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INTERNATIONAL BAKERY CHAIN MAISON KAYSER GOES HI-FI IN NYC WITH ASHLY AUDIO MULTICHANNEL PROCESSORS AND AMPLIFIERS

Maison_Kayser_Bakery_1NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 2014: In only a few short years, French artisanal bakery Maison Kayser has opened five successful bakery/café locations in New York City that complement its dozens of locations throughout Europe and Japan. Its U.S. licensees have taken care to make every aspect of Maison Kayser NYC resonant with the brand’s international prestige, and, as a result, its French-trained bakers and upscale service and atmosphere have raised the bar in The Big Apple. High-fidelity sound is an important component of that atmosphere, and local A/V integrator Essential Communications specified Ashly Audio integrated signal processors/amplifiers to deliver high fidelity with 24/7/365 reliability.

“This client is understandably particular and demanding,” explained David Schwartz, owner of Essential Communications. “Canned music through a stereo wasn’t going to cut it. Added to the challenge were the cool surfaces and building materials that they preferred, as do many such establishments these days. Those materials are highly reflective. After allowing the client to learn that simpler solutions wouldn’t do the job, we stepped up the Maison Kayser template to include modest acoustical treatments and Ashly Audio processing and amplification, which gives me the ability to fine-tune each zone for maximum intelligibility and musicality.”

Maison_Kayser_Bakery_2Indeed, a hallmark of the Maison Kayser brand is that the seating area is divided into separate sections that naturally suggest separate audio zones. Using Ashly processing gives Schwartz individualized equalization, dynamics, and volume control, which he uses to bring each zone into perfect balance. The input at each location is dead simple: nothing more than an input connection that allows staff and management to play music from their personal devices. “It’s nothing fancy, but it has to sound great,” said Schwartz. Different locations use different loudspeakers from Community, Tannoy, and SoundTube. Some locations use Ashly ne-Series multi-channel network amplifiers with optional onboard Protea™ processing, whereas other locations use Ashly Pema™, which combines an 8×8 Protea Matrix processor with either a 4- or 8-channel network power amplifier. Either way, Maison Kayser gets high-end multichannel processing and amplification in a small, two-rack space footprint.

“Ashly builds a good, solid product, and they’re located nearby,” said Schwartz. “The support Ashly offers is always timely and helpful, which is especially important for us because we’re often creating evolving solutions for customers who require very individualized systems. We can always call Ashly and get a human on the phone who knows the products inside and out. The company and its people are very human, which is rare these days. For me, that factors into my specifications as much as anything else.”

At the time this was written, Essential Communications was designing another Ashly Audio-centered music playback system for Maison Kayser’s sixth New York City location.

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 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

Edmonton Church Upgrades West Campus Sound System

Beulah Pastors Abbott and Jones

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Founded in 1887 by Albert Benjamin Simpson, a Canadian preacher, theologian, and author as part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA), the Beulah Alliance Church recently upgraded its West Campus sanctuary sound system. The contemporary worship facility seats 1,440.

Alliance Design of Edmonton was responsible for the selection and installation of the sound system; the previous system was originally designed in 1990. The new system includes a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console at front of house and a Yamaha CL3 used for broadcast recording, along with one RIO 3224-D input/output box, and three Rio 1608-D input/output boxes, complimenting the existing NEXO GEO S8 speaker system.

“The Yamaha CL consoles were chosen for ease of operation, small footprint, Yamaha legendary sonic clarity, and the built-in Dante networking software which is amazing, nailed our decision, states Dwayne Plishka, System Consultant, Alliance Design. The consoles have been received with hi-fives from the staff.”

Plishka said Beulah Alliance previously owned a Yamaha M7CL so it was a natural progression to move to the CL consoles. The staff are using the consoles’ built-in Nuendo Live and Nuendo 6 software, he said, to audio capture the sermon message, which is then redeployed along with video to facilitate multi-site delivery, multi-track recording for artist evaluation, and broadcast.

“The entire sound system has far exceeded all performance expectations with constant compliments from guest artists, says Plishka.” At any given time during services, musicians with strings, winds, drums, bass, electric guitar, and piano assist the guest artists and worship choir.

The NEXO GEO S8 speaker system layout consists of nine boxes per side left and right with six NEXO PS8s for side fills and eight PS 8s on stage for monitors powered by both Camco and NEXO 4×4 amplifiers. “The size, remarkable sound image, and audio amplification for the number of line array elements is surprising, Plishka adds. Even guest artists support techs are surprised at the efficiency of the system.”

