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RCF Expands Media Series Passive Installation Loudspeaker Solutions

In 2013, RCF rolled out the new Media Series of passive installation cabinets offering a 360º approach to the sound system design. With the addition of new Media small sized models the RCF Installed Sound Catalogue offers a complete portfolio – from Media Series to Acustica C Series two-way and H Series three-way cabinets to the Audio System Engineer. With this RCF becomes a single source, trusted partner, from the smallest to the most complex audio project.
Voiced for the usual incredible vocal clarity and high frequency definition with controlled bass response.
For the integrator, connectivity is via removable screw terminal blocks. The Media Series cabinets include M8 and M10 flypoints. In addition, there is an optional horizontal U-bracket for mounting or unique horizontal/vertical adjustable swivel wall mount bracket.
The initial offering of the Media Series featured five models, from the smallest 5.5” to the largest 2 x 6.5”, providing the ideal solution for small to medium sized projects.
In 2014, RCF expands that series with the introduction of 10” and 12” two-way cabinets, three subwoofers, and select cabinets now available in white.
Let’s take a quick look:
• M501 – 5.5” LF/MR + 1” HF. 80W. 112 dB max SPL. 80Hz-20kHz. 90×90. 12”x7”x7.25”, black or white
• M502 – Dual 5.5” LF/MR + 1” HF. 130W. 119 dB max SPL. 90Hz-20kHz. 90×90. 18.5”x7”x7.25”
• M601 – 6.5” LF/MR + 1” HF. 100W. 118 dB max SPL. 80Hz-20kHz. 90×90. 14”x8.5”x9”, black or white
• M602 – Dual 6.5” LF/MR + 1” HF. 160W. 123 dB max SPL. 70Hz-20kHz. 90×90. 21.25”x8.5”x9”
• M801 – 8” LF/MR + 1” HF. 150W. 120 dB max SPL. 65Hz-20kHz. 17.75”x10.25”x11”, black or white
For 2014, two new models including a 10” and 12” have been added to the two-way lineup:
• M1001 – 10” MR/LF + 1” HF. 300W. 128 dB max SPL. 60Hz-20kHz. 90×70. 19.7”x10.5”x12.6”
• M1202 – 12” MR/LF + 1” HF. 300W. 129 dB max SPL. 55Hz-20kHz. 90×70. 24.4”x14.9”x16”
Three new subwoofers have been added to the series. The bass reflex cabinets add the enhanced low frequency response necessary in a system, handling frequencies from 50-200 Hz. Designed to handle peak power 4X more than RMS power handling rating.
• S5012 – Single 12”. 300W. 127 dB max SPL. 40 lbs. 15”x17”x16.5”
• S5020 – Dual 10”. 500W. 130 dB max SPL. 62 lbs. 13.4”x26.8”x16.5”
• S5022 – Dual 12”. 600W. 133 dB max SPL. 73 lbs. 15”x34”x16.5”
The Media Series now offers three cabinets in either black or white finish – M501, M601 and M801.
For data sheets and line drawings (.pdf), 2D and 3D drawings (.dxf), EASE data (.gll), manuals and other technical information, is readily available at: http://www.rcf.it/en_US/installed-sound-systems/media-series/overview

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Sun Valley Community Church Relies on FOR-A Video Switchers

Cypress, CA – When Arizona-based Sun Valley Community Church made the jump from SD to HD production in its Gilbert campus three years ago, the house of worship began using FOR-A’s HVS-300HS video switcher. Last fall, the church was faced with the decision of purchasing a new switcher for its nearby location in Tempe. Pleased with the ease of use and performance delivered by its FOR-A switcher, Sun Valley chose another FOR-A switcher to get the job done – the HVS-XT100. The house of worship has been successfully using its HVS-XT100 portable video switcher since September 2013.

