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Masque Sound Takes Off with First National Tour of the High-Flying Hit Musical Comedy, Pippin

Custom Audio Equipment Package Delivers Broadway Experience to Audiences around the Country

DENVER, CO, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 – When the Broadway smash hit Pippin embarked on its first national tour on September 6 at The Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was along for the ride to support Sound Designers Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm’s vision for the high-flying, death-defying musical comedy.

Pippin tells the story of a young prince as he sets out on a thrilling journey to find meaning in his existence. He notes two potential paths: he can choose a happy, but simple life or risk everything in favor of a momentary flash of glory. A magical show, Pippin has become a well-known staple in the theatre community for its many classic Broadway numbers, including “Magic to Do,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow” and “Love Song.”

Deans and Helm have been with Pippin since its Broadway opening in April 2013 and are both intimately familiar with the show’s audio requirements. “The creative concept behind Pippin was designed in New York, so we are now trying to bring that Broadway experience to the different theatres on the tour,” says Deans. “The show itself essentially stays the same as the one that appears on Broadway in every aspect, except for the sound design. Because we are putting on performances in different theatres of various sizes and capacities, as well as some with balconies and some without, we needed a very flexible sound system that could provide full coverage, with no matter to the room and its dimensions.”

In order to deliver as close to the Pippin Broadway experience as possible, Masque Sound provided the designers with a DiGiCo SD7 Live Digital Console complete with Stealth Digital Processing™. “The SD7 is very versatile, sounds great and does everything we want it to do,” says Helm. “It is extremely helpful in ensuring that we can expect exceptional sound coverage in all of the theatres in which the production will be playing.”

As part of the custom-designed audio system, Masque Sound also supplied an array of d&b audiotechnik speakers, which the designers chose for their excellent sonic soundscape, as the speakers help to keep the continuity between the Broadway show and the tour productions. In addition, a selection of microphones from Shure, Neumann and DPA, as well as a 40-channel wireless package featuring Sennheiser mics with DPA booms, were also included in the audio equipment package.

“The crew at Masque Sound is always wonderful to collaborate with,” adds Deans. “Masque Sound worked closely with us to build the ideal speaker package to fit our sound requirements. The crew really looks after the best interests of the show. They care about the production, they care about us, and that always makes working with them such a rewarding experience.”

In addition to providing the custom audio package for the show, Masque Sound also supplied frequency coordination for the show’s 40-plus channels of wireless microphones. Masque Sound’s expert team provided the touring crew with the information and RF equipment that they needed to ensure that all of the show’s wireless transmission would remain interference free.

Deans and Helm also acknowledge the importance of their own crew’s hard work in ensuring the show’s success. “Our Associate Sound Designer Drew Levy, Production Sound Supervisor Alex Ritter and two fantastic sound mixers, A1 FOH Mixer Maxine Gutierrez and A2 RF/Backstage Support Nathan Meredith, look after the show, tour with it and do an amazing job on all accounts.”

Pippin is directed by Diane Paulus and features choreography by Tony® nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 Doigts de la Main, also known as 7 Fingers. The show opened on Broadway on April 25, 2013 and went on to win four 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical for Paulus. The Pippin tour is currently slated to run through August 2015 with 33 stops, including Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and Seattle.

For ticket information, please visit www.pippinthemusical.com/tour.php.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Point Source Audio will Demonstrate Digigram’s New Lower Cost AQILIM *FIT/LE Live Video Streaming Encoder to the Worship Market

Visitors at this year’s WFX Expo in Dallas, Texas, will get a first-hand look at how to use AQILIM for Live Streaming in a growing array of applications.

Point Source Audio (PSA), Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas, announced that the AQILIM *FIT/LE professional video encoder will be on display from October 1 – 2 at this year’s Worship Facilities Expo (WFX) 2014 Expo (booth #844) in Dallas, Texas.

The AQILIM *FIT/LE is an intuitive and cost-effective solution for high-quality live event broadcasting over an IPTV network or multiscreen video distribution over the Internet. With flexible input options and compatibility with leading web streaming providers, this latest addition to Digigram’s encoder line is ideal for increasingly popular streaming applications for live video, live distribution of religious services, corporate, sporting, or news events; the creation of WebTV; and live education via e-learning.

