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School of Marine Sciences – Old Friendship, New TecPodiums!

The Ruppin Academic Center School of Marine Sciences trains its students in fields related to the sea, the marine environment and marine technology. The School’s location on the shore encourages fruitful research collaboration with universities and research institutes worldwide.

Enjoying the quality and durability of Tecom’s TecPodiums for more than 9 years, RAC has recently upgraded their main auditorium and a several more classrooms with the All-In-One TecPodium Interactive Lectern.

Faculty and the Technical team chose TecPodium Lecterns as they go way beyond “easy-to-use” and get down to where it should be: Intuitive. The Interactive Lecterns come fully loaded from the factory to simplify your life.

TecPodium Interactive Lecterns and Podiums

After 9 years of successful service, Tecom’s motto – “Simple. Works.” – gets a whole new verification.

For more information visit Tecom website www.tecpodium.com

TNDV Mobile Production Trucks Standardize on Harman

NASHVILLE, December 16, 2013 — Mobile television production specialist TNDV has standardized on Harman digital audio consoles, allowing the company to deliver exceptional multi-channel audio production capabilities for remote broadcast and production projects of all sizes.

Nic Dugger, owner and president of TNDV, notes that the fleet-wide upgrade took several years and required a sizable investment, but the return on investment has been clear from the outset — and in some cases, the standardization has encouraged repeat business.

“Harman digital audio consoles produce outstanding sound quality, which is primarily why we choose them,” said Nic Dugger, TNDV’s president and owner. “Today, when a customer books any of our trucks, they are assured the best performing digital audio consoles on the market. Freelance crews can use the same intuitive user interface, operation, and architecture, and once familiar with set-up and software they can quickly turn their attention to the production.”

Besides having a high degree of confidence in their performance, Dugger likes that all Harman models have compatible, interchangeable parts. Because of this consistency, TNDV’s flexibility on live show sites is greatly improved since parts can be swapped between the Soundcraft and Studer models on different trucks in the field. And since TNDV’s truck engineers are intimately familiar with the Harman architecture, they can perform routine maintenance and even trouble-shoot the consoles when necessary.

“Because Harman appreciates that their media and entertainment customers are doing time-critical projects, they send us replacement parts no questions asked. They stay engaged with our engineers until the matter has been resolved,” he said.

Meet the Fleet
Aspiration, TNDV’s flagship HD expanding side video mobile unit, offers a Soundcraft Vi4 live production console with 72 input channels and 36 outputs, with up to 42 faders and 5.1 surround sound mixing capability in a private, on-board audio mix booth.

TNDV’s Vibration—a digital audio-only mobile unit—features the flagship Studer Vista 9 console with 256 inputs and 7.1 surround sound capabilities. Designed for audio mixing and recording of broadcast television and digital film productions, Vibration is a 53-foot semi-trailer that houses an acoustically isolated audio suite, machine room, and comfortable client lounge with custom furnishings and hardwood floors.

TNDV’s other Nashville-based trucks, Inspiration and Origination, both feature Soundcraft Vi1 consoles with up to 32 motorized faders, 96 DSP channels and 5.1 surround sound mixing capability. The Origination installation was the most recent upgrade, with the Soundcraft Vi1 vastly improve audio capabilities on the 30-foot mobile production unit.

Dugger approximates his business at 60 percent live entertainment and 40 percent live sports, which he says makes Harman consoles attractive for his bookings since they are “primarily entertainment desks.”

ABOUT TNDV: Television

Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and the inaugural season of Sing for Your Supper on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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Electrosonic Provides AV Support for New Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios

Electrosonic has provided the primary audio and video systems at the Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios in Los Angeles, a new 5,000-square-foot multimedia studio and retail gallery located across the park from the Annenberg Space for Photography.

The Annenberg Space for Photography exhibits digital and print photography by some of the world’s most renowned photographers and emerging talents. The new Skylight Studios provides an enhanced lecture viewing atmosphere and experience through state-of-the-art AV equipment, a concert-quality audio system and HD broadcast capabilities. The venue also accommodates photography workshops and special events. It’s the new home for the long-running, free Iris Nights lecture series and the Meet & Greet program where visitors interact with photographers, photo editors and other guests.

Electrosonic delivered a comprehensive roster of services to Skylight Studios, including audio and video system engineering design, on-site rack fabrication, systems integration, installation, commissioning and programming. The company met the challenge of a fast-paced installation schedule, which was part of the overall facility renovation.

To meet the video needs of the new space, Electrosonic mounted Christie projectors in Tempest housings to minimize the noise of their operation. Samsung flatscreen monitors were installed for viewing in back of house and in the guests’ green room.

On the audio side, Electrosonic was charged with distributing background music to the retail area and restrooms, and background music plus the performance audio feed from the main sound system to the green room. The company provided Renkus-Heinz and JBL speakers, Extron extenders, a Peavey DSP, Crown amps and Shure mics.

