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HOSANNA LUTHERAN CHURCH GOES HI-FI WITH DANLEY

MANKATO, MINNESOTA – AUGUST 2014: Growing with the community since its founding in 1972, Hosanna Lutheran Church is now a cornerstone of religious life in Mankato, Minnesota. With four contemporary services a week, plus one traditional service and plenty of high-SPL youth events, its sanctuary sound and video systems were tapped to provide a huge range of content. Despite having loudspeakers made by a respected manufacturer, intelligibility and low-end extension were poor and a regular source of complaints until recently, when Audio Video Electronics (AVE) (Maple Grove, Minnesota) renovated the system. Citing their excellent fidelity and intelligibility, AVE installed a pair of Danley Sound Labs SH-60 loudspeakers. To give Hosanna Lutheran Church plenty of bass when needed, AVE also gave the church a beefy Danley DBH-218 subwoofer.

“Before AVE’s renovation, we always had complaints,” said Matt Kotthoff, technical director at Hosanna. “The system was muddy, and a lot of our disciples, especially some of the senior members, had a hard time understanding what was being said depending on where they were sitting. Also the system lacked intelligibility and power.” Stefan Svärd, president of AVE, added, “Not only that, the low-frequency extension was simply missing. This was despite its big name components and the fact that it looked like a good system on paper. It simply didn’t translate to real-world performance.”

Svärd designed an elegantly simple new sound reinforcement system for Hosanna. An exploded mono cluster of two Danley SH-60s leverages Danley’s excellent pattern control to cover all of the seating without energizing the rest of the structure. Between them, also on the ceiling, is the Danley DBH-218 subwoofer. Svärd repurposed Lab.gruppen C-series amplifiers for the mains and added a Lab.gruppen FB14000 for the subwoofer. An existing Biamp Nexia and EV-DC1 processor condition the system, albeit less now than with the previous components, as the Danley boxes are naturally flat and transparent. A new Midas Pro 3 mixer gives Kotthoff and his techs control of the system for complex services, and a Crestron control system provides simple control of audio, video, lighting, and HVAC via iPad or iPhone. Finally, a new 8000lumen Digital Projection HD projector gives the congregation crisp imagery.

“I’ve had a lot of experience with loudspeakers from all sorts of manufacturers,” said Svärd. “To me, Danley’s unique designs offer the smoothest, most ‘studio-monitor-like’ performance in the sound reinforcement market. They have accurate phase response, great pattern control, and true hi-fi sound. The Danley DBH-218 subwoofer delivers a lot of clean output, and because it’s horn-loaded, it affords a degree of pattern control. For the youth services, they have that subwoofer shaking the whole building! Together, the whole system sounds phenomenal.”

Kotthoff agrees, “The Danleys sound great! Everything sounds crisp, clear, and clean. Nothing sounds harsh or painful. The intelligibility in the whole worship space is outstanding, everything from feeling the bass guitar rhythm to the clear natural sound of both singing and speaking voices. The DBH-218 subwoofer is awesome, every chance I get I love to crank the kick drum and feel the beat go right through me! I have received so many compliments, from ‘the audio is so clear’ and ‘now that’s an HD presentation’ to things like ‘I got bass in my butt!’ and ‘can you turn it louder?’ The system is amazing! It totally enhances Hosanna Lutheran’s strong music ministry in so many ways!!”

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

www.danleysoundlabs.com

Blue Hat Design Installs FUJINON HD Lenses at 12Stone Church in Atlanta

12Stone Church now bases video production at its four Atlanta campuses on FUJINON lenses

Wayne, N.J. – As one of the fastest growing churches in America, 12Stone Church recently opened a new Atlanta metro campus called Sugarloaf, which is equipped with a state-of-the-art HD video and audio production facility complete with Grass Valley LDX80 Premiere cameras and FUJINON HD lenses from the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. The lens package includes: two FUJINON XA22X7 Studio Series box lenses on pedestal-mounted cameras, and two FUJINON ZA12X4.5 ENG lenses for handheld applications.

