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Group One Ltd Launches SD5 Trade Up Program

With the launch of the new SD5 console earlier this year, DiGiCo U.S. distributor, Group One Limited, initiated a limited-time trade up program within the United States to get the new system into as many hands and inventories as possible. The premise of the program is that Group One will take back any make or model large-format analog or digital desk with a credit towards the purchase of a new SD5. The trade up program not only offers a financial benefit, but is also an easy way to stay on the leading edge of technology and upgrade to current technology. The advantages, in particular for a black box theatre or house of worship, is that it would allow them to put in a request for funding and once approved, the venue could swap out the old for the new seamlessly without any downtime, or having to worry about hassling with resale. Several large production companies took immediate advantage of the offer including Alford Media, Clearwing Productions, Hi-Tec Audio, and Beach Sound.

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Alford Media Services is a nationally recognized event technology support company providing audio, video, lighting and show coordination services for a wide range of clientele from corporate to concerts worldwide. With two of each D1s and D5s in service since 2003, they took advantage of trading up the two D5s for two SD5s with an additional purchase of two 56×32 SD-racks, as well as a pair each of SD9′s and SD11′s and six DRacks. “For our needs, the SD5′s offer the advanced feature sets that our engineers need and tour riders request but don’t cost what the SD7 does,” says John Caswell, Manager of Audio Services. “Upon taking delivery, we did a week in Dallas for Ambit Energy, followed by another event for Sam’s Club in Kansas City and one of our SD5′s was at FOH for both events. That same console was also used at the California Women’s Conference in Long Beach.”

Clearwing Productions, a key resource for audio, video, and lighting, traded up a Soundcraft digital console for an SD5 and also purchased an additional SD9 for its inventory. “We went for one of each for versatility,” explains president Gregg Brunclik, “and planning ahead, the next purchase will be another one of each as we usually buy pairs of each desk. We had an upcoming tour (Bob Dylan) that was interested in using the SD5 so the timing seemed right. We like to make cutting-edge purchases that position us as a primary resource and with the pending tour that ended up taking the SD5 there was instant ROI. We’ve found great success being early adopters with L-Acoustics (we were one of the first five US companies to adopt the K1) and Vari-Lite, and we rolled the same dice on the SD5. DiGiCo’s pioneering new technology sets the bar that other manufacturers must meet. Similar to L-Acoustics pioneering the line array (and since- it’s improvements) you are the barometer by which all others get judged. We’ve come to find that we realize much greater ROI’s on products when we are very early to adopt. It’s a gamble, but when we’re right it really pays off. So far, so good on the SD5.”

Industry mainstay Hi-Tec Audio saw the success with the D5 and took advantage of the program to buy into DiGiCo’s newest technology by trading up six of their D5 inventory for the new SD5s. “For us, this was a no brainer,” mused owner Louis Adamo. “At Hi-Tec we like to look forward and for that reason it was obvious for us to move all our inventory into the new DiGiCo SD series—and we were an early adopter of that technology. In fact, we bought one of the first SD8s when it was introduced. Over the last year, we’ve been adding SD racks and accessories like crazy and our inventory is well over 24-25 SD racks, which is well over half-million dollars. We have a few customers that have been loyal D5 customers and they’ll be the first obvious ones to migrate to the SD5s. It also serves to fill a niche between the SD10 and SD7. The SD5 offers the technical requirements of the SD10 with the surface of the SD7 at a fraction of the cost. DiGiCo has built a very powerful and flexible platform, has done its part by putting the console in the hands of lots of engineers, and are making strides in the live sound market with its consoles. There’s a model that fits every shoe size. We have confidence in the technology and we have a definite market for them.”

Beachsound also felt the trade up program was a fantastic way to move out old capital and replace it with new and exciting technology. They traded up a Yamaha PM5D for an SD5 and purchased an additional SD9… for now. “We felt we needed a higher caliber showcase console to fit the bill of our needs/demands,” explains company president Andre Serafini. “We find the console’s flexible I/O, sonic quality and the ergonomics make it top tier and we are very pleased to have one in house. DiGiCo’s dynamic EQ feature has been a big hit and the DiGiTube technology has been a real pleasure getting to know. We have the SD5 set up to be on a few high profile events in the near future, including a televised mega church event.”

