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Professional Wireless Systems Sets the Stage with Wireless Equipment Package and Frequency Coordination Services for Univision’s Premios Juventud

MIAMI, FL, JULY 23, 2014 – When the world’s biggest Spanish-speaking celebrities gathered in Miami for the 10th annual Premios Juventud awards show on July 17 at the BankUnited Center, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) was once again backstage with a custom RF entertainment and intercom package to manage frequency coordination for the festivities.

Presented by Univision, Premios Juventud (Youth Awards) is an awards show that nominates Spanish-speaking celebrities to celebrate their artistic achievements in 27 unique categories within the areas of film, music, sports, fashion and pop culture. In an interesting twist, the awards show asks the public to nominate their favorite singers, athletes and actors for award consideration and to then subsequently choose the winners through an online voting portal. Past winners include high-profile pop culture celebrities such as Shakira, Daddy Yankee, Antonio Banderas and Jennifer Lopez.

PWS has been providing equipment and handling wireless frequency coordination for the show since its inception in 2004. PWS managed a total of 130 frequencies for the main stage performances this year. In order to ensure that there were no signal interference issues, PWS utilized a wireless package from Sennheiser, which included 3732-II receivers with 5200-II handhelds and 5212-II belt packs. The crew also utilized a Shure Axient® Wireless Management Network along with Shure PSM1000 in-ear monitors. PWS primarily selected the Shure Axient for the show’s artist presenters, as it is a comprehensive, innovative and fail-safe system with highly advanced planning, setup and control capabilities that make it a dependable product capable of combating any unforeseen challenges with ease. In addition, Univision supplied 20 Shure UHF-Rs to complement the Shure Axient system as well as eight PSM 1000 in-ear monitors.

“One of the biggest challenges we face when providing wireless for an event of this caliber is managing last-minute equipment changes, as many artists bring in their own mics and transmitters for the show,” says Evan Hall, PWS lead RF coordinator. “This is one of the primary reasons why we choose to rely on the Sennheiser 3732-II receivers and Shure Axient Wireless Management Network, because they are the only two products currently on the market that offer the entire spectrum range. With Sennheiser and Shure, we know that our crew will be adequately prepared to handle any artist equipment accommodations that may arise without repatching the entire system.”

PWS also supplied and deployed a number of Telex BTR-800s for its wireless communications as well as a majority of its own equipment, including a combination of its Domed and Helical Antennas, DB Series – Multicouplers, as well as GX-8 Combiners for intercom, IFB and in-ear monitors. “We used 11 Telex systems, which presented quite a challenge, as it comprised more than half of our available spectrum,” adds Hall. “For this type of high-profile awards show, the wireless intercom system has to work on stage and off. We efficiently managed the large number of intercoms, along with all the other wireless equipment, with PWS’ GX-8s and DB-IC Multicouplers.”

Tying everything together, PWS managed the show’s frequencies with its own Intermodulation Analysis Software System (IAS). PWS’ IAS software cuts down on setup time by combining a database of wireless performance equipment and access to local television frequencies in use, allowing the RF technician the ability to simply enter the current zip code and, in a matter of moments, inventory the entire list of equipment and frequencies in-use. “IAS is the building block to all of the productions that PWS works on, as it helps us to quickly choose the clear frequencies for each specific wireless system and tuning range,” adds Hall. “The PWS team once again did an amazing job; the show looked and sounded great.”

For more information about Professional Wireless Systems, visit http://www.professionalwireless.com.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Over 1,400 of HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting Fixtures Provide Vehicle Lighting Across the 2014 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT, Michigan — The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), better known as the Detroit Auto Show, is one of the largest automotive shows in North America and annually features many national and worldwide introductions from the world’s most renowned auto manufacturers. Perennially held at Detroit’s Cobo Center, the 2014 NAIAS showcased the industry’s latest innovations to more than 800,000 attendees over the course of nine days. As a critical component of the show’s experience, over 1,400 of HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures were deployed by a number of leading production partners and lighting-provider Christie Lites across the entire show, including booths for Chrysler, Nissan, Infiniti, Ford, Lincoln, Acura, Volvo, and more.

