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API 1608 GRADUATES TO NUREMBERG UNIVERSITY OF MUSIC

NUREMBERG, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 2013: The API 1608 serves as the perfect teaching tool in many interesting places in the world, and now, one can be found in Studio 214 at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg (Nuremberg University of Music). Here, creativity is the focus and hands-on experience is the goal. The equipment available to the students offers unequaled opportunities with both vintage and modern effects, all in a school that dates back to 1821.

The decision to purchase the 1608 came to fruition with the help of API’s German distributor Erwin Strich. Toni Hinterholzinger, head of the recording department, believed that the punchy and clear sound of the API preamps would make this the ideal learning tool for teaching classic recording techniques. Most of the recording projects are student-based, but on occasion, there are some commercial projects where students assist and often take part as musicians. Some who have recorded on the 1608 include Wolfgang Buck, Nevio, Johannes Ludwig, Tilmann Herpichböhm, Steffen Schorn, and Olivia Solner.

“This is, for sure, one of the best equipped rooms in Europe – a place where audio magic actually happens and sonic dreams come true!” said Hinterholzinger.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

Media Group International Installs VidiGo’s Visual Radio Solution at Clouds FM

Leading Media Systems Integrator Media Group International has assisted Tanzania’s Clouds FM radio station to give its audience a totally new, interactive experience by installing VidiGo Visual Radio software. The new software will go live on air at Clouds FM within the next few weeks.

The Clouds FM project is the first major radio installation MGI and VidiGo have completed in Africa since meeting at CABSAT 2012 and subsequently forging a partnership. The two companies are now working together to give MGI’s television and radio customers much greater access to VidiGo’s revolutionary range of broadcast software products.
VidiGo Visual Radio was the ideal solution for Clouds FM, one of four stations operated by Tanzania’s Clouds Media Group. Affectionately referred to as The People’s Station, Clouds FM is annually rated the number one station in Tanzania for the youth segment.

MGI’s Sales Director Paul Wallis, who brokered the Clouds FM deal in conjunction with Sales Assistant Diana Velikova, says: “Thanks to its strong reputation for delivering trendsetting programming, dynamic presenters and innovative promotions, Clouds FM is widely regarded as the ‘coolest’ radio station in Tanzania by the country’s 18 to 35 year olds. Given this demographic, the station wanted to incorporate interactive graphics that could be overlaid onto the video feed of its radio broadcasts and used to enhance its internet presence and Twitter, RSS and social media feeds. Diana and I felt that VidiGo Visual Radio was ideal for Clouds FM because it will be able to deliver all the elements station staff need in a very simple to use and intuitive package.”

VidiGo Virtual Radio combines the strength of VidiGo Live and VidiGo Audio Director. VidiGo Live is a full blown software solution for multi-camera TV production. The VidiGo Audio Director is an intelligent extension to VidiGo Live that makes automatic decisions by analyzing audio signals with its advanced algorithms, allowing it to make decisions like a real television director. Finally, the graphics and text overlays are automatically inserted within VidiGo Live, which makes it possible to superimpose content in a live situation using a station’s own designed Flash application.

Joseph Cusago, Managing Director, Clouds Media Group, says: “We are really thrilled with the workflow VidiGo Virtual Radio has provided and our audiences will love the fact that we will soon offer an interactive visual radio experience via the internet and social media feeds. The system is incredibly easy to operate and, because the cameras are switched automatically on the basis of which microphone input is being used, there is very little for our presenters to do. This means they can concentrate on the job of presenting, leaving VidiGo’s clever software to take care of everything else.”

VidiGo CCO Reinout Lempers adds: “With VidiGo’s background in radio, we understand the culture and needs of a radio station. We knew from the start that we shouldn’t bother radio presenters with creating video. That’s why we developed an automated software workflow that is fully compatible with existing radio workflows. With our solution presenters to do what they are good at, which is making radio, while VidiGo’s automated workflow creates an entire TV show, just like a real director would.”

