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BeckTV Completes Second HD Upgrade for Token Creek Mobile Productions

Rapid Overhaul of Sioux Expando Unit Gave Token Creek the Flexibility to Maintain and Expand Its Slate of Television Production Projects

AUSTIN, Texas — Oct. 28, 2014 — BeckTV, one of the United States’ premier design-build systems integrators, today announced that it has completed its second project for Token Creek Mobile Productions: a major upgrade of the company’s 48-foot Sioux expando television production truck, which now supports state-of-the-art HD production.

“Sioux is the second truck we’ve upgraded from SD to HD with BeckTV’s assistance, and in both cases we entrusted the project to BeckTV because we knew the company understood our objectives and could meet them in the short time frame we provided,” said John Salzwedel, president at Token Creek Mobile Television. “By putting the mobile unit update into BeckTV’s capable hands, we were able to direct our resources toward the ongoing production work that supports our business. Knowing that the great staff at BeckTV was totally immersed in the truck update, we were able to continue our operations with confidence that we’d be able to roll out the new Sioux on schedule and on budget.”

The updated Token Creek truck now is a 1080i/720p-switchable unit, equipped with an EVS XT3 playout/replay server and XFile Digital Archive station, a 3ME Grass Valley Karrera HD production switcher, Grass Valley LDX80 cameras, Fujinon’s new 99X8.4 and 18X5.5 lenses, a Calrec Artemis console, and ChyronHego HyperX3 graphics system. Since the upgrade, Token Creek’s Sioux unit has been deployed for high-profile productions for the NFL, MLS, the Kentucky Derby, NBA basketball, NCAA basketball games, and the NHL.

“BeckTV not only built two trucks back to back for us in a 13-month period, but also brought the trucks through to completion at a surprisingly attractive price point,” added Salzwedel. “With the upgrade first of Chippewa and then Sioux to HD, we’ve opened up new business opportunities, as our clients see that we have the infrastructure in place to handle larger projects and multiple-day events.”

More information about Token Creek Mobile Productions and the company’s fleet is available at www.tokencreek.com. Further information about BeckTV is available at www.becktv.com.

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About Token Creek Mobile Productions
Token Creek Mobile Television provides state-of-the-art production facilities for sports and entertainment events to television networks, national cable networks and local/regional broadcasters. Clients include such networks as PAC12, ESPN, Fox Sports Network and CBS Sports Network.

About BeckTV
BeckTV (formerly Beck Associates) is one of the United States’ premier design-build systems integrators. With more than 30 years of experience, BeckTV has designed and built more professional television facilities for more customers than any other systems integrator. In virtually every application from broadcast and cable networks, local TV stations, sports trucks, and stadium venues to educational institutions and houses of worship, BeckTV uses a collaborative approach to assure successful outcomes, on time and on budget. The company maintains full-service offices in Denver, New York, and Austin, Texas. More information about BeckTV is available at www.becktv.com.

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Wohler and Cinnafilm Tachyon Wormhole Automates TV Program Retiming for Joyce Meyer Ministries

‘Enjoying Everyday Life’ Program Can Be Adapted to Meet Requirements of Trinity Broadcast Network Without Costly and Time-Consuming Re-editing

SAN FRANCISCO — Oct. 28, 2014 — Wohler Technologies today announced that Joyce Meyer Ministries (JMM), producer of the popular Christian television program “Enjoying Everyday Life,” has deployed the Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM) file-based media retiming solution to adapt the program for broadcast on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). A joint venture of Wohler and Cinnafilm(R), Tachyon Wormhole provides JMM with an efficient and cost-saving solution for meeting the timing and standards conversion requirements of its partner networks while preserving video and audio quality, as well as the integrity of closed captioning.

Based on the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) running Cinnafilm’s award-winning Tachyon algorithms, Tachyon Wormhole allows content owners or broadcasters to adjust the runtime of media assets by up to plus or minus 10 percent without materially altering the viewer’s experience of the program.

“As the world’s largest religious network, TBN is a very important outlet for ‘Enjoying Everyday Life.’ Having our programming carried on the network has opened up a vast new audience for our ministry,” said Eric Grau, broadcast manager, Joyce Meyer Ministries. “We create more than 300 unique episodes of the show each year at a length of 28:30, but TBN requires 27:30. Without Tachyon Wormhole, we would have to edit each of these shows individually for length — incurring higher costs and straining our team’s workload. But this remarkable tool handles the time compression automatically and without any dropped frames, noticeable artifacts, or degradation of the original material.”

