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HARMAN’s dbx Introduces 676 Tube Mic Pre Channel Strip

dbx-676-FrontSALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s dbx today announced the introduction of its model 676 Tube Mic Pre Channel Strip, a vacuum tube-based microphone preamplifier that offers a host of flexible sound-tailoring options to deliver extraordinary audio quality in recording and live sound applications.

The dbx 676 employs a high-gain, Class A tube preamp section based around a 12AU7 vacuum tube that can be adjusted to be clean and pure-sounding or dirty and full of harmonic character. The 676 incorporates the Compressor/Limiter design from the highly sought-after dbx 162SL and a 3-band parametric EQ, enabling exacting control of dynamics and tonal balance.

“We created the dbx 676 to be nothing less than the ultimate mic preamp,” said Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast, HARMAN Signal Processing. “Whether you need a preamp that provides pristine, rich sound quality and tube warmth, want to add some edge and personality to vocals and instruments or are seeking to improve the sound of your recording or live rig, the dbx 676 is the ideal tool for taking your sound to the highest level.”

The dbx 676 offers ¼-inch and XLR inputs and outputs, a front-panel instrument input and a side chain insert. An optional digital output card is available. The 676 allows for precise tailoring of input and output levels which can be monitored by its large multi-function VU meter.

The compressor/limiter section provides extremely flexible control of dynamics including threshold, attack, gain and release, auto attack and release, hard and soft knee compression, dbx-exclusive AutoVelocity™ manual and OverEasy® modes and PeakStop™ limiting algorithm and many additional functions. The 676’s 3-band parametric EQ allows adjustment of level and bandwidth at frequencies that have been carefully chosen for maximum musical effectiveness.

Although comprehensive in its capabilities the dbx 676 is designed for ease of use, with its vintage-style controls and VU metering. The 676 features military-grade build for total reliability and mounts in a 2U rack space.

The dbx 676 Tube Mic Pre Channel Strip will be available in January 2015 at a U.S. street price of $999.95.

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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Chandler Limited Announces REDD.47 Pre-Amplifier

Chandler Limited REDD.47 Pre Amp - EMI Abbey Road StudiosChandler Limited adds tube pre-amplifier to its Abbey Road Studios series

Shell Rock, IA – October 2014 … Chandler Limited, recognized globally for signal processing and related music and audio products that deliver the classic analog sounds recording and professional musicians seek, announces addition of the REDD.47 pre-amplifier to Chandler’s esteemed Abbey Road Studios product line.

The REDD.47 microphone pre-amplifier, considered a ‘holy grail’ to some, is most closely associated with the sound of The Beatles’ records recorded at Abbey Road Studios from 1964-1968. Today, 50 years later, Chandler Limited revives this legendary sound with its own incarnation of the famous REDD.47.

The origins of the REDD.47 began at Abbey Road Studios’ technical division, the ‘Record Engineering Development Department’,  in 1958. The REDD.47 line amplifier was designed as the replacement for Telefunken’s V72S. The latter was a specially modified version of the Telefunken V72 valve amplifier, used in the early EMI REDD mixing consoles at Abbey Road Studios.

The REDD.47 tube amplifier was introduced as the plug-in all-purpose line amplifier component for EMI’s next generation REDD.51 mixing console, first built in 1959. However, Abbey Road’s Studio Two, home to the majority of The Beatles’ recording sessions, only received its REDD.51 mixing console in 1964. The REDD.47 left its unmistakable sonic character on every Beatles record from 1964 to 1968.

Chandler Limited’s re-imagination of the REDD.47 realizes the punchy, aggressive sound of the original pre-amplifier, while adding new features required for the rigors of today’s recording studio environment. One of the features of Chandler Limited’s REDD.47 design is increased gain, allowing a range of tonal options from pristine clean sound to classic rich, saturated tone with up to 2% harmonic distortion before clipping. The Chandler Limited REDD.47 pre-amp easily reproduces the distortions heard on The Beatles’ ‘Revolution.’

The introduction of the REDD.47 tube pre-amplifier is a milestone for the Shell Rock, Iowa pro-audio manufacturer and Chandler’s heralded Abbey Road Studios product line. Chandler Limited founder and chief designer, Wade Goeke, had this to say,

“Obviously this is a big step for Chandler Limited. The REDD.47 is possibly the most famous mic pre of all time and we all wanted it to be special in sound, function, and appearance. From using the original documentation, to remolding the jumbo old style knobs, to reviving the Rumble Filter, every part of this design has been special . . . and if you’re wondering . . . yes, it distorts in that special way just like on the old songs!”

