A virtual press conference from Sound & Video Contractor

Archive by Brad Gibson

Bose® RoomMatch® and PowerMatch® Components Provide Versatile Sound for Mount Aloysius College’s New Convocation Center

Multi-use facility is set to host everything from collegiate basketball to graduation ceremonies, and Bose® RoomMatch® loudspeaker modules assure that the sound is powerful and accurate

Framingham, Massachusetts, February 28, 2014 – Recently, The Sextant Group, a national independent technology consulting firm specializing in the planning and design of learning, communications and entertainment facilities and systems, was contracted to specify a sound system for the new Convocation Center at Mount Aloysius College in central Pennsylvania. The Sextant Group selected an option that was new for them: a RoomMatch® sound system from Bose® Professional Systems.

The system consists of 17 RoomMatch loudspeakers divided into one five-speaker array (RM5505, RM7010, RM9010, RM9020, and RM12040 modules) that covers the main floor, and six separate two-module RM7040/RM9020 arrays covering the bleacher seating on both sides of the floor. The speaker arrays are all powered by five PowerMatch® PM8500N amplifiers and were installed by the Pittsburgh office of Cleveland, Ohio-based SoundCom Systems.

The school’s new Convocation Center is a hub of campus life, featuring a basketball court, fitness center, distance-learning classroom, dance studio and other amenities. The 2,500-seat basketball court also doubles as an event space, used for ceremonies such as graduations and other applications. The space is highly configurable – the bleachers can be rolled in and out and are divided into six different areas. Courts and gymnasiums are notoriously difficult spaces in terms of acoustics, so The Sextant Group wanted to go the extra mile in terms of the sound quality and versatility of the system – that’s where the RoomMatch system came in.

“We wanted this space to be able to develop a lot of energy and keep it tightly focused on the seating areas,” explains Mark Gillis, Principal Consultant at The Sextant Group. “We wanted the sound to really have an impact, to help events here really generate a high level of excitement.”

“In addition to making the right decisions in terms of acoustical treatment, we wanted a system that would allow us to very precisely aim the sound and keep it over the seating areas, but at the same time we also wanted to give the school a full-range sound system that works well for music as well as speech,” says Joe Hammett, Systems Designer at The Sextant Group. “Too often, good sound is value-engineered out of spaces like this, with the PA really just suitable for the narrow range of the voice. This system needed to also cover music, which adds to the experience, and keep the sound where we needed it. The RoomMatch system was definitely the right choice.”

The result has been extremely satisfying. In fact, The Sextant Group is in the process of specifying a Bose RoomMatch system for another college multi-use center, this one seating 5,000. “Mount Aloysius now has sound that matches what schools in the top-tier divisions and even major-league arenas have,” says Gillis. “Music and speech both sound great, and the intensity of the sound makes a huge difference in the energy of the place. The RoomMatch system really was able to do it all.”

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: News |

Top Songwriting Venue The Listening Room Cafe Upgrades Its Sound with Bose® RoomMatch® Loudspeakers

Nashville venue will debut Bose® RoomMatch® system at March 1st anniversary event

Framingham, Massachusetts, February 26, 2014 – Since its founding in Franklin, TN, in 2006, The Listening Room Cafe has become a Nashville institution, moving to Music City’s Cummins Station in 2008 and its new home downtown in early 2013 – nearly one year ago to the day. Owner Chris Blair, a singer-songwriter himself, has maintained his original intention: to offer Nashville songwriters a venue with the sound and atmosphere he felt they deserved. The new space’s audio recently got even better with the installation of a new RoomMatch® loudspeaker system from Bose® Professional Systems. The installation coincides with the one-year anniversary at the new location. To celebrate the occasion (and the new system), The Listening Room will be hosting an all-day event on Saturday, March 1, 2014 – known as the “Bose Party & Birthday Bash.” The event will feature hit songwriters and top talents throughout the day and is open to the public. The Listening Room Cafe is located at 217 2nd Ave S, Nashville, TN.

