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Solid State Logic Live at Edinburgh Castle

“I actually said out loud, ‘wow, this is amazing’”

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, U.K. – This summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow were preceded by Live at Edinburgh Castle, a 2.5-hour multi-act concert, televised live on the BBC from this unique location that dominates the Edinburgh skyline. The line-up for the event was extensive and included Culture Club, OneRepublic, Kaiser Chiefs, Motown legend Smokey Robinson, Jessie J, Paloma Faith and Il Divo. Various acts were backed by a 12-piece house band and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. To keep up with the fast-paced nature of the high-profile event, two SSL Live consoles were provided by Britannia Row Productions Ltd.

Though the event was headed by Brit Row Project Manager Lez Dwight, with Stefan Krista managing the inputs and cross-patch from scores of 12-way sub-snakes, Nahuel Gutierrez operated one SSL Live for the 75-member orchestra, generating group stems for FOH, monitors, BBC broadcast and 16 personal monitor stems for the orchestra. Niccolo Antonietti used the second SSL Live console to mix monitors/IEMs for the house band, along with guest vocals, guest backline and Pro Tools® tracks, totalling 60 outputs for 30 stereo mixes. Both SSL Live consoles were located remotely with only a BBC program shot to watch. As freelance engineers, rehearsal for the Edinburgh Castle concert was the first time Gutierrez and Antonietti had the opportunity to use an SSL Live console.

Antonietti’s console handled the house band, made up of drums, bass, guitars, two keyboards, percussion and three backing vocals, as well as director Mike Stevens’ keyboard and guitars. He also controlled the handheld microphones for guests, ambient microphones, intercoms, BBC feeds and 16 channels of Pro Tools, bringing Antonietti’s desk to 120 input channels. The two SSL Live consoles also had a MADI connection between them to feed stem subgroups back and forth.

“The orchestra was using personal monitors, so I sent them band stems, like guitar, rhythm section, keyboards and vocals, as well as Pro Tools stems,” Antonietti explains. “I then received a premix of the orchestra and of all of the other channels that I couldn’t get on my desk.”

Antonietti found the stems feature extremely advantageous. “The stems are especially important when you have that much to mix, with guests coming and going that you have to mix for and keep track of in such little time,” he says. “I could just mix the guest IEMs using stems, so it was really, really helpful. It was one of the best features on SSL Live for this show, because you can have a lot of channels that don’t need full processing.”

Over on the orchestra’s SSL Live console, Gutierrez used channel delay to synchronize the orchestra’s inputs. “The delays made everything sound a lot fatter and we loved it,” he says. “We measured the distances on stage and then put natural time delays from back to front, so percussion had the biggest delay and the first violins and cellos up front had the shortest delay.

With just a minimal amount of time to acquaint themselves with SSL Live at southwest London’s CATO Rehearsal space, Antonietti and Gutierrez had no trouble getting a feel for the console. “I felt very comfortable because SSL sent product specialists to help us out; after they showed me how to get into the system, it was really easy,” explains Antonietti. “We set up on Wednesday before the show on Saturday, so we only had a few days for the guests to rehearse with the orchestra and band. The quick learning curve of the SSL helped made rehearsals simple.”

Antonietti mentions SSL Live’s sound quality as his favourite feature. “The sound quality on the console is amazing; its preamps and its stereo capabilities are great,” he says. “I only needed to make slight gain adjustments to make it perfect and some EQ’ing to the really high and low ends to make it sound balanced for the IEMs. The console just sounded really good.”

“The most amazing thing about the desk is the sound,” echoes Gutierrez. “I’ve never played with an SSL before and the sound is crisp and very, very nice. It also has a wider stereo image than other desks. Don’t ask me why; that’s what I’m hearing with my ears.”

Gutierrez also mentioned SSL Live’s cueing. “One of the things that really amazed me was the solo feature,” he adds. “Being able to route the solos on any output, once you get your head around it, is really brilliant. Not having to preset the solo is really amazing. I actually said out loud, ‘Wow, this is amazing.’ ”

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.

