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Masque Sound Custom Audio Equipment Package Captures the Magic for Shakespeare’s Fantasy Play, The Tempest

CAMBRIDGE, MA, JUNE 5, 2014 – When Sound Designer Darron L West and Associate Sound Designer Charles Coes were looking to create a dazzling audio experience for William Shakespeare’s fantasy play The Tempest, they turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a custom audio equipment package.

The Tempest is a co-production between The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas and the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The play premiered under a big top tent in Las Vegas on April 1 and is now playing at the A.R.T’s Loeb Drama Center.

The Tempest tells the story of shipwrecked aristocrat Prospero and his daughter Miranda who wash up on the shores of an enchanted and strange island. They find themselves immersed in a world of trickery and amazement, in which Tom Waits’ and Kathleen Brennan’s Dust Bowl balladry, Teller’s (of the legendary duo Penn & Teller) magic, and Pilobolus’ dance movements animate the spirits and monsters.

The sound designers’ goal was to create a very traditional Shakespearean play in the most modern way possible. Most of the soundscape was created by a four-piece live band and an array of eclectic percussive instruments.

“We have live musicians on stage accompanying the actors, so we utilized a lot of microphones and effects units,” says Coes. “We took a modern spin on the idea of a traditional Shakespearean ensemble by updating it to include a mix engineer and console. We really wanted to bring the band out and lift the vocals up so that you could effectively and clearly hear both from within the theater.”

One of the main challenges on the project was to create a sound design for two very different venues. “We encountered quite a bit of ambient noise from air conditioners, trains, helicopters and the nature of being in an unprotected acoustic space at the tent in Las Vegas,” adds Coes. “From there, we transitioned to the very quiet, typical theater space at the A.R.T.”

To give the designers the flexibility and dynamic audio that they were looking for, Masque Sound provided a custom equipment package featuring a Yamaha CL5 mixing console along with Yamaha Rio3224-D Dante digital network remote I/O racks.

For the speaker package, Masque Sound provided d&b audiotechnik Q1s for the left and right line array and a Meyer Sound M’elodie array for the center cluster. “We needed speakers with a lot of horsepower for Las Vegas, but the real challenge lay in the fact that we then needed to fit that same amount of equipment into the A.R.T., which is a shorter house,” continues Coes. “The crew at Masque Sound worked very hard to get us another M’elodie QuickFly frame in an extremely short amount of time, so that we could split our array from a single eight cabinet rig into two side-by-side four cabinet rigs.”

Although not in the original plans, 16 channels of Sennheiser wireless were used as well. “Right before we left the shop, the directing team had some concerns about the background noise in the tent and area mics, and we moved very quickly to change the show over from those area mics to a full RF package with body mics for everyone,” says Coes. “We went from a little bit of wireless to expanding it out to the full cast of 13, and we did it in about three days. Masque was incredibly accommodating and incredibly speedy in making it happen. They are always a great company to work with.”

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.

DPA Microphones Becomes Platinum Partner for Technologies for Worship Pavilion at InfoComm 2014

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 4, 2014DPA Microphones, the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications, is pleased to announce that it has signed on as a Platinum Partner for the Technologies for Worship Pavilion (Booth C4846) at InfoComm 2014. As part of this sponsorship, the company’s d:fine™ Headset, d:vote™ 4099 Instrument and d:facto™ Vocal mics will be used for all presentations and performances taking place at the Pavilion. DPA representatives will also be hosting two workshops at the Pavilion focused on proper mic’ing principals several times throughout the show.

With InfoComm as a co-sponsor this year, the Technologies for Worship Pavilion will take on a new life, providing a full “Live Event Experience” to show attendees. Intended not just for audio specialists in the house of worship market, the pavilion will feature workshops and presentations for all live event markets, including theaters, arenas and community centers. For its part, DPA Microphones’ two workshops, Mic’ing Your Worship Leader and Mic’ing Acoustic Instruments (detailed descriptions can be found below), will include information that is applicable to all types of live presentations and performances.