Equally excited for the new REDD.47 pre-amplifier is Abbey Road Studios’ Head of Audio Products, Mirek Stiles,

“Abbey Road Studios is proud to see the legendary REDD.47 microphone pre-amp brought back to life as a hardware unit. The distinctively warm and sometimes aggressive sound the REDD.47 is known for has made a huge impact on some of the most important historical recordings of all time. It’s very exciting to know the famous ‘edgy treble’ sound will now be available to engineers, producers and artists all over the world.”

Chandler Limited’s REDD.47 pre-amp has the ability to be used as a mic pre-amp, line amplifier, or serve as a D/I, and is sure to become a record production staple of recording studios worldwide.

To learn more about Chandler Limited’s REDD.47 pre-amp visit: http://chandlerlimited.com/redd-47-pre-amp

Chandler Limited expects to begin shipping the highly anticipated REDD.47 pre-amp during first quarter 2015.

 

About Chandler Limited

Headquartered in Shell Rock, Iowa, Chandler Limited, Inc. is a boutique manufacturer of high-end signal processors, mixers, and amplifiers for musicians and audio professionals. Recognized globally for its exquisitely handmade products and the company’s high profile clientele, Chandler’s product offerings include the Abbey Road/TG line, its unique Germanium transistor series of products, the 500 Series Modules, plus its recently introduced guitar pedals and amplifier. For additional information about all Chandler Limited products, please visit the company online at www.chandlerlimited.com.

About Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios are the most famous recording studios in the world and an iconic symbol of British music.  They have been home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology.  Opened in November 1931, Abbey Road Studios were the world’s first purpose-built recording studios.  The hallowed building has a phenomenal history spanning over 80 years, during which the studios have hosted many of the world’s most famous artists, including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies, Kate Bush, Oasis, Florence and the Machine, Adele and Lady Gaga.  Abbey Road is also one of the world’s premiere locations for movie scoring.  Since the 1980s, scores for films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Braveheart, and The King’s Speech have been recorded there.  The list continues with many other major titles, including Shrek, Prometheus, Harry Potter, Skyfall, and The Hobbit.

 

Abbey Road Studios, EMI, REDD and their associated logos are trademarks of EMI (IP) Limited.

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ATC ANNOUNCES NEW LINE OF POWER AMPLIFIERS – THE P1 PRO AND P2 PRO

ATC_P1_PROLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 2014: The TransAudio Group is proud to announce the release of two new MOSFET Class A/B design dual mono power amplifiers from ATC – the P1 Pro and P2 Pro. At 150W/ch into 8 Ohms and 300W/ch into 8 Ohms respectively, these fan-less, rack-mountable power amplifiers offer the perfect solution for any studio wishing to get the best out of their passive monitors, including the all-new ATC SCM20PSL Pro.

Both models feature a 19-inch rack-mount chassis with front panel mounted standby button and L/R clip indication. The amplifiers incorporate the same gain reduction and loudspeaker protection circuits that are used in the ATC active monitors. These circuits ensure that the amplifier will not clip, even when working at very high volumes, which protects the loudspeakers from damage and improves the subjective performance of the entire system. Importantly, neither amplifier uses a fan, so they can be placed anywhere, including the control room.

The P1 Pro and P2 Pro are of a ‘true’ dual mono design: the power supplies, signal, and return paths are totally separated from each other. This approach maximizes signal separation and minimizes crosstalk. Further, intermodulation between channels via the power supplies is reduced to an absolute minimum at all frequencies, and the power demand from one channel cannot affect the specified power available to the other channel.

Brad Lunde, president of the TransAudio Group, ATC’s U.S. distributor stated, “ATC is famous for building active studio reference monitors that give engineers a consistent, honest reflection of their work. Although ATC’s revolutionary drivers and chasses get most of the credit for the brand’s legendary transparency, ATC’s superbly-designed amplifiers deserve equal credit. Just as the new passive ATC SCM20PSL Pro gives engineers access to ATC’s loudspeaker without the amplification, the new ATC P1 Pro and P2 Pro give engineers access to ATC’s zero-compromise amplification without the loudspeaker itself. Any reference monitor will benefit from the clean power of an ATC P1 Pro or P2 Pro.”

