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NAB 2014: Digital Nirvana’s Open Media Appliance Offers Industry-Leading Price for Performance

Fremont, CA – Digital Nirvana will showcase the latest version of its Open Media Appliance, a feature rich platform for its Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring and MediaPro content repurposing systems during the NAB 2014 convention, to be held from April 5-10th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Digital Nirvana will exhibit in Booth #SU11017.

The Open Media Appliance is a true hybrid appliance with the ability to accept multiple input formats in one unit. “Our Open Media Appliance is a single, versatile server that helps broadcasters dramatically reduce their hardware expense associated with monitoring and content repurposing,” said Arco Groenenberg, Director of Sales and Marketing for Digital Nirvana. “With our solution, customers can do more with less hardware.”

Open Media Appliance

Digital Nirvana’s cost-effective open platform accepts a wide range of inputs, including SD/HD SDI, ASI, ASI-IP, ATSC, and QAM. Supported formats include 50 Hz, 60 Hz and DVB-T/C/S2. Digital Nirvana’s cable card technology records from encrypted cable feeds in full HD – allowing for direct cable and off-air antenna recording and expansion up to hundreds of channels. It also delivers 30/60/90 days of low-res or 1/7/14 days of high-res storage.

This appliance includes NAS Connect which allows users to push recorded files to storage and then easily manage and search recorded media in the NAS. The appliance also includes: a Linux operating system, industrial grade server with Raid 6HDD, built-in redundant power supplies, and system alerts – all incorporated into a 2- or 3-RU device.

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.

HARMAN’s AKG Enters the Aviation Market with Introduction of AV100 Headset

VIENNA, Austria – HARMAN’s AKG today announced it is expanding into a new market with the introduction of its AV100 aviation headset, the company’s first headset designed for general aviation pilots. The AV100 utilizes proprietary hybrid noise-reduction technology to block cockpit noise and offers features specifically designed for aviation use. The AV100 was developed in collaboration with pilot Hannes Arch, a member of the Red Bull Air Race Team and Red Bull Air Race World Series champion.

“When AKG approached me to collaborate on their first aviation headset, I was totally confident that we could create the best product of its kind,” said Arch. “By combining my piloting experience with AKG’s more than 65 years of experience in acoustical design, I am confident we have set a new standard for aviation headsets.”

The AKG AV100 employs exclusive AKG-developed hybrid active noise-cancelling technology and signal processing that is calibrated to most effectively attenuate the specific frequencies heard within an airplane. The addition of a superior audio reproduction system creates the most enjoyable and relaxing listening environment within today’s market. The AV100 incorporates top-quality drivers and electronics to deliver clear, intelligible speech and music reproduction. It has a built-in microphone and boom that can be mounted on either the left or right side of the headset. The windscreen is washable, replaceable and a spare is included in the premium carrying bag.

The AV100 offers a number of additional aviation-centric features. It has built-in LED map lights on each ear cup that provide illumination during night flights or added visibility in cockpits with dim lighting. Its cable-mounted control unit offers Bluetooth connectivity and an AUX input enabling wireless or wired interfacing with navigation devices, tablet PCs, phones or other devices. An adjustable automatic input switch lets the wearer set his or her audio preferences so that intercom messages take precedence over other channels if so desired. The headset has a 6-pin LEMO connector and a standard dual-plug adapter is included. The AV100’s large padded ear cups and headband ensure lasting comfort even during long flights.

The AKG AV100 comes with a premium carry bag with enough spare space for sunglasses, navigation devices, a tablet device and more.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

DK-Technologies Launches Entry Level DK T7 Audio Meter at NAB 2014

Just months after launching its versatile DK T7 audio meter, DK-Technologies is using the NAB 2014 platform to launch a brand new, entry level version of this ground-breaking product (Booth N1202 in conjunction with Ward-Beck).

