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Rui Da Silva invests in a Prism Sound Lyra 2 Audio Interface

Rui Da Silva, writer of international number one single Touch Me amongst many other diverse projects, describes himself as a Producer, Engineer, Beatmaker, Remixer, Writer, DJ and Programmer. He can now add Lyra 2 owner to the list as well, having recently bought one of the audio interface units from Prism Sound.

“I first heard about Prism Sound’s Lyra 2 through a magazine article,” he says. “I’ve been a longtime user of the company’s Orpheus audio interface and have also used the Dream AD-2 converter in the past. The Lyra 2 integrates perfectly in my new setup. Studio space is at a premium and while I still use the Orpheus in my studio in Windsor, Lyra 2 is the right fit for my central London studio and for travelling work. It has sufficient inputs and outputs to be able to run most of my sessions and has a small enough footprint for me to just put it in my backpack.”

For Da Silva, this makes Lyra 2 a ubiquitous tool in his kitbag. He not only used the unit to write, record and mix all of the debut album from Lisbon Kid, but also to record Chloe Howl and much of his latest solo productions and remixes.

“In fact, you can hear it on every single release I have put out in this past year,” he says.

The Lyra family of audio interfaces is proving to be an extremely popular one for Prism Sound. Built from a design brief that demanded Prism Sound quality at an even more accessible price point, Lyra has the same no-compromise analogue front and back ends as its bigger brother Orpheus, with the same fully-balanced-throughout architecture and the same isolation barriers protecting the analogue from digital and computer interference. And it achieves all this in a 2.1kg, 2/3 width, 1U 19in rack mountable unit.

“It has also allowed me to not have a mixer in the studio as I use the Lyra Control Panel instead,” comments Da Silva. “And it allows me to give a separate headphone feed to the singers when we are doing vocals. The latency — even if it is not an absolute zero — is very workable for almost every scenario.”

Da Silva adds that Prism Sound support has been brilliant and staff are ‘a pleasure to deal with’. But it’s the Lyra 2′s portability along with that ‘Prism Sound’ that is the real advantage for him.

“I have to make a long trip to Portugal this year to record some new material for Lisbon Kid and, of course, the Lyra 2 will be in the bag with me,” he says.

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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

Visual Unity Confirms its Worldwide Ambitions at IBC 2014

Leading OTT solutions provider Visual Unity will use the IBC 2014 platform (14.F34) to unveil the latest versions of its Award-winning vuMedia™ multiscreen platform and vuEasy™ Online Video Platform.

One of the most important changes will be the introduction of a raft of new languages to vuEasy™’s administrator user interface, including Chinese, Arabic, Spanish and Russian. This significant upgrade broadens vuEasy™’s international appeal and reinforces Visual Unity’s plans to expand sales into new geographic territories.

“Having recently secured an investment of 7.2 million US$ (5.2 million Euros) from 3TS Capital Partners, we are now able to support the growth of an international customer base for both vuMedia™ and vuEasy™,” says Visual Unity’s CEO Tomas Petru. “Our goal is to be the leading provider of OTT and multiscreen solutions and 3TS’s investment is already helping us to achieve this ambition by enabling us focus on product development and reach previously untapped markets.”

Introduced in 2011 and the winner of the 2012 ConnectedWorld.TV Award for the Best Use of Online Video by a Non-Broadcaster, Visual Unity’s flagship vuMedia™ is an end-to-end OTT platform that allows broadcasters and content owners to control how their brand and assets are managed, delivered and monetized in the multiscreen environment. Highly scalable and flexible, vuMedia™ delivers a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device. vuMedia™ also enables comprehensive Video on Demand services, social network integration and secures the distribution of content – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

In recent months, Visual Unity has upgraded vuMedia™ so that it now features an improved modular architecture and enhanced API integration for faster OTT integration into existing infrastructures. There is also support for Live Time-Shifting so that subscribers can rewind while watching live broadcasts. This user experience is enhanced with the inclusion of a Timeline Thumbnail Preview (vuMedia™ TTP), which makes it faster and easier for consumers to navigate within streamed content.

vuMedia™ is now fully integrated with Visual Unity’s vuEasy™Cloud-based service that allows Enterprise and Media companies to manage and monetize their audio, video and image libraries. vuEasy™ supports live streaming of up to 4K video and allows graphics and other audio and visual material to be associated with video or audio files, for brand promotion or to generate advertising revenue. Quick and easy to use, vuEasy™ alleviates the need for businesses to build an expensive, in-house and resource-intensive media library, by allowing them to publish their content online.

