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Yamaha CL5 Struts Its Stuff with Charbonneau on The Offspring Live Recording

BUENA PARK, Calif.— The Offspring is an American punk rock band from Orange County, California, formed in 1984. Recently, the band asked engineer Ian Charbonneau to record and mix an upcoming web release. The recording took place in Warsaw, Poland at the Orange Warsaw Festival held at Narodowy Stadium. Charbonneau has worked with the band for the past five years, recording and mixing live TV, Webcast or Radio broadcast they may do Internationally. His last name may sound familiar, as he is the son of LeMobile Remote Recording Studio owner, and mix engineer, Guy Charbonneau. The younger Charbonneau also works on LeMobile’s Le-Fly-Pak system that utilizes a Yamaha DM2000 digital audio console for live broadcast mixing.

“Doing live projects on the road is always a lot of fun and can be very challenging, not necessarily knowing which console and set up I will have to work with. It is always different. A big part of the challenge comes from the very little prepping time and often without any sound check, you just got to nail it”, states the younger Charbonneau. “In the last few years, I’ve expended my own business in consulting, recording and mixing for artists, managements and labels when doing live TV, webcast or broadcast appearances around the globe. It gives both artists and production teams great assurance that someone is looking out for them. As most know, when doing live projects, there’s only one chance of getting things right. I was excited when I found out for this particular project, I would have the opportunity to use the new Yamaha CL5 digital audio console.”

The Poland set up consisted of two consoles, the CL5 used as the main console and a Yamaha DM2000 for backup purposes, all recorded via Nuendo Live. “I chose to try out the new CL5 even though I’m very familiar with the DM2000. I was quite pleased with how easy it was to get around this console,” says Charbonneau. “Very simple and logical layout, I find some digital console today seem to have lost their logic with too many places to do the same things, busy layouts or too many menus and layers like trying to please everyone. It is often too easy to get lost or make mistakes. The CL5 seemed to have been very well thought out.

As for sound, Charbonneau said he was also happy with what he heard. “It was really responsive; I learned over the years working with our DM2000 and other digital consoles that you often have to exaggerate a little when EQing and compressing. The CL5 seemed more natural. I was also impressed on the integration of Nuendo Live; it worked flawlessly. The Dante networking and Rio rack did great. I would be curious to try a CL5 with Le Mobile’s Fly-Pak. Great job on the new console, Yamaha!”

For more information on Ian Charbonneau, visit http://www.ian-c.com.

For more information on LeMobile Remote Recording Studio and Le-Fly-Pak, visit http://www.lemobile.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL digital console series, visit http://www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Photo 1: L to R: Ian Charbonneau and PogoArt engineer Wojtek Igielski

Photo 2: Narodowy Stadium

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.

DPA Microphones Bring Exceptional Clarity To Suede’s Guitars

Indie-rock stalwarts Suede, which released its sixth album Bloodsports in March 2013, recently recorded a live acoustic session for Absolute Radio at the world-famous Abbey Road studios in London.

The equipment line-up for this important gig incorporated three DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, which were chosen for their clarity and exceptional audio quality.

Suede’s Neil Codling, who plays keyboards and rhythm guitar, was instrumental in the choice of microphones, specifying them for his own Martin D28 guitar and also for Richard Oakes’ Gibson J200 lead guitar and Matt Osman’s Dean acoustic bass. DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network was happy to supply the microphones.

“In an ideal world, a microphone should almost disappear, allowing the sound source to reach the listener’s ear unimpeded, dissolving the artifice of a recording,” Neil Codling says. “Like the best condenser mics, the DPA d:vote 4099 Clip Microphones capture what is happening in the room with clarity and life, putting you there, in the path of the shifting air. The wonder is that, wherever you place them, d:vote 4099 microphones give you a sound you can build a mix around, or incorporate into a mix without fuss. It’s as if they have one enormous sweet spot.”

Codling was introduced to DPA Microphones by Front of House sound engineer Jamie Orchard-Lisle, who is closely involved with the chamber orchestra Penguin Café, of which Codling is also a member.

