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Becoming California Recorded with DPA Microphones

Sound Mixer for the documentary uses company’s d:mension™ 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone to capture the beautiful audio of the state’s national parks

DPA Microphones_dmension 5100_Becoming California2SACRAMENTO, CA, DECEMBER 2, 2014DPA Microphones played a prominent role in the making of Becoming California, a two-hour documentary sponsored by The California Environmental Legacy Project that explores the history and future of the state’s national parks. Narrated by award-winning actress Jane Fonda, and set to air on PBS this fall, the film features 15-minute segments of beautiful videography from each park. With its ability to capture everything from the birds in the sky to the elephant seals in the ocean, the DPA d:mension™ 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone proved to be the perfect microphone solution for these scenes.

DPA Microphones_dmension 5100_Tim OMalleyChosen by Production Sound Mixer Timothy O’Malley, the d:mension 5100 was an integral part of the documentary. “I used the DPA d:mension 5100 specifically for this film because there wasn’t a lot of dialogue to be captured,” he explains. “Instead, I captured the 5.1 surround sound effect of the environment, such as the wind hitting the trees, elephant seals snorting on the beach or birds calling to their mates. The wind was especially important because there’s a lot of it out there. The d:mension 5100 was the only solution. You can’t compare it to other products on the market; it’s just that good.”

In addition to the documentary, each park will feature its individual 15-minute segment in its welcome center, many of which are newly renovated. With more than 30 parks throughout the state, the entire project took more than a year to capture. On recommendation from his film professor at Humboldt State University, O’Malley was chosen for the documentary before his official college graduation. It was this same instructor who introduced O’Malley to the DPA d:mension 5100.

“My film professor taught me everything I know about sound – how to record dialogue, record orchestral arrangements or hair metal bands, and scoring for film,” says O’Malley, who graduated with a film degree in May 2011. “He also showed me all of the different microphones and mic patterns that I could use for these different recording styles. In theory, the d:mension 5100 shouldn’t work because the mics are so close together, but it is perfectly engineered with these little capsules and plastic spacers, which make it sound great. The d:mension 5100, along with my Sound Devices 788T recorder, were my first two equipment purchases after college.”DPA Microphones_dmension 5100_Becoming California

Full of stunning cinematography, astonishing aerials, 3D animations and an original score led by Grammy Award-winning musician Pat Metheny, the goal of Becoming California is to reconcile human nature with ecological nature on America’s West Coast. It explores how past, present and future relationships will impact California’s environment and whether nature and civilization can co-exist.

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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Matrox at Integrated Systems Europe 2015 — Product Preview

Multi-display graphics cards, H.264 encoders/decoders, video wall controller boards, video streaming and recording appliance and multi-camera recording app to be showcased

Matrox® Graphics Inc. and Matrox Video will be sharing stand 11-F68 at ISE 2015 (Amsterdam RAI, Feb. 10-12). Matrox Graphics Inc. will demonstrate the new C-Series™ multi-display graphics cards, the cost-effective Matrox Maevex™ AV-over-IP encoders/decoders and the field-proven Matrox Mura™ MPX video wall controller boards. Matrox Video will showcase the popular Monarch™ HD video streaming and recording appliance and the new VS4Recorder Pro™ multi-camera recording app.

Multi-display Graphics Cards
Matrox C-Series multi-display graphics cards deliver outstanding performance, stability, and usability to power video management systems and small-scale display walls in control room, digital signage, enterprise, industrial, security, A/V, and embedded system applications. C-Series cards feature 2 GB of on-board memory and secure mini DisplayPort connectivity. Matrox C680 supports up to six 4K/UHD displays. More displays can be supported by inserting two C680 cards into a system. The board-to-board framelock feature ensures synchronization of all displays to reduce tearing on digital signage and video walls. Matrox C420 is the fastest quad card with passive cooling for increased reliability and silent operation.