The DK T7 Stereo is aimed squarely at engineers who are only working with stereo audio, whether that be in radio, post production or recording music for subsequent CD release. Designed to be intuitive, the DK T7 Stereo has an easy to use, fast responding touch interface that makes it a breeze to set up and operate. Like its DK T7 big brother, the DK T7 Stereo offers high precision features and functionality at a highly cost effective price – just €2895 or USD 4890 MSRP. Its extensive feature-set includes industry compliant Loudness readings, Vectorscope, FFT spectrum analysis and Loudness Logging and Reporting.

“We recognized that our DK T7 audio meter was perfect for engineers working in stereo, but that we could reduce the cost to them by removing multichannel capabilities and SDI interface,” says Uffe Kjems Hansen, Product Marketing Director of DK-Technologies. “Therefore we have targeted the same tools for stereo metering, and made it a much more cost-effective bargain.”

The DK T7 Stereo includes balanced and unbalanced AES I/O, Analogue stereo inputs, headphone outputs as well as HDMI for external screen view. It is available as a stand-alone desktop or a 19” rack mounted unit. DK-Technologies can also offer in-console mounting options for console manufacturers and customers who prefer their meter to be integral to their desk.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video waveform monitors and video sync and test signal generators. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

3G Productions Supports Marc Anthony In The Round At Barclays Center

Marc Anthony recently capped off a series of successful engagements at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, the Mohegan Sun Arena and Prudential Center with a triumphant Valentine’s Day weekend performance in the round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

After successfully providing audio for the first three venues, 3G Productions was faced with the task of ensuring even coverage for Anthony and his 15-piece orchestra performing in the round from a revolving stage in the cavernous arena.

Asked about the challenges, 3G Crew Chief Will Taylor explained, “the biggest was taking the tour from a typical end stage configuration with 70 boxes to over 128 enclosures in the round. We used d&b J-Series during the tour and for Barclays, we flew four hangs of 14 for the longer throws at the ends of the arena and four hangs of 18 for the sides to get the vertical coverage we needed because the building is so tall, over 110 feet to the top seats. We also had 16 d&b J-sub and 8 J-Infra subwoofers that we combined with the barricades because the concert was sold out and we didn’t have the real estate to put them where we normally would.”

“The show sounded great,” Taylor continues, “but we had so many amps for the 360 degree coverage, we needed about 150 ft. of cable bridge to get from one end of the arena to the other with upwards of 400 ft. cable runs per cluster. But even with all of the musicians, background singers, boxes, cable, inputs and additional techs, the client was very happy with the coverage and how the show turned out.”

In this case, the client was Production Supervisor Roly Garbalosa who oversaw the tour for Marc Anthony and CMN (Cardenas Marketing Network). Roly was also fully aware of the challenge: “This was Marc’s first U.S. performance in the round with an orchestra that included 3 trombones, 2 trumpets, 3 percussionists, 3 background vocalists, keyboard, bass, guitar and piano rotating 360 degrees back and forth all night. Besides the eight J-Series hangs, we had 8 sidefill points hung with 3 d&b Q10s each because Marc relies heavily on those, especially for this situation.”

“I’ve known 3G Productions for a long time and typically they do a great show and are very professional. The key to this concert was the advance planning which we needed because we were hanging over 100 points on the same day. We came in at 5am, marked the floors, started working a six and were still polishing details at doors.

“As it turned out, the show sounded amazing and everyone really enjoyed it, including Marc. He brought us in after the show––which is rare––and gave us all high fives. He loved the sound and had a lot of fun.”

The overall system for this massive undertaking also included “racks and racks” of d&b D12 and D80 amps for house and monitors; d&b M2, M4 and Q1 speakers and B2 subwoofers for monitors; a DiGiCo SD7 for Front of House and SD10 for Monitors; Shure PSM 900 and Sennheiser G2 in-ear monitors; Shure, Sennheiser and Audix wired mics, and Shure Axient and Sennheiser 5200 wireless mics.

In addition to Marc Anthony’s Front of House/Band Engineer Jose Rivera and Monitor Engineer Eric “Pyle” Ramey; the 3G Productions crew included System Engineer/Crew Chief Will Taylor, Assistant Engineer Jon Daly, Monitor systems tech Joe “Big Joe” Ramos, and stage technicians Kevin Fuller, Robert “Boy” Valdez, and Jimmy Ibanez.

