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Alcorn McBride A/V Binloop HD Helps PaintScaping Grab the Audience for Gardner Denver at OTC’14

LA-based PaintScaping wowed the crowds at OTC’14 with a 4K 3D projection mapping display sourced from Alcorn McBride products. Four 8-channel Alcorn McBride A/V Binloop HD players provided dynamically animated, live-action content captivating the crowds at the Gardner Denver booth. The effect was so remarkable it even made in the front page of the Houston Chronicle.

The Gardner Denver booth was uniquely designed for OTC’14, the largest energy trade show in the world. Gardner Denver designs, manufactures and globally markets pumps for the oil and gas industry.

“We designed the mapping for the booth after consulting on the shape of the mapping structure, which was inspired by Justin Timberlake,” says PaintScaping CEO Philippe Bergeron. “The client had seen a concert and wanted that look – something very different from what you see at other trade show booths. The result created quite a buzz at OTC!”

The content was in two pieces, a three-minute showpiece and a 25-minute informational loop. “Twenty-five minutes of 4K is very challenging for the pipeline,” Bergeron says. Four 8-channel A/V Binloop HD players were on site along with four Christie 18K Roadster HD projectors. “We rendered the content at 4K then split it into four HD files and converted them for the Binloops. The job was hard for us but the content splitting went flawlessly.”

With a “Beyond Tough” theme, the showpiece highlighted Gardner Denver products with bullet points and animations, live-action montages, an animated particle system, world map, a pulsating 3D mapping surface and a high-energy music track.

Although PaintScaping had deployed A/V Binloop HD players previously, the company now owns a complement of the devices, which were the perfect choice for a trade show of this size and scale.

“Binloops are extremely reliable when it comes to synching – that’s their strength,” Bergeron notes. “This was a project where we could not afford even one-frame delay, because you would see it. When you do projection mapping on a building and the walls are separated by several feet, delays aren’t as obvious. But at the trade show you couldn’t camouflage a delay.”

Mapping was done with PaintScaping’s proprietary software. “It was very challenging because we had two moving targets: the structure and the projectors,” Bergeron explains. “Mapping had to be done on site the day before the show once everything was up and exactly in place. So we had almost no time to map. But the Binloops performed fantastically. Flawlessly!”

In addition, the trade show floor was flooded with light. “The images were sensational especially considering the enormous amount of ambient light,” says Bergeron. “The projection was so bright – almost like it was a poster.”

Jared Stone, Marketing for Gardner Denver, says that “having no experience with Alcorn McBride before the show, I was unaware of what we were dealing with. I was very happy with the smooth operation of the Binloops as well as with Philippe and his team’s expertise. PaintScaping did a great job with the entire show.”

Stone notes that the 3D mapping “was definitely the hit of our show and garnered attention from the local media, including the Houston Chronicle – the third largest publication in the U.S.!”

At PaintScaping the lead 3D animator was Barry Dempsey, with additional animation by Andrea Losch and Gordon Fales. Rob Ostir created the 3D set up of the projectors. The field team was led by Mike Cianciola along with the AV Technician Chris Butterfras.

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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Las Vegas Production Company High Jumps with Yamaha NUAGE System

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Dog & Pony Studios in Las Vegas has been in business for 11 years with its primary focus on audio post, sound design, composition, and audio for games. Clients include MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Skechers, and Aristocrat Technologies, to name a few. Recently, the company raised the bar by installing one of the first Yamaha Steinberg NUAGE DAW systems in the U.S. RSPE Audio Solutions in Toluca Lake, California installed the system.

No stranger to Steinberg’s Nuendo, having used the software since Version N3.x as well as Yamaha products, all three Dog & Pony production studios run Steinberg Nuendo 6.07 and house a Yamaha MSP7 5.1 speaker monitor setup. “I first learned about the NUAGE system on social media, and that followed with a demo by RSPE, states owner John McClain. It took just the three or four hours of the demo to know that NUAGE was a great fit for our facility. The first thing that strikes me about NUAGE is the ability to forgo use of the mouse and keyboard which, to me, is a huge advantage and the “holy grail” of how a controller should work. The build quality of the system is quite obviously very good.”

