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Staatstheater Stuttgart Prepares for Growth with Clear-Com Eclipse HX-Omega

Digital Matrix Systems Provide Multibranch Theater with a Boost in Intercom Capabilities

STUTTGART, GERMANY, MAY 14, 2013 – Clear-Com® is proud to announce that Staatstheater Stuttgart, Germany’s largest theater, recently improved communications at its drama theater with two Eclipse HX-Omega Digital Matrix Systems. Part of Clear-Com’s newest digital matrix intercom line, the Eclipse HX-Omega uses revolutionary IP technology and can be easily upgraded, making it a future-proof investment for the theater. Other benefits of the system include exceptional system performance, intelligent integration abilities and simplified user operations.

The planning and installation of the Eclipse HX-Omega digital matrix system at Staatstheater Stuttgart was a joint venture between MCI, a Clear-Com Partner for Germany, and Zeiler, a systems integrator. The facility’s 50 Clear-Com FreeSpeak Beltpacks were seamlessly integrated with the Eclipse HX-Omega system via an E-QUE-HX card to enable wired and wireless coverage across the entire theater. All personnel, including the technical engineers, security staff and show producers, are able to remain in constant contact with each other with the Clear-Com intercoms. The Eclipse HX-Omega also gives the crew the option to conveniently run their V-Series intercom panels over IP using an IVC-32-HX card. In addition, all analogue audio inputs, such as the PA systems, audio monitors and microphones, are connected into the Eclipse HX system. This way, crew members can hear the program and be prepared for their cues.

“Because the theater is constantly evolving, the engineering team was determined to acquire a future-proof, IP-based intercom system,” explains Martin Geritz, Sales Manager for MCI. “Clear-Com’s Eclipse HX intercoms were an obvious choice for the crew because of their comprehensive features, IP technology, and easy upgrade capabilities.”

Previously, the crew communicated using walkie-talkies, third-party control panels and FreeSpeak wireless intercoms. Each of these systems operated independently from the rest. The Eclipse HX-Omega has simplified operations by integrating all the systems into a unified communications platform. Now, they have interconnection within and across each of their three stages. The Eclipse HX-Omega also allows the personnel to make fast and easy changes to the communications setup to meet the unique needs of any production. Clear-Com intercoms also offer higher audio quality than that of their previous system.

“We are extremely proud that Staatstheater Stuttgart has chosen Clear-Com’s intercoms for its theater,” says Vincent Beek, Clear-Com’s Regional Sales Manager for Northern Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia. “Staatstheater Stuttgart is continuing to develop a great deal, and its new Eclipse HX-Omega system is not only able to handle its current productions, but is suitable to meet the its future needs.”

The Staatstheater Stuttgart is anticipating a systems upgrade for its opera house in the coming months, with plans to employ Clear-Com there as well. When that installation has taken effect, the intercoms at the opera house system will be integrated with those at the drama theater to allow production crew members to communicate between both buildings.

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.

PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS FREQUENCY COORDINATION KEEPS THE PARTY GOING AT BOTTLEROCK NAPA VALLEY FESTIVAL

On-Site Technical Expertise and Support Ensures
Interference-Free Coverage for Jam-Packed Five-Day Celebration

NAPA, CA, MAY 13, 2013—When the inaugural BottleRock Napa Valley festival, a celebration of music, comedy, food and drink in California’s legendary Napa Valley, kicked off on May 9, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, was on-hand providing frequency coordination for the more than 80 bands and performers at the event, as well as media in attendance.

In its debut year, BottleRock Napa Valley featured a lineup of more than 80 artists, bands and performers from a variety of genres, including rock, soul/R&B, country, hip‐hop, comedy and more. In addition, more than 30 iconic restaurateurs shared the culinary stage with 40 superstar vintners. Close to 200,000 people attended the extravaganza.