Summing up the show, Jose Rivera added: “It sounded a lot better than I expected. I’ve worked the room different times––never in the round––and it’s challenging from a coverage standpoint because it’s very high and steep. We wanted to make sure everyone who pays for a ticket enjoys the show. We went in with a very large rig and 3G made sure their pre-design work was done and we had the right amount of boxes to cover the room correctly.

“I had the opportunity to walk the room and the coverage sounded really good. Before we selected a vendor, we narrowed it down to two speaker systems and we’re happy we chose d&b.

Marc was ecstatic,” Rivera concludes. “There aren’t too many shows where he has the opportunity to listen to the band during soundcheck from the audience. For this show, he came in early to familiarize himself with the stage because he hadn’t done one in 360. And when I turned on the PA he was blown away and really impressed with the sound. He was comfortable and happy knowing the people were going to enjoy the show because the reinforcement represented what he and the band were going to do on stage.”

For more about 3G Productions, please call 702.948.0459 or click to www.3glp.com

Photo Credit: Carlos Escobar

About 3G Productions, Inc.
Founded in 2004, 3G Productions, Inc. is a multifaceted audio company focused on providing the highest quality of service in live production, sound equipment rental, sales, and installed sound. Located in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the company operates through two divisions: Live and Pro Audio.

HARMAN’s Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle Is Part of the Curriculum at Audio School Online

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – GRAMMY® award-winning engineer, producer, songwriter and musician Ken Lewis founded Audio School Online (www.audioschoolonline.com) to answer a need. “It used to be that you got out of engineering school, got a studio internship and worked your way up – but now, big studios are closing and there’s limited opportunity to learn your craft in a professional environment.” In response, Lewis started Audio School Online to teach aspiring producers and engineers how to mix music and produce records. Students learn from Lewis through a series of free and affordable online lessons that teach how to use the tools of the trade – including Lewis’ go-to Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle.

Ken Lewis knows his craft. His credits include 71 platinum and gold albums and singles, 12 GRAMMY winners and 56 number one records – so far! He notes that “teaching is in my blood – my mom was one and I used to teach bass and guitar.” Before founding Audio School Online, Lewis discovered there was a lack of information online for what he thought budding producers and engineers needed to know. “My inspiration for putting this all together was to give the next wave of audio pros and artists the real-world skills and techniques to make professional recordings.”

The hardware and software Lewis uses in his lessons are the products he uses in his own studio work on a daily basis. “There isn’t a single mix where I don’t use Lexicon for the reverb,” he says. The PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle is the best reverb plug-in he’s heard. “It’s the first time a plug-in has sounded 100 percent as good as the outboard stuff.”

In a course on choosing lead vocal effects, the Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle is a key element. “I use every one of the seven reverb plug-ins, all the time – Vintage Plate, Plate, Hall, Room, Random Hall, Concert Hall and Chamber.” Lewis shows students exactly why he uses the particular reverbs he does, for male and female and lead and background vocals. “I go step by step into how I manipulate all the parameters and why, and most importantly, the thought process as a mixer or a producer that goes behind what I’m teaching. Ultimately, the mood of the song dictates why I do something. With Lexicon, I can choose and fine-tune the perfect reverb to fit the mood.”

Another online lesson is called “Plugin Transformers” which emphasizes that ultimately there are no traditional ways to create new sounds. ”I used the Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle to show people there are really cool sounds they can achieve they might never have thought of, that they can incorporate into their own palette. Lewis finds the plug-ins to be highly flexible in their editing capabilities, easy to shape sonically and have “tons of presets and choices for starting points.” Most importantly: “They also just sound really good.”

“My style of teaching is very hands-on,” Lewis notes. “The lessons feel like we’re sitting together one on one, not like you’re sitting at a lecture with someone talking at you. When I do a lesson if mistakes happen, fine. I teach the same techniques I use everyday on records you hear, and in a way that’s very easy to understand and duplicate on your own.”

