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DiGiCo Sweeps the GRAMMY® Awards

ATK Audiotek deploys numerous SD Series consoles for “Music’s Biggest Night”

FOH Music Mixer Ron Reaves manning ATK Audiotek's DiGiCo SD7 console at the 2014 GRAMMY Awards

LOS ANGELES — Southern California-based live event sound, equipment rental and broadcast audio production specialist ATK Audiotek recently acquired a slew of DiGiCo digital consoles, immediately putting them to work on the 56th annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast in Los Angeles in late January. This is the third consecutive year that ATK has relied on DiGiCo consoles for the production of “Music’s Biggest Night,” with this year’s show marking the very first outing for the company’s latest purchases.

ATK, the audio production provider for the Recording Academy’s annual music celebration since the telecast permanently relocated to the Staples Center in downtown L.A. fourteen years ago, made the switch to DiGiCo consoles in 2012. This year, the console complement included an SD10 for Mikael Stewart, FOH production mixer and ATK’s vice president of special events, plus an SD7 for Ron Reaves, FOH music mixer, seated alongside Stewart.

“Everybody who comes through the GRAMMYs leaves happy, and all I use is the onboard processing,” says Reaves. “But my partner in crime at the GRAMMYs, Mikael Stewart, uses the Waves plugins quite extensively. He mixes all the dialog and the production elements, so he makes use of the DNS plugin on some of the podium micas.” Stewart, whose console was directly connected to a DiGiCo SoundGrid server, used the Waves Dialog Noise Suppression plugin to reduce the room regeneration coming back in to the microphones and also made use of the Waves C6 Multiband Compressor.

The DiGiCo SD8-24 desk positioned backstage at the Staples Center and used for signal distribution monitoring

Tom Pesa, the A stage monitor engineer, and Michael Parker, monitor engineer for the B stage, each mixed on an SD7 with a redundant engine. This year, for the first time, an SD8-24 — supplied by Hi-Tech Audio for the occasion — was positioned backstage at A2 world, and that enabled an assistant engineer to more efficiently monitor signal distribution throughout the venue.

As in previous years, Parker and Pesa each accessed common head amps in the four SD-Racks positioned backstage. But this year, in another first, two SD-Racks were added in parallel in order to provide Reaves with discrete preamp control at FOH. “Those were running MADI to his console. Staying at 48 kHz, we got an entire rack down one MADI cable instead of two,” says Jeff Peterson, ATK’s system designer. A further four SD-Racks were dedicated to outputs. ATK’s recent purchase was comprised of six consoles — two SD10s, two SD7s and two SD5s — plus 14 SD-Racks.

ATK was not the only company utilizing DiGiCo equipment at the GRAMMY Awards show. Outside the venue, in the Music Mix Mobile (M3) Eclipse truck, which provides the 5.1 surround music mix for the broadcast, Joel Singer, engineer-in-charge and M3 company partner, made use of a DiGiGrid MGO dual-port optical MADI interface and SoundGrid SGS-1 Server One. The setup enabled co-broadcast music mixers John Harris and Eric Schilling to insert Waves Renaissance Vox and DeEsser as well as CLA-76 and SSL Compressor plugins on the truck’s console and Pro Tools system.

About DiGiCo
DiGiCo is a UK-based manufacturer of some of the world’s most popular, successful and groundbreaking digital mixing consoles for the live, theatre, broadcast and post production industries and is exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Group One Ltd. of Farmingdale, New York. For more information, go to: www.DiGiCo.biz

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Rob Mailman Finds Supernatural Success in DiGiCo’s SD5

Rob Mailman and his DiGiCo SD5 set up at Las Vegas' House of Blues Mandalay Bay for a Santana concert (photo credit: Linda Evans)

Veteran analog stalwart makes the jump to digital during Santana’s Las Vegas residency at House of Blues Mandalay Bay

LAS VEGAS, NV — Remember the old sound guy adage about knowing what all the knobs and buttons do? As the industry increasingly moves in a digital direction depending more on touch screens than faders and on menus and layers instead of every function being at one’s fingertips, mix engineers like Rob Mailman — who need to move fast and are accustomed to the dedicated control of analog — are searching for digital consoles that offer ease-of-navigation as well as outstanding sound quality. And like Mailman, who has now officially made the move to a DiGiCo SD5, those engineers are increasingly turning to DiGiCo citing the “analog-ness” of the SD interface. more

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DiGiCo’s SD5 Wins at Super Bowl XLVIII

Twin FOH and monitor consoles deployed for Halftime Entertainment Extravaganza featuring Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers

ATK Audiotek's DiGiCo SD5 console used to mix FOH for Super Bowl XLVIII's halftime performance by Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers (photo: Dave Rat)

