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New PESA Xstream Live Wins NewBay Media Best of Show Award at NAB 2014

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced the PESA Xstream Live streaming mobile solution received the NewBay Media Best of Show Award presented by Digital Video magazine at the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev.

Developed for iOS and Android smart devices, PESA Xstream Live integrates the PESA Xstream with a downloadable mobile app to produce a unique viewingexperience. With access to four independent viewing choices and synchronized audio sources, the user controls a personalized viewing experience. Social networking is tightly integrated into PESA Xstream Live, allowing users to interact real time during an event. The solution also includes revenue generating ad insertion capabilities for targeted advertising and messaging.

PESA Xstream Live can be fully managed either locally or remotely. A built-in Web server utilizes a management console for complete control. Streaming distribution can implemented thru PESA Xstream Live – or for large venues, content can be distributed through a content delivery network (CDN).

NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards were evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and were based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Only a small number of products were chosen for the award from among hundreds of new products in competition.

“We received a lot of interest from potential customers at our booth when we introduced PESA Xstream Live at NAB, and we are very pleased it was recognized as a Best of Show product by NewBay Media,” said Chris Thomas, PESA CTO. “PESA Xstream Live is a great way to enhance the attendee experience, and its ad insertion capabilities allow stadiums and other venues to see immediate ROI.”

PESA Xstream Live will ship this summer, and venues are encouraged to contact PESA to sign up for the early install program.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. >From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

Opticomm-EMCORE to demonstrate Video Wall driven by Eclipse HD at InfoComm

Alhambra, CA – Opticomm-EMCORE, a leading provider of high-definition video, audio and data transport solutions for Fiber, IP, CATx and Coax networks, will be using the InfoComm 2014 show in Las Vegas on June 18-20 as a platform to demonstrate the quality of the new Eclipse HD as it extends and switches 1080p or 1920×1200 multimedia feeds across a dedicated IP network, sent to a four-panel video wall as example of its capabilities. In addition, other high-quality products for pre- and post-production, live-feed, and Professional A/V will be on display at the booth stand, C7716.

Opticomm-EMCORE will construct a cost-efficient video/audio/data distribution system over an IP network to show design consultants, system integrators and home theater aficionados the painless switching and routing of the new Eclipse HD. This encoder/decoder system provides visually lossless transmission and processing of HDMI 1.3, 5.1 channel audio, RS-232 data and USB HID keyboard/mouse (KVM), over a dedicated Gigabit Ethernet network. A media player, Blu-ray or DVD player, laptop, camera or other HDMI source can send HD signals to the Eclipse HD encoder, which can then be sent to a Layer 2/3 Unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet Switch with IGMP 2.0 (if desired), which lastly can be received by one or more decoders to be connected to single or multiple displays. There are virtually limitless ways to configure a HD matrix by stacking IP switches.

In addition to the Eclipse HD, we will be showing the NV series as a part of the IP network exhibit, which utilizes JPEG 2000 encoding and decoding for lossless DVI, HDMI, and 3G HD-SDI distribution. Also we will also be highlighting, in our booth, the c-linx series, Optiva and GBOX fiber products. The c-linx series are small, stand-alone box units utilizing HDBaseT technology to extend signals for extension up to 100 meters, over CATx. The company will also display the Optiva OTP-1DVI2A1UKM, which has been upgraded with a larger bit-rate of 10GB optics and now supports up to 4K resolution and KVM over a secure, lossless multimode fiber up to 10 km and singlemode fiber up to 25 km. The first in the GBOX Series, GBX-HDMI-VGA, provides for the transmission of either HDMI 1.4b with HDCP and HEAC support, or VGA / Component for legacy stereo analog sources, in a point-to-point configuration. It also supports stereo analog and S/PDIF digital audio, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, bidirectional RS-232 and IR support.

Opticomm-EMCORE’s booth will display the newest and key products that we believe, will cater to consultants and integrators who build and design complex signal network systems and have need of high-quality signal management.

“We are excited to showcase our newest addition to the video-over-IP distribution category, Eclipse HD,” concludes Henok Tafese, Senior Director of Business Development.

