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Media Group International Introduces SIENNA to Its Broadcast Customers

Leading systems integrator Media Group International can now offer its broadcast customers seamless integration and next generation workflow after becoming an Approved SIENNA Systems integration partner.

The new partnership brings enormous benefit to MGI’s customers by giving them easy access to SIENNA’s cutting edge systems for News, Sport, Live Event and Mutli-Camera Television Production.

MGI recently sent its Senior Solutions Architects Jim White and Tyrone Donnelly on a weeklong intensive Sienna training program in London, England. The program is designed to give MGI self-sufficiency in implementing and supporting Sienna Systems and affords MGI the coveted Approved Sienna Systems Integrator status.

Founded in 1992, Gallery offers the Post Production, Film, Music, TV and Broadcast industries a portfolio of more than 50 sophisticated software and hardware products that are sold to more than 12,000 customers across 50 countries. The company’s SIENNA software family, which was launched in 2007, has revolutionised News and Sports broadcasting and has an international reputation for delivering cutting edge results in highly demanding environments.

Some of the world’s leading broadcasters have built their news and sports workflow around SIENNA, including the BBC, the Associated Press, Turner and Televisa. SIENNA products have been responsible for coverage of major global events such as the US Presidential election, and the Beijing and London Olympics. With a worldwide integration channel, Sienna delivers functionality, performance and reliability without compromise.

Roger Barton, MGI’s Sales Manager, says: “As always at MGI, we’re committed to bringing the very latest technology and products to our customers and Gallery’s SIENNA products absolutely fit this brief. It is also extremely important nowadays that you’re able to back up your sales with integration services and after sales support locally. This is why we always invest in training prior to signing partnership agreements, so that we can confidently support our partners.”

Mark Gilbert, Gallery SIENNA’s CTO, adds: “We are delighted that MGI has made a strong commitment to Sienna, and MGI’s experience and reach will make Sienna accessible to a new audience in the Gulf region. Local support is fundamental to our vision, so MGI’s formally trained Sienna engineers are a welcome addition.”

Media Group International has over 35 years’ experience of systems integration in the Gulf region and represents many worldwide manufacturers. These include Avid Technology, Quantel, SeaChange,, Vinten Broadcast Ltd, Telestream, Vizrt and EVS Broadcasting. It also serves TV channels and networks, movie studios and network operators in the region, providing telecommunications, broadcasting, integrated systems and state-of-the-art security.

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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 (MGI) is a proven media broadcast and communications systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 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. MGI provides solutions from safeguarding national security, such as in government operations, to creating the best educational venues in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.
Media Group International is ISO 9001:2008 certified, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. It is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.
Media Group International recently launched their new website to give customers a better experience online.
www.mgi.tv

Gallery SIENNA
Based in London, England, and with a global reach, Gallery SIENNA has been serving the Post Production, Film, Music, TV and Broadcast industries since 1992, with more than 50 software and hardware products sold to more than 12,000 customers in 50 countries. Some of the world’s leading broadcasters have built their news and sports workflow around Sienna, including the BBC, the Associated Press,Turner and Televisa. Sienna products have been responsible for coverage of major global events such as the US Presidential election, and the Beijing and London Olympics. With a worldwide integration channel, Sienna delivers functionality, performance and reliability without compromise.

The Music Producers Guild Gives Special Recognition To Sean Davies

The Music Producers Guild is delighted to announce that Sean Davies, an internationally acclaimed studio designer, technical engineer and authority on disc cutting lathes, will be presented with a Special Recognition Award at the MPG Awards 2014, which take place in London next month.

Renowned as an audio consultant, Davies is also at the heart of the UK and European disc cutting business thanks to his extensive knowledge of cutting techniques, lacquers and the ins and outs of the equipment needed to cut a vinyl record.

He first became interested in audio at the age of 13 when he began repairing broken radios and cutting discs at home. His hobby developed into a career when he was offered a job at IBC Studios, initially in the maintenance department and then in the disc cutting operation. Davies’ reputation as an expert soon spread, securing him other key technical positions until he eventually founded his own company, SW Davies Ltd, which specialises in maintaining high quality disc-cutting lathes and supporting cutting facilities around the world.

