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Masque Sound Struts its Stuff for National Tour of Six-Time Tony Award®-Winning Musical, Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots Tour - Photo by Matthew Murphy

Kinky Boots Tour – Photo by Matthew Murphy

Kinky Boots, winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, sings and dances its way across the United States for its year-long national tour with the help of Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company. Tony Award®-winning Sound Designer John Shivers, along with his long-time associate and collaborator, David Patridge, relied on Masque Sound to provide the custom audio equipment package for the tour.

In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Kinky Boots, directed and choreographed by the Tony Award-winning Jerry Mitchell, is brought to life by music and lyrics from Grammy® Award-winner and Tony Award-winner Cyndi Lauper and a book by Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein.

Shivers’ and Patridge’s goal of recreating and delivering the incredible sound that Broadway audiences are accustomed to, due in part to the custom audio equipment package that Masque Sound also supplied for the Broadway show, proved a daunting task. “When designing the audio we had to plan ahead for venues of vastly different sizes and shapes, as is typical when touring Broadway shows,” says Patridge. “One week, the production may run in a large civic auditorium with five levels of seating; the next week, it may be in a house more akin to a Broadway theatre with 1500 to 1800 seats. This tour really runs the full gamut as far as venues, including outdoor theaters and even hockey arenas.”

d&b audiotechnik V-Series line arrays in the speaker towers comprise the main sound system. “We first auditioned the V-Series when we worked on Holler If You Hear Me on Broadway, and we really liked the fact that the speaker was capable of clear, intelligible sound with a lot of impact, despite the compact size of the box,” adds Patridge. “We had a lot of assistance from Gary Stocker at Masque Sound, who created custom speaker tower designs for the tour. He was able to incorporate the V-Series into the towers, which is something that Masque Sound has never done before. Stocker took our ideas and turned them into reality, which saved us a lot of additional engineering, time and work.”

For the console, Masque Sound provided a DiGiCo SD7T, the same live digital console that is used on Kinky Boots’ Broadway production, as the designer wanted to keep the programming intact matching the Broadway show. “The SD7T’s channel count allows our engineers to incorporate all of the monitor inputs into the same console as front of house,” says Patridge. “The SD7T is the only console that would provide the 128 channels that were needed to handle our requirements along with the features that we were looking for. We are very happy that the Masque Sound crew was willing to go the extra mile to accommodate our requests.”

Masque Sound also supplied d&b audiotechnik D80 amplifiers. The amplifiers fit four channels of amplification into two rack spaces, which is an important space-saving feature for a touring production. In addition, the cast utilized a selection of DPA 4061 microphones, along with Sennheiser SK 5212 wireless packs and EM 3732-II receivers for the roughly 40 channels of wireless used on the show.

“As always, Masque Sound was able to provide us with everything that we needed for the tour,” concludes Patridge. “The challenge, with any tour, is making sure that the sound crew is able to translate the sound design that we envision. A lot of it is very subjective, with the team, at the end of the day, relying on the mixers to make the show work across all of the different venues. In this regard, Head Audio Mixer Ben Madden and Assistant Audio Mixer Brian Kallaher are the people who make this production happen from city-to-city and to them we are very grateful.”

Kinky Boots kicked off its national tour on September 4 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. The tour is scheduled to play through most of 2015 and will make stops in 32 cities, including Portland, Seattle, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Nashville, Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis and Boston.

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

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Encompass AV Outfits Irish Alehouse With Martin Audio

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The product of a complete renovation and remodeling on the site of an old restaurant near Orland Park Mall in suburban Chicago, the Square Celt Alehouse and Grill features an extensive Martin Audio sound system courtesy of Encompass AV.

A popular sports bar, restaurant and part-time club destination, the Square Celt is run by a family that owns seven other Irish-themed bar/restaurants around Chicago, all known for exceptional audio and video capability.

Encompass AV President Tim Pickett describes the layout: “There are two major rooms, a large bar area, and a dining room with another big bar and lots of booths with tables. We were tasked with providing the sound and video systems, as well as security cameras and some of the architectural lighting.

