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Riedel’s STX-200 Brings Skype Capabilities to Live Broadcast and Production Workflows

Microsoft-Licensed Solution Opens Door to Greater Volume and Variety of Live Content, Enabling More Powerful Viewer Engagement

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Sept. 12, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced the release of the STX-200 broadcast-grade professional interface, which brings any Skype(R) user worldwide into the professional broadcast environment. The new Riedel product meets broadcasters’ increasing need for a reliable single-box solution that enables them to engage both reporters and viewers in live programming.

Licensed by Microsoft(R), the STX-200 is more than a stand-alone broadcast-grade solution that leverages Skype to bring live content directly from reporters to the on-air production. Riedel’s STX-200 integrates Skype into the intercom solution, providing even more powerful, flexible applications and workflows. The unit offers broadcast-quality HD-SDI and balanced XLR audio I/Os and is packaged with professional Microsoft Skype TX software. The solution’s broad feature set includes remote management and monitoring of Skype calls.

“We are very proud of the result of this collaboration with Microsoft,” said Thomas Riedel, CEO of Riedel Communications. “By enabling use of a tremendous volume of new content, the STX-200 will change the way broadcasters interact and engage with their viewers. Broadcasters now have live access to quality video from the more than 300 million regular Skype users around the world, and the STX-200 equips them to take the best of this content to engage the imaginations and minds of their audiences.”

The STX-200 offers professional video interfaces including an SDI (SD/HD) input and SDI (SD/HD) output with a sync input. The unit’s broadcast-grade audio interfaces include a two-channel balanced analog audio XLR input and output, as well as SDI embedded audio. Within a robust housing designed for the rigors of broadcast and production, the STX-200 features a Gigabit Ethernet connection, a user-interface connection via HDMI, USB ports for accessories, and GPIs.

Riedel’s STX-200 will be available for live demonstrations during IBC2014.

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.

Visit Riedel Communications at IBC2014, Stand 10.A31

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Riedel’s New RSP-2318 Smartpanel Provides Powerful Multifunctional Interface for Broadcast Deployments

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Sept. 12, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced the release of the new RSP-2318 Smartpanel. As the world’s first Smartpanel designed to serve as a powerful multifunctional user interface, the RSP-2318 offers features and capabilities that will enrich the user experience and change the way broadcasters and AV professionals communicate.

“Our panels have evolved over the years to incorporate cutting-edge designs with features such as high-resolution OLED displays and support for colors and languages,” said Thomas Riedel, CEO of Riedel Communications. “Our Smartpanel represents the logical next step in communications, as it gives broadcasters a universal panel that is capable of performing multiple functions across multiple applications.”

The unique feature set of the RSP-2318 Smartpanel includes three high-resolution, sunlight-readable, multitouch color displays; premium-quality stereo audio; a multilingual character set; and 18 keys in just 1 RU. These features make Riedel’s new Smartpanel a powerful user interface that can be further expanded through the use of apps. Riedel’s first app for the RSP-2318 turns the Smartpanel into an innovative and smart intercom panel.

Offering AES67 and AVB connectivity as standard, and optionally AES3 over CAT/coax, Riedel’s RSP-2318 Smartpanel provides exchangeable headset connectors for mono or stereo applications, an integrated power supply, individual volume controls for each key, two USB ports, two Ethernet connectors, GPIO, audio I/O, an option slot, a removable gooseneck microphone, an SD card slot, and an HDMI output. A low mounting depth simplifies installation of the unit.

Developed to address communications applications including intercom, the RSP-2318 Smartpanel provides an intuitive and flexible user interface that can handle multiple tasks.

“In the same way that smartphones have far surpassed traditional mobile phones in enriching the user experience, the Riedel RSP-2318 Smartpanel will bring broadcast workflows to a whole new level,” Riedel said.

The RSP-2318 Smartpanel can be integrated into any existing Riedel installation. Support for new and legacy systems ensures smooth interoperability among all Riedel intercom systems, including the Artist, Tango, and Performer products.

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.