Although he recently announced his retirement after 53 years in the professional audio industry, Davies is still acting as a consultant – most notably for the recently launched Art of Vinyl (AoV), a new maintenance business headed by the former-Metropolis Mastering engineer Crispin Murray and audio/video equipment repair specialist Duncan Crimmins.

Ray Staff, of the MPG’s Mastering Group which nominated Sean Davies for a prestigious Special Recognition Award, says: “I am so pleased Sean is receiving this acknowledgment. He has been my mentor for over 40 years. Sean is a generous educator, gifted with the ability to explain often complex theories, simply and clearly. His skills and knowledge have benefited every aspect of recording, mastering, manufacturing and design. He is a truly unique man in our industry.”

Sean Davies will be presented with his award at the MPG 2014 Awards ceremony, which takes place on February 13th at the at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London.

Now firmly established as a must-attend industry event, the MPG Awards attract music industry stars and VIPs who turn out in force to celebrate the enormous contribution that recording professionals make to the success of the UK’s music industry. In 2014, the MPG is once again collaborating with the BRITS to present the winner of its Producer of the Year Award with a BRIT Award for Best Producer.

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About Music Producers Guild (UK):
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk or www.mpgawards.com

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DPA Microphones Capture the Sound of Andrea Bocelli’s Orchestra

Andrea Taglia, live sound engineer for the famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, is a huge fan of DPA microphones and rates them as the most technically advanced and sonically transparent microphones on the market.

It is therefore no surprise that Taglia personally owns a selection of DPA microphones and regularly sources additional units whenever he is on tour with Bocelli.

“I’ve been using DPA microphones for many years and bought my first stereo d:dicate™ 4006 Recording Microphone when it was still known by the old Bruel & Kjaer name,” Taglia says. “I first became familiar with the DPA brand when I was using DPA miniature microphones on singers in musical productions. Eventually I began experimenting and started using them on instruments as well, which gave me great results. I’m now a huge fan and have bought quite a few for my own microphone collection, including d:dicate 4006 and 4011 Recording microphones and a selection of d:screet™ 4090 and 4061 Miniature microphones.”

Andrea Taglia began his career in the theatre, mixing audio for plays and musicals and working with directors such as Peter Stein, Bob Wilson, Massimo Castri. He also worked with classical orchestras and jazz musicians and acted as a live sound consultant designing sound systems for touring and fixed installations such as cruise ships.

“I made a conscious decision to stop touring in 2003 when my second son was born, but when I met Andrea in 2006 he persuaded me to go back on the road – although these days I only go on tour with him,” Taglia says.

Bocelli’s most recent concerts have taken place all over the world and in each venue Taglia has supplemented his own DPA collection with additional microphones supplied by DPA’s Italian distributor M. Casale Bauer.

“We used DPA d:screet 4061 Miniature microphones as close proximity mics for the strings – four on first violins, three on second violins, three on violas and three on cellos,” he explains. “We have also been using them for our guest violin soloists and for our guitar duo CARisMA, who usually play at Bocelli’s concerts.

“In large and reverberant venues where the noise floor can be pretty high, it is important to have good close proximity microphones to help reduce feedback and deliver more attack and a more present and detailed sound. This is especially important when the orchestra is playing over pre-recorded tracks.”

Taglia adds that DPA’s wide range of instrument clips and accessories adds an extra dimension to the versatility of the company’s products.

“DPA has always been very careful about providing the correct accessories so that users can get the best from their products,” he says. “For example, the DPA MHS6001 rubber suspension, which we use on strings with the 4061, is a real problem solver as it is universally accepted by every musician, even on very expensive instruments. They are happy to use it because it doesn’t actually touch the instrument. Instead it allows the microphone to float under the strings on the rubber mount.

“I’m also a big fan of the DMM0007 rubber holder as it allows me to position a 4061 miniature microphone very close to the strings on an acoustic guitar without annoying the musician playing it. With this solution I can get the full sound of the instrument in a way that wouldn’t be possible with a pick-up.”

