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Revolabs Selects Business Octane as the Master Distributor of the Revolabs FLX(TM) Wireless Conference Phone in the Indian Market

SUDBURY, Mass. — Nov. 28, 2012 — Revolabs Inc. today announced that the company has signed a distribution agreement with Business Octane, an enterprise collaboration and learning accelerator solution provider based in Gurgaon, India. Under the agreement, Business Octane will be the master distributor of the Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone in the Indian market. more

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Expansive DiGiCo/Optocore Network Propels Streisand Back to Brooklyn

No matter your musical predilection, there’s no denying that Barbra Streisand is one of the biggest talents in show biz. She is the epitome of élan and elegance, bringing a level of detail and sophistication to every aspect of her professional presence, from motion pictures to Broadway to concerts. As for the latter, the notoriously stage-shy artist’s performances have more

DPA Captures The Drama Of The Tango

Richard Galliano, a musician widely regarded as the world’s greatest living accordionist, is currently touring the world with a quintet of musicians to celebrate the life and works of his mentor, Astor Piazolla.

In order to deliver the true acoustic feel of Piazolla’s acclaimed tango music, the tour’s sound engineer Rémi Bourcereau has chosen eight DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, which his is using for Galliano’s accordion and bandoneón and also for the violins, viola, double bass and cello played by Galliano’s quintet. For the piano, Bourcereau is using two DPA 2011C twin diaphragm cardioid microphones, which are positioned on a stereo bar. All of these microphones were bought from DPA’s French distributor Audio².

“I first used DPA microphones a year ago on a different tour and was delighted with the results they gave me,” Bourcereau explains. “For this tour, we wanted the audience to feel as acoustically close to the instruments as possible and that is why I chose DPA. In close miking conditions they deliver a very natural sound, which is exactly what this type of music requires.”

Richard Galliano, who was born in 1950 of Italian/French parentage, was taught to play the accordion by his father when he was just four years old. In 1983 his musical talent was recognised by Argentine tango composer and bandoneón player Astor Piazolla, a man whose ability to integrate classical, modern and jazz music influences had elevated tango music to concert hall status and earned him the title of the ‘King of Tango’.

Piazolla invited Galliano to be the bandoneón soloist at the Comédie Française where his original music was being used to accompany William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This was the starting point of their decade-long friendship that lasted until Piazzolla passed away in 1992.

Galliano’s current tour, which is designed to mark the 20th anniversary of Piazolla’s death, has already taken him to numerous concert halls in the USA, Canada, South America and Europe. Most recently he has been in China where he performed a number of concerts in Guangzhou, Changsha, Shanghai, Wuhan, Xi’an, Beijing and Shenzhen.

“We have attached the DPA d:vote 4099s to Richard’s accordion and bandoneón using magnetic piano holders with scratch tape wrapped around the clips for added security,” Rémi Bourcereau says. “Richard is really enjoying the sound he is getting from the DPA microphones and, because they are now his regular microphones, he is finding that he can always get the dynamic that he wants.”

The other musicians in the quintet also appreciate the audio quality delivered by their DPA microphones – and the fact that having the same microphone in every venue means they know exactly how they are going to sound and don’t face any nasty surprises.

“The d:vote 4099s are very easy for the musicians to use because they simply clip onto their instruments – something that is really helpful when you are on tour,” Bourcereau says. “From my point of view, I’m really happy with the sound the DPA microphones are delivering, especially with the strings. The d:vote 4099s have a good sounding off axis response and this brings a lot of acoustic coherence on strings.”

Richard Galliano’s Piazolla tribute tour will continue into 2013, taking in more European dates. DPA microphones are now a permanent feature of this tour, ensuring the highest possible audio quality in every venue.

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

DPA Tackles A Medieval Fantasy

To ensure that his original recordings were as pristine as possible, Emmy Award winning Production Sound Mixer Ronan Hill employed DPA 4071 lavalier microphones to capture the on-location dialogue while filming the third series of HBO’s medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones.

“As someone who was brought up to “get it on the boom” and only use radio mics when there was no other way, I have become a convert to them when used with DPA’s 4071 lavalier microphones,” he says. “The DPA 4071 is great when used outside. They give really good isolation from environmental conditions, while still retaining a natural vocal quality. They are also good when recording inside as they offer reinforcement to the boom. It is a rare occasion when they aren’t included in the mix. The DPA 4071 microphones have really helped to keep ADR on Game of Thrones to a minimum and have contributed to the show receiving a Primetime Emmy for Best Sound.”

Game of Thrones, an adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire, was created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. The plot revolves around a violent dynastic struggle among several noble families for control of the Iron Throne. Since first airing in 2010, the show has been a huge critical success and has won numerous awards for the quality of its production.

