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Estonia Public Broadcasting Achieves “Best Sound Ever” with HARMAN Studer’s Vista 5 M3 Digital Console

Studer_EstoniaTALLINN, Estonia – Estonia Public Broadcasting recently upgraded its OB van with a HARMAN Studer Vista 5 M3 digital console. The organization chose to make the upgrade in anticipation of the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration, which took place July 4-6 in Tallinn.

Sold through ProMedia Inc., Studer’s Estonia distributor, the Vista 5 M3 is being used to mix all audio through EPB’s OB van. The console is also complemented with Studer’s Vista FX engine, a 2U chassis that offers Lexicon surround effects and a graphic EQ, all controlled through the Vistonics™ user interface. Connection to the console’s DSP engine is made directly via two high-capacity multichannel HD links.

“This is the first time we have had the chance to mix 150 channels—with the Vista 5, it’s now possible,” said Vytautas Martinonis, Head of the Radio Technical and Sound Recording Department, Estonia Public Broadcasting. “It’s given us the best sound I’ve ever heard from a digital console.”

The Studer Vista 5 M3 is ideal for small to midsize studios and OB trucks, thanks to its compact size and simple connectivity. The total I/O capacity, comprising various cards including mic/line, ADAT, TDIF, AES/EBU, SDI and MADI, may exceed 1,700 inputs and outputs.

“We chose the Vista 5 M3 because it made the most sense from an ergonomic perspective, and we know this console was specifically built with OB vans in mind,” Martinonis noted. “We have also had a positive experience with the Vista 9 that we use at the Estonia Concert Hall, so we found it to be the perfect choice.”

Martinonis also pointed out that durability was also a key factor in choosing the Vista 5 M3. “It was important to have a console that could perform in higher temperatures and could absorb the movement and bumps that come with being in a portable truck,” he said.

For more information on Estonian Public Broadcasting, please visit www.err.ee

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Martin Audio OmniLine Solves Problems For St. Andrews Cathedral

Sydney, Australia––Wizard Projects, supported by the engineering team from Technical Audio Group (TAG) have installed a large 140-element Martin Audio OmniLine system in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney. The system originally needed to be commissioned in time for the visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as part of their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

St. Andrew’s is the oldest cathedral in Australia and one of the city’s finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture; however such beautiful architecture comes at an acoustic cost with challenging reverberation times making clarity and evenness of coverage across the congregation a constant issue.

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Having struggled with a sound system that failed to deliver clear speech intelligibility and effective live music reproduction, the church’s decision to install a new system reached emergency status with the Royal visit at hand.

Ross Cobb, Director of Music at St Andrew’s, and Canon Chris Allan were given the job of bidding for design, installation and commissioning of a state of the art system with absolutely no compromise in sound quality––to be fulfilled in just two weeks.

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The task was awarded to Wizard Projects, led by senior engineer Michael Sheldrick with an electro acoustic design team of Glenn Leembruggen and David Gilfillan; the final piece in the jigsaw was the proven Martin Audio OmniLine micro line array, supplied by the manufacturer’s Australian distributor, Technical Audio Group.

Cobb had heard OmniLine in similar church installations and was impressed with the system’s consistent coverage, fidelity and low-key aesthetics.

The team identified a number of key design challenges: the church’s long RT time, sub bass placement and beam steering. The unusual logistics of church services involves a 360 degree presentation from the pulpit, a center transept area where choirs and clergy require sound reinforcement and a church where the congregation could sit anywhere at any service and expect perfect sound. On top of that, priests would move through the nave on headset radio mics with open mics for question and answer sessions.

Wizard’s design solution was to deploy an unprecedented 140 OmniLine elements (distributed over 22 hangs) along with six Martin Audio AQ212 dual 12 inch sub bass. Not only was the quantity of elements enormous but so was the DSP control.

Having used OmniLine in other reverberant environments they recognized that a unique aspect of the system is that it can be mechanically arrayed and aimed when used in passive mode but can also be deployed in an MLA [Multicellular Loudspeaker Array] active configuration.