Masque Sound Returns to the Berkshire Mountains to Celebrate 60th Season of the Williamstown Theatre Festival

Efficient Custom Audio Package Features Dante-Enabled Equipment

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, AUGUST 4, 2014 — When the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts recently came alive for the 60th season of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, returned to celebrate its 11th season of providing audio equipment and services for the highly acclaimed summer theatre.

Since 1955, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has been bringing together America’s finest actors, directors, designers and playwrights as they present a unique opportunity for artists and audiences alike to revisit classic plays with innovative, new productions. This summer, two internationally renowned powerhouse performers—soprano Renée Fleming and multiple award-winning actress, dancer and singer Chita Rivera—will make their respective Williamstown Theatre Festival Main Stage debuts. The festival’s 2014 season kicked off with the opening of June Moon on the Main Stage and A Great Wilderness on the Nikos Stage. Now playing on the Main Stage are Living on Love and The Visit, while Fool for Love and The Old Man and the Old Moon will round out the Nikos Stage’s summer productions.

To ensure a successful season, Masque Sound provided a comprehensive custom audio equipment package for each of the two stages’ three summer shows. “Prior to the season opening, we start from scratch and work with Masque Sound’s talented crew to map out and create what we envision for the season’s equipment packages,” says Ben Truppin-Brown, sound supervisor, Williamstown Theatre Festival. “This year, we installed a fairly comprehensive, overarching audio system, designed to provide a front end PA that will work across the board, adequately addressing the audio requirements for each of the six shows between the two spaces, while also taking into account the particular needs of each individual show. The challenge is that when one production ends, we only have 24 hours to changeover for the next show. Masque Sound did a great job in helping us lay out the general infrastructure, so that we could very easily drop in the additional components that we needed for the next production.”

New to the Williamstown Theatre Festival this year is the addition of Dante-enabled equipment to Masque Sound’s custom package. “Masque Sound has always been incredibly accommodating to our needs, and when we asked about using the Dante™-enabled equipment for this season, they were happy to oblige,” adds Truppin-Brown. “Using the Dante network makes the distribution of the signal unbelievably simple and efficient. It’s an amazing addition and one that we are thankful Masque Sound made possible for us.”

In addition to the Dante-enabled custom audio equipment package, Masque Sound is also once again managing frequency coordination for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The company’s expert wireless service team has been on-hand providing approximately 15 channels of wireless for the start of the summer and will be expanding to about 56 channels of wireless for the final two musicals.

The two main stages at the Williamstown Theatre Festival are equipped with an array of Meyer Sound and d&b audiotechnik speakers. The 511-seat Main Stage theatre features a Yamaha CL-5 Digital Mixing Console and the 173-seat Nikos Stage is equipped with a Yamaha CL1 console. All of the signal processing takes place digitally from the consoles to the Yamaha DME64 Digital Mixing Engine before breaking out to analog outputs. For wireless needs, Truppin-Brown utilized the Sennheiser 3000 series transmitters and receivers, supplementing it with Sennheiser SK 5012 and SK 5212 transmitters and EM 1046 receivers.

“One of the reasons why Masque Sound is such a reliable, well-respected company in the industry is because the crew offers a high-level of support to its customers, one that is unparalleled,” adds Truppin-Brown. “We produce shows of a high caliber, and we do it with a young, but talented, crew whose experience levels greatly vary. Equally as important as the production quality of the festival is the educational experience that we provide interns and staff. For most of the people on the Williamstown crew, this shop build was their very first. Masque Sound supports that educational mission through its staff’s willingness to teach and by allowing us to expose our crew to some of the best equipment available. It is an experience that I don’t think any other summer stock theatre can offer and that I don’t think any other shop can give. We could not be as successful as we are without Masque Sound, and we value our relationship with them.”

In addition to the two main stages, Masque Sound also provided custom audio equipment packages to the Goodrich Hall, for the festival’s cabaret performances; the Directing Studio’s workshop productions; and numerous rehearsal and performance spaces in and around the greater Williamstown area. To learn more about the Williamstown Theatre Festival, visit http://wtfestival.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.

