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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

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UC Irvine’s Celebrated Sound Design Program Adds DiGiCo SD9 To Curriculum

The University of California, Irvine is home to a celebrated Sound Design program created in 2006. Under the umbrella of the Drama department at the university’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, the program is spearheaded by Mike Hooker along with Vincent Olivieri, who is the head of the undergraduate sound design program. Late in 2012, the department added a DiGiCo SD9, DRack and UB MADI into its inventory, which made its debut on a series of student-designed programs this spring. One of those shows was the Festival of New Musicals, a unique partnership between the university and the Academy for New Musical Theater, a three-decade-old creative incubator. The alliance paired the talents of professional writers and composers affiliated with the ANMT with UCI students to create the fourth annual festival, staged at UCI’s xMPL – Experimental Media Performance Lab (featuring a flexible seating capacity of 25-150) this spring. One of the festival pieces, ‘Digital Natives’, featured sound design by second year MFA student, Matt Glenn. [Pictured L to R: UCI MFA student, Matt Glenn; Karli Blalock, Assistant Sound Designer; Vincent Olivieri, head of UCI's undergraduate sound design program.]

“One of the interesting things about the way we run our sound design program here is that, with little exception, all of the equipment we own is independent of venue,” explains Olivieri. “Most of the equipment is kept in storage, in workshop rooms, and when a show is being developed, the sound designers are able to choose the tools that they need for their particular project, and can spec what they need and just plug in and play.”

The SD9 was the first DiGiCo purchased by the school and was chosen by Mike Hooker, UCI’s Head of Sound Design, in conjunction with RSPE Audio Solutions. “We knew that we were looking for a digital console of a certain size,” Olivieri recalls, “something that was beefy and designed for live playback and mid-range in size. The SD9 fitted that bill perfectly as it’s great for a mid-size show like this.”

The ‘Digital Natives’ piece comprised a juxtaposition of technology and digital feeds against a backdrop of singers and piano accompaniment for a total of 27 inputs (mics, iPod feeds, playback audio off of multiple computers) and a dozen outputs. Glenn configured a deceptively complex playback system, complete with different sounds and setups configured on different templates within the console. Having the ability to recall these different scenes at the push of a button was huge. Additionally, the SD9 was the perfect console not only for its expandability and versatility, but also for its diminutive size for the small theatre space. And, for a first-time user, Glenn was able to get up to speed quickly by watching the online product videos prior to getting hands-on with the console.

“I wanted to keep the console size down, but I also couldn’t sacrifice the number of channels,” adds Glenn. “Back in the planning stages of this show, before I really knew what it was going to be, I didn’t necessarily know how many mics I would have or how big the pit would be but I wanted to keep open my options with the stage box. With the DiGiCo console, I could have up to 32 inputs from stage from just one D-Rack with the expandability for the future of adding another and you wouldn’t necessarily get that with other consoles. I also wanted an interface that I could intuitively navigate around. The SD9 has a structure similar to Pro Tools and other digital audio workstations (DAWs) and when I started playing with the SD9—my first time using a DiGiCo in a real setting—the way it’s laid out just made sense to me. I didn’t want to be fighting my own brain in the middle of tech, especially with this show, where it’s a really fast turnaround of only three-days. That, the expandability and the ability to write snapshots so quickly and easily, it just all came together with the SD9.”

Onstage, I have six Meyer loud speakers that make up the main system and a subwoofer, plus an additional six loudspeakers placed around the stage for various effects. I’m also using two different internal stereo reverbs that are feeding some of the main speakers. I’m also sending my playback channels to various places around the space to kind of give a surround sound for some of the cues, and they also add a bit of warmth for some of the voices onstage. During pre-production, every time I want to change an EQ or I how much reverb is on a person, I was able to program a macro to update the current snapshot I was working in, and quickly get to it without having to think twice about it. Having eight macro buttons is one of the things I love about this board. Beyond that, there’s so much more to explore with this console but honestly, this show is so fast-paced, I don’t get much of a chance to!”

