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Audio DAWg to Host Yamaha NUAGE Open House

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems and Audio DAWg is pleased to host a product showcase of the Yamaha NUAGE – Advanced Production System on Tuesday, June 3 at Audio DAWg, 400 E. Royal Lane, Ste. #300, Irving, Texas.

NUAGE is a highly refined, scalable hardware/software production environment for recording, video post-production, ADR, music production and mixing. NUAGE features many unique and exciting features such as an integrated ADR system, efficient content management, advanced media access system, and much more.

A joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, NUAGE is a hardware and software system that adds the power of Dante audio networking, and is a complete, flexible system that allows engineers to choose and combine components to perfectly match individual application and workflow requirements.

Join Audio DAWg’s Spunky Brunone, the NUAGE Team, and special guests for an open house to be held from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm with Q&A and product showcase. A NUAGE overview will be held from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Please RSVP as seating is limited. Telephone (972) 759-1131.

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FUJIFILM to Showcase All PL 4K and Cabrio Cine-Style Lenses at Hollywood’s Cine Gear Expo 2014

Wayne, N.J. – The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation will showcase its entire range of Premier PL 4K+ cine lenses and the Cabrio cine/ENG-Style lens series at the Cine Gear Expo 2014, being held from June 5-8 at The Studios at Paramount in Hollywood.

The Premier PL 4K+ Series features the fastest T speeds available in a family of zooms, with unprecedented color matched 4K and beyond optical performance. The entire range of Premier PL 4K+ cine lenses will be in the booth. The 14.5-45mm T2.0, 18-85mm T2.0, 24-180mm T2.6, and 75-400mm T2.8-T3.8 will all be on display. All four PL Mount zooms are similar in size and weight, and uniform gear placement and front barrel diameters (136mm). Focus, zoom, and iris gears are all in the same position—which speeds up lens changes, since follow focus accessories and lens motors can stay in the same position on the rods. Focus barrel rotation is a uniform 280 degrees on all four zooms.

Premier PL 4K lenses have been used by several acclaimed DPs for feature films including Life of Pi, Oblivion and Iron Man 3.

The latest addition to its popular series of cine zooms – the FUJINON Premier PL 25-300mm Cabrio [ZK12x25], introduced in April at the NAB show – will be on hand with the rest of the Cabrio series at Cine Gear. Equipped with a 35mm PL mount, the PL 25-300mm boasts a high zoom ratio covering the focal length of 25mm to 300mm. The PL 25-300mm supports an optional, detachable servo drive for electric zooming, focusing and iris. Mounting the unit enables remote control of zoom, focus, and iris adjustment.

FUJINON’s popular Cabrio series includes the new PL 25-300mm (model ZK 12×25), PL 19-90 (model ZK4.7×19), PL 85-300 (model ZK3.5×85) and PL 14-28mm (model ZK2x14). The PL 19-90, PL 85-300, and PL 14-28 Cabrio feature exclusive detachable servo drive units, making them suitable for use as a standard PL lens or as an ENG-style lens. And they can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

Designed using the latest proprietary optical simulation software, the entire range of Cabrio lenses offer exceptional optical performance in the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens data output—including the position of the zoom, iris, and focus—is extremely accurate. The zooms support Lens Data System (LDS) and /i Technology metadata formats, and can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

The PL 25-300, PL 19-90, PL 85-300, and PL 14-28mm FUJINON lenses are equipped with flange focal distance adjustment, a macro function for extreme close-up focus, and coverage of a 31.5mm diagonal sensor.

Cabrio lenses are being used in TV series and feature film production, including several 3D features currently in production.

“Cine Gear is a thriving show attended by some of our most loyal customers,” said Thom Calabro, director, marketing and product development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “We always look forward to connecting with them and meeting potential new users during Cine Gear. It continually draws an audience of key decision makers in entertainment production, and we’re eager to show off our 4K and Cabrio zooms this year.”

This year marks FUJIFILM’s 80th anniversary, and 40 years for the Optical Devices Division, formerly known as FUJINON, in the U.S.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

Christie Technology Takes Visitors on Spectacular Coast to Coast Visual Journey

Christie® technology is taking people on an unforgettable journey across Canada – without flight delays, congested airports or jetlag. A spectacular new flight simulation ride called Fly Over® Canada launches guests into a thrilling immersive experience including the jagged peaks of the Canadian Rockies, cosmopolitan cities, the rugged East Coast and more via the Christie D4K35603-chip DLP® projector and images produced by Sherpas Cinema.