McClain said that his number one feature on NUAGE is its ergonomic layout.
“From editing and sound design to mixing and post, almost any function needed is available from the work surface. My favorite feature about Nuendo has always been the number of ways you can solve a problem and the ability to design your own workflow, key commands, etc. to fit your own needs. With NUAGE, the Yamaha and Steinberg design engineers continued that openness with many ways to set up NUAGE to fit your own workflow. The support from the Company has been fantastic; they are very focused on the end user and open to suggestions for future product enhancements.”

For more information on Dog & Pony Studios, visit www.dogandponystudios.net.

For more information on NUAGE, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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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.

EDEN HIGH SCHOOL PUMPS UP HOME GAMES WITH ASHLY GEAR

EDEN, NEW YORK – JUNE 2014: Eden High School graduated its first class in 1899, when the small town of Eden was not a suburb of Buffalo, New York, eighteen miles to the north. Since then, the high school has been consistently recognized for its academic achievement and for the tenacity of the Eden Raiders sports teams. Indeed, the girls’ volleyball team is vying for its fifth straight state championship! In addition to volleyball, the school’s 1,300+ seat gymnasium hosts home basketball games and wrestling tournaments, but until recently, its sound reinforcement system was underpowered and frequently unintelligible. Harvey Electric and Sound of nearby Hamburg, New York designed and installed an abundantly powered and highly-intelligible sound reinforcement system using an Ashly nX-Series amplifier and a ne-Series processor.

“The previous system wasn’t particularly old, it just didn’t meet the needs of the space,” explained Greg Harvey, owner of Harvey Electric and Sound. “The Eden All Sports Boosters raised the funds for a replacement because it was so obvious to everyone that a vast improvement was needed. The system couldn’t overcome a cheering crowd, and even when everyone was quiet, it was still difficult to understand what was being said.”

The inputs to the system are simple and a mere update from the previous system: a new Shure wireless microphone, a new Shure announcer microphone, and an auxiliary input. It’s what happens after that point that makes all the difference. The inputs feed an Ashly ne4400 4-in x 4-out Protea™ DSP System Processor. “The old system was a simple mixer-amp, and the Ashly ne4400 is a vast improvement,” said Harvey. “It gave us the ability to shape the sound with compression, limiting, equalization, and filtering. We also gave them feedback suppression modules on the microphone inputs.”

Outputs from the ne4400 feed a four-channel Ashly nX 1.54 amplifier, which packs four channels of 1500W output into just two rack spaces. “This is our first experience with Ashly’s nX-Series amplifiers, and we chose the nX 1.54 for its tremendous output capacity,” said Harvey. “It sounds great and delivers as promised.” Right now, only two of the amplifier channels are in use. They power two EAW VFR159i loudspeakers, which will be doubled for the other side of the room once the funds become available. The remaining two channels on the Ashly nX 1.54 will power them.

An Ashly WR-5 wall-mounted remote control gives users simple control over input gains and overall volume. Once the system expands to four cabinets, Harvey will reprogram the WR-5 to allow preset selection for different types of events as well. “We went with Ashly for a couple of reasons,” he said. “Ashly’s rep firm in the area, Eaton Sales, does a great job. We’ve worked with them for twenty years. Ashly’s pricing is very competitive, but they don’t make a cheap product. The processors and amplifiers sound great and are very functional and rugged. This is the second installation of Ashly Audio products at Eden High School and we are confident that they will have great sound systems for a long, long time.”

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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RTW Expands Into Additional Markets with New Products

Masterclass PlugIns Software and TM3-Primus Provide Entry-Level Offerings to Creatives Everywhere in the Audio Industry

COLOGNE, GERMANY, JUNE 23, 2014 – RTW, the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, recently announced that the company is expanding into new applications with three product segments, thus enabling a larger pool of professionals to access the company’s award-winning metering tools.

