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DiGiCo-Driven Broadway Shows Take Home Coveted TONY Awards

Building on the success of the DiGiCo D5T, still in current use on shows such as Cinderella, SD7T consoles have become a mainstay in the audio trenches on Broadway and in the West End (UK) for many a year, with their potently powerful hardware, Stealth engine and theatre software kit capable of handling the most intricate demands of theatre audio today. This June, a slew of the newest productions utilizing DiGiCo consoles took home coveted 2013 TONY Awards.

Using an DiGiCo SD7T:
Kinky Boots – Best Musical; Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Billy Porter); Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell); Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics, Cyndi Lauper); Best Sound Design of a Musical (John Shivers); Best Orchestrations (Stephen Oremus).

Pippin – Best Revival of a Musical; Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Patina Miller); Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Andrea Martin); Best Direction of a Musical (Diane Paulus).

Matilda The Musical – Best Book of a Musical; Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Rob Howell); Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Hugh Vanstone); Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Gabriel Ebert).

Since his involvement designing The Lion King for Singapore in 2010, John Shivers has been using DiGiCo SD7Ts on just about every show since. The award-winning sound designer says the console offers a lot of flexibility, especially with the “T” software, which he says brings features and functionality specific to their needs on theatrical productions as well as a solid sounding foundation in a very compact package. 



“The SD7T software has added these very beneficial features thanks to [award-winning sound designer] Andrew Bruce’s involvement in the development. Having onboard compression, gating and delay—along with the programmability and recallability of those parameters on every channel—opens up possibilities that you just can’t have with an analog console. It’s definitely been an upgrade for us from that standpoint. A positive byproduct has definitely been the size of the console, which allows you to get into smaller spaces and require less seats be removed and has served as a large financial windfall for producers. For me, from a purely creative and design standpoint, it’s about the capabilities of the console. I’m not one to follow the crowd necessarily, but the SD7T has become a standard of our industry and the reason everybody’s using them seems clear. It has proven itself to be a very capable and reliable console.”

Additionally, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which utilized DiGiCo’s 5DT, was awarded Best Costume Design of a Musical (William Ivey Long).

To discover more about DiGiCo’s line of theatre-ready digital consoles, please visit: www.digico.biz

Rollin’ Across The Globe With Limp Bizkit, Rat Sound & DiGiCo

After two decades and over 40 million albums sold worldwide, Limp Bizkit is back with a new lineup, a new album (Stampede of the Disco Elephants) and a new tour hitting mid-sized venues in the US and Europe through the summer. Rat Sound is handling the production, consisting of a DiGiCo SD5 and a 16-input SD Mini Rack at FOH with a 56-input SD Stage Rack. 

Engineer Bryan Worthen spec’d the SD5 for the tour, following its use on a string of shows with the Foo Fighters promoting frontman Dave Grohl’s “Sound City” documentary.

“I’ve used the D5 extensively with the Foo Fighters since 2005 and with Limp Bizkit since 2009,” he states. “Now that there is a next generation of D5 available, I chose the SD5 for the Sound City Players shows because it was so great on that. Consequently, I brought it with me over to Limp Bizkit world from RAT Sound. I don’t have very much experience using other digital consoles, but enough to be able to say that the DiGiCo sounds a ton better than most. It’s versatile and all 3 screens are functional, giving me the visual of an analog console. The layout makes it very easy to make things happen fast.”

“Limp Bizkit is 43 inputs from stage,” he explains. “In front, I have a Left and Right out, with subs running sometimes off an Aux. Subs off two Matrix outs (sometimes when subs are stereo) and I also have I/O’s for three Avalon 737 preamps and 4 channels of XL 42 mic pres, plus nearfields at left, right and sub outs.

Additionally, my recording is very minimal, used for virtual sound check purposes only. I’m recording out left and right to a hard disc recorder and multi-tracking to Logic with my MacBook Pro via the DiGiCo UB MADI interface.”

In the past year, Rat Sound has added DiGiCo SD5 and SD10 consoles to its rental inventory. “In our quest to provide our clients and engineer friends with the tools they desire and to maintain our focus on offering world class pro audio gear,” says president Dave Rat, “the SD5 and SD10 expand the diversity of premium consoles we offer. There are a lot of choices out there with a wide diversity of applications and preferences, and DiGiCo consoles are among the best of the bunch. The SD5 and SD10 are currently out on tour with Ed Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros as well as Limp Bizkit respectively.”