FSR Outfits Local Kids With Tools for School

Manufacturer’s Participation in United Way’s “Backpacks 4 Kids” Program Provides Much Needed Supplies

Woodland Park, NJ — FSR, a Passaic County-based manufacturer, has partnered with United Way of Passaic County to make sure that local students have the supplies they need to maximize their school experience. FSR donated 50 backpacks stuffed with pens, pencils, erasers, crayons and notebooks, along with 50 lunch boxes to United Way for “Backpacks 4 Kids”, the organization’s school supply program – the largest of its kind in Passaic County.

Part of a larger United Way initiative and a combined effort between area businesses, “Backpacks 4 Kids” strives to send students back to school in the Fall armed with the tools they need to succeed.

“It’s our privilege to help the kids as they start a new school year,” said Jan Sandri, FSR’s president. “FSR is a part of the fabric of Passaic County, and we continue to support the United Way and their staff in their unwavering belief that children from all walks of life can succeed if they have the proper tools.”

“Education is one of the primary building blocks of a successful career and financial stability,” said Yvonne Zuidema, CEO/President of the United Way of Passaic County. “We are grateful to Jan Sandri and FSR, as well as our other local businesses, for their generous support of programs that help cultivate the community leaders of the future.”

FSR manufactures audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, from its headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Exploring the Arts Gala Features Performances by Tony Bennett, Sting and a Yamaha CL5

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Hosted by Katie Couric with performances by Tony Bennett and his quartet with a special guest performance by Sting, the annual Exploring the Arts (ETA) fundraiser held October 4 at Cipriani’s mid-town in New York City raised $1.2 million. A star-studded red carpet affair, benefactors attending included Alec Baldwin, Jon Bon Jovi, Bryant Gumbel, Donna Karan, Lorraine Bracco, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Walters, and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

ETA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 by Tony Bennett and his wife, Susan Benedetto. The organization’s mission is to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education. ETA currently supports 14 partner schools in all five boroughs of New York City and reaches more than 10,000 public school students, the majority of who live below the poverty line. ETA’s flagship school, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts located in Astoria, Queens (the birthplace of Mr. Bennett), was founded by the Bennetts and opened in 2001.

Bennett is set to release VIVA DUETS on October 22, a CD featuring Latin recording artists, and The ZEN OF BENNETT, which was created and conceived by son Danny with a theatrical opening in NYC on October 24 (LA, SF, Chicago on November 2). In November, Bennett’s latest book “Life Is A Gift” will be released.

Audio production for the gala was provided by ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township, NJ), and included a Yamaha CL5 digital audio console with two RIO 3224-D remote I/Os used at front of house, a Yamaha PM5D-RH used for monitors, and Yamaha T3n amplifiers for monitor wedges. Additional products brought in by ACIR included Shure, A-T, Heil, Neuman and Sennheiser microphones and wireless monitor systems. The company also provided all of the backline instruments. Bennett LD, Ron Farino, designed the lighting for the event.

Long-time Bennett front of house engineer, production manager for the event, and co-owner of ACIR professional had his first opportunity to mix the show on the new Yamaha CL5. An avid fan of the Yamaha PM1D and PM5D, Young said using the CL5 for its compactness certainly made sense based on the footprint allocated for FOH in the Cipriani room. “I was quite pleased about the performance of the CL5 and how well it sounded,” states Young. “The console is very easy to navigate.”

For more information on Exploring the Arts, visit www.exploringthearts.org.

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL5, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Tom Young, Bennett’s front of house engineer and production manager

PHOTO CREDIT: Digital Warmth

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.

Clark Appoints Tim Kearns to New Position os Western Regional Sales Manager

Clark Wire & Cable™, CCW HD World Booth #863, a leader in broadcast and professional AV interconnect technology, has appointed Tim Kearns to the newly created position of Western Regional Sales Manager. As the sales manager for the western region of Clark’s domestic sales, Kearns will be responsible for customer development and the specification of Clark brand cables and value added products.

