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RTW Exhibits Masterclass PlugIns, LQL Software and TouchMonitor Family of Meters at BroadcastAsia 2014

Broad Range of Tools Give More Customers Access to Renowned Company Products

MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE, MAY 14, 2014 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to exhibit its new RTW Loudness Tools from the new Masterclass PlugIns range of software, the LQL Loudness Quality Logger software and its TM3, TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitor audio meters at this year’s BroadcastAsia Show (Booth 5E6-01).

Masterclass PlugIns
The new Masterclass PlugIns software provides RTW’s renowned metering tools as standard-format plug-ins for Windows and Mac OS platforms, allowing a larger number of RTW customers to access the tools. The RTW Loudness Tools are the first of the company’s products available as part of the new software.

The RTW Masterclass PlugIns Loudness Tools visually depicts audio with all relevant level and loudness values as specified by international standards. Conforming to the EBU R128 loudness standard, as well as ITU-R BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85, ARIB, OP-59, AGCOM, CalmAct and custom as well as SPL mode, it is a handy tool for quality control, offering the precision and ease of use required to ensure compliance with custom specifications. Operation of the plug-in is highly intuitive, so that even users without a great deal of experience in monitoring loudness can use it effectively. The plug-in includes RTW’s Peak Program Meter, TruePeak, and Spot Correlator instruments and also offers all common loudness displays plus MagicLRA mode or SPL view.

The user interface of each plug-in is based on the award-winning RTW TouchMonitor TM7 and TM9 units, and offers the same degree of functionality and clarity as the hardware models. The instruments provide graphical/numerical, as well as bargraph views, and can be freely rearranged and scaled. Various function parameters, such as integration time, operational range and tolerance, along with a number of viewing options for metering data and scales, offer extra flexibility. The plug-in window dimensions can be set to the native resolution of RTW TouchMonitor display screens, including 480×272, 800×480, 1024×800 (landscape view) or 272×480, 480×800, 800×1024 (portrait view). Users can store all setups and layouts as presets in their DAWs.

The RTW Masterclass PlugIns Loudness Tools require Windows 7/8 (32-bit or 64-bit) or Mac OS 10.6 or higher. RTW has first made them available in the VST 2.4 format for Windows systems and the RTAS format for Mac OS. VST, RTAS and native AAX64 support on the two platforms will follow.

LQL Quality Logger Software
The LQL is a natural extension of RTW’s range of innovative software options for the 7- and 9-inch line of TouchMonitor audio meters, as it was developed for logging, true-peak data analysis and reporting. It is compatible with the TM7, TMR7 and TM9 TouchMonitor line of products running with the Logging Data Server license (SW20014).

Once activated, LQL enables measured Loudness and TruePeak data to be derived directly via an IP connection from a capable TouchMonitor audio meter, as well as from external storage media such as a USB stick. The software also includes dual limit weighting, status information, marker and various other reporting features. The new PC software is free of charge to users; however the SW20014 Logging Data Server license is required to enable a TM7, TMR7 or TM9 series meter to be compatible with data export and additional display functions.

TM3, TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitors
Controlled using a touch-sensitive display, the TM3 TouchMonitor has a budget-friendly base price, a 4.3-inch touchscreen and a stylish exterior allowing for horizontal and vertical placement. It includes a large number of graphical and numerical instruments showing single-channel and summing-loudness bargraphs, PPM, true peak, SPL, loudness range (LRA), dialnorm and correlation. It offers comprehensive loudness metering in compliance with all globally relevant standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85,ARIB, OP-59, AGCOM, CalmAct and custom as well as SPL mode. As with all TouchMonitor products, it features the Magic LRA instrument, designed by RTW for intuitive visualization of the loudness range and integrated-loudness parameters.

The TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitors, which include the innovative Magic LRA instrument, feature a seven- and nine-inch touch-sensitive display, respectively, and provide unparalleled flexibility and modularity combined with intuitive control. The software visualizes multiple sources simultaneously. Both support displaying the same signal on multiple instruments in parallel, each with dedicated defaults with both horizontal and vertical operation. The system visualizes up to 16 analog and/or digital sources at the same time.

The TM9 is also capable of providing a view of up to 32 digital channels when the 3G-SDI option is implemented. Along with RTW’s entire TouchMonitor range, the TM7 and TM9 were created to help adhere to all major industry loudness standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85, ARIB, OP-59, AGCOM, CalmAct and custom as well as SPL mode.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio systems. The company focuses its business on professional audio signal metering tools that are in use in the leading recording studios as well as by radio and TV broadcasters worldwide. The current product portfolio highlights the TouchMonitor range, a new series of tools for visual signal analysis and comprehensive loudness metering. The TouchMonitor combines the highest of flexibility and modularity with an intuitive user interface and touchscreen-based multichannel-analysis features, integrating exceptional surround-signal visualization using the unique and groundbreaking Surround Sound Analyzer. The high-end SurroundControl series of products with fully fledged loudness measuring combines the convenient metering options of the RTW surround display devices and the control functions of an eight-channel monitoring controller.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office houses all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

Tekserve to Host Gathering of the Gear Event at Retail Store

Audio Technology Fair Gives Customers Unique Access to Top Audio Vendors on Thursday, May 22, 2014

NEW YORK CITY, MAY 12, 2014 – Tekserve, a leading provider of technology solutions for creative professionals is hosting its Gathering of the Gear event, an audio fair on Thursday, May 22, 2014, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event, with support by media partner WBGO, will take place at the Tekserve retail store, located at 119 West 23rd Street in New York City.

