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Professional Wireless Systems’ RF Communications Package Delivers Rock-Solid Results For Univision’s Latin Grammy Awards Broadcast

PWS_Helical AntennaLAS VEGAS, NV, DECEMBER 8, 2014 — When the 15th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® were broadcast live on Univision from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) once again supported Univision’s system with a custom RF communications package for the network’s green carpet pre-show and star-studded main event.

The Latin GRAMMY Awards, presented by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. Unlike the regular Grammy® Awards, which primarily honors music produced in the United States, the Latin Grammys recognize music recorded in either Spanish or Portuguese, produced anywhere in the world.

During the festivities, the PWS team, led by lead RF coordinator James Stoffo, was onsite to monitor the RF spectrum and ensure that the show ran smoothly, with any potential interference issues quickly resolved. Brooks Schroeder was the lead coordinator on the green carpet, coordinating and managing all pre-show frequencies and working alongside Stoffo to ensure that there was no interference leading up to the main broadcast. In total for the evening, PWS coordinated and managed more than 200 frequencies.

PWS Preparing for the Latin GRAMMY AwardsThis marks the first year that the event was held at the MGM Grand, which presented some new challenges for the PWS team. “The MGM facility is not shielded, so we were being bombarded with a significant amount of television frequencies inside the venue, which we hadn’t experienced in prior years,” says Stoffo. “We also had to coordinate frequencies with KÀ, the neighboring Cirque de Soleil show, which in itself uses 100s of frequencies within the spectrum. It was a big undertaking but one that we were able to manage as a team through constant communication.”

For the pre-show green carpet activities, PWS supplied six Telex BTR-800s, as well as multiple Lectrosonic IFB systems and Shure UHF-Rs. For the live broadcast, PWS supplied four Telex BTR-800s, along with four PWS Domed Antennas and four PWS Helical Antennas. PWS also utilized a RAD UV-1G Enhanced Narrow Band™ wireless intercom system for the main event, which provided PWS with the ability to use frequencies that would not interfere with the more than 200 existing frequencies already in use for the live broadcast.

Aside managing the abundance of active wireless devices during this event, PWS was also faced with a challenge in terms of the layout of the hardware on stage. “The PWS antennas were all at concourse level, positioned behind video walls,” says Stoffo. “The video walls not only radiated RF interference but also blocked the antennas from picking up the microphones on stage by obstructing the clear line of sight. We were able to resolve the issue through the use of highly filtered wireless microphone systems and our helical antennas, as the circular motion of the RF field emitted by the helical antennas reduces the risk of drop-outs and guarantees the strongest possible signal.”

With PWS’ support, the Latin GRAMMY Awards’ live broadcast remained free from interference for a successful event. “Doing a live broadcast from the Las Vegas Strip always presents a unique set of challenges from a wireless coordination standpoint,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “It was great to be able to work alongside the talented professionals at ATK Audiotek, which supplied the show’s PA and monitor systems, as well as the wonderful team at Univision, once again. With our experience and expertise, the services and equipment we provided helped to ensure that the show once again went off without any hitches.”

For more information about Professional Wireless Systems, visit http://www.professionalwireless.com.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Clear-Com Ships New LQ Series

Clear-Com® announced today that it is now shipping the LQ series, a new family of connectivity devices for linking intercom and audio systems over LAN, WAN or IP networks. Based on Clear-Com’s patented I.V.-Core technology, LQ (formerly known as LINQ) provides the industry with the next step in intercom/audio linking technology.