“With five stages and more than 800 frequencies for the week, pre-planning is key in helping to avoid any interference issues, allowing us to react to any potential frequency problems ahead of time,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “As this was the first year for the event, we tried to get as much information as possible ahead of time from the vendor, artists, engineers and media so that when our team arrived on-site, we were ahead of the game. This way, we kept any potential challenges or issues to a minimum. In addition, as with any event this size, we worked closely with the audio vendor, Delicate Productions.”

PWS was brought on to support the festival by Delicate Productions and Production Manager Chris Sorlie. One of the initial concerns in planning for the event was the close proximity to one of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) power stations from the festival’s stages. “We worked closely with George Edwards and Sergey Bailleul at Delicate Productions and we all did our due diligence to ensure that there would be no frequency interference or signal issues associated with the plant.”

Four PWS staff members were on-site throughout the five-day celebration. “We stationed a dedicated frequency coordination expert at each of the three stages to mitigate any issues that may have presented themselves. In addition we regularly checked in on the other two stages,” adds Van Winkle. “We also used spectrum analyzers during the festival to determine occupied bandwidth and track interference sources, putting them on a safe frequency once we located them. An event of this size is always challenging, but once again, the PWS team did a fantastic job and the show went off as expected.”

An added benefit of PWS’ frequency coordination services is its hand-on approach. Although the company was only charged with providing frequency coordination services at the festival, PWS always brings backup equipment and gear to handle any issues that may arise.

For more information, visit www.professionalwireless.com.

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MASQUE SOUND ANSWERS CALL FOR AUDIO ‘MAGIC TO DO’ ON THE TONY AWARD NOMINATED NEW BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF PIPPIN

Custom Audio Equipment Package Bolsters Musical’s Triumphant Return to Great White Way

NEW YORK, MAY 6, 2013—As Pippin hits the stage for the first time since its original five-year run on Broadway nearly 40 years ago, show Sound Designers Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm called upon Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a custom audio equipment package for the highly anticipated musical revival.

Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz’s beloved coming-of-age musical comedy Pippin returns to Broadway in an all-new production directed by Diane Paulus, featuring choreography by Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers). The production is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). Pippin is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.” The production is nominated for 10 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival.

“Pippin is one of the great musical classics, and after 40 years we are thrilled and excited to be part of its first revival on Broadway,” says Deans. “Abe Jacob was the original sound designer, and he is considered the godfather of theater sound design. Therefore, when Pippin arrived on Broadway, we wanted to make sure its sound design received the full reverence it was due.”

Masque Sound provided a custom-designed audio system for the show, including a DiGiCo SD7 live digital console with Stealth Digital Processing™, Sennheiser wireless transmitters and receivers and an array of d&b speakers.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Masque Sound in selecting the correct audio system for this captivating production,” adds Deans. “In addition, the support from Masque Sound’s rental shop, along with the guidance from Gary Stocker at Masque, has aided Garth and I in creating a soundscape worthy of this amazing show.”

Royal heir Pippin is spurred on by a mysterious group of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find his “corner of the sky.” The original production of Pippin, directed by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1972. It won five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, and ran for close to 2,000 performances before closing in 1977. This production of Pippin made its debut at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA, where Diane Paulus serves as Artistic Director.

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 General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Optocore Technology Takes the X Games to the Extreme

Helps GB4D Rental House Simplify Network Audio Distribution High in the French Alps

TIGNES, FRANCE, MAY 2, 2013 – For the fourth year in a row, a portion of ESPN’s X Games has taken place overseas, this time in Tignes, France, a hot spot for skiing and snowboarding in the French Alps. In addition to X Games Tignes being broadcast from France this year for the first time ever, the annual extreme sporting event is going global, with additional events taking place through early August in Aspen (U.S.), Barcelona (Spain), Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil), Los Angeles (U.S.) and Munich (Germany). Situated at up to 12, 293 feet above sea level, the location of the games added a new level of complexity for Gilles Bouvard Events and Entertainment (GB4D), the France-based rental house that assisted ESPN with the sophisticated audio signal distribution necessary for the event. To help manage the coordination and weather challenges, the company turned to Optocore’s optical fiber network solutions.