H.264 Encoders/Decoders
Matrox Maevex 5100 Series H.264 encoders and decoders deliver exceptional-quality AV streaming at low bandwidth over standard IP networks for display or for storage anywhere on the LAN. Maevex encoders, priced at only $999 US (MSRP), can be combined with Maevex decoders or a third-party software decoder to stream up to Full HD AV content to displays and projectors for digital signage, presentation/education, corporate information display, collaborative video wall and many other applications. Maevex is multi-functional in design and can also be used to record desktop sessions to NAS, whether for review or evaluation purposes. Maevex comes bundled with Matrox PowerStream™ software for easy remote device management, stream switching and streaming/recording parameter adjustment, including user-definable bit rates between 100 Kbps and 25 Mbps.

Video Wall Capture and Display Boards
Matrox Mura MPX Series capture and display boards feature flexible inputs and high-quality outputs allowing AV integrators, system builders and equipment manufacturers to easily and cost-effectively build high-density video wall controller systems supporting custom video walls with up to 56 inputs and outputs. Exceptional-quality scaling, switching and compositing of source content including HDCP feeds are easily managed through intuitive software control options including Matrox MuraControl™, third-party software and simple integration with existing AV control systems. Rich transitions and eye-catching effects can be applied to both recorded and live content using the latest Mura Network API — a platform that software developers have used to build their own powerful video wall control solutions for Mura-based video walls. At ISE 2015 a Matrox P690 graphics card will be used alongside Mura MPX to power an independent console display.

Video Streaming and Recording Appliance
Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. The Monarch SDK, an HTTP-based API, includes documentation and sample code that let AV and broadcast equipment developers write applications to configure and control Monarch HD streaming capabilities, giving them a very straightforward way to include a high-quality webcasting service as part of their overall product offerings. Monarch HD can also be integrated with a Crestron® controller, which allows operators to easily start and stop streaming and recording from within the familiar Crestron interface.

Multi-camera Recording App
VS4Recorder Pro is designed for use with Matrox VS4™ quad HD capture cards. Each VS4Recorder Pro system frame-accurately captures up to four video and audio inputs to create files for use with popular editing apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid and for archiving. H.264 is provided in either MOV or MP4 wrappers. AVI files can be created using the high-quality Matrox MPEG 2 I-Frame codec. MOV QuickTime files can be created using DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD. VS4Recorder Pro also functions as a multiviewer, offering pristine video quality even when monitoring interlaced sources on progressive computer monitors. VS4-based systems are also ideal for multi-camera live production streaming with Telestream® Wirecast® for Windows® or StudioCoast vMix software.

About Matrox
Matrox is a world leader in graphics, imaging, and video technology providing an extensive array of real-world relevant OEM and end-user solutions to businesses and individuals across a diverse range of professional markets, including media and entertainment, finance, digital signage, medical imaging, manufacturing, factory automation, security, government, and enterprise computing. For more information, visit www.matrox.com.

Masque Sound Custom Audio Package Resonates With Audiences at U.S. Premiere of New Musical, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

1-Ciara Renée (center) & the cast of La Jolla Playhouse's US premiere production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME - Photo by Kevin BerneNEW YORK, NY, DECEMBER 2, 2014 — When five-time Tony® and Laurence Olivier winning/nominated sound designer Gareth Owen was presented with the task of ringing up a spectacular and captivating sonic landscape for the U.S. premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla Playhouse, he turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, for his audio equipment needs.

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and featuring the Oscar-nominated score from the 1996 Disney classic film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the only stage collaboration from two masters of the American musical theatre, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. In this brand new production, an emotionally rich score highlights the music’s orchestral power in an intimate retelling of the famous love story of the bell-ringer Quasimodo, the gypsy Esmeralda and the gallant Captain Phoebus.

2-Michael Arden (center) & the cast of La Jolla Playhouse's US premiere production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME-Photo by Kevin Berne“My primary objective in designing the sound is always making sure that the audience can hear all of the words to the story,” says Owen. “It seems obvious, but I cannot tell you the number of shows that I see and can’t clearly hear what the performers are saying. Masque Sound was able to provide me with the equipment I was looking for to attain this sonic clarity and, as a result, allowed us to achieve our goal.”