Taglia adds that he uses his own DPA microphones on a daily basis as they are invaluable for live recording work and for aligning sound systems, which is what he does when he isn’t on tour.

“Over the years I have used literally tons of DPA miniature microphones on singers in the theatre and I’ve also used my fair share of d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones on double basses and cellos,” he says. “Every time I need a linear, true microphone that is capable of handling high SPL, I always choose DPA.”

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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, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Muzeek World Upgrades Tavern with Yamaha CL5 Digital Console

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Belly Up Tavern is a live music venue, located in Solana Beach, California. We have all types of music almost every night bringing the best in new, up-and-coming artists as well as established legends in genres ranging from alternative rock, rock, reggae, and hip-hop to blues, folk, jazz, Latin & more!

Seating approximately 600, The Belly Up Tavern recently upgraded from analog to digital at the monitor position with a Yamaha CL5 and Rio 3224-D and Rio 1608-D purchased from Muzeek World in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The company also provided a new Antari F-3 lighting system and fog machines.

“Yamaha products are built like tanks, and the sound quality of the new CL is amazing,” states John Sardari of Muzeek World. “The features on the CL are more than what anyone needs, and the learning curve is quick, but most of all, the Yamaha service to get something exchanged or repaired is the quickest out of all manufacturers.”

The CL5 has been getting a lot of use at the tavern. “We just shot our second season of Live At The Belly Up for KPBS in San Diego and used the CL5 and the Nuendo Live function to multi-track the show, states Damian DeRobbio, Belly Up Tavern Production Manager. Nuendo Live has been flawless, easy to use, and really sounds great. We are now using it to record bands live and release them on our web site (www.bellyupmusic.com). The CL5 that we purchased is actually used for monitor applications, yet because it is so compact, we have also used it for FOH when bands are carrying their own monitor console and are considering a second one for FOH. We love the ease of use and the fact that any engineer can jump on and operate it.”

DeRobbio said he really likes being able to use the iPad to dial in mixes. “The power in this little console is amazing! Not to mention how great it looks in the dark! I would highly recommend this console to anyone, touring or not. You can’t go wrong with the CL series.”

For more information on the Belly Up Tavern, visit www.bellyup.com.

For more information on Museek World, visit www.muzeekworld.com.

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

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PHOTO ID: Yamaha CL5 – Donavon Frankenreiter Show

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
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.

RF VENUE AND PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS PARTNER ON INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

ASHLAND, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 2014: In a unique supply agreement, RF Venue remote antennas, RF distribution equipment, and other accessory products for wireless microphones, IEMs, and intercoms are now available through Professional Wireless Systems, a Masque Sound company.

“Professional Wireless’ team is among the elite groups in wireless audio system configuration, coordination, and management worldwide,” commented RF Venue CEO Chris Regan. “We are thrilled to add our products to their RF toolkit and now be able to offer our customers the best in class frequency coordination and onsite RF services.”

RF Venue’s innovative Diversity Fin, RF Spotlight, and CP Beam antennas represent all-new approaches to solving signal dropout and interference problems for wireless audio systems of all sizes. Professional Wireless offers a complementary range of RF hardware and software systems in addition to a wide range of consulting, design, and show management capabilities.

“Quite simply we found kindred spirits with Chris and his team at RF Venue,” stated Geoff Shearing, president of Masque Sound and Professional Wireless. “We share a passion for solving RF problems for users of wireless audio products and I am greatly looking forward to the exciting things that will come from this collaboration.”

ABOUT PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS As a wholly owned subsidiary of Masque Sound, Professional Wireless Systems specializes in developing brand new gear for the increasing demands of RF equipment. PWS supplies and supports wireless systems for any kind of live and broadcast event. www.professionalwireless.com

ABOUT RF VENUE RF Venue is a new wireless audio company specializing in remote antennas, RF distribution equipment and RF signal management and monitoring systems for audio/video installations and live sound events. www.rfvenue.com

Prism Sound’s Titan Is An Instant Hit With Supa Dups

Grammy Award winning producer and DJ, Supa Dups, has just added a Prism Sound Titan USB multitrack audio interface to his equipment roster, complimenting the Prism Sound Lyra 2 audio interface that is already an integral part of his studio set up.

