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Factor Audio Doubles Down on HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3 Consoles For Theater Gigs

Scraft_FactorAudioREDWOOD CITY, California – As an all-purpose sound provider, Factor Audio recently acquired a second HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 console to better serve its diverse range of clients. Having enjoyed tremendous success with the first purchase, Factor Audio continues to work with the Si Expression 3 due to its ease of use, great sound and affordable price point.

Factor Audio designs and engineers its own custom solutions to provide better sound quality with greater efficiency for its clients. Relying on an experienced team, it caters to indoor theater, outdoor festivals, huge conferences and intimate weddings. The wide variety of gigs and desire for greater sound quality and efficiency led the company to the Si Expression console.

“We like to seek new ways to innovate and streamline our processes, which allow us to engineer solutions that best serve our clients’ needs,” said Mike Thompson, Owner of Factor Audio. “After working with the Soundcraft Vi6, I’m confident that replacing some of my analog workhorses with Soundcraft’s offerings was the right choice. So far, my experience with the Si Expression 3 console has simply been terrific.”

Not only did the Si Expression 3 address the reliability issues of some of the older analog consoles, but it also offered more flexibility with the compatible CAT5 snake system and the increased channel count. Thompson also plans to acquire a 32×16 Soundcraft Mini Stagebox for added capacity.

“This console allowed me to reap the benefits of digital features without complicating the workflow,” said Thompson. “I like the graphic EQ’s on the faders, the FaderGlowTM feature, and the ability to recall everything at the touch of a button. The response is instant and gratifying.”

“Most importantly, for this price point I think the Si Expression 3 is the best sounding board on the market,” said Thompson. “The lower register is clear and punchy, and overall the console’s sound has a nice warmth to it. Unlike some digital consoles the Si Expression remains musical even when it’s pushed to extremes.”

While Thompson continues to explore the console’s potential by adding Dante capabilities, the team at Factor Audio plans to invest in a Soundcraft Vi3000 console in the near future.

For more information on Factor Audio, please visit www.factoraudio.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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Wohler Names Key Code Media a U.S. Distributor for Tachyon Wormhole Retiming Solution

SAN FRANCISCO — Oct. 22, 2014 — Wohler Technologies today announced that Key Code Media, one of the largest resellers in the United States, has become a distributor for the Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM) file-based media retiming solution, which is built on the processing framework of Wohler’s RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM). more

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Berklee College of Music Expands Its Music Production Facilities with SSL Duality

“Duality is a fine example of what happens when a quality company produces a quality product, and that is why we have two”

BOSTON – Rising 16 stories above the hustle and bustle of Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, Berklee College of Music has completed its first-ever built-from-the-ground-up residence, rehearsal, performance and educational tower. Dedicated to the art of contemporary music, live performance, music production and engineering in all its forms, the building features a two-story state-of-the-art 10-studio complex designed by Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG). Among the largest of its kind in the United States, the facility features scoring and dubbing stages, large tracking and mixing rooms and a mastering studio, along with production suites and a multi-seat tech lab. To ensure students are learning on the latest professional tools, the school installed its second new SSL Duality for tracking and mixing in Studio 3 (aka “The Bridge”), purpose-built for advanced students. Duality delivers the company’s signature sound through an analogue workflow, elegantly integrated with a sophisticated DAW controller, making it ideal for teaching students to work in a hybrid production world.SSL Duality at Berklee College of Music

“Duality nicely bridges the gap between teaching on our traditional in-line analogue consoles, and our DAW controllers,” says Dan Thompson, Assistant Chair of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music. “The console is an extremely interesting teaching tool because it can act as an advanced analogue console alongside comprehensive control layer for DAW-based projects. In our advanced tracking and mixdown curricula, Duality perfectly illustrates this hybrid workflow and professional paradigm.”

Berklee College of Music has been on the forefront of innovation for more than 65 years, reflecting state-of-the-art of music and music business education, leading the way with the world’s first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. The school’s alumni have won more than 270 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards (27 of which were won by alumnus Quincy Jones), along with numerous Emmy and Academy Awards. With this pedigree, the new studios need to represent the highest quality available for degree course work.