“In audio there is no right and wrong, just what you think sounds good. You need to envision what you want and how to go about getting it. Lexicon helps me teach people to open their mind to the possibilities.”

The feedback we’ve received for Audio School Online has been tremendous so far,” Lewis concluded. “We’ve gotten deep support from pros and amateurs alike. It makes me want to do more.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Martin Audio Opens New MLA Production Facilities

Martin Audio recently opened new MLA facilities including production and assembly areas, quality control and testing, along with additional warehousing.

Designed for MLA, MLA Compact and the new MLA Mini, the facilities will provide a space worthy of this premier system series and further improve Martin Audio’s overall service to its customers.

Since the introduction of MLA in 2010, the system has won multiple awards for innovation and has taken the market by storm. With the international success stretching around the globe from the US to UK and Japan, and now with the introduction of MLA Mini set to further popularize the technology, it was a necessity to develop these new facilities.

Importantly, the principles of 5S were introduced as an integral part of the new development. 5S originated in Japan and stands for the Japanese words seiri (tidiness), seiton (orderliness), seiso (cleanliness), seiketsu (standardization), and shitsuke (discipline), principles that lead to improved efficiency, service and safety.

Jason Robson, Quality Manager for Martin Audio, stated, “The runaway success that MLA has become meant we needed additional production and warehousing space in order to meet the growing demand. But we also took the opportunity to instill new principles in both the creation of the layout and the day to day running of the facilities. 5S will help guarantee that we not only keep up with demand, but that this is achieved in an efficient manner with the quality our customers expect and this leading system demands.”

Alongside the production elements, the new facilities will also house Martin Audio’s popular training sessions for both MLA and OmniLine. Andy Davies, Lead Applications Engineer, said, “This new space will provide the perfect vehicle for premier training, while enabling us to show people how the product they are being trained on is made.”

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

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

Hitachi Projectors Help Calvary Church Successfully Expand Following

Jupiter, Florida, March 31, 2014 – When the number of attendees at Jupiter, Florida’s Calvary Church outgrew the main auditorium, in-house Creative Specialist Kevin Hendrix chose to create a video auditorium for the church’s new members. The challenge was to use projectors to create a video experience comparable to being in the main sanctuary.

“We wanted the secondary room to have a similar feel and atmosphere to the sanctuary,” said Mr. Hendrix. “Hitachi’s projectors provide high brightness and their versatility and networking capability has made them very easy to use—for everyone in the church, not just myself!”

A Hitachi CP-WX8265 projector streams live video of the stage in the main room onto the center of a 7×12-foot viewing screen in the secondary room, which seats up to 200 attendees. Two Hitachi CP-WX8255 projectors display song lyrics and message summaries on the left and right sides of the central viewing area.

“The primary function of the Hitachi projectors was to help create a consistent and dedicated environment,” said Mr. Hendrix. “But the projectors can still be used for groups meeting in that room for other programs. After just a month and a half, we’ve already seen meeting groups use the projectors for movie and game nights.”

The projectors’ versatility wasn’t the only attribute that stood out to Mr. Hendrix. “I like a company that manufactures its own products,” said Mr. Hendrix. “The strong warranty and free bulb replacement policy also gave Hitachi an edge over the competition in our decision process.”

The Hitachi CP-WX8265 3LCD projector features a brightness of 6,500 ANSI lumens. The CP-WX8255 3LCD projector features a brightness of 5,500 lumens. Both support an aspect ratio of 16:10 (WXGA). The projectors were dealt and installed by Shepherd Multimedia, based in Grapevine, TX.

“With the help of the Hitachi projectors, we’ve actually created a culture of people that prefer that room to the main auditorium—the lighting, the atmosphere and the overall experience all speak to this,” said Mr. Hendrix.

For more information on Calvary Church, visit http://www.calvarychurchfl.com/index.php

For more information on Shepherd Multimedia, visit http://www.shepherdmultimedia.com/

For more information on Hitachi projectors visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com/.

