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PSS Sound Delivers Supreme Audio Integration to Multiple Venues with HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers, Crown Amplifiers and Soundcraft Digital Consoles

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Based in the capital of Louisiana, complete audio systems integrator Premier Production & Sound Services, LLC (PSS) is known for its dedication to providing the best audio designs to a wide variety of venues and events including festivals, concerts, university functions and corporate conferences. A major factor contributing to the company’s success is its use of HARMAN’s JBL, Crown and Soundcraft equipment, generating integrated solutions that are impressive in quality and consistency.

To deliver a full turnkey audio system at the limited 325-seat Manship Theater for the Manship Red Carpet Gala Fundraiser featuring GRAMMY®-winning Rick Springfield, PSS stacked three JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers per side from the ground up, on top of three VTX S28 subwoofers in cardioid configuration and a VTX V25-VT vertical transporter per side, with four VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeakers serving as front fills. Also, four VT4886 loudspeakers on top of three VT4883 subcompact subwoofers per side in cardioid configuration served as side fills, supported by two VT4883 subs with four VT4886 for drum fill and 16 SRX712M stage monitors. The entire system was powered by 36 Crown I-Tech 12000HD and nine I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers, and mixed with a Soundcraft Vi6 digital console.

Knowing the sound needed to reach three different levels of the theater, Brian Gordon, co-owner and head audio engineer of PSS Sound, said, “Due to building constraints, we were unable to suspend the VTX line arrays, but thanks to the versatility of the VTX series, we were able to get coverage for the entire room with such little gear. After calculating for vertical dispersion, the front fills were enough to cover half of the first level, with the three VTX V25 loudspeakers covering the rest of the house. We are pleased that the ground-stacked configuration gave us the vertical coverage and sound quality that the artist demanded.”

In addition, the Our Lady Of the Lake Foundation held its 29th Annual Gala at the Baton Rouge River Center, hosting a show for the regional Our Lady of the Lake hospital, starring the blue-eyed soul staple, Hall and Oates. PSS came through with eight JBL VTX V25 and four VT4886 downfill enclosures and six S28 subwoofers in a cardioid configuration per side, supported by four VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array loudspeakers and four VT4886 downfill per side for out fill and four VT4886 loudspeakers for front fill. The system was again powered by 36 I-Tech 12000HD and nine I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers, while the Soundcraft Vi6 served as the master control console.

“We wanted to run all the signals through the Vi6 before they hit the PA system, to avoid compromising on sound quality and to have control of the Gala function before the band took the stage,” said Bryant, co-owner and Director of Operations. “The cardioid configuration of the JBL loudspeakers was vital for this particular show, because it eliminated the low-end frequencies that the artist was very sensitive to.”

“The D2 driver is the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard, virtually eliminating half-order distortion, greatly reducing 2nd-5th harmonic distortion, and virtually eliminating modal-breakup to beyond the limits of human hearing in the extreme high-end frequencies,” stated Gordon.

Lastly, the Groovin’ on the Grounds concert at Louisiana State University allowed PSS to showcase its ability to put out a tremendous amount of power through its JBL system, which included 12 VTX V25 loudspeakers per side and nine S28 subwoofers per side, with eight VT4886 loudspeakers as down fills. All units were flown, except for four VT4886 loudspeakers and six SRX728 subwoofers on the ground functioning as front fills.

All 39 Crown I-Tech 12000HD and 15 I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers were used to power the system, while the Soundcraft Vi6 console was used for FOH and monitors. For all three shows, JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ and HARMAN HiQnet Audio Architect™ were used to design and adjust the system configurations.

“With Crown amplifiers we have been very happy with the rock solid stability of the I-Tech HDs. The improved filters and V5 presets have made the combination unstoppable and we have been equally impressed with the newer 4x3500HD amplifiers which allow us to greatly diversify amp racks to do many different configurations,” added Bryant.

