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Yamaha CL V2.0 Available in May

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced Version 2.0 of the Yamaha CL Series of digital audio consoles being introduced today at PL+S in Frankfurt. This major update includes enhancements for sound reinforcement applications as well as mix-minus capabilities for the broadcast market, broadening the range of applications where CL Series performance can be advantageous. Another significant enhancement in V2.0 is discovery and head amp control for the compact QL Series consoles, also launched today, that inherits CL Series features and performance. A QL console can function as both monitor mixer and I/O rack, for example, while a front-of-house CL console can remotely control the head amp gain of the QL console’s I/O.

New features in CL V2.0 include DCA Roll-Out: Channels assigned to DCA groups can be instantly called up to the console faders for enhanced operational flexibility; output DCA enables the Stereo/Mono bus masters, Mix bus masters, and Matrix bus masters to be assigned to DCA groups. Mix Minus, an important feature in broadcast applications is now provided; with one simple operation the signal from a particular channel can be removed from a specified bus.

“CL V2.0 not only adds features that are also included in new the QL Series launched today, but provides additional support for our core sound reinforcement customers with features that were only previously available on PM digital mixers,” states Marc Lopez, marketing manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “Future plans include built-in Dugan automatic mixing similar to the new QL Series and additional support for broadcast applications in the CL Series. We will continue to keep a close eye on the market in order to provide features and performance that will maximize our customers’ investment in CL.”

With Read Only Scene Memory, it is now possible to create read-only scene memories. A new Daisy Chain Insert feature allows two devices to be inserted into one channel or bus for enhanced processing freedom. A GR Meter (dynamics meter) Option within the Channel Name Display will show the Dynamics 1 and Dynamics 2 gain reduction meters in the channel name display.

The CL V2.0 update will be available for download from the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems web site in May and is free of charge. For more information on the Yamaha V2.0, visit www.yamahaca.com or stop by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, booth #C2143.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Solid State Logic Announces V2 Software with Powerful New Features for SSL Live Console

New release adds more than 25 new features, including Offline Setup, new Effects, Powerful Output Matrix Processing and so much more

FRANKFURT, GERMANY – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of tools for creative audio professionals, is proud to announce the imminent release of new V2 software for the SSL Live console at Prolight + Sound 2014 (Hall 8, Stand L80). The SSL Live, the company’s first-ever dedicated live sound console, has been extremely well received by the live sound production community since its announcement at last year’s Frankfurt show. Positive response has continued to grow as users report that sonic quality is inspiring, the creative user experience is excellent and reliability and stability is well beyond expectation. The release of new V2 software for the console introduces a substantial collection of significant new features. The release, coming a mere six months after the first units rolled off the production line, demonstrates the rapid pace of ongoing development at SSL and proves the company’s well-founded reputation for listening to customer feedback and developing new and exciting functionality that moves beyond industry expectations.

Within the Version 2 software release there are more than 25 new feature additions to the SSL Live console, covering enhancements to the Output Matrix, Effects Rack, User Interface, Routing, Solo System and Focus Channel as well as the introduction of a comprehensive Offline Setup application. The new software, due for public release in April 2014, will become standard on all new consoles and is available for free to all existing owners.

New feature highlights:
PC Offline Software
The SSL Live PC Offline Software allows engineers to create, setup and edit all aspects of a Live Showfile from the comfort of their own laptop, making creation or editing of Show and Preset files simple and efficient. The user is presented with the same menus, screens and options as the full console software, creating a familiar user environment, enabling them to configure a Showfile from scratch or load one of the SSL Template files and edit it to their own requirements. All aspects of the Console Configuration can be edited, giving the user full control over the power of the Live’s Tempest processing engine. Full access to stage box setup and routing is provided. Along with naming, colouring and the unique Eyeconix channel identification tools. The layout of Fader Tile layers and banks can also be configured and accessed from the software. As well as control over mix bus routing, pre/post feed point sourcing and all other audio related channel parameters. In addition, the Automation system is fully accessible so that scenes, automation filters and input/output actions can be created, edited and updated. This also includes Group modes, scene re-numbering, etc. Once a Show file has been created or edited, it can be saved and exported to a USB key and then imported into the Live console ready for use.

