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D-Tools 2014 Design Awards Entry Deadline Extended Through Friday, August 29th

Winning submissions will be announced during Design Awards Ceremony taking place next month during CEDIA EXPO in Denver, Colo.

CONCORD, CA, USA — AUGUST 19, 2014 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced the call for entries deadline for its annual contest, the Design Awards, has extended and will close on August 29, 2014. D-Tools is pursuing System

Integrator SIX software users’ success stories and project designs that best represent how the platform has positively affected their business and ROI, as a way to showcase not only their efforts but also to demonstrate the benefits of using system integration design-estimation-proposal platforms.

Sponsored by AtlonaAnthony Gallo AcousticsIC RealtimeKordzKramerStealth Acoustics, and Vaddio, Design Awards contest categories include Best Residential, Best Commercial, Most Unique, and Best Overall. Winners will be selected from a diverse group of D-Tools users and chosen by a group comprised of D-Tools product team members and select certified partners. Entries are being accepted from around the world and will be judged on a number of criteria, including; originality; depth and breadth of D-Tools’ software usage; overall system design; and demonstrated proficiency with the platform.

Winning submissions will be awarded prizes from the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners. Winners will be announced during CEDIA EXPO during a ceremony being held at 3pm on Friday September 12, 2014 in D-Tools booth #526. D-Tools customers can submit their entries through August 29th by visiting http://d-tools.com/design-awards/ or by sending an email to Josh Carlson at joshc@d-tools.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, Inc., (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

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JVC ‘F.A.S.T. Track Tour’ to Showcase Live HD Streaming Technologies

Multi-City Road Show Launches in Boston on Aug. 26

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced its “F.A.S.T. Track Tour,” a series of presentations to promote the live HD streaming capabilities built into its camcorders and related products, as well as to provide information about streaming technology for video professionals. The multi-city tour launches in Boston on Aug. 26, 2014, at the Boston Marriott Newton, and continues to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sept. 23. The free seminars run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include lunch.

Short for “Fluent Adaptive Streaming Technology,” F.A.S.T. represents streaming technology built into JVC’s GY-HM650, GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 cameras that includes content-aware error correction to ensure reliable HD transmission over a variety of Internet connections. During the presentation, JVC will showcase the cameras as well as its new BR-800 ProHD Broadcaster server, BR-EN800 encoder and BR-DE800 decoder. The program will also include guest speakers and interactive demonstrations.

“JVC has already revolutionized live reporting for several broadcast news stations across the country. Now we want to show the professional non-broadcast marketplace – from corporations and churches to PEG channels and event videographers – how to provide cost effective live HD transmissions for their audiences,” said Dave Walton, assistant vice president, marketing communications. “We have recruited industry experts to share valuable information and help our attendees get on the ‘F.A.S.T. Track’ for live HD video streaming.”

The program includes an introduction to streaming technology, including details on bandwidth, data rates, encoding and protocols. Streaming production workflows, from network connectivity to delivery, will also be discussed. The seminars will be presented by industry consultant Jan Ozer, who has written more than 20 books about video technology and currently writes for Streaming Media Magazine and Streaming Media Producer.

“Many producers shy away from live streaming because they think it’s too hard, too expensive and that the quality is inferior,” said Ozer. “With its in-camera HD streaming capabilities, JVC has created a simple, high-quality and affordable streaming solution that can improve communications within an organization or potentially create a new revenue stream.”

Additional F.A.S.T. Track Tour dates are being confirmed for other major markets, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. Registration is free, but seating is limited. For registration and more information, please visit pro.jvc.com/fast.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Establishes a New Standard for Moscow Nightlife in Space Club

MOSCOW, Russia — The nightlife culture changed dramatically in the Russian capital of Moscow with the grandiose opening of Space Moscow, a huge entertainment venue and nightclub designed to match the style of the original Space Club in Ibiza, Spain. To create a mesmerizing experience, Vitally Perepelin, Lighting Designer for Space Moscow, deployed over 70 of HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures, fog machines, and lighting consoles.

