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SSL Live on Tour with Michael McDonald

“Because of the separation you get with the summing in the mix bus, it’s easier to place things in the mix”

NASHVILLE – Blue-eyed soul singer Michael McDonald joins 1980s super-group Toto this summer for a North American co-bill that stops at The Greek in Los Angeles and The Fox in Atlanta. McDonald’s front-of-house engineer Curtis Flatt was first introduced to Spectrum Sound of Nashville while in college and went to work for the company in 1986. Through the long association, Flatt’s career has spanned the best consoles and musicians of the last three decades, including Wynona Judd and the Judds, Donny Osmond and Michael W. Smith. He also filled in for a short time for Robert Collins on Eric Clapton. Today, he can be found at McDonald’s helm with an SSL Live console.

Flatt first took SSL Live out on McDonald’s Christmas Tour last winter. “Spectrum was going to order a pair for Jason Aldean and asked if I wanted to be the first to take one out,” he says. “I programmed it in my office and, without a production rehearsal, dove in at the first sound check. Michael’s musicians’ sounds are really good to start with. They play really well together and it’s a straightforward show. If you start with a good sounding product, mic it with quality microphones and run it through a console that has an excellent quality, you’re pretty much there. SSL Live brings me to that point and gives me the freedom to just mix and not have to think about a lot of external processes.”

The transparency of SSL Live’s mix bus, especially since it is a digital console, was one of the first things Flatt noticed. “There are a handful of consoles out there that sound good or really good, but as everybody who mixes knows, as you start to sum all those good sounding parts together, a lot of times you’re either working with or around the console to create that final sound, that final mix,” he explains. “On a warm console, you may have to figure out which inputs could lose a little warmth to fit in with everything so that it doesn’t get muddy. Live has such a separation that as you add all of the inputs, you don’t have this muddle going on, which happens so often on other live consoles. There’s definition to everything in the mix.”

Flatt credits the fidelity both in the highs and the lows of the console. “There’s a nice top-end on it and it’s really smooth; there isn’t an overabundance of hype on it,” he says, adding, “The low-end on the console is nice and round without being overbearing.”

He also notes an improvement in mixing and panning compared to other consoles. “Because of the separation you get with the summing in the mix bus, it’s easier to place things in the mix,” he says. “The palette is more open, so placement in the mix becomes really noticeable. Slight pans and movements here and there present a better picture. You hear subtle differences. For example, our drummer had two hi-hats; one was panned slightly left and one was barely right – and I mean barely, but you always knew which one he was playing, even with your eyes closed.

“I run a couple of parallel-compression bus groups because we try to maintain a certain level in the show and want to add a little bit of punch back into that in some areas without overly compressing the entire mix,” he continues. “So, I have a parallel drum group and a parallel background vocal group to level them out a little bit and add them in as needed. If the show really starts to push a little bit, there may be a dB or two of compression with the bus compressor, but the show is very dynamic so I don’t want to take the dynamics out, since the music lends itself to dynamics. It’s got pop, rock and R&B.”

The difference the SSL Live console makes during a performance is starting to gain recognition from the entire McDonald camp. “It’s not only been noticed by Michael and the band, but also management, other members of the crew and even some diehard fans noticed that something was different,” Flatt says. “When we did our first fly date after coming back from being on tour, I was using a different console because we flew in for a one-off show. Michael walked past FOH to say ‘hi,’ and when he looked over at the console and saw it wasn’t the SSL Live, he said, ‘Oh, it’s one of those.’ So it’s definitely something that he and the band have noticed; that management and production management have said ‘Yeah, we’re going to carry the SSL console, you don’t have to fight for it.’ ”

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.

Wohler and VSN Partner to Accelerate and Simplify Media Asset Management and Transformation Workflows

Integration of Wohler RadiantGrid Software-Based Processing Framework Into VSN MAM Makes for Dramatic Efficiency Gains

SAN FRANCISCO — July 8, 2014 — Wohler Technologies today announced that Spain’s VSN, an IT company specializing in high-performance multimedia content management solutions, is using Wohler’s RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) as the transcoding and media transformation engine for its media asset management (MAM) product. Integration of this Wohler technology into its MAM solution enables VSN to offer end users a turnkey solution for high-performance media management and processing.