“Dwayne is amazing and his choice of efficient, high-quality gear is impeccable, states Pastor Mike Jones. The first time I heard the system I was blown away at the power and clarity of the system; I continue to be amazed.”

Alliance Design also installed platform lighting that is a combination of VariLite, Martin, Chauvet fixtures, and ETC. The lighting console is a Martin Maxxyz, and dimming is ETC. Panasonic switching and Panasonic Cameras were also installed.

For more information on Beulah Alliance Church, visit www.beulah.ca.

For more information on Alliance Design, visit www.alliancedesign.ca.

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

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PHOTO ID: L to R: Pastors Rob Abbott and Mike Jones

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

LECTROSONICS ASPEN PROCESSORS INTEGRAL TO CHICAGO’S THE SECOND CITY THEATRE SR UPGRADE

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Chicago, IL – October, 2014… Operating since the 1950′s, The Second City is an improvisational comedy enterprise, best known as the first ever on-going improvisational theater troupe in the United States. It is known also for the inclusion of live, improvised music during their performances and has served as the training ground for a host of famous alumni including John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and many more. As part of an upgrade to the facility’s sound reinforcement (SR) systems, the venerable nightspot recently incorporated three Aspen SPN1612 16 input / 12 output audio processors from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. more

Cignal Systems/Logic Systems to Host NEXO Speaker Tour

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BUENA PARK—Cignal Systems/Logic Systems Sound and Lighting in Valley Park, MO will host a NEXO “Speaker Tour Stop” Open House this Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Registration is not required. The event will take place at 255 Marshall Rd. Suite 160 in Valley Park, Missouri.

Products to be included in the demonstrations are NEXO STM Line Array (M46, M28, B112, S118B, NUAR Rack) and the new GEO M620/M6B Compact Loudspeaker Series.

Mike Eiseman, Steve Armstrong, Paul Furtkamp and others from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information, contact 314-743-0100 or 888-968-4050; or visit
www.cignalsys.com or www.logicsound.com.

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Bexel Supports a New Season of the Best in Reality TV

From “Chopped” to “The Apprentice,” Company Provides Services for a Host of Non-Scripted Shows
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(BURBANK, Calif.) – As the Fall television season rolls out, a wide array of reality programming is being supported by Bexel, a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions. Bexel can be found behind the scenes on a veritable who’s who of non-scripted programming, including Chopped and The Apprentice, providing them with the equipment, state-of-art systems, and engineering support needed to meet the highest broadcast standards.

The span of Bexel’s services in reality television covers the entire gamut the genre has to offer. From competitions like American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Hell’s Kitchen, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Utopia; to the real world exploits of Beyond Scared Straight, Black Ink Crew, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Vanderpump Rules, Watch What Happens: Live, and White Girl Problems; to sports-based shows including The Big Break, Deadliest Catch: The Bait, and Hard Knocks, Bexel contributes expertise, support, and solutions to some of television’s most entertaining shows.

Bexel provides a variety of premier technology solutions to these shows, including complete ENG camera packages with wireless monitoring, full ENG audio packages with multi-track recording, Cat-5 monitoring for offstage production offices, fiber booth kits, flypack systems, director/DP monitoring solutions, and much more. The company’s services also incorporate on-site design and installation, overall project management of the technical production, customized communication systems, and frequency coordination and consultation.

Chopped, which will soon begin airing its 22nd season, has been working with Bexel from day one. The popular cooking competition works with a 12 ENG camera flypack from Bexel, utilizing 10 Panasonic AJ-HDX900s cameras and two Panasonic AK-HC1500G robotics systems. The show is provided with CopperHead and SMPTE fiber cable, as well as Bexel’s custom camera harness, to make the ENG cameras work as needed in a studio application.

“From season one, we’ve worked with the great team at Chopped to build a camera package specific to their needs,” says Ernesto de la Torre, business development manager for Bexel. “To be cost effective, they need a very versatile system. With their 12 cameras, they have the flexibility to do what they need in the fast-paced Chopped Kitchen, while still being able to go ENG, which they do for the contestant bio packages. We’re also able to support their Steadicam Operator, who uses a Teradek Bolt Pro system. It allows him to record onboard with the Bolt, and transmit his signal to the control room integrating it into the full production process.”

