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Barix Names Thorvin Electronics as Canadian Distributor

Company’s experience in digital signage, IP technologies makes Barix an ideal fit

ZURICH/MINNEAPOLIS, April 30, 2014
Barix has appointed Thorvin Electronics as its new Canadian distributor as the company increases its presence across the provinces and territories of North America’s largest geographical country.

Thorvin Electronics specializes in quality audio, video and digital signage products and systems, supporting communications dealers across Canada. The Thorvin Electronics team sees Barix as an ideal match for its portfolio based on the acceleration of IP transitions across AV and broadcast systems throughout Canada.

“Everything is moving toward IP today, and our AV dealers are increasingly working to move paging and background music systems to the network – a core Barix strength,” said Jean-Marc Langevin, vice president and sales manager, Thorvin Electronics. “We also see a rapidly growing interest in audio for digital signage as businesses recognize its value. We think the Barix AudioPoint solution, which synchronizes audio streams with video signage, will make a real impact by engaging consumers through their mobile devices. That solves the noise pollution challenge in signage deployments that our dealers have battled for years.”

Langevin adds that Thorvin’s footprint across Canada, which includes sales representation and AV dealers in every region, has raised Barix’s profile across the country. He already has opportunities to deliver complete Barix solutions to single customers that merge audio signage, in-store radio, and paging and intercom on the same network. Langevin points to retail, transportation (including airports) and education as especially ripe opportunities across Canada, likening Barix solutions to “a Swiss Army Knife, with an array of uses and flexibility.”

Ronni Guggenheim, CEO of Barix, believes that Thorvin Electronics is in a unique position to cost-effectively transition AV and broadcast businesses across Canada from legacy to IP architectures, leveraging its vast portfolio of products and solutions — which now includes Barix.

“There is a synergy between Barix and other product lines in the Thorvin Electronics portfolio that creates exceptional growth opportunities for end users across multiple business verticals,” said Ronni Guggenheim, CEO, Barix. “We believe that Thorvin Electronics has the broadest range of solutions in Canada to help businesses and organizations move audio across IP networks with better efficiency, quality and reliability.”

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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D-Tools Adds Planar and Runco to Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program, Providing Integrators with Detailed Product Specifications for Lauded Commercial and Residential Video Solutions

D-Tools Global System Integrator™ software users now have the entire catalog of Planar and Runco products at their fingertips, giving them the tools they need to specify and integrate some of the most sought-after video products available.

 
CONCORD, CA, USA – APRIL 30, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Planar and Runco, maker of high-end, high-quality video solutions for both the commercial and residential markets, has joined its D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Planar and Runco join the ranks of 150+ other MVP program vendors, in what is now one of the largest and most complete software-based product databases available for the electronics system integrator.

With the addition of Planar and Runco to D-Tools’ MVP program, integrators, installers, sales professionals, and retailers who use D-Tools Global System Integrator™ for electronic system design, proposal, and estimation will have immediate access to detailed information on Planar and Runco’s entire product offering. This includes dozens of projectors, displays, video processors, players, video walls, large-format displays, and monitors. Now, integrators and systems designers can access and specify the most current available specification information on some of the most venerable video products on the market.

“For both the commercial and residential markets, Planar and Runco are among the most respected names in video,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “By adding them to our ever-growing roster of MVP vendor partners, we dramatically boost the number of available video product options that our community of users can access with a simple keystroke.”

Whether it is a sophisticated commercial video wall with all the associated video processing, or a high-performance home theater, Planar and Runco rounds out the D-Tools MVP program’s already robust video product offerings and gives integrators the tools they need to specify cutting-edge systems with ease.

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed partner product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process by using the D-Tools Global System Integrator platform. Users of Global System Integrator receive all MVP product data free, along with current data from MVP partners on the latest product updates and special offers. This gives integrators updated current pricing and product info in real time, as it happens.

In turn, the MVP program gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install their products. It is also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer service.