Gathering of the Gear will kick-off at 3 p.m., when audio producers, musicians and consumers will have the opportunity to test the latest gadgets, gear and technology from a variety of top audio manufacturers and speak with the experts behind it all. Confirmed vendors include: Avid (featuring Pro Tools), Apogee, Ableton, Magma, LaCie, G-Tech, iZotope, Universal Audio and Genelec.

Tekserve will also be providing wireless speaker and headphone testing stations for audiophiles looking to upgrade their headphones, home studio or home audio systems. Additionally, WBGO will stream a live radio feed of the station’s programming through the headphone and speaker demo stations, so that fans of WBGO can listen to content while testing out a pair of the headphones.

Later, at 5 p.m., Tekserve will begin serving refreshments to accompany musical performances by Brooklyn-based electronic musician Erin Barra and The People’s Republic of Sound Presents Thomas Piper Jr. In addition, there will be a Pro Audio Gear sale set up in the lower level of the store, featuring up to 75 percent off of last season’s stock.

“The pro audio community is thriving,” says Ben Casey, Professional Audio Retail Manager, Tekserve. “There are so many exciting new technologies this year that marry the high tech with the best classics of yesteryear. We are proud to connect our customers with leading vendors in the industry. Whether you’re a production pro seeking workflow support, an experienced consumer or a newbie just starting to build your home studio or audio system, our Gathering of the Gear event is sure to have just what you’re looking for and more.”

Attendees are welcome to visit tekserve.com/werock to register and for more information. Those attending are encouraged to share their live experiences via social media. Attendees and even audio fans not in attendance, can use #TekAudio when referencing the event on: Facebook (www.facebook.com/Tekserve), Twitter (@Tekserve), Instagram (@Tekserve) YouTube (www.youtube.com/tekserve) and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/tekserve).

Following the event, Tekserve will be hosting educational seminars in late May and early June for creatives working in the audio production industry. Each seminar session will be an intimate educational opportunity to interact with Tekserve’s Audio Specialists, a variety of audio vendors and professionals using the products represented, in their workflows.

As educational seminars and guests are finalized, Tekserve will update registration details here: events/tekserve.com.

About Tekserve
Tekserve delivers a broad range of enterprise services, solutions and products to support the technology needs of businesses in fields ranging from finance and retail to media and entertainment. Employing best in class products from a wide range of technology manufacturers, Tekserve helps clients by identifying, engineering, deploying and supporting the best possible solutions for their technology challenges.

From its famous New York City retail location in Chelsea, Tekserve, stocks a wide variety of Apple products, accessories, storage solutions and display devices. Tekserve also provides system rentals, workshops and certified training, as well as the finest repair and support services. Since its inception in 1987, Tekserve has been dedicated to the service of its customers and the surrounding community. For more information, visit www.tekserve.com.

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SSL Live Gives Clarity To Santana’s Monitors


“Once I finally got to see the console, it drew me right in … for me, it’s about design, use, accessibility and layout”

LAS VEGAS – Mixing multiple wedges and in-ear mixes for a large band with a dynamic musical set requires a flexible console that can quickly be operated manually. For this reason, an SSL Live console is on the road with iconic Latin rocker Carlos Santana, whose perennial monitor engineer, Brian Montgomery, is using it to mix both stereo wedges for Carlos and IEMs for his band. Following last winter’s residency at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues (HoB), Santana has been globetrotting, making stops at the Dubai Jazz Festival, Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, Cape Town’s Grand Arena and the New Orleans Jazz Festival as part of its Corazon tour. Carlos and his crew will then join Rod Stewart for The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs tour this spring and summer.

Carlos is the winner of nine Grammy® Awards – the most for a single project – for Supernatural, which revitalized his career, leading to the first Las Vegas Hard Rock residency and his ongoing HoB appearances each winter. An industry legend in his own right, Montgomery has mixed Santana’s monitors for 16 years. “I was an analogue guy for a long time, but, it got to where I’d actually outgrown most of the analogue consoles on the market,” he explains. “I was using a pair of competitor consoles to get 26 mixes, and I needed more space. When we went to Japan, the model I’d been using wasn’t available, so we switched to another competitor, which I’ve used as my primary console for Santana ever since. That is, until the SSL Live came out. I’m an old school guy and I like that SSL has an additional focus channel screen, which gives me all of the control that I need, alongside the main screen. This setup lets me have multiple modes of accessibility to my work surface, which is key.”

