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JERRY GEPNER NAMED CEO OF TEKSERVE

NEW YORK CITY, JANUARY 8, 2014 – Tekserve, a New York City-based technology solutions provider and Apple reseller, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jerry Gepner to CEO, effective immediately. In his new role, Gepner will oversee all business operations for Tekserve and will create and implement growth strategies for the company.

With more than 20 years of executive management experience in technology services, Gepner has utilized his deep understanding of technology to lead several companies through periods of superior growth by developing customer-oriented sales and solutions strategies.
Gepner has most recently served as Divisional CEO for the Services Division at the Vitec Group, where he oversaw the operation of the company’s broadcast services and other businesses located in the U.S., U.K. and Europe. In that role he crafted and managed transformational strategies, with a focus on technology, services and customer satisfaction. Prior to this, Gepner had served the Vitec Group as its Chief Technology Officer, responsible for driving inter-division collaboration and crafting global technology and market relationships.

“With his strong management and technology services background, Jerry is the ideal fit to expand our key verticals of iOS & Mac deployment and management, content creation workflows, infrastructure solutions and retail,” says David Lerner, a founder of Tekserve. “Jerry is a dynamic leader who can create strategies that translate the needs of customers and deliver the best solutions for their business requirements. We are thrilled to welcome Jerry to the team and look forward to working with him.”

Gepner has also served as president of National Mobile Television (NMT), and has held the position of Executive Vice President for FOX Sports. He was Co-founder and COO of Sportvision, the Silicon Valley company responsible for the ubiquitous First & Ten(r) virtual first-down line. Over the course of his career, Gepner has been the recipient of five Emmy Awards and is a named inventor on eleven U.S. patents in the media technology sector.

“I am proud to take on this new role at such a legendary center of technology as Tekserve,” says Gepner. “Tekserve is ideally positioned at the nexus of technology, business and media. In addition, they have a culture of exceeding customer expectations in all areas, from professional services to retail. They truly are a technology company for the twenty-first century and I am very excited to lead such a talented team.”

About Tekserve
Tekserve has, for more than 25 years, delivered a broad range of strategic services, solutions, and products to support the technology needs of creative professionals, small-to-medium sized businesses and top corporations. Tekserve helps clients find, create, and utilize the best possible solutions for their technology challenges, deploying and supporting products from Apple, HP, Avid, Adobe and more. www.tekserve.com

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CERWIN-VEGA! INTRODUCES SL SERIES AT CES 2014

New Home Speaker System Features Company’s Legendary Power and Sound Quality at an Affordable Price

LAS VEGAS, JANUARY 7, 2014 — Cerwin-Vega!, a Gibson Brand, is pleased to announce the launch of its new SL Series Home Audio System at CES 2014 (Gibson Tent, CP1/Central Plaza). With a choice of six speakers and one subwoofer, the SL Series can be customized to fit any home, office, dorm room or other personal listening environment, to meet a variety of budgets. Options include five-inch bookshelf/satellite and four-way central speakers: one single, one two-way and two three-way standing tower speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer.

Featuring custom high-frequency, soft-dome tweeters for natural sound, high clarity and low distortion, each speaker in the SL Series also has a bass reflex design with tune porting to achieve the iconic Cerwin-Vega! tight and punchy bass response. Available in 10- and 12-inch models, the speakers include large woofer motors that result in maximum excursion for superior low-end definition, and a woofer trim ring that reduces edge diffraction. The floor standing cabinets also feature dual woofer power for extended low-end.

“The new SL Series offers customers Cerwin Vega!’s legendary power, combined with excellent sound quality at an affordable price,” says Gus Jursch, Director of Operations for Gibson Pro Audio. “Depending on a user’s requirements, they’ll want a speaker system that not only fulfills their audio preferences, but does so in one seamless setup. With the SL Series, they can customize their perfect system, one that is ideal for their listening style. Additionally, the contemporary black finish of the SL Series complements any decor, while the modern grille front can be removed to reveal the signature red Cerwin-Vega! woofer, giving the system an extra pop of color.”

