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PreSonus Headquarters Grand Opening Draws Raves

PRE-GrandOpening1 copyBaton Rouge, Louisiana, June 2014…Music-industry VIPs, business-community leaders, and PreSonus employees, distributors, and dealers from around the globe flocked to warm, friendly Baton Rouge on April 30, 2014, to celebrate PreSonus’ stunning new headquarters.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal opened the ceremonies, and PreSonus Chairman of the Board Kevin Couhig, CEO Jim Mack, cofounder/Chief Strategy Officer Jim Odom, and cofounder/VP of Manufacturing Brian Smith each offered their thoughts about the gorgeous new building at 18011 Grand Bay Court, just off Highland Road.

“This new facility enables us to continue to grow PreSonus and at the same time improve the lives of our staff,” said Mack. “Its architectural design enables us to work better as a team, be more productive and better create, market, and sell our products.” Noted Odom, “We now have the facilities to research, innovate, and develop the next generation of music and audio products.”

PRE-GrandOpening2 copyDesigned by local architects Ritter Maher, LLC, and developed by Moniotte Investments, the new 44,000-square-foot building cost approximately $8.8 million, including land and development.

Among the unique features is a specialized high-tech recording studio/R&D space that was custom-designed for PreSonus’ engineering and testing teams by the award-winning Walters-Storyk Design Group of Highland, New York. The 2,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art studio features a control room, a 500-square-foot live-sound room, two isolation rooms, a video-production suite, and five test labs, as well as a separate 1,500-square-foot live-sound room.

The grand opening celebration used virtually every inch of the building, with live bands entertaining the crowd in the parking lot, the foyer, and the live-sound room, as well as jamming in the studio. Featured performers included Tab Benoit (backed by Louisiana’s LeRoux, with Jim Odom on guitar), Edwin McCain, Briana Tyson, and Chris LeBlanc.

View the Video of The Grand Opening of the New PreSonus Headquarters

About PreSonus

Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

 

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The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) Announces the Call For Entries for The Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation

(Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) has opened its Call for Entries for the HPA(r) Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production. This award was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in post production, whether in creative storytelling and/or technical innovation, and is judged by a jury of peers and industry experts. The Creativity and Innovation honors have consistently attracted the most thoughtful and forward thinking companies and individuals in the industry.

Submissions for the Creativity and Innovation Award can include content such as a unique movie, TV program or commercial; a workflow, proprietary technical development, hardware or software toolset, or a creative approach that is not eligible for consideration in other HPA Awards categories.

In addition to the Creativity and Innovation Award, the HPA Awards honor important post production categories including: Outstanding Color Grading, Editing, Sound and Visual Effects for feature film, television and commercials, as well as the coveted Engineering Excellence Award.

The submission period for the Creativity and Innovation Award is May 16, 2014 through June 20, 2014. Judging is set for early August. Winners of the Creativity and Innovation Award will be announced on November 6, 2014 during the 9th Annual HPA Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, CA.

Complete rules, guidelines and entry information is available at: www.hpaawards.net.

Contact Alicia Rock at 213.614.0860 or write to arock@hpaonline.com for information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 HPA Awards show. For more information about the HPA Awards, visit www.hpaawards.net or call 213.614.0860.

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About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

Media Contact:
ignite strategic communications
p: 818.980.3473
Christine Purse, chris@ignite.bz or
Mimi Rossi, mimi@ignite.bz

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Blonder Tongue Appoints Walt Davis as Senior Director of Product Management and Technical Services

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — June 9, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced that it has appointed Walt Davis as senior director of product management and technical services. Davis will be responsible for managing product implementation and technical support of the company’s next-generation digital video solutions.

“We look forward to Walt joining us as an important part of our company, complementing our existing leadership team, culture, and long-term strategy,” said Emily Nikoo, executive vice president of Blonder Tongue. “He brings over twenty years of product management experience in the broadband video market that will be applied to an exciting assortment of new products and services.”

