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Media Prima Malaysia Takes HARMAN Studer Vista 1 Digital Console

Media Prima Berhad Directors of Audio Engineering, Mohd Zaidi (right) and Nur Azrin (left).

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Media Prima Berhad, Malaysia’s leading integrated media investment group, recently purchased a HARMAN Studer Vista 1 for multipurpose usage throughout all the Media Prima companies. This was supplied by HARMAN Professional’s local distributor, Mahajak Trio Electronic Sdn Bhd, and was the first Vista 1 to be delivered and commissioned in Malaysia.

According to Mahajak Trio Senior Manager, Sales and Projects, Lee Chin Kah, a reliable, highly flexible and cost-effective solution had been required by the station and Studer represented one of the best choices, with its reputation for reliability and sound quality. The station has been using Studer platforms since starting out in 1984, when they adopted early analogue consoles.

“Studer’s reputation is legendary in the audio industry and the all-in-one Vista 1 console fitted the needs of our customer perfectly, containing all the advanced features of the Vista range, including surround 5.1, within the budget,” he said.

This function is one of the features the station had been eagerly awaiting within this price range, and as a result Media Prima will be able to migrate from stereo to surround sound mixing.

In addition, they noted that Vista 1 was extremely user-friendly, with an easy-to-learn Vistonics™ user interface and unique functionality, with 40 on-screen rotary knobs. Using Studer’s unique Virtual Surround Panning, the operator can take mono sources and create a realistic sound field.

The Vista 1 is a transportable all-in-one digital mixing console for broadcast, live and production use, with the control surface, I/O system, DSP and power supplies all contained within the console. This makes it the ideal choice when space is restricted, such as in OB and ENG vans. The Studer Vista 1 also features a redundant PSU for peace of mind, and RELINK integration with other Studer Vista and OnAir consoles means the Vista 1 can easily share signals across an entire console network. Two expansion slots for standard Studer D21m I/O cards may be used for interfaces connecting to popular formats, including CobraNet or Aviom A-Net, Ethersound, Dante, Dolby E and MADI I/O.

Another key feature is the Studer VistaMix, which is also available for Vista1. VistaMix offers a unique solution by mimicking the action of a human operator, increasing gain for ‘talking’ mics and reducing gain for all others, quickly keeping the amount of total gain constant; even when several people are speaking, a clean live mix can be created. VistaMix also offers the ideal solution for news operations when multiple mics are installed in the studio but the desk operator is not sure which ones will be used. Vista Mix switches on only those mics that are in use, with an enable function that is faster than human mixing.

According to Director of Audio Engineering, Nur Azrin, the learning curve with the Vista 1 was minimal, and the intuitive Vistonics interface and FaderGlow™ made it easy for the sound engineer to operate compared with other digital consoles on the market. But most importantly, he confirms, the sound quality is the best and the support is excellent. “We are in the process of adding the D21m AES EBU I/O card slot on the rear of the console to expand our AES I/O channels. It takes us less than a minute for the console to recognise the new I/O’s, just by pressing the ‘Reconfig’ button on the rear of the console. It’s so user-friendly to configure. Another advantage is that the Studer stagebox can be used or interchanged between Studer and Soundcraft, since we have few Soundcraft Si Performer digital mixers — so it will save the expense of buying another stagebox,” added Mr Azrin.

“We have had no hesitation in recommending the Vista1 to customers based on the excellent quality of the sound and the inbuilt sound processing,” he summarized. “It offers one of the best price-to-performance ratios and this was a vital aspect, as it allowed us to fulfill the customer’s requirement — namely for flexibility and cost-effective sound for all video production.”

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.

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Cinemagic to Digitize National Chain with Christie Cinema Solutions

Cinemagic, a cinema chain focused on building cinemas in towns between 50 and 70 thousand inhabitants of Mexico, and Christie®, the dominant brand in the global digital cinema projection market, today announced the joint digitization of 70 screens currently operated by Cinemagic in Mexico.

Christie will supply an assortment of Christie Solaria® One+ and Christie CP2220 projectors to the Cinemagic complexes, facilitated by Scrabble Entertainment, an international deployment entity whose financing of DCI-compliant digital cinema projector conversions helps all manner of cinemas make the move to digital technology.

“With Christie supplying the highest quality of digital cinema equipment and technical support, Cinemagic will be able to offer to our audience the best quality in cinema projection in each of the cities we serve,” said Roberto Quintero, CEO, Cinemagic.

