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Symetrix SymNet Edge Deployed at Atlanta’s Stone Mountain Park

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 2014: On a clear day, you can see downtown Atlanta from Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park, and crowds flock there from the city and the surrounding states to enjoy the park’s awe-inspiring geology and nature. In addition to a massive laser, fireworks, pyrotechnics, and projection show that has operated on summer evenings since 1983 and is almost synonymous with Stone Mountain Park, the park’s attractions include the mountain itself, camping, a cable car to the summit, a collection of historic plantation buildings, Geyser Towers playground, the Sky Hike family ropes adventure course, a children’s activity area, and Crossroads Base Camp, a town with restaurants, retail stores, a movie theater, mini-golf, and craft stores. With so much going on, the owners hired Atlanta-based Full Spectrum to begin deploying a Symetrix SymNet Edge Dante networked audio DSP system that will grow and eventually expand to cover all of the park’s attractions via an inexpensive CAT5 network.

“The owners built Crossroads about a decade ago, and the original sound system did a passable job of supplying background music,” explained Paul Creasy, partner at Full Spectrum. “But as the development grew and several of the establishments set their sights on more and different events, the constraints of the original system became apparent. The upshot was that they needed something that was completely flexible. Moreover, the owners wanted to expand system coverage to several of the other attractions, but they didn’t want to have to start from scratch every time they expanded. The Symetrix SymNet Edge DSP system offered the perfect solution. Each Edge frame has modular I/O, and its open architecture programming allows us to customize system features and performance. The fact that the Edge DSP system networks via Dante will allow us to easily expand across the park.” Currently, eight SymNet Edge frames populate Crossroads, each in a different building.

“We do niche A/V,” said Creasy. “You can’t call up a preset for a place like Stone Mountain Park. I appreciate the flexibility and intuitive layout of SymNet Composer open architecture software. It’s easy to work with, even with a complex system like this one. Moreover, any time I have a question, Symetrix’ tech support is available and ready with an answer.” Within the next year, Full Spectrum plans to expand the sound reinforcement system via Dante and additional remote Edge DSP units to incorporate the Plantation, the Sky Ride cable car complex, and, perhaps most exciting, Stone Mountain’s famous laser show!

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

Mumbai’s YRF Studios Equips its Latest Dolby Atmos™ Film Mix Theatre with HARMAN Professional’s JBL and Crown Cinema Systems

MUMBAI, India — YRF (Yash Raj Films) Studios is one of India’s premier film studios and entertainment companies, well known for producing many of the country’s biggest blockbusters and as the number one film distribution house in India. Located in Mumbai, YRF Studios is one of the world’s most well equipped film production studios, boasting three sound stages, two recording theaters, a film mixing studio/theater, dubbing, Foley and tracking suites and a full complement of technical facilities and personal amenities.

YRF Studios’ 116-seat film mixing theater is the largest of its kind in Mumbai and features the best-available audio and video equipment, including a HARMAN JBL 6.1 surround sound loudspeaker system powered by Crown amplifiers, state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos™ 3-dimensional multichannel audio processing, leading-edge digital projection and other advanced technologies.

JBL ScreenArray™ 4632 3-way bi-amplified loudspeakers are installed as the main front, center and right speakers. The JBL 4632 employs a 1.75-inch titanium-diaphragm tweeter, four 6.5-inch midrange drivers and two 15-inch woofers to deliver high volume, superior coverage and uniform power output along with exceptional clarity and resolution. The tweeter and midrange drivers operate into a second-generation Optimized Aperture Waveguide for ultra-low distortion and uniform frequency response while the 4632’s Focused Coverage Technology provides an asymmetrical coverage pattern tilted 10 degrees downward from the horizontal to deliver uniform coverage in either traditional or stadium-seating auditoriums.

“Sound & visual are the two integral parts of cinema, that cannot be treated in isolation. Before we even broke ground on YRF Studios our mandate from Mr. Aditya Chopra was to build and equip it with the finest audio and video components available,” said Anuj Mathur, Chief Recording Engineer at YRF Studios. “We auditioned a number of products on the market and it was clear that HARMAN offered not only the best brands and best performance – they also provided the best customer and technical support. In fact, Ashish Barje, one of the HARMAN Professional engineers based in their Mumbai office, was a key collaborator in the design and installation of YRF Studios.”