‘DiGiCo Master Series: From Power On to Expert’ Seminar Provides Comprehensive Educational Resources To Pro Audio Community

DiGiCo has long been committed to providing comprehensive educational resources and support to the professional audio community. Working in conjunction with its US distributor Group One Limited, it recently launched a series of educational training seminars—DiGiCo’s Master Series: From Power On to Expert—focused on showcasing DiGiCo’s current line of SD Series systems.

Full Sail Live, an award-winning School for Entertainment Media located in Orlando, Florida, hosted the inaugural seminar on April 23-24, 2013, facilitated by DiGiCo/Group One’s top audio trainers, National Sales Manager Matt Larson and Technical Sales & Support Ryan Shelton.

Over 90+ people were in attendance—comprising a diverse group of systems integrators, audio consultants, production companies, houses of worship and performing arts center operators, as well as Full Sail students and faculty. Over the course of two days, they were given in-depth tutorials with the opportunity to get hands-on with virtually all of DiGiCo’s SD Series consoles (SD5, SD Ten, SD11, 3xSD9s, and an SD8). The training covered the gamut from basic system setup and cabling to features and operation, as well as a hardware and software review. DiGiCo’s, new to be launched at Infocomm13, SD software (V621) was showcased on several of the consoles (adding 96KHz capacity for the SD9 and SD11 on Cat5E as well as a offering a new MADI Router for all SD consoles).

Industry veterans Howie Lindeman and Mark Frink were also in attendance to answer questions and to share their real-world, hands-on experience and road stories. Lindeman, who is currently on tour with The Elvis Presley Concert Tour, has mixed in many iconic studios from the Record Plant to the Hit Factory and on tour with Roberta Flack, Natalie Cole and many others. Frink is the former Technical Editor of MIX Magazine and is currently mixing monitors on a DiGiCo SD10 for Grammy awarded artists, the Zac Brown Band.

“Our goal with the new Master Series is to take people wherever they need to go,” explains Shelton, “whether they’re already owners of our consoles or just thinking about investing in one. These hands-on training opportunities will take the intermediate to advanced production engineer deeper into our systems, provide a tool kit to sharpen their mixing skills, offer helpful tips, tricks and shortcuts for using our consoles and impart information as to what sets DiGiCo apart from the competition.”

“The DiGiCo Master Class brought us together for one major purpose: DiGiCo consoles,” offers Lindeman. “The workshop gave us an understanding of what is new, what is coming, and the inner workings of these kick-butt consoles. Having each of the console models at our reach was invaluable in being able to understand the differences of each of their personalities—from the frame and up. Not only was it informational, but we also had a great time with lots of laughs and dinner too! Thank you Matt Larson and DiGiCo!”

For upcoming training seminars in your area, sign up for our online newsletter and/or visit our website (www.digico.biz) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DiGiCo.Official) pages. DiGiCo also offers an extensive catalog of training resources available online at www.digico.tv.

Fishman Names Ron Kronewitter Key Accounts Manager

Andover, MA––As part of a concerted effort to grow and optimize their sales team, Fishman has recruited Ron Kronewitter as Key Accounts Manager. In his new position, Kronewitter will be responsible for handling major retail accounts including Guitar Center, Musician’s Friend and Sam Ash, as well as a number of other important independent dealers.

A longtime veteran of the MI industry, Ron has over 30 years of music products retail experience, including 13 years at Fender Musical Instruments where he served as VP Marketing for Acoustic Instruments and VP, Marketing Operations. During his time at Fender, Kronewitter first started working with Larry Fishman and head of OEM Sales Rob Ketch where they eventually transitioned the entire Fender Acoustic line into exclusively using Fishman products.

In addition to Fender, Ron has worked extensively in MI retail, with Musician’s Friend and Guitar Center’s e-commerce and business development teams, and spent several years with his own successful independent consultancy, Foundry Marketing.

Prior to entering the music industry, Ron attended Indiana University and graduated with a BS degree in Business, majoring in Marketing, Marketing and Advertising, and Management and Administration with a minor in Communications.

Ron lives in the San Luis Obispo, CA area with his wife Robyn and daughter Anya.

For more information about Fishman, go to www.fishman.com.

CAD Audio Ships New GXL Wireless Systems


Solon, OH––Shipping now, the new GXL-V and GXL-U wireless systems are designed for ease of use and flexible operation while providing a high performance solution in a convenient dual system configuration.

