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Masque Sound Goes on Wild Trip with the Star-Studded Broadway Comedy, It’s Only a Play

Custom Audio Equipment Package Ensures the Laughs Keep Coming in Season’s Most Highly Anticipated Show

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 6, 2014 – When four-time Tony® Award-winner Terrence McNally’s raucous, ridiculous and tender comedy, It’s Only A Play, arrived on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Sound Designer Fitz Patton and Associate Sound Designer Justin Stasiw turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a custom audio equipment package for the laugh-out-loud hit of the year.It’s Only a Play Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

It’s Only A Play tells the story of opening night of Peter Austin’s new play as he anxiously waits to see if his show is a critical hit. With his career on the line, he shares his first Broadway night opening with his best friend, a television star; his fledgling producer; his erratic leading lady; his wunderkind director; an infamous drama critic; and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant.

The all-star cast of It’s Only A Play includes F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally and Micah Stock. This hilarious ensemble is directed by three-time Tony® Award-winner Jack O’Brien.

In designing the sound, Patton and Stasiw both aimed to create as transparent an audio system as possible. By strategically placing foot and boundary microphones hidden within the framework of the set and at the lip of the stage, the designers were able to successfully pick up the actors’ dialogues, while providing the audience with the transparent feel that they envisioned.
It’s Only a Play Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
“The play features a high-profile cast, so we were looking to provide a very realistic, acoustical sounding package,” says Stasiw. “The goal in the sound design was to provide a slight vocal lift in order to ensure that everyone in the audience could hear the actors clearly, without it sounding like the dialogue was emitting from the loudspeakers. The selection and placement of microphones were two very important tasks for this play, and Masque Sound was instrumental in providing us with the equipment that we needed to be successful.”

Masque Sound supplied a selection of microphones from DPA, including the 4021s and 4061s. “We utilized the 4021s for our floor microphones and additionally hid some within the set. The 4021 is a great, compact cardioid microphone to use as a boundary source. We also used the 4061s, which not only sound great but also are so tiny that you can hide them without worrying that anyone will be able to see them. We hid microphones around the set in order to pick up the performers’ in as natural a manner as possible. The cast is an amazing set of performers who all have strong projecting voices, so most of the amplified signal is fed into the under balcony section and the delay system. These performers are so talented that their voices can easily reach all the way to the balcony rail, so we just have to ensure that the sound gets to the back of the house.”

At the heart of the custom audio equipment package that Masque Sound provided was the Yamaha CL5 Digital Mixing Console. “The CL5’s Dante® interconnect capabilities make it a great choice because the layout of the theatre makes it difficult to maneuver heavy paired cable from backstage to the front of house,” adds Stasiw. “The ability to only have to run two network cables from backstage to front of house is incredibly helpful. In addition, Yamaha still offers the most MIDI controllability out of any console, allowing us to automate the system by essentially controlling any singular function on the console with MIDI. The ability to have that remote control over any parameter in the deck was a necessity for this production”

The custom speaker system supplied by Masque Sound features a selection of speakers from d&b audiotechnik, including E12 two-way multipurpose loudspeakers for the main left and right and downfill, as well as C7-TOP two-way horn loaded loudspeakers for the center cluster. “The sound effects used for the show feature a lot of realism, including phones ringing, etc., so there are a number of speakers hidden in the set to help us image those objects on stage and ensure that the audience is sonically drawn toward the correct positions on stage,” adds Stasiw. “The d&b speakers are essential, as they sound superior, are easy to set up and minimize steps to successfully tune the sound system.”

Additionally, Masque Sound provided Patton and Stasiw with d&b audiotechnik E8 loudspeakers to position underneath the balcony along with a large surround system comprised entirely of E0s. Patton and Stasiw also hid some E0s on stage.

“Masque Sound is always great to work with,” concludes Stasiw. “I have always had a good experience coming out of their shop and really appreciate that they are a full solution provider. The crew has always been helpful in terms of assisting our staff with everything from service and technical support to equipment advice, and Masque Sound once again did a wonderful job in helping us bring our sonic vision to life on stage.”

It’s Only A Play’s 18-week limited engagement is slated to run through January 4, 2015 at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (4235 West 45th Street). For more information, including how to purchase tickets, visit http://itsonlyaplay.com/.

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.

