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Archive by Heather Davis

JUPITER GETS PINSTRIPES

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EDINA, MINNESOTA – MARCH 2011: Pinstripes delivers to its patrons the unique combination of superb Italian-American fare, stately lanes of bowling, bocce courts, and banquet and party space for up to six-hundred guests. Until recently, only the denizens of suburban Chicago enjoyed Pinstripes in its two locations, but success spurred the owners to open a third location in Edina, Minnesota, just past the Minneapolis city limit. GMK Integrated Systems (Lombard, Illinois) designed and installed the audio systems in all three locations, turning, in the newest location, to Symetrix’ recently-introduced, “zero learning curve” Jupiter hardware and “app-based” software for system processing in the banquet rooms.

The audio systems in the older Pinstripes locations worked well enough, but when GMK system designer Chris King heard about Symetrix’ new Jupiter series, the functional fit seemed perfect, despite Jupiter’s lower cost. Unique in the industry, the Symetrix Jupiter hardware operates with software “apps” more

METRIC HALO ULN-8 BATTLES FOR LOS ANGELES

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 2011: The capabilities of digital audio have brought about a paradigm shift in motion picture location sound recording over the past decade, away from traditional analog hardware to more versatile software-based solutions. As production mixer Paul Ledford, C.A.S. recently discovered, a digital audio solution such as Metric Halo’s ULN-8 interface can also handle the increasingly more complex demands of a modern-day film shoot, and may well herald the next step in the evolution of location sound.

Ledford finished work on Jonathan Liebesman’s Battle: Los Angeles, a Sony Pictures movie about a group of U.S. Marines confronting and combating an alien invasion, which placed some unusual demands on the mixer’s location sound cart setup. The multi-camera shoot involved many busy action scenes with a lot going on at once, he says, and with very little rehearsal. “And the director wanted everybody miked – which is more

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JEFF HARDING RECORDS LOOK EAST WITH BOCK 251 MIC/PAULY SUPERSCREEN

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 2011: On his latest album, 2010′s Look East, Jeff Harding refines his fluid guitar playing to build songs of transcendent beauty, measured out by thoughtful lyrics delivered with honesty and simplicity. The final product was mixed and mastered by Casey Wood (Randy Travis, Jimmy Buffett, George Strait) at The Insanery in Nashville, Tennessee with Harding using the new BOCK 251 studio condenser with a Pauly Superscreen pop filter to record all of the vocals in his project studio.

In anticipation of purchasing a new vocal mic, Harding did a lot of research and asked a lot of questions. “Since I knew I would be dropping a lot of money, I wanted to be careful,” he said. “I considered buying a vintage mic, but I was too scared by all the stories I heard about vintage mics that had lost their sound or had become more

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SYMETRIX JUPITER “ZERO LEARNING CURVE” DSP ORBITS NEW AUDITORIUM IN SPAIN’S HISTORIC ATENEU BARCELONÈS

ateneu_barcelones.JPGBARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 2011: Located in Barcelona, Spain, the Ateneu Barcelonès is a unique institution. It is not a school, though many have learned there. It is not a club, though many gather there. It is not a library, though many books and a wealth of knowledge are preserved there. The Ateneu Barcelonès is perhaps best described as an intellectual cultural center, more

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SYMETRIX AUTOMIX MATRIX 780 INSTALLED IN SERBIAN CONFERENCE ROOM

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BELGRADE, SERBIA – FEBRUARY 2011: A recently completed conference room in the municipality of Vracar in Belgrade, Serbia serves the local government with a state-of-the-art audio/visual system. In addition to supporting conferences and sophisticated multi-media presentations, the main stereo sound system (with a supporting subwoofer) also permits the user to hold special movie events. The system, which centers on a Symetrix Automix Matrix 780 digital signal processor chosen for its power, simplicity, and very competitive price, delivers speech reinforcement, both for delegates and for visiting speakers or members of the public, as well as signal distribution, both for ENG journalists and for a large plasma monitor in the foyer of the building.