Chrysler
Chris Wojcieszyn of Lighthaus Design teamed with Bruce Spillman, Onsite Lighting Designer, who oversaw the execution and focus for Chrysler’s 2014 NAIAS booth, to develop an elaborate lighting design for the booth which also featured Fiat, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and SRT. Wojcieszyn used 270 of Martin’s MAC 2000 XB Wash lights with super wide lenses to create an even white wash across the booth’s exterior, which consisted of large flat white walls on three sides. Spillman and Wojcieszyn also deployed 81 of Martin’s Viper Wash DX luminaires on all the featured vehicles on revolving platforms across the booth. “The new internal barn-door setting and shuttering system on the DX washes are really easy to work with,” commented Wojcieszyn. “It allows you to manipulate and shape the light exactly how you need it without compromising the power and amount of light you are getting.”

Acura
Chris Wojcieszyn was also the Principal Lighting Designer for the 2014 Acura booth, which featured 138 of Martin’s MAC Aura Wash lights. The booth featured two suspended rings that twist throughout the entire space, one made of silver and the other wood to represent man and machine. “At a previous show we used the Viper DXs to wash over the rings but it proved to be a bit too strong, which is really a credit to the design of the fixtures,” explained Wojcieszyn. “I switched to the MAC Auras for the Detroit show and I was able to mix the color effectively and really get the warmth I was looking for out of the rings.”

Nissan
Principal lighting design for the Nissan booth was developed by Chris Medvitz of Lightswitch and included 52 Martin Viper Wash DX fixtures to light the key vehicles for press events and reveals. Additionally, Medvitz used 90 Martin MAC 2000 Wash XBs to light the booth’s signature architectural feature or ‘halo’. “As an elliptical cantilevered sculptural element dominating the booth, the ‘halo’ was animated with light to enhance and extend the audience experience of the audio/visual content from a giant curved LED video screen also featured on the booth,” explained Medvitz. “The MAC 2000 fixtures were configured with buxom lenses as the throw was only a few feet away, but the bright light paired with the Martin color mixing system bathed the ‘halo’ in a vibrant and robust ‘Nissan Red’ when not animated.”

Infiniti
Medvitz also served as the principal lighting designer behind the 2014 Infiniti booth where he deployed 10 Martin Viper Wash DXs and 84 of Martin’s MAC Aura fixtures to provide light for VIP lounges, highlight corporate logos, add color and movement to the press event, and even light a DJ featured on the booth. Additionally, Medvitz used 24 MAC Auras on a circular truss to light the new Infiniti Q50 Eau Rogue concept car. “The Auras created an extremely smooth and soft wash for the concept vehicle that allowed us to fine tune color and color temperature to make the red paint on the vehicle appear the way our clients wanted both on camera and in person,” commented Medvitz.

Commenting on his choice of the Viper Wash DXs for the Nissan and Infiniti booths, Medvitz said, “I’m a big fan of the Viper DX! They have great output but don’t have the excessive weight or size of other wash fixtures. The beam shaping feature on the DX allowed us to more precisely light the vehicles for camera–the ability to shape the light on the cars and control spill proved to be an invaluable asset.”

Ford and Lincoln
Lighting Designer Jonny Milmer of Imagination used 166 Martin Professional MAC Aura, 12 MAC 700 Wash and four MAC III fixtures for lighting of the feature vehicles on both the Ford and Lincoln booths. For Ford, Milmer used the MAC Aura to light both the featured vehicles and the key interactive display due to its light weight, speed and light versatility. “We needed a fitting that could match the daylight lamp from the Static Daylight Pars while creating full color sequences to help tell the design and production story,” explained Milmer.

For the Lincoln booth, Milmer chose the MAC Auras to light the feature vehicle on the center revolve stage due to its clarity and the consistent color temperature it produces. “Our clients take the car colors very seriously and the color of the lighting is a crucial part of getting the color of the car right for the designers,” commented Milmer. “For us, the Martin MAC Aura is the only fitting that allows us the consistency of color that enables us to match the colors we need perfectly every time without creating colored reflections.”