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About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings
Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.
GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and internationally. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.
The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.
In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.
www.gssg.com

Media Group International
Media Group International is a proven media broadcast and communications technologies systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 40 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.

Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor

and multisensory environments. Media Group International provides solutions from safeguarding national security such as in government operations, creating the best venues for education such as museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.

To support the workflow and innovation demands of our valued customers, the team has grown with new local and international talent. We use our expertise to help realise your goals and ambitions – we listen, advise, design and build great workflows that work for you. Our ambition is to be your trusted partner in the Gulf region.

www.mgi.tv
Clouds Media Group
Clouds Media Group is a privately owned media house based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Clouds Media Group excels at entertaining and deepening community engagement, integrating new media technologies to meet evolving lifestyles, and leveraging resources to build vibrant and informed communities. Now celebrating its 15th year, Clouds Media Group has an impeccable track record for excellence in execution of radio campaigns and broadcasting performance. Comprised of 4 dynamic broadcast stations, East & Central Africa’s largest event production firm as well as a 40 Channel DTT network on the Island of Zanzibar, all of which are leaders in their specific categories fuel the Clouds Media Group powerhouse. This dynamic assortment of formidable companies allows advertisers to achieve maximum value by enabling them to reach their core demographic on multiple platforms all within one media house. Clouds Media Group stands as a beacon of fair business ethics, openness, transparency, and value; and is one of the highest awarded media houses in Tanzania. Clouds Media Group recently was named the #2 Mid -Company in Tanzania in 2012 by Superbrands.
VidiGo
For almost a decade VidiGo has been the visionary leader in the broadcast industry, with the first full software based AV-workflow running on standard IT hardware. The core of all VidiGo workflows is DAVE; an in-house developed powerful, low-latency video engine. All VidiGo workflows focus on automation, flexibility and open architecture to make broadcasting easier, faster and cost effective.
VidiGo stands for innovation, reliability, product leadership, and premium support.
VidiGo clients include leading broadcasters, radio stations, sport arenas and video production companies all around the world.
VidiGo offers a full portfolio of broadcasting workflows and solutions
VidiGo Live – Multi camera live production suite
VidiGo Visual Radio – Quality video content of your radio show
VidiGo Studio Automation – Full rundown automation
VidiGo Arena Solutions – Boost stadium experiences
VidiGo Toolbox – Desktop grabber, Skype to SDI and VLC media plugin
VidiGo Graphics – Adobe Air/Flash directly into your live broadcast
VidiGo Playout – 24/7 Playout with Adobe Air/Flash graphics
www.vidigo.tv

DK-Technologies Unveils the Feature-Rich DK T7 Audio Meter

At IBC 2013 (8:E60) DK-Technologies will unveil the DK T7 – a high precision, multi touch interface Audio and Loudness meter that gives broadcasters more integral features and functionality than any other audio meter on the market.

Competitively priced at €3495 and USD5400, the DK T7 incorporates as standard every Audio and Loudness meter function currently offered by the award winning DK Meter range. These functions include Bargraphs, Moving Coil Emulation, DK-Technologies’ proprietary StarFish™ and JellyFish™ display technology, FFT spectrum analysis and, of course, industry compliant Loudness and Logging.

The new DK T7 also includes 3G SDI Picture Preview, as well as the ability to read and log against SMPTE time-code – a feature that has only recently been added to the DK Meter range.

Uffe Kjems, Product Marketing Director for DK-Technologies, says: “Engineers working in the broadcast and post production industries now have to cope with a complex set of formats, standards and documentation requirements. For this reason we felt it was vital to give them an easy to use Audio and Loudness meter that did the job it was bought for as soon as it came out of its box. The DK T7 is the most complete, high precision Audio and Loudness meter on the market today – and the most honest because it does not involve any hidden costs.”

The DK T7, which is on show at DK-Technologies’ IBC 2013 stand (Hall 8, Stand E.60) allows end-users to adapt to virtually any format including 3G SDI I/O. The unit also offers 8 AES/EBU input/output channels, 2ch Analogue input channels, headphone output and HDMI monitor output.

