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PLATINUM PRODUCER PAUL EPWORTH COMPLETES STAGE ONE OF THE CHURCH STUDIO RENOVATION IN LONDON – A WSDG FIRST

1. The Church Studios Control Room Studio 2 Front - Photo  Dirk Noy LR

2. The Church Studios Control Room 2 side

3. Studio 2 - Booth - Photo  Dirk Noy LR

4 The Church Studios 3 Writing Room

5. The Church Studios 2 Live Room

6. Studio 2 -(l-t-r) Dirk Noy - Paul Epworth - John Storyk - Pete Hofmann - Beth Walters - Photo Credit Vicky taylor LR

140925 The Church Studios – Presentation drawing

140925 The Church Studios – Studio 2

140925 The Church Studios – Studio 3LONDON: In the culmination of a nearly yearlong reconstruction project, multi-Platinum/Academy Award-winning producer Paul Epworth (Paul McCartney, Adele, Coldplay, U2, Lorde), has announced the completion of stage one of a massive renovation of The Church Recording Studio. Reconfiguring the legendary Studio 2 Live and Control Rooms, and creating a unique totally new Writing Room, engaged the design skills of the Walters-Storyk Design Group, and the studio installation/operational expertise of Miloco Builds.

The massive stone church (circa 1855) originally converted to a studio in 1984 by producer/artist Dave Stewart, hosted hit sessions for artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Depeche Mode and Annie Lennox. Recording star David Gray purchased the studio in 2004 and continued its hit-making legacy. Committed to building a world-class studio in London, Epworth bought The Church from Gray in 2013. Earlier that year Epworth had worked at Anne Mincieli’s Jungle City destination studio in NY. Impressed by Jungle’s unique architectural sensibility, and its WSDG/Augspurger Dual 15 Vertical Speaker System, he reached out to architect/acoustician, John Storyk and WSDG.

“After building hundreds of idiosyncratic studios around the globe over the past 45 years, The Church marks our first footprint in London,” Storyk remarked. “Paul Epworth’s technical expertise and design instincts are as inspired as his hit record productions. Paul was particularly intrigued by our innovative monitor configuration at Jungle, and we customized an extremely effective system for him. Paul also worked closely with my business (and life) partner Beth Walters on an LED mood lighting system with a vastly programmable color palate. Installed in the totally white Studio 2 Control Room and Studio 3 Writing Room, the system provides infinite mood enhancing color options; it’s a huge aesthetic boon to creativity. We were especially pleased that Paul retained Miloco Services to supervise construction and operations,” Storyk concludes. “They’ve been on our radar for years, and working with them has been an extraordinary experience.”

The totally new (961 sq. ft./90 sq. m.) Studio 2 is an ultra modern showcase featuring a completely recapped classic SSL 4000G console, ‘insanely powerful’ custom WSDG/ Augspurger Monitors and, an astonishing array of outboard gear. The ‘Space Age’ (267 sq. ft./26 sq. m.) Writing Room designed from the ground up by WSDG, is distinguished by an Equinox summing mixer a 20 channel Neve Sidecar and complete access to The Church vintage gear collection.

Following the design and construction stage, WSDG partners Dirk Noy and (Grammy-winner) Renato Cipriano flew to London from Basil, Switzerland and Belo Horizonte, Brazil respectively, to perform final measurements, confirm acoustic accuracy and fine-tne the new rooms. Still on the drawing board for future renovation, Church Studio 1 is an epic (800 sq. ft./78 sq. m.) tracking room with a triple height ceiling and a vast arsenal of technology punctuated by a vintage 72 channel EMI Neve console (credited with recording such hits as Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here at Abby Road).

Commenting on The Church renovation, Paul Epworth remarked, “I was very impressed with the feel and the monitoring of Jungle City, and wanted to be the first to build a WSDG/Augspurger room in London to meet the needs of both British and international artists, producers and engineers. Bringing WSDG in to design two of their world-renowned rooms was the first step, and the collaboration with Miloco has been an incredibly successful team effort,” Epworth concludes. “The Church provides nearly 8000 sq. ft./743sm of recording space over three very different rooms, including rare and vintage recording gear married to the most modern digital and analogue equipment to give users the freedom to indulge their creative impulses instantly.”