“When I have downtime from Suede, I play in Penguin Cafe, which has a different acoustic flavour: violins, viola, cello, double bass, ukuleles, Venezuelan cuatros,” Codling says. “Whatever you point the DPA d:vote 4099 at, they seem to capture the essence of the instrument, its subtle timbres and the full breadth of its dynamic range. You get warmth without boom, intimacy without overpowering mids, clarity without brittleness. You just point them at the sound source and they sound great.”

Getting the opportunity to use DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones for the Abbey Road session was something Neil Codling jumped at – and he also enjoyed being able to acquaint other members of Suede to DPA’s high-end audio quality.

“When you introduce someone to DPA microphones for the first time, there’s always an exchange of looks on first hearing that says ‘wow, this sounds special!’” he says. “Even when you first set them up, it’s as if you’ve reached that point where you say ‘don’t touch a thing: that’s perfect.’ It’s a happy knack, and you just have to hit ‘record’ and enjoy it.”
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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Atlona(R) to Ship HDVS Extender/Scaler Family With HDMI(R) Plus VGA and Audio

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 11, 2013 — Atlona(R) today announced that the company will soon be shipping its HDVS extender/scaler family of products. Designed to facilitate the analog to digital transition in schools and corporate settings, the products support HDMI(R) computers, Blu-ray(TM) players, and document cameras, in addition to the numerous VGA computers still in use today. The HDVS transmitter and receiver family will be available in both box and wall-plate form factors. more

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HARMAN’s dbx PMC16 Personal Monitor Controller Performs Double-Duty at First United Methodist Church

ORLANDO, Florida – Like many older houses of worship, First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City, Missouri had a sound system that had been in use since the 1980s. When the church made the decision to update the system, it went with an installation based around HARMAN’s dbx PMC16 Personal Monitor Controller, used in a unique way as both a personal monitoring system and as a recording mixer.

The church officials entrusted St. Louis, Missouri-based sound contractor The Aries Company (www.ariescompany.com) to design and specify the system for the 375-seat church. In addition to clear, intelligible audio throughout the sanctuary, the church needed an effective monitoring system for the members of the worship band.

Based on their analysis of the church’s architecture, Aries and its team, led by Technical Operations Manager Kelly Barrera specified a JBL loudspeaker complement that was as economical as it was effective. Just two JBL CBT70J+70JE-1 column speakers are needed to cover the sanctuary along with a PRX418S subwoofer and three AC25 compact loudspeakers under the balcony. Two JBL STX812M floor monitors are placed in front of the stage. In addition, four JBL Control 25CT in-ceiling speakers are installed in the lobby.

Crown CDi 4000, CDi 2000 and 180A amplifiers power the sanctuary’s loudspeakers. Front of house mixing is provided by a Soundcraft Si Performer digital live sound console, which among other aspects Barrera likes for its ability to name each channel and its channel patching, linking and grouping capabilities. A BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-800 Signal Processor with Digital Audio Bus handles audio networking and processing for the system.

Barrera was particularly impressed by the flexibility of the dbx PMC16. The praise band uses six of them for onstage monitoring – and in an unusual application, a seventh is employed as a recording mixer for the church’s video production. The dbx PMC16 Personal Monitor Controller is a remote control designed to give performers the ability to set up and control their own personal mixes of up to 16 channels of audio. Each channel can be tweaked with EQ, panning, Stereo Width control and effects, including a choice of built-in Lexicon® reverbs.

