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Hubei Business News Channel Network Employs Soundcraft Vi4 Digital Console for Broadcast Production

HUBEI, China – As Hubei’s top-ranked network in revenue for eight consecutive years, Hubei Business News Channel Network covers the entire Hubei province and has arguably the strongest influence of all media of Hubei. Recently, to accommodate its HD broadcasting, the network upgraded to a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi4 digital mixing console.

The console is configured with 32 mic line inputs, 32 EAS/EBU digital inputs and 16 analog outputs. The audio equipment was supplied and integrated by HARMAN distributor ACE.

“The main reason we selected the Soundcraft Vi4 model for this project is because it serves as the perfect balance between price and performance that the network was looking for,” said Rico Fung, VP of Broadcasting at ACE. “Also, the touchscreen interface helps the workflow of operators during live broadcasting, as there are many things to monitor.”

Operators of the network prefer the Soundcraft Vi4 mainly due to its value per dollar, ease of use and scalability of the system. It uses the Vistonics™ touchscreen interface in order to monitor and control input parameters and output channels. This increases the amount of control during live broadcasts, as everything is displayed clearly and intuitively. The sound is processed by the SCore Live DSP engine, providing superb signal quality.

“The Vi4 changes the concept of digital mixing consoles; having all this processing power as well as the intuitive layout allows the operator to focus solely on the mixing. After some general testing, we believe it is much easier to use when compared to our previous digital mixing console, making live broadcasting effortless,” Fung said.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s Crown and JBL Play to a Captive Audience at Music In the Zoo Concert Series

ELKHART, Indiana — Nestled in the heart of the Minnesota Zoo, the Wessner Family Amphitheater hosted the Subway Music in the Zoo 2013 Concert Series in an idyllic setting that was named “The Best Outdoor Concert Venue” by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. This year’s series hosted over 30 national recording artists including Lyle Lovett, Brian Wilson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Willie Nelson, Carly Rae Jepsen and many more, with sound reinforcement provided by Minneapolis-based Farber Sound consisting of HARMAN Crown VRack amplifiers and a JBL VERTEC® line array system.

Farber Sound (www.farbersound.com), utilizing a venue designed for a daily bird show at the zoo, provided sound and lighting for the 1,340-capacity venue and its 32-foot-wide by 24-foot-deep open-air stage. In two hours’ setup time, the production crew was able to transform the space into a first-class performance venue. The stage was surrounded by a framework of four columns at the corners with overhead roof trusses to hold the lighting, and covered by a tent-shaped awning. The stage is at ground level and the seating is arranged around it in a quarter-round tiered configuration.

Two columns of four JBL VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements were deployed as the main left and right ground stacks, complemented by two ground stacks of four VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array elements for left and right outfill. Two VT4886 loudspeakers were mounted on the roof trusses to provide downfill, and four VTX G28 subwoofers were placed equidistantly on the ground along the side of the stage. Twelve JBL SRX712M loudspeakers were used as powered stage monitors, along with a JBL VRX918S subwoofer for the drum monitor mix powered by Crown I-Tech amplifiers.

Power to all VERTEC elements was delivered courtesy of two Crown VRack 4×3500 HD racks, each including three I-Tech 4×3500 HD 4-channel amplifiers. One Crown VRack 12000 HD rack provided amplification to the VTX G28 subwoofers. VRack is a complete, transportable amplifier solution that includes Crown I-Tech HD Series power amps, analog and digital connections and a universal power distribution system, housed in a wheeled rack with a suspension system that enables VRacks to be flown.

Farber Sound owner Dave Farber and his crew ground-stacked the left and right VERTEC arrays because the stage framework wasn’t tall enough for them to be hung without blocking the audience’s view or getting in the way of the performers. Farber used HARMAN’s HiQnet System Architect™ software to configure and control the system from front of house, and took advantage of JBL’s VERTEC V5 preset tunings to precisely tailor the output of the Crown amplifiers to the loudspeakers.

“Under the right circumstances VERTEC line arrays can work just as well on the ground as in a flown stack,” Farber said. “In the Wessner Amphitheater the stage is right at ground level and the seats are relatively close, so we placed the ground stacks on 6-foot platforms, and in combination with the flown downfill speakers this worked really well. Another advantage is that the VTX G28 subwoofers are specifically designed to be placed on the ground.”