The main speakers are complemented by 42 JBL 8340A and 8350 surround speakers, whose high power output and smooth coverage over a wide area make them ideally suited for the stringent sonic demands of Dolby Atmos soundtrack reproduction. Introduced in April 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios. Dolby Atmos unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by providing sound experts the creative freedom to easily place or move specific sounds anywhere in the movie theatre. The result is what moviegoers have described as the most engaging and lifelike cinema sound experience ever. The 8340A and 8350 speakers are mounted along the sides and rear and from the ceiling to provide a true three-dimensional sound field. Four JBL 4642A dual-18-inch subwoofers provide powerful and extended low-frequency response, and all the speakers are driven by Crown DSi 4000, DSi 2000 and CTs2000 power amplifiers.

“At Dolby, it has been our constant endeavor to get the best cinematic experiences to the Indian audiences, and HARMAN has been an ideal partner in this ecosystem as it shares a common vision. The association gave us an excellent opportunity to work with HARMAN equipping the renowned YRF Studios with Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos is the latest and most innovative cinema sound technology which gives filmmakers unprecedented control over the content, creating a virtual reality of sound by precisely placing and moving sounds within the theatre to make audiences feel as if they too, are in the middle of the onscreen action. In short – Dolby Atmos provides the ultimate in creative control so that audiences in any setting can experience the full impact of your storytelling,” said Mr. Pankaj Kedia, Country Manager, Dolby Laboratories India.

“In order to deliver a truly immersive cinema experience, the audio soundtrack for a film has to be as compelling as the visuals,” said Prashant Govindan, Director, India operations, Harman Professional. It all starts in the production studio – the engineers need to have the right tools to know that what they’re hearing is accurate and will be translated into what moviegoers will enjoy in the cinema. We are gratified that YRF Studios has recognized the superior performance of JBL and Crown in the highly critical application of film sound production and have chosen these products as their sonic references.”

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Clair Brothers Gives Cathedral of College Basketball A Righteous Audio Upgrade With HARMAN Professional Components

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Dubbed the “Cathedral of College Basketball,” The University of Pennsylvania’s Palestra is one of the country’s most historic college arenas. Founded in 1927, the 8,722-seat Palestra is home to Penn’s Quakers men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams. It’s known for its unusually intimate seating but not for its sound system—until receiving a new audio system featuring HARMAN’s JBL Professional loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers, courtesy of systems integrator Clair Brothers Audio Systems.

“The existing sound system simply wasn’t meeting the needs of the facility,” said Tim Mazur of Clair Brothers. “It was underpowered and couldn’t compete with the reverberant acoustics of the arena.” After conducting an acoustical analysis of the Palestra, Clair Brothers designed a new system based around JBL VRX932LA-1 Constant Curvature loudspeakers and ASB6118, all powered by Crown amplifiers.

As part of the renovation, Clair Brothers designed and fabricated a custom 2-layer rigging grid that can be raised and lowered from the ceiling, placing it in the optimum position during games and other events and out of the way when not required. The fly grid holds 30 JBL VRX932LA-1 line arrays arranged in six clusters of five each, with eight ASB6118 subs hung from the center. In addition, four JBL AM5212/95 loudspeakers deliver fill sound onto the basketball court. The loudspeakers are powered by one Crown Macro-Tech 5000i and 10 Macro-Tech 9000i amplifiers, linked together by a BSS Audio BLU-160 signal processor with digital audio bus and a BLU-BOB2 break-out box.

“The Palestra is a very difficult acoustic space because it’s highly reverberant, but we were not allowed to apply any acoustical treatment,” Mazur said. Working in conjunction with JBL, Clair Brothers determined the JBL VRX932LA-1 loudspeakers would deliver the most output for the budget thanks to their compact size, ease of installation, and 100 x 15-degree coverage pattern.

“We had a very tight turnaround on the project – only nine weeks from the time of the purchase order was issued to the completion date,” Mazur pointed out. As a result, Clair Brothers hung and tested the entire system at its Manheim, Pennsylvania headquarters before installing it in the Palestra.

“The system sounds great and everyone’s really excited about having it in time for the basketball season,” Mazur concluded.