At these four locations, 12Stone—a Wesleyan evangelical Christian Church—offers 20 worship services weekly to over 30,000 attendees. The new 1,000-seat Sugarloaf worship center joins three other regional locations, including the Central campus (in Lawrenceville, GA) with its 2,600 seat-worship center, the Hamilton Mill campus with an 800-seat worship center and Flowery Branch with 500 seats. 12Stone also webcasts select services at its website.

“12Stone Church has been using FUJINON lenses for years at its Central campus, where the lenses have performed extremely well. The lenses produce exceptional picture quality, even in very low lighting conditions, and they’re backed by excellent customer service,” said David Roche, project manager for Technical Innovation’s Blue Hat Design, a systems integration firm specializing in audio/video installation and broadcast solutions for houses of worship (HOWs) headquartered in Norcross, GA. “So when it came time to choose HD lenses for the new Sugarloaf campus, we were very comfortable staying with FUJINON.”

In 2008, Blue Hat Design upgraded 12Stone Church’s Central campus with HD video production capabilities—including production control rooms, audio for video control rooms and edit suites—as part of a bigger facility renovation. The main campus also features a custom theatrical lighting grid, professional sound system, five Christie Digital HD20K projectors and large on-stage screens for image magnification.

In 2014, Blue Hat Design returned to install a fully equipped HD video production facility at the new Sugarloaf campus. In June 2014, Blue Hat Design won a 2014 Commercial Integrator BEST Award for Best House of Worship Project for its innovative design, which allows 12StoneChurch to share its HD video and audio production facility with the JohnC.MaxwellLeadershipCenter. The architecturally stunning Sugarloaf building—designed by Wakefield, Beasley & Associates—houses both 12Stone’s worship center as well as the MaxwellCenter, which provides training for pastors and motivational speakers.

Sugarloaf is unique in that it has a full television studio, equipped with its own lighting grid, LED lighting panels, 3G fiber camera interconnections, audio connections, three 16-foot tall cyc walls and seating for a 200-member audience. It also has two Grass Valley Karerra 2.5 ME switchers, several Yamaha audio mixing consoles with Dante networking, Christie projectors and top of the line video monitors and IMAG displays.

12Stone’s multi-campus design allows video production of the services—including musical performances, scriptures and sermons—to originate from any of the four locations. The video is then distributed via a dedicated video over fiber IP network matrix that connects all four locations, and stored on Grass Valley K2 Summit 3G or K2 Solo 3G Elite servers for local playback at each of the worship centers.

“Over the years, 12StoneChurch has had a very positive experience with FUJINON lenses and the outstanding service and support from our Fujifilm Sales Rep Susan Teuscher, who helped us greatly on this Sugarloaf project,” Roche said. “That’s why we like FUJINON lenses and plan to stay with this brand for our next 12StoneChurch renovation slated for 2015.”

This year marks FUJIFILM’s 80th anniversary, and 40 years for the Optical Devices Division, formerly known as FUJINON, in the U.S.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic, software and production technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2014, the company had global revenues of $23.7 billion, at an exchange rate of 103 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.

About Blue Hat Design
Technical Innovation’s Blue Hat Design delivers customer-focused broadcast solutions to the worship market, from systems integration services and emerging media technology, to equipment provisioning and broadcast consulting services. When it’s time to build, their clients come back time and again to “experience the difference” of their exclusive Jet Stream Total Program Management® approach. Blue Hat Design has added value within influential houses of worship like 12Stone Church, Passion City Church, Cross Pointe Church and Bellevue Baptist Church. With Blue Hat Design’s recent win of the 2014 Commercial Integrator Award for Best House of Worship Project, they are proud to say that their projects are noticed for their excellence. TI Blue Hat Design is dedicated to bringing that same level of expertise to each of their projects.