The event in France was co-produced by Canal+ Events on behalf of ESPN, with GB4D providing virtually all of the audio equipment for the competition zones to assist A+ Events, another co-producer. With more than 125 athletes participating in the games, the team at GB4D knew it needed gear capable of managing not only proper audio distribution, but also able to withstand the snowy weather concerns. A longtime fan of Optocore, Gilles Bouvard, owner of GB4D, suggested Optocore’s interfaces as a way to ensure a successful signal flow within a redundant system.

“The audio vendor for the X Games was my former associate, Julien Terrier, with his new company A+ Events,” says Bouchard. “I suggested he use Optocore to provide all the fiber network signal distribution.”

The audio transmission was based around two Optocore loops—one ring for the Super Pipe competition area, with five Optocore X6R-FX network converters for the main PA and one for the VIP area—and a second for the Slope Style competition area, with two X6R-FX interfaces. The master control room was equipped with two DD2FR-FX (offering MADI ports), two DD32R-FX (AES-EBU) and one X6R-FX systems. GB4D was able to control the entire Optocore system from a single desktop PC.

As the distances between nodes were long, GB4D used approximately 984 feet (300m) of Neutrik X-TREME fibers for signal transport between all links. The primary ring measured a distance of approximately 1.3 miles (2.1km) and the secondary approximate 1,968 feet (600m), which was constructed around 12 nodes, plus spares.
L’Acoustics LA8 and Lab Gruppen PLM10000Q amplifiers fed the main PA hangs, while the Optocore LAN controlled the Super Pipe’s deck fills. Inputs included background music, live DJ feeds, wireless announcer microphones, various media and advertisement sources and TV truck feeds.

“Thanks to the Optocore network, the wireless links for the announcers was greatly simplified. Also, feeding signals into the system was easy,” explains Bouvard. “As for the outputs, the Optocore fiber network allowed a simple routing of the various signals feeding the amplifiers all around the site. The possibilities offered by macros allowed a simplified routing and ease of modification for all the various live and recording feeds.” GB4D designed a redundant FOH position, deploying two fully backed-up Midas digital desks.

Bouvard compared the challenge of working high in the Alps with the opposite climatic extreme GB4D faced when it recently deployed a vast Optocore and BroaMan network over a huge distance for Kuwait’s 50th Constitution Day celebration. “There was really little difference,” he says. “On the one hand we had the high temperatures and sand storms, on the other the very low temperatures and snow. We found ourselves in two similar extreme situations and we had to find reliable solutions.

“I think that working in those difficult environments helps us improve our technical expertise. We have learned to adapt technically to those constraints, for example with the PA and cabling, but more essentially for the monitoring of the systems, which is crucial in this type of event and in these conditions. The use of an Optocore network simplifies this enormously.”

With the increasing popularity of the X Games across the world, there are more technical challenges, especially in the months leading up to the event. “Reliability is fundamental,” continues Bouvard. “All the vendors present were snow and mountain specialists, so we were ready for any technical challenges. Plus, the ease of the Optocore implementation was a major step forward for this project. The most notable aspects were the simplification of the routing system, the increased reliability of the wiring on site, the total redundancy and the real-time monitoring of all system components.”

He added that GB4D technicians François Lund, Patrice Giono and Piotr Skotnicki have worked at X Games Tignes since it was first staged there in 2010. All three are certified Optocore technicians, and were responsible for realizing the design, implementation and operation of this year’s event.

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 its 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 over 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.

SSL C100 HDS Digital Broadcast Console Makes Classical Music Sing for Vienna Boys’ Choir

“SSL is a company that takes care of you through the sale and continues the relationship into the future”

VIENNA – A Solid State Logic C100 HDS Digital Broadcast Console has been chosen to make classical music sing for the new Musik und Theater (MuTh) Concert Hall, the permanent home for the Vienna Boys’ Choir (VBC). The 400-seat facility is also home to many other institutions and hosts performances ranging from the Vienna Philharmonic to dance and jazz presentations. The C100 is used for front of house live sound mixing, DAW capture, post production and live-to-air broadcast/streaming. The choice of the C100 was based in part on purity of sound and SSL’s responsiveness to client needs.