Another goal of Owen’s was to try to make the show sound as exciting as possible, from a musical standpoint. “I will often go to a show and see a massive orchestra in the pit, but they might as well not be there,” he says. “You can hardly hear them. They are tucked away and the audience is not getting any excitement from them. I consider my sound designs very cinematic in nature and want them to be exciting and enveloping. Once I’ve made sure the audience can hear all the words, I make a concerted effort to try and make the music as dynamic and involving as possible, as is the case with The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

In order to bring that level of excitement to the design, Owen finds close collaboration with the show’s music department and cast to be essential. “To a sound designer, the music department can be your best ally,” adds Owen. “I like to work with the various musical department heads to learn what it is that they want to hear and do my best to deliver it. Additionally, I find that if I can give the cast exactly what they need in order to perform to the best of their abilities, and give an energetic, accurate performance, the end result is a great sounding show, even if technically tricky to accomplish.”

3-Patrick Page (center) and the cast of La Jolla Playhouse's US premiere production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME-Photo by Kevin BerneOne of Owen’s biggest challenges in designing the sound for The Hunchback of Notre Dame was found in the acoustics of La Jolla Playhouse. “The one tricky thing about the theatre is that it has very hard walls with lots of reflective surfaces,” says Owen. “With all of that sound bouncing around, speaker choice was critical and that’s where the audiotechnik d&b speaker system that Masque Sound supplied really came into its own. I’ve been a huge advocate of d&b for years and find that, when it comes to constant directivity of wave forms and frequency response, d&b speakers are so much more cohesive and accurate. They were a huge help in cutting down on reflections and induced noise from the walls.”

The large audiotechnik d&b speaker system that Masque Sound provided included 24 T-Series boxes for stage left and stage right, a T-Series center cluster, as well as Q-Series loudspeakers and B2 subwoofers. The front fills featured E5 loudspeakers, while the out fills were E8 loudspeakers, and E0 loudspeakers comprised the surround sound system. On stage, there was a mixture of E3s, E4s and E5 loudspeakers. Owen chose an Avid VENUE Profile System for the front of house console and utilized another for his monitors. In addition, Owen relied on several Yamaha 01V96 digital mixers to sub-mix various aspects of the show, including the 32-piece choir that is present on stage for the duration of the show.

“Gareth’s design for this musical was impeccable,” says Scott Kalata of Masque Sound. “Even at the show’s first preview, which I attended, the clarity of the dialog along with the show’s dynamic range perfectly matched what I was seeing onstage.”

In addition, as part of its custom audio equipment package, Masque Sound also provided an extensive microphone package that included DPA, Shure and Audix microphones, as well as 36 channels of wireless featuring Sennheiser EM 3532s and SK 5212 belt packs.

“Masque Sound delivered, supplying everything needed to create this soundscape,” concludes Owen. “Scott Kalata really looked after us and Gary Stocker was once again amazing to work with. He was onsite to solve any problems and ensured that everything was working properly. This was a great collaboration, and my team, including Joanna Lynne Staub, associate sound designer; Dave Horowitz, head of sound; and Zoe Blackford, assistant sound designer, all did a wonderful job and worked tirelessly to ensure the show’s success. I have a philosophy that I like to stand in the theatre on opening night, look at the sound system and know that there is nothing in the theatre that doesn’t need to be there. I consider that a sense of professional pride, and I am proud to say that held true on this production.”

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is scheduled to run through Sunday, December 14 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Theatre. The next stop for the production is New Jersey, where it will play at the Paper Mill Playhouse in March 2015. For more information, please visit www.lajollaplayhouse.org.

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 led 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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DCIM100GOPROATHENS, GEORGIA: The University of Georgia Bulldog football team plays all of its home games in Sanford Stadium on the school’s main Athens, Georgia campus. Georgians have long stood behind the Bulldogs, and Bulldogs football is a distinguishing feature of autumn in a place where the average high temperature doesn’t drop below sixty degrees until December. Fan turnout has always been consistent at Bulldog home games, which has motivated a long series of stadium expansions. Today, Sanford Stadium can accommodate just shy of 93,000, making it the tenth largest stadium in the United States. In response to new rules allowing more music play during games and in recognition of how important sound quality is to the game day experience, the University of Georgia authorized an overhaul of Sanford Stadium’s sound system. Composed of Danley Sound Labs Jericho Horns, SBH-10 column loudspeakers, and BC-415 subwoofers, the new system dramatically improves coverage, low-end extension, and clarity.

