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SMPTE and SCIEN Continue to Drive Groundbreaking Discourse With 2014 ETIA Conference Program

‘Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age’ Will Draw Hollywood and Silicon Valley Together to Examine Key Issues in Internet-Based Media Delivery

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — May 19, 2014 – The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, and the Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering (SCIEN) have released details on the second annual “Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age” (ETIA) conference, beginning June 18 at Stanford University’s Palo Alto, California, campus.

The two-day event, co-produced by SMPTE and SCIEN, will explain the complex synergies created by the industry’s volatile mix of creativity, advancing IP/IT technologies, and business drivers. ETIA also will give attendees an unparalleled opportunity to network and engage with executives from both traditional and new media industry sectors.

“As advances in media technology and greater bandwidth availability have lowered barriers to content creation and Internet-based distribution, media consumers have moved in significant numbers from pay-TV services to Web-based services, many relying solely on the Internet for entertainment content,” said Patrick Griffis, SMPTE education vice president and ETIA conference co-chair. “These dramatic and ongoing trends demand that we examine both the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ in the context of the technology requirements for delivering a compelling entertainment experience over the Internet, and that’s exactly what this year’s conference will do.”

During the conference, technology and creative experts will explore the convergence of traditional and Web-based media, focusing on key attributes of each and predicting future technical trends. Through engaging panel discussions and presentations, with abundant opportunity for audience participation and networking, the ETIA conference will examine topics including content creation, distribution, and monetization, as well as the technical tools and solutions that shape the user experience.

“No other industry event allows delegates to get so close to this rich mix of technology leaders — the individuals who will shape the industry’s future,” said Joyce Farrell, executive director of SCIEN and ETIA conference co-chair. “The first ETIA conference brought nearly 300 executives, academics, and creative professionals from both Silicon Valley and the Hollywood community together for a unique and important series of conversations on Internet-delivered entertainment, and we expect this year’s event to build on that success, facilitating further discourse on critical issues in entertainment technology.”

Program highlights include a keynote presentation, titled “Evolving Web Business Models for Entertainment,” by Vubitquity CEO Darcy Antonellis, who will offer insight into the new monetization opportunities and models in the multiplatform entertainment environment. With panelists from Sinclair Broadcast Group and CEA, “Is the Big Stick TV Antenna Dead?” will consider the future (dim or rosy?) of traditional over-the-air broadcasting and the impact of evolving transmission technologies on the use of the broadcast spectrum.

ETIA attendees also will have the chance to hear the latest on net neutrality from FCC Wireline Deputy Bureau Chief Matthew DelNero. The FCC insider will offer his perspective on the new rules and on hot issues such as the possibility of paid “fast lanes” and the potential for ISP behavior that harms consumers.

Other 2014 ETIA sessions continue the blending of traditional and Web-based media perspectives, addressing topics including the suitability of Web delivery for high-quality video and audio, the impact of mobility on online media consumption, the race for over-the-top leadership, and evolving business models for Internet-based content delivery. Experts working in the field will discuss the translation of traditional content for multiplatform distribution, the challenges of presenting live sports events, the art of transmedia storytelling, the pairing of data and technology to engage consumers across devices, the preservation of artistic intent through Internet-based delivery, and disruptive innovation in filmmaking, sports, and games.

A reception within the Interactive Exploration Zone, which will feature kiosks showcasing the technologies driving the evolution of entertainment, will give attendees a firsthand look at how concepts that once seemed an impossibility — such as the Holodeck in the “Star Trek” series –are becoming a reality. In the subsequent evening session titled “The Holodeck: Entertainment for the Next Generation,” Bing Gordon will describe the power of such immersive technologies to complement and enhance entertainment experiences.

Conference registration and further details about the ETIA conference program are available at smpte.org/etia2014.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. The Society is sustained by more than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Lisa Loeb Added as Co-Host for Pensado Awards

Acclaimed singer-songwriter joins previously announced co-hosts Chris Lord-Alge, Marcella Araica and Young Guru

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 19, 2014 — Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb has been announced as an additional co-host for the inaugural Pensado Awards, an award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound.” Loeb joins the following previously announced co-hosts: producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey). Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally one week later.

GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb burst onto the national scene in 1994 with her platinum-selling number-one hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. Since then, she has enjoyed a successful career encompassing music, film, television, voice-over work and children’s recordings. In addition to raising two children, her current endeavors include The Lisa Loeb Eyewear Collection (in partnership with Classique Eyewear); her second children’s book Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Moving and Shaking; her latest pop-rock studio album No Fairy Tale; a headline-making viral performance on HBO’s new hit series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; and a busy spring and summer national tour. For more information, please visit http://www.lisaloeb.com/.

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “Lisa Loeb is an iconic presence in the music industry for two decades now. She is a masterful songwriter and has a prolific discography of well-crafted records. We are excited for her to be a part of this night and join Chris, Marcella and Young Guru as our co-host dream team.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) stated, “The Pensado Awards started as a dream we had, and we cannot wait for it to finally come to fruition. Lisa, Chris, Marcella and Young Guru are the perfect ambassadors for this event, and we’re proud to have them aboard.”

“Throughout my career making music, I’ve been lucky to work with some of the best music professionals in the studio, on stage, and elsewhere,” stated Loeb. “The Pensado Awards is an important time to recognize those people who really help get the music out there properly. We focus on the faces of the music, but the folks behind the scene are not acknowledged often enough. I look forward to joining some talented people that I really respect at the ceremony on June 28th.”

In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. The Pensado Awards acknowledges these talented individuals and their work, with unique categories including OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Break Thru Mixer Award; Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Pensado Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, Pensado’s Place includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

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Miami’s Club E11even Relies On HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting Fixtures 24/7

MIAMI, Florida — Miami’s Club E11even is a unique 24-hour hybrid club, operating as an intimate lounge space by day and a gentleman’s club by night with an expanded space, Cirque Du Soleil acts, aerialists, contortionists and interactive theatrical characters. Recently, Miami-based iDesign installed HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures to be the center of all parts.

With a total of 38 RUSH Profiles (32 – main room, six – day room), 16 RUSH Beams in the main room and three Hazers (two – main room, one – day room), Club E11even chose Martin for its power and, most importantly, its reliability.

“The design grew from a bunch of ideas,” stated Michael Meacham, iDesign Productions. “We saw the new RUSH line at the Prolight + Sound Show in Frankfurt and we were very intrigued. We knew we needed a fixture with the power and LED engine that could go nonstop and the RUSH line was a great fit for the environment. It was an easy decision for us to work with this Martin line.”

There weren’t many challenges once Meacham and his team selected Martin. “Having a dust-free fixture is key, especially in construction sites and when the club will be running nonstop. Cleaning the fixtures is never a problem. Structurally we custom-built everything we had including the grids and T-builds for the fixtures to hang on.”

“I love the color set of the Beams!” Meacham expressed. “Along with the gobo set they are really impressive. They move quickly with great output, they really define themselves differently than the typical beam fixture, and I can happily say we’ve had no problems. We’ve run them pretty hard for quite some time and haven’t had one failure. This has not been the case with other manufacturers as some burned out after a couple weeks. When you see a beam coming from above, it lights up everything!”

“The Profile gobo set is beyond impressive as well,” Meacham continued. “I can morph them with the color wheel and gobo wheel for a heavy combination and still have enough output to make it visible. For an LED fixture, that’s unheard of and I don’t think I’ve liked a fixture this much in a while!”

Martin is the center and sum of all parts, said Meacham. “We’re happy that everything works so well together, from the custom LED fixtures and screens, it’s all perfect. We’ve had rave reviews from the owners and patrons, we couldn’t be happier with the blend of fixtures and talent.”

“Martin’s support has been fantastic,” added Holmes Ives, Project Manager. “Whenever we had a question, Martin was right on it and has continued providing us with the ongoing support and attention that will keep us coming back!

For more information on iDesign Productions, please visit: www.idesignproductions.com

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 (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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

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Martin Audio MLA To Grace Pyramid Stage At Glastonbury

Glastonbury is regarded as the mother of all festivals with arguably the most iconic of stages. The Pyramid Stage showcases the world’s greatest talent and therefore needs to sound loud, proud and faultless, but it also needs to meet the strict criteria set in stone by the license.