D-Tools will soon launch its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote–– which will enable integrators and sales people to specify Planar and Runco products (and any other D-Tools MVP partner for that matter) from any jobsite in the world. The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad app will be made available for download from the Apple App Store and will carry a monthly subscription fee per user/device. Once launched, customers already on D-Tools’ Software Assurance plan will receive a discounted monthly subscription rate of $12.00 per user/device.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.
Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, by calling (866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mailing info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

About Planar and Runco
Founded in 1983, Planar and Runco represents the very best in both commercial and residential video products. Planar is the global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest performance. Runco, which Planar acquired in 2007, has been the leader in the custom home theater industry that is committed to research and development in cultivating the finest products and services in home theater video displays. For more information, visit planar.com and runco.com.
Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

 Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

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Planar and Runco logos

 

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SoundTube Adds 8” Long-Throw Speaker to Economy Line

InfoComm 2014, Booth C9025 — SoundTube Entertainment is now shipping the CM89-EZ, a value-priced 8” coaxial speaker designed for installation in high ceilings. This long-throw, high sensitivity speaker includes an 8” woofer and a 1” titanium dome tweeter mounted in a specially designed 75° horn. Inputs are made via a ceramic terminal strip; a 64 watt transformer is included with a six position tap switch. With a maximum SPL of 112 dB (1m) and sensitivity of 93 dB (1w/1m) the CM89-EZ is well suited for installations requiring high output from an in-ceiling speaker. The speaker is enclosed in a drawn steel backcan with ABS baffle and is ported for superior bass response; SoundTube’s patented SpeedWing™ installation system enables ultra-fast installation.

“Our customers have been asking us for this speaker for some time,” said Duke Ducoff, MSE Audio VP of Sales. “It’s the perfect complement to our CM-EZ line, and is ideal for large spaces such as classrooms, hotel ballrooms or office buildings.”

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About SoundTube Entertainment
SoundTube Entertainment, based in Park City, Utah USA, develops, manufactures and markets loudspeakers for installed sound. Our broad range of products includes RSi and RS-EZ open-ceiling, CMi, CM-BGM and CM-EZ in-ceiling, SMi surface-mount, XT outdoor, HPi high-power, Secret Sound sound-focusing, LA columnar line array and IP-addressable speaker models along with the WLL wireless delivery system, SolidDrive surface-direct and Rockustics speaker brands. SoundTube products are installed in many of the world’s best-known commercial operations. SoundTube is part of MSE Audio®, Overland Park Kansas USA.
www.soundtube.com / www.mseaudio.com

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SoundTube IP-Addressable Speaker System Now Available

InfoComm 2014, Booth C9025 — SoundTube Entertainment’s STNet IP-Addressable speaker system is now in stock and available for delivery. The system provides a rack mountable 16-port switch and 40 watts PoE (Power over Ethernet) input power to its speakers along with report-back functions. Current speaker models include the in-ceiling IP-CM52-BGM, IP-CM52s-BGM, IP-CM62-BGM and IP-CM82-BGM, and the surface-mount IP-SM500i-II. Additional speaker models are slated to be added to the system in the future.

Using the CobraNet® audio standard as its backbone, the system allows each SoundTube speaker on the network to be powered via its Ethernet cable and individually set up and equalized. Each speaker can receive different audio signals and is continuously monitored by the system to provide report-back status to the main control point. Any failure in the speaker will immediately trigger an alarm (either visible or audible), and the system can be configured to send an e-mail message to the installer. The STNet is compatible with all other CobraNet-enabled control systems, and multiple SoundTube switches may be linked for large speaker systems.

In addition to the 16 Ethernet ports, the STNet-Switch includes two gigabit ports for linking of switches and a WAN port for connection to an outside network.

“IP-addressable speakers are a great way for system integrators to manage networked audio throughout an installation,” said Duke Ducoff, MSE Audio VP of Sales. “With our speakers’ higher input power, IP-addressable systems can now have better room coverage along with the alarm reporting that makes these systems so useful.”

Visitors to InfoComm are invited to the SoundTube booth for a hands-on demonstration of STNet.

