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AATNY Chooses Martin Audio For Skylark Lounge

Set 30 stories above New York City’s Garment Center, The Skylark is an elegant cocktail lounge with expansive views of the Hudson River, Empire State Building and Midtown Manhattan.

Billed as an “all-season destination,” Skylark combines a high-style multi-level indoor space with an outdoor roof terrace and offers an extensive bar menu with small plates such as tapas.

Because dancing is also a priority at Skylark, Advanced Audio Technology of New York was brought in to install audio for the lounge.

AATNY’s Jason Ojeda explains that “there is no specifically designed dance floor, which is typical of many lounges. That required an evenly balanced audio system throughout the venue so that no matter where you are, there is complete coverage with no high or low frequency drop offs.”

Consequently, Ojeda and his team designed a system consisting of 14 Martin Audio AQ28’s in a stereo configuration deployed left and right down the lengths of the entire venue. The system also includes eight 2 x15 sub-bass enclosures, BSS signal processing, Tactical Audio amplification and a custom-made DJ booth by AATNY.

Asked about the reaction to the Martin Audio system, Ojeda says, “The client is thrilled with the sound quality. It’s extremely clear and defined with a lot of punch and presence.

“We’ve used Martin Audio AQ28s for many years in at least 15 to 20 venues and they’ve excelled in terms of robust build quality, client satisfaction and audio performance that’s second to none.”

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

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

METRIC HALO ULN-8’s FRONT IMMERSIVE IDEAL – A RECORDING SESSION ON DISPLAY AT D.C. AREA MUSEUM

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – APRIL 2014: Beauty Pill is the musical brainchild of veteran producer and engineer Chad Clark, who founded the band in 2001 shortly after the dissolution of Smart Went Crazy. Both bands have received heaps of critical praise from outlets local to Washington D.C. and from the national press. Solid songwriting has turned Beauty Pill’s on-again/off-again status into something that promotes, rather than detracts, from its cult following. Beauty Pill recently teamed up with the Arlington, Virginia-based Artisphere museum to take on a unique artistic, musical, and sociological experiment. The band set up in a large room inside the museum with a windowed overlook and spent two weeks on display recording an album. Although they went in with racks of borrowed A-list studio gear, their initial recordings fell flat. It was only after Clark stripped everything down to just his Metric Halo ULN-8 interfaces that the recordings came alive, a testament to the ULN-8’s fantastic sound.

“Artisphere initially approached me to ask if I could do something ‘musical’ in the museum’s beautiful space,” explained Clark. “I was touring around, trying to come up with some ideas, when they showed me a large room with a window that overlooked it. It reminded me of Abbey Road Studio 2, where the Beatles made a lot of famous recordings. That put the idea in my head to do a recording there. It would be live in the sense that people would be watching us, but my plan was to record exactly as we would in a normal studio… including all of the discussions, overdubs, and the like. I thought it would interesting for the public to see that process – I have some non-musician friends who seem to think an album is made in almost the time it takes to listen to it!”

A musician first, Clark happily fell into engineering and production when other bands in the D.C.-area approached him because they liked the sound of Smart Went Crazy. He quit his day job in 1998 and spent nearly a decade between now and then as a mastering engineer at Silver Sonya. These days, he works mainly as a mix engineer, where he finds his passion for music is best nurtured. “It was working with Beauty Pill that first got me interested in the Metric Halo ULN-8,” Clark said. “It seemed to fit what I needed and what the band needed. Although I have nothing against low-fi recordings, I have no romance for them. I like sound that is vivid and the descriptions of the ULN-8 conveyed that idea. It’s turned out to be completely true – the ULN-8 is a miracle device! It’s incredibly flexible, and everything I record with it sounds amazing.”