Supa Dups, who began DJ-ing at the age of 11 and producing at 16, has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business. A member of the influential Black Chiney Sound System, a nod to his Chinese Jamaican heritage, Supa Dups’ breakthrough came in 2004 when he produced Nina Sky’s Turnin’ Me On. He is now one of the most sought after writer/producers around and has worked with numerous artists including Eminem (one track on the Grammy Award winning ‘Recovery’), Mary J Blige, John Legend and Bruno Mars.

“Prism Sound is the Rolls-Royce of converters and there’s nothing else that sounds like it,” he says of his kit. “There is other equipment and then there’s Prism Sound. In fact, the Lyra 2 is my mobile rig now.”

Although he is exceptionally busy, Supa Dups prefers not to name the artists he’s currently working with because not everything recorded in his studio always sees the light of day. But he is very keen to talk about his Prism Sound converters – Titan, which he only recently took delivery of and Lyra 2, which he uses all the time.

“I haven’t had a lot of time to play with Titan yet, but I keep having excellent experiences with Lyra,” he says. “The other day I was working with a band and plugged the guitar and bass into it at the same time and used it right there on the spot. It sounded excellent. We finished everything on it, even the demo vocal. Basically it has become the centrepiece of the studio. Everything about it is awesome.”

Supa Dups spends a lot of time working out of Circle House studios in Miami, and credits the city with having a fantastically diverse music scene.

“It’s like London minus the dub-step, but with an additional overall Caribbean influence which collides with the American sounds. It’s definitely got a style all of its own,” he says.

Proving he’s a man of much versatility, Supa Dups recently finished an entire live reggae album. “I didn’t know I could do that,” he says. “It was a challenge for me but I’d definitely like to be involved in more entire projects in the future and writing classic albums that people will be listening to in decades to come.”

And the Lyra 2 and his new Titan will be with him every step of the way. “There is a lot more to explore with them,” he says. “I’ve used the Lyra 2 for hours and hours and technically I’m not sure I’ve broken the back of it yet. There’s still a lot to learn and play with, but it always sounds awesome.”

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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

Arsenio Audio Staff (Fist) Pumped About Yamaha CL Digital Consoles

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Arsenio Hall Show premiered in September 2013 and features a mix of comedy, music and celebrity guests, adding a new perspective to the late-night scene. Hosted by comedian and actor Arsenio Hall, the daily, one-hour nationally syndicated late-night talk show is anchored by the Tribune Broadcasting Station Group and produced by CBS Television Distribution.

Peter Baird is the sound system designer as well as the music mixer for The Arsenio Hall Show and together with the production mixer, house and monitor engineers, chose five Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles and six Rio3224-D input/output boxes to kick off the season. Two CL5s and one CL3 are used at front of house with two CL5s at the monitor mix position.

“When production mixer Ish Garcia asked me to come in as the show’s music mixer, we spent some time together strategizing about what an ideal system would look like, states Baird. We knew the show would be very music-heavy and wanted the system requirements to check four main boxes: 1) 160 inputs available to split between the house band, guest artists, and production, 2) tight integration and future-proofing, 3) stability and reasonable immunity from buzzes, hums, and grounding issues, and 4) incontestably great sound.”

Baird said he did a lot of research and was surprised to find that most major professional audio manufacturers still think in terms of single consoles with local input/output resources rather than integrated, networked systems. “It’s true that some manufacturers have implemented various modes of moving audio around including MADI and EtherSound, but only Yamaha had really perfected the relationship between separate console operators using shared resources. And, the more I read about Dante, the more I thought a large Dante network might be the best answer for us.”

Garcia and Baird have been through the audio selection process before, having been the mixing team on Lopez Tonight and, explains Baird, “in a project like The Arsenio Hall Show, the audio team needs to be able to move inputs and outputs around quickly and flexibly to deal with whatever the production team might throw at us. For example, we need to be able to quickly integrate any number of players suddenly showing up to sit in with the house band, while at the same time keeping the whole system as simple and understandable as possible for the operators. Yamaha’s incremental approach to console operations and CentraLogic™ meant that our FOH and Monitor Mixers, James Young and Greg Keslake, were already largely familiar with the console surface conventions from the very first day.”

