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Masque Sound Keeps the Laughs Coming for Bay Street Theatre’s Production of a Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Custom Equipment Rental Package Takes Audience Back to Ancient Rome for Musical Farce

SAG HARBOR, NY, AUGUST 27, 2013 – The historic Bay Street Theatre is one of the country’s pre-eminent regional theatres, offering year-round entertainment and events. In anticipation of the theatre’s final production of the 2013 Mainstage Season, Sound Designer Tony Melfa turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company to provide a custom sound equipment package for the musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical that tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The musical’s original 1963 Broadway run won several Tony Awards, including those for Best Musical and Best Book.

In designing the sound for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Melfa’s goal was to keep acoustically true to the original production when it was written in the 1960s. “I wanted to provide the audience as authentic a feel as possible and not over-mic the stage,” he says. “In order to make that happen, equipment selection was key and Masque Sound did an amazing job of providing me everything I needed to bring my vision to the stage.”

For A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Masque Sound’s custom equipment package included a Yamaha M7CL 32 channel digital mixing console along with a selection of Meyer speakers, including UPA-1Ps, UPM-1Ps and a USW subwoofer. Melfa utilized a selection of microphones including AKG 414s, Shure SM57s, as well as a Shure Beta 52, Neumann U 89 and AKG D112. Masque Sound also provided Melfa five Aviom personal monitor systems, in addition to an HME wireless intercom system.

Since the Bay Street Theatre is a three-quarter round stage, Melfa’s biggest in challenge in designing the sound was to make sure the entire theatre was covered acoustically. According to Melfa, “The Bay Street Theatre has a unique layout and I wanted to make sure that all 299 seats in the house were capable of having a memorable experience sonically. It was important that the rental house I worked with was attentive to my needs, and that’s exactly what Masque Sound was for me. They are extremely easy to work with and my shop order is always right. It is a huge weight lifted off my shoulders knowing I can expect all the equipment I ordered to be delivered in full and in perfect working condition.”

In addition, Masque Sound worked with Melfa to provide frequency coordination to prevent signal interference from the crowded boating community. “With all of the boats in Sag Harbor there is a surprisingly large amount of frequencies in use, and Masque Sound is incredible in taking care of all the frequency coordination for me,” adds Melfa. “All I have to do is plug the equipment in and we are ready to go.”

Founded in 1991, Bay Street Theatre is a not-for-profit 299-seat professional regional theatre situated on Long Wharf, in Sag Harbor, NY. Many of the productions that premiered or were developed at Bay Street have moved to Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally and abroad, including Nobody Don’t Like Yogi, Hedda Gabler, Love Janis, If Love Were All, Full Gallop, Swingtime Canteen and Three Hotels.

“We are a small theatre and Masque Sound provides us with as much support as they would give to a big budget Broadway production,” says Melfa. “It is great to know that I can pick up the phone and get an immediate response. They always keep it on a personal level and go the extra mile.”

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum plays through September 1 at the Bay Street Theatre, at the foot of Main Street (and the corner of Bay Street) on the Long Wharf, opposite the windmill.

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” and “Once” 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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FOH Engineer Bruce Jones Gets Joe Cocker By With A Little Help From HARMAN’s AKG

VIENNA, Austria – Joe Cocker’s European tour stretched from France and Germany to Croatia and Monaco, as the band performed for sold-out crowds in numerous cities. On stage, FOH engineer Bruce Jones needed to ensure fans’ favorite songs of the band were clearly audible, in addition to maintaining a durable equipment rig. A complete HARMAN AKG microphone set traveled with the band, quickly deployed every night.

“I was looking for a clean, crisp sound, but also a system that could handle high sound pressure levels and work in any weather condition,” stated Jones. “If the artists aren’t happy with their sound, you’re wasting everyone’s time. Since deploying AKG for our shows, the entire band has said the sound is better than ever before!”

Included in the rig are AKG D7 and D5 handheld microphones, D40’s, D212’s, D12 VR’s, C451’s and C519’s. The durability and reliability aspects are key in the continued use of AKG for Cocker, according to Jones, who hasn’t had one failure under in any situation.

