors to provide on-stage foldback.

FOH mixing duties were handled by “Big Mick” Hughes, Metallica’s long-time engineer. Monitor engineer Bob Cowan and assistant monitor engineer Adam Correia handled the band’s on-stage mix.

“After the show, the media reported that it was the first time they’d head really great sound at an outdoor rock concert in Malaysia,” says Neil. “Big Mick deserves a great deal of credit for mixing Metallica as only he can.”

Andrew Warren, managing director for EHQ Projects, worked closely with Neil, while Frankie Lau, Marcus Koay, and Frando Ho coordinated logistics for SES Sound & Lighting under the supervision of Managing Director S.T. Ho.

“Metallica was the show of a lifetime,” says Neil. “We want to thank SES for coming on board as a partner to make it a great success.”

Metallica’s Malaysian appearance was produced and organized by Galaxy Group, in association with LAMC Productions and Rockstar Touring.

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Zylight F8 LED Fresnel Named ‘Best of IBC’ by TVBEurope

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, today announced it its new F8 LED Fresnel was named one of the “Best Of IBC” products by TVBEurope magazine. Available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K) versions, the F8 maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping through an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, and offers a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations. Plus, the unique F8 folds flat – collapsing to less than four inches thick – for easy transport and storage.

Selected by the editorial teams of TVBEurope and the IBC Daily, the Best Of IBC was awarded to new products across seven categories and chosen from more than 1,400 exhibitors at IBC2013 last month in Amsterdam. The magazine and official show publication are published by Intent Media Ltd.

“We appreciate that our F8 LED Fresnel was named one of the Best Of IBC at this year’s show,” said Joe Arnao, president. “People are really responding to its innovative design and the fact that it costs so much less to operate than traditional Fresnels.”

Ideal for studio or location work, the F8’s LED engine with quantum dot technology provides a cooler, more energy efficient light than traditional Fresnel instruments, but does not compromise performance. While it draws only 100 watts, it has close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel. With a CRI (color rendering index) up to 97 or better, the fully dimmable F8 offers and adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees) for even coverage for widescreen productions.

Like other Zylight models, the F8 is also equipped with ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control. As a result, several F8s can be grouped together and linked for unique lighting scenarios. The F8 can also be controlled via DMX. It is also water resistant (IP54) for use in challenging location conditions, and can be powered by a worldwide AC adapter or standard 14.4V camera battery.

The F8 includes a five-year warranty on the LED engine, and ships with barn doors and yoke mount. Additional accessories are available separately.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Zylight was founded in 2003 with one mission: Bring truly intelligent, time-saving lighting to the entertainment production industry. Our award-winning team has more than 80 years of combined industry experience, and we continue to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to grow its brand to a large international audience. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

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DPA Microphones Displays the Ultimate Podium Microphone at the 135th International AES Convention

Company builds on the renowned audio quality of its highly regarded microphones to design new solutions that are ideal for the installation market

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 9, 2013 – DPA Microphones will show its two Podium Microphones at the 135th International AES Convention (Booth 2551). Based on the company’s d:dicate™ Recording Microphones and renowned Miniature Microphones, the solutions give AV installers and conference organizers the clear, transparent and precise sound they demand.

As a high-end solution, DPA is offering podium microphones that incorporate the modular capsules from its d:dicate Recording Microphones, which are acclaimed for their exceptional linear frequency responses, high SPL and superior gain before feedback. These new podium microphones combine the state-of-the-art d:dicate capsules with any of the company’s newly introduced modular active booms and modular active cables. With several capsules to choose from, DPA customers can access the exact microphone and boom or cable combination to meet their needs.

“While DPA Microphones is internationally acclaimed for creating high quality live sound and recording microphones, we are excited to now turn our attention to the installation market with the launch of our flexible d:dicate range,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “Since we already had the high-end capsule and preamplifier technology needed to fulfil the audio component, creating a microphone for the installation and conference markets was an obvious step for us. We just needed to employ an ingenious mechanical solution that allowed us to adapt our boom and cable technology to deliver high-end installation solutions for a wide variety of applications.”

Whether this is for a podium, desktop, stage stand or even a ceiling suspension, DPA Microphones’ Podium Mics have it covered with visually elegant and sonically advanced products that feature all the robustness inherent in DPA’s engineering techniques. In addition to the high-end d:dicate solution, DPA has also developed a cost-effective, directional podium microphone based on its renowned miniature microphones.