Milmer also used Martin’s MAC III for gobo projection to create interesting animation and morphing effects across the booths. Additionally, Martin’s MAC 700 Wash lights were deployed to help light the Mustang display area that consisted of a large interactive presentation. “We simply used the MAC 700s to provide a bit more punch and drama in this area of the booth,” stated Milmer. “These fixtures are very compact for their output and they were able to fit comfortably on our custom truss.”

Volvo
Developed by Robert Cangemi, Principal Lighting Designer of Cangemi Design, the lighting design for Volvo’s 2014 NAIAS booth featured 72 of Martin Professional’s MAC Auras, 16 MAC III Performances, and 12 MAC Vipers. As a crucial element of the design, Cangemi relied on Martin’s MAC Aura to match the color temperatures of the daylight Par fixtures used on the cars and ensure the feature vehicles sparkled. “In my opinion the Auras are the single best LED moving light released in a long time,” stated Cangemi. “I always use them in color calibration mode which renders an amazing clean cool open white. Also, I can match other daylight products with a fraction of the weight and power while the zoom range and color mixing is incredible.”

Commenting on the reliability of Martin’s lighting fixtures, Cangemi said, “Booth maintenance was a breeze as the fixture worked and continued to work despite the harsh environment of a trade show that required continuous lighting for upwards of 14 hours a day. Whether in the same static position, running a slow moving effect continuously, the Martin fixtures did not let us down.”

Mercedes and Porsche
Additionally, Martin’s MAC Viper Profile, MAC Viper Wash DX and MAC 2000 Wash XB fixtures were deployed on the Mercedes booth for feature car lighting. The Porsche booth also featured Martin’s MAC 2000 Wash luminaires.

Production Companies:
SEIBO (www.seibollc.com) – Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Chrysler
Creative Technology (www.ctus.com) – Kia, Jaguar, Land Rover
2XD (www.2xdproductions.com) – Volvo, Mercedes, Porsche
Imagination (www.imagination.com) Ford, Lincoln

Vendor:
Christie Lites (www.christielites.com)

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

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional and Crown Uncork Extraordinary Sound at BottleRock Napa Valley

NAPA, California — Billing itself as the Ultimate Celebration, the 3-day BottleRock Napa Valley Festival offered the best in music, wine, beer and gourmet food, accompanied by stellar sound courtesy of HARMAN Professional audio systems featuring JBL’s VTX Series line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers. The festival, which took place on three stages at the Napa Valley Expo, hosted an unusually diverse lineup including Outkast, Eric Church, The Cure, Weezer, Heart, The Fray, Barenaked Ladies, Thee Oh Sees, and more than 70 other acts.

Camarillo, California-based full-service event production company Delicate Productions provided sound, light and video for the event. It was the second year Delicate got the exclusive to handle all the A/V and lighting setup for all three stages—and the first year the company used JBL VTX line arrays.

BottleRock is held right in the actual heart of the city of Napa, which meant the stages were 200 feet from houses in every direction. On top of that, the sound system was not allowed to exceed an SPL of 105dB C-weighted, so Delicate needed loudspeakers that could meet these requirements yet deliver the high-impact, full-range sound that the artists and concertgoers expect at an outdoor festival.

Delicate Productions’ President Jason Alt and his crew had previously heard a VTX demo at JBL’s Northridge, California headquarters, liked what they heard and thought the VTX Series would be well suited for the requirements of the festival. “We had never used the VTX loudspeakers before, but we had complete confidence after hearing them for ourselves at Northridge,” Alt said.

For each of the three BottleRock stages, Delicate hung nine JBL VTX V20 line array elements and six S28 subwoofers on each side of the stage, along with 12 F12 loudspeakers for out fill and six F15 loudspeakers for down fill.

Amplification was provided by two Crown I-Tech 12000 HD VRacks for the subwoofers, three I-Tech 4×3500 HD VRacks for monitor mixes, out fills and stage subs, and two I-Tech 4×3500 HD VRacks to power the V20 loudspeakers. The amps were linked to the VTX loudspeakers via JBL’s HiQnet Performance Manager™ system setup, calibration and control software.