RTW has launched a new product segment that serves Software-based products. The Masterclass PlugIns Loudness Tools, a standard-format plug-in for Windows and Mac OS platforms, is the first item of this product line to serve the needs for users in the DAW sector.

In addition, the new Smart products segment includes the TM3S, TM3-3GS, TMR7S and the company’s latest innovation TM3-Primus – all compact, fully loaded, specialized meters at an attractive price point. This product segment is ideal for individuals working in smaller production environments such as mixing and recording studios and OB vans.

The RTW Premium product segment includes the flagship products of RTW’s flexible and scalable TouchMonitor range. This consists of all versions of the TM7, TMR7 and TM9 audio meters, as well as the SurroundControl products, all of which are good choices for larger television and radio broadcast environments.

For more information, please visit www.rtw.de or www.rtw.com.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio equipment, leading and innovating the market for high quality audio metering and monitoring tools. RTW operates a worldwide distribution and service network.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

Renkus-Heinz Helps Bring Intrepid Museum’s Legends to Life

New York, NY – June 2014…In a city with no shortage of museums, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is truly one of a kind. Founded in 1982 as a final home for the historic aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the museum’s treasures now include the world’s fastest commercial jetliner, the British Airways Concorde; the first space shuttle, Enterprise; and the USS Growler, the only American diesel-powered strategic missile submarine open to the public. More than a million visitors every year tour the museum, which is also home to 27 other authentically restored military aircraft and an 18,000-square-foot education center, all overlooking the famed Manhattan waterfront.

Needless to say each of these grand machines on display has a rich story to tell. But the logistics of telling those stories within the museum’s daunting acoustics is no easy feat. As Leo Garrison of Washingtonville, NY-based Metro Sound Pros explains, each of the museum’s different areas presents its own set of challenges.

“The Space Shuttle Pavilion is a large steel facility, which can be acoustically challenging,” says Garrison. “They’ve got fabric covering the inside walls, which helps a little bit with reflections, but it’s still a very large and reverberant space.”

The Pavilion’s interior, measuring approximately 100 feet by 70 feet, is covered by ten Renkus-Heinz CFX81 two-way eight-inch systems, with five speakers hung, facing each other, on each of the long walls. “We flew them upside down and about 12 feet up,” says Garrison. “We divided the space into essentially five zones, each with left and right speakers. When they have a live event, that enables them to shut off any zone where a microphone will be positioned.”

A pair of Biamp MCA 8150 amplifiers power the system, bridged to provide approximately 300 Watts per pair. A Symetrix Jupiter provides signal delays and processing. “We set up different pre-sets for spoken word presentations and other program material,” says Garrison.

“The CFX81s were really the ideal solution for their needs and for their budget,” Garrison concludes. “The pattern control is excellent, and because the coverage they deliver is so wide — 150 degrees by 60 degrees — we were able to cover an exceptionally large area with very few of them.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Pexip(R) Infinity Virtual Auditorium(TM) Allows Indiana University’s Instructors and Students to Simply Meet

Software-Based Distance Learning Videoconferencing Platform Simplifies Virtual Collaboration in Higher Education

OSLO, Norway — June 19, 2014 — Pexip(R), a global disrupter in scalable, distributed videoconferencing technology, today announced that the company’s Infinity Virtual Auditorium(TM) solution has been deployed by Indiana University (IU) during a major expansion of its distance learning services. Part of Pexip’s Infinity meeting platform, the entirely software-based solution allows campuses to provide virtual classrooms where instructors and students can meet without the need to add any custom hardware to existing IT infrastructures. more

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Symetrix Radius 12×8 Dante™ Network DSPs Help Revitalize St. Peter Catholic Church

OMAHA, NEBRASKA – JUNE 2014: The Diocese of Omaha erected St. Peter Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska in 1926, and the church enjoyed many decades at the heart of Omaha’s Catholic community. However, times changed, demographics shifted, and the church didn’t have the funds to keep up with needed maintenance. It fell into disrepair. However, a recent resurgence in attendance inspired by the leadership of Fr. Damien Cook motivated the diocese to fund a major external and internal renovation at St. Peter Catholic Church. Now complete, the renovation, designed and coordinated by Conrad Schmitt Studios of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has won awards and features a new sound reinforcement system anchored by a Symetrix Radius 12×8 Dante network audio DSP system with Symetrix ARC wall panel remote.

