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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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LONG-STANDING SOUNDFIELD USER UPGRADES • César-Nominated Film Sound Engineer Philippe Vandendriessche Buys ST350

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 2010: Belgian Film Sound Engineer Philippe Vandendriessche has invested in a SoundField ST350 portable microphone for use on location to complement his existing SoundField ST250. A well-known figure in the Francophone film industry for over 25 years, with a library of self-recorded effects and sounds extending to over 75,000 recordings, Vandendriessche was nominated in 2008 for a César film award (the French equivalent of the Oscars) for Best Sound in the French film Séraphine. He acted as chief sound engineer, using the SoundField ST250 to record ambient sound for the film. more

METRIC HALO ULN-8 BATTLES FOR LOS ANGELES

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 2010: 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. more

McCLELLAND SOUND GOES FOR ASHLY AMPLIFICATION AND SIGNAL PROCESSING AT AUGUSTA HIGH SCHOOL

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AUGUSTA, KANSAS – APRIL 2010: Like many schools built in the 1970s, Augusta High School in Augusta, Kansas had outlived the usefulness of its sound reinforcement systems and, given the new and relatively inexpensive technologies available today, was ready to shed the clunky interfaces and fuzzy fidelity to which everyone had become inured. The school hired Wichita-based McClelland Sound, among the largest and most experienced sound engineering and contracting firms in Kansas. Founded at the dawn of sound reinforcement in 1928, McClelland is responsible for literally thousands of installations in all manner of buildings throughout the region. Vice president Scott Martin, who began his career with McClelland in 1974, took Augusta High School’s case and, in place of a market leader, used Ashly network-ready amplification and signal processing to give the school worry-free, easy-to-use, and utterly transparent reinforcement. more

BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC ADDS THREE 32-CHANNEL API LEGACY PLUS CONSOLES

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – APRIL 2010: The students seeking a Bachelor of Music Degree with a major in Music Production and Engineering, at the revered Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts are blessed with access to thirteen studios that operate twenty-two hours a day, seven days a week. The school equips the studios with, in the words of the Music Production and Engineering Department’s (MP&E) official manifesto, only “definitive tools” used in the pro audio industry. Consistent with its unwavering commitment to that principle and to the education of its students, Berklee replaced three of its older consoles with three new 32-channel discrete analog API Legacy Plus consoles over the winter break. more

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SYMNET DSP COMBINES ANALOG SOUND WITH TINKER-PROOF OPERATION FOR VETERAN SOUNDMAN TERRY FRIEDMAN

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 2010: Longtime FOH engineer and production manager Terry Friedman (Village People, Grace Jones) has, in recent years, stepped off the tour bus to offer schools, houses of worship, and other establishments in New York City his no-nonsense approach to audio under the ironic name Noise and Distortion. Reacting against industry dogma that sets digital equipment apart from its analog forbears, Friedman rightly points out that we only hear in analog and so a unit’s analog representation is ultimately all that matters. But Friedman is no Luddite and frequently relies on SymNet open-architecture digital signal processing equipment to convey analog warmth with digital logic, flexibility, and power, safe from tinkering fingers. more

METRIC HALO MOBILE I/O SOFTWARE v.5.3 NOW AVAILABLE

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HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK – APRIL 2010: Metric Halo announced the immediate availability of version 5.3 of MIO Console, Mobile I/O CoreAudio driver and Mobile I/O Firmware. The new version is available as a FREE update, and applies to all Metric Halo FireWire audio devices including the 2882, ULN-2, ULN-8 and the recently introduced LIO-8 multichannel A/D/A converter. more

DANLEY 5.1 SURROUND SYSTEM DONATED FOR EAGLE RANCH’S NEW HOME THEATER FACILITY

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CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN, GEORGIA – APRIL 2010: For 25 years, Eagle Ranch in northeast Georgia has provided a home and Christ-centered inspiration to over 600 children in crisis. Set in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the 270-acre facility is comprised of six boys’ homes, four girls’ homes, an administration & counseling center, school for grades six through nine, a chapel, a gym, and a brand new lodge. Until the rustic Wink Wynne Lodge was completed, Eagle Ranch’s 60-some children gathered in the gym for movies and presentations, but with lighting and acoustics befitting basketball, the situation was far from ideal. The new lodge features a state-of-the-art 5.1 home theater system with an eight by fifteen-foot screen and peerless loudspeakers donated by Danley Sound Labs. more

SYMETRIX AUTOMIX 780 AND SYMNET DSP TRAIN U.S. MILITARY IN “HURT LOCKER” TYPE AUDIO SIMULATION

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MARCH 2010: The Mobile Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Interactive Trainer (MCIT for short) helps to train American fighters to recognize what is arguably their greatest threat in modern theaters of battle: the improvised explosive device, or IED. Using sophisticated A/V technology, soldiers and officers learn about IEDs, their components, the ways they are deployed, and the clues to recognizing them in the field. Then, using cutting-edge interactive gaming technology, they partake in a simulation that pits a “red team” of insurgents against a “blue team” on patrol. The Symetrix Automix 780 and SymNet DSP units play an integral role in the MCIT, delivering both conditioned, matrixed audio and, for the simulation, “party line” routing and conditioning for the participants’ intercom systems, as well as appropriately-routed simulation audio. more

TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS’ THE LIVE ANTHOLOGY MIXED ON ATC LOUDSPEAKERS

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 2010: To say it was an ambitious project is an understatement. Veteran recording engineer/producer Ryan Ulyate, who has worked closely with legendary rocker Tom Petty and guitarist Mike Campbell since 2005, was charged with the task of compiling and organizing the individual songs from over 250 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concerts from their over thirty years together. After selecting only the “A+” material with Petty and Campbell, he then mixed five CDs-worth of material sequenced without regard to chronology. The challenge, apart from the sheer volume of the task, was to obtain a consistent sound from recordings spread across three decades made by different engineers using vastly different technologies. Ulyate relied on his ATC SCM 50 ASL three-way active monitors to reveal the truth in every mix, and the consistency he was able to achieve effectively makes The Live Anthology a time machine that more

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