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Biamp Systems Launches Website in Multiple Languages

Enhanced portal now features four languages to support customers across global marketplace

BEAVERTON, Oregon — April 28, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that the company’s website — www.biamp.com — is now available in Spanish and German, bringing the total number of languages supported, including English and Mandarin, to four. more

Dimetis and Artel Video Systems Announce Integration Partnership

Artel’s DigiLink Platform Integrated Into Dimetis BOSS LINK Manager(R)

DIETZENBACH, Germany — April 28, 2014 — Dimetis (http://www.dimetis.de), a leading software supplier providing Operations Support System (OSS) solutions, today announced that it has entered into a strategic integration relationship with Artel Video Systems, a leading global provider of broadcast-quality media transport solutions for IP, direct fiber, and managed optical networks. more

Sound Devices Latest Video and Audio Recorders Now Shipping

PIX 270i, PIX 250i and 970 Now Available

REEDSBURG, WI, APRIL 28, 2014 – Having first made their official debut at this year’s NAB Show, Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, announces its PIX 270i, PIX 250i and 970 are now shipping. After a successful launch only a few weeks ago, these rack-mounted products are now available through the Sound Devices network of authorized resellers and distributors.

PIX 270i and PIX 250i seamlessly replace tape- and disc-based video decks for a complete offering that addresses a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports and events and mobile production. The PIX 270i and PIX 250i recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings to production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback. The units record edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff peace of mind with their rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities (four drives for PIX 270i and two drives for PIX 250i). Additionally, file transfer and machine control is available over gigabit Ethernet. Their extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet for PIX 270i, and PIX 250i’s 16 tracks of audio, make each unit a comprehensive, cost-effective replacement for complex video servers and an effective tool for high-performance video production.

Sound Devices 970 is the company’s first-ever dedicated audio-only rack-mounted recorder, which boasts an impressive 64 channels of recording from Dante and MADI sources. The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording, including drama and reality production, and live concert recording. The 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs. Inputs available include 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital.

The 970 is a powerful tool for professionals who require a significant number of audio channels. Any input can be assigned to any track. In addition, 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported. The 970 records to any of four attached drives, which include two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. This eliminates time-consuming post-record copying and allows for continuous long-form, high-track count recordings.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

Masque Sound Captures Vision of Duality for Contemporary New Broadway Musical, If/Then

Custom Audio Solution Provides Flexibility for Original Concept Play

NEW YORK, APRIL 28, 2014 – When the eagerly awaited new musical If/Then arrived on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was on-hand to provide Tony Award®-winning Sound Designer Brian Ronan with the custom audio gear needed to bring his vision to the stage.

If/Then, which began previews on March 5, 2014 and officially opened on March 30, 2014, follows two distinct storylines in the life of 40-year-old Elizabeth (played by Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel), a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When Elizabeth’s carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, her life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance. Directed by Michael Greif, the musical features book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and theatrical score by Tom Kitt.

If/Then made its pre-Broadway debut last fall at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. where Ronan first collaborated with Masque Sound for the show. Although the venue has changed, Ronan’s goal to support the duality of the main character remains the same. “In addition to providing a memorable sonic experience for every seat in the theatre, my goal in designing the sound was to provide a defining quality that separates the parallel lives of the two different people played by the same actress,” says Ronan. “In order to accomplish this, my Associate Sound Designer Cody Spencer and I set up different feelings for the various songs sung by the two different characters. This show is a unique, original concept, and Masque Sound was very supportive in providing me the equipment we needed to be successful. In addition, we have David Dignazio, one of the best sound mixers, who is rocking it every night.”

Ronan’s biggest challenge in designing the sound for the Broadway run was initially the size of the set itself. “If/Then requires a very wide physical opening and our challenge centered in getting positions for the loudspeakers that allowed us to get good coverage throughout the theater,” adds Ronan. “We spent a great deal of time talking with Masque Sound about what the show would require, and they were able to supply what we needed.”

At the heart of the custom audio package, Masque Sound provided a DiGiCo SD7T digital console, which is Ronan’s console of choice. “I really like using the SDT7,” Ronan says. “The software and architecture is a hold-over from the old Cadac board and it is very reliable. I also find the SD7T to be very user friendly; and I really enjoy the flexibility it provides, especially on a new show where you have to be ready to make changes on the fly.”