At IBC 2014, Visual Unity will show a new, white label version of vuEasy™ that gives partners the opportunity to sell the product under their own brand by changing the colours and logos on the user interface. Also new is Multi-level account administration, which allows Visual Unity customers to collaborate on OTT projects, share resources or limit access to specific parts of vuEasy™ to dedicated groups. It also allows vuEasy™ to support different re-seller and seller models and relationships.

Alongside support of live streams that can easily be added into an OTT trough, vuEasy™ also allows customers to record their own live events, include them in their content management systems and automatically published them on VoD portals.

Since first launching its vuMedia platform, Visual Unity has supported video delivery to iOS and Android devices. At IBC 2014, the comany will show a new, native application for iOS devices that enables delivery of VoDs that are DRM protected. This upgrade, which supports Widevine DRM in iOS applications, will give end users and even better experience.

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content. Our clients can measure, analyze and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMediaTM is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Cologne, Moscow, Bratislava, Belgrade, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

Catalyst AV Distribution Network Inks Nationwide Deal to Sell APC by Schneider Electric Power Products

Each of the 11 Catalyst AV network distributors is now selling APC by Schneider Electric’s full suite of surge protectors, power conditioners and battery backup solutions

Burlington, MA – July 15, 2014 – Catalyst AV, a distribution network that serves over 15,000 integrators in the US, announced that its 11-member companies totaling 15-regional locations have entered into an agreement to distribute APC by Schneider Electric’s full suite of surge protectors, power conditioners and battery backup solutions.

”With multiple power and protection solutions for home A/V, commercial and industrial businesses, APC by Schneider Electric has been a perfect fit for us,” says Jason Potter, General Manager of Easy Access Distribution, the New England chapter of the Catalyst AV network. “APC by Schneider Electric has always been the leader in networked power conditioners and battery backups that can be managed remotely from offsite locations; this capability will help reduce the amount of costly service calls. Their new product introductions are exciting and profitable for our customers.”

“As the convergence of AV and IT equipment continues, the home network becomes a critical element in assuring the availability, reliability and success of AV/IT installations,” comments Shannon Sbar, ‎Vice President of Channels, North America, APC by Schneider Electric. “By working with Catalyst AV, APC by Schneider Electric is able to introduce our home and business networking protection solutions to a vast and established network of 15,000 custom integration specialists. Together we are able to further our commitment to providing customers with the end to end solutions they need.”

Catalyst AV is comprised of 11 privately-owned distribution companies:
-Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
-Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
-Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)
-CustomPlus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (No. CA/ Pacific NW/ AK)
-Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
-Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
-Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
-HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
-Pioneer Music Company (www.pmcav.co) (Plains States)
-SPD (www.soundproductdistributing.com) (Upstate NY)
-Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11-independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company’s 150,000 plus employees achieved sales of 31 billion US dollars in 2013, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy. www.schneider-electric.com/us

WorldStage Marks Tenth Year Supporting High-Profile Milken Institute Global Conference

WorldStage marked its tenth year providing the Milken Institute Global Conference with audio, video and lighting support as more than 3,500 movers and shakers challenged each other to find solutions and implement change for topics ranging from income inequality to a wide array of environmental issues.

The 17th annual Milken Institute Global Conference brought executives, billionaires, philanthropists, scientists and celebrities to the Beverly Hilton Hotel for a gathering that has come to rival the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More than 160 panels were grouped into 11 topic tracks; guest speaker included California Governor Jerry Brown, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson.