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In MLA mode, each element in the array is separately amplified and processed using FIR filters, based on custom software. This enables the system to not only be mechanically and electronically steered, but allows consistent frequency response throughout the listening area without the lobing associated with straight columns.

OmniLine is used in a combination of active arrays for the critical areas and passive hangs for spot fill, distributed across 60 channels of 200W-per-channel amps.

The main Western Nave arrays include two banks of 12 active OmniLines with a further two banks of 10 active arrays for the outer northwest pews, while the Eastern Nave has two banks of eight active elements with a further four positions of six active OmniLine for the center of the transept.

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The sub bass system is floor mounted in two banks of three AQ212 with separate amplification and processing for each cabinet, which enables the low frequency to be electronically steered. According to TAG technical director, Anthony Russo, “Because OmniLine has such an extended and usable frequency response to 75Hz, the spectral balance between arrays and subs is even and consistent—a feature not normally associated with a compact array and large bass system.”

TAG also recommended advanced DSP and enabled the church to control the system with iPads, using custom designed GUI screens for simple services, or interfacing with the mixer and digital stage box for full scale services.

Other ingenious design features enable the pulpit’s local OmniLine, mounted a mere 19.6” above, to be ramped down, panned and re-EQed to its opposite partner array via the use of an under-carpet pressure mat whenever a priest uses the pulpit with a live mic. OmniLine’s smooth response is such that only 6dB reduction was required to achieve the pass mark required for gain before feedback criteria.

As Glenn Leembruggen commented, “OmniLine amazes every time we use it; the CAD and filtering predictions are absolutely usable; it’s an amazing engineering feat; there is nothing I have ever worked with that comes close to this product.”

And Canon Chris Allen added, “This has not only been an extraordinary effort but the compliments from the congregation on the clarity of the system are never ending.”

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

About OmniLine®
OmniLine is a versatile, micro-line array designed for installation in a wide variety of architectural environments. Its modular approach and scalability extend its use from foreground applications to sound reinforcement in large acoustic spaces. Intelligent software enables an array to be configured to deliver sound precisely over any vertical angle to fit the venue profile without spilling onto surfaces where sound is not required. Additionally, elimination of high-frequency side-lobes gives OmniLine the advantage over currently available DSP steered columns, making it suitable for high quality music reproduction as well as speech in large, reverberant spaces. Each array is constructed by connecting multiple modules. Up to 32 modules can be connected where both high output and vertical focusing down to low/mid frequencies are required. Smaller number of modules (down to 4) can be used for shorter-throw applications, where vertical focusing of the low/mid frequencies is less important. This scalability means that OmniLine can be used in a variety of applications. Visually, an OmniLine array is slim and unobtrusive, with soft lines that minimize its visual presence in an architectural environment.

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.

D-Tools and SpringDeck Form Strategic Partnership

Collaboration Gives Manufacturer Partners and Users Seamless Control and Unprecedented Visibility Throughout the Entire Sales Process 

CONCORD, CA – OCTOBER 23, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, and SpringDeck, an innovative new sales presentation app provider today announced the formation of a strategic partnership that offers manufacturer partners and users the unprecedented ability to seamlessly move through the entire sales process—from initial sales presentation to final installation—with never before seen visibility into pipeline activity DTools_SpringDeck partnership image_orangeand success. Users of both systems will be provided the added benefit of robust analytics that will ultimately illustrate how, what, where, and why products are being presented, specified and installed.

This complementary new partnership helps those in the electronic systems integration community—systems integrators, designers, consultants, tech managers and manufacturers—streamline operations, standardize processes and reduce redundancies. By coupling SpringDeck’s comprehensive app-based connection tool that brings together products, sales teams and potential clients with D-Tools’ data-driven software platform, users of both systems will be able to seamlessly execute the entire sales process from the initial sales presentation via SpringDeck, to the estimation, design, project and installation management via D-Tools, utilizing up-to-date product specification detail available via D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer Data Library. By reducing the complexities involved, product information will be easily shared from concept to quote, thereby expediting the time it takes to close sales.