New product family underlines Clear-Com’s continuing leadership in linking technology for connecting audio and communications systems over IP networks

As part of building a communications link, LQ utilizes the low latency audio CODEC OPUS, which features a range of different settings to provide high quality audio on the network bandwidth available. This means that the LQ Series can be used for intercom conversation, networked music performances and for audio signals that need to betransported between different facilities. The compact LQ throw-down devices enable connections of 2-wire partyline with call signaling and 4-wire audio over LAN, WAN or Internet IP infrastructures. The LQ Series has a 2-wire (LQ-2W2) or 4-wire (LQ-4W2) option. The LQ-2W2 is both Clear-Com and RTS TW compatible. A maximum of six LQ IP interfaces can be linked together in any 2- or 4-wire combination.1_LQ

Stephen Sandford, Product Manager, Clear-Com, said, “Since its introduction at IBC 2014 the LQ series has generated a great deal of interest from users that want to expand their remote communications quickly and easily. Clear-Com’s long-standing development of IP-based solutions gives our users the advantage of tried and trusted technology in this important area.”

VMP Launches FP-MLPAB Medium Low Profile Flat Panel Articulating Wall Mount

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Dec. 8, 2014 — Video Mount Products (www.videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the commercial, residential, security, education, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce the launch of the new FP-MLPAB medium low profile articulating wall mount with tilt and list adjustment capabilities. Now shipping with an MSRP of $169.95, the FP-MLPAB holds most 27- to 42-inch flat panels up to 55 lbs.Video Mount Products FP-MLPAB medium flat panel mount - HR

“The rugged FP-MLPAB has been designed for both functionality as well as easy installation to a single stud,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “With a closed depth of just 1.6 inches and a fully opened extension of 16.4 inches along with a fully adjustable 10 degree tilt, 3 degrees list adjustment and ± 45 degrees of rotation, the FP-MLPAB is the ideal choice for customers and installers, whether in commercial, residential, pro, education, house of worship, or other applications.”

Additional features include:
• integrated cable management system & level
• mounting rails accept padlocks for peace-of-mind
• maximum flat panel hole pattern – 400mm x 400mm
• black powder coat finish

For more information, please visit www.videomount.com or call toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the VideoMount™-Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communication and security industries since 1994. VMP products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to grow by adding mounting systems to address growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of our business.

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Moody Gardens and D3D Cinema Celebrate Opening of First Institutional 6P Laser Theater Featuring Christie

D3D Cinema and Moody Gardens have announced the grand opening of the MG3D Laser Theater at Moody Gardens, the first institution in the world to feature a giant screen 6-Primary (6P) laser projection system. Audiences will now experience films on a world-class 60 by 80-foot white screen – the largest in Texas – at nearly three and a half times brighter than the current industry standard, with vibrant colors and new 3D glasses technology. The 6P laser-illuminated 4K-resolution 3D dual projector system is manufactured by Christie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual displays. The 6P eyewear is designed and manufactured by Infitec GmbH. The 1.4 gain premium white screen was provided by MDI.

Christie 4K 6P Laser Digital Projection System

Christie 4K 6P Laser Digital Projection System

“This installation marks a great step forward for giant screen projection technology – and Moody Gardens has once again taken a pioneering step with D3D to create a truly great theater experience for their audience,” said Don Kempf, president of D3D Cinema. “Their continuing willingness to forge ahead with new cinema technology and branding will help push the museum cinema market forward into a new era of cinema clarity, brightness and profitability. This industry has been waiting for lasers for a long time.”

“There is a bit of nervous excitement with being the first institutional theater in the world to implement laser technology,” added John Zendt, President and CEO of Moody Gardens. “But, when I walked into the theater and saw my screen light up like never before, I was thrilled! And that first impression was only at 75 percent of our brightness capability. I can now happily invite my giant screen colleagues to come and see firsthand what D3D, Christie and Infitec are capable of delivering on an 80 foot screen. To be first to market is very exciting. But the results themselves are amazing and it is an experience our guests will certainly appreciate.”

Christie’s laser system provides unparalleled image quality using a pair of state-of-the-art 4K laser projection heads, a 6P modular laser light farm with fiber-optic delivery, and Christie 4K 3D high-bitrate IMBs.