“It was a complete overhaul, from the roof to the floors, from the walls to the ceiling, everything is renovated and revitalized,” said Tim Burkhart, senior systems designer with Omaha-based Midwest Sound & Lighting, the firm that installed St. Peter’s new sound reinforcement system. “It’s really stunning. In the process, they knew they would radically alter the room’s acoustics. They wanted to ensure that the new sound system would give them musical impact and intelligibility.”

Milwaukee-based DSH Audio Visions designed the sound system and partnered with Scott Riedel Associates of Milwaukee for acoustic design. David Hosbach, DSH president and principal design consultant concurred with Burkhart, and added, “Father Cook and Music Director Zachary Turner understand that while the music portion of Mass is really important, if worshipers can’t hear the Word clearly the rest of it – the majestic music, the ornate worship space – really doesn’t matter. I take my hat off to them and the St. Peter congregation for allowing the sound design, the room acoustics and the architectural beauty to work together in harmony, so to speak.”

Two Symetrix Radius 12×8 DSPs form the heart of the system. One unit is located at the front of the room, the second unit is located at the back of the room, and they connect via the Dante network. That way, each unit is near to a collection of inputs and appropriate outputs, and because the system integrates completely via Dante, any of those inputs can be sent to any of those outputs. Redundant Dante connections provide a failsafe in case one of the networks goes down – the other network will pick up seamlessly. The Radius units provide sophisticated processing for Crown amplifiers and a Tannoy QFlex 64 steerable line array.

The Radius units are located in a wall rack at the back of the loft and at the main equipment rack in the sacristy at the front of the room. Two remote sets provide user control, with one mounted in the main rack, and the other in the loft in a custom portable box at the organ console. All told, two Symetrix ARC-K1e, five Symetrix ARC-EX4e, and three Symetrix ARC-SW4e wall panel remote control units provide comprehensive, yet intuitive, control of the system. They primarily select active inputs and allow volume adjustment and configuration preset changes. “We use a lot of Symetrix equipment, and we love the hardware, the software, and its bullet-proof reliability,” said Burkhart. “The sound quality is always top-notch, and the Symetrix open-architecture processing is capable of anything we ask of it. Considering how frequently we use Symetrix products, the failure rate is remarkably low. And if something does go wrong, Symetrix makes it right immediately.”

Hosbach commented, “I like the Symetrix SymNet DSPs for the same reasons as Tim. And I’ll add that they are really easy to program, the site files are fast and convenient to move around in and modify on the fly during setup, and the tuning filters are extremely accurate.”

Burkhart concluded, “St. Peter Catholic Church is very happy with the new sound reinforcement system. They are delighted with its sound quality and with its ease of operation.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

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Viewbits HD Cameras Selected for Web Broadcasts of 2014 U.S. Chess Championships

San Diego, California — June 19, 2014 – Viewbits, the industrial cameras division of Computer Modules, Inc., announced that Spectrum Studios chose Viewbits HD cameras for video coverage of the nation’s most prestigious chess tournaments – the 2014 U.S. Championship and 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship, held May 7 through May 20 in St. Louis, Missouri. Sponsored by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) and hosted by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, the championships feature fierce competition and total prize funds of $244,000.

Spectrum Studios utilized eleven miniature GNAT 1080p 60 cameras and two Verio HD Remote-Control PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) cameras for a two week live HD webcast of the tournament — the HD-SDI footage was encoded for the web.