“The D-Tools platform has significantly evolved over the years and now delivers an unprecedented 360-degree view of the design, proposal, specification and install process,” says Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “SpringDeck compliments the D-Tools offering by simultaneously enabling a stronger, more cohesive sales presentation that shortens the sales cycle. Our collaboration will provide manufacturers even greater insight into when, where, why and how products are being presented and ultimately sold and installed. This is incredibly valuable data that’s never been offered with this much depth and integration capacity.”

SpringDeck offers D-Tools users a centralized hub that includes access to everything needed for a successful sales presentation. Product cut sheets, videos, and other content from manufacturers are readily accessible, and updated product libraries are available on the go. In-depth analytics provide valuable insights into customer interaction with product information, what products are most popular, and when to follow-up to close the deal.

“We recognized a hole in our industry and we filled it,” said Ryan Sullivan, CEO of SpringDeck. “While there are several solutions for proposals, scheduling, ordering, and system design, nothing exists to help the dealer connect with the manufacturer like SpringDeck does. Nothing is out there to help a dealer’s sales process before the quote. With our new partnership with D-Tools, we’re enabling the natural progression from presentation to proposal and through completion of the installation, with best-of-breed capabilities in all areas.”

To learn more about D-Tools, the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform visit www.d-tools.com, call (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com. For more information about SpringDeck, visit www.springdeck.com.

About SpringDeck
SpringDeck® is a connection tool that brings together products, sales teams and potential clients. With the SpringDeck app, products are available at the touch of a screen, sales teams are prepared for the pitch, and clients are impressed with a customized product experience. For more information, visit www.springdeck.com or follow SpringDeck on Twitter and Facebook.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools®, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation, project and installation management. The D-Tools platform enables residential and commercial integrators to automate business processes and eliminate redundancies while simultaneously increasing revenues by reducing the time and cost associated with the integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools software platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

D-Tools Media contacts  
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications Inc., (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com

SpringDeck Media contact
Ryan Sullivan, SpringDeck, (918) 574-6132ryan@springdeck.com

 

 

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Extron Now Shipping DisplayPort to HDMI Scaler with Audio De-Embedding

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Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DSC DP-HD A, a high performance, HDCP-compliant scaler that converts DisplayPort signals to HDMI. It accepts DisplayPort video at resolutions up to 3840×2160 @ 30 Hz with reduced blanking, and offers high performance scaling with multiple output rates up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC DP-HD A features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. It includes many integrator-friendly features such as auto-memory presets, on-screen display, test patterns, EDID Minder, stereo audio de-embedding, and a DisplayPort input loop-through, while the compact enclosure simplifies installation. The DSC DP-HD A is ideal for interfacing high resolution DisplayPort signals into AV systems with an HDMI switching and distribution infrastructure.

“The DSC DP-HD A delivers an essential feature set for interfacing high resolution DisplayPort signals with HDMI-based AV systems,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The input loop-through connection preserves the DisplayPort signal at its original resolution for local monitoring, while the powerful scaling engine and video processing capabilities ensure consistent, reliable signal conversion with high image quality.”

The DSC DP-HD A offers several features that enhance and simplify AV system integration. EDID Minder automatically manages EDID communication between the source and display to ensure reliable operation. The DSC DP-HD A includes a buffered DisplayPort input loop-through that provides an output signal for a local monitor. Additional audio capabilities include selectable audio muting and output volume control. The DSC DP-HD A includes a convenient analog two channel audio output for sending de-embedded audio to a sound system or other audio destination. This output can be set for stereo or dual mono.

To watch a product introduction video, please visit: www.extron.com/dscdphdansvideo

For more information on the DSC DP-HD A, please visit: www.extron.com/dscdphdanspr

Deluxe Toronto Demonstrates Commitment to World-Class Quality, Outfits New Facility with HARMAN’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors, Crown Amplifiers and BSS Audio Processing

HARMAN_DeluxeTorontoTORONTO, Canada — Deluxe Toronto Ltd., one of the world’s most prestigious and successful suppliers of services and technologies to the worldwide entertainment industry, has completed relocation to a new state-of-the-art facility on King Street West in Toronto. Affirming its commitment to offering the very best in technology, Deluxe has standardized on HARMAN’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors, Crown Macro-Tech 9000i amplifiers, and BSS Soundweb London processing.