Masque Sound Blows the Roof Off The Acorn Theatre for Explosive New Musical, Atomic

Custom Audio Equipment Package Brings the Story of the Creation of the First Nuclear Bomb to Off-Broadway Stage

NEW YORK, JULY 30, 2014 — When the highly charged, new rock musical, Atomic ignited the stage at The Acorn Theatre at New York’s Theatre Row, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was on-hand to provide a custom audio equipment package to support Sound Designer Jon Weston and his team.

Atomic is a thrilling new off-Broadway musical that blasts open the doors of The Manhattan Project, a Government-funded program of top scientists who were faced with the task of creating the world’s first Atomic Bomb. The production depicts Hungarian American physicist and inventor Leó Szilárd as the mastermind behind atomic power whose heart has reservations. Ethics, scientific progress and true love are tested as Szilárd discovers exactly what he’s capable of when someone believes in him.

One of Weston’s biggest challenges in designing the sound for Atomic was the theatre’s layout itself. “The space we were dealing with is very wide and shallow, so coverage was a big concern,” says Weston. “In order to address those issues, equipment selection and its placement within the theatre, was critical. To accommodate the large scale of the show, we created an extensive sound system with Masque Sound’s assistance and support. Working in such a vast space, it was important to both the composer and director that the sound accurately depicts the many different emotions that run throughout this production, and I think that this custom audio equipment package allowed us to achieve that.”

In order to attain the soundscape he desired, Weston turned to the Avid VENUE Profile Console, which provides the sound quality, flexibility and reliability he was after. The main speaker system is comprised of a pair of d&b audiotechnik C7-TOP 15-inch two-way speakers. “The C7-TOP is a very musically-inclined, accommodating speaker,” Weston says. “It doesn’t wrap around or spill everywhere; its range goes exactly where it’s intended to and not much comes off the sides. It really is an excellent speaker and ideal for this production. We rounded out the main system with EAW JF200s and Meyer Sound UPA-1Ps, and it really sounds great.”

The surround system features RE Audio MT18s and Meyer Sound UPQ-1Ps that are also used as part of the effects system. The large, low end of the system includes d&b audiotechnik B4s and Q-subs, and Meyer Sound 650Ps. “The goal in the design of this surround system was to have an abundance of speakers working well within their set range, as opposed to having fewer speakers set up in a way that they sound draining,” adds Weston. “The system appears loud because of the contrast, but in reality it isn’t that loud.”

Additionally, Masque Sound supplied a microphone package featuring Sennheiser MKE-2s for the cast, as well as a wireless package featuring Sennheiser 5212 and 3532s. Masque Sound also provided frequency coordination for the 14 channels of wireless used for the show.

“Working with Masque Sound allows me to maximize my available options and budget,” says Weston. “It’s all about the relationship with the shop. I usually deal one-on-one with department personnel at Masque Sound, and they are always willing to go that extra step to help, which is critical to the success of a production’s sound design. I am very specific in my visions, and I know that can sometimes slow things down a bit, but they are always happy to oblige me, which is wonderful. The equipment Masque Sound provides, especially the microphones, are always top-notch. Even legacy equipment, which I like to use, is in stock and always in great shape. In addition to Masque Sound, I could not do what I do without the hard work of my personal team. Mixer/Associate Josh Millican and Assistant Sound Josh Staines do a great job of bringing it all together every performance.”

Atomic, running for a limited eight-week engagement, officially opened on Sunday, July 13 and is slated to run through August 16 at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). To learn more about Atomic, visit www.atomicthemusical.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.

Nouvelle Star’s Amel Bent Takes SSL Live on the Road for 2014 Instinct Tour

“This is the console I have been waiting for; it gives me the utmost in flexibility, ergonomics, sound and options”

PARIS – Pop star Amel Bent first took France by storm as a semi-finalist on the pop idol television show Nouvelle Star in 2004. Ten years later, she’s still going strong. Currently in the midst of her Instinct Tour, Bent is performing to enthusiastic audiences across France and Switzerland, where a pair of SSL Live consoles, supplied by SGroup’s Alès location, are handling FOH and monitors.

