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Hitachi CP-WX8255 Projector Provides Tremendous Benefits to Olive Branch Community Church

Hitachi_OliveBranchCorona, CA, November 25, 2014 – After a less than satisfactory projection setup in Olive Branch Community Church in Corona, California, Director of Technology Services Brian Norwood set out to upgrade the church’s system. The solution was found in the Hitachi CP-WX8255 projector, meeting all of the church’s visions.

“Our video and lighting was pretty rudimentary when I took over as Director,” explained Mr. Norwood. “I had a vision to extend the projected content out to a panorama and invest in enough lighting to make the environment the whole room instead of just the stage.”

Olive Branch Community Church has an attendance of 900 to 1000 people in multiple services on Sundays. The Hitachi projector is mounted on the ceiling and is projected onto a 16 x 9-foot screen. It is the centerpiece of a 5-screen projection setup. For worship services, it displays motion backgrounds and lyrics, title and segment slides during speaking promotions, and virtually all of the video content.

“The budget for this project was very small,” explained Mr. Norwood. “I didn’t even want to pursue it if the projector would not be able to do true HD, and be bright enough to make a major impact.” The Hitachi CP-WX8255 met Mr. Norwood’s needs. “The specs, reputation and value of the CP-WX8255 made it an easy choice. “

Ease of use was a big factor in making the right projector selection. “I think the CP-WX8255 is the very definition of easy to use,” said Mr. Norwood. “We had it unboxed, up, aimed, sized, and focused in less than an hour.”

The CP-WX8255 has been very beneficial to Olive Branch. “Our Church has left-center-right seating and the people in the center were really having to turn quite a bit to view any content. That was especially troublesome for worship, and you had to look across people to see lyrics,” Mr. Norwood explained. “The Hitachi projector and center screen gives them a place of their own for worship content. Also it gives us a real tool in outreach as we finally have a display worthy of hosting movie nights or sporting events.”

In addition, the Church members have been thrilled with the upgrade. “Our congregation loves the addition,” Mr. Norwood added. “Honestly, not a week goes by without someone commenting on the improvement in the visual appeal of the service.”

For more information on Olive Branch Community Church of Corona, CA, visit http://www.olive-branch.org

For more information on Hitachi projectors, visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

About Hitachi America, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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PRO SOUND EFFECTS DEBUTS SOUND DESIGN SPOTLIGHT VIDEO SERIES

Episode 1: How Ryan Billia (Rumble Audio, Brooklyn) is Making it in Indie Film

NEW YORK, NY – Pro Sound Effects®, the next level sound effects library company, has released the first video in its Sound Design Spotlight Series featuring Ryan Billia of Rumble Audio in Brooklyn, NY. The Spotlight Series is designed to bring awareness to the art and craft of sound design and to provide practical knowledge and inspiration for the growing number of aspiring sound designers.

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In the Series debut, Pro Sound Effects takes us into Billia’s one-stop audio post facility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, goes behind the scenes to reveal workflow and creative approach, and finally onto the big screen where Billia shows us how he designed Icelandic Geyser explosion sounds for Land Ho! (Sony Picture Classics) using Pro Tools and the Hybrid Library.

“People hear sound design everywhere, but are not exposed in-depth to the art and craft behind it,” said Douglas Price, Founder & President of Pro Sound Effects. “To raise the bar, we decided to create a series of video interviews with forward-thinking sound designers to capture the creative spirit and technology of storytelling’s other side – that which is heard and not seen.”

Watch the full Spotlight Series video (11:17) here.

Or, skip to Geyser explosion design scene here.

ABOUT the SOUND DESIGN SPOTLIGHT Series:
The Sound Design Spotlight video series interviews forward-thinking sound designers to capture the creative spirit of story-telling through sound design and technology.

ABOUT PRO SOUND EFFECTS:
Pro Sound Effects® curates and delivers the Next Level sound effects library for media producers worldwide. The Pro Sound Effects Library is 220,000+ royalty-free sounds effects available both online and on hard drive. The Library spans the entire sonic spectrum and is continually updated. Founded in 2004, Pro Sound Effects is relied upon by top freelancers and big media production companies worldwide.

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Christie Delivers New Twist to Blending and Warping Capabilities

Christie®, the worldwide leader in digital display technology, is launching three upgraded versions of its ground-breaking Christie Twist™ technology at the Live Design International (LDI) show in Las Vegas. The Christie Twist solution delivers full image warping and advanced edge blending in Christie 3-chip DLP® projectors using powerful software that controls and edge-blends multiple curved images seamlessly on any surface.