Deluxe Toronto’s main theaters are equipped with three JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors behind the screen in a left-center-right configuration, powered by Crown Macro-Tech 9000i amplifiers and tuned using BSS Soundweb London processing. Deluxe’s largest mixing stage, Mix 1, is also Canada’s first Dolby Atmos-equipped mixing stage (while also being equipped for IMAX). Deluxe chose JBL 3 Series Studio Monitors in its pre-mix room. The monitoring systems were supplied by HARMAN’s distributor, SC Media Canada.

According to Nick Iannelli, VP of Post Production Operations, Deluxe Toronto, the ability to have identical setups in each mixing room not only ensures consistency for its team of audio engineers; it also provides valuable flexibility for its clients.. “Having the same technology in multiple rooms means we can transfer our work throughout the facility to accommodate different schedules, with no change in what we are hearing.”

“The JBL, Crown and BSS technologies are all built to work together,” said Phil Seel, Senior Engineer, Deluxe Toronto Ltd. “So we have this tremendous, integrated package that not only performs incredibly well, it’s also easy to customize for our operation.”

The choice of HARMAN equipment was the result of Deluxe’s extensive evaluation of the world’s best technologies, and the M2 monitors stood out markedly from the competition. “We did a lot of testing with a lot of different systems, and the M2’s sounded terrific right out of the box,” said Mike Baskerville, Manager, Sound Operations, Deluxe Toronto Ltd..

“When we first listened to the M2 speakers, it was so easy to hear the difference compared to other monitors we tested. The flatness and consistency across the room, was very evident, it didn’t matter where we stood in the room. It was amazing!” Iannelli said.

“Mixing requires critical listening. The second we changed something in the EQ, there was an instant response from the M2 speakers. This accurate sound reproduction effortlessly allows us to find the balance among so many different elements. We could hear the difference right away. It makes mixing exciting,” Baskerville said.

Moreover, the Crown amplification provides Deluxe Toronto with plenty of flexibility, regardless of the project. “We need a lot of headroom and dynamic range for a lot of the theatrical mixing we do, and the Crown amps give us that and more,” Baskerville said.

As Deluxe Toronto hoped, the consistency between rooms has paid off in spades. “For workflow it’s been great,” Baskerville said. “Not only are we hearing the same thing, we continue to be amazed at the quality of the sound, even though we’ve all been working in this industry for a long time!”

“Initial exposure to the new rooms has been met with exceptional reviews,” Iannelli said. “Everyone can now hear every single detail in the mix, which actually creates more work for us in the short term but enables us to deliver a better product at the end of the day!”

“The M2’s are a game changer,” Seel concluded. “To have this kind of fidelity in these systems, it’s mind blowing. We’ve never heard anything like this before.”

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. is a global leader in media and entertainment services for film, video and online content, from capture to consumption.

Since 1915, Deluxe has been the trusted partner for the world’s most successful Hollywood studios, independent film companies, TV networks, exhibitors, advertisers and others, offering best-in-class solutions in production, post production, distribution, asset and workflow management, and new digital solution-based technologies.

With operations in Los Angeles, New York and around the globe, the company employs nearly 6,000 of the most talented, highly honored and recognized artists and industry veterans worldwide. Deluxe is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. For more information visit www.bydeluxe.com and www.bydeluxetoronto.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014

Meet Smarter: Kramer introduces the VIA Family of Collaboration Products

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Kramer Electronics is pleased to officially announce the introduction of the new VIA product line, including the award winning VIA Collage™, the VIA Connect PRO™, and the VIA Connect™. These wireless collaboration devices allow people to “Meet Smarter” through connection, collaboration, and engagement by providing them with a shared workspace that makes team collaboration in real time seamless and simple.

“We are very excited about the introduction of the VIA family of products because BYOD, collaboration and wireless applications are increasingly critical in today’s converging AV/IT world. The VIA line of products offer the best solutions in the market and we are pleased to add these products to our already comprehensive line of solutions,” stated Dr. Joseph Kramer, CEO of Kramer Electronics.