Masque Sound also supplied a selection of speakers, including L-Acoustics V-DOSC for the center array to cover the orchestra and mezzanine. Mini Arrays were used for the mezzanine and front and back balconies, as well as a series of d&b audiotechnik E8s, E3s and Meyer Sound UPA and UPJs. The subwoofers include d&b audiotechnik B2s and dV-Subs from L-Acoustics. Masque Sound also provided a wireless package featuring Sennheiser 5212s for the 40 channels of wireless and DPA 4061 microphones.

Another important component to the custom equipment solution that Masque Sound provided, and one that Ronan feels is key to the show’s success, is the video distribution package. “An important factor and large part of the budget that falls under the umbrella of sound is the show’s utility closed circuit video,” adds Ronan. “Issues such as conductor monitoring backstage, so that the off stage performer can see, to switching up, to upgrading to HD video so that our stage manager can get a better shot of the stage when he is up in the wings calling the show, are all part of the sound equipment package. It’s not the sexy part, but it’s something we have to take care of and supply, and Masque Sound had to do a lot of work to make sure that we had all the latest and greatest video technology. Masque Sound has always been a great shop to work with. They are extremely supportive and once again did a wonderful job.”

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.

New York Yankees Install Front Porch Digital Solutions to Migrate, Manage, and Protect Team’s Valuable Media Assets

LAFAYETTE, Colo. — April 28, 2014 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced that the New York Yankees baseball franchise has installed a DIVArchive(R) CSM system to manage the team’s valuable media assets within its demanding production workflows. The team is also using a SAMMA(R) videotape migration system to migrate its legacy videotapes to digital files.

“The Yankees are one of America’s most beloved baseball teams, and in its more than 100-year history, the team has amassed an enormous archive of priceless visual materials. It’s an honor to be able to deliver a solution that not only preserves this venerable legacy but also increases the team’s production capabilities,” said Mike Knaisch, president and CEO of Front Porch Digital. “There is significant value in a team’s ability to leverage its media assets. This installation further demonstrates how Front Porch Digital solutions can scale to satisfy the most demanding workflows in the sports market — from broadcast and production at the league level, to monetizing assets for individual teams.”

The DIVArchive CSM system will serve as the heart of the Yankees’ editing and production environment, managing the team’s digital assets and making it possible to repurpose the content to enhance productions.

In order to be able to access the team’s many years of legacy content through DIVArchive, the Yankees installed a SAMMAsolo G4 HD single-stream migration solution, which supports a wide variety of videotape formats on input and then, in flight, simultaneously delivers multiple digital files including frame-accurate, lossless preservation-quality, broadcast-quality mezzanine, and proxy. The team also installed a SAMMAclean videotape cleaning unit to reduce defects from dirt and to identify other defects prior to tape migration. Leveraging SAMMA, the Yankees will migrate thousands of hours of videotape content to the digital domain.

More information about Front Porch Digital is available at fpdigital.com.

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About Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital is the global leader in solutions for migrating, managing, and monetizing media content. Operating on site and in the cloud, the company’s purpose-built software employs the latest technologies to deliver truly flexible and scalable media workflows. Solutions delivered by Front Porch Digital appropriately manage large and complex media files and workflows while ensuring optimal performance and utmost security. More information is available at fpdigital.com.

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136th International AES Convention Makes Grand Opening in Berlin

— 138th International Convention announced to be held in Warsaw, Poland, Spring 2015 —

Berlin, Germany, April 26, 2014 — The 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention, taking place Saturday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 29, 2014, opened today with healthy attendance at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center in Berlin, Germany. Offering a wide variety of Technical Program events, manufacturer exhibitions, the Project Studio Expo, and more, the 136th AES Convention brings attendees the latest in professional audio innovations, as well as networking and educational opportunities with leaders in the industry. Additionally, AES Executive Director, Bob Moses, made the announcement that next year’s European AES Convention will take place in Warsaw, Poland (Spring 2015) taking advantage of it’s burgeoning audio industry and growing base of audio engineers, producers and music aficionados.

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Advanced Systems Group to Host Portland Happy Hour with NetApp and Telestream

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading video, data, audio and film integration firm, will host a free Technology Trending Happy Hour on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Rock Bottom Brewery in Portland, Ore. Sponsored by NetApp and Telestream, the informal gathering starts at 5 p.m. with free drinks and appetizers, followed by product demos at 6 p.m.

“Our Technology Trending Happy Hours are fun, relaxing and a great way for local video professionals to network and learn about new products and technologies,” said Dave Van Hoy, president, Advanced Systems Group. “The product demos from NetApp and Telestream will touch on SANs and transcoding, which are two important considerations for today’s file-based workflows.”