With over twenty years of experience Kearns is a team leader who has an earned reputation of partnering on the design and implementation of electronic components between manufactures and system integrators in the broadcast and commercial AV industries. Prior to his new position with Clark, Kearns served as the Regional Sales Manager and Special Projects Manager at Camplex Systems where he lead its global sales initiatives and collaborated on product designs. Past experiences also include technical sales and marketing and the development and holding of several US patents within the commercial and consumer electronics markets.

“Tim is a natural fit to Clark’s sales team and part of our strategic growth,” stated Shane Collins, president of Clark Wire & Cable. “We have achieved an exceptional increase in both our customer base and revenue in the past three years. Tim has the skill set and personality to drive our growth while at the same time enabling us to continue to service our markets with the same personable and technical approach that is core to our philosophy.”

About Clark Wire & Cable

Clark Wire & Cable, a leader in broadcast and professional AV interconnect technology, is celebrating over 23 years of business. With a focus on quality and innovation, Clark Wire & Cable delivers unique and reliable solutions dedicated to the markets it serves. From precision engineered bulk cable and cable assemblies to connectors, tools and custom panels, Clark Wire & Cable has remained committed to delivering comprehensive interconnect solutions. For additional information, please visit www.clarkwire.com.

Verrex Selects UCi2i as its Global Conferencing Managed Services Partner

The global alliance will focus on solutions designed to increase usage and simplify the operation and management of business critical conferencing systems.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NEW JERSEY USA / 24 October 2012 / — Verrex, a global design-build integrator and managed services provider of conferencing, collaboration and presentation technologies, today announced it has partnered with global managed services provider UCi2i to deliver complete video conferencing network and end-point management services.

“UCi2i stands out with its comprehensive offerings, robust infrastructure, and top-tier customer service” said Mr. Edolo, Verrex Director of Global Managed Services. “More importantly, we have begun using UCi2i’s services for our own internal videoconferencing infrastructure needs – with stellar results. UCi2i offers a superior service that Verrex can truly stand behind and confidently sell – we use it ourselves.”

Supported by UCi2i, Verrex will offer subscription-based virtual meeting rooms; point-to-point video communication services for desktop, meeting room and telepresence; B2B and B2C private dialing; monitoring and support; and concierge services for conferencing. UCi2i’s services are fully supported globally over a secure network and the cloud.

“UCi2i delivers services through channel only with the sole focus of making video the new voice,” added Mr. Jim Rowland, UCi2i Managing Director – APAC. “I am delighted to have partnered with Verrex, who share the same focus on customer service and dedication to quality as UCi2i. Together we are able to complement each other and deliver true, seamless, one-stop-shop solutions in visual collaboration.”

Verrex’s partnership with UCi2i for video managed services is part of the company’s global managed services offering. Designed to allow companies to adapt to video conferencing as an everyday business tool, Verrex global managed services also includes a global service desk, preventive maintenance and service contracts, onsite staffing and professional services.

About UCi2i
UCi2i is the world’s first global, independent and vendor agnostic Video Managed Services Provider headquartered in Hong Kong and London. Founded in 2009, UCi2i enables you to communicate face to face, through secure and high definition video, wherever you are. For more information on UCi2i visit www.uci2i.com.

About Verrex
Founded in 1947, Verrex designs, integrates, services and supports conferencing and collaboration systems globally that allow companies to communicate and collaborate through video conferencing and other audio visual technologies. Verrex’s approach is driven by a proprietary quality-management process and focus on documentation to deliver consistency and best-in-class standards across an entire enterprise. Led by full-service offices in key corporate hubs, Verrex has built an allied network across 40 countries to share its vision of exceptional integration and support services worldwide. For information, visit verrex.com.

Verrex, the Verrex Logo and GMS are registered trademarks of Verrex Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.
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Media Contacts:
Theresa Hahn, Director of Marketing & Business Development
Verrex
Phone: +1 908 664 8391
Email: thahn@verrex.com

Sally Crimes, Head of Marketing
UCi2i
Phone: +1 44 844 546 7006
Email: sally.crimes@uci2i.com

FSR Adds 6″ and 8″ Poke-Thru Floor Boxes to SmartFit Family

New Boxes Offer High Capacity, Pleasing Aesthetics and Ease of Installation

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has announced the addition of fire-rated 6” and 8” Poke-Thru floor boxes as part of its SmartFit family of products.

