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Live Broadcast Engineer Huub Lelieveld Chooses Waves MultiRack and Plugins to Comply with EBU Loudness Standard

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, April 29, 2014 — Live broadcast engineer Huub Lelieveld works for the Netherlands-based firm United Outside Broadcast and Studios, which is part of the Euro Media Group, mixing sports and other major live events and working as sound supervisor for concert film recordings. His credits include Audio Supervising for the MTV Africa Awards in Nigeria and Kenya and the UEFA cup finals in 2013 (with United colleague Mischa Kortleve). Lelieveld’s work has resulted in live concert recordings from such acts as Muse, Coldplay, Toto, Andre Rieu, Joe Cocker, Keane and more. And a crucial part of his toolbox is his arsenal of live plugins from Waves Audio.

Lelieveld notes, “With shows involving an audience, the PA mixer needs to ensure that the audience can hear the show very well; however, for us mixing in the truck, it’s crucial to hear the audience reaction and not hear too much room sound. We want to be able to have control over the balance of the direct sound, audience reaction and room sound. Apart from ensuring that the level coming from the PA is not excessive, I need to establish that the television producer on the floor and the FOH mixer are happy. There are now tools that can help you reduce room sound in the TV mix. Previously I was using a CEDAR hardware unit, which helps reduce room and ambient sound. This works great but, we only have ONE stereo unit. Now with the Waves WNS Noise Suppressor, I am able to reduce room sound in a very similar way to a CEDAR hardware system with zero samples processing latency. And, instead of one hardware processor, I now have as many WNS instances available as I need. This means I can process the audience mics differently from the presenters’ mics and I can eliminate any buzz that might develop during a live broadcast with another instance of WNS.”

He adds, “In the Netherlands we now have loudness regulations requiring us to mix to EBU R128 loudness norms. I look for ways to stay within specs more easily, while preserving sound quality. I do not want a process on my master bus that viewers can hear working.”

“After auditioning the Waves MultiRack system on a few projects, I was convinced of the reliability, enough to use it in serious live broadcast situations,” he recalls. “Latency proved no issue; I used processed feeds for presenters’ in-ear feed without any problem. Using Waves MultiRack means having a huge arsenal of tools available at the click of a mouse. With a combination of Waves MaxxVolume and a L2 Ultramaximizer I was able to make quieter bits louder and louder bits quieter in real-time. I used only the leveler and high level compression part of the Maxx Volume; the leveler was set to around -23 dBFs (give or take, this is something to adjust if needed), the compressor just took out a dB or three, and after that I used the L2 to add some lost gain and take off some excessive peaks. Like any other broadcast mixer I’m figuring out how to deal with loudness regulation, but Waves plugins are going to help me achieve the right loudness, and I’m having a lot of fun along the way. In addition, it doesn’t hurt that I have the possibility to put a CLA-2A on lead vocals and maybe put a bit of sparkle from a PuigTec EQP -1A on my master bus!”

Lelieveld notes a recent job where Waves solved a series of problems for him in a live broadcast mix scenario: “Recently, on the night of local elections in the Netherlands, I mixed the broadcast of a debate between several politicians and one presenter, discussing the election outcome. Up to seven participants were taking part in the conversation at any given moment – traditionally this means riding the faders to avoid excessive room sound and comb-filtering, especially as there were an audience and PA system present. Normally, I would watch the camera monitors predicting who’s going to say something next and operate faders in real time. But, now with the Waves Dugan Automixer, I got a very dry sounding mix, with perfect automatic fading. With Waves SoundGrid technology, the latency is extremely low, so I could send the processed dialogue mix to the presenter’s earpiece without any complaints whatsoever. Free from riding faders, I could concentrate on the sound of the individual microphones, fine-tuning the EQ settings during the program, and adding a controlled amount of room sound from my audience mics. I was very satisfied with the result and heard some compliments about the sound quality of the broadcast from fellow engineers, which is pretty rare for a political debate broadcast.”

Visit http://www.waveslive.com/ for more information.

