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SSL Live Console on the Road with Flogging Molly’s GREEN 17 TOUR

“Bar none, it’s the best digital console on the market”

LOS ANGELES - When an analogue stalwart front-of-house engineer who’s known to eschew digital consoles finally finds one that meets his standards it’s a milestone. Flogging Molly is named for their inauspicious start playing Molly Malone’s Pub in Los Angeles Monday nights in the Nineties. The seven-piece Irish/American, punk/folk ensemble is a rock band with traditional Irish instruments, fronted by Dave King on acoustic guitar and Bridget Regan on fiddle, with electric guitar, bass drums, accordion and banjo. An SSL Live console, supplied by VER Tour Sound, the latest addition to SSL’s Live partner network, was deployed at front of house for the group’s 10th Annual GREEN 17 TOUR, the band’s countdown to St. Patrick’s Day. Stopping at 27 cities, the tour started at Atlanta’s Tabernacle and ended five weeks later at New Orleans’ House of Blues.

FOH engineer Kevin Lemoine describes the touras “theaters and larger clubs, like the House of Blues, with loudspeakers ranging from a very nice d&b J-series outside <where everything is pristine and clean, all the way down to 15-year-old EV boxes.”

Lemoine has mixed Green Day for 13 years and is known for carrying an analogue console during most of his tours. He has mixed a number of other well-known acts, including Sugar Ray, Buck Owens, the Luna Chicks, Iggy Pop, Ice-T, Jane’s Addiction, The Black Crowes and The Reverend Horton Heat, among others.

VER’s Jason Vrobel has worked Green Day shows with Lemoine since 2004 as crew chief and system engineer. “I’ve known Kevin for a very long time,” Vrobel states. “He’s always been anti-digital. Always uses analogue as much as he possibly can. Anytime there’s analogue/digital situation, it wasn’t his choice. This was the first time he was extremely happy.”

“I didn’t have any time on the SSL Live before we went out on tour,” says Lemoine. “Back at VER, Jason programmed the inputs, effects sends and returns, groups, basically assigning the whole console before the tour. So no training, a little bit of YouTube searching about how things work, how it was set up, how it operated, but the rest of it was hands-on right there. It’s not a very difficult console to get around on.”

SSL Live is designed to provide a flexible workflow with several operational approaches, combining a large multi-touch daylight screen, with a second channel control screen surrounded by dedicated encoders, and up to three five-layered, 12-channel fader tiles plus, under the hood, there’s abundant, adaptable bus architecture. “The first day, was a little nerve-wracking because I was just learning the console,” says Lemoine. “Second day, I got a little deeper into what was available on each input; compressors, limiters, gates and how things worked. For the stuff that you use every day, it’s laid out pretty well. The sound was great on the first day and throughout the tour, I just refined the great sound.”

“There are two schools of thought from a FOH perspective,” continues Lemoine. “Pretty much, it boils down to digital versus analogue consoles. To my ear, and to most of my friends’ ears, analogue consoles sound the best, but the one negative factor is transport, size, weight and all that stuff. On the other hand, you have the digital realm where the console is small, light and easy to pack around, but their sound is usually kind of inept, I think. The features are there, but in the end, the sound isn’t really what you’re looking for. So now, you have this SSL Live, which seems to be in its own realm. It’s a small digital console, easy to pack around and fits into any venue, but it doesn’t sound like a digital console, it sounds like an analogue console. It’s very pleasing to the ear.

“It’s a very wide sound stage,” adds Lemoine. “A lot of consoles don’t go that wide. It’s nice to hear your drummer’s toms go from left to right and hear a true stereo image on your cymbals. It’s definitely a wide sound stage. Bar none, it’s the best digital console on the market. I have no doubt in my mind. I really like Live’s mic pres, they’re pretty amazing.”

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.

Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Harmony – A New Musical Captivates Los Angeles Audiences with Stellar Sound System from Masque Sound

Custom Audio Equipment Package Includes New Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System

LOS ANGELES, APRIL 9, 2014 — When Sound Designers David Patridge and John Shivers returned for the second run of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Harmony – A New Musical, they once again turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a new custom audio equipment package. The show’s Los Angeles production at the Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre marks the second time the duo was personally chosen by Manilow and Sussman to create the sound design — and while the story remains the same, the sound design was completely different.

