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HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Array Loudspeakers Are the Unsung Heroes in “Sing My Song”

BEIJING, China – Music reality show “Sing My Song” is aired by CCTV3 and recently became a ratings winner in China. With a live audience of 300 people, the popularity of the show is largely attributed to its emphasis on original songs created by independent artists. To complement the ambitious direction of the show, HARMAN’s JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers were installed at the show’s live studio to enable the singers to showcase their original pieces of music.

Amidst many musical talent shows that focus on the contestants’ ability to sing cover songs, “Sing My Song” appeals to the artists’ creativity, rekindling the life and spirit of original compositions. The powerful, yet pure-sounding JBL VTX Series loudspeakers are the perfect choice for this program, as they deliver even coverage throughout the studio.

The main PA system features two groups of 10 JBL VTX V25 fullsize line array loudspeakers each that are suspended and cover three sides of the stage. Beneath the stage are three groups of four JBL VTX S28 subwoofers each. Thanks to the JBL VTX LAC (Line Array Calculator) Software, each projected area of the loudspeakers is taken into consideration to calculate the energy output of each loudspeaker.

“The JBL VTX loudspeakers perform and sound amazing,” said Jin Shaogang, music and pitch instructor for the show. “The mids and highs of the V25 loudspeakers sound smooth and transparent, while the JBL S28 subwoofers pack a lot of power and add plenty of depth to the sound.” The performance of the VTX loudspeakers also sound impressive on a variety of instruments, and their world-class sound quality is able to bring entire audiences to their feet.

Thirty-two Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers power the loudspeakers, and the entire system is connected using JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software, for the convenience of uploading the configurations for all the equipment during installation and sound debugging during live shows.

Four instructors Liu Huan, Yang Kun, Zhou Huajian, Cai Jianya were truly impressed by the “good songs and good sounds,” in reference to the excellent live audio quality that the JBL VTX line array loudspeakers bring to any stage.

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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

wysiwyg makes light of Macao’s ‘Rhythm of Life’ celebration

The ability of CAST Software’s wysiwyg pre-visualization solution to enable unique creative event ideas – while saving time and money – has been perfectly showcased by The Rhythm Of Life, a majestically colourful multimedia show held in Macao’s ancient city centre.

Commissioned by the Macao Cultural Institute and under the artistic direction of Lebigre & Roger, ‘The Rhythm of Life’ celebrated the Latin heritage of Macao – today a separately administered part of China, but until 1999 a colony of Portugal. Featuring dozens of performers wearing traditional painted faces, the parade was inspired by the great carnival of Viareggio in Tuscany.

“In total this was a three-hour show with around 2,500 cues, all of them controlled by SMPTE, and 1,300 lighting fixtures,” says Alessio de Simone, Lighting and Show Designer at Italy’s Trussdesign.it, which was contracted by Lebigre & Roger to produce the lighting and staging concept for ‘The Rhythm of Life’.

“We used wysiwyg in all phases of the project,” continues de Simone. “We began with the CAD function for our own internal brain-storming, then used the Design function to develop renderings that could be presented to our customers.

“Once the main structure had been approved, we created a Lighting Plot, and finally, once we had received the soundtrack of the show and the choreography, we literally locked ourselves in the blue room in our office where, for about six weeks, we pre-programmed the whole event scene-by-scene.”

De Simone says that wysiwyg’s ability to create moving ‘points of view’ from virtual cameras was invaluable in assessing the detail of light-fixture positioning and programming, as well as the effectiveness of the design as a whole. The final setup, complete with four spectacular automated ‘marionettes’ dancing and soaring up to 9m into the air, was realised in remarkably short order once the Trussdesign.it team had arrived in Macao.

“We placed all the projectors as called-for in our wysiwyg documentation, turned on all the moving heads – and every scene position was exactly as it had been in our pre-visualization. With small adjustments for pan and tilt, gobos and beams were perfect – just like they had appeared in our designs, 10,000km away.”

‘The Rhythm of Life’ was performed in front of 20,000 people and shown on three different Chinese TV channels, to ecstatic ratings and reviews. Yet without wysiwyg, the show might not have gone ahead at all, as monsoon rain swept through Macao in the days prior to the production, effectively halting all on-site programming.

“The rain stopped the job completely,” recalls de Simone. “As every lighting designer knows, when you have outside fixtures you can’t program during the day – only at night. And the rain just didn’t stop. Fortunately, thanks to our pre-visualization with wysiwyg, we had already fixed everything in our control panel.