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For booking enquiries on The Church Studios email bookings@miloco.co.uk or call +44 (0) 207 232 0008

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1. The Church Studios 2 Control Room front (photo by Dirk Noy)
2. The Church Studios 2 Control Room side (Photo by Lucy Williams)
3. The Church Studios 2 Booth (Photo by Dirk Noy)
4. The Church Studios 3 Writing Room (photo by Lucy Williams)
5. The Church Studios Live Room (photo by Lucy Williams)
6. The Church Studios 2 Live Room l-t-r WSDG Partner, Dirk Noy, studio owner/multi-Platinum producer Paul Epworth, WSDG co-principal, John Storyk, WSDG co-principal, John Storyk, Miloco Builds, Technical Director, Pete Hofmann, WSDG co-principal, Beth Walters (photo by Vicky Taylor)

Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as: Frank O. Ghery (Novartis Campus,) Rafael Vignoly (Jazz at Lincoln Center,) Norman Foster (El Aleph,) Oscar Niemeyer (CAMG,) Phillipe Stark (Faena Hotel,) Grimshaw (Zurich Airport,) and Santiago Calatrava (Berklee Valencia.) WSDG is a seven
time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for NY’s Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City Mumbai and St. Petersburg.

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Nipros Helps RED Display The Realties of Live 4K Production At IBC

IBC2014 CONVENTION, AMSTERDAM— Following a successful collaboration at the NAB Convention in April, RED Digital Cinema has re-enlisted Samaserve’s CTO Sal Sandoval to engage the Nipros LS-750GT and LS 750 camera-mounted fiber adapter system for a live 4K Production demonstration, the first of its kind, at the IBC 2014 Show.

On Saturday, September 13th, a milestone technology demonstration will kick off the IBC Show between 10:00 and 11:30 am. Entitled “One Camera, 6K Digital Stills & Motion, 4K Broadcast?” the unique session is being held during Red Digital Cinema’s presentation at the RAI Auditorium. The goal is to illustrate how Red’s 6K Dragon sensor—boasting over 19 megapixels, a new color science, higher dynamic range and the highest DxO Mark sensor rating ever—can support live (3840 x 2160 resolution) broadcasts. The live 4K broadcasts will include real-time graphics from Vizrt while simultaneously capturing 6K R3D RAW (4096 x 2160 resolution) masters. RED Digital Cinema is located at IBC booth (10.A10 – Hall 10).

The Nipros LS-750GT fiber adapter system will facilitate the transmission of compressed and uncompressed, up to 4K, video from a RED EPIC DRAGON Cinema Camera to the RAI Convention Center’s main auditorium over fiber-optic cable (ensuring high quality signal delivery). The RED EPIC DRAGON will also provide live 4K feeds produced at the Vizrt booth (7.A10 – Hall 7) “Virtual Studio” set throughout the show

“We needed a comprehensive camera system capable of flawlessly transmitting uncompressed 4K and HD signals simultaneously for display on a large, high res screen. The specs on the Nipros System meet all of our requirements, and we are very pleased to be using it as part of our series of IBC demos,” says Jarred Land, President of Red Digital Cinema.

The flagship, Nipros LS-750/GT camera-mounted fiber adapter system, supports virtually any 4K camera. The system acquires and faultlessly passes simultaneous uncompressed 4K and HD signals for distances of up to 1.24 miles with the option of distances beyond 6.2 miles. The LS-750/GT offers users five 3G SDI streams directly out of the camera, as well as one return 3G/HD-SDI/SD-SDI signal. All types of 4K plus HD, or five separate HD streams, can be transported simultaneously, with the ability to mix the five asynchronous 3G/HD/SD streams independently.

“The Nipros System was a primary catalyst for my partners and I forming Samaserve,” Sandoval says. “Earning this level of support at so early a stage in the introduction of an important new system is critical. We are extremely pleased to have earned RED’s trust to support their DRAGON Cinema Camera Demos. The camera agnostic Nipros systems will also be on the job at the Canon Europe Ltd. Booth (11.E50 – Hall 11), and at the Ross Video Ltd. Booths (9.C10, 9.B08, 9.C23 – Hall 9, Hall 0),” Sandoval concludes.

