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Riedel Communications 2014 NAB Show Preview

MediorNet 2.0
Riedel has enhanced its MediorNet family of real-time networks for video, audio, data, and communications with MediorNet 2.0, a firmware update for MediorNet. At the 2014 NAB Show, the company will show how the new firmware provides video router functionality and high-speed rerouting.

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MediorNet MetroN
The MediorNet family of real-time networks has been expanded with the addition of the 2-RU large-scale MediorNet MetroN core router. In enabling Riedel’s acclaimed networked approach to signal distribution and routing, the new MediorNet MetroN provides a real-time routing capacity of 64x 10G ports. During the 2014 NAB Show, Riedel will demonstrate how, with these capabilities, the new frame can function within a larger MediorNet installation, interfacing with other MediorNet frames via fiber.

MediorNet as a WAN Solution
Leveraging their newly acquired WAN expertise, Riedel has developed their first WAN-focused solution. Using the MediorNet platform as a base, attendee’s at the 2014 NAB show will see how the networked approach of MediorNet can be expanded to include WAN capabilities.

Studer A-Link Card for MediorNet
Enabling direct integration of Riedel MediorNet real-time networks with Studer consoles and cores, the new A-Link interface module gives Studer users a highly scalable audio routing system offering I/O capacities in excess of 10,000 I/Os. Facilitating use of MediorNet as a decentralized audio router with integrated port redundancies, this solution offers massive I/O capacity in a very small hardware footprint. The integrated system may be configured to provide a video and audio routing solution with de-embedded audio from the SDI streams being sent to the Studer consoles, with the return signals then embedded back into the video.

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Virtual Key Panel App for Artist Intercom System
Riedel’s Artist virtual key panels enable the use of smartphones and tablets (iOS, OS X®, and Android) as control panels in combination with any Artist digital matrix intercom system. These handheld devices can then provide the same functionality as full-featured, 12-key Artist control panels. The user operates the virtual control panel using the device’s touchscreen interface that can be configured via Riedel’s Director software.

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AVB Manager
Riedel’s AVB manager is a manufacturer-independent software solution that provides generic AVB control for any and all IEEE 1722.1-compliant AVB devices. Providing a global overview of AVB infrastructures, this free solution automatically detects and enumerates available AVB devices, supporting straightforward connection management via an intuitive graphical user interface.

Company Quote:
“The solutions we’re bringing to the NAB Show not only demonstrate major enhancements to our core products, but also showcase new refinements and developments that further capitalize on our network approach to signal distribution and processing. Customers want to be assured that their investments are secure, so our solutions are designed to handle their present requirements but with plenty of overhead for the needs of tomorrow.”
– Thomas Riedel, CEO, Riedel Communications

Company Overview:
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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NEP Denali’s Hugh Healy Part of Team That Receives NAMM TEC Award for Outstanding Audio Engineering for 55th Annual Grammy Awards

PITTSBURGH — Feb. 19, 2014 — NEP today announced that Hugh Healy, audio engineer for NEP Denali, has received a NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast category. Healy was honored for his role as audio engineering supervisor for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

Presented annually by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation at The NAMM Show, the TEC Awards are the foremost program recognizing the achievements of audio professionals. Healy and fellow audio engineers, Joel Singer and Mark Linett from Music Mix Mobile (M3), were nominated as a team for the award by Tom Holmes, lead production mixer for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. NEP Denali provided mobile broadcast facilities and engineering support for the program.

“The NAMM TEC Award is a unique honor because it recognizes technical achievement, an area that tends to be more ‘behind the scenes’ in live entertainment production,” said Healy. “I was proud to serve with an outstanding team of audio professionals for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, including my fellow award recipients Joel and Mark, who did an outstanding job of mixing the musical acts for the show.”

A well-known audio engineer, Healy specializes in providing audio engineering solutions for a broad range of live television productions with credits including the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and Academy of Country Music Awards. He has served as the primary audio engineer for NEP Denali for more than 14 years.

“We want to congratulate Hugh for his NAMM TEC Award, which highlights his outstanding contribution on behalf of NEP Denali for one of the biggest and most visible live events on the television schedule,” said George Hoover, NEP chief technology officer. “The high caliber of the other nominees — including the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, another NEP Denali production — shows how competitive the field was and speaks to the technical excellence of the NEP Denali audio team. The fact that Hugh was nominated by his peers on the production mixing team is strong recognition of his talent.”

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About NEP
With the world’s most advanced equipment, largest fleet of mobile units, and global production studios to suit every genre, NEP enables its clients to execute, deliver, and display exceptional productions on any platform around the world. For more than 30 years, NEP has ensured its clients’ success by delivering superior service and building lasting relationships with a passion for continuous innovation. NEP’s talented staff is committed to acting with integrity and working as a team to deliver comprehensive solutions for remote production, studio production, video display, and technical host broadcasting services that set the global industry standard. NEP is based in Pittsburgh, USA, and has offices throughout Australia, the United Kingdom, and United States. For more information, visit www.nepinc.com.