Montgomery was introduced to SSL Live by Rob Mailman, FOH for Santana and GM of Touring for Sound Image, which supplied the console. “I’d been looking to switch consoles, so when Rob started telling me about the way SSL Live’s control surface was laid out, I was extremely interested,” explains Montgomery. “Once I finally got to see the console, it drew me right in. I actually never heard the console before I decided to use it. I know what an SSL sounds like in the studio; they’re sonically incredible. For me, it’s mostly about design, use, accessibility and how I could lay the desk out for what I need to do. I don’t have any static mixes with the band, every song is different, so there’s never quite the same setup each night. I have to have a console that I can get around on very rapidly.”

With eight stereo wedge mixes across the front of the stage, Montgomery has them set as post-fade mixes that are tapered, so when Carlos is near somebody, the sound is turned down a little to give him an even mix across the stage. With this setup, Carlos can go anywhere and still hear what he wants or move away from sounds that he’s not interested in hearing.

“I’ve always liked to have Carlos’ setup accessible through post-fade on my surface so that I can do anything for him at any point in time, even if I’m messing around with the mix for somebody else in the band,” continues Montgomery. “Most of the band members are on in-ear monitors, so I need the versatility to mix Carlos while I’m changing the IEM feed for another band member. With many other digital consoles, that’s difficult to do because you have to stop what you’re doing for one performer to do something for another. With the SSL Live, I don’t have to do that. I tap the screen for the mix and I can change something for someone else rapidly without popping through four different layers.”

Montgomery first used SSL Live at HoB Las Vegas during a sound check. “I did a line check with the backline members and I started to notice how sonically I didn’t need to EQ as much,” he says. “The preamps sound very nice, very natural, no additional high-end, no tin that I often hear out of other digital consoles, very warm and very forgiving. With our current set, which is very loud, I might get plenty of input gain as well as a lot of output. All in all, with the SSL Live, I don’t have to EQ vocal mics to avoid feedback. It gives me a good natural sound and, regardless of the mic placements, I don’t have drastic EQ changes on the instruments.”

After Montgomery started using the SSL Live, every band member was impressed with its quality. “They all came to me and said it sounds brilliant,” he concludes. “It was something that kind of threw them because it was very natural sounding. Over the years, a lot of them have gotten used to something that was a little brighter or a little thin sounding. No matter what you did to the midrange, you had that digital imperfection. Now that I’ve switched to SSL Live, all of the musicians have come to me and said that sonically they’re very pleased with how it sounds. With a lot of my ear mixes, I don’t have to drive the units as hard. The musicians actually have to turn their packs down and I don’t have to send as much signal.”

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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Masque Sound Raises the Roof and Brings the Power to the Party in Here Lies Love

NEW YORK, MAY 7, 2014 – Sound Designers Cody Spencer and M.L. Dogg were charged with taking audiences back to the late 70s and early 80s for a fully immersive show about Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos, while incorporating the popular beats and rhythms of disco music for the smash hit, Here Lies Love. Playing at The Public Theater’s LuEsther Hall, they relied on Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to bring the party to the people.

Here Lies Love, a revolutionary musical experience from David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, returns to The Public after its sold out, limited engagement last year. Directed by Alex Timbers, this thrilling show retraces the astonishing journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos from her meteoric rise to power to her descent into infamy and the People Power Revolution. An adrenaline-fueled, 360-degree multimedia spectacle, Here Lies Love blends the passion of politics with heart-pounding dance beats for an exhilarating blast of pure joy.

In designing the sound, Spencer and Dogg wanted to immerse the audience in a club atmosphere while maintaining vocal intelligibility. “We put a lot of energy into making it feel like a club (with lights, videos, strobes and haze), but, at the same time, we wanted to make sure that the people standing and watching the show would be able to hear every word and understand the story that David Byrne is trying to tell in this process,” Spencer says. “Masque Sound was very attentive to our audio requirements and provided us with the sound solutions that we needed to be successful. Craig Freeman, the show’s sound mixer, then played a huge role in helping this all come together for each performance.”

To bring the club feel to the theater, Masque Sound supplied the designers with a DiGiCo SD10T digital console along with the DiGiCo UB MADI, which provides the ability to playback up to 48 channels over two MADI cables from QLab. “The SD10 gives us more matrix outputs, which is a real benefit,” adds Spencer. “Another reason that we went with the SD10 is its crosspoint delay matrix. The SD10 is an excellent console that provides excellent versatility and flexibility.”

