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AV Stumpfl gives Norwegian rock ‘Wings’ for Pink Floyd tribute concerts

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Unique projection mapping, blending and warping in spectacular setting

Everyone is familiar with the idea of a rock concert, but few events take the word ‘rock’ as literally as the recent series of outdoor gigs staged in Norway by the Pink Floyd tribute band Puls. Against the dramatic backdrop of the Kilden-Fjæreheia quarry in Grimstad, the band played six sold-out nights to audiences who were wowed not just by the music but by the spectacular projection-mapped backdrop that was created courtesy of AV Stumpfl’s Wings AV multi-image control technology.

Event design and production for the Puls concerts was the responsibility of Norwegian company Blank. Tomas Håvik, CEO of AV Stumpfl’s Scandinavian distributor Preqbi AB, recalls the project’s technical origins:

“Blank were searching for a solution that could deliver edge-blending and warping of multiple projected images, automated according to a timeline and with built-in media serving capability. We advised them that Wings AV could deliver exactly what they needed, and once the decision had been taken, we helped them with education and support.”

Kent Bakke, General Manager at Blank, explains: “Our challenge was that we wanted to map the actual face of the quarry that provides a backdrop to the band’s stage set. The face of this ‘mountain’ measures about 55 metres wide by 20 metres high, and our render size for the project was 3120 x 1200 pixels, with a 256 pixel overlap between the two halves of the image.

“The Vioso module of Wings split the image into a multi-display, blending and warping the output of six high-output HD projectors with ease. We also used Vioso to create and edit the video content, building up an exact replica of the ‘mountain’ in 3D.

“The content was stored and played back using the Wings Engine media server, with the Wings Avio control protocol allowing secure and perfectly synchronised connection via MIDI to the show’s lighting-control desk. This meant that the video timeline was perfectly sync’d to the music and associated lighting cues, every step of the way.”

With an audience of around 950 people per night seated in a U-shaped amphitheatre exactly opposite the quarry wall, each show culminated in a spectacular climax that echoed the finale of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, with pieces of rock from the quarry appearing to break up and fall towards the stage and theatre.

Tobias Stumpfl, Commercial Director, AV Stumpfl, concludes: “From video editing to large-scale projection, interactivity and show control, our Wings platform does it all. With the support of local partners such as Preqbi AB and the superb creativity of customers like Blank, our technologies are delivering spectacular results that wow audiences all over the world.

“We congratulate everyone involved with the Puls concerts in Norway and look forward to many more exciting applications of Wings to come!”

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More information about Preqbi AB can be found at www.preqbi.se.

About AV Stumpfl
AV Stumpfl is an award-winning Austrian company that designs, manufactures and markets a range of high-performance mobile and installation projection screens and multi-display and show control systems for professional and business applications. As a family business, its founders started the company out of a passion for the advancement of presentation and installation technologies. The product range is warranted for 24/7 usage. AV Stumpfl is located in Wallern, Austria, and is supported by a global network of distribution and service partners.
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Heuvelman Uses Riedel Gear to Create Integrated A/V, Data, and Intercom Solution for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

Enabling Transport of All Signals Over One Cable, Riedel Equipment Significantly Reduced Complexity of Complete Media, Data, and Communications Infrastructure

SOEST, Netherlands — July 29, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that the Netherlands’ Heuvelman Sound & Vision B.V. used Riedel equipment to provide an interconnected digital TETRA system and intercom system for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, which concluded June 15 in The Hague. Throughout the field hockey tournament, the Riedel installation supported HD video transport for two LED screens in Kyocera Stadium, audio and video for displays across the press village, and flexible data and intercom communications across the event.

“Riedel gear was a perfect fit for this project because it alone would allow us to connect a digital TETRA system to an intercom system,” said Arjen Buijs, sales manager at Heuvelman Sound & Vision B.V. “The versatility and reliability of Riedel systems are always a compelling reason to use the gear, and they provided seamless interoperability and smooth performance throughout this tournament.”

The Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, consisting of 76 matches, represented both the men’s and women’s World Cup tournaments, and as many as six matches took place each day. To support the event, Heuvelman deployed Riedel’s MediorNet real-time network along with an Artist intercom system, using the compact Juggler digital trunked radio network solution to enable connection of 220 Motorola TETRA radios to the Artist system over MediorNet.

