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Great Sound Is In the Can At Pepsi Center With HARMAN’s BSS Audio, Crown and JBL Professional

DENVER, Colorado — Known to Denver denizens as “The Can,” the 20,000-plus capacity Pepsi Center is home of the NBA Denver Nuggets, NHL Colorado Avalanche and the National Lacrosse League Colorado Mammoth, and is also host to concerts and special events. The arena opened in 1999 and has been in continuous use since then – including its original sound system. When the Pepsi Center decided to upgrade to a massive new state-of-the-art scoreboard in 2013, management determined it would also be a good time to replace the venue’s audio system from top to bottom.
Colorado Springs, Colorado sound contractor LVW Electronics and Dallas, Texas system designer Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. (WJHW) had installed the original system and were retained to perform the upgrade, using HARMAN BSS Audio, Crown, and JBL components.

LVW CEO Rusty Griffith pointed out, “The fact that both firms had a history with the venue made us the logical choice – we were under a tight timetable on this project and were given seven weeks to complete a job that would usually take over three months.” LVW was given the go-ahead in spring 2013 and Griffith and his crew had to be finished in time for the start of the Pepsi Center’s fall line-up. “We worked day and night all summer long.”

LVW and WJHW chose a JBL loudspeaker system comprised of six columns of 10 JBL VLA901-MF-16 line array loudspeakers, hung around the perimeter of the arena. The VLA901-MF-16 was chosen for its ability to provide high-volume sound reinforcement at throw distances beyond the reach of traditional loudspeaker designs. Each loudspeaker is equipped with dual 15-inch woofers, dual 8-inch cone midrange compression drivers and three 1.5-inch high-frequency compression drivers. In addition, four JBL ASB6128V dual 18-inch subwoofers are hung directly behind the each of the 10 main line arrays. The loudspeakers and subs are powered by 44 Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers, plus 11 Crown CTs 2000 amps to drive additional loudspeakers at the back of the arena.

“JBL’s VLA line has been a strong choice for us in arenas for the past few years. The overall sound quality is excellent and they provide higher output and increased intelligibility,” explained Mark Graham, Associate for WJHW. “We paired the VLA loudspeakers with the 4-channel Crown amplifiers, which we chose based on previous successes and the overall strong reliability reputation of the I-Tech HD line.”

The system is networked using four BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-806 signal processors and six BLU-326 I/O expanders, both Dante-enabled products. Control for the entire Pepsi Center audio system is provided by HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect™ software, a common control platform for all devices from microphone to loudspeaker. “Using Audio Architect was a big deal,” Graham noted, “considering how new the software was at the time we did this installation. It paid off though – it’s a great way to control the system and its audio management capabilities are extensive. The venue’s ownership was very pleased when he saw we had the capability to put everything onto one software platform.”

“This installation turned out to be fantastic in terms of equal coverage to every area of the arena,” said Griffith. “The performance of the VLA loudspeakers and the subwoofers is so consistent that there’s very little seat-to-seat variation. The Pepsi Center project turned out to be one of the best examples of this I have heard.”

In addition to performance, one of the main benefits of choosing HARMAN according to Griffith was the support LVW and WJHW received from the company throughout the project. “We looked at various manufacturers’ solutions. I’ve always liked JBL and the HARMAN product line for its excellent sound quality and solid engineering and the support they provide – especially on this project, given the time crunch we were under – is second to none.”

In addition to its capability as a full stand-alone sound reinforcement system, the new system is designed so it can be used along with a tour sound system for concerts and other events. If a band or a convention comes to town and their rental system doesn’t have enough coverage, they can readily connect to the Pepsi Center system to supplement the audio.

For more information about LVW Electronics, please visit www.lvw.com.

For more information about Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams, please visit www.wjhw.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lights Up the Stage for the Arnold Sports Festival 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Having worked with the Arnold Sports Festival as its exclusive provider of lighting and staging systems for over 20 years, Live! Technologies, LLC. recently took the show to a new level with an array of lighting elements from HARMAN’s Martin Professional.