“The unique speed with which Wohler’s RadiantGrid technology processes content translates to a significant benefit for customers using our VSN MAM solution,” said Jordi Utiel, CEO at VSN. “By partnering with Wohler, we’ve been able to offer a platform that accelerates media processing workflows and, in turn, enables our customers to realize efficiency gains that are so critical in today’s highly competitive media marketplace.”

With more than 20 years of experience, VSN has developed technology and manufactured solutions to meet the needs of more than 1,000 customers — TV stations, government organizations, universities, and news agencies — in 100 countries. Tailored to the requirements of the broadcast industry, VSN solutions help to ensure comprehensive media management for TV stations as well as independent producers and distributors of audiovisual content.

Wohler’s RadiantGrid applies TrueGrid(TM) file-based processing to manage and accelerate several tasks simultaneously while allowing users to realize true scalability across multiple machines. The result is a media transformation process that is simpler, faster, and dramatically more efficient than alternative solutions. Several installations of the VSN MAM with RadiantGrid technology have already been deployed successfully by customers in Asia-Pacific markets.

“VSN is a proven leader in IT-based solutions for the broadcast industry, and the intuitive interface and smart design of its solutions support straightforward management of media assets,” said Craig Newbury, vice president of sales for the Wohler RadiantGrid business line. “Through our collaborative work, VSN is able to back the highly refined front-end of its MAM user interface with unparalleled processing power and efficiency. For the end user, the result is a simpler workflow that enables faster time to market.”

Further information about the RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform and other RadiantGrid solutions is available at www.wohler.com.

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About VSN
VSN is a global technology company focused on providing innovation and solutions for the broadcast and media sector. It offers a wide range of products based on standard IT infrastructure, solving the needs of creation, distribution, and management of audiovisual content in TV channels, public institutions, universities, and news agencies. The complete suite of VSN solutions has been developed with an open architecture, following industry standards. It allows the user to digitize and manage media contents and to automate and optimize daily operations, perfectly integrating the different areas and third-party applications. With offices in Barcelona (HQ), Dubai, Montevideo, Miami, and Hong Kong, along with a center of technological excellence in Alicante and a widespread network of partners, VSN offers worldwide coverage, always keeping close to its clients. VSN solutions solve the complete workflow of an audiovisual company, improving its efficiency and walking hand in hand with it in its journey towards multiplatform and cloud environments. More information about VSN is available at www.vsn-tv.com.

About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring products, and it continues today through the company’s development of signal management and monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications. Wohler’s RadiantGrid(TM) platform extends the company’s award-winning product lines to include solutions for efficient file-based content creation and distribution, quality control, accelerated transcoding, and standards conversion. Together, Wohler’s advanced file-based solutions and proven, cost-effective confidence monitoring and content management products ensure high-quality media production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler and RadiantGrid products is available at www.wohler.com.

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SMPTE Announces Launch of New Pittsburgh Section

New Section Will Bring New Resources and Opportunities to SMPTE Members in Increasingly Active Northeast Hub

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — July 8, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced the formation of a new SMPTE Section in Pittsburgh. The new Section will offer existing and potential SMPTE members in the Pittsburgh area valuable educational programs, technical expertise, and networking opportunities. The formation of the group was spearheaded by local SMPTE Fellows George Hoover, CTO at NEP; John Luff, television technology consultant at HD Consulting; and Diversified Systems CTO Karl Paulsen.

“George, John, and Karl did tremendous work to make the SMPTE Pittsburgh Section a reality, and the success of their initiative reflects the Society’s growing momentum and activity in the Pittsburgh area,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “This really was an effort born in the grassroots of SMPTE membership, and it demonstrates our members’ genuine enthusiasm for taking advantage of educational programs and their interest in becoming more involved in creating the standards that shape our industry.”

The launch of the SMPTE Pittsburgh Section brings the total of local Sections to 28 worldwide. Each year, these groups collectively host more than 200 meetings, tutorials, and workshops. While these events give members access to a broad variety of SMPTE resources, they also enable each Section to tailor programming to address the technical and business concerns of particular interest in the region.

“Pittsburgh is a hub of activity for our industry, and it is particularly notable because the growing SMPTE membership in the region extends beyond traditional television and cinema professionals in what’s proving to be a very diverse group that includes new media,” said Paul Stechly, SMPTE membership vice president. “Because the formation of new Sections tends to draw an even larger membership, this announcement signals meaningful, ongoing growth for SMPTE in terms of both the breadth and depth of its membership.”