The high degree of interoperability among Riedel solutions allowed all signals to be carried over a single cable. This benefit significantly reduced the volume and complexity of cabling required for all A/V, data, and communications signals, in turn making it easier to establish cable runs including the lengthy connection from the control room to the stadium.

As a whole, the installation included five MediorNet frames, distributed across both the main Kyocera Stadium and the temporary GreenFields Stadium, as well as the Artist digital matrix intercom system for wired communications. The wireless Motorola radios were tied into this system via Riedel’s Juggler. Riedel provided on-site support throughout installation and testing, as well as remote support throughout the event.

“We are proud that Riedel gear is repeatedly selected for the world’s top sports events,” said David Bouma, sales manager, Riedel Benelux. “The Rabobank Hockey World Cup was one of the biggest sporting events in the history of The Hague, and Riedel equipment played a key role in supporting successful production and contributing to fans’ enjoyment of a premier field hockey event.”

Further information about Heuvelman Sound & Vision B.V. is available at www.heuvelman.nl.

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Engineer John Delf Puts HARMAN’s Soundcraft Realtime Rack Plug-in Engine to the Test on 5 Seconds of Summer World Tour

SYDNEY, Australia – Having toured the United Kingdom, United States and Australia with Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer, front of house engineer John Delf was one of the world’s first professionals to put the HARMAN’s Soundcraft Realtime Rack to use. Delf has been using his Soundcraft Vi4 digital console in conjunction with the Realtime Rack—a massive library of plug-ins from Universal Audio, compatible with all Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles.

“I have been using the Soundcraft Vi desk range for many years now so I was very excited when they announced the release of the Realtime Rack,” Delf said. “I had heard great things about the Universal Audio plug-ins, so the thought of using these in combination with the Vi4 that I was using on the 5SOS tour was a very exciting prospect.”

According to Delf, the Realtime Rack has opened up a new world of possibilities. “The onboard dynamics and effects on the Vi range are exceptional but to be able to scan through the entire UAD catalogue and insert other extremely tasty emulations is so cool,” he said. “I am able to put two or three different compressors and pre’s into all my important channels and switch between them, trying out which ones are best for each application.”

In addition, the Realtime Rack enables Delf to create processing and effects combinations that would not be practical if he was using outboard hardware. “At one point I was running three compressors on my kick drum microphone and it sounded great—not something that would have been practical using actual outboard gear,” he noted. “The advantage of the virtual emulations is that I can create chains that in the real world I could only ever dream of.”

Of equal important is the Realtime Rack’s ease of use—a crucial benefit on tours where every second is at a premium. “Once the Realtime Rack is cabled up to the Vi it’s very easy to add the effects to your existing channels and you can still use them in combination with the onboard desk dynamics and effects. All internal connections are done though the MADI interface so once you have the ins and outs sorted in the Realtime Rack, it’s very simple to link those into the channels.”

According to Delf, the diversity of effects at his disposal gives him a virtually limitless sonic array to choose from. “A kid in a sonic sweetshop probably best describes using it,” he quipped. “The only downside is that once you have used the Realtime Rack you will really miss it next time you have to do a show without one!”

“It just adds that extra bit of magic to your mix that was only previously available to studio engineers, but is now quite literally at the fingertips of the live engineer, via a great touchscreen. Thank you Soundcraft, I really loved using this piece of kit.”

For more information on John Delf’s recording studio, please visit www.theedgestudios.co.uk

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Zdi Inc. Chooses Vista Systems’ Phoenix for Installs Where AV and IT Merge

Systems integrator Zdi Inc. in Normal, Illinois is finding Vista Systems’ Phoenix to be a key piece of equipment as the merger of AV and IT becomes more commonplace in customers’ installations.

“We understand the relationship between AV and IT better than anyone,” says Jay McArdle, vice president of Zdi Inc. “We understand networking and how to integrate it as companies try to strike a balance between AV and IT today. More and more installs fall under IT for purchase decisions and coordination. We truly understand what AV systems do on the network – they’re not isolated systems anymore.”

Vista Phoenix is a network distributed open content management system for simultaneous encode, decode and display of AV data. With Phoenix, AV distribution and monitoring is no longer confined to a single location. It enables seamless access and control of AV data regardless of the user’s location; it can be used by multiple parallel participants, single offices or in the field via mobile technology.

Zdi Inc. discovered Phoenix about eight months ago when it considered the system for a medical simulation center in Peoria. As a result Phoenix became the basis for the design of a current project, the Memorial Medical Center’s Center for Learning and Innovation in Springfield, Illinois.