“Cinemagic is to be commended on its mission to bring cinema to the small communities without entertainment options in Mexico,” said Ernesto Armus, general manager for Christie Mexico. “We are honored to be part of its mission and are committed to supplying Cinemagic with the world’s leading digital projection hardware, software and services.”

Roberto Quintero said, “We are confident that with dedication, effort and together with our strategic partners, we will ensure the growth and consolidation of our project to successfully bring cinema to the small communities of our country.”

Crestview Church Gets Creative with PreSonus

Boulder, CO – March 2014… For Greig Hess, music is an indispensible part of the worship experience. As Worship Pastor at Boulder’s Crestview Church, Hess has long been a strong advocate in creating a contemporary service that inspires through music. And as he explains, PreSonus gear has made a tremendous impact on his work.

“I originally got an AudioBox 1818VSL for our small project studio about a year now,” he says. “I began using it on some live events as well, and I was really impressed with it. So we recently got a StudioLive 24.4.2 console for the sanctuary, and it’s dramatically changed the way we create and record our music.”

Hess says the StudioLive has enabled them to radically streamline their live service production. “The processing power in the StudioLive is equal to several times the outboard gear we had before — we can have a compressor and effects on every channel if we need to. Plus we were able to remove a whole rack of gear from Front of House. And the ability to save full snapshots of everything has done amazing things for our workflow.”

As has the ability to record the entire mix, he observes. “We use Capture to record a multitrack of our live service. With a volunteer staff, it’s great because when you are training a new sound guy you can use it to show them how to run the console, how to add effects, what different things sound like. And you’re doing it in an empty room, without the pressure of a live service.”

In fact, he adds, it’s a useful thing even for a more experienced mixer. “I’m usually on stage playing, and working with a Capture session gives me a chance to get familiar with the board, so I know what to ask for when I need something. It’s also great for rehearsals — we use it to control the mix from the stage, which enables us to schedule rehearsals without having to have a sound guy present.”

Not surprisingly, those Capture sessions have seeded other creative projects as well. “We load the files into Studio One and do some additional production, add instruments and do some sweetening to the tracks,” he says. “You can do some amazing things in Studio One.”

The sanctuary is outfitted with Renkus-Heinz TRX81 and TRX62H two way loudspeakers, powered by Crest and Crown amplification. A Hear Back personal monitoring system drives the musicians’ in-ear systems. And Hess reports he’s also picked up an AudioBox USB to use when playing tracks and loops from his laptop on stage.

Meanwhile, he says, the AudioBox 1818VSL has continued to be a workhorse on its own. “We’ve been using the AudioBox 1818 VSL in our Fellowship hall. It’s enabled us to add a 16-input interface in there, with no fuss and no setup woes. Sometimes we do video projects, and the Audiobox 1818VSL makes a great portable setup we can take anywhere. And I’m already thinking about how we can use it when we do retreats. I can basically set it all up for them here, configure it all the way they will be using it, and they can take it with them and not have to worry about needing a sound guy.”

Hess concludes, “for a smaller church like ours, PreSonus gear has really given us an edge. It’s affordable, it’s easy to use, and it gives us access to the kind of technology that only the really big churches used to be able to afford.”

 

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Christie to Demo Breakthrough 3D Cinema Technology For Premium Cinema Experiences with Latest ‘6-Primary’ 4K Laser Projector

Christie® today announced upcoming demonstrations of the world’s most advanced laser projection architecture and Dolby® 3D, to be held in the Christie Innovation Theaters throughout CinemaCon 2014 (Caesars Palace, March 24-27) and the National Association of Broadcasters NAB Show® (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 5-10). Christie DLP Cinema® laser projectors using 6-Primary (6P) color laser modules, earmarked for mass production in early 2015, will show how 3D light levels, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and a sense of immersion can be vastly improved, especially when combined with advanced separation technology like Dolby 3D, versus conventional 3D systems found in cinemas around the world today.

“Recent declines in domestic 3D movie attendance are a sign that the novelty is wearing off, with audiences less willing to pay a premium for what is all too often a mediocre experience. The lackluster quality of this experience results from a number of technical limitations with current 3D system architectures, the most serious one being restricted light levels that amount to only 10-30 percent of those levels achieved for 2D presentations,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “Simply put, the movies are too dark, leaving audiences struggling to discern critical details that make up the image in front of them.”