“The old system had been installed for a decade and never covered the stadium evenly,” said Chris Williamson, athletic facility coordinator at University of Georgia. “There were several large dead spots, including a big one over the student section. Of course, that’s one of the most important sections for building the right game day atmosphere. In addition, new rules would allow us to play more music during the games, but with a subpar sound system, that would only highlight the system’s deficiencies. It had been intended primarily for speech reinforcement, not music playback. The previous system had subs but they just didn’t provide enough low end to add enough presence.”

Univ_Georgia_Scoreboard“There is increasing recognition that the stadium itself, including its sound and video systems, is a critical tool in keeping the momentum on the field going in the right direction,” said Pete Dugas, president and founder of TSAV, the Athens-based firm that installed the system and that collaborated on the design with Mike Hedden, Danley president. He continued, “Home field advantage is more than the fans themselves, it’s also how the sound system inspires the fans. We’ve been working with a number of Division I athletic facilities, but Sanford Stadium is near and dear to us. The Bulldogs are our hometown team.”

Univ_Georgia_Scoreboard_SpeakersTSAV looked at a range of feasible sound systems for Sanford Stadium, including a number of distributed systems and a number of end-fired systems. The TSAV engineers converged on an end-fired system using primarily Danley Jericho Horns with Danley subwoofers. In the spirit of due diligence, Dugas asked Hedden to come up with his own design without sharing the plans that TSAV had converged on. “The differences between Mike’s independent design and our own were small, indicating that our plans were sensible,” said Dugas. “Not only would the new system meet the university’s performance goals, it would do it without straining their budget.”

Five Danley Jericho J3 Horns provide main coverage of the opposite end zone and both adjacent sides, and three Danley OS-80 loudspeakers provide down-fill for the end zone seating immediately below the scoreboard. Like all Danley loudspeakers, the J3s and OS-80s are based on Synergy Horn technology, which delivers full-range content from a single horn. As such, their output possesses excellent intelligibility, fidelity, and pattern control. That pattern control keeps energy off the field so that the referees can speak without feedback, a situation that had caused considerable problems with the old system. Two of Danley’s new SBH-10 column loudspeakers provide additional side-fill coverage below the scoreboard. Mounted horizontally, they deliver 10 x 100-degree dispersion from a single horn, with all of the same benefits of the Synergy Horn designs. Four beefy Danley BC-415 subwoofers bolster the low end.

Considering the old system had lumpy coverage with worse than +/– 10dB swings, the new Danley system is better than +/– 2dB, and whereas the old system had no content below 70Hz, the new Danley system is still active at 25Hz. “We’re happy with the results, and the performance is close to model projections,” said Dugas. “There were adjustments to make, of course. The new low end rattled the scoreboard, which we had to fix, along with too much low end by the university president’s suite. That was easy to adjust. It was nice to see how it all came together with everyone working so cooperatively. The SPL is now 26dB greater than it was before, and the fact that everything is point source has improved fidelity tremendously. A Bulldogs fan myself, I’m looking forward to enjoying the system at every home game!”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.


FOR-A to Showcase Video Switcher & Signal Processing Technology at GV Expo 2014

Cypress, CA – At this week’s Government Video Expo, held December 3-4 at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., FOR-A America will display several of its popular video switcher and signal processing equipment. The company will exhibit within the Communications Engineering, Inc. (CEI) booth, #401.

“GV Expo is a highly targeted, important show for FOR-A,” said Jay Shinn, Vice President of FOR-A America. “It brings together video production, broadcast, digital media and government video specialists in one compact, two-day conference. It’s an opportunity for us to show how our FA-1010technology FA-1010specifically benefits this particular user group. It has always been a very successful show for us in terms of talking with current customers and meeting potential customers who are not as familiar with our product range.”

At the show, FOR-A will demonstrate its HVS-100 portable video switcher. The unit is capable of 4K production and offers a wide range of functions, including mixed HD/SD input, frame synchronization, multi-viewer capability, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects and DVE and keyer with chroma key. An ideal fit for government applications, the HVS-100 is currently in use for in-house video production and creation of training videos and live presentation events for the U.S. Navy.