Baird added that the economics of networked audio are not insignificant. “Traditionally a show like The Arsenio Hall Show would have at least three 56 pair of three-way transformer splitters with all of the associated interconnect copper between them, and in some cases, hundreds and hundreds of feet. Those 504 outputs (3 x 56 x 3) would feed separate consoles, with each output requiring a separate head amp. As mixers, we know that the best-sounding consoles are the ones with the best head amps, and a console with 64 top-drawer head amps costs more money than one with 64 mediocre head amps. But a networked system only needs one really great head amp per channel no matter how many consoles it’s connected to! With the CL series having only 8 head amps on board, Yamaha was able to spend time and money making the console as ergonomically correct as possible rather than trying to re-engineer head amp design to fit a small footprint. Also, in the case of Dante, local interconnects are on Cat 6 cable, with point-to-point connections on fiber, a monumental savings over the same capabilities in copper. And to clarify, the head amps in the Rio3224-D input/output box are spectacular! They are clear and detailed, yet with great body, warmth, and musicality; a great foundation for a system in a critical installation like The Arsenio Hall Show.”

Monitor Engineer, Greg Keslake says he’s a big fan of Yamaha digital consoles having been introduced to digital over 15 years ago with the Yamaha 01V, and since that time, has extensively used all of the larger format consoles. “We are using Dante exclusively for FOH, Monitors and Music Production, and I am even using a Dante MY16 Card in my house monitor console for high level returns from production.”

Keslake said for monitors he’s using one CL5 dedicated to the house band and one dedicated to the guest bands. “The house band is using the new Aviom 360′s, and I am sending the band each a mixture of direct outs, mixes and matrices. This has given them the comfort of being able to adjust the instruments of their choice very quickly but hasn’t limited my ability to supplement their mixes as needed. The Yamaha CL has also made it extremely easy to swap around what channels I send the house band based on weekly sit-in artists via Dante patching.”

On the guest band console, Keslake has dedicated mixes 1-16 as stereo in-ears, 17-24 as wedges, matrix’s 1-7 are effects sends, and matrix 8 is a drum sub mix. “The dedicated mixes have allowed me to have a very good starting point for almost any guest band with very little information. I have found the ability to map my own channels to custom fader banks immensely valuable specifically on the CL5 guest band console. I am using the C5 and C6 banks to map my daily used mixes enabling me to bounce around very quickly between them. I was also extremely impressed with the addition of the Premium Rack in the CL Series.”

With an audience of 201, James Young, front of house engineer is using a CL3 for the house band with six stems to the CL5 production console: left, right, sub, two vocal stems, lead and BGV, and a ‘guest’ stem for when someone sits in with the house band. Guest bands land in a separate CL5 with a similar 6 stem set up. “The Dante network has been very stable, and the Yamaha CL consoles are very easy to set up and use with classic Yamaha reliability. I also appreciate the extra DCA’s, effects rack, and custom fader banks.”

For more information on The Arsenio Hall Show, visit www.arseniohall.com.

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

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PHOTO ID: Left to right: Greg Keslake, Peter Baird, James Young

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
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.

LSU ROARS WITH DANLEY!

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 2014: The Louisiana State University Tigers football team plays all of its home games at Tiger Stadium on the school’s Baton Rouge campus. Nicknamed “Death Valley,” the stadium’s deafening roar of 92,500 Tigers fans is notorious for scrambling the communications and sapping the confidence of the Tigers’ unlucky opponents. Indeed, the NCAA ranked Tiger Stadium as the loudest stadium in college football, noting as an example that fans’ euphoric response to a last-minute LSU touchdown in 1988 measured as a minor earthquake on the campus seismograph! Despite this, Tiger Stadium persisted until recently with an underpowered sound reinforcement system that one list-serve commenter likened unfavorably to a car radio. No more. With a beefy Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system that includes eighteen Jericho Horns and six “Rock Monster” subwoofers, Tiger Stadium’s music playback system is now positioned to whip LSU fans to even greater fervor.

