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Masque Sound Takes Audiences on Engaging Journey to Celebrate American Folk Music in Lonesome Traveler

NEW YORK, MARCH 31, 2015 – When the Lonesome Traveler arrived at Off-Broadway’s 59E59 Theaters this month, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was there to greet the eagerly anticipated folk revue with a custom audio equipment package.lonesome traveler1

Weaving together a tapestry of the venues and historic circumstances that put folk at the core of the great changes that swept American society from the 1920s to the 1960s, Lonesome Traveler celebrates the legacy of folk as the soundtrack of social change and moral revolution. Nine young singer/musicians dramatize key moments in the history of the American folk revival, portraying characters such as The Carter Family, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Odetta, Leadbelly, The Kingston Trio and Joan Baez. Along the way, audiences are invited to sing along to classics, such as Goodnight, Irene, This Land Is Your Land, Puff the Magic Dragon, Baby Blue and We Shall Overcome.lonesome traveler2

Sound Designer Jonathan Burke was intimately familiar with the production, as he worked on the show when it premiered at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, California, and was excited to help bring it to New York. “My goal in designing the sound was to turn the theater into a place for storytelling, but the show has a diverse soundscape, which proved challenging at times,” says Burke. “The show takes the audience through the history of folk music with its actors playing out various historical performers. It goes from natural sound to a full-blown concert feel and then back again, all supplemented by media of historical significance using a bed of sound effects with transitions. As such, I needed a sound system with a lot of flexibility for those challenging changeovers, and that’s where Masque Sound was really helpful.”

The theater’s size also presented a challenge. A smaller venue, 59E59 Theaters’ Theater A seats approximately 196 people, which means that, acoustically, each seat has a dramatically different stage perspective. The theater’s existing in-house system did not have the flexibility that a show of this nature requires, which is why Burke turned to Masque Sound for a solution. Masque Sound provided Burke with a DiGiCo SD9T Live Digital Console with Stealth Digital Processing to meet his needs. “The SD9T made all of the shows transitions easier to do,” says Burke. “We use very clever delay matrixing on the show, and the SD9T was instrumental in timing out the system so that it sounded natural.”

Though Burke relied on the theater’s in-house EAW speaker system, he turned to Masque Sound to provide supplemental speakers where needed, including a Meyer Sound UPJ-1P for the center speaker, as well as several EAW JF60s and Meyer UP2Ms strategically placed throughout the venue. “With its horn rotated, the UPJ-1P has great coverage and blends well, making it perfect for the center speaker,” says Burke. “Additionally, we added one EAW JF60 in the mix position to complement the theater’s in-house system, and placed a few more EAW JF60s in various positions for spot coverage. We utilized the Meyer UP2Ms for backfills when we needed to transition into the big concert sound, which worked well, because the additional speakers added more reverb to enhance certain moments without raising the SPL too much. It all sounds great and, thanks to Masque, every seat is a great seat.”

As the show features a fair amount of playback for atmosphere and key moments in time, Masque Sound helped capture those important sounds and effects by providing a Meyer 500-HP high-power subwoofer. In total, the show operated 16 channels of wireless. The production’s nine singers utilized eight of those available wireless channels, wearing DPA d:fine 4066 headset mics along with Shure transmitters, which were also part of Masque Sound’s comprehensive audio equipment package. “The wireless was flawless and rock solid from the moment we walked in the door, which is always a relief, especially in a dense television market like New York,” adds Burke. Additionally, six wireless channels were used to accommodate instrument cables for the guitars and banjo, with two spare channels in place as backup.

“Scott Kalata and the crew at Masque Sound have been excellent to work with,” concludes Burke. “The crew was particularly amazing during load-in week. If something came up and we needed a piece of equipment, it was there the next morning. In addition, having Mixer David Crawford, who mixed the show in California, join the team to work with me on the New York show was fantastic. He has done a wonderful job mixing and as a team we work really well together. The final result is something we are all proud of, and I am very thankful to all who helped make this possible.”