For more information on Clair Brothers, please visit www.clairsystems.com

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Bexel Heads Home for FOX Sports 1 Remote Studio Kits

Self-contained Broadcast Units Bring FOX Sports 1 Talent to Air

(BURBANK,CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, recently built, tested, shipped, and installed 16 self-contained, crewless home studios for some of FOX Sports 1′s top talent. The innovative systems are permanently installed in the analysts’ homes, allowing them to go on air immediately when something pertaining to their specialty occurs.

“We had less than 30 days to procure, build, test and distribute all 16 systems, but we were more than ready for the challenge,” said Senior Vice President of Bexel ESS Scott Nardelli. “We were able to manage logistics and get the gear needed, where they needed it. From staging the units in various holding locations around the country before deployment, to installing the bonded T1s from the point of presence to the interior of the homes, to running the cables in a way that hid them from view and worked within the existing décor and framework of the houses, our team delivered at every step in the process.”

Since the network’s August launch, the in-home location segments have become staples of FOX SPORTS LIVE, FOX FOOTBALL DAILY and other FOX Sports 1 programming. Brian Billick in Queenstown, Md., Ken Rosenthal in New York, N.Y., Mike Garafolo in Hoboken, N.J., Jon Paul Morosi in Ann Arbor, Mich., Reid Forgrave in Des Moines, Iowa, and Alex Marvez in Miami, Fla., are among the analysts who have been prominently featured from the new installations. FOX Sports 1 simply connects into any of the in-home studios via a bonded T1 pair, and goes live with HD quality video.

The systems include AW-HE60SN Panasonic cameras that can be manned remotely from the FOX Sports 1 control room in Los Angeles, allowing them to pan, tilt, zoom or adjust color and saturation. Litepanels 1×1 Bi-Color panels were chosen to provide key light, fill light, and back light on stands, and can also be controlled remotely. The backdrops, approximately 6-by-6 feet and featuring the FOX Sports 1 logo, are customized to the individual home locations. Beyond the standard backdrops are smaller pull-up devices, and in one case, a motorized unit that comes down from the ceiling.

Rack mounted cases, approximately 48-by-24-by-30 inches, are at the core of the systems. Their contents include a UPS that controls power, an IP Power Switch which allows the system to be turned on and off remotely from Los Angeles, a network switch that keeps the circuit open, a Haivision Mako encoder, and audio and video support that provides the IFB and camera feeds.

While most functions of the in-home studios are controlled remotely, the units were designed to make it easy for the on-location users to complete the tasks they do have to perform. “We used a very straight forward audio system, so the talent doesn’t really have to do anything beyond plugging in their microphone,” adds Nardelli. “They also have a volume control for their earpiece right on the desk, so they can control the volume of the IFB easily, without having to go to the rack and figure out which knob to turn. We worked closely with the FOX team to create clear and concise ‘cheat sheets’ for the talent, so they’d be comfortable with the technology around them.”

“Speed to market is crucial in the world of sports news, and these in-home studios have been very effective for us in delivering breaking news,” notes Doug Levy, VP of post production for Fox Networks Engineering and Operations. “In approach, it really represents a sea change. Everyone worked incredibly hard to make this work, and it was a unique learning process for all those involved. We felt from the beginning that Bexel was the most appropriate choice for this project. They have a long and extremely good track record as both a rental house and an integration company, and we knew their team could get the job done.”

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 http://www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About Litepanels
Litepanels was founded in 2001 by five professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy(r) award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world’s leading broadcast organizations. Backed by the Vitec Group’s legacy of 100+ years in the broadcast and production industry, Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and lighting directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures practically pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. Along with other leading brands in the broadcast and professional videographer industry, Litepanels is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. For more information on Litepanels, visit www.litepanels.com

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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How Sweet It Is! New Live Music Venue SRB Brooklyn Is Equipped With HARMAN Professional Audio System

BROOKLYN, New York — Brooklyn, the music-soaked borough that brought us Barbra Streisand, Foxy Brown, Barry Manilow, Jay-Z and many others now boasts SRB Brooklyn, a brand-new venue dedicated to live music, dancing and bringing back the energy of the clubs from the ‘60s and ‘70s. “SRB” stands for Soul, Rhythm and Blues, all of which can be heard with the help of SRB Brooklyn’s HARMAN Professional sound system featuring AKG, Crown, dbx, JBL and Soundcraft components.