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Photo: Nipros Systemized Camera System with RED DRAGON at NAB 2014

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SONNOX HEATS UP PLUG-INS FOR SUMMER MADNESS SALE 35% OFF PLUG-INS AND BUNDLES

OXFORD, UK: Beginning on August 1st and continuing on throughout the month, Sonnox will offer a 35% discount on individual plug-ins and also bundles.

Company Sales & Marketing Manager Nathan Eames explains, “Buying multiple plug-ins and creating a custom bundle, purchasers are already saving up to 40% – so in effect, this Summer sale means an additional 35% discount. Now is a great time to buy Sonnox plug-ins!”

Included in the Summer Madness Sale are: Oxford Dynamics, EQ, Inflator, Limiter, SuprEsser, TransMod, Reverb, Fraunhofer Pro-Codec, and Sonnox Restore. To take advantage of these great summer prices Buy Now. iLok2 is required for authorization.

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WSDG A HIT FOR HONG KONG’S METROPLEX AT KITEC

HONG KONG: The Metroplex, a luxurious 9 screen multiplex cinema, opened this year in Hong Kong’s iconic Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre. Situated adjacent to the widely popular Star Hall, a 3600 seat scene of many major international concerts, The Metroplex is a self-operated independent cinema showing a wide range of films ranging from Hollywood blockbusters, to international award-winners, festival entries, local, specialty and independent films. Beyond its cutting edge technical advantages, Metroplex has the flexibility to cross platform live streaming, concerts & shows, multi-media conferences, and many other events. To support these presentations, the complex was designed to host premieres, dinners, cocktail parties, and business gatherings.

An investment property of Hopewell Holdings Limited. The complex reflects the Group’s vast experience in operating large-scale venues, and it establishes a new level of lavish comfort for filmgoers. Their unique concept was to bridge the gap between film and music by creating crossover events and festivals that would benefit from the venue’s diverse dining, socializing, large and small theaters and intimate screening rooms. Deeply concerned with the need to provide their audiences with the highest quality audio. To achieve that level of acoustic excellence the developers retained the services of the Walters-Storyk Design Group.

Company Principal/Director of International Relations, Sergio Molho reports that WSDG provided a comprehensive review of the architectural master plan layouts and prepared a detailed analysis of the acoustic package recommendations provided by a local consultant. Particular attention was addressed to issues of Sound isolation and (RT60) internal room acoustics. The client’s primary concern was to assure absolute Sound isolation between the movie theaters and the large event hall located on the upper floor specifically with regard to NC and STC parameters. House #1, the Metroplex’s largest theater, accommodates an audience of 430. The five other public theaters (#2-6) seat groups of 151, 138, 136, and 97 guests respectively. Additionally, three plush VIP Screening Suites (#’s 7,8, 9) have been created to host elite clusters of twenty guests each. Theaters 1 & 3 and all three of the VIP Suites offer opulent reclining lounge chairs, state of the art lighting, exquisite interior designs and Dolby® Atmos™+ Dolby Surround 7. 1 sound. The four other theaters are outfitted with Dolby Surround 7.1. The futuristic lobby and dining areas provide an unsurpassed ambience for elegant gatherings.

“These theaters are among the most sumptuous we have ever seen,” Sergio Molho concludes. “The developers spared no expense in creating a new standard of luxury and comfort for their guests, no extravagance was overlooked. Their mission statement was clear, ‘we are here to pamper our audience and to provide the ultimate environment for ideal viewing and listening excellence’. We made a special point of doing everything possible to help them reach that goal.”

Photos

1. Metroplex Lobby
2. Metroplex Cinema 1
3. Metroplex Dining Hall
4. Metroplex VIP Screening Suite #8

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3500 media facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s 1969’s Electric Lady Studios; NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music Boston and Valencia, Spain; media rooms for Hoffman La Roche, and other corporate clients. Recent projects include NYC’s TEC award winner Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (an adjunct professor at Berklee College,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications.WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, LA, Miami, Buenos Aires,Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City, St,. Petersburg and Mumbai.