“On the night of the performance, the sound manager pressed ‘Play’ on his Mac, we watched the SMPTE on our Hogs, sat back, relaxed…and enjoyed the show!”

Bruce Freeman, Chairman, CAST Group, concludes: “wysiwyg users are independent professionals. Whether you design for live theatre, special events, TV/film or Macao, you compete and you must deliver globally. Previz that does not cheat is vital – you must have confidence. This story is a great example of how pros used wysiwyg and the significance of previz as well as the rich graphics that make renderings really virtually real. Another reason wysiwyg’s previz often plays such a big role in special events is that it is “green” – it can save up to 60% of electricity costs because you don’t need to take over the space and run the lighting for the design phase.”

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All images should be credited to: Images courtesy of Trussdesign Italy.

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Some useful links:

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Video: Entire previsualization using wyswiyg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTwg0dYmhA8&list=UUuJgUv67JRWDLN06MBEwAGA

Previsualization video in 3-parts:
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8SuDg9_s-E
Part II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROF1M3BqCPc
Part III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AfW4KcGZFo

About CAST Software
Established in 1994, Toronto Canadian-based software and hardware developer, CAST Software celebrates its 20th year in business in 2014. CAST Software serves its core markets in entertainment production, special events and meetings. Its award winning flagship software products are wysiwyg design and previsualization suite, and Vivien — Virtual Event Designer. All products are designed and created in-house and supported by an established global distribution and reseller network.
www.cast-soft.com

Britney Spears Doubles Down on DiGiCo in Vegas

Robert “Cubby” Colby and Johnny Balistrere both using SD Series desks for Britney: Piece of Me residency at Planet Hollywood’s AXIS theater

LAS VEGAS — Britney Spears is currently taking a break from touring, settling into a two-year residency on the Las Vegas Strip at Planet Hollywood’s AXIS theater, which was revamped for the purpose at a reported cost of $20 million with new staging, lighting, projection, and sound equipment, including a pair of DiGiCo digital audio mixing consoles. Britney: Piece of Me, which has already grossed nearly $18 million, brings a dance club atmosphere to the 4,600-seat theater, where the singer, backed by 14 dancers and a four-piece band, performs hits from her 15-year career.

Marc Delcore, the show’s musical director and keyboard player, appreciates the finesse with which veteran front-of-house engineer Robert “Cubby” Colby, using the DiGiCo SD10 console, is able to deliver every nuance of the band’s performance to the audience. “I spend as much time as I can during soundcheck with Cubby,” reports Delcore, who joined Spears in early 2000 as a keyboard sound designer and programmer before first appearing onstage with her on the 2009 Circus tour. “If I ask him to bump a track that might not be sitting where I need it, the flexibility to make that change but also keep what we just did is really important for me.”

According to Colby, the DiGiCo console’s snapshot functionality enables him to translate the tracks coming off stage, which have been carefully crafted by the musicians, to the audience. “With the help of virtual soundcheck and snapshots I’m able to recall sequenced tracks that are a very big part of a show like this, especially a dance show,” he says. “Britney sings every song live, but there are additional tracks when they’re doing the heavy dance numbers. Snapshots give Marc the security of knowing that these levels that they work on so hard translate to the live environment.”

“Britney pretty much has to stick to her script, but I have a lot of freedom to play different chords or different sounds,” continues Delcore. “Anything that the band throws at him, Cubby hears right away and he makes the adjustment. He catches everything and is able to make those adjustments with the console. It’s important for him to be able to make those changes on the fly. He’s such a great engineer.”

Monitor engineer Johnny Balistrere, generating 42 sends to side fills and wedges for Spears and the dancers, with in-ear feeds for the band, had not previously used a DiGiCo console. Once he learned that he would be using an SD5, Balistrere spent some time on the phone with Matt Larson, national sales manager at Group One, DiGiCo’s U.S. distributor, who also directed him to an online video tutorial. “It’s a great training video,” says Balistrere. “I was able to retain most of what I watched and apply it to this console. It’s the most impressive, well-thought-out console I have ever used in my career. You can operate it with ease.”

Balistrere continues, “It’s a very musical console. Certain things I want to be digital, certain things I want to be analog. The fact that I can customize digital and analog sounds in my mixes, separating inputs into a digital head amp or putting a DigiTube [tube emulation] on and making it a little more gritty, is one of the greatest features.”