“The VTX line arrays, subwoofers and loudspeakers proved to be exactly what was needed for the application,” Alt noted. “The VTX’s acoustic energy was focused in the right direction, with the correct directivity being delivered forward to the audience and with very little spill to the surrounding neighborhood.”

Alt was equally impressed by the VTX’s sound quality, particularly the accuracy and resolution of the D2 dual-diaphragm high-frequency compression driver and the smoothness of the transition from the midrange to the upper-midrange and highs. “The V20 is really impressive and the fidelity is second to none, including any of the highest-end boxes that are out there,” he said. “The way the V20 pairs with the subwoofer, it’s all elegantly designed.”

Alt noted that he was “really blown away” by the entire HARMAN package for the way the synergy between the VTX loudspeakers, I-Tech HD Series amps and HiQnet Performance Manager software enabled the crew to set up the entire system faster and more accurately and optimize the performance of the loudspeakers and amps to a greater degree than in previous events. “Looking at the way JBL, Crown and Performance Manager tied together, it’s apparent that HARMAN has thought out the process very well.”

For more information on Delicate Productions, please visit www.delicate.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Studio Metronome Reinforces Location Recording Business With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3

BROOKLINE, New Hampshire – Aside from album production, mixing and mastering at Studio Metronome in Brookline, New Hampshire, House Engineer and Studio Manager Brendan Connors also records live shows at remote locations. Recently, the business upgraded to a HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3 console for higher-quality sound, portability and a smaller footprint. Having worked with world-famous artists such as The Pixies, Peter Frampton, Black Eyed Peas and Warren Haynes, Brendan accordingly requires world-class equipment.

Studio Metronome needed a more space-efficient digital console to minimize its outboard gear, allowing for a lighter load-out when traveling to and preparing for live shows. In addition, a MADI option card makes the Si Expression compatible with the existing MADI-based infrastructure of the studio’s location recording and studio equipment. When ergonomics, channel count and price were added to the mix, the 32-channel console made a compelling argument for the engineers at Metronome.

“I’ve been quite happy with this console, as I just used it at the Unifier Festival in Connecticut,” said Brendan. “While I plan on exploring more MADI remote control options, I am already impressed with many of the digital capabilities of the Si Expression 3. It sounds better and with a smaller footprint than other brands within this price range, and the other boards I’ve tried also did not have recall capabilities that are as robust as those of Soundcraft.”

Brendan also creates real-time broadcast mixes while multi-tracking the concerts for touring artists, allowing him to deliver properly mixed and mastered CDs immediately after the show. Audience members often have the chance to take home the live recording of the show they just attended or purchase it online. Hence, ergonomics are critical for delivering flawless mixes and keeping track of every element of the recording.

“I enjoy the layout, and it’s been a pleasure to work on such an ergonomic board,” said Brendan. “Coming from a Yamaha console, I really enjoy the intent behind the layout. I basically mixed a show with the Si Expression one-and-a-half hours after I took it out of the box. Also, I love the FaderGlow™ feature, because it makes it easy for me to separate monitors from effects with just a glance. The intuitiveness of the board allows me to provide more comprehensive services for my clients.”

For more information on Studio Metronome, please visit http://StudioMetronome.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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HARMAN Professional Provides Refreshing Sound For Kopparberg Urban Forest Festival

LONDON, United Kingdom – Taking place in Dalston, a northeastern district of London, the Kopparberg Urban Forest Festival will run for a full month from 2nd July until 3rd August, featuring a complete sound reinforcement system comprising HARMAN’s AKG microphones, Crown amplifiers, JBL loudspeakers and Soundcraft mixing consoles all provided in partnership with HARMAN Professional’s UK and Ireland distributor Sound Technology Ltd. Sponsored by the UK’s premium cider brand Kopparberg and promoted by MAMA & Company, the Kopparberg Urban Forest Festival mixes Scandinavian and London cultures to provide audiences with a vibrant array of events.