For more information about TI’s Blue Hat Design, visit: www.bluehatonline.com

Wohler Expands Reseller Agreement With Brazil’s CIS Group to Include File-Based Product Family

Wohler’s File-Based Line Will Help Increase Efficiency and Profitability for Latin American Media Companies

SAN FRANCISCO — Aug. 19, 2014 – Wohler Technologies today announced that CIS Group, already a part of a select global network of value-added resellers for Wohler’s baseband and stream-based product lines, will now represent Wohler’s line of file-based products, as well. Key among them is Cinnafilm(R) Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM), an automated file-based retiming solution based on Wohler’s RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM). CIS Group will resell Tachyon Wormhole and Wohler’s other file-based appliances in Brazil and select Latin American regions, where media companies are looking for ways to trim costs and monetize their content.

“We see great potential for both RadiantGrid and Tachyon Wormhole in the Brazilian market because it’s a technology that will help both large networks and regional stations increase revenue potential,” said Guilherme Silva, CEO and president of CIS Group. “CIS Group has been a leader for many years in bringing IT-based solutions to Brazilian media companies. Tachyon Wormhole fits this long tradition and will allow us to offer new ways of meeting our customers’ needs.”

Wohler serves as the exclusive master distributor for Tachyon Wormhole, which is based on the RadiantGrid platform and enables up to a ±10 percent runtime adjustment while preserving not only video and audio quality, but also closed caption integrity. Wohler offers the product directly and through select resellers. Wohler’s other file-based products include the RadiantGrid Media Transformation Platform and WohlerLoudness loudness-correction software.

“CIS has an extensive customer base within the Brazilian market and a deep understanding of marketing, selling, and supporting cutting-edge solutions such as Wohler’s file-based product lines,” said Craig Newbury, vice president of sales at Wohler. “That combination gives us access to the growing Brazilian market through a partnership with a true value-added reseller.”

More information about Wohler and its products is available at www.wohler.com.

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About CIS Group
CIS Group designs, engineers, and installs integrated solutions for broadcast facilities, sports venues, corporations, live/post production studios, educational institutions, and houses of worship. The company focuses on digital technology and new media projects for the creation, management, and distribution of film, video, audio, and data. With more than 26 years of experience in the broadcast and post production industry, CIS Group is uniquely suited as a technology integration partner.

Established in 1988, CIS Group delivers turnkey systems that combine proven broadcast, IT, and storage technologies to enable full digital workflows. Headquartered in Davie, Florida, CIS has field operations offices in Brazil and Portugal.

About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began more than 30 years ago with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio monitoring product, and it continues today through the company’s continued development of unique solutions that span the baseband, stream, and file-based domains and include advanced monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications; solutions for IP monitoring, encoding, and decoding; and the award-winning RadiantGrid(TM) platform for efficient file-based content transformation and distribution. Together, Wohler’s advanced, cost-effective confidence monitoring and media transformation products ensure high-quality production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.

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Visit Wohler Technologies at SET EXPO 2014, Exhibiting With CIS Group in Stands C09 and D10

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RTI Announces Integration With Converging Systems’ LED Lighting Systems

New Two-Way Driver Provides Robust Adjustment and Control for up to 254 LED Devices

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Aug. 20, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced the release of a new two-way driver that allows users to control LED systems from Converging Systems’ portfolio of lighting solutions via an RTI control system. Available now, the driver makes it extremely easy for integrators to implement LED lighting in settings such as restaurants, bars, and home theaters. more

Zylight F8 LED Fresnel Delivers Reliable Performance, ROI for Lightworks.TV

LOS ANGELES – Through his London-based company, Lightworks.TV Ltd., lighting cameraman Scott Munro shoots and edits a variety of projects, from U.S. network news packages to corporate videos and documentaries. While he does not own a professional HD camcorder, he has invested in an extensive collection of production accessories and lighting instruments, including the Zylight F8 LED Fresnel.

“It’s hard to keep up with camera technology,” he explained, “but you can own lights these days and make them work for all sorts of projects. If you buy good products, like the Zylight F8, you’re going to get a good return on your investment. Good lighting never goes out of fashion.”

Munro appreciates that battery-powered LED lights allow cameramen to bring lights to locations where HMI lights are not an option. That said, he has not converted his entire lighting arsenal to LED, because most instruments he has tested only deliver soft light. The Zylight F8 LED Fresnel was a notable exception, which is why he purchased one in late 2013 and has used it for a variety of projects this year.