With a 4K-capable video pipeline, Wohler’s RadiantGrid software platform serves as the file-based processing framework that integrates retiming of closed-captioning data, audio retiming, and pitch correction into the Tachyon Wormhole video processing workflow. The turnkey Tachyon Wormhole system can process up to two video assets simultaneously while synchronously handling up to 64 channels of audio, along with CEA-608 and -708 and SMPTE 436M and 360M caption data. Users simply select a target runtime by choosing a specific length or by entering a percentage adjustment.

At JMM, Tachyon Wormhole automates 100 percent of the ministry’s time-compression processes, including high-quality de-interlacing of interlaced video streams, as well as phase-correlated motion analysis of the stream to determine content movement and to calculate where the content should land in order to meet the reduction in runtime. In addition, Tachyon Wormhole provides automatic retiming and pitch correction of audio, retiming of closed captions, and automatic transcoding.

“‘Enjoying Everyday Life’ is a tremendously popular program, airing around the world on more than 500 stations and networks in more than 70 languages,” said Craig Newbury, vice president of sales, Wohler. “As our very first customer for Tachyon Wormhole, JMM has saved significant time and money through the ability to time-compress content within an automated process. This is a big win for a non-profit organization, and it’s a prime example of the benefits of this new evolution in file-based retiming.”

More information about Tachyon Wormhole and purchase information, including a list of resellers, is available at www.wevalueyourtime.tv.

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

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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HARMAN’s AKG CS3 Delivers Subtle Simplicity For Onyx AV’s Conferencing Services

CS3_SystemALMERE, The Netherlands – Having provided sound reinforcement for hotels and corporations that required subtle but effective conferencing solutions, Dutch-based Onyx AV has recently upgraded its inventory with HARMAN’s AKG microphones. When the time came to refresh its inventory and to address the increased demand for reliable microphones during presentations, Onyx AV reached out to audio equipment distributor Audio XL to supply the new AKG CS3 Series conference system.

The modular and flexible AKG CS3 system supports up to 60 microphones with the base unit connected to PA, recording and external audio sources and camera control systems. Not only does it come with a detachable microphone that can be swapped to suit different preferences in length, but it also ensures user-friendly operation for fast conference management.

After dealing with other brands for a long time, Onyx was ready to switch to obtain higher quality performance that offers plug-and-play flexibility, allowing its customers to focus on the conference with ease. Following a live demo of the new CS3 system in Onyx’s head-office in Almere, the engineers were convinced that AKG was the right choice for them.

The system’s rigidity and compact size exceeded Onyx’s expectations and is able to serve all of its needs. Compared to the legacy system, the enormous leap in sound quality and durability has delivered excellent results during the first few weeks of the upgrade.

For more information on AKG, please visit www.akg.com/pro

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Salem Lutheran Church Brings Sanctuary To Life With Hitachi CP-WX8255A Projector

Hitachi_SalemLutheranGreenfield, Minnesota, October 17, 2014 – On a mission to find a brighter and more convenient projector, Dennis Strong, Pastor and Administrator at Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield, Minnesota, found the solution in Hitachi’s CP-WX8255A projector. Salem Lutheran Church, which has 630 members, needed a new projector primarily to show video content and presentations.

“We have been using a smaller projector on a cart that had to be wheeled out into the aisle when we wanted to use it,” explained Pastor Strong. “We wanted a high-performance projector that also would be up and out of the way.”

Having a projector in the middle of the aisle in the sanctuary was a problem for the churchgoers, as well as a potential fire hazard, Pastor Strong noted. Hitachi was able to provide what the Church needed. “The new projector is surface mounted onto the front of the rear balcony,” said Pastor Strong. “We use it to show videos and presentations during church gatherings and sermons.”

Finding a projector that met the Church’s needs came after a lot of research. “The CP-WX8255A was recommended by our audio-visual supplier, Jeanne Schultz from Point Of Power. The projector had exactly what we needed,” said Pastor Strong.