“The old system was expressly designed for public address, not music playback,” explained Larry Lucas, director of audio engineering for Anthony James Partners (Richmond, Virginia) and the person responsible for designing LSU’s new sound reinforcement system. “Given the game-day experience demanded from fans these days, a serious upgrade was a necessity. The point-source system that we designed flanks the LED screen on the north end of the stadium and throws eight-hundred feet across to the south end zone seating. With the Danley Jericho Horns, we were able to throw 8kHz that full distance with program material that measured 105dBA. That’s an unprecedented technical leap!” Baker Audio of Norcross, Georgia installed the system.

Fourteen Danley J3-64 full-range Jericho Horns comprise the bulk of the new system, while four Danley J4-31 high-frequency Jericho Horns contribute to the system’s amazing high-end throw. Six Danley TH-812 “Rock Monster” subwoofers fill out the bottom of the system with thunderous low end. Four Danley SH-96s, four Danley SH-64s, four Danley SM-80s, and twenty Danley SH-MINIs provide fill for areas not directly covered by the Jericho Horns. A 32-channel Yamaha LS9 provides a familiar front end, while a QSC Q-Sys processing system feeds twenty-four Lab.gruppen PLM 10000Q and 20000Q amplifiers behind the scenes.

Mike Hedden, co-founder and president of Danley Sound Labs commented. “We measured the frequency response of the completed system at hundreds of positions around the stadium and the system is remarkably consistent with solid bass down into the mid 20Hz region and top end extending into the 10kHz range even at seats eight-hundred feet away. This is unprecedented performance in a venue this size and could only be achieved within the limitations of the scoreboard using Danley’s unique technologies.”

The north end scoreboard sits over eighty feet from ground level, and each loudspeaker and subwoofer had to be lifted individually by crane to that height. Then the Baker Audio rigging crew set up a beam trolley system with rigging motors to lift each set into position, to secure final rigging hardware, and to lock in the angles and aiming points. Because Tiger Stadium is in a hurricane zone, everything had to be slightly over-engineered to make sure that the rigging tolerances would hold up to hurricane force winds.

“There are always questions about how a system’s real life performance will compare to the acoustical models we work with in the design process,” commented Chris Moore, senior project manager with Baker Audio. “Given the throw distances at Tiger Stadium, a few degrees in coverage pattern or small variables in the overall acoustic performance could have been very time consuming to correct in the field. No one wants to do a redesign in the field, especially given the rigging elements that we had to use on this job. Thankfully, the Danley speakers performed exactly as the design models predicted they would, so we did not have to change any rigging angles or aiming points once we had the speakers hanging in the air. That made the installation process fast and efficient. It’s always a good day when everything performs as planned.”

“The Danley J3-64 Jericho Horns, together with the additional Danley fill speakers, combined to provide uniform coverage throughout the stadium, including the far upper end zone seating,” said Doug Stancil, senior engineer with Baker Audio. “The coverage was complicated by Tiger Stadium’s extended sideline seating, which reaches up to 175 feet at its highest point. The Danley system covers all of those seats very well. I was also impressed by the performance of the Danley TH-812 subs in the far field. Although I have been in stadiums where the low end starts to fall off at the fifty-yard line, this is definitely not the case at Louisiana State University. Fans will feel the full impact of the ‘Tiger Roar’ wherever they sit!”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

NOMINATED FOR TWO 2014 GRAMMYS, MIX ENGINEER GARY NOBLE GOES WITH METRIC HALO’S 2882 INTERFACE, PLUG-INS AND SPECTRAFOO

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – JANUARY 2014: It’s been a busy year for Grammy Award-winning mix engineer and avid blogger Gary Noble. His two highest-profile projects each earned a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album. The first nominated work is Mack Wilds’ New York: A Love Story, which was released earlier this year on Louder Than Life/Sony Music. Producer and frequent collaborator Salaam Remi brought that project to Noble for mixing, and he also asked Noble to mix three of the tracks on his own work, ONE: In the Chamber, which was released on Flying Buddha/Masterworks and also earned a Grammy nomination. For the latter work, Noble mixed Remi’s collaborations with Ne-Yo, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Stephen Marley. As always, Noble relied on his Metric Halo 2882 interface for monitoring and 80-bit summing; the Metric Halo Production Bundle plug-ins for flexible, great-sounding processing; and Metric Halo SpectraFoo sound analysis software to ensure the technical perfection of his work.