In addition to the standard options, the SL-5M Bookshelf/Satellite Speaker offers an advanced computer modeled waveguide that ensures accurate high-frequency coverage and superb imaging from the relatively small, five-inch speaker design. Like the SL Series speakers, the SL-10S Power Subwoofer has a trim ring to reduce diffraction and large woofer motor for maximum excursion and low-end definition. Additionally, it features a high-power built-in amplifier to drive the 10-inch subwoofer to a superior performance level while keeping the size of the unit small.

All SL Series options are built with an internal bracing system for increased cabinet strength to reduce unwanted resonance noise and five-way binding posts for simple and reliable setup. The eight-ohm impedance makes the SL Series compatible with most amplifiers and receivers.

About Cerwin-Vega!
Cerwin-Vega!, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets. Designed in the pursuit of dynamic, accurate sound reproduction since 1954, Cerwin-Vega! products are distributed throughout the world via a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. For additional information on all Cerwin-Vega! products, please visit us online at www.cerwin-vega.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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Sound Devices PIX 260i Production Video Recorders Get in Sync with Latest Firmware Update

Advanced Metadata Editing Functionality Also Available

REEDSBURG, WI, JANUARY 7, 2014 — Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, announces its latest firmware update, Version 1.50, for its PIX 260i Production Video Recorder. PIX 260i recorders seamlessly replace tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments, while also offering 32 tracks of audio recording and playback. The latest firmware, which is available as a free download to all PIX 260i users, further streamlines production workflows with several powerful upgrades.

For applications with multiple, grouped units, version 1.50 allows for frame-synchronized control for record, play, stop and pause functions. It also offers several advanced metadata editing enhancements, including the ability to edit scene, take, note, track name and circle metadata for the current take, next take or previous takes—even while recording. Metadata edits now apply to all drives selected for recording. Scene/take edits update the embedded bEXT /iXML metadata and the file name when the File Name Format is set to “Reel-Scene-Take” or “Scene-Take.” The recorders audio-only mode offers an additional audio-specific LCD view, which includes metering, file name, scene/take, timecode, ABS time, track names, sample rate, bit-depth and drive remaining time.

In addition, Version 1.50 features an updated method for preventing file corruption in the event of power loss during recording. It also introduces record and playback of SDI Source ID (SID) metadata. With the latest firmware, File OSD Field now shows Poly versus Mono WAV, and several keyboard shortcuts are now available for transport controls in PIXNET.

The PIX 260i supplies all the features and tools needed by production companies looking to migrate to file-based recording and playback environments. It records QuickTime video files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD formats and sound-only files in either monophonic or polyphonic WAV format. Video files recorded with Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD are ready for editing directly from the recorder in common editing environments, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For color-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time applications.

Continuing the company’s heritage in production sound, Sound Devices has infused the PIX 260i with 32-track audio recording and playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Audinate’s Dante audio-over-Ethernet protocol, the PIX 260i can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

Files are recorded either simultaneously or sequentially on up to four separate drives, two front-panel PIX-CADDY slots and two rear-panel eSATAp connections. This redundancy in local, removable storage devices, coupled with standard Ethernet-based file transfer features further streamline 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 files quickly into a post-production environment. In addition, the PIX-CADDY CF allows the PIX 260i to record polyphonic WAV files directly to removable CompactFlash cards (audio poly mode only).

Another key feature of the PIX 260i is that it can be controlled from browser-capable computers and tablets. When connected to a data network, transport controls and setup menu controls are available on PIXNET, which offers control of one or multiple PIX 260i recorders. Multiple units can be grouped for simultaneous control.

Existing PIX 260i users can download version 1.50 by visiting http://www.sounddevices.com/download/pix260i-firmware/.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

Masque Sound Spreads Holiday Cheer with Custom Audio Equipment Package for A Christmas Story, The Musical

Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company provided Sound Designer Ken Travis with a custom audio equipment package for A Christmas Story, The Musical. This is the third straight year that Masque Sound worked with Travis on the hilarious, holiday favorite. The show opened in New York City at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on December 11, following performances at Hartford’s Bushnell Theatre and the Wang Theatre in Boston.

