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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.”

www.solidstatelogic.com/live
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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Autoscript’s +Winplus+ Software is the Clear-Cut Choice for Precise Prompting

User-Friendly System Provides Flexibility and Resilience in an Intuitive Package

SHELTON, CT, DECEMBER 12, 2013 — For Stacey Torello, owner and operator of Precise Prompting, a full-service teleprompting company, conveying her clients’ messages flawlessly is the key to her company’s success. Whether it’s a live television broadcast, corporate event, film shoot or a taped field piece, Torello relies on Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a world-leading teleprompting company, and its +WinPlus+ Prompting Software.

Autoscript’s top-notch customer service and ability to trouble-shoot on the fly is another reason that Torello continues to turn to Autoscript for her prompting software needs. Torello, who has extensive experience with game shows, talk shows, political speeches, movies and sporting events, including Showtime’s live boxing coverage, started using Autoscript’s +WinPlus+ in 2009.

“+WinPlus+ is great when it comes to live sporting events like boxing,” says Torello. “With +WinPlus+, I can edit and prompt at the same time, which is a great feature; one that I have not seen in other programs. If I’m in a live situation and a producer needs me to change copy, that producer can be typing while I’m prompting. That’s a huge advantage.”

+WinPlus+ is a Windows-based software package that adds the ease of “point and click” to an intuitive on-screen edit display. It can provide standalone prompting for both presentation and general production, in the studio or on location. With more than 10,000 systems in daily operation around the world, +WinPlus+ is the most widely used prompting application on the market. +WinPlus+ can be interfaced with all the leading electronic newsroom systems. Designed and used by prompting experts, the software offers the ability to control the run order and edit anywhere within the script, even when scrolling the on-air story, leaving the prompt output unaffected. This adds resilience to the overall system.

“Not only is Autoscript’s +WinPlus+ software great; the company’s customer service is excellent as well,” adds Torello. “Whenever I call to speak with my customer service rep, she’s very helpful. She immediately knows what I’m talking about, and if I have an Internet connection she’ll just sign into my computer, go over my system, see what the problem is and immediately fix it. She is yet another reason why Autoscript is my obvious choice for prompting.”

About Autoscript
Autoscript is the world leader in the prompting industry, providing professional teleprompting equipment to broadcasters across the globe. Established in the UK in 1984, with headquarters in the UK and the US, Autoscript designs and builds innovative hardware, PC cards and software to meet real world needs and continually enhance the production process. A prime example of this is Autoscript’s latest product, the E.P.I.C. (Enhanced Prompting Information Centre), an all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment, reduces power consumption and enables easier location prompting. Autoscript is a member of the Vitec Group.

For more information visit www.autoscript.tv

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – advancing the quality and science of media production.

Masque Sound Makes Triumphant Return to Lincoln Center Theater for New Production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

When the curtain rose on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Lincoln Center Theater, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was on-hand to provide Sound Designer Mark Bennett and Associate Sound Designer Charles Coes with a custom audio equipment package that would ensure complete and pristine audio surround sound and coverage throughout the venue for the famed scribe’s powerful and dark tragedy.

Macbeth tells the story of the title character and brave Scottish general who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness and death. In this new production, Ethan Hawke plays Macbeth opposite Anne-Marie Duff as Lady Macbeth.

Bennett and Coes’ goal in designing the sound was to create a flexible system that was capable of delivering a surround sound experience, while also providing complete coverage for every seat in the large, extreme three-quarter Vivian Beaumont Theater. Since Macbeth is a play, and not a musical, Bennett and Coes wanted to create an environment that was as natural sounding as possible.

“The audio solutions that we were able to come up with in collaborating with Masque Sound were great,” says Bennett. “Masque Sound was always able to find alternative ways to achieve our vision, if they didn’t immediately have the ability to do that with their existing inventory. The quality of the equipment that Masque has provided is consistently excellent.”

The Vivian Beaumont Theater has one of the deepest stages in New York City, rivaled only by The Metropolitan Opera and Radio City Music Hall. As a result, Bennett and Coes were able to create tiers of sound in off-stage areas, giving them the ability and flexibility to pinpoint where they wanted the sound to source from in a very large environment.

