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Quantum IBC2014 Preview, Stand 7.B26, Sept. 12-16, Amsterdam

Quantum Products at IBC2014

Quantum StorNext(R) is the market-leading storage technology for media and entertainment workflows, enabling high-performance, real-time collaboration and keeping content readily accessible for reuse and remonetization. For more than a decade, the world’s top studios and broadcasters, along with thousands of cutting-edge content creators, have put their trust in Quantum for their most demanding media workflows.

All StorNext solutions are built on the power of StorNext 5, the new generation of Quantum’s award-winning storage platform. StorNext 5 solutions empower media professionals to rethink their workflows for higher performance and cost-effective efficiency. With StorNext 5, they can ingest more content from multiple camera sources, create more content, deliver it on time, and preserve owned content for future monetization.

StorNext(R) Pro Solutions High-Performance Workflow Storage
At IBC2014, Quantum will showcase its StorNext(R) Pro Solutions, which offer postproduction and broadcast professionals three complete high-performance workflow storage solutions.

StorNext(R) Pro 4K addresses the performance and scalability demands of true 4K production. With flash-based metadata performance using the StorNext M445 SSD metadata appliance and scalability provided by StorNext QX-1200 RAID Storage (144 TB raw capacity), this rock-solid storage solution enables efficient 4K workflows, including ingest, post, and delivery. StorNext Pro 4K empowers users to ramp up 4K production and meet aggressive deadlines while staying within budget.

StorNext(R) Pro Studio refreshes or extends existing Xsan deployments with 100 percent compatibility. A complete solution for storage deployment in the production studio, StorNext Pro Studio is ideal for postproduction facilities with aging Xserve(R) systems or with any other aging storage system that is incapable of expanding to meet the user’s growing demands. The solution combines the StorNext M441D metadata appliance with the StorNext QX-1200 RAID storage (48 TB raw capacity) in an integrated solution that is cost-effective and easy to deploy.

StorNext(R) Pro Production enables content owners to manage workflows ranging from production to the creation and maintenance of long-term content libraries. The solution combines the powerful StorNext M662XL metadata appliance, StorNext QX-1200 RAID storage (96 TB raw capacity), and a StorNext AEL500 41-slot LTO-6 library with 102.5 TB raw capacity for cost-effective archiving automated by StorNext Storage Manager. The solution facilitates control, monetization, and long-term management of content by uniting production, review, archive, and LTFS sharing functions in one system, thus offering incredible storage capacity and very high performance.

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StorNext(R) Connect Monitoring and Management
For the first time at IBC, Quantum will introduce StorNext(R) Connect, a new way to monitor and manage StorNext deployments. StorNext Connect dramatically simplifies the process of configuring systems and eases ongoing system management and health monitoring. Through StorNext Connect, customers can install StorNext software, upgrade StorNext clients and servers, restart clients, check status on automated tasks, and troubleshoot performance issues through real-time graphs.

Quantum StorNext(R) Demonstration at IBC2014

During the IBC2014 exhibition, Quantum will feature a demonstration of its StorNext(R) technology in cloud-enabled environments. By building on its leadership in moving media workflows to the cloud and by working closely with its extensive partner ecosystem of leading media management and production automation vendors, Quantum has developed StorNext cloud solutions. These solutions enable wide-scale collaboration on content stored in the cloud without disrupting users’ existing and familiar workflows.

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Company Quote:

“IBC is always a great place to engage closely with current and prospective customers and to demonstrate how the latest StorNext developments can benefit their businesses and operations. This year we look forward to showcasing not only the power and robust functionality of our StorNext Pro Solutions, but also the convenience and control that come from StorNext Connect. Attendees also will have the chance to examine ‘StorNext in the Cloud.’ They will see how it allows people to collaborate on content in a secure, private cloud within a familiar, natural workflow.”
– Alex Grossman, Vice President, Media and Entertainment at Quantum

Company Overview:

Quantum is a leading expert in scale-out storage, archive, and data protection. The company’s StorNext 5 platform powers modern high-performance workflows, enabling fluid, real-time collaboration and keeping content readily accessible for future use and re-monetization. More than 100,000 customers have trusted Quantum to address their most demanding content workflow needs, including top studios, major broadcasters, and cutting-edge content creators. With Quantum, customers can Be Certain(TM) they have the end-to-end storage foundation they need to manage assets from ingest through finishing, and into delivery and long-term preservation.