Lonesome Traveler officially opened on March 17 at 59E59 Theaters, located at 59 East 59th Street in Manhattan. The show is slated to run through April 19. For more information, visit www.59e59.org.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is led by President Stephanie Hansen and the firm’s third generation owner, Geoff Shearing. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Spider Ranch Utilizes Vue Audiotechnik Al-4 System for Clint Eastwood at At&T Pebble Beach

Monterey, California, March 26, 2015 – The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has evolved into one of the most prestigious stops on the PGA Tour since singer Bing Crosby started it in 1937. This annual golf tournament played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course, features an all-star lineup of both pros and celebrities, making it as much fun for serious golfers as it is for autograph seekers.

Run almost entirely by volunteers, the famous golf tournament is one of the Monterey Peninsula’s largest fundraisers, doling out a whopping six million dollars to local non-profits and other youth-oriented charities each year. Clint Eastwood heads up a prestigious evening party honoring the volunteers and Spider Ranch Productions was chosen once again to provide full technical production. The 2,500 person event is held at the Monterey Conference Center in the 19,600 square foot Serra Ballroom that sports a production technology challenging 15-foot high ceiling.
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Spider Ranch Productions (San Francisco) provided sound, lights and video. Audio featured the VUE Audiotechnik al-4 subcompact line array system hung in 3 clusters as delays, supporting the Spider’s main system, along with DiGiGo SD8 (FOH) and SD9 (MON) consoles, Shure wireless UHFR mics, and Shure PSM900 IEM’s.

The lineup of artists included Jake Owen, Kenny G, Ray Romano, Clay Walker, Joe Don Rooney, Gary Mule Deer, Michael Bolton, Colt Ford, Larry the Cable Guy, Huey Lewis, Charles Kelly, Bill Hopkins Band and of course Clint Eastwood as the main host.
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The biggest challenge that faced the audio production was how to deal with the low 15-foot ceiling without obscuring sightlines and still provide perfect coverage and sound quality for the delays. Spider Ranch’s owner Alex Moran explained his choice of the VUE Audiotechnik al-4 system.

“We used the al-4s here last year and they were a dramatic improvement in several ways over loudspeakers we have used in past years. Due to the venue’s small ceiling heights the VUE al-4 line array was the ideal choice for this delay application. The line array’s small footprint solved the sightline dilemma. Additionally the low ceiling height made traditional rigging options unavailable, so the delay loudspeakers needed to be dead hung. This was not a problem with the al-4s since they are so lightweight a single technician took the entire array up in a scissor lift and easily hung it. Solving these problems and having a quality loudspeaker system that exhibits excellent definition and clarity makes the VUE al-4 a perfect fit for this kind of job.”

This year Spider Ranch added the recently released al-4-sb flyable isobaric subwoofer to each delay hang. The compact al-4-sb has two long-excursion 15-inch transducers with neodymium magnets and 4-inch voice coils placed front-to-front in an isobaric configuration.

“We used the al-4-sb as a low frequency component companion to the al-4s. This brought out the true nature of the music being performed on stage a 110 feet away to the people at the rear of the hall. At this event everyone is important and the sound quality everywhere is paramount. I’m very pleased with the addition of these compact isobaric cabinets.”
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About VUE Audiotechnik
With an unflinching focus on innovation through technology and a firm commitment to relationships the VUE Audiotechnik team united in 2012. With more than a century of combined experience, VUE’s founders have been at the epicenter of many of professional audio’s most noted success stories. From visionary loudspeaker designs that set the tone for our industry today, to the development of the giants in modern sound reinforcement, the team’s work has been felt and heard throughout the spectrum of professional audio. Since inception, VUE has experienced immediate acceptance and unparalleled growth. Though a relatively new addition to the lineup of professional audio loudspeaker manufacturers, VUE is already recognized as a leader in innovation. Explore our success stories at www.vueaudio.com.

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DPA Microphones Spices it up for Grammy-Nominated Brazilian Sound Engineer Gabriel Pinheiro

RIO DE JANEIRO, MARCH 26, 2015 - For Grammy-nominated Latin American Sound Engineer Gabriel Pinheiro, capturing the best audio possible is critical to the success of his work. In order to find that extraordinary sound and dependability he is looking for, Pinheiro relies on DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4061 Miniature Omnidirectional Microphones.Gabriel Pinheiro

Pinheiro purchased his first two pairs of DPA microphones, the d:screet 4061 miniature omni mics with mounting accessories, about three years ago after taking a tour of the DPA factory in Denmark. He has been using them ever since, including on a recent, soon-to-be finished feature film on the life of the popular Brazilian musician, Chico Buarque.