Having previously worked with Christophe Willem, Zazie and 1789 Les amants de la bastille as PA tech, FOH engineer Thibault Maestracci joined Bent in November 2013 at the start of the tour. For this production, he takes approximately 50 channels from the stage and handles FOH mixing with a system that incorporates two Pro Tools® HD rigs.

“The first Pro Tools system is used as a ‘toolbox,’ mainly for effects for ‘stem group’ processing,” he explains. “The second system functions primarily as a backup during the show, but I can also use it as a multi-track recorder/player for rehearsals. The microphone preamplifiers are located on stage and are connected to the FOH console using SSL’s Blacklight II audio transport on two optical fibre connections. Alex [Maggi, the monitor engineer] and I have independent control over preamp gain for each desk.”

Maestracci is very happy with the results he gets with the SSL Live. “The sound quality is excellent and preamplifiers have the headroom to accept high input levels,” he adds. “I don’t need an external preamplifier with this desk — even for the lead vocal! The fader and encoder layout is great, and the way you can deploy the channels on different banks is very useful. You can put what you want where you want it. Once you understand the logic behind the desk, it is very easy to customize, and the ability to use both screens simultaneously is a powerful feature.”

According to Maestracci, the Instinct tour began indoors with a PA system that was configured for audiences between 500 and 1200. “For the summer, we’ve switched to an outdoor configuration with a local ‘festival-style’ PA,” he continues. “With this setup, the main output of the SSL Live is sent at 96 kHz via the AES output to two system processors, then distributed via Dante to the power amps.”

Meanwhile, Maggi, whose credits include Lara Fabian, Nolwenn Leroy and the production of Les Victoires de la Musique, mans his SSL Live from stage left, feeding monitor mixes to wireless IEM transmitters and wired IEM amplifiers. He met the Parisian pop sensation in 2004 while working on Nouvelle Star and soon after began touring as her monitor engineer.

“I’ve been waiting for a new generation of digital mixing consoles that could provide a higher number of output buses and increased reliability over the older digital desks I had been using,” he says. “The SSL Live gives me all of that, plus more. A big strength of the desk is that I can operate it in any number of methods. I can use the large touch screen or the small touch screen with its associated knob controllers, to access parameters for any input or output channel — whatever way is best for me. I find that I mainly use the small touch screen and the Channel Control Tile, which gives me rotary controls for the parameters and dedicated buttons to quickly access EQ, dynamics, panning and inserts. This is the console I have been waiting for. It gives me the utmost in flexibility, ergonomics, sound and options.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

Video Devices PIX 260i Captures Footage Fit for a King as Part of The Royal Society Headquarters Refit

LONDON, JULY 30, 2014 – When The Royal Society in London was looking to refit the audio and visual facilities in two rooms at its headquarters at Carlton House Terrace in London, it turned to Video Devices, mission-critical video products by Sound Devices, and its PIX 260i for its video recording needs.

A fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists and the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, The Royal Society acts as a scientific advisor to the British government, receiving a parliamentary grant-in-aid. Installed by Winchester-based AV integrator Whitwam, and provided through Shure Distribution UK, The Royal Society fitted three PIX 260i’s in its largest gallery, the Wellcome Trust lecture theatre, to capture video from the four cameras installed in the space. Throughout the year, members of the Society give presentations in the various lecture halls. Many are broadcast, recorded and archived. In addition, the organization installed two Shure SCM820 eight-channel automatic audio mixers in the dining rooms as part of its improved sound reinforcement efforts for speeches and awards.

The rack-mounted PIX 260i is a file-based audio and video recorder that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments. The Video Devices PIX 260i also offers 32 tracks of audio recording and playback as well as control from browser-capable computers and tablets. It records QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats. Files recorded in these intra-frame codecs are ready for editing directly from the recorder in such common editing environments as Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For color-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time applications.