At just 20 x 135 x 180 mm (depth, height and width), the DK T7′s compact design allows it to be highly portable and easy to position, while its intuitive multi touch interface makes it very straightforward to use.

DK T7 is expected to ship in Q4 2013. For a demo and more information please visit DK-Technologies at IBC 2013 (8:E60) or visit www.dk-technologies.com.

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About DK-Technologies

DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

DPA Brings Out The ‘Wood’ and ‘Air’ In Dave Swift’s Bass

The first time bassist Dave Swift used a DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone to amplify his double bass, he was so blown away by the sound that he decided to make the d:vote his only microphone.

“The sound coming out of my bass monitor was simply incredible,” he says. “The d:vote captured every little nuance of my playing and I could really hear the “wood” and “air” in the notes. I was so impressed that I decided to buy one and it is now the only microphone I would consider using. What’s interesting is that everyone has commented on how brilliantly it performs. Sound engineers have the biggest smile on their faces when they discover I have a DPA and they all say the same thing: ‘well done for using the best clip-on mic on the market’. Every engineer tells me it is now the industry standard mic, particularly for amplified strings, and it makes me very happy and extremely confident to know that I’m using the best product available for my needs.”

Dave Swift has been the bassist for Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra since 1991 and during this time he has played with an enormous range of artists including Al Jarreau, George Benson, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Paul Weller, BB King and many more. Swift has also toured across the globe with Jools Holland, as well as performing on his hugely popular ‘Later…with Jools Holland’ TV show, which attracts millions of viewers on BBC2. Swift is also the bassist on ‘The Jools Holland Show’ on BBC Radio 2 and has recorded several multi-platinum selling albums and DVDs with Jools and his band.

When Swift is not playing with Jools Holland he works as a freelance session musician. Over the summer he is touring with comedian, game show host and singer Alexander Armstrong, but he will be back with Jools Holland by the end of the year for a tour that will feature guests such as Roland Gift and former Spice Girl Melanie C.

Dave Swift believes his DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone has made an enormous difference to both his live and his recorded sessions. He was introduced to the microphone by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network while he was recording ‘Later….With Jools Holland’. At the time he was using Fishman pickups, but he wanted a microphone that could capture more of the acoustic quality of his double bass so he decided to try a DPA because he had heard such good things about the brand.

“I’m really impressed with this microphone, especially with the way it fits so easily and simply onto the strings beyond the tailpiece,” Swift says. “It doesn’t involve any ‘clamping’ to the actual body of the bass, so it allows the instrument to resonate to its full potential. It is also very quick and easy to remove the mic without causing any damage whatsoever to the instrument – and another feature I really like is the extension gooseneck attachment. This allows even greater placement range for the mic itself, giving many options of where to position it, which is very useful as players tend to have different ideas about where best to position a mic on a Double Bass for their particular requirements. In my case, for example, I tend to position my DPA an inch or so from the central ‘belly’ of the bass, but I’ve seen other players have the DPA mic above the bridge, hovering over the strings themselves. That’s what is so great about this mic and its mounting system. It’s just so flexible and accommodating.”

Fellow musicians, including Jools Holland, have been equally impressed with Dave Swift’s DPA microphone.

“Jools is very particular when it comes to the sound of a double bass – he loves the true, vintage ‘old school’ sound of the instrument, which is why I use Pirastro gut and synthetic strings on my Double Bass,” Swift says. “However, it was only when I started using the DPA mic that Jools’ eyes lit up because he was finally hearing the full potential of the bass, and could really hear the ‘gut’ in those strings. He loves my DPA mic and on every gig and session he asks if I’ve brought it with me. I always tell him not to worry because the DPA never leaves my bass under any circumstances – I couldn’t play without it now.”

Swift adds that the DPA d:vote 4099 microphone has not only transformed his amplified sound, but has also significantly enhanced the whole process of performing and recording.

“Any musician who needs to amplify their instrument should check out DPA microphones,” he says. “They really are the industry standard and I have never encountered a better product.”

