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As Restaurant Patrons Crave Quieter Dining Environments, GeerFab Acoustics Delivers Greater Speech Intelligibility and Quieter Atmosphere

Excessive Noise Remains a Top Complaint Among Diners, and Acoustic Designer Eric Geer Intends to Remedy This One Restaurant at a Time

Milwaukee, August 20, 2014: Without great conversation, even the most exquisite cuisine can be reduced to mere mediocrity. According to a leading restaurant survey, excessive noise can be a close second in the complaint department, directly after poor service. While most diners register excessive noise as a nuisance and possibly refuse to patronize establishments that are unable to control themselves, Eric Geer, president and founder of GeerFab Acoustics considers this an opportunity.

Since starting his successful acoustic design company six years ago, acoustically retrofitting res-taurants has represented a very significant part of his business, eclipsing even that of recording studios and live music environments. His company has had a hand in reducing noise at a wide variety of restaurants and other hospitality-driven establishments, including Bartolotta’s Harbor House on Lake Michigan, Simple Café in Lake Geneva, WI, and Café 1505 in Mequon, WI.

“Almost everyone I meet has had an otherwise enjoyable dining experience ruined by noise caused by simple conversations amplified by an unsuitable acoustic environment,” says Geer. “Restaurant owners are usually aware of these issues but they either don’t know what steps to take or are afraid of the potential costs involved to remedy them. Very often, improving these acoustics is less expensive than they thought and leads to significantly increased business and repeat customers.”

Over a decade ago, the San Francisco Chronicle became the first daily newspaper to include noise ratings in its restaurant reviews, and the topic of noisy restaurants has been covered in fea-ture articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and dozens of other high profile national print and broadcast outlets.

According to Geer, acoustic problems in restaurants usually emanate from an overabundance of reflective surfaces, which can often convey a streamlined and fashionable visual aesthetic while wreaking havoc on speech intelligibility. However, most acoustic problems can be resolved by integrating well-designed acoustic materials, enabling patrons to enjoy rooms that are both visu-ally attractive and sonically pleasing.

GeerFab’s custom solutions are tailored to the acoustic requirements and design parameters of the individual space and blend seamlessly into the existing interior design. A typical installation can reduce decibel levels by 10 dB. In fact, according to the House Research Institute, if you have to raise your voice to be heard, you are likely in an environment with decibels exceeding 85 dB, which can lead to hearing loss.

To learn more about GeerFab’s custom acoustic solutions, please contact geerfab@gmail.com or visit www.geerfab.com.

About GeerFab Acoustics:

GeerFab Acoustics implements acoustic solutions for a wide range of clients in the entertainment, restaurant, hospitality, healthcare and other industries. The company provides complete custom design and installation services and is the manufacturer of the RoomZorber line of acoustic prod-ucts. The company is based in Milwaukee, WI and was founded by Eric Geer. To learn more, visit www.geerfab.com.

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Fresh Off The Warped Tour and with a New Album Ashes to Ashes, Chelsea Grin Explores the Boundaries of Extreme Metal with Sennheiser

Following Successful Summer Touring Schedule, Chelsea Grin to Embark on International Headliner Tour in Early 2015 Taking Sennheiser Along for the Ride

Old Lyme, CT, August 20, 2014: Having recently completed a rigorous touring schedule with a string of successful performances on Warped 2014 and releasing its third full-length studio LP entitled Ashes to Ashes this summer, deathcore metal artist Chelsea Grin is taking a well deserved break before embarking on yet another 24-date U.S tour this October, alongside The Black Dahlia Murder and Suicide Silence. As one of the ‘heavier’ metal bands to have performed on the Warped Tour, Chelsea Grin considers touring an essential part of its lifeblood and depends on Sennheiser microphones and wireless equipment for unmatched quality and intelligibility.

Having toured relentlessly since forming in 2007, it didn’t take long before the band realized the importance of choosing the right equipment on the road — and the positive effect this can have on an overall touring experience. One of the turning points occurred several years ago when guitarists Jaek Harmond and Dan Jones purchased a set of Sennheiser ew 172 G3 wireless units for their guitar rigs, which are both still in use today. “I always knew that Sennheiser was all about quality, and at the end of the day, that is the most important thing for us,” says Harmond.