Another video switcher that will be shown at GV Expo is the cost-effective HVS-390HS unit. Offering powerful M/E functionality that allows for greater user flexibility and control, the HVS-390HS offers up to three different control panels and five remote AUX control panels that can be used simultaneously. The built-in Web browser function gives users even more control, allowing operators to set up and edit the switcher via a Mac, PC or tablet. The HVS-390HS is currently deployed in a variety of government applications, including use by NASA to produce live rocket launch event coverage at Wallops Flight Facility.

FOR-A will also showcase signal processing technology. The company will demonstrate its FA-505 multi-channel signal processor. First introduced earlier this year at NAB, the five-input, five-output signal processor features up/down/cross/aspect ratio conversion capability on each input and is ideal for 4K applications. The FA-505 also features a powerful synchronizer that includes frame/line/AVDL modes, video delay line of up to eight frames, full RGB color correction, and 16 channels of embedded audio per channel, with the ability to remap channels from any input to any output.

Another FOR-A signal processor that will be shown at GV Expo is the award-winning FA-1010 multi-channel unit. With 10 video inputs and outputs, the new FA-1010 offers multi-channel routing between sources as well as effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing and delivery applications.

GV Expo is Washington’s largest technology event for video, broadcast and AV professionals. Last year’s event featured over 150 exhibits and drew 6,000 registrants.

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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PixelFLEX Wins Parnelli Award for Innovative FLEXCurve LED Screens

Las Vegas, Nov. 22, 2014 — One year after releasing the PixelFLEX FLEXCurve at Live Design International’s (LDI) annual tradeshow, the versatile LED rental product capable of +/- 10 degree convex or concave curves won The Parnelli Award for Indispensable Video Technology of the Year.


The annual award show for the live event industry recognizes outstanding companies, individuals and products for their influence on the production business. A jury of peers made up of nearly 40,000 subscribers to PLSN and FOH magazines vote for this award, making the recognition even more significant.

In 2014, the FLEXCurve LED panels have been used in designs for multiple tours including Country Music Entertainer, Luke Bryan, numerous award shows, athletic events and high profile corporate shows.

Featuring a compact, strong and modular design, the FLEXCurve panel can transform from straight to curved by adjusting four fast-loc tabs on each wing of the panel allowing +/- 10 degree curve. Available in outdoor and indoor models ranging from 4mm to 16mm, the FLEXCurve family of screens is made with precision-cut aluminum weighing less than 40 pounds. FLEXCurve’s has a rig and click installation system, making for a seamless, fluid connection between panels. Strategic handle placements allow for an easy set up by one person.

Designed with the touring client in mind, the slim and sleek cabinet design is hot swappable and allows for mixing various pitches within a wall. The system allows for easy serviceability with quick module replacement features like captive screws, Neutrik connectors and IP65 reliability. These panels ride four to a case.

“It is such an honor to be nominated, let alone win a Parnelli Award, and we are so grateful our company and products are being recognized in the industry,” said Jeremy Byrd, PixelFLEX founder and president. “All of the nominees make great products, and being in the same category with them is an absolute honor.”

For more information on PixelFLEX’s FLEXCurve and other LED video products, visit www.pixelflexled.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

For a full list of Parnelli Award winners, visit PLSN.com.

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The Music Producers Guild Honours Dave Stewart

Dave Stewart

Multimedia entrepreneur Dave Stewart has been named by the Music Producers Guild as the 2015 recipient of its Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award, sponsored by PPL.

The award will be presented to Dave Stewart at the MPG 2015 Awards, which take place on February 12th next year at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London.

MPG Awards Director Tony Platt says: “Dave Stewart embodies all the qualities of a modern music producer, embracing all forms of media including music, film, TV and photography. His various roles from musician to producer, director and co-founder of a highly successful creative member’s club (http://www/thehospitalclub.com) underpin his collaborative attitude towards creativity. In this respect he is a shining example of everything that is great about the UK music industry, which is why we, with the support of PPL, are honouring him with this prestigious MPG Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music – in short because he is outstanding.”