“Because we’ve been very happy with our HVS-300HS switcher, it was a simple choice to stay within the FOR-A family for our next switcher purchase,” said Greg Gardner, Sun Valley’s Video Technical Director. “We decided on the HVS-XT100 because of the new features that it offers, such as having the flexibility to assign one of the keys to any of the AUX channels, and the ability to reposition and resize the key as desired.”

The HVS-XT series is the newest addition to FOR-A’s switcher line. Building on the diverse functions and features of the popular HVS-300HS, the HVS-XT switchers include mixed HD/SD input, frame synchronizing, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects, DVE, Chroma keyer, DSK, and clip memory to support playback of video and the enhancement of productions through the use of CG wipes.

Both Sun Valley’s Gilbert and Tempe campuses have full video production suites, with each of its FOR-A switchers running three live cameras, and multiple computers driving content to three projectors in the front of the auditorium, which are used for image magnification and visual content. Since the HVS-300HS and HVS-XT100 are laid out almost identically, the church’s volunteers can help with video production at either campus without any confusion as to where buttons are located.

Sun Valley uses its new HVS-XT100 during services every weekend at its 1,300-seat location in Tempe. The church has been taking advantage of the ability to log in to the switcher via a Web browser on a laptop, smart phone, or iPad to control all aspects of the unit remotely.

“FOR-A’s switchers provide great ease of use,” explained Gardner. “The bottom line for me is that the reliability of the products and customer support from FOR-A has been phenomenal.”

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Wohler Signs on to Digital Production Partnership Compliance Program

SAN FRANCISCO — June 26, 2014 – Wohler Technologies today announced that it is participating in the new compliance program created by the Digital Production Partnership (DPP), an industry collaboration that provides information and shares best practices to help producers and broadcasters maximize the potential of digital production. The DPP Compliance Program and subsequent guidelines are intended to help the industry identify trusted products for DPP standards across the U.K. and to speed up the successful implementation of the digital delivery process by ensuring files are compliant with DPP AS-11.

“Compliance with the DPP specification is becoming a critical part of operations for many content producers, and our goal is to enable customers to create DPP deliverables with efficiency and confidence,” said Craig Newbury, vice president of sales for Wohler. “To this end, our solution, powered by the RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform, automates the DPP compliance workflow entirely within the file-based domain, going beyond other solutions to include features such as automated content assembly and legalization. We’re pleased to be part of the new DPP Compliance Program and look forward to demonstrating how sophisticated yet cost-effective file-based processing can successfully speed and streamline the packaging and delivery of DPP-compliant content.”

Through the new DPP program, participating manufacturers will provide details of completed tests, the sample files produced, and evidence of the results obtained on file delivery or processing products that are in development or being marketed. The program aims to establish a minimum quality threshold that manufacturers’ tested products need to meet. The DPP protects the integrity of its standards through the DPP trademark, and it is collaborating with the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) to develop a certification scheme that would enable the use of the DPP and AMWA brands on complying manufacturers’ products and marketing materials.

Information about Wohler, the company’s DPP-compatible RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM), and other RadiantGrid solutions is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began more than 30 years ago with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio monitoring product, and it continues today through the company’s continued development of unique solutions that span the baseband, stream, and file-based domains and include advanced monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications; solutions for IP monitoring, encoding, and decoding; and the award-winning RadiantGrid(TM) platform for efficient file-based content transformation and distribution. Together, Wohler’s advanced, cost-effective confidence monitoring and media transformation products ensure high-quality production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Photo Caption: RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM)

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DTV America Begins Rollout of Digital Alert Systems’ DASDEC EAS/CAP Units at Low-Power TV Sites

LYNDONVILLE, N.Y. — June 26, 2014 – Digital Alert Systems (DAS), a division of Monroe Electronics, today announced that DTV America is deploying DASDEC-II emergency messaging platforms at low-power TV (LPTV) sites across the United States. DTV America holds LPTV licenses in 80 markets, and it is rolling out the DAS units to realize technically advanced EAS/CAP capabilities while ensuring reliable centralized control of EAS units installed across DTV America sites.

