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Herbie Hancock Video Interview: Experimenting with Concert Surround Sound

In summer 2013, at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall, keyboardist and jazz pioneer Herbie Hancock rolled out a concept he has been fascinated with for over 20 years. Using a multichannel surround system from Meyer Sound, Hancock brought the surround sound of movie theatres to a one-of-a-kind live concert experience that cannot be heard elsewhere.

To realize Hancock’s vision, Meyer Sound set up a system with 45 loudspeakers and 28 channels. The heart of the system was the SpaceMap® multichannel surround panning technology, which allowed Hancock to pan sounds around the 800-seat concert hall in real time, controlling movement via a touch-screen tablet.

Watch Hancock and Jason Rauhoff, senior digital audio products specialist for Meyer Sound, discuss the artist’s vision of surround sound in a concert setting and the technology that helped bring it to life.

Herbie Hancock Video Interview

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Peru’s First Meyer Sound LEO System Gives Engineers “A Feeling of Unlimited Headroom”

Lima-based DBLUX S.A.C. recently debuted its new Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system at the Pilsen Callao Festival in Lima’s National Stadium (Spanish: Estadio Nacional). The LEO system is the first in Peru, and it supported an all-star Latin American lineup headlined by salsa superstar Rubén Blades. Covering over 120 meters of the concert field with no delay towers, the LEO system made a strong impression on veteran FOH mixers.

“I’ve worked with almost every line array from the major makers, but I’ve never before had that feeling of unlimited headroom, where there is always room for more, and uniformity is still preserved,” recounts Guillermo “Memo” Gómez, FOH engineer for Rubén Blades. “LEO is very different from other systems. The sound quality and coverage are exceptional.”

The system was purchased by Andres Cuadros and Guillermo Riera, co-owners of DBLUX S.A.C. It includes 30 LEO-M line array loudspeakers, six MICA® line array loudspeakers for down fill, 18 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, and a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors and one Galileo 616 AES processor.

“We invested in LEO because it sets a new standard for power and clarity in large systems,” explains Andres Cuadros. “It also integrates seamlessly with our existing Meyer Sound loudspeaker inventory so we can offer a complete high-performance system. This gives us a great competitive advantage.”

The Lima concert was the first opportunity for many engineers to mix on a LEO system. “It was an incomparable feeling,” says Ender Torres, FOH engineer for Adolescentes Orquesta. “LEO is unmatched by any other line array system­ due to its quality, versatility, sound pressure, and accurate definition at all frequencies.”

Also mixing on LEO for the first time was Jose Quique Vives, FOH engineer for Tego Calderón.  “It was one of my best mixing experiences,” he says. “The system has flat sound projection over very long distances, and is very efficient in the high frequencies. The presence of the sound made my work easy.”

Shortly after its National Stadium debut, the LEO system provided reinforcement for 30,000 people attending Festival Claro at Lima’s Plaza San Martin.

As one of the Latin America’s premier sound providers, DBLUX S.A.C. has supported performances by regional acts as well as international stars such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Justin Bieber.

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Meyer Sound CAL at Hong Kong University: Redefining the Musical Capabilities of Column Array Loudspeakers

The Grand Hall at the University of Hong Kong’s new Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre has installed a sound system based around three Meyer Sound CAL™ column array loudspeakers. The power, clarity, and beam-steering flexibility of the CAL loudspeakers make them ideal not only for lectures, but also for musical performances and cinema soundtracks.

“CAL is the only steerable column array I’ve experienced that can reproduce music—even classical concerts—with such clarity and musicality,” says Y.H. Shum, director of Hong Kong-based China-Tech Engineering Co. Ltd., which handled system integration. “For spoken word or music reproduction, no other column loudspeaker comes close.”

The installation marks one of the first multi-manufacturer installations of the AVB (Audio Video Bridging) networking protocol, with the CAL loudspeakers interfacing seamlessly with the Biamp Systems Tesira platform for signal processing and networked audio distribution. The CAL loudspeakers are controlled by Meyer Sound’s Compass® control software.

The Hong Kong office of Shen Milsom & Wilkie handled audio specification for the project. “Because of the long lead time on the project, the contracts were all complete long before I first heard CAL at a trade show demonstration,” says David King, senior consultant at Shen Milsom & Wilkie. “But when I first heard them, I was not simply reassured; I was blown away.”