Since then, Chelsea Grin’s following has vastly expanded (the band’s Facebook page boasts well over one million likes) and its equipment arsenal has become far more sophisticated. But its work ethic and commitment to quality has remained the same and its choices in equipment have become more discriminating than ever. Recently, the band upgraded its entire wireless infrastructure to Sennheiser’s G3 series, and the band also acquired new vocal and instrument microphones, ensuring every single one was a Sennheiser.

Hitting the Sweet Spot with Sennheiser

Harmond recalls when the band made the decision to transition its lead vocal microphone, at the recommendation of Chelsea Grin Tour Manager / Front of House engineer Gino Scarim and Sennheiser Artist Relations Manager Tim Moore: “At first, our lead singer Alex [Koehler] was a little hesitant to switch because he was so used to the competitors wired microphone. But after we A/B’d it against the Sennheiser MD 431-ii, it was no contest. The Sennheiser won every time and just sounded better,” he says. Along with the MD431-ii, a custom red and white finished ew 500-935 G3 is the choice when a wireless option is needed.

On drums, Chelsea Grin uses Sennheiser’s evolution series, with an e902 on the kick drum, e904s’s on toms, an e945 on the snare and a pair of e614s as overheads. For each of its guitars, which are running direct, the group depends on Sennheiser ew 572 G3 wireless instrument transmitters and receivers.

In Ear Monitors: The Difference is Sennheiser

With six members continually pushing extreme sound pressure levels, the band considers in ear monitor performance absolutely critical. “Since we moved onto Sennheiser wireless in ear monitors 2-1/2 years ago, we have never experienced a failure,” explains Harmond. Currently, the band is using six channels of Sennheiser’s ew 300 IEM G3 system. “They have performed flawlessly on stage — even on the Warped Tour where there are about 100 other bands nearby.”

“When we first started out, we didn’t know much about wireless,” says Harmond. “But after touring for a couple of years, we realized that we can have a dramatic impact on the quality of our performances by making the right equipment choices.” During one gig in Germany, Harmond recalls when their choice of Sennheiser made all the difference: “We had our own in ear monitors and another band showed up with a different system. For some reason, theirs wouldn’t work, but ours did. I realized at that point there was a very good reason we decided to go with Sennheiser.”

Having top quality microphones and wireless equipment from Sennheiser has enabled Chelsea Grin to sound great no matter where they play: “Audio quality has always been very important to us and we want to sound the best we possibly can at every single gig,” Harmond concludes. “Now we can roll up to any venue — whether it has a capacity of 2,000 or 20,000 — and know that whatever is coming through the PA is the best we can possibly give. It is nice to be charting our own destiny rather than having to rely on whatever is in the house system. We are very grateful for our relationship with Sennheiser.”

To learn more about Chelsea Grin, please visit: www.chelseagrinmetal.com.

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the Internet at www.sennheiser.com.

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Chelsea Grin lead singer Alex Koehler with his custom red and white finished ew 500-935 G3 handheld transmitter.

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Canada’s Woodbine Entertainment Uses FOR-A 4K Camera for Racing Coverage of The Queen’s Plate

Toronto, ON – Kicking off the 2014 season of Canada’s Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack hosted The Queen’s Plate Stakes last month. The event is the longest continuously run stakes race in North America, and this year marked its 155th anniversary. To ensure not a moment of horseracing action was missed, production of the event included use of FOR-A’s FT-ONE 4K variable frame rate camera, used in conjunction with FOR-A’s ZE-ONE 4K extraction system.

“We used the FT-ONE to give us a slow-motion replay of the finish for our biggest race of the year, and the camera gave us exactly what we were looking for,” said Andrew Barnhardt, Broadcast Technical Supervisor of the Woodbine Entertainment Group. “With the FOR-A’s 4K extraction system, we could select the desired HD framing from the 4K raster to get exactly the shot we wanted.”

