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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.

Sound Devices Latest Video and Audio Recorders Now Shipping

PIX 270i, PIX 250i and 970 Now Available

REEDSBURG, WI, APRIL 28, 2014 – Having first made their official debut at this year’s NAB Show, Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, announces its PIX 270i, PIX 250i and 970 are now shipping. After a successful launch only a few weeks ago, these rack-mounted products are now available through the Sound Devices network of authorized resellers and distributors.

PIX 270i and PIX 250i seamlessly replace tape- and disc-based video decks for a complete offering that addresses a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports and events and mobile production. The PIX 270i and PIX 250i recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings to production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback. The units record edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff peace of mind with their rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities (four drives for PIX 270i and two drives for PIX 250i). Additionally, file transfer and machine control is available over gigabit Ethernet. Their extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet for PIX 270i, and PIX 250i’s 16 tracks of audio, make each unit a comprehensive, cost-effective replacement for complex video servers and an effective tool for high-performance video production.

Sound Devices 970 is the company’s first-ever dedicated audio-only rack-mounted recorder, which boasts an impressive 64 channels of recording from Dante and MADI sources. The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording, including drama and reality production, and live concert recording. The 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs. Inputs available include 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital.

The 970 is a powerful tool for professionals who require a significant number of audio channels. Any input can be assigned to any track. In addition, 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported. The 970 records to any of four attached drives, which include two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. This eliminates time-consuming post-record copying and allows for continuous long-form, high-track count recordings.

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, live event 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 Captures Vision of Duality for Contemporary New Broadway Musical, If/Then

Custom Audio Solution Provides Flexibility for Original Concept Play

NEW YORK, APRIL 28, 2014 – When the eagerly awaited new musical If/Then arrived on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was on-hand to provide Tony Award®-winning Sound Designer Brian Ronan with the custom audio gear needed to bring his vision to the stage.

If/Then, which began previews on March 5, 2014 and officially opened on March 30, 2014, follows two distinct storylines in the life of 40-year-old Elizabeth (played by Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel), a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When Elizabeth’s carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, her life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance. Directed by Michael Greif, the musical features book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and theatrical score by Tom Kitt.

If/Then made its pre-Broadway debut last fall at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. where Ronan first collaborated with Masque Sound for the show. Although the venue has changed, Ronan’s goal to support the duality of the main character remains the same. “In addition to providing a memorable sonic experience for every seat in the theatre, my goal in designing the sound was to provide a defining quality that separates the parallel lives of the two different people played by the same actress,” says Ronan. “In order to accomplish this, my Associate Sound Designer Cody Spencer and I set up different feelings for the various songs sung by the two different characters. This show is a unique, original concept, and Masque Sound was very supportive in providing me the equipment we needed to be successful. In addition, we have David Dignazio, one of the best sound mixers, who is rocking it every night.”

Ronan’s biggest challenge in designing the sound for the Broadway run was initially the size of the set itself. “If/Then requires a very wide physical opening and our challenge centered in getting positions for the loudspeakers that allowed us to get good coverage throughout the theater,” adds Ronan. “We spent a great deal of time talking with Masque Sound about what the show would require, and they were able to supply what we needed.”

At the heart of the custom audio package, Masque Sound provided a DiGiCo SD7T digital console, which is Ronan’s console of choice. “I really like using the SDT7,” Ronan says. “The software and architecture is a hold-over from the old Cadac board and it is very reliable. I also find the SD7T to be very user friendly; and I really enjoy the flexibility it provides, especially on a new show where you have to be ready to make changes on the fly.”

Masque Sound also supplied a selection of speakers, including L-Acoustics V-DOSC for the center array to cover the orchestra and mezzanine. Mini Arrays were used for the mezzanine and front and back balconies, as well as a series of d&b audiotechnik E8s, E3s and Meyer Sound UPA and UPJs. The subwoofers include d&b audiotechnik B2s and dV-Subs from L-Acoustics. Masque Sound also provided a wireless package featuring Sennheiser 5212s for the 40 channels of wireless and DPA 4061 microphones.

Another important component to the custom equipment solution that Masque Sound provided, and one that Ronan feels is key to the show’s success, is the video distribution package. “An important factor and large part of the budget that falls under the umbrella of sound is the show’s utility closed circuit video,” adds Ronan. “Issues such as conductor monitoring backstage, so that the off stage performer can see, to switching up, to upgrading to HD video so that our stage manager can get a better shot of the stage when he is up in the wings calling the show, are all part of the sound equipment package. It’s not the sexy part, but it’s something we have to take care of and supply, and Masque Sound had to do a lot of work to make sure that we had all the latest and greatest video technology. Masque Sound has always been a great shop to work with. They are extremely supportive and once again did a wonderful job.”