Another key factor to the show’s success was speaker selection. The designers’ goal was to create a sound that would not make the vocals piercing on top. “I wanted the vocal speakers to be mellow and blend really well,” Spencer says. “In order to make that happen, we selected the L-Acoustics 112P, which work great. For the music speakers, we went with the EAW KF695Z Compact Virtual Array three-way system. Although not something that you traditionally see in the theater world, this tried-and-true speaker was ideal for the music component of the sound design. For our subs, we used the L-Acoustics DVs. We wanted a very musical sound as opposed to a vocally heavy sound, which is more the norm in musical theater.”

Masque Sound also provided 28 channels of wireless, featuring Sennheiser EM3532 receivers with 5012 transmitters and DPA 4065s microphones, which help deliver the really pristine vocals needed in a room that has sound from the speakers flowing over all of the actors the whole time. For his handheld microphones, Spencer chose the Shure UR2 series handhelds, which he favors due to their durability and excellent tonality.

“Another key component to the show’s success is that the lighting and video is synched to SMPTE timecode that is being generated from Q-Lab,” adds Spencer. “The timecode gives the video and lighting the ability to lock on to what the music is doing, which is really beneficial to the whole process. The timecode is making things that need to be precise, precise. The show looks amazing, and thanks to Masque Sound, sounds great.”

Here Lies Love began previews on April 14, 2014 and officially opens on May 1, 2014. For more info, visit herelieslove.com.

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 lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. 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.

Tekserve Named Adobe Creative Cloud Reseller for Education Market

Solutions Provider Will Offer New Device Licensing Option for Classrooms and Labs

NEW YORK CITY, MAY 5, 2014 – Tekserve, a leading provider of technology solutions for creative professionals in a variety of markets, is proud to announce that as of May 1, it has received certification as an Adobe® Creative Cloud™ reseller for the education and non-profit markets. Geared for easy centralized deployment and administration by IT professionals, Creative Cloud for Education provides staff and students access to the same creative and production tools that professionals use commercially around the world in all areas of media and communication applications.

With this certification, Tekserve is able to tap into its breadth of experience creating and deploying workflow solutions in the Media, Entertainment and Publishing markets and provide the highest level of expertise and service to its education customers seeking to offer students the best and most appropriate technology to enhance their studies.

“Tekserve is a firm believer in supporting the next generation of creative professionals through education and by offering educators Adobe Creative Cloud, the infrastructure required and the support, we are enabling them to create a learning environment that mirrors one that students will face in the real world,” says Matt Cohen, Principal, Tekserve. “Our vast experience with enterprise workflows and technology infrastructure solutions for pro video, broadcast and publishing companies makes Tekserve an ideal partner for designing and deploying a school’s Creative Cloud needs. We look forward to working with customers in this market.”

In addition, Tekserve will also be offering Adobe’s new device licensing option for Creative Cloud, which assigns a license to each computer rather than to each user. This new option streamlines the learning process, allowing multiple students to interact with the same application on a single computer. Students, faculty and staff receive access to the latest creative apps for design, web, video, and photography, right on their desktop.

Creative Cloud for education will be available through Tekserve via the Adobe Value Incentive Plan (VIP), a subscription-based licensing program designed for educational institutions of all sizes. The program is also applicable to non-profit organizations.

In addition to being an Adobe Creative Cloud Reseller for education, Tekserve is also an Adobe Pro Video Gold Partner for commercial Creative Cloud customers and one of the few Adobe AnywhereTM Authorized System Integrators nationwide.

For more information about Tekserve’s Adobe solutions, please visit:
http://www.tekserve.com/tekserve_vendors/adobe/

About Tekserve
Tekserve delivers a broad range of enterprise services, solutions and products to support the technology needs of businesses in fields ranging from finance and retail to media and entertainment. Employing best in class products from a wide range of technology manufacturers, Tekserve helps clients by identifying, engineering, deploying and supporting the best possible solutions for their technology challenges.

From its famous New York City retail location in Chelsea, Tekserve, stocks a wide variety of Apple products, accessories, storage solutions and display devices. Tekserve also provides system rentals, workshops and certified training, as well as the finest repair and support services. Since its inception in 1987, Tekserve has been dedicated to the service of its customers and the surrounding community.

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Professional Wireless Systems’ Stellar Frequency Coordination Dances to the Beat at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards

On-Site Technical Expertise, Support and Equipment Ensures Interference-Free Coverage for Live Telemundo Telecast

MIAMI, MAY 5, 2014 – When the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards kicked off on April 24th at the Bank United Center at the University of Miami, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) was on-site to support Telemundo’s live broadcast of the star studded event. This marks the 16th year that PWS has been providing wireless solutions and equipment for the show.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards, the longest running and most prestigious awards show in the Latin music world, honors the most popular albums, songs and performers in Latin Music, as determined by the actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data from Billboard’s weekly charts.

In addition to the main stage, PWS provided its wireless services for various indoor and outdoor locations before, during and after the live broadcast, including the red carpet, the press room, mun2 network coverage, the Telemundo Morning Show, Un Nuevo Dia as well as two digital media areas. Due to the extensive equipment requirements needed for the various components of the show, PWS worked with Bill Saltzer of East Shore Sound, an AV and integration company based in Jarrettsville, Maryland, to ensure that all the equipment needs were met.