The hall’s reinforcement system comprises two discreetly mounted main left and right CAL 96 loudspeakers, in addition to one center channel CAL 64 loudspeaker that can be lowered into place behind a temporary cinema screen. Completing the system are 28 UP-4XP 48 V loudspeakers for surrounds, front fill, and balcony fill; seven Stella 4C installation speakers for underbalcony fill; and two USW-1P subwoofers.

“During the commissioning, we checked SPL throughout the empty room,” says King. “We measured less than 4 dB variance from FOH to the rear of the balcony, with no delayed speakers turned on. That was very impressive.”

The Grand Hall system is mixed on a Yamaha LS9 digital mixing console, which communicates with Tesira via an installed CobraNet card. An AMX control system allows efficient operator access to function presets for the hall’s different events.

“When we heard Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 through CAL, we knew right away CAL is the most powerful and musical column array in the market,” says Paul Poon of Audio Dynamic, system supplier and coordinator of project logistics. “We are very proud to be a part of this project showcase in Hong Kong.”

New York-based Jaffe Holden provided acoustical design for the 1,000-seat Grand Hall. The architecture firm for the Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre was Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd.

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Spain’s FIBES Convention Centre Chooses Meyer Sound MICA

In Seville, Spain, a Meyer Sound MICA® line array loudspeaker system has been installed in the new auditorium at FIBES Conference and Exhibition Centre (Spanish: Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos). With its seating flexibility and sonic excellence, the FIBES auditorium is a popular venue for international conferences, major concerts, and musical theatre productions. The audio system was specified by Carlos García-Diéguez Acuña of Seville-based GD Consulting.

“We selected a Meyer Sound MICA solution based on its overall sound quality, high efficiency in compact enclosures, and the availability of strong technical support in Spain,” explains García-Diéguez. “For conferences, it delivers high clarity and intelligibility in all seats, while for concerts, it is excellent for all music styles, including folk, classical, and rock.”

The Meyer Sound MAPP Online Pro® acoustical prediction program proved to be an essential design tool for the room with reflective metal and PET-based synthetic materials for wall surfaces. “MAPP Online Pro allows us to focus the sound on the seating area and greatly minimize any destructive reflections,” says García-Diéguez.

The FIBES auditorium system is built around twin arrays of eight-each MICA loudspeakers flown underneath three 600-HP subwoofers. Four UPM-1P loudspeakers supply front fill, six UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers are mounted for underbalcony fill, one UPJunior loudspeaker covers one side of the asymmetrical top tier, and a Galileo® loudspeaker management system featuring one Galileo 616 processor handles system optimization and drive. GD Consulting and Madrid-based systems integrator Vitelsa assumed project management for the installation.

The permanent house audio system is mixed on DiGiCo SD9 and SD11 digital mixing consoles, both equipped with a MaDiRack.

The FIBES auditorium is designed by renowned architect Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra. It seats up to 3,000, although moveable walls can enclose upper sections for simultaneous use as smaller meeting spaces.

Since opening, the auditorium has hosted performances by Julio Iglesias and Raphael, the Flamenco Biennial Festival, and touring productions of Beauty and the Beast and Les Misérables, among others.

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Meyer Sound M’elodie Heightens Speech and Music at Malaysian Church

Subang Jaya Assembly of God is a fast-growing Malaysian contemporary church near Kuala Lumpur. To enhance the audio quality of its celebration-style worship services, the church recently installed a Meyer Sound M’elodie® line array loudspeaker system in its 750-seat sanctuary. The new system was provided and installed by Danny Kinchang of First Live Sound, based in Petaling Jaya.

“We have certainly experienced an improvement in sound, and consequently, an improvement in the playing of the worship music team,” says Pastor Donny Tan, who takes an active role in the church’s music program. “The M’elodie system has brought strong positive motivation to the team, and resulted in a more professional presentation.”

Twin flown arrays of five-each M’elodie loudspeakers cover the auditorium, along with four UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers for out fill and center down fill. Four 600-HP subwoofers in an end-fire directional array supply low end, while a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor provides system drive and optimization.

“The new system also has improved speech clarity,” points out Pastor Tan. “It sounds great—there is very little need to tweak the equalization, as everything is clear and distinct.

The front-end complement for the new system includes a Yamaha LS9-32 digital mixing console and an assortment of premium microphones from Sennheiser, DPA, Audio-Technica, and Shure. Kinchang and First Live Sound also designed and supervised the acoustical treatment for the room.

Subang Jaya Assembly of God’s vibrant LifePoint ministry provides Sunday worship services in English and Chinese, as well as a full spectrum of programs and activities for children, youth, young adults, and seniors throughout the week.

