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Listen Technologies Provides Comprehensive Resources on Updates to California Building Code Requirements

— CBC guidelines for assistive listening go further than the ADA requirements, and Listen Technologies has gathered and clarified the information for contractors/system integrators and their clients in real-world terms —

— Company creates dedicated pages on its website with current information on recent changes to the CBC and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance —

BLUFFDALE, UT, July 29, 2014 — As part of its ongoing efforts to provide venues, contractors and system integrators with the latest resources, Listen Technologies Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products, has gathered and clarified updated information on the California Building Code (CBC). The state of California relies on the CBC to outline the compliance laws for facilities that serve people with hearing disabilities in California – with more specific guidelines than those offered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The CBC is updated and published every three years, and the most recent revision took effect January 1, 2014. The new guidelines are particularly significant for houses of worship, which are now classified as “assembly areas” by the CBC and are not exempt from the laws for such spaces. In addition, meeting rooms and conference rooms are required to have assistive listening.

“We know that our channel partners and clients are often not aware of changes in compliance and how they affect AV projects,” stated Cory Schaeffer, Listen Technologies VP Business Development Worldwide. “At Listen Technologies we spend a great deal of time and effort to first understand the requirements as they relate to our category of products, then to communicate the changes and guidelines in brief so that they are understood and easy to follow. We hope these resources help the contractors and consultants working in the Golden State to communicate to the venue owners, as the venue owners can be held legally liable. Our approach is to talk about ‘why’ these requirements are in place, explain what is required to become compliant and inform the venue owners of the tax benefits available for becoming compliant. It’s a win-win.”

To access Listen Technologies’ resources regarding the current CBC revisions, please visit http://www.listentech.com/blog/california-building-code-requirements-2014/. General compliance standards outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act can be found at http://www.listentech.com/legislative-compliance/. Additional information regarding training, as well as available courses that fulfill InfoComm CTS renewal credits, can be found by visiting www.listentech.com/loop-training/.

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AES Announces Free Exhibition Registration and Special Hotel Packages for Upcoming 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles

New York, NY, July 29, 2014 – If it’s about audio, it’s at AES!, and registration is now open to attend the biggest audio event of the year – the AES137 Convention in Los Angeles, California. The AES is gearing up to take over the Los Angeles Convention Center, October 9-12, 2014, located in the revitalized L.A. Live entertainment district. From an audio, entertainment and technology market standpoint, Los Angeles has much to draw upon including recording studios, post-production facilities, television and broadcast, film, live sound, international electronic and print media, gaming, tech/web development, and more – all in a city that boasts a large, diverse population of ages and demographics. The top professionals from the Professional Recording, Production, AV and Communications industries will descend upon the Los Angeles Convention Center for three days of exhibits and four days of workshops, technical papers and program content tailored to the current audio and communications landscape.

Registration
Two badge packages are available: the Exhibits-Plus Badge (free) and the All Access Badge.

Exhibits-Plus badges are your free ticket to attending the AES Exhibition – the nation’s largest collection of professional audio manufacturers showing off their latest products and technologies. Additionally, your Exhibits-Plus badge will give you access to Project Studio Expo, Live Sound Expo, Special Events and more. Best of all, Exhibits-Plus badges are completely free! (advance registration required.)

All Access badges are available to anyone looking to take their knowledge and professional career to the next level. AES will once again be the meeting place for the top names in audio engineering to deliver a diverse program of workshops, tutorials, papers and more on the latest developments in professional audio. All Access badge-holders may attend all on-site AES events. (Tickets for tech tours cost extra and can be purchased on-site.)

Hotels
Once again, the AES has made arrangements with several of the best hotels in the area to offer special pricing and reservations for AES attendees. For access to these special rates, visit the AES137 Convention Housing website and check out these exclusive deals available only through the AES. These deals offer the best price accommodations within easy reach of the Los Angeles Convention Center, L.A. Live, and a host of restaurant and entertainment options, and each has been chosen to work with us to accommodate you during your stay.

These reduced-rate rooms will not last long, and attendees can request hotel reservations here or contact the AES Housing Customer Contact Center: Monday through Friday, 9am to 9pm (Eastern Time); 1-800-483-2433 (Toll Free U.S. & Canada); 415-979-2269 (Outside U.S. & Canada); AESHousing@cmrus.com. Books today for best availability!