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SPICE HOUSE SOUND… A WSDG SHOWPLACE AND – - – A PROVING GROUND FOR INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

PHILADELPHIA, PA: Spice House Sound, a new recording studio offering innovative acoustics and an abundance of singular technology, has set up shop in a gut-renovated former Philadelphia stable circa 1885. In 2011 (21-year-old) ‘audio-impassioned gear head’ Alex Santilli made a cold call to Walters-Storyk Design Group, Architect/
Acoustician John Storyk. Little did either of them imagine they were embarking on an epic journey of experimentation and discovery.

The spacious live room boasts a 25’ ceiling height. WSDG Project Manager Matthew Ballos reports the groundbreaking, ceiling cloud is a ‘one of a kind marvel of (mechanical) engineering. “Taking full advantage of the elevation, we wanted to provide Alex with the flexibility to track widely diversified sessions. Working together we came up with a motorized, track-mounted acoustic absorption unit, which gives new meaning to the term “ceiling cloud.” We also employed more traditional, wall-mounted variable acoustic treatments. These two systems work hand-in-hand to provide the space with the versatility of sounding like a large live room or a small intimate space.”

“Spice House Sound is a gem,” John Storyk remarked. “Alex Santilli has a genuine reverence for sound. And, he’s an innate ‘gear whisperer.’ He can breath new life into vintage technology most of us would just shovel dirt over. I was intrigued by his vision for the studio, and found him to be a hand’s-on prodigy. He personally implemented the entire systems integration, pulling every wire himself. We appreciate projects that we can have fun with and learn something from. Spice House fulfilled both those wishes.”

At age 13, Alex Santilli went from building Legos to assembling computers. At 16 he began designing custom speakers. By 19 he was mixing on Pro Tools, and had began restoring ‘dead’ analog consoles. In 2009 a local studio owner hired him to ‘resurrect’ expired gear. Before long, Santilli had restored his console and outboard gear, rewired the entire studio, was engineering sessions and, eventually managing the studio. Two years later he was ready to build his own.

“The building provided us with about 2000 sq. ft. of usable space,“ Santilli says. “Our live room has a 650 sq. ft. foot print, our goal was to maximize its volume. The room opens to a cavernous 16,000 cubic feet. Our 120 sq. ft. iso booth can function as an overflow mix station. A semi-isolated 90 sq. ft. sound lock can double as a recording space and, it adds to the overall flexibility of the studio,” he adds. “At 400 sq. ft. the fully isolated, room-with-in-room, control room comfortably accommodates 10 and, its’ ceiling slopes from 10 to 14 feet. Taking full advantage of this height, a loft area was created above the control room, iso booth and sound lock. This area acts as a home for the operable ceiling cloud when it’s not in use. All spaces have been wrapped in reclaimed barn wood, which enhances the vibe and amplifies the beauty of the studio. And, band members can actually record from the Control Room roof if they’re looking to hit some especially high notes.”

The heart of the Spice House system has been rebuilt and redesigned with carefully selected components and circuits to attain a performance standard beyond that of professional equipment. By retrofitting state-of-the-art components and op amps, utilizing direct-coupled and transformer-coupled circuits, and expanding bandwidth performance for zero phase-shift in the audio band, Santilli created a distinctive sonic signature to define the studios’ idiosyncratic sound. He spent 8 years designing the loudspeakers and reproduction system, focusing on sensitivity, transient response, true full range response, and linear absolute phase. “We achieved a carefully crafted and measured experience that can only be realized to its full potential in a John Storyk-designed room,” he says.

“No one will recognize the console or the mains. I built them from scratch and have been fine tuning them for a couple of years. One of the special kicks about working with WSDG was having a chance to collaborate with John Storyk.” Santilli concludes. “Matt Ballos and the WSDG team were extremely helpful, and everyone went the extra nine yards. But the idea of picking up the phone, calling John out of the blue, and having a pretty meaningful conversation with him was a great surprise. I see this studio design/ build experience as an extended ‘one-on-one master class.’ I couldn’t be more pleased with the look and sound of Spice House Sound, and I get the feeling John had a pretty good time with this gig too.”

