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InfoComm International, SCHOMS start joint membership and training initiative

InfoComm International, the leading trade association serving the professional audiovisual communications industry worldwide, has agreed to extend membership and free and discounted training to members of the Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services (SCHOMS).

InfoComm and SCHOMS share a joint vision to promote professionalism amongst the senior level higher education technology manager community in the United Kingdom. To accomplish their common goals, all SCHOMS U.K. Institutions will become members of InfoComm International, and will receive select free online training, including CTS Prep, along with access to discounted advanced training.

David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International

“InfoComm is delighted to enter into our first official agreement with SCHOMS,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “We have worked together over the years to advance the AV profession at universities and provide networking for senior managers at higher education institutions throughout the U.K., and hope this effort will lead to more joint initiatives in the future.”

“With technology rapidly changing the way that Learning, Teaching and Assessment practice is created and delivered, all members of SCHOMS are increasing being expected to meet the challenges of innovating with and supporting a range of Audio Visual and Learning Technologies. The agreement with InfoComm delivers a consistent and recognised approach to developing and professionalising our staff to meet the needs of our learners and exceed their growing expectations”, said Simon Birkett, SCHOMS Chair.

The groups estimate that InfoComm International will gain 75 new members as this relationship gets underway.

About InfoComm International
Now in our 75th year, InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.

About SCHOMS

The Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services (SCHOMS) is the professional body for Senior Managers working within UK Higher Education. SCHOMS members lead and manage a diverse set of educational, technology, media and institutional support services. They give strategic direction to support and promote excellence in teaching and learning practice through the deployment of classroom technology, AV equipment and innovation in the design of learning spaces. The group promotes continuing professional development amongst its membership, offering leadership and management development, with opportunities for accredited technical training for a range of roles and grades. Additional information is available at www.schoms.ac.uk

Christie Display Technology Used at the Opening of Lusofonia Games 2014

The stunning visuals by award-winning projection designer and his team, BARTKRESA Design Inc., were displayed using Christie®’s compact, purpose-built projectors. This visual experience enthralled thousands of spectators who have gathered in Goa, India for the 3rd edition of the Lusofonia Games. The sporting event, which takes place January 18-29, features 40 Christie Roadster S+20K, Roadster S+22K-J and Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors at the opening ceremony that includes an impressive projection mapping show.

Audio Design, Christie’s local partner that is fully responsible for the Games’ visual display, collaborated with world-renowned projection designer BARTKRESA Design Inc. to create the stunning and engaging visual spectacle. BARTKRESA is known for delivering one-of-a-kind projection designs by combining industry-leading projectors and timeless artistry through brilliantly executed immersive projections.

Photo Courtesy of Projection Design- BARTKRESA Design, Inc.

The Christie projectors are installed strategically in six towers around the 22,000-seat Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium – the venue of the opening ceremony – and they have been accurately calibrated for maximum projection coverage and seamless edge blending onto the field during the event.

“We’re thrilled that Christie’s high performance projectors are being deployed at the Lusofonia Games for the first time and we’re confident that the entire show will be a spectacular visual feast,” said Navneet Wadhwa, managing director, Audio Design.

Vijay Sabhlok, director, Video Design, added, “The opening ceremony of the Games will be the biggest projection event that has ever been staged in India. This beats our very own best of 30 projectors used previously for the Umaid Bhawan projection mapping project.”

“The Lusofonia Games is a prestigious international sporting event and we’re delighted to be in the beautiful city of Goa to create stunning visuals that immerse and transport viewers on a journey of sporting excellence,” said Kresa. “We’ve worked very closely with the show director of the opening ceremony to bring out the energy and vibrancy of this event to the whole world.”

The performances at the opening ceremony encompass the spirit of “unity and pride”, which are the key elements of the Games, as well as the rich history and heritage of Indian and Goan culture that are celebrated through the theme “Panchatattva” – the five elements of nature comprising fire, water, earth, air and ether.

Keshav Chandra, CEO, Lusofonia Games, said, “This spectacular launch is a fitting precursor to this international sporting event. Goa has geared up to host athletes from the participating countries and we are very happy and proud to host this exciting event.”