“Christie’s latest laser projection technology, using 6 specific primary colors rather than filtered or polarized broad-spectrum white light, brings dramatically improved 3D efficiency to projection systems, regardless of the size of screen in premium movie theaters,” added Shaw. “We believe that this is the future of 3D cinema projection, that it is right around the corner, and that it will be a key element in boosting 3D box office revenues around the world. Our CinemaCon and NAB Show demonstrations will be the first 6P laser events available to the broad cinema community, from filmmakers to exhibitors, and reaffirms Christie’s 80-year commitment to cinema innovation, rather than ‘moving beyond digital cinema’ as some other industry players have promised.”

At least twice as efficient as today’s best 3D systems, Christie’s 6P laser projectors generate a proprietary mix of photoptically-optimized light wavelengths for each eye directly from the source, in effect eliminating the need for a highly inefficient stage of filtering or polarizing the light as it leaves the projector. The Christie demos will use Dolby® 3D glasses specifically engineered to exactly match the 6 primary laser light wavelengths to yield nearly 90 percent light efficiency. “Their color separation based technique for 3D is well regarded as the gold standard among industry professionals, especially for its true color reproduction, compatibility with low-gain white screens, and superior crosstalk performance – only now it can be part of a system that is tremendously more light efficient,” said Shaw.

“Dolby 3D’s advanced color separation technology is ideally suited for next generation laser projectors,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. “With extremely high light efficiency, nearly no crosstalk and crisp images with vibrant colors, we believe Dolby 3D combined with laser projection produces the best possible 3D viewing experience for audiences.”

“Having had the opportunity to witness an early 6P laser demo at Christie’s worldwide center for engineering, research and development in Canada, I can confidently state that this is an exciting and important innovation in 3D cinema,“ said Matt Cowan, Co-founder & Senior Technical Advisor at Entertainment Technology Consultants. “I look forward to further refinement of this technology and upcoming installation in premiere theaters around the world.”

Consistent with efforts so far in developing 3-Primary (3P) laser projectors, which Christie sees filling important needs in several, non-cinema industries, Christie laser projectors will provide industry-leading brightness (up to 72,000 Lumens per projector head), wider color gamut capabilities, higher contrast, and dramatically reduced maintenance requirements, resulting in a better experience for all applications. As part of its largest research and development program ever, Christie will continue to develop superior 6P and 3P laser projection solutions for all of its global customers.

Specific to the development of cinema laser projectors, Christie leads the industry in this area, having announced last year that it would supply and install the world’s first commercial laser projection solution for the Seattle Cinerama Theatre, and that it was the first to receive a US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale and installation of laser projectors in movie theaters and other high performance projection venues.

Prism Sound Brings Mic To Monitor Back To The USA

How do the pros do it? What makes great gear great? How is that hit sound achieved? What does it take to become a successful and in demand audio engineer?

These are just some of the questions that Prism Sound will set out to answer when it takes its hugely popular Mic to Monitor series of free seminars and workshops to the USA for a five date tour.

Targeted at music production students, hobbyists and professionals, Mic to Monitor aims to dispel the many myths surrounding the recording process. In conjunction with SADiE and PMC, Prism Sound will be hosting events at SAE Atlanta (March 19th); Full Sail, Orlando (March 21st); the Winter Music Conference, Miami (two days on March 24th and 25th) and the University of Miami (March 26th).

Each seminar features presentations from recording professionals who will answer audience questions on recording techniques. There will also be the opportunity to demo equipment and win recording equipment. The Mic to Monitor event in Orlando will also be webcast live for those who want to be part of the experience but can’t get along in person. To register, please contact sales@prismsound.com

Chris Allen, Prism Sound’s SalesExecutive and Support Engineer, says: “Our Mic to Monitor tours are always well received because they give those attending the opportunity to learn tips, tricks and technical know-how directly from top producers and engineers. Our guest speakers are always willing to share their knowledge and to back up their examples with original material from their own studios and projects.”

Guest speakers for Mic to Monitor USA 2014 include Edward J “UK” Nixon of the Grammy Award winning J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and multi-Grammy Award winning producer Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee.

Edward J “UK” Nixon, who presents the seminars in Atlanta and Orlando, will give an insight into his unique story No Secrets, the rise of his career from early beginnings in the idyllic Lake District in the English countryside to becoming one of the most globally respected engineers of today. Edward will also demonstrate his approach to the workflow, mixing style and processes which earned him his title as Chief Engineer of the production super-group, The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (Sir Paul McCartney, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross & Drake).