“This was a large show from an equipment standpoint and James Stoffo, the main RF coordinator, once again did a great job of managing all of the wireless microphones, in-ear monitors and IFBs for the technical production and musical elements of the awards show and its associated broadcasts,” says Jim Van Winkle, General Manager, PWS. “Live broadcasts always present their own unique set of challenges and our team worked very hard to ensure that all wireless operations went off smoothly and without any interruptions.”

This year, PWS was faced with more of a challenge than usual due to the size of the video and lighting walls that ran across the main stage. “Our receiver antenna position was behind the stage, which placed all of the live music artists’ microphones and hosts on the other side of the lighting wall,” Stoffo says. “In addition, the overall frequency count was the largest it’s ever been, with more wireless positions than we have ever had, including two media centers operating inside of the venue. The PWS team ensured that everything came together seamlessly, and we had a flawless show.”

For the pre-show red carpet activities, PWS supplied 10 Shure UHF-Rs and five Telex BTR 800 intercom systems along with six Lectrosonic IFBs. PWS provided an additional 10 channels of Sennheiser wireless (3732-II receivers with 5200-II handhelds and 5212-II belt packs) as well as two Telex BTR 800s and nine Lectrosonics IFB’s for the Telemundo Morning Show, as well as four IFBs, eight Shure UHF-Rs and three Telex BTR 800s for Mun2’s coverage. In addition, the press room was outfitted with 30 listen-only Williams Sound FM Systems receivers and headsets.

For the main show, PWS employed 12 channels of the Shure Axient wireless microphone system along with the Shure PSM1000 personal monitor system. Four channels of Sennheiser wireless (3732-II receivers with 5200-II handhelds) were used for the main talent, including Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin and Andrea Bocelli. Laura Pausini used a Sennheiser SKM2000 Handheld outfitted with a 935 capsule. Nine Telex BTR 800s and 10 Shure UHF-R wireless microphones were also utilized. In addition, Masque Sound’s headphone monitor system was deployed to ensure that all microphones were interference-free before hitting the stage.

PWS provided its GX-4 and GX-8 Series Combiners, as well as the RAD TX-8 Transmitter Combiner. Several PWS DB Series Multicouplers were used for the microphone receivers and intercoms. PWS’ Helical Antennas and Domed Helical Antennas were also onsite, both inside and out throughout the full-day event.

“Our goal is to have a perfect, interference-free show every time and we do whatever it takes to accomplish that,” adds Van Winkle. “By creating customized equipment packages and bringing in our filtered products, RF monitors and antennas, we are able to pull off these large shows. This year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards was another successful event for us.”

For more information about Professional Wireless Systems, visit http://www.professionalwireless.com.

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 live concert, television broadcast, corporate, industrial, theatrical, house of worship and sports events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. 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,” “Mama Mia,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater, historic St. Bartholomew’s Church and NYU’s James L. Dolan Recording Studio. 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.

Aladdin Finds a Whole New World of Audio Solutions with DPA Microphones


Sound designer for hit new Broadway musical comedy relies on large collection of the company’s mics to achieve pristine audio

NEW YORK, APRIL 30, 2014Aladdin is the most recent of Disney®’s beloved animated films to come to life on Broadway and DPA Microphones is in a leading role for this musical comedy, engaging audiences with dramatic sound and theatrical adventures. To help make the magical experience come alive, Ken Travis, sound designer for the show, calls on the company’s d:screet™ 4061 Omnidirectional Microphones to close-mic the entire cast, along with a combination of d:dicate™ 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to amplify the natural sound of the orchestra.

Featuring all of the original Academy® Award-winning songs from the hit animated film, as well as new material written especially for the stage production, Aladdin combines elements of magic, adventure and comedy to captivate audiences. For Travis, this means producing a phenomenal sound to bring the cinematic experience to stage in the most vibrant way possible, lending this his desire to create an audio masterpiece that feels like the original film mixed with a classic Broadway musical. Whether costumes had to be designed around the mics or actors were equipped with several mics to account for costume changes, every setup was tested to achieve optimal audio amplification.

“This is the most collaborative production at this level that I have ever been involved with,” Travis shares. “For instance, we were working directly with the costume designers because we don’t want any wires to be seen on the cast. One unique thing we created was a prosthetic chin for the Genie, which has a DPA d:screet 4061 inside. While designing the chin, we tried multiple microphones, manufacturers and styles in order to find the perfect sound. The day we switched to the d:screet 4061 everyone said, ‘wow, whatever you guys did to the Genie, that’s it!’ ”

Like the Genie, the entire ensemble uses d:screet 4061s, as Travis finds they provide a natural sound, with the benefit of being easily concealable. The mics are also designed to withstand the toughest of conditions, including humidity and sweat, and have a reinforced cable relief built to handle the constant twists, bends and pulls, which is perfect for a production of this magnitude.