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.

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Extron Now Shipping MediaLink Controllers with Sleek New Designs

Extron MLC 55 SeriesExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MLC 55 RS and MLC 55 RS VC. These economical, easy-to-use MediaLink controllers are used for common AV functions such as power, input selection, and volume in single display applications. They feature a sleek new look, with redesigned backlit buttons and magnetically-attached faceplates that hide the mounting screws and configuration ports, giving the controllers a refined, uncluttered appearance. Both models include unidirectional RS-232 and IR display control, as well as discrete ON and OFF display power controls. The MLC 55 RS VC model features a newly-designed, larger volume knob for smooth, precise volume control of Extron MPA Series and select XTRA Series amplifiers. Flexible mounting options allow the controllers to be installed virtually anywhere, including walls, lecterns, or tables. more

Dega Broadcast Systems Delivers Pristine Audio from Commonwealth Games with HARMAN’s Studer Vista Consoles and Route 6000 System

Audio engineer Richard Sillitto mixes “Tonight at the Games” using a Studer Vista 9 digital console.  Photo Credit: Martin Deane

Audio engineer Richard Sillitto mixes “Tonight at the Games” using a Studer Vista 9 digital console.
Photo Credit: Martin Deane

GLASGOW, United Kingdom – In the largest multi-sport event ever held in Glasgow, Scotland, the 2014 Commonwealth Games brought together athletes from 71 nations and territories competing in 18 different sports. The Games took place in multiple venues throughout Glasgow; Dega Broadcast Systems of Basingstoke, UK, was contracted by the BBC to provide the additional technical facilities required to cover the events. Highlighting Dega’s broadcast equipment were multiple HARMAN Studer Vista digital audio consoles.

Among the equipment Dega provided was a 52-fader Vista 9 digital console, which was used for BBC Three’s coverage of the games. The Vista 9 was also used in the evenings for an entertainment highlights show on BBC One called “Tonight at the Games.” Dega also supplied a Vista 1 console to equalize and balance all the incoming commentaries.

In addition, Dega used a Studer Route 6000 routing and signal processing system, which was connected to the Vista 9 and Vista 1, as well as a Riedel MediorNet system. The Route 6000 was used to route commentary and coordinate circuits between feeds and venues under the control of BNCS software.

“We have a good relationship with Studer and have used their equipment successfully in the past,” said John Cleaver of Dega Broadcast Systems. “The Studer consoles performed extremely well during the Commonwealth Games.”

The Studer Route 6000 system can accommodate up to 1728 x 1728 inputs and outputs. The main DSP Core is highly suited to space-conscious installations. Equipped with an internal D21m I/O system with up to 192 inputs and outputs, it takes up only 6U of rack space, while multiple cores are simply interconnected using CAT5 tie lines.

“The Vista 9 proved a great platform for both the daytime sports coverage and the evening entertainment show,” said Richard Sillitto, audio engineer at the Commonwealth Games. “The VistaMix and snapshot capabilities are great tools for the ‘of the moment’ nature of sports coverage, mixed with the demands of an LE show.”

For more information on Dega Broadcast Systems, please visit www.dega.co.uk

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.

Annual New England Emerging Technologies & Home Awareness Expo Takes Place October 15th & 16th

Northeast Catalyst AV Network Member Easy Access Distribution Hosts Annual Emerging Technologies & Home Awareness Expo October 15th and 16th

Two action-packed days featuring the latest from 30 brands, a Dolby Atmos demo and trainings from Nest, Luxul, Sonance and Wilson Electronics

Location: Courtyard by Marriot in Billerica, Massachusetts

Burlington, MA – October 9, 2014 – Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) – the Northeast region member of the Catalyst AV distribution network – is hosting its annual Emerging Technologies & Home Awareness Expo at the Billerica, Massachusetts Courtyard by Marriot on October 15th and 16th.

30 manufacturers will participate in the dealer event. They are 2Gig, Alarm.com, APC, Atlona, Boston Acoustics, BrightSign, Catalyst AV Wire & Cable, Chief, ClearView CCTV, DaLite, Definitive Technology, Dropcam, Denon, Dynamat, enerG, EnGenius, Heos by Denon, IC Realtime, ICE Cable Systems, iPort, Launchport, Luxul, Marantz, Nest, Perfect Path, Pro Control, Raxxess by Chief, RTI, Russound, Sonance, TiVo, Vanco, Vivitek, and Wilson Electronics.