Further information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. The Society is sustained by more than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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H-P Products Element 2300 Central Vac Cleans up to 12,000 sq. ft

A convenient dual-filtration design and a powerful new engine make the Element 2300 ideal for large homes and light commercial applications.


Louisville, OH – July 8, 2014 – H-P Products, a leading manufacturer of central vacuums and custom tubing-related products, is proud to announce the Element 2300, its most powerful Element Series central vacuum power unit, designed for large homes and businesses up to 12,000 sq. ft.

The Element 2300 offers several innovations for a cleaner home with less hassle. The cyclonic, dual-filtration system deflects heavy particles with a filter shroud, depositing them directly into the dirt canister to reduce wear and tear of the inverted filter. Smaller dust particles are captured by the self-cleaning, permanent CleanShield inverted filter that eliminates the need for an outdoor exhaust, improves air quality, and never needs to be replaced. A simple, yet effective, carbon dust filtration system on the powerful Ametek motor protects walls and reduces carbon dust emissions.

About that motor, H-P Products partnered with Ametek/Lamb to design a completely new 8.4″ high-performance motor with 707 max air watts of power and 136 CFM of airflow to pick up pebbles, crumbs, hair, grass and other debris. The Element 2300 also features an on-board inlet which allows for easy vacuuming from the power unit location.

“Convenience, power and efficiency are the key factors driving central vacuum adoption these days,” said Amy Wesely, marketing manager, H-P Products. “The Element 2300 is about as low-maintenance as it comes for a central vacuum system since the filter never needs replacing, there’s no exhaust required, and the dirt canister only needs to be emptied three or four times a year.” Wesely added, “The 2300 is also backed by a powerful Lifetime Limited Warranty to the original homeowner.”

According to the 11th Annual State of the Builder Market Study done jointly by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), 18 percent of all new homes included central vacuum. That is a 64 percent increase since 2007, making it the second-fastest growing technology product category installed in new homes behind only home theater. It is also one of the most profitable categories for installers, frequently earning 50-point margins.

Wesely continued, “Central vacuum presents a great opportunity for residential dealers to expand into light commercial segments like hair salons, dog groomers, workshops, etc. There’s not a lot of competition and it’s easy to sell the benefits of central vac to someone who’s always cleaning the floors as part of his or her business.”

For more information about the Element 2300 central vacuum power unit, please visit www.elementvac.com or follow H-P Products on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Element 2300 Power Unit

Element 2300 Filtration Diagram 

About H-P Products
Since 1945, H-P Products, Inc., premier manufacturer of central vacuums and tubing-related products, has been internationally recognized for its operations developed on the genuine principles of producing high-quality products, while servicing the needs of a wide customer base. Superior service and performance practices have positioned H-P as a leader in the tubular products and central vacuum industries. With more than 60 years of manufacturing success, H-P continues to grow as a result of its diversified product line and flexible fabrication capabilities, and is committed to researching and formulating technologies while pioneering the industry.

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Severtson Screens Features New TAT-4K Titanium Acoustically-Transparent Projection Screen at 2014 CEDIA Expo

Mesa, Ariz., July 8, 2014 – Severtson Screens (www.severtsonscreens.com), a global leader in innovative and quality projection screens for the home theater, commercial, and pro AV markets, is pleased to announce that it will showcase the new TAT-4K Titanium Acoustically-Transparent line of projection screens during CEDIA Expo 2014, held in Denver from Sept. 11-13 at the Colorado Convention Center, booth #110. The TAT-4K is now shipping.

“Severtson’s TAT-4K Titanium Acoustically-Transparent screens offer the ultimate viewing experience with the best audio frequency response in the industry,” explained Toby Severtson, president and CEO of Severtson Corp. “The TAT-4K’s uniform pattern weave is unique. With these screens, there is virtually no audio or video scatter. At the same time, the screens preserve superior and deeper contrast in areas with limited light control. This is because the TAT-4K offers the same innovative technology as our acclaimed SAT-4K screens. Additionally, the titanium-grey shade on the TAT-4K preserves picture contrast even in rooms that are not completely dark, so you get a crisp image that will amaze viewers.”

With virtually no screen size limitations, the entire sound stage can be placed directly behind the screen at the same horizontal axis, allowing the audio track to be in perfect sync with the brilliant images on display. The TAT-4K screen meets and exceeds all industry standards for optimum video and acoustic performance, with reference quality reproduction of the digital image combined with true fidelity to the soundtrack.

