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CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA INAUGURATES NEW MULTI-PURPOSE WSDG CONTROL ROOM

CHICAGO: For over 120 years, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has reigned as one of the world’s greatest classical music ensembles. In a move to upgrade their recording, broadcast and streaming capabilities, Marc Geelhoed, chief of the CSO’s CSO Resound record label, commissioned leading recording engineer/producers Tim Martyn and Shawn Murphy to form a design team to revamp the control room which has long served as the CSO’s technical hub.

A multiple Grammy winner, and owner of Phoenix Audio LLC based in Glen Rock NJ, Martyn has served as Technical Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival for 30 years. Oscar and Grammy-winning, film-scoring engineer Shawn Murphy, has worked with such artists as James Newton Howard, Danny Elfman and John Williams on films ranging from The Bourne Legacy, Star Wars and Indiana Jones to Jurassic Park.

Cognizant of the compressed time frame and technical constraints of the project, Martyn and Murphy turned to the Walters-Storyk Design Group as architectural and acoustical collaborators. “I’ve worked with John Storyk on a number of studio projects, and knew they had the creative skills and technical knowhow to redesign CSO’s control room within the limited construction window and budget allotted for this critical turnaround,” Martyn said.

WSDG Project Manager Matthew Ballos reports that their initial site visit to CSO’s 320 SF control room immediately inspired a key design point. “John Storyk and I agreed that the path to reconfiguring this 16′ wide x 20′ long room was to change its orientation from center line (rear wall) access to right rear corner. Shifting the position of the entrance immediately enabled us to improve the ‘sweet spot;’ introduce a comfortable client work area, and develop additional space to accommodate the CSO’s active CD duplication service for conductors and guest artists.” In addition to creating a custom suspended ceiling cloud and wall treatments, WSDG supervised custom millwork for the mixing desk and related cabinetry.

Designed to accommodate live recording, broadcast, streaming and post-production, the new CSO control room and recording system features Merging Technologies’ Pyramix DAWs and Horus Mic preamps and converters; a Yamaha DM2000 console; and B&W and Classé Monitors and power amplifiers. In addition, the orchestra made a serious commitment towards upgrading their microphone inventory, with new mics by Schoeps, Sennheiser, and Neumann.

“We could not be more pleased with the vastly improved appearance and functionality of our redesigned control room,” Marc Geelhoed remarked. “Tim and Shawn coordinated a remarkable team effort. Our new WSDG room is a success on every level. Our listeners and fans will clearly benefit as much as our technical staff from this new facility.”

“As an ardent enthusiast of classical music, I have an abiding love for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and their inspirational Music Director, Riccardo Muti,” John Storyk concludes. “We were honored to contribute to this important project.”

Photo 1. Chicago Symphony Orchestra Control Room revamped by WSDG. Photo by Harvey Tillis

Photo 2. Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Photo 3. Chicago Symphony Orchestra Center. Photo by Jim Steere

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 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, Miami, Buenos Aires,Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.

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INDUSTRY LEADERS FORM SAMASERVE

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

RAMSEY, NJ: Three leading industry pros, Bob Ott, Sal Sandoval and Mel Medina, have joined forces with financial expert Vincent Tuzzio, Jr. to form Samaserve, a sales and service company that is taking an innovative approach to providing broadcast and professional digital cinema, television studios and mobile video production companies with first tier production consulting, technology sales, support and service.

With a combined 80+ years of experience in product development and support, long-time Sony execs Ott, Sandoval and Medina have all been directly involved with the introduction of such seminal digital technologies and popular formats as Universal Betacam, DVCAM, HDV, XDCAM, the PMW F3, F5, F55 and, OLED monitors. The Samaserve team’s Pro Audio credentials include overseeing marketing of DAT and solid-state digital recorders, the MDR professional headphone series and Pro Mini Disc.

“We all share a common philosophy about developing a business that would offer superior products, provide peerless support to broadcasters, production companies and cinematographers, and establish an indispensible link to the manufacturers,” Ott said. “Our concept was, ‘Customer First, and, ‘Differentiate our customers’ sales experience with extraordinary service and support.”