The VIA Collage won Best in Show awards at the 2014 InfoComm Show from Government Video Magazine, Sound & Video Contractor Magazine, and AV Technology Magazine. The VIA Collage is Kramer’s most advanced and powerful collaboration hub. This wireless device 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 is actually a PC so it also supports third party applications such as Skype®, Go To Meeting®, Lync®, WebEx®, PowerPoint® and much 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.

The VIA Connect PRO and VIA Connect are both effective and compact tools that will greatly improve productivity during meetings while offering the best price−performance in the market.

The VIA Connect PRO allows users to share files, chat with other attendees and collaborate together on a shared document using the whiteboard feature from their own devices, in addition to being able to present their screens simultaneously.

The VIA Connect is a value−oriented, wireless presentation hub that can dynamically tile up to four users on a single screen and allows and attendee to step−in as the main presenter. This is the ideal compact solution for simple connectivity and engagement.

The feature benefits of the Kramer VIA family build incrementally throughout the line. All of the features from the VIA Connect are included in the VIA Connect PRO and all of the features of the VIA Connect and VIA Connect PRO can be found in the VIA Collage.

The Kramer VIA product line presents users with “Infinite Ways to Collaborate.”

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Classical Sensation Chad Lawson Reinvents Chopin with DPA Microphones

Unique Muted Hammer and Felt Sound Captured by Company’s d:dicate™ 4011A Cardioid Stereo Kit

DPA Microphones_Chad LawsonCHARLOTTE, NC, OCTOBER 23, 2014 – Debuting on iTunes Classical at #1 even before its official release and raising in the ranks on the Billboard Classical charts, The Chopin Variations by celebrated pianist and composer Chad Lawson, violinist Judy Kang and cellist Rubin Kodheli, takes the familiar sounds of Chopin and recasts each composition in a new light. To accomplish this, Lawson used his Steinway piano to create a slightly muted, ethereal sound, captured entirely by DPA microphones. The positioning of d:dicate 4011A Cardioid Stereo Kit was critical to translate the desired mood into Lawson’s latest recording.

Lawson wanted a mic solution that would illustrate the internal workings of his Steinway for his latest album, which was recorded in his home studio using the d:dicate 4011A Cardioid Stereo Kit. Introduced to him by an engineer during his previous record, Lawson now relies on the mics for projecting the most accurate natural sound of his piano.

“I have used many great microphones in major recording studios, and the pair of DPA 4011As really did the job by capturing every nuance of each note, giving me the exact sound I was looking to portray,” says Lawson. “I was trying to find a way to really highlight a certain sound, in addition to the movement of the piano action itself, and I found the 4011As simply recreated the entire life of the performance.”

DPA Microphones_Chad Lawson 3Breaking away from more traditional piano miking schemes where a stereo pair would be placed over the harp and sound board, Lawson experimented with the 4011As by placing the stereo pair over the hammers, just close enough to deliver a sense of the mechanical workings of the piano, but far enough away for the listener to hear the full, albeit muted, frequency range of the instrument.

“I worked with several placements for the microphones, especially concerning the stereo field. DPA’s microphones are so accurate that I simply placed one mic over the treble strings and one over the bass section,” continues Lawson. “I give full credit to the 4011As, they’re just so unbelievable in the way they rendered the tone of what I was trying to do. Since using the 4011A microphones, I have definitely become an advocate for DPA and its products.”

The Chopin Variations is Lawson’s fourth album. Additional albums include his first solo album, Set on a Hill (2009), produced and recorded by Grammy® Award-winner and founder of the Windham Hill Label, Will Ackerman, The Piano (2011) and The Space Between (2013).

ABOUT DPA:
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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HARMAN’s JBL AXYS Loudspeakers Travel With Rock of Ages UK Tour

JBL_RockofAgesLONDON, United Kingdom — The hilarious, ‘80s-themed musical Rock of Ages has been packing in audiences on Broadway, Las Vegas and now on tour in the UK through November. Rock of Ages features classic hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “We Built This City,” “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Here I Go Again,” performed with nonstop intensity by a colorful cast of characters—all heard through HARMAN JBL’s AXYS loudspeakers.