Visit Riedel Communications at IBC2014, Stand 10.A31

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Photo Caption: Front View of New RSP-2318 Smartpanel

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Riedel Announces New Tango Networked and Expandable Platform With Its Own Intercom Application

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Sept. 12, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced the release of Tango TNG-200, the company’s first fully networked platform based on the AES67 and AVB standards. With its own dedicated intercom application, the platform can be turned into a flexible, cutting-edge solution for a variety of communications scenarios.

“We have always considered the networked approach to signal distribution to be the most desirable option for today’s broadcasters,” said Thomas Riedel, CEO of Riedel Communications. “We have been on the forefront of adoption of standards for several years now, and we are proud to introduce at IBC2014 the world’s first networked and expandable open hardware platform that can also run a powerful intercom application. As an exceptionally flexible platform, Tango not only adapts to users’ specific requirements, but also accommodates current and future standards in broadcast, theater, and live-event environments.”

Riedel’s Tango TNG-200 is an efficient solution equipped with a high-resolution, full-color thin-film-transistor display that ensures perfect readability at all times. The unit’s intuitive front-panel controls simplify the recall of presets and adjustment of audio levels.

Along with powerful processing capabilities, the Tango TNG-200 features two integrated Riedel Digital Partylines, two AES67 and AVB-compatible ports, two Ethernet ports, one option slot, and redundant power supplies. The system is 1.5 RU high and features a shallow mounting depth and low-noise design. It is fully compatible with all of Riedel’s current and legacy intercom panels, including the company’s new RSP-2318 Smartpanel.

Riedel’s powerful intercom application, TNG-200, turns the Tango platform into an efficient intercom system that users can tailor according to their needs, including choice of matrix size starting with 40 x 80. The asymmetric 40 x 80 matrix size is another Riedel innovation allowing for standard premium-quality stereo audio connection to Riedel panels.

Riedel’s new Pulse software enables configuration of the Tango TNG-200 platform. The software allows users to access, set up, and control any aspect and function of the platform and its installed applications, including Riedel’s intercom application. Programming is easy, thanks to convenient drag-and-drop functionality and 3D views.

Tango will be on display at IBC2014 at stand 10.A31.

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.

Visit Riedel Communications at IBC2014, Stand 10.A31

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Photo Caption: The New Tango TNG-200 From Riedel

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Front Porch Digital and Imagine Communications Ink Deal That Adds Storage and Archiving to Imagine Communications’ DAM Service

Agreement Broadens Front Porch Digital’s Reach Into Government and Sports Markets

LAFAYETTE, Colo. — Sept. 12, 2014 – Front Porch Digital, the global leader in cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, and Imagine Communications, a market leader of media software and video infrastructure solutions serving the global broadcast, multichannel video programming distributor, and enterprise markets, today announced that they have signed a reseller agreement. Going forward, Imagine Communications will offer Front Porch Digital’s DIVArchive(R) CSM system as part of its digital asset management (DAM) portfolio, with a focus on service providers in the government, telecommunications, media and entertainment, and sports markets worldwide.

“Imagine Communications is not only a frontrunner in video management and workflows, but it has long-established connections to the government and sports segments,” said Mike Knaisch, president and CEO of Front Porch Digital. “With this agreement, we are gaining a strong partner that will help us make inroads with new customers, particularly in the government sector.”

While the deal creates new business opportunities for Front Porch Digital, it enables Imagine Communications to expand its offering of advanced storage capabilities and archiving from the industry’s premier CSM company.

“This is a natural fit for both companies and a win for Imagine Communications’ customers,” said John McNamara, vice president of global business development for Imagine Communications. “Front Porch Digital is the recognized leader in archiving and content management, especially in media and entertainment, and we anticipate significant synergy between our companies in terms of market focus. By adding Front Porch Digital’s expertise in the storage domain to our DAM capabilities, we are able to offer a true end-to-end solution, which is especially attractive for customers that prefer to work with a single overall provider.”

More information about Front Porch Digital is available at fpdigital.com.