Opticomm-EMCORE’s complete breadth of video-over-IP, fiber and CATx/HDBaseT products will be on display at InfoComm 2014, June 18-20, booth C7716 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, please visit www.opticomm.com, download the EVE/EVD-HD datasheet here, or call 626-293-3400.

TRUE COLOURS MIXES BIGGER PROJECTS WITH THE BOX® FROM API

PADUA, ITALY – APRIL 2014: Located in one of the oldest towns in northern Italy, True Colours Studio is dubbed a ‘well-heeled project’ by owner Mauro Santinello. What began in 2005 as a single recording and control room has now grown into a facility with three recording rooms for commercial audio projects, jingles, and most recently some major Italian recording artists. To accommodate the needs of its growing presence in the music scene, True Colours has added THE BOX® to its studio, citing its “high quality manufacturing, and the unique API sound”.

Mauro wanted a project console that would provide a cost-effective, versatile solution to handle the needs of his growing studio in the decades to come. Along with his booming presence in the recording artist scene, True Colours has a growing demand for complete post-production, musical arrangements, and the creation of music for movie productions and short films. “I chose THE BOX because it represents the right console for a modern studio.”

The small-format recording and mixing console offers features that are not provided by most DAWs, including mic preamps, input signal processing, a high-quality mix bus, cue sends with talkback, and monitor control – all in a compact and versatile package. True Colours has a growing number of external preamps, EQs, and compressors, which includes some existing gear from API. The ability to personalize setups was a major factor that drew Mauro to THE BOX. “I didn’t want a big console with 32 preamps and 32 EQs that are all similar.”

True Colours mixes and records music of all genres, with only metal and electronic music yet to make the list. The crew has recorded a wide-range of Italian artists including famed singer Zucchero, piano master Stefano Bollani, and jazz trumpet player Enrico Rava. Most recently, Mauro used THE BOX for a session with singer Alberto Micaglio, whose acoustic presence is expanding from Italy, to London and New York. He has an album due out later this year.

“I have always wanted to buy an API console,” admits Mauro. “THE BOX offers a high-quality analog sound, and no compromises.”

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

Powerful Christie Projectors Drive Idaho Power’s Unique Hybrid Control Room Wall

Christie® projection technology is an integral part of a groundbreaking hybrid display wall solution for Idaho Power’s new control room that is helping the electric utility serve its half-million customers with a more efficient, more informative, and more reliable monitoring system. The SA2™ patent-pending solution designed by Primate Technologies, Inc. overlays dynamic projected content from a series of Christie DS+6K-M SXGA 3-chip DLP® projectors onto a digital-based modular tile mapboard from Monitor Mapboard Systems. The unique combination allows abnormal conditions to be projected and lit upon the screen, making it easier to see situations such as an open breaker or multiple breakers flashing at different stations.

Idaho Power’s service area spans some of the most rugged and remote landscape across southern Idaho and eastern Oregon to serve a population of approximately 1,000,000 people. When the utility was moving to a new location, it sought to remodel its control room and started exploring potential alternatives to the traditional, static-type mapboards that would not be affected by the ambient light from the windows. In the past, the utility had used anything from a paper map to a tiled mapboard. Idaho Power was intrigued by the hybrid Scadaboard solution suggested by Monitor and Primate that still met all its criteria for a rugged, 24/7 wall that was also customizable, providing up-to-the-second information while maintaining a static component of the control monitoring display which is critical during outages or catastrophic events.

Primate Technologies Inc., which builds robust visualization software products for the energy industry, developed the unique concept of overlaying projected content from overhead Christie projectors in strategic areas of Monitor Mapboard Systems’ modular, digital output based mapboard with software driven dynamic content just in the areas needed. The result was a hybrid display wall that is much more visible to the entire room, allowing for increased situation awareness and the ability for operators to easily add collaborative information and tags to the projected dynamic content. Primate Technologies, Inc. software also allows users to add additional displays or change the appearance of the dynamic content projected on the board.
“Idaho Power’s hybrid solution is the first of its kind and represents a marriage of leading technologies in 24/7 control rooms,” said Rita Patterson, vice president of Sales, Marketing and Customer Relations at Primate Technologies, Inc. “With the primary goal of providing a highly efficient control room environment, we needed to make sure that the companies we chose fully understood that environment. For digital front projection, Christie was the clear choice as they came highly recommended by trusted customers.”