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About SoundTube Entertainment
SoundTube Entertainment, based in Park City, Utah USA, develops, manufactures and markets loudspeakers for installed sound. Our broad range of products includes RSi and RS-EZ open-ceiling, CMi, CM-BGM and CM-EZ in-ceiling, SMi surface-mount, XT outdoor, HPi high-power, Secret Sound sound-focusing, LA columnar line array and IP-addressable speaker models along with the WLL wireless delivery system, SolidDrive surface-direct and Rockustics speaker brands. SoundTube products are installed in many of the world’s best-known commercial operations. SoundTube is part of MSE Audio®, Overland Park Kansas USA.
www.soundtube.com / www.mseaudio.com

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Dugan Auto-Mixing Technologies Abound at InfoComm

InfoComm 2014, booth C10545 — Technologies from Dan Dugan Sound Design, the originator of automatic microphone mixing technology, have been integrated into audio products from three major manufacturers exhibiting at InfoComm.

New from Yamaha are QL Series mixers, first unveiled at ISE 2014. 16 channels of Dugan Speech System™ automatic mixing are incorporated as a standard in these new products, allowing the user to quickly insert Dugan processing for automatically optimized microphone gain distribution. Along with automatically managing gain of live microphones, the system effectively reduces feedback, studio noise and comb filtering to allow operators to concentrate on overall system performance.

Integrated Dugan mixing comes as a successor to the Dugan-MY16 plug-in card, jointly released by Yamaha and Dugan in 2011. The Dugan-MY16 is compatible with the Yamaha 01V96, DM1000, 02R96, DM2000, M7CL, LS9, DSP5D, PM5D, and DME24/64N. It also incorporates the Dugan Speech System for management of multiple live mics. The Dugan-MY16 card is available from Yamaha distributors worldwide.

The Dugan Automixer plug-in from Waves Audio is a software emulation of the Dugan Speech System™ for Waves MultiRack Native and MultiRack SoundGrid® systems. Like all Dugan automatic mixing controllers, this software automatically manages the gains of multiple microphones in real time to create fast, transparent cross-fades. It dramatically reduces feedback, studio noise and comb filtering from adjacent mics without introducing sonic artifacts.

The Dugan-VN16 plug-in card was developed and released during the past year in partnership with Avid. This 16-channel automatic mixing controller plugs into a slot on selected Avid digital mixers and patches into the Avid’s mic channel insert points. The Dugan-VN16 uses the Dugan Speech System to detect which mics are being used and makes fast, transparent crossfades. It may be configured with 16 automixing channels or 8 automixing channels and 8 channels of ADAT I/O, and may be linked with up to seven other Dugans to expand the number of microphones in the system.

The Dugan Speech System™ is one of three auto-mixing technologies developed by Dan Dugan, who invented the automatic microphone mixer in the late 1960s. The Dugan Speech System automatically manages any number of live mics in unscripted talking situations. The Dugan Music System™ offers automatic downward expansion to help reduce feedback and noise pick-up in live performances, and Dugan Gain Limiting™ provides a continuous, stepless, number-of-open-microphones master gain adjusting system. All three technologies were designed to provide the best possible mix of live microphones, providing fast, transparent cross-fades without upcutting, choppy sound or shifts in background noise. Dugan products are used in corporate meetings, political events, broadcasting, live theatre and other applications. The products are not mixers in themselves; rather, they are accessories to sound mixing consoles. The “Dugans” patch into the input insert points of a mixing console, giving the board operator all of the features of the board such as EQ and sends, plus Dugan automatic mixing.

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SurgeX® International Merges with ESP/SurgeX

Brand principals retained as consultants and form Outerlimits Technologies

BLUE BELL, Pennsylvania — SurgeX® International, the industry leading manufacturer of AC power distribution and protection products for the global marketplace, announces that it has merged its global interests with SurgeX North America, owned and operated by Electronic Systems Protection, Inc. (ESP) of Knightdale, NC.

With all of SurgeX International’s intellectual property effectively now transferred over to ESP/SurgeX, the brand’s founders — Senior Principal Michael McCook, Director of Engineering Andy Benton, and Operations manager Kevin Bromberger — are carrying on in a consulting capacity with the North American company.

The recent merger frees up McCook, Benton and Bromberger to focus on their latest endeavor, Outerlimits Technologies, LLC, a new company dedicated to continued invention, manufacturing and marketing consulting. “When we established SurgeX through New Frontier Electronics 20 years ago, we were confident that it would eventually be recognized as the AC power conditioning field’s leading technology,” says McCook. “As Andy, Kevin and I now turn our attention to creating innovative solutions for a variety of industries, we’ve seen SurgeX International seamlessly transition into ESP/SurgeX and know that the brand is well positioned for continued success both here and abroad.”