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About Imagine Communications
Leveraging more than five decades of innovation, Imagine Communications Corp. is a global leader of media software and video infrastructure solutions serving more than 3,000 broadcast, multichannel video programming distributor, government and enterprise customers spanning 185 countries. Today, nearly half of the world’s video channels traverse through more than 3 million of our products deployed around the world. With a bold vision and commitment to IP-enabled, cloud-based, software-defined platforms and TV Everywhere, Imagine Communications is delivering billions of moments around the world anywhere, anytime and on any device. Visit www.imaginecommunications.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter @imagine_comms.

About Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital is the global leader in solutions for migrating, managing, and monetizing media content. Operating on site and in the cloud, the company’s purpose-built software employs the latest technologies to deliver truly flexible and scalable media workflows. Solutions delivered by Front Porch Digital appropriately manage large and complex media files and workflows while ensuring optimal performance and utmost security. More information is available at fpdigital.com.

Visit Front Porch Digital at IBC2014, Stand 7.D14

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SunBriteTV Debuts Full Line of Rugged Pro Series Outdoor Televisions, Direct Sunlight Readable

DENVER, Colorado, Sept 12, 2014 — SunBriteTV, manufacturer of the world’s best-selling outdoor television, will be exhibiting its direct sunlight readable Pro Series outdoor TVs at CEDIA EXPO 2014 (booth #664). Designed for permanent outdoor installation, SunBriteTVs feature high-grade weatherproofing technology that protects internal components from rain, snow, dust, insects, humidity, and salt air.

Intended for direct sunlight installations in residential or commercial settings, SunBriteTV’s rugged Pro Series models heave ultra-bright high-NIT panels with Enhanced Solar Tolerance. This technology prevents isotropic blackout, a common problem with indoor TVs in bright sunlight that causes temporary on-screen black fading. The TVs are equipped with anti-glare tempered glass protecting the LED panel from impact damage and are designed to operate in temperatures as low as -40° and as high as 122°F thanks to an internal multi-fan heating and cooling system.

Featuring brighter LED panels, a rust-proof powder-coated aluminum exterior and Ambient Light Sensors to automatically adjust brightness based on environmental conditions, the new Pro Series models improve upon all of the features that made predecessor models a top choice for rugged direct sunlight installations.

Starting at $2,995, Pro Series models are available in 32-, 47- and 55-inch sizes in black, silver and white. All Pro Series Consumer models include a weatherproof detachable 20W speaker bar, weatherproof remote control and 2-year warranty.

Incorporating over 10 years of SunBriteTV’s research and design, the new Pro Series models are the most durable, affordable and rugged outdoor televisions for direct-sunlight installations.

To see the Pro Series, 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.

Follow SunBriteTV on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SunBriteTV

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.

HARMAN’s Studer Heads the AoIP Race with AES67 Integration via Digigram Interface

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – Delivering more versatility and speed than ever before, HARMAN’s Studer is announcing AES67 integration for Infinity Core, which drives the company’s flagship Vista X and Vista V digital audio consoles. This breakthrough will enable broadcasters to efficiently and cost-effectively deliver their Audio over IP (AoIP) requirements over the widest range of protocols available from a single manufacturer.

“AES67 is a standard for interoperability and Studer places a high priority on making sure it’s consoles are able to interface with as many suitable standards in the industry as possible,” said Keith Watson, Marketing Director, Soundcraft Studer. “With the additional products and processing announcements we are making at IBC, we think Studer is now the ‘most connected’ digital broadcast console manufacturer in the market”.

AES67 compatibility makes Studer’s Infinity Core the first x86-based AoIP core, incorporating standard off-the-shelf IT components and a Linux operating system. Infinity Core also features a real-time mixer application for standard servers, while allowing distributed DSP processing on the customer’s platform. It also utilizes the Digigram LX-IP AES67 PCIe Sound Card to interface with real time AoIP networks.

“We are really impressed by the new Studer Infinity Core which delivers 800+ audio channels with superb sonic quality and more than 5000 inputs and outputs,” said Philippe Delacroix, President and CEO at Digigram. “We are proud to enable it for high channel count ultra-low latency AoIP conforming to the new AES67 interoperability standard. Our Digigram LX-IP PCIe Sound Card is based on a rock solid embedded design with 2 Gigabit ports allowing the exchange of as many as 128/128 channels from/to multiple AES67 AoIP streams with less than 1ms latency.”

