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DSLR Video Guru Barry Andersson Relies on Sennheiser MKE 600 Shotgun Microphone for Authenticity of Sound, Ease of Set up and Reliability

Author of The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook: Real World Production Techniques and Instructor of DSLR Dynamics Two-Day Masterclass Says Audio is ‘Mission Critical’

Old Lyme, CT – April 9, 2014 — As the video industry continues to experience unprecedented growth following the advent of DSLRs and the explosion of mobile devices, there has been a massive increase not just in the amount of video consumers, but also video content creators. Barry Andersson, author of The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook: Real World Production Techniques and instructor of DSLR Dynamics’ two-day masterclass on video production, is helping thousands of aspiring filmmakers become intimately familiar with the tools they need to create professional looking — and sounding — DSLR-based videos. Andersson depends on his Sennheiser MKE 600 shotgun microphone to deliver consistently reliable and authentic sounding results.

Sennheiser spoke to Andersson, who just completed his nationwide filmmaking masterclass and who is currently in the midst of scheduling another multi-city instruction tour for later this year, about DSLR video technique and the importance of capturing authentic sounding audio.

What kind of audience is drawn to your classes?

They come from all over the spectrum. I would say that 50 percent of them consider themselves professionals. Even among professionals, there are many people that need to catch up their knowledge base. If you are coming from photography, DSLR video is new. If you’re coming from traditional video cameras, DSLR video is new. If you haven’t done video before, of course it’s new. My classes comprise a mix of beginners and advanced skill levels, but there are always gaps that I can help people address. I want to help them get good quality images and sound with the least amount of pain so they can actually work on the creative side instead of constantly worrying about the tech.

What is the most important takeaway in your classes?

I want people to enjoy it. Sometimes people look at making video as very complex. Video and filmmaking used to be a specialized field, but this is no longer the case. Very often, one person does everything — the video, the audio, the lighting, the interviewing. I think people get overwhelmed and it can take joy out of doing it. I like to make them comfortable with their tools, so when they go out, they actually want to be shooting again. There will always be the lens, the sensor, the lighting and the sound. If you master these elements, you have the skill set to be creative no matter where you are or what platform you are on.

What role does sound play in capturing DSLR video?

I think capturing good sound is mission critical, and this is probably the most requested topic among my students. In my experience, people will watch something that looks horrible and sounds good much longer than if they watch something that looks beautiful and sounds terrible. I want my students to understand that capturing great audio doesn’t have to be complicated. I want them to listen to it and say, “Ah, that’s what it should sound like.” It is at that point where we can begin talking about the art of sound.

What do you think of the Sennheiser MKE 600 as a production tool?

The first thing that struck me about the MKE 600 is just how small it is. I am telling my students more and more to carry the least amount of stuff possible, to stay small, light and nimble. The MKE 600 is very small but the audio quality is exceptional. Also, the build quality is very solid – you don’t have to worry about pieces snapping off. All of my equipment has to be able to withstand being dragged up and down stairs, packed and repacked. And in this regard, the MKE 600 is unsurpassed.

Can you describe the audio quality of the MKE 600?

Sure. In videos, 90 percent of the time, people are capturing the human voice on their videos and then pushing them out to the web. With a microphone like an MKE 600, you are golden. I just finished 22 interviews over the course of a week and my MKE 600 was on the camera the whole time. It renders the human voice in an authentic and natural tone, and sounds good in little rooms or big rooms. There is no extra noise or anything that feels like it shouldn’t be there. It just sounds natural and clear. With the MKE 600, Sennheiser is bringing high-end audio out to the masses — this is really exciting.

Are there any other features on the MKE 600 that you find useful?

Yes, the low-cut filter. We were shooting in a large room where we had some low rumble noise — there was a closet that had this loud piece of gear inside and we couldn’t get in there to shut it off. Then we switched the low cut filter on the MKE 600, and it was gone — just like magic. This is incredibly helpful because I know if I record the audio right, I don’t have to mess with it later. I tell my students that there are many tools you can work with in post production, but if you can get it sounding right at the source you can save so much time. And we all know time is money.

What about the durability of the MKE 600?