For further information on the AES137 International Convention, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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Bose® L1® Model II Portable Line Array System Used for “Live from The River Music Hall”

Boston-area 92.5 FM The River’s “Live from The River Music Hall” thrills listeners over the airwaves, and the live audience gets an extra-special treat via the Bose® L1® Model II Portable Line Array System

Framingham, Massachusetts, July 29, 2014 – “Live from The River Music Hall” has been the on-air live-music feature for greater Boston’s WXRV 92.5 FM The River for nearly 20 years. Starting in 1995, the broadcaster has been among the Boston area’s leading independent FM music stations. The feature “Live from The River Music Hall” has brought listeners intimate original performances by some of the best local, regional and national artists, including The Pixies, Steve Earle, Aimee Mann, Neil Finn, The 1975, fun., Passenger, The Hold Steady, Ed Sheeran and others. Shows are recorded in one of three venues: the huge performance space at the station’s studio in Haverhill, MA, where more than half of the live shows take place; the Foundation Room at the Boston House of Blues; or The Sinclair Club in Cambridge. For the past two seasons, artists have been performing through an L1® Model II Portable Line Array System from Bose® Professional Systems – one of the ways in which Bose, based in Framingham, MA, supports live and broadcast music in its own backyard. The system consists of one L1 Model II system with two B1 bass modules.

“The artists who have used the Bose L1 system have absolutely loved playing through it,” says Dennis Carroll, Owner of Dennis Carroll AV in Boston. The firm acts as the media services provider who videotapes each performance and authors a finished video for uploading through the station’s website, making a visual recording of each performance available after the radio broadcast. “The performance space at the radio station is a wonderful place to play, hear and record music — it goes back to the 1940s and ‘50s, when it was used for live studio broadcasts; many performers signed their names on the wall and they’re still visible today, so it has a lot of history.”

Carroll, who worked for Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Steven Tyler as their personal studio assistant from 1998 to 2004, and who was the videographer for the Dalai Lama’s visit to Boston in 2003, says at least two of the artists who have performed there eventually ended up buying their own Bose PAs. “At least one of them literally called me up and said he was going to Guitar Center and getting an L1 system for himself,” Carroll recalls. “The sound of that system and the fact that it has virtually eliminated feedback has made real fans out of many of the artists who have used it. It’s really been great that Bose is willing to support live music on the air with great sound.”

Carroll adds that the station’s L1 systems serve more than the show tapings. He notes, “The station also uses these systems at station events, such as VIP/backstage tents at large concerts they’re sponsoring. And on a personal note, I have used an L1 system in my side gig as a musician. The L1 system is so portable, setup is quick and easy, and it sounds great. It’s perfect for small events but powerful enough to use for just about anything we need it for.”

“Live From The River Music Hall” had 17 shows performed, broadcast and recorded last year, and Carroll says another 25 shows are expected to be produced this season. The show’s popularity online has recently translated into availability on Comcast’s on-demand video service. “We’re looking forward to another awesome-sounding season for the live shows, thanks to Bose,” he says.

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Kramer’s VIA Collage™ Wins Big at InfoComm 2014

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce the new Kramer VIA Collage wireless collaboration product won Best in Show Awards from both Government Video Magazine and Sound & Video Contractor Magazine at InfoComm 2014. The Best in Show Awards, presented during the InfoComm show, honored outstanding products exhibited at the show.
The award−winning VIA Collage is a wireless collaboration device that allows people to “Meet Smarter.” The VIA Collage solves BYOD challenges and allows for the effective integration of PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, allowing users to wirelessly collaborate in any meeting. With the VIA Collage, files can be shared quickly and easily between participants or with all participants at once. The VIA Collage also allows for full 1080p/60 HD video streaming and the main unit even has an HDMI input to allow the integration of an external video source. Up to 6 presenters’ screens can be dynamically displayed on a single display device and up to 12 can be shown simultaneously when two display devices are used.
The VIA Collage also supports third party applications such as Skype®, Go To Meeting®, Lync®, WebEx® and more. VIA Collage also has built in 1024 bit Encryption for information sent between the Collage and the meeting participants as well as a dynamic room code to prevent unauthorized participation in the meeting. The digital canvas created by the VIA Collage allows meeting participants to all work on the same document in real time and save the results to their device.
“VIA Collage works seamlessly in an almost spooky way. Everyone in the room can help create and edit a common document through their individual devices, then share it with others and save it to take with you. The system automatically recognizes attendees and makes connection―and collaboration―easy,” explained Government Video Magazine.
Having received two Best in Show Awards, as well as receiving a great deal of positive feedback from show attendees, Kramer is excited about the introduction of the VIA Collage and the “Infinite Ways to Collaborate” the VIA Collage presents for users.