Nevertheless, when someone goes to do a big studio recording – especially one that will be on display – there are certain preamps with legacies deep in the recordings of the late 1960s that engineers naturally assume will be the best choice for a rock record. With the help of friends at local studios, Clark amassed a rack of the choicest analog preamps and processors available. “We mic’d everything up with the best mics for each application and ran them to the textbook pro preamps that engineers have been using for decades,” he said. “The initial recordings were okay, but they weren’t fantastic. We all agreed that they fell kind of flat. So we simplified the mic’ing and pulled out all those great preamps, relying entirely on the Metric Halo ULN-8s for preamps and conversion to 24-bit/88.2kHz.”

He continued, “It was a revelation. The sound came alive. It was vivid and tactile. The ULN-8 preamps are just stellar. That was a convincing test, and now I never wonder about using anything but the ULN-8s now. I think it’s worth pointing out that although Metric Halo’s use of the term ‘archival quality’ is totally appropriate, it shouldn’t give anyone the idea that the ULN-8 is only for purists or documentary recording styles. Beauty Pill’s Artisphere recording is far from documentary. We use all kinds of overdubs and textures and found sounds. The quality of the ULN-8 simply makes that mode of recording more vivid and involving.”

Some of the band’s friends advised them against the experiment, citing YouTube’s “comment culture” as an example of how mean people can be when a band is vulnerable. “I suspect that if we had streamed the installation or posted video, things might have gotten ugly,” said Clark. “But the people who came to the exhibit were completely supportive. Sure, there were some uncomfortable moments when we were arguing amongst ourselves, but I mainly felt empathy from the window. They were wishing us well. It was an encouraging experiment!”

Ultimately, Immersive Ideal ran as an interactive multimedia photography and music exhibit with pictures from the recording sessions paired with a surround-sound mix of the final versions. Beauty Pill anticipates releasing it as a conventional stereo recording in the fall.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems to Sponsor POD 2014 In Quebec

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Le Diplomate Audiovisual is hosting its first two-day Open Door (French Porte Ouverte le Diplomate or POD) event bringing together over 25 audio-visual exhibitors, guest presenters, product demonstrations, conferences, animation, and networking opportunities for industry professionals. The 2014 POD event is designed to create a meaningful and valuable experience and includes clinics with AV specialists, hands-on demonstrations, and an exhibition of new products.

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) is the main sponsor of this new event to be held at Le Diplomate Audio Visual, 5588 Blvd Rossignols, in Laval, Quebec. YCAS products to be exhibited during the two-day event include the new Yamaha QL digital console line, CL console, NEXO PS speakers and Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) products. On a mobile stage, a NEXO STM line array will be used for live events, and on ‘the Patio’ CIS products will be used in real world setting. Classes on QL and Dante network will also be offered.

Exhibition dates and times are Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

For more information on POD 2014 visit, http:www.//diplomate.com/pod2014/en.html.

The event is free but registration is necessary. To register,
visit https://www.qvc.qc.ca/Inscript/Publique/QVC2101A.aspx?m=2&a=.

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Trivium, The ME, And New Yamaha QL: A “Three-Way Logical” Combination

BUENA PARK, Calif.—“Trivium” is an American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida that formed in 2000, and since signing with Roadrunner Records in 2004, has released six studio albums and eighteen singles. Selling over one million albums worldwide and following the release of their sixth album, the band is out on tour in support of Vengeance Falls.

After speaking with Clair Bros. (Littiz, PA) who is responsible for audio production for the tour about different console options, Trivium’s monitor engineer, Mike Babcock, chose the new Yamaha QL5 Digital Audio Console for monitor mixing. Clair is also providing a FOH control package, a full stage patch package, and snake system for Trivium. The band owns JH-Audio IEMs and Sennheiser transmitters. Clair is also providing a full monitor system and control package for “Volbeat” who headlines the tour.

“The Yamaha QL Console Series could not have been released at a more opportune time, states Clair Account Manager, Justin Weaver. We were in the middle of talking to tour manager Joey Brueckmann and Mike Babcock about their upcoming tour package, and the QL5 was the perfect fit for the tour. Trivium is jumping around between headline, support, and festival shows, so having a reliable, compact console in monitor world was a must since real estate on stage is at a premium.”