As soon as I picked up the MKE 600, I sensed that Sennheiser had put a lot of time and effort into the build. This is so important because many of us in this industry are ‘one man band’ operations. We are all moving so fast from place to place, and there is so much wear and tear. If the build quality isn’t there in a product, or if there are these little plastic parts that can break, you are just opening yourself up to problems on already really tight production schedules.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headsets 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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1) Barry Andersson on a shoot with his Sennheiser MKE 600 shotgun microphone.
2) The Sennheiser MKE 600 shotgun microphone.
3) Barry Andersson at work in his studio.

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Sennheiser Mentorship Program Catapults Former Audio Student Zachary Templin into the Big Time With HBO Pay-Per-View

Templin Serves as A2 in HBO Pay-Per-View’s First Boxing Event Outside the U.S.

Las Vegas, April 9, 2014 – Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, the founder of audio specialist Sennheiser [NAB booth C3217] would often say, “Luck is chance plus preparation.” Since 2009, the company’s Student Mentorship Program has been providing audio students real-world preparation to become audio professionals in the sports broadcasting industry, working in collaboration with top broadcast networks such as HBO and Fox Sports.

Zachary Templin, who participated in Sennheiser’s Student Mentorship Program in 2012, recently got a chance to apply the knowledge he acquired as a participant in the program, having been hired by HBO to be lead RF coordinator on its first Pay-Per-View boxing match broadcast from outside the U.S. Templin, who already had three major national broadcast events under his belt under, one of them in the Mentorship Program, was recruited as an understudy to lead RF A2 Lloyd Jacobsen, who was not able to attend due to an emergency just six days before the crew was set to broadcast the Pacquiao vs. Rios boxing match from Macau, China.

“Zach’s situation represents the perfect scenario of the Sennheiser mentorship program,” commented Jason Cohen, director, sports production at HBO. “This is a young man who started with us in September of last year and quickly immersed himself into the audio team. Almost instantaneously, he became a person we wanted to use in a freelance capacity in an A2 role.”

Templin’s chance to lead as RF coordinator for the Pay-Per-View bout in China came about partly through being at the right place at the right time, but mostly by his being prepared. While shadowing lead RF A2 Jacobsen during the Ward-Rodruiguez bout at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. on November 16th, Zach was asked to be an emergency fill-in for the event in China. “Not only did Zach finish the entire show by himself, but two days later, my lead engineer was supposed to fly to an island off of Hong Kong, Macau, to handle HBO’s first ever international PPV telecast.”

“When my lead RF A2 couldn’t do it, my options were either to cold call freelancers who may or may not know our show, or asking Zach, who just spent the past month working with Lloyd on the RF system, “When I asked Zach how well he knew the system, he said ‘I know it, I can do it.’ He had absolutely no hesitation or pause, and his response was so convincing that I knew he was ready.” Cohen then asked him to fly home to pick up his passport and his bag, and he was in Hong Kong six days later.

For the Macau production, HBO’s mission was to recreate a ‘Las Vegas’ style Pay-Per-View event, maintaining a similar standard of quality the company has firmly established in its domestic broadcasts. This required shipping a flypack setup with over 200 cases of equipment and overcoming other logistical hurdles such as working on off-hours in a foreign country alongside a mostly non-English speaking production crew.

“To achieve a smooth and seamless production, we turned to our friends at Bexel and they sent a Hercules Fly Pack, an elite production system that provided all the flexibility we needed,” said Cohen. “It was the most beautiful, pristine flypack I’ve ever seen and our team was blown away by its firepower and overall monster size.”

Randy Flick, senior audio mixer, HBO Boxing, worked closely with Zach throughout his participation in the Sennheiser Student Mentorship Program, which included many HBO productions including the Pacquiao-Rios bout in Macau. “He just performed wonderfully,” says Flick. “It is a really big deal moving this production outside of the U.S. and the engineering team knocked it out of the park.” As lead A2 RF coordinator, some of Templin’s responsibilities included coordinating frequencies on the RF software program, ensuring RF beltpacks and wireless microphones are operational and assembling RF antennas.

Lloyd Jacobsen has nothing but accolades for Templin: “I had done all the prep work for China, but I couldn’t go due to a last minute emergency,” he said. “Zach just went in my place and just tore it up. What he was able to pull off was very impressive. Having a few shows under his belt leading up to that was key.”