TRANSAUDIO GROUP ANNOUNCES DRAMATIC PRICE REDUCTION ON DAKING PRO AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSORS

Daking_FET_3LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 2014: Daking Audio has changed the way it brings its American-made equipment to market in order to increase value to the end user. Purchasers of Daking Audio signal processors will benefit from the resulting dramatic price reduction, which applies to all of its products. These include the Daking Mic Pre 1, Mic Pre EQ, Mic Pre 4, FET II compressor, and FET III stereo compressor, plus all of the Daking 500 Series equalizers, compressors, and preamps.

“Daking has ended its traditional export distributor program and enacted a major price reduction to end users, without changing its designs or its U.S. manufacturing quality,” explained Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group, Daking’s U.S. distributor. “We at TransAudio Group think Daking’s value is exceptional at these new price points and will represent a major change to how Daking is perceived in the marketplace.”

THE NEW MAP PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Mic Pre 500: Was $649 – Now $499
Comp 500: Was $699 – Now $499
EQ 500: Was $949 – Now $699
500 RS: Was $5,019 – Now $3,844
Mic Pre One: Was $845 – Now $599
Mic Pre EQ: Was $1,549 – Now $1,099
Mic Pre 4: Was $2,599 – Now $1,799
FET 2 Compressor: Was $1,549 – Now $1,099
FET 3 Compressor: Was $2,150 – Now $1,549

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.

www.transaudiogroup.com

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TRANSAUDIO GROUP HIRES ZACH WINTERFELD AS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REPRESENTATIVE

Zach_WinterfeldLAS VEGAS, NEVADA: TransAudio Group, U.S. distributor of the world’s best high-end studio recording equipment, has hired engineer, educator, and salesperson Zach Winterfeld to serve as its Southern California Rep. In that capacity, Winterfeld will represent all of TransAudio Group’s professional lines, including ATC monitors, Bettermaker, Bock, Drawmer, and Tube-Tech, as well as ATC’s hi-fi loudspeakers. Winterfeld’s diverse industry experience includes freelance engineering and positions with Mercenary Audio, Boston University, and Berklee College of Music.

“TransAudio Group President, Brad Lunde has assembled an amazing line of products and manufacturers,” said Winterfeld. “It is important to remember that we work in an unique industry. Our products serve to help people capture their artistic vision. Exposing dealers and, ultimately, end-users to products that will help them with their artistic vision is incredibly rewarding. I will continue the wonderful support TransAudio Group has given its dealers and will expand this in the L.A. and Southern California market.”

“Zach has extensive studio experience,” said Lunde. “He worked at Cello Studios (now East West Studios) and The Mix Room, and thus knows what great equipment can do for a project. As ‘Head of All Things Digital’ at Mercenary Audio, Zach got a premier dealer’s-eye-view of the industry that will serve him well at TransAudio Group.”

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.

www.transaudiogroup.com

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JVC Americas Corp. and Kenwood U.S.A. Corporation Merge U.S. Operations

LONG BEACH, Calif. – JVC Americas Corp. and Kenwood U.S.A. Corporation, subsidiaries of Japan-based JVCKENWOOD Corporation have merged to form a single subsidiary, JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation. The merger, effective today, is part of a global integration strategy initiated by JVCKENWOOD Corporation in 2012.

The merger completes a process that was first announced in April, and is designed to enhance operating efficiencies and spur innovation throughout the company. The two entities will consolidate their business and financial resources under the new company.

Commenting on the merger, Kazuhiro Aigami, President, JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation “The merger of our two companies will accelerate innovation across all divisions by the sharing of technologies and expertise, and will provide efficiencies in logistics and back office operations. This has been carefully planned and executed to drive innovation and growth within the Kenwood and JVC brands and their respective product divisions.”

JVC and Kenwood will remain as two distinct brands in their respective user markets and sales channels for each brand. JVC and Kenwood sales and marketing of Car Electronics are already located in Long Beach, California. Sales and marketing of Communications and Security will be located in Suwanee, Georgia. Sales and marketing of Audio and Video products and Professional camera will remain in Wayne, New Jersey.
JVCKENWOOD USA headquarters will be located in Long Beach, California.

When two successful companies join together, the result is a combined organization that creates new and exciting opportunities. The combination will lead to powerful new areas of innovation, products and solutions, for consumer and enterprise markets.

About JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation
JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of imaging, home and car entertainment and navigation products for the consumer market, and two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call JVCKENWOOD USA at 1-800-950-5005 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwoodusa.com and www.jvc.com.