Christie Projectors are used in Fly Over Canada

Installed at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Fly Over Canada also features Uplift, a preshow presentation produced by the award winning Montreal-based Moment Factory using eight Christie DWU675-E 1-chip DLP® projectors.

Christie: The Brightest and the Best Choice
“As we built up the company we started talking to Christie about various aspects of this project. Moment Factory then specified Christie for the preshow projectors so that got us hooked up with the (Christie) DWU670-E projectors,” said Eric Sambell, director, construction &technology, Soaring Attractions.

“After considerable research by the technical and creative team at Soaring Attractions, the owner/operator of Fly Over Canada concluded that Christie was also the clear 4K projector choice for the main ride.

“We chose the Christie D4K3560 projector solution because we needed the brightness and intensity to light a 19-meter diameter surface area. Obviously we needed the brightest projector and as much resolution as we could get,” continued Sambell. “That meant a 4K solution but because it’s a motion ride we needed 60 hertz to avoid motion blur – which led us to the D4K3560.”

The Christie D4K3560 projector is part of the Christie TruLife™ electronics platform offering customers superior image and video quality for the most comfortable and realistic viewing experience.

Christie Steps up and does it Right
“The projector sits out on a perch, which made it a bit of challenge but the installation went smoothly and Christie made sure everything was perfect; they came through with everything right when we needed it. Everyone, from the Christie field application engineers to Geoff Chick (central and western regional sales manager, Canada), really stepped up and made things right.”

The show opened last summer and, according to Sambell, ran at capacity on weekends and well-exceeded expectations in the months that followed. He said people have returned up to ten times and the reaction from people of all ages has been overwhelmingly positive.

Christie DWU675-E1-chip DLP® projectors provide trusted performance, reliability and exceptional image quality. Ideal for small auditoriums, boardrooms, classrooms and houses of worship, the Christie DWU675-E delivers image blending and warping, stacking capabilities and precision color matching for use in either fixed or rental staging applications.

FUJIFILM Technical Support Centers to Serve Brazil’s World Cup

Wayne, N.J. – The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation has announced that two technical support centers have been setup to provide customer service and support to the company’s broadcast lens customers during the World Cup in Brazil running from June 12 through July 13th.

One service center will be located in Rio de Janeiro and the other in Sao Paulo. During the entire World Cup, Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division will have a engineers available at each technical center to support FUJINON lens customers. Hours of operation during the matches will be from 9:00 a.m. through 18:00 p.m.

The location and contact information for the Rio de Janeiro technical support center is:

Camera – 2 Video Films

Rua: Visconde da Graca 43 e 63

Jardim Botanico CEP 22461-010

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Tel: 55-21-2294-9391, 55-21-3874-0146

Additional contact information:

Karla Alvera, cell:55-21-7836-5839, email: karla@camera2.tv

Jorge Delgado, cell: 55-21-8133-1533, email: jorgedelgado@camera2.tv

The location and contact information for the Sao Paulo facility is:

Trevisan’s Lens Service

Rua: Brigadeiro Jordao, 113

Ipiranga, Sao Paulo

CEP 04210-000 Brasil

Tel: 55-11-4508-5650

Additional contact information:

Flavia Trevisan, cell: 55-11-8789-2770, email: flavia.trevisan@trevisans.com.br

Umberto Trevisan, cell: 55-11-7757-9034, email: umberto.trevisan@trevisans.com.br

Ademir Santos, email: ademir.santos@trevisans.com.br

“The World Cup is a crucial event for many of our customers,” said Thom Calabro, director, marketing and product development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “Everything has to work perfectly, and we do everything we can to support them in producing the best possible images. As we did during the Sochi Games inRussia, we’ve established technical service centers staffed by knowledgeable technicians to communicate with our customers directly from the event’s home cities.”

This year marks FUJIFILM’s 80th anniversary, and 40 years for the Optical Devices Division, formerly known as FUJINON, in theU.S.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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All Extron Cable Cubby Series/2 Enclosures and Power Modules Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of all four new Extron Cable Cubby Series/2 enclosures, the next generation of Cable Cubby cable access enclosures for AV connectivity and AC power. Cable Cubby Series/2 includes the compact Cable Cubby 500, the mid-size Cable Cubby 700, the slim, low profile Cable Cubby 1200, and the unique double-sided, Cable Cubby 1400. These versatile, next-generation modular enclosures offer the AV industry’s broadest range of AV connectivity and AC power options, including Extron Retractor cable retraction modules, AAP – Architectural Adapter Plates, and AV cables. AC and AC+USB power modules are available for the US, Europe, and other major world markets. Cable Cubby Series/2 enclosures are available in a black anodized or brushed aluminum finish to blend in seamlessly with modern furniture and room decor. more

Mid-America Sound Holds Yamaha QL Demo

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Mid-America Sound Corp. (Greenfield, IN) will host a demo on the new Yamaha QL Series Digital Audio Console, Tuesday June 3 between 12 noon and 4:00 pm at their 6643 West 400 North location, Greenfield, IN. Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems District Manager, Mike Eiseman, will be on hand to present and answer questions.