The GXL-V VHF receiver features two channels of VHF wireless in one chassis. It includes XLR and ¼” discrete outputs and XLR as a mix output of the two channels. The GXL-V receiver features RF and AF indicator lights along with volume controls.

The GXL-U UHF receiver includes two channels of UHF wireless also conveniently engineered into one chassis. It is outfitted with XLR and ¼ connectors as discrete outputs and XLR as mix output of the two channels. The receiver also includes RF and AF indicator lights and volume controls.

GXL-V VHF and GXL-U UHF wireless systems are offered with handheld or bodypack transmitters. All bodypack systems are supplied with guitar cable and condenser headworn mic at no additional charge.

MSRP for GXL-V VHF wireless is $139
MSRP for GXL-U UHF wireless is $229

For more about CAD Audio and GXL Wireless, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas Builds to the Future with Complete QSC Audio System

South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV (June 2013) — South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, the first mega-resort to be built south of McCarran Airport on the Las Vegas Strip, has installed a QSC Audio Q-Sys(TM) Core 500i network processor, CX Series amplifiers and AcousticDesign(TM) ceiling speakers to handle paging and P.A. in its recently expanded Arena and Equestrian Center. The resort, which purchased the QSC Audio components through Solotech Las Vegas, intends to extend the Q-Sys network into a $30 million bowling arena planned for completion at the beginning of 2016.

The property opened at the very end of 2006, and added QSC Audio BASIS networked audio products to the resort, reports Jason Lein, South Point’s production manager. “When we expanded the arena we took the opportunity to upgrade the processing in there from BASIS to the new Q-Sys 500i. The system has so much processing power that all of the bowling arena expansion will be run off that same core as well. The bowling center will be built for broadcast TV and we’ll have two new equestrian arenas as well—we’ll run it all off that same system.”

South Point recently expanded a concourse and added meeting rooms to its Arena and Equestrian Center, which features a 4,600-seat show arena, an indoor practice arena and a covered outside arena. The center also hosts motor sports and other events in addition to equestrian shows.

Using the new Core 500i, adds Lein, “We created four different concourse zones. We’ve got a bar, tunnels, a practice arena and 1200 air-conditioned horse stalls; the new meeting rooms located on the concourse. We run approximately 144 different page configuration options, using both wired and wireless mics for paging. Depending on what horse events are in here we have to set up several different page zoning scenarios on the fly.”

Lein and his crew installed a dozen AcousticDesign AD-CI52ST two-way, high fidelity in-ceiling speakers in the concourse and meeting rooms, as well as TSC-3 networked touch screen controllers in the meeting rooms. South Point added QSC CX602 amplifiers to power the new ceiling speakers. “Everything is QSC amp-based, even in the main arena,” reports Lein. “We’ve got some PowerLight 4.0 amps from the original install that we never need to replace, and we’re using the PL380s as well.”

Production staff members typically employ wireless control of the Q-Sys set-up, says Lein. “Whichever tech crew is assigned to an event will grab an iPad or the computer controller and set the paging configurations up prior to that show, based on that event’s needs. Switching from the BASIS to the Q-Sys system made it very easy for us to program these iPad-controllable UCIs [user control interfaces] to fit those needs, then reset the whole system before the next event, and then set up the next event, all off these UCIs. The Q-Sys system has been a big benefit for that alone.”

At the end of April, South Point, Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority jointly announced a 12-year agreement with the United States Bowling Congress to host seven championship events in Las Vegas beginning in 2016. South Point, which already features a 64-lane Bowling Center, home to the Professional Bowlers Association’s World Series of Bowling, will build a two-story complex housing a 60-lane bowling facility outfitted with the latest technology on the top floor and two additional horse arenas—sound isolated from the floor above—on the lower level.

“When we get into the new expansion, the two new arena bowls, we’ll install the new QSC AcousticDesign Series speakers,” says Lein. “We’ll be installing over 100 of the 5 ¼-inch AD-CI52ST ceiling speakers throughout the bowling center hallways. We’ll also be installing AcousticDesign series speakers for the bowling lanes, with QSC subs placed throughout the bowling center. We’ll probably be adding more Q-Sys I/O Frames later this year.”