“The GNAT 1080p 60 has a huge number of options for such a small bodied camera – it’s just over 1.64 inches long,” noted Randy Sinquefield, president of Spectrum Studios. “It also has an very easy learning curve — we set up the first one in only 15 to 20 minutes. For overhead shots, we used two Verio HD pan-tilt-zoom cameras with wireless remote control. Everybody on board is thrilled with these cameras. They completely exceeded our expectations.”

“The U.S. Championships are always riveting to many fans who are eager to watch locally and remotely,” stated Joy Bray, General Manager of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, which hosted the event. “The small Viewbits HD cameras delivered stunning video without blocking the view of the live audience. Chess fans around the world viewed the live webcast of the tournaments, and the replays can be seen at www.uschesschamps.com.”

The 2.1 megapixel GNAT 1080p 60 features 3 Gbps HD-SDI Out, AGC (Automatic Gain Control), WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), digital zoom, and defog. It also supports brilliant DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technologies like DNR, 3D-NR and 2D+3D.

The Verio HD pans, tilts, and zooms on command, via a wireless remote control or an optional keyboard-joystick. The output can be HD-SDI at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, HDMI, YPbPr, or CVBS (composite video). The 8.5 inches wide camera pans and tilts at a speed of half a degree per second to 80 degrees per second, and features a built-in 10x zoom lens.

“We’re proud that our cameras were selected to document the U.S. Chess Championships,” noted Patrick Palensky, Sales Engineer for Viewbits. “The GNAT 1080p 60 is one of our best-selling cameras, and the Verio HD is a long-time customer favorite.”

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features — GNAT 1080p 60

  • 2.1 Megapixels
  • Powerful DSP chip based
  • 1/3” Progressive Scan CMOS Sensor
  • Output: 3G-SDI/HD-SDI (NTSC, PAL) with 292M
  • 42.1 x 29 x 29 millimeters – just over 1.65 inches long
  • Maximum 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
  • Maximum 60 fps @ 1,920 x 1,080
  • C/CS mount
  • Cased version ships with tripod adapter, universal power supply, and control cable
  • AGC, AWB, AE, D-WDR, Sens-Up
  • 2D/3D Noise Reduction, Digital Zoom
  • Defog
  • 1080/720@30p/60p/60i selectable
  • WDR (Wide Dynamic Range): Allows a camera to filter the intense back light surrounding a subject and thus enhances the ability to distinguish features and shapes on the subject.
  • DNR (Digital Noise Reduction, 2D/3D-NR): Provides outstanding clear images by reducing noise. DNR technology has excellent disk-saving effect.
  • AGC (Automatic Gain Control): Automatically adjusts the incoming signal to proper level for display or recording and the sensitivity of pick-up object to render the most pleasing images. Improves performance in low light conditions.
  • Dynamic Motion Detection (8 zones, up to 1980 blocks)
  • Privacy Zone Masking (8 zones)
  • Built-in OSD (On Screen Displays) Joystick
  • DC12V ~ 24V
  • Ships with Universal PS, tripod adapter, and control cable

Features — Verio HD

  • Remote-control HD studio camera with pan, tilt, and zoom
  • Output: HD-SDI at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, HDMI, YPbPr, or CVBS (Composite video)
  • Control from a distance of up to 2,000 feet (610 meters) via RS-232 Serial interface
  • Wireless remote control
  • Optional keyboard with joystick
  • 2.1 Megapixel HD CMOS sensor
  • Built-in lens
  • Pans and tilts at up to 80 degrees per second
  • Compact size — only 8-1/2 inches wide (216 mm)
  • Automatic or manual white balance and focus
  • Optional keyboard/joystick lets you preset up to ten configurations

Suggested Retail Prices:
GNAT 1080p 60 with power supply: $495 U.S.
Verio HD: $3,495 U.S.
Verio HD with optional keyboard/joystick: $3,895 U.S.