The new Yamaha QL Series inherits CL console features such as all-in-one mixing, processing, and routing capability for small to medium scale live tour sound, house of worship installations, corporate A/V, and speech applications.

RSVP is encouraged. E-mail Jason Wells Jason@midamericasound.com or call
(317) 947-9980 for more details.

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Martin Audio MLA To Grace Pyramid Stage At Glastonbury

Glastonbury is regarded as the mother of all festivals with arguably the most iconic of stages. The Pyramid Stage showcases the world’s greatest talent and therefore needs to sound loud, proud and faultless, but it also needs to meet the strict criteria set in stone by the license.

Attempting to quantify exactly what makes Glastonbury so special is always difficult, but this year there is one further special ingredient being added to the mix: Martin Audio’s ground-breaking MLA, courtesy of RG Jones Sound Engineering, will grace the Pyramid Stage for the first time.

The fact that Martin Audio is teaming once again with RG Jones builds on a Glastonbury relationship that started back in 2008. Glastonbury has become the largest green space open-air festival in the world, attracting more than 150,000 attendees who expect pristine sound, and where artists can make, break or further their careers.

So when RG Jones first specified Martin Audio speakers for the iconic Pyramid stage back in 2008, their combined reputation was put to the ultimate test. But successive years of using the Longbow system proved more than a match, with the powerful full-frequency sound stirring the crowds, the proprietary software system Display™ helping to maintain off-site noise limits, and the combined expertise of the companies delivering consistently standout moments.

Key to the longevity and pedigree of Glastonbury, however, is that founders and organizers, the Eavis family, have always demanded the festival remain true to its roots and absolutely up-to-date at the same time. It is therefore fitting that Martin Audio’s MLA will debut this year, bringing forth its reputation for sound quality alongside its scientifically proven ability to direct sound evenly and consistently across the audience and to control leakage beyond the audience perimeter.

RG Jones was the first UK Company to invest in the system in 2012 and has witnessed the systems growing reputation first hand. As Managing Director John Carroll said, “We were not content to follow the crowd when it came to choosing our flagship system. MLA is the next generation and there’s nothing out there to match it. The timing seemed right this year and our continued support from Martin Audio is second to none”. With Simon Honywill, Senior Project Consultant for RG Jones, having such extensive experience of the system also helped convince the Glastonbury production team that MLA had earned its rightful place on the Pyramid stage.

Summing up, Jason Baird, R&D Director for Martin Audio, said, “It was my career highlight back in 2008 working on our very first Glastonbury, but I think with MLA this year, it may well be topped. It’s a great endorsement of our system not just for its coverage and control, but because it has a reputation for being such a neutral, uncolored canvas for engineers to mix upon. With such an eclectic line up once again this year, MLA will more than do justice to everything from Dolly Parton to Kasabian, which is good news for the artists, visiting engineers and of course the audience.”

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.

Prism Sound Assists With Gavin Harrison’s Drum Masterclass

Internationally acclaimed drummer Gavin Harrison who has worked with a wide range of artists including Iggy Pop, Sam Brown and King Crimson, recently held a drum workshop at Ananda Studios in Cambridge, during which he revealed the secrets of creating a great drum take.

Hailed as a unique and inspiring event by those who attended, the workshop focused on the demands of being a session player and how to deliver a great performance, even when under pressure.

After starting the session with some basic coordination exercises, Harrison, explained the drum part in a specific song and described the techniques he would employ to deliver and capture the sound. Afterward, those taking part were given the opportunity to play the drum part on his kit and have it recorded in Logic by Ananda Studio’s engineer Neil Cowlan so that they could review their performance with Harrison.

“The opportunity to play along with Gavin and then have him critique my performance was great,” said drummer Russ Tarly, one of the 24 people who attended. “This is the first time I’ve come across such a hands-on event and it worked really well. I knew I wanted to do it because it was so specialized. I’d love to see more events like this because I’m sure there are plenty of other drummers who would enjoy going through this experience.”

