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BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC 160 MASS COMPLEX APPROACHING COMPLETION

BOSTON: 160 Massachusetts Avenue, the Berklee College of Music’s stunning new $100 million, sixteen-story, mixed-use building, is approaching completion. With initial openings planned for January 2014, and full occupancy scheduled for Spring 2014, the 155,000 square-foot tower represents a significant expansion for Berklee. It is also the first ground-up building in the school’s 66-year history. Distinguished by dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass walls, the sprawling music recording/education facility will house eight Walters-Storyk Design Group studios and a live room scaled to host a 50-piece orchestra.

WSDG Partner Sergio Molho, reports “The complex encompasses technical suites, classrooms, practice, ensemble and community rooms, a film dubbing theater and, a unique, three-story 4000 square foot, 400 seat, dual purpose, auditorium/dining hall. Designed by award-winning architects William Rawn Associates, the building will also serve as a residence for the entire 370-member freshman class. This has been one of the most ambitious projects of our 40 year+ company history,” Molho adds, “In addition to an invaluable contribution by our NY-based Sr. Project Manager Romina Larregina, it has engaged the talents and resources of each of our international offices, and virtually every one of our 50+ team members. It will be an extraordinary way to begin the New Year.”

One of the largest educational studio facilities built in the U.S. this year; the 18,000 SF recording/education complex at 160 Mass. offers students a massive battery of production, post-production and recording technology. Each of the four Production Control Suites is equipped with Genelec 8050A Speakers, MOTU MIDI Express 128, TC Electronics 6000 Remote CPUs, Ephonix MC Control, Akai MPK-61, Crown D75 Cu Amplifiers and a comprehensive collection of outboard gear and software programs. Tech Lab features include: Edirol UM-ONE, Euphonix MC Mix, Dangerous Music ST/ST Dynaudio AIR 15. The Central Machine Room incorporates a Dub Stage Digital Console Computer DF66; a Dub Stage Analog I/O AM713/MA703 console; a Dub Stage Console Sonic Wall Router and a host of high-end technology. The Mastering/Critical Listening Lab is outfitted with Euphonix MC Control, ATC SMC 150 ASL, Lipinski 707 Speakers, JL Audio Subwoofer F113 and Manley Mastering Backbone.

WSDG has a long-standing relationship with Berklee. John Storyk developed the school’s signature studio design course. He is also an adjunct professor, and lectures frequently to Berklee College music production and engineering students. This on-going connectivity with both faculty and students, played a significant role in the design program for 160 Mass. The most advanced predictive acoustic modeling software was engaged in the initial development stage, and the latest acoustical and technical innovations have been incorporated in every facet of the design to insure the highest degree of future-proofing for these studios and teaching labs.

For an overview on Berklee’s 160 Mass complex please visit: http://www.berklee.edu/Berklee160

For video tours visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu_iAWHH8Ho and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo4oaw2ArxY&feature=youtu.be

Photo: Rendering of Berklee College of Music 160 Mass.

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (adjunct professor, Berklee College of Music,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as: Frank O. Ghery (Novartis Campus,) Rafael Vignoly (Jazz at Lincoln Center,) Norman Foster (El Aleph,) Oscar Niemeyer (CAMG,) Phillipe Stark (Faena Hotel,) Grimshaw (Zurich Airport,) and Santiago Calatrava (Berklee Valencia.) WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for NY’s Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.

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Platinum Tools PRO-Strike Punchdown Tool Now Shipping

CAMARILLO, Calif., Oct. 28, 2013 – Platinum Tools (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, is proud to announce the launch of the new PRO-Strike Punchdown Tool. Now shipping, the PRO-Strike Punchdown Tool has an MSRP of $36.95 (without blades).

“The new compact PRO-Strike Punchdown Tool combines rugged design, an ergonomic comfort grip handle, and enhanced functions,” explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools, Inc. product manager. “The primary tool for all telecom and datacom installers working with 110, 66, Krone and BIX™-style cross connects, this professional tool will provide precise, repeatable, and reliable terminations that helps ensure installations pass certification, thus reducing and eliminating callbacks, resulting in peace-of-mind.”