“We shot the Chico Buarque film at the Cidade das Artes in Rio, which is a beautiful, new, 1,250 seat theatre,” says Pinheiro. “It is an amazing place. Everything you are going to see in the movie was recorded live, with no overdubbing and no fake singing or playing. I used all four of my DPA 4061s and also rented some more. I do a lot of acoustic music and this production had drums, acoustic bass, acoustic piano and at least one acoustic guitar at all times. For a few songs, we also relied on some clarinets, flutes and additional strings, including a quartet comprised of a cello, viola and two violins. We used the 4061s on all of the instruments because you just don’t see them. I’ve been using this technique for recording acoustic guitar in live environments for two years now. I just place one of those tiny 4061s on the inside of the guitar and it sounds amazing.”

Last year, Pinheiro used an extensive amount of DPA Microphones for legendary Brazilian singer/songwriter Gilberto Gil’s sold-out 70th birthday concert at Brazil’s Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro. “The show was amazing and featured his five-piece touring band along with a symphony orchestra and a large amount of DPA gear,” he adds. “I used my DPA equipment on all of the acoustic guitars and basses and had a DPA specialist in Brazil bring in about 30 of DPA’s d:vote 4099s and d:screet 4060s and 4061s for the rest of the instruments. The entire orchestra was basically DPA; it sounded gorgeous.”

Pinheiro especially appreciates the flatness that DPA microphones offer. “On some microphones, you have what they call a colored sound, which means that the microphone itself has some sort of curve, but the DPAs, including the 4061s, are really, really flat,” he says. “The mics don’t mess with the sound at all and you can do all the tricks you want later. They have everything you need from low- to mid- to high frequencies, and despite their miniscule size, they have a huge sound. It’s a very impressive microphone and film directors love it because it is practically invisible.”

Due to the exceptional sound clarity of DPA’s microphones Pinheiro purchased a d:dictate 4011A about a year ago, which he uses in addition to his d:screet 4061s, as a studio mic for various music projects.

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Lighthouse Evangelism Upgrades with Two SSL Live. L500 Consoles

WOODLANDS, SINGAPORE - The services at Lighthouse Evangelism Woodlands in Singapore are being heard in a new light thanks to the addition of two SSL Live. L500 consoles, one for its front of house duties and the other for monitors mixes. As Lighthouse Evangelism’s recording studio is home to a Duality SE, the choice of SSL for the sound system at the Woodlands venue was a natural progression.SSL Live

With the help of SSL’s Singapore office, the two L500 consoles were delivered and installed by Managing Director Chan Kheng Wah and Live Marketing Manager Dominic Koh, who also facilitated the sale and are coordinating local training and support. The SSL consoles were chosen to replace Woodlands’ previous consoles and have delivered a significant sonic improvement.

“The difference between the previous consoles and the SSL L500s is like night and day,” says Rhey Ruiz, Head of Sound for Lighthouse Evangelism. “The microphone preamplifiers are amazing. We can hear so much more of our instrumentation, which has really contributed to the enjoyment and fulfillment that the congregation experiences at each service. What’s more, we record all of our services to multi-track, and the integration of the recording capabilities has been perfect. We can record directly from the microphone to the recorder without any filtering, which is something we were not able to do in the past.”

Lighthouse Evangelism Woodlands hosts various worship services throughout the week, accommodating as many as 4,000 people with an average weekly attendance of 15,000 congregants. The new SSL Live. consoles were installed in the Main Hall Sanctuary of the multi-level facility, which features a two-tier seating arrangement. The console used for front-of-house duties accommodates band instrumentation, choir and microphones for the pastors as well as for guests and congregants. The second L500, situated stage-side, serves as the monitor console. The two consoles share inputs from SSL stageboxes via SSL’s Blacklight II high-bandwidth, multiplexed MADI interface, which reduces the number of interconnecting cables between stage rack, FOH and monitor desks. The system additionally employs SSL’s arbitrated gain sharing.