Monitor Mapboard Systems provides situational awareness tools for displaying the ‘big picture’ in the form of large, physical dynamic mapboards, which are graphic representations of the client’s grid or service territory. It also offers dynamic mapboards that are wired with LEDs to show abnormal status. When coupled with Primate Technologies’ dynamically projected software, this “live” Scadaboard™ provides the ultimate situational awareness mapboard solution.

“Electric utilities have a history of using mapboards to display their big picture system status, making them a critical tool for alerting the dispatcher when something has happened,” noted Vince Blaeser, principal, Monitor Mapboard Systems. “The hybrid Scadaboard solution brings additional layers of relevant and dynamic content to the system operators.”

“Analog display walls are common in the industry, and we considered everything from using materials that included metal or plastic tile boards, to massive silkscreen tile boards with switches or lights,” said Gary Felton Jr., Chief Dispatcher, Load Serving Operations, Idaho Power. “The hybrid display was the ideal solution. We are especially impressed with the images from the three Christie DS+6K-M projectors. They are exceptionally bright, crisp and vibrant, and really ‘pop’ when you see them on the board.”

“We are pleased to be selected for this unique solution for Idaho Power that represents a perfect marriage of three leading technologies for control rooms. This hybrid display has a truly high-tech feel,” said Dave Muscat, senior director, Control Room Solutions, at Christie. “It’s really inspiring to see how Primate Technologies, Inc. and Monitor Mapboard Systems helped Idaho Power brilliantly meet its needs.”

At Booth 9207 at the IEEE Conference and Exposition April 14-17 in Chicago, Monitor Mapboards will feature Scadaboard™, a real-time monitoring display wall technology that uses Primate Technologies, Inc.’s data visualization software and Christie DHD800 HD DLP® front projection to bring timely content to a Monitor mapboard, delivering enhanced situational and operational awareness.

Matrox at Streaming Media East 2014 — Product Preview

Video streaming and recording appliance and live production streaming systems to be featured

At Streaming Media East 2014 (New York City, May 13-14, Booth 317), Matrox® Video will showcase Matrox Monarch HD™ video streaming and recording appliances and Matrox VS4™-based live production streaming systems for use with Telestream® Wirecast® or StudioCoast vMix software. In addition, Matrox MicroQuad™ multiviewers will be demonstrated.

Matrox Monarch HD — Video Streaming and Recording Appliance
Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. Priced at just $995 US, it provides these two independent modes in an integrated unit. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser. The new Monarch SDK, an HTTP-based API, includes documentation and sample code that let AV and broadcast equipment developers write applications to configure and control Monarch HD streaming capabilities, giving them a very straightforward way to include a high quality webcasting service as part of their overall product offerings.

Matrox VS4 — Live Production Streaming System
Matrox VS4 is a quad HD capture card for use with Telestream Wirecast for Windows or StudioCoast vMix live production streaming software. In a single PCIe slot, Matrox VS4 provides up to four independent HD inputs with up to eight embedded audio channels per source. It not only sends video feeds for streaming, it also facilitates ISO recording to disk of all the original video and audio feeds for post event editing via a Matrox plug-in for Wirecast or Matrox Video for Windows (VfW) codecs for vMix MultiCoder software.

VS4Recorder — Multi-Camera Recording App
VS4Recorder™ is a standalone multi-camera recording app bundled with Matrox VS4 quad HD capture cards at no additional cost. VS4Recorder gives live event producers complete independent control over capture of the four inputs connected to the VS4 to create files for use with popular editing apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid and for archiving. AVI files can be created using the high-quality Matrox MPEG 2 I-Frame codec. MOV QuickTime files can be created using DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD. New features include gang recording of an unlimited number of video sources, an H.264 codec with MOV or MP4 file wrapping so that files can be immediately available for upload to the internet; DirectShow filters for developers to incorporate VS4 functionality in their own applications; event markers for Adobe Premiere CC so that while recording, users can highlight moments of interest for quicker post-event editing; and settings for capture duration and file switching without frame loss.