“We can confidently say that Christie’s 6P laser design is a real breakthrough for the industry,” said Don Shaw, senior director of product management, Christie. “Our non-flashing 6P architecture is without question the most light-efficient 3D technology on the market, providing four times the 3D brightness versus the competition, and enhanced color gamut and a remarkable contrast ratio as well. On a speckle-free premium white screen, Moody Gardens has achieved a peerless cinematic presentation.”

Infitec’s new 6P glasses deliver a startling 90 percent efficiency – unsurpassed in the industry. It’s the perfect complement to the 80 foot wide screen in the MG3D Theater, which is now capable of light levels over 16 foot-lamberts in 3D (measured through Infitec’s glasses). This is many times brighter than the theater’s previous 3D 70mm system and far exceeds any “ultra-bright” industry standards.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this project,” said Markus Fritz, COO of INFITEC GmbH. “We had to move a few mountains to make this happen but the results are incredibly gratifying. INFITEC is now uniquely positioned to provide 6P eyewear technology as giant screen venues turn to laser 3D in the coming years. Moody Gardens is now a flagship theater for us, and we will continue to improve on efficiency capabilities and giant screen eyewear designs in 2015.”

“I’m so happy with the final result, the brightness and clarity is amazing,” added Ronald La Faver, President of INFITEC Inc. “The vision of INFITEC on a pure laser based system came true.”

This latest collaboration between D3D and Moody Gardens builds on a longstanding partnership. In January 2011, D3D and Moody co-hosted the first annual Digital Cinema Symposium, showcasing 4K projection technology on a giant screen for the first time, including the first 4K versus 70mm split screen shootout. The following year, at the 2012 Digital Cinema Symposium, D3D showcased the first 4K 3D, 11.1 3D audio, high frame rate demonstration as well as a prototype laser on a giant screen, all industry firsts. The 2012 event was a milestone, marking the first time that industry professionals overwhelmingly acknowledged that a digital presentation exceeded the quality of a 70mm film in a side-by-side comparison. A case study was recently published by D3D and Moody Gardens, illustrating the financial benefits and qualitative success of digital presentation and rebranding.

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EngageClick Integrates Artificial Intelligence with Advertising to Offer True Personalized Consumer Experience

Big Data, Machine Learning, and Cognitive Science Technologies Help Major Brands Personalize Mobile, Online, and Smart TV Ads on the Fly

EngageClick, the technology integrator that makes advertising personal, today announced a new consumer personalization platform that improves the effectiveness of advertising engagement across multiple screens by learning engagement behavior patterns of consumers and by delivering predictive and personalized ads. The EngageClick Consumer Personalization Platform uses data driven technologies such machine learning and cognitive science to track customer data in real-time across mobile devices, tablets, desktops, and smart TVs.

Applying Artificial Intelligence (machine learning) that affects the advertising message is a completely new marketing technique. Just as machine learning might be used to identify hand written zip codes on envelopes so they can be sorted into the appropriate geographic region, customer data and behaviors are learned and sorted enabling personalized advertising messages. By learning consumer engagement signals, the EngageClick Consumer Personalization Platform identifies persona (groups of people who demonstrate similar taste of ads) at any point in time across multiple screens. Once a consumer persona is identified, the EngageClick platform delivers personalized ads targeted to the respective persona resulting in higher consumer engagement and deeper metrics. rel image

EngageClick is also a major boon for performance marketers focused on measuring and improving performance. The platform allows marketing professionals to improve measurement and maximize ROI. Performance marketers uses various elements of personalization technologies provided by platform such as machine learning enabled personalized ads, re-engagement (advanced re-targeting technologies), creative personalization (consumer engagement behavior based auto segmentation and optimization) to help them achieve greater conversion successes along with understand the overall insights of conversation path. The insights tell them “why” and “how” they’re seeing better conversion – a story that was untold to them before. It’s the most advanced and unique cross-screen and cross-channel solutions for performance marketer needs.