Founded in April 1978, Lighthouse Evangelism continues to serve its congregation in English, Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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SSL Live. L500 Consoles Deliver Flawless Performance for 30th Annual Victoires de la Musique

PARIS - Celebrating its 30th year, Les Victoires de la Musique is France’s most prestigious annual awards ceremony, akin to the Grammy and Brit Awards, which is broadcast live from the 5,000 seat Le Zénith arena in Paris. The nearly four-hour show, in which the French Music industry recognizes the year’s top recording artists, featured performances by David Guetta, Brigitte, Jean Louis Aubert and Christine and the Queens, among others, who were all supported by a full orchestra. For this year’s live performances and broadcast, the ceremony’s audio crew turned to four SSL Live. L500 consoles to deliver the ultimate sonic performance for FOH and monitors.SSL Live. L500 at Victoires de la Musique 2015_MQ

Supplied for the event by Parisian rental firm Silence, the L500′s intelligent and comfortable layout, with its intuitive touch screen and hardware controls, allowed the ceremony’s two front-of-house engineers to deliver a flawless show. The production was extremely technically sophisticated, with 10 SSL stageboxes on stage. Fabien Chanier, who handled the FOH mix for the performers, and Stephane Pelletier, who mixed the orchestra, deftly handled the immense workload of this technically complex live event. Chanier and Pelletier also faced the sonically challenging placement and use of movable screens, which were shifted around the stage throughout the show, obscuring different loudspeakers at varying times.

In addition to the two SSL Live consoles at FOH, two more L500s were stationed at the monitor position, where Alex Maggi mixed the bands’ monitors while Jerome Kalfon controlled the orchestra’s. Gilles Hugo, director of Silence, the Paris-based AV company that provided sound services for the show, served as the ceremony’s director of sound. Already an enthusiastic SSL Live user, Silence also recently used an L500 for the NRJ Music Awards, presented by NRJ Radio and broadcasted on TF1 TV.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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Video Devices PIX 270i Provides Ultimate Flexibility for Clark Media

BETHLEHEM, PA, MARCH 23, 2015 – As a leading production equipment provider, Clark Media’s clients have come to rely on them for the latest and highest quality production solutions. They also turn to the company for advice and recommendations on implementing the best workflow for evolving productions. With this in mind, Clark Media recently incorporated the flexible PIX 270i file-based video deck from Video Devices-mission-critical video products by Sound Devices-into its rigs to accommodate its customers’ ever-changing needs.Clark Media

With more than 30 PIX recorders in its inventory, Clark Media primarily uses the PIX 270i in custom rackmount fly-pack kits. They are packaged into “twin-packs” and “six-packs,” giving clients maximum flexibility when it comes to scaling the number of recorders needed for a particular recording project. Clark Media currently provides HD camera systems and a complete PIX 270i record solution for The Kitchen airing on Food Network and Moonshiners on the Discovery Network. Given the company also supports such major corporations as American Express, NASDAQ, VIGA, Merck, Bristol Myers Squib, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley, it is necessary for them to have multiple recorders on-hand. Additionally, the compact size of the PIX 270i lends perfectly to Clark Media’s mobile truck customers, who require the ability to capture multiple camera feeds in a limited space.Clark Media Moonshiners

“Since many of our clients’ productions take place both in the studio and on location, the compact design of the PIX 270i allows them to have several channels of record in a very small footprint,” says Gary Snyder, President, Clark Media. “An added feature of the PIX 270i is the built-in monitor, as it allows the user to monitor all of the key parameters in real time. Currently, we have a mix of clients that use either ProRes or DNxHD, and the ability of the PIX 270i to record either format is a major benefit. Another huge advantage of the PIX 270i is that it can write directly to external drives, including approved 1TB drives, enabling us to record for extended lengths. At the end of the day, we simply remove the drive and hand it over to our clients’ post departments.”

The PIX 270i offers significant advantages and time savings to production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to access and transfer high-quality files over Ethernet. The unit records edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files and allows simultaneous multi-drive recording, giving production staff peace of mind with their rock-solid redundancy and four-drive backup capabilities. The extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet, make the PIX 270i a comprehensive, cost-effective solution that is ideal for when there is a need for multiple tracks of audio, such as live events, concerts and sports broadcasts.