The Space Ibiza club is a long-time active user of Martin lighting solutions, so when the franchise was brought to Moscow it was natural to continue using Martin equipment. Perepelin’s design features 22 MAC Aura LED wash lights, 12 MAC Viper Profiles, 12 compact MAC 101 fixtures, 16 RUSH MH3 Beams, 12 Atomic 3000 DMX strobes, M6 controller, ZR-44 Hi-Mass fog machine and the Jem 365 Ready hazer.

“I personally insisted on using Martin equipment,” said Perepelin. “I worked with Martin fixtures at the Euroshow company and I know very well the high quality of the products. The fixtures are very simple to use and they have a user-friendly menu. Moreover, some of them are really unique lights that don’t have any equals on the market. For example, the MAC Viper Profile is very fast for its size, bright, has a great set of gobos and is an excellent beam and animation. In my mind, Martin offers an optimal price-quality ratio which was a deciding factor for our installation.”

“Knowing that they also used Martin fixtures at Space in Spain, it was one more reason for me to pick the fixtures,” said Perepelin. “I think that our greatest achievement is that we can meet the riders of such popular world stars performing at our club such as Tiësto, who was the opening act in 2013, Steve Aoki, Above & Beyond, Cosmic Gate and others. The Lighting Designer for Tiësto was very appreciative of our installation and equipment, which is proof of our success.”

Space is far from just a nightclub and a big entertainment venue as it also functions as an events hall for corporate events. For this reason, it was important that the lighting installation be mobile to meet the different requirements of various events.

“From time to time I change the position of the Martin fixtures in the lighting set to add some diversity,” said Perepelin. “Of course, the changes are not so crucial but it’s still nice to have the flexibility to do so according to the customers’ wishes.”
“I still like to use my favorite compact moving head, the MAC 101,” said Perepelin. “Even though it’s been four years since its launch, it is a vital asset in many of my installations. It’s really fast and has a very bright beam! When the time comes for the most energetic part of the show, the MAC 101s and RUSH MH3 Beams march into battle. The high speed in combination with the brightness is truly amazing.”

Perepelin was very happy with Martin’s decision to provide an entry-level fixture with the launch of the RUSH series. “I think the RUSH MH3 Beam is a very worthy fixture for its functions and features,” he said. “It is perfect from the point of price and quality, which is a crucial factor in the club sphere. It’s not easy to find an affordable fixture with a good light output but the RUSH MH3 Beam has everything you need. It’s dynamic, has rich colors, a great prism and awesome gobos. It’s the perfect fixture!”

Perepelin explained that the basis for all lighting installations is centered around the flagship M6 lighting console and mentioned that he chose for several reasons. “As we use a set of Martin equipment, in my opinion we should use an original console. The M6 has all necessary functions for this club. Also, it is really easy to use and very powerful. It has perfect touchscreens that I like a lot and the programming is very easy too. It’s intuitive and user-friendly, making it easy to jump between pages and arrange everything. I put one kind of parameters on one page and all the others on another which makes it easy to switch back and forth. This function makes this console so handy for me!”

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

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Three SSL Live Consoles Deployed for Chess in Concert

“I was stunned by the exceptional audio quality and dimensionality of sound from the SSL Live”

TROMSØ, NORWAY – What better music to accompany the 41st World Chess Olympiad tournament than the soundtrack to Chess the musical? Under the direction of Andrew Eljas (who also wrote the original score to the music by Benny Anderson and Bjørn Ulvaeus), the performance included the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra along with a choir and ensemble of leading Norwegian musical performers. This full concert version of Chess demanded a massive audio system. The production tapped the power of three SSL Live consoles, supplied by Bary Sales AS in Oslo, to handle the inputs from the live band, choir and the Arctic Philharmonic. This application is among the largest implementations of SSL Live thus far.

FOH and monitor consoles shared 64 inputs from the band and soloists on stage, while the third Live was used to submix 86 orchestra channels down to six stereo stems. Engineer Espen Andersen was at the helm of the orchestra console, delivering the stem mixes to the main FOH console. The layering, VCA and snapshot automation capabilities of Live were utilised to control both the mix and solo portions.