PIX 260i recorders can be controlled from browser-capable computers and tablets. When connected to a data network, transport controls and setup menu controls are available on the Video Devices PIXNET, which offers IP-addressable control of one or multiple PIX 260i recorders. Users can group multiple units for simultaneous control. Data drives connected to the PIX 260i are also accessible on Ethernet-based networks as read-only SMB shares, opening up endless possibilities for file sharing. Files can be copied from any PIX 260i located on a network, enabling access from across a room or the globe. Up to four SATA drives can be connected to the PIX 260i simultaneously. For RAID-type redundancy and to eliminate the need for post-record copying when multiple copies are required, users can record to all four drives simultaneously.

Building on the company’s deep heritage in production sound, Video Devices has infused the PIX 260i with 32-track record/playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Audinate’s Dante, the PIX 260i accepts and transmits up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

The PIX 260i includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator and reader with genlock output for rock-steady multi-camera and double-system sound applications. In addition to generating ultra-stable time code, time code can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or from an external source. It also includes a sophisticated scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, the PIX recorders can record the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or a different rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal and anamorphic conversion is also available. PIX 260i’s convenient half-rack, 2U chassis dimension allows it to be easily integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10-27 VDC through its four-pin XLR connector.

Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, includes digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio 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 both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters, with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit Video Devices and Sound Devices websites, www.videodevices.com; www.sounddevices.com.

DPA Microphones Announces Trade-Up to d:fine Promo

LONGMONT, CO, JULY 28, 2014DPA, Inc., the U.S. arm of DPA Microphones, is pleased to announced a new trade-up rebate program for its d:fine™ Headset Microphones. Participants will receive a $100 mail-in rebate for every purchase of select d:fine Headset Microphones, provided they additionally trade-in a competitor headset. The promotion is only valid on purchases made from an authorized U.S. dealer between July 28, 2014 and October 3, 2014.

The DPA d:fine Headset Microphones raise the bar for head-worn microphone solutions. Offering industry-leading sound quality, the mics are ideal for singers, public speakers, actors, musicians, house of worship leaders and broadcast professionals who insist on superior voice reproduction, comfort, ease of setup and a discreet look. They are available as both directional and omnidirectional mics, with single- and dual-ear mounts, to cover a broad range of applications. They are also available in black, brown and beige with a variety of boom lengths and adapters for every professional wireless system.

“This trade-in program is the perfect, cost-effective way for current and potential DPA users to upgrade the tools they need most,” says James Capparelle, director of marketing for DPA, Inc. “We hope that all headset microphone customers take advantage of this limited-time promotion. We’re confident that it will not only appeal to current DPA enthusiasts, but will also open the doors to an array of new DPA fans.”

This special program is available to all U.S.-based microphone customers. In order to receive a rebate for each headset, customers must trade-in an equal number of competitor headset microphones. The following DPA and competitor microphones are included in the promotion:

Eligible d:fine Headset Mics:

d:fine Directional
d:fine Omnidirectional
d:fine 88 Directional
d:fine 66 Omnidirectional
Both single- and dual-ear mounts, as well as all colors, boom lengths and connector types are part of the campaign.

Offer excludes the classic d:fine 4066 and 4088 Headset Microphones.
Eligible Non-DPA Head-worn Mics:

Audiotechnica – MicroSet or Microearset Series
Countryman – ED, E6, H6 or Isomax Series
Crown – CM Series
Samson – SE50 or DE50
Sanken – HWM Series
Sennheiser – Ear Set, HS or HSP Series
Shure – MX, WBH or WCM Series

To claim the $100 rebate, customers must mail in a completed form, proof of purchase of the new DPA d:fine and the non-DPA headset that is being traded to DPA’s U.S. office, postmarked no later than October 31, 2014.

For more information about DPA, Inc.’s promotion, please visit the Trade Up to d:fine promotion info page or contact your local authorized dealer.

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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Professional Wireless Systems Sets the Stage with Wireless Equipment Package and Frequency Coordination Services for Univision’s Premios Juventud

MIAMI, FL, JULY 23, 2014 – When the world’s biggest Spanish-speaking celebrities gathered in Miami for the 10th annual Premios Juventud awards show on July 17 at the BankUnited Center, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) was once again backstage with a custom RF entertainment and intercom package to manage frequency coordination for the festivities.