“DPA Microphones will play an integral part in the signal flow of the Live Experience Pavilion, and brings top-notch education right to the show floor with their hands-on workshops,” says Darryl Kirkland, Publisher and Owner, Technologies for Worship Magazine. “We are very pleased to welcome them as a sponsor!”

“At DPA Microphones, we know that the key to success in the pro audio industry can be found in educating and sharing experiences with current and future generations of audio professionals,” says Eric Mayer, President of DPA Microphones, Inc. “This is not only in terms of proper microphones, but all equipment needed for a live performance setting. That’s why we’ve teamed up with InfoComm and Technologies for Worship Magazine to help ensure that those working within the industry are well-educated on technology, practices and especially techniques, which is the theme of our workshops.”

Mic’ing Your Worship Leader
Presented: Wednesday, June 18 and Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Friday, June 20 at 11:15 a.m.
Description: Representatives from DPA Microphones will present various techniques that are typically used to amplify a presenter’s voice using only the company’s d:fine Headset and d:screet™ Miniature Microphones. They will also describe the pros and cons to each method and will illustrate the principals needed to mic a moving body, through hands-on demonstrations.

Mic’ing Acoustic Instruments
Presented: Wednesday, June 18 and Thursday, June 19 at 12 p.m.; and Friday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Description: Representatives from DPA Microphones will exhibit different methods for amplifying acoustic instruments using only DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument and d:dicate™ Recording Microphones, and will discuss which are the preferred techniques. This workshop will not only illustrate the principals of mic’ing an ensemble of acoustic instruments, but will also provide visitors with a first-person approach.

For more information about the Technologies for Worship Pavilion, or to register for the workshops, please visit: http://www.tfwm.com/Infocomm-2014-Hands-on-Workshops

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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DPA Microphones and Break of Reality Partner to Support Music Education Programs

Quartet hits the road with company’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones; Chooses Oklahoma high school as mic recipient

EDMOND, OK, JUNE 4, 2014DPA Microphones recently joined cello-rock group Break of Reality as advocates for the importance of music education in schools. In conjunction with its tour schedule supporting its latest album, TEN, the group hosted a month-long Music Education Tour, making its way to 10 school districts across the U.S. At these stops, students attended workshops and performances hosted by the quartet to learn about the art and appreciation of music. In an effort to provide music programs with the opportunity to experience world-renowned quality technology, DPA Microphones donated three d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to Edmond North High School (ENHS), in Edmond, OK, deemed by the band to be the school in greatest need for an audio solution.

“Next year, we will be kicking off our Strolling Strings program, the first of its kind at Edmond,” said Peter Markes, orchestra director at ENHS. “One of the tricky pieces I have been trying to figure out is the best way to amplify a few students for performance programs. These d:vote mics are a great solution. Thank you, DPA and Break of Reality for this generous gift!”

The members of Break of Reality are no strangers to performing for and/or conducting workshops at public schools and wanted to use their good fortune in the industry to afford aspiring musicians with the same opportunities they’ve encountered. That’s when the members decided to launch the Break of Reality Music Education Tour. With the help of fan donations through a Kickstarter campaign to fund the group’s tour expenses, the band members set out on the road with a mission to raise money at each school concert. After the stops, 100 percent of the donations and ticket proceeds were given to the music programs for each school they visited.

“We learned to play our instruments through public school music classes,” shares Ivan Trevino, co-founder and percussionist for the group, which has been performing for more than a decade. “If it weren’t for those programs, I don’t think Break of Reality would exist today.”

In addition to the donation, the band also teamed up with DPA to use the d:votes for its performances on the Music Education Tour. At all schools, especially ENHS, the microphones gave the next generation of musicians the chance to gain hands-on experience with some of today’s most advanced technology.

“We truly value the importance of music education programs,” said Eric Mayer, President of DPA Microphones, Inc. “By providing the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, we hope the students at Edmond North High School can learn how to properly amplify their instruments and understand the importance of using a high-quality microphone to capture their sound.”