Additionally, FOH engineer David Solheim and monitor engineer Stig Kamonen each took advantage of Live’s highly flexible automation system to store and recall scenes. This was especially helpful for Kamonen whose monitor console was running a total of 71 mix busses, feeding effects, in-ear monitors, wedges and personal monitoring systems.

“I was stunned by the exceptional audio quality and dimensionality of sound from the SSL Live,” adds Solheim. “The console provides tremendous detail and the response of the controls is very precise. At the Olympiad ceremony, a competitor console was being used at FOH to mix two guest artists who were also playing with the orchestra. The same six stereo orchestra stems were sent to this console; so it was very interesting to have the opportunity to compare the audio quality through my SSL Live as well as the guest console. I think we all were a bit surprised by the difference in quality. Listening to it through the SSL Live was like hearing a stereo mix compared to a mono mix.”

Each of the Live consoles used for this special staging of Chess in concert included onboard Blacklight II I/O. The system was also comprised of six 32 channel ML 32.32 analogue stageboxes, a D 32.32 AES/EBU stagebox and two BL II.D MADI Concentrators. The analogue stageboxes provided the engineers with shared access to a total of 192 remote-controlled SSL Super Analogue™ mic/line inputs and 192 line outputs, while the AES/EBU stagebox facilitated use of 16 pairs of AES/EBU digital I/O at 96 kHz for driving the PA mains. SSL’s BL II.D MADI Concentrator ensured bullet-proof reliability through redundant pairs of SSL’s proprietary Blacklight II connections, each of which are capable of carrying 256 channels of 96 kHz digital within a single armoured fibre cable.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

PNTA Joins Yamaha Dealer Network

BUENA PARK, Calif.—PNTA opened its doors in1975 as a local Seattle-area supplier of theatrical equipment and consumables. Since that time, PNTA has expanded staff and capabilities to provide a wealth of services for customers nationally. Employee-owned since 2008, the Company has increased its services to include audio, video, and lighting. As part of its recent growth, PNTA has joined the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. dealer network adding the new Yamaha QL Digital Audio Console to their ever-growing Yamaha arsenal.

With an expert technical services staff, PNTA installs and repairs equipment and supports both non-profit and private customers through their Event Services Department providing production requirements for events of all sizes. Masters at their craft, the Event Services staff enriches the company with backgrounds in systems design, lighting design, sound design, set design, stage management, equipment repair, event design and production, and graphic arts and design.
PNTA is located in a 20,000 square-foot facility near downtown Seattle. The facility notably includes a sizeable brick and mortar retail store supporting its dealer activity for leading entertainment and live production manufacturers, now including Yamaha Commercial Audio products. The company has an active walk-in customer business seeking to buy lighting, audio, video, staging and special effects, drapery and decorative fabrics, as well as an extensive assortment of consumables.

“We did an exhaustive internal review of what audio vendor we needed to strategically add to best accelerate our market progress in growing our overall audio business, states Dave Vaught, Event Services Production Manager at PNTA. We were particularly interested in broadening our offering in professional products appealing to our client base. We focused those efforts initially in audio control and sound reproduction as we needed more tools for sale, rental, and event services support. With the substantial market position and reputation of Yamaha and its many new and highly regarded products recently introduced, the answer became clear. We are happy to have become a Yamaha dealer and integrator of Yamaha’s Commercial Audio Systems products.”

Vaught said that PNTA wanted to add consoles that they expected to see high rental demand from for both existing customers and customers travelling into the state of Washington. “With the announcement of the QL Series, we found a very forward-thinking technological capability in a footprint that was easily transportable while being exceedingly powerful. The expandability of the QL Series clinched our choice and buying depth at key levels. Based on our client history, every need we could think of could be answered by some or all of the features of Yamaha QL desks. We were impressed with a number of the features, including onboard recording, signal and effect processing, auto-mixing, and iPad integration.” For rentals and event services, PNTA also invested in a speaker line extension, moving into the Yamaha DXR and DXS Speaker Series.