“When we bid on the project, the owner of SRB Brooklyn told us he wanted to cater to all types of music and bring in national acts, and that he wanted a top-quality sound system,” said Jeff Kwan, Vice President of New York sound contractor Canal Sound and Light. “He specifically said, ‘I want the best speakers in tour sound for my club,’ so we immediately thought of JBL VERTEC® and recommended a HARMAN Professional system as the way to go for the 500-person room.”

“The building is a converted warehouse, so we had some architectural constraints,” Kwan continued. “It’s a long room but has a low ceiling so flying the main speakers was challenging. We went with two ground stacks of four VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements per side. However, the VT4888’s aren’t just plopped on the ground—they’re placed in a ‘notch’ in each wall on either side of the stage that’s about 10 feet high, so we get the sonic and coverage advantages of raising them off the ground. We also installed three JBL ASB7128 subwoofers under the stage—the ASB7128 is specifically designed to work well either ground-stacked or flown.”

A variety of additional JBL loudspeakers round out the system. Eight VRX915M and two PRX612M floor monitors are deployed onstage and two ASB7118 subwoofers are used for drum fill. Four STX835 loudspeakers and two ASB7128 subs are located at the rear of the club while four AC28/26 compact loudspeakers and one AM7212/00 provide additional fill throughout the venue.

“We installed Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers to drive the VT4888’s, ASB7128 subs and STX835 rear loudspeakers, and Crown XTi Series amps for the stage monitors and other fill loudspeakers. The I-Tech HD amps’ preset tunings and adjustable built-in DSP make them the perfect match for the bigger JBL loudspeakers, while the XTi amps offer a good combination of price and performance.” A dbx DriveRack 4800 Loudspeaker Management System provides speaker processing and control.

A variety of AKG mics fill out the HARMAN system, including D7 vocal mics, C3000, C451B and C535EB vocal and instrument condenser mics, C518M and D112 drum and bass drum mics, D40 instrument mics and a P2 low-pitched instrument/bass drum mic. In addition the stage is equipped with 20 BSS AR-133 active direct boxes.

There were challenges during the installation. “As it turned out the original design of the stage did not provide enough acoustical treatment for the subwoofers,” Kwan noted. “When we first put the system through its paces the subs really shook the stage. We had to add sand and concrete to the stage to eliminate the shaking and noise and direct the low-frequency energy forward towards the audience.”

The result was worth it: “The venue’s management wanted SRB Brooklyn to be a music venue that rivals any place in Manhattan. He definitely accomplished that. It’s an unpretentious place where people can really enjoy themselves and appreciate the best audio system in Brooklyn.”

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

John Fogerty Plays The Classics On US Tour Backed By Bright and Engaging HARMAN’s Martin Professional Rig

AARHUS, Denmark — Ranked on Rolling Stone Magazine’s lists of 100 Greatest Guitarists (#40) and 100 Greatest Singers (#72), and with the number 41 and 53 spots on the publication’s list of Greatest Pop Songs, John Fogerty has entertained crowds for decades as a member of the Creedence Clearwater Revival and as a solo artist. Recently the classic rock legend wrapped up an 8-week US tour which featured a stunning light show staring HARMAN’s Martin Professional fixtures, designed to entertain fans with a completely new visual experience along with Fogerty’s classic rock sound.

Production Designer Alex Skowron designed and built the lighting rig to include 21 Martin Atomic Colors, 17 MAC 2000 washes, 14 MAC Viper profiles, 14 Viper washes, 10 MAC 2000 profiles, eight MAC III’s and eight MAC 401 RGB fixtures. Two Martin M1 lighting consoles ran lighting and video content during the show, which projected onto 12×21 high-resolution screens and seven other surfaces surrounding the stage.

Upstaging supplied all of the Martin fixtures for the tour.

“I’m loyal to Martin because Martin is loyal to me,” Skowron states. “The MAC 2k’s are workhorses. You can beat them to death and they still run. The quality of light you get out of the smaller Vipers is still great, and the color filters we customized for the Atomic Strobes changed the boring white light into something amazing!”

Skowron developed a show that would redefine the classic rock soloist genre of touring musicians. This wasn’t just your average musician-on-a-chair-type show. With Martin, fans were welcomed with a full concert experience, with an up-to-date vibe on the songs they’ve known and loved for decades. Multiple color schemes and background video highlighted Fogerty’s music during each set.