The Live! Technologies team, including Michael Farrell, Business Development and Marketing Executive, and Michael Hesmond, Lighting Programmer, deployed a rig of over 100 Martin lights including 12 Viper Performances, 12 Viper Profiles, six MAC III Performances, 36 MAC Auras, 22 MAC 101s, 12 RUSH MH3 Beams, four Atomic 3000 DMX strobes, 60 EC-10 video panels and one P3-200 Video Processor/Scaler.

The Arnold Sports Festival 2014 took place in Columbus, Ohio in early March, and featured over 800 exhibitors showcasing the latest sports equipment, apparel and nutritional products. The main stage was the center for non-stop entertainment and competitions, featuring premier body building athletes including Zydrunas Savicakas, Dimitar, Michael Burke and of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Everything worked out extremely well,” Farrell mentioned. “We started months in advance with the set design and did roughly 100 hours of pre-programming for the show. Other than that, the setup took two days and it was straightforward.”

For both Farrell and Hesmond, it was their first time using the P3-200 Controller, RUSH MH3 Beam lights and Viper Performances. “We used all the moving lights for our stage wash and video lighting, all the Auras for backlight and used the Viper fixtures for the front stage lighting,” Farrell stated. “The Viper is a great fixture to use. It’s nice and bright and has a great color temperature.”

“The video aspect was somewhat new to us, but the lighting system was very easy to use, which gave us great confidence that it would perform as we envisioned,” Farrell added. “The RUSH MH3 Beams are really awesome, they are super bright and punch right through everything. We were really impressed! The Vipers have great color temperature as well. We didn’t have to do much correction with the LED’s to get it perfect, it was a nice surprise!”

“The ultimate measure was seeing the audience’s response when the athletes came out and hit the stage,” Farrell explained. “They were rock stars up there with a bunch of raving fans screaming. The lighting rig really sold the power of these athletes and made it worth every dollar the audience paid for tickets. It will be tough to outdo ourselves next year!”

In addition to Martin, Live! Technologies deployed HARMAN’s JBL Professional VRX and PRX loudspeakers along with Crown’s amplifiers. “We appreciate working with Martin and all the HARMAN brands and look forward to next years show being brighter and even more successful than this years,” Farrell summed up. “This rig is so awesome it should be used for everything!”

Live! Technologies is a national supplier of entertainment and event technology that prides itself on planning, producing and staging live events that exceed client expectations. For more information on Live! Technologies, please visit: www.reallivepros.com

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 designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

First Alliance Church Takes Massive Leap Forward with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 Console

(Left) Wayne Jeschke, Technical Associate, First Alliance Church; and (Right) Paul Nadeau-Bonilla, Technical Director of Environments, First Alliance Church.

CALGARY, Canada – The First Alliance Church in Calgary is home to a 75-year-old sanctuary that seats 1,700 people. The size of its congregation, combined with the various styles of music and dynamic worship services, prompted Technical Director of Environments Paul Nadeau-Bonilla to recently upgrade the Church’s audio system with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 digital console, installed by Sapphire Sound in Vancouver, B.C.

The Church hosts full orchestras, choirs and bands, on top of its annual Broadway-style Christmas musical. The Vi6 was chosen for its ability to accommodate and switch seamlessly between all types of productions with minimal setup times and clutter. With 96 inputs to 35 output channels, the Vi6 is capable of handling any large-sized venue with ease.

“Before buying the Vi6, we researched flagship models from many other brands,” said Nadeau-Bonilla. “From an ergonomic standpoint, the Vi6 is head and shoulders above all the other consoles. The intuitive layout and visual appearance drastically improves our workflow, and the onboard features are really easy to work with, unlike some of the confusing navigation on other digital consoles.”

The Soundcraft Vi6 pushes boundaries by empowering the user with features that improve ease of use, rather than the culmination of controls that get lost in endless menus. The beautiful ‘knobs-on-glass’ controls sit on top of the Vistonics™II channel strip interface, providing users with the most unadulterated monitoring and mixing experience. TheSoundcraftFaderGlow™ color-coded illumination for the faders is particularly eye-catching, and gives the user an additional level of status indication, significantly reducing operating errors.