Presented by Univision, Premios Juventud (Youth Awards) is an awards show that nominates Spanish-speaking celebrities to celebrate their artistic achievements in 27 unique categories within the areas of film, music, sports, fashion and pop culture. In an interesting twist, the awards show asks the public to nominate their favorite singers, athletes and actors for award consideration and to then subsequently choose the winners through an online voting portal. Past winners include high-profile pop culture celebrities such as Shakira, Daddy Yankee, Antonio Banderas and Jennifer Lopez.

PWS has been providing equipment and handling wireless frequency coordination for the show since its inception in 2004. PWS managed a total of 130 frequencies for the main stage performances this year. In order to ensure that there were no signal interference issues, PWS utilized a wireless package from Sennheiser, which included 3732-II receivers with 5200-II handhelds and 5212-II belt packs. The crew also utilized a Shure Axient® Wireless Management Network along with Shure PSM1000 in-ear monitors. PWS primarily selected the Shure Axient for the show’s artist presenters, as it is a comprehensive, innovative and fail-safe system with highly advanced planning, setup and control capabilities that make it a dependable product capable of combating any unforeseen challenges with ease. In addition, Univision supplied 20 Shure UHF-Rs to complement the Shure Axient system as well as eight PSM 1000 in-ear monitors.

“One of the biggest challenges we face when providing wireless for an event of this caliber is managing last-minute equipment changes, as many artists bring in their own mics and transmitters for the show,” says Evan Hall, PWS lead RF coordinator. “This is one of the primary reasons why we choose to rely on the Sennheiser 3732-II receivers and Shure Axient Wireless Management Network, because they are the only two products currently on the market that offer the entire spectrum range. With Sennheiser and Shure, we know that our crew will be adequately prepared to handle any artist equipment accommodations that may arise without repatching the entire system.”

PWS also supplied and deployed a number of Telex BTR-800s for its wireless communications as well as a majority of its own equipment, including a combination of its Domed and Helical Antennas, DB Series – Multicouplers, as well as GX-8 Combiners for intercom, IFB and in-ear monitors. “We used 11 Telex systems, which presented quite a challenge, as it comprised more than half of our available spectrum,” adds Hall. “For this type of high-profile awards show, the wireless intercom system has to work on stage and off. We efficiently managed the large number of intercoms, along with all the other wireless equipment, with PWS’ GX-8s and DB-IC Multicouplers.”

Tying everything together, PWS managed the show’s frequencies with its own Intermodulation Analysis Software System (IAS). PWS’ IAS software cuts down on setup time by combining a database of wireless performance equipment and access to local television frequencies in use, allowing the RF technician the ability to simply enter the current zip code and, in a matter of moments, inventory the entire list of equipment and frequencies in-use. “IAS is the building block to all of the productions that PWS works on, as it helps us to quickly choose the clear frequencies for each specific wireless system and tuning range,” adds Hall. “The PWS team once again did an amazing job; the show looked and sounded great.”

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 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 Custom Audio Solutions Take the Stage at New York City’s Famed Public Theater

NEW YORK, JULY 21, 2014 – As the curtain rose on the 2014 summer season of The Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was once again on-hand to offer its support to one of New York City’s most beloved traditions, providing custom audio equipment packages for this year’s lineup, as well as for The Public’s array of other shows and events hosted throughout the year.

The Public Theater, the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure, boasts several expansive venues, including its landmark downtown home on Astor Place, which houses five theaters plus Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs.

Recently named Audio Supervisor of the famed establishment, Corrine Livingston manages upwards of 20 plus shows and productions throughout The Public Theater’s different venues in a given year, including Shakespeare in the Park. In order to ensure that each show provides audiences with the clear, dynamic audio that they have come to expect, Livingston relies exclusively on Masque Sound’s custom audio equipment packages to meet The Public Theater’s vast sound requirements.

“With all of the logistics, managing and planning that goes into running all of these venues and associated shows, knowing that Masque Sound is providing all of our audio equipment is one less thing I have to worry about,” says Livingston. “I am always looking for ways to take our productions to the next level and build upon the wonderful work my predecessors have created. With Masque Sound’s extensive inventory and expert team, I am afforded the opportunity to do so.”