Ranging from night clubs to street art, the Kopparberg Urban Forest Festival is a unique social gathering where the local food and cider is as refreshing as the summer music that is being played through JBL VTX line arrays. The main PA features eight JBL VTX V20 loudspeakers, four S25 subwoofers, complemented by two VTX F15s plus VTX F12, VTX F18S and STX812M stage monitors. The system is powered with two Crown VRack 4×3500 HD systems and an I-Tech 5000 HD amplifier.

With a huge lineup of musicians, DJs and MCs, MAMA & Company is also relying on AKG for world-class microphones, including a range of AKG models including the D12VR, C1000S, D40, D5, DSR700 V2 and DHT700 D7 microphones. FOH and monitors are being mixed through a Soundcraft Si Performer 2 digital console, which is also controllable via the Soundcraft ViSi Remote app, enabling iPad control of the console via a single wireless network.

Working closely with London-based charity and venue The Bootstrap Company, Kopparberg will help facilitate their work to support local creatives and social microenterprises and represent the best that East London has to offer. As part of this support Kopparberg will be paying for two interns from the Bootstrap Company to learn about event management during the five-week run of the Kopparberg Urban Forest. When the Urban Forest closes its doors, Kopparberg will also be gifting its trees and greenery to The Bootstrap Company for distribution amongst its projects.

“The Kopparberg Urban Forest Festival is a dynamic event featuring a wide variety of performers and styles,” said Joe Roberts of MAMA & Company. “Therefore, we need an equally dynamic audio system to accommodate the range of talent onstage, and we found the most comprehensive and high-performance audio components through HARMAN and Sound Technology.”

“This event will showcase HARMAN’s ability to provide world-class components across the audio signal chain, from AKG microphones and Soundcraft consoles to JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers,” said Ed Jackson, Application Engineer, Tour Sound, EMEA, HARMAN Professional. “It is also exciting to be working with the charity Bootstrap and to be part of helping provide the production for a charitable event!”

The event features over 50 artists including: We Were Evergreen, Lucy Rose, Little Dragon, Gaz Coombes and New Young Pony Club.

For more information on the Kopparberg Urban Forest Festival, please visit www.kopparbergurbanforest.com

For more information on MAMA & Company, please visit www.mamaco.com & www.mamacolive.com

For more information on Bootstrap Company, please visit www.bootstrapcompany.co.uk

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Atomic Design Partners with WorldStage On Turner Entertainment Networks’ Upfront at Madison Square Garden

ATOMIC and WorldStage once again partnered on the upfront for Turner Entertainment Networks’ TBS and TNT, which returned to The Theatre at Madison Square Garden with a bang. Or maybe it was a “Boom” as TNT launched a new, edgier tagline for its drama programming, which includes the new “The Last Ship” from Michael Bay and “Murder in the First” from Steven Bochco.

ATOMIC has been producing Turner Upfronts for more than a decade and was responsible for the lighting, rigging, production design, staging and set fabrication for this latest presentation to marketers and advertisers. For many of those years WorldStage has worked alongside ATOMIC supplying critical video support to various New York City venues.

“We’ve been an incredible team of partners for a long time,” says ATOMIC CEO and event executive producer Soren West. “We were together at the Garden with evening upfronts that featured The Eagles and Lenny Kravitz and at The Armory with Sting. Then we moved to the Hammerstein Ballroom and now we’re back at the Garden, which can accommodate the increased attendance for the Turner upfront.”

ATOMIC was tasked with “creating an environment through scenic, video, lighting and audio that could be transformed from one brand to the other, from one message to the other,” as the comedy and drama networks introduced new and returning shows and their stars.

The stage at Madison Square Garden featured a single big rear-projection screen, which featured informational content about the networks’ upcoming seasons. ATOMIC entertained the idea of using an LED screen but opted for a “high-quality rear projection solution with lots of lumens” to deliver the content.

Surrounding the screen was a band shell-style series of concentric aluminum arches, clad with neutral gray fabric, onto which WorldStage warped decorative video elements.