The ZE-ONE allows FT-ONE operators to frame and extract any 4K image area of any scene for HD replays. The solution provides operators with an intuitive touch-screen interface, allows users to smoothly zoom in or out, and includes an embedded audio delay processor.

Capable of recording up to 900 frames per second (fps), the FT-ONE was used with a FUJINON 85-300mm Cabrio lens (ZK3.5×85), and positioned near the finish line of the race to catch all of the action of the last run in super slow motion replay. Coverage of the horse race was shown on The Sports Network (TSN), and footage from the FT-ONE at 420 fps was broadcasted within a minute of the finish of the race on July 6th.

“We cropped the race shot fairly wide, then used the ZE-ONE extraction system to provide a 200 to 300 percent zoom with full HD quality for playback,” said Andrew Alexander, Vice President of FOR-A Canada, who helped with set-up and operation of the FT-ONE at the event. “We were also able to track zoomed shots on playback to create specific pan effects.”

“I was confident that FOR-A would deliver for us on the day of the Plate, and fortunately that proved very true,” explained Barnhardt. “We’ve used FOR-A gear in our live production facilities for years, and their reliability is unmatched.”

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.

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Biamp Systems Adds to Growing U.S. Sales Team

Robert Taylor to serve as regional manager for Southeastern U.S.

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Aug. 20, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced the appointment of Robert Taylor as Regional Manager, Southeast Region of North America. In his new role, Taylor will be responsible for strategic sales and support encompassing the entire Biamp(R) product line for customers in the Southeastern United States. more

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Cobalt Prepares to Introduce European Market to A Significant Number of NEW Products at IBC 2014

IBC Stand # 10.B44

Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Tops the List of 13 Additions to Already Robust Product Ranges

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, has revealed plans to roll out a record-breaking number of product launches in Stand 10.B44 at this year’s IBC exhibition taking place from 12 – 16 September 2014. Topping the lengthy list of launches are numerous openGear® cards including a quint-split multi-image display processor, a high-quality down-converter, embedder/de-embedder, DA, a MPEG multi-standard broadcast transcoder, and several fibre optic cards. The outrageously popular Blue Box Group™ is also being expanded with many new units, and Cobalt’s SPOTCHECK® loudness measurement/compliance monitoring system will be sporting numerous upgrades at the show.

“We’re excited to bring over 13 new and enhanced products to IBC, the premier international show devoted to professionals engaged in creating, managing and delivering media,” says Chris Shaw, EVP sales and marketing, Cobalt Digital. “Our customers play a critical role in our development process and we’re thrilled to respond with reasonably priced solutions that target exactly what they need to keep them technically advanced and financially sound.”

NEW openGear® CARDS
9970-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Processor

Cobalt Digital will debut the 9970-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Processor. A single processor is capable of auto-detecting and displaying up to five independent 3G/HD/SD/Composite inputs and multiple processor cards can be cascaded to provide additional input source capacity. An Ethernet-based GUI control enables intuitive set-up of video windows and advanced on-screen graphics, and a simultaneous display output over SDI and HDMI supports flexible system design and easy integration. The 9970-QS is ideal for outside broadcast vehicles and production control rooms.
9902-DC-4K UHDTV High-Quality Down Converter
Cobalt’s reputation for high-quality down-converters grows with the introduction of its Quad 3G-SDI 1080p 50/60Hz (UHDTV) to HD 50/60Hz or SD 50/60Hz. The card makes copies of the down converted output TO 3G/SDI/ HDMI, and features a timecode burn-in window and user defined character insertion.

9950-EMDE-ANC Embedder/De-Embedder
The new 9950-EMDE Embedder/De-Embedder provides multiple serial RS-232/422 and GPIO to/from ancillary data insertion and extraction. An IP (RJ-45) I/O option is also available.

9910DA-4Q-3G-RCK 3G/HD/SD/ASI Partitionable Multirate Reclocking Distribution Amplifier
This single DA card can be configured as 1×16, 2×8, 4×4, or 1×8 and 2×4. Designed for 4K applications and high-density base band or ASI distribution, the 9910DA-4Q-RCK is capable of receiving 3G input signals up to 120m on 1694A cable. As a safety feature it will automatically perform a switch over from any of the four inputs, upon loss of signal. Amazing configurability, and loss of signal source switching for peace of mind.