The easy-to-install, sturdy boxes, available in 6” and 8” sizes, present a high-capacity solution with an ultra-low profile design that eliminates the trip hazard frequently present in competitive products. The covers, available in three architectural finishes: brushed aluminum, brushed brass, and black, mix pleasing aesthetics with functionality. The entire cover door swings open 180° with two smaller cable access doors that fold down for cable egress while the cover door is secure. Each box features a variety of sub-plates that can be configured to allow the power, audio, video and data connections needed for nearly every application thus addressing the challenge of insufficient capacity.

All SmartFit poke-thru floor boxes are UL listed in Canada and the United States for fire and scrub water.

For additional information regarding the SmartFit family visit www.fsrinc.com or contact FSR directly at (800) 332-3771 or at sales@fsrinc.com.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

FSR complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is a woman owned business. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information visit www.fsrinc.com.

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FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com
Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Yamaha CL Series on Display at TC Furlong Digital Console Showcase

BUENA PARK, Calif.—On Tuesday, November 27, TC Furlong will host a Digital Console Showcase at the Moody Church, 1635 N. LaSalle Drive in Chicago from 3:00 – 8:00 pm CST in Rooms 107/108. The Showcase will include the new Yamaha CL Digital Console Series including the CL1, CL3 and CL5, and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems staff will be on hand for demos and to answer questions. The TC Furlong event is free and open to the public but space is limited so RSVP early at 847-367-9588.

For more information visit www.tcfurlong.com.

For directions to the Moody Church, visit http://www.moodychurch.org.

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

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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.

QSC Q-Sys Offers Acoustic Echo Cancellation as a Standard Feature

Q-Sys CoreCosta Mesa, CA –(October 19, 2012) QSC Audio Products, LLC is pleased to announce that Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) is now available as a standard component of their acclaimed Q-Sys integrated system platform, which has quickly become the preferred choice worldwide for audio system control and signal transport.

Ideally suited for Q-Sys clients that utilize AV conferencing systems in such places as corporate boardrooms, meeting and convention spaces, hospitality installs, and government and legislative venues, the powerful QSC AEC process is easily deployed in Q-Sys Designer software as a simple, draggable component. And unlike AEC offerings from competing manufacturers which must be purchased as costly add-on input cards, the Q-Sys solution is 100% integrated into the Q-Sys Core without any additional cost to the user.

“Because of the powerful Q-Sys DSP processing engines, we have been able to offer Acoustic Echo Cancellation as an integrated feature to serve our customers,” says Joe Peavey, QSC Product Manager, Software. “The tight integration between the Q-Sys processor, DSP, hardware and control software, gives Q-Sys the ability to do AEC on audio signals coming from any number of sources such as mics, remotes, I/O frames and even over IP streams.”

Current Q-Sys customers can enjoy the AEC feature at no charge by upgrading to Q-Sys Designer Release 3.0 or newer. More information on the upgrade, as well as a new Q-Sys AEC whitepaper can be found at: www.qscmarketing.com/aec.

“We are excited to be able to offer AEC to our customers with Q-Sys,” adds Peavey. “And we continually have plans in the QSC pipeline to add more advanced and powerful features to Q-Sys which will benefit our customers. “

Q-Sys, the complete integrated system platform that encompasses everything from the audio input to loudspeakers, provides all the audio routing, processing, control and monitoring necessary for any facility while maintaining the audio quality and reliability QSC has come to be known for. Designed for the rigorous requirements of both small and large-scale venues, the power of Q-Sys has been demonstrated worldwide in a variety of applications, including stadiums and arenas, theme parks, performing arts venues, transportation hubs, corporate boardrooms, convention halls, government facilities, hotels and casinos and houses of worship.