Recognised as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today, Dave Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the ground breaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics.

Behind the scenes, he has produced albums and co-written songs for Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger, Sinead O’Connor, Joss Stone, and many more, garnering numerous Producer, Songwriter, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards along the way.

Continuing to stay busy in all aspects of the musical and cultural landscape, working with both legends and undiscovered talent, Stewart produced four albums in 2014 alone: Hollie Stephenson, a 16 year old singer/songwriter from London whom Stewart has been developing since she was 13 years old; Stevie Nicks’ eighth solo album 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault comprised of unrecorded songs written between 1969 and 1995; Thomas Lindsey, a one-of-a-kind young male singer from Louisiana; and Los Angeles-based, London-born 14 year old soulful female singer/songwriter, KAYA, who recently signed her first deal with Warner Bros Records.

In addition, Stewart has recently expanded the management and production divisions of his company, producing videos for Deadmau5, Neon Trees, Lionel Richie, Kaskade, and many more. Dave Stewart Entertainment has offices in Los Angeles and Nashville overseeing the careers of seven young artists while acting as Brand Manager to legend artists.

Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart is a renowned producer, author, director, photographer, filmmaker, and philanthropist. He has scored films for several directors, including Robert Altman, Paul Verhoven, and Ted Demme, and has written and produced the title songs for many hit movies. Together with Mick Jagger, he wrote and produced the score for Alfie, starring Jude Law, which won the pair a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

Peter Leathem, CEO, PPL, says: “Dave Stewart has had a phenomenal career and has long been recognised as one of the most respected and sought after producers in the industry. Having collaborated with so many of the world’s leading artists as well as co-founding Eurythmics alongside Annie Lennox, it is only fitting that he receives the MPG’s Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award in 2015.”

Now firmly established as a must-attend industry event, the Music Producers Guild Awards celebrate the enormous contribution that recording professionals make to the success of the UK’s music industry. Last year’s Awards attracted more than 300 stars and music industry VIPs who turned out in force to see 16 Award recipients honoured. In 2015, the MPG is once again collaborating with the BRITS to present the winner of its Producer of the Year category with a BRIT Award for Best Producer.

Tickets for the MPG Awards 2015 are now available to order through the website. For full details please visit http://www.mpg.org.uk/mpg-awards/tickets/.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the MPG Awards 2015 and any company that would like to be part of this exciting event should contact Joe Edwards. Telephone: +44 (0) 7701 030 513. Email: joe@ilikethesoundofthat.com


About Music Producers Guild:
The Music Producers Guild 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.

Germany Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall with Meyer Sound LEO

berlinTo commemorate 25 years since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, German Chancellor Angela Merkel led rock legend Peter Gabriel and the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra in a celebratory spectacle that drew more than 100,000 people to the Brandenburg Gate. To provide utmost clarity for the music and speeches at this monumental milestone, the event organizers chose the most powerful loudspeaker technology available today—a Meyer Sound LEO® large-scale linear reinforcement system.

“LEO has a slim profile, yet it has a massive sound and incredible output,” notes Marcus Mechelhoff, production manager for Berlin-based event management company mediapool, who designed and coordinated all lighting, video, and pyrotechnics for the event. “It was the perfect tool for every requirement. Speeches were clearly heard everywhere, while rock, pop, and classical music were perfectly reproduced. I received only positive feedback about the sound quality from the FOH engineers for very different musical artists.”

To cover a crowd spread across a 150-by-500-meter area, four arrays of 12-each LEO-M line array loudspeakers and 34 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were configured. Four delay towers comprised a total of 16 MILO® and 16 MICA® line array loudspeakers, with 12 UPQ-1P loudspeakers as near fills. Twelve MJF-212A stage monitors and 12 CQ-1 and four UPA-1P loudspeakers provided onstage foldback. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo AES 616 and four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors supplied system drive and optimization.

Sound system configuration and equipment supply were handled by POOLgroup of Emsdetten, Germany, a full-service production provider that has supported other high-profile events including two German visits by President Obama and a G8 Summit.

