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SMPTE Presents Journal Certificates of Merit to Meyer Sound’s Schwenke and Soper

SMPTE (The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) has just awarded the Journal Certificates of Merit to two Meyer Sound staff for their technical paper “Further Investigations into the Interactions between Cinema Loudspeakers and Screens.” The paper was co-authored by Meyer Sound’s Roger Schwenke, staff scientist, and Pete Soper, engineer, along with Brian Long, engineer at Skywalker Sound, and Glenn Leembruggen, principal of consultants Acoustic Directions and ICE Design in Australia.

The 27-page paper presents a thorough investigation of the acoustical interaction between loudspeakers and cinema screens of both perforated and woven construction. By employing both large sections of screen in front of loudspeakers in an anechoic chamber and smaller sections inside a plane wave tube, the authors were able to present a more detailed evaluation of the screen materials’ effect on sound transmission into the room, as well as any effects of sound reflected back into the loudspeaker.

The results of the research should lead to improved optimization techniques for cinema sound by providing new insights into the selection of screen materials, setting of distance between loudspeaker and screen, and DSP tuning and measurement procedures. The paper is available for purchase here.

The awards were presented by SMPTE President Wendy Aylsworth at the society’s annual Honors and Awards Ceremony, held on October 24 at Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

As a sustaining member of SMPTE, Meyer Sound manufactures cinema loudspeaker systems that have been installed in exhibition venues around the world. Postproduction installations include INK Production, 20th Century Fox, Skywalker Sound, and 40 other sound design rooms and dubbing stages.

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Discover Video Introduces H.264 Multi-Channel Video Encoder for Live Streaming

Discover Video today announced its new H.264 MCE – Multi Channel Encoder for streaming HD or SD channels live. The MCE is ideal for organizations that need to deliver multiple streams simultaneously and need a low cost, high performance, and reliable live audio/video streaming encoder.

The MCE is available in various configurations which include six channel SD, single channel HD, two channel HD, and four channel HD. In addition to supporting multiple video inputs the MCE can provide multi-bit-rate streaming for any channel, allowing an organization to customize streams for various devices, including mobile tablets and smartphones.

“This innovative multi-channel encoder is ideal for organizations such as community TV stations, schools, government agencies, or enterprises that need to deliver live TV channels internally and on the public Internet”, said Rich Mavrogeanes, CEO and president of Discover Video. “It is amazing how easy it is to use. Just plug it, turn it on, and watch the high quality streams on any device”.

The MCE can also record in two modes; full motion video, or in snapshot mode where it automatically creates periodic images of the live video. Recordings can be automatically uploaded to a Discover Video DEVOS system, to a Content Delivery Network, or to virtually any third party system. The price starts at about $1000 per channel.

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Audio-Technica Debuts BP894 MicroSet® Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone

— New BP894 features a rotating capsule housing with talk-side indicator for use on either ear —

— MicroSet® models are ideal for church/house of worship, educational and commercial applications, including corporate A/V presentations, broadcast and theater sound reinforcement requiring outstanding audio quality and inconspicuous design —

STOW, OH, November 1, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, has debuted its BP894 MicroSet® Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone. Inspired by A-T’s popular BP892 MicroSet, the BP894 features a rotating capsule housing with talk-side indicator for use on either ear and perfect polar pattern placement. The MicroSet BP894 takes headworn microphones to the next level, by allowing the cardioid capsule to be aimed directly at the sound source (i.e. the microphone faces the mouth, rather than facing forward like other options on the market). The uniform pickup pattern provides excellent rejection of outside noise, with exceptional gain-before-feedback when used with live sound systems and stage monitors.

Featuring an inconspicuous and ergonomic design, the BP894 MicroSet (available in black and theater beige) rests comfortably behind the ear and can be worn for hours without fatigue. Its contoured earpiece stays in place even on the most animated performer/presenter and does not interfere with the user’s eyeglasses. The BP894 comes with the AT8464 Dual-Ear Microphone Mount which can be attached to provide maximum stability. The microphone provides superior intelligibility and clean, accurate reproduction for the most demanding church/house of worship user, lecturer, broadcaster or theater performer. With its high-SPL capability (135 dB), it is particularly ideal for high-volume motivational speakers/lecturers, pastors and stage actors. Frequency response is 20Hz to 20kHz.