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A New Kind of Record Label: Blend.io

Blend announces record label and distribution deal, giving musicians and fans more control over their music

NYC – Blend (http://blend.io), the premier music collaboration platform, has partnered with the distribution powerhouse The Orchard to offer its community of producers and musicians a digital distribution outlet via the official Blend.io label (https://blend.io/label)

Blend sees the addition of a record label as a natural progression of the expanding platform by providing everything a music producer needs in one place: inspiration, collaboration, record deals, and distribution. By partnering with The Orchard, a music distributor that amplifies reach and revenue across hundreds of digital, physical and mobile outlets around the world, the Blend label is able to deliver music through a proven infrastructure to every digital music outlet.

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Blend has managed to democratize the music publishing process and puts more control in the hands of its artists. It’s easy to see which songs and remixes gain the most notoriety in the vibrant Blend community as Blend members vote for their favorite pieces and engage with the music of their preferred producers. When a song or remix reaches a certain level of votes, it has a good chance of being included in the label’s line-up. This way, the decision of which pieces makes it to publication is not up to one executive but is made by a vote of peers – a revolutionary new model for music distribution.

“We don’t want to be arbiters of taste,” said Kolundzija in a recent interview with Billboard Magazine. “We want to see what’s happening with the platform and if there’s activity around certain projects we want to give those projects a bigger stage and the label and distribution deal allows us to do that.”

The label (https://blend.io/label) will develop up and coming talent as well established artists who are interested in new and innovative ways to connect, engage and create with their fans. Apart from the instant audience on Blend, the label will support marketing and help the artists to monetize their work through distribution.

“We built the label arm to further inspire and empower our users and artists. We continue to see how our platform encourages personal connection as well as workflow and creativity, and with our new capabilities we’ll be able to further foster these relationships and give even more back to the community,” adds Guy Licata, Blend Label Manager.

About Blend
Blend is a Betaworks backed startup for musicians and producers to connect and share in¬-progress tracks and collaborate. On Blend, users share music projects in their native (source) format. Blend supports major music software tools including Ableton Live, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Reason, Pro Tools and Garageband. For more information, please visit http://blend.io.

About The Orchard
The Orchard, a pioneering independent music and video distribution company operating in more than 25 global markets, provides an innovative and comprehensive sales and marketing platform for content owners. With industry leading technology and operations, The Orchard’s creative, tailored approach streamlines its clients’ business complexity while amplifying reach and revenue across hundreds of digital and mobile outlets around the world, as well as physical retailers in North America and Europe. The Orchard was founded in 1997 to foster independence and creativity in the music industry.

Forbidden Technologies Makes Triangle Post Canada’s First Forscene Service Provider

LONDON — Oct. 2, 2014 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, today announced a partnership with Toronto post-production house Triangle Post. more

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DVIGear Launches DisplayPort Cables Supporting 4K / 60Hz

Expands Line of High Performance Copper Cables

Marietta, Georgia    October 2, 2014  –  DVIGear, a leading manufacturer of digital connectivity products, has announced the introduction and immediate availability of High Resolution™ DisplayPort Copper Cables.  These cables are designed to transport DisplayPort signals with bit rates up to 21.6 Gbps. over cable lengths of up to 15 meters (~ 50 ft.).  These cables support uncompressed DisplayPort resolutions up to 4096×2160 / 60 Hz.
DVIGear HR™ DisplayPort Copper CablesEngineered to Support Ultra High Resolutions at Long Distances

Long distance transport of high resolution DisplayPort signals over copper cables must overcome several challenges, such as insertion loss, differential skew and jitter.  Insertion loss is caused by cable capacitance, which acts as a low-pass filter, blocking higher frequency signal components from passing.  Skew occurs when the differential DisplayPort signals get delayed and become out of phase as they pass over a long cable.  Both factors contribute to increased digital jitter, which degrades the performance of the cable.  This jitter becomes more severe with higher resolutions, higher bit rates and longer cable distances.  Conventional cables that support lower resolutions at short distances are often unable to support the data rates required by higher resolutions at longer distances.  The resulting video can be disrupted by visual artifacts or may not be visible at all.

To overcome these challenges, DVIGear’s HR™ Series DisplayPort Cables are constructed using heavy gauge 24AWG copper wires that provide superior ruggedness and durability.  The heavier wire gauge has increased cross-sectional cable area, as well as decreased capacitance and lower differential skew, which allows high speed signals to pass with minimal jitter.  These features enable cable lengths of up to 15 meters (~ 50 ft.) with full compliance with DisplayPort 1.2 signal parameters.