Viewbits, GNAT 1080p 60, and Verio HD are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

About The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. It is the mission of the club, an educational organization, to maintain a formal program of instruction to teach the game of chess and to promote and support its educational program through community outreach and local and national partnerships to increase the awareness of the educational value of chess.

Chess teaches valuable lessons for developing students like problem solving, critical thinking, spatial awareness and goal setting.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis provides a formal program of chess instruction that consists of classroom instruction and applied instruction. For more information, visit http://www.saintlouischessclub.org.

About Spectrum Studios
Spectrum Studios shoots television commercials, programming, music videos, short films, feature films, documentaries, educational and training programs, news, and sports for clients around the world.

Located in Columbia, Missouri, Spectrum Studios is a 6,000-square-foot facility, offering film/video production space and post production services, as well as equipment rentals and green screen technology. For more information, please visit http://gospectrumstudios.com/.

About CMI and Viewbits
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. Viewbits, the Industrial Cameras division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells HD, USB-2, CMOS, and X-Ray cameras to companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and Viewbits, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@computermodules.com. To download Viewbits press releases and product images, visit the news section at http://www.viewbits.com.

Viewbits, 11409 West Bernardo Ct. San Diego, CA, 92127
Web: www.viewbits.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

LEMON JELLY MAKE MUSIC WITH METRIC HALO PLUG-INS

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: Nick Franglen is best known as founding member of the British electronica duo Lemon Jelly, releasing three albums on XL Recordings that sold half a million albums worldwide and earned Franglen and band mate Fred Deakin nominations for the Mercury Music Prize and the Brit Awards. “Lemon Jelly’s style is electronic music that doesn’t sound particularly electronic,” explained Franglen. “We’d pull together sounds from a wide range of genres to see what would happen when we mixed them up. They could be sampled or played – it really didn’t matter where they came from – the more diverse the better.” Although Lemon Jelly are currently on a happy hiatus, Franglen maintains an outrageously busy schedule – as he always has – that feeds his creative need to keep things fresh and interesting. “Creativity is all I’m interested in. I hate repeating myself (I get bored very quickly) so I’m constantly challenging myself into innovation. I like being out on a limb – that’s where the exciting things happen.”

Franglen’s talent, prolificacy, and affable nature have earned him a lot of friends and work in the music industry. He’s provided keyboard and beats programming for Björk, Hole, Primal Scream, Pulp, and Blur. In addition to all the Lemon Jelly records, he has produced albums for John Cale and Badly Drawn Boy and remixed Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), the Pet Shop Boys, and Coldcut. He has written and produced tracks with artists as diverse as William Shatner and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and regularly plays live with John Cale. As musical director of the Nico tribute show, he has worked with Mark Linkous, Mark Lanegan, Kim Gordon, Mercury Rev, Yeasayer, and many others. Reflecting his unquenchable thirst for the novel and creative, Franglen has performed and recorded electronic gigs down mines, on submarines, and in abandoned government test facilities. As a composer, he has worked on films with Ralph Fiennes, written the music for BBC-TV series, and composed commercials for BMW, Cadillac, Ford, Coca-Cola, Caesar’s Palace, Nordstrom, and many others. “I like to keep busy,” he summarized simply.

In addition to myriad other side projects and jobs, Franglen’s current passion is a solo album that will be released under his own name. “I’ve been developing this material over the past couple of years,” he said. “It’s quite complicated stuff, both conceptually and sonically, and I’m enjoying the challenge.” Like everything else he’s touched (sonically) in the last decade, Franglen has made regular use of Metric Halo’s classic ChannelStrip plug-in in the development of the new material. “I was with ChannelStrip from the very beginning – I had the original version,” he said. “It was the EQ that first got me. It could do things that no other EQ could do, and that remains the case today.”