For real-time production tasks like editing, compositing and color grading, NetApp’s E-series platform delivers a SAN solution focused on sequential I/O performance. Its Data ONTAP has the breadth of performance and storage efficiency features, combined with non-disruptive operations, to support media workflow and business needs in a unified environment.

Telestream Vantage video transcoding and workflow automation products streamline file-based workflows. Telestream offers a complete family of award-winning products that enable file format conversion, device interoperability, and workflow orchestration for multiscreen, OTT, broadcast, cable, IPTV distribution, and production and archiving.

The Technology Trending Happy Hour is free, but pre-registration is requested. For online registration and more information, please visit www.asgllc.com/events/happy-hour-may-1. Attendees who registered for the original April 24 date do not have to re-register to attend.

About ASG: Based in Northern California with offices in the Northwest, Southern California and New York City, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 300 SANs, production and post-production systems. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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Sound Designer/Artist Dean Martin Hovey Turns to Focusrite’s RedNet to Keep Complex Sound Design Projects Simple to Manage

Designing sound for film, gadgets, themed attractions, sound art installations and commercials, Hovey says his RedNet system creates a reliable networked environment that gives him unrivalled flexibility

The RedNet interfaces also allow Hovey to make his system portable, providing him with tremendous confidence that what he creates in studio will replicate exactly as he intended on location

Los Angeles, CA, April 24, 2014 – RedNet, Focusrite’s acclaimed range of Ethernet-networked studio interfaces, has radically changed the workflow for noted sound designer/artist Dean Martin Hovey. As the owner of Soundwell.tv, Hovey has created sound for projects including films (Kids for Cash, The Being Experience, American History X, the Austin Powers series), commercials (Coca-Cola, Nike, Adidas, Budweiser, Pepsi, Infiniti and Porsche), sound art installations (NOMA- New Orleans) and themed entertainment for Warner Bros, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens and the Hershey’s Chocolate Factory, to name a few.

Hovey has found that RedNet can add tremendous flexibility and portability to how he works. In the four months since he acquired his RedNet units – five RedNet 2 16-channel A-D/D-A converters, a RedNet 4 with eight remotely controlled Focusrite mic preamps, and a pair of RedNet 5 HDX interfaces, all sourced through Vintage King in Los Angeles – Hovey has used these components to streamline his workflow and increase both throughput and creativity. For instance, he uses the RedNet units to connect as many as 80 sound sources and play and record all of them simultaneously.
“Every piece of gear I own is connected through its own discrete I/O through the RedNet system, and I can record them all to three separate computers simultaneously – usually one for Pro Tools, one for Logic and one for Ableton Live,” he explains. “It’s very extreme. For example, I can play a single keyboard and light up every synth output at the same time – that’s 64 analog voices. From there, I can use seemingly unconnected sounds together in a related way. Sounds that are totally in sync and follow the same resonance with one other. That lets me put together some very aggressive-sounding combinations which I might not have been able to discover and combine otherwise. I’ve been able to create some very interesting design palates that way.

Hovey has also turned two of the RedNet HD/HDX interfaces and one of the RedNet 2 A-D/D-A converters into a highly efficient and effective portable unit. “I can use an HD or HDX card, the RedNet PCIe card, or just plug them directly into the back of a computer using a virtual sound card,” he explains. “That’s how versatile RedNet is.” He’s traveled with this configuration to locations ranging from Stage A at the Audio Head mix facility in Hollywood to the Universal Studio’s back lot, where he installed both sound and mix for the Inception attraction for last year’s Halloween Horror Nights V.I.P. tour. “I’m able to do all creative sound production and pre-dubs in studio, then take the system to the location and plug them in through RedNet and accurately recreate the exact sound I created the studio in any other venue, from stages to stadiums. The environments can change but the sound of my work through RedNet never does. I can put this box under my arm and take it anywhere with complete confidence that it will sound just as it was designed in studio.”

Hovey’s is a particularly large RedNet system – at the moment it’s the largest one owned by an individual – he says what it really has done is simplified his creative life. “The workflow is more efficient – I can get more done on a quicker step – I can also work more creatively than ever before, because RedNet makes things simpler. It’s an amazing system.”

