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ALTINEX DEBUTS SP1104SC INTERCONNECT PLATE

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Brea, CA – July 2014… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to introduce the SP1104SC Interconnect Plate. Comprised of the three-space Altinex CNK-IP-210 blank connector plate—with one of the available openings populated by the CNK-IP-200 dual AC / charging USB module— the new SP1104SC forms the basis of an interconnect system that resides inside the company’s popular CNK200 (matte black) or CNK200S (brushed silver aluminum) Cable-Nook™ Modular Tabletop Interconnect Boxes. With its ability to be populated with a wide range of connectors, the SP1104SC offers a high level of customization—making it ideal for use in today’s sophisticated AV environments. more

Advanced Systems Group Welcomes Dan McNamara to Lead Company Operations

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading data, video, audio and film integration firm, today announced Dan McNamara joined the company’s senior management team in April. He is responsible for streamlining processes and coordinating all aspects of ASG operations.

McNamara has spent almost 30 years in the industry in a variety of technical and management roles. Most recently, as head of production for Tippett Studio in Berkeley, Calif., he improved operating efficiencies and managed infrastructure upgrades. He has also served as president of The Orphanage, a San Francisco-based VFX and animation studio, director of engineering for iBeam Broadcasting, and director of film and editorial services at Industrial Light & Magic.

“We are very pleased to have Dan join the ASG team,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “He is an industry veteran who has the knowledge and experience to improve our operations, which will help us maximize our resources and deliver even better results for our clients.”

McNamara is based out of the company’s main office in Emeryville. He can be reached at 510-654-8300 or via e-mail at danmc@asgllc.com.

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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Leading Co-Working Space Uses Vaddio GroupSTATION to Enhance the Client Experience and de

Reimagining the modern office
Running a business from home or from the local coffee shop might seem like a good way to save on office space until an important call with a client doesn’t go well. That call when the dogs won’t quit barking or the constant chatter of the coffee crowd is extra loud.

To preserve a professional image and access important services, small businesses and sole proprietors are turning to enterprising companies like myBusinessBar for an alternative arrangement.

myBusinessBar operates co-working space and executive offices to provide cost-conscious businesses with the full complement of office amenities and receptionist services in a shared office environment. Business professionals enjoy live phone answering services, mail handling/forwarding, on-demand meeting room space and drop-in workspace, and monthly on-site events, among other benefits, making it popular among entrepreneurs and agile businesses.

The company has become the go-to shared workspace in its community, but needed to find ways to maximize revenue and increase technology services it could offer its growing client base. To address these issues, myBusinessBar adopted Vaddio collaboration and conferencing solutions to stay ahead of the game and create new revenue opportunities for its growing business.

“Co-working centers are known for having advanced technologies to serve diverse business needs,” says Kathryn Christiansen, owner of myBusinessBar. “Vaddio group collaboration products make it easier for us to deliver the business-critical services today’s customers expect while helping us stand out from the crowd and capitalize on new business opportunities we didn’t have in the past.”

Reliable, affordable, and professional videoconferencing
One of the main draws to a shared work environment is the flexible access to essential services it provides for agile businesses. According to Christiansen, companies opt for shared workspace because they can simply pick and choose which resources they want to use and when.

Among the most popular resources for lean businesses are conferencing and collaboration services. Specifically, videoconferencing helps local professionals better communicate and collaborate with small groups of geographically dispersed partners, clients, and prospects. However, many became frustrated with the lack of readily available, modern, and affordable conferencing facilities in the area.

“Local conferencing services at a physical location had to be booked days or weeks in advance and required users on both ends of a session to have specific technology to make it work,” Christiansen says. “We chose to equip our conference room with Vaddio GroupSTATION to remove those barriers and make it easier for small groups of workers to collaborate when they need to using the tools they prefer.”

With Vaddio collaboration products, myBusinessBar tenants have access to a unified control pad to direct a high-definition pan/tilt/zoom web camera, loudspeakers, and high-fidelity microphones for a professional-grade meeting experience. Unlike the restrictive proprietary systems at other locations, myBusinessBar customers simply connect their laptop or tablet to the GroupSTATION control dock using a USB or HDMI connection. Now, meeting organizers can instantly launch their personalized meeting using productivity and conferencing applications such as: Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Hangout, WebEx, YouTube, Microsoft Lync, Skype, and many others.