Widely referred to as the Portuguese version of the British Commonwealth Games, the Lusofonia Games is organized by the Association of the Portuguese Speaking Olympic Committee (ACOLOP). It involves athletes and officials from 12 Portuguese-speaking countries, formerly ruled by Portugal. Among the countries taking part in the 12-day tournament are Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Macau (China), Mozambique, Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe. Equatorial Guinea, India and Sri Lanka are associate members of the Games.

“It’s a great honor for us to be part of this major sports event for the first time and we’re delighted and proud that our high performance projectors are used in the grand opening ceremony to kick-start the Games in a big way,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “It’s also wonderful to see thousands of spectators wowed by the awesome visuals that have definitely made the event even more memorable.”

Technical Direction Company (TDC) provides the perfect video backdrop for 27th ARIA Awards

Video display experts, Technical Direction Company (TDC) supplied all video technology elements for the 27th ARIA Awards held at The Star, Sydney, Australia on 1 December 2013.

The ARIA Awards are the official awards of the Australian Record Industry Association attended by an audience of over 4,000. The event was broadcast live on Channel 9’s “GO!” with performances from many Australian artists including Birds of Tokyo, Bliss n Eso and Tame Impala as well as special guest appearances from Alicia Keys and Lorde.

The ceremony was produced by Michael Long and Vicki Gerrans. Set design was by Kim Buddee. Stunning screen graphics were produced and operated by Rod Morris.

TDC supplied custom automated rolling screens with ultra-bright 26K HD projectors, that not only provided a uniform, succinct and clean look according to the set design but also acted as a mask for set changeovers. TDC also supplied 200 square metres of high-resolution LED video display as well as video projections and creative and scenic LED elements along with switching, control and technical crew.

ARIA Event Producer, Michael Long said: “We’ve worked with TDC for a number of years because they have quality product, they always deliver on time and within budget meeting our set designer needs and music act requirements. TDC has an excellent logistical and creative team that can cope well with any last minute changes.

“For the Birds of Tokyo, Tame Impala, Jessica Mauboy performances and various DJ’s we used all 4 LED screens on stage along with two side screens. We created a specific look for act changeover where TDC’s two large projection screens came down and covered the stage. Because the venue didn’t have the ceiling height, we had to think of something different and thankfully TDC had some special screens available. TDC suggested early on that we use 6×6 metre screens with custom-built truss to roll them in and out creating a seamless image and transition.”

Olin Winton, Technical Manager at Technical Direction Company said: “Creating a seamless video and LED video technology elements was vital to this project. We were able to utilize some of our highest resolution LED stock for the 27th ARIA Awards which created the perfect backdrop to the Australian and international music performances.”

The TDC Crew working on this project included:
Olin Winton
Kain Jones
Karl Johnstone
Will Day
Anthony Pellizzari

“We really appreciate the support that TDC gives the ARIA Awards and the Australian music industry,” ended Long.

About Technical Direction Company – TDC

Established in 1981, TDC’s expertise is in providing video technology solutions for major TV shows, theatre, corporate events, concert touring, exhibitions and outdoor events. Holding one of the largest stocks of high-end video equipment including LED, projection, displays and HD camera systems, TDC is the preferred provider of technical solutions for the top designers, producers, and production companies across the Asia Pacific region.
www.tdc.com.au

Media Group International Introduces SIENNA to Its Broadcast Customers

Leading systems integrator Media Group International can now offer its broadcast customers seamless integration and next generation workflow after becoming an Approved SIENNA Systems integration partner.

The new partnership brings enormous benefit to MGI’s customers by giving them easy access to SIENNA’s cutting edge systems for News, Sport, Live Event and Mutli-Camera Television Production.

MGI recently sent its Senior Solutions Architects Jim White and Tyrone Donnelly on a weeklong intensive Sienna training program in London, England. The program is designed to give MGI self-sufficiency in implementing and supporting Sienna Systems and affords MGI the coveted Approved Sienna Systems Integrator status.

Founded in 1992, Gallery offers the Post Production, Film, Music, TV and Broadcast industries a portfolio of more than 50 sophisticated software and hardware products that are sold to more than 12,000 customers across 50 countries. The company’s SIENNA software family, which was launched in 2007, has revolutionised News and Sports broadcasting and has an international reputation for delivering cutting edge results in highly demanding environments.