Another important component of the sound was O’Brien’s desire to have the supernatural world play a large part in the play. O’Brien wanted the show’s “Three Witches” to be able to use the weather as a force to be reckoned with throughout the piece. In order to move the weather and other sound effects around the theater, Bennett and Coes used a combination of heavy Yamaha DME processing and a variety of Meyer Sound loudspeakers, as well as tapping into the Beaumont’s SIAP system, to create rings of surround throughout the theater.

At the heart of the custom equipment package, provided by Masque Sound, was a Yamaha PM5D digital mixing console with a DSP5D editing side car. According to Coes, “The PM5D gave us the most flexibility. It integrated very well with the Yamaha DME’s, which allowed us to accomplish the very transparent vocal reinforcement that we were shooting for. It also provided for a lot of deep control using the delay matrix.”

Bennett and Coes also utilized a 32-channel playback system to further move the sound fluidly around the surround channels as well as a Meyer Sound Matrix3 Audio Show Control unit. A Meyer Sound-based loudspeaker system was used for vocals including UPA-1P’s coupled with a USW-1P subwoofer, and an array of M1D orchestra and balcony delays. The music system consisted of an array of Meyer Sound UPA-1P’s, USW-1P’s and an additional Meyer 650-P effect subwoofer. For the fills, which were very close to the audience, a passive d&b E-Series array was used.

In deciding on microphone selection, Bennett and Coes began with the idea that they were going to use foot mics throughout with the occasional body mic. As the design progressed, they discovered that by using nearly equal amounts of both, they were able to provide that intimate feel needed for many of the scenes while also aiding in the final transparency of the piece. Masque Sound provided Sennheiser MKH 8040 cardioid microphones and AKG E460 pre amps for the foot mics. Sennheiser SK5012 transmitters and DPA 4061 lavalier elements were used for the body mics.

“We chose the gear we did because conceptually it allows us to work with the music by installing each cue with a variety of splits,” adds Coes. “This really allows us to separate out what the bass is doing, what the percussion is doing, what the mid-range fills are doing, and then where we are placing the solo instruments per cue. With 15 delayed individual foot mics to every speaker in the vocal reinforcement system and each of the RF mics existing in one of 12 zones on the stage, Mixer Marc Salzberg does a great deal of switching of zones, for individual mics, at any given moment to keep everybody in as accurate a zone as possible.”

Masque Sound also worked with the show’s RF Engineer Adam Smolenski to provide frequency coordination for the 20 channels of wireless plus 12 wireless intercoms that are utilized during each performance.

According to Coes, “With more than 1700 lines of code in QLab, around 300 cues taken for content-only and an additional 30-40 taken for reinforcement, there is an incredible intricacy of the musical and playback content of the show. Masque Sound understood the needs of the project and provided us with gear that can deliver night after night with reliability and stability; that is one of the great aspects of working with them.”

Macbeth opened to rave reviews on Thursday, November 21 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The limited engagement of Macbeth is scheduled to run through January 12, 2014.

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 Begins Roll Out of U.S. Live Console Partner Network with Nashville-Based Spectrum Sound

“SSL prioritizes the same truly important things that we do … sonic excellence, high build quality, flexibility and dependability”

NASHVILLE – Solid State Logic is proud to begin the roll out of the U.S. reseller network for SSL Live consoles with the appointment of professional audio equipment and services company Spectrum Sound. The announcement is the first of many with a steady stream of industry leading rental and resale providers preparing to join the SSL Live reseller network. Spectrum Sound has been serving the Live Sound industry for nearly 40 years and is well known for providing quality products, systems integration and support.

“We are very excited to be a part of the SSL family and offer the new SSL Live console to the marketplace,” says Ken Porter, founder and CEO of Spectrum Sound. “Because SSL is a musician-owned company, it prioritizes the same truly important things that we do here at Spectrum—sonic excellence, high build quality, flexibility and dependability. SSL’s heritage of good British engineering and manufacturing delivers consoles that work and sound the way that our customers require.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Spectrum Sound on the SSL Live,” says Jay Easley, Vice President, Live Consoles, Solid State Logic, Inc. “Ken and his team represent superior sonic solutions, and we are proud to be a part of that signal chain.”

www.solidstatelogic.com/live
www.spectrumsound.net

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.