Jünger Audio Bridges A Gap With D*AP8 MAP

Following Dolby’s decision in 2013 to discontinue its DP570 Multichannel Audio Tool, dynamics specialist Jünger Audio is now the sole company in the world that can supply a product to fill the gap.

The company’s D*AP8 MAP Monitoring Audio Processor, which will be on show at Jünger Audio’s NAB 2014 Booth (C2134), is the only Loudness processor on the market capable of offering real-time metadata emulation as standard. This vital feature allows broadcast engineers in post-production, DVD and DTV facilities to check the quality of Dolby Digital AC3-encoded audio prior to transmission so that they can monitor exactly what the consumer will ultimately hear.

“Metadata emulation is very important to the broadcast community, especially those working in the USA where the ATSC has specified that all audio must be Dolby AC3 encoded prior to transmission,” says Jünger Audio’s CEO Peter Pörs. “Every set-top box in the USA – and in many other countries, too – has a Dolby Digital decoder installed as standard. These decoders receive audio metadata, which is the unique ‘data about data’ delivered by Dolby Digital bitstreams.

“Metadata is important because it ensures that television audiences at home hear their programs the way producers and content creators intended them to be. All kinds of audio parameters, including Loudness levels, are controlled this way. In countries where you can be fined if you get audio loudness wrong, it’s vital that broadcasters can check exactly what consumers will hear before material leaves their facilities.”

Jünger Audio’s D*AP8 MAP Monitoring Audio Processor combines an audio monitor controller and a loudness measurement device in one unit, thus providing comprehensive quality control and loudness monitoring for anyone working in a production or broadcast environment.

Designed for quality checking surround (5.1) and/or stereo programs, D*AP8 MAP features a built-in Dolby® Metadata generator and an optional Dolby® decoder that allows users to decode Dolby-E, Dolby-D (AC-3) and Dolby Digital plus (E-AC-3). It can also be used for live monitoring and to ensure compliance with today’s standards and regulations (ITU 1770-3, ATSC A/85 or EBU R128).

The unit comes with alarm signals that alert the operator when pre-set loudness thresholds are exceeded, and these signals can be delivered by simple GPOs and/or SNMP traps, which carry actual loudness values. Loudness measurements can be performed over a long run or over a fraction of a program, or both. These measurements can be triggered by automation systems via GPIs or via the network – or even manually by buttons on a remote panel.

Alongside loudness measurements, D*AP8 MAP also offers functionality for acoustical QA. It has eight speaker outputs that allow for A/B checking of stereo compatibility of a surround downmix through alternative speakers, as well as via L/R front speakers.

By incorporating 3G, HD and SD auto detection, D*AP8 MAP gives users the option of dealing with all 16 channels of SDI embedded audio at the same time. This means the engineer can listen to one program while permanently logging the loudness of two (5.1 +2 mode) or four (4×2 mode) programs. It is also possible to send further embedded programs to D*AP8 MAP’s AES outputs to feed a third party instrument for analyzing and/or display.

For no extra cost, the D*AP8 MAP SDI board also acts as an embedder and comes with video delay to compensate for any kind of audio delay. This feature is ideal for those looking to maintain lip sync in QA suites or control rooms.

“Broadcast engineers still a need for a hardware based monitoring controller that combines loudness management and logging features with the ability to monitor Dolby®-E, Dolby®-D (AC-3) and Dolby® Digital plus (E-AC-3), as well as HE-AAC formats,” Pörs explains. “Our D*AP8 MAP is the only unit on the market that can do all of this and we will be using the NAB 2014 platform to ensure that everyone knows about it.”

For more information about Jünger Audio, please visit NAB booth C2134 or visit the company’s website at www.jungeraudio.com

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.jungeraudio.com

Bexel Connects the Academy Awards(r) with Extensive Fiber Network

Company’s Fiber Optic Infrastructure Eliminates Logistical Challenges for Global Broadcasts

(BURBANK, Calif.) – Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, provided the conduit for the live broadcast of the 86th Academy Awards(r), as well as all of the ancillary global productions from the site, with a logistics-defying fiber infrastructure constructed exclusively for the event. Working with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Bexel implemented a comprehensive fiber optic network. The customized solution connects multiple production locations beyond the Dolby Theatre, including the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Red Carpet on Hollywood Blvd., Loews Hollywood Hotel, and the domestic and international television compounds located more than a block away behind the El Capitan Theatre.