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Delicate Teams With Martin Audio MLA For Latin Radio Concert

Delicate Productions recently provided a Martin Audio MLA system for the Reventon Super Estrella 2014 concert at the Staples Arena in Los Angeles.

Put on by L.A.’s leading Latin FM radio station La Super Estrella 107.1, the show featured an impressive lineup of artists including La Santa Cecilia, La Union, Fobia, Roco Pachukote, Bunbury, La Ley, Caifanes and Victimas for a capacity crowd of over 18,000.

Asked about the show, Delicate Production Manager Meegan Holmes explained, “Our challenge with any concert style event in an arena is integrating our PA hangs with the lighting truss and the flown LED elements. We worked closely with the LED vendor Global Trends to ensure the best positioning of the PA versus the LED wall. The walls were all solid, so our concern was areas of the audience that would be affected in terms of being able to hear the audio. We took care to lay out our PA points so we could get past the LED but still not block the view of the screen.

“Staples Center is taller than the average arena,” Meegan continued. “The back wall has decorative metal above the top level of seating. The MLA’s versatility and output control enabled us to get to the last row without hitting that highly reflective metal.”

The system Delicate rigged for the show included 28 Martin Audio MLA and 4 MLD (downfill) for the main hangs; 16 MLA Compact for outer fills; 16 MLA Mini under 4 MSX power plant/subwoofers for sidefills, and 12 MLX subs. Other elements included Avid Profile consoles for Front of House, a DiGiCo SD11 as production console and a Yamaha DME matrix for system control.

In addition to Holmes, the Delicate crew was made up of Brennan Houser (System Engineer), Craig Robertson and Tony Luna (FOH Technicians), George Squiers and Mark Ramos (Monitor Technicians), and Russ Cunningham and Billy Flores (Stage Technicians).

Asked about reactions to the sound system, Meegan explained, “Each band in the show seemed a little louder than the previous and the PA kept up without issue. All eight engineers had fun mixing on the system, which resulted in great sounding shows. They all commented on how they were able to get so much power from so few MLX subs and how efficient they are.

“Our client came to me after the show amazed at how the rig sounded the same everywhere, how smooth and even the MLA sounds.”

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

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

New Farm Cinemas Chooses Christie’s Complete Cinema Solutions for Brisbane Cineplex

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, today announced that its complete cinema solutions comprising the Christie Solaria™ Series projectors and Christie Vive Audio™ cinema systems have been installed in a newly opened cineplex located in New Farm, a trendy inner-city suburb of Brisbane.

Known as New Farm Cinemas, the complex houses six state-of-the-art auditoriums that are color-themed with each theater catered for different purposes and clientele. Meticulously rebuilt over a period of 18 months on the site of a former two-screen cinema known as the Village Twin, the 205-seat Purple Room and the premium Bronze Room with 70 seats are to open to the public on August 1. In particular, the Purple Room is the first theater in Australia to be furnished with Christie Vive Audio solution, which provides an impressive cinematic experience for movie-goers. The installation of this extensive range of cinema solutions was undertaken by Christie and its Australian partner EDGE Digital Technology.

“We applaud New Farm Cinemas for their decision to install Christie’s projection technologies and Christie Vive Audio solution in their refurbished auditoriums situated at this historically and culturally iconic location in Brisbane,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “We believe that the performance of our projection and line array speaker technologies provides a great visual and audio experience to every movie-goer and makes New Farm Cinemas one of the hottest destinations in the city.”