“Medical simulation is a big market for us,” says McArdle. Phoenix plays a role in enabling physicians and students to view the output of multiple IP cameras across a network to a variety of control stations. For example, in the Center for Learning and Innovation install Zdi has teamed Phoenix with Christie Brio wireless presentation system for classrooms and collaboration rooms. “Brio plugs into Phoenix so we can put multiple images on the screen at the same time,” he explains. “One feed is the simulated vitals of the patient; three other feeds show different perspectives of IP cameras rendered onto situation awareness. The simulation can be run from a control booth or by an iPad right in the room.”

Phoenix has also come into play at the Quad Cities Metro Link mass transit dispatch center in Rock Island, Illinois. “Phoenix is used as the videowall processor handling different computer feeds and IP cameras so personnel can view maps and other visuals on the same canvas,” McArdle says.

Zdi sees applications for Phoenix in security stations, for rendering IP cameras, and in a university speech pathology observation room, where, once IP cameras are on the network students’ interaction can be viewed remotely anywhere on the campus.

“Phoenix is uniquely positioned in the marketplace with its price point,” says McArdle. “For small and medium-sized installs it’s the most price-compelling selection. And its features are more robust than other systems.”

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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Nouvelle Star’s Amel Bent Takes SSL Live on the Road for 2014 Instinct Tour

“This is the console I have been waiting for; it gives me the utmost in flexibility, ergonomics, sound and options”

PARIS – Pop star Amel Bent first took France by storm as a semi-finalist on the pop idol television show Nouvelle Star in 2004. Ten years later, she’s still going strong. Currently in the midst of her Instinct Tour, Bent is performing to enthusiastic audiences across France and Switzerland, where a pair of SSL Live consoles, supplied by SGroup’s Alès location, are handling FOH and monitors.

Having previously worked with Christophe Willem, Zazie and 1789 Les amants de la bastille as PA tech, FOH engineer Thibault Maestracci joined Bent in November 2013 at the start of the tour. For this production, he takes approximately 50 channels from the stage and handles FOH mixing with a system that incorporates two Pro Tools® HD rigs.

“The first Pro Tools system is used as a ‘toolbox,’ mainly for effects for ‘stem group’ processing,” he explains. “The second system functions primarily as a backup during the show, but I can also use it as a multi-track recorder/player for rehearsals. The microphone preamplifiers are located on stage and are connected to the FOH console using SSL’s Blacklight II audio transport on two optical fibre connections. Alex [Maggi, the monitor engineer] and I have independent control over preamp gain for each desk.”

Maestracci is very happy with the results he gets with the SSL Live. “The sound quality is excellent and preamplifiers have the headroom to accept high input levels,” he adds. “I don’t need an external preamplifier with this desk — even for the lead vocal! The fader and encoder layout is great, and the way you can deploy the channels on different banks is very useful. You can put what you want where you want it. Once you understand the logic behind the desk, it is very easy to customize, and the ability to use both screens simultaneously is a powerful feature.”

According to Maestracci, the Instinct tour began indoors with a PA system that was configured for audiences between 500 and 1200. “For the summer, we’ve switched to an outdoor configuration with a local ‘festival-style’ PA,” he continues. “With this setup, the main output of the SSL Live is sent at 96 kHz via the AES output to two system processors, then distributed via Dante to the power amps.”

Meanwhile, Maggi, whose credits include Lara Fabian, Nolwenn Leroy and the production of Les Victoires de la Musique, mans his SSL Live from stage left, feeding monitor mixes to wireless IEM transmitters and wired IEM amplifiers. He met the Parisian pop sensation in 2004 while working on Nouvelle Star and soon after began touring as her monitor engineer.

“I’ve been waiting for a new generation of digital mixing consoles that could provide a higher number of output buses and increased reliability over the older digital desks I had been using,” he says. “The SSL Live gives me all of that, plus more. A big strength of the desk is that I can operate it in any number of methods. I can use the large touch screen or the small touch screen with its associated knob controllers, to access parameters for any input or output channel — whatever way is best for me. I find that I mainly use the small touch screen and the Channel Control Tile, which gives me rotary controls for the parameters and dedicated buttons to quickly access EQ, dynamics, panning and inserts. This is the console I have been waiting for. It gives me the utmost in flexibility, ergonomics, sound and options.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

Slamhammer and Martin Audio Step Up At All-Star Game Concert

Minneapolis, MN––The Target All-Star Concert was held at the TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus a few days before the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star game.