After speaking with Doug Staab at Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, he assured Clair Bros. that Yamaha could have the QL5 QC’d and shipped to them before their shop load-out date. “Not only did they deliver on time, but our console department also had time to play with the console and was quite impressed with the design and feel of the QL, says Weaver. We look forward to deploying this desk on many more tours in the future that require a dependable, small-footprint mixing console.”

Initially, Trivium chose a Yamaha CL1 for the tour mainly because Brueckmann was finding that all of their fly dates had Yamaha PM5Ds for monitors, and we wanted to stay within the Yamaha family for consistency yet keep a small footprint for ease of everything,” states Babcock. The fact that the new QL5 was available was a huge bonus, mainly for the onboard preamps and not needing an additional Rio rack. I’ve never been one to shy away from new gear, especially from Yamaha.”

Babcock said since the main goal for a monitor console was a small footprint and Trivium is the main support act on the Volbeat tour, a quick load out was important. “Having a file system that is compatible with all Yamaha consoles is a big plus. The file conversion utility worked great with our first fly date festival using a Yamaha PM5D.” Babcock said that on that fly date with a converted QL5 show file for PM5D externally clocked at 96 there was no noticeable audio quality difference after gain structure was reset. “I would consider the QL5 to be PM5D quality (or better) in an Yamaha LS9 size. Great for club tours, support tours, and anywhere a small footprint is needed. Keeping client demands for high quality audio is the main goal, and the addition of the Premium Rack plug-ins is greatly appreciated and adds that little special sauce we all love. There are times where I really need dynamic EQ, and that option is great as well.”

“It all adds up to be the best monitor mixes anyone in the band has ever had mainly due to having the QL5 tools required to offset various venue conditions at the tip of my fingers.”

For more information on Trivium, visit www.trivium.org.

For more information Clair Bros., visit www.clairglobal.com.

For more information on the Yamaha QL Digital Console, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: L to R: ME Mike Babcock with TM Joey Brueckmann

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Third Person, First Rate Projection: TDC delivers tech and crew to ground-breaking Australian movie production for TEDx Sydney

@ John Was A Good Man’, Mark & Kara Photography.

@ John Was A Good Man’, Mark & Kara Photography.

Delegates at the forthcoming TEDx Sydney conference on Saturday 26 April are set to be wowed by a breakthrough film by Kate Kazokas and Lucy Adelaide – thanks in no small part to projection technology and technical support services supplied by the TDC – Technical Direction Company.

Titled ‘John Was A Good Man’, the short film features prominent talent from across Australia including Jane Caro, Dr Karl, Paul McDermott, Matt Moran, Andrew O’Keefe, Turia Pitt, Jessica Tovey, Urthboy and Fred Nile. Each of the participants tells a short eulogy of their lives to date, using the third person and with video images of themselves being projected onto their own faces to heighten the sense of self-analysis.

“For ‘John Was A Good Man’ we’ve opened a conversation with renowned creative and industry professionals, challenging them to be honest, lie brutally and get creative,” explained Kazokas, who is the film’s co-creator, director and producer.

In order to create what Kazokas and Adelaide called “a combination of ‘light, shadow and abstraction that defined the German Expressionist movement,” each individual story came to life by blasting full-frame colour images onto subjects faces to create the abstraction that they wanted. The film was recorded over three days at Luxe Studios, Darlinghurst, Sydney.

“Using high-brightness video projection also allowed our participants to be confronted with ‘the self’ as they stepped into the light and were confronted with their own mortality,” added Kazokas. “Their responses were varied – many were humorous, some were absurd. All provided a strong insight into self-reflection.”

Michael Hassett, founder and Managing Director of TDC, commented: “From a technical point of view this was a project that sounded simple but was really quite challenging. There aren’t many video shoots where you are required to mount a projector behind the camera and fire the image directly onto the subject that’s being recorded – yet that is exactly what Kate and Lucy wanted us to do.