With AES67 compatibility, Studer is now able to share I/O signals across its Vista and OnAir digital console ranges and over different audio networks. Moreover, this can all be done in real time with the lowest latency, enabling broadcast engineers to work on the fly, with no delays in workflow.

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.

About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

SunBriteTV Debuts Weatherproof Media Box, Adds Affordable Option for Streaming Wireless Media Outdoors

THOUSAND OAKS, California, Sept. 12, 2014 — SunBriteTV’s new Outdoor Media Box (SB-HDME), a universal weatherproof housing for wireless media players, furthers SunBriteTV’s mission of creating high-quality products designed for long-term outdoor use. Featuring a clear polycarbonate window for transmission of IR signals, the SB-HDME lets consumers take their favorite wireless media outdoors and allows integrators to provide their customers with expanded outdoor viewing options.

Compatible with all leading streaming media players including Roku, AppleTV, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire, the SB-HDME protects the wireless media player from outdoor weather conditions. The player then connects to an existing wireless Internet signal (required). The SB-HDME can be mounted to a SunBriteTV outdoor television or any nearby surface. Like SunBriteTV’s outdoor-rated televisions, the SB-HDME is designed for permanent outdoor installation, completely resistant to severe weather conditions including rain, snow, dust, insects, humidity, and salt air.

“Similar to our weatherproof HD Wireless Transceiver (SB-HDWT), the Outdoor Media Box makes it easy to watch your favorite content outside,” said Jonathan Johnson, Director of Brand Marketing, SunBriteTV. “Its compact size allows it to safely house all major wireless media-streaming devices in any weather.”

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

Follow SunBriteTV on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SunBriteTV

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.

Yamaha Announces I/O Rack For Dante/MADI Conversion

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. will launch the fifth in a series of its Remote I/O (Rio) Racks at this year’s AES Convention. The new RMio64-D provides unprecedented capabilities for Yamaha CL and QL Series Consoles as well as NUAGE DAW systems that use Dante networking. The new product enables audio from a CL or QL live sound system to be converted to MADI and fed to an OB vehicle, for example, or a MADI based console can be easily integrated into a NUAGE system for post production.

Word clock synchronization can be an issue when converting between different audio formats, but now with the RMio64-D MADI inputs and outputs feature built-in, sample rate conversion sources with differing word clocks can be connected without causing noise or dropouts. In addition to redundant Dante network connections, the RMio64-D additionally supports MADI redundancy through simultaneous coaxial and optical connections. With the MADI Split (loopback) capability, a signal received at either the coaxial or optical input can now be retransmitted to the output.

On its own or in close integration with other Yamaha products, RMio64-D adds even greater value. The rack can be mounted via the CL or QL console touch screen displays with convenient remote control of Dante patching and sample rate converter settings (future update). Precision synchronization with the NUAGE system Direct Monitoring and VST System Link functions is also provided, as well as remote control from the NUAGE Workgroup Manager software.

“The RMio64-D allows smooth, simple connection between the MADI format and the Dante digital audio networking protocol that is rapidly gaining acceptance worldwide, states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. Built-in sample rate conversion effectively overcomes word clock synchronization issues that would otherwise limit system design freedom, and extensive compatibility with CL, QL and NUAGE systems, significantly enhancing the value of those products for use in a broad spectrum of sound systems. Tight integration is the key to complete systems solutions offered by Yamaha for our customers.”

A late 2014 availability is expected with a target MSRP of $3,800.

For more information on the RMio64-D, visit Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. at AES 2014, Los Angeles Convention Center, booth #1401 or on the web www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Yamaha CL/QL V3.0 Boast New Features for Broadcast, Live Sound

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Announced during IBC in September, Yamaha CL and QL Digital Audio Consoles will release V3.0 updates available in early 2015.
Version 3.0 adds features and functionality that will increase the appeal of all CL and QL Series models for broadcast applications, including 5.1 panning and monitoring for surround broadcasts, and a newly developed buss compressor that is ideal for insertion in the stereo mix buss.

