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Sennheiser to power World’s First Large Scale Opera for Wireless Headphones, Invisible Cities, Premiering at Los Angeles’ Union Station This Month

The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser Push the Boundaries of Art, Imagination and Wireless Technology for an Unprecedented, Interactive Dramatic Experience

Los Angeles – October 9, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its world-class professional and consumer technology will play an integral part of Invisible Cities: the world’s first large scale opera for wireless headphones. The landmark production, a collaboration among The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser, will stage its world premiere on Saturday, October 19th at Los Angeles’ iconic Union Station — the largest railway terminal in the western United States.

The Invisible Cities opera, written by Christopher Cerrone and based on the 1972 novel by Italo Calvino, combines historical fiction with surrealist elements to create an ‘invisible opera for wireless headphones’. The opera’s narrative, which centers on explorer Marco Polo’s descriptions of fantastical cities to Emperor Kublai Khan, transform’s Calvino’s novel into a unique experience for each participant — combining a classic art form with the ultimate in technology. By using wireless headphones from Sennheiser, audience members will be intimately connected to the storyline, while having the ability to roam freely as the opera moves throughout the terminal.

“Art-making is not just about great ideas but about ingenious execution — making a vision something real,” commented Yuval Sharon, artistic director, The Industry. “Sennheiser is literally making The Industry’s dreams come true; this production simply would not exist without their commitment to innovation and the drive for excellence that will make this such a magical experience for audiences.”

“Our world is characterized by fast-paced, interactive communication and consumers seek experiences that touch them in a much deeper and more meaningful level. Invisible Cities caters to this desire and delivers a truly innovative performance to its audience,” commented Stefanie Reichert, director strategic marketing, Sennheiser. “We have worked in close cooperation with Sennheiser global relations, including project manager Kristy Jo Winkler, to make this a seamless experience for the entire audience. Invisible Cities showcases how innovative technology and cutting-edge artistic vision drives innovation in the arts.”

While Invisible Cities is an opera at its essence, it is unconventional in many ways. For example, there is no opera house and no assigned seats — audience members are not restricted in their movement and encouraged to roam freely. Also, whereas audience members at a conventional opera typically rely solely on natural building acoustics to hear an operatic production, Invisible Cities will utilize Sennheiser’s state-of-the-art wireless technology to convey both dialog and music to listeners. Performers will be outfitted with Sennheiser wireless microphones and attendees will use Sennheiser’s RS 120 wireless consumer headphones for a complete, intimate audio experience.

At the heart of Invisible Cities‘ technical production will be Sennheiser’s new Digital 9000 wireless system, which will provide patrons with pristine, uncompromising audio for the duration of the performances. This system, which was launched last year after having been under development for over a decade, is the most advanced wireless system in the world and used in top level theatre, music and broadcasting events.

An 11-piece orchestra consisting of strings, brass and percussion will perform an original score and will be miked using a selection of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones. Singers, dancers and performers in the production will also be outfitted with Sennheiser wireless microphones, and will be able to listen to their performances and director cues using Sennheiser’s world-class in-ear monitoring system (IEMs). The performance audio will be sent to a multi-channel digital console, where it will be mixed and broadcast via wireless RF technology to attending patrons, each of who will be donning Sennheiser wireless headphones.

Bexel, based in Burbank, Calif., custom built a Managed Antenna System (MAS) that allows for extended coverage of Sennheiser’s wireless microphones, in-ear monitors and headsets.

On the audio side, Bexel also supported Sennheiser’s superb high-quality microphones with a DiGiCo SD11 paired with a DiGiCo D-Rack. The orchestra, located approximately 1,000 feet from the main hall, is connected via fiber. The DiGiCo system allows the audio mixer to con-trol the mic preamp from that distance.

We are delighted to partner with Sennheiser and the The Industry’s audio professionals on Invisible Cities,” says Rod Allen, Bexel business segment manager, Audio West. “Sennheiser, who is providing the RF integrity, along with Bexel engineering and the rest of the audio team, has a big task to make that mix relevant no matter where the main focus happens to be in the venue, because the listener has only one stereo mix to reference. It was an intriguing assignment to help launch this unique event in a working public train station with the talent roaming throughout the venue.”

For more information on Invisible Cities, including performance dates and ticket information, please visit http://invisiblecitiesopera.com/.