Davis joins Blonder Tongue after five years with Vubiquity managing its linear portfolio of video services targeting North American and Caribbean operators. Before Vubiquity, he worked at SES as the director of product management and marketing for IP-Prime, a linear aggregation service delivered to operators via satellite. Prior to SES, Davis was the product manager for Cavalier Telephone’s MPEG-4 IPTV service in Richmond, Virginia. Davis has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland.

“I am excited to join Blonder Tongue and help explore new opportunities for growth in existing markets, as well as expansion into new markets with current and future product offerings,” said Davis. “I look forward to working with our technical services organization to enhance our capabilities to support Blonder Tongue products in the field, and build on the Blonder Tongue reputation for quality customer service.”

More information on Blonder Tongue and its products is available at www.blondertongue.com.

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About Blonder Tongue
Blonder Tongue Laboratories Inc. together with R.L. Drake Holdings, LLC — its wholly owned subsidiary — offer customers more than 130 years of combined engineering and manufacturing excellence with solid histories of delivering reliable, quality products. As a leader in the field of cable television communications, the Company provides system operators and integrators serving the cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional, and professional video markets with comprehensive solutions for the provision of content contribution, distribution, and video delivery to homes and businesses. The Company designs, manufactures, sells, and supports an equipment portfolio of standard and high-definition digital video solutions, as well as core analog video and high-speed data solutions for distribution over coax, fiber, and IP networks. Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.blondertongue.com and www.rldrake.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information set forth above includes “forward-looking” statements and, accordingly, the cautionary statements contained in Blonder Tongue’s Annual Report and Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 (See Item 1: Business, Item 1A: Risk Factors, Item 3: Legal Proceedings and Item 7: Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations), and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are incorporated herein by reference. The words “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “intend”, “plan”, “seek”, “estimate”, “endeavor”, “should”, “could”, “may”, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to projections for our future financial performance, our anticipated growth trends in our business and other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s analysis only as of the date hereof. Blonder Tongue undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof. Blonder Tongue’s actual results may differ from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in Blonder Tongue’s “forward-looking” statements.

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Photo Caption: Walt Davis, Blonder Tongue Senior Director of Product Management and Technical Services

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AMEC 2014: Digital Nirvana to Highlight its End-to-End Portfolio of Media Monitoring Solutions

Fremont, CA – Digital Nirvana will showcase a broad portfolio of leading media monitoring solutions at the International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) Summit, June 11-12 in Amsterdam. AMEC is the growing global trade body and professional institute for agencies and practitioners who provide media evaluation and communication research. 2014 marks the second year that Digital Nirvana has been a Silver Sponsor at the event.

Digital Nirvana is an end-to-end service provider specializing in TV and Radio content acquisition, media analysis, and custom reporting for media monitoring companies. Digital Nirvana also provides back-office services, such as media content management, data services, content conversion, tagging and reporting. Its key offerings in the media monitoring space are coding and news report generation, which includes the monitoring, and clipping of TV and radio content from local, national and global news.

“Our comprehensive approach to media monitoring – especially in the area of broadcast monitoring – is what makes us unique,” said Vishnu Beri, COO of Digital Nirvana. “Now media monitoring firms can turn to one source for fast, cost-effective broadcast content acquisition, processing and delivery on a global basis.”

Digital Nirvana will demonstrate services for media analysis, media content management, news report generation, broadcast news summarization, and transcription at the AMEC show. The company also offers a range of products used by leading global broadcasters. These products include the Monitor IQTM Broadcast Monitoring System, AnyStream IQTM Live Stream Monitoring Solution, MediaProTM Content Repurposing System, FIFOProTM Ingest Back-up System and RAD SuiteTM (Repeat Audio Detection Systems.)