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.

Masque Sound’s Custom Audio Package Shines with Shimmering Splendor for Broadway’s New Musical Comedy, Aladdin

NEW YORK, APRIL 24, 2014 — When the highly anticipated Disney musical Aladdin was brought to theatrical life at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20th, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, supplied a custom audio equipment package to support Sound Designer Ken Travis’ creation.

Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. It is an unforgettable experience that includes all the cherished songs from the Academy Award®-winning score, along with additional tunes written and produced specifically for the Broadway production.

Travis’ objective in the design was to create a big cinematic sound. “With the show featuring the mystical genie and all of his wild antics, we really wanted the sound to be magical so we needed an extremely flexible sound system,” says Travis. “The audio for Aladdin has the feel of an old-fashioned Broadway musical, featuring a big brass band in the pit with lots of over-the-top elements.”

Travis and his team, which consisted of Alex Hawthorn, associate sound designer; Lucas Indelicato, production audio head; and Gabe Wood, front of house mixer, chose several of the specific products throughout the design process, as the sound requirements of the production evolved and the different audio elements started to piece themselves together.

“What we were trying to accomplish in the sound design for Aladdin had never been done on this scale before,” he says. “In collaboration with Masque Sound, we implemented the TiMax Soundhub2 control software from Out Board. Basically, it allows us to control each speaker individually, so that we can send sound to any speaker in the house. In addition, we designated 200 channels of amplification around the audience so that we could program anything to go anywhere at any time. This incredible technology allowed us to really immerse the audience in the show as they felt the sound move around them. Gary Stocker from Masque Sound and the crew at Out Board started from scratch and spent weeks working until everything was ironed out. A lot of collaboration was involved as we worked it through its paces, and it was worth it, as the final result is quite amazing.”

To provide Travis with the flexibility and dynamic sound he was after, Masque Sound supplied a Studer Vista 5 digital mixing console. “The Vista 5 is extremely transparent, reliable, easy to program and sounds amazing,” adds Travis. “I laid out my hit list for the crew at Studer and they nailed it.”

Masque Sound also provided an extensive PA for Aladdin, which was comprised entirely of d&b audiotechnik speakers. The new V-series comprised the mains, and the hundreds of surround speakers were a combination of E6s and E5s. Because Travis wanted to be able to immerse the audience and have incredible control, he created rings of speakers that wrapped around the audience. On the mezzanine and orchestra levels, there are inner rings of surround speakers. This allows the sound levels to remain consistent and evenly distributed keeping the audience from hearing the audio from a specific direction or speaker location. In addition, delayed rings provide audience members with an ambient feel, so that they are comfortably enveloped and immersed in the sound.

“There is some really subtle stuff like dripping water in a dungeon or the spooky voice in Jafar’s Lair, and as you are sitting in the audience, it is actually moving around you slowly, so you can never be entirely sure as to where the voice is coming from,” adds Travis. “When Jafar gets angry and yells, we send an immense amount of energy to an entire ring of subwoofers that circle the house, which causes the floor to start vibrating. Audience members feel the pressure of the multitude of sound waves beating at them, but it’s never too over-encompassing, because it’s not one speaker blasting but a combination of 60 speakers.”

The subwoofers include a pair of D&B J-INFRAs in the box seats to really get the room shaking, as well as B2s for the orchestra and mezzanine levels. The band system is made up of a series of V-subs, with six of them located on a truss over the audience. As an additional element to the intricate sound design setup, Travis utilizes a TiMax Tracker system to image the vocals to the actors.

The 40 channels of wireless included in the equipment package are from Sennheiser, along with DPA 4061 microphones. One of the interesting aspects of the sound design is rooted in the microphone package. Some characters wear three microphones during the show. For instance, since Aladdin takes his turban on and off in the middle of a song, there is a microphone built into his turban. This also helps to ensure that the sound emitting from the microphone on his forehead is never masked by the turban. The genie’s mics are built into his prosthetic beard. Travis wanted to ensure that the audience never sees a microphone on the genie.

“The producers were wonderful in providing me and my team with every tool we needed to be successful, and Masque Sound was great in providing us with all of the gear necessary to bring our vision to life,” says Travis. “Masque Sound is really a wonderful shop to work with. They made a really big investment in this musical and had to buy a lot of gear for us. I have enjoyed a long relationship with Masque Sound and it felt really good that they trusted the fact that we were going for it. I hope they are as proud of this as I am.”

Directed by Tony Award®-winning director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menkin and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The show stars Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Jonathan Freeman (Jafar), James Monroe Iglehart (Genie) and Courtney Reed (Jasmine).

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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