“The PMC16 has enhanced the band’s ability to hear themselves and really dial in their mixes to their personal preference,” Barrera noted. The PMC16 is also being used as a controller for the passive stage monitors. Barrera notes that when the PMC16 is used with the Soundcraft console, users can patch any microphone channel to aux and have the PMC16 run a passive monitor. “The PMC16 is a great little product,” Barrera concluded.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Revolabs New FLX(TM) 2.1 Firmware Release Enhances Call Quality and Overall Audio Experience

Firmware Leverages Recently Announced New Architecture, Enables Advanced Dual Speaker Configuration, and Provides Significant Audio Enhancements for Wireless Conference Phone

SUDBURY, Mass. — June 11, 2013 — Revolabs Inc. today announced the release of FLX(TM) 2.1, the latest firmware release for the company’s award-winning wireless conference phone. The firmware update provides significant audio enhancements including a new advanced dual speaker configuration, leveraging heightened echo cancellation designed for larger room deployments, and features support for IEEE 802.1Q — the networking standard for Virtual LAN’s (VLAN’s) support in VoIP environments — making the Revolabs wireless conference phone an even more powerful conferencing solution for small-to-medium room requirements. more

RTW TO SHOWCASE TOUCHMONITOR SERIES AT INFOCOMM 2013

RTW TO SHOWCASE TOUCHMONITOR SERIES AT INFOCOMM 2013

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 10, 2013 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, will exhibit its TM3, TM3-3G and TM9 TouchMonitors at the Group One booth (613) during this year’s InfoComm 2013. All products will be fully equipped with the latest software options, including the new moving-coil software for the TM3 models. Attendees are invited to stop by the Group One booth for a demonstration of the equipment. Christopher Spahr, RTW’s newly appointed Director of U.S. Sales and Operations, will be on hand to discuss the products and the company’s new U.S. location.

TM3 and TM3-3G TouchMonitors
Controlled using a touch-sensitive display, the TM3 has a budget-friendly base price, a 4.3-inch touchscreen and stylish exterior allowing for horizontal and vertical placement. It includes a large number of graphical and numerical instruments showing single-channel and summing-loudness bargraphs, PPM, true peak, SPL, loudness range (LRA), dialnorm and correlation.The TM3 is a highly appealing, compact solution ideal for editorial offices, edit suites and small control rooms.

The newer TM3-3G is a versatile solution for metering, de-embedding and monitoring 3G-SDI audio. It also features a compact 4.3-inch touchscreen for horizontal as well as vertical orientation, which can display any selection of up to eight audio channels contained in an SDI stream.

Both models feature PPM and true-peak instruments and offer comprehensive loudness metering in compliance with all globally relevant standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85 and ARIB. They also feature the Magic LRA instrument, specifically designed by RTW, for intuitive visualization of the loudness range and integrated-loudness parameters. Finally, the TM3 on display will be equipped with the new TM3-SWMC Software license, available as an add-on option, which incorporates a moving-coil emulation display.

TM9 TouchMonitor
The TM9 TouchMonitor, which includes the innovative Magic LRA instrument, features a nine-inch touch-sensitive display, provides unparalleled flexibility and modularity, combined with intuitive control. The software visualizes multiple sources simultaneously. It supports displaying the same signal on multiple instruments in parallel, each with dedicated defaults with both horizontal and vertical operation. The system visualizes up to 16 analog and/or digital sources at the same time.

The TM9 is also capable of providing a view of up to 32 digital channels when the 3G-SDI option is implemented. Along with RTW’s entire TouchMonitor range, the TM9 was created to help adhere to all major standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85 and ARIB.
RTW’s ranges of products currently include the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

Xantech(R) Products on Display at InfoComm 2013

InfoComm 2013
Xantech(R)
Booth 3931

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/Xantech/InfoCommPreview.zip

Xantech(R) Products on Display at InfoComm 2013:

XLIP200 and XLIP232 IR-Over-IP Connecting Blocks
A simple and inexpensive way to extend control functionality across a facility, the Xantech(R) XLIP200 is an IR input and output device that supports native IR I/O over Cat 5 networks, while the XLIP232 adds bidirectional RS-232 support and the convenience of remote Web control. The XLIP232 includes memory for 128 macros — accessible via a Web page from any network-connected device — and offers both serial and IR connections. Serial commands can be extended to another device through the addition of another XLIP232 unit. Alternatively, users may create personalized control pages for smartphones and tablets using commercially available third-party apps. more