Harmony recounts the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, six talented young men who in 1920s Germany took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics. The Comedian Harmonists sold millions of records, starred in dozens of films and packed the most prestigious concert halls around the globe until the world they knew forever changed with the commencement of World War II.

“After the Atlanta run [of Harmony] came to an end, the equipment we used went back into Masque Sound’s shop and we rebuilt the entire show for this second run in Los Angeles,” says Patridge. “Every theatre and venue is a challenge of its own. One of the obstacles was the theatre’s size, as the Ahmanson is a much bigger theatre than Atlanta. You can’t cookie cutter these things and they have to be morphed into whatever works for the architecture. Masque Sound did an excellent job accommodating our needs.”

Masque Sound provided the designers with a DiGiCo SD10T digital console, which not only provides the flexibility they were looking for but also comes complete with a software package that is designed specifically for the theatrical market. In addition, the show has a completely new PA design featuring L-Acoustics dv-DOSC speaker arrays built from scratch via Masque Sound’s inventory. The dv-DOSC delivers powerful, cost-effective coverage in a compact profile making it ideal for the designers’ needs.

Masque Sound also supplied a demo system of the Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System featuring eight 9000 series radios. The Sennheiser Digital 9000 system was developed for all professional users who are unwilling to compromise on sound. Its unique uncompressed digital audio transmission offers artifact-free sound with great dynamics. The Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless system not only delivers a unique sound quality but also lets its professional users experience a whole new kind of flexibility.

“With the Sennheiser 9000 series you can use a built-in software feature in the receiver rack, which will scan and allocate available frequencies,” adds Patridge. “Theoretically, you should no longer need the extra steps of doing an RF scan of the venue in advance or an intermodulation study. The 9000 series takes the hit or miss of pre-programming completely out of the equation. Masque Sound not only provided us with this impressive demo equipment, but they also set up an on-site visit with a Sennheiser tech who demonstrated the use and features of the new system. There is no question that the 9000 series will prove very valuable with a more and more crowded RF spectrum and sonically, they are great.”

Directed by Drama Desk Award-nominee Tony Speciale (Classic Stage Company’s Unnatural Acts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Harmony officially opened at the Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on March 4 and is slated to run through April 13, 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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Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) Names Evan Hall Project Manager

ORLANDO, FL, APRIL 7, 2014 — Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, is pleased to announce that Evan Hall has been hired as project manager. Hall will oversee and coordinate frequencies for a variety of PWS events that require the expert frequency coordination and management needed in today’s congested RF landscape. He will be an integral part of the development of future plans focusing on all PWS’ business divisions: Live Events, Broadcast, Music Festivals, Design Services, Product Manufacturing and Business Development.

“Evan’s wealth of industry knowledge and experience in managing audio and wireless for large events will be a great asset to PWS,” says PWS General Manager Jim Van Winkle. “Evan will be called upon to make a positive impact on our business, as well as help grow and maintain PWS’ standing as an industry leader. We are pleased to welcome him to the team.”

Hall brings more than 20 years of industry experience to PWS, having most recently worked for Funa International, Inc., while holding the position of Principle Park-Wide Audio Designer for a newly constructed theme park, Chimelong’s Ocean Kingdom, located on Henquin Island, China. Prior to that, Hall spent nine years at LMG, Inc. as Audio Manager, Mixing Engineer and Touring Audio Crew Chief for various recording artists including Avril Lavigne, Rob Thomas, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, One Republic and countless corporate events for Fortune 500 companies. Earlier in his career, Hall spent five years as an Audio Engineer and Designer with Walt Disney World Entertainment.

“I am excited to be joining the PWS team, and I look forward to working with the company on the upcoming line-up of high-profile summer events and design projects,” says Hall. “To play a role in PWS, a dynamic company immersed in such a diverse range of live events, design projects and product development, gives me the opportunity to continue working in an industry that I know and enjoy.”