Since the show requires as many as 72 costume changes in four minutes, the mics are hidden along the actors’ hairline or turban to ensure the fast-paced environment is always perfectly wired for sound, allowing the ensemble to instead focus on their performances rather than mic placement.

“Sometimes the cast only has a second to make sure the mic is in the proper placement after a wardrobe change,” shares Travis. “In those instances, we tell them to try and hit their mark, but just in case, we also built a transmitter for the mics that we hide in the costumes, such as under a jewel in the turbans. There are some cases when cast members are triple-miked because they’ll have multiple hat and turban changes. Whether the number requires an actor put on a new turban, which covers the primary mic, or take off a turban to reveal another hat, equipped with a backup mic, we always have a redundant mic just so we don’t lose any audio.”

While it was crucial to Travis to find the best sound solution for the cast, he knew the orchestra also plays a big role in the Broadway experience. For Aladdin, a song such as A Friend Like Me, which is three minutes long in the movie, is a 10-minute production onstage. When it came time to select the mics to amplify the orchestra, Travis tested every mic available to ensure the sound quality of the instruments matched the vocal abilities of the performers. Again, DPA Microphones was the clear winner.

“I’m never happy with the sound of snare drums, so we wanted to try different microphone varieties and pick whichever sounded the best,” recalls Travis. “Eric [Mayer, president of DPA, Inc.] suggested we try the d:dicate 2011C microphonesM. He felt they were just what we were looking for, so we included one in our blind test and he was right.”

After finding the perfect orchestra mic, the audio team needed a setup to match, so they hung two d:dicate 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioids from a custom harness above the grand piano and orchestra to create what Travis describes as a very accurate sound. Additionally, they clipped d:vote 4099s to the toms and ethnic drums. From piano, guitar and strings to woodwinds, brass and drums, the d:vote 4099 sounds incredible on every instrument as it amplifies their natural acoustics and removes any unwanted noise. Ideal for the Broadway stage, a single d:vote model can reinforce an entire orchestra.

“What we like about this setup is that the piano goes from very legato into the Genie performances that are really rocking,” he explains. “Those songs were our biggest test for the d:vote 4099s and d:dicate 2011Cs, because we use a lot of snares and ethnic drums, which can get loud. Some mics don’t seem to reproduce that type of sound very accurately, but both micsstood up to the challenge. We are really happy with the sound, so we’re trying the d:votes on some brass instruments next.”

Per Travis’ request, Masque Sound supplied a custom audio equipment package, which included the DPA d:screet 4061 mics, to support his creative design for the show, which opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20. His vision was additionally brought to life by associate sound designer Alex Hawthorn, production audio head Lucas Indelicato and front of house mixer Gabe Wood, who each had a hand in selecting all of the DPA mics.

Travis is no stranger to the theater environment, as he has been providing his audio genius to the Great White Way since 1997. His recent works include Newsies; Jekyll & Hyde; and A Christmas Story, the Musical, both on and off-Broadway.

Directed by Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin is based on the book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menkin and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The show stars Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), James Monroe Iglehart (Genie) and Courtney Reed (Jasmine). Jafar is portrayed by Jonathan Freeman, who also voiced the character in the movie.

ABOUT DPA:
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.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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Gibson Brands Announces 2014 Gibson “Win a Studio” Video Contests

Prizes include Gibson Guitar, KRK, TASCAM and Stanton Products

NASHVILLE, APRIL 30, 2014 — In celebration of its 120 years of innovation, Gibson Brands is hosting the 2014 Gibson “Win a Studio” Video Contests, with monthly drawings for which the first prize winners receive everything they need for a full home recording setup. Included among this gear are some of the company’s most popular recording pieces, such as KRK Systems’ ROKIT 5 Studio Monitors and 10s Powered Subwoofer; TASCAM’s TM-PC1 Condenser Microphone, US-366 USB 2.0 Audio Interface and TH-MX2 Professional Headphones; and Stanton’s DJC.4 Virtual DJ Digital Workstation; among others. At the end of the contest, which concludes November 30, one Grand Prize winner will be chosen to win a Gibson Double Diamond Guitar.

To enter, contestants must create an original 30-second to 15-minute video that highlights the Gibson Brands product that is the focus of each specific contest, such as March’s Gibson Min-ETune and April’s KRK ROKIT challenges. The featured products will be posted online on the Gibson “Win a Studio” Contest page at the start of each new month and contestants will have two months from that date to submit their video. To be considered, participants must upload their video to their personal YouTube channel with a title that mentions the product, followed by the words “Gibson Studio Giveaway.” The video description must include the following tags: Gibson Win A Studio Contest, Gibson Brands, Inc. and the month of the contest to which it applies. Videos must then be submitted to the specific contest entry page located online at the link above by the end of the two month submission deadline. By entering, a contestant attests that they are the sole owner of all copyrighted materials contained in the video. Winners will be announced one month after individual contest submission deadlines. The grand prize winner will be announced on December 31.

