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RTI ISE 2015 Show Preview

Visit Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI) at ISE 2015 at Stand 5-R78

RTI at ISE 2015

T3x Wireless Control Interface
RTI’s sleek and elegant T3x remote control combines a vivid 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen and programmable hard buttons with unparalleled functionality. The controller’s dual wireless RF platform provides installation flexibility, while support for Wi-Fi(R) enables advanced capabilities such as viewing IP security cameras and wireless programming updates. For the ultimate user experience, the amazing remote control also has a built-in camera and microphone for video intercom support, grip sensors, an accelerometer, and a touchscreen with haptic feedback.

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The KX Line of Wired Interfaces

KX1 In-Wall Keypad
Taking multi-room audio control to the next level, the KX1 in-wall keypad combines a 1.2-inch color OLED display with support for powerful two-way control, allowing users to view cover art, song metadata, and more. Designed to provide a sleek look in any environment, the KX1 features eleven customizable hard buttons for quick access to control functions and a convenient backlit volume level indicator.

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KX3 Advanced In-Wall Controller
The KX3 combines the capabilities of both an in-wall touchscreen controller and an advanced control processor in one cost-effective unit. Perfect in commercial environments, a 3.5-inch color LCD display and five programmable hard buttons provide a custom user interface that is simple enough for anyone to use. This powerhouse controller features an internal control processor for direct two-way control via IP and RS-232. Additional capabilities include relay control, ZigBee(R) connectivity with RTI wireless remotes, an integrated camera and microphone for video intercom support, and more.

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Caption: KX3 Advanced In-Wall Controller

KX10 In-Wall Touchpanel
Designed to provide custom control and feedback, the innovative KX10 in-wall color touchpanel brings installations comprehensive onscreen management of any entertainment or environmental system. Capable of direct control of devices via IR or RS-232, full two-way control is possible when the unit is used as part of a complete RTI control system. Featuring a 10.1-inch widescreen, capacitive touch LCD display, the flexible unit even allows video viewing via an HDBaseT video port and a composite video input for viewing sources such as security cameras. In addition, a built-in camera and microphone enables the convenience of video intercom.

WK2 Water-Resistant In-Wall Keypad
The new RTI WK2 water-resistant in-wall keypad is the perfect control solution for environments such as bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor areas. Featuring a sleek, all-glass exterior construction with an integrated solid-state keypad and an OLED screen for song metadata and other two-way feedback, the WK2 provides convenient control of electronic systems. Compatible with RTI’s XP processors, the keypad provides an intuitive control solution for installations where moisture is a factor or anywhere that requires a combination of unobtrusive modern styling and custom control.

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Caption: WK2 Water-Resistant In-Wall Keypad

XP9 Control Processor
RTI’s newest control processor, the powerful XP9, provides the robustness and reliability to process installation-wide system control and two-way feedback directly from any RTI user interface. Equipped with intuitive support for onscreen display control capabilities, the processor offers incredible installation flexibility with an HDMI output, nine routable IR ports, eight two-way RS-232 ports, eight sense ports, eight relays, a multi-tasking operating system, an astronomical clock, and more. To simplify software downloads, the XP9 features Ethernet connection capabilities while enabling IP control and support for the RTiPanel and Virtual Panel apps.

New Two-Way Drivers
By leveraging an ever-growing library of pre-written and tested two-way drivers with RTI’s award-winning Integration Designer(R) programming software, dealers are easily able to customize control system installations comprising A/V, lighting, security, HVAC, energy management, and more without any software coding experience. As a result, dealers can efficiently program robust control systems while offering custom user interfaces that are tailored specifically to their clients’ needs. Over the past year, RTI has released drivers for the Sonos(R) family of wireless music players, the IrrigationCaddy irrigation control systems, and Converging Systems’ portfolio of lighting solutions. For energy monitoring and management, RTI’s eGauge driver allows seamless integration of energy meters into an RTI control system, while a driver for the acclaimed Nest(R) product portfolio lets homeowners control and monitor the Nest Thermostat and Nest Protect directly from any RTI user interface.