9990-TRX-MPEG Multi-standard Broadcast Transcoders
Cobalt’s new 9990-TRX-MPEG multi-standard broadcast transcoders target MPEG-2 to MPEG4 AVC and MPEG-4 AVC to MPEG-2, and media conversion to and from ASI and IP. Up to 40x channels of real time transcoding can be accomplished in a 2RU openGear frame. The card offers MPEG-1 Layer II, AAC, and AC-3 audio support

Cobalt is also extending its series of fibre cards for openGear with a number of new solutions, including:
9420LT/LR Fibre Optic L-BAND Transmitters and Receivers

• Remote antennae extension over fiber up to 30km
• 25dB Tx and Rx Adjustable Gain Range
• One 2RU openGear frame houses up to 20x transmitter or receiver cards
• 1310nm, 1550nm, and CWDM laser options

9450GT Fibre Optic Gigabit Ethernet Transceivers
• 4 x Port (RJ-45) Ethernet Switch with copper extension over 2 x LC fibers
• Point-to-point and CWDM laser options with support of distances up to 80km.

9490CWDM Fibre Optic Multiplexers
• Available in 4, 8, 12, 16 channel configurations
• Fully passive design has no active components for maximum reliability

BBG-1000 SERIES
Cobalt’s user-friendly Blue Box Group™ offers peak performance from compact conversion modules at a low-cost. The series will be expanded to include numerous new models, Including:

BBG-1002-DC-4K UHDTV Downconverter
Cobalt is introducing IBC attendees to a standalone high-quality UHDTV downconverter from the Blue Box Group. The BBG-1002-DC-4K Quad 3G-SDI converts 1080p 50/60 (UHDTV) to HD 50/60Hz or SD 50/60Hz and offers simultaneous SDI and HDMI ouputs for extended capabilities. The unit can be rack-mounted for 3x paths of downconversion in 1RU.

BBG-1070-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Standalone Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Processor
Also new to the global market is the standalone version (1/3 Rack Width) of the quint-split multi-image display processor. The BBG-1070-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS can auto-detect and display up to 5x independent 3G/HD/SD/composite inputs on one unit. An Ethernet based GUI control facilitates intuitive set-up of video windows and advanced on-screen graphics. A simultaneous display output over SDI and HDMI allows flexible system design and easy infrastructure integration. Rack-mounted units can be cascaded for up to 13x Inputs in 1RU.

BBG-1090-TRX-MPEG Standalone Multistandard Broadcast Transcoders
The new BBG-1090 TRX-MPEG converts MPEG-2 to MPEG4 AVC and MPEG-4 AVC to MPEG-2, and media conversion to and from ASI and IP. Three units can be rack-mounted for up to twelve channels of real time transcoding in 1RU. The modules support MPEG-1 Layer II, AAC, and AC-3 audio.

More Blue Box Group™ BBG Series Launches
Small form factor Audio Embedders and De-Embedders will be debuted, including:

• BBG-EM-AA 3G/HD/SD eight Channel Balanced Analogue Audio Embedder
• BBG-DE-AA 3G/HD/SD eight Channel Balanced Analogue Audio Embedder
• BBG-EMDE-AES 3G/HD/SD sixteen Channel Un-Balanced AES Embedder / De-Embedder

Small form factor HDMI Fibre Optic Transmitters and Receivers,
• BBG-H-to-F HDMI to Fibre Transmitter
• BBG-F-to-H Fibre to HDMI Receiver

UPGRADE
SPOTCHECK® – Transport Stream Compliance Monitoring

Cobalt Digital’s SPOTCHECK®, initially developed to provide loudness measurement and records for broadcasters, returns to IBC with significant upgrades including full EBU-R128 compliance (Including DVB-T, DVB-C & DVB-S), as well as CALM A/85. SPOTCHECK now detects transport communication errors as well as frozen/black frame and audio silence for superior quality control. Multiple operators in different destinations can now receive email alerts by email, and reports can be located by date. The Optional feature – AIRCHECK – provides easily managed lo-res proxy downloads of user-selected transport stream segments.