Photo captions:
1) The Invisible Cities opera, written by Christopher Cerrone and based on the 1972 novel by Italo Calvino, combines historical fiction with surrealist elements to create an ‘invisible opera for wireless headphones’. (Photo Credit: Dana Ross)

2) Invisible Cities, a collaboration among The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser, will stage its world premiere on Saturday, October 19, at Los Angeles’ iconic Union Station — the largest railway terminal in the western United States. (Photo Credit: Dana Ross).

3) Yuval Sharon, Artistic Director, The Industry, on the set at Union Station with his Sennheiser RS 120 headset and SKM 2000 transmitter. (Photo Credit: Dana Ross)

About The Industry
The Industry is a new home for new and experimental opera in Los Angeles. Founded and led by director Yuval Sharon, The Industry creates ambitious productions that expand the traditional definition of opera and explore new paradigms for interdisciplinary collaboration. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times writes “The Industry is quickly and dramatically becoming an essential component in American opera. It’s now indispensable to the LA scene.” The Industry’s inaugural production, Anne LeBaron and Douglas Kearney’s Crescent City, was instantly hailed as “reshaping LA opera” (Los Angeles Times) and “changing the face of music-theater in this city overnight” (Out West Arts). The large-scale multimedia production, featuring the work of six visual artists in a 25,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Atwater Village, performed over three weeks in May 2012 to capacity audiences. The Industry recently presented First Take, a west coast opera workshop showcasing excerpts from six new operatic works-in-progress by the legendary Pauline Oliveros, and rising star composer Mohammed Fairouz at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater. For more information visit: www.TheIndustryLA.org.

About L.A. Dance Project
L.A. Dance Project is an artist collective founded in 2012 by renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied, along with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, producer Charles Fabius, and film producer Dimitri Chamblas. L.A. Dance Project’s mission is to create new work and to revive seminal collaborations from influential dance makers. Pro-grams include full-length evenings in traditional theater venues as well as various modular performances in non-traditional environments. New works by the company endeavor to be multidisciplinary collaborations with various artists: visual artists, musicians, designers, directors and composers. L.A. Dance Project promotes the work of emerging and established creators, contributing to new platforms for contemporary dance. For more information visit: www.ladanceproject.com.

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About Sennheiser
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Kramer Introduces the KW−11 Wireless High Definition Transmitter/Receiver Set

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the KW−11, a wireless high definition transmitter/receiver set that sends the HDMI signal wirelessly, up to 40 feet (12 meters).

The KW−11 Transmitter and Receiver set is a wireless high−definition HDMI system, utilizing WHDI™ technology. The KW−11T converts the HDMI signal into a wireless signal that it transmits to the KW−11R. The KW−11R converts the wireless signal back into an HDMI signal. The units send the uncompressed video resolutions up to 1080p @60Hz with zero latency.

The KW−11 can be installed under the table or in a closet with no direct line of sight required. It features robust MIMO 5GHz technology, and a very secure AV link through its AES−128 encryption.

The transmission of the wireless HDMI signal is compatible with any copy−protected HDCP content. EDID and CEC information is supported as well. Installation and operation requires no special configuration: simply connect the KW−11T with the AV source and the KW−11R with the display.

The Kramer KW−11 is part of Kramer DigiTOOLS® family of compact, high−quality and cost−effective solutions. This wireless high−definition transmitter and receiver pair is ideal for professional video installations as well as for use with other Kramer products, for presentations, multimedia applications, home theater usage, and other short range video and audio distribution applications.

The KW−11 sells in the United States at a list price of $675.00, and is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. Complete product information for the KW−11 and for all Kramer Electronics and Sierra Video products can be found at www.kramerus.com.

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Asserting that the Age of Interactivity is now giving way to a new Age of Hyperactivity characterized by an always-fast, always-on Internet, Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. yesterday told attendees at its 2013 Vendor Summit that a new era of unprecedented opportunity was now unfolding — creating sales opportunities for dealers that were unimaginable a few short years ago.

The annual two-day Stampede Vendor Summit, the industry’s only event of its kind, took place October 7-8, 2013 at the Marriott Hotel in Amherst, New York and featured a mix of immersive one-on-one sales interactions between manufacturers and the Stampede sales team, information-packed presentations from InfoComm Senior Vice President John Fuchs and PMA Analyst Rosemary Abowd, a challenging vision of a future built around ‘The Internet of Things’ by AV Girl futurist Midori Connolly, and an engaging dealer panel discussion of business and technology trends hosted by New Bay Media’s Lindsey Adler and EH Publishing’s Craig MacCormack.