Electrosonic also created Skylight Studios’ back of house studio control room for presentation and broadcast operations. That space is compartmentalized with two equipment racks behind frosted glass doors and the primary space featuring the operations desk with mixing console, lighting console, confidence monitors, control touch panels and edit bay for on-the-fly production of broadcast, webcast and social media events.

“The biggest challenge was the fast paced installation schedule, which was part of the overall facility renovation schedule and coordination with other service providers,” commented Electrosonic’s Steve Calver.

Michael Morrison, Technology Officer for The Annenberg Foundation concluded, “As one of our key partners, Electrosonic delivered. From design collaboration to installation, they were instrumental to bringing our multimedia studio to life.”

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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Iconyx Makes it Clear at St. Rose of Lima

Simi Valley, CA — December 2013… When St. Rose of Lima was founded in 1921, the Arroyo Simi was a rural valley, sparsely populated with hardy farming families. Like much of Southern California, the area grew quickly, as did the church’s small congregation. Today, St. Rose of Lima’s bustling campus in Simi Valley is home to a 600-seat sanctuary, as well as elementary and middle schools, a meeting hall, offices and other community facilities.

The sanctuary recently underwent a major renovation, and the result is a spacious, ornate but tasteful and unassuming space, with high peaked ceilings, stained glass windows, and hardwood pews. But the new sanctuary’s angular architecture and an abundance of smooth, reflective surfaces has created new challenges.

“The new space looks great, but it’s a far more reflective and reverberant environment now,” says Ken Buckowski of Burbank, CA-based Studio Spectrum. “The old sound system would have been problematic, both functionally and aesthetically.”

Studio Spectrum recommended a pair of Iconyx digitally steered line array systems to replace the existing system. A single IC32-R-II column is mounted on either side of the proscenium, with multiple sound beams steering sound away from walls and windows, and toward the congregants in the pews.

“They were very concerned with the aesthetics of the space, and didn’t want to see a room full of speakers anymore,” says Buckowski. “The Iconyx has such a slim, low profile design, they pretty much blend in with the architecture. Most of the people didn’t even notice them.”

The renovation also included opening additional seating to the left and right of the existing pews. “The side wings have much lower ceilings, and our original thought was to put additional speakers in there to fill that zone,” says Buckowski. “But the Iconyx enabled us to steer sound directly into that space, so we didn’t need anything else.”

Buckowski concludes, “Iconyx was the perfect solution for this space. Coverage and intelligibility are consistent to every seat in the house, and it blends perfectly with the sanctuary’s architecture. We went from having a room full of speakers to just two. They love the way it looks and the way it sounds.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

Sennheiser Appoints Mark Posgay as Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Professional Systems

Posgay Brings 20 Years of Sales and Professional Audio Experience to His New Role

Old Lyme, CT, December 12, 2013: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that Mark Posgay has been appointed to the position of vice president, sales and marketing, Professional Systems, Sennheiser Electronic Corp effective immediately. In his new role, Posgay will report directly to Sennheiser USA President, Greg Beebe.

Posgay is an experienced sales professional with 20 years of audio industry expertise. Prior to joining Sennheiser, he held senior sales positions at Harman Professional, Monster Cable, and Mars Music, where he executed strategic solutions to a broad mix of customers and partners in the areas of management, sales, training and education.

“This is an exciting time of innovation in our professional systems segment, with the recent introduction of our Digital 9000 wireless system and a diverse group of other industry leading products,” commented Greg Beebe. “Mark brings an ideal mix of audio industry knowledge, customer insight and management expertise to lead our professional systems team as we implement our strategic growth initiatives into 2014 and beyond.”

Posgay, whose office is based at Sennheiser’s U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida and a certificate in Music Performance and Business from Musician’s Institute.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe and Meyer Sound Pioneer Recording Technique with “as long as there are songs”

Constellation Optimizes Acoustic Environment for High-Resolution Music Recording

Meyer Sound has collaborated with legendary mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and pianist Craig Terry in the release “as long as there are songs,” a collection of America’s greatest classics. This is the first full album to be recorded using a Meyer Sound Constellation® acoustic system and features a proprietary recording technique developed by company CEO and co-founder John Meyer. The technology provided a performance environment optimized for the artists, while giving listeners of the record an exceptionally accurate sense of being “in the room” with the performers.

“We live in a digital age when most people listen to music with high compression and limited bandwidth, and this is an issue close to musicians’ hearts,” says Meyer. “My job is to give artists like Stephanie the tools that bring her closer to her audiences. With this recording, we returned to what some may consider the ‘old school’ recording style, where musicians play together in the same room, and listeners can trust that they are hearing the performance at its fullest—nothing more, nothing less.”