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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Tekserve Makes Shared 4K Broadcast Production a Reality at NAB 2014


Tekserve to Demonstrate Complete Video Workflows Leveraging the Extreme Bandwidth of the NetApp E-Series and EF550 Storage Arrays

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 7, 2014 – Tekserve, a leading provider of technology solutions for creative professionals in a variety of markets, will demonstrate a complete video workflow solution at NetApp’s NAB booth (SL9510), featuring the new NetApp E-5500 series and EF550 all-flash array.

The joint demonstration will highlight 4K 60 frame-per-second (high frame rate) acquisition and playback. Region-of-interest control enables replay of an HD-sized frame from within the acquired 4K content. A joystick controls frame position, pan and tilt during slo-mo playback. The extreme performance and enterprise-grade reliability of the NetApp E-5500 series and EF550 all-flash array, when used with ATTO Technology Celerity 164E quad-channel PCIE 3.0 host bus adapter card running Multi-path Director software, makes shared 4K productions a reality.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the NetApp booth, sharing this technologically advanced broadcast solution with NAB attendees,” says, Matthew Cohen, Principal, Tekserve. “Not only does this concept demonstrate our ability to work with our broadcast customers for customized workflow consulting, but also demonstrates the benefits of working with multiple vendors to pool the right resources in order to define the most accurate workflow technology for a project.”
With density and modular flexibility for the widest range of data-intensive workloads, NetApp’s new E-Series controllers are plug and play with the existing line of modular chassis holding 12, 24, or 60 drives. These chassis can be configured with SAS, NL-SAS or SATA hard disk drives or SSDs. In addition, hybrid architectures can mix types in a single enclosure. NetApp’s EF550 all-flash array can independently scale compute and capacity up to 96TB at 450K IOPS with less than one millisecond latency.

“NetApp welcomes Tekserve at our NAB booth this year,” says Jason Danielson, Solutions Marketing Manager, Media and Entertainment Solutions at NetApp. “We are proud to showcase how our new E-5500 series and EF550 all-flash array offers the external storage solution necessary to fully complement the video workflows Tekserve is implementing for their customers. Attendees are welcome to join us for a glimpse of it in action.”
Designed to support the recording and distribution from 4K sources for ROI HD extraction using AJA’s TruZoomTM application and Corvid Ultra hardware with TruScaleTM card’s superior scaling technology for live-action sports broadcasts; a version of the complete Tekserve workflow solution was first used earlier this year during a major U.S. sports broadcast.

About Tekserve
Tekserve delivers a broad range of enterprise services, solutions and products to support the technology needs of businesses in fields ranging from finance and retail to media and entertainment. Employing best in class products from a wide range of technology manufacturers, Tekserve helps clients by identifying, engineering, deploying and supporting the best possible solutions for their technology challenges.

From its famous New York City retail location in Chelsea, Tekserve, stocks a wide variety of Apple products, accessories, storage solutions and display devices. Tekserve also provides system rentals, workshops and certified training, as well as the finest repair and support services. Since its inception in 1987, Tekserve has been dedicated to the service of its customers and the surrounding community. For more information, visit www.tekserve.com.

RTW Introduces TM3-Primus TouchMonitor

Ultra-Compact Meter Enables Extensive Loudness and Audio Metering Capabilities for a Variety of Applications and Budgets

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 7, 2014RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to introduce at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C1246), the new TM3-Primus, a highly compact and innovative addition to the company’s TouchMonitor range of audio meters. This latest model from the award-winning TouchMonitor series provides a full set of easy-to-read instruments for level and loudness metering in commercial and non-commercial production and broadcasting environments.

Targeted to music and multimedia producers, the TM3-Primus can be used as a desktop unit offering analog and digital audio ports. In addition, it features an advanced USB hybrid mode where a metering point in a digital audio workstation (DAW) (implemented using a specific RTW plug-in) is visualized right on the new TouchMonitor’s screen. Also, a USB port allows for implementing an innovative USB/plug-in hybrid mode that enables metering to be performed right on the DAW so that a user can process and visualize the information instantly

With a budget-friendly price, the TM3-Primus is an advanced addition to the TouchMonitor range that is ideal for a variety of entry-level applications across multiple markets. The TM3-Primus is equipped with everything needed for loudness and audio metering, including frequently used standard instruments and parameters that provide supreme quality.