Effects
The Version 2 release brings a selection of new effects that introduce additional sonic options and ways to maximise the processing power of the Tempest platform. New effects include four EQ types (the super flexible G-Flex EQ; which comes in 8, 16, 24 and 32 filter versions, a new, smooth Contour EQ, 1 and 2 band Dynamic EQ and a 4+2 Band Parametric), four new Delay effects (Tape Echo, Ping Pong, a new Short Delay and new Multi-Tap delays), ‘Guitar Cabinet’ and ‘Bass Cabinet’ emulations and five Reverbs (Ambient, Cathedral, Stadium, Recording Room and Tight ER). These new reverbs increase usability and make reverb set up much easier whilst retaining the supreme audio quality of the ER Verb from Version 1 Live software. A new Phase Scope Tool has also been added. With All-Pass Filters available on all processed paths, the addition of a Phase Scope to the Effects Rack allows the operator to use them more effectively and speed up their setup. Version 2 also includes a number of enhancements to the SSL Effects Rack itself, to streamline effect browsing, naming and routing.

Matrix Outputs
Matrix Outputs now have EQ, All-pass filters and delay processing available. All 36 Matrix Output paths now have available High and Low Pass Filters, a 4-band parametric equaliser, two seconds of delay and our unique All Pass Filters. This is in addition to the two inserts that can be used with both the internal Effects Rack and external processing. As with all the other path types within the Tempest engine, the processing order can also be changed by the operator to customise the signal flow for their requirements on a Matrix-by-Matrix basis.

New Control Surface Functions
A ‘Swap Button’ has been enabled on the console’s Fader Tiles and allows the user to assign any bank of a Fader Tile to the Swap button. Once assigned, the operator uses the Swap function like a ‘Home’ button, letting them jump back to their preferred Fader Bank at any time with one button press. As with the console’s Flip Function, Swap can be used independently per tile or globally if Swap is pressed and held down. With up to 75 banks of faders available, this function adds flexibility and speeds up access no matter how many banks the user has available. A new ‘Focus Channel Lock’ function allows the user to assign a path permanently to the Focus Fader and the Channel Control Tile. Perfect for that important channel that you always need to have control of.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

DPA Microphones Appoints GerrAudio to Lead Canadian Distribution

DPA Microphones is pleased to announce the appointment of GerrAudio as its Canadian distributor. GerrAudio is an established distributor of professional audio equipment for the live performance and broadcast industries across Canada. The company represents some of the industry’s leading wired and wireless intercom, digital mixing console, signal processing and audio test and measurement equipment brands.

“We are very fortunate to be chosen to represent DPA Microphones in Canada,” says Bob Snelgrove, President of GerrAudio. “The quality and performance of the company’s mics are consistent with GerrAudio’s long-standing philosophy of bringing unique audio solutions to the technical teams that support highly creative artists. DPA’s array of products perfectly complements our current collection of state-of-the-art audio equipment. Additionally, while the company’s reputation precedes GerrAudio, we know that many professional users are not fully aware of the flexibility and depth that is available across the product line. To that end, our primary goal will be to provide greatly expanded accessibility to the company through such means as product introductions, education and demonstrations, along with quick accessibility to products and technical support.”

This partnership with GerrAudio signals DPA Microphones’ continued commitment toward growth and customer service throughout North America. To ensure greater product availability for customers in Canada, GerrAudio will carry a full stock of DPA products at its head office in Brockville, Ontario.

“GerrAudio has an impressive reputation as one of the leading pro audio distributors in Canada,” says Niels Jørgen Øhrgaard, DPA Microphones’ Executive Vice President of Sales. “With a local Canadian distributor, we ensure better and more attentive service and support for our new and existing customers in the region. We’re excited about this new partnership and have high expectations for the opportunities it will bring.”

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 always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is 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.

Extron Introduces 12 Powerful TouchLink Pro Touchpanels

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce 12 TouchLink Pro touchpanel models with faster processing, more memory, and enhanced security. Five of these models are available in new 5”, 12”, and 15” sizes with vibrant, capacitive touchscreens and ultra-responsive control surfaces. The four largest models feature edge-to-edge glass and video preview inputs that support high resolution HDCP-compliant video from HDMI sources and Extron XTP devices. All TouchLink Pro touchpanels work with the new IP Link Pro family of control processors and are fully customizable using Extron GUI Designer software. In addition to these touchpanels, Extron is also introducing the TLI Pro 101 TouchLink Interface, which allows third party touchscreen displays to be used as control interfaces within an Extron Pro Series control system. more

HARMAN’s Soundcraft to Host “Mixing with Professionals” Sessions at Prolight & Sound 2014

FRANKFURT, Germany – HARMAN’s Soundcraft is hosting its popular “Mixing with Professionals” (MwP) training sessions at Prolight & Sound 2014 in Frankfurt. The sessions will offer formal training and demonstrations on Soundcraft’s Si Expression range and the groundbreaking new Vi3000 digital live sound console.