When AMPAS moved the Oscars to the Dolby Theatre (then the Kodak Theatre) in 2001, they turned to Bexel to help solve the logistical challenges inherent in the new location. Knowing that traditional copper cable would not work, Bexel installed a permanent fiber network that included four miles of multi-strand cables from the Hollywood & Highland and Dolby Theatre complexes, as well as under Hollywood Blvd. That underlying backbone is enhanced each year by Bexel to meet the show’s specific and unique complexities, as the number of feeds changes every year, in addition to the fact that the industry has moved from standard definition to high def over the last decade. The required infrastructure has effectively tripled in size.

For the 86th Academy Awards, more than 17 miles of temporary fiber was also deployed to successfully transport massive amounts of HD/SD video, audio, data and communications signals.

“The structure we put in place has to support so much more than the Oscar broadcast itself,” said Bexel’s Craig Schiller, vice president of engineering and operations. “We’re tasked with enabling point-to-point connections for more than 50 different entities, to ensure live, simultaneous broadcasts of all of the Red Carpet pre-shows, the backstage media and photo rooms, the pre- and post-show programs, Oscar.com, and the official Governors Ball, in addition to the Academy Awards(r) telecast itself.”

The venue does not have one large parking lot to accommodate all of the satellite and production trucks, so the physical footprint of the production areas are spread out into nearby available parking lots, onto Hollywood Blvd, and the Orange Motor Court adjacent to the Dolby Theater. “Our fiber network is really the conduit for the entire production, and it gets larger every year,” Schiller adds.

In addition to the fiber optic infrastructure, Bexel contributed key elements to coverage of the Red Carpet arrivals. The company deployed its RF-Over-Fiber antenna system, which has become a staple of the official pre-show broadcast, to provide unprecedented wireless communications coverage not previously available with a conventional wireless system. Bexel’s RF base camp was located at the 90-degree turn of the Red Carpet, and was used as the head-end position. Multiple RF fiber-site boxes enabled connections for dozens of antennas to ensure there was no loss of signal, as the production staff required a seamless communication system.

The often tight turnaround between the pre-show and the official broadcast is also supported by the system, enabling communication signals to transition from the Red Carpet up into the theatre for the show opening. Bexel also supplied three Sony HDC-2500 cameras, which were used by AMPAS as pool cameras for arrivals, fashion and the main press room. The feeds were then provided by Bexel to domestic and international broadcasters for enhanced show coverage around the world.

To support a live event of this scale, Bexel had a credentialed staff of more than 40 fiber engineers and support technicians onsite. Senior teams arrived two weeks before the show to begin set-up for the main broadcast and to clean and test the permanent fiber network. The majority of the staff arrived the Tuesday before the awards to prepare for the hundreds of domestic and international broadcasters who arrived on Friday.

Live broadcasts from the Red Carpet started as early as Friday morning, and ran continuously until late Sunday night, with Bexel engineers onsite around the clock. The team enabled the transport of 200 video signals, 125 audio signals, and 100 intercom signals over fiber for the Academy’s broadcast partners.