“The details in the layout of the Vi6 are amazing,” according to Wayne Jeschke, Associate of Technical Arts. “Someone can run wireless microphones and orchestra at the same time, while the Cue Advance buttons and Snapshots are readily available and well within reach. We wanted something as user-friendly and analog-like as possible, and I believe the Vi6 hits the sweet spot. Even some of our non-technical engineers are able to work on it flawlessly.”

“We did not expect the sound to be this good,” Jeschke continued. “The difference in clarity from our older board is so great, that we get compliments from numerous untrained people all the time. The user-friendliness combined with a clean, natural sound makes the Vi6 an extraordinary console within its class. It blew us away.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors Prove “Pitch Perfect” for Music Mixer Joseph Magee

NORTHRIDGE, California — Music mixer Joseph Magee, whose impressive credits include Saving Mr. Banks, Pitch Perfect, High Fidelity, Into the Wild, The Muppets, Spider-man 3 and many more, is currently on location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, mixing music for the feature film, Pitch Perfect 2. For this music-heavy project, Magee is putting HARMAN’s JBL Professional flagship large-format M2 Master Reference Monitors to the test. Recently signed by Hollywood’s TODD-SOUNDELUX, where he is responsible for the company’s expanding music services, Magee chose the M2 system for projects at TODD-SOUNDELUX’s Hollywood facility. For Pitch Perfect 2, Magee transported his JBL M2 monitors along with a pair of JBL LSR308 studio monitors to Baton Rouge, where the film is in production. The music recording studio for the project was built specifically for the film in an existing 4-story warehouse structure.

With the objective of recording 95 percent of all the on-camera a cappella performances in a new, untested studio environment, Magee relies on the M2’s ability to provide exceptional performance in any production environment. “I’ve been using the M2 monitors in my music dub room at TODD-SOUNDELUX and I’m now getting accustomed to using them on the road,” Magee said. “I think a lot of people perceive the M2’s as monitors that are meant to be permanently installed in a control room, tuned to the room and then left alone. But the reality is these loudspeakers sound great out of the box, so taking them to Baton Rouge was an easy decision.” With the dynamic range needed for film production yet with a footprint of only 20 feet wide by 14 feet deep, the M2 is finding its way into smaller rooms where traditional cinema speakers are prohibitive. With included room EQ, the M2 system can deliver accurate response in any mix environment.

Having used other large-format studio monitors, in Magee’s opinion, JBL’s patented-pending Image Control Waveguide, coupled with JBL’s patented low-distortion D2 high-frequency driver sets the M2 apart from the pack. “The waveguide is so darn fast, I’m hearing things I haven’t heard before in my mixes and I’m hearing things differently—in a good way,” he said. “At the TODD-SOUNDELUX facilities, all the engineers who have come through have been shocked at how authoritative these M2 loudspeakers are and they’ve been amazed at the clarity of the system.”

In addition to the M2 system, Magee uses a pair of JBL’s powered 3 Series LSR308 studio monitors as his near-field listening system. In a portable, “bookshelf”-size format, and available at an entry-level price, the 3 Series studio monitors share the Image Control Waveguide technology developed for the M2 to provide detailed imaging. “In all honesty, when I was first auditioning the M2 system at TODD-SOUNDELUX, I didn’t fully understand what I was working with,” Magee noted. “But then I worked with the 308 monitors at home and it all clicked for me. I simply wasn’t used to the imaging and level of detail these speakers provide.”

To further meet Magee’s needs, JBL custom-designed a panel in its HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ software that enables Magee to quickly create a simple, 4-band Room EQ in the DSP of the Crown I-Tech 5000 HD amplifiers being used to power the system.

Looking towards the future, Magee sees no boundaries for the M2. “I envision a lot of opportunities for different applications with the M2,” he said.

For more information on Joseph Magee, please visit his IMDB page at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0535848/

For more information on TODD-SOUNDELUX, please visit www.toddsoundelux.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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Martin Audio AQs Excel At Amble Links Holiday Park


Country and leisure park operators Park Leisure recently undertook a major upgrade of its Amble Links ‘owners-only’ holiday park on the Northumberland, England coast.

Preferred AV integrators Promotiontime NE carried out the technology design and outfitting of its main entertainment areas, The Links Owners Only Bar & Entertainment Lounge and refurbished Old Storehouse restaurant/bar, exclusively using a Martin Audio AQ solution for all of its requirements.