Moving forward, Oliveiri says the console will serve them in myriad ways, for different productions in varying venues. “We do a lot of shows in a lot of different spaces, and the SD9 is going to be an excellent tool for us for mid-sized musicals and musical events. It’s also going to be useful for us on workshop productions, where the technical needs aren’t always completely known in the early planning stages. For those kinds of productions, the flexibility of a console like the SD9 is essential in order to allow the sound team to quickly respond to unexpected needs.”

dB AUDIO AND VIDEO INTEGRATES A/V AT FORWARD-THINKING HALL COUNTY SCHOOLS

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – MAY 2013: Exceptional by any standard, the Academies of Discovery and the Da Vinci Academy are pioneering schools in Hall County, just northeast of Atlanta, Georgia. The Academies of Discovery is dedicated to multi-cultural and language education, whereas the Da Vinci Academy is dedicated to the arts, technology, and science. The schools occupy opposite sides of the same building and share a common area between them. A/V integration firm dB Audio & Video also of Gainesville recently helped the schools update their educational technologies. The classrooms now possess innovative instructor and student computer displays, and the common area now possesses theatrical, musical, and distributed audio, broadcast video, control/automations, a video wall, and multifunctional tabletop connectivity for various laptop and wireless tablet usage. Each component of the renovation has a specific purpose, yet all function within an integrated whole.

At first glance, each classroom looks like any other classroom. However, a closer inspection reveals a 65-inch Samsung ME65B with touch screen overlay and two “input stations,” one for the student and one at the teacher’s desk. These inputs go to the FSR CB-22 ceiling box with both a Pocket Navigator VGA with audio switching device, as well as a HDMI switcher. From these devices, a user can display laptop content and annotate over, save, and recall any document or video from the school’s server.

The commons area is a unique combination of black-box theater, corporate presentation center, and public transportation hub. Its most obvious attraction is a huge video wall composed of Samsung’s ultra-thin bezel UD55A HDTV monitors. This video wall content is fed from multiple input locations around the wall via the Crestron DM-MD8x8 Digital Media matrix switcher. These inputs include multiple HDMI and VGA with audio inputs, as well as the school’s Safari streaming media systems, a Samsung BD-E5700 Blu-ray player, and a mixed camera feed from a Panasonic TV Studio. All the resources are controlled from a Crestron Pro2 via a TPS-6X dockable wireless touch panel. Audio resources include a Tascam CD-200i CD player and iPod dock, two wired microphone inputs, and two Sennheiser wireless microphone systems. A 64-channel Allen & Heath GLD digital mixer comes on line in theatrical mode.

The commons area audio speaker system consists of a single Danley SH-100B full-range loudspeaker for the main content, two Danley SH-100 loudspeakers for fill, and a single Danley TH-112 subwoofer. The unparalleled performance of the Danley boxes delivers tremendous gain before feedback (a must in black box theater performances), as well as unmatched frequency response and phase coherency. The net effect is increased intelligibility in the vocal range and heart-pounding low end. The speaker system is driven by a complement of Crown amplifiers and Bi-Amp Nexia CS DSP. In the theatrical mode, the commons area uses the Allen & Health GLD-80 digital mixer with full automation and scene recall. The ZED mixer and Genelec monitors are used in the TV production studio with their own mix of all the audio inputs and sources.

The all-LED Elation EAR495 theatrical lighting system provides for numerous scenes of display as well as colors, while delivering the school’s request for low power consumption efficiency. Included in this “green” initiative project are also two Design Spot 250P moving lights for programmed lighting effects, as well as spot light positioning for the talent anywhere on the floor. Two options for controlling these LED lights are from either a simple DMX Operator192 light board or a more involved computer-based CompuLive program.

The school’s full HD broadcast television studio rivals many higher education facilities. Primarily a Panasonic project, this system touts two AG-AC160 studio HDSDI cameras and two AW-HE50SN pan/tilt/zoom cameras with AW-RP50 controller connected via a router to the AWHS50 sub-compact HDSDI live switcher with multi-viewer output. An AJA KI-PRO-Ro provides digital file recording on Apple ProRes 422 format, allowing students to shoot nearly any program, presentation, or theatrical performance, stream it live to the school’s Safari system, and then edit for archival or streaming later. A Clear-Com MS-232 two-channel communications system allows the producer to communicate with the video camera operators and the audio production team. The audio production team uses an Allen & Heath ZED22FX mixing console and two Genelec 8030a studio monitors.

“This has been an incredibly challenging project,” stated Neil Philpott, dB Audio & Video’s Systems Advisor for the entire project. “We spent countless hours discussing the project with Aaron Turpin, Hall County’s technology director, working through construction and infrastructure issues, and determining exactly what functionality would be required to meet the vision of the schools’ and county Administrators’ expectations. All in all, this was a project that raises the bar, not only for dB as a company, but also for the entire state. I believe this is the blueprint for many schools to come.”