In fact, Farber found the VERTEC loudspeakers provided such even coverage and volume and clarity that it wasn’t necessary to use any additional fill loudspeakers in the seating area itself. “We were able to use a relatively modest number of VERTEC’s and the sound was absolutely stellar,” Farber concluded. “They delivered everything we needed and then some.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Spring Training Starts Now- SunBriteTV’s 3260HD Consumer Rebate Is A Home Run For All Baseball Fans

THOUSAND OAKS, California, February 12, 2014 — Not every dedicated fan can make it to the ballpark for Spring Training, but a SunBriteTV outdoor television right in the backyard is the next best thing to catching a fly ball at the game! And now that SunBriteTV is offering a direct-to-consumer mail-in rebate on the Signature Series 32”, these outdoor TVs are now a grand slam of a bargain!

The $300 consumer rebate, which runs February 15 through April 15, 2014, effectively reduces the price of the SB-3260HD by 20 percent, making outdoor TV an affordable reality for more fans everywhere.

“There are still so many baseball fans who haven’t experienced the thrill of their favorite game right in the comfort of their backyard,” says Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “We’re hosting the 3260HD rebate to give those fans an affordable opportunity to step up to the plate and try outdoor viewing for themselves!”

SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions are superior to indoor televisions when it comes to both safety and performance. Specialized gaskets and insulated electronics keep all wiring safe from every kind of natural element from moisture to insects. All models function flawlessly in temperatures spanning -24 to 122°F and feature ruggedized exteriors that can handle any climate. The bright, anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright HD images outdoors, day or night.

The rebate can be claimed through May 15, 2014. Please see SunBriteTV’s website (www.sunbritetv.com) for more details.

Every SunBriteTV includes a two-year warranty, a weatherproof remote, and 20 watt built-in or detachable speakers. Optional accessories include a variety of weatherproof wall-, ceiling-, or deck pole-mount installation solutions, wireless HD transceivers and media box enclosures.

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, 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 Martin Professional Fixtures Showcase Versatility, Illuminating Residential Property

YORK, Pennsylvania — Inspired by the exterior illumination on Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts, a York, Pennsylvania resident recently pursued his own professional lighting solution to brighten his hilltop property. Walking into local lighting integrator Production Express, Inc. unannounced, this customer aimed to illuminate massive trees lining the driveway approaching his home with a professional solution. HARMAN’s Martin Exterior 100 lighting fixtures were installed to meet the customer’s high expectations.

“The customer wanted something that would last, and we needed a fixture that would provide high intensity and a long throw distance to cover each of the 80-foot trees on the property,” stated Matt DeMascolo, lighting systems manager, Production Express. “Without hesitation, we brought the Martin lights to the location for a demo and the customer was immediately convinced. The ability to let the lights run themselves without any control, but also having the ability to manipulate the colors and brightness from a mobile device were key elements that pleased the end user.”

Initially, only three trees were going to receive the lighting treatment, but once the Martin Exterior 100’s were installed, the customer demanded all the property’s trees be illuminated. A total of 20 units shine on the trees along the driveway – a light so bright, that on a clear night, neighbors up to three miles away can view the art.

The landscape is controlled automatically by Martin MX Manager and runs off of Martin MPC. The lights automatically engage at dusk and deactivate at 5am for a nightly show.

The Exterior fixtures provide a powerful brightness, but are small in size, not to become too overbearing on the natural landscape. “We continue to offer our clients Martin products because of the quality and reliability of the fixtures and the unparalleled service Martin representatives provide,” DeMascolo continues. “This untraditional professional lighting project turned out exactly how we planned. The Martin lights look phenomenal.”

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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D-Tools SIX 2013 R2 Adds New Features and Functionality That Maximize Systems Integrator Operational Efficiencies

CONCORD, CA – FEBRUARY 12, 2014 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced a new release of its flagship software platform, SIX 2013 R2. Available now to integrators worldwide, the SIX 2013 R2 release adds valuable new productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to both maximize the efficiency of their business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously reducing overhead. Delivering on D-Tools’ commitment to streamlining product updates and enhancements to its users, SIX 2013 R2 is immediately available to all registered SIX 2013 users.

This third release on the new architecture of the System Integrator platform, SIX 2013 R2 offers efficiency improvements to key areas of the software – catalog, projects, system design, and reporting. Moreover, SIX 2013 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including data and project management, QuickBooks and third-party integrations, and prepares users to work more effectively and efficiently with the company’s new iOS-based Mobile Quote iPad app that will be available in March.

“Our team has continued the work which began with the initial release of the D-Tools SIX platform, and we’re very pleased to offer this update to all users of SIX 2013,” said Adam Stone, President of D-Tools. “In addition to a number of significant new features and enhancements, this release will integrate with our new iPad Mobile Quote app, which will give our users the ability to generate quotes in the field and bring those into SIX 2013 for further system design and management.”