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ChristieTwist Image Blending and Warping Module

Easier to use and with better, more precise pixel-to-pixel alignment than ever, the upgraded Christie Twist product family includes three tiers of specialized Twist software  each for different application requirements. ‘Christie Twist’ software is a free download from the Christie website. ‘Christie Twist Premium’ and ‘Christie Twist Pro’ are paid upgrades and provide additional functionality for more complex projects.

Christie Twist and Christie Twist Premium are ideal for live theater and events, projection mapping, tradeshows, large classrooms, corporate boardrooms, museums, house of worship, casinos and entertainments facilities, and more. For more intricate projects – including flight simulators, virtual caves and domes  Christie Twist Pro delivers unlimited arbitrary placement points for even greater accuracy. When purchasing Pro or Premium, customers can buy a dongle to attach to a PC running Twist software or license individual projectors and eliminate the need for a dongle.

“Christie has developed a more advanced Christie Twist family and added a new category with Christie Twist Premium. Each version of Christie Twist is tailored to specific needs: from simple flat screen multi-projector warps and blends to highly multifaceted applications,” said Joel St-Denis, product manager, Christie. “Whether the surface is cylindrical, curved, jagged, or any other non-flat shape or surface, Christie has the right Twist solution for the project.”

Christie Twist technology also provides networked projector control by allowing the user to launch a virtual remote from within the twist software with all the functionality of standard Infrared remotes.
Key features of upgraded Christie Twist family:

Feature Christie Twist

Maximum Projectors – 6
Control Points – Up to 81 Grid control Points
Brightness Uniformity – No
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – No
Auto Blending (Field of View) – No
Arbitrary Point Placement – No

Christie Twist Premium
Maximum Projectors – 18
Control Points – Up to 87 Grid control Points, including 6 arbitrary points
Brightness Uniformity – Yes
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – Yes
Auto Blending (Field of View) – No
Arbitrary Point Placement – Maximum 6

Christie Twist Pro
Maximum Projectors – Unlimited
Control Points – Up to 1500 arbitrary or grid control points
Brightness Uniformity – Yes
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – Yes
Auto Blending (Field of View) – Yes
Arbitrary Point Placement – Yes – Unlimited

Matrox PowerDesk Desktop Management Software Turns 20

Robust, field-proven application gives professional users of Matrox multi-display hardware practical, stable, easy-to-use configuration tools

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced the 20th anniversary of its core desktop management software Matrox PowerDesk™ that lets users of Matrox graphics cards, external multi-display adapters and display wall products easily configure and manage multi-monitor setups. The latest products to include PowerDesk are the new Matrox C-Series cards — C420, the world’s fastest fanless quad-output card, and C680, a high-performance six-head card with board-to-board framelock.

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PowerDesk is designed to provide superior stability and ease of use. It includes a comprehensive set of tools to control a wide array of configurations including stretched or independent desktops, clone mode, pivot, bezel management, and edge overlap. Advanced features such as drag & drop functionality and unattended install simplify multi-display configuration management and shorten set-up times for single- and multi-system deployments. A PowerDesk API is available to third-party software developers and OEMs who wish to incorporate PowerDesk features into their own applications.

“In the early 90s Matrox led the industry by inventing the first graphics processor capable of supporting multiple monitors, addressing a major productivity hurdle by expanding the amount of information that could be viewed at one time. With that innovation came another major breakthrough, Matrox PowerDesk desktop management software, which let users easily customize their multi-display setups,” said David Chiappini, VP R&D, Matrox Graphics Inc. “That software has evolved into a formidable asset over time and is an important component sought by IT administrators, AV integrators and industrial system builders when upgrading corporate PCs, installing display walls and specifying multi-display cards.”

“Matrox has long supported professional users with superior hardware, premium technical assistance, long product life cycles and the easy-to-use PowerDesk software,” said Caroline Injoyan, business development manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “When we had the new C-Series line of multi-display graphics card on the drawing board, it was clear that the hardware had to strike the perfect balance between video output density, performance and power consumption; and that the Matrox PowerDesk software had to be implemented so that customers will continue to benefit from the exceptional stability, usability and versatility they rely on.”

