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Zylight Debuts White Fixtures for Special Lighting Installations at LDI 2014

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will introduce versions of its F8 LED Fresnel and IS3c LED large panel lights housed in white fixtures at Live Design International (LDI) 2014, which runs Nov. 21-23 in Las Vegas, Nev. Designed for special architectural and staging applications, the new lights will be showcased in the USHIO America booth (1451) during the show and are available now.

“White lighting fixtures are popular in the worship market and many other professional environments because they blend in better than black fixtures in conference rooms, churches, and other permanent installations,” explained Charlie Collias, senior vice president, F8-photoworldwide sales. “Many sites have been hesitant to adopt LED lighting technology because the fixtures themselves were not aesthetically F8-photopleasing, but our new white housings will help churches and other facilities enjoy more reliable lighting with significant power savings.”

Available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K), the F8’s LED engine with quantum dot technology provides a cooler, more energy efficient light than traditional Fresnel instruments. It only draws 90 watts, but has close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel.

The F8 has a high CRI (Color Rendering Index) as well as a high TLCI (Television Lighting Consistency Index), and maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping through an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens. With a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations, the fully dimmable F8 offers an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees). For portable lighting situations, the compact F8 also collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport and storage. It is also water resistant (IP54) for use in challenging location conditions, and can be powered by a worldwide AC adapter or standard 14.4V camera battery. Plus, it features full DMX operation, making it an ideal compact choice for venues looking for high quality lighting while staying as slim and unobtrusive as possible.

The white version of the IS3c now offers a choice between a newly redesigned Chimera soft box or a F8-photo 2spring loaded pop-up version designed by DoP Choice, which can be custom ordered in white. The fully dimmable IS3c is a wide, high-output soft light with built-in controls for adjusting color temperature, color correction, and Zylight’s Color Mode, which produces millions of colors without gels or filters. Ideal for house of worship or rental and staging applications, it can serve as a background color wash light or as a wide soft light, and can be controlled via DMX.

Both lights are equipped with ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control. As a result, several F8s or IS3cs can be grouped together and linked for unique lighting scenarios.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC
Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

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Christie Phoenix Connects Louisiana’s Port Fourchon’s New Emergency Operation Center

Christie®, a world leader in visual display and audio technologies, has expanded its reach to Port Fourchon, a major seaport on the Louisiana coast. Port Fourchon has recently completed construction of a new multi-agency Emergency Operations Center (EOC), including a 30-seat incident command room utilizing the Christie Phoenix® open content management system to seamlessly display all of its integrated security systems in one visual operating space as the centerpiece of its emergency response activities. With Christie Phoenix displaying the port’s Maritime Domain Awareness System during real or simulated training incidents, Port Fourchon personnel, industry clients, and emergency management officials can now collaborate and share information, as well as view a common operating stream for greater situational awareness and enhanced incident response and decision making capabilities. Additional Phoenix nodes can be added to address the expanding technology requirements of the port, which is currently in the next phase of expansion that will more than double the port’s size to meet the needs of the growing industry it serves.

Christie Phoenix is used at Louisiana's Port Fourchon

Christie Phoenix is used at Louisiana’s Port Fourchon

State-of-the-art command center, now integrated through Christie Phoenix
Port Fourchon is located on the southern tip of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, on the Gulf of Mexico. It services over 90 percent of the domestic deep-water oil and gas exploration, drilling and production activities in the Gulf of Mexico. Comprised of seaport and airport services, it also leases land and facilities to tenants in the oil and gas industry. Its EOC features a wide range of new generation and legacy technologies that include a 4 x 2 video display and two 70-inch annotation displays in separate breakout rooms, with the EOC utilizing Christie Phoenix to display the port’s award-winning maritime domain awareness system GLPC-C4 (Greater Lafourche Port Commission Command, Control, Communication and Collaboration), surveillance cameras, a radar solution, an Automatic Identification System (AIS), and other associated technologies.