The Sennheiser Student Mentorship Program has proven to be a win-win for not only for students and top broadcast networks, but also for the larger broadcast industry as a whole. “We want to make sure that the new people coming into our shows have the required knowledge, and the only way they can learn is by doing. Our partnership with Sennheiser has been a great and they have provided many capable mentoring students,” observes Randy Flick. Jason Cohen agrees: “The program gives my guys a chance to reach out to this community of younger talent and offer them opportunities that many others didn’t have when coming into this industry. At the same time we are able to build a pool of talent that we can rely on with young men who are eager to learn.”

For Zach Templin, the program has offered a depth of experience that he would not have otherwise been able to acquire: “It’s not experience you can get locally, because these are major national, and sometimes worldwide broadcasts that only happen a few times a year. There is no other mentorship program that I know of that gets you into the thick of things on such a large scale.”

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. For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1) The Pacquiao vs. Rios boxing match was broadcast on HBO Pay-Per-View from Macau, China in November, 2013.
2) Former Sennheiser Student Mentorship Program participant Zach Templin served as Lead RF A2 during HBO’s first Pay-Per-View boxing event broadcast outside the U.S.
3) Randy Flick, senior audio mixer, HBO Boxing.
4) The audio team shares a moment at the Pacquiao vs. Rios boxing match, broadcast from Macau, China in November, 2013.

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Biamp Systems Named Finalist in Two Categories for the Inaugural 2014 InstallAwards

AudiaFLEX NREL implementation is shortlisted in the corporate category, while installation at Purdue University earns a spot in the education category

BEAVERTON, Oregon — April 9, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that the company has been selected as a finalist in two categories for Installation magazine’s inaugural InstallAwards. The Biamp(R) AudiaFLEX digital audio system — installed in the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado — is a finalist for the Star Product Award in the Corporate/Industrial category. In the Education category, the installation at Purdue University’s France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center (CoRec) — which includes an expansive Biamp AudiaFLEX system — is a finalist for the Best Project Award.

Biamp’s AudiaFLEX allows users to select any configuration of input (IP-2) and output (OP-2e) pairs for the ultimate in flexibility. Providing unprecedented control, the entire audio network can be controlled over Ethernet or via the most popular control platforms. With AudiaFLEX, multi-channel audio can be seamlessly distributed among multiple units using cost-effective Cat-5 cable. Each AudiaFLEX unit can provide up to 24 channels of I/O with Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) available as a separate input module.

At the NREL, AudiaFLEX was utilized as part of an Audia(R)/Nexia(R) audio solution combination in the newly built ESIF, which required a system that could meet the diverse needs of eight distinct workspaces. AudiaFLEX was chosen for the project due to its flexibility and modular DSP architecture. At Purdue University, AudiaFLEX was a key component in the remodel of CoRec facility. To create one large DSP audio network across the entire 355,000-square-foot facility, 18 AudiaFLEX units were installed, with many pulling double duty — operating as room audio processors as well as performing paging and background music functions.

“At Biamp, we develop and manufacture audio solutions that support the world’s most sophisticated installations. Every person at Biamp is dedicated in one way or another to making sure our products embody excellence in quality, reliability, and support,” said Biamp Systems President and CEO, Steve Metzger. “We are honored to be recognized for these two InstallAwards.”

The 2014 InstallAwards were introduced to coincide with Installation magazine’s fifteenth year of publication. The awards recognize achievement and excellence across the full spectrum of installation projects in a wide variety of applications. Winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Hilton London Wembley hotel on June 12.

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Martin Audio AQs Excel At Amble Links Holiday Park


Country and leisure park operators Park Leisure recently undertook a major upgrade of its Amble Links ‘owners-only’ holiday park on the Northumberland, England coast.

Preferred AV integrators Promotiontime NE carried out the technology design and outfitting of its main entertainment areas, The Links Owners Only Bar & Entertainment Lounge and refurbished Old Storehouse restaurant/bar, exclusively using a Martin Audio AQ solution for all of its requirements.

Brian Graham, who took over Promotiontime NE ten years ago, has been a frequent user of Martin Audio systems over the years, particularly the Blackline series, but the compact AQ architectural range has opened up a number of new opportunities for him.

“Martin Audio is generally our ‘go to’ brand for most requirements above a basic bar, and I would probably have specified Blackline again for the entertainment room. But when we heard the AQ series, we knew this would be equal to the demands of the room.”

The stage system needed to reinforce small acts, as well as a resident DJ and karaoke, but also needed to be used for larger performances when required.