“The PIX 270i is at just the right price point to provide our customers with high-quality recording that won’t negatively impact the budget for our production jobs,” adds Snyder. “Our engineers are also big fans of its Dante capabilities, because the audio requirements on many of our jobs are usually very complex. We have been using Dante to take advantage of this flexibility, and record 16 channels of audio to each and every recorder. This makes the post-production process very easy, because the editors do not have to search for any ISO microphones.”

The PIX 270i offers 3G-SDI (12-bit, 4:4:4) and HDMI I/O, and can record at numerous data rates. Full RGB Apple ProRes 4444 (330 Mbps) and low-data-rate proxy files (36 Mbps) are available. Files are ready for import directly into popular editing environments, including Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding.

Up to four drives-two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs and two SATA-connected drives-can be connected to the PIX 270i. All four drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially for redundancy and long-form programs. This redundancy in local, removable storage devices, coupled with standard, Ethernet-based file-transfer features, further reduces steps in the production workflow. Recording to multiple drives offers immediate file backup, eliminating time-consuming post-record copying. Gigabit Ethernet network ports enable remote access to recorded files and the ability to transfer these files quickly into a post-production environment.
The PIX 270i’s mission-critical reliability is further enhanced with DC redundancy, FileSafe(tm) and PowerSafe(tm) technologies. PowerSafe offers a built-in 10-second power reserve to protect against loss of data due to power interruption while FileSafe automatically recovers files should a drive be accidentally disconnected during recording.

Customer service is a major factor in Clark Media’s continued use of the company’s products. “It’s obvious that Sound Devices values Clark Media as a client because of the interactions we’ve had with support,” adds Snyder. “We at Clark feel as though our voices are heard, especially when we see improvements in firmware that appear to be the result of conversations we’ve had with the company. Sound Devices is one of the most reliable and pro-active companies we have dealt with. We plan to add more PIX 270i recorders to our inventory as it has become our go-to solution for a majority of our clients.”

With offices local to both NY and LA, Clark Media provides corporations, production companies and networks with multi-camera production support and digital workflow solutions. Clark Media harnesses the resources of its in-house engineering departments combined with the substantial inventory of broadcast equipment in its rental department to provide a single source solution for even the largest events. For more information, call 610-694-9800, 818-435-4689, email rentals@clarkmedia.com or visit www.clarkmedia.com.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices is a brand of Sound Devices for their digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites: www.sounddevices.com and www.videodevices.com.

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VUE Audiotechnik Delivers Crystal Clear Sound for WAMC’s Unique Facility

LOS ANGELESWorld Agape Mission Church (WAMC), established for Korean immigrants by the Reverend John Kim in Los Angeles in 1977, recently installed an extensive loudspeaker array from VUE Audiotechnik to address its acoustical and aesthetic needs. The church’s unique interior layout—a central seating section with a high oval ceiling and left/right sections where flat ceilings are lower—posed a sizable challenge to achieving clear and balanced sound while also preserving its beauty. The exclusive design of the VUE system was the ideal solution.VUE Michael Yoo of Genesis

With the mandate to preserve the ceiling’s dramatic appearance, a compact line array system featuring five VUE al-8 loudspeakers per side, custom painted to match the ceiling color, provides perfect left-to-right and front-to-back coverage. VUE Audiotechnik V6 Systems Engines, fed via AES/EBU at 24-bit/96kHz resolution from the church’s digital console, drive the al-8 line array system.VUE Audiotechnik WAMC Main System

“The arrays and loudspeakers look and sound wonderful,” says Michael Yoo, President of Genesis Technology LLC, the system integrator that executed the sound design and installation at WAMC. “We installed two VUE i-Class i-2×4.5 ultra-compact two-way loudspeakers to handle front fill during large services when WAMC adds additional seating to accommodate more people. The i-2×4.5’s low profile makes it perfect for the application, and its compact size makes it virtually disappear.”VUE Audiotechnik Main Side View

Another challenge the church faced was the incline of its floor, which causes the ceiling to be just nine feet high in the rear of the building. ” John [Kim] is a former professional audio engineer, so it was very important to him that everyone hears the same sounds, no matter where they sit,” explains Yoo. “We chose VUE’s passive a-Class a-8 cabinets in white, which feature the same signature family sound as VUE’s premium h-class products and matches the sonic characteristics of the church’s al-8s. For side fills in the front seating area, we chose white VUE a-10 cabinets to extend the sound and discreet appearance throughout the church.”