“There is a need for hard lighting sometimes,” Munro said. “LED is an evolving market. There have been improvements, and I think Zylight is one of those big improvements.”

Through its eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, the F8 maintains single shadow traditional beam shaping, while its patented focusing system allows spot and flood operations. The fully dimmable F8 has a high CRI (color rendering index) and offers an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees). Its LED engine with quantum dot technology draws only 100 watts, but delivers close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel.

With such varied shooting assignments, the daylight (5600K) balanced F8 was the “obvious choice” instead of tungsten (3200K) for Munro, because he needed the higher output for outdoor shots. Inside or out, he uses barn doors with a soft box and honeycomb grid to shape the F8’s output. “You can always make a big light smaller,” he noted, “but you can’t make a small light bigger.”

Munro praised the F8’s build quality and compact storage, both important factors for shooting on location. The F8 proved its worth during a recent shoot at the Farnborough International Airshow outside of London in July. Munro only had a short window of time, and external power for HMI lights was not an option. He powered his Zylight with an IDX battery and got the shots his client needed.
“Working quickly and efficiently is a great way to please a client – and bring them back,” Munro said. “I feel the Zylight is an efficient light. It’s just great. It’s focusable, controllable, affordable and incredibly reliable.”

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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HARMAN’S AKG WMS4500 Wireless Microphone System and D7 Ltd Mic Keep Up With Carlos Elizalde’s Every Move

SAN RAMON, California — No one could ever accuse percussionist/singer/songwriter Carlos Elizalde of standing still. To call him an energetic performer would be an understatement – when performing with Ruckatán, the Latin, reggae and world music band he founded, Elizalde combines singing and high-energy percussion playing with nonstop dancing and energy. He needs gear that can keep up with him – which is why he relies on HARMAN’s AKG WMS4500 wireless microphone system with a D7 reference dynamic vocal microphone, plus the AKG IVM4500 in-ear monitor set and a D7 microphone for percussion.

“I need a wireless mic that can follow my every move. I constantly dance, jump all over the stage and perform hand percussion – all at the same time. I’ve found the AKG WMS4500 and D7 to be totally reliable and I do more than 80 shows a year.”

Elizalde and Ruckatán are at North Hollywood’s Mayflower Club on Saturday, August 23, and are also headlining the Stone Soup Music Festival in Grover, California, where the sounds of Latin, African, Australian, Scottish, jazz, country and other musical styles will be enjoyed by everyone—and where to Elizalde’s delight, dancing in the streets was encouraged!

Elizalde first heard the WMS4500 and D7 in the recording studio, where he was impressed by their warm, yet detailed, sound. “The D7 is so reliable and easy to operate, since I can just plug it in and start the show,” he said.

For more information on Ruckatán, please visit www.ruckatan.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.

IC Realtime Launches Open Platform 720-Degree Surveillance Camera Software

Presently available as a free App at iTunes.com, this special hardware-agnostic software enhances the user-experience of any 180- and 360-degree analog, IP or Megapixel surveillance camera by completely immersing the viewer into the center of the action

Pompano Beach, FL – August 21, 2014 – IC Realtime (CEDIA Expo 2014 Booth #776), a global innovator of Internet of Things enabled video technology solutions, has just released the first version its IC720 surveillance camera software. A key element of the company’s upcoming 720-degree camera line, the software also dramatically improves the user-viewing experience of its 180- and 360-degree surveillance cameras (all analog, IP and mega-pixel models), as well as those of other brands. Available as a free App at iTunes.com, IC720 is presently compatible with iPad – with versions for iPhone, Android and a variety of mobile devices, tablets and laptops, on the way.

IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor

”The IC720 software creates a panoramic, 3D-like experience that completely captivates viewers by putting them in the center of the action, far surpassing anything available in video surveillance monitoring to date,” says IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor. “This game-changing technology is reinventing the way we think about and approach video and software solutions that can be deployed across almost all hardware applications.”

According to Sailor, an added beauty of IC720 is that it’s built in a modular format, making it device-agnostic, therefore capable of integrating with all video surveillance cameras on the market today.