Learn more at www.digital-nirvana.com.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

D-Tools Partners with InfoComm AV-iQ to Make AV-iQ Catalog Available within System Integrator™ Software Platform

Integrated InfoComm AV-iQ data provides SI users with access to comprehensive resource for audio visual equipment, service providers, and case studies to simplify research and specification of manufacturer products

CONCORD, CA, USA – JUNE 9, 2014 —D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today it has reached an agreement with InfoComm International to provide D-Tools System Integrator (SI) software users with direct access to the InfoComm AV-iQ Online Resource from within the D-Tools software environment. This partnership will give SI users access to AV-iQ’s comprehensive library of audio-visual manufacturer products, resources and case studies, which will ultimately help further streamline efficiencies for the specification, design, and integration of low voltage electronic systems.

Powered by InfoComm International, AV-iQ provides North American audio-visual integrators with the most comprehensive pro-AV resource available. AV-iQ users are able to explore equipment catalogs by way of a brand-new product data comparison tool and BIM library, and can also access a case study library for cutting-edge installation inspiration. Also provided is the ability to locate nearby service providers with the AV Services Directory and Unified Communications directory, as well as exclusive access to product news, industry updates and tools.

“We’re pleased to integrate our comprehensive industry resource into the D-Tools System Integrator software platform, providing a highly proficient user community of AV integrators greater access to the product specifications that are critical to their success,” said John Fuchs, Senior VP of InfoComm AV-iQ.

The integration of InfoComm AV-iQ data into the D-Tools Data Browser environment will make it easy for SI users to find the right product for the job. As a value-added component of D-Tools SI’s data-driven workflow, AV integrators have a wealth of information available at the critical design and specification phase of the project, greatly reducing research time, and ensuring that they are specifying the best possible solution for their client engagements. With this partnership, the D-Tools software platform is more than just a workflow-enhancing toolset for users; it also provides a window into the audio-visual marketplace at a macro level.

“This relationship gives our users InfoComm AV-iQ’s vast, current, and in-depth product information at the time that they need it most—during the proposal and design part of the job—and as a seamless part of their workflow,” said Tim Bigoness, VP of Sales and Marketing for D-Tools. “We’re excited to provide our users access to this incredible resource directly from the System Integrator software environment as we know it will make a positive impact on their workflow.”

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 platforms. 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.

About InfoComm iQ
In addition to being the largest, most comprehensive, single source of audio visual equipment, service providers and case studies in the world other benefits incorporated into the AV-iQ solution include common categorization and common data presentation to simplify research, news, videos and a monthly recap of all new products entered into the database sorted by manufacturer’s name and category. InfoComm AV-iQ also serves another very important role in the Audio Visual community. They define one of the core values brought to the market by resellers and integrators; the audio visual equipment that they are authorized and trained to sell and support. While it is true that many products are now available through distribution, just having access to audio visual equipment for inclusion in projects and systems cannot be the only consideration in choosing products and their providers. Critical to the long-term investment is the proper installation, service and maintenance that is available from the provider to ensure maximum up time and full performance.

Media Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

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Martin Audio Strengthens Growth With Strategic New Hires

As part of an ongoing process of preparing for the next wave of growth, Martin Audio has recently made several strategic new hires.

First, Bash Akhtar has joined Martin Audio as Operations Director. He has previously served as Operations and Manufacturing Director of RLC Callender, Smiths Detection, and Harmonic Inc. Bash has earned a Fellowship in Manufacturing Management from Cranfield University and is a Manufacturing Systems Engineer from the University of Hertfordshire.

David Morbey has joined as the company’s first dedicated Product Manager. He has previously served as Global Product Marketing Manager at D&M Professional.

Commenting on the hires, James King, Director of Marketing, said, “We’re delighted to have Bash and David join us as we continue to build a world class team. Their expertise will enable us to further grow the business and support our customer base.

“Bash comes to us with a wealth of operational experience and knowledge from a variety of industries and I look forward to his leadership in creating a world class manufacturing facility right here in High Wycombe. David will bring new discipline to product development and life-cycle management, alongside developing deeper insights to application opportunities that will lay the path for a better defined and even more successful product line up.”