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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 provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all 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

Marshall Jefferson Adds A Prism Sound Lyra To His Kit List

Chicago House legend Marshall Jefferson has invested in a Prism Sound Lyra audio interface so that he can access Prism Sound’s renowned audio quality while he is on the road.

Sometimes known as the father of House music, Marshall Jefferson has produced numerous influential artists as well as recording solo and collaborative material under various names including Virgo, Jungle Wonz, Truth and On The House. His iconic anthem Move Your Body was included on the soundtrack for the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and also appeared on the soundtrack to Michael Winterbottom’s film 24 Hour Party People.

“I already have a Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire Interface, which I love because it sounds so good,” Jefferson says. “Alongside my production work, I also DJ in various countries and when I heard about the new Lyra range I realised this was exactly what I needed for those occasions when I’m travelling. It’s very easy to use – literally plug and play – and it is so compact that it fits neatly into my laptop bag. With Lyra, I have all the Prism Sound audio quality that I’m used to in a very portable format.”

Prism Sound’s Lyra allows music recording professionals to access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a much improved price point. There are currently two variants in the range – the Lyra 1, which has two analogue input channels (one for instrument/line and one for mic/line) and two DA output channels, and the Lyra 2, which has two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both versions offer digital volume control, a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring and optical SPDIF capability.

Jefferson has opted for a Lyra 2 and when he’s not travelling he uses it in conjunction with his Orpheus in his studio in Manchester. In recent months he has worked on project for Dave Lee, Lenny Fontana, House of Virus, Robert Owens, DJ Pierre, Donna Hidalgo and K-Klass.

“I’m doing a lot of mixing and mastering work at the moment and that’s keeping me busy,” he says. “All of my mastering projects go through my Prism Sound Orpheus and I’m constantly being asked what interface I’m using because people love the sound so much. Now I have the same sound quality when I’m on the road – and I can also use my Lyra 2 as a back-up in the studio if I want to master onto a different computer.”

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

DPA Diversifies Its Highly Directional Microphone Palette

Broadcasters and film makers who are searching for a high quality boom microphone capable of capturing audio in challenging locations need to look no further than DPA Microphones’ IBC 2013 booth (8:D76).

On show for the first time at IBC is the new DPA MMC4018 – a modular supercardioid condenser capsule that is an integral part of the company’s d:dicate™ Recording Microphone range. Thanks to its directional pattern, the MMC4018 has an extremely controlled off-axis response and very uniform directional shape (independent of frequency), thus ensuring exceptionally smooth and controlled sound.

Unlike the DPA d:dicate 4017 Shotgun, which includes an interference tube and is therefore more directional at the sides, this new variant offers more consistent rear rejection making it an interesting alternative to a conventional shotgun. While the MMC4017 is exceedingly directional, especially at higher frequencies, the sleek and compact MMC4018 focuses on low noise and high sensitivity, making it more suited to long-distance voice capture.

The DPA MMC4018 is the counterpart to the MMC4018V capsule, which is used in DPA’s popular d:facto™ Vocal Microphone. This means it offers extremely good isolation and feedback rejection, making it ideally suited to applications where clarity and audio quality are critical.

Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones, says: “Our new MMC4018 supercardioid condenser capsule expands the flexibility of DPA’s d:dicate range by offering the broadcast, film and music recording industries the perfect microphone for long-distance boom miking, spot miking in orchestras, foley and speech recording. Due to its shorter length, it is very easy to boom in low-ceilinged rooms or to mount in challenging film recording sets such as the inside of cars.”

The modular nature of DPA’s d:dicate Recording Microphone range has enabled the company to expand its remit by entering the installation market. To this end it has introduced new desktop and podium microphones that give AV installers and conference organisers the clear, transparent and precise sound they demand.

DPA’s new MMC4018 capsule is the standard recommendation for the d:dicate podium microphone. By combining the capsule with different active booms and cables, installers can specify the exact microphone for their needs. For example, an MMC4018 capsule combined with an MMP-C compact pre-amp makes an ideal desktop microphone, while the same capsule combined with an MMP-E modular active cable is perfect for applications where the microphone needs to be hung from the ceiling because the preamp only adds 12mm to the capsule – and thanks to its integrated cable it is very inconspicuous.