“If the software doesn’t already work with the manufacturer’s application, just provide us your RTSP video stream path, and we’ll make it work,” says Sailor, addressing both surveillance camera manufacturers and security system installation companies. “The functionality of the application is second nature, and the potential of the application itself is limitless.”

Road Tested
The software was tested in the most extreme condition that IC Realtime could find – automobile racing. The company worked closely with Scuderia Corsa race team to outfit their Ferrari 458 Italia No. 63 — a vehicle that is currently competing on the US circuit and won the Grand-Am GT championship last year — with its new 720-degree video camera and software. Streaming live high-definition video to mobile devices — and uncompromised at speeds in excess of 100 MPH — the camera is used during practice laps and is planned to eventually be used during racing as well.

The IC720 hardware and software technology incorporates 15 unique aspects that the company has applied/received patent protection on.

Different versions of the camera with interchangeable lenses and sensors are currently in development. The first is slated to hit the market beginning September 2014.

To view demos of IC720 visit: http://ic720.com/demos/

For more background on the IC720 camera visit: http://ic720.com/

About IC Realtime
Established in 2006, IC Realtime is a global innovator of Internet of Things enabled video technology solutions for the residential, commercial, government and military channels. The Company markets its products through a network of more than 5,000 custom integrators, retail outlets and distributors globally. IC Realtime has pioneered the introduction of the Cloud VIRTUAL Recorder™; 720-degree video surveillance camera technology, and proprietary cloud-based software that enables proactive monitoring. In the 2012 – 2014 CEPro Magazine CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis, IC Realtime ranked as #1 IP camera / surveillance brand. IC Realtime was also awarded the 2014 GOVIES Award by Security Products Magazine, which recognized the Company’s 720-degree camera as an outstanding achievement in government security products. Follow IC Realtime on Twitter: @ICRealtime, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/icrealtimeus and online at www.icrealtime.com.

About Scuderia Corsa
The 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2011 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo. The team was created for the sole purpose of supporting the racing needs of Ferrari clients and includes turnkey programs, GT endurance racing, the North American Ferrari Challenge Series and track events. Giacomo Mattioli is the owner of Ferrari Maserati Beverly Hills and South Bay and partner in Ferrari Maserati Silicon Valley with Art Zafiropoulo. Follow Scuderia Corsa on Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, on Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at #Scuderiacorsaferrari and ScuderiaCorsa.com

GO AV Adds UDC 400 from High Resolution Systems for Control of Blackmagic Design’s 2ME ATEM Switcher

High Resolution Systems’ UDC software-based Universal Device Controller (UDC) and UDC 400 is delivering additional functionality to GO AV’s Rudy Tessmer who’s taking advantage of UDC support of Blackmagic Design products to automate his Blackmagic Design 2ME ATEM production switcher.

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, GO AV provides video engineering and video equipment rentals for corporate events. It acquired UDC when compatibility with Blackmagic Design devices was introduced. UDC’s support of Blackmagic Design products offers Tessmer an easy and cost-effective way to automate his switcher and control an array of other equipment.

“For the same price as buying Blackmagic’s remote panel, which controls only the switcher, I invested in UDC, which allows me to control the switcher and PlaybackPro, record with my Ki Pros, and turn my projectors on and off or put them into patterns — all with one device: That’s very powerful,” Tessmer says. “It also gives me an unlimited ability to build macros and presets so I can create a look with the hit of a button.”

Tessmer has done six shows for the financial and insurance and IT sectors since taking delivery of UDC in May. “UDC makes my ATEM look like a high-end switcher with automation and recall ability,” he says. “UDC is easy to use, customizable and adds value to my switcher package. Using UDC with my Blackmagic ATEM switcher gives me the abilities of a more expensive switcher at a price I can afford. And I get additional device control – all in one tool.”