“We are very happy with the performance of the DAS boxes, which offer a remarkably high degree of sophistication for LPTV operations, as well as the exceptionally proactive support we’ve received from the company,” said Kristina Bruni, vice president, compliance and engineering at DTV America. “This product is a perfect fit for our requirements, and because DAS already had proved the MPEG capabilities of the system and tested it thoroughly with our preferred multiplexer, installation and operation wound up being plug-and-play. Going forward with our system rollout, we can be confident that this robust system will meet our current and future EAS/CAP compliance needs.”

After finding that the devices first installed in its initial EAS/CAP deployments could neither provide an MPEG output nor support IP-based message aggregation, DTV America shifted gears and sought out a new EAS/CAP solution. The company then evaluated, purchased, and began deploying the DASDEC-II LPTV decoder with built-in radios (DASLPTVR) and integrated MPEG encoding online, and has plans for integrating this technology in multiple markets through 2015.

The network-centric DASLPTVR integrates three key features — monitoring radios, EAS decoder, and CAP decoder — into a single 2 RU box with a with a simple, secure browser-based interface and an architecture that supports simultaneous monitoring and user access with tiered security. The system’s internal triple tri-band (AM/FM/WX) high-performance receivers are fully adjustable via the web-browser user interface, and its optional four independent Ethernet ports enhance network performance by splitting network traffic among the ports. By presenting EAS text and audio as an MPEG stream for direct insertion into digital broadcast streams, the internal MPEG encoding option saves DTV America and others money and reduces the complexity of EAS/CAP compliance operations.

“As a rapidly growing owner and operator of LPTV stations at numerous geographically distributed sites, DTV America must have a full-featured EAS/CAP solution that enables scalable centralized control,” said Bill Robertson, vice president for business development at DAS. “We’re proud that the company has selected our DASDEC for its LPTV rollout, and we look forward to supporting DTV America as it continues to bring new broadcast sites online throughout the United States.”

Further information about Digital Alert Systems and its products is available at www.digitalalertsystems.com.

Information about DTV America is available at http://dtvamerica.com/

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Digital Alert Systems
Digital Alert Systems is a leading innovator of next-generation Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and Emergency Alert Systems (EAS). The company was formed in October 2003 to increase the effectiveness of emergency communications and merged with Monroe Electronics in October 2009. Based in Lyndonville, New York, Monroe Electronics provides R&D, manufacturing, sales, and customer service for the Digital Alert Systems brand. The company continues to retain its hard-earned reputation for quality, reliability, innovation, and service to valued customers around the world. More information is available at www.digitalalertsystems.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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ABS to Address 4K Technology Questions During Free Open House

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced a free 4K Open House at its offices in SeaTac on July 17, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a number of vendors at the event, including Adobe, AJA Video Systems, Elemental Technologies, Four Winds Interactive, FUJINON, Infortrend, Quantum, Planar and Sony. Lunch will be provided for registered attendees.

4K and other large raster acquisition formats offer improved resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) that rival film, enough to already convince many episodic television producers to replace 35mm film with video. Plus, 4K or ultra-high definition (UHD) displays are also being considered for a variety of applications, including I-MAG (image magnification), live events and high-end retail. However, a number of questions remain regarding production, post-production and distribution workflows.

“There are many advantages to producing in 4K, but there are disadvantages as well,” explained Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “Just because you can produce in 4K, should you? There are a lot of questions with 4K, and our open house will offer an open and frank opportunity to discuss the technology and its workflows.”

For free registration and more information, please visit: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e9gb0kw932803440&oseq=&c=&ch=.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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Revolabs Executive Elite Wireless Microphone System and Microphones Honored With Commercial Integrator BEST Awards at InfoComm 2014

SUDBURY, Mass. — June 26, 2014 — Revolabs today announced that the company was recognized with two Commercial Integrator (CI) BEST Awards at InfoComm 2014. In the category of Audio Conferencing Solutions, the Revolabs Executive Elite(TM) wireless microphone system was named the winner, while the company’s Executive Elite wireless microphones won in the Wireless Microphones category.