“When using the software, we started with the V5 presets and moved forward with further tweaks based on the room and venue. This allowed us to be flexible in our design, even though the concert moved from the originally planned outdoor environment into an arena setting,” said Bryant. “The technological leap that the JBL D2 drivers made for high end clarity allowed us to deliver clear sound at these high powered venues, without distortion or feedback.”

“Thanks to our integrated HARMAN systems, we were able to provide consistent high-quality audio for all three shows,” Bryant concluded. “We have also recently purchased more V25, G28, V20, S25 and F18S loudspeakers to augment and upgrade our existing inventory.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

DPA Microphones Goes on a Musical Journey with The Walk to Fisterra

Company supplies array of microphones for a unique recording and musical documentary about a U.S. cellist’s 600-Mile Trek through France and Spain

NEW YORK, JUNE 11, 2014 – New York-based Cellist Dane Johansen is embarking on The Walk to Fisterra, a 600-mile musical/walking journey along the Camino de Santiago, a popular pilgrimage route through France and Spain. Over the course of his six-week journey, which began May 14, Johansen will stop at several of the 36 historic churches along the Ancient Roman footpath, where he will perform Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, while a team of filmmakers and music producers capture content for a stunning documentary about the pilgrimage. To ensure the highest quality audio, sound engineer, Kyle Pyke, and Grammy® Award-winner, Jesse Lewis, who is the music producer and co-sound engineer on the project, are using several pieces from DPA Microphones’ product line.

Included in their audio arsenal are d:dicate™ 4007A Omnidirectional mics for location recording and a combination of d:dicate 4011F Cardioid Podium and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument mics for close-pickup of the cello. A variety of d:mension™ 5100 Mobile Surround and d:dicate 4017B Shotgun mics are being used to capture ambience along the trail, while d:screet™ 4061 Miniature mics pick up dialogue.

“DPA was our top choice for microphones to record the audio for this journey,” shares Pyke. “When we were spec’ing out what we might need for the project, we enlisted DPA Microphones to be our exclusive mic partner. The reason is pretty simple, not only does the company’s catalog offer everything we could hope for, and more, in terms of microphone quality and detail, but DPA itself embodies an open, adventurous approach to pushing the industry forward, which is an intrinsic quality of The Walk to Fisterra.”

“DPA’s entire line of microphones is world class and the first I turn to for literally any situation,” adds Lewis. “Whether they are used for dialog, mobile-surround ambience or a solo cello, there isn’t another product line out there that can do everything that DPA’s mics can do. The accessories give us configurability, the vast microphone line gives us a freeing flexibility – which is something we especially need on this journey – and the capture of speech, ambience and music is lifelike and pristine. For a project like this, we need voices to be clear and the music has to be stunning, and that’s just what we get with DPA. Since DPA spares no expense in development and production, no matter the microphone or application, their mics are really a perfect fit for The Walk to Fisterra.”

As Johansen performs at churches along the route to Fisterra, his team will produce recordings and sound maps of each location, which Lewis can then use back in the studio to recreate the audio during film screenings or as background for Johansen’s live performances. “When we are on the road in often less-than-ideal acoustic environments, it’s important to make sure that nothing is lost due to noise or lack of detail,” continues Pyke. “We’re very happy with our selection of DPA mics, which ensure we keep the natural sound of the instrument intact during the recording process.”

To prepare for any unique audio challenges that they may encounter at the older venues, Pyke will rely on the cardioid pattern of the DPA d:dicate 4011F and d:vote 4099 mics, to capture sound directly off the instrument. The 4011F, superior for high sound levels and close pickup, will highlight the sound around the cello, while the d:vote 4099, much more natural sounding than any internal microphone or pickup, will be mounted directly on the cello to accurately record the instrument while removing any unwanted noise. Pyke also plans to use his DPA d:dicate 4007A Omni mics to capture in surround sound the reverberations produced by the instruments in the churches, which have an antique architecture that offers unique acoustics. The setup uses a decca tree in front, with two mics spaced at a variable distance and width, to give a sense of depth between venues.

