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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Takes “Mixing with Professionals” Tour to NAB 2013

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — HARMAN’s Soundcraft is taking its popular “Mixing with Professionals” (MwP) series to Las Vegas at NAB 2013. Hosting the sessions will be Ken Newman, front of house engineer for Barry Manilow and owner of Newman Audio. He has also mixed live sound for Chris Isaak, Anita Baker, Stevie Nicks, Liza Minnelli, Paul Anka and other top performers.

Newman will provide formal training on the Soundcraft Vi Series consoles while discussing his experiences working with Soundcraft equipment. Participants will be given a USB stick so they can save their settings and take them on the road for their next gig, or continue working on their settings using the Soundcraft Virtual Vi offline editor, which is available free on the Soundcraft website.

“The MwP session in Las Vegas is the perfect opportunity for veteran engineers, beginners and interested NAB attendees to get hands-on experience with Soundcraft consoles while learning from Ken Newman, one of the most accomplished FOH engineers in the industry,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes of Soundcraft Studer. “Anyone interested is encouraged to attend!”

The MwP sessions will be held on April 10 at the ARIA Hotel on 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nevada. Two time slots will be available from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The course is free to attend but registration is required and space is limited. Details are available at usa.soundcraft.com (click on US Events) and participants can register via e-mail at Soundcraft-usa@harman.com.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

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THE MUSIC PRODUCERS GUILD AND PPL HIGHLIGHT THE BENEFITS OF THE ELIGIBLE STUDIO PRODUCER FORM

The Music Producers Guild and PPL hosted a session to explain the value and importance of the Eligible Studio Producer Form which PPL launched last year.

More than 50 people attended the event, which was hosted by MPG Chairman Steve Levine. The panel consisted of Camilla Waite (PPL Head of Legal & Business Affairs), Penny White (PPL Head of Member Services) and MPG’s Tommy D (producer, artist and label owner, who has worked with artists such as Catatonia, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and KT Tunstall).

The Music Producers Guild and PPL have worked closely together to launch the Eligible Studio Producer Form which, while not introducing a change in policy, was designed to provide evidence of a studio producer’s performance at the time of recording. The form, which was launched in June 2012 and is being trialled for one year, allows all parties to agree, at the point of recording, what contributions have been made on a track. This simple form eases the path for producers to make royalty claims with PPL by providing an elegant and transparent process that clarifies future payments.

Steve Levine, chairman of the Music Producers Guild, says: “As this income is an important revenue stream for recording musicians, record companies and producers, we wanted to ensure that our members understood the process so that they don’t lose out on any potential income. This seminar answered many of their queries and we hope it will give them the confidence to make claims for payments using PPL’s new Eligible Studio Producer Form.”

During the debate Tommy D said he hoped the new form would eventually replace the track sheets that were used historically. He pointed out that the form’s main benefit was to identify the role the producer had played during the session in order to avoid future royalty disputes. Where a studio producer does not give an audible contribution (such as vocals or instrumentals) they may still be eligible to receive royalties from PPL if they conduct (or provide a similar musical direction) to another performer’s live performance as it is being recorded. The form is designed to be submitted to PPL as evidence in support of these “non-audible” contributions. If producers have also performed audible contributions, such as vocals or playing an instrument, then PPL recommends that studio producers make claims with PPL for each of these roles (if not already included in the data submitted by the record company).

After the panel discussion, which generated some lively debate, attendees were able to access personal advice from PPL‘s member services team who were on hand to help with PPL-related queries.

The new Eligible Studio Producer Form can be downloaded from: http://www.ppluk.com/I-Make-Music/Studio-Producers/

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About Music Producers Guild (UK):

The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk

About PPL

PPL is the UK-based music licensing company which licenses recorded music for broadcast, online and public performance use. Established in 1934, PPL carries out this role on behalf of thousands of record company, producer and performer members. In 2011, the last year for which numbers are currently available, PPL collected revenue of £153.5m

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Live Events Professionals Come Together for InfoComm 2013

Hands-on learning, Live Events best practices to be focus at leading commercial audiovisual show

InfoComm 2013 will introduce the latest trends, best practices and solutions for the Live Events industry, at the annual show, June 8-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. InfoComm 2013 will feature exhibitor pavilions, technology demonstrations and educational programming for live events professionals including access and hands-on training for the newest and most advanced in rigging equipment, LEDs and projection systems, large-venue audio systems, lighting fixtures and controllers and more.

Live events have become more intricately designed, with demand for spectacular visual effects and stunning sound clarity. “Whether for a concert or a product launch, audiovisual professionals are tasked with putting on an engaging, exciting event,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “The training, sharing of best practices and access to all the top manufacturers at InfoComm 2013 will aid today’s AV professionals in exceeding their customers’ expectations for excellence.”