“The show is filmed in many remote and hard to get to locations – and in all kinds of weather conditions,” Ronan Hill says. “In Series One we were shooting in temperatures of -17º C, while in Series Two we had to contend with a hurricane. Every day is an adventure in sound.”

Replacing poorly recorded dialogue during post production may be an intrinsic part of making a film or television programme, but it certainly saves production companies time and money if ADR can be kept to a minimum. DPA’s 4071 mics became the lavalier microphone of choice on Game of Thrones at the start of Series Two having been recommended by supervising sound editor Stefan Henrix.

“You soon appreciate how good they sound” Hill explains. “They are available with well thought out accessories to aid fitting, and we fitted them to all cast with dialogue. Thankfully, the cast appreciate that the costumes are difficult for sound so they are tolerant to tweaks that will save the need for ADR.”

With three series of the programme now under his belt, Ronan Hill still maintains that his favourite shooting experience was Blackwater (Episode 9 in Series Two).

“With large battle scenes in addition to the great dialogue, it had real potential for sound,” he explains. “There was so much texture to record and then the challenge to isolate the dialogue from it. Game of Thrones has a character count of over 300. Scenes can have more than 10 principal characters speaking and there is always the professional pressure to capture the dialogue on location and keep ADR to a minimum. I wanted to give a presence to the big action scenes and burst the old myth that no scripted dialogue means no sound. I also tried to ensure rehearsal for any songs to be sung live.”

Hill’s familiarity with DPA microphone technology has, to date, been limited to DPA 4071s but he hopes to expand on this in the future.

“As a result of my good experiences with the DPA 4071s and the positive feedback I have heard about DPA’s other microphones, I can’t wait to try more of them,” he says.

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

COURT IS IN SESSION—WITH ASPEN PROCESSING FROM LECTROSONICS

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Belle Glade, FL – November 2012… The ability of an AV system to accommodate the frequent exchange of words, images, and related supporting materials commonly encountered during legal proceedings has grown exponentially in recent years. In addition to the real-time aspects of managing multiple microphones and the plethora of audio, video, and teleconferencing equipment involved, these proceedings are commonly recorded. There’s a lot to keep track of and, in many cases, there are no on-site AV technicians. Such was the case at the recently renovated 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida West County Courthouse. Managing all those audio feeds required a sophisticated processing system with the ability to interact seamlessly with other equipment. The solution was found in a series of ASPEN processors from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. more

Revolabs Announces New Executive HD(TM) MaxSecure Wireless Microphone System with AES-256 Encryption

Executive HD MaxSecure Features Enhanced Wireless Security Enabling Customers to Meet HIPAA and Government Requirements for Communications Protection

SUDBURY, Mass. — Nov. 7, 2012 — Revolabs Inc. today announced a new addition to the company’s Executive HD product family. The Revolabs Executive HD(TM) MaxSecure wireless microphone system and compatible microphones now offer support for the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256) as defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). more

Revolabs Announces OEM Partnership With Business Octane

Business Octane to Sell its Branded Version of the Revolabs FLX(TM) Wireless Conference Phone in the Indian Market

SUDBURY, Mass. — Nov. 6, 2012 — Revolabs Inc. today announced that the company has entered into an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) partnership with Business Octane, an Enterprise Collaboration and Learning Accelerator solution provider. Through this partnership, Business Octane will extend its product line to include its own branded version of the Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone, which it will sell in the Indian market as the AltraTELECON(TM) conference phone. more

HARMAN’s AKG C544L Works Miracles on Jesus Christ Superstar Tour

VIENNA, Austria – Andrew Lloyd Webber was just 21 years old when he and Tim Rice collaborated to pen Jesus Christ Superstar. Now, more than 40 years later, Laurence Connor’s contemporary take on the production, which features former Spice Girl Mel C and Australian comedian Tim Minchin, is in the midst of an arena tour of the United Kingdom. Sixty of HARMAN’s AKG C544L headset mics are deployed for all vocals during the show, and according to both FOH and monitor engineers, the mic was ideally suited to this particular application.

Both engineers talked to Redditch-based SSE Audio Group’s director, Yan Stile, whose company provided the audio for the tour, and requested an organized “shootout” to find out which microphone would be best suited to the job in hand.

“I arranged for the best current offerings from all the major microphone manufacturers to be set up and tested through a smaller version of the show’s touring sound system,” Stile explains. “They were looking for sonic performance, stability during head movement, ease of mounting and durability; and after a full day’s testing, the unanimous choice was the AKG C544L. We also did a blind test with a number of other experienced engineers, and the result was the same.”

With the amount of dancing and acrobatics on this production, the cast mics needed to be in the optimum location at all times, regardless of head movement. Monitor Engineer, Seamus Fenton, says the C544L was the perfect choice.