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“The owners insisted on Martin Audio from the get-go because they wanted a very high quality sound that was reliable and would last,” Tim explains.

“We used 26 Martin Audio AQ8’s mounted on the walls and beams throughout the site. The whole place has lowered ceilings with lots of trim, soffits and beams to give it the feel of an old Irish pub. We mounted the speakers strategically in the best places we could put them for optimal sound quality.

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“There are also two AQ28s where the owners planned a dance area in the main dining room. We supplemented those with two AQ210 subs plus two F12+ and four S15+ subs for maximum low energy reinforcement in that area. They bring in a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights, so they wanted the place to have a nightlife with a system they could crank up and really feel the music, which we accomplished with the Martin Audio subs.”

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The audio system also includes Lab Gruppen E12:2 and E4:2 power amplifiers along with Symetrix Jupiter 8 standalone DSP processing. Square Celt’s expansive video system, so critical to any modern sports bar, starts with a four-panel video wall consisting of large Philips 55” displays in the bar/dining room and an eight-panel video wall made up of Philips 46” displays in the bar area. There are also 14 Sharp 70” displays and 16 55” LG displays with the whole system run by a Vivitek D5190HD 1080p 3D multimedia projector.

Summing up the audio system’s impact, Tim adds, “The owners think the sound is ‘even, clean and crisp.’ They definitely got more than they expected with Martin Audio and it’s flexible enough to give them everything they need in terms of volume, coverage and sound quality. Plus the system is easily capable of transforming the dance area into a real nightclub just by cranking up the volume. They couldn’t be any happier with the choice they’ve made.”

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

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

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Gets Double Coverage With ICONYX

 Worcester, Mass  - October 2014…Founded in 1865, Worcester Polytechnic Institute was one of the first engineering and technology universities in the United States. Today, the private research university ranks with schools like Princeton, Stanford and MIT as one of the nation’s most prestigious schools.

The university’s Alden Hall regularly hosts a wide range of performances and programs, from lectures to concerts and theatrical productions. As Richard O’Connell of Boston-based AV Design Build explains, the 10,000 square foot multi-purpose venue employs different seating arrangements, depending on the event. “It’s a rectangular room with a stage in front and balcony in the rear. For concerts and theatrical events, seats are set up facing the stage. For lectures and smaller presentations, seats are set up facing the long wall stage right, and they set up a podium.”

The hall’s growing popularity and increasingly busy schedule had made the limitations of its aging sound system abundantly clear. To cope with intelligibility and coverage issues, university officials frequently brought in portable systems to supplement or replace the main system. Even with the portable systems in place, coverage was still poor, particularly in the balcony.

 With this in mind, AV Design Build recommended an innovative solution based on dual independent Renkus-Heinz ICONYX systems to provide optimal coverage and intelligibility, regardless of the scheduled event. A pair of ICONYX IC32 digitally steerable line arrays is installed left and right of the stage for larger events, seamlessly covering the floor and balcony areas. “With the IC32s, we were able to create a beam and point it right at the balcony, without hitting the back wall,” O’Connell observes. “We used seven beams on the IC32s, and that was all that was needed to address the room’s intelligibility and coverage issues.”

For the hall’s lecture and spoken word programs, a pair of ICONYX IC8-R-II columns are mounted on the wall stage right, to each side of the podium. “The IC8s are perfect for lectures and presentations,” says O’Connell. “They provided the intelligibility and coverage we needed for a smaller, more intimate setting.”

University officials are pleased with the versatility of the dual systems. “The ICONYX systems allowed us to address the university’s multiple uses for the hall,” O’Connell concludes. “The music faculty is particularly happy because they often present concerts with stringed instruments, from small large ensembles. Now you can hear the instruments clearly, from every seat in the house.”

 

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About Renkus-Heinz - 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.

 

 

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Unveils 5628 Cinema Subwoofer

JBL_5628 copyHOLLYWOOD, Florida — HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the new 5628 dual 18-inch cinema subwoofer. The 5628 offers increased SPL and extended frequency response, delivering world-class audio quality to large-format auditoriums.