Spice House Sound’s flagship project was Flyermile (sic) a new rock band that took full advantage of the unorthodox shape of the room to cultivate an overabundance of idiosyncratic sounds.

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1. Spice House Control Room view to Live Room
2. Spice House Control view to rear
3. Spice House Live Room (note retractable ceiling cloud)
4. Spice House Founder Alex Santilli
5. Spice House Presentation Drawing

Photos by Cheryl Fleming Photography http://www.cherphotos.com/architecture

Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3500 media facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s 1969’s Electric Lady Studios; NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music Boston and Valencia, Spain; media rooms for Hoffman La Roche, and other corporate clients. Recent projects include NYC’s TEC award winner Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (an adjunct professor at Berklee College,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications.WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, LA, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City, Mumbai and St. Petersburg.

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département caméra – LEADING CANADIAN RENTAL COMPANY EMBRACES NIPROS CAMERA SYSTEMIZATION TECHNOLOGY

RAMSEY, NJ: Following a successful NAB 2014 and sales in the US, Samaserve, the Nipros sales, marketing and service affiliate, has announced the sale of five Nipros LS 750/850 GTS camera systemization rigs to leading Montréal and Toronto-based production equipment rental/service/studio firm département caméra. “We held a number of extremely positive meetings at NAB,” Mel Medina, Samaserve CEO, states. “The fact that département camera has made this decision, underscores the flexibility and cost effectiveness of the Nipros Systems.”

The innovative, camera-agnostic, Nipros LS 750/850 GTS systems, HDS 300 camera system build-up rigs; HDF 700 SK monitors, and related accessories, will provide département caméra with the ability to maximize the potential of virtually any camera for literally any type of shoot, including simultaneous, uncompressed 4K and HD projects. “These Nipros systems will benefit our customers, and their clients, with significant savings in time, flexibility and by extending the productive life of their existing camera investments,” Medina added.

As founder of Montreal-based départment caméra, one of Canada’s major rental houses, Jacques Lamontagne has been familiar with the Nipros brand for many years. Highly positive early reports on the Nipros LS 750/850 GTS camera system, led Lamontagne to make a special point of visiting the Nipros/Samaserve NAB booth. An impressive live demo of the Nipros LS 750 supporting a RED 4K EPIC DRAGON, coupled with a hands-on familiarization with the system at the show convinced him that Nipros was ideal for his client base.

“We provide production technology to a wide range of TV, feature film and documentary production companies, and we have been looking for a highly flexible system, capable of working with virtually any camera,” Lamontagne said. “Nipros has developed the most versatile camera system we’ve seen. It enables us to maximize the potential of every camera in our inventory, from Sony to Canon, ARRI and RED. The fact that the system is 4K-ready now, makes it an even stronger long-term investment.”

Mel Medina reports that a second Canadian sale of multiple Nipros camera systemization rigs will be announced soon.

Photo: Leading Montreal-based rental firm départment caméra, has purchased multiple Nipros camera systemization rigs.

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About Samaserve:
Samaserve is the exclusive North and South American Nipros affiliate supplying a comprehensive line of teleproduction equipment and camera accessories, including camera adapters, viewfinders, camera sleds, mounting plates, shoulder camcorder mounting accessories, and a full range of signal conversion products. For more information, visit http://www.niprosam.com/

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SHOREVIEW DISTRIBUTION KICK’S OFF 25th ANNIVERSARY

Continuing Role As Select Sony U.S. Distributor

FOXBORO, MA: In September 1989, Luke Furr (then VP of Lake Systems), was standing on a beach in Florida when Sony called. They were changing their ‘go to’ market and wanted to start using reps, “Do you know anyone?” they asked. Without hesitation he said “What about me?” The rest is history. Today he is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his Shoreview Distribution Inc., national sales organization. A key to his success has been working with Sony Electronics in the U.S. as a select distributor for all its professional audio and video products. “Sony was our first client,” Furr says, “We’ve grown our roster to include a number of major manufacturers, but maintaining our relationship with Sony for all these years is a special source of pride.”