All trademarks mentioned herein are acknowledged as property of their respective owners.

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ITV Backs HARMAN’s Studer Vista 1 as New Coronation Street Production Goes Digital

TRAFFORD, United Kingdom – The relocation of the famous ITV Coronation Street lot, from Manchester’s Quay Street Studios to the 7.7-acre studio and production facility on the Trafford side of MediaCityUK, has coincided with a significant streamlining of technology. Set in a fictional town in the north of England, what has become the world’s longest-running television soap opera is a British ‘institution’, having first been broadcast back in December 1960. One of the biggest upgrades in this latest development has been the transition from an analogue mixing environment to a HARMAN Studer digital platform, once ITV had learnt that its familiar analogue surface would no longer be supported.

With AVC Electronics appointed project consultants and TSL tendering successfully for the installation contract, Coronation Street’s head of sound, Alan Monks and Coronation Street technical manager, Stan Robinson, researched the market for suitable options. But it was the show’s senior sound supervisor, Mark Cochran, who suggested investigating Studer Vista 1 all-in-one desk for each of its two new production galleries.

These were duly adopted, along with Compact Stageboxes and a Soundcraft Si Compact 16 mixing desk from Studer’s sister company Soundcraft, to provide resilience. When the order was placed by TSL, the Vista 1 became the first Studer sale to an ITV facility.

Earlier, a site visit had been arranged for the show’s leading technicians, along with AVC’s lead consultant Raz Khan, at Studer’s offices in Potters Bar. Khan recalls, “Initially we evaluated the Vista 5, and had one on demo, so we could evaluate the platform, knowing that the Vista 1 would shortly be in production. From that it was written into the specification.”

Stan Robinson added, “We realised the Vista 1 would offer more or less the same facilities and also that it was compatible with Optocore fibre distribution, which we were running right across the site, linking the five production control areas.”

The 22-fader Studer Vista 1, containing 20 channel strips and two grand master faders, provides Coronation Street with true broadcast monitoring, talkback, red light control and eight general-purpose control inputs/outputs (GPIO).

But aside from ease of use and intuitive Vistonics™ interface, one of the key reasons for choosing Studer was the superior mic preamp — an observation made after the technical team had carried out comparison tests with their own alternatives.

Stan Robinson admits that the Studer D21m mic input card, transformer balanced to all five stageboxes, had been a key driver, with Studer stageboxes transporting native MADI over an Optocore system.

Noted RazKhan, “This solution meant that the whole rigging set up became a lot simpler, with fibre out to the OB van to transport MADI and a ruggedized case housing the electronics. With DSP onboard, this fitted the bill perfectly for the budget and operational flexibility and redundancy.”

He added, “We didn’t like the multi-layered menu of other desks — this was a lot easier. Also it needed to be intuitive because we have a small core of technical staff and a lot of freelance engineers using the system. It has been extremely well received.” Once a mic is plugged into appropriate input the source immediately appears on the relevant fader in the sound control room.

Speaking of the desk’s attributes, Mark Cochran stated, “You can access everything at the press of a button and EQ all your channel strips — and because the Studer stage box has option cards we were able to buy the highest quality mic amps.”

This digital format has allowed Stan Robinson to introduce a unique fibre transportation system for the signals around the site. Based on the Optocore network structure, the portable stageboxes allow signals from the studios (or anywhere else on the site) to be routed to either gallery.

Each gallery has its own stagebox, which production simply wheels to where shooting is taking place, and plugs in to the SMPTE 311M hybrid camera cable network — with 100 SMPTE sockets distributed around the site that can be patched in. Signals such as microphones, foldback, picture monitoring, video router control and talkback are automatically routed to the Studio Floor and Galleries. “In effect, the whole site becomes our studio floor,” says Stan Robinson.

Summing up he backs Mark Cochran’s endorsement of the Vista 1. “We have all been extremely happy with the decision to back the Studer platform, and it has been extremely well received.”

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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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CAD Audio Unveils Equitek E19 Miniature Earworn Mic

Solon, OH––The Equitek E19 Broadcast and Production miniature earworn microphone combines industry-leading performance with upgraded features and sonic excellence.

Its miniature ergonomic profile, comfortable behind-the-ear design, and field-replaceable cable have been updated for ease of use, comfort and stability to meet and exceed the industry’s newest standards.

The E19 provides maximum intelligibility with natural, accurate reproduction for the most demanding broadcast, house of worship and live performance applications.