The upgrade to the Q-Sys system’s advanced Layer 3 networking technology has made it easier for Lein to program the new set-up. “Our new design with Q Sys, where the schematics are all-in- one is phenomenal. It definitely makes it easier on the programmer,” he observes. Lein also praises the remote access offered by the system. “We’ve got one or two people, myself included, who handle the programming. When we’re at home and we get service calls, it’s so great to be able to have the remote Signal Probe and be able to analyze what’s going on with the system from anywhere.”

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

API 1608 VENTURES INTO THE CANADIAN NORTH

QUEBEC, CANADA – JUNE 2013: When singer-songwriter Florent Vollant updated his studio, it was a 32-channel API 1608 console that found its home in an interesting place in the far north. Established in 1997, Vollant’s Studio Makusham is located in Mani-Utenam, Quebec, Canada, a part of the Innu Reserve, where over 3,000 indigenous people reside.

Florent Vollant’s music history runs deep. He has released three albums in his Innu-language and is well-known in the Inuit community. His Christmas album, Nipaiamianan, received a blessing from Pope John Paul II and the Juno Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year in 2001. Throughout the years, Studio Makusham was very interested in API gear and finally, in December 2012, they made a major upgrade to the facility, acquiring an automated 1608 console through API’s dealer Studio Economik in Montréal.

“The Makusham home – it is the traditional dance, this is a gathering, a feast, a celebration of the rhythms Teuaikan. I am pleased to invite you to this place of creation to live an experience of freedom, sharing, exchange and respect for the music of the world,” said Vollant of Studio Makusham.

The first endeavor on the console was Vollant’s upcoming album, but the 1608 has also lent its capabilities to Quebec recording artists such as Richard Seguin and many others. “The sound is very pleasant and surprising and the build quality is undeniable,” said Volant. “Thanks to Marc-Andre at Studio Economik for consulting on the deal. We are extremely happy customers!”

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

www.apiaudio.com

2013 API VISIONARY SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

JESSUP, MARYLAND – JUNE 2013: API has once again presented its annual Visionary Scholarship to several students in different academic institutions. The scholarships are available to those who are currently enrolled in audio engineering programs equipped with an API Vision, Legacy Plus or 1608 console.

To qualify, applicants must submit a comprehensive questionnaire and essay and are encouraged to include a recording they have engineered or produced. After much deliberation, API decided on four deserving winners. API would like to thank all students who applied and wish all applicants success in their future audio engineering and production endeavors.

THE WINNERS OF THE 2013 API VISIONARY SCHOLARSHIPS ARE:

Robert Bisel – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Carlie “Myles” Everett – Clive Davis School of Recording at the Tisch School of the Arts
Irving Gadoury – University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Zachary Lizzio – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Congratulations and best wishes from API!

For a complete list of eligible schools and more information about the Visionary Scholarship and how to apply, please visit http://www.apiaudio.com/schol_info.html

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

www.apiaudio.com

Red TX Helps Chime For Change Reach Out To The World

Broadcast audio specialists Red TX played a vital role in ensuring that last Saturday’s Sound of Change Live concert at London’s Twickenham Stadium was successfully broadcast to more than 150 countries around the world.

With both its Red I and Red II trucks on site, not to mention a crew of seven, Red TX was more than able to cope with the complexity of the live broadcast and the fast turnaround between acts performing on four different stages.

Billed as a feminist Live Aid, Sound of Change Live was a focal point for the Chime for Change campaign, which aims to improve education, health and justice for women around the world. The campaign was founded by Gucci’s designer Frida Giannini, Beyoncé and Salma Hayek and Saturday’s concert raised over £2.6 million to fund approximately 200 projects in 70 countries. It also provided a great day out for more than 50,000 people who flocked to Twickenham Stadium to watch Beyoncé, Rita Ora, Jessie J, Haim, Ellie Goulding, Jennifer Lopez and Florence and the Machine take to the stage to champion the cause. Even Jay-Z put in an appearance, performing Crazy in Love with his wife, Beyoncé.

The Red TX teams consisted of Tim Summerhayes, Ben Summerhayes and Matt Silverston on board Red I; Ian Dyckhoff, Huub Lelieveld and Rohan Igoe on board Red II and Christian Postna as back up between the two trucks.

Red TX was commissioned to handle the broadcast audio by Splinter Films. Splinter’s Emer Patten was Chime’s Broadcast Producer co-ordinating the mammoth production for global transmission.