“While our company size has grown along with the expanded services we now offer, PNTA retains what we started with when we first opened our doors—a dedication to meeting the needs of our valued customers and finding creative solutions to tough problems,” states Richard Carlson, President. “By adding Yamaha products to our product line, we can now offer the ultimate in quality and reliability to our audio customers. Yamaha consoles are specified on many riders and fill rental needs as well as being versatile for our production needs.”

For more information on PNTA, visit www.pnta.com.

For more information on Yamaha Commercial Audio products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: From left to right: Jon-Philippe Ruhumuliza, Rental Manger; Bill Woodland, Custom Sales; Dave Vaught, Event Services Manager

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Sound Devices Opens New European Service Center

New Berlin Location Provides Shorter Repair Turnaround Time for European Customers

REEDSBURG, WI, AUGUST 20, 2014 – Sound Devices is pleased to announce the establishment of Sound Devices Europe GmbH and the opening of its new European Service Center in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany’s leading science and technology park. The new facility has been established to extend product service and repair to the company’s growing international customer base.

With the opening of the new repair facility in Berlin, European customers can expect shorter turnaround times and lower shipping costs. In addition, local users will also have closer contact with Sound Devices technicians. The facility is stocked with a full inventory of parts and features brand-new, state-of-the-art repair equipment, and Sound Devices factory-customized test stands to ensure the highest quality service and repair possible.

“This new Service Center is a big step for us and a testament to our commitment to our European customers,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We are not only committed to creating the finest video and audio products, but also providing unrivalled service to our customers. It is further proof of our continued growth and evolution as a company.”

Effective immediately, the European Service Center will perform factory service and repair for all Video Devices products, warranty and non-warranty, sold in the EU. For Sound Devices audio products, it will provide this service for the following EU countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden. Distributors with established audio service repair facilities will continue to service Sound Devices audio products at this time, including Ambient Recording, Audio Electronics Mattijsen, JBK Marketing and Shure Distribution UK. Over time, all warranty service repairs will be moved to the Berlin facility.

The European Service Center is in direct contact with all European distributors, further ensuring timely delivery of service. To have product repair or service undertaken, customers should contact their local distributor directly to receive authorization.

The Berlin facility is headed by Ginetta Fassio, an accomplished Tonmeister (sound master) and Sound Devices product user for more than a decade. The expert technician team comprises highly qualified German electrical engineers, all of whom have received special training at the Sound Devices corporate headquarters in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.

“Our doors are officially open and we are ready to begin handling repairs.” says Fassio. “As an extension to the team headquartered in the U.S., we will provide the personal one-on-one service that Sound Devices is known for, to those customers and distributors in Europe and the surrounding region.”

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI. Established in 2014, Sound Devices Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Berlin. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

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BenQ Cares Program Offers RevolutionEyes(TM) LCD Monitor Upgrade to University Students

Students Can Win a New High-Performance BenQ Monitor Just in Time for Back to School

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Aug. 12, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of Classroom IQ solutions, today announced that the company’s BenQ Cares initiative will offer university students the opportunity to replace their out-of-date or underperforming LCD monitor with a new RevolutionEyes(TM) monitor from BenQ — just in time for the fall semester. The contest is open to part- or full-time students across the United States currently enrolled in an accredited college or university for the 2014-2015 academic year. BenQ Cares provides discounts to qualifying schools, colleges, and universities for the company’s Classroom IQ solutions, which are designed to transform classrooms into collaborative learning spaces. more

Xytech Launches MediaPulse Cloud at IBC 2014

Company Redefines Facility Management Software with MediaPulse 2014

IBC Stand # 6.C22

(Mission Hills, CA/London, UK) – Xytech, the market leader in facility management software for the broadcast, production, media services and video transmission industries, will introduce MediaPulse Cloud at IBC 2014. MediaPulse Cloud delivers the complete functionality of Xytech’s flagship MediaPulse platform in a secure, managed solution operating 24/7/365. With Xytech’s scalable cloud offering, customers will no longer need to purchase, maintain and upgrade their own IT infrastructure.