Company Quote:
“We are excited to be back in Amsterdam for ISE 2015, and look forward to meeting with our dedicated network of dealers and distribution partners. At this year’s show, RTI will highlight new additions to our lineup of control solutions including a 10-inch in-wall touchpanel, a powerful new control processor, Integration Designer APEX, our latest two-way drivers, and more. We invite all ISE visitors to stop by our stand to say hello and learn about the latest innovations from RTI.” — Scott Kelley, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for RTI

Company Overview
Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is a leading control systems manufacturer offering innovative, sophisticated, and user-friendly devices for professionally installed electronic systems. The company’s wide array of award-winning handheld and in-wall universal controllers, central processors, audio distribution systems, and accessories are marketed exclusively through a worldwide network of professional integrators. For complete control and monitoring over electronic systems from virtually anywhere in the world, the power of RTI is available on iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), iPad(R), and Android(TM) devices through the company’s RTiPanel application, just as the award-winning RTI Virtual Panel program offers access and control via any PC running Microsoft(R) Windows(R). All RTI solutions are programmed through the company’s world-renowned Integration Designer(R) software, easily allowing dealers to provide a completely customizable user interface for intuitive command over the entire electronics system.

Founded in 1992 with a committed focus on the custom installation market, RTI offers a number of award-winning support and incentive programs to its dealers, including educational opportunities through the Advanced Control University (ACU), and the popular Control Bucks and Dealer Accommodation programs. In addition, through RTI’s Integration Partner Program, the company has reached out to manufacturers across the industry to ensure that RTI products integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of components and systems.

Additional information on RTI and its innovative control solutions is available at www.rticorp.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Pro Control ISE 2015 Show Preview

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Pro Sound Effects Hybrid Library Sale Ends December 31st

30 discounted units available for freelance sound designers

NEW YORK, NY : ’Tis the Season for the annual Pro Sound Effects Hybrid Library sale and only 30 units remain available at $1500. After December 31, the Hybrid Library will go back up to $2500 for qualified freelance sound designers.

“The Hybrid Library is a big studio library valued at over $10,000,” says Douglas Price, Founder & President of Pro Sound Effects. “Since 2012, we have supported independent media creators with affordable access to the same sonic resources used by big production companies worldwide. We always release a limited number of units towards the end of the year give freelancers the best possible price for the most competitive sonic arsenal going into the New Year.”

On November 1st, Pro Sound Effects released 100 Hybrid Library units at $1500. As of December 17th, only 30 units remain. To reserve one of these Hybrid Libraries, you can go to the Hybrid Library Application page.

Hybrid Library Key Features:

- 56,477 Sound Effects on Hard Drive: 338 GB of professional sound delivered on flashy Hybrid-branded USB 3.0 hard drive
- Spans the Sonic Spectrum A to Z: Categories include Ambiences, Animals, History, Nature, Science Fiction, Technology, Warfare and beyond
- World-Class Recordists : we curate sound effects content from the top recordists and sound designers including Blastwave FX, BBC, BOOM, Foundation, Sound Control SE, and beyond
- Online Access to 215,000+ sounds from any computer through the Pro Sound Effects Online Library
- Masterful Metadata for lightning fast, pinpoint searches. Compatible with Soundminer, NetMix, Basehead, AudioFinder, iTunes, and beyond.
- Free Annual Updates: 2014 Update includes 400 new sounds (6.4 GB) from Blastwave FX plus enhanced metadata
- 100% Royalty-Free Lifetime License

View Full Hybrid Library Features, Videos, Audio Demos & Reviews

In 2014, Pro Sound Effects released a number of videos and blog post highlighting how the Hybrid Library is used by sound designers to get a leg up in their career and productions performance:
Hybrid Library Season 3 Product Video
Sound Designer Spotlight: Ryan Billia (Rumble Audio, Brooklyn NY)
How I Work 1: Matt Piersall (Gl3KK, Austin TX)
How I Work 2: Will Morton (Solid Audioworks, Scotland UK)

About Pro Sound Effects:

Pro Sound Effects® curates and delivers the Next Level sound effects library for media producers worldwide. The Pro Sound Effects Library is 220,000+ royalty-free sounds effects available both online and on hard drive. The Library spans the entire sonic spectrum and is continually updated. Founded in 2004, Pro Sound Effects is relied upon by top freelancers and big media production companies worldwide.