According to Port Fourchon, the key concerns during the design of the EOC was to provide a physical space where key personnel and officials could collaboratively and securely view all of the streams of data available through GLPC-C4 system in order to view incidents, collaborate, share in information and make decisions -all in real time. Christie Phoenix proved to be up to the challenge of meeting those concerns and is a critical part of Port Fourchon’s technology ecosystem. Among its functions, the Phoenix can take data on the video wall and throw it onto one of the annotation displays, allowing the Coast Guard to break out and discuss a certain situation and devise a plan to present to a larger group. The Phoenix can also move programs around the screen with ease, having particular items pop up within seconds and simultaneously display multiple applications at-a-glance, without the need to go in and out of applications or for closing and reopening streams.

“Christie Phoenix was the ideal content management tool for Port Fourchon’s hi-tech requirements,” said April Danos, Port Fourchon’s Director of Information Technology. “We looked at many other solutions, but nothing else compared in usability, ease of network integration and cost. Another factor was its scalability. We can add more Phoenix units later to handle more video feeds, and the nodes will continue to seamlessly act as one unit. Other companies who saw the Christie Phoenix in action agreed that our system represents an ideal convergence of efficiency, reliability, and scalability.”

Danos noted that, in an emergency, the incident command center must be able to quickly connect with industry and government stakeholders, including the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, as well as local governments, such as the Lafourche Parish Government and Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office to allow for swift reaction times and collaborative decision making. The command center is also utilized for training purposes in the use of camera systems, software applications and large scale security drills. All of these functions have been made more convenient and accessible with the installation of Christie Phoenix.

“Any technology that can help us react as swiftly as possible and collaborate easily is essential to our operation,” she said.

Lloyd Francioni, managing partner at Interstate Electronic Systems(IES), the New Orleans-based audiovisual systems integrator, who designed and installed the video wall, stated, “It was important to take Port Fourchon’s monitoring and surveillance to the next level and there was no doubt that the Christie Phoenix system would take them there. The solution provided value and performance and in terms of design, I think it’s ahead of many similar products on the market.”

Dave Muscat, senior director, Americas Region, Visualization, Simulation and Control Rooms at Christie, observed, “Port Fourchon is an impressive government operation, responsible for overseeing a significant number of activities throughout the Gulf of Mexico, all of which depend upon a rapid response to crises of all kinds and at all levels of importance. With our increasing presence in the surveillance and security market, this partnership provides another opportunity for the Christie Phoenix to shine.”

Port Fourchon comprises 1200 developed acres that house state-of-the-art service facilities which include 90 percent of deep-water oil and gas exploration, drilling and production activities in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP). Combined these facilities produce one in every five barrels of oil in the United States.

Collaborative visual solutions for mission-critical monitoring
Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring, and Christie’s collaborative visual solutions are removing boundaries and enabling expansive collaboration for many of the world’s most mission-critical operations. By integrating stunning zero-maintenance displays with the power of the network, Christie is completely redefining the control room space, and setting the stage for an increasingly distributed control room environment. Across every sector in business, commerce and government, Christie is raising the bar beyond today’s stringent control room requirements.

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Christie Welcome the High Brightness, Powerful and Rugged 45,000 Lumen 4K45 to Its Lineup

Christie® unveils its new Roadie 4K45 at the Live Design International (LDI) show, which takes place Nov. 21-23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The first company to reach 35,000 lumens, Christie has now attained a new brightness level for 3-chip DLP® with the new Roadie 4K45 – the brightest lamp-illuminated projector available  which delivers 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution and 45,000 lumens at 60 Hz with optional 120 Hz capability.

Christie Roadie 4K45

Christie Roadie 4K45


Christie delivers 45,000 lumens in lamp-based technology
Rugged, reliable, and road tested, the 45,000 lumen Christie 4K45 offers a higher level of image brightness for rental staging and fixed applications including concerts, casinos, sports events, amusement parks, conventions, annual meetings and more. It features Christie TruLife™ for the clearest, most true-to-life image quality.

“Both end users and audiences will benefit from the brighter visual display provided by the Roadie 4K45,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “Rental stagers often deal with unavoidable ambient light and now, with the new, even brighter Roadie, that effect is minimized more than ever. And for the audience, it means a brighter, richer picture with more vivid detail and a better overall experience. The combination of 4K, 60 or 120 hertz and DLP® reliability easily manages the rigorous demands of rental staging and delivers an impeccable image performance.”