Rather than trying to develop a new technology in search of an application, Samaserve has focused its efforts on the thousands of camcorders and shoulder-style cameras already in the market. And, they have developed a method to extend the productive life expectancy of those investments. After surveying the industry, they aligned their sales/marketing, production and support expertise with the new Nipros, (nee- pros) product line of camera accessories popular throughout Asia. The products are manufactured by Nippon Video Systems (NVS), in Japan, which has pioneered camera rigs and accessories that enable any ENG/EFP or DSLR type camera to be operated within a multi-camera studio / stadium environment or digital cinema set.
“The need to take studio cameras and camcorders out of that environment and use them in the field or elsewhere, is now a serious necessity, because professionals need to get the most bang for their camera buck,” Ott said. “These are tough economic times. We understand that video pros need to accomplish more with their existing resources. Nipros camera rigs and signal converters are the perfect solution to that equation.”

“Nipros is completely in sync with our philosophy,” Medina said. “Since the mid-1990’s, their product line has performed far above the expectations of its customers. Nipros technology is designed to deliver top broadcast / cinema quality, they are camera-agnostic, ergonomically ideal for the professional user, and ruggedly built to handle the hard knocks of real world production. Our alliance [with NVS] and shared perspective on the industry is particularly robust. Co-development of meaningful new products is a foundation of our relationship,” Medina adds.

“The Nipros product line was inspired by the clear understanding of client needs and the development of products that meet and exceed those needs,” Ott said. “We are venturing into areas with our flagship product, the LS-750 Fiber Optic Adapter, which offer true 4K operation using accepted industry standards, and provides four HDSDI 3G signal paths plus an additional HDSDI 3G connection. The LS-750 anticipates the need within the nascent 4K production and broadcast industries for shooting a 4K and HD image simultaneously; e.g. 4K/HD simulcast broadcasts.

“Nipros gives camera operators all the tools they need, and every one of those tool controls is operator-selectable,” Sandoval said. Samaserve is committed to supporting and servicing our customers, understanding their needs, and providing the best solution to fit their usage. Basically, do the right thing at the right price.”

Bringing a new product line to the Americas can be a daunting task but the all-pro Samaserve team knew a good thing when they saw it. And now they’re ready to share it with the industry.

Photo 1. Samaserve co-executive partners Bob Ott (left) and Mel Medina on set with Nipros LS-750 systemized camera-agnostic solution. Not pictured are CFO Vincent Tuzzio, and west coast-based executive partner Sal Sandoval.

Photo 2. Samaserve CFO Vincent Tuzzio, Jr.

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Samaserve headquarters is located at 55 Grant Street, Ramsey, NJ 07446. Phone (973) 551- 0391 www.niprosam.com

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LAKEHOUSE RECORDING STUDIOS – A LOCUS FOR ASBURY PARK MUSIC CREATIVITY

WSDG Studio Designed As Lynchpin For Multi-Faceted Music Collective

ASBURY PARK, NJ: In a world where dreams come easy, but are tough to fulfill, producer/songwriter Jon Leidersdorff has caught a golden ring. Committed to building a cohesive infrastructure for the music scene in his hometown, Leidersdorff discovered an abandoned warehouse in downtown Asbury Park, and envisioned it as a multi-purpose center for a collective of music business locals. Investing his own savings and securing a Small Business Association (SBA) loan from the local Asbury Park Community Bank, Leidersdorff called the Walters-Storyk Design Group to create his Lakehouse Recording Studios as the lynchpin for the complex.

“I’d recorded in Storyk-designed studios, and knew if I ever had the opportunity to build my own, that John Storyk would be my first choice designer,” Leidersdorff says. “When John and WSDG Project Manager Matt Ballos came down for their initial site visit they clearly had their work cut out for them, but they came up with amazing ideas.

Built in the 1920’s, and converted to a warehouse in the 1960’s, the building required a gut renovation to maximize its potential. “We took advantage of an opportunity to dramatically increase its flexibility, by turning its 10,000 sq. ft. footprint into an 15,000+ sq. ft. structure,” Matt Ballos reports. “Instead of adding a new floor to the roof, we opted to grow down. The key was to eliminate the ground floor truck entrance, and drop the floor 7 ½ feet. By sinking steel girders to support a 6” thick concrete slab at the 16 ft. height, we created an entirely new 5000 sq, ft, 2nd floor, which Leidersdorff split with the Lakehouse Music Academy (LHMA.) This rock solid, acoustically isolated space was ideal for the recording studios, an apartment/lounge, and the school. We then developed what became the third floor into rehearsal rooms, and additional offices.”