Come see all of Cobalt’s new and established products being showcased in Stand 10.B44!

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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

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TTcomm Optimizes Satellite Delivery With Integrated Solution From Harmonic

Utilizing Harmonic’s Market-Leading Electra(TM) Encoders, Award-Winning ProStream(R) Processors, and NMX(TM) Video Network Management, TTcomm Can Deliver More Channels and Better Video Quality

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 19, 2014 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced that TTcomm (www.ttcomm.net), one of the largest suppliers of teleport satellite services in Central and Eastern Europe, has selected an integrated video processing solution from Harmonic to support its satellite television services. Leveraging Harmonic’s high-density, scalable video infrastructure solutions, TTcomm customers can now affordably deliver high-quality live and VOD channels to subscribers throughout Europe. The Harmonic solution was purchased from JBD S.A., a major TV equipment supplier in Poland. more

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Shotoku Broadcast Systems Announces “SMART” IBC Exhibition Plans

IBC Stand # 11.F40

New SmartTrack System Anchors New and Enhanced Studio and Field Camera Support Gear

Staines, UK — Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, will anchor its IBC Stand with a new ‘smart’ rail camera system targeting the rigorous demands of daily TV studio use. The SmartTrack system will be at show alongside Shotoku’s advanced and high-performing control solutions, pan & tilt heads, robotic and manual pedestals, and virtual reality products for OB, studio, field production and legislative applications.

“As always, we are totally committed to IBC, which is a major event in our calendar. It allows us to showcase our systems to visitors from Europe and so many other parts of the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new clients and catch-up with old friends with whom we’ve worked for many years,“ said James Eddershaw, sales director, Shotoku. “This year, as usual, we will be showing a combination of systems from across our entire range of camera supports, including for the first time outside the USA the new SmartTrack rail-based camera system for floor or ceiling use.”

ROBOTIC HIGHLIGHTS

    NEW SmartTrack
    For the first time at IBC, Shotoku will demonstrate the new SmartTrack system, a fully integrated product based on the core track-based technology of MAT, Germany. In combination with Shotoku pan & tilt heads and control systems the MAT system is turned into the perfect solution TV studio use, day after day. It is highly adaptable, supporting floor or ceiling operation and a range of height column configurations, in both upright and inverted modes. The high quality engineering of the MAT and Shotoku systems ensure that the system is robust and stable, designed for long-term use in demanding applications such as 24/7 news or TV Shopping environments.

    ENHANCED TR-XT Control Systems
    Shotoku’s leading advanced control system will be shown once again, incorporating the recent enhancements and expansions in terms of camera capacity and dynamic configuration. The systems on show will be controlling multiple cameras and sharing camera operation across several controller-types.

    ENHANCED Fully Robotic Pedestal
    Shotoku will also be showing the latest developments in fully robotic studio pedestals, providing complete X-Y-H camera positioning with free-roaming capability, where track systems would not be appropriate. Several enhanced features including Virtual Reality tracking and simple referencing make the pedestal ideal for many TV studio applications.

    SEE IT LIVE Orchestra CMS Parliamentary Systems
    Fully automated and with live video touch-screen operation, Shotoku’s world-leading parliamentary TV system will be shown in action. The TG-27 pan and tilt head, becoming a standard among high-end parliaments and legislatures all over the world, will be shown under the control of the TR-S panel.

    MANUAL HIGHLIGHTS
    NEW TTH1502C Carbon Fibre Tripod

    Shotoku’s new 2-stage TTH1502C carbon fibre tripod incorporates the latest technology to give operators a lightweight, yet sturdy tripod system that is perfect for EFP or documentary production. Built to last with carbon fibre legs, the tripod weighs a mere 5.9kg (13 lbs.), features a 150mm bowl base, and stands over 1615mm (5’) tall at its maximum height. Available with a ground spreader or a mid-level spreader, the tripod is ideally paired with Shotoku’s SX300 pan & tilt head for optimal performance.