The BP894 will be available starting in October in the following configurations:

BP894 MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with AT8539 Power Module; US MSRP $639.00.
BP894-TH Beige MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with AT8539 Power Module; US MSRP $639.00.
BP894cW MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with Locking 4-Pin Connector (HRS-type); US MSRP $499.00.
BP894cW-TH Beige MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with Locking 4-Pin Connector (HRS-type); US MSRP $499.00.
BP894cT4 MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with TA4F Connector; US MSRP $539.00.
BP894cT4-TH Beige MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with TA4F Connector; US MSRP $539.00.
BP894cL4 MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone w/Lemo Connector; US MSRP $579.00.
BP894cL4-TH Beige MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with Lemo Connector; US MSRP $579.00.
BP894c MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone; Unterminated; US MSRP $479.00.
BP894c-TH Beige MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone; Unterminated; US MSRP $479.00.
BP894cLM3 MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with Locking 3.5 mm Connector; US MSRP $539.00.
BP894cLM3-TH Beige MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with Locking 3.5 mm Connector; US MSRP $539.00.

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Veteran Musician Jon Butcher Hits the Road with the Bose® L1® Model II System

The L1® Model II system helps Butcher achieve an accurate acoustic guitar sound while performing his “unplugged” iteration Two Roads East

Framingham, Massachusetts, October 31, 2013 – For decades, songwriter and guitarist Jon Butcher has been thrilling audiences with his brand of rock and blues, criss-crossing the country with his electric act Jon Butcher Axis and, more recently, an acoustic show Butcher calls Two Roads East. “In recent years, I divide my touring schedule for any given year so it’s nearly 60/40 electric/acoustic,” he notes. Finding the right sound system solution for an acoustic guitar with pickups can be a challenge, as any acoustic performer knows, but Butcher has been able to dial in the perfect sound with the L1® Model II portable system and B2 bass module from Bose® Professional Systems Division. He uses two L1 systems, arranged at 45 degrees, each with a B2 bass module, placed behind him on stage.

He states, “The L1 system has really focused my guitar sound and allowed me to play in such a way that is full and vibrant with none of the thin and unarticulated acoustic guitar sounds that most guitarists have been wrestling with their entire career. Anybody who plays acoustic guitar knows what I’m talking about — its a bear to get the thing to sound authentic and organic in person, because you know that is the nature of piezoelectric pickups. But the L1 Model II System has been articulate, inviting and spatially-wide. I continue to use it for those reasons.”

Butcher has been using L1 systems since around 2009, when he traveled to the east coast from his home in California to record with occasional collaborator Charlie Farren. “Charlie introduced me to the original L1 system,” notes Butcher. “I was immediately drawn to the system. It solved so many problems for me. On the road with Two Roads East, sometimes I use a percussionist, and I use both a Taylor and a Martin acoustic guitar. The L1 Model II works great for all of these scenarios. The guitars don’t sound condensed and honky, but rich and spatially-wide. I have been gigging with the L1 system for that reason alone. It gives the instruments character and allows them to breathe.”

He also feels a strong connection to the music and the audience through his use of the L1 system. “The instruments sound the way they should, and the people in front of you are hearing what you want them to hear. And as a performer, standing next to the L1 system, it allows me to feel the music in the way that I need to so it sounds authentic to me. And then I can communicate that to the audience, and it’s a better performance for everyone present. There are all types of systems out there. I stick with the L1 system because it furnishes a natural, pleasing, warm, broad sound.”

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DPA Microphones Enhances Main Stage Talent at Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA, NOVEMBER 4, 2013 – The Monterey Jazz Festival is one of the longest consecutively running jazz festivals and has featured some of the most riveting performances from such music industry icons as Billie Holiday, Etta James and Louis Armstrong since its inception more than 50 years ago. Since then, the bar has been set high, so that show audiences, which have grown to more than 8,000 at the arena stage alone, now expect the legacy to live on with outstanding performances each and every year. In order to not disappoint, sound engineers work behind the scenes to address the challenges of having to deliver clear sound in an open arena setting with minimal visibility of mics. DPA Microphones’ d:screet™ 4060 Omnidirectional offers just the solution, as its low-profile, natural sound accommodates engineers for every performance or environment.

The activity backstage at the annual Monterey Jazz Festival is usually chaotic as several guest engineers rifle through the festival’s audio inventory to select mics best suited to each performance. Among them is Nick Malgieri, one of the festival’s freelance audio specialists, who always reaches for the mic he says he trusts most, the DPA d:screet 4060. With the ability to amplify the most natural sound, the miniature mic is low profile so as not to distract the performers or audience members.