About QSC Audio
QSC Audio Products, LLC is a leading manufacturer of power amplifiers, loudspeakers, digital signal processors, digital sound transport, and network audio for professional audio systems worldwide. qsc.com

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Train’s ‘California 37′ 2012 Tour Lays Tracks Across U.S. With Dual DiGiCo SD10s

Grammy Award-winning pop-rockers Train have been laying tracks across the continental United States and Canada this summer and fall with their San Francisco 2012 tour. The band pulled out all the stops, rolling through material both old and new, including songs from their latest studio album, California 37. Because of the tour’s beefed-up band and increased input list, engineers Rob Thomas and Robert Greene opted for a pair of SD10 systems at FOH and monitors (provided by Delicate Productions and Hi-Tech Audio), to simplify the production and the technology requirements.

“Rob Greene and I have used many different platforms working together with Train over the years,” Thomas explains, “but for this tour, it got a little more involved. Train is typically a three-piece band, but with this tour there are eight musicians onstage and we needed at least 52 inputs/outputs for the band and the accompaniments, including bass, guitar, vocals and background singers, in-ear mixes and stage monitors. We wanted the best-sounding console and one that was most configurable, and that’s how we came up with the SD10s. Having two of the DiGiCo’s out there was the best option for the tour, allowing us to pick each other’s brains about functionality and also streamline the technology. This is the first time that I’ve toured with a DiGiCo product, although I’ve used and am familiar with the D1 and D5 Series. In my time with the SD10 at FOH, I found that it truly sounds great; it’s one of the best-sounding digital consoles that I’ve been able to get my hands on. Choosing DiGiCo was one of the easiest decisions we had to make early on.”

System Tech Philip Reynolds and FOH Engineer Rob Thomas

“Going into this tour back in early 2012 we knew that we were going to move up above the 48-channel level,” adds Greene. “We had a chance to check out both the SD10 and SD7 and they were both impressive. The SD10 had everything that Rob and I needed so we decided to save the band a little dough and take out the SD10.”

The FOH system uses the DiGiCo SD Rack loaded with 56 inputs, 16 analog outs, and eight AES. “We are using both AES and analog to drive the PA via a Martin Merlin processor ,” clarifies Systems Tech Philip Reynolds. “The system is run in AES to the Martin Merlin 4 in 10 out matrix. From there, the rig is analog throughout. We have a very cool setup with the headliner independent of the support act settings. We use a separate group output off the console to drive three more inputs on the Merlin, also using AES. I am also using both the SD Rack and FOH outputs to feed hearing assist, video recording/ monitor, back of house audio as well… all controlled off the matrix on the desk.”
Thomas says he’s done some slick routing at FOH thanks to the flexibility of the DiGiCo interface. “The compact surface of the SD10—taken from the SD7 approach where any fader can be configured the way I want—allows me to take a musical approach vs. a typical console layout and was a plus. Unlike other consoles, you can minimize your layers, and the SD10 gives us flexible, multiple layers to choose from, so I tend to use less because of how I’m able to lay the console out just on the first layer. What would normally take me three to four layers on the console, I can now do in one, maybe two, because the desk is able to be laid out in almost any configuration of inputs, outputs, etc. I’m not doing anything too crazy; just some fun routing and grouping stuff. We created a Systems/Playback layer that had a few input channels—iPod, pink noise, the input from the support desk—so that any announcements between bands and system tuning is all in one layer.

“I also throw in some dynamics as in the compressed vs. the noncompressed group, which is no trade secret, and I’ve had such awesome results because of using that dynamic section on a wet/dry situation. Everything else on the desk I use simply straight up, it sounds that good. I don’t really need to do a lot to it. As soon as you plug into the desk you’ll hear a difference, from the preamps to the outputs, and that’s the icing on the cake. I love the compression, too. The multiband compression and the dynamic EQ are the best tools on the console. The dynamic section of the console is tops. It’s part of that DiGiCo sound that I just love and that’s one of the reasons I went after the console in the first place.”

Initially, he was making use of the Waves SoundGrid bundle but for simplicity’s sake, found that he was able to get everything he needed within the desk. “I’ve actually forgone the Waves plug-ins and am using all the delays, reverbs and time-based effects on the SD10 itself. The only outboard situation that I take the desk into is a Crane Song HEDD 192 digital signal processor/harmonic sweetener. I take a Subgroup of all of the band and run it through that and it adds a little sparkle to it. I then run it back to the desk and rejoin it with my vocal groups.”