Because myBusinessBar’s conference room doesn’t require special preparation or setup between meetings, customers no longer schedule extra time for setup. myBusinessBar customers can reserve the conference room through a real-time, online calendar and have instant confirmation of their meeting. Once they arrive at myBusinessBar, customers can immediately collaborate with partners, colleagues, and prospects around the world.

“Vaddio GroupSTATION is a turnkey solution that offers our customers the freedom to use their own software,” Christiansen says. “Because it works with any device and application, we can accommodate the needs of a much wider user base which is an essential component to our future growth.”

Improved client retention and increased revenue
In addition to simplifying the meeting experience for myBusinessBar’s current customers, Vaddio products help the company extract maximum value from its existing assets and create new streams of revenue to keep the company growing.
myBusinessBar’s clients come from various industries and sectors. They range from human resources managers interviewing candidates to attorneys conducting depositions, and every profession in between. Many clients already rely on video collaboration services like Skype for one-to-one online meetings, but need a higher-quality solution for group collaboration.
In the past, the myBusinessBar could not have capitalized on the needs for professional-grade group collaboration, because its conference room was equipped only for in-person group collaboration or teleconferencing. Since use of the room was built into the company’s lease agreements and lacked the resources to command a premium price, the company was limited in how much revenue it could derive from that resource.

By adding the Vaddio GroupSTATION, myBusinessBar is one of the few local physical locations to offer professional-level group collaboration capabilities. The high-fidelity, high-definition collaboration services make it much easier for the company to retain existing tenants and to attract new ones.

“The Vaddio GroupSTATION has transformed our conferencing room from a cost center to a profit center,” says Christiansen. “A room with video collaboration capabilities provides four times more revenue than a room without it.”

A smart decision to choose smart solutions
Vaddio conferencing solutions have helped put myBusinessBar on a new path to success. The high-quality, efficient video collaboration product has made the co-working space a destination for small business professionals, allowing the company to increase its revenues and cover the cost of its initial investment.

More importantly, the online group collaboration was the missing piece in myBusinessBar’s co-working offer. Its comprehensive suite of services has caught the attention not just of local business professionals, but also of the leading online meeting rooms broker in the United States. The company has selected myBusinessBar as its dedicated videoconference and shared workspace provider in Utah.

“It’s hard to imagine how much our business could change from one intelligently designed product,” Christiansen says. “Vaddio GroupSTATION has fundamentally changed the way we and our clients conduct business.”

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Platinum Tools® Launches Next Generation Ergo Crimp Tool

CAMARILLO, Calif., July 21, 2014 – Platinum Tools(R) (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, is proud to announce the launch of the 9-Inch Ergo Crimp Tool (p/n 16500). The 9-Inch Ergo Crimp Tool is now shipping with an MSRP of $39.95.

“The next generation of crimp tool technology designed around the user,” explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools product manager. “We’ve made crimping even easier and more comfortable. The ‘straight plate’ lower jaw assembly eliminates critical structural stress points, common in most competitive tools…it will not break under heavy stress and will last for years to come.”

Additional specifications include:
• crimps insulated terminals to 10 AWG and non-insulated terminals to 8 AWG
• variety of crimp dies available for CATV F,BNC, TNC, SMB, SMA and N series coaxial connectors
• accepts crimp die sets from most other popular tools (previous old crimping dies will work)
• reduced handle grip distance makes it ideal for all hand sizes and allows for prolonged, comfortable use
• smooth ratcheted crimp cycle with a safety release and no break over hand force
• adjustable cam for precision ratchet adjustment, allowing for a perfect crimp, no matter the die set or application

“The new 9-inch Ergo Crimp Tool is available with a number of tool and die specifications allowing it to work with a number of cable types, crimp types and sizes, and connector types,” Phillips added. “Custom dies are also available. Higher performance, reliability, versatility, and comfort. It’s all here.”

For additional pricing and more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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St. John Church Gains Intelligibility with New Sound System

Completed in 1837, St. John the Evangelist is a historic Catholic Church in Frederick, Maryland with a Grecian ionic design and a cruciform floor plan. The church has carpeted floors but its spacious marble and plaster interior and hardwood pews create major challenges for voice intelligibility.