Attempting to quantify exactly what makes Glastonbury so special is always difficult, but this year there is one further special ingredient being added to the mix: Martin Audio’s ground-breaking MLA, courtesy of RG Jones Sound Engineering, will grace the Pyramid Stage for the first time.

The fact that Martin Audio is teaming once again with RG Jones builds on a Glastonbury relationship that started back in 2008. Glastonbury has become the largest green space open-air festival in the world, attracting more than 150,000 attendees who expect pristine sound, and where artists can make, break or further their careers.

So when RG Jones first specified Martin Audio speakers for the iconic Pyramid stage back in 2008, their combined reputation was put to the ultimate test. But successive years of using the Longbow system proved more than a match, with the powerful full-frequency sound stirring the crowds, the proprietary software system Display™ helping to maintain off-site noise limits, and the combined expertise of the companies delivering consistently standout moments.

Key to the longevity and pedigree of Glastonbury, however, is that founders and organizers, the Eavis family, have always demanded the festival remain true to its roots and absolutely up-to-date at the same time. It is therefore fitting that Martin Audio’s MLA will debut this year, bringing forth its reputation for sound quality alongside its scientifically proven ability to direct sound evenly and consistently across the audience and to control leakage beyond the audience perimeter.

RG Jones was the first UK Company to invest in the system in 2012 and has witnessed the systems growing reputation first hand. As Managing Director John Carroll said, “We were not content to follow the crowd when it came to choosing our flagship system. MLA is the next generation and there’s nothing out there to match it. The timing seemed right this year and our continued support from Martin Audio is second to none”. With Simon Honywill, Senior Project Consultant for RG Jones, having such extensive experience of the system also helped convince the Glastonbury production team that MLA had earned its rightful place on the Pyramid stage.

Summing up, Jason Baird, R&D Director for Martin Audio, said, “It was my career highlight back in 2008 working on our very first Glastonbury, but I think with MLA this year, it may well be topped. It’s a great endorsement of our system not just for its coverage and control, but because it has a reputation for being such a neutral, uncolored canvas for engineers to mix upon. With such an eclectic line up once again this year, MLA will more than do justice to everything from Dolly Parton to Kasabian, which is good news for the artists, visiting engineers and of course the audience.”

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.

Terminal One at Spain’s Valencia Airport Sounds the All Clear with ICONYX

Valencia, Spain – May 2014… Designing and installing a sound reinforcement system for an airport terminal can be one of the most challenging assignments an installed sound company can take on. Typically large, high ceiling structures with lots of glass and reflective fixtures, these buildings are designed primarily for efficient distribution of passengers as opposed to sound waves. Particularly at peak travel times, the high levels of ambient noise can easily mask vital announcements such as departure times and gate information.

With this in mind, airport officials in Valencia, Spain approached Madrid-based installed sound company Ruybesa, an engineering and projects company specializing in turnkey solutions for installed sound environments, regarding designing and installing a new sound reinforcement system in Terminal 1 of the Valencia airport.

The Valencia airport is one of Spain’s busiest, with over 500,000 travellers passing through the terminal in 2013. Terminal 1 is the airport’s main terminal, handling the bulk of passenger traffic in and out of Valencia. The terminal spans three floors, with 60 desks and four aerobridges to access its 14 boarding gates.

“The project involved covering the sound of a large space that normally has a high background noise during peak times,” explained Diego Velázquez, sales and marketing manager for LDA Audio Tech, PA/VA manufacturer and Renkus-Heinz partner in Spain. “To address the noise problems, the Renkus-Heinz ICONYX IC7 loudspeakers were chosen.”

The Renkus Heinz ICONYX IC7 mechanically steerable line array systems employ the same triple-tweeter technology and fully natural sound reproduction as their digitally steered brethren. The IC7’s fixed acoustical beam is ideal for side fill, front fill, and short throw applications – such as airport terminals – that don’t demand programmable control. Internal passive electronics control the frequency and phase response of each driver, working together to create a uniform 30-degree beam.

“There are three IC7 ICONYX Systems installed in Terminal 1 at about 10m high and with a separation between them of 25m,” said Velázquez. “The IC7s are aimed face down to the lobby, pointing directly to the area with the highest influx of people.”