Quantum, the Quantum logo, Be Certain, and StorNext are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Calrec Consoles Drive Audio During World Cup Coverage

Artemis Consoles Used to Create Full Mixes in 5.1 and Stereo Simultaneously

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — July 21, 2014 – The BBC relied on Calrec Audio’s digital audio consoles during its coverage of the FIFA World Cup beginning in June. The broadcaster used a combination of three rented consoles to mix the audio in Brazil for transmissions in the U.K.

At the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Rio de Janeiro, two 24-fader Artemis Light consoles served as the first point of control in the signal path, responsible for submixing all sound associated with the matches and creating simultaneous 5.1 and stereo mixes. In addition, controlled commentary and controlled effects were passed on to all other users including the edit suits in the IBC, the various multiplatform control suites in the U.K., and the BBC’s studio broadcasting center (SBC), also in Rio.

At the SBC, a 56-fader Artemis Beam was used to combine the submixes from the IBC with other sources, including studio mics, postproduction playbacks, contributions from venue reporters/presenters, and audio-only playback such as music, sound effects, and voice recordings. These were all mixed into final 5.1 and stereo feeds and then passed on to the transmission network in the U.K.

“The BBC is our oldest customer and we have a long history of collaboration to ensure the products evolve to meet its needs,” said Jim Green, Calrec’s U.K. sales manager. “We’re always eager to support major projects like the World Cup broadcast from Brazil, where the BBC has taken advantage of Calrec functionality to make the whole workflow more efficient.

“Technology and viewer expectations are always moving forward, so each tournament faces new challenges that require better solutions,” Green added. Since the last World Cup there has been advancement in surround sound and loudness regulations, and this year the BBC has incorporated augmented- reality visual effects that bring their own set of audio-visual synchronization challenges. Calrec works closely with its customers to stay abreast of the technology and evolving requirements.”

Information about Calrec and its products is available at calrec.com.

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for 50 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at calrec.com and community.calrec.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

Visit Calrec Audio at IBC, Stand 8.C58

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Johnny D’s Serves Up A Superior Sound Experience with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3

SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts – For a 300-seat nightclub that is 45 years old and doubles as a restaurant in David Square, Somerville, Massachusetts, Johnny D’s required a renovation of its outdated sound system. While MJ Audio integrated the front end of the new system, which features HARMAN’s Crown amplifiers and BSS signal processors, Technical Manager Dana Westover has installed a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 to improve upon its existing analog consoles.

Given the popular area in which Johnny D’s is situated, its stage enjoys many touring bands and guest engineers in addition to local artists. Therefore, Westover needed a reliable console that is not only within the venue’s budget and able to accommodate the various performers, but also one that is user-friendly for the various engineers working at the club.

“We’ve been running analog mixers up until now, and have had a slow transition towards digital technology, because we get a lot of guest engineers who come from the analog world,” said Westover. “However, the Si Expression 3 is perfect as an upgrade, because it helps people transition to digital due to its logical layout and ease of use. For example, we had a guest engineer who has never worked on a Soundcraft board before, and within 15 minutes, he was ready for the show.”

The room housing the new equipment contains no parallel surfaces, thus leading to unique acoustics and an intimate layout of the venue. With a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 console, a sound engineer can ensure that guests enjoy the most distinctive sounding shows. In addition, FaderGlowTM illumination of the faders prevents any unwanted mistakes in dark club environments that might hamper the audio experience.

“I think the audio quality is very solid, especially considering the price of the console,” said Westover. “I’m very happy that we have a great sounding venue, and now we have a great sounding board that any traveling engineer can do well with. I especially like how FaderGlow allows me to identify everything clearly, but I can also adjust the intensity of the LED’s depending on the lighting of the venue.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Jünger Audio’s IBC 2014 Line Up Delivers Perfect Voice Recording

At IBC 2014 (10.A49), dynamics processing specialist Jünger Audio will show its D*AP4 VAP Voice Processor – a unique unit that is designed to make life easier for engineers working in radio stations, TV production voice-over studios and feature film ADR facilities.