“With such a massive crowd, LEO’s extraordinary long-throw capability was much appreciated by the production,” says Tim Humpe of POOLgroup, who served as project manager for the event. “LEO once again proved to be the ideal solution for a high-caliber multimedia event.”

POOLgroup also provided a DiGiCo SD7 and two Soundcraft Vi4 digital mixing consoles, 16 channels of Shure UR4D wireless microphones systems with KSM9 handhelds, and 14 channels of Shure PSM 1000 in-ear monitoring.

Audio reinforcement specification for the tender was commissioned by mediapool to Ivo König and Til Schwartz from Berlin’s IT AUDIO. Schwartz also served as audio coordinator for the worldwide television broadcast.

As part of the program, Peter Gabriel sang David Bowie’s “Heroes” in front of video footage showing the fall of the wall, and the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra with conductor Daniel Barenboim performed “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The ceremonies also included speeches by Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit, former Polish trade union leader and president Lech Walesa, and Mikhail Gorbachev of the former Soviet Union.

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Christie’s Visual Display Technologies and Integration Expertise at I/ITSEC 2014

Christie® continues to lead in the simulation market with cost-effective, high-performance visual display solutions and systems integration expertise. At I/ITSEC 2014, December 1 – 4, Christie will demonstrate three visual systems showcasing Christie AutoCal™ automatic display system calibration, a three-channel Matrix StIM WQ display showing simulated content at 120Hz, the debut of its low cost-of-operation Christie GS Series laser phosphor illuminated projectors, and an innovative spherical video trainer concept featuring real-world images for entry level applications.

Christie's Turnkey Simulator

Christie’s Turnkey Simulator

Calibrated to Impress with Christie AutoCal™
Christie AutoCal™ calibrates virtually any arrayed projection display, from flat to cylindrical to spherical, and adjusts it to its optimized viewing configuration resulting in a stabilized, consistent display. Using two Christie Matrix StIM™ WUXGA-resolution projectors, Christie will demonstrate the auto-calibration technology and process in real-time, showing how AutoCal’s simple interface offers expert display adjustment capabilities at the end users’ fingertips. It can re-calibrate both geometry and blending with accuracy and speed, helping to make the system easy to manage and maintain. The result is a highly efficient solution that reduces location resource requirements, maintenance costs and system downtime, while increasing customer independence with regard to maintaining their multi-projector displays.

Heightened Realism with Matrix StIM WQ at 120Hz

The Christie Matrix StIM WQ integrated, scalable projection system will use its unique, dual-input architecture to operate in 120Hz RGB interleaved mode to display simulation content at 120Hz for the clearest images with no motion-induced, visual artifacts. Another use of the Matrix StIM WQ’s dual-input architecture is Christie InfraScene™ mode which displays separate RGB and Infrared (IR) channels to produce independent, stimulated Night Vision Goggle (NVG) images for a more realistic NVG training experience. The 800-ANSI-lumen Matrix StIM WQ is the brightest LED-based WQXGA simulation projection system in the industry.

Christie will demonstrate a three-channel, front-projected display powered by FlightSafety International’s VITAL 11 Image Generator, showing a North Sea visual database optimized for 120Hz update rates. Each projector will composite two 60Hz inputs to achieve true 120Hz RGB operation, eliminating motion-induced blur and spatio-temporal aliasing and thereby dramatically improving dynamic image quality. The complete multi-channel system is automatically aligned using Christie AutoCal™ and Christie Twist™ warps and blends the image into a single, uniform display.

Christie Lampless Laser Phosphor Projection Makes its I/ITSEC Debut
Christie is big on compact and portability, but not short on features! Christie’s spherical video trainer system concept comprises a 2 by 2 array of Christie DWU555-GS solid-state, 1-chip DLP® laser phosphor projectors, with 5,400 ANSI lumens and WUXGA resolution for bright, razor-sharp 1920 x 1200 images. With Christie GS Series laser phosphor illuminated projectors, customers avoid the cost and maintenance of lamp and filter replacements and enjoy an astonishing 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. Ideal for entry-level applications, the fully integrated, compact trainer features several simulation integration technologies, including a 360-degree look-around ability, six channel sound, auto-alignment using Christie AutoCal™, and Christie Twist™ LT for image warping and blending to create a seamless image on a curved immersive screen.