Ideal for everyone from beginner to professional, the d:vote 4099 Instrument mics were chosen for the school on recommendation from the quartet, which previously selected the d:vote 4099s after experimenting with a series of audio setups, including both pickups and microphones, that continuously fell short of finding an ideal audio solution. Plus, the d:vote 4099 is designed with the touring musician in mind, so it can easily be unclipped and repositioned on the instrument, without any cable ties or other obstructions. This creates an effortless solution for both groups. The accurate natural sound, balanced EQs and functionality of the microphone will come in handy for Break of Reality and Strolling Strings tours.

“The students started using them in our orchestra room, just experimenting, the first day we received them,” continues Markes. “What I like most thus far is their ease of use. While we haven’t had a chance yet to use them in a public venue, we’re already practicing with them in our orchestra room and we’ve found that they are basically plug-and-play to the setup that we have in place. I look forward to using them in different halls as we kick off our Strolling Strings program.”

The DPA mics give the group a sense of comfort that previously did not exist when miking the cellos and they say they can already recognize many benefits of the DPA mics, including a pristine natural sound and the unique mounting solution. “We love the d:vote, I don’t know any other microphone of its kind that is designed specifically for the cello and that makes it a lot easier to work with,” shares Patrick Laird, cellist and Break of Reality co-founder. “The frequency response is much more balanced than anything we’ve used before, so it requires a lot less treatment in the venue. In addition to giving us great sound, the d:vote actually can fit inside the cases while still mounted to the cello, which provides a quick and simple setup.”

With Break of Reality as avid users because of DPA’s reputation for providing highly durable and pristine sounding microphones, and a whole generation of students familiarizing themselves with these features, everyone will be able to perform like the pros.

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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Solid State Logic Exhibits at InfoComm for the First Time in 2014

Company to Showcase its Live Console with V2 Software to the American ProAV Market

LAS VEGAS – Solid State Logic (SSL), the world’s leading manufacturer of tools for creative audio professionals, is proud to announce that it will be exhibiting at InfoComm (Booth C11329) for the first time in 2014. As part of its continuing expansion into the ProAV market, the company will be presenting the V2 Software for the SSL Live, its first-ever dedicated live sound console. Reception to the console by the live sound production community has been extremely positive since its announcement last year, with Live already appearing on tour with Peter Gabriel, Carlos Santana and Flogging Molly, among others.

Response continues to grow as users show enthusiasm for sonic quality that is inspiring, a creative user experience that is excellent, and reliability and stability that is well beyond expectation. The V2 software release introduces 25 significant new features and demonstrates the rapid pace of ongoing development at SSL. Additions include enhancements to the Output Matrix, Effects Rack, User Interface, Routing, Solo System and Focus Channel, as well as the introduction of a comprehensive Offline Setup application. The new software, released in April, is now standard on all new consoles and is available for free to all existing owners.

New feature highlights:
PC Offline Software
The SSL Live PC Offline Software allows engineers to create, setup and edit all aspects of a Live Showfile from the comfort of their own laptop, making creation or editing of Show and Preset files simple and efficient. The user is presented with the same menus, screens and options as the full console software, creating a familiar user environment, enabling them to configure a Showfile from scratch or load one of the SSL Template files and edit it to their own requirements. All aspects of the Console Configuration can be edited, giving the user full control over the power of the Live’s Tempest processing engine. Full access to stage box setup and routing is provided. Along with naming, colouring and the unique Eyeconix channel identification tools, the layout of Fader Tile layers and banks can also be configured and accessed from the software. As well as control over mix bus routing, pre/post feed point sourcing and all other audio related channel parameters. In addition, the Automation system is fully accessible so that scenes, automation filters and input/output actions can be created, edited and updated. This also includes Group modes, scene re-numbering, etc. Once a Show file has been created or edited, it can be saved and exported to a USB key and then imported into the Live console ready for use.

Matrix Outputs
Matrix Outputs now have EQ, All-pass filters and delay processing available. All 36 Matrix Output paths now have available High and Low Pass Filters, a 4-band parametric equaliser, two seconds of delay and our unique All Pass Filters. This is in addition to the two inserts that can be used with both the internal Effects Rack and external processing. As with all the other path types within the Tempest engine, the processing order can also be changed by the operator to customise the signal flow for their requirements on a Matrix-by-Matrix basis.