The high-power and lightweight 5628 is a front-loaded, vented subwoofer enclosure that houses two of JBL’s exclusive 2269H Ultra Long Excursion 18-inch Differential Drive® woofers. This woofer features neodymium magnet, dual voice coils and dual gaps, JBL’s exclusive Vented Gap Cooling™ and ultra-robust composite cone for high excursion and extra long life. The woofer is capable of a peak-to-peak maximum excursion of 89 mm (3.5 inches).

The 5628 offers 4,000 watts continuous pink noise and 16,000 watts peak power handling capacity. It features a large vent area for high output with low distortion, making it ideal for a variety of cinema applications as well as club environments.

“We have seen a demand for a high-output subwoofer with extended frequency response in large-format cinema environments,” said Charles Goodsell, Senior Manager, Cinema, JBL Professional. “The new 5628 meets these demands and more, providing an ideal solution that is easy to install while featuring JBL’s world-class performance.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Providing Consistent Sound in Diverse Environments

Fargo, North Dakota –Frequent referrals from existing customers helps integrator Site on Sound win a wide variety of AV system projects. Recently, the company provided systems for four businesses located in BoerthsArtGalleryBoilerRoomBarFargo’s historic Loretta Building. And, using a combination of good system design and appropriate product choices, Site on Sound was able to meet each customer’s needs while delivering consistently high quality sound in these four unique environments.

One of these businesses was ”Boerth’s Gallery”, an established Fargo art and framing gallery that includes a two-story wine bar, called “D’Vine”. For the wine bar, Site on Sound installed a foreground music system that offers patrons an upscale jazz and rock experience. This system consists of ten Community DS5 surface-mount loudspeakers driven by a Speco matrix mixer/amplifier and includes a CD player with a 3.5mm input.

Boerth’s Gallery itself received a background music system that creates an atmosphere to support the gallery’s unique collection of works from local artists. This system consists of four Community DP6 pendant loudspeakers suspended below the gallery’s open ceiling and a mixer/amplifier with a streaming music source.

Another of the four businesses was “Pinch & Pour/Fowlers Heritage”, a clothing boutique that also sells premium extra virgin olive oils and Italian balsamics. Pinch & Pour’s new system consists of five Community DA6 architectural surface-mount loudspeakers and a Crown 280MA amplifier with a streaming music source. The system helps enhance the buying experience for customers of this unique business.

The largest of the four businesses was the “Boiler Room”, a bar and restaurant featuring live music. The Boiler Room’s new system includes ten Community DP6 pendant loudspeakers for its open-ceiling restaurant space, four DA6 architectural surface-mount loudspeakers in the bar area, a pair of D6 ceiling speakers in the restrooms and two DS8 surface-mount loudspeakers for the outside patio. The system is managed by a RANE CP66 six zone processor, includes two large-screen televisions and is powered by a QSC CX204 amplifier. For the Boiler Room’s live music, Site on Sound included a Shure GLXD24/SM58 wireless mic and a small Yamaha mixer that allows live acts to connect to the system.

Site on Sound provides AV systems for area churches, restaurants and retail businesses as well as home and marine customers. The company also installs car audio systems, offers AV rentals and has a retail store. Site on Sound Installation Manager, Scott Tally, says his company’s experience with this wide variety of customers prepared them to meet the unique requirements of these four businesses. He chose Community’s D SERIES loudspeaker family for all four projects because of its wide choice of models, sizes and form factors and its ability to provide a consistently high-quality audio experience in diverse environments like these.

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Edmonton Church Upgrades West Campus Sound System

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Founded in 1887 by Albert Benjamin Simpson, a Canadian preacher, theologian, and author as part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA), the Beulah Alliance Church recently upgraded its West Campus sanctuary sound system. The contemporary worship facility seats 1,440.

Alliance Design of Edmonton was responsible for the selection and installation of the sound system; the previous system was originally designed in 1990. The new system includes a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console at front of house and a Yamaha CL3 used for broadcast recording, along with one RIO 3224-D input/output box, and three Rio 1608-D input/output boxes, complimenting the existing NEXO GEO S8 speaker system.