To ensure the highest possible audio quality throughout the recording chain, Ananda’s Neil Cowlan deployed two recently acquired Prism Sound Atlas audio interfaces, which were used to track 9 microphones from the drum kit into Logic.

As the latest addition to Prism Sound’s professional USB interface family, Atlas is aimed squarely at multitrack recording applications. Atlas benefits from Prism Sound’s 27 year history in digital audio processing and interface design and incorporates the company’s latest award-winning CleverClox dual hybrid clocking technology as well as eight of the company’s acclaimed microphone preamplifiers as standard. The Prism sound mic preamps are based on the very successful Orpheus preamps, but are upgraded with 20dB pads now available for all inputs. Atlas 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, which was first incorporated into Titan and announced at AES New York in October 2013. Using this miniature expansion slot users can, for example, directly connect to Pro Tools|HDX systems and can also run with Apple and Windows native applications over USB. Other expansion cards are slated for future expansion of computer interface options.

For Gavin Harrison’s workshop, Prism Sound also loaned Ananda Studios a Lyra audio interface for additional monitoring. The microphones used for this project included a Shure SM91 and AKG D12VR for the kick drum; a Shure SM57 (top) and a Beta 57 (bottom) on the snare, an AKG C451 on rack toms and a Shure SM57 on floor toms.

Cowlan says: “The Prism Sound Atlas interfaces performed flawlessly, both during the Gavin Harrison workshop and at a private seven hour session that took place the day before. They are truly amazing AD converters and mic-pre’s that sound fantastic. It is no surprise that Prism Sound units are found in some of the finest recording studios in the world and the fact that we can now offer them, too, gives people another great reason for coming to record here.”

Located in the Cambridgeshire village of Littlington, Ananda Studios is a purpose built facility housed in the old Neve factory. Originally designed by Andy Munro, the studio was once used for R&D purposes and to demonstrate Neve consoles. Today, it is popular with a variety of artists who appreciate the combination of tranquil surroundings, great room acoustics and an extensive equipment list.

“The live room is a fully acoustically designed space that sounds wonderful for anything you can imagine recording. Drums, string quartets, guitars, vocals, percussion – it all sounds great,” Neil Cowlan says. “We also have a large range of microphones, pre-amps, EQ’s and other equipment to cater for almost any project, along with a huge collection of guitar and bass amplifiers including Marshall, Fender, PRS, Orange and Matamp.”

Following on from the success of the drum workshop, Cowlan plans to host similar events at the studio and will be announcing these very soon.

Prism Sound’s sales director Graham Boswell, who attended the workshop with Bernhard Nocker from the company’s sales and marketing team, adds: “We were delighted to be able to support this event by loaning the studio equipment and look forward to working with Neil again in the future.”

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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

Hollywood Post Alliance(r) Opens Official Call For Entries for the 2014 HPA Awards

The Best in Post Production Spotlighted in 9th Annual Award Gala

(Hollywood, CA) The Call for Entries has been announced for the 2014 HPA(r) Awards by the Hollywood Post Alliance(r). The HPA Awards will take place on the evening of November 6, 2014 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The HPA(r) Awards recognize the achievements of the individuals and companies that have contributed to creative excellence and groundbreaking technologies within the post production industry and are considered the standard bearer for excellence and innovation.

The HPA Awards invite entries in the following competitive categories:

* Outstanding Color Grading-Feature Film
* Outstanding Color Grading-Television
* Outstanding Color Grading-Commercial
* Outstanding Editing-Feature Film
* Outstanding Editing-Television
* Outstanding Editing-Commercial
* Outstanding Sound-Feature Film
* Outstanding Sound-Television
* Outstanding Sound-Commercial
* Outstanding Visual Effects-Feature Film
* Outstanding Visual Effects-Television
* Outstanding Visual Effects-Commercial
* Engineering Excellence Award
* HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production

The period of eligibility for the HPA Awards is September 4, 2013 through September 2, 2014. To be considered eligible, work must have debuted domestically and/or internationally during this period. Entrants need not be members of the Hollywood Post Alliance or working in the U.S. to submit work for consideration. Lists of previous years’ winners can be found by visiting www.hpaawards.net.

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

Submissions for the creative categories will be accepted May 16, 2014 through July 11, 2014 and Early Bird Entries (reduced fee for the creative categories) will be accepted through June 6, 2014. Submissions for the Engineering Excellence Award and the Creativity and Innovation Award will be accepted May 16, 2014 through June 20, 2014. Entrants for the Engineering Excellence Award will be invited to present at a special HPA judging event in early August.