As far as outputs, Thomas says that changes daily. “For our PA situation, I typically use two Left/Right outs these days and then matrix out through either a Lake-type system or the new Martin MLA system feeding left, right sub, front fills, side hangs, delays, lawn and hearing assists. On any given day, we can go from four to 16 sometimes, plus an additional three outputs for our Rational Acoustics Smaart 7 system where we were able to monitor left, right and any input or output off the second solo bus. Being able to see and hear without having to change and manage levels was great. We used one for the nearfield monitors, and the second for the Smaart.”

For recording and virtual soundcheck, Thomas is among the first wave of engineers making use of DiGiCo’s new UB MADI 24-bit/48-channel USB 2.0 interface to get a MADI stream in and out of his MacBook Pro. “I’m using it every night and it’s worked flawlessly,” he says. “I love it. We are at more than 48 channels but I’ve taken the primary inputs, track for track, to a MacBook Pro to a LaCie 4TB Thunderbolt hard drive and I record 48 tracks every night. I also use the ‘Listen to Copied Audio’ function for the Virtual Soundcheck mode, so I can play back the previous night’s show right back to the desk, channel for channel, 1-48. Also, the UB MADI is not DiGiCo proprietary, so the interface will work with any MADI-ready console, which is so cool. Initially we were set up to run with Pro Tools, but we found that if you have Pro Tools Native, it only allows you to go up to 32 channels with the standard PT system, and that was a real bummer. Not taking anything away from Pro Tools or the users of Pro Tools, it’s a great editing system for tracking, but for what we’re doing it’s not. We went and bought a $60 Reaper program that’s absolutely phenomenal. It’s flawless and allows me to listen back to my MADI rack. It sounds really good, too.”

Over at monitor world, Rob Greene is digging the SD10′s flexibility, routing and onboard effects—some of which, including snapshots, are a revelation for the engineer.

“I love the dual solo busses and being able to route a solo to either buss or both,” he says. “It’s very important as a monitor engineer not to have a click-track blasting through your cue wedge. I can also cue up someone’s in-ear mix and wedge mix at the same time. Almost everyone in the band uses Sennheiser in-ears, but my lead singer and guitar player rely heavily on wedges and sidefills. On the first day of rehearsals we decided to run the console at 96kHz. Overall, the console’s sonic quality is superb. It’s got the closest sound to an analog console and sounds better than most of the leading brands of digital consoles.

“I also like the ability to move inputs and outputs to wherever you want on the SD10. I have all the outputs that I need to listen to most often on the first bank so I don’t have to just move banks around too much. Speed is so important. I’m also digging the snapshots on this console. This is the first time I’ve used snapshots for a show. I’ve always been afraid to use them because it’s easy to get lost in them, but I found them easy to understand and they give you a lot of control.”

With the summer/fall leg of the tour coming to a close at the end of September and European dates on the horizon in 2013, Thomas and Greene have been happy with the flexibility the console has offered and will continue to rely on the console’s flexibility to support the show’s diverse structure.

“We’ve tried to keep the audience involved with kids coming onstage to sing, etc.” explains Thomas. “There’s a kind of Vegas show theme to our shows in that there’s always something going at any given time onstage. Using the small footprint of the SD10, which is a condensed screen surface, and having the ability to lay out the console where you need it and for what you need most to be on top and in your hands was key. I went to DiGiCo initially because it sounds the best. And having the ability to have what you need, where you need, when you need it is obviously of the utmost importance with any console. The ergonomics of the SD10 makes it tops. I’ve seen and experienced it all, and having this DiGiCo in my hands every day makes my job easier. And with the tour heading overseas, in fly-date situations, we don’t get to carry our backline, so DiGiCo has now been added to that fly spec of our rider. We’re hoping that everyone will jump on the SD10 format to the extent that we request one from Alabama to Asia. That’s what we’re looking to help do: get it out there and into people’s hands and let them know that this is a very serious product. And the SD10 fits into a lot of regional sound company budgets. It’s a hard-working, great-sounding desk that’s very powerful, and I think it’s going to be one of those consoles that is a staple of the regional and major sound companies. It’s affordable and everyone needs one in their inventory.”