Since the installation of the projector, the Church is happy with the final result. “It is less hassle getting presentations ready because we do not need to wheel in the projector on a cart. It’s already set up,” said Pastor Strong. “It has high brightness and it is great to have it mounted and out of the way. We have had a few church members comment on how convenient the projector is and how beneficial it is to have the projector mounted.”

For more information on the Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield, Minnesota, visit http://www.salemwels.org

For more information on Hitachi projectors, visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi America, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 and JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays and Console Chosen for Prestigious Norwegian Academy of Music

HARMAN_NorwegianAcademyOSLO, Norway — Norwegian distributor, LydRommet, has had a busy summer, designing and setting up an extensively upgraded light, audio and AV system at The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

The Norwegian Academy of Music is one of Europe’s leading artistic and academic institutions. As well as a highly competent staff of 180 to cater for more than 600 students, the buildings and facilities provide among the best and most contemporary music education environments in Europe. The academy has custom designed rooms, excellent recording studios and concert halls, which facilitate over 300 concerts a year.

According to project engineer Stig Gunnar Ringen, high-quality, user-driven solutions for teaching and concerts were central goals for this project. “The installation has made the concert halls much more flexible and suited for the broad diversity of musical expressions we accommodate, without coming at the expense of the unique acoustics of the halls,” he said.

In Lindemannsalen, the main hall, eight JBL VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeakers and two VT4883 subwoofers are fitted on each side of the stage, as well as four VT4886 loudspeakers comprising a center cluster. A pair of JBL VTX F12 loudspeakers, along with four F18S subwoofers are used at the floor level, as well as monitors and multi-purpose loudspeakers from the JBL VP series.

Both of the concert halls have been equipped with the new Soundcraft Vi3000 console, each connected to a Soundcraft Vi stagebox, located in a central machine room.

The Vi3000 utilizes the new internal DSP SpiderCore based on the Studer Vista 1 engine, with Soundcraft’s Vi Version 4.8 operating software, adding a fourth 24-channel fader layer to improve access to the console’s 96 input channels. The surface operation and layout is similar to other Vi Series consoles, providing a familiar feel while offering expanded functionality. The Vi3000 features upgraded microphone preamps and 40-bit Floating Point DSP processing for superlative sound quality.

The system is powered by nine Crown I-Tech amplifiers, and monitored and processed by JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

LydRommet, founded in 1978, is one of Scandinavia’s leading distributors of professional audio products and systems. In the pro audio industry in Scandinavia LydRommet is known for their dedication to quality sound, high competence and level of service.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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“Inside the NFL” Makes Season Debut in a New Studio with Lighting from WorldStage

10687542_10152458618089495_187091805288343783_oThe start of football season marked several changes for the iconic “Inside the NFL” program, which airs on Showtime and The NFL Network. Chief among them was a move to CBS Studio 42 and implementation of a new lighting package by lighting designers Christopher Landy and Abigail Wells of Vibrant Design LLC with equipment supplied by WorldStage.

The long-running “Inside the NFL” has moved to Tuesday this season and revamped its on-air roster with Greg Gumbel serving as the new host. Its move from studios in New Jersey to CBS Studio 42 prompted new set and lighting design that contributes to a fresh production of a fan favorite.

Vibrant Design was already familiar with Studio 42 when the show moved in. “We do ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ in that studio,” says Christopher Landy. “We strike that and do ‘Inside the NFL,’ and BET next door, so Vibrant has a great rapport with the CBS staff!”

Landy says “Inside the NFL” is “shot in a great environment. We shoot the in studio portions noon to 3 pm on Tuesdays, then its edited and integrated with roll-ins and airs that same night.”

Due to the nature of turnaround in the studio, both sets are designed with a “substantial amount of scenic lighting incorporated into the set, – miles of LED tape, lightboxes, puck lights – and from a design standpoint I love that. It allows us a great deal of depth,” he says. “It is very consistent, especially with the show loading in and out – two major shows are turned around every week in Studio 42 and there’s not much crossover in terms of gear. We’ve designed ‘Inside the NFL’ to be very plug and play.”

“Abby Wells and John Bell, the show’s lighting director, have done an amazing job!” says Landy, “not only does the set glow, the talent consistently looks fantastic every week. You’d never know the show was loaded in and refocused yesterday”.