Shoreview’s positive trajectory has been marked by productive relationships with Revolabs, JVC, Pioneer, Toshiba, Tascam, Ricoh USA, Crane and many other stellar brands. The firm’s nationwide sales team constantly solidifies the success of those alliances. A home office staffed by career employees with an average 12+ years on the job, provides indispensible backup support. “We have always focused on application oriented sales, information, competitive pricing and, on delivering the gear in a timely fashion,” Luke Furr says. “Our field reps are skilled educators and trainers who know the products because they use them. We all share a genuine sense of family with our clients and our manufacturers.”

Starting off with the traditional ‘garage-based business,’ Furr’s early sales focused on the recording and performing gear he used in his music career. His ability to grasp the functionality and value of a rapidly expanding arsenal of new products proved a major asset. “As manufacturer R&D teams began turning out innovative digital gear and ‘must have’ new tools, we found ourselves in the midst of a technology explosion,” Furr says. “Simultaneously, a number of savvy young men with an aptitude for using, explaining and selling this next generation equipment gravitated to us. We built a great sales team!”

Case in point, Rory Caponigro joined Shoreview in 2001. Thirteen years on, he is national sales manager, supervising a crew that ranges from his own Tri State turf to skilled reps all over the country, “I watched Luke Furr in action, and felt very much in synch with his sales approach, his sense of urgency, and his scrupulous follow through. Luke inspires our team with a genuine sense of commitment,” Caponigro says. “Clients want information quickly. Not just on pricing, but on product availability and training. Our systems and technology deliver this.

“We’re also providing an indispensible service to the manufacturers who have now trimmed their in-house sales. And, we’ve greatly expanded our services,” Caponigro asserts. “We’ve worked with Sony’s Audio and Video divisions on such major projects as the Patriots Gillette Stadium, Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium installs. We’ve collaborated with systems integrators on projects for Adelphi and Penn State Universities, and we’ve assisted live sound companies for tours by groups like The Rolling Stones. These assignments are extremely gratifying, and the compensation is not just financial. There is a real sense of accomplishment in our work.”

John Kaloukian, vice president of sales, Professional Solutions of America, Sony Electronics remarked, “Shoreview has been a select distributor for Sony’s professional audio and video products for 25 years. The fact they are in the select group of distributors we work with means that we chose them for very specific reasons. They are very knowledgeable of Sony’s product lines. Basically, they are a turn-key, one stop shopping resource for resellers.

“Shoreview’s strength is that they can act quickly to meet the market’s needs,” Kaloukian concludes. “They are highly responsive, flexible, and able to adapt easily to customers’ evolving requirements. For example, special terms or custom packing, and, they get the job done with minimal red tape. They are one of our closest links to the market.”

“We wouldn’t be celebrating our 25th Anniversary without the commitment and enthusiasm of our home office and field rep team,” Luke Furr concludes. “Sales Manager Rory Caponigro, Regional Sales Managers: Mark Rehfuss, Dan Drees, Curtis Harris, Warner Swain, Bo Murgo and Bert Shaffer, our long time Office Manager, Lynn Snow, and a host of other super professionals keep the company running at peak efficiency. AND, they generate a positive vibe that flows throughout the day. We all share the good fortune to be doing the work we love and working with the people we like. We look forward to the next twenty five years!”

Photo: Shoreview Distribution Inc. founder Luke Furr (l) with
National Sales Manager Rory Caponigro

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Celebrating their 25th anniversary Shoreview Distribution is exclusive national distributor for all Sony audio and video products. Shoreview also represents such major manufacturers as: Revolabs, JVC, Martin Pro, Toshiba, Tascam, Pioneer, and Ricoh USA. Shoreview is located at 69 Elm St. Foxboro, MA 02035 (781) 784 1144.

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SONNOX SPONSORS PUREMIX MIXING CONTEST

OXFORD UK: Sonnox is sponsoring a major mixing contest, coordinated by PureMix. Co-founded by Guillaume Chadaillac and leading producer/engineer Fab Dupont, PureMix specializes in advanced audio tutorials. Their ‘virtual studio assistantship’ is designed to help aspiring engineer/producers hone their creative mixing skills via online tutorials.

