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NESCOM TO ADD API VISION SURROUND CONSOLE

nescom.JPGBANGOR, MAINE – MARCH 2010: Graduates from the New England School of Communications (NESCOM) are highly sought-after in the pro audio trades for their balanced appreciation of theory, application, and technique. One of the ways NESCOM keeps current is by replacing one of the consoles in its seven fully-appointed control rooms every year, as well as by providing regular upgrades to its remote truck and its 500-seat theater complex. Last year’s pick was a 32-channel API 1608 with a 16-channel expander. The overwhelming enthusiasm for the 1608 contributed to this year’s decision. NESCOM will replace a control surface in one of its surround rooms – Studio D – with a 48-channel API Vision surround production console, providing a superb front-end and mixing environment that ably handles stereo and surround simultaneously with an intuitive and instructive topology. more

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GERMAN SPORT GETS 5.1 MAKEOVER WITH SOUNDFIELD’S UPM-1 • Stereo-to-5.1 Upmix Processor Assists German Broadcaster WDR With Move To HD

markus_bozzetti.JPGLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 2010: For decades, German sport on television has been associated with one program above all others – Sportschau, the weekend sports roundup produced by West German Broadcasting (Westdeutsche Rundfunk, or WDR) and broadcast on the main German public-service terrestrial channel ARD. As the Winter Olympics opened in Vancouver and German public-service TV channels began their long-planned transition to high-definition broadcasting, the much-loved Sportschau moved to a new timeslot on Saturday nights, and, from February 13, 2010, began transmission in high-definition with 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound. more

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SEVEN METRIC HALO ULN-8 INTERFACES RECORD NEIL YOUNG’S BRIDGE SCHOOL BENEFIT CONCERT

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 2010: Every year in October, the Bridge School Benefit Concert draws music fans to the massive Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, near San Francisco, to enjoy an A-list lineup of musicians organized by industry icon Neil Young and his wife Pegi. Proceeds benefit The Bridge School, which educates children with severe speech and physical impairments and often relies on expensive assistive communication technology. The 23rd annual concert was held this past October and included performances by No Doubt, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, Fleet Foxes, Wolfmother, Gavin Rossdale, Monsters of Folk, Jimmy Buffett, Adam Sandler, and, of course, Pegi and Neil Young. Young’s regular FOH and recording engineer, Dave Lohr, was on hand to record the two-day event using ten Metric Halo ULN-8 mic-pre/converters. more

IT’S THE ALL-AMERICAN API 1608 SOUND FOR AUSTIN’S YELLOW DOG STUDIOS

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AUSTIN, TEXAS – MARCH 2010: Austin’s yellow DOG Studios is home to independent producer and engineer David Percefull, whose vital work with emerging artists and established indie acts has earned him deep respect from both sides of the microphone. The name and spirit of yellow DOG Studios has been with Percefull for fifteen years, originating with Buddy, a wonderful yellow Lab who made himself at home in Percefull’s original project studio in his long-time home of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Now back online in Austin, after the recent purchase of former Five AM Studios, yellow DOG Studios is brimming with mics, pres, outboard processors, and digital & analog recorders of such quantity and quality that reading them off in litany risks stopping the heart of any pro audio gear devotee. more

SUMMIT INTEGRATED SYSTEMS TAKES HISTORIC PATHWAYS CHURCH INTO THE NEW DECADE WITH DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS

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DENVER, COLORADO – MARCH 2010: Pathways Church in Denver, Colorado is unique in many ways. The church purchased the Temple Event Center, an historic Moorish-style Synagogue built by renowned architect John Humphreys in 1899. Both a local and national historic landmark, the Temple Event Center, as it is still known, overflows with ornate and sublime beauty, including elaborate stained glass windows, intricate woodwork, vaulted ceilings, and gold leaf stenciling. Though no longer functioning, a gigantic 1911 Estey pipe organ provides an impressive backdrop for the nearly 1,000 congregants who can sit comfortably on velvet-upholstered seats.