What makes this processor so special is the inclusion of Jünger Audio’s proprietary Spectral Signature™ dynamic EQ – a totally new creative tool that offers automatic and dynamic EQ control to balance spectral differences in real-time. By analyzing incoming audio and comparing its spectrum with individually predetermined voice ‘fingerprints’, this clever unit can automatically apply dynamic EQ corrections to give a consistent sound.

For people working in TV voice over and feature film ADR, this facility is a Godsend because it allows them to deal with any changes in a performer’s voice. For example, if a performer has a sore throat on day three of a recording session and therefore sounds a bit different, this clever unit will look at the tonal characteristics of the actor’s voice on day one and automatically adjusts the frequency until both voices match. This ability to deliver consistent sound means that producers save money and time because they don’t have to cancel voice over or ADR sessions while they wait for an actor’s voice to return to normal.

Jünger Audio’s D*AP4 VAP Voice Processor is equally interesting to radio broadcasters who want to create an aural identity for their radio stations. By using similar spectral sound management principles, the unit measures the running program and uses the station master sound fingerprint as a reference. The Spectral Signature algorithm matches all different program elements to this reference signature, thus creating a dedicated ‘station sound’.

“The D*AP4 VAP draws on our extensive experience with previous Voice Processing devices such as our popular VO2, but adds new tools and algorithms to create an easier and more efficient approach to voice processing with no compromise in sound quality,” says Peter Pörs, CEO of Jünger Audio. “We have also included processing such as HP/LP filtering, versatile dynamics section, full parametric EQ and de-essing, and made the unit really easy to use – even for non-technical radio staff such as producers and journalists.”

Jünger Audio has also provided a dedicated voice leveler combined with an auto-mixer circuit to help mixed voice programs into loudness-based broadcasting on the fly. Using the optional SDI I/O card automated voice over for SDI embedded audio becomes an attractive feature of the D*AP4 VAP.

Connected as either an insert into a mixing desk or as a stand-alone unit, D*AP4 VAP offers interfaces that allow integration in existing environments via an AES insert. The unit can also be used with an optional analogue board that adds two high quality mic-preamps.

For more information about Jünger Audio’s D*AP4 VAP, please visit IBC stand 10.A49 or visit the company’s website at www.jungeraudio.com

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.jungeraudio.com

HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays Go Into “X Mode” for the 2014 Miss USA Interviews

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – As 51 contestants competed in one of the country’s most widely viewed beauty contests, Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Premier Sound Services (PSS) provided the sound reinforcement for the Miss USA Pageant. The event is part of Miss Universe, which is owned by Donald Trump and was televised nationally live on NBC. As always, PSS stuck with its inventory of HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays to generate the best coverage and superior sound quality.

The main PA system consisted of 13 JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers per side in long-throw “X Mode” (35Hz high pass filter) and were powered with 24 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD and two Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. The system also featured 45-degree outfill arrays, which featured nine VTX V20 loudspeakers in long-throw 60Hz mode that were powered by six Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. On the floor, 16 bi-amped JBL SRX712M stage monitors were used with five Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers.

Two JBL VTX V20 loudspeakers were provided for the judges, with an additional two V20 loudspeakers per side for front fill, powered by two Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. The downstage side-fill hangs featured six JBL VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeakers per side, powered by a single Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifier. The upstage side fill hangs also featured six VT4886 loudspeakers per side, powered with one Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifier.

“Keeping the loudspeakers hidden from the camera angles as much as possible was the main challenge of this event,” said Brian Gordon, Co-Owner and Head Audio Engineer of PSS. “Originally, we wanted to hang 14 units per side for the main PA, but thanks to the sheer power of the VTX Series we got the output we needed with fewer units, and we never hit the limit on any of the amplifiers.”

When asked why no subwoofers were used, Gordon replied, “We didn’t need any subwoofers for this show, because intelligibility and sound cohesiveness were the key objectives, and the VTX Series loudspeakers are superior in those areas over everything else. There was no interference and everything came out exactly as it should. I was especially impressed by the smoothness of the off-axis dispersion of the V20’s, which was just amazing.”

For more information on Premier Sound Services, please visit www.psssound.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Mobile Lifestyles Now Require Consumers to Practice Good Tech Hygiene!

As much as 82 percent of all touchscreens are contaminated with bacteria, which is why consumers need to use WHOOSH! Screen Shine to keep their screens and devices clean and shining like new.

