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Frost Chicago Gives L-ACOUSTICS KARA a Warm Welcome

Frost Chicago's KARA/SB18 system in the Field Museum's Great Hall

CHICAGO – April 2012 — For over two decades, Frost Chicago has served as one of the Windy City’s premier event services companies. Providing audio, video, lighting, staging and fabric design for large-scale private events, social gala functions and Fortune 500 client productions, the company recently made the decision to invest in a full L-ACOUSTICS KARA system.

Purchased through Clearwing Productions of Milwaukee, Frost Chicago’s new sound system inventory includes 36 KARA enclosures, 12 SB18 subs, eight coaxial 8XT and eight 115XT HiQ systems, and four LA-RAK touring racks each loaded with four LA8 amplified controllers, plus an additional spare LA8. more

KIVA Becomes New Best Friend of Friends University

Event Systems installs L-ACOUSTICS system at Sebits Auditorium

WICHITA, Kansas — L-ACOUSTICS Certified Partner Event Systems of Wichita, Kansas, reports that it recently designed and installed a KIVA-KILO system at Sebits Auditorium on the campus of Friends University, a private Christian liberal arts school also in Wichita.

Located in the Riney Fine Arts Center, the intimate 465-seat Sebits Auditorium serves as the primary performance space for the university and hosts a wide range and busy schedule of performances, from musical theatre and ballet to jazz, choir and orchestra. more

Brevity Redefines Workflow of Post-Production House Creative Group

Las Vegas, NV – April 17, 2012 – Demonstrating comprehensive proof of concept of its innovation-leading media transcoding, transfer, storage management and collaboration platform, Brevity today announced sales to international post-production house, Creative Group. Since fall 2011, Creative Group has successfully deployed Brevity’s V2 solution, securing massive workflow gains for transport and transcode of sports highlights, TV programs and promotions of HD content.

“Brevity’s breakthrough technology is a game changer, said Joe Avallone, President of Creative Group. “The ability to provide simultaneous transport and transcode enables us to offer our clients significant improvements in file based workflow, shortening turnaround time and driving production efficiencies while ensuring very high quality.”

“I was completely amazed by Brevity, it’s truly the technology of the future,” said Kassie Caffiero, SVP of Post Production, Creative Group. “With Brevity, Creative Group is staying ahead of the curve and efficiently adapting to demanding workflows and growing complexities in the industry. We’ve used Brevity as a vehicle for clients to enter a new regime, opening up a whole new way of providing services.”

One major sports network found Brevity extremely convenient, as they were able to start all of their sessions earlier, which allowed for more creativity, and more relaxed deadlines.
“Our goal is to eliminate many of the commercial, creative and technology challenges associated with management and distribution of diverse media files and formats,” said Jake Bronstein, CEO, Brevity. “Creative Group was one of the first to implement Brevity, to really understand how they could create a fundamental workflow change, and we can’t be happier with the impact it’s had for them and their clients.”

Brevity V3, debuting at NAB 2012, is a breakthrough technology that for the first time delivers simultaneous transcoding and highly accelerated transport of high-resolution video as an integrated process on any network. V3 delivers this capability through a Web based enterprise video management solution that utilizes automated project-driven workflows, advanced algorithms, virtual storage, Web-based interfaces, and teraflops of computing power.

Brevity is based in New York City and has a sales office in Los Angeles and a development office in the Portland, Oregon area. Brevity will be located at booth SL13316 at NAB from April 16, 2012 to April 19, 2012.

ABOUT BREVITY
Brevity provides breakthrough technology that offers for the first time the ability to simultaneous transcode while transporting video at incredibly fast speeds- over any network- Internet, fiber, or data satellite. Founded in 2010 by Jacob Bronstein and Abdul Sulieman, Brevity transforms media production and distribution workflows and redefines the time, cost, and efficiency required to support M&E operations. Brevity is working with leading networks, studios, content providers, sports teams, and production houses to redefine media production and distribution around the world. For more information please visit us at www.brevityv.com or follow us @BrevityV.

ABOUT CREATIVE GROUP
Creative Group is the largest independent supplier of high definition production and post production services in New York City. For more information please visit us at www.creativegroup.tv.

Camp Digital Is On the Move With HARMAN Soundcraft Vi4(tm) Console In Its New Thunderbolt HD Production Truck

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Camp Digital is a partnership of Nashville video production professionals who created the full-service mobile video production company four years ago. In early 2012, Camp Digital’s fleet got bigger and better with the company’s new Thunderbolt HD truck, equipped with a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi4 digital mixing console.