London-based Autograph Sound is signed on as the tour’s live sound provider and Chris Full, Sound Designer at Creative Sound Design, is the Associate Sound Designer for the show. Full chose a JBL AXYS system for the Rock of Ages tour because it proved ideal for the production’s highly specific requirements. “We have a ruthless touring schedule throughout the UK,” he said. “Weekly touring in the UK is an art form – with limited truck access and the vastly different size and shape of the venues, from under 1000 seats to nearly 3000 – It’s challenging!”

The show features an elaborate wraparound set that has walls across the back of the stage and up each side, and many loudspeakers integrated into the set itself. “We can’t start to build the onstage audio system until the set is completed, which leaves us with an even tighter timeline than usual to put the sound system together,” Full stated. “So we needed a system that could be set up quickly with easy rigging and be seamlessly integrated into each venue without calling attention to itself visually or restricting audience sightlines – while delivering very loud and proud rock and roll sound levels.”

Full chose a JBL AXYS setup comprised of six Scope T-2115G2 15-inch 3-way loudspeakers, six Scope T-2112G2 12-inch 3-way speakers, 16 Flex U-14G2 and two Flex U-12G2 compact 2-way speakers plus four UB-25 15-inch vented direct-radiating subwoofers. “We used a JBL AXYS rig for the London stage production prior to the tour with excellent results, so we knew it would work well sonically for the tour production, but we had to make some changes and adaptations to accommodate the quick setup and teardown required.”

Full noted that because the music is such a crucial, central element to Rock of Ages, the sound quality has to be nothing less than exceptional. “The audio is at high-volume rock and roll SPL but there’s also a lot of detail and subtlety that needs to be reproduced, as well as dialog clarity,” he said. “So the biggest challenge of the design was achieving a system that packed a lot of punch but also provided that high level of detail.”

Full knew that using the JBL AXYS point-source loudspeakers would provide the required clarity and focused coverage while taking up a minimum of space and keeping rigging time down. “So many UK venues are like miniature opera houses, very ornate theaters where you find you have to make a concerted effort to deliver high-quality audio but without disturbing the appearance if these older, beautiful structures.” Full liked the AXYS’ ability to deliver high output from small lightweight enclosures, whose small size enabled quick rigging for optimum coverage throughout the audience. Each venue uses the same core loudspeaker configuration, with modifications as required to accommodate a particular hall.

One of the JBL AXYS loudspeakers’ biggest sonic strengths is their wide dynamic capability and ability to maintain their detail and clarity at any volume. “In Rock of Ages there are a lot of transitions from soft to loud volume levels and we need the audience to feel the presence of the music even when it’s being played quietly,” Full said. “With the JBL AXYS system, we can turn it up high or very low, and the mix doesn’t change. For a show that relies so heavily on dynamic contrasts for dramatic effect, that’s a fantastic advantage.”

“We’re very pleased with the way the touring production of Rock of Ages sounds and the audience reaction has been fantastic,” Full concluded. “The attributes of the JBL AXYS loudspeakers, especially the ability to shape their sonic performance and coverage via DSP are tailor-made for a show like this.”

For more information, please contact Chris Full at chris@creativesounddesign.co.uk

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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HARMAN’S AKG Celebrates C214 as Best-Selling Condenser Microphone for Studio and Stage in the US for Past 12 Months

AKG_C214NORTHRIDGE, California — HARMAN’s AKG announced that its C214 microphone has been the best-selling condenser microphone for studio and stage in the United States over the past 12 months. From October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014, no other condenser microphone generated more revenue, as the C214 found its way into countless projects, ranging from home recording studios to international concert tours and everything in between.

The C214 is a tremendously popular recording microphone, delivering a similar sound character as the legendary C414 XLII microphone. However, thanks to its robustness and world-class sound quality, it is also popular as a live microphone, having been used on tour by Dave Natale, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai, and others. As further evidence of its versatility, the C214 is also part of AKG’s Drum Set Premium.