Slamhammer Productions provided audio, staging and video for the sold-out show that featured Grammy Award winner Imagine Dragons and local hip-hop phenomenon Atmosphere playing to an enthusiastic crowd of over 30,000.

To get the depth and impact of coverage required, Slamhammer set up a Martin Audio loudspeaker system consisting of 16 W8LCs a side for the main hangs; 10 (stage right) and 14 W8LCs a side as outfill; a hang of 2 W8LMDs as center downfill; 4 W8LMs across the front lip of the stage for additional front fill, and 40 WSX subs ground-stacked in front of the stage. Two delay towers with 12 W8LM speakers each were set up 175 feet back in the audience.

Even though Slamhammer had done three smaller shows at TCF Bank Stadium, there were still particular challenges given the size and high profile nature of the event.

According to company President Peter Skujins, “We were faced with long throws of over 400 feet and were limited in terms of rigging capacity. The mobile stage we were using is a beautiful structure with a huge total capacity, but you eat that up pretty quick with multiple hangs weighing over 6400 lbs on the roof. We were also concerned about having a major sightline problem with the delay towers because it was a seated house.

“Fortunately, these all turned out to be non-issues because the W8LM is a very compact box and the Martin Audio system did what it’s supposed to do. It sounded great and everyone was really happy with the coverage and audio quality, including our client Major League Baseball who called the concert ‘a huge success.’”

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.

Dreamsound Is Poland’s First Post-Production Studio to Adopt Dolby Atmos Powered By HARMAN’s JBL and Crown

WARSAW, Poland — Since 2007 Warsaw-based Dreamsound (www.dreamsound.pl) has been one of Poland’s top film post-production studios, offering a complete range of services from recording sound on set through sound editing, mixing and audio mastering. Since its inception Dreamsound has been committed to offering its clients the very latest in film sound technologies, as evidenced by the fact that it’s the first post-production house in Poland licensed to produce film soundtracks using the leading-edge Dolby Atmos surround-sound system, heard at its full potential thanks to a system based around HARMAN’s JBL ScreenArray™ loudspeakers and Crown DSi and XLS DriveCore Series amplifiers.

Dolby Atmos is a next-generation surround-sound technology that employs overhead speakers as well as traditional surround speakers to create a remarkably realistic and immersive sonic environment. Dolby Atmos employs up to 64 speakers to heighten the enveloping sonic atmosphere and impact of movie theater sound. The Dolby Atmos JBL and Crown system is installed in a new 280 square foot, 15-seat screening room that opened in January 2014. Dreamsound co-owner Kacper Habisiak worked closely with JBL and Crown brand manager Wojtek Kopytek at HARMAN Professional distributor ESS Audio and with Dolby personnel in designing and installing the screening room.

The installation employs a total of 32 JBL loudspeakers including ScreenArray 3731-T 3-way tri-amplified loudspeakers and 4642 dual-18-inch subwoofers arranged behind the 20-foot wide projection screen in a left-center-right configuration. JBL SCS 12 and SCS 8 Spatially Cued Surround 12-inch and 8-inch coaxial loudspeakers are mounted on the ceiling, side and rear walls, augmented by two JBL 4181 18-inch subwoofers. The loudspeakers are driven by a complement of Crown DSi 1000 and XLS 2500, XLS 2000, XLS 1500 and XLS 1000 amplifiers.

“JBL speakers are the standard in Polish cinemas, and they match perfectly with Crown amplifiers, so it was a logical move for us to implement these components in our Dolby Atmos screening room,” said Habisiak. “Equally important, the performance of the speakers and amplifiers meets Dolby’s licensing requirements, which are extremely stringent regarding specifications including sound pressure levels, frequency response, coverage relative to room size and other parameters.”

JBL’s ScreenArray 3731-T loudspeakers are designed for critical sound reproduction requirements in small to medium cinemas and studio production and post-production applications. The 3731-T incorporates a host of design and engineering advancements including Optimized Aperture Waveguide and Focused Coverage Technology for ultra-low distortion and extremely uniform frequency response over a precisely controlled coverage area. Crown’s DSi amplifiers are specifically designed for cinema applications with features including onboard DSP, EQ, delay, output limiting and presets for JBL loudspeaker systems. XLS Series amplifiers combine performance and flexibility featuring both Crown’s proprietary DriveCore™ Technology and PureBand™ Crossover System allowing users to select crossover points from 50 Hz to 3kHz.