Atlona(R) to Showcase New HDBaseT(TM) Product Lines in BTX Technologies’ Booth at InfoComm 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 5, 2013 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced that the company will be showcasing its latest HDBaseT(TM) product lines for commercial AV installations at InfoComm 2013 in BTX Technologies’ booth 3759. On display will be the company’s new matrix switchers, distribution amplifiers, and extenders, which simplify the transition from analog to digital sources in schools and corporate environments. more

BTX ProBlox(R) Multiconnector System Now Included on BigFoot Mobile Systems Carts

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — June 6, 2013 — BTX Technologies (BTX), a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, today announced that the company’s ProBlox(R) all-in-one connector system is available on BigFoot Mobile Carts. Designed to bundle several signals through a single connector, ProBlox combines 16 coax and 26 audio/data/control contacts in a single multiconnector to bring BigFoot Mobile Carts even easier transport, safety, and flexibility.

Originally designed for the NFL(R), BigFoot Mobile Carts are a revolutionary new concept in the transportation and setup of systems such as audio/visual, production, computer, video conferencing, and more. By enabling portable turn-key solutions within a soft riding case design, users gain the ability to create multiuser workstations that can be effortlessly transported to areas that were unavailable to traditional road cases in the past. With the integration of BTX’s ProBlox system, users now gain faster set-up times and increased functional simplicity.

BTX’s ProBlox all-in-one connector system is field-terminatable and custom configurable for numerous connectivity combinations. The system can be used anywhere HDTV, video, VGA, analog/digital audio, control signals, or DC power need to be fed to a single location. Built of rugged and durable components, and offering true 75-ohm video contacts for an HD signal, the ProBlox system reduces the number of individual connectors, eliminating clutter and offering an even cleaner, professional, and finished look to BigFoot Mobile Carts combinations.

“The incorporation of BTX’s ProBlox all-in-one connector system onto our BigFoot Mobile Cart provides users with even greater levels of connection flexibility, installation speed, and system performance,” said Doug Solis, president of BigFoot Mobile Systems. “In addition to decreasing set-up times significantly, the system allows any number of connection combinations to create the ultimate mobile solution for our mobile cart customers. It is a very important new feature for our product which reinforces our objective to provide the simplest, most reliable, and best performing portable cart solution in the marketplace.”

BigFoot Mobile Systems develops custom utility carts for industrial applications in sectors such as sports, education, enterprise, and entertainment. The company’s “Classic” Series Mobile Cart, its flagship product, is designed to be the ultimate solution for mobile multimedia and communication technology applications. By combining flexibility, safety, and performance, users can build customized portable stations for one-time projects, frequent applications, or field installations. With a lightweight aluminum design and simple ProBlox connectivity, the BigFoot Mobile Cart also brings cost-effectiveness, versatility, and durability across audio, video, and computer-based market segments.

“The incorporation of ProBlox on BigFoot Mobile Carts brings a whole new level of convenience to users’ portable applications,” said Greg Schwartz, president of BTX Technologies. “Installers can now experience quicker set-ups and tear-downs while increasing transportable connectivity — making field solutions, conference rooms, auditoriums, and house of worship applications more flexible, cost effective, and easy to operate.”

More information is available at www.btx.com.

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About BTX Technologies, Inc.
BTX manufactures and distributes the industry’s finest interface and integration products for audio, video, security, digital signage, and many other applications. Providing its customers with value-added “Beyond Distribution” services, the company backs every product it sells with a rigorous in-house testing program and highly trained customer support team. The company has been certified as an InfoComm International(R) Sapphire Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider(R) (CAVSP(R)) since 2007. In business since 1967, the company’s products are available online at www.btx.com, by calling 800-666-0996, and from a selection of international distributors listed on the company’s website.

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/BTX/130606.zip
Photo Link: www.ingearpr.com/BTX/BigFoot_ProBlox.zip

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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

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