“We have had a great relationship with SSL over the past 20 years,” says Rob Jaczko, Chairman of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee. “Part of the mission here is to always train students on definitive professional equipment that they are going to encounter in commercial studios in New York, LA, London, Nashville and the world. Solid State Logic is obviously one of the principal platforms we need our students to train on, and Duality is the logical choice for our advanced studies.”

Berklee purchased its first Duality in 2010, primarily for teaching advanced mix techniques. With the expanded footprint of Berklee’s production facilities, both Duality consoles are now installed in tracking rooms (Studio B and The Bridge) and service advanced recording and mix classes and projects.

“Duality certainly represents multiple modalities and different ways to work,” continues Jaczko. “You’re not locked into a singular workflow in the room and, now that we’ve positioned both of the consoles in tracking spaces, we’re exploring the new variable harmonic front-end on the mic pres and using them in mix situations where they serve as controllers or as straightforward analogue consoles as we know them. The Duality consoles provide a lot of flexible options on how they get used, to the benefit of our students.”

“The Duality’s signal path and sound is pristine,” adds Thompson. “It offers clarity, separation, punch, extension and depth, whether used for tracking or mixing. Duality is a fine example of what happens when a quality company produces a quality product, and that is why we have two.”

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.

Haivision Extends the Calypso Multi-Source Media Recording and Distribution Platform to Address Situational Awareness, Training and Research Applications in Enterprise and Government Organizations

MONTREAL, CANADA — October 22, 2014 — Haivision, an enterprise video technology company, today announced the latest release of its multi-source media recording and distribution platform, Calypso. With the new release, the platform has been designed to perform in broader applications for situational awareness, training and research in the enterprise, military, medical and education environments.

A powerful and scalable media recording, management and distribution platform, Calypso captures and shares HD video content in real-time for mission-critical decision making and post-event contextual review. The expanded platform and latest release bring increased performance, enhanced security, more access control, and new metadata tools:

  • Multi-Source ReStream and Trick Play: Create powerful viewing environments for situational review and analysis – users can cue, play, and pause multi-source sessions to a specific time in the recording and replay this selection into review environments.
  • Network Attached Storage: Enterprises can now accommodate and secure large content libraries.
  • Up to 50 Sources per Session: Capacity dramatically expanded to accommodate the most complex situational review and analysis.
  • Real-Time KLV Metadata: Customize and dynamically display KLV metadata in context with associated video/audio streams for applications such as Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR).

“Calypso’s early broad-scale adoption within the medical education segment was highlighted by landmark installations at universities such as Nationwide Children’s Hospital, University of Toledo and Michigan State University,” said Peter Maag, CMO of Haivision. “Since its initial launch, Calypso has matured to address the growing needs of the enterprise to capture and share video content. Now, the power of the Calypso platform has evolved to help people work better with video across all industries.”

The Calypso platform features:

  • Recording Performance: Calypso can capture up to 50 HD sources simultaneously. Users can monitor sessions with a low latency multi-view interface, choose to record any or all of the contributing streams, assign metadata to sessions, sources, or events in real-time, and elect to share sessions or remove viewing privileges at any time. Once captured as an asset, sessions can be made available to specific audiences as full resolution multi-stream video-on-demand.
  • Real-Time Monitoring and Sharing: Calypso puts the power of real-time content sharing into the hands of those responsible for monitoring the events. Users can quickly identify sources, associate them together into contextual sessions, and immediately share the multi-view high resolution session with the intended audience. Users can share video content with off premise viewers by exporting videos directly to the Haivision Video Cloud to easily manage, publish and distribute content online.
  • Real-Time Access Control: Calypso features fully customizable roles and permissions to support secure, site specific workflows. Administrators can share live and on-demand content instantly by creating different roles, rights and permissions for users, allowing them to share, contribute to and view specific content.
  • Extensive Metadata Capabilities: Advanced assessment is based on understanding aggregated information sources – multiple points of view sourced from different cameras, computers, and other data-driven content systems. Calypso’s multi-source capabilities combined with real-time metadata tools give users the capacity to tag, search and discover – revealing the true context of complex events.