These two new hires are in addition to a number of other recent recruits: Andy Weingaertner has beefed up sales in EMEA; Robin Dibble has come in to bolster the Product Support Engineer team; Alan Josey has been confirmed as the new Finance Director, strengthening the management team with over 20 years’ experience of domestic and international manufacturing and engineering businesses; Carl Davies has joined as Junior Mechanical Design Engineer, strengthening the Mechanical Design team to three, and Nicole Thorne has supplemented the North American team in sales admin support.

For more about Martin Audio, please visit 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.

New PESA Xstream C22 Compact Streaming System Offers Flexible AV Configurations for Sharing Content

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, will introduce its PESA Xstream C22 compact streaming system at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C6014), which runs June 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev. The latest addition to the PESA Xstream family of multi-channel HD IP streaming devices, the C22 includes I/O options for standalone streaming applications or as part of a larger hybrid broadcast system.

The C22 can be configured as a two port video encoder or two port decoder, orcan include one of each. It includes HDMI, coax and Ethernet (for an IP-based camera) video inputs, and optional SFP modules allow multiple configurations (fiber, HD-BNC, A-to-D, D-to-A and other SFP modules) for expanded connectivity. The C22 also supports two external audio sources, which can be synchronized to either or both video streams during an event.

With built-in genlock, video signals can be locked to an external source for glitch-free video switching in broadcast and pro AV applications. An HDMI out allows for local preview, while an integrated Web server allows full remote control, so no personnel are required on site for streaming content to a production facility.

“The PESA XStream C22 is an affordable streaming solution for so many markets, including medical or educational applications, justice and government, security and first responders, and sports and entertainment production. The dollar-to-stream value is significant, especially compared to other products that only offer one video stream,” said Chris Thomas, PESA vice president of engineering and CTO. “It’s a great standalone solution or it can be used with other routing equipment to share content between facilities.”

Multiple C22 units can be used to allow AV professionals to compress, stream and share high-quality content between locations and enable streaming in existing video distribution. The C22 is also an ideal bi-directional content sharing solution. Two C22 units can be configured with one encoder to send video and one decoder to receive video, allowing live interaction between sites.

The PESA Xstream C22 will be available this summer.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

Christie Acquires Arsenal Media to Expand Digital Signage Solutions Offerings

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, announced today that it has acquired Montreal-based Arsenal Media Inc., a digital signage agency specializing in experiential installations, interactive content and strategic digital signage installations. Arsenal Media will become Christie Creative Media Services, operating within Christie’s Global Professional Services group.

Sean James, vice president, Global Professional Services, who will oversee this operation, said, “We are committed to better serving our customers with end-to-end digital and experiential installation solutions. Arsenal Media’s expertise in creating award-winning content, supported by a common thread strategy from concept to implementation, will allow Christie to broaden its digital signage capabilities. This acquisition is very timely, given industry participants are increasingly gravitating towards providers with comprehensive offerings.”

Arsenal Media boasts an enviable track record in delivering high impact digital signage and experiential installations that include collaborations with clients such as Viacom, Caterpillar, Nielsen, Cineplex, Morguard, Freeman XP, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Gemological Institute of America, TAD Associates and the Montreal Convention Center. Past collaborations between Christie and Arsenal Media have included the Miami Dolphins’ BuzzWall™, Sun Life Financial’s branded gesture-based display at the Dolby Theatre, and Christie’s award-winning 24K and 8K lobbies in Cypress, California and Kitchener, Ontario.

As part of the acquisition, Arsenal Media’s co-founder, Denys Lavigne, will join Christie as the senior director, Experience Strategy and Creative Services within Global Professional Services. Speaking about the synergies being created, he said: “We have cultivated an excellent relationship with Christie over the past six years, and this blending of expertise makes for a natural progression for both groups. We share a common passion for exceeding customers’ expectations and, as part of the Christie family, we feel we now have all of the tools to continue delivering next-generation digital signage experiences for our clients.” The only impact to Arsenal Media’s existing client base is they now gain access to a broader scope of services and expertise.