“I was really happy I was responsible for the main stage, because I had first pick of what mics I wanted to use,” says Malgieri. “I have been using DPA at this event for a few years now. Because jazz musicians all have opinions on microphone placement, and prefer something low profile, I love the DPA 4060. It removes that visual barrier for performers and audiences, so they don’t even notice the microphone is there. That means I get to really do my job and put the mics where I want them.”

Originally designed for the live theater setting, and for close-miked instrument applications, the sound quality of the DPA 4060 is an accurate omnidirectional pattern, and therefore does not need to be aimed directly at the instrument to achieve quality pickup. While Malgieri uses the 4060 primarily for the piano, he relies on it to meet his needs amplifying the pure sound of many diverse instruments at the jazz event.

“Every year there’s at least one act that is a large band, especially with a lot of percussion, and loud stage volume,” continues Malgieri. “Traditionally it’s a really difficult environment for sound engineers, particularly monitor engineers. For the DPAs to work well in that environment really speaks to their versatility.”

Malgieri often finds himself sharing his setup with fellow engineers backstage, who at first may question his choices until they hear the difference in a live performance.

“The 4060’s achieve great gain before feedback,” he explains. “Some engineers underestimate the power of an omnidirectional microphone to handle the job for a large stage. They are more used to directional microphones that have less stage bleed, but once they hear the real instrumental tone on a large PA system, they realize the DPA d:screet 4060 sounds more natural than any other microphone, and then they change their minds and are eager to try DPA themselves.”

Malgieri has mixed the past several Monterey Jazz Festivals as a freelance audio specialist for McCune Audio/Video/Lighting. He originally discovered DPA Microphones while mixing in a theatrical setting, and has been a fan ever since.

Founded by San Francisco jazz radio broadcaster Jimmy Lyons in October 1958, the Monterey Jazz Festival features over 500 artist performances nonstop on eight stages for three nights and two days spread on 20 acres of land at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. The annual event is one of the longest consecutively run jazz festivals.

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.

Israel’s Channel 10 Commits To HARMAN Studer Vista 9 Amidst Major Relocation

(Left to Right) In Channel 10’s news studio: Ignas Galuškinas, Studer training supervisor, Yaron Heizler, head of sound for JCS Studios (which hosts Channel 10), and Meir Kilim.

JERUSALEM, Israel – Channel 10, the third-largest TV studio in Israel, recently acquired a HARMAN Studer Vista 9 digital console from Kilim Electronics, Studer’s Israeli distributor. This upgrade in broadcasting equipment was justified by the studio’s relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, due to government regulation.

As the producers and technicians of Channel 10 were eager to convert from its old analog format to digital, they weighed many factors in choosing the best brand for their new sound setup. On both technical and financial levels, Studer came out on top, presenting its flagship Vista 9 console as the ideal solution for the new studio.

Besides its reliability and affordable price range, Studer offers unique advantages that include the reassurance of back-up, as well as technical support from the 63 year old broadcast specialists, led by MD Meir Kilim. Yaron Heizler, head of sound for JCS Studios (host of Channel 10) oversaw the integration of the Vista 9.

“Another asset which convinced the studio’s technicians was VistaMix,” said Kilim. “They were immediately impressed by this function, and it worked wonders in terms of increasing the clarity of our broadcasts.”

VistaMix was designed to clean up the mix of unscripted broadcasts such as multi-participant talk shows. Since programs of this nature inherently suffer from both microphone spill and background noise, VistaMix intelligently increases the mic gain on the active speaker almost instantly, while reducing that of the inactive ones. This solves the problem and creates a balanced mix.

“We also favored the Vistonics™ interface over any other UI we have tried in the past, since it is so quick and easy to operate,” Kilim added. “It is also very easy to understand, which is critical due to our high technician swap rates. Most of them have only operated analogue consoles until now.”

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.

First Reformed Church Receives Sound Upgrade with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression Consoles

LANDIS, North Carolina – The First Reformed Church in the town of Landis, North Carolina has a strong connection to its membership and recently added two HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 digital consoles to deliver an even more dynamic audio experience for its congregation. One Si Expression 3 is used for the main 400-seat auditorium, while the other is in the smaller 200-seat auditorium.

“Our past sound equipment does not even come close to the Si Expression,” said the church’s Technical Manager, Adam Combs. “Our old console kept breaking down and I just can’t allow that to happen anymore during Sunday service.”

When asked why Combs the Soundcraft consoles for the church, he replied, “Soundcraft in general has a much stronger and reputable brand name compared to what we were using before. When investing in new consoles, I looked for reliability and sound quality. In both departments, Soundcraft delivered beyond our expectations.”