For live sound applications, V3.0 will add the benefit of a new 8-band parametric EQ and real time analyzer. There will not be a QL Series V2.0 so that the CL and QL Series Consoles will be at the same V3.0 level. CL and QL files are interchangeable, making it easy to choose and combine models to best accommodate live sound front of house and monitoring as well as broadcast relay and recording, from the most basic to large scale applications.

Notable new CL/QL V3.0 features for broadcast include 5.1 Surround Panning.
Pan positioning can be set via the touch panel or knobs. Mix to Matrix can be used for international feed production, and Mix to Stereo can be used for stereo mix down. In addition to surround mixing, CL/QL V3.0 adds basic surround monitoring. Monitor alignment capability is also provided, with adjustment of relative speaker levels and delays.

Also for broadcast applications, Dan Dugan Sound Design highly regarded automatic microphone mixers already included in QL Series is now included in CL Series consoles. Gain distribution for up to 16 speech microphone channels is automatically optimized in real time, achieving smooth, natural level control.

Yamaha R&D has created an accurate VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) model of an acclaimed buss compressor that is relied on in broadcast and recording studios around the world. Buss Comp 369 is ideal for inserting on the stereo mix buss for increased loudness, more uniform levels, and warm overall sound. It is an excellent choice for live sound as well as broadcast applications.

Mix minus, considered important for relay broadcast applications, previously available for CL consoles is now available in the QL consoles. The signal from a specified channel can be easily omitted from a specific bus, making it easy to quickly create a mix for the location reporter, for example, that may not include his/her own mic feed. The new Frame Delay capability enables the audio engineer to delay the audio at the console in order to achieve proper synchronization, a necessity in broadcast and in live applications where video is being used. The feature makes it possible to set that delay in frame increments for easy sync with a wide variety of video formats.

Additional live sound features include an 8-band PEQ in the GEQ Rack and Effect Rack making it possible to select 8-band Parametric EQ in the GEQ RACK and EFFECT RACK. With the real time analyzer (RTA) to support room tuning and other operations, the frequency spectrum of cued channels can be shown in the new RTA display as well as in the PEQ or GEQ display to provide visual feedback while adjusting EQ.

Also of note for the live sound market, V3.0 will now provide four banks of enhanced User Defined Keys, not only reducing the possibility of running out of keys, but it also allows keys to be grouped by function for improved efficiency. DCA Assignment Selection for Scene Management has been added to the parameters for Recall Safe, Focus Recall, and Global Paste. Rather than only being selectable with ALL parameters during scene memory management, DCA assignment is now an independent setting. This allows more refined control, such as specifying only Channel Name, Fader, and DCA Assign to be Recall Safe, for example.

We’re very pleased to brings these additional upgrades that have been requested by our users, states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. Our loyal sound reinforcement engineers will benefit from several great tools whether they are mixing on CL or the new QL Series as well as a whole new set of amazing features for our broadcast users. In addition to the new features in V3.0, we are currently working on a number of additional refinements that will provide even greater operability and stability and will continue to deliver products and updates that contribute to the most efficient and comfortable working environment for our customers.”

CL/QL V3.0 firmware will be available as a free download from the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. web site, www.yamahaca.com, in early 2015.

For more information, visit Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. at AES 2014, Los Angeles Convention Center, booth #1401 or on the web www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Steely Dan’s Pursuit of Perfection with MLA

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Walter Becker and Donald Fagen took Steely Dan’s “Jamalot Ever After” tour across the U.S. and Canada this summer, with OSA International, Inc. providing Martin Audio’s Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) sound system.

Steely Dan has a reputation among audiophiles and throughout Pro Audio for their fastidious attention to sound production, so much so that many FOH engineers and system techs use a Steely Dan track to tune a system. When it comes to live sound, their expectations for the PA are no less demanding.