“With today’s accurate sound systems, you have to have the best,” Jones continued. “The mics bring high fidelity sound to my mix – I can get the whispers of singers audible in even large arenas. Any weakness in the line will show up and AKG, without question, gives me the best sounding shows I’ve ever had.”

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 about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

CAD Wireless “Exceeds Expectations” At Park Inn Hotel In Costa Rica

Located in the heart of Costa Rica’s capital San Jose downtown near the bustling business district, the Park Inn Hotel already has seven expansive conference rooms and plans to add four more in the coming year.

Absolutely modern in design and implementation, the Park Inn features sophisticated A/V systems installed by Diseno Acustico (Acoustic Design), a leading local integrator. Besides providing background music and PA systems for the lobby, restaurants, ballrooms and bar/pool areas, these systems offer the latest audio and video conferencing capabilities for the expansive business center.

CAD Audio WX100 wireless systems are a technological centerpiece of the business center. As acoustic engineer and Diseno Acustico president Jose Torres Jimenez points out, “We used CAD Audio WX100 wireless microphone systems for all of the conference rooms, including the WX100A UHF receivers, WX155 belt packs, WX160 goosenecks and WX150 handheld transmitters. The wireless has to be flexible because all of the conference rooms have combining systems so they can be opened up into ballrooms for parties and dances.

“Over the years, we’ve tried other ‘leading’ brands,” Jose continues, “but after a test run in our own conference room, I found that CAD wireless systems work better and specified them for the Park Inn project. The CAD WX100 system is easy to use and install, lightweight and reliable, with good reception and sonic quality. I also really like the rugged and effective antennas.”

Besides CAD WX100 wireless, the Park Inn installation includes Bogen ceiling speakers and subwoofers; Atlas Sound amplification, Furman power conditioners; a NEC VideoWall, projectors and monitors; an FSR Pathfinder computer video & audio matrix switcher and intelligent plate systems; an Australian Monitor zone routing mixer; and Da-Lite recessed ceiling projection screens.

Founded four years ago, Diseno Acustico is fundamentally an acoustics consultancy with a core business of noise control, architectural acoustics, noise modeling and noise mapping. Recently, the company has created an integration and installation division to provide more tangible solutions for its clients. They currently have a mix of 60% commercial and 40% residential installations, with a marked preference for the former.

Summing up about the WX100 wireless systems at the Park Inn, Jose adds, “The hotel is very pleased and happy with the CAD systems. Everything is working just fine and, overall, the systems have exceeded our expectations.”

For more information about CAD Audio, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

Revolabs InfoComm India 2013 Preview

Revolabs InfoComm India 2013 Preview
Stand C22

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/Revolabs/130822.zip

Company Quote:

“We are very excited to be exhibiting our wide range of market-leading conferencing solutions at this year’s InfoComm India show. Our next-generation products continue to build on our reputation for developing forward-thinking unified communication products that combine simplicity, flexibility, and optimal performance. The event is also the perfect platform to showcase our new flagship product: the Revolabs Executive Elite wireless conferencing solution. Featuring an elegant Fortune 500 look and feel, the four- and eight-channel wireless microphone system includes several innovative enhancements to bring impeccable, secure audio to any of today’s boardroom and conference room settings.” — Roshan Gupta, regional director, India and Middle East, Revolabs more

ACIR Professional Buys Building, Expands Space

Mays Landing, N.J.—Summer continues to be busy for the staff at ACIR Professional with shows in Cape May, the Count Basie Theatre, Ocean Grove, New York City, along with support of audio and backline for Atlantic City and surrounding areas, all as the company’s installation business continues to grow.

Perhaps the biggest news for ACIR this is summer is that they recently purchased a building in Mays Landing, New Jersey, a stones-throw away from the old location in Egg Harbor Township. Realizing their dream of expansion and growth, the company outgrew their lease space and made the move to purchase a building with additional room to grow.

In a joint statement, the three owners Ed DiBona, John Grasso, and Tom Young said, “Our new space enables us to further our customer service and support as we continue to purchase the gear needed to fulfill our clients’ requirements.”

ACIR’s new address is 1421 Cantillon Boulevard, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. The company phone number remains the same: (609) 677-5500).

For more information, visit www.ACIRpro.com.