Matrox MicroQuad — Multiviewer
Matrox MicroQuad is a four-channel SDI-to-HDMI multiviewer for 3G/HD/SD at a breakthrough price. It lets broadcasters and A/V professionals use an affordable HDMI display to view up to four SDI video signals and show or hide labels and VU meters. Its powerful 10-bit scaling engine and advanced filtering algorithms ensure a crisp, artifact-free monitoring experience. MicroQuad can be controlled using buttons on the unit itself or from a distance using a Windows-based app.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

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Zylight Brings Upgraded F8 LED Fresnel to NAB 2014

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, showcased an improved F8 LED Fresnel at the 2014 NAB Show. Introduced last year, the reengineered lighting instrument still delivers close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel and collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport, but a number of refinements deliver improved performance for field and studio applications.

The yoke mount has been angled for greater positioning range and able to accommodate 90-degree stand mounting. Plus, all locking and adjustment is done with a single knob. On the light, the self-locking focus now automatically holds focus position. Other improvements include improved bellow design for smoother operation, a self-terminating DMX input, better protection from the elements and a new heat sink orientation that allows 20 percent better cooling.

“We have been blown away by the response to the F8. Broadcast studios, ENG news crews, commercial producers, independent filmmakers – our LED Fresnel has been embraced by video professionals across the industry,” said Joe Arnao, president of Zylight. “We went back to the drawing board to make the F8 even better, without changing the features that make it the most exciting lighting instrument on the market.”

Available in daylight (5600K) or tungsten (3200K) versions, the F8 lighting instrument draws only 100 watts. It has a high CRI (color rendering index) and its eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping. The fully dimmable F8 offers an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees), with a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations.

Bright like an HMI, the F8 is a better choice for run-and-gun ENG applications – it can be powered by a standard 14.4V camera battery or AC adapter, and it is water resistant (IP54) for use in challenging location conditions. Its LED engine features quantum dot technology to provide a more refined and balanced natural light output, which has been tuned to work with today’s digital camera systems. Like other Zylight models, the F8 features ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control. The F8 ships with barn doors and yoke mount, but additional accessories are available separately.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

Historic Racing Track Turned Casino Wins with Twenty-Two Symetrix SymNet Edge DSPs

MIAMI, FLORIDA – APRIL 2014: Constructed in 1932, Hialeah Park is an architectural wonder in southern Florida that hosted some of the world’s finest horseracing until it shuttered its doors in the late 1990s under pressure from the shifting tides of modern gambling. Its resplendent Spanish décor impressed the many celebrities who graced its grandstands, including Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Harry Truman, Will Rogers, John Kennedy, and Joey DiMaggio. Its iconic palm trees and archways served as the setting in numerous Hollywood films, including The Champ and The Godfather: Part II. Hialeah Park recently leveraged the weight of that history to launch Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, which pairs quarter horseracing with a casino built into the interior of the historic grandstand. A new, state-of-the-art sound system infuses the casino with full-fidelity music 24 hours a day, seven days a week using twenty-two SymNet Edge Dante networked audio DSPs modularly outfitted with twelve inputs and a whopping three-hundred outputs!

“The casino has nearly nine-hundred slots, twenty-three poker tables, and several restaurants and bars located across 150,000 square feet,” said Byard Hey, sales manager with NDR Systems, the Ft. Lauderdale integration firm that installed the new sound system. “They were very careful to restore all of the architectural motifs that make Hialeah Park such a regal place.” Kinsella-Marsh Group, Inc. (Miami Beach, Florida) designed the system around a different processing arrangement, but Hey pushed for Symetrix. “I’ve been using Symetrix for years, and the installations always go smoothly and the equipment always holds up,” he said. “Moreover, the new SymNet Edge met all of the design requirement and then some. It has a modular I/O that could easily accommodate the lopsided I/O count of this job. Importantly, the SymNet Edge is based on the future-oriented Dante network, whereas the specified processor was based on the now-fading CobraNet technology.”