“Earning recognition from the very professionals who specify and install wireless microphone systems is an immense honor,” said JP Carney, CEO of Revolabs. “We designed our Executive Elite wireless microphone system and microphones not only to provide exceptional flexibility, incredible audio quality, and an elegant microphone design, but also to ease installation and management for the integrator. Our dual CI BEST Award win at InfoComm 2014 confirms that the Executive Elite line is living up to these goals and setting a new standard for the wireless microphone experience in large-scale deployments.”

Revolabs’ third-generation Executive Elite four- and eight-channel wireless microphone systems for unified communications solutions within boardrooms and conference rooms are the industry’s first and only solutions to offer customers a cloud server option. This cloud service makes it easy for integrators and end users to set up, monitor, and manage services for all Executive Elite systems across an enterprise. Advanced features include a new distributed architecture, high-quality audio, increased density, secure AES-256 encryption, and contemporary microphone designs. With these features and capabilities, the Executive Elite solution solves a number of traditional issues, including the need for bulletproof security and simpler microphone system scalability.

Featuring a sophisticated Fortune 500 look, Revolabs’ redesigned Executive Elite Microphones provide superior audio pickup, improved signal-to-noise ratio, easy one-button operation, and enhanced signal communication over wireless links for customized installations. Readily expandable, the microphones allow up to 20 hours of talk time and intelligently conserve power when not in use.

The CI BEST Awards highlight the most noteworthy new products and services that impact commercial integrators’ businesses in 2014. Winners were chosen by a panel of industry experts, integrators, and the editors of CI and sister publication TechDecisions. Criteria included innovation, functionality, competitive advantages, and benefits to the installer.

More information on Executive Elite Wireless Microphone Systems and Wireless Microphones is available at www.revolabs.com.

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About Revolabs
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s teleconferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/Revolabs/140626Revolabs.doc

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Caption: L to R: Randall Lee, Revolabs’ Director of Strategic and Channel Marketing; Tom LeBlanc, Editor-in-Chief of Commercial Integrator; Jon Schau, Revolabs’ Vice President of Engineering
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Making Waves in EDM: Meyer Sound LEO Powers German WORLD CLUB DOME Festival

At the WORLD CLUB DOME electronic dance music (EDM) festival in Frankfurt, Germany, a Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system was selected for main-stage headliners Pet Shop Boys, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, and Tiësto. With this latest deployment at the Commerzbank-Arena, the Meyer Sound LEO Family of line array products continues its busy summer of EDM events, having recently powered the Mayday Festival in Germany and Soenda Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

“LEO is strikingly elegant in appearance and relatively compact, particularly considering how it can project very clear sound over a considerable distance,” says Holger Schwark, FOH engineer for the Pet Shop Boys.

Supplied and configured by POOLgroup of Emsdetten, Germany, the system featured dual main hangs of 14 LEO-M line array loudspeakers each, with two MICA® line array loudspeakers for down fill. Side hangs consisted of 10 LEO-M and two MICA loudspeakers each. Low end was supplied by left and right end-fire arrays of 12 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements each, plus a center array with an additional 12 1100-LFC loudspeakers. Two UPQ-1P loudspeakers and 18 JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers provided front fill, while a single delay system comprised two hangs of 10 MILO® line array loudspeakers each and eight 1100-LFC loudspeakers in a cardioid array.

The system was aligned, optimized, and driven by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 AES processor and six Galileo Callisto 616 array processors. Tim Humpe served as project manager for POOLgroup, and Dirk Maron was lead system tech. The production was presented by BigCityBeats.

“LEO is a very forward-looking product,” says Schwark. “My personal experience mixing on it certainly supported the positive statements I’d heard about LEO from other sound engineers.”