Most of the lighting package was acquired from WorldStage, where “Terry Jackson and his team always take great care of us,” Landy says. Beyond the miles of LED tape on “Inside the NFL” are 150 ETC Source 4 lekos, 18 2K soft lights, six 2K fresnels, 40 LED iWhites, six Martin MAC Auras, ten Martin MAC 101s and 24 LED puck lights

LED tape, used within scenic pieces, includes approximately 1,800 feet of dual white LED tape from Super Bright LED in the lightbox walls and approximately 100 feet of RGBA tape from Environmental Lights in the anchor desk and podium platform.
Lighting is controlled from an ETC Ion console, also from WorldStage.

“Once again, we worked well with WorldStage and had another great experience,’” says Landy. “The producers of ‘Inside the NFL’ are thrilled with the new lighting.”

Peter Radovich is the producer of “Inside the NFL.”

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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API’s BOX BRINGS BIG CONSOLE SOUND INTO SMALL SPACES

John_FishellMUNCIE, INDIANA – OCTOBER 2014: Assistant Professor John Fishell teaches music media and production at Ball State University in Indiana, but enjoys recording from his home. In order to get a large format sound in the small space, Fishell turned to Vintage King and the BOX console from API. The BOX was the perfect size for Fishell’s small footprint requirement, considering his entire studio is located in the second bedroom of his apartment. However, the footprint of the console is the only thing he finds small about it. When asked what advice he would give to others considering a BOX of their own, Fishell responded: “Brace yourself, you are playing with the big boys now. With API, there should be no such thing as puny-sounding tracks. The built-in compressor is powerful, yet easy to use and makes a difference.”

In addition to the BOX, Fishell has accumulated quite the API collection, including six API 550b EQs, four JDK V14 EQs, and twelve API 225L compressors. He says his first experience with API gear was when he was a student himself at Omega recording studios in Rockville, Maryland. There he got to work with a 2488 in the B room, and he’s been a fan ever since. When he decided on the BOX himself, no other company would do. “I was very happy with my modular API DSM system, and I knew I wanted to stay with their summing. The features like the built-in 550A made me lust after the BOX. I was able to seamlessly integrate API outboard gear that I already owned through inserts and patch points.” Fishell has worked as independent engineer, producer, and musician since 1993. He has also worked full-time at James Madison University, Middle Tennessee State, University of Colorado at Denver, American University, and now Ball State.

At home, Fishell primarily focuses on rock and jazz, occasionally working on classical music as well. Even though he has only had the BOX installed for a few months, it has already recorded almost a dozen different artists such as Dave Liebman and Mike Stern. When he compares it to other consoles, Fishell will argue that the BOX holds its own: “The BOX has the same ‘mojo’ and coloration of API’s bigger consoles, so I can compete with other pro mix facilities in the comfort of my small apartment. It does a great job – better than mixes that stay in the ‘digital box’. Even classical and jazz projects benefit from the ‘muscle’ that API gear provides.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established 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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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Introduces P3 System Controller Software Version 3.1.0 With Improved Presets and Fixture Placement Tools

MARTIN_P3 Controller FamilyAARHUS, Denmark — HARMAN’s Martin Professional today introduced the latest software update for its P3 System Controller family of LED video processors. Version 3.1.0 includes an improved preset system, placement tools for creative projects, and a host of additional new features for improved functionality and ease-of-use.

“Since its introduction in 2008, Martin’s P3 System Controller has become the industry standard for integrating video and lighting,” commented Wouter Verlinden, Product Manager – LED Video, Martin Professional. “Setting up LED video systems can be a lengthy process. However, the P3’s real time control capabilities paired with the new Version 3.1.0 software allows lighting designers to more easily integrate screen processing as part of the creative process and set up an entire system with a few mouse clicks. ”

The new software’s updated preset system allows fixture/fixture-group positions and rotations to be stored for quick recall of different layouts within the same show, making it ideal for events with moving scenery as well as large-scale festivals.

Also featured in the update are upgrades to wizards and placement tools for even faster handling of creative products, such as Martin’s VC-Dots and VC-Strips. The new placement tools allow for flexible fixtures, such as VC-Dots, to be set in free placement or “snap-to-grid” placement for easier system layout.

Other improvements include full copy/paste support for handling big setups, an updated fixture library sorted by product family for a better overview, and automation integration now supports Tait Navigator, Kinesys K2, and Kinesys Vector.