Returning to mix Steely Dan is Mark Dowdle, whose extensive credits include Elton John, Gloria Estefan, Fleetwood Mac, Tina Turner and Jackson Browne, to name just a few. Last year’s tour included a stop at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, where Dowdle mixed on two 7-box MLA arrays, the first year of a new OSA installation and the first new PA in a decade at North America’s oldest music festival.

Mark Dowdle

Late last year, Steely Dan’s road manager, tour sound icon Robert ‘Nitebob’ Czaykowski, introduced Walter Becker to MLA at a demonstration at New York’s Manhattan Center, where they were able to walk around and hear the evenness of its response and coverage. Steely Dan often plays theaters, where the mix position is usually at the back, beneath a balcony. “I go out there every day and listen to it; that’s part of my gig,” Czaykowski said. “What really knocks me out about MLA is that you can really control it so it’s not splattering off a back wall or cluttering up in the lower balcony.”

Present also at the NYC demo was Jim Risgin, Vice President for OSA –owners of the largest inventory of MLA in North America. With offices in Chicago, Las Vegas and now also Nashville, OSA have built an impressive reputation and client list providing complete technical services to some of the largest corporate, sporting events and concert tours in the U.S. The NYC demo was followed by extensive research from Mark Dowdle to confirm that the system would deliver the desired performance, and as a result Steely Dan added MLA to their tour.

Across the demanding 56-stop tour, MLA showed its versatility, control and overall sound performance credentials. Dowdle points out that the MLA provides extremely even front-to-back SPL as well as evenness of frequency response throughout the listening area. “The coverage is very smooth, especially its shading,” he said. “You can walk up on the PA in the front and it sounds just like it does in the back of the room.”

Dowdle also mentions an improvement to the stereo field. “Everything is more defined, so that automatically translates into the stereo field being more discernable,” he said. “MLA gives me dynamic range, clarity and definition so that I’m able to position and layer sounds in the stereo field which you can really hear where they all are.” He adds that the MLA’s sound is extremely coherent and is very responsive from a mixing standpoint. “You make a small fader move and it’s immediately noticeable.”

Furthermore, Dowdle is surprised by the constant comments from the audience. “I’ve been mixing for a long time and usually nobody ever says anything. This particular tour I’ve had more response from the audience than any tour I’ve ever done in my entire career, and it’s always been very positive and it’s always been very poignant. That’s in large part because of MLA allowing me to get it exactly how I want everywhere in the room.”

OSA crew chief and MLA system engineer Martyn ‘Ferrit’ Rowe is well known from his tenure at Martin Audio as an MLA product specialist before leaving to work for OSA as Director of Engineering. The Steely Dan tour travels in two trucks, carrying consoles and backline (including a Steinway grand) in one, and lights and PA in the second. “We’re carrying 26 MLA and 2 MLD down-fills, as well as 18 MLA Compacts, plus 8 MLX subs and 6 W8LMD used as front-fills,” Rowe explains.

The tour played Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena and New Orleans’ UNO Lakefront Arena using the 14-box MLA main arrays and 9-box MLA Compact side arrays that they carry. “The LA Forum was the only venue on our 56-show itinerary where we had to add PA,” said Mitchell Keller, Steely Dan’s production manager for the fourth year running. “It’s quite impressive that on a two truck tour we can carry enough PA to do arenas.”

The rest of the itinerary ranged from sheds and theaters to casinos. “The smallest venue was Humphrey’s in San Diego, putting in two subwoofers and ground stacking six MLA per side,” Rowe explains. “We recently did four shows in a row with single point hangs using ten MLA enclosures.”

As well as MLA’s flexibility and scalability, Rowe is keen to point out the simplicity of its operation. “It’s like fly by wire; you tell it what you want and the software produces a custom preset for your system and the room,” he said. “This isn’t auto EQ, you still have control over all the decisions that are being made, but the computer is doing the heavy lifting for you.”

So, coming full circle, what did Fagen and Becker make of the sound quality? According to Dowdle, “Both have come out into the audience on a number of occasions and have always been positive with their feedback and what was going on.

“More often than not Donald will come out and listen and frequently comments, ‘It sounds great,’ which is probably the highest compliment that I could ever receive in my career.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

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