“We’ve had a long-term working relationship with Fab Dupont, and have frequently engaged his considerable demo skills at various tradeshows around the world,”remarked Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager Nathan Eames. “Sonnox fully supports PureMix and its drive to help others maximize their creative potential. We’re glad to be sponsoring their current mixing contest by providing the three winners with our Essential Bundle. It’s a great opportunity to access NYC-style, professional sounding tracks and have fun mixing them!”

Open to any aspiring producer/engineer, the contest features a mix of EMW Music Group artist Amber Skye’s recording of Howlin. Contestants are invited to remix the production in their own style and upload their mix of the stems to the PureMixCloud on or before June 1st 2014. The PureMix team will select the three mixes they like best, and the winners will each receive a Sonnox Essential Bundle, containing the Oxford EQ, Dynamics, Reverb and SuprEsser plug-ins.

To find out more, and enter the contest click here…

Photo: PureMix Mixing Contest promo

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For detailed information on Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins please visit: www.sonnox.com

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WSDG BRINGS NETWORK-QUALITY STREAMING TO PELOTON’S FLAGSHIP NYC SPINNING CENTER

NEW YORK: In developing a NYC flagship site for live and on-demand, indoor spinning classes, the Peloton brain trust recognized the need for a cutting edge video broadcast studio for the streaming element of their visionary program. Company co-founders, CEO, John Foley, COO, Tom Cortese and Marion Roaman, (an indoor cycling pioneer), engaged Walters-Storyk Design Group for the acoustic and isolation design of a broadcast-quality production facility with studio lighting and systems integration. The resulting Production Control Room (PCR) and 60-bike TV Studio is a key component of the 8000 square foot complex. Located at 140 West 23rd Street in NYC, Peloton Chelsea also features spa-quality ambience, a refreshment lounge and, a sports fashion retail shop.

“Peloton presented us with a multi-faceted assignment,” reports WSDG Principal/ Director of International Relations, Sergio Molho. “They required a state-of-the-art production studio to stream live (and recorded) spinning classes to Peloton enthusiasts around the globe. The studio had to be technically flawless and aesthetically striking. Users will enjoy it in operation through the global Peloton Cycle video network.”

WSDG Project Manager Joshua Morris, emphasizes Peloton management’s deep concerns about sound leakage. “Music and instructor audio levels have to be inspirationally loud for this type of installation, and the complex is built on the ground floor of a mixed use business/residential wood framed building,” Morris says. “The neighbors living directly above the cycling classes had to be isolated from intrusive sound. This was achieved via recording studio-style, room-within-room construction for the 1500 sq. ft. Spinning/Streaming Studio. The Peloton team did their homework and were fully aware of WSDG’s expertise in this area.”

The Peloton production facility introduces a new level of broadcast quality video through the Internet. The space is tailored to enhance the image quality of the webcast while maintaining the requisite fitness ambiance for the in-house Spinners. The 300 sq. ft. Production Control Room sports a state-of-the-art Newtek Tricaster production switcher and a Telemetrics robotic camera controller connected to 3 Sony PTZ cameras and a Telemetrics track and PTZ camera which provides high end and ultra steady camera moves and shots. PCR video display is provided by two 55” LCD monitors. The audio system is run by a fully-automatable Biamp Nexia console coupled with a Martin Engineering DSP, Genelec monitor and Sennheiser wireless microphones. The lighting system is controlled by LightJockey™ via a Windows-based USB to DMX interface. Ipod docks and a full-blown Nexo line array complete the equation in the Spinning Studio for unrivaled audio quality from the beginning to the end of the chain.

Peloton CEO and Co-Founder John Foley remarked, “Our goal was to ensure our on-site classes of crystal clear audio and, to provide our at-home constituents with Network-quality audio and video streaming. We were also committed to being good neighbors and, to protecting building residents from intrusive sound from our studio. WSDG has designed broadcast studios for ESPN, WNET and MTV Latin America. They’ve provided exemplary acoustics for such performance venues as Jazz At Lincoln Center and 54 Below, and their recording studio clients include Jimi Hendrix, Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen. We knew we were in good hands, and we are confident that our on-site, and at home, enthusiasts will benefit greatly from our efforts to provide them with the ultimate in fitness connectivity.”