“I’ve been using Martin for ages, and even own numerous Martin lighting consoles, myself,” continued Skowron, “The support Martin provides throughout the entire process from sale to integration and beyond is something no other manufacturers choose to provide. I am only 100 percent confident in the success of a rig if it includes Martin.”

Skowron plans to take his Martin rig on a European tour with Fogerty in mid 2014.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries.

For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Visualization Just Got Real: CAST Software Releases wysiwyg R32

Lighting designers and production professionals the world over continue to rely on wysiwyg to get the industry’s most realistic virtual previsualizations, ensuring that indeed what you see is what you get!

CAST Software launches version R32 of its wysiwyg design suite. It includes Phase 2 of a major graphics upgrade, ensuring that wysiwyg is the most comprehensive precuing and previsualization graphic application software tool available in the market today.

A demo version of wysiwyg R32 is available at www.cast-soft.com/wysiwyg/demo. Current wysiwyg subscribed users can download the full version of R32 immediately from the ‘Members’ Only Area’ at www.cast-soft.com.

Users agree that apart from the constant adding of new features and other improvements by CAST, what sets wysiwyg apart from others is the realism in previz which means they can precue and test their ideas ahead of time with the confidence that ‘What You See Is What You Get’! This is vital because when a lighting designer proposes new ways of using advanced lighting technology to wow and engage audiences the production team and sometimes the client want to review it in advance. At all levels, the CAST Team takes great pains to help these professionals become more productive, more profitable and more professional. Updated Library Objects includes the newest technology in lighting fixtures, that perform in wysiwyg exactly onscreen as they do on stage. Users are reassured that CAST invests heavily in research and development, driven largely by requests and feedback from them.

Realtime Reflections in Shaded Views

wysiwyg shows reflections in realtime onscreen which means professionals can manage operational costs efficiently because they need fewer renderings of their presentations.

New Volumetric Light Beams
Regardless of which lights are used from wysiwyg’s proprietary library, the new beams and flare are so real that pre-visualization cannot be easily distinguished from a video. This means that professionals can precue with absolute confidence, make their creative decisions, get buy-in and signoff from the team, artists and execs in advance, without even going to the venue.

Light Emission Enhancements and Per Element Static Light Emission
For greater detail and accuracy – and even more wow factor – professionals can use wysiwyg to cue light emissions on only selected parts of an object for all sorts of effect which puts serious creative power at the user’s fingertips.

Over 300 Library Objects
wysiwyg is a unique tool in the industry because of its proprietary library objects that include thousands of moving and fixed lights. There is no other graphic application software tool with the breadth of resources to deliver this reliable precision and extreme realism in previsualization that professionals require. The 300 library additions in R32 include a look at Robin® Pointe, Martin MAC Viper Profile™ and Martin RUSH™ Series.

Hot New Tools in R32
The Wall Tool provides a simpler way to create scalable props and walls. The new Room Builder makes it easy to produce a CAD of a special set or a room. Users with a few clicks can transform into 3D work from scratch, or by tracing over or importing a 2D floor plan. A simple click can insert room height, floor and ceiling.

What Do Some Users Say About R32?

wysiwyg R32 was used for the ‘French TV’ production at France 2, DOP: Patrick Neufond, Set Design: Miguel Hernando. © Patrick Neufond.

Director of Photography, Patrick Neufond uses wysiwyg software for every project ranging from lighting creation to technical scenery. Neufond also uses R32 for his senior lecturer work at Paris-based technical performance arts institution, the Centre de Formation Professionnelle Aux Techniques du Spectacle (CFPTS) and for French-broadcaster France 2 in a recent television production ‘French TV’.

“wysiwyg allows every production to meet technical and financial feasibility. The new R32 adds even more realism and improves my work sessions. Creating lights really do make our productions come to reality!” said Neufond.

Prelite Studios, LLC, San Francisco has been providing realtime previsualization services to the entertainment and architectural industries since the year 2000. Tom Thompson at Prelite Studios said: “We have used wysiwyg throughout the duration of our existence. R32 certainly looks more realistic than any other previz software, with realtime controls to tweak the visualization to look more realistic or improve performance.”

wysiwyg visualizations for Indonesian broadcast productions © Adhi Suresh.