“The 4007A’s flat response across the frequency spectrum is the perfect tool for capturing the true sound of the hall in both musical recording and impulse responses,” shares Pyke. “The 4011F offers a colorless pickup yet still retains its musicality, while the 4099 is conveniently small and unobtrusive without losing any detail. Additionally, the 5100, which we use to capture ambience in the venues, offers incredible audio quality in a rugged, easily mounted microphone design.”

In order to ensure the recordings offer listeners a true sense of the experience, Pyke must also capture dialogue and the ambience of journey along the Camino. To produce the best results, a combination of a d:mension 5100 Surround, 4017B Shotgun and several d:screet 4061 Miniature mics will be used. The d:mension 5100 comes conveniently packaged for recording surround on the road, as it can be mounted to a camera or boom, while the 4017B shotgun provides everything necessary for clear directional sound regardless of environmental conditions. The d:screet 4061s, though tiny, produce an accurate omnidirectional pattern without need to be aimed directly at the sound source.

The Walk to Fisterra was inspired by Johansen, who feels the voyage is symbolic to his relationship with music. The dedication needed to perfect the Bach Suites requires an artist to continuously pursue a singular goal and therefore is like a pilgrimage, endless and requiring extreme effort, daily commitment and absolute resolve. Johansen and his team hope the performances of Bach’s music and visits to mentor young cellists in schools along the Camino during The Walk to Fisterra, will inspire the communities as they speak through the universal language of music.

Johansen performs throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician and he is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He made his Lincoln Center Debut performing Elliott Carter’s Cello Concerto with James Levine in celebration of the composer’s centennial and his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012, performing a program of his own design entitled Lightness, which explored philosophical lightness in music of the 20th century.

El Camino de Santiago, an ancient route to Santiago de Compostela and Fisterra on the western edge of Europe, was originally a Pagan footpath that was later appropriated by the Romans as part of their campaign to Christianize Spain. Still journeyed by those seeking to challenge their bodies and minds, the path features roads, monasteries and cathedrals along the route to provide pilgrims with areas of rest.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

The Electrical Storm at ULTRA Music Festival with HARMAN’s Martin Professional

MIAMI, Florida — At this year’s ULTRA Music Festival in Miami, HARMAN’s Martin Professional hooked up with the people who dedicate their lives to make the massive production, that is ULTRA, a huge success once again.

In this video, part one in a series of three, you’ll get to meet some of the key people getting their hands dirty while preparing for the show. Watch them in the act as they fire up the ULTRA Music Festival engine for the ultimate festival experience and prepare to give you and the crowd a sensory overload.

Watch part 1: The Electrical storm: http://youtu.be/mxtRd52Oi28

ULTRA Music Festival is an annual, outdoor electronic music festival starting in Miami, Florida and then moving onto nine countries across the globe. It has become an international hub for a multitude of subcultures, all celebrating the music they love.

ULTRA Music Festival is also where industry people meet to pick up groundbreaking tricks, to learn and get inspired. The genre of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) is currently at an all-time high, and all the sub-genres of EDM culminate in a massive electrical storm of EDM at ULTRA.

Every year, ULTRA Music Festival gathers an impressive line-up of the world’s biggest EDM DJs and music producers, here amongst the accomplished Carl Cox who, for the 10th year running entertains ULTRA’s crowd in the Carl Cox and Friends Arena.

A show like ULTRA Music Festival is a complex equation, where all the pieces have to add up. While the guys behind the scenes worked hard to get everything ready in time, disaster was lurking around the corner. As showstart drew closer, so did a tropical storm. Weather forecasts predicted a veritable electrical thunderstorm with tropical showers which, if it were to become a reality, would force the organizers to cancel the show. All technical elements in the stage designs were equipped with some shielding, but this was no way near sufficient to withstand the raging elements of a tropical storm. Luckily, the festival gods above showed mercy and the storm evaded Miami at the last minute.