St. John’s existing sound system had poor intelligibility and coverage and a recurring feedback issue. In 2011, Eric Johnson of Audio Video Group offered St. John’s a new system using Community’s ENTASYS column line-source loudspeaker system. Johnson performed a live demonstration that showed his design could provide intelligible sound with even coverage while minimizing audio feedback.

St. John’s new system has an ENTASYS ENT-FR full-range column and an ENT-LF low-frequency column on each side of the chancel tilted slightly downwards to avoid rear-wall echoes.

The left and right transepts and the rear of the church are covered by ENT206s. A pair of ENT203s provides coverage for the balcony and choir loft. Johnson used an Earthworks gooseneck mic on the ambo and lectern and provided Shure wireless mics for the priests. St. John’s system uses a Biamp AUDIA FLEX for automatic mixing, loudspeaker delay and system equalization and Lab Gruppen power amplifiers. A small mixer in the balcony blends choir soloists and guitars into the service.

St. John’s is very pleased with their new system’s intelligibility and coverage and its lack of feedback. Soon after the system was installed, a senior gentleman attending Mass asked the priest to please not change anything because this was the first time in a long time that he could clearly hear what was being said!

Martin Audio MLA Continues Hyde Park Sound Evolution At BST

Proving last year that London’s controversial Hyde Park festival site could be uniquely protected from noise leakage into the surrounding neighborhood by deploying Martin Audio’s award-winning MLA technology, promoters AEG Live adopted a similar solution for this year’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park festival—but with significant enhancements.

While Capital Sound again deployed MLA and MLA Compact to guarantee coherent site coverage, Martin Audio’s R&D Director Jason Baird, was determined that new optimizations would enable them to eke out as much as an additional 3dB at front-of-house without increasing offsite pollution.

As a result, 102dB(A) was achieved for McBusted, with 73dB(A) recorded offsite, comfortably within the maximum allowable of 75dB(A), while both Tom Jones (during his louder numbers) and Black Sabbath nudged 103dB(A).

Baird explained that the journey to accomplish this had begun three months earlier; with the concept tested and proven on the Glastonbury Festival delay rig the week before.

“We conducted the propagation tests based on what we learned last time around,” he said. One of the key offsite measurement points identified by both Westminster Council and acoustics specialists Vanguardia at Hyde Park was on top of flats in Mayfair’s nearby Upper Brook Street. “When I visited the property last year, I was able to look at the complete spectrum of the signal,” says Baird. “You could hear there was only LF and low mid that was contributing to the A-weighted measurements and we realized that if we could reduce that frequency band we could have a better differential.”

And so his R&D team set to work on the optimization routines across the full frequency range to improve the differential between on- and off-site levels without extending latency––and this trial optimization will in time feature in new data firmware. While Baird maintains that testing will remain ongoing he says the success at Glastonbury gave him the confidence to deploy it on additional arrays in Hyde Park including house left side hang and the two delays nearest to Park Lane.

He describes these early tests and the additional increase of around 2-3dB in max FOH levels over the previous year as “encouraging and significant”.

Capital Sound’s Technical Manager and Systems Designer, Ian Colville, confirmed, “It all worked well and there were no issues with the three arrays we used the new optimization algorithm on.”

His site design replicated last year’s when the stage was reoriented through 30° to point it away from sensitive offsite areas, and included 10 delay towers (in two rings of four plus one ring of two). However, there was one exception. “We dropped a delay position [in Ring 3] which didn’t need to be there because the design of the back of the field changed,” he said.

For the main PA, Capital deployed two hangs of 16 x MLA and 1 x MLD Downfill per side, with 12 x MLA and 1 x MLD Downfill for the sidefills. The sub array consisted of 21 x MLX in a broadside cardioid array, with a further 11 enclosures back facing.

The three delay rings comprised between seven and nine MLA element hangs (supported by MLD Downfill and MLX subs). Ring 3 featured eight MLA Compacts. These were set at distances from the stage of 295, 524 and 688 ft. (for the MLA Compacts). Distance from FOH to stage was 165 ft.