Camp Digital specializes in music and entertainment events for television, home video and non-traditional media including the Internet, tablets and wireless devices. The company’s five partners have more than 100 years of combined experience in TV and video production.

“Our concept with the Thunderbolt HD truck, as has been the company’s philosophy all along, is to be able to get in and out of spaces that a tractor trailer can’t, provide the highest HD production quality and still be budget conscious,” said Tom Gregory, vice president of Camp Digital. “This gives us the ability to do jobs that other production trucks can’t touch. Add to that the fact that we’re extremely sensitive to today’s production budgets, we think we’re a great solution for a broad range of clients and productions ”

It’s a philosophy that’s working. Since turning out the Thunderbolt HD truck in January, Camp Digital has produced several “RAM Country” live music events for Yahoo! Music. Thunderbolt was in Indianapolis during the week of Super Bowl XLVI to produce performances by Pitbull and 50 Cent for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and was recently on location for Ron White’s second annual “Comedy Salute to the Troops,” expected to air April 22 on CMT. This is also Camp Digital’s fourth year working with ABC and the CMA Music Festival, capturing performances by Keith Urban and Kix Brooks.

With a schedule like that, there’s no room for equipment that can’t handle the mileage. Because of his positive experience from using the Vi4 in the JOURNEY HD truck, Camp Digital added the console to Thunderbolt HD’s system. “When we first purchased the Vi4, we needed a console that had a conservative physical footprint but still had the ability to handle well over 48 inputs and did not compromise on quality or flexibility,” Gregory noted. “The Vi4 has all the features we need and then some.”

“The Vi4 has been absolutely bulletproof,” Gregory added. “We’ve had zero issues with it on any level. For the Thunderbolt HD truck, we’re connected with fiber optic cable to the stage box, which gives us more distance to work with, and everything run perfectly.”

Camp Digital’s clients also like the Vi4′s ergonomics. “Jimmy Kimmel’s crew flew out from LA to do the Super Bowl tapings and they had to use our Vi4,” he said.” They were not familiar with the Vi4 in particular, but had worked with Studer consoles in the past. In no time at all they were comfortable with the Vi4 because of its similarity to other Soundcraft and Studer models. They’re all quite logical and straightforward to use.”

“I know Soundcraft specifically designed the Vi4 to deliver flexibility and performance in a compact size,” Gregory stated. “They succeeded. The Vi4 is tailor-made for situations like ours.”

Camp Digital captures and produces music and entertainment events all across North America for a variety of television network and music industry clients. Camp Digital is a full-service production company that also owns/operates Thunderbolt HD, a state of the art 12 camera video production truck with 64 tracks of Pro Tools audio recording capability managed through the Soundcraft Vi4 audio console. For more information on Camp Digital visit www.campdigital.net or contact them directly at 615-826-0122.

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 about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

Santa Monica’s Lotus Post Positions Itself for Success With HARMAN’s JBL LSR Series Studio Monitors And ScreenArray(r) Loudspeakers

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Located in the heart of Santa Monica, California, Lotus Post offers a broad range of audio services for movies, TV and music recording. In its new 6,000-square-foot facility with six post-production studios and another in the works, Lotus Post relies on HARMAN’s JBL LSR Series studio monitors and ScreenArray(r) cinema loudspeakers for film projects including Outrun, The Fighter, Thor, plus TV projects for Fox, Discovery Channel and Speed TV.

“Our mission is to be the best independent audio post facility in Los Angeles and offer an environment that fosters quality and creativity,” said Michael Perricone, CEO of Lotus Post. “We handle a variety of projects from feature films to promos to surround music mixing, with budgets ranging from $10,000 to $10 million.”

“A friend of mine had a pair of JBL LSR studio monitors and I heard them a few years ago and liked them very much,” Perricone added. “When we started Lotus Post at our original space in 2009, we took over a facility that already had JBL ScreenArray loudspeakers in two of the rooms. After working with these speakers and getting such consistently good results, we decided to equip every room with JBL systems when we moved Lotus Post to our new facility in Santa Monica.”

JBL ScreenArray loudspeakers are created to provide extended frequency response, wide dynamic range and smooth, even coverage to every seat in a theater. JBL’s LSR Series studio monitors provide high-resolution near field monitoring and feature technology that ensures accuracy at the mix position in any room. The use of JBL studio monitors in conjunction with JBL ScreenArray gives Lotus Post room-to-room consistency for mixes that consistently translate perfectly to theaters and homes.