Software Version 3.1.0 is available for all Martin P3-100, P3-200 and P3-PC System Controllers.

For more information on Martin’s P3 System Controller line, please visit: www.martin.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 (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Chartmakers Mastering Stocks Up On Prism Sound Kit

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High profile Finnish mastering studio, Chartmakers Mastering, recently bought both a Prism Sound Dream AD-2 A/D converter and an MEA-2 EQ for its state-of-the-art facility in the Töölö district of the nation’s capital, Helsinki.

Established by Svante Forsbäck together with long-term associate Henkka Niemistö, the studio is celebrating its tenth birthday this year and is as dedicated to high-quality audio mastering services as ever.

“All music styles are more than welcome to use our services,” says Niemistö. “I usually work with pop, dance, hip-hop and electronic music and some metal and rock groups. My clients are mainly Finnish bands and include Husky Rescue, Pepe Deluxe, Sofi De La Torre, Machinae Supremacy and many more.”

Chartmakers currently runs three studios in Helsinki itself and a satellite about 20 minutes to the west in Espoo. Niemistö is a firm believer that the simplest mastering chain of very high-grade equipment delivers the best results. As such, he says that the AD-2 and the MEA-2 have both been on his mind for a long time.

“It was time to finally give them a go,” he says. “Svante and I have gone through pretty much everything on the mastering market, and Prism Sound was, for me, the last largely untested equipment to try.”

The kit was supplied by Finnish distributor Qualitron and Niemistö says that as soon as the converter and the EQ were connected he felt right at home with them.

“They are a joy to use. The converter continues to surprise me, almost every day,” he says. “The EQ has some strange way of adding a sort of ‘glue’ to the master sound — I can’t really explain it. They both definitely bring the game to the next level.”

Niemistö adds that he particularly likes the fact that the converter can drive two different sample rates to different AES/EBU outputs.
“The clock also sounds very nice,” he says. “Since I do a lot of bassy electronic music I love the fact that the EQ goes down to 19Hz and up to 27k.”

Niemistö is using his Prism Sound equipment on all of his current projects where it meshes well into his existing set-up.

“I personally use three Amphion Two18 speakers and two One18s in the back for full surround, and I have a Maselec MTC-2 mastering console,” he explains.

And there might well be more Prism Sound kit added into the Chartmasters slate in the near future.

Niemistö says: “We just got the Prism Sound compressor in to test, and we might have to get that one as well…”

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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

Jason Phats Changes Direction with Prism Sound’s Orpheus

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Writer, producer, remixer and DJ Jason Phats has become the latest high-profile musician to purchase a Prism Sound Orpheus Firewire Recording Interface.

“The sound is extremely detailed and transparent. Clarity, depth, separation and stereo imaging is breath-taking – my jaw hit the floor when I first heard it,” he says. “I found myself kicking back in the sweet spot and going through my music collection. Suddenly everything made sense.”

Phats runs the Orpheus through a SSL Sigma summing mixer and likes the unit primarily for its ability to lever both Prism Sound quality conversion and mic preamps into a 1U box and then cram it full of features. These include line, microphone and instrument inputs, selectable RIAA Equalization for turntables, a built-in premium-quality monitoring mixer for each output providing for performer foldback and surround monitoring, and concurrent ADAT and switchable S/PDIF or AES3 digital I/O plus support for outboard MIDI devices.

Phats, who has sold over 5m records in a career spanning nearly quarter of a century. adds that the Orpheus has fundamentally altered the way he works.

“From the moment I started working with the Orpheus I could see myself getting closer to the sound I had been searching for,” he says. “I decided to stop releasing tracks and focus on a goal: a new sound, a new direction.”

Pursuing the new path took time but now, eight months later, Phats and his management are in the process of releasing his new material.

“With the Orpheus I could instantly identify where I was going wrong in my mixes and productions. Once I could understand the mixing process with such detail and depth I was able to achieve exactly what I wanted,” he says.

The first track from the new ‘Phats & Orpehus’ partnership was Jason Phats & Fenton Gee’s \ \ H I T E \ \ A T E R (White Water), which caused a real buzz in Ibiza over the summer. There is plenty more to come too.

“Every day is a joy in the studio with the Orpheus and I am very proud of the new material I have lined up for the future,” he says. “The huge leap in quality has led to some great collaboration.”

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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

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