Specialized trainings offered include The Internet of Things is Here sponsored by Nest / Dropcam; It’s All About the Network sponsored by Luxul; The Home Theater Experience sponsored by Sonance and Boosting a Better Signal sponsored by Wilson Electronics.

A Dolby Atmos demonstration featuring Vivitek projectors, Definitive Technology, Denon and DaLite will be a main attraction as well.

Food and refreshments will be served throughout the two-day event.

The event takes place from 8:30 AM – 7 PM October 15th and 16th at the Courtyard by Marriot in Billerica, MA. Dealers interested in attending can register by calling 781.893.3999 or email info@easyaccessdistribution.com

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12-independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

Digital Vision Heads To AMIA 2014 Annual Conference

Digital VisionLos Angeles, CA/London, UK – Digital Vision will be on hand for the Association of Moving Archivists Annual Conference, which kicks off today in Savannah, Georgia. One of the most important events in the restoration and preservation community, AMIA’s Annual Conference provides an opportunity for a diverse array of professionals and companies to participate in an intensive learning forum for audio visual preservation and access. The Conference takes place from October 8 to October 11, 2014.

At the Conference, Digital Vision will be participating in the AMIA Vendor Café, two full days of access to experts who are on hand to answer questions, consult and spend time with Conference attendees. Digital Vision’s Phoenix restoration software will be on display, and the new enhanced DVO DeFlicker and DVOReGrain tools will be showcased in the U.S. for the first time. Also on display will be the THOR 4K, a hardware accelerator designed for running the most demanding algorithms in real-time or faster.

Digital Vision is able to offer a complete workflow from film scanning to restoration and archiving. The company’s Golden Eye 4 archive scanner incorporates new features and enhancements including universal optics, and can scan any film size from 8mm to 70mm without changing the optics. In addition, Digital Vision’s Bifrost Archive Bridge is a unique scalable solution, suitable for archives of any size. It comprises various workflow components that can be utilized either as a complete end-to-end solution or integrated into existing infrastructures depending on individual requirements.

Digital Vision has been able to transition its business across both the broadcast and archive worlds due to its heritage and continued development of its technology in motion compensated standards conversion, automation, media management and monitoring.

To book a demo or meeting at the Vendor Café or meet during the Conference, please contact Patrick Morgan patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se or visit www.digitalvision.tv

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About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Linköping in Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners and the Bifrost Archive Bridge solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognised highest quality in scanning, film digitisation, preservation and archiving.

In April 2011, Digital Vision acquired Image Systems and is now a division of the Image Systems group of companies. For more information, visit www.digitalvision.se

All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:
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DPA Microphones Makes Incognito’s Percussion Sound Crisp and Clear

Joao Caetano Incognito 1

Jazz Funk band Incognito celebrates its 35th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion the band was recently filmed at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire for a live convert DVD.

To ensure that the sound was as a tight as possible, Incognito’s percussionist Joao Caetano took along his own selection of DPA microphones including four d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and a stereo pair of d:dicate™ 4011A cardioid microphones, which were used as overheads for the recording.

“Normally I use d:dicate™ 4011A Cardioid microphones for studio work and rely on the d:vote 4099 Instruments Microphones for live performance. But on this occasion we were recording audio for a DVD so I supplemented the line-up with the d:dicate 4011As because I wanted to capture the best sound possible. Our front of house engineer, Chris Lewis, was very happy that I had brought them out of the studio for the task. He always insists that I use my DPAs on all our gigs.”

25-year-old Caetano is a fully fledged member of Incognito having joined Jean Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick’s band in 2010. Originally from Macau, he came to the UK to study Music at Chichester University. Since graduating he has worked as a professional percussionist in the UK and has also composed and recorded music for television. Alongside his Incognito projects, Caetano has also worked and performed with the likes of Chaka Khan, Leona Lewis, Jessie J, Dionne Bromfield, Mario Biondi.

“Although I am primarily a percussionist, I am also very melodic because I studied violin for 12 years and guitar while I was at university,” he says. “I incorporate an awareness of other instruments into my work and I do like to capture the best sound possible, both in the studio and on the live stage. This is the main reason why I invested in my own selection of DPA microphones – in my opinion they are the best microphones in the world. They wipe the floor with everything else.”