Effects
The Version 2 release brings a selection of new effects that introduce additional sonic options and ways to maximise the processing power of the Tempest platform. New effects include four EQ types (the super flexible G-Flex EQ; which comes in 8, 16, 24 and 32 filter versions, a new, smooth Contour EQ, 1 and 2 band Dynamic EQ and a 4+2 Band Parametric), four new Delay effects (Tape Echo, Ping Pong, a new Short Delay and new Multi-Tap delays), ‘Guitar Cabinet’ and ‘Bass Cabinet’ emulations and five Reverbs (Ambient, Cathedral, Stadium, Recording Room and Tight ER). These new reverbs increase usability and make reverb setup much easier whilst retaining the supreme audio quality of the ER Verb from Version 1 Live software. A new Phase Scope Tool has also been added. With All-Pass Filters available on all processed paths, the addition of a Phase Scope to the Effects Rack allows the operator to use them more effectively and speed up their setup. Version 2 also includes a number of enhancements to the SSL Effects Rack itself, to streamline effect browsing, naming and routing.

New Control Surface Functions
A ‘Swap Button’ has been enabled on the console’s Fader Tiles and allows the user to assign any bank of a Fader Tile to the Swap button. Once assigned, the operator uses the Swap function like a ‘Home’ button, letting them jump back to their preferred Fader Bank at any time with one button press. As with the console’s Flip Function, Swap can be used independently per tile or globally if Swap is pressed and held down. With up to 75 banks of faders available, this function adds flexibility and speeds up access no matter how many banks the user has available. A new ‘Focus Channel Lock’ function allows the user to assign a path permanently to the Focus Fader and the Channel Control Tile; perfect for that important channel that you always need to control.

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.

Tekserve Achieves Premier Certification from Cisco in United States

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, JUNE 2, 2014 – Tekserve, a leading provider of technology solutions for creative professionals, announced today it has achieved Premier Certification from Cisco®. To earn Premier Certification, Tekserve had to meet standards for networking competency, service, support and customer satisfaction set forth by Cisco.

“As we continue to expand our solutions portfolio and develop our competencies for the Media and Entertainment industry, while broadening our customer base, it is imperative that we align ourselves with innovative best-of-breed partners,” says Matt Cohen, Principal, Tekserve. “Media content requirements are increasing exponentially, with video and audio workflows demanding the highest performing and scalable infrastructures available. Cisco offers the scale and performance while also ensuring brand longevity, guaranteeing that our customers can move forward confidently with ongoing technology investments.”

Through Tekserve’s investment in Cisco’s Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization, the company aims to increase its profitability by acquiring an advanced level of knowledge and skill to meet its customers’ diverse data center needs, including consolidation and virtualization, private cloud computing, application-or-infrastructure-as-a-service and big data.

As a Cisco Premier Certified Partner, Tekserve demonstrates a range of technical expertise. To achieve Cisco Premier Certification, Tekserve was required to achieve the Cisco Express Foundation Specialization. This specialization includes tests on technical competency in the integration of basic routing and switching, wireless LANs, and security technologies. In addition, Tekserve was required to integrate a base level of Cisco Lifecycle Services into their offerings and demonstrate measurably high levels of customer satisfaction based on independently audited customer satisfaction surveys.

The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides partners with the training required to build sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills. Cisco resale partner certifications—Gold, Silver, Premier and Select—represent an increasing breadth of skills across key technologies and a partner’s ability to deliver integrated networking solutions. Cisco resale partner specializations—Master, Advanced and Express—reflect an increasing depth of sales, technical and service expertise in particular technologies.

For more information about Tekserve’s partnership with Cisco, please visit:
http://www.tekserve.com/tekserve_vendors/cisco/.

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.

Cisco, Cisco Systems and the Cisco logo are registered trademarks of Cisco Systems Inc. in the United States and certain other countries.

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Sound Devices Introduces Video Devices

REEDSBURG, WI – Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video production equipment, presents Video Devices, a new brand and identity for its line of video products.