Jeff Taylor, VUE Audiotechnik’s VP Americas, personally visited the church to create a custom preset for the system. “John really appreciated Jeff coming out to fine-tune the system,” continues Yoo. “He set up SystemVUE networking on their laptops, which makes their lives much easier.”

SystemVUE connects all VUE DSP-enabled products to a computer via a wireless or wired Ethernet connection. A companion SystemVUE software provides access to a single unit or a network of products and allows for system optimization monitoring of input/output, volume, mute, delay and a broad list of other parameters through an intuitive user interface,

According to Yoo, the final result is unprecedented clarity and output, along with total control that allows the church to achieve high SPL without disturbing anyone in the densely populated neighborhood. “When they would push the previous system to get a uniform level from front to back and left to right, one spot would become very ‘hot’ and caused complaints from tenants in the apartments next door,” he says of WAMC’s old speaker system. “The VUE system has such tight control that when we tuned it with the windows open, the neighbors didn’t mind; with the windows closed, you don’t hear anything outside. Inside the church, the system sounds crystal clear and the vocals just pop. I’m a believer.”

In addition to traditional and contemporary Christian music, choirs, orchestras and even opera performances, WAMC also hosts weddings, conferences and large seminary student gatherings. “The VUE system flawlessly handles this variety of tasks,” adds Yoo. “The most surprising thing is that it sounds even better at higher SPL—that’s the power of the loudspeakers’ Beryllium HF diaphragms. This was our first project using VUE Audiotechnik and we have decided to turn to VUE for future design/build projects. We all just fell in love with the company and its customer support.”

Genesis Technology specializes in custom installation and system integration of audio, video and lighting systems throughout the world. The company serves as one single source of consultation for everything from initial design and acoustic analysis to budgeting, installation and training. Genesis also provides leading sound and lighting equipment as well as audio technicians and engineers with decades of experience for live productions events.

About VUE Audiotechnik
With an unflinching focus on innovation through technology and a firm commitment to relationships the VUE Audiotechnik team united in 2012. With more than a century of combined experience, VUE’s founders have been at the epicenter of many of professional audio’s most noted success stories. From visionary loudspeaker designs that set the tone for our industry today, to the development of the giants in modern sound reinforcement, the team’s work has been felt and heard throughout the spectrum of professional audio. Since inception, VUE has experienced immediate acceptance and unparalleled growth. Though a relatively new addition to the lineup of professional audio loudspeaker manufacturers, VUE is already recognized as a leader in innovation. Explore our success stories at www.vueaudio.com.

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DPA Microphones Composes a Symphonic Solution for The Nielsen Project at Lincoln Center

DPA Microphones Composes a Symphonic Solution for
The Nielsen Project at Lincoln Center

TimbreMusic uses Company’s d:dicate™ Mics to record New York Philharmonic’s Commemoration of Composer Carl Nielsen’s 150th Birthday

DPA ddicate_NY Philharmonic_Mikkel NymandNEW YORK/COPENHAGEN, MARCH 18, 2015 – To commemorate the 150th Birthday of famed Danish composer Carl Nielsen, Denmark-based Dacapo Records is releasing The Nielsen Project, a collection of Nielsen’s symphonies and concertos as performed by the New York Philharmonic. During production, TimbreMusic Tonemeister Mikkel Nymand, recording engineer on the project, relied on DPA Microphones’ d:dicate™ 4015S Wide Cardioid and 4006A Omnidirectional Microphones to accommodate the unique audio requirements at Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center and to achieve a natural quality of the live ensemble.

As one of the most famous concert venues for classic performers, Fisher Hall has a history of presenting audio challenges for symphonic music, namely diffusions that fall short of producing a rich natural sound and an imperfect early reflection pattern. To account for this, Nymand tested the acoustics of the venue during pre-production to locate the best placement of microphone solutions. A longtime DPA Microphones user, Nymand knew that a combination of the d:dicate 4015A and 4006A mics would help alleviate these issues and provide the most natural sound.