In today’s mobile world, the importance of maintaining personal cleanliness doesn’t end with the washing of our hands.  It now has to extend to the regular cleaning of our mobile devices, according to Jason Greenspan, CEO of WHOOSH! Inc.  “Research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at the University of London indicates that 82 percent of mobile phones have some form of bacterial contamination, making it more important than ever before to keep the screens of our most frequently used devices clean by practicing safe and effective tech hygiene.”

WHOOSH! Screen Shine

According to Greenspan, WHOOSH! Screen Shine is the most advanced non-toxic, streak-free screen cleaning solution that safely cleans screens while keeping them shining like new and resistant to fingerprints and smudges.  It’s also the only screen and device cleaner that has won a 2014 CES Innovations Design & Engineering Award, is certified by the Sharp STAR Program for use on Sharp AQUOS BOARD interactive displays, and carries a ‘Safe for Your Screen’ guarantee.*

WHOOSH! Screen Shine is made with non-toxic and biodegradable surfactants instead of with harsh chemicals that can not only damage your device but harm your health.  The solution’s proprietary formula also leaves an ultra-thin invisible coating that resists dirt build-up, smudges, and fingerprints.  WHOOSH! does not contain alcohol, acides, ammonia, chlorine, petroleum distillates, phosphates or volatile organic compounds.

So just how dirty are our mobile devices?  According to Greenspan, plenty dirty.  “The average cell phone is up to ten times dirtier than a toilet seat, according to Yahoo!”

In a Wall Street Journal article published last year, Dr. Jeffrey Cain, President of the American Academy of Family Physicians, said, “People are just as likely to get as sick from their phones as they are from handles in the bathroom.”  The article goes on to state that even some cleaners marketed specifically for mobile devices can damage the screen coating, which isn’t an issue for WHOOSH! because it is guaranteed not to harm or damage your screen when used as directed.

“More people touch more devices than ever before and this reality requires all of us to extend our personal hygiene practices to our mobile devices,” Greenspan emphasized.  “If we wash our hands several times a day, and we should, then we should do the same with our mobile devices.  That’s how important the practice of good tech hygiene is.”

Greenspan points to a number of other studies that reinforce his argument for good tech hygiene. CBC Canada did a report on researchers at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton who measured the types of organic material left behind on phones.  Manager of Infection Control Anne Bialachowski found everything from fecal matter to E.Coli on mobile device screens.  Additionally, a video demonstration posted last year by Mashable asserted that as many as 25,107 bacteria were present per square-inch on cell phone screens.  By comparison a pet food dish held 2,110 bacteria per square-inch and a retail checkout screen held 4,500 bacteria per square-inch.

“The bottom line is that most people don’t think about how dirty their device screens get, but they should because their health depends upon it to a greater and greater extent,” Greenspan explains.  “The good news is that they can do something about it every day — practice good tech hygiene.”

WHOOSH! Screen Shine is currently available in 3 sizes at www.whooshscreenshine.com: Pocket (.3 fluid ounce) for $5.99, Go (1 fluid ounce) for $9.99, and Duo (one 3.4 fluid ounces and one .3 fluid ounce) for $19.99. All sizes come with a 6”x6” WHOOSH! micro-fiber antimicrobial cloth. WHOOSH! is currently available for sale in Apple retail stores, Fry’s Electronics, Adorama Camera and at many wireless stores across North America, as well as online at apple.com and Amazon.com. WHOOSH is also available for the commercial, industrial, and education markets.

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“The Today Show” Summer Concert Series Launches with Clay Paky B-EYE Fixtures Lighting Top Performers in Rockefeller Plaza

The Summer Concert Series has launched on NBC’s “The Today Show” and Clay Paky’s A.leda B-EYE K20 LED-based moving lights are being deployed on the live music segments, which air at least once a week on the iconic morning show.

The concert series is a popular feature on “The Today Show” every Friday from late spring through the summer; performances are sometimes staged during the week, as well. The concerts launched with Mariah Carey and have showcased Tim McGraw, Cher Lloyd, Rascal Flatts, Sara Bareilles, Train, Little Mix, Fallout Boy and Phillip Phillips.