D-Tools SIX 2013 R2 includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • Mobile Quote Integration (Mobile Quote App available soon)
  • Vendor Management
  • Catalog:
    • Integrate Vendors into Catalog and Projects
    • Product Import enhancements
    • Add “Created On” date
  • Projects:
    • Improved Project Views
    • Drag & Drop on Summary Views
    • Optional and Alternate Items
    • Update Project Items from a .CSV file
    • Store and apply filters in Custom Layouts
    • Filter Item Summary
    • Improved Tax Settings and management
  • Drawing enhancements:
    • “Paste Special” function in Visio and AutoCAD to give option to paste shapes with options to Prompt (or) Clone or Alternate
    • Add Mass Update to shape shortcut menus in Visio and AutoCAD
    • Allow multiple Visio drawings of same project to be opened in same Visio instance
    • Location and System Visio Shapes
    • Connections made in Visio Line drawings also work on Plan views and Schematics
  • Reporting improvements:
    • Upgrade to Active Reports 7
    • Improved image quality for Logo and Cover page
    • Custom Cover pages and Proposal reports by Project
  • QuickBooks Integration improvements:
    • Sync all products and labor with QuickBooks
    • Assign a customer job to selected purchase order line items
    • Transfer Part Number to QuickBooks item
  • Numerous usability and performance enhancements

More than 4,500 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. To learn more, please visit www.d-tools.com. Click here to visit the all-new SIX Wiki and here to view “Getting Started with SIX” videos.

Press Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

 

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Fishman Releases TriplePlay® Software 1.2 Update

Andover, MA––Fishman has announced that TriplePlay Software version 1.2 is now available with numerous enhancements, new features and improvements in terms of compatibility. Always seeking to improve the user experience and performance, this is Fishman’s second major update since the product’s successful launch in April 2013.

The most notable new feature is that TriplePlay is now Pro Tools® AAX compatible. TriplePlay can now be inserted as a plugin in Pro Tools® 11 for Mac-based systems

The v1.2 release also features an enhancement for GarageBand®. Users will now be able to record and play back multiple MIDI channels in a GarageBand® session.

Fishman has also improved the plugin scanning so that upon first launch, 64-Bit TriplePlay now warns you that factory and user patches containing 32-bit plugins are not compatible with 64-Bit mode. Patches that are not compatible with 64-bit systems will now appear in the factory patch list in red.

Fishman’s Development Team went even further to address numerous requests from current TriplePlay users and add major improvements for enhanced performance.

For more information about Fishman TriplePlay, please click to www.fishman.com.

Christie to Showcase Wide Range of Digital Signage Solutions and Professional Services at DSE 2014

Christie®, a global visual technology company, returns to Digital Signage Expo (DSE) in Las Vegas to showcase its leading-edge digital signage and collaborative presentation systems that reflect the company’s wide range of visual display and communication options for the retail, architectural, digital out of home, and corporate environments. All Christie systems are backed by decades of industry experience and the option for professional services through Christie’s Managed Services, who design, deploy and support digital signage solutions that capture attention, communicate information and deliver experiences.

Among the products at Christie booth #527 will be Christie® MicroTiles® with the Christie Interactivity Kit; a technology preview of the new Christie QuadHD84P flat panel designed for both landscape and portrait modes; Christie’s latest 46-inch ultra-narrow bezel LCD multipurpose flat panel, and the innovative Christie Brio multisite meeting solution. Highlights include:

Christie MicroTiles with Interactivity Kit

Preview of new 84-inch Christie QuadHD84P Flat Panel Designed to Support Portrait and Landscape Applications

Building upon the advantages and features of the existing Christie QuadHD84 with stunning 60Hz Quad HD resolution (3840x 2160), the new high performance 84-inch Christie QuadHD84P expands the product offering with increased brightness of 500 nits and flexibility to display the flat panel in portrait and landscape modes. It is an easy-to-use, professional display, with low cost of operation, that can deliver instant “sizzle” to theater lobbies, retail, corporate and public spaces with dynamic promotional, signage and branding applications in both portrait and landscape modes of operation.

Christie MicroTiles Video Wall With Christie Interactivity Kit

A 6 unit by 4 unit Christie MicroTiles display will showcase the Christie Interactivity Kit, a modular and scalable multi-touch solution that can accommodate practically any rectangular digital display. It plugs into a computer USB port without the need for drivers, with high touch accuracy and fast response times, unlocking the full creative potential of any tiled video wall.