ABOUT dB AUDIO AND VIDEO dB Audio and Video is a Gainesville, Georgia-based design/build technologies integrator specializing in audio and acoustics, broadcast and presentation video, digital signage, and control automation for houses of worship, schools, sports arenas, government and military. For more information visit: www.dbaudioandvideo.com

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

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CARVER SPORTS COMPLEX HITS A TRIPLE: ASHLY PROCESSING, ASHLY AMPLIFICATION, AND ASHLY USER CONTROL

NEOSHO, MISSOURI – MAY 2013: Neosho, Missouri serves as the western gateway to the Ozark Mountains. Recently, the Neosho R-5 School District initiated a multi-phase plan to convert an open field adjacent to Carver Elementary School into a sports complex with two baseball/softball diamonds and a soccer field. Lance Brummett at Warren Smith & Associates, Consulting Engineer P.C. (Tulsa, Oklahoma) designed the electrical infrastructure for what will be known as the Carver Sports Complex. Nate Pugh, project supervisor and Vince Hightower, installation foreman of Total Electronics Contracting (Joplin, Missouri) oversaw its installation. In order to provide the district with reliable, affordable sound reinforcement for the sports complex, Ashly Audio processing, amplification, and user control forms its core.

“Although they only have the first softball field completed, we have already installed the audio systems that will cover both ball fields,” said Pugh. A pair of Community R.5 loudspeakers covers each field (four loudspeakers total) from atop a concessions stand that resides between the two fields. A single Ashly KLR-2000, rated at 1000W on each of two channels, powers the system, one channel per field. An Ashly ne24.24M processor handles all of the input management, signal processing and routing logic for both fields. Because it has a modular I/O design, the ne24.24M is perfectly tailored to the complex’s needs. Twelve inputs collect six identical sources from each field, and four outputs feed the amplifier with two spares.

“This was my first experience using the Ashly ne24.24M processor,” said Hightower. “After just an hour with it at the shop, I felt completely comfortable and ready to take it to the field. It went in easily and without a hiccup. The fact that it’s modular is nice; we were able to give them what they needed without wasting a lot of untapped potential. The Ashly KLR-2000 is a great sounding amp. It’s nice and clean and promises to deliver reliable sound for a long time to come.”

A pair of Ashly FR-8 Network 8-Channel Remote Faders provide simple, intuitive user control of source volume and muting, as well as output volume for each field. Because the FR-8 connects to the ne24.24M with just a simple Ethernet jack, installation was a snap. Input sources are identical for each field and include a tuner, a Marantz CD/iPod player, an ElectroVoice wireless microphone, a Shure wired announcer microphone, and an additional microphone jack. Furman sequencing provides power to the system in a Middle Atlantic rack.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

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SYMETRIX PROMOTES HOCK THANG TO REGIONAL SALES MANAGER ASIA/PACIFIC

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 2013: Spurred by Symetrix’ increasing global presence and the rise of a robust Asian market, former Symetrix Technical Sales Engineer Hock Thang has been promoted to the newly-created position of Regional Sales Manager – Asia / Pacific. Based in Singapore, Thang’s mastery of the Symetrix product line – including Jupiter app based turn-key DSP, Solus standalone fixed I/O DSP, as well as Edge and Radius Dante network audio DSP – has been winning Symetrix converts throughout the region.

“Since 2006, Hock has been an invaluable resource for Symetrix in Asia,” said Mark Ullrich, Symetrix international sales manager. “From his home base in Singapore, Hock has been providing trainings and superior support to the Asia-Pacific Symetrix distributor network. He will continue with this fully but will now also add new focus on strategic sales activities, territory management, and increased connection and support for our distribution partners.”

“I’m privileged to work with such a great team at Symetrix,” said Hock Thang. “Together with our extremely committed distribution partners I look forward to growing Symetrix further in my new role. As our products evolve and become more sophisticated and competitive, we must have the presence and sales infrastructure in place to support it. With the recent release of SymNet Radius AEC Dante network audio DSP, for example, I’ll be focusing heavily on growing the awareness of our full range of conferencing solutions. I look forward to working even more closely with distributors, consultants, and end-users alike, to continue to install superior Symetrix DSP products in the Asia-Pacific region.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

JAY RUSTON, AN ESTABLISHED CHANNELSTRIP USER, ADDS METRIC HALO’S PRODUCTION BUNDLE PLUG-IN COLLECTION TO HIS UPDATED RIG

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – MAY 2013: Apart from being a seriously nice guy, veteran engineer and producer Jay Ruston is a monster talent behind a mixing console, be it physical or virtual. He’s been at it for twenty years and recently leveraged his seasoned perspective and sonic-smashing tricks to mix Anthrax’s return-to-form masterpiece Worship Music and Steel Panther’s much-lauded mocurockery Balls Out. Ruston took to Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in for those efforts, citing its musical sound and useful presets as part of what made those works so effective.