The PRO-Strike Punchdown Tool terminates and cuts Cat3/5/5e/6 cables and is spring loaded for fast, low effort wire seating and terminations. Its bayonet style (twist & lock) blade retention socket is compatible with industry standard tools and blades.

Additional PRO-Strike Punchdown Tool specifications and applications include:
• New built-in hook – feeds or removes wire
• New multi-use spudger – for screwdriver, IDC insert tool or to clean debris
• 110, 66, 630, Krone and BIX™ style interchangeable blades
- Terminate and trim wires in 66, 110, Krone and BIX™ style cross connect blocks
- Terminate and trim wires in 110 & 630 style wall jack modules
• Color coded yellow on the cut side of the tool per industry standard
• Adjustable low and high force impact settings are precisely controlled to meet the industry standard 8762D spec
• Will not damage sensitive circuitry
• Spare blade storage compartment in the handle
• Dimensions: 6in x 1.5in x 1in (152 x 38 x 25mm)
• Weight: 5.7oz (162g)

For more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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FOR-A Introduces 4K Extraction System, Wins ‘Best of IBC’ Award

Cypress, CA – At IBC 2013, FOR-A debuted ZE-ONE, its new 4K extraction system for use with the FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera. The solution allows FT-ONE users to frame and extract desired 4K image areas to capture the action for HD replays. ZE-ONE received a “Best of IBC” award from TVBEurope magazine in the acquisition and workflow category.

“After introducing the FT-ONE last year, we decided to develop our own 4K extraction system that allows users to isolate and enlarge certain areas within frames,” said Hiro Tanoue, FOR-A Corporation of America’s President. “Operators can focus in on any part of any scene, ensuring not a moment is missed when shooting with the FT-ONE. We’re proud that ZE-ONE has been recognized by TVBEurope as a stand-out, new technology.”

Ideal for live sports production, the 4K extraction system provides operators with an intuitive touch-screen interface to frame and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources. ZE-ONE allows users to smoothly zoom in or out, and includes an embedded audio delay processor.

The title “Best of IBC” was awarded to new products across seven categories and chosen from more than 1,400 exhibitors at the IBC Show, held last month in Amsterdam, by the editorial teams of TVBEurope and the IBC Daily. The FT-ONE also received a “Best of IBC” award at last year’s show.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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Severtson Screens SAT-4K Acoustically Transparent Projection Screens Now Shipping

Mesa, Ariz., October 28, 2013 – Severtson Screens (www.severtsonscreens.com), a global leader in innovative and quality projection screens for the home theater, commercial, and pro AV markets, is pleased to announce that the new SAT-4K projection screen line is now shipping.

“Made in the USA, the SAT-4K replicates the cinema experience in the home like no other projection screen on the market today,” said Kirk Severtson, Severtson Screens COO. “With virtually no seamless home theater size limitations, the entire sound stage can be placed directly behind the screen at the same horizontal axis, allowing the vocals and the special effects to be completely in sync with the brilliant images on display. This will allow for a completely immersive home theater experience right in the home.”

Available in Impression, Deluxe, and Deluxe Curved configurations, the SAT-4K screen meets or exceeds all industry standards for optimum video and acoustic performance, with reference quality reproduction of the digital image combined with true fidelity of the original soundtrack.

Additional specifications include:
• Surface: SAT-4K acoustically woven screen material
• Gain: 1.18
• Max height: 15 ft. 10 inches
• Viewing Angle: 160 degrees
• Flame and mildew resistant

“Severtson Screens is proud to serve the home theater market with the same service and quality that has taken the cinema market by storm and cemented us as the industry leader,” added Severtson.

Custom and standard sizes are available. Severtson asks that customers contact them directly for individual pricing for their specific needs.

After celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, Severtson Corporation continues to be a global leader in innovation and quality. Severtson’s extensive experience in manufacturing small home theater screens and large cinema screens has given Severtson Corporation the expertise to meet the needs of the professional and consumer AV markets for both indoor applications as well as large outdoor venues.

With its three production facilities and its state-of-the-art robotic application system, Severtson has massive production capabilities and an unusually wide array of screen sizes — from IMAX to small home theater screens — available to its clients.

For more information, please visit www.severtsonscreens.com, call 480-610-5155, or email sales@severtsonscreens.com.

About Severtson Screens
Mesa, Ariz.-based Severtson Screens, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011, is an award-winning global leader in innovative and quality projection screens in the home theater, pro AV, and cinema markets. Its low rejection rate coupled with the high quality of all its products has made Severtson Corporation the industry standard for quality and customer service worldwide.

From its unlikely origins in the family kitchen to today’s three modern production facilities, Severtson Corporation has remained committed to the principles of innovation and uncompromising quality that have made them who they are today.

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VMP Showcases DVR Lockbox for Mobile/Rackmount Applications at 2013 ISC East

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Oct. 28, 2013 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the security, commercial, residential, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce it will showcase the popular DVR-MB1 Mobile/Rackmount DVR Lockbox during ISC East 2013, held in New York from Nov. 20-21 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, booth 442.Now shipping, the DVR-MB1 has an MSRP of $236.95.

“The DVR-MB1 is an alternative to our popular DVR-LB1 and DVR-LB2 DVR lockboxes,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “The DVR-MB1 has been designed specifically for the peace of mind of those who require the flexibility of DVRs being either portable or rack mounted in settings that may be prone to theft or vandalism. The DVR-MB1 is also a perfect solution for educational transportation fleets and protection and safety first responders looking to protect sensitive information that may be stored on mobile recording devices.”

According to Fulmer, high-end electronics have become a staple in today’s security, institutional and commercial marketplaces. As these expensive technologies and equipment, including DVRs, find homes in more and more commercial and professional settings, additional security measures need to be taken to insure these electronics are not harmed or stolen without compromising the unit’s functionality and portability.

Additional features of the VMP DVR-MB1 lockbox include:
• Interior dimensions 17” W x 13.8” D x 3” H
• Lockbox is mountable on left, right, bottom, and rear sides for mobile applications
• Securing strips included for DVR in mobile applications
• Removable top for installation secured with security hardware
• Front door secured with key lock
• Single fan included and mounting locations for up to four fans
• Vent blockers included to control thermal flow through the box for rackmount applications
• Rackmounting ears included
• Black static resistant powder coat finish

For more information DVR-MB1 Mobile/Rackmount DVR Lockbox, please visit www.videomount.com or call toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the Video Mount Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Born in 1994, Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communication and security industries. VMP products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to grow by adding mounting systems to address growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of our business.

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SES Supports Southern Ground Festival With Martin Audio MLA

Nashville, TN––Besides the finest in American music and cuisine, Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival featured the largest Martin Audio MLA system ever deployed for this type of event.

Over 15,000 people a night attended the outdoor event at Nashville’s Lawn in Riverfront Park to see headliner the Zac Brown Band, Willie Nelson & Family, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves, The Head and the Heart, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Special guests Kenny Chesney, John Fogerty, Jason Mraz and others also sat in with Zac Brown each night.

The music was augmented by an “Eat and Greet” food component with some meals prepared by festival organizer/headliner/foodie supreme Zac Brown and executive chef Rusty Hamlin. Celebrity chefs such as Chicago’s Guiseppe Trentori and 2013 James Beard award winner Stephanie Izard were also showcased along with local Nashville favorites. In addition to the on site food stalls, 14 private boxes, each holding tables of 24 gourmet aficionados enjoying catered meals, were situated directly in front of the stage for maximum eating and listening pleasure.

SES (Special Event Services) of Nashville and Winston Salem deployed a massive Martin Audio MLA setup for the event consisting of 22 MLA, two MLD (downfill) and 12 MLX subs flown per side. 12 MLX were ground-stacked under center stage with three W8LM per side for lip fill. A DiGiCo SD7 console was at FOH and two DiGiCo SD10s were used for monitors.