Multi-Grammy award winning Producer and DJ Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee, who presents the Miami sessions, will share his knowledge under the heading That Perfect Mix. His production experience is legendary and has resulted in over 25 million record sales to date for his work with Eminem, Drake, Bruno Mars, John Legend, Mary J Blige, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Akon, Rihanna and many more.

As well as guest presenters, Prism Sound’s Mic To Monitor sessions will also feature talks from top British pro audio equipment manufacturers Prism Sound, PMC and SADiE. These will cover hardware design and optimizing your studio setup, converter design and clocking, and speakers and acoustics. Professional mastering will also be discussed, with the chance to have questions answered first hand from leading designers and makers of high-end professional audio products.

Places on Prism Sound’s Mic To Monitor Tour USA are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Anyone registering and attending will have an opportunity to win prizes from Prism Sound, PMC and SADiE.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Historic Lyric Theater Upgraded With Martin Audio

Miami, FL––Built in 1913, the Lyric Theater quickly became a popular entertainment center for African-Americans in Miami. It grew to be the anchor of “Little Broadway” in Overtown, eventually featuring artists such as Sammy Davis Jr., Count Basie, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Celia Cruz, B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, Ella Fitzgerald, Redd Foxx, Mary Wells and others.

After closing in the 70s, the Lyric was purchased by the Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida in 1988. Since then, the venerable theater has undergone three major restorations and upgrades, culminating in a grand opening for the fully refurbished performance complex in early February.

Miami’s Drummer Boy Sound Productions did the consulting and design for the Lyric’s new audio and video systems. Asked why he chose Martin Audio for the upgrade, owner Harold Cummings responded, “My client Tim Barber, managing director of the Black Archives, had heard a Martin Audio system at one of my events and was impressed.

“The client wanted a high quality sound system that could be used for national R&B and Gospel acts and theater production events, that would properly cover the venue, and be accepted by touring engineers,” adds Harold.

“A line array wasn’t the right answer because the Lyric is a small 400-seater with a balcony and the sound would have been all over the place. Plus we needed a stereo-imaged room because the space also doubles as a movie theater.

“The Martin Audio W3P was the only speaker that made sense since it’s a compact 3-way trapezoid system with a tight pattern and 65º horizontal dispersion, which was key to this job,” Harold explains. “There weren’t that many speakers on the market with that type of dispersion, sound quality and high output capability in one package.”

Cummings’ system design includes four W3Ps flown from the proscenium wall, (one firing at the balcony and one at the main theater floor on each side) two Martin Audio AQ5s for stereo under balcony, two AQ5s for stereo front fill, and two WS218SX subs fitted into custom openings inside the stage. There are also Martin Audio LE1200s as stage monitors.

Other system components include an Allen & Heath iLive T112 console with iDR48 rack, Ashly Protea processor, Shure mics, a Whirlwind split snake system and cables.

Asked about the reaction to the audio system’s debut at a grand opening event called “Lyric Live” (an amateur hour contest for singers, bands and comedians from all over South Florida), Harold said, “Everyone thought the system sounded amazing and the coverage was incredible. You could hear perfectly in every single seat. We had more than enough headroom and plenty of low end, something that’s very important to me. With Martin Audio, I feel confident that no matter what kind of act comes in here, we have it covered.”

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

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

Classic St. Louis Church Trades 12 For 1 with Iconyx

Florrisant, MO – March 2014… One of the first settlements in what would become the State of Missouri, Florrisant was founded in the 18th century by French settlers. Until the late 19th century, French was the village’s predominant language — except for a small population of German settlers in the southern part of town. Seeking a church that spoke their language, in 1866 a handful of those German families founded the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The church’s grand old Gothic style sanctuary has been a landmark on Jefferson Street since 1893. The 600 seat hall was designed in the spirit of the great cathedrals, with soaring walls, stone floors, high arched ceilings, and ornate stained glass windows. It’s a lush, reverberant setting for choir and organ, but problematic for spoken word intelligibility.

“Although it’s not a large room, its acoustical character is very much like that of a cathedral,” explains Gary Haselhorst, President of Valley Park, MO-based Cignal Systems. “Their issues are similar to that of a cathedral, on a smaller scale — it’s a very reverberant space, and intelligibility suffers.” The church’s previous sound system, with 12 pillar-mounted cabinets, only added to the cacophony.