Watch the PowerDesk Video or visit individual Matrox Graphics product pages to learn more:
C-Series graphics cards
M-Series graphics cards
DualHead2Go & TripleHead2Go multi-display adapters
Mura MPX Series capture & display boards
See PowerDesk in action at upcoming tradeshows including ISE (Amsterdam, Feb. 10–12, stand 11-F68) and DSE (Las Vegas, Mar.11–12, booth 1645).

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

HARMAN’s BSS Audio Provides Networking for Italy’s MiCo – Milano Congressi Convention Center

BSSMICO2 copyMILAN, Italy — Fiera Milano SpA is the most important trade show organizer in Italy and its MiCo- Milano Congressi convention center is the largest in Europe, with a capacity for 18,000 attendees and 70 different conference rooms. Located in the heart of Milan, the center has a variety of exhibition spaces and its conference rooms feature a complete range of audio and video connectivity including a comprehensive audio upgrade featuring a HARMAN BSS Audio Soundweb™ London networking solution.

The installation, located in the Northern wing of MiCo, was designed and built by Volume Srl, Euphon S.p.A. Group with support from HARMAN Professional Italian distributor Leading Technologies. The installation interfaces with the existing BSS Audio network that Leading Technologies provided for the South Block section of the facility.

The backbone of the system is provided by BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-806 signal processors, which offer configurable I/O, signal processing, Audinate’s Dante™ audio transport and Harman’s BLU link digital audio bus. Thirty-seven BLU-806 devices are installed in 18 rooms (along with an audio mixer), with each room’s EQ correction programmed into the BLU-806 devices. The BLU-806 was specified because it is the only Dante-supporting DSP device that could handle the required amount of signal routing and processing and enable a dual-redundant Dante network to run throughout MiCo North.

The system utilizes HARMAN HiQnet Audio Architect™ software, which provides comprehensive configuration, control and monitoring of the system.

According to Leading Technologies engineer Roberto Frigerio, the size of the project was matched by its urgency. “In the spring, the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union decided to bring various international meetings to MiCo. The organization also wanted to test the waters regarding staging other international corporate events beginning in 2015. Despite our successful installation in the South Block two years earlier, we had to prove we could accommodate these new demands and seamlessly integrate the new installation with the existing one – and under severe time and budgetary constraints.”

In addition to providing audio and video connectivity throughout the convention center, a major requirement was to standardize operation of the system in any room and accommodate a number of diverse A/V sources. “The BSS Audio Soundweb London system takes in the audio inputs from the mixing consoles via Dante and feeds the amplifiers through BLU link,” explained Volume’s project manager Marco Salviati. Users now also have the ability to send A/V from one room to all the others, enabling multiple rooms to share the same content, yet have individual volume levels.

109 JBL Control® 28 loudspeakers deliver audio throughout MiCo’s rooms. The speakers are powered by nine Crown DriveCore™ Install 4I300N amplifiers. In addition, a pair of JBL LSR305 powered studio monitors are used to provide a sonic reference in the master control room.

“For such a complex and flexible installation, it’s really simple to operate,” noted Dick Cranbe, the Audinate consultant on the project. “Every room can be run completely independently, and where rooms are linked together a user can use a single audio mixer to control the volume of all the rooms.”

“The project has lived up to its expectations, which were extremely high,” concluded Frigerio. “Until now, there was no facility in Italy capable of hosting large international meetings, which meant that we lost business to other countries. With the advent of the new BSS Audio system, MiCo is truly in the forefront of the world’s convention centers, and we’ve brought a new level of professionalism and new job opportunities into our domestic market.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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New H.264 Streaming Media Processor with FlexOS Now Shipping

Extron SMP 351Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the SMP 351 Streaming Media Processor with FlexOS, an H.264 streaming media processor that captures and distributes live AV sources and presentations. With five available inputs, the SMP 351 creates high-impact content by combining two high resolution signals, a background image, and metadata, into dynamic layouts that enhance a presentation’s message. It supports both live streaming and recording capabilities, delivering presentations to anywhere a network can reach. With Extron’s FlexOS embedded operating system, the SMP 351 adapts easily to new requirements. Extron FlexOS applications on the SMP 351 can be configured to interface with control ports and automate system operation. It is easy to use, and with no licensing fees, has a low cost of ownership. The SMP 351 is a flexible, cost-effective way to deliver presentations to a larger audience. more

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Introduces New LED Video Solutions For Dynamic Designs and Exterior Installations

MARTIN_VDO Fenix 6LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Today at LDI 2014, HARMAN’s Martin Professional introduced a range of new LED Video solutions for creating more dynamic lighting designs and exterior installations that include the Exterior PixLine™ family, the VDO Fenix 6™, and the VDO Sceptron™ family.