The platform is currently being tested with major global CPG, Auto, Retail, Finance, Media, Entertainment, Travel brands and already delivering increased digital ad engagement by more than an of average of 50%. These major campaigns have enabled EngageClick to collect data samples in the millions, identifying key pattern in devise use, location behaviors, interaction styles, engagement preferences, buying behaviors, and regional trends.

“The ability to apply machine learning to creative, can change the whole dynamic of how brands can appeal to their customers,” said Brandon Berger, worldwide chief digital officer for Ogilvy & Mather. “Using big data to predict the most effective message to serve at the right time, will allows us to be programmatic on both sides of the creative and media equation. It will bring performance and brand much close to together.”

EngageClick constantly learns about the individual customer and delivers what works best for each consumer. Machine learning looks for patterns and creates groups then matches group patterns to find which work best with particular elements of an ad. EngageClick groups patterns together based on engagement behaviors and build ads in real-time (where there is flexibility to make ads more adaptive) to deliver to the right person or select the best ones out of existing branding ads (where there is a high creative control). The algorithm works for every creative situation of the customers. Consumer information is collected from devices and systems as a group level action so it also enables the platform to be effective in cookie-less or identifier-less environment.

“Imagine walking past a garden center and receiving a mobile ad for $1 off hummingbird nectar for the feeder you bought recently,” notes Shekhar Deo, co-founder of EngageClick. “We know something you need, and are approaching one of our clients store fronts. That’s where marketing is going. It’s getting much more personal and more connected.”

EngageClick seamlessly integrates with existing Demand Side Platforms (DSPs), Real-Time Bidding (RTB), trading desks, large publishers, and other major servers. Agencies and Brands can easily leverage EngageClick’s technology that supports Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) unit guidelines with existing media buys through other platforms. EngageClick also has partnered with several media companies to help agencies and brands to deliver full-service campaigns.

Conceived in the halls of MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and Berkley, EngageClick was founded on the ideas that consumers can be delivered the products, services, ideas, and images that they care about. EngageClick created the first multi-screen ad engagement platform that uses machine-learning technologies to create, manage, optimize, and deliver personalized and dynamic interactive ads across mobile, tablet, desktop, digital out-of-home, and smart TVs. EngageClick’s technology utilizes predictive segmentation of high value audiences to make ads perform smarter across display and video. EngageClick has offices in Palo Alto, midtown Manhattan and Bangalore. For more information, visit www.engageclick.com.

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Extron Now Shipping TeamWork “Show Me” Cable Retraction Modules

Extron Retractor SMExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Retractor SM “Show Me” cable retraction modules for the company’s popular TeamWork Collaboration System. Available Retractor SM modules provide the user interface for HDMI, DisplayPort, or VGA sources. Operation is simple and intuitive. Extend the “Show Me” cable, connect it to your source device, and press the “Share” button to share your content on the main presentation display. At the end of the collaboration session, cables retract with the press of a button, ready for use by the next collaboration team. Retractor SM modules can be installed into most Extron Cable Cubby Series/2 cable access enclosures using our expanded line of mounting kits. more

Tightrope Media Systems and University of Massachusetts Bring Interactive Digital Signage to Campus

Touchscreen-enabled kiosk at new Football Performance Center engages visitors with 130 years of historical data about the UMass Minutemen football program

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, December 8, 2014
– The University of Massachusetts in Amherst recently opened its Football Performance Center, a 55,000 square foot facility representing the UMass Minutemen football program. Visitors are greeted by a hall of fame showcasing the university’s 130-year football program as they enter the facility, located at the north end of Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. As part of the experience, the university sought an interactive kiosk to compile and present detailed information about the football program. A Carousel digital signage solution from Tightrope Media Systems was selected to address the challenge, featuring custom software-defined programming to bring decades of historical and current data together.