Capital and Martin Audio deployed a team of technical heavyweights, including Chris Pyne, who handles Martin Audio product support for SE Asia and has worked closely with Capital since piloting Kylie Minogue’s mix in the 1990s; Capital had Dave Roden babysitting consoles and the accomplished Toby Donovan once again acting as system engineer while Martin Connolly was the account manager.

With FOH engineers no longer worrying about trading offsite noise pollution with audience sound levels, it meant they could really focus on the mix they wanted and at the same time appreciate the musicality of the system.

One visiting sound engineer Chris Madden (working with Little Mix), had nothing but positive comments. “I used the Martin MLA system about two years ago with Jessie J and I enjoyed it then,” he said. “But I think it was even better this time. It’s a very interesting and remarkable piece of equipment …I didn’t EQ it at all at BST and it sounded great.”

Matteo Cifelli, FOH engineer for Tom Jones, who performed on the final Sunday, was equally effusive. “I was very happy with the results we achieved, the mix immediately sounded just as it was conceived,” he says. “This is the sign of a good cabinet, and also of a well tuned system.”

“I was very pleased with the purity and musicality of the cabinet. I also appreciated the consistency in frequency response at different levels. The sound image was among the best I have ever heard on a large system. Even mixing off center, I could hear all the reverbs and details of my mix clearly and the presence and sweetness on the vocals was great, in your face and never harsh.”

( left to right): Martin Audio’s Jason Baird and Chris Pyne; Capital Sound’s Ian Colville

Summing up Jason Baird says, “What FOH engineers want at festivals is plenty of headroom and not to worry about offsite restrictions. Having reduced the low mid and LF spectrum this year, we’ve been able to further ensure this, and that means the power, depth and definition of the system can also really shine too.”

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.

Masque Sound Custom Audio Solutions Take the Stage at New York City’s Famed Public Theater

NEW YORK, JULY 21, 2014 – As the curtain rose on the 2014 summer season of The Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was once again on-hand to offer its support to one of New York City’s most beloved traditions, providing custom audio equipment packages for this year’s lineup, as well as for The Public’s array of other shows and events hosted throughout the year.

The Public Theater, the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure, boasts several expansive venues, including its landmark downtown home on Astor Place, which houses five theaters plus Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs.

Recently named Audio Supervisor of the famed establishment, Corrine Livingston manages upwards of 20 plus shows and productions throughout The Public Theater’s different venues in a given year, including Shakespeare in the Park. In order to ensure that each show provides audiences with the clear, dynamic audio that they have come to expect, Livingston relies exclusively on Masque Sound’s custom audio equipment packages to meet The Public Theater’s vast sound requirements.

“With all of the logistics, managing and planning that goes into running all of these venues and associated shows, knowing that Masque Sound is providing all of our audio equipment is one less thing I have to worry about,” says Livingston. “I am always looking for ways to take our productions to the next level and build upon the wonderful work my predecessors have created. With Masque Sound’s extensive inventory and expert team, I am afforded the opportunity to do so.”

Shakespeare in the Park moved to its permanent home at the Delacorte Theater in 1962, and, since then, over five million New York natives and visitors alike have enjoyed free Shakespeare performances each summer season. The majestic, open-air theater has a seating capacity of 1,800, and each season, more than 100,000 people attend performances produced by The Public Theater. Since Shakespeare in the Park’s inception, more than 150 productions have been presented for free at the venue.

“Masque Sound has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with The Public Theater, especially the Delacorte and its summer productions of free Shakespeare in the Park,” says Stephanie Hansen, vice president and general manager, Masque Sound. “Having served as the Delacorte’s audio equipment provider since its first production, which took place more than 50 years ago, is quite an accomplishment and something we take great pride in. With the support of Corrine and everyone at The Public Theater, we look forward to continuing to provide our custom audio solutions to The Public Theater’s multitude of productions in the years to come.”

This summer’s free Shakespeare in the Park performances include Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Jack O’Brien, which ran from June 3 to July 6 and King Lear, directed by Daniel Sullivan, which is slated to open on July 22 and conclude on August 17. All performances begin at 8pm. For more information on The Public’s free Shakespeare in the Park, as well as the full line-up of events produced by The Public Theater, visit http://www.publictheater.org/.