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Danish Rockers D-A-D Get Down and Dirty With DPA

Rune Slot, live sound engineer for Danish rock band D-A-D, has turned to DPA Microphones to deliver the loud, punchy sound for which the band is famous.

“I experimented with a number of different condenser microphones before settling for DPA,” Rune Slot says. “They are fantastic – awesome – and it’s really great to have high end microphones supplying the inputs to the desk.”

Slot has been on tour with D-A-D for most of this year, taking in countries such as China and the US as well as plenty of places in Europe.

He says: “D-A-D is incredibly loud so for this tour I wanted to use high end microphones that could really capture the band’s noise and energy. The DPA microphones we have chosen are great and do the job perfectly.”

Originally known as Disneyland After Dark, D-A-D formed in the early 1980s and, apart from one change when Laust Sonne replaced former drummer Peter Lundholm Jensen, it has retained its original line-up. Its international breakthrough came in 1989 when it signed to Warner Bros in the USA. At that point the band was forced to change its name to D-A-D to avoid an impending lawsuit from the Walt Disney Company.

To mic Laust Sonne’s snare drum, Slot is using a combination of a DPA d:dicate™ 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid microphones and DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, with the former positioned above the snare and the latter below it. d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones are also used to mike the toms, high hat and cymbals, with reinforcement provided by a DPA d:dicate 4011 Compact Cardioid Microphone positioned underneath the cymbals.

“It’s not jazz – it’s very Rock and Roll,” Slot says. “I’ve also used DPA 2011C microphones to pick up Jacob Binzer’s lead guitar. He has two cabinets that give a great combination of clean and dirty sound so I’ve positioned 2011C mics about 12cm from each of the speakers where they work brilliantly.”

Vocals are another area where DPA has come up trumps. Lead singer Jesper Binzer is using a Wisycom wireless system and Slot has equipped this with a DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone capsule.

“The mic helps me to stay in control without having to go primal,” Jesper Binzer says, while Slot adds: “It is a really great sounding capsule that truly grasps all the spit and energy of Jesper’s performance. Even when he sings from the side, it grabs the sound and pulls it into the mix.”


Slot adds that with a loud band like D-A-D, lead vocals need to be clearly heard in the mix and initially he thought this might not be feasible with a condenser microphone capsule.

“I didn’t need to worry because the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone capsule is of such good quality that it is more than capable of giving me the sound I want,” he says. “I was really surprised when I tried it for the first time because, usually with condenser microphones, you get feedback issues, especially in the high frequency range. However with the d:facto this just wasn’t a problem. It does what it is supposed to do and there is very little of bleed from the rest of the band, even though the band plays insanely loud.”

Slot is also using d:facto Vocal Microphones for backing vocals, with Jacob Binzer, Stig Pedersen and Laust Sonne all singing into wired versions of the d:facto.

“These microphones are really good at isolating the vocals and they are also happy to take plenty of punishment,” he adds. “The guys do like to ‘eat’ their mics, but the d:facto Vocal Microphones cope with that brilliantly and still deliver a very punchy sound.”

See the interview with Rune Slot and clips from a D-A-D concert at www.dpamicrophones.com/livedad

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Peavey Electronics® Appointed as Earthworks Master Distributor Asia-Pacific

July 30, 2013, Milford, NH – Earthworks Inc., manufacturer of High Definition Microphones™ and Zero Distortion Technology preamplifiers, is pleased to announce Peavey Electronics® as its Asia Pacific Master Distributor.

As exclusive Master Distributor, Peavey Electronics® will oversee all sales, marketing and technical support for Earthworks audio products along with their local distributors in the Pacific Rim region which includes People’s Republic of China, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore, New Zealand, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Oceania.

Heidi Blackmer Robichaud, president and CEO of Earthworks added, “We are very excited about the appointment of Peavey Electronics®. Their experience, background and expertise will make them excellent partners in promoting Earthworks’ technically advance products throughout this region of the world.”

Brent Beery, Managing Director APAC of Peavey Electronics® said, “We love the design and build quality of Earthworks products and think they are a great complement to the Peavey line. Our dealers in APAC are going to win more projects because they are selling Earthworks and Peavey together.”