“AQILIM *FIT/LE is an affordable professional encoder that makes it easy to connect to most major web streaming providers and stream live broadcast-quality video to PC, Mac, smartphone, and tablet users around the world,” said Laurent Gros, video product manager at Digigram. “Built on proven technology and ready to use, right out of the box, the AQILIM *FIT/LE provides reliable, straightforward operation for the user while assuring exceptional video quality. By making live streaming both simple and affordable, the AQILIM *FIT/LE opens up new and valuable opportunities for a broad variety of businesses, institutions, and organizations.”

The AQILIM *FIT/LE connects directly to the camera or video mixer, capturing live video and streaming encoded video either to an IP network or to the CDN responsible for Internet distribution of live video. A Web-based interface gives users convenient access to simple configuration parameters for video streaming, eliminating the need for specialized training or dedicated operators.

Occupying just one rack unit, the robust hardware system is available with analog, SDI, and/or HDMI video inputs. Quiet operation enables use of the encoder even in a meeting or conference room.

The AQILIM *FIT/LE is now available for purchase at select Point Source Audio resellers. More information about Point Source Audio’s various audio solutions can be found by visiting www.point-sourceaudio.com

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (PSA) manufactures and distributes worldwide their SERIES8 miniature microphones—a unique line of headset and earworn microphones known for their robust bendable boom and waterproof features. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

WorldStage Launches The LAB in San Francisco

WorldStage is opening The LAB in San Francisco as an extension of its core business focusing on emerging media server and interactive technologies for live events and happenings. The LAB enhances the bicoastal presence of WorldStage, which has offices in New York City, Orange County and Nashville, and gives the company its first office in northern California.

WorldStage President Josh Weisberg explained, “The LAB allows us to get a little more creative in our technical approach for clients with customized hardware, software and control solutions. We’ll be taking advantage of the latest and greatest media server and interactive technologies as well as projection mapping, tracking and creative LED installations. Clients can see and experience the technologies we offer: The WorldStage LAB will have on site examples of different media servers, video projection, pre-visualizations systems, and software programming for them to explore.”

Jane Ewert will head up The LAB as director of business development. Tech guru Josh Silverman has joined the start up as the Director of Technology. They will be collaborating and partnering with creatives, designers and producers in the Bay Area to offer innovative new approaches to corporate events, theater, trade shows and marketing installations.

According to Silverman, “The WorldStage LAB is a unique space where we merge the arts of programming and live event production. We will create one-of-a-kind designs with custom applications and emerging technologies to transform live and interactive shows for clients worldwide.”

Ewert comes to the WorldStage LAB with a 20-year background as a producer and account executive for live events, digital media and broadcasting in the Bay Area. She has managed and driven sales for a number Bay Area creative agencies, overseeing live events and presentations for Apple, Sun, Cisco, Intel, Hitachi, and Yahoo. Prior to her career in business development, Ewert was an executive producer with the Washington Post Interactive division and a news journalist in Florida, Washington, D.C. and Michigan.

“As a producer and account executive in the Bay Area I hired WorldStage exclusively for our live events,” she says. “WorldStage pushed the limits with their technical creative engineering expertise, and I knew the process would be seamless with no mistakes. I couldn’t be more pleased to help build WorldStage’s presence here.”

Josh Silverman brings ten years of design, audio/video integration and software development experience to an industry increasingly focused on combining these disparate fields to create innovative systems and experiences. He has been the principal of Pretty Extreme, Inc. since 2007. The New York City-based company creates exciting interactive experiences and develops custom software for brands and individuals. He was also the principal of Three Byte Intermedia, Inc. from 2007-2010. Prior to that he was a senior software engineer with Show and Tell Productions, a commissioning engineer with Electrosonic and a systems programmer with Scharff Weisberg, the company that merged with Video Applications Inc. to form WorldStage.

His work has included projects for Sprint, HP, Sony, Oracle, ABC, Singapore’s Visionarium, Prada Epicenter Stores in Beverly Hills and Tokyo, and the Jazz Hall of Fame at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The WorldStage LAB will introduce itself to the Bay Area with a series of open house events as well as in-depth, one-on-one sessions. On Wednesday September 24 and Thursday September 25 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, the WorldStage LAB will welcome clients and collaborators to meet the principals, see the facility and enjoy some refreshments. Private walk-throughs can also be scheduled any time during the week of September 22. Those interested in either of the open houses or a private walk-through should contact clientservices@worldstage.com

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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Wisconsin Realtors Association Upgrades to Transparent Teleconferencing via a Symetrix SymNet Radius AEC Dante Network Audio DSP