Lighting & Staging Pavilion
The Lighting & Staging Pavilion, located on the show floor, is the hotspot for equipment demonstration and testing, presentations and interactive trainings geared toward live events professionals. The Production Camera Showcase, featuring the latest video cameras, will allow attendees to participate in a post-production experience with feeds from the showcase stage, and the Rigging and Staging Demo will find IATSE professionals demonstrating safe rigging practices using truss, motors, hardware, lights, line arrays, LEDs and safety harnesses.

InfoComm 2013 Lighting and Staging Exhibitors include:

● A.C. Lighting
● Christie Digital
● Daktronics
● JBL
● Elation
● Chauvet
● Barco
● Dataton
● TMB

Staging and Live Events SuperTrack

InfoComm University™ is offering education for business and operations managers, including Staging and Live Events Management; Digital Image Content in Live Event Production; Business Trends in Rental & Staging; Must-Have Technology for Your Next Event; Principles of Live Mixing; Audio 401: Limiters, Equalization, and Multi-Zone (Distributed) PA Systems; and Mix it Up — Live Audio Workshop.

InfoComm 2013, the largest commercial audiovisual show, expects more than 35,000 attendees, including commercial service providers and end-user technology managers from wide-ranging market sectors, including business, government, military, education, worship, healthcare, hospitality, retail and entertainment. Along with a trade show floor that exhibits the latest from all of the industry leaders in audiovisual, staging, signage and more, the educational programming provides attendees with opportunities to develop skills and update certifications during the conference.

For more news on InfoComm 2013 before, during and after the show, visit infocommshow.org
or follow the show on Facebook, and Twitter and the InfoComm 2013 Blog.

InfoComm is sponsored by Blackmagic Design, Christie, Crestron, Panasonic and Samsung.

DPA Microphones Help Morgan Ågren Demonstrate Drum Miking

DPA Microphones played a vital role in helping nearly 100 studio engineers get to grips with the black art of miking a drum kit during a workshop seminar given by Grammy award-winning drummer Morgan Ågren.

Entitled Producers Seminar: Drums with Morgan Ågren, the seminar took place in Stockholm and was hosted by Swedish Studio Magazine, in conjunction with DPA Microphones and Avid/Pro Tools. Opus3 label founder and “Microphone Doctor” Jan-Eric Persson was also a guest speaker.

“The aim of this workshop was to show how to record and mix drums and percussion,” Morgan Ågren explains. “There was a strong focus on sound ideals and I used examples from my own Pro Tools sessions, with and without software plugins, to demonstrate the points I was making. I also played some CDs that I have mixed and some that I simply find inspiring.”

Ågren used a DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone on his kit-pig compact drum kit. To demonstrate transient response he conducted a test with a similar microphone from another manufacturer and the audience reaction to the DPA d:vote was incredibly positive. He also explained the advantages of having as few different types of microphones as possible so that the sound blended together better. His personal preference is for DPA microphones, which he likes to use for all of the instruments he is recording.

Ågren also discussed the importance of recording as cleanly as possible, and referred this back to his own experiences where he is often recording for people who are not 100% sure of the character they want for the final version of the track. He explained that it was important to leave that decision to the person who was going to mix the track so that they could decide on the sound they wanted.

To complete the seminar, Ågren gave a practical demonstration of drum kit miking using DPA 2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphones. Designed to offer a linear off-axis response in a smaller frequency bandwidth, DPA 2011 microphones make stage separation and gain-to-feedback higher and microphone level easier to control.

“I always use DPA microphones because they sound better than any other mike I’ve tried,” Ågren says. “They even sound better on the snare, which is rare for a condenser mike. I now own 12 DPA microphones and during this seminar I was happy to tell the audience why I like them so much.”

Born in Umeå, Sweden, Ågren has been a drummer since the age of four and first performed live when he was seven. In conjunction with blind keyboardist Mats Öberg, he formed the Mats/Morgan Band in the mid-1990s and began releasing CDs on his own label, Ultimate Audio Entertainment. The band has subsequently toured in Europe, Asia and the USA where Ågren and Öberg’s superb playing ability has amazed progressive jazz/rock audiences.

As a drummer, Ågren has also played and recorded with many internationally acclaimed artists including Frank Zappa, Bill Laswell, Steve Vai, and Mike Keneally. He was also voted No.1 in Modern Drummers reader’s poll in the Fusion category and is widely admired by professional drummers on both side of the Atlantic.