Cignal removed the existing speakers and replaced them with a single Iconyx digitally steered line array column from Renkus-Heinz. “We had recently used the Iconyx in the St. Louis Basilica, and when the monsignors heard how well it worked in the cathedral, they knew there was hope for theirs as well.”

A single IC24-R-II column is mounted on a front pillar, just left of the altar. “We were able to achieve very uniform coverage with just one speaker,” says Haselhorst. “We ordered the cabinet painted to match the brickwork, and the Monsignor’s sister painted some marbled accents on it. It blends in almost invisibly with the architecture.”

Haselhorst reports the system has solved the room’s intelligibility problems and more. “They run the praise band through the Iconyx as well, and it sounds great,” he says. “We took out twelve speakers and replaced them with one Iconyx. They’re very pleased.”

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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.

Sochi Olympics Sound Better with Renkus-Heinz

Sochi, Russia – February 2014… The Sochi Olympics have gone to the history books, and as is always the case, the brief few days the games are held belies the immense time and effort preparing for them. In Sochi, a dozen new world-class venues have been erected for the games, and outfitted with high-performance audio, video, and lighting systems.

Avallon, Ltd of Moscow designed and installed multiple Renkus-Heinz systems in no fewer than five Olympic venues. The most prominent project was the Arena Isberg, home to the figure skating and short track competitions. As Avallon President Sergey Vashchenko explains, it was also the most challenging.

“Since music is such an important part of the performance, figure skating competitions have some of the most stringent sound requirements,” says Vashchenko. “Even after working with the building’s designers to reduce the reverb time from 7.5 to 3.2 seconds, we still knew we need to create a system with great performance and tight pattern control, to keep the reflections under control.”

The audience seating is covered by eight each Renkus-Heinz CEM61 and CEM62 high power CoEntrant mid-high modules, with eight CE-3TLO subs covering low frequency reinforcement. The systems are hung around a central Media-LCD display. Ten CT7M TRAP boxes provide music to the skaters on the ice.

“During the EASE acoustic modeling phase, we looked at a number of options, including more traditional line arrays,” says Vashchenko. “But we were not happy with the difference in sound quality between the audience and the ice. Moreover, there was some concern that a line array might block the sightlines for some of the upper-level seating. The optimal solution was to mount all the speakers on the video screen frameworks, and the Renkus-Heinz CEM and CT series speakers offered coverage patterns that suited this arrangement very well.”

Power and signal processing for the systems is covered by Dynacord DSA-series multichannel amplifiers and P64 matrix processors. Amps and DSP are located within the signage frameworks, to reduce cable runs and assure low impedance. Audio signal is fed via fiber from the Stage Tec Auratux 16-T2Z digital console. “We assembled the entire system within the framework while it was on the ground, which made things a bit easier,” says Vashchenko.

Acoustical measurements were carried out by consultant Yury Indlin of ADI in Irkutsk. Vashchenko designed the system, with installation and commissioning by Avallon’s Vladislav Azarov.

“During the competition, sound levels are limited to 85-87dB,” says Vashchenko. “But during testing we were able to achieve levels of 103dB, with even coverage across the entire facility.”

At the Arena Fischt, home of the Olympics Opening and Closing ceremonies, Avallon installed six Iconyx IC7-II mechanically steered array systems in the VIP lobby, as well as a pair of PNX-82 two-way Complex Conic loudspeakers in the Press Center. And the Training Centers for Hockey and Figure Skating are both outfitted with multiple TRX151 two-way systems.

“It was a great pleasure to work with the Renkus-Heinz system,” remarked Vladislav Azarov. “I’ve heard many good things about their patented wave guides, but this was my first experience using their products on a large-scale project, and it was awesome. I’ve had so many great comments about the sound quality, from the athletes, from the spectators, and even from the heads of the Olympic Committee.”

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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.

Hoyts Chile Chooses Christie for their Conversion to Digital Cinema

Christie®, a world leader in digital cinema projection, is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by Hoyts Chile, the leading screening chain belonging to Grupo Chilefilms, to digitize its 127 35mm theaters distributed across 23 complexes throughout the country. The agreement includes the installation of digital cinema projectors from the Christie Solaria™ Series, the Christie Avias-TMS™ Theatre Management System and select Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound systems.

To carry out the digital theater conversion process, Hoyts Chile released a private technology tender in which it invited the most distinguished suppliers in the industry to bid. “In the end we chose Christie because their business proposal was the most complete, attractive and aggressive,” stated Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons, General Manager of Cinecolor Chile, Grupo Chilefilms division that provides technology services for all business units of the group.