“Given the flexibility of our d:dicate range, creating a microphone for the installation and conference markets was an obvious step,” Christian Poulsen adds. “We already had the high-end capsule and pre-amplifier technology needed to fulfil the brief, so all we had to do was employ some ingenious mechanical solutions. By doing this, we have been able to adapt our boom and cable technology so that we can deliver installation solutions for a wide variety of applications. Whether this is for a podium, a desk top, a stage stand or even suspended from the ceiling, we have it covered with visually elegant and sonically superior products that boast all the robustness inherent in DPA’s ingenious engineering techniques.”

For more information about DPA’s microphone range, please visit DPA’s IBC stand – Hall 8, D76. Visitors to the booth will also have the opportunity to win a DPA microphone by having their badge scanned and entering a free draw, which will be drawn each day at five pm throughout the show.

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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 provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all 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

IN-DEMAND MIX ENGINEER RICHARD FURCH USES METRIC HALO’S CHANNELSTRIP PLUG-IN ON EVERY CHANNEL OF EVERY SONG HE MIXES

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Seasoned audio engineer Richard Furch has worked on numerous Grammy Award-winning albums for the world’s leading pop, R&B, and rap artists. His client list includes Prince, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Tyrese, Frank Ocean, OutKast, Macy Gray, Usher, Chaka Khan, Katherine McPhee, Fountains of Wayne, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and he has worked with a slew of prominent rappers including Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Rick Ross, and Ludacris. He recently mixed India.Arie’s album SongVersation and Chrisette Michele’s album Better, each almost in its entirety. Both albums went to number one on the iTunes R&B chart and captured the number one and two spots, respectively, on the Billboard R&B charts and stayed in the top ten for eight weeks. As with everything he mixes, Furch began with an instance of Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in on every channel of every song he mixed on both albums. Because it can be either transparent and surgical or colored and organic depending on his needs, Furch bases his workflow and sound on ChannelStrip.

“I love the perfect combination of transparent when I need it, but ‘analog smooth’ when I want it,” he said. “With everything flat, ChannelStrip is truly transparent. I’ve loaded a dozen or so instances in series and compared the output to the original – it was indistinguishable. Because of that, I don’t hesitate to put on extra instances to automate small fixes as needed. For example, there were moments in India.Arie’s vocals where she got a little too close to the mic or one of the syllables lacked the presence it should have. I could leave the ChannelStrip instance that gave me the overall balance just as it was and punch in a new instance just for a particular correction.” Furch maps the controls from the ChannelStrip on each Pro Tools channel to the Avid C24 Pro Tools control surface that organizes his workflow. “ChannelStrip is essentially my board… any other plug-in is a flavor,” he said.

In the course of using ChannelStrip for so many years, Furch has developed his own flat preset that serves as a speedy jumping-off point. Strategic equalization frequencies, cut-offs, and bandwidths together with compression ratios, side-chain settings, and decay times make it easy for him to pop in one of several tricks that instantly take tracks to good places. For example, if he finds that he’s losing a particular instrument in the mix, he enables the compressor with his preset parameters and the auto gain make up “lifts out the sound of the mix a bit.” He continued, “I used to do that when I mixed on SSL consoles, but no other plug-in – not even SSL emulators – could replicate that trick quite this way and keep the gain exactly steady. ChannelStrip does. In addition, I often employ the high-pass filter on the compressor side chain and then lower the cut-off frequency to get more compression. It’s like a second threshold control, but it has its own, uniquely musical effect.”