Wisconsin_Realtors_AssociationMADISON, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 2014: Headquartered in Madison, the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA) is 13,000 members strong and one of the largest trade organizations in the Badger State. Among the many services that it offers its members, continuing education is perhaps the most prominent. Throughout most of its hundred-plus year history, members traveled to the WRA headquarters to keep current with seminars, workshops, and conferences, and its building contains flexible training and conference rooms to deliver those services. With the advent of modern telecommuting technologies, the WRA has sought to bring its continuing education to its members. However, the staff’s early experimentation with free web-based software and homespun A/V technology proved frustrating on both ends due to poor audio and video quality. WRA hired Peak Systems Group of Reedsburg, Wisconsin to update their rooms with modern remote conferencing technology, and the A/V integrator obliged with a new system centered on the uniquely functional Symetrix SymNet Radius AEC Dante network audio DSP.

“They were trying to adapt their existing technology for use with free web-based remote conferencing software,” said Jason Keagy, president of Peak Systems Group. “They set up a camera on a tripod and brought in a portable audio mixer, but making that all work correctly was not easy for someone without an A/V background. They had a lot of failures and poor audio quality led to a lot of frustration. Folks were struggling to understand the presentations, and they weren’t free to participate. On the video end, the staff tried to zoom the camera in on the screen, with predictable results.”

In addition to the entire pedigreed collection of audio processing modules that Symetrix has perfected, the SymNet Radius AEC includes connectivity and specialized processing to make remote conferencing transparent and pleasurable. The 1U rack unit contains eight mic/line wideband echo cancellers, eight line outputs, and four auxiliary line inputs. Each individual channel has AEC processed and direct outputs plus dedicated reference and auxiliary inputs, allowing any source connected over Dante to take advantage of the onboard processing. “They needed better audio for web feeds, as well as phone-in technology,” said Keagy. “The Radius AEC was the perfect choice. We used its expansion slot for a Symetrix 2 Line Analog Telephone Interface Card. The Radius AEC’s native Dante networking capability assured us that future system expansion, if needed, would be easy and cost-effective. But perhaps most importantly, our past experiences with Symetrix have always been predictable and trouble-free. Symetrix equipment just works – and it works well.”

Most of the system components are used in the training room, but the Radius AEC has enough inputs, outputs, processing power, and flexibility that it’s handling audio for the conference room as well. A Crestron digital media system delivers transparent A/V system control via a Crestron touch screen and coordinates video I/O and routing with the audio I/O and routing of the Radius AEC. For fine-scale control of audio processing, Peak Systems Group gave the WRA staff Symetrix ARC-WEB internet-based control, which they can access via their smartphones or via the training or conference room computers.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

DANLEY JERICHO HORNS COVER NORTH TO SOUTH AT PENN STATE UNIVERSITY’S BEAVER STADIUM

Penn_State_Beaver_StadiumUNIVERSITY PARK, PENNSYLVANIA – SEPTEMBER 2014: The Penn State Nittany Lions play all of their home games at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. With an astounding capacity of over 106,000, Beaver Stadium is the second largest stadium in the Western hemisphere (after the University of Michigan’s stadium) and the fourth largest in the world. A recent off-season upgrade to high-definition LED scoreboards inspired a parallel upgrade to a new high-definition sound system that relies on Danley Sound Labs Jericho Horns to throw sound from the south end zone clear across to the north end zone – and all areas between – with point-source, horn-loaded fidelity. Coverage is a remarkable ±2dB across that huge expanse, and eight Danley TH-812 subwoofers support the full-range content with honest, musical low end that shakes the stands.

Clair Solutions Senior Systems Designer Jim Devenney (Manheim, Pennsylvania) designed the system with assistance from Chad Edwardson at Danley Sound Labs and Al Harris from Populous Architects (Kansas City, Missouri). Jason Hertz led the installation for Clair Solutions with assistance from Jonathan Hoffman and Forrest Brewer from Barton-Mallow/Alexander, the general contractor. “The new scoreboard would no longer be able to accommodate the old sound system,” said Devenney. “It simply wouldn’t fit. Mike Hedden, Danley president, came up from Georgia to demo a Danley Sound Labs solution, and the school officials liked its full-bandwidth sound, dynamic response, and even coverage.” Importantly, the Danley solution would allow Devenney to cover the entire stadium with a much smaller footprint. Hedden commented, “Our demo was an opportunity to do a side-by-side with a very popular line array. At 800 feet the Jericho Horn was clear and present, like it was fifty feet away. When we switched to the existing line array it was as if the sound stepped backwards three hundred feet. It was a stunning difference. One of the officials asked me how I could explain what everyone was hearing. I replied, to paraphrase the founders, we hold these truths to be self evident, that all loudspeakers are not created equal!”

