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CTV PURCHASES KLEIN + HUMMEL MONITORS FOR MAJOR TELEVISION EVENTS

ctv_howard_baggley.JPGTORONTO, CANADA – CTV, the most popular television network in Canada, delivers a wide-ranging mix of programming to its demanding viewers. While some of its content, prime-time and otherwise, originates south of the border, such as the hits Law & Order and CSI, a greater share is homegrown. Dramas such as Degrassi: The Next Generation and Flashpoint join Canadian-made television movies, in a smorgasbord of entertainment programming. The morning’s Canada AM and the evening’s CTV National News deliver information-based content, supplemented by news magazine programs W-Five and the politically-focused Question Period. To maintain its high production standards the network will be relying on over four hundred Klein + Hummel studio reference monitors. more

FOR FLY-IN DATES, SKID ROW LANDS ON METRIC HALO’S SPECTRAFOO

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HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK – MAY 2010: Skid Row produced a string of iconic hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including “18 and Life,” “Youth Gone Wild,” and “I Remember You,” that now help define the era. In fact, a chapter of the new book, Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Songs of the ’80s and the True Stories Behind Their Lyrics, is devoted to dissecting the origins and cultural impact of “18 and Life.” Today, the band maintains a busy schedule of fly-in dates throughout the country and around the world, performing both their classics and new songs from Revolutions Per Minute (2006). They use house or rental equipment so that they can travel light, and veteran FOH and monitor engineer Mike Thompson relies on Metric Halo’s SpectraFoo sound analysis software to deliver consistent sound night after night across disparate sound systems. more

API DELIVERS 100th 1608 CONSOLE IN JUST TWO YEARS

will_anderson.JPGLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MAY 2010: Almost two years after John McBride’s Blackbird Studio in Nashville purchased 1608 serial number 001, API president Larry Droppa recently traveled to Los Angeles to congratulate film and television composer William Anderson on his purchase of the 100th API 1608 console. Built to the exacting standards of API’s revered 1604 console, the 1608 puts API’s coveted sound and discrete analog circuitry into a modern mixer that is perfectly suited to work with digital recording platforms, at a price that is within reach for project studio owners. more

SENNHEISER MD 421 TURNS 50!

md421.JPGPointe Claire, Quebec, Canada, May 2010: This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the introduction of the classic Sennheiser MD 421-U large diaphragm, cardioid, dynamic microphone. The venerable MD 421, which is still in production as the MD 421 II, has been one of Sennheiser’s best-selling dynamic microphones for decades thanks to its durability, versatility, and ability to handle high sound pressure levels. Offering exemplary performance on voices, but equally effective on a wide range of acoustic and amplified instruments, the MD 421 continues to be an essential component of any microphone collection in the studio or on the road. more

NEW TH-118 ADDS EVEN MORE WOOF TO DANLEY’S LINE OF SUPERLATIVE SUBWOOFERS

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GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – MAY 2010: Danley Sound Labs, a manufacturer of sound reinforcement’s most innovative products, is introducing the TH-118 at InfoComm 2010. The unit joins Danley’s family of patent-pending tapped horn subwoofers, delivering uniquely flat, low, and powerful bass from relatively lightweight, compact enclosures. The TH-118 modifies Danley’s popular TH-115 subwoofer with an 18-inch driver that adds even greater output to a format that is already famous for generating big sound from a little package. This is an ideal solution for sound reinforcement or fixed installation for corporate A/V, clubs, ballrooms, theaters, performing arts centers, houses of worship and more. more

DANLEY INTRODUCES WEATHERPROOF MOLDED, SYNERGY HORNS AT INFOCOMM

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GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – MAY 2010: Danley Sound Labs, a manufacturer of innovative loudspeakers and subwoofers of uncommon fidelity, SPL, and directivity, announces the introduction of two new molded horn loudspeakers – the SM-60M and SM-60F – at InfoComm 2010. Both units feature Tom Danley’s patent-pending synergy horn technology. The SM-60F delivers full-range content, whereas the SM-60M delivers mid- and high-frequency content only. The units are similar in spirit to Danley’s flagship SH-50 full-range loudspeaker, but use fewer drivers and are constructed of molded plastic, making the stock units completely weatherproof (other Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers can be special ordered with weatherproofing at additional cost). Danley has priced the SM-60M and SM-60F to compete favorably with competitive molded horns, even though the Danley designs offer dramatically greater fidelity and directivity. more

ASHLY AUDIO CONTINUES TO SIMPLY INTEGRATION WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF PÊMA: A COMBO AMP/DSP

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WEBSTER, NEW YORK – MAY 2010: Ashly Audio’s promise to “Simplify Integration” continues with the introduction of pêma (Protea Equipped Media Amplifier), a unique powered processor, at InfoComm 2010. This introduction sets a new industry benchmark for value-engineered zone sound systems. By seamlessly merging Ashly’s powerful, open-architecture DSP functionality with Ashly’s renowned amplifier performance inside a two-rack space unit, pêma lowers overall system cost, occupies less space, improves energy efficiency, and both speeds and simplifies system installation and programming. Four and eight amplifier channel versions are available at both 125 and 250 Watts per channel. Depending on the configuration, pêma’s MSRP spans a modest $2,000 to $4,000, putting its benefits-to-costs ratio through the roof. more

THE JUNO AWARDS GO TO SENNHEISER

juno_k_naan.JPGSt. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, April 2010: Canada’s biggest night in music, the televised JUNO Awards show, was an all-Sennheiser event this year, with every featured vocal performer, as well as hosts and presenters, making use of new 2000 Series and evolution G2 wireless microphones. Quebec’s Solotech supplied production for the thirty-ninth annual event, which was broadcast by CTV from St. John’s in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada on April 18, with wireless coordination and calibration provided by Christian Pageau of Transmission Squelch based in Quebec, P.Q. and RF Wireless Systems Inc. of Nepean, Ontario. more

STEVE MILLER CHOOSES API 1608 CONSOLE TO RE-RECORD HIS GREATEST HITS

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SUN VALLEY, IDAHO – APRIL 2010: Legendary rocker and bluesman Steve Miller continues to enjoy a life of recording and touring. Godson to Les Paul, the precocious Miller tapped the artistic veins of the Chicago and New York blues scenes before relocating to San Francisco in the midst of its artistic renaissance, where the Steve Miller Band contributed to the playlist that has become a part of the fabric of modern life. Together with respected engineer Kent Hertz (Godsmack, Julio Iglesias, Gloria Estefan) and eminent producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Van Halen), Miller is currently re-recording with the same passion that has attended him his entire life. The trio purchased a 32-channel API 1608 console to contribute the right sound to an otherwise ideal digital workflow. more

SYMNET UPGRADES WARNER CENTER MARRIOTT BALLROOM

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 2010: Located in the San Fernando Valley on the northern edge of Los Angeles, the Warner Center Marriott has been catering a wide range of events – including corporate meetings, Hollywood parties, large galas, sweet sixteens and weddings – in its 11,000 square-foot, 1,500-seat ballroom for quite some time. The space is extremely flexible and, with the capacity to subdivide into ten smaller meeting rooms, can be configured up to twenty different ways to meet the needs of any particular event. But for over a decade, the hotel had suffered with a ballroom sound system that was not nearly so flexible, ever-threatening embarrassing technical glitches unbecoming of so posh a setting. Fed up, the Warner Center Marriott cut its losses and replaced the uncooperative system with an exceptionally versatile and utterly intuitive sound system centered on Symetrix’ SymNet open-architecture DSP and Symetrix wall panels. more

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