Brian Graham, who took over Promotiontime NE ten years ago, has been a frequent user of Martin Audio systems over the years, particularly the Blackline series, but the compact AQ architectural range has opened up a number of new opportunities for him.

“Martin Audio is generally our ‘go to’ brand for most requirements above a basic bar, and I would probably have specified Blackline again for the entertainment room. But when we heard the AQ series, we knew this would be equal to the demands of the room.”

The stage system needed to reinforce small acts, as well as a resident DJ and karaoke, but also needed to be used for larger performances when required.

After sampling the AQ series Graham specified a pair of AQ28’s, with dual 8in drivers, one each side of the stage, as the main front-facing PA with an AQ10 on each wing providing outfills. Recessed into the stage on each side is an AQ215 (2×15) bass enclosure with a 42-way patch so that incoming productions carrying their own mixing console can plug straight in and override the house desk.

The Old Storehouse is divided into two areas; a restaurant and bar, with background music fed to eight AQ6 in the main restaurant and a pair of AQ5s in the overspill/annex area, while the dedicated bar area is served by an additional combination of AQ8, AQ6 and pair of AQ112 (1×12) subs.

The music extends to the outside patio area where Brian Graham has specified four Martin Audio C115 surface-mount weather-resistant speakers.

The entire system is powered by Martin Audio MA5.2K, MA4.8Q and MA2.8Q amplifiers and fed by a 16×16 audio routing matrix, which allows any sound source to be switched to any zone via the Martin Audio Engineer 818 DSP. Limiting and EQ settings are also stored in the Engineer, with inputs recalled and switched between the different operating modes via the Control4 audio and lighting environmental control platform (linked to Mode dimming packs for the lighting).

The installation needed to offer ease of use and the site is configured so that all audio and vision can be switched and controlled from two touch screens, one located in the main bar and the other in the performance area, to allow intuitive use throughout the complex.

In summary, Brian Graham confirmed, “In addition to raising the performance level, we had to make the installation look sleek which the AQ certainly does. And with only around 10 ft. ceiling height in the entertainment room, we are able to run the AQ28s in landscape orientation, flush against the ceiling. It was the perfect solution.

“Everything works seamlessly; the client is absolutely delighted, the feedback has been great and we have had nothing but positive comments.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Exterior 400 Image Projectors Create A Unique Fireworks Simulation at Russia’s Belgorod Airport

BELGOROD, Russia — As part of a Russian program devoted to the modernization of transportation infrastructure, the newly built Belgorod Airport was constructed to be one of the most attractive and convenient hubs in Russia’s Central Black Earth Region. In addition to the airport’s focus on innovative architecture, high-quality finish materials and optimized infrastructure, Moscow-based STK Heliocity was brought in to develop a unique combination of architectural and artistic lighting for multiple scenarios: everyday usage, night time usage, and holidays/special occasions. In order to implement lighting designs for holidays and other celebrations at the airport, Heliocity installed 16 of HARMAN’s Martin Professional Exterior 400 Image Projectors.

Heliocity’s design features traditional symbols, multiple color transitions¬—in the style of the Belgorod region’s coat of arms (azure to green and gold)—and a special fireworks element. As a tribute to the region’s unique and proud military history, the fireworks are a complex design element that feature dynamic flashes and simulated flying sparks from an explosion of color to create the effect of fireworks on the arches above the airport’s main entrance.

To complete their design, the team at Heliocity needed to deploy a reliable weatherproof fixture that could create bright light projections yet be extremely energy-efficient. The company turned to Martin’s Exterior 400 IP in order to meet these detailed requirements.

“After analyzing several fixtures we decided on Martin Professional’s Exterior 400 IP due to its durability and convenient programming capabilities,” commented Anton Karpun, Project Designer, STK Heliocity. “To create the fireworks scene we ordered a special set of gobos for firework imitation. The gobos paired with the Exterior 400’s extremely robust light allowed us to successfully create a beautiful scenography of dynamic color that can be easily activated with a single button.”