“The Voice of Indonesia”, “Gebyar BCA, “Akademi Fantasi Indosiar (AFI)”, “Take Me Out Indonesia”, “Putri Indonesia (PPI)”, “Indosiar Glory Festival 2013″ and the 19th anniversary of Indosiar TV are just some of the productions in which broadcast engineer Adhi Suresh utilizes wysiwyg. The software is used for the presentation, lighting planning, lighting plotting and visualization for pre-programming as well as video and stage design. Suresh has also used wysywig for the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) multi-sport event involving 11 nations. Here, Suresh utilized wysiwyg to visualize and simulate the look and feel of the production that managed 1,200 intelligent lights, 32 Christie Roadster S+22K-J 3-chip DLP® digital projectors and a giant LED screen measuring 64 meters-wide by 10 meters-high.

“wysiwyg is the best software for me and it has been popular with Indosiar TV as well as other broadcasters. wysiwyg is part of my business and it’s the very best tool for the job,” said Suresh.

“Our design team used the new Volumetric Light Beams feature of R32 which has proven to be very accurate. I love all the new features of wysiwyg R32 and are lucky to have put them to the test in my work for Indonesian broadcasters. I enjoy the constant updates of wysiwyg which will further enable my business to meet the growing demand for spectacular and memorable productions witnessed by audiences of millions,” concluded Suresh.

A video highlighting the power and graphic enhancements of wysiwyg version R32 can be found at: http://bit.ly/1d1JZzC

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Arsenio Audio Staff (Fist) Pumped About Yamaha CL Digital Consoles

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Arsenio Hall Show premiered in September 2013 and features a mix of comedy, music and celebrity guests, adding a new perspective to the late-night scene. Hosted by comedian and actor Arsenio Hall, the daily, one-hour nationally syndicated late-night talk show is anchored by the Tribune Broadcasting Station Group and produced by CBS Television Distribution.

Peter Baird is the sound system designer as well as the music mixer for The Arsenio Hall Show and together with the production mixer, house and monitor engineers, chose five Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles and six Rio3224-D input/output boxes to kick off the season. Two CL5s and one CL3 are used at front of house with two CL5s at the monitor mix position.

“When production mixer Ish Garcia asked me to come in as the show’s music mixer, we spent some time together strategizing about what an ideal system would look like, states Baird. We knew the show would be very music-heavy and wanted the system requirements to check four main boxes: 1) 160 inputs available to split between the house band, guest artists, and production, 2) tight integration and future-proofing, 3) stability and reasonable immunity from buzzes, hums, and grounding issues, and 4) incontestably great sound.”

Baird said he did a lot of research and was surprised to find that most major professional audio manufacturers still think in terms of single consoles with local input/output resources rather than integrated, networked systems. “It’s true that some manufacturers have implemented various modes of moving audio around including MADI and EtherSound, but only Yamaha had really perfected the relationship between separate console operators using shared resources. And, the more I read about Dante, the more I thought a large Dante network might be the best answer for us.”

Garcia and Baird have been through the audio selection process before, having been the mixing team on Lopez Tonight and, explains Baird, “in a project like The Arsenio Hall Show, the audio team needs to be able to move inputs and outputs around quickly and flexibly to deal with whatever the production team might throw at us. For example, we need to be able to quickly integrate any number of players suddenly showing up to sit in with the house band, while at the same time keeping the whole system as simple and understandable as possible for the operators. Yamaha’s incremental approach to console operations and CentraLogic™ meant that our FOH and Monitor Mixers, James Young and Greg Keslake, were already largely familiar with the console surface conventions from the very first day.”

Baird added that the economics of networked audio are not insignificant. “Traditionally a show like The Arsenio Hall Show would have at least three 56 pair of three-way transformer splitters with all of the associated interconnect copper between them, and in some cases, hundreds and hundreds of feet. Those 504 outputs (3 x 56 x 3) would feed separate consoles, with each output requiring a separate head amp. As mixers, we know that the best-sounding consoles are the ones with the best head amps, and a console with 64 top-drawer head amps costs more money than one with 64 mediocre head amps. But a networked system only needs one really great head amp per channel no matter how many consoles it’s connected to! With the CL series having only 8 head amps on board, Yamaha was able to spend time and money making the console as ergonomically correct as possible rather than trying to re-engineer head amp design to fit a small footprint. Also, in the case of Dante, local interconnects are on Cat 6 cable, with point-to-point connections on fiber, a monumental savings over the same capabilities in copper. And to clarify, the head amps in the Rio3224-D input/output box are spectacular! They are clear and detailed, yet with great body, warmth, and musicality; a great foundation for a system in a critical installation like The Arsenio Hall Show.”