The sound system is flexible; with the flip of a switch it can accommodate full band stage performances or intimate acoustic “in-the-round” performances. The full system consists of the following Bose components: two RM7020 modules, two RM12040 modules, ten RMU208 modules, one RMS218 subwoofer module and one Panaray® MB12-III modular bass loudspeaker, all powered by three PowerMatch® PM8500N amplifiers and a single PM4500N amplifier, with processing handled by a ControlSpace® ESP-4120 Engineered Sound Processor and CC-64 Control Center.

“I am very proud of where we have come in the last several years,” stated Blair. “Our new location downtown has been an incredible move and we are so excited for everything that is happening in Nashville right now. The birthday bash is to celebrate that anniversary and to offer a full day of great music and food/drink specials so everyone can come hang with us all day long. The awesome plus to the day is that we also get to celebrate our new Bose system. I have always loved the sound of Bose, and we used their L1® portable systems at the old Cummins Station location. The new RoomMatch system can handle the full band drive or acoustic performances with complete clarity. It’s something you truly have to hear for yourself, and we invite everyone to come do just that while we celebrate all day long on Saturday, March 1st.”

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: News |

Focusrite Holds Day of RedNet Showcases at Vintage King Audio Nashville MixRoom™

Nashville audio community attends demos of Focusrite’s range of modular Ethernet-networked audio interfaces

Los Angeles, CA, February 25, 2014 – On Thursday, February 20, 2014, leading audio manufacturer Focusrite showcased its acclaimed RedNet range of products at the Vintage King Audio Nashville MixRoom™ (which employs the Carl Tatz Design™ MixRoom concept), a recent recipient of a TEC Award for outstanding creative achievement in the Studio Design Project category. Highly regarded by the Vintage King staff, the RedNet units, based around the industry-standard low-latency Dante® audio networking system, are now a permanent component of Vintage King Nashville’s audio setup and will be the subject of ongoing demonstrations.

Demos took place throughout the afternoon, followed by an evening social mixer. Demonstrating RedNet’s exceptional-sounding audiophile design, attendees were able to experience firsthand how RedNet can enhance their production workflow. RedNet Product Specialist Ted White, Focusrite President Phil Wagner and Vintage King staff were on hand throughout the day.

Chad Evans, Vintage King Nashville Sales Rep, stated, “Vintage King Nashville is very excited about the overwhelming turnout for our RedNet demo event. The Nashville audio community came out in full force and was treated to a hands-on demo of the latest in RedNet’s cutting-edge technology. We thank Focusrite personnel for making the trip, and we look forward to working with them on a continuing basis.”

Phil Wagner stated, “This event was a huge success. Based on our highly successful RedNet event at Vintage King Audio Los Angeles last fall, we decided to expand our reach to Nashville with a similar showcase. With the thriving audio production community in Nashville, we look forward to an ongoing relationship with Nashville’s top talents – the seeds of which were planted at this event.”

Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: Chad Evans, Vintage King Nashville Sales Rep; Sarah Miller, Vintage King Nashville Events Coordinator; Mark Ellis, Vintage King Nashville Sales Support Specialist; Ted White, Focusrite RedNet Product Specialist; and Phil Wagner, Focusrite President.

Photo Caption 2: Leading members of Nashville’s audio community gathered at Vintage King Audio Nashville for a showcase of Focusrite’s RedNet range of products on February 20, 2014.

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: News |

Carl Tatz Design Propels Fly By West to New Heights

- Nashville engineer/producer Derek West chooses Carl Tatz Design a second time to create his stunning new personal studio -

Nashville, TN: Having moved his family into a more spacious home in a bucolic country setting outside of metro Nashville, engineer/producer Derek West once again chose Carl Tatz Design LLC, the TEC Award-winning studio designer, to create this new ambitious personal studio, known as “Fly By West.” This very unique facility was retrofitted into a large unused boat garage with unusually high ceilings.