“It’s an exciting time for us with so many products launched recently and so many new to be launched today at LDI in Las Vegas,” said Peter Skytte, Head of Product Management, Martin Professional. “We’re bringing a variety of new products to the Market across our entire product range, including controllers, atmospheric effects, LED video, lighting and RUSH by Martin.”

VDO Fenix 6™

The VDO Fenix 6 is a touring-friendly outdoor LED video panel with 6 mm pixel pitch and full cross-rental compatibility. The robust and ergonomic frame eliminates the need to use an add-on touring frame and allows for fast and easy build-up of LED video walls. Easy to assemble and configure, set up of the VDO Fenix 6 requires just one person.

“The VDO Fenix 6 marks the start of our third generation of LED video panels,” said Wouter Verlinden, Product Manager – LED Video, Martin Professional “ It is set to become an industry standard for rental companies that focus on quality and cross-rentability.”

The Fenix 6 is controlled by Martin’s P3 System Controller family, which also controls Martin’s creative LED video products, ensuring bright and optimal image quality in a variety of outdoor (and indoor) applications. Every Fenix 6 panel is calibrated to match Martin’s existing LED video panels, ensuring easy and seamless integration with previous models.

For more information on the VDO Fenix 6, please visit: http://youtu.be/fXefXV6ZUSc

VDO Sceptron™
The VDO Sceptron family features linear outdoor-rated LED video fixtures with 10, 20, or 40 mm pixel pitch and an extensive range of field-exchangeable optical accessories that offer a wide variety of looks. Controlled by the Martin P3 System Controller family, VDO Sceptron fixtures boast simple configuration, mapping and setup. The Sceptron family is also backwards compatible with DMX for smaller setups. Integrated power and data cabling allows for long daisy-chains with many fixtures per cable-run, while the power supply can be located backstage (up to 50 m away) for a clean setup avoiding messy cabling and several driver boxes.

For more information on the VDO Scpetron Family, please visit: http://youtu.be/ERCRRFASA64

Exterior PixLine™
Martin’s Exterior PixLine is a family of linear LED video fixtures for media-facades and creative installations. Featuring a rugged outdoor-rated design, a range of pixel pitches (10, 20, and 40mm), and fully customizable length and color capabilities, the Exterior PixLine ensures seamless integration with any design or application.

The family is driven by the Martin P3 System Controller family for easy configuration, mapping and setup, and is also backwards compatible with DMX for smaller setups.

For more information on Martin’s creative LED Video solutions, please visit: www.Martin.com

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Launches MAC Aura XB™ Wash Light, M-Touch™ Lighting Console, and RUSH Gobo Projector 1™ at LDI 2014

MARTIN_MAC Aura XBLAS VEGAS, Nevada — Underscoring their position as a leading provider of innovative lighting solutions for the live production and installation markets, HARMAN’s Martin Professional today introduced the MAC Aura XB™ wash light, M-Touch lighting console, and RUSH Gobo Projector 1™.

“It’s an exciting time for us with so many products launched recently and so many new to be launched today at LDI in Las Vegas,” said Peter Skytte, Head of Product Management, Martin Professional. “We’re bringing a variety of new products to the Market across our entire product range, including controllers, atmospheric effects, LED video, lighting and RUSH by Martin.”

MAC Aura XB™

Incorporating many new features first introduced in Martin’s MAC Quantum Wash™, the MAC Aura XB™ combines a super compact design and low weight with a new color mixing system and an optimized lens design for tighter beams and more even washes The Aura XB uses a super bright, single lens wash with fully premixed color to provide beautiful and robust color washes. The luminaire also boasts low power consumption and a prolonged service life.

For more information on the MAC Aura XB, please visit: http://youtu.be/94XXX47vUF8

Martin M-Touch
As the latest member of Martin’s M-Series consoles, the M-Touch is an affordable console surface that connects with any M-series console or PC running M-PC for both small shows and professional use. The M-Touch boasts a rugged aluminum design and is the most powerful controller of its class with a full 512 DMX channels that are expandable up to 65,000 channels.