“While we looked at consoles from all the major manufacturers, SSL was our choice for many reasons,” says Roland Tscherne, technical manager and sound engineer for MuTh. “First and foremost, SSL offers the most clarity and precise sound, worthy of the internationally acclaimed artists who perform here. Second, unlike other companies, SSL was very willing to sit and discuss our specific needs and work with us to fulfill those needs. SSL didn’t stop paying attention once the console was installed, as we have received software updates that include many of the refinements we were looking for. SSL is a company that takes care of you through the sale and continues the relationship into the future. That attention is very valuable.”

The MuTh Concert Hall is also an educational facility for children and young adults who attend its co-ed kindergarten, elementary and high schools that are attached. The theatre places particular emphasis on children’s opera. The entire operation is conceived as a gathering place for educating young people in the performing arts and to foster collaborations with other established institutions centered on youth performing arts.

According to Tscherne, the C100 resides in the theatre itself, acting as the front of house console and the audio hub for the facility. The C100 has been configured to send stereo and 5.1 mixes to the house system for concerts and film presentations. At the same time, each mix combination and the individual microphone channels are sent to the DAW for capture, re-mixing and post production. If a performance uses 30 wireless and 60 orchestra microphones, one push of a button sends all the single tracks to the DAW, saving time, while giving the engineering staff more opportunity to concentrate on creating the perfect mix.

“When we first put in the C100, each engineer definitely had a wow factor going when they sat down at the console,” concludes Tscherne. “Because it was an SSL console, they were a little bit intimidated because they haven’t ever used a console like this. However, one hour later, they were impressed with the ease of use, comfortable with mixing a project and, most importantly, with the pristine sound. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with SSL.”

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.

Clear-Com Hires Samer Mouwanes as Middle East Sales Manager

ALAMEDA, CA, APRIL 30, 2013 – Clear-Com® is pleased to announce that Samer E. Mouwanes will join the company on May 13, 2013 as Regional Sales Manager, Middle East. Mouwanes is a dedicated sales professional with extensive experience in the broadcast, pro audio and installation markets. In his new role, Mouwanes will establish and head Clear-Com’s new Middle East office. He will be responsible for overseeing all sales and customer service activities in the Middle East, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus.

Mouwanes will build on the sales experience he has garnered to help promote Clear-Com to industry professionals in the region. He will work directly with Karlie Miles, Clear-Com’s Director of Sales, EMEA and South Asia Pacific, to grow Clear-Com’s market share in the broadcast and live performance markets, while developing business in new markets. He will also work directly with Clear-Com’s partners and customers to ensure they are knowledgeable on company offerings and solutions.

Prior to joining Clear-Com, Mouwanes held sales positions with Sony Professional Solutions MEA (PSMEA), Bond Communications, Emirates Computers, AVTelco and Telec. Throughout his career, he has developed relationships with important players in the broadcast, pro audio and installation markets. With Mouwanes’ extensive training, he will be able to identify and address the challenges faced by customers in those industries. His fluency in Arabic, English and French will enhance his success in all areas of the sales process.

Since graduating from the College de La Sagesse in Beirut, Lebanon, Mouwanes has built a successful career. In his most recent role as sales manager at Sony PSMEA, he was responsible for handling broadcast and content creation sales and marketing for several Middle Eastern countries. He also was in charge of sales and marketing for the company’s security, medical, projector, video conferencing and display products in those regions.

“We are delighted to welcome Samer to the Clear-Com and HME team,” says Miles. “Having someone with such extensive knowledge and sales experience as Samer to represent Clear-Com in the Middle East will be a huge benefit to our partners and customers. We’re confident that he will build on our current success within this region, giving our partners and customers the expertise and attention that they require to succeed.”