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SSE Hire Pilots HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 Digital Console and Realtime Rack at Cambridge Folk Festival

Scraft_CambridgeCAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom – One of the longest running folk festivals in the world, the Cambridge Folk Festival recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, drawing an audience of approximately 10,000 people. Taking advantage of this historical occasion, SSE Hire provided HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles for the main and second stage, while also using the Soundcraft Realtime Rack on the second stage.

The result of a unique collaboration between Soundcraft and renowned plugin manufacturer, Universal Audio, the Soundcraft Realtime Rack brings industry-standard UAD studio plugins to the Soundcraft platform.

Connecting to Vi Consoles via Optical MADI, the Realtime Rack hosts Universal Audio’s authentic hardware emulations and award-winning UAD plugins. Each Realtime Rack unit processes up to 16 channels of a MADI stream and up to four racks can be cascaded together to provide a maximum of 64 channels.

“The Realtime Rack offers 74 plug-ins, all of which are designed and produced by UAD,” said Richard Watts of SSE Sales. “The great thing about UAD plugins is that every single one is signed off by the original outboard unit manufacturer. This ensures that each one is as close to the real thing as possible, making them some of the best plugins on the market.”

“We had a request from FOH engineer Jesse Godolphin to supply a Realtime Rack for use with the Soundcraft Vi6 at Cambridge Folk Festival,” Watts continued. “SSE Hire once again supplied the PA systems for the festival and Jesse was looking after FOH for the second stage, a role he’s had since 2007.”

Already a fan of UAD plugins, Jesse Godolphin expanded on his choice of the Soundcraft rack. “I was using a Vi6 for Cambridge so when Soundcraft launched the Realtime Rack, I thought it would be ideal for the festival.” Godolphin was certainly not disappointed. “I have mixed FOH at Cambridge Folk festival for many years and I can easily say with the UA 1176LN plugin I got best the vocal sound ever.”

Godolphin found the unit user friendly. “I was very impressed with the ease of which you could select and recall compressors, effects and EQ. Navigating around the software was very easy and intuitive. A very handy function was the HARMAN HiQnet™ software, which linked the Vi6 to the Realtime Rack. With HiQnet I could recall and store snapshots just on the Vi6, which was very handy for quick changeovers. Patching MADI inserts was very quick too, as I could have 16 plugins ready patched across the Rack MADI stream and then assign them to any channel. Copying and pasting plugins on the fly was very easy too.”

The Realtime Rack is available for hire and sale from SSE Audio Group.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Canada’s Arden Theatre Delivers Robust Production With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi Consoles

Scraft_ArdenTheatre copySAINT ALBERT, Canada – Catering to a wide array of events ranging from live concerts to full theatrical productions, the Arden Theatre in the Canadian province of Alberta is a dynamic venue where folk, blues, modern rock and jazz music come to life. To deliver world-class sound for its programs and events, the Arden Theatre currently employs HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 and Vi1 mixing consoles.

The Arden Theatre is an intimate space that seats 509 people, with a stage that is 40 feet wide and 26 feet deep. Of its 240 shows per year, the Arden Theatre features many repeat performers that are drawn back by the facility’s acoustics. With such a variety of performers, in-house Sound Technician Tyler Patrick finds the digital features of the Soundcraft Vi consoles to be essential to his workflow.

“We have a lot of shows that come back year after year, so the ability to recall stored settings is huge for us,” said Patrick. “The Vi6 with a Compact Stagebox allows us to have an expanded channel count at front of house and the Vi1 is perfect for our monitor position. With these consoles, we’re able to mix our big yearly musicals without problems.”