Bexel also provides hands-on engineering support, delivered in a way that is uniquely integrated with the production. Timothy Quinn, a system engineer for Bexel, serves as the Engineer in Charge on Chopped. In that role, Quinn oversees the technical engineering aspects of the entire production. “Tim is an integral part of the show, and he’s truly considered to be a member of the Chopped crew after all these years,” notes de la Torre. “We also provide a Video Operator who’s charged with making sure all the cameras are matched when the show is being produced, which helps manage time and budgets during the editing process. Bexel’s commitment to our clients is exemplified by Tim and the complete services and support we’re proud to provide for Chopped.”

“Bexel’s support has been invaluable on Chopped,” comments Notional’s Loe Fahie, Line Producer for Chopped. “As an equipment and services provider, they’ve been with us every step of the way. Even when we moved studios a few seasons ago, everything went seamlessly. The team at Bexel knows our production requirements and anticipates our technical needs, which helps keep our production on schedule. I love this team. Ernesto and Tim act as if our show is their show as well. Bexel is part of the Chopped family!”

Bexel has also enjoyed a longstanding relationship with The Apprentice franchise. The popular series, featuring Donald Trump, will soon begin airing its 14th season (The Celebrity Apprentice 7), and Bexel has been in “the boardroom” from the very beginning. Each season the company sends a team of engineers to execute and oversee the entire installation in The Apprentice’s Trump Tower studios. For the upcoming season, the production is utilizing 24 cameras from Bexel, including 18 Sony PDW-F800s cameras and 60 channels of wireless audio from Sennheiser and Lectrosonics.

“From the very start, versatility was key for this production,” notes Gregory Bragg, vice president of Global Sales for Bexel. “Their field crews are able to use the 18 ENG cameras to shoot the contestants in ‘reality situations’ and set up mini-fly packs with six to ten cameras to cover a ‘task delivery’ in the field. Then all of those cameras are able to come in when they shoot the boardroom material. They get tied into Bexel’s control room facilities and become part of the studio flypack as well. The Apprentice franchise is the reason we originally developed our custom harness system. The only cost effective solution for them was to allow the flexibility of an ENG camera into a flypack situation, and our harness has continued to serve us well on many other shows.”

Bexel has served as a resource to production companies from the initial days of reality television. “Since the dawn of the early MTV shows in the mid-1990′s, including Road Rules and many others, Bexel has been at the forefront of support for reality television,” concludes Bragg. “As the genre has evolved, so have the services and solutions that we offer. The depth of our reach into the reality market is really unmatched. Whether it’s a small two to three camera production, a 24 camera mega-show, the 90 robotics involved in Hell’s Kitchen, or the massive infrastructure of Utopia, Bexel covers the entire range.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Vitec Group
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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Yamaha Presentation Room Set for Parsons Audio Expo

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—For the 28th straight year, Parsons Audio will hold its annual Audio Expo at the Dedham (MA) Holiday Inn on Thursday, November 6. Select audio manufacturers will hold demonstrations and presentations from 10 am – 7 pm with exhibits open from noon – 6:00 pm.

For 28 years, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has supported the Parsons Audio Expo and this year, in its Presentation Room, the following products will be demonstrated: Yamaha NUAGE Advanced Production DAW system with David Lees and Chris Hinson; CL/QL Series Digital Audio Consoles, DXR Speaker Series, and Commercial Installation Solution (CIS) presentations and demonstrations by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems regional district manager, Martin Dombey. Yamaha will also team up with members of the Audinate staff for Dante networking software presentations as the software pertains to Yamaha products.

Industry veterans Bob Clearmountain, Bob Ludwig, Frank Filipetti, Kevin Killen, and Jimmy Douglass, will be on hand throughout the Parsons Audio Expo for various mixing and mastering discussions, and the group will hold a mixing panel discussion as well. Details can be found on the Parsons Audio Expo site.

For more information and to register for the Parsons Audio Expo, visit www.expo.paudio.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Registration for the 21st HPA Tech Retreat Now Open

The Bellwether Entertainment Technology Event Returns to Indian Wells
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(Los Angeles, CA) Today at the SMPTE Symposium, produced by the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA(r), registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat officially opened. For the 21st consecutive year, a veritable who’s who of engineering, technology, creativity and strategic business leaders will gather in the desert to discuss the trends and technologies of the future, while tackling head-on the issues of the present. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, near Palm Springs, CA, from February 9th to the 13th, 2015.