This new desktop unit is a full-featured device with minimum footprint and includes analog and digital audio interfaces right on the hardware, as well as a 4.3-inch touch-sensitive display to allow for standalone operation.

As an ultra-compact and low-cost TouchMonitor version, it is equally suited for professional use in minor or secondary workflows for broadcasting, music and voice recording and video editing. In addition, it offers a new quality solution for non-commercial use in small radio environments or podcasting. Like other models from the award-winning TouchMonitor series, the TM3-Primus comes with a highly intuitive and user-friendly touchscreen interface that simplifies system handling even for operators without background knowledge.

Shipment of the RTW TM3-Primus will start in September 2014.

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 range 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 Touchmonitor 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.

In 2013, as part of its expansion into the U.S. market, RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The office, the first U.S. location launched by RTW, demonstrates the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks stateside. It houses 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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Sound Devices Hosts Lineup of Renowned Industry Professionals at Its Booth During NAB 2014

Hear from the Pros as They Discuss Today’s World of Audio and Video Production

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 4, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, will host several presentations from leading industry professionals at its booth throughout the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C2546).

“Sound Devices is thrilled to welcome Alex Lindsay, Eliot Mack, Dave Ruddick and Drew Taylor to provide their expert insight and experience in various aspects of audio and video production,” says Paul Isaacs, vice president of marketing for Sound Devices. “I encourage all of those in attendance at NAB to come be a part of these informative sessions.”

These leading industry influencers will share their first-hand production experience with multimedia workflows, extreme location audio and video capture, and other challenging scenarios, providing their insights into the real world of production from both the audio and video perspective. The NAB seminar lineup includes:

Monday, April 7, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.
Alex Lindsay – Founder, Pixel Corp.

Alex Lindsay has been working in computer graphics and video production for over 25 years. Starting in programming and computer aided drafting, Lindsay has worked in radio, print, games, interactive, broadcast and film. He spent three years working at Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic on Star Wars: Episode 1 before starting his own companies, dvGarage, which builds tools for the visual effects community, and Pixel Corps, a world leader in live interactive streaming events — producing over 300 events per year around the world. Lindsay will discuss the audio and video challenges of multi-site live stream productions.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – 2:00 p.m.
Eliot Mack – CEO, Lightcraft Technology

Lightcraft Technology was founded in 2004 by mechanical engineer and MIT/University of Michigan graduate Eliot Mack. Mack has worked at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he led the mechanical engineering effort on the iRobot Roomba before applying his skills and dedication to the development of the Previzion virtual studio system. In this presentation, he will walk through the details and benefits of how Lightcraft’s Previzion virtual studio system embeds tracking data into Apple ProRes Quicktime files captured by the Sound Devices PIX 240i, which can then be transferred into traditional post-production tools or played back in real time from the PIX 240i into Previzion.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – 4:00 p.m.
Dave Ruddick – Location Sound Mixer

Dave Ruddick records audio in some of the most beautiful, treacherous and remote locations in the world. An accomplished mountain climber and outdoorsman, Ruddick is in demand when the conditions are the most challenging, including productions taking place on the summit of Mount Everest, following the Iditarod in Alaska and scaling glaciers in Greenland. His customers include National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS Nova, WGBH Boston, History Channel and Skywalker Sound. Dave will discuss the challenges of audio production in extreme locations, far from mains, technical support and hot showers.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.
Drew Taylor – Business Development, HRS Control

HRS Control is a four-year-old company with a deep background in corporate rental, staging, live event production and concert touring that has also expanded into broadcast and commercial system integration. The company develops its own products for AV system control. Taylor will talk about how HRS Control products control and automate the PIX 260i, taking advantage of the frame synchronous playback and record.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