Martin Professional’s Exterior 400 Image Projector is a powerful tool for integrating textures, patterns, and graphics in outdoor lighting designs and is capable of producing over 7000 lumens of extremely bright light projections. The fixture also features advanced LED technology for unparalleled energy-efficiency, a rugged IP65 housing, and up to six customizable gobos, eight customizable colors and a range of pre-programmable effects, from continuous image rotation to focus and dimming.

“We needed to develop a simple scheme for the user that would only be utilized on holidays and special occasions such as VIP guests or international delegation arrivals,” explained Karpun. “Our design would not have been successful without the help of Martin’s Exterior 400 Image Projector. The custom capabilities and LED technology of the fixture have made this project a true success!”

For more information on Martin Professional’s Exterior 400 Image projector, please visit: www.martin.com/product/product.asp?product=exterior400imageprojector

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 designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Visual Unity and XroadMedia Deliver OTT Personalization Through vuDiscovery™

Leading OTT platform and multiscreen solution provider, Visual Unity Global has announced a strategic partnership with XroadMedia, a leading provider of content discovery, recommendation and targeting services. In this partnership XroadMedia will be delivering its advanced personalization services to power vuDiscovery™, the new content discovery service of Visual Unity’s award winning vuMedia™ platform.

vuDiscoveryTM will be powered by Ncanto, XroadMedia’s distinctive content discovery software that finds relevant content according to the consumers’ behavior, interest and social profiles. Service providers and content owners will be able to maximize their revenue streams by blending business goals with user profiles. This provides operational cost savings, thanks to the unique architecture and standards based API connectivity of vuDiscoveryTM.

vuDiscoveryTM will offer the following benefits to companies in the broadcast, media and Internet industries:
• Reducing churn through engaged and satisfied consumers
• Enabling new revenue streams in the monetization of OTT content or targeted advertising services
• Flexibly adapting to available metadata and subscriber behavior
• Dynamic scaling from small trial installations to millions of users
• Enhancing the user experience of TV-everywhere deployments
• Shortest time to market and lowest total cost of ownership – quick deployment, straightforward integration and easy customization thanks to the flexible architecture and pre-integration into vuMediaTM

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity Global says, “XroadMedia has some of the most experienced experts in recommendation engines and targeting technologies. This partnership will take our vuMediaTM platform to the next level. The new vuDiscoveryTM service will provide our clients with best-in-class search and discovery capabilities in digital media today.”

Adolf Proidl, CEO and Co-Founder of XroadMedia says, “Ncanto has been developed with the ultimate goal to solve the biggest problem for consumers – how to find and enjoy the content they are really interested in – anywhere and anytime. Being part of a world class platform such as vuMediaTM allows us to offer content discovery services on a much larger scale and to a wider audience.”

First products and services with vuDiscoveryTM are currently in the rollout phase. More partnerships and projects will be announced throughout 2014.

Gabriel Dusil, Chief Marketing and Corporate Strategy Officer, adds: “A recommendation engine is not just about content suggestions, it’s about meaningful and personal engagement with subscribers. vuDiscoveryTM is not just a feature that enhances the user interface in our OTT platform, it is ultimately an enabler of incremental revenue streams for content owners and distributors.”

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About Visual Unity Global

Visual Unity Global is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content over the internet. Our clients can measure, analyse and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.
Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMedia™ platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMedia™ is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Munich, Nairobi and Los Angeles.

For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com, info@visualunity.com

About XroadMedia

At XroadMedia (pronounced “Crossroad Media“) we have developed the next generation of content discovery, recommendation and targeting solution – Ncanto. Based on more than a decade of product and market research, as well as customer deployments in the Internet, media and broadcast industries, Ncanto is an innovative back-end solution, which is optimized for cloud- and server-based deployments. Ncanto boosts our customers’ profits and revenues by uniquely combining user taste with our customers’ requirements and business models. Thanks to our flexible architecture and standards based API connectivity we even help our customers to reduce integration costs and time-to-market to an absolute minimum compared to competitive solutions in the market.

XroadMedia was founded by leading industry experts in the areas of content discovery & navigation and former management team members of APRICO Solutions, a venture of Royal Philips Electronics. Our core business is to help our customers strengthen their existing revenue streams and to generate new opportunities by assisting their customers – the consumer – in mastering the flood of digital assets and diversity of content consumption devices. XroadMedia is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, with a second office in London, United Kingdom.