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Prism Sound Hosts Audio Design Workshop LIVE

Some of the most experienced engineers in the audio industry will be sharing their knowledge and practical expertise in active loudspeaker design at a unique workshop being hosted by Prism Sound and Oxford Digital, in partnership with the Audio Engineering Society, LOUDSOFT and TTid.

Audio Design Workshop LIVE will take place at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, on March 25th 2013 and will be open to engineers, engineering managers, students and academics involved in audio engineering.

“The seminar sessions will cover aspects of analogue and digital audio system design and optimization, with a major emphasis on real-world, practical problem solving,” says Simon Woollard, Test & Measurement Product Specialist at Prism Sound. “Our audience will have a unique opportunity to learn from our panel’s many decades of collective experience, plus there will be plenty of opportunity for hands-on experimentation, and for networking with the presenters and other participants. This is a fantastic chance for everyone involved in audio engineering to learn the tricks of the trade from luminaries of the audio industry.”

Audio Design Workshop LIVE will feature seminar sessions presented by Peter Eastty and John Richards of Oxford Digital; Peter Larsen of LOUDSOFT; Ian Dennis and Simon Woollard of Prism Sound; plus a guest presenter to be announced shortly. There will also be a panel discussion/Q&A where delegates will have the chance to ask the panellists for answers and advice, a hands-on session with evaluation units and demonstrations, and plenty of opportunities to network. All delegates will also receive an audio engineering gift pack.

“We are encouraging delegates to bring along their own loudspeakers for evaluation and enhancement using Oxford Digital’s DSP tools,” Simon Woollard adds. “And for those who can’t physically attend, there will be the opportunity to watch the proceedings live via a global webcast.”

Places for Audio Design Workshop LIVE are limited and anyone wishing to take part is encouraged to register now. This can be done online via the Prism Sound website: www.prismsound.com/ADWLCambridge2013, or by calling +44 (0)1353 648 888.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organized in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

InfoComm 2013 to Feature Innovative Conference and Educational Programming

Largest Commercial Audiovisual Show Adds New Training Programs and Floor Features

InfoComm 2013 adds timely new programming, including several workshops to the roster of can’t-miss events at the annual show, taking place in Orlando, Florida, June 8-14, at the Orange County Convention Center. New show programming and events for 2013 include a revised InfoComm Opening Reception, Tech Zone Pavilions, InfoComm University sessions and more providing a comprehensive schedule of events introducing new content throughout each day. Full conference information and attendee registration information is now available at infocommshow.org.

“In the evolving audiovisual (AV) industry, new possibilities for creative interaction and innovation are constant,” said InfoComm Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD. “All year long, InfoComm strives to keep abreast of those evolutions and offer a nurturing environment for ideas, growth and innovation. This makes our annual show the place for the entire industry to collaborate, communicate and connect.”

New InfoComm 2013 Programming Highlights
InfoComm 2013 will feature expanded programming from InfoComm University. More than half of all InfoComm University programs are new, including:
• Women in Technology Symposium
• Digital Image Content in Live Event Production
• CTS-I Prep
• Business Leadership Workshop
• Four new digital signage sessions
• Integrating AV Services in an IT Dominated World

Exhibit Floor Highlights
InfoComm 2013 is adding smaller, more focused exhibit areas on the show floor with the introduction of Tech Zone Pavilions featuring new products and services in emerging categories of security, education technology and digital content creation.

Networking Opportunities

InfoComm 2013 is the place for the AV industry to connect and collaborate. New this year, the show offers new opportunities for networking and collaboration.

• InfoComm Opening Reception – free reception with defined networking areas to facilitate peer-to-peer interaction.

• First-Timers Orientation & Tour – meet the InfoComm team on a guided tour of the show floor

InfoComm 2013, the largest commercial audiovisual show, has grown to attract more than 35,000 attendees from wide-ranging market sectors, including business, government, military, education, worship, healthcare, hospitality, retail and entertainment. Along with a trade show floor that exhibits the latest from all of the industry leaders in audiovisual, staging, signage and more, the educational programming provides attendees with opportunities to develop skills and update certifications during the conference.

For more news on InfoComm 2013 before, during and after the show, visit infocommshow.org or follow the show on Facebook, and Twitter and the InfoComm 2013 Blog.

InfoComm is sponsored by Black Magic Design, Christie, Crestron, Panasonic and Samsung.

About InfoComm International

InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.

Delicate Productions Holds Training Session For MLA Compact


Delicate Productions Inc.’s San Francisco office recently conducted an in-depth three-day training session for the Martin Audio MLA Compact loudspeaker system.