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.

Quantum IBC2014 Preview, Stand 7.B26, Sept. 12-16, Amsterdam

Quantum Products at IBC2014

Quantum StorNext(R) is the market-leading storage technology for media and entertainment workflows, enabling high-performance, real-time collaboration and keeping content readily accessible for reuse and remonetization. For more than a decade, the world’s top studios and broadcasters, along with thousands of cutting-edge content creators, have put their trust in Quantum for their most demanding media workflows.

All StorNext solutions are built on the power of StorNext 5, the new generation of Quantum’s award-winning storage platform. StorNext 5 solutions empower media professionals to rethink their workflows for higher performance and cost-effective efficiency. With StorNext 5, they can ingest more content from multiple camera sources, create more content, deliver it on time, and preserve owned content for future monetization.

StorNext(R) Pro Solutions High-Performance Workflow Storage
At IBC2014, Quantum will showcase its StorNext(R) Pro Solutions, which offer postproduction and broadcast professionals three complete high-performance workflow storage solutions.

StorNext(R) Pro 4K addresses the performance and scalability demands of true 4K production. With flash-based metadata performance using the StorNext M445 SSD metadata appliance and scalability provided by StorNext QX-1200 RAID Storage (144 TB raw capacity), this rock-solid storage solution enables efficient 4K workflows, including ingest, post, and delivery. StorNext Pro 4K empowers users to ramp up 4K production and meet aggressive deadlines while staying within budget.

StorNext(R) Pro Studio refreshes or extends existing Xsan deployments with 100 percent compatibility. A complete solution for storage deployment in the production studio, StorNext Pro Studio is ideal for postproduction facilities with aging Xserve(R) systems or with any other aging storage system that is incapable of expanding to meet the user’s growing demands. The solution combines the StorNext M441D metadata appliance with the StorNext QX-1200 RAID storage (48 TB raw capacity) in an integrated solution that is cost-effective and easy to deploy.

StorNext(R) Pro Production enables content owners to manage workflows ranging from production to the creation and maintenance of long-term content libraries. The solution combines the powerful StorNext M662XL metadata appliance, StorNext QX-1200 RAID storage (96 TB raw capacity), and a StorNext AEL500 41-slot LTO-6 library with 102.5 TB raw capacity for cost-effective archiving automated by StorNext Storage Manager. The solution facilitates control, monetization, and long-term management of content by uniting production, review, archive, and LTFS sharing functions in one system, thus offering incredible storage capacity and very high performance.

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StorNext(R) Connect Monitoring and Management
For the first time at IBC, Quantum will introduce StorNext(R) Connect, a new way to monitor and manage StorNext deployments. StorNext Connect dramatically simplifies the process of configuring systems and eases ongoing system management and health monitoring. Through StorNext Connect, customers can install StorNext software, upgrade StorNext clients and servers, restart clients, check status on automated tasks, and troubleshoot performance issues through real-time graphs.

Quantum StorNext(R) Demonstration at IBC2014

During the IBC2014 exhibition, Quantum will feature a demonstration of its StorNext(R) technology in cloud-enabled environments. By building on its leadership in moving media workflows to the cloud and by working closely with its extensive partner ecosystem of leading media management and production automation vendors, Quantum has developed StorNext cloud solutions. These solutions enable wide-scale collaboration on content stored in the cloud without disrupting users’ existing and familiar workflows.

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Photo Caption: Quantum StorNext(R) in the Cloud

Company Quote:

“IBC is always a great place to engage closely with current and prospective customers and to demonstrate how the latest StorNext developments can benefit their businesses and operations. This year we look forward to showcasing not only the power and robust functionality of our StorNext Pro Solutions, but also the convenience and control that come from StorNext Connect. Attendees also will have the chance to examine ‘StorNext in the Cloud.’ They will see how it allows people to collaborate on content in a secure, private cloud within a familiar, natural workflow.”
– Alex Grossman, Vice President, Media and Entertainment at Quantum

Company Overview:

Quantum is a leading expert in scale-out storage, archive, and data protection. The company’s StorNext 5 platform powers modern high-performance workflows, enabling fluid, real-time collaboration and keeping content readily accessible for future use and re-monetization. More than 100,000 customers have trusted Quantum to address their most demanding content workflow needs, including top studios, major broadcasters, and cutting-edge content creators. With Quantum, customers can Be Certain(TM) they have the end-to-end storage foundation they need to manage assets from ingest through finishing, and into delivery and long-term preservation.