Shakespeare in the Park moved to its permanent home at the Delacorte Theater in 1962, and, since then, over five million New York natives and visitors alike have enjoyed free Shakespeare performances each summer season. The majestic, open-air theater has a seating capacity of 1,800, and each season, more than 100,000 people attend performances produced by The Public Theater. Since Shakespeare in the Park’s inception, more than 150 productions have been presented for free at the venue.

“Masque Sound has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with The Public Theater, especially the Delacorte and its summer productions of free Shakespeare in the Park,” says Stephanie Hansen, vice president and general manager, Masque Sound. “Having served as the Delacorte’s audio equipment provider since its first production, which took place more than 50 years ago, is quite an accomplishment and something we take great pride in. With the support of Corrine and everyone at The Public Theater, we look forward to continuing to provide our custom audio solutions to The Public Theater’s multitude of productions in the years to come.”

This summer’s free Shakespeare in the Park performances include Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Jack O’Brien, which ran from June 3 to July 6 and King Lear, directed by Daniel Sullivan, which is slated to open on July 22 and conclude on August 17. All performances begin at 8pm. For more information on The Public’s free Shakespeare in the Park, as well as the full line-up of events produced by The Public Theater, visit http://www.publictheater.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.

World Cup Concert in Rio Scores Big with DPA Microphones

Renowned classical musicians helped close FIFA games during finale performance with assistance from d:dicate™ Recording Mics

RIO DE JANEIRO, JULY 18, 2014 – When Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo took to the stage for the Concert in Rio, honoring the close of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, television audiences received a crystal clear sound thanks to DPA Microphones’ d:dicate™ Recording Microphones. Performing at the HSBC Arena Stage in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, July 11, Domingo was accompanied by Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez, Chinese pianist Lang Lang and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra.

With the entire world watching, Grammy® Award-winner Jesse Lewis, audio producer for the live international broadcast of the concert, knew he needed reliable microphones for the broadcast of the performance, which was aired live from the massive arena. He turned to DPA Microphones for its range of d:dicate mics, including the 4006 Omnidirectional, 4011 Cardioid and 4041 Large Diaphragm solutions.

“For a venue of that size, we had a tremendous need for an overhead microphone that was able to reach deep into the orchestra and pull out the really important details of the instruments,” says Lewis. “In this case, it was the DPA 4006 and 4041. The sound of the live broadcast depended greatly on the special sound those mics provide. Additionally, I have relied on the d:dicate 4011 for years as my preferred mic for acoustic piano recording. That’s why I selected a stereo pair on podium stands, accompanied by a pair of the d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics, for Lang Lang’s piano, and I’m happy I did, because the sound was very big and beautiful.”

Working alongside the concert’s live sound engineer Jerry Eade, who used his own collection of microphones, Lewis also faced the challenge of combating PA and monitor bleed with the live broadcast. “We needed a microphone that would keep the music and the atmosphere, but would reduce the negative effects from being on the wrong side of the PA system,” he explains. “Being omnidirectional, the DPA 4041 has unique characteristics, both on and off axis, that helped us do exactly what we wanted – more music and less PA bleed. It really couldn’t have been a more perfect setup. Despite using a PA system, we were able to achieve the exact sound we strive for in a pure acoustic situation.”

According to Lewis, the concert’s producer Bernhard Fleischer was ecstatic with the sound that they achieved. “The DPA mics hanging over the orchestra were the most crucial ingredient for this production,” adds Lewis. “They ensured that we conveyed the music in a powerful way to the broadcast audiences around the world.”

Performing for his sixth World Cup concert, Domingo presented a program of arias, Spanish zarzuelas and Broadway hits in addition to traditional Brazilian songs and sambas. Led by American-born pianist and conductor Eugene Kohn for the Concert in Rio, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1940 and was the first touring orchestra from Brazil. The Latin Grammy Winner for Best Classical Album in 2001, Martínez regularly performs alongside Domingo as well as singer Andrea Bocelli while Lang Lang, who is considered one of the most sensational artists in classical music, was a child prodigy who began playing the piano at the age of three.