Comprehensive Line of HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort Copper Cables

For many years, system integrators, designers and consultants across the globe have trusted DVIGear’s line of copper cables thanks to their unsurpassed performance and reliability.  This comprehensive line supports high resolution HDMI, Single-Link DVI, Dual-Link DVI, and DisplayPort signals over long distances.  When coupled with DVIGear’s Active Cable Extender (ACE™) unit, the Super High Resolution (SHR™) Series HDMI, DVI, and DVI-DL cables support cable lengths up to 60 meters (~ 200 ft.).  All these cables are available in a wide range of lengths for immediate delivery.

DVIGear HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort Copper CablesAbout DVIGear

Founded in 1999, DVIGear (www.dvigear.com) is a leading supplier of Digital Connectivity Solutions for a wide range of professional display applications.  Located in Marietta, Georgia, DVIGear offers an extensive portfolio of high performance digital video distribution products including:  Digital Matrix Routing Switchers, Splitters, Extenders, Converters, Scalers, as well as long-length copper and optical cables.

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Contact: Joseph Barbier  /  770.421.6699  /  joseph@dvigear.com
High Resolution Product Photo: HR™ Series DisplayPort Cable
High Resolution Product Line Photo: Copper Cables

Biamp Systems Adds Copywriter Caitlin Lilly to Growing Marketing Department

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Oct. 2, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, has named Caitlin Lilly to the role of copywriter. In her new role, Lilly will support the promotion of Biamp’s branding, marketing, and new product initiatives through the development of technical, product, and marketing content. Based in Beaverton, she will report directly to Kristi Swearingen, creative services manager for Biamp(R).

“To meet the demands of our increased brand presence in the marketplace, our marketing department is expanding its capabilities by adding a talented new member to our creative team,” said Swearingen. “Caitlin comes to Biamp with a wide range of experience including writing corporate content for press releases, blogs, and other channels. We are excited to welcome her aboard.”

Prior to joining Biamp, Lilly was the lead writer and marketing strategy team leader for MasterPlans, Inc. where she crafted business plans, conducted market research, and provided executive summaries for high-level clients. She served previously as the company’s marketing strategy writer and editor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in women’s studies from University of California, Santa Cruz.

“Joining an industry leader like Biamp is an incredible opportunity,” said Lilly. “Considered trendsetters within the AV industry, the projects our marketing team will continue developing will further education and knowledge in our industry. These are definitely exciting times to be at Biamp, and I look forward to participating in the company’s continued growth.”

More information about Biamp is available at www.biamp.com.

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, USA, with additional engineering operations in Rochester, New York, USA, and Brisbane, Australia. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/Biamp/141002Biamp.doc
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Prism Sound Announces A Drum Masterclass In Germany

Gavin Harrison

Internationally acclaimed drummer Gavin Harrison is collaborating with Prism Sound to deliver a unique Drum Masterclass, which will take place at KMR Audio in Berlin on Saturday November 1, 2014.

Harrison has worked with a wide range of artists including Iggy Pop, Porcupine Tree, Sam Brown and King Crimson. His Masterclass in Germany will focus on techniques for recording drums in a studio and will give those attending the opportunity to record a track on his Sonor drum kit.

Harrison recently gave a similar Masterclass at Ananda Studios in the UK, which was hugely successful. Prism Sound supported that event by providing audio interface equipment.

Bernard Nocker, Prism Sound’s sales representative in Germany, says: “We were so inspired by it that we decided to host another event in Germany where there is enormous demand for this kind of hands-on workshop. Gavin is an inspiring teacher and during the Masterclass he will focus on the demands of being a session player and how to deliver a great performance, even when under pressure. He will also give each attendee individual feedback so that they can raise their game to another level.”

To ensure the highest possible audio quality throughout the recording chain, Prism Sound will once again deploy a number of its Atlas USB audio interfaces to track the microphones from the drum kit into Logic. Aimed squarely at multitrack recording applications, Atlas benefits from Prism Sound’s 27 year history in digital audio processing and interface design. It incorporates the company’s latest award-winning CleverClox dual hybrid clocking technology and offers recording professionals ultimate quality analogue and digital I/O for Mac or Windows PC at sample rates up to 192kHz. In addition to the USB host interface, Atlas also features Prism Sound’s new MDIO interface expansion slot. With eight acclaimed Prism Sound microphone preamplifiers as standard, Atlas is ideally suited to the needs of drummers.

Gavin Harrison’s Prism Sound Drum Masterclass runs for three hours and is not suitable for beginners. Capacity is limited to a maximum of 12 participants and the cost of the session is €150 per person. Anyone wanting to attend should visit:

http://www.prismsound.com/music_recording/store/store_offers3.php?lng=de

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

For more information: www.prismsound.com

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