Each SymNet Edge frame can be filled by up to four I/O cards. The available I/O cards cover the full range of possible I/O needs, but for Hialeah Park Casino, Hey simply installed three 4-Channel Analog Input Cards and seventy-five 4-Channel Analog Output Cards into twenty-two SymNet Edge frames. While each Edge frame has its own processing resources, the whole system acts as one integrated whole via the Dante network. Each speaker location includes a five-inch loudspeaker, an eight-inch loudspeaker, and a subwoofer. All the components are Tannoy with the SymNet Edge processing turning each location into a three-way system. Lab.gruppen amplifiers are used for power.

“Dante is great, especially for this type of installation,” said Hey. “It’s a communications protocol of the future, which will make any future requests easy to accommodate. It has a dual network topology, which makes it more robust, and it is so easy simply to wire it all with Cat5 jumpers! The SymNet Composer software is intuitive and allows me to see the entire system or dig down as necessary. The casino has been up 24/7 for several months now without a hiccup.”

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

FUJIFILM’S new zoom goes wide, then long to stay with the action

HA18x5.5 offers 18x zoom from 5.5mm at the wide angle to 100mm on the telephoto end

Wayne, N.J. – The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation introduced its HA18x5.5 HD zoom at the annual NAB 2014 convention, held in Las Vegas this week.

The Premier Series HA18x5.5 offers 18x zoom from 5.5mm at the wide angle to 100mm on the telephoto end to capture images for a versatile range of scenes. It features high-precision large-diameter aspheric elements, designed with Fujifilm’s proprietary cutting-edge optical simulation technology, achieving sharpness at the center as well as all corners to deliver edge-to-edge premium image quality.

“Our customers have been looking for a lens that’s capable of shooting very wide but also at long range,” explained Thom Calabro, director of Marketing and Product Development for the Optical Division of FUJIFILM. “Sports producers looking for a lens that can go wide and still follow the action. It’s also a solid all-around lens that can shoot interviews and other applications typical for a standard telephoto lens.”

With the HA18×5.5, the operator can get as close to the subject as a minimum distance of 40cm. With the use of the built-in 2X extender, the focal length on the telephoto end can be extended to 200mm. These features accommodate a broad range of scenes to dramatically improve usability in a variety of shooting environments including live news, sports and dramatic program production.

The lens also has built-in digital servodrive units for zooming and focusing. Its ergonomic design reduces the weight for camera operators working handheld. Equipped with a 16-bit encoders,which outputs focus and other lens data at high resolution, enables compatibility with various systems such as a virtual studio programs and combining CG with live footage.

The HA18x5.5 will be available in late June of this year.

This year also marks FUJIFILM’s 80th anniversary, and 40 years for the Optical Devices Division, formerly known as FUJINON, in the U.S.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

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FUX PRODUCTIONS TAKES METRIC HALO PLUG-INS AND INTERFACE THROUGHOUT THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE

LYON, FRANCE – APRIL 2014: Still remarkably early in his career, Julien Collier wears many hats as a musician and sound engineer. He is a multi-instrumentalist, a composer, and an arranger; he is a sound designer, a producer, and a director; he is a recording engineer, a mix engineer, and a mastering engineer; and he is a live tech, a FOH engineer, and a monitor engineer. On the side, he works as a music coach and artist developer! Collier borrowed his alias, Fux, for the production house he established in Lyon, France. Fux Productions contains a recording studio, a composing studio, and a rehearsal room, along with Collier’s extensive industry connections. Clients have access to professional musicians of all stripes, composers, sound engineers, producers, videographers, and more. Across all those wide and varied activities, Collier relies on his Metric Halo 2882 interface and Metric Halo plug-ins for almost everything. They are his pro audio equivalent of a Swiss Army knife!

Collier’s list of clients includes many French independent labels, as well as majors such as Sony, Universal, and Warner. A few of his most recent studio projects include work with Romain Ughetto, Chasing After Time, 99 Ways to Die, and Green Money. For all of those projects, he served as producer, tracking engineer, mix engineer, and mastering engineer, and on many of them he also helped with composition and performance. “A lot of important decisions are made during the tracking,” he said. “It is critical to get the recording into the computer in the best way possible because once it becomes digital, it stays digital. I use my Metric Halo 2882 for everything. It has excellent preamps and flexible input and output routing. It’s just as useful in the studio as it is on stage, where I often use the 2882 to mix in-ear monitors. The software and hardware is very stable, and I am comfortable using it live without a problem.”