The night prior to a concert a mobile stage rolls onto Rockefeller Plaza outside “The Today Show’s” picture windows. Lighting is rigged and programmed overnight so a rehearsal can be scheduled for 6:30 am. The concert begins with the first of a three-song set around 8:25 am; two more songs wrap up the show from 8:45 to 8:55. When the program concludes the stage is dismantled.

Peter Greenbaum, who became lighting director of “The Today Show” when the program implemented its new set and look last fall, is working on his first Summer Concert Series. He implements up to 20 B-EYE K20s, supplied by WorldStage, in the lighting rig on the mobile stage.

Greenbaum was introduced to the B-EYEs by programmer and assistant lighting director Brian S. Davis. “I had never used them before, but when we found out that WorldStage was carrying them and that they were able to make them fit into our budget we jumped on them,” says Greenbaum. “The B-EYEs are perfect for a concert rig. We really like them a lot.”

The early-morning outdoor concerts pose several challenges. “We need to keep the video level on the talent from the front while masking the sunlight coming from behind and the buildings around them. We also want to keep the talent kind of even with the audience in the canyon of Rockefeller Plaza. Plus, there’s a roof on the stage,” Greenbaum reports. “My outside lighting director, Phil Grosso, and I do our best to help video engineer Mike Ruiz make great pictures.”

His base package of B-EYEs features 10 fixtures rigged on an arched upstage truss to light the talent and four on a downstage truss for audience lighting and eye candy. If a larger lighting package is required Greenbaum also places B-EYEs on the stage floor, the downstage truss supports and the lip of the stage. “Every concert has a different stage plot to deal with,” he notes. “We try to make it exciting for every band.”

Greenbaum says, “I love everything about the B-EYEs: the flexibility of going from spots to floods, all the colors, the rotating functions, and all the eye candy that comes with the unit – you can go from eye candy to a great video level with the push of a button.”

One of his favorite B-EYE features is daylight color. “We do a lot of interviews with the talent on stage and ‘The Today Show’ hosts with their backs to the audience,” Greenbaum explains. “We go daylight in the B-EYEs and get a beautiful video level so there’s no need for HMIs. Their color temperature is pretty amazing.”

The lighting director is a long-time Clay Paky user. “I remember their moving mirror lights in clubs in the city and Europe,” he says. “Now I’m regularly using Sharpys and Sharpy washes and am delighted to add B-EYEs to my repertoire.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “The B-EYE is perfectly suited for daylight situations because of the light is bright and the fixture looks so good on camera. It’s great to see it put to such good use on the Today Show.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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DPA Gets Up Close And Personal With Scarlett Johansson

DPA microphones turn up in some unusual places, but inside Scarlett Johansson’s t-shirt has to be one of the brand’s more exotic locations.

According to French sound engineer Stéphane Bucher, DPA’s d:screet™ 4060 miniature microphones were absolutely perfect for this role because they offered such exceptional audio quality. He used three of the mics to capture Johansson’s performance during the making of Lucy, a new film directed by Luc Besson that is due for theatrical release later this month.

“d:screet 4060 microphones are very small but that wasn’t the reason why I chose to use them,” Bucher explains. “It was all about their audio fidelity – when it comes to sound quality DPA 4060′s are much, much better than other lavalier mics on the market.”

As an internationally acclaimed sound engineer, Bucher has worked with numerous famous actors and directors including Morgan Freeman, Pierce Brosnan and Kevin Costner. In recent years many of the projects he has undertaken have come via major feature film producers such as EuropaCorp. He also owns and manages the Paris-based rental company, A4Audio, which supplies audio equipment to film and TV clients.

“During the filming of Lucy, it was important to take on board Luc Besson’s directing style,” Bucher explains. “He is not the easiest person but I was really happy to work with him. He shoots so fast and wants the actors ready to go when they come to set because he already knows exactly what he wants. Once the actors are here, it is too late, you’ll not have time to put a lavalier on anyone.”

Fortunately, the film’s costume designer Olivier Beriot completely understood Bucher’s problems and was able to work with him to devise a way of permanently attaching a microphone to Scarlett’s main costume.

“Olivier is the best costume designer I have ever worked with and I have huge respect for him,” Bucher says. “Scarlett’s main costume was a white, half translucent T-shirt so we used a white d:screet 4060 microphone which was inserted into the seam of the t-shirt by the dressmaker. We had three t-shirts ready at all times and the solution worked perfectly, giving us great audio but without any visibility issues.”