“We did our A-B tests with about 12 different microphone models, and the C544L came out on top – none of us had ever heard one in action before, but we soon realized what an amazing mic it is,” he states. “Literally everyone is using one on this show, and the sound it puts out really suits the production too; it was certainly head and shoulders above the rest in all departments.”

“It was very much a production decision to go with the AKG mics,” confirms AEG’s Keith Wood, production manager for the show. “Because this is essentially an arena rock show, we realized we needed a head-worn microphone that would be more roadworthy and provide a greater output level and better off-axis rejection than some models currently favored in musical theatre.”

HARMAN Professional’s exclusive United Kingdom and Eire distributors, Sound Technology Ltd, supplied the AKG microphones.

Jesus Christ Superstar opened on September 21 at London’s O2 Arena and played host to several other sizeable venues including Wembley Arena and Liverpool’s Echo Arena. It closes on October 21 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Madonna Gives Sennheiser All Her Luvin’

Stadiums, arenas and open air venues across Asia, Europe, North and South America are hosting Madonna’s 2012 MDNA Tour, with all featuring a large Sennheiser wireless microphone and monitoring system that helps deliver a flawless performance, night after night. Madonna has six Sennheiser SKM 5200 mics for each show, which, as monitor engineer Matt Napier explains, get tested to the limit.

“The 5200s get a real battering. The whole first section of the show is highly stylised with an almost comic book aggression. There is a lot of staged violence and the microphones get hurled around and are frequently being thrown to and from dancers and onto the floor,” commented Napier. “We’re going through a new microphone every ten shows or so. But given that the 5200 is not a microphone designed for such abuse, I think they are standing up remarkably well. Of course we have a whole drawer of spares from Sennheiser!” he concluded.

Audio rental company Eighth Day Sound provided the Sennheiser equipment after purchasing from Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, USA. The tour features six further SKM 5200s with MD 5005 capsules for backing and guest vocal microphones. Together with Madonna’s vocal mics, these use seven EM 3732-II wireless receivers. Fourteen 2000 series wireless systems are used for in-ear monitors, with 14 more for guitar systems. In addition, a percussion trio uses SKP 2000 plug-on transmitters, taking the overall wireless channel count to around 50.

“The plug-on transmitters are a very useful solution, because the trio comes on stage, does its section and goes off again. There’s no time to cable the musicians up. It’s a very neat way of using RF,” says Napier. “On top of everything else, there is also a wireless comms system, so we are probably up to 70 channels of RF at each show and we have had no problems at all.

“Everything is using the built-in networking, all programmed on the Wireless Systems Manager, which saves a huge amount of time. Every show so far has been trouble free.”

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Madonna.jpg: Madonna’s 2012 MDNA Tour uses Sennheiser microphones and monitors
(Photo credit: Kevin Mazur)

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Media Vision USA’s New Technology Launch Allows Remote Audio Conferencing in Multiple Languages.

San Francisco, CA, October 29, 2012 – Media Vision USA is pleased to introduce Attend: the world’s first technology solution for multilingual remote participation. Attend allows remote attendees to dial in to a meeting and both listen and speak in their preferred language making use of the same interpreters that are serving the meeting venue.

“The launch of Attend is a great step forward for our company and the international meeting community that we support” said Fardad Zabetian, CEO of Media Vision USA “Enhancing communication in cross-cultural settings has always been our core focus”.

The Attend technology, designed and manufactured in California, is a remarkable addition to any microphone system installation in an organization holding multilingual meetings – most likely international organizations, courtrooms, universities or large corporation. This long-awaited solution will be a source of travel costs savings but the most important is how it will enhance the quality of meetings, as Fardad explained: “Attend encourages the inclusion of more meeting participants and thus more expertise than would otherwise be possible”.

The solution consists in a self-contained hardware unit acting as the interface between the in-room audio system and the teleconference cloud service. The Attend Multilingual Remote Audio Interface offers line-level inputs and outputs to connect directly to the floor and up to 15 language channels as supported by the interpreters at the meeting venue.

The web-based interface to the audio teleconferencing service allows authorized users to create, schedule and manage meetings and decide on a wide range of meeting parameters such as security and login, dial-in or dial-out and VoIP parameters. Once the meeting is in progress, the authorized moderator can use the online dashboard to monitor who is present, what languages are being used, and dial-out to new participants as needed.

“It is important that these sophisticated meetings be handled with a high level of control and security” says Fardad “Remote participants are subject to the same rules as the ones applied to the in-room conference system users and the moderator keeps full control over requests to speak and who is heard on the floor channel.”

The Attend technology is being introduced at the AES convention by Media Vision USA and asserts the company as the lead provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for high-profile meetings including distance communication and multilingual support.

About Media Vision USA
Media Vision USA is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the quality of the audio in the room, and outside the room for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.mediavisionusa.com

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