“At a time when the traditional AV industry is maturing, a new personalized industry is rising up to take its place, one that is built upon the ideas of connecting, integrating, and sharing devices in entirely new eco-systems built around highly customized software applications,” predicted Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly. “This shift is challenging our industry to stop using the terms ‘audio and video’ and start using the terms ‘see, hear and control’ in order to understand the business opportunities that this shift is creating.”

Indeed, according to Kelly, Stampede has taken a number of strategic steps to empower its 11,000 dealers to take advantage of this seismic shift by consumers and professionals to connect, integrate and share devices at work, school, government and home. “In 2013 we added 20 new product lines and several new core platforms that traditional AV products can attach to,” Kelly emphasized.

“And the results of these additions speak for themselves as we conclude a fifth year of record-breaking growth — a year where earnings grew by 46 percent.” Equally important, according to Kelly, is the fact that the company’s sales grew in all three of its primary product categories — displays, projectors, and unified communications, which is by far the fastest growing segment of the company’s business. “During the Q2 period, our unified communications category sales increased by more than 239 percent over the same period in 2012 and that growth is being driven by the shift from an audio/video world view to a see-hear-control world view.”

Kelly reaffirmed Stampede’s commitment to constantly add value to every system installation it is involved with. “Value adds margin for our dealers,” Kelly told Vendor Summit attendees. “And, thus far in 2013, Stampede is adding value at an unprecedented level that cannot be matched by any other distributor in the business today. We can add this value on a consistent basis because we are focused exclusively on meeting the needs of the ProAV dealer community. We are not distracted by other industries and market segments. We devote 100 percent of our time and considerable resources to helping dealers grow their business.”

Meeting the demands of growth, however, requires an expanding commitment to maintain face-to-face training, online learning, and readily available credit facilities to qualified dealers, “all of which Stampede is committed to providing,” Kelly added. “In fact, in 2013 alone, we have increased our available monthly credit line by 28 percent, enabling us to serve as a bank to our dealer partners. In 2014 we will be opening a new southwest regional office and adding to our field sales team network to increase the number of contacts we can have with dealers and their customers. ”

Photo caption: Left to right: Jeff Willis, Senior Vice President of Stampede; Mark Wilkins, Founder and CEO of Stampede; Kevin Kelly, President and COO of Stampede.

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AES NY: Antelope to Demonstrate Orion32 Multi-Channel Interface and Host “Hanging Out (LIVE)” with Jimmy Douglas and Michael Brauer

Demonstrations to Highlight Hybrid Multi-Channel Setup With the Orion32 — Purple Audio and Rupert Neve Designs to Feature Orion32 in 500 Series Product Set-Ups

New York, October 9, 2013 — During the AES convention exhibit in New York this month, leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio [Booth 3139] will demonstrate the power and flexibility of its newest multi-channel interface: the Orion32. Antelope’s U.S. Director of sales and marketing, Marcel James, will be on hand to walk attendees through the unit’s capabilities when used with hardware summing and equipment inserts, while explaining how to make full use of Orion’s powerful Control Panel and Mixer.

GRAMMY-Award winning engineer Brian Vibberts (Michael Jackson, Chick Corea) has prepared a Pro Tools mix session for this special presentation and will discuss how the Orion32 fits into a broader hybrid audio setup consisting of 3rd party equipment from Purple Audio and Rupert Neve Designs.

“Hanging Out” with Antelope at the AES Exhibit

Antelope will also host two live episodes of its new “Hanging Out” Series with multi GRAMMY-Award winning mix engineers Jimmy Douglas [Justin Timberlake, Jay Z] and Michael Brauer [My Morning Jacket, Coldplay]. These sessions — which will feature a meet and greet — will occur at the Antelope booth on Friday, October 18th at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 19th at 1:00 p.m. respectively. Both episodes will stream live on the Antelope Audio YouTube Channel along with live show demos and reports.

Additionally, the Orion32 will be featured within Purple Audio and Rupert Neve Designs’ AES exhibits. These companies, which will be demonstrating new 500 series modules and other equipment, will be using the Orion32 as the primary playback device to simulate mixing scenarios using hardware summing and other techniques.

