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The Polyphonic Spree

Polyphonic Spree
LARGER THAN LIFE?
The Polyphonic Spree Listens in With Shure

NILES, IL, August 19, 2008 — By its own definition, The Polyphonic Spree is a “choral symphonic rock group.” Founded by Tim DeLaughter and generally including anywhere from 13 to 27 members during live performances, the group is often comprised of a ten-person choir, a pair of keyboardists, percussionist, drummer, bassist, guitarist, flautist, trumpeter, trombonist, violinist/violist, harpist, French horn player, pedal steel guitarist, someone on theramin, and an electronic effects person. more

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MONITOR ENGINEER ‘AL-Tee’ FINDS YAMAHA PM5D ‘KOOL’

al-tee-williams-monitor-engineer-pm5d-kool-the-ganglow-res.jpgBUENA PARK, Calif.─ Kool & The Gang’s story starts in the Jersey City, N.J. projects. They were teenagers, studying Miles Davis albums and James Brown singles while jamming in basements. In 1969 they made their first record. Still teenagers, and full of confidence, they named that first record after themselves. Their confidence and creativity produced a string of loose-but-tight, ‘fun’ records, culminating in the Pop Chart smash Jungle Boogie. Kool & The Gang didn’t need a singer then, their horns were the lead voice and the fans chanted along. Their songs were featured in films like Rocky and Saturday Night Fever. more

RTS Builds for the World Stage

How do you move a preconfigured rackmount array full of state-of-the-art communications equipment? Use a forklift, of course.
That is the scale of communications that major broadcasters require for this year’s Olympic Games in Beijing, China. To ensure optimal communications during the games RTS hand-configured a huge rackmount array, or “RIB“, with the latest intercom equipment. The RIB will serve as the worldwide communications center for one of RTS’ major broadcast clients at the Olympic Games, thus allowing instant contact between the customer’s Olympic broadcast operations, headquarters, and any number of remote locations. RVON VoIP technology and RTS Intelligent Trunking Components make it possible for the RIB‘s 600 potential users in Beijing to seamlessly connect with over 30 of the broadcaster’s matrix frames worldwide. more

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VITEC GROUP COMPANIES CLEAR-COM® AND NUCOMM STRIKE GOLD AT 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS

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BEIJING, CHINA, August 18, 2008 – The Vitec Group Broadcast Systems Division companies Clear-Com® Communication Systems and Nucomm are going for the gold at this year’s 2008 Beijing Olympics. Both companies are helping viewers stay close to all of the action as the broadcast networks assume their positions for the coverage of the games. more

Sirius Integrators Provide Crown Audio’s I-Tech Amplifiers For Bruce Springsteen European Tour

Taking advantage of the power and flexibility of Crown’s I-Tech Series amplifiers, Sirius Showequipment AG of Niederdorfelden, Germany provided Audio Analysts with over 100 of Crown’s I-Tech amplifiers for use on the Bruce Springsteen tour throughout Europe. The European leg of the 23-stop tour began with three shows in Dublin, Ireland on May 22nd, 23rd and 24th followed by four shows throughout the U.K. The tour continued in Dusseldorf and Hamburg, Germany with a single appearance in Amsterdam in between on June 18th. Antwerp, Belgium; Milan, Italy; Paris, France and Copenhagen, Denmark were all treated to single-night appearances of “The Boss.? The tour continued to Oslo, Norway and Helsinki, Finland before concluding with four nights in three locations in Spain: San Sebastian, Madrid and Barcelona. The tour then returned to the U.S with a 3-night stint in Springsteen’s home state of New Jersey at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford. more

Harman Audio Products Finish On Top At 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony

JBL VERTEC® speakers, Crown I-Tech amplifiers and Soundcraft Vi6 Digital Consoles specified for spectacular event sound system design.

In one of the most-watched global media events of the year,the 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing was held on Friday, August 8 at the newly-constructed Beijing National Stadium (known informally as “The Bird’s Nest?). The Opening Ceremony marked the beginning of the 29th Olympic Summer Games. While the Stadium normally has a capacity of 80,000, an additional 11,000 temporary seats helped accommodate the 91,000 spectators at the ceremony, which lasted nearly four hours, and included four segments: the opening address, artistic performances, entrance of the competing athletes, and lighting of the primary Olympic torch flame inside the stadium. more

RTS Intercom & EVI Audio Products Integral to Olympics

Systems from EVI Audio will ensure flawless sound reinforcement and signal transmission at this year’s Olympic Games – and not only in the competition venues: wherever their interest takes them in Beijing, international visitors will discover that the organizers have opted for systems from EVI Audio
When tens of thousands of athletes, officials and spectators begin arriving at Beijing Capital International Airport for the 2008 Olympic Games, a colossal engineering and architectural marvel will await them: Terminal 3 of the gigantic airport, which was officially opened in February 2008, is among star architect Sir Norman Foster’s most spectacular creations. Equal in size to 170 football fields added together, the new terminal is capable of handling up to 64 million passengers per year. In this logistical wonderland, communications naturally play a decisive role. more

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Focusrite Buys Second Prism Sound dScope

The speed and accuracy of Prism Sound’s dScope Series III audio analyzer has led Focusrite Audio Engineering to install a second unit at its headquarters in Buckinghamshire.

Renowned for the audio fidelity of its professional audio products, Focusrite applies rigorous testing procedures to ensure that every product meets stringent quality control requirements. The company has been using dScope Series III audio analyzers for some years because the units provide such precise and reliable results.

Simon Jones, Focusrite’s R&D manager, says: “We use dScope Series III analyzers for both R&D and production line testing. At the moment our units are being employed across a wide range of products, including Firewire-based audio devices. dScope’s real-time FFT and signal display is superb, while its multi-tone analysis features save us a lot of time in production line testing. In my opinion dScope is the best and most cost-effective audio testing solution on the market.? more

SUNSET THURSDAYS SOOTHE MANHATTAN

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QSC spreads tranquil tunes over the Hudson River

NEW YORK, NY—The brainchild of Ryan Bozsan, Sunset Thursdays is a series of summer gatherings held on the patio at P.D. O’Hurley’s, a bar and grill overlooking the Hudson River from Pier 84 at West 44th Street and 12th Avenue. A sundown celebration featuring soothing sounds designed to help bring the week to a close on a more serene note, the events enlist the talents of DJs who spread their aural ambience over the crowd using a sound system featuring 10 of QSC’s powered HPR122i loudspeakers. more

GOLDEN GIRL

wideline-array-at-degeneres-b-day-bash.JPG QSC WideLines provide soundtrack for Ellen DeGeneres’ 50th birthday bash

BURBANK, CA–Giving place to more than 300 guests roaming among the 10-foot elephant topiaries, a three-story Ferris wheel, carousel, house of mirrors, bumper cars, whack-a-mole game, poker tables, and fireworks lighting up the night sky, New York Street on the Warner Brothers back lot was more than ideally suited for hosting Ellen DeGeneres’ 50th birthday party.

Telepictures Productions (a division of the Warner Brothers Television Group) put the carnival-and-casino themed bash together, calling upon Pink to headline the evening’s talent showcase, and Samantha Ronson to spin tunes on the dance floor. In keeping with professional decorum, the crew from Santa Fe Springs, CA-based Goodman Audio Services cast a distinctly low-profile shadow over the event in comparison to the stiltwalkers working the crowd in vintage carnival attire, but their work nonetheless bathed those assembled in the main performance area with a sonic shower of clean, articulate, high-horsepower sound emanating from QSC WideLine-10 enclosures flown 10 per side on the main stage. more

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