The feature-rich Christie Roadie 4K45 offers many additional benefits that Christie Roadie users expect including, but not limited to:

- 45,000 lumens using Xenon illumination.
- 4K Native Resolution at 60 Hz and upgradable to 120 Hz.
- Patented Christie TruLife® electronics for high resolution lifelike images.
- Built in Twist and Warp allows pixels to be mapped onto any projection surface.
- Full Connectivity with Standard Display Port and 3G-SDI input modules.
- User-replaceable lamps can be automatically aligned at the push of a button.
- User-friendly controls ensure easy maintenance and servicing.
- Stacking and rigging frame.

The Roadie 4K45 ships in March 2015 with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

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RTW and IRT Announce New Partnership

RTW Expands its Product Portfolio with IRT’s Continuous Loudness Controller Technology

COLOGNE, 20 NOVEMBER 2014RTW, the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, and the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT), the main research and development center of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland’s governmental broadcasters, are proud to announce today at Tonmeistertagung 2014, that RTW will implement the IRT’s newly patented Continuous Loudness Controller into its future broadcast-focused audio equipment. This new endeavor will enable RTW to expand the company’s line of products, further supporting the changing industry needs of the state of loudness control.

Over the last few years, the IRT has developed and patented the Continuous Loudness Controller, a new technology that allows users to continuously readjust the level of audio material they are working on, against a given program-loudness value, as well as a definable loudness range in real-time with minimal artefacts. This next-generation technology is in accordance with EBU-R128 and other worldwide loudness standard specifications.

“We look forward to our collaboration with the IRT,” says Andreas Tweitmann, Managing Director, RTW. “With both partner developments and designs, IRT and RTW have focused on the highest quality of audio in radio and TV decades. The new technique developed by the IRT is groundbreaking and will have a tremendous benefit to our customers. We are very happy to implement the Continuous Loudness Controller in our products.”

About the Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH
Based in Munich, the IRT supports broadcasting on a national and international scale with a wide range of services. IRT associates include the ARD, ZDF, DRadio, ORF, and SRG/SSR broadcasting services. In addition, the IRT cooperates with numerous clients from the broadcasting, media, communications, and IT industries as well as with a number of research centers and universities. Established in 1956, the IRT has always been committed to preserving broadcasting and to supporting the adaptation of broadcasting concepts to constantly changing market environments and demands.
Visit www.irt.de for more information.

About RTW
RTW, from Cologne, is a leading vendor of highly innovative first-class meters for audio monitoring and quality control. For almost 50 years, RTW has designed, produced, and marketed pioneering systems for professional recording studios. Today, RTW runs an international sales and service network. Visit www.rtw.com or www.facebook.com/rtw.de for more information.

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Christie Showcases New Roadie 4K45 Among Its Visual Display Solutions at LDI

Christie® welcomes the Roadie 4K45 and upgraded Christie Twist software to its line-up at the Live Design International (LDI) show Nov. 21-23. Located at booth No. 1421 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Christie will also demonstrate the benefits of using automatic projection mapping tools using a 3D digital sandbox and Christie G Series 1-chip DLP® projectors. The booth will also display the multiple award winning Christie® MicroTiles® in a 1-unit by 5-unit display and Christie M Series.

Christie Roadie 4K45

Christie Roadie 4K45

Christie 4K45 – Higher brightness, built for the road
Christie Roadie 4K45 is the brightest lamp-illuminated projector on the market. Rugged, reliable, and road tested, the 45,000 lumen Christie 4K45 offers a higher level of image brightness for rental stagers to use in concerts, sports events, amusement parks, conventions, live events, annual meetings, casinos, and more. It features Christie TruLife™ for the clearest, most true-to-life image quality.

New Christie Twist – More accurate, more options
The upgraded Christie Twist family presents three options  each for different application requirements. ‘Christie Twist’ software is a free download from the Christie website. ‘Christie Twist Premium’ and ‘Christie Twist Pro’ are paid upgrades and provide additional functionality for more complex projects.

Christie HD10K-M highlights its versatility
For outstanding performance in either fixed or rental staging applications including live events, theme parks, and other applications, the Christie HD10K-M, part of the celebrated Christie M Series, has built-in image blending and warping capabilities, operates in full portrait mode, and offers a 3D upgrade path. A Christie Spyder X20 will be managing the content.