La Jolla Playhouse Upgrades Its Intercom System with Clear-Com’s HelixNet Partyline

New System Receives Standing Ovation from Production Team for Delivering Broadway Experience

SAN DIEGO, CA, DECEMBER 9, 2013 — Clear-Com® today announces that La Jolla Playhouse, the nationally-acclaimed theater located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), has deployed four HelixNet® Partyline Systems for production communication throughout its five theaters. HelixNet simplifies the production setup process, offers greater flexibility and delivers more intercom capabilities to the La Jolla production team.

“Using the HelixNet system is a game changer for our productions,” says Joe Huppert, Sound and Video Master, La Jolla Playhouse, UCSD Department of Theater and Dance. “The stability of the system and the confidence that it inspires is mind-blowing. La Jolla Playhouse often hosts guest stars and creative teams from Broadway that have high expectations of their production experience. Our objective is to consistently exceed their encounter on Broadway, including communications. HelixNet has helped us achieve this goal.”

Responsible for staging student plays to launching world-premiere Broadway-bound productions, La Jolla Playhouse is regarded as one of the country’s top producing theaters. Side Show, the musical currently in production, is utilizing three networked HelixNet Main Stations to provide 10 audio channels shared across 20 users.

“The linking capability is really important to us,” adds Huppert. “We get requests from designers who would like to have all the key production areas on the intercom. We used to be short on delivering this. Now we are using 10 channels and it’s just phenomenal. The best part is that it only took seconds to set up the intercom for this production.”

The simple configurability of HelixNet also allows the theater staff to move the system as needed between each of the five theater buildings, which seat anywhere from 50 to 600 guests. Since HelixNet is compatible with other four-channel systems, the La Jolla Playhouse team can link up with intercom solutions from traveling productions, or increase its number of users by connecting to its existing legacy systems.

Switching to HelixNet has not only gotten the attention of the world-class production teams that the Playhouse works with regularly, but has also saved the theater a significant amount of time and effort in setting up the intercom for all of its productions. The audio team no longer needs to run new cables, reconfigure and test systems, or check the labels of every beltpack, which previously would take hours after every changeover or new production setup. Additionally, if the production team heard even a slight hum or buzz in the analog system, more time would be spent tracking down the source of the noise, which could be something as simple as the cable running over a little light. HelixNet has eliminated all of these issues for the venue.

Founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is known for its tradition of creating some of the most exciting and adventurous new work in regional theatre. Numerous Playhouse productions have moved to Broadway, including the currently running hit Jersey Boys, as well as Big River, The Who’s Tommy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Memphis, Peter and the Starcatcher and Hands on a Hardbody. Together with the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, La Jolla Playhouse has a reputation for sending more shows to Broadway than all other theaters in the country combined. This high level of exposure means that the playhouse must make sure its venues and technologies are kept to the highest standards of performance. The University of California, San Diego is one of the world’s leading public research universities.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

SSL Appoints AEM as Live Console Distributor in The Netherlands

“We are very proud and excited to join SSL in bringing the new Live platform to our clients and projects”

AMSTERDAM – Solid State Logic has appointed Pro Audio specialist Audio Electronics Mattijsen (AEM) as its Live console Distributor in The Netherlands. AEM has been serving the Dutch pro audio industry for over 30 years and is the latest addition to SSL’s Live console partner network.

“SSL Live is the high-end mixer solution for which we have been looking for years to complement our portfolio,” says Roland Mattijsen, applications specialist and AEM co-owner. “Being ambitious, innovative and able to exceed expectations is not an easy task for any manufacturer. With the Live console, SSL is offering its highly respected SuperAnalogue™ front-end, 64-bit FP DSP processing and high channel/bus counts at 96kHz throughout. With those specs, Live would attract the attention of top sound engineers and designers, even without the SSL badge. We are very proud and excited to join SSL in bringing the new Live platform to our clients and projects. With SSL’s history of providing leading mixing console designs, first in music recording and again in broadcast environments, the company is well suited to bring exciting new technology and superior audio quality to the live industry.”