For further information, please visit www.xroadmedia.com, info@xroadmedia.com

DPA Microphones Helps Steve Browell Capture Unique Car Sounds

Recording audio for film and TV within the confines of a car is hard enough, but actually capturing the sheer range of sounds that comprise car noise is an entirely different level of challenge. This, however, is something of a specialty for freelance sound effects editor Steve Browell who uses a range of DPA microphones and a variety of techniques to achieve spectacular results.

Browell, whose recent projects have included recording sound effects for Scarlett Johansson’s latest film Under the Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer, says: “What I love about the job is that it’s so varied. From enhancing the physical sounds on screen to bringing inanimate objects to life; from designing effects to add to the emotion of the story to recording original sounds for each film, there is always a new challenge.”

Browell’s work involves many different locations, from race-tracks to mansion houses, from anechoic chambers to scrap yards. With him go a matched pair of DPA’s d:dicate™ 4011C Compact Cardioid Recording Microphones and a selected pair of d:screet™ 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones, which were supplied by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network. Browell also owns a pair of d:dicate 4021 Compact Cardioid Recording Microphones in an DPA X/Y setup that have been customised to fit into a Rycote windshield.

“I have always liked the sound DPA microphones capture,” he says. “When I started my career I was involved in a lot of music recording and I can remember the first time I used a pair of DPA d:dicate 4011s when they were still Brüel and Kjaer. I loved the amazingly detailed and natural sound they were able to capture; it was like hearing the sound from the live source again. From then on I have always wanted to own my own pair.”

Browell first started experimenting with car recordings when he was asked to capture car sounds for a film he was working on. “Cars are fascinating machines that create a symphony of sound,” he says. “Also I liked the physical challenge of where and how to place microphones on a moving vehicle and still get a decent sounding recording with as little vibration and wind buffeting as possible.”


He explains that much of the action in Under the Skin takes place in the interior of a Mercedes Sprinter van. “To get a really authentic sound and the right coverage I spent a day recording the van with a multi-mic setup covering different aspects of the interior, the engine and the exhaust.”

Browell has been able to hone his techniques, not to mention widen the library of different cars he has captured, with work on the Need for Speed computer game franchise. As he says, though, it’s a delicate balance between the shielding stopping wind noise and it starting to colour the source sound.

“I also had to find materials that would withstand the high temperatures and a few Rycote windshields got burnt in the process,” he explains. “The McLaren MP4 12c was particularly bad for this; on overrun you can get a flame of three foot out of the exhaust. It can also be a problem fixing the microphones onto the cars and not damaging the paint and bodywork, which is important when some of them are valued at over $1m. Each car’s shape is so different and I need to be extremely flexible with my methods to get the microphones into a sweet spot: out of the direct airflow around the car but also avoiding some of the high temperatures and trying to dampen some of the vibration.”

For the future he says he would definitely like to own more DPA microphones, but adds that remembering petrol helps, too…

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Amptec and DPA Host Microphone Workshop With Balthazar

Belgium rock band Balthazar recently threw open the doors to one of their sound checks so that 45 audio engineers and musicians in Brussels could see how DPA microphones are used during the band’s live shows.

This unique workshop, organised by DPA’s Belgium distributor Amptec, was supported by Balthazar’s Front of House engineer Filip Tanghe who took part in a question and answer session with the invited audience, during which he discussed microphone and mixing techniques.

Dany Meeuwissen, Pro Audio Sales Manager at Amptec, says: “The workshop took place at the Ancienne Belgique concert hall where the band were playing a gig later that evening. After a general introduction to DPA’s microphone technology, the audience was able to listen to the band soundchecking and hear solo examples of the various DPA microphones that they use on stage. These include four d:facto™ Vocal Microphones, two d:dicate™ 4011C Compact Recording Microphones, which are used for overheads, and three d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, which are used on the snare and floor tom drums.”

Originally from Ghent and Kortrijk, Balthazar is a five-piece rock band that has been receiving fantastic reviews across Europe as the support act for Editors. The band is now touring in its own right and has made DPA microphones an integral part of its tour equipment.