“The Yamaha CL consoles were chosen for ease of operation, small footprint, Yamaha legendary sonic clarity, and the built-in Dante networking software which is amazing, nailed our decision, states Dwayne Plishka, System Consultant, Alliance Design. The consoles have been received with hi-fives from the staff.”

Plishka said Beulah Alliance previously owned a Yamaha M7CL so it was a natural progression to move to the CL consoles. The staff are using the consoles’ built-in Nuendo Live and Nuendo 6 software, he said, to audio capture the sermon message, which is then redeployed along with video to facilitate multi-site delivery, multi-track recording for artist evaluation, and broadcast.

“The entire sound system has far exceeded all performance expectations with constant compliments from guest artists, says Plishka.” At any given time during services, musicians with strings, winds, drums, bass, electric guitar, and piano assist the guest artists and worship choir.

The NEXO GEO S8 speaker system layout consists of nine boxes per side left and right with six NEXO PS8s for side fills and eight PS 8s on stage for monitors powered by both Camco and NEXO 4×4 amplifiers. “The size, remarkable sound image, and audio amplification for the number of line array elements is surprising, Plishka adds. Even guest artists support techs are surprised at the efficiency of the system.”

“Dwayne is amazing and his choice of efficient, high-quality gear is impeccable, states Pastor Mike Jones. The first time I heard the system I was blown away at the power and clarity of the system; I continue to be amazed.”

Alliance Design also installed platform lighting that is a combination of VariLite, Martin, Chauvet fixtures, and ETC. The lighting console is a Martin Maxxyz, and dimming is ETC. Panasonic switching and Panasonic Cameras were also installed.

For more information on Beulah Alliance Church, visit www.beulah.ca.

For more information on Alliance Design, visit www.alliancedesign.ca.

For more information on Yamaha and NEXO products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: L to R: Pastors Rob Abbott and Mike Jones

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Cignal Systems/Logic Systems to Host NEXO Speaker Tour

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BUENA PARK—Cignal Systems/Logic Systems Sound and Lighting in Valley Park, MO will host a NEXO “Speaker Tour Stop” Open House this Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Registration is not required. The event will take place at 255 Marshall Rd. Suite 160 in Valley Park, Missouri.

Products to be included in the demonstrations are NEXO STM Line Array (M46, M28, B112, S118B, NUAR Rack) and the new GEO M620/M6B Compact Loudspeaker Series.

Mike Eiseman, Steve Armstrong, Paul Furtkamp and others from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information, contact 314-743-0100 or 888-968-4050; or visit
www.cignalsys.com or www.logicsound.com.

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Martin Audio Debuts PSX Powered Subwoofer

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Waterloo, ONT––The PSX is a companion self-powered subwoofer for the DD6, XD12 and XD15 full-range loudspeaker systems. Featuring a powerful 15”/4” voice coil, long-excursion driver in a very compact reflex-ported enclosure, it houses two channels of Class D amplification, one channel for itself and one channel to power an XD12, XD15, or up to three DD6’s.

The PSX’s Class D amplifier section produces a total peak output of 2400W, with 1400W allocated to the 15” subwoofer and 1000W to drive the associated full-range system. Its lightweight, switched-mode power supply auto-ranges to global mains voltages from 100 to 240V 50/60Hz, and Power Factor Correction smoothes out the mains current draw over the whole of the AC waveform. The operating range of the PSX is 48Hz to 150Hz, with a peak SPL capability of 136dB at one meter.

Onboard DSP performs delay, crossover and EQ functions, while the PSX plus full-range system can be controlled and monitored from a laptop or wireless tablet PC via intuitive VU-NET™ proprietary software. PC connection can be made directly via micro USB, or via Martin Audio’s proprietary U-NET™ network and Merlin loudspeaker and network management system.

An important feature of the PSX is its Internal memory, which allows factory ‘plug-and-play’ or user-generated DSP preset ‘snapshots’ of the PSX/full-range combination to be recalled by means of a preset selector button on the rear panel, instead of using computer control.