Christie partnering with Show Management, coolux® and Da-Lite®
Christie is pleased to work with its valued partners at LDI 2014. Show Management will be using two Christie J Series and two Christie E Series projectors while the coolux® booth features six Christie J Series and one Christie Mirage WU14K-M projector. Da-Lite will use one Christie HD14K-M.

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Touchdown in the Backyard: Football Season is Best Enjoyed with a SunBriteTV

SB-5570HD-SL-Angle15THOUSAND OAKS, California, November 20, 2014 — This football season, the best seat at the game is actually in the backyard. Designed for permanent outdoor installation, a SunBriteTV weatherproof television makes for an upgraded home viewing experience in the sport’s natural environment- outside!

The belief that the best games are enjoyed outside runs deep at SunBriteTV, which was founded in 2004 by an avid sports lover who didn’t want to come inside to watch his favorite team. Since then, SunBriteTV televisions have been installed in more than 30 professional sports stadiums across the country and, more recently, in the backyards of thousands of sports fans eager to get the best of both worlds.

Football fans will enjoy full-HD 1080p, sharp colors and bright picture thanks to a special display designed for both daytime and nighttime viewing. Weatherproofing technology keeps out all forms of moisture including rain, snow, humidity, ice and even game day BBQ grease. When mounted outside, SunBriteTVs outlast other standard televisions by a long shot thanks to the rustproof cabinets and powder-coated exteriors, which prevent natural environmental damage.

Most importantly though, SunBriteTVs put the game where it belongs. “Why should fans be limited to watching the game in the living room?” says Jonathan Johnson, Director of Brand Marketing, SunBriteTV. “A SunBriteTV puts the home field advantage right in the backyard and makes every game more memorable, social and fun!”

SunBriteTV’s Signature Series line, designed for residential applications, starts at $1,495 for a 32” display— sizes up to 65” and multiple color options are available. All models include weatherproof speakers and remote.

Fully functional in any North American environment, SunBriteTV’s temperature regulation systems keep all internal electronics running in -24° to 122° Fahrenheit. For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.SunBriteTV.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

Follow SunBriteTV on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SunBriteTV

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, colleges, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.SunBriteTV.com.

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LEGENDARY GUITARIST ERIC JOHNSON RELIES ON LEGENDARY ATC REFERENCE MONITORS

Eric JohnsonAUSTIN, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 2014: “Legendary guitarist” is justifiably the most common two-word description given of Eric Johnson, whose six-string prowess has earned him a Grammy win, several Grammy nominations, a Platinum album, and residency on practically every “Top X Guitarists of All Time” list ever made. He’s regularly played and recorded with fellow guitar greats Chet Atkins, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani, and Eric Clapton selected Johnson for his 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival. Most recently, Johnson collaborated with jazz guitar great Mike Stern on the album Eclectic, which the two recorded and mixed at Johnson’s Austin-based studio with the help of Johnson’s accomplished recording and mix engineer Kelly Donnelly. Although Johnson is known mainly for his prodigious talent as a guitarist, he is also comfortable playing numerous other instruments, including piano, lap steel, bass, and voice. He is an accomplished songwriter and, in more recent years, has plied his skills over the years as a producer and assisting his recording engineers. The common frustration of mixing a song to seeming perfection, only to find obvious mistakes when he played it on other systems, drove Johnson to find the perfect near-field monitors. He found them in a pair of ATC SCM25As, which deliver the undecorated truth so that Johnson’s mixes sound beautiful and balanced on any system, from wee computer speakers to the biggest home theaters.

Years in the making, Johnson slowly constructed the ideal project studio in his Austin, Texas home, and he only declared it finished six years ago. “I always wanted a great rehearsal space, and it seemed natural to make it a recording studio as well,” he said. “I took my time because I wanted to do it right. I like to think about the tools I use the same way I think about guitars. When I find the right guitar, it facilitates my playing. It’s like I can feel the push of the polarity, the wind’s at my back, and soon I’m not paying any attention to the guitar itself… I’m just making music. It’s the same with the studio and all the equipment and processes in the studio. At their best, they fall away and I’m just making music.”