Given the classic architecture that surrounds Pathways, it may be surprising to learn that the church delivers a decidedly contemporary service, complete with a fully-voiced rock band. In contrast, it will not be surprising to learn that the existing sound system was hardly up to that more

ASHLY DSP CHOSEN FOR MOORINGS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

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NAPLES, FLORIDA – MARCH 2010: Since its first service way back in 1965 in the Music Room of Naples High School, part of the vision for Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples, Florida has been to build a beautiful sanctuary to glorify God. It has been a long path, but completion within the decade of a flexible and functional Fellowship Hall and a community-supporting gymnasium and recreation center left that enduring target as the next step to accomplish in Moorings’ strategic vision. The church razed its existing sanctuary, saving the small original chapel from the wrecking ball, and built a new one in its place, wondrously sunlit and capable of seating some 750 congregants. A 49 stop, 63 rank pipe organ serves as its centerpiece, and a full-blown A/V system serves to support spoken word and all manner of classical and contemporary music. An Ashly ne24.24M DSP provides the brains for more

SYMNET’S AUTOMIX CAPABILITIES ADD A FLOURISH OF FUNCTIONALITY TO IMPRESSIVE HIGH SCHOOL THEATER

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WATCHUNG HILLS, NEW JERSEY – MARCH 2010: Watchung Hills Regional High School, which serves some 2,000 students in central New Jersey, recently added a beautiful, state-of-the-art 1,000+ seat theater to its complex. In addition to plays, concerts, talent shows, and the like, the new theater also hosts less colorful, but vitally important, regional school board meetings. Greater New York’s Audio Incorporated provided all of the programming and tuning services for a comparably sophisticated sound system, which includes a SymNet 8×8 DSP capable of transparently auto mixing four microphones and a computer input. It’s perfect for said board meetings and movie presentations. more

METRIC HALO INTRODUCES LIO-8 CONVERTER/PROCESSOR/INTERFACE

lio_8fp.JPGFRANKFURT, GERMANY (MUSIKMESSE) – MARCH 24, 2010: Today, Metric Halo announced the immediate availability of the new LIO-8 multichannel A/D/A converter, processor and interface. Based on Metric Halo’s ULN-8 technology platform, the LIO-8 is perfect for the audio professional that needs archival quality conversion, processing and interfacing. Equally at home in a mastering suite, mix suite or in a recording studio with external preamps, the LIO-8 provides conversion performance that is as stunning as that provided by the ULN-8. more

ST MARY’S KEEPS IT SIMPLE & ELEGANT WITH SYMETRIX AUTOMIX MATRIX 780

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ALBANY, OREGON – MARCH 2010: St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albany, Oregon had an unruly collection of old-fashioned problems with its twenty year-old A/V system – problems that would sour the countenance of any unlucky sound engineer, professional or volunteer, who has ever had to contend with them. Some were essentially structural – the unforgiving reverberant space meshed poorly with improper loudspeaker placement to generate a rolling ocean of hot and cold spots. Other problems were functional. Most importantly, the church required only one or two mics for the vast majority of its services, and yet reliance on a full-blown mixing board demanded that more

ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC CHURCH LEAPS INTO THE NEW DECADE WITH NETWORKABLE ASHLY AMPLIFIERS

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ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA – MARCH 2010: Like so many houses of worship, St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester, Minnesota followed a haphazard path from the era predating sound reinforcement to today. The church was established in 1954 and moved into their present building a decade later. A rudimentary public address system went in some time in the 1970s to provide reinforcement for spoken word. But as the church moved towards live music – a mixture of choral with classical instrumentation, such as violin, piano, and flute – the system, which was already inadequate for its intended purpose and riddled with hot and cold spots, was asked to reinforce the music as well. The result was predictable. Thus, when the church undertook a massive renovation, Intermedia Systems Group (ISG) replaced the old sound system with a thoroughly modern one that provides even coverage across the audible spectrum. more

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