About Haivision
Haivision delivers end-to-end solutions for streaming, encoding, recording, managing, and distributing secure video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military industries. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago with regional offices in Austin, Tx; Atlanta, Ga.; Portland, Or.; Washington D.C. and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

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PixelFLEX to Release Customizable Front-Serviceable FLEXGrid LED Tiles for Install Market at LDI 2014

Nashville, Oct. 22, 2014 — LED screen manufacturer PixelFLEX will release the FLEXGrid, a customizable LED tile available in 6-16mm resolutions that is ideal for permanent installations due to its efficient front-serviceable design, at LDI 2014.FLEXGrid

FLEXGrid’s aluminum frames are fabricated specifically for each installation creating a perfect fit. This frame customization allows the capability to curve +/- 10 degrees at each panel yielding unlimited design capabilities. Additionally FLEXGrid is front-accessible and can be quickly removed with two hex screws allowing quick service or replacement of panels without disassembling the entire wall.

As with all PixelFLEX products, FLEXGrid is designed for maximum flexibility of use. With a PixelFLEX touring frame, this product can also be utilized to face risers and set pieces for event production.

“Continuous growth in our PixelFLEX product lines has always been at the forefront of our company,” said David Venus, PixelFLEX’s director of marketing. “Developing the FLEXGrid was key to increasing our market presence in the installation market with a unique and flexible customizable frame. Having a product that allows for ease of installation in care in the most demanding design is what makes it a special addition for us.”

With a brightness of 5000+ Nit and a combined frame and tile weight between 15-18 lbs, the FLEXGrid keeps in line with the high quality and lightweight characteristics PixelFLEX LED products have become known for. In addition, a refresh rate of more than 1,220 Hz, helps provide a static and flicker-free display, making it extremely friendly for both photo and video applications. Ethercon data and Neutrik True One power connectors give the FLEXGrid rock-solid connections.

For more information about PixelFLEX and its other product lines, visit booth 2081 at LDI 2014, November 17-23 or at pixelflexled.com. To attend the LDI 2014 conference in Las Vegas and view the FLEXGrid and other products, find out more at ldishow.com.

 

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WorldStage Helps Projection Designer Aaron Rhyne Find Solutions for “Bootycandy” Off Broadway

Bootycandy Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater“Bootycandy,” written and directed by Robert O’Hara, has kicked off the season at New York City’s Playwrights Horizons with an extended run and great notices from The New York Times, which called the play “smart and provocative.” WorldStage provided the projection and playback system for the production.

“Bootycandy” follows the life of Sutter, a black gay man, in a series of scenes that vary in style. A single actor, Phillip James Brannon, plays Sutter as a boy, teen and man growing up and embracing his identity.

“The play shows very specific slices of life of the characters experiences growing up and coming to terms with their identity,” says projection designer Aaron Rhyne. “The set design is a turntable and depicts different locations: a bedroom, a bar, a church. Robert O’Hara did previous productions of the play without projections and says he always felt something was missing. The outside world was not showcased.”

So, for the Playwrights Horizons’ production, Rhyne has designed projections that act as a window on the larger world. Using a combination of still images, moving video and title animations that appear as if Sutter was writing them out for the audience, Rhyne has opened up the stage sets to show suburban America, a gospel choir’s intense performance, the New York City bar scene and more.

He sought the help of WorldStage to make Sutter’s larger world a reality. “I work with WorldStage all the time – almost exclusively,” says Rhyne. “They support a show I have on Broadway, ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,’ and several touring shows of mine.”

The video package provided by WorldStage for Bootycandy is comprised of two Christie HD 14K DLP projectors, a fully redundant two-channel Dataton WATCHOUT system, a fiber-based signal distribution package, and a power distribution package.

Rhyne specified WATCHOUT as the server that best matched the needs of the production. “It’s the system most often used on Broadway,” he notes. “It’s solid and user friendly and staff is knowledgeable about it and can problem solve if needed. For ‘Bootycandy’ I have a main system and a back up. Theaters always like it when you have a safety net.”

“We wanted the projection screen to disappear when not in use so we chose a black commando cloth, which is hard to get projections to read on. A lot of vendors would have pushed away from this idea, but WorldStage always comes up with a solution. That’s a trait they bring to all productions: figuring out how to do what’s difficult,” Rhyne says.