The PSX’s tour-grade plywood enclosure is coated in hard-wearing polyurethane and its Declon® backed steel grille is pre-curved to resist deformation in the field. Practical features include a pole-mount fitting in the top surface, bar handles and protective skids. When stacked, the skids on the base of the upper PSX enclosure align with recesses in the top of the enclosure below.

FEATURES AT A GLANCE
• Compact subwoofer power plant for XD12, XD15 and DD6
• Low distortion, high-excursion 15” (380mm)/4” (100mm) voice coil driver
• 136dB peak output capability
• Onboard DSP, networking and Class D amplification (1400W sub + 1000W full-range)
• Switched-mode power supply with Power Factor Correction and global mains operation
• Tour-grade plywood enclosure with integral pole mount fitting
• Wheelboard and rain cowl options

APPLICATIONS
• Portable live sound for 100-400 people
• Smaller-scale theatre productions
• Corporate AV events
• Meeting halls and HoW

For more about Martin Audio, please visit 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.

Ward Church Makes a Joyful Noise With Renkus-Heinz

 Northville, MI – October 2014…In today’s fast-changing society, many churches have taken creative steps to grow their congregations by diversifying their offerings. Ward Church, a Presbyterian house of worship located in this Detroit suburb, is a case in point. The church had long offered three different worship settings each Sunday: a liturgical service in their chapel, a traditional service in their sanctuary, and a post-modern service in Knox Hall, a large multi-use venue. After a new worship director was hired, the church decided to start a fourth, mainstream contemporary service that featured a more driving and progressive rock musical style.

The new service was held in the sanctuary, with an existing sound system that included a pair of Renkus-Heinz STX8 loudspeakers mounted in the center above the stage. While the church had been happy with the STX8s, the more bass-heavy, driving style of music accompanying the new service called for a more powerful, full-spectrum solution.

“Overall, the sound quality was great for the more traditional service, but they wanted to take it up a notch for the more rock-oriented service,” explained consultant Nathan Cole of Sound Planning Communications in Redford, Michigan. “There was nothing wrong with the existing STX8 loudspeakers — they are good products and certainly could handle a contemporary service. What was needed was a re-installation of the speakers, some tweaking and some additional supplemental boxes here and there to fill it out.”

After modeling the room, Sound Planning Communications split up the two existing center STX8s to front right and left positions and kept an existing STX8 in the rear for back fill. An ICONYX IC Live ICL-FR-DUAL Digitally Steerable Line Array loudspeaker system was added on each side of the stage to cover the side-fill requirements created by a drop to an 18-foot ceiling on each side. Additional subwoofers were also installed.

“The IC Lives gave great penetration into the lower areas,” said Cole. “And because of their width, they delivered great horizontal front-fill coverage. We didn’t need to do any down-fill or front-fill boxes because the IC LIVEs were covering all the way across.”

After installing a series of 4-inch acoustic panels to help avoid bass traps in the final phase of the project, church leaders were pleased with the result.

“They didn’t really recognize how inadequate the previous system had been until they started the new service,” said Cole. “By re-positioning the existing Renkus-Heinz boxes and supplementing them with the ICONYX arrays, they now have a very warm, very punchy, nice sounding system for the space.”

 

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About Renkus-Heinz - 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.

 

Bexel Supports a New Season of the Best in Reality TV

From “Chopped” to “The Apprentice,” Company Provides Services for a Host of Non-Scripted Shows
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(BURBANK, Calif.) – As the Fall television season rolls out, a wide array of reality programming is being supported by Bexel, a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions. Bexel can be found behind the scenes on a veritable who’s who of non-scripted programming, including Chopped and The Apprentice, providing them with the equipment, state-of-art systems, and engineering support needed to meet the highest broadcast standards.

The span of Bexel’s services in reality television covers the entire gamut the genre has to offer. From competitions like American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Hell’s Kitchen, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Utopia; to the real world exploits of Beyond Scared Straight, Black Ink Crew, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Vanderpump Rules, Watch What Happens: Live, and White Girl Problems; to sports-based shows including The Big Break, Deadliest Catch: The Bait, and Hard Knocks, Bexel contributes expertise, support, and solutions to some of television’s most entertaining shows.