Directed by Tony Award-winner John Rando and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, A Christmas Story, The Musical is a hilarious account of Ralphie Parker’s desperate quest to ensure that the one thing he wants for Christmas, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle, ends up under his tree. The musical, based on the classic 1983 film, which itself was derived from stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd and a book by Joseph Robinette, features funny and heartfelt songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

After a successful holiday run on Broadway last year, the show returned to the Big Apple once again and, for Travis and his team, the unique layout and large size of the 5,000-seat theater at Madison Square Garden (MSG) presented some interesting challenges.

“We are limited with what we can do from a sound design point of view due to The Theater at MSG’s low ceilings,” says Travis. “We cannot hang a center cluster like we do in many Broadway houses, because there is simply no room for it. In addition, The Theater at MSG is three times as wide and three times as deep as a typical Broadway house, and seats about two and half times more people. There is also no orchestra pit, so the orchestra is seated in boxes on house right. Add all of that up and you can see why designing the sound had its obstacles. We are basically trying to cover the house as best we can, so we are supplementing the in-house system with the gear that Masque Sound provided us.”

Another challenge Travis faced was the limited run of the show – a month and a half during the holidays. “We had to build [a sound system] based on whatever the shop had on the shelf,” adds Travis. “You can’t ask the shop to hold a system that is going to be out for only six weeks of the year. Fortunately, Masque Sound knows the gear I like to use and has an excellent inventory for us to work with.”

In order to provide complete coverage with great sound, Masque Sound provided Travis with a Studer Vista 5, his preferred console and the same one that he used for last year’s production. “The Studer console is very flexible, solid, sounds great, is fast and definitely easy to program,” adds Travis.

To complement the existing house speaker system, Masque Sound provided Travis with an array of
L-Acoustics dV-DOSC speakers for the main left and right and Meyer Sound UPA-2Ps for the fill system. In addition, Masque Sound also provided 30 Sennheiser SK 5012 Transmitters and matching 1046 Receivers, as well as RF frequency coordination for the show.
“My associates, Zach Williamson and Justin Stasiw, along with Mixer Mike Wojchik and the rest of my crew did an amazing job,” concludes Travis. “My team and I always enjoy working with Masque Sound, and their rental gear and support helped make this year’s show another success. The audio package looks good and sounds great.”

A Christmas Story, The Musical returns to the New York for the 2013 holiday season at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, December 11-29. The story takes place in 1940′s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas-a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple dog dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Co-produced by the film’s original Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, A Christmas Story, The Musical is musical comedy entertainment that captures a simpler time in America with delicious wit and a heart of gold. A Christmas Story, The Musical features a bright holiday score by the Tony nominated composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a witty book by Tony Award nominated Joseph Robinette based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and the 1983 holiday film favorite. Tony Award winner John Rando (Urinetown) directs the production with Warren Carlyle (After Midnight, Chaplin) choreographing; scenic design by Walt Spangler; costume design by Elizabeth Hope Clancy; lighting design by Howell Binkley; sound design by Ken Travis; wig design by Tom Watson; animal training by Tony Honor R recipient for Excellence in Theatre William Berloni; orchestrations by Larry Blank; music supervision by Ian Eisendrath; associate choreographer is James Gray; dance music arrangements by Glen Kelly; vocal arrangements by Justin Paul; music direction by Ben Whiteley; and casting by Stephanie Klapper CSA. A Christmas Story, The Musical is produced by Gerald Goehring, Roy Miller, Michael F. Mitri, Pat Flicker Addiss, Peter Billingsley, Timothy Laczynski, Mariano Tolentino, Louise H. Beard, Michael Filerman, Scott Hart, Alison Eckert, Bob Bartner, Michael Jenkins, Angela Milonas, and Bradford W. Smith. A Christmas Story, The Musical is based upon the motion picture A Christmas Story C 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd. A Christmas Story, The Musical is produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. and Dalfie Entertainment, Inc. Masterworks Broadway released the World Premiere Recording of A Christmas Story, The Musical both digitally and on CD. Tickets are on sale now. For tickets and information, visit www.theateratmsg.com/achristmasstory, www.AChristmasStoryTheMusical.com, or call 866-858-0008.