Monitor Engineer, Greg Keslake says he’s a big fan of Yamaha digital consoles having been introduced to digital over 15 years ago with the Yamaha 01V, and since that time, has extensively used all of the larger format consoles. “We are using Dante exclusively for FOH, Monitors and Music Production, and I am even using a Dante MY16 Card in my house monitor console for high level returns from production.”

Keslake said for monitors he’s using one CL5 dedicated to the house band and one dedicated to the guest bands. “The house band is using the new Aviom 360′s, and I am sending the band each a mixture of direct outs, mixes and matrices. This has given them the comfort of being able to adjust the instruments of their choice very quickly but hasn’t limited my ability to supplement their mixes as needed. The Yamaha CL has also made it extremely easy to swap around what channels I send the house band based on weekly sit-in artists via Dante patching.”

On the guest band console, Keslake has dedicated mixes 1-16 as stereo in-ears, 17-24 as wedges, matrix’s 1-7 are effects sends, and matrix 8 is a drum sub mix. “The dedicated mixes have allowed me to have a very good starting point for almost any guest band with very little information. I have found the ability to map my own channels to custom fader banks immensely valuable specifically on the CL5 guest band console. I am using the C5 and C6 banks to map my daily used mixes enabling me to bounce around very quickly between them. I was also extremely impressed with the addition of the Premium Rack in the CL Series.”

With an audience of 201, James Young, front of house engineer is using a CL3 for the house band with six stems to the CL5 production console: left, right, sub, two vocal stems, lead and BGV, and a ‘guest’ stem for when someone sits in with the house band. Guest bands land in a separate CL5 with a similar 6 stem set up. “The Dante network has been very stable, and the Yamaha CL consoles are very easy to set up and use with classic Yamaha reliability. I also appreciate the extra DCA’s, effects rack, and custom fader banks.”

For more information on The Arsenio Hall Show, visit www.arseniohall.com.

For more information on Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Left to right: Greg Keslake, Peter Baird, James Young

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
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.

Thunder Audio Helps Donny and Marie Christmas Tour Celebrate the Holidays With Harman’s JBL VTX Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – This season the Donny and Marie Christmas tour brought the Osmonds’ family-friendly blend of music, dancing, comedy and entertainment to audiences across the US. The 15-city arena tour featured the Osmonds performing holiday music, hit songs and more—even mixing in classic clips from 1970s holiday TV broadcasts that hadn’t been seen in decades. The all-out entertainment extravaganza delivered with the help of a HARMAN JBL VTX Series line array audio system provided by Livonia, Michigan-based Thunder Audio.

“Donny and Marie are known for their spectacular production values, musical variety, costume changes and unstoppable energy and the Donny and Marie Christmas Tour was no exception,” said Greg Snyder, Business Development Manager for Thunder Audio and project engineer for the tour. “They want to make sure every single person in the audience feels like they’re an intimate part of the show, even if they’re at the back of a 20,000-seat arena. That’s why we used the JBL VTX line arrays for sound reinforcement on the tour—more than 75 of them including tops and subs.”

Two main left and right hangs of 14 V25 fullsize line array elements were flown per side, along with two outfill hangs of nine V25 elements per side, two side fill clusters of two V25 elements per side, six S28 subwoofers hung at each end of the stage and a center cluster of four V25 elements. On the ground, six S28 subwoofers per side and four JBL VERTEC® VT4888 midsize line array elements up front provided additional low end and center fill.

The loudspeakers were powered by 72 Crown I-Tech HD 12000 amplifiers housed in proprietary Thunder Audio rack systems. JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ was used for system control, with JBL’s Line Array Calculator II employed for loudspeaker setup. FOH engineer Lucas “Rico” Corrubia used a Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console on the tour.

The sound crew for the show included monitor engineer Joe Webster, Thunder Audio’s FOH systems engineer Johnathon Winkler, monitor systems engineer Ron Hurd and fly tech and stage patch technician Paul Villarreal. “As one of the first sound companies to purchase JBL VTX Series line arrays, we’ve gotten to know what they can do in an arena setting in every respect,” Snyder pointed out.