When deciding to transition out of analog, the technical staff attended demos of digital consoles from various audio brands, none of which struck as strong a chord as the Soundcraft Vi Series. According to Patrick, ease-of-use features like Vistonics™ and FaderGlowTM were the factors that took the Vi6 and the Vi1 beyond excellent sound quality.

“The Vistonics touchscreen is so easy to use, and the biggest selling point for me is that it allows for more than one person to operate the console at the same time,” said Patrick. “Many of the artists who play here bring their own engineer. Also, sometimes we allow high school students to come and operate the sound equipment on their own. Naturally, we place a high value on ease of use.”

Patrick continued to explain why he loves every aspect of the Soundcraft consoles. “When we first plugged in the Soundcraft Vi consoles, they sounded like analog desks without any harshness of a digital desk,” he said. “It sounds very smooth, exactly like you would expect a high-quality board to sound. The parametric EQ’s on the channels are fantastic and responsive.”

As part of the venue’s future growth, the production team has partnered with a video company to offer web-streaming capabilities for its shows. To this end, it is planning to use the Vi6 console to send multi-track audio via optical MADI to the Soundcraft Vi1 console, which in turn will be managed separately in a different room. Webcasts with pristine sound quality will be available next year thanks to this configuration.

While in-house and guest engineers are getting used to the five minute setup times of the Soundcraft consoles, the theater is well-equipped to serve the local community of Saint Albert for years to come.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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The Masonic Upgrades Stage With Intelligent LED System From Impact Lighting and HARMAN’s Martin Professional

Photo Credit: Ashely Graham/Live Nation

Photo Credit: Ashely Graham/Live Nation

SAN FRANCISCO, California — The Masonic has been a landmark in San Francisco since opening in 1958 and is now operated by concert promotion company, Live Nation. The venue recently underwent a massive renovation that included the addition of a new concert stage, luxury VIP boxes and flexible, tiered open floor space for both general admission and seated shows—which brought capacity to 3,300. Among the several major enhancements unveiled, The Masonic now features a new stage lighting system with more than 45 of HARMAN’s Martin Professional MAC Viper and MAC Aura fixtures.

Developed by San Francisco-based Impact Lighting (www.impactsf.com), which began working with Martin Professional in 2003, the new lighting design was tailored specifically for the flexibility of the new space to ensure optimal lighting for every event held at the venue.

“Live Nation initially requested a state-of-the-art lighting system,” said Kim Martin, Sales and Marketing Manager, Impact Lighting. “So at the time of the proposal we felt the challenge was to convince the client that to truly be innovative they should move to intelligent lighting and LED fixtures.”

Live Nation, however, was ready: The new operators were so impressed by the intelligent LED system proposed by Impact Lighting that the installation began almost immediately. The design features eight MAC Viper Profiles and eight MAC Viper Wash lights across two 50-foot trusses (four of each fixture per truss) above the main stage for effect lighting, backed by 16 MAC Aura wash lights (eight per truss). Impact also installed five MAC Viper Performances on a front stage truss along with 12 MAC Auras for front wash. The system is DMX-controllable and programmable through the house console.

“We’ve been working with Martin for more than a decade,” said Kim Martin. “We have the Martin Vipers and Auras in our production rental inventory so it made sense for us to install them at The Masonic from a fixture knowledge and support perspective. The Vipers are phenomenal fixtures from the zoom to the gobo selection. The optics are truly superb with a bright beam and a CMY color mixing system that produces consistent color from lens to target.”

Kim Martin said, Impact lighting has continued to rely on Martin Professional because of its unique ability to consistently produce equipment that sets industry standards. “You can not please everyone, but to become an industry standard you’ve got to offer enough features that designers want at a price production houses can afford,” she said. “Martin has done this incredibly well and as a result it’s possible to travel around the country and have your equipment needs fulfilled. Even for our own house-designed productions, we may need to add inventory to complete a large event so it’s important to have a company like Martin whose gear you can find and rent at other production houses no matter where you are.”

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.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.