By chaining effects, Balistrere is also able to deliver significant sound pressure levels to Spears’ wedges without having to worry about feedback, he says. “With condenser mics and headsets, I’ll take a vocal and send it to five or six effects, turn the sends down, and use them as vocal boosts with minimal effect. I’m able to get 112 or 113 dB, A-weighted, three feet from the wedges with her Crown CM-311A headset mic without even a hint of feedback. I’d never experienced that in my life until I used a DiGiCo console.”

Balistrere prefers to fix problem inputs at the source rather than use subtractive EQ. “But with the DiGiCo console I find I’m running even flatter EQs than I was previously in other consoles. So I can experiment more with my mic technique and placement, and not have to go right to the EQ section and cut it. It’s a very easy, precise, smooth console. I’ve got to say, it’s hard to go back to anything else!”

Julio Valdez, systems engineer and designer for 3G Productions – the rental house that supplied the show’s DiGiCo desks and d&b loudspeaker system – notes that the SD10 and SD5 were the natural choices for this massive production that is nightly drawing capacity crowds. “The sheer number of channels, pristine 96K sound, and ease of use were all huge factors in making these consoles the right gear for the job,” he says. “They say you’re only as good as your tools, but I really must compliment Cubby on the consistently exceptional mix he’s providing. He really makes the SD10 shine and I know he’s very happy with DiGiCo, as we all are.”

Cubby agrees: “My relationship with DiGiCo goes back to the company’s inception and I can honestly say that out of all of the digital consoles available to musical productions and mixers around the world, DiGiCo holds the key to undisputed audio quality and function. And with spill sets and other new features, the company continues to set the bar even higher. I love the SD10.”

“I also have to give a lot of credit to Marc Delcore,” he adds. “To be able to work on pursuing the best possible musical experience and audio quality with a musical director and keyboard player of his caliber really benefits this whole production. The same can be said of production manager Jason Danter, who has worked with Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and many others. Music is the number one focus of this production, and it has been a pleasure to be part of a show with such great audio facilities and a band that really cares about how it sounds.”

Britney: Piece of Me began its most recent leg on April 25. Following a summer break the show is scheduled to run through August into early September, tentatively wrapping up in February 2016.

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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Ocean Matrix Introduces New HDMI Over IP Extender / HDMI to CAT5/CAT6 Converter

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – May 27, 2014Ocean Matrix, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of professional broadcast video gear, today announced the availability of a new HDMI Over IP Extender. The OMX-HDMI-2-IP transmitter accepts HDMI and converts it to standard TCP/IP to send the signal over your local area network via CAT5/CAT6. The receiver then converts the signal back to HDMI at the destination point. The transmitter has a static IP address and can pair with multiple receivers (up to 8). Multiple transmitters and multiple receivers can be paired on the same network. Ocean Matrix HDMI Over IP Extender

“With the distance limitations of HDMI and since CAT5/CAT6 infrastructures exist in virtually every facility we wanted to leverage these systems to provide a low cost, long distance HDMI transmission option,” said Dan Coscarella, Product Manager at Ocean Matrix. “Sending HDMI over your entire network frees you of the typical limitations found in send/receive point-to-point systems. The OMX-HDMI-2-IP delivers unparalleled performance in Pro-AV projection networks, digital signage systems and educational streaming applications taking advantage of your existing network and making it your HDMI network.”

The Ocean Matrix HDMI Over IP Extender is available and shipping now. To learn more about the OMX-HDMI-2-IP and other Ocean Matrix products visit www.oceanmatrix.com.

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About Ocean Matrix
Ocean Matrix is both a manufacturer and importer of cost effective interface solutions for video & Pro-AV users. Our in-house engineers evaluate every product with state-of-the-art test equipment to ensure quality results at the lowest possible cost. Every Ocean Matrix product features a 1-Year Product Warranty.

Ocean Matrix is exclusively distributed by TecNec Distributing and is available through the entire TecNec dealer network and online at Markertek.com.

Screen Innovations—The World Needs the Best Bigger

Austin, TX—May 22, 2014—Screen Innovations (SI) has enlarged Black Diamond™, the world’s most popular ambient-light-rejecting screen and the ideal choice for commercial integrators who need Black Diamond™ quality in a larger format. The largest Black Diamond™ screens to date feature 1.4 gain in new sizes: 16:9 120” and 2.35:1 150”, in Fixed and Zero Edge formats. The larger Black Diamond screens, as well as other recently designed additions to the SI family, continue to make SI the fastest growing screen company in the world.