On SongVersation, Furch employed ChannelStrip’s high shelf EQ – as he often does – to add clean “air” to the high end of several tracks, including India.Arie’s vocals. “It’s such a wide shelf,” he explained. “I leave the frequency way up at 20kHz, but it has a smooth effect all the way down to 8kHz or so. When I lift it up, the track becomes airier and more lively. The quality of the shelf is so good that it’s never obtrusive. In fact, that’s one of the first things I do when I start a mix. I find the tracks that don’t seem as lively as they should be and use the high shelf. Because India.Arie’s vocals are so critical, because they have to be forward and warm, and because they need some sizzle at the top, I used ChannelStrip to really create her sound.”

Similarly, Furch asks his assistant to pre-condition every mix by employing the ChannelStrip high-pass filter to remove all low-end sounds or energy that aren’t actually serving a musical purpose. “The filter itself seems colorless,” he said. “I can pull out a lot of rumble without affecting the quality of the musical low-end information. I used that technique on Chrisette Michele’s new album – especially on the backing vocals. There, I raised the cut-off quite high, since it’s great at cleaning up the sound without making it too lean. With the new real-time analyzer built into ChannelStrip3, it’s easy to see where to place the cut-off. It’s nice to feel comfortable knowing I’m in the right place.”

But for Furch, Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip isn’t merely for surgical fixes. “When I start working with the parametric EQ, I can really hear that pleasant analog feel that ChannelStrip is able to deliver. I typically crank up the gain and sweep the frequencies to quickly identify the right center point. It’s like ChannelStrip zooms in on the sound. Then I can relax the gain and everything sounds so precise. Most of the time it only takes a few dB. It’s very responsive,” he concluded, “a powerful weapon of mass sound manipulation!”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

Boulevard Pro Installs Two Yamaha CL5s at bergenPAC

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Boulevard Professional (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) recently installed two Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles along with four Rio 3224-D input/output boxes, one at front of house and one for monitors, at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood, New Jersey. Since 1986, Boulevard Pro has been providing audio systems for rental and installation to customers around the Tri-State area.

For 10 years, bergenPAC has been known as northern New Jersey’s busiest not-for-profit performing arts center, and home to hundreds of world-class performances reaching audiences of over 250,000 each year. The 1,367-seat theater embraces the spectrum of the arts from rock to classical, dance to comedy, with nearly 150 events each year. The soul of bergenPAC can best be seen in its efforts to provide a home for innovative arts and educational programs that reach out to thousands of families via their performing arts school.

“We’ve built a strong relationship with bergenPAC over the past 10 years,” states James Cioffi, co-owner, Boulevard Pro. “We suggested the new Yamaha CL5 consoles to the audio staff and initially provided them as rentals so the crew would have an opportunity to see how functional the consoles are and how well they sound. The staff loved the console’s sound and size, affording the theater extra room at front of house.” A Yamaha MY lake card is installed in the FOH console and is used to control the existing speaker system and all theater zones.

Since Boulevard installed two complete CL systems, bergenPAC can rotate the consoles from the theater to the Drapkin Cabaret & Lounge as well as its performing arts school located just down the street.

“We’ve been working with Boulevard Pro for many years now, and they always go the extra mile to make sure our shows go off without a hitch,” states Joe Feola, Tech Director. About the console, Feola says “I’ve been a Yamaha supporter for a long time, and the CL5 fits our needs perfectly. By accommodating the files of other Yamaha boards, it helps to speed up the load in. The venue hasn’t sounded better.”

The Yamaha CL Series is a Dante network-based console featuring remote I/O for a faster, more responsive Yamaha system solution. All three CL models in the Centralogic™ series, only differentiated by frame size and input capability, feature 24 mix buses, 8 matrix buses, plus stereo and mono outputs, and 16 DCAs. The footprint of all three CL consoles is small, yet powerful and has been developed specifically for sound reinforcement applications such as performing arts venues, theaters, houses of worship, touring, and remote broadcast. The high output bus count will be a great benefit to live broadcast and monitor applications.