“I am excited for the opportunity to work with Clear-Com to extend the company reach in the Middle East region,” says Mouwanes. “Clear-Com is the leader in global communications, and I am committed to building on that success. I look forward to strengthening the company’s relationship with end users while further expanding the company’s customer base.”

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.

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MASQUE SOUND CUSTOM AUDIO EQUIPMENT PACKAGE TURNS UP THE HEAT ON SONDHEIM REVIVAL, PASSION

NEW YORK, APRIL 30, 2013—Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, provided a custom audio equipment package for the Classic Stage Company’s (CSC) critically acclaimed revival of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical, Passion. The limited engagement recently wrapped at Manhattan’s CSC Theater.

Directed by John Doyle, Passion tells the story of a young Italian soldier enmeshed in a steamy affair with a beautiful married woman. When he is transferred to a remote outpost, he meets a sickly, unattractive but devoted woman. Her love leads him to rethink the nature of passion.

Sound Designer Dan Moses Schreier worked closely with Masque Sound to create an intimate experience for the audience. “From a sound design standpoint, this was a very challenging show,” says Schreier. “The theater itself is very small, with only 199 seats, and we had a nine-piece orchestra suspended over the heads of one section of the audience. It was an enormous amount of work to make it sound as clear and transparent as the show demands, and Masque Sound’s equipment and support was instrumental in helping Production Sound Mixer Josh Reid, Associate Sound Designer Nicholas Pope and myself achieve our vision.”

With the orchestra located on one side of the house, Schreier’s main objective was to create a wash of sound that would envelop the audience. This way, it wouldn’t seem as though the sound came from just one side of the house. By using reverbs very carefully, he was able to accomplish this.

At the heart of the package Masque provided was the new Yamaha CL-5 mixing console with two RIO 3224 I/O racks. With a three-section fader layout for efficient hands-on control, the CL-5 is an ideal choice for a diverse spectrum of live sound systems. The Masque Sound team felt it would work perfectly. In addition, Masque Sound’s technical team provided all of the training and setup for Schreier and his team, helping them gain familiarity with the new console.

“One of the great things about working with Masque is their flexibility in working with different theater productions of various sizes and budgets,” adds Schreier. “We knew going in to Passion that the budget was going to be smaller than a Broadway production. Masque Sound was able to take the numbers we gave them and help us develop a package that in no way would compromise the sound of the show. The show sounded great and Masque was unbelievably supportive.”

The original Broadway production of Passion won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Musical.

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Outline iMode Technology Provides Networking Backbone for New Orleans’ Little Gem Jazz Saloon

Contemporary Nightclub/Restaurant in Historic “Jazz Alley” Blends Avant-Garde Outline System with Historic Music Venue Backdrop

NEW ORLEANS, APRIL 30, 2013 – New Orleans’ latest traditional jazz venue, the Little Gem Saloon, recently celebrated its rebirth and grand opening with Outline, the maker of high-quality, industry-leading speaker systems for touring, installation and studio applications. The Little Gem Saloon has installed Outline’s state-of-the-art loudspeaker and iMode networking and control technology at its two-floor facility, designed to give patrons the feel of an old-world, traditional jazz-style setting. Outline’s iMode-based sound system provides the venue a crystal-clear, transparent sonic foundation for delivering authentic live jazz.

Located at the head of New Orleans’ famed “Jazz Alley” on the 400 block of South Rampart Street, the Little Gem Saloon has been resurrected on the site of its original 1903 location. Jazz historians unanimously agree that no other single location is more significant to the founding and evolution of jazz than the Little Gem Saloon.

“When I was approached to provide a sound design for the Little Gem Saloon, I immediately thought of Outline,” says Michael Paz, a New Orleans-based sound designer and music industry veteran. “Knowing that we would have two separate performance spaces one floor apart, Outline’s iMode technology was the clear and obvious choice. The ability to monitor, control and, if need be, run the same program material through both systems simultaneously, was really appealing. Plus having all that control at the engineer’s fingertips via Outline’s iMode app for iPad and iPhone really gave Outline an advantage over other systems.”