High Resolution Systems known as HRS Control is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

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JOEL HAMILTON RECORDS & MIXES “PUSS N BOOTS” DEBUT USING ATC SCM25A’s

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – AUGUST 2014: Puss n Boots is a three-piece, all-female, alt-country band led by singer-songwriter Norah Jones and backed by accomplished vocalists Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper. All three women learned new instruments for five years before recording their debut album with engineer/musician/producer Joel Hamilton (Tom Waits, Black Keys, Sparklehorse, Elvis Costello) at Studio G Brooklyn. Titled No Fools, No Fun, the album was recently released on Blue Note Records. As co-owner of Studio G Brooklyn with Tony Maimone, Hamilton installed ATC SCM25A three-way reference monitors and ATC SCM0.1-15 subwoofers in Studio A, a change that happily coincided with his first Grammy nomination (Pretty Lights, A Color Map of the Sun), a Latin Grammy nomination (Bomba Estereo, Elegancia Tropical), and a Latin Grammy win (Gaby Moreno, Postales). The ATCs were purchased from Audio Power Tools in New York.

“The ATCs have changed the way I work and improved the quality of my work,” said Hamilton. “I’m lucky to have a nicely tuned control room with an SSL and plenty of vintage outboard gear, and with the ATCs, I’m suddenly able to make decisions that are smaller – and yet more critical – than I have ever been able to make before. I have the ability to resolve a finer shade of the colors I’m hurling at the end-listener, and it’s been a revelation. It’s not a small thing, and that’s why I’m reaching for dramatic words like that. It’s tectonic. The entire continent has shifted.”

The glorious harmonies delivered by Jones, Dobson and Popper are a huge part of Puss n Boots’ magic. They form the emotional foreground. “The balance of those harmonies is crucial,” said Hamilton. “You’ve got these three gorgeous women with gorgeous voices, and they’re all coming at you like gangbusters because they can all project. We recorded everything live to analog tape, including the vocals. That gives a particular nuance to how the instruments sit against the vocals. You can feel the beat push and pull so beautifully. I needed to make sure that all of that nuance would come shining through for the listener. Striking the right midrange balance of those harmonies is critical, and I had to make sure all of that beauty would be immediately apparent to, say, my mom!”

While Norah Jones’ existing albums might safely be described as “polished” and most classic country albums might safely be described as “rough,” Hamilton had to walk the line between those extremes. “The balance is deliberately raw, which is perhaps unexpected by traditional Norah Jones standards, but it also has to be informed,” he said. “We were shooting for a tiny bulls eye, but we also had to make sure that everything felt unfettered and natural; just on the edge of scratchy so that it felt rough but didn’t actually hurt people. With the ATCs, I could find that line and make adjustments with confidence. I could tell where I was overcooking it on purpose. I could dial in just the right amount of ‘road house.’”

With the introduction of the ATCs, gone too is the need to translate for the client how a mix will sound outside of the studio. “After spending a lot of time in front of other monitors, I could tell when certain things would sound bad in the studio but fine outside of the studio,” Hamilton said. “The challenge beyond that, however, was convincing the client that those bad things would be fine later on, which is just one more thing to heap onto the already-skittish nature of an attended mix session. And so clients would ask, ‘why don’t you just get monitors that sound like it will sound like?’ It seems so simple, but of course it’s not.”

Hamilton used to switch between a number of monitors and loudspeakers all day long, but now he just hangs out on the ATCs. Depending on the task at hand, he can turn the ATC subwoofer on or not. “With the sub on and the volume cracked, the ATCs rock and serve as ‘mains,’” he said. “When I’m listening closely and resolving small moves, the ATCs are my nearfields. Either way, I now have complete confidence in what I’m hearing and doing. When a mix sounds good on the ATCs, I know it will sound good everywhere else. With Puss n Boots, we were able to make solid decisions that stuck. We totally avoided the hell of endless revisions!”

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.

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METRIC HALO GEAR NO MYTH FOR FOH ENGINEER SUNE SNELLMAN JAKOBSEN

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – AUGUST 2014: Sune Snellman Jakobsen is a live mix engineer stationed in Copenhagen, Denmark whose credits include world tours with The Raveonettes, Mew, Mercury Rev from NY, Kashmir from Denmark, and, most recently, Trentemøller. An avid Metric Halo user, Jakobsen owns a ULN-8 interface and a LIO-8 interface and regularly uses their SpectraFoo sound analysis software to set up shows and to help identify and solve problems while mixing. His interfaces carry Metric Halo’s optional +DSP, which allows him to run their powerful plug-ins on critical live channels (including the whole mix!).