The innovative Christie Vive Audio, which offers truly rich, dynamic and detailed sound, unlocks the full potential of the DCI digital cinema audio format and supports leading formats such as Dolby® Atmos™, 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound. Combining the superior audio qualities of ribbon driver technology with the proven high quality performance of a line array speaker design – matched with powerful Class D amplification – Christie Vive Audio is the complete solution that envelopes audiences with dynamic, detailed and captivating sound.

The installation in the Purple Room comprises Christie Vive Audio speakers of varying combinations, including LA1 screen channel speakers, S215 subwoofers (for full range frequency response), S218 for Low Frequency Effects (subwoofers) channels, as well as LA1 and S115 for corner surrounds. Unlike most global Vive Audio installs to date, where surround speakers are mounted on the wall of the auditorium, a corner surround system is specially-designed for the Purple Room as its ceiling has been accorded local and state heritage protection due to its significance as an ongoing cinema since the 1920s.

New Farm Cinemas Chooses Christie’s Complete Cinema Solutions for Brisbane Cineplex

“We are committed in providing our patrons with the best movie-viewing experience by investing in the finest technologies such as Christie’s cinema technologies and equipping our theatres with the most modern facilities at this landmark cinema complex on Brunswick Street,” said Peter Sourris, owner of New Farm Cinemas. “On top of that, we want to extend the experience beyond just watching a film. It’s actually going to be a pretty trendy place to visit, even if you’re not watching a movie. People will come here just for a cocktail. It’ll be like a slice of Hollywood, in Brisbane.”

Besides the immersive aural experience brought about by Christie Vive Audio, audiences can expect nothing but the best visuals from the Christie Solaria CP2215 (equipped with Christie Integrated Media Block solution for seamless conversion and delivery of feature-film and alternative content) and the Christie Solaria One+ installed in the Purple Room and Bronze Room respectively, which utilize the latest generation DLP® Cinema electronics platform. The Solaria Series offers precise vivid color with superior contrast ratios and the light output necessary to light up even the largest auditoriums. The clear choice for any cinema exhibition environment, it is fully capable of providing the world’s most brilliant images, the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance.

Boasting retro carpets, bean bags at the front of each auditorium for couples, arcade games and vintage film memorabilia, New Farm Cinemas is a unique, boutique-style theatre complex that pays homage to the golden age of cinema. Originally constructed in 1921 as the open-air Merthyr Picture Palace, the cinema was remodeled in the 1930s to become the Astor, before transforming into the Village Twin in 1970. The site, bought over by the Sourris brothers in 2013 and rebuilt into a modern 535-seat cineplex, is poised to revitalize this landmark site and turn it into an epicenter of social activity and pop culture. The cinema’s second phase, comprising four extra screens including two Gold Rooms offering top-of-the-range amenities, is currently under construction and is expected to be opened later this year.

A.Focx Productions Mixes New Night Ranger Album with HARMAN’s AKG Headphones and Microphones

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – With an audio engineering and FOH background dating back to his late teens, Anthony Focx is an experienced producer, heading up his company A.Focx Productions to provide artists and bands with the highest levels of audio services. He uses HARMAN’s AKG headphones and microphones to produce, record, engineer, edit, mix and master tracks from a wide range of musical genres, including the latest album by Night Ranger, called High Road.

While producing the album, Focx emphasized the importance of microphone quality and placement. Thus, he used AKG C414, C414 XLS, D112, C451, C4000 and C12 microphones as well as AKG K240 and AKG K271 MKII studio headphones to produce the tracks.

As with many other artists and producers that rely on the build quality and durability of AKG products, consistent audio is key to a reliable mix. Focx believes that, “the way these products are engineered is what led them to be a staple in music productions for decades. AKG microphones are used in all styles of music, and capture sound is such a natural way that it’s almost as if the human ear is trained to hear their sound.”

When asked what he has been impressed with the most, Focx replied, “It’s amazing how well constructed AKG products are and their ability to achieve inspiring levels of sound. My AKG headphones are very durable, lightweight, comfortable and boast excellent fidelity.”