Founded in 1999, Arsenal Media is a creative agency specialized in the development of experiential digital signage projects and innovative interactive installations. Arsenal Media’s comprehensive understanding of the digital signage media blends solid creative and technical skills that help clients define, create and deploy best-of-class digital experiences. Some of Arsenal’s recent projects can be seen on Christie’s YouTube channel.

Kathryn Cress, Christie’s vice president, Global and Corporate Marketing, commented that the acquisition supplements Christie’s existing relationships with digital media partners, who will find in Christie’s Creative Media Services team an additional resource. “I’m confident that Christie’s rental staging, projection mapping and other solution partners will increase their offerings and business when they take advantage of the new, expanded and improved Christie Global Professional Services,” said Cress.

To date, Christie’s digital signage products and solutions have included indoor and outdoor HD LCD flat panels, LED-based MicroTiles® with proven DLP® technology, Christie Spyder image processors, the multi-touch Christie Interactivity Kit and the Christie JumpStart content management system for large-format displays. Complementing these proven products and solutions are services offered by Christie’s Global Professional Services division. Christie can drive projects through to completion from consultation to design and installation by experienced field application engineers. Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC) provides peace of mind by keeping systems running 24/7 with monitoring and maintenance of digital signage installations. Projects completed by Christie Global Professional Services have included installations for The Walt Disney Company, Barneys New York, and LVMH Moët Hennessy’s Fresh® retail stores.

Christie is committed to creating the world’s best shared experiences through a wide range of visual display and communications options for retail, architectural, digital out of home and corporate environments. Backed by decades of industry experience, award-winning technology and solutions that capture attention, communicate information and deliver experiences, Christie is a one-stop shop for customers, partners, dealers and integrators.

Arsenal Media was advised by Wildon-LJJ Inc. in completing this acquisition.

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Miami’s 1300 Studios Keeps Hot Shoots Cool with Zylight

LOS ANGELES – Denis Lauzon has built a 30-year career in advertising, still photography and video production. As the co-owner of 1300 Studios, a full service studio in Miami, he has built a production and rental facility designed to accommodate the needs of professionals and their crews.

The facility includes a 12-person conference room equipped with a 90-inch studio monitor, lounge that doubles as a green room with a 60-inch monitor, three-station hair and makeup room with daylight-balanced lighting, kitchen for food-based projects, and reception area. Plus, there are a number of industrial spaces for various types of location shooting surrounding the studio, as well as five acres of open space for exterior shoots.

In the 30×40-foot studio, Lauzon has taken the necessary steps to limit his time on a ladder. He keeps four Zylight IS3c LED large panel lights mounted on the lighting grid, two of which are used to color the cyc. Lauzon uses the Zylight Remote to wirelessly adjust the color and intensity of the IS3c lights on the grid. (The lights can also be controlled via DMX through XLR connectors.)

All Zylight lighting instruments feature Zylink wireless technology, which allows remote control of all functions, including color hue and saturation, color temperature, and brightness. Plus, Zylights that are linked together adjust simultaneously for uniform results.

Recently, Lauzon was approached by a client who wanted to match the background to precise logo colors, which Lauzon was able to accomplish quickly without gels or filters. During a music video shoot, Lauzon used the Zylight

Remote to dynamically change the background color of the cyc during the recording artist’s performance. “The whole wall was lit and changing color,” Lauzon explained. “It looked great.”

Despite pre-planning, performers can cause problems with chromakey by the choice of color. Lauzon has programmed two memory presets on the IS3c lights – blue and greenscreen – so it is easy to accommodate last minute changes. “Wardrobe and hair color dictate chromakey,” Lauzon explained. “To fix the issue, we press the button. There’s no repainting backdrops.”