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.

Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) Frequency Coordination Scores Touchdown with Arena Football League Spectators

When Action Audio Apps helped put spectators on the field by enabling them to listen to the comments of the Arena Football League’s Orlando Predators players and coaches, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) was on the sidelines providing frequency coordination for this game-changing experience.

The technology behind this new media application is a partnership between Q5X’s innovative player mics and transmitters, the only PlayerMic® solution approved by the NBA, and PWS’ expert RF coordination. The system was deployed at all Orlando Predators home games this season and was also used at this year’s Arena Bowl.

The app from Action Audio not only allows users to dial into a particular player or coach but also offers several combined channels, such as the offense or defense channel. Typically four or five players from the offense and four or five players from the defense, along with the coaches and select referees, are mic’d for the games. The free app can be pre-installed or downloaded once the user arrives at the venue. Within a few simple clicks, fans can access the interactive app’s multi-channel keypad and select specific channels for continuous action. In addition, if a user is unable to attend the game, he or she can tune into the “locker,” which offers replay clips from the previous week’s game.

“Signal interference has the potential to be a huge disruption for our apps, so having the frequency coordination experience and expert knowledge of Jim Van Winkle and the PWS team is a huge asset to us,” says Sebastian Failla, Action Audio Apps president. “As we see and envision our company growing into different sports and leagues and arenas around the country, it’s nice to have partners like PWS and Q5X working with us.”

At the heart of the system is Q5X’s QT-5000 RemoteMic. The QT-5000 is a rubberized, flexible, water and sweat resistant body pack that will not injure the wearer even if the player falls on it or takes a direct hit. The QT-5000 RemoteMic is part of the Remote Control Audio System (RCAS), a revolutionary way to control transmitter settings. All aspects of transmitter operation (audio level, change the frequency, etc.) can be remotely monitored and controlled from a computer interface, which allows the transmitter to be adjusted remotely without the need to contact the player. This is a stand-out feature for Action Audio Apps since once the game starts, the company typically does not have access to the players to make adjustments.

With a lot more radio devices in use these days, congestion and competition for the RF spectrum is at an all-time high, and PWS has frequency coordination down to an art form, so we always enjoy working with them,” says Q5X CEO, Paul Johnson. “PWS is really unparalleled in its ability to manage wireless frequencies and keep everything running without interference.”

For more information, visit www.professionalwireless.com.

About Action Audio Apps
Action Audio Apps’ founder, Sebastian Failla, first invented this system in 1999. Through further years of development, their new proprietary technology can now deliver this long awaited enhancement to every single seat in the venue. No matter where you are seated or what the event, from live sports to behind the scenes interviews, you the fan get to be a part of it all! For more information, visit Action Audio Apps at www.actionaudioapps.net.

About Quantum5X Systems Inc.
Quantum5X Systems Inc. (Q5X®) is an award-winning London, Ontario, Canada corporation that specializes in the creation of leading edge, wireless audio solutions for the broadcast, sports and entertainment sectors. Breakthrough products include the QT-256® the world’s smallest wireless microphone, the QT-1000 PlayerMic® the world’s only rubber wireless microphone, and the QT-5000™ the world’s first RF remote-controlled wireless microphone transmitter. Q5X clients include ESPN, FOX, Comcast, Turner, Disney, TSN, CTV, ABC and CBS, as well as MLB, the NHL and the NBA. For more information visit www.q5x.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” and “Once” 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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Masque Sound Welcomes Blockbuster Musical MAMMA MIA! to New Broadway Home with Custom Audio Equipment Package

When the blockbuster musical MAMMA MIA! recently moved six blocks south to its new Broadway home at the Broadhurst Theatre, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, welcomed the smash hit show to its new digs with a custom audio equipment package.