WorldStage suggested a pair of Christie HD 14K projectors for their brightness, quiet operation, and small footprint. Using two 14Ks converged “gives us more brightness so images pop on the dark surface,” he reports. “And with two projectors we have a built-in back up.”

Rhyne believes “we’ve definitely been able to bring a lot more of a visual statement to this production than to past productions of ‘Bootycandy.’ Robert O’Hara and the whole team are very excited about adding projections.

“I always like to challenge the notion of what projection design can do,” he adds. “The people at WorldStage love this challenge, too.”

Lars Pedersen was the WorldStage account executive for “Bootycandy.”

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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MediaStar Evolution Provides Commercial Opportunities For Augsburger Panthers Ice Hockey Team

Augsburger Panthers 1Guests attending home games of the popular Augsburger Panthers ice hockey team in Germany can now choose from over twenty commercial TV channels and see the latest team updates in the VIP areas, following a roll-out of MediaStar Evolution, the integrated IPTV and signage system from Cabletime. The solution has been installed at the Curt-Frenzel Stadion in Augsburg, home to the Augsburger Panthers and is part of a marketing outreach programme to sponsors.

The installation of an integrated IP-based video and AV distribution solution, implemented by Ratingen-based Cabletime partner, Fundamental Consulting GmbH & Co. KG, is now enabling the Augsburger Panthers to take control of the channels they make available to guests, replacing a legacy system that was not functioning well.

“Previously we didn’t have the option to control content that we wanted to play and we had problems with the video freezing or not working at all,” said Leonardo Conti, Marketing Manager at the Panthers. “Now the system is stable. We can deliver the main German TV channels without a hitch and we hope to offer cable TV shortly too. We also provide a live channel generated internally with information on the players and the team. We leave it up to our guests in the VIP areas to select their choice of channel.”

In total the stadium has two VIP areas, Event West and Event North, already equipped with screens. In addition, there are 24 VIP lounges for corporate sponsorship and a public VIP area and the installation of the MediaStar IPTV system is expected to serve almost 50 screens when the roll-out is complete.

“We also expect to use the system as a means to generate revenue by selling air-time during the intermissions,” continued Leonardo Conti. “This would coincide with adding displays in the public areas, possibly outside the stadium and most importantly in the catering areas.”

The MediaStar solution was specified and installed by Fundamental Consulting and Key Account Manager Markus Lubik said: “Cabletime was the only supplier to meet the requirements for quality, features and price. We evaluated several options, but Augsburger Panthers liked what Cabletime offered and they have been happy with the roll-out. We are now looking forward to extending the system into the public areas. “

The MediaStar range provides TV/AV and multimedia distribution products primarily for medium to large enterprises, which require future-proof, stable and proven solutions for live TV, corporate communications, multicasts, music TV, training and digital signage.

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DIGGERLAND USA: FIRST CONSTRUCTION-THEMED ADVENTURE PARK BUILT UPON ASHLY

Diggerland_USAHAMMONTON, NEW JERSEY – OCTOBER 2014: Diggerland USA is the country’s first construction-themed adventure park, allowing children and their families to operate real construction equipment in a safe environment. The 14-acre park is located adjacent to its sister attraction, Sahara Sam’s Oasis, in New Jersey in the suburbs southeast of Philadelphia. Spellcaster Productions of nearby Hammonton, New Jersey designed and installed the system on a very tight timeframe; from land clearing to opening took just six months. An Ashly Audio ne24.24M modular Protea™ matrix processor outfitted with twelve inputs and twelve outputs provides all of the equalization, delay, ducking and routing for Diggerland USA, and seven Ashly KLR-3200 amplifiers power the park’s seventy-plus Community loudspeakers. Ashly’s networked neWR-5 wall-mount user control allows staff members to adjust input and volume within a given zone, and Ashly’s iPad app gives management complete control of the park’s audio from anywhere via Wi-Fi.