QSC AcousticDesign Loudspeakers Reinforce the Ambience at Atlantic City’s New $2.4 Billion Revel Casino-Resort

Revel CasinoNearly 570 QSC Loudspeakers Deliver Consistent Coverage and High-Quality Audio to Gaming Floor

Atlantic City, NJ (Oct 18, 2012) — Montreal-based Scéno Plus, renowned for its theatre design work in Las Vegas, Canada, and around the world, recently completed a major, multi-venue project at Revel, the new $2.4 billion casino-resort at the north end of Atlantic City’s famed boardwalk. Scéno Plus was the lead designer for all of the entertainment spaces at the Revel, including the Revelry casino floor, where the company designed, specified and optimized nearly 570 QSC Audio Products AcousticDesign Series ceiling- and surface-mount loudspeakers.

Scéno Plus was responsible for the design of two large, multipurpose, transformable venues, several bars and various interconnecting spaces at Revel. The resort, which fronts onto the beach, covers 20 acres and, at 47 stories, is the tallest building in Atlantic City.
In a break with traditional casino design, Revelry’s 130,000-sq.-ft. gaming floor includes windows offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. As daylight fades, audiovisual, lighting and interior design elements dynamically change the ambiance of what are referred to as “neighborhoods” on the floor as the night’s entertainment begins. “The client wanted to have a high-end theatrical experience on the gaming floor,” explains Simon Léonard, AV Designer, Scéno Plus.
The constant-voltage distributed audio system on the Revelry casino floor includes 274 QSC AcousticDesign AD-CI52ST ceiling speakers, which employ 5.25-inch LF transducer, a 1-inch titanium dome tweeter and a ported enclosure for greater low frequency extension; 170 QSC AcousticDesign AD-S52T two-way surface mount speakers, also incorporating a 5.25-inch woofer and 1-inch neodymium tweeter; and 125 QSC AcousticDesign AD-C81Tw ceiling-mount 8-inch subwoofers, providing additional low-frequency extension.
“The AcousticDesign line was a great choice, because the client really wanted to have fullness and richness of both the high-end and the low-end,” says Léonard. “So we needed a product that could suit that large, broad spectrum, and would also be really comfortable to listen to.”
Despite the significant differences in ceiling height and of finish materials between one neighborhood and the next, the QSC AcousticDesign products were remarkably easy to dial in, according to Léonard. “The voicing of the whole line is very nice. You go from a low ceiling area to an open part of the casino, where AVI/SPL & CALVI worked hard to maintain a certain level of consistency in the trim heights, but the voicing is really similar. You could also get more of the same response between the ceiling and the surface mount versions, which is very nice. We were really astonished at how we could easily, without eq’ing for hours, get the same response everywhere.” He continues, “We were surprised to hear how the AD speakers sounded right out of the box, off-, as well as, on-axis. You can really get something that is consistent throughout the whole coverage area.”
The speaker system on the casino floor also needed to be of high quality, capable of acting as an extension of the sound systems in several of the featured spaces. These include The Social, a two-story, high-energy show-bar in the center of the gaming floor that hosts a variety of events, including musical guests; the Digipit, an area with a raised runway, two raised stages and space for acrobatic and aerial performances; and the Immersive Dome, an overhead, 360-degree digital video projection installation. “There are a couple of features like that on the Revelry floor that the system can take its source from,” says Léonard. “So we put a lot of attention into how we were going to zone the system, just to make sure that we would be able to maintain something that makes sense with the architecture.”
The changing environments and various show elements are preprogrammed and played out through show control automation. “So the floor manager at any time can override the timeline and select something at the catwalk, or later if there’s something happening in the bar and they want to extend the experience onto the floor, they are always able to do so. That’s why we had to provide a sound reinforcement system that would reflect or extend the quality of a live event. It’s more or less an extension of a concert system,” he elaborates.
Scéno Plus collaborated on the Revel project with Claude Ricard and Marc St-Jacques of SF Marketing, the QSC distributor for Canada. “We had the opportunity to do a mock up in their facility, so we could really compare what EASE Address was saying to compare it with the real life installation, or as close as we could get it. Those guys were really a big help,” says Léonard. We were really happy about how it turned out.” More importantly, he comments, “The client is really pleased with the results.”

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