Always pushing the boundaries of simulation display systems and exploring new technologies, Christie has designed this unique system concept to demonstrate a new way to see the world in a simulated environment. For some possible training applications, it is faster to capture an existing environment photographically than to synthetically model every feature in CGI. One example might be orienting a new crew member to an existing ship before they even go to sea. The spherical video content features real-world images instead of synthetic CGI, thanks to WorldViz Vizard5 software displaying real images captured in 360° stills and video from AirPano, Kolor and Empire Media Group (EMG) by helicopter, hot air balloon and foot in a navy ship.

“Military and defense organizations are constantly challenged to balance tighter budgets and yet still provide the highest quality simulated environments available for safe, effective and productive training of personnel,” said Jennifer Smith, executive vice president, Global Market Solutions, Christie. “Christie continues to demonstrate its knowledge and expertise in meeting simulation industry needs with cost-efficient, high-performance, fully integrated display solutions for today’s most demanding training requirements.”

Around the Trade Show Floor
Built by FAAC Incorporated, the Air National Guard’s (ANG) Boom Operator Simulator System (BOSS), using three Christie Matrix StIM WQ projection systems and two Christie FHD461-X LCD flat panels, will be on display at the Air National Guard Training Development, booth # 1769.

DiSTI Corporation, booth #2419, will use a Christie QuadHD84 UHD, 3840 x 2160 pixel, LCD display to demonstrate its CH-47F Virtual Maintenance Trainer.

JRM Technologies, booth #1915, offers a stimulated Night Vision Goggle (NVG) demonstration using a Christie Matrix StIM WQ dual-input projector and Christie InfraScene.

FlightSafety International, booth #1401, will use four Christie Matrix StIM WQ projectors to feature its CrewView glass mirror collimated display and Vital Image Generator with a North Sea visual database optimized for 120Hz update rates.

Da-Lite Screen Company
at booth #2469, will have three blended Christie DWU555-GS.

LMI do Brasil will use the Christie QuadHD84 to display DIGINEXT’s DirectCGF High Fidelity Battlespace Generation Computer Generated Forces at DIGINEXT Virtual Reality and Simulation booth #2726

The NTSA SIM TV lobby displays will showcase I/ITSEC and exhibitor promotional content using Christie M Series projectors.

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Cabletime to debut major enhancements to MediaStar Evolution at ISE 2015

At Integrated Systems Europe (10-12 February 2015, RAI, Amsterdam), Cabletime will be announcing a number of important updates to its flagship IPTV distribution product MediaStar Evolution, including brand new hardware. All the new features have been designed to bring better performance, flexibility and ease of use to customers and will be fully demonstrated in a series of presentations on the booth (10-P116) every day.

Unveiling at the show
Cabletime has selected ISE 2015 to reveal a new MediaStar Evolution feature that provides intelligent and auto-adaptive play out of any live video stream. Visitors will also see a preview of Cabletime’s 4K Next Generation Hardware Platform; more information nearer to the event.

Media Manager V7.0
At the heart of the MediaStar Evolution system is Cabletime’s Media Manager which is used to schedule and control access to all media sources, monitor every part of an IPTV distribution network and provide control for all screen and workstation users regardless of their physical location within the data LAN.

At ISE 2015 Cabletime will reveal new features for this software suite including full LDAP integration, a comprehensive local administrator (allowing global sub-administrator rights), plus a video capture application to record video streams either instantly or time scheduled. Recorded stream files are automatically ingested to the MediaStar iVOD server.

New MPEG Encoder
The MediaStar Evolution Multi-Format Encoder (785-I) now features a full 3G 1080p HD-SDI input. The encoder auto selects the incoming video source from any input, these include dual HDMI, S-Video, CVBS and YPbPr. The 785 also features Power over Ethernet, so no PSU is required when connected to PoE switches and measures just 215 x 133 x 35 mm.

The new 785-I will be demonstrated on the Cabletime booth 10-P116 where a member of the team will be available to discuss highly competitive project pricing.

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

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