“To reinforce and clarify our audio and video product lines, Sound Devices is focusing its video product efforts into a new brand identity, Video Devices. This new and separate brand will allow us to clearly define and tailor our video product portfolio specifically to video applications and markets,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “While production sound equipment is our foundation and we continue to develop cool new audio gear, video production has become increasingly important for us. The Video Devices brand is a clear message to the industry that we are in this market for the long haul.” more

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Tekserve, Avid and Apple Present Avid Everywhere Workshop

Experts and Customers to Explore Avid’s New Collaborative Workflow Solutions on Thursday, June 5, 2014

NEW YORK, MAY 28, 2014 – Tekserve, a leading provider of technology solutions for creative professionals, along with Avid and Apple is pleased to present an exclusive Avid Everywhere workshop, “Discover the Power of Collaborative Workflows” on June 5 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the French Institute, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street in Manhattan. Jeff Rosica, Avid’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations will share an exclusive look at Avid Everywhere, Avid’s vision for the future of the media industry.

“As the creative industry continues to keep pace with the rapidly changing transition to high-resolution media, complex delivery workflows and remote creative resources, Avid Everywhere is there ahead of these changes, offering one of the most innovative solutions to date,” says Rosica. “Media professionals are invited to be a part of this exclusive event during which they will be able to draw insights from leading experts at Tekserve, Avid and Apple as to how Avid Everywhere is shaping the media industry’s future and how customers can be a part of the paradigm shift.”

Attendees will learn how to create, manage, and monetize media in one end-to-end environment, connect and collaborate with anyone anywhere in the world, access and share media everywhere via the cloud, easily distribute content to a variety of channels and maximize editorial investment through subscription and floating license options.

“Tekserve is honored to join forces with industry leading experts at this event in order to engage the community with our collective technological insights,” says Jerry Gepner, CEO, Tekserve. “Our team will be discussing how they have used Avid tools and solutions to maximize their creative talent, while still remaining profitable in the increasingly competitive marketplace. We look forward to this jam-packed event that is sure to be creative and informative.”

Interested participants are invited to pre-register online: rsvp.tekserve.com/tekserve-presents-avid-everywhere and should plan to arrive to check in on the day of the event, between 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Attendees are also welcome to converse with representatives from Cisco, LaCie, Magma, JB&A, ATTO, Spectra Logic, Telestream, and Corning while awaiting the official kickoff at 1:30 p.m. From 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Jeff Rosica will present an overview of the Avid Everywhere vision. Following Rosica’s presentation, Apple will share exclusive insights into its new Mac Pro from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

A break will then follow, with participants invited to network with Tekserve’s top media vendors, while enjoying refreshments, from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Avid will then hold two presentations: a Video Everywhere demonstration, referencing remote editorial with Avid Media Composer® from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and a Broadcast Everywhere demonstration, detailing end-to-end solutions using Avid MediaCentral Platform from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A customer panel discussion will then take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. featuring Jesse Averna, multiple Emmy-award winning editor, Zak Tucker, Owner of Harbor Picture Company, John Gallagher, Director of the Borough of Manhattan Community College Media Center and Chris Franklin, Owner of Big Sky Edit. Concluding the event will be a closing reception with Tekserve’s top media vendors from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Interested attendees are invited to pre-register online at http://rsvp.tekserve.com/tekserve-presents-avid-everywhere and are encouraged to share their live experiences via social media. Those who are not able to stop by are also invited to join the conversation and can use #ProVideo when referencing the event on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Tekserve), Twitter (@Tekserve), Instagram (@Tekserve), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tekserve) and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/tekserve).

About Avid
Through Avid Everywhere™, Avid delivers the industry’s most open, innovative and comprehensive media platform connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption for the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world—from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concerts and news broadcasts. Industry leading solutions include Pro Tools®, Media Composer®, ISIS®, Interplay®, and Sibelius®. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+; or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

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.