The seamless acoustic weave and the striking contrast offered by the TAT-4K are in high demand, especially for many high-end home theater and commercial applications.

“Made in the USA, the TAT-4K is compatible with 2D, Active 3D, 4K, and Laser projection applications,” Severtson added. “Available in Impression Series Fixed, Deluxe Series Fixed, Deluxe Curved Series Fixed, Pro, and Cinema Frame configurations, the TAT-4K comes in heights ranging from 37 inches in an Impression Series home theater screen, to a whopping 15 feet, 10 inches in a Pro-Frame or cinema screen.”

Additional TAT-4K specifications include:
• Surface: TAT-4K acoustically woven screen material
• Gain: .93
• Max height: 15 ft. 10 inches
• Viewing Angle: 160 degrees
• Flame and mildew resistant

Custom and standard sizes are available. Severtson asks that customers contact them directly for individual pricing for their specific needs.

“Severtson Screens is proud to serve the home theater market with the same service and quality that has taken the cinema market by storm and cemented us as the industry leader,” added Severtson.

Approaching its 30th anniversary in 2016, Severtson Corporation continues to be a global leader in innovation and quality. The Severtson family’s extensive experience in manufacturing small home theater screens and large cinema screens has given Severtson Corporation the expertise to meet the needs of the professional and consumer AV markets for both indoor applications as well as large outdoor venues.

With its three Arizona-based production facilities and its state-of-the-art robotic application system, Severtson has massive production capabilities and an unusually wide array of screens. The screens range in size from massive movie theaters, comfortable home theaters, and everything in between.

For more information, please visit www.severtsonscreens.com, call 480-610-5155, or email sales@severtsonscreens.com.

About Severtson Screens
Mesa, Ariz.-based Severtson Screens, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011, is an award-winning global leader in innovative and quality projection screens in the home theater, pro AV, and cinema markets. Its low rejection rate coupled with the high quality of all its products has made Severtson Corporation the industry standard for quality and customer service worldwide.

From its unlikely origins in the family kitchen to today’s three modern production facilities, Severtson Corporation has remained committed to the principles of innovation and uncompromising quality that have made them who they are today.

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Video Devices PIX 260i Streamlines Multi-Campus Workflow For Bethlehem Baptist Church

MINNEAPOLIS, JULY 8, 2014 – When Bethlehem Baptist Church was looking for a reliable video/audio solution for recording and playback of weekly services among the house of worship’s multiple campuses, it turned to the PIX 260i Production Video Recorder from Video Devices, a new brand of Sound Devices that is dedicated to the company’s mission critical video products. The church utilizes five PIX 260i’s to ensure the highest quality video and audio when rebroadcasting sermons to the campuses.

Comprised of three campuses (Downtown, North and South), Bethlehem Baptist Church hosts multiple services a week. In order to ensure that all three campuses have a current sermon from the main pastor, Associate Director for Media Ministries Jonathan Davis records the Saturday night service using the PIX 260i. He then sends the recording for playback to the two campuses not being served by the preaching pastor, on a particular Sunday morning. Recorded files can be transferred over Ethernet or delivered on one of the four drives that the 260i is able to simultaneously record to. The Downtown and North campuses feature a full production setup, while the South Campus is a portable campus at a local high school for the Sunday morning services. The Downtown and North campuses each have two PIX 260is, and the South campus has another.

The PIX 260i’s extensive audio capabilities are an essential component for the facility. The facility records both the mono- and stereo-feed of the house, as well as an iso of the pastor’s mic. Using the PIX 260i, the facility is able to send and receive all audio over Dante to and from its Yamaha CL5 mixing system. In order to cater to its ethnically diverse members, Bethlehem Baptist Church also records live Spanish and Russian translations. The multiple track count gives the facility room to grow in terms of having additional isolated audio tracks available, when needed. In addition, with only two full-time media staff members, the facility needed a user-friendly solution to cater to its large volunteer base. The PIX 260i’s large display and easy-to-use controls enable non-professionals to use the equipment with ease on an ongoing basis.

“We found that the PIX 260i met all of our criteria, and most importantly, it was seamlessly incorporated into our existing AV system,” says Davis. “The PIX 260i gives us ultimate flexibility in being able to record content from SDI or HDMI, and to get that content back out just as easily. In addition, the PIX 260i allows us to take whatever we record and deliver it directly into our post-production workflow in order to post services online as well as streamline our other productions.”