SurgeX North America President Shannon Townley adds, “We are excited to extend our partnership globally and look forward building on the success of SurgeX International. This is an exciting time for SurgeX.”

For more information, please visit www.surgex.com.

About SurgeX International
SurgeX International, based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, USA, has been providing patented AC power protection and distribution products to the professional IT/AV, industrial, education, government and military markets for two decades. Prior to the merger, the SurgeX International brand was owned and operated as a division of New Frontier Electronics, Inc.

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SoundLab Held At USITT With Yamaha Support

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Held at USITT every other year, SoundLab concentrates on free product demonstrations for students, and this year, the conference was devoted to live sound reinforcement. Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. made a key contribution by supplying its latest products set up for the event in the Arena at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

“The idea that Mike Hooker (Head of Sound Design at UC Irvine’s Department of Dramatic Arts) and myself who co-chaired the project together was to provide students with the opportunity to mix live music while being mentored by some of the top people in the field as well as mixing on premium systems, states Erik Alberg, Technical Director for Events and Conferences, Hope College, Holland, Michigan. The ideal system was to be much larger and possibly bigger than students would ever have a chance to mix on with in their own university settings. We came up with a model of having two consoles at FOH and switching the live console from one to the other while bands were performing on stage.”

Alberg said they contacted a lot of manufacturers to see if they were interested in participating. “We needed a console to drive the line array rigs and were thrilled when Yamaha stepped up and offered us not only equipment but the expertise of their staff. Kevin Kimmel, a systems application engineer at Yamaha Commercial Audio was a great help in developing the system layout for FOH and monitor system. We created a network of inputs and consoles that not only worked for the SoundLab mixing events, but also for the special events held at USITT such as the keynote speech and award presentations, along with system demonstrations.”

The console system included three Yamaha CL5 consoles, two at front of house that handled the mixing for the live bands, and one as a monitor console. There was also a CL1 at front of house that switched between the two CL5s and was used for running the special events requirements such as wireless microphones, video feeds, and playback. The whole system was connected via Dante and included Yamaha Rio boxes onstage for inputs and outputs to the mains.

The bands were mixed by students at USITT under the mentoring of Buford Jones and Jim Van Bergen, as well as Kimmel who stepped in for one session and provided invaluable services as monitor engineer for all but one of the bands. Over 70 students had the chance to mix during the event.

“The Yamaha consoles were intrinsic to the success of this year’s SoundLab, says Alberg. They worked well and we had no problems with connectivity or routing thanks to Dante and Yamaha. I was also very impressed with the consoles, their flexibility, and ease of use. Sonically they were great and provided our students with an amazing opportunity. The Yamaha staff was critical to the success of the project. Their patience, understanding, and support were great and a real gift.”

For more information on Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO: Engineer Buford Jones and SoundLab Students

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.

Revolabs at InfoComm 2014:

Revolabs
InfoComm 2014
Booth N1955

Revolabs Executive Elite(TM) Four- and Eight-Channel Wireless Microphone System
At InfoComm 2014, Revolabs will showcase its new Executive Elite, the first and only wireless microphone system to offer customers a cloud server option. Originally announced at last year’s show, the Executive Elite has since been equipped with a combination of local and remote cloud-based capabilities that offer incredible flexibility in setup, management, and monitoring, allowing integrators and end users to provide managed services easily for all Elite systems across an enterprise. Administrators can access information related to microphone status, audio and radio signal strength, and system performance via a Web-based interface. One of the many benefits of this convenience is that administrators can manage all Revolabs Executive Elite(TM) customer-specific installations within a single screen.

The Executive Elite’s remote antenna receiver and base units connect via a standard Cat 6 cable with Power over Ethernet (PoE) support to facilitate installations. The system’s redesigned microphones feature an elegant Fortune 500 look and feel, superior audio pickup, improved signal-to-noise ratio, easy operation, and enhanced digital signal communication over wireless links. The new gooseneck microphones fill out the growing family of microphones, providing customers an expanded choice to customize their installations.