Most of the engineering duties at Johnson’s project studio fall to Donnelly. “Kelly and I often found ourselves second-guessing our mixes,” said Johnson. “We’d take a mix that sounded perfect in the studio and notice huge bumps or holes when we played it other places. It’d be like, ‘we must have overlooked that in the studio!’ But then we’d go back to the studio and those bumps or holes wouldn’t be there. So there was a lot of back and forth, which wasted time, energy, and inspiration. I became very interested in finding a near field system that would ensure our mixes translated outside of the studio, especially as we drew close to working on Eclectic. People with ears I trust told me that ATC is the way to go.”

After performing due diligence with trials of numerous top-end reference monitor manufacturers, Johnson arrived at the same conclusion. He purchased a pair of ATC SCM25As, which feature a three-way active design starting with a seven-inch low-frequency driver. “The ATCs have a great vibe and they’re fun to mix on,” said Johnson. “The imaging is solid and in-phase, and the top end is natural – not glitchy or peaky or spikey. They’re pleasant at whisper volume or blaring, and the response seems pretty linear across that range. I’ve also noticed that we can monitor at high volumes on the ATCs as long as we like and they never become fatiguing. So the in-studio experience on the ATCs is great. Beyond that however, the mixes we’ve done on the ATCs translate beautifully, and we don’t have to second-guess ourselves anymore.”

Part of the Concord Music Group, instrumental music label Heads Up International released Eclectic, and thus sent it to Concord’s multiple Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer Paul Blakemore. For years now, Blakemore has been mastering on ATC SCM150ASL monitors. “The ATC monitors are the most accurate loudspeakers I have ever heard, and I can’t imagine using anything else,” he said. “They work equally well on any genre of music, which is very unusual and particularly important for Eclectic. As the name promises, Eclectic is eclectic! It runs from rock, to jazz, to blues, to R&B, and to everything in between. The ATCs were critical for getting the high end correct and consistent across all those styles. Similarly, the ATCs were critical for making sure the low end was true and in the pocket from song to song. Once I get things right on the ATCs, I’m confident that the final product will translate to any other system in the world.”

In November 2014 and January and February 2015, Johnson and Stern are taking their otherworldly chops on the road for an extended U.S. engagement.

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.

www.transaudiogroup.com

(PHOTO CREDIT: © 2014 Max Crace)

METRIC HALO LAUNCHES VERSION 2 OF PRODUCTION BUNDLE PLUG-INS – ADDS VST AND WINDOWS SUPPORT

MH_ProductionBundle_v2SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 2014: Metric Halo is pleased to announce the immediate availability of version 2 of its Production Bundle plug-ins. The new plug-ins provide a comprehensive set of tools offering Metric Halo’s signature sound quality at a compelling price.

The full Production Bundle includes eight fantastic plug-ins that provide engineers, producers, musicians and sound designers with the tools they need to create world-class mixes and productions. Starting with the world-renowned ChannelStrip, the Production Bundle adds TransientControl, Character, HaloVerb, Dirty Delay, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Expander, and the Precision DeEsser.

NEW PLUG-IN
The v.2 of Production Bundle introduces a brand new plug-in – MH Dirty Delay. Dirty Delay is a visceral, gritty, fantastic-sounding musical feedback delay processor with integrated Character and filters in the delay path. It can create awesome vintage echo and tape-delay style sounds as well as lush and subtle spaces in a mix. New users are already finding that it is more “real” sounding than alternative in-the-box delay processors.

NEW PLATFORM SUPPORT
The v.2 of Production Bundle adds exciting new features and platform support. With this release, Metric Halo is providing VST versions of the plug-ins for both Mac and Windows, in addition to the previously supported Pro Tools AAX on Mac and Windows, and Audio Units on Mac. All of the plug-ins support 32-bit and 64-bit hosts on all platforms. Version 2 supports both computer-based licensing and optional iLok dongle-based licensing.

NEW FEATURES
In v.2, Multiband Dynamics and Expander add comprehensive band linking controls to allow the user to adjust the overall processing as easily as they can adjust the per-band processing. Character adds selectable Auto-Drive to the processing. Character is a subtle processor that adds the essential Character of a wide variety of analog devices to the signal. With Auto-Drive enabled, Character is transformed into an effects processor that can add grit and color to tracks – regardless of the input level. Finally, TransientControl adds selectable Auto-Sensitivity making it a much more versatile transient processor and easier to use. With Auto-Sensitivity, regardless of the signal level TransientControl can pull out transients and modify the sustain and tail of sounds.