The innovations present in MediaPulse Cloud represent a significant advancement for the industry-leading facility management system and offer unparalleled flexibility, whenever and wherever users need it. Compatible with any IT environment, MediaPulse Cloud works seamlessly with Windows PCs and tablets, Macs, iPads and Android tablets.

Xytech MediaPulse Cloud


Xytech invested in a high performance, fault tolerant infrastructure to ensure MediaPulse Cloud’s responsiveness. Users are set up with unique databases to ensure security, and MediaPulse Cloud is supported by industry best practices.

In addition to MediaPulse Cloud, the latest version of Xytech’s MediaPulse platform will also be on display at IBC. MediaPulse 2014 delivers asset management, order management, resource management and financial management in a configurable, platform-independent, browser-based application.

The 2014 release includes hundreds of new features and performance improvements. The new features center on four core areas:

User Interface
SKY 2014, the platform-independent and browser-based interface for MediaPulse, has been upgraded to include a complete graphical scheduling application, real time dashboards for user-defined KPIs and a form editor to modify all screens.

Media Order and Transmission Order modules have also received significant enhancements, enabling users to create complex order profiles with a simple click.

System Interoperability
MediaPulse 2014 features new adapters for Miranda, Telestream, Avid AirSpeed and Avid Capture, expanding integration capabilities and facilitating automated workflows involving a huge range of third party systems via Xytech’s Digital Order technology. Clients can also add any hardware platform to the MediaPulse ecosystem using our unique MediaPulse Adapter technology and new SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) tool.

Asset Management
Xytech’s new MetaVault MAM (Media Asset Management system) provides a complete content backbone for the creation and storage of files, proxies and metadata. This new functionality makes integrating multiple MAMs, including those from other vendors, into a comprehensive, federated solution a reality.

Internationalization
MediaPulse 2014 includes a host of fully supported Language Packs to facilitate global usage. German is now offered in addition to French (European dialect), Korean, Norwegian and Portuguese. Additional Language Packs are available upon order.

“Xytech continues to define the marketplace with the most innovative and client-centric products available,” said Greg Dolan, Chief Operating Officer of Xytech. “We are intensely focused on our clients’ need for flexible, scalable solutions to the issues they face, and we feel that MediaPulse Cloud raises the bar for facility management. Over the past year, we’ve tested the system throughout the US, UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and users around the world consistently tell us that MediaPulse Cloud delivers superior performance. We’ve also increased the power of MediaPulse with our 2014 release, giving our customers the competitive edge they need to succeed in today’s market. At Xytech, we are always moving forward.”

Greg Dolan, CEO - Xytech


Visit Xytech at IBC 2014, Stand 6.C22.

About Xytech
Xytech is the leading global provider of facility management software for the media and broadcast industries. For over 25 years, the world’s best media services companies, broadcasters, and transmission facilities have depended on Xytech to run their businesses. Xytech’s collaborative MediaPulse platform is the only end-to-end solution for the complete content lifecycle, providing scheduling, automation, asset management, billing, and cost recovery in a scalable, platform-independent application. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world, and the company is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London. For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.7903.5170 (UK).

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SSL Live Joins the 2014 World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) Festival

“The flexibility of surface offered by the SSL is unparalleled”

MALMESBURY, ENGLAND, U.K. – Celebrating its 34th year, World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) is an annual eclectic world-music festival of “artists whom we might not get to hear anywhere else” and the largest and most prestigious event of its kind. As with WOMADs of the past, Britannia Row Productions Ltd. once again provided sound services for the festival. But this year had a new team member – SSL Live consoles at FOH for two stages: the main Open Air Stage and at WOMAD’s new Society of Sound marquee.

Having worked as front of house and system engineer in WOMAD’s Siam Tent last year, New Zealander Johnny Keirle returned to mix FOH at the Open Air Stage. An SSL Live console was used by Keirle to mix acts travelling without a FOH engineer. “The SSL Live provides an intuitive, logical workflow and is very easy to use in a festival situation,” he says. “Despite the time restrictions and last minute changes that can prove difficult and stressful at a festival, the console proved to be perfect for our setup.”