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Aurora Sound and Light Design Provides Tremendous Audio Experience at Palladino’s Restaurant with HARMAN Professional

HARMAN_PalladinosSOUTH PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — In the revitalized neighborhood of south Philadelphia, famous chef and Philly native Luke Palladino is returning to his old stomping grounds with a new restaurant called (what else?) Palladino’s. The restaurant opened on December 17 and features gourmet Italian cuisine and world-class atmospherics courtesy of a HARMAN Professional audio system.

Ian Hoffer of Aurora Sound and Light Design, who has provided audio and lighting systems for some of the most popular clubs, bars and restaurants on the East Coast, designed the audio configuration for Palladino’s. The restaurant is separated into three separate zones and features a variety of BSS Audio signal processing, Crown amplifiers and JBL loudspeakers.

“Like many restaurant and bar projects, budget was a major factor when it came to technology, but we also did not want to compromise in quality,” Hoffer noted. “I’ve had a lot of success with HARMAN in the past and the combination of BSS, Crown and JBL allowed us to install a really nice system for the 100-person capacity restaurant.”

The audio system at Palladino’s is separated into three zones: the dining room, bar and exterior patio. A total of 21 JBL Control 226CT ceiling loudspeakers—Kevlar-reinforced woofers and compression drivers for highs—are dispersed throughout these zones, with Crown CDi4000 and CDi1000 amplifiers powering the system.

“The BSS BLU-8 was chosen as it provides for more control options than a simple volume control. The manager can select from multiple sources—TV, Mac Mini, DJ input, or an iPod,” Hoffer noted. “I installed JBL ceiling speakers at the Rumor club in Philadelphia a few years ago, so I knew they would work well at Palladino’s. That, combined with a BSS BLU-50 signal processor, gives us a lot of options and kept the technology budget in check.”

For more information on Aurora Sound and Light Design, please call 609-433-6289.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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grandMA and Clay Paky Dominate at Miami’s 13th Annual Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival

At this year’s Ultra Music Festival, grandMA consoles were the dominant control solution on the Main Stage and Live Stage and in the Carl Cox & Friends Arena. Clay Paky lighting also stole the spotlight on the Main Stage where an array of fixtures were selected for the performance area and lighting effects. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA and a distributor of Clay Paky lighting in North America.

The 13th annual Ultra Music Festival (UMF) held its first-ever three-day event at Miami’s Bicentennial Park drawing more than 100,000 people to the celebration of electronic music.

“We used a grandMA2 full-size on the new Main Stage and a grandMA full-size on the Live Stage,” says lighting designer Steve Lieberman of SJ Lighting, Inc. “The Main Stage had more

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Peter Pan Live! Soars with DPA Microphones

Company outfits entire cast of the NBC production with d:screet™ 4061 Miniature Mics

Peter Pan Live! - Season 2014NEW YORK, DECEMBER 18, 2014Peter Pan Live!, NBC’s live primetime television production of the classic Broadway musical, aired last week with audio support from Firehouse Productions and DPA Microphones. The live TV ‘film,’ which followed the success of the network’s 2013 depiction of the Sound of Music, raked in over nine million viewers. With a live show of this magnitude, Firehouse needed an audio solution that would provide pristine audio quality expected with HD television while still giving audiences the feel of a grand theater production. To accomplish this, the sound reinforcement company called on 48 d:screet™ 4061 Miniature Microphones to support the entire cast, which included Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Allison Williams as Peter Pan.

With each lead and principal actor double-miked, and a single mic on each member of the ensemble, DPA’s d:screet 4061 was the exclusive microphone used for the production. Having gained familiarity with the DPA d:screet 4061s from years of Tony Awards productions, Mark Dittmar, audio producer for Peter Pan Live! and lead design and integration engineer for Firehouse Productions, credited both the sound and the size of the mics for highlighting the show’s top level performers.