    TRIED & TRUE SX300 Pan & Tilt Head
    One of Shotoku’s latest mid-weight EFP pan & tilt fluid heads, the SX300 features outstanding balance, a robust build and ergonomic design. With a high capacity 38kg (83 lbs) payload and wide-balance capability, the SX300 supports an array of cameras, lenses and accessories, making it perfectly suited for field production, OB and studio use. The 300 head accommodates flat base or 150mm ball. Operators can not only expect top-class performance and reliability from the SX300’s VISCAM technology for smooth and adjustable pan & tilt drag with reinforced torque, but a continuously adjustable balance system.

    FLEXIBLE SG900 Pan & Tilt Head
    Shotoku’s SG900 manual pan & tilt head offers vibration-free speed in an ergonomically designed sturdy package. Ideal for OB and studio production with Teleprompters or box type lenses, the SG900 supports 90 kg (198 lbs), and features single knob balance adjustment. The unit incorporates the VISCAM ultimate fluid drag system to control smooth pan & tilt movement and REULAUX perfect balance system for maintaining the camera’s centre of gravity. The SG900 fits various pedestals including Shotoku’s TP200 lightweight, 2-stage pneumatic pedestal and both the TP-80 and TP-90 studio models.

    BACKED BY EXPERIENCE Virtual Tracking Systems
    Based on decades of extensive VR experience, Shotoku VR tracking systems offer outstanding design features, robust and reliable platforms for a wide range of camera and lens configurations. High-accuracy, real-time data output with absolutely no loss in manual performance is common to all Shotoku systems as is compatibility with all leading VR graphics systems. Shotoku’s VR range includes the simplest PT head and tripod right up through studio pedestals and high payload heads to state of the art cranes and jibs with total freedom of movement within VR studios small or large. Shotoku will have a sample of these systems on show at IBC.

    About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
    Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

    Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
    +44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

    Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
    +1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

Electrosonic Provides AV Expertise to New Discovery Park of America

Discovery Park of America has opened in Union City, Tennessee, offering visitors a world-class entertainment and educational experience with more than 70,000-square feet of exhibits on nature, science, technology, history and art. Electrosonic provided audio-visual equipment for most of the ten exhibit galleries in the three-level space of the new Discovery Center.

The primary benefactor of Discovery Park of America is the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation, which has donated approximately $80 million to the creation of the park and endowed a program for its continuing operational support and expansion. As long-time supporters of education in the area, the Kirklands have given Discovery Park the mission of enhancing the educational experiences of children and adults, and inspiring them to see beyond their current level of knowledge.

The Discovery Center’s diverse array of galleries include Children’s Exploration with fun Water Works experiments; Natural History with a number of dinosaur specimens; Regional History with a 20,000-gallon aquarium; and Transportation featuring 60 years of the American automobile.

Fabricators Maltbie, a kubik company, brought Electrosonic aboard at the new attraction. Electrosonic has partnered with Maltbie on a number of projects over the years.

The simulation theater in the Regional History gallery gives visitors a taste of what it was like to experience an earthquake along the New Madrid fault, which formed nearby Reelfoot Lake in the northwest area of Tennessee some 200 years ago. Electrosonic installed 270º wraparound screens and five ceiling-mounted Christie DS+6K-M projectors to deliver the visuals sourced from a 7thSense server. Special effects audio and tremors simulate the earthquake for the standing audience.

In the Native Americans gallery, a holographic storyteller recounts the legends and beliefs of the area’s indigenous people. Electrosonic furnished four 46-inch LCD monitors for the exhibit, which brings the mythical figure to life with a Pepper’s Ghost effect.

Electrosonic also provided many Samsung 32- and 55-inch LCD displays for the galleries along with Innovox Audio speakers for individual exhibits. The entire facility is controlled by a Medialon system programmed by Electrosonic.

