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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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Optocore Delivers Quality Sound Over Long Distances for CheongShim Peace World Center

Fiber Transport System Boasts Superior Audio, Reliability and Cost-Effectiveness as Key Benefits

GAPYEONG, SOUTH KOREA, DECEMBER 3, 2013 — When the CheongShim Peace World Center first opened in late 2011, the AV technology team knew that the vast size of the arena (it seats up to 25,000 people) would dictate the type of audio and data transport system that would support it. Traditional analog lines were just not going to cut it. Instead, the team turned to Optocore, the leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low-latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data in a variety of markets, for its fiber transport technology.

Located just over 21 miles outside of Seoul in the Gapyeong District in South Korea’s Kyunggi province, CheongShim Peace World Center is owned by Unification Church (also known as Moonism) and is the largest multipurpose hall in the area, to date. The approximately 1,367-square-foot (127 meter) steel-frame structure boasts a 29 ½ foot (9 meter) high arena that is generally used for various activities by the Unification Church’s general assembly, as well as for corporate events, concerts, plays or CF (commercial) shooting. Paired with Yamaha gear, the recently installed Optocore fiber system is just what was needed to properly transmit audio digitally from the microphones to the Front of House (FOH) and the PA system to its large constituency. Without it, the size of the venue would be just too big to transmit microphone signals over analog lines.

“We chose the Optocore system for its reliable optical transmission system, in order to ensure the audio would be heard throughout our large arena,” says Kim Hanchoon, audio/video technical director, CheongShim Peace World Center. “Traditional cabling was just not going to be reliable enough and while Optocore is still a rather new technology to many here in South Korea, we were happy to expose the team to Optocore’s fiber optic transmission method and all of the benefits that can be reaped from it.”

The equipment has been installed to support Front of House (FOH) as well as the sound control room. The Optocore DD32E system consists of three X6P-16IN units in the stage rack, each with 48 channels of analog mic inputs to digital and one X6-16OUT with 16 channel digital to analog converter. In addition, the DD32E provides AES/EBU feeds to the system’s loudspeaker DSP controllers at the main mix position, with a Yamaha PM5D mixing console loaded with one Optocore YG2 fiber optic card and two additional Optocore YS2 Slave cards that allow for up to 48 inputs and outputs to/from the Optocore network to the mixing console, as well as control of the X6 Optocore microphone preamps.

In the sound control room there is a Yamaha DM2000VCM mixing console loaded with an Optocore YG2 fiber optic card and two Optocore YS2 Slave cards that allow for up to 48 inputs and outputs to/from the Optocore network to the mixing console as well as control of the X6 Optocore microphone preamps. Rounding out the system, the technical team uses speakers and a speaker control unit from Meyer Sound.

Of the many benefits that the Optocore system has provided to the church, three stand outs for Hanchoon include sound quality, console connectivity and long-distance transmission.

“Having the Optocore system in place enables us to transmit signals by a fiber optic cable without noise or any audio loss,” he explains. “When our audio is passing through small outputs such as at the microphone level, there is no noise to distract our constituents; they are hearing the sermon, loud and clear, which is something that’s very important to us. In addition, it’s easy to control the Optocore system with the touch of a button on the console, while it also can handle the user to patch in all 48 channels, easily configuring the control layers.”

Finally, Hanchoon says he is pleased with the long-distance capabilities that fiber optic transmission has afforded to the church.

“It’s often the case when using a multi-cable setup for a long distance signal, that there might be a loss of signal transmission caused by the circuit size that is over 200 meters, such as in our case,” he says. “By utilizing Optocore and fiber optics instead, we can overcome the distance barriers, ensuring smooth, reliable transport every time.”

“We are so pleased to provide such a complete solution to the A/V team at CheongShim World Peace Center,” says Tine Helme, director, Optocore. “The fact that our system can be used in three ways—as an electrical transmission system by multi-cable (analog), signal transmission of console and stage box (using PM5D and DSP50) by UTP cable, as well as optic transmission—is further proof of the unprecedented benefits that fiber transport can bring to even the most challenging of situations, such as CheongShim’s large venue.”