“We trained around 2,000 engineers over the past year on the Expression range as well as Vi and know the Vi3000 especially will draw lots of interest at the show,” said Keith Watson, Marketing Director, Soundcraft Studer & AKG, HARMAN Professional. “The MwP sessions offer a great opportunity to get hands-on experience with industry experienced engineers on hand to help and provide tips of the trade, everyone is welcome to join a session.”

The ‘all-in-one-box’ Soundcraft Vi3000 digital live sound console offers a host of state-of-the-art features, a new industrial design, 96 channels to mix, and onboard Dante. The Vi3000 uses the new internal Soundcraft® SpiderCore DSP based on sister company Studer’s Vista 1 engine, with Soundcraft’s Vi Version 4.8 operating software offering the new ‘3D’ Vistonics™ user interface, while adding a fourth 24-channel fader layer to improve access to the console’s 96 input channels. The surface operation and layout is similar to other Vi Series consoles, providing a familiar feel while offering expanded functionality. The Vi3000 also features upgraded microphone preamps and 40-bit Floating Point DSP processing for superlative sound quality.

The MwP sessions will be held on all four days of the show (March 12-15) in both German and English languages at the Harman booth F32 in Hall 8. More details are available at www.soundcraft.com/mwp/events.aspx.

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Belkin Unveils Secure Web Camera Adapter

Only Solution Available that Enables the Secure Use of Web Cameras in Computing Environments where Classified or Sensitive Information is Exchanged

PLAYA VISTA, CA – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today unveiled the Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter, the only solution available that enables the use of standard USB web cameras in computing environments where classified or sensitive information is presented. The new Secure Web Camera Adapter includes a host of security features, including anti-tampering mechanism in the outside packaging, one-time programmable (OTP) protected firmware, and complete isolation of the USB circuit from the computer.

Using web cameras in a secure environment may cause a security breach if not properly protected. Intruders can exploit computers that are non-secure as a result of web cameras that can view and eavesdrop on conversations, without users being aware that the camera is on and active. 

To avoid these potential breaches, Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International, said that the Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter is the only product of its kind in the market, enabling the use of web cameras in environments where security or confidentiality are critical. “Belkin’s Secure Web Camera Adapter is the perfect security solution for environments where computers are present and video calls are used to exchange confidential information,” said Artiz. “It is well-suited for boardrooms, offices, defense, the military, and other areas where sensitive conversations take place.”

The Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter is designed to connect and disconnect a web camera and other USB audio devices at the press of a button. Unlike other adapters, the Belkin web camera adapter makes it very clear to the user when the web camera is active and provides warning before deactivating through a lighting and flashing system. If desired, the user is then able to extend the web camera’s activation period through a simple push of a button.

The Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter is easy and  intuitive to operate, and should be used whenever web  cameras are used in boardrooms, offices, and other  areas where sensitive conversations take place.

Key features of the Secure Web Camera Adapter include:

  • Automatic Timer Mechanism – The timer functionality combined with intuitive LED lights indicate when the camera is active and when the user must press a button to extend the video call if desired; a disconnect button allows the user to immediately disconnect the camera when necessary.
  • Easy Integration and Operation – the adapter operates with two simple buttons, with clear visual indicators of operation and approaching cut-off; it is easily connected with a standard USB port, including the supplied cable.
  • Advanced Security Features – the isolated independent microcontroller cannot be hacked, reprogrammed or tampered with, and all firmware is stored on a non-programmable ROM.
  • Anti-Tamper Protection – Secure and rugged housing, an active anti-tamper mechanism, non-programmable firmware, and tamper-evident packaging and label ensure that the adapter remains secure in transit at all times.
  • Increased Reliability – the adapter’s simple hardened design, and low self-discharge anti-tamper battery, provide years of reliable usage.
  • Interoperability and Operating System Independent – supports all USB web cameras, requiring only the web camera driver software on the connected computer, and all Windows, iOS, LInux ad Chrome operating systems that support the web camera software.

Belkin delivers the necessary components for workstation security, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of government use. For more information visit: Belkin Government. 