Lakehouse Studios offers a 740 sq. ft. North Studio with a 400+ sq. ft. variable acoustics outfitted Live Room and a 440 sq. ft. Control Room capped by a rectangular, fabric covered ceiling cloud with triangular wings, custom designed by Ballos. North Control features a vintage Neve 8024 Console, Augspurger GA115V Monitors, Protools HD 3 Accel and an extensive arsenal of outboard gear. The South Studio features a 300 sq. ft. Control Room, SSL Matrix Console, Focal Twin6 BE and Yamaha NS 10 Monitors, Protools HD Native, a full complement of outboard gear and a 140 sq. ft. live room.

“We started doing warm up sessions in August, and suddenly found ourselves in an actual gig with staff producer Pete Steinkopf (The Bouncing Souls) and Canadian super group Organ Thieves. They recorded their entire album in just eight days, and were totally blown away by the sound, look and feel of the studio,” Leidersdorff reports. “Members of the Organ Thieves have worked with producers Rick Rubin and Jack Joseph Puig in some of the best studios in the world, and they’ve been sending great clients to Lakehouse ever since those sessions.
“Asbury Park has a rich and varied musical history that runs the gamut from John Phillip Sousa to Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi,” Leidersdorff points out. “We were fortunate to find a number of like-minded, music-related locals to rent space in the building. Russo, one of the finest independent music stores in the country; Bands On A Budget, a leading music merchandise shop; Holtz Video and Photography; CoWerks, a shared office space for music industry professionals; LHMA, an innovative music performance school and, to keep all the juices flowing, Mumford’s Café. We all share a love of music and, a desire to turn this part of Asbury Park back into a thriving business district. We were approached by Monmouth University to do a weekly lab in our studio, and we’re booking sessions with local, national and international artists. We’re both realists and optimists, and with a WSDG designed studio, we’re prepared for anything.”

“It’s gratifying to find a talented artist/businessman like Jon Leidersdorff prepared to make dual commitments to his hometown and his art,” John Storyk concludes. The home studio we built recently for Bruce Springsteen isn’t too far from Lakehouse. This area is blossoming with energy and talent, we’re delighted to have played a role in its revival.”

Photos:

1, Lakehouse Studios Lounge/Guitar Wall
2, Lakehouse Studios North Control (front)
3. Lakehouse Studios North Control (rear)
4. Lakehouse Studios South Control
5. Lakehouse Studios Live Room
6. Lakehouse Studios Live Room


Photos by Holtz Photography

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 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, Miami, Buenos Aires,Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.

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NOV. 5TH PBS JIMI HENDRIX AMERICAN MASTERS SPECIALFEATURES ELECTRIC LADY STUDIOS PROFILE

NEW YORK: On Tuesday, November 5th at 9PM, PBS American Masters Series will premiere “Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin,’” a 2-hour biography of the iconic guitar hero. In addition to rare performance footage and interviews with Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Lou Adler and other music industry notables, the program will highlight the compelling history of Electric Lady, Hendrix’s personal recording studio. Still cranking out hits 43 years after opening it’s doors on West 8th Street, in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village, ELS was conceived by Hendrix’s producer/engineer Eddie Kramer, and designed by Walters-Storyk Design Group co-founder/architect/acoustician John Storyk, both of whom provide personal reminiscences of working with Jimi on the creation of Electric Lady. For a preview of this not-to-be missed program, please visit:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/jimi-hendrix/electric-lady-studios/2735/

Photo: John Storyk (left) with Eddie Kramer at the original entrance to Electric Lady Studios. Please credit photo by Howard Sherman

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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 (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 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 and Mumbai.

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BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC 160 MASS COMPLEX APPROACHING COMPLETION

BOSTON: 160 Massachusetts Avenue, the Berklee College of Music’s stunning new $100 million, sixteen-story, mixed-use building, is approaching completion. With initial openings planned for January 2014, and full occupancy scheduled for Spring 2014, the 155,000 square-foot tower represents a significant expansion for Berklee. It is also the first ground-up building in the school’s 66-year history. Distinguished by dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass walls, the sprawling music recording/education facility will house eight Walters-Storyk Design Group studios and a live room scaled to host a 50-piece orchestra.