Every year the conference has grown, become more complex and challenged the capabilities of all the support vendors and 2014 was no different. “The technology support for this conference has grown significantly over the past ten years,” says WorldStage Vice-president Richard Bevan. “Compared to what it was a decade ago, it’s almost a different show. The Milken Institute demands the best and wants everything to be first class. To deliver on that we push the envelope everywhere on site – not just in the main rooms but in the smaller venues as well. In fact the systems complement in the smaller rooms and the people we have operating would be appropriate for a general session room. It takes a lot of gear, preparation and resources to make that happen.”

As a testament to that, more than 130 WorldStage technicians were on site to ensure the success of the event during its four-day run, and a total of 33 HD cameras were supplied.

“The number of moving parts swirling around this conference is always a challenge,” Bevan continued. “With fourteen event spaces and more than 600 presenters requiring support in a very tight schedule, we plan everything down to the last minute. That includes the process of recording hundreds of sessions in HD and then transferring and distributing it. In some ways, that’s the biggest challenge. We work hand in glove with Producer Josh Lesser and his Vision Matrix team, who were responsible for collecting the media and getting it transferred to large RAID drives for webcast.”

To keep the tight schedule on track, the conference relies on a centralized IT structure provided by Vision Matrix that collects and distributes all the speaker support presentations directly from the speaker ready-room. “Typically, there was a moderator with a PowerPoint presentation and a panel discussion. All of the PowerPoint decks were collected in the speaker-ready room, and their content was pushed out to their respective rooms by the Vision Matrix IT team,” he explains.

Along with the video support, WorldStage also furnished extensive audio and lighting facilities that included a large complement of audio speakers, wired and wireless mics, digital audio consoles and intercom systems, as well as a package of conventional and LED lighting for 11 rooms. Additional lighting was provided for music and comedy performances by Babyface, David Foster and Chris Tucker in the Beverly Hills Room.

“The logistics of the Milken Global Conference are pretty staggering, but after 10 years we’ve definitely found our rhythm!” says Bevan.

Lawrence Lesser, senior vice president of The Milken Foundation’s Creative Services department, was the executive producer of all of the events. Josh Lesser from Vision Matrix was the overall producer of the events with his team supporting various functions like reader boards etc…

At WorldStage Sean Glenn, Gary Kajikawa, Lonnie Hamilton, Dave Morris and Tom Mathis were the project managers; James Sarro equipment manager; Nicole Walter labor coordinator; Robin Gray lighting designer; and Heidi McGuire director in the Stardust Room.

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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Getting crowds closer to the action of ‘Le Tour de France’

Calibre LEDView scalers power big screens for Yorkshire’s fabulous ‘Grand Depart’

While more than 5 million fans lined the roads of Yorkshire for the opening weekend of the 2014 Tour de France, relatively few got close to the action itself. For those who could not, help was at hand in the form of large LED screens powered by LEDView image-scaling technology from Calibre UK.

The key screens were supplied by two companies – Lightmedia and Big TV – both of which specified Calibre’s LEDView530 as their large-display image scaler of choice for the Grand Depart.

LEDView530

Lightmedia supply screens from Leeds to Harrogate and from York to Sheffield

Lightmedia. Harrogate, 5 July, © Photography by David Lindsey, www.photosbydavid.co.uk.

Lightmedia supplied 19 LED screens along the route of the two opening stages from Leeds to Harrogate and from York to Sheffield, with many of them acting as the visual centrepiece for official Tour de France fan parks.

Eddie Elliot-Smith, Managing Director at Lightmedia, comments: “We use the Calibre LEDView530s as a key part of our rental-and-staging operation, to scale live broadcast content from TV cameras around the course for display on each and every one of the LED screens we supplied.

“We use Calibre because, quite simply, they are the most reliable solution in the world. Not only have we used them for this year’s Grand Depart, we also relied on them for other high-profile international events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the wedding of Charles and Camilla, the launch of Xbox ONE and, indeed, Calibre’s previous generation of product at the Tour de France the last time it came to Britain in 2007.”

LED screens from Big TV for Skipton, York and Leeds

‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV, York, Friday, 4 July:

‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV. York, Friday, 4 July.

‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV. Skipton, Saturday, 5 July

‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV. York, Sunday, 6 July

‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV. York, Sunday, 6 July

Big TV head technician Simon Woodcock says: “We went down to Yorkshire fresh from Edinburgh Festival and provided LED screens to various areas on the opening weekend, including Skipton, York and Leeds. The new ‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen wowed crowds and we also provided screens for a number of private events and parties in Yorkshire as well.

“Calibre quality is central to our LED fleet for managing live feeds. The LEDView530 can take anything you throw at it!”

A high-quality LED-optimised scaler-switcher and universal interface for LED screens, the LEDView530 provides best-in-class professional image processing in a compact, affordable 1U format. It features a jog-wheel and LCD display on its for front panel for fast and easy set-up in the field, and boasts a plethora of useful features including colour adjustment of all source types, powerful picture resizing with simple pixel-accurate edge drag-and-drop, and superior scaling, de-interlacing and noise reduction to reduce image flicker and artefacts.

For mixed rental fleet use the scaler also has a Projection mode in which it supports warp mapping and edge blending, as well as geometry correction and general projection scaling functionality as well as a Scaler-Switcher mode for general purpose scaling and scan conversion making it a truly universal device. The LEDView530 also boasts genlock and I/O lock, making it suitable for on-stage or in-camera use at live events.

Pauline Brooksbank, MD at Calibre UK

Pauline Brooksbank, Managing Director, Calibre UK, comments: “As a Yorkshire company ourselves, we were delighted and extremely proud to have supplied LEDView530 units to power so many LED screens along the route of our county’s “Grand Depart”. This unforgettable weekend was not just a celebration of cycling but a unique opportunity for local people to experience a sporting event they had never come so close to before.

“The crowds who lined the route were 20-deep in places but, thanks to Calibre’s Yorkshire-manufactured technology’s ability to take live broadcast feeds and process them for large-screen display simply, reliably and with absolutely no sacrifice in quality, everybody felt that they were part of the action.”

About Calibre
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 26 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in broadcast/television, digital cinema, large venue projection, LED videowalls and surgical medical applications. Calibre manufactures products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the Pro-AV market worldwide. Calibre is a market leader in innovation, utilizing its own, UK & Germany-based in-house hardware and software design teams for all its product developments and its own UK manufacturing.

Some useful links:

Twitter: @CalibreProAV

Website: www.calibreuk.com

DK-Technologies Steps Up The DK T7 Game At IBC 2014

DK-Technologies has once again upped the functionality of its competitively priced DK T7 audio, loudness and logging meter by adding Loudness Automation, a software update that is free of charge to existing and future DK T7 users.

On show at DK-Technologies’ IBC 2014 stand (8.E60), this latest upgrade is based on SMPTE timecode and allows the DK T7 to instantly recalculate the Integrated Loudness value up to four hours back in time. For audio engineers, this exceptionally useful time saving function is a major improvement as it means they no longer have to re-run programme material to hit their Loudness target value.

Uffe Kjems, Product Marketing Director for DK-Technologies, says: “Every engineer working with broadcast audio knows that hitting the Loudness measure Bulls Eye can be a very tedious and time consuming process. For this reason, we know they will really appreciate our new Loudness Automation feature because it will save them so much time. Loudness Automation adds yet another cool and practical feature to the DK T7 – and at no additional cost – making it the strongest, most competitive and most affordable Loudness meter on the market today.”

DK-Technologies has also added USB mouse operation to the Multi touch screen DK T7, allowing for fast and easy on screen access or operation using the HDMI external monitor output. A number of other improvements have also been incorporated, including headphone volume control and more screen setup functions.

The DK T7 allows end-users to adapt to virtually any format including 3G SDI I/O. The unit also offers 8 AES/EBU input/output channels, 2ch Analogue input channels, headphone output and HDMI monitor output.

At just 20 x 135 x 180 mm (depth, height and width), the DK T7’s compact design allows it to be highly portable and easy to position, while its intuitive multi touch interface makes it very straightforward to use.

The meter is currently available in two different models – the DK T7 costing €3495 and the entry level DK T7 Stereo, costing €2895. Both models are available with or without balanced digital AES inputs as well as in 19” rack mountable versions.

For a demo and more information please visit DK-Technologies at IBC 2014 (8:E60) or visit www.dk-technologies.com.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany and USA.