The interactive kiosk catalogues an impressive array of details and statistics related to the storied football program, showcasing players, teams, coaches, seasons and accomplishments. The system reaches beyond the realm of football action, generating information about the bands, mascots and other entries supporting the teams over the years. In casting a wide net, it’s assured that every visitor engaged with the kiosk will discover something of interest while controlling the touchscreen.

“We wanted a searchable system that delivered an interactive experience for current players, students, alumni, fans and visitors,” said John Sinnett, assistant athletic director, University of Massachusetts. “We faced the significant challenge of finding a system that could centralize 130 years of information, make it interactive, and intelligently display a large amount of content in a sortable manner on demand. This is a homegrown system and we’re not aware of another university that offers anything similar. There’s no question that this was a steep hill to climb.”

Sinnett and his team soon engaged with Tightrope to generate a custom program for pulling historical and recent content from various online sources. Driven by intelligent, automated software-defined triggers and a central content management system, the Carousel solution manages a giant block of XML data, extensively programmed to ensure the right information correlates with the right targets.

However, Carousel’s trademark ease of use also provides staff with an intuitive interface to manually upload content, ensuring that missing details from player numbers and headshots to game stats and team descriptions can be effortlessly edited or added on the fly.

Most importantly, the varied and dynamically updating information gives everyone something to enjoy, increasing dwell times and generating a deeper connection between the user and the football program. Current Minutemen players and their families can follow seasonal statistics, while visiting alumni can look back at past achievements. Sinnett also views the interactive kiosk as an intriguing recruitment tool, allowing prospective players to search which Minutemen have made NFL rosters, and which teams have made collegiate football history over the years.

“The touchscreen is emblematic of the overall mission of the Football Performance Center,” said Sinnett. “This venue ties in a large part of the program’s history into a modern home that will be a future cornerstone of the program. Carousel is efficiently driving and disseminating information about the historical past and success of the program, while keeping visitors up to the date on the latest activities. Tightrope is helping us push that history forward, drawing in anyone with interest in our football program.”

The system is based on a scalable architecture powered by a single Carousel 330 server, capable of supporting 15 channels should the university choose to add more kiosks or displays in the future.

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, Internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Munich Airport: Inonet Selects Matrox M-Series Graphics Cards to Drive One of the World’s Largest Flight Information Display Walls

Matrox M-Series quad and octal-monitor graphics cards drive an expansive 72-monitor FIDS video wall showcasing crisp, high-quality flight arrival and departure content

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced that Munich Airport has leveraged Matrox M-Series multi-display graphics cards to power a 72-monitor flight information display system (FIDS). Recommended and installed by local system integrator InoNet, Matrox M9148 quad-monitor and M9188 octal-monitor boards reliably drive high-definition flight and departure information on a 19-meter-wide by 2.30-meter-high FIDS video wall—one of the largest of its kind.


To run the unique installation, InoNet uses an M9148 and M9188 board pairing within six of their Magnius-2 video wall controller systems. Each workstation’s 12 displays have been combined to form an 18×4 matrix, outputting an astonishing 72 NEC X463UN displays at individual resolutions of 1920×1080. With the NEC display’s slim 5.7mm bezel design, the resulting video wall enables a nearly 180° viewing platform on which all 72 displays are completely visible from any front-viewing position. A configured fail-safe mechanism on the displays also ensures continuous operation with minimal downtime and IT intervention.

“The aim of the installation was to present razor-sharp content across the entire display. There is no scaling via daisy chaining on the 72 displays, where each monitor is individually supplied with Full HD content,” said Susanne Gomez, Key Account Manager Digital Signage at InoNet. “Using Matrox M-Series, we were able to realise the requirements quickly and easily.”

To read the complete story and view pictures, visit One of the World’s Largest Flight Information Displays Powered by Matrox M-Series Cards.

See Matrox demonstrate its latest multi-display graphics cards live at ISE (Amsterdam RAI, NL, February 10-12, stand 11-F68) and DSE (Las Vegas, March 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.