After sampling the AQ series Graham specified a pair of AQ28’s, with dual 8in drivers, one each side of the stage, as the main front-facing PA with an AQ10 on each wing providing outfills. Recessed into the stage on each side is an AQ215 (2×15) bass enclosure with a 42-way patch so that incoming productions carrying their own mixing console can plug straight in and override the house desk.

The Old Storehouse is divided into two areas; a restaurant and bar, with background music fed to eight AQ6 in the main restaurant and a pair of AQ5s in the overspill/annex area, while the dedicated bar area is served by an additional combination of AQ8, AQ6 and pair of AQ112 (1×12) subs.

The music extends to the outside patio area where Brian Graham has specified four Martin Audio C115 surface-mount weather-resistant speakers.

The entire system is powered by Martin Audio MA5.2K, MA4.8Q and MA2.8Q amplifiers and fed by a 16×16 audio routing matrix, which allows any sound source to be switched to any zone via the Martin Audio Engineer 818 DSP. Limiting and EQ settings are also stored in the Engineer, with inputs recalled and switched between the different operating modes via the Control4 audio and lighting environmental control platform (linked to Mode dimming packs for the lighting).

The installation needed to offer ease of use and the site is configured so that all audio and vision can be switched and controlled from two touch screens, one located in the main bar and the other in the performance area, to allow intuitive use throughout the complex.

In summary, Brian Graham confirmed, “In addition to raising the performance level, we had to make the installation look sleek which the AQ certainly does. And with only around 10 ft. ceiling height in the entertainment room, we are able to run the AQ28s in landscape orientation, flush against the ceiling. It was the perfect solution.

“Everything works seamlessly; the client is absolutely delighted, the feedback has been great and we have had nothing but positive comments.”

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

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Biamp Systems’ All-New Highly Anticipated TesiraFORTÉ Now Shipping

The new family of DSP-based audio processors brings powerful AVB connectivity and increased flexibility to everyday and enterprise-grade audio

BEAVERTON, Oregon — April 8, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that its all-new TesiraFORTÉ series of audio processors is now shipping. TesiraFORTÉ consists of eight models — four AVB models and four non-AVB models — with fixed input and output configurations. Designed to bring greater simplicity and more options to today’s conferencing, telephony, and VoIP environments, TesiraFORTÉ is a component of the Biamp(R) Tesira(R) family of digital signal processor (DSP)-based media systems.

Also shipping is Biamp’s new Dante(TM)-enabled DAN-1 digital server networking card, which, like its current SCM-1 card does with CobraNet(R), functions as a gateway interface to support 64×64 channels of Dante networked audio.

“As the first AVB DSP product with configurable USB audio, TesiraFORTÉ enables our customers to take full advantage of the high-quality conferencing capability that comes with the processing power of the Biamp Tesira platform,” said Justin O’Connor, Audio Product Manager, Biamp Systems. “TesiraFORTÉ gives our customers everything they need for conferencing, and nothing they don’t need. It’s a powerful platform for extending exceptional AVB audio performance to everyday applications and value-conscious designs.”

TesiraFORTÉ is backed by Biamp’s five-year warranty. More information on Biamp’s full line of solutions is available at www.biamp.com.

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Adapting Pro AV to Unified Communications

We’ll be the first to say it. One of the biggest things to come out of unified communications (UC) — besides a list of acronyms a mile long — is that pro AV has finally attained the respectability it deserves among IT peers.

We have video to thank for that. IM. Web. Customer service. It’s all going video, and it’s one of the reasons why companies like Cisco are suddenly taking notice of AV.

Which brings us to that mile-long list of acronyms we mentioned earlier. FiberPlex recognizes that our friends in pro AV are going to need to adapt a lot of different media formats to fiber optic communications in order to get across those big, fat audiovisual files. We have the answer. Our new TD-6010 adapter can convert HD/SD-HDI or HDMI to optical fiber. It can convert between Dante™, CobraNet® and EtherSound; analog video to fiber; and transport bi-directionally between modes of fiber optic communications.

Just throw it in your toolbox, and go. It comes with wall wart charger and takes a variety of SFP/SFP+ modules for any conversion scenario you can imagine – even those that haven’t been invented yet. You won’t have to pack this tool in bubble wrap, either. There’s a reason why we call it the Throw Down – or TD for short. Check out the TD-6010 at InfoComm, FiberPlex booth C11205.