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About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.

Tags: government security, cyber security, cyber attack, cyber threat, peripheral security, web camera security, webcam security, audio security, network security

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Belkin Releases Advanced Secure USB Peripheral Switch

New USB Peripheral Switch Delivers Security, Convenience and Control among Multiple Computers with Different Networks at Different Security Levels 

PLAYA VISTA, CA –  Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today introduced the Belkin Advanced Secure USB Peripheral Switch that uniquely enables users to securely share any USB device on up to four different computers with different networks at different security levels. The new switch was designed and tested to support the widest variety of USB devices, including smart card readers, cameras, thumb drives, USB controllers and more. In tandem with Belkin’s patent-pending desktop controller unit, the USB Switch improves usability, situational awareness, and security.

Belkin’s Advanced Secure USB Peripheral Switch is configurable through an easy-to-use and password-protected application, ensuring that only authorized IT personnel have access to defined settings. It enables IT departments to assign a specific USB device access to only some of the computers connected to it, allowing a more exact and secure USB device policy. The switch is able to filter USB devices based on a detailed scheme with rules that allow or block USB devices based on specific, user-defined parameters without using software.

The switch is equipped with a designated port supporting the Belkin Advanced Secure Desktop Controller Unit (DCU). With an easy and intuitive user interface, the secure DCU enables browsing through available networks and a clear indication of selected channels through numbers, as well as programmable text and colors. In order to ensure the highest level of protection, the Advanced Secure Peripheral Switch is equipped with an end-to-end tamper-proof packaging system that prevents physical tampering, as well as color chips and name labels to reduce user-switching errors by providing clear identification. 

Key features of the Advanced Secure USB Peripheral Switch include:

  • USB Device Filtering - The USB device filtering is based on a detailed scheme with the ability to create up to 32 rules that allow or block USB devices based on class, subclass, protocol, serial number, VID and PID.
  • No Shared Resources – The switch is designed to securely operate even when peripheral devices are vulnerable to signaling attacks. The switch does not allow computer access to any shared resource and does not share controllable power sources.
  • Assign USB Devices to Specific Computers – The switch enables users to assign a specific or type of USB device only to some of the computers connected to it – or block others – allowing a more exact and secure USB device policy.
  • Wide Variety of USB Support – The switch was designed and tested to support the widest variety of USB devices.
  • Hot Swap USB Devices – The switch allows hot swapping of USB devices while still connected to the target computers. This enables organizations to create multiple USB device rules, allowing the users to share different devices in a single configuration.
  • Easy-to-Use, Password-Protected Configuration Application – The switch is configurable through an easy-to-use application that can be password-protected, ensuring that only authorized IT personnel can configure the device.
  • DCU (Desktop Controller Unit) Support – The switch supports the patented Belkin Advanced Secure DCU to enable easy and intuitive KVM operation, remotely at the user’s desk. Channel names may be programmed into the DCU display to improve usability, situational awareness and security.
  • Increased Reliability – Using a new, advanced, 25-year anti-tampering battery with an extremely low self-discharge rate, the life expectancy of the switch has been increased dramatically making it the most reliable Advanced Secure USB Peripheral Switch on the market today.

“Until now, USB device access was controlled by software running on the computer which meant it could be hacked or modified. A USB device not issued by an agency can infect the computer system and network which can be used to inject malicious software, for example,” said Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International. “Now with the new USB Peripheral Switch and Belkin DCU, end users can access authorized USB peripherals on their desktops while ensuring network security. And for government agencies and financial institutions, where security is paramount, deploying a hardware-based solution is critical.”

Belkin delivers the necessary components for workstation security, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of government use. For more information visit: Belkin Government.

Tweet this: @BelkinBusiness Secure USB Peripheral Switch Delivers Security, Convenience & Control for Multiple Computers with Different Security Levels

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.

Tags: government security, cyber security, cyber attack, cyber threat, peripheral security, USB security, network security

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 Ushers in the Next Generation of Digital Consoles

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Soundcraft today announced the introduction of its incomparable Vi3000 digital live sound console, offering a host of state-of-the-art features including the groundbreaking internal DSP Soundcraft® SpiderCore, a new industrial design, 96 channels to mix, Dante compatibility and more.