“Every room at Lotus Post is designed to take advantage of today’s audio technology to the maximum,” Perricone noted. “We have to have sound we can believe in. The quality of our mixes can only be as good as the quality of what we’re hearing-that’s why it’s crucial for us to have speakers that don’t cut corners sonically.”

“With our JBLs, I can believe what I’m hearing-there’s no coloration, nothing to make the sound more ‘exciting’ than it really is,” Perricone added. “JBL ScreenArray loudspeakers are used in movie theaters all over the world, and what we hear in Stage One is what we know people are going to hear when they go to the movies.”

“The great thing about the LSR Series monitors,” Perricone concluded, “is that they do the same thing-the same quality of sound we hear in our post-production rooms translates to the big theaters. Also, thanks to their RMC Room Mode Correction, I can go from room to room in our facility and know that I’m going to hear absolutely consistent sound, with no surprises.”

Lotus Post has outfitted six of its rooms-Stages One through Six-with a range of models from the LSR6300 Series studio monitor line, plus JBL ScreenArray and cinema surround speakers in Stage One (Lotus Post’s “Big Room”) and cinema surround speakers in Stage Two.

For more information on Lotus Post, please visit www.lotuspost.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 about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

L-ACOUSTICS Creates Skandal in Istanbul

ISTANBUL, Turkey — New indie nightclub Skandal! has opened its doors in Istanbul with an L-ACOUSTICS coaxial loudspeaker system supplied by Turkish distributor Elit Light&Sound Technologies.

Run by leading Istanbul venue owners together with Metehan Corumluoglu, aka DJ Style-ist, Skandal! draws heavily on the twin late-’70s cultures of new wave and disco, bringing a new vibe to the Istanbul club scene. A system of seven L-ACOUSTICS 8XTi coaxial speakers from L-ACOUSTICS’ Architectural Series for installers with two 108P coaxials and two SB18i fixed installation subwoofers, driven by two LA4 amplifiers, has been installed into the venue. more

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Lady Antebellum Owns The Night and the Stage With a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6™ Console

Lady Antebellum is currently on an 8-month tour with a Soundcraft Vi6 monitor console. (Photo Credit: Flickr user Kittysocks)

ESCONDIDO, California — Currently on an extensive 8-month tour with GRAMMY® Award-winning country sensation Lady Antebellum, southern California-based Sound Image is deploying a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console at the monitor position.

Lady Antebellum, an American country pop group formed in 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee, consists of Charles Kelley on vocals, Dave Haywood with background vocals, guitar and piano, and Hillary Scott who sings lead and background vocals. The group has won seven GRAMMY Awards, including the 2012 Best Country Album for Own The Night.

Sound Image, which has enjoyed great success with HARMAN and Soundcraft throughout the years, chose a Vi6 as the monitor console for its sonic quality and ease of use. Peter Bowman, Monitor Engineer for Lady Antebellum, was new to the Soundcraft Vi6 when he first started the tour, but has quickly adapted. “I didn’t care about a learning curve,” he stated. “If it sounds better I’ll go with it. But it also didn’t take long to become familiar with the console.”

Bowman uses the console for stage monitoring, in-ear mixes, wedges and matrixes. “Everything is packaged well,” Bowman said. “There is no effort needed to get great sound. The double patching capability lets me double up on a lot of outputs, adding even more flexibility.”

With so much varied talent in Lady Antebellum, the console perfectly fits Bowman’s needs to adjust settings quickly. “Everything is easy to set during sound check and little adjustments can be made quickly on the fly when needed,” he noted. “The console displays two user-defined auxiliary outputs on each channel, which along with fader flip mode allows me to see and change all three of the principles mixes at once.”

For Bowman, having the Lexicon® effects onboard only adds to the value of the desk, and setting the different layers with inputs makes it easy for some of Lady Antebellum’s acoustic sets. “I can jump between user pages quickly, and having them in my set order helps me to know where everything is based on the inputs for a given song. Nothing is ever too complicated.”

“The touchscreen is always easy to navigate and makes transitions simple,” Bowman added. “With selectable recall parameters, I am able to use scenes effectively. I can set EQs and gains to follow the scene or be fixed, depending on whether I need changes made throughout the show to remain from scene to scene or not.”

The support that Bowman and his team have received throughout the tour is only a motivator to stay with Soundcraft. “We had some terrible weather, which damaged the first console. The assistance in getting us a new console and back up and running couldn’t have gone better. We didn’t miss a beat.”