Christie Brio Presentation System and Collaboration Solution

Christie® Brio makes it effortless to meet, share information and work together across multiple locations while automatically coordinating up to five simultaneous video and audio presentations on meeting room displays. Presentations and high quality media can easily be shared between sites anywhere in the world via IP networks, allowing all participants to see the same content for efficient and effective teamwork.

Also visit Premier Mounts, booth #710, for more Christie LCD flat panel solutions.

HARMAN’s AKG Earns Prestigious TEC Award for K712PRO Reference Studio Headphones

VIENNA, Austria – At the 2014 Winter NAMM Show, HARMAN’s AKG earned a prestigious TEC Award for “Outstanding Technical Achievement” in the “Headphone/Earpiece Technology” field with its K712PRO reference studio headphones.

For the 29th years, prizes were awarded in 30 categories by a panel that consisted of readers of Mix, Pro Sound News and Pro Audio Review magazines, as well as representatives of NAMM, the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing™, the Game Audio Network Guild and Broadjam.

The AKG K712PRO features pre-selected transducers that provide consistency and accurate localization. Its sophisticated open-back design, 3dB improved low-end performance, and revolutionary flat wire voice coil provide mastering and mixing professionals the performance they need to deliver the best possible results, while its genuine soft leather headband and light weight provide a comfortable fit for hours of fatigue-free work. Included with the headphones are an additional coiled cable and a premium carrying bag.

“We are thrilled and honored to have earned a TEC Award for our K712PRO headphones,” said Philipp Schuster, Product Line Manager, Headphones, AKG. “We designed the K712PRO headphones with durability, clarity and value in mind and they have been widely accepted in the industry as the standard for studio headphone quality. This year’s TEC Award further demonstrates this acceptance!”

For more information on the K712PRO, please visit http://www.akg.com/K712+PRO-827.html?pid=1408

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Funky Junk helps Ruadhri Cushnan Upgrade His Monitors

Funky Junk, Europe’s leading supplier of new and refurbished professional recording equipment and services, has supplied Award-winning Mix engineer Ruadhri Cushnan with a pair of ATC SM25A studio monitors.

“I knew ATC had a great reputation as a monitor manufacturer and I’d specifically heard a few people talk favourably about the SM25s,” Ruadhri Cushnan says. “When I mentioned to the Funky Junk guys that I needed to improve my monitors they suggested that I try them. I did, and they were amazing, so I decided to buy a pair.”

The monitors have now been installed at Cushnan’s project studio.

“I’ve had my own Mix space since 2007, but recently moved to my current space because it is slightly bigger and gives me more room to accommodate my ever expanding gear racks,”

Cushnan says. “Being near Funky Junk was a happy accident but one that has definitely worked out well. It’s like having a big studio maintenance department right on the doorstep. The guys are very friendly and always happy to help – and they have a good coffee machine.”

Ruadhri Cushnan started his career as an assistant engineer at Metropolis Studios before turning his hand to freelance projects. Having worked as a programmer, writer and re-mixer, Cushnan is now best known as a Mix engineer – an area he has been focusing on since 2007. Recent projects have included album and single mixes for Ed Sheeran, Half Moon Run, The Maccabees, Nina Nesbitt and Foy Vance. He was also responsible for mixing Mumford & Son’s album Babel, for which he received a Grammy in 2013.

Virtually all of Cushnan’s mix projects are carried out at his project studio where he tends to mix ‘in the box’, but with lots of traditional analogue outboard as part of the workflow.

“I occasionally record some vocals and overdubs but 90% of my time is spent mixing,” he explains. “Obviously monitoring is critical and that’s why I needed to upgrade. I’m delighted with the ATC SM25s, which I’ve been using for a little while now. They really do have an incredible amount of detail and are very easy to listen to. I can mix on them at a good level for hours and not get tired out. When I first got them I put on some old favourite vinyls that I thought I knew well and, although it’s a real cliché, it was like hearing them fresh for the first time. They are excellent speakers.”

Cushnan adds that he was very happy with the help and advice Funky Junk’s technical boffins gave him. “They have a great support system and are always very competitive on price,” he says.

The success Ruadhri Cushnan enjoyed in 2012 and 2013 looks set to continue this year as he is already busy working on album projects for Luke Sital Singh (Parlophone) Saint Raymond (Warner/Asylum), King Charles (Universal/Republic), Foy Vance (Glassnote) and Nina Nesbitt.