Electrosonic located the equipment room on the middle level of Discovery Center, which made cable pulls more efficient. The equipment room is at capacity, but two additional equipment rooms are available above and below the main equipment room. Conduits connect the rooms for easy expansion as needed.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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DPA Microphones Was The Impresario Of Aspen Opera Theater Center

Collection of company’s mics were on hand for recording at Wheeler Opera House during the Aspen Music Festival and School

ASPEN, CO, AUGUST 19, 2014 – Every year, professional and aspiring classical musicians and technical personnel from around the world head to the mountains of Colorado for an eight-week summer intensive retreat at the Aspen Music Festival and School. As the country’s premier classical music program, the festival presents more than 300 performances and music education events, including the Aspen Opera Theater Center (AOTC) program at the historic Wheeler Opera House, where DPA Microphones had its chance to shine.

The AOTC relied on the d:dicate™ 4006C Omnidirectional, 4011A Cardioid and 4015C Wide Cardioid Microphones, as well as the d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone 10-piece Classic Touring Kit for their pristine recording capabilities. Supplied by DPA, Inc. — the company’s U.S. branch, these mics were used primarily to record and broadcast AOTC’s Saturday morning opera master classes as well as its fully-staged productions of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Bizet’s Carmen.

“We were looking for a clean and accurate sound,” explains Scott Burgess, head audio engineer for the Aspen Music Festival and School. “The DPA mics are spotless and precise, and could handle the dynamic range of an operatic performance.”

Since the AOTC is a training program for professional singers, the music was not amplified for the live audience. However, Burgess still needed to ensure that the broadcast audiences, recording listeners and guests in the green rooms all had the same audio experience as the live attendees. He selected the d:dicate 4006s to pick up the vocals from across the front of the stage, a pair of d:dicate 4015s arranged for the main orchestra, a pair of d:dicate 4011s in the wind section and the d:vote 4099s to accent the orchestra’s string section. This guaranteed a pure sound for all recordings and radio broadcasts, including those aired on the local NPR station.

“Another big appeal of the d:dicates and the d:votes was their small size,” adds Burgess. “We could put them where we wanted without having visual distractions, as we needed to stay out of the way of the performances that took place.”

Burgess also arranged d:votes inside the piano to feed sound to the students during the master classes. “The flexibility and sound of the d:votes proved invaluable for the Saturday classes, especially since the piano was constantly being moved in and out of the pit,” he continues. “DPA’s unique magnetic clip design saved us a lot of time as the mics can easily be placed in and out of the piano.”

In addition to the traditional uses, Burgess also called on his d:dicate 4011s to amplify the percussion section for the July performances of Lowell Liebermann’s The Picture of Dorian Gray into the theater through a pair of powered speakers. “We weren’t able to record Dorian Gray, for contractual reasons, but we still needed mics during these performances,” he explains. “Since the show had an especially large orchestra, we were unable to fit the percussion in the theater. Instead, they had to perform from a side room where we set up an ORTF pair of DPA 4011s, which allowed us to amplify the sound of the percussion back into the theater using a standard PA speaker system. It was an astoundingly convincing method as audiences could scarcely tell that the percussionists were not in the theater. The conductor was happy with it and it worked really well for everyone.”

Though the AOTC had not used the newer DPA mics before, it was essential to Burgess, who started with the festival in 2011, to be able to hit the ground running. “The space can be a little challenging and usually I have to make some modifications, but the DPA mics worked right off the bat,” he says. “We only had to make very minor adjustments to get a really good sound.”

Working with professional companies, such as DPA Microphones, has proven indispensible to Burgess and the students. “Our staff comes from all around the country, from some of the biggest recording programs where they are taught on a variety of equipment,” he says. “Having companies like DPA Microphones as one of the sponsors is a great way for our students, and even our professionals, to work with the best professional audio equipment on the market, which is a really important part of our program.”

Founded in 1949, The Aspen Music Festival and School is held annually each summer, with this year’s run ending on August 17. The three AOTC operas presented each summer feature AOTC singers and distinguished conductors and directors. Additionally, all members of the AOTC are expected to sing in one opera chorus and to provide technical-support hours during events such as vocal chamber music performances, house concerts and the weekly public Opera Scenes Master Classes. AOTC singers also participate in an intensive curriculum of weekly voice lessons, and classes focused on opera music, acting, song repertory, movement, rehearsals, Alexander Technique and auditioning, among other requirements.

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DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is 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 on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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