Being one of the first to kick off the festival season, ULTRA Music Festival strives to not only outdo last year’s shows in every aspect, but also to raise the standard and become a benchmark for the other festival experiences of 2014. At ULTRA Music Festival only the best is good enough. Failure of one means failure of all, and innovation in stage design reaches sky-high proportions, year after year.

This year, a combination of Martin lighting fixtures were deployed across multiple stages, including: RUSH 5×5 Strobe, RUSH MH2, RUSH PAR1, MAC III Profile, MAC Viper, MAC 101, MAC Aura, M-1 Control, M2go Console.

Stay tuned for part 2 of the ULTRA Music Festival series, where we will introduce you to how the team handles challenges and obstacles connected to a huge production such as ULTRA Music Festival.

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 (www.harman.com) 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

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Robben Ford Sounds Spectacular In Asia Thanks To DPA

American blues, jazz and rock guitarist Robben Ford delivered an outstanding live performance when he and his band played Shatin Town Hall Auditorium in Hong Kong recently.

The sound quality was enhanced by the use of DPA microphones, a selection of which played a key role in ensuring the success of the event.

“As a concert promoter for over ten years, I have to say that Robben’s concert was our BEST in terms of sound and audio quality,” says Mr. Clarence Chang, from Jazz World Live Series that organized the concert. “This is all thanks to the great engineer Richard Wheeler and DPA Microphones.”

Named as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century by Musician Magazine, Robben Ford was a member of the LA Express and has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians of all time including Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis and George Harrison.

For his Hong Kong performance, Ford used a DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, while his guitar amps and the bass amp were picked up by DPA d:dicate™ 2011C Twin Diaphragm Compact Cardioid Recording Microphones.

Sound engineer Richard Wheeler used a d:dicate 2011C microphone for the kick drum, positioning it half way into the hole where it delivered a clean, punchy and powerful sound. The top of the snare was also miked using a d:dicate 2011C, which was twinned with a DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone positioned on the bottom of the snare. All of the other drums were picked up individually using d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones in close proximity, while a perfect stereo image for the live mix was captured using a pair of DPA d:dicate 4011A stereo matched overhead recording microphones.

Robben Ford’s set also featured a Hammond B3 organ with a Leslie speaker. Two d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones were used to pick up the top spinning horn rotor in stereo, while the bass rotor was captured using another d:dicate 2011C microphone.

Commenting on the sound quality after the show, Wheeler says: “I was amazed by it, especially the sound from the d:facto Vocal Microphone. It sounded just like Robben himself.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Clay Paky B-EYEs Elevate Easter Worship Experience for North Carolina’s Elevation Church

Elevation Church, based in Matthews, North Carolina, added Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 LED-based moving lights to the extensive roster of AV equipment it used for a series of Easter worship experiences this year.

Main Light Industries, Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware supplied Elevation Church with 35 B-EYEs for the Easter worship experiences, five for its primary broadcast location and 30 shared among nine other satellite locations.

“We place great importance on excellence in production,” says Andy Bentley, lighting designer for Elevation Church and one of the technical directors. “Three of our locations are permanent facilities with AV and lighting gear installed. The other seven have portable rigs that are set up and torn down every Sunday.”

The Easter worship experience featured seven different elements: four worship songs, an opener, a closer and sermon, each of which were programmed to have a different look. Bentley and a team of Elevation volunteers mounted the B-EYEs on the upstage truss; in addition, nine Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 1500s were positioned on the deck upstage.

“The B-EYEs had the same, consistent look at every campus,” says Bentley. “I programmed everything a week before Easter at our broadcast location, then used that as a template for everything else which helped reduce the amount of programming time at the other locations.”

The versatile B-EYEs quickly became his “favorite fixture,” he reports. “They were incredible. We used the ability to control the color of every LED to get some really interesting color palettes, including a patterned, stained-glass look that played off the theme of the sermon.”