“The new Vi3000 represents a massive leap forward in digital console design and functionality, while also keeping the best elements of the Vi4 and Vi6 consoles,” said Andy Brown, Vi Series Senior Product Manager, Soundcraft. “We have a totally new internal core based on the highly successful Studer Vista 1 and a completely new, more efficiently designed surface running updated operating software. Compared to other consoles in its price range, the Vi3000 offers more input channels, more busses, more faders, and a user interface like no other. We are proud to say the Vi3000 is simply unparalleled in its category.”

The Vi3000 utilizes the new internal DSP SpiderCore based on the company’s Vista 1 engine, with Soundcraft’s Vi Version 4.8 operating software, while adding a fourth 24-channel fader layer to improve access to the console’s 96 input channels. The surface operation and layout is similar to other Vi Series consoles, providing a familiar feel while offering expanded functionality. The Vi3000 features upgraded microphone preamps and 40-bit Floating Point DSP processing for superlative sound quality.

The Soundcraft Vi3000 features an all-new appearance with a more efficiently designed control surface, 36 faders, 24 mono/stereo busses and a sweeping black screen panel with four Vistonics II™ touch screen interfaces with sleek, updated 3D graphics. Because the Vi3000 has four touchscreens, it’s the only console in its class that can be used by two engineers at the same time.

“Visibility of parameters and easy access to them are the most important features a console can have,” Brown noted. “When something unexpected happens—as it always does in live sound—being able to see a lot of settings quickly is a massive advantage.”

The Soundcraft Vi3000 offers extensive rear panel connectivity. In addition to a full complement of analog and digital inputs and outputs, the console provides MIDI, USB, Ethernet, DVI out, Dante/MADI record feed outputs, redundant power supply and other connections. The Vi3000 has two expansion bays that can be fitted with MADI Stagebox cards, to connect multiple Soundcraft Stagebox input expander modules. The Vi3000 can also accommodate the new Soundcraft Realtime Rack, a hardware/software unit designed in collaboration with plug-in manufacturer Universal Audio that provides access to 74 industry-standard UAD plug-ins. The Vi3000 is the first Soundcraft console to incorporate a Dante interface as standard, for seamless digital audio networking with Dante-enabled devices.

Along with its greatly expanded functionality, the Vi3000 retains all the features that have made the Soundcraft Vi Series the consoles of choice for live sound engineers worldwide, such as FaderGlow™ illuminated faders that display different colors according to function, the ability to store and recall snapshots and cues, compatibility with Soundcraft’s ViSi app that allows remote control from an iPad, built-in Lexicon reverb/delays, dbx compression,effects and more.

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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

The Water’s Edge Reincarnated After Super Storm Sandy

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Hurricane Sandy couldn’t have struck this regionally known restaurant/bar/catering facility on the Barnegat Bay at a more inopportune time. The Ziegler family had just purchased the Water’s Edge in Berkeley Twp, New Jersey weeks before when Sandy made its mark on the Jersey Shore. Unfortunately, the structure took a huge hit and the new owners had to rebuild from the ground up.

Calling on the services of Boulevard Pro of Ridgefield Park, N.J., Water’s Edge co-owner Dave Ziegler, requested a completely designed audio/video system solution. “We believe in the Yamaha CIS (Commercial Installation Solutions) Series complete system solution approach, and that is how I presented the new system recommendation to our client,” states James Cioffi, co-owner, Boulevard Pro. “Our experience and reputation combined with the Yamaha support network secured our involvement on this project.” Boulevard also recommended and installed POS, CCTV and DTV systems.

The Water’s Edge venue consists of three large indoor catering spaces including the restaurant, and is used for wedding and large events. An 8,000 sq. ft. outdoor space houses the Tiki Bar and Edge Live, which when weather permits, features live music. Patrons arrive all summer long by land and by sea.

“Our major challenge in designing and installing the new system was time itself! says Ziegler. We had to have a functional Tiki Bar for the summer or we risked losing our loyal customers. Our other major challenge was complying with the sound ordinance and containing the sound within the four wind-break glass walls that surrounded the Tiki Bar that literally sit on top of the water. With the help of Boulevard Pro, we were able to design several zones throughout the Tiki Bar to manage the sound levels out of respect for our neighbors. James Cioffi was one of my most patient vendors, able to do all of this with NO structure in place, plotting zones on our ever changing architectural drawings, and continually modifying the design until we had a final set of drawings.”