Now, the only time Lauzon has to get on the ladder is to adjust his IS3cs is to flip the instruments for lens flare effects in music videos. The IS3c’s advanced color mixing system provides rich, accurate color rendition, while its 90-degree spread makes it an ideal soft light for widescreen shots.

1300 Studios owns seven IS3c lights with soft boxes, available for rental, plus two F8 LED Fresnels (one daylight balanced and one tungsten) and one Z90 compact LED light. Lauzon said the IS3c is great on location, and he has been impressed with the F8 LED Fresnel, which collapses to less than for inches thick for easy transport. “There’s no other Fresnel like that,” Lauzon said. “The industry is definitely changing toward LEDs. There are other brands out there, but Zylight has the best features we were looking for in one package.”

ABOUT 1300 STUDIOS

Located in Miami, 1300 Studios is one of the finest full-service digital photography and video studio rental facilities in South Florida. Our seasoned professional staff ensures a flawless production in a comfortable atmosphere you will appreciate. Contact us at (305) 628-0000 or visit www.1300studios.com.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

Masque Sound Custom Audio Equipment Package Captures the Magic for Shakespeare’s Fantasy Play, The Tempest

CAMBRIDGE, MA, JUNE 5, 2014 – When Sound Designer Darron L West and Associate Sound Designer Charles Coes were looking to create a dazzling audio experience for William Shakespeare’s fantasy play The Tempest, they turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a custom audio equipment package.

The Tempest is a co-production between The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas and the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The play premiered under a big top tent in Las Vegas on April 1 and is now playing at the A.R.T’s Loeb Drama Center.

The Tempest tells the story of shipwrecked aristocrat Prospero and his daughter Miranda who wash up on the shores of an enchanted and strange island. They find themselves immersed in a world of trickery and amazement, in which Tom Waits’ and Kathleen Brennan’s Dust Bowl balladry, Teller’s (of the legendary duo Penn & Teller) magic, and Pilobolus’ dance movements animate the spirits and monsters.

The sound designers’ goal was to create a very traditional Shakespearean play in the most modern way possible. Most of the soundscape was created by a four-piece live band and an array of eclectic percussive instruments.

“We have live musicians on stage accompanying the actors, so we utilized a lot of microphones and effects units,” says Coes. “We took a modern spin on the idea of a traditional Shakespearean ensemble by updating it to include a mix engineer and console. We really wanted to bring the band out and lift the vocals up so that you could effectively and clearly hear both from within the theater.”

One of the main challenges on the project was to create a sound design for two very different venues. “We encountered quite a bit of ambient noise from air conditioners, trains, helicopters and the nature of being in an unprotected acoustic space at the tent in Las Vegas,” adds Coes. “From there, we transitioned to the very quiet, typical theater space at the A.R.T.”

To give the designers the flexibility and dynamic audio that they were looking for, Masque Sound provided a custom equipment package featuring a Yamaha CL5 mixing console along with Yamaha Rio3224-D Dante digital network remote I/O racks.

For the speaker package, Masque Sound provided d&b audiotechnik Q1s for the left and right line array and a Meyer Sound M’elodie array for the center cluster. “We needed speakers with a lot of horsepower for Las Vegas, but the real challenge lay in the fact that we then needed to fit that same amount of equipment into the A.R.T., which is a shorter house,” continues Coes. “The crew at Masque Sound worked very hard to get us another M’elodie QuickFly frame in an extremely short amount of time, so that we could split our array from a single eight cabinet rig into two side-by-side four cabinet rigs.”

Although not in the original plans, 16 channels of Sennheiser wireless were used as well. “Right before we left the shop, the directing team had some concerns about the background noise in the tent and area mics, and we moved very quickly to change the show over from those area mics to a full RF package with body mics for everyone,” says Coes. “We went from a little bit of wireless to expanding it out to the full cast of 13, and we did it in about three days. Masque was incredibly accommodating and incredibly speedy in making it happen. They are always a great company to work with.”

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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