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.

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.

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MerleFest 2014: The Tradition Continues with DiGiCo

Merle Haggard and his band performing on MerleFest 2014's Watson stage, which featured DiGiCo SD10 house and monitor desks (plus an SD11 for the adjacent Cabin stage)

SE Systems deploys numerous SD series consoles for 27th annual event

WILKESBORO, North Carolina — Country music superstars Alan Jackson and Merle Haggard, as well as bluegrass icons Dr. Ralph Stanley and Ricky Skaggs, were among the 130 acts over four days in late April whose tunes wafted pristinely from MerleFest 2014. As has been the case for the past 26 years, DiGiCo consoles processed much of the music emanating from the Wilkesboro, NC festival’s 13 stages, helping to cement MerleFest’s reputation as a highly celebrated perennial American music event.

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson, son of bluegrass legend Doc Watson, as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate “traditional plus” music, a term coined by Doc Watson to describe the wide variety of musical genres and styles celebrated at MerleFest.

Since the festival’s beginnings, Greensboro-based SE Systems has been handling sound for MerleFest. SE Systems CEO and Founder Cliff Miller was working with Doc Watson at the time and helped put the audio production in place for the first MerleFest, which was quaintly mounted on the back of a flatbed.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder mixed via a pair of DiGiCo SD10 desks on the Watson stage of MerleFest 2014

Sound quality is SE Systems’ primary consideration in anointing DiGiCo as its console supplier of choice. “The SD10s have been our workhorse for the last few years; they just sound great,” says Miller, a pro sound pro, as well as a first-rate musician himself; after Merle died in a tractor accident, Miller started filling in on guitar at many of Doc’s gigs.

DiGiCo consoles, according to SE Systems Media Relations Director Bryan Smith, are ideally suited for country music and bluegrass. “Acoustic instruments come across in a very natural way,” he says. “When you put acoustic instruments in front of a mic, you don’t want the preamps, effects or processing to change the sound. Cliff carried the DiGiCo SD10s on tour with Alison Krauss and we currently have two out with her now. When you’re mixing the number one female Grammy Award winner, it better sound good. The DiGiCos have proved that night after night.”

He goes on to explain that the DiGiCo boards are “very transparent and sound like the old analog desks.” When comparing digital consoles, DiGiCo’s 96KHz performance was “what also helped us decide on the SD10s. All of the plug-ins and effects work perfectly and it’s a fairly easy console for guest engineers to mix on in a festival situation. We also see DiGiCo on many of the artist’s riders.” This detail was underscored by the fact that headliner Alan Jackson brought in a DiGiCo SD8 for his Thursday night set.

On the main Doc & Merle Watson Theatre stage this year, two DiGiCo SD10-36 consoles were used for mains and monitors. The adjacent Cabin stage, which was used for smaller acts while the primary stage was reset, featured a compact SD11 to mix mains and monitors and was positioned next to the primary stage SD10 FOH desk. Smith describes the SD11 as “a great small rack mount mixer with all of the ‘big boy’ features.”

Scythian and a DiGiCo SD9 monitor console in action at the MerleFest 2014 Dance stage (photo credit: Todd Dupree)

The Creekside stage used two SD10-24s for mains and monitors, while the Dance stage used two SD9s for mains and monitors. “This was the first year we used the SD9 at this stage,” Smith notes. “It worked fantastic; all the guest engineers loved it.”

An additional DiGiCo SD9 was used in the recording trailer. With every DiGiCo console deployed using either a D-Rack or SD Rack, all stages had fiber runs and SE recorded everything to a Live Tracker for archival purposes.

That DiGiCo still figures prominently in the MerleFest gear complement is hardly a surprise. Three years ago Miller bought two SD10s – SE Systems’ first DiGiCos, not to mention the first SD10 desks in the US – sight unseen. “I have been in the industry for a very long time and this was the first time that I ever purchased two new consoles without even putting my fingers on the faders! The sound quality is the best I’ve ever heard in a digital console, surpassing most analog consoles. The SD10 can be configured to operate like any old favorite console, but with hundreds more features,” he says.

About DiGiCo
DiGiCo is a UK-based manufacturer of some of the world’s most popular, successful and ground-breaking digital mixing consoles for the live, theatre, broadcast and post production industries and is exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Group One Ltd. of Farmingdale, New York. For more information, go to: www.DiGiCo.biz

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