The results have pleased Valencia airport officials. “The ICONYX systems provide even sound pressure levels and the high intelligibility that is vital for delivering important information to the public, “ said Velázquez. “Flight announcements are clear, and passengers have the assurance that they can understand the message despite the background noise.”

ICONYX loudspeakers are a popular choice for sound contractors who install loudspeaker systems in airport terminals – particularly where there is a need to focus sound reproduction in specific areas to help overcome ambient noise.

Velázquez concludes, “The ICONYX systems not only deliver crystal clear audio, they also cover the large areas with fewer source points, simplifying the installation and maintenance of the entire PA system.”

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

Kramer Introduces the VM−4HN HDMI Distribution Amplifier

The VM−4HN is a 1:4 HDMI distribution amplifier for HDMI signals. It relocks and equalizes the signal and distributes it to four identical outputs. The VM−4HN, with its maximum data rate of 10.2Gbps (3.4Gbps per graphic channel) distributes signals with resolutions up to Quad HD (38x40x2160), 24hz refresh with 8−bit/10−bit/12−bit color, and 30 Hz refresh with 8−bit color. It also supports WUXGA (1920×1200) up to 12−bit color, and 1080p at all color bit depths.
The VM−4HN supports Deep Colour, x.v.ColorTM, Lip Sync, HDMI Uncompressed Audio Channels, Dolby TrueHD, DTS−HD, and CEC. It is HDCP compliant and features I−EDIDProTM Kramer Intelligent EDID ProcessingTM, an intelligent EDID handling and processing algorithm that ensures Plug and Play operation for HDMI systems. In addition the default, pre−programmed EDID allows the VM−4HN to be connected quickly and without having to connect a display to the output. The VM−4HN passes 3D.
Housed in a compact DigiTOOLS® enclosure, the VM−4HN comes supplied with a 5v power adapter.

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Free PreSonus SL Room Control Unlocks the Full Power of StudioLive AI-series Loudspeakers

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, May 2014… PreSonus® is now shipping free SL Room Control, a powerful and easy-to-use system-control and performance-monitoring software for StudioLive™ AI Active Integration™ loudspeakers. The software runs under Mac OS X 10.7 and later, Windows 7 or 8, and iOS 7 and later for Apple iPad 2 or later.

Tightly integrated with StudioLive AI-series speakers, SL Room Control gives you the equivalent control of a rack-mount loudspeaker-management system and more, and it works wirelessly or over a wired (Ethernet) local area network, so you can use it from anywhere that you can access the network.

SL Room Control provides access to a suite of advanced editing controls for customizing each StudioLive AI-series speaker on the network to compensate for room anomalies, create delay systems, eliminate feedback, and more. These features include a 500 ms alignment delay (in 0.1 ms increments); 8-band parametric EQ; 8 notch filters (0.72 of 1 half-step) for surgical frequency removal; input-level control to limit the maximum output of the speaker; mute; and solo.

The software also lets you remotely select any of four DSP contours that customize the loudspeaker for normal operation, playing low-bitrate MP3s, floor-monitor operation, or extended low-frequency boost for the StudioLive 18sAI subwoofer. This lets you to optimize each speaker for its application without needing access to the back panel. You can also remote control the 100 Hz highpass filter on each full-range model and the polarity reverse on the 18sAI subwoofer.

With SL Room Control, you can edit, save, recall, and share speaker-setup parameters, as well as set custom labels and comments for each speaker. Save complete snapshots of every speaker setting and copy-and-paste speaker settings quickly and easily between loudspeakers.

You can also group speakers in order to manage specific parts of the system, then save all settings for the entire system in a single preset. Create settings for each individual speaker, for groups of speakers, and for the entire system in your venue.

The software enables you to remotely monitor key performance indicators in real time for each StudioLive AI speaker on the network, including spotting thermal problems, driver over-excursion, and signal levels that are too hot for the converters so you can correct them before disaster strikes.

StudioLive AI loudspeakers are ready to network out of the box, so you need only add a Mac, PC, or iPad (or a combination of those); a wireless router; and SL Room Control. A Network Wizard makes setting up SL Room Control easy.