“The band shell was designed by Mike Rhoads, our production designer, who has done the upfront for at least eight years,” notes West. “The arches were quite complicated to draw and fabricate with those compound curves. I had serious concerns about the shape and the ability to cover it with projections and not create dead zones on the stage where people couldn’t stand. But WorldStage and screen producer Laura Frank of Luminous FX assured us that warping content onto the arches was totally within the realm of do-ability. We trusted them implicitly, and they delivered.”

WorldStage project manager TJ Donoghue, who has worked on the last three Turner Upfronts, says “the shape of the band shell surface with their compound curvature made alignment and warping of overlaps rather challenging.” In addition, “there were limited options for the projectors’ locations. But thanks to a great team effort by media server programmer Alex Bright, media server technician Shawn Duan, and projectionists Juan Mateo and Sean Kelly the warping and blending worked very well.”

A Pandoras Box media server drove Christie Roadster HD20K-J and 10K-M projectors. The HD10Ks were embedded in the show deck and pointed straight up at the arches, one of the more unusual projector placements for a one-time event.

WorldStage provided six Sony HD cameras, which fed a Ross 4 ME switcher for IMAG and capturing the upfront for a live-streamed webcast and a simulcast on tape delay targeted to advertisers and agencies in Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta. A final cut of the event was made for archiving and for distribution to Turner’s sales and marketing groups.

WorldStage also provided a full editing suite so the editing team had on-site capabilities at the Garden. “Delivery dates for content get later and later every year,” says West. “Having editorial on site enabled us and Turner Entertainment to fine tune the presentation and tweak the animation, graphics and video clips closer to show time. We could also ingest any new material quite late in the game.”

West notes that “One of the great things about this project is that Turner Entertainment recognizes the value of preparation, so we were able to involve WorldStage earlier than we typically would on other projects – about three or four months out. Then things got really involved about one month out.

“Part of our success over the years is due to the time we and WorldStage spend with the client in Atlanta,” he continues. “Two to three weeks out we do a table read there, the executives rehearse their speeches and we review the video content created thus far. So we get a good sense of how things are coming together and where the tricky transitions are from a technical and a stagecraft perspective.”

Subsequently, everyone reunited at ATOMIC’s headquarters in Lititz, Pennsylvania where they did a previs of the show in Pandoras Box, the lighting and video teams preprogrammed cues, and show management rehearsed the principals. “This really is the right way to work,” West says. “By the time we got to the Garden everyone knew the show.”

With another successful upfront concluded, West says, “WorldStage has been a strong partner of ours for many years. We’ve been through a lot of challenges together and are still making it happen as a team. It’s always great to work with them!”

“Everything went very smoothly,” agrees Donoghue. “It was great to be back in the Garden with ATOMIC, and the crew there was fabulous. We’re so pleased that everything went so well.”

At WorldStage Dennis Menard was also a project manager, Mike Alboher EIC and Encore operator, Pete Cerreta playback operator, August Yuson camera EIC, Alex Donaldson projectionist, John Denion APM and Ryan Eysner, Shannon Robinson and Pete Sokov utilities. In addition, camera operators were provided by Slate.TV, LLC and Locals One and 306 furnished crew.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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NASHVILLE’S HISTORIC SOUND EMPORIUM STUDIOS INSTALLS AN API LEGACY PLUS

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JULY 2014: Sound Emporium Studios is a go-to destination for artists including Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, and Alison Krauss, not to mention major projects by T-Bone Burnett. The facilities, built by “Cowboy” Jack Clement in 1969, are the birthplace of legendary recordings including Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler, REM’s Document, Sammy Davis Jr.’s final album, as well as Taylor Swift’s first. To meet the growing needs of its diverse clients, Sound Emporium consulted Rob Dennis at API reseller Rack-N-Roll, who directed the studio towards a 48-channel Legacy Plus console.

“Our clients have long requested an API in that room,” said studio manager, Juanita Copeland. “The flexibility, build and sonic quality, along with the reputation of API made it an easy decision. It just brings together a lot of great API sonic solutions into one user-friendly package. Having the 2500 bus compressor is the icing on the cake.” Copeland also mentioned having 48 inputs, 48 returns, and 12 aux inputs is a huge improvement to the studio’s former setup. The room can also be used for mixing now thanks to the Uptown 2 automation.