“The Live console has already generated great interest from prospective customers, but they also require a sales support structure of the highest standard to help them at the local level,” says Tim Harrison, Area Sales Manager for Solid State Logic. “To fulfill these requirements, SSL needs experienced and highly reputable partners with well established contacts in the rental and install markets. We also wanted partners with a strong and proactive support team equal to our own. Audio Electronics Mattijsen fulfills all of these needs. We could not wish for a better partner in the Netherlands.”

www.solidstatelogic.com/live
www.aem.nl

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.

DPA Microphones is the Talk of Evergreen Community Church

Northwest House of Worship Relies on Company’s d:fine™ Headset and d:vote™ Instrument Mics to Provide Natural Sound for its Main Campus

OLYMPIA, WA, DECEMBER 5, 2013 ― Evergreen Community Church has multiple campuses throughout Washington, but it is the house of worship’s main campus in Black Lake that hosts the largest Sunday Morning gatherings, with two services in their 1,500-seat auditorium. As more than half of the service is dedicated to the spoken word, Evergreen relies on the precision of DPA Microphones’ d:fine™ Single-Ear Omnidirectional Headset Microphones, d:fine 4066 Headset Microphones, d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:screet™ 4061 Miniature Microphones to project the clear, natural sound of the Pastor’s voice and the supporting instruments of the Evergreen Community Church worship band.

As one of the key FOH volunteers at the Church, Duke DeJong is responsible for everything from ensuring the clarity of Lead Pastor Jim Ladd’s spoken message to mixing the worship band. Also playing a dual role as Church Relations Director for CCI Solutions, an audio dealer specializing in HOW audio, DeJong was able to work with both groups to provide all of the gear necessary for the Black Lake Campus to have an ideal mic solution after the church upgraded its PA system. While providing excellent audio, the new speakers also highlighted the noise of the church’s former mic setup, prompting DeJong to turn to the always natural-sounding DPA Microphones for a solution.

“My number one requirement for any microphone is always going to be clarity and intelligibility, along with a reasonable cost factor as well,” says DeJong. “DPA is especially incredible for speech, orchestra and acoustical instruments, filling all the needs of a house of worship. We primarily use the d:fine as our go-to speaking mic, the d:vote for our grand piano and the d:screet for our stringed instruments, most often violin. The spoken word is over half the service, and the church has a long history of great orchestra instrumentation, so the audio quality has to be great.”

The clarity of spoken word at Evergreen Community Church is achieved through a combination of a d:fine™ Omnidirectional Headset Microphone and a d:fine 4066 Omnidirectional Headset Microphone. Aside from accurate audio, both models are extremely comfortable for extended use, an important factor Evergreen Church looks for in a headset mic for the Pastor.

“I have a personal d:fine that I use when I go to speak at conferences,” adds DeJong. “I forgot it for a recent conference I spoke at, and I had to use a competitor’s headset microphone. I ended up finally taking that off and not wearing a mic at all. The other mic just wouldn’t fit right on my ear or stay put once I got it situated. I also find that competitor mics may not hold up over a long duration. Durability, stability and comfort are critical if our pastor is going to be up there speaking for 30 minutes. I need him not to be fussing over the ear piece the entire time.”

To ensure full comfort, the d:fine is adjustable to any ear or head size and shape, and is easily customizable by swapping from dual-ear to single-ear modes. In addition to the d:fine, the main venue uses two d:votes with piano attachments and a d:screet for the violin to solve the church’s need for accurate instrumental audio.

“After we installed a new PA system, it also quickly became important to improve our instrumental microphones,” continues DeJong. “We tried many different microphones on the grand piano, and it just never sounded good. Once we set up the DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones on the grand piano, we were in love with the clarity and fullness of the sound. We then added the d:screet 4061 Miniature Microphone on our violin. The instrument sounded so beautiful and natural that it was like I was standing right next to it. I also love the versatility that DPA mics offer, so occasionally I borrow them from the instruments to serve other purposes as our needs at the church change from time to time.”