In the monthly contest prize pack are the KRK ROKIT 5 Studio Monitors, which feature lightweight yellow composite woofers that achieve outstanding dynamics. These monitors not only meet the highest sonic standards, but deliver the versatility needed by all users to take their mixes to the next level—regardless of musical style. The unique tuning process used on the ROKITS treats the woofer, cabinet, and port as a single, integrated whole, which provides extreme vocal clarity with extended bass response.

A perfect complement to the ROKITs, the KRK 10s Powered Subwoofer is designed to extend the low-frequency performance of the monitors to ensure ideal engineered sound. It features a great-looking curved cabinet and a yellow glass-aramid composite woofer, which both echo the style of the ROKITS. Combined with a front-firing bass port, the woofer provides an accurate and powerful low-end punch, while a high-powered amplifier and active crossovers offer smooth and precise sound reproduction.

With the TASCAM TM-PC1 Condenser Microphone, engineers can capture every detail of their vocals and acoustic instruments. A one-inch gold-sputtered diaphragm, switchable pad and roll-off make the microphone versatile enough for any recording application. The mic includes a shock mount, pop filter and desktop stand to start recording right out of the box.

Perfect for use with the condenser mic, TASCAM’s US-366 USB 2.0 Audio Interface features high-quality HDDA mic preamps with a wide frequency response (from 10Hz to 68kHz). Up to 192kHz/24bit recording yields low noise and low distortion, and an on-board DSP Mixer provides zero-latency headphone mixes with effects. The US-366 includes two XLR mic inputs with +48V phantom power, two TRS inputs and additional line level and digital I/O for maximum flexibility and the best possible sound.

A great addition to any studio, the TASCAM TH-MX2 Professional Headphones are tailored for mixing and feature a powerful bass response that adds energy to the audio and brilliant mids that round out a mix. Its closed-back isolation offers a clean sound with rich bass response and crisp highs. The foldable design makes it easy to transport, while the circumaural ear cuffs and flexible headband provide comfort for hours of use.

Stanton’s DJC.4 Virtual DJ Digital Workstation is a DJ controller and audio interface, bundled with an enhanced four-deck version of Virtual DJ LE, allowing users to scratch and mix up to four desk of audio while also controlling video. An integrated four-channel audio interface can be integrated with analog turntables or CD decks for added performance, while the large touch-sensitive jog wheels make for an extremely tight scratch and pitch bend control. Additionally, its setup couldn’t be simpler; plug in the included USB cable, start up Virtual DJ LE and the user is on their way.

Additional prizes in the studio prize package include a 2014 Gibson LPM Guitar, an Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Guitar, an Epiphone Thunderbird Guitar, Onkyo Trainer Headphones, a Gibson Memory Cable and the studio version of Cakewalk’s Sonar software.

About KRK Systems
Over the past two decades, KRK Systems has become synonymous with quality design and unparalleled performance in the world of studio monitors, subwoofers and headphones. And because KRK has remained true to its mission of providing accurate and reliable studio monitors, as well as developed products that fit its customer’s needs like a glove, the company occupies the industry’s #1 position for studio monitors. With four series of monitoring systems (both passive and active, in a variety of sizes), KRK offers products that meet the diverse needs of home studios, professional studios, and audiophiles. For more information, visit us at www.krksys.com.

About TASCAM
TASCAM is part of the pro audio and home recording division of TEAC Corporation. TASCAM will continue to be instrumental in revolutionizing professional and home recording by offering the highest quality products at the best value to their customers. For more information, visit www.tascam.com

About Stanton
Stanton is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for DJs. Founded in 1946 by Walter O. Stanton, the inventor of an easily replaceable phonograph stylus, Stanton has grown from being one of the first American companies to make and sell magnetic cartridges to offering a complete line of DJ products, which include turntables, high-performance cartridges, CD players, DJ mixers, accessories and digital controllers. With over 50 years of innovation, Stanton is the name DJs trust. For additional information, visit the company online at www.stantondj.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands Inc. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health, and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Brands Inc’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer, Cakewalk and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

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DPA Microphones d:vote™ 4099 Adds More Bravura to Break of Reality Performances


Company’s renowned Instrument Microphone provides quartet with quality audio and ease of use on tour

NEW YORK, APRIL 29, 2014 – When a group of cellists decided to blend their classical music skills with their love of rock ‘n’ roll, the result was a cello-rock band known as Break of Reality. Comprised of three cellists and a percussionist, the group has been performing for more than a decade. During that time, the quartet has experimented with a series of audio setups, including both pickups and microphones, but continuously fell short of finding an ideal audio solution. That is, until they discovered DPA Microphones’ d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone and its clip for the cello.