Peter Pan Live! - Season 2014“DPA d:screet 4061s have become our premier high-end microphone,” says Dittmar. “We used them on the Sound of Music last year, which was the first big NBC live musical, and even knowing where the microphones are hidden, you cannot see a single one. It’s the combination of size and sound quality that makes the d:screet 4061 the perfect choice for this application; it was the same thing this year. Most of the cast members were wearing two microphones, so we were even able to hide two on one person. From my experience, the sound quality of the microphones is spectacular and that is especially evident when miking an actor who has a very dynamic vocal range.”

Since the production was not filmed in front of a live audience, the audio team also had no PA system to hide behind when it came to hiding background noises. “Literally every single sound on the set is audible and some microphones are so sensitive that you even get noise from their wires,” continues Dittmar. “The DPA mics don’t have this obstruction. The sensitivity of the noise is like nothing else I’ve ever dealt with. The microphone works very nicely for us in that it’s not adding anything unwanted. What’s more, they are a very popular Broadway microphone. We have a whole team of A2s that had to mic the cast and the d:screet is absolutely a top choice for them.”

Peter Pan Live! - Season 2014A live telecast of the beloved J. M. Barrie book, Peter Pan, the production featured an all-star lineup, which not only includes Williams and Walken as the leads, but also Minnie Driver as both the narrator and the adult version of the character Wendy Darling, and Christian Borle in dual roles as Mr. Smee and George Darling. The show aired Live on NBC on Thursday, December 4 at 8 p.m. Eastern, from Grumman Studios in Bethpage, New York. Peter Pan Live! is now available on DVD and as a DVD+CD Soundtrack Gift Set, which includes “The Making of Peter Pan Live!,” a unique opportunity for fans to have an inside look at the creation of the musical event.

A 25-year veteran of the industry, Dittmar has been with Firehouse Productions for the last 14 years. During this time, Dittmar has had the benefit of working on several high-profile productions, including the MTV Video Music Awards, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies and the Concert of Valor, among others.

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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CP Holiday Trains Raise Money, Food, and Awareness with Meyer Sound

holiday trainThe CP Holiday Trains are spreading the joy of the season—and filling local food banks with donations—across Canada and the northern US. Supported by Meyer Sound systems, the brightly decorated trains draw thousands of people who brave the winter cold to partake in the festivities.

With two separate 14-car trains travelling west across Canada and the US, the Holiday Train program delivers free live music shows in more than 150 US and Canadian communities, encouraging attendees to bring donations for local food banks. As the crowds grew year after year, the organizers decided to look for more powerful and higher-quality audio reinforcement for the 2014 edition.

“The difference the Meyer Sound systems provide is stunning, despite their smaller footprint,” says Randall Prescott, president of Rip Roar Productions in Eastern Ontario, and producer of the trains’ entertainment program for the past 13 years. “I can go to the back of an audience of nearly 10,000 and still hear a crisp hi-hat and punchy vocals that have the whole crowd singing along. It is a marvelous feeling for me, as the shows’ producer, to know that not one person is missing one note, whether in front of the stage or at the far back of the crowd.”

To accommodate crowds gathered on either side of the train, the stage car is a double-sided affair, with a drop-down door and stage extension on each side, and a rotating drum riser in the center. On each side of the car, two loudspeaker stacks comprise one UPQ-1P and UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeaker atop a 500-HP subwoofer. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor provides system drive and optimization, and MJF-210 stage monitors augment the musicians’ in-ear monitoring systems.

Each stage car is also equipped with Sennheiser and Shure microphones, and a Behringer X32 digital mixer is set up to allow mixing back in the crowd using a remote iPad control.

“The Meyer Sound system is a remarkable improvement,” says Ken Stone, the Ottawa-based independent audio engineer who helped select the audio equipment. “We’re gaining at least another 150 feet of throw, and we’re not getting near to the maximum level of what the boxes can do. They are little workhorses, that’s for sure.”

The CP Holiday Trains are sponsored by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The artists on this year’s trains include Jim Cuddy, Odds, Roxanne Potvin, Kira Isabella, Tracey Brown, and Home Free. The 2014 Holiday Train program is expected to exceed last year’s donation totals of $2 million and 300,000 pounds of food.

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