Purple Audio will be debuting it’s new mixer, dubbed MF Twenty 5 that integrates with a 500 rack, effectively making it a sidecar. The unit is targeted at home users doing hardware summing — but also prefer working with faders. The new MF Twenty 5 will be taking its input signal from the Orion32. “I will be running the Orion32 because I want all the I/O, and because we have lots of video people coming in from time to time,” he says. “The Orion32 is a very affordable converter with a full-bodied character and a sound I would describe as ‘realistic.’”

Distribution Companies Fingerprint Audio and Rupert Neve Designs have been using the Orion32 for their demonstrations of Rupert Neve Designs popular summing and processing products and the sE Mic line. Jonathan Pines, director of strategic operations for Fingerprint Audio and Rupert Neve Designs, says the Orion32 is a “game-changer” which he uses regularly in the studio for his own projects. “I use the Orion32 in conjunction with Antelope’s 10M Atomic Clock, which creates an audible improvement to the already great sound of the Orion,” he says. “Also, the Orion is incredibly easy to use and works flawlessly for me both on the studio and on the road.”

For more information, please visit the Antelope Audio website, or to learn more about the AES convention, please visit the Audio Engineering Society home page. You can access a playlist of Antelope’s “Hanging Out” episodes here.

About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20 years’ experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.

In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.

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NashvilleMix Opens New Facility with Carl Tatz Design MixRoom™ Concept

- Engineer/Producer Eric Brengle chooses Carl Tatz Design MixRoom™ turnkey control room solution for his new studio, featuring the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™), for ultimate monitoring performance at an affordable price -

Nashville, TN: Nashville pop/rock engineer/producer and NashvilleMix owner Eric Brengle had two goals in mind when he contacted TEC award-nominated Carl Tatz to design his new personal recording studio. “First I needed accurate monitoring so that I wouldn’t have to second guess my mixes all the time, and secondly I needed my room to make a professional impression when clients came over to work,” recalls Brengle. “I knew that the MixRoom™ would look serious based on the many studio photos on Carl’s website, and I even knew how amazing his PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) sounded, having auditioned one at another of Carl’s studios. However, it’s a whole different ball of wax when you experience a MixRoom in your own space that you’ve been struggling with for a long time. The MixRoom is absolutely remarkable – it turned my 12′ x 13′ x 9′ funky little room into the state-of-the-art monitoring environment.”

The revolutionary MixRoom concept pairs the Carl Tatz Signature Series™ acoustic modules by Auralex® with the unrivaled accuracy of the PhantomFocus System monitor tuning protocol. It has dramatically simplified control room design and renders the highest performance at a fraction of the cost of Carl Tatz Design’s custom work, making a world-class control room affordable to many more audio professionals. “We’re very exited about these new rooms, and we’re designing more and more of them across the country in commercial, personal and educational facilities,” explains Carl Tatz of the Carl Tatz Design (CTD) firm and creator of the PhantomFocus System. “They are a perfect fit in many applications where budget is limited yet expectations are high.”

“It’s a difficult thing to describe”‘ says Brengle, “because most engineers have never been able to hear complete sonic accuracy from 20Hz-to-20kHz before without fighting room modes, boundary effects and console reflections. Looking back I feel like I was mixing with only a three-pack of Crayola Crayons, but now I’ve got the entire spectrum to work with, which is so much more exciting. There’s no place for frequencies to hide, so my mixes come together better and faster. People need to know about this”.

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Broadcast Audio Leaders Join DTV Audio Group Forum at the Upcoming 135th AES Convention

— Leading personnel from ESPN, NBCUniversal, HBO, Saturday Night Live, Turner Sports, Starz, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, along with prominent facilities, firms and manufacturers, will address the future of TV audio as digital distribution models continue to evolve in “DTV Audio Group Forum: Audio Production and Distribution in an Evolving Television Delivery Landscape” —

New York, NY, October 9, 2013 — Underscoring its ongoing commitment to bringing together the top individuals in broadcast television audio, the DTV Audio Group Forum, scheduled to take place on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (October 17 through October 20, 2013, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City), will present key technical personnel who will discuss the future of broadcast sound. The forum, focusing on the shifting landscape in TV audio brought about by the transition to multi-platform mobile and fixed streaming content delivery, has assembled panels and presentations from the very same minds who will plot the strategies that will take television audio into the future.