The upper and lower performance spaces of the Little Gem Saloon have almost identical front-of-house systems based on three Outline DVS12P-iSP self-powered, 12-inch, two-way trapezoidal cabinets arrayed in a left-center-right configuration. A total of five Outline iSM112-iSP cabinets, two on the ground floor and three in the upper level space dubbed “The Ramp Room” in homage to Rampart Street, act as floor monitors in the venue. In addition, one Outline DVS118SW-iSP single 18-inch subwoofer rounds out the installation. All iSP designated speakers are iMode-capable.

The iMode technology embeds a Linux-based CPU with an integrated DSP chip, parameter control software and Web server right into its powered speaker systems, thereby eliminating outboard gear between the console and power amplifier. Audio conversion is done at 24-bit/192 kHz resolution, with users having real-time control over levels, delay, EQ and shelving filters per speaker. iMode also allows the user to monitor performance parameters across the system, including VU-metering, selected preset parameters, clip and limiter status, amplifier overheating and protection. These parameters can be accessed using an iPad with a dedicated Outline software app or via any standard Web browser on any Internet-capable device.

“In a historic venue like the Little Gem Saloon, the sound system should be pleasing to the eye, but invisible to the ear,” said Tom Bensen, Outline North America’s senior vice president and managing director. “When it comes to sound reinforcement needs, traditional jazz music is akin to classical music. The transparent, crisp and natural sound that the DVS12P-iSP delivers is perfectly suited to reproducing and reinforcing each instrument and performance nuance note for note, without coloration. I was very pleased with the way the systems blended in each of the performance spaces both visually and sonically.”

From 1903 to 1909, Frank Doroux’s original Little Gem Saloon indelibly linked a series of three late-1880s Italianate terrace houses at 445-449 South Rampart Street to the birth of America’s greatest indigenous art form, jazz. The club became the watering hole for jazz legends such as Buddy Bolden, Freddie Keppard, and other early performers of the neighboring Back-of-Town district (known today as Mid-City and Central City). The original Little Gem closed its doors in 1909, re-opening on January 20, 2013. For more information about the Little Gem Saloon, visit http://www.littlegemsaloon.com.

About Outline
Outline S.r.l., based in Brescia, Italy, is a leading manufacturer of high quality loudspeakers of both powered and un-powered configurations. Founded in 1973, the company has a rich history in the development of high quality loudspeaker systems, test and measurement systems, and holds numerous technology patents. With offices in Italy, The UK, and the USA and over 50 distributors on five continents with more than 4200 venues and users to its credit, Outline has assumed its place among the leaders in the professional audio market.

RTW TM7 TOUCHMONITOR WINS 2013 iF PRODUCT DESIGN AWARD

International Forum Design Honors Plug-In Module Version of RTW’s TM7 TouchMonitor

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 22, APRIL, 2013 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is happy to announce that the half 19-inch 20700VID plug-in module version of RTW’s TM7 TouchMonitor has won an iF Product Design Award. The iF (International Forum Design) jury, judging on behalf of a global organization dedicated to strengthening public awareness of design through awards, publications and exhibitions, chose the 19-inch model as a standout product in the audio and video category. This is the second iF Product Design Award for RTW. The company also won in 2011 for the TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitor series.

Known the world over as a “seal of outstanding design,” the iF product design award honors outstanding achievements in design. It covers all areas of product design and serves as a platform for design-relevant innovations around the globe. All of the 2013 iF product design award winners are available at www.ifdesign.de.

The half 19-inch 20700VID plug-in module version of RTW’s TM7 TouchMonitor is specifically designed for installation in waveform-monitor racks typically used in video studios, which are often difficult to fit. This version of the TM7 is technologically identical to the original TM7 model, providing ports for eight analog, eight digital (AES3 or AES3id) and 3G-SDI signals in different combinations (I/O options). Both versions feature a USB port that allows for preset import and export, license updates, and firmware upgrades. Featuring a 7-inch touch screen combined with unprecedented flexibility and modularity with an intuitive user interface, the TM7 is part of RTW’s innovative range of products that marks the next generation in professional audio-signal metering.