MAMMA MIA! tells the story of the dynamic relationship between a carefree mother and her daughter. The daughter, hoping to build a bond with the father she’s never known, decides to invite him to her upcoming wedding, only to discover that her father could be one of her mother’s three past suitors. A story full of laughs, love and lust, MAMMA MIA! features the hit songs of the Swedish pop group ABBA. MAMMA MIA! spent the past 12 years on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre, and for the show’s veteran Sound Designers Bobby Aitken and Andrew Bruce and Associate Sound Designer David Patridge, the move was not without its challenges.

The Broadhurst Theatre’s design itself was one of the biggest challenges that the team faced. Although many Broadway theaters share this situation, the box seating on the left and right near the proscenium extends out quite far into the sight line and therefore, slightly overshadows the speakers for some of the seats.

“In order to provide the best listening experience we could for every seat, we used a fairly substantial speaker package,” says Patridge. “We placed d&b audiotechnik E8 loudspeakers both near the proscenium and further back along the sides of the room to give the audience complete coverage. The d&b speakers compliment a main left and right line array of Meyer Sound MINA’s, and extends the coverage to the shadowed areas. It’s very smooth as you go from one side of the house to the other and something we really worked hard to achieve. It’s a smaller house, and in many ways it’s more pleasing. You don’t have as big of a room to fill with a speaker system. That was our biggest challenge, and Masque Sound was once again able to provide us with the gear we needed.”

The move to Broadhurst Theatre also provided an opportunity for the team to upgrade to a digital console and strengthen the front of house mix. “At the Winter Garden Theatre, we were using a Cadac console, one of the last analog consoles left doing Broadway musicals,” adds Patridge. “Although the Cadac has been a reliable workhorse for us, we felt it was time to retire the console and modernize the show, in that sense. Masque Sound provided us with a DiGiCo SD7 digital console for the Broadhurst production. The digital console allows us to eliminate the monitor desk, and with the SD7, we actually mix the monitors to an Aviom system directly through the console. We now have one console mixing both front of house and monitors. In addition, the SD7 takes up only about six seats as opposed to the Cadac, which took up 15 seats in the orchestra.”

As the full time vendor for MAMMA MIA!, Masque Sound also provided a wireless package of Sennheiser SK5212 transmitters and EM3532 receivers, coordinated by Eric Rivera and the Masque Sound wireless department. Since Broadhurst Theatre is sandwiched in between the show Matilda to the east, Phantom of the Opera to the west and a block of theaters just to the north, Masque Sound’s expert frequency coordination team worked hard to ensure there were no signal interference issues between the shows, as theatre walls are not enough to cut off the transmission.

“The spatial considerations in the venue dictate, to a large extent, what equipment you are able to use, and asking Masque Sound to discard the existing rental system and provide us with all new equipment was quite a tall order,” adds Patridge. “They were extremely generous and offered us new gear for the show without having to incur a ton of extra cost. It’s this type of service and support that gives Masque Sound the longevity it has experienced with MAMMA MIA!. The show continues to sound wonderful, and we are now excited to be in our new home.”

In addition to Masque Sound’s equipment, Patridge also credits his talented team with making the move such a success. Production Sound Engineer Kevin Kennedy and longtime original Broadway show Mixer Craig Cassidy were instrumental in ensuring that the move went smoothly. The show brought the same crew over from the Winter Garden, which, according to Patridge, was a godsend in terms of making sure that the move was glitch free.

Seen by over 54 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA! is celebrating 5,000 performances on Broadway and is the 10th longest running show in Broadway history. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is now in its fifteenth year and has celebrated more than 6,000 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 74 foreign cities in 35 countries and been seen by more than 4.3 million people. The blockbuster feature film adaptation of MAMMA MIA! is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide. Seen in 38 productions in 14 different languages globally and with a worldwide gross of over $2 Billion, MAMMA MIA! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as “quite simply, a phenomenon.”

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.

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SSL Welcomes Mankin Media To U.S. Live Console Distribution Network

“The SSL Live product has all the features that demanding churches want at their fingertips”

FRANKLIN, TENNESSEESolid State Logic is adding to its U.S. reseller network for SSL Live consoles with the appointment of its first specialist House of Worship dealer, Mankin Media.