Selected speakers are scheduled to include:

Kevin Cleary, Senior Audio Producer, ESPN
Jim Starzynski, Director and Principal Audio Engineer, NBCUniversal, and Chairman, DTV Audio Group
Nicolas Tsingos, Senior Platform Engineer, Dolby Laboratories
Ken Hahn, Co-Founder and Principal, Sync Sound and Digital Cinema
Lawrence Manchester, Senior Music Mixer, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Sean Richardson, Director of Post Production, Audio, Starz Entertainment
Hardys Eggum, Vice President Media Technology, HBO
Stacey Foster, Coordinating Producer, Saturday Night Live
Peter Scott, Vice President for Emerging Media, Turner Sports
Sean Richardson, Director of Post Production, Audio, Starz Entertainment
Lawrence Manchester, Senior Music Mixer, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Produced by the DTV Audio Group – an organization of senior-level broadcast network executives promoting best practices and successful strategies for digital television audio production and delivery – in association with the Sports Video Group (SVG) and sponsored by Dale Pro Audio, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, JBL Professional, Linear Acoustic, Studer and Yamaha – “DTV Audio Group Forum: Audio Production and Distribution in an Evolving Television Delivery Landscape” will explore the opportunities and challenges presented by advanced encoding schemes and to debate whether ubiquitous mobile and over-the-top content delivery demands a retrenchment to more limited audio or could lead to further audio advances. The discussion will also address the long-term implications of mobile data’s inevitable annexation of available broadcast spectrum and the resulting impact on wireless production, and will once again revisit the challenges of producing multichannel music for television.

“What we’ve done is reached out to the key innovators and leaders across the spectrum of broadcast television audio, from the networks, the programs, the facilities and the manufacturers who are deeply involved in charting the course of television sound into the future,” states DTV Audio Group Executive Director Roger Charlesworth. “These are the people who are asking and answering the questions about the future.”

Those questions and others will be addressed by panels with considerable technical star power. After a keynote address from Tom Sahara, Vice President of Operations and Technology at Turner Sports and Sports Video Group Chairman, they will include:

A Paler Shade of White: Facing the Realities of Shrinking Professional Wireless Spectrum
Panelists:

Mark Brunner, Senior Director of Global Public Relations, Shure Incorporated
Joe Ciaudelli, Sennheiser, Director, Advanced Products and Engineering
Kevin Cleary, Senior Audio Producer, ESPN
Henry Cohen, Senior RF Design Engineer, CP Communications
Peter Larsson, General Manager, Broadcast Sports Incorporated

Objects Are Closer Than They Appear: Interactivity, Object Oriented Audio and Advanced Channel Formats in Next-Generation Services
Panelists:

Robert Bleidt, Division General Manager, Fraunhofer USA
Jean-Marc Jot, Vice President of Research and Development, DTS
Jim Starzynski, Director and Principal Audio Engineer, NBCUniversal
Nicolas Tsingos, Senior Platform Engineer, Dolby Laboratories

How Many Channels is Your Cloud? – Expanding Visions of Television Audio for Mobile and Over-the-Top Streaming Delivery
Panelists:

Hardys Eggum, Vice President Media Technology, HBO
Stacey Foster, Coordinating Producer, Saturday Night Live
Peter Scott, Vice President for Emerging Media, Turner Sports
Sean Richardson, Director of Post Production, Audio, Starz Entertainment

Television versus Music: Round Two — Revisiting the Joys of Multichannel Music and the Struggle for Stereo Compatibility
Panelists:

Roger Charlesworth, Executive Director, DTV Audio Group, and President, Charlesworth Media
Ken Hahn, Co-Founder and Principal, Sync Sound and Digital Cinema
Lawrence Manchester, Senior Music Mixer, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

For more information on the DTV Audio Group forum, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/specialevents/?ID=3742. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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Almo Professional A/V Announces Final Registration for E4 AV Southern California Oct. 18

Almo Professional A/V Announces Final Registration for E4 AV Southern California Oct. 18

NEC Display Solutions to Sponsor New Brain Freeze Tech Panel;
Keynote Address and Tech Panel Available Live Via Webstream