The HPA’s preeminent event enjoys a global reach, bringing together the thought leaders and senior practitioners driving the rapidly advancing entertainment technology landscape. The HPA Tech Retreat has consistently proven to be a crucial gathering where technological developments in production, post production and broadcast are unveiled, discussed and debated. During the Tech Retreat, attendees from the media and entertainment industries are uniquely able to share time and ideas with academics from around the world, scientists, and experts in technology from various disciplines. The environment is one of discovery and exploration.

Mark Schubin, who has led the programming for the HPA Tech Retreat for many years, notes, “Each year, we receive submissions from all over the world – about six times more than we can possibly use – and, based on what I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be hard to choose. So many new technologies have been introduced at the Retreat over the years that it’s tough to count them all.”

Over the course of its history, the HPA Tech Retreat has seen a number of breakthrough products and processes previewed in advance of their actual debuts. Surround headphones, full-color full-motion holograms, Sony’s HDCAM SR, SR Memory, targeted-ad production and distribution systems, Panasonic’s Varicam and stereoscopic cameras, Dolby’s high-dynamic-range video monitors, Pencil-beam microphones, and OLED monitors to name just a few of the many “firsts” to be unveiled at the Tech Retreat.

Leon Silverman, President of HPA, notes, “The Tech Retreat is the place you go to see history before it’s made, and to move and shake with the movers and shakers across the technology community. The subjects are always topical, but the real value of this event is the ability to share ideas and challenges, to understand from those who really know and get inspired. While I take away so much from this event each year in program content, an equally important take away comes from mingling with this amazing group – the teachers who teach the teachers. If you have not been to the Tech Retreat, you owe it to yourself to make a pilgrimage to the desert. If you have been, you know exactly what I’m talking about.”

Breakfast roundtables are also a popular part of every HPA Tech Retreat. Schubin comments, “Participants begin hashing out the future of media at the lively breakfast roundtables. Among the topics already confirmed for the 2015 event are net neutrality, content security, workflow complications, and a review of the legislative and regulatory environment.”

The HPA Tech Retreat is a not to be missed opportunity for industry professionals. The five day, multifaceted event includes dynamic conference sessions, a curated Demo Room with leading-edge technologies, networking events, and parties. The session schedule and programming information will be announced soon.

Earlier this year, SMPTE and HPA became official partners, moving forward with plans for full organizational consolidation by May 2015. Today’s Symposium is the first jointly produced HPA/ SMPTE event, an auspicious time to open registration for the HPA Tech Retreat.

The event has a history of selling out, and timely registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat is recommended. Registration at Early Bird rates is now available, REGISTER. For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hpaonline.com, call the HPA office at (213) 614-0860, or email Eileen Kramer at ekramer@hpaonline.com.

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About the HPA Tech Retreat
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post production, film, television, video, broadcast and related technology areas, for the exchange of information. The 2015 HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 9 to 13, in Indian Wells, California.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

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DIGGERLAND USA: FIRST CONSTRUCTION-THEMED ADVENTURE PARK BUILT UPON ASHLY

Diggerland_USAHAMMONTON, NEW JERSEY – OCTOBER 2014: Diggerland USA is the country’s first construction-themed adventure park, allowing children and their families to operate real construction equipment in a safe environment. The 14-acre park is located adjacent to its sister attraction, Sahara Sam’s Oasis, in New Jersey in the suburbs southeast of Philadelphia. Spellcaster Productions of nearby Hammonton, New Jersey designed and installed the system on a very tight timeframe; from land clearing to opening took just six months. An Ashly Audio ne24.24M modular Protea™ matrix processor outfitted with twelve inputs and twelve outputs provides all of the equalization, delay, ducking and routing for Diggerland USA, and seven Ashly KLR-3200 amplifiers power the park’s seventy-plus Community loudspeakers. Ashly’s networked neWR-5 wall-mount user control allows staff members to adjust input and volume within a given zone, and Ashly’s iPad app gives management complete control of the park’s audio from anywhere via Wi-Fi.

“While I was working on this project, our Ashly rep stopped by,” said Mike Shafer, project manager of Spellcaster Productions. “I showed him what we were up to, and he suggested the ne24.24M processor and the KLR-3200 amplifier. I did my homework and realized that moving to Ashly would save the client some money and would give us all the functionality and power we needed. We also designed and installed the sound system at Sahara Sam’s Oasis, and the client wanted to be assured Ashly would meet the same standard. I assured him that Ashly has been making quality equipment for over thirty years and that they are well known for their reliability. Ashly’s five-year warranty and my positive experiences assured him.”