As the largest of the Soundcraft Si Expression consoles the Si Expression 3 comes with 30+2 faders and 32 mic/line inputs. Also, the 14 aux/group mixes and four matrix mixes can be reconfigured as mono or stereo mixes. To top it off, only Soundcraft consoles possess BSS GEQs and Lexicon FX processors.

“For this price point, I get a ton of versatility coupled with beautiful sound quality,” Combs said. “I feel ecstatic, because no other console in this price range that I’ve tried producing and mixing with even comes close to the Si Expression. Coming from an analog console background, I am impressed by how simple yet effective this digital interface is.”

“On every Sunday, we have 9-piece bands and singers, and to support all that music with unreliable sound equipment would do neither the performers nor our worship service justice. I am happy to say that Soundcraft is living up to its reputation.”

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.

HARMAN Professional Offers Scalable, High-Performance Audio and Lighting Systems for The World’s Most Prestigious Stadiums and Arenas

NORTHRIDGE, California – Whether it’s a match-winning goal in Brazil, a walk-off homerun in New York City, a touchdown in Denver, a slam dunk in Los Angeles or a gold medal race in China, the sonic atmosphere of any stadium or arena are vital to the sports viewing experience. HARMAN Professional’s top-of-the-line microphones, amplifiers, loudspeakers, mixing consoles and lighting solutions have been installed in the most prestigious venues across the globe and entertain millions of fans each year.

“HARMAN has been on the field and in the stands for decades as the latest awe-inspiring stadiums have taken shape year after year,” states Scott Robbins, Executive Vide President of Sales, HARMAN Professional. “We offer full-scale solutions with products from our various brands, including AKG, BSS Audio, Crown, JBL, Soundcraft and Martin Lighting, to enhance the customer experience while ensuring installation capabilities are efficient and can exceed the expectations of system integrators, designers and stadium owners. We understand the importance of sound, video, and lighting during a sporting event and work to help bring an acoustically and visually stunning experience for every game on the schedule!”

HARMAN is uniquely positioned to provide complete audio and lighting systems that deliver world-class results and ease-of-use across the signal chain, from microphones to loudspeakers and everywhere in between. High-quality design and reliable performance ensure that all venues, with capacities ranging from a few thousand to 100,000, are covered. HARMAN Professional brands manufacture a broad range of products that can scale up to match the size and needs of any venue, from the high school to the professional and Olympics level.

Noteworthy venues across the globe that rely on HARMAN Professional’s sound reinforcement technology include: Yankee Stadium, STAPLES Center, Georgia Dome, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, MetLife Stadium, Arcadia University Sports Field, BBVA Compass Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, Hong Kong Stadium, PGE Arena, the Water Cube, Sydney Football Stadium, Simonds Stadium and Manchester United Stadium, and many more.

In addition, HARMAN Professional provides a wealth of web-based resources for customers, including free software, white papers, application guides, and online training on audio topics and system design. These resources are used by professional consultants and integrators and are accessible to anyone interested in becoming more knowledgeable about audio and lighting technology and applications.

For more information on HARMAN Professional’s offerings for stadiums and other sports venues, please visit www.harmanpro.com

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

HARMAN’s dbx Keeps Youth Organizations on Top at Tabernacle of Praise

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – James Lacey III is a volunteer audio engineer for Tabernacle of Praise, a nondenominational Fort Worth, Texas ministry. Known as “Fort Worth’s Church”, Tabernacle of Praise (TOP) supports two youth ministries, KIDZ on TOP for first to sixth graders and TOP AGENTS (Army of God Equipping New Teens with Salvation) for seventh through twelfth graders. In support of these youth programs HARMAN’s dbx recently donated three 1066 Compressor/Limiter/Gates for use in their youth facility’s “The Bridge” audio system.

Lacey has been an audio enthusiast since he was young, and now takes great pride and enjoyment in passing along his skills and enthusiasm to a new generation of budding sound engineers. “A big reason I got into audio is from being a performing artist and asking the front of house engineers about what they were doing at the console and how it affected the way things sounded.” Eventually Lacey learned enough to become a sound engineer and has been volunteering at TOP for the past five years. “With KIDZ on TOP and TOP AGENTS, the ministries’ youth are now doing the same thing I did when I first became curious about live sound – they’re intrigued by what a mixing console and all the lights flashing on the outboard gear rack! It’s a great feeling to know that positive impacts on the youth can happen even through the use of audio equipment!”