Bentley also used the beam shaper to “create some really great, big looks with just a few fixtures.” He particularly liked “the ability of the beam shaper to animate, creating a very angelic, wing-flapping look, which we used in one of our worship songs,” he says.

The wash functions of the B-EYEs also came in handy. “The wash creates an awesome color and, compared to other fixtures I’ve seen, the evenness of the wash is the best,” he notes.

Bentley also praised the performance of the Alpha Spots. “They were great, and I plan on using them again in the near future.”

Main Light came in for kudos, too. “They’re awesome. They go above and beyond every time to make sure we’re taken care of. We do a lot of events with them and love working with their team,” Bentley says.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “It’s great to see our B-EYEs used in so many markets and I’m pleased that Elevation Church was able to get such a great bang from them for their Easter worship.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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NEW JERSEY STUDIO ADDS THE BOX

MIDDLETOWN, NEW JERSEY – JUNE 2014: Studio owner and musician Greg Padrusch, better known as LEK, has just commissioned THE BOX by API for his northern New Jersey studio. This becomes the latest sale from Calistro Music, API’s distributor in the tri-state area.

Since purchasing THE BOX, LEK has kept busy reconstructing his studio. Throughout that process, he has still managed to immerse himself in some of THE BOX’s recording features. Soon, his studio will feature state-of-the-art acoustics in its new building, creating the ideal surroundings for mixing.

Early this summer, LEK is also planning on releasing new original singles.

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

THE FREQ ZONE ADDS API’s THE BOX

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – JUNE 2014: The final steps are being taken in constructing a brand new recording studio in Jacksonville –The Freq Zone. Studio owner Nathan Hamiel lives a double life as a sound engineer and computer security analyst. To fit the needs of his new recording and mixing space, Hamiel has commissioned THE BOX to provide the rich, classic sound it achieves in an all-inclusive small-format package.

“I love THE BOX. It provides the sonic character of a large format console in a smaller footprint,” shares Hamiel, who was guided through the decision process by Craig Calistro of Calistro Music. “The sound is everything you’d expect from API – big and punchy. I also like the fact I can have it be the centerpiece and augment it with outboard gear of my choice, creating my own personal sound.”

The studio is undergoing its final preparations, including a new mix/master/production room, as well as a custom desk, which will be completed in June.

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

COOL PONY MEDIA USES THE BOX TO CREATE MUSIC “HAND-DIPPED IN API SECRET SAUCE”

COLLEYVILLE, TEXAS: Located outside Dallas, Cool Pony Media is a record label and artist development company that works with various music genres, as well as score-to-picture work. Brothers and co-founders, Mark and Mike Stitts, recently did a massive upgrade in part of their studio, with help and guidance from API. The team now uses THE BOX console on a daily basis for writing, tracking, creating stems, and mixing.

“We’re amazed,” shares Mark. “We have quite a bit of other API outboard gear, EQ’s, compressors, channel strips, and summing. THE BOX integrates seamlessly. I often wonder – mustn’t there be elves inside creating some kind of magic here?”

The duo was looking to upgrade their composing room when they first heard about the new small-format console from API. “It was really a no-brainer. The sound and flexibility of a full-fledged API console, with that footprint? We must be dreaming, right? BOOM! This thing is a complete home run!”

The brothers have been creating and recording professionally since the 1980s, and say that not much has changed other than the technology. Their careers have included production work for labels, children’s albums, independent artists, and beyond. The experience they’ve had so far with THE BOX stacks up well with their previous experience with the brand. “We’ve always been API fans. The sound is just so fantastic and unique. I remember the first time we ran audio through anything API. It was so dramatic. The punch, depth, clarity, presence – it was almost like removing wool blankets from in front of the speakers. THE BOX is more of the same.”

Cool Pony purchased the gear earlier this year, and appreciated the support they received during commissioning. “The packaging was impeccable, and the support is off the chain. These guys really are the Apple of the recording console industry. We couldn’t recommend API or THE BOX more highly.”