“Recently, I have had the opportunity to make the audio leap from analog to digital, states Paul Denise, Audio Department Head at bergenPAC. During this time of change, I was able to do a head-to-head comparison. Our sound system responded wonderfully with the new CL. Not only was our lighting dimmer buzz gone, but the clarity and separation in the high end, particularly, was awesome.” Denise said shows like The Village People, Rock and Blues Fest, and Cheap Trick have enjoyed working with the CL5. “Even when bands like ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd bring their own console in, we are still subbing into the CL5 to send to all 8 audio zones in the theater. The more I use the CL5, the more I like it.”

For more information on Boulevard Professional, visit www.blvdpro.com.

For more information on bergenPac, visit www.bergenPAC.org.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Audio Console, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: L to R: Ralph Grasso, Monitor Tech; James Cioffi, Boulevard Pro; Joe Feola, Tech Director; Paul Denise, Audio Department Head

PHOTO CREDIT: CM PHOTOS

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

About bergenPAC:
Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that reaches more than 30,000 students annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community. bergenPAC is located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood New Jersey 07631 www.bergenPAC.org 201 227 1030

Monster Middle East Gives Imerge Its Backing

Monster Middle East (MME) has re-affirmed its commitment to the Imerge brand by significantly increasing its stock of the company’s premium quality media servers.

As the exclusive Imerge distributor in the Middle East, MME sees huge potential for the brand, particularly among third party installers, integrators and consultants whose customers demand top of the range products in their homes and businesses.

With the Middle East’s annual sales of luxury goods now exceeding AED 30 billion (USD 8.2 billion) – and with the luxury goods market in the region recording a growth rate of 10 to 15 per cent from 2011 to 2012 (Fondazione Altagamma ‘Luxury Goods Worldwide Market Study’), Imerge is ideally placed to appeal to Middle East consumers who expect a premium product.

Jehangir Khan, Regional Director MME, says: “Imerge is a high end product built to professional standards and is therefore well suited to meet the tastes and expectations of Middle East customers. The brand already has an impressive track record in the region, with many systems installed in prestigious residential and commercial properties. The fact that these products offer a centralized database and support all major control systems makes them ideal for installations where there is a requirement for multi-room media access.”

Imerge entertainment servers make it simple for users to store their content and replay it, wherever and whenever they want it, with maximum fidelity and minimum fuss.

All Imerge systems are powered by XIVA, its own leading edge technology, and can be controlled by most of the leading automation systems (such as AMX, Crestron and Savant) from Imerge’s dedicated Apple (iPhone, Pad or Pod) control application, or by browsing from another tablet or personal computer.

Imerge systems have the ability to play different media in multiple locations simultaneously without connection slowing down or stopping at the critical moment.

In 2010, Imerge became part of the Prism Sound Group, which is investing in the development of new products. Sold via a worldwide network of custom installation specialists and distributors, Imerge products are widely regarded as being the most innovative in the sector, while its standard of service is without equal.

In recent months Monster Middle East has supplied Imerge products to a number of system integrators and custom installers in the region, for various prestigious hotel projects and large commercial installations.

Daya Shankar Singh, Technical Manager at Atlas Telecommunications, says: “We chose Imerge audio servers because, as an overall audio solution, they give us every feature we could possibly need. We are continually impressed with how seamlessly the S4000 integrates into any of our projects, large or small, from the ease of importing media to the extensive compatibility of the downloadable control system modules. The S4000 is simple to use and integrates well with the other system components that we employ in the majority of our projects. Most importantly, it is very reliable – we just install and forget because we never have to worry about it not working.”

For more information about Imerge in the Middle East, please contact Monster Middle East, NC7, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Tel: +971-4-883 04 05. Fax: +971-4-883 04 06. Email: support@monsterme.com

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Imerge
Part of what is popularly known as the “Cambridge Phenomenon”, Imerge is well-qualified to be the leader in its field. A spin-off from Cambridge-based technology consultancy “Scientific Generics”, it developed the world’s first hard drive-based audio server, the SoundServer, back in 1990s. In 2007 Imerge launched a multi-terabyte, 1080p-capable music/movies multi-room server hailed for setting new standards in usability as it also integrated multi-room entertainment, as well as delivering the very highest standards of audio and video performance. In 2008, Imerge changed the rules by introducing the world’s most advanced media server, the MS1, and its associated enterprise grade storage solution, the XiVASafe. Redefining the way we interact with our media, Imerge has continually innovating releasing MS1-HD and most recently the MS1-3D, incorporating 2D and 3D Blu-ray support, and the revolutionary new and unique XiVA music store and user interface in over 12 languages and many more market firsts. The current range in includes two brand new products introduced in 2012, the multi-zone S4000 audio server product and a miniature HD video player unit (Mini Client) for the MS1-3D video server.