The crew included Zac Brown FOH engineer Eric Roderick along with ZBB monitor engineers Mark Frink and Andy Hill. The crew from SES included system tech Preston Soper, Alex Ritter and Joe Lefevbre.

Asked about the reaction to the MLA system, SES Director of Touring Operations Michael Brammer responded, “Eric always has a good night when he’s behind MLA and even though Zac was having some vocal issues because of a head cold that weekend, we were able to compensate for that with the PA and really make those problems disappear.

“Then the fact that we could walk outside of the festival site and have no noise pollution in terms of the nearby residential areas and hotels was ideal. We never got a phone call about it being too loud.

“All the guest engineers were absolutely blown away, especially when they walked the field and found out the mix still held together 600 ft. away from the stage with no delays!”

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

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BT Sport selects Autoscript E.P.I.C. prompting units for new studios

All-in-one prompter and monitor units provide many efficiencies

Twickenham, UK: 28 October 2013Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, supplied three E.P.I.C. (Enhanced Prompting Information Centre) units to BT Sport, the new sports entertainment network, for its brand new studio facility at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

BT Sport transformed the former Olympic International Broadcast Centre into the new home of BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN in just 21 weeks, and began broadcasting on 1 August 2013. The impressive facility includes three large TV studios, seven sports production galleries, a master control room, 20 edit suites, a dubbing theater, and an audience holding area.

An E.P.I.C. unit was installed in each of the three studios, and the units are being used on a variety of programme genres including live sports coverage, post-event analysis shows and entertainment programmes.

Andy Beale, Chief Engineer, BT Sport, said, “With such challenging timescales our technology strategy required us to select the right equipment and vendors. Autoscript’s prompters instill confidence in our on-screen talent and also integrate easily into our production workflow. The design of the E.P.I.C. with its all-in-one prompter and talent monitor set-up provides many efficiencies, and the units were delivered and installed in accordance with our strict schedule.”

Robin Brown, Product Manager, Autoscript, said, “Prompting is a crucial element to any sport or live production workflow which is subject to rapid change throughout a programme. Autoscript systems enable the producers to effortlessly make those changes to the script or run-order on the fly and transfer those changes seamlessly to the prompt output, allowing presenters to concentrate on what they do best. The E.P.I.C. offers all these advanced features and functions that our customers have come to expect of any Autoscript system while also vastly simplifying the studio equipment required.”

About Autoscript
Autoscript is the world leader in the prompting industry, providing professional teleprompting equipment to broadcasters across the globe. Established in the UK in 1984, with headquarters in the UK and the US, Autoscript designs and builds innovative hardware, PC cards and software to meet real world needs and continually enhance the production process. A prime example of this is Autoscript’s latest product, the E.P.I.C. (Enhanced Prompting Information Centre), an all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment, reduces power consumption and enables easier location prompting. Autoscript is a member of the Vitec Group.
For more information visit www.autoscript.tv

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

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Nationwide Distribution Network Catalyst AV to Distribute TiVo in Custom Channel; Brings All-New Line of Roamio Set-Top-Boxes and Accessories to Network of 15,000+ Integrators

Burlington, MA – October 28, 2013 – Catalyst AV, a specialty AV products distribution network that serves over 15,000 integrators from 18-locations in the US, announced that its 12-member companies have entered into an agreement with TiVo to distribute the brand’s new TiVo Roamio™ series of DVRs, the TiVo Stream and the TiVo Mini.

The TiVo Roamio DVR series — which replaces TiVo’s Premiere series — consists of 3 multi-room, multi-source DVRs that enable consumers to access their content from anywhere in the home, or the world, via their smartphone or tablet. Roamio offers more recording options, higher storage capabilities, new whole-home and mobile networking options and an updated, more elegant user interface.