Bucher adds that this wasn’t the first time he’d used DPA microphones – indeed, he first started using them many years ago when he was recording classical music.

“Like every other sound mixer, my equipment is really important and I’m constantly looking for the best microphones, mixers, recorders, etc,” he says. “When I started working in film and TV sound, I was using the same lavalier microphones as everyone else because I didn’t really have a choice. Now I do have a choice and I can use the best mics available for cinema sound, which happen to be DPA. I originally chose them because I was tired of going to the cinema and hearing that recognizable sound you get with other lavalier microphones. DPA’s sound is really translucent and clear – to the point where sometimes I can’t tell if I’m listening to the boom or the 4060.”

Since completing Lucy, Bucher has been in the USA working with director Olivier Megaton on the film Taken 3, which stars Liam Neeson and Forest Whitaker. As the film requires audio to be recorded inside a car, DPA’s French distributor Audio2 equipped him with a number of d:dicate™ 4018 supercardioid microphones, which are ideally suited to this type of location work.

“They were great,” he says. “I used them for one particular car chase where Liam Neeson is driving very fast on the highway. I needed a very small mic to put into the car’s sun visor. We bought two new sun visors, opened them up and put the 4018 mics inside. This worked perfectly. We also tested them on a much simple car scene, in which Forest Whitaker is driving and talking, and they worked great for that, too.”

Stéphane Bucher is now in France preparing for his next film project, which will undoubtedly feature DPA microphones in a starring role.

“I’ve always been really happy with the audio quality DPA microphones deliver and that’s why I keep going back to them,” he says.

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Slovakia Medical University Complex Get the Renkus-Heinz Treatment

Banská Bystrica, Slovakia – July 2014… One of the region’s most respected institutions, Slovak Medical University has recently completed a major renovation and reconstruction project at their campus in Banská Bystrica. The multi-functional complex includes several classrooms, student dormitories, and a large, multi-purpose auditorium and presentation hall, used for graduations, conferences, technical seminars, and more.

The complex underwent a full technology modernization, including new audio, conferencing, and interpretation systems, as well as video, digital signage, and information technology systems. The systems were designed and installed by Bratislav-based MediaTech, one of the largest professional AV firms in central Europe, and include a full range of loudspeakers from Orange County, CA-based Renkus-Heinz.

The main system includes several ICONYX IC16-R-II and IC8-R-II digitally steered arrays, as well as a number of ICX7-II mechanically steered arrays. ICONYX steered array technology enables precise steering of the sound toward the audience and away from walls and other reflective surfaces, reducing reflections and improving intelligibility.

“The hall has always been very challenging acoustical space, and there were a lot of problems with spoken word intelligibility. Of course, this affects people’s ability to communicate, and to learn,” reports MediaTech General Director, Ing. Bohumil Tonkovic. “The ICONYX systems really provided an excellent solution. Intelligibility has been dramatically improved, and their low profile design integrated nicely with the building’s architecture.”

Elsewhere in the complex, Renkus-Heinz CFX41 and CFX61 two way systems provide additional sound reinforcement. State-of-the-art video systems include large scale remote controlled projection screens with Mitsubishi projectors, PTZ cameras for conferencing, and full multi-language interpretation facilities.

Working under an exceptionally demanding timeline, the team from MediaTech handled the entire project, from planning and preparation to system design and installation, as well as training on-site personnel in the operation of all systems.

“Banska Bystrica finally has a space that meets all the parameters of top quality acoustics and information technology,” enthused Professor MD. Svetozár Dluholucký, PhD., Dean of Slovak Medical University.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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BenQ’s Ultra-Short Throw Projectors Bring Setup Simplicity and Interactive Tools to Classrooms

New MX852UST and Award-Winning MW853UST Combine Flexible Installation, Interactive Software, and Colorific(TM) Image Quality

COSTA MESA, Calif. — July 17, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of Classroom IQ solutions and the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand in North America(1), today unleashed its newest interactive classroom tools: the MX852UST and MW853UST ultra-short throw projectors. Designed to bring Colorific(TM) image quality, easy installation, and PointWrite(TM) interaction to today’s students, teachers, and learning institutions, the devices deliver more than one billion bright colors, provide impressive cost savings, and enable more collaborative classroom experiences while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO). (more…)

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