Attended by 12 top-tier Delicate touring and regional engineers along with notable independent engineers and facility owners interested in MLA technology, the session had a practical mission according to General Manager George Edwards.

“We currently own an inventory of MLA and MLA Compact enclosures,” Edwards explained, “and we feel that any product with this level of depth and sophistication requires not only our staff to be properly trained but also allows exposure to what Delicate and Martin Audio have to offer in sound reinforcement.

“So we put all of the attendees as close to MLA as they could possibly get with the person who knows the most about the technology, ‘Ferrit’ Rowe.”

Rowe, Technical Training Manager for MLA, headed the informative training, which started with basic audio and array studies before moving on to MLA Compact and VU-Net control software, system design, rigging and setup. Extensive one-on-one listening and Q&A sessions supplemented the sessions.

Asked about the results of the training, Edwards concluded, “It was incredibly helpful. Not just for our engineers, but for our guests as well. As the largest Martin Audio house in Northern California, it’s obviously in our and the product’s best interest to further educate anyone who wants to know more about MLA and MLA Compact.”

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

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Yamaha Commercial Audio Brings Back ‘Test Drive’ Campaign

BUENA PARK, Calif.—In an aggressive move to offer the new Yamaha CL Digital Console to live sound engineers who may have yet to experience the power of the new console, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has introduced its ‘Test Drive’ Campaign with participating Yamaha CL Commercial Audio dealers. The successful ‘Test Drive’ marketing campaign was first implemented over ten years ago.

Now through June 30, participating Yamaha CL dealers will offer the 72-hour CL Test Drive to live sound engineers free of charge (dealer may require deposit, shipping/delivery fees). The complete system includes a racked, two-unit RIO3224-D I/O, 150′ snake, and road case for a gig of their choosing. The system provides 72 inputs and 35 outputs.

“We have been extremely successful with our Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) for the CL console around North America, but wanted to provide sound engineers an opportunity for a real-world mix experience to hear the amazing sound quality of the new CL console,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “In this way, participating dealers who have accepted the ‘Test Drive’ challenge can offer the use of a CL console to engineers for a limited time without compromising their rental inventory.

For more information on the 72-hour CL Test Drive and to locate participating Yamaha Commercial Audio dealers, visit www.yamahaca.com/cltestdrive.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

BenQ Launches Classroom iQ Solutions

New Products Provide Multidevice Connectivity, Increased Interactivity, and Power Saving Technologies to Schools

IRVINE, Calif. — Jan. 29, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced the launch of BenQ Classroom iQ — a suite of next-generation products designed to future-proof classrooms while bringing simplicity, interactivity, and efficiency to instructors, IT managers, and administrators. Classroom iQ solutions will introduce versatile new ways of both teaching and learning via today’s handheld devices using products that are simple to set up, easy to operate, and cost effective to maintain. more

Christie Offers Visualization Display Education to End Users, System Integrators and Consultants in Oil and Gas Industry

Christie®, a leader in visualization display solutions, today, held a one-day educational Vis University program in Houston, designed to increase knowledge and awareness of the benefits of visualization display systems for the oil and gas industry.

Christie Ultra-High Resolution 84-inch Flat-Panel

System integrators, consultants and end-users were invited to take part in the free program day which included industry experts who shared their technical knowledge and experience. Focused on the oil and gas industry, experts Nelia Mazula of Dassault Systèmes, Doug Trail of nVIDIA, Business Consultant Bob Pette and three visualization professionals from Christie, presented on state of the art technology in visualization, image quality, 3D virtual training solutions, driving high resolution graphic displays, incorporating multi-touch technology and system maintenance – all for visualization.

Furthermore, system integrators were invited to a demo day on January 22 to personally view advancements in visualization featuring the Christie® HoloStation, a compact, personal visualization solution that displays up to 16.8 megapixels of data in a 3D stereoscopic and interactive tracked environment; and, the QuadHD-84, a stunning 60Hz, 84-inch flat-panel display solution featuring QuadHD resolution (3840 x 2160). The 84-inch diagonal, ultra high-definition display and fast processing ensures high-performance data visualization is simple to use and easy to incorporate into any visualization application.

Zoran Veselic, vice president of Christie’s Visual Environments, commented: “Collaboration is integral to developing the best solutions, while education is key to sharing knowledge, expertise and experiences. We are pleased to organize this forum to explore and discuss the innovative visual technologies of today and of the future with those who work directly in the field of visualization in the oil and gas industry.”

To learn about Christie’s visualization solutions, visit Christie visualization for the energy market.

If you are a visual systems software or product development engineer, a program manager or technical specialist in the visualization market, contact the Christie Vis University team to join our mailing or to find out about upcoming visualization education program days.

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