WSDG Partner Sergio Molho, reports “The complex encompasses technical suites, classrooms, practice, ensemble and community rooms, a film dubbing theater and, a unique, three-story 4000 square foot, 400 seat, dual purpose, auditorium/dining hall. Designed by award-winning architects William Rawn Associates, the building will also serve as a residence for the entire 370-member freshman class. This has been one of the most ambitious projects of our 40 year+ company history,” Molho adds, “In addition to an invaluable contribution by our NY-based Sr. Project Manager Romina Larregina, it has engaged the talents and resources of each of our international offices, and virtually every one of our 50+ team members. It will be an extraordinary way to begin the New Year.”

One of the largest educational studio facilities built in the U.S. this year; the 18,000 SF recording/education complex at 160 Mass. offers students a massive battery of production, post-production and recording technology. Each of the four Production Control Suites is equipped with Genelec 8050A Speakers, MOTU MIDI Express 128, TC Electronics 6000 Remote CPUs, Ephonix MC Control, Akai MPK-61, Crown D75 Cu Amplifiers and a comprehensive collection of outboard gear and software programs. Tech Lab features include: Edirol UM-ONE, Euphonix MC Mix, Dangerous Music ST/ST Dynaudio AIR 15. The Central Machine Room incorporates a Dub Stage Digital Console Computer DF66; a Dub Stage Analog I/O AM713/MA703 console; a Dub Stage Console Sonic Wall Router and a host of high-end technology. The Mastering/Critical Listening Lab is outfitted with Euphonix MC Control, ATC SMC 150 ASL, Lipinski 707 Speakers, JL Audio Subwoofer F113 and Manley Mastering Backbone.

WSDG has a long-standing relationship with Berklee. John Storyk developed the school’s signature studio design course. He is also an adjunct professor, and lectures frequently to Berklee College music production and engineering students. This on-going connectivity with both faculty and students, played a significant role in the design program for 160 Mass. The most advanced predictive acoustic modeling software was engaged in the initial development stage, and the latest acoustical and technical innovations have been incorporated in every facet of the design to insure the highest degree of future-proofing for these studios and teaching labs.

For an overview on Berklee’s 160 Mass complex please visit: http://www.berklee.edu/Berklee160

For video tours visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu_iAWHH8Ho and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo4oaw2ArxY&feature=youtu.be

Photo: Rendering of Berklee College of Music 160 Mass.

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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 (adjunct professor, Berklee College of Music,) 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 and Mumbai.

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GROWING SONNOX AAX COLLECTION SPARKS 40% DISCOUNT OFFER

OXFORD, UK: Beginning on Oct. 15th and running through the pre-Christmas shopping period until November 30, Sonnox will offer a substantial 40% discount on all plug-ins and bundles (excluding Codec Toolbox, GML Option.)

“We’ll shortly be releasing the next entry in our growing collection of 64-bit AAX plug-ins,” reveals Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager, Nathan Eames. “The Oxford Reverb has been on many Pro Tools users’ wish lists for Pro Tools 11 compatibility, so we’re delighted to be releasing an AAX version in the coming weeks. Now is an opportune time to buy Sonnox AAX plug-ins, as we’re currently running our biggest promotion to date,” Eames adds.

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Photo: Sonnox offers a 40% discount on plug-ins and bundles Oct. 15 – Nov. 30, 2013

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

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SONNOX & FRAUNHOFER INTRODUCE NEW COLLABORATION: CODEC TOOLBOX

OXFORD, UK: Musicians, DJ’s, producers and engineers seeking an affordable solution to encode music for the web can now rely on the new Codec Toolbox. A collaboration between innovative plug-in developer Sonnox and mp3 creator Fraunhofer IIS, Codec Toolbox offers real-time codec auditioning, metadata editing and batch encoding, for only £35 GBP (approx. $55. ex. sales tax.)

Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager explains, “The impact made by the Pro-Codec on the professional mastering world convinced us that today’s generation of independent producers, engineers and artists need their music to sound great in every format. The Codec Toolbox uses high quality codecs from Fraunhofer and Apple to ensure that every mix sounds as good online as it does in the studio.”

Codec Toolbox is comprised of two applications: the Toolbox Plug-In, for real-time mix auditioning through various codecs; And, the Toolbox Manager, for encoding and adding metadata. A ‘clip safe’ function ensures clean encoded files, as the software auto-compensates for any overs during the encode process.