ONE LICENSE, ALL FORMATS
The license for all Metric Halo plug-ins covers the Native and DSP accelerated versions on Pro Tools AAX and Native versions for VST and AU on both Mac and Windows. The plug-ins are each available individually or as part of the Production Bundle.

A LOT OF PERFORMANCE, NOT A LOT OF PRICE
Metric Halo products are available from dealers or directly from http://mhlabs.com. New software licenses for individual plug-ins are available for a MSRP of $179 each, and are currently on sale for only $75 each (until 10/31/2014). New Production Bundle licenses are available with a MSRP of $699, and are currently on sale for only $299 (until 10/31/2014). Version 2 is a free update for existing v.1 users.

Free 30-day trials for the Production Bundle are available from http://mhsecure.com/DemoCentral.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Based on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with award-winning software and hardware recording, processing, metering and analysis solutions.

www.mhlabs.com

IT’S METRIC HALO FOR LEGENDARY MASTERING ENGINEER HERB POWERS, JR.

Herb_PowersNEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 2014: “We’re in the business of correctly preserving a musical vision that occurred at a moment in time,” says legendary mastering engineer Herb Powers, Jr. “Sure, we make it commercial and tweak it up a bit, but really we’re preserving that picture as best we can.” Powers’ philosophy – which is about the soul of the music and not its technicalities – has clearly worked for him: the veteran mastering engineer has earned numerous Grammy Awards and nominations and innumerable Platinum- and Gold-certified albums. His list of clients includes Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Nelly, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, Salt-N-Pepa, Run DMC, Afrika Bambaataa, Outkast, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Puff Daddy, Jennifer Lopez, Pink, and countless others. Among Powers’ trusted tools are Metric Halo SpectraFoo sound analysis software, a Metric Halo ULN-2 A/D/A interface, and, more recently, Metric Halo plug-ins.

For decades, his father, Herb Powers, Sr., worked for CBS as a quality control engineer in the company’s Manhattan studios, which gave the younger Powers an insider’s view of the business. Indeed, Powers remembers attending a session with his father for Sly and the Family Stone. Apart from a signed record, Powers came away with rare insight into the production of recorded music. When he was DJ’ing years later, Powers tapped that insight to give shape to the dissatisfaction he felt: “Most of the records I spun didn’t sound that good,” he said. “I was inspired to do something about it!” Following his father’s advice, Powers secured a position at NYC’s famous Frankford/Wayne in 1977… literally in the mailroom. True to the cliché, he worked his way up to eventually command his own mastering room. When Frankford/Wayne folded, he moved to The Hit Factory. Since it closed its doors in 2005, Powers has been working under his own flag, Powers Mastering Studio.

“I have Metric Halo SpectraFoo in front of me every minute of my work day,” said Powers. “I used to have a nice hardware metering system, but it eventually died. I looked into replacing it with another hardware system, but I also explored my software options. SpectraFoo looked good, and when I realized I could get SpectraFoo along with a dedicated 11-inch Apple MacBook Air for less than the cost of another hardware system, I went for it. Of course, I still ultimately rely on my ears, but I constantly reference SpectraFoo’s RTA and stereoscope. I have my tools selected and organized, and the MacBook Air’s only function is to run SpectraFoo. For less than the price of a hardware analyzer, I got better tools, better real estate, and a perfectly customized experience.”

Powers’ setup is an amalgam of workflows that reflects his decades in the business. Apart from a Studer tape machine, a DAT player, and other now-seldom-used playback devices, he maintains a playback computer loaded with every conceivable music production software. Signal from that computer enters the analog domain via a dedicated Apogee DA, where it then winds its way through Powers’ trusted collection of analog equalizers, filters, and dynamics processors. He uses his Metric Halo ULN-2 to capture signal in front of the processing for comparison in SpectraFoo and, more critically, as the AD converter in front of his dedicated record computer, which runs Sonic Studio SoundBlade mastering software. “I have a lot of nice analog gear, and I’m super comfortable using it,” he said. “As soon as I hear something in the music, I know which knob to turn. Because I always go analog, good conversion is important, and the Metric Halo ULN-2 sounds totally transparent. It works solidly even at 24bit/96kHz.”