Based in Belgrade, Lola Audio designed and installed the new conference room’s A/V system. Zoran Kecojevic, former general manager and now owner of Lola Audio, led the effort, relying more

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SYMETRIX AUTOMIX MATRIX 780 AND ROOM COMBINE 788 ARE NOW 64-BIT COMPATIBLE

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 2011: Symetrix announces a new, freely available release of the programming software for two of its popular fixed-architecture processors, the Automix Matrix 780 and the Room Combine 788. Along with a few small changes, the update makes the software compatible with 64-bit Windows operating systems. Users can download the new programming software, which requires no change to the Automix Matrix 780 or Room Combine 788 units themselves, from the Symetrix website.

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“Integrators can now use the software without any constraints in 64-bit operating systems,” said Mark Ullrich, senior technical sales engineer for Symetrix. “In addition, the new programming software allows for better interactions between the processors and Symetrix’ ARC remote control wall panels. Specifically, the wall panel button LEDs will now light in a latched-radio-button manner so that the more

NEW “APPS” CREATED FOR THE SYMETRIX JUPITER SYSTEM

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – FEBRUARY 2011: Symetrix recently announced new apps for use with its groundbreaking, “zero learning curve” Jupiter audio processor. Modeled after smartphone technology, the Jupiter system is comprised of hardware units that users program with apps that they download from the Symetrix website. The apps instantly program the Jupiter hardware to perform a multitude of common audio processing tasks. Then the user only needs to tweak the settings to meet the needs of the particular installation. Six new apps join the existing library: Sound Reinforcement 11 (multi-source mono or stereo selection routed to processed direct outputs), Stereo SPL 1 (automatic level adjustment for multiple stereo sources based upon ambient noise levels), Retail SPL 1 (automatic volume level controller), Priority Zone Mixer 1 (multi-zone priority mixer), Home Theater 1 (precision 5.1 loudspeaker management with subwoofer management) and Home Theater 2 (precision multichannel loudspeaker management).

“The Jupiter system is more

BEN ARTHUR’S DUBWAY DAYS AND THE METRIC HALO ULN-8

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HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 2011: Ben Arthur is a charismatic, self-made singer/songwriter who has released four critically-lauded albums and opened for such acts as Tori Amos, Bruce Hornsby, and the Dave Matthews Band. His knack for successful collaborations has earned him the friendship of many very talented musicians who tend to fly just under the radar of the mass media. That knack and those friendships will be put to the dramatic test on Dubway Days, a web-TV show – and possible Network TV show – that will air its pilot episode on February 14, 2011 at www.breakthruradio.com. It so happens that Ben Arthur is also an ardent Metric Halo user.

The tagline for Dubway Days, “Two Artists… One Day… One Song,” sums up the mechanics of the show, but its drama hinges on the immensity of that task. Ben Arthur and a guest begin a day of more

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DREW BECKER, FOH ENGINEER FOR THE GRAMMY NOMINATED STRING BAND HAS A LONG RELATIONSHIP WITH METRIC HALO

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HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 2011: There is much to admire in a band that forms for the love of music and then, because of the members’ talent, inspiration, and joyful willingness to play tour after tireless tour, achieves well-deserved success. A bluegrass band that elegantly draws inspiration from tradition, The Infamous Stringdusters recently earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance for “Magic #9,” the fourth track on the band’s third album, Things That Fly. The Infamous Stringdusters are rather famous – despite the appellation – on the bluegrass-friendly stages of the nation for both their quality (see above) and their quantity (the band plays approximately 150 shows a year!). FOH engineer Drew Becker was fresh off a degree from Full Sail and still rather green when he went to work full-time for the band three years ago. Since then he has logged over 500 shows, some more

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DANLEY FLOWS INTO THE RIVER OF LIFE CHRISTIAN CENTER

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RIVERVIEW, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 2011: The River of Life Christian Center in Riverview, Florida stepped boldly into the future with a dramatic overhaul, both sonic and scenic, of its new sanctuary. The room’s old sound reinforcement barely merited that appellation, and it would be a stretch to say there were lighting and video systems – just some lights and some video. River of Life hired Christian Sound Installations (CSI) to design and install a new A/V system that would catapult the sanctuary from uninspired husk to enlivened, state-of-the-art spiritual focal point. To realize that transformation, Paul Garner, CSI principal and chief designer, relied on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers, together with a suite of energy-efficient – but unassailably awesome – theatrical lighting fixtures and video display technologies.

“The old sound system at River of Life looked as if it had more

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Related Topics: Houses of Worship, News |

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