Since commissioning the console early this summer, it’s been used for tracking, overdubs, and some mixing. The Legacy Plus is already booked for major clients in the coming months, including one of the top 100 guitar players of all time, and a critically-acclaimed alternative country artist. Recordings for the hit ABC show Nashville are also booked for when filming resumes this month, as well as several rock projects later in the year. “We are just thrilled to finally have such an amazing console in that historic room!” adds Copeland.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

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ZONA RECORDING STUDIOS ADDS API’s THE BOX

LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK – JULY 2014: Recording engineer John Zona works with much of the talent in the artistic-rich area of Huntington, New York through Zona Recording Studios. While currently running the studio around his full-time gig of pin striping motorcycles, he is transitioning his time mixing and recording from a hobby to a full-scale operation. As part of that transition, Zona has added API’s THE BOX to help bring enthusiasm and excellence to clients, ensuring they’ll come back and refer others.

“I am very pleased with my decision to purchase THE BOX,” recalls Zona. “After shopping around, doing research, and even demo-ing the board at the API headquarters in Maryland, it became clear API was the way to go. I am very impressed with the quality of the EQs, mic pre’s, as well as the reputation, construction, and warranty of the board.”

Zona, who is also an accomplished drummer, bass guitarist and composer, is presently taking the final steps in reconfiguring and wiring his updated studio space. While doing that, he’s using THE BOX to re-mix music he’s previously recorded. “I am getting results I had not even anticipated,” shares Zona. “I look forward to being an API customer for years to come.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

FOR-A Switcher Meets Growing Technical Demands for First Baptist Church Oviedo

Cypress, CA – Established in the 1800s, First Baptist Oviedo is a longstanding Florida-based house of worship that has drastically altered its use of technology in recent years. In 2009, First Baptist Oviedo built a 2,700-seat worship center. Since that time, the church has delivered its message to a wider audience through live streaming, sermon archiving, and the production of podcasts on its website, as well as through its weekly shows on local television.

Recently, the church was in the market for a new video switcher to help run its productions more efficiently. Orlando-based video equipment specialist Encore Broadcast recommended the house of worship look at FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video switcher. Pleased with what they saw, the church purchased the HVS-390HS and began using the unit earlier this year in February. First Baptist Oviedo has been impressed with how the switcher has improved operations in its HD facility.
“We came from having a small switcher with only eight inputs. Our technological demands have rapidly grown with the production of our live broadcasts, and we needed a new switcher that could handle that,” said Josh Felix, the church’s director of technical arts. “We narrowed it down to two choices: FOR-A’s HVS-390HS and Ross Video’s Carbonite. Both switchers met our minimum requirements – each were 2 M/E units with full HD-SDI capabilities. However, a few features of FOR-A’s switcher stood out to us, one being its built-in color corrector on four channels, which has been huge for us. Another perk of the HVS-390HS is its built-in scalers, which allows us to easily scale SD images to HD.”

First Baptist Oviedo has two Sunday services, both of which have the same pastor and message, but each take on their own style. The earlier service is more traditional, led by the choir and orchestra, while the later service takes on a more contemporary approach with a live band providing music. The services are shown on local programming, one of which is broadcast live, while the church’s other television show broadcasts a sermon that took place the previous week.

Felix reports that the HVS-390HS switcher offers several useful features right out of the box, without requiring additional hardware. The church’s video production team enjoys the switcher’s Web browser interface, which allows them to control and manipulate the board remotely. They also appreciate the HVS-390HS switcher’s remote panel options. Video operators can have a mix for its broadcast television productions, and another setup for the church’s image magnification, allowing them to easily show the audience at home something different than what the audience at the church sees on its video screens.

“We design our video systems around FOR-A switchers because they’re reliable and offer excellent cost efficiency and functionality,” explained Jeff Cameron, Sales Engineer at Encore Broadcast. “FOR-A also consistently offers great support and training to its customers. The HVS-390HS has proven itself to be user friendly for the church’s volunteer staff, and has enhanced the house of worship’s video production capabilities.”