She says: “As I’ve been working with Red TX for such a long time now, they really were the only choice for the job and I knew they wouldn’t let me down. We had our usual experience of a crazy busy schedule, coupled with a lot of fun and mutual respect. I love working with Tim and Ian, and it was great that we were able to bring in Huub for Red II, who took care of the C&D stages so fantastically for us.”

According to Red TX director Tim Summerhayes, Sound of Change Live was the biggest and most complex live broadcast event the company has handled for quite a while.

“It was a little nerve wracking knowing we were responsible for a live broadcast audio feed that was going out to over 150 countries, but we just got on with it and tried not to think about how many people were potentially listening to our output,” Summerhayes says. “We had three engineers on each truck, plus an additional sound man as a spare pair of hands. Mainly we were switching between trucks, from one performance area to another, but there were a couple of occasions where one team had to do back to back performances on the same stage and that meant we only had six minutes to turn everything around. It was complex, but thanks to a lot of careful preparation everything ran like clockwork and everyone was delighted with the end result.”

Red TX worked closely with Britannia Row, which was in charge of the live sound, and Visions, which has its own OB truck at the event. Sub mixes from each music mix truck were fed to Gary Moore on the Visions truck, who mixed in presentation audio. Gary also submixed the 24 audience mics and distributed this to himself and the two music mix trucks.

“Britannia Row and Visions are companies we know and trust as we have worked with them on many occasions in the past,” Summerhayes adds. “I was particularly impressed with Britannia Row and have no idea how they held it all together. Every detail was worked out in advance with military precision – even down to having all the vocal mics and radio packs individually labeled for each artist so that nothing was left to chance.”

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About Red TX:
Red TX provides a comprehensive concert recording and broadcast service to the music and television industries. The company has state-of-the-art mobile recording facilities and can handle projects of any size or complexity. As well as recording audio for broadcast, the company also records live music events for subsequent release on CD or DVD. It is headed by Ian Dyckhoff and Tim Summerhayes, both of whom have extensive experience in delivering high-quality audio for broadcast. www.red-tx.com

RF VENUE PARTNERS WITH REVOLABS® TO PROVIDE REMOTE ANTENNA EXTENSION SYSTEM

ASHLAND, MASSACHUSETTS – JUNE 2013: Under a new co-marketing agreement, RF Venue will offer Revolabs® dealers and installers its new directional Remote Antenna Extension System, designed for use with Revolabs’ Executive HD wireless microphone systems.

The wall mounted antenna features 9 dB of gain and a directional pattern, which improves RF signal level and coverage area for installed systems, giving system integrators and designers greater flexibility in locating wireless equipment racks and overcoming RF signal loss over coaxial cables. The Remote Antenna Extension System also features four high-quality coaxial cable leads terminated with N-type connectors and a high-quality eggshell white enclosure, which may be painted to match the color of any interior. The Antenna Extension System is also available bundled with plenum-rated low-loss coaxial cables in lengths of 25, 50, and 100 feet with custom lengths and cable types available.

“We are excited to be partnering with Revolabs to provide this important piece in the wireless signal chain,” commented RF Venue CEO Chris Regan. “The 1.9 GHz frequency band has numerous advantages, such as freedom from interference, but signal attenuation from walls, in between floors, and long coaxial cable runs can make locating equipment a challenge. Our Remote Antenna Extension system for Revolabs overcomes these issues and gives system designers and installers much greater flexibility to integrate the system with the client’s facility.”

“More and more system design consultants and integrators are locating audio/visual equipment racks in dedicated IT equipment rooms, which neatly consolidates a facility’s equipment but poses challenges for wireless signal distribution,” commented Revolabs CTO Tim Root. “The RF Venue Remote Antenna Extension System is a turnkey platform for Revolabs Executive HD products that will greatly facilitate integration and improve system performance in multi-room applications.”

The Remote Antenna Extension System is available directly from RF Venue and qualified dealers may apply at www.RFvenue.com and place orders with the company.

ABOUT RF VENUE RF Venue manufactures wireless audio equipment including remote antennas, RF distribution equipment, and cable assemblies. The company’s primary antenna products include the interference mitigating RF Spotlight, the lightweight foldable helical antenna CP Beam, and the polarization diversity antenna dubbed Diversity Fin. For more information visit: www.RFvenue.com

STOP BY AND SEE US AT RF VENUE INFOCOMM BOOTH #1075 OR REVOLABS BOOTH #2181

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