The system hangs from three levels on the new scoreboard, and each side is a mirror image of the other side. At the top level, two Danley J4 Jericho Horns hit the stands beyond the opposite end zone. Below that level, four Danley J3 Jericho Horns cover the far half of the east and west stands. At the lowest level, two Danley J3 Jericho Horns cover the near half of the east and west stands, and two Danley SH95-HO loudspeakers provide near fill. All told, eight Danley TH-812 subwoofers, four on the top and four on the bottom, provide abundant bass. Devenney left a distributed system of fill speakers under overhangs in place. Lab.gruppen LM26 processors running Lake software provide equalization and protection for the system. Lab.gruppen FP-Series amplifiers with the NLB-60E controller provide system power as well as network control and monitoring.

“Everything worked out very well,” said Devenney. “Coverage is excellent: plus or minus 2dBA throughout the stadium, except in club areas where I intentionally made things quieter. The system has good articulation, nice fullness, great dynamics, and impressive vocal clarity. The J4’s do a great job getting high end to the far side of the stadium, and the efficiency of the Danley components reduced the footprint considerably from where it had been.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

RECORD API 1608 SALES ALLOW FOR SUPERIOR COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CURRICULUMS ACROSS THREE CONTINENTS

Hochschule_Musik_NurnbergJESSUP, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 2014: Since introduced at the 123rd AES Convention in New York City in October 2007, the API 1608 console continues to make its way into colleges and universities across the globe. In the past year alone, more 1608s have been placed in educational institutions compared to any other year since 2007. These full-featured consoles, each with various channels of recording and mixing capabilities, now grant students, ranging from high school to graduate school, the opportunity to learn on the analog technology used in professional studios all over the world.

“We’re very pleased to have placed so many of these highly-versatile consoles in the past year,” said Larry Droppa, president of API Audio. “Each of these 1608s will now join the ranks of top audio schools including the New England School of Communications, American University, and California State University.”

Since the summer of 2013, nearly a dozen consoles have been placed in schools including Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, and Blackbird Academy. Colleges and universities in the United States include Emerson College in Massachusetts, Mesa Community College in Arizona, Broward College in Florida, Glendale Community College in California, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Locations outside the United States include the University of Western Ontario, Canada, Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico, the University of Örebro in Sweden, and Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg in Germany.

SUNY_PurchaseThe 1608 offers sixteen input channels, each with a mic pre and equalizer. It also has the option of adding sixteen-channel expanders, allowing for a 16, 32, or 48 channel console in total. API also offers its optional motorized fader automation system called P-Mix. Derived from the technology used extensively in API’s large format consoles, P-Mix offers a host of features found only in the most sophisticated console automation systems, often costing many times more.

“Since the 1608 is built to the same standards as our Vision and Legacy large-format consoles, it’s a powerful tool for students to learn with,” said Droppa. “It’s the same equipment used in some of the best recording facilities around the world, where many of the students will want to work after graduation.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and the BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

(PHOTO CAPTIONS) IMAGE 1: Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg in Germany; IMAGE 2: State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase.

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COUNTRY MIX ENGINEER BILLY DECKER DISCOVERS REAL TALENT IN METRIC HALO PLUG-INS

BillyDeckerNASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – SEPTEMBER 2014: Mix engineer Billy Decker scored his first #1 single in 2006 with Rodney Atkins’ “If You’re Going Through Hell,” which is among the first (if not the first) #1 country song to be mixed entirely in Pro Tools and bounced to disc. He recently celebrated his eighth #1 single with Parmalee’s “Carolina.” An in-demand engineer stationed in Nashville, Decker gracefully negotiates the happy demands of a 22-year marriage and two children by maintaining a rigorous work schedule. “I come in at 8:30 in the morning and leave by 5:30 or 6:00,” he said. “I mix entirely in Pro Tools, where instant recall of everything allows me to juggle multiple projects at the same time.”