About Peavey Electronics®
Founded in 1965, Peavey® is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrix®, Architectural Acoustics®, Crest Audio®, Composite Acoustics® and Trace Elliot® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.

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Indian Performer Sunitha Sarathy Signs On As A HARMAN AKG Endorsee

MUMBAI, India – HARMAN India today announced that it has signed vocalist and performer Sunitha Sarathy as an AKG endorsee. Based in southern India, Sarathy possesses a voice of uncommon beauty and depth of feeling and is equally at home performing Indian contemporary music, western classical music and other western styles and in church choirs as a gospel singer.

In 2000, Sarathy won the “Virgin Voice Choice” contest sponsored by Virgin Records and Channel [V] India, taking first prize over 45,000 other contestants. Her professional career took off after singing the full-length solo song “Thoodu Varuma” for the blockbuster Tamil film, Kaakha Kaakha in 2003. She has since contributed to more than 350 Indian films and is also accomplished as a percussionist and keyboard player performing Western classical, soul, jazz and other styles.

Sarathy uses the AKG C5 professional vocal condenser microphone for live performance and the C414 XL II reference multi-pattern condenser mic for recording. “I love the AKG C5 and C414 XL II for their sonic purity, warmth and presence,” said Sarathy. “I know I can depend on the C5 to deliver outstanding sound anywhere I perform, night after night and it sounds exceptionally rich and detailed.”

“I can hear why the C414 XL II has become such a classic recording studio mic,” Sarathy continued. “It captures all of my vocal nuances and dynamics. I am always thrilled to hear a playback after singing through the C414.”

“We are thrilled to have Sunitha Sarathy come on board as an AKG endorsee,” said Ankush Agarwal, Director- Marketing & Business Development, HARMAN Professional India. “She is the first female solo vocalist to join the roster of international artists who endorse AKG in India, and this move reflects our commitment to associate with a wide variety of Indian musicians, artists and genres.” Other Indian AKG band and artist endorsees include Soulmate, Sivamani, Niladri Kumar and Ranjit Barot.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment 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 about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012

MSI Lines Comic-Con 2013 Panels With HARMAN’s AKG Microphones As Celebrities Talk TV, Movies And Comics

VIENNA, Austria – As die-hard comic fans flooded the San Diego Convention Center, Comic-Con 2013 hosted more than 100,000 visitors as well as hundreds of celebrity guests discussing their latest movie roles and ideas surrounding the comic universe. During numerous panels, stars such as Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford addressed questions from the audience through HARMAN’s AKG D5 microphones.

Provided by San Diego-based MSI Production Services, the D5 microphones were deployed by audio designer Rob Wisley and Eric Stahlhammer. HARMAN’s Ken Freeman, Senior Manager, Business Development, Installed Sound, was onsite to assist with the deployment. Wisley stated, “The D5’s performed very well, especially for this application, where a smooth, wide frequency response was needed in addition to a well-balanced low end for the speakers.”

Comic-Con panels range from upfront, star-studded talks and how-to video game tutorials, to histories of characters and story lines and Q & A sessions. With such a massive following and demand for seats in the auditoriums, the clarity of the microphones and audio signal were a major priority among the event organizers.

“We understand the importance of the Comic-Con convention, where the support of the fans and other participants help make this international event such a success, so it was important to support the convention speakers with reliable and high quality sound,” continued Wisley. “The D5’s performed as expected and allowed each fan to take in valuable information without missing a word.”

For more information on MSI Production Services, please visit http://www.msiprod.com.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment 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 about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Revolabs Expands Presence in Europe With New Nimans Partnership

Distribution Agreement Augments Availability of Award-Winning Revolabs FLX(TM) Conference Phone

SUDBURY, Mass. — July 23, 2013 — Revolabs Inc. today announced its partnership with Nimans, a leading telecommunications and data distribution specialist based in the United Kingdom. Effective immediately, the company will carry the Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone, expanding the availability of the award-winning solution throughout Europe. Designed for conference rooms, executive offices, and small office/home office (SoHo) settings, FLX brings Revolabs’ renowned large-room wireless audio performance to smaller spaces at an incredibly low price. more

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