The Codec Toolbox is available to try for 15-days or to purchase at www.sonnox.com/codectoolbox

To learn more and watch an overview video, visit: www.sonnox.com/codectoolbox

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Photo: The Codec Toolbox

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WSDG COMPLETES 130,000 SQ. FT. PRODUCTION COMPLEX FOR NON STOP TV IN BUENOS AIRES

BUENOS AIRES: Non Stop TV is a thirty-year-old, full-service TV production complex, which totally lives up to its name. Founded in 1983, Non Stop produces content and provides audio, video and sophisticated post-production services for top rank clients in Latin America, Europe and Asia. With a staff of over 450, the studio turns out over 800 hours of programming each year for Disney Channel, Sony, Fox Sports, History Channel and many other leading broadcast/cinema content producers.

In 2010 this hugely successful facility had far outgrown its original B.A. home. Company principals reached out to the Walters-Storyk Design Group’s Argentine branch for architectural and acoustic design of a new 130,000 sq. ft. facility. The projected home for this major complex was the four-building compound of a former leading film production studio. WSDG was tasked with developing a design program for the entire full-service broadcast production facility.

WSDG Partner/Director of International Relations Sergio Molho, reports that the entire multi-office design team collaborated on developing a multi-purpose, state of the art, facility for Non Stop TV. “This 21st Century movie lot is literally a self-contained city in a Buenos Aires suburb,” Molho says. “The massive project called upon the expertise of members of WSDG designers, renderers, systems integrators and project managers in Europe, the U.S. and Latin America. Our collaborative effort over the past two years has enabled Non Stop TV to far exceed its position as the hub of Latin American entertainment programming production for the foreseeable future,” he adds.

Completed in April, 2013, the new studios feature six individual shooting stages, and more than three dozen individual production, post production and support service suites, distributed throughout the multi structure compound. Non Stop’s largest component is Studio Six, a 10,000 sq. ft. sound stage dedicated to producing original Disney Channel programming for Latin America. Amenities include (5) dressing rooms; make up, wardrobe, video library, dubbing stage, and set construction. Additional support services such as, Subtitle Division, Authorship, Media Asset Management (MAM), Electronic Art Department, Offline Editorial Suites, Multi-Format Production, Audio Recording and Mixing, and Live Transmission are also housed within the complex. Additionally, the facility houses two 5,000 sq. ft. stages, a 4000 sq. ft. stage with a spacious main control room, and a 1000 sq. ft. stage (devisable into two separate 500 sq. ft. shooting stages.)

Technology highlights include a six-channel HD EVS XT series server controlled by an EVS’ IPDirector suite of video production management applications; Final Cut PRO, Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Client-server architecture, Centralized Storage, Production Automation, Archive, Fiber Optics Connectivity, and a full complement of cameras, lights, microphones and related gear.

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Photos:

1. Non Stop TV Master Control
2. Non Stop TV CMR
3. Non Stop TV Studio Six
4. Non Stop TV Production Offices
5. Non Stop TV Exterior
6. Non Stop TV Floor Plan

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 and Mumbai.

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DEEPAK CHOPRA/OPRAH WINFREY 21-DAY MEDIATION CHALLENGE

Motivational Music & 21st Century Post-Production Technology Create A ‘Clear’ Inspirational Voice

NEW YORK: Author, teacher, physician, holistic health guru, Deepak Chopra is a trusted voice in alternative medicine. A long-time advocate of the physical and emotional advantages of mediation, Chopra developed a 21-Day program to help novice and accomplished mediators experience and master its life affirming benefits. A discussion with celebrated humanitarian and media icon, Oprah Winfrey led to a unique collaboration. Their latest offering, Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Mediation Challenge™: Miraculous Relationships offers an illuminating, eminently accessible program of concentrated contemplation. This past August, nearly 700,000 people participated in the online audio version of the challenge.

To produce this worthy addition to the meditation lexicon, the Chopra Center, engaged composer/recording artist Scott E. Moore and his production company WingTip, Inc. In addition to his musical talents, Moore is an accomplished writer/director who had previously worked with Chopra on several high-end wellness videos. The assignment was to compose, produce and record 120 minutes of original music to serve as the instrumental soundtracks for Chopra’s recorded mediation guides.