Designed as a cost-effective alternative to the high-end C414 family, the C214 large-diaphragm condenser microphone offers a supreme one-inch capsule on an integrated suspension to reduce mechanical noise. It also features a high-performance spider-type shock mount, windscreen and is sold in a heavy-duty aluminum case. In addition, AKG offers two C214 microphones in a Matched Stereo Pair bundle to delivering stunning performance in recording and live settings.

“Having developed and manufactured the C214 in Vienna—a city known for its rich musical history—we here at AKG are thrilled about the microphone’s popularity among leading musicians in the studio and on stage,” said Erich Gaertner, Product Line Manager, AKG. “We are looking forward to continued success with the C214 and will continue developing world-class microphones for the recording and performing communities!”

For more information on the AKG C214, please visit www.akg.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Registration for the 21st HPA Tech Retreat Now Open

The Bellwether Entertainment Technology Event Returns to Indian Wells
HPA Tech Retreat

(Los Angeles, CA) Today at the SMPTE Symposium, produced by the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA(r), registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat officially opened. For the 21st consecutive year, a veritable who’s who of engineering, technology, creativity and strategic business leaders will gather in the desert to discuss the trends and technologies of the future, while tackling head-on the issues of the present. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, near Palm Springs, CA, from February 9th to the 13th, 2015.

The HPA’s preeminent event enjoys a global reach, bringing together the thought leaders and senior practitioners driving the rapidly advancing entertainment technology landscape. The HPA Tech Retreat has consistently proven to be a crucial gathering where technological developments in production, post production and broadcast are unveiled, discussed and debated. During the Tech Retreat, attendees from the media and entertainment industries are uniquely able to share time and ideas with academics from around the world, scientists, and experts in technology from various disciplines. The environment is one of discovery and exploration.

Mark Schubin, who has led the programming for the HPA Tech Retreat for many years, notes, “Each year, we receive submissions from all over the world – about six times more than we can possibly use – and, based on what I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be hard to choose. So many new technologies have been introduced at the Retreat over the years that it’s tough to count them all.”

Over the course of its history, the HPA Tech Retreat has seen a number of breakthrough products and processes previewed in advance of their actual debuts. Surround headphones, full-color full-motion holograms, Sony’s HDCAM SR, SR Memory, targeted-ad production and distribution systems, Panasonic’s Varicam and stereoscopic cameras, Dolby’s high-dynamic-range video monitors, Pencil-beam microphones, and OLED monitors to name just a few of the many “firsts” to be unveiled at the Tech Retreat.

Leon Silverman, President of HPA, notes, “The Tech Retreat is the place you go to see history before it’s made, and to move and shake with the movers and shakers across the technology community. The subjects are always topical, but the real value of this event is the ability to share ideas and challenges, to understand from those who really know and get inspired. While I take away so much from this event each year in program content, an equally important take away comes from mingling with this amazing group – the teachers who teach the teachers. If you have not been to the Tech Retreat, you owe it to yourself to make a pilgrimage to the desert. If you have been, you know exactly what I’m talking about.”

Breakfast roundtables are also a popular part of every HPA Tech Retreat. Schubin comments, “Participants begin hashing out the future of media at the lively breakfast roundtables. Among the topics already confirmed for the 2015 event are net neutrality, content security, workflow complications, and a review of the legislative and regulatory environment.”

The HPA Tech Retreat is a not to be missed opportunity for industry professionals. The five day, multifaceted event includes dynamic conference sessions, a curated Demo Room with leading-edge technologies, networking events, and parties. The session schedule and programming information will be announced soon.

Earlier this year, SMPTE and HPA became official partners, moving forward with plans for full organizational consolidation by May 2015. Today’s Symposium is the first jointly produced HPA/ SMPTE event, an auspicious time to open registration for the HPA Tech Retreat.

The event has a history of selling out, and timely registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat is recommended. Registration at Early Bird rates is now available, REGISTER. For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hpaonline.com, call the HPA office at (213) 614-0860, or email Eileen Kramer at ekramer@hpaonline.com.

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About the HPA Tech Retreat
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post production, film, television, video, broadcast and related technology areas, for the exchange of information. The 2015 HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 9 to 13, in Indian Wells, California.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

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