Despite Powers’ reliance on analog gear, he’s happy to incorporate more plug-ins, and sound quality and well-constructed factory presets have made Metric Halo’s line of plug-ins a growing favorite. “A lot of times I’ll hear an issue that stands apart from the usual balancing that I use my analog gear for,” he said. “I use Metric Halo TransientControl, ChannelStrip, and Multiband Dynamics to correct it in the playback machine. Then I can go out of the playback machine and make the usual sorts of corrections I make with the hardware. The Metric Halo plug-ins sound great and they’re very fast to use. I can always pull up a factory preset that gets me most of the way there. I just have to adjust a ratio or a threshold and it’s good. Since everything these days is on a tight deadline, that speed is important!”

As a professional who has spent nearly four decades making music sound fantastic, Powers laments the industry shift towards compressed audio formats and its growing tolerance of clipping and distortion in the pursuit of volume. Nevertheless, he holds out hope that bandwidth will eventually allow consumers to enjoy the full fidelity of his work as he hears it in his studio.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Based on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with award-winning software and hardware recording, processing, metering and analysis solutions.

www.mhlabs.com

NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH BELIEVES IN ASHLY

New_Hope_Baptist_InteriorGRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 2014: Founded in 1934 by a small collection of the faithful who opened up their living rooms every Sunday in the bustling Michigan town of Grand Rapids, New Hope Baptist Church has grown to a congregation of over 800 active members. To better accommodate its members, the church recently underwent a comprehensive renovation of its 750-seat sanctuary and associated overflow and ancillary use rooms. A new sound system centered on Ashly Audio processing, amplification, and user control is a centerpiece of the project and gives New Hope congregants exceptional intelligibility for spoken word, along with musical transcendence for the New Hope band and praise choir. Critically, the Ashly gear came in at a price point that allowed the church to meet its needs reliably, without breaking the project’s budget. Pro Audio Inc., of nearby Grandville, Michigan designed and installed the system for New Hope Baptist Church.

“The performance of Ashly gear is top-notch and yet its cost is very reasonable,” said Ken Reinecke, owner of Pro Audio Inc. “That’s a rare combination. In terms of sound quality, Ashly’s processing and amplification is transparent. What goes in is what comes out, plus whatever dynamics or equalization I’ve dialed in. And the gear can run at 96kHz for super critical situations. Programming Ashly’s Protea DSP platform is straightforward. I just drag and drop whatever processing I need, and drag appropriate inputs to appropriate outputs. Linking groups is also handy. Ashly gear is also tremendously reliable – it basically never breaks or fails.” Because space at New Hope Baptist Church was at a premium, it also helped that Reinecke could fit all of the system’s processing and amplification in just six rack spaces.

A new Soundcraft Si Performer 3 console serves as the user interface in the sanctuary itself. From there, an Ashly ne8800 8×8 Network DSP Protea™ Processor handles all of the loudspeaker settings for the sanctuary’s new JBL VRX928LA eight-inch, two-way line array system with JBL 915S subs. The stereo line array is powered by a single Ashly nXe 3.04 network four-channel amplifier rated at 3,000W per channel, providing ample power to the main sanctuary system. Additionally, output from the console feeds an Ashly Pema 8250 combination 8×8 Matrix Protea processor and eight-channel 250-Watt amplifier. The Pema 8250 takes additional inputs, such as wall jacks for microphones or music players that are located in the narthex and other out rooms. The versatile eight-channel Pema 8250 handles all of the audio routing, signal processing, and amplification for New Hope Baptist’s two nurseries, its nursing room, the bathrooms, and the narthex.

Four Ashly WR-5 programmable wall-mounted remote controls located strategically around the out rooms provide customized, intuitive control of those inputs, as well as of the sound from the sanctuary. “The nice thing about that arrangement is that folks can make changes in all those rooms without bothering the sound tech,” said Reinecke. “While the main system is controlled entirely from the Soundcraft console, the church staff can use the mic inputs and the Ashly WR-5 remote controls to play music or have a standalone PA for meetings and small events in those out rooms.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

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