Where West’s former studio consisted of a compact control room and booth, the new studio features a full-sized custom application of the CTD MixRoom™ concept, which pairs the Carl Tatz Signature Series™ acoustic modules by Auralex® with the unrivaled accuracy and performance of the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) monitor tuning protocol.

The Fly By West tracking room’s multi-angled twenty-foot high knotty pine, tongue-in-groove ceilings are shared with a multi-purpose loft that is reached via a wrought iron spiral staircase. The loft area can be used by out-of-town clients for stay-over projects and offers great acoustic variety when tracking. The uniquely positioned overdub booths at the control room’s rear attest to West’s preferred M.O.

“The work that Carl did this time to create our new studio can be best described as transformational. With his design expertise we were able to take an old boat garage and transform it into a space that combines acoustic recording excellence, creative design, functional workflow, and of course, with the PhantomFocus System, a control room that competes sonically with any in the world,” states Fly By West owner Derek West. “I could not be happier with the studio – and the responses I get from client after client are not only complimentary about the space and sound, but more importantly, they tell us that ‘this is a space that I want to work in again.’”

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: News |

Focusrite to Hold RedNet Showcase at Vintage King Audio Nashville MixRoom™

Focusrite’s acclaimed range of modular Ethernet-networked audio interfaces will be displayed and demonstrated on Thursday, February 20, at Vintage King Audio Nashville

Based on its audio quality and Vintage King’s comprehensive Ethernet infrastructure, Vintage King Audio Nashville installs permanent system for client demonstration

Los Angeles, CA, February 18, 2014 – On Thursday, February 20, 2014, leading audio manufacturer Focusrite will showcase its acclaimed RedNet range of products at the Vintage King Audio Nashville MixRoom™ (which employs the Carl Tatz Design™ MixRoom concept), a recent recipient of a TEC Award for outstanding creative achievement in the Studio Design Project category. RedNet Ethernet-networked interfaces are based around the industry-standard low-latency Audinate Dante® audio networking system. Demonstrating RedNet’s exceptional sounding audiophile design, and taking advantage of Vintage King Nashville’s extensive installation network, attendees will be able to experience firsthand how RedNet can enhance their production workflow at this special event. Highly regarded by the Vintage King staff, the RedNet units are now a permanent component of Vintage King Nashville’s audio setup and will be the subject of ongoing demonstrations in the future.

Demos will take place from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., followed by a 6:00 p.m. evening mixer. RedNet Product Specialist Ted White, Focusrite President Phil Wagner and Vintage King staff will be on hand throughout the day. Demos are limited availability and are on a first-come-first-served basis. Demo attendees will be entered to win a Focusrite Forte USB Audio Interface (featuring RedNet mic pre’s). Seating is limited and by invitation only; please contact Vintage King to request seating/RSVP, or visit http://bit.ly/1lBn1GJ. Vintage King Audio Nashville is located at 2826 Dogwood Place, Nashville, TN 37204.

Chad Evans, Vintage King Nashville Sales Rep, stated, “Vintage King Nashville is excited to have Focusrite in house to demonstrate and educate the Nashville recording community on their RedNet series of interfaces. RedNet offers amazing possibilities for projects ranging from pro-level home studios to multi-room commercial facilities, and from what I’ve heard, we have a few of those in Nashville.”

Phil Wagner, President of Focusrite Novation Inc., stated, “Based on our highly successful RedNet event at Vintage King Audio Los Angeles last fall, we decided to expand our reach to the Nashville market with a similar showcase. With the thriving audio production community in Nashville, we anticipate a very high level of interest and are looking forward to interacting with Nashville’s top talents.”