Quantum, the Quantum logo, Be Certain, and StorNext are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Calrec Consoles Drive Audio During World Cup Coverage

Artemis Consoles Used to Create Full Mixes in 5.1 and Stereo Simultaneously

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — July 21, 2014 – The BBC relied on Calrec Audio’s digital audio consoles during its coverage of the FIFA World Cup beginning in June. The broadcaster used a combination of three rented consoles to mix the audio in Brazil for transmissions in the U.K.

At the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Rio de Janeiro, two 24-fader Artemis Light consoles served as the first point of control in the signal path, responsible for submixing all sound associated with the matches and creating simultaneous 5.1 and stereo mixes. In addition, controlled commentary and controlled effects were passed on to all other users including the edit suits in the IBC, the various multiplatform control suites in the U.K., and the BBC’s studio broadcasting center (SBC), also in Rio.

At the SBC, a 56-fader Artemis Beam was used to combine the submixes from the IBC with other sources, including studio mics, postproduction playbacks, contributions from venue reporters/presenters, and audio-only playback such as music, sound effects, and voice recordings. These were all mixed into final 5.1 and stereo feeds and then passed on to the transmission network in the U.K.

“The BBC is our oldest customer and we have a long history of collaboration to ensure the products evolve to meet its needs,” said Jim Green, Calrec’s U.K. sales manager. “We’re always eager to support major projects like the World Cup broadcast from Brazil, where the BBC has taken advantage of Calrec functionality to make the whole workflow more efficient.

“Technology and viewer expectations are always moving forward, so each tournament faces new challenges that require better solutions,” Green added. Since the last World Cup there has been advancement in surround sound and loudness regulations, and this year the BBC has incorporated augmented- reality visual effects that bring their own set of audio-visual synchronization challenges. Calrec works closely with its customers to stay abreast of the technology and evolving requirements.”

Information about Calrec and its products is available at calrec.com.

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for 50 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at calrec.com and community.calrec.com.

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

Visit Calrec Audio at IBC, Stand 8.C58

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Photo Caption: Dave Lee, Lead Sound Supervisor, BBC Sport

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Photo Caption: Calrec’s Artemis Audio Console

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Johnny D’s Serves Up A Superior Sound Experience with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3

SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts – For a 300-seat nightclub that is 45 years old and doubles as a restaurant in David Square, Somerville, Massachusetts, Johnny D’s required a renovation of its outdated sound system. While MJ Audio integrated the front end of the new system, which features HARMAN’s Crown amplifiers and BSS signal processors, Technical Manager Dana Westover has installed a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 to improve upon its existing analog consoles.

Given the popular area in which Johnny D’s is situated, its stage enjoys many touring bands and guest engineers in addition to local artists. Therefore, Westover needed a reliable console that is not only within the venue’s budget and able to accommodate the various performers, but also one that is user-friendly for the various engineers working at the club.

“We’ve been running analog mixers up until now, and have had a slow transition towards digital technology, because we get a lot of guest engineers who come from the analog world,” said Westover. “However, the Si Expression 3 is perfect as an upgrade, because it helps people transition to digital due to its logical layout and ease of use. For example, we had a guest engineer who has never worked on a Soundcraft board before, and within 15 minutes, he was ready for the show.”

The room housing the new equipment contains no parallel surfaces, thus leading to unique acoustics and an intimate layout of the venue. With a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 console, a sound engineer can ensure that guests enjoy the most distinctive sounding shows. In addition, FaderGlowTM illumination of the faders prevents any unwanted mistakes in dark club environments that might hamper the audio experience.

“I think the audio quality is very solid, especially considering the price of the console,” said Westover. “I’m very happy that we have a great sounding venue, and now we have a great sounding board that any traveling engineer can do well with. I especially like how FaderGlow allows me to identify everything clearly, but I can also adjust the intensity of the LED’s depending on the lighting of the venue.”

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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