“Our goal every Sunday morning is to create a distraction-free worship environment through our equipment set up,” explained Felix. “With better quality video production gear like our HVS-390HS, we’re able to eliminate any technical distractions for our members, and this is critical to us. Even more so, technology allows our gospel to expand beyond our doors, reaching the world. I look at our FOR-A switcher as an infrastructure upgrade, and one of the main functions that help our video production run smoothly. I’m confident that the HVS-390HS will carry our church’s productions for many years down the line.”

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

HARMAN Professional India Takes 2014’s An Ode to the Blues Festival To a Higher Level with Stunning Sound and Lighting

BANGALORE, India — The blues has growing appeal as evidenced by the popularity of India’s An Ode to the Blues festival, now in its fourth year. Held at Bangalore’s CounterCulture performance space/restaurant, the festival featured international and Indian blues artists including Guitar Shorty, Soulmate, Blackstratblues, Ministry of Blues and many others, who performed on two stages outfitted with a complete HARMAN Professional live sound system and Martin lighting.

“With every event we do, our primary focus is on the artist and we want to present the way they sound and the way they look at their absolute best,” said Guru Somayaji, Program Director and Festival Manager at CounterCulture. “This year we wanted to up the ante to bring in a setup that not only looked good but sounded top-notch.”

The Robert Johnson Stage and the Roots Blues Stage were equipped with a variety of JBL loudspeakers including four VRX 900 Series loudspeakers, two STX828 dual-18-inch subwoofers, two PRX615M powered loudspeakers and two STX815M loudspeakers. The loudspeakers were powered by Crown VRACK complete, self-contained amplifier systems, which include I-Tech HD Series power amps, analog and digital connections and a globally universal power distribution system, all housed in wheeled rack with a suspension system that enables VRACK to be flown if desired.

A Soundcraft Si Expression 1 digital console with a Si Compact 16 handled the live sound mix for the Robert Johnson Stage, with a Soundcraft Si Compact 16 deployed for the Roots Blues Stage. The consoles were equipped with a Soundcraft Si Multi Digital Card to record the shows to a computer in multitrack digital audio. A selection of AKG microphones rounded out the system (Indian blues-rock band Soulmate are AKG endorsers).

The Robert Johnson Stage and Roots Blues Stage were illuminated by a complete Martin lighting setup that included RUSH by Martin MH 3 Beam, MH 1 Profile and MH 2 Wash models, plus MAC 101 LED wash and PAR 1 LED can lights. Martin M1 and M2GO consoles operated the lights for each stage.

HARMAN Professional India and students at India’s Audio Academy assisted CounterCulture in producing An Ode to the Blues. “This year through our partnership with HARMAN Professional and Audio Academy, the team not only delivered a fantastic-sounding and looking setup, but the students at Audio Academy also learned the process of setting up the system and the stage and in fact helped us a great deal,” said Somayaji. The students will go on to mix the multitracks and produce a finished live recording of the event. “From a lighting perspective, the audiences enjoyed a real treat – the Martin illumination created atmospheric, exciting and even surreal lighting experiences that took this year’s performances to an entirely new level.”

“An event of this scale requires a first-class sound and lighting setup. With multiple bands and a quick turn around required between acts, an effective and reliable sound system is an engineer’s backbone for an event of such complexity. HARMAN brands, AKG, BSS Audio, dbx, JBL, Soundcraft and Martin lighting ensured that! As an FOH engineer, I could not have asked for better technology. This was one of the best music festivals I have had the pleasure of being associated with,” added Nikhil Pai, Freelance Sound Engineer.

“Without HARMAN Professional India and especially application manager, Sunil Karanjikar, none of this would have been possible,” he noted. “Each and every artist complimented us on how exceptional the JBL loudspeakers and Crown amps sounded, the clarity of the Soundcraft consoles and the AKG mics and the striking lighting provided by Martin. The audio was truly stellar, with excellent balance, presence and clarity from every location around both stages.”

Somayaji concluded, “We look forward to further such associations for next year’s An Ode to the Blues festival and other events.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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