For more information please visit www.imerge.co.uk or www.xiva.com

DPA Ensures That ‘Sugar Man’ Is Heard Loud and Clear

US singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, the subject of the Oscar Award-winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man, has switched to a DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone to ensure that his audiences hear every nuance of his complex voice.

Producer and Front of House engineer Russ Miller, who has been working with Rodriguez since he started his current tour in November 2012, says the DPA d:facto vocal microphone has proved ‘absolutely invaluable’.

“It is an incredible microphone that is perfect for Rodriguez’ voice,” Miller says. “It has worked brilliantly at every venue we have visited, including Glastonbury, and frankly I couldn’t have got through this tour without it.”

Now 71 years old, Sixto Rodriguez has been called ‘the greatest 1970′s music icon that never was’. The Mexican-American folk singer was hailed as the new Bob Dylan when he was first discovered in Detroit, Michigan, in the late 1960s. But after his first two albums, Cold Fact and Coming to Reality, were commercial flops he was dropped by his record label and disappeared. Although he was actually making a living as a manual labourer, there were rumours that Rodriguez had dramatically killed himself on stage. What he didn’t realise, however, was that a bootleg copy of Cold Fact had made its way to South Africa where it had become a huge success and had won him thousands of fans who saw his music as the unofficial soundtrack to youth protests against apartheid.

In the 1990s, determined South African fans managed to track him down and this led to a revival of his musical career. Further recognition came with the release of the Searching for Sugar Man documentary, which won an Academy Award in 2012.

For Russ Miller, capturing Rodriguez’ voice is a challenge because he sings very quietly.

“As a singer-songwriter in the tradition of artists like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, it is really important that audiences can hear every word of every lyric Rodriguez sings,” Russ Miller explains. “However, when he’s accompanied by a powerful, up tempo band, it can be difficult to keep his vocal loud and clear. This isn’t a unique problem, but it was one I wanted to solve before we tackled some of the bigger venues on his tour, so I started casting around for a better microphone for him.”

After a conversation with live sound engineer Rik Dowding, who recently invested in DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones for The xx, Miller approached DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network, through Tour Supply Ltd, and asked if he could demo one.

“I’d also heard really great things about this microphone from Richard Nowell at RNSS who has been using them with various Jazz artists, so I thought it might work for Rodrigues,” Miller says. “The issue was actually demoing it because Rodrigues isn’t the sort of artist who will go into a studio and do an A/B comparison test. In fact, he doesn’t really do rehearsals – he just arrives at a gig and it’s ‘go’ time – there’s no real sound check or set list and he could start with any song. The first time we got to try out the d:facto was at La Zenith in Paris in front of a live audience of 7,500.”

Once Rodriguez began using the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone, Russ Miller certainly noticed a difference.

“It was amazing,” he says. “The microphone is incredibly detailed in the upper mids, and as a result I was able to attenuate cymbal spill with just a low pass filter because his voice cut through really well, without having to add any air. I was also impressed with how well the microphone took EQ-ing. It was obvious to me that this was the right mic for Rodriguez so we immediately specified it for the rest of his live shows.”

Since his appearance at Glastonbury, Rodriguez has performed in various European cities including Copenhagen and Stockholm, and at another festival in the UK.

“We’ve used the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone throughout and it hasn’t let us down,” Russ Miller adds. “I’m so relieved that we have finally found the right microphone for his voice as it has improved the sound of his concerts, as well as making my job as a live sound engineer much easier!”

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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 provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all 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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