About Optocore
Based in Munich, Germany, Optocore is the world market leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low–latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data. For 20 years, Optocore has been continuously innovating and setting new standards with regards to digital network technology. Optocore builds and develops synchronous optical fiber and CAT5 based network solutions for broadcast professionals, fixed installations and live event applications. Utilizing leading-edge technology and high-quality components Optocore guarantees durability and therefore long-term market and customer satisfaction. Due to the open system architecture, Optocore’s platform offers other manufacturers the option to transfer conventional standard audio, video and data formats used in the pro audio industry, via a fiber and CAT5 network. Technical expertise, QoS and an extensive support structure are guaranteed to all customers, together with the highest level of quality controls. For more information, visit www.optocore.com.

Masque Sound Celebrates the Spirit of the Holiday Season with Christmas Live! 2013 at GraceWay Bible Church

As GraceWay Bible Church gets ready to stage its annual holiday program, Christmas Live!, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, returns with a custom audio equipment package to support Sound Designer Nathan Schmalbach and Technical Director Kevin Webb’s production.

Now in its fifth year, Christmas Live! is an immersive experience transporting visitors back 2,000 years to the very first Christmas. An hour-long guided walking tour, it features 11 interactive scenes with actors and animals located in and around the church grounds. The cast and crew total 300 people, with 15 involved directly in its technical aspects.

This is Masque Sound’s third year providing rental gear for Christmas Live!. As the program has grown over the past three years, so has the company’s support. In 2011, Masque Sound supplied a large wireless rig to distribute audio throughout the show. Last year, the rental package grew to include a semi-centralized system, and this year, Masque Sound provided a system that will allow the entire program to be centralized.

“Our goal over the past few years has been to centralize all of the controls for the entire program, which is no easy task when you are talking about remotely mixing and controlling 11 different shows, all of which are active at the same time,” says Schmalbach. “We have been working with Masque Sound for months to make sure we have the necessary equipment to execute this. It’s been a challenge, but Masque Sound has done a great job in giving us the gear and support to make our vision a reality.”

In order to mix the show from one central point, Schmalbach and his team will utilize a binaural audio (3D Audio) remote listening system. The system is composed of AKG C414 B-ULS and Earthworks M30 microphones, Genelec 1032A and 8030A monitors, XTA DP448s and Meyer Sound Galileo 616s for processing, XTA DS8000/D splitters, Rational Acoustics Smaart software and a Midas Venice 240 console. Audio is distributed from the control center with a Riedel RockNet 300 digital audio network. The speaker package consists of L-Acoustics MTD108As, 115XTs, SB218 and dB-SUB subwoofers, and Meyer Sound UPM-1Ps, UPA-1Ps and UPJ-1Ps. All of the L-Acoustics speakers are powered via Lab.gruppen fP Series amplifiers.

Figure53 QLab software running on Mac Minis with RME Fireface 800 interfaces handles the show’s effects and music playback. Masque Sound also provided a large wireless rig consisting of a Sennheiser 2000 Series 24-channel kit. To accompany the Sennheiser wireless package, Masque Sound supplied four Domed Helical Antennas from its sister company, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS).

“Masque Sound is always there for whatever we need. The program would not be as technically advanced as it is without their first-class equipment and support,” adds Schmalbach. “They do a wonderful job, and we can’t imagine working with anyone else.”

Christmas Live! will take place Friday, December 6 and Friday, December 13, starting at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 8 and Sunday, December 15, starting at 4:30 p.m. For more information and to get free tickets, visit www.gracewaybc.org.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is 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.