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.

Cerwin-Vega! Highlights Expanded Offerings for Popular XD Series and P-Series Lines at Summer NAMM 2014

NASHVILLE, JULY 17, 2014 – Cerwin-Vega!, a Gibson Brand, is presenting its new P1000X 10-inch Powered Loudspeaker, the latest ¬addition to its critically-acclaimed P-Series Powered Loudspeaker Line at Summer NAMM 2014 (Booth 825). Also on display will be the XD4 and XD5 Speakers and XD8s Subwoofer, the newly expanded offerings for the company’s XD Powered Desktop Speaker Series.

Slated for release in August, the P-Series P1000X is a versatile workhorse that can serve as a single speaker for a small venue, be daisy-chained for larger venues needing more coverage and SPL or be side-mounted as a floor monitor. Featuring the same controls as the acclaimed P1500X, the P1000X Powered Loudspeaker is a two-way, bi-amped, full-range bass-reflex speaker with a 10-inch woofer and high-frequency compression driver. Powered by a custom efficient 1000W Class-D amp, the P1000X has a proprietary hemi-conical horn that provides enhanced sound clarity and superb dispersion over an even and wide coverage area.

A built-in mixer with multiple channels and I/O connections allows for simple and fast setup, while enhanced EQ, VEGA BASS boost and high-pass filter controls enable exact tuning and exceptional performance for any event. Its lightweight, robust polymer enclosure includes a self-tightening pole cup, as well as comfortable ergonomic handles. Built-in rigging points and a remote volume port make the P1000X ideal for suspended installation.

Showgoers can also experience the stunning audio performance of the Cerwin-Vega! XD Series, which continues to support the company’s legacy of superior bass response and sonic clarity. Key design elements of the XD3, XD4 and XD5 powered desktop speakers and XD8s powered subwoofer, include optimized frequency response, overall transparency, low distortion and the company’s trademark bass performance. Each XD Series speaker features high output amplifiers, soft-dome tweeters and innovative enclosure design for superior sound, while the XD8s sub offers additional bass extension.

Equipped with metal covers, the XD4 features a 3/4-inch tweeter while the XD5 utilizes a one-inch tweeter. Unlike other desktop speaker systems, the Cerwin-Vega! XD Series is built with solid MDF wood enclosures, allowing it to deliver the same sound quality as home speaker systems. All speakers in the series come equipped with Cerwin-Vega!’s signature VEGA BASS Boost Switch, which engages an enhanced bass EQ circuit. The efficient XD8s also has, high SPL and an optimally designed port for proper low frequency phase alignment and minimal port turbulence. It ships with a Remote Control, which includes a subwoofer mute button and adjusts the overall system volume when using the accompanying XD Series speakers.

About Cerwin-Vega!
Cerwin-Vega!, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets. Dedicated to the pursuit of dynamic, accurate sound reproduction since 1954, Cerwin-Vega! products are distributed throughout the world via a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. For more information, visit www.cerwin-vega.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands, one of the fastest-growing companies globally, was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Gibson Brands has a portfolio of over a hundred well-recognized brand names for musical instruments, consumer electronics, and professional audio. In addition to the number one guitar brand, Gibson, other instrument brands include Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. Professional audio brands include KRK Systems, TASCAM, Cerwin-Vega, Stanton and Cakewalk and continue Gibson’s tradition of quality in their respective markets; while consumer electronics brands comprise Onkyo, Integra, TEAC and Esoteric.

Gibson Brands expanded further into the consumer market with the acquisition of Philips’ Home Entertainment business—inventors of the cassette tape, as well as the CD, DVD, MP3, and MP4 formats. It shows the same leadership in technological innovation for the benefit of our customers under the Philips and Fidelio brand names.
A global company, Gibson Brands has manufacturing, marketing and research and development centers throughout the world. All Gibson Brands are dedicated to innovation, prestige, and improving their customers’ quality of life. 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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