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D-Tools Adopts Standardization, Fully Integrates Security Industry Association Standard SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols into D-Tools System Integrator™ Software Platform

SIA/IAPSC Security Industry Standard Drawing Symbols are used for planning and integrating all facets of security system installation, are used for project designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with those used by Architects, Electronic Systems Contractors, Consultants, and others in the trade

D-Tools now features standardized security industry standard shapes

CONCORD, CA, USA – April 09, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced full integration of Industry Standard SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols into the D-Tools System Integrator™ electronic system estimation, design and documentation software platform. Straightforward and easily-recognized, SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols are used for planning security system installations and are used for system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with symbols used by Builders, Architects, Consultants, Electronic Systems Contractors, and other professional trades to design and integrate all aspects of audio, video, networking and security installations in commercial and residential applications.

“By implementing SIA/IAPSC Security Symbols into D-Tools System Integrator™, D-Tools is better able to fulfill our commitment to providing electronic systems contractors a means for producing more professional-looking proposals and more accurate design documentation that allow them to compete at a higher level and ultimately, win more bids,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We have been working towards adopting standardized symbols for some time because we recognize the value it provides to every entity involved in a given installation and know that in time, electronic systems contractors will be required to provide this service.”

Within the D-Tools System Integrator platform, SIA/IAPSC Security Symbol implementation consists of a grouping of Autodesk® AutoCAD symbols– including mount type and device options for each symbol– that D-Tools has converted into separate Microsoft® Visio stencil categories. In addition to Electronic Safety and Security stencils, D-Tools industry standard stencil categories include Audio Video, Communications, Control, Electrical, Furnishings, Generic, HVAC, and Vacuum Cleaning Systems.

The new SIA/IAPSC Security Symbols are available now for download and use by authorized D-Tools System Integrator users, who can access these and other D-Tools stencil updates by clicking on the Download Stencil update link in the SIX toolbar in Visio.

By adopting and utilizing the SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols into their system design and documentation practices, security systems integrators will more clearly communicate with project partners within the security market. Not only does this new standard provide needed clarity and consistency between project partners, it also provides security systems integrators an opportunity to compete for bids at a higher level, earn and maintain project access, streamline processes, and boost their bottom line.

More detailed information about the new D-Tools SIA/IAPSC Security Architectural Drawing symbols can be found on the D-Tools documentation D-Tools wiki, by visiting the D-Tools Blog Site, by calling 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1, or by emailing info@d-tools.com. Product updates and related information can be obtained by visiting www.d-tools.com and by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process.

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*SIA is the Security Industry Association and IAPSC is the International Association of Professional Security Consultants.

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Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Harmony – A New Musical Captivates Los Angeles Audiences with Stellar Sound System from Masque Sound

Custom Audio Equipment Package Includes New Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System

LOS ANGELES, APRIL 9, 2014 — When Sound Designers David Patridge and John Shivers returned for the second run of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Harmony – A New Musical, they once again turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a new custom audio equipment package. The show’s Los Angeles production at the Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre marks the second time the duo was personally chosen by Manilow and Sussman to create the sound design — and while the story remains the same, the sound design was completely different.

Harmony recounts the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, six talented young men who in 1920s Germany took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics. The Comedian Harmonists sold millions of records, starred in dozens of films and packed the most prestigious concert halls around the globe until the world they knew forever changed with the commencement of World War II.

“After the Atlanta run [of Harmony] came to an end, the equipment we used went back into Masque Sound’s shop and we rebuilt the entire show for this second run in Los Angeles,” says Patridge. “Every theatre and venue is a challenge of its own. One of the obstacles was the theatre’s size, as the Ahmanson is a much bigger theatre than Atlanta. You can’t cookie cutter these things and they have to be morphed into whatever works for the architecture. Masque Sound did an excellent job accommodating our needs.”

Masque Sound provided the designers with a DiGiCo SD10T digital console, which not only provides the flexibility they were looking for but also comes complete with a software package that is designed specifically for the theatrical market. In addition, the show has a completely new PA design featuring L-Acoustics dv-DOSC speaker arrays built from scratch via Masque Sound’s inventory. The dv-DOSC delivers powerful, cost-effective coverage in a compact profile making it ideal for the designers’ needs.