The indoor space is outfitted with a Yamaha CIS MTX3 audio processor, two DCP1VS keypads, and 48 Yamaha VXC4W ceiling speakers. The system controls eight audio zones and is using all 12 of the MTX3 inputs. “THE MTX3 is super powerful and sounds great,” says Cioffi. The Yamaha keypads are located in the head end interior location of the space and in the outdoor bar/lounge area, controlled completely via iPad/iPhone. The waterfront bar/lounge system consists of a Yamaha LS9-16 digital audio console, Yamaha TX4n amplifier, Yamaha DXR 12×2 monitors, and IF2112M95 speakers. The Yamaha StageMix App on the LS9 runs live entertainment via an iPad. “The entire venue is beautiful and really impressive, and the Yamaha system is working great,” Cioffi exclaims.

“We are proud to say that we are the premier spot on the Barnegat Bay hosting the best entertainment both inside and out, notes Ziegler. Bands and DJ’s couldn’t be happier coming to play at our venue because they no longer have to haul all of their heavy equipment in to play. It’s a win-win situation. When my general manager isn’t around, I like to take this Ferrari of a sound system for a true test drive!”

For more information on The Water’s Edge, visit www.watersedgeonthebay.com.

For more information on Boulevard Pro, visit www.blvdpro.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CIS Series, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: #1 Water’s Edge Loung
#2 L to R: Boulevard’s James Cioffi and Water’s Edge Co-owner Dave Ziegler

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

SSL Live Console on the Road with Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front Tour

“I am now at the stage where I am sure I would miss Live if I had to revert to my previous system”

OXFORD, ENGLAND – When the company’s owner mandates the use of its latest technology for its first major tour, you can be sure everyone involved, knowing his perfectionist approach, gives it their full attention and then some. Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front tour made full use of the new SSL Live consoles supplied by Britannia Row Productions for the first part of the tour in Sept/Oct 2013, and will continue to demand perfection from the console when the tour resumes in April 2014. Happily, the hard work paid off and artists, engineers and SSL’s design team were all thrilled with the results – as were audiences across Europe.

Three Live consoles were employed to handle the Back to Front performances. One at front-of-house, one was for the band’s monitors and one was used for Peter Gabriel’s monitoring system. All the consoles performed flawlessly.

“The first thing to say about Live is that it sounds really good and makes mixing live audio very easy,” says Ben Findlay, FOH engineer. “You get lots of separation and clarity. The EQ is musical, never harsh, and the dynamics are transparent even when compressing a signal hard, as you would expect from an SSL console. The mixes come together quickly when starting from scratch. Because the audio is very clearly defined, you have more options regarding relative levels, so elements of a mix that may normally be masked with another console are still clearly audible. This leads to accomplishing the often illusive third dimension to a mix that live engineers strive for — and that is a real sense of depth. The console is also extremely reliable with not so much as a flicker during the whole tour. I am now at the stage where I am sure I would miss Live if I had to revert to my previous system. Live is a great console.”

The Live console was designed to appeal to engineers with a range of operational approaches and can be used very flexibly. The Back to Front shows provided clear evidence as the three highly experienced mixers took advantage of the adaptable bus architecture, processing tools and user interface options to support their personal approach to the differing tasks they were managing.

“Ben and I recorded a multi-track version of the Back to Front show during the U.S. tour in 2012, so we had a ready reference to run through the Live console when it became available before official show rehearsals,” says Richard Chappell, Peter Gabriel’s live show coordinator and personal monitoring and studio engineer. “When we first worked with Live, we realized how very exciting and pioneering this console was. This console sounds great. The first part of the learning curve was the impressive touch screen that allowed each of us to configure the setup the way we wanted to work. The needs of monitoring are, after all, different from FOH. For me, Live is the engineering equivalent of what a musical instrument is to a performer. I can now do what I do better with Live. Secondly, I’ve heard horror stories in the past about other new consoles going out and crashing or not working. With Live, we never lost a show, it always worked.”

“Live is a hybrid console that has a touch screen but it’s also button operated; a real crossover between two ways of working,” says monitor engineer Dee Miller. “For an engineer, it’s a very powerful tool and capable of doing a lot of things. What I’ve had to do is learn how to use the desk to mix the show my way, so Live is a tool for any particular job as opposed to bending a job around a different manufacturer’s tool. It’s got some great features on it and it’s very powerful. Live sounds great, the clarity is extremely good and I would just say that you can hear everything really, really well. From an engineering point of view, I made many performers happy with their monitor mixes using Live.”

Photography: York Tillyer
© 2013 Peter Gabriel Ltd.

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