His knack for delivering radio-friendly mixes that play to the artists’ strengths has earned him work with a who’s who of country music talent: Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Colt Ford, Montgomery Gentry, Frankie Ballard, Brett Michaels, Bubba Sparxxx, Josh Thompson, Josh Kelly, Kenny Loggins, Trace Adkins, John Michael Montgomery, and Billy Dean, in addition to the already-mentioned Rodney Atkins and Parmalee. As far back as he can remember, Decker has been using Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in, including all of his #1 songs, and he recently added Metric Halo’s Production Bundle plug-in collection to his streamlined workflow.

“I once found myself in a situation without ChannelStrip, and I tried to mix anyway,” Decker laughed. “It didn’t work. The mix sounded terrible, and I won’t ever try it again. ChannelStrip is absolutely indispensible to everything I do.” Basically, everything he’s ever mixed has ChannelStrip all over it. Apart from handling all of his routine and unusual equalization tasks, Decker relies on ChannelStrip for the all-important vocal compression. “I typically run three or four instances of ChannelStrip to get multiple compressors going at the same time,” he said. “Each compressor does a little bit, and in a different way, so that in the end I get a vocal that’s locked right in your face and that requires almost no gain riding. Recently, I’ve started adding ChannelStrip’s limiter at the end, which gives me a little bit more control and smooths out the top end.”

To keep his workflow speedy, Decker doesn’t fool around trying to listen for the right frequency to de-ess. He uses Metric Halo’s SpectraFoo sound analysis software, which is always running in the background to quickly diagnose issues. “That gives me the right starting point, and from there, yes, I use my ears to dial it in,” he said. “I use Metric Halo’s Precision DeEsser plug-in to do the de-essing; actually, I use two instances. One for traditional de-essing and the second for what I call ‘de-honking.’ Using so much compression brings a lot of junk to the surface, including the nasty nasal sound that pretty much every voice has between 1.5kHz and 2kHz. By setting the second Precision DeEsser to that frequency, everything smooths out and sounds much nicer. I’ve used a lot of de-esser plug-ins, but I find that Metric Halo’s version is noticeably smoother and more transparent. Where other plug-ins can sound grainy and degrade the signal, Precision DeEsser is colorless and pleasant.”

Decker has also been enjoying Metric Halo’s TransientControl plug-in for snares and toms. “Sam Hunt’s ‘Leave The Night On’ is climbing the charts, and it’s got TransientControl all over the drums,” Decker said. “It set a record for the most-added debut for a male country artist. I love the sound I get from TransientControl. I used to use its main competitor, but Metric Halo’s version sounds smoother. It tops a little tighter, has a better release, and a cleaner decay. I’d say that TransientControl rolls over each peak rather than falling over it. I’ve been very pleased.” Hunt’s single also contains Metric Halo’s HaloVerb on the snare. “I usually like plates on my snare drum with no pre-delay,” Decker continued. “For Sam’s single, I used a medium plate preset with a 700-800ms decay. It’s the perfect snare reverb – very thick and three-dimensional. After every snare hit, I can hear the little bits of dust crumbling in the background, little fairies floating around in the background. It’s very deep!”

Although collaborators frequently ask Decker to mix on a console at such-and-such famous studio, he staunchly refuses. “Technology has come a long way,” he said. “Digital has caught up, and it’s a much faster way to work. If you can turn on the radio and tell me which songs were mixed in the box and which were mixed on a console, well, I’ll buy you dinner. Hell, I’ll buy ya the whole restaurant!”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

NEW YORK CITY’S EXCLUSIVE UNION LEAGUE CLUB UPGRADES TO ASHLY

Union_League_Club_NYCNEW YORK, NEW YORK: The Union League Club of New York City was founded by Union loyalists during the Civil War and has grown since then to become one of the city’s most exclusive clubs, where the public-minded members of New York’s upper class meet away from the bustle of urban life. Its elegant clubhouse on East 32nd Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan thus serves as an oasis, and the Union League recently refurbished many of its rooms to add modern audio/visual technology where appropriate. Based on its functionality and rock-solid reliability, A/V integration firm Audio Production Services (Amawalk, New York) specified an Ashly ne24.24M Protea™ DSP Matrix Processor and an Ashly ne4250.70 Network Four-Channel Amplifier for the Union League Club’s new system.