These directional gooseneck microphones, which use interference tubes and pre-polarized backplates to ensure speech intelligibility, were originally devised on request
from the Nobel Prize organization. In search of a dedicated podium solution for its 2012 Nobel Peace Prize presentation at Oslo City Hall in Norway, the organization required a microphone that could stand up to the acoustical challenges of its auditorium. To fit the need, DPA Microphones adapted its existing miniature capsule to give an off-axis frequency response that negated room reverberation while preserving the needed on-axis sensitivity for voice level. The company also positioned the capsule on a delicate gooseneck stand. The result was so well received that the microphone was quickly adopted as a standard DPA product and is now available to all installation customers. This miniature podium microphone can also be used in a wireless configuration by employing the company’s innovative adapter that is available for its range of miniature microphones.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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SSL Introduces the ‘Live’ Console to North American Market at 135th AES Convention

“The fresh approach with Live literally redefines how a live performance console should sound combined with a control surface that helps the engineer to deliver exceptional performance”

NEW YORK – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of creative tools for audio professionals, is proud to introduce ‘Live,’ the first SSL console for live sound production, at the 135th AES Convention (Booth 2821). The Live combines SSL’s signature audio quality and console ergonomic experience into a unique approach for live performance FOH and stage monitoring sound production, and promises to bring something very special to the live sound arena. Drawing on more than 35 years of industry leading analogue and digital console innovation, the Live has inherited the DNA from multi-award winning, ground-breaking and much loved consoles for music, broadcast and post production that SSL has produced over time.

“Top artists, producers and engineers have been asking us to develop a live sound console to match the rich, creative experience they enjoy in the studio using an SSL console,” states Antony David, Managing Director at Solid State Logic. “The time has finally come for us to release ‘Live’ after several years of constant development and innovation. We believe Live is a console that engineers will fall in love with because of the lengths we have gone to with the design. The fresh approach with the Live literally redefines how a live performance console should sound combined with a control surface that helps the engineer to deliver exceptional performance. Much excitement has been generated since the Live was introduced at Musikmesse in Germany and we believe the industry in North America will embrace the console, too.”

Live is all about power and control and is perfectly suited to touring or installation, FOH or monitor systems for venues, arenas, houses of worship and concert halls. Featuring complete flexibility and an intelligent user interface, it is especially ideal for any situation in which audio quality is important.

Based on SSL’s new Tempest processing platform, Live is deployed in a uniquely versatile way. The headline numbers are as impressive as the price, with 976 inputs and outputs and 192 full processing audio paths at 96kHz. How those paths are configured is extremely flexible with power allocated to Channels, Auxes, Stem Groups and Masters, configured to suit the needs of each show. All processing is built into the console surface as well as a collection of I/O connectivity built into the frame. A full range of Stagebox I/O connects to the console via MADI, with the potential for larger systems to make use of SSL’s own Blacklight technology that carries up to 256 channels of bi-directional audio and control via a single fibre connection.

Console power is really nothing if it can’t be controlled and Live offers a truly excellent control surface. It combines a tablet-style multi-gesture touch screen with elegant hardware ergonomics, excellent visual feedback and a collection of innovative new features. It enables engineers to work exactly how they work today, whether they prefer new touch screen or classic hardware technology, or a combination of both, and offers new and better ways of doing things that will make the operator’s life less stressful and more creative.

Being an SSL, Live has legendary audio performance as standard. Impeccable audio quality is a primary design feature right the way through from studio-grade SuperAnalogue™ mic preamps, 24bit/96kHz A/D D/A conversion, to 64bit internal processing and 96kHz operation throughout. An obsession with quality also shines through an array of channel processing tools that bear the classic SSL tone, but bring a completely new level of precision, flexibility and usability. Live features an impressive collection of 30 new effects and audio analysis tools that take SSL’s acclaimed studio-grade processing and re-crafts it for Live, with the additional benefit of giving the effects and analysis tools its own dedicated processing power.

As has been the case so many times in the last few decades, SSL has taken a new approach to the way professional engineers work and created an inspired console that builds upon the way things are done today while offering the potential for a new, exciting and more creative way to work tomorrow.

Live is now shipping.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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Fitz and the Tantrums Monitor Engineer Finds HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – This past summer, indie pop band Fitz and the Tantrums has enjoyed a successful string of live concerts throughout the United States, either headlining its own bills or opening for Bruno Mars for several dates. For every show, monitor engineer Aaron Glas has relied on HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 as his monitor console.

Glas is no stranger to the Vi1 and the Soundcraft Vi family. “A few years ago, I was looking for a small-format digital console that could handle 24 outputs and there aren’t many,” he said. “The Vi1 looked perfect. I’ve toured with it for several years now and I’m thrilled to continue mixing on the Vi1 for Fitz and the Tantrums.”

Although Glas has a wealth of experience working with the Vi1 and other Soundcraft Vi Series consoles, his work with Fitz and the Tantrums marks the first instance in which he has used the cue/snapshot feature of the Vi1—something he has found to be a tremendous advantage.

“Using the snapshots with the Vi1 has been a great learning experience,” Glas noted. “We’ll always have the full band at sound check and it’s nice that I can recall what we’ve done the previous night and tweak the mixes based on the band’s requests. With the snapshot feature, I’m able to fine-tune the sound more specifically with each successive performance.”

In addition, the snapshot feature enables Glas to quickly and easily adjust to any changes Fitz and the Tantrums make from show to show. “My cues can change with the set list and all the levels can be recalled nightly so it makes for a pretty consistent performance each time,” he said. “The band has a great comfort level knowing they can achieve the same quality audio night in and night out.”

“The level of support from Soundcraft has also been exceptional,” Glas concluded. “Whether it’s Tom Der or Rick Morris, they’re always very helpful and very responsive.”

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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