RTW Welcomes Jessica Kell as Head of Marketing

Kell Will Oversee Marketing Communications for the Company

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 2 DECEMBER, 2013 ─ RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce that it has named Jessica Kell as Head of Marketing. Kell will draw upon her technical training as a lighting and sound technician and her media design experience to lead RTW’s marketing efforts as the company continues to enjoy rapid growth.

In her new position, Kell will be responsible for overseeing RTW’s global marketing communications, including product campaigns and trade show planning. She will work closely with the company’s sales team to develop messaging for new campaigns that continue to reinforce the company’s commitment to developing solutions that best address the needs of current and potential customers.

“I am very pleased to join RTW,” says Kell. “The company’s industry reputation is stellar, one of quality and innovation. It is an exciting time for RTW, as it continues to penetrate new markets and reach new customers with its innovative audio solutions. I look forward to working closely with the team to help enhance its brand throughout the world.”

A lighting and sound technician, Kell brings her extensive knowledge of event production technology to RTW. She has worked at several opera houses, both as a technician and stage manager, and understands the important role that reliable, up-to-date audio equipment plays in a successful live production. Prior to joining RTW, she worked as a freelancer for several design and event-planning agencies in Germany. She has also studied media communications and cultural sciences. This combined background gives Kell a solid foundation for understanding the needs of RTW customers, enabling her to highlight RTW’s solutions in an intelligent and effective way.

“Jessica brings a unique combination of skills and experience to her new position,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “She has a fresh perspective, one based on her hands-on experience as a technician and her expertise in communications and graphic design. As RTW continues to expand its presence within new markets and deliver innovative metering solutions, we are very happy to have Jessica on board to lead our marketing efforts.”

ABOUT RTW
For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world. With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades.

RTW’s ranges of products currently include the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

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

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

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SSL Builds Live Console Network In Denmark And Sweden

“We are convinced that SSL Live will contribute to a whole new way of working and thinking about mixing live audio”

COPENHAGEN – STOCKHOLM – Building on the continuing interest of Solid State Logic’s dive into live audio production, the company is regularly adding to its commercial distribution network for the new SSL Live console. As a result of this enthusiasm, the company has appointed Alfa Audio as the official SSL Live dealer in Denmark and Arva Trading will oversee distribution in Sweden.

“With live equipment portfolios that perfectly complement SSL’s Live console combined with a wealth of experience in the live market, both Alfa Audio and Arva Trading are ideally suited to partner with SSL in this new venture,” says Tim Harrison, Area Sales Manager, SSL. “The highly innovative new Live console has rightly generated high expectations from our prospective clients to deliver a sales support structure of the highest standard at the local level. This is accomplished through Alfa Audio and Arva Trading.”

“We at Alfa Audio are very excited to add the Solid State Logic Live console to our product portfolio,” says Morten Laulund Uldbæk, Product Manager, SSL Live, Alfa Audio A/S. “We have already had several opportunities for hands-on experience with the new SSL Live. The layout, feature set and audio quality of the console are all perfect. We are convinced that SSL Live presents a whole new way of working and thinking about mixing live audio. The features of the SSL Live, combined with the natural expectation of the very high audio quality for which Solid State Logic is known, has attracted the attention of several key players in the Danish pro audio market. We look forward to presenting the console to our customer base.”

“Arva Trading and SSL have longstanding and prosperous business relations for distribution of SSL’s renowned analogue recording and digital broadcast consoles and we are very pleased to have the new SSL Live added to the roster,” says Olof Arvidsson, Managing Director of Arva Trading. “As Arva is the leading provider of high-end live sound equipment in Sweden, with brands such as d&b audiotechnik, DPA Microphones, Sony Digital Wireless Systems, and more, the SSL Live console fits perfectly into our product range. We are really thrilled to sell the new Live console and are positive it will have a great impact on the professional live market in Sweden. We are look forward to working with SSL Live, knowing that SSL is a reliable manufacturer of world-leading mixing consoles.”

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http://www.alfaaudio.dk/
http://www.arva.se/

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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