Some of the world’s leading broadcasters have built their news and sports workflow around SIENNA, including the BBC, the Associated Press, Turner and Televisa. SIENNA products have been responsible for coverage of major global events such as the US Presidential election, and the Beijing and London Olympics. With a worldwide integration channel, Sienna delivers functionality, performance and reliability without compromise.

Roger Barton, MGI’s Sales Manager, says: “As always at MGI, we’re committed to bringing the very latest technology and products to our customers and Gallery’s SIENNA products absolutely fit this brief. It is also extremely important nowadays that you’re able to back up your sales with integration services and after sales support locally. This is why we always invest in training prior to signing partnership agreements, so that we can confidently support our partners.”

Mark Gilbert, Gallery SIENNA’s CTO, adds: “We are delighted that MGI has made a strong commitment to Sienna, and MGI’s experience and reach will make Sienna accessible to a new audience in the Gulf region. Local support is fundamental to our vision, so MGI’s formally trained Sienna engineers are a welcome addition.”

Media Group International has over 35 years’ experience of systems integration in the Gulf region and represents many worldwide manufacturers. These include Avid Technology, Quantel, SeaChange,, Vinten Broadcast Ltd, Telestream, Vizrt and EVS Broadcasting. It also serves TV channels and networks, movie studios and network operators in the region, providing telecommunications, broadcasting, integrated systems and state-of-the-art security.

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Notes to the editor:

About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings
Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.
GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and internationally. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.
The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.
In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.
www.gssg.com

Media Group International
Media Group International (MGI) is a proven media broadcast and communications systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.
Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor and multisensory environments. MGI provides solutions from safeguarding national security, such as in government operations, to creating the best educational venues in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.
Media Group International is ISO 9001:2008 certified, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. It is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.
Media Group International recently launched their new website to give customers a better experience online.
www.mgi.tv

Gallery SIENNA
Based in London, England, and with a global reach, Gallery SIENNA has been serving the Post Production, Film, Music, TV and Broadcast industries since 1992, with more than 50 software and hardware products sold to more than 12,000 customers in 50 countries. Some of the world’s leading broadcasters have built their news and sports workflow around Sienna, including the BBC, the Associated Press,Turner and Televisa. Sienna products have been responsible for coverage of major global events such as the US Presidential election, and the Beijing and London Olympics. With a worldwide integration channel, Sienna delivers functionality, performance and reliability without compromise.

Delicate And Martin Audio MLA Support Black Crowes

The Black Crowes celebrated a successful tour of outdoor venues with a joyous December concert reunion finale at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Like the tour, the concert featured the Tedeschi Trucks band and The London Souls, with Delicate Productions of San Francisco supporting with a Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system.

According to Smoother Smyth of Delicate, the tour included sheds ranging from 3,000 to 18,000-capacity with Black Crowes FOH Engineer Bob Coke “over the moon about the MLA system.” Setup for the tour included 11 MLA and one MLD (downfill) per side, 8 MLA Compact per side, and 12 ground-stacked MLX subwoofers.

After the initial summer tour, the Black Crowes continued to tour using local promoter-supplied systems in the fall. But because Delicate and Martin Audio MLA had worked out so well for the band during the summer, the Crowes decided to bring both back for the finale.

The challenge for Delicate was to completely rebuild the disassembled system from scratch so that it was identical to the original touring rig and get it up to San Francisco for an 8:00am load-in and 2:00pm soundcheck with no rehearsal time. As Smoother concludes, “it required a maximum effort on our part, but was well worth it because we were getting a lot of comments the next day about how amazing it sounded. The Graham auditorium is known as a very lively room and MLA allowed us to contain and control the audio really well. It turned out to be a slam-dunk.”

Bob Coke, contacted in France where he lives and works, also had positive comments: “I was initially skeptical about the MLA system. But during my first experience with the MLA Compact at a circular bull fighting arena in the south of France––an acoustically difficult venue––I was truly amazed by the sound quality, color and coverage. An hour before doors we were told that certain sections of the seated area would be vacant. The system tech, Andy Davies, reprogrammed the venue coverage to exclude that section in five minutes. I walked the section and was amazed to hear the difference. It’s what convinced me that the theory behind the MLA system was accurate and reliable. To be able to reprogram where the sound is being sent in a venue without having to physically change how the system is flown is quite remarkable.