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: News |

GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE AND LESSONS STUDIO IN CHEEKTOWAGA, NEW YORK

Cheektowaga location features on-site lessons, new repair services, and vast inventory selection

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has opened its 256th store location in the U.S.
GC Garage service will provide a much-needed range of musical instrument repair services
GC Studios, first-ever GC lessons facility in Cheektowaga to support local music scene, is at the store, located at 3385 Union Rd #300, Cheektowaga, NY 14225

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, opened its 256th location, in Cheektowaga, New York, on January 23, 2014. The store, located at 3385 Union Rd #300, Cheektowaga, NY 14225, is also part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows GC to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

A virtual tour of the store is available here and online at the Cheektowaga store page at http://stores.guitarcenter.com/Cheektowaga.

CHEEKTOWAGA STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Cheektowaga brings an unprecedented selection of products to Cheektowaga, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the local music scene, Guitar Center Cheektowaga also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving area residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Cheektowaga includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Cheektowaga: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Cheektowaga customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Cheektowaga will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Cheektowaga store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Cheektowaga residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Cheektowaga Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Fri: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: News |

56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Audio Team Collaborates for Live Broadcast

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (February 11, 2014) — The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, showcased an amazing collection of musical performances and tributes and utilized the latest in technology to provide television viewers worldwide with a cutting-edge, high-definition/5.1 surround sound event.

The GRAMMY Awards’ technical staff consists of audio pioneers who continually strive to employ the latest in HDTV and 5.1 technology to enhance the show. The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® members Hank Neuberger and Glenn Lorbecki supervised the broadcast audio and the music mix respectively, while fellow P&E Wing member Leslie Ann Jones supervised the house audio.

Caption: Only minutes before the start of the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, several members of the 2014 audio team gathered for a photo. Pictured L-R: top row: Mikael Stewart, FOH Production Mixer; Andres Arango, Head Stage Monitor Tech/ATK Audiotek Project Manager; Jeff Peterson, System Designer, ATK Audiotek. Second row from top: Doug Mountain, Academy Consulting Engineer; Maureen Droney, P&E Wing Senior Executive Director. Third row from top: Leslie Ann Jones, GRAMMY Award Supervisor of FOH Audio; Glenn Lorbecki, GRAMMY Award Telecast Supervisor of Broadcast Audio. Second row from bottom: BJ Ramone, son of the late legendary producer Phil Ramone; Hank Neuberger, GRAMMY Award Telecast Supervisor of Broadcast Audio. Bottom row: Eric Schilling, Co-Broadcast Music Mixer; John Harris, Co-Broadcast Music Mixer; Ron Reaves, FOH Music Mixer. Photograph courtesy of The Recording Academy®/WireImage. © 2014.

About The Recording Academy: Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

About The Producers & Engineers Wing: Currently more than 6,500 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: News |

Audio-Technica Offers Free “Installed Sound Support” App for iOS Devices

— Easy-to-use mobile app provides a number of essential tools for system integrators, sound contractors and other audio professionals in the field —

STOW, OH, February 10, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is pleased to announce the availability of its new Installed Sound Support App, featuring a number of helpful tools for system integrators, sound contractors, FOH engineers, musicians and other audio professionals in the field. This easy-to-use app was developed based on direct feedback from working professionals, and includes useful calculators, meters, record-and-playback functions, A-T mic application guide and more. Compatible with Apple iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones running iOS 5.1 or higher, the app is free and can be downloaded by visiting the Apple App Store on an iOS device.

In-app features include the following:

Application guide for Audio-Technica microphones
Wavelength Calculator
Needed Gain Calculator
3:1 Microphone Placement Calculator
RTA & SPL Meter
Frequency Finder for Audio-Technica wireless products
Record and Playback functions for sound system testing

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: News |

Focusrite to Hold RedNet Showcase at Vintage King Nashville (VKN) MixRoom™

Focusrite’s acclaimed range of modular Ethernet-networked audio interfaces will be displayed and demonstrated on Thursday, February 20, at VKN

Based on its audio quality and Vintage King’s comprehensive Ethernet infrastructure, VKN installs permanent system for client demonstration