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About Funky Junk:
Funky Junk is Europe’s leading supplier of new and refurbished professional recording equipment and services. It has offices in London, Paris, Milan and Spain and has been in business for over 20 years. The company is renowned for its high level technical knowledge, backed by extensive workshop facilities. As well as handling sales and repairs, Funky Junk also acts as a distributor to a number of equipment brands and deals with their service and warranty.

For more information please visit www.proaudioeurope.com

“Strictly Come Dancing” Has a Ball with HARMAN’s Studer Consoles

HERTFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom — “Strictly Come Dancing”, one of the BBC’s flagship family entertainment programs, has become the latest to benefit from the comprehensive broadcast production services at the new home of BBC Studios And Post Production – Elstree Film Studios. Facilities include a new audio installation featuring a MADI / fibre-optic infrastructure and flexible routing and mixing framework, with HARMAN’s Studer Vista and OnAir technology at its core.

Only the second show to use the new facility, “Strictly Come Dancing” made full use of the George Lucas 1 sound gallery’s 70-fader Studer Vista 8 console for primary mixing duties. In addition, a Studer OnAir 3000 console was used for grams and as a system routing hub—with control from BBC Studios and Post Production’s Broadcast Network Control System. A Studer Vista 1 console took care of the surround mix and down-mix check for the BBC 1 HD channel feed.
Sound Supervisor Andy Tapley specified the audio system, which is replicated across the other BBC Studios and Post Production stages/studios at Elstree, in order to maintain consistency and cope with some of the UK’s most complex TV productions.

Strictly Come Dancing is especially demanding. “By half past six on a Saturday night we have to be ready to go, whatever,” comments Tapley. “…And that involves the live music as well, which is one of the things that sets Strictly apart from other shows.
“The music is incredibly diverse—it can range from Carmen to classical pieces to heavy rock for the next one. We rely on instant snapshot recall…You can’t rely on the woodwind section just being one type of instrument so you might have to dial in another 15dBs on a mic, plus high pass filtering, just to get a flute through; and it has to happen just like that.”
Studer D21 I/O systems were used to move approximately 150 feeds from the show floor, including the 20-piece band and 60 channels of RF from contestants, presenters, judging panel, and IEM systems. More were employed for the Vision Apparatus Room (VAR) I/O, the grams/OnAir 3000 system, and the reverb/outboard bay.
The Vista 8 was the main show console, configured as a dual operator board for Andy Tapley and Sound Mixer Tony Revell. “The dividing line between operators is constantly re-definable,” comments Tapley. “It doesn’t have to be set before hand… If I need a hand I can drag and drop channels anywhere, as we go.”
On the evening, Tapley takes responsibility for the band mix, while Revel manages all of the microphone feeds, including an extensive audience mic set up. The Vista’s unique cascading control groups make the surround stem provisions much simpler, while for Tapley every spare moment before the show starts is an bonus: “Because of the schedule we’re grabbing every opportunity we can to refine the music mix. The second we get a break we can, at the press of a button, turn our band channels round to their second inputs and have the multitrack replay back though, refine the mix, and then save that as a snapshot.”

The new Studer VistaMix automatic mixing system was used for managing the judges’ and contestants’ microphones—especially effective in the show’s mezzanine area where co-presenter Tess Daily and the contestants gather in close proximity, often contributing ad-hoc comment.
Overall, the facilities and the crew at BBC Studios And Post Production, Elstree have proven themselves worthy of the biggest and most demanding broadcast productions around. The Studer Vista and OnAir systems are an important part of that story.

Photo Caption 1: (Left) Andy Tapley and Tony Revell working on the Studer Vista 8.

About BBC Studios and Post Production
BBC Studios and Post Production is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC, providing world-class studios, post production and digital media services. It works with media companies and broadcasters, making content for a variety of broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five and Sky, from Channel 4’s Deal or No Deal and Big Fat Quiz, to EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing. It’s award-winning digital media services team preserves, re-masters and manages content through its digital archiving, restoration and distribution services, working with content owners like Imperial War Museums to conserve and maximise the value of their material. Credits include Dr Who, David Attenborough’s Life on Earth and Trials of Life, The Sweeney, The Queen’s Coronation and The Trumptonshire Trilogy. Whilst Television Centre is being redeveloped, BBC Studios and Post Production has relocated its London studio business to Elstree, where it offers fully equipped HD TV studios and post production services. Its award-winning Digital Media Services team operates from a new permanent, purpose-built facility at Odyssey Business Park, South Ruislip.

www.bbcstudiosandpostproduction.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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