The Meyer Sound LEO Family comprises the LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system, and its more compact and flexible sibling, the LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system. Learn more by visiting the Meyer Sound website: http://meyersound.com/leo/

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Meyer Sound Constellation Fosters Idea Sharing at Enbridge Corporate Learning Center

Calgary-based energy company Enbridge is the latest corporation to install a Meyer Sound Constellation® acoustic system, with the goal of clarifying corporate communication and facilitating the free flow of ideas. Eliminating the need for lavalier or handheld microphones, the systems support a variety of functions in two adjacent meeting rooms located in the company’s new Learning Center. The systems are part of a complete AV design by Bill Schuermann, senior consultant at the Houston office of SLR Consulting.

“The rooms are used for everything from executive meetings, teleconferencing, and employee training to safety orientations for construction workers, and even occasional social events,” says Amin Ladha, AV subject matter expert at Enbridge. “Constellation has performed exceptionally well for all of them.”

Constellation is an active approach to expanding the acoustic capabilities of a multipurpose space. In environments where speech communication is essential, the voice lift feature of Constellation enhances speech intelligibility by generating precisely articulated and directed early reflections.

In Learning Center A at Enbridge, the system is equipped with three preset modes to take advantage of the voice lift feature. For presentations, the system picks up signals near the presenter and reproduces them in the audience area. In Conference Table mode, the system focuses on sounds from the center of the room, and Small Groups mode uses subtle reverberation effects to provide acoustical isolation between adjacent groups.

“Learning Center A is a large room, and several important staff members are very soft-spoken,” says Ladha. “If that person is at one end of the room, he or she could not be heard at the other end without Constellation turned on. But when it’s on, they can talk in a natural tone of voice, and everybody hears clearly at the other end, even though the voice stays localized in place. It sounds like the person is five feet away rather than 50.”

Worldwide partners connecting with Enbridge via teleconferencing have also noticed the improvements in intelligibility. “We used to have people at the other end complain that it sounded like we were in a tunnel,” reports Ladha. “In the new rooms, that is all eliminated.”

The system in Learning Center A comprises 66 MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers and six MM-10XP subwoofers, both with IntelligentDC technology, and 24 miniature condenser microphones tucked close to the ceiling. Learning Center B has a similar setup, employing 30 MM-4XP loudspeakers, two MM-10XP subwoofers, and eight microphones. A D-Mitri® digital audio platform with the patented VRAS™ acoustical algorithm is at the core of both systems.

Ladha was also pleased to discover that, since the new systems have been installed, requests coming to him for technical support to solve audio problems have dropped by about 75 percent.

“These are multi-purpose rooms, and Constellation’s voice lift technology is in use constantly,” says Ladha. “It’s easy to use, highly effective, and is proving exceptionally useful. Before Constellation, people in the back were asked to stand and talk louder. Now, people can stay focused on the conversation.”

In addition, the Learning Center has equipped its small meeting room and two social areas with 39 Stella-8C installation loudspeakers and three MM-10XP subwoofers.

Other technologies housed in the Learning Center include Biamp Systems Tesira audio DSP and routing, NEC and Sharp video screens, and a Crestron DM control system. All systems were installed by the Calgary office of AVI-SPL, with project management by Chad Lavoie.

With more than 11,000 employees in Canada and the U.S., Enbridge specializes in distribution systems for crude oil and natural gas, as well as renewable energy projects.

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ProductionLink Products Compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 Available in New Online Marketplace

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – DiaQuest Products, a software development firm with a focus on the video and film industries, today announced its ProductionLink for Adobe® Premiere Pro and ProductionLink for Adobe After Effects plug-ins are compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud® 2014 and are available through a new Adobe Marketplace Web site, creative.adobe.com/addons.