The recording took place in Meyer Sound’s 57-seat Pearson Theatre. Using the room’s Constellation system with its variable acoustic capabilities, Meyer Sound engineers worked closely with Blythe and Terry to create a customized acoustic environment. During the recording, they performed comfortably without the interference of close-field microphones or headphones.

Full takes were recorded natively at 24/96 resolution. A third of the songs were captured as entire, unedited takes, with minimal edits made to the other tracks. No post-process filtering or compression was done during the capture or mastering process.

“The Meyers’ incredible spirit of generosity combined with their technology allowed us to create a recording with a sound that is honest, generous and real—a disc that magically transports listeners from their car or couch to the feeling of being at our actual live performance,” says Blythe.

The collaboration between Blythe and Meyer Sound began with an introduction of the two by Cal Performances Director Matías Tarnopolsky, who continues to serve as an advisor. Evans Mirageas served as executive producer, and Ian Watson was music editor. John Meyer led the technical team as recording consultant, working with engineers John Pellowe and Miles Rogers, both of Meyer Sound.

John Meyer has been devoted to building audio technology that faithfully reproduces and delivers sound of the highest quality to audiences worldwide. His 2005 recording of Aashish Khan and Zakir Hussain’s “Golden Strings of the Sarode” was nominated for a Grammy.

Purchase “as long as there are songs” on innova Recordings and Amazon.

Watch Stephanie Blythe video interviews here.

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Meyer Sound JM-1P & 1100-LFC Transform French Sugar Warehouse into Le Sucre Club

Le Sucre (English: The Sugar) in Lyon, France is a popular new dance club and performance venue converted from a former sugar warehouse. Supporting the club’s eclectic mix of electronic dance music and other arts performances is a potent Meyer Sound system based around JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers and 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. The system was designed and installed by Paris-based Best Audio under the direction of Sébastien Nicolas.

“Le Sucre is a place dedicated to serving artists and the audiences, while advancing creativity and innovative musical culture in our region,” says Matthieu Lecan, director of development for Arty Farty, the non-profit arts organization that operates the club. “During planning, we had discussions with a number of people in the electronic music business, including well-known producer and DJ Laurent Garnier.”

Paris-based rental firm DUSHOW coordinated a JM-1P demo for Garnier and Arty Farty representatives. “Laurent played his own tracks through a JM-1P system, and the sound was clean, clear, and powerful,” recalls Lecan. “Meyer Sound is the best brand for what we needed. It gives us the capability to present high level techno music, as well as concerts with different styles for different audiences.”

Le Sucre’s system includes twin clusters of three-each JM-1P loudspeakers at the front, with two UPQ-1P loudspeakers each on either side of the dance floor. Low end is provided by a horizontal array of four 1100-LFC loudspeakers, while three UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers supply side fill. Two more UPQ-1P loudspeakers paired with two 600-HP subwoofers flank the DJ platform, and everything is optimized and driven by a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with a Galileo 616 processor.

Since its summer opening, Le Sucre has quickly gained a reputation not only as a pristine late-night destination, but also as a cutting-edge venue for experimental shows that mix digital technology with live performances.

“Regular clubbers who are active on the blogs and forums have really taken notice,” reports Lecan. “There’s a buzz about this great new club called Le Sucre with a fantastic sound system. About 97% of our concerts are sold out before we open the doors.”

Established in 1999, Arty Farty has organized the Nuits sonores electronic music festival in Lyon since 2003. Its headquarters, along with Le Sucre, are located inside La Sucriere, an expansive complex of galleries and performance spaces devoted to contemporary art.

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Self-Powered Meyer Sound MINA a Perfect Fit for Duke University Auditorium

The historic Baldwin Auditorium on the campus of Duke University in Durham, N.C. has recently reopened following a complete interior renovation. To satisfy the varied demands of the 685-seat hall, the university has installed a self-powered Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system. The hall’s acoustics and reinforcement system were both designed by Norwalk, Conn.-based consulting firm Jaffe Holden.

“We’d designed the physical acoustics to be quite live, so we needed line arrays to focus sound on the audience and not excite the architecture,” explains Ben Bausher, senior consultant at Jaffe Holden. “We also wanted a minimal profile for aesthetic reasons. Finally, a self-powered solution was mandatory, as there was simply no place to put amp racks, much less a cooled equipment room. MINA was a perfect fit on all counts.”

The system comprises main left and right arrays of 10 MINA loudspeakers each, supplemented by 10 UP-4XP 48 V loudspeakers for front fill, two MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers for side-balcony coverage, and two UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers for over-balcony coverage. Four 500-HP subwoofers are recessed under the stage for vibration isolation, and a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with both a Galileo 616 and a Galileo 616 AES processor provides system drive and optimization. The system was installed by Greensboro, N.C.-based Audio & Light.