“The result is a truly stunning piece of film-making which we were delighted to facilitate with our technical expertise, high-quality AV technology and attention to detail.”

Between presentations at TEDx Sydney, Kazokas and Adelaide will speak live about the project as part of the TEDx The Studio series. The film’s debut will be especially poignant to TDC, given that the conference is being held at the Sydney Opera House – a venue the company is very familiar with, having supplied architectural projection to fire images onto both sides of the iconic structure as part of last autumn’s Royal Australian Fleet Review Spectacular celebrating 100 years since Australia welcomed their Naval Fleet into Sydney Harbour.

For those not attending TEDx on Saturday, 26 April, the event will be live streamed at TEDxSydney.com/LIVE. Viewers will be able to tune in to watch ‘John Was A Good Man’ at around 11:15 with a Q&A at around 13:00 (Sydney, Australia local time).

TDC staff working on this project
Isaac MacKenzie – Projectionist
Kain Jones – Special Project Manager

TDC equipment supplied
Barco projectors
Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software from Interactive Controls.

About Technical Direction Company – TDC
Established in 1981, TDC’s expertise is in providing video technology solutions for major TV shows, theatre, corporate events, concert touring, exhibitions and outdoor events. Holding one of the largest stocks of high-end video equipment including LED, projection, displays and HD camera systems, TDC is the preferred provider of technical solutions for the top designers, producers, and production companies across the Asia Pacific region.
www.tdc.com.au

Christie’s Sim Roadshow in Orlando, April 30 and May 1

Christie®, which introduced the Christie Matrix StIM™, the world’s first DLP® simulation projection system with LED illumination, is taking its simulation display solutions on the road to Orlando, Florida, April 30-May 1, at the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida.

Christie Matrix StIM-WQ

At the Sim Roadshow, simulation and defense industry program managers, systems engineers and technical specialists who are exploring solutions to deliver a more realistic and effective training experience using simulation solutions, will get a taste of Christie’s leading display solutions engineered for real-world simulated environments.

Attendees will see demonstrations of solutions that optimize dynamic image quality, maximize uptime and work efficiently within a narrow budget. Technical experts will also be on-hand to answer questions and for one-on-one discussions.

Christie Sim Roadshow products and solutions include:

Matrix StIM dual input projection capability – experience dynamic image quality with 120Hz operation
AutoCal™ – understand the effects of Christie’s automatic calibration solution to increasing productivity
MotoBlend™ – see how seamless blends are optimized for night training applications
Deployable immersive training simulator – test Christie’s turnkey system designed for cost-constrained applications such as UAV operator, vehicle and part-task training
65 inch large-format touch LCD displays – for part-task training or interactive review
Christie Brio – discover a multi-site and collaboration solution which allows users to virtually meet, share information and collaborate effortlessly from any geographic location.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required by April 29 for the April 30 show. Walk-ins are welcome on May 1.

Clay Paky and grandMA2 Go to the Rodeo for Concert Series

When LD Systems’ lighting designers John Dickson and Nate Brittain lit the entertainers at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo at Reliant Park this year they took 28 Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 LED-based moving lights and a pair of grandMA2 consoles along for the wild ride. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky and grandMA in North America.

The Houston Rodeo took place over a 20-day period, March 4-23, and featured performances by major country and pop touring artists, including Brad Paisley, Usher, Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Luke Bryan, Reba, REO Speedwagon and Blake Shelton. Shows sold out and audiences of 50,000-60,000 were the norm.

Once the day and evening rodeo events were completed and the concerts were set to begin a stage rolled to the center of the stadium and a lighting rig dropped down over it. “It was a full-blown rodeo each day, followed by a unique performance from 1 of 20 different artists, ” says Dickson. “Every day at about noon we :( myself, Nathan Brittain , and Jim Brace) met with the artist’s LD, and spent 4 – 5 hours programming the show on our two grandMA2s with two NPUs.”