Jakobsen’s entry into the industry was not so worldly, nor so high-tech, but it set him on the right path. “I became interested in audio as a member of the underground punk scene in Copenhagen during my teenage years,” he said. “I played guitar in punk bands and hung out in a punk club where some older guys taught me the basics of mixing consoles, multi-way speaker systems, stage monitors, and all that. Neither the bands nor the audience cared too much about fidelity or clarity, so I could mix shows night-after-night and no one complained about my dreadful mixes. It was hard on the ears but good practice for a novice.”

One of Jakobsen’s punk rock mentors recommended him for a job with one of Denmark’s leading PA companies, and he spent the next several years prepping outboard racks, packing house-boxes for rentals, driving trucks, rigging PAs, and patching microphones on tours and festival stages. “The whole time I was looking over the shoulders of all the experienced and skilled monitor and FOH engineers,” he said. “I soon moved from rigging and miking to actually operating the boards, which was exciting. I got pretty good at mixing monitors, and I was able to mix FOH for a few up-and-coming acts.”

As his skills and industry contacts grew, more bands hired Jakobsen to engineer their shows, prompting him to make the move to full-time freelance. After some years of regional touring with local bands, he signed on to a worldwide tour with The Raveonettes. “The band had just landed a major label deal and had a lot of hype going so we went back and forth from European to U.S. club tours and festivals,” he said. “We performed on the Late Show with David Letterman a few times, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, numerous radio sessions, and support-tours with Depeche Mode, Interpol, The Strokes, Supergrass and many others. Those support tours were great because they gave me new opportunities to learn from great live engineers.” When The Raveonettes finally took a break after six years of constant touring, Jakobsen signed on with Mew and, later, Trentemøller.

“As a FOH engineer, I think it’s important to embrace the sonic ideals of the artist,” Jakobsen said. “I don’t see any point in applying my own favorite flavor if it doesn’t appeal to the artist. Along those lines, it’s critical to build a relationship of trust so the artist feels I have an understanding and appreciation of what their music should sound like. It was an interesting transition to go from The Raveonettes’ minimal, noisy, and reverb-y soundscape to Mew’s big sonic universe, with big pounding drums and layers of pads, guitars, and backing vocals.” Although still working with Mew, Jakobsen began touring with Trentemøller in 2010, which took him to European arenas in support of Depeche Mode, 3,000-seat headlining gigs, and plenty of European festivals. “I’m still fascinated by the way a good mix can lift a music experience (and how a bad mix can ruin a show), and I’m still intrigued by how difficult it is to reinforce audio and to mix,” he said. “I like the combination of creativity, technical skills, and science. It’s an ongoing learning experience, and that’s cool.”

SETTING UP THE SHOW
Jakobsen seldom has more than a short window to load in, set up, check the PA, and sound check before doors open. One of the first things he addresses is the PA system performance: “The frequency response should be full range and both level and response should be as uniform as possible throughout the audience area. I use Metric Halo SpectraFoo sound analysis software on most every gig to analyze and help tune the PA system.” He typically sends pink noise to one side of the PA, feeds the same signal to SpectraFoo’s Transfer Function source channel, places his Earthworks M30 measuring mic somewhere on-axis, and feeds its output to the Transfer Function response channel. He then time aligns the two signals with SpectraFoo’s Delay Finder and takes a snapshot of the response. He repeats this process with the mic at several other locations – a little farther or closer, and on or off axis. He marks the snapshots in SpectraFoo’s overlay list and asks it to calculate an average.