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Bose® RoomMatch® Loudspeakers and PowerMatch® Amplifiers Chosen for High Profile Artist Performances Across Multiple Venues at Sundance Film Festival

Keynote concert performances at Park City Live and the Montage hotel both rely on Bose® RoomMatch® speakers for shows by leading artists including Ludacris, O.A.R., Matisyahu, Kaskade, Dash Berlin, Nervo, Lee Dewyze, John Popper, Kendrick Lamar, Steve Aoki, Richie Sambora and KT Tunstall

Framingham, Massachusetts, April 29, 2014 – The Sundance Film Festival, the premier showcase for independent film, held each January in Park City, Utah, has seen its live music element increase substantially in recent years. And each evening, through events ranging from panels to live performances, music plays a key role in the festival experience at a variety of venues throughout the town. This year, a popular club venue in Park City – Park City Live (PCL) – was equipped with a new RoomMatch® loudspeaker system from Bose® Professional Systems in time for 11 nights of musical performances by leading artists, including O.A.R., Matisyahu, Kaskade, Nervo, Dash Berlin, Ludacris and Steve Aoki. In addition, a second, temporary venue at the exclusive Montage Deer Valley hotel and ski resort hosted shows by O.A.R. (in a rare acoustic set), John Popper, Richie Sambora, KT Tunstall, Lee Dewyze and others. These shows also utilized a Bose RoomMatch system set up specifically for shows during the Sundance Film Festival.

At PCL, the Bose® RoomMatch® system was composed of two arrays, each consisting of RM5505, RM7010, RM9020 and RM12040 loudspeaker modules. At the front of the stage were eight RMS215 subwoofers and eight RMS218 VLF subs. These were powered by 15 Bose PowerMatch® PM8500N networked amplifiers and managed by three Bose ControlSpace® ESP-00 Engineered Sound Processors. At the Montage hotel, the P.A. system was made up of two RoomMatch groundstack configurations, each containing RM12020 and RM9010 modules with a RMS215 and a RMS218 VLF sub. These were powered by four PM8500N amps and used a single ESP-00 processor. In both venues, the Bose RoomMatch systems covered a range of styles, genres and dynamics, providing clear, clean, high SPL sound that was always smooth across all frequencies.

“This is a music festival inside a film festival,” observes Kathryn Burns, a longtime Park City resident who took over Park City Live in 2012 and has transformed it into the town’s premier music venue. She knows the value of a sound system that can handle any type of music and present it to a highly sophisticated audience. “The RoomMatch speakers sound amazing,” she says. “People are not walking in expecting this level of sound quality. Many times attendees complimented the sound, and the fact that it sounded amazing no matter where you were in the room.”

O.A.R. front-of-house mixer Michael Larcey felt the same way about his experience mixing the popular band through the Bose RoomMatch system. “It has an incredibly smooth sound for vocals,” he says. “I mixed through it in two very different kinds of rooms from one night to the next, from PCL to the Montage, but I heard lots of the same characteristics in each space. There’s just a real consistency and smoothness to it that you don’t hear in other systems.”

Alfred “Al-Tee” Williams, FOH for the Ludacris show at Park City Live, stated, “I had never mixed a Ludacris show using Bose RoomMatch array loudspeakers. During sound check, I walked all around the main floor then up to the balcony VIP sections – I was amazed at how good the coverage was in all areas – very smooth everywhere. But the real test came when I played some tracks for sound check that contained some really deep bass parts. His song, ‘How Low Can You Go’ has a drop-tone that goes below 30 Hz and many subwoofers just cannot handle this at the sound levels we need. I was blown away by the low-bass depth and impact that the RoomMatch subwoofers provided. I’m telling all my buddies, ‘You’ve got to check out these new Bose RoomMatch subwoofers!’”

Sean Quackenbush, house mixer at the Montage venue during Sundance, as well as for steel guitar virtuoso Robert Randolph, has had several experiences with the RoomMatch system and has nothing but praise for its ability to tame even the most challenging of environments. “RoomMatch is an amazing piece of technology,” he says. “It sounds great with very little processing at all.”