“My first creative decision after getting the job was to call guitarist/composer/producer/engineer, Rich Tozzoli in to collaborate with me on this challenging project,” Moore reveals. “I’ve worked with Rich for years on many creative projects in the music and film worlds, and I knew he was gifted with the inspiration and the technical ability to help me develop two hours of innovative music within our six-week production time-frame.”

Each of the 21 individual tracks features a two-minute introduction by Oprah Winfrey, followed by a three-minute inspirational/instructional message recorded by Deepak Chopra before transitioning into a harmonious 8 minute “sound-scape” composed by Moore and Tozzoli. The objective of their collaboration was to approximate a film score “without the images,” a soothing aural environment to stimulate the mediators imagination.

Recording in a variety of Locations, Moore and Tozzoli invited a diverse group of skilled musicians to perform on the tracks. Guest artists included Akua Dixon (playing a 100 year old Cello), David Ondrick (Tibetan Bowls and toning chants), Kristen Hevner-Wyatt (acoustic piano), Andy Munitz (Violin), Bruce MacPherson (vintage anologue synthesizers) and Laura Josephson (classical Flageolet flute, circa 1830) and Ray Levier (drums, percussion, bowed vibraphone). Moore and Tozzoli added their own performances on both vintage and contemporary 6 and 12 string guitars, classical guitars, keyboards and electronic sound design. The tracks also incorporate ‘natural sounds’ including ocean, streams, bird songs and even the 17-year cicadas.

In creating the music, Tozzoli used the Sonnox Reverb, EQ, Dynamics and Inflator Plug-ins. Applying the Just Reverb setting helped him to create custom ambiences in conjunction with Altiverb and Eventide Space. He found the Inflator particularly useful on the acoustic instruments, in enabling him to increase their presence in the mix. He employed the EQ Plug-in to cut extraneous low end out of the reverbs, ‘cleaning’ the mix so as not to interfere with Deepaks voice – which includes numerous low frequencies. The Sonnox Oxford Dynamics Plug-in aided him in taming occasional instrumental ‘peaks’ in a clean, non-invasive way.

“Our project was well underway when we received Deepak’s initial introductory recordings,” Moore recalls. “Having worked with him on a video project, and being familiar with his work and speech patterns, I was aware that he had a rich tone, but also has a pronounced sibilance in his voice. Rich Tozzoli who has extensive engineering credits and is one of the most technically proficient recording artist/composers I know, immediately proposed that we suggest using the Sonnox Oxford SuprEsser plug-in to minimize this issue.”

“The SuprEsser proved itself to be a highly-featured De-Esser with an intuitive graphic display and three distinct listening modes. The Chopra Center’s engineers, who were responsible for marrying Deepak’s narration to the music, were able to dramatically improve the quality of Deepak’s voiceover, from previous recordings. The SuprEsser’s Automatic Level Tracking, and full (20Hz-20KHz) spectrum operation made an invaluable contribution to the overall quality of this project,” Moore adds. “We are really proud of our work on this, and especially to be part of creating something beautiful that can have such a positive impact on people’s lives.”

The Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Mediation Challenge™: Miraculous Relationships is currently available on CD, in two forms: the original guided meditation challenge and the Music & Mantras version.

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Photo: Rich Tozzoli (left) and Scott E. Moore in Tozzoli’s home studio. Photo by Claudine Ohayon

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

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Sonnox Announces Compatibility with Avid’s AAX Plug-In Format For Pro Tools 11

Avid’s Audio Community to Enjoy Additional High-End Plug-ins with Pro Tools 11

OXFORD, UK: Sonnox has announced the release of 64-bit AAX DSP and AAX Native plug-ins for Pro Tools 11. The latest version of Pro Tools, the most used and trusted DAW in the industry, provides exponentially improved AAX plug-in performance over prior versions, including such time-saving capabilities as offline bounce to disk, and complete sound parity when sharing sessions between DSP-accelerated and native-based Pro Tools systems.

Currently available Sonnox AAX plug-ins include: Oxford EQ, Dynamics, Inflator, TransMod and, Oxford Limiter. Sonnox reports that additional AAX plug-ins will be forthcoming throughout 2013, as the company continues to port its entire range to the new AAX plug-in standard for Pro Tools.

To learn more about Sonnox and AAX please visit: www.sonnox.com

Photo: Sonnox AAX Plug-ins are now available for Pro Tools 11

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