Los Angeles, CA, February 10, 2014 – On Thursday, February 20, 2014, leading audio manufacturer Focusrite will showcase its acclaimed RedNet range of products at the Vintage King Nashville (VKN) MixRoom™ (which employs the Carl Tatz Design™ MixRoom concept), a recent recipient of a TEC Award for outstanding creative achievement in the Studio Design Project category. RedNet Ethernet-networked interfaces are based around the industry-standard low-latency Audinate Dante® audio networking system. Demonstrating RedNet’s exceptional sounding audiophile design, and taking advantage of VKN’s extensive installation network, attendees will be able to experience firsthand how RedNet can enhance their production workflow at this special event. Highly regarded by the Vintage King staff, the RedNet units are now a permanent component of VKN’s audio setup and will be the subject of ongoing demonstrations in the future.

Demos will take place from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., followed by a 6:00 p.m. evening mixer. RedNet Product Specialist Ted White, Focusrite President Phil Wagner and Vintage King staff will be on hand throughout the day. Demos are limited availability and are on a first-come-first-served basis. Demo attendees will be entered to win a Focusrite Forte USB Audio Interface (featuring RedNet mic pre’s). Seating is limited and by invitation only; please contact Vintage King to request seating/RSVP, or visit http://bit.ly/1lBn1GJ. VKN is located at 2826 Dogwood Place, Nashville, TN 37204.

Chad Evans, Vintage King Nashville Sales Rep, stated, “VK Nashville is excited to have Focusrite in house to demonstrate and educate the Nashville recording community on their RedNet series of interfaces. RedNet offers amazing possibilities for projects ranging from pro-level home studios to multi-room commercial facilities, and from what I’ve heard, we have a few of those in Nashville.”

Phil Wagner, President of Focusrite Novation Inc., stated, “Based on our highly successful RedNet event at Vintage King Audio Los Angeles last fall, we decided to expand our reach to the Nashville market with a similar showcase. With the thriving audio production community in Nashville, we anticipate a very high level of interest and are looking forward to interacting with Nashville’s top talents.”

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: News |

Focusrite RedNet Routes Audio for Custom 27.2 Surround Sound Production at GöteborgsOperan in Gothenburg, Sweden

Two RedNet 2s are the perfect fit for the production, involving choreography by New York-based Richard Siegal and electroacoustic music composed by Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch of IRCAM in Paris

Los Angeles, CA, February 6, 2014 – RedNet, Focusrite’s acclaimed range of Ethernet-networked studio interfaces, is being used for an increasing number of innovative audio applications requiring something special in terms of quality or performance. RedNet couples Focusrite’s legendary conversion expertise – along with superbly transparent mic preamps and other studio-quality audio capabilities – with the tried and tested Dante Ethernet-based audio networking protocol to record, distribute and play back audio over IP.

Most recently RedNet solved a problem for Andreas Renhorn, chief sound engineer at the GöteborgsOperan in Gothenburg, Sweden, when he was tasked with playing back 32 channels of high-quality audio including feeding a custom 27.2 audio system in the Opera’s modern riverside performance complex.

The production The World To Darkness And To Me is a new dance work by New York-based choreographer Richard Siegal, with electroacoustic music composed by Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch of IRCAM in Paris. Hoesch’s abstract, percussive electronic/sampled music directly complements Siegal’s ‘If/Then’ dance method, which combines written choreography with options for the dancers to co-create in an almost game-like environment where they pick up and improvise around each other’s moves.

Hoesch’s music, which was created with visual music programming language Max, required enormous dynamic range to convey a great deal of light and shade, and was designed to be played back in three dimensions via a special 27.2 loudspeaker array installed for the production. Using MSP audio extensions and 3D spatialization plug-ins, he was able to achieve extremely powerful manipulation of the audio.