See Peloton interview on Reuters: http://reut.rs/1vBF4iB

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Photos: 1 Peloton Spinning Studio
2 Peloton Production/Control Room
3 Peloton Chelsea Exterior

Photos by Eric Hwang

Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3500 media facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s 1969’s Electric Lady Studios; NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music Boston and Valencia, Spain; media rooms for Hoffman La Roche, and other corporate clients. Recent projects include NYC’s TEC award winner Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (an adjunct professor at Berklee College,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications.WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, LA, Miami, Buenos Aires,Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City, St,. Petersburg and Mumbai.

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RED RELIES ON NIPROS CAMERA SYSTEMS FOR NAB DEMOS

LAS VEGAS – NAB BOOTH #N314: Seeking a high performance camera system to support NAB demos of their 4K/HD EPIC DRAGON Cinema Camera, RED Digital Cinema engineers reached out to Samaserve CTO Sal Sandoval for details on the Nipros LS-750GT and LS 750 camera-mounted fiber adapter systems. The demos, scheduled throughout the 4-day NAB Show, will find the DRAGON providing a live 4K feed produced at the Vizrt booth (#SL2419)’s “Virtual Studio” set that will be sent to the Snell booth (#N1820), located in separate halls, via fiber-optic cabling for viewing and live switching

“I first learned about the LS-750 and 750GT Systems from Sal Sandoval last year,” said Steve Pizzo, co-founder of Element Technica, a division of RED Digital Cinema. “I reached out to Samaserve in December when we began formulating our NAB 2014 demo program. We needed a comprehensive camera system capable of flawlessly transmitting uncompressed 4K and HD signals simultaneously from Vizrt’s booth to Snell’s booth for display on a large, high res Samsung screen. The specs on the Nipros System met all our requirements.”

In February and March, Nipros’ Sandoval provided Pizzo with an LS-750 system for testing at the Red facility in Burbank. The rig’s signal conversion and other features for 4K acquisition performed flawlessly. “Those trials convinced us that the system was ideal for our purposes,” Pizzo said. “[Sandoval] then demoed a 750GT system, which further assured us that Nipros met all of our needs.”

The flagship Nipros LS-750/GT camera-mounted fiber adapter system, which is being used at the Vizrt Demo area in booth SL2419, supports virtually any 4K camera. The system acquires and flawlessly passes simultaneous uncompressed 4K and HD signals for distances of up to 1.24 miles with the option of distances beyond 6.2 miles. The LS-750/GT offers users five 3G SDI streams directly out of the camera, as well as one return 3G/HD-SDI/SD-SDI signal. All types of 4K plus HD, or five separate HD streams, can be transported simultaneously, with the ability to mix the five asynchronous 3G/HD/SD streams independently. RED Digital is using 4K signals from a Nipros LS 750 System at the Snell booth where the feed is switched live via a Kahuna 360. Both the LS 750/GT, which offers up to 300 watts of power at the camera and has 12/24-volt capability, and the LS 750 which offers 60 watts of power, are on display at the Nipros booth as well as on the RED and Vizrt demo sites.

“Nipros Systems was a primary catalyst behind my partners and I deciding to form Samaserve,” Sandoval said. “Earning this level of support at an early stage in the introduction of an important new system is critical. We are extremely pleased to have earned RED’s trust to support their DRAGON Cinema Camera Demos.”

Photo: Nipros Systemized Camera System in use with a RED DRAGON Cinema Camera for NAB 2014 live demos at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Samaserve \ sam-ma-serve \ n 1 An enabler 2 : Sole authorized Sales, Marketing, Service and Support arm for the entire Nipros (nee- pros) range of broadcast and professional digital video production technology 3 : Samaserve offers 3 a : systemized, 2K, 4K, HD-compatible and SD camera solutions 3 b : deep product knowledge 3 c : proactive, cost-effective, future-proofing counsel 4 : connectivity via www.samaserve.com

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