DPA Shows Its New d:screet™ Necklace Microphones At IBC 2014

DPA Microphones has always been renowned for its ability to deliver superb audio, even in the most challenging conditions. Now, thanks to a new range of body worn microphones, the company has overcome the biggest challenge of all – how to give control of mic placement to non-technical actors or reality show contenstants without compromising sound quality.

DPA’s solution, which will be on show at IBC 2014, is the d:screet™ Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone – a cleverly designed mic that houses a legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace.


“These microphones are perfect for situations where fast costume changes are necessary – or for reality TV shows where the contestants have to place microphones without help from a trained audio engineer,” says DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen. “The necklace design ensures that the microphone sits in exactly the same place on the body every time, so there is no need for EQ-ing between different recordings.”

The d:screet Necklace Mic is already being used in the Danish adaptation of Big Brother and DPA anticipates plenty of interest from other reality TV productions. The mic comes in black, white and brown and in lengths of 47 or 53 com (18.3 or 20.9 inches).

At IBC 2014, DPA is exhibiting alongside its Dutch distributor Amptec on booth 8.D70. At 5pm every evening it will be holding a prize draw, which will give one lucky show visitor the opportunity to win a DPA d:screet Miniature or d:fine™ Headset Microphone. At that same time, the company will challenge one of its mics to see exactly how much stress it can withstand. Could it be used as a drumstick, for example? IBC visitors need only come along to 8:D70 at 5 pm to find out.

While there, they can also see DPA’s new heavy-duty d:screet™ 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones and classic d:screet 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Mics with reinforced cable relief, making them even more durable for demanding use. These microphones satisfy market demand for high-quality sound combined with a highly-durable housing and cable.

“Incorporated on all d:screet Miniature Microphones, our new robust strain relief version brings much needed reassurance to people who are not used to handling miniatures,” Christian Poulsen adds.

The heavy-duty 4060 microphone is ideal for people who require even more security and for whom the visual appeal is of less importance. It is perfect for placement in rigorous filming situations, such as incorporated into a combat suit for a fight scene or under a horse saddle in a period piece. Featuring a stainless steel housing, sturdy cable relief and a thicker 2.2 mm (.09-inch) cable, both enhanced versions are exceptionally durable and ideally suited to the rigors of broadcast productions.

DPA will complete its IBC 2014 line-up with its new d:fine™ 66 and 88 Headset Microphones, which are ideal for broadcast productions with vocal performers who need to move freely without obstructions from a handheld mic or one on a stand.

Combining the flexible mechanics of DPA’s modern d:fine ear mount solution with the sound qualities of the legendary 4066 Omni and 4088 Cardioid headworn mics, the new d:fine™ 66 and 88 Headset Microphones join the original d:fine as well as the traditional 4066 and 4088 Miniature Headset Microphones under the company’s d:fine family. With so many sound handling and size options to choose from, DPA’s d:fine family now addresses every need that actors, musicians and singers face when working in a live television environment.

“There is a growing need for durable body worn microphone solutions with excellent sound reproduction for stringent use in live environments and similar settings,” Poulsen adds. “When we launched the d:fine Headset Microphones we believed that they would define a new generation of headsets. They have certainly met our expectations, which is why we have decided to expand the d:fine Headset Microphone series with this brilliant solution to give users a broad assortment of styles and features.”

For more information please visit DPA at IBC 2014. Hall 8, Stand D70.

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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

New Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Chooses Robert Juliat Followspots

When San Antonio’s Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens in September, its H-E-B Performance Hall and Alvarez Family Studio Theater will boast Robert Juliat Cyrano and Buxie followspots, respectively.

The new Tobin Center rises behind the façade of the former San Antonio Municipal Auditorium along the famed River Walk downtown. The 1,750-seat multi-purpose house will be the home of the San Antonio Symphony and other resident companies; its inaugural 2014-15 season will feature such diverse performers as comedy legend Bill Cosby, radio icon Garrison Keillor and “The Prairie Home Companion” and the Scottish Ballet’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

The four-level H-E-B Performance Hall is the largest of the Tobin Center’s performance spaces; it has installed four Cyrano 2500W HMI followspots whose narrow beam angle makes them the perfect fixture for long throw distances. The Alvarez Family Studio Theater is a black box-style space with multiple seating arrangements; it has acquired a pair of Buxie 575W MSD ultra-compact followspots, which deliver a powerful punch in a small package.