The new site supports 14 different Adobe applications. Previously, Adobe only provided access to ProductionLink through the Adobe Exchange Panel within Adobe products. Now, through the add-ons section of the site, five ProductionLink options can be purchased from DiaQuest: ProductionLink for Adobe Premiere Pro, which works with Windows and Mac platforms; ProductionLink for Adobe After Effects (separate versions for Windows and Mac); ProductionLink for Adobe Bundle, which includes one seat license for Premiere Pro and After Effects; and ProductionLink for Adobe Bundle with four seat licenses for both programs.

ProductionLink adds Avid® Interplay to Adobe’s list of available render formats and resolves compatibility issues without transcoding or manual file manipulation. Once installed, ProductionLink features appear within the Adobe user interface and provide a reliable, seamless link between applications. The plug-in exports files that are fully compliant with Avid file formatting and folder organization, so saved files can be used immediately in Media Composer™ and other Avid applications.

“ProductionLink takes the work out of sharing video and audio files between Adobe and Avid products,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of DiaQuest. “The new Adobe Add-ons site makes it easier than ever for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects users to purchase our products and improve their workflows.”

DiaQuest products are also available through DiaQuest Direct, the company’s online store, as well as select system integrators and Adobe and Avid resellers. For more information, contact DiaQuest at (510) 547-4544 or visit www.diaquest.com.

About DiaQuest:

Based in Emeryville, Calif., DiaQuest Products LLC has been developing mission critical software for the video, film, and broadcast industries since 1982. The company develops software as an OEM for several manufacturers, as well as custom software tools for a variety of clients. In addition to software development, DiaQuest provides professional-level support of related software and hardware products. Find out more at www.diaquest.com or call (510) 547-4544.

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Newly Formed Boy Band Cre5cendo Achieves Modern Sounds with HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

MILAN, Italy – Formed around the 15-year old guitar prodigy Gianluca Gentilesca, boy band Cre5cendo ambitiously offers a modern interpretation of Classic Rock, with help from HARMAN’s AKG microphones in one of Milan’s historic studios. While working with producers, KNAGUI of 7:06PM Entertainment Group and Massimo Caso, who also serves as studio engineer, Cre5cendo has found its voice as a band that respects the works of original artists while adding its own unique flavor to the mix.

Working out of Caso’s studio Il Cortile, the producers, who together call themselves GUIMAX Productions, recently cut a cover of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams as one of Cre5cendo’s first songs. Two AKG C12A and two D12 microphones, plus a few 414 and D112 microphones, were used to record the drums, guitar amps and room acoustics for the song.

“What I love about the AKG microphones is that they give a certain life to the recording,” said KNAGUI. “They have a distinct flavor when they pick up the sound, but unlike microphones from some other brands, it’s not so dominant that the microphones only have specific uses. Therefore, the placement is flexible and allows us to bring out the unique qualities of the band.”

The drummer enjoyed a setup of three microphones that covered the overhead, kick and bass, thanks to a cardioid configuration with AKG C12A microphones, which according to KNAGUI is a “modern and realistic approach to the sound. Rather than providing a microphone for each drum, this setup allows the drummer to “be the drummer” and showcase his finesse and proficiency.”

The C12A were the favorite microphones of Caso’s inventory, and also his first choice for the acoustic guitars, providing certain “softness without the dullness. Also, they are able to capture the sounds of electric guitars effectively, which are usually notoriously difficult to record with condenser microphones,” Caso said. “So far, only the AKG C12A and 414 microphones were able to do so!”

While recording the band’s EP this past January, the D12 and D112 microphones were used on the kick drum, while the C12A and 414 were used on the hi-hat and cymbals, providing excellent balance and a natural reproduction of sound in the studio.

“When Cre5cendo was looking for a modern sound with a rock-centric and open approach, I knew the choice and use of microphones would be essential,” said Caso. “This is why AKG’s established heritage in sound is greatly appreciated by me and the band.”

For more information on Cre5cendo, please visit www.facebook.com/cre5cendo

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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