Incognito tours every year and 2014 is no exception. The band are currently performing at various venues around Europe and Caetano takes his trusted d:votes with him wherever he goes.

“I use them on my congas and bongos because they deliver a really crisp, clear sound,” he explains. “They are very reliable and, of course, very portable because they are so small. I love the fact that they are well engineered and that they can be used on a range of instruments thanks to the clips that DPA has designed for them. Everything about them is good – even down to the cables and the case they come in. Compared to other microphones, they are streets ahead and once you have tried them you never go back to anything else.”

Joao Caetano is also working on a solo album project and says this will be recorded with DPA microphones because he wants it to sound ‘beautiful’.

“I’m playing guitar on this album and I’m definitely using my d:dicate 4011A microphones to capture that,” he says. “I have also been recommending DPA microphones to other musicians that I work with and am more than happy to point them in the direction of DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network, who were a great help when I was buying my own microphones.”

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

iZotope Announces New Version of Mastering Software

Ozone 6, a complete mastering platform featuring an elegant and modern interface, will preview to the public at AES 137

Cambridge, MA (October 8, 2014) — iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has announced an update to its critically acclaimed line of mastering software, Ozone.

iZotope-Ozone-6-box

Launching this fall, Ozone 6 is the latest version of iZotope’s complete mastering system. For the first time, the mastering workflow is centered around creativity: Ozone 6’s modern visual paradigm guides and inspires users of all experience levels at every step, so they can freely experiment with ease—or dial in their signature sound in just a few clicks.

Whether they are mastering engineers or home studio producers, Ozone 6 gives users everything they need to effortlessly produce professional-sounding masters in one elegant standalone application.

iZotope at AES 137
iZotope product specialists will preview Ozone 6 to the general public at AES (Booth 1100) in Los Angeles from October 9 – 12. AES attendees can view a demo of Ozone 6, hear from top audio industry figures, and learn the latest research and technology information. iZotope plans to release further information about Ozone 6’s features throughout the coming weeks.

Pricing
Ozone 6 - $199 USD Promotional Price ($249 USD Regular Price)
Ozone 6 Advanced – $599 USD Promotional Price ($999 USD Regular Price)
Upgrade from Ozone 1-5 to Ozone 6 – Always available at a special price of $99 USD
Upgrade from Ozone 1-5 to Ozone 6 Advanced – $399 USD Promotional Price ($750 USD Regular Price)
Upgrade from Ozone 1-5 Adv. to Ozone 6 Adv. – Always available at a special price of $299 USD

For international customers, check with your local dealer for Ozone 6 pricing.

Grace Period Purchases
Customers who purchase Ozone 5 after September 1, 2014, will receive a free upgrade to Ozone 6 upon release.
Customers who purchase Ozone 5 Advanced after September 1, 2014, will receive a free upgrade to Ozone 6 Advanced upon release.

Availability
Be among the first to hear when Ozone 6 and Ozone 6 Advanced become available. Sign up for the iZotope newsletter and learn more at www.izotope.com/ozone6.

Learn more about AES 137 at www.aes.org.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.

For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

Foo Fighters Headline With Martin Audio MLA At Invictus Games

Invictus Games - Closing Ceremony 14th September 2014

Martin Audio’s award-winning MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) PA system enjoyed its busiest weekend of the year, with two huge simultaneous London events on either side of the capital.

While rental/production company Capital Sound was fielding no fewer than 170 enclosures at the perennial Proms in the Park (Hyde Park), over in the east at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the Prince Harry inspired Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games Closing Concert also featured MLA.

The five hour extravaganza combined a celebration of medallion presentations to the wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who competed in the Games, backed by a full concert line up with Foo Fighters headlining and supporting acts Kaiser Chiefs, Ellie Goulding, Ryan Adams, Bryan Adams, The Vamps, Rizzle Kicks and James Blunt.

A crowd of over 25,000 people heard Prince Harry deliver a heartfelt speech that roused the spirits of the crowd, culminating in a Mexican wave, before introducing the Foo Fighters for their triumphant return to London.

Invictus Games - Closing Ceremony 14th September 2014

The event was promoted by AEG Live, with Capital working for site managers, Loudsound, with whom they have enjoyed a long relationship (most recently at British Summer Time in Hyde Park).