Davis and the church are already familiar with the company’s products, as they have used its PIX 240i recorder for on-location productions. “We found the PIX 240i to be very proficient and an improvement to our workflow, so when we heard about the PIX 260i, we knew we had to give it a look. It sounded perfect for what we needed,” says Davis. “We needed something that was rock-solid reliable, because when it comes to church services, it is a timed event. There isn’t a backup and you don’t get a do-over. The Video Devices PIX 260i gives us the reliability and redundancy we need to ensure that we capture the services and are able to play them back at both our fixed and mobile locations.”

The PIX 260i brings the features and tools needed by production companies and other production-based AV environments looking to migrate to file-based recording and playback environments. It records either QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats or WAV format audio files. Files recorded with Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD are ready for editing in common editing environments, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For color-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time applications.

Continuing the company’s heritage in production sound, the PIX 260i is infused with 32-track audio recording and playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Dante, the PIX 260i can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

“The customer service that we receive from Sound Devices has been absolutely amazing,” adds Davis. “One of my favorite things about Sound Devices is how proactive they are in sending out firmware updates — not only do they fix any potential bugs, but they add new features, which is rare today. They take such great care of their customers.”

Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit Video Devices and Sound Devices websites, www.videodevices.com; www.sounddevices.com.

Grove City Church of the Nazarene Upgrades to New Yamaha Digital System

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Naz Church in Grove City, Ohio main auditorium seats approximately 2,800 people and has a congregation of 3,000. The church recently installed two Yamaha CL Series Digital Audio Consoles (a CL5 at front of house and a CL1 at monitors), eight Rio input/output boxes: two Rio3224-D, two Rio1608-D, two Ri8s, and two Ro8s. The system was purchased through Boynton Pro Audio (Norwich, NY) and installed by church staff and volunteers.

“This was not our first experience with digital consoles,” states Matt Groves, Technical Director at The Naz. “We previously used a Yamaha LS9 at monitors and a Yamaha PM1D at front of house. The purchase of the CL system began when we started looking for a replacement monitor console because our Yamaha LS9 was stolen from the monitor booth. One of our front of house engineers, Doug McLaughlin with Tech Art Productions in Columbus, suggested we purchase a CL Series, and after researching it more, we discovered how functional it would be for us. Our audio engineers are volunteers with previous digital console experience on our LS9 and PM1D, so the only training required was to watch the self-training videos on the Yamaha website. The set up and operation of the CL system was very user-friendly.”

The Church of the Nazarene has both traditional and contemporary services. The traditional service consists of an 80-member choir, a 15-piece orchestra, a rhythm section (with a five- piece drum kit, two digital keyboards, bass, two acoustic guitars, one electric guitar, synth/tracks), and seven main vocalists. The contemporary service consists of a five-piece drum kit, digital keyboard, bass, acoustic guitar, two electric guitars, synth/tracks, and four vocalists.

“Because of the many components each service style presents, we felt it was a good opportunity to start our CL system upgrade,” Groves said. “We decided to purchase a CL1 with a Rio3224-D first to replace the monitor console, and our master plan was to eventually purchase a CL5 for front of house. A couple of weeks after installing the CL1, we began having major issues and failures with our then existing analog wiring and patch bays, so we decided to accelerate the completion of our system and purchased the CL5 along with the seven additional Rio boxes.”

Groves said the features that determined the church selection of the CL Series was the Dante networking and the ability to bypass their old/existing wiring. “The use of the Dante system is so functional for us as a church,” he says. “Since we run two very different style worship services and host many events and concerts throughout the year, having the Dante network gives us the flexibility we need. We also needed to replace the existing wiring and patch bays so being able to run a redundant network with Cat5e cable between the consoles and Rio boxes was a huge cost savings for us. Our system now sounds the cleanest it has ever sounded.”

The Naz also upgraded part of their video system infrastructure using Ross Video’s Carbonite 2M 24 Switcher MultiMedia Edition. The video control room is home to the switcher along with two 60″ Panasonic plasma displays for multi-viewer use with the Carbonite, along with three 24″ LCD displays for preview use. The church staff records to two solid-state hard drives using Blackmagic’s Hyperdeck Studio Pro. Four Mac Pro’s are used for video playback, lyric projection, and live streaming of services, using Livestream as their streaming service provider.