“We were touring with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and The London Souls,” Bob continues. ”Each band had their own FOH engineer with different criteria for the system color, but the three of us agreed that the system sounded great. In the mornings when we were loading in the system, we would often hear from the local crews or local sound technicians that the MLA was the best sounding system they had yet heard in their venue. For the size and punch it can’t be beat. It’s also easy to set up and take down.”

Asked about mixing the final concert, he concludes, “The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is a really decent 7000-seater. I mixed the band for their final show LOUD––louder than the first two acts and the system as well as the venue behaved really well acoustically at that level. I was impressed by the sound of the Tedeschi Trucks band and London Souls, and how sweet the system sounded at their levels. There were a lot of people who stopped by after the show to pay tribute to the sound. The best compliment is when people talk about how great the show was––it’s a sign I’ve done my job well and that people have experienced the music in a direct way without having it ‘filtered’ through a bad sounding system or being distracted by room acoustics or a bad mix.”

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.

DPA Microphones Capture the Sound of Andrea Bocelli’s Orchestra

Andrea Taglia, live sound engineer for the famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, is a huge fan of DPA microphones and rates them as the most technically advanced and sonically transparent microphones on the market.

It is therefore no surprise that Taglia personally owns a selection of DPA microphones and regularly sources additional units whenever he is on tour with Bocelli.

“I’ve been using DPA microphones for many years and bought my first stereo d:dicate™ 4006 Recording Microphone when it was still known by the old Bruel & Kjaer name,” Taglia says. “I first became familiar with the DPA brand when I was using DPA miniature microphones on singers in musical productions. Eventually I began experimenting and started using them on instruments as well, which gave me great results. I’m now a huge fan and have bought quite a few for my own microphone collection, including d:dicate 4006 and 4011 Recording microphones and a selection of d:screet™ 4090 and 4061 Miniature microphones.”

Andrea Taglia began his career in the theatre, mixing audio for plays and musicals and working with directors such as Peter Stein, Bob Wilson, Massimo Castri. He also worked with classical orchestras and jazz musicians and acted as a live sound consultant designing sound systems for touring and fixed installations such as cruise ships.

“I made a conscious decision to stop touring in 2003 when my second son was born, but when I met Andrea in 2006 he persuaded me to go back on the road – although these days I only go on tour with him,” Taglia says.

Bocelli’s most recent concerts have taken place all over the world and in each venue Taglia has supplemented his own DPA collection with additional microphones supplied by DPA’s Italian distributor M. Casale Bauer.

“We used DPA d:screet 4061 Miniature microphones as close proximity mics for the strings – four on first violins, three on second violins, three on violas and three on cellos,” he explains. “We have also been using them for our guest violin soloists and for our guitar duo CARisMA, who usually play at Bocelli’s concerts.

“In large and reverberant venues where the noise floor can be pretty high, it is important to have good close proximity microphones to help reduce feedback and deliver more attack and a more present and detailed sound. This is especially important when the orchestra is playing over pre-recorded tracks.”

Taglia adds that DPA’s wide range of instrument clips and accessories adds an extra dimension to the versatility of the company’s products.

“DPA has always been very careful about providing the correct accessories so that users can get the best from their products,” he says. “For example, the DPA MHS6001 rubber suspension, which we use on strings with the 4061, is a real problem solver as it is universally accepted by every musician, even on very expensive instruments. They are happy to use it because it doesn’t actually touch the instrument. Instead it allows the microphone to float under the strings on the rubber mount.

“I’m also a big fan of the DMM0007 rubber holder as it allows me to position a 4061 miniature microphone very close to the strings on an acoustic guitar without annoying the musician playing it. With this solution I can get the full sound of the instrument in a way that wouldn’t be possible with a pick-up.”

Taglia adds that he uses his own DPA microphones on a daily basis as they are invaluable for live recording work and for aligning sound systems, which is what he does when he isn’t on tour.