The M-touch features two new innovative technologies never before used in lighting consoles: Force Sensor Resistive Faders (FSR) and Pressure Sensitive Buttons (PSB). The console has 10 playback FSR faders, each with two controller buttons and one PSB Button, while the console’s programming section uses four FSR encoders for easy control over fixture parameters. An additional set of 10 PSB buttons can bet set for playback or other programmable functions.

The console also offers easy control with direct access to common programming buttons including Record, Delete, Group, Cue update, Beat trig, Main Go/Pause/Release and a multitude of others.

For more information on the M-Touch, please visit: www.martin.com/en-US/Product-Details/M-Touch

RUSH Gobo Projector 1™
Ideal for clubs, bars, restaurants, shopping malls, and other applications that require gobo projection, the RUSH Gobo Projector 1™ is a compact LED fixture with silent operation. Easy-touch buttons allow for easy adjustment of focus, speed, and direction, while a magnetic gobo holder allows for simple gobo changes in seconds.

For more information on the RUSH Gobo Projector 1, please visit: http://www.martin.com/en-US/Product-Details/RUSH-Gobo-Projector-1

For more information on Martin’s lighting solutions, please visit: www.martin.com

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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HARMAN’s Lexicon Hardware and Software Gets in the Mix at Right Coast Recording

Bobby-SittingSALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Since 1990, Columbia, Pennsylvania’s Right Coast Recording has been a haven for area and national artists, from local luminaries like Burning Bus, Beru Revue and Jump the Gun to top artists like Billy Joel, the Dixie Chicks and Yes. Built around a 42′ x 35′ x 16′ main studio space that encourages live tracking sessions, the central PA studio combines the best of old-school and cutting-edge recording technologies – with HARMAN’s Lexicon plug-ins and processors as key sonic elements.

“We’ll use whatever it takes to get the right sounds for our artists and corporate clients,” said Bobby Gentilo, Manager at Right Coast. “More often than not, Lexicon reverbs and effects find their way into the final mix.” Right Coast’s Lexicon arsenal includes the PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle, two 224 digital reverbs, an MX200 effects processor and a classic PCM 70 digital effects processor. Gentilo first started recording at an early age by bouncing tracks from one cassette tape deck to another. “I got into writing songs and needed to know how to get the sounds I wanted to hear on tape. As a young musician I realized early on that sometimes people had one specific way to get a sound that I didn’t necessarily care for or agree with.” As a result Gentilo became a self-confessed “studio rat,” building a rudimentary studio with fellow band members in a subleased space. When the band ended up “being kicked out literally overnight,” Gentilo knew it was time to make the next move, eventually and perhaps inevitably connecting with Right Coast studio owner Dave Natale.

Gentilo notes that “Dave was doing what I had always envisioned,” as owner of Right Coast and front of house engineer for artists including Olivia Newton-John, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie and many more (he currently mixes shows for The Rolling Stones). “His approach to getting recordings to sound somehow natural and ‘right’ and with dynamics, clarity and punch was what I had been trying to achieve.” At the time Right Coast was totally analog. “I knew computers and knew there were benefits to both analog and digital. I felt that Right Coast could move to a combined old-school meets new-school approach. Besides, Dave liked my band,” Gentilo laughed. Natale agreed and the two of them have been working together ever since.

Reverb is an essential recording technique, and Gentilo is adamant about using it properly. “When you use reverb, it has to be believable, whether you’re trying to create a sonic space that sounds like an actual room or hall would sound like or making a voice or instrument stand out with some type of special effect. The reverb still needs to have that natural quality, and that’s one of the many areas in which Lexicon excels.” He noted that sometimes the best use of reverb is when it’s sonically invisible. “Some of the Lexicon reverb types can really enhance a track even if you don’t realize they’re there – but then when you take them away the track loses something.”

Whether he’s working with analog or digital, Gentilo finds Lexicon’s versatility enabled him to get just the right reverb for either. He uses the Right Coast’s two Lexicon 224 digital reverbs as an overall bus to the studio’s analog mixing console, with one dedicated entirely to vocals. He uses the Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle to add what he calls “depth of field” to individual instruments or to the overall mix and to fine-tune the reverb on guitars. He also likes the fact that he can instantly recall a reverb setting using the plug-in, whether he’s set up with an analog or a digital mixing board for a particular recording or mixing session. “I’ve been using the Lexicon hardware reverbs for a long time and am comfortable with them, but if I didn’t have them I would be fine using just the Plug-In Bundle.”