TED2014 Speaks Up with DPA Microphones

McCune Audio, full-service technical event specialists, rely on classic 4088s and d:screet 4060s to mic guests and props for the renowned conference

VANCOUVER, APRIL 3, 2014 – Heard by thousands of people through live audiences, simulcasts, webcasts and recordings, and millions more through online video engines, the annual TED Conference requires gear that matches its prestige. With discussions that address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, microphones are vital to all TED audiences. To provide the ultimate in sound quality for presenters and performers at TED2014, technical team from McCune Audio/Video, the symposium’s sound services company, relies on DPA Microphones’ classic 4088 Directional Headset Microphones and d:screet 4060 Omnidirectional Microphone.

TED2014 marks the second time that DPA Microphones is part of the audio setup for the conference. The McCune Audio team used the same selection of mics at last year’s event because of the high-quality audio of both mics and comfortable fit and feel of the 4088, each requests from production crew workers and presenters, respectively.

“For years, the post-production crew was trying to get us to reduce the amount of room acoustics we were hearing in the recordings,” says Nick Malgieri, McCune’s Head of Audio for the TED Conference. “Because of the live PA system in the room, there was a slap-back echo always happening in the voice. We really used some pretty extreme processing paths with our previous mics just to try to help us get ahead of the issues. Once we switched to DPA 4088s, the added isolation let us really scale back on the processing. The sound was so much better that the post-production crew asked us to deploy ambient mics to capture the energy of the venue. That led us to the d:screet 4060s, which we use to pick up a lot of the stage noise from the props and scenery on set, such as chalkboards during presentations, a fire organ for a pyrophone performance or a target being hit by an archer.”

The versatility of the DPA mics also plays an important role in the audio support at the TED Conference, which hosts 12 90-minute shows over the course of five days. Throughout each of these individual productions, Malgieri and his crew need to mic as many as 10 separate presenters speaking for up to 18-minute segments each. In these instances, the audio team uses the 4088s. The shows also incorporate other types of presentations, such as musical, theatrical or dance performances, or magical acts, which require the 4060s.

“The technology setup for this show is very important because of the high turnover and the way the show is actually produced,” explains Malgieri. “We are doing three shows a day, with only an hour or so to reset between them, so we need high-end gear that can keep up with the constant demand and rigorous use.”

As one of DPA’s most popular products, the 4088 is ideal for a variety of performing and vocal presentations. It is designed for acoustically demanding live performance environments, where background noise and feedback is a concern, and boasts the same open and natural sound qualities of the company’s other legendary microphones.

Originally designed for use with wireless systems in theater, television and close-miked instrument applications, the d:screet 4060 capsule is highly unobtrusive. Because of its small size, this tiny condenser mic exhibits an exceedingly accurate omnidirectional pattern, and therefore does not need to be aimed directly at the sound source to achieve quality pickup.

As the technical specialists of record for the TED Conference since it began, McCune Audio/Video provides live sound, projection and video production services for the event. Over the course of its 82-year history, McCune has been involved with some of the nation’s top events, including the final Beatles concert – held at Candlestick Park, the Monterey Pop Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. They have also supported a variety of speeches for every sitting U.S. President since John F. Kennedy.

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.

Solid State Logic Appoints Dr. Enrique Perez Gonzalez as Chief Technology Officer on Board of Directors

OXFORD, UK – Solid State Logic is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Enrique Perez Gonzalez as Chief Technology Officer for Solid State Logic’s Board of Directors. Dr. Perez has been promoted from his current role as Head of R&D and became a board member effective April 1.

“Enrique is one of those rare individuals who has deep technical ability, first-hand experience of our markets and the skills to manage product research and development effectively,” states SSL’s CEO Antony David. “Even more importantly, he has the vision to build upon our technical heritage and the resources to take us forward.”

Dr. Perez joined SSL in 2011, spearheading the development of the Tempest processing platform and SSL’s new Live console. An electronics and communications graduate from ITSEM, Mexico, which included a year at Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, he is an alumnus of the University of York (UK), and holds a doctorate in electronic engineering from the Queen Mary University of London.