Philadelphia, PA — October 9, 2013 — Next week, Almo Professional A/V in partnership with InfoComm International, will open the doors for the first fall E4 AV training and networking tour, taking place at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif. on Oct. 18. The E4 event will include an all new lunchtime Brain Freeze Tech Panel sponsored by NEC Display Solutions. For the first time in the four-year history of the E4 Tour, Almo will make two sessions in the agenda — the keynote address and the Tech Panel — available live via webstream.
According to Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V, “We have already achieved record pre-registration for this E4 and have expanded the event space to accommodate more attendees while giving our exhibitors the ability to bring additional products and link products together with other exhibitors to show AV systems.” She continued, “We are also working hard to bring parts of the E4 to those who are stuck in the office or just can’t participate onsite. Gary Kayye’s Krystal Ball keynote address and new Brain Freeze Tech Panel will both stream live so those who aren’t there physically can still ask questions and participate in the conversations online using Twitter.”
To view a Skype interview with Melody Craigmyle about the upcoming E4 event, click here.
“We jumped at the opportunity to sponsor and participate in the new Brain Freeze Tech Panel because it is a great addition to the Almo Pro A/V E4 event — it will include some innovative conversations about the latest technology trends and attract a lot of attention, especially since it can viewed live from Irvine, or streaming from anywhere else,” said Ashley Flaska, vice president of marketing for NEC Display Solutions. “At the same time, the NEC Edge Blending session also taking place during the show will give attendees the chance to see our 7,500 lumen PX750U projector and receive one InfoComm CTS renewal credit for participating in the training.”
To register for the live Ustream of the keynote and Brain Freeze Tech Panel during E4, go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/e4-av-tour-live. Gary Kayye’s Krystal Ball keynote will take place from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Pacific Time while the Brain Freeze Tech Panel is from 12:15-1:15 Pacific Time.
E4 Southern California Details E4 Southern California is on October 18 at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif. and runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific. It is an entirely free event, including parking, for Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com. The E4 AV program can be accessed on demand during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of the course presentations and live Twitter updates. On November 13, E4 will continue on to Metropolitan New York for a stop at the Meadowlands Expo Center.
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About InfoComm International InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and China. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.
About Almo Professional A/V Almo Professional A/V provides the industry’s most advanced product distribution, training and education, and technical support options available for the Pro AV community. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 888-420-2566 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

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Clay Paky Makes Different Kind of Headlines at 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

While the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards attracted lots of press for its outrageous performances, the show made headlines among professionals for its creative staging, too. Clay Paky Sharpys and Sharpy Washes lit up the stage at Barclays Center, Brooklyn where artist and designer KAWS reimagined the VMAs’ iconic moonman statuette.

“For the 30th anniversary of the VMAs and its first time in Brooklyn we were celebrating Brooklyn and Brooklyn artist KAWS, who redesigned the moonman as a 60-foot inflatable silver statue that towered over the main stage,” says lighting designer Tom Kenny. “I wanted to make it feel like you were in a gallery or museum honoring his work – it’s an unusual idea for an awards show, but MTV is always on the edge.”

To achieve his goal Kenny deployed a large complement of Sharpys and Sharpy Washes supplied by VER. “I had extremely high trims and needed audience light, back light and aerial beams,” he explains. “They did a great job for me. The whole idea was that the show didn’t look like a normal awards show, yet it needed the performances to be theatrical. Even though the trims were high, the Sharpys were powerful enough to do the job.”

Kenny marshaled 220 Sharpys and 40 Sharpy Washes for the event, all of which were hung in the air. “They worked great – the color was great. I had the lights on site for three weeks without a problem.”

Kenny notes that the VMA Awards tallied huge ratings and always enjoys worldwide appeal. “Emails from my peers after the show complimented me on how great and iconic the show looked,” he reports. “It really achieved the status of art piece. And we had a great time in Brooklyn, where the crew was fantastic.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, “It’s great to be part of such a high profile event. The Sharpys looked great and really highlighted the program.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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Prism Sound Adds Titan To Its Audio Interface Range


Internationally renowned manufacturer Prism Sound is expanding its family of audio interfaces with the launch of Titan, which will be on show for the first time at the 135th AES Convention in New York (Booth 3032).

Prism Sound’s new Titan multi-channel audio interface offers recording professionals ultimate quality analogue and digital I/O for Mac or Windows PC at sample rates up to 192kHz via a simple USB interface.

“As with every product we release, Titan came about as a direct result of customer feedback,” says Graham Boswell, sales and marketing director of Prism Sound. “For some time now, customers using external hardware devices such as Pro Tools™ have wanted easy access to Prism Sound’s high quality audio interfaces, but at an affordable price. Titan is our answer. It offers all the award-winning features of the competitively priced Orpheus but with the USB functionality that users want.”

In addition to the USB host interface, Titan is the first Prism Sound device to feature the new MDIO interface expansion slot. This miniature expansion slot can be used to expand Titan’s connectivity, for example by adding a direct connection to Pro Tools|HDX systems.