Although most of the clubhouse areas provide a refuge from technology, club members requested video and audio in one of the large lounge spaces, the nearby coffee bar, and some ancillary lounge spaces. Inputs to the new system are many and include all manner of video feeds, wireless microphones for events, and iPod® connectivity. Those inputs feed into an Ashly ne24.24M matrix processor, which handles all of the routing, mixing and equalization. Audio Production Services biased the modular I/O of the ne24.24M to accommodate the huge number of inputs, reserving just four outputs to feed a four-channel Ashly ne4250.70 amplifier. Those four amplifier channels power 70-volt RCF ceiling speakers in four separate zones.

“I’ve used Ashly products on many previous installations,” said Simon Nathan, president of Audio Production Services. “They are very flexible and easy to work with. In addition, they are reliable, which was critical for the Union League clubhouse. Ashly’s Protea processing worked well with Key Digital’s user interface technology and allowed us to give the staff an iPad that could control the new A/V system. In all, it was a straightforward design and an easy installation, and the client is happy with its sound and performance.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

Technology preview at IBC: Ball Chaser from HARMAN’s Studer Enables Sports Broadcasters to Bring Viewers Closer to the Action

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – Addressing a specific need in the sports broadcast market, HARMAN’s Studer is unveiling a prototype unit designed to provide a more rewarding audio experience for television viewers. Known as the Studer Ball Chaser, this unique product allows broadcast engineers to use a joystick to open the shotgun microphone closest to the action on the playing area, while keeping the other microphones closed.

In efforts to bring the game closer to the viewer, sports broadcasters often place 12 or more shotgun microphones around the playing area to pick up as much of the action as possible. However, leaving all 12 microphones fully or partially open for the whole match results in a lack of detail in the audio mix. Manually opening the microphone closest to the action and closing all the rest for the length of a game is virtually impossible, but the Studer Ball Chaser simplifies this complex task.

Ball Chaser connects directly to any Vista console and is a simple joystick mounted on a small, portable box. The operator configures
the unit with a simple web GUI interface, setting the layout of the physical microphones around the pitch (up to 24 microphones may be used) and linking these to the faders on the desk (mono and stereo faders may be controlled). During the game, simply moving the joystick opens and closes the relevant faders with smooth cross fades. The operator can simply watch the pitch events and open the necessary microphone without looking down at the joystick. Desk faders will respond in real time to the joystick movement and open only the microphone fader nearest to where the action is taking place. In fact, the faders do not even have to be on the active layer of the desk, freeing up valuable fader space.

The Ball Chaser link to the desk is a simple Ethernet connection, so the operator can be some distance from the Vista desk, even watching the action from the stand rather than taking space in the OB truck.

A key advantage of this unit is that it allows more gain to be given to the on-field FX microphones, as the unit always has the equivalent of one open microphone to air. This “single” microphone can have higher gain without the crowd pickup swamping the overall mix.

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.

SunBriteTV’s HD Transceiver is First of Its Kind: Universal, Weatherproof and Wireless

DENVER, Colorado, September 13, 2014— SunBriteTV has broken the wireless HD barrier with a universal outdoor transmitter module for both residential and commercial applications. Completely weatherproof and wireless, the SunBriteTV HD Wireless Transceiver (SB-HDWT) is capable of transmitting full 1080p content up to 100 feet (30 meters) and will be on display at SunBriteTV’s booth at CEDIA EXPO 2014 (booth #664).

The point-to-point device features an HDMI-in and HDMI-out transceiver, making it compatible with all SunBriteTV models as well as other HDMI-featured products. The SunBriteTV HD Wireless Transceiver eliminates the need for expensive cable installations and creates new revenue opportunities for dealers by bringing the total cost of outdoor television within reach of more consumers.

“Consumers don’t want to fuss over wiring and connectivity,” said Jonathan Johnson, Director of Brand Marketing, SunBriteTV. “The HD Wireless Transceiver simplifies the installation process for both homeowners and professional installers seeking to send an HD signal to an outdoor TV anywhere in the outdoor living area.”

“Running hard wire can be difficult, time consuming, and costly to the homeowner. The HD Wireless Transceiver is a cost-effective solution that reduces overall cost for both the consumer and the integrator,” said Johnson. “In this way, outdoor TV will become even more accessible to thousands of homeowners.”

The SB-HDWT carries an MSRP of $595 and is available through SunBriteTV’s Authorized Dealer Network or online at www.SunBriteTV.com. To see the HD Wireless Transceiver and SunBriteTV’s complete line of outdoor televisions, please visit SunBriteTV at booth #664 at CEDIA EXPO 2014.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.SunBriteTV.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

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About SunBriteTV

SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, colleges, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.SunBriteTV.com.

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