The d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone is a unique, lightweight, microphone that has mounting options for almost all acoustic and woodwind instruments, solving the needs of the worship band’s musicians during service. The 4061 Omnidirectional Microphone is designed for theater, live and studio applications, boosting the natural sound of acoustic string instruments. Both the d:vote and d:screet are easy to modify to fit multiple needs.

“To say it simply, I’ve used DPA Microphones for almost a decade now because they are one of the clearest, most natural and best sounding microphones,” says DeJong.

Evergreen Community Church has two locations in Olympia, Washington in addition to the Black Lake campus. On Sunday nights, the church holds an outreach program at the Evergreen Community Center, combining music with discussions about challenges and faith.

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.

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TSL Products to Showcase a Range of Power Management Solutions that Save Energy Consumption and Cost on All Rack-Mounted Equipment at ISE 2014

TSL Products, manufacturer of power management solutions for the IT, industrial and broadcast industries, will showcase its full range of basic and intelligent power management products, including its smart power management dashboard, PsiMon with Eco Power Mapping, and its Vertical Intelligent Power (VIP) distribution unit, at ISE 2014 (Stand 9-G140).

“Effectively managing the equipment required to maintain system viability, IT and broadcast infrastructure has never been more challenging,” says Chris Exelby, Managing Director at TSL Products. “Systems managers are increasingly faced with guaranteed up-time targets across diversely located equipment facilities. In today’s cost-conscious and environmentally sensitive world, streamlining maintenance and support teams and minimising energy consumption is paramount. We’ve developed our power management range with these challenges in mind.”

Any facility that depends on rack-mounted equipment, be it a IT/Data Centre, Hospital or Oil rig or TV Station, with TSL Products’ Power Manager Family, savings on power consumption, staff and energy costs can be extensive. These power distribution units enable systems managers to monitor and control all rack-mounted equipment remotely and to efficiently manage power requirements whilst reducing overall costs.

TSL Products will showcase its new Vertical Intelligent Power (VIP) distribution unit at ISE. The VIP provides all the power and features of the TSL Products’ intelligent power distribution line in a vertical format. This innovative design not only maximizes rack space but streamlines the installation and configuration of rack-mounted equipment, offering users the option to mix and match between basic and intelligent power configurations to suit the specific application.
Other power management solutions in the range include the MDU-12PMi, which provides complete visibility of the health of the rack, monitoring status and alerts if preset limits are exceeded. The MDU Change Over products are designed to work in any system where reliable switching is needed between the main and secondary power supplies. Furthermore, the MDU-14B-32A is a reliable four-way mains distribution unit at excellent value.

TSL Products will also demonstrate its smart power management dashboard, PsiMon, for use with its Power Management products. PsiMon is an SQL server-based system that allows users to monitor and control the power levels of a multitude of rack-mounted devices remotely, ranging from temperature and voltage to GPIs and equipment fuse status. The dashboard displays a dynamic bargraph that shows real-time alarm status and numerical readings for parameter values. Rapid fault-location is achievable with a single mouse click, taking operators directly to the location of any fault and streamlining product maintenance.

What’s more, this unit offers the opportunity to invoke system pre-programmed power maps over LAN or WAN for energy management or individual equipment control using PsiMon’s new innovative Eco Power Mapping function, allowing system managers to dynamically switch power on and off to individual pieces of equipment, significantly reducing power consumption across a site for the individual equipment as well as reducing the need for air conditioning that would have been required to cool it down, and extending the life of equipment that is not being used outside of normal operation—a fantastic cost saving feature that helps keep tight controls on today’s ever increasing energy prices.

About TSL Products
TSL Products designs, manufactures and markets a range of hardware and software solutions that serve to simplify operations within the television broadcast, industrial and IT industries. Specializing in audio monitoring, surround microphones and processors, broadcast control systems and power management tools, TSL Products’ solutions satisfy and exceed the commercial, technical and operational requirements that exist in IT-based and traditional workflows, helping its customers to lower costs, generate revenue and streamline operations. For more information, please visit www.tslproducts.com.

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