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Mexican Rock Band Zoé Travels the World with SSL Live Console

“The SSL Live is totally different than other consoles: much warmer, far superior”

MEXICO CITY – One of Mexico’s most popular rock groups, the platinum-selling, Latin Grammy® Award-winning band Zoé is world renowned, having played concerts across North America, Europe and South America. For their latest world tour, which has already made more than 40 stops in the U.S. and Mexico, the band’s monitor engineer, Gustavo Zertuche, is using an SSL Live console to drive the group’s wedges and in-ear monitors. Supplied by Meridian Proaudio, the first rental company in Latin America to offer SSL Live, the console’s ease of configuration makes it perfectly suited to handle monitoring for a fast-paced tour such as Zoé’s.

“The board is really amazing,” Zertuche says of the SSL Live, which allows an engineer to choose their own balance of touch screen and hardware functionality. “You can use the control surface the way you want to, put any channel in any place and configure it the way you want. It’s great for an engineer because you’re not limited; you don’t have to conform to somebody else’s workflow.”

After selecting the SSL Live for Zoé’s world tour, Zertuche, owner of Audioarquitectura and considered one of Mexico’s leading engineers, flew to Los Angeles for a training session. “Live is very simple to learn,” he says. “I was taught how to use it in two days! I was very grateful that the training didn’t require a lot of time; the console is just that great. I used to use a different digital console, but when I heard the SSL, I said ‘no more!’ This is perfect for me now.”

“The audio is incredible,” he continues. “Our mic preamps are being split from our FOH console, but that doesn’t affect the sound. It’s the most clarity I have ever heard from a digital console. It’s like you are using an analogue board—the preamps are very accurate and sound excellent.”

Zertuche uses the console for all of his stereo mixes for in-ear monitors and mono mixes for wedges with a complex cue system that routes audio for three or four monitor switch boxes on stage. “I use this wonderful reverse communication function for the SSL Live,” he explains. “I use it for all of my talkbacks through an intercom matrix, which I also use to set my cues. Even if I’m just using one solo, I can still hear the musicians, which is great. It’s a unique way to mix, but it’s helpful for me. For instance, if my stage right technician needs something, he only has to press a button and he can speak to me directly.”

As part of their world tour, Zoé recently brought the SSL Live to the Stereo Picnic Festival 2014, a massive music event in Bogota, Columbia. According to Zertuche, the band members appreciate what the SSL Live has brought to their monitor mixes during this and other performances. “They love it! They are very impressed by the sound,” he says. “Live made its debut on the final day of rehearsals, following the auditions of competing consoles, and the guys could hear a clear difference between them. They said the SSL Live is totally different: much warmer, far superior.”

With nearly two decades of engineering and six years monitoring Zoé under his belt, Zertuche’s current lineup includes the band Caifanes, pop duo Ha*Ash, singer Benny Ibarra and MTV’s World Stage, as well as recording and mix engineer duties at Control Room Studio and MAS Audio Studio. He also serves as audio crew chief and monitor engineer for the Lunas del Auditorio Nacional, an awards show recognizing live musicians and sound companies in Mexico.

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.

SSL Live Delivers The Sound For Triple Platinum Country Artist Jason Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour

“Live mixes the functionality of a digital console with the sound of an analogue desk, including all the transparency, clarity and transient response”

NASHVILLE
– The engineering team for Jason Aldean’s Burn It Down tour is bringing the artist’s popular brand of country rock to the next sonic level with an SSL Live console for both FOH and monitoring. A triple platinum artist who has released such albums as My Kinda Party, Relentless and Wide Open, Aldean has been wowing fans for years, packing in tens of thousands of enthusiastic attendees at each of his shows. For his latest U.S. tour, Aldean’s team is benefiting from the flexibility of Live and its trademark SSL sound quality.

Chris Stephens, Aldean’s front of house engineer, has been working with the artist for the past five years and was previously with Michael McDonald and Wynonna. When he first sat down with the Live console, Stephens knew that he found his console of choice. “As each tour became progressively more complicated, Evan [Richner, Aldean’s monitor engineer] and I knew we had to make a change,” explains Stephens. “The SSL Live fits all of our needs. It has an extensive feature set and amazing sound quality because it mixes the functionality of a digital console with the sound of an analogue desk, including all of the transparency, clarity and transient response. I’ve never heard a digital console that sounds like this, ever.”