Black Diamond, the world’s only vertical and horizontal ambient-light-rejecting screen, has a multi layer optic that reflects only the light generated by the projector resulting in a 900% boost in contrast. Additionally, Black Diamond is the only screen that greatly benefits dark environments by reducing light scatter by over 75%. The result is the richest, sharpest image, with the best blacks now available from a screen.

Ryan Gustafson, President of Screen Innovations, boldly announced, “At SI, we believe innovation means that a design is never complete, just more perfect with each iteration. He continued, “We are excited to announce that plans are underway to invest in and expand our production capability to better support today’s large display needs. Our customers asked, and we delivered.”

All Black Diamond screens feature active 3D capabilities and are future-proofed and 4K ready. Screen sizes start at 80” fixed, curved, motorized, and popular Zero Edge formats.

Screen Innovations will exhibit at InfoComm June 18-20, 2014, in Booth #419 in the North Hall. Stop by to see the next generation of video projection screens demonstrated with projectors from our partners, DPI, Epson, and Vivitek.

Manufacturers Suggested Retail Pricing: Starts at USD $2,199.00
Availability: May 2014

Screen Innovations makes it easy to choose the right screen for each application, based on lighting, room size, seating distance, and more. Visit www.screeninnovations.com to check out the Screen Calculator, Screen Wizard, and Projector Wizard online tools.

About Screen Innovations
Based in Austin, Texas, Screen Innovations is a leading manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies for residential and commercial applications. Best known for Black Diamond™, the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient-light-rejection projection screen technology, SI has effectively revolutionized the two-piece projection category by pioneering and producing screens that deliver an unparalleled video image in light or dark environments. Sold at affordable price points and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience that rivals or surpasses traditional displays. Operating under the principle of “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs.” SI produces a comprehensive assortment of screens and accessories for nearly any budget or application.

Visit www.screeninnovations.com or call 512-832-6939. Follow us on Facebook @screeninnovations and on Twitter @SIScreens.

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.

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

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.

Terminal One at Spain’s Valencia Airport Sounds the All Clear with ICONYX

Valencia, Spain – May 2014… Designing and installing a sound reinforcement system for an airport terminal can be one of the most challenging assignments an installed sound company can take on. Typically large, high ceiling structures with lots of glass and reflective fixtures, these buildings are designed primarily for efficient distribution of passengers as opposed to sound waves. Particularly at peak travel times, the high levels of ambient noise can easily mask vital announcements such as departure times and gate information.

With this in mind, airport officials in Valencia, Spain approached Madrid-based installed sound company Ruybesa, an engineering and projects company specializing in turnkey solutions for installed sound environments, regarding designing and installing a new sound reinforcement system in Terminal 1 of the Valencia airport.

The Valencia airport is one of Spain’s busiest, with over 500,000 travellers passing through the terminal in 2013. Terminal 1 is the airport’s main terminal, handling the bulk of passenger traffic in and out of Valencia. The terminal spans three floors, with 60 desks and four aerobridges to access its 14 boarding gates.

“The project involved covering the sound of a large space that normally has a high background noise during peak times,” explained Diego Velázquez, sales and marketing manager for LDA Audio Tech, PA/VA manufacturer and Renkus-Heinz partner in Spain. “To address the noise problems, the Renkus-Heinz ICONYX IC7 loudspeakers were chosen.”

The Renkus Heinz ICONYX IC7 mechanically steerable line array systems employ the same triple-tweeter technology and fully natural sound reproduction as their digitally steered brethren. The IC7’s fixed acoustical beam is ideal for side fill, front fill, and short throw applications – such as airport terminals – that don’t demand programmable control. Internal passive electronics control the frequency and phase response of each driver, working together to create a uniform 30-degree beam.

“There are three IC7 ICONYX Systems installed in Terminal 1 at about 10m high and with a separation between them of 25m,” said Velázquez. “The IC7s are aimed face down to the lobby, pointing directly to the area with the highest influx of people.”

The results have pleased Valencia airport officials. “The ICONYX systems provide even sound pressure levels and the high intelligibility that is vital for delivering important information to the public, “ said Velázquez. “Flight announcements are clear, and passengers have the assurance that they can understand the message despite the background noise.”