Designed for home and professional studios of all sizes, THE BOX delivers the classic sound that API is known for, and handles all the functions needed for production not provided by most DAWs. “All the releases from Cool Pony Media are hand-dipped in API secret sauce. It’s very much the Swiss Army knife of audio production. Really, THE BOX is the kind of piece you wonder how you ever lived without.”

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

(PHOTO CAPTIONS) (top) Mark Stitts with THE BOX console at Cool Pony Media; (bottom) Mike Stitts with the large array of API modules at Cool Pony Media.

Masque Sound Fills Charleston with Sweet Music for 38th Season Of Spoleto Festival USA

Custom Audio Equipment Package Turns on the Charm for Celebration of America’s Premier Performing Arts Gathering

CHARLESTON, SC, JUNE 10, 2014 – When the 38th annual Spoleto Festival USA, America’s premier performing arts festival, kicked off on May 23, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was on-hand to provide Sound Supervisor Lew Mead with an extensive custom audio equipment package for the multi-venue, two-week long celebration.

For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned and emerging artists and performers in opera, theater and dance, as well as chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music.

As sound supervisor, Mead is given the incredibly challenging task of piecing together all of the different equipment and staffing needs of the various companies at each venue, to not only provide them all with exactly what they need for their shows but also to allow them the flexibility to coordinate with multiple performers in one space. In order to pull this off, Mead begins his pre-planning as early as November of the previous year and works with an audio staff of 10 engineers during the festival.

“Months before the festival, we compile all of the drawings and requirements for each artist and performer,” says Mead. “I then work with the venues directly to discuss which equipment we can place in each location. Lighting Supervisor Andy Cissna, Special Projects/Carpentry Coordinator Paul Hunter, Director of Production at Spoleto Festival Rhys Williams and I are in constant communication to try to blend all of the different requirements for each venue together so that it works for all parties involved.”

In addition, Festival Engineer Kate Foretek spent two weeks in the Masque Sound shop, piecing together the various custom equipment packages that the festival events required before shipping the packages to Charleston.

“The crew at Masque Sound has been fantastic to work with and incredibly helpful in terms of assisting our team through the engineering and extensive planning that goes into all of the different events,” adds Mead. “Everyone at Masque Sound is very forward-thinking, and they were all quick to anticipate and address our needs. Additionally, the depth of their inventory is great. They are always able to provide us with the exact equipment we are looking for.”

One particular instance in which Masque Sound was able to provide Mead with specific equipment to accommodate a performer’s request occurred during preparations for acclaimed recording artist Lucinda Williams’ performance. “Lucinda Williams requested two DiGiCo SD10 Live Digital consoles for her performance at the TD Arena,” says Mead. “We haven’t used the SD10s in the past, because they’ve been quite a rare commodity in the industry, but Masque Sound stocks them in its inventory and ensured that the consoles would be made available to my team. We were thrilled to be able to supply Ms. Williams with these fantastic consoles, as the sound quality was impeccable.”

Mead also credits Masque Sound’s customer service and hands-on approach as a big part of the festival’s success. “When I’m looking at these venues, I try to do it with an open mind, envisioning the different equipment that Masque Sound can offer me and seeing if I can make it work. Scott Kalata, from Masque Sound, came down to Charleston and toured all of the venues with me and came up with some suggestions, which was very helpful. The fact that I can call anyone on the team—whether that person is Scott, Gary Stocker or Dennis Short—and quickly be offered equipment advice is a huge benefit. It is really great to be able to rely on them as a resource, and it is very reassuring to know that with their extensive inventory, they can accommodate my needs for an event of this size and scope.”

In total, the festival utilized more than 200 microphones, 100 speakers and 5 digital consoles from some of the audio industry’s top manufacturers, including DiGiCo, Sennheiser, JBL and Meyer, all adding up to an incredibly successful premier performing arts festival.

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.