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — For the 82,529 fans that braved forecasts of cold, snowy weather predicted for Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers delivered an enthusiastic show that was long on great musicianship and killer showmanship. And making sure that show also sounded great were a pair of DiGiCo SD5 digital audio consoles used for both front-of-house and monitor mixes. more

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Avolites Expands U.S. Rep Network with C.L. Pugh

The C.L. Pugh team (L-R): DeWayne Segafredo, Jerry Varsa, Jason Jacquemain, Bob Tevs, Jan Seddon and George Falkenbach (not pictured: Jeff Payton)

Ohio-based firm now servicing Midwestern states

BRUNSWICK, Ohio — Avolites’ U.S. importer and distributor, Group One Ltd., recently named Ohio-based C.L. Pugh & Associates, Inc. as its newest independent manufacturer’s rep firm for the brand. The announcement came from Brad White, Group One’s national sales manager for Avolites, to whom the firm reports.

Headquartered in the Cleveland suburb of Brunswick, with additional offices in Columbus and Pittsburgh, C.L. Pugh is under the direction of President Bob Tevs and Vice President George Falkenbach. Having spent the past three years as one of Group One’s Midwestern sales reps for DiGiCo, XTA and MC2, C.L. Pugh is now currently representing Avolites in the territories of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania as well. more

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L-ACOUSTICS Hits a “Home Run with Fireworks” at Calvary Chapel of Naperville

CCI Solutions retrofits newly remodeled sanctuary with full KARAi system

NAPERVILLE, Illinois – January 2014 — Calvary Church of Naperville, located in the western suburbs of Chicago, recently wrapped up a five-month sanctuary renovation that increased seating from 2500 to 3000 without moving any walls. As part of the project, the church also underwent a full AVL system retrofit, which was designed and integrated by CCI Solutions of Olympia, Washington. more

Renewed Vision Unveils New Version of ProVideoPlayer™ Media Server and Digital Signage Software

PVP 2 expands upon original release with huge list of improvements

ATLANTA — Since its original release eight years ago, Renewed Vision’s ProVideoPlayer™ (PVP) software has been used to create exciting video walls, dynamic staging, engaging digital signage and more for countless live events and permanent installs. Now, the company is proud to announce the product’s next generation, known as PVP 2, which offers an all-new user interface and significant number of improvements over the highly successful initial release. more

Everything’s Coming Up Roses for DiGiCo

The city of Sierra Madre's award-winning float (credit: Jose Ybarra)

Rat Sound Systems deploys SD10 digital console at 125th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day

PASADENA, CA – January 2014 – First established as the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 1890, “America’s New Year Celebration” this year featured 45 floats, 16 equestrian units plus numerous marching bands, all led by 2014 Grand Marshall Vin Scully, the Hall of Fame broadcaster. Officially titled the Rose Parade presented by Honda since 2011, the two-hour procession is typically watched by as many as 700,000 people along its 5.5-mile route through Pasadena, CA, where it runs mainly along Colorado Boulevard. more

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Group One Singles Out Public Address for PR

FARMINGDALE, New York — Group One Ltd., the U.S. importer and distributor of DiGiCo, Avolites and several other respected pro audio and lighting brands, recently named Public Address as its public relations agency of record. The announcement came from Group One President Jack Kelly, who made the appointment.

Based in the South Bend, Indiana area, Public Address is under the direction of Chris Shuler and presently spearheads domestic PR activities for a number of AVL manufacturers. Effective immediately, the agency is now tasked with overseeing Group One’s corporate communications initiatives and furthering the exemplary service provided by Diane Gershuny of DGPR over the past five years. more

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ESI Audio Deploys North America’s First L-ACOUSTICS K2 System for “The Gift”

Over 12,000 fans flocked to "The Gift" on December 26

Brand new system gains rave reviews at Tampa EDM festival featuring deadmau5

TAMPA, Florida — On December 26, ESI Audio gained the distinction of being the first sound reinforcement company in North America to deploy L-ACOUSTICS’ new K2 system. ESI gave the rig its first official workout at “The Gift”, a one-day EDM festival staged outside Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium and touting deadmau5 as the headlining act. more

Beverly Hills’ First Performing Arts Center Roars to Life with L-ACOUSTICS

An interior view of The Wallis' Goldsmith Theater

Electrosonic equips Wallis Annenberg Center’s Bram Goldsmith Theater with ARCS WIFO and XT loudspeaker systems

LOS ANGELES — After more than two years of construction, Beverly Hills’ first performing arts center, the Wallis Annenberg Center — or simply “The Wallis” — officially opened in mid-October with a star-studded, invitation-only gala featuring a concert by Natalie Cole. Since then, the center’s primary performance space–the 500-seat, proscenium-arch Bram Goldsmith Theater — has been hosting a steady lineup of world-class theatre, music and dance performances sonically reinforced via the venue’s new L-ACOUSTICS amplifier and loudspeaker system. more

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