The true test for Stephens was when he was able to do an A-B comparison on his old console and Live at the same time during tour rehearsals. “I was impressed with Live when prepping for the tour on my studio monitors, but once we were able to pull audio up on the PA in an arena, we were able to make a true comparison,” continues Stephens. “It is difficult to get an accurate sense of a console’s sound when you’re in a small room. When we were finally on the road with Live, I realized how much processing I had been using to compensate for the sound of the old console. The difference in sound quality was apparent from the first note. Even people who don’t know anything about audio thought Live was noticeably better.”

Richner has been with Aldean since 2005 and finds the sound and features of Live to be a real asset along the tour. “The sound quality is amazing; it’s a great sounding desk,” states Richner. “At music rehearsals, using Live for the first time, the guys came in and our guitar player walked up, put his ears in, hit four notes and was blown away. He was like, ‘We’re good!’ While the sound quality was a big bonus for us, the thing that is most important is that console also is extremely flexible, easy to use and powerful. The automation functions and grouping capabilities are spot on. It’s nice to be able to make the SSL Live do whatever I want. Depending on the way I need to use it, it can be a completely different console from one performance to the next. I have never seen another console with the features of Live.”

Stephens echoes Richner’s sentiments regarding the flexibility of the Live console. For the FOH mix, he uses both SSL plug-ins and a Waves MultiRack Soundgrid outboard processor to accomplish the final sound. “As far as routing capabilities, I don’t know of any other console that allows me to have the flexibility of Live,” explains Stephens. “Being able to rearrange the signal path of each channel individually and the capability of routing stem groups to each other are two features you don’t usually find in a console. I haven’t run into a routing scenario with Live that I haven’t been able to work out. No other console works like Live.”

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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Sound Devices Announces Three Key Appointments

REEDSBURG, WI, MAY 14, 2014Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Isaacs to VP of Marketing and Product Design, Dan Desjardins to Manager of Software Development and Quality Assurance and Gabriel Benitez to Sales Manager.

“These three new key appointments represent a significant step forward in our ability to develop and promote superlative video and audio products,” says Matt Anderson, CEO, Sound Devices. “Paul, Dan and Gabriel bring an essential wealth of sales, market and technical knowledge and experience to the company at a time when Sound Devices products are expanding into several important new markets.”

Prior to joining Sound Devices, Isaacs worked in broadcast engineering with the BBC, product development with HHB Communications and as an audio/video consultant with Applied Audio Consultants. Since 2008, he has been a key player in the definition, user-interface design and software development of Sound Devices’ award-winning video and audio recorders. In his new role as VP of Marketing and Product Design, he will educate new and existing markets about the benefits of using Sound Devices video and audio products. In addition, he will continue to be a main player in the design and definition of new products. In his off hours, Isaacs plays keyboard in a number of bands.

Paul’s outstanding in-depth product knowledge and industry experience is a huge asset in all of our future marketing efforts,” says Jon Tatooles, Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer, Sound Devices. “We are excited about all three announcements as it is representative of our overall growth and success as a company.”

Desjardins brings 24 years of experience as a software specialist, designer, manager and developer with Dynatech, iNEWS, Avid, Weather Central and WSI with him to Sound Devices. He also spent 11 years in broadcast television as a reporter, photographer, engineer and manager. As Manager of Software Development and Quality Assurance, he will oversee the development of the latest firmware for all of Sound Devices audio and video products, while also ensuring that all hardware products from Sound Devices meet the company’s high-quality criteria before reaching the customer. Desjardins is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and SMPTE, and an avid still photographer.

Benitez joins Sound Devices as Sales Manager. He has 15 years of experience working in the Latin American markets, with a background in audio engineering and radio frequency coordination of wireless devices. A native speaker of both English and Spanish, he is also fluent in Portuguese. He will focus on increasing Sound Devices’ presence in the Latin American markets, while also strengthening the company’s reseller and distributor networks in the region. In his free time, Benitez enjoys playing guitar, drums and bass.

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, live event 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.

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