With the addition of the dbx 1066 to the ministry’s audio system, which already had a dbx 266XL Compressor/Gate in place, they now have more of an opportunity than ever to learn about the essential elements of dynamics processing and hear how they relate to worship sound. The 266XL and 1066 units are applied as inserts to eight vocal and instrument subgroups on the mixing console, and used for gating on vocals, drums and percussion. The 266XL is primarily used on the lead vocal channels while the 1066s handle the other vocal and instrument subgroups.

Lacey has extensive experience with dbx, noting that most of the venues where he performed earlier in his career used analog mixing consoles with dbx dual compressor/limiters of some type, especially on vocals – and in the ones that didn’t, “it was really a challenge to run sound. I wanted to make sure that I got our new 1066s in place as soon as possible so our youth could hear what it’s like to achieve the best mix possible, a really balanced mix with clarity and dynamics where all the vocals and instruments sit perfectly in place.”

Every FOH engineer has their favorite features about any particular piece of gear and the dbx 1066 is no exception. For Lacey the Over Easy control “is a dream” for transparently smoothing out fluctuating vocal and instrumental levels. Sometimes he’ll use it on vocals like an instant “custom” overall setting so he can just concentrate on the rest of the mix. “Over Easy is a great feature that, to me, you can apply on just about everything. In fact it makes getting a good sound so easy it’s almost like cheating! That’s because good sound doesn’t ‘fight fair,’ especially in a live setting and sometimes you just have to bare-knuckle it and have tools that can get the job done quickly and effectively.”

For other applications Lacey notes that the 1066’s flexibility is in order, and that there are always cases where some hard knee compression or manual adjustments have to be made to tame and balance the mix. “In some cases, the live mix seems to have a mind of its own and changes its personality at a moment’s notice. With the 266XL and 1066s in place, you can deal with these sonic surprises much more easily, and achieve a great mix under any circumstances.”

The dbx 1066 Compressor/Limiter/Gate combines classic dbx dynamic response with a host of versatile features like selectable Over Easy or hard-knee compression, frequency-dependent gain control, PeakStopPlus speaker protection and many additional functions, making it the ideal dynamics processor for live, studio and broadcast use.

“James is a role model to audio professionals everywhere for the wonderful work he is doing with these youth organizations. We are proud to be able to support him and his work in teaching a new generation about how exciting professional audio can be,” stated Noel Larson, Market Manager, Portable PA, Tour and Recording, HARMAN Signal Processing.

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.

PixelFLEX LED Curtains Add Visual Dynamic to India.Arie SongVersation Tour

Four-time Grammy award winner India.Arie has returned to the music scene after a four year, self-imposed hiatus and is currently traveling the country on a 12 week, 30-city tour for her 2013 album debut, SongVersation. PixelFLEX’s flexible, affordable and sharp LED curtains are giving India.Arie’s tour a different and updated set of visuals than what fans experienced during her last performances, including high-quality video, effects and colorful backdrop illumination.

PixelFLEX, the industry leader in lightweight, flexible LED video curtain panels, offered a cost-effective, practical and time-saving solution to the tour manager and crew when they wanted to raise the tour’s visuals to a new level.

“I had been in contact with India.Arie’s creative director about what a tour might look like when she started producing her (new) album,” said André C. Allen, owner of BlackLight Productions Inc. and tour manager and production designer for the tour. “The only problem was the tour was already routed before we knew what the show would be; they wanted video content and I needed something that could be set up in an hour that wasn’t cost prohibitive. My research to find an affordable and easy to set up system led me to PixelFLEX.”

Allen’s first time utilizing the PixelFLEX panels came with a lot of pleasant surprises. The ease of use, requiring just a few people to set up, accompanied with its lightweight structure and ability to pack into one road case were shocking to the team during the rehearsal process.

“I’m always looking for the three Fs: form, function and finance,” explained Allen. “I’ve used other LED technologies and if I’d known then what I know now, I’d definitely have used PixelFLEX as the solution; it’s just a really good product.”

Every venue set up is the same throughout the tour, consisting of 2 20mm 4×8 panels in the center to create an 8×8 screen with the remaining 2 20mm 4×8 panels hanging on either side with a two to three foot gap in between.

Moving forward, Allen plans to utilize PixelFLEX video panels every chance he gets and is excited to use the company’s higher resolution screens – being unveiled at the LDI Show in Las Vegas in a few weeks – not only for future tours but for smaller venues as well.

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

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