(Depicted in the image is TiVo’s Senior Sales Manager John A. Reynolds displaying Roamio at last week’s Emerging Technologies & Home Awareness Expo, hosted by Catalyst AV member Easy Access Distribution.)

The TiVo products available through the Catalyst AV distribution network are:
• TiVo Roamio 4-tuner DVR (75 hours HD or 750 hours SD recording) $199 MSRP
• TiVo Roamio Plus 6-tuner DVR (150 hrs HD or 1,000 hrs SD; adds MoCA + Wi-Fi) $399 MSRP
• TiVo Roamio Pro 6-tuner DVR (450 hrs HD or 3,000 hrs SD) $599 MSRP
• TiVo Stream (stream entertainment anywhere in house or world) $129 MSRP
• TiVo Mini (access entertainment from main TiVo DVR anywhere in home) $99 MSRP

”TiVo’s smart suite of entertainment products meet with the lifestyles of most everyone in the home,” says Steve Presti, Catalyst AV board member and principal of Easy Access Distributing in New England. “The fact that their apps integrate into leading custom control and automation systems is hugely beneficial. This all adds up to fantastic opportunities for the integrator to earn margin on jobs that have cable TV.”

”TiVo’s new Roamio Plus and Roamio Pro were developed with today’s integrator in mind,” said Doug Bieter, Vice President of Consumer Business Sales & Marketing at TiVo. “The Catalyst AV group has a strong understanding of video content management and distribution and we’re delighted to have them as a conduit to the custom channel.”

The 12 Catalyst AV member companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)
• Custom Plus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (Pacific NW / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (www.electronicstockroom.com) (California)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pioneermusicinc.com) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.spmreps.com/sound-product-distributing) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

Please direct all Catalyst AV media inquiries to Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com; 631.849.4301.

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About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 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

Masque Sound Brings the Songs of Jeff Buckley to Life in the New Rock Musical, The Last Goodbye

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When The Last Goodbye said hello to The Old Globe in San Diego on October 6th, sound designer Ken Travis wanted to make sure that the audience knew this wasn’t going to be your typical musical. In order to create the edgy, evocative sound he was looking for, he turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a custom audio equipment package.

The Last Goodbye is a new musical fusing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with the incendiary songs of the legendary singer-songwriter and late rock icon, Jeff Buckley. Conceived and adapted by Michael Kimmel, the rock musical is directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). This unique work of theater is a remarkable synthesis of the classic and the modern, melding Shakespeare’s tragedy, in its original text, with Buckley’s no holds barred rock music.

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Travis’ goal in designing the sound was to go big. “Even though the theatre is only 600+ seats, the show calls for a large rock and roll rig,” says Travis. “It’s definitely not musical theater sounding, and that was something I was adamant about. We hung probably three times the amount of PA than they previously had in the house and the producers were great about it. I never have to worry about the equipment with Masque Sound. They are one of those family companies that you just call up and they are there, and that is one of many reasons why I use them for most of my shows, and knew they were the right choice for this rock musical.”

In addition to a large rig, Travis also wanted a flexible system that allowed him the ability to be edgy, while remaining somewhat conventional, without compromising the audio. His vision required additional equipment and in order to achieve the flexibility he was looking for, Travis utilized a d&b speaker rig from top to bottom. Travis used five d&B line arrays across the proscenium, instead of sticking to the traditional left, right and center setup. “The stage is zoned, so every position is timed out,” adds Travis. “At points in the play when we need to convert back into the traditional music theater world, it transitions really well and doesn’t sound like a rock PA. Then, when it’s time to go into overdrive, it’s really easy for us to open up the whole PA and go for it. My sound team, including engineer Cassy Givens and associate Justin Stasiw, did a fantastic job.”

Masque Sound also provided Travis with a Digico SD10T digital console, which he likes for its quick programming capabilities. Since The Last Goodbye is an extremely physical show with lots of sword fights, smaller but powerful Sennheiser MKE-1 mics were employed and hidden in the hairline of the actors, allowing Travis to capture the vocals over the action. Travis also employed a wireless package from Sennheiser.