“We currently run five cameras,” Groves notes, “however, these are still our older cameras (three Sony D-30′s and two Canon XH-A1’s). Right now we are meshing our standard definition cameras with the high definition infrastructure, which took some doing, but works great now after some trial and error and many converters.”

With regard to the new Yamaha system, Groves said the system has unbelievable clarity. “It’s amazing when you have the system on and can’t tell it’s on. Before the installation, our system was pretty noisy from the analog wiring and patch bays, but now there is no noise at all. The clarity and depth of sound we’re getting from this system is amazing!”

For more information on The Naz, visit www.thenaz.tv.

For more information on Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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

PPL Extends Support to the 2014 Music Producers Guild LIPA Prize Winner

The Music Producers Guild is delighted to announce that PPL will this year sponsor the expenses of the recipient of its 2014 Prize.

Launched in 2010, the MPG Prize is awarded annually to the most promising student to graduate from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) Sound Technology degree programme.

The Prize brings enormous benefits to the winning student as it offers an opportunity to work alongside some of the UK’s top recording professionals. Prominent MPG Awards winners continue to be very supportive of the initiative, which also brings sponsorship opportunities from pro audio companies such as Avid.

MPG Education Representative Tony Platt says: “We are very grateful to PPL for the financial contribution they are making to our next winner. This prize comes with lots of work experience opportunities, such as being able to attend mastering and orchestral sessions at studios in London, and being able to shadow top producers in commercial facilities. PPL’s support will contribute towards the cost of our recipient’s travel and accommodation expenses while he or she is taking up these opportunities.”

Jonathan Morrish, Director of PR and Corporate Communications, PPL says: “It’s a pleasure for PPL to be able to help the MPG in some small way. These are tough times and it is entirely appropriate to have an award that celebrates the next generation of performers and helps them hone further their skills in recording and production. We wish the next MPG Prize recipient all the very best of luck with their career and hope that they are able to make the most of this fantastic opportunity.”

The name of the 2014 recipient will be revealed at LIPA’s graduation ceremony, which takes place on July 31st, 2014.

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About Music Producers Guild (UK)

The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk

About LIPA

LIPA is located in Sir Paul McCartney’s old school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys, which underwent a multi-million-pound renovation to turn it into a state-of-the-art performing arts higher education institution. It was founded by Sir Paul and Mark Featherstone-Witty and opened in 1995 with the aim of providing the best teaching and learning for people who want to pursue a lasting career in the arts and entertainment industry, whether as performers or those who make performance possible. www.lipa.ac.uk

About PPL

PPL is the music licensing company which works on behalf of over 90,000 record companies and performers to license recorded music played in public (at pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, offices and many other business types) and broadcast on TV radio and online) across the UK. Our members include major record labels and independents as well as globally successful performers and session musicians, ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers. The majority are small businesses, all of whom are legally entitled to be fairly paid for the use of their recordings and performances.

PPL also operates an international royalty collection service. With 68 reciprocal agreements in place in 34 countries with other international collecting societies – or Collective Management Organisations (CMOS) as they are commonly known – PPL helps members to get paid when their music is played internationally. ppluk.com/@PPLUK.

After the deduction of PPL’s running costs, all licence fee income is distributed to members. PPL does not retain a profit for its services. In 2013 PPL paid £152.2m in revenues to its members.

HD Upgrades for Melrose Community Access Include Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 System

Billerica, Massachusetts – Over the past decade, Melrose Massachusetts Television, Inc. (MMTV), the community access station for the City of Melrose, Mass., has been aggressively upgrading its production equipment. In January, the station made the move to a native HD production workflow with new cameras and an upgraded control room built around a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 5000 integrated production switcher.

MMTV produces a variety of original programs, including After Hours, a talk show that is shared with other regional stations, and Sound Stage, which showcases local musicians. The station also covers parades and other local events, and supports the local city government and educational channels. Original programs are available in HD on YouTube and presented locally in letterbox SD on Comcast and Verizon FiOS.

In 2010, the nonprofit community organization upgraded to an SDI workflow and a Broadcast Pix™ Slate™ 5000 integrated production switcher. While the station researched other switcher options for the HD upgrade, it chose to stick with the reliability and flexibility of Broadcast Pix. “We wanted to keep the same abilities that we had with the Slate,” said Chris DeThomas, MMTV engineer. “It is wonderful. The hardware is a professional surface and the PixPad is great.”