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Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 500 USB Conference Phone
Setting a new standard for audio quality in PC communication applications during meetings and online collaboration, the Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 500 USB conference phone provides powerful, high-fidelity audio capabilities using tweeter and mid-woofer elements — effectively putting the speaker back into the audio equation. Equipped with four microphones, a wider frequency response, and higher power than typical USB audio devices, the FLX UC 500 brings professional-grade sound to unified communication applications such as video and audio conferencing services, softphone calls, or webinars at an entirely new price/performance ratio. Designed specifically for huddle rooms, small offices, and home offices, the device furthers its high-level audio clarity using straight-from-the-box echo cancellation without any additional processing required while offering full duplex support for simultaneous audio capture and playback. Users can listen to external audio or link the system to a laptop, PC, or tablet for use with Skype(TM), Microsoft(R) Lync(R), Cisco Jabber, IBM(R) Sametime(R), WebEx(R), and many other applications.

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Image Caption: Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 500

Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 1000 IP Conference Phone With SIP and USB Audio Support
Revolabs’ FLX(TM) UC 1000 IP conference phone with SIP and USB audio support is a breakthrough for both audio quality and unified communication (UC) collaboration. Featuring first-class sound components and multiple communication channel integration, the unit is a simple, stylish, and powerful solution for desktop and conference room applications in a single device. The FLX UC 1000 features audio capture and delivery via premium tweeter and mid-woofer elements, four microphones, an ultra-wide frequency response, and integrated echo cancellation. The FLX UC 1000 supports the SIP standard and works in all major VoIP environments with all market-leading IP PBX systems, whether on premises or in the cloud. For IP calling, the FLX UC 1000 features a separate dialer with a color display while USB support allows users to connect the speakerphone to any laptop, PC, or tablet. The sleek device also functions as a bridge for joining IP telephone calls with USB audio applications.

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Image Caption: Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 1000

Revolabs Speaking at InfoComm 2014
On Thursday, June 19 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Revolabs Senior Product Manager Dr. Holger Stoltze will be presenting “Wireless Versus Wired Microphones — Successful Conferencing for Every Setting”. In the seminar, Stoltze will discuss the different wired and wireless microphone technologies available for boardrooms and conference rooms. In addition, he will explore the fundamentals of microphone acoustics and their importance in any installation.

Company Quote:
“Each year at InfoComm, visitors come to the Revolabs booth to see truly innovative audio solutions tailored to the specific needs of a variety of environments from the desktop to the auditorium, while meeting today’s demand for more unified and collaborative communications. 2014 certainly isn’t going to be an exception. On display will be our latest and greatest, including the FLX UC 500 USB conference phone, FLX UC 1000 conference phone with support for both SIP and USB audio, and our flagship Executive Elite — the first and only wireless microphone system to feature a cloud server option. It’s going to be another amazing InfoComm for Revolabs as we announce and debut new products at the show. We look forward to seeing everyone there.” — JP Carney, CEO at Revolabs

Company Overview:
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s teleconferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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METRIC HALO ULN-8’s FRONT IMMERSIVE IDEAL – A RECORDING SESSION ON DISPLAY AT D.C. AREA MUSEUM

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – APRIL 2014: Beauty Pill is the musical brainchild of veteran producer and engineer Chad Clark, who founded the band in 2001 shortly after the dissolution of Smart Went Crazy. Both bands have received heaps of critical praise from outlets local to Washington D.C. and from the national press. Solid songwriting has turned Beauty Pill’s on-again/off-again status into something that promotes, rather than detracts, from its cult following. Beauty Pill recently teamed up with the Arlington, Virginia-based Artisphere museum to take on a unique artistic, musical, and sociological experiment. The band set up in a large room inside the museum with a windowed overlook and spent two weeks on display recording an album. Although they went in with racks of borrowed A-list studio gear, their initial recordings fell flat. It was only after Clark stripped everything down to just his Metric Halo ULN-8 interfaces that the recordings came alive, a testament to the ULN-8’s fantastic sound.