Collier’s appreciation for the 2882 made him curious about Metric Halo’s other products and inspired him to get the company’s Production Bundle, which is a complete collection of Metric Halo plug-ins. “Like the 2882, the Production Bundle is now completely integrated into my workflow,” he said. “I use Metric Halo plug-ins on everything and in every situation. They are very flexible and allow me to handle everything from subtle track correction to creative coloration and effects. I use ChannelStrip 3 to clean up my tracks with equalization, compression, and filtering. I love that the plug-in has a great deal of precision – when I adjust a parameter, I really feel it directly. The Character plug-in models different signal paths and gives me a great sound that I use all the time. I use two variants of HaloVerb on most of my productions, which combine together nicely without using a lot of DSP resources. I use the Precision DeEsser on all my vocals and on other shrill instruments, like keyboards or hi-hat. Finally, I use the Transient Control on all of my percussion and drum tracks which gives me fine-grain control of dynamics, attack, and power. It’s also often useful on acoustic and electric guitars and is a lot more reactive than other plug-ins of its type.”

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

HEAVY MELODY MUSIC PRAISES THE BOX® BY API AN “ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION FOR COMPOSERS”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 2014: Located in the heart of Manhattan, Heavy Melody Music composes original tracks for film and video game trailers, designs sound and music for video games and television, and functions as a post-production facility. Four friends run the studio, as well as software development company Heavyocity Media – a resource for composers and sound designers looking for production-ready musical and sound design elements. Producing for both companies requires a wide range of technical audio needs, which is why each of Heavy Melody’s composing rooms uses THE BOX®, the latest recording and mixing innovation from API.

Heavy Melody was founded in 2003 by Dave Fraser and Neil Goldberg as a new music and sound design company focusing on video game audio and music for advertising. Today, the team focuses on original music for motion picture advertising and video game trailers. “As soon as the release of THE BOX was announced, I was running around the studio showing the guys what it was. We HAD to get them,” recalls Neil. “We saw THE BOX as a solution to getting a really big sound in a small footprint, with a lot of the great features found in large format consoles.”

The studio has three albums out, and also creates custom trailer and spot work, as well as dialog casting and recording for games and TV spots. Much of the sound capturing and mixing for Heavyocity’s “DM-307” virtual instrument was done through THE BOX, as well as some custom revisions for tracks on the trailer album God Machine. “We noticed a significant difference in punch and depth, said Neil. “Running the analog synth percussion sound through THE BOX produced some amazingly heavy tones with a great, transparent top.”

The group isn’t a stranger to API, and has used the brand’s microphone pre’s for previous projects. Among the studio’s favorite feature on THE BOX is the Talkback system. “THE BOX has all of my favorite features rolled into one with the API sound,” said Neil. “I was excited that it had four mic/line input channels with the 500 Series EQ, a stereo bus compressor, and a sixteen-input summing mixer with sends/inserts and the headroom and character of API.”

“It has a great bottom end,” shares partner, composer, and sound designer Ari Winters. “The sound that comes out is punchy, yet transparent. With sixteen channels, you get a ton of headroom, that comes together nicely with the on-board compressor.”

While compact in size compared to a larger format studio console, THE BOX is capable of seeing projects through from start to finish, which is something Ari appreciates. “It’s an all-in-one solution for us as composers. It allows us to have multiple computers linked together, spitting out a ton of stems at very high output levels. Also, we now have the ability to monitor and record live microphones without ‘in the box’ latency.”

Co-Founder Dave Fraser sums it up easily, “What can we say, THE BOX is a beast.”

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: The crew at Heavy Melody from left to right: Ari Winters, George Valavanis, Neil Goldberg, and Dave Fraser. IMAGE 2: Co-Founder/Composer/Sound Designer Dave Fraser’s room.

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