“That,” he said, “is then my visual reading of the system. I immediately get an idea of the PA at hand and whether it’s reasonably linear or not. Sometimes I’ll spot an issue even before I listen to music. For example if there’s a broad dip in the 1k-6k range it could indicate the gain settings in the system crossover aren’t right and the hi-mid drivers are gained too low. Or a dip at the crossover frequency of the sub and the low-mid could indicate phase or timing issues with the subs. It’s of course important to listen to reference music and tune with the ears in addition to the SpectraFoo output, but the visual plot is a great help in locating problem frequencies.” He uses SpectraFoo’s Delay Finder along with the phase response of the Transfer Function to time-align subwoofers, fills, and delay speakers if necessary. During sound check, he uses its Correlation Meter and Phase Torch to verify phasing between sources (e.g. bass DI and bass mic). Ringing the system with Spectragraph allows him to quickly identify and notch out problem frequencies with the Metric Halo EQ plug-in.

MIXING THE SHOW
Jakobsen described his mix philosophy: “The mix itself must complement the music and should hopefully impress and overwhelm the audience. All of the instruments should be well-defined within the mix. Vocals should almost always be on top of the mix, and lyrics should be audible. I tend to favor ‘wall of sound’ mixes, with gaps in the soundscape filled by anything available from stage, perhaps by mixing guitar parts up very close to the vocal or adding lush reverb to drums or percussion. I like to be overwhelmed by sound when I’m in the audience, so I aim to do the same when I’m mixing. I think one key to an interesting mix is to feature supporting roles as much as lead roles, be it a rhythm guitar or a tambourine or whatever; I think it helps keep people’s attention when all the different roles are well defined.”

Jakobsen uses his Metric Halo ULN-8 and LIO-8 along with the free Metric Halo MIO Console control software as an audio “multi-tool.” MIO Console allows him to route signals and to operate the DSP resources he has installed on the interfaces. With Trentemøller, he reserves the Metric Halo gear for the tracks that need the most processing: vocals, kick drum and snare drum. “I’m not aware of any other interface that has the combination of such great-sounding preamps, transparent converters, sublime mix bus processing, and all of the DSP tools necessary: unlimited bands of precise EQs, compression, limiting, delay, and ‘character’ modeling. At the same time, it gives me a straightforward interface for recording and playback.”

For vocals, Jakobsen uses Metric Halo’s “Classic British Mic Pre” character, followed by a “MIOstrip” loaded with a six-band EQ for sweetening, two compressors with complementary fast and slow settings, a second six-band EQ for notching out problem frequencies, and a very fast compressor with a side chain high-passed at 5kHz to serve as a de-esser. “In addition, I use the ‘California Vocal Box’ character on the vocal’s master strip, which I find adds a nice grainy texture,” he said. “For the current tour, Trentemøller asked for a vocal distortion for a few songs. I made a virtual MIO channel and tried different combinations of the Pedal and Amp macros. I ended up with a combination of the ‘Screamer’ into the ‘MHClean’ with some delay and a lot of compression and EQ. It sounds great!”

Jakobsen uses similar processing for the kick and snare drum. ” I almost always mix drums into a group and insert a stereo ULN-8 or LIO-8 input, split that into two stereo channel strips in MIO Console – one with no processing (or perhaps just Metric Halo’s Transient Designer) and one with a hard squashing compressor, Transient Designer, and often a bit of soft clip to give the drums an edgy character,” he said. “Those channels sum to a stereo output that’s a killer parallel compression drum group insert. I even have the option to add different characters to the drum group, for example the ‘Soft-Saturation’ character for a fatter and more punchy sound, and I have an EQ on the output bus that allows me to cut boomy frequencies in the low end or add high-end brilliance on the fly.”

Finally, Jakobsen sends the entire mix into a stereo MIO Console channel that gets routed to two auxiliary groups, one with “SoftSat” Character applied and one without. “I can then mix between these two depending on the PA system of the day,” he said. “It’s like having a wet/dry control on the SoftSat Character, which can really make the PA system sound like it’s ‘in your face.’ Then I route that mix to multiple master busses with different EQs and delays for the main PA, the subs, fills, and delays.” During the performance, Jakobsen keeps SpectraFoo open with a Level Meter on the house sound, a Spectragram and a Spectragraph on the mix bus, and a Spectragraph on the solo bus for quickly diagnosing problems with individual channels. “It’s especially helpful for getting the low-end even. If I hear a boomy note in the bass, it’s easy to identify with SpectraFoo,” he concluded.

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