Gentilo notes that from one day to the next Right Coast might be recording a current indie band, a 90 year-old bluesman from Mississippi, a gospel group, a hip-hop group rapping over beats and samples or something completely unexpected. “No matter what I’m recording, I don’t want to use reverb just for sonic ‘sweetening’ or for its own sake. I want to achieve a certain vibe or an emotion. With Lexicon, I know I can create that.”

“Bobby is a great example of how to successfully mix old school hardware with newer plug-ins to give clients the best of both worlds. Right Coast is a model studio and its great to see Lexicon continue to be such a central element to the work they are doing at Right Coast Recording,” stated Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA, Recording and Broadcast, HARMAN Singal Processing.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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NEG EARTH’s Lighting Crew Speaks of Life on the Road and Working With HARMAN’s Martin Professional

robbie_backstageTwo weeks into Robbie Williams’, Swings Both Ways Tour, some of the lighting crew members from NEG EARTH talked about their jobs, their lives and their experience of touring and working behind the scenes on a major production with HARMAN’s Martin Professional.

Lighting Electrician, Peter ‘Kiss’ Horne and Lighting Technicians, Davide Palumbi, Mike Maslen and Alessandro Schillaci gave some insight on the behind the scenes. Different circumstances got them to where they are today. Davide had done a bit of lighting in his native Italy, fell in love with a Brit and came over to the UK and applied to work for NEG EARTH. Kiss was originally supposed to study civil engineering, but got involved with the stage crew at his university. Alessandro, also an Italian, and Australian Mike both worked with local crews in their home countries and both aspired to eventually work for NEG EARTH, as NEG EARTH is known for working with the very best equipment.

To see people enjoying themselves and to have a show that runs without any problems is a nice bonus, but to the crew a good day is when nothing goes wrong and no one gets hurt. “That being said, NEG EARTH is one of the best companies in the business and we always do our best to ensure optimal safety and performance,” Schillaci added.

As opposed to a lighting designer, this crew’s primary concern is not the brightness, output or color-mixing of a fixture. They are more preoccupied with the physical characteristics of a fixture. “When I’m faced with a new fixture, initially I’m interested in two things,” said Kiss. “How much does it weigh and will I be able to lift it? I’ll grab the handles and if I’m able to pick it up easily, I like it.”

Another crucial point for the crew is the reliability of a fixture. When they have finished loading, they don’t want to be spending all afternoon fixing broken fixtures. “There’s very rarely any issues with the MAC Quantum,” explained Maslen. “When we do have to make repairs, they are easy to fix, easy to get to, easy to service and easy to replace. Basically, Martin fixtures and particularly the MAC Quantum Wash makes our lives simpler.”

Although the quality of light is not the crew’s priority, they are able to appreciate the MAC Quantum for it’s sublime lighting qualities. Compared to older LED fixtures, where the individual RGBs were visible, the front of the Quantum looks nice with its converged light source.

Also, when asked what lighting added to a performance, all were in agreement that lighting played a huge role in major productions such as the Robbie Williams tour. “Without lighting, it’s just a performance. Add lighting to the equation and then it becomes a show,” Kiss stated.

Life on the road is not for the faint-hearted. It can be tough to be away from family and loved ones for long periods of time. “To thrive in this job, it is very important to have good people around you; to feel part of a family,” said Schillaci. There isn’t much privacy with 12-16 people on a tour bus, and so it is imperative with mutual respect and an understanding of each other’s boundaries and that there’s room for individuality and personal quirks and traits.

There’s a real sense of team spirit among the crew and most of them go way back. The lighting crew and half the video crew have been working together since 2009 when they were on tour with Muse, then with Take That, then with Muse again and now with Robbie Williams. So when started it didn’t take long before everything was running like a well-oiled machine, before everyone had found their place and work routines were fully optimized.

When asked what the crew’s best piece of advice would be to people wanting to get into the industry, their answers were unanimous: get a degree first, so you have something to fall back on. As they explained it, chances are that touring life won’t suit a person forever. But then again, some people can’t stay away from it once they’ve had a taste. Some people even swear that they would jump at the chance to stop touring but at the end of the day, touring becomes a way of life. “I must say that none of us think of ourselves as stars – we’re just the crew behind the backdrop,” concluded Kiss.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

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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