“We are thrilled to become a partner in the SSL Live Dealer Network,” says Ben Mankin of Mankin Media. “The SSL Live product has all the features that demanding churches want at their fingertips. It is a wonderful new console with a brilliant user interface and pristine production capabilities built to work in lots of different scenarios. We have been continually impressed by the efficiency, power, and potential of the SSL Live since the console launched earlier this year.”

“Our partnership with Mankin Media helps establish the SSL Live product offering directly into the House of Worship market,” says Jay Easley, SSL’s Vice President of Live Consoles in the Americas. “Mankin Media’s commitment to training as well as the customer experience makes us excited to have them onboard with SSL.”

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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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SSL Adds Msonic In Finland To Live Console Partner Network

“We knew that SSL Live would be the next big thing in the live market and the perfect addition to our premium product line”

VANTAA, FINLANDSolid State Logic has appointed pro audio sales and support company msonic Light + Sound as its Live console distributor in Finland. msonic specialises in high-end audio and video sales and engineering, and is the latest addition to SSL’s Live console partner network.

“We are very proud that we have the opportunity to represent the SSL Live console for the Finnish market, and are convinced that the future is bright for SSL Live products,” says Tero Hölttä, Pro Audio Sales Manager, msonic. “After we first saw the SSL Live Console at Pro Light + Sound, we knew that it would be the next big thing in the live market and that it would be the perfect addition to our premium product line, which already includes d&b audiotechnik, DirectOut, Radial, Sony Digital Wireless systems and, of course, SSL broadcast consoles and studio products. We recently presented the console at AudioVisual Helsinki 2013 and are now even more certain that this is a game changing product in the live console market.”

“Prospective SSL Live customers have high expectations for a sales support structure at a local level that meets the high standards of our company,” says Tim Harrison, Area Sales Manager for Solid State Logic. “With a live product portfolio that perfectly complements the SSL Live, and a wealth of experience in the live market, msonic is ideally suited to partner with us in our new venture. We look forward to working with them to increase recognition for the console in Finland.”

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www.msonic.fi

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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DPA Microphones and Steinway Pianos in Perfect Harmony for ‘Keyboards at Christmas’ Event

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary teams up with DPA and Steinway for large-scale holiday performance featuring 17 grand pianos

FORT WORTH, DECEMBER 12, 2013 – The School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary recently enlisted the help of DPA Microphones and Steinway Hall of Dallas, Plano and Fort Worth to put on Keyboards at Christmas — a performance of “grand” proportions. With 17 Steinway Grand Pianos on stage, student and professional musicians performed holiday songs for the packed house at the 3,500-seat venue.

Already DPA Microphones enthusiasts for the ability of its mics to reproduce the natural beauty of a Steinway, the music staff at Southwestern Baptist knew it wanted to equip all 17 pianos with three d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics each, for a total of 51 mics. A clear, pristine sound was the school’s primary requirement when searching for a mic, and it was obvious that the DPA d:vote was the only choice.

“The Steinway instruments have a very beautiful, very unique sound that other instruments can’t touch, so we didn’t want to recreate the sound, but rather amplify it for the audience to hear in this very large hall,” says Luke Byford, Assistant Director of Musical Productions for the school. “We had experimented for a while with how to mic the piano in this hall and we knew it had to be the DPA d:votes. We previously tried a pickup system, but it just didn’t provide the live sound of the piano. It actually sounded pretty dead. Then we tried a variety of other mics and positions. Nothing seemed right, until our sound techs presented the idea to try the d:votes we had for string instruments in the piano. We were very pleased with the natural reproduction of the DPA mics as they gave us a much more accurate picture of how the pianos sound and the beauty that they put out.”

While this is the second year of the event, the school’s 2012 performance was held in a smaller, more acoustically tuned venue, so the staff did not require microphones. For this year’s Keyboards at Christmas, the school increased the number of pianos. To ensure that audience members had a clear view of every musician, the stage had three elevated platforms, which allowed them to place five pianos at the top, six in the center and six in the front.