The sound system permits Diggerland USA to play background music and advertisements, either of which will duck for pages made from a Shure wireless microphone or from the park’s phone system. All of the input sources feed the Ashly ne24.24M processor, which in turn feeds a rack of seven Ashly KLR-3200 two-channel amplifiers. The KLR-3200 is rated at 1600W into a 2 Ohm load, 1100W at 4 Ohms or 800 Watts per channel into a 70V line. This versatility makes it a perfect choice to power the Community Sound-centric loudspeaker system. Community D4LP loudspeakers cover indoor areas with low ceiling height, Community DP8 pendant loudspeakers cover a food pavilion and an arcade, and Community R.15 and R.35 loudspeakers throw from light poles to cover the vast outdoor spaces.

Diggerland_USA_ArcadeThe Ashly Remote App for the Apple® iPad or iPad Mini is used to provide the theme park management team with a customized wireless remote control. “I arranged it so that the app’s home page lists each zone with a radio button to select the input source,” said Shafer. “That, together with a volume slider for each zone, allows them to do everything they need to do. Because we gave them Wi-Fi throughout the park, they can make adjustments right there in the park – no walking back and forth to an equipment closet.” For staff within the arcade, the picnic area, and the concession stand, Shafer installed Ashly neWR-5 wall-mount remotes, which allow input selection and volume selection.

“The installation was smooth and straightforward,” said Shafer. “Programming the ne24.24M was easy – just a matter of connecting the right nodes and then tuning the system. Even some of the less common requests were easy, like a real-time page from a security monitoring company for afterhours if the park’s security system detects movement. The page warns intruders that the police have been called. Since the opening in June, we’ve been back to adjust things as they’ve determined how exactly they want things to function.”

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 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

‘Reliable, Rugged and Feature-Rich’ Symetrix DSPs Revamp Grand Casino Audio

Grand Casino Mille Lacs in Minnesota, USA, has been equipped with multiple Symetrix processors as part of an extensive audio upgrade.

MINNESOTA, USA: Digital signal processing solutions from Symetrix helped design and integration firm Excel AV Group to achieve its largest DSP installation to date at Grand Casino Mille Lacs recently. The system at the Minnesota, USA, entertainment complex features no fewer than 36 inputs and 28 outputs.

As company president Kevin Crow recalls, the venue operators “began looking at upgrading the sound for the main ballroom and smaller adjoining meeting rooms in February 2014. The main challenges were that they did not have a very good main PA, their control system was difficult to use, and patching was difficult.”

Flexible and easy-to-use processing was a priority, and Excel AV’s research quickly led them to investigate the possibility of deploying two Symetrix SymNet Radius open architecture Dante-scalable DSPs. “The Radius units are so powerful and with Dante capability the networking is just amazing. Also, we had already deployed them successfully on a number of projects,” says Crow.

The final Symetrix installation – comprising two Radius 12×8 DSPs along with one Axiomtek GOT-5152T-830-J touch panel controller, one xIn 12 input expander and two xOut 12 output expanders – allows staff to effortlessly combine and un-combine ballroom sound. Eight wireless mic channels can be patched to any room or zone via a wireless tablet loaded with Symetrix SymVue control software. Crow notes: “It’s now super-easy for a user to control volume for individual mics or to change room configurations and/or patching.”

For Excel AV Group, the Grand Casino installation is only the latest in a long sequence of projects for which Symetrix DSPs have proven to be ideally suited. “We love the pro-audio EQ offerings that Symetrix has in its software, and we use Symetrix for our pro-audio rigs all the time without hesitation,” says Crow.

Shure wireless microphones, Danley Sound Labs mains loudspeakers and JBL distributed speakers were also selected during an installation that has met with a wholly positive reaction from casino personnel. “They have encountered no issues running the system, which sounds fantastic for all types of entertainment, from regional acts to comedians and much more besides,” says Crow. “Reliable, rugged and feature-rich, the Symetrix products are integral to the installation and we could not be more pleased with their performance.”

www.symetrix.co

Yamaha NUAGE Ignites Post Market in Spokane

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Bing Bang Boom! In Spokane, WA specializes in integrated music and sound design for film, television, advertising, video games, and the Internet. Their award-winning work can be heard on projects for CBS, ABC, NBC, Spike TV, HBO, Warner Bros. Films, and many blockbuster theatrical trailers.