Currently available for CAD Audio Wireless with a TA4F-type connector, the E19 will soon be equipped with replacement cables that include TA3F, HRS and locking mini type connectors.

E19 MSRP: $279

For more information about CAD Audio, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

MTJ Upgrades Indonesia’s Stadium Club Lighting With HARMAN’s Martin Professional Fixtures

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Built in the disco era, Stadium Club is one of the largest and oldest dance clubs in Indonesia. For decades, the venue, located in Jakarta, has entertained hundreds of music and dance fans a night with the newest tracks and brightest lights for the ultimate night out. Stadium Club recently underwent a renovation to improve its facilities, which included the installation of numerous HARMAN Martin Professional lighting fixtures by Monalisa Tunggal Jaya (MTJ).

As the official distributor for Martin products in Jakarta, MTJ delivers Martin fixtures to customers around the area with confidence in the manufacturer’s continued quality and reliability, with the best and brightest outputs in the industry. “The newly installed fixtures significantly improve the environment and ambiance in Stadium Club,” stated Zandy Jong, MTJ. “The lighting performance of Martin in the venue is highly trusted by the club’s staff and continues to engage revelers every night.”

Twenty-two units of Martin MAC 350 Entour Profiles and eight units of RUSH MH3 Beam effects have been installed in Stadium Club.

MTJ also delivered and installed in a large number of Martin lighting fixtures for Stadium Club’s sister venues: Kingcross, with eight MAC 350 Entours and Light Jocky USB DMX Controller; Malioboro, with 12 MAC 350 Entours and Light Jockey USB DMX Controller.

Additional clubs in South Jakarta MTJ updated feature Martin as well: Exodus Club lvl 5, with six MAC 350 Entours, eight RUSH MH-3 beams, two Atomic Strobe 3000’s and one Jem K-1 haze machine; and the Exodus Restaurant lvl 6 & 7, with six MAC 350 Entours, eight RUSH MH-3 beams, one Jem K-1 and Light Jocky USB DMX Controller.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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Fishman Appoints Iain Wilson as International Sales Manager

Andover, MA––Fishman is pleased to announce the appointment of Iain Wilson as International Sales Manager.

In this capacity, Wilson’s primary role will be the development of strategies to increase sales in each of Fishman’s current export markets while seeking new business opportunities for the company.

Iain will also be managing the existing distribution network, carrying out a SWOT analysis of the distribution companies and their respective markets, and looking at constructive and effective ways to increase sales in each region.

In addition, Wilson will oversee Fishman’s international clinic tours, workshops, sponsorships and other marketing events with the help of Fishman demo artist and clinician Steve Fairclough. He will also work with distributors in each market to maximize exposure in consumer and trade publications.

Iain Wilson has been in the music industry for the past 20 years and has gained vast international experience with companies such as Lowden Guitars, Breedlove, G7th capos etc. He has also worked for Fishman in various International Sales roles since March 2003. For the last 6 years he has spearheaded Fishman’s OEM business in Asia and is now returning to the role where he began 10 years ago, taking care of International Retail Sales.

“It’s great to combine my knowledge of guitar brands, markets and international sales. I’m looking forward to driving Fishman’s international business again and with the release of new electric guitar products, there’s a lot of work to be done,” says Wilson.

For more information about Fishman, please click to www.fishman.com.

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Super Bowl Halftime Show Shines with grandMa2, Clay Paky Sharpys and B-EYEs

The Super Bowl Halftime Show always glitters, and Bruno Mars’s stellar performance at Super Bowl XLVIII was no exception. This year 330 Clay Paky Sharpys and a dozen Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20s were on hand to illuminate the show while a grandMA2 light took command of the media. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky and MA Lighting in North America.

Lighting designer Bob Barnhart opted to have “a more rock ‘n roll vibe in the rig than the stylized, choreographed shows that we’ve seen in the past. Bruno wanted this to be more of a live rock show.”

Barnhart was challenged to capture that rock ‘n roll sensibility as well as prepare for winter weather conditions that might envelop the open-air MetLife stadium in New Jersey. “It was a question of what we could design that could survive severe weather,” he says. “Another factor was the limitations of rigging positions in the building and how we could symmetrically lay out the rig. We had to cover as much of the full stadium with the stage pushed back against the audience as we could.”

Barnhart calls the Sharpys “workhorses” and says that, “one of the goals in an outdoor stadium is to maintain an atmosphere to maintain the beam; that’s hard to do with high winds. But Sharpy is a very fast instrument with an extremely tight, bright beam.” He placed Sharpys on the three balcony facias throughout the stadium, on a series of trusses and around the main stage hanging them in clusters of three or six for symmetry.