“DPA mics have clarity, dynamics and the ability to re-produce original transparent sound, which are all qualities for which DPA stands,” shares Nymand, who is also a product manager for the Danish manufacturer. “I was forced to listen to different types of microphones during my education as an audio engineer, but I always come back to DPA Microphones. The natural element is most important to me. Once you have listened to the dynamics of a real orchestra, you can tell right away when the sound is not naturally produced. You know that pristine sound character is different for each instrument, so every time I want to be as close to the original sound source as possible, I return to the d:dicate 4006A Omnidirectional Microphone.”

To achieve a live surround sound reproduction with the utmost natural clarity, Nymand relied on the DPA Microphones S5 Surround mount. The S5 provides flexibility for distance placement and angling options for the mics while remaining hardly visible in a concert hall setting, allowing Nymand to surround mount three d:dicate 4006A microphones from the ceiling above the orchestra. Additionally, to capture the ambient sound, he positioned two wide cardioid d:dicate 4015A mics toward the audience. Additional microphones were spaced out on the stage to produce an optimal audio balance.

The setup was used to record in DXD (Digital eXtreme Destination), an extreme resolution format that can be reproduced on a CD to meet today’s technical standards. With four separate albums planned for the collection, Nymand captured a series of rehearsals and live performances over the course of three years. The recordings are then sent to TimbreMusic’s studio in Copenhagen, where music producer Preben Iwan edits the takes into the best musical performance.

“It’s a tricky hall to produce in, but we ended up with a sound we’re very proud of,” says Nymand. “The reviews have been very positive and a lot of people have said that it’s the best recording ever done at Fisher Hall.”

With musical direction by Alan Gilbert, the Nielsen Project is a multi-season survey of six symphonies and three concertos written by the beloved composer. With the CD of performances of Symphony No. 2 and No. 3 already released, it was heralded by The New York Times as “one of the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012”. The flute and violin concertos were released in 2013. This past March saw an addition to the collection with the Helios Overture and Symphony No. 1 and No. 4. Upon its completion in 2015, The Nielsen Project will comprise four recordings, released by Dacapo and distributed by Naxos.

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DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

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Masque Sound Provides Haunting, High-Quality Audio Package for Nevermore –The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

NEW YORK — When New World Stages, the renowned performing arts complex in the heart of New York City’s theater district, recently premiered its newest production, Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, compiled an eerily good custom audio equipment package to support Sound Designer Wade Staples’ vision.Nevermore—The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan PoeNew World Stages Stage 1

Dark and dazzling, beautiful and bizarre, Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe uses haunting music, a complex soundscape, and stunning stagecraft to tell the life story of the tormented yet visionary writer who has fascinated the world for more than a century. Blurring the line between fact and fiction, nightmare and waking life, Nevermore is a unique theatrical experience that takes audiences on an unforgettable journey.Nevermore—The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan PoeNew World Stages Stage 1

No stranger to Nevermore, Staples designed the sound for all of the show’s previous productions and tours and was excited to design the sound for this latest off-Broadway version. “One of my main goals was to make sure that every person in the audience can clearly hear the story that is being told,” says Staples. “Since there was no existing full audio system in place at New World Stages, we needed to design one that would optimize the sound in the space, provide full coverage from over balcony to under balcony and serve the needs of the production and its audiences. Masque Sound put together the package that we needed to be successful.”Nevermore—The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan PoeNew World Stages Stage 1

One of Staples’ biggest challenges in designing the sound was the production’s continuing evolution. “Having a flexible system that works well and can adapt to the progressive changes of the play is very important,” he says. “Nevermore successfully toured using the Yamaha DM2000 console, so bringing the console to New World Stages made logical sense and allowed for some programming continuity and integration of the music and sound effects playback systems.”

For the speaker package, Staples drew from his system design background, along with the experience of the production sound company and team that had previously worked at New World Stages. As a result, Staples’ speaker package mainly consists of an assortment of Meyer Sound. “With Meyer’s products, I am able to take the CAD files of the venue and set and put them into Meyer’s MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction software program to do a lot of modeling,” he says. “I have found with their equipment that I can walk into the space, and the response I am going to get is very accurate.”