Technical Director Stefan De Wilde was familiar with Robert Juliat followspots from his tenures with Disney and Cirque du Soleil. DeWilde confidently selected the followspots, stating that Robert Juliat followspots “were the industry standard for top-of-the-line fixtures,” he says. “They were the most flexible, light-weight units with high output and extremely high quality. The Tobin Center is booked through 2017 so these lights will get a lot of use. We need products that will hold up under a lot of use and still provide a beautiful, powerful output of light.”

The Cyranos were an ideal choice for the large H-E-B Performance Hall. “We needed a long throw, flicker-free unit since we will accommodate broadcast level television production,” notes De Wilde. “The design was also important. The Cyrano’s color changer is mounted on the center of the fixture, which is more ergonomic for the operator, and the fixture is balanced.”

Likewise, the compact Buxies were a good fit for the Alvarez Family Studio Theater because of their “small footprint, great output and quiet operation,” he reports. “This is a small theater. I can mount the Buxies on a tripod, put them in a spot tower or clamp them to the catwalk railing. They have beautiful optics and will last a long time thanks to their high-quality construction.”

The Robert Juliat followspots were obtained from the Texas Scenic Co.

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New RH Series from Renkus-Heinz Opens at Merriam School Of Music

Oakville, ON – July 2014… When Allan Merriam committed to building an auditorium for the students of Merriam School of Music, he took the same approach he’s taken over his lengthy career – no compromise. Long heralded as a visionary in music education, Merriam’s eponymous school is renowned for its educational integrity across all disciplines, ages, skill levels, and instruments.

Merriam’s vision for the school’s new production and performance facilities led him to acclaimed recording studio designer Martin Pilchner of Toronto-based Pilchner-Schoustal International Inc. PSII was commissioned to design a fully integrated live performance hall coupled with a professional level recording studio. The 100-seat,1400 SF auditorium is located directly above the recording studio space in the basement.

Audio for the room was provided by Contact Distribution, the Canadian distributor for Renkus-Heinz. ”Martin and I have worked on a number of projects in the past, and he’s become a fan of the tight, consistent coverage patterns of Renkus-Heinz systems,” explains Contact Distribution’s Bill Coons. The facility became one of the first to install the new RH Series, a new custom designed two-way point source system featuring a dual wedge angle design and a range of highly versatile rigging options.

“Bill suggested the signature series RH123, and they turned out to be exactly what we needed in the way of coverage, physical size and price point,” states Martin Pilchner. “They offer great dynamic range, and they’re self-powered so they were easy to integrate.” A pair of PN212-SUB dual 12-inch subwoofers covers low frequency content. “The PN212 subs were also a perfect match for the room — small enough to fit under a low profile stage, but plenty of headroom.”

Pilchner reports the system exceeded expectations. “We knew they would sound good but we were somewhat surprised by just how good,” he says. “The co-entrant HF/MF drivers delivered full range sound and consistent coverage all the way to the very back of the room.” Onstage monitoring is handled by CF121M-2 powered monitor wedges.

Allan Merriam adds, “When you put a focused and committed performer thru quality product, the talent and passion don’t get lost in the technology. The Renkus-Heinz system gives us the clarity and audiophile experience we were looking for. We really have the best sounding small scale performance space in the city.”

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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.

Bittree Audio and Video Patching Solutions Used in Major A/V Upgrade for Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Homburg Theatre

Landmark Theatre in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Receives First Major Renovation in Its 50-Year History

GLENDALE, Calif. — July 9, 2014 — Bittree today announced that its high-bandwidth video and programmable audio patchbays were chosen for a major A/V upgrade for the Homburg Theatre, a 1,102 seat performing arts venue in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Bittree’s Canadian reseller, Solotech, provided systems integration and installation for the project, which wrapped up in April. Trizart Alliance were the consultants on the project. more

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