Dean Martin Hovey / Focusrite video profile: http://youtu.be/7VhX2Wo1AB0
Dean Martin Hovey / Focusrite case study: http://uk.focusrite.com/news/rednet-is-perfect-solution-for-sound-designer-dean-hoveys-sonic-playground

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Bose® RoomMatch® Loudspeakers Chosen for Auburn, Indiana’s Dayspring Community Church

Church personnel were skeptical that any speaker manufacturer could solve the reflectivity and reverberation problems in their newly built sanctuary within budget, but Bose® RoomMatch® loudspeakers showed them that it could be done, and done well

Framingham, Massachusetts, April 23, 2014 – As the Dayspring Community Church began the process of looking for a sound system for their new 600-seat worship space in Auburn, Indiana, they at least thought they knew what they didn’t want. “They were a bit skeptical that Bose, which they knew to be a great maker of consumer products, could take on and beat the big names in sound systems,” recalls Andrew Van Veld, President and Owner of Fort Wayne-based firm Circle City Audio. Van Veld and his team took over the job from another firm and ended up designing and installing the audio-video and lighting systems for the new church. “But after we did a live A/B comparison of Bose RoomMatch with another system, then recreated the actual room in Bose Modeler software, they were convinced — this was the sound system for them.”

In the wake of those persuasive demonstrations, Circle City Audio designed and installed a sound system for Dayspring Community Church consisting of two RM9020 loudspeaker modules, two RM12040 loudspeaker modules, and two RMS215 subwoofers, all powered by three Bose PowerMatch® PM8500N power amplifiers and managed with the Bose ControlSpace® ESP-00 engineered sound processor.

Van Veld stated, “During the live demo, the church’s business manager played guitar, the worship pastor played drums and I played bass, so we could all experience what the RoomMatch system would sound like in that environment. When they heard it that way, they were sold. They loved it.”

The RoomMatch system is able to precisely control sound in even the most difficult reverberant spaces via the product line’s 42 highly specific dispersion pattern choices. By being an effective solution within the project’s budget (in this case it also eliminated the need for and cost of acoustical treatment materials on the church’s walls), it was easy for the church’s leaders to make their decision. “What I also like about the Bose technology, in general, is the fact that they don’t exaggerate their specifications,” Van Veld adds. “As a result, the outcomes we predict using the Modeler software are exactly what we get, or even a bit better than predicted. Customers react very positively to that kind of accuracy. They want to know what they’re going to get.”

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Tyréns Deploys HARMAN’s Martin Professional Tripix 300™ LED Strips At Friends Arena, Sweden’s 65,000-seat Multi-Purpose Stadium

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Friends Arena, the home of Sweden’s national football team, is Scandinavia’s largest indoor arena and can accommodate up to 65,000 people for concerts, sports matches, and other events. Located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Arenastaden in Stockholm, the arena is considered the centerpiece of an area surrounded by new residential, shopping, and commercial buildings. Tyréns, one of Sweden’s leading urban planning consultancies, was brought in to develop a lighting plan for the various areas around the arena, including the surrounding streets, bus terminals, ramps, roundabouts, squares, lifts, and stairs. The company installed a range of colored lighting including HARMAN’s Martin Professional Tripix 300™ LED strips to create different effects and visual attraction.

Faced with strict budget constraints and the need for a retrofitted solution, Tyréns had to develop a creative plan to ensure the lighting fixtures were not overtly visible. In addition, the design called for low power consumption combined with high output to ensure and maintain visibility when football matches or other night events were to take place in the Friends Arena. Tyréns solved this by installing double fixtures so half can be turned off on normal days and then activated for maximum impact when the arena is full.

As part of Tyrens solution, colored lighting has been installed in the area around the arena. Below the ramps leading up to the arena, fixtures with color filters cover the pillars with narrow beams and work as a complement to the street lights. The lift towers are also covered with light from Martin’s Tripix fixtures in different colors to create obvious meeting points for event attendees.

“Because Martin’s Tripix fixtures are calibrated the color of the lift towers stand pure and consistent,” explained Frida Almqvist, Lighting Designer, Tyréns. “The fixtures are easy to maintain because of their streamlined design, and the quality is excellent.”

Commenting on the collaboration with Martin Professional, Almqvist said, “The Martin team is eager to help out with all aspects of the installation. For example, choosing the right solution for lighting control, which was a great help.”

Martin Professional and Tyréns also have several other upcoming projects. In Åkersberga, Sweden nine Martin Tripix 300 have been installed in a subway as part of a bigger project to light dark and unsafe areas of Åkersberga. Another upcoming project is lighting for a unique fountain for the Municipality of Malmö.

For more information about Arenstaden and Friends Arena, please visit: www.arenastaden.se

To learn more about Tyréns, please visit: www.tyrens.se/en/

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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