For both projects, Noble mixed at either 88.2kHz or 96kHz, depending on the recording rate. In a few cases, the original material was recorded at 44.1kHz or 48kHz, and Noble up-sampled the files to the higher rates for consistency. “I’ve been using my Metric Halo 2882 on a daily basis for a decade, and it has worked flawlessly,” Noble said. “Metric Halo has been great about keeping it up to date; working at higher sampling rates is never a problem. The only problem I ever experienced wasn’t the unit’s fault… a bus-powered FireWire drive had a bad port and damaged the 2882. I shipped it to Metric Halo and had it back in fine order a few days later with a 2D upgrade.” Although he admits it is a bit of a cliché, Noble states that his 2882 is like a Swiss Army Knife. He can use it for all things audio wherever he goes, including hotel rooms. Several of the tracks on New York: A Love Story and ONE: In the Chamber progressed in hotel rooms with the help of the 2882 and a pair of good headphones.

The Metric Halo Production Bundle of plug-ins played a prominent role in Noble’s Grammy-nominated mixes. The most creative use was perhaps to help Mack Wilds’ vocals pop against the backdrop of a luscious recording of a full orchestra. “The Multiband Dynamics plug-in is great for sounds that take up a lot of space,” Noble said. “The orchestra tracks were huge and beautiful, and I didn’t want to sacrifice that. But at the same time, Mack’s vocals had to figure prominently in the mix. I used Multiband Dynamics to carve out a space from the orchestra to make room for Mack.” Noble also used HaloVerb to liven up tracks that needed it and Character to impart an organic, analog feel to tracks that sounded too digital by themselves. Of course, Noble’s longtime favorite plug-in, Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip, played a prominent role as well, providing analog-sounding equalization and flexible dynamics processing on almost every channel.

Metric Halo SpectraFoo is an indispensible part of Noble’s workflow, and these two Grammy-nominated albums are no exception. “I always run SpectraFoo in the background when I mix,” he said. “And I always check it to see that what I’m hearing is accurate, and it’s especially useful in unfamiliar rooms. It’s not uncommon to have the low end sound okay in the room, but SpectraFoo shows me that it’s too much or too little. It’s a good reference that’s free from the variables that can affect sound in a particular room.”

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.

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Join Renkus-Heinz at NAMM 2014

Anaheim, CA – January, 2014… The New Year is off and running, and Renkus-Heinz will kick off 2014 with the upcoming NAMM show in Anaheim, January 23-26, 2014. We will be in our usual spot in the Anaheim Convention Center, Hall A, Booth 6420, and would be delighted to have you drop by for a visit.

Renkus-Heinz will also be part of the CMT NAMM Canadian Reception, providing a full IC2 steered beam line array system to the event. The Reception, hosted by Norris-Whitney Communications, will be held on Thursday, January 23rd from 8:00 PM until Midnight, in the Plaza Ballroom of the Sheraton Park Hotel, 1855 South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim.

A short drive away, The Gaslamp Bar and Restaurant in Long Beach will host surf rock legend Gary Hoey on Saturday, January 25. The club’s VARIA line array has helped to make it one of the premiere music venues in Southern California, and this show is a great opportunity to hear the system at its high energy best. Doors open at 7:00 PM, with guests Damage, Unit 287, and Dunluce. The club is guaranteed to fill up early.

So come by the booth, view the IC2 and Iconyx displays, and visit with Renkus-Heinz staff. Drop by the Sheraton and attend the CMT NAMM Reception. Or come over to the Gaslamp and catch a great night of Southern California surf rock. Whatever you decide, we’ll see you at NAMM.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

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