“This rig is phenomenal, Paul Bauman and the JBL team did a great job designing VTX,” Corrubia noted. “It has so much horsepower, it can go for days.”

Systems engineer Jon Winkler is extremely well versed in the operation and deployment of this system and in using Performance Manager and the JBL Line Array Calculator II to optimize its performance. “Jon has a very keen ear and he was really the key to fine-tuning the system to the ‘nth’ degree,” Snyder added.

“To me, the definition of a good loudspeaker is when the sound of the box itself disappears—that you almost forget you’re even listening to a loudspeaker,” Corrubia added. “That really started to happen with the VTX system as we got a sense of tuning it. We could go anywhere in any arena and it would still sound crystal-clear and transparent.”

Snyder noted that even though the Donny And Marie Christmas Tour played in large arenas, the show felt more up close and personal, thanks in large part to the clarity and smooth, focused coverage of the VTX line arrays even over larger distances. “Donny and Marie are two of the warmest and most inviting performers around and we wanted to make sure that audiences were drawn into the more intimate parts of the show like their quieter solo numbers, yet dazzled by the energy of the all-out production numbers,” he said. “The JBL VTX line arrays are as unstoppable as Donny and Marie when everyone’s singing, playing and dancing their hearts out.”

Corrubia echoed this sentiment. “Donny and Marie have so much variety in their shows, going from rock and roll to Broadway and opera, that you need a system to handle that versatility,” he said. “VTX did an incredible job.”

For more information on Thunder Audio, please visit www.thunderaudioinc.com

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Spring 2014 Stampede Big Book of AV Tour Highlights The Internet of Things and Tie-Ins With InfoComm and ITRA

2014 will kick-off with a very loud bang on January 23rd in Austin, Texas when the Spring 2014 Stampede Big Book of AV (BBOAV) Tour makes the first of seven scheduled stops at the Woodward Conference Center at Wyndham Garden.

According to Stampede Presentation Products Inc. President & COO Kevin Kelly, 2014 tour attendees can expect to see more product demonstrations of new and innovative solutions from more participating exhibitors than ever before, along with tie-ins with InfoComm Regional Roundtables and the International Technology Rental Association (ITRA).  “More companies and industry associations presenting more products and more strategic business-building information than ever before — that’s what our dealers can expect to see when they turn out for the tour this year,” Kelly promised. “In particular, we will be highlighting how dealers can immediately begin profiting from the new era of The Internet of Things.”
The 2014 Stampede Big Book of AV Tour will include four stops co-located with InfoComm Roundtables and one stop co-located with ITRA. As a result, AV professionals will get the opportunity to meet with AV industry manufacturers, attend CTS certified trainings and participate in industry-focused roundtable events. The InfoComm Regional Roundtables provide networking and business education opportunities free to InfoComm members. On tour, participants will be able to receive management advice tailored to AV businesses.

“We’re excited to include InfoComm and ITRA training sessions and presentations to give our dealers the maximum value when attending the tour. We are as committed as ever to educating our dealers on industry best practices and keeping them informed of the latest products and trends,” Kelly said.

To further address the “Internet of Things” phenomenon, the BBOAV Tour will feature a designated area for IOT manufacturers, identified by pop-up banners and stands. As Kelly previously predicted, a new personalized industry built upon the ideas of connecting, integrating, and sharing devices is maturing. The tour will identify and distinguish emerging IOT manufacturers who are seeking to implement innovative go-to-market strategies.

At the January 23rd stop in Austin, Sony and Hitachi will make presentations on video conferencing and the wireless transmission of hi-def video. Each session will earn attendees .5 CTS RU Credit. Additionally, Stampede will be offering event incentives such as $500 Stampede credit, a $100 Restaurant.com gift card and a $50 gift card for attending the BBOAV Tour. Every attendee will also be entered into a drawing to win a 42” LG LCD HD television.

After its inaugural stop in Austin, Texas, the Stampede Big Book of AV Tour continues through the spring on the following schedule:

—   February 13, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona (with InfoComm and ITRA)
—   February 20, 2014 in Montreal, Canada
—   March 6, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio
—   March 13, 2014 in Irvine, California (with InfoComm)
—   April 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts (with InfoComm
—   May 15, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (with InfoComm)

For more information about each event and to register to attend, dealers should go to http://www.bigbookofavtour.com/.

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