“I am very excited at the opportunity to provide the technology, vision and leadership for a company with such an impressive technological heritage,” says Dr. Perez. “It is an honour to be able to work on a daily basis with the best engineering team there is in the industry. I look forward to a future of innovation and technology that will deliver the user experiences our customers have come to expect from SSL.”

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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Masque Sound’s Custom Audio Package Charms Audiences for New Touring Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, APRIL 3, 2014 — When Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s enduringly popular musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat embarked on its 2014 U.S. tour on March 4, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, supported Co-Sound Designers David Patridge and John Shivers in their quest to bring this new, contemporary production of the 1968 hit to the stage.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door. Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production features Broadway stars Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair) as the Narrator and Ace Young (Grease, Hair) as Joseph.

Since Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is scheduled to tour through spring of 2015, Patridge and Shivers wanted to make sure that in designing the sound system it would be capable of easily moving and fitting into a small footprint on the truck. “We wanted to provide the best audio experience that we could, in working within the confines of a traveling production’s space limitations,” says Patridge. “In order to maximize the power and efficiency for the system, and get the most ‘bang for the buck,’ we once again showed no hesitance in turning to Masque Sound.”

With space at a premium, the designers opted to utilize the smaller-footprint Yamaha CL5 Mixing Console, along with a Yamaha CL3 for monitoring, both of which worked quite well for the show. The Yamaha Console was ideal for the production not only for its compactness, as it could be picked up and lifted into position by two people, but also because its comprehensive feature set addressed all of the production crew’s needs. In addition, connecting the console together is a fairly straightforward process and can be done with Cat 5 cabling, which is ideal on a show that needs to move quickly and efficiently.

For the PA, Masque Sound provided an L-Acoustics dV-DOSC array, a tried and true speaker design that sounds great. The dV-DOSC line array was integrated into existing speaker towers from Masque Sound’s inventory, which gives the show a PA that is quite spectacular. The flexible system that Masque Sound provided is ample enough to fit, but also compact enough for smaller venues, which was particularly ideal for this production tour, as it features various venues of different sizes.

“Fortunately Masque Sound has a very deep shelf of available gear, and we were able to put together an excellent audio package with its equipment that stayed within our budget and did not compromise on the quality of the sound at all,” adds Patridge. “In addition, Masque Sound’s modification of existing inventory speaker towers to fit with the L-Acoustics PA was a large cost savings to us. Masque Sound is always great about trying to repurpose available structural items. The talented crew in the metal shop is able to piece together these sorts of things relatively easy, which is a huge benefit and just one of many reasons we like working with them.”

Masque Sound also provided its expert frequency coordination services for the tour. The wireless package consisted of Sennheiser SK5012 wireless mini bodypack transmitters and Sennheiser EM1046 receivers. “Masque Sound’s RF department is top notch at keeping equipment range tested and ready to go,” concludes Patridge. “Masque Sound is wonderful at listening to us and providing us with the equipment and services we need to be successful, and once again did a great job.”

The new tour launched at Playhouse Square in Cleveland on March 4, 2014 and is scheduled tour through spring of 2015. For more information, visit www.josephthemusical.com/ustour.

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.

Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) Expert Frequency Coordination Team Takes to the Court for 2014 March Madness

ORLANDO, APRIL 2, 2014 – When the second round of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship kicked off at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, March 20, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live, broadcast events and installations, was courtside to provide frequency coordination for the tournament.

Commonly referred to as “March Madness,” the six games played at the Amway Center were held over two days for the second and third rounds of the South region bracket. The onsite PWS team was responsible for handling 175 channels of wireless for the broadcast media (TNT and CBS), visiting and local media as well as in-house arena frequencies.

“PWS’ expertise and extensive experience providing frequency coordination for such high profile sporting events, such as the NBA Finals and the SuperBowl, allows us to streamline the process in terms of how we handle the media and all of their wireless needs for events like the NCAA basketball tournament,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “March Madness is unique in that there are four games played in one day at the same venue, so we are extremely busy coordinating visiting media from eight various college cities as well as national media. Large scale events like this are always challenging for us, but our team once again did a fantastic job.”

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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