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HPUMC Installs Yamaha NUAGE DAW, CL Digital Console

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Highland Park (Texas) United Methodist Church (HPUMC) recently installed a Yamaha NUAGE Digital Audio Workstation for recording and post work along with a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console for front of house mixing in the sanctuary. Audio DAWg of Irving, Texas installed the NUAGE system, while Mike Mason of Clair Systems – Dallas, installed the CL5. The 900-seat contemporary worship space where the NUAGE and CL5 systems are housed has three services on the weekend with an average of 2,200 attending. The congregation consists of 5,000 who regularly attend five different contemporary and traditional service locations.

AUDIO DAWg began offering DAW systems solutions about seven years ago focusing on turn-key audio recording packages for studios, post, broadcast, houses of worship, and educational facilities. “The NUAGE installation began as a request from Bruce O’Leary, Director of Production at HPUMC,” states owner, Spunky Brunone. “The church installed Dante networking throughout the sanctuary and recording studio, so NUAGE was a perfect solution for them.”

O’Leary first heard about NUAGE via social media and contacted Audio DAWg for a demo at the company’s office. “I wanted a solution that allowed me to mix live and track at the same time while writing automation, and would have enough ‘virtual horsepower’ for generous use of third party plug-ins,” states O’Leary.

“I was super impressed with the workflow the console portion of NUAGE facilitates and the integration of Nuendo’s channel strip (with the basics that I need already inserted on each channel…4-band fully parametric EQ, gate, comp, saturation, etc. And, the fact that it ‘looked’ similar to a live console and had Dante integration, made our decision very easy. No other manufacturer has an option that fit our needs more perfectly!” O’Leary made the jump to the Yamaha NUAGE from ProTools having heard its praises sung by people in Nashville.

The church NUAGE system is a 16-channel unit (8a/8d), with a Yamaha Dante soundcard. “I’m loving what I’m seeing so far, notes O’Leary. The edit functions are all within easy reach in the center of the workspace; very well thought out for real-world work. The surface just feels killer too…again…no one else has anything close to this!”

HPUMC is planning on using NUAGE for their audio for video mix as well as for post-production projects. They have four channels of Rascall Audio V2 mic pre-amps and two channels of Classic API 312DI in a Radial Workhorse rack, with an additional eight channels of Audient that will come into the DAW via the eight channels of AES on the Nio8a8d. “In addition to the great plug-ins Nuendo has out of the box, adds O’Leary, we’ll be using plug-ins from Waves and Universal Audio via an UAD2 Octo PCIe card installed by Audio DAWg.”

As for the Yamaha CL5 digital audio console, it is located at the FOH location in the sanctuary. HPUMC converted the entire room to Dante networking (also running 16 channels of Shure ULXd wireless mics also on Dante) and will soon integrate a LiveMix personal monitoring system using the Dante network for both live and studio use. The church uses four Yamaha Rio1608-D input/output racks along with two Ri8-Ds and one Ro8-D.

“The CL console has more inputs than our previous console with great onboard effects, says O’Leary. The Premium Rack is a really great feature. I have so many options right inside the console I do not have to purchase third party products. The integration with CL Editor and the CL StageMix make it the complete package. Again, I looked at a lot of manufacturers, but kept coming back to the Yamaha CL5 because of its flexibility, feature set, proven durability, and value.”

Church amplifiers are fed from BSS London Blue with Dante cards, for a L/R hang of Clair Brothers i208 line array boxes and five of their dual 18 boxes (two on the floor and three hung center in cardiod pattern), as well as front fills/under balcony areas.

For more information on Highland Park United Methodist Church, visit www.hpumc.org.

For more information on Audio DAWg, visit www.audiodawg.com.

For more information on Clair Bros., visit www.clairsystems.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Audio Console Series, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: L to R Spunky Brunone from Audio DAWG and HPUMC’s Bruce O’Leary

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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