“When it comes to vocal microphones, DPA’s d:facto is my first choice because it has such great resistance to feedback without sacrificing any detail,” says Filip Tanghe. “The sound it produces is very full and rounded, with no harshness at all. I find it incredibly musical.”

Tanghe engineers approximately 130 live gigs a year for Balthazar and now uses DPA microphones all the time. When Balthazar are not touring he works with Belgian singer songwriter Hannelore Bedert, who tours with an 11-piece band consisting of horns, strings, drums, guitars, keyboards and backing vocalists.

“I use DPA microphones for Hannelore’s live gigs as well and they certainly make those set-ups a lot easier,” Tanghe says.

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Euroshow Deploys HARMAN’s Martin Professional To Bring A Fairy Tale To Life At Moscow’s Olympisky Arena

AARHUS, Denmark — In conjunction with the beginning of Russia’s longest school holiday, Moscow’s famous Olympisky Arena hosted a 2-week children’s project, Circus of Ded Moroz – 2 (Father Frost’s Circus), at the end of December 2013. In order to showcase a stunning, mystical fairy tale light show, Euroshow and lighting designer Alexey Zhuravlev deployed a world-class lighting system featuring HARMAN’s Martin fixtures.

Euroshow supplied lighting fixtures for the event surrounding a large Christmas tree which included: 36 MAC Viper Profile, 20 MAC 2000 Wash XB, 12 MAC III Air FX, 48 MAC Aura, 96 MAC 101, five Atomic 3000 DMX, 30 RUSH MH3 Beam and three Jem Ready 365 Hazer fixtures.

The New Year’s project for children at Olympisky has gained a traditional status already, but for Zhuravlev, it was his debut. Producers of the event knew about Zhuravlev due to his successful work with numerous clubs and concerts, so they invited him to implement the basic idea of creating a dynamic event that children would love and remember.

The main story of the Circus of Ded Moroz – 2 was influenced by an enormous event – the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Fairy tale characters from different stories and different countries met each other on the arena space to compete for the highest sports prizes. This story needed a bright and colorful setting, something totally different from traditional theatrical drama.

Zhuravlev analyzed the individual elements of the script together with the director of the show, highlighting the key moments and offering an individual decoration for each. “I had a few ideas for this show,” explained Zhuravlev. “For example, I put the MAC 101’s around the arena at the bottom and made a ‘mirrored’ installation at the top, so that each fixture was above another fixture. This scheme allowed us to create a lot of different, interesting lighting pictures for numerous events.”

Because some events in the program featured aerialists in the space below the roof, it was necessary to change the lighting concept and make accents on the flights in midair. Zhuravlev chose the powerful MAC III AirFX fixtures based on a 1500W lamp and the new Jem Ready 365 fog generators in order to work with the challenges.

“It is my first work experience with MAC III AirFX”, Zhuravlev explained. “I had seen these fixtures before and I have known what I could get from them. Of course, I was attracted by their functionality to create midair and beam effects. MAC III AirFX is a perfect fixture to make magnificent decor for aerialists’ routines. Besides, these fixtures are very bright, so in other words, they were the perfect solution for this project.”

For the circus arena area, Zhuravlev deployed the MAC 2000 Wash XB, MAC Aura and MAC 101, along with the MAC Viper Profile with the gobo #1, which served as the main lighting tool.

“In the stage design we rarely use this gobo, but in this project it was very useful for me,” Zhuravlev said. “The action takes place in a circular arena, and it is very difficult to make smooth wash effects and stay within the borders, and I had to think about how not to confuse the audience. With gobo #1 of MAC Viper Profile, I could wash the necessary parts of the arena without compromising the main texture aspect.”

The MAC Viper also played a familiar role for Zhuravlev, creating bright and powerful projections that draw beautiful pictures on the surface.

“This fixture is very bright with excellent projection quality,” he continued. “Of course, I used this instrument at 100%. For example, when I needed to ‘move’ artists on the pavement in Sweden, I used gobo-imitating pavement, creating a very realistic effect. Another example is a traditional Russian theme, followed with the appearance of Samovar with cups. By the way, MAC Viper Profile has a very suitable gobo for this scene, as if designed especially for Russia.”

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 designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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