Bexel provides a variety of premier technology solutions to these shows, including complete ENG camera packages with wireless monitoring, full ENG audio packages with multi-track recording, Cat-5 monitoring for offstage production offices, fiber booth kits, flypack systems, director/DP monitoring solutions, and much more. The company’s services also incorporate on-site design and installation, overall project management of the technical production, customized communication systems, and frequency coordination and consultation.

Chopped, which will soon begin airing its 22nd season, has been working with Bexel from day one. The popular cooking competition works with a 12 ENG camera flypack from Bexel, utilizing 10 Panasonic AJ-HDX900s cameras and two Panasonic AK-HC1500G robotics systems. The show is provided with CopperHead and SMPTE fiber cable, as well as Bexel’s custom camera harness, to make the ENG cameras work as needed in a studio application.

“From season one, we’ve worked with the great team at Chopped to build a camera package specific to their needs,” says Ernesto de la Torre, business development manager for Bexel. “To be cost effective, they need a very versatile system. With their 12 cameras, they have the flexibility to do what they need in the fast-paced Chopped Kitchen, while still being able to go ENG, which they do for the contestant bio packages. We’re also able to support their Steadicam Operator, who uses a Teradek Bolt Pro system. It allows him to record onboard with the Bolt, and transmit his signal to the control room integrating it into the full production process.”

Bexel also provides hands-on engineering support, delivered in a way that is uniquely integrated with the production. Timothy Quinn, a system engineer for Bexel, serves as the Engineer in Charge on Chopped. In that role, Quinn oversees the technical engineering aspects of the entire production. “Tim is an integral part of the show, and he’s truly considered to be a member of the Chopped crew after all these years,” notes de la Torre. “We also provide a Video Operator who’s charged with making sure all the cameras are matched when the show is being produced, which helps manage time and budgets during the editing process. Bexel’s commitment to our clients is exemplified by Tim and the complete services and support we’re proud to provide for Chopped.”

“Bexel’s support has been invaluable on Chopped,” comments Notional’s Loe Fahie, Line Producer for Chopped. “As an equipment and services provider, they’ve been with us every step of the way. Even when we moved studios a few seasons ago, everything went seamlessly. The team at Bexel knows our production requirements and anticipates our technical needs, which helps keep our production on schedule. I love this team. Ernesto and Tim act as if our show is their show as well. Bexel is part of the Chopped family!”

Bexel has also enjoyed a longstanding relationship with The Apprentice franchise. The popular series, featuring Donald Trump, will soon begin airing its 14th season (The Celebrity Apprentice 7), and Bexel has been in “the boardroom” from the very beginning. Each season the company sends a team of engineers to execute and oversee the entire installation in The Apprentice’s Trump Tower studios. For the upcoming season, the production is utilizing 24 cameras from Bexel, including 18 Sony PDW-F800s cameras and 60 channels of wireless audio from Sennheiser and Lectrosonics.

“From the very start, versatility was key for this production,” notes Gregory Bragg, vice president of Global Sales for Bexel. “Their field crews are able to use the 18 ENG cameras to shoot the contestants in ‘reality situations’ and set up mini-fly packs with six to ten cameras to cover a ‘task delivery’ in the field. Then all of those cameras are able to come in when they shoot the boardroom material. They get tied into Bexel’s control room facilities and become part of the studio flypack as well. The Apprentice franchise is the reason we originally developed our custom harness system. The only cost effective solution for them was to allow the flexibility of an ENG camera into a flypack situation, and our harness has continued to serve us well on many other shows.”

Bexel has served as a resource to production companies from the initial days of reality television. “Since the dawn of the early MTV shows in the mid-1990′s, including Road Rules and many others, Bexel has been at the forefront of support for reality television,” concludes Bragg. “As the genre has evolved, so have the services and solutions that we offer. The depth of our reach into the reality market is really unmatched. Whether it’s a small two to three camera production, a 24 camera mega-show, the 90 robotics involved in Hell’s Kitchen, or the massive infrastructure of Utopia, Bexel covers the entire range.”

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

About the Vitec Group
Capture the moment(tm)

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

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