“While I was working on this project, our Ashly rep stopped by,” said Mike Shafer, project manager of Spellcaster Productions. “I showed him what we were up to, and he suggested the ne24.24M processor and the KLR-3200 amplifier. I did my homework and realized that moving to Ashly would save the client some money and would give us all the functionality and power we needed. We also designed and installed the sound system at Sahara Sam’s Oasis, and the client wanted to be assured Ashly would meet the same standard. I assured him that Ashly has been making quality equipment for over thirty years and that they are well known for their reliability. Ashly’s five-year warranty and my positive experiences assured him.”

The sound system permits Diggerland USA to play background music and advertisements, either of which will duck for pages made from a Shure wireless microphone or from the park’s phone system. All of the input sources feed the Ashly ne24.24M processor, which in turn feeds a rack of seven Ashly KLR-3200 two-channel amplifiers. The KLR-3200 is rated at 1600W into a 2 Ohm load, 1100W at 4 Ohms or 800 Watts per channel into a 70V line. This versatility makes it a perfect choice to power the Community Sound-centric loudspeaker system. Community D4LP loudspeakers cover indoor areas with low ceiling height, Community DP8 pendant loudspeakers cover a food pavilion and an arcade, and Community R.15 and R.35 loudspeakers throw from light poles to cover the vast outdoor spaces.

Diggerland_USA_ArcadeThe Ashly Remote App for the Apple® iPad or iPad Mini is used to provide the theme park management team with a customized wireless remote control. “I arranged it so that the app’s home page lists each zone with a radio button to select the input source,” said Shafer. “That, together with a volume slider for each zone, allows them to do everything they need to do. Because we gave them Wi-Fi throughout the park, they can make adjustments right there in the park – no walking back and forth to an equipment closet.” For staff within the arcade, the picnic area, and the concession stand, Shafer installed Ashly neWR-5 wall-mount remotes, which allow input selection and volume selection.

“The installation was smooth and straightforward,” said Shafer. “Programming the ne24.24M was easy – just a matter of connecting the right nodes and then tuning the system. Even some of the less common requests were easy, like a real-time page from a security monitoring company for afterhours if the park’s security system detects movement. The page warns intruders that the police have been called. Since the opening in June, we’ve been back to adjust things as they’ve determined how exactly they want things to function.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

PIE MAN SOUND ENSURES LONGEVITY WITH 32-CHANNEL API 1608 CONSOLE

Pie_Man_SoundCARY, NORTH CAROLINA – OCTOBER 2014: Pie Man Sound opened last month in Cary, NC, – co-owners Max and Mitch Dancik were so eager to start using their 32-channel 1608 that it’s already been used to record several local projects. Mitch said the studio is already booked solid through the year with musicians from a variety of genres anxious to record. Among others, the studio is looking forward to sessions with a young jazz/rock band working on their debut album, a quartet of Mexican classical guitarists, and a quartet of classical sax players. Mitch believes the 1608 has been a huge part of Pie Man’s early success: “My standard setup allows me to switch from record to mix mode instantly. In a ‘mix as you go’ world, this capability is critical, and a very good reason for 1608 users to consider that extra sixteen tracks.”

Pie Man was designed and built from the ground up by Wes Lachot, who told the Danciks that the 1608 would take the studio from ‘great to WOW!’ “I visited various studios,” Mitch Dancik added, “including Manifold, and my ears said it was worth it. Another important consideration was reliability and maintenance. My friend Neil Steingart was an engineer at the Record Plant in NYC and he always spoke about the indestructible API console on their mobile studio truck.” While practical elements like these helped Dancik make his decision, he said, “The most important feature is the magic that the API imparts to the sound. API is one of only a few companies keeping the best of the analog technology alive and I hope consoles like the 1608 will always be available.”

The console has not only been used on a variety of projects, but also for a wide variety of technical processes. Dancik was excited to explain how multi-faceted he has found his new gear: “The 1608 is integrated with my DAW solutions, with everything going through the API on the way in and the way out. I do hybrid mixing, with fine adjustments in the box, and broad moves on the API.” His experience with API gear is not limited to his own console, though. He attended a session with producer Joe Chiccarelli at Studio La Fabrique, “and every time he got frustrated with a piece of malfunctioning outboard gear, he’d switch to an equivalent piece of 500 series gear in an API lunchbox he had brought along. The API gear always worked as expected. I told Joe I was considering a 1608 for a new studio, and he said ‘go for it!’”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608, and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

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