As the quartet takes to the road, the members praise their recently purchased d:vote 4099 setup for creating a new sense of comfort that previously did not exist when miking the cellos. The group has tested a variety of audio amplification setups, which evolved from an early dependence on pickups, and they say they can already recognize many benefits of the DPA mics, including a pristine natural sound and the unique mounting solution.

“We love the d:vote, I don’t know any other microphone of its kind that is designed specifically for the cello and that makes it a lot easier to work with,” shares Patrick Laird, cellist and Break of Reality co-founder. “Before we switched to DPA, we went through every type of pickup and eventually we got sick of the lack of a real cello sound. After that, we moved to a microphone system that had clip-on mics, but they weren’t specialized for string instruments like the d:vote 4099. With the old mics, we created a cable tie system to hold the mic securely to the instrument, because if we didn’t, the mic would occasionally fall off. We don’t have any of these problems with the d:vote 4099.

“We were very limited with our setup,” he continues. “If we had two back-to-back gigs in different places, we would have to cut off our whole cable tie system and take the microphones off. Now, the d:vote actually can fit inside the cases while still mounted to the cello, which provides a quick and simple setup. The mics have a great sound, too. The frequency response is much more balanced than anything we’ve used before, so it requires a lot less treatment in the venue.”

Now avid users, the quartet has familiarized themselves with DPA’s reputation for providing a highly durable and pristine sounding microphone. Plus, the d:vote 4099, designed with the touring musician in mind, can easily be unclipped and repositioned on the instrument, without any cable ties or other obstructions. This creates an effortless solution for the group. The accurate natural sound, balanced EQs and functionality of the microphone will come in handy as Break of Reality goes on tour through May.

“What’s especially cool about the mics is that we’re going to be using them in all types of venues on this tour, and that’s a big thing for us,” shares Laird. “Previously, when we performed at nice venues, we placed higher quality mics in front of the instruments to produce a better sound. When we played rock clubs, we had to go back to using pickups because our mics had feedback issues. But all that is behind us now. The d:vote is so versatile that we can use it as a professional microphone in 15,000-seat performing arts center auditoriums or for a simple amplification setup in small rock clubs.

“People in the industry, sound men, engineers, they have always told us we should really consider DPA Microphones,” he adds. “We didn’t make the switch for a while because of the cost of changing over our whole setup. But, we finally decided to make the move to DPA Microphones and we couldn’t be happier. They’re awesome, we love them.”

With the help of fan donations through the group’s Kickstarter campaign, the quartet is putting on a Music Education Tour, at which they will perform free concerts and host workshops at 10 school districts across the U.S. These performances will be held in conjunction with their regular tour schedule, in support of their latest album, TEN. In addition, 100 percent of the money raised at each performance will be donated to each school’s music programs. The overall goal is to collect more than $50,000 in support of music education. For its role in the campaign, DPA Microphones is donating additional d:vote 4099s, to be used as prizes on tour.

Formed in 2004 by Laird and percussionist, Ivan Trevino, who met at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Break of Reality also features cellists Laura Metcalf and Adrian Daurov. Since its founding, the group has self-produced three records, with a forthcoming album appropriately named TEN, to celebrate a decade of success, released on March 25, 2014.

ABOUT DPA:
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.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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CCI Solutions Joins Roster of SSL Live Console Partners

“The new SSL Live is one of the most powerful, intuitive consoles on the market and it sounds incredible”

OLYMPIA, WA – Solid State Logic is pleased to announce the appointment of sound and video technology experts, CCI Solutions, to its U.S. Live console partner network. Based in Olympia, WA, CCI has 35 years experience designing and implementing ProAV systems in houses of worship, corporate, government and public facilities.

Pictured left to right: Rick Boring, Todd Gathany, Mark Pearson, Duke DeJong, Ron Simonson, Joe Brannberg, Greg Hearns and Joe Norwood

“CCI Solutions has always been known for providing exceptional quality and high performance designs and those are exactly the qualities that SSL is also known for around the world,” says Ron Simonson, President and CEO of CCI Solutions. “We’re extremely proud to partner with SSL to represent the SSL Live console to our clients, prospective users and dealers throughout the U.S. We’re putting an extraordinary amount of time and resources into supporting these world-class consoles for the long-term, including sponsoring a U.S. demo tour of the SSL Live console, which is currently underway.”

“Designing great audio systems has always been a key part of the CCI Solutions DNA so we couldn’t be more excited about joining the SSL family,” adds Duke DeJong, Church Relations Director for CCI Solutions. “The new SSL Live is one of the most powerful, intuitive consoles on the market and it sounds incredible. We know the SSL Live will become a top choice for audio engineers everywhere, and we’re excited to be able to bring it to them.”

“CCI Solution’s experience and success with design and complete system integration across the country is clear evidence that this is an ideal company to promote the SSL Live,” says Jay Easley, SSL’s Vice President of Live Consoles in the Americas. “We are very proud to be partnered with Ron and his team of experts. We look forward to a successful alliance with CCI.”

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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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