“Artisphere initially approached me to ask if I could do something ‘musical’ in the museum’s beautiful space,” explained Clark. “I was touring around, trying to come up with some ideas, when they showed me a large room with a window that overlooked it. It reminded me of Abbey Road Studio 2, where the Beatles made a lot of famous recordings. That put the idea in my head to do a recording there. It would be live in the sense that people would be watching us, but my plan was to record exactly as we would in a normal studio… including all of the discussions, overdubs, and the like. I thought it would interesting for the public to see that process – I have some non-musician friends who seem to think an album is made in almost the time it takes to listen to it!”

A musician first, Clark happily fell into engineering and production when other bands in the D.C.-area approached him because they liked the sound of Smart Went Crazy. He quit his day job in 1998 and spent nearly a decade between now and then as a mastering engineer at Silver Sonya. These days, he works mainly as a mix engineer, where he finds his passion for music is best nurtured. “It was working with Beauty Pill that first got me interested in the Metric Halo ULN-8,” Clark said. “It seemed to fit what I needed and what the band needed. Although I have nothing against low-fi recordings, I have no romance for them. I like sound that is vivid and the descriptions of the ULN-8 conveyed that idea. It’s turned out to be completely true – the ULN-8 is a miracle device! It’s incredibly flexible, and everything I record with it sounds amazing.”

Nevertheless, when someone goes to do a big studio recording – especially one that will be on display – there are certain preamps with legacies deep in the recordings of the late 1960s that engineers naturally assume will be the best choice for a rock record. With the help of friends at local studios, Clark amassed a rack of the choicest analog preamps and processors available. “We mic’d everything up with the best mics for each application and ran them to the textbook pro preamps that engineers have been using for decades,” he said. “The initial recordings were okay, but they weren’t fantastic. We all agreed that they fell kind of flat. So we simplified the mic’ing and pulled out all those great preamps, relying entirely on the Metric Halo ULN-8s for preamps and conversion to 24-bit/88.2kHz.”

He continued, “It was a revelation. The sound came alive. It was vivid and tactile. The ULN-8 preamps are just stellar. That was a convincing test, and now I never wonder about using anything but the ULN-8s now. I think it’s worth pointing out that although Metric Halo’s use of the term ‘archival quality’ is totally appropriate, it shouldn’t give anyone the idea that the ULN-8 is only for purists or documentary recording styles. Beauty Pill’s Artisphere recording is far from documentary. We use all kinds of overdubs and textures and found sounds. The quality of the ULN-8 simply makes that mode of recording more vivid and involving.”

Some of the band’s friends advised them against the experiment, citing YouTube’s “comment culture” as an example of how mean people can be when a band is vulnerable. “I suspect that if we had streamed the installation or posted video, things might have gotten ugly,” said Clark. “But the people who came to the exhibit were completely supportive. Sure, there were some uncomfortable moments when we were arguing amongst ourselves, but I mainly felt empathy from the window. They were wishing us well. It was an encouraging experiment!”

Ultimately, Immersive Ideal ran as an interactive multimedia photography and music exhibit with pictures from the recording sessions paired with a surround-sound mix of the final versions. Beauty Pill anticipates releasing it as a conventional stereo recording in the fall.

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

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems to Sponsor POD 2014 In Quebec

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Le Diplomate Audiovisual is hosting its first two-day Open Door (French Porte Ouverte le Diplomate or POD) event bringing together over 25 audio-visual exhibitors, guest presenters, product demonstrations, conferences, animation, and networking opportunities for industry professionals. The 2014 POD event is designed to create a meaningful and valuable experience and includes clinics with AV specialists, hands-on demonstrations, and an exhibition of new products.

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) is the main sponsor of this new event to be held at Le Diplomate Audio Visual, 5588 Blvd Rossignols, in Laval, Quebec. YCAS products to be exhibited during the two-day event include the new Yamaha QL digital console line, CL console, NEXO PS speakers and Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) products. On a mobile stage, a NEXO STM line array will be used for live events, and on ‘the Patio’ CIS products will be used in real world setting. Classes on QL and Dante network will also be offered.

Exhibition dates and times are Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

For more information on POD 2014 visit, http:www.//diplomate.com/pod2014/en.html.

The event is free but registration is necessary. To register,
visit https://www.qvc.qc.ca/Inscript/Publique/QVC2101A.aspx?m=2&a=.

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