Hoesch used Ambisonic’s surround-sound system, which can seamlessly recreate a three-dimensional sound field where sounds can be placed anywhere in space completely unrelated to the loudspeaker positions.

To replay this remarkable music in this advanced way, in this unique environment, was Renhorn’s primary challenge: “I needed to find equipment that was able to achieve the highest possible quality of digital conversion.” He also needed to get 32 channels of audio easily from one place to another.

Renhorn soon found that Focusrite’s RedNet 2 A/D – D/A units offered the perfect solution. With 16 channels of studio-quality line-level A/D – D/A conversion per unit, a pair of RedNet 2’s provided exactly the right number of channels for the main system plus auxiliaries, and made it easy to get the audio where it was needed thanks to the plug-and-play Dante Ethernet-based networking.

For the performances, audio was sent from a MacBook Pro running QLab, a cue-based multimedia playback software system designed for theater and live work. Using the Dante Virtual Sound Card (DVS) driver – which is provided free of charge with any RedNet unit – the MacBook Pro’s internal Ethernet port was used to carry digital audio to the RedNet units via a standard NetGear GS716T switch, which sits between the RedNet units and the computer. The analog outputs of the RedNet 2’s were fed into the 29-channel d&b-based replay system via DB25 cables, with two additional channels for stage foldback and one more for voice.

Gothenburg-based firm AV-1 handled the supply and installation of the RedNet components as well as the playback system. AV-1’s Göran Blomgren states, “This was one of the fastest and smoothest installations ever. Supplementing the Opera’s existing front speakers, we installed 22 additional loudspeakers on the balconies plus five mounted 25 meters up in the ceiling – yet including the loudspeaker and Ethernet cabling, it was completed in under six hours.” He concludes, “I look forward to our next RedNet installation!”

The Ethernet-based functionality of RedNet had some other unexpected benefits. Renhorn explains, “Hoesch was impressed at how easy it was to set up his laptop at the center of the auditorium on a 50-meter Cat6 cable so he could fine-tune the feeds to the playback array. And he was also impressed at how easy it was to hook up a second laptop to the same network for recording by simply connecting an Ethernet cable between the laptop and the switch.”

The result was an amazing multimedia experience. Sound elements, often derived from samples of the Opera’s musicians, tumble around, across and up and down the 1300-seat auditorium, in sync with the dancers in large and small groups and dazzling lighting effects. For similar performances in the future, Renhorn plans to use a RedNet PCIe card in a Thunderbolt PCIe chassis for even better performance and minimum latency.

Also available in the RedNet range of Dante Ethernet-networked audio interfaces are RedNet 1, an 8-channel A/D – D/A unit; RedNet 3, a 32-channel digital I/O unit; RedNet 4, an 8-channel remote-controllable microphone preamp; RedNet 5, a 32-Channel bridge between any Dante network and Pro Tools|HD; RedNet 6, a 64-channel bridge between any Dante network and MADI system; and the RedNet PCIe card, which provides 128 I/O for Mac or PC computers at less than 3ms latency.

For more information on the RedNet range, go to www.focusrite.com/rednet.

Photo Caption 1: GöteborgsOperan in Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo credit: Cecilia Boström.

Photo Caption 2: Andreas Renhorn, chief sound engineer at the GöteborgsOperan in Gothenburg, Sweden, pictured with Focusrite RedNet units (lower right). Photo credit: Cecilia Boström.

Photo Caption 3: Focusrite RedNet units used at the GöteborgsOperan in Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo credit: Cecilia Boström.

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: News |

About

Stay up to date on the latest technology news. Select press representatives post company news several times a day. Check back often to get the latest news on product releases, mergers and acquisitions, and product applications. To be included in this virtual press conference, please contact The Wire.

Calendar

July 2014
M T W T F S S
« Jun    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031  

Your Account

Subscribe

Subscribe to RSS Feed

Subscribe to MyYahoo News Feed

Subscribe to Bloglines

Google Syndication