Titan draws on Prism Sound’s conversion and clocking expertise developed over many years in products such as the AD-2 and DA-2 and the popular ADA-8XR modular converter family. It offers eight analogue inputs, eight analogue outputs plus S/PDIF and TOSLINK optical digital I/O ports. The optical ports can also be used for ADAT, giving Titan a maximum capability of 18 concurrent input and output channels plus dual stereo headphones.

Titan also features high quality digitally-controlled preamplifiers – four for microphones and two for instruments, which are automatically select when the respective sources are plugged in. An assignable rotary control is provided for monitoring or output level control, which can be applied to any desired set of output channels. In addition, dual stereo headphone outputs are provided, each with its own volume control.

Building on the versatile DSP features of the Prism Sound Orpheus interface, Titan has a powerful built-in DSP engine which provides high precision input and output conditioning functions, as well as a fully-featured mixer for every Titan output channel, including ADAT channels. Each output can be driven with its own zero-latency mix of input channels and DAW feeds, allowing flexible performers’ foldback feeds to be created, as well as stereo or 5.1/7.1 surround monitoring feeds, controlled by the front-panel rotary control if desired. Titan’s high quality analogue outputs are ideally suited for use with analogue summing boxes.

All of Titan’s functions, aside from the front panel monitor and headphone level controls, are controlled from the Titan Control Panel app, which opens on-screen as a separate panel alongside the user’s existing editing software.

Titan will be officially unveiled at AES New York, which runs from October 17th – 20th, 2013. For more information please visit www.prismsound.com or visit Prism Sound’s AES Booth 3032 for a demo.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Mandy Parnell Adds A Prism Sound Lyra 2 Audio Interface To Her Mastering Set Up

London-based mastering engineer and Black Saloon Studios founder Mandy Parnell has acquired a Lyra 2 audio interface from Prism Sound. The unit has already been used on remixes for Bjork, The xx, Hejira, Medieval Babes Christmas Album and Johann Johannsson’s soundtrack for the film Prisoners.

“I love being the facilitator for artists and helping them realise their dreams in audio,” says Parnell. “It is an immense feeling when I hear the tracks I have worked on and see how much pleasure it gives the listener.”

Based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed Orpheus interface, Prism Sound’s Lyra allows music recording professionals to access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a much improved price point.

The Lyra 1 interface has two analogue input channels – one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O. Lyra 2 includes two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both versions incorporate new ARM Cortex processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing that allows for seamless integration with both Macs and PCs. Both versions also offer digital volume control, a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring and optical SPDIF capability.

Mandy Parnell says she evaluates new equipment constantly and is very particular when it comes to introducing new gear into the Black Saloon environment. However, in the case of Lyra 2, she was happy to include it because it contained features she liked.

“First and foremost, it has Prism Sound’s clear and neutral sound,” she says. “I also like the USB connection and its compact size.”

A long-time user of Prism Sound and SADiE equipment, Mandy Parnell says she is also constantly comparing AD/DA converters to ensure she has the best.

“Some AD/DA convertors, in my opinion, add a distortion into the sound that I do not find acceptable,” she explains. “Artists, producers and engineers often describe the sound I bring to their mixes as ‘dynamic’ and ‘wide’. Prism Sound products play an integral part in helping me to achieve what my customers want because they deliver a very neutral sound that is wide and has great separation. The company’s kit is also very reliable and I can have complete confidence in what I am hearing via my playback and record systems. That is invaluable for me. I have never doubted the sound of Prism Sound.”

Black Saloon has a client roster as long as it is diverse, featuring artists such as Bjork, Matthew Herbert, Feist, Max Richter Frightened Rabbit, The xx, Lianne La Havas, Jónsi, Mount Kimbi and Brian Eno.

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About Mandy Parnell
Mandy Parnell became interested in music aged five, listening to records on a portable Dansette player. She studied music and music technology, trained and worked in recording studios and landed an internship at a mastering studio where she became a world-renowned mastering engineer. After establishing her name in the music industry, Mandy launched her own Black Saloon Studios. Her 24 years of experience have allowed her to discover and develop her philosophies in analogue and digital audio, while working with an amazing array of artists. She is a Grammy Award winner, a Music Producers Guild Award winner and has been nominated or numerous other awards. She is also an active member of the AES, Grammys, APRS and MPG, frequently lecturing on mastering and the music industry.

About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

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