SL Room Control for Mac OS X and Windows is free to registered StudioLive AI-series loudspeaker owners and can be downloaded from the customer’s online My PreSonus account.  SL Room Control for iPad is a free download from the Apple App Store.

For more information, please visit www.presonus.com/products/SL-Room-Control.

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Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

TNDV Applies Diverse Mobile Production Skillset for Academy of Country Music Events

Specialist tackles live broadcast, live image magnification and “live to tape” projects simultaneously in Las Vegas

NASHVILLE, May 19, 2014TNDV has five mobile production trucks and several flypacks crossing the country every week, with production teams working across multiple cities and locations on any given day. Occasionally, the stars align and several TNDV productions converge on the same city on the same date. This was the case in April, when the company sent its two largest trucks and a flypack to Las Vegas for three shoots, each with very diverse production requirements across live TV, post and professional AV environments.

The shoots were all tied to the Academy of Country Music, which held its annual ACM Awards and second-ever ACM Party for a Cause Festival in two separate city locations. TNDV was tapped for the live ACM Red Carpet show at the MGM Grand in advance of the ACM Awards. The all-HD, multi-camera production aired live on the Great American Country Network, with TNDV handling all live acquisition, graphics, switching and instant replay of country’s biggest stars as they descended on the venue.

Six blocks away at The LINQ, a new open-air outdoor entertainment venue, the Party for a Cause kicked off a weekend-long concert—and the venue’s maiden event—with headliners Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban. TNDV handled image magnification for the entire festival using one of their new 2ME, 36-input a mobile production flypacks, producing stunning HD projections of the live performances across several high-quality video boards at stage left and stage right.

On Day 2, TNDV relocated its Aspiration expanding side truck—which handled the ACM Red Carpet production—to The LINQ for a 10-camera shoot under the direction of Nashville-based production company Taillight TV. That shoot turned into the “Outnumber Hunger Concert,” a special one-hour event that aired April 18 on more than 30 Gannett Co. TV stations and select Gannett web portals.

TNDV’s dedicated audio truck, Vibration, joined Aspiration for this special shoot, creating a mobile production infrastructure to accommodate all professional video and audio production requirements for the HD broadcast special. TNDV configured a central routing infrastructure to connect the two trucks, sharing video, audio and intercom feeds across front of house, camera operators and other production personnel.

For TNDV owner and president Nic Dugger, the “triple threat” scenario was a master class on how flexible broadcast equipment has become across multiple live production needs. For example, Dugger used Chroma de Monde chip charts to balance his cameras for each event, noting the requirement for consistent lighting across the varying daytime and nighttime shoots.

“Today’s broadcast tools aren’t pigeonholed into a single application,” said Dugger. “Whether it’s our Hitachi cameras, Imagine Communications router, Ross production switcher or RTS intercom system, these tools exist in the mobile production space to achieve the final output for any deliverable, whether live to in-venue screens, live to television or post-produced for later broadcast. There are differences in each approach, but the attention of detail has to be consistent whether the end purpose is to entertain the live audience or the viewers at home.”

And some of the differences were very clear. For in-house image magnification, Dugger and his team switched between, and simultaneously projected, up to five live angles to entertain concert attendees—a production element that was unnecessary for the associated TV shoot.

On the audio side, bringing Vibration to Party for a Cause meant that TNDV could produce a broadcast-quality audio mix for the TV special, encompassing more than 100 inputs via the truck’s Studer Vista 9 console and ProTools rig. TNDV also added more than 20 audience microphones to ensure viewers at home would experience the feeling of being in the crowd.

“Video without audio is just surveillance, so we needed to make sure that every one of the 100-plus inputs were recorded cleanly and with the correct gain structure,” said Dugger. “That way, upon returning to the studio for audio post our client could achieve the sound levels and quality they desired for the broadcast. For the ACM Red Carpet Show, a multichannel intercom and IFB infrastructure audio ensured that everyone involved could clearly communicate as live interviews happened. The audio requirements were more diverse than video across the three events, though the common theme of flexibility and attention to detail for the client remained.”