The Iconic Rainbow Room Officially Reopens with a PBS Primetime Special Featuring Michael Feinstein and DPA Microphones

A range of the company’s microphones used on national broadcast

Friday, August 22nd Taping of Michael Feinstein at the Rainbow Room, Airing  October 31st as part of PBS’ Arts Fall FestivalNEW YORK, DECEMBER 8, 2014 – Coinciding with the reopening of an iconic Manhattan venue, PBS recently broadcast a 60-minute primetime special, Michael Feinstein at The Rainbow Room, as part of its Fall Arts Festival programming. As a loyal DPA Microphones user, Feinstein’s long-time Production Manager and FOH Engineer Andy Brattain ensured that the performer’s microphone of choice was used for the taping, which included a variety show and a series of big band performances. Several DPA microphones were used for the production, including the d:facto™ Vocal, d:vote™ 4099 Instrument, d:dicate™ 4011 Cardioid and d:screet™ Miniature mics.

The PBS-special featured Michael Feinstein and a 17-piece big band, along with June Squibb, Christine Ebersole, Cheyenne Jackson, American Idol Season 11 runner up Jessica Sanchez and the noteworthy tap duo, the Manzari Brothers, all using DPA microphones. Working with the show’s esteemed producer Marc Cherry, DPA was chosen due to its wide variety of d:vote 4099 clip-on mics for the multitude of instruments in the band.

DPA ddicate 2011C_Michael Feinstein Rainbow Room“With this show, we knew we would only get one chance at this, mainly because of time and budgetary restrictions, both with the room and the band,” says Brattain. “The main goal for the microphones was to make sure that we got not only the best quality sound out of the performers, but also the most isolated sounds. The d:vote 4099’s ability to reject unwanted noise ensured that there wasn’t any bleed from the other mics and instruments in case something had to be re-mixed later. In addition, the d:dicate 4011’s proved to be the perfect choice to isolate the band as a whole and capture a perfect stereo mix that would later be blended with the spot miking of the 4099s.”

The piano was center stage within the Rainbow Room, with the band just off stage right. DPA helped to eliminate extra clutter on set, as the d:vote 4099’s mounting capability reduced the amount of mic stands and cables on stage. Since the mics were unobtrusive and out of the way, the musicians were happy as well.

DPA dvote 4099_Michael Feinstein Rainbow RoomIn addition to miking the instruments, deciding how to mic the Manzari Brothers presented an interesting challenge on set, as the team needed to amplify the sounds coming off their tap shoes. Each brother was outfitted with two d:screet 4061 microphones, one on each leg in order to capture the unique audio tones of their shoes, removing any SPL challenges for the audio team.

“We also used the d:screet 4061 as an audio solution for miking June during her comedy skit at a cabaret table,” adds Brattain. “Instead of using a handheld mic, we used a wig kit to hide the 4061 in her hair. As for Michael and the rest of the performers, they all used the wireless d:facto handheld microphone for their vocal performances and they sounded really great.”

Brattain credits DPA’s customer service for a seamless production. “Not only were we able to use DPA’s microphones for the entire production, but a representative came on set to assist with mic placement for each instrument, assuring that we got the best sound possible for both the live mix and the recording.”

Feinstein is a multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy® Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook.” The Rainbow Room is an art deco-style restaurant and nightclub that in its heyday hosted the elite and influential including royalty and A-list celebrities. The Rainbow Room has officially reopened after being closed for nearly five years while it underwent a multi-million dollar renovation.

DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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Story Sound Takes HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers on a Wide Tour of Duty

HARMAN_StorySoundALPHEN, The Netherlands – Dutch audio rental provider Story Sound has recently completed what has unquestionably been the most diverse range of projects in the company’s history, all with a rig of HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

“Since this summer’s festival season, our work roster has covered an unbelievable program—ranging from reinforcing illusionists, undertaking royal events, supporting the Four Day Marches [Vierdaagsefeesten] in Nijmegen and assisting with the pan-European launch of new industrial machinery,” said director Michael Story.