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Advanced Systems Group Workshop Covers Complicated 4K Workflow

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – More than 100 attendees joined Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, in San Francisco on Nov. 20 for its annual workshop, which focused on the growing 4K landscape. 4K Workflow 2013 included educational seminars from several industry experts, as well as networking opportunities with the presenters, a number of vendors, and other video professionals.

4K Workflow 2013 included five presentations that covered 4K acquisition, on-set color workflows, 4K broadcast, color finishing, and the challenges of adopting a 4K workflow. Reactions to the free daylong event were positive from attendees. “I found it both informative and useful,” said Dave Drum, director of photography. “Keeping up with the technology is tricky, but your conference gave me a good boost.”

“We were extremely pleased with 4K Workflow 2013. The large turnout really illustrated how important and challenging 4K is to the professional video community,” said Dave Van Hoy, ASG president. “It’s always a pleasure to share industry knowledge through our annual workshop, and we appreciate the support from our sponsors – QLogic, NetApp, AJA Video Systems, and Christie Digital.”

Although the workshop is over, ASG continues to be a 4K resource for attendees, customers, and the industry at large. Its 4K Workflows Web page at www.asgllc.com/4k-workflows provides information on 4K products and serves as a clearinghouse for current 4K news and commentary.

About ASG:

Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES LOUDSPEAKERS DEPLOYED AT WEST MARKET STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

*** Bill Payne ***

Greensboro, NC – December 2013… With a history that dates back to the 1830’s, West Market Street United Methodist Church is a vibrant congregation where music plays a vital role in the worship services. In an effort to provide the congregation with superior sound quality to properly support its musical endeavors, the church recently completed a major overhaul of its sound reinforcement system. Now, the music is more vibrant than ever—thanks to the new loudspeakers, which were drawn from the catalog of Greensboro’s own WorxAudio Technologies.

Unified AV Systems, a design / build firm for audiovisual and video communication systems to corporate, education, government, and religious entities was contracted to design and deploy the church’s new loudspeaker system. Bill Payne, System Designer and Account Representative for the Greensboro office of Unified AV Systems discussed the project and the decision to install a WorxAudio loudspeaker system that included a TrueLine XL3i-P powered, all-in-one compact line array system, a TrueLine TL118SSi-P powered sub bass loudspeaker system, and two WaveSeries 8ai two-way, high efficiency, passive loudspeakers powered by the company’s PXD 8080 power amplifier. more

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La Jolla Playhouse Upgrades Its Intercom System with Clear-Com’s HelixNet Partyline

New System Receives Standing Ovation from Production Team for Delivering Broadway Experience

SAN DIEGO, CA, DECEMBER 9, 2013 — Clear-Com® today announces that La Jolla Playhouse, the nationally-acclaimed theater located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), has deployed four HelixNet® Partyline Systems for production communication throughout its five theaters. HelixNet simplifies the production setup process, offers greater flexibility and delivers more intercom capabilities to the La Jolla production team.

“Using the HelixNet system is a game changer for our productions,” says Joe Huppert, Sound and Video Master, La Jolla Playhouse, UCSD Department of Theater and Dance. “The stability of the system and the confidence that it inspires is mind-blowing. La Jolla Playhouse often hosts guest stars and creative teams from Broadway that have high expectations of their production experience. Our objective is to consistently exceed their encounter on Broadway, including communications. HelixNet has helped us achieve this goal.”

Responsible for staging student plays to launching world-premiere Broadway-bound productions, La Jolla Playhouse is regarded as one of the country’s top producing theaters. Side Show, the musical currently in production, is utilizing three networked HelixNet Main Stations to provide 10 audio channels shared across 20 users.

“The linking capability is really important to us,” adds Huppert. “We get requests from designers who would like to have all the key production areas on the intercom. We used to be short on delivering this. Now we are using 10 channels and it’s just phenomenal. The best part is that it only took seconds to set up the intercom for this production.”

The simple configurability of HelixNet also allows the theater staff to move the system as needed between each of the five theater buildings, which seat anywhere from 50 to 600 guests. Since HelixNet is compatible with other four-channel systems, the La Jolla Playhouse team can link up with intercom solutions from traveling productions, or increase its number of users by connecting to its existing legacy systems.

Switching to HelixNet has not only gotten the attention of the world-class production teams that the Playhouse works with regularly, but has also saved the theater a significant amount of time and effort in setting up the intercom for all of its productions. The audio team no longer needs to run new cables, reconfigure and test systems, or check the labels of every beltpack, which previously would take hours after every changeover or new production setup. Additionally, if the production team heard even a slight hum or buzz in the analog system, more time would be spent tracking down the source of the noise, which could be something as simple as the cable running over a little light. HelixNet has eliminated all of these issues for the venue.

Founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is known for its tradition of creating some of the most exciting and adventurous new work in regional theatre. Numerous Playhouse productions have moved to Broadway, including the currently running hit Jersey Boys, as well as Big River, The Who’s Tommy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Memphis, Peter and the Starcatcher and Hands on a Hardbody. Together with the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, La Jolla Playhouse has a reputation for sending more shows to Broadway than all other theaters in the country combined. This high level of exposure means that the playhouse must make sure its venues and technologies are kept to the highest standards of performance. The University of California, San Diego is one of the world’s leading public research universities.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

PESA JITC-Compliant Video Distribution System Supports Mission Control Center for International Space Station

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today announced the completion of a video routing system upgrade to NASA’s Mission Control Center (MCC) at the agency’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. Lockheed Martin, a prime contractor for NASA, commissioned PESA to provide hardware and system training for its Cheetah Video Distribution System (VDS).

Mission Control supports 24/7 operations for the International Space Station (ISS) and its partners, which include NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), European Space Agency (ESA), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and payload oversight from the Payload Operations Integration Center at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Operators at these remote locations frequently require the ability to individually manage the specific video resources allocated to them. With an IP-based PERC2000 system controller paired with Cattrax Web, PESA’s browser-based router control software, NASA’s technical team can securely configure input and output sources specific to user or mission requirements, limiting access to only those video sources and destinations for which the user has authorization when required.

Also key to the success of the project was PESA’s hybrid video hardware system, which supports both fiber optics and coaxial sources from a variety of broadcast and computer signal formats. Using PESA’s Vidblox extender/scaler units, every SDI, VGA, and DVI video source is fed through the router and securely distributed to the desired display or recording system.

The VDS hardware is based on a Cheetah 288XR frame that allows NASA to route 288 input sources to 432 workstations and display screens. PESA’s Cheetah routing switchers have been certified under the Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), and comply with the new JITC VDS specifications.

“We were very pleased to hear all the positive responses on how well the MCC came out both functionally and aesthetically,” said Howard Sutton, executive chairman of PESA. “We knew we had to deliver a system for the 24/7 control room that would provide instant access to real-time data and video feeds coming from satellite and ISS sources.”

“Leveraging our long time experience building mission critical routing systems, PESA is confident that our system will provide the secure and trustworthy performance that NASA demands for 24/7 operations,” added Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “We are very proud to have been selected for this important project and to have Lockheed Martin as one of our JITC-compliant VDS solution customers.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners. Follow us on Twitter @PESA_ONLINE.

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EDIUS Support for Matrox Editing Devices Now Available

Matrox® Video today announced the immediate availability of Grass Valley EDIUS® 7.21 nonlinear video editing application support for Matrox MXO2™ LE and Matrox MXO2 Mini I/O devices. EDIUS is a proven solution for editors working on fast-turn-around production in broadcast news, newsmagazine, and studio program content, as well as professional video editors working on organizational, documentary, and theatrical productions.

Matrox MXO2 Mini and MXO2 LE editing devices for EDIUS

Matrox MXO2 editing devices are the only I/O products that go everywhere – laptop and desktop; in the studio, in an OB van, and on set. For maximum versatility, they connect to the editing computer via PCIe® or ExpressCard/34® adapters. Thunderbolt™ support for Windows® is coming soon.

“Opening our editing software up to support more hardware platforms like those from Matrox is a strategic goal for Grass Valley, strengthening third-party relationships, extending our reach and above all giving customers greater choice,” said Alex Kataoka, EDIUS Product Manager for Grass Valley.

“Since the launch of our popular MXO2 product line, EDIUS customers have been asking for support of their editing application of choice,” said Wayne Andrews, Product Manager for Matrox Video. “Now with support for Matrox hardware from Grass Valley, EDIUS users have the perfect cost-effective ingest, monitoring and delivery devices for their SD and HD workflows.

Price and availability
Matrox products are available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Matrox MXO2 Mini is priced starting at $449 US (£338, €382) not including local taxes and delivery. Matrox MXO2 LE is priced starting at $995 US (£749, €799). Matrox MXO2 Mini MAX and Matrox MXO2 LE MAX are also supported with EDIUS 7.21 software and offer Adobe Media Encoder users the added benefit of H.264 video encoding up to 5 times faster than software alone without sacrificing quality.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

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