Having a tremendous amount of experience under the belt, with close to 300 album credits, Focx is pleased with his wide array of AKG equipment and is set to enjoy them for many years to come. “It’s been a fantastic experience using AKG products,” he said. “We’ve had many successes in the past with their microphones and headphones and will continue using these products for all albums in the future. As they say, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it!”

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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LIPA Graduate James Mellor Receives The 2014 MPG Prize

This year’s Music Producers Guild Prize has been awarded to James Mellor, confirming him as the most promising student to graduate from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) Sound Technology degree programme.

Launched in 2010, the MPG Prize gives winning students from LIPA 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 companies such as Avid and a bursary to help with expenses from PPL.

MPG Chairman Steve Levine and MPG Education Representative Tony Platt presented James Mellor with his prize during LIPA’s annual graduation ceremony, which took place on July 31st, 2014. Also present was LIPA lead patron Sir Paul McCartney.

The aim of the Music Producers Guild Prize is to recognise the student who, in the opinion of his or her tutors, has shown the most exceptional talent, initiative, commitment and consideration to the art of music recording and production.

Jon Thornton, who heads LIPA’s three year BA (Hons) Sound Technology programme, says: “Throughout his time studying with us, but most especially during his final year, James has proven to have that ‘special sauce’ of attributes – technical skill, creative thinking, attention to detail, and an interest in pushing the boundaries of what is achievable. I’m sure that he will make the very most of the opportunities that this award will open up for him.”

James Mellor’s early interest in music led to him experimenting with many different instruments before he finally settled for the guitar and started playing in bands with friends. Studio experiences with these bands gave him a taste for technology and a desire to know how to operate the equipment he found there. He applied to study at LIPA and has since worked with many local bands including Go Fiasco, with whom he has engineered and produced an entire album, Meet My Mystery. This project took eight months to complete and involved recording, producing and mixing 10 tracks in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound.

Mellor has also been helping out at Liverpool-based studio The Motor Museum and was recently appointed house assistant/engineer.

“Over the next few months I hope to develop my skill set further and am honoured to have the opportunity do so by learning directly from industry professionals whom I greatly admire,” he says. “I am extremely grateful to both MPG and LIPA for everything they’ve done to help me grow as a professional and look forward to the next year with great anticipation.”

Commenting on the Prize, Tony Platt says: “Supporting, nurturing and encouraging young engineers and producers is a vital part of what MPG does and very important alongside the work we do under the auspices of JAMES. Gaining qualifications is only a small step on their journey and our aim is to enable standout students to be able to put their accomplishments to work as soon as possible so they can fully engage with the significant contribution that the UK makes to the global music industry.”

Winning the MPG Prize will give James Mellor the chance to develop and explore the recording techniques he has learned at LIPA and make valuable contacts within the professional sound industry. In addition to a one year associate membership to the MPG, Mellor will also have the opportunity to shadow this year’s MPG Producer of the Year winners Alan Moulder & Flood at Assault & Battery Studios. Mellor will also attend an orchestral recording session with Award-winning engineer Haydn Bendall and a mastering session with John Dent, winner of the MPG Mastering Engineer Award 2014. Added to this will be opportunities to shadow Guy Massey, MPG Engineer of the Year 2014, and Dan Cox, MPG Breakthrough Engineer of the Year 2014. Studio experience will be provided by RAK Studios, winner of the MPG Best Studio Award 2014, while Mellor’s technical expertise will be enhanced by a day at Avid’s UK headquarters where he will receive in-depth tuition on Avid’s flagship controller, the ProTools S6.

PPL has offered to contribute towards the cost of Mellor’s travel and accommodation expenses while he is taking up these opportunities, and throughout the year he will be mentored by various MPG members including Steve Levine, Nicky Graham, Tony Platt and Mick Glossop.

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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

Media Group International Opens A New Training Academy

From September 2014, leading systems integrator Media Group International (MGI) will help broadcast professionals bridge the gap between traditional broadcast infrastructure and IT by delivering high quality training courses from its new Training Academy in Dubai.

Headed by Training Manager Joe MacQuarrie, an official ACSR Trainer who has recently joined MGI from Avid Technology Europe, the MGI Training Academy will provide the burgeoning Middle East broadcast industry with a unique educational opportunity. This unique facility will give broadcast professionals and engineers in the region access to a range of courses that focus on technical and operational systems and highlight how to use new technology in the most efficient way.