For more information on Sound Image, please visit: http://www.sound-image.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 about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

Mike Phillips’ Saxophone Sounds Off The Wall For Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour With HARMAN’s AKG Mics and Monitoring

VIENNA, Austria – Honoring the King of Pop through a hybrid performance of rock concert and Cirque Du Soleil acrobatics, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour continues to showcase the late icon’s style, music and mind-blowing performances across the globe. Saxophonist Mike Phillips clips on HARMAN’s AKG C519ML microphone to his instrument, while monitoring the show through AKG’s IVM4500 IEM in-ear monitoring system for the current second-largest grossing world tour.

“This show is loud – a lot is going on musically and visually, so it’s important to ensure all aspects of the music are picked up and heard clearly,” stated Phillips. “When I signed on to THE IMMORTAL World Tour, I told my producers I could only use AKG; I needed that reliability and quality to ensure the great Michael Jackson’s music was held to a level of precision that would make him, his family and fans proud.”

With such a visual show every night, Phillips finds himself moving all around the set, which has multiple pieces from the actual set of the tragically cancelled “This Is It” tour. Utilizing AKG’s WMS4500 wireless system, his mic provides a clear sound from his WMS body transmitter anywhere on stage. “We’re not stationary in any aspect,” Phillips continued. “Throughout the show, I am on the sides of the stage, on top of the sets running around constantly. The AKG WMS system is very reliable and doesn’t cut out when I’m moving. It’s one less worry while performing.”

During the 3-continent tour, the band is recording a live album. According to Phillips, the AKG C519ML mic does a great job picking up his saxophone, preventing bleeding from the other instruments in the band.

On off-nights, Phillips books smaller jazz shows in the cities where he performs to keep his solo career moving. With three solo albums, all of which debuted in the top five on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts, Phillips has sold more than 500,000 albums. With his own separate, personal arsenal of AKG, including an additional C519ML and IVM4500 monitoring set, he can easily drop into jazz clubs across the world, plug in and play.

“The reliability, durability and quality of AKG is apparent whether I’m performing solo or with the IMMORTAL tour,” Phillips said. “AKG is my go-to system and I couldn’t imagine my sound the way it is with another mic or wireless combination.”

For more information AKG, please visit http://www.akg.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 about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

Auralex Enhances Dining Experience at English-Styled Restaurant and Pub in Indianapolis

Acoustic Problems Tackled From Floor to Ceiling

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, recently added better acoustics to the menu at Chatham Tap Restaurant & Pub. The English-styled restaurant and pub in Indianapolis, was recently retrofitted with Auralex ELiTE™ C44 ProPanels™. The ELiTE C44 ProPanels help absorb additional sound energy throughout the noisy pub, making speech intelligibility clearer and providing a memorable dining experience for all the senses. more

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Iconyx Blends Right in at First United Methodist

Conway, SC, March 2012…  The bell tower of First United Methodist Church has been a landmark in this coastal city’s historic downtown since the early 1960s. In recent years Conway has undergone something of a revitalization, and First United Methodist is no exception. The 600-seat Georgian-style sanctuary was recently treated to an extensive renovation that included everything from foundation repair and new flooring to an elevator and a new, state-of-the-art sound system featuring Iconyx digitally steered column arrays from Renkus-Heinz.

Audio Engineer David Clyburn of Roebuck, SC-based MusiCraft explains the selection of the Iconyx IC16-R systems. “The sanctuary is a beautiful, large, rectangular space with high ceilings and tall windows,” he says. “Even before the renovation, we measured the reverb time at more than three seconds, and that was before they expanded the space to accommodate their new pipe organ. They also removed the carpet and put in hardwood floors. We knew right away we would have to remove their traditional cluster loudspeakers and go for a more focused line array type system.

After researching all the options, Iconyx was the clear choice, says Clyburn. “The Iconyx’s steered array technology enabled us to focus the sound onto the seating areas and away from the walls and floor,” he explains. “We were able to replace an entire cluster of multiple cabinets with two small IC16 cabinets. The sound is nicely focused, and the intelligibility issues the building has long endured are a thing of the past.” The system also includes a Yamaha LS9 digital console, with a Yamaha DM8 processor connected via Cobranet. A pair of Renkus-Heinz IC7 mechanically steered columns are installed in the choir loft as monitors.

The building’s landmark status meant that aesthetics was also a major consideration. Here too, Iconyx fit the bill. “With such an extensive renovation, they were very clear on their desire for the sound system to be as unobtrusive as possible,” says Clyburn. “The Iconyx cabinets, mounted on the vertical columns, blended in perfectly. Everyone was really pleased with the way it looks, and we’re getting great compliments on the sound quality.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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