The full speaker package supplied by Masque Sound included Meyer Sound CQ-1 loudspeakers for the orchestra left, right and center down fill. The mezzanine utilized CQ-2s on the left and right and a CQ-1 for the center. Front fills were Meyer Sound MM-4s, which were used for the first few rows to pull the image down. Additionally, Masque Sound provided Meyer Sound UPM-1Ps to use as on-stage speakers for on-stage monitoring and effects. The team utilized a USW-1P sub upstage center, Meyer Sound 500-HP subwoofers for the mains with UPM-1Ps for the over balcony and under balcony. Eastern Acoustic Works JF60zs complemented the package and were used for surrounds.

Masque Sound provided several microphones including Sennheiser MKE 2 Gold microphones and 10 channels of Sennheiser wireless, as well as its expert RF frequency coordination for the production. From a creative standpoint, Staples wanted to utilize a combination of different effects on the microphones to try to engulf the audience and create a storybook feel. To accomplish this, delay and reverb were heavily used within the surround sound system to help pull the listener into the story while, at the same time, keeping the vocals clear.

“This production was a wonderful collaboration with a lot of talented people,” concludes Staples. “Joshua Reid, my assistant sound designer and A1, worked closely with Masque Sound to build the equipment package specified, and his knowledge of the venue and mixing expertise was extremely helpful. My A2 Chet Miller also did an excellent job looking after the cast and the RF microphones. In addition, Masque Sound’s commitment to respecting the wishes of the designer is great. They worked toward the budget and put together great packages in the shop so that when we got to the installation, we were able to plug in the equipment and everything worked spectacularly.”

Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe began preview performances on January 14, officially opened on January 25, and will play through March 29 at New World Stages, located at 340 West 50th Street in Manhattan. For more information, visit www.NevermoreShow.com.

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VUE Audiotechnik Appoints Global Market Management to Provide APAC Sales and Support

ESCONDIDO, CA – VUE Audiotechnik is pleased to announce the appointment of Global Market Management as its APAC sales representative. The company’s CEO Bardy Hayes will oversee new sales opportunities from Global Market’s California office, while Singapore-based Alex Schloesser will lead the technical support for current and future customers in the region.VueAudio-Ken Berger and GMM-Alex Schloesser

“We have been following VUE Audiotechnik’s progress with great enthusiasm since its launch,” says Hayes. “We are very pleased to become the sales representative for this exciting brand of loudspeakers. We have never before encountered such swift worldwide acceptance for a new professional audio brand, particularly loudspeakers. I have personally known the co-founders for many years and their combined experience and reputation, along with the wide portfolio of products they have developed, has quickly catapulted them to the upper echelon of brands.”

For the past decade, Hayes and his team have served the Latin American and Asia Pacific region with top-rated export sales management. “Having Bardy, Alex and the entire Global Market Management team, all of whom have extensive industry knowledge, available to represent VUE Audiotechnik in Asia and Australia will be a huge benefit to our partners and customers,” says Ken Berger, CEO of VUE Audiotechnik. “We’re confident that they will build on our current accomplishments in this region, giving our partners and customers the expertise, technical support and attention that they require to succeed.”

In addition to providing support, Schloesser will conduct educational seminars throughout the region that will further inform the APAC pro audio community on the uses and benefits of VUE systems. “I am very excited about this new project both on a personal and professional level,” he says. “The technology that VUE brings to the table is really groundbreaking; and the fidelity of every system is extraordinary!”

Jim Sides, Executive Vice President of VUE Audiotechnik is equally enthusiastic about the new alliance. “Bardy and Alex are serious professionals who will bring about a whole new level of experience and access to the APAC market to VUE,” he expresses. “I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with both of them in various capacities over the past 25 years and I am confident they will exceed our expectations by finding new opportunities and facilitating our growth in the APAC region.”

More information about Global Market Management can be found here at www.globalmrkt.com.

About VUE Audiotechnik
With an unflinching focus on innovation through technology and a firm commitment to relationships the VUE Audiotechnik team united in 2012. With more than a century of combined experience, VUE’s founders have been at the epicenter of many of professional audio’s most noted success stories. From visionary loudspeaker designs that set the tone for our industry today, to the development of the giants in modern sound reinforcement, the team’s work has been felt and heard throughout the spectrum of professional audio. Since inception, VUE has experienced immediate acceptance and unparalleled growth. Though a relatively new addition to the lineup of professional audio loudspeaker manufacturers, VUE is already recognized as a leader in innovation. Explore our success stories at www.vueaudio.com.

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