“Our incredible team of professionals really delivers for the Oscars,” says Schiller. “Over the past 13 years, we’ve had a number of the same talented people on the project, and the guys have really gotten to know the location and understand the complexities of this event. We’re able to do so much more in advance now. Most of the fiber demarc racks are preconfigured in our shop and delivered already tested, which increases our efficiency every year. We’ve also upgraded the permanent installations every two to three years, allowing us to minimize what we need to layer on top of the existing infrastructure. It’s a tough few weeks, but our team’s focus and passion for this event enables us to service all of our customers effectively. And in the end, our customer’s successful productions are the only award we need.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Vitec Group
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

HARMAN Professional and KD’s Southern Cuisine Bring Upscale Dining and Entertainment to Oklahoma City’s Bricktown

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – Bricktown, Oklahoma City’s entertainment district, just got a lot more entertaining with the opening of KD’s Southern Cuisine (www.kdsbricktown.com), an elegant dining establishment that serves up Southern culinary favorites for lunch and dinner – and when it’s late in the evening, transforms into a nightclub with DJs, dancing and live music, all served up through a HARMAN Professional audio system.

The design brief given to Norman, OK system integrator Pro Presenters, LLC and its President/CEO, Steve Patrick, was clear: the ownership group wanted KD’s to have an upscale look and feel, and “New York City club-level audio where we could really push some sound pressure levels.” However, to keep the open, contemporary interior design undisturbed, the sound system had to be completely hidden from view.

KD’s is divided into four areas – dining room, bar, private lounge and patio – and the system had to cover the sonic gamut from subtle background music to live bands and DJs pounding out the volume. In the bar area in particular the owners were insistent upon having dance club-capable SPL, but with so much emphasis placed on the décor, there was no room to hang loudspeakers, let alone large ones. There were also some unique architectural challenges and solutions – including a motorized glass window that runs the length of one wall of the dining room. When the window is closed the bar can get loud while the dining room maintains a lower noise level.

For the bar area, Pro Presenters needed a loudspeaker that could fit into the wall behind the bar while delivering the requisite volume. The company went with 12 JBL AC15 ultra-compact loudspeakers, inset into the framework and placed at a height and in locations to ensure even, unbroken coverage throughout the room. The bar has a floating ceiling, which included a cavity where Patrick and his team had room to install four JBL ASB 6112 compact subwoofers.

Adjacent to the bar is a small performance area for DJs and live bands, where four JBL VRX928LA compact constant curvature loudspeakers and two VRX918S subwoofers are mounted on each side of the stage. “These are perfect for this kind of application,” Patrick noted – “they’re small and don’t get in the way of anything but are full-range and sound really good.” Two more VRX928’s and a VRX918 are located in the private lounge.

The main dining room and two private dining areas (which can be combined into a larger private dining room for bigger affairs) required music that could go from a gentle background level to something louder. Patrick wanted to install loudspeakers in the ceiling but had to work around a number of large circular hanging lighting fixtures. However, the ceiling also had several openings in which additional LED lights were installed – and these openings were also large enough to accommodate 14 JBL Control 26C coaxial ceiling loudspeakers and four Control 19CS in-ceiling subwoofers. In addition, two Control 26C loudspeakers were placed in the ceiling in each of the two private dining rooms, and four Control 28 indoor/outdoor loudspeakers are mounted in the outside patio area.

The loudspeakers are powered by a total of nine Crown amplifiers, a mix of DSi 6000, DSi 2000, CDi 1000, CDi 4000, 280A and 180A models. “These amps just made sense for this installation – their onboard processing enabled us to easily tailor their frequency balance, and other parameters to the loudspeakers, subwoofers and room acoustics. The 280A works in conjunction with a push-to-talk mic in the kitchen so the backline workers in the kitchen can hear what’s going on up front, and the 180A is simply one of the best amplifier values out there,” said Patrick.

A Soundcraft Si Performer digital live sound console handles both lighting and sound for the stage and main dining areas. Patrick chose the Performer because “we felt like it was two consoles in one. One person can do it all – mix the sound for both rooms and control all the lights with onboard DMX-based scene recalls. It’s amazing how much capability is built into this console.” He noted that thanks to the console’s built-in reverb, compression and effects, it also eliminated a lot of rack components they would otherwise have needed in the system.

“The ownership group couldn’t be more pleased with the way the KD’s installation turned out,” Patrick concluded. “The system is completely unobtrusive visually, and perfectly suits KD’s dual requirement for a system that can play quieter music during the day and get everybody dancing at night with sound quality that rivals that of any nightclub.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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