“The system coverage is exceptionally uniform,” says Richard Kless, assistant manager of theatre operations for Duke University. “What we had before was really a glorified rehearsal space, and now it’s a splendid-sounding and aesthetically gorgeous concert hall. It was an amazing transformation.”

Brian Cox, vice president of sales at Audio & Light’s installation division, adds: “As self-powered technology eliminates the need for an amplifier room, the MINA system was more cost-effective as well.”

The new system works jointly with the room’s optimized acoustics to provide impeccable sound for classical, jazz, world music, and more. These concerts are presented by the school’s own music department and Duke Performances, which sponsors touring professional artists.

The Baldwin Auditorium renovation project was designed and supervised by New York-based Pfeiffer Partners Architects in consultation with Ray Walker, Duke campus architect. Principal acousticians for Jaffe Holden were Mark Holden and Matthew Nichols.

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Netherlands’s Bazelmans AVR Expands Rental Inventory to Reach 100 Meyer Sound Loudspeakers

With its recent purchase of 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements and JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers, Veldhoven-based rental company Bazelmans AVR has grown its inventory to include more than 100 Meyer Sound loudspeakers.

“We had heard through the grapevine that the 1100-LFCs were amazing, but when we first fired up the units for testing we were dumbstruck,” says Aart Habraken, rental manager for Bazelmans AVR. “The 1100-LFC maintains linearity regardless of power levels and SPL output. It truly raises the bar for all others to follow. With the EDM [electronic dance music] market now showing keen interest in Meyer Sound, the 1100-LFC couldn’t have come at a better moment.”

Wiljan Bazelmans, founder and CEO of Bazelmans AVR, adds: “We want the best experience for our customers, not just once but every time. We decided to step up from other loudspeaker brands to Meyer Sound some years ago, and we have never looked back. It’s a win-win situation for everybody.”

The sale was made through Audio Electronics Mattijsen (AEM), Meyer Sound’s Dutch distributor. “It is very gratifying to see that a company like Bazelmans has clear ideas about quality and assertive marketing, is acting on them, and achieving success,” remarks AEM’s Eric Mattijsen. “We look forward to new and exciting projects together.”

Bazelmans AVR provides comprehensive production services for events ranging from multi-room conferences to high-end corporate events. Its inventory also includes Meyer Sound MICA® and M’elodie® line array loudspeakers, UPQ-1P loudspeakers, UPJ-1P and UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers, and 500-HP, 600-HP, and 700-HP subwoofers.

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Euro Media’s new HARMAN Studer Vista 5 M3 Provides “Haute Cuisine” for TV Show

PARIS, France – Audiopole, the French distributor for HARMAN’s Studer, has supplied the country’s first Vista 5 M3 to audiovisual technical services provider, Euro Media, for use on a popular TV program. It forms the hub of a technical package that has taken up a residency in a converted studio in a Paris industrial building. The site of a former factory, it is now used to host C à vous (http://www.france5.fr/emissions/c-a-vous), a live, primetime program about cuisine, broadcast by France 5, in which guests join host Anne-Sophie Lapix “at home.” Euro Media also supplied the production company with the necessary technicians.

The daily access prime time program, presented by Anne-Sophie Lapix, and featuring food critics (and guest chefs preparing dinner in the studio kitchen), is filmed in a loft where it occupies a fixed set. The building itself has been converted from its original use into a fully equipped apartment on one floor, complete with a kitchen and its own dedicated video and audio production areas. Audiopole director Jean-Philippe Blanchard describes it as “a highly credible studio facility.”

However, space in the audio control room is limited and Euro Media required a large-capacity console in a reasonably compact footprint. The new Vista 5 M3 was the perfect tool. The Vista 5 M3 includes the special TM7 touch screen loudness metering—a perfect complement to the Vistonics™ touchscreen user interface.

The production team was already familiar with the Vista platform and according to Blanchard, the team is really happy with the upgrades.

“The Vista 5 M3 is a sensible use of their budget—and it’s the first sale of this console in France,” Blanchard said. “They particularly like the FaderGlow™ feature, and they are really enjoying using the integrated loudness bar graph.” The console is used in conjunction with Studer’s VistaMix, which is perfect for multi-participant, unscripted shows such as this.

This is because programs of this nature would inherently suffer from both microphone spill and background noise, as active mics are successively added to the mix. Consequently, the overall sound quality deteriorates, leading to decreased intelligibility and phase distortion.

Instead of needing to manually adjust all the faders each time, VistaMix automatically mimics the action of a human operator so that ‘talking’ mic gain can be increased at lightning speed while reducing gain for all others—ensuring a clean and balanced mix.

“In this situation VistaMix provides them with a perfect solution,” Blanchard concluded.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

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