“As an Award-winning company with a deep understanding of broadcast and IT infrastructures and long-standing relationships with many of the industry’s key manufacturers, MGI is ideally placed to deliver the highly specialised training courses that our industry needs.” says MGI’s Managing Director, John Aslett. “Technology is advancing at a rapid pace and broadcasters who stay on top of these changes stand to benefit enormously, both in terms of time saved and creativity unleashed.”

Based in Studio City, the MGI Training Academy incorporates classroom facilities; a student lounge; a central apparatus room; a visualisation, pre-build, testing and acceptance area for projects, and two multi-use conference/training rooms that can be used for breakout workflow discussions or additional classroom exercises.

The Academy’s schedule of day and evening courses will encompass Project Related Technical Training for existing customers and public courses. Bespoke workflow design, training and consultancy are also included in MGI’s holistic approach, with courses provided either at the Academy or on location at a customer’s facility.

“In addition to courses on all Avid solutions, an example of the type of bespoke course we are developing is the Cisco Networking Boot Camp for Broadcast Engineers, which runs from October 5 to 9, 2014,” says Training Manager Joe MacQuarrie. “The course will be delivered by MGI’s Jim White, (CCIE) and a Cisco Certified Instructor with many years’ experience building networks specifically for TV. Although it covers the essential parts of the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum, the course also comes with a unique twist because we have enhanced the content so that it better meets the needs of today’s broadcaster. Pertinent topics like how to network broadcast systems are introduced, while less relevant subjects like Frame Relay have been removed.”

The Academy is also working with the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM) to deliver its foundational courses, as well as offering authorised training for many different manufacturers in the broadcast industry.

For more information about the MGI Training Academy and for a full list of courses, please visit www.mgi.tv

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Notes to the editor:
About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings
Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.
GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and internationally. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.
The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.
In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.
www.gssg.com

Media Group International
Media Group International (MGI) is an award-winning media broadcast and communications systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.
Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor and multisensory environments. MGI provides solutions from safeguarding national security, such as in government operations, to creating the best educational venues in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.
Media Group International won the Digital Studio award for ‘System Integrator of the Year’ in March 2014. The company also holds ISO 9001:2008 certification, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. It is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.
www.mgi.tv

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Union Chapel Sounds Great With DPA Microphones

It’s official! London’s favourite live music venue is Union Chapel in Islington, which just happens to be equipped with a great selection of DPA microphones.

Union Chapel is a 900-capacity venue housed within a 136 year old Victorian Gothic Revival Church, which still functions as a chapel when it isn’t hosting big names from the world of music such as Adele, Bono and The Edge from U2 and Florence & the Machine.

A large proportion of the equipment that artists need to play at the Union Chapel is provided by the venue, which has invested heavily in high quality gear including a range of DPA microphones.

Sound engineer and producer Les Mommsen, of 4AM Productions, is head technician at Union Chapel. He says: We cover all genres of music, though due to the unique nature of the acoustics in the venue some artists choose to perform a special acoustic show.”

Mommsen adds that last year Union Chapel added three DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphones to its equipment list and this has really improved the venue’s ability to deliver natural and detailed mixes to its audiences. The d:facto Vocal Microphone has been used by a wide range of artists, including Mavis Staples, Scott Mathews and David McAlmont of McAlmont & Butler.

“They produce the best results where clarity and vocal intelligibility are essential and this is an area where we have to pay close attention to in our venue,” he says. “All DPA products excel in delivering a natural, uncoloured representation of acoustic instruments and these are the precise qualities that discerning musicians and technicians look for in their tools.”

Union Chapel also has a selection of DPA d:vote™ Instrument Microphones as well as d:dicate 4011A and 2011C recording microphones. “The versatility of the d:vote and d:dicate range of microphones is constantly surprising us,” Mommsen adds. “They just sound great on virtually any instrument from drums through to guitar amps and violins. We are currently looking to add some d:dicate™ 4006A Omnidirectional recording Microphones to capture the sound of our magnificent, unique and recently restored 130 year old Henry Willis hydraulic pipe organ.”

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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