Even more recently, Ruston relented to the rising tide of incoming Pro Tools sessions that were incompatible with his “if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it version” 7.4 and upgraded to 10. Associated with that giant leap and given Pro Tools 10’s move to AAX, he had to reconsider his plug-in pallet. “I was pleased with the results I was getting with Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip, and I saw that the company was now selling a Production Bundle of plug-ins,” he said. “I needed a de-esser, a multi-band compressor, an enhancer, and more. Coming from the same minds that made ChannelStrip, I figured the Production Bundle would be a good bet.” As it turns out, it was.

The upgrade to Pro Tools 10 was happening just as Ruston was finishing the mixes for the debut album from The Winery Dogs, a super group composed of Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, Steve Vai), and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater). He held on to the 7.4 mixes in order to give them one more tweak with the new system and the new Metric Halo plug-ins. “The vocals were critical, and after doing some basic equalization and compression with ChannelStrip, I used the Production Bundle’s Multiband Dynamics to smooth out the top end and upper midrange,” he said. “I’ve always used multiband compressors, and Metric Halo’s version is very effective. In addition, I cleaned up some sibilance with Metric Halo’s Precision DeEsser, and I’ve since found that it works just as well with female vocalists.”

Ruston used Metric Halo’s HaloVerb on Portnoy’s otherworldly drum tracks. “All of these Metric Halo plug-ins are so easy to use,” he said. “HaloVerb has only a handful of well-labeled knobs, and it immediately sounds good using any of the presets. I dialed in the sound using the presets as a starting point.” Those statements about HaloVerb generalized: “The Production Bundle is simple to look at and understand. The parameters are sensibly labeled with meaningful descriptions like ‘release’, ‘attack’, ‘Q’, and so on; none of those weird parameter names I find in other manufacturers’ plug-ins.” Despite the fact that The Winery Dogs recorded the album in Kotzen’s house, Ruston couldn’t be happier with the way the final mixes sound.

Of course, well-labeled parameters would only be appreciated on a plug-in that sounded fantastic, and Ruston described the Production Bundle by way of ChannelStrip. “ChannelStrip is so useable because it sounds so musical and pleasant,” he said. “I can slide the EQ curves around and it all sounds good. It’s just a matter of finding the most effective position given the track and everything else that’s happening in the mix. It can go from extremely broad and smooth to extremely tight and clinical, depending on what I need. All of the Metric Halo plug-ins share that same sonic quality – smooth, musical, and yet precise. They do what they’re supposed to do, like a piece of high-quality analog equipment. In that way, they’re also speedy, which is important because I like to work as quickly as possible.”

Ruston also used Multiband Dynamics, Precision DeEsser, HaloVerb, and, of course, ChannelStrip for the drums and vocals on Steel Panther’s follow-up to Balls Out. In addition, he’s had a chance to try out some of the other goodies in the Production Bundle. “The Character plug-in is versatile and sounds, to me, like tape emulation,” he said. “I can use it on bass, which adds some nice grind and really lets it tear. That’s especially useful with Steel Panther because they don’t always lay a rhythm guitar underneath a solo. Another trick I found was putting the snare and kick on a separate bus, compressing with ChannelStrip, and adding Character for drive. Then I mix that back in with the clean tracks to get a really punchy sound.” In addition, Ruston uses TransientControl to dial in percussive attack where needed.

“I know that a lot of mix engineers are anti-preset,” said Ruston. “Not me. I want the maker to show me what a plug-in was designed to do. I want to learn all the secret weapons and tricks that they built into it. The Metric Halo presets are totally usable. I can use the presets for a particular task or I can fire through them and listen for something that catches my ear. Either way, I usually dial things in from there.”

Ruston is excited to use the new Metric Halo Production Bundle on a live DVD for Anthrax that was recorded in Santiago, Chile. Previously, he had to rent rooms to do surround work, but now his system is set up for surround. “For the first time, I’ll be able to use all of my own stuff on a surround recording,” he said. “It’s gonna be great!”

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

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