ICONYX loudspeakers are a popular choice for sound contractors who install loudspeaker systems in airport terminals – particularly where there is a need to focus sound reproduction in specific areas to help overcome ambient noise.

Velázquez concludes, “The ICONYX systems not only deliver crystal clear audio, they also cover the large areas with fewer source points, simplifying the installation and maintenance of the entire PA system.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

TNDV Applies Diverse Mobile Production Skillset for Academy of Country Music Events

Specialist tackles live broadcast, live image magnification and “live to tape” projects simultaneously in Las Vegas

NASHVILLE, May 19, 2014TNDV has five mobile production trucks and several flypacks crossing the country every week, with production teams working across multiple cities and locations on any given day. Occasionally, the stars align and several TNDV productions converge on the same city on the same date. This was the case in April, when the company sent its two largest trucks and a flypack to Las Vegas for three shoots, each with very diverse production requirements across live TV, post and professional AV environments.

The shoots were all tied to the Academy of Country Music, which held its annual ACM Awards and second-ever ACM Party for a Cause Festival in two separate city locations. TNDV was tapped for the live ACM Red Carpet show at the MGM Grand in advance of the ACM Awards. The all-HD, multi-camera production aired live on the Great American Country Network, with TNDV handling all live acquisition, graphics, switching and instant replay of country’s biggest stars as they descended on the venue.

Six blocks away at The LINQ, a new open-air outdoor entertainment venue, the Party for a Cause kicked off a weekend-long concert—and the venue’s maiden event—with headliners Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban. TNDV handled image magnification for the entire festival using one of their new 2ME, 36-input a mobile production flypacks, producing stunning HD projections of the live performances across several high-quality video boards at stage left and stage right.

On Day 2, TNDV relocated its Aspiration expanding side truck—which handled the ACM Red Carpet production—to The LINQ for a 10-camera shoot under the direction of Nashville-based production company Taillight TV. That shoot turned into the “Outnumber Hunger Concert,” a special one-hour event that aired April 18 on more than 30 Gannett Co. TV stations and select Gannett web portals.

TNDV’s dedicated audio truck, Vibration, joined Aspiration for this special shoot, creating a mobile production infrastructure to accommodate all professional video and audio production requirements for the HD broadcast special. TNDV configured a central routing infrastructure to connect the two trucks, sharing video, audio and intercom feeds across front of house, camera operators and other production personnel.

For TNDV owner and president Nic Dugger, the “triple threat” scenario was a master class on how flexible broadcast equipment has become across multiple live production needs. For example, Dugger used Chroma de Monde chip charts to balance his cameras for each event, noting the requirement for consistent lighting across the varying daytime and nighttime shoots.

“Today’s broadcast tools aren’t pigeonholed into a single application,” said Dugger. “Whether it’s our Hitachi cameras, Imagine Communications router, Ross production switcher or RTS intercom system, these tools exist in the mobile production space to achieve the final output for any deliverable, whether live to in-venue screens, live to television or post-produced for later broadcast. There are differences in each approach, but the attention of detail has to be consistent whether the end purpose is to entertain the live audience or the viewers at home.”

And some of the differences were very clear. For in-house image magnification, Dugger and his team switched between, and simultaneously projected, up to five live angles to entertain concert attendees—a production element that was unnecessary for the associated TV shoot.

On the audio side, bringing Vibration to Party for a Cause meant that TNDV could produce a broadcast-quality audio mix for the TV special, encompassing more than 100 inputs via the truck’s Studer Vista 9 console and ProTools rig. TNDV also added more than 20 audience microphones to ensure viewers at home would experience the feeling of being in the crowd.

“Video without audio is just surveillance, so we needed to make sure that every one of the 100-plus inputs were recorded cleanly and with the correct gain structure,” said Dugger. “That way, upon returning to the studio for audio post our client could achieve the sound levels and quality they desired for the broadcast. For the ACM Red Carpet Show, a multichannel intercom and IFB infrastructure audio ensured that everyone involved could clearly communicate as live interviews happened. The audio requirements were more diverse than video across the three events, though the common theme of flexibility and attention to detail for the client remained.”

ABOUT TNDV: Television
Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the live Red Carpet specials for the CMA, ACM, and CMT Country Music Awards, and the Emmy winning Bluegrass Underground on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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