But unlike Hyde Park where sound leakage is at its most sensitive, there was optimism MLA would be able to produce an even bigger sound. “This was a totally new situation and the promoters were keen to see what we could get out of it, sound wise,” commented Paul Timmins, Capital Sound Account manager. “[Loudsound site production manager] Dan Craig really understands audio and was confident he could achieve proper rock and roll levels.”

With the closest residence still within 850 ft. of the stage and with Vanguardia measuring propagation at four separate offsite locations, the production team was still able to hit the FOH SPL’s demanded by the Foo Fighters, playing at well over 100dB(A) as the level ramped up incrementally through the day; at the same time the sound comfortably tapered off below the offsite restriction of 75dB(A) at the nearest measurement point — and recorded values as low as the mid 60’s.

The main front facing PA comprised two hangs of 14 MLA per side and two MLD Downfills, while for sidefills, because of the site topography, Capital was able to field 12 MLA Compacts on one flank and 16 on the other—an asymmetric solution that worked particularly well. This enabled the shorter hang to fire into the VIP grandstand without straying beyond into the large block of apartment buildings behind.

Two Martin Audio W8LCs were deployed for center front fills and there were two masts of delays, set 245 ft. back from the stage (midway from the site perimeter), each containing eight Martin Audio W8L Longbow enclosures. Meanwhile, 12 Martin Audio LE1200 low profile wedge monitors were provided as floor monitors onstage.

Invictus Games - Closing Ceremony 14th September 2014

The real customization came in the 32-enclosure MLX sub array. In order to meet the Foo Fighters tour spec they deployed Philip Reynolds, who has worked extensively with Martin Audio US partner Delicate Productions and is familiar with MLA.
Along with Martin Audio R&D director, Jason Baird, and Capital Sound technical manager, Ian Colville, Reynolds adapted the sub array into a Left/Center/Right design, which included cardioid elements to contain coverage, while bringing even more low-end transient attack to the central section.

Having been involved with the Foo Fighters since their Wasting Light album back in 2011, Reynolds confirmed: “That sub design was exactly as I wanted and for the band it delivered the high impact in the mix” — a mix that was delivered by veteran sound engineer Craig Overbay, piloting a DiGiCo SD10.

But the planning of the event was to throw a final curve at the Capital Sound team as Paul Timmins explained. “Although we had designed the audio for the closing concert, since we had the infrastructure already in place, at short notice we were asked to also handle the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony. We had to come up with a system we could change in a day, and throughout the opening ceremony there was an element of rapid reconfiguration as we had to make it work for every dignitary on stage.”

Marty Beath, a seasoned MLA tech, was part of the crew, and this is where his MLA experience, and knowledge of the audience geometry in the MLA software, was brought to bear. “The area that became the audience zone at the Closing Concert was set out like a military tattoo,” he explained. “We needed a new solution for MLA which covered the competitors’ section—set 20ft in front of the stage—so we optimized the system in the software to use the bottom part of the main PA to cover the front.

(left to right): Jason Baird, Marty Beath; Philip Reynolds

(left to right): Jason Baird, Marty Beath; Philip Reynolds

“When Prince Harry was at a lectern in the PA zone I loaded a new snapshot in MLA which enabled us to get another 8dB of gain before feedback; so by using MLA’s software to set a hard avoid I could direct the sound over the lectern, which was fantastic.”

The entire production seemed more than satisfied with the levels and quality achieved. Phil Reynolds was enthusiastic: “I enjoy how far MLA has come. I was happy with the deployment, everything matched Foo Fighter specs, the PA did exactly as planned, and it’s been exciting hearing the band today playing through a full MLA for the first time.”

Dan Craig added, “Once again MLA displayed all we know and love about the system and delivered effective, even coverage. It’s my third major park event of the summer and yet again MLA has demonstrated its flexibility to create a system design network.

“Since I have been using the system it has solved three very different problems and I am happy to be working with Ian [Colville] and the Capital team to provide the solutions which MLA enables us to implement.”

And describing the concert as “a fitting end to an inspirational four days of Games,” Jim King, Director of Events, AEG Live said: “AEG are very proud to have played our part in producing the Invictus Games Closing Concert.”

Or as the Foo Fighters put it, “What a perfect way to finally return to the UK for the first time in years…it’s been waaaay too long! Thanks for having us; it is truly an honor to come play for these incredible men and women….”

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

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