“Over the years I have used literally tons of DPA miniature microphones on singers in the theatre and I’ve also used my fair share of d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones on double basses and cellos,” he says. “Every time I need a linear, true microphone that is capable of handling high SPL, I always choose DPA.”

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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

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.

Prism Sound’s Titan Is An Instant Hit With Supa Dups

Grammy Award winning producer and DJ, Supa Dups, has just added a Prism Sound Titan USB multitrack audio interface to his equipment roster, complimenting the Prism Sound Lyra 2 audio interface that is already an integral part of his studio set up.

Supa Dups, who began DJ-ing at the age of 11 and producing at 16, has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business. A member of the influential Black Chiney Sound System, a nod to his Chinese Jamaican heritage, Supa Dups’ breakthrough came in 2004 when he produced Nina Sky’s Turnin’ Me On. He is now one of the most sought after writer/producers around and has worked with numerous artists including Eminem (one track on the Grammy Award winning ‘Recovery’), Mary J Blige, John Legend and Bruno Mars.

“Prism Sound is the Rolls-Royce of converters and there’s nothing else that sounds like it,” he says of his kit. “There is other equipment and then there’s Prism Sound. In fact, the Lyra 2 is my mobile rig now.”

Although he is exceptionally busy, Supa Dups prefers not to name the artists he’s currently working with because not everything recorded in his studio always sees the light of day. But he is very keen to talk about his Prism Sound converters – Titan, which he only recently took delivery of and Lyra 2, which he uses all the time.

“I haven’t had a lot of time to play with Titan yet, but I keep having excellent experiences with Lyra,” he says. “The other day I was working with a band and plugged the guitar and bass into it at the same time and used it right there on the spot. It sounded excellent. We finished everything on it, even the demo vocal. Basically it has become the centrepiece of the studio. Everything about it is awesome.”

Supa Dups spends a lot of time working out of Circle House studios in Miami, and credits the city with having a fantastically diverse music scene.

“It’s like London minus the dub-step, but with an additional overall Caribbean influence which collides with the American sounds. It’s definitely got a style all of its own,” he says.

Proving he’s a man of much versatility, Supa Dups recently finished an entire live reggae album. “I didn’t know I could do that,” he says. “It was a challenge for me but I’d definitely like to be involved in more entire projects in the future and writing classic albums that people will be listening to in decades to come.”

And the Lyra 2 and his new Titan will be with him every step of the way. “There is a lot more to explore with them,” he says. “I’ve used the Lyra 2 for hours and hours and technically I’m not sure I’ve broken the back of it yet. There’s still a lot to learn and play with, but it always sounds awesome.”

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

SZMG TV Network Station Receives Studio Upgrade with HARMAN’s Studer OnAir 3000 Console

SHENZHEN, China – Spanning 200 square meters, Shenzhen’s SZMG TV Network recently underwent a massive overhaul, significantly increasing the audio and mixing capabilities of its two studios. To keep up with the network’s popularity, contractor Anheng Li Company installed a HARMAN Studer OnAir 3000 digital console in each studio to boost audio quality and capacity. The consoles were supplied by HARMAN’s distributor Advanced Communication Equipment Co Ltd. (ACE).

The Studer OnAir 3000 console is equipped with 30 motorized faders, three master faders and the Studer SCore Live processing engine connected to a D21m I/O audio interface system. With the addition of a GPIO card, the OnAir 3000 console can support up to 16 channels, which enable audio and video functionality to be used in two live studio shows and broadcasting programs. According to the operators, this feature reduced the SZMG TV Network’s workload considerably.

To prove the OnAir 3000 mixing console’s system reliability, safety and stability, Shenzhen TV Studio went through a series of rigorous tests from August 26 through September 29.

The OnAir 3000’s powerful snapshot recall ability helps broadcast multiple news programs, sports broadcasts and guest programs by switching between different mixer settings. Each profile can be loaded onto the 33 faders quickly and accurately, for efficient and safe control over the audio signals.
While large video content can sometimes lead to a delay in sound signal, the OnAir 3000 5-second delay function allows the operator to cope with a variety of screen time delay conditions, for a perfect synchronization between video and audio.

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.

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