“The JBL and Crown system far exceeds our expectations,” Habisiak noted. “It’s one thing to meet the Dolby Atmos specs, which are admittedly quite demanding – but it’s another thing to actually experience what this system can do. The combination of the clarity, dynamic power and seamless integration of the speakers and amplifiers with the three-dimensional width, depth and height localization of the Dolby Atmos process is truly remarkable to hear.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Crutchfield Designs Loud and Bulletproof Sound System for Trinity Irish Pub With HARMAN’s JBL Professional Loudspeakers

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – As a popular dance club near the campus of the University of Virginia, Trinity Irish Pub garnered a great amount of attention when word spread of its upgraded sound reinforcement system, featuring HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers. Systems integrator Crutchfield Corporation of Charlottesville, Virginia designed and installed the unique system.

Two design goals were set for the new system at the Trinity Irish Pub: the loudspeakers needed to produce twice the amount of output power than the old system while attaining proper coverage in the room. In addition the entire system needed to be bulletproof and able to withstand any amount of power surges as well as physical abuse. Hence, the team decided on four JBL PRX412M portable loudspeakers and one PRX418S subwoofer, powered by one Crown XTi4002 and one XTi2002 amplifier, with additional management from a dbx DriveRack PA+ system.

“We wanted to tailor the sound to the room, and with the HARMAN gear working so well together, we were able to do just that,” said Brian Madison, Pro Audio Buyer of Crutchfield Corporation. “The HARMAN brands are certainly known as industry leaders, and everyone here at Crutchfield appreciates their products’ build quality and performance. Thanks to the output and integration of HARMAN gear, we were able to suspend the loudspeakers above the crowd to get enough power and headroom for many years.”

Dallas Simon, an AV Design Specialist for Crutchfield, was one of the engineers on-site who assessed the installation. The team was forced to adjust for an asymmetrical layout, so in order to eliminate dead spots on the dance floor, a conventional rectangular pattern in loudspeaker alignment could not be used. With proper tweeter alignment to the dance floor, Simon inverted the loudspeakers so the horns were on the bottom, which produced the perfect angle.

“The owner wanted the loudspeakers as high as possible and as close to the wall as possible, which limited the degree of tilt we could accomplish,” said Simon. “We still wanted to hang the system so that the loudspeakers fired inward at the dance floor, without pushing excessive volume at the bar, for obvious reasons. For such a unique installation, the PA sounds fantastic and the owner as well as the house engineer are very pleased with the results.”

Now that the mission is accomplished, The Trinity Irish Pub has become an even more popular destination for the college crowd, having to often turn people away at the door. Each night the PRX loudspeakers rock the entire venue, and the system will last for years to come.

For more information on the installation, please visit http://www.crutchfield.com/trinitypub

Crutchfield Corporation, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014, is one of the nation’s leading catalog and Internet retailers of consumer electronics products. Crutchfield brings a legacy of remarkable customer service to the pro audio marketplace. Last year, Crutchfield.com earned its 14th straight “Circle of Excellence” Platinum Award for website performance and customer service from Bizrate Research, a division of Shopzilla. Of the more than 5,100 online retailers in the Bizrate network, Crutchfield stands alone as the only one to win the “Circle of Excellence” Platinum Award for 14 consecutive years.

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Video Devices PIX 260i Captures Footage Fit for a King as Part of The Royal Society Headquarters Refit

LONDON, JULY 30, 2014 – When The Royal Society in London was looking to refit the audio and visual facilities in two rooms at its headquarters at Carlton House Terrace in London, it turned to Video Devices, mission-critical video products by Sound Devices, and its PIX 260i for its video recording needs.

A fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists and the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, The Royal Society acts as a scientific advisor to the British government, receiving a parliamentary grant-in-aid. Installed by Winchester-based AV integrator Whitwam, and provided through Shure Distribution UK, The Royal Society fitted three PIX 260i’s in its largest gallery, the Wellcome Trust lecture theatre, to capture video from the four cameras installed in the space. Throughout the year, members of the Society give presentations in the various lecture halls. Many are broadcast, recorded and archived. In addition, the organization installed two Shure SCM820 eight-channel automatic audio mixers in the dining rooms as part of its improved sound reinforcement efforts for speeches and awards.