“Christie knew how to interpret our planning, appreciated our apprehension with technological changes and financing needs and they pledged their commitment to a close, long-term relationship. Their offer was not limited to supplying projection equipment only, but they also guaranteed immediate access to spare parts, lamps, new technologies and financing in a long-term contract,” added Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons, Cinecolor Chile.

Hoyts Chile has a long business relationship with Christie. In fact, in mid-June of 2012, the color correction/projection theaters of Cinecolor –the post-production division for images, sound and cinematographic laboratory of Grupo Chilefilms with presence in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Chile – was equipped with Christie CP2220 projectors.

Craig Sholder, VP, Entertainment Solutions at Christie, said “We are delighted that Hoyts Chile has once again put their trust in our projectors for their digital theater roll out, which is proof of the confidence and respect that theater professionals have for Christie. Today the digital cinema projectors that Christie manufactures have the largest worldwide market share because exhibitors recognize that our projectors, in addition to having exceptional image quality, offer the best light efficiency and the lowest operating costs”.

Christie will supply Hoyts Chile with a variety of DLP Cinema® projectors, such as Christie CP2215, Christie CP2220 and Christie CP2230, as well as the Christie Avias-TMS™ Theatre Management System (TMS), which allows the screen operators to centrally control and organize all projection operations from a multi-screen theater.

Furthermore, Hoyts Chile will equip three of their theaters with the innovative Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound solution, which they will use along with a leading immersive audio platform, Dolby® Atmos™.

“Christie invited us to several demonstrations of the Vive Audio technology, where we were able to witness and systematically measure the extraordinary distribution of the sound pressure throughout the audience, which substantially improves the intelligibility of the dialogue (with respect to cone-based speaker systems) and the uniform distribution of sound in the theater, greatly decreasing the rebounding that causes interference,” said Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons.

Hoyts Chile’s roll out, which will take place through a Virtual Print Fee (VPF) agreement with GDC Technology, began in January of 2014 and it is expected to be completed by November of this year, including the digitalization by Christie of the new theaters that Hoyts Chile plans on opening in 2015 and 2016, which could number as many as 30 screens.

Austrian Freelancer Lukas Zilka Takes HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 to the Big Stage

PURKERSDORF, Austria – Lukas Zilka, a freelancer who mixes audio for live concerts, press conferences, corporate events and national balls, recently elevated his company Live Productions –Event Services with the purchase of a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 mixing console. This upgrade will assist him not only with his own productions, but also with the services he routinely offers to bigger companies.

Zilka is a highly skilled sound engineer who manages audio for some of the nation’s top balls, including the “Bonobonball” (Candy Ball) in Vienna. His previous experience with the Soundcraft GB8 analog console installed at that venue is what led him to grow his business with the Si Expression 3. It is the perfect console to lead analog users into the digital realm, as the controls on the Si Expression feel very much like any analog desk.

“Simply put, the value of the Si Expression 3 is unmatched, as other brands cost an arm and a leg for the same feature set that Soundcraft offers. I mix children’s plays for one of my regular clients, which is a local community church, and as the performance group expanded over the years and became increasingly professional, the small racks on the old Yamaha console couldn’t cut it anymore. I needed more outputs and more faders, so when I saw the Si Expression 3, I knew my search had come to an end,” Zilka said.

The Soundcraft Si Expression 3 features a mighty number of 30+2 faders along with flexible onboard and expansion I/O options to ensure that every one of the 66 input processing channels can be used. To help the operator power through concerts and events of any size, this console not only boasts the award winning EMMA™ DSP processor, it also comes with built-in FX engines that do not impact the mix regardless of load. To top it off, the fader groups are illuminated with Soundcraft FaderGlowTM, which color-codes the motorized faders for an intuitive mixing experience.

“So far, I’m loving the digital experience,” said Zilka. “I really like the easy handle on all channel parameters, as there is no need to jump into menus to get the effects I want. When I did a charity concert, I noticed the advantage of storable pre-amps, which was not present on my old mixer. I also enjoy using the ViSi app on my iPad for corporate events and press conferences.”

“Overall, Soundcraft delivered on every aspect of its name, providing me with an experience that cannot be found elsewhere for this price,” Zilka concluded. “The Si Expression does a perfect job and helps me create the exact sound that I want. Its ease-of-use features such as FaderGlow are revolutionary for this industry, which contains too many cluttered mechanics from other brands.”

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.

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