Dickson is a fan of MA Lighting and has used the consoles for the last seven or eight years. “We love them. The transition from grandMA to grandMA2 was seamless. It’s a great desk.”

Dickson and Brittain were introduced to the B-EYE fixtures at LDI, and it was love at first sight. For the rodeo concerts they had 14 B-EYEs positioned on either side of the perimeter where they were used for standard wash lights, beam effects, and on occasion, pixel mapping. “We used Hippos to drive a ton of video content,” Dickson explains. “We wanted the B-EYEs to mimic the video. Clay Paky and A.C.T helped write software to enable us to pixel map and still have the shaper macros for the light.”

The lighting designer notes that the B-EYEs “really held their own” in the rodeo’s stadium environment. “We had a lot of video and other light sources but they really stood out. We love them!”

LD Systems Lighting Team:
Jim Brace – Lighting Designer / Director
John Dickson – Lighting Designer / Main Stage Programmer / Operator
Nathan Brittain – Assistant Designer / Perimeter Programmer / Operator
Brian Stephenson- Lighting Tech
Bobby Dominguez- Lighting Tech
Will Anglin- Lighting Tech

“John is one of the first LD’s to use the new B-Eye fixtures and when he said he was going to light an NFL stadium, I was excited to see how they would look. Both the beams and the effects looked great during the performances and read very nicely through the air. We were honored to work with John, Rob McKinley, and the LD Systems team to make sure control and lighting for this massive production was exactly how they wanted,” concluded George Masek, A.C.T Lighting Vice President – Automated Lighting

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TDC Shortlisted for Studio LIVE Design Awards

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Video projection specialists, Technical Direction Company, are shortlisted for an International Award at the Studio LIVE Design Awards. The shortlist recognizes TDC’s achievement in the very first double-sided projection onto the epic proportions of Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House as well as onto the pylons of Sydney Harbour Bridge. This was by no means a small challenge for any technology company!

Vote for TDC in Category 1 – ‘Architainment’, The Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review Spectacular

VOTE HERE: http://www.livedesignonline.com/2014-excellence-awards-voting

Winners of each awards category will be featured in the June issue of Live Design, as well as honored at the Broadway Master Classes.

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www.tdc.com.au

CAST BlackTrax Shortlisted for Two Studio LIVE Design Awards

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Live Design’s Seventh Annual Excellence Awards voting is now open.

Vote for CAST BlackTrax in the following categories:

Category 3. Live for Broadcast: Eurovision
Category 7. Venues (Theatre or Performance): Trinity Fellowship Church

Vote Here: http://livedesignonline.com/news/excellence-awards-voting-open

Winners of each category will be featured in the June issue of Live Design, as well as honored at the Broadway Master Classes.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

www.blacktrax.ca

Kanex Pro Joins HDBaseT™ Alliance

KanexPro has joined the HDBaseT Alliance as an adopter member. The HDBaseT Alliance is an organization of companies working to promote HDBaseT technology.

HDBaseT is focused on distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. That has always been a focus of KanexPro’s, according to marketing chief Kashyap Khetia, who says that prior to joining the HDBaseT Alliance KanexPro was one of the earliest to use Valens chipset based extenders in routing distances up to 100 meters.

“We are tremendously excited to join the HDBaseT Alliance and take part in the comprehensive advances this technology is making in many digital signal distribution display applications,” said Khetia.

“HDBaseT Alliance membership will help safeguard that our future products are well aligned to meet the growing demand for simple yet effective video matrix switchers and extenders that our customers demand.”

“HDBaseT has become a de-facto standard for digital connectivity for the consumer markets and a variety of commercial markets including professional AV and broadcasting, and a primary driver of that growth is the addition of companies like KanexPro to the HDBaseT Alliance,” said Arial Sobelman, president, HDBaseT Alliance.

HDBaseT will be a focal point for KanexPro during InfoComm 2014 at its booth N1657.

For more information, please visit KanexPro.com

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