“We have also worked with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time—in a free concert at the new Rotterdam Central Railway Station,” Story added. This has enabled the company to deploy its full range of front-line JBL line array systems, as appropriate, for each event.

Over a period spanning more than 15 years, Story Sound has systematically adopted most generations of JBL’s large-format enclosures, dating back to the HLA; today, the company’s expanding new-generation VTX rig is complemented by its existing VERTEC® VT4887A, VT4886 and VRX rigs, which are rarely found in the warehouse.

Of the shows that have given Story most satisfaction is the recent concert of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, where he used JBL’s revolutionary VRX system, ranks highest—the more so because a production manager, for whom they had successfully delivered a major project, had recommended them.

Unusually, the concert, staged in the station’s entrance hall, was to honor 10 years of the Metro Rotterdam and was attended by at least 4000 curious passengers and passers-by. The Rotterdam Philharmonic played five classical pieces under the direction of conductor Jurjen Hempel, and Story Sound provided light, sound and staging.

“The location was perfect for VRX,” said Story, adding that they rigged five VRX932LAP per side on each tower (using Genie lifts) with four VRX918S subs ground-stacked on the floor at each wing. The loudspeakers were powered by Crown I-Tech 5000HD and the sound was mixed on a Soundcraft Vi4 by Story Sound’s Wibo Vermeulen.

This show came on the back of a successful summer festival season during which Story Sound’s VTX system was again pushed to the max—and the company also continued to carry out environmental noise control on behalf of the local authorities. “We always use VTX where sound containment is an issue, and as the environmental pressures increase, we carry out calculations in LAC (HARMAN’s Line Array Calculator) and this data is then implemented in EASE modeling,” he said. “All this we report to the authorities.”

The 98th International Four Days Marches in Nijmegen, where soldiers march through the town, saw the company working for promoters Matrixx, for whom they also annually reinforce the Emporium Festival (Nijmegen) and Dreamfields Festival (near Arnhem). Story said that due to their calculations and predictions Matrixx were able to secure an additional contract for a new stage this year—and locations were set at Matrixx in the Park, Matrixx live at the Quay, the Festival Palace and the Stevens Church.

For the main stage, Story Sound fielded 24 VTX V25 line array elements (12 per side) and 16 VTX S28 subs, set in a reverse cardioid pattern across the front. To this they added two delay towers, each containing six VTX V20 line array elements—with the entire system powered with Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers.

As for Emporium and Dreamfields, Story Sound provided a large number of systems—no fewer than 160 V25 tops and 122 S28 subs at Emporium alone.

While Story Sound has its JBL VERTEC VT4886 on almost permanent hire with the Royal Netherlands Airforce Orchestra (Wibo Vermeulen again mixing on a Studer Vista 5SR, along with Remko Luijten), the production company has also deployed its VT4886 rig on the touring version of “Dreamgirls”, running from September 2014 through April 2015. “Again the sound has been perfect, with our VT4887A also delivering great results,” Story noted.

Other events undertaken by Story Sound include shows in Germany for illusionist Hans Klok, where coverage for the larger shows is provided by a VTX system. Sound effects play a major role in this production and Story Sound’s system is fully backed up, with the whole show computer controlled.

Meanwhile, at the other extreme, Story Sound has fielded its VERTEC VT4887A and VTX at events in both The Hague and Maastricht in commemoration of the 200 years celebration for the Dutch monarchy.

Finally, another challenging tour of duty which saw Story Sound handle full technical production, including a complete video mapping exercise, was the pan-European introduction of NACCO Materials Handling Group’s new Hyster and Yale lines of lift trucks, where four clusters of four JBL VRX932LA-1 and VRX918S subs were used.

All HARMAN Professional equipment is supplied in the Netherlands by Audio XL, headed by general manager, William Van Druten.

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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