Lighting director David Grill says the Sharpys “really came in handy at a venue where there were so many power needs. Sharpys are a tremendously brilliant beam of light with no wattage at all; they really saved us money on power and cut the amount of cable and power we needed dramatically. We could get a lot more lights on one cable because of the low wattage, and for a stadium that’s great. Sharpy are worth their weight in gold.”

Barnhart placed six Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 innovative, LED-based moving lights on each side of the stage. “I saw the fixtures at A.C.T in New Jersey and thought they could be really interesting in Bob’s lighting design,” recalls Grill. “So I sent him a link to a video, and Bob loved them. Their horsepower is pretty phenomenal, the speed of the LED is great in terms of changing color, they throw beams very far and they create some cool visuals. At the same time the B-EYES are a relatively low-wattage fixture with no heat issues.”

Barnhart agrees that the B-EYES deliver “a very full fixture. There’s a lot of potential in that light – it can create a lot of cool patterns and effects and do some really fun things. And they’re really reliable.”

Jason Rudolph controlled all the media with a grandMA2 Light; an additional system served as a back up. “I use the grandMA for most of my shows,” he reports. “It performed great, as usual, which is one of the reasons it has become my console of choice.”

Grill gives kudos to A.C.T Lighting’s customer service. “I can’t say enough nice things about them. A.C.T is a company that understands service and support, which is invaluable to a customer. It’s a gem in the industry. Having someone you can call in the middle of the night is tremendous. A.C.T knows that service is paramount.”

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Point Source Audio President James Lamb Appointed Band Master of California’s First State Military Reserve Band

Newly Appointed Warrant Officer Lamb Actively Recruiting Volunteer Reserve Musicians Across the State

James Lamb

Point Source Audio's James Lamb is appointed Band Master for CSMR Band

Petaluma, CA — Point Source Audio today announced that company President James Lamb has been tapped as the first commander of the newly-formed California State Military Reserve (CSMR) Band. Lamb, a lifelong trumpeter, composer, and arranger, earned an appointment as a Warrant Officer in the State Military Reserve in August 2013. In addition to playing trumpet and writing arrangements, Lamb will help coordinate support for California’s three National Guard Bands, based in Sacramento, Oxnard, and Los Alamitos.

The California National Guard Bands uphold a long tradition dating back 150 years of Guard bands providing music at military and civic events across the state. The bands perform a wide-ranging repertoire that requires high standards of musicianship. “The CSMR Band role is to act as a reserve to the Guard Bands, filling out the ranks as needed or providing other necessary support functions,” Lamb says.

James Lamb Conducting

James Lamb Conducting with the National Guard Band

As president of Point Source Audio, an electronics manufacturer specializing in professional grade miniature microphones, including headsets, earsets, and lavaliers, Lamb was already well prepared for his leadership role as Band Master. In addition to the intensive year long course he completed at the Warrant Officer Candidate School, finishing as Honor Graduate for Academic Excellence, Lamb has a longstanding connection in his life between music and military service. He joined the Navy after attending the School of Music at California State University at Northridge, and performed in Navy bands throughout the 1980s, becoming an arranger, performer, and band leader touring the US, Asia, and Australia.

After leaving the Navy in 1991, Lamb enjoyed a career in New York City as a professional trumpeter, music director, and conductor, which took him to performances in storied venues including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He then transitioned into work in the audio industry, first for Apogee Sound, a manufacturer of high-performance sound reinforcement loudspeaker systems, and later for Digigram, a maker of networking products for audio and video distribution for the Broadcast market. “Many of the skills that you learn from playing in bands translate well into business,” Lamb observes. “Early on you learn to listen to the people around you, to communicate, and to work well with a group. Business organizations require much the same skills.”

In 2004, Lamb founded Point Source Audio, where he continues to draw on his performer’s perspective. “My background shapes my view and understanding of the market,” he says. “It gives me an understanding of how important quality and dependability are to ensuring that a performer can give their best performance. The ultimate goal for me all along has been to put tools in the hands of performers that allow them to do their job as well as they can.”

By 2009, with Point Source Audio well established, Lamb felt it was time to give back to the military music community that had been so crucial in shaping his life and career. He stepped in as staff arranger and associate conductor with the National Guard band in Sacramento. When the state decided to form a formal reserve band, one of only three in the nation, Lamb was tapped to become its first Band Master.

The band is currently looking for qualified individuals who are interested in serving and playing with the band. “There is satisfaction in serving the community and helping the National Guard,” Lamb says. “As with all CSMR duties, we’re an all-volunteer force, the CSMR Band offers a unique way for those interested in serving a chance to apply their musical skills in a way that benefits the state and their local communities.” Qualified musicians who are interested in volunteering should contact James Lamb at jlamb@point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (PSA) manufactures and distributes worldwide a unique line of lightweight bendable boom headset and earworn microphones—known as the “toughest” in the industry. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

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