The operating concept behind the entire line of TouchMonitor audio meters, based on 16:9 touch-sensitive screens, is unique. It offers not only a built-in online help function, but also allows for monitoring separate signal groups and using multiple instruments at the same time. This way, up to 16 analog or digital signals (with 3G-SDI interface up to 32) can all be displayed. In addition, the clear-cut surface layout of the product’s housing gives it a distinctive look, which can be consistently transferred to other RTW ranges of products and also allows for variations.

“We are very proud that the International Forum Design has once again chosen RTW, this time for the design of the half 19-inch plug-in module version of our TM7 TouchMonitor,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “RTW is committed to providing the professional audio industry with the solutions it needs: devices that are both technologically advanced and well-designed. A lot of time and effort went into the design of this version of our TM7 and we are very proud our efforts have been recognized.”

DPA Microphone’s d:facto II Vocal Microphone Delivers a Noticeable Difference

Jazz singer Claire Martin OBE says she can’t believe the clarity DPA’s d:facto II has given her voice, nor the benefits it has brought to her performance

OSLO, NORWAY, APRIL 12, 2013 – DPA Microphones’ new d:facto™ II Vocal Microphone has made internationally acclaimed jazz singer Claire Martin OBE very happy indeed. Since switching to the new microphone, Martin says she has never heard so much clarity in her voice and that the difference is so noticeable even her sound engineers are making positive comments.

“This is definitely the right microphone for me,” she says. “It picks up all the colors in my voice and I can hear every breath, which makes it easier to control phrasing. It almost makes singing easier as I can try out vocal ideas and actually hear myself changing the timber of my sound – something I felt was lost with other microphones. It also delivers great sound without my having to be right close to the mic. So, I can definitely play around with lower end notes by coming in a little closer for a bassier response. This works really well in ballads, I feel.”

Martin, who has been singing professionally for over 25 years, has garnered numerous awards and rave reviews for her work, including winning the BBC Jazz Award for Best Vocalist and six British Jazz Awards. She has released a total of sixteen albums, all on the Linn label, and has collaborated with various prominent musicians, including Martin Taylor, John Martyn, Stephane Grappelli, Kenny Barron, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Jim Mullen and Nigel Hitchcock. In addition to her singing career, she is also a co-presenter for Jazz Line Up on BBC Radio 3 which is now in its thirteenth year.

Martin’s decision to try DPA’s d:facto II Vocal Microphone was inspired by a sound engineer who was working with her at the Pizza Express Jazz club in London’s Soho.

“The engineer was raving about the mic and saying how it would suit my voice,” she explains. “Other singers, as well as my record company Linn Records, had often talked about the quality of these microphones, so at last I was able to try one out in an intimate club setting. I was immediately impressed by its lightness and handling.”

The d:facto II Vocal Microphone was supplied by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network and after that initial try-out, Martin was hooked.

“The d:facto II captures every nuance of my vocal sound and, once I had worked out the direction handling, it actually made me feel very confident about my diction and tone. I also notice that I don’t lose any level when I give my sound more power and pull away from the mic. The sound is still clear, full and more rounded. You can hear the whole breath. As a jazz singer, this is the sound I’m after. This microphone certainly delivers what I want and I definitely feel I’m using the best microphone there is.”

Martin’s d:facto Vocal Microphone is now in use at every one of her concerts. Thanks to its ability to deliver high-quality audio she feels she can cope much better with whatever the PA system throws at her.

“In jazz clubs some PAs are better than others, and this microphone gives me a fighting chance of getting a great sound,” she says. “I also love how light it is.”

In June 2011, Martin was appointed Office of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to music. She is currently touring with the Montpellier Cello Quartet, a Brighton-based cello group, showcasing new arrangements for voice and cello quartet by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Mark Anthony Turnage and Djano Bates. She plans to return to the recording studio later this year to begin work on her seventeenth album.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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