He continued with an example: “For a while I was really interested in mixing very different samples from very different sources, it could be jazz with punk with something orchestral, whatever. I had to capture the essence of a source and still preserve audio clarity when it was mixed with something else, and Metric Halo ChannelStrip let me do that without having the composition turn to mush. Basically, ChannelStrip’s Q is precise and perfect. I can nail a filter or EQ band to within a few Hertz, enhance the fundamentals and then cut out everything that doesn’t matter while preserving the sample’s character and life. That’s a critical part of what I do and it’s my secret for maintaining audio clarity even when I have a lot of different sources all playing at once. And shortly thereafter I learned the value of ChannelStrip’s dynamics section. It’s so versatile. I use it all the time in combination with the ChannelStrip gate to bring looped drums to life.”

For work on his solo album, Franglen is using Metric Halo’s Production Bundle of plug-ins, which includes all of Metric Halo’s plug-ins: ChannelStrip 3, Character, HaloVerb, Multiband Dynamics, Precision DeEsser, Transient Control, and Multiband Expander. “I’ve found that with Character and Transient Control, I can breathe life and soul into my studio recordings,” he said. “The effect is subtle, but undeniable. The reverb is also fabulous. It has a huge range of sounds, and the smoothness of the tail is beautiful and transparent. It just disappears into the background. When I apply it to individual instruments, it gives them their own space and surrounds them with warmth without ever overpowering them.”

To say that Franglen uses Metric Halo plug-ins would be an understatement. Just as ChannelStrip has been a critical component of his sound over the last decade, the broader Production Bundle palette is fast becoming indispensible. A peek inside one of his new sessions reveals Metric Halo plug-ins on nearly every channel, with many of those channels bursting with multiple Metric Halo plug-ins!

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON NICK FRANGLEN:
Website: www.franglen.net
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Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/nickfranglen
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Legendary Fisherman Bill Dance Reels in Viewers with HD Images Shot Using FUJINON Lenses

FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERM lenses perform in harsh conditions with outstanding reliability

Wayne, N.J. – When America’s best-known professional fisherman Bill Dance demonstrates his magic touch to TV viewers, his production crew captures the moment with super wide angle lenses from the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. A television fixture since 1968, Dance’s trademark is his ability to entertain his audience, while he teaches them how they too can land the big fish. His shows, “Bill Dance Outdoors” and “Bill Dance Saltwater,” reach a combined total of over 200 million households airing on the NBC Sports Network, Discovery’s Destination America, and the Outdoors Channel.

Dance’s production team has used FUJINON lenses since 2008, but this year expanded their inventory with the purchase of two ZA12x4.5 BERM ENG/EFP lenses from Universal Media Services of Pensacola, Florida for use on their SonyHD cameras. Shane Bell, producer and editor for “Bill Dance Outdoor,” said, “For each half-hour show, our three-man camera crew spends up to four days fishing and filming from sunup to sundown in conditions that can include saltwater spray and harsh glare off the water. But the quality of the glass used in these lenses really helps us get great footage even with low-light or high-contrast conditions.”
The FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERM is a 2/3″ ENG-style Select Series Super Wide Angle ENG/EFP lens featuring a 2X range extender, DigiPower servo for highly accurate zoom and focus control, and Quick Zoom for rapid focus checks in the telephoto position. Their super wide angle allows the team to include both Bill and his guest fishermen in the same frame, while the quick zoom capability lets them capture the battle between fish and angler from the first strike to the moment Bill hauls his catches aboard. Bell explained, “With these lenses, we’ve been able to deliver captivating content that makes viewers feel as if they’ve climbed aboard for the fishing expedition.”

He continued, “These are also very robust lenses. We have absolute confidence that they will hold up to the rigors of our type of outdoor field production. The field crew has given the new lenses rave reviews, and the price point was also very appealing. For us, it’s an ideal combination. I would recommend FUJINON lenses without hesitation.”

Host Bill Dance added, “We depend on great equipment like FUJINON lenses. It’s what makes us a living!”

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

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.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 200 Summit Lake Drive, Valahalla, New York 10595. Phone: 914-789-8100. Web site: www.FUJINON.com.

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