National Civil Rights Museum Reopens in Memphis With New Audio-Visual Systems by Electrosonic

Following a $27.5 million renovation, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis held its grand reopening on April 5, nearly 50 years after the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act. Although the museum has retained the iconic Montgomery Bus, sit-in lunch counter and Memphis sanitation truck, the renovation features new spaces, films and interactive audio and video exhibits with AV design, installation and programming by Electrosonic.

For the past 20 years, the National Civil Rights Museum has been located at the site of the former Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Electrosonic worked closely with exhibition designers Howard+Revis Design Services on numerous new displays and exhibition spaces.

The motel’s courtyard was renovated to house five interactive Listening Posts, which comprise portrait-oriented 10-inch outdoor-rated touch screens, waterproof speakers and network-enabled video players with touch screen interfaces.

Visitors enter the museum at the Slavery & Culture of Resistance exhibit, where they wait for the orientation show in the Introductory Theater. The “Mapping Slavery and Resistance” exhibit features an ultra short-throw NEC projector and an 85 by 53-inch rear projection screen.

In the newly-enlarged Introductory Theater a 12-minute movie introduces visitors to the museum and recaps the history of the civil rights movement. Electrosonic outfitted the theater with a 6,000-lumen, ceiling-mounted Christie 3 chip DLP projector, which makes an image on a 20 by 11.25-foot screen, which is part of a door, supplied and installed by L.A. Propoint. At the end of the show, the screen, door assembly moves to usher visitors into the main exhibit area.

Electrosonic also provided the theater’s surround sound system and the AV system controller, which times and commands the show. A control touch panel is next to a lockable wall-mounted box containing a hand-held paging mic for docents. An FM wireless assisted listening system has also been supplied for visitors.

In addition to operating in film mode, the theater is equipped for presentations with a small portable rack featuring a Blu-ray player and AV switcher. A custom plate enables connection to an Ethernet network and the VGA output of a laptop; remote control is provided on an Apple iPad.

The main exhibit area is packed with compelling displays conveying the struggles of the civil rights movement. “Living Under Jim Crow” features 30 portraits, which deliver testimonials when touched. “Brown Versus Board of Education” has a 67 by 50 inch front projection screen, a 3,000-lumen ultra short-throw NEC projector, and wall and ceiling-mounted speakers. Three 55-inch monitors, in portrait mode, fitted with a multi-touch overlay frame help visitors engage in “Mapping School Desegregation” across the country.

“Albany Freedom Songs” is highlighted by a 6,000-lumen ceiling-mounted Panasonic projector, four wall-mounted speakers in the ceiling alcove and a 10 by 7.6-foot screen wall painted with Screen Goo. A similar projector displays photos from the “Children’s Crusade” on a screen made from a special film applied to a glass substrate so images can be viewed from the front or back.

Four interactive stations, featuring mini PCs, Elo 15-inch touch screens, headphone amps and handsets, bring the “March on Washington” to life. The momentous “Freedom Summer of 1964” is illustrated by a 3,000-lumen ultra short-throw NEC projector mounted below and behind a rear projection screen made of a rigid material with an image size of approximately 62 by 44 inches.

For “Join the Movement” Electrosonic installed four 55-inch ultra-narrow mullion monitors into a touch table with eight active mini array speakers in the table surround. The four monitors are sourced by PCs and turned on and off by the AV control system.

Martin Luther King, Jr. makes his famed “Mountain Top Speech” on a 55-inch monitor and four ceiling speakers. Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson is heard over four ceiling speakers, which gradually increase in volume as visitors enter the space between the rooms where King and his guests stayed that fateful night in Memphis.

The museum tour ends almost as it began, this time in the new Ellipsis Theater where a 6,000-lumen 16:9 ceiling-mounted Panasonic projector displays images on a 183 by 103-inch wall-mounted screen. One long speaker is installed under the screen along with eight ceiling speakers and two ceiling-mounted subwoofers. An FM wireless assisted listening system is available for visitors.

1220 Exhibits was the exhibit fabricator; Cortina Productions and Second Story were the media designers and producers.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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