Access A/V of Concord, N.H., handled the integration for the HD upgrade project. The Granite 5000 was installed in January, along with an upgraded monitor wall, Behringer audio mixer, Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio disk recorder, Clear-Com digital intercom system, Lectrosonics wireless IFB and JVC ProHD cameras. The Slate 5000 was then deployed to a local middle school for student productions.

DeThomas is very pleased with the HD upgrade. “It is everything that we have always wanted in our control room,” he said. “We have a completely professional space.”

Primarily driven by volunteers, MMTV programming is produced by people with varying degrees of production experience. MMTV uses Granite’s built-in Fluent-View customizable multi-view to accommodate both volunteers who prefer a more simplified setup and production veterans who want more information on screen.

“We customize it for different users,” DeThomas explained. “We have average folks producing for the first time, plus pros who bring that professional touch to the station. Everyone feels comfortable coming in – it makes the room not as intimidating.”

MMTV has also customized its Granite to manage productions in both of its studios. The four-camera Studio A is the default, but the control panel can quickly change to a new layout for three-camera Studio B productions. “We’re able to control two studios with one switcher and do it well,” DeThomas said. “That’s a great feature.”

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Granite and Slate are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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Pexip and Enabling Technologies Partnership Expands Microsoft Lync Functionality for Unified Communications Applications

Collaboration Enables Simple Microsoft Lync Integration Within Traditional Videoconferencing Environments

OSLO, Norway — July 7, 2014 — Pexip(R), a global disrupter in scalable, distributed videoconferencing technology, today announced a partnership with Enabling Technologies Corp. Under the agreement, the companies will enable enterprises to integrate traditional videoconferencing systems seamlessly with Microsoft(R) Lync(R) — increasing flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and deployment simplicity within IT-led collaboration environments.

A three-time Microsoft Worldwide UC Partner of the year, Enabling Technologies Corp. has successfully implemented nearly 1,000 unified communications projects within industries such as education, government, oil and gas, and healthcare. By working with Pexip, the company solves interoperability issues related to customers’ existing infrastructures — enabling Lync users to connect to legacy video conferencing systems simply.

“Using Pexip’s Infinity scalable meeting platform, our customers can now easily integrate Microsoft Lync with any legacy videoconferencing solution, satisfying the need for a straightforward visual collaboration solution that can be seamlessly incorporated into IT infrastructures,” said Bill Vollerthum, President, Enabling Technologies Corp. “As a result, users within sectors such as education, professional services, and the enterprise gain a more comprehensive unified communications solution that effectively leverages existing IT investments.”

“Joining forces with a systems integration innovator such as Enabling Technologies brings the simplicity, scalability, and seamlessness of our meeting platform to an even wider range of users,” said Simen Teigre, CEO and co-founder of Pexip. “With Microsoft Lync being the top choice for unified communications clients, our software simply solves fundamental enterprise communication challenges by bringing visual collaboration solutions together.”

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About Enabling Technologies Corp.
Enabling Technologies www.enablingtechcorp.com is the leading Systems Integrator of Microsoft Unified Communications systems. Enabling has 20 years of messaging and real-time communications experience and over 1,000 deployments of Microsoft Lync, Exchange, and Exchange Unified Messaging as well as Office 365. Enabling’s tried-and-true processes have helped customers minimize risk, maximize investments, and optimize the end-user UC experience. Enabling takes a holistic approach to projects, acing the technical components while also optimizing the people and process side to technology rollouts. If your projects involve integrating Lync or Exchange UM to an existing phone system, count on Enabling’s expertise in integrating to Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, Siemens, and small-scale phone systems. Having Enabling design, implement, and proactively monitor your Exchange and Lync systems is the first step to changing the way your workforce thinks about communications, for the better. Once you’ve made the move to Lync UC, we can take you to the next level by providing CEBP solutions to integrate Lync with your back office business applications.

About Pexip(R)
Pexip(R) overthrows conventional thinking by providing an affordable, scalable, and virtualized meeting platform that truly allows anyone to do high-quality video meetings from any device. For Pexip, simplicity for the end user and IT is a guiding principle in the design of Pexip Infinity, the scalable meeting platform. Founded in 2012, Pexip was created by leading innovators from the videoconferencing industry. Pexip is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and has global offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.pexip.com.

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