ABOUT TNDV: Television
Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the live Red Carpet specials for the CMA, ACM, and CMT Country Music Awards, and the Emmy winning Bluegrass Underground on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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DPA Miniature Microphones Chosen For The Bodyguard

The hit stage musical of The Bodyguard, currently playing at the Adelphi Theatre in London, is relying on DPA’s d:screet™ 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones to provide amplification for all members of the cast who have spoken lines.

Written by Alexander Dinelaris and based on the 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, the stage version of The Bodyguard features Beverley Knight in the role of Rachel Marron, with former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke taking over from June 2nd 2014.

DPA microphones have long been popular with the sound teams working on theatre productions, particularly those in the West End and on Broadway. The rugged nature of the company’s miniature microphones, combined with their ability to deliver great quality audio even when hidden in wigs and costumes, have made them enduring favourites.

Ania Klimowicz, Deputy Head of Sound for The Bodyguard, says DPA’s d:screet 4060s were chosen because sound designer Richard Brooker and director Thea Sharrock didn’t want any microphones to be visible to the audience. The microphones were supplied by Autograph.

“We use paint, tape and make-up on the mics to make them look as invisible in the actors’ hair or wig as possible,” Klimowicz explains. “We mainly use ‘mic clips’ and occasionally elastic to fix the mics to the performer’s head. Male actors with shaved heads are probably our biggest challenge – in those cases we abandon the usual centre top of forehead fitting and fit the mic over the ear.”

There are 32 actors involved in this current production of The Bodyguard, with 22 performing in each show. There is also a 10-piece band, a three person sound crew and a backstage cast of 45. When it comes to sound, the show is operated by one person who live mixes the band and vocals, as well as firing the sound effects.

“Three members of the cast are ‘double mic-ed’ meaning they wear a main and backup DPA d:screet 4060 head microphone,” Klimowicz says. “Some of the girls wear a headset, a head-mic and use a handheld microphone at various points during the show. Generally the sound for the spoken parts of the show is reinforced but remains naturalistic. This contrasts with numbers such as Queen of the Night or So Emotional, which are set during concerts and therefore need to feel big and more rock ‘n’ roll.”

Klimowicz adds that most of the show jumps in dynamics, except for a couple of numbers such as Run to You which is mixed more like a musical theatre number.

“We use the head-mics here as the song moves as part of the story and a hand-held would somewhat break with the audiences’ suspension of disbelief,” she explains.

Although sweat and make-up can be an issue for some stage productions, Klimowicz says they are not really a problem on The Bodyguard. None the less, the entire sound system including all the microphones are carefully checked before each performance to make sure everything works.

“The DPA d:screet 4060 microphones sound great and are also very reliable. We rarely have an issue with them,” she says. “Given the amount of wear and tear they face on a daily basis, they are incredibly rugged. They are also very small, which makes them much easier to hide in hair and wigs.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Brian Macauto Joins Alcorn McBride as Senior Sales Engineer

Alcorn McBride, the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, is pleased to announce that Brian Macauto has joined the company as Senior Sales Engineer. He was most recently Regional Sales Manager (North America) for Vista Systems and comes on board as Alcorn McBride expands its sales team to meet increased demand for its products worldwide.

“When I first met Brian, I was immediately impressed by his natural ability to communicate with clients. He clearly identifies their needs and then applies just the right amount of technical savvy to inspire their confidence in his solutions,” says Scott Harkless, Director of Sales. “His talents are a perfect fit for the type of personal service our sales team offers, and we are very excited to have him on board.”

At Vista Macauto handled outside sales, software/hardware training, system commissioning, trade show and technical support in North America for Vista Systems. He worked closely with broadcast, rental and staging, retail, universities, stadiums, government, and theme park markets forging business relationships with consultants and integrators throughout North America. Macauto holds a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

At Alcorn McBride Macauto will educate and update customers on the growing product line, provide pre-sales application support to help customers determine the right equipment for the job, develop new project opportunities worldwide and work closely with customers to ensure successful outcomes.

“I’m excited about joining the Alcorn McBride sales team,” he says. “My expertise in technical training, system integration and design, and digital and analog AV technology will be put to good use helping to build on the outstanding sales record Alcorn McBride has set for itself. I’m eager to get started!”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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