One unique aspect of the sound design is the large band source speaker system on stage. “We have a d&b Q7 rig on stage built into the set, which is not typical for a musical,” adds Travis. “But since we feature a rock band on stage, it is necessary. There are times when that system is really ripping to make sure everyone knows the band is playing. We can’t have the guitar amps on stage, because the actors wouldn’t be able to hear, so all of the guitars and amps are remote.”

When using such a large speaker rig in a small theatre that is not designed for a rock and roll style musical, there are always going to be challenges. Since The Old Globe has a very wide stage and not a lot of height to hang the PA, one of Travis’ biggest obstacles was getting even coverage everywhere. In order to overcome that challenge of the height restriction, the PA had to break the portal, and although not ideal, nothing was obstructed visually and the show still sounds great.

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“Dennis Short, Scott Kalata and the rest of the team at Masque Sound always make sure that everything is taken care of and we get all the gear that we need,” says Travis. “For The Last Goodbye, we had a limited budget and Masque Sound made sure that we didn’t compromise on anything, and that’s rare when working on an out-of-town show. They did a great job once again. The audience is enthralled and every performance plays to standing ovations.”

The Last Goodbye’s limited engagement run officially opened on October 6 and is slated to close on November 3 at The Old Globe in San Diego.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Canadian Football League Team Plays Offense with ZEPLAY

Saskatchewan Roughriders technical staff dial up instant replays with speed and accuracy via Tightrope Media Systems

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, October 28, 2013
Saskatchewan Roughriders fans enjoy more than a winning football team upon entering the 45,000-seat Mosaic Stadium in Regina each game day. In fact, home and visiting team fans alike are treated to professional in-venue, large-screen video productions that further enliven the atmosphere — with instant replays and highlight packages from Tightrope’s ZEPLAY slow-motion system playing a major role.

“We have the challenge of keeping our fans entertained and engaged, and our philosophy is that we’re not simply competing with the at-home TV experience — we want to improve on that experience within the stadium atmosphere,” said Bill Wright, director of partnerships and game day operations, Saskatchewan Roughriders. “So we show more replays than viewers get at home, along with more close-ups and stats. We create as much on that screen as we can, at the best possible quality. ZEPLAY makes that achievable.”

Mosaic Stadium added its first large video screen in 2005, and has gradually enhanced its technical infrastructure to include nine cameras, multiple graphics layers and two ZEPLAY systems inside the stadium control room. The in-house staff incorporates instant replays from a third ZEPLAY unit that resides in a mobile production truck just outside the venue. This allows operators to work more angles into the replays and video packages across two large screens.

Furthermore, Mosaic Stadium this year transitioned to an all-HD control room, vastly improving video quality and enhancing the way that content is distributed and shared across the workflow.

“We’ve progressed to the point where this has become a very full-sized production show, and we are directing everything that happens in the bowl to the fans,” said Wright. “By going HD, we ensure that all of the content from the cameras through to the ZEPLAYS is produced, distributed and archived in pristine quality. This includes exporting files, and later using that content, from the third ZEPLAY outside the stadium after the truck drives away.”

Wright notes that speed and ease of use are two trademark ZEPLAY qualities that make a positive impact for each production. This includes its built-in multiviewer for monitoring multiple camera angles, and tagging options for building and playing back short clip packages during games. He adds that the team saved approximately 30 percent cost-wise at the outset compared to other replay systems considered, and minimizes training costs for new operators due to ZEPLAY’s quick learning curve.

However, Wright is most impressed with how ZEPLAY’s quickness has become integral to the stadium experience.

“We don’t have to be neutral the way a network broadcaster needs to be, so when we make a big play we can quickly show five replays that highlight a touchdown or interception from multiple angles,” he said. “ZEPLAY gives us the capacity to be very quick and nimble. Instant access to all playout angles allows us to be better than the broadcaster, and give our fans more of what they want. Replays are at the top of that list.”

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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