The collection of acts that Keirle mixed included the eight-piece traditional Cuban ensemble Septeto Santiagero, Italian folk traditionalist Anna Cinzia Cillani and her Macuran Orchestra and Ethiopian jazz master Mulatu Astatke, who performed just before founding WOMAD headliner and Senegalese icon Yousou N’Dour. Over on the Society of Sound stage Live was coupled with the unique Bowers & Wilkins ‘Sound System’ to deliver pristine high fidelity audio to a discerning audience who enjoyed an impressively diverse collection of experimental artists including: Radiophonic Workshop, Beardyman, 9Bach, Justin Adams and Iarla Ó Lionárd.

For Keirle, the most appealing feature of Live was the customisability of the surface. “On analogue consoles, you always have everything in front of you at all times,” he says. “Obviously, with digital consoles, this is not the case. So, it’s essential to have channels where they’re needed. The flexibility of the control surface offered by the SSL is unparalleled.”

Keirle also mentions the secondary screen on the Channel Control Tile and its Focus Fader below, which together form the right-hand ‘Focus Channel.’ “The combination of direct-access buttons, push-button rotary encoders and touch screen offer full control across all channel processing,” he continues. “I could work on channel processing while simultaneously using the primary screen for other functions.”

Many engineers begin by mainly using Live’s large, central multi-touch screen but like Keirle quickly started to see the benefits of its Channel Control Tile. “As I familiarised myself with the console’s layout and workflow, I found I preferred to use the secondary, smaller screen with its direct access buttons and associated rotary encoders,” he adds. “The Focus Channel offers quicker access to various channel functions and has the added benefit of physical knobs, which I find preferable to the touch screen or a fader flip for fine-tuning and tweaking.”

With a new digital console it can be a challenge to understand its workflow and find the best method of operation but not so for Keirle with Live. “For me, the simple comfort of being able to have my faders laid out exactly as I wanted, in conjunction with full control over channel processing on the second screen, made it easy to quickly get underway,” Keirle says. “This meant I could spend more time working on my mixes, rather than learning how to operate the console. The ability to easily change the console’s configuration is fantastic. Changing inputs or outputs from mono to stereo, or changing auxiliaries from pre- to post-fader is fast and easy, making the creation of suitable mix templates effortless.”

It wasn’t long before Keirle was comfortable pushing the limits of the console. “I began to get more experimental with my show file structuring and layout,” he remarks. “I would change the configuration; make use of multiple stems as subgroups for parallel compression; use various effects units inserted on channels, stems and auxiliaries; run inputs into multiple channels for dedicated effected channels and so on.”

Keirle also found the customisable fader banks and layers very useful for WOMAD’s festival situation. “I found that I could easily reorder channels to work in our festival-patch scenario,” he adds. “So, I adopted a layout that worked well for the bands I was mixing.”

SSL Live’s surface provides three 12-fader banks, or Fader Tiles, each with multiple layers that can be customised with any combination of inputs, outputs, stems, groups, auxiliaries or VCAs. He dedicated the lower, Left Fader Tile to band and instrument inputs and stems on various banks. The Central Fader Tile was used for vocal inputs and dedicated FX send fader and the Upper Fader Tile was used for auxiliary masters and VCA faders.

The loudspeaker system at the Open Air Stage consisted of one dozen L-Acoustics K1s per side, supplemented with 16 SB28 subs and a dozen KARA front-fills. “Using the SSL with the K1 system made for an extremely effortless mix. I never struggled to get anything sounding how I wanted,” Keirle says. “I found SSL Live’s internal effects very easy to dial in and never had any issues with quality of effects sound, which I’ve commonly found to be a weak point in other touring consoles.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

Revolabs Brings More Strength to Global Sales Team

Adds Longtime Industry Pro Jim Fairweather as EVP of Global Sales

SUDBURY, Mass. — Aug. 11, 2014 — Revolabs(R), the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications (UC), enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications, today announced the appointment of Jim Fairweather to executive vice president of global sales. As the leader of Revolabs’ global sales team, Fairweather will be responsible for the worldwide management and recruitment of the sales organization as well as the growth and profitability of the entire portfolio of Revolabs products. more

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