The rack-mounted PIX 260i is a file-based audio and video recorder that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments. The Video Devices PIX 260i also offers 32 tracks of audio recording and playback as well as control from browser-capable computers and tablets. It records QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats. Files recorded in these intra-frame codecs are ready for editing directly from the recorder in such common editing environments as Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For color-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time applications.

PIX 260i recorders can be controlled from browser-capable computers and tablets. When connected to a data network, transport controls and setup menu controls are available on the Video Devices PIXNET, which offers IP-addressable control of one or multiple PIX 260i recorders. Users can group multiple units for simultaneous control. Data drives connected to the PIX 260i are also accessible on Ethernet-based networks as read-only SMB shares, opening up endless possibilities for file sharing. Files can be copied from any PIX 260i located on a network, enabling access from across a room or the globe. Up to four SATA drives can be connected to the PIX 260i simultaneously. For RAID-type redundancy and to eliminate the need for post-record copying when multiple copies are required, users can record to all four drives simultaneously.

Building on the company’s deep heritage in production sound, Video Devices has infused the PIX 260i with 32-track record/playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Audinate’s Dante, the PIX 260i accepts and transmits up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

The PIX 260i includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator and reader with genlock output for rock-steady multi-camera and double-system sound applications. In addition to generating ultra-stable time code, time code can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or from an external source. It also includes a sophisticated scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, the PIX recorders can record the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or a different rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal and anamorphic conversion is also available. PIX 260i’s convenient half-rack, 2U chassis dimension allows it to be easily integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10-27 VDC through its four-pin XLR connector.

Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, includes digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters, with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit Video Devices and Sound Devices websites, www.videodevices.com; www.sounddevices.com.

San Antonio’s Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Chooses grandMA2 Consoles and Clay Paky Lighting for Performance Spaces

San Antonio’s new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will open in September with a complement of grandMA2 consoles and six Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800 fixtures dedicated to both the H-E-B Performance Hall and the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of both brands in North America.

Rising behind the façade of the former San Antonio Municipal Auditorium along downtown’s famed River Walk, the 1,750-seat multi-purpose venue will be the home of the San Antonio Symphony and other resident companies. It also plans to offer a diverse array of entertainment from comedy legend Bill Cosby and radio icon Garrison Keillor and “The Prairie Home Companion” to 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; the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater is a black box-style space with multiple seating options. Dealer Texas Scenic and rep Roy Harline are providing both the grandMA2 and Clay Paky products.

A grandMA2 light console with grandMA2 replay unit will be located in each of the performance spaces. H-E-B Performance Hall will also be equipped with a grandMA2 NPU for multiple universes and MA’s top-of-the-line VPU plus video processing unit.

Tobin Center Technical Director Stefan De Wilde is no stranger to grandMA2 consoles. “I have purchased and specified many grandMA1 and 2 consoles for Disney, Cirque du Soleil, the New World Symphony and the several universities,” says the Emmy-nominated lighting designer. “For three years ‘The Pageant of Peace,’ the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C., was illuminated by various grandma consoles.”

De Wilde says grandMA2 is his “console of choice” for its “incredible reliability, flexibility and power. It efficiently manages vast quantities of information quickly and efficiently.”

He notes that longevity is a key factor for equipment selected for the Tobin Center. “The equipment must effectively operate for at least 10 years and meet every need for every show. We’re a world-class performing arts center and require world-class technology in every department. We also have an array of grandMA2 nodes throughout our lighting control system.”

Adding a MA VPU plus video processing unit to the grandMA2 console in the H-E-B Performance Hall will enable projection cues for several Panasonic 20K projectors to be written into the unit’s cue plan for easy content management.

Six Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800s were selected as “the best fit” for both performance spaces. “We required, quiet, low-maintenance fixtures that offer a variety of design options and would last for many years,” says De Wilde. “Following extensive research, The QWO 800s had the smallest footprint, the lightest weight and the least amount of ambient noise. Their efficient lamp also has incredible output. The QWO 800s are also extremely flexible since they can be used as a wash or a spot fixture.”

The fixtures will be shared by both the H-E-B Performance Hall and the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater.

A.C.T Lighting will train Tobin Center staff on the grandMA2 consoles. “A.C.T sets the standard in the entertainment industry for technical service and support,” De Wilde reports. “Bob Gordon, Chris Patton, George Masek and Will Murphy are members of our All Star Team for the project. Their ongoing partnership and support, coupled with reliable and powerful technology is why I select A.C.T’s gear every time.”

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