Masque Sound also supplied a demo system of the Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System featuring eight 9000 series radios. The Sennheiser Digital 9000 system was developed for all professional users who are unwilling to compromise on sound. Its unique uncompressed digital audio transmission offers artifact-free sound with great dynamics. The Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless system not only delivers a unique sound quality but also lets its professional users experience a whole new kind of flexibility.

“With the Sennheiser 9000 series you can use a built-in software feature in the receiver rack, which will scan and allocate available frequencies,” adds Patridge. “Theoretically, you should no longer need the extra steps of doing an RF scan of the venue in advance or an intermodulation study. The 9000 series takes the hit or miss of pre-programming completely out of the equation. Masque Sound not only provided us with this impressive demo equipment, but they also set up an on-site visit with a Sennheiser tech who demonstrated the use and features of the new system. There is no question that the 9000 series will prove very valuable with a more and more crowded RF spectrum and sonically, they are great.”

Directed by Drama Desk Award-nominee Tony Speciale (Classic Stage Company’s Unnatural Acts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Harmony officially opened at the Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on March 4 and is slated to run through April 13, 2014.

About Masque Sound

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

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Middle Atlantic Expands SNE Options For Added Versatility

Middle Atlantic has expanded its SNE Series Security Network Enclosure offering with seismic certification and other innovative options to maximize its versatility over a wide breadth of security applications.

A purpose-built series designed to meet the specific requirements of IP, analog and hybrid security systems that incorporate elements of both, SNE is available in four configurations to fit system type, wiring needs, ventilation requirements and cabinet location.

Seismic Certification
SNE is the first seismic certified security-purposed cabinet exceeding a 1,000 lb. weight capacity when outfitted with new anchor brackets for concrete floors or seismic riser bases for raised floors.

Raised-Floor Compatibility
A new selection of standard and seismic riser bases positions the SNE ideally for raised floor applications including under-cabinet cable management and mission critical applications requiring strength and reliability.

Component & Cable Management
An innovative new adapter enables threaded rail, cage nut rail, or the use of both in the same rack, dramatically widening its usability across varying systems. The SNE cabinet was designed for integrating Middle Atlantic’s Lever Lock™ system that facilitates cabling and device mounting options within the rack using unique tool-free cable management bars and accessory mounting plates. It also allows smaller devices to be mounted in otherwise unused spaces.

Thermal Options
The SNE series is optimized for use with hybrid systems – those using digital and analog equipment – with active ventilation ideally suited for equipment rooms. The series also includes models optimized for use with digital systems – those using digital (IP) equipment – with passive ventilation ideally suited for data centers.

Each preconfigured SNE enclosure ships from stock for rapid deployment and includes front and rear doors, flush mount side panels, Lever Lock brackets, locking casters and leveling feet. SNE Series models are UL Listed with a 3,000 lb load capacity and are available in 3 racking heights, 3 widths and 3 depths for systems of varying sizes.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please, click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

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Genelec Home Audio Names Big Apple Technology New Manufacturer’s Representative for the Metro New York Area

— Big Apple Technology is the latest rep in the Genelec Home Audio Systems sales force —

NATICK, MA, April 7. 2014 — Genelec Inc., U.S. distributor of Genelec Home Audio Systems, announces the appointment of a new manufacturer’s representative – Whitestone, New York-based Big Apple Technology – to serve the Metro New York City area. Bart LoPiccolo, Genelec National Sales Manager, made the announcement as part of Genelec’s ongoing expansion in the custom installation/home theater market sectors. Led by company president Joseph Frattasi and sales reps Doug Lee and John Frattasi, Big Apple Technology will help increase market share for Genelec in the custom/home installation arena throughout New York City and its suburbs.

The addition of a new, dedicated rep in this region underscores Genelec’s commitment to meeting the rising market demand with a network of experienced, knowledgeable representatives. Commenting on this appointment, LoPiccolo stated, “We are proud to have added Big Apple Technology to the Genelec family. They are a well-established presence in the market, and their experience and support make them an excellent fit for Genelec. Joseph, Doug, John and the rest of their team are very qualified, and they will assist us in increasing brand visibility and market penetration in greater NYC and also help build lasting relationships with high-end custom install dealers. We look forward to continuing growth as a result of this new partnership.”

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com.

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