“For a great deal of the program, all of the pianos were played at the same time,” says Jerry Aultman, Professor of Music Theory, who worked with Byford on the event. “Sometimes there were two pianists per piano, so a total of 34 pianists playing simultaneously. Bottom line, it was imperative in this hall, as you can imagine with this many instruments and musicians, for the artists to hear each other separately and without delay. From an audience perspective, I noticed that the DPA d:votes just made the Steinways sound the way they are supposed to sound. It was a true representation of the pianos. They don’t need improvement, they’re wonderful the way they are, we just wanted to amplify them and reproduce an accurate sound. With a program of this magnitude, using this many pianos in a hall this large, it is impossible to overemphasize the importance of this requirement.”

It wasn’t just the microphones that drew Byford and Aultman to the DPA d:vote. As the microphone is designed to be heard and not seen, the tiny capsule size enabled the mics to be positioned where the staff wanted them, without any visible signs of a mic being in place.

“We like that you can’t see them,” adds Byford. “They were in the pianos and we ran the lines out of the back, so the audience did not even know they were there. The magnetic piano mounts were great because once they were attached to the brass, they didn’t bounce or rattle. They stayed exactly where we put them, and the fact that they are on goosenecks allowed us to get the mounts in the proper spot on the piano, but then move the microphone to get them in the best position to pick up the exact area of sound we wanted to highlight. They were so hidden and so natural that many of our audience members later told us they didn’t even realize the pianos were being amplified until we mentioned it to them.”

The school had only one day of prep time to mic up the pianos and do an audio run through with students to ensure the EQ was perfect, so the size and maneuverability of the d:votes also afforded the quick setup that was needed. With only a limited in-house supply of d:votes, the school sought to rent an additional 35 microphones to fulfill their need for 51 d:votes. A tall order for any rental house, Byford found himself in direct contact with Eric Mayer, President of DPA Microphones, Inc.

“I think it’s great that a company that makes this kind of product would want to get behind a production like ours and help out the way they did,” adds Byford. “Everyone we worked with at DPA, seemed really excited to help us and support this project.”

In addition to the large supply of d:votes, the company loaned the school two d:facto™ Vocal Microphones for the soloists who accompanied the pianists. DPA’s Sales and Marketing rep, James Capparelle, also attended the event to help with setup and make certain everything ran smoothly.

The Keyboards at Christmas event hosted Southwestern Baptist students and faculty, as well as school-aged children who played three songs, including excerpts from the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Guest artists Becky Lombard, professor of music at Truett-McConnell College, and T. Bob Davis, a former Southwestern Seminary trustee also performed. In addition to Byford, Aultman and Capparelle, the event was also run by Matthew Bennett, Will Schaefer, Caleb Wallace and Cody Meuer, who are student employees of the school’s A/V Communications department and were key players in making sure the program operated effortlessly.

Video from the event can be found at: http://youtu.be/-D0JsLg2IDw.

ABOUT DPA MICROPHONES:
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.

SSL Teams With Audio Acústica for Live Console Distribution in Mexico

“SSL Live is definitely setting new trends and standards for live audio”

TLALPAN, MEXICO – Solid State Logic is proud to announce that as part of the ongoing development of a global partner network for SSL Live consoles, pro audio specialist Audio Acústica y Electrónica S.A. de C.V. will distribute SSL Live in Mexico.

“Audio Acústica is proud to be the face of the SSL Live in Mexico,” says F. Javier Posada Morales, Director General of Audio Acústica y Electrónica S.A. de C.V. “As the next big thing in live mixing, SSL Live is definitely setting new trends and standards for live audio, which is something the company has been doing for more than 35 years in the music, broadcast and post production markets. By joining forces with this prestigious brand, we are able to distribute and support the live console of the highest quality to our customers in the region.”

“Audio Acústica is a great company with depth and personal relationships with the highest level audio companies in Mexico,” says George Horton, Vice President, Western Region, Solid State Logic, Inc. “Live audio has some deep roots in Mexico, so we wanted to have the best possible partner to help bring the SSL Live to the region and also to support our clients for years to come. We are honored to work with Audio Acústica to raise awareness of the console.”

www.solidstatelogic.com/live
www.audioacustica.com.mx

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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