The company recently added a new Yamaha NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System to their production arsenal. CEO Bill Byrne said that up until the purchase of the NUAGE system, he had been recording and mixing using multiple Mackie consoles, until Mackie was no longer providing the unlock
codes for their software, making it impossible to work on them.

“I have been a long time Cubase user and wanted to upgrade for at least the past five years having so many legacy projects in Cubase for Bing Bang
Boom Music and Sound Design Libraries, states Byrne. Even though stereo is still the main delivery format for the libraries, I still get calls to customize tracks, and to switch to ProTools or any other system with thousand of tracks would not have been cost or time effective. There really wasn’t any other system available that was completely integrated like NUAGE, plus it sounds amazingly good!”

Byrne said he’s been doing more and more mixing “in the box” but with most projects having 100+ tracks, navigating with a mouse was becoming impractical. “I had been working with Ron Cheney from RSPE for at least three or four years trying to come up with a suitable system. Every year, we would meet up at NAB in Las Vegas and look at new systems along with trips I would take to the RSPE office every three or four months. While there are a lot of systems out there, I really needed total integration with Cubase, and no other system really offered that but NUAGE.” Last April, Byrne and Cheney met up again at NAB and were given at great run through on NUAGE, heading back to the Yamaha Commercial Audio booth over the course of the show with more questions for the NUAGE team who he said were quite helpful.
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“Ron Cheney was extremely patient and helpful; his goal was to make sure I had the right system for my needs and not to just sell me something, Byrne says. I am very impressed by how hard he worked to make this happen for me. At around the same time, I saw a NUAGE system on a magazine cover with Hans Zimmer and other film industry notables. They were discussing surround sound in headphone mixes, which was quite interesting. So RSPE arranged a private demo with the NUAGE team, and I was impressed to see their level of commitment, a good sign that they would be there to support the product.”

After a basic run through using the RSPE Mac and installing the tools for NUAGE on his Mac Book Pro and hook up the system, Byrne was able to run one of his projects off his laptop. “We spent several hours going through the system and the “what ifs” needed to integrate a large I/O system into the setup. We discussed the Yamaha NIO and RIO boxes and how they could be integrated. At the end of the demo, I knew the NUAGE system was perfect for me. I was also quite excited (for the first time in many years) about all the new creative and productive possibilities.”

One of Byrne’s biggest issues was the need to have at least 32 live inputs and multiple cue mixes for his tracking room as he still records with a lot of real instruments. “I needed something that wouldn’t tax the main CPU as I always have lots of virtual instruments playing in every project that hit the CPU hard. The NIO and RIO boxes totally solved that problem for me, and having remote control over the mic pre-amps through the RIO is fabulous! I’m able to work with a 128 buffer on the main CPU and that makes tracking live players while all my VSTi’s are running too a snap.”

Of course having total integration with Cubase made it a no brainer notes Byrne. “Having the knobs and buttons labeled and dedicated to Cubase/Nuendo functions meant I wouldn’t have to spend any time at all mapping functions like I would have had to do had I purchased a third party system. Getting around my projects is so fast now. When I was mixing “in the box” with a mouse and also my iPad remote, because of the time factor in navigating around or even just automating fader moves, I tended not to try and experiment with different mix options. Now, with the NUAGE and the touch sensitive faders, if I want to try something different, it’s so easy to do and I can instantly get back to where I was if I don’t like it. For Cubase, it’s brilliant!”

“For old school guys that have worked a lot on analog consoles like Tridents, APIs, and Neves,, the seamless integration of the live input NIO and RIO I/Os, channel control, master, and DAW functions really does make it feel like you are working on a console, adds Byrne. The way the knobs and buttons light up to give you hands-on access to the functions and being able to program lots of Quick Controls for the functions I use all the time is great too. The jog wheel
feels great and the transport functions make it a snap to navigate and edit very quickly.”

Byrne said he’s owned a lot of Yamaha products over the years that are still in use, “The fact that they are providing the hardware and also own Steinberg gave me great confidence that the product would continue to develop and be supported. I had been waiting a long time for the NUAGE system and Yamaha/Steinberg have delivered way beyond my expectations!

Bing Bang Boom! recent projects using NUAGE include a music track for the home video release of How To Train Your Dragon 2 and